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Tammy Blake
408A Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231-3606

Tracy Adler married photographer John Bentham in NYC last year. Gregory Hazelden was on hand for the nuptials. Tracy is curator of Hunter College Art Galleries in NYC.

Meg Anastos Howes lives in Concord, MA, with husband Greg and children Sam, 9, Chloe, 7, and George, 2. She keeps in touch with Gloria Carrabba Sarkisian, the mother of 1-year-old twins Alexander and Talia.

Jill Bacharach-Bordman earned an MSW from Yeshiva University in 1993 and an MA in writing from the University of San Francisco in 1994. Selected to participate in the Padua Hills Playwright’s Festival in Burbank, CA, in 1994, Jill later attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Four of Jill’s plays have been performed at 12 Miles West Theatre in New Jersey, where she is literary manager for Tunnel Vision Writer’s Project. Jill is proud to have won a precedent-setting case argued in the NJ Appeals Court that allowed same-sex partners to adopt one another’s surnames.

In NYC Jennifer Landers is senior publicist at LIME public relations and promotion, working with the Timex, Kahlua, Sci Fi Channel, and USA Network accounts. She’s also working with Hershel Berry ’89 on No Mayo, his nonprofit music education project (see “People & Projects” on page 51).

Sean and Sheri Panzer-Koplow relocated to Wellington, FL, with their son Connor Dylan, 3. Sheri has started a psychology practice in the area, while Sean is building a law practice in West Palm Beach.

After living in Israel for 13 years, Jon Rabinowitz has moved to Tenafly, NJ. He and wife Michal have two daughters: Mia 5, and Romi, 2. Jon is global marketing communications manager for a publicly traded hi-tech company with offices worldwide. He holds an MA in international relations from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

April Roscow married Brady Mozhdehi on May 25 in Jackson, NH. April, who earned an MBA from Babson College in 1996, has worked for Siemens in California and Munich, Germany. She is now a human resources manager at Pratt & Whitney outside Hartford, CT, where Brady is a process engineer. They live in Glastonbury, CT.

Michael and Lane Gruber Rose moved to central New Jersey, where both practice medicine. They have two boys: Harrison, 3, and Gordon, 1. They enjoyed getting together this past fall with Jeff and Becky McFarland Cerutti ’88, Cliff Kahan and wife Leslie, Peter and Cathy Salvo Harris, and Mike Schwab. Notably absent was Jon Fox, who chose to play golf that day.

Michael Stein moved to Coconut Grove, FL, which he describes as having a “tropical-Saratoga-meets-the-Village feeling.” Happily single, he shares his life with daughter Rachel, 6, and son Joshua, 8. Michael skied with Laura Match ’89 in Jackson Hole, WY, where he has a summer home, and spends time with Eric Wechsler ’88, who lives in Boca Raton and has two children. Michael can be reached at mstein@aztecgroup.com.

Emily Argall Price is a full-time mom to three boys: Connor, 7, Trevor, 6, and Wesley, 4. She and husband Charles relocated to Fairfield, CT, last year after spending three years in Herndon, VA. Emily does a few short-term consulting projects for GE but does not miss the corporate world. Last summer she traveled to North Carolina and Rhode Island (to visit Kat Roberts Angel ’91 and sister Alix Argall Meystre ’91), and spent three weeks in Belgium, Germany, and France, visiting family and friends.

Kristin Rothrock is teaching studio art foundations at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She enjoys Charlotte, but misses New England.


Kim Robertson Tsimbinos
22 Cowie Road
Chester, NJ 07930

Matt Fotter, wife Roberta, and sons William, 6, and Thomas, 2, moved to New Orleans, LA, where Matt works for PeopleSoft as a security consultant for the US Department of Defense. He spends his free time “making homebrew WiFi antennas in a vain attempt to create a multi-point wireless network along the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.” He can be reached at matt@fotter.com.

Marc Rice and wife Maddie welcomed daughter Elizabeth (“Lila”) in June.

Dylan Clark was named co-director of peace and conflict studies at the University of Colorado. He lives in Boulder with wife Rachel and daughter Miranda.

Hope Coppinger’s story, Placid Head of the Nymph, was published in the fall 2002 issue of Short Story.

Bettina Toner left private practice to become senior staff attorney at the Disability Law Center, a public-interest law firm in Boston, where she represents the civil-rights interests of clients with mental illness in state psychiatric hospitals and in the community. She and her husband, Anthony Ross, live in Boston.


Amity Lenahan Fowler
1305 Lilac Road
Charlotte, NC 28209

In November Helene Schneider was elected to the city council of Santa Barbara, CA. The only woman in a field of 10 candidates, she polled the highest total of votes among the three persons elected. She is director of Planned Parenthood in Santa Barbara.

Matt Antell’s short film Smooth is being released on the festival circuit. He supports himself writing and editing television news.

Josh ’93 and Erika Daneman Slater are the parents of 16-month-old Sam. Erika practices family law two days a week. In Baltimore, MD, the Slaters live near Tori
Dukehart Eversmann and husband Matt, who welcomed daughter Molly last year.

Erika also stays in touch with Erika Sweetland Morris, who lives in London with husband David and daughter Emma, 1.

Leigh DuPuy married Jon Carlisle on July 5 in Duxbury, MA. Her sister, Nichole DuPuy Thompson ’95, was matron of honor, and longtime friends Amy O’Leary and Jill Richardson gave readings during the ceremony. Skidmore celebrants included Dave Jodka, Stephanie Friedman, Tom O’Brien ’89, Janet Reardon, Andy Thompson ’94, Chris Thompson ’90, and Nate Watkins. After a honeymoon in St John, USVI, Leigh and Jon settled in to their new condo in Brookline, MA. Assistant director for public information at UMass-Boston, Leigh is working toward a master’s degree in English literature.

Rob Glickman
has moved to the San Francisco Bay area to work in the international marketing division of PayPal, the online payments subsidiary of eBay. Rob and wife Tina welcomed daughter Alessandra in July in Madrid, Spain.

Anne Gudwin is also a San Francisco Bay Area resident. She and husband Bob have a daughter, Mika, who was born last March. Anne works part-time as a strategic planning director in an advertising agency.

Susannah Harris married Bryan Dicker at Skidmore’s Wilson Chapel on September 7, 2002. Chaplain emeritus Tom Davis performed the ceremony, and professor emerita Isabel Williams provided the music. Karen Lacy, Fran Kirmser Sharma’93, and G. Williams Seem ’90 were bridesmaids. David Seaver ’99 photographed the nuptials. Susannah and Bryan live in NYC, where Susannah is owner and director of Wee Dance Inc., a Soho children’s dance school.

Kelly Heitz and husband Steve Crawford welcomed second child Emma in May. Older brother Samuel “seems to have accepted the new arrival with ease.”

Brooks Hundley and wife Courtney welcomed daughter Caroline into the world on August 31—“an appropriate way to spend Labor Day weekend.”

Hilary Kalman and husband Jørgen live in Oslo, where she is art director for the Norwegian magazine, Familien. She enjoys the work but observes that speaking Norwegian all day can be “very tiring.” Hillary and Jørgen traveled to Copenhagen, London, and southern Spain last year.

Blake Krapf and wife Stacey welcomed son Logan in August. He joins sister Sierra, 18 months.

Evan Olson is rowing with a new club in Somerville, MA. The Gentle Giant Rowing Club is a not-for-profit institution that offers youth, beginner, and adult competitive programs as well as river cleanup events (gentlegiantrowing.org). Evan is head animator and vfx supervisor at Olive Jar Studios. Wife Elizabeth Dodge Olson ’93 is assistant director of the Global Habitat Project. The couple lives in Cambridge.

Jessica Reider-Goldman and husband Brian have son Nash, 4, and 9-month-old girls Devin and Isabella. The family lives in Scarsdale, NY, where Jessica loves being a stay-at-home mom.

Jill Richardson enjoyed a bachelorette party in NYC, planned by Amy O’Leary. In attendance were Leigh Dupuy Carlisle, Jen Brimberg Heseltine, and Stephanie Friedman. The ladies were treated to “a crazy night in the city,” featuring an all-night ride in a stretch white limousine.

Amy Sukinik married Reid Conway on September 14 in Sea Bright, NJ. Classmates in attendance included Jen Brown-Cranstoun, Alex Cranstoun, Alisa Paul-Roth, Gretchen Godwin, Nate Chickering, Marina Danis-Pappas, Jamie Nimmons, and Josh Beer.

Samantha Booth Breitman and husband Alan welcomed daughter Sarah last year; she is carefully watched over by brothers Stephen, 6, and Matthew, 3.

Tony Galano is a senior litigation associate at the NYC firm of Ellenoff, Grossman, & Schole LLP, where he practices commercial, securities, construction, unfair competition, and entertainment litigation. He is still proudly driving his truck—purchased freshmen year at Skidmore—which he has driven over 150,000 miles.

Craig Lapham and wife Catherine welcomed the arrival of son Griffin in September.

Kathy Aho Mumma lives near Burlington, VT, with husband Hayes and sons Benjamin, 2, and Noah, who was born in July.


Joanna Flynn
330 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116

Ericka Rutenberg Adler lives in Chicago with husband David and their sons Daniel, 3, and Benjamin, 1. She practices regulatory health-care law. David is also an attorney.

Avi and AnnaMarie Francello Rothkopf welcomed son Max in September; he joins sister Emma, 2.

Seth and Rachel Mann Rosan ’94 welcomed daughter Lily in September. Seth is a pilot with Synthes USA. Rachel is a psychologist at the Saratoga Association for Retarded Citizens.

Stuart “Chip” Weier and wife Jennifer welcomed daughter Tabitha in July.

Caroline Orr D’Abate holds a PhD in organization studies from the School of Business at the University at Albany, SUNY. She’s back at Skidmore—teaching, this time around (see story on p. 11). She and husband Matthew ’95 bought a 100-year-old house five years ago and enjoy all that Saratoga Springs has to offer year-round. Daughter Sofia, 2, attends Greenberg Child Care on campus.

Nancy Fox married Irvin Fernandez on August 9 in Arcata, CA. She is pursuing a graduate degree in wildlife at Humboldt State University. Irvin is a wildlife biologist in Redding, CA.


Reunion ’04!

Chanel Greene
226 North 16th Street, Apt. 1
Allentown, PA 18102

Sylvia Stoner performed the role of Tatiana in the opera Eugene Onegin, which was produced in St. Louis, MO. Her husband, Wayne Hawkins, is a musician who plays with the Platters, the Coasters, and the Drifters. Sylvia is godmother to Kathleen Beckert Keener’s daughter, Audrey.

Christopher Granger is an aerospace engineer for Pratt & Whitney in Hartford, CT, and is pursuing an MBA at Carnegie Mellon University.

In August Poppy Thrush Murphy welcomed daughter Grace, who joins brothers Luke, 2, and Liam, 4. Poppy stays in touch with Potomac, MD, resident Liz Harrington ’95 and Jennie Dubitsky, a youth counselor in Belchertown, MA.

Actor John “Bones” Rodriguez, who has appeared on Lifetime Television, AMC, and ESPN over the past year, was also featured in Backstage magazine. He is active in a program that assists individuals without health insurance, Health Savings Program (www.YourHealthcareNetwork.com). Matt Kalman was featured in the same article in Backstage magazine. Matt, who performs with Bones in the Kundalini Komedy Troupe, owns a video production company that tapes short films, live performances, actors’ reels, and weddings.

Musician Robin Franzblau is working on an album as well as writing songs for other artists. In San Francisco this past summer, she saw Sarah Hoffman, who is working at Chateau St. Jean Winery.

Lindsey Hammond is pursuing an MBA at the University of Denver’s Daniels School, where Brian Dietz ’98 is one of her classmates.

Wendy Prior Fentress produced the MTV series 22 Greatest and hosted a show on the Travel Channel called Get Packing. Wendy welcomed daughter Charlotte this past summer. She keeps in touch with Nicole Brown McDermott, who gave birth to son Samuel Patrick on St. Patrick’s Day. Nicole and her family live in Denver, CO.

Rachel Mann Rosan and husband Seth ’93 welcomed daughter Lily in September. Rachel is a psychologist at the Saratoga Association for Retarded Citizens.

Actress Kendra Munger was named Best Actress in a Feature Film (the independent feature Much Ado) at a Huntington Beach, CA, film festival. The Los Angeles resident is studying with Lindsey Wagner and performing in a musical adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Danielle Charney Dourmashkin and Jordan Dourmashkin announce the birth of daughter Chloe in May.

Travis Lea and fiancée Eva moved to Venice, CA, where they work as nightclub promoters. Travis is also a DJ.

Beth NeJaime Casavant and husband Scott welcomed their first child, Julia, in May.

Karen Tobey married Daniel Straessle on June 21. She is art director for Fox 16 KLRT/UPN 38 KAS-TV station in Little Rock, AR. Husband Danny is marketing director for Carter Burgess Architects.

Jennifer Newman married Adrian James Shotton on August 2 in Chappaqua, NY. Jennifer holds an MFA in visual studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and is a mixed-media artist who teaches art at Herbert Lehman High School in the Bronx.

Chief operating officer of the Morey Organization, Jed Morey is running for mayor of Glen Cove, Long Island (the 2004 election). The Morey Organization owns a string of radio stations and several Long Island newspapers and entertainment venues.

John Beckman is developing an exhibit on the filmmaking industry for Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry, where he is the manager of temporary exhibits. His theater company, Visions and Voices, won Best New Play at Chicago’s non-equity theater awards, where it also received three Joseph Jefferson Citations. John is co-head of the Skidmore club in Chicago and a reunion volunteer. This past fall, he moved out of the city to Oak Park (amongst his beloved Frank Lloyd Wright houses) to live with his girlfriend, Denise, who opened a cooking school in neighboring Forest Park.

Mark Bates is an associate at the private equity firm of Main Street Resources in Westport, CT. A former associate with the investment banking practice of Legg Mason, he holds an MBA from the Wharton School. He is married to Nicole Stillerman Bates.

As for me, I picked up all my things and moved to Emmaus, PA, where I am associate financial aid director at DeSales University. I completed a certificate in information technology and started an MBA in e-commerce and technology this past fall.


Keirnan Conroy Klosek
1035 Beacon Street #2
Brookline, MA 02446

Laura Forlano (lauraforlano@yahoo.com) was in Tokyo this past summer, studying the social impact of cell phones among Japanese teens on a grant from the National Science Foundation. While there, she reunited with the family she’d lived with during her junior year abroad, nearly 10 years ago. While pursuing her PhD in communications at Columbia University, Laura is working at the Social Science Research Council.

Meredith Kates Forster
(mforster@mindspring.com) lives in Philadelphia, where husband Matt is finishing a program in orthodontics at UPenn. She is taking time off from her job as a reading specialist to be home with daughter Julia, 1. Matt, Julia, Meredith, and Jake (their Bernese mountain dog) are moving back to Rhode Island in June.

Lynn Frosch Mickelsen
(lfrosch8@hotmail.com) is a financial analyst for Microsoft in Seattle. On August 31 she married Aaron Mickelsen, with whom she is happily house-hunting.

Schoeni Wolfe ’94
and Britton Upham (britton_upham@yahoo.com) were married in July. They live in Austin, TX, where Britton is in advertising and Schoeni is a newly graduated dentist. They are busy raising a new Bernese mountain dog and renovating a 1938 house—two projects, notes Britton, “that are often odds with each other.”

Jen Dawson Rice
(jennifer.rice@hewitt.-com) suspects that her friends have been drinking fortified water because they all seem to be, or recently have been, pregnant! Annie Bonebakker Bonney, Megan O’Hare Josephson, Jen Jacobs Lagow, and Laura Freher Becton gave birth (to baby boys) this past year.

Tamika Byer-Young
(tamika@youngstarr.com) lives in Mountain View, CA, with husband Rodney and their son Bryan, 6. An account executive for telecommunications company SBC, Tamika performs annually for a Palo Alto dance school.

A Pilates teacher on Manhattan’s Upper West Side since 1999, Molly Niles has enjoyed teaching opportunities on the West Coast as well. She attended an October soiree with Miranda Bailey, Phil Ristaino ’93, Steve Donnelly ’97, Ian Belton ’94, Elizabeth McGann, Betsy Schiffman, Frankie Halter ’96, Jon Jacobs, Marc Lesser ’96, Jed Resnik ’96, Allan Towbin ’94, Liz Thompson ’96, and Serena Bobowski. Molly can be reached at mollyniles@mac.com. Serena, who founded the London theater company Shunt, stayed with Molly while finishing her Pilates certification training in NYC. Prior to returning to London, Serena joined Molly, Elizabeth, Betsy, and Miranda at Saroya Friedman’s wedding in Manhattan in October. Saroya and husband David Gonzalez live in Mexico City. Molly also reconnected with Emilie Schreiner Wilkonson, another Pilates instructor.

Aimee Salvatore (aimeesalvatore@hotmail.com) has lived in Hermosa Beach, CA, since graduation. She is human resources manager at Activision Publishing (which puts out video games such as Spiderman, Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer) and lives a few blocks from the beach. She stays in touch with Nancy Levenson, who also lives in Hermosa Beach; Johanna Kaplan Bryan, who is married to David Bryan ’96; Bethany, CT, resident Jen DeRosa; Wendy Bryant, who works for Fleet Bank in Boston; Ann Keaney Gavin, a learning specialist in Beverly, MA; and Joell Cavotta, who also lives in Los Angeles.

Jessica Tredeau and Adam Clay were married August 2 in Spencer, MA. Jeremy and Cory Gillette Rinzler, Peter Baron, David Workman, Meredith Kates Forster, Kevin Hill, and Debbie Siegel attended the wedding. Adam and Jessica recently relocated from NYC to London, where Adam is international director for Keynote Systems and Jessica is a school psychologist. They would love to hear from Skidmore friends at adam.clay@keynote.com or jtredeau@hotmail.com.

Alanna Caffrey married Jasper Rosenberg on September 13 in Boston, MA, surrounded by an alumni contingent including Blue Curry, Kathy Byun, Rachel Heath Wallace, and Sharon Buthman Harbauer. While in Boston, Blue connected with Carolyn Stone, who completed an MBA at Boston University. They had fun recalling great memories from the year they studied together in the Skidmore in Madrid program, almost a decade ago. Blue is still living in London, where he creates photo-based artwork near Portobello. He has been producing work for small exhibitions and can be contacted at blue@bluezroom.com

Cheryl Forster completed an internship at the University of Washington’s Student Counseling Center in Seattle this past fall before returning to Portland, OR, to finish her dissertation.

After spending the last three years in southeast Alaska, Andrea Petzel relocated to Seattle to work for an environmental consulting firm.

Katy Kimer Simon and Lawry Simon ’96 welcomed their first child, Sarah, this past year, and Katy finished a PhD in psychology from the University of Oregon last summer.

Beth Wilson is working in advertising in NYC. She and fiancé Scott Norden bought their first house last year.

Elizabeth Lewison (ell9012@nyp.org) was married over the summer and enjoyed a fantastic honeymoon in St. John. Lauren Baylek ’94 was the maid of honor. A psychiatric social worker, Elizabeth has been working with adult and geriatric in-patients. She reports that she reconnected with Lynette Johnson-Piper, with whom she has been “yapping as if we never lost touch!”

Rachel Heath Wallace (rwallac1@swarthmore.edu) and husband Ken welcomed twins Margaret and Nicholas last February.

Last January Cindi McBain Taylor and husband Robert welcomed daughter Olivia, who joins brother Benjamin, 2. Cindi is juggling raising the kids and running the household with doing some independent consulting and writing. She is in touch with Jennifer Mancuso Trinkle, a globetrotting buyer for TJX; Jennifer Delmhorst, who is busy working on her PhD in CA; and Alison Flesch, a successful landscape designer and newlywed in Los Angeles. She also recently connected with Morgan Seamark, who is having a great time living in London and weekending in places such as the Alps! Cindi can be contacted at Robert.W.Taylor@valley.net.

Amy Allen Taylor (Aallen50k@aol.com) lives in Clarendon Springs, VT, where she teaches English at the Killington Mountain School—a ski academy for competitive ski racers, freestyle skiers, and snowboarders. “My two Labrador retrievers love it here, and so do I,” she says.

Esther Morton Gillie (gillie@uiuc.edu) is a music librarian at the University of Illinois and a minister of music at University Place Christian Church.

After nine years in a one-bedroom in the East Village, Heather Funston (hfunion@aol.com) opted for space and nature by moving to West Hollywood, CA, in August. She is wondering if there are any Skidmore alums or friends of alums who are “cool, down to earth, don’t have a cell phone attached to their head, and might want to show a single girl around.” After working at Lifetime, Maury, Nickelodeon, and Montel, she earned a master’s degree in media studies and documentary film/TV at the New School.

Torey Adler (torey@torey.com) is back in Saratoga Springs. He quit his job as a network security engineer in San Francisco to pursue music full-time and is working on a third album. Check out his Web site at http://torey.com.

Joni Guerette Sweener (Jcsweener@aol.com) has two sons—Cameron 5, and Trevor, 3—both of whom attend preschool part-time, which gives her a few moments to herself. Joni loves being a stay-at-home mom and says “the kids are happy about it too!” She plans to resume teaching in a few years.

Bert Turner married Megan Sweeny on September 20. He is an operations manager with EF Education in Cambridge, MA, which operates language schools and student exchange programs. Megan is a residential interior design assistant at William Hodgins in Boston.

Hillary Monahan lives in Providence, RI, where she bought a townhouse and opened her own business downtown, a trendy women’s clothing shop called La Femme Boutique. Although entrepreneurship can be risky, she says, “I love being my own boss.” She welcomes any Skidmore grads in the area to stop by.

Susan Halvorsen Ware married Paul Porter Jr. in Hanover, NH, on October 11. She is an administrative assistant in the fundraising office at Dartmouth; her husband is a resident in general surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical.

After graduating in May 2002 from Columbia University, with a dual master’s degree in public administration and social welfare policy, Saroya Friedman moved to Mexico City to work for the United Nations Population Fund.

Kim Armstrong Force and husband Christian live in Riverdale, NY. Kim can be contacted at kimarmstrong619@yahoo.com.

Maude Herr and husband Douglas welcomed twins Noah and Kate last February.

May Shannon-Saubier and husband Michael welcomed their first child, Jenna, in October 2002. May enjoys being a stay-at-home mom. Michael is a consultant for Bearing Point, Inc.

As for me, I live in Brookline, MA, with my husband of three years, Justin. We welcomed our first child, Matthew, last January and are enjoying parenthood. I also started a photography business last year, specializing in weddings and portraiture. Justin and I attended Kristin Lehr’s wedding to EJ Anderson at SPAC last June and enjoyed spending time with Phoebe Smith, husband John, and son Ely in Maryland.


Ann Marie Przywara
45 Castlewood Drive
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-5823

Melinda Anderson is author of The Catholic Girl’s Guide to Sex, which hit bookstores in September (see the Books page in this Scope for more details). Susan Abramson, Xanthe Alban-Davies, Vanessa Biery, Allison Luyten, Chris Wollen, Will Holden ’95, and James Burrows ’00 were in NYC to help celebrate. Melinda thanks the dozens of Skiddies whose stories and mishaps anonymously made it into the book. “Saratoga was a rich playground for humorous tales,” she observes.

Social worker Laura Quiros is pursuing a PhD in social welfare. Last year she married her high-school sweetheart, Ben Osborne. Elena Perez was maid of honor. Debbie Kleinberg, Lee Ginsberg, Rebecca Caban, Darren Lilien, Zoe Chicco, Liz Thompson, Christine Collins, and Jesse Blockton were special guests. The newlyweds live in Brooklyn.

Rebecca Caban and Darren Lilien were married in the Berkshires this past summer. The wedding party included Jesse Blockton, Christine Collins, Laura Quiros, and Kelly Van Zile. Other alumni in attendance were Lee Ginsberg, Elena Perez, newlyweds Jason Bodner and Laure Neiman-Bodner, Jason Brown ’97, Bo Boddie, Chris Young, Debbie Kleinberg-Pestrak, Liz Thompson, Allen Towbin ’94, Matt Neely ’95, Ahna Tessler, Lauren Engle ’95, and Will Klebenov ’92. Rebecca, who teaches third grade, is finishing up a master’s at Bank Street College. Darren is an e-commerce entrepreneur whose two ventures, EyeSave.com and SuperFabulous.com, employ Zoe Johns ’01, Alesh Bradac ’01, and Megan Ellis ’02.

Software engineer Alissa Margulies is married and living in New Jersey. She keeps in touch with Andrea Gruber, a kindergarten teacher, and Brandon Feldman, an exercise physiologist at the University of Miami.

Christina Peckham Lambdin and husband John are happy parents of son Robert, born last February. Tina is a full-time mom and squeezes in time to paint in her studio during Robert’s naps.

Jenny Smack bought a house in British Columbia, where she’s setting up a pottery studio. She welcomes old friends to contact her at jennifersmack@yahoo.com.

In Massachusetts Dan Klotz teaches courses in sociology at Northeastern University and Lasell College. He and wife Priscilla live in North Quincy.

Kim McGann received her master’s degree in sociology from Rutgers University in 1999 and moved near Rochester, NY. After several years in “cube-land,” she returned to academia and teaches sociology at a local college. She enjoys meeting up with Kelley Buchanan ’99 for triathlons around the country, and had the pleasure of watching Patience Bryan get married last October. She also regularly roots for the Bills with Pete Giallanza ’97 and keeps tabs on whatever mischief Che Edoga ’97 gets into. Kim continues to ride and run an equine-photography business.

Anne Foss Innis completed a master’s in biology and is pursuing a PhD from the University of Maryland; she is also a Smithsonian Fellow. She lives with husband William in Baltimore and keeps in close contact with Renato Poliafito, whose family she hosted for Thanksgiving.

After spending five years in Manhattan as a product manager for Anjar, an international toy-licensing company, Jonathan Reed entered New England School of Law in Boston, where he is a third-year student.

Actor Matthew Benson has appeared on NBC’s Law & Order, and Ed and has a role in the soon-to-be-released Nicole Kidman film, Birth. He is always happy to hear from Skidmore friends at matthewbenson1@yahoo.com.

Juleyka Lantigua’s story “My Ciguapa,” set in the Dominican Republic, is included in Once Upon a Cuento (Curbstone Books), a collection of 17 stories for young readers that explore Latino culture.

Rachael Mason married Jeremiah Johnson on April 21, 2003. Classmates Sharon Parmet, Rachel Zell, Margaret Minzner, Lissa Skitol, Alvin Santos, and Chris Young were on hand to celebrate. Sharon is working for the Journal of the American Medical Association, Rachel is a chef, Margaret married an architect, Lissa lives in Georgia, and Alvin and Chris are “nearly famous millionaires.” Performing with the Second City National Touring Company, Rachael is a veteran of USO Tours in Europe and Alaska. She also performed at the Egg in Albany last year.

Katie Bradford
married Sam Dillehay in West Park-on-Hudson, NY, on July 19; they met in 1995 while they were both studying abroad in London. On hand to celebrate were Kelly Van Zile, Neela Vaswani, Holter Graham ’94, Liz Thompson, Alan Towbin ’94, Katie Ward, Jason Brown, Sabrina Shakley, Andy Brooks, Jonathan Jacobs ’95, and Matt Neely ’95. Katie reports that the girls of Alger Street staged a fantastic performance from their Skidmore days for the crowd, “complete with frantic, ritualistic circling.” Katie and Sam later moved from Brooklyn to Blacksburg, VA, where Katie is a counselor for at-risk kids and Sam is pursuing a graduate degree in architecture.

Jens Ohlin
married Nancy Butcher in Saratoga Springs, NY, on October 11. A law student at Columbia University, Jens holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate, all in philosophy, from Columbia. Nancy is a writer who authored How to Make Your Man Look Good (Without Making Him Feel Bad).

Neela Vaswani
’s collection of short stories, Where the Long Grass Bends, is due out this month by Sarabande Books (www.sarabandebooks.org).

Ben Fox lives in Hollywood, CA, where he is a project manager for Yahoo. He spends time with sister Dana, whose first movie, Something Borrowed, starring Debra Messing, is soon to be released. Ben plans to attend the premiere wearing Skidmore sweatpants.

Mark Saks married Emily Kirschner in June; they live in Philadelphia where Mark is a resident in emergency medicine at Temple University Hospital and Emily is a resident in ob-gyn at Pennsylvania Hospital. Numerous Skidmore grads attending the wedding, including Norma Susswein Saks ’68 and Brad Salis ’00. Mark is co-author, with his mother, of the recently published book How to Excel in Medical School (for details, see the Books page in this issue of Scope).

Amy Lenard spent several months last year in Ghana, West Africa, where she taught English at a secondary school in a small village and worked to further overseas English-language programs. She’s now living in Boston.


Allison Gray Costa
509 Heather Lane
Charlotte, NC 28209

After five years among the cornfields of Champaign, IL, Jamie Lake left for Chicago, where she is director of student services at Chicago-Kent College of Law. She ran into Susan Razzano, who is a first-year law student there.
Sara McKenna Conopask is an associate attorney for an insurance defense law firm in Cheshire, CT. A newly minted attorney who attended law school at night, she puts in long hours at work but says, “I now have the luxury of eating dinner with my husband in the evening.”

Grant Copeland married Meghan Kennedy on June 7, 2002 in Waterford, CT. Adam Brand and Brian Compagnone served as groomsmen. The couple lives in Wallingford, CT, with a yellow Lab puppy named Bono. Grant is a partner and creative director at i2i Creative, a marketing communications firm in Prospect, CT, which he co-founded in 1999. One of Grant’s clients is Velocity Sports & Entertainment, where Kelley Wilhelmy is event coordinator.

Boston resident Meredith Cutler is doing sales, marketing, design, and photography for First Act, a musical instrument company that builds high-end custom guitars for “MTV types” and enthusiasts. Meredith caught up with Marcus Ahlers on his way back from a Fulbright residency in Berlin, and hung out with Michael Gardiner, who’s back from a stay in Japan. She caught her first Red Sox game at Fenway Park with Nate Hill.

Allison Mahoney married Todd O’Brien on August 16 in Princeton, NJ. The wedding party included Sara Adelman, Jennifer Putnam Zadravec, and Stephanie Henneberry Hanbury. Also in attendance were Megan McGilloway Almond, Jocelyn Barbier, Conor McDavitt ’03, Karen Troxell ’03, and Libby Liu. Allison is a marketing manager at KANA Software, and Todd is a senior software engineer at EMC. They live in Newton, MA.

Schuyler Stoddard married Alex Bogel in South Deerfield, MA, in August. Skidmore alums in attendance were Carolyn Anderson Robertson, Quin Robertson, Emily Manderson, Wende Valentine, Shaun Webb, Liz Brooks, Nathan Burgess ’98, and Chrissy Sarazen Chisholm. Schuyler works in the development office at Eaglebrook School.

Steve Donnelly is studying massage therapy at the Swedish Institute in NYC.

Alex and Jessica Parker Sherman welcomed their first child, Jacob, in August. Jacob gave the signal for his debut a day earlier than expected, during a barbecue. Fortunately, Marcy Palmer Bartholow, who was also enjoying the event, was able to keep Jacob’s parents calm before leaving for the hospital. Alex and Jess live in Stamford, CT, where Alex practices law. Jess earned an MBA from Fordham University last year.

Sara McKenna Conopask passed the bar exam and is an associate attorney for the law firm of Nuzzo & Roberts in Cheshire, CT. The firm specializes in insurance defense matters.

David Joyal is profiled in the New Jersey Law Journal’s Fourth Annual New Associates Yearbook. He earned a JD from Emory University on a full tuition scholarship last May and joined the firm of Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch in October.


Michele Rothstein
33775 Hiram Trail
Moreland Hills, OH 44022

Sarah “Maggie” Mudama Huber and husband Bruce announce the birth of daughter Anna last April; she joins a very enthusiastic 2-year-old sister, Emilie.

Julianne Castellani wed Mehmet Burak Vardin of Istanbul, Turkey, on September 6 in Buffalo, NY. The couple will travel in the Far East and live in Istanbul, where Julianne practices law and Mehmet is a partner in Cukurova Construction Co.

Erik Grimaldi manages the power pop/rock band M.Headphone, featuring Skidmore alumni Dylan Connor ’97, Greg Thorne ’97, and Dod Andrew ’97. The band is touring throughout the Northeast in support of its most recent CD, No Misfires. Check it out at www.mheadphone.com.

Molly Barkan married Brett Goldberg on December 15, 2002, on Long Island, NY. Her maid of honor was Nicole Seidel ’97. Others in attendance were Jamie Levine Stoler, Carina Beckman Perrotta, Susan Rose, Geoff Chang, Leslie Worsley, Sean Kemery, and Chris Korbey. Molly and Brett live in NYC, where she is pursuing an MBA at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business.

In NYC Reena Singh is completing her master’s in public policy at the School of International Public Affairs.

Kerry Dobbins is enrolled in a PhD program, studying early modern English history at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.


Reunion ’04!

Nancy Carew Magnus
8328 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22102

Sam Stone, who completed a master’s while working in graduate admissions at University of Texas at Arlington, is teaching community college and applying to doctoral programs. He attended the wedding of Noah Thomas and Allison Smith ’98 in Long Beach, CA, last June.

Amanda Larson
married Peter Gebhardt on September 14, 2002. Heather McDonald and Abigail Geddes Maselli ’98 were bridesmaids. Other alumni in attendance were Alvin Negron ’98 and Derek Luchesse ’98. Amanda and Peter live in Oneida, NY, where Peter is executive director of procurement for Oneida Ltd. Amanda is president of the Gorman Foundation, a nonprofit family foundation supporting the arts, education, and breast cancer research.

After spending two and half years in Delaware, Ben Ormsbee relocated to Arlington, VA, last June to start a new position with Pfizer Pratt Pharmaceuticals. Ben has also started running competitively in the DC area.

Jon Preston is an advertising representative for the Phoenix Media Group in Boston. He attended Derek Weaver’s wedding in November and spent time with Cat Malmgren Edgerton and Rachel Durchslag ’00 in Chicago. Jon still lives in Cambridge, MA, with Keith Wallach ’00.

Last summer Lani Radack left her high-school teaching job to enter graduate school at Wheelock College for Early Childhood Education. She is a full-time intern at the Cambridge Friends School, teaching second grade and kindergarten, while taking classes in the evening. Lani has also been writing and performing. The winner of numerous poetry slams, she performed at the 2003 Boston Dyke in March, held on the weekend of the Boston Pride Celebration. Check out Lani’s writing online at www.sapphicvoices.com/authoresses/RadackL.html.

Kate Thomas is in her seconnd year at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys school, where she is learning to flip sheep, snare pigs, and administer bovine rectal exams!

Melanie Zalman married her high-school sweetheart B. Christopher McDonald on October 12 in Ridge, NH. Ali Gottfried was a bridesmaid, and Tim Ball ’04 was there to celebrate.

Luis Alicea would like to “give a shout out” to the HEOP classes of 1999 and 2000 and welcomes e-mail at orgo007@yahoo.com.

After earning a master’s in education at George Washington University last May, Nina Hammond Ritch is teaching sixth-grade English and social studies at the Potomac School in McLean, VA.

Sarah Rasmussen, who earned a master’s in biotechnology at Florida Institute of Technology two years ago, has landed a job in Washington, DC, at the National Academy of Science.

Kristin Hayne obtained a master’s degree from NYU and is a practicing art therapist in NYC. She is still creating art in her spare time.

Jefferson Freedenburg works for the biomedical publishing house Cell Press in Cambridge, MA, while pursuing an MBA at Boston University.


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