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Melissa Burkard Schroen and husband Dan are happy to announce the birth of son Aaron Daniel on February 1, 2001. Aaron joins brother Peter and sister Emily.
Jessica Wahman completed a doctorate in philosophy and teaches at a university in Pennsylvania.
Julie Wright McKay and husband Daryl welcomed daughter Virginia on February 12, 2001. Virginia was born six months earlier in Korea; she joins brother Hunter, 5. Julie and her family live in York, ME.
Jane Agate Caldeira and husband Steve announce the birth of Alexander Robert on May 12. Alexander and big sister Madeleine live with mom and dad in West Norwalk, CT. Steve is a managing director at Burson-Marsteller Public Relations in NYC.
Andrew Hurvitz passed the CFA exam last year. He and David Backal, Brian Bereck, John Koutcher ’91, Jeff Snyder ’91, and Rich Wartel ’91 held their annual Skidmore “mini-reunion” in Las Vegas this past fall. Scott Blick ’91 was scheduled to attend but instead celebrated the birth of his daughter.
Katie Riker Sternberg and husband Erich “joyfully” announce the birth of second child Hallie Baker on May 29.
I left my job at Doubleday Publishing to start my own company, Blake Communications. I specialize in PR, promotions, and marketing for sports, lifestyle, and celebrity authors and personalities.
Corina Chin Lu
Lisa Goldberg Ricker and Jason Ricker welcomed son Austin James on February 16, 2001. The Rickers attended the wedding of Karen Simons to Joe Terminiello on April 21. Other classmates in attendance were Vickie Rubin Stofsky , Jen Manning, Julie Issokson Perlow, and Anne Davis Sahrmann.
Heather Santmire married Joshua Denk on October 13. They live in Houston, TX, with three cats and a puppy. Heather is a freelance writer for publications such as the Houston Business Journal and Teen Celebrity magazine. She publishes a regular column on her Web site, “It’s All About Me” (www.serenebabe.com). She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courtney Pulitzer runs a business hosting networking events and discussions for professionals in technology and related industries. She also produces an online newsletter, “The Cyber Scene,” which covers technology-related events in NYC and other “wired towns” around the U.S. and Europe (www.pulitzer.com).
Perri Shapiro married John Gordon last September 2, in Sharon, MA. Amie Shapiro White was matron of honor; other Skiddies in attendance were Greg White, Janet Reardon ’92, and Jon Ryan ’92. Perri and John live in Wellesley with a yellow Labrador. John is a partner in a health-care management firm called Putnam Associates; Perri is assistant director of student activities at Boston University.
Diane Feiler received a Ph.D. in government from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Scott Bornstein and wife Rosalie welcomed baby Jonah Eli on August 18.
David Miner and Jennifer Weis Miner ’89 are the parents of Jessica Pearl, born July 22. She joins sister Emily Sophia, 2. Pictures can be found on their Web site: www.minerfamily.com. David and Jennifer are continuing “the never-ending barter of sleep for joy.”
After working as a photojournalist in Cleveland, OH, and Sarasota, FL, for several years, Jodie Skillicorn is in her second year of medical school at the Ohio University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Jeff and Christine Lynch Berg welcomed newest family member Jonatha Saratoga on July 6—“and yes, her middle name comes from the town where Mommy and Daddy met.” Big brother Jacob, 3, is eager for her to be able to play catch with him.
Suzette Soboti is teaching and coaching at the University of Redlands in California, where her soccer team was ranked 20th in the nation for the first time ever. She spent two weeks in Australia last summer coaching a collective colleges team at the Arafura Games, a Southeast Asian version of the Olympics. The U.S. took the gold medal!
Katherine Baradaran married Andy Persaud on March 10, 2001, at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian. Katherine and Andy live in Potomac Falls, VA, with three miniature pinschers. She is a senior program manager in Global Services at America Online in Dulles, VA, a location she says was “chillingly close to where the hijackers were.” She adds, “My heart goes out to all who were more directly impacted by the tragic events [of September 11].” Katherine reconnected recently with Christina Blechar Galvin ’90 and would love to hear from other Skidmore friends at KBaradaran@aol.com.
Todd Faber and wife Jennifer welcomed Isabella Rose on August 16. He writes, “Both mom and daughter are doing great, and fortunately for Isabella, she looks just like her mommy.”
Jessica Sawyer O’Connor lives in NYC with husband Rory O’Connor ’89. She held her first solo art show at the Wright Gallery in Chelsea this past fall.
Amity Lenahan Fowler
San Diego residents Jennifer Wells Barry and husband Hawk welcomed daughter Keira Sheridan on March 18, 2001. Jennifer, who has decided to put her law career on hold for a few years, has left the employ of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP.
Sarah Walrand married Josh Beer in Paradise Island, Bahamas, last June. Skiddies in attendance were Beth Atkins, Jen Brown, Alex Cranstoun, Marina Danis Pappas, Jamie Nimmons, Amy Sukink, Luke Pollack, Alisa Paul, Gretchen Godwin, and Nate Chickering. Josh and Sarah reside in Riverdale, NY.
Jon Burkan has left the world of Internet start-ups to work for Merrill Lynch in NYC, where he is training for the New York City Marathon. Jon spent time last summer in Saratoga with Steve Hatwick, and with Will ’92 and Tabatha LeClair Orthwein ’91 and their son Owen, who celebrated his first birthday in August.
Caroline Orr and husband Matt D’Abate ’95 announce the birth of Sofia Mae on September 17. In Saratoga Springs, Caroline works from home as an organizational researcher and consultant, and Matt works for the Adirondack Trust Company.
Nancy Fox is studying shorebirds in a master’s program in wildlife at Humboldt State University. She lives in Arcata, CA.
Sara Kerry married Peter Greene in Syracuse, NY, on July 14. Christine Berardinelli and Justine Vargas were bridesmaids; Lauren Baylek was also in attendance. The couple honeymooned in Ireland. Sara is a private flute teacher instructing a studio of 50 flutists and two flute choirs.
After opening TimeEscape, a six-axis motion simulator ride on Chicago’s Navy Pier in 2000, John Beckman spent the last year working on General Mills’ Cereal Adventure at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN. John also runs a theater company, Empire Theatre. He recently connected with Tom Borchard ’97, who was traveling through Chicago, stage-managing Rent.
Keirnan Conroy Klosek
Blue Curry has working space at Great Western Studios, a community of a few hundred creative artists in London, where he held an exhibition of his photography at the Bahamian Embassy in London. Blue’s images can be viewed online at www.bluezroom.com.
Catherine Rand married Marcus Gherardi ’96 in October 2000 in Manchester, NH. The couple lives in Washington, DC, where Catherine is mid-Atlantic marketing specialist for Starbucks Coffee. Marcus is an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, on a two-year assignment at Coast Guard Headquarters in DC.
Maura Fortescue married Brian Devine last April 7 in Randolph, NJ. Fellow alums in attendance were Cat Singer, Katy Klassman ’96, Amy Drapeau ’96, and Sarah Ritch. Brian and Maura live in Austin, TX, where she is a senior producer for Works, a company that delivers Web-based procurement applications to midsize businesses. Brian is a territory manager for Orange, CA–based Metrex.
Emily Weinberg married Stephen Zivin last June 3. In attendance were Cornelia Gillette-Rinzler, Jeremy Rinzler, Sarah Spagnola Young, and Mary Serphos.
Sarah Spagnola married Dennis Forrester Young on December 30, 2000 (in the middle of that memorable blizzard!). Skiddies in attendance were Emily Weinberg Zivin and Phoebe Smith. Sarah reports, “We live in Charlottesville, VA, where Dennis is getting his M.B.A. at UVA, and I am a host and producer of a morning radio talk-news show.”
Phoebe Smith moved with husband John Lettow from Boston to Washington, DC, in August. Phoebe is working as a freelance graphic designer while settling into the role of first-time homeowner in their Capitol Hill townhouse.
Keirnan Conroy Klosek hung out with Kristin Lehr while she was in Boston doing a medical school rotation at Massachussetts General Hospital. Kristin finishes Albany Medical School this spring.
Peter Wan was seen playing golf at the Boston club’s golf outing in October.
Annie Bonebakker Bonney has been living in Boston since graduation. She and husband Chad (brother of classmate Sarah Bonney Lapides) were married at her parent’ summer house on Chebeague Island in Maine in 1998. Annie says, “I had a wonderful group of Skidmore women at my side: Jen Jacobs Lagow, Kristen Keough, Sarah Bonney Lapides, and Jenny Livingston. Also celebrating with us were Nichole DuPuy and Andy Thompson ’94, Chrissy Wasik, Holly Sawyer, and Ian Adler ’94.” Annie works at Oldways Preservation and Exchange Trust, a small nonprofit based in Boston; she lives in Brookline.
Ellen Casey married Steven Boyd in Greenwich, CT.
Andrea Werner is the PR manager for DKNY Women’s Collection in New York City. She lives in Greenwich Village with her dog.
Saratoga Springs residents Matt D’Abate and wife Caroline Orr D’Abate ’93 announce the birth of Sofia Mae on September 17. Matt works for the Adirondack Trust Company, and Caroline works from home as an organizational researcher and consultant.
Andrew Fisher’s wife gave birth to daughter Dani Michelle on May 31.
Susan Willson Hillman is in her last year of the Ph.D. program in tropical ecology at the University of Missouri at Columbia; she has been doing research in Amazonian Peru. On April 22 Sue wed Stuart Hillman. “Rona Sandberg and Peggy Vermont were my bridesmaids, and Rona’s daughter Jessica was the flower girl.” Sue and Stuart had a pre-wedding, month-long honeymoon in Southern Peru and Chilean Patagonia, since they were already in Peru doing research.
In August, Ryan Toomey married Amy Lapointe, a preschool teacher and graduate of Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. Jeff Dorfman was his best man. Other Skiddies in attendance were Beth Turi, Tanya Fandino, Michelle Noel Furlong, and Kerrie Johnson ’96. Ryan is a technical support engineer at OriginLab Corporation in Northampton, MA.
Alison Flesch has merged her landscape design company with a firm called Foxglove Design. She explains, “I am now the primary designer of the firm’s West Coast division (www.e-foxglove.com).” Two of her designs will be featured on HGTV’s show “Landscaper’s Challenge” this winter. She still lives in Los Angeles and is happily dating Jeffrey Ziter ’94.
Valerie Trautman, a middle-school guidance counselor in Rockland County, says, “It has been a great career change!” She lives in New Rochelle, NY.
Apologies to Greg Matalon, our outgoing class president, who was incorrectly identified in our last class letter. Thanks, Greg, for all your service to the class.
California resident Paige Miller Buck resigned as director of events for MobileVillage to pursue new opportunities last spring. Since then, she’s been a freelance event planner for such well-known Bay Area events as Bay to Breakers, the largest footrace in the world; two summer art and wine festivals; and the Mill Valley Film Festival. In August she married Brent Frederick Buck in Gloucester, MA. Meighan McCrea was in attendance.
Allison Gray Costa
Amy Berkley lives in NYC, where she is a photo editor at Men’s Journal magazine and also pursuing her personal photography. She reports that Hillary Barnes just took off on a yearlong cross-country adventure with boyfriend Jonah.
Suzanne Azara and Sean Foley were wed in Tarrytown, NY, on July 7; afterwards they spent two weeks in French Polynesia, “kicking back, feeding sharks, and playing with dolphins.” Suzanne and Sean reside in Sudbury, MA, where Suzanne teaches sixth grade; she earned a master’s in education from Harvard. Sean is working at Acadian Asset Management in Boston, “playing at being the chief propeller head.”
Leila Josseffer is a literacy specialist at the same elementary school in Sudbury, MA, where Suzanne Azara Foley teaches.
Michelle Gemelos is working on a Ph.D. in English literature at Oxford University, where she enjoys teaching American literature to undergrads.
Paige Pistell married Sean Witte on June 23. Hilary Barnes, Jael Monney, Sarah Shulman ’96, Jamie Lake, and Amy Berkley (maid of honor) were in attendance. Paige and her husband bought a house in northern Virginia. She is a recruiting coordinator for an IT consulting company in Fairfax.
Abe Francis-Fallon started a new gig as coordinator of instructional technology for Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, and is “having a blast.”
On July 21 Alex Fox married Landy Elliott. Matt Rosenfield, Chris Vivier, Mark Roney, and Marty Zentz served in the wedding party. Other Skidmore attendees included Luther Almond and Megan McGilloway. After spending a relaxing honeymoon in Hawaii and French Polynesia, Alex and Landy have settled in Austin, TX, where both are first-year M.B.A. students at the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin.
Kate Koons, an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, is planning a trip to climb mountains in Peru and Bolivia.
Jane Shannon married Chip Barnes in Latham, NY, on August 25 (Travers Day) and held a reception at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga. Bridesmaids included Meredith Cutler, Amanda Stern, May Saubier ’95, and Laura Reed ’98. Jane, who graduated from Albany Law School last May, is an attorney with the law offices of Robert M. Jacon in East Greenbush, NY, where she practices family law. Chip, a CPA, is an e-business consultant with KPMG Consulting in Albany.
Alana Reed completed an M.S.W. from Columbia University last May and is working on her Pilates certification.
Sarah “Maggie” Mudama Huber and husband Bruce “joyfully announce the birth of daughter Emilie Grace on March 20.”
Dana Klotz was married on her birthday to Seth Cohen. Maia Proujansky-Bell ’99, Adrian Winter, Jess Browne, Nat Martin, and George Crimmins were all in attendance. Dana is manager of creative and design services for a continuing medical education company in Pennsylvania and freelances in graphic and web design.
Rena Strober joined the Broadway cast of Les Miserables. A member of the national touring cast for over a year, she “got the call for Broadway” this past fall.
Fritz Musser returned to the U.S. after three and a half years in Russia, where he worked for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and traveled a lot—including spending a month living with reindeer herders in the Russian arctic. Fritz is now living in Point Hope, AK, where he spent last summer taking care of a pack of sled dogs.
Alyssa Caroselli, who completed a master’s in art therapy from Lesley University last year, is an art therapist and program coordinator at Sunnyside Community Services in Queens, NY.
On September 16 Rebecca Feld and Eric Norton ’01 were married in Philadelphia, PA. Skiddies in attendance included Barb Crockett, Megan Hnatow, Tish Duffy ’99, Ariella Baylson ’00, Andrew Rosenblatt ’00, Shayna Miller ’00, Marc Travis ’86, Laura Woods Darcy ’89 (Eric’s sister), and Donna McNally Woods ’89 (Eric’s sister-in-law).
Nancy Carew Magnus
I am thoroughly enjoying my first year at Maryland Institute College of Art, working on my M.F.A. Baltimore is a fun place, and I recently ran into Mauricio Bohorquez, who now lives there. This fall in D.C. I visited with Jon Preston, Doug Gilmour, Patty Swander, Melanie Lary, Keith Wallach, and Joelle Smith ’01, most of whom I know from junior year in Moore Hall.
After working a year and a half at a NYC art gallery, Terry Chatkupt has moved to California to attend California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. Prior to that, he spent some time traveling in Thailand where he visited relatives, worked on several art projects, and vacationed.
Susan Evans, who had been working in Boston as a paralegal, moved to Connecticut to attend the UConn School of Law.
Abigail Guay is in a master’s program in art history at Williams College. Last summer she worked on installing a Louise Bourgeois sculpture in front of the Williams College Art Museum.
As part of a delegation from the Carter Center, Chris Harris traveled to Guyana to assist in monitoring the national election; he is now considering a career in law. Chris lives in Atlanta, GA.
Ryan Kimmet teaches fifth grade in New Canaan, CT. Although his band is still on hiatus, he spends much of his free time playing guitar and continuing his quest for rock stardom.
Jarrod Lynn is living in Washington, DC, and attending the Georgetown Law Center. He lives very close to friends Jocelyn Ditzel and Liz Roberts.
Alyssa Marturano, a nanny for three girls, is taking classes toward a master’s in elementary education in Boston.
Last summer Geraldine Osnato attended Chris Nakayama’s birthday party with Diana Marinovic ’00, Alice Lescure ’00, and Mike Valinsky ’00. Geraldine enjoyed a visit to Skidmore’s Tang Museum and encourages everyone to see it.
Last May Eric Sherman finished his first year at Albany Law School. During the summer, he was a legal intern in the New York State Comptroller’s Office.
Melanie Zalman is a museum educator at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and stays in touch with Robert Ingenito ’01, a Fulbright scholar studying in the Philippines.
Gil Frieden, who works for State Street Bank in Hollywood, CA, asks classmates to watch for his first national network TV appearance: an upcoming Subway commercial in which he portrays a basketball player. “E-mail me, when you see it, at email@example.com.”