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Class Notes, 2000 May/June

91 Greetings from the Hill. My plea for news has paid off--we've received tons of news and e-mails this time around, but before we begin I'd like to bring you up to speed on some important bits of information. First and foremost, effective this January, Dan Kim stepped in as our new class president. We thank Dan for taking a lead role, on only short notice, in helping our class to deliver a successful agenda, including our 10th Reunion (next year already! ). Which brings us to -- REUNION! Jeff Weintraub, MD '95, would like to remind us all that it is never too soon to plan for your trip to Cornell for our 10th Reunion, June 7-10, 2001 (Thursday-Sunday). Start making your travel arrangements today! We'll keep you posted on those details as we know more. Finally, the class of 1991 has a functioning website. The address is: (time to update your bookmarks! ). Dan and Jeff have asked everyone to check the site on a regular basis, so hopefully we'll develop a dynamic site that contains lots of useful stuff. Now, let's get back to your updates.

Seth and Shelly Hood Briskin were married June 6, '99 in Cleveland, OH. Says Shelly, "I had no idea Seth was going to propose. We went to Cornell for the weekend during the summer of 1998, supposedly to meet up with a group of our fellow alums. Instead, he had secretly planned out the whole weekend for just the two of us, beginning with a proposal on Friday night at the Chapter House, the site of our first date almost nine years ago! " Tons of Cornell alumni were at their wedding, including: Alissa Moore, MBA '98, Daniel Appelbaum, Robert Bernstein, Rebecca Shilling, Laura Fricke Main, Christine Perkins, Lisa Dell and Joseph Deluca (who were just married in October), Karen Roberts Sessions, Matt Joseph, Marcus Tauber, Lawrence Ireland, Kimberly Scott Baxter, Allison McMorris, Kevin Klipstein, Neil Einhorn, Tom Wilten, Kenny Roban, Dave, MPA '92, and Ruth Hiller Peck, DVM '95, Margaret Showel, BS Eng '92, Kenny and Elissa Wasserberger Miller '92, Tom Baker '90, MA '91, and Brendan Kelly.

Kimberly Scamman, BS '92, wrote to tell us about her marriage to fellow Cornellian and agricultural engineer, Robert LaDue '93. Kimberly said that although they shared schools and majors, she never knew Robert while they were at Cornell. Kimberly and Robert currently reside in Maine. Laura Seymann and Jonathan Beinner were married this past year. Laura is an instructor and internship coordinator in the film and television department of the Tisch School of Arts at New York U.; her husband works for Goldman Sachs. Betty Ng, an assistant vice president for marketing in the New York office of the Industrial Bank of Japan, married Laurence Beckler this past October. On the same day, fellow class of 1991 alum, Ariane Schreiber, JD '96, married Jeffrey Horn in beautiful Nantucket, MA. Ariane has been working as an associate in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, a Los Angeles law firm. Congratulations to all our class of 1991 newlyweds!

Ben Stewart, currently living in Manhattan Beach, CA, writes to tell us he is studying for his MBA at USC Marshall School of Business. Ben expects to be done in May of 2001. Tak-Keung Duncan Chui, ME I '92, is currently the senior investment manager at Transpac Capital Group, doing direct investments in Asia. Duncan is also the current chairman of the Cornell Club in Hong Kong and runs into many fellow alumni. He asks that you all check out the club's current website ( and stop by when you are in town.

Philip Mekelburg recently sold his business, Art & Soul, to the wife of classmate Gavin Davis, BA '92. Phil started Art & Soul, an arts and crafts café, in Atlanta upon graduation. Phil, a native of Long Island, bumped into my husband, Mark Cisz, on the Long Island Railroad in early February. Apparently Phil is contemplating offers from a number of Internet start-ups in New York City and Atlanta. He also wrote to let us know that he had dinner with Greg Sutton, MBA '95, who was in Atlanta on business. On another trip to NYC, Phil had the opportunity to meet up with Jordan Blackman, Adam Fiterstein, and Donna Myers '93. After completing a tour as a Navy flight surgeon, Kimberly Jordan has moved to Florida to resume a residency in family practice at the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. Edward Barry completed his MBA from the Darden School at the U. of Virginia this past May. He has taken a position with Ernst & Young in San Francisco.

Ronald Weisenberg joined the law firm of Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz in New York last November. Ronald specializes in litigation/labor and employment practices. He received his JD from Fordham U. school of law after graduating from Cornell's Industrial & Labor Relations school. Scott Berniker was married to Michelle Davis in November. Scott is currently employed by American Express in NYC. Scott and Michelle joined Mark and me recently at a party hosted by Todd Gottesman, MBA '92, on Long Island. It was wonderful to get together with friends we haven't seen in a long time. Yvette Auyeung stopped over for bagels one Sunday to spend some time with us and our recently-turned-1-year-old son Bryan. Yvette is still working with a NYC law firm and is anxiously looking forward to our class reunion.

We got a call from Carla (Farina) and Les Bihari '89, BS Ag '91, in February. After their extensive tour of Europe, Carla and Les have finally returned to the US to settle in beautiful Boston, MA. Les is working with an Internet start-up company and Carla is currently mulling over a couple of offers in her field of nutrition. Andrea Belusko Hertzendorf is happy to report that she and husband Mike (Ithaca College '89) have welcomed Caitlin Ann into their Savannah, GA, home. Caitlin was born on June 12, '98. The big decision remains: at which college in Ithaca will Caitlin be a member of the class of 2020? The Hertzendorf clan will be moving to Ft. Campbell, KY, in May, courtesy of the US Army. Steve Kovacs, BA '92, sent us a note to tell us that things have been very busy lately in the Kovacs home in Rye, NY. Steve and wife Laura celebrated the birth of their first child, Christopher Stephen, on June 27. Steve graduated with his MBA from Columbia U. this past May and is currently a vice president for BNP Capital Markets, LLC.

Thank you to everyone who mailed/e-mailed updates and alumni sightings! 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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