Ernie Pierce married Tammy Garrison last
June on a mountaintop in Jackson, Wyo. Mark Dunning and his wife, Julia,
welcomed their first child, Bella, into the family nearly six years ago.
Bella was born profoundly deaf. Mark wrote that the most amazing experience
has been the number of people that came rushing to their aid. From the
deaf community to language professionals and doctors, people offered to
help a child they didnt know. To give back, Julia started a program
for children with hearing loss through Minuteman Arc Early Intervention,
a program that provides sign language and speech therapy in a play-oriented
environment. It also offers a place for parents to get together and discuss
issues they have in common. They have also founded Decibels, a charitable
organization funding programs for children with hearing loss and support
for both children and parents. They have raised more than $52,000 for
organizations such as the Minuteman Arc Early Intervention Program. Check
their web site at www.decibelscharity.org.
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Karen Heller Lightman and husband Ari welcomed a new daughter, Beth, into
the world on May 26, 2004. The Lightmans make their home in Pittsburgh,
Pa. Vicki Thiel Demby and her husband, Brian, live in Research Triangle
Park, N.C. She received her PhD in pharmacology and toxicology from the
University of Kansas in 2001. She is now a research investigator at GlaxoSmithKline,
Inc., in their department of drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics. Vicki
sent greetings to classmates, especially Rick Wahlers and Rahim Huland
El. She can be reached via email at v.victo firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jon Winer sent news that he, his wife Annalena, and daughter Madeline
welcomed a new addition to their family. Paige Alyssa was born on February
24, 2004, and she joins the family in their Arlington, Va., home.
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Zachary Leader is finishing his second year of class work in the PhD music
program at CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. His concentration is
ethnomusicology. He continues to play saxophone on the side as well. Jamie
Gallagher joined the Burlington, Vt., office of Downs Rachlin Martin law
firm in May. His work as a patent associate in the intellectual property
practice involves assisting companies with protecting and commercializing
their intellectual property.
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Hello, class of 1994! I am Abby Atkinson OBrien, the new class secretary.
First, I would like to thank Denyce Wicht for keeping us all connected
and informed over the past five years. I hope I can entice everyone to
continue updating all of us on what you are up to. A quick update from
me: In August 2003, my husband Tim (who is really a 94 but liked
UVM so much he stayed an extra year and graduated in 95) and I welcomed
our first daughter, Teagan Atkinson OBrien. This past June, just
after our 10 year reunion, Tim did the Newport, R.I., to Bermuda sailing
race and won! Teagan and I were able to fly down early and greet the boat
with some dark & stormys as it came in. In addition to
being a mommy, I am still a marine biologist, teaching and helping students
with research at Project Oceanology in Connecticut. Laura White McIndoo
and husband Scott proudly announced the birth of their daughter, Evelyn
Jane, on October 24, 2003. They currently live in Albuquerque, N. Mex.
Jeffrey Brent received his M.D. degree in May 2004 from the Medical College
of Georgia. Jeff started his residency in emergency medicine in June at
Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. Kerri Goldberg-Leonard
and her husband, Ben, announced the birth of their son, Benjamin Rowland
Leonard, on November 6, 2003. Nancy Elwess, who received her PhD from
UVM in 1994, is an associate professor of biology at SUNY Plattsburgh.
She received the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching, which
recognizes the outstanding performance of the teaching faculty and staff.
Kelly Babat Goorevich and her husband, Michael, live near Buffalo, N.Y.
Kelly is founder and director of an educational consulting program. She
and her husband welcomed their daughter Macey Wil, on August 8, 2003.
Kelly stays in close contact with Natalie Koplowitz Reich, who lives in
Scarsdale, N.Y., with her husband and son, Aaron, who was born in September
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Sybil Sumner Mitchell completed her first marathon, the Vermont City Marathon,
in Burlington on May 30, 2004 in 5:00:46. Anna Norgren-Mahon represented
the United States in the womens hammer event at the Athens Olympics.
She finished second in the hammer throw at the 2004 U.S. Track and Field
Olympic Trials in July. Anna was ranked number six in the world after
the 2002 season. Jennifer Matthews Tsahalis and husband Peter welcomed
their daughter, Lily Frances, on May 29, 2004, at Beth Israel Hospital
in Boston. Jennifer wrote, Shes a beautiful little girl, and
weve already introduced her to many of our UVM friends. Dana
Niles and his wife, Nancy, are the proud parents of a new baby boy, Jacob
Olsson, born June 10, 2004. Dana, Nancy, and Jacob live in Walpole, Mass.,
and all are doing great. Congratulations to all!
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Reed Gillmor married Terrance Bowman on August 9, 2003, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
She let us know that bridesmaid Jillian MacLean 96 is a kindergarten
teacher in the Boston area, and she recently bought a house. Reed and
Terrance met in Washington, D.C., when Reed was working at the Pentagon.
They now make their home in Michigan but plan to return to Hawaii to practice
law. Reed also let us know that Kathleen Buckley (96) Cable and
husband Richard welcomed their second child, Laura Bronwen, into the family
to join their son, Jack. They make their home in England.
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lot has been going on since the last issue. I am constantly bumping into
UVMers around New York City , hearing about all of the exciting things
happening in our class. Please note that my email address has changed.
It is now firstname.lastname@example.org, so email away! To catch up, Mark Rosen and
his new wife, Jennifer, just purchased a house in Natick, Mass. Kristen
Matthews is living in Darien, Conn., teaching pilates. She frequently
sees Posie Haeger. Nathalie Mead wrote that Addie Mae Spongberg married
Ryan Weiss 97 on October 4, 2003, in New York City. Including myself,
several other UVMers were in the wedding party: Allison Martin, Eric Getchell
95, and Demetrious Karoutsos 96. Nathan Fenton married Rebecca
Reardon on June 1, 2002. Several UVMers attended, including Eric Fenton
01, Matt Traiman, Rick Couture, Joe Balan, and John Taylor 99.
Nate left New York City after five years, and he is currently working
for Fenton, Inc., in Newton, Mass. Kevin Donner married Jamie Riley on
April 17, 2004, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Frank Coulson, Meghan Kelly
99, Chuck Salzman, Eric Kraus, Ellie Marvin, Adam Levy, Todd Saylor,
Mitch Decter, and Mike Koch attended. Jake Goldberg 97 married Brett
Kelly 97 on April 10, 2004, in Throgs Neck, N.Y. Frank Coulson,
Meghan Kelly 99, Chuck Salzman, Ellie Marvin, Adam Levy, Bill Simpson
99, Kate Townsend 97, Trevor Smith 97, Dan Martell 97,
Casey OConnell 97, Eben Thurston 97, Ryan Carrol 97,
Jordan Potsic, and others helped them celebrate. Frank Coulson wrote,
Camhi, the ski house in Stratton, Vt., is no longer. Gibby
Kinloch, Chuck Salzman, Eric Kraus, Todd Saylor, Brian McPhilemy, Kevin
Donner, Adam Levy, Mitch Decter, Jake Goldberg, Eben Thurston, and I had
three good years there, and the memories will live on. Amy Butynski
wanted to let her fellow PT graduates know that on June 26, 2004, she
was marrying the man of my dreams David Emery. His brother
is Chad Emery 99. They were engaged New Years Day on the beach
in Maine. Dave is a career firefighter in Brattleboro, Vt., where Amy
still works as a manually-based outpatient physical therapist. She wrote,
We have our own Trista and Ryan happy ending.
On May 31, 2003, Hillory Mason and Matt Durgin were married in York, Maine.
Noa Lai and Anna-Joy Webber were bridesmaids. UVMers in attendance were
Susan McWeeney, Carrie Giroux and Blythe Chapman. Matt and Hillory live
in Watertown, Mass. Susan McWeeney wed Bill Newsham in Lexington, Mass.,
on August 23, 2003. Carrie Giroux was the maid of honor, and Alison Brown
La Terza, Noa Lai, and Hillory Mason Durgin were bridesmaids. Charity
Clark 97 and Stephanie DeSantis (96) Long were there for the
celebration. Bill and Susan live in Lexington, Mass. On the West Coast,
Melissa Fallon was promoted to director of entertainment marketing for
TV at Davie-Brown Ent., an Omnicom agency in Los Angeles. She watched
the Red Sox lose the ALCS with Lauren Flannery 97 and Carey Baldwin
98, joined up with Lauren and Nellie Palihnich in Boston over Christmas,
moved from Hollywood to Manhattan Beach, and is working on her surfing.
Melissa attended the wedding of Scott Careo and Candice Spricigo last
May. John Helzer, Kevin Reid, and other UVM alums were present. Anne Conaway-Peters,
who is St. Michaels College director of marketing, was named the
Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional by Vermont Women in Higher Education,
a division of the American Council of Education, at their annual conference
last November in Stowe, Vt. Anne and her husband, Troy Peters, live in
Colchester, Vt. In celebration of ID Magazine turning 50 this year, they
combed the country looking for designers to represent American style.
Our classmate, Peter Bergendahl, will be featured representing Vermont
in the magazine article as a snowboard designer for Burton, according
to Alice Slovic.
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Our 5th reunion was a hit. Sorry to those who missed it. It is safe to
say that good times were had by all. Im sure there are lots of stories
to tell, but here are the updates this time around: In 2003, Jennifer
Downey had two big events. She married Michael Gillespie at Searls Castle
in Windham, N.H. Her sister, Melissa Downey was her maid of honor, and
John Burhans 00 was a groomsman. Other alumni in attendance were
Moya Green 00 and Ed Coleman 01. Jen and Michael are also
the proud parents of a daughter, Kaitlyn, born August 30, 2003. Melissa
Downey and John Burhans are the godparents. Colleen Ryan married Matthew
Ring 97 in an extraordinary ceremony at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport,
R.I. There were many UVM alumni in attendance, including Tamra Gross,
Lisa Black, Tammy Fluhr, Elizabeth Nash, Fiona Mahoney, Greg Hollander,
Sean Craine, Matthew Duncan, Sarah Enderlin-Healy, Andrew Harris 97,
Lindsey Cronin, Leigh Summers, Stefan Frey, Michaela Boyle, Dan 97
and Megan Martell, and Christine Mahoney-Hynes. After a blissful honeymoon
touring Italy, they returned to New York City, where they live and work.
Congratulations! Deb Pollard married Noah Wepman on April 3, 2004, at
the Four Seasons in Washington, D.C. It was a black-tie affair with many
UVMers in attendance, including Lyssa Sher, Lindsey Cronin, Christine
Mahoney, Lissa Ulman, Leslie Hodgson, Leigh Summers, and I. Alexandra
Jacob and Benjamin Tuthill were married on July 26, 2004, in Estes Park,
Colo. UVMers who were there included Donna Boucher, David Walker, Susan
Howell, Tricia Ross, Greg Lawrence, and Josh Cantrel. Amanda Jenkyn, Emily
Gilbert, and Gabe Krechmer got together at a barbecue in the Bay Area.
Amanda and Gabe were unexpectedly reunited through mutual friends on a
camping trip in Big Sur. Amanda graduated with her masters in education
at the University of California at Santa Cruz in July. She and Emily are
in touch frequently. Emily is practicing massage in Portland, Oreg. Gabe
is a website developer in San Francisco. Emily Woods married Cassidy Crocker
95 on June 21, 2003. UVMers in attendance were Matthew Iarrapino
95, Francis Robinson, Johann Jaremczuk, Todd Martin, and Theresa
Sullivan. Cassidy and Emily live in Bend, Oreg., where they own a web/graphic
design business (www.xenithdesign. com) and a vintage apparel company
(www.new schoolvintage.com). Andrew Josefelk proposed to his girlfriend
Colleen Quinn, and they married on August 14, 2004 at the Quechee Inn
in Vermont. Steve Reidy is in the wedding. Steve Howe also took a leap
of faith and proposed to his girlfriend Ashley in June. They are both
thrilled. Ben Taylor ran in the Vermont City Marathon in May. Cris Amanti
and Christian Craig among others were there to cheer him on. On June 26,
Gregg Schmidt 97 captained the USA Rugby Division One National Champion
Boston Irish Wolfhound team to a first place in the premiere division
at the 37th Mad River-Stowe Invitational. This victory helped the Wolfhounds
secure the triple crown of Northeastern Rugby, consisting of the USA National
Championship, the New England Championship, and the Mad River Invitational
Championship. The Wolfhounds, led by Gregg, also featured Travis Arnold
and Mike Mazza, both 98, as well as Rob Danckert and Simon Jacobson.
They beat Burlington in the finals after convincing wins over Saranac
and Middlesex. Additionally, Josh Safran and Marcel Girouard played for
Mad River-Stowe, and Safrans last-minute try (the equivalent of
a touchdown) helped Mad River to capture place in the club division. Laura
Ceplenski married Robert Baron on September 27, 2003, at the Reefs on
the beach in South Hampton, Bermuda. They stayed in Bermuda a bit, then
traveled to Ireland in October. Upon their return, they had a reception
in Agawam, Mass. UVMers in attendance were Michelle McKay and Jocelyn
Francoise. Congratulations, Laura! Brendan Wheeler has successfully completed
his assignment in Iraq as the regional programs coordinator for the Coalition
Provisional Authority. He was scheduled to return to the U.S. in August,
following a short, but much needed, vacation in the Balkans and Central
Asia. Welcome home! Wil Roya is a magician appearing in Applause
at the Bourbon Street Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Brian Mattison
is living and working in Prague, in the Czech Republic, where he teaches
English as a second language. His UVM roommate, Jason Boshart visited
him for a week and had a great time.
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Congratulations to Andrew Beerworth. Andrew received a Juris Doctor degree
from Roger Williams University School of Law in May. He was a member of
Moot Court Honor Society. Nice work, Andrew! Heather Radtke and Andrew
Duhamel 01 married at the Waybury Inn in East Middlebury, Vt., on
September 5, 2004. UVMers in the wedding party included Ryan Angell 01,
Shaun Graves 02, Susie Cicirello 01, Laura Richards, Jenny
Denison, Jessica Duhamel (01) Lalumiere, Sandy Rosen, Andrew Saultell
03, Jenn Barnes, Tim Willard 01, and Darren Raymond 01.
Heather and Andrew will make their home in Georgia, Vt., with their Bernese
Mountain Dog, Rosi. On behalf of the entire class of 2000, congratulations
to Martin St. Louis 97 and Eric Perrin 97 on a dream NHL season.
We all enjoyed watching you, and we are proud to know you. Go Cats Go!
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Alexis Stevens recently purchased an apartment in Stamford, Conn. She
is a research assistant at Millward Brown, a marketing research firm in
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First, I want to congratulate Katie Morwood on her engagement. She will
marry this October in Richmond, Vt. Four of her five bridesmaids are UVM
alums: Katie Kavney 01, Rachel Schneider 01, Liz Regan 04
and Lauren Shapiro 04. Her brother, Mike 07, is a groomsman.
She and her fiancé met through her involvement with Alpha Phi Omega,
the community-service fraternity at UVM. He was in the chapter at RPI.
She is currently living in Sunderland, Mass., pursuing a masters
degree in epidemiology at UMass Amherst. Elsewhere, many members of Pi
Kappa Alpha fraternity gathered in Manhattan to send off two of their
closest friends, Adam Wolk and Donny Much 03, who will be spending
the next few months traveling through Europe. Sarah Turner wrote to let
me know that she is living and working in New York City at the Department
of Mental Health and Hygiene as a research assistant and office manager
in the Office of Vector Surveillance and Control. She is still in touch
with Gayla Hancsarik, Elizabeth Young, and Denice Benvienuto, all of whom
she lived with at UVM. They are doing very well. Elizabeth is engaged
to marry Michael Marks in October 2005. She will graduate from Wake Forest
in May 2005 and will be a physician assistant. Gayla is engaged to Jeffrey
Olesky, and they plan to marry in August 2005. Gayla is working in the
nuclear medicine department at Fletcher Allen Hospital as a nuclear medical
technologist. Denise is at Iowa State University, where she is finishing
up her first year of vet school. Recently, Sarah and I got in touch with
Dave Hudacsko, who is doing great out in Wyoming. He is still doing public
relations at Teton Gravity Research and skiing up a storm. He and Katie
Flanagan are still together. Katie recently moved to Wyoming, where she
teaches at a local elementary school. Stephanie Pearson wrote to let me
know that she and Paul Melillo were married in November 2003. They are
living in Indianapolis, Ind., where Stephanie is a social worker. Paul
is going back to school soon for his masters degree in environmental
science after two years of working for an environmental firm in Indianapolis.
They also have a Husky named Juno. Congratulations, Stephanie and Paul!
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Christopher Petrone has been on the road since graduation.
He has traveled to South Africa, China, and Colorado, and he is now bicycling
from Sicily to Lisbon. Emily St. Germain has moved to New Hampshire while
finishing classes at Boston University. She is pursuing her masters
of public health degree and will finish in spring 2005. This August, she
and her boyfriend were traveling to Honduras to experience life there
for two weeks. Korinne Moore has moved to Boston, where she will continue
to work for the American Cancer Society. She is excited to catch up with
fellow UVMers while she is there. Emily Garvan, John Longo, Claire Houston,
and I had a fantastic time at our fifth year high school reunion in Connecticut.
It was great to see all of you. Claire recently moved home to Mississippi
and will pursue a masters degree in landscape architecture this
fall. Cara Linehan is living in Ireland for the summer. Brad Ross reports
that all is well in Brookline, Mass., and he is looking forward to Caras
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We know that we have officially become alumni, because here is our first
class notes column in Vermont Quarterly. I am so excited to be able to
give you the scoop on what our fellow classmates have been up to since
graduation. Jessica Rosenfeld spent the summer as an au pair for a family
in Galway, Ireland, and she is now working as Hillel director at Tufts
University. Julia Dreher and Caitlin Rarey are traveling in New Zealand,
taking in the sights. They plan to meet up with Elizabeth Brunst, who
is attending veterinary school at Massey University in Palmerston North,
New Zealand, and Lee Reynolds, who is in Australia working and traveling
with friends. Once Lee returns to the States, she will be living in Minneapolis,
Minn., which is only five hours away from Mary Kate Bennett, who has decided
to attend veterinary school at Iowa State University. Mary Kate and Lee
said they would love to have UVM visitors any time so they can show them
the wonders of the Midwest. Anne Lero spent her summer in Arizona doing
Military Intelligence Basic Training. She will be stationed in Kentucky
after her training. Kara Egasti is living in Burlington, Vt., and working
at KSV as an administrative assistant. Shawna Wells is moving to the
city that never sleeps, Las Vegas, Nev., to work for Teach For America.
Alex Viox spent the summer on Nantucket working as a landscaper, and he
hopes to be surfing in Europe this fall. Alison Mitchell is living in
Annapolis, Md., where she is a high school geometry teacher. Christina
Massari is in Cleveland, Ohio, working on her masters degree in
clinical psychology. As for me, I spent the summer in New Hampshire, working
as a sales assistant for Perfect Parties, a luxury linen rental business.
I hope that you all had a wonderful summer. Please feel free to email
me with any updates you would like to share with the UVM community.
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