Class notes

60's

Nancy Fournier-Barnes '68, of Sierra Visa, Ariz., retired from the Army Intelligence School in July 2006, and she writes that she missed seeing her class at their 40th reunion this summer.

70's

Margaret Morrisette LeTourneau '70, of South Portland, Maine, retired at the end of the school year after teaching in South Portland for 38 years. During her career she taught at the following schools in the district: Thornton Heights, Sawyer, Skillin, Roosevelt, Kaler and Brown.

Joseph Kilmartin '75, of Portland, Maine, recently completed the certified athletic administrator program of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Joseph is currently the athletic director at Catherine McAuley High School in Portland, Maine.

80's

Tina Tirabassi DiMatteo '85, of Portland, Maine, has recently been hired as a nursing faculty member in the Graduate & Professional Studies division of Saint Joseph's.

Agnes D. Simpson '86, of Rochester, N.Y., writes that she and her husband recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. Anges reports that receiving her degree at age 70 was one of the joys of her life. In her career as a registered nurse, Agnes lived in Massachusetts, New York and Iowa, and was a member of the Army Nurse Corps and was also a Red Cross nurse.

Carolyn Grambo Kean '86, of Cleveland, Ohio, received the Employee Excellence Award for Management at the American Red Cross 2008 Annual National Convention in Baltimore, Md., in March. The award is presented to an employee who has demonstrated superior job performance; Carolyn has been an employee of the American Red Cross for 30 years and manages the Northern Ohio Blood Services Region's aphaeresis program.

Patricia Taylor Freeman '86, of Elkton, Fla., has announced her candidacy for the Florida House of Representatives, District 21. Pat is an administrator of Palatka Health Care Center in Palatka, Fla., and she serves on the Chamber of Commerce board of directors and the advisory board of Haven Hospice.

Christopher Hanley '86, of Baltimore, Md., was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in Wilmington, Del., on May 17. Father Hanley celebrated his first Mass in Maine on May 31 at St. Joseph's Church in Gardiner, his hometown. He is the first Saint Joseph's College 4-year alumnus to enter the priesthood.

Anita Finie '86

Anita Finie '86

Anita Finie '86 honored by the Church

The title of Dame Commander of Saint Gregory the Great, a form of knighthood in the Catholic Church, has been bestowed on Anita Finie '86. The honor is bestowed upon those with an "unblemished character who have promoted the interests of society, the Church and the Holy See" as described at its beginning in 1831 by Pope Gregory XVI. Anita has not only given to society and the Church over the course of her life, she has done this work with the humility and humble spirit Saint Joseph's graduates are known for.

"I did not ask for it ... the Holy Father (Pope Benedict XVI) appointed me," Anita explains of the honor. The solemn investiture ceremony for Dames and Knights of Commanders of the Order of St. Gregory was celebrated at the Cathedral in Los Angeles.

"If you want to receive, you have to give," Anita explains of her myriad experiences as a volunteer. Her honor put Anita in the spotlight locally and internationally. The benefit of this publicity? "The possibility to inspire others," she says.

Giving has stretched through Anita's whole life, from her early education in order to care for others as a nurse, to her volunteer work at four parishes in the Los Angeles area where she takes communion to hospital residents, trains Eucharistic ministers and sits on a baptismal committee. She volunteers at the local chapter of ChildHelp for abused children, gives physicals to the elderly, serves on a retirement foundation, sits on the education board at Loyola Marymount University, and has served many other community service organizations.

Anita graduated from the Red Cross School of Nursing program at the University of Warsaw, Poland, her home country. She later earned her B.S. in professional arts degree through Saint Joseph's Graduate & Professional Studies program in 1986. The college awarded her an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1995.

90's

Sheri McCarthy Piers '93

Sheri McCarthy Piers ’93 was featured on the cover of New England runner magazine. (Photo credit: George Ross, www.digital-photoconcept.com)

Congratulations to Sheri McCarthy Piers '93 for placing 16th in the U.S. Olympic Women's Marathon Trials held in Boston. Sheri was one of four Mainers who qualified to compete and ran a personal best of 2:38:46. Sheri lives in Falmouth, Maine, with her husband, Wayne, and five children, Ashton, Taylor, Connor, Noah, and Karley.

Susan Blumenfeld '93, of Airville, Pa., writes that she keeps busy as a hospice nurse, farmer, gardener and grandma. She still finds time for her hobbies of reading, crocheting and church mission trips to New Orleans.

Heather Wormald Cummings '93, of Epsom, N.H., was honored with the 2008 Outstanding Service Award by the New Hampshire School Administrator's Association. Heather also has recently accepted the position of director of instructional improvement in the Wolfeboro, N.H., Governor Wentworth School District.

Sandra Lynn Gordon Crouse '94, of Needmore, Pa., writes that she earned her master's in psychology from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pa., in 1999. Sandra has been a school nurse in the Southern Fulton School District, Warfordsburg, Pa., for 12 years. She and her husband, Gary, have been married for 21 years, and they have two daughters, Megan and Macy.

Sr. Maggie Kelly '95, of Dobbs Ferrry, N.Y., has been elected to a four-year term on the leadership team of the Sisters of Charity for New York.

Denise Pollard '98

Densie Pollard '98

Denise Pollard '98, of Gray, Maine, was honored with the "6 Who Care" award for her work as a volunteer at Russell Elementary School in Gray, Maine. At the awards ceremony, Denise was recognized for her 25 years of volunteerism and contributions in inspiring students to overcome challenges.

She leads handicap awareness at the school, teaches social studies and science, and helps students with reading, writing, spelling and developing math games. The "6 Who Care" award is sponsored by WSCH TV 6, Portland's NBC affiliate.

Kristi Feateau Skilling '99, of Gray, Maine, completed her master's in education at Saint Joseph's College in December 2007.

Alan E. Pontes '99, of Fall River, Mass., was promoted to the position of chief executive officer of Southcoast Physician Affiliates, a 75-physician multi-specialty group affiliated with Southcoast Hospitals Group.

00's

Theodora Kulesza '00, of Carteret, N.J., is a family nurse practitioner at United Healthcare and is enrolled in a doctorate program at University of Medicine & Dentistry, New Jersey.

Cherie M. Fieri '01, of Long Grove, Ill., and Kevin L. O'Brien '01 of Clearwater, Fla., have established the Resolution Economics' Chicago office, a litigation/economic advisory firm.

David Doucette '01, of Allen, Texas, was named one of Texas Nurses' Association's 2008 "Great 100 Nurses." David is director of critical care services at Presbyterian Hospital in Allen, Texas.

Anna Walker '03, a teacher at Songo Locks Elementary School in Naples, Maine, has been awarded a fellowship that will take her to Washington, D.C. U.S. Secretary of Education Spellings announced recently that Anna is one of 25 teachers selected for a Teaching Ambassador Fellowship (TAF) position with the U.S. Department of Education. The 2008-09 program for Classroom Fellows will include briefings with senior Department officials on policy matters and opportunities to share best practices and local educational challenges.

More than 1,000 teachers nationwide applied for the fellowships, which offer highly motivated, innovative public school teachers the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and experience to the national dialogue on public education.

Anna, who has been teaching for the past five years, is a third grade teacher at Songo Locks. She has served as a Title I teacher, who focused on reading and math support, as well as a reading tutor and a special education aide. She holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in literacy from Lesley University.

The 25 fellows, who represent 21 states, were selected based upon their record of leadership, impact on student achievement and potential for contribution to the field. They represent teaching expertise K-12 in a range of subject areas.

Paula DiGiovine '04, of Reading, Mass., and husband Tony write to say that their son Nicholas soon begins his first year as a nursing major at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., and their daughter Lauren is entering law school at Northeastern in Boston. Their daughter Kim is beginning her junior year as a sociology major at Saint Joseph's.

Alison Levesque '06, Washington D.C., graduated from George Washington University on May 18 with an M.S. in Forensic Science, with a concentration in forensic molecular biology. Alison is awaiting clearance for employment in a position with a federal agency.

Kate Quinn Gartland '08, of Biddeford, Maine, was thrilled to march in SJC's commencement exercises in May along with three of her former certified nurse's aide students, Lisa Earnhardt '08, Nicole Lehoux '08, and Brooke Perry '08, who received their BSN degrees that day. Kate earned a master's in nursing.

Jillian Leger '08

Jillian Leger '08, Athlete of the Year

Jillian Leger '08 of Westminster, Mass., has been named the 2008 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Woman of the Year.

As the GNAC winner, Jillian will also be nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, one of the most prestigious honors the NCAA bestows. The award recognizes senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves during their collegiate careers through academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.

Jillian was a four-year starting defender and two-year captain for women's soccer coach Michael Bolanz '00. During her time as a player, the team amassed a 50-24-4 record, including a 16-2-3 season in her senior year, the best in the program's history. As a senior, Jillian was named as a GNAC First Team All Conference Defender as well as being named the Saint Joseph's College Female Athlete of the Year.

In the classroom, Jillian excelled and graduated magna cum laude with a 3.86 GPA in business management. She was a member of the Beta Omicron of Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society. She was also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee all four years, while chairing the committee her junior year. Jillian worked as an admissions office tour guide and an event staff member at athletic events. She filled her spare time with volunteer efforts: Walk for Cancer, director of the student-athlete food drive, director of the student-athlete clothing drive, and volunteer for Partners In Development in Guatemala.

Jillian was key in kicking up women's soccer several notches.

Wedding Bells

Maria A. Corliss '96 married Rob Odlin on Oct. 13, 2007, on the beach in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and honeymooned in St. Thomas. Maria is employed by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters of Waterbury, Vt. The couple resides in Scarborough, Maine, with their yellow Lab, Sandy.

AnnMarie Caprio '99 married Ocean Dunton on Oct. 27, 2007, in Bar Harbor, Maine, at the Church of Our Father, followed by a reception at the Neighborhood House. AnnMarie is the interim director of housing & residential services at Fitchburg State College. The couple resides in Fitchburg, Mass.

Cassandra Morneault wedding

Thomas and Cassandra at the Cathedral in Portland, ME.

Cassandra Morneault '06 married Thomas Carmody III on May 23 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Maine, with a reception at the Eastland Park Hotel. Ashley Burleigh '06, of Standish, Maine, and Alison Levesque '06, of Washington D.C., were two of Cassandra's bridesmaids. Cassandra is logistics coordinator for Sappi Fine Paper in Westbrook, Maine. The couple is living in Windham.

Janice Lynn Sawyer '06 & Ryan Darren Douglas were married Sept. 1, 2007, at the South Gorham Baptist Church, with a reception at Keeley's Banquet Center in Portland. Janice has been employed at the Children's Hospital, Boston. The couple resides in Windham, Maine.

New Additions

Laurel Anderson '90 of Hermon, Maine, adopted Serena Vera, 2 years old in December 2007 from Murmansk, Russia. Laurel is a certified hyperbaric technician at the Wound and Hyperbaric Center at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bangor, Maine.

Danielle Lafitte Cook '93, '05, and husband Greg of Littleton, N.H., and children 13-year-old Emma Kate, 11-year-old Gavin and 18-month-old Camden, welcomed the newest arrival to the family, Reece Phillip, Sept. 13, 2007.

Bouffard baby

Isabella Grace Bouffard

David Bouffard '01 & Angela Wright Bouffard '01, of Auburn, Maine, welcomed their first child, daughter Isabella Grace, on Feb. 7. David is a senior assistant accountant at Brooks & Brooks CPA in South Portland, Maine. Angela is a special education teacher at Leavitt Area High School in Turner, Maine.

Alisha Wood Parker '02 & husband Nick, of Augusta, Maine, welcomed daughter Nela Mae on Jan. 8. Nela Mae joins big brothers Cade, Drew and Cohen.

Lori Willis Rumery '03 & husband Phil, of Gorham, Maine, welcomed their son, Shawn Andrew, on Feb. 19. Lori is a nurse practitioner at Mercy Hospital in Portland, and Phil is employed in the South Portland Fire Department.

Jennifer Gronros & husband Teke, welcomed their son, Oscar James, on May 10. Jennifer is the associate director of admission for the college.

Condolences & Prayers

The college community offers sympathy to...

Marion Smith Morang '67 of South Portland, Maine, on the passing of her father, Kenneth Smith, in 2006.

Patricia Russell Luopa '67 of Saint Louis Park, Minn., on the passing of her father, Donald Russell, on July 23, 2006.

Stephanie Gurski '68 of Winslow, Maine, on the passing of her husband, Peter Prociello, March 22, and to Peter's sister, Concetta Porciello Young '68 of Harwichport, Mass.

Maria Trivellin '70 of Portland, on the passing of her father, Settimo Trivellin, June 25.

The family of Donna Backstrom '82 of Southampton, Mass., on her passing.

The family of Patricia Braun Fahle '96 of Dripping Springs, Texas, on her passing on Oct. 5.

The family of Pauline Goudreau, former SJC board member, on her passing in January.

The family of Autum Aquino, on her passing on April 3. Autum was a student at Saint Joseph's but left her studies to pursue other interests. She would have graduated with the class of 2007.

The family of Justin R. Robinson '11, on his passing on April 1.

Sr. Mary George O'Toole '51, VP for Mission Integration, on the passing of her brother, John O'Toole, on July 23.

Rupert Lewis, women's field hockey and lacrosse coach, on the passing of his father in May in Jamaica.

The family of Constance "Connie" McGrath, longtime SJC switchboard operator, receptionist and house mother, on her passing on April 1.

The Sisters of Mercy, on the passing of Sr. Jeannette Caron '69 of Portland, Maine, April 23.