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Family Homelessness. She lives in Yard - ley, PA, with boyfriend Guillermo and their son Xavier, 2, who is “joyful and amazing.” Heather Howell enjoyed an adventure-

filled trip to Turkey in the summer, “sail- ing the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, exploring ancient ruins, and eating my weight in baklava!” she says. When she’s not globetrotting, Heather is a social worker at Yale. Tanja Lutkins Vandenbossche, hus-

band James, and son Everett, 2, welcomed twins Cara and Alec in December. “Our family is suddenly super-sized but defi- nitely complete,” Tanja observes. The twins are “watched over by their devoted furry brother Chewie, our gentle golden- doodle. Everett has also taken his role as big brother very seriously!” Tanja took time off from her career in high-tech sales last fall and is prepared now to “balance it all—family, work, and sleep (I wish). Life is loud, fast, and furiously fun for us.” Helen Overeynder MacAndrews wel- comed son Declan on March 13. She says, “Big sister Rowan is ecstatic and loves having a little brother to play with and boss around!”

Heidi Ritz Cohen lives in South Orange, NJ, with husband Rob and kids Shayna, 11, and Sam, 9. She teaches fourth grade at Jefferson School in Maplewood. She ran into Steve Frohlich ’95 in NYC and Mark Green ’96, who lives nearby in Short Hills, NJ. Heidi stopped by Skidmore in Febru - ary to show her kids around. “Campus was deserted after classes had been can- celed due to a snowstorm. But it still was great to be back.” She also spent an April afternoon at NYC’s Metropolitan Museum with Skidmore professors Michael Arnush and Leslie Mechem, touring the Greek and Roman art exhibit and “reminiscing with my fellow classicists.” Josh Weiner, a producer at NBC’s Today

Show, featured Adam Wald in a segment on technology quirks that aired in June. Mandy Santiago ’95 reports that Jere -

my Fearn won a write-in campaign for Pennsylvania State Representa tive during the April primary. The general campaign is keeping him busy, but he’d love to hear from fellow Skiddies and welcomes any advice you’re willing to share. Skiddies in his district (Springfield, Mor ton, Radnor, or Marple, PA), please drop him a line at I had the good fortune to return to Sara -

toga Springs four more times during my last year as the alumni board’s reunion chair. The trip up from Manhat tan pro- vides spectacular views of the Hud son

River, and the visits are always too short but fun and energizing. The last was in June, for Reunion, where I had a great time reconnecting with friends (in cluding Andy Hughes, Amy O’Leary, Janet Rear - don, and Jill Richardson O’Brien) and truly enjoyed meeting other awesome and inspiring alums from the classes of 2007 through 1947! I was also thrilled to see Meredith East -

man Principe this June when she came down from New Hampshire for a NYC visit with her husband, Colin, and their daughter Maggie, 1. We had a mini- re union in Manhattan with Adam Wald, and a great time was had by all! Stephanie Wilson Copice, husband David, and their daughters Caitlin and Wilson moved to Millis, MA, where Ste - ph anie is a chemistry teacher, high school science-team leader, and director and cho- reographer for the district’s dance pro- gram. She has been spending summers road-tripping with her dad and daughters; most recently they toured Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico. Jennifer Daniels has been in Washing -

ton, DC, for the past few years with her husband and three children: Stella, 5, and Ruby and Ben, 3. Jen is the landscape architect for the Smithsonian National Zoo and takes advantage of “the perks that come with being a mom who works at a zoo!” VICKI TISCH 330 W. 56TH ST., #2B NEW YORK, NY 10019-4241 VICKITISCH@YAHOO.COM


achiever is now available. Reviewer Stewart O’Nan describes the collection of essays as “brilliantly sneaky. Yoo is so funny that sometimes you forget he’s writing about his (and America’s) deepest, most basic fears. In a country that worships success, failure is taboo. Yoo embraces it head-on.” For more, go to Cornell law professor Jens Ohlin coed -


ited Targeted Killings: The Law and Philoso - phy of 21st-Century Warfare (Oxford Uni - versity Press). He was at Skidmore in March to discuss the book, including whether targeted killings are acts of war

FALL 2012

AT WORK Halls of power F

rom Hurricane Irene to political storms over energy policy, Nelle Hotchkiss ’85

has weathered them all. As senior VP of corpo- rate relations for the North Caro lina Asso - ciation of Elec - tric Coopera - tives, she works in PR and mar- keting, educa- tion, and job training to ad - vance the cause of co-op electric utilities, which are usually formed by residents of rural areas that commercial utility firms view as too unprof- itable to serve. Always interested in politics, Hotchkiss

began her career by winning a position under Mary Sue Terry, Virginia’s first female attorney general. There she met presidents, senators, local pols, business tycoons, and consultants and lobbyists. From the AG’s office, she went to work for the Virginia Department of Commerce and later the state's electric co-ops. “I wanted to represent a private interest in the halls of gov- ernment,” Hotchkiss says. “Electric cooperatives are private, and also they’re not-for-profit and work on behalf of their membership, so it was the best of both worlds for me.” Continuing the work begun by President


David Yoo’s book The Choke Ar - tist: Confessions of a Chronic Under -

Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s, Hotchkiss speaks passionately about rural electrification: “One thing that this program really does have is heart. It’s what we’re about, why we get up every day, and why we’re motivated to do what we do.” A recent winner of the William Matson De -

mocracy Award from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Hotchkiss has been recognized for promoting political participation among North Carolina co-op directors, employ- ees, and consumer-members. “Going forward,” Hotchkiss says, “we have

to look for a balanced solution to our energy needs, one that includes a mix of nuclear, natu- ral gas, renewable, and cleaner coal. We’ll have to be smarter about generation, transmission, and proximity to load centers.” She envisions better technology and software, informed cus- tomer usage, and intelligent public energy policy as the keys to a brighter future.

—Jon Wurtmann ’78



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