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Jason Santamore ’04. In attendance were Chris Dunn, Andrew Simon, Brian Mc - Cawley, Matt Ufford, Peter Menan, and Matt Nazzaro. Skidmore faculty members Pat Fehling and Denise Smith were also present. Mike and Lauren live in Tallahas - see, FL, where Mike teaches nutrition, food, and exercise sciences at Florida State University. Lauren, a graduate of East Tennessee State University, is a clinical research manager at FSU. The couple also has a health, nutrition, and fitness con- sulting business ( Amanda Booth Johnson and Graham Johnson welcomed daughter Emma on September 16, 2010. Randall Steketee and Miriam Kushnir Steketee welcomed son Sebastian on De - cember 29. The family lives in the East Village in NYC. KATE NEDELMAN HERBST 35 HOLLINGSWORTH AVE BRAINTREE, MA 02184 781-843-5140 KATEHERBST@GMAIL.COM

section in the May 24 Glens Falls Post-Star. She launched Shringar Pottery several years ago in her Saratoga Springs studio. She specializes in lidded vessels decorated with mendhi designs, pen and ink draw- ings inspired by the folk art of India. She also does raku and saggar firings. Allison has created many pots as funerary urns for the ashes of deceased pets. Darcy Brennan married Matthew Poor


on June 26, 2010, in Pocantico Hills, NY. Skidmore alums in attendance were Ra - chel Mercier, Liz Fisk, Melissa Axelrod, and Bay Danforth Jackson ’04. Notes Darcy, “We have all remained great friends since college, but as always it was wonderful to be together and celebrate new chapters in our lives.” Evelyn Brensinger (e.brensinger@gmail .com) is a political analyst, editor, and photographer based in Damascus, Syria. She earned a master’s in international law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in 2010. She specializes in methods of researching and evaluating human resilience after disasters and con- flict, international security studies, and Mideast politics. Jacqueline Cone married Manuel Perez

on February 25 in NYC. In attendance were Stephanie Mahon Ortelli, Rebecca Karger Moran, and Sarah Boxer. Jackie and Manny live in NYC.

Ceramic artist Allison Petroski was on the front page of the arts


Piccirillo has teamed up with fellow indie singer-songwriters Syd and Patrick Tho - mas to form the band Hotels & Highways. Their CD Lost River was released in March; they’re touring nationally to support it. Karla Runquist Joseph and husband David celebrated their fifth wedding an - niversary last June. Their son Malcom was born in January. The happy family lives in Rockland, ME, for now but is planning a change of scenery and a new food-relat- ed business venture. Amanda Getty completed a PhD in bio- chemistry at the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. During her studies Amanda developed a love for teaching; she is teaching science at the Taft School in Connecticut this fall. Business is booming for photographer


Tory Williams (, who hired Cassandra Giraldo ’11 as a studio intern. Tory and Cassandra photographed the weddings of Sarah Supcoff ’98 and Stephanie Keene ’04 last year. Surrounded by the majestic mountains

of Evergreen, CO, Jerica McClure-Pries and Dave Cadwallader were married on July 3. The newlyweds thank Skidmore’s SCOOP orientation program for introduc- ing them to each other. This past spring Paige Muegenburg completed a master’s in international public af fairs from the University of Wis - consin at Madison. Jocelyn Arem will coordinate a Gram -

my Foundation grant to preserver historic recordings made at Saratoga’s Caffè Lena between 1960 and 1975. Director of the Caffè Lena History Project, she is teaming up with Grammy winner and sound pres - ervationist Steve Rosenthal and his Magic Shop Studio to rescue the tapes, never heard by the public, including live per- formances by folk icon Pete Seeger, semi- nal blues artist Mississippi John Hurt, Appalachian folksinger Jean Ritchie, “Amer i can Pie” songwriter Don McLean, and others. For more, such as a preview of a coffee-table book about the project, visit Brian Dobbins married Amy Padula ’06 on September 4, 2010, in Danvers, MA. The couple met at Skidmore during Amy’s freshman and Brian’s junior year. Erika Entinger ’06, Elisabeth Pierce ’06, Hillary Goldfarb ’06, and Derek Green

Following the success of her debut solo “Momentum” in 2008, Lisa

AT WORK Brokerage to bodywork B

rian Culkin ’01 was a standout basketball player whose Skidmore record of 1,689

career points still stands. He played professional hoops in Ireland, averaging 30 points per game. Then a hip injury left him in need of a new career. “A lot of my friends from Skidmore worked

on Wall Street,” Culkin recalls. So with his friend Adam Husband ’01, he founded a residential and commercial mortgage brokerage in Boston. The company did very well, but for Culkin, something

was missing. “I was making a tremendous amount of money, but I wasn’t really interested in that kind of success. I got to a point where I realized I was living a life that I thought other people want- ed me to live.” So in 2006, having previously explored yoga and meditation for personal growth, Culkin left the financial world and launched a yoga studio, Jai Yoga ( in Braintree, Mass., which now has a staff of eight instructors. As an ath- lete, he says, “I had researched different method- ologies for improving performance, so this was something I was very interested in, not only from a healing perspective but also for coordinating what I would characterize as evolutionary mind- body techniques of physical training.” The style of yoga Culkin teaches is physically

intense, combining strength conditioning and car- diovascular training. “I’ve had professional ath- letes take my class who couldn’t do it,” he notes. Culkin meditates every day, despite a busy

schedule that includes international travel doing consulting work for the Open Mind Training Institute of Santa Monica, Calif., and writing for publications including, the Huffington Post, and Om Magazine, on topics related to health, wellness, and the mind-body connection. So it seems that the former athlete hasn’t strayed far from his roots; he just grew. —PD

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