Class Notes

70s

Claire Fraser Bowen ’70 of Claremont, N.H., recently advanced to Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives, representing professional development, excellence and leadership as a health care executive. Claire is currently the president and chief executive officer of Valley Regional Healthcare, Inc in Claremont. She also serves on the Saint Joseph’s College Board of Trustees, and recently was elected Vice Chair.

Rosanne Botto ’78 ’91 of Scarborough, Maine, writes that after 16 years with the Disney Company, she plans to semi-retire and move to Florida during the winter to enjoy living near Walt Disney World.

80s

Paralee Bechtel ’88 of Cedar City, Utah, received the Silver Bowl Award from Lieutenant Governor Gary Herbert and the Utah Volunteer Association on April 29 for her work over the more than 6 years as a volunteer at the Cedar City Community Clinic.

Mark Cote '80

Mark Cote '80

Mark Cote ’80 of Ludlow, Mass., has been named a member of The Ellie Fund Board of Directors, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting breast cancer and easing its effects on patients and families. Mark is currently the vice president of operations at Boston Bread, a franchise of 16 Panera Bread bakery-café locations.

William Villineau ’89 of New Bedford, Mass., has a new position as director of residence life and housing at Curry College in Milton, Mass. William has served as district representative and an executive board member of the Northeast Association of College & University Housing Officers (NEACUHO). (See also birth announcements.)

90s

Wendy Fox Hammond ’90 of Gorham, Maine, was recently promoted to specialty care case manager at Martin’s Point Health Care and is working toward obtaining Case Management Certficiation. Wendy is now the case manager for patients in the Chronic Care Program to help them improve their health habits and stay as healthy as possible.

Lora Walker Lefebvre ’91 of Buxton, Maine, has accepted the director of revenue cycle position at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine. In this new position Lora will have the following department managers report to her; coding, patient access, patient accounts, revenue recovery and the chargemaster.

Theresa Womeldorf ’91, administrator at Jenkins Memorial Health Facility, Wellston, Ohio, saw her facility win the “Best Practices” award for nursing homes at the annual Association of Ohio Philanthropic Homes for the Aging in September. Director of Nursing at the facility for 22 years, she became administrator after completing her distance education degree in long-term care administration at Saint Joseph’s. As part of her management efforts, she created a Career Focus program that ties higher wages to health education classes, thereby helping to train nursing assistants and prevent turnover.

Kathleen Eagan Kendrick ’92 of Syracuse, N.Y., has joined the staff at Auburn Memorial Hospital in Auburn, N.Y., as the chief nursing officer.

Matthew Lavigne ’92 of Manchester, N.H., writes that he has completed his MBA at Plymouth State University in 2004. Matthew is currently an academic advisor and instructor in the business department at Hesser College in Manchester. Brian has also been a high school, college and American Basketball Association referee.

Jill Simko ’93 of East Hampton, Conn., completed her sixth year professional diploma of advanced studies in educational leadership from Central Connecticut State University on May 17. Jill is currently a science teacher for Hartford public schools.

Brian Griffin ’96 ’08 of Lynn, Mass., writes that he and wife Theresa are a happy family with their two children, George, 5, and Jessica, 1. Brian has been employed at Christian Book Distributors for 16 years.

Amanda Stefancyk ’98 of Dorchester, Mass., began writing her new column in the American Journal of Nursing in September. Amanda completed both her Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration in May 2005 from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. Amanda is nursing director of a 20-bed unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. The hospital is participating in the subject of her column: the Transforming Care At the Bedside (TCAB) initiative. Amanda was also selected to participate in the inaugural year of the American Organization of Nursing Executives nurse manager fellowship program.

Mario V. DeSanctis ’99 of Chula Vista, Calif., was promoted from officer to colonel in the United States Air Force on Nov. 1, 2006.

Joshua Davis ’01 of Portland Maine, has recently published the novella Winter Storm, through Publish America in Maryland. Winter Storm is on sale in stores now.

00s

Cassiopeia Turcotte ’01 of Hampton, N.H., has completed her Master of Science in Education at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. Since the fall of 2001, she has been a teacher, volleyball coach and basketball coach at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton.

Ericka Prefontaine Sanborn ’02 has been named coordinator of communications and alumnae relations at Catherine McAuley High School in Portland, Maine. A former English teacher at the school, she also edits the school magazine, The Mercian. (See also wedding bells.)

Jim Cilley '03

Golf champion Jim Cilley '03.

Congratulations to Jim Cilley ’03 of Concord, N.H., on his recent win of the New Hampshire Mid-Am Championship. Jim was one of 27 players to advance to the final round on Sept. 20, where he finished the championship with 5-over-par and a 217, six strokes ahead of the second place finisher. Jim shot even par of 72 at the Loudon Country Club in the first round of play, an even 70 during the second day of play at Concord Country Club and the final day of 5-over-par 75 also at Concord Country Club. This was Jim’s first New Hampshire Mid-Am Championship. Jim is the school-to-career counselor at Bedford (N.H.) High School.

Shanna Murphy ’04, of Gorham, Maine, recently accepted the position of academic support coordinator for The Academic Center at the college. She will coordinate the Year.One program on campus and promote activities that provide students with academic resources in order to better achieve academic success.

Lisa Perkins ’05 of Greenfield, Ind, completed her second bachelor’s degree with the honor of magna cum laude at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, in the radiology practitioner assistant program. Lisa is currently an X-ray clinical instructor at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Ind.

Jake Rodden ’05 of Portsmouth, N.H., has recently opened a State Farm Insurance Agency office in Eliot, Maine.

Luke Enman ’08 of Milan, N.H., has signed a contract with the Nashua Pride of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball. As a senior baseball player at Saint Joseph’s, Luke was named player of the year by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference and earned second-team honors from the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association.

Alumnus played key role in helping injured soldiers returning from Iraq

Ken Dempsey

Lt. Col. Ken Dempsey ’91, a nurse in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, pioneered a traumatic brain injury screening program in Landstuhl, Germany, for returning American soldiers who had served in Iraq. Earlier this year, he earned first prize for his presentation on the traumatic brain injury program at the Society of Trauma Nursing Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Mild traumatic brain injury is often referred to as the “signature injury” of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, due to its prevalence in soldiers returning from Iraq. The injury, typically sustained from blasts or explosions, often remains undetected because soldiers may act normally at the time of injury – with symptoms not presenting until days or weeks later. Many times it is masked by other overwhelmingly serious injuries. At the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, soldiers are now routinely screened for the injury to ensure an early diagnosis, which can prevent serious consequences. (Between March 2006 and October 2008, more than 18,000 soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen, as well as coalition troops, were screened.) Dempsey was instrumental in convincing the military branches that the program was needed, in setting up diagnosis and treatment protocols, and in creating effective team-building. Congratulations, Ken!

  • Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, www.dvbic.org
  • Dempsey, Kenneth E.: “Landstuhl Regional Medical Center: Traumatic Brain Injury Screening” Journal of Trauma Nursing, December 2008.

Alumna with cystic fibrosis needs help with cost of lung transplant

Stephanie Tutlis Briggs ’98, an employee of Saint Joseph’s College, has had a long journey with cystic fibrosis. At the age of 12, weighing only 48 pounds, Stephanie was diagnosed with this chronic genetic disease that creates serious health problems, especially with the lungs and digestive system. She is now awaiting a double lung transplant from Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. Although the surgery will eliminate the disease from her lungs, the rest of her body will continue to be affected.

Stephanie, a lifelong Mainer, grew up in Rumford and now lives in Limerick with her husband, Brian, and their family of beloved pets. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and works as an admissions counselor for the online Graduate & Professional Studies division. The college community has continuously supported Stephanie, whether allowing her to work from home or sending their well wishes. Working from home has been “a blessing in disguise,” says Stephanie. It has allowed her to continue working, as well as kept her health as stable as it can be at this time.

Through her website, the National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF), and various events, she is raising money to put toward her medical treatment. For more information on Stephanie’s progess or to make a donation, go to her web site www.newbreath4steph.com, or visit www.transplantfund.org and under “find a patient” put last name: Briggs and type: Lung, click submit, and a contribute option will be available.

Wedding Bells

Steven Mariello ’95 of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, married Vernetta Goodspeed at St. Joseph’s Church in Biddeford, Maine, on Sept. 22, 2007. Steven is a staff accountant at Bowdoin Medical Group in Freeport, Maine. The couple resides in Old Orchard Beach.

Jennifer L. Daigle ’01 of Gorham, Maine, married Gregory Sundik on May 10 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Maine, followed by a reception at Verrillo’s restaurant and banquet center in Portland. Jennifer is working as an X-ray/CT technologist at the Bridgton Hospital in Bridgton, Maine.

Ericka Prefontaine ’02 of Standish, Maine, married Patrick Sanborn on May 24 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Maine. Ericka and Patrick’s wedding was co-presided over by Rev. Calvin Sanborn ’95, and the wedding party included Holly Zerillo Sanborn, advisor and ADA coordinator at the college.

Nate Giroux ’06 and Ashton Coutu ’08 married on May 17 at Queen of Peach Catholic Church in Danville, Vt., with a reception at Ashton’s parents’ home in North Danville. Alumni groomsmen in attendance were Marc Turgeon ’06, Kareem Myrick ’06 and Ben Swales ’06. Alumnae bridesmaids included Aly Ludwig ’09, Sarah Banks ’09, Andrea Enright ’09 and Amanda Coburn ’08. Nate and Ashton currently reside in Standish, Maine. Nate is the manager of Portland Glass in Raymond, and Ashton is employed at Applebee’s in Windham.

Hannah Smith ’08 of Hollis, Maine, married Timothy Phoenix on July 26 in the gazebo at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. Hannah’s sister Lydia Smith Blair ’06 of Freeport, Maine, was the matron of honor and Suzanne Connelly ’08 was one of the bridesmaids. Hannah is employed at Bank of America in Peabody, Mass., and Timothy is an assistant manager at Dal Tile in Woburn, Mass. After a honeymoon in Florida, the couple resides in Peabody. Hannah’s mother, Kim, is on staff at the college in Graduate & Professional Studies.

New Additions

Konstantine Zoganas ’87 of Eatontown, N.J., and wife Barbara welcomed their son, Nikos, on June 21. Kon is the deputy project lead and executive officer of ESP Incorporated in Eatontown.

William Villineau ’89 of New Bedford, Mass., and wife Rebecca announce the birth of their first child, Abigail Diane, on Aug. 11. (See also class notes.)

Christopher Ryan ’92 of Boston, Mass., and wife Amy announce the birth of their sons, Sean and Colin, on March 24. Sean and Colin join big brother, Joseph, born in 2005.

Traynham Vessel baby

Cameron Vessels

Michelle Traynham Vessels ’94 of Sanford, Maine, and husband Dan announce the birth of their son, Cameron Jozsef, on October 29, 2007. Michelle is a quality assurance supervisor at Corning Life Sciences in Kennebunk, Maine.

Andrew Lefebvre ’99 and wife Crystal announce the birth of daughter Kassidy Lucy on Oct. 23, 2007, in the United States Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan. Andrew has since received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, and the family has moved to Berlin, N.H. Andrew is a special education program assistant at the Berlin Junior High School.

Susan MacKay ’00, of Goose Creek S.C., announces the birth of her second grandchild, Jillian Grace, on April 4.

Sarah Stone Kaplan ’01 of North Andover, Mass., and husband Jeff welcomed son Ethan Stone on April 16. Ethan joins older sister Eliana.

Christopher Renaud ’02 and Christina Patman Renaud ’02 of South Portland, Maine, welcomed son Henry on May 14. Christina is the assistant corporate controller at Olympia Companies in Portland. Christopher is a medical student completing his final year toward a doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine.

Melissa Frasier Coleman ’03 and husband Henry of Uxbridge, Mass., welcomed daughter Rachel Ann on June 15. Melissa is a nurse at Milford Regional Medical Center in Milford, Mass.

Stephanie Ducharme Cooper ’03 and Brian Cooper ’03 of Saco, Maine, announce the birth of their first son, Marcus Jordan, on February 3. Stephanie is an assistant controller at Kport Corp in Kennebunkport, Maine, and Brian is a project analyst at UNUM Corp in Portland.

Holly Cavna George ’06 and husband Philip welcomed Dante Philip on Sept. 26. Dante was 9 lbs 11 oz and 22 inches.

Sherry Conover and husband Zachariah on the birth of their daughter, Samantha Madeline, on Aug. 12. Sherry is the office manager at Bon Appétit at SJC.

Lynn and Tom Novak on the birth of their son, Henry David, on July 14. Tom is director of the Career Services Center and Lynn is director of donor research and corporate relations, both at SJC.

Condolences and Prayers

The college community offers sympathy to...

The family of Pauline LeBlanc Nicak ’73, Gray, Maine, on her passing on Sept. 2.

John Tolan ’82, of Pompano Beach, Fla., on the passing of his father, John P. Tolan Sr., on Sept. 3.

Martha Horr DeCesere ’85 and daughter Nicole DeCesere ’08, both of Raymond, Maine, on the passing of Martha’s mother, Jean Horr, on May 11.

The family of Ardythe Lane ’87 of Allison Park, Pa., on her passing in December.

Tracy Welch ’98 of Steep Falls, Maine, on the passing of her mother Margaret “Meg” Welch on Sept. 28. In the ’90s, Meg was an employee of Saint Joseph’s bookstore where, for nearly ten years, she managed the textbook purchasing for all departments.

Jessica Lawrence Perry ’00 of South Berwick, Maine, on the passing of her husband Benjamin Perry, on Jan.12.

Robert Traill, Jr., of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, former director of corporate relations in the college’s advancement office, on the passing of his wife, Helen, on Sept. 23.

Lois Hamel, nursing program director in the Graduate & Professional Studies division, on the passing of her father, Alvin Withey, on Sept. 30.

The family of Agnes E. Flaherty of Portland, Maine, on her passing on Sept. 20. She was one of the most highly respected nurse leaders in Maine. For 10 years, she was Executive Director of the Maine State Board of Nursing, and she also was an administrator at Mercy Hospital and Maine Medical Center. A U.S. Army flight nurse during WWII, she remained with the Army Hospital Reserves for 20 years. In 1994, Saint Joseph’s awarded her the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.