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Leslee Schenk Trzcinski has been busy growing her business, TUNE Yoga and Multisport Training ( on the shores of gorgeous Canandaigua Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region. She has introduced stand-up paddle board yoga to the area with great success. The TUNE stu- dio was chosen as one of the seven top international yoga destinations by a national publication, and Leslie has been interviewed for a feature story. She also conducted work- shops and specialty restorative classes over the summer. In addition to teaching yoga, Leslie coaches cyclists, swimmers, and triathletes. She plans to attend Reunion. In December 2012, Mary Ann Hoover Gulyas and husband Joseph Gulyas wel- comed the beautiful baby girl of their old- est daughter and her husband. Mary Ann and Joseph love being grandparents and are happy to be entering this next chapter of their lives. Mary Ann continues work- ing as a music professor at Hudson Valley Community College, and Joseph cele- brates 25 years as a chiropractor and holistic healer. The couple is grateful for all that their Skidmore experience has given them. They are especially delighted to celebrate their 30th wedding anniver- sary and our 30th reunion this year! Sara Taylor Bramah plans to attend Reunion and hopes to see all of her old friends. Ginny Healy Studwell and Melissa Thodos and their families visited Sara in London, England, last year. They had a great time together. Sara and her family spent the summer in the U.S., visit- ing Cathy Heine Kellstrom, Tammy Chit - tick Langalis, Kim Murphy Wilson, and Jody Hocart James on the East Coast and Diane Hutchinson Reilly and Melissa Thodos in Chicago, Ill. While in the Windy City, Sara caught a performance of Melissa’s dance company and was very impressed. Back home in London, Sara spends time with Peggy Holden Briggs. Kimberly Hamilton lives in Putney, Vt., where she and husband Marc have raised two children, operate a 25-acre sustain- able farm, and love life in a small village. After graduation, Kim was accepted as a Hokin Fellow in Brandeis University’s doctoral program in American literature. She taught for several years in the Univer - sity of Massachusetts Boston’s Urban Scholars program. There, she became con- vinced that she wanted to further the mission of community colleges, about which she has written extensively. In 2012, Kim received the Educational Ex - cellence and Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Col -

leges and Universities. She is currently an associate professor of English and human- ities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. At home in Vermont, she is working on local perma- culture projects and the state’s ongoing recovery from Hurricane Irene. Daughter Sydney Noa and son Jacob Daniel are preparing for college and plan to spend a year abroad. Kim and Marc will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary this year. Marty Feierstein lives in Philadelphia,

Pa., Randy Hoving ’82 of NYC, and Chris “Hot Knives” Festa, of Norwalk, Conn., are all doing well. CALEY O’NEIL 6550 COLLEGE GROVE DRIVE, UNIT 35 SAN DIEGO, CA 92115 CALEYO@AOL.COM


Can adian resident Laura Williams Dauphine went sea

kayaking around the Toronto Islands this past summer. While she misses NYC every day, she says the “Asian-British


charm” of Toronto is definitely growing on her. Summer work highlights include writing many ad scripts and having fun with some animal character voiceovers. Tampa, Fla., resident Bruce Burdge wrote in after dropping off his daughter Taylor at Stanford University, where she is a sophomore. “It was bittersweet—I am very happy for her, but it was hard to say goodbye, especially when she is 2,900 miles from home.” Bruce says being on a college campus again brought back mem- ories of his “fabulous” four years at Skid - more. Back in Tampa, 16-year-old son Spencer has taken up rowing with great passion. Bruce and wife Katherine cele- brated their 25th wedding anniversary in August 2013 with a trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. They worked in a side trip to Bozeman, Mt., where Taylor was living for the summer. The couple also traveled to Mystic, Conn., to see Ellen O’Brien Buxton, Gillian Moore Crawford, and Will Gourd. Bruce con- nects with Michael Handler ’84, Michael Burke, and Lisa Johannessen Hoak ’84 whenever he is in Westchester County.He encourages classmates visiting southwest Florida to look him up. Class president Carrie Grady spent most of the summer training for the Pan Mass Challenge, an annual bikeathon across Massachusetts that raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event was held in August. “It was a wonderful way to raise money and see a beautiful part of the state.” She sends “a huge shout-out” to Kate Zwald, who came out

with her family to cheer on Carrie and her fellow cyclists at the finish and cele- brate afterwards. Carrie was not happy to receive her AARP card in the fall. “We are not really that old, are we?” Saint Michaels, Md., resident Rayona

Taylor Bennett celebrated the first anniversary of her interior design busi- ness, a Decorating Den franchise that she bought for her 50th birthday. She pro- moted her skills at a local designers show- case to benefit Habitat for Humanity. “Busi ness is good and I am having a blast!” Her two children are in high school; son Taylor is a freshman and daughter Caroline is a senior. Most of the family’s travels last year involved visiting college campuses. In May 2012, Rayona was in Saratoga attending her daughter’s sailing regatta and the grand opening of the pointe shoe exhibit at the National Museum of Dance. While there, she man- aged to meet up with Diane Rollo ’84 (with the help of Facebook and a text from Lorrie Piatczyc Allen). “We got to - gether at Ben and Jerry’s for a cone and a laugh! It was great fun.” Tom Brandt and wife Sue had a great cruise through the Baltic Sea and especial- ly enjoying touring Estonia. Recently nomi nated to be a Tony Award voter, Tom is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Theatre Wing, which produces the Tony Awards for Broadway shows. Cynthia Rybakoff opened a new, by- appointment-only showroom and studio for her jewelry collection in NYC’s finan- cial district this past summer. She also launched a seasonal “pop-up shop” in NYC’s Chelsea Market. Visit www.cyn- for details. Melissa Miller is exhibiting in a new show at the McGowen Fine Arts Gallery in Concord, N.H. You can see her work by searching for Melissa Anne Miller Studio on Facebook.

Susan Cotter Lecraw’s daughter Ashton

’12 graduated summa cum laude from Skidmore with an art major and business minor, making her parents proud. After the commencement ceremony, Susan had fun running into friends old and new in Saratoga. At Desperate Annie’s, the bar- man was “kind enough to card me as a sweet joke.” Now living in Manhattan, Ashton is assistant director of the Erarta Gallery and benefitting from the advice of locals Tad Hills ’86 and Emily Bickford Lansbury ’87. Son Julian, a senior at Babson College, loves living in Boston. Susan has done lots of solo trekking around Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bhutan, Bali, Laos, and other bucket-list


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