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Reunion ’00!

Peri Snyderman
121 The Crescent
Roslyn Heights, NY 11577

Mark your calendars for our 20th reunion, June 1—4, 2000. Your ideas, comments, and/or suggestions are always welcome. Contribute to making the weekend everything you would want it to be!

Stacy Cavanaugh completed a master’s of science in speech and language pathology at Columbia University Teachers College and now works at Step-By-Step Infant Development Center with children up to three years old.

See the story about Mary Passaretti in this issue.

Jane Doherty Cassidy looks forward to seeing everyone at Reunion.

Jim and Linda Perani Waterbury moved to Atlanta, GA, last September with daughters Lindsay, seventh grade, and Emily, first grade, and three pets. Jim is a senior merger and acquisitions lawyer with 9E Power Systems. On Sundays, Jim and Linda co-teach the sixth grade at Christ the King Church.

Gerald Schwolsky left Wall Street for New Jersey. He is a retail account executive with Ryan Bech and Co. in Livingston. He enjoys the 10-mile commute from N. Caldwell.

Certified financial planner Jeffrey Vahanian was a guest panelist at the 1999 Royal Alliance National Sales Conference in Keystone, CO, this summer. He discussed his office’s experience as a beta site for Royal Alliance’s new Vision 2020 Internet-based brokerage system.

Please call us at 518-580-5600 if you have an address for a "lost" classmate:

Karen Abrams Graham
Deborah Altfeld Focarile
Anita Apenes
Anna Aprea
Jane Barrett Farley
Katharine Berry Monahan
Jennifer Bingham
Debra Birnberg Goldberg
Ellen Blum
Jessica Buchanan
Mary Bulakowski Calkins
Joel Chapin
Holly Chen Mandelkehr
Susan Comins
Carol Cox
Mustapha Debboun
Diane Dulmage
Dianne Dunican
Abdul Ghafur Faiz
Anita Fina Kiewra
Heidi Flannery
Catherine Fleitzer
Elizabeth Florance
Peter Fredkin
Lindsay Gaebe
Marianne Giovannone Krouk
William Gold
Gerges Gomez
Monica Gontovnik
Jeanne Goran
David Goranson
Nancy Gowen Clough
Lisa Greene
Michael Held
Cheryl Hendrickson Swanson
Holly Higbee
Laurie Jackson
Willard Jackson
John Christopher Jeffers
Vanessa Jenkins Filene
Dean Johnson
Wendy Johnson
Frank Jones
Barry Kulick
Margery Landis
Sherry Larson Smith
Maitland Lawson
Diana Lustgarten
Lora Matson
Joan Morency
Alice O’Brien Reade
Helen Oh
Sharon Page
Phyllis Perres
Bonnie Peters
Beth Pickard
Elise Plaut
Robyn Rebeor Chalmers
Robin Reed
Cynthia Reid
Lane Riker Ceylan
Becky Roberts
Stephanie Rogoff
Thomas Russell
Ann Schaffer Shirreffs
Sally Schofield
Laurie Scola
Michelle Sherrell
Susan Sierp
Linda Simonds Morris
James Stephens
Karey Stivers
Karen Tates
Heather Thompson Hardt
Andrea Torrens
Virginia Townsend
Annette Uhlfelder
Christopher Walker
Amanda Lee Walker
Maryellen Walker
Caren Warrenbrand
Michael Watters
John Welton
Norman Wright
Frances Mee Yuen
Cynthia Zdep Ulrich


Elizabeth Deckenbach Felder
42 Epping Rd.
Exeter, NH 03833

In October, Jill Hughes received a regional arts award from the Albany-Schenectady League of Arts and performed at their 53rd anniversary celebration at the Schenectady Museum and Planetarium.

Jeremie Rachunow is a resident at Bassett and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica, NY.

Rhonda Stampalia is director of ballet at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, FL, and soloist with the Jacksonville Ballet Theatre. Last year, she was artistic director and choreographer for the First Coast Nutcracker Ballet, an annual collaboration between the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the city of Jacksonville.

Lorraine Tafra joined the surgical staff of Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD, as first director of the hospital’s breast center at the Carl A. Brunetto Medical Park. Lorraine specializes in breast surgery and sentinal node biopsy, a procedure developed to determine whether breast cancer has spread to the lymphatic system.


Angela Foss
371 Harvard Street, #3B
Cambridge, MA 02138

In September, Lesa Stramondo Muccini and I attended the inauguration of Skidmore’s sixth president. As always, the Skidmore campus looked terrific, and Saratoga remains a great place to spend a weekend.

On Saturday morning of the inauguration weekend, Richard Harwood participated in a symposium that discussed the urgent and complex issues facing today’s liberal arts colleges. Rich is founder and president of the Harwood Institute for Public Innova-tion, a nonprofit whose mission is to be a catalyst for charting a new course for America’s public life and politics. He is also president of the Harwood Group, a public-issues research and innovations firm that works with public and private organizations to explore public challenges and how to face them effectively.

Michelle Conde was also at the inauguration. She is a sixth-grade math and science teacher at Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland, NY. She lives in Cohoes with her two children, TJ and Nikki.

Glen Bronstein and wife Eva had a second daughter, Sophie Milena, in November 1998. Glen is vice president and general counsel for Fischbach Corporation in NYC. Last summer, he attended the sixth birthday party of Jeff and Davida Schwartz Perry’s son, Alex. According to Glen, "Davida is an accomplished attorney specializing in employment law in NYC and has a beautiful daughter, Rachel."

John and Liz Carter Clifford and daughter Emily, 3, moved to New Hampshire when John returned to the firm he had clerked at during law school days.

Sue Decker Thomas is director of planned giving for the Binghamton University Foundation. Husband Bill is a partner in a small law firm in Binghamton.

Vicary Graham is senior vice president of Mellon Financial Corporation. Formerly national sales manager of the Boston Company’s jumbo mortgage group, a Mellon subsidiary, she will also serve on Mellon’s retail financial services senior management committee.

Julia Linz Van Hall lives in Saratoga Springs with husband Charles and children Ryen, 12, Isabel, 9, and Lilli, 4. Julia has finished her house restoration career (four homes) and is now following her energy at the Waldorf School in Saratoga.

Carey Nelson Handley is vice president of the American Business Women’s Association’s Katy Charter Chapter, which is devoted to networking and the education of its members and the community. They provide scholarships for area students. "It’s a great group," says Carey, "and I’m very proud to be a part of it. Those interested in locating a group in their community can e-mail me at or contact ABWA at The address is PO Box 8728, Kansas City, MO 64114; phone (816) 361-6621. And, tell ’em Carey sent ya!"

Susan Petrlik Hutchinson and John live in Wellesley, MA. John is an investment advisor for A.G. Edwards in the Newton, MA, office. Now that she is at home and the children are in school (Sam third grade and Emily kindergarten), Susan has found time to take dance classes at the Boston Ballet’s adult education program in West Newton.

Fritz Wahl married Carlene Marocco on July 10, 1999. Fritz works at Gleacher and Company, a Wall Street investment banking firm in NYC, and Carlene works at Information Management Network, a financial services conference firm.

Alyson Waldman Kotkowski is senior manager at KPMG in their financial services and electronic commerce area. When I bugged her for news, she shared that she stays in touch with Carrie Price Seligman and trades e-mails regularly with Eileen O’Neil Litts. After working in the family business for 11 years, Carrie attended Boston University law school, earning a master’s of law in taxation in June 1998. She then took a position as advanced planning consultant at Northwestern Mutual Life’s Boston office. Carrie and husband Mark, married 16 years, have a son, Spencer, 4. Mark is the telecommunications financial group manager at CVS’s corporate headquarters in Rhode Island. Carrie also stays in touch with Dotty Tischler Whitebread and Lynn Hornung.


Jennifer Orvis Jordan
3220 Nan Pablo Drive
Melbourne, FL 32934

Peter and Daphne Donahue Hoffman announce the birth of Peter on June 29, 1999. He joins siblings Ali, 6, Will, 5, and Emily, 3. "Our family is complete!" says. Daphne.

Anne Hewes Wells is an environmental scientist with the consulting firm Harding Lawson Associates in their Portland, ME, office. She works with Steve Walbridge ’78, a fellow geology major. Anne received a master’s in environmental science in 1996 from New Mexico Highlands University and is pursuing a doctorate in environmental studies from Antioch University in Keene, NH. Her interest is in transboundary pollutant disputes and environmental mediation. The bulk of her research has included acid deposition and the Clean Air Act. She has previously been involved with research at Dartmouth College’s environmental studies program; Palfo Climate studies at Duke University marine laboratory; and she is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, having worked for the geological survey of Swaziland in Africa. Anne resides along the coast of Maine with a beautiful dog named Roxy.

When not at home with fourth child Emily, Wendy Jacobs Lipstein substitutes at a nearby preschool in Ridgefield, CT. Son Alex is in fourth grade, Amanda is in third, and youngest son Joey is in kindergarten.

Robert and Elizabeth Kemp Rose announce the birth of Robert Kemp on March 28, 1999. Liz and Robert had a great time visiting Joan Dougherty and Sue Fiering Nissen ’84 while they were back East in June. Liz claims Robert was very patient as they reminisced over countless Skidmore stories.

Lindsey Kemper Burgess lives in Geneva, IL, with husband Tom, son Bradley, 3, and daughter Lauren, almost 1. Lindsey enjoys staying at home with the children, "with every moment filled with adventure," she says.

Jeanne and Michael Klimowicz announce the birth of Kyle Gerard on June 4, 1999.

Old friends Rick Malmstrom and Anne Babington Randolph ’84 got together in Chicago and had a chance to catch up on old times as they ran the Chicago Marathon. Anne beat Rick, who wants a rematch.

John Manning and wife Angela celebrated daughter Maddie’s first birthday with Allie, 6, and Jack, 4, and the entire family was looking forward to their Vermont summer vacation and excursion to the Saratoga racetrack last August. John went on an Irish golf vacation with seven friends and highly recommends it to serious golfers out there looking for a new challenge.

Melissa Moffett Ferrara is unit coordinator at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga. She is a single parent to son Daniel, 12. Niece Mika Gans ’02 makes three generations of her family at Skidmore.

Andrew and Penny Patterson Smith announce the birth of Griffin Townes on Sept. 15, 1999.

Jonathan Perkin is deputy head and senior vice president of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson’s global equities sales trading in NYC.

Ann Sherwood lives in Stamford and claims that life is good. She is an active trails chairperson of the Connecticut chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club. She oversees a committee of 70 hardworking individuals who manage the Connecticut section of the Appalachian Trail. Ann was recently elected to the Appalachian Trail Conference board of managers. She saw Sue Jacobs ’82, husband George, and their two children – Ashley, 6, and Matthew, 4 – in July. Ann and her partner celebrated their second anniversary in November. She would like to get in touch with Daria McLean.

Tracy Stanier McCarty is account supervisor at Ira Thomas Associates Inc., where she manages advertising programs.

Alison Vincent Bassett lives in Seattle, where she is a freelance content writer for an Internet shopping site.


Catey Heller Terry
806 Again St.
Columbia, MO 65203

John and Anne Babington Randolph moved with their four daughters from the cold winters of Wisconsin to the hot summers of Texas. She invites classmates visiting the Austin area to call.

Suzanna Benson Rumon, in Atherton, CA, is back in school after years – and years and years – of doing recycling and household hazardous waste management. "I made a big switch and am looking forward to a degree in interior design in the next year or two," she says. Suzanne and husband Kevin have lived in Atherton for six years; they moved there when he attended the Stanford Business School. "We love California and have made some great friends in the Stanford community. If any of the Tacky Women make it out this far west, please reach me at"

Jill Bowen found a cigarette butt in a jar of Gerber Tender Harvest baby food while feeding Jack. "Yuck! I called the FDA and the story was reported in the local paper and TV news. I want to be sure Gerber has better quality control – our children are so precious!" On another note, Jill is thinking about planning a mini-reunion this spring at Hammonassett State Park in Madison, CT. She found a bunch of people at last year’s reunion who were interested in doing something before another five years slide by. "I’d love to hear from anyone interested in going or helping to plan. This will be open to multi-classes. There are lots of places to stay along the Connecticut shoreline for those who aren’t close enough for a day trip. Hammonassett has hiking trails, camping facilities, and beautiful beaches. My e-mail address is or you can call me at 203-245-3773."

Rhonda Burman Perkins and Craig announce the birth of Zachary, on April 11, 1999. "We are having a ball now that we are past the sleep deprivation stage. He is such a sweet, happy boy!" says Rhonda.

Michael and Nancy Cohen Kotz announce the birth of Hannah Elizabeth on Sept. 17, 1999.

Flavia Polensky-Geist moved to a new home in Morgan Hill, CA. She performs locally with flamenco companies.

Last summer, Mark Gionfriddo appeared as Joe Bob in the Albany, NY, Capital Repertory Theatre production of Always . . . Patsy Cline. He also wrote a choral arrangement of Autumn in New York, which premiered in October at Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC, by the Mount Holyoke College Glee Club. In addition to his regular duties at Mount Holyoke, he is also director of the newly-formed MHC Jazz Ensemble and is musical director for the theater department’s spring production of Cabaret.

Carol Goetz McCarthy moved to Chatham, NJ, from London with husband Gerald and their three children – Andy, 9, Jack, 7, and Kate, 4. They enjoyed being overseas for three years but are happy to be home.

Sallie Greisman lives in southern New Jersey, where she and Tom have a boat that they live on weekends in Somers Point, NJ. Its name is Sales and Nails. "I have been a pharmaceutical sales rep for 12 years and Tom is a carpenter. Hence the name. We are avid supporters of the arts and have bought a seat at the new Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. It’s fun to see a theater production sitting in your seat and to know that you have helped make the construction of this building possible."

Anne Hess Mahan recently accepted a position as an elementary teacher. She and husband Ted live in Newton, MA, with their children – Bridget, 7, Corey, 5 and, Maura, 3.

John and Laura Martin McConkey announce the birth of Colin on June 26, 1999. He joins sister Madeline, 2.

John O’Connor is vice president of sales and customer service at Mohawk Paper Mills in Cohoes, NY.

Caley O’Neil landed a $752,000 technology grant for the high school she teaches at in San Diego. The grant will allow the school to be wired for the Internet and to receive several new computers. Last year, students voted Caley the most popular teacher.

Richard Ricciardi is a partner in the largest urology group in the borough of Queens. Wife Cynthia left her job as design director for Adrienne Vittadini and now works on her own line in their Chelsea loft. Son Luca, 2, was joined recently by sister Ana.

Susan Staempfli Nguyen and husband Vinh moved to Mexico City courtesy of his employer, World Bank. While temporarily "retired" from paid work, Susan has been keeping her days more than busy as a first-year active member with the Junior League in Mexico City, which is helping to improve her Spanish at a rapid rate. She is also vice president of a 600-person club for English-speaking ex-pats. "I think I work harder now than I did in Washington, DC," says Susan. "We do a lot of traveling and have a lot of visitors, and the earthquakes have kept life interesting! Vinh and I had a great time at the 15th reunion last June, and our door is always open to Skiddies passing through!"

Ellen Steingesser Malasky joined the W. Palm Beach office of Foley & Lardner in May and practices labor and employment law. Husband Bruce ’85 is a real estate developer. Ellen was in New York over the summer with sons Teddy and Hunter and saw Mike Burke and his son, Mike Jr. They had a great time at Peter Pan. Ellen is also an employment-law instructor with National Business Institute.

Pamela and artist John Swing have two sons – Alva, 5, who is "brilliant and devilish," and Eli, 3, who is "cherubic and a climbaholic," says Johnny.

Bill Tatro lives in Rhode Island, where he and wife Deborah are busy in the hi-tech world – she’s a computer-applications trainer for a local firm, and Bill is the New England channel manger for IBM. "No kids," says Bill, "but we did get a dog last year."

Richard and Virginia Vincent Sperry will celebrate their 15th anniversary this year. Virginia owns and operates Winter Moon Designs Gallery, a contemporary art and craft gallery in historic Ellicott City, MD.

Philip Wachtler acquired a licensing agency in NYC, which is very exciting. "One negative," he says, "is commuting into Manhattan from Long Island, but I get a chance to hang out with Michael Tucker in the evening and in the morning, when he doesn’t oversleep!

Susan White Cooper missed Reunion in June because she and husband Ken were still adjusting to life with baby Hannah Mackenzie, born in April. "We loved seeing Martha Clawson Bjorklund and her family when they visited Laguna Beach in August. I started a new job in August, teaching full time in the human development department at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo."

Claudia Winkler lives in Denver, CO, where she is administrative director for a nonprofit organization called Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Last November, she had the chance to check out the Inca trails in Peru on the way to Machu Picchu and also in the mountains of Bolivia. Claudia was unable to return for Reunion as June 5 was National Trails Day, and she is the Colorado coordinator for that event.

Dede Wood Black says, "Other than a 7.0 earthquake waking us up last night, not much happening in sunny California." The family, with three kids ages 2 months through 5, went to Sydney for Christmas and the Millennium.

Jim and I announce the birth of Ellen Esme on Jan. 23, 1999. She joins Pen, 4, and we just love being a family of four. Fie on everyone who said how hard two would be. We found that one was the real adjustment, and two is just like falling off a really big log.


Reunion ’00!

Anne Gunnarson Hampton
6994 Meadowpoint Terr.
New Market, MD 21774

Sherri Eagle married Harry White on June 27, 1998. Sherri was director of corporate services for a psychotherapy referral service.

After nearly three years in Washington, DC, Jonathan Edwards returned to Boston, where he is now director of development for Advantage Schools Inc., a for-profit charter school management company with 17 schools nationwide.

Carrie Grady’s solo law practice in Richmond, VA, specializes in criminal defense.

Deborah Herzog Humphries recently moved to Stockholm.

Please call us at 518-580-5600 if you have an address for a "lost" classmate:

Robert Adams
James John Beckett
David Bikofsky
Chris Anthony Booker
Heather Brown
Sherrylynn Burney
Patricia Canavan
Valerie Chu
Arlette Concha Heuer
Cynthia Cutting Robinson
Marjorie Titus Decamp
Gena Desclos
Elisabeth Edwards Bull
Robert Elmore
William Anthony Evans
Laura-Gayle Farrand Cachera
Julie Fife
Teresa Fowler
Katherine Freda
Kathryn Geimer
John Gonzales
Anne Harrison
Judith Hoye
Kirsten Hube
Maria Immordino
Melinda Joseph
Evelyn Kase
Kenneth Kaufman
Christine Lemery
William Lew
Noelle Li
Dominque Li
Susan Lyons Waldman
Paul Maghazeh
William Maslak
Phillip Matson
Sharon McCobb
Kimberly McLaren
Linda Michow
Andrew Morse
Maurice Lester Patterson
James Perdue
Lorie Piro Mitchell
Amy Rauchfuss Tucker
Elisa Rescigno Trauzzi
Ahmet Sadikoglu
Mary Scinto
Elisabeth Seldes
Alessandra Stern
Sui Lam Sung
Sharon Tane
John Taylor
Charles Terry
Martha Turner
Scott Vanderwoude
Roger Vergnes
Michael Weisman
Kenneth Wine


Anne Chorske Stuzin
206 Ridgewood Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21210

In July, I traveled to Weston, CT, with my girls to visit my old Van Dam roommate Diane Bigotte Kendall. She organized a little reunion of sorts at her home, inviting Pam Abell Schiller and daughter Cameron, Lisa Buxbaum Berliner, husband Mitchell, and baby son Ben, and Sabrina Ackerman Bluestone with three of her four children. We all enjoyed a great cookout and lots of laughs, especially when we got Aimee Ventura on speaker phone from Texas, where she was attending a meeting. Cindy Johnson Rodgers was also missed. I had to pinch myself as a reminder that there we all were, 16-plus years later, with all the children running around. My, how time flies.

Walking up Caroline Street in Saratoga in August, I ran into Marc Travis, furiously scrubbing the windows at Desperate Annie’s in preparation for the start of racing season at the track. On to a new antique store in town, where I ran into Tammy Lupton Valentine and her two little girls.

I saw Chip Williams and wife Lisa in October at a baby shower in their honor, given by her mother and stepfather here in Baltimore. Roland Mackenzie and I listened to Chip tell fun tales of Larry Meltzer and Ron Levene’s recent weddings. At the time of the shower, Lisa and Chip were about a month away from their due date – little did they know that Katherine Campbell would arrive ahead of time on Oct. 19. Besides the adjustment to fatherhood, Chip has begun a new job in Boston, working for a software company as manager of North American sales support. He anticipates a good deal of travel, but says it will be nowhere near the distances his previous job at State Street Corporation took him.

In October, I visited Jane Zoidis Quinn and family on the way back to Baltimore from a weekend in NYC. She seems to be handling her three children quite well – no surprise there. Her latest, Thomas Jeremiah, was born on Aug. 18, joining Dylan, 4, and Anna, 3.

Also in October, Ken and I attended a wedding in San Francisco with Herb Eidt and wife Denise. A mutual friend of ours (someone I introduced Herb to when he went to live in Tokyo several years ago) was married. Herb and Denise brought along James, 9 months at the time, who was a complete angel throughout all the festivities. He was a great dance partner, too, when I helped get him to sleep while his parents showed off their considerable talents on the dance floor. I give Herb tons of credit–he has been living in Korea for several months now, away from his wife and three children, fulfilling Army medical duties. He is a primary care doctor for the troops and staff officer for a field artillery unit stationed on the DMZ at Camp Hovey. He keeps an incredibly optimistic attitude and sense of humor about the situation, commenting that "life on the field has given me new appreciation for indoor plumbing and frequent showers." Herb’s address is: HHB/2-17FA,Unit 15418, APO, AP 96224 and his e-mail address is (and judging by all the e-mails we exchange, he’d love to hear from classmates). Herb invites classmates who find themselves in Korea to contact him.

Sam Bayne is in Sydney, Australia, where he works for Heffernan Interactive, a sports marketing firm. He is in charge of all of Kodak’s presence marketing at the upcoming Olympic Games. He and wife Katie have a son, Sam, 1.

Terry and Jeff Friedman live in Montvale, NJ, with sons Zachary, 6, and Noah, 1.

Marcelle Hinand married Stephen Cady on Sept. 5, 1999. Marcy is project director for the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund in New York and consults on cultural programs for the Ford Foundation in New York. Stephen is pursuing an M.D. degree at Thomas Jefferson University.

Paula Kurata earned an M.B.A. in international marketing from Loyola Marymount University. As part of her dissertation on the operation of ecolodges, she traveled with classmates to areas of the South Pacific such as Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti.

Alden Ludlow is the director of communications for the Lake George Opera Festival, which uses the Little Theater at SPAC for its summer performances.

Carolyn Nunley married Scott Cairns on Sept. 25, 1999 at Hook Mountain State Park in Nyack, NY. After a trip to Sweden, the couple returned home to Nyack.

Caroline Ralph Kenlon works part time for Coach Leatherware while raising son Kade, 5, and daughters Kelly, 3, and Caroline Rose, 2. She says hello to Jen Roche, Paula Kurata, Beth Demas Anderson, and Katie Trotta Kane.

Leslie Redick eloped to Tahiti with John Mendlein in September 1998. They now live in southern California, where Leslie is earning a master’s degree in landscape architecture.

Aaron Taylor and wife Taylor announce the birth of George Kemp on Aug. 16, 1999. Aaron commutes from their 18th-century farmhouse in Pound Ridge, NY, to NYC for his job as director of advertising and program marketing for ESPN. His earlier careers were coordinating national political appearances for Al Gore’s ’88 presidential campaign and working in the ad agency world at Young and Rubicam in both Chicago and NYC. Aaron talks to Michael Shaps, who is a winemaker for Jefferson Vineyards in Charlottesville, VA, apparently winning lots of awards. Aaron’s sister, classmate Betsey Taylor Zackeo, and her husband Nick live in Simsbury, CT. She teaches high-school science and math in nearby Bolton.

So, what have the rest of you been up to?


Jennifer Weisberg Millner
45 W. Long Dr.
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Last summer, David Banister purchased a home in Newport, RI. He is still an account executive with Amica Life Insurance, enjoying his work with clients on financial and estate planning strategies. He started an e-mail newsletter called Stock Market Random Musings. Subscribe for free at In his spare time, David volunteers for Rhode Island Special Olympics, the Rhode Island Underwriters Association, Big Brothers, and Skidmore admissions efforts.

Abby and David Goldstein announce the birth of George Fisher on Aug. 27, 1999.

Jim and Heather Nimmons Taft announce the birth of daughter Farin Jonna on April 22, 1999. She joins brother Copeland, 5, and sister Alyssa, 2.

John and Kristiina Roberts Almy announce the birth of Chase Roberts on Sept. 30, 1999.

Gary Rosenberg lives in New York City with wife Jill and daughter Rachel. Gary is vice president and associate publisher at Great Golf Resorts of the World Inc. Gary would like to extend his congratulations to Skidmore lacrosse player Jonas Jeswald ’01 on finally breaking his record for goals in a season. He does point out, however, that he still holds the record on total points. Gary can be contacted by e-mail at

Amy Shore teaches multicultural and advanced placement British literature at the Ranney School in Tinton Falls, NJ. She and husband Dave Jean live in Holmdel with daughter Miranda, 7. In addition to teaching, Amy is a Brownie leader, has been dabbling with freelance writing, and coordinates two online book groups. She would love to hear from classmates at

Alicia Van Derveer Ashenfarb has been running her own advertising business since leaving Skidmore. She has a son, 4, and daughter, 2.


Beth Skudder
40 Jones Park Dr.
Riverside, CT 06878

Ruth Abbott Greenberg earned a master’s degree in counselor education in May 1999. She is a child and family therapist at the New Milford, CT, Youth Agency. She became nationally certified in April 1999 and licensed as a professional counselor in July 1999.

Andrea Banbury lives in Berkeley with husband Alex, a structural engineer. Andrea is in her sixth year as a prenatal coordinator at Planned Parenthood.

James and Laura Brodie Ellor announce the birth of Dylan Michael on July 19, 1999. He joins brother Tyler, 5, and sister Mackenzie, 2.

Rick diLorenzo lives in Atlanta, where he is producer of the Ian Punnett Show on WGST radio. He is also a producer and engineer for the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Tech radio networks.

Bruce Fischer married Bori Kadar on Aug. 1, 1999, in Hungary. After a honeymoon in Hungary, the couple returned home to Boca Raton, FL, where Bruce is a chiropractic physician.

Bonnie Glass Hausman’s first children’s book, A to Z, Do You Ever Feel Like Me? is available worldwide and has been chosen as an alternate selection by the Children’s Book of the Month Club.

In November 1999, Henry Greenewalt, who lives in Wye Mills, MD, had a show of his paintings at 55 Mercer Street Gallery in NYC.

Douglas Greiff moved from NYC to LA, where he is vice president of program development for Nickelodeon. On Aug. 29, 1999, he married Beatriz Acevedo, another producer, in Rosarito Beach, Mexico.

Joel Gross and wife Beth celebrated the birth of son Thomas Tyler, who joins Katherine, 3. Joel left Arthur Andersen for Raytheon Company, a Fortune 70 defense and aerospace concern, at the corporate headquarters in Lexington, MA. He is an international tax attorney. Joel attends Boston University School of Law graduate tax program part time. The family lives in Wellesley, MA.

Now living in Seattle, Deb Homsi married Bryan Gilpin on Sept. 12, 1999, on Cape Cod. Guest Andrea Banbury enjoyed seeing Kathy Carcia and Rich Gruenberger.

Jeff Jakob and wife Amy bought a house in Mamaroneck, NY. He still plays hoops with Geoff Berger, Kevin Fullerton, and Mike Neiberg in NYC.

Leland Jannen and husband Jared Smith announce the birth of daughter Rhea in March 1999. They have a small beef, horse, and maple syrup farm in southern Vermont. Leland also directs a child-care center.

In October 1999, after months of building and remodeling, Gary Kalajian opened a gourmet chocolate retail and factory store in Watertown, MA. Daughter Jamie, 1, loves joining him at work almost every day. He had his first public speaking engagement where he spoke about starting a business. His e-mail address is

Meaghan Anne was born to Wendy Kenerson Priestly and husband Andrew on July 15, 1999.

Michelle Leary Griffin is in her ninth year at South Glens Falls central school district, her second year teaching physical education at the middle school, and her ninth season coaching varsity field hockey. Last summer, she coached the Adirondack Scholastic Field Hockey team for the Empire State Games and won the Silver Medal. She took this same team to the National Field Hockey Festival in Florida over Thanksgiving. Steve Kaplan ’87 and Michelle’s sister, Suzanne, have two girls Abigail, 2, and Lily, born in August 1999.

Doug and Amira LeBlanc Bixby ’89 announce the birth of daughter Schuyler Knowles on July 23, 1999.

Amy and Fred Mauser announce the birth of Caroline Maya on Oct. 17, 1999. She joins Rebecca, 2, who is thrilled to be a big sister.

Penny McGee Savitz and husband Andrew welcomed son Noah McGee to the world on Aug. 7, 1999.

Lisa Mischo Morello has been a fifth-grade special-education teacher on Long Island for five years. She has a son Jason, 2.

Bob Mortell has been doing a great deal of traveling in the past year. He and wife Malinda spent last summer vacation driving across the country again, seeing Chicago, Portland, OR, Yellowstone, Craters of the Moon National Monument, a John Deere tractor factory, and a kazoo factory. At work, Bob has been traveling to Atlanta, San Antonio, Toronto, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, London, Madrid, and Vienna.

Cheryl Rickel Franko saw Doug Bixby in Chicago in September when he was passing through on business. Doug met Cheryl’s husband, Garry, and son, Connor, 3. They had a great time catching up.

Jane and Gary Rowe have a new baby girl, Laurel Therese, born Nov. 2, 1999. They moved into their new house in Superior, CO, last April. Gary took a new job in early 1998 for Hoffman LaRoche in Boulder. Jane is a representative with Merck Pharmaceuticals. They both love Colorado and continue to enjoy outdoor activities.

Emily Sielman Leuthner finished a master’s degree in August 1999. Her work focused on using DNA vaccination techniques to produce monoclonal antibodies. She opened her own veterinary referral practice, specializing in equine internal medicine. She’s happily married to a small-animal veterinarian, and they live in Madison, WI, with many pets!

Mark and Lori Slansky Samse and big sister Rachel welcomed Michael Joseph on July 2, 1999.

After three years in Santiago, Chile, Andrew Stavisky, wife Sandra, and daughter Amanda, 2, are settled in the Washington, DC, area. Andrew is corporate analyst for Peter Hart Research, a public-opinion polling firm. He was sorry to miss the 10-year reunion, which he heard was great from Stefanie Tier Friedman and Steven Thibodeau.

Jerry Sullivan says, "Life is great!" He and Rachel Singer Sullivan ’89 are homeowners in Brooklyn, NY. Jerry is a project architect at Studios Architecture in NYC and does freelance work, renovating and designing high end apartments. He has been in touch with Adam Cooper, an attorney in Queens. Jerry reports that Mark Watts is a political consultant in Northampton, MA.

Peggy Wall belongs to the president’s club in sales and is a "diamond star" at Lord and Taylor.

Ritsuka Watanabe Mastroianni is a teacher’s aid at an integrated preschool program in Amherst, MA. She also teaches piano to the neighborhood children. Husband David is a guidance counselor at JFK Middle School in Northampton. Daughter Sasha is in third grade, and Kailina is in first grade. Ricci saw Alisa Schulman on the way home from a camping trip this summer and got caught in the Woodstock ’99 traffic. Kailina fit right in with the crowd with her long skirt, tank top, hair up, flip flops, and sunglasses!

Danielle Williams Juchnewich has a new job at PFS New Media, an advertising, communications, and production company. She recently went to Cynthia Vimond Brandt’s house for Christina Nicole’s third birthday party. Danielle brought daughter Juliet, 2, and Rynee Bytner Gregory brought daughter Lillian, 3.

Karen Zimble Stevens and husband Brooke announce the birth of Fenner on Aug. 27, 1999. They are both taking time off to spend in their home in Cornwall, CT, a nice change from Brooklyn. Karen still works for CAD Company, designing and teaching textile design.

I have settled in to my new position as director of admissions at the Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, NY. I also help coordinate the school’s community service projects, through which I enjoy getting to know families at the school. As part of this role, I serve on the board of directors for the Community Center in Katonah. With the school and the center, I work to develop age-appropriate community service projects for the students, ages 3 to fourth grade. I also tutor with Literacy Volunteers of America in Stamford, CT. In my new position, I’ve met many other Skidmore alumni, including Will Long ’98, a teaching assistant at Cisqua.

I saw in the local paper that Lucas Natali ’00, a Skidmore senior and Rippowam Cisqua graduate, will have his paintings featured in his first one-man show, and he was awarded a grant from the dean of students at Skidmore. Cool small-world piece of news – it’s great for me to see graduates of this place doing so well at Skidmore!


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Greg Abes and wife Caron announce the birth of Hannah Alexa on Jan. 16, 1999. Greg lives in the same condo complex in Chicago as Bucky Polk.

Valerie Acquaviva Maio and husband Peter spend their free time fixing up their new house in West Roxbury, MA, just outside of Boston. Valerie started working with Boston Ballet’s Citydance Program in September. The program gives Boston public-school third graders an opportunity to study at the Boston Ballet.

Susan Anrig Lichten and husband Robert purchased a new home in Westchester and on April 8, 1999, welcomed Kaila Grace into their family. Sister Alexandra, 2, is very excited about her new baby sister, and Susan enjoys being a stay-at-home mom.

After moving from Boston to Minneapolis last year, Dan Aronson went back to work as a fixed-income portfolio manager for TCF Financial. He enjoyed the time off and did a lot of work to his 90-year-old house in Minneapolis. "Charm and character come with a price," he says. Though he and wife Martha miss the East Cost, they get back often to visit.

Deborah Asarch Landy and husband David have a new addition to their family, Tessa Clare, born on Dec. 8, 1998. She joins big brother Jonah, who just loves her!

John Benisch was upgraded to captain for the Delta Connection. On the side, he teaches students to fly and hopes to become part of the management. He says that if anyone is thinking about Atlanta, "it’s awesome!"

After a year in Jerusalem, Matthew Bernstein is in NYC and reports the following news: Dan Zucchi got married in November 1999; Bill and Rebecca Shimkin Halsey ’90 enjoy life with their new daughter; David Bakyta and wife Rebecca just had their second daughter; and Dudley Hughes and Hershel Berry are still in San Francisco, where Dudley bought a house. Matt is amazed as to how much has changed in one year away.

For his bachelor party in Manhattan, Kurt Breitenstein was treated to a day of golf, dinner at the Palm I, and a night on the town from his Class of ’89 roommates Dan Aronson, Dave Harmon, Jamie Rogers, Tim Lynch, and Jonathan Wolfman. They all stayed the night at Dave’s house in Florida, NY, and enjoyed catching up on old times.

Kimberly Breyan married Jeffrey Bray on May 15, 1999. She recently started a new job as marketing services director at Champion International in Stamford, CT. Kimberly and Jeffrey moved into their new house this fall, a few blocks from the beach in Milford, CT.

Cyndy Davidson Premru and husband Greg announce the birth of son William Allen on Aug. 11, 1998. Cyndy is a production manager for Six Red Marbles, an educational software developer in Cambridge, MA, and Greg is an architectural photographer in Boston. The family lives in Groton, MA.

Margie Engelman Grodsky is a stay-at-home mom of two wonderful kids – Samantha, 5, and Ben, 2. Margie has her own pottery studio, MG Pottery, which keeps her busy as well.

Kristin Gable Currey and husband Stephen moved back to Cape Cod, where Kristin grew up, to be closer to family. On May 15, 1999, son Nathaniel Henry was born. Kristin says, "It has been a joy to be home with him, and since my husband is a paramedic with a local fire department, he is able to be home often."

Chris Grosso married Kristin Carbone ’91 on Oct. 22, 1999. Chris is portfolio manager for Kennerman Associates. They live on N. Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

Nicole Hilsen MacFarland is a supervising social worker at St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center in Albany, NY.

Richard and Stacey Wessel Jimenez announce the birth of daughter Rhiannon Mikaela on Oct. 20, 1998. She joins brothers Ricky and Michael. Rick teaches Spanish on a Marine base in Japan, and Stacy is busy with three under three! They send regards to all.

Rachel Kary Glazer and husband Randy announce the birth of daughter Harper Lee on Jan. 30, 1999. Rachel has been in contact with Randi Schutz Thureson, who has a daughter, Erica, 2, with husband Alan.

Anne King and Scott Zimmerman had a baby girl, Hailey Lauren, on May 17, 1999.

Doug ’88 and Amira LeBlanc Bixby announce the birth of daughter Schuyler Knowles on July 23, 1999. She joins brother Riker, 2. Aunt Zita de Zagon has visited them. Amira saw Alison Max, Scott and Wendy Lubin Schechter, and Kim Burnet Hall at the beach last summer. All are doing well in their respective careers. Meanwhile, Amira is enjoying her maternity leave.

In January 1999, Anne Margiloff Wargo and husband Keith moved to New Jersey from California with son A.J., born on Sept. 11, 1998. Anne works from home and loves it. She reports that Gaelen Green is in Brooklyn and recently decided to freelance as a technical writer. She’s thrilled with her decision to be her own boss.

Laura Match married David Neuman on Aug. 28, 1999. Laura is associate director for medical education at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. David is a resident orthopedic surgeon at the State University Health Science Center in Brooklyn.

Donna McNally Woods and husband Brian announce the birth of Brendan Matthew on June 6, 1999. He joins sister Jacquelyn, 3. The whole family is well. Donna recently returned to work after taking off three months to spend with Brendan.

Stacy Meyrowitz had a severe brain hemorrhage in June 1999, spent most of the summer in the hospital, and had brain surgery in September. She is happy to report that she is doing great and will make a full recovery! Much love goes to her Skidmore friends who were there around the clock: Alison Max, Scott and Wendy Schechter, Tommy and Kim Hall, Zita de Zagon, Alix Posner-Lieberman, Tyler Schmetterer, and Kim Rubinstein Schweber ’90. "Skidmore friends are the best!" says Stacy.

Mairead O’Connor Jacoby, husband Seth, and daughter Brigitte announce the birth of Ronan Christopher on Feb. 9, 1999. Mairead and family are back in Glastonbury, CT, where she is an internal organizational development consultant four days a week, and Seth is an attorney.

Katherine Patmont Millet lives in Dallas, TX, with husband Christian. Katherine is assistant publications editor at Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau. She also acts in a church drama group and trained for two marathons in 1999 — Chicago and Dallas. They have a yellow Labrador retriever named Wyeth, and Katherine enjoys organic gardening.

Eric Rath began a tenure track as assistant professor of premodern Japanese history at the University of Kansas—Lawrence.

Elizabeth Ross married Michael Tweed in Rye, NY, on July 10, 1999. Skiddies who attended included Loren Pomerantz, Todd France, David Maxwell, Greg and Missy Joffe Garber, Lisa Rae, and Anne Wargo. Liz and Michael went to Bora Bora on their honeymoon and now live in Greenwich, CT. She is the Webmaster at Axiom Direct Media, a mailing list management and brokerage company in Greenwich, CT, and he is associate director for recruitment at PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Loren lives in NYC and works in public relations. Todd is a self-employed and very successful professional photographer, whose work has been in some big magazines. David lives in Boston and works for State Street Bank. Missy and Greg just moved from Buffalo, NY, to outside of Philadelphia, PA, with daughter Madeline, 3. Greg does out-patient counseling for oncology patients at Penn University Hospital, and Missy is thinking of becoming an early-education teacher, after getting her Ph.D. in archeology from SUNY-Buffalo.

David Smith is executive chef at the Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee, CA. He has lived in Lake Tahoe for the past 10 years.

Debbie Snider Mintzer and husband Craig live outside Orlando, FL. They have two children, Sammy, 4 , and Brandon, 1. Debbie keeps in touch with Andy Mencher, Ethan Cline, Dan Elkin, Debbie Landy, and Pascale Cavegn White ’90 and saw them all last year at Andy’s wedding in Washington, DC. Also at the wedding were Pete Galvin and Glenn Spellman. Debbie recently saw Robin Karofsky Malasky, who lives in south Florida, when she and husband Stephen ’88 met Debbie and her family at Disney World. Although Debbie missed our 10th reunion, she hopes to see everyone at our 20th!

Jeffrey Warren graduated from law school in December 1998 and passed the Ohio bar exam in February 1999. He practices corporate law in Columbus.

Dan Zucchi married Kristina Scarfi of Mahopac, NY, on Nov. 6, 1999. Dan is regional sales director for Westchester County for Paetec Communications Inc., a local telephone and Internet company to the business community throughout the nation. Kristina is a physical-education teacher at New York Medical College. Dan sends his regards to the class.

I completed the inaugural River Ride over the July 4th weekend, a five-day, 285-mile bicycle trip from Mount Kisco, NY, to Albany and back. Over $50,000 was raised for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation by the 40 participating cyclists. The ride was a fantastic experience and a great way to see the rural Hudson Valley up close and to promote tourism in that area of New York State.


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