Go To Home
  • About
  • Academics
  • Admission & Aid
  • Student Life
  • News & Events
  • Alumnae/i
  • Home
  • Sitemap
  • New Student Welcome
  • Past Concerts
  • Sage Singers Video
  • WINTER 2017

    Alumnae gathered at Columbia Restaurant in Sarasota, FL, in January for lunch with President Susan Scrimshaw.

    To jump to notes for a particular decade, click below:

    1950s     1960s      1970s      1980s      1990s      2000s     2010s

    Polly “Pauline” Soper Minehan died on Feb 4, 2017. She acted as class correspondent until her death. Polly was also Executive Secretary for the Alumnae Association, now called Alumnae Relations, for 23 years from 1960 until 1983. She received the Doris L. Crockett Medal for distinguished service and a 75th anniversary award from Russell Sage College.

    Please send your news to:[email protected]

    Please send your news to: Elizabeth “Betty” Cummings, 6 Church Street, West Boylston, MA 01583-1603; 508-835-3774; [email protected]

    Please send your news to:[email protected]

    Please send your news to:[email protected]

    Please send your news to: Muriel L. Wilhelm, 35 Schooner St. Apt. 314, Damariscotta, ME 04543; 207-563-0218

    Please send your news to:[email protected]

    Please send your news to:[email protected]

    Please send your news to: Ann Heddens Kingston, 645 Ridge View Drive, Louisville, CO 80027-3295; 303-604-6408; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Sylvia Saarnijoki, 24 Holly House Court #4A, Litchfield, CT 06759-3640; 860-567-5271

    Mary Aileen Ranney Matheis was re-elected to the board of the Irvine Ranch Water District for the eighth time in November. IRWD is one of the largest water districts in California with over 300,000 customers. It is a challenging and interesting life!

    Please send your news to: Suzanne Freedman Juster, Pacifica Forest Trace, 5500 NW 69th Ave. Apt. 577, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33319; 954-722-5567; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Elizabeth “Jay” Lee Warren, 46 West 25th Ave., Spokane, WA 99203; 509-995-1928; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Bret Movsky, 221 Warrington Drive, Rochester, NY 14618; 585-244-7095; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Jane McKersie; 978-551-3786; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Mary Ellen Falter Davie, 27 Freedom Pond Lane, N. Chili, NY 14514; 585-617-5123; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Patricia Walker Mulholland, 1013 Sassafrass Circle, Bloomington, IN 47408; 812-334-2457; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Leila Berkowitz Schwartz, 12 Crescent Street, Box 688, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846; 518-696-3908; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Vee McEvoy Lindberg, 5100 Highbridge Street Apt. 22C, Fayetteville, NY 13066; 315-632-6133; [email protected]

    Marcy Luloff Sabesin’s name was omitted from the list of attendees at our 60th Reunion  in June 2016. Marcy’s husband, Seymour, accompanied her. He and Judy Fatel Lebson’s husband, Marty, enjoyed being present and were very impressed with what Russell Sage College has accomplished. They also mentioned that the joint celebration with RSC’s 100th anniversary was exciting and everyone was thrilled with the outdoor barbecue and fireworks over the Hudson River. Marcy and Seymour are enjoying the winter months in Tucson, AZ, where they are socializing with  Chicago friends who are also there and participating in the many cultural activities available. If anyone is in Tucson during the winter, they are welcome to call.

    Please send your news to: Carol Davis Winston, 35 Dunbar Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418; 561-625-5910; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Irma J. Wilhelm, 43 Young Road, Augusta, ME 04330; 207-622-9344; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Millicent Clayton Hull, 1332 Atterberry Road, Sequim, WA 98382; 360-504-1149; [email protected]

    Dorothy Muller Frost, 230 Lake Drive, North Bennington, VT 05257; 802-442-2997; [email protected]

    Diann Allan Billing, 46 Mallard Drive, Hackettstown, NJ 07840-2836; 973-962-4648; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Karolyn Wentzel Nealon, 3310 Longbow Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15235-5135; 412-824-2558; [email protected]

    Martha Jochnowitz Siegel, now professor emerita at Towson University in Maryland, received the 2017 Yueh-Gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics from the Mathematical Association of America. She received the award at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta in January 2017. The prestigious award honors service to mathematics that has been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful and influencing the field of mathematics or mathematical education in a significant and positive way on a national scale.

    Martha’s support of MAA initiatives has been far reaching. She was a member of the executive committee from 1991 to 2010, serving as editor of Mathematics Magazine and as secretary of the association for 15 years. She not only shaped the agenda of the association for many years, but she influenced a generation of MAA leaders (including eight MAA presidents and two executive directors) through her leadership, stewardship and commitment to the profession. Upon leaving her post as secretary, rather than settle into a much-deserved quieter life, Martha took on the role of chair of the high-profile Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics as that committee began the process of updating the MAA Curriculum Guide to Undergraduate Majors in the Mathematical Sciences for 2015.

    © 2009 Peter Billard Photographer, provided by Carol Fromer

    Carole Fromer of South Glastonbury, CT, was honored as a Legend in Family and Consumer Sciences at the 107th Annual Conference and Expo of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences held recently in Seattle, WA. During her career on the faculty of the University of Connecticut and through the present, Carole has been active in the organization, holding leadership positions at the state and national level including national president. Her biography has been included in the new book, Leaders in Family and Consumer Sciences, published by Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society for the Human Sciences.

    Please send your news to: Kathryn Diamond, 793 Ashbury Street, San Francisco, CA 94117; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Sandra Houck Tiedemann, 272 Patrice Terrace, Williamsville, NY 14221-3922; 716-632-6756; [email protected]

    Linda Nee, 10201 Grosvenor Place, Apartment 1413, North Bethesda, MD 20852; [email protected]


    The cast of the Theatre Institute at Sage’s Alice in Wonderland mingled with alumnae at a pre-performance tea party at Vail House in December. Pictured: Elaine Cohen Freedman with cast members.

    Linda Walker Freeland and Linda Ostrom Goodwin spent a week at the Sea View Inn in South Carolina in October. Sadly, Linda reports their dear roommate Nancy North Bell passed away in December from Parkinson’s disease.

    Carol Ruggiero Shabe is a retired head of school and just moved to University Park, FL. She’s looking forward to meeting fellow Sage graduates in the Saratsota area. Contact her at [email protected]

    It is with deep sadness that we report that Laurence Garter, husband of Carolyn Garter, passed away in September 2016.

    Please send your good news, travels and new addresses to us for our Reunion in June. Hope to see many of you there.

    Please send your news to: Carolyn Cogan Garter, 13657 Whippet Way West, Delray Beach, FL 33484-1569; 561-498-3093; [email protected]

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

    Ginger Giammattei shared that a summer highlight was two unexpected visits with daughter Virginia and granddaughter Cassie, who is now a junior in high school. One stopover was in May at a Lehigh University lacrosse tournament in which Cassie was playing  and college coaches came to observe prospects. The second was a cherished overnight visit from them in July at Cornwall Manor on their way from a lacrosse tournament in Richmond, VA, to Westerchester County (New York) to look at a college. She wrote that this gave them the opportunity to celebrate Cassie’s birthday, David’s birthday and Virginia’s birthday. Grandson Justin stayed with them for two weeks and helped “Grandma G” with the gardening and learned to drive their stick shift 17-year-old PT Cruiser. He also had an opportunity to “shadow” two local veterinarians in their very busy practices. He’ll enter the University of Maryland in Baltimore in September and received a lacrosse scholarship. Cassie also has been granted a lacrosse scholarship to Winthrop University in South Carolina, which she’ll enter in 2018. “While on the subject of grandchildren, we are proud to say that Sean is serving in Korea until the end of the year. He is medical liaison officer to the battalion on the 38th Parallel. He just received his orders for the next three years which involves returning to the U.S. to pursue further medical training at Fort Hood, TX, then on to Fort Benning, GA, for parachute training before ending up at Fort Campbell with the 82nd Airborne. Aaron just graduated from helicopter pilot training in medical rescue, received his First Lieutenant bars and is stationed at Fort Bragg on the  Kentucky/Tennessee border.” She wrote that David had three surgeries within a 12-hour period in the fall, but his recovery has gone smoothly. Concerning Ginger’s anterior total hip surgery, she has handled her recovery easily and with a positive outlook.

    Merry Johansen lives in eastern North Carolina. She and her husband travel and spend time in Florida during the winter months. She wishes her classmates a happy and healthy new year.

    Sara Derrick Norberg writes her family has experienced the “circle of life,” with the loss of her husband, Michael, in July 2016, and the arrival of granddaughter Ada in January 2017: “It has been a very emotional year for me, with love and gratitude for Mike’s life, well lived, and hopeful anticipation for the future for Ada, as well as my four other grandchildren.” Sara is involved in her retirement community in Concord, NH, with music, volunteering, and friends near and far. Family has been her strength and support. Sara sends her best wishes to all for a happy and healthy 2017 … live and love all you can.

    Please send your news to: Jean Hunt Evoy, 1596 NW Goathill Street, Arcadia, FL 34266; [email protected]

    Carol Carpenter Michels, 160 Barley Neck Road Box 396, East Orleans, MA 02643; [email protected]

    Leonore Blitz has served on the National Park Service Advisory Board since 2010 and also served on the NPS 2016 Centennial Commission. The advisory board “is the most diverse and active board since being founded in the 1930s. Members are eight women and four men, most unusual for any public, corporate or NGO Board,” she wrote. “The NPS is critical to celebrating and honoring our history, achievements, leadership, diversity, freedom, tolerance and the beacon for hope, fairness and humanity in the US and globally.” Leonore is the principal of Leonore Blitz Consultants, and has designed fundraising, communications and marketing campaigns for nonprofits, corporations, and more than 25 national political campaigns, including Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns. “I have been officially invited to the White House since 2009 for 12 visits, ranging from bill signings in the East Room, White House movie night, Christmas parties, July 4th parties, briefings in the East Room, lunch in the White House Mess, to visiting the Oval Office, Easter Egg Roll and lighting of the White House Christmas Tree and Women’s History Day Dinners.”

    Please send your news to: Shari Taylor Grove, 32 Shepard Street #31, Cambridge, MA 02138-1518; 617-576-1302; [email protected]

    Doris Fischman Roth enjoyed another wonderful sister trip with Elin Fischman Lawrence ’69 to Copper Canyon Mexico in December. The train through the mountains, cable car over a canyon, the Tarahumara Indians, cruise on the Sea of Cortez and spending time together laughing, hiking and eating was so much fun!

    Judie Pearlman Wexler just returned from Beijing where she stayed with her daughter and grandsons who live there. In addition to visiting family, she was in Beijing working with Chinese university collaborations. In October, Judie became interim president of California Institute of Integral Studies, which works with universities and organizations in China offering workshops and certificates in counseling psychology.

    Barbara Schwartz Onish and Ken just returned from two weeks in Israel. What made this trip extra special was they traveled with their son, Russ, his wife Jen and three children ages 15, 13 and 19 months. Also traveling was their daughter Alison, her husband Don and their 9-year-old. It was a great time and wonderful way to celebrate Chanukah and the New Year.

    Virginia “Gini” Kurtz Stowe commissioned another beautiful garden on campus, called Brinton and Avery’s Place, in honor of her grandchildren. She wrote that it will be dedicated on Saturday, June 17, at 1p.m. More details will come later from the college.

    Rosamond “Rosy” Campbell, our class president wishes all of us a superb new year!

    Marcia Carlson Leader is vacationing on Grand Bahama for three months and loves to be warm. If any of her friends would like to visit, please email her.

    Diane Schuldenfrei Hostetler wrote, “While most of my Sage friends are looking at great-grandchildren, I am about to have my first grandchild in July. It’s been a long wait, but my son Noah and his wife, Stephanie, have moved to a home right near us in Bothell, WA, and we are all looking forward to the new addition.”

    Bonnie Maxon ’65, working the phones as a volunteer with the American Federation of Teachers’ Get Out the Vote campaign.

    Bonita “Bonnie” Maxon wrote, “Our September was spent going to Prince Edward Island to attend the International Shellfish Festival and to dig clams. We have done this for several years and it is a great time to be there since it is still warm and the tourists have left. At the end of October until the day after the election I was in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, to help the American Federation of Teachers with the Get Out the Vote campaign … Florida has several weeks of early voting which is so different from New York where we have one day. While there I was able to spend a day with Doris Roth Fischman. She is such a great host. This year we have spent five weeks in Mazatlan, Mexico, during January, enjoying the shrimp and warm weather.”

    The college received sad news from the family of Loretta Martin Fair, who passed away in December 2016 in Bethlehem, PA.

    Please send your news to: Bonita “Bonnie” Maxon, 110 E. Shore Drive, Petersburg, NY 12138; 518-658-2873; [email protected]


    Members of the Class of 1966 in Maine.

    In August, Carol Sweet Morse and her husband, David, headed to Boothbay Harbor, ME, to visit her roommate, Ann Ogilvie Wehrwein. Carol organized a mini-reunion with Ann, Tami Fern, Karen “KG” Gould, Nancy Kebbon Aho and Sally Dunnells Campbell, after she learned that Tami and KG would be in the area. They could not attend our 50th Reunion but were able to travel a few miles to Boothbay Harbor, and Sally was already visiting Nancy in Maine. Although Carol sees Ann every few years and has seen Nancy and Sally a few times, she had not seen Tami or KG in 50 years. “It seemed like we were back in college. We didn’t miss a beat! Tami and KG were as funny as ever. KG even admitted that she should have gone into stand-up comedy.”

    Tami is a snow bird, spending winter in Florida. She spent her working years educating gifted and talented children and writing a book, Project Funny Bone.

    KG’s daughter is to be married soon. KG owned and operated a home health agency. She lives in Boston and New Hampshire, a different kind of snow bird.

    Nancy and Sally had long, successful careers as physical therapists. Nancy retired to a house on a lake in Damariscotta, ME, where she and her husband, Arne, spend summers. Sally and her husband live in Connecticut but are contemplating a move to the Midwest to be near her son. Sally had cardiac surgery last winter and has recovered well. Ann lives in Hallowell, ME. Carol hopes for another mini-reunion next summer.

    More news from Carol Sweet Morse is not so good. Shortly after returning from Maine, David was diagnosed with the same pancreatic cancer that Carol had. He suffered several setbacks, including two weeks in the ICU and then five weeks in rehab. Since he has been able to gain some strength, he has started chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and make it possible to be removed. Carol says his appetite has returned and he is tolerating the chemo well. Her own health is good and she continues to do Pilates and weights and to sing and take piano lessons. She is involved with the vestry of her church and sits on a committee for the local Cancer Support Team, an organization that provided her with nursing support during her own chemo treatment. She laments that right now she doesn’t see enough of her grandchildren. I know I can speak for our class that our thoughts are with Carol and David at this time.

    Anna Marie “Toot” Evans Small and her husband relocated to Boulder, CO, and she writes that “living in the foothills of the mountains is an exciting change.” She retired in September after more than 50 years in nursing, but is beginning a part-time job at a nearby medical center. She is working in her favorite field of psychiatric care. She lives within walking distance of her middle son and his family, including their 7- and 8-year-old daughters. Her oldest son lives in Destin, FL, with their 11- and 14-year-old children. Her youngest son is a second-year law student at Harvard. Anna loves hiking and being outdoors and is about to celebrate their 50th anniversary! She thinks of Sage and her friends there often.

    Joyce Hartman Diaz had a busy summer visiting family, especially the new California grandchild. She is busy with the Arizona State University Retirees Association and after returning from her summer trip, she chaired a party for the retirees. In September, she went to Las Vegas to meet her sister and brother-in-law who flew in from Maryland. They went on an amazing trip to Bryce Canyon National Park and saw a sunset over Sunset Point overlook. They spent the next two days stunned by the magnificent hoodoos (rock spires), then were off to Zion National Park to enjoy hiking and vastly different landscapes. Back in Phoenix, Joyce’s daughter and family arrived and they were off on their next national park adventure — the Grand Canyon. Her granddaughters are 8 and 9, so this was a first for them. After two days at the canyon, they drove to the Petrified Forest National Park. Back home, she proudly wears her 2016 National Park Service Commemorative Shirt — four national parks in two weeks! Joyce said, “After one more luncheon for 50 retirees and a local television personality as presenter, I did enjoy some tranquil moments the rest of 2016.”

    Annette Lipstein Friedman is heading on another kayaking trip — this time to Hawaii! She works per diem as a home care physical therapist. Her grandkids and husband are all well. In her spare time she plays canasta and mahjong, and goes to New Orleans for sun, fun, good music and good food in May.

    Judy Galza Di Mattia is becoming a Certified Personal Trainer. She said, “Those of you who want to be body beautiful, come look me up. You won’t believe the results we are getting in my gym. You are never too old to realize your potential and it is so rewarding helping people get there.”

    Linda Nelson Pettit and her husband, Bo, are enjoying New Zealand for a month, then heading to Australia for three weeks! It is their 45th anniversary gift to themselves. “We went to Bilbo Baggins Shire in Hobbiton!  Fascinating movie set!”

    Jane Meenes Page and her husband, Al, live in Glenview, IL, just north of Chicago. Al suffers from Parkinson’s disease, but is stable. Jane retired five years ago as clinical director of adoption at the Cradle Adoption Agency in Evanston. They have two granddaughters, ages 14 months and 3 years. Jane is co-president of her Temple Sisterhood and also volunteers at the Cradle.

    Donna Schulman Bender is involved with REAP, an acronym for Retired and Eager to Assist Pupils, a program she designed. The program focuses on integrating character education and mindfulness into relationships between older people and students. Donna encourages comments and ideas. Contact her at [email protected]

    Ruth Rosborough Keiser spent Christmas with both of her sons and family in San Francisco and San Jose, where she lives. She continues doing needlepoint and cross stitch with a stitchery group and takes painting lessons from a wonderful, well-known artist. “Add in the theater, concerts, and singalongs and I have a full schedule!” She sends her best to all the Purple Cows.

    Jill Rowley Sitcer and her husband, Gary, are nearly a year into retirement in Williamsburg, VA. She enjoys being in a floral guild at church, arranging altar flowers on a rotation, which she did for years in New Jersey. Gary took a tax prep course through AARP. He will be volunteering and assisting people at the local library. Jill says, “What wonderful memories I have of our Reunion in June, the best one I’ve ever been to. Sage did a spectacular job for us.” She hopes to meet up with Jane Early Owens, Chloe Goossen Morris and Judy Wargo Moorhouse in the spring. She’d love to see anyone who might be in her area.

    Ginny Borg Wolfe is still basking in the glow of great memories of our Reunion. “It was such a great time and we were treated like royalty!” She and Jim are about to take leave of the cold Northeast for a three-week vacation on the west coast of Mexico, with “guaranteed warm weather, friendly people and great food.”

    Francie Greenbaum Preisman recently returned from a cruise through the Panama Canal. Her husband, Bob, took the whole family to celebrate his 80th birthday! Francie said, “It was one of the best family vacations: our 10-year-old granddaughter, Jenna, led our zip line adventure through the rain forest in Costa Rica. We also swam with dolphins and visited large sea turtles. Seven people celebrating a lifetime event was amazing!”

    Liz Dodge is wintering in the Algrave region of Portugal this year. She is in a small fishing village that has become a bit of a British expat area. She says “It’s beautiful, skies are blue, but a bit chillier than I expected, as the houses are built to let the heat out, not keep it in. This morning it was 15C (55F) inside the house, so not recommended so much for winter months, but lovely the rest of the year.”

    Caroline Bailey Toner’s daughter gave birth to identical twin girls in December.

    Please send your news to: Judy Shor Kronick, 158 Brewster Road, Windsor, CT 06095-2624; 860-830-5887; [email protected]

    Barbara Towne Patterson, 1 Ralsey Road, Stamford, CT 06902; 203-324-7259; [email protected]

    Kay Steinkirchner Rock is excited to announce the release of her book, Over the Hill and Gaining Speed:  Reflections in Retirement, a collection of essays on travel, history, sports, daily life, relationships and inspiring people as viewed through the lens of retirement. It is available on Amazon. She and husband Steve enjoy frequent travels and time with their five grandchildren. Kay and Steve are looking forward to returning to Sage for Kay’s 50th Reunion this year and she hopes to see many classmates there.

    Mary Ann Oppenheimer writes that she was delighted to reconnect with Elizabeth Lee Ip who lives in Hong Kong. Elizabeth has a married son and daughter and five grandchildren ranging in age from 8 to 14. Unfortunately, she is not going to get back to the US for Reunion, as her 50th wedding anniversary is also that weekend. She did send her best and remembered many of our classmates. Hope all of you who live closer than Hong Kong make it back to Troy for Reunion!

    Mary Ann spent a fun afternoon with Faith Rubin in Boston in early December.

    The countdown begins — by now you have already saved the date for our BIG reunion — 50 years since we left RSC, and in about three months, we return. For some of us it has been a thrill to return every five years to see what has changed and what remains the same. For others this may be your first time back to Troy! Either way, I hope that when we all meet again in June we will have smiles on our faces and wonderful memories to share.

    For the last 30+ years I, Rona Miller McNabola, have served on the Glen Rock, New Jersey, Board of Education. As I say every three years when I have to run for re-election, this is still my passion. So this coming November I will once again hope to be re-elected.

    Judy Prest Bowden heard from Kay Steinkirchner Rock about her book. Maybe she’ll read one for us in June?

    So Red Devils of 1967, let’s all plan on being in Troy for the final festivities commemorating 100 years of Russell Sage. In the meantime go to Facebook and join the Russell Sage College Alumnae group and the Russell Sage College Reunion 2017 group. See you soon!

    Please send your news to: Judith Prest Bowden, 518-441-5012; [email protected]

    Rona Miller McNabola, 30 Spottswood Road, Glen Rock, NJ 07452; 201-444-8950; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Susan Wolfe Herron, 408F S. Croskey Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146; 215-735-1088; [email protected]


    RSCAA Board Member Carrie Cokely ’97 and Member of The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees Marilyn Miller Fowler at a reception at Vail House in December.

    Please send your news to: Elin Fischman Lawrence, 315 Ram Island Road, Charlestown, RI 02813, 401-364-7169 (May-October); 2100 South Ocean Lane, Point of Americas 1 #1008, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, 754-223-7223 (October-May); cell: 860-643-4560; [email protected]


    Donna Sawyer, Jennifer Johnson, Janet Tully-Kuzman and Candy Santos Rataul at the Centennial brunch hosted by the RSCAA in October.

    I received a heartfelt request from Linda Zanella Kristensen for help making her YouTube video go viral. Watch it at https://youtu.be/ydsFGOzo2ck. Linda beautifully narrates the poignant video of her daughter Maigunn’s life here in the US. Linda fears Maigunn may have to return to Norway.

    Jennifer Johnson recommends the book Women of Influence: Honorary Alumnae of Russell Sage College, 30 essays about women who have received honorary degrees from RSC. Common thread: rising above obstacles, break ground. The book is written by Kathleen Donnelly, a retired chemistry professor. Talk about breaking ground!

    Happy New Year, Purple Cows! May 2017 be good to you!

    Please send your news to: Beverly Miller Sigg, 5101 Hwy A1A Villa 6, Vero Beach, FL 32963; [email protected]

    Greetings!  As most of you have learned, class news will also appear here at sage.edu/class-notes. Meantime, I shall continue to request that all news appear online and in Connections.

    Our 45th Reunion was a hoot and I shall share more news from the book that Maggie Bodkin compiled.

    Pat Tidd Ketcham wrote from her home in Rochester Hillls, MI, that she has always worked as a nurse and for the past 20 years has been a member of the teaching faculty for the BSN program at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. She celebrated 36 years married to Dan who has a law degree from the University of Detroit and is a senior managing engineer for Exponent, Inc. Their three children, Peter, Suzanne and Laura, are college graduates with careers, family and special interests of their own.

    Meg Van Allen Albert and her husband, David, live on Cape Cod and run a bed-and-breakfast. Meg is also the semi-retired director of marketing at the Riverview School. Her children, Erin and Mark, have made her a proud grandma of four. Meg sometimes does some substitute teaching. Add international travel and she’s a busy lady!

    Virginia Lee yes, we call her Virginia now, has been retired since 2011 from her career as an elementary school teacher. She is a docent at the Colgate Art Gallery and volunteers with hospice — she helps patients to audio or videotape their stories. She is grandmother to Ben, Madelyn and Payne. She still owns her 1974 Argosy travel trailer which she tows with a 1975 Oldsmobile station wagon. She’s always looking for a destination!

    Donna Labatt has had a most interesting and varied career since graduating from Sage. She married Joseph “Jose” Smith, Jr., who is a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force, in 1985. Donna is an account executive at Vernon Company in Newton, IA. She has a home in Clovis, NM. For 20 years Donna had a career in the Air Force as an aircraft maintenance officer.  She also was a long-distance motorcyclist for many years.  After graduating from Sage she worked at a holiday house in Scotland and later as an au pair outside of Cologne, Germany. She is a licensed pilot with commercial instrument and single-engine land, multi-engine land and single engine sea ratings.

    Louise Latty Thompson retired from the Winthrop Public Schools in 2010.  Her husband, Woodrow “Woody” Thompson, is a semi-retired geologist for the state of New Hampshire. Their daughter Larissa and her husband are the parents of Ella.

    Lucienne McCormick Walker is retired from a 32-year career coordinating engineering training programs at GE in Schenectady. She and her husband, George, are the parents of Lauren who is a graduate of Fordham University and the New School. George recently retired from his career as a CPA at Flynn, Walker, Diggin, PC and he and Lucienne have moved to Florida.

    Sue Dixon Rodman retired from a nursing career in 2011 and she and her husband, Bruce, live in Durango, CO. She volunteers with Planned Parenthood. Sue is the mom of Carrie Brondyke, a graduate of the University of Illinois, and Kimberly, a graduate of North Park University. Sue is the grandmother of three girls.

    Paulette Wong Wilbur keeps in touch at Christmastime. She and her husband, John, are the parents of four sons and one daughter and grandparents to five grandchildren. The entire clan was recently together at the wedding of her son Jason, which also included her brother and her mom.  We all know how lucky she is to still have her mom! Paulette and John are retired but keep busy with volunteer work and a family on the move. They enjoyed a fraternity reunion in Austin, TX, as well as a trip to Florida to visit friends.

    Sue Haines Blase also keeps in touch at Christmastime. She added another grandchild, Sadie Lynn, in August and was expecting grandchild number three in February. Sue works as a nurse.

    It’s always great to see and talk to Mary “Marzie” Altpeter who retired from her faculty position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. Marzie holds an MSW, an MPA and a doctorate. She has three stepchildren, six grandsons and three grandnephews. She became an alumna trustee in 2015. She’s always working for the betterment of Sage. In 2016, she became a member of the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance Team at UNC.

    Elizabeth “Beth” Collis retired as an obstetrics nurse in 2014 after a rewarding and enjoyable career. Her daughters, Katie and Claire, have given her six grandchildren! A son, Michael, died in 2001 at the age of 26. Beth lives in Dublin, OH.

    Mary Ellen Moore considers herself a workaholic! In 1982, she cofounded Hospice of Wilkes County (North Carolina) and continued there for 13 years. She then went to HomeCare Management Corp., which is a private agency, first as nurse and later as director of nursing for six offices until she retired in 2014 after 20 years. Her left hip was replaced in 2013 and her right hip in 2014. (I wonder how that affects her passion for riding as she had a Buckskin Tennessee Walking Horse in her notes of 2011.) She also mentioned then that her husband, Thomas Walsh, is deceased. Mary Ellen went on to write that she came out of retirement in 2015 to work with Happy Valley Medical Center and has a part-time job doing assessments for Alexander City and McDowell City Departments of Social Services. She is vice chairman for Caldwell City Council on Aging and is on many other committees and also does volunteer work. Her campus memory was a good one. She wrote, “I almost got kicked out for bringing two buckets of snow into a little boy’s room with leukemia to have a snowball fight and the boy laughed and had a ball but my instructor did not think it was appropriate. The boy died the next week and his mother could not thank me enough and went to my instructor to let her know how much it meant.”

    Ellen Barclay Wilheim updated from her home in Valley Village, CA. In 1975 she received a master’s degree from Bridgewater State. She married Robert in 1982 and has two children, Reva and Emily.

    Martha “Marty” Berry Katter, who lives in Harvard, MA, and her husband, Bill, are the parents of Dana and Meredith.

    From Denton, TX, Barbara Booth Lawson wrote to Maggie to say that she and her husband, John, who is manager of Batch Production Operations at AIG Technologies in Fort Worth, are the parents of Reverend Rebecca Putnam, who hold a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Barbara fondly remembers Rally Day. Don’t we all!

    Donna Rose Hall French and her husband, Charles, whom we all know as John, are both retired. She was an elementary school teacher and he was a locomotive engineer for Amtrak. Rose, as we’ve been calling her since I was her roommate sophomore year, is on the leadership team for our class. She’s a class agent, is on the Reunion committee and was very busy with the Centennial celebration this past year. She and John, married 45 years and counting, have traveled all the lower 48 by SUV and traveled to Alaska in 2016. Hawaii is next!

    In 2015, Anki Wolf sold her house of 35 years in Newton, MA, and moved west … to the next town, Wellesley, MA! Her condo was renovated for six months and she finally moved in in April 2016. It is just right! “We use the house in New Hampshire four days a week, year round, and return to Wellesley for three days midweek.” Anki is engaged to a wonderful man and said, “We continue to enjoy our families, friends and our travel [including] trips to Ireland and Palm Springs, CA, for golf. We are looking forward to another golf vacation in Arizona this winter. My son, Matt, is 35 and building a real estate development company. Jake is 32 and has moved to the Chicago area, and will be an assistant director of a camp for 1,000 youngsters. Neither is married, but hopefully some engagements will be happening in 2017. The Boston Sage ’71 women get together periodically for dinners … Marty Berry Katter, Joanne Petito McCarron, Marilyn Lockwood Corrigan, and myself. All are retired and enjoying grandchildren. Please keep in touch via email: [email protected]

    So many of you wrote to update Maggie for our 45th that I would need the entire issue to include you all! If you haven’t seen your name in this issue or the last, please be assured that if you updated for the 45th I will get to you. In the meantime, I am always interested in even newer information so please drop me a line via my email and I’ll include you. By the time you read this online and in Connections, your leadership team will already be hard at work planning for our 50th in 2021! It will be here sooner than we think! Let’s keep in touch! Red Devils Rock!

    Dee Frasco Fellion and husband Tom, Pat Seeley Adema and husband Alan, and Irene Szymanski Jovell and husband Bill enjoyed a mini-Reunion in January at Columbia Restaurant in Sarasota, FL.

    Please send your news to: Mary Mulvihill Pecoraro, 5 Walsh Avenue, Stoneham, MA 02180; 781-662-8648; [email protected]

    Lauraine “Cookie” Cornell Marcus writes, “It’s been a while since I have shared any information about myself. I still live in Williamsville, NY, with my husband, Warren. I retired two years ago after 30+ years as a clinical psychologist for the state of New York, serving people who have intellectual disabilities. I continue to work for a local agency serving people who have intellectual disabilities one day a week. Since retiring, I have become more active with my church, taking the lead in redesigning our website (a newly acquired skill) and promoting our activities via social media. I am also a grandmother to Jack and have the pleasure of babysitting him one day a week. Warren and I are beginning to spread our traveling wings — this fall we spent several days in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. We may take a similar trip after this year’s Reunion.”

    Please send your news to: Rosemary Crowley Buja, 19 Greenvalley Road, Medway, MA 02053-1933; 508-533-6120; [email protected]

    Patricia Maiorano Johnson, 2433 220th Place, NE, Sammamish, WA 98074; 425-868-0139; [email protected]

    Susan Ackerman Hillman, 29428 Arlington Way, Farmington Hills, MI 48331; 248-489-8062; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Deborah Tuma, 525 Riverleigh Avenue, Unit 72, Riverhead, NY 11901; 631-338-5421; [email protected]

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

    Please send your news to: Jo SchoenGood, 47 Dowitcher Court, Wayne, NJ 07470; [email protected]

    Denise Lipkvich, 5 Tanglewood Drive, Brandford, CT 06405; [email protected]

    Debra DeOrsey has moved to Washington, DC, after spending six years in Calgary, Canada. “We moved to the delightful neighborhood of Capitol Hill … There are shops and restaurants just steps away and, most importantly, a wonderful farmers market just two blocks from our house. And I am learning to maneuver the Metro train system … I am hoping to arrange a mini-reunion here with some of my friends from Sage who live in New England and in Georgia. Just the other day, I enjoyed a visit from my classmate and friend, Jan Milligan Hilson, whom I had not seen in years, and I am planning to get together with Ann Smith Sabet in the not-too-distant future. It’s good to be back.”

    Please send your news to: Melanie Punte Puorto-Conte, 2000 Van Antwerp Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309; 518-842-0602; [email protected]

    Cathy Sauer Hansgate is a retired physical therapist and has been farmer/owner of Ladybug Farm Produce in Hubardston, MA, for almost six years. Ladybug Farm Produce is a certified organic farm producing vegetables, herbs, small fruits, eggs and hay. The farm uses solar power to provide part of their electricity and uses water conservation measures such as collecting rain in barrels to help irrigate two acres of gardens and two greenhouses.

    Please send your news to: Marie Nangeroni, 2031 Nott Street, Niskayuna, NY 12309; 518-669-9937; [email protected]

    Vilma Zaracostas Russ, 41 Ridge Road, Cornwall, NY 12518; 845-534-2325; [email protected]

    Elizabeth Sciurba, 27 Ingersol Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; 518-695-6405; [email protected]

    Wendy Symmes Mayer, 57 Linden Avenue, Swampscott, MA 01907; 781-581-6235; [email protected]

    Sylvia Bonadio lives in the Boston area again and would love to get together with local alumnae. Drop her a note at [email protected]

    Lois Malenczak wants all 1977 alumnae to mark their calendars for our 40th Reunion, June 2-4! Kathy Cowell is in charge. Make sure you are on the alumnae email list. Contact other Angels to come. Bring pictures and memories and transcend time with all of us! We have a great time!

    Join us on our Facebook page: Russell Sage College ’77. Other classes in the past have made shirts, hats. Anyone who has ideas please post on our Facebook page.

    Unfortunately Lois may not attend. She is awaiting a second liver transplant due to bile duct complications after the first. If it happens soon she might be able to come. Fingers crossed …  See you in June!

    Please send your news to: Lois Cloud Malenczak, 102 Edwards Avenue, Sayville, NY 11782;631-563-1966; [email protected]

    Jill Hastings Mack, 39 Rocky Point Drive, Bow, NH 03304-4115; 603-663-5710; [email protected]

    Joanne Salvador, 301 South Ocean Blue #1, Pompano Beach, FL 33062; [email protected] att.net

    After 38 years teaching physical education, 30 in New Paltz, New York, Suzanne Tillotson Sliwa is retiring in March. She and her husband plan to take a camper through New England after Labor Day and end on Cape Breton in Nova Scotia at the Celtic Colours Festival. She will take classes at the SUNY New Paltz Lifetime Learning Institute and travel to Texas and West Virginia to visit family.

    Please send your news to: Laura Haid Laffond, 3580 Loftlands Drive, Earlysville, VA 22936-2452; 434-465-1350; [email protected] comcast.net

    Mary Beth Ford Karam, 204 Greenwood Drive, Schenectady, NY 12303; 518-355-9713; [email protected]

    Sharon Barber Wall, 58 Bloomingdale Avenue, East Greenbush, NY 12061; 518-479-4226; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Linda Cowell-Jay, 3 Crossbow Road, Norfolk, MA 02056; 508-520-8735; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Therese Sutherland Geraci, 2439 Crescent Lake Place, Johnson City, TN 37615; [email protected]

    Maxine Goldsmith, 39 Harwich Lane, West Hartford, CT 06117; 860-836-9898; [email protected]

    Nancy Adams was a special education teacher for six years, before going to seminary. She’s been a full time pastor since 1990, serving churches in New York and Pennsylvania. In 2014, she was appointed superintendent of the Mountain View district of the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her office is in Corning, NY, and she supervises the United Methodist pastors in Chemung, Steuben and parts of Schuyler and Allegany counties. “I can truly say I am never bored! Every summer, I still direct a week-long camp for adults with special needs, and love it!”

    Please send your news to: Ann Marie Murray, [email protected] Suzanne Candee Tartaglia, 21 Mount Nebo Road, Newtown, CT 06470; 203-270-6880; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Lisa Abatemarco, 205 East Noble Street, Selma, NC 27576; [email protected]

    Marcy Anderson, 70 County Road 84C, Santa Fe, NM 87506; 505-455-2067; [email protected]

    Joan Traver, 1 Downey Road, Troy, NY 12180-9527; 518-279-9946; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Sharon Spicer, 10 Laurel Glen Drive, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-929-6706; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Amy Young, 29 Howes Street, Springfield, MA 01118; 413-747-8965; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Deborah Webster McMaster, 77 Hollis Street, Pepperell, MA 01463; 978-433-1947; [email protected] aol.com


    Martha Barker Roherty and Jennifer “Jeff” Flather.

    Martha Barker Roherty and Jeff Flather met for lunch recently. They both have lived in the DC area for 20 years and this is the first time they figured to catch up! Geez.

    Pearl Morales Jones opened her own real estate agency, Home Stars of Texas Realty last year in Austin, TX!  If you are looking, she can help.

    The Purple Cow Class of 1986 is well-represented on the Russell Sage College Alumnae Association Board: Annie Paulus Iwanaki, Jan Murray Keravich and Jeff Flather are all board members!

    Marsha Defilipo McGrath is a proud grandma of Theodore James, born in December!

    Jeff Flather, Marsha DeFilipo McGrath, Kathleen Adams Marotta and Ann Marie Paulhus Iwanicki celebrated the 100th anniversary of Russell Sage College at the Sage Colleges 100th anniversary gala.

    Please send your news to: Jennifer Flather; [email protected]

    Alison Wolf, 27 Birch Road, West Hartford, CT 06119; 860-714-7059; [email protected] gmail.com

    Michele Eckert-Price was married over the summer, and writes, “I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting from RSC Class of 1987. I have taken an unorthodox approach to my career, often functioning, as I am now, as an office manager and reporting to our CPA. I have a wandering spirit but have settled for the last 10 years in the Four Corners area of NM. The high desert, mix of cultures, big sky, etc. has caught my heart. Our motto at RSC, To Be, To Know, To Do, is how I have lived my adult life. Much of that has to do with the amazing professors I had. Professor Rolf Ayers opened my mind in ways I can hardly explain. I learned to question, investigate, think of the options and form my own opinion and beliefs. We had some of the most animated discussions in that class! I had an Old English Literature professor that I can still hear reading The Canterbury Tales (which I own!) in her lilting voice. So, so many wonderful memories and I also learned a skill that I can support myself with to boot!”

    Please send your news to: Dawn Cope Barilli, 239 Old Orange Avenue, Walden, NY 12586; 845-778-1630; [email protected]

    Terry Allen, 6550 Number 4 Road, Lowville, NY 13367-9104; 315-376-1906; [email protected]


    Some Golden Horseshoes congregated in Troy last summer when Lori Johnson visited from Colorado. Pictured are Michelle Crowley, Sue Hamelin-Kaznay, Jane Taubner Barney, Lori O’Brien Johnson, Susie Baumann Anthony and Elaine Reffner Teeters.

    Please send your news to: Kristine Menihan Taylor, 375 E. 2nd Street, Corning, NY 14830; 607-339-6743; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Beth Gehring Gruber, 4437 SW 14th Avenue, Cape Coral, FL 33914; 973-632-3423; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Cathy Maxwell DeVoti, 199 Foley Road, Sheffield, MA 01257; [email protected]

    Katie O’Conner Nikolski, 3 Hart Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Elizabeth Bartolomeo Edwards, 472 East K Street, Benicia, CA 94510; [email protected]

    Valerie Priolo McKee, 3663 Hosiers Oaks Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23703-3470; 757-638-3243; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Cynthia Bacon Woellmer, 10 McChesney Court, Troy, NY 12180;518-274-4004; [email protected]

    Nicole Grottoli, 277 Shufelt Road, Nassau, NY 12123; 518-598-7781; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Elizabeth Krizar, 933 Route 9, Hudson, NY 12534; 518-441-9008; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Lori McCarthy; [email protected]

    Michela Moore; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Linda Stroka Riemer, 2325 Harrow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241; [email protected]

    Kate Siegmann Robertson, 126 Bushendorf Road, Ravena, NY 12143-2212; 518-756-2388; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Wendy Kares, 27 Kimball Street, Lebanon, NH 03766; [email protected]

    Michaelynn McClenahan, 806 Huntingdon Drive, Schenectady, NY 12309; 518-469-2788; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Belinda Hilton, 12 Grant Court, Guilderland, NY 12084; 518-456-5036; [email protected]

    Jennifer Sennett Glenn, 16 Sargent Street, Queensbury, NY 12804; 518-793-8308; [email protected]

    Kasia Prybylo Noblett, 2417 Deerfield Court SE, Roanoke, VA 24014; [email protected]

    Andrea Evans achieved her doctorate in physical therapy in 2016 from Utica College. She has worked at St. Mary’s Healthcare in the Physical Rehabilitation department for nearly five years.

    Please send your news to: Catrina McKissick Truesdell, 7 Webb Avenue, Sidney, NY 13838; 607-433-9801; [email protected]

    Angela Porter Gordon, 34 Arcadia Court, Albany, NY 12205; 518-729-5532; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Amy Carlotto Zuckett, 515 Hunters Path Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017; [email protected]

    Melissa Fields Roller, 700 West Road, Richmond, MA 01254; 413-698-8078; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Cara Desautels Beyor, 2145 Plains Road, Milton, VT 05468-4378; 802-527-1360; [email protected]

    Brittany Lemoine Cappiello, [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Michelle Fage, PO Box 37, St. John, VI 00831; 310-968-3789; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Melissa Callaghan Rice, 6 Bacon Rd, Framingham, MA 01701; [email protected]


    Tiffany Magnino Grygus and her husband Mike welcomed Emma Madeline on December 21. Big brother MJ just turned 2.

    Please send your news to: Kendra Wray Pulsifer-Griep, 5 Marion Road, North Billerica, MA 01862; 303-524-5709; [email protected] yahoo.com

    SarahBeth Douglas Votra, PO Box 222, Tully, NY 13159; 315-882-7617; [email protected]


    Professor Eileen Brownell with Business graduates from the Class of 2004, Kathy Sherman Beardsley, Nicole McCabe Martyn and Chrystean Keil.

    Please send your news to: Julia Hillje Dardia, 87 Poplar Road, Wayne, NJ 07470; 518-527-3314; [email protected]

    Julia Stevens Bogardus, 45 State Street, Oxford, NY 13830; 518-257-2407; [email protected]


    Kerianne Clark Silver SGS ’08 and Samuel Silver SCA ’08 are proud to announce the birth of Evelyn Claire on October 24, 2016. Evelyn is pictured with big sister Charlotte.

    Please send your news to: Jessica Gertler, 1422 Jenkins Street, Merrick, NY 11566; [email protected]

    Steffanie Winne, 457 State Road 146, Building 5, Apt 212, Guilderland Center, NY 12085; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Jessica Rafter, [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Jennifer Harris, 12 Francis Drive, Wynantskill, NY 12198; 518-275-2263; [email protected]

    Angela Puorto-Cortina, 105A Hicock Street, Winooski, VT 05404; [email protected]

    Kari Pedersen married Michael Smith (RPI ’09) in July 2016 in High Point, NC. Pictured: Chivon McNally, Mallory Hamlin Smith and Kimberly Worobey Pietkiewicz with the bride.


    Please send your news to: Amy Witterschein, 234 Hillside Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081; 845-649-2491; [email protected]

    Briana Dolan Tracy, 267 Eastchester Road; New Rochelle, NY 10801; 518-421-5913; [email protected]

    Jessica Trong, 10 Farm Street, Troy, NY 12180; 518-928-2303; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Danielle Drahos Basore, 59 Brunswick Avenue, 2nd Floor, Troy, NY 12180; 610-334-6976; [email protected]

    Daniela Puorto, 15 Parkside Place, Revere, MA 02151; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Veronica Nunes, 21 Lochview Drive, Windsor, CT 06095; 860-977-3397; [email protected]

    Brittany Wood, 306 Sunset Avenue, Rensselaer, NY 12144; 518-322-6634; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Ivanna Ramos Figueroa; [email protected]

    Amanda Spring, 729 E 750 N Ogden, UT 84404; 518-756-8255; [email protected] gmail.com


    Hannah Wade Geyik and her husband Sahin Geyik are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Hasan Geyik, on December 15, 2016.

    Please send your news to: Hillary Brown, 110 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215; [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Meghan Whipple, 25 Wakefield Street, Lewiston, ME 04240; [email protected]

    Courtney Reed, PO Box 262, Mechanicville, NY 12118; [email protected]

    Ginamarie Garabedian, 39 Forest Street, East Hartford, CT 06118; [email protected]

    Rachel Bristol moved to Holyoke, MA, in August to attend a Counseling Psychology doctoral program at Springfield College in Springfield, MA.

    Lisa Eytel is a Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry at the University of Oregon, studying interactions of anionic contaminants with small molecule probes in the Darren W. Johnson and Michael M. Haley labs. Just like her days at Sage, Lisa remains heavily involved in campus and community events: she is an outreach coordinator for UO’s Women in Graduate Sciences, organizing STEM events for students in K-12 and undergraduates. In her little free time, Lisa skis at Willamette Pass, where she recently joined fellow Hannah Shallice ’97 as a member of the ski patrol. She also has taken on an alter ego as Abby WHAMblock —  a skater, coach and board member for Emerald City Roller Derby. Lisa can be contacted at [email protected] or [email protected] She encourages West Coast visits from RSC friends!

    Please send your news to: [email protected]

    Please send your news to: [email protected]

    Please send your news to: Tanesha Beebe; [email protected]