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CLASS NOTES
CLASS NOTES
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50 summer 2014 | St. Lawrence University Magazine
1984
Julie Parker '84
31 East Reid Place
Verona, NJ 07044
973-857-2142
Next Reunion: 35th, 2019 (Cluster with '83, '85)
There hasn’t beenmuch news fromour classmates
since the last issue, so please pass on your news
, from winter get-togethers and ski/snowboard
trips to summer travel plans and vacations, and let
us know about the St. Lawrence alumni you have
run into along the way.
I did hear from
Laura Curley Pendergast
, who
“co-stars” with husband Jim and daughter Char-
lotte in a segment about their paralyzed dog,
Junior, and the adventures of having a paralyzed
dog in a wheelchair along with a young child. The
piece is part of ABC’s “Born to Rescue,” and was
filmed at the family’s summer home in Maine. The
initial airing was inmid-May, but you can check lo-
cal listings for additional air dates.
Eric Miller
has been
hired by LT Public Rela-
tions as managing direc-
tor of its new Los Ange-
les Office. The Portland,
Ore., company special-
izes in the financial and
professional
services
sector. Eric lives in Los
Angeles, and brings 20
years of financial public
relations experience and
a deep knowledge of local markets. He has held
high-profile positions at top public relations and
financial services firms such as Weber Shandwick,
FTI Consulting and Financial Profiles, and has led
award-winning campaigns across numerous in-
dustries. He’s also an adjunct professor at USC’s
Annenberg School for Communications, where
he teaches corporate public relations and inves-
tor relations at the graduate level, and is active in
several industry associations and advisory boards
in Southern California.
1985
Cary Regan Keigher ’85
1 MacPherson Drive
Greenwich, CT 03860
203-622-5030
Next Reunion: 35th, 2019 (Cluster with '83, '84)
1986
Joy Ciarcia-Levy ’86
26 Sherbrooke Rd.
Hartsdale, NY 10530
914-591-1936
Next Reunion: 30
th
, 2017 (Cluster with '87, '88)
Please send me your news! Message me on Face-
book or email me.
I attended the 50th birthday party for
Lynda
LaMonte Garmong
. She is a partner and director
of communications and marketing at John Dun-
ham and Associates, an economic research firm
based in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is also in the middle of
writing a book on how a small business can sur-
vive in the digital age.
Heidi Bauer
has moved to Nantucket and ac-
cepted a job as project administrator, handling all
of the Town contracts.
Steve Amick
has had some crazy luck with sto-
ries since the year began--four magazine sales,
the big one being to Francis Ford Coppola's
magazine
Zoetrope:All-Story
(“been trying there
for 15 years, since he started it,” Steve said.) And,
he somehow officiated at one of the "pioneer
300" Michigan same-sex marriages that histori-
cally slipped through the two-day window when
they were legal there. As he tells it, he had about
20 minutes’ notice and two hours of sleep and
was down in front of the courthouse, his wife and
son holding him up and passing him coffee, and
the
New York Times
photographer clicking away....
One of the grooms was a childhood friend and
Steve happened to have filed years ago for Uni-
versal Life church ordination.
1987
Elizabeth Solomon Hubbard ’87
2761 Bernard Place
Evanston, IL 60201
847-864-2821
Next Reunion: 30
th
, 2017 (Cluster with '86, '88)
Global law firm Nixon Peabody has tapped one
of its top trial lawyers,
Scott O’Connell
, to co-
lead its 300-attorney litigation team. Scott’s ex-
perience falls primarily within three areas of risk
to business: class action defense; corporate crisis
intervention; and organization governance and
fiduciary disputes. Based in New England, most
recently he led the firm’s commercial litigation
practice. In his new role, he helps lead more
than 300 attorneys who counsel clients through
government investigations, intellectual prop-
erty protection, product defense, commercial
litigation and a vast range of disputes and trials.
A graduate of Cornell Law School, Scott dedi-
cates substantial time to pro bono matters and
founded the Nixon Peabody Domestic Protec-
tion Team, which helps victims of domestic
violence secure protective orders against their
abusers. He and Susan Jacobs O’Connell ’86 are
the parents of Brandon ’16.
David Platzker
, curator of drawing and prints at
the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York,
was on campus in mid-April to present a public
lecture in Griffiths Arts Center. The title of his talk,
which was supported by the Cashin Endowmen-
for Fine Arts, was“Drawing on Dan Graham.”
1988
Susie Somerville Swindell ’88
173Weed Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
203-966-4695
Next Reunion: 30
th
, 2017 (Cluster with '86, '87)
Ned
and
Lindsey Truscott Breslin
are still living
in Denver, Col., with their two daughters. Ned is
the CEO of Water For People, an unconventional
international humanitarian non-profit focused
on safe drinking water and improved sanitation
development in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
He is widely published, has a podcast series with
the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is
doing a considerable amount of public speaking,
including a keynote spot at SXSW in March. Ned
was recently interviewed on BBC’s World Service
Business Daily segment titled “Doing Good and
Cashing In.”
Lindsey is the senior research associate at the
Denver office of Drug Strategy. She conducts re-
search to increase knowledge and help inform
policy and practice around substance use and
misuse in Denver.
Laura Couchey Abate
lives in a restored 1850
farmhouse in Brunswick, N.Y., with her husband,
Tony, and their two boys. After many years as
an academic coordinator for college-level ESL
programs and then providing professional de-
velopment for teachers of English language
learners all over upstate New York, she is now
back in the trenches as an ESL teacher in theWa-
tervliet schools. Laura loves her job helping kids
adjust to a new language and culture. She gets
together with
Pablo
and
Brenda Conine Davis
several times a year, since they live only a couple
of hours west, and has visited
Sara Norman
in
South Carolina.
Having weathered a tough winter in Harvard,
Mass.,
Ted MacMahon
ran in his 18
th
Boston
Marathon in April, and is planning on a couple
of 50-milers later this year. Ted reported that he
made it to three St. Lawrence hockey games last
season – wins in all!
Since the last time he wrote,
Tim Baker
contin-
ued his overseas development odyssey from Iraq
to Afghanistan with time in Africa (Liberia, Kenya,
Egypt) and elsewhere before finally returning to
the U.S. a couple of years ago. He has bought a
sailboat in the Florida Keys and has been living
aboard and working as an independent consul-
tant since. He sends his very best to the SLU Class
of 1988!
Richard Wright
lives in Montego Bay, Jamaica,
and is the general manager/owner of Milbrooks
Resort Limited and Campmillbrook. He reports
that SLU geology professor Antun Husinec was
there in March on a field trip with some geology
students. Richard’s interests include creating a
research center for biotechnology, researching
medicinal plants and also soliciting funds to build
a science/history museum.
This spring,
Shirley Howard Miller
and
Don-
nette Chambers Threats
met up for their annual
“besties’ birthday celebration,” a fun-filled family
event. Shirley, who married Donnette’s cousin, an
engineer, resides in Virginia and is a senior com-
munications liaison for the EPA. When she’s not
working, she is busy with her children’s school
and extracurricular activities including scouting
and mixed martial arts. Donnette (whose sister
married Shirley’s cousin) also married an engi-
neer. They live in sunny Florida, where she is vice
president for Hospice. Their daughter attends
Flagler College.
Drawing from her SLU lacrosse and theater days,
Heather Keleher Maxey
recently founded one
of the fastest-growing lacrosse programs in New
England: South Shore Sticks, which has had a
great impact on the girls’ lacrosse community on
Boston's South Shore. Heather left the corporate
world to pursue a career in coaching and, when
not on the field, she’s at home chasing her three
kids around.
Erik DiPaolo
lives in Newport Beach, Calif., with
his wife, Kathleen, and their three children, ages
12-17. He sees quite a bit of
Ben Warner
, who
lives nearby and enjoyed skiing in Alta, Utah, last
January with
Nick Stevenson, John Butsch, Pe-
ter Jette, Karl Spaeth
and Andrew Callen ’93.
Sheila Kirk Walsh
lives in Austin, Texas, with
her husband, Michael. They moved from NYC
about nine years ago when her husband re-
ceived a graduate fellowship at the University of
Texas. She works as a writer, editor and teacher.
Her reviews and essays have appeared in news-
papers, such as the
San Francisco Chronicle
and
the
New York Times
.
"Kirk” is also at work on a novel. And in May, her
essay about the
New Yorker
author Julie Hayden
was included as an introduction to the story col-
lection
The Lists of the Past,
by Pharos Editions
(and selected by Cheryl Strayed.) Kirk discovered
Hayden's work through a
New Yorker
podcast
about Hayden's story "Day-Old Baby Rats," select-
ed and recorded by Lorrie Moore ’78.
When not writing, Kirk and Michael enjoy travel-
ing. They were in Belfast, Northern Ireland, last
summer and hiked Big Bend National Park in west
Texas this spring.
1989
Debbie Burdette Ritter ’89
525 Moorefield Road
Springfield, OH 45502
937-399-2516
Next Reunion: 30th, 2020
I hate to begin this column with the sad news that
Joe Teresi
passed away frombrain cancer in early
February. A resident of Brighton, N.Y., Joe was an
owner and partner of Commercial Insurance Con-
sultants and served on the Rochester Business
Council and the board of theYMCA. He is survived
by his wife, Gina; his daughter, Alyssa; and his son,
Michael. There’s a memorial notice in“In Memory.”
My condolences to Joe’s family and friends.
Habari Gani?
(Swahili for "What's the News?")
Alex Eaton '08
(KSP fall ’06) and
Margot Brooks '08
were recently profiled
in
Adirondack Explorer
newsmagazine for purchasing land near Jay, N.Y., in
2012. The pair have launched Sugarhouse Creamery, an operational cheese
farm. Read the full article at
/
new-crop-farmers).
Allison Paludi ’14
(KSP spring ’12) has accepted a position in Bujagali Falls,
Uganda, working as the project manager and volunteer coordinator at the
S.O.U.L. Foundation (
. "This is the same organi-
zation where I was based for my KSP independent study," she wrote. "Need-
less to say, I am overwhelmingly excited to head back to East Africa!” For
more great news about Allison, see "On Campus."
Jeremy Epstein
(University of Colorado, KSP spring ’03) was in touch from
Boulder, Colo., to say that for the past four years he has worked“for Boulder
County, designing and implementing energy efficiency programs. I recently
accepted a new job with a company that does finance consulting for clean
energy and energy efficiency.”
Brian Hetzel ’02, M ’04
(KSP fall ’00) writes,“I am part of a small consulting
firm which I helped to establish in West Hartford, Conn. We are in our first
year, helping place students in independent schools and colleges. As fate
would have it, one of my partners is also a SLU grad, Class of 1964!”
In fall 2013,
Katie Gauthier Donnelly ’04
(KSP fall ’02) became pro-
gram manager for the Center for Global Citizenship at St. Louis Univer-
sity. She is responsible for overseeing the CGC's activities and working
with academic and student development units throughout the univer-
sity to develop programming.
After living in NewYork City for three years, last fall
Erik Rodriguez ’02
(KSP
fall ’01) bought a house in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He was hoping to attend
the KSP anniversary celebration on ReunionWeekend.
A February article in
Business Daily Africa
, titled “Women double incomes
in joint kiosks ownership project,” highlights the work of The BOMA Project
in northern Kenya. Kathleen Colson ’79 (KSP spring ’78) is BOMA’s CEO and
co-founder.
Jonathan King ’96
(KSP spring ’95),
Elizabeth Trenchard King ’97
, and
their two young sons recently returned home to Anchorage, Alaska, from a
three-week trip in Nicaragua. “We are very proud of Ethan (4th grade) and
Alden (Kindergarten); they relished the challenge as we dragged them up
volcanoes, across lakes and rivers, and through the jungle,”they said.
Asana Hamidu ’15
and
Madeleine Wong
, assistant professor of global
studies, have been selected to receive a Fellows Program award through
St. Lawrence’s Center for International and Intercultural Studies to con-
duct summer research in Asana’s home country of Ghana on Ghanaian
transnational families and the impacts of separation on local households.
Read more about this project and Asana’s own journey to the U.S. in the
SLU News
study-transnationals).
Be sure to check out (and join!) KSP’s Facebook page if you haven’t already
/#).
As always, your news and photos are welcome. I look forward to hearing
from you. Tutaonana!
−John Linsley ’04 (KSP fall ’02)
169 Perkins Row | Topsfield, MA 01983 | (978) 500-6342 |
Enjoying a moment on the beach in Bluefields, Jamaica, are Steve
Alexander '03 (KSP fall '02); his wife, Marianne; and their son, Arlo.
The Alexanders were in Jamaica last fall while Steve completed field
work for his Ph.D. studies at the University of Waterloo.
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