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Class Notes, 2015 September/October

September/October 2015

It's hard to believe it, but we are heading toward our 25th Reunion this coming June! Reunion chair Jeff Weintraub, MD '95 is working hard to plan for the big event. We want to encourage as many of our classmates as possible to attend and make the event a success. We have already seen a good amount of activity on our class Facebook page (http://www. as the excitement for Reunion builds. Please visit the page for updates. We are pleased to let you know that we have two new additions to our class officer group. Eric Rosario and Tim Vanini have graciously volunteered to serve on the class council. They will be assisting with our local efforts to encourage more classmates to visit Ithaca during Reunion Weekend.

Ellen Pospischil Bildsten, BArch '91, has recently established a new architecture studio called Bildsten Architecture and Planning ( in Santa Barbara, CA, after working for 12 years at her partnership architecture firm, Bildsten+Sherwin Design Studio. Ellen's current studio is focused on affordable multifamily and community-oriented projects. Michael Fisher joined M/A/R/C Research, a market research and consulting firm, as their director of strategy in January 2014. Michael and his wife, Anne-Marie, have been living in Evanston, IL, for more than ten years with their two girls, Jennifer, 11, and Marisa, 10. He recalls the value of strong friendships and hard work at Cornell and would like to hear from his old friend Nhat Bui. David Kleidermacher was recently named chief security officer at Blackberry. He works in the Pleasanton, CA, office. David's security expertise is considerable, spanning more than 20 years in strategy and product engineering. He has also written extensively about security for embedded systems.

Richard and Sabrina Strickland Fertig live in New York City. Sabrina is working as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine ( and is an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. She and Richard have three daughters, Alexandra, 13, and twins Natasha and Victoria, 8, all of whom attend the Fieldston School in Riverdale, NY. Susan Rosenblatt-Schumacher is a full-time veterinarian at Kindness Animal Hospital in Waltham, MA. In her spare time, she has taken up sewing and has also opened an antique booth in Chester, VT, part-time. She believes that Vermont has such a rich history and that the antiques tell some of its stories. Last year, she and her husband, Charles, bought a log cabin in Rockingham, VT, where they are enjoying getting back in touch with nature, being stewards of the land, and protecting wildlife. She also enjoys driving down quintessential Vermont roads and admiring the metal sap buckets hanging off the maple trees. Did you know it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup?

Hallie Goldman Hohner recently decided to take a break from being a lawyer. She was practicing affirmative action law at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Now she is focusing on her mom duties and taking acting and singing lessons. She and her husband, Doug '92, ME '93, have two children, Nate, 12, and Caroline, 10. They live in Chicago and have trips planned to South Africa, London, and Italy. Hallie is also a Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN) volunteer, and she is excited to report that some of the students she spoke with were recently admitted to Cornell. She also spends a lot of time working out at CrossFit. Ben Stewart (Santa Rosa, CA) is enjoying his work as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch. He has been focused on developing relationships in the dental and medical doctor markets. He has a son, age 13, who plays lacrosse and the trumpet and attends the Summerfield Waldorf School. In Ben's spare time, he has been doing Bikram yoga, playing golf, and maintaining a proper life perspective.

Lisa Epstein Jay is a preschool teacher in Montebello, NY. Her oldest son recently graduated high school and is heading to the U. of Maryland. She and her husband, Russell, have three children, ages 13, 16, and 18. She is happy to have kept in touch with many classmates. Liz Mirabile-Levens is a pulmonary/critical care physician in Cheshire, CT. She enjoys skiing in the winter and triathlons in the summer. She lives with her husband, Doug Levens '92, and sons Peter, 13, and Eric, 11. Toby Handler, MD '95, is a urologist in Garden City, NY, at Uro Care Assocs. of NYPC. She recalls the importance of friends at Cornell and would love to hear from classmates Pauline Dominh, Julie Dugoff, Jackie Flake, and Tina Hernandez.

Please keep the updates coming! Visit, or send any of us a quick e-mail. You can also visit our class website (http://cornellclassof and our Facebook page (http://www. to stay up to date on news of our class. *Tom Greenberg, twg22@; Wendy Coburn,; Charles Wu,

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