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Class Notes, 1999 May/June

Greetings from the Hill! We have lots of news, so let's get started! Meredith Clark Sachoy sends news from Cambridge, MA, where she works for Goldman Sachs after finishing graduate school at MIT's Sloan School of Management. She recently saw Ruth Ann Keene, JD '98, and Lisa Dale, BA '92, in Colorado, where they reunited for a week on the ski slopes. Sandra Stroope Dupcak, also in Massachusetts, reports she is still working on a doctorate in clinical psychology. Although it's a large state, Kathleen Gapp and husband Matthew Sherman can also be found on the Boston streets. Matthew is working as an engineer for a heavy construction company and the couple keeps in touch with Jeffrey Loiter and wife Aimee, who recently bought a home.

Nicole Bisagni Deltoro sends word from Florida, where she works as a consultant for Romac International in Ft. Lauderdale. As the president of the Cornell Club of the Gold Coast, Nicole sees tons of alumni every week! Alumni news close to her heart include that of two Cornellian births! Tammy Blum Ross and husband Mitch were blessed with baby Joely in April 1998; and Sumaya El-Ashry Ali and husband Asif had baby Zane in January 1998. Jon Krumerman and wife Caren are currently in Texas and announce the birth of daughter Mia. Jon is halfway through his training in a neurosurgery residency, busy as a new dad and resident. Laura Fricke Main and husband Doug send news from Newtown, CT, where their son Douglas celebrated his 1st birthday in April 1998! The couple enjoys being parents and Laura writes, "It certainly enhances work as a teacher and is extremely rewarding and fulfilling! " Diane Roseman sends news from Pasadena, CA, where she is currently taking time off from school to care for her 15-month-old son. Diane finds this job more "challenging and interesting than graduate school! "

Jennifer E. Green Seltzer and husband Cliff announce the birth of son Maxwell Jarred. Elin Piorkowski Barton and husband John announce the birth of daughter Zoe Karina, born in November 1997. Elin worked in Prague with Deborah Michaels and Kirsten Lodge. Elin left Prague two years ago, but Deborah and Kirsten are still there and loving it! Elin reports, "Being a mom is the hardest job I've held so far--but it is also the most fun! " Lisa Epstein Jay and husband Russell live in New York City and enjoy their son, Jaled Maxwell Jay, born Mar. 21, '97! Lisa is working part-time at New York U. in order to spend time with her son. The couple keeps in touch with Linda Keenan, Christina (Hohn) and Scott Schissel, and Rachel Laiserin, all living in the NYC area. We received an e-mail from Alix Mellis Brown and husband Jim announcing the birth of their second son, Maxfield Barrett Brown, born on Jan. 11, '99, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. We hear that son James Sylvester Brown (aka Jack) is quite thrilled and excited to have a new little brother! Congratulations to our new families!

Wedding bells were ringing for Megan McNealy and Michael Graves on May 9, '98, in the California Wine Country. Cornellians in attendance included Carla Johnson, Shay Livingston, Margaret Showel, BS Eng '92, Lisa Strope, Donna Bosshardt Abreu '90, BS Eng '92, Alissa Moore, MBA '98, and Susan Sidner Carlebach. Sharlyn Carter wed William Heslam (Middlebury '91) on Oct. 3, '98. Cornellians in attendance at the Hyannisport, Cape Cod wedding included bridesmaid Cynthia (Lee) and her husband Jimmy Dow, as well as fellow Delta Gammas Amy Gellert, Debbie Fine, Hilary Nagler, Felise Feingold, and Stephanie Vroom '90. Kevin Drumm '92, a law school classmate of Shar's, was a big hit on the dance floor! David O'Connor sends news of his marriage to Cathy Kray. The couple lives in Arizona and David is a financial analyst for Intel Corp. since completing an MBA at Carnegie Mellon U. Matt Dorr was part of the wedding party! Wedding bells were also ringing for Paula Burdett, MBA '94, and Gabriel Rusu in November 1997 in New Haven, CT, on the Long Island Sound. Bridesmaids included Ann Szigethy '90 and Tracey Malloy Frazzetta '92. Among other Cornellians in attendance were Jim Conti '88, MBA '89, Sameer Desai, Heather George, Samir Khanjar, Russell MacAdam, MEE '92, Bill Munze, M. Joseph Riordan, Karen Schmeidler, Joan (Kochan) and Mike Schade, and Gary S. Wojcik. Congratulations to all of our brides and grooms!

Daniel Markofsky is currently in Boulder, CO, where he joined a new law firm in Denver, Thompson and Zall, LLC, and practices in commercial real estate and business. He skied with Dave Schmier in Vail and sat on the beach in Miami with Horacio Gutierrez '92! Attention all skiers! Scott J. Peterson, MPA '92, sends word from Vermont, where he is currently a public relations manager at Sugarbush Resort! Wendy Sievenpiper Beck and husband Jeremy write from Williamsville, NY. Wendy started a new job as a dentist at Gowanda Correctional Facility in addition to her private practice. Wendy and Jeremy were wed in September 1997 and alumni in attendance included Tara (Robinson) and Mike Barone '94, and Tiffany Robinson VanDerWerf. Karen Lauster-Berniker, also living in NY, is currently a vocational counselor at the Epilepsy Inst. in NYC with an area of focus in cognitive rehabilitation. Karen married Mark Berniker on Sept. 20, '97, and is convinced that "life is 10 percent what happens to her and 90 percent how she reacts to it! "

Stephen M. Jones sends news from St. Louis, MO. He visited Lisa Ryan in NYC and saw Susan Lipetz in St. Louis before she headed to Melbourne, Australia, for a two-year job relocation. Amy Lipetz is also working in St. Louis for Ralston Purina Co. David H. Ratner is working as a senior software engineer at in Santa Barbara after graduating with a PhD in computer science from U. of California, LA in January 1998. David married Darcy Richardes in November 1997 and alums in attendance included Tony DiRubbo, Dustin Moskowitz, Mary Ciotoli, and Jayme Ratner '84. Marc-David Seidel, BA '90, MBA '91, is busy in Austin, TX, where he started his second Internet service, entitled A Bell Tolls, which provides impartial long-distance rate comparisons. He is also still operating his first Internet service, Airlines of the Web, where visitors can get free lowfare searches on most airlines in the world. David is also a professor of management at U. of Texas, Austin, and in his free time spends an afternoon with Dave Quick, MBA'92, sailing on Canyon Lake or keeping in touch with J. Desloge '92 and Peter Joson '93.

Beth Bechky will be moving from San Francisco to Pennsylvania to start a new position as an assistant professor at the Wharton School, U. of Pennsylvania, after finishing a PhD in organizational behavior at Stanford U. Before leaving California, Beth met up with fellow alums on a day trip to Sonoma with good friends, lots of wine, and good food! Tamar Cohen, Jason Rardin '92, Kate Reynolds '95, and Kevin T. Kennedy '94 were all up for the adventure! Beth may run into Susan Geringer, who will be starting an executive MBA program at Wharton! Paul Caplan, also in California, can be found working as a partnership manager for Centralink and in his free time is hanging out with S. K.-Y. "Steve" Chang, who is giving massage in San Francisco.

That is all the news we have room for! Thank you to everyone who mailed updates and alumni sightings! Happy 1999 and keep smiling, stay happy, and keep the news flowing! --Linda Moerck-Cisz, 264 Carpenter Ave., Sea Cliff, NY 11579; e-mail,; and Kevin Lemanowicz, 3 Byron's Way, Franklin, MA 02038; e-mail,

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