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Barbara Crossman Bell
2201 E. 56th Ave., Apt #7
Anchorage, AK 99507

Greetings from the snowy North, land of the aurora borealis and Denali! I am settling in to my home and life as a married woman.

Diana Giragossian Hellinger writes that she has gone from advocating educational equity issues at NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, to overseeing the placement of the beautiful and historic Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, DC, to finally doing what she always intended to do upon graduating from Skidmore — teaching English to middle-school kids. Diana is as passionate about her new career as she was about the previous ones. She and her husband, Doug, live in Washington, DC, and enjoy their two golden retrievers, Rosie and Samson.

Kim Osgood describes herself as a “soccer mom,” and her 9-year-old daughter Isabel’s “greatest fan.” Kim is an artist, who shows her paintings in galleries in Seattle, Portland, and Santa Fe. She is also co-owner of a clothing store in Portland, OR.

Eileen Molloy Shepard’s daughter Kate went on a six-week exchange program to Korea this year.

Elaine Spevak Fromer and family (Howie, Becky and Jake) went on a two-week trip to England in August, the first time there for them all.

Margery Mellman has been bitten by the theater bug this year, having seen Aida, The Music Man, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Ride Down Mount Morgan, and Marie Christine.

Last year, Debbie Fritts Palmer and husband Jeff bought a house outside Charleston, SC, and are semi-retired. She writes, “Jeff continues to pursue his marketing consulting business in between fishing trips, and I design packaging for the craft industry when I’m not decorating or renovating two houses. We are currently upgrading the kitchen & baths in our 100-plus-year-old Sag Harbor house.” Daughter Jennie designs and sculpts floats for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade; Tracey is entering her senior year at USC, majoring in creative writing. Debbie also joined the Charleston Artist’s Guild and had a pastel accepted into the juried signature artist’s show.

Mora Mushlin Katz recently took a sabbatical from her job as a special education teacher in Falmouth, ME. For three months she was a volunteer teacher at a bilingual school in the cloud forest area of Monteverde, Costa Rica. While there she lived with a family and spent her free time hiking in the rain forest, improving her Spanish skills, and making friends. Husband Michael played classical guitar and did a lot of ballroom dancing in her absence. Daughter Miriam Johnson ’97 is living in the Boston area and daughter Rachel is a student in Buffalo, NY.

Carol Christensen Parker continues to work as a painting conservator at the National Gallery in Washington, DC. She spend a lot of time hiking and rock climbing with her 12- and 14-year-old sons; the family has conquered portions of the Grand Tetons and returns every summer to climb in the Adirondack mountains.

Jennifer Walter King continues as a counselor at Newton North High School in Newton, MA, where son Dan will be a sophomore. Her older son Ari will be graduating from UMass-Amherst this year.

Barbara Jensen writes, “Hi! I am especially glad to see Ann Diller’s name on the letterhead as Prez! (I’ve been out of touch for quite a while.) I’ve spent the past 10 years in Tucson, AZ, writing, editing, and marketing and am now director of marketing for Lehigh University’s new Zoellner Arts Center and love it. I have an 18-year-old daughter, Julie Osinski (joy of my life), who is spending the summer at NYU studying drawing and painting.”

Kathryn Kariotis Del La Femina wants everyone who got an alumni directory to note that her husband’s name is Frank Del La Femina (not Yopchick). She has known Frank since they were 12 at school together in Wayland, MA. They were reunited after over 30 years by his sister, and got married in September 1999, resulting in a combined clan of seven children! Kathy works for EMC and they all live together in Ashland, MA.

Carolyn Ray is on the Web at ( and in her 22nd year of operating a wall covering and fabric business. Her husband, John Holmes, continues his home renovation business. Son Ben, 14, entered his first year of high school, and daughter Tova, 11, entered middle school this year.

Lucia Berger West and husband Michael are still living in Topeka, KS, but plan to move permanently to Harbor Springs, MI, in two years. Their son Wes, 16, plans to check out Skidmore when he begins his college search this year. Lucia adds, “I still keep in close touch with Susie Necarsulmer Goldsmith, so, whoever paired us as freshmen roommates provided us with a lifelong friendship! Thanks to Skidmore for that!”


Reunion ’01!

Candace Keeler Krop
1629 Godfrey Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23454-1301

Cynthia Hettler-Ingerson and husband Jay are now the proud grandparents of four; during the year 2000, two granddaughters were born to join two grandsons.

Martha Seem Banghart’s daughter Tracy is a junior at Davidson College, spending spring term in Florence, Italy. Son Andrew is a freshman at Gettysburg, playing lacrosse.

Jaye Scholl Bohlen and husband Charlie are busy raising children Avis, 15, Charlie, 13, and Peter, 11. Jaye reports that last summer her family traveled “to Bulgaria — yes, Bulgaria; and had a wonderful time.”

Dede George has earned tenure and a promotion to associate professor of nursing at Regis College in Weston, MA. Her daughter Amy ’96 received a master’s degree at Boston University and is working as a marine biologist at Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA.

The class extends its sympathies to Judy Willsey, who lost her mother in a tragic car accident this past year. We will keep Judy and family in our thoughts and prayers.


Nancy McNiff
10419 Cable Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63131-2712

After several years working in the home health field, Judith Etelis Farber is assistant to the nursing supervisor for the Hartford public schools. She and husband Michael have two grown children; son Joshua is in his last year of medical school, and daughter Stacy is an accountant.

Nan Fisher Endemann is still teaching physical education in the Mattituck-Cutchogue school district in Mattituck, NY. Son Buck graduated from Wake Forest in May 2000 and is working in Washington, DC. Daughter Amy is a third-year student in the McIntyre School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Wendy Berger Boyar writes, “Life is good.” Son Matthew celebrated his bar-mitzvah, husband Mike opened a third business location, and Wendy’s multiple sclerosis has been stable.

Rebecca Irwin Johnson became a member of the LPGA in fall of 1999.

Jeanne Bresciani received her Ph.D. from NYU in May 2000.


Elizabeth Nace
30 Owen Ave.
Queensbury, NY 12804

Anne Alger Hayward was named vice president and senior counsel at Sovereign Bank New England. Anne’s husband is an arbitrator and her daughter Katie is in the second grade. Anne often sees classmates Anne Pouch, Margot Seefeld Woodworth, and Mira Fish Coleman.


Elizabeth Chiquoine
29 Hearthstone Drive
Gansevoort, NY 12831

I was not the only person moving recently; other classmates were also on the move! Robin Scholtz Stocks’s new address is 21 Socha Lane, Scotia, NY 12302.

Karen Elkind Hirsch has moved to Baton Rouge to become the research director for reproductive medicine at Woman’s Research Institute and Center for Fertility. Her new address is 17919 Cascades Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70810

A cross-country move was in the works for Candace Westwater, who relocated from Connecticut to Phoenix. Her new address is 564 West Valley Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85023 (

No new address yet, but Martha Cary Shuster writes that her family is in the process of building a new house in South Dartmouth, MA. It’s going well but they are currently living in a tiny apartment with two teenagers and a very active chocolate lab. Their son John looked at Skidmore last summer, loved it, and will be applying for fall 2001 admission. Daughter Molly is in her second year at the Pomfret School.

Barbara Baldwin Newby says she is “still enjoying the empty nest.” Daughter Suzanne is in Boston at Investors Bank and Trust, while sons Frank and Andy attend UMaryland College Park, and second daughter Trish is a student at UFlorida Gainesville.

In NYC, Nancy Butkus stays in touch with Patsy Ong. She also runs into Susan Olaksen Cowie at the Convent of the Sacred Heart school where Susan’s daughter is in first grade and Nancy’s is in second.

Larry Rosenmann is teaching geology as an adjunct professor at the College of St. Rose in Albany, in addition to his full-time job with the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation. His daughter, Libby, is a sophomore at RPI. Son Joshua is also a college sophomore at the tender age of 16, having skipped high school. He’s attending Hudson Valley Community College. Larry sent along his e-mail address and would love to hear from his Skidmore friends (

After a roller coaster year recovering from shattering both shoulders in a fall off a Stairmaster machine at the gym, Jeri Held writes that she can once again lift weights. She was recently appointed commissioner of the arts for the city of Carlsbad, CA, and continues to run her award winning PR-events firm, Featuremedia, in San Diego.

Cynthia Secaur Day writes that she is completing her fourth year in the chemistry department at Wake Forest University where she’s in charge of the departmental X-ray and NMR facilities. Her husband commutes from the University of Nebraska every eight weeks so he can see the family, which includes children in the 10th and 7th grades. She joined classmate Sue Hemingway this summer for their 30th high school reunion.

Speaking of reunions, Denise Marcil suggests that we plan some regional mini reunions in these years leading up to our next big one on campus. She’s attended some for her husband’s college class. If anyone would like to work on this idea, or has a place they’d like to go, e-mail Denise.

By the time you read this, John Merrill Jr. should be back from sailing on Mystic Seaport’s schooner Brilliant from Lisbon, Portugal, to the Canary Islands. He is a financial advisor at Paine Webber in New London, CT, where his wife, Martha, is the director of admissions at Connecticut College. Their daughter, Hayley, is 11 and enjoying middle school.

Ellen Brickman Jensen finished her second master’s degree (an M.S. in nursing) and is now a nurse practitioner in psychiatry. She also has a new job as associate director of the NY State Nurses Association, where she is responsible for the statewide development and management of a support program for nurses with drug related problems. The program is called SPAN (Statewide Peer Assistance for Nurses).

Congratulations to Emily Pavlovic, who married Jerry Chiles on June 3, 2000!

Deborah Davis Moore has taken a new position as senior law clerk to Chief Judge Frederick J. Scullin, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. Her youngest son Andrew graduated from Cornell Law School in May, passed the Connecticut Bar, and is employed as an associate attorney with Halloran & Sage in Hartford, CT.


Noreen Reilly
114 Cushing Ave.
Boston, MA 02125-2033

Mary Broderick describes her daughter Katie Spencer ’04 as blissfully happy to be a freshman at Skidmore; and Mary was “amazed by the beauty and spirit of the campus.”

Perry Allison Schunk has been named vice president of advertising and sponsorship sales at Alta Vista. She formerly held sales and advertising positions at Sports Illustrated magazine and Individual’s News Page, an advertising-supported Web site for business professionals.


Reunion ’01!

Ingeborg Hegemann Clark
26 Kerrington Way
Stow, MA 01775

Christine Wright Hanley has gone back to work, part time, for American General Media and is enjoying the radio business. She saw Betsy Pritchard Wheating, Lucy Rogers, Anne Hughes, Mallory Haines Armstrong, and Deborah Volkman Falls in Vermont last year. She spent New Year’s Eve in Marblehead with Winnie Foss Smith ’78. Their children all dove into the Atlantic Ocean to celebrate the millennium! She sent word that she would love to get back in touch with R. Cameron Miller.

Barbara Wonson-Liukkonen is living back in the Twin Cities after 20 years in Duluth. She is the education coordinator in the Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota. She writes that she is happily married for 20 plus years and has two black labs.

Leslie Stein Lampert is a feature writer for Parents Magazine and lifestyle editor of Avenue magazine, in addition to freelance writing for other national publications. Husband Randy is a partner in an Internet firm. Daughter Liz is a freshman at Indiana University; daughter Amanda, 17, and son Alex, 15, attend high school.

Denise Reed is a 1999-2000 recipient of an Artists’ Fellowship grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts in the nonfiction literature category and is completing a memoir titled Sojourner: One Woman’s Fantastic Voyage to Insanity and Back. She would love to communicate with Skidmore alumni who were students in 1973–76, especially African American and Latino students. As of March 2000, she had not quit her day job as a management consultant with Health Care Alternatives Inc. in NYC.

Rena Weissman Wallenius re-opened her law practice after a 12-year hiatus to raise her two children, Todd, 12 and Nora, 8. She stays in touch with Skidmore alumni Julie Santoro, Nancy Campbell and Andrea Swift Hazelwood. She lives in Oceanside, CA.

Polly Vail Walsh and her husband Mark (Union ’76) have two wonderful children, Jack, 14 and Melissa, 11. The kids attend the Cathedral Schools in Washington, DC, (St. Albans for boys, National Cathedral for girls), and both sing in the Cathedral choirs. Polly left the New York Times after 18 years and is doing fundraising and development. Her most exciting project is with a nonprofit in Washington, which supports internships in government, media, and technology. As a board member, she is helping with Web site development, corporate sponsorships and marketing. She views her work as “a great extension of my American studies major!” Mark is with a company called VerticalNet. They live in Chevy Chase and Polly just “managed” a renovation, which she hopes will be the last for a while.


Constance Martin
3139 High Meadow Lane
San Jose, CA 95135

Millie Tan has been promoted to vice president for global marketing at her firm and will specialize in strategy and products directed at the teen market. Her 30-month-old daughter Ellie, writes Millie, is “a bundle of joy.”

Yvonne Elliotte has recently returned to live in Albany, NY, after residency in Atlanta, GA, where she was a police officer at Emory University for two years and a social service specialist for the state of Georgia for seven years. She is the mother of daughters Tiara, 16, and Kiandra, 6, and says she is “overjoyed to be just minutes from the Skidmore campus.”


Alec Neville was named chief financial officer for BuildPoint Corporation, an e-commerce firm that serves the construction industry. He was previously director of investment banking for SG Cowan, an investment banking and securities firm.

Willie Ortiz writes to say he ran into Victor Moreno, who lives in the Bronx and also spoke with Ron Sheldon, who is living outside Fresno, CA, where Ron works as a clinical psychologist. Willie also lunched with Bob Antonez at the Olde Bryan Inn during a visit to Saratoga Springs.

June Morier has moved back to the Town of Saratoga, where she purchased a home on Saratoga Lake. June is a clinical social worker specializing in treatment of adolescent and adult trauma in private practice in Clifton Park, NY.


Kim West
1245 Arden Rd.
Pasadena, CA 91106-4135

Philippe Ruskin writes, “In a nutshell, here’s what I’ve been up to since Skidmore. After Skidmore I spent several years as an actor. Although I was a founding member of Skidmore’s first rock band, Scarlet Fever (yes, all you people after ’79, there was rock at Skidmore before you), I did not go on in rock and roll but do still play the drums. After acting for four years, I moved into television, where I worked my way up to producer of the Dr. Ruth Show. I then created a few pilots for Alan King, but got out of television (the egos tended to take up most of the room and oxygen around) and got into entertainment marketing. At that time I wrote a humor book and a radio series for one of the characters on the Late Show with David Letterman. I now am director of marketing for an agency called Teuwen One Image, which specializes in hospitality, food, travel marketing, and communications. We have top restaurant clients; one of my chefs has a book on the best seller list. And one of the most fun culinary festivals that I produce is the annual Chocolate Show, a four-day festival with celebrity chefs, chocolate fashion, chocolate art, chocolate brands, and children’s activities. I am also an adjunct professor at Fordham University (where I got my M.B.A.), where I teach hospitality marketing.”


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