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March 3, 2021
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Josie Kaestner Townsend '64 with Bob Foster
The Copeland sisters. See Merrily Copeland Beyreuther '60
Jo Glauser '00 and Class of '13 graduates
Grace von Simson, Liza Marlette and Curreen Luongo.
Lacy Elinwood '02
Estèle Tschopp '92
Denise Rott Lovern '78
Lauren Moloney Ford '08
Kyle Friedman Harnett '08
Tara Ashraf '07
Victoria Chatfield '04
Jennifer Roberts '92
Sharon Bailey '85 (see Cynthia Eaton '70)
The Buffalo Seminary Alumnae Association is committed to expanding communications and networking opportunities for all alumnae.
We hope you will share where your life has taken you, what accomplishments and successes you have found along the way and how SEM can reconnect with you.
Anna is doing great - she's home for the holiday! Thank you :-)
Sara (Barone) is attending SUNY @ Buffalo where she is loving her college experience while embracing Mechanical (or perhaps Civil) Engineering. She has been given strong math and science foundations at SEM in order to soon declare her major.
I am currently working in IT doing project management and a lot of technical writing to save money for grad school! Planning on getting my MS in Mental Health Counseling after countless development and neurobiology undergrad courses. Just got a great apartment and have now lived in six different cities... Planning on more travel abroad before getting back into school mode!
I'm currently taking classes towards a certification in makeup artistry! I am getting married in September as well.
I was (honorarily) promoted to vice president- financial advisor, after taking over my dad’s business almost exactly a year ago. I also co-manage the marketing and social pages for “Starring Buffalo,” a new theatre company in town! Living with Wilson (my dog) in Allentown.
Working towards my master’s in Secondary English Education at Buffalo State, teaching 8th grade ELA at Frontier Middle and researching a few things—decolonization of ELA classrooms, rethinking reading + writing for students with ADHD, and trauma-informed pedagogies. Also a homeowner, landlord, and fiercely dedicated dog mom.
Sara Daly published her first novel (More Than Anger) in December 2019 under pen name Lexi Bruce, and will publish her second novel (Tough as Lace) in fall 2021. Both novels are young adult fiction in verse. She was excited to host her first book launch in the Buffalo Seminary Library where she spent lots of time as a SEM student!
After working as a writer in the D.C. area from 2015-2020, Melissa recently moved to New York City to work as a Technical Writer for Bloomberg LP.
Tracy married Jason Wiley on July 20, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA. Tracy is a kindergarten teacher.
Kathryn graduated from Daemen College with a dual degree of a Bachelor of Science / Master of Science: Physician Assistant Studies. She will be moving to Pittsburgh, PA to work in a surgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Special education teacher for Buffalo Public Schools now, with a husband, and getting my masters - old! House hunting and taking our honeymoon in April.
Members of the class of 2008 celebrated Lauren Moloney Ford's wedding to Chad Ford in Charleston, South Carolina on Oct 27, 2017!
From left to right: Zoe Friedlander, Emma Papagni, Lauren Moloney, Michele Kujawa and Abi Stark.
Members of the class of 2008 celebrated Kyle (Friedman) Harnett's wedding to Justin Harnett in Buffalo on September 16, 2017!
From left to right: Betsy Bloom, Kathryn Steffan, Heather Kimmins, Kyle Harnett, Ariane Mallon, Megan Creahan Pellis.
In September, Tara married Anders T. Rosén and held what is sure to go down in history as the first Viking-Pakistani wedding... or maybe the first of many! She and her husband were shortly thereafter awarded a fellowship to teach English in Colombia, and will be there from July until November.
This July, Tara's husband and she accepted the Atlas Corps Teaching Fellowship, an opportunity to teach English in Colombia. The fellowship is a collaboration between Atlas Corps, Heart for Change, Volunteers Colombia, the Ministry of Education, and el Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA). Through this collaboration, the Fellowship's mission is to facilitate the development of a post-peace accord, prosperous Colombia, where children and youth have the opportunity to receive a high-quality bilingual education. Weekly, she teaches about 400 Colombian students along with Colombian co-teachers, and shares with her students different aspects of American and Pakistani culture.
Now hold the position of Assistant Director of Recruitment for Executive and Professional MBA Program at the University at Buffalo.
I am living in Rochester, NY with my boyfriend, John, and our two kitties, Doug and Cozy. We moved here last spring when I got a new job with Nestle Purina. I am a territory manager and I cover Buffalo-Syracuse. I am able to go home often with the job and I still am a member of the BSAA! John and I are loving our life in Rochester and we can't wait to explore more of the area come summertime. Can't wait for my 10-year reunion this summer!
I just wrapped up a Fulbright Distinguished Teaching fellowship in the University of Glasgow's theatre department, researching cross-demographic arts education programs. I had the opportunity to work with the National Theatre of Scotland while I was abroad, as well as lecturing at the University of Cambridge, my mother's alma mater. (I was, unfortunately, not able to locate Nessie, despite numerous trips up to the loch.) I'm currently the Executive Director of the National Theatre for Student Artists (www.nationalstudenttheatre.org), a nonprofit organization that brings high school and college students from across the United States together to create new theatrical works off-Broadway. This summer will be our first time holding rehearsals at Daemen College right here in Western New York!
I'm currently splitting my time between Western New York and my home in Airdrie, Scotland. If you're ever visiting the United Kingdom, please get in touch!
Jillian graduated from Tuft's University in 2007 with a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and from Cornell University in 2008 with a Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering.
She then graduated from University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine with a D.M.D. degree in 2015.
Jillian met her husband, Brandon M. Schafer, while at dental school. He is also a dentist who graduated from University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2014.
They were married in Buffalo on June 18, 2016 and have a 1 1/2 year old son, Patrick, who was born on April 9, 2019. They live in Glen Allen, VA where the practice dentistry.
Maria Spencer '02 married Brian Lynch in 2016 and welcomed son, Steven Bennett in December 2018. After returning from living in Boston, MA she lives with her family in Buffalo and works at Nichols School.
Lacy Ellinwood is celebrating one year as the Library Development Director for the Mississippi Library Commission, the state library agency based in Jackson Mississippi. Lacy has worked for the Mississippi Library Commission for almost 6 years. She was recently featured in the Jackson Free Press for her work at the Library Commission and as a local bass player for her band Kicking.
Jo Glauser Marymor '00 hosted Christine Driscoll '07, Grace Von Simson '13, Liza Marlette '13, and Curreen Luongo '13 for bagels and conversation at her Manhattan apartment. A great time was had by all, and future get-togethers are in the works! If you're an NYC-based alum and are interested in connecting, feel free to reach out to Jo at
Our family lives in Needham, MA, a suburb of Boston, where I am marking my fifth year on the School Committee. This fall, our older son started at Commonwealth School, an independent high school that reminds me so much of SEM. The school's smal size, city location and even its red and white logo make me think about the impact of my SEM experience - it was transformative in so many ways! It's also been interesting to draw parallels between SEM, my children's schools experiences, and my work on the School Committee. I often think of my SEM teachers. I know Mr. Schooley would have loved our family's trip to Napoleon's tomb in Paris, and I thank Mrs. Magavern for forcing me to write my papers with pen and paper instead of at my computer.
Hi SEM Family!
I am pleased to share that I am still living in the Washington DC area with my husband. I am a professor at the University of Maryland in College Park (UMD) and am enjoying it tremendously. My story and research was featured on the front page of the UMD website (see attachment). Very exciting!
I would love to hear from SEM alumnae living in the area or elsewhere. I can be reached at email@example.com.
It's been a whirlwind as we have moved several times in the past few years- first from Atlanta, Georgia, to Beijing, China, where we lived for two years, then to a rental house in Bethesda, Maryland (outside DC), and finally to our own house this past fall. I've been married for 15 years and have three girls, ages 9, 11, and 11. I am working as the Chief of Epidemiology and Surveillance at the US Peace Corps headquarters, where I manage a small staff. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa between 1991-1993 so it's great to be back contributing to the organization that created so many opportunities for me. I'm attaching a photo of my family on a recent trip to Switzerland in front of Lake Geneva. If you're in the greater DC area, please look me up!
Liz Markus 85' (Colby-Oishei Spring Artist, 2011) is included in DOMESTIC SEEN, a multimedium exhibition curated by Bruce Hartman at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. The show runs from October 20th, 2016 through March 26th, 2017, so be sure to check it out if you are in the KC city area!
Additionally, MTV RE:DEFINE recently produced a short video about Liz as part of their GONE IN 60 SECONDS project.
Still living and wandering in Europe. With the kids grown up and living in the US and Nottingham, UK, I took early retirement and moved to France for a year while my husband worked in a French hospital. We're back in Wales and planning our next adventure. I am excited to return to Buffalo to attend our 40th reunion, and hopefully see a lot of old friends.
Hi from sunny Las Vegas! After living in Buffalo most of my life I moved to Las Vegas 5 years ago. This spring my husband and I will be starting a new adventure in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I’m still teaching elementary school and loving it. My two boys are living out west, Tommy in Utah and Taylor in California. Looking forward to attending our 40 reunion this summer!
Dr. AmyBeth Taublieb (aka - Sweetheart of the Month) just had her third book published. THE TAIL WAGS THE DOG - A PSYCHOLOGIST REVEALS TWO HUNDRED LESSONS LEARNED FROM HER PATIENTS is available from all major retailers (including Amazon.com) as well as from the publisher AuthorHouse.Com.
Greetings 76ers! Who can believe that our class will be celebrating 40 years at reunion in June? I've spent great times with Jane Irving Harrington, Jane Lord Dellinger and Susan Kraus Harris this past year and the years have been kind to us all! I'm looking forward to seeing more of us in June!
As for myself, I've enjoyed serving SEM on our alumnae board for 8 years. Teaching reading in Buffalo Public Schools continues to give me enormous fulfillment, thank goodness! Finally, my daughters, Tess and Abby, are working to complete their undergraduate degrees from UB and Ithaca College this year - life is good! I send all good wishes out to my classmates and fellow SEM friends!
I am partly retired - this summer I had a great dinner in Boston with Elizabeth "Beth" Waagen '75.
Hello from Susan Coe Brown and Liz Morrison! In June 2017, we took a two-week journey through Scotland. We hiked the Highlands, the Isle of Skye, and the Outer Hebrides. And we also enjoyed time in Edinburgh and Stomoway. This photo was taken on the Quiraing on Skye, a challenging hike with spectacular views. Hoping to see all of you at the next class reunion.
In my 8th year at Shea's PAC and loving it! I work Sales for all Theatre Groups, Sponsorships and Shea's Box seats. Heard from my Sponsee Kelly Swanson ('77?) a few days ago and always having fun with Gaby DeRose ('74), Bitsy Mackenzie ('74), Janie Dellinger (76?) and many other SEM friends. Really missing Cindy Williams though. :(
Greetings, fellow SEM girls! Just a quick shout out to say how excited I am for our 45th reunion in June 2018. Hope we see many new (old) faces at this year's reunion. 2017 was a tumultuous year for me but ended on a good note with my purchase of my first home (very lucky considering there were 14 offers on the table!). I'm on the still-burgeoning West Side of Buffalo and loving every minute of being in my hometown. What are you up to? Hope to see you in June!
Greetings classmates! Thought I would join Lucy in this group forum with life updates. Life is still very busy in the marketing department at Providence College and teaching yoga, but turning 61 has me eyeing retirement and a change in lifestyle. Would love to hear of other's experiences with this. Our daughters are great; Sara married and living in NH and Holly living a bit closer in Newport. David and I enjoying life together and traveling whenever we can. Looking forward to summer!
Hello fellow SEM girls! I would love to hear more from you on your life, activities, turning 60, etc! As for me, I'm working at MJ Peterson in the city office and witnessing the crazy-busy real estate market. It's fun to see the growth in our city! I'm still serving on the Buffalo Seminary Alumnae Board and excited about new alumnae developments. Stay tuned for more. What are you up to?
I retired from Danaher Corp. in late 2018. Still living outside Cleveland and enjoying retirement with 2 dachshunds and hobbies keeping me busy. My daughter Sarah is in San Jose, CA working as a civil engineer.
We have a new granddaughter, Andie Rose Alster, born 8/27/20... our "little redheaded girl!" So grateful for her safe arrival in the middle of a pandemic. Best wishes to the class of '71 - can't believe we're 50 years out - wow!
Hoping to see many classmates in 2021 for our (gulp!) 50th reunion!
The City of Light author returned to the Larkin Square Authors Series on September 12, and then hosted the September 14, 2019 City of Light bus tour. Next, Lauren delighted her audience at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site with: “From Fact to Fiction: Reflections on Writing Three Historical Novels.” It’s always a pleasure to welcome Lauren Home!
Spent a glorious three days in the DC, MD and VA area enjoying the hospitality of my three classmates, Dorcas Colvin, Amy Fisher and Alana Gayle. It's always a treat to spend time catching up with friends from SEM. Amy pointed out that we have been friends for 50 years, starting as Freshman in 1966. That's a good thing
I’m enjoying my retirement from National Grid and volunteering way too much at Meals on Wheels of WNY(where Tara Ellis '88 President of the BSAA is the CEO), as a Board member on the BSAA, as an Ombudsman at an Assisted Living Facility in Buffalo and as a member of the Missions of Love Ministry at my church, the New Mt Ararat Temple of Prayer.
On March 25 I took a welcome break with Lucy Coburn '73 and enjoyed the sweet jazz sounds of Sharon Bailey '85 with the bandWalterKemp3oh at the Pausa Art House in Allentown. The entertainment was amazing. Also in attendance were Amy Kelly '85 and Caitlyn Crowell '86, a history teacher at Nichols. A fabulous time was had by all.
Sharon Bailey at the mic.
At the end of my second year of retirement, as an Art Teacher, I'm spending much of my time in my new art studio - painting, drawing, some quilting projects and making masks.
Just celebrated my 70th & best time of my life! Active in a Breast Cancer Survivor group & NIH study through UH (University Hospital/Seidman Cancer Center/CLE) @ The Gathering Place. IMPROVE: Empowering Breast Cancer Survivors through Exercise. My 4 grands are the light of my life, Son Tim & Lena w/ Mia & Max, working & living in London, daughter Lisa just received a job w/ CARE.com in London,(too!) after spending 10yrs in Africa>Kampala, UG. Son Derek & Kelly, w/ Hudson & Camryn live near Berea so keep G'ma Sue active! Remember our SEM 50th in '16, it was special & GREAT! Cheers to my classmates....
Happily retired in Wilmington NC
Staying healthy through this challenging time - walking, dancing, kayaking and doing yoga. Still in private practice (part-time) at Holistic Gynecology and Women's Health. Still with my hubby, Tuck, and we have 2 wonderful grandchildren.
In July, Ann Masotti Hengerer, Betsy Hitchings Hampton and I had a lovely lunch in our beautiful Newport, VT with our own dear Mr. Foster! Mr. Foster (we are to call him Bob now) and Betsy both live here. Ann and her husband Ned were visiting Hank and me in Charlotte, VT up from their home in Maryland. What a nice time we had!
Hi SEM! I am COVID-19 FREE! I now write comedy sketches for a play writing group here in Boston. Am retired. Stay safe, well and above all POSITIVE!
Just got my “SEMToday” and brought back wonderful memories of my time at SEM. Still a Colorado resident, my days are full with community volunteer work including Chair of the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Board of Trustees, playing on a golf team, hiking in our beautiful mountains and visiting family and friends. Barry and I just celebrated our 51st Anniversary!!
My husband Barry and I are retired and enjoying country living on a few acres with a few horses not far from wine country in Temecula, CA.
My 75th surprise birthday included family and friends and the perfect entertainment for this 75 year old: Tug of War; egg toss; a sack race and the limbo!!
Staying safe and being well with pilates on line at staywellbewell.net. It's a pandemic start-up with rockstar teachers, many with physical therapy licenses. It's my fun-est activity. Sorry for the ad - no compensation of any sort! Honor system.
LOVED seeing and catching up with our beautiful classmates Pam, Ellen and Peggy for the Friday June 2017 alumnae dinner! That one day in Buffalo remains a wonderful memory, commemorating our shared times, and providing always a much needed reality check on my always unfettered imaginings of the future into which we leading ladies progress with all the benefits of our shared miraculously irreplaceable education. I do still appreciate my education at SEM more and more with each passing year!
I'm just hanging in here until all of this madness STOPS! I was able to see friends outside before the cold of winter so now we talk on the phone. I do Zoom talks, read and I am totally addicted to jigsaw puzzles - especially the wooden ones. Stay well everybody! I miss my family - one daughter in Providence, the other in California with my 7 year old granddaughter!
Can I be this old! Oldest grandchildren are now in Medical School. Tom and I are enjoying our winters in Saint Croix, summers weeding the gardens in Pittsford, NY.
Enjoying winters in Saint Croix, USUI in a condo overlooking the Caribbean Sea: watching sea turtles and becoming involved in the community. The family still owns the Holger Danske Hotel on Christiansted Harbour in St. Criox - recommend a visit.
I recently retired from Parish Ministry, but I continue to serve as Chaplin to the retired clergy and spouses here in Western New York. Recently, I have added the clergy in the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Friends for 60 years! Pat Waterman, Ruth Greenberger, Corny Roberts, and Bobbi French (all class of '61) spent a week together on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Enjoyed the beach, local sightseeing, and sharing stories from our lives in Vermont, New Mexico, Colorado, and Washington DC.
On March 8, 2017, we sold Frederick House and at 73 and 83, retired. Owning a 23-room small hotel for 34 years was wonderful but being retired is wonderful as well.
The Copeland sisters, all SEM graduates, on vacation in Stowe, VT. From left to right: Susie Grant, 1956; Merrily Beyreuther, 1960; Carol Sullivan 1955 and Sally O'Brien 1959.
Recently I participated in a large continuing education lecture series in Tucson with Joanne Rich Healy '56 and her husband, Tom. Coincidentally, the Healys moved next door to one of my closest friends - someone I have known for more than 26 years!
Thank you! I will always say thank you to Buffalo Seminary for giving me the inspiration and support to achieve a very successful life!
I'm finally a grandmother! My son had a baby boy on 5/14/20 - what fun!
Retired and enjoying life in our long-time home. No plans to downsize or head south, though sometimes it looks like a good idea. Great to see Mary Hanrahan Berlow in NY several weeks ago, and visit the Munch Exhibit at the Neue Galerie.
Your three '57 class agents, Mary Berlow, Ellie Johnson, and Iris Skoog shared a delightful road trip and overnight in Watkins Glen last October. We thought of each of you, our '57 classmates and wished you could have joined us.
Wins "Best in Show" of about 100 entries at an art gala in Winnetka, Illinois. "I was thrilled the opening which was a well attended benefit party." Carol wrote. Submitted by Alison Fleischmann.
Notice the complementing floral art!
My husband Tim died late last November. We moved into a retirement community north of Baltimore, and it is proving to be a happy and stimulating place.
Celebrated our 60th anniversary in July 2020 - just the two of us because of Covid-19. We are reasonably healthy!
Love living in California and enjoy traveling as well as retirement. Celebrating 60th wedding anniversary this year. Sorry, couldn’t attend reunion as I was visiting daughter and family in Arizona.
I loved the historical video by Harry Schooley!
Marla has dementia - old friends please contact SEM for her address to send mail. John died 9/12/20 at age 93 at home. They were married 59 years!
My husband, Burton Smart II (Burt), passed away on February 28, 2020. I still live in Lafayette, LA. Daughter Kay and husband Kevin Holley live at the beach house in Destin, FL. Son Mike and wife Ellen have homes in San Diego and at Lake Tahoe. Six grandchildren, ages 15-24, are doing well.
Still in lockdown, but staying well. Hope all have been untouched - take care.
We are safe and sound in our retirement community - and very grateful for that.
Married 70 years, 2 wonderful children, 4 beautiful granddaughters and 2 adorable great grandchildren. How blessed we have been! However, our bubble burst when Dick suffered a mild stroke the beginning of October. After never having been in a hospital in 94 years, he spent one week at Kenmore Mercy Hospital and one week in their Medical Rehab Unit. Since he has been home, he is improving, doing very well with physical therapy and is on his way back. Needless to say - we are incredibly grateful! Hello to my classmates. Please stay safe, healthy, and pray this awful Pandemic to end soon!
I now have five great grandchildren from Vermont, Amsterdam NY and Albany NY. Busy families!
My third great-grandchild Nora Louise Piotrowski was born June 10, 2018. Her grandmother, Jennifer Owen Adsit, was class of 1972. All live in Vermont! All are skiers- not surprising!
Two "SEM sisters" lost since Dec 2019:
Mary McLean Thrush '49
Catherine "Cantor" McLean Eagleson '53
Below is my brief life summary on the occasion of the Class of 1948’s 70th SEM Reunion. I’m sorry that I’m unable to attend and renew old friendships owing to a “bad back” (osteoporosis/scoliosis).
Joan K Smith - class of 1947 recently died, leaving a large loving family and a lot of good friends. She was our class agent with me for over 40 years and helped with annual fund, class reunions, etc. Her 2 daughters - Elizabeth Smith Hitchcook and Nancy Smith Donovan were both SEM graduates.
Georgia and her daughter, Gigi Pooley Helliwell '76, were at dinner with Sam (Katherine) Hershey Hafey '76 and her family in September. While there she met the Hafey's puppy and had a chance to sit on the floor and bond....
Dale & I are living at University Village, a retirement home in Tulsa, near my daughter Jennifer.
Talked to Eva Potter Lee on our 90th birthdays on April 8th. We agreed that the "Golden Years" are not that fun. I managed to get myself to Miami to celebrate the big 90 with my "southern grandchildren" and my son. Buffalo has been very cold all winter. Eva and I can't make it to the graduates dinner. How lucky you have Helen as head of school! She is a dear friend of our family.
I have so many happy memories of my years at Sem. Great teachers, Classmates and sports and of course, Miss Angell's excellent leadership. They all made possible my college years at Mount Holyoke. I did not return to my CT home last summer. I'm still in lockdown here in FL. This is now my legal residence. When my husband said we will establish residence here. I said "I'll go back to Buffalo first" - but I didn't. It has been years since I have been there - I miss Lake Erie and Niagara Falls and my house on Windsor Ave. just a block from Sem.
So glad that Sem is still there and doing well. I will continue to support Sem as long as I live
Betty has moved to a nursing home (Fox Run) and would have loved to be at reunion if able to. She loves SEM and is especially proud of all Helen Marlette is doing.
Very nice senior living apartments where I live. When we have snow I crosscountry. I swim at the YMCA. Virus rate in CO very high so few activities. Go Hornets!
Susan Coe Brown '74 and Liz Morrison '74
Barbara French Pace '61
Georgia Johnson Pooley '47
Carol Monsees '55
Sara Daly '11
Arianna Hughes '13, Lisa Abeyounis '82, and Kaitlin Hughes '16
Artwork by Liz Markus '85
Gigi Pooley Helliwell '76
Susan Henderson '87
Virtual Open House
3-D Tour Live Narrated by Students & Faculty
March 3, 2021
See you at SEM!