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Lisa Pedicini and Paulette Adkins Rainie
Lisa.Pedicini@verizon.net

Liz Westbrook Hydes is treasurer of the 119th Street Tennis Association in Riverside Park, Manhattan. While at the group’s fall tennis picnic, she noticed a Skidmore reunion tote bag that turned out to belong to Jeff Jannuzzo ’71—one of our tennis players, whose wife coordinated the picnic! Jeff is proud that he’s the first male Skidmore grad.

Kim Greene teaches middle-school science in Boulder, CO, where she and her family enjoy lots of outdoor activities.

Dana Pearce married Roger Van Voorhis in Rochester, NY, on September 23. She is an account manager in business services at AT&T in NYC; he is an account manager at Zeborg Inc., a business software and consulting firm. The two had dated but went their separate ways in 2000. On 9/11 Roger recalled that Dana worked at the World Trade Center and reached her by phone a few days later. They were engaged within weeks.

Katherine Perrelli, a commercial litigator, recently joined the Boston office of Seyfarth Shaw. She formerly worked with Peabody & Arnold LLP.

Carol Richards has an “exciting new job” as case adoption coordinator for Lutheran Social Services Inc. in Concord, NH.

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Elizabeth Deckenbach Felder
lizfelder@yahoo.com

Now that we have e-mail, why not use it to send information for a Class of 1981 Web site that I am developing? Pictures can also be posted on the site. It’s a great tool for staying in touch in between issues of Scope. Are you up for the challenge?

John Weinstein ’82 e-mailed that Jay Schulman now lives in Columbia, MD, with his wife, Liz, and son, Alec. Jay started a new company, Success in Stride, which offers public workshops and on-site training in sales, customer service, goal-setting, and supervisory skills.

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Angela Foss
afoss82@alumni.skidmore.edu

Gena Gaughan is general manager at WFFF TV, a FOX affiliate in Burlington, VT. In August she married Johnston Boyden in Stowe. The couple purchased a new home in Shelburne, where they live with Gena’s children Tara, 18, and Dan, 14. This past September, Gena returned to Skidmore to drop off Tara ’06.

Wayne LaMothe helped settle a friend’s daughter, Katelyn Kershaw ’06, into freshman life at Skidmore this past fall.

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Reunion ’03!


Lilly Jaray Ostrove
danjasry@aol.com

Virginia Langford is a self-employed single mother of children Ingrid, 10, and August, 7. She is also the founder of Langford Designs, which focuses on store design, merchandising, and manufacturing of props and paintings. A second business, Houses to Go, prepares homes for sale. When not on the job, Ginger teaches art classes for an after-school program.

Jane Lipsky Villeneuve has been an investigator for the NASD, a private, nonprofit provider of regulatory services to the finance industry, for the past 15 years. She feels fortunate to work part-time so that she can spend time with husband Bob and children Drew, 8, and Margaux, 7. Jane also volunteers with Lab Rescue, helping to place homeless dogs with new families.

In Bethlehem, PA, Catherine Crawford has been married to Len Luckenbach for 11 years. They have a son, Daniel, and Catherine is a soccer mom, assistant Boy Scout cub master, and school volunteer. She is also a cancer survivor, battling an aggressive form of the disease that developed while she was pregnant with Daniel. Side effects from surgery, radiation, and chemo have left Catherine unable to eat without the assistance of a feeding tube or to speak clearly. Despite it all, she insists, “I’m a fighter. I will not give up. I hope that someday they find a cure for cancer that is not as disabling.” Toward that goal, Catherine is active in an organization called Support for People with Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer. She welcomes e-mail at lucken@prodigy.net.

Stacy Leder Spielman lives in NYC with husband Steven and son Joshua, 12. She sells residential real estate for Ashforth Worburg Associates. Steven is in a family chemical business.

After 12 years in management, Ainsley Crawford Venner is switching to mortgage loan sales within the same company, Washington Mutual Bank. She frequently spends time with Kristin Fesnar Paly ’84, who also lives in South Florida and “cannot resist a good dog story.”

Vicki Greenspan Newton loves living in Austin, TX, where she and husband Jack both work for Tivoli Systems, an IBM subsidiary. Jack works on the Web team, while Vicki is a part-time system administrator—which leaves lots of time to chauffeur sons Alex, 10, and Emmett, 9, to their various sports events.

Scott Steffey has been happily married to wife Carolyn for 11 years and is the proud father of Monica, 7, and twins George and Amanda, 5. After a stint in the business world, Scott was an administrator for the State University of New York system, involved in educational reform and the establishment of charter schools. Scott is now chief operating officer of Strayer Education, a large preparatory university system with 20 campuses from Maryland to North Carolina.

Dana Thrush Foote lives in NYC with her husband of 14 years, Sherman, whose company, Big Foote Music, composes sound and music for film and TV. A full-time mom to Dustin, 7, and Lucy, 6, Dana is co-chair of the parents’ association and a trustee at Grace School. She is “having a ball doing it all” and looks forward to Reunion.

Lisa Goetze, who received a master’s in economics from Northeastern in 1992, has been unable to work full-time for several years due to multiple sclerosis. Married to Joe Canavan since 1996, she is a freelance writer and substitute teaches at her alma mater, Canton High School in Massachusetts.

Leslie Collins Berry and husband Steve welcomed second daughter Savannah Renee in August 2001; she joins sister Carly Grace, 3. An independent marketing consultant to high-tech organizations, Leslie works with businesses ranging from startups to Fortune 200 companies.

Marcia Whittle Price married Spence Price in 1991 and has since moved all over the Southeast. A 1998 graduate of Mercer University Law School in Georgia, she is currently house counsel for an insurance company in St. Petersburg, FL.

Elizabeth Kingsbury Norton and husband have two children: Christina, 12, and Emily, 9. An OR nurse at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, she sings with the female a cappella group Off Beat at various local venues.

Damon and Sarah Woods Bates live in Wellesley, MA, with sons Brien, 11, Colin, 8, and Drew, 3. Damon is a vice president at New England Financial, and Sarah is a part-time consultant to start-up businesses. They are looking forward to Reunion.

Katy Stenhouse met Saratoga Springs resident Brian Crouth on a Boston subway train three years ago. They were married a year later, and last July Katy gave birth to daughter Emily. While on maternity leave, she was laid off from her job as editor for Brill Academic Publishers and is now embracing her “new job as a mom” in Cambridge, MA. Katy and Brian plan to return to Saratoga Springs—not only for our 20th reunion, but also for permanent residency.

Heartfelt condolences to Vinny Catalano, whose mother, Betty, died in October.

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Jacqueline Haberfeld
jacqueline.haberfeld@weil.com

Jill Bowen met Annette Van Osdol Kobylak in Madison, CT, a year ago, and they have become good friends. Last summer, Jill traveled to Denver, CO, where she introduced her birthmother to her adoptive father. While there, she visited Deborah Herzog Humphries’85, who had just moved to the area. Jill is a parent advocate representing special-needs children and is considering law school or advocacy training. She welcomes e-mail at jbowen@cshore.com.

Erin Kenneally Hughes is a realtor with Century 21 in Medfield, MA. She lives in Norfolk with husband Kevin and children Timmy, 8, and Mariah, 7.

Drake Patten is executive director of Rhode Island’s affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She feels that “it is an extraordinary time to be doing our work.…As war drums roll and genuine debate seems to be stifled, I am grateful anew for the education that Skidmore provided.” When not at work, Drake is renovating a 1920s storefront into a studio and living space. She welcomes e-mail at drake@etal.uri.edu.

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Anne Gunnarson Hampton
hamptona@frederickmd.com

Laura Iannacone Norby is an eighth-grade math teacher in Raleigh, NC, and newly married to Joel Fowler, a senior programmer at IBM. The couple lives with Laura’s sons Russell, 9, and Matthew, 6.

Russ Brandon recently wrote a movie script and is interested in being in touch with alums in the entertainment business. He can be reached at holysmokes1988@aol.com.

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Anne Chorske Stuzin
Stuzin@Erols.com

Sam Bayne and wife Katie welcomed a second son, Andrew Fenton, this past summer; he joins big brother Sammy.

Congratulations to Michael Watkins and Ian Wedmore, who summited Mt. Ranier last July. Michael observes, “The weather gods were with us, as a rainy trip cleared up just in time for us to make our final ascent on a perfectly cloudless day…fantastic views!” It was his first trip to the top, and Ian’s sixth. Fellow alum Jim Lebson ’87 also went along on the journey.

After eight years away from the music business, Ben Greene is at it again, writing and recording songs. His recent CD, Ben Greene, was picked up by Artemis Records for national distribution. The single “Two to One” has turned into a national top-25 hit. His second single, “Without You,” is being released this month. Ben and wife Francesca Beghe have a son, James, 3.

Loren Greiff Levin lives in Chicago with her two sons—AJ, a third-grader, and Sam, a kindergartner. She left her job at Discover Card last May to become director of marketing for Bin 36, a restaurant, wine bar, and market based in Chicago. Loren loves her new post, seeing it as “the ideal place to be my creative self.” She also loves the location, close to her home office.

Ron Levene and wife Meg welcomed Alexandra in June. They divide their time between a new home in Doylestown, PA, and a lake house south of Binghamton, NY, so they can enjoy “the best of both worlds.” Ron manages a business in Binghamton; Meg is a franchise director for McNeil Consumer Pharmaceuticals.

Pam Duca Marshall and husband Clai hosted a Skidmore minireunion last summer when Titus Peterson, wife Martha, and son Diego, Phillip Theoharides, wife Kacky, and son August visited the Marshall home. Joining in the fun were the Marshall kids: Conner, 7, Colton, 4, and Devon, 2. Later in the summer, Pam and Clai spent time at Phillip’s vacation place on Paradox Lake in the Adirondacks. On the way home, Pam and Clai spent the day in Saratoga, showing the kids the Skidmore campus, their old apartment on Caroline Street, and some favorite hangouts. Pam writes, “The town looked great, and we had a ball.”

Jeanne Dutton Swenson is living in Iowa while her husband finishes a Ph.D. in midwestern literature at the University of Iowa. She spends her time “climbing on playground equipment” with daughter Zoe, 1, teaching English, writing, and doing yoga.

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Jennifer Weisberg Millner
jmillner@szaferman.com

Cynthia Nagle, who relocated to Clifton Park, NY, in July, “is thrilled to be living in the Capital Region once more!” She is a senior account executive with Media Logic, an Albany-based marketing communications firm.

Nancy Carstensen Deutsch and husband Evan welcomed Matthew James on October 13. Nancy is a vice president of human resources administration for a start-up database marketing company in Wakefield, MA. She and her family live in southern New Hampshire.

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Reunion ’03!


Tracy Richards Dingmon
Cdingmon@aol.com

Wendy Thompson Mangiaracina and husband George have two children: Dante, 4, and Marco, 2.

Andrea Banbury and husband Alex Cox announce the birth last April of daughter Quincy Laurel, who joins sister Emilia, 2.

Mark Golden is enjoying parenthood with daughter Marianna, 5. He bought his parents’ home in Massachusetts and is busy renovating his store, the Wine Emporium, in Boston.

Hilary Addington and husband Mike Cahill welcomed daughter Phoebe Johnson last May; she joins brother Nicholas, 3.

Susan Greason Hamrock and husband Bill live in Falls Church, VA, with children Kyle, 2, and Kelly, 1. The Hamrocks opened their own restaurant, Portabellos—An American Café, in Arlington, VA, in January 2002, a venture that Susan describes as “crazy, but fun.”

Ritsuka Watanabe Mastroianni and husband David reside in Amherst, MA, with their two daughters. Ricci works in the kindergarten at Crocker Farm School, which both girls attend. David is a guidance counselor working with eighth-graders at JFK Middle School in Northampton.

In Athol, MA, Wendy Kenerson Priestley has two children: Meaghan Anne, 3, and Duncan Andrew, who was born September 11, 2001.

Bonnie Glass Hausman and husband Michael welcomed son Justin Blake in May 2002; he joins brother Zachary, 2. Now “surrounded by redheads,” Bonnie is considering adding red highlights to her hair so that she fits in.

Audrey DiChristina had her third child, Brandon, in November 2001. A stay-at-home mom, she teaches piano to local students.

Keith and wife Elizabeth Serino Tanny ’89 have resided in Saratoga Springs since 1991. Son Jack, 3, attends preschool. Keith asks that anyone with suggestions on overcoming separation anxiety contact him at tanmann@mindspring.com! Keith, who often sees Matt Buchsbaum ’87 and Dave Moore, is “looking forward to Reunion and having a big party.”

Erica Reiss married Eric Mafnas in San Diego, CA, on September 28. Lisa Kenny Griffis attended the wedding with husband James. Erica, a senior online learning specialist for Northern Trust Bank, lives in Chicago and will stay there until Eric finishes his M.B.A. at Loyola University in 2004. The couple recently went to Boston to visit Debbie Turin Farrell. Erica writes, “We are all looking forward to Reunion.”

Christa Gila Nees and husband Chuck live in New Jersey with daughter Morgan, 8, and son Riley, 5. Chuck works for Dell Computers. After six years as a stay-at-home mom, Christa is teaching first grade at the Peck School in Morristown, NJ, where daughter Morgan attends second grade and son Riley is in kindergarten.

Steve Shernicoff and wife Lisa have been married four years. He is a business consultant for NDS, working on technology projects; he also serves on the boards of his co-op apartment building and a local theater company. Steve looks forward to catching up with everybody at Reunion.

Kathleen Donnelly Kokes lives just four miles from the Canadian border, in Mooers, NY, with husband David and son Christopher, 6. She recently accepted a position teaching middle-school general music and middle-school and high-school chorus, after 13 years at the elementary level. Her middle-school chorus alone has 180 students! Kathleen is policy board chair for the North Country Teacher Resource Center.

After graduating from Yale Medical School, Victor Perry completed a residency in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He is now assistant professor of neurosurgery, with an emphasis on pediatrics, at UC-San Francisco.

Kayce Reagan Hughes and husband Scott live in Nashville, TN, and are enjoying their five children, ages 1, 3, 5 ,7, and 9. Kayce’s need for a creative outlet evolved into a children’s clothing company called Pears & Bears—her line is available in children’s boutiques nationwide.

Emily Sielman Leuthner and husband Mike celebrated son Logan’s first birthday in October. Emily owns and operates an equine veterinary practice in Madison, WI. She and Mike spend their free time enjoying their farm and trying to keep up with Logan and a menagerie of pets. They spent a weekend last summer with Fred Salchi ’87, wife Elise, and their daughters Candida and Daisy.

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Cynthia Urick Stickles
cstickles@hackleyschool.org

Mary Canty Butler and husband Michael announce the birth of twin boys Reid and Jack in July. The Butlers “couldn’t be happier!”

Robin Forester Kauff and husband Noah welcomed Braden Douglas in October; he joins brother Alexander, 3. The family recently moved to Irvington, NY.

Richard Jimenez and Stacey Wessel Jimenez and their three children are moving to Ansbach, Germany, where Rick is a high-school guidance counselor. Stacey is still at home with their youngest, 3-year-old Rhiannon.

Cara Mitchell married Don Richard in Greenwich, CT, on June 29. The couple lives in Rehobeth, MA.

 


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