Class Notes, Spring 2011


Leslie Gallerani Hested '68 of Laytonsville, Md., has retired from Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland after 35 years of teaching. She and husband Jim are traveling and planning for their daughter's wedding this summer.

Paulette St. Ours '68 of Biddeford, Maine, celebrated her 40th year in higher education at the University of New England. She is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor in the Dept. of Mathematical Sciences.


Cynthia Murray-Beliveau '70/ Hon.'10 of Hallowell, Maine, recently received the Claddah Award by the Maine Irish Heritage Center of Portland, Maine. Cynthia was recognized for her leadership advocating for Maine's women and children, and her extensive volunteer work on behalf of the community. She is the first woman to receive this award from the Irish Heritage Center.


James Chase ’94 of Salem, N.H., was promoted to the rank of lieutenant at the Salem Police Department in December 2010. Jim has been assigned to the Investigative Services Unit as Detective Lieutenant. He has been with the police department for the past 13 years, and lives in Salem with wife Lisa and son Gavin.

James Divine ’99 of Colorado Springs, Colo., writes that he’s had a very busy year. His two oldest kids got married in January, he completed the first year of a master’s degree in music education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and he and his wife celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary. In addition to teaching full time, Jim has released two singles on iTunes. If you are interested in the releases, go to

Tim Bonin

Timothy Bonin ’96

Timothy Bonin ’96 of Douglas, Mass., was elected to the Douglas Board of Selectman in May 2010. Tim serves as the vice chairman of the five-member body.

St. Joe’s men’s basketball coach Robert Sanicola ’99 of Windham, Maine, has garnered the 2010-11 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award. Coach Sanicola has received the annual award twice in the last three seasons.


Jeremy Porter '05 of Portland, Maine, received the CEO Wow! Leadership Award 2010 from TD Bank, where he is a legal administration officer and office manager.

Katharine Zore '06 is enrolled at Simmons College in the dual Library Science and History master's program. Katy's projected graduation date is December 2011.

Tokunbo Olukoya '08 of Tacoma, Wash., has recently joined the Veteran Administration Hospital staff in Seattle, Wash.


Jessica Pettit '10 is in the graduate program at Boston College, where she is earning her master's degree in education focused on teaching children with severe disabilities. She volunteers at the Boston College Campus School and has been involved with fundraising for Project Have Hope. She recently raised enough money to buy five uniforms for schoolchildren in Uganda.

Richard Simonds of Steep Falls, Maine, a 2010 SJC Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, has recently published a murder/mystery novel, "Blood Code." Rick is a former SJC basketball coach and athletic director. For more information or to order, go to

Dick Bailey

Legendary coach Dick Bailey has joined the Monks softball coaching staff as an assistant. A 2008 Saint Joseph’s College Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Dick served as the SJC head softball coach for 11 seasons from 1985 to 1995. He led the Royal Blue to six conference crowns, four NAIA New England titles and an NAIA Northeast Championship. He posted nine 20-win seasons and won three Coach of the Year honors. Bailey also served as the Dean of Students at St. Joe’s for 16 years. Monks head coach Jamie Smyth ’92, who served as an assistant on Bailey’s staff, plans to use his mentor’s talents as a pitching guru this spring.

Nursing grad new COO of Maine Veterans’ Homes 

Deb Fournier

Debra Fournier '98 of Buxton, Maine, has been named the new chief operations officer for Maine Veterans' Homes.

Debra served as vice president of eldercare services and administrator at St. Mary's Health System in Lewiston, from 2004 to 2010. She was the director of operations at St. Marguerite d'Youville Pavilion from 2001 to 2004.

She also served six years as director of nursing at the Maine Veterans' Home in Scarborough, from 1990 to 1996. Her clinical experience includes geriatric case manager, clinical liaison and a variety of nursing positions.

At Saint Joseph's, Debra received the first Holley S. Gimpel Award for academic excellence in nursing, and later earned a master's degree in business from Husson College.

Debra says, "I am very pleased to be working at Maine Veterans' Homes again. It is an honor to care for those who have served our country and to collaborate with our dedicated staff."

She serves on the board of directors for the Maine Health Care Association and is a member of the American College of Health Care Administrators, National Gerontological Nurses Association and American Health Care Association's Disaster Preparedness Committee.

Maine Veterans' Homes operates long-term care and rehabilitation facilities throughout Maine - located in Augusta, Bangor, Caribou, Machias, Scarborough and South Paris. 

Persistence, determination and new 3+1 program pay off for alumna 

Kelly MacLean

When Kelley MacLean ’10 of Gardner, Mass., earned her bachelor’s degree with a concentration in human services, she did it in a novel way. She and a classmate from Mount Wachusett Community College are the first graduates of the Saint Joseph’s “3 +1” program that allows students to begin course work at their local community college and finish their bachelor’s degree online through Saint Joseph’s.

Along the way, you could say Kelley’s chosen path presented challenges, like raising four children (includ-ing triplets!) and working full time. But when her youngest child was 4 years old, Kelley discovered that her employer would pay for her to take two courses per year. She also got involved with a state grant program through the community college that allowed her to take more courses in her field of early childhood education.

In 2006, she decided to go full time.

In the middle of her well-laid plans, she agreed to adopt a child that needed a home, making hers a five-child household. The online component made it more convenient to finish her degree. Actually, Kelley earned two associate degrees from Mount Wachusett in May 2009 (with honors) and earned her bachelor’s from Saint Joseph’s in December 2010. For her bachelor’s degree, she completed 13 courses in 12 months!

The key to her success? “My children made me succeed,” she says. “My kids were coming up on college age, and I couldn’t tell them to go to college if
I didn’t. Now I can say to my kids, ‘I finished, you have to.’”

Kelley also acknowledges a supportive husband and says her advisers at both institutions have been wonderful. “We’re really proud of her,” says David Watson, who is the program director for the 3+1 program at Saint Joseph’s.

“Not enough people know about this program,” Kelley says of the 3+1 format, which allows students to get their associate degree plus 30 more credits at a community college – credits that ultimately transfer to Saint Joseph’s. Students then earn the remaining 30 credits from the 4-year college, but essentially have paid for three years of their degree at community college tuition rates.

Now Kelley has enrolled as a master’s degree student at Post University, taking two online courses simultaneously in 8-week semesters. She’s working on a master’s in human services with a clinical counseling concentration.

There’s just no stopping her. 

Wedding Bells

Adam Ham ’06 and Jaclyn DeFilippo ’07 of Vernon, Conn., were married on July 23, 2010, by Father John Tokaz, former SJC chaplain.

Regan Samsone wedding party

Bridal party of Marcy Regan ’07 and Bobby Sansone.

Marcy Regan ’07 and Bobby Sansone of Austin, Texas, were married on Aug. 7, 2010, at Sacred Heart Church in Portland, Maine, with Father Paul Dumais officiating. The Nuptial Mass was followed by a reception at The Landing at Pine Point in Scarborough, Maine.

Marcy is a registered nurse for the Seton Family of Hospitals, and Bobby is a project manager for Tyler Technologies. The couple honeymooned in Bora Bora. St. Joe’s grads in attendance included Maureen Nealley Regan ’75 (mother of the bride), Danyelle Samson ’07, Kristine Benere ’07, Patrick Perrault ’07, Meaghan Cyr Michalik ’07, Heather Flanagan ’07, Rachel Firth ’07, Ben Cutter ’07, Marissa Regan Cutter ’04, Brice Greenleaf ’06, Deirdre Regan Allen ’04, C.J. Vose ’03 and Megan Curty Vose ’03.

Pelletier Nichols wedding

Michele Pelletier Nichols ’08 (front) posing with friends and classmates; back row, left to right: Courtney Dyer ’08, Stephanie Coburn ’11, Amanda Coburn ’08, Caitlin Cargill ’08, Kim Evans ’08, Laurie Rodrigue ’07, Tasha Howard ’11.

Michele Pelletier ’08 and Scott Nichols of New Sharon, Maine, were married on Oct. 23, 2010, at the R.H. Bell Chapel at Sugarloaf Mountain, followed by a reception in Stratton, Maine. Michele is the assistant to the executive director at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce in Farmington, Maine.

A warm welcome back goes to ... 

Sr. Michele Aronica

Welcome back to Sister Michele Aronica ’74, RSM. Many alumni know Sister Michele as their sociology professor, while others know her as their classmate during undergraduate study at St. Joe’s. After four years as a vice president on the leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Northeast community, she has brought her brilliant intellect, deep care for students, high classroom standards, energetic personality and sense of humor back
to campus. 

Before leaving to take the administrative position in 2006, Sister Michele received the Saint Joseph's Medal to recognize her 28 years of service, integrity and academic excellence as a faculty member. She is teaching part time this spring and will return as a full-time professor in the fall. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine.

Sister Michele, we are very pleased to have you back on campus. 

New Additions 

Marguerite Buckley Powell ’72 of Keansburg, N.J., has a new granddaughter, Cecelia. She was born Dec. 9, 2010, and joins two other grandchildren, Aiden and Laylah. Mag hopes to bring the three grandchildren to her 40th reunion in 2012.

Ryan Turner baby

Justin James Turner

Ryan Turner ’98 and his wife, Rachel, of Mansfield, Mass., welcomed Justin James, their second son, on Nov. 20, 2010, at Norwood Caritas Hospital. He joins big brother Mason.


Karson Kirkelis

Kellee Murphy Kirkelis ’97, husband Jason, and sons Kelson and Jaxson of Westlake Village, Calif., are proud to announce the birth of their newest addition to the family, Karson Murphy, on Jan. 21. Kellee is a senior sales executive at Allergan Dry Eye in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Pfiester baby

Adeline Rose Pfiester

Sarah McNamee Pfiester ’00, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and her husband, Marty, announce the birth of their first daughter, Adeline Rose, on April 13, 2010. Addie Rose is the first granddaughter of Marybeth Yeagher McNamee ’68 of Norfolk, Conn.

Justin Sparks ’03 and Linda Russo Sparks ’03 of Sebago, Maine, are rejoicing in the birth of their son, Owen Michael, born on July 20, 2010. Justin is an instructional technologist at the college.

Hart baby

Lydia Mae Trytek

Jennifer Havey Hart ’05 and husband, Ryan, of West Gardiner, Maine, announce the birth of their first child, daughter Claire Constance, on Oct. 6, 2010.

Monique Crawford ’08 and Jim Trytek of Lewiston, Maine, are blessed with the birth of their daughter. Lydia Mae Trytek was born Sept. 19, 2010. Monique is an RN clinical research coordinator at Maine Research Associates.

Erayna Paquet ’08 and her husband, Nathan, of Levering, Mich., welcomed their first child, Luke Anthony, born in February 2010.

Webster baby

Sophia Hope Webster

Shanna Murphy Webster ’04, ’09 of Gorham, Maine, her husband, Matthew, and his son, Sebastian, announce the addition to their family, Sophia Hope, on Nov. 8. Shanna is the academic support coordinator in The Academic Center at the college. Shanna’s sister and Sophia’s aunt is Erin Murphy Hollingsworth ’02 of Merrimack, N.H. 

Condolences & Prayers 

The college community offers sympathy...

To Sister Mary George O’Toole ’51/Hon. ’90, of Saint Joseph’s College, on the passing of her brother, Rev. Coleman P. O’Toole, on Nov. 13, 2010.

To the Sisters of Mercy of Portland, Maine, on the passing of Sister Nola Wells ’58, on Dec. 4, 2010.

To Caroline Malo Trebilcock ’65 of Otisfield, Maine, on the passing of her husband, Edward, on Nov. 16, 2010.

To Jennifer Arouca Fitzpatrick ’67 of Ormond Beach, Fla., on the passing of her husband, Jim, on Nov. 21, 2010.

To Gretchen Overbagh Lord ’68 of Hopkins, Minn., on the death of her father, John Overbagh, on Jan. 10, and the death of her husband, Dwight Lord, on Jan. 21.

To the family and friends of Ruth Felker ’71 of Hanover, Mass., on her passing in August 2010.

To Beverly Carpenter-Mason ’79 of Palm Harbor, Fla., on the death of her son, Keith Michael Robenson, on Sept. 11, 2010.

To Mary Nee Clough ’82 of Portland, Maine, and William Nee ’08 of Scarborough, Maine, on the passing of Thomas J. Nee, Jr., Mary’s brother and William’s uncle, on Jan. 8.

To Kevin Howley ’82 of Wrentham, Mass., on the passing of his father, Vincent, on Feb. 10.

To the family and friends of Hilda Bailey Williams-Spencer ’82 of Falls Church, Va., who passed away on Nov. 19, 2010.

To Robert A. Simmons, Jr. ’83 of Windham, Maine, and his family on the passing of his wife, Rosemary Allen Simmons ’85, on Oct. 17, 2010.

To the family and friends of Virginia Marie Kaminski Conover ’84 of Erie, Pa., who passed away on Aug. 28, 2010.

To the family and friends of Sarah Johnson Sutton ’84 of Clyde, N.C., who passed away on Dec. 24, 2010.

To the family and friends of Phyllis Sharp Neal ’87 of Hayes, Va., who passed away on Dec. 30, 2007.

To Roberta Unterberg Rana ’91/’09 of Teaneck, N.J., on the passing of her mother.

To the family and friends of James A. Rotert ’91, on his passing on Nov. 10, 2010.

To the family and friends of Megan Abele Hansen ’97 of Guilford, Maine, who passed away on Oct. 22, 2010.

To the family of Elizabeth Biehle Roschel ’08 of Lancaster, Pa., who passed away on Aug. 26, 2009.

To Aimee Davis ’13 and mother Lori Davis, of Standish, Maine, on the death of Aimee’s father and Lori’s husband, David, on Jan. 27. Aimee is a junior on campus, and Lori is enrolled in the online master’s degree program in education.

To Mary Roche Sullivan, of Waltham, Mass., a past Saint Joseph’s Trustee and longtime friend of the college, on the passing of her son, Mark C. Sullivan, on Oct. 19, 2010.