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Class Notes, 2009 November/December

Thanks for sharing your news so we have something to write about in our class column! Judy Corrigan Hartke (Glenwood, NY) is a wildlife artist, working with galleries throughout the US, art shows, calendar companies, card companies, and commissions. You can check out her work at Wow! She enjoys boating and camping, and like many parents, she stays busy with her daughter's activities (soccer, dance, etc.). Beach parties at AGR are among her fondest memories. She would love to hear from Deb Schmitt Carman '90. Elin Piorkowski Barton is owner and managing director of White Knight Productions, a video production company in Binghamton, NY. In addition to work, Elin has been studying Parelli Natural Horsemanship, taking care of four horses and two children. She has great memories of having coffee and long conversations with friends at Café Decadence on Libe Slope. She would love to hear from Veronique LaCapra.

On his way to Ireland is Kristen Billiar. He is an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Inst. He received tenure last year and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study the mechanics of nano-structured biomaterials in Galway this year. Kelly Palumbo is an ob/gyn in New Castle, PA. Richard Lee is a physician in New Jersey. He and wife Wun-Ye Jiu have two young children, 4-1/2 and 2-1/2. He misses the amazing summers at Cornell. Diane Solowsky Watson is chief administrative officer for the corporate finance division of Houlihan Lokey, an investment bank. She has been with them since she graduated from Cornell. Very impressive! She enjoys living in California and helped to celebrate the 40th birthday of Joanne Maurno in San Francisco, where they were hosted by Jenny Sherwood.

Congratulations are in order as more classmates expand their families. Patrick '90 and Lori Attanasio Woodring welcomed their fourth daughter, Lia Chelsea, on Oct. 25, 2008 in London. Chelsea joins big sisters Isabella, 5, Tessa, 5, and Siena, 3. In addition to working as an attorney at Barlett, Hackett, Feinberg PC in Boston, Kimberly Martin-Epstein keeps busy with diapers, bottles, and sing-alongs for Beatrix, who celebrated her first birthday in September. Speaking of sing-alongs, Kimberly has fond memories of being "a singin' fool in the Touchtones" during her Cornell days. On June 30, 2009 Andrew Stifel and wife Amanda welcomed son William to the family. His big sister is Emma, 3. Geneva "Viva" Chong is a research ecologist, US Geological Survey in Jackson, WY. She is also the Town of Jackson planning commissioner and a mom. She would love to hear from Kristen "Tuesday" Miller or anyone who was on the Cornell ski team (1987-91).

Catherine Reese has been a veterinary surgeon at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston for ten years; she is also the director of the surgery residency program. Cathy added a job as mom of Joseph Patrick, born Aug. 26, 2008. She enjoys gardening, tries to play softball once a week, and vacationed in Aruba. Playing with the club softball team at Cornell (before it became a varsity sport) is one of her fondest memories. She would love to hear from Jo Ann Rodriguez Salzarulo '90, her former roommate at Alpha Phi. Steve Carano (Boulder, CO) is a software engineer in image processing and, like most of us, would rather spend more time with his spouse and kids. He spends much of his free time swimming, biking, and running to prepare for triathlons. Way to go, Steve! He would like to hear from Jerry Cabradilla '90. Also in Colorado, Robert Dunlap is a senior control systems engineer for Stanley Consultants, a power and energy consulting company in Centennial, CO. He and wife Heather enjoy playing with their daughter, 1. In addition, he has been building a raised bed garden and visiting family in New York. Robert has memories of all the great folks he spent time with at Cornell. In particular, he would like to hear from John Martin and John Park.

Remember to join the Facebook group for the Cornell Class of 1991. You can stay in touch with classmates and reconnect with all of your old Cornell friends! The group is open to anyone on the Cornell network (not just '91 grads); however, you do need a Cornell e-mail address to join. Learn about our classmates, see old and new photos, and stay informed about plans for our next reunion . . . which is just around the corner. We hope to see you on Facebook soon! You can find instructions on the homepage:

Keep sharing your news and we will include it in our column! You can provide updates about work, travels, family, or other things happening in your life--both the successes and the challenges; or write us about anything Cornell-related--visits to campus, classmates you've seen or contacted, favorite memories, etc. No engagements or pregnancies, please; wedding and birth announcements welcome. Contact us via e-mail, through the link on our class website,, or on the news form in our class mailings! Kathryn Kraus Bolks,; Sharlyn Carter Heslam,; Ariane Schreiber Horn,

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