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married in 2008. Son Jasper was born in August 2011. The family moved from NYC to New Hampshire, where Leah is “weaving, sewing, gardening, and being a mum.” In May Shira Kates finished her MBA in design strategy at California College of Arts. She’s since moved to Seattle and got- ten engaged to Claudio Rochat-Felix, also from her hometown of Northampton, MA. Shira, a senior strategist at international marketing agency Wirestone, hopes to meet other Seattle Skiddies. Drop her a line at Shiradee@gmail.com.” ALUMNI AFFAIRS OFFICE SKIDMORE COLLEGE 815 N. BROADWAY SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866


(renastrober.com) works in voice-over and theater. She played opposite French Stewart in the re - cent play Stoneface, and she voices the lead character in the upcoming video game “Republique.” People may also see her on TV in her bra, as she’s the current face (and boobs) for Playtex bra commercials. Rena recently created a Facebook page for Skidmore alumni in LA. In NYC Dan Fariello and wife Julie wel- comed their second child in November 2011; Paige joins big brother Nicholas. Dan is with First Niagara Financial Group as a VP in commercial finance in the Al - bany and Saratoga region. Jeremy Patuto has launched Art My Kid Made, an app for storing and sharing your kids’ art on the Apple app store. His inspi- rations were daughter Bella, 5, and son Miles, 2. Jeremy’s firm Gramercy Consul - tants has made almost 100 apps for com- panies large and small. Carina Beckman Perrotta is a physi-


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cian’s assistant, practicing dermatology on the North Shore of Long Island, NY. She is happily married to husband Joe, and they have two children: Benjamin, 7, and Ava, 5. She says they “enjoy traveling and exploring the beaches of Long Island.” Last April Bradley Castellanos, Mat - thew McMahon, and Simeon Pecchia successfully completed the Tough Mudder obstacle course at Pocono Manor, PA. Leah Dann ’00 and Daniel Marks were married July 14 at a farm near Chicago. In attendance were Marni Richman ’00 and husband Brad Morris, Ginger Zielinskie ’00 and husband Jonathan Woodring


In Los Angeles Rena Strober


’00, Jamie Ginsberg ’00, Ben Hardigg ’00, John Cockcroft ’01, Fernanda Gilli - gan ’00, and Steve Zimmerman and wife Erica. I am a program director for Camp Sun - shine, providing year-round programs to children with cancer and their families. I also volunteer with Stand Up for Kids, work out, and play sports. MICHELE ROTHSTEIN 1030 HIGHLAND LAKE CIRCLE DECATUR, GA 30033-3457 MDROTHSTEIN@GMAIL.COM


New Life School, where he was appointed chair of the science department. Andy Pattison was married in August


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to Chandra Russo in Santa Barbara, CA. Fellow alums and Wombats Frisbee play- ers Michael Rozinsky and Leah Boken - kamp, Erik Benson ’00, Alec Brewster ’00, and Andy’s cousin Chelsea Niven ’11 were in attendance. Andy teaches sustain- able development policy and public af - fairs at California Lutheran University and UC–Santa Barbara (where Chandra is working on her PhD in sociology) and has his own consulting company. They love their new home on California’s central coast and enjoy having the ocean as a backyard after 12 years in the Colorado mountains. Naomi Knoble is working on a PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Oregon. In Atlanta, GA, Sarah Kemmerer Cip -


per ly and husband Dan welcomed son Jacob last February 12. He joins sister Claire, 4. Jacob has already gotten a visit from “Aunt” Allison Prouty! Sarah (sarah. cipperly@gmail.com) says the Skidmore club in her area used to be fairly active but has waned in recent years. She urges, “Get in touch if you’re in town!” Cleyvis Natera Tucker and husband Kevin welcomed their first child, son Julian, in September. The couple is grate- ful to family and friends for all their sup- port, especially Angel Perez ’98, Judy Guzman ’98, Evelyn Vasquez ’98, and Kristen Lepore.


Gabrielle Mitchell-Marell sent news


that Christy Coleman got married in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, over Labor Day weekend. Christy met husband Jesus Banuelos in architecture school in Los Angeles, where they live. Gabrielle and Neda Hajizadeh were in the wedding; Jamie Sporn was also in attendance. Neda and husband Nick Leiber welcomed sec- ond daughter Noushin in March; they live


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ot even MB107, Skidmore’s challenging intro business course, prepared Alex Yang


Wang ’99 for the supercharged economic climate of his native China, where he returned after grad- uation to work with Pacesetter Pictures Interna - tional, a leading TV-commercial production house. “The business environment in China was very


attractive to me, with all the opportunities, the energy, and the ‘Wild, Wild East’ feel,” says Wang, who spent three years at Pace - setter, first as an executive producer, then as creative director of its ad agency. “The work was high-intensity and high-stress, but I cannot think of a better boot camp to launch a career.” While there, Wang produced large-budg- et, award-winning TV commercials for Unilever and Sony. A decade later— having served as a senior producer with MTV, creative director for the Shanghai Media Group (which designed programming for China’s first commercial mobile TV service), managing director of Gems TV, and executive VP of VIVA Mobile Media—Wang has broken out on his own. Last August he and his partners pooled their money and identified some angel investors to get a new venture off the ground: he’s cofounder and chief operating officer of Zanadu.cn, a members-only, online travel service catering to high-end Chinese travelers. Zanadu has already signed more than 100


luxury leisure hotels from around the world, and Wang says its Web site is getting a healthy dose of attention from the media and the investment community. The future with Zanadu is hard to predict, acknowledges Wang—after all, it’s still operating in a “Wild, Wild East”—but he says, “I am doing something that I love to do, and I have the luxury of being able to freely put my knowledge, experience, and Skidmore education to work. It is a very interesting chapter in my life, indeed.” —PM


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