The Storm King School Alumni Association
The Storm King School Alumni Association is governed by an Alumni Council that oversees all Storm King Alumni engagement activities. Everyone who has attended The Storm King School for at least one term is considered an alumnus/a of the School and a SKS Alumni Association member. Currently, the alumni association consists of approximately 3,000 former students and graduates.
The Alumni Council, made up of 14 elected members representing each decade of SKS classes, governs the Storm King School Alumni Association. The Alumni Council/Association President serves as an ex officio member of the SKS Board of Trustees.
Three times a year, the School invites the Storm King Alumni Council and all members of the SKS Alumni Association to campus to hear from the School’s leadership and receive an in-depth look into the ongoing life of The Storm King School. Working through committees, the Alumni Council focuses on projects that help strengthen alumni engagement and philanthropy including Alumni Awards, Career Night, Reunion Weekend, Senior Class Luncheons, and The Storm King Fund.
Alumni Council Charter Statement:
The Storm King School’s Alumni Council is a volunteer body with representation from each decade of classes. The mission of the Council is to partner with the Office of Alumni and Development to build and perpetuate an alumni community of support for the school. The council meets three times per year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) and works through committees focused on alumni philanthropy and engagement.
To be considered for Alumni Council membership, please contact Lynn Crevling ’72, Director of Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 845-458-7517
Alumni Council Members 2021-22
Sele Birchwood '09
Steve Bluth '83
Richard Broughton '54
Scott Cantor '73
Lynn Crevling '72, Secretary
Tom Delaney '58
Michelle Farber '83
Johnathan Flores '12
Madison Flores '14
Jodi Gerson '91
David Gilmore '61
Jermaine Miller '02
Jim Perlberg '70
Judy Romano '79
Lawrence (Larry) Spiegel '69
Monifa Tarjarmo '90
Lisa Veyka '83
|Alumni Council Terms 2021-22|
|Name||Class Year||Term Ending 7/1/2022||Term Ending 7/1/2023||Term Ending 7/1/2024|
|Alumni Council Members (three year terms)|
|Richard Broughton||1954||2nd term|
|Tom Delaney||1958||2nd term|
|Michelle Faber||1983||1st term|
|Jodie Gerson||1991||1st term|
|David Gilmore||1961||2nd term|
|Larry Spiegel||1969||1st term|
|Jim Perlberg||1970||1st term|
|Judy Romano||1979||1st term|
|Lisa Veyka||1983||1st term|
|Monifa Tarjamo||1990||1st term|
|Jermaine Miller||2002||1st term|
|Sele Birchwood||2009||2nd term|
|Madison Sergi||2014||2nd term|
|Alumni Council Officers (two year terms)|
|Steve Bluth, President||1983||1st term|
|Johnathan Flores, First Vice President||2012||1st term|
|Jim Perlberg, Second Vice President||1970||1st term|
The Storm King School Alumni Council
January 30, 2021
The Storm King School Alumni Council’s regular winter meeting was held on the above date via Zoom. President Scott Cantor ‘73 presided, and Secretary Lynn Crevling ‘72 served as Recording Secretary.
The following Alumni Council members were in attendance: Steve Bluth ‘83, Richard Broughton ‘54, Charles Cordero ‘92, Tom Delaney ‘58, Johnathan Flores ’12, David Gilmore ‘61, Jim Perlberg ‘70, Judy Romano ’79, Madison Sergi ’14, Larry Spiegel ‘69, Monifa Tarjamo ’90 and Lisa Veyka ‘83.
Excused were: Jack Besterman ‘18, Sele Birchwood ’09, and Luke Sollami.
Tom Fogarty, Sarah Fulton ’09, and Headmaster Jonathan W.R. Lamb represented The Storm King School.
SKS alumni in attendance were Roger Auerbacher ’66, Robert Chace ’68, Bruce Dennison ’68, Colin Elgood ’71, Jody Gerson ’91, Spencer Jackson ’09, Bruce Hanson ’62, Michael Pock ’94, Gabriela Quartey ’17, Steven Sims ‘69, and Sarah Storrs ‘80
President’s Opening Remarks & Minutes
President Cantor called the meeting to order at 10:05 am, welcomed members, and congratulated members Mrs. Madison Flores and Mr. John Flores on their recent wedding.
President Cantor then asked for a motion to approve the meeting minutes of the October 12, 2020 Alumni Council Meeting. On a motion duly made by Mr. Bluth and seconded by Ms. Tarjamo, the minutes were approved without exception.
Nominating Committee Report
Chairman Bluth reported that the Committee met on several occasions and brings a slate of nominations for the Alumni Council’s consideration and deliberations.
Chairman Bluth applauded Mr. Cantor’s extraordinary commitment to the SKS Alumni body over his ten years of service as the SKS Alumni Association President and his four years as the Alumni Council President. Mr. Bluth announced that Mr. Cantor will become Alumni Council President Emeritus and will be welcomed to all future meetings in that capacity.
On behalf of the Nominating Committee the following slate of officers was brought forward for election to begin their terms in October 2021:
President – Steven Bluth ‘83
First Vice President – Johnathan Flores ‘12
Second Vice President – Jim Perlberg ‘70
*They were then excused pending vote of the Council
Upon a motion duly made by Nominating Committee member, Ms. Judy Romano, to elect the above slate to a two-year term and seconded by President Cantor, the slate was accepted unanimously by the Council. Ms. Romano congratulated the newly elected officers upon their return to the meeting.
Chairman Bluth continued by introducing three candidates to fill term-concluding vacancies on the Council. He noted that the Nominating Committee had invited candidates’ interest and had vetted the following nominees prior to their consideration to serve their first three year term. He referenced the previously distributed profiles on the candidates, remarking the Committee was pleased with the response they had received from the SKS alumni body. He noted that an At-Large vacancy has not been filled. The following slate of candidates was considered individually.
- 1980’s decade position: Ms. Michelle Arginsky Farber ’83. Upon a motion duly made by Chairman Bluth and seconded by Mr. Delaney, Ms. Farber was unanimously elected.
- *1990’s decade position: Ms. Jodie Gerson ’91. Upon a motion duly made by Chairman Bluth and seconded by Ms. Romano, Ms. Gerson was unanimously elected.
- 2000-2009 decade position: Mr. Jermaine Miller ’02. Upon a motion duly made by Chairman Bluth and seconded Ms. Tarjamo, Mr. Miller was unanimously elected.
* Ms. Gerson being present was excused during the vote.
Terms for the above slate will commence on July 1, 2021. Chairman Bluth thanked the Alumni Council for their thoughtful consideration of the elected slate.
Outreach and Development Committee Report
Chairman Perlberg stated that the Outreach and Development Committee’s role is to support the work of the Alumni and Development Office and make suggestions in regards to alumni communication, engagement, outreach and philanthropy. He referred Council members to the Committee’s report following their last meeting.
In concert with the Committee’s mission, Mr. Perlberg encouraged all alumni to participate in the Storm King Fund as a tangible expression of their support. A future area of focus for the Committee will be that of engaging international alumni suggesting that a more personal outreach strategy be applied. The committee will also review the effectiveness of past fundraising events as previous ‘auctions’ were discussed.
Chairman Perlberg cited and applauded the Alumni Speaker Series as a fine example of an effective alumni engagement activity noting it has been well received and has attracted SKS alumni who had not previously been engaged with the School. He noted that more than 20 events have been held thus far this year remarking that individual series events have been tailored and scaled to the interst of alumni and students. The series will continue into the spring, and he encouraged all Council members and SKS Alumni to participate, adding “They’re fun!”
The Committee has encouraged the School to promote the vast network of SKS Alumni into which recent grads will enter and how they may take advantage of this international network.
Awards Committee Report
Chairman Flores referred Council Members to the recently distributed Awards Committee report. He cited the criteria of the award as follows:
The SKS Alumni Art Award is presented to a SKS Alumnus/a for exceptional artistic contributions and achievement in the visual and performing arts including vocal music, instrumental music, theater, dance, etc.; film/documentaries; writing/literary arts; curating, directing or producing; design arts, artistic media; etc. Selection for this award will be based upon the artist's recognition and impact in their field.
Chairman Flores thanked the following alumni and staff in arts fields who had generously volunteered their time to advise the Awards Committee. They include: John Carruthers, Visual Arts Director; Anne Fulton, Performing Arts Director; Richard Grossman ’79, contemporary art collector; Alva Nelson, Music Director; and Gary Springer ‘72, arts publicist and former actor.
Chairman Flores reported that the Committee prioritized candidates across the artistic disciplines and has recommended that the 2021 Alumni Art Award recipient be:
Mr. David Collens ’65, the Director and Chief Curator at the Storm King Art Center (SKAC) since 1978. Mr. Collens has selected artists and worked tirelessly in developing exhibitions and shaping the internationally renowned 500 acre contemporary sculpture park. In 2019, 180,000 people visited SKAC, the largest collection of contemporary outdoor sculpture in the United States.
Upon a motion duly made by Mr. Bluth and seconded by Mrs. Flores, Mr. David Collens ’65 was unanimously selected as the 2021 SKS Alumni Arts Award recipient.
Margaret Clark Faculty Excellence Award
Chairman Flores reported that there were several single nominations of candidates for the Margaret Clark Faculty Excellence Award, but that the Awards Committee would not be bringing a recommendation this year.
SKS Sports Hall of Fame
Chairman Flores noted that there were 26 nominations for eight nominees for this year’s Hall of Fame. After careful consideration of each nominee the Committee recommended the following individual for induction into the SKS Sports Hall of Fame for 2021.
Shauntiece Puddin’ Hunt, Class of 2001. Ms. Hunt, a pentagonal athlete, was a soccer captain and basketball co-captain for the first girls’ basketball team to win the HVAL, and was the first female to score a goal on the men’s Varsity Lacrosse team, among other accolades. She also played varsity soccer and basketball at Mitchell College on the 2004 New England Cup All-Tournament Team. She received 18 nominations from students from the classes of 2000 – 2003 who not only lauded her accomplishments in athletics, but also her impact on the overall community: “her desire to lift others up, to build camaraderie, and her intrinsic kindness.”
Upon a motion duly made by Mr. Bluth and seconded Ms. Veyka, Ms. Shauntiece Puddin’ Hunt ’01 was unanimously inducted into the SKS Sports Hall of Fame for 2021.
Established in 2019, The SKS Humanitarian Award recognizes a member of the SKS alumni body for extraordinary accomplishments and contributions supporting human welfare, the environment, or social reform, including lifesaving work for social justice, the improvement of quality of life, the environment, socio-economic status, or the alleviation of suffering.
Chairman Flores reported that in addition to the two outstanding candidates identified last year and an additional future candidate had been identified for the committee’s consideration. Mr. Flores then brought forward the nominating committee’s recommendation for 2021 as the 2021 SKS Humanitarian Award recipient:
Dr. Jonathan Keeve, an orthopedic surgeon, began traveling internationally to serve on medical missions in 1999 and has continued on his own and with others since that time. He has given his time and service as a surgeon in Vietnam, Bhutan, Haiti, Cuba, and Cambodia. He also served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Landstuhl, Germany, for treating wounded soldiers and he received a lifetime achievement award from the Washington State Orthopedic Association in 2019.
Upon a motion made by Mr. Bluth and seconded by Mr. Cordero, the SKS Alumni Council voted unanimously to present the 2021 SKS Humanitarian Award to Dr. Jonathan Keeve ’74.
The Alumni Council will be invited to hear Dr. Keeve speak when he is presented the award at a gathering of the entire Storm King School community.
Storm King School Strategic Progress Report
Mr. Fogarty presented an update as to the School’s strategic progress for the 2020-2021 School year. He reported on the acquisition of the two acre adjacent property and home on Deer Hill Road previously owned by Dr. Lucy Swift. The new name of the home will be Pine Tree Hill House, formerly known as Deer Hill Cottage when used by the School in the 1960s and 1970s. The home is an important acquisition as it represents many future opportunities for the School’s campus. SKS now owns all of the land between Deer Hill Road, Mountain Road and Route 9W.
It was further reported that gifts and giving to the Storm King Fund had increased by 22% since the same time last year representing 78% of the School’s budgeted goal for its annual fund. Alumni participation in the fund stands at 6.5% which is an increase over the three previous years. Of note, the participation rate at other like schools is 12% Mr. Fogarty remarked that it would be of great benefit to the school if the giving trend continues through June 30, as the Storm King Fund is the Board’s and School’s number one fundraising priority. The school’s endowment is also increasing and will allow SKS to continue increasing support for financial aid for students.
Design work continues on the new Academic Center, as the Board next step is to select the final design by April 2021.
The Alumni and Development Office is looking for a vendor to provide Storm King School wearables and “swag” on-line. An update to this will be forthcoming at the next regular meeting of the Council.
With no further business to come before the SKS Alumni Council, President Cantor adjourned the meeting with thanks to all in attendance.
Lynn Crevling ‘72
Alumni Council Secretary
The Storm King School Alumni Council
October 10, 2020
Welcome and Opening Comments
The Storm King School Alumni Council’s first meeting for the fiscal year 2020-2021 was held on the above date via Zoom. President Cantor ‘73 presided, and Secretary Crevling ‘72 was present as permanent Secretary. The following Alumni Council members were in attendance: Steve Bluth ‘83, Richard Broughton ‘54, Charles Cordero ‘92, Tom Delaney ‘58, Johnathan Flores ‘12 David Gilmore ‘61, Jim Perlberg, Judy Romano ’79, Madison Sergi ’14, , Monifa Tarjamo ’90 and Lisa Veyka ‘83.
The following Alumni Council members were excused: Jack Besterman ‘18, Sele Birchwood ’09, Luke Sollami and Larry Spiegel ‘69
Tom Fogarty and Sarah Fulton ’09 represented The Storm King School.
Guests in attendance were Robert Chace ’68, Jody Gerson ’91, Michael Klingman ’60, Fred Sopher ‘59
Mr. Cantor called the meeting to order at 10:00 am, welcomed members, and explained that the Alumni Council would conduct a brief business meeting; and then provide an opportunity for comments and questions. He let alumni know that after the meeting is adjourned, participants are welcome to stay on the line for further conversation.
Mr. Cantor asked Mr. Bluth, Nominating Committee Chairman, to introduce new Alumni Council members Jim Perlberg ’70 and Lisa Veyka ’83.
Mr. Cantor then asked for a motion to approve the meeting minutes from the June 13 2020 Alumni Council and Alumni Association Annual Meeting. Ms. Crevling reported a correction to the minutes to reflect Ms. Romano as present at that meeting. Ms. Tarjamo made the motion for approval of the minutes with the correction, and Mr. Bluth seconded it. The minutes were approved unanimously.
State of the School Update
Mr. Fogarty provided the Storm King School Strategic Progress Report, including enrollment, budget, finance and progress on the 2022 Strategic Plan. Mr. Fogarty responded affirmatively to a question from Ms. Tarjamo about benchmarking enrollment and tuition with other schools. While financial aid can offset tuition fees, schools with large endowments can offer greater support and financial aid.
The Alumni and Development Office 2020-2021 goals were highlighted, including an increase in The Storm King Fund goal to provide a partial offset for revenue losses and expense increases as a result of the pandemic. Mr. Perlberg noted the importance of giving to the Storm King Fund (in any amount) by the members of the Alumni Council, adding that he gives a monthly recurring gift.
Mr. Fogarty discussed the planning for the Capital Campaign, which now is continues after being paused. Schematic designs are being developed. He note that capital campaign donors may defer this year’s pledge payment for the capital campaign to instead give to the Storm King Fund, the highest fundraising priority this year. Mr. Auerbacher ’66, President of the SKS Board of Trustees, commented that the groundbreaking for the new Academic Center is planned for Reunion 2022. The Capital Campaign includes both the new Academic Center building and $2 million to increase endowment dollars.
Mr. Fogarty also reported on the school’s reacquisition of a home behind Stone Hall, previously providing faculty housing and dorm space, known in the past as Deer Hill Cottage. SKS now owns all of the property between Deer Hill Road, Mountain Road and Route 9w, offering opportunities for use of the recently acquired building and/or the land.
Academic and Student Life
New faculty Erika DeVaughn and Barbara Wood were introduced to the Alumni Council. They each gave an overview of their background and involvement at SKS, and were welcomed warmly.
Nominating Committee Report
Mr. Bluth reported that orientation was held prior to this meeting for the new Council members, and that the Committee will bring actions related to term completion and Council vacancies at the next meeting on January 30, 2021.
Outreach and Development Committee Report
Mr. Perlberg reported that the Alumni Speaker Series was established this year to connect alumni when in-person events are not possible.
The first topic, the Black Student Union (BSU), had 24 attendees and meaningful conversation about the BSU and race relations on and off campus, with a follow up conversation planned.
Mr. Bluth reported that the other Zoom event with eighties faculty and alumni had about 16 people in attendance and everyone enjoyed reminiscing and reconnecting. He suggested that perhaps “half decades” should be considered for these “visits.”
Ms. Crevling invited anyone who would like to lead a Zoom gathering to let her know, and to stay tuned for November’s topics: “All Things Dogs” with professional dog trainer Dana Crevling ’77 and dog sports competitor Dominque Manpel ’79; as well as a “Visit with Seventies Faculty and Alumni.”
Ms. Fulton reported on the results of the second alumni survey sent last spring. She said that the 108 respondents reflected an uptick in young alumni responses, and respondents expressed a preference for communication by email and social media. Ms. Fulton has also been increasingly active promoting SKS on Instagram. She relayed that the third and final segment of the survey is planned for this spring 2021.
Mr. Cantor highlighted themes for this year’s reunion: “Double the Fun” with 0s and 5s with the 1s and 6s; and 50 years of coeducation.
Awards Committee Report
Mr. Flores reported that a relatively small number of nominations have been received so far for 2020-2021 consisting of multiple nominees with no more than two nominations per nominee. Ms. Tarjamo replied that the Committee may not have an award recipient in every category in every year.
Mr. Flores added that SKS will look for more information in the SKS archives about nominees who appear to be strong contenders.
Mr. Flores also reported that the Awards Committee met earlier this year and reviewed awards criteria. The Committee decided to maintain the same criteria but add language to emphasize the importance of the arts award recipient’s recognition in his or her art form.
The Awards Committee will meet on Sunday, January 24 at 10:30 AM to review all nominations and bring recommendations to the Alumni Council. The Ad Hoc Arts Advisor Council (arts faculty and alumni) will be invited to assist and advise the Awards Committe