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works at the Shelburne Museum. Son Michael (Vassar ’07) teaches high school English in Waltham, MA. Mindy McCoskerWeschler is an ER nurse at a local community hospital. She returned to nursing after a 25-year hiatus raising four girls—two of her own and two stepdaughters. She enjoys a wonder- ful life in rural Vermont, raising chickens and horses. Mindy keeps in close touch with fellow nursing majors Sally Dimant Galbraith, Cindy Kriesmer Carr, and Liz Young King. Diane Ferrari and her husband live in Milton, MA, and were thrilled to welcome their first grandchild, Norah, on Easter Sunday. They are both excited to begin this new stage in their lives! Peggy O’Higgins Boyers won a Skid - more President’s Award for faculty in May. Executive editor of the humanities and social sciences magazine Salmagundi, Peg teaches poetry workshops for the English department and for the New York State Summer Writers Institute hosted at Skid - more. She has poems appearing soon in Notre Dame Review, Hudson Review, Sewanee Review, and Southwest Review. Peg admits that during graduation, she waxes senti- mental about the departing seniors she knows, many of whom work on Sal ma - gundi. “My son says, ‘Mom, you say that every year!’ He’s right, it always feels new —both the excitement of these young minds developing and the tinge of sad- ness associated with their moving on.” NONI REILLY 114 CUSHING AVENUE BOSTON, MA 02125-2033 617-288-2104 NOREEN.REILLY@VERIZON.NET


the year and in France the other half. She and her husband custom-design vacations for people who want to spend a week (or two) at their home in the French Pyre - nees. The couple leads hiking, biking, ski- ing, canoeing, and sightseeing trips. “It’s fun and keeps us on our toes,” Sydney says. To check their special discount for Skidmore faculty and alumni, visit their Web site: vrbo.com/294529. Sally Bloodgood Rollins coordinates an award-winning art program at Mary Gree - ley Medical Center in Ames, IA, where the hospital walls feature the work of regional artists. Sally manages two-month shows, for-sale exhibits, and the center’s 1,000- piece permanent collection. An art major who concentrated in ceramics and minored in art history, she has a master’s


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in health-care administration from Des Moines University. In her spare time she is a potter. INGEBORG HEGEMANN CLARK 26 KERRINGTON WAY STOW, MA 01775 IEHEGEMANN@GMAIL.COM AND NANCY REEVES REARDON 420 SOUTH GREENWOOD PASADENA, CA 91107


Blake is a chef instructor in Hawaii. She stresses the benefits of a plant-based, whole-food diet in classes she teaches at local Whole Foods markets, the University of Maui, and the organic farm she shares with her husband, a natur- opath. She has researched and taught wellness through nutrition for 30 years and has worked as a kitchen health con- sultant in California, Mexico, and Hawaii; she also offers private consultation. Her motto: “The more live food you have in your kitchen, the more lively you will be in body, mind, and spirit.” KATHRYN A. GREGORY 41 LAWRENCE STREET WAKEFIELD, MA 01880 781-224-3324 JBHKAG@VERIZON.NET


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sity in May with a degree in statistics and is pursuing graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon. Daughter Taylor finished her freshman year at Northwestern Univer - sity. Judy and her husband are now true empty-nesters. They enjoy spending time with Gail Capobianco Caldaro and her husband, John Michael. Sue Billerbeck Whalen’s older daughter Christina is an art director at Saatchi & Saatchi, doing television and print work for JC Penney. Younger daughter Sydney, is a senior at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in film and television; she lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sue and husband Dan moved back into their house in Rumson, NJ, after 18 months of


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renovations. They also spend time at their place in Chelsea in NYC. Sue has been doing a lot of freelance work writing ad - vertising copy, and has several clients in Los Angeles, CA. She sees Elaine Pantages Conti, Lesley Norman, Jill Wemple Lampe, Betsie Lord Danforth, and Betsy Goodenough every few months and says they always have a blast! Lisa Lavieri’s daughter Suzanne is a sophomore at UVM, majoring in premed/ medical lab science and minoring in biol- ogy. Lisa is very proud of Suzanne’s fresh- man achievements—all As—and was happy to have her home for the summer. Suzanne trained hard to ride with her dad in the Pan-Mass Challenge’s 200-mile bik- ing fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Son Christopher, an eighth- grader, helped with the Kids’ Pan-Mass Challenge in Hingham and took sailing lessons this summer. A substitute teacher in grades K–12, Lisa is planning a large holiday boutique fundraiser for the local high school; she is on the lookout for new artisans and vendors, so let her know if you have any ideas. Alex Mazur was married May 7 to Paul Schwartz, a luthier (guitar maker), near her home in Rhinebeck, NY. The newly- weds honeymooned in Barcelona, Spain. Alex is set decorator for the CBS TV series Blue Bloods, now in its second season. She and Paul split their time between Rhine - beck and NYC. Class president Jen Charlesworth Tho -


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mas had lunch this past spring in Ports - mouth, NH, with Marcia Valone Kuhn. Jen also traveled from Maine to Boston to spend a day with Rosanne Miller Pay - ette, visiting the Chihuly exhibit at the MFA. Jen completed a grueling medical- surgical semester in her nursing program and says she was “humbled” by the expe- rience; she finds it difficult to work full- time and be a student. She is excited about being a young 55 when she begins her next career. Son Jonathan has re - turned to Miami for his senior year at Johnson & Wales, completing a degree in sports and entertainment management. Unfortunately, he and Jen will be graduat- ing on the same day, so she and husband John will naturally be in Miami cheering for Jonathan. A stoic Jen notes, “Once you’ve had a graduation ceremony at SPAC, everything else pales in compari- son!” She is seeking ways to honor de - ceased classmates in Skidmore’s Alumni Memorial Garden and encourages anyone with ideas to contact her. Congratulations to Liz Flavin Dailey on the launch of her company itsabumwrap


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