Skip to main content

Cornell Class of 91
more options

Class Notes, 1995 March/April

March 1995

Thanks to the continuous advancements in technology, and I thanks to the fact that Cornell Magazine now has e-mail, thank you to the classmates who have used the service to tell us all about what they're doing. Kristen Markussen reported that she has moved to Fairbanks, AK, where she was promoted to a branch manager and loan officer for National Bank of Alaska. She said she loves Alaska, and has had the opportunity to travel all over the state as part of her job. Kris wrote that even when she went as far north as Barrow, a fellow alumnus approached her in the airport because she was wearing a Cornell sweatshirt.

Mark Adams sent news of the wedding of Aimee (Stone) and Greg Munsell at the historic Hildene House in Manchester, VT. Other classmates in attendance were Tom Easley, Hilary Thompson, Deborah Snoonian, Steven Feinleib, Scott Deutchman, Van Tankard, Joseph Cullon, and Melissa Arnold. Mark said "A good time was had by all," and Aimee and Greg went to Greece for their honeymoon.

Other reported Cornellian-marrying another-Cornellian weddings include those of Andrew Puzzio to Laura Leasburg '90; Heather Tatkon to Eric Powers '86; Sunish Shah to Chiara Puffer, and David Gitlin to Stephanie Marmelstein '90. Andrew and Laura were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in Richmond, VA in June 1994. Jeff Markowitz was the best man, Chris Casieri was a groomsman, and Jane Davenport '90 was a bridesmaid. Other alumni in attendance were Jamey Dumas, Alice Davenport, Robin Goldstein Baker '85, William C. Maier '87, Pam Lustig Stepp, PhD '93, Linda Coye '92, Amy Pearl '93, Jeremy Rosen '93, Priya Khosla '93, and Jen Hoblitzell '93. Andrew and Laura are living in Blacksburg, VA, where Laura is attending vet school at Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and Andrew is working for a non-profit environmental consulting firm.

Heather and Eric were married on Aug. 13, '94. Cathy James reported she was a bridesmaid, along with Mary "Mollie" Finch, while Rob Lee '86 and Neil Hillmer '86 were groomsmen. At the end of August, Sunish and Chiara were married in two culturally different weddings. The first, on August 28 in Edison, NJ, was a traditional Indian wedding with a Hindu ceremony. The second was September 4, and was a traditional American wedding at Sunish's parents' home in Berwyn, PA. Many classmates took time out from late-summer weekends to attend both weddings. Jose Irizarry was the best man, and his wife, Anita (Zeiba), was the matron of honor. The groomsmen included Jon Tuma, Brad Ginesin '92, Sam Yousif '92, Scott Mitchell, and Jurgen Luwald. Sunish and Chiara both work in New York City and they live in Hoboken. Sunish is an account executive in telecommunication sales; Chiara works at Prudential Mutual Funds as a production coordinator, printing brochures. Chiara, thanks for the compliments in your letter--it's always nice to hear from happy readers.

David and Stephanie were married at the ANA Hotel in Washington. David is now a third-year law student at the U. of Connecticut, where he is editor of the Law Review. Stephanie is an associate at Shipman & Goodwin, a Hartford law firm.

E-mail from the Navy reported members of the class who were recently selected for promotion to lieutenant of the US Navy: Sean Becker, Ed Bogdanowicz, Rob Cooley, Linda Craugh, Matt Dorr, T.P. Enders, Sean Ensign, Mollie Finch, Rob Greeley, Ned Hammond, Jeff Hyink, Scott Lewis, Keith Marburger, Chris J. Martin, Eric Schneider, and Steve Yodowitz. Congratulations to you all!

In related news, Thomas Bell wrote in about his active duty after graduation. He moved to Panama in June 1992 and worked as a communications platoon leader in Panama City for a year. Then he moved to the Atlantic side of the isthmus in June 1993 to work as communications officer for a light infantry battalion. Recently, his battalion was ordered to run one of the four Cuban camps there on the west bank of the Panama Canal as part of Operation Safe Haven, where he is now working as the communications officer for Camp 4, Operation Safe Haven.

Two more press releases arrived. One came from a law firm in Cleveland, OH, where Erica Calderas joined the firm Hahn Loeser & Parks as an associate. Erica will be practicing in the litigation area. The other report announced that Michele Slobod joined the international law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery in Chicago as an associate in the corporate department.

That's all she wrote for now. Keep reporting, keep sending, and keep emailing. *Melanie Bloom, 401 E. 80th St., #24D, NYC 10021.

April 1995

Among the ranks of classmates whose lives have been changing is Carolyn Richmond, who completed her JD from the New York law school last spring. While there, Carolyn served as an editor for the Law Review and as a research assistant to Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union. Debbie Best also earned her JD last spring, from the U. of Puget Sound law school. And John Calandra, JD '91 has joined the litigation department of McDermott, Will, & Emery, an international law firm with offices in more than a half-dozen cities in this country as well as in Tallinn, Estonia, and Vilnius, Lithuania. John works in the New York City office.

Cecile Belaman wrote from London to inform us that she was leaving her position with Hospitality Valuation Services International to take a position in the mergers and acquisitions division of J.P. Morgan. Cecile had worked for HVS in both NYC and London. Alan Chien wrote from closer to home that he has taken a new job working in digital image processing for Eastman Kodak's commercial and government systems division in Rochester, NY. Alan earned his MEng degree in electrical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., while working for GE Aerospace in Utica, NY. And, Keith McAfee was headed in the reverse direction, leaving his job at Ryde Distribution Resources in Birmingham, AL, to attend the U. of Texas for his MBA

Of course, no column would be complete without news of numerous weddings. Victoria Scotto wrote with news of one, that of Amy (Wefer) and John Faucher '92 in August. Andrea (Belusko) married Capt. Michael Hertzendorf (Ithaca College '89) in September 1993. Alumni in attendance included Liza Jones, Suzanne Schafer. Ariane Schreiber, Eric Bluman, Ryan Cote, Ernest Joynt, Patricia Beal Hough, Deana Belusko '93, Jim Winnick '93, Julia Lenuzza '92, and Shawna Brennan '93. Several attendees at Andrea's wedding have themselves been wed since then. Amy (Lawrence) and Alex Flueck married in July1994,as did JenTauras and Mike Twining '90. Andrea and Michael have moved to Fort Hood, TX, where Andrea is a nutritionist for the Federal Women, Infant, Children (WIC) program. Andrea does counseling and teaches classes. Todd Zielinski, who works for a bank in Buffalo, NY, and Bozena Jachna, a medical student at Harvard, wrote in independently with news of Nicole Luecke's marriage to Chris Selley this past May. Todd said that he saw Brian Schilling, Christopher Casieri, Andy Kimmel, Andre Bourghol, Brian Sachar, and Christopher Scinto at the wedding. Bozena also reported the July marriage of Meg (Chen) and Jason Spielman, which took place at Sage Chapel. (Gee, it seems that our class prefers July weddings to the traditional June!) Finally, Steven Closter married Melissa Blatt in December 1993, and Caitlin (Appold) married Matthew Fry '90 in May 1994. Heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to all of the couples!

Well, that's all for this month. Keep the letters and notes coming, so we can all share in news of your lives. *Howard Stein, 600 Warren Rd., #3-2D, Ithaca, NY 14850; telephone (607) 257-3922

Follow us on facebook
Follow cornell91 on Twitter