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Lesley Leon Spinnicchia ’77 wrote that her mom, Marie DuBois Leon ’51, passed away on February 3, 2016.
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Members of the Class of 1961 at Reunion included (back row, left to right) Kristina Hanson Smith, Mary Jane Powell Morgan, Harriet “Bonnie” Hagar Diedrich, Jean Rava Perotti, Mary Jane Pfordte, Julianne Korns Kelly, Liz House Macris and (front row, left to right) Nancy Toensmeier Maak, Jane Shapiro Town, Mary Jane Bloomer Gurzeler and Sonja Cotton Lightbody.
Our 55th Reunion is behind us. This was also an occasion to celebrate Sage’s 100th year. Classmates enjoyed reconnecting and sharing memories and life updates.
A highlight for Harriet “Bonnie” Hagar Diedrich, Sonja Cotton Lightbody and Julianne Korns Kelly was to sing with Sagette alumnae at the barbeque on Friday night.
Jane Shapiro Town informed us that President Susan Scrimshaw recognized Kristina Hanson Smith for her leadership gift to the Centennial Campaign for Sage. This gift will partially fund the Nursing Department’s pediatric lab, named in memory of Professor Dorthy McMullan. Thank you, Stina!
Georgiana Levatino Schmidt wrote that she was disappointed to miss the 55th reunion. Following 9/11, she and her husband left the New York area and moved to Sarasota, FL. Her husband retired and Georgiana joined the admissions office at a local college. Shortly thereafter, her eldest son had a car accident resulting in a serious brain injury. He was unable to move or speak but was fully cognizant and fully alive. His communication was via pantomime and an elaborate game of 20 questions, as well as through an uncanny ability that she developed to read his mind. He was in this state for nine years and died in 2014 at the age of 49. Georgiana has retired and has been writing the story of her son’s illness and end. It is an interesting tale of her experiences, including information about our medical system. The work goes slowly, but she persist and hopes within the next year it will be complete. Georgiana remembers her Sage years and Sagette experience with fondness.
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Joan Sisson Gross has moved to Avon, CT, and is a widow living near her sons. She writes, “I am getting used to traffic and taxes. Miss the good old days. Wishing everyone well. I am doing quite well, by the way.”
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Ronnye Shamam, Cinnie Thompson, Betsy Fineburg, Faye Dittelman and I, Shari Taylor Grove, had a wonderful “Reunion” joining in the June Centennial celebration of RSC. Activities included a Friday night barbecue, a Sagette reunion, a campus tour (oh, those Tiffany windows!), a luncheon where Betsy proudly accepted the Women of Influence Award, dinner in town, and Sunday brunch.
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Margaret “Peg” Holmes from Asheville, NC, was reelected vice president for membership of AAUW North Carolina. At the end of May, she completed her 12th year on the board of directors of the Hendersonville Branch of AAUW. She wrote, “Now, I am looking forward to just enjoying the general meetings. I also have been elected to serve on the board of directors of Safelight, a nonprofit that serves women who have been abused, and/or are victims of sexual assault. I have a great group of women that I play tennis with each week. Biltmore House, where I work, continues to be busy.”
Kathleen Dunham O’Brien attended a women’s writing retreat at Pyramid Lake in the Adirondacks. Her son and his wife teach in Bogota, Colombia, and she will travel there in October.
Ann Turnbull Charat (pictured) wrote, “Life is great in Utah! I spent the winter months snowshoeing in our local mountains and taking photographs. In April, my husband, Michel, and I went to Capital Reef in southern Utah for a week. We went hiking every day, and I took more photos. Summer has my husband back up working at Deer Valley on the mountain bike program, renting out bikes and giving lessons. For myself, I am back in the Wasatch Mountains hiking and taking more photographs. I Will have to get busy editing my photographs soon because fall art shows will be here before I know it. Another thing that we did this spring (not fun, but SO worth it) was have all of the rooms in our house painted. It’s a great way to find out what you truly need in your life. A lot didn’t make the cut and we are living with less clutter. I stay in touch with roommate Lenore Petrillo Rainey and recently heard from Peg White Gorss.”
Marion Schweisguth Lang enjoys life in Menomonie, WI; travels with husband, Warren; and frequent good times with family who all live reasonably close. After years of directing theater for adults, teaching creative dramatics, and leading a theater company that brought drama for young people to the Mabel Tainter Theater (an amazing treasure of a theater) and elementary schools, Marion is enjoying music as a member of Ukulele Klub of Eau Claire, and as a member of Menomonie Threshold Singers, women who sing in harmony, acapella, for people in hospice or facing difficulty.
I, Bonita “Bonnie” Maxon had a busy spring with a trip to Vegas where we saw Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE and finally got to see Menopause the Musical. In June we flew to Minneapolis for our grandson’s bar mitzvah which is why I missed the Centennial Reunion at Sage. Near the end of June we did our yearly RV trip to Rhode Island to dig clams and dug over 600 this year. While we were there our great-granddaughter, Aurora Astra Sky, was born. And we thought we were the true hippies! Now we are trying to enjoy our lake between catching up on work.
Our class bought a marble brick for the Centennial display on Ferry Street Plaza. Look for it on campus!
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What a wonderful 50th Reunion we had! There were 31 of us and a few brave husbands. I am borrowing words from Joyce Hartman Diaz, who summed up our activities better than I could. “Sage did a lot of planning to make our 50th special, and it showed. For all of us who attended I think we’d agree that it was the best! Kudos to our very special Carol Sweet Morse who was the Crockett Award recipient this Reunion. She looked marvelous in her purple hat and gave a heartfelt and memorable speech. Special mention also to Jude Galza DiMattia, recipient of the past Woman of Influence Award; she entertained us all by waving, with gusto, her purple boa!”
I heard from so many people before and during Reunion. I’ll try to summarize it here, starting with those at Reunion. My most special memory is of Maureen Adams Dwyer and Ellenanne Melligan Zima seeing each other for the first time in 50 years. Maureen was a “missing alumna” for many years and we finally caught up with her. She was Ellenanne’s maid of honor after graduation and then they lost touch. Maureen is retired from the Social Security Administration as a disability specialist. Ellenanne is a retired French-Spanish teacher and a literacy volunteer at an elementary school. She is active at church and has started a genealogy club.
Caroline Bailey Toner lives in Longmeadow, MA, is a volunteer tax preparer with the AARP/IRS TCE program and has been driving for Meals on Wheels for 35 years.
Lynne Bennett Crimi is a deacon at the Episcopal Diocese of Albany. She volunteers as a social worker at a cancer center and hospice and was trained at Mind/Body Medical Center in Boston.
Judy Bonney Slack lives in Altamont, NY, and is retired from teaching high school and working as a teaching assistant.
Ginny Borg Wolfe taught 10th grade English and worked for her husband, Jim, in the HVAC business. Ginny’s volunteer work includes literacy, church and therapeutic riding. She’s ridden horses in 12 states and 16 countries! She lives in Middletown, NY.
Linda Boswell DeWitt is retired from teaching in Parsippany, NJ. She now lives in Northville, NY, and volunteers as a patient advocate at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, NY. She also works with the Proctors Theater Guild in Schenectady. She stays in touch with Alicia Brady Sarles, who retired after teaching kindergarten for 25 years in a small private school. Alicia lives in Tarrytown, NY.
Elizabeth Dodge returned to her childhood home in Pawlet, VT, after retiring. Liz loves to travel and spent time in Shanghai with Capstone to set up chemical and mechanical test labs. She volunteered with American Field Service, finding homes for high school foreign exchange students.
Judy “Jude” Galza Di Mattia is a retired executive consultant with IBM. She and her husband, Mickey, live in a restored sheep barn in Ridgefield, CT. Kudos to Jude for convincing our class to dance down the aisle on our way to the Saturday gathering, swinging our purple boas around! By the time we left on Sunday, Sage Hall was littered with purple feathers!
Hilah “Winkie” Geraghty Gaba is retired as the director of the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church Nursery School in Bethesda, MD. Winkie describes her life as “great husband, three great kids, seven wonderful grandchildren. Fun job as director of a 200-child nursery school. We stay busy with three houses and grandkids.”
Chloe Goossen Morris retired and she and her husband, John, immediately set off on a Viking Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. She volunteers at her library in Reston, VA, and at their seasonal town in Florida, she volunteers at the Treasure Coast Humane Society. She says her golf and tennis continue to improve!
After Reunion, Joyce Hartman Diaz visited Jude in Connecticut for a few days, then went to Buffalo, NY, and Fredrick, MD, to visit family. She plans August visits with her daughter and two granddaughters, then on to San Pedro, CA, to visit Joanna Phinney Wallis and to Hermosa Beach, CA, to see her son, daughter-in-law and 3-month old granddaughter before returning to Phoenix in early September. Joyce is retired from Arizona State University.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Huebner Braunstein is a psychologist in private practice in San Ramon, CA. Betsy continued to work after the death of her husband in 2012 and is an expert for the Board of Psychology in California. She has traveled to Australia and New Zealand, southeast Asia and Portugal.
Judy Jaffe Walsh lives in Nahant, MA, and loves to spend time with her five grandchildren. She and her husband, Jim, spent two weeks in South Africa on safari, following a five-week cruise from Miami to Cape Town. Judy has worked as a stockbroker and a consultant for startup companies. She is a board member of the St. Botolph Club in Boston, where she is involved in bringing musicians, artists and speakers to perform at the club.
Martha Johnston Trzepacz lives in Wallingford, PA, and retired as a librarian at Strath Haven Middle School.
Ellen Kort Price is retired and lives in San Francisco. She and her husband, Richard, have four children and several grandchildren.
Deborah McGourty Hallenbeck is a retired special education teacher in Virginia Beach, VA. Deb had several paintings in the alumnae art show at Reunion.
Rosemary Noonan Celtruda is retired from a career at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and loves to travel and visit her grandchildren. She lives in Mystic, CT, and enjoyed many years of volunteer work in her church and in the Mystic Junior Women’s Organization.
Jeanne O’Connell is retired from the East Lyme, Connecticut Public Schools as a teacher and reading consultant. She volunteers at the East Lyme Public Library Foundation, American Association of University Women and at a child and family agency.
Kathryn Oliver Paul lives in Loudon, TN, and said she is living in the 38th house in her lifetime, having moved 19 times with her parents and 19 times with her husband, Tom. Due to all the relocating, she volunteered and worked with fundraising wherever she lived.
Jill Rowley Sitcer and her husband, Gary, moved from New Jersey to Williamsburg, VA, this year. She spent the last 50 years giving back to her community, including as high school PTA president, with the Westfield Service League, and at a thrift and consignment shop. Her favorite is the local garden club, and her floral design once won a blue ribbon at the New Jersey Flower Show.
Charlotte Shaw Tracy lives in Bristol, RI, and made volunteer work her career. She was a 12-year trustee of the Sage Colleges and is senior warden in their church and chair of the search committee for their new rector.
Judith “Judy” Shor Kronick lives in Windsor, CT, and is a retired reference librarian at the University of Connecticut Health Center.
Carol Sweet Morse (pictured) lives in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and worked as a physical therapist until she retired in 1998 to work in her husband’s manufacturing business. She has enjoyed a lifetime of choral singing, even making trips to Europe to sing. She runs her choral group, monitors bluebird boxes, has served on the PTA, and held many committee positions. She worked in the school library in Brussels and here, and served on various boards including The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees. Carol is in remission from pancreatic cancer, following two years of chemo and surgery. Congrats to Carol for the Crockett Award!
Carolyn Toohey Cooper came to our class dinner Saturday night with her husband Paul. It was good to see her, as she was unable to do many of the other functions over the weekend because she was recovering from knee surgery. She is retired from Johnson & Wales University. She lives in Westport, MA, is enjoying retirement, her grandchild and reading.
Judy Wargo Koleszar-Moorhouse is retired from Prudential Florida Realty. She and her husband, Ralph, divided their time for 15 years between Florida and North Carolina. She now lives in Weaverville, NC. She has traveled to Hungary, reconnecting with her family there. She loves gardening, perfecting stained glass skills, and volunteering to raise funds for the local safe house.
Kathy Roberts Abramczyk, Miriam Rheingold Adler and Anne Wing Decker were also at Reunion but I unfortunately ran out of time to chat with them.
As for me, Barbara Towne Patterson, I’m busy keeping our rose and vegetable gardens going. I get to mountain dulcimer festivals whenever I can, including one in Latham in March and one in the Poconos in April. I am on my way to another in Latham next week, and following that I will head to my camp outside of Saratoga Springs and try to get the water system running.
Several folks could not make it to Reunion but sent emails. Chris Basalyga Harrington is always busy with volunteer work. She is retired from teaching and working as an educational consultant for New York state.
Roseanne Billy Fraser Burger lives in Wooster, OH, and is retired from her own folk art gallery, A Country Tradition, for 20 years. She’s been on the board of Friends of International Students, College of Wooster, and the Design Commission for the City of Wooster.
Carol Chambers lives in Albany and is retired from teaching and as school librarian for the Albany City School District. She spent many years traveling with her family to Europe, Canada, Cape Cod and Maine. She is a 19-year breast cancer survivor and works with the American Cancer Society as a Reach to Recovery volunteer. She volunteers at the Teresian House in the Pastoral Care Department.
Gwendolyn Day Morrissey lives in Granby, MA, and is retired from teaching in the Holyoke Schools. She volunteers as president of the Junior League of Holyoke, Board of Directors of Holyoke Children’s Museum, Treasurer of Holyoke Teachers Association, Granby Library Board of Trustees, Granby Library Building Committee and more.
Gratia Dexter Schroeder lives in Venice, FL, and is president of Short Stop Printing in Englewood, FL, a business she founded and still finds challenging after 33 years. She was the first female president of the Rotary Club of Englewood, and has served on the board of the YMCA, Triangle Economic Development Authority and other not-for-profit organizations. She serves on the board of directors of Dollars for Mammograms, which funds mammograms for underinsured women.
Marsha Dorfman Snyder lives in Baldwinsville, NY and is retired as founder and executive director of a not-for-profit adoption agency. She volunteers as a reading tutor and serves on two local boards. She enjoys golf and traveling.
Deborah Dreyer Ludwig lives in Buffalo, NY, and is retired after 30 years of teaching elementary school. She now works nights in an independent living center.
Judith Ellish Levy lives in Bloomfield, CT, and is retired as a social worker to both the young and geriatric populations.
Carol Epstein Stein owns the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville. She says “Who ever thought a New Yorker would end up in Tennessee?” She worked in nursing before she opened her gallery. Carol says she has enjoyed a fulfilling life with creative artists and clients.
Gail Ericson Barton and her husband, Bruce, own Sea Glass Designs in Green Cove Springs, FL. They spend winter on their boat in the Bahamas, collecting sea glass. All of their jewelry is hand crafted.
Gail Fabricius Smith lives in North Plainfield, NJ, and is retired after having been dean of students at Nazareth College. She was also a public school English teacher, counselor and director of guidance. She is a master gardener, volunteers with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension and has been involved with projects in Nicaragua with a focus on education and health.
Nancy Gloor Grant is a retired oncology nurse. She plays bridge and tennis and loves gardening, reading, and vacationing on Hilton Head every summer.
Frances Greenbaum Presiman enjoyed a career as a private art dealer and fine art appraiser for museums, conservators, corporations, and private collectors. She lives in La Jolla, CA.
Sheila Herens taught physical education and health. For a time she left teaching to work as a clerk for the Connecticut State Legislature. She taught tennis at summer camps and began a career with Bristol Parks and Recreation in Bristol, CT, where she lives. She is still active teaching tennis to children and mentally challenged adults.
Nancy Kebbon Aho retired as a physical therapist at Central Vermont Medical Center and lives in Boothbay, ME. She enjoyed traveling around the world through many grants her husband, Arne, received. He is a retired architect and university professor/program director.
Kathleen Kuhn Sennott wrote, “I was blessed to enjoy working at The Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA, for over 30 years. I began as a French teacher and after getting an advanced degree in theology, taught religion and served as campus minister.” She continues to work with a variety of Notre Dame-sponsored educational and health care ministries.
Annette Lipstein Friedman officially retired in 2012, but still works some per-diem as a home care specialist. She says she’s “trying to travel the world before I am too old to walk.” She enjoys kayaking near her home in Livingston, NJ, and when traveling.
Peggy Lumpkin deWolf lives in Princeton, NJ, and has spent much of her life teaching. She currently teaches a course in human evolution to adult learners in programs in New Jersey and Maine. She plays flute in a trio and is taking harpsichord lessons. She said she was fortunate to have a daughter when she was 41 and to remarry at 66. She’s sorry she couldn’t get to Reunion. She wrote, “I face a devil’s choice: the Reunion versus a one-time opportunity to see my stepgrandson in DC before he posts to Kabul as a member of the diplomatic corps. Since he’s been recently posted to Azerbaijan, I’ve not had a chance to see him for two years.”
Beatrice Mayo Simons lives in Tafton, PA, and was a physical therapist for 40 years, mostly in pediatrics. She retired from Easter Seals Lehigh Valley in 2006. She is busy at church as one of the music directors.
Ellen Menara was unable to get to Reunion, but donated a beautiful Centennial brick in honor of her parents to the display on Ferry Street Plaza in front of Mueller Science Hall. She is a retired scientist from Hoffman La Roche, where she spent her entire career. Ellen lives in Nutley, NJ.
Linda Nelson Pettit is a retired OB-GYN nurse practitioner. She has enjoyed a 44-year marriage and fantastic, successful kids. She lives in Dover, MA.
Karen Pelton Saari wrote, “Fifteen years ago, under the auspices of Project Censored at Sonoma State University, I conducted the first known academic research project on the number, race and circumstances of civilians killed by law enforcement in the U.S.” Her research was published in a book Stolen Lives. Karen lives in Bodega, CA.
Carol Pfordte Mabin and her husband, Kyle, retired from owning the Deep River Motor Inn in Plymouth, NH. She is involved in local government, volunteers at the hospital, and is involved with her grandchildren.
Joanna Phinney Wallis lives in San Pedro, CA. She retired in 2007 after working as a chemist for Lockheed and doing QA of the COBOL compiler at Computer Sciences Corp. She worked at several consulting companies, and at Infonet, supporting the legal team.
Ruth Rosborough Keiser moved from New Jersey to San Jose, CA, in November. She drove out with her son Mark and two cats, traveling for six days through 13 states. She has settled in and loves the weather, the people, and so many things to do.
Rita-Ellen Roy DiRubbo retired in 2002 after teaching in Liverpool, NY, to care for her father after her mother died. Four years later she took care of her husband, who passed in 2013. Since then she has traveled to Europe twice.
Donna Schulman Bender lives in Harwich, MA, and is a retired professor from Cumberland County College. She and her husband, Jerry, travel extensively. She speaks on overcoming obstacles adversity when she is not in the middle of sponsoring an intergenerational experience at the local school. She was surprised by having a Donna S. Bender scholarship created at the high school for one entering the field of education.
Anne Sellers McGirt worked for 40 years as a physical therapist in northern New Mexico. Her second career, caring for their first granddaughter, started eight years ago.
Robert “Bobbi” Simmons Dunn lives in Sturbridge, MA, and is retired from Tantasqua Regional High School.
Patricia “Pat” Tinkham Batten lives in Hilton Head Island, SC, and retired as a resident services director at Seabrook Retirement Community.
Carol Woolley Quinn and her husband, Ned, are retired and enjoy life at the beach at Pawleys Island, SC. She was a physical therapist for 47 years, mainly in home care, and short- and long-term rehab. Carol swims every year in a 2.4-mile open water race in Charleston. She loves paddleboarding and has joined a Dragon Boat team.
Mary Yushak Corliss was sorry she couldn’t make it to Reunion, but was traveling in Italy at that time.
Our Facebook page will soon show photos!
If anyone who was not at Reunion who wants a class book, please contact me, Barbara Towne Patterson. I printed a few extras but must charge a small fee for the printing and mailing, as Sage did not do our printing for us – we did our own amazing book for our 50th.
Post-Reunion, Judy Shor Kronick, Carol Sweet Morse and I went to the annual RSCAA summer barbecue in Sandy Hook, CT, hosted by Karin “Brownie” Williams Labanca ’94 and her husband, Frank. We had a great time.
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]
Rona Miller McNabola here! I am counting the months until our 50th — that’s 10 months by the time you get this! That’s right – June 2-4, 2017 … please plan on heading to Troy. The Reunion committee is working on plans and don’t be surprised to hear from them, probably several times. We want a great showing from the Class of 1967 as we celebrate our class and the conclusion of the RSC Centennial year!
I heard from Kay Steinkirchner Rock. She and Steve have five grandchildren, ages 1 through 7. She said that four of them live nearby and they keep Kay and Steve young and running! Kay and Steve love to travel and in the past year have been to Hawaii; St. Thomas; Venice, Florida; Santa Fe and Colorado. Steve stays busy with two choral groups, singing and serving as director of development for one, and as a Singing for Seniors volunteer for the other. Kay is involved in adult education initiatives at church and has accepted an offer from her former employer, Right Management, to return to work on a project basis. “If you told me I’d be going back to work after retirement, I wouldn’t have believed it.” Expect to see Kay and Steve at our 50th!
Mary Ann Oppenheimer and her husband, Michael Fishbein, live in Franklin, MA, where Michael is vice president for academic affairs at Dean College. Mary Ann is retired and busy as a volunteer for the Franklin Food Pantry, Franklin Public Library, Milford Regional Medical Center and for their synagogue, Temple Beth Torah in Holliston. Their travel this summer included long weekends in Rochester, Connecticut and the Adirondacks, and a week in Colorado. Mary Ann’s stepchildren still live and work in Rochester. Her oldest granddaughter is starting a master’s program at Cleveland State University. Her middle granddaughter is entering her senior year as a nursing major at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and 13-year-old Allison is enjoying her summer before her last year of middle school. Mary Ann is working on Reunion planning and said that “Anyone who wants to help is welcome! And most important, plan to be in Troy for the fun.”
So, Red Devils—Keep your updates coming and tell us we will see each other at the 50th!
Please send your news to: Judith Prest Bowden, 518-441-5012; judithbowden@ yahoo.com
Rona Miller McNabola, 30 Spottswood Road, Glen Rock, NJ 07452; 201-444-8950; [email protected]
In June, Maine artists Janice Anthony and Linda Bail displayed paintings at a Thos. Moser Gallery show in Freeport honoring artist Neil Welliver, a painter known for his large scale landscape paintings inspired by the deep Maine woods. The show was curated to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Acadia National Park.
Judith Axler Turner was promoted to vice president of employee happiness at TCG, the government IT contractor she has been with for 20 years. Her charge is to keep the company’s 125 employees happy enough that they will stay with TCG and bring in their friends (Finding good IT people in the Washington, DC, area is dreadfully difficult, but the company has been growing quickly and keeping up.) Spending time with seven grandchildren is high on her own happiness list.
Please send your news to: Susan Wolfe Herron, 408F S. Croskey Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146; 215-735-1088; [email protected]
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]
Please send your news to: Beverly Miller Sigg, 5101 Hwy A1A Villa 6, Vero Beach, FL 32963; [email protected]
Jane Davies Lawrence wrote, “It’s been a stressful year. My husband, Bill (RPI, Class of 1970) went into a nursing home in September after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago. In February, I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. I recently completed five-and-a-half weeks of radiation and will have three more treatments in July. The good news is that the lymph nodes removed during my hysterectomy were clear so I’m hopeful for a cancer-free future.”
Our 45th Reunion was a wonderful gathering of old friends and a renewal of our great 1971 spirit. Over 50 classmates made it to Troy for the weekend and I suspect that all went home reminded of all that we love about Sage. We could hear the Marchin’ of Devil’s Feet: our class had more attendees than any other class. We also gave more with approximately 39 percent of the class giving more than $574,000!
Thanks to our Big Sister Class of 1969, some of whom joined about 30 of us for lunch on Friday at the Red Front. They supplied the beer! Thanks Alex Gordon, Barb Fass Wood and Sally Wyrick!
Our Little Sisters of 1973 surprised us in the Kellas Formal Lounge on Saturday with champagne and their signature addition to the bubbly: red Peeps! Thanks Jackie Henry Roy, Jeanne Seyfried Radke, Jackie Colby Love, Pat Briggs Demeter and Judy Baum Bowman. Obviously, when they gather, their peeps are blue!
Our class could not have had the time that we had without the preparation. Many people participated but a few stand out for their efforts. Nancy Meyer coordinated so many facets of our gathering and kept tabs on what was being done and needed to be done. She is also a member of the Alumnae Association Board of Directors. She was everywhere, it seemed, that weekend, but always smiling and giving hugs. In 2011, Nancy received a doctorate in naturopathy and started an entirely new career (She had been a clinical administrator in adolescent psych.) Nancy lives in Doylestown, PA. She’s already thinking about the 50th in her role as a Reunion co-chair.
Maggie Bodkin again put in a huge amount of work to compile the class book (which I am using as the basis for this and future columns.) Maggie joined the Indian Hill Music Threshold Singers, which is a chapter of the national organization, Threshold Choir, with a mission to sing for and with those at the threshold of life. Thus, the beautiful music she coached us in, as a group, to honor the 19 classmates who have passed away since graduation. We held a simple and respectful ceremony for just our classmates on Saturday afternoon. Maggie rows once a week on the Charles River with We Can Row Boston, a group of women diagnosed with breast cancer. She is in a book club and kayaks with her two dogs. Maggie said that she’s had some wonderful years after graduation, but, as her mother always told her, the four years at Sage would be the best years of her life.
Gail Slater Brownell opened her home for about 20 of us for a Thursday pre-Reunion preparation evening. She outdid herself with fabulous food and we all were in the mood for a great weekend. Gail and her husband, Chris, live in Clifton Park, NY. They have two daughters, Erin and Megan, who both graduated from the University of Rochester. Megan also holds a degree from New York University. Gail is retired from the Saratoga City Schools.
Donna Rose Hall French has amazing Red Devil gear to decorate our gatherings. She also coordinated the memorial service for our departed friends. Donna is a class agent, was on the Reunion committee and is on the alumnae Centennial committee. She is a former third and fourth grade teacher and has been retired for 12 years. She and her husband have traveled the lower 48 states in an SUV and were to visit Alaska in August. Hawaii is on their list!
Using Maggie’s class book, I’d like to share in the next issues of Connections information about those who attended Reunion and those who shared what they have been doing in the last 45 years. It’s random; I’ll get to you! If not in this issue, there will be others.
Gretchen Mooney Hudson and her husband, Dan, who are both retired, live in Browns Summit, NC. Their daughters Heather and Katherine live nearby with their husbands and a combined six grandchildren. Gretchen gets to spend a lot of time with the kids as they all live on the same street. Gretchen remembers so many things from Sage such as Shakers and Petar’s, sign out cards, and Rally Day but most of all is reminded that we were “encouraged to do well, it was ‘ok’ to be smart and get good grades and we didn’t have to spend time trying to impress boys in class.” She joins all of us in being impressed with the young ladies who attend Sage today; the opportunities that they have and their knowledge.
Sherry Albrecht Schell was able to be in Troy and it was great to see her! Her husband, George, passed away in 2001 but Sherry is still involved with The Schell Haus Bed and Breakfast in Pickens, SC, up in the mountains.
Suzanne Armbruster Staudt and her husband, Jack, lived 34 years in Virginia and in 2014 moved to Mars, PA, to be near their daughter and her family. She enjoys all of her grandchildren and said that her son Jack has four years until he retires from the Air Force. Susanne taught mathematics at the community college level before retiring in 2013. She and Jack have traveled to Europe, Texas and New Mexico to visit their son.
Mary “Mitch” Besaw Wozniak is a retired special education teacher who worked in the Saratoga Springs City School District. She and her husband, Keith, are parents to Jessica, a graduate of St. Lawrence and Loyola who holds a PsY.D. from the University of Hartford. Mitch and Keith live in Greenfield Center, NY.
Kathleen Breen Streeter was a commuter student and a Physical Therapy major. She worked for Seton Health in Troy and developed new programs for the Rehabilitation Department. She is married to Duane who worked for Mark’s Tree Service, and mom to Holly and Jeffrey. She became a first time grandma in 2006.
Robin Bronson Seligson, college Jeopardy champ during senior year, has lived in Manhattan since graduating from Sage. Her son, Peter, is an attorney. Robin works in human resources for a large corporate travel management company. She fondly recalls Professor Spector who helped her to do her best work.
Deborah “Debbie” Crane Bachand, who lives in Troy with her husband, Fred, is often able to attend our occasional “mini-reunions” on the Friday of the Alumnae Association board meeting. Debby is retired.
Naomi Herman Bloomfield, MD, married to Jay, lives in Voorheesville, NY. She is an obstetrician-gynecologist with an office in Troy. She and Jay are parents to Elizabeth, a graduate of New York University, and to twins Amy and Anne, graduates of the University of Rhode Island. Naomi was a Reunion co-chair and we thank her for her input and her time. It was a great weekend!
Donna Heskett retired in 2006 from the East Greenbush Schools after 35 years teaching middle school physical education and coaching high school and middle school athletics. I think she really had to retire to hone her fabulous golf game! Her daughter Libby is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh. Donna remembers Ellie Coty Singer, Jane Haight Wells and Marion Stallwood as professors who challenged her. Thank you, Donna, for the red hats that we wore at Reunion! Donna may need a crown next time (or at least, large devil horns!) as she is our new class president.
Susan Moyle Lynch, also a Reunion co-chair, lives in Cohoes, NY, with her husband, Michael. Their son, Andrew, graduated from Hunter College and their daughter, Catherine, graduated from New York University. Sue has spent her career working for nonprofit organizations, particularly in higher education alumnae relations and development. Sue is interested in historic preservation and neighborhood renewal. She is a choral singer and an avid gardener. Forever a Sagette, she loves to join in at Reunions and special events. Sue has agreed to be a co-chair for the 50th.
Muriel “Mim” Fierberg Schreck opened a footwear, fashion and furnishing store called Hearth and Sole in Ocean City, NJ. Mim retired in 2003 as president of Easy Spirit footwear. She divorced in 2014 and “happier than ever,” traveled to South Africa in 2015 for an awesome trip. Mim recently won the Legends Division of the New England Women’s Golf Association Championship. She plays on the Connecticut NEWGA team as well.
Karen Rubinstein Bowen and her husband, John, live in Newtown Square, PA. Karin retired in 2011 as a teacher from School District of Philadelphia. Travel now occupies a lot of her time. Her daughter Stacey is a graduate of Ithaca College and holds an MBA from Philadelphia University and her son Scott is a graduate of Muhlenberg College and Rutgers University. Karin became grandma to Logan in January.
Sandra “Sandee” MacChesney Hughes was one of many who fondly recalled classes with Marjorie Semerad. Sandee and her husband, Peter, who are both retired, live in Niskayuna, NY, where Sandee taught art to middle school students. Their daughter Shannon attended St. Lawrence University and graduate school at Sage.
After a satisfying career teaching high school biology in the South Colonie Central School District, Linda Novak Brennan has begun her “encore career,” as she says, as a substitute teacher in the Capitol Region BOCES system. She’s busy in city and suburban districts, across grade levels and subjects. Her husband, Bill, is a retired accountant. Lin remembers the demanding organic chemistry class taught by Professor Lois Smith as well as the mentoring she received from Professor William Rockwood, who was her academic advisor and student teaching supervisor. Her daugher Ashley Brennan ’11 is now her Sage Red Devil Sister!
Joanne Hachmann Evans was given a full page write up in the spring 2016 issue of Connections. If you missed it, try to get it online. Joanne has spent the last 45 years in several roles as a nurse, including patient care, and in nurse outreach and education at nursing schools and advisory boards. She retired from the American Nurses Credentialing Center where she was assistant director of the Credentialing Knowledge Center. The article goes on to say that Joanne founded a business that delivers plant-based nutrition education; is a popular speaker and writer on plant-based nutrition research; a frequent volunteer with medical missions in the U. S. and abroad; and is writing a book on the contributions retired nurses are making across the country. For more information about her work go to http://healthynurseshealthycommunities.net.
Carol Plimpton taught elementary school physical education in Lake Placid for 10 years and then spent 22 years as a professor in Physical Education Teacher Education at the University of Toledo in Ohio, where she still lives. In 1985 she received a doctorate from Ohio State so she now has the designation of professor emeritus.
Chris Werner Ward and her husband, Jay, live in Troy. Chris retired in 2014 from an over 30- year career with the New York State Archives, 14 of which she was the New York State Archivist. Jay and Chris’ son, Brendan, has two degrees from Syracuse University. Chris was very involved with Reunion planning.
It’s always great to see Diane Frantz Hart, who is part of the group I have gone to the New Jersey shore with each summer for 17 years. Diane retired in 2007 from her job as a disability analyst with the state of New York. She and her husband, Mike, who live in East Aurora, NY, love to travel and enjoy time with their daughter Chrissy who, after serving as a Peace Corp volunteer in Burkina Faso, received a graduate degree from the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and now works for the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women.
Mary “Marzie” Altpeter received a Master of Social Work degree in 1973, a Master of Public Administration degree in 1987 and a doctorate from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2000. She spent her career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she still lives. Marzie retired in 2013 and in 2015 joined The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees which gives her many reasons to visit the Sage campus. Marzie has three stepchildren, six grandsons and three grandnephews.
Susan Bloom Jones earned her law degree in 1974 at Albany law School and is a retired attorney who had a “wonderful and varied career for 34 years at New York State United Teachers.” She and her husband, Larry, have a daughter, Leigh, who has degrees from Pomona College and the University of North Carolina. Sue and Larry live in Montclair, NJ. Sue is one of the many people who fondly remember Professor Spector.
Mary “Molly” Chorpenning Matchette and her husband, Tom, live in Macungie, PA, where Molly fills her days with golf and more golf! She also volunteers with church activities, plays bridge, sings in a choir and practices piano. Her son Scott is a graduate of Penn State and son Kevin is a graduate of the University of Delaware. She’s traveled to Europe and Alaska and has taken many golf trips here in the lower 48.
Sonya “Sonny” Chesbro Soanes, who lives in Colonie, NY, retired as a teacher from the Guilderland School District in 2016. Since Sage, she received five national medals from the U. S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, including gold. She loves to travel and has been to all seven continents and more than 80 countries, some of them several times. She loves living with families while traveling and has learned French, Spanish and German.
There’s more for the next time! In the meantime, please update me on new things going on in your lives.
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Jackie Colby Love wrote that she and Blue Angels Jackie Henry Roy, Patricia Briggs Demeter, Jean Seyfried Radtke, Susan Wilber, Judy Baum Bowman and Susan Bogardus showed up for the Class of 1973’s Big Sisters at their Reunion 2016 and for the Centennial. The alumnae met at Jackie’s cabin in Schoharie, NY: “We had one big pajama party for quite a few days. Everyone volunteered for the Centennial. I drove my husband Ned’s Suburban back and forth to the college. He had signs printed, ‘The Country Castle Coach.’ The Country Castle is what I lovingly call his hunting cabin! I kind of changed his plans for a deer stand. We had a champagne toast for our Big Sisters at Kellas. Singing our favorite songs and enjoying our sisters was great. There were a few other Angels there too: Diana Coleman and Linda Woo. Hopefully I am not missing anyone. We are looking forward to our 45th Reunion in two years. Of course, we already have plans for the big event! If you haven’t come back to Russell Sage for a Reunion, you are missing out. You renew old friendships and make new friends. Hope to see and hear from more alumnae in the near future!”
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Janet Primomo, RN, Ph.D., is an associate professor emeritus at the University of Washington Tacoma Nursing & Healthcare Leadership Program, where she worked with Maggie Baker, Ph.D., ’77, who is now dean of the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions.
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Janet Primomo, RN, Ph.D., ’75 sent news that her former University of Washington colleague Maggie Baker, Ph.D., has been named dean of the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions.
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Members of the Class of 1978 enjoyed a festive dinner at Peck’s Arcade in Troy during Russell Sage College’s Reunion weekend and Centennial celebration.
Class of 1978 friends got together in May at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA. From left to right: Nancy Niles, Leslie Banwell Polito, Lynne Dellert Mincarelli, Janet McKeough Chapman.
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Bethany Hicok’s new book, Elizabeth Bishop’s Brazil, was recently published by the University of Virginia Press. The book is a critical study of the North American poet’s time in Brazil and the country’s influence on her career.
Terry Sutherland Geraci and her husband, Steve, enjoyed a visit in May with Cathy Johnson Leer and her husband, Jon, as they were traveling in North Carolina and Tennessee.
Judy Bopp Campisi, Mary Beth Fabiano Bobyarchick, “Mubba” Sayre, Joyce Coope Wacker, Cathy Soden Rotondo, Denise Della Rocco and Max Goldsmith represented the Class of 1980 at the Sage Centennial barbecue over Reunion weekend. We all had a great time seeing each other and reconnecting with people we have not seen for years (like since we graduated). Russell Sage should offer something like this more often than once in 100 years!
Judy Campisi was recently promoted to statewide executive director for the American Heart Association in Connecticut. Judy is looking forward to connecting with fellow alumnae as she spends more time in Hartford, New Haven and eastern Connecticut.
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Nine members of the Blue Angel Class of 1981 had a mini-reunion in Amelia Island, FL, in June. Susan Barthelmess May, Jeanne St. Germain Angelo, Terry Murphy Matuszyk, Kaethe Mickelson Flynn, Lori Tevlin DiPiazza, Lynne Davis Batty, Mary Ellen Nuhn Perich and Laurie May Lutz spent a long weekend at Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast. There was much touring, shopping, eating and drinking, but mostly laughing, involved. All expressed wonderment as to where the years had gone. Future reunions are planned …
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Reunion 2016 was amazing! The weekend was filled with excitement as alumnae celebrated Russell Sage College’s 100th Birthday. Many Class of 1983 members attended the awesome barbecue Friday night held on the field along the river. Do you remember dancing the night away at band concerts on the field? The Class of 1983 joined the Parade of Classes on Saturday proudly displaying the Red Devil spirit, and we began conversation regarding our 35th Reunion in 2018! We are still Red Hot after 35 years!
Debbie Mitchell McAllister (pictured, left, with Tami Andrews Miller) shared that her oldest daughter, Nicole, and Nicole’s husband, Matt, moved to the Atlanta area. The adjustment has been difficult for Debbie. Debbie has been asked to fill in as the special education teacher in a classroom for autistic children as her school continues to interview prospective teachers. She is enjoying this challenge.
Tami Andrews Miller and her husband are celebrating the end of college payments: their daughter graduated from college in May and has joined the work force. Tami’s son moved to Boston from New York City to accept an opportunity as a civil engineer project manager. Tami continues to work with individuals with disabilities obtaining services to fulfill their lives.
Hope to see you at a Russell Sage College Centennial Celebration!
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Sue Curran Rapozza sent a photo of members of the Class of 1985. She wrote, “There are 13 of us, who, since graduating, have attended an annual girls’ weekend away. This year we met in April at Lori and Timmy Dinneny’s home in Breezy Point, NY. As the photo shows, we laugh, catch up and recharge! Some of us have been friends for over 35 years. Our group hails from New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia but our friendship will always be rooted at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY!” Pictured standing are Carmella Pistone Halpern, Kim Lovejoy Kenna, Missy Mellon Clark, Lori Burns Dinneny, Andrea Scanlon Lowe, Lisa Grimmer Leahey and Sue Curran Raposa. Pictured seated are Kate Thurston Luchini, Kathleen Sullivan Gleason and Carrie Sincoski Redden. Alice McGuinness Peplinski, Brigit O’Shaugnessy Robinson and Melissa Dinardo Rizzieri are part of teh group, but not in the photo.
Jeanne Damore Vacca wrote to let everyone know that, “after 31 years as an RN and three years in school, I finally graduated with my Master of Science in Nursing degree from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, on May 21, 2016! I am now a Family Nurse Practitioner. Whew! My daughter Shannon also graduated from Spackenkill High School in Poughkeepsie, NY, on June 25 … it has been a busy year!”
It was great to receive updates. Hopefully, this will inspire more of you to email me your news. I am looking forward to more emails!
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This past school year, Stephanie Berke Stiepleman was nominated as West Boca High School Medical Science Academy’s Teacher of the Year. She loves getting students excited about helping others through medicine. After graduating from college, her son landed his dream job and moved to Nashville, TN, and her daughter finished her freshman year on the president’s list. When she wrote, she was looking forward to July 4 with Rebecca Thav Klasfeld and Cheryl Steinglass Sheige ’86, as well as another year of teaching with Beth Rubin, also a Sage graduate. She and Beth had a tough end of the year, having to say goodbye to Purple Cow Diane Donney, who passed away.
Michele Iracondo McMurray is in Staten Island, NY. She received her Adult Health Primary Care NP license and American Nurses Credentialing Center certification in 2014 and is a nurse practitioner at a primary care/walk in center affiliated with a hospital. Her son, Richard, graduated from John Jay College in 2015 and her daughter, Nicole, graduated from high school this spring and will attend Kean University in the fall. Michele and her husband will celebrate 24 years of marriage this October. Congratulations, Michele.
Dawn Cope Barilli‘s daughter, Kaileigh, was married on May 21 and Dawn now has a wonderful son-in-law.
Looking forward to seeing many of you in 2017. Where did 30 years go?
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What a fabulous 25th Reunion we had! It was so nice to share the weekend with a great group of women! Pictured, back row: Fran Pata Bedard, Valerie Priolo McKee and Mary Ann Publicover Kniska. Middle row: Rachel Friedman, Sara MacIlvaine Peffley, Pam Miller Wilkowski and Allyson Potts. Front row: Kathy Sadlon, Elaine Maguire Cody, Bobbie Moose, Sharon Manion, Julie Davis Dillon, Sue Wade and Stacey Daily Roussin.
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Thank you Mary Ann Publicover Kniska, for all of your work making Reunion special.
Our new class president is Anita Conrow.
Stacey Dailey Roussin attended her first Reunion, and wrote, “I was so inspired after Reunion, I volunteered to help at move-in day this year and Founders Day! 2016 has been an interesting year for me. I have Jackson graduating from high school and off to Champlain College in Burlington, VT. My youngest is an aspiring diva, performing in local theater, dancing and singing and my middle son, Dylan, is busy with golf, bowling, lacrosse and tormenting his younger sister like it is a sport! I played golf with Elaine Phelan this week. Any of you who took Accounting 101 will remember her … she was one of my favorite professors at Sage. I was clerking for a judge for the past few years. In January I switched gears and was appointed to the board of directors of the Albany Berkshire Ballet and am helping a wonderful candidate run for supreme court in a crazy political year! I am still in the Capital District. Please reach out if you are in the area!”
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Heidi Evans Burnell wrote that her stepdaughter Ellyn Fisher ’16 graduated this year from Sage with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. “We are very proud!”
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Hello Red Devils! I, Kate Siegmann Robertson, was happy to hear from Tara Jorolemon Sheehan, who reported that her niece, Irelynn, will join the next first-year class at Russell Sage, in the Nursing program. Tara, along with her daughter, Madelyn, accompanied Irelynn to her acceptance brunch in March. She said, “It was great to go on campus to see all the updates and changes … and reminisce! Madelyn picked out some Sage-wear from the bookstore.” Tara continues to work as a physical therapist at Auburn Community Hospital in the acute care and outpatient settings. Her husband, Mike, is employed with HillRom in Skaneateles, which purchased Welch Allyn. Madelyn, turned 16, so they are getting used to a new driver. Madelyn visited Puerto Rico with her Spanish Club and Mike and their son, Ryan, 14, will spend two weeks in Philmont, NM, in August on a Boy Scout trek.
Stacey Barlow Hills, lives in Berlin, NY. In May, she was named assistant provost for faculty affairs at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, where she is also chair of the business division. Things are just as busy at home, where Stacey is still doing Girl Scouts and is membership chair for Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating. Maybe her daughter will be a Sage-woman in the class of 2026!
I, Kate, will send my youngest of four to kindergarten this fall. I have so enjoyed being a mostly stay at home mom, but am trying to prepare myself for the next stage. I attended an intermediate pelvic health course down in Washington, DC, this spring and am looking forward to devoting more of my time to this patient population as I continue working in a hospital-based outpatient clinic in Albany, NY. Please stay in touch and send an update about your life to me!
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Hello Purple Cows! Another Reunion is in the books. Reunion 2016, celebrating The Sage Colleges 100th year, brought many faces to campus.
Mary Murphy-Cocco is married to Rian. They live in Delmar, NY. She is a realtor and they recently purchased a boat.
Gina Salzano lives in Branford, CT. She has a 7-year-old daughter, Ella, and is an occupational therapist.
Meghan Maidelis is married to Melissa. They live in Portland, CT. They have two dogs and she is a firefighter.
Charlotte Smith Zenzick is married to CJ. They live in Enfield, CT. They have a dog and she is a 5th grade teacher.
Sarah Rudney Leiva is married to Jose. They live in Croton Falls, NY. They have a 2-year-old daughter, Lucy. Sarah is an occupational therapist.
Barbara Peacock Doherty is married to Tom. They live in Irvine, CA. They have a daughter, Jenna, 13, and a son, James, 17. Barbara is a stay at home mom.
Nan Templin Gough is married to Demian. They live in Virginia Beach, VA. They have two daughters, Amelia and Lily. Nan works at Norfolk Botanical Gardens Propogation Greenhouse.
Michelle Albee Matto is married to Barry. They live in Elkridge, MD. They have two children, Henry, 9, and Harrison, 7. Michelle is a food regulation consultant.
Amy Elkins Dickerson is married to John. They live in Wilton,CT. They have a daughter, Sarah, 7. Amy is a psychotherapist.
Mary Gados is married to Gareth Hunt. They live in South Hero, VT. They have two children, Branston, 6, and Michaela, 8 years old. Mary is a physical therapist.
Chelsea Moore lives in Bronx, NY. She is starting a new life.
Jen Besze Gleason is married to Charles. They live in Springfield, NJ. They have two children, Caiden, 6, and Reece, 3. Jen is a physician assistant.
Tanjya Schumann Kieffer is married to JP. They live in Hampton, VA. They have one daughter, Emma, 13. Tara is a kindergarten teacher and was She received teacher of the year for 2016-2017.
Laura Kirby Haver is married to Rob. They live in Macon, GA. She has two stepdaughters, Ashton, 17, and Ella Grace, 11. Laura is a reservist in the Air Force with a rank of major and she works for a hospice organization.
I, Catrina McKissick Truesdell, live in Sidney, NY, and work as a physical therapist managing two outpatient clinics.
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Cara Desautels-Beyor lives in Vermont and is having a great summer with her family and new addition, a black lab puppy named Faelynn.
Kim Ciriello Perrotta lives in Wethersfield, CT, with her husband of 12 years and daughters, who are 10 and 8. They are busy with the girls’ activities and awesome family vacations! Kim is celebrating her 10th year as owner of Woodside Therapeutic Massage.
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Jessica Stonitsch Dillon shared updated contact information: 536 Joel M Austin Rd., Purling, NY 12470. Her email address is [email protected]
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Lianna Scull married Michael Berkovich on May 14 in Hudson, N.Y. Pictured (left to right) are Roni Schneider ’03, Crisan Scalia Crozzoli, Lianna and Shameka Robinson.
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Kristy Quackenbush-Orr gave birth to a son, Lucian Aldric Orr (pictured), on May 5.
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Members of the Class of 2006 recently gathered at Russell Sage College to celebrate our 10 year Reunion and the 100th birthday of our beloved alma mater. A good time was had by all as 2006 alumnae visited favorite spots in and around campus, relived dorm days and reconnected with Purple Cow classmates. Pictured left to right: Christel Milkowski, Christina Suarez, Jessica Rafter, Christianna Grinter, Katelyn Galbraith, Sarah Luciano, Courtney DeNobile, Havah Goldin-Spooner, Sabrina Hartley and Danielle Reynolds.
Some classmates took time to remember those who are no longer with us, especially Meghan Nadeau, who passed in 2014. Classmates met in front of the Emma Willard statue and shared memories of Meg. They then wrote messages on balloons and released them into the sky. It was a fitting and touching way to remember Meg.
New class officers were elected at Reunion, including: Class President Sabrina Hartley; Class Agent Havah Goldin-Spooner; Class Correspondent/Reunion Book Editor Jessica Rafter; and Reunion Coordinator Katelyn Galbraith.
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Jessica Underwood welcomed her second child, Hailey Marie, on May 25. Hailey has an older sister, Kiera, 2.
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Jenny Johnson Meyer, M.D., married Justin Meyer, M.D., in May. Justin and Jenny met during medical school and live in New York City. Jenny is chief resident of neurology at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Justin is chief resident of psychiatry at Mount Sinai. Jenny will attend a neuromuscular fellowship at Albert Einstein in 2017. Pictured: Christa Nunn Bucior, Michelle Doherty Getman ’09, Jenny Johnson Meyer and Brittney Huntone Bennett.
Aimee Passineau Croft was married in 2015 and honeymooned in Ireland and Scotland.
Jillian Perreault is expecting another baby boy in November 2016.
Amy Witterschein Witschi lives in Springfield, NJ, and works as a pediatric dietitian. She is looking forward to the next Reunion!
Briana Dolan Tracy and her husband, Matthew, welcomed Donovan Edward Tracy (pictured) to their family on May 26, 2016. Bri is soaking up every second of being a mommy and loves watching Donovan grow and discover new things each day.
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Jessica Lynch and her husband, Shane, welcome their first child, Hailey Marie Lynch. She joined the family on May 15, 2016.
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Friends who gathered to celebrate Cat Magielnicki and Mark White’s engagement included Sarah Mahaney Sporski, Ashlee Saddlemire Sopko, Andrea Roes Schipano, Adrian Yau, Veronica Nunes and Brittany Wood.
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Katie Bafumo (pictured, with Russell Sage College friends) recently married Andrew Gillott in Simsbury, CT.
Krystan Linneer married Charlie Roselius in July. They live in Santa Monica, CA.
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