Paul Procopio ’41 writes from Winter Haven, Florida, “I taught Stockbridge classes in landscape construction for many years starting in the fall of 1947. A very happy learning experience. I am pleased that early Stockbridge classes are now getting associate’s degrees.”
Herbert “Bert” Shepard ’48 and his wife, May (Andrews) ’48, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 24. He writes, “Even though we are longtime residents of Acton, our family decided that the event in honor of our anniversary should be held in Amherst, where it all began. More than 50 family members and friends attended the celebration at the Lord Jeffery Inn, including May’s roommate, Margaret (Peck) Dean ’48.” The Shepards raised six children (three are UMass grads) after they eloped at the end of their sophomore year. Herbert went on to earn a master’s at Harvard and worked for the FDA for more than 30 years, retiring in 1990.
Frank Leblanc ’50 recently retired from the athletic department of Stanford University after 23 years as assistant golf professional. In 1981 he retired from American Can company after 30 years working in their research lab. He writes, “I’d love to hear from classmates Stan Charm and George Youland who journeyed cross-country to attend Washington State in the winter of 1950 after graduating midterm. I just wonder if they recalled our being picked up by the FBI after we arrived on the Washington campus. We left the Boston area a few days after the infamous Brinks robbery with a Brinks money bag that we used to carry snow chains. This bag was inadvertently left in a Boise gas station the night before we headed north to Pulman, Washington.”
Bob Dallmeyer ’59, owner of R.D. International in Los Angeles, California, has been inducted into the Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders for 2006.
Dorothy Cowser Yancy ’65G, president of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, was an education panelist for the Charlotte chapter of the National Black MBA Association’s inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum in August, “Taking Care of Business: Learning, Leading, and Winning.”
Harvey Shultz ’66 writes, “After 40 years with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, I retired in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, in June 2006 as the global manager of the Applied Biology Program. I simultaneously served in the Army Reserves for 35 years, which included a tour in Vietnam, retiring in 2003 as a colonel with 13 decorations, two of which are the Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star.” Old friends can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Alice (Buck) Anderson ’68 retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 after 35 years of
service. She joined the Navy immediately after graduating from UMass Amherst and her last assignment was as commanding officer, Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory in Pensacola, Florida. She writes, “After a year of labor reconstructing my home, which was severely damaged during Hurricane Ivan, I assumed the position of district health officer for the Washoe County District Health Department in Reno, Nevada.”
Emily (Fila) Bancroft ’68 recently self-published Pony Pictures, Photographs of the 1900s. She writes, “This collection of stories and photos of children on ponies was inspired by two photos of family members taken in 1918 and 1937. The photos span the century and the continent.” Emily was recognized as the Community Citizen of the Year by the new Braintree Grange in April 2006; and she and her husband, Russell ’60, and their two children, Tim and Rachel, were honored for their years of volunteerism to the Hardwick Community Fair in August 2005 with the annual event dedicated to them.
Kathleen (Robbins) Maloblocki ’69 writes, “Looking for IGUs who graduated late in the ’60s or early ’70s. We have an active group who get together once a year. This is a great time to reconnect! Conversation always includes trying to ‘find’ more of our sisters. We are a lively, cultured, interesting group of women who haven’t changed a bit!” E-mail Kathy at email@example.com for more information.
Clif Banner is chief engineer for the U.S. Air Force’s Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2008, a two-year program to integrate U.S. Strategic Command command control and intelligence systems with Department of Defense global communications grid and collaboration capabilities for worldwide control of airborne forces. He writes, “I live in Nashua, New Hampshire, with my wife, Linda (Laine) ’69, and our two sons, Benjamin and Aleks. Linda is an award-winning quilt maker, artist, bread maker, and designer.” Their niece, Elizabeth Jones ’08, and nephew, Brendan Jones ’10, are both attending UMass Amherst. “We are all avid supporters (and players/former players) in the UMass bands and orchestra programs.”
Bob Beecy writes, “I am a dedicated alumnus and very proud of my affiliation with the university. I can’t believe it will be 35 years since my graduation. I lost my wife, Mona, to cancer this past year but am starting to date and move on with my life. I fully expect to have a companion to bring to a homecoming in the not-too-distant future.” Bob is director of U.S. marketing for Datatex TIS, Inc., in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Bill Carroll writes, “I retired from the National Park Service after a 32-year career, most recently as the deputy superintendent of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. More important, I married MaryEllen in 2005. I will continue to work in land protection as a project manager with the Trust for Public Land, Ohio State Office, in Cleveland.” E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas Merrigan, a lawyer for Rawson, Merrigan & Litner in Greenfield and Boston and
former judge, is a candidate for the Governor’s Council of Massachusetts.
Charlie Roddy is a senior major gifts officer for the Emergency Care Campaign at the UMass Memorial Foundation.
William Cady, Reverend Feng Huang Rising Phoenix Bill, was ordained at the Wild Goose
Zendo in East Brookfield and is establishing a ministry within the greater Acton community to dedicate his energy to be of service to the youth there by offering training in meditation at Danny’s Place Teen Center. He has two children, a daughter Layla, an art education teacher, and a son, Will, a student at the Berklee College of Music.
Nancy (Bernson) Goff ’81G is the new director of program planning and development for
Five Colleges, Incorporated, in Amherst.
Linda (Sniezek) Haggerty recently accepted a position as a research technician in the Aerobiology Lab at UMass Lowell. Her daughter, Katelyn ’10, is a journalism major/music minor and a member of the UMass Minuteman Marching Band, playing alto saxophone.
Paul Killeen is senior vice president of litigation at GGNSC Administrative Services LLC.
Joe Laroche (G) writes, “My wife, Pat, and I have recently retired and moved from Concord, Ohio, to Rogers, Arizona. Since graduating from UMass, I have worked in the metals industry and rose to director of sales for Alcan Primary Products, the second-
largest aluminum producer in the Western world. We have renovated our dream house and I plan to spend my retirement being active with my hobbies: hunting, fishing, bee keeping, gardening, and travel.”
Bonny (McLean) Rathbone, principal of Converse Middle School in Palmer, was recently awarded the George Nicholas Seed of Selflessness Award in recognition of her unceasing acts of selflessness on behalf of the children of Palmer.
Mindy Sue Cohen is the HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) Coordinator for the State of Texas Office of the Attorney General. She is involved with the UMass Alumni Club Austin Chapter and writes, “I enjoy meeting alumni from so many different graduating classes. We are busy planning events for the months to come.” Contact Mindy Sue at email@example.com.
Amy Bryan Mollins writes, “Remember 13th-floor Coolidge class of 1975? Anyone out there? If you are in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, let me know.” E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
William “Billy” Szych of Hatfield was on the ballot for First Congressional District Seat in Massachusetts for the November election. He is retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel.
Mark Citron sent in a photo of his company’s bell-ringing ceremony at NASDAQ, where the executive staff of BioMimetic Therapeutics closed the trading for the day. He writes, “The bell-ringing ceremony was in celebration of our successful IPO. I am the senior vice president of regulatory affairs and quality systems at BioMimetic Therapeutics. I was hoping to report to my lost friends and colleagues who read the alumni magazine that I am well and living in the Nashville suburb of Franklin, Tennessee.” View the photo at umassmag.com/photos.
Jacqueline Dunn was elected president of the Multicultural Association of Carleton County, an organization to help foster positive relations between the diverse cultures found in that area of New Brunswick, Canada. Her husband, Kevin Flanagan, is director of R&D for McCain Foods Canada. She writes, “Our youngest child just graduated and is off to Montreal to attend McGill; our daughter graduated from McGill in food science and is now working at McCain in Florenceville. We would love to hear from any of our friends from Brown.”
Edmund Gorman, an attorney in Boston, has been appointed as senior co-chair of the Boston Bar Association's Solo and Small Firm Section.
Patricia Reid Ponte, senior vice president for Patient Care Services at Dana-Farber Cancer Institutes and director of Oncology Nursing and Clinical Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, became president of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives.
Creda (Camacho) Carney would love to hear from old friends from Moore House, “especially M&M and Linda Venutti!” Email her at email@example.com.
Ben Dixon (G), vice president of multicultural affairs since 1998 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, retired in December.
Alan Currie (G) of Manchester, director of administration and finance for the Connecticut Education Association, was appointed chair of the Member Benefits Committee for the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants for the 2006-2007 activity year.
Bob Goldman writes, “Here’s some good news from another proud UMass
alumnus who is out there doing good in the world—good that will allow
me to help the university in a meaningful way. I recently created a
very special Web site devoted to good health and wellness in New England.
GoodHealthNewEngland.com is an online guide to excellent health care
and wellness. The tone of the Web site is upbeat, pro-active, and empowering.”
Bob lives in Portland, Maine.
Deborah Re has been appointed chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston.
Sheila Collins, associate professor in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences department at Duke University Medical Center, earned her PhD from MIT in 1985.
Jeffrey Lutsky, a partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, was recently named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 2006. The annual listing of top lawyers in Pennsylvania was published in the June issue of Philadelphia Magazine. He received his JD from Villanova University School of Law in 1982.
John Aromando, a partner at Pierce Atwood in Portland, Maine, has been ranked among the best attorneys in the nation for 2006 by Chambers and Partners.
Royal Hartigan was awarded a Fulbright-Hays lecture/teaching award through the State Department for work in the Philippines. He writes, “I’ll be in residence at the University of the Philippines near Manila this fall and will center my research on the indigenous kulintang gong and drum ensembles of southern Mindanao and the gangsa gong ensembles of the northern Luzon mountains.” He has recently returned from field trips to Asia, West Africa, and Mexico. His blood drum spirit ensemble toured China in May, performing at numerous festivals as well as recording a double compact disc, “Live in China.” “I remember playing with professors Tillis, Workman, Holmes, Boyer, Shepp, and Macchia, and the chance to play with pros enabled me to grow. I still follow that practice with my students. The guidance of these mentors helped me to create my path in music and life.”
Elizabeth Truex Gilboy, director of Virginia Tech’s Community Design Assistance Center in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies in Blacksburg, has been named to the board of directors of the National Association for Community Design.
Stephen Harvey, a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received the Pro Bono Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association in recognition of his extraordinary commitment as lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the landmark “intelligent design” case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
S. Lawrence Kocot ’86G of Alexandria, was recently reelected to the position of chairman for the Commonwealth Health Research Board in Richmond, Virginia.
Stephen Spelman, a lieutenant colonel in the Army and an assistant district attorney for Hampden County, received a Bronze Star for his role in Operation Trojan Roundup in Iraq. In July 2006 he was promoted to colonel.
Eric Glassoff wants to let all UMass alumni know that he has a new real estate Web site out of Coldwell Banker Brookline. He encourages you to visit bostonrealestateexperts.com and give feedback on ways to improve the site.
Edward Huntley is the new director of Northampton’s department of public works.
T. Barnabas Kane, principal of Arizona-based sustainable landscape architecture firm T. Barnabas Kane & Associates, has joined more than 600 architectural professionals from around the world who submitted entries in High Density on the High Ground, one of two design competitions sponsored by a partnership between the Tulane School of Architecture and Architectural Record magazine, to design a 140-unit housing community on a site along the Mississippi River. This mixed-industrial zoning and above-sea-level elevation will protect residents from the flooding that wiped out most of the adjacent residential areas in 2005.
Richard Peck has been a staff member for Massachusetts Senator Stephen Buoniconti since January 2005.
Michael Chinitz and Alan Rose Jr. ’91, partners in the law firm of Rose & Associates in Boston since 2000, have renamed their business Rose, Chinitz & Rose.
Timothy Enright is senior vice president of Consumer Business at IBasis in Burlington, one of the largest providers of international voice communications. Previously, he was area vice president for New England at Nextel Communications. He lives in Groton with his wife, Diana (Swain) ’85, and their two children, Crosby and Clayton. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boris Svetlichny is senior vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer of Golden Telecom, Inc., in Russia.
Ruth Baylis began a new position at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as director of employment services. She writes, “I’m extremely excited about this opportunity but will miss Mass Audubon and all the tremendously talented people I had the opportunity to work with over the past four years.” She is looking forward to being back in Boston.
Michael O’Connor, a registered geologist in Oregon and Washington, has launched an environmental consulting firm, Assessment Associates, in Portland, Oregon. He writes, “I’ve been in Portland since 1988 and am married with two children. I’d love to hear from any UMass friends and can be reached at email@example.com.”
Russell Powell is editor and publisher of the bimonthly New England Watershed Magazine.
Bill Bennett was recently appointed director of the Clark Fund and a major gifts officer at Clark University in Worcester. Previously he served as interim director of university advancement and director of alumni affairs there. He lives with his partner in Waltham.
David Eckoff is vice president, New Products, at Turner Broadcasting, overseeing the development, evaluation, and launch of new products across the Turner entertainment, news, and animations divisions. Previously he was with RealNetworks in Seattle. You can read his blog on innovation, new media, and technology at www.davideckoff.com.
Michael Giampietro ’87, ’91G has been named vice president for finance and administrative services at Bay Path College. He held the same title from 1998 at Holyoke Community College.
DeVere Carney III has been promoted to senior vice president in consumer finance systems for Citizens Bank in Providence, Rhode Island.
Katie (Dunican) Habib and her husband, Fred ’87, welcomed their fourth child home in December 2005. Grace Kathleen joins brothers Will, Evan, and Jude. Katie operates a personal chef service from their home in Newburyport; Fred is undersecretary for the executive office of Health and Human Services for Massachusetts.
Beth Harding, a middle-school teacher in the Worcester public schools, was awarded the Preserve America History Teacher of the Year for Massachusetts for 2005 from the Gilder Lehrman Institute. She was also a semifinalist for the 2006-2007 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year.
Robert Jokela is chief operating officer of Greater Boston’s Jewish Family & Children’s Service.
Keith Dougherty writes, “To all my friends from 1985-1989, I’m living in Seattle and working as the marketing program manager for an awesome company called Electronic Evidence Discovery. Any alumni looking for great opportunities can check out the Web site, eeinc.com, and call me regarding opportunities. Thanks to all of our alumni who have family serving our country.”
Juan Gómez (G) writes, “I wanted to let my former classmates in labor studies know that I’m working as director of organizational effectiveness and development for Phelps Dodge, a Phoenix-based mining multinational corporation. This job requires much travel to the U.S., so if anyone wants to be in touch about getting together, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Patrick Hannigan writes, “I’m still on the ‘sandbar’ operating a mid-Cape property management firm. I regularly see, and sometimes work with, other alumni such as Rob Donovan ’88, and Rob and Dave Morrison. I’d love to reconnect with anyone from the hazy and crazy days.” E-mail him at email@example.com.
Daniel Lynch (G) of Longmeadow is the new principal at the Granby Junior-Senior High School. He had been principal of Somers High School in Connecticut for 18 years.
Robyn (Berger) Ulbrich writes, “My husband, Jim, and I just celebrated the birth of our third child. Zoe was born in May and joins siblings Jake and Alexis.” The family lives in Westchester County, New York.
Mary Ann Farren writes, “My husband, Michael, and I are delighted to announce the arrival of our daughter, Mary, in February 2006. She joins big sister Roisin at home in Waterford, Ireland.”
Kevin Taylor is director of the Master of Business Administration program at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.
Philip Thorn lives in Duxbury with his wife and their daughter, Kirsten Margaret, who was born in January 2006.
Susan (MacArthur) Walsh has been hired as executive director of the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. She lives in Blue Hill, Maine, with her husband, Sean, and their two children, Sydney, 4, and Grady, 2.
Laura (Cohen) Groves recently completed her PhD in social work at Bryn Mawr College and is an associate professor of social work at Cabrini College. She lives with her husband, George, and their daughter, Caroline, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
Kathleen Kanz (G), regional planner for Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, writes, “I just finished reading the June 2006 edition of the Vermont Business magazine and was surprised to discover that Elizabeth Courtney ’82G, executive director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council, is a graduate of the university.”
Mike Tannenbaum is general manager for the New York Jets football team.
Dominick Vene, despite battling cancer and MS since 1994, has written An Oasis and a Mirage about his experiences because, as he says, “my life has been incredible. For years I have dedicated my life to nonprofit work: the study, teaching, and preservation of world cultural heritage through an association I founded in Spain, The Mediterranean World Heritage Association.” He also has created gourmet tours with one of Spain’s most important chefs, Rafael Morales, as a way of financing his nonprofit venture. “My work has allowed me to find an oasis—a little paradise—in the middle of the health issues that can leave me with a full disability or can kill me…thus the mirage. I have seen so many beautiful things disappear before my eyes just as I was close enough to touch them. Through it all, my wife, Miryam, has been with me, and I find the strength to overcome everything because of our love.” Visit www.mediterranean-heritage.org for more information.
Catherine (Miller) Bailey and her husband, Gregg, had their first child, Anna Carolyn, on August 30. They live in Dorchester.
Thomas Bozza was recently appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Physiology at Northwestern University. He lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife, Tammy (Alconada) ’91, and their two children, Julia, 4, and Colin, 1.
Eric Olsson, vice president of product development at Knowledge Matters, Inc., an educational software developer, released a simulation on ancient Egypt for middle-school students. “Virtual History–Ancient Egypt” will be the first in KMI’s new line
of computer-based educational simulations for social studies. He lives in Northampton.
Jay Gelb joined Lehman Brothers in New York City in 2005 as senior vice president and equity analyst covering the property/casualty insurance sector. He lives in Port Washington with his wife, Denise (Geiringer), and their two children, Mia and Adam. He writes, “We thoroughly enjoyed seeing UMass beat Hofstra in overtime at the NCAA lacrosse tournament at Stony Brook, Long Island, in front of a large Hofstra crowd.”
Joe Marek and his wife, Hollis, had twin daughters, Julia and Effie, on September 13. She joins big sister Sadie at home in Matthews, North Carolina.
Laura (Bernstein) Pierce has been promoted to vice president in the communications division of O’Neill and Associates in Boston.
Richard Almeida received a PhD in political science form the University of Missouri Columbia and is a visiting assistant professor of poly sci at Southeast Missouri State.
Kelly (Ryan) Woods, director of the Career and Experiential Learning Center at Elms College, recently completed the prestigious Global Career Development Facilitator training program in Marlboro.
Suzanne Garb married Kenny Benet in May 2005 with Anatoly Darov ’94, ’96G; Hugh Garber ’93; Alana (Berger) Solodow ’94; Scott Galbraith ’94; Jennifer (Rochette) Galbraith ’95; Emily Martin ’95; Christopher Szczuka ’96; and Rebecca Peterson ’96 attending.
Nilou Haghayeghi completed the Master of Science in Drug Regulatory Affairs and Health Policy degree at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston.
Kimberly (Cooke) Ubaldo and her husband, Nelson, had their first child, Kaylie Rose, in June. They live in Massapequa, New York.
Caroline Christie exhibited her paintings at the Nacul Center Gallery in Amherst last summer and throughout New England in 2006. She can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrick Crowley works for the National Education Association of Rhode Island (www.neari.org). He lives in Lincoln with his wife, Karen, and their three children, Michael, Dayna, and Daniel.
Regina Wolfrey graduated in May 2006 from Bentley College with a Master of Science in Finance. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Peter Farrell is a trial attorney with Smith & Brink in Quincy with a practice concentrating on insurance defense and general civil litigation. His wife, Amy (Whitcher) ’00, is an assistant vice president with Bank of America in the business capital unit, based out of the Boston office. They live in Weymouth.
Taryn Scott married David Gerrish ’96 in September at the Cooper Hill Inn in East Dover, Vermont.
Laura Forster married Suneer Maheshwary in August in Hoboken, New Jersey. Lorraine (Kennedy) Burke was a bridesmaid; classmates Mike Messaroas, Julie Fialkow, and Matt Vautour ’96 attended.
Jennifer (Arsenault) Howe (G) and her husband, Todd, had their first child, Tyler Michael, in September. To see his picture, visit umassmag.com/photos. The family lives in Huntersville, North Carolina.
Tezlyn Kraft received a master’s in business administration from Franklin University in August with a focus in executive coaching. She works for NetJets, Inc., in Columbus, Ohio.
Dean Stork is an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Cyclones hockey team.
Christine Connare received a graduate certificate in publishing and communications from the Harvard University Extension School in June.
Arturo DeCastro, who earned his JD from American University in 2003, has joined the firm of Bryan Cave in Phoenix, Arizona.
Renee Foster, a Spanish and bilingual teacher at Elsik High School in Houston, Texas, has been selected to be a Fulbright Scholar and participate in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program. She will spend a year in Bogotá, Colombia.
Stephanie Green is manager of Westward Orchard’s farm store in Harvard.
Christopher Wilkes recently left News Corporation in New York and moved back to Melbourne, Australia, where he works as a finance analyst for the National Australia Bank.
Ellen (Davis) Anderson and her husband, John ’99, live in East Bridgewater with their son, Nathan, who was born in June.
Shannon Barry and Daniel Vasconcelos ’99 were married in October in Ipswich and honeymooned in the Galapagos Islands. Daniel earned a master’s in ecology and environmental sciences from the University of Maine. He works as an associate wetland scientist for Wetlands Preservation in Plaistow, New Hampshire. Shannon received a master’s in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts and is an assistant director of financial aid for Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. They live in Newburyport.
Joshua Hecht received his JD from Albany Law School in May 2005 and is licensed to practice in Connecticut and New York. He is an associate with Caplan, Hecht & Mendel in New Haven, Connecticut.
Andrew Hillman is the founder of PlugStar.com, a free advertising site for classifieds and personals. He writes, “I have a small team of programmers and designers working on this community-oriented site. The site is marketed through word of mouth, with users telling us what they want and how they want it.” Andrew lives in Boston.
Jefferson Smith has joined the government-relations team at O’Neill and Associates, New England’s leading public and government relations firm.
Sopheak Tek married Giles Li ’00 in July. Rasmei Pen was a bridesmaid; hors d’oeuvres were provided by Soden Tek ’99, brother of the bride and owner of Viengthong Thai Cuisine in Avon, Connecticut. Alumni attending included Jason Chan ’00, Winston Chan ’00, Nar Dong ’02, Helen Han, Linda (Tran) Kwong ’00, David Dwong ’00, Calvin Lee ’02, Steve Lin, Desmond Lui ’00, Heang Ly ’00, Emmy Nam ’02, Daphuong Nguyen ’00, Voung Nguyen, Vu Nguyen ’00, Amy Shon-Baker ’04, Vannoch Sim ’00, Bryan Sun, Dyanna Sun ’00, Yei-yu Sun ’02, Yuhling Sung ’00, Sophan Theam ’04, and Marieanne Wong.
Santosh Verma (G) recently received the Center for Disease Control’s National Occupational Research Agenda Partnering Award for Worker Health and Safety. She is a research scientist for Liberty Mutual in Hopkinton.
Shauna Billings has moved to Los Angeles and is a senior editor at www.savvymiss.com, a Web site community for intellectually curious, fun-loving women ages 18-35. She writes, “I’m loving the sunshine and beaches. . . but I really miss my Dunkin’ Donuts!”
Marcella Derubeis and former UMass (and current) roommate, Kelly Davis, were visited recently in New Jersey by old pals Mike Leung, Anthony Frongillo, Louis Delmonica ’01, and Ryan Akerhalt. She writes, “We’ve all stayed close through the years, making it a point to see each other as much as we can. This was a fun-filled weekend of memories and laughs about the days at UMass, when all we had to worry about was partying and going to class. Things are a little different now, but we had fun trying to recapture those days.” Check out umassmag.com/photos for a shot of the gang.
Meghan Hasting and Thomas Valle ’01 live in Turners Falls with their daughter, Charlotte, born in March. Thomas is a fire-fighter/paramedic in Amherst and Meghan is an EMT/dispatcher at Baystate Health Ambulance in Greenfield.
Bill Kim recently completed a Master of Divinity degree at Duke Divinity School and is an active duty Army chaplain assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Iraq. He was commissioned through the UMass Army ROTC Minuteman Battalion.
Rob Newland has been promoted to account executive/operations manager for Edward Newland Associates in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.
Louis Soracco recently joined the Westford office of engineering consulting firm Stantec as a project engineer. He will work primarily on municipal water and wastewater projects as part of the firms Environmental Infrastructure division.
Mike Soulios, a special education teacher in Wakefield, directed the play Bob’s Date at Hovey Players’ 10th anniversary Summer Arts Festival in Waltham. He also acted in the first production of their 2006-2007 season, Jane Austen’s’ Sense and
Sarah Withers of Foxborough received a JD in June from the University of Maine School of Law.
Tiffany Borjeson is attending Virginia-Maryland’s College of Veterinary
Medicine at Virginia Tech and will graduate in 2010 with a concentration
in large animal production medicine.
Jeff Deren of Chicopee has played semiprofessional soccer with the Western Massachusetts Pioneers (wmpioneers.com) for four years. He works for MassMutual in Springfield.
Peter Haranas of Hopkinton received a JD degree from New England School of Law in May 2006.
Garrett Nolan has been promoted to manager of ticket operations for
the Springfield Falcons hockey team.
Matt Frias ’06G and Shannon Tracy
’05 are engaged and plan to marry
in March 2007. Matt is a financial analyst at Berklee College and Shannon
is a registered nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, both in Boston.
Caitlin Sullivan, a data and support specialist/report
writing associate at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge,
recently competed in and won the 2006 Boston and New England Rose of
Tralee. In August she represented Boston and New England at the International
Rose of Tralee Festival in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland.
Térèze Frazier and Brian Landry were married in August in Springfield
with Crina Boeras ’05 as maid of honor. Térèze attends Tufts University
School of Medicine and Brian is attending Suffolk University Law School.
Michaela Gagne of Fall River won the title of Miss Massachusetts 2006.
Christopher Partovi is a first-year student at the West Virginia School
of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
Patrick Golden is in his final year of graduate studies in education at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
David Rice, a police officer with the Greenfield police department, has been appointed community policing officer, with the primary duty of coordinating the department’s response in the downtown business district. He was one of only 23 police officers and domestic-violence advocates from the northeast region of the U.S. selected by
the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center to become adjunct domestic-violence instructors. He is completing a master’s in criminal justice at UMass Lowell and recently completed a post-graduate certificate in domestic violence prevention.
Jill Rioni married John Crolser in Las Vegas in April.
They live in Westfield.
Tim Vitek has been resigned by the Corpus Christi Rayz hockey team for the 2006-2007 season.