Class Notes

Sister Michele Aronica takes leadership position with sisters of Mercy

Sr. Michele Aronica

Sister Michele Aronica RSM, '74, a sociology professor at Saint Joseph's for almost 28 years, has accepted a position as Vice President on the newly formed leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas-Northeast Community.

She began her new full-time position on July 1. Sister Michele, who was elected to the leadership position in March, will work part-time out of the Northeast Community administrative office in Cumberland, R.I., but still live near the Saint Joseph's College campus. For the last several years, she has been a part-time member of the leadership team of the Portland Regional Community, while also teaching and running the sociology department.

Sister Michele was honored at a luncheon on June 11, where President David House presented her with the Saint Joseph's Medal to recognize her many years of service, integrity and academic excellence.

For the past several years, the Sisters of Mercy organization has been in a process of reconfiguration. On July 1, the Mercy Northeast Community united 900 Sisters and 400 Mercy Associates from the regional communities of Albany, N.Y., Connecticut, New Hampshire, Portland, Providence and Vermont.

Congratulations and best wishes to Sister Michele! She can be contacted at


Jane Bonnie Newman '67

Jane Bonnie Newman ’67 (Hon. ’90) of North Hampton, N.H., has been named interim President of the University of New Hampshire.

Jane Bonnie Newman '67 (Hon. '90) of North Hampton, N.H., has been named interim President of the University of New Hampshire.


Sister Mary Kneeland '73, retired after 48 years at Saint Joseph's College! She spent many of those years in the Treasurer's Office and her spirit, smile and hard work will be missed.


Brensa Beard and group

Brenda Beard ’80 (second from right), an R.N. at
Yale-New Haven Hospital, was recently honored with
the Virginia Henderson Award for her partnership,
advocacy and innovation in nursing practice and patient care
and willingness to share knowledge. Beard is shown (l-r)
with Marna Borgstrom, YNHH president and CEO, Richard D’Aquila,
executive vice president and COO, and Sue Fitzsimons, Ed.D., R.N.,
senior vice president, patient services at YNHH.

Brenda Whiting Beard '80, Southbury, Conn., was recently honored by Yale-New Haven Hospital with a distinguished Virginia Henderson Award. The award honors nurses for unique contributions compared to those of Florence Nightingale. To quote the news release, "Brenda was nominated by her peers for her partnership in patient care, advocacy for the profession of nursing, innovation in nursing practice and patient care and willingness to share knowledge."

Mark Cote '80, of Ludlow, Mass., was named Vice President of Operations for Boston Bread LLC, a 17-café f ranchise of Panera Bread. He writes that he misses St. Joe's dearly and would like to send warm wishes to the theater guild that produced "See How They Run" and "You Can't Take it With You" in 1977-78. Mark would love to hear from anyone in that group or his graduating class. He can be reached at

Maureen McCarthy O'Rourke '80, of Salem, N.C., was promoted to professor at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, N.C. She received an award for outstanding teaching and was
awarded the Trish Greene National Quality of Life Lectureship by the Oncology Nursing Society for 2006.

Joanna Lyons Mauger '82, State College, Pa., received a Master of Education in Adult Education from Penn State in 2005. In May she completed her Distance Education Certificate from Penn State.

Diana Smith Cote '85, Beech Island, S.C., is completing her Master in Administration Leadership and enjoyed an annual trip to New England in July with husband, Steve, and sons Tyler and Kyle.

Robert P. DiFazio, Jr. '87, Abington, Mass., was awarded the title of Entrepreneur of the Year by Metro South Chamber of Commerce.

Julie Ford Bailey '88, Hampton, N.H., received a Master of Science in Management degree with a concentration in Health Care Administration on May 21, 2006, from New England College in Henniker, N.H.

Maureen F. Pomeroy Doe '89, Bedford, Mass., has been made partner in her law firm, Fitch & Pomeroy Law Offices, in Lexington, Mass. Maureen practices in the area of elder law and runs a monthly clinic for elders who can not afford legal services. She serves on the board of the Council on Aging and, along with husband, Jim, enjoys their 3-year-old son, Richie.

Eva Libby Giles '89, Gray, Maine, was recently chosen as one of Maine's outstanding adult education teachers by the Maine Adult Education Association. She is a work-force education coordinator at Windham Adult Education, and a math and a science teacher.

Linda Slone '89, Gaithersburg, Md., was honored on March 18 at the 53rd Annual Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Congress in Washington D.C., with the 2006 Award for Outstanding Clinical Practice. She has been an operating room nurse since 1967.


Sandra Yaun '90, Leland, N.C., was recently appointed interim administrator at Champions Assisted Living in Wilmington, N.C. She also received the honor of professionalism at Elderhaus for serving 38 years in long term care at Davis Health Care, where she is an assistant administrator.

Patrick J. Young '90, Grand Rapids, Mich., has been promoted to Master Sergeant in the USAF Reserves and is attached to the 88th Dental Squadron Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He has served 23 years in the military, including active duty in the National Guard and Reserves. He is employed by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan. He has been married for 16 years to his wife, Sharon, and they have four children: Adam, Alexander, Catherine and Emily.

Jane Bogue '90 of Wells, Maine, welcomed the graduating seniors to the alumni association during a Commencement address. Jane is the sales director at, the online site of the Portland Press Herald.

Allison Wing Lambert '94, Easton, Mass., is working as a pediatric nurse and also runs her own home-based business with Arbonne International. She resides in Easton with husband Bryan and two boys, 6-year-old Shane and 5-year-old Nathan.

Greg Thomas '94, Middleboro, Mass., is a special education teacher at Avon Middle-High School and coaches football and baseball. Greg received his master's degree in Education from Bridgewater State College on May 18. He was re-elected to the Middleboro School Committee in his hometown for a second term and elected chairman for the third consecutive year.

Barbara Jean Kallet '95 of Lindenwold, N.J., recently published a book, "Life in Poetry," which she wrote with her son, Harry. She was also honored for her work as a volunteer at the Camden County Senior Center.

Linda Pfeiffer '95, New London, Conn., is a softball coach at New London High School. She recently led the team to walk 137 miles and raise $2,865 for the fight against cancer at the Relay for Life. This effort was done to help inspire their athletic director. Linda was the focus of a May 26 article called "Today We Honor the Best NL Has to Offer" in, an online Connecticut newspaper.

Christopher Gardner '96, Telford, Pa., writes that he and wife, Lisa, are residing outside of Philadelphia with daughter, Elizabeth Faith. They are expecting a second child in August.

Jonathan Giles '96 of Brunswick, Maine, was featured in a Maine Sunday Telegram article about the role of fathers. The article ran on Father's Day on Sunday, June 18. Giles, a news videographer for WMTW-TV in Portland, has a 3-year-old son, Ryan. Jon is married to Suzanne Toto Giles '95.

Karen Bubar '97, Falmouth, Maine, received a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Educational Leadership from University of Southern Maine. Karen is assistant principal at Mabel I. Wilson School and Drowne Road School in Cumberland/North Yarmouth, Maine, district.

Erby Mitchell, Jr., '98, Standish, Maine, recently received his Master in Education degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Erby is an associate dean of admissions at Bowdoin College. He and wife, Jennifer Bennett Mitchell '97 have two children: 6-year-old Olivia and 4-year-old Christopher Jeremiah (C.J.).

Wendy Downing Thrasher '98, Madison, Maine, writes that she has been working much of the last six years as an operating room nurse at Maine General Medical Center in Waterville, Maine. She is married to Scott Thrasher and has a son born in 2004. Wendy sends special thanks to our nursing faculty and credits their support and encouragement for the satisfaction in her career.


Jaclyn Jaeger '01 of Swampscott, Mass., recently received her master's degree in journalism from Emerson College. She is a national legal reporter for Lawyers Weekly in Boston, Mass.

Eleanor Kava '01, Elmwood Park, N.J., has been elected to the Elmwood Park Library Board of Trustees.

Lindsey Hirsch '03, of South Dennis, Mass., is going into her fourth year of teaching math and social studies to seventh graders in Cape Cod. She is also attending the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth program in Teaching Math to Fifth Through Eighth Graders.

Eric E. Smith '04, Red Oak, Texas, was recently re-elected as city councilman in Red Oak.

Wedding Bells

Jen and Jeffrey

Jennifer White Arruda '94 and Jeffrey Arruda
were married on June 10. Many SJC classmates attended.

Jennifer White '94, Taunton, Mass., and Jeffrey Arruda married on June 10 at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Mass. Jen writes that she has been working as a labor and delivery nurse at Winchester Hospital, and recently earned her Certification in Inpatient Obstetrics.

Robert LeBrasseur '94 and Kimberly Blais were married Nov. 15, 2005 on the Jewel of the Seas ship in Key West, Fla. He is employed by the Law Offices of Frederick C. Moore as staff counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies. The couple resides in Auburn, Maine.

Robert Quackenbush '03 and Megan Therrien '03, Sanford, Maine, were wed on Nov. 5, 2005.

Angela C. Davis '98 and Thomas R. Unger were married on March 18 on Captiva Island in Florida. They reside in Seattle, Wash.

New Additions

Sally Bailey McGinn '91 and husband Jonathan of Brunswick, Maine, announce the birth of their son, Jack Steven, born May 12. Jack's proud grandmother, Julianne Moore '04, is Executive Secretary to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.

baby Ryan

Welcome Ryan!

Jamie '92 and Susan McFarland Smyth '97, Portland, Maine, announce the birth of their son, Ryan, born May 15. He is welcomed by big sister, Hannah Margaret, and Aunt Julie and Uncle Curtis Smyth '91, Gorham, Maine.

Danielle Lafitte Cook '93/'05, and husband, Greg, daughter, Emma Kate, and son, Gavin, welcomed baby boy Camden Nicolas on March 28. The proud aunt and uncle are Katrina "Cook" Canady '89 and Major John Canady '90 of Manhattan, Kan.

Amy Demmons Jacobson '94, and husband Christian, of Cumberland, Maine, announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Christine-Annie, born June 13. She joins 16-month-old big brother Adam.

Amanda Archibald Owenby '98, Newnan, Ga., her husband Thomas, and big brother Evan, joyfully welcome baby girl, Elizabeth Belle, born on Feb. 8.

Jacob '01 and Lauren Hauber Jones '00, of Portland, Maine, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Elias Timothy, born June 5.

Wade Goulet '03 and wife Kari, Berlin, N.H., announce the birth of their daughter, Alexa Lynn Goulet, born Aug. 22, 2005. Wade is a police officer for the Attorney General's office.

Nicole Wheeler '04 and Nick Bowie, South Portland, Maine, announce the birth of their daughter, Jennavieve Bowie, born Jan. 30. She is welcomed by big brother, Jackson, born on Sept. 26, 2004.

Anne Campbell Hanson '05 and husband Timothy of Fonda, N.Y., proudly announce they are very happy parents of five. They have adoped two children from China: Kianna Grace KangSheng, adopted Aug.16, 2004, and Cody Wyatt YangPeng, adopted Feb. 14, 2006. They join brothers Collin and Connor and sister Katelyn.

Condolences & Prayers

Saint Joseph's College offers sincere sympathy to:

Eleanor Dawson Minvielle '43, Portland, Maine, on the death of her son, James "Skip" Minvielle, on April 26.

Anne Cribby Sears '69, Portland, Maine, on the death of her mother, Catherine "Kay" Cribby, who passed away on Jan. 31.

Claire Fraser Bowen '70, member of the the Saint Joseph's College Board of Trustees, Claremont, N.H., on the death of her father, Louis Fraser, who passed away on April 6.

David Flaherty '80 of Weaverville, N.C., on the death of his mother in April 2005 and his father in July 2005.

Sally Bailey McGinn '91, Brunswick, Maine, on the death of her stepmother, Gail S. Bailey, on May 23.

Betty Jane McCormick '95 of Marlboro, Vt., on the death of her husband in October 2005 and the death of her son in a car accident in March 2006.

Jeremiah Cottle '00, Washington, D.C., on the death of his father, John Cottle, on Dec. 23, 2005.

Noah LaRoche '06, Exeter, N.H., on the death of his father, Anthony "Keith" LaRoche, on June 15.

To the family of James Pouravelis, faculty member in the Education Dept., who died on July 22 after a 6-month battle with pancreatic cancer. As was stated in his obituary, he had a kind and generous approach to all people.

Carlene Lemieux, Lewiston, Maine, Director of Purchasing in the Finance and Administration Dept., on the death of her brother, Randy Perreault, on June 16.

To the Sisters of Mercy:

Sister Frances Gallant, R.S.M. '57, of Portland, Maine, died May 5.

Sister Fleurette Kennon '64, Standish, Maine, retired SJC librarian, on the death of her brother, Paul Kennon, on June 16.

The Alumni Office recently learned of the following deaths:

Alice Elizabeth Crozier '42, South Portland, Maine, died on December 9, 2005.

Gloria Jones '74, Arundel, Maine.

Joann Sokol Rancour '82, Elyria, Ohio on Sept. 2, 2000.

Regina Carol Young Gregg '87, Kings Mountain, N.C., died December 2004.

Margaret Anderson Kinna '90, Picayune, Miss., died on Dec. 17, 1999.

Ann Marie Lorden Jeannotte '70, Shirley, Mass., passed away this past spring.