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KEN@ • PLACE • SCHOOL Congratulates the Class of 2010

Kent Place School • 42 Norwood Avenue • Summit, NJ 07902-0308 908.273.0900 •



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37 development & alumnae relations

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cover Kent Place “Lifers,” students who have been at Kent Place for 13 or more years, pose on the Primary School playground prior to the 116th Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2010. This is the largest group of lifers in KPS history, representing 25 percent of the graduating class. Lifers include: (back, l to r) Claire Marsden, Brooke Raphalian, Daniela Quintanilla, Lisa Kretsge, Allison Youngdahl; (middle, l to r) Rachel Uhlman, Kelsey Landers, Suzanne Brown, Caroline Klinger, Zayba Abdulla; (front, l to r) Jacqueline Taylor, Carlisle Uhlman, Maya Hinton-Smith, Chelsea Durgin, Kenya Graham, Rachel Landau, Diana Ansbacher, Addison Benthien. Photo by Kathy Cacicedo

credits Editor Aimee Bousquet Singer ’88 Class Notes Ann Wood Contributors Ryan LaMountain, Rachel M. Naggar Professional Photography Judi Benvenuti, Pete Byron, Kathy Cacicedo, Alex Cena Art Direction Abbie Moore Reiter ’83 Printing


Kent Place School is an independent, nonsectarian, college-preparatory day school which, for over 100 years, has provided a superior education for young

Keeping Pace is published twice yearly by the Office of Development & Alumnae Relations for the alumnae, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends of Kent Place School. We welcome letters regarding the content of the magazine. Letters must be signed, and we ask that you include your address and phone number for verification purposes. We retain the right to edit at discretion. Please mail correspondence to:


women who demonstrate strong scholastic and creative ability. Its mission is to offer students of diverse backgrounds, in nursery school through grade twelve, an academically rigorous curriculum in a caring atmosphere; to encourage

Editor, Keeping Pace Kent Place School Office of Development & Alumnae Relations 42 Norwood Avenue Summit, NJ 07902-0308

them to contribute to and find success in this challenging program; to inspire

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a liberal arts education that combines tradition and innovation, Kent Place

Parents of alumnae If this issue of Keeping Pace is mailed to an alumna who no longer maintains a permanent address at your home, please update your daughter’s records by notifying Associate Director of Alumnae & Parent Relations Ann Wood at (908) 273-0900, ext. 234, or

provides the stimulus for each student to achieve her full academic, physical,

young women to leadership; and to strengthen moral awareness. Committed to

and creative potential; to love learning; to gain confidence; to live responsibly; to develop respect for herself and others in the global community.



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Head of School Sue Bosland with senior Jayne Pasternak, eighth grader Alexandra Aronson and fifth grader Abigail Jonathan, who gave welcome remarks during the school’s traditional Convocation ceremony on the opening day of school.


from the head of school Summer break allowed time for reflection and strategic planning for the future – and what a truly exciting time in history it is for Kent Place School! As I look ahead to the next year and beyond, there are three overarching themes that define our plans. Leadership. A hallmark for Kent Place School, we weave leadership development and practice into all of our academic and co-curricular programs, from nursery through twelfth grade. Finding one’s unique voice, exploring a myriad of interests, speaking publicly, collaborating effectively and learning the importance of problem solving, resilience and creative thinking are all integrated into our educational program on a daily basis. Our alumnae speak of the confidence that guides them in succeeding in their college classes and pursuing a wide array of professional, community and family endeavors. Global Perspective. The educational experience at Kent Place School continues well beyond the gates of our 26-acre campus as we prepare our students to lead in the global community. We are in the process of formalizing our Global Education Program, which includes service-learning trips, cultural immersion and language trips, cross-cultural exchanges via the Internet and partner schools, a vast array of guest scholars and speakers and curricular integration. As we increase our connections across the world, we welcome suggestions from Kent Place families and alumnae both near and far.

Academic Excellence. To remain a top academic institution, Kent Place School continually assesses and develops each department on campus – adjusting to the constantly changing needs and demands of the 21st century. Our newly enhanced and expanded facilities allow us to offer more courses and broader academic experiences for our students. The renovation of the new Middle School opened on schedule, and the space is stunning! We hope Phase III of The Campaign for Kent Place School will commence within the next couple of years and will include a new math center, with plans to launch a premier Math Center for Girls; a visual arts center, increasing our capabilities to offer a broader range of media such as glass work; a media center for all technological initiatives, including film, programming and online coursework; and an enlarged and updated library to accommodate books, research, group work and more. Whether you visit the campus daily or can only come every few years for Reunion, we encourage you to be a part of the Kent Place School community on a regular basis. Join our Alumnae Board Mentoring Program, visit our Facebook fan page, volunteer to speak at Global Perspectives Day or just stop by for a visit. We take seriously the suggestion from a parent that our slogan be “Kent Place for Life!”

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the board of trustees welcomes seven new members


Elisabeth A. Benthien and husband Bob live in Basking Ridge and are the parents of Addison ’10 and Justin. Tizzie came to Kent Place in 1977 and soon began teaching physical education and health and coaching sports in the Middle and Upper Schools. She has held the positions of athletic director, head of physical education and director of camp. Tizzie is currently a Primary School physical education teacher and coach, and she is a past recipient of the Montgomery Chair and the Alumnae Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Kent Place Community. Tizzie received her BS from Montclair State College and her MA from Montclair State University. Tizzie joins the Board as the Faculty Representative. Michele E. Blanchard and husband William live in Harding Township and are the parents of Baily ’12, Dylan ’13 and Devin. Michele received her BA in economics from the University of Vermont and worked for 10 years as a systems engineer for Electronic Data Systems. Michele currently volunteers on the committee for the Plaid House in Morristown and on the children’s religious education committee for the Unitarian Church in Summit. She served as parents’ association president and board member for the Peck School and trustee for the Great Swamp Watershed Association. Michele has been active at Kent Place with Spring Fling and Parent Education (formally Networking), and she joins the Board as the Vice President of the Parents’ Association.

Megan McConnell Brozowski ’95 and husband Greg live in Mendham and are the parents of Molly. Megan is a wealth manager for RegentAtlantic Capital in Morristown, where she does financial planning with a focus on helping women transition through divorce. Megan serves on the advisory board of the young professionals group for Family Service of Morris County and is a member of the Mendham Junior Women’s Club. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association and the New Jersey Collaborative Law Group. Megan served on the Kent Place Alumnae Board, where she was active with the Alumnae Board Mentoring Program, and is an Alumnae Class Agent for the Annual Fund. Megan holds a BA from St. Lawrence University as well as the Certified Financial Planner™ and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ designations. G. Alex Crispo and wife Lori live in Chatham and are the parents of Claire ’14 and John. Alex is the chief administrative officer and general counsel for Bollinger Insurance in Short Hills. Alex has served as director of the Holy Cross Lawyer’s Association and as an alumni interviewer. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey Bar Association and the New York Bar Association. Alex has been the co-editor of Compass, the Kent Place Parents’ Association newsletter, the Kent Place representative for PANJIS and a Class Parent. Alex graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and received his JD from Fordham Law School.

Elisabeth A. Benthien

Michele E. Blanchard

Megan McConnell Brozowski ’95

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Kevin Mattingly and wife Kristi live in Lawrenceville and are the parents of Benjamin and Daniel. Kevin is the dean of faculty for the Lawrenceville School and has been a science teacher, coach and administrator in day and boarding schools for over 30 years. Kevin’s responsibilities at Lawrenceville include recruiting, hiring and professionally supporting faculty, and he shares curriculum oversight with the academic dean. In addition, Kevin is an adjunct professor in the department of organization and leadership at Columbia University Teachers College, where he teaches courses on cognitive science. Kevin holds a BA in biological sciences and a PhD in zoology from Indiana University. Usha P. Robillard and husband Joseph live in Chatham and are the parents of Jaya ’11, Elizabeth ’13 and Jackson. Usha’s background is in retail management and human resources, and her expertise is in recruitment, high performance coaching

and consulting. Usha is a trustee of Renaissance – EMS, a non-profit youth organization in Bronx, NY, and has done fundraising and committee work for her children’s schools and other non-profit organizations. She is a recreational pilot and has served as a Kent Place Class Parent. Usha majored in English at the University of Minnesota. Suzanne Shearer Whitehorn ’81 and husband Stephen live in Madison and are the parents of Erin ’14, Leigh and Kate. Suzy is a trustee of Friends of Madison Shade Trees, Inc., an executive member of Madison’s Parents and Professionals of Exceptional Children and a member of the Junior League of Morristown. Suzy served as PTO president for Torey J. Sabatini Elementary School and as secretary for Stanley Nursery School. She received her BA from Lafayette College. Suzy joins the Board as the President of the Alumnae Association.

Kent Place extends sincere gratitude to members of the Board of Trustees retiring from service in 2010. Nancy Gorman Dougherty ’82 6 years

Kathleen M. Hugin 4 years

Meyra J. Green ’64 2 years

John S. Walz 2 years

Kevin Mattingly

Usha P. Robillard

Suzanne Shearer Whitehorn ’81

Joshua P. Gully 7 years



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kent place introduces “uniform with choice”


When school reopened on September 7, something happened that hasn’t taken place at Kent Place in 34 years – students arrived on campus wearing uniforms. This school year marks the introduction of the Uniform with Choice program for all students in the Primary and Middle Schools. The Uniform with Choice committee has selected Lands’ End as the primary uniform vendor, and the apparel consists of a wide assortment of T-shirts, polos, oxfords, cable sweaters, cardigans, pants, skirts, polo dresses and jumpers in an array of color choices, including green, blue, red, burgundy, purple, pink and yellow. All shirts, sweaters, jumpers and dresses feature an embroidered Kent Place logo. There are also numerous options for parents seeking organic, treatment-free clothing, and the Middle School offers its students an original-design hoodie that was created and manufactured by Rachel Weeks, founder of School House Fashion, an ethical clothing manufacturer employing women in Sri Lanka.

“Our Uniform with Choice program allows parents of young children to have an easier time getting their children dressed each day because of fewer choices,” says Dr. Sergio Alati, Director of the Primary School/Interim Academic Dean. “Uniforms will also lessen the focus on clothing and will help increase the girls’ attention to meeting the demands of an academically rigorous curriculum and achieving their academic, physical and creative potential.” The Committee will continue to evaluate the program throughout this ground-breaking year and already has plans to institute a uniform exchange program next year. This is truly an exciting time in Kent Place’s history, as the new Uniform with Choice program will benefit students tremendously by contributing to the school’s commitment to excellence.

A main goal of the Uniform with Choice committee, which is composed of KPS parents, students, staff and administrators, is to ensure that the program reflects the school’s mission to prepare girls and young women to become leaders in the world. The Committee respects the point of view that students must have opportunities to showcase creativity, and so they worked to ensure that the new dress policy provides girls enough choices to appropriately express their individuality while also minimizing the pressures placed upon them by peers, community members and various forms of media. The committee believes that girls can dress in a manner that allows them to feel confident and comfortable, while also being modest and respectful. “The pressure to conform to the peer group is significant for the middle school aged child; therefore, the emphasis on wearing the ‘right’ clothing can be distracting for students,” explains Dr. Karen Rezach, Director of the Middle School/ Director of the Ethics Institute. “Our Uniform with Choice program fits beautifully into the philosophy of the Middle School, where we recognize not what the child wears, but who the child is, and the unique contributions that each of our girls makes to our community.” Middle School students show off their uniforms.




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new middle school complete


Phase II of The Campaign for Kent Place School, the renovation of the former Upper School into the new Middle School, was completed over the summer and ready for the start of school. The nearly 100-year-old Tudor-style building underwent a complete interior renovation, including numerous green design upgrades to improve comfort while reducing energy consumption, such as high-efficiency mechanical and ventilation systems, a motion-controlled lighting system Atwood Hall, the new Middle School commons area and low-flow plumbing fixtures. Classrooms are equipped with the latest technology, providing interaccharm have been preserved, and in some cases, restored. tive whiteboards and Internet connectivity, and students The existing art studio, for example, was originally a large have all new lockers and furniture. Even with all of the open study hall; the renovation restored this room to a enhancements, the building’s architectural character and Middle School commons area.

New lockers

Science lab

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in memoriam: kent place honors a dedicated leader


Dorothy (Dorrie) Dillon, age 86, passed away peacefully at home on September 16, 2010, after a brief illness. Mrs. Dillon was a beloved member of the Kent Place School community who devoted more than a decade to KPS as a history teacher, Director of the Upper School and then Head of School from 1986-1987. An excerpt from the 1988 Cargoes dedication reflects Mrs. Dillon’s legacy: “We honor her for her complete dedication, her high standards, her firm but caring discipline and her superb leadership. Her amazing ability to provide a calm transition between old and new school masters awed us all. Kent Place’s ‘Super Woman’ is above all a challenging teacher with a quick mind and a keen sense of humor. A grateful school thanks you, Mrs. Dillon, for sharing your energy and talents with us, and we will remember you always.” After Kent Place, Mrs. Dillon served as development director at the Somerset Hills YMCA and founding trustee of The Willow School, held a multitude of positions at St. Luke’s Church in Gladstone and served on the Peapack Gladstone Borough Council. The mark that Mrs. Dillon left on Kent Place and its students will live on in our hearts and minds forever.


“Mrs. Dillon was everything I needed her to be at exactly the right time in my life and was one of the key reasons my experience at Kent Place School made me who I am today. I am blessed to have known her.” – Kasey Anderson Dread ’89



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henaz bhatt named director of diversity


Kent Place School is pleased to welcome Henaz Bhatt as the new Director of Diversity. Before coming to Kent Place, Henaz, an experienced facilitator and trainer, served as program manager at the American Conference on Diversity. She was responsible for researching, designing and implementing programs and curriculum for youth and adult audiences. Through the American Conference on Diversity, Henaz spent 11 years working with the Lead for Diversity program, directing sessions to build awareness on issues of identity and diversity, counseling and supporting the high school student leaders, facilitating discussions on topics of privilege and prejudice and training students to design action plans that counteract bigotry in their schools.

Henaz earned a BA in political science and human rights with a minor in English from Barnard College. Her studies include periods abroad in Madrid, Spain, as well as Mumbai, India. Director of Diversity Henaz Bhatt “We are delighted to welcome Henaz to Kent Place School. Henaz’s work will further enhance our school’s mission to prepare students to live and lead as citizens of the world, as well as further our commitment to multicultural and global education,” says Head of School Sue Bosland.

a summer of shakespeare by Erin Hennessy, Middle School English teacher


This summer, for three glorious weeks, I joined 22 other American teachers of English, drama and music at Shakespeare’s Globe in London for an intensive program called “Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance.” The primary purpose of TSTP is to reinforce teachers’ understanding of Shakespeare and help us reconsider our teaching approach, and it was organized around three themes: discoveries made at the Globe Theater, relationship between actor/audience and teacher/student and learning practices developed by Globe Education. Our 10-hour days were filled with workshops on some of the many ways we can help our students connect with the work of Shakespeare; lectures on Globe history, Shakespeare’s life, music, costume and contemporary views of Shakespeare; performance, movement, voice and dance techniques; and many, many rehearsals. We performed scenes from Macbeth as our final project. We learned from and alongside working professionals leading the field in every one of these areas. Taking classes in movement and voice especially challenged me, as I have virtually no stage experience. And this was perhaps the most valuable component: the program put

teachers in the role of student, pushed us outside our comfort zones and allowed us to discover abilities we didn’t know we had. As a result, I now realize that acting out Shakespeare’s plays can reveal Erin Hennessy at Shakespeare’s Globe in London to our students an entirely new layer of emotion, meaning and power to the text that is simply not present in reading alone. Indeed, acting out Shakespeare can be a key to our students unlocking not only secrets hidden in Shakespeare but also untapped confidence and leadership within themselves. Today, I feel ready to impassion my students with this cache of new methods of bringing more of the Bard into their lives. You can read more about the entire experience and view photos on my blog:




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sustainability sustainability at kent place reflections from charlotte steele ’10


Being green is a way of life. Kent Place has taken incredible steps toward creating a “greener” institution over the past few years with a new Upper School, which is registered for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, 0 turf fields and the founding of the ’1 le ee St Charlotte Walk the Walk Committee, a group of faculty members who work with students to make our community more sustainable. These changes have enabled students to live in a “green” environment by default, which is an incredible privilege. But what does it really mean to be “green”? Over the past years, KPS students have taken on the responsibility of living and breathing conscious sustainable practices. The low-flush toilets and motion-sensored lights take care of aspects that are out of our control, but what about all of the waste we create, the carbon we emit on our way to school and the paper we eject from the printer? What about when we leave our LEED-registered building and go to live on our own, doing laundry, buying coffee and commuting to work? The Environmental Club, composed of approximately 20 Upper Schoolers each year, has focused on incorporating sustainable practices into every habit of Kent Place students so that they have the tools to live the most sustainable lives possible, and in doing this, inspire others to do the same. Last September, we started using a composting turner outside the dining hall to compost lunch scraps, starting with banana peels and apple cores. A month later we ordered four large composting crates of our own, and a team of students took on the task of taking the compost out


to the crates after Upper School lunch. Eventually we added bread and vegetables to the list of compostable items. Whiteboards were put up in the dining hall to remind students of what could and could not be composted, and the response was incredible. We covered each day’s layer of food with dead leaves and grass clippings from campus. This system took the recycling program at Kent Place to an entirely new level. It is estimated that through the entire year, we recycled between five to six large trash cans of food. This food is broken down into soil and then used in gardens around campus instead of left to rot in garbage cans, taking up space in a sealed landfill and leaking into nearby ecosystems. After the success of the system during the 2009-2010 school year, the Class of 2010 elected to donate an additional composting crate to the school as part of our class gift in order to expand the program even further. This bin is used to collect the biodegradable cups and napkins disposed of in the dining hall. Next, the Environmental Club created crafts from recycled materials and put together an “Eco-boutique” fundraiser just before the holidays. The boutique raised over $600 dollars for the composting system and provided the community with an eco-friendly alternative to holiday shopping. Some of the most popular items included eco jewelry, light bulb tree ornaments, magazine stationery, magnets and rugs made from old T-shirts. The students were encouraged to buy the recycled projects, and the shop served to inspire them to find ways to make gifts from trash instead of buying mass-produced, low-quality products. Finally, when spring arrived, we drove home our general appreciation for the world around us by



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celebrating “Earth Time” for three weeks. Various contests were held to reduce our carbon footprints, and we held an outdoor picnic to reiterate our motive for all of the events during the year: to preserve our environment, the great outdoors. During this time we were also incredibly privileged to host a panel discussion with Kent Place alumnae who have careers in various environmental fields. It was truly inspiring to see the many different directions that a person can head with compassion for the environment. Many students reconsidered their opportunities and were very curious about these new careers. Students show off recycled fashions created during “Earth Time.”

Looking back on it all, the theme for the entire year was not only clear, but successful. Students have moved into the new LEED-registered building with a new consciousness: to not only appreciate the mechanics of the buildings that make each school day greener, but to fully live out other practices which make up a truly sustainable lifestyle. If every student who graduates Kent Place can understand the meaning of sustainability, then we can have a huge impact on the world and the conservation of resources. After all, we have been educated to impart change and lead others. Editor’s Note: Charlotte spent four years at Kent Place and served as president of the Environmental Club and Community Service Committee during her senior year. She played on the golf team and enjoyed skating outside of school. At graduation, she was the recipient of the Montgomery Award and the Citizenship Cup. Charlotte is now a freshman at Kalamazoo College, where she was granted a scholarship for environmental and sustainable leadership. She intends to give this money back to the college to be used to fund an environmental event or project.

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kent place women and a sustainable environment “The panel was important to encourage the students to continue their efforts and interest in the environment and to illustrate that there is a wide variety of career options, should they decide to follow that path,” says panelist Lindsay Kern ’95. The dynamic lineup of alumnae panelists included the following:


Five Kent Place graduates returned to campus in May 2010 to take part in “Kent Place Women and a Sustainable Environment,” the fifth in a series of panel discussions showcasing the diverse careers of outstanding KPS alumnae. The event afforded an opportunity for students to learn firsthand about various environmental careers. Science Department Chair Wendy Hall welcomed students, faculty, parents and alumnae, and the panelists addressed questions presented by student moderators Olivia Wolff ’12 and Lily Steele ’13. The women discussed their career paths and shared their obstacles, successes and insights with the audience to help foster a better understanding of the excitement and challenges of working in their field. They discussed a variety of topics, such as how their jobs are making an impact on the environment, whether corporations are taking responsibility for their impact on the environment, how environmental laws are shifting to keep up with ever-changing issues and how their KPS education prepared them for their careers.


Nancy Gorman Dougherty ’82 is a licensed architect with over 20 years of experience, and she is the co-owner and principal of Studio 1200, a full-service architecture and design firm located in Short Hills. Nancy is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional. LEED APs have demonstrated thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System and have been accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council. Studio 1200 works on a wide range of projects, including hotels, restaurants, offices, retail spaces and single-family homes. Notable projects in the immediate area include the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown, ZOKU Salon in Summit, Blackthorn Restaurant in Parsippany and the former Rascal’s space in Montclair. For each project, Nancy and her team address various sustainability challenges and owner-driven requests. The firm also meets code required sustainability criteria and tries to encourage design that is responsible, creative and sustainable. Nancy is chair of the construction oversight taskforce for the Kent Place School Board of Trustees, overseeing construction of Kent Place’s new, state-of-the-art, LEED-registered Upper School Academic Center. Nancy is also a trustee at Grace Counseling Center in Madison. Nancy graduated from Barnard College with a major in architecture and urban affairs and received a master’s in architecture from Columbia University.



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Moderator Olivia Wolff ’12, panelists Lindsay Landmesser ’00, Lindsay Kern ’95, Kate Swayne ’99, Marisa Guber ’99 and Nancy Gorman Dougherty ’82 and moderator Lily Steele ’13

Marisa Guber ’99 is a cultural and organizational strategist for ABC Carpet & Home in New York City. After graduating from Barnard College, Marisa was determined to utilize her passion to make a positive impact in the world. While working in education, Marisa became inspired by the growing movement of sustainability and social entrepreneurship. To explore the role that business can play in leveraging public awareness, she enrolled in Goddard College’s master’s degree program in socially responsible business and sustainable communities. This enabled her to examine the dynamics of eco-tourism and sustainable development in Peru. For the remainder of her graduate degree, Marisa returned to New York to work with ABC Carpet & Home, a visionary, values-driven business and platform for cause-related products. During Marisa’s time with ABC, she has coordinated events, researched social and environmental issues, developed community curriculum and launched/ran ABC Home & Planet, a department of socially and environmentally responsible products for a healthy body, home and planet. She is currently assisting in managing the store’s first floor while developing strategy for cultural and organizational development. Marisa is an active member in Brooklyn/NYC sustainability circles and sits on the advisory council for New York Women Social Entrepreneurs and the New York board for Nest, a

nonprofit organization that empowers female artists and artisans around the world by using interest-free microfinance loans to help recipients create successful small businesses. Lindsay Kern ’95 joined the New Jersey law firm of WolfBlock LLP, which is now Brach Eichler, LLC, in 2006, and works in the environmental and land use group and litigation group. Lindsay’s practice focuses on site remediation and regulatory compliance counseling, along with cost recovery/contribution litigation, for chemical and oil/gas industrial clients. She also handles the representation of a building owner and building managers in defense of inhalation claims in the World Trade Center mass toxic tort litigation. Lindsay works on all aspects of environmental law, including litigation, regulatory issues and transactional matters. She has also assisted on matters for the health, real estate and wills and estates groups, and she handles pro bono domestic violence cases and special education matters. Lindsay has published two articles, “Regulatory Uncertainty in Climate Change Initiatives” and “Vapor Intrusion: Investigations and Mitigation Issues.” continued on next page




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Lindsay received a BA in government from Skidmore College and a JD from Seton Hall School of Law. During law school, Lindsay was a research assistant for Professor Elizabeth Defeis, whose practice focused on international law, and she interned for the Honorable Lisa F. Chrystal, a judge in the Superior Court of New Jersey. Following law school, Lindsay was a law clerk for Judge Chrystal who, at that time, handled family law matters, including matrimonial, domestic violence and children and family services. Following her clerkship, she was a deputy attorney general for the Office of the Attorney General in New Jersey, representing the Division of Youth and Family.

Public Utility Commission, the largest energy savings evaluation in the industry to date. Kate annually prepares the carbon disclosure project survey response for Marsh and McLennan Companies. She has also assisted in the greenhouse gas cost-benefit analysis for the City of Portland, OR, focusing on the environmental benefits of municipal forests and eco-roofs. Kate also has expertise in the emerging federal carbon policy, assisting companies by evaluating their climate risk and providing strategic advisement in order to develop a comprehensive climate change policy and climate risk analysis.

Lindsay Landmesser ’00 became interested in the environment as a child listening to stories about her father’s business in the hazardous waste service industry. Lindsay received a BS in management and business from Skidmore College and after graduation moved to Key Largo, FL, to pursue her passion for scuba diving and became an instructor. She worked in Key Largo and Bermuda certifying students in scuba and educating them about the marine environment. In 2005, Lindsay joined AERC, her father’s recycling service company, as a marketing consultant focusing on the development of new sales materials. Lindsay was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing in 2007 and currently manages the sales force as well as oversees new business development. With locations on the East Coast, Texas and California, AERC focuses on recycling mercury-containing devices such as fluorescent lamps, batteries, ballasts and thermostats and also recycles the growing waste stream of electronics. Prior to joining AERC, Lindsay worked at GBW Insurance Company as a licensed insurance agent. She has also worked as a research consultant for litigation involving environmental lawsuits.

Before joining Cadmus in 2008, Kate worked for Marsh and McLennan Companies in Washington, D.C., as a sustainability and climate risk consultant. Prior to this, Kate worked as the national outreach manager for a wind development company. Kate also worked in the field of environmental organizing through Green Corps. During her year-long training program, Kate ran three strategic field campaigns with leading environmental groups, including the Stop Cruise Pollution Campaign in Miami, working to ensure that Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines upgraded their sewage treatment equipment, and the launch of the Sierra Club’s multi-million dollar, 10-year campaign effort to bring environmental issues to the forefront of political discussion.

Kate Swayne ’99 has worked in the fields of renewable energy, climate change and environmental protection and is currently an associate with the Cadmus Group in Boulder, CO, where she manages projects for their energy services group. Kate recently served in a management role on the residential retrofit evaluation for the California


Kate received her BA in environmental studies from Colby College, her MAS in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver and is a LEED Accredited Professional.



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class of 2017 fifth grade celebration

the class of 2017 Lauren Allison Gabrielle Branin Hana Charnley Greer Clarke Chloe Colaluca Elizabeth Cook Jacqueline Cook Alexa Davy Olivia Manousos, Mica MacInnes, Ella DeBode, Alexa Davy and Chloe Colaluca

Ella DeBode Katherine Duggan Elizabeth Gately Audrey Godwin Elizabeth Hobbs Juliette Jacobson Jessica Ken-Kwofie Mica MacInnes Olivia Manousos Sophia Mastrangelo Lauren McDonald Eva Melendes Katherine Miller Sydney Miller

Elizabeth Cook, Greer Clarke, Sophia Mastrangelo and Evelyn Shi

Juliette Jacobson and Hana Charnley

Carly Moskowitz Brooke Naylor Ajibabi Oloko Simran Puri Allaistar Regan Annecy Schiffer Evelyn Shi Tara Tahil Victoria Watson Zoe Wright Maris Zammataro

Carly Moskowitz, Zoe Wright, Babi Oloko, Jessica Ken-Kwofie, Victoria Watson and Annie Schiffer




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class of 2014 eighth grade celebration

the class of 2014 Brianna Barrett

Megan Ganning

Elizabeth McGraw

Erin Romano

Allison Berger

Ashley Gapusan

Payson Meistrich

Caroline Rosen

Millie Brauner

Victoria Gilberti

Jade Mendes

Nisha Sambamurthy

Jessica Castelo

Kathryn Hammond

Julia Mills

Victoria Sanzo

Veronica Child

Shayla Harris

Mackenzie Mooney

Melissa Schaaf

Linden Clarke

Ayanna Hatcher

Charlotte Moore

Annie Sher

Katherine Costikyan

Elana Horowitz

Amanda Moskowitz

Ashley Shields

Claire Crispo

Kendra Jain

Katherine Naylor

Rebecca Silva

Sophie DeBode

Emily Jeffries

Alison Nestle

Anne Stathis

Mattison Ellis

Natalie Kwan

Stacy Neul

Katherine Uhlman

Lauren Ertman

Megan Landriau

Claire Ober

Denae Wilkins

Hannah Ferguson

Olivia Mastrangelo

Grace O’Connor

Mia Wright

Kayleigh Fowler

Caroline McCumber

Brianna Pastro

(back, l to r) Mackenzie Mooney, Libbie McGraw, Alison Nestle, Amanda Moskowitz, Katherine Uhlman, Emily Jeffries; (front, l to r) Annie Stathis, Sophie DeBode, Erin Romano, Stacy Neul, Caroline Rosen


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Grace O’Connor and Mattie Ellis

Christine Clemens Leadership Award recipient Katie Hammond, Community Service Award recipient Allison Berger and Montgomery Award recipient Julia Mills

The Montgomery Award is given annually to an effective school leader, at the Middle and Upper School levels, who personifies the spirit that former Headmaster Archibald “Tad” Montgomery and his wife Anita brought to Kent Place. The award recognizes in its recipients joyfulness, looking beyond one’s self and accepting as part of life’s responsibility the care and love of other people.

Ayanna Hatcher and Shayla Harris

The Middle School Community Service Award is presented annually to a member of the eighth grade class who, because of her dedicated hard work and service to others, demonstrates the best in community service at Kent Place. This award is made possible through the generosity of the James G. Williamson family in recognition of Sheila Campbell Williamson, whose life was devoted to community service. The Christine Clemens Leadership Award is presented to the member of the eighth grade class who most clearly demonstrates positive leadership in her school and in her community. The award recognizes in the recipient the traits of responsibility, reliability and trustworthiness; it salutes her for stepping forward enthusiastically to motivate her classmates to accomplish their goals and dreams. In recognition of Christine Clemens’s outstanding work in the area of girls’ leadership initiatives, the award is made possible through the generosity of the Errico family as a special gift to The Campaign for Kent Place School.

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commencement 2010 “We, the community of Kent Place, have been bettered by your willingness to ask questions, to not just accept what is, to listen to others, to find commonalities, to build a vision and to work for what you each believe in.” – Address by Elizabeth Woodall, Director of the Upper School

The Class of 2010

The underclassmen dressed in traditional pastel colors.


The junior class forms the Daisy Chain.



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Marisa Immormino walks through the Daisy Chain.

English Department Chair Julia Gentile delivers the faculty address.

Meredith Mitnick

Sarah Remshifski

Chair of the Music Department Edel Thomas bids farewell with the Chamber Singers.




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Carol P. Dorian Prize for Art winner Emily Sannini

Carol P. Dorian Prize for Dance winners Amy Tourgee and Kathryn Sauma

Music Prize winners Maya Hinton-Smith and Anna Dugan

Pat Conley Award winners Alexandra Guida, Suzanne Brown, Taylor Zusi and Krista Zsitvay

White Blazer Award winner Addison Benthien with Director of the Upper School Elizabeth Woodall


Tara Nicola receives the Oliver E. Miles Award.

Drama Prize winner Chelsea Frankel

Head of School Sue Bosland with Charlotte Steele, recipient of the Montgomery Award and the Citizenship Cup



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Commencement Awards the carol p. dorian ’75 prize for art Awarded to an outstanding art student in memory of Carol P. Dorian ’75, whose greatest loves at Kent Place were art and dance.

Emily Sannini

the carol p. dorian ’75 prize for dance

white blazer award Awarded by the Athletic Department to seniors who were three-sport athletes each Upper School year and demonstrated leadership and citizenship through athletics. Their spirit, dedication and character inspired their peers and earned them the respect of coaches and officials. Their athletic ability is superior and their character exemplary.

Awarded to an outstanding dance student in memory of Carol P. Dorian ’75

Addison Benthien

Kathryn Sauma Amy Tourgee

oliver e. miles award

the drama prize Awarded by the Drama Department to an outstanding drama student.

Chelsea Frankel

Emily Sannini was chosen by the senior class to share her remarks.

Established through the generosity of a parent of a former Kent Place student and awarded by a vote of faculty members to the student who has best demonstrated a sustained commitment to her academic responsibilities throughout her senior year.

Tara Nicola

music prize Awarded by the Music Department to a senior who has distinguished herself in the field of music.

Anna Dugan Maya Hinton-Smith

pat conley varsity athletic award Awarded by the Athletic Department to seniors who, through their actions and attitudes on and off the field, have demonstrated outstanding athletic ability and unwavering sportsmanship as well as a commitment to their teams and a dedication to personal achievement.

Suzanne Brown Alexandra Guida Krista Zsitvay Taylor Zusi

the montgomery award Established in honor of former Headmaster Archibald “Tad” Montgomery and his wife Anita and awarded annually to an effective school leader who personifies the spirit that Tad and Anita brought to Kent Place School, and recognizes in the recipient joyfulness, looking beyond one’s self and accepting as part of life’s responsibility the care and love of other people.

“Snaps” to the Class of 2010

Charlotte Steele

the citizenship cup The highest award given by the school, presented to the senior who, during all of her years at Kent Place, by the vote of the entire faculty and all of the students in the Upper School, has shown herself to be an outstanding example of student citizenship. Recipient evinced traits of loyalty, pride in the school, courage in the face of unpopular decisions and friendliness and helpfulness to classmates, younger girls and faculty members.

Charlotte Steele Senior Class President Zayba Abdulla announces the class gift, a compost bin and a fund to help rising seniors’ college application costs.




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Cum Laude Society Modeled after Phi Beta Kappa, the Cum Laude Society recognizes academic achievement in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence, justice and honor. Class of 2010 Inducted as juniors, June 2009 Marisa Immormino Tara Nicola Nicole Whang Inducted as seniors, June 2010 Primary School Physical Education teacher Tizzie Benthien celebrates with her daughter Addison.

Emily Churchill Geena De Rose Callie Deddens Claire Marsden Meredith Mitnick Rachel Terry Amy Tourgee Carlisle Uhlman Rachel Uhlman Caitlin Wraith Allison Youngdahl Class of 2011 Inducted as juniors, June 2010 Abigail Johnson

2010 Cum Laude Society members

Samantha Klein Mira Korber Emilia Pazniokas Stefanie Zavodny

Rachel Terry, Chelsea Frankel and Kristen Pacific congratulate each other.


Ashley Hughes



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Briana Shaw and Anna Dugan

(back, l to r) Dana Ludwig, Jacqueline Taylor, Allison Youngdahl, Rebecca McCarthy, Carlisle Uhlman, Cassidy Higgins, Emily Johnson; (middle, l to r) Daniela Quintanilla, Rebecca Rosen, Rachel Landau, Taylor Zusi, Diana Ansbacher, Suzanne Brown, Michelle Napor; (front, l to r) Alexa Dragoumis, Kathryn Krinsman, Emily Sannini, Brooke Raphalian, Zayba Abdulla, Rachel Uhlman

Elizabeth Ziebarth, Alicia Whavers and Addison Benthien

Maria Soter, Megan Malloy, Amy Tourgee, Hilary Devaney and Megan Coy

Ashley Luz

Regina Lane, Margot Sirois, Maya Hinton-Smith, Claire Marsden, Callie Deddens and Rachel Terry




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Kelsey Landers, Emily Churchill, Addison Benthien, Amber Rashid, Charlotte Steele, Mary Alice Millard, Elizabeth Ziebarth, Lea Rosskamp, Cornelia Lindecke and Caitlin Wraith

Geena De Rose, Elizabeth O’Connor and Amanda Rhodes

Nicole Whang

Alicia Whavers and Kenya Graham


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Board of Trustee President John Chrystal hands a diploma to Mia Rutherford.

Sara Firkser

Marisa Immormino, Sara Javed and Briana Shaw

Alicia Lalvani

Melanie Appleby and Caroline Klinger




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class of 2010 college matriculation Zayba Abdulla

Maya Hinton-Smith

Megan Malloy

Kathryn Sauma

barnard college

syracuse university

new york university

ohio state university

Diana Ansbacher

Ashley Hughes

Claire Marsden

Briana Shaw

elon university

university of pittsburgh

occidental college

pennsylvania state university

university of pennsylvania

Marisa Immormino

bates college

Addison Benthien

Sara Javed

elon university

tufts university

Suzanne Brown

Emily Johnson

cornell university

new york university

northeastern university

Michelle Napor

Melanie Appleby

Emily Churchill

boston college Gianna Codella

elon university Megan Coy

miami university (oh) Callie Deddens

Rene Johnson

howard university Maryam Khan

new york university Caroline Klinger

emory university

Mary Millard

bates college Meredith Mitnick

providence college Tara Nicola

Carlisle Uhlman

university of north carolina at chapel hill

Alicia Lalvani

connecticut college

george washington university

Amber Rashid

Daniela Quintanilla

Rachel Uhlman

Brooke Raphalian

university of north carolina at chapel hill

boston university

Rachel Landau

Anna Dugan

franklin & marshall college

Sarah Remshifski

Chelsea Frankel

Amanda Rhodes

Regina Lane

Rebecca Rosen

bard college

hobart and william smith colleges

Kenya Graham

Dana Ludwig

rutgers, the state university of new jersey Alexandra Guida

colgate university Cassidy Higgins

villanova university

bucknell university

hobart and william smith colleges

Cornelia Lindecke

university of michigan

columbia university

university of Pennsylvania

howard university

dartmouth college

dickinson college

lewis & clark college

oberlin college

Jacqueline Taylor

Kristen Pacific

Hilary Devaney

Sara Firkser

kalamazoo college

princeton university

kenyon college

california state university, fullerton

Charlotte Steele

Amy Tourgee

boston college

Chelsea Durgin

university of rochester

boston college

Kathryn Krinsman

Kelsey Landers

Maria Soter

Elizabeth O’Connor

Geena De Rose

columbia university

syracuse university

Rachel Terry

Lisa Kretsge

vassar college

Margot Sirois

johns hopkins university

washington and lee university

Alexa Dragoumis


boston college

Rebecca McCarthy

lehigh university franklin & marshall college Lea Rosskamp

Amanda Walker

fordham university Nicole Whang

duke university Alicia Whavers

drew university Caitlin Wraith

stanford university Allison Youngdahl

university of Pennsylvania

northeastern university

Elizabeth Ziebarth

college of william & mary

Mia Rutherford

Krista Zsitvay

howard university

amherst college

Ashley Luz

Emily Sannini

Taylor Zusi

wesleyan university

washington and lee university

cornell university

bucknell university

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5s & 0s

reunion weekend, may 2010

class of 1960

class of 1950 Nancy Kerry Stockslager

(back, l to r) Susie Coffin Old, Pat Downs Ramsay, Joan Biddison Goodrich; (third row, l to r) Emily Meschter, Suzanne Steinbuhler Wickham, Sallie Krusen Riester, Cindy Williams Hinchman; (second row, l to r) Sandy Lee Simmers, Anne Sonnekalb Iskrant, Susan Wight Poinier, Winnie Hesson McCormick, Lisa Anderson Todd; (front, l to r) Lilian Eken Najarian, Nancy Bigelow Sinclair, Judie Allcock Moore, Sue Hand, Dhuanne Schmitz Tansill

Joan Biddison Goodrich at the Pen Pal Luncheon with the fourth grade class

The Class of 1960 holds up replicas of the bricks Emily Meschter donated in honor of each classmate for Phase III of The Campaign for Kent Place School.

Susan Wight Poinier, Susie Coffin Old, Sue Hand and Sallie Krusen Riester at the Welcome Cocktail Reception

Cindy Williams Hinchman and Judie Allcock Moore at the Reunion Dinner Celebration




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class of 1970

class of 1965 Janet B.W. Williams with Alumnae Board Vice President Suzy Shearer Whitehorn ’81

(back, l to r) Harty Platt du Pont, Chrys Mennen Andrea, Liz Van Lear, Liz Bensley, Carolyn Stickney Gregson, Peggy Albaugh Croke; (third row, l to r) Caroline Butterworth Forsman, Emmy Perina Katz; (second row, l to r) Marsha Wyatt Ellison, Judy Chamberlain, Gloria Piserchia Ehrenberg, Tricia Tunstall Johnston, Liv Eltvik, Joy Weiner, Kate Debevoise, Beth Sullebarger, Kim Noling; (front, l to r) Lisa Schmucki, Sandy Bracher Curran, Dede Offray, Katie Green Snowdon, Valerie McEntee, Betzi Ulrich Powers, Lynn Daeschler Magrane, Susan Massey Minno

Marsha Wyatt Ellison and Dede Offray at the Welcome Cocktail Reception

class of 1975 Joan Albaugh, Claire Davis and Betsy Krementz


Katie Green Snowdon, Joy Weiner, Susan Massey Minno, Marsha Wyatt Ellison and Emmy Perina Katz take a tour of campus.



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class of 1980 Lori Shaw Pearson, Marnie Krooss Vyff, Denise Benou Stires, Deb Telischak Moser and Abi Seifert

Joan Dillon Sloyan, Nell Wood Buhlman and Beth Calvert at the Reunion Dinner Celebration

class of 1985 (back, l to r) Joan Dillon Sloyan, Andrea Clerk, Ray Furman, Stacy Blanchard Schuessler, Barbara Thorpe Emery; (third row, l to r) Melinda Hammer Lehman, Nancy Bradish Myers, Heather Hoyt Georges, Christine Best Margulies; (second row, l to r) Amy Mullen Luster, Bonnie Snyder Winant, Karen Little, Gabrielle Stanton, Nell Wood Buhlman, Carolyn Harper Hefner; (front, l to r) Caroline Ross Fitzpatrick, Suzanne Turner, Cara McDonnell Denby, Ketsia Alerte Sadler, Maia DeVere Heymann, Beth Calvert

Barbara Thorpe Emery and Gabrielle Stanton visit the archives.




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class of 1990 (back, l to r) Sarah Bunting, Amie Quivey, Eleanor Webb, Betsy Campbell Learner, Liz Vivian Mott; (third row, l to r) Carolina Benegas-Lynch Canavosio, Maren Eisenstat Vitali, Lauren McCann Burke, Kelly Mead Leach, Liz Kanner Till; (second row, l to r) Kathryn Hudacek Harlow, Cory Bridwell Sells, Danielle Winkler Shelley, Chantal Kullman Reinlieb, Kerry Lee Visci; (front, l to r) Liz Keyser Whitehouse with twins Theodora and Orson, Jennifer Ahrens Butler, Katie Barefoot Herrick, Audrey Pukash Bilsborrow with daughter Sasha, Sue Alley Franzino

Sarah Bunting, Kathryn Hudacek Harlow, Chantal Kullman Reinlieb, Sasha Bilsborrow, Audrey Pukash Bilsborrow and Elizabeth Kanner Till gather outside Mabie House.

Lauren McCann Burke, Kelly Mead Leach, Jennifer Ahrens Butler and Kerry Lee Visci at Saturday’s Reunion Cocktail Reception

class of 1995 (back, l to r) Caroline Vignolo Collins, April Bauknight King, Lindsay Kern, Caitlin Wight Fitzsimmons; (front, l to r) Megan McConnell Brozowski, Emily Zipfel Chao, Stephanie Sayia Walsh

Megan McConnell Brozowski and Caroline Vignolo Collins


Caitlin Wight Fitzsimmons and April Bauknight King at the Reunion Dinner Celebration



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Allison Tompeck, Jen La Rosa and Michelle Mohr at the Welcome Cocktail Reception

class of 2000 Christine Ryan, Katie Feder and Danielle Mulligan Kinney at the Reunion Dinner Celebration

(back, l to r) Erinn Johnson, Jen La Rosa, Rebecca Sizelove, Heidi Milton, Katie Feder, Lindsay Landmesser; (front, l to r) Katie Sizelove Kerby, Sarah Hammitt, Michelle Mohr, Meghan Valerio Kaminiski, Danielle Mulligan Kinney, Christine Ryan, Allison Tompeck, Ashley Pinakiewicz

Brooke Jacobsen, Samantha Bird, Danielle Cohen and Alex Spicehandler relax in the Memory Garden.

class of 2005 (back, l to r) Helena Sullivan, Katie Parker-Magyar, Danielle Cohen, Kate Kendall, Samantha Bird; (middle, l to r) Alex Spicehandler, Shea MacDonald, Bess Hammitt, Maggie Skinner; (front, l to r) Brooke Jacobsen, Cara Manket, Margaret Hartman, Catherine Krom

Margaret Hartman and Maggie Skinner at the Reunion Dinner Reception

Kenya Williams and Lisa Adler at the Welcome Cocktail Reception




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Alumnae Association Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

Meyra Green ’64 (left) passes the title of Alumnae Board President to Suzy Shearer Whitehorn ’81.

Reunion Giving Awards Each year the school presents the Gold ’n Greenery Award to the Reunion class with the highest annual giving participation and the Hamilton Wright Mabie Award to the class with the highest dollar amount raised. This year, the Gold ’n Greenery Award went to the Class of 2000 for achieving 50 percent participation and the Hamilton Wright Mabie Award went to the Class of 1960 for raising over $100,000. A special thank you goes to these class members, Class

Guests enjoyed a performance by the Chamber Singers during the barbeque lunch.

Agents, Reunion Committee members and all alumnae who support Kent Place and

New members of the 2010-2011 Alumnae Board were unanimously approved at the Alumnae Association Annual Meeting New Members

Second Terms

Victoria Balson ’99

Maria Fekete Brugg ’98

Hallee Branin Dangler ’96

Valerie McEntee ’70

Nicole Schifano McGrath ’98

Helen Lambeth McFerran ’61

Pamela Kapsimalis Parsells ’79

Nina Tiger ’86

Stephanie Sayia Walsh ’95


make gifts to the Annual Fund in honor of Reunion!



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2010 alumnae awards with wisdom she lights the way

Pamela Zink Blum ’40, recipient of the 2010 Barbara Wight Biddison ’30 Distinguished Alumna Award

Pamela Zink Blum ’40 Barbara Wight Biddison ’30 Distinguished Alumna Award The Barbara Wight Biddison ’30 Distinguished Alumna Award has been presented annually since 1977 to an alumna in recognition of her exceptional dedication to the school and demonstration of leadership in volunteer, academic or professional pursuits. Pam Zink Blum ’40 is a retired historian of medieval art formerly affiliated with the history of art departments at Yale University and Columbia University. In 1965, when Pam enrolled as a graduate student in history of art at the age of 42, it was considered trailblazing. And it proved life-changing for Pam. She focused on the study of restorations to medieval sculptures, first those on the 12th century portals of the abbey of Saint Denis and then the 60 Old Testament scenes in the 13th-century chapter house of Salisbury Cathedral. Working from scaffolding and making the archeological examinations with magnification and raking lights, Pam was able to establish what was original and what was attributable to 19th-century restorations, a determination that until then had baffled experts.

Pam has published her findings in books and articles and on the Internet, and these innovative studies have influenced other scholars studying medieval sculpture. No longer are portals such as those of Chartres cathedral considered to have survived unaltered through the centuries. Much of Pam’s work was made possible through post-doctoral fellowships from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Association of University Women, Columbia University and an appointment as a visiting fellow at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. In 1994, Pam was inducted as a fellow into the Society of Antiquaries of London. Pam has remained a committed member of the Kent Place community, and has been a loyal giver to the Annual Fund every year for the last 70 years since her graduation.




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2010 Alumnae Award recipients Aimee Bousquet Singer ’88, Lynn Daeschler Magrane ’70, Emily Zipfel Chao ’95 and Janet B.W. Williams ’65

Lynn Daeschler Magrane ’70 Alumna Community Service Award The Alumna Community Service Award is presented to an alumna who, through her dedicated service, contributes to her community, state or nation as a volunteer and who personifies the mission of Kent Place School. Lynn Daeschler Magrane ’70 has contributed to a wide array of organizations that have benefited greatly from her efforts. She has served on the boards of the Community Congregational Church, the Summit Speech School, The Nature Conservancy Pennsylvania chapter and the Community Agencies Corp. Her volunteer work through her church has included Habitat for Humanity, Protestant Community Center, Community FoodBank and Bridges. Lynn’s greatest love and dedication has been volunteering at Northern State Prison, a men’s maximum-security facility in Newark, where she has spent four days a week for the past seven years. She coordinates the behavior

modification program, which she has taught to 2,000 inmates, and assists in the law library, helping inmates with legal calls and paper work. Lynn has been active with Kent Place as an alumna, a parent of two KPS graduates and a trustee. She served as president of the Parents’ Association, member of the Alumnae Association Board, Trustee and then President of the Board of Trustees for six years. In 2008, Lynn was elected an Honorary Trustee based on her many years of service and dedication to the Kent Place community.

Janet B.W. Williams ’65 Alumna Professional Achievement Award The Alumna Professional Achievement Award is presented to an alumna who, through her success and contributions in her professional field and loyalty to Kent Place, personifies the mission of Kent Place School. Janet Williams ’65 has dedicated her career to research in mental illness, making her mark in both social work and psychiatry. In social work, Janet founded the Society for Social Work and Research, has served on many national committees and has received several lifetime achievement awards, including the Knee/ Wittman Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Health & Mental Health Policy and Practice, the highest research award given by the National Association of Social Workers. In the field of psychiatry, in recognition of her contributions to the diagnostic manual used worldwide, Janet has been made an Honorary Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and


she is one of the 250 most cited researchers in psychology and psychiatry. Janet has a master’s degree in marine biology from the University of Massachusetts and a doctorate in social welfare from Columbia University, where she has been a professor for over 30 years and is now professor emerita. Three years ago she became vice president of clinical development at MedAvante, a science-based pharmaceutical services company near Princeton. Janet has served Kent Place for the past 45 years as Class Secretary, faithfully sending news to Keeping Pace without missing a single year.



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Emily Zipfel Chao ’95 Young Alumna Award The Young Alumna Award is presented annually to an alumna who has graduated from Kent Place within the past 15 years and has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments within her career, profession or community. After graduating from Kent Place, Emily Zipfel Chao ’95 went to Carnegie Mellon University, where she received a bachelor of fine arts in industrial design followed by a master’s degree in rehabilitation science from the University of Pittsburgh. She works as an industrial design consultant with a concentration on usability and human factors and design for people with disabilities. Emily has worked on the design of a pediatric wheelchair, racing hand cycle, wheelchair obstacle avoidance system and exercise devices for use in spinal cord injury rehab. She has traveled to

India to collaborate with a factory on the design of a low-cost wheelchair for India and to Brazil and New Zealand for wheelchair-related work. Emily is now working to design an educational toy robot with the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute. In 2008, Emily returned to Kent Place to give a presentation to the Science National Honor Society and discuss how her high school interest in art and creative pursuits led her on a path to design and the start of a unique career. Emily credits Kent Place with encouraging her to think outside the box.

Aimee Bousquet Singer ’88 Associate Director of Development & Alumnae Relations Outstanding Contribution to the Kent Place Community Award The Outstanding Contribution to the Kent Place Community Award is presented annually to a member of the faculty, administration or staff who epitomizes the Kent Place values of excellence, respect for learning and for each other, giving to one’s community, and who has made a lasting impression on the school. Aimee Bousquet Singer ’88 joined the Kent Place Office of Development & Alumnae Relations in 2004, and within two years was promoted to Associate Director of Development & Alumnae Relations. Aimee is the heart of the Alumnae Board and works seamlessly to execute all of their programs and events. She implemented strategies that have increased alumnae participation in the Annual Fund, established a senior class giving program, which won

a CASE award for educational fundraising, launched the “Kent Place Women” panels and is the editor of the bi-annual alumnae magazine Keeping Pace, which earned the school a CASE honorable mention. Aimee received a BA from Lafayette College and then went on to pursue a career in magazine publishing, holding marketing positions at Allure, Inc., and, most recently, as marketing director of Bon Appétit.

2010 alumnae awards Please see page 39 for Alumnae Association Call for Nominations



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regional events


Kent Place travels around the country to visit with alumnae, past parents, grandparents and friends of the school. If you are interested in hosting an alumnae gathering, please contact the Office of Development & Alumnae Relations at (908) 273-0900, ext. 219.

Mantoloking, NJ Nancy Van Duyne ’76 hosted a gathering for alumnae, current parents and past parents in July.

Event host Nancy Van Duyne ’76 with daughter Katie and dad Philip

(back, l to r) Elizabeth Budd Bugliari ’59, Stephanie Sayia Walsh ’95, Suzanne Sayia, Nancy Van Duyne ’76, Lucy Carmichael LaVoy ’43, Michael Murphy, Jr., Hilary Sayia ’04, Christine Wilder, Jean Birdsall Ball ’61, Tara Lester Raynolds ’73, Suzy Shearer Whitehorn ’81; (front, l to r) Ken LaVoy, Philip Van Duyne, Sheila McDermott Pardoe ’52, Ellie White, Janet Johnson (missing from photo: Sarah Lager O’Brien ’56 and Bob O’Brien)

Alumnae Board President Suzy Shearer Whitehorn ’81, Emeritus Trustee Tara Lester Raynolds ’73 and Christine Wilder


Sheila McDermott Pardoe ’52 and Janet Johnson

Hilary Sayia ’04, Alumnae Board member Stephanie Sayia Walsh ’95 and Suzanne Sayia



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keeping pace

Elizabeth Budd Bugliari ’59

from the director of development & alumnae relations


It has been a year since my last letter to you in Keeping Pace, and what an exciting year it has been. I am so proud to be a part of Kent Place and its community. What a pleasure it is to work with the school’s administration, which makes every decision based upon what will be best for our students. What a pleasure to work with so many caring parents whose volunteer efforts are simply exceptional. What a pleasure to know that we have such a fine faculty that educates and honors our students every day. And what a pleasure to work with extraordinary alumnae who return at least 200 strong for Reunion each year and who take such pride in being Kent Place graduates while celebrating the forward progress of the school. Once again, I can report that we exceeded our Annual Fund goal of $1.1 million this year by over $100,000! In a year that saw an economy just beginning to turn around and hard budget decisions being made by just about everyone, the Kent Place community pulled together and gave not only from their hearts but also from their heads, understanding the importance of individual support for the very finest in education. Thank you to each and every donor. Your support continues to make an incredibly positive impact on every program and every person at Kent Place. As for The Campaign for Kent Place, we continue to marvel at what has been accomplished. An amazing $27.5 million was raised in gifts and pledges for Phases I and II of the building campaign. The new Upper School is simply magnificent, and recently I toured the new Middle School, now housed in the old classroom building where most of us took classes. It, too, is remarkable. It is open and bright, the classrooms are spacious and the technology is first rate.

The grand staircase is still there, the old study hall (released from short-term duty as the art studio) is back and the old library’s lovely paneling and wonderful ceiling provide a hint of the past in what is now a state-of-the-art science lab. You simply must visit campus to experience and enjoy all that has taken place. So what is next? Do you remember the “new” Middle School, built in the mid-60s? Phase III of The Campaign for Kent Place School seeks to raise an additional $10 million to renovate that structure and bring it in line with the rest of the campus architecture. Included in the project will be a new visual arts center, an improved library and learning commons, a math center and an information technology and media center. At least $3 million of the money raised will be set aside for endowment purposes with the remainder used for construction. This community has shown a generosity of leadership, time and treasure that is truly inspirational. We thank you for understanding the needs of an independent school and for recognizing that education and the positive leadership it inspires are truly the hope of the future.


Elizabeth Budd Bugliari ’59




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creating legacies kristen potter farnham ’86


With six years as a trusts and estates attorney and another six as a planned giving officer at Bowdoin College, Kristen Potter Farnham ’86 understands the importance of giving back to the places she cares about. Kent Place is one of those places. “The four years I spent at KPS were so important to my academic and personal growth,” reflects Kristen. “Kent Place provided a springboard for all the intellectual and educational opportunities that are available out there. It taught me that young women can be leaders in every part of life. Whether the head of student government, the lead in the play or the team captain, there were no limitations on what girls could achieve. I have taken this valuable life lesson to every other school, job and organization with which I’ve been involved.” Kristen has achieved success in both her academic and professional pursuits. She graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in art history and then went on to receive a JD from Boston College Law School. Kristen is a trusts and estates attorney at Brann & Isaacson in Maine, and she is currently working on an LLM in taxation with a concentration in estate planning at Boston University School of Law. Kristen lives in Falmouth, ME, with her husband, twin 10-year-old sons and 3-year-old daughter. She is a volunteer for various non-profit groups and board

Kristen Potter Farnham ’86 with husband Bob, sons Henry and Nick and daughter Audrey

chair for Youth Alternatives Ingraham, an organization that delivers a full spectrum of social services and mental health care to individuals and families. In addition to being a supporter of the Kent Place Annual Fund, Kristen has chosen to give back to the school by establishing a bequest in her will that names Kent Place as a beneficiary. A bequest is a simple yet meaningful way to make a positive contribution to Kent Place, from helping to attract and retain outstanding faculty, to strengthening academic, arts and athletic programs, to creating opportunities for qualified students to attend KPS, to maintaining and enhancing our beautiful grounds and facilities. Kent Place relies on individuals such as Kristen to help strengthen the Kent Place experience and keep its future bright for generations to come. We thank Kristen Potter Farnham ’86 and all members of the Heritage Society for creating legacies at Kent Place School.

planned giving: it’s never too soon to plan As it is for many alumnae, my experience at Kent Place means a great deal to me. I was nourished by the intellectual curiosity of my teachers and classmates, offered opportunities to serve in leadership roles and supported by the close community that is fostered on the Kent Place campus. My work as an estate planning attorney reminds

By Kristen Potter Farnham ’86

me on a daily basis of the value of planning for the people and places you care about. A planned gift is one way to express that respect and affection. So what is planned giving anyway – and aren’t I too young for that? Planned giving is simply adding Kent continued on page 39




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alumnae association call for nominations planned giving: it’s never too soon to plan continued from page 38 Place to your estate plan in some fashion. It can be done at any age and is pretty easy to do – you can name Kent Place as a beneficiary of your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy. In addition to my Annual Fund gifts, I added Kent Place to my will. There’s no immediate cost to me, and I can have a real impact on Kent Place well into the future. When I told Kent Place of my plans, they made me a member of the Heritage Society, which recognizes all donors who have made a planned gift to the school. In the planned-giving arena, there are lots of gift vehicles to choose from, depending upon your circumstances. A bequest might make sense for a younger donor who is starting a family or developing a career path. A donor with some capital to invest could establish a charitable trust with Kent Place as one of the beneficiaries, or add Kent Place to an existing trust from which she receives income. Charitable gift annuities may appeal to donors who are over age 65, are concerned about the volatility of equity markets and find the prospect of fixed income appealing. Gifts of real estate can make sense when downsizing a primary residence or vacation property, as these tend to be highly appreciated assets and gifts of these assets can offer some capital gains benefits. Additional options include gifts of other assets such as IRA or pension plan assets, life insurance policies or gifts-in-kind (i.e. art, books, furniture). Kent Place employs very capable staff to manage the Heritage Society and can explain all of the types of planned gifts offered by Kent Place (with no obligation). Perhaps there is a planned gift that meets your needs and circumstances – and can create a lasting legacy on the Kent Place campus.

The Alumnae Association is accepting nominations for the 2011 Alumnae Awards, which honor outstanding alumnae celebrating their Reunion this year (classes ending in 1s and 6s). The award recipients will be announced in early spring and honored at the Alumnae Association Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation during Reunion Weekend in May. Please submit nominations by February 1, 2011, and include your name, as you may be contacted to provide supporting information about your nominee(s). Mail nominations to: Kent Place School Alumnae Association Awards 42 Norwood Avenue Summit, NJ 07902-0308 Or e-mail nominations to: For additional information, please contact Ann Wood in the Office of Development & Alumnae Relations at (908) 273-0900, ext. 234. The Barbara Wight Biddison ’30 Distinguished Alumna Award Awarded annually since 1977 to an alumna in recognition of her exceptional dedication to the school and demonstration of leadership in volunteer, academic or professional pursuits. Nominee: ___________________________________ Class of ___________ Alumna Community Service Award Presented to an alumna who, through her dedicated service, contributes to her community, state or nation as a volunteer and who personifies the mission of Kent Place School. Nominee: ___________________________________ Class of ___________ Alumna Professional Achievement Award Presented to an alumna who, through her success and contributions in her professional field and loyalty to Kent Place, personifies the mission of Kent Place School. Nominee: ___________________________________ Class of ___________ Young Alumna Award Presented to an alumna who has graduated from Kent Place within the past 15 years and has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments within her career, profession or community. Nominee: ___________________________________ Class of ___________

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the heritage society Patricia MacDonald ’53

Susan Kyle Anthony ’59

Helen Maynard Mahood ’71

Catherine Johnston Avery ’84

Ruth Henderson McDowell ’32 *

Winifred Sorg Vogt ’46

Barbara Wight Biddison ’30

Mary Nicholls McMillan ’40

Jean Palmer Walbridge ’31

Barbara E. Black ’72

Emily L. Meschter ’60

Rosalie Slack Walton ’58

Barbara Loudon Boyd ’48

Margot Saur Meyer ’56

Betty Hurst Welsh ’32 *

Leslie Joan Brookes ’59

Gary E. Monnier

Josephine Volkening White ’54

Helen Gadebusch Brough ’40

Malcolm Niedner

Jeanne Tansey Will ’58

Janet Yeaw Carhart ’71

Deborah and David B. Osborne

Barbara Wheelock Wirth ’43

Nancy Zolto Carnes ’64

(Deborah McKown ’57 *)

Elizabeth Bates Carrick ’31

Sarah A. Parker ’45 *

Marthanne G. Carver ’72

Mary Burke Partridge ’63

Jean Forbes Christman ’51

Doris Pattison

Kenneth D. Cole

Ruth U. Paul ’34

Mary Drake Coles ’20 *

Henry Pfaff *

Eileen M. Core

Elizabeth Hankin Potter ’37

Betsy Busch Crosby ’66

Nancy L. Purdy ’47

Lynda Smith Deming ’63 *

Roberta Green Puschel ’61

Mrs. Edward L. Dillinger

Sherril-Ann and John W. Rechsteiner

(Marjorie Hankin ’41)


Jean and William* R. Vanderbilt

Anonymous *

(Sherril-Ann Gillette ’49)

Elizabeth Lum Drake ’18 *

Jean L. Reynolds ’40 *

Doreen Crawford Dun ’55

James L.D. Roser

Nicholas C. English H’94 *

Doris Hoagland Rutherford ’37

Kristen Potter Farnham ’86

Carolyn White Sampson ’53

Lynn T. Gardam

Marie and Robert P. Sanna

Bebe Lord Gow ’44

Joan and Lacy Seabrook *

Judith Hover Harper ’55

Jonathan O. Simonds

Marjorie Leigh Hart ’46

Robin Miesem Smith ’55

Barbara Reid Hecklinger ’57

Susan Savage Speers ’47

William Heyne *

Janet Sorg Stoltzfus ’48 *

Laura Noon Jennings ’67

Eleanor Feick Thompson ’36 *

Laura Staehle Johnson ’69

Harriet Brown Total ’27 *

Natalie Veit Kelley ’45

Margaret Blake Tyler ’44 *

Miriam Paul Leslie ’34 *

Marjorie Zink VanArsdale ’39 *

Mary Louise Lipscomb

Grace Staub Van Derbeck ’37 *

(Jean White ’39)

Sally and Anthony C. Woodruff (Sally Walker ’58) Charlotte Shirley Wyman ’44 * * deceased

The Heritage Society was established in 1987 to honor individuals who have included Kent Place in their estate plans. To discuss how you can create a legacy at Kent Place School through a planned giving vehicle, please contact Elizabeth Budd Bugliari ’59 in the Office of Development & Alumnae Relations at (908) 273-0900, ext 213 or



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class notes 1932 Photos for Class Notes We love pictures for your Class Notes! To achieve the best results, here are some tips for sending in photos that will look great in print: For traditional hard copy prints •

4 x 6 glossy prints work best (matte prints do not scan well).

Mary Cadley Burke writes, “I have given up my apartment at Essex Meadows and am now living in its health care center. I am still able to get around with a walker. My daughter Helen takes my phone calls as my hearing is failing. I loved my four years as a boarder at KPS. I turned 95 years old in April.” Mary would love to hear from her classmates.

For digital photos •

Set your digital camera to the best photo setting.

Set the photo size to 4 x 6 inches or greater and 300 dpi.

Save your files as JPEG or TIFF.

E-mail your photos as attachments; DO NOT include them in the body of your message.

Please identify everyone in your photo and provide a caption.

It is important to know that we cannot reproduce photos from photocopies, paper printouts, magazines or newsprint. We must have either a traditional print or the digital photo file. We cannot guarantee use of photos that do not meet these guidelines.

If your class does not have a secretary, please send your news to the Alumnae Office at (908) 273-0900, ext. 234 or e-mail

1935 Barbara Hartford Condon 142 Roxy Cahoon Road Plymouth, MA 02360 (508) 888-3215 It is with sadness that I inform you of Helen Tams Twitchell’s passing at Pine Heights Home in Brattleboro, VT, in March. Helen was a devoted mathematics teacher for 28 years. She loved teaching as well as photography, crocheting and working on the farm. She was also a 50-year member of the Londonderry Grange and was active on several town committees. Mary Gill Roby writes, “I’m on about my fifth life and living at Cloverwood, a retirement home, in a patio house. I’ve been here about three years and love it! I’ve just turned in my car license, but because of friends, family and the bus services at the retirement home, I don’t miss driving.” The Alumnae Office received word that

Mary died on July 9. Mary’s obituary states, “She will be remembered with joy for her zest for life, her revelry in family, friends and grandchildren and her colorful ways: her painting, her vibrancy, her laughter, her gardening, her sartorial flair and, of course, her ‘yellow bird’ electric car.”

1936 It is with great sadness that I inform you of Elizabeth Eken’s passing on April 15. Her niece Lilian Eken Najarian ’60 writes, “She was a neuropsychiatrist until her retirement in the mid-1990s. She also enjoyed raising and showing her poodles and Rottweilers as well as caring for rescue dogs.”

1939 Mary Whitner Rogers Soule died peacefully on April 23 at her home in Dedham, MA. Mary was always willing to make a difference, becoming involved with many groups and activities. She was an elected member of the Dedham Town Meeting for many decades and was active in the Dedham League of Women Voters in the 60s and 70s as well as serving as their president for many years. She was active in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for over 60 years. Mary was an avid swimmer to the very end. Her love of water led her to the Charles River Watershed Association, a group formed to protect, preserve and enhance the Charles River and




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its watershed. She served for many years on the Dedham Conservation Commission. She loved to travel with her late husband and had visited almost every corner of the globe. Mary was an avid gardener and tennis player. As her Parkinson’s disease progressed over the last several years, she remained determined not to be defeated by it; she continued to enjoy her time with friends and family.

postcards. Ken and I are lucky to spend a good part of the year in Florida and a few summer months in my old family home in Bay Head, NJ. Ken’s three daughters are wonderful to us. We had a family reunion in Bay Head last September. We rented a house behind our beach house and had 12 visitors from Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle and Charleston, SC, who brought Ken’s 3-year-old great-granddaughter. She was good as gold at all of our family dinner parties. We enjoy concerts, largescreen opera, bridge, croquet and traveling to see friends.

1940 Jane DeBevoise Cissel 38 Long Pasture Road Little Compton, RI 02837 (401) 635-2873

1942 Emily Churchill Wood 3622 South Yorktown Place Tulsa, OK 74105 (918) 749-4110 Evie Rush Phillips writes that her husband Jack passed away on February 23 in Clearwater, FL. Jack and Evie had been married for 65 years. Our condolences to you, Evie. The Alumnae Office also received word that Betsy Lyons Jones’s husband “Jonesy” passed away on April 18 after 67 years of marriage. Betsy, we send out deepest sympathy to you.

1943 Lucy Carmichael LaVoy (Mrs. Kenneth) 100 Royal Palm Way, C-2 Palm Beach, FL 33480 (561) 832-9291 Bobbie Hoffman Swan and Tom have moved from Short Hills to Fellowship Village in Basking Ridge, NJ, and like it very much. Jean Kerby Boland writes


1945 Bobbie Hoffmann Swan ’43 and husband Tom in Washington, D.C.

from Stamford, CT. Her husband Chris died in 2008 and we send her our sympathy. She sees “Tommy” Tompkins Starkweather occasionally. Jean keeps busy with the library, church and soup kitchen. She plays bridge to keep her mind alert and plays word games with her grandchildren. She has six wonderful children and 11 grandchildren ages 10 to 25. Tommy and Jim are in good health but have slowed down a bit. They enjoy their large family and watching their grandchildren grow up, each so different. She and Jim enjoyed a cruise to Panama and Costa Rica and also a trip to western Canada, Calgary to Vancouver. Buffie Henson Rickards, our English classmate during World War II, is very good about keeping in touch. She sees Clayre MacDowell Houston when Clayre visits London, and Buffie would love to see any other classmates when they are in London. She travels to South Africa to see the wildflowers in the fall. I enjoy being our class secretary but wish more of you would return my

The Alumnae Office received word that Class Secretary Mary Loblein Bird passed away on September 28. She will be greatly missed by family, friends and classmates. Erdice Rockhill Pardee passed away on February 9 in Newport, RI. Erdice was an active fundraiser for community non-profits, dabbled in real estate and was an active tennis and bridge player. She loved to read, travel and meet people from all walks of life. She retired with her husband Trevor aboard their yacht Talaria and cruised the eastern seaboard of the United States, Central America and the Caribbean for 17 years.

1947 Anne Campbell Dowell 3500 Kirklees Road Winston Salem, NC 27104 (336) 768-5880 I was so glad to hear from five of you – thanks for keeping in touch. Helen Preus Mairs writes, “All’s well in St. Paul. Had plans to go to Bob’s 60th Yale reunion, but I tripped on an elliptical machine and cracked my



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knee cap, so we cancelled that one.” They went to their cabin north of Duluth for Memorial Day with family. They have plans for a trip to Norway in August, courtesy of their daughter Heide. “An employee of Exxon in Houston, she’s been going there on business in the winter and will enjoy seeing it in the summer. Her 12-yearold son Chippy is coming, as well as sister Elizabeth who lives here. Julia married Rich Weisbecker on our 50th wedding anniversary in November. Son Rob and wife Aimee continue parenting Joe (8) and Will (6). We acquired a wonderful pal, 4-yearold Ruby, through Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota.” Jenny Naess Moe writes, “I am so lucky to have family around me, and I so enjoy my perky grandchildren. Do quite a bit in connection with my church, and do treasure the support of good friends there. Was booked for a cruise in late April with my English sister but had to cancel because of a bad fall and injuries to my back. Had a fun meeting with Liz Budd Bugliari ’59 – she is my sister’s sister-in-law and was visiting for a weekend. She does such a good job at Kent Place and is fun to be with.” Jenny nicely tells us, “Remember – today is the first day of the rest of your life.” I was so glad to get news of Eleanor Rathbone Nichols from her husband Bill. He writes that Eleanor’s balance worsened and she had a number of falls. In February she moved to the health center at The Cypress, where they live. She had more falls, including one with a cracked vertebra. They have changed her medication and things seem better. “She remains cheerful, never complains, and seems to have made the adjustment to a new lifestyle – maybe better than I have. Seven of our 10 grands are now out of college, three still working at it. And we have three ‘greats’ now – all here in Charlotte, so we get to see them from time to time.”

Nancy Purdy says, “I’ve sold my house in Madison and look forward mightily to moving to a retirement home in Basking Ridge – a number of my friends have moved there and have been very happy.” She was planning a short trip to Santa Fe in August for the summer opera festival there. She has found “the productions extremely good, and the history and art of the area very absorbing. Without a house to swallow up time and money, I will be able to spend more time in New York and skipping around to music festivals and art exhibits elsewhere. My little terrier will be a great hit in our new home – she loves people.” Kathanne Harter Webster writes, “Dick is stable, thanks to his miracle medications. We have even been able to travel to Brussels, and again to Paris, by Eurostar, for a couple of nights to stay with a daughter or close friends.” They planned to fly to Boston in late June to stay at their cottage on Lake Webster, MA, until returning in mid-August. They attended a large Webster family reunion on Lake George in mid-July, driven there by their daughter who lives 10 minutes away from their cottage. “Otherwise, we see lots of friends and family, where we can offer something rather like a resort, which is marvelous, given Dick’s health problems. I recently celebrated my 80th with half the family here plus a few close friends, and we will have another party while we are in the States. I wanted no celebration, but the daughters chose otherwise. I confess it was fun, and I don’t feel any older.” Bobbie MacWhinney Schneidewind and her husband Bill are so glad he has recovered nicely from last year’s long illness. They have plans for a family reunion at Hilton Head in early summer and a trip overseas in October. Cecily Billings Stack and husband Bud have plans to attend a grandson’s wedding in late August in Manhattan Beach, CA. Bud had back

surgery but is recovering nicely and hopes to get back to playing golf. Cec still plays some tennis and golf. They leave Charleston in June and go to the Jersey shore until October. I am so sorry to report that Dr. Myles Morrison, husband of Pat Porter Morrison, died in early April. He was loved and respected by so many, and we extend our sincere sympathy to Pat and all her family. The Alumnae Office received a note from Anne Cusack Swanson Parkhurst. “Twice widowed, Robert Swanson when I was 35 and Edward Parkhurst in my 70s, I have four great sons: two surgeons at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston (Richard Swanson is a cancer surgeon and Scott Swanson is a thoracic surgeon), Robert Swanson, Jr., is retired as principal in the second largest management consulting firm in the United States and Kirk Swanson is dean of students at the Landmark School in Manchester, MA.” The Alumnae Office received a call from Leigh Barnes Ponvert’s daughter Joslyn informing us that Leigh sadly passed away on July 15 from complications related to myelofibrosis. “Leigh was a gifted entrepreneur. During her successful professional career, she was a magazine editor (the youngest in the nation at the time), a designer of men’s clothing, an interior designer and a broker of country estates, forming her own real estate firm in Millbrook, NY, in 1989. Leigh retired to Charleston, SC, in 2000 and immediately set to work designing new homes, including ‘Pig Walk’ on Broad Street and a cottage in Aiken, SC. She also enjoyed Kiawah Island.”




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Not much change for Bruce and me. We stay fairly busy keeping up the yard and little garden. In July, I plan my usual family vacation at Pocono Lake, PA, with children and grandchildren. Many of us have reached our 80th this year – so we’re in the four score club. That’s not a very exclusive club, but I guess we’re glad to be there. I never thought I’d live to see 2000, and here we are in 2010!!! Keep up your exercise and stay in touch.

1948 Jean Coghlan Griswold writes, “When I started Special Care 28 years ago, it turned out I was a ‘pioneer who revolutionized the home care industry.’ With the assistance of my husband Lincoln and son Kent, who came home from his job in Australia to help, the company (now Griswold Special Care) grew from a fledgling start-up on our dining room table to 107 offices in 18 states and in two foreign countries. Two years ago, Lincoln and I moved from our apartment over the office, where commuting in my wheelchair by elevator was very convenient, to Meadowood, a beautiful 131-acre retirement community, where our 24-mile commute was much less convenient. Last year we reluctantly agreed to sell the company. When the new owners decided they did not need our help, we found ourselves unexpectedly retired. I’ve always wanted to help people so, still an entrepreneur, I’m trying to decide what kind of new service business to start now.”

1949 Joan Lanston McKeown (Mrs. Samuel) 7C Canterbury Road Chatham, NJ 07928-1768 (973) 635-2744


Joan Lanston McKeown ’49 and family at the dedication of the McKeown Cabin at Camp Dudley at Kiniya in Colchester, VT

On July 12, I had the pleasure of being a part of the dedication of the McKeown Cabin (sleeps 12 girls including their leaders) at Camp Dudley at Kiniya in Colchester, VT, on Lake Champlain on a beautiful sunny Adirondack day. The dedication is a huge honor to our McKeown families and the Baratta family (Joanie, our daughter in San Diego, CA). The directors of the camps presented remarks acknowledging our camp involvement over the past 54 years. A bronze plaque is mounted on the outside of the cabin with our camp numbers – Sam 5178 and Joan 18178 (numbers given when you first attend camp and remain with you forever). I clearly feel “for better, for worse, for richer and poorer…” and silently “Camp Dudley” was included in our marriage vows. What a blessing! Our lives together focused on young people and mine continues to do so.

1950 Adrienne Kelly Carr (Mrs. John L.) 2776 Highway 28 N Clayton, GA 30525 (706) 782-7583 Aileen Black Robertson writes, “People really are not interested in one’s travels.” I found what she writes about hers fascinating and hope you will, too! “I was in Tunisia in January, which was delightful with all the Roman and Berber ruins I love to wander through. It was quite cold camping in the desert, below 40 with carpets for cover that were so heavy it was very difficult to turn over! I never have trouble sleeping, but the thought of wandering around the desert trying to find the port-a-potty was not pretty. In March, I went to Bhutan and Nepal trekking, rafting and hiking. Great fun and good exercise but a little hot in Nepal – over 100 during the mid-day. Hiking in Bhutan was cooler as we tackled the Tiger’s Nest; beautiful views all the way up! I was disappointed that we were not able to go to the top because of insurance coverage, which we didn’t



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know about until we got there! Bhutan is very hilly to say the least; valleys, hills, rivers and not great roads. But good hiking and trekking with delightful, warm, friendly people. Very provincial, with a King everyone seems to love. Kathmandu in Nepal is crowded, dirty and full of young kids who look quite happy and speak some English, but it is so congested! As is Pokahara. But again, delightful people. The best was out in the country where we were trekking and rafting. They can’t do enough for you, and this was no posh group! After being in Nepal, I thought that I had had it with third world countries for a while, but I know that will recede and I will be off somewhere else soon.” Phyllis Tilson Piotrow writes from Hawaii where, for the ninth year, she was helping with the East-West Center’s summer seminar on communicating with policymakers about population and health. “Always interesting, always a challenge, now especially as the Internet and other social networks are changing the way traditional media like newspapers work, or do not work, today. I do find it hard to keep up with blogs, Facebook and Twitter – even PowerPoint and so on. I wonder how much our generation really needs to know about social media, but I do wish I were adept at it.” Anne Waterson Gordon writes, “My main pleasure is enjoying spring and warm weather after a dreadful winter. And everything is early this year, the positive side of global warming. Went to Indiana, PA, over Memorial Day weekend – a pleasant little college town in a sort of time warp – no big box stores but drugstores that aren’t part of a chain, good restaurants and several state parks nearby.” One of Marjorie Diebolt Yukich’s joys since converting to Roman Catholicism some years ago is going to Mass every day. She often takes others who can no longer drive. Her

other big delight is her dog Chip, a wonderful companion. Mabel Depue O’Brien writes that “Dick died in March after years of diabetes and all the related problems. It’s difficult, compounded by losing my dog to a brain tumor. But I’m keeping busy with family and friends. I am organizing, as usual, the annual Bean Supper to benefit a local historic church building.” Anne Major Florey listed her joys as still playing lots of wonderful chamber music with old and new friends; giving tours for young children, high school students and seniors at the Princeton University Art Museum; traveling with Klaus (recently the eastern Mediterranean) and children and grandchildren (Germany last summer); reading Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence (a brilliantly written book, part fairy tale, part history), and Kimmelman’s Portraits (an intriguing account of interviews with contemporary artists). Suzy Kerry Stockslager had a great time taking two daughters to New Orleans and then on a cruise to Mexico. Also, Nancy and her family went to Navarre for a week. She went to the Reunion and wished she’d seen more of us! No news about new puppies. I talked with Jacqueline Gibbs Dreyer. Julian’s health suffered a setback this year, but some new medicine is helping. Her big news and source of joy is a new granddaughter born this spring to son Jed and Megan, who live nearby. “Fun to have a little one again.” Karla Hofmeister Williams finds that, especially now that she’s retired, her greatest delight is her grandchildren, particularly the youngest, a 5-year-old.

a beautiful spring at our mountain house and Atlanta condo and following with joy, and occasional worries, the progress of our nine grandkids.

1951 Joyce Cudlipp Wiggin (Mrs. R. Mitchell) 17 Winding Way Short Hills, NJ 07078 (973) 376-1717

1953 Kate Burke Wood 7 Foxwood Drive Princeton, NJ 08540-4302 (609) 683-8194

1954 Marianna Ruprecht Mitchell 3 Wideloop Road Rolling Hills, CA 90274-5234 (310) 541-4372

1955 Doreen Crawford Dun (Mrs. James L.) P.O. Box 42 16 Hatch Farm Road East Boothbay, ME 04544 (207) 633-4228

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e 1958 classmates Ann Marshall Searles and Martha Nettleton Behr sharing KPS memories at a Vassar reunion in Chicago

1958 Terri Smit Kirchen 204 Trinity Drive Elon, NC 27244 (336) 584-6789

1960 Lisa Anderson Todd 3811 Fulton Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20007 (202) 377-3027 (202) 337-4715 FAX I recommended a place to stay for our 50th Reunion weekend, but the owners sold it before our weekend. The DeBary Inn at the end of Springfield Avenue was a wonderful substitute for talking over breakfast and sitting on the front porch. We easily managed the walk from the Inn to Kent Place. A good time was had by all: Joan Biddison Goodrich, Sue Hand, Cindy Williams Hinchman, Anne Sonnekalb Iskrant, Winnie Hesson McCormick, Emily Meschter, Judie Allcock Moore, Lilian Eken Najarian, Susie Coffin Old, Susie Wight Poinier, Pat Downs Ramsay, Sallie Krusen Reister, Sandy Lee Simmers, Nancy Bigelow Sinclair,


Emeritus Trustees Missy Burke Partridge ’63, Emily Meschter ’60 and Judy Tansey Hunt ’61 at the grand opening of the Emily Meschter Early Learning Center in August. “Emily’s Place” will serve 3- to 5-year-old preschoolers in the Flowing Wells Unified School District of Tucson, AZ. Emily began her service to the Flowing Wells District in 1994 when she began the “Dreamer” program by adopting an entire 4th grade class at Laguna Elementary and providing them the promise of a college education

Dhuanne Schmitz Tansill and Suzanne Steinbuhler Wickham. Our exuberant fourth grade pen pals were great hosts for lunch on Friday. The Director of the Primary School introduced himself, the school chorus entertained us and then the girls showed us their classrooms and accomplishments. After lunch Elizabeth Budd Bugliari ’59 summoned us to the Mabie House garden for a big surprise. Emily Meschter made a Reunion gift of a brick courtyard. The name of each of our 54 classmates and “Class of 1960 50th Reunion – 2010” are on the bricks. What an honor to be in brick that will be placed permanently at the entry to the new building. Thank you, Emy. We stayed at Mabie House for a fascinating, special presentation by Karen Rezach, PhD, Director of the Middle School and Director of the Ethics Institute. She discussed examples of ethical dilemmas the students face and how the school has adapted the curriculum to guide them in their decision-making. The campus tour

if they completed high school. Since this time, Emily has continued to support the district and its students in a variety of wonderful ways.

was unusual for us this year. We followed construction-worker guides through the old building, our Upper School, which is under restoration and renovation for opening as the Middle School this fall. The alumnae panel in the afternoon was followed by a cocktail reception in the Great Room in the new Upper School Academic center. Sue Bosland was a gracious host for a splendid dinner at the Head’s house. She answered our many questions about the state of the school which, from all indications, is excellent. A number of people let me know that they were unable to come to Reunion. In late March I visited Jane Ashbaugh Couch again in Fayette, AL. She asked about our classmates and wished she could have come. Barbara Booth Drobnyk sounded close to coming, but she and her daughter were helping the young family of a close friend after she received a cancer diagnosis. Jane Boyle Gerrish stayed home in Maine due to her husband’s ill health. Elizabeth Blank Hartley was not



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traveling to the USA, but “going to Provence in early May to visit mainly Roman sites.” She sent her regards to everyone from York, England. Jeanie Blackmar McLerie-Keppeler reported that she and Ken are working with the New Mexico Humanities Council with a traveling Smithsonian Exhibition called Museum on Main Street. The exhibit, New Harmonies – Celebrating America’s Roots Music, will travel to six different small towns. As designated state scholars, they will be helping the communities integrate their local roots music into an accompanying exhibit and develop a series of presentations to bring a deeper understanding of New Mexico’s contribution to America’s roots music. In July they have planned a month-long tour in England, Wales and Ireland. Jeanie also proudly reported that two of her students came in the top 16 out of 200 kids in Hey Mozart, a children’s music composition project. Jeanie says, “So retired we are not, not tired neither.” More information is on their website, Sandy Fiore Roy probably would have come to Reunion, but she had family visiting from California and needed to be home in Bethesda, MD. Cindy and I gave her a report on the weekend and showed her photos over lunch. Sandy keeps busy training German shepherds that are used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as protective sniffers. Emily Meschter provided an update on Emily’s Place, the early-childhood learning center named after her in Tucson, AZ. Construction proceeded as planned, the furniture delivered and playground equipment installed. The ribbon cutting was August 13, the week after school opened, so all could “see it for the first time with all the kids buzzing around in full force in their new environment.”

1961 Marianne Schwarz Bentley 6522 Rolling Fork Drive Nashville, TN 37205 (615) 356-8260 Grateful for KPS, Doris Hodges Heiser writes, “I was chosen as one of the 2010 Women of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal. I know that my Kent Place upbringing (grades 4 through 12) and the ability to serve in several leadership positions, including president of student government, helped me tremendously along the way.” Doris is the director of donor services at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation (one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country). It is Doris’s job to connect donors with the causes they wish to serve. The work keeps her close to not only the folks with money, but the nonprofit workers and volunteers who use it to better a community. Doris has had this role within the world of philanthropy for more than 25 years. For 10 years, she has taught a course on resource development for community foundations and has taken her expertise overseas to places like the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

with my students. My work as a consultant to the Parks Department has continued, and I have written two publications. The first is a manual explaining the process of acquiring parks in New York City, and the second publication is a short history of park acquisitions since Robert Moses resigned as Parks Commissioner in 1960.”

1963 Louise Hall Grauer 558 Marine Street Boulder, CO 80302 (303) 517-6473 (303) 444-4428 FAX

1964 Gail Giblin Flynn 41 Atlantic Avenue Cohasset, MA 02025 (781) 383-0342

1962 Jane Cleaver writes, “The last year has been a good one for us. Dad’s health has been stable, with only minor respiratory problems; he is 95 years old! We had a wonderful party with family and friends in New York, and then a dinner party given by his neighbors in Cranford. We are all very grateful for his continued good health and great spirit. I continue to write and teach, both at New York Theological Seminary and for the Parks Department. I love being able to share my knowledge of the Bible and the history of the Ancient Near East

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interesting enterprises underway. She lives part time on Martha’s Vineyard and is a writer and photographer for Avalon, a new women’s magazine based there but with a global reach. She traveled to Ireland in July on a writing assignment, and she spends time with her son’s family and grandson as often as she can.

John and Suzanne Smith Talbott ’63 with Lexa Johnson ’66 and Mike Straight at Nokomis Beach on Casey Key, FL

1965 Janet B.W. Williams (Dr.) 7 Random Road Princeton, NJ 08540

1966 Linda (Lindy) Burns Jones 114 Thistle Patch Way Hingham, MA 02043 (781) 749-3128 Laura Barrett took the retirement leap from UMDNJ at the end of June, which has afforded her some muchenjoyed travel time. In May, she and friends visited the Brandywine Valley (Longwood Gardens, Winterthur Museum) and attended the Medical Library Association annual meeting in D.C. Then, she flew to her two nieces’ high school graduations in Phoenix and Denver, followed by a road trip with friends to the Shakespeare and Shaw festivals in upstate New York. All of this is capped with a trip to Germany for a wedding in August! Her new e-mail address is: Mary Marcella (aka Marcy) Brown is bouncing around with a number of


Betsy Busch Crosby and husband John officially invite anyone visiting the Westerly, RI, area to give them a call. Having recently completed their year-round home there, they will eventually spend at least half of each year there. She is gradually pulling back a bit from her very active real estate career in Summit, transitioning some of her clients to her business partner. Janet Carbone Johnson attended her 40th reunion at BU and, like so many of us, had flashbacks to the tumultuous spring of 1970. Wow, what a time that was! Janet and Peter enjoy their home in Florida, and she has kept her position as manager of the Boston Tennis Club. Lain and Lindy always love it when Janet comes to the Vineyard for a visit! Tricia Hodge Parks writes about how blessed she is with her close-knit family! Son Rusty and his wife live in Manhattan Beach, CA, with their three children under age 6, and manage to visit with Tricia and Terry five to six times a year. Daughter Elizabeth lives nearby, works for Tricia’s company,

Nicolas Beau, grandson of Margo Harrison Bloom ’65, was born March 13.

and is married with a 1-year-old son, whom Tricia has the pleasure of babysitting each week. Husband Terry happily continues to teach computer science in the Dallas college system. Parks Associates is thriving in spite of the economic challenges these days, with a consistent group of key employees who have developed into a high-functioning team! Tricia and Terry spent most of June and all of July on Martha’s Vineyard. Lain Livingston Howarth’s big news is the June 15 birth of her first grandchild, a precious little girl aptly named Lainie, whose dad is Lain’s son Clinton. The Howarths spent much of their summer going “back to America” from Chappaquiddick to visit Lainie and her parents near Boston. From wintery South Africa, Elsebe Venter Vetten writes with the sad news of the passing on April 27 of Joan Kirkpatrick Flemming’s dear mother, who took Elsebe under her loving wing all those years ago! I am certain we all join Elsebe in sending our warmest condolences to Joan and her family in the wake of such an enormous loss. Elsebe was devastated to be unable to attend the funeral because of the volcanic ash situation and U.S. visa issues, but added that “Mom Flemming really played a large role in my life and that of my children as she was their Grandma Flemming….we kept in close contact, despite the distance, and there is now an emptiness in all our lives.” Elsa Voelcker’s life remains full, despite her teaching being cut back at both colleges. She is now focusing on her greeting card business and promoting the shooting of black and white traditional silver portraits in her studio. Daughter Carla graduated in 2008 summa cum laude from Plymouth State College, and in 2009 got her master’s in art and teaching from there as well. She was hired to teach art at Phillips Exeter Academy



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Martha Gordon Santiuste 7 Harrison Court Summit, NJ 07901 (908) 277-2030 (908) 598-0691 FAX

Janet Yeaw Carhart 25 Hawthorn Terrace Florence, MA 01062 (413) 586-1685

Judith Armstrong 27 Colonial Terrace Springfield, NJ 07081 (973) 376-8187

1968 Lindy Burns Jones ’66 with classmate Susan Butterworth Lord and daughter Jamie on Martha’s Vineyard

beginning this fall. Son Ben has studied at Wentworth Institute of Technology and did an internship at Nuvera, a Massachusetts company doing research on hydrogen fuel cell technology. As for your class secretary, I am writing from Martha’s Vineyard, looking forward to seeing Marcy, Lain, Tricia and possibly Janet while here (until October)! Susan Butterworth Lord and her daughter Jamie surprised me with a visit while on Martha’s Vineyard in July. We hadn’t seen each other in many years, and we enjoyed an afternoon of catching up! I attended my 40th Smith reunion in May and connected with a classmate who is also here each summer! What a small world/island this is. It’s always such fun to hear from you KPSers, and I urge more of you to write and keep in touch – a good way for us to build up momentum for our 45th Reunion next spring! Cheers and love to all.

Addie Bernheim Firtel 70 Saint Malo Beach Oceanside, CA 92054

1969 Laura Staehle Johnson 1468 E. Buckshutem Road Millville, NJ 08332 (856) 825-6776 (856) 825-1631 FAX

1970 Harty Platt du Pont P.O. Box 4 Green Village, NJ 07935 (973) 377-6005 Lynn Daeschler Magrane 2 Lake Road Short Hills, NJ 07078 (973) 379-4714

1972 Barbara Black 203 Salem Court, Unit 4 Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 356-0400 Jenifer Smith Mathisen (201) 572-0881

1974 Tracy Allerton 114 NW 12th Street Delray Beach, FL 33444 (561) 278-6006

1975 Patti Neale-Schulz 709 West Haddonstone Place Mequon, WI 53092 (414) 241-8052 Our 35th Reunion has come and gone! Three cheers for Joan Albaugh, Claire Davis and Betsy Krementz who, according to Cathy Ambrose Smith, were the only ones able to attend. I had planned on being there, but was unable to make it at the last minute. I understand this happened to a number of other people. Anyway, maybe for our 40th we can storm the campus and get a large group of us there. Here’s what I heard from our fellow classmates. Lori Arthur writes, “I started a new job in January 2010 at the Lucile Packard




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Foundation for Children’s Health in Palo Alto, CA. I am enjoying raising funds to support both the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford’s Department of Pediatrics. Given that I do not have children, this is a special blessing in many ways. Tom Stroud (my significant other for the past 11 years) and I continue to enjoy life in the Bay Area, play golf and enjoy traveling (primarily to golf resorts) when we can. My parents reside in both North Carolina and Florida now, so I travel to the East Coast several times a year. I would love to visit KPS again before too long. Amazing that we just celebrated our 35th Reunion! Where did the time go?” According to Cathy Ambrose Smith, “Joan Albaugh said we would not recognize the campus! Same for Pingry: there are now three campuses and its main campus is huge now, too! My brother Will went back to receive a citation for my dad, who was inducted into the athletic hall of fame (for his cross-country and fencing). Nothing new to report except that we had a great trip to Istanbul in May and my daughter Maria graduated from grad school at American University, receiving her master’s in public communications.” Cindy Gordon writes, “I moved to Rocky Mount, NC, in March with my companion and pets. Leaving Pittsburgh, PA, and the snow behind! My mom passed away a year and half ago. I have been working for a large security company in a corporate environment. Hard to believe it will be 35 years since we graduated.” Leslie Norman’s show Now on PBS was canceled in April, so she is enjoying a break from the working world. She says that she will do some consulting while she plans her next move. Leslie visited with Cathy Walbridge Allen in Saratoga recently, and says, “It was great to catch up with Cathy – she seems happy, healthy, relaxed. We had a nice visit.”


Patti Neale-Schulz ’75 and family at daughter Kathleen’s graduation from Harvard

Stacy Rogers Golding writes, "Funny story – I went to a broker’s open house in New Vernon last week and realized that it was Julie Muchmore Cooney’s parents’ house. I mentioned to the agent that I knew Julie and she said that she just walked out the back door. Off I scrambled to catch her – and I did. We had a nice talk. She looks just the same except that she is now fully gray. She lives in Buck’s County, PA, is still very involved with horses and says that she has never been back to KPS since we graduated. Her parents both passed away within the last year: her dad at 92 and her mom at 90 (four months after him). They built the house and had lived there ever since – a sweet and sad story. Stacy says she also talked to Allie Ferrigni Rooke recently. Her older son is getting married the same weekend as my daughter Catherine graduates. She is doing well and has been busy with all the wedding prep, her role on the Pingry board and going to her other son’s races. He is apparently a pretty serious race car driver. Lori Arthur is going to try to rendezvous with us in North Carolina to move Catherine into her Duke dorm (you might remember that she’s a Dukie, plus her dad now lives in Pinehurst – so it’s a good excuse to come east). She did the same for our daughter Alex, since Alex is kind of a surrogate daughter (strangely Alex looks a lot like

Lori – petite and athletic with brown hair and huge brown eyes – weird).” Finally, my daughter Kathleen graduated in May from Harvard. I am stunned that the time has flown by so quickly. She’s heading straight to graduate school to pursue a master’s in fine arts in creative writing at Southern Illinois University. I threw the financial ball in her court for graduate school, and guess what – she got a full scholarship and a teaching assistantship! She will actually be earning money to teach freshman English. I can’t believe I have a young adult daughter who is making her way into the real world. Oh well, no time to dwell on that, I still have one in middle school and one starting high school. No time to rest! Take care everyone, and stay in touch!

1978 Eileen Conley Schlee The Crooked House, Bromeswell Suffolk 1P122PQ United Kingdom Time of writing is Wimbledon’s last days, and the weather remains strangely hot – by English standards – and utterly unrainy. Tomorrow I go to collect a youngest, tennis-playing daughter from Rugby School (missing



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my own regular Friday a.m. doubles); her eldest sister came back home today from an Oxford-Cambridge tennis event. Our middle son wants nothing to do with tennis. Quite right.

ment into independent schools, a position she held for 12 years. Amy has received widespread recognition over the years for the work that she has done. Congratulations Amy!

It’s been nearly 30 years since I last saw Amy Colley. I had just seen off a Williams friend at the Florence train station, when we crossed paths. Amy invited me to stay with her in Paris, where she was finishing her junior year, and I did. She had gone completely native, sleep talking in French (maybe it was Italian) and working also as an au pair. Amy went on to get an MA at Middlebury in Italian, another three years of life in Italy and an Italian wedding. Living now in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, Amy is in private practice as a clinical psychologist and has two children. She returned to Italia for her 50th birthday where, incidentally, I also spent mine.


I never saw Kathy/Kate Schomp once at college, which is a bit odd given its coziness. I think I spent too much time with jocks and not enough in the science quad (no time spent there) for our paths to have crossed. From our mutual 25th Reunion notes, however, I can report that Kate has been married over 23 years to John Spees, whom she met when they both worked for Andersen Consulting. The Spees live in “the hills of Oakland, CA, where deer, skunks, owls and the occasional mountain lion come to call. I have been teaching for the last years at a private, progressive school called Aurora.” Kate will by now be back to school herself for a master’s of education and a teaching credential. “We have two wonderful children, Kaitlyn and Sean. Whenever we aren’t at a soccer game or a cross-country meet, we go backpacking and skiing in the Sierras. I am still singing but now mostly in the church choir, at school assemblies or around the campfire.” There’s been an Odette Galli sighting. We met up in Maine for a day last

Clive Schlee, husband of Eileen Conley Schlee ’78, and Odette Galli ’78 on the beach in Maine last summer

summer, when Clive and I were en route to some sailing down east, and Odette was about to move into her house in greater Portland. Still in top shape for tennis, bicycling, running and whatnot, Odette is a fundraiser for the National Wildlife Foundation. Eighteen years on Wall Street, mostly Morgan Stanley, and then an extended stint as a financial journalist, brought Odette to Vassar College’s development office, then, four years later, up to Maine (including lots of time in Bar Harbor) to work for the NWF. She has three large black dogs, at the last count.

1980 Deborah Seymour Ries (Mrs. Dwight P.) 2752 Windsor Court Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 729-7680 (760) 597-4800, ext. 105

Tina Repetti Long (Mrs. Michael) c/o 1 Vroom Avenue Spring Lake, NJ 07762 Suzy Shearer Whitehorn lives in Madison with her husband Steve and their three daughters Erin (14), Leigh (12) and Kate (4). After working as a computer consultant, Suzy is now busy raising her children and volunteering in her community and children’s schools. In fact, she is just starting her first year as the President of the Kent Place Alumnae Association Board and oldest daughter Erin is entering into the freshman class at KPS! Suzy is hoping that many classmates will come back for their 30th KPS Reunion next year and encourages everyone to become a fan of Kent Place on Facebook.

1982 Tracey San Filippo Henick (Mrs. Arthur) 4068 Western Avenue Western Springs, IL 60558 (708) 784-0444

Amy Ziebarth has been appointed head of Far Brook School in Short Hills. After teaching history and Russian studies at Kent Place School and serving as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Amy left KPS to serve as the executive director of New Jersey SEEDS, an organization which prepares gifted students from financially limited families for place-




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1991 Andrea Carson Tanner 213 Oakland Place North Wales, PA 19454 (215) 661-8416

1983 classmates Phyllis Wood Breese and Connie Salimbeno spend time catching up.

Carolyn Montgomery-Forant ’82 and son Eli (6) welcome Phyllis Wood Breese ’83 and family to her cafe in New York City.



Bonnie Whitebred Canevari 349 La Grande Avenue Fanwood, NJ 07023 (908) 889-4866

Christina Lapp Holladay 3110 Chelmsford Drive Durham, NC 27705 (919) 489-6438



Melinda Hammer Lehman 15 Kilmer Road Larchmont, NY 10538 (914) 834-6341

Julie Roscoe Ducey 18 Hickory Road Summit, NJ 07901 (908) 273-5257


Kate Alton Kaynak writes, “My debut novel, Minder, came out in June from Spencer Hill Press. Part of the story takes place in Chatham, and one of the bad guys is named ‘Delbarton.’ There’s more info and a book trailer at”

Lauren J. Harrison 302 Saddlebranch Court Houston, TX 77024 (713) 758-4430

1987 Ginny Boyer Losito 61 Hollow Tree Ridge Road Darien, CT 06820-5033 (203) 975-8588


It’s been a busy few months for our class, starting with a big change and exciting new experiences for Maribeth Carroll. Here’s what she had to say: “A couple of months ago I made the big decision to leave Morgan Stanley after 10 years. I’ve had tons of great opportunities, but it was consuming so much of my time and attention. I finished working in May, so I took the summer off to do some other exciting things that are important to me, like spending time with my sister and her boys in Boston and my grandmother (who just turned 93!) and just travel a bit more. The best experience I’ve had so far was a trip to South Africa in April to do volunteer work with an incredible organization called Global Camps Africa! Sally Lewis Meisner introduced me to a close family friend who started this organization about six years ago, and they have already served over 4,000 children! The camp provides a safe, nurturing and fun environment for kids whose lives and families have been affected by HIV/AIDS. The kids spend a week at camp learning life skills to help them build self-confidence and cope with their situations when they return home. They also participate in semi-

1990 Audrey Pukash Bilsborrow 2 Wickersham Drive Durham, NC 27713 (919) 489-3758

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I’m looking forward to some relaxation and reconnecting with friends! Meredith Skochin Holland was in New York City for a visit in late spring, and it was nice to catch up for lunch and hear how she’s doing in Old Towne, VA, with her two little girls. “So, a lot of change, but I feel like I’m really following my heart and taking good care of myself, and I’ll have the opportunity to really do what I want to do – at least in the short term. I’m very grateful to be in this position.” Amy Allen ’91 completes her first marathon!

monthly camps for the following year after they return home to help reinforce the messages from camp. The girls in my cabin were 15-yearolds who were truly inspiring – many have had to deal with unimaginable circumstances in their lives, like rape, disease and just a lack of safety, security and basic needs. They are all eager to receive an education and have such warm hearts, and they are so grateful for the love and support of those trying to help. The young men and women who run the camp locally are so impressive and are truly changing the future of their country one child at a time. I’m happy to talk to anyone about it – they can e-mail me at and also visit the website at I also went on a safari while I was in South Africa, and that was by far the most peaceful and beautiful trip I’ve ever taken – it was adventurous and serene all at the same time! I’m focusing on some other volunteer efforts by getting more involved with WomenRising, Inc. (former YWCA of Hudson County) – I’ve been on the board there for a few years and just haven’t had the time to dedicate to really helping. I may also try to squeeze in a trip to New Orleans at some point to do some volunteer work there. Otherwise

Magdalena Lundstrom Blomquist writes, “I’m staying home now with my third child, Edvin, born in November 2009. My older children are Nils (7) and Nora (5). Life is pretty hectic at the moment. We have moved from Sweden’s west coast to the northeast coast, closer to my family. We are now living outside the city of Umeå, in an old house (built 1909) that needs some fixing, but we really enjoy it.” Bayne Gibby is still living in Los Angeles, pursuing her acting career. She was cast in an episode of Mad Men on AMC (episode 3, season 4), which aired in late summer. She continues to pursue publication of her dour children’s book manuscripts. Sally Lewis Meisner had spent a year at home with her kids but is now back at work, teaching sixth grade math at Spence in New York City. Sally Herships reports that she has been working a lot, including a couple of stories which took her to the commodities exchange. “I stood in the middle of the trading pits recording ambi while all the traders were yelling ‘buy,’ ‘sell,’ etc. Definitely an experience to remember.” She ventured to Las Vegas for an investigative reporters conference, her first time to Vegas and her first conference! She stays connected with a few other

classmates, too: “Tanya RosenbaumGat and I had dinner recently, and her daughter Madeline is too adorable – she wrote me a letter which I’ve put in my apartment’s place of honor: the fridge. And Ariana Galesi and I and some other friends got together for a picnic here in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. It was great to see her, and we had an equally great time!” Jennifer Davis Homicz writes that her son A.J. (3) is starting preschool this fall (and attended camp at the same place over the summer). They went to Vermont to her parents’ house to celebrate his birthday along with her sister Tricia ’96 and Tricia’s daughter, who was celebrating her first birthday. “Other than that, Adam, A.J. and I went on an awesome family vacation to the Mexican Riviera in February. It was beautiful. So nice and relaxing and warm – so much better than chilly Boston!” Lauren Shaftel Williams has been living and working in Louisville, KY, for about a year now. Jeb is in first grade, Aubrie is in pre-K and little Zeke (2) is starting preschool. “Louisville’s an interesting place – nice people but many have lived here all their lives so the question ‘Where did you go to high school?’ is common. No one has heard of KPS! Though I was initially uninterested, Derby turned out to be a really fun and special time. I am a media relations officer for University of Louisville Health Care, and had the chance to be at the back side of the track for some interviews – I may be officially transformed into a ‘horse person.’ Visitors always welcome!” Kudos to Amy Allen who completed her first marathon on May 30. “I ran the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, VT. I trained for five months, which was a challenge in snowy, cold Vermont. It was my first marathon, and it was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but




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Johanna Weigman Lewis ’91 with sons Bennett, Cooper and Zach

I am so proud to have trained for it and finished it. It’s something I could never have imagined doing back in our KPS days, having had scoliosis surgery my freshman year and being immobile in so many ways. Right at the finish I said I would never do a marathon again! But, I am already thinking of doing another. It was an amazing feeling to finish. Lindsey (5) is in kindergarten and Griffin (2) is in preschool this fall. Lindsey, an avid swimmer, is doing swim team this summer, along with a theater camp. I also recently adopted a 5-year-old black lab from a family whose young son was allergic to dogs, so I now have three labs and two kids, making our household a busy but fun one!” In other marathon news, Lauren O’Hara is proud to be running for in the New York City Marathon. In late spring she wrote that her “sister Cristin ’88 has become quite the equestrian, so we are looking forward to seeing some competitions when we are in Vermont. Hoping to catch up with Karen Engler Bartlett for our annual Lake George trip down memory lane and seeing my KPS soul sisters Sam Lane Gault ’02, Kristin Lane ’04, and Laura Lane ’07.”


Julie Goodliffe claims to have a “boring” life (stay tuned for some non-boring news next time), but her write-up may make you smile: “We have a nice, big lake nearby (Lake Norman – largest lake in North Carolina), where I’m teaching my son to row in our dinghy. Mostly we jump out of the dinghy and swim though, which is also fun. It’s not so easy for me to get back in the dinghy (in my condition), but it’s worked out OK so far. I should get a small ladder, since I’m only getting bigger this summer. Poor Topher paces the shore watching us jump in and out of the boat, wondering when his wife and 6-year-old son will not be able to get back in. But, he doesn’t swim as well as we do, so he doesn’t realize how easy it would be for us to just swim back to shore. Still, it’s not good for his blood pressure – I’ll get a ladder.” Johanna Weigman Lewis and her husband Charles celebrated their 15th anniversary in June. “This fall I have a fifth grader, third grader and a kindergartner. My baby is going to kindergarten! It is amazing how three brothers can be so different. They definitely keep me busy. I see all aspects of their elementary school. My oldest is in special ed, my middle is in the gifted/talented program and my youngest I am sure will be in trouble and in the principal’s office. I still teach math full time at the largest high school in Colorado (with nearly 4,000 students). I also am in charge of the data analysis for the school. The school started a new program where each incoming freshman has an advisor. So I have a group of 20 freshmen to mentor. I still remember Mrs. Kostal, my advisor at KPS. I only hope I can be as good as she was. Charles has been traveling a lot to D.C., so it’s been really busy keeping up with work and three kids – piano lessons, soccer, skiing, tutoring sessions, baseball, swim lessons, swim practice, golf, basketball...The list goes on!”

Maribeth Carroll ’91 in South Africa last April

We also welcome some new members to the ever-growing babies list. Jack Aden, son of Susan Troiano Ilias, was born May 11 in Morristown. He was 7 lbs., 11 oz. – “biggest of my babies, but I know Carla has the record of big babies!” So far the other two kids adore him! And thanks to the wonder of Facebook, I heard about Alexis Barist Berman’s new addition: Zachary Laurence Berman arrived on June 15. Congratulations all around. I am in the midst of our 20th Reunion countdown, but when that doesn’t fill my days, I continue the blissful but tiring “work” of a stay-at-home mom. My twin boys, Alex and Colin, are now 4 years old (remember I was pregnant with them at our last Reunion?!), and are in their second year at a nearby Friends preschool. I also serve on the board of our local library, and my focus is researching and writing grant applications for the newly renovated and expanded facility. That’s it till May – see you on campus!



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Maria Dizzia ’93 on the red carpet at the Tony Awards, where she was a nominee for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for her role In The Next Room

Laura Spressert ’98, Suzy Spressert ’93 and two models walked the runway at Eye Candy, a benefit for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

1993 classmates Kate Makoc Berkshire, with girls Kyla (8) and Avery (6), and Laura Jayson-Sugg, with sons Tyler (5), Chase (2) and Dylan (8 months)


workshops. It would be so fun to come back to KPS and speak about health and wellness! Check out my website ( if you wish.

Judy Joo took center stage as one of four (and the only female) Iron Chefs stepping up to the plate this April for the Iron Chef UK competition. I was thankful to Kris Juncker who provided a delightful recap (complete with screen captures!) for those of us following along in the States. The text can be found here, and I believe you can catch Judy on YouTube: 2010/05/07/daily-iron-chef-uk-judyjoo-rocks-kitchen-stadium/. Judy also made her famous boozy bacon doughnuts on one of the last shows of Market Kitchen, on the Good Food Channel in May. Many alumnae write to say that both Judy and Maria’s success is so amazing and so exciting – the Class of 1993 is surely cheering for you both!

Kathy O’Connell 1025 Park Place, Apt. 320 San Mateo, CA 94003 (650) 591-3428 Samantha Kiernan Bradford writes, “I’m starting my own business as a holistic health coach supporting people in improving their lives and overall health and well-being through nutrition and lifestyle changes! I teach how to make simple, life-long changes for lasting health and wellness. It’s an exciting time, and I’d love to be a part of any kind of nutrition expos or fairs. I’ll let you know if and when I start doing talks and

Judy Joo ’93 competing in the Iron Chef UK

1993 Suzy Spressert 10 Hatch Street, Apt. 1 South Boston, MA 02127 Many thanks to all who have submitted notes for this issue! It really is wonderful to hear from everyone, so thank you for continuing to fill my inbox! As many of you already know, we had two very exciting “celebrity moments” in our class this spring. Maria Dizzia was nominated for a Tony Award for best featured actress in a play for In the Next Room, Sarah Ruhl’s dramedy about sexual attitudes toward women in the Victorian Age. Maria rocked the red carpet and came in second in the best dressed category. Way to make an outstanding impression, Maria! You won first place in all categories in our minds!

Speaking of Kris Juncker, while busy providing commentary and PR for Judy, Kris and her husband moved to Nottingham, England, and now live less than 500 meters away from the city’s famed castle. Sounds charming! Stephanie Burlington Daniels writes that she is also “currently starring in the role of my lifetime!” Stephanie




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Laura Jayson-Sugg with husband John and sons Tyler, Chase and Dylan

Caroline Christine, daughter of Chrissy Matlaga Slattery ’93

Laurence Clayton, son of Stephanie Burlington Daniels ’93

and her husband welcomed Laurence Clayton into the world on April 5. Stephanie writes, “He arrived late, but healthy. Larry and I feel so very blessed. It’s been terrific to share the news and photos with the class of ’93 on Facebook!” On that very same day, Chrissy Matlaga Slattery welcomed Caroline Christine into the world! Chrissy writes, “She is truly a dream come true for us.” Congratulations to both Stephanie and Chrissy. Perhaps they can host a joint birthday party sometime in the future!

Laura had a chance to catch up with Kate Makoc Berkshire and her two girls in Richmond, VA.

shoe size! It was thrilling to see Maria Dizzia on Broadway. (Thanks to Liz Hines and Sally Lewis Meisner for snagging tickets for us.) I ran into Karen Engler Barlett and Katina Houvouras at their Middlebury reunion, which I was attending with my boyfriend. I also saw Matt Sweer from Delbarton who played Cliff in our production of Cabaret! The highlight of my spring, however, was seeing Whitney Sayia Reid, John and their beautiful baby Ella. My best to all.”

The theme of the next section is alumnae and their children getting together for playdates! LaRaye Brown continues to work for Newark Public Schools as an IT supervisor and enjoys “being mommy to a very rambunctious 2-year-old, Steven Jace, who is currently playing kiddie soccer with Joan Thompson Wilson’s 2-year-old daughter Auburn.” LaRaye stays busy by continuing with travel and event planning. Laura Jayson-Sugg has been busy running around after her three boys: Tyler (5), Chase (2) and Dylan (9 months). Laura’s husband John runs his own building/general contracting business and is doing great. Laura’s part-time gig ended in February, and she is enjoying hanging out with the boys and not worrying about work.


Susanne Santola Mulligan is all settled in Summit! Susanne writes, “It is so great to be back in town after so many years. And I walk or drive by KPS every day!” Susanna’s daughter Hayden likes to ride (i.e. Susanne pushes) her tricycle around the corner to Tory Prewitt Dalena’s home for a visit with Tory and her daughter Paige. Susanne says, “It is nice to live so close to each other and Paige and Hayden are great friends.” Susanne, Tory, Elizabeth Margolis Ruddy and Liz Lanning are looking forward to a girl’s weekend in New York City. “We are going to pretend we are 22 years old....personally, I just hope I make it past midnight!” Have fun, and send photos! Gabrielle Costanzo sends a super update: “I’m very happy living and working in Montauk. In the early spring before my retail season started, my boyfriend and I started rowing in Sag Harbor. I spent the winter scouting clothing, shoes and accessories on buying trips for our stores in Montauk and Key West. I don’t miss radio at all! My customers are great fun – Edward Albee came in for some gifts and Aida Tuturro (of Sopranos fame) is a frequent customer – I know her

I had the privilege of taking Rachel Simmons’s “Girl Meets World” teacher/curriculum training in April in New York City. I was in great company, as there were other KPS parents and teachers in the training and serving as board members. It felt just like coming home! I taught three of the lessons to freshman girls this spring, which went over well, but were slightly challenging to get through since my girls had come from an hour of sustained silent reading and really just want to discuss “burning topics” the entire time! “Burning topics” can be about anything and everything that might be impacting their ninth grade world – so you can only imagine that these take priority. In other news, I had the chance to work side by side with writer/director Adrienne Campbell Holt to help create the 2010 graduation this June. It was an



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and love it. My older sister Chantal ’90 got married in New Orleans in January, and it was quite the place to celebrate in. Marty and I took lots of trips: France to visit some friends and show Marty Ile Tudy in Brittany where I spent my summer exchanges in high school, New Hampshire so Marty could show me where he spent his summers growing up at camp and Long Beach Island to relax by the beach with some friends. Practicing for the World Cup are Auburn, daughter of Joan Thompson Wilson ’93, and Steven Jace, son of LaRaye Brown ’93.

incredible celebration – and we even managed to sneak in the revived version of Forever Young – wow did that ever bring back memories! For the first week of summer, I kicked off an all-girls self defense class and managed to recall some of the skills and moves I learned during our own KPS seminars. Cheers!

1994 Anne Graybeal 1175 West Baseline Road Claremont, CA 91711 (909) 624-4888 Shannon Barry O’Grady writes, “Riggins Kilburn O’Grady was born on August 10, 2009 – on my birthday! I am loving motherhood and living in my home state of New Jersey again. I’m also happy to be back in touch with some many fellow alumnae, thanks to Facebook.”

1995 Kristen Herburger 344 Third Avenue, Apt. 8E New York, NY 10010 (212) 929-7979

Shannon Barry O’Grady ’94 with husband Chris, son Riggins and dog Johnny Cash

Amanda Golden: Amanda is a post-doctoral fellow in poetics at Emory University.


Cory Lehrhoff: “At work, I switched to our new on demand franchise, which is all online games that stream through the Internet, so now I’m working on an online version of the Tiger Woods game. Paul and I went to Tuscany with my entire family.”

Rachel Platt Petr 107 Washington Avenue Morristown, NJ 07960 (973) 267-5119 Amy Zucker Kohen 19 Robert Frost Road Sudbury, MA 01776 Lindsey Brooks Sag writes, “My husband Michael and I moved to Montclair, and I had a baby girl, Jordan Delilah, in September. I still have the same job as an associate general manager at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City.”

1997 Tara Kullman 325 East 64th Street, Apt. 310 New York, NY 10021 (212) 717-1591 (917) 656-5755 Tara Kullman: It has been quite a year so far. I am no longer working at T-Mobile but have started working for a new company called Corecentive

Laura Aldi: “I joined the Seimei Foundation in March under the tutelage of Nicola Bertolo, an American field scholar, who challenged the traditional system of education for women in Japan to pursue Judo, and personally ranked 11th in the world at the Barcelona World Championships in 1992. Seimei is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide all people the opportunity to make a positive difference in their lives, improve their well-being and achieve their highest potential through the study of Seimei, an alternative non-touch healing technique. We offer free demos Monday nights at 7 p.m. at the Bernards Township Community Center in Basking Ridge. It has been an awesome journey so far, and I will be heading to Japan in July of 2011 to continue my studies.” Gayle Gastineau: “My family just relocated to Sunnyvale, CA, for my husband’s new job. So far we really like it: the weather is great and it is a




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beautiful area! Teagan (4) started preschool this fall, and Maeve turned 1 in July. I am hoping to find part-time work as a nurse once we get more settled.” Tracy Malm: “My little family doubled: my twins Ryan Wilder and Charlie Killian were born on April 12. Things are going well – just looking forward to longer stretches of sleep at night.” Dana Hayden: “My husband, Jemel Bingham, MD, and I just celebrated our two-year anniversary with our 3-month-old baby girl, Selah Nia Rose. She was born March 16, and I am enjoying motherhood. I graduated from law school in July of last year and am proud to be a JD-mommy.” Annie Levy: “I am an adjunct professor of directing at Pace University, where I recently directed Cloud Nine. I also just finished a run of a theater piece called Six Seeds: The Persephone Project – a modern retelling of the myth of Persephone. It was the culmination of many years of research, writing and rehearsal, and it was pretty wonderful to have the whole thing come together. This summer I returned to the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab and have been workshopping a new piece with my company in Wisconsin about Shylock and his place in contemporary Jewish American consciousness. I will continue to teach and co-curate a new literary reading series called Sweet: Actors Reading Writers.” Nicole Gastineau: “We moved from Boston to Miami in December when Sergio joined the faculty at the University of Miami Law School. He’s really enjoying his job, and I’m finishing up my doctorate in health policy. Our daughter Fabiola just turned 2 and is so much fun – she is talking up a storm. We miss living near Gayle and her family, as all our girls love to play together, but we try to keep in touch with video Skyping, even if none of the kids sits still for very long.”


Adeline Grace, newborn daughter of Maria Fekete Brugg ’98

Leander Benjamin, son of Jackie Singer ’99 and partner Meg


Lots of babies in the class of 1999! Elizabeth Gallagher gave birth to Cole, a beautiful baby boy, in October 2009. Jackie Singer and her partner Meg welcomed their bundle of joy Leander Benjamin in January. Jackie writes, “He’s such a happy, loving little guy. I can’t believe he’s 5 months old already!” Tricia Caputo, who is living with her husband Victor in Florham Park and working as a social worker with people addicted to drugs and alcohol, became the proud mother of Vanessa Rose on March 31. Congrats to all three new mothers on your growing families!

KC Anthony 24 Fifth Avenue, Apt. 510 New York, NY 10011 (908) 451-6631 Maria Fekete Brugg welcomed Adeline Grace on July 21 weighing 6 lbs., 7 oz. “We have been doing very well! I am having a blast with the baby.”

1999 Iris Blasi 46 East First Street, Apt. 4A New York, NY 10003 Nicole Cutrufello 414 Bender Avenue Roselle Park, NJ 07204 (908) 247-6864 Cynthia Keenan 170 West 74th Street, Apt. 411 New York, NY 10023

Katie Rocker writes, “I’m still in Cambridge, teaching fourth grade at a K-8 school in Weston. In February, I went to the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) national conference, and I ran into Sue Bosland and Liz Woodall! It was terrific to see them and hear about KPS. I am excited to be part of the NAIS Aspiring Heads Fellowship for the 2010-2011 school year, which includes a summer institute in Atlanta. I continue to visit New York City often, and I love seeing my KPS friends when I’m there!”



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things but soon returned to New York City to become an NBC page, do some improv work and take a job at Comedy Central, which she loves.

2001 Ashley de St. Paer Azurmendi 2556 Brookline Circle Atlanta, GA 30319 (404) 284-0327 (evening) (404) 574-3737 (daytime)

2000 classmates Melissa Chang, Susannah Magrane, Jen La Rosa, Michelle Mohr, Katie Del Guercio, Rini Fonseca-Sabune, Erinn Johnson, Rebecca Sizelove and Ashley Pinakiewicz with Meghan Valerio and Dan Kaminski on their wedding day

Nicole Cutrufello was happy to start a new job in June as a legal conference producer in midtown Manhattan. She’s thrilled about the location of her new employment, writing, “I am so psyched to be able to spend more time with you and the New York City girls!”


In May, Cindy and Iris attended the 5th annual Alumnae Career Panel entitled “Kent Place Women and a Sustainable Environment,” where classmates Marisa Guber and Kate Swayne spoke about their experiences in the field. Marisa is a cultural and organizational strategist for ABC Carpet & Home in New York City. Kate is an associate with the Cadmus Group, Inc., in Boulder, CO, where she manages projects for their energy services group. Then, in June, Cindy and Iris attended the 64th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. They had a great night as seat-fillers (a great gig for a couple of theater fans!) and were proud to cheer on fellow KPSer Maria Dizzia ’93, nominated for best performance by an actress in a feature role for her performance in Sarah Ruhl’s play In the Next Room.

Meghan Valerio’s mother writes that Meghan was married on May 29 to Dan Kaminiski with at least 10 KPS girls in attendance. Jihan Quail introduced Meghan and Dan. Meghan moved to Los Angeles where she did some voiceovers and other interesting

Keep the news coming 99-ers! As always, you can e-mail updates to

Christine Ryan 175 W. 79th St., #7E New York, NY 10024

2003 Anne Berke 87 Pomeroy Road Madison, NJ 07940 (973) 377-5978 Katie Bosland 69 Norwood Avenue Summit, NJ 07901 Gina Ferraioli 20 Cummings Way Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922 (908) 508-0436

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2004 Hilary Sayia 635 East 14th Street, Apt. 5B New York, NY 10009 (973) 879-0422 Surswatie Wayloo traveled to Hong Kong and Vietnam for her job with The Children’s Place. She visited factories and learned about how clothing is manufactured. Wagatwe Wanjuki has become very involved in the nonprofit world, recently concentrating on social justice activism in the feminist realm. She works for the non-profit Third Wave Foundation as an external relations intern and is on the board of directors of an organization called SAFER. She is also applying for individual grants and says, “if anyone knows anything about grant-writing hit me up!” Having moved back east last September, Mary Zabriskie finally moved into New York City in November and changed accounts. She is now working on Cisco’s Bank of America account instead of Amex. Mary is very happy to be back on the East Coast! Nimaako Brown is still living and working in Newark. “I love my job as a health education coordinator for New Jersey’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization. I’m also an Auntie to Steven Jace, the 2-year-old son of my sister LaRaye ’93.” Speaking of nephews and nieces, Christina Schifano’s sister, Nicole Schifano McGrath ’98 just had her second baby, Matthew. Chrissy is currently in grad school to receive a degree in elementary school teaching. When she is not studying/in class, Chrissy is helping out her sister with the boys. I also have a new nephew and niece! My sister Whitney Sayia Reid ’93 had a baby girl, Ella, and my


other sister Stephanie Sayia Walsh ’95 had a baby boy, CJ! I also changed jobs last spring. I am now working for a company called Akamai Technologies in digital ad sales! So far, so good! D.C. has become a very popular destination for our classmates! Katie Jones moved to D.C. in July. She is still working for UBS. Lauren Fakhoury moved to D.C. in the spring of ’10 to work for a company called Sustainable Design Consulting. “We help building developers, contractors and architects achieve LEED certification for their projects.” Beth Raveche, also living in D.C., left on deployment for work (Department of Defense) to Iraq and/or Afghanistan until February. Good luck Beth, our thoughts/prayers are with you. Laura Kleinbaum is starting grad school next year. She will be studying to receive an MFA from NYU for musical theatre writing. Priya Vadnere writes, “Finished a year of grad school and I recently traveled to China for a two-week course about China and the global economy. Traveling to China was unreal!” Jacqueline Altieri moved to New York City in the spring and has been working as a paralegal at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett. She is having a fabulous time in the city. A big congratulations to Natalie Marczky on her wedding nuptials. I’m sure everything went smoothly, Natalia!” It’s been difficult coordinating a time to get everyone together, but hopefully the holiday season will allow us to get together! Hope you are all doing well. I love hearing from everyone, so feel free to e-mail me anytime at

2005 Margaret Hartman 11008 Chelsea Way Laurel, MD 20723

2006 Danielle Auriemma 11 Overlook Road Chatham, NJ 07928 (201) 874-6031 Lydia Deutsch 118 Dryden Road Bernardsville, NJ 07924 Hello everyone! I can’t believe that it has been four years since we graduated from Kent Place School. Lydia and I would like to congratulate everyone on their graduation, and we would like to wish everyone the best of luck in their future endeavors. I heard from Morgan Furst, who graduated from Trinity College with a BS in economics. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors in general scholarship and economics. She also received the Ferguson Prize in economics for her thesis on green products. Morgan is now attending the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara, focusing on corporate environmental management. She will receive her master’s degree in two years, and she welcomes visitors! Neressa Bacchus writes that she is working on her master’s in financial accounting at the Rutgers Business School and expects to graduate in January 2011. She began working full time as an audit associate at KPMG in their New York City office this fall, and she is also working towards sitting for her CPA exam. Unfortunately,



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she will not be moving into the city and will be spending more time at home. Neressa can now be reached at I also heard from Alex Krupp, who graduated in June with an AB in religion and a certificate in French language and culture from Princeton. She spent the summer traveling with friends around Spain, Italy and Malta. In September, she moved to Washington, D.C., to start teaching early childhood with Teach for America. She is teaching pre-K through third grade at a charter school, but at the time of writing, she knew neither the exact school nor the specific grade level that she would be teaching. Alex invites any teaching tips from KPS Primary School faculty or other TFA teachers. This past April, Alex visited Jendia Marlowe ’05, who is teaching first grade with Teach for America in D.C. Alex had a blast in Jendia’s classroom, and Jendia was such an inspiration to Alex as a future teacher! Alex can now be reached at Monica Giannone graduated in May from Wake Forest University with a dual degree in political science and religion with a concentration in Middle East and Islamic studies. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in Morocco beginning in September. She is teaching at a Moroccan university, taking classes and conducting research. Monica can now be reached at Maddie Wasser graduated from Brown with a degree in history, and she spent this past summer relaxing. In September, she moved to New York City to work at Digitas, an advertising agency. Maddie was visited at Brown by several ’06ers including Monica Giannone, Alex Krupp, Katherine O’Donnell and Michelle Manket, and she can’t wait to reunite with other KPS girls in the city and all around the world! Maddie can be reached at Alison

Lyness has let us know that she can be reached at Camille Banham graduated from Chapman University with a BA in English literature in May. She writes that looking back on her college years, her study abroad program in New Zealand stands out as her most lifechanging experience. During her six months in New Zealand, she forged friendships with diverse people and enjoyed crazy outdoor adventures and road trips (on the opposite side of the road!) with them. She traveled alone on the South Island and went “couchsurfing” and found such deep human kindness. (In fact, it reminded her of when our KPS Director of the Middle School spoke of “the milk of human kindness.”) People took Camille into their homes and showed her around the country. Although Camille was an English major, she was able to take advantage of all the resources that Chapman’s highly regarded film school had to offer. Her screenplay, Prana, was rated top 50 out of 5,000 in a contest hosted by Cyan Pictures, and she is currently revising the script in addition to developing others. In 2009, she wrote, directed and starred in her own independent film, which was similar to what she did for her senior project at KPS; although this time she had access to high-end equipment and a knowledgeable crew. This film is currently being edited and will be submitted to film festivals this fall. Since graduation, Camille has been constantly on the go. Within two weeks, she was working as a production assistant on an independent film in Los Angeles and was promoted to second, second assistant director. That led to many other opportunities, including a paid internship at Backnine Studios in L.A. This past summer, she traveled to New York City to work on the set of another independent film as a paid production assistant. Those of you who know Camille might be wondering what happened to her passion for acting. Acting is still very much a

part of her, and every time she works on film sets is in the pursuit of contacts for her acting career. Camille has found that networking really is the most effective method of getting acting jobs. Camille has also received her first two IMDB credits for two independent films that she acted in during 2009. She invites everyone to check out her page at In her personal life, Camille and her boyfriend have been together for almost five years now and live together near L.A. They keep active rock climbing and camping at Joshua Tree National Park and surfing and skimboarding in Laguna. Jackie Sousa writes that she graduated from Bentley University summa cum laude and with honors this past May. She has joined Morgan Stanley’s financial control group in New York City (where she interned during the summer of 2009) and will be living with Wangeci Ngari in the city! Wangeci can be reached at I graduated summa cum laude from Boston College in May with a BA in economics with a minor in Italian. In August, I began work with the Exeter Group, a technology consulting firm, in Cambridge, MA. I am also an active member of the Council for Women of Boston College, the Boston College Technology Council and the Let’s Get Ready Young Professional Network in addition to being a mentor for BC juniors. I am living in Brighton with some friends from BC. Please let me know if you will be in the area – my roommates and I love visitors! I can be reached at




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2007 Nida Abdulla 4 Holly Mews Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922 (908) 464-4336 Caitlin Black 57 Hoffmans Crossing Road Califon, NJ 07830 (908) 975-3196 Sara Santos P.O. Box 5703 Newark, NJ 07105 Hello all! Greetings on what is the upcoming (at least for the most of us) senior year. Here are some updates we have for you guys! Emily Hislop spent the past semester studying abroad through a program called Semester at Sea through UVA. “We traveled to 10 different countries over the course of the semester, and it was an unforgettable experience! I climbed the Great Wall in China, saw the Taj Mahal in India, went on a safari in South Africa and watched a soccer game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the stadium where the next World Cup will be held.” She saw a bunch of Kent Place girls in New York City this summer and actually shared an apartment with Mia Feitel! She loved spending the summer working at the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. Laura Lane is also working in New York at Lubin Lawrence, a brand marketing consulting firm. The other big news in her life is a new puppy she bought about a year ago! She’s an adorable 5-lb. Yorkie and Laura’s absolutely obsessed with her (look through Laura’s Facebook profile pics for the pup in a Christmas sweater she knitted). She’s also looking forward to finally turning 21 in October!


Issy Fabian spent last semester studying abroad in Paris, which was “so amazing.” She got a chance to do a little bit of world traveling. She actually ran into Kyla McMillan in the Alcazar in Sevilla and Carla Banks in a club in Paris. Marian O’Neill spent the summer as an orientation leader for the College of Arts and Science at NYU. She had the role as team captain, which is a leadership position in which she supervises four other orientation leaders in a quad. She is still a Spanish major with a pre-health concentration and is planning on doing a senior honors thesis in the Spanish department. In school, she also works as a commuter assistant. It is similar to an RA position except it is geared towards commuters. Ali Stathis spent the summer in Washington, D.C., working for the National Breast Cancer Coalition in the development department. Christine Ring, another world traveler, spent the entire summer in Italy – studying abroad in Florence, taking Italian and printmaking and volunteering on organic farms through the WWOOF. Cynthia McKelvey spent the summer at an internship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, MA. She did work with “Quahog Parasite X,” testing clams, sediment and water for the parasite. Next year, she’ll be working on a research project studying connections between the auditory and vagal lobes in goldfish brains. Alessia Menegon spent her second summer in New York City working at JP Morgan. She’s studying abroad in Buenos Aires for the fall semester. After graduating in the spring, Alessia will have spent her college career

studying economics in four of the seven continents, while having visited all seven! While in Argentina, she traveled throughout South America, including Patagonia (and visiting Antarctica for the day) and Brazil. I, Sara Santos, had a peaceful spring after chasing down statements in D.C. during the fall semester. I spent the summer doing research on foundations for a professor’s book while trying to untangle my own senior thesis. So that’s what we’ve been up to! We’ll ask around again at the end of the year, so if you didn’t update us this time around, make sure to drop us a line next time. We always do it through Facebook, so make sure you’ve friended Nida Abdulla or Sara Santos. Have a great year guys!

2008 Katherine Woodall 92 West End Avenue Summit, NJ 07901 (908) 522-1162

2009 Allison Goldberg 22 Robert Drive Short Hills, NJ 07078

2010 Sara Firkser 300 Baltusrol Way Springfield, NJ 07081 (973) 379-5347 Rachel Landau 71 Tanglewood Drive Summit, NJ 07901 (908) 273-0929



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vital statistics In Memoriam Alumnae: Marjorie Mulch Fox ’32 April 30, 2010 Margaret Mauger Snyder ’32 May 21, 2010 Mary Gill Roby ’35 July 9, 2010 Helen Tams Twitchell ’35 March 26, 2010 Elizabeth B. Eken ’36 April 15, 2010 Doris Hoadlang Rutherford ’37 September 6, 2010 Mary Whitner Rogers Soule ’39 April 23, 2010 Mary Loblein Bird ’45 September 28, 2010 Leigh Barnes Ponvert ’47 July 15, 2010 Barbara Jaehnig Blauvelt ’63 July 1, 2010

Condolences To: Betsy Lyons Jones ’42 On the death of her husband, April 18, 2010 Evelyn Rush Phillips ’42 On the death of her husband, February 23, 2010 Maureen Black Ogden ’46 On the death of her husband, June 4, 2010

Nancy Langenheim Gastineau ’61 On the death of her father, March 25, 2010 Elizabeth Jaehnig Gibson ’62 On the death of her sister, July 1, 2010 Bonnie Hunt ’63 On the death of her daughter, September 24, 2010 Margaret Jones ’66 On the death of her father, April 18, 2010 Joan Flemming Kirkpatrick ’66 On the death of her mother, April 27, 2010 Lois Rush Phillips ’69 On the death of her father, February 23, 2010 Lisa Schmucki ’70 and Kristina Schmucki ’78 On the death of their father, August 2, 2010 Kim Morrison Hallett ’71, Robin Morrison ’74 and Heather Morrison Yaden ’78 On the death of their father, April 2, 2010 Tess Fennelly ’74 On the death of her mother, June 29, 2010 Amy Troxell Powell ’75 and Holly Troxell Ruhlin ’76 On the death of their father, July 10, 2010

Pat Porter Morrison ’47 On the death of her husband, April 2, 2010


Carol Vosburgh Troxell ’49 On the death of her husband, July 10, 2010

Tracy Makoc ’96 To Jason Denault, August 15, 2009

Mabel Depue O’Brien ’50 On the death of her husband, March 2010

Meghan Valerio ’00 To Dan Kaminski, May 29, 2010

Jean Birdsall Ball ’61 On the death of her husband, May 24, 2010

Jennifer Melillo ’01 To Jacob Buurma, August 15, 2010

Lynne Clutsam Buckley ’61 On the death of her mother, May 27, 2010

Natalie Marczky ’04 To Gabriel Grullon, September 3, 2010

Births: Alexis Barist Berman ’91 A son, Zachary Laurence, June 15, 2010 Magdalena Lundstom Blomquist ’91 A son, Edvin, November 2009 Susan Troiano Ilias ’91 A son, Jack Aden, May 11, 2010 Stephanie Burlington Daniels ’93 A son, Laurence Clayton, April 5, 2010 Christine Matlaga Slattery ’93 A daughter, Caroline Christine, April 5, 2010 Stephanie Sayia Walsh ’95 A son, Christopher Robert (CJ), April 2010 Lindsey Brooks Sag ’96 A daughter, Jordan Delilah, September 2009 Dana Hayden ’97 A daughter, Selah Nia Rose, March 16, 2010 Tracy Malm ’97 Twin sons, Ryan Wilder and Charlie Killian, April 12, 2010 Maria Fekete Brugg ’98 A daughter, Adeline Grace, July 21, 2010 Tricia Caputo ’99 A daughter, Vanessa Rose, March 31, 2010 Elizabeth Gallagher ’99 A son, Cole, October 2009 Jackie Singer ’99 A son, Leander Benjamin, January 2010



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2010-2011 directory administration

alumnae association board

board of trustees

Head of School Susan C. Bosland

President Suzanne Shearer Whitehorn ’81

President John C. Chrystal

Director of the Primary School/Interim Academic Dean Sergio Alati

Victoria Balson ’99 Maria Fekete Brugg ’98 Nancy Rae Burrows ’65 Carolina Benegas-Lynch Canavosio ’90 Betsy Busch Crosby ’66* Hallee Branin Dangler ’96 Stefanie Jacobs Feldman ’79 Nichelle L. Holder ’92 Caitlyn T. Kroeger ’11** Martha N. Lewis†

Vice President Michael K. Bird Beverly B. Mills

Director of Development & Alumnae Relations Elizabeth Budd Bugliari ’59 Director of Admission & Financial Aid Nancy J. Humick Chief Financial Officer Karen H. Jones Director of the Middle School/Director of the Ethics Institute Karen B. Rezach Director of the Upper School Elizabeth C. Woodall

Sarah A. Lewis ’12** Valerie J. McEntee ’70 Helen Lambeth McFerran ’61 Nicole Schifano McGrath ’98 Margot Saur Meyer ’56 Pamela Kapsimalis Parsells ’79 Katherine Tuttle Shepperly ’79* Nina K. Tiger ’86 Christina Dughi Tonzola ’94 Stephanie Sayia Walsh ’95 Susan Armstrong Watts ’53

* Honorary Member ** Student Ambassador Co-Presidents † Parents’ Association Representative

We Need You! Volunteer to be a

Class Secretary or an Alumnae Class Agent! For more information, please contact the Alumnae Office at (908) 273-0900, ext. 234 or e-mail:


Treasurer William F. Gadsden Secretary Kimberly E. Taylor Elisabeth A. Benthien** Barbara Wight Biddison ’30* Michele E. Blanchard† Susan C. Bosland Megan McConnell Brozowski ’95 Alison L. Canfield G. Alex Crispo Betsy Busch Crosby ’66* L. John Dughi, Jr.* Jacqueline D. Esquivel Mirian M. Graddick-Weir Melissa J. Hilton James A. Hislop Gentry A. Hoit Frances Griffith Laserson ’66 Norman E. Lewis Mary Beth Lohuis Catherine Herbst Machir ’95 Lynn Daeschler Magrane ’70* Donal F. Mastrangelo Kevin Mattingly Catherine A. McDonald James H. McGraw IV Usha P. Robillard Craig H. Schiffer Janis E. Smith-Gomez Thomas M. Uhlman Suzanne Shearer Whitehorn ’81†† Deborah E. Wiley ’64 Anré Williams

* Honorary Trustee ** Faculty Representative † Parents’ Association Representative †† Alumnae Association Representative



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