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Spring 2013 (March 30, 2013)

Class Notes March 2013

February 28, 2013

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I was informed of the passing of Elisabeth Boltwood Bliss in November 2012. Betty was a commuter like me and we made our daytime home in Thompson House on campus.

The family of Doris McCarren Ernest let us know of her passing in June 2012. We've also lost Marion Hubbard Cook in 2011. It is sad to report a death, but such long lives are a blessing. We wish the remainder of us more happy and healthy days and years.

I paddle along at my own slower gait and wish you all well.

Polly Soper Minehan
671 Lakeside Circle #323
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
[email protected]

With great sadness, I report that Jeanne Butler Jarrett passed away on February 7, at the age of 94.

In my notes published in Connections, I wrote of a fun visit during December that Jeanne had from her daughter, Sally, and Donna Rose Hall French ’71. Jeanne was a high school science teacher and a graduate of Emma Willard School. At Russell Sage she was a chemistry lab assistant and senior class president. She was popular and outgoing. In keeping with her love of learning and her giving spirit, she requested her body be donated to the Albany Medical College Anatomical Gift Program.

Elizabeth "Betty" Cummings
6 Church Street
West Boylston, MA 01583-1603
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Eleanor Jordan Mason
6 Sunrise Drive
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
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Sadly, three classmates passed on in 2012: Dorothy Lang Turchick in January; Elizabeth Caughran in July; and June Price in May. The class extends sympathy to their families.

On a happier note, I received a telephone call from Esther Romweber Davidson. She was looking forward to seeing family over the holidays, including those coming from Germany. Esther will be unable to attend Reunion #70, but she sends best wishes.  

Let's forget the high birthday number and plan a trip to Troy this spring to celebrate all our years. I hope to see you then!

Muriel L. Wilhelm
78 Sproul Hill Road
Bristol, ME 04539-3211

Muriel Van Zandt Lichtenwalner
1929 East High Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
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Please send updates to [email protected].

Thanks to Barbara Pierce Duke for forwarding news about Marjorie Grathwohl Driver, cited in a recent article, as one of Guam's National Treasures. The Guam Legislature commended Marjorie for dedicating her professional life to a greater understanding of the history of the Mariana Islands during Spanish dominion. Marjorie retired as associate professor of Spanish and curator of the Spanish documents collection at the Micronesian Area Research Center at the University of Guam. It's great to learn of her success.

I was invited to be on the executive committee of the Boston Author's Group, organized in the late 19th century. And the Boston College Association of Retired Faculty, which I helped organize, awarded me a small grant to write a book (more work!) Just returned from an Argentine Tango cruise on the Norwegian Epic. Instructive and fun.

Vera Cohen Lee
15 Claremont Street
Newton, MA 02458
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Sylvia Saarnijoki
24 Holly House Court #4A
Litchfield, CT 06759-3640
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Welcome new class correspondent, Suzanne Freedman Juster! Email or call her with your updates. She would love to hear the wonderful things going on in your lives!  

Suzanne Freedman Juster
7510 Granville Drive
Tamarac FL 33321-8710
[email protected]

Barbara Tyrell Kelly’s book, Growing Up In Lake Placid, contains chapters about Russell Sage during the years after WWII. I am sure alumnae from that era will remember our rules, the Men's Division, freshman dorm first meeting, Tea Dances with the RPI Campus Serenaders, phys-ed Camp at Lake Luzerne and much more. Contact Barbara at [email protected]; 89 Greenwood St., Lake Placid, NY,12946; or 518-302-5043.

Never, ever could I have dreamed of what happened in Newtown. Then, Marjorie Schwartz Lewis and Betty Weisner confirmed what we had suspected. The principal of Sandy Hook, Dawn Hochsprung, had the same name as our classmate, Marian Hochsprung Barney, and was married to Marian's nephew. Marian, your classmates, send our condolences to you, your family and indeed to all those touched by this tragedy.

Other sad news is the death of Carolyn Lomas Balsam last October. The Class of 1949 sends sympathy to her family and friends.

Betty Weisner is into tai chi and bridge and recently celebrated her 85th birthday. Aren't we all pretty close to it?

Marjorie Schwartz Lewis is a star: check out  "If we don't go digital" at YouTube.com/Crandell Theatre.  

Harriet Blank Lapkin visited a daughter last summer and also saw Ruth Norby Hensley, who lives in Highlands Ranch, near Denver, in a home full of Scandinavian art. In November, Harriet attended a meeting of the Northern California chapter of the Alumnae Association and enjoyed meeting President Scrimshaw.  

Elizabeth “Jay” Lee Warren
46 West 25th Avenue
Spokane, WA 99203
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Diane Bault DeMille attended an alumnae event with Patricia Newmark McCue '52. They visited the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., and had lunch at the Hawthorne Hotel.

Jane Wardwell Roberts
PO Box 151
Fitzwilliam, NH 03447-0151
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Walt and I married just after graduation in 1951, so we will celebrate our 62nd anniversary this year. Would really enjoy hearing from all you special "red jacket" classmates. Please write me about what you have been doing. Let's keep in touch this year.

Florence “Flossie” Hinkle Frommer
3892 NW 59th Street
Coconut Creek, FL 33073-4109
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Mary Ellen Falter Davie
119 Thorncliff Road
Spencerport, NY 14559-2129
[email protected]

Remember 2013 is our 60th Reunion! Mark your calendar for the weekend of May 31 through June 2 and make plans to come to Troy to celebrate.

Jane Loeb writes, “I am looking forward to our 60th and hope that many of our classmates attend. I recently had lunch with a dear friend, Florence Einhorn ’32 (no mistake!) She is very alert, has a fantastic memory and we reminisced about the Sage of "times gone by." Do you remember when our meals were served to us in the dining hall with formal Wednesday and Sunday dinners?”

Patricia Walker Mulholland
1013 Sassafrass Circle
Bloomington, IN 47408
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Barbara Pease lives in a lovely home in Pearl River, NY. She is involved with the Morning Music Club and is on the board of the Rockland Symphony Orchestra.

Arlene Ginsberg Berliner and her husband just came back from Spain and will be taking a 32-day cruise to South America. They own a beautiful apartment in New York City and a home in East Hampton. Life is good and I am happy for them.

I see Nancy Miller Slurzberg periodically. Len and I treated her to dinner for her birthday. She is on a trip to Italy and I am sure I will hear all about it when she returns.

Len and I traveled to Puerto Vallarta, but this year we will join the "old folks" in Florida. We live in Edgewater, NJ and have an apartment with a beautiful, dazzling view! We are happy and have been married to each other for 58 years.

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Helen Emple Honig.

Leila Berkowitz Schwartz
1504 Daibes Court
Edgewater NJ 07020
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Kay Brooks Blick
40D Forest Drive
Springfield, NJ 07081-1126
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Elaine “Lonnie” Foster Perry received an award for service in the arts from a theatre in Rhode Island. Lonnie has been active for many years in Rhode Island arts programs. She taught theatre at Rhode Island College and has directed productions for Syracuse University and the Kennedy Center. Lonnie served as "surrogate grandmother" to Lois Hunter Alterman's grandson during his years at Brown. He graduated with honors recently.

Christine Collard Devereaux traveled to Manitoba last summer and was awed
by the whales and polar bears. Sadly, before her trip both her mother-in-law (age 103)
and her brother passed away.

Carol Davis Winston
35 Dunbar Road
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
561 625 5910
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Irma Wilhelm
43 Young Road
Augusta, ME 04330
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Millicent Clayton Hull
1332 Atterberry Road
Sequim, WA 98382
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Dorothy Muller Frost
230 Lake Drive
North Bennington, VT 05257
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Diann Allan Billing
46 Mallard Drive
Hackettstown, NJ 07840-2836
[email protected]

Karolyn Wentzel Nealon
3310 Longbow Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15235-5135
[email protected]  

Judi Guernsey Laurence and her husband moved to Florida. Her address is 2016 SW Danforth Circle, Palm City, FL, 34990. Judy and I have stayed in touch with our Sage Little Sister, Sheryl Ebeoglu, who also lives in Florida. Marjorie Kipp Hansen and her husband have also moved. Marjorie’s address is 810 Old Country Rd., Wenham, MA, 01984.

While in Massachusetts, I had lunch with Marjorie and Jane Macri Dempsey.

This year I start my 15th year giving tours at the Washington National Cathedral in DC. It is a magnificent Gothic cathedral with stained glass windows and a terrific place to visit.

What are the rest of you Golden Horseshoes doing?  Let me know what you are up to.

Peggy Crosby Stotz
1006 Kimberwicke Road
McLean, VA 22102
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During her winter visit to Florida, Linda Nee continued to join with the official team surveying the Atlantic coast looking for Right Whales, an endangered species. In 2012, no whales were spotted. In 2013, a mother whale with a calf were spotted.

Esta Margolis Patman and Richard celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Russia and met Dana Rebmann ’60 and her husband. It was a great reunion of Sage girls, in Russia, 51 years after graduating.        

Sondy Finch Roberts will be in a national car magazine coming out in April. They recently restored their Thunderbird that will be pictured on the cover of the magazine. 

Janet Griessel Griffin’s husband passed away in 2012. Our thoughts are with her and her family.

Linda Nee
10201 Grosvenor Place Apt. 1413
North Bethesda, MD 20852
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Sandra Houck Tiedemann
272 Patrice Terrace
Williamsville, NY 14221-3922
[email protected]

Elaine Cohen Freedman
96 Brookline Avenue
Albany NY 12203
[email protected]   

Carolyn Cogan Garter
13657 Whippet Way West
Delray Beach FL 33484-1569
[email protected] 

Pam Beemer Abeling’s husband had a stroke three years ago. He is doing well, but they've moved to Asheville, NC. Pam appears to be her usual upbeat self, volunteering in a fitness program for girls. Her address is 3301 Legacy Oaks Place, Asheville, NC, 28803.

Ginger McCann Giammattei continues to be nurse administrator of a medical clinic in  Lebanon, PA, and volunteers as parish nurse.

Arlene Given Price’s town and valley continue to recover from the effects of Hurricane Irene, with many homes still in disrepair. We empathize with those affected by Hurricane Sandy. It's been a busy, but gratifying year.

Sara Norberg is in touch with Gracelee Gratto, who divides her time between homes in Clifford Park, NY, Lake Newcomb, NY, and Cape Canaveral, FL. Sara also visits with Gloria Lester Kadish and her husband. They have homes in New York City and Hillsdale, NY. Suzanne Robinson Patenaude, who lives in California, has been in touch via Facebook.  

Sara and Mike call Concord, NH, home, except for several winter months when they head to Florida. They have four children and four grandchildren.  

You probably have not started packing for the 50th Reunion, but all your classmates hope you'll be there!

Sara Derrick Norberg
33 Christian Avenue #112
Concord, NH 03301-6128
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Arlene Given Price
5845 State Route 30
Schohaire, NY 12157
[email protected]

Ronnye Shamam '64 with the cast of The Trojan WomenRonnye Shamam with the cast of The Theatre Institute at Sage's The Trojan Women.







After a delightful phone conversation with Barbara Bell, who lives in Pittsfield, MA,she graciously summarized her news in an email. “I retired in 2001 after 35 years of teaching. Now I enjoy being a Florida snowbird with my companion of 27 years, Chuck
Gilson. Both of us taught in Pittsfield High School (MA). Chuck taught European AP
History and I taught AP US History (thanks to the Uptons!) I am on the board of the
Berkshire Historical Society at Herman Melville's Arrowhead (where he wrote Moby
Dick), volunteer in the archives there, and produce a page for the weekly Pittsfield
Gazette newspaper called "Pittsfield's Past." I meet in Albany, from time to time, with
Bonnie Lee Karsten Wasson, and have been meeting with Ellen MacHaffie Rocco of
Orlando, FL each spring for a luncheon on the shores of Tampa Bay. Sue Bogart Denley and her husband joined us in past years. This past December, as Chuck and I drove back to Massachusetts for family Christmas gatherings, we stopped in Smyrna, GA to visit Sue and Walter. They are very proud of their daughter's success in business and their three grandchildren. I even crocheted a green and white Christmas scarf for Sue, the most loyal Sage-ite of our group.”  

Elizabeth “Betsy” Fineburg retired after 35 years in education and lives in Yardley, PA. She is a member of the Bucks County Community College Board of Trustees.

Helen Drew joined the ranks of the 50th Reunion class agents. She suggests that we plan for our 50th Reunion, as 2014 will be here sooner than you think.

Joan Coxon Morgan-Augenstein of Bowling Green, OH,  is active in the National Alliance of Mental Illness. She and her husband enjoy golfing. Joan took early retirement after a  career at Bowling Green State University in the counseling center.

I enjoyed the alumnae gathering at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, for a tour followed by lunch at the Hawthorne Hotel.  

Mary Lou Dinan Catalano died in 2009. Our condolences to her family and friends. Matthew, their son, told me that her husband died two weeks after she did.

It is not too early to start writing your biographical piece for our 50th Reunion!

Shari Taylor Grove
32 Shepard Street #31 
Cambridge, MA 02138-1518 
[email protected]

Carolyn NeJaime Jeffrey teaches Spanish and English as a Second Language and works at the travel agency she owns with her sister. She volunteers with the Literacy Network of the Southern Berkshires, Shakespeare & Co., and the Mahaiwe Theatre in Great Barrington.

Sheila Koechlein Schmitz’s sixth grandchild was born in August. Sheila and her husband will take their first cruise in April, from New Orleans to Cozumel, Belize and Honduras.

Grace Hilt Mack will start work in April for a company that supplies the plants, trees and shrubs to Lowe’s. She’ll also go to the Philadelphia Flower Show. She writes, “We have several weeks rented this summer for our home in Yarmouth (Cape Cod) with some choice weeks open. My e-mail where you can get  pictures of our house is [email protected].”

Class agent Margaret Holmes participated in a brain storming conference call regarding our 50th Reunion in 2015. If you would like to serve on the Reunion planning committee, contact Tiffany Soricelli [email protected]. Don’t forget: “50 in 15!”

Doris Fischman Roth and Sandy and I spent a week in San Diego celebrating an aunt's 90th birthday. She and her sister, Elin (Class of 1969), are going to Ecuador and the Amazon in March.

After several months of work with the executive director search committee for Audubon New York, Virginia Kurtz Stowe is taking a ski vacation in Vail, CO. February was her granddaughter’s 2nd birthday, celebrated at Mad River Glen ski area in Vermont. She has already been down the slopes with her parents. Thrilled by it!

Benjia “Bunny” Shoobe Morgenstern is in North Bay Village for the winter. In May, she and her husband will go to Connecticut and stay until fall. She has a studio where she makes sculptural baskets from local materials. One of her baskets is included in the 500 baskets book published by Lark.

Carol Kobs Sturges’ new grandson was born in December. Her son and his wife have a 2 1/2 year-old girl and the new baby. Her daughter has a 16-month-old son. Everyone will be together in March to celebrate her mother's 99th birthday.

Karen Throop Pennell’s fourth grandson was born in February in Los Angeles. Karen is working at Machias Valley News Observer in eastern Maine this year.

Bonita Maxon visited with Jane Woodel over the summer. Bonnie and her husband had two  weeks in Mazatlan, Mexico, over the holidays. Their youngest son recently came to live with them. He came at a good time, to help with snowplowing and shoveling since her husband is recuperating from a triple hernia operation.

Our class sends sympathy to Martha West Shur for the sudden death of her husband.

Bonita Maxon
110 East Shore Drive
Petersburg, NY 12138
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As I write this, our house is recovering after a hit from Superstorm Sandy in October. Sandy surged right over our sea wall and dumped a foot of water in our first floor. I heard from Pat Tinkham Batten that her condo on the Jersey Shore was affected by Sandy. Her daughter was living in their second-floor unit, which is OK but there was damage to the lower floors. Pat and her husband, Ed, live in Hilton Head, SC, and are retired. Pat would love to hear from anyone who is passing by Hilton Head.

Peggy Lumpkin DeWolf remarried two years ago. They live in Princeton, NJ, and Southwest Harbor, ME. Peggy reads, paints, and teaches in Princeton.

Judy Jaffe Walsh and her husband are both retired. They’re expecting their fourth grandchild in June. They are planning a trip to France this spring. Judy is active in the Nahant Preservation Trust.

Rose Milluzzo Pocock and her husband, Rick, traveled to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to board a 30-day cruise to several spots in Africa. They’d planned this trip for a long time, but had to wait until Rose got a knee replacement.

Chris Basalyga Harrington recently joined the Bayberry Quilters. Chris met up with Carol Sweet Morse this past summer. Carol is active with the Hudson Valley Singers and sang with the chorus in several performances.

Our class sends its condolences to Betsy Huebner Braunstein, whose husband died unexpectedly in July while waiting for a kidney transplant. They had planned on a “paired combination,” where Betsy would donate a kidney to someone and Yale would receive a kidney from another person. Betsy continues to work in her psychology practice, a combination of therapy and court-appointed custody evaluations.

Donna Schulman Bender and her husband, Jerry, live in Harwich, MA, on Long Pond, in a home they augmented from an original knotty pine cottage. Donna is retired from teaching at the college level. Her older daughter is in the foreign service and her younger daughter is a choreographer and dancer. Since 2009, Donna has recovered from a heart attack, brain tumor and breast cancer. She feels well and would love to hear from classmates.

Joanna Phinney Wallis went on a cruise to Alaska and a cruise from Barcelona to Miami. She visited friends in Carlsbad in May, and went on a Dry Creek Wine Tasting weekend in April. She also visited Reno, Napa and San Francisco.

Judy Shor Kronick attended a special uncle's 95th birthday, their grandson's bar mitzvah and her 50th high school reunion. It was a pleasure to talk with Judy Ellish Levy and her husband Richard. Another classmate, Ellen Sinopoli, is a dance professor at Russell Sage!

Hinda Scheinberg Ritigstein enjoys retirement on Long Island. She visits grandchildren in New Jersey and California. Recent travels include visiting Cuba and a cruise to South America. Hinda and her husband enjoy Florida each winter. She stays in touch with Sue Rosenblatt VandeKerkhove.

Helen Denzler Burlazzi has a new grandchild. Helen had an ankle replacement, so now she has more fun with all of her grandchildren.

Liz Dodge retired in 2011 and has been hanging her hat in Vermont, her childhood home. She escapes to Myrtle Beach during the winter.

The RSCAA Connecticut chapter had its fall luncheon in Westport. Judy Shor Kronick, Charlotte Shaw Tracy, Carol Sweet Morse, Alicia Brady Sarles, Linda Boswell DeWitt and Barbara Towne Patterson attended.

My own recent activities included attending my 50th Darien (Connecticut) High School reunion and going to dulcimer festivals in the Northeast. I kayak in the summer, but my kayak disappeared in Sandy’s storm surge.

Judy Shor Kronick
158 Brewster Road
Windsor, CT 06095-2624
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Barbara Towne Patterson
1 Ralsey Road South
Stamford, CT 06902
[email protected]

Members of the Class of 1967Faith Rubin, Eileen Goldblatt, Susan Hasbrouck Brown, Linda Towbin Baker and Diane Perreault Teer in Florida.













Linda Towbin Baker hosted a group of Red Devils at her winter home in Alva, FL. Susan Hasbrouck Brown, Eileen Witzman Goldblatt, Faith Rubin and Dianne Perreault Teer enjoyed the hospitality of Linda and her husband.We had lunch with Suzanne Leredu Paley. She and her husband retired to Naples.

Linda and Eddie, grandparents of four, divide their time between Princeton, NJ and Alva and have a prize-winning St. Bernard.

Susan and Warren live outside of Troy. She retired from teaching two years ago.The couple will embark on a trans-Atlantic crossing this spring and a Norwegian fjord cruise which will take them above the Arctic Circle this summer. 

Eileen and Myron live in Manhattan and divide their time between New York City and Westport, CT. They are expecting their fifth grandchild. Eileen is on Sage's board of trustees and after a career in arts and culture, non-profit management and public education she is now involved in the green energy initiative.

Suzanne is busy with six grandchildren and volunteering with her synagogue. Prior to her retirement Suzanne taught school, had a catering business, was a temple administrator, and worked as a case manager for individuals with developmental disabilities. Sadly, her twin grandsons are students at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and although their classrooms were not directly affected, the boys was present the day of the shooting. 

Faith, retired from teaching, is also a Sage trustee. She lives in Boston and has an antiques shop in Sturbridge. Faith  serves on the board of directors of the Boston Malacology Society (Malacology is the study of shells and the animals that make the shells). When she is not researching English antiques or writing her restaurant review column, she travels and scuba dives in amazing places. 

Dianne lives in the Georgia countryside and retired as an elementary school principal eight years ago. She is a master gardener; member of the hospital auxiliary board; and on the board of an organization that supports senior citizens who wish to remain in their own homes.

We all plan to be at our 50th and hope to see more Red Devils there!

Kersti K. Totsas-Linask, a professor at the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida, was a Fulbright Fellow and spent the 2012 fall semester at Tartu University in Estonia doing stem cell research.

How wonderful to hear such success stories from our classmates!

Judith Prest Bowden
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Rona McNabola Miller
30 Spottswood Road
Glen Rock NJ 07452
[email protected]   

Our 45th Reunion is May 31-June 2. It would be so great to see you!

I had a wonderful lunch with  Marcia Arlanian Reinhartin. We hadn't seen each other since 1980, when we both lived in New Haven, CT. Pam Schwarz Marras and I hope to get together in Danbury, CT. That's two former French majors: Wouldn't it be great if all of our French majors could reunite in May?  

In April I'll represent Sage at Pomeraug Regional High School College Night in Southbury, CT through the Sage Partners Program. If you haven't yet signed up for training to be a Sage Partner, please contact George Tiggle at [email protected]. It is a rewarding experience.

Marsha Bor Parker
12 Cobblers Mill Road
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
[email protected]

Bobbi Adell Alexander moved to San Francisco in 1982 and never left. Her company Designwest Graphics has kept her busy for 30 years. She is in touch with Mimi Manning and Doreen Bounty.

Heidi Dien Ludwig, leadership development facilitator for New Visions for Public Schools, lives in New York City.

Phyllis Litvack Furst and Barry moved to Boca Raton, FL in May. They are building a home in Boca West, enjoying golf and bridge.

I heard from many classmates after Tiffany Kominos Corbett’s death. Kathy Taylor Brown wrote, “Tiffany was her own person. I imagine there are a lot of former students out there whom she mentored and made a huge difference in their lives. I honor her for that and her courageous battle with cancer. I shall miss her at Reunions and always hold dear the memories of our trip to Nassau during spring break 1969.”  KT retired from nursing in May. She now has time to devote to her antiques business, grandchildren, gardens and home.

I received an email from Nancy Meyer ’71 looking for Linda Noel O’Hara. I was able to connect them and they enjoyed dinner with Alix Gordon.

Terry Wolgang Ragazzini wrote from Wilton, CT, that the last two years have been busy, with knee replacement, disc surgery, the passing of her mom at age 90,and coaching her high school's College Bowl team. Remember Terry’s interest "Jeopardy" as we waited for the dining hall to open each night? Terry was a player on the real show many years ago.

Judy Cluchey Tough and Tom are busy with grandchildren, retirement and settling in their new home in Austin, TX.

2012 was busy year for Rick and me. We completed our seventh water project in conjunction with Rotary in Guatemala. My sister, Doris Fischman Roth ’65, and I traveled to Costa Rica and see one another often as I travel back and forth to Florida, getting our retirement home ready for the future in Fort Lauderdale.

Elin Fischman Lawrence

139 Wyneding Hill Road
Manchester, CT 06040
[email protected]

I received a great letter from Jen Johnson. Through the Central European Teacher Program, Jen is teaching English and civilization at the Krudy School in Budapest. Jen would love to hear from friends – especially you teachers!  Her email:  [email protected]. Better yet – go visit!

Wendy Borchert Hirtle passed away in November, in Barrington, RI. Wendy battled cancer for a year but was never without a smile and a kind word. Our condolences to her husband Michael, their four children, five grandchildren, Wendy’s father, brother and sister.

Beverly Miller Sigg
15 Vinson Drive
Flemington, NJ 08822
[email protected]

Sue Moyle Lunch is director of individual giving and donor engagement at Auburn Theological Seminary which is affiliated with Union Theological Seminary in Manhattan.

Sue Haines Blase has moved again, this time to Noblesville, Indiana which is about 20 minutes from her daughter Jenny and her husband.  Another daughter was married in July and lives in Estes Park, CO.  Sue is back to work at St. Vincent Hospital in her previous job as a case manager and also serves as the parish nurse at her church.

Paulette Wong Wilbur and John enjoy ballroom dancing lessons a couple of times a week. 

Sally Atkinson Harrelson is the proud nana to twin girls. Sally joins the rest of us who are "over the moon" about our grandchildren. Barbara Davis Stahley's grandchildren increased this past year as well.

The brick unveiling and memorial service for Darryl Besken Hayes and Linda Carmody Roberts took place in  September in McKinstry Courtyard. President Scrimshaw spoke, and  readings were done by Donna Rose Hall French, Debby Crane Bachand, Carol Zandan Patterson, and Susan Bloom Jones. Maggie Bodkin and Nancy Meyer played "You've Got a Friend" and "Those Were the Days". Helen Burmaster, president of the alumnae board and staff members from Annual Giving also attended. After the unveiling, classmates went to the Illium Cafe for lunch.

Mary Mulvihill Pecoraro
5 Walsh Avenue
Stoneham, MA 02180
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Rosemary Crowley Buja
19 Greenvalley Road
Medway, MA  02053-1933
[email protected]

Patricia Maiorano Johnson
2433 220th Place, NE
Sammamish, WA 98074
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Susan Ackerman Hillman
29428 Arlington Way
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
[email protected]

Jet “Blue” Flight 73 will land at Sage for our 40th Reunion on May 31! Our theme is Blue Hawaii, so get your hula on and prepare to island hop to many events offered on Reunion weekend. Maybe we can even flash mob a rendition of “Angels of Blue, ’73 God Loves You!”  Keep an eye on Sage.edu/reunion for details.

Deborah Tuma
PO Box 2163
Sag Harbor, NY 11963-0110
[email protected]

Clarissa Robaczynski Alimena
47 Mulberry Lane
Shelton, CT 06484
[email protected]

Lynda Chodkowski Flynn
1132 NE 16th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-2321
[email protected]

Donna Zographos Lipresti
7105 Woodrise Court
Fairfax Station, VA 22039-2948
[email protected]

March 2013 Class NotesLinda Deis Gaylo,Maggie Zerby Minneman and Melanie Punte Puorto-Conte at the RPI-Princeton hockey game







It seems that many of us are planning 60th birthday parties or having grandchildren. I  heard from Debbie Scott Spurgas, who became a grandmother. Congratulations Debbie!

We recently celebrated that milestone birthday with Patti Whittaker Miller and her family.

I attended the RPI-Princeton hockey game at Princeton with Linda Deis Gaylo and her husband; Maggie Zerby Minneman and her husband; and my husband and daughters Angela (Class of 2007) and Daniela (Class of 2009).

Sharon Wiberley Valiquette and I also attended RPI hockey festivities with our husbands   during in February.

Linda Deis Gaylo and I will celebrate our birthdays by going on an Alaskan cruise with our families this summer.

I still need to hear from  at least 200 of you to make class notes more interesting. Email me or send me a message on Facebook.

Melanie Punte Puorto
226 Market Street
Amsterdam, NY 12010-2524
[email protected]

Marie Nangeroni
2031 Nott Street
Niskayuna, NY 12309
[email protected]

Vilma Zaracostas Russ
41 Ridge Road
Cornwall, NY 12518
[email protected]

Elizabeth Sciurba
27 Ingersol Road
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
[email protected]

Wendy Symmes Mayer
57 Linden Avenue
Swampscott, MA 01907
[email protected]

March 2013 Class Notes


Lisa Fowler Rutigliano, Andrea Monte Guadano, Penny Fertig Toombs, Amy Slavin Bader, Meme Houlihan Middlesworth, Janie Turnbull Skogstrom and Elizabeth Dineen Crone



March 2013 Class Notes Lisa Fowler Rutigliano, Andrea Monte Guadano, Arlene White Victoria, Amy Slavin Bader, Penny Fertig Toombs, Meme Houlihan Middlesworth, Janie Turnbull Skogstrom




Leslie Nicoll got Maggie Baker on our Facebook site. Maggie is associate dean for academic programs at the University of Washington School of Nursing. 

I, Lois, heard from Steph Cervelloni via LinkedIn. She is an owner at Pediatric Physical Therapy in Chagrin Falls, OH. I've been emailing Carol Linendoll. We were working together during the blizzard of '78 and were reminiscing driving on Rt 80. Hopefully we will get together at her Rhode Island home this spring.

The other day I opened my office, and sitting on my desk is a 40 oz Genesee Cream Ale. An elderly man had given it to my massage therapist and when my husband saw it, he said, "I think that's what Lo drank in college." Those six-packs were 99 cents! Seeing that can brought a flood of memories back...and hangovers!

So where is Beth Tusa, Sharon Lupardi, Mish Rowen?  Join us on Facebook! And tonight I am cracking that Genny Cream Ale to see if it still tastes the same...

Lois Cloud Malenczak
102 Edwards Avenue
Sayville, NY 11782
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Jill Hastings Mack
39 Rocky Point Drive
Bow, NH 03304-4115
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Joanne Salvador
301 South Ocean Blue #1
Pompano Beach FL 33062
[email protected] 


Bonnie Ward Kreutter
5053 Reservoir Road
Geneseo, NY 14454
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Linda Cowell-Jay
3 Crossbow Road
Norfolk, MA 02056
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Therese Sutherland Geraci
116 Summer Lake Drive
Ridgeland, MS 39157
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Maxine Goldsmith
32 Foothills Way
Bloomfield, CT 06002
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Deborah Browne
60 North Maple Street
Warsaw, NY 14569-1215
[email protected]  

Jill Periard
1425 Broadway Apt. 5
Watervliet, NY 12189-2836
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Suzanne Candee Tartaglia
21 Mount Nebo Road
Newtown, CT 06470
[email protected]

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Sue Weber Bichler and Patricia Zabarouskas Bass

I, Lisa Abatemarco, am back in North Carolina – as soon as Congress straightens out this budget, I should be back in Baltimore permanently!  In the meantime, I’m living with my Mom and the basset hounds. Mom turned 81 this year. It’s tough watching her get older.

A lot of you celebrated 30th wedding anniversaries in 2012. Terry Garrity Bentley and Ray and Kathleen Burns Meyerson and Dave were among that group. Terry has been traveling a lot. She has been to London twice and is now going back and forth to Florida to watch Shelby (my goddaughter!) ride her horse in competitions.

Kathy is teaching second grade. Dave’s printing business is doing well. They are active in Hyde Park Rotary group.

Kelli Hadley Nelson splits her time between her home in Florida and her mission in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Audrey Carr Toste-Clarke has brought groups of students from Burke Catholic High School to help Island Impact Ministries. Audrey’s son is at RPI and his fraternity is sponsoring a Bowling for Haiti event. Brenda Leonard also visits and lends a hand.

This just in:  The Purple Cows – Class of 2014 won Rally Day! We met some of these women during Reunion and they reminded us of our class!  Spunky and sassy and smart! 

Joan E. Traver writes, “Poor health has prevented me from doing all I want to do, but I do wish to hear from the Sage sisters, especially Theresa Vandenbosch Chase.”

Lisa Abatemarco
16 Kippen Court
Pinehurst NC 28374
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Marcy Anderson
70 County Road 84C
Santa Fe NM 87506
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Joan Traver
1 Downey Road
Troy, NY 12180-9527
[email protected]

Lisa Tompkins invites all Red Devils, Blue Angels, Purple Cows and Golden Horseshoes to take part in The Mastodon Challenge Races on May 19 in Cohoes, NY. She is founder of the 15k and 5k races to benefit the senior center and Pre-K programs in Cohoes. Find out more at MastodonChallenge.com.

Sharon Spicer
10 Laurel Glen Drive
Shelton, CT 06484
[email protected]

Marianne Davies
31 Riverside Drive
Branford, CT 06405-3945
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Patricia Sirois Kuldell
19605 Seymour Court
Poolesville, MD 20837-2293
[email protected]

Susan Golden
3736 Cumberland Street NW
Washington, DC 20016
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Susan Bird
4322 Kencrest Drive
Syracuse, NY 13215-9510
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Amy Young
29 Howes Street
Springfield, MA 01118
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Deborah Webster McMaster
77 Hollis Street
Pepperell, MA 01463
[email protected]

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Jennifer Flather and Robin Raco '91 at a Women's Golf Association gathering


 Esther Ellis Denham lives near Schenectady, NY. A highlight from 2012 was a driving trip they took across the country in August. She writes, “We visited National Parks, took many hikes, and learned much about our country. We're involved in the adventure of home-schooling, and my three children are all into music. My oldest is in 11th grade so we are approaching the time of big decisions.”

Alison Wolf
5 Queens Peak Road
Canton, CT 06019
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Congratulations to Nadine Meyers Austin’s daughter, who received a college scholarship.

Terry Allen and I had a wonderful visit this fall in her hometown of Lowville, NY. She renovated her kitchen: “At times the kitchen started to feel like the money pit and I was sure buying a new house would be cheaper. However, I love the finished project and I could not have given myself a better Christmas present!”  She and I may be spending more time together if my son chooses to attend Clarkson University. Her home is on the way to the University. At this time his first choice is the Military Academy at West Point. He is one step closer having received a congressional nod. My daughter will start her master’s degree at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in September.

Terry and I would love to hear from all of you.

Dawn Cope Barilli
239 Old Orange Avenue
Walden NY 12586
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Terry Allen
6550 Number 4 Road
Lowville NY 13367-9104
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Simone Awang McDonald
16391 Rusty Rudder Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22191
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Karen Kinsman
8812 Desert Williow Court NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
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Joyce Isabelle
69 South Centre Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
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Marie Tischio Naughton’s daughters are 5 and 4. The girls started school at the same place Marie’s husband went to school which they thought was “cool”. Marie celebrated her 45th birthday at Disneyland where they saw Mitt Romney.

Christine Kosinski Baldwin coaches her kindergarten-aged daughter and six others in cheerleading, which she thinks is quite funny since she never was cheerleader material but when your kid wants to do something…  Christine was a soccer coach in the fall too, which she hadn't played since she was in second grade. She is committee chair of her son's Cub Scout pack and is working as a pharmacist. 

Suzanne Willis Schenker is on round two of college visits (her oldest is a college sophomore). In September they headed to Boston to look at schools and visit with her former roomie, fellow physical therapist Bethany Ronk Harrington.

Cathy Hunter Gould continues with her voice over work. She did a tag line for a Target holiday commercial and was the voice of “Tawny” the cat for VCA Animal Hospital commercials that will begin airing in early 2013. Her son plays hockey and started third grade this year. The family spent Thanksgiving in Hawaii.

Max and I celebrated our first anniversary in September by visiting my brother in Marion, MA and my triplet nieces and nephew. I travel from our home in Cape Coral to work in New Jersey every other week. I’m going to be trying to sell my house in Ringwood, NJ this year, so if anyone knows anyone….

Beth Gehring
4437 SW 14th Avenue
Cape Coral FL 33914
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Genevieve Cahill was recently promoted to the position of Field Claims Manager of the Utica National Insurance Group’s Eastern Regional Office in Utica, NY.

Please join the class Facebook page, “Russell Sage College – Class of 1990”! 

Maria Biernacki-Halse
826 Williams Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
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Ann McDonald
124 Orton Street Extension
Worcester, MA 01604
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Elizabeth Bartolomeo Edwards
472 East K Street
Benicia, CA 94510
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Valerie Priolo McKee
3663 Hosiers Oaks Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23703-3470
[email protected]

Cynthia Bacon Woellmer
10 McChesney Court
Troy, NY 12180
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Nicole Grotolli
277 Shufelt Road
Nassau NY 12123
[email protected]

Bethani Childs
35 Hamlet Street Apt. 1
Somerville, MA 02143-1908
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Patricia Coviello
230 Elmwood Road
South Salem, NY 10590
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Amy Willey
PO Box 235
Troy, NH 03465-0235
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Deborah Bradeen Jacques
6 Lowell Lane
Huntington, MA 01050
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Barbara Kaiser Cook
2714 Guyanoga Road
Branchport, NY 14418
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Mieke Coe Ulrop
37 Ontario Street
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
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Kelly Donnellan
1123 Midland Boulevard #1
Royal Oak, MI 48073
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Hope Gerstel Stuart
22 Windmill Lane
Warwick, NY 10990
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It is with great sadness that I inform you that Laura Skinner Sparrer passed away in November 2012. She had responded to an email I sent in August and written about her children, a son and twin daughters. She was working as a physical therapist in Lockport, NY. It was so nice to hear from her as we had lost touch after graduation.  I urge all of you to take a moment and reconnect with your old friends.

Deb Brownell Foley and her husband traveled to Italy this summer and spent time in Rome and Florence and finished the trip with a friend’s wedding in Tuscany. She is PTO co-president at her children’s elementary school and was re-elected as secretary for the RSCAA Board of Directors. 

Jen Rasimas Bennett is married and has a 3-year-old daughter. They moved to Mt. Pleasant, SC. Last year she took a trip to Vermont to visit Stacy Troy and Sue DeSantis Ball. This past fall she and her husband traveled to Tahiti.

Linda Stroka Riemer
2325 Harrow Road
Pittsburgh PA 15241
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Kate Siegmann Robertson
126 Bushendorf Road
Ravena, NY 12143-2212
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Elizabeth Leuci Keogh
88-12 151st Avenue Apt 5L
Howard Beach, NY 11414
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Michaelynn McClenahan
3012 Wellington Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12306
[email protected] 

Michelle Lessard Tanguay
48 Chandler St.
Loudon, NH 03308

Belinda Rucker Hilton
12 Grant Court
Guilderland NY 12084

Jennifer Sennett Glenn
16 Sargent Street
Queensbury NY 12804

Kasia Prybylo Noblett
1844 Maiden Lane SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Charlotte Smith Zenzick reported that Jennifer Besze Gleason and her husband welcomed their second son in 2012.

Angela Gordon received tenure and was promoted to associate professor of business administration at The College of Saint Rose. In September, she accepted the position of chair of the business administration department.

Mary Murphy got married in October. Laura Kirby ’98 and Hannah Cleary ’04 attended.

I, Catrina, live in Oneonta, NY and work as the manager of an outpatient physical therapy clinic. I have been in touch with Antoinette Nelson Eicholzer and Andrea Evans.

Our 15-year Reunion is May 31-June 2, 2013. I had our senior slide show converted to DVD. I will have it at Reunion.

Catrina McKissick Truesdell
28 West End Avenue
Oneonta, NY 13820

Sarah Rudney
2049 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11105-2507

Laura Kirby
6080 Lakeview Road Apt 606
Warner Robins GA 31088

Marcella Luna and family baptized their son in September. His godparents are Jerilyn Conrad Azar and Jason Azar.

Gretchen Oppermann Miller and her husband celebrated their 11th anniversary in November and their girls celebrated their birthdays in December. Kyra is 11 and Lacy is 7! After losing her sister-in-law in an accident in June, they are helping her brother raise their 2-year-old nephew. Gretchen is hoping to bring the girls up from Virginia to Troy soon.

Shannon Ward-Lengel welcomed a son in September and Kathleen Syzdek Brown welcomed a son in October.

Carla Domenico Wasbes welcomed a daughter on December 31, 2012!

I, Amy Carlotto Zuckett, signed up to run a Pittsburgh half-marathon through Team in Training. Please visit http://pages.teamintraining.org/wpa/pittsbrg13/amycz.

Lauren Barry moved with her husband from New Jersey to Quincy,MA in May. She is working at an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Medfield.

Melissa Roller sent her "baby" to kindergarten in the fall and has more time to volunteer at the school that her girls attend. She works for a pediatric development center three days a week and her husband is busy with restaurant and catering ventures in Berkshire County.

Sara Bowley Pound and her husband welcomed twin daughters in August.

Stephany Roy Rozsa hosted a girls weekend at her home in West Hartford, CT, in  August. Shannon Ward-Lengel (35 weeks pregnant), Marie Custodero, Kim Webb Nolan, Katie Davis, and Jennifer Bertoni had a great visit. 

Amy Carlotto Zuckett
515 Hunters Path Road
Bridgeville, PA 15017

Melissa Fields Roller
700 West Road
Richmond, MA 01254

Sarah Carroll Aluck
41 Chatsworth Way
Clifton Park NY 12065-7257

Cara Desautels Beyor
2145 Plains Road
Milton, VT 05468-4378

Christina Grab Kirkwood
3 Brandon Court
Woburn, MA 01801-4167

Megan Betrus MacDonald and her husband welcomed a son in 2011. They live in Franklin, MA.

Liz Winn Bracken and her husband welcomed a son in 2012.

Marissa Squicciarini Tarkington and her husband welcomed a daughter in 2012, who joined a big brother. Marissa teaches high school English in Westchester.

Sarah Oudekerk Roy and her husband welcomed their first child, a son, in 2012. Sarah works for the Vermont Department of Health in Rutland, doing substance abuse prevention.

Mindy Howie married Stephen Young in September. Her attendants were Sarah Pratt Ciuryla '03, SarahBeth Douglass Votra '03 and Shannon Barton Oksman '04. Russell Sage Dean Sharon Robinson, Lillian De Lawyer '02 and Debra Neff Warnke '02 were also at the wedding.

I, Michelle Fage, started my own wedding and event planning business, Paradise Planning, on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. I also assist with planning vacations. Come on down and visit, Blue Angels 2001! 

Michelle Fage
PO Box 37
St. John, VI 00831

Melissa Callaghan
110A Derby Street
Newton, MA 02452

Elizabeth Keating
810 Hudson River Road
Mechanicville, NY 12118

Elizabeth Stilan Willis
16 Pinewood Drive
Schenectady, NY 12302

Jessica Letizia-O’Brien
207 Ingleside Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228

Julia Stevens married to Jonathan Bogardus. Catie Ryan Canavan, Alyssa Townsend Arlen, Janet Stevens Laytham '88 (bride's sister), Sara Harding Simon, Julia Stevens Bogardus, Julia Hillje Dardia, Hannah Cleary, Lindsey Iles Clarke, and Jenna Nielsen Grant were there to celebrate the special day.

Julia Hillje Dardia
1 Orient Way #504
Rutherford, NJ 07070

Heather Nadeau
243 Tolend Road
Dover NH 03820-5502

Julia Stevens
5-9 West Main St.
Apt. 10 
Norwich, NY 13815 

In August Xiomara Arrieta married Christopher Nichols in New York City.

Lauren Ross Collins
227 Valley View Dr.
Wallkill, NY 12589

Rebecca Mazurowski Hammond
37 Apogee Circle
San Pedro, CA 90732

Kerianne Clark Silver
20 Ivy Court
Clifton Park, NY 12065

Christina Powers
47 Carmel Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314


Charlotte (Hays) Hanley (Class of 2007) and her husband, Brian Hanley welcomed their first daughter, Annabelle Elizabeth in August.

Jennifer Harris
82 County Route 70
Stillwater NY 12170

Angela Puorto
164 River Street Apt A
Troy NY 12180

Amanda Lowery Andrews
248 Turnpike Road Apt 2
New Ipswich, NH 03071

Kristina Smeragulio
1170 Bull Hill Road
Gilboa, NY 12076

Pamela Mintzer
89 Highland Road
Stamford CT 06902

Daniela Puorto graduated with her master’s in childhood education from Sage in December. 

Kimberly Bice married Vincent Herzog in August. A wedding reception is planned for March. 

Melissa McConville finished her master’s degree in order to become a school library media specialist.

Danielle Basore started her PhD in Biochemistry/Biophysics at RPI. Her address is: 59 Brunswick Ave, 2nd Floor, Troy, NY, 12180

Danielle Drahos Basore
59 Brunswick Avenue 2nd Floor
Troy, NY 12180

Sybil Wojcio
344 1st Avenue
Kingston NY 12401

Daniela Puorto
226 Market Street
Amsterdam, NY 12010

Veronica Nunes moved back to her hometown of Windsor, CT, and accepted a position at Baldwin Media Marketing as a senior projects manager. She has also established her own makeup artist business. Check out  MakeupByV.com. 

Erin Marzilli is a professional makeup artist. She has been doing weddings, photo shoots, headshots and more. Check out EMarzMakeup.com.

Melissa Haggerty moved to California where and is a clerk at Qualcomm. She hopes to complete a half-marathon in 2013 and a marathon in 2014.

Erin Menzer
76 7th Street
Auburn ME 04210

Veronica Nunes
21 Lochview Drive
Windsor, CT 06095

Brittany Wood
306 Sunset Avenue
Rensselaer, NY 12144

March 2013 Class NotesKelly Flansburg '13, Lauren Grady '13, Tess Carstensen '12, Kayla Bronson, Kathryn Saulsbery, Tory Brandt Workstus, Johanna Tremblay, Rebecca Renus '13, Ashley Brennan, Carly Bennett and Amy Palmer at Tory's wedding.

March 2013 Class Notes

Sharon Decker Pailley has worked with the New York State Police Finance Department since 2011. She got married on June 16 and became the stepmother to a 13-year- old boy. 












March 2013 Class Notes

Katrina Sierson is engaged to Jeffery Zeplowitz!





Kim Cross is engaged to US Marine Cpl. Jason Supple. March 2013 Class Notes







Anna Murzda works at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering as a security guard but will continue to work with UHA part-time, so she can still be seen around campus. She has an adorable puppy named Apollo! 

Kathryn Saulsbery moved to Connecticut and is an admissions counselor at a women's college in West Hartford. 

Kimberly Cross started working at a program for adults with disabilities, utilizing her degree in Creative Arts Therapy. While working there she met her fiancée and they plan to marry in 2013!   

Ivanna Ramos is a registered nurse at Rochester General Hospital and wanted to share her new address 202 Milford St Apt #23 Rochester, NY, 14615. Shortly after graduating Ivanna met her fiancée. They plan to wed in 2013.

Amanda Spring is an assistant director of career planning at Sage. She encourages alumnae to call 518-292-1793 for an appointment to have resumes and cover letters critiqued!

Katrina Sierson is engaged to Jeffery Zeplowitz!

Kayla Bronson moved to Syracuse after receiving an exciting new job as the member relations coordinator at the New York Section American Water Works Association.

Allison Nutting moved to Missouri for election season and was able to work on the Claire McCaskill campaign. McCaskill defeated Todd Akin (the man known for the legitimate rape comment), and is now a US Senator due in part to Allison's efforts! Allison also worked on the Obama campaign as a organizing fellow.

Ellen Kapitan recently relocated to Connecticut after receiving a job offer form a solar energy company.

Ivanna Ramos
38 Malling Drive
Rochester, NY 14621

Amanda Spring
PO Box 292
Ravena, NY 12143

Hillary Brown
34 Atkinson Street
Rochester NY 14608