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ill Holler Durovsik ’78 has held several cor- porate management positions for Merrill


Lynch and other companies in the Northeast, and in 1988 she founded her own business, Corporate Concierge Inc. But after becoming a mother in 1991, she wanted more flexibility with her time, and she was moved by the isolation that her mother felt when dying of cancer in 1986, so she started working with the Philadel phia Wellness Com - munity, now called Cancer Support Community. Over the last 25 years, Cancer Support Com -


munity has grown immensely, merging with other organizations such as Gilda’s Club. Durov - sik began by helping to open a center in Phila - delphia and now sits on CSC’s national board, working with 57 facilities across the country to build CSC into the world’s largest nonprofit for psychosocial cancer support. Durovsik, who was a government major, now sometimes finds herself on Capitol Hill, lobbying lawmakers to foster improvements in cancer care. The work she’s most proud of is with the CSC’s Research and Training Institute, develop- ing a screening tool for hospital social workers to better recognize and deal with the emotional needs of cancer patients and survivors. She says a “train the trainer” approach allows for uniting more people who have the disease to find and foster communities that can help relieve the anxiety and depression that naturally arise from coping with cancer. As she puts it: “Through research, we will


uncover new evidence about what people impacted by cancer need in order to live better lives. And through training, we will disseminate these findings to the cancer community at large. This is how we will make our biggest impact.” —Robin Adams ’00


EMILY WALKER BRACCHITTA 36 FLAT ROCK ROAD, APT. 5 FITCHBURG, MA 01420-2282 EBRACCHITTA@GMAIL.COM


is now a nurse studying for her boards. After her own graduation she headed down to Florida for son Jonathan’s gradu- ation from Johnson & Wales and for a visit with her new grandson. Robin Safeer Mathews and Julia Mutch shared an amazing trip to Rome in Febru - ary, soaking up the ancient ruins and daily chianti. Robin’s oldest daughter, Hannah, is halfway through a master’s in gastrono- my at BU and works in consultative sales for a Boston food purveyor. Her middle daughter, Kyla, is at Drexel working toward a master’s in dance movement therapy. Her youngest, Shea, transferred this fall to finish her bachelor’s in nutrition. Judy Rubin Friedman’s son Douglas received a master’s in statistical practices from Carnegie Mellon and is beginning a job in Washington, DC. Daughter Taylor was in Cuba on a humanitarian mission with classmates from Northwestern Uni - versity. Judy and her husband were look- ing forward to visiting with Gail Capo - bianco and her husband, John Michael, over the summer. Sheila Killeen spent a February week-


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end with JP Alford Eltorai ’81 and her son Adam in Sacramento. They had a great time, laughing until they cried. Adam was deciding which medical school to attend. JP’s son Omar graduated from college in May, and son Zack is starting his junior year at Wash ington University in St. Louis. JP’s hubby is a gastroenterol- ogist for Kaiser Perma nente, where JP is a busy nurse practitioner. Sheila writes, “Please join me for the National Brain Tumor Society’s annual Boston walk around Castle Island in Oc tober. To find out more, go to braintumor.org/events or e-mail me at kiltydog@charter.net. Correction from spring Scope: Maura Connelly is not living with Marlena Smalls. Marlena is her business partner in their new nonprofit called KNOB, for Kids North of Broad. The program links chil- dren to the arts and will be headquartered at the Boys and Girls Club of Beaufort, SC. Maura’s daughter Maren lives and works in Saint Cirq, in France’s mid-Pyrenees. While in Chicago on business, I had din-


ner and drinks with Suzanne Pfeiffer and Linda Winnard. Suzanne switched jobs and now works for Spark Communi ca - tions in Chicago. Linda has added a Maine


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Our esteemed class president, Jenny Charlesworth Thomas,


coon cat and a Pomeran ian dog to her family. Her two teenage daughters were off to summer camp, and she and hus- band Ron had planned a trip to Italy for two weeks. In 2011 she visited Van couver, British Columbia, and Taipei, Tai wan. She looks forward to trips to visit Skiddies. Lisa Ochs Arnold writes that son Rome’s Andover boys’ crew team swept the New England Interscholastic Rowing Associa - tion’s regionals, winning golds and the overall team trophy. He is off to Spain with School Year Abroad in Zaragoza. Lisa has been busy with her antiques sales. She heard from Cam Miller ’76 out of the blue; he seems great. She also heard from James Steele ’78 and Sean Colquhoun ’78. James talks to Karl Kaess ’80 once a year; Karl and Lisa are still in Wilton, CT, and their twins have graduated from col- lege. Lisa says she sees Liz Flavin’s “Bum - wrap” all over Pinterest and Facebook. I am reading blogs from Janet Cone’s


trip to Alaska. It appears her company, Compass View Events, plans corporate incentive trips and the like. Looks like a fabulous trip and you can probably find info for it on her blog, compassviewevents. boomient.com/blog. In April Mark Rakov and I reconnected


at Skidmore for the MB107 class presenta- tions. I cannot express how impressed I am with this group of Skidmore students (mainly freshmen). They had to prepare a case (usually a Harvard Business School case) and present their solutions and ideas in front of a panel of five “executives”— who were alumni and parents of students. It truly is a great experience and always makes me feel proud to be an alumna. If you have current business experience and would like to participate, please let me know. Meanwhile, I am off on a bike trip from Prague to Vienna. DEBBIE MONOSSON 16 PERRY STREET CAMBRIDGE, MA 02139-3912 DEBBIE@BFEC.COM


13: Alternate Approaches, part of a book series showcasing contemporary watercol- or. She’s had artwork accepted into the show Herstorically Speaking, held at the world headquarters of Johnson & Johnson gallery and sponsored by the National Association of Women Artists. Also she is teaching her “Inspirational Techniques for Fearless Painting” workshop for the Ken - ucky Watercolor Society in Louisville. Jodi Rubinowitz Peikes is a nurse practi- tioner at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.


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Kentuckian Elise Plaut Beattie had her work published in Splash


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