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nine years, Stephen Weiss and his family returned to


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Minneapolis in 2012. He says the weather there has been chal- lenging, but his


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wife, a Minnesota native, enjoys being closer to family and friends. The couple’s two boys, ages 5 and 10, have acclimated well and made some nice friends. Stephen welcomes hearing from classmates at sweiss@emweiss.com. Meg Beirnes Champion resides outside of Atlanta in Roswell, Ga., with her three children. Caitlin is a sophomore at KSU; Garrett is a high school sophomore; and Blake is entering ninth grade. After Skidmore, Meg worked in the military- contract sector in Germany and at Ft. Stewart, near Savannah, Ga. Transitioning to the private sector, she signed on at the Hugo Boss main distribution center near Savannah, and she is now managing implementation and training for Ingenious Med, a small company that provides Web-based communications and coding for physicians. She enjoys staying in touch with classmates via Facebook and encourages anyone visiting the Atlanta area to look her up. Mental-health practitioner Martha Christy Shimeall has integrated yoga into her work, running a private thera- peutic yoga practice specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and chronic pain. She loves this meaning- ful work and plans to catch up with a group of 1980 Sonneteers this fall. David Catalfimo lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., with wife Nicole and children Cosmo, 11, and Ella, 9. He and Ella attended Skidmore English professor Linda Simon’s lecture on Coco Chanel in Los Angeles. Held at the Mondrian Hotel, the lecture was very informative and pro- vided a nice opportunity to meet other West Coast alums. KD Mernin and her son recently moved from Philadelphia to Provincetown, Mass. KD has set up a new printmaking studio and is renovating their new home. She welcomes hearing from classmates at kdmernin@me.com.


Did anyone else hear entertainment attorney Vinca Jarrett on NPR during the Cannes Film Festival? She was inter- viewed for a story about filmmakers who come to Cannes seeking patrons to fund their work. Vinca represents a promising young filmmaker from Ethiopia who was


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also interviewed for the piece. Dave Rosenthal is lead investigator and custodian of evidence for the law firm Ellis, Ged, and Bodden in Boca Raton, Fla. He looks forward to our 30th reunion. Mark your calendars for May 28–31, 2015. CINDY PENDLETON 81 SMITH ROAD CHARLTON, MA 01507 CROPEN1985@GMAIL.COM


Sandra Rogers married Martin Heikel in June 2013 at the Coveleigh Club in Rye, N.Y.


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The newlyweds later honeymooned in Austria, where they visited Vienna, Salzburg, and Saalbach-Hinterglemm. Sandra teaches piano and general music to kindergarten through fifth- grade stu- dents at the International School at Dundee in Greenwich, Conn. Martin is an entrepreneur in mobile-device applica- tions. The couple lives in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. Christina Papadopoulos enjoys life in Saratoga, where she has been a realtor with Roohan Realty for 22 years. An avid tennis player, she took up downhill skiing in recent years. This past winter, she enjoyed an amazing ski trip to the Colorado Rockies. Indie-pop musician Andy Chase is lead vocalist and songwriter for Camera2, a new band that toured nationally and overseas this spring with popular Canadian group Walk Off the Earth. Andy’s credentials include writing, pro- ducing, and performing music for Ivy, a band whose songs have appeared in over 100 TV shows and films, including the Farrelly Brothers’ There’s Something About Mary. He co-owned NYC’s Stratosphere Sound recording studio with former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and has worked with Depeche Mode, REM, Kanye West, and others. He has also produced albums for French pop group Tahiti 80, singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield, and Scottish pop legends Trashcan Sinatras. Manhasset, N.Y., resident Caroline Kenlon says time is moving quickly. She and her husband have four children, ages 19, 17, 15, and 14. One is a freshman at Washington and Lee and another a fresh- man at Hobart and William Smith; Caroline figures she still has a shot at Skidmore with the two younger kids. She volunteers as president of the Manhasset High School SCA and is a longtime advi- sor to the Junior Coalition of the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer. I saw Ian Selig last May at the Leukemia


AT WORK Switching gears A


aron Taylor ’86 knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life when he was a


government major at Skidmore. “I wanted to go to Washington and work on a political cam- paign, maybe a presidential campaign,” he says. And yet, when he was invited to join the team running Al Gore’s vice presidential bid in 1992, he declined. So focused on politics was Taylor that he


was the youngest member of his hometown Democratic com- mittee in Simsbury, Conn. After Skidmore, he worked as a “driver and gofer” for the renowned DC political consult- ing firm Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly. “It was a way to pay your dues


and be positioned to get a job on Capitol Hill or with a national campaign,” he says. In fact he worked for Gore during his short-lived 1988 presidential run and spent another two years as special assistant to the Tennessee senator. But by the time he got the next call to work


for Gore, Taylor had started a job at the adver- tising firm Young & Rubicam in New York City after earning an MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. And he’s glad about that timing, He says his only regret was being so focused on one path for so long; “I’m much happier where I am now.” Today, Taylor is senior vice president of


marketing for ESPN, leading a department of 140 people. In his 15 years with the sports media conglomerate, he’s helped build the ESPN brand and “advance our relationship with sports fans,” he says.


As single-minded as he was as a Skidmore student, Taylor did complete a second major in business, which he says “opened my eyes to other possibilities” and helped when he started to question his career in politics. Also several Skidmore friends inspired him with their varied and successful careers. He says, “They're good, smart, fun friends.” —Jill U. Adams


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