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Lisa Pedicini and
Paulette Adkins Rainie
c/o Lisa Pedicini
91 Central Park West, #12A
New York, NY 10023


Debbie Birnberg Goldberg is in her second year as creative director, vocal coach, and production manager of the student players at the Kaplan Jewish Community Center in West Palm Beach, FL. Husband and physician Glen volunteers his carpentry skills after hours as set builder; daughter Ashley, 12, sings in the chorus and son Dustin, 9, helps with scenery. Debbie says, “You really need a supportive family to do this job.”


Reunion ’01!

Elizabeth Deckenbach Felder
42 Epping Rd.
Exeter, NH 03833-1521

Heidi Minken and Jesse Alfriend are the parents of Isabelle Kitt, born on Feb. 23, 2000. Isabelle joins brothers Tyler, 10, and Cabel, 8, in a very active household. Heidi is development manager at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

Kathy McCrohon Kasper owns and directs the Kathy McCrohon Dance Center in Wellesley, MA. She also lives “non-stop” with her husband and “two beautiful boys, Gregory, 6, and Garrett, 3.”


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

Concetta Morales Rothwell, who resides in Des Moines, IA, has been selected for a state-wide leadership program that encourages partnerships between business, education, and community organizations. Leadership Iowa cited Morales’ extensive leadership activities, which include membership in Iowans For the Arts, Latinos Unidos, Iowa Hispanic Chamber, Des Moines Art Center, and the Iowa Arts Council.

Grace Houghton Myers, physician husband John, and kids Molly and Johnny have left the big city (Bangor, ME) for rural Dedham several miles southeast. Grace has been working as proofreader for The Maine Times since March. She reports that since she’s been on board the editor was fired amid scandal and the paper’s temporary office building caught fire. Other than that, it’s a great job, part time, with great colleagues, etc. She is especially pleased to be able to spend plenty of time with the kids and keep stress levels to a minimum.


Jennifer Orvis Jordan
2713 Trinidad Circle
Melbourne, FL 32934

Andrew Warner has been appointed chairman of the department of gastroenterology at Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA. He is also an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Tufts Medical School and a clinical instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. Andrew is married to physician Ann Warner and has two children, David, 5, and Jake, 2. They live in Carlisle. Andrew has also recently become a private pilot.

Dag Anderson and wife Eve proudly announces the birth of their son, Benjamin Lowell, on June 27, 2000. Dag says, “That’s three strikes (Samantha is 9 and Ethan is 7) and we are out! Check baby Lowell out at”


Catey Heller Terry
806 Again St.
Columbia, MO 65203

Donielle Offerman Leigh and husband Joseph attended the wedding of Marc Fragale ’83 to Alison Evans on the yacht Horizon on September 9, 2000. Many other Skidmore alumni were in attendance to witness the beautiful ceremony, back-lit by the Manhattan skyline. The groom confirms that “a fabulous time was had by all.”

Melissa Thodos Johnston resides in Chicago, IL, with husband Rick and fraternal twin daughters Olivia and Sophia. She is the artistic director of the Melissa Thodos & Dancers national and international touring company.

Joe and Annette VanOsdol Kobylak announce the birth of daughter Annabelle Elizabeth. She was born on July 3, 2000. Annette writes, “Her three-year old brother Charlie is wonderfully oblivious to his new sister; he’s enjoying preschool and legos!”

Elizabeth Cowey LaCause has started back to work full time now that her two children, Sara and Michael, have reached pre-school age. She is the performing arts associate at Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, NY, and says that she “loves it!”

Beth Amarantes Bouthot and husband Charlie announce the birth of daughter Whitney Elizabeth on October 12, 2000. Whitney joins brother Cameron, 2. Beth is a nephrologist at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA, where she manages kidney transplant and dialysis patients.


Anne Gunnarson Hampton
6994 Meadowpoint Terr.
New Market, MD 21774-0636

PJ Rosenthal has once again changed departments, but not careers. “I am currently with the district police department in Palm Beach, FL. My work with the alternative education program at Delray Full Service Center is hard, but the vacations are great! Hopefully, the time spent here will allow me to make a difference in the lives of some kids who are in need of assistance.”

Marty and Melissa Finnon Fiorillo ’88 announce the birth of their second daughter, Olivia Caroline, on October 2, 2000.

Lisa AdamsEdwards lives in Arlington, TX, with husband Craig, daughter Brooke, 5, and Kyle, 2. She is working as an account manager for WestPoint Stevens Home Fashions. Lisa sends “a warm Texas hello” to Linda Perry ’87, Jill Johnson Lynch, and Coline Paimblanc Riviere ’86.

Novella Mastroianni Tebano loves being a full time mom to three children: Alexandra, 9, Taylor, 8, and Attilio, 5. Now that the youngest child is in kindergarten, Novella has begun getting involved in community volunteer work.


Reunion ’01!

Anne Chorske Stuzin
206 Ridgewood Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21210-2539

Our class president Cheryl Ellefson is at the helm of our reunion-planning team, and there seems to be a growing group of organizers assembling. If you have not yet marked your calendars, the dates are May 31-June 3, 2001 (always a beautiful time of year in beloved Saratoga!). Make those airline reservations, book the hotel, etc. Hope to see lots of you there. Please be in touch about how you can help!

Chip Williams and his wife Lisa were in Baltimore in October with their adorable year-old daughter, Katherine, visiting Lisa’s family. Lisa’s mother and stepfather (coincidentally, he’s the father of classmate Tony McClellan!) hosted a great cocktail party for old Baltimore friends of Lisa’s. I enjoyed catching up with Chip and hearing about the newly married (yes, married!) lives of Larry Meltzer and Ron Levene. Conspicuously absent and missed was Roland Mackenzie, who was out celebrating at his Gilman High School reunion (here in Baltimore, where you went to high school is as important as where you went to college — in fact, that’s what people are getting at when they ask the “where did you go to school” question!).

Bette Hafner Spiegel lives in Richmond, VA, with husband John and two sons. She is in touch with Debbie Hurst Rising and Debbie’s new husband Ben, who live in Southbury, CT.

Brian Singer has relocated to New Market, MD, and continues to work for Ecolab Inc. as an assistant vice president of corporate accounts. He and wife Cindi were married in St. Paul, MN.

Pam Duca and Clai Marshall are back in Massachusetts with their three children, the most recent being Devereux Grace (Devon), who was born last August. Clai works from home for a California-based software company. Pam enjoys her role at home as mother to Devon and her big brothers, Conner, 5, and Colton, 2. She is in touch with Peggy Burchard Benson (now living in El Paso, TX, with husband Peter and three kids) and Lauren Botticelli, who is living in Syracuse, NY. Pam and Clai also attended Phil Theoharides August 2000 wedding.

Diane Bigotte Kendall did me a huge favor last September when she hosted my family at her beautiful home in Weston, CT. We were up from Baltimore to attend my brother’s wedding and loved the option (actually it was a Diane mandate) of staying with friends versus a hotel room (not fun with two children, as many of you can imagine!). Diane and I enjoyed our time catching up, when I wasn’t running back and forth fulfilling sister of the groom and bridesmaid duties, not to mention mother of two rambunctious flower girls.

Heidi Schmidt Held writes, “It was great to see Sherri Eagle White ’85, Madalyn Grano, and Geralyn Gudione Staab at the wedding of Cathy Burchell to Chris Quaranta on September 23, 2000, in Windham, NY!”

Aimee Ventura left her job at Credit Suisse First Boston last summer and is now at Fidelity Capital Management in NYC, where she started a new trading deck with a former customer.


Jennifer Weisberg Millner
45 W. Long Dr.
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-2709

Stephen Meima completed an M.B.A. from Marymount University in Arlington, VA, last May. The program included a trip to Fontainebleu, France, to study marketing at the INSEAD School of Business Management. Steve and his wife, Rachel, have a daughter, Rose, 2. They recently purchased a house in Bethesda, MD.

Gregory Rutchik married Erin Stern, (sister of Eric Stern ’90) at Ventana in Big Sur, CA. The wedding was attended by Howie Skora and Amy Bergman Bonomi ’89.

Anne Emerling Ducan and Tom Duncan ’88 welcomed a new edition to their family, William Edward. Born April 8, 2000, he joins his sister Mackenzie, 6, and brother Riley, 4.


Beth Skudder
325 West Patent Road
Mount Kisco, NY 10549

Miriam Davis Doern and James Doern ’87 announce the arrival of Benjamin Jacob, who was born on April 26, 2000. He joins sister Lillian.

Laurie Lamb Flannery and husband John announce the birth of Kyle on April 18, 2000. He joins brothers Christian, 7 and Curtis, 2.

Karen Linde Davenport is practicing veterinary medicine part time in Charlestown, WV, where she and husband Henry show horses.

Byron Lucas and wife Mary announce the birth of their second son, Stephen Matthew, on January 28, 2000. Stephen joins brother Gregory Alexander. Byron is a senior systems analyst for Hartford Life Insurance.

Jacquelyn Fields started working for a K-12 Internet educational company, She also has her own small hand-painted design company specializing in linens, furniture, dinnerware, and decorative wall painting.

Cara Goldberg Christensen is staying busy working towards an Ed.D. and expecting the birth of a third child to join siblings Jacob, 4, and Allie, 2 .

Drew Glantz, Ron Chabot, Phil Graner and Bob Woolf met in Las Vegas last winter where both Drew and Bob announced their pending fatherhood, and Ron and Phil relayed parenting stories. Phil vowed to the group that the trip would become an annual ritual, after which he promptly “lost his shirt at the tables.”

Josh Dorman is teaching painting in NYC, and had a show in the Ansonia Windows in December.


Cynthia Urick Stickles
282 Brookline Street
Hawthorne, NY 10532-1843

Kathy Mattick has begun her first year at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison.

Michele Alcorn Roberts teaches high school French and Spanish and acts as editor and Web developer for a foreign language teaching association. She lives in Wheatfield, NY, with husband Greg and son Geoffrey.

Faith Exconde Michel has been named director of outreach at Maryland Public Television. She will be responsible for developing and implementing community outreach programs that support on-air programming. Faith, an undergraduate music major, received a master of arts in vocal pedagogy and a master of education in music education from Columbia University. A Towson, MD, resident, she was previously employed as administrator of educational partnerships and manager of the Arts Excel program for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Dan Aronson is the proud father of a son, Sam, who was born on May 3, 2000.

Judy Fisher-Sadoff is putting her broadcasting career on hold for now, while she raises her kids Max 3, and Hana, 1. Judy writes, “Skidmore should have had a motherhood 101 course. You don’t know how tough and wonderful it can be until your are up to your eyeballs in dirty diapers and toddler tantrums. Kim Davis is visiting us in Durham, NC, this winter.”

Loren Pomerantz was recently named communications director for Environments, a public relations firm for Internet start-up companies. Previously, she served as media consultant to numerous national firms, including, AOL, Compuserve, Oxygen Media, and


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