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Tessa Donohoe Fontaine

Liz Katz wrote to say that she and her partner celebrated the birth of their second child, Alexis “Lexi” Munoz Katz, on September 22, 2004. Their other daughter, Gabby, is now three. Liz looks forward to seeing everyone at our class's 15th reunion next year. David Lee, who now goes by “Songbae,” his Korean name, found it rare to recognize the name of a classmate in our class news until he saw news about Curtis Picard's baby. He sent congratulations to Curtis. Songbae recently moved to New York to start a new job in corporate finance and origination at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. He had lived in Washington, D.C., for ten years prior to attending graduate school in Chicago. Griffin Bell and his wife, Jessica, announced the birth of their first child, Griffin IV, born April 30, 2004. The family lives in Decatur, Ga., where Griffin ran his first 50 K trail run last year. In October 2004, he did a 140-mile bike ride from Atlanta to Highlands, N.C., with David Lee. Vicki Thiel Demby wrote that she and her husband, Brian, welcomed their son, Brian Jr., into the world on July 17, 2004. Vicki bumped into Rick Wahlers at work at GlaxoSmithKline in Research Triangle Park, N.C. They didn't realize they worked for the same company, but now they enjoy lunches together from time to time. Vicki would love to hear from Rahim Huland-El, Tim Puro, Janna Doherty, and Hollis St. Peter.
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Laurie Robinson Dalzell

Kevin Schroeder wrote that he and his family settled in Pennsylvania, north of Baltimore, a few months ago. He and his wife, Nikki, have a son, Owen, who was born on July 1, 2004. Their daughter, Olivia, is nearly four, and loves to be his big sister. She is very involved in his care but also busy with gymnastics and dance. Kevin is in biotech sales and enjoys part-time physical therapy work on occasional weekends. Stacey Spencer McLean wrote that on September 25, 2004, she married her husband Kevin, who is from Trinidad. The wedding took place in White River Junction, Vt., and the reception was at Lake Morey Resort. UVMers in attendance included Christie Pippin and Melissa Howe Pitts. Stacey and Kevin live in Locust Grove, Ga. Kevin owns a landscaping and lawn care company, and Stacey is employed by Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC, a large southeast general contractor. Amanda Lylis Ahmadi and husband Afi '93 proudly announced the birth of their daughter, Madeline Goli Ahmadi, born October 25, 2004. Amanda wrote that Madeline is already a diehard Catamount and Red Sox fan, and she attended several UVM men's basketball games.
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Lisa Aserkoff Kanter

David Prothero, '93, has moved his Financial Planning/CPA practice to Central Square in Cambridge, MA. His website is www.chilmarkadvisors.com. He would love to hear from any local (or not-so-local) alumni.
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John Gates

GO, CATS! Congratulations to the men's basketball team for upsetting Syracuse in the NCAA Championship. Greg Finkel sent news that Jon Bennis married Jennifer Degenhardt on December 18, 2004, in New York City. There were many UVMers in attendance, including Deb and Eric Morris, Perry Fatuova, Jay Wilcoxson, Muffy Lake, Beck Shatles, Chris Kimble, Jen Gledhill, and Drew Shimomura. Melissa Ball and Patrick Dolan '88 welcomed a new daughter into their family. Sophie Madeline Ball-Dolan was born on January 19, 2005. The entire family, including their six animals, is doing great. Patrick will receive his MBA from Norwich University in June 2005. He is currently a senior production planner for Sara Lee Intimate Apparel. Melissa, Patrick and Sophie make their home in Winston-Salem, N.C. Lisa Baillargeon of Scottsdale, Ariz., received her MBA in December 2004. She currently works for a medical supply company as a consultant. Alex Wilcox has moved to India with his wife, Shelley, and daughter Grace. He is the COO of a new airline, Kingfisher Airlines, which began service in May. The start up will have a totally new fleet of aircraft and promises to offer the best airport and cabin experience in the country. Sounds as exciting as the days with JetBlue. Stephen Hitzrot earned his master's degree in counseling from Boston University while working at the Perkins School for the Blind. While at BU, Stephen met his wife, Amy, who was also working on her master's. They were married in October 2003. Stephen is in his fourth year as a counselor at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Massachusetts. He and Amy welcomed their twins Leah Elizabeth and Xavier James into the world on September 5, 2004. Stephen reported, “My life has irrevocably changed. I am exhausted but extremely happy.” Chris Ascoli married Rebecca Bouillard '96 on September 14, 1996. They moved to Norwood, Mass., where they worked for Meditech, a hospital software company. Eventually, they tired of the big corporate world, so Chris worked for Interlynx, a Boston start up software company, followed by a year at IDX Systems Corporation in Boston before they relocated to Vermont to work at the company's corporate headquarters. In 2000, the Ascolis moved to St. Albans, Vt., and they welcomed the birth of their first child, Lillian Marie, on November 23, 2002. On a somber note, JoAnn Bartley Filpo reported the sad news that Joe Dailey passed away. Joe graduated from UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematics cum laude. He was a member of the ROTC Green Mountain Battalion, and he retired as an Army captain in the 101st Airborne Division, having received numerous commendation medals, including the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He was a history buff, an avid skier, and he enjoyed golfing and scuba diving. Joe will be greatly missed by his friends and classmates. Rachel Jolly traveled to Madhya Pradesh, India, on a Rotary Group Study Exchange. She and four others spent four weeks on a cultural and professional exchange. Rachel has since been awarded a one-year Ambassadorial Scholarship, and she is currently applying to graduate schools in South Africa. Christian Thornburg and his wife, Teresa, welcomed their first child, Miles Alexander, on September 17, 2004. Christian and his family continue to live in South Florida, where he is a vice president at Bessemer Trust. He recently founded South Beach Ties, a men's necktie company (www.southbeachties.com). His ties are sold online as well as in many stores. Jon and Jenn Varricchione ('96) Pizzagalli welcomed their new daughter, Vittoria, into the world on April 24, 2005. The family makes their home in Shelburne, Vt. Finally, your class secretary and husband Tim ('94 in spirit, but '95 in reality) also have news to share. We welcomed our second child, a son, Cade Thomas O'Brien, into the world on March 4, 2005. We're all doing great, and even Cade's big sister Teagan is enjoying the new addition to the family. I hope you all had a good spring and are enjoying the summer. Please write and let your fellow UVMers know what you're up to.
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Abby Atkinson O'Brien

Scott Nestor married Shayna Goldfarb '96 in Ogunquit, Maine, on October 12, 2003. They live in Framingham, Mass. Scott currently works for Forrester Research in sales, and Shayna works for Fidelity Investments as an analyst. Attendees at their wedding included bridesmaid Kristen Nestor '97, groomsman Darren Berman, Rob and Bridget O'Connell ('96) Dangel, Kristen Adams Walsh, Staci Glick '98, Kristin Schoen ('97) Wishnow, Greg Mokotoff, Andrew Premisler, Noah Sternchos '94, and Justin Gray '96. Kerry Henighan Thorpe lives in Farmington, Conn., with her children, Maggie, Hollis, and Colin. She is very involved with Special Olympics, and she enjoys staying home with the kids. Kerry also wrote to tell us that Andrea Decker Rickards has a new son, Harrison, born in January 2005. Helen Harris McDevitt announced the birth of her daughter, Megan Amy, on Christmas Day 2004. Helen and her husband, Scott, live in Portland, Oreg., where she is an orthopedic physical therapist. She would like to get in touch with Tennyson Harwood. In June 2006, Michael Pierce plans to open “Maverick,” an American eatery and wine bar in San Francisco's Mission District with his business partner, Scott Youkilis, whose brother Kevin plays for the Red Sox. Investors in the project include Jared Luskin and Michael Koch '98. Bill Wright and Seth Parker made a trip to Aspen, Colo., to spend New Year's Eve with Tyler Hand. They spent quality time skiing, hot-tubbing, and enjoying the spectacular sunsets and scenery. Congratulations to Josh Baron, who is getting hitched this summer at a beautiful venue near Shea Stadium in Flushing, N.Y. His bachelor party was unforgettable as Bill Wright showed up at the paintball event in his own camouflage jumpsuit. Bill dominated the field with superior shooting accuracy and well-timed ambushes. Also in attendance was Ted Butler, who was frequently scolded by his teammates for taking naps in the fort instead of protecting the flag. Ryan Clinton recently witnessed the birth of his second child, 11-pound Conor “El Guapo” Clinton. Congratulations to Kelli Shonter and Tyler Hand who both picked UVM to defeat Syracuse in their office pools last winter. Go, Cats!
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Valeri Pappas

Hello, classmates! Hope you are all enjoying the summer. We know it's a bit early, but we thought we'd take this opportunity to remind you that our 10-year reunion is coming up next year. Can you believe it? So, for those of you who like to plan ahead, reunion weekend is scheduled for June 1-4, 2006. More details will be available as the weekend approaches, but for now, be sure to mark your calendars. I hope we will have a great turnout. And now, on to the news. Kimberly Sturz Gaynor and husband Greg proudly welcomed the arrival of their son, Charles Gregory (“Charlie”), on July 29, 2004, in New York City. Jody Citrano Patriarca and husband Dave welcomed their son, Jonas, on August 29, 2004. The family makes their home in Lincoln Park, N.J. Candace Upson Bignell and her husband, Chris, welcomed their new daughter, Kylie Moore, on September 17, 2004. Candace works part-time as an oncology nurse practitioner at the D'Amour Cancer Center in Springfield, Mass. The family makes their home in East Longmeadow, Mass. Kylie has met a few UVM alumni already and is looking forward to meeting more.
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Michelle Richards Peters
Jill Cohen Gent

Britta Macomber and John Hallisey were married on April 24, 2004, at the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod. In attendance were many UVM alums, including Rob Slocum, Pete Rand, Chris and Sarah McGuirk, Steve Losordo, Tim Walsh, Brendan and Jen Burke, Steve Gilarde, Chris Sullivan, Gordon Allen, Andrew Cho, Eben and Jen Thurston, Adam Tischler, Ben Fischer '96, and Emily Wyner, Chris and Allie Wendel Craytor, Pete and Debbie Walker Boylan, Sarah Hutchinson, Vanessa Howard, Mike and Sarah McGuirk '01, Kristie Donahue '98, and Kelly Burke '98. They currently live in Boston, where Britta is a kindergarten teacher and John is in medical sales.
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Lee Carstensen Genung
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Katie Finnegan Stoddard married Scott Stoddard in Lake Placid, N.Y., on September 25, 2004. UVMers in their wedding party included Andy Rubman '99, best man; Matt Horne, usher; Gina Pezzetti, bridesmaid. Other alumni in attendance included Beth Crusius, Kate Farnsworth, Kristen Garner '99, Lucinda Tokarski ('99) Hewitt, Tracy Homewood Horne, Michael Nelms, Megan Baldwin Rubman, James Tierney, and Jodi Withington Tierney, Mindy Vinelli '99, Lori Stoddard ('93) Crowley, Amy Bahrenburg, Lily Peaslee, Stephanie Geider Nelms, Joan Larrow ('65) Finnegan, Damon Walsh '93, James '63 and Ann Larrow ('63) Newman. Katie and Scott graduated together from the physical therapy program. Both work as physical therapists, Katie in Lake Placid and Scott in Saranac Lake, where they recently purchased their first home. Congratulations! Paul and Alia Mitchell Bialowoz were married in the spring of 2001. They live in Williston, Vt., with their sons, Will and Jake. Matthew McMonagle was named an associate in the Cleveland law firm of Kelly & Ferraro. He is a 2004 graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
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Heather Lynch

Hello! I hope to have more updates for you next time. When summer is over, I'm sure that there will be plenty of stories to tell. Sheri Lynn Butterfield married Bryan Young in beautiful Newport, R.I. in July 2003. Many UVMers were in attendance, including many Top Cats alums who gave a special performance at the reception dinner. Krista Polley was maid of honor. The couple spent a relaxing two weeks in Hawaii for their honeymoon. Sheri and Bryan recently welcomed a new baby, Nathanial, born at Christmas time. The family makes their home in Madison, Wisc., while both Sheri and Bryan finish up their master's degrees. Krista Polley fell in love with a Southern gentleman when they were both working on the same environmental landfill project. Once they realized it was true love, they knew that Krista living in Boston and Brian living in Raleigh wouldn't work. So, Krista quit her job and moved to Raleigh, N.C. In September 2004, she married Mike Brinchek in Gloucester, Mass. Sheri Young was matron of honor, and Erin Taylor '00 and Aimee Mulkern '01 were in the wedding party. Krista and Mike traveled to Jasper National Park in Canada for their honeymoon, and they hiked every day with elk and cougars. Krista is currently a project geologist at TN & Associates, an environmental consulting agency. She gets paid to travel everywhere just to play in the dirt. What a life! Vita Mazza married Romeo Luna, a native of her new home state of California, on May 3, 2004, at the Tribeca Film Festival Tony 'n Tina's Wedding premier. UVMers in attendance were Aaron Hurvitz '01 and Rachael Tartell. The ceremony was held in Sacramento, Calif., on January 15, 2005, and Kerry Barton '01 was maid of honor. Mike Griffen opened up two Ben & Jerry's shops in Newport, R.I. Be sure to swing by and support our local UVMer. Brendan Wheeler returned to Iraq early in 2005. Stationed in Kirkuk, Brendan is responsible for coordinating U.S. funded infrastructure reconstruction projects in the Governorate of Kirkuk. (See page 20.) He is pretty isolated, so please feel free to email him at bwheeler77@ hotmail.com. Thank you to all who sent updates. Please let me know what YOU are up to.
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Sarah Pitlak

Hello, classmates. This has been an exciting spring to be Catamount alumni. The ski team, the basketball team, and the hockey team all have been in the national spotlight. Go, Cats, Go! Thank you to everyone who sent updates for this edition. Kristin Clark wrote to share her exciting news. She is wrapping up medical school at UVM, and she just found out that she will be doing her pediatric residency at Brown in Providence, R.I., starting in June. Kristin also passed along updates on her three UVM roommates, Christine Cignoli, Erena Comras, and Katie Gibson. Christine and Erena have both recently moved back East after spending four years in Boulder, Colo. Christine is working on a master's degree in writing and publishing at Emerson College in Boston. She is engaged to marry Brian Hurley of Boulder, Colo., in June. Bridesmaids include Kristin Clark, Katie Gibson, and Erena Comras. Erena is pursuing her master's degree in textile design at Philadelphia University. Katie is in law school at Rutgers. Prior to law school, Katie obtained a master's degree in criminal justice from John Jay University in New York City. Congratulations to all four of you. Corinne O'Brien and Cara McEwan have been roommates in Quincy, Mass., since 2001. Last June, both passed the orthopedic certification exam in physical therapy. They are both now busy planning their weddings. Cara is engaged to marry Joe McLaughlin in June in Vermont. Her bridesmaids include Chalon Westcott, Monique Morneault, Juli Chiodetti St. Laurent, and Amy Michaelian. Cori was recently engaged to Tom Doughty, and they will marry in June 2006. Michelle Guimond, Michelle Anderson, Jillian Geider, Sarah Wiggett, and John O'Brien '05 will be in the wedding party. Congratulations, Cori and Cara! Dani Dvorin shared exciting news. On October 31, 2004, Dani married Sari Schneider, a 2000 graduate of Syracuse University, in Westchester County, N.Y. Dani and Sari both work for News Corporation, and they make their home in New York City. Adam Theriault, Shira Tabib, Seth Keslow, Chris Nelson, Erik Seibert, and Jeff Coyne all attended the wedding. Susannah Hill just finished her M.S. degree in biomedical science in Miami. Susannah is now in medical school in the Caribbean. She will soon start her clinicals in the U.S. Thanks to everyone who shared their news. To everyone else, please get in touch. Your classmates would love to hear what you have been up to.
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Sarah Kinnamon Fritsch

Andy Kurtz recently married Tracy Anderst in Silverthorn, Colo. He and Tracy met in Park City, Utah, a few years ago. Chris Antonacci, Russ Romano, Ben Salsbury, Dennis Mosier, and Ryan McLaughlin attended the wedding. Ryan also wrote that he had an incredible winter in Park City, where the Canyons had a base of 181 inches. Elizabeth Lundgren is a recruiter with Abbott Personnel Consulting in Boston. She specializes in temporary administrative placements for companies in a variety of industries in the Boston/Cambridge area and has been with Abbott for a year. Ian Hooper, who lives in L.A., recently had a speaking role on “The Young and the Restless.” He continues to pursue acting and modeling and is planning to join the Screen Actor's Guild this fall. Jay Hayden recently graduated from stunt man school in Los Angeles. He and his fiancé plan to marry next spring in Vermont. His bachelor party was to be held in Vegas in May. Noel Barnett accepted an engineering job offer in St. Croix, where he now lives. Our class president Eric Smith now works for RangeTree near San Diego. In January, Eric purchased a condo in Pacific Beach, Calif., just two blocks from the beach. Matt Dias is still living in Washington, D.C., where Heather Scott also lives. Brook Alexander Raisbeck and husband Bill '00 recently purchased a house in the Chicago area. Amanda Starbuck was champion and winner of several classes in the Winter Equestrian Festival, which is now known in the U.S. as the country's most competitive, largest, and most difficult show. The courses are the toughest, and riders from all over the world compete. She is still riding in the amateur owners and has also started to focus on the jumpers. Leah Murphy married Keith Jones on February 5, 2005, in Montpelier, Vt. Keith graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1999 and from The School of Law at the University of Southern California in 2004. The couple met in middle school and cherished growing up together in Vermont. They reconnected in Southern California, where Leah was working and Keith was attending law school. In attendance at the wedding were UVMers Lindsday Robillard, Tyler Mann, Alex Thibadeau, Erin Kachele, Julie Annis, Cassie Walters, Erica Loras, Tanya Rodrique, Ani Anemian, Filiz Soyak, DeAnna Mercier '02, Andrea Constantino '02, and Gillian Lewis '02 as well as Anne Coates and Sarah Blaire, both UVM medical students. Leah and Keith live in Boston, where Leah is an editor at Aspatore Book Publishing, and Keith is an attorney at the law firm of Williams & O'Leary, LLP.
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Hilary Dixon-Streeter Daly

Congratulations to Tom and Beth Firlik Shoenfeld! They were married on February 26, 2005, with lots of Pi Phis and Fijis and other UVM alums in attendance, including bestman Mike Plante and maid of honor Kile Harris. Marisa Kelley was a bridesmaid, and Dave Cordeau, Matt Piro, Kieven Doughton '03, and Pete Diederich '01 were groomsmen. Other alumni in attendance included Lauren Groves, Liz Wood, Drew Dqueglia, Dan McClusky, Brett Bullock, Liz Cartier, Andy Turco, Megan Reardon, J.D. Verrier, Abbey Trebilcock, Luke Bovill, Jamie How, Ashley Michael, Lee Higgins, Claire Benjamin '04, Carley Iaccarino '01, Deanna Trettel '04, Roy Simpadian '03, Jason Albright '04, Bill Tickner '03, Sarah Tetzlaff '03, Tamara Such '03, and Jody Schifferle '01 were all in attendance as well. Tom and Beth, I wish you all the best. As you may have noticed, our class column has been a bit sparse lately. Gary Mick of Shelburne, Vt., was promoted to vice president and general manager of the Blodgett Oven Company. Hope you are all enjoying your summer. Stephanie Osler Hastings became a partner at the law firm of Hatch & Parent in Santa Barbara, Calif. Please write in and let me know what you are up to, even if it's just a little update.
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Jennifer Khouri

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Jillian Giardina

WooHoo! Summer is finally here. I hope everyone is doing well and has had time to soak up some sunshine. Here is what is going on with some of our classmates in Massachusetts: Lauren Romano and her roommate Krissy Tosi have been living in Boston since November and working at the State House. Lauren is outreach coordinator for Massachusetts Governot Mitt Romney, and Krissy is a political analyst for minority leader Brad Jones. They are really enjoying the city but miss UVM and Burlington a lot. I have had the pleasure of working with Lauren Terrasi '03, who lives in Somerville with three fellow UVM alums Carol Rodrigues, Gwen Chiaranda '02, and Hans Smith '03. Lauren is in a master's program for counseling and health psychology at Northeastern University. She is also an intern at a therapeutic day school for children with disabilities in Lexington, Mass. Hans recently completed his flight training and is currently working as a flight instructor at Norwood Airport. Alyssa Sariano is living in San Francisco and working for Dow Jones at The Wall Street Journal. Katie Bauer and Susie Deland are both still living in Burlington, and they work at the Baird Center. Susie will be leaving soon to go to Outward Bound to train to be an instructor for their wilderness programs. Dave Jadwin and Eliza Grims are living in Chicago. Eliza is a sales specialist for Meeting Tomorrow. Dave is also working in sales, and in his spare time, he has been practicing his Robert Goulet impersonation in preparation for his audition for NBC's “Last Comic Standing.” Dana Gestal lives in Lake Tahoe, Calif., and she is a preschool teacher. Alright, it's back to the beach for me! See you all at Homecoming! P.S. Don't forget to write me with any update you would like to share with the rest of our class.
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Kelly Kisiday

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Kristin Dobbs