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Rebecca Freedman
3883 Connecticut Avenue NW, Apt. 303
Washington, DC 20008


Jessica Rodriguez is completing a master’s in applied behavior analysis at Queens College and works with autistic teenagers and children. She can be contacted at Quita2qt@aol.com.

After living in Boston for two years, Kathryn Ross is now studying comparative social policy at Oxford University in England.

Esther Goldschlager
is a paralegal in NYC and says she couldn’t be happier.

After several years in NYC Lyn Thorne is an elementary school teacher in Vermont.

In the past year Lani Ann Marcus Capestany earned a master’s in social work from Columbia and got married. Lani and husband Craig have moved to Texas, where she is a clinical counselor a residential school in Fort Worth. She stays in regular contact with best friend Megan Coleman ’02, who was her maid of honor. The newlyweds have adopted a boxer puppy named Luca.

Katy Michos is completing a clinical psychology doctoral program at Widener University in Pennsylvania. She is a school psychologist intern in the Rosetree-Media school district and works part-time for a grant project at Widener.

Daniela Goldman is a first-year student at Ross University Veterinary School in St. Kitts, British West Indies, and loves it.

Jamie Bornstein is senior Israel programs associate at Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. He married Carrie Bermant last summer. Carrie is pursuing an MSW at Boston University.

Rachel Bovino is completing a master’s degree in real estate and construction management at University of Denver and is a broker for Towne and Country Real Estate in Denver. She recently purchased her first home.

Tracy Timmons-Gray finished a master’s in Japanese studies at the University of Washington last June, and is an intern at the National Bureau of Asian Research in Seattle.

As the curatorial assistant for the Visual Resources Collection at Dartmouth College, Steve Dyer says, “I’m finally putting my degree in art history to good use.” On board since November, he is staying with Brian and Jessica Stormont Stevens until he can obtain housing. Steve welcomes e-mail at Steven.D.Dyer@dartmouth.edu.

After three years in Hawaii Nicole Hemmett Griffiths and husband Erik, a Navy officer, relocated to Greenfield Center, NY. The couple welcomed son Wesley in July. Nicole, who taught elementary school overseas, is working on a master’s in reading.

Andrew Barnes is completing a doctoral program in clinical health psychology at Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. He has an externship at the psychosocial oncology program there, where he’s conducting psychotherapy sessions and running support groups and smoking cessation groups. Andrew lives in Manhattan where, he says, “I try daily to embrace the positive qualities of city life.” He can be reached at tazswing@hotmail.com.

Lauren Granahan is a trainer for Virgin Atlantic Airway in Norwalk, CT, a job that allowed her the opportunity to return to China to visit friends she made while teaching there a year ago.

Stephanie Sermini married David Carlson on June 7 in Great Barrington, MA. Nora Moher, Liz Bottomy, and Kim Helms were in the wedding party. Stephanie works at Greylock Federal Credit Union.

Since graduating from the Yale physician associate’s program in September, Meghan McGurk has been working at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She lives in downtown New Haven.

Michael Longo ’98 and Rachael Ernst were married September 13 in Chester, VT. In attendance were Jessica Bloomfield ’03, Cheryl Leibert, Ali Slater, Jennifer Cummings, Kristin Nugent, Jeramy Johnson, Ariela Suster, Nancy Blumberg, Zack Aria ’99, Leon Fridmar ’99, and Brad Strowger ’98. Michael and Rachael live in NYC, where Michael is an attorney and Rachael is in graduate school for theater education.

Jill Mariani began her second year as a history teacher at Montrose School in Natick, MA, and is thrilled to be using her history degree.

Heather Haag is teaching English in South Korea and traveling around Asia. She is having a great time and encourages others to teach there.

Ross Aresco left Boston for Erie, PA, to live with fiancée Michelle Griffith; they’ve been together since meeting in Howe-Rounds freshman year. Michelle moved to Erie last spring to serve as executive VP for TTI Plastics, a family business. Ross is a CPA with Malin, Bergquist and Co. Michelle and Ross returned to Saratoga for a baseball alumni mini-reunion in October.

Having worked at a policy research company in Cambridge, MA, for the past two years, Kathryn Ross will be attending the University of Oxford this fall for graduate study in comparative social policy.


Janine Renée Geller
209 E. Emerson Road
Lexington, MA 02420


Hugh Williams is a field organizer for the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group, gathering grassroots support for a clean-cars bill in the state legislature and for upholding the Roadless Rule in National Forests at the federal level. He can be reached at hwilliams@connpirg.org.

Beckah Grossman is finishing up a master’s in social work at NYU. A counselor and therapist at LaGuardia High School on the Upper West Side, she also serves as youth director in a reconstructionist synagogue in Westchester. Beckah lives in Greenwich Village with her dog and two cats and can be reached at beckahgrossman@hotmail.com.

Sinem Varoglu
completed her first year in NYU’s music technology program and is taking a hiatus this year to produce a CD of her music with producer Phillip Jimenez (former member of the band Wheatus). The CD features a mixture of jazz and pop on acoustic guitar, along with jazz-influenced vocals. Sinem plays live in NYC and surrounding areas, but has been known to frequent Saratoga as well as Boston. Last summer she was among the top 10 semifinalists (out of 1,900 applicants nationwide) to open for Michelle Branch in Central Park. For more information check out www.sinem.net or e-mail sinem6@yahoo.com.

Freelance graphic artist Cameryn Bortolot is painting and showing her artwork in the Fairfield, CT, area, where she lives with Greg Robinson in a beachside home. She is also a real estate and legal administrator at a local law firm. Greg is a paralegal at a NYC law firm and will enter law school later this year. Cameryn can be reached at c_bortol@hotmail.com.

Charlotte Harwood, in her second year in the MD/PhD program at UMass Medical School in Worcester, says “It’s going really well so far!” She thinks she’ll be getting her PhD in cell biology and going on to internal medicine/oncology. She’s at charlotte.harwood@umassmed.edu.

An associate producer for a documentary film, Randi Zinn is pursuing a master’s in media studies at the New School in NYC. She can be reached at Randi_zinn@excite.com.

Barbara Gaca (b_gaca@hotmail.com) left Saratoga last July for Houston, TX, where she is an account manager for a state-run environmental laboratory called EMSL Analytical.

Perla Rodriguez (rodriguez_perla@hotmail.com) is teaching English in a Bronx high school, while pursuing a master’s in secondary English education.

Dana Hach (dhach@uci.edu) is pursuing a PhD in organic chemistry at UC-Irvine. She has already synthesized a natural product, phakellistatin 13, and is now working on finding substrates specific to Akt kinase.

Liz De La Rosa (lizdelaro@hotmail.com) is in her third year as a residence-hall director at SUNY-Cortland and will enter graduate school this fall.

In her third year at the University of Buffalo Law School, Norah Mallam (nmallam@yahoo.com) spent last summer at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau in Cambridge, MA.

Matthew Topalian is teaching full-time kindergarten in Taiwan, where he has been since August 2001. He loves it, especially hearing 3-year-olds say, “I love you, Teacher Matt!” He has traveled to Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore. Matt encourages classmates to contact him at mattc1979@excite.com—or, better yet, to visit him in Asia.

Jennifer Chase (jeje79@aol.com) works for Fidelity Investments in Boston and is pursuing, part-time, an MBA program at Bentley College.

Theresa Oh (eunyung@aol.com) is a second-year law student at Syracuse University, where she is on the editorial staff of the Syracuse Law Review. Last summer she worked at the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigated complaints against the NYPD. This summer, she will be clerking for a federal district judge in NYC.

Sara Boilen (saraboilen@hotmail.com) is a teacher and naturalist at an outdoor education center in the middle of nowhere, Montana. She is spending the winter rock climbing and traveling, potentially spending some time back in Saratoga.

Gena McCollom (gmcc331@yahoo.com) is an account executive for BGW advertising and lives in NYC’s West Village.

Ayanna Singleton (ayanna.singelton@chase.com) is a recruiter for JPMorganChase’s consumer banking entry-level training program for new college grads. As manager of full-time and summer recruitment for 15 schools, she coordinates campus events, screens resumes, conducts interviews, and makes hiring decisions.

Anna Piperato has spent the past two years in Turin, Italy, teaching English at the International School of Turin and studying at the Universita di Torino. She is now working on a master’s in modern Italian studies at the University of Manchester, UK, where she was awarded a $5,000 prize funded by Manchester’s North American alumni.

Niles Gold (nilesgold@aol.com) is a DVD merchandise assistant at Trans World Entertainment in Albany, NY.
Kelly Pettibone is a news assistant at CNN’s New York bureau, a job she started on Labor Day.

In August jeweler Frank Schildgen opened a shop called Vanitas in Washington Depot in Litchfield, CT, where he designs and sells “unique wearable art that is on the fringe.”

Lisa Loomis teaches English at Portland High School in Connecticut.

Michael Neiman is back from teaching in Malawi, Africa, where he served in the Peace Corps (see “People & Projects”). He’s written a book from the journals he kept there, and is looking for a publisher.


Kate Nedelman
PO Box 221
South Royalton, Vermont 05068


John Howard is in South Korea, teaching English as a second language for the next year.

Megan Coleman is a Web designer for Siren Interactive in Chicago, IL.
Keith Conlon is assistant art director for Forbes Publications in NYC.

Rick Pecka is pursuing an MBA in marketing at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. He is active in the Sons of Pericles, a worldwide organization for young Greek men. He has begun reinstating chapters in his home state and in August was nominated for the Supreme Lodge of the Sons, which is the governing body for the US and Canada.

Melissa Marsh is teaching and traveling with Readak Educational Services. She teaches an advanced reading and study-skills course in independent schools, inside and outside the US. Most recently she has taught in Miami; Washington, DC; and Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

Adam Stein is living in Hoboken, NJ, and is in his second year of law school at Seton Hall.

After graduation from one of the analyst programs of JP Morgan Chase Bank in New York, Antonio Mojica accepted a placement with the bank’s business initiative group. In July he was offered a relocation to Houston, TX, where he manages international projects. Antonio is also formulating a business plan to open restaurant franchises in Houston.

Chris Clarke is a first-year student at Suffolk University Law School and lives in Cambridge, MA. He encourages anyone in the area who would like to chill to contact him at cjclarke2002@hotmail.com.

Kareen Thorpe lives in Shanghai, China, where she teaches English at the graduate school of East China Normal University. Last year she taught at Qufu Normal University in Shandong Province. She loves living in Shanghai, “an amazing city.”

Sara Mallet lives two blocks from Wrigley Field in Chicago and is a fitness coordinator for preschoolers and toddlers at the Evanston YMCA. She is also teaching aerobics and spinning at gyms around town.

Jon Platner is assistant editor at teenwire.com, an online magazine for teens sponsored by Planned Parenthood. He lives in NYC with Brett Sherman.

Whitney Markham is pursuing a master’s program at UC-Davis. He is also teaching a 10th-grade biology class and an eighth-grade physical science class in Fairfield, CA.

In Washington, DC, Andy O’Dell is a staff assistant and legislative correspondent for NY Senator Charles Schumer.

After graduation, Justin Graeber worked as publicity director for the New London Barn Playhouse in New Hampshire. Since returning to Boston last September, he has stage-managed a production of Romeo and Juliet with Shakespeare Now! He is also a freelance journalist with several newspapers, including the Quincy Patriot Ledger.


Joe Simmons
27 High Street
Stillwater, NY 12170


Hilary Chernin is a trial preparation assistant in the frauds bureau at the county district attorney’s office in Manhattan. She is applying to law schools for the fall semester.

After a summer of rest and relaxation, working with first- through sixth-graders at a day camp, Betty Juncker started graduate school this fall at NYU to pursue her dream of becoming a high-school chemistry teacher.

First-year med student G. Patricia Ayala is “stressed out” and advises anyone planning to attend graduate school to “enjoy every minute of your freedom while you can.”

Rick Spies (rick_spies@yahoo.com), who interned at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, last summer, is now working with the Mexican-American Bi-National Council, researching policy options involving water rights on the Rio Grande and other rivers.

After a summer working at a lake near her hometown of Franklin Lakes, NJ, Marissa Mastrangelo is teaching elementary art and working toward a master’s in education.


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