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Tammy Blake

Dan Hollman is an associate in the New York office of Chicago-based Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz. His practice includes securities and corporate litigation. Danny recently saw John and Anita Black McCarthy ’89, who traveled to China to adopt a little girl last year.

Cathy Sanborn Street married JJ Street, whom she met in a band she was fronting at the time, Lolita’s Bliss. Now working in theater, Cathy was shooting a commercial for King Arthur flour when she was introduced to VP of sales and marketing Mike Bittel ’89. They spent the day reminiscing about people and places from their Skidmore days.

Heather Young Griffioen gave birth to her second child, daughter Yael. She and her husband are still living in the Netherlands, where Heather does research on social influence for TNO Human Factors.

Oren Warshavsky is an associate at Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, specializing in intellectual-property litigation, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. He has represented music companies as well as artists, including the Jackson Five, the Supremes, and the estate of Frankie Lymon.

In November CEO, Skidmore alumni board member, and rock drummer Ken Freirich enjoyed mixing it up with the likes of George Thorogood, Lou Gramm, and Liberty DeVitto at the House of Blues Battle of the Bands and Celebrity Jam in West Hollywood, CA. The show culminated a weeklong rock ’n’ roll fantasy camp, with proceeds benefitting the Li’l Angel Bunny Foundation, which addresses the needs of abused and at-risk children through music. The campers were organized into bands, and Ken’s group—The Left Overs, coached by Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad—captured the Best Energy award in the Battle of the Bands. But for Ken, perhaps the most memorable moment came when Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice let him jam on his drums.

Amy Strauch, co-founder and president of What!Design Inc., was featured in the September 3 Boston Business Journal. Her graphic design firm has done well in a shaky economy by focusing on a nonprofit client base. “More than ever,” Amy says, “getting the appropriate message across to prospective customers is crucial for companies, particularly nonprofits, who want to differentiate themselves from the competition.”

In NYC, Sloane Merl Worth and husband Douglas welcomed Evan Austin last March. Evan loves to play with his friends Matthew (Lisa Hollenberg Rowan’s son), Marley (Kim Rubinstein Schweber’s daughter), Emma (Liz Gudwin Kolsky’s daughter), and Jordan, Alexa, and Tyler (Gail Paley Fox’s kids).

Laura Wilson Kimball married Murad Raheem on November 9 at the Church Center for the United Nations in NYC. Wilson, as she is known, is chief of staff for New York State first lady Libby Pataki, with whom she co-authored several books. The groom is director of technology at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Rebecca Rothstein read at the wedding. On hand for the festivities were Betsy Lindberg Fahey ’80 and husband Jim, and Steven Knobel ’87 and wife Michelle—all of whom “dined and danced the night away.” Karin Bohacek Kirk and husband Dave sent regards from Montana.


Kimberly Robertson Tsimbinos

Barbara Reynolds Kaylor is happily living in the mountains of Salt Lake City, UT, with husband Charles and 9-month-old Amanda. Barbara is doing “what we Utahans do so well—working on a big family!” She invites visiting classmates to ski “the greatest snow on Earth!”

Katy Wolitzky Lobell and husband David announce the birth of Jessica Leah on February 20, 2002. She joins sister Hannah, 4.

Sarah Harding Glickman and Michael Glickman ’90 announce the birth of Abigail on March 16, 2002. Abby joins siblings Justin and Janie.

Rachel Seligman was one of several artists in the Albany Center Art Galleries show Silver: A 25th Anniversary Exhibit, in October. Her jewelry was lauded by Schenectady’s Daily Gazette as “free-wheeling” yet wearable art. The work of Sandra Smith Dovberg ’69 was also in the exhibition.

Mary Schnieder married Braxton Perkins in November. She is a partner in Saunders Schneider Design, a graphic design studio in Santa Monica, CA, managing sales and new business development. Her husband is the associate director of film and TV title management at Universal Studios.


Amity Lenahan Fowler

Erica Anderson married Jason Jerome on October 6 in Santa Barbara, CA. Stephanie Downes ’93 was maid of honor, and Gabriele Porter (who attended Skidmore for two years) was a bridesmaid; Larry Peck was also on hand for the celebration.

Matt Antell is making a short film as part of the graduate program at the USC School of Cinema-Television. Matt is married to Junko Kawanami, whom he met while living in Japan in the 1990s.

Dan Barsness and wife Ava announce the birth of Megan Rose in September. Older daughter Jenna accompanied her parents to their 10th Skidmore reunion last May.

Leigh and Leslie Hillman Ballen just purchased their first house; they live in the Bucktown area of Chicago.

Jordan and Sarah Finkelberg White welcomed first child Julia Rebecca in May.

Debbie Magidson, a singer in NYC, just completed a run of the musical Don’t Tell Mama at a West Side theater.

Gregory Weiss married Kathryn Klaessy of Davenport, IA, on July 20. The couple lives in the mountains west of Boulder, CO, with daughter Kayla, 7, and golden retriever Tuck.

Tara Connor and Rich McCoy ’93 welcomed son Rowan Thomas in February 2002.

Pete Durant married Alison MacGregor on August 10 at a waterside ceremony on Buzzards Bay, where they both grew up sailing. For their honeymoon they cruised the Vineyard, Nantucket, and Elizabeth Islands. Josh Raymond ’93 was best man, and Eric and Alix Argall Meystre ’91 were in attendance. Pete welcomes classmates in the area to contact him at pdurant@capecod.net.

Heather Eldridge Munroe works for a Canadian publishing company. In her “other world,” she paints murals, practices yoga and homeopathy, hikes, and rides horses. Heather and husband Cliff are “knee-deep in the Ottawa reggae scene” and recording in Toronto. In other news, she writes, “I chopped off all my hair! It’s true, bald is beautiful!”

Lieu Galvin and husband Tom are fixing up their new house in Virginia. Lieu, who works for the U.S. Census Bureau, was in Vietnam to celebrate the Tet holiday with family.

Abbie Guard Buck and husband Ken welcomed baby Zoe Sinclair on June 26.

In July, Carey Buckley Sullivan gave birth to Sarah McGhee, who is keeping her parents and big brother Will “on their toes.”

Jen Brimberg Heseltine and husband George welcomed Scott David in May.

Oliver and Shandele Gumucio Davis welcomed daughter Olivia in July 2001 in San Francisco, CA. Shandele is busy managing her design business and motherhood. Oliver, who works for IP Communications, joined the ski patrol at Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe.

Rob Glickman lives in Madrid, where he works for eBay International as marketing director for eBay Spain. Rob was married in Italy on October 7 to a woman he met in graduate school. Scott Greenstone and Darren Hubert ’91 attended the nuptials.

Gaby Gold and two partners launched a murder-mystery dinner party company called Dying to Dine, a venture she says is “a blast!” She also appeared as an extra on an episode of NYPD Blue that aired October 1. Gaby’s radio play Powergirls and the Brothers Evil debuted at the Museum of Television and Radio in NYC in September. Now at work on a musical, she has a new job as a concierge at 60 Thompson in Soho (www.60thompson.com.)

Joly Herman wed Martin Buchbender in Point Reyes, CA, in August. They moved to Kansas City, MO, where she teaches at a Montessori school and writes. Martin practices traditional Chinese medicine.

Lincoln Kaiser married Julie Walsh on July 13. In attendance were Jill Richardson, Tom O’Brien ’89, Tony Galano, Mark Chaffee, Nancy Williams Chaffee ’93, Jennifer Brimberg Heseltine, and Amy O’Leary. Lincoln and Julie honeymooned in St. Maarten.

Jim Kramer writes for the David Letterman Show in NYC.

Blake Krapf married Stacey Thompson on May 26. Chris Dunn and Andy Hughes were in the wedding party, and Pualani Enos spoke at the ceremony. Blake and Stacey welcomed daughter Sierra in July. The family lives outside Philadelphia.

Karen Lacy has been dancing with the John Passafiume Company (along with Susannah Harris Dicker) for almost 10 years. She has performed in regional productions of The Nutcracker and in several NYC and Metropolitan Opera productions. She teaches ballet and modern at the School of the Garden State Ballet in New Jersey and is a teaching artist in the NYC public schools.

Although she continues educational consulting on a part-time basis, Michelle Miller Anderson loves “being a stay-at-home mom” to her 8-month-old daughter.

In August, Jenny Rose Savino visited Carey Buckley Sullivan at her home in Alexandria, VA, where she met Carey’s new baby, Sarah, and son Will, 2. Jeff ’93 and Michelle Miller Anderson stopped in with their 8-month-old daughter, Abbie.

Rich Schoff teaches fifth grade in Herkimer, NY, where he coaches boys’ varsity basketball at the high school. Married for three years, Rich and his wife have a son Jacob, 2, and a daughter Claire, 4 months.

Steve Shalansky, a commercial lender at Century Bank in Boston, sits on the boards of nonprofits in the metro-Boston area, including Riverside Community Care. He and his wife of five years have a daughter Julia, 2, who “enjoys duplicating her art-class lessons on the walls of our Brookline condominium.”

Scott Simon and wife Laura live in Shaker Heights, OH, with son Noah and daughter Teilah. Scott is a VP of North Pointe Realty, focused on commercial office buildings; he also serves on a number of local nonprofit boards. He earned a master’s in nonprofit management in 1998. Scott welcomes e-mail from classmates at ssimon@npointe.com.

Laura Stewart Noeker has lived in Saratoga Springs since graduation and loves it. She and her husband have two boys: Mark, 8, and Brian, 4. Laura spent most of last fall on Skidmore’s fields, watching the boys play Little League soccer. Tanya Allen, Meredith Dunne, and Michelle Tullo Vescio crashed at her house during Reunion; they “had a great time!”

Zach Sudler and wife Violet sell residential real estate in Chicago. Zach required a six-month leave of absence this past fall to mend a leg he broke in an accident on his classic 1973 Norton motorcycle.

Erik vonBroock opened a restaurant/lounge in NYC. Chateau, which resembles a Swiss chalet, is located on 10th Street and 7th Avenue and features a variety of fondues. Erik reports that Joel Lubin is an agent at William Morris in Los Angeles and represents such celebrities as Nick Nolte, Billy Crystal, and Ed Burns, among others.

Colton Gramm started a job in Los Angeles with a management company for actors, writers, and directors.

Sally Warner has a research grant from NASA and completed her Ph.D. in exercise physiology at the University of Utah. She began a postdoctoral fellowship to research osteoporosis at the University of Washington in Seattle in December. Sally has also been racing bikes around the U.S. for Team Biogen, raising awareness of multiple sclerosis.

Rob Wachter lives outside of Charlotte, NC, and is a financial advisor for Wachovia Corporation. He and wife Kara have three daughters: Alexis, 10, Caitlyn, 8, and Haleigh, 4. Rob expressed this concern: “We have started to speak with southern accents and never miss a NASCAR race!”

“A long damn time after meeting on the first day of freshman year on the sixth floor of Jonsson Tower,” Lauren Gropp and Ben Lowry were married August 24 in Quogue, Long Island. In attendance were Lisa Newlin, Randall Bachner, Elliott Warren, Ellery Griscom, Jimmy Zankel, and Alan Klein. Ben and Lauren live and work in NYC.

Jill Richardson traveled to Italy for two weeks in October. She is director of development at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY, and, with two professors, represented the college at the annual Franciscan Leadership Pilgrimage. After completing the “official business” in Assisi and Rome, Jill visited friends in Florence and Bologna.

Jennifer Chang is associate director of Jones Lang LaSalle, a commercial real estate firm in Hong Kong. She holds a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University. When not at work, she competes regularly in show jumping “on some of Hong Kong’s finest former race horses!” She welcomes e-mail: jennifer.chang@ap.joneslanglasalle.com.

Class reunion chair Stephanie Friedman thanks everyone who attended our 10th and helped make it a success. Actually, we should be thanking Steph for her outstanding planning and a fun-filled weekend. If anyone has any photos they want to share of the weekend, please send them to Jamie Nimmons (Jamie_nimmons@yahoo.com) so they can be posted on the 1992 Web site.

After 10 years at Quad/Graphics, my husband and I moved to Charlotte, NC. I’m acting as general contractor on our house, which has “lots of potential,” and traveling to Chicago and Wisconsin to see my family.

Saul Bennett, a national award-winning poet and father of journalist Sara Bennett ’92, who died suddenly at the age of 24, read from his collection of poems, On a Child’s Death, at Skidmore in November.


Reunion ’03!

Joanna Flynn

Joe Gorin’s wife, Becky, gave birth to their first child, Kayla, in October.

Rich McCoy and wife Tara Connor ’92 welcomed son Rowan Thomas last February. The Portland, ME, are thrilled to be within walking distance of Skidmore friends Cicy Po ’94 and Frederik Schuele. Rich and Fred play in a band together, just like the old days of Woolly Mammoth.

Andrew Smith married Katharine Bowen on August 24 in Buffalo, NY. He is co-founder of Vox Populi Communications in Alexandria, VA; she is a public policy associate with the U.S. Sexuality Information and Education Council in Washington, DC.

Scott Dayton and wife Ann welcomed their first child, Theodore Nelson, in May. The family lives in Minneapolis, MN, where Scott and Ann manage a regional office for the LakeWest Group, a retail consulting firm headquartered in Cleveland, OH.


Chanel Greene

Allison Groom is director of business development at Squeaky Wheel Media in NYC. She lives in Brooklyn.

Michael McCartney married Jill Hemingway in Manhattan in October. A stage, movie, and television actor, he appeared in last year’s Halloween: Resurrection and produced and starred in Warriors, a play staged at the Culture Project. His wife is a freelance wardrobe stylist.

Kirkland Lau married Giulia Saraceno in Middletown, CT, on June 8, a week after they both graduated from medical school. Skidmore alumni in attendance included Wendy Cheung ’95, Amy Chick, Jen Kniffin ’93, Sherry Lim ’95, Amy Church Marinovic ’93, Shaun O’Connel ’93, Allison Oesterle, Ken Schroeder ’92, Paola Manzo Sowell, Craig Sowell, and Peter Wan ’95. After a honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas, Kirk and Giulia began their postgraduate residency programs in Reading, PA.

Seiji Nakamura got married May 25 in Fairfield, CT, and moved to Weston with wife Ellen. He works for GE Capital in Manhattan; Ellen is a CPA for Kodak Polychrome in Norwalk.

John Beckman was laid off from Chicago Scenic Studios in April but quickly picked up work at Hawkeye Scenic and Ravenswood Studios. He later accepted a position as manager of temporary exhibits and events at the Museum of Science and Industry. He’s also returned to tour guiding by volunteering for Chicago Greeter, which matches citizens with tourists of similar interests. John attended several meetings of the Skidmore Club of Chicago, where he met, among others, Kirstin O’Rielly Drabek ’94, Sarah Boyd ’96, Jean Huang ’95 (who turns out to be a neighbor), fellow off-Loop theater person Ellen Hohmann ’00, and Marni Richman ’00 (who, it turns out, works with John’s girlfriend). John’s theater company, Visions and Voices (www.visionsandvoices.org), is preparing for its upcoming season. His first Chicago-produced play is slated to become a feature independent film.

Brian Gordon teaches sixth- to eighth-graders the “personal relevance of the dying art of letter writing.” Students who sign up for his Traverse Stationery Project are instructed on how to produce their own stationery from house materials, then partnered with global pen pals. Brian, who also performs stand-up at the Comedy Studio in Harvard Square can be reached at bgordon94@yahoo.com.

Megan Squibb married Jason Ream on August 3 in Atherton, CA. She is a physician’s assistant in Palo Alto.


Keirnan Conroy Klosek

Faith Evans married Francis Sills on September 15 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In attendance were Sophia Yarosh, Victoria Dew, Richard Baker, Kerry Jackson, Monique de Vos Meehan ’96, Frankie Halter ’96, Eleanor Segel Williamson, and Harvey Williamson ’94. Faith earned an M.F.A. from Parsons School of Design in May. She teaches drawing there and has a painting studio in Brooklyn.

James Weiler married Alisa Tongg on May 18. He is an industrial designer in Boston, and she is program manager for the Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sally Urmson married Matthew McCracken ’94 on June 22 in Hanover, NH, 10 years after they first met in Filene Hall at Skidmore. After a honeymoon in Australia and New Zealand, they settled into a new home in Framingham, MA. Sally works at Millennium Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge and is studying graphics at Mass Art.

Hillary Mower graduated from New York Chiropractic College in August.

Heather Pace Lewis loves being a stay-at-home mom to daughter Emma, 2.

Rebecca Brynteson Conner is supervisor of records and technical services at Vistrinix Inc., contracted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Southeast Region.


Allison Lacorazza Fazio

Sharon Parmet is a public information officer for the Journal of the American Medical Association in Chicago. She visited Max Hjortsberg in Livingston, MT; he is working for an environmental construction company that builds ponds and replants wetlands.

Johanna Zalkind Friedman and husband Jason purchased the Mexican Connection, a favorite eatery adjacent to Saratoga’s racetrack. Jason will run the business, and Johanna will keep her “day job” as assistant principal of Bethlehem High School in Delmar, NY.

In December 2001, Nato Poliafito started a design boutique called Big in Japan (www.biginjapan.com) with Ben Running ’98. Nato lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Dan Klotz says the Tang Museum’s recent modern-art show was “exhilarating.” He found some pieces provocative, and a few inane, but it was an “eclectic and intriguing collection.” Dan is a sociology instructor at Northeastern University in Boston.


Allison Gray Costa

Jamie Lake and Matt Rosenfield thank everyone who came to our fifth reunion last May. “We had a tremendous turnout, and everyone had a great time.”

Anna Williams moved from Boston to Cobham, Surrey, just outside London, to start a new job as assistant academic dean of the American Community School. She can be contacted at annakwilliams@earthlink.net.

Matt and Missy Compeau Bonaguide welcomed daughter Hannah in March. Matt works for Current Medical Directions Inc., while Missy is gearing up to produce a third annual CFAN Theatre Forum Series in NYC. Robert and Lauren Benjamin ’98 live nearby.

Matt Rosenfield and girlfriend Lanette moved from Boston to Baltimore, MD, where Lanette will complete an M.P.H. at John Hopkins and Matt is pursuing an M.S.W. and M.B.A. at the University of Maryland. Recent visitors include Mark Roney, his wife, Mirna, and their daughter, Emma Rose; Lou and Megan McGilloway Almond; and Sean and Suzanne Azara Foley.

Amy Berkeley is a photo editor at Men’s Journal magazine and is trying to squeeze in time to work on her own photography. She and her boyfriend went to Tuscany in the fall.

Fritz Musser spent nearly six months traveling on a motorcycle through Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Serbia, and Slovenia.

Michael Schreiber is working on a master’s at the Columbia School of Journalism.

Jamie Lake completed law school at the University of Illinois, where she has a year-long appointment as assistant dean of students in the office for student conflict resolution.

Alison Davis is teaching economics at Skidmore and spends time with Carey Kasten, in the foreign languages department.

Kirsten Stelzner Richard finished her master’s in creative writing at Boston University. After handing in her thesis, she and husband Marc moved back to Colorado.

In NYC, Morgan Miller is CEO of Mercury Method, a public relations, event, and club promotion company.

On June 15, Katie Bissell ’99 married Adam Brand in Washington, DC. Groomsmen included Mike DiMarco, Todd Lady, Geoff Chang ’98, Peter Conlin ’98, Brian Compagnone, Jason Kurland ’96, and Grant Copeland ’97. Stephanie Sayia ’99 and Caroline Cochran ’98 were bridesmaids.

Sara McKenna married Joshua Conopask on June 8 in Litchfield, CT. Kim McKiernan and Craig Spaner were in attendance. Sara, who works for a management consulting firm in Stamford, will complete a J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law in May. Josh is a network engineer for Duracell. They reside in Ridgefield.

Lou Almond and Megan McGilloway got married on Long Island, NY, last June. The wedding party included Sara Adelman, Jocelyn Barbier, Matt Rosenfield, Chris Vivier, and Marty Zentz ’98. Others in attendance were Allison Mahoney, Jen Putnam Zadravec, Libby Liu, Stephanie Henneberry Hanbury, Allison Casey, Carrie Gates, Beth Charland, Amy Natale, Kim Cormier, Mike Dimarco, Mark Roney, Alex Fox, and Camden Mitchell.

Elizabeth Ashley married Jeffrey Wade in Westport, CT, on August 17. She’s a human resources associate with Forbes Inc., and he’s an attorney with Schulte, Roth, & Zabel.


Reunion ’03!

Michele Rothstein

Since discontinuing graduate study in art history at SUNY Stony Brook several years ago, Lauren Knopf has been working for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in Manhattan. She lives in Brooklyn Heights.

Makenzi Evangelist, who earned a master’s degree in cardiovascular sciences at Albany Medical College, is now a third-year medical student.

Sarah Mackin celebrated her marriage to Luis Castilla on August 10. Laura Iacuena, Dana Warren, Katie Brooks, Rob Benjamin, and Lauren Benjamin were present. In July Andrea Leifer attended a celebration the couple had in Madrid.


Nancy Carew Magnus

Jo Lipstadt, Jared Simmons, Seneca Clark, and Inke Noel took time off from work this fall to travel through Southeast Asia. They traveled by land and crossed all borders by foot. The group went on a three-day elephant trek in Thailand, an exploration of villages and caves in Laos, a cultural tour of Vietnam, and a visit to the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. After three months, Inke and Seneca returned home, but Jo and Jared continued to Australia, where they spent two months diving and sailing, followed by another two months in New Zealand and a month in Malaysia. The whole trip for Jared and Jo took nine months! Both are now in Boston, reliving every memory.

Jono Pandolfi is in his fourth year teaching ceramics at the Millbrook (NY) School. In his spare time, he builds and plays mandolins and banjos.

Lilly Roberts is in her second and final year at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, working toward an M.F.A. in poetry.

Mariel Walls lives in Raleigh, NC, where she is marketing coordinator for Carter and Burgess, an architectural and engineering firm.


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