Class Notes


Elizabeth Durgan Ballinger ’73 of Terre Hill, Pa., writes that she is working with the Vermont Historical Society to place a family quilt there. She enjoys sewing for friends and her grandson, as well as reading lots of good books.

Joseph Loughlin ’75 of Portland, Maine, retired in January from the Portland Police Department, where he was assistant chief of police for 28 years. Prior to his career in law enforcement, Joseph worked at the college in admissions and then as assistant dean of students.

Nan Hemphill ’79 of Washington, D.C., was recognized last May as one of 100 Extraordinary Nurses of 2009 by the Howard University chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing at the Howard University Blackburn Center in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Susan Miovech ’82 plans to retire in May and move to Denver, Colo., to live with her daughter who will be attending the Denver Theological Seminary. Susan is associate professor of
nursing at Holy Family University in Philadephia.

Jeanne Lauridsen Ward ’83, Seneca, S.C., has been named an Oconee County Economic Development Ambassador. Jeanne is also president and chief executive officer of the Oconee Medical Center of Seneca.

Joan Shinkus Clark ’84 of Arlington, Texas, has been elected to the board of the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives for District 5. Joan is senior vice president and chief nurse executive at Texas Health Resources in Arlington.

Barbara Plungis ’84, ’97 of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., is teaching in the college’s Graduate & Professional Studies division. She is a faculty member in the Master of Health Administration program, and credits her Saint Joseph’s education with giving her a “wonderful career.”

Mary Bottomley ’85 of Buffalo, N.Y., writes that over the summer of 2009 she had two grandsons marry, and she now has five great granddaughters, ages 2 to 11.

Reba Roseman ’86 of High Point, N.C., received the 2009 Occupational Heart Nurse of the Year Award for excellence in leadership from the North Carolina Association of Occupational Health Nurses.

Patricia Ransel Hammond ’89 of East Stroudsburg, Pa., is a nurse manager at a 20-bed acute care psychiatric unit in Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital in Lehighton, Pa.


Linda Steele

Linda Steele ’91 and her devoted companion.

Linda Steele ’91 had her book Random Acts published by Outskirts Press, Inc., in August. Linda, a resident of Johnson City, Texas, has been writing professionally since her days as a student at the college. The book is available through, Barnes and Noble stores, Hastings Book Stores and Borders Bookstores. Linda retired from the University of Texas Health Science Center in 2006, where she worked as a nurse practitioner in low-income maternity clinics and women’s health clinics.

Roberta Rana ’91, ’09 of Teaneck, N.J., had her article “But for a Chromosome, Go I” accepted by the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association in its spring/ summer 2009 newsletter, where she also published an online resource work titled “Individual Health Plan.”

Cmdr. Scott Rossi ’92 is stationed at Navy Medicine National Capital Area in Bethesda, Md. He is director of facilities for the national capital area, and one of the lead project managers for the $1.2 billion construction effort to establish the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the largest Military Medical Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program within Navy medicine.

Judith Higgins Shields ’92 of Laguna Hills, Calif., writes that she is still happily married, happily retired and teaching exercise to cancer survivors and seniors. She is proud to note that having her BSPA degree from Saint Joseph’s helped her to work at her local community college.

Joy House Curdo ’95 of Tucson, Ariz., is mentoring new nurses while working in labor and delivery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson.

Karen Evans Beal ’97 of Dayton, Ohio, writes to say she has been officially retired since June 2002.

Holly Tigano Faunce ’99, ’06 of Taunton, Mass., has a new position as clinical educator at New England Sinai Hospital and Rehabilitation Hospital in Stoughton, Mass. She is excited to have this opportunity to educate staff who care for long-term acute care patients.


PublishAmerica published Spring Thaw by Joshua Davis ’01 of Portland, Maine, in November. Spring Thaw is the sequel to Joshua’s first book, Winter Storm, published in March 2008 by PublishAmerica and is available on Joshua completed his master’s degree in library science in 2005, and in his spare time he volunteers at a local library. 

Ericka Prefontaine Sanborn ’02 of Standish, Maine, and other alums gather informally for what they call the “SJC Social Club” to dress up in college apparel and reminisce about their good times at St. Joe’s.

Karen Reichers ’02 of Eastham, Mass., received her national certification as a school nurse in August. She is the nurse at Eastham Elementary School.

Denise Hirota

Denise Hirota ’03

Denise Hirota ’03 of Lacey, Wash., has published her first book, a work of children’s fiction titled Casper’s Sword.

Hillary Collyer ’04 earned her master’s degree in nursing from Simmons College in Boston, 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 she has accepted the position of pediatric surgical nurse practitioner at Hasbro.

Paula DiGiovine ’04, ’08 of Reading, Mass., is proud to share that her daughter Kim will graduate in May from St. Joe’s with a B.A. in sociology and a concentration in social work.

Kristina Foley Green ’04 of Portland, Maine, has accepted the position of director of alumni & parent communications at the college. Kristina first joined SJC’s office of alumni & parent relations in April of 2007.

Shanna Murphy Webster ’04, ’10 of Gorham, Maine, completed her MBA with a concentration in Leadership through the college’s online Graduate & Professional Studies division in December. Shanna is the academic support coordinator within The Academic Center at the college. (See also wedding announcements.)

Kristen Jewett ’05 of Portland, Maine, accepted the position of director of alumni & parent relations at the college in November.

James Newbrough ’05 of Wadsworth, Ohio, was named president of Cambridge Home Health Care of Akron, Ohio, on Jan. 25. Prior to this appointment, James was the president of HomeReach of Columbus, Ohio. He completed his MBA degree at Franklin University in Columbus in 2008.

Dr. Neeru Chopra ’06 of Rome, Ga., won third place and an honorable mention award for her presentation at the National American Academy of Family Physicians Scientific Assembly.

Olivia Wann ’07 of Dover, Tenn., is in her third year of a four-year J.D. program at the Nashville School of Law.

Patricia Bartzak ’08 is teaching clinical nursing at Massachusetts Bay Community College, while working as a staff nurse at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston in the transplant, burn and trauma unit. She is vice chair of the executive committee of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society. Patricia’s daughter Madeleine is enrolled in the nursing program at Simmons College.

Seth Glidden ’09 of Westbrook, Maine, has been named the head swimming coach of Bonny Eagle High School in Standish, Maine.

Pastoral theology project led to book on Church and environment

Marie George '08

Marie George ’08 of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., has recently published a book, Stewardship of Creation: What Catholics Should Know About Church Teaching on the Environment. Her book started out as a capstone project in the Saint Joseph’s College online master’s degree program in pastoral theology.

Here’s what she says about her capstone work that lead to the publishing of the book: “For the capstone project, I first worked with Dr. Dan Sheridan, professor of theology, but then Msgr. Charles Murphy graciously accepted to be my mentor. Msgr. Murphy also taught a St. Joe’s summer course on Catholic Social Teaching that was a big help to me.

book cover

“I had learned from doing a project in a previous summer course (Ecclesiology) that the Church actually has said quite a bit on environmental issues. Given that I also teach environmental ethics from a philosophical perspective at St. John’s University, and have been involved in catechesis for 20 years in my diocese, I without hesitation chose to examine the Church’s teaching on environmental issues for my capstone project.”

For more information about Marie’s book, go to the web:

Alumna receives hero award for role in disseminating flu vaccines

LeighAnn Tibbetts Howard '04

LeighAnn Tibbetts Howard ’04, RN, MSN, has served as the adult health promotion nurse at the Visiting Nurses Association in Cumberland and York counties in Maine for five years. But when she learned that she could help to immunize children, she jumped at the chance to coordinate the dissemination of H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine to schools across the two counties.

LeighAnn led the efforts for her branch of the VNA, a Mercy-affiliated organization in the state’s most populous area. She worked with individual school districts, did weekly reports to the Centers for Disease Control, coordinated the nurse staffing at the clinics, and even took calls from concerned parents. From the beginning of the program in August 2009, more than 20,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine and the seasonal flu vaccine were delivered to children – with as many as 3,000 H1N1 vaccines delivered in one week.

For her efforts, LeighAnn was recognized as the VNA Home Care Hero of the month. (In 2007, she was named Care Giver of the Year for the Home Care Alliance of Maine.) LeighAnn and others helped to make Maine a national example of how to conduct immunizations. The state has one of the best immunization rates in the country with a 60% rate among children for the H1N1 vaccine, compared to an average of 28% nationally. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) sent personnel to Maine to research and replicate the procedures for use across the country.

Wedding Bells

Susan Frawley ’95 married Michael Broberg on Oct. 19, 2008, in Canton, Mass. Guests included classmate Lauren Eck ’95. Susan and Michael honeymooned in Hawaii and now reside in Brockton, Mass. Susan is the assistant to the chief financial officer of Curry College.

Diana Marie McDonald ’02 of Dedham, Mass., and Ryan Joseph Korczynski were married on Jan. 15 at Saint Kathryn’s in Hudson, N.H. A reception was held at the Sky Meadow Country Club in Nashua, N.H. Many of Diana’s classmates were in attandance. Diana and Ryan both work at Fidelity Investments, and they reside in Nashua.

Shanna Murphy wedding

Matthew & Shanna Murphy Webster

Shanna Murphy ’04, ’10 and Matthew Webster were married in October at The Village By The Sea in Wells, Maine. Shanna is employed at Saint Joseph’s College, and Matthew owns and operates his own carpentry business out of Gorham, Maine, where they reside. (See also class notes, entry under ’00s.)

Jennifer Havey ’05 and Ryan Hart married on Aug. 15 at the Eagle Mountain House in Jackson, N.H. Bridesmaids included Kristen Jewett ’05, Heidi Paris ’05 and Amy McGee ’05. Alumni also in attendance were Chris Paris ’05, Helene Liaci ’05, Aaron Ouellet ’05, Chris McVetty ’05, Sarah Smith ’05, Harrison Smith ’07, Jen Dunn ’05 and Ian Harmon ’08. Jennifer is a fourth grade teacher in Randolph, Maine, and Ryan is a project coordinator for TRC Engineering in Augusta. Jennifer and Ryan reside in West Gardiner, Maine.

Melissa R. McCarthy ’05 married college sweetheart Melissa McCarthy on July 30, 2005. The couple resides in Dracut, Mass. (See also birth announcements.)

Sarah Tremblay ’05 and Harrison Smith ’07 married at The Oaks Golf Links in Somersworth, N.H., on Oct. 2. Sarah is a kinder-garten teacher at The Little Dolphin School in Westbrook, Maine, and Harrison is a financial analyst at IDEXX Laboratories, also in Westbrook. Sarah and Harrison honeymooned at the Walt Disney Resorts in Orlando, Fla., and reside in Buxton, Maine.

Alison Levesque wedding

Alison Levesque Danielson with classmates on Peaks Island.

Alison Levesque ’06 married Shane Danielson on Aug. 1 at Jones Landing on Peaks Island, Maine. The couple reside in Washington, D.C., where Alison is employed as a crime scene technician for the Metropolitan Police Department. Shane is a project manager in the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Alumnae in the wedding party included Cassandra Morneault Carmody ’06, the matron of honor, and Danielle Lavoie ’06, the maid of honor. The couple honeymooned in Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort, Puerto Morelos, Mexico. Alumni attending were Ashley Burleigh ’06, Sarah McCrum ’06, Melanie Sweetser Carleton ’06, Tiara Sanborn ’06, Kerri Driscoll ’06, Danielle Somma ’06, Danielle McLaughlin Bolster ’06, Erin McLaughlin ’06, Raymond Ruby ’05, Benjamin Ellis ’05 and Andy Shamos ’06.

Amanda Cunningham ’07 and Joseph Piccolo were married on July 8 at the First Church in Nashua, N.H., with a reception at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua, N.H. Amanda’s college roommate, Allison Fisher ’07, was a bridesmaid. In attendance were Jessica Allison ’09, Nicole D’Atri ’09, Dylan Frazier ’06 and Matt LeBlanc ’07. Amanda and Joseph honeymooned at the Blue Inn on Plum Island, Newburyport, Mass., and reside in Merrimack, N.H. Amanda is a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.

Denise Roy ’07 and Neal Martin were married on Oct. 18, 2008. Denise and Neal manage the Long Lake Sporting Club in Sinclair, Maine, where the couple resides.

Morgan Meserve ’08 of Scarborough, Maine, married Adam Cousins ’08 of Brooksville, Maine, on Sept. 5 on Higgins Beach in Scarborough, Maine. Adam’s best man was Saint Joseph’s student Nick Saunders ’13. Morgan is a staff accountant at BHC LLC in Blue Hill, Maine.

New Additions

Cleo Paradis Ouellette ’59 and husband Paul of Frenchville, Maine, announce the birth of their 11th grandchild, Evan Daniel, to daughter Carrie Ouellette Chojnowski and son-in-law Daniel of Windham, Maine. Evan Daniel was baptized by Saint Joseph’s chaplain Father Paul Dumais on December 5.

Marie Neeman Layman ’85 and husband Dr. George Layman of Chambersburg, Pa., announce the adoption of new grandson Charles Nicholas Mahoney on May 5.

Kerry Ann Griffin Flahive ’93 and husband John of Harrington Park, N.J., announce the birth of their third child, Molly Eileen, on July 1, 2008. Molly Eileen joins big sisters Margaret Maureen and Mary Kathleen. (Correction of graduation year, from last issue)

Michelle Traynham Vessels ’94 and husband Dan of Sanford, Maine, welcomed their son, Drew Bailey, on November 25. Drew joins 2-year-old big brother Cam. Michelle is the quality assurance supervisor at Corning Life Sciences in Kennebunk, Maine.

Jill Geer Morris ’98 and husband Derek of Ormond Beach, Fla., are proud to announce the birth of twins Annabelle Ruth and Jaxson Derek on Nov. 4. Jill is a labor and delivery nurse at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach.

Christy Russo McKinney ’99 of Newmarket, N.H., and husband Jason announce the birth of their second child, daughter Addysen Elizabeth, on April 18, 2008. Four-year-old Bryce, is a proud big brother. Christy is beginning a certificate course in private investigation at Boston University and will be working at Hallmark Investigative Bureau as a private investigator.

Jessica Dee Proctor baby

Abby Proctor

Jessica Dee Proctor ’00 of Burlington, Vt., and husband Tim are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Abby, on November 21. Jess is an operations trainer at the Vermont Teddy Bear Company in Shelburne, Vt.

April Lucas Farrenkopf ’04 and James Farrenkopf ’01 of North Waterboro, Maine, are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Claire Elizabeth, on Dec. 15. April has her own day care center, and James is a police officer for the City of Westbrook.

Lori Willis Rumery ’03 of Gorham, Maine, and husband Philip announce the birth of son Christopher Aidan on Nov. 2. He joins 2-year-old big brother Shawn Andrew. Lori is an acute care nurse practitioner at Mercy Hospital in Portland.

Melissa R. McCarthy ’05 and wife Melissa McCarthy welcomed their first son, Lyric Alexander, on March 18, 2009. (See also wedding announcements.)

William McCarthy, director of marketing & public relations at the college, and wife Bobette are happy to announce the birth of their first grandchild, Joseph Anthony Newell, on Dec. 1.

Condolences & Prayers

The college community offers sympathy to ...

Lorraine Martin Griffin ’53 of Old Town, Maine, on the passing of Larry, her husband of 53 years, on Sept. 28.

The Sisters of Mercy on the passing of Sister Mary Gabriel MacDonald ’55 of Portland, Maine, on Nov. 22 at the age of 105.

The Sisters of Mercy on the passing of Sister Mary Grace Barton ’69 of Portland, Maine, on Nov. 18.

The family of Linda Lawler Doiron ’71 of Rumford, Maine, who passed on Nov. 29.

The family of Cheryl Jester Konig ’80 of Guilderland, N.Y., on her passing on Oct. 3.

Virginia Bobbie ’82 of Raleigh, N.C., on the passing of her husband, John, on March 12.

The family of Lyla Clark Duffy ’86 of Stow, Ohio, who passed on July 26.

The family of Agnes Simpson ’86 of Rochester, N.Y., who passed on Dec. 16. Agnes and  husband Clifford celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in August of 2008. (Cited in class note in summer 2008 edition of Saint Joseph’s College magazine.)

The family of Frances Kennedy ’86 of Beltsville, Md., on her passing on July 2.

Fern Duquesnoy Collard ’87 of Marysville, Mich., on the passing of Neil, her husband of 57 years, on Sept. 17.

The family of Patricia Susen ’87 of Prescott, Ariz., who passed away on July 7, 2008.

Rachelle Hallee Horn ’90 of Union, Maine, on the passing of her husband, Henry, on July 14.

The family of Toborga “Toby” Tornkvist Newman ’91 of Reston, Va., on her passing on Oct. 10, 2008.

Linda J. Roy ’93 of Auburn, Maine, on the loss of her mother, Barbara Rioux Roy, on Aug. 28 at the age of 81.

Dorothy Kuhlman McNaught ’94 of Afton, Iowa, on the passing of Clinton, her husband of 57 years, on June 5.

The family of Marian Bellan Bryant ’95 of Butler, Ohio, on her passing on June 18, 2007.

Beth Yaekel Holsinger ’97 of Waterford, Maine, on the passing of her husband, Robert, on Feb. 5, 2008.

Wilton “Chuck” Waterman, III ’05 of Gorham, on the passing of his father, Wilton Waterman, Jr., on Dec. 2. 

The family of Lawrence McAuliffe of West Roxbury, Mass., on his passing on October 12. Fr. McAuliffe was chaplain of the college in the early to mid-1970s.

Cressi Edson Hawthorne ’06 of Gray, Maine, Jerred Edson ’98 of Limington, Maine, and Roberta Edson of the college’s nursing department on the passing of Roberta’s father and Cressi and Jerred’s grandfather, Robert Merrill, on Jan. 15.