Class Notes


Class of 68

Some members of the class of 1968 who gathered on Cabbage Island are, standing, left to right: Mary Girard Noonan, Donna Delisle Carboneau, Martha Coury Patterson; seated: Nancy Fournier Barnes.

Christina Joyce '68 of San Francisco, Calif., and many of her classmates got together in July on Cabbage Island, Maine, and in nearby Boothbay Harbor, Maine. 


Frances Thompson '82 of Severn, Md., has retired completely from parttime work with the Anne Arundel County, Md., School Health Services, where she was a substitute school nurse.

Col. Timothy Bailey '84 and Julie Ford Bailey '88 of Hampton, N.H., active alumni, are happy that daughter Lauren is a student at Saint Joseph's, class of 2013.


Carolyn Teragawa ’91 recently published a memoir, “The Silent Generation: A Love Story” with RoseDog Books. According to the book’s summary: “My book is the story of my life lived in a unique way and yet with many of the same values and experiences shared by others of my generation. A country girl becomes a professional nurse in the city and raises a multiracial family. This book also shares some history of previous generations of our family and their impact on us. The gift of sharing our stories in writing is for our children, grandchildren, and others who may see themselves in my story.” The memoir is available online at Carolyn resides in Dent, Minn.

Catherine Collins ’93 of Lake Ariel, Pa., was named lecturer in the nursing department at University of Scranton in Scranton, Pa. She most recently served as a clinical instructor there. She also works at Wayne Memorial Hospital as an emergency department staff nurse. Catherine earned two bachelor’s degrees – professional arts and health care administration – as well as her master’s degree in nursing at Saint Joseph’s.

Sheri McCarthy Piers ’93 of Falmouth, Maine, broke the Maine course record for women with a finishing time of 34:17 in the TD Banknorth Beach to Beacon 10K race. Sheri’s time made her the top Maine women’s finisher in her age class and brought her into the top 10 finishers in the run.

Stacy Laflin ’96 of Winterport, Maine, has been promoted to United States Probation Officer in August.

James Pelletier ’99 of Augusta, Maine, was promoted to Social Services Program Specialist II with the Maine Department of Health & Human Services in Augusta. In this capacity, James serves as the ICPC Deputy Compact Administrator and also the Levels of Care Program Manager.

Bonnie Davis Kenaley ’99 of Garden City, Idaho, was appointed assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Boise State University. Bonnie earned her master’s degree in 2001 and her doctorate in 2007 at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Patty McGrath Abrahams

Patty McGrath Abrahams '95

Patty McGrath Abrahams ’95 of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., teaches at Saint Anne School in Santa Ana. During her school’s Spirit Week, teachers promoted different colleges around the country. Patty made Saint Joseph’s Monks Tshirts – she ironed on 27 Monks logos – and pennants for all of her 2nd-graders. She also gave a presentation about Saint Joseph’s with images of the lake and a virtual tour. Patty says many of the students went home to tell their parents that they wanted to go to college at the lake in Maine. Patty is working on her M.S. in Education online with Saint Joseph’s. She serves on Saint Anne’s school board and is a First Communion teacher.


Robert Summers ’02 of Reno, Nev., earned his Ph.D. in business administration from Kennedy Western University in Cheyenne, Wyo., in August.

Ericka Prefontaine Sanborn

Ericka Prefontaine Sanborn '02

Ericka Prefontaine Sanborn ’02 has been named director of admissions and marketing at Catherine McAuley High School in Portland, Maine. Ericka was previously a member of the school’s English department faculty and most recently held the position of coordinator of communications and alumnae relations. Ericka lives in Standish, Maine, with husband Patrick Sanborn ’04.

Hillary Collyer ’04 of Riverside, R. I., recently earned her master’s degree in nursing from Simmons College in Boston, Mass., and passed the national certification exams to become a certified nurse practitioner. Hillary has been a hematology-oncology nurse at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence for five years and has accepted the position of pediatric surgical nurse practitioner on the pediatric surgical team at Hasbro.

Kim Clement ’05 of Windham, Maine, has joined the Saint Joseph’s faculty as an assistant professor of nursing. Kim earned a master’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Maine. She is certified in medical surgical nursing by The Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses. She is the editor in chief of The Maine Link, the quarterly newsletter of The Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life Care. She teaches health assessment¡and nursing foundations on campus.

Meredith Kendall ’05 of Farmington, Maine, has recently published the book “Reiki Nurse: My Life as a Nurse and How Reiki Changed It.” Meredith is a reiki practitioner at The Dempsey Center in Lewiston, Maine, and teaches nursing at the Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professionals.

Richard Anderson ’07 of Wautoma, Wis., has accepted the position of Service & Health Division Associate Dean at MidState Technical College in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he will manage educational activities related to emergency medical services throughout the district. Rick has also earned a master’s degree in disaster medicine and management from Philadelphia University.

Stephanie Cote ’07 of Portland, Maine, has been selected to receive the 2009 Celebrating Excellence in Caregiving Award from the Maine Health Care Association for, among other qualities, her outstanding direct caregiving and extraordinary level of resident care and attention to resident rights. Stephanie is one of 10 caregivers in Maine to receive the award and the only RN. She received the award at a special luncheon during the Maine Health Care Association’s annual fall conference. She is a nurse at St. Andre Health Care Facility in Biddeford, Maine.

Cynthia Powers ’08 of Memphis, Tenn., enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice executive leadership program at Union University, Jackson, Tenn., in August.

Brad Morin ’06 entered St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Md., in August. He writes that his hope is to become a Diocesan priest for the Diocese of Portland. Brad is from Saint David, Maine.

Brian Schools ’08, Manchester, N.H., is assistant turf manager for the Manchester Fisher Cats, the AA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Fisher Cats’ baseball field has been named by the Pioneer® Athletics 2008 Field of Excellence® as the top field among all New England professional teams, colleges, universities, high schools and park & recreation departments.

Sister Mary Norberta ’09 (Honorary Doctorate) of Bangor, Maine, was named by the Maine Business and Professional Women organization for her work as leader of the St. Joseph Hospital and St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation in Bangor since 1982. Sr. Norberta is president and CEO at St. Joseph Hospital.

Alumna authors book about midwife experiences – and more

Nurse-midwife Patricia Harman ’83 manages a women’s health clinic in West Virginia with her husband, Tom, a gynecologist. Theirs is a medical practice where patients open their hearts, where they find care and sometimes refuge from lives that are often heartbreaking. Patricia’s new book titled The Blue Cotton Gown tells both the tales of these women and her own story of keeping a small medical practice solvent and coping with personal challenges.

Blue Cotton Gown book coverPublished by Beacon Press in Boston, her memoir addresses contemporary concerns such as drug abuse, menopause, motherguilt, infertility, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, transgender change, midlife sexuality, keeping a marriage together and the crisis in the U.S. health care system.

When interviewed, Patricia said, “Getting my B.S. in Alumna authors book about midwife experiences – and more Health Care Administration in the low residency program at Saint Joseph’s was pivotal for me. Without it, my husband and I would never have had the courage to leave the University Ob/Gyn faculty practice and go out on our own.”

Patricia has published in The Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health and The Journal of Sigma Theta Tau for Nursing Scholarship as well as alternative publications. She is a regular presenter at national midwifery conferences. She has served on the faculty of Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and West Virginia University. She lives and works near Morgantown, W.V., and has three sons.

The Blue Cotton Gown is a book about women who are struggling, but is also “a celebration of healing and a tribute to all health care professionals who struggle to survive with their souls intact.” Now out in paperback, it is available on com and in most major bookstores. The book makes an excellent discussion tool for students. For more information, go to www.patriciaharman.

St. Joe’s stalwarts named to New England Basketball Hall of Fame

Standout women’s basketball player Neile Joler Nelson ’95 was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on October 9, and Linda Johnson Freeman ’81 was inducted as a member of the Girls High School category.

Neile Joler Nelson '95

Neile Joler Nelson '95

Neile was enshrined in the Scholar Athlete category at the ceremonies. A two time Scholar Athlete All America and Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year honoree, she is the only Saint Joseph’s athlete to receive the NCAA Woman of the Year Award for the State of Maine. On the hardwood, she played on three conference championship teams and remains as the program leader in both three pointers made (178) and attempted (557). Also a standout soccer player, Neile¡was inducted into the Saint Joseph’s College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.

Another SJC Hall of Famer, Linda Johnson Freeman holds the career record at Saint Joseph’s for scoring average (19.7 PPG) and ranks fifth in points (1,560). She collected All State honors three times while donning the Royal Blue. Before starring at St. Joe’s, Linda was a standout player at Scarborough High School.

Former Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball coach Rick Simonds, who coached the Monks for 23 seasons, was also inducted to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in October. He guided the Royal Blue to 11 conference titles and six appearances in the NAIA National Championship Tournament. He won 15 Coach of the Year awards and remains the winningest head coach in SJC athletics history. Coach Simonds also served as Director of Athletics at Saint Joseph’s for 23 years.

Wedding Bells

Mary Fissell ’84 of Falls Church, Va., married David Cina on Oct. 31, 2006. Careerwise, she received certification as an occupational health nurse specialist in 1995.

Ginny Cochran ’97 and Greggory Callahan were married on June 20 at St. Thomas Chapel in Falmouth, Mass. St. Joe’s alumni who attended were: Jill Audet Marinelli ’96, Nicole Keyes Gleason ’95, Lynne Dorman Fling ’97, Nicole Turgeon DeTerra ’96, Annmarie Magnussen Manning ’97, Gina Paone Cueva ’97, Eliza Madigan Gould ’97, Michelle Crockett Pedi ’97, Michael Marinelli ’95 and Josh Gould ’96. Ginny is an applications analyst at Partners Healthcare in Boston. Ginny and Greg reside in Marshfield, Mass.

Jaclyn Jaeger ’01 married Robert Pietrafetta on June 6 at Harris Pelham Inn in Pelham, N.H., followed by a reception at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover, Mass. Sunny Quintal ’01 was a bridesmaid. Jaclyn is an editor at a business magazine in Boston, and Rob is a conductor on the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail. The couple resides in Lowell, Mass.

Lisa Marie Perazone ’02 of Newton, Mass., married Aaron Michael Walker on August 15 in Danvers, Mass. Lisa is a second grade teacher at Dallin Elementary school in Arlington, Mass., and Aaron is a field service technician at High Voltage Maintenance in Walpole, Mass.

Heidi Harmon ’05 and Chris Paris ’05, both of Manchester, N.H., were married on June 20 at Saint Joseph Church in Portland, Maine, with a reception held at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland. Heidi is a social studies teacher at Campbell High School in Litchfield, N.H., and Chris is a senior accountant at Lutheran Social Services New England in Wellesley, Mass.

Meaghan Muscato ’06 and William E. Chapman, Jr. ’06 of Nashua, N.H., were married on July 19 at St. John’s the Evangelist Parish in North Chelmsford, Mass., with a reception at Tewksbury Country Club. Fr. John Tokaz officiated at the wedding. Meaghan works at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union in Lowell, Mass., and Billy is a physical education teacher at McKelvie Intermediate School.

Rebecca Gentilcore ’06 and John Walsh were married on June 6. Rebecca works with special needs children and is taking courses at Worcester State College for her teaching special needs certification. John, a graduate of Wheaton College, works for Holt Education. The couple resides in Norfolk, Mass.

Cynthia “Cyndi” Belanger ’07, of Westborough, Mass., married Robert Rotondi on August 22 in Healy Chapel on campus. Fr. Paul Dumais, college chaplain, officiated at the service. The wedding reception was also held on campus. Cyndi is enrolled at Becker College in Worcester, Mass., to become a registered nurse, with the intent to continue her studies to become a nurse practitioner specializing in geriatric/oncology medicine. Robert is an automotive technician at Main Street Service Center in Hopkinton, Mass., and also works for the police department in Westborough, Mass. Jill Cote ’07 was Cyndi’s bridal attendant. Other alumni in the bridal party were Ann Pietrantonio ’07, Kristin Cyr ’07 and Josh Herrick ’07.

Alexandra Schran ’07 and Joshua Steward were married on August 14 at the Dunegrass Country Club in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Alexandra’s bridesmaids included alumnae Christine McGunnigal ’07 and Aimee Chasse ’07. Alexandra and Joshua reside in Dixfield, Maine. Alexandra’s mother, Elizabeth Schran, is the director of institutional advancement at the college.

New Additions

Kerry Flahive children

Molly Eileen Flahive with sisters Margaret and Mary

Kerry Ann Griffin Flahive ’89 and husband John of Harrington Park, N.J., announce the birth of their third child, Molly Eileen, July 1, 2008. Molly Eileen joins big sisters Margaret Maureen & Mary Kathleen. Kerry Ann is a stay at home mom, a CCD teacher of 1st and 4th graders at Our Lady of Victories Church, and she volunteers at her daughters’ elementary school in the classroom and library.

Sally Bailey McGinn ’91 and husband Jonathan of Brunswick, Maine, welcomed son Samuel David on Oct. 5. Samuel David joins big brother Jack. Julianne Moore ’04, executive secretary to the vice president for academic affairs, is the grandmother of Samuel David and Jack.

Bill Traynham ’95 and wife Donna of Londonderry, N.H., announce the birth of their third son, Connor James, on June 27. Bill is a director of quality at Concert Pharmaceuticals in Lexington, Mass.

Kellee Murphy Kirkelis ’97 and husband Jason of Westlake Village, Calif., announce the birth of their second child, son Jaxon Dane, on Aug. 23. Jaxson Dane joins 2-year-old big brother Kelson Dean. Kellee is a senior sales executive at Allergan Dry Eye in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Jen Dillihunt Brown ’99 and husband Bobby of Augusta, Maine, welcomed a daughter, Abigail Rose, Mar. 27, 2008.

A.J. Leonard Ruth ’03 and husband Jeff ’03 of Windham, Maine, proudly announce the birth of their first child, Sienna Carol, on Jan. 25. A.J. is a 7th grade teacher at Windham Middle School, and Jeff is a police officer with the Portland Police Department.

Condolences & Prayers

The college community offers sympathy to...

Anita Sirois Clavette ’59 of New Canada, Maine, on the passing of her husband, Thomas, on Sept. 30, 2008.

Richard Scotland ’78 and Jane Sizeland Scotland ’80 of Northborough, Mass., on the passing of his mother and her mother-in-law, Eileen M. Scotland, on July 19.

The family of Ann Thuresson ’79 of Waynesboro, Va., on her passing on Oct. 8.

Ken Marino ’82 of Wind Gap, N.J., on the passing of his father, Dan Marino, Sept. 26.

The family of Ina Pape ’86 of Dyersville, Iowa, on her passing on Jan. 17.

Robyn Williams Stanley ’00 of South Portland, Maine, and her family on the passing of her twin sister, Raelyn Williams Reny ’00, also of South Portland, on July 29.

Katelyn and Lindsey Swiderski ’12 and family on the passing of their mother, Elizabeth, of Chicopee, Mass., on July 14.

To the family of Christopher Kiernan of Newport, R.I., who passed away on Aug. 10. Chris held numerous positions at the college from 1970 to 1980 – as dean of student affairs, director of admissions & financial aid, director of athletics, men’s basketball coach, and director of continuing education.

Rose Meehan, of the college’s institutional advancement office, on the passing of her grandmother, Irene Trepanier of Westbrook, Maine, on Oct. 14.