Class Notes


Lucille Emery ’47, of Buxton, Maine, writes that she and her husband, Louis, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 6.


Mary Pat FitzGibbons ’76, of Binghamton, N.Y., writes that while she is working as a hospice nurse at Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital in Binghamton, she is also teaching Healing Touch as a Brennan Healing Science Practitioner at Valley School of Healing in Port Treverton, Pa. She opened a private practice in January.

Michael Mulhare

Michael Mulhare '79

Michael Mulhare ’79, has been named director of emergency management at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va. Michael is formerly the chief of the Office of Emergency Response and the emergency response administrator for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Michael and his wife, Cynthia Vadnais Mulhare ’80, will reside in Radford, Va.


Maureen McCarthy O’Rourke ’80, of Winston-Salem, N.C., writes that she is a part-time professor at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, focusing on geriatric care and hematology/oncology nursing at bedside. During the summer of 2008, Maureen and husband Ken completed the Anchorage Alaska Midnight Marathon, raising over $18,000 for the leukemia and lymphoma society; and hosted three international students over the summer from Tajikistan, Denmark and Poland.

Joy LeBlanc ’80, of Hampden, Mass., has been a volunteer in the Hampden fire department for three years and was the first female in the history of the town’s department. For the last 15 years, Joy has been in private practice as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist focusing on psychopharmacology and psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.

Sandra Mayo MacDonald ’81, of Gray, Maine, has accepted the position of corporate training coordinator in the Corporate and Community Services department of Central Maine Community College.

Col. Anthony M. Pasqualone ’83, of Arlington, Mass., was honored as the grand marshal for the Milford Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11. Anthony retired from the U.S. Army Reserve Nurse Corps in January after 33 years of service. He’s an orthopedic nurse practitioner at MIT.

Will Sanborn

Baseball coach Will Sanborn ’86

Baseball coach Will Sanborn ’86 accepted a national award for the college’s outstanding maintenance program for its baseball field.The American Baseball Coaches Association awarded Saint Joseph’s College its 2008 College Division TURFACE Field Maintenance Award for Mahaney Diamond.

Will says players and coaches put in countless hours maintaining and improving the field, as well as raising the money to make improvements. “The field’s development would not have been possible without the support of the college, the players and coaches, and generous alumni donations,” he notes. “We have always realized that one of the most important things we could do to build our baseball program was to continually improve our facility.”

Along with the award, Saint Joseph’s will receive one ton of infield conditioner and $400 for maintenance equipment.

Gisele Raymond Castonguay ’87, of Turner, Maine, graduated from the University of Southern Maine in May 2008 with an M.S. in Nursing. Gisele passed the Adult Nurse Practitioner Certification Boards and has accepted the position of nurse practitioner in Hematology-Oncology Associates, part of the Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. Gisele and husband David have two children, Greta-Anne and Noah.


Gail Jones Wilkerson ’90, of Falmouth, Maine, has been appointed to vice president of operations at Spring Harbor Community Services in Westbrook, Maine. Gail has served the Maine Public Relations Council as chair of the membership committee and as a member of the professional development committee. She is a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, part of the American Hospital Association. Gail also volunteers at Falmouth Middle School and at the IRIS Network of Portland, Maine.

Jennifer White Arruda ’94 of Taunton, Mass., wrote the article titled “An Affair to Remember” in the April/ May 2008 edition of Advance for Nurses magazine. Jennifer has been a nurse in labor and delivery at Winchester Hospital in Winchester, Mass., for 10 years.

Stacy Laflin ’96, of Bangor, Maine, began work in the federal probation and pretrial office as a probation officer assistant on Sept. 2. Stacy previously worked with at-risk teens to help reduce their risk of incarceration at Youth Alternatives in the juvenile detention alternative program.

Greg Post ’96, of Westbrook, Maine, was honored with three 1st place “Best Practices” awards at the Subway Franchisees Advertising Fund Trust National Agency Summit in New Orleans, La., on Oct. 3. Greg is a Northeast account executive at NL Partners Strategic Marketing & Advertising in Portland, Maine, where he handles marketing, advertising and promoting for 336 Subway franchises. Greg and his wife, Justine, have two sons, 8-year-old Grayson and 4-year-old Garren.

Robert Sanicola

Robert Sanicola '99, GNAC Coach of the Year

Robert Sanicola ’99, of Windham, Maine, head coach of the men’s basketball team, was awarded the title of “Coach of the Year” by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. Rob, in his sixth year as head coach, finished regular season play with a 20-7 record and 100 wins overall. He is also the assistant athletic director and academic coordinator in the college’s athletics department.


David Bouffard ’01 accepted a partnership at Brooks & Brooks CPAs in South Portland, Maine, in January 2007. David was a staff accountant at the firm prior to his appointment as partner. David, his wife, Angela Wright Bouffard ’01, and their daughter, Isabella, reside in Auburn, Maine.

Anne Zipp Logan ’03, of Durham, N.C., began her new position of minimum data sets coordinator at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

Sheila Connary Sanfilippo ’03 was among the several members of the class of 2003 to be honored at the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital Ball on March 29, 2008, at the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch, N.H., for their donation to the hospital.

Sara Dayon ’04, of Arundel, Maine, graduated with her doctorate of optometry from The New England College of Optometry in Boston, Mass., in June. In September, Sara joined Associated Eyecare in Sanford and Kennebunk, Maine, as an optometrist.

Deirdre (Dee) Regan ’04, of Portland, Maine, was appointed head coach of the Portland High School softball team. Dee was the assistant softball coach at Falmouth High School in Falmouth, Maine, for four years and is an educational technician at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland, Maine.

Steven Palleschi ’06, of Monmouth, Maine, was recently promoted to audit senior at Baker Newman and Noyes in Portland, Maine.

David Morse ’07, of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and Kaitlyn Cunningham ’09, attended the inauguration of President Barack Obama. David is a law student at University of Maine School of Law.

Ryan Close ’08, of Westbrook, Maine, graduated from the police academy in December 2008 and is now a police officer with Westbrook Police Department.

Kristin Cyr ’08, of Van Buren, Maine, writes that she has been accepted to the University of the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and will begin classes in August.

Shanna Eckberg ’08, of Albert Lea, Minn., was appointed administrator at the Thorne Crest Retirement Center in Albert Lea. Shanna was formerly in the accounting department with the American Baptist Homes of the Midwest.

Catherine Locke ’08, of South Berwick, Maine, received the 2008-2009 Maine Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year Award and was nominated for the national award.

Cynthia Powers ’08, of Memphis, Tenn., is proud to share that she is as an assistant professor in the Union University School of Nursing in Jackson, Tenn. Cindy is on the faculty for online courses in their RN-to-BSN and BSN-as-second-degree programs.

Wedding Bells

Stefanie Bailey ’91, of Portland, Maine, married Philip Chin on Aug. 8 at the Woodfords Con-gregational Church in Portland followed by a reception at the Portland Country Club. Stefanie is a registered nurse anesthetist at Mercy Hospital and Phil is a technician at Eye Care Medical Group, both in Portland. Stefanie is the daughter of Julie Moore ’04 of the college’s academic affairs department and sister of Sally Bailey McGinn ’91.

Jessica Ledian ’96 married Robert Daigle on Aug. 12, 2006. Jessica is a clinician at KidsPeace New England in Bangor, Maine, and the couple resides in Glenburn, Maine. (See also birth announcements.)

Matthew White ’03 married Avery Barrett on Sept. 6 at the White Cliff Country Club in Plymouth, Mass. Matthew is a manager at New Business Underwriting Operations for Sun Life Financial in Wellesley Hills, Mass. The couple resides in Woburn, Mass.

Angela Craib ’04 and Jonathan Couture ’04 married Aug. 19, 2007, at Lost Valley Lodge in Auburn, Maine. Sean Snow ’04 of Windham, Maine, and Graham Norton ’04, of Portland, Maine, were groomsmen. Angela is a kindergarten teacher in Otisfield, and Jonathan is employed at Allen Screen and Digital Printing in Scarborough. The couple resides in Oxford, Maine, with their dog, Cedric.

Lisa Cloutier ’05, of Windham, Maine, married Christopher Robert Pulieris on Aug. 30 in Falmouth, Maine. The couple resides in Casco, Maine.

Kerrie-Lee Ladd ’05, of Steep Falls, Maine, married Adam Lampron on Sept. 20 at the Central Square Baptist Church in Portland, Maine.

Nicole DeCesere ’08, of Gray, Maine, married Thomas Godwin of Raymond, Maine, on Jan. 6 at Seabreeze Point in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. Martha Horr DeCesere ’85 is Nicole’s mother and assistant professor of nursing at the college.

Brooke Perry ’08, of North Waterboro, Maine, married Jason Coombs on Sept. 20 at St. Andre’s Church in Biddeford, Maine, with a reception at Captain’s Galley Restaurant in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Brooke is an RN at Maine Medical Center.

New Additions

Cynthia Murray-Beliveau ’70, of Hallowell, Maine, and husband Severin announce the birth of their first grandchild, Maeve Louise Beliveau, on Nov. 3.

Jennifer White Arruda ’94 and husband Jeff of Taunton, Mass., welcomed son Jacoby Luke Arruda on Oct. 17.

Christine Anctil Garner ’94, husband Patrick and son Teddy of Taylors, S.C., welcomed son Jesse on Nov. 17. Christine is an IVF coordinator at University Medical Group in Greenville, S.C.

Linda Hempstead Pfeiffer ’95 and husband David Pfeiffer ’96 of New London, Conn., announce the birth of daughter, Reylani London Pfeiffer on March 3. She joins big brother Darius. Linda is a teacher at New London High School, and David is a social worker at Waterford Country School.

Jessica Ledian Daigle ’96 and husband Robert of Glenburn, Maine, welcomed daughter Zoe Emmanuelle Daigle on June 24.

Colleen Shea Hallee ’00, of Yarmouth, Maine, and husband Jason announce the birth of their son, Ian Conrad, on Jan. 31. Ian Conrad joins older sister Lauren Shea Hallee, 2-years-old. Proud grandparents are College Board chair Michael Shea ’72 and Nancy Brembs Shea ’74.

Suzanne Hartford ’00 and Zachary Burkett announce the birth of their first daughter, Lucile Burkett, on Oct. 5.

Henry Samuel Bean Barrett

Henry Samuel Bean Barrett

Honi Bean Barrett ’02 and husband Paul of Middlesex, Vt., announce the birth of son < on June 2.

Sheila Connary Sanfilippo ’03 and husband Peter Sanfilippo ’03 of Conway, N.H., welcomed their first child, Grace Patricia, on Sept. 4. Sheila is a teacher at Conway Elementary School in Conway, N.H., and Peter is a full-time graduate student.

Theodore Doucette ’05, of Clinton, Conn., is happy to report that he is an uncle to Zoe Marie Doucette, born Nov. 26, and Joseph-John Bartholomew Doucette, born Sept. 23, 2007.

Renee Whitaker ’07, and husband Todd of Montgomery, Mass., welcomed their second son, Phoenix Noah, on June 27, 2007. Phoenix Noah joins big brother Dakota.

Corey McCarthy, sports information director at the college, and wife Kathryn of Steep Falls, Maine, welcomed son Cameron Jack on Jan. 22.

A tribute to Sister Mary Aline Cyr, 1911- 2009

Alumna, Class of 1953, and faithful registrar for four decades

Sr. Mary Aline Cyr

What words can adequately describe this Sister of Mercy! One of the original seven who opened the Standish location for our college, Sister Aline came to assume her responsibilities as registrar – which she faithfully carried out for 33 years singly and well and without the help of a computer! She labored for days scheduling classes in such a way that she could please as many students and faculty as humanly possible. Successful? Not always, but who on this earth can please all of the people all of the time?

Sister was known for planting, tending and having a yield of beautiful roses. The grounds around Saint George Hall, where Sister and several other Sisters lived at the time, were landscaped to show off the variety of this flower. The Lady Elgin earned for her a first prize at the annual Flower Show held in Portland. And blessed was the person to whom she would give one of her roses for a birthday, feast day or some other special occasion!

Our staff Christmas parties and other events that included opportunities for dancing would find Sister out on the floor gracefully waltzing away. One of her special partners was Don Maloney, who worked part-time in maintenance. The two of them delighted onlookers with their smooth-stepping.

Sister also appreciated concerts and many a time was invited to accompany some of the students for an evening at Portland City Hall where the symphony orchestra and well-known artists would be performing.

After leaving the registrar’s office, Sister volunteered her services at the library. Memory has it that several times she was found “sitting down on the job” reading some book that she considered had to be read then and there!

For the past five years Sister resided at the Frances Warde Convent in Portland. She was called to live for all eternity with her Divine Lord on Feb. 3. We will miss Sister and her kind ways and are forever grateful for the many memories she leaves behind.

Sr. Mary George O’Toole ’51, Vice President for Sponsorship & Mission Integration

Condolences & Prayers

The college community offers sympathy to...

The family of Jean Harvey Pratt ’39/’91, of Bethesda, Md., on her passing on Nov. 13.

The family of Ann Naughton Cereste ’41, of Baldwin, N.Y., on her passing on Dec. 4.

Sr. Betty Kilbride ’45 and her sister Sr. Patricia Kilbride ’68, both of Portland, Maine, on the passing of their grandnephew, Patrick Conley, on Nov. 12.

The family of Dr. Joyce Bradley McCann ’52, of South Portland, Maine, on her passing on Sept. 8.

Bernice Lagassey Martin ’58, of Madawaska, Maine, on the passing of her father, Rosaire Lagassey, on Aug. 31.

Susanne Garvin Sweeney ’61, of Charlotte, N.C., on the passing of her husband, Gordon Paul, on Dec. 19.

Jennifer Arouca Fitzpatrick ’67, of Ormond Beach, Fla., on the passing of her father, Joseph A. Arouca, on Nov. 25.

The family of Teresa A. Powers ’69 of Marlborough, Mass., on her passing on January 30.

James Lyons ’71, of West Springfield, Mass., on the passing of his mother, Nora G. Lyons, on Dec. 3.

Patrick Carey ’74 and Andrea Wagner Carey ’71 and family of Kennebunk, Maine, and Dr. Sean Carey ’99 and Amber Caron Carey ’01, of Windham, Maine, on the passing of Patrick’s father, Daniel J. Carey, on Feb. 15.

The family of Nona Spear ’79, of Windham, Maine, on her passing on Nov. 14.

The family of Joseph Nicholas, honorary degree recipient of the college, on his passing on July 2. Joseph was the tribal elder of the Passamaquoddy tribe of Pleasant Point, Maine.

Nancy McKeon Hall ’76 and John McKeon ’76 on the passing of their father, James C. McKeon, Sr., on June 26. James was a member of the college’s admissions staff during the 1970s.

The family of Maura Driscoll ’80, of East Longmeadow, Mass., on her passing on Jan. 8.

The family of Dr. Edward Hooghkirk, awarded doctorate of humane letters by the college in 1982, of Portland, Maine, on his passing on Jan. 16.

The family of Marie Perpetua Momose ’82, on her passing on Sept. 15 in Elmhurst, Ill.

Susan Scott Flaherty ’88 and Richard Flaherty ’87, on the passing of Susan’s father, George W. Scott, on Oct. 27.

Chaweevan Sangnam Koetsawasdi ’94, of Brooklyn, N.Y., on the passing of her husband, Vichitr, on Nov. 24.

Monique Crawford ’08, of Peru, Maine, on the passing of her father, Robert J. Crawford, on Nov. 28.

The family of Barbara Ann Cassidy, former college board member, on her passing on Feb. 1 in Bangor.

John Hufstader, associate professor of communications at the college, on the passing of his brother, Paul, on Jan. 27 in Grand Rapids, Mich. John’s wife, Charmaine Daniels, is the editor of the Saint Joseph’s College Magazine.

The Sisters of Mercy and the family of Sister Mary Aline Cyr ’53, of Portland, Maine, on her passing on Feb. 3. Sister Aline was one of the seven Sisters of Mercy who opened Saint Joseph’s at the Standish location in 1956 and was the college registrar from 1956 to 1988. (See tribute above.)