Class Notes


Patricia Russell Luopa '67 of Saint Louis Park, Minn., was recently promoted to director of curriculum development at Plato Learning, Inc., in Bloomington, Minn.

Bonnie Newman '67 of Portsmouth, N.H., was honored as one of six Distinguished Alumni by Pennsylvania State University in June for her professional accomplishments, including assistant secretary of commerce for economic development in the Reagan Administration, assistant to the president for management and administration under President George H.W. Bush, interim president of the University of New Hampshire and executive dean at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, in addition to her other experience in economic development, broadcasting and banking. Bonnie earned her master's degree in education at Penn State.

Irene Zurey Preuss '67 of Succasunna, N.J., received the Alumnae Association of Immaculate Conception High School Women of Distinction Award. Irene was president of her parish, St. Therese's Church in Succasunna, and became president of the Rosary Altar Society where she organized their annual Tricky Tray and Blood Drives. Irene also serves as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist at her parish. Presently, she is in charge of the St. Therese's Hospitality Committee, which provides hospitality after Mass and coordinates coffee and lunches for many of the parish events such as Protecting God's Children, Thanksgiving, Straight and Narrow, Choir and the Roxbury Clergy Council Baccalaureate Service. She and her husband Richard co-chair the St. Therese's Parish Gift Card Program, a major fundraiser for the parish. Irene volunteers at Merry Heart Health Care Center, helping with the Tuesday Mass for its residents and with other special activities. She assists Roxbury Social Services in obtaining and distributing food certificates and other items for those in need. Another major event that Irene chairs is the Annual Senior Citizen Christmas Luncheon, serving more than 300 senior citizens of Roxbury.

Ann Lakschewitz Sheehan '69 of Boston, Mass., writes that after 10 years in New York City, she and husband William have returned to Boston where their daughter and her family live. She is happy to report that they have three beautiful grandchildren.


Carolyn Scott '70 of Biddeford, Maine, began work as a clinical analyst with Catholic Health East in January and continues to work out of Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine.

Elizabeth Durgan Ballinger '73 of Terre Hill, Pa., writes that she is finally fully retired and is a "stay-at-home" ground maintenance person on her 28 acres. She is rejoicing with Inanu Tsequye '75 that Inanu's entire family is now in the United States.

Cheryl Jordan Downing '74 of Poland, Maine, has retired after 36 years of teaching in the Minot Consolidated School in Minot, Maine. Cheryl writes that this is the same school she had signed a contract with (as a young graduate of Saint Joseph's) for her first teaching position.

Mary Pat FitzGibbons '76 of Binghamton, N.Y., teaches Healing Touch as a Healing Touch Certified Instructor and is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing Science. Mary Pat is a Brennan Healing Science Practitioner. (correction)

Paul Gamache '78 of Webster, Mass., recently completed his sixth year as principal at Woodstock Middle School in Woodstock, Conn.

Dr. Beverly Carpenter-Mason '79 of Palm Harbor, Fla., writes that she earned her doctorate degree and has been retired since 1992.


Maureen McCarthy O'Rourke '80 of Winston-Salem, N.C., writes that her family traveled to Japan in June. Maureen and husband Jeff visited fellow professors while in Kamogawa, Japan.

Jeanne Donlevy Arnold '83 of Lebanon, Pa., and husband Ed were recently honored as Philanthropists of the Year at Penn State in June.

Michael McDevitt '83 of Cumberland Center, Maine, accepted the position of women's basketball head coach at the college on May 29. (See McDevitt '83 returns to coach) Michael and his wife, Margaret O'Brion McDevitt '82, have daughter Megan enrolled at the college. Megan, a sophomore, is a member of the women's basketball team.

Joan Shinkus Clark '84 of Arlington, Texas, has earned the designation of Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP). The CENP designation is a national credential that distinguishes an individual as being among the elite of nurse leaders in executive practice. To earn the CENP designation, Clark had to satisfy eligibility requirements that incorporated a blend of work experience and education, agreed to adhere to professional standards of conduct, and pass the CENP Examination. The exam tests knowledge required of a competent nurse executive in communication and relationship building, leadership, knowledge of the health care environment, professionalism and business skills. Joan is the chief nursing executive at Texas Health Resources in Arlington, Texas.

Dwayne Harris '85 of Windham, Maine, is now the proud owner of Blossoms of Windham. It is a full-service floral shop with home decor and other gifts, many of which are made in Maine. He invites anyone in the Saint Joseph's Community to stop by and say hello.

Gisele Raymond Castonguay '87 of Turner, Maine, received the Student Author Recognition Award for 2008 from HMP Communications and Ostomy Wound Man-agement for an article that appeared in the March 2008 publication, titled "Short stretch for four-layer compression bandages: An overview of the literature." As the student award winner, she was invited to the 2009 Symposium on Advanced Wound Care in Dallas, Texas, and becomes an Honorary Editorial Board member for Ostomy Wound Management.

Janet Kunz '88 of Naples, Fla., received the following awards and certifications since 2006: "Volunteer of the Year" award from the Parkinson Association of SW Florida, Inc., in May 2007 for her contributions as a weekly support group facilitator and for being co-chair of the Education Committee; in May 2009 as selected by her RN peers from the Florida Nurses Association, District 29 Collier County, to receive the "2009 Crystal Angel Nurse of Excellence Award"; in August 2006, Janet received national certification as a Certified Senior Advisor from The Society of Certified Senior Advisors; in March 2009, she received national certification as a Certified Geriatric Care Manager from the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. Janet is the founder and president of Focus of Senior Care, a professional geriatric care management company based in Naples.

Thomas F. Ollman '88 has accepted the position of regional sales manager for Maine at Tom and wife Ann Parker Ollmann '92 reside in Scarborough, Maine.

Jeannine Pericotti Pafume '89 of North Billerica, Mass., has joined Genzyme Corp. in the role of senior quality engineer in the biosurgery segment at the Framingham, Mass., facility.


Mary Kathleen Kelly Vincent '90 of Watertown, N.Y., writes that she is working at Our Lady Sacred Heart Day Care as an administrative assistant and in an oral surgeon's office as a nurse. She is attending her 50th high school class reunion this summer.

Marianne King Scheer '90 of Savannah, Ga., is proud to announce that her son, William J. Scheer, completed his program of study in the college's Graduate & Professional Studies program in December and recently retired from the Navy after 21 years of service.

Dr. Victor M. Bove '91 of Lancaster, Pa., writes that he has recently been re-elected to the position of first vice president of the Southcentral Pa. chapter of the Veterans of The Bulge; won six medals in the Lancaster, Pa., Senior Games; and continues to give talks about World War II to public school students and Millersville University students in Millersville, Pa.

Tanya Ducharme '92 of Wakefield, Mass., graduated from Salem State College in Salem, Mass., in May with her master's in education.

Sheri McCarthy Piers '93 of Falmouth, Maine, recently won the women's division of the Portland Sea Dogs Father's Day 5K in June with a time of 16:59. Sheri is a registered nurse practitioner and sees students in the college's Health and Wellness center on campus.

Carol Kent Bartolet '97 of Dunnellon, Fla., had her second novel "Fatal Favors" released by Infinity Publishing in April. Her first book in the "Favors" murder mystery series earned 5-star reviews on all sales web sites. Carol continues to enjoy being a school nurse, but anticipates continuing work on the third Favors book during the summer in her home office at her horse farm in Dunnellon.

Erby Mitchell '98 of Silver Springs, Md., recently accepted the position of Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management for the Loomis Chaffee school of Windsor, Conn. Prior to this position, Erby was the Director of Admission & Financial Aid at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. Erby is married to alumna Jennifer Bennett Mitchell '97.

Scott Gesualdi '98 of Rangeley, Maine, recently graduated from Colorado State University with a master's degree in business administration (MBA).

Rob Sanicola '99 of Windham, Maine, was chosen by the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association (MMBCWA) as Coach of the Year. The head coaches from the 13 college programs in the State of Maine voted on his selection. He previously won the award for his 2006-07 season.


Officers James Farrenkopf '01 and Ryan Close '08 along with Sgt. Thomas Roche, all of the Westbrook, Maine, police department, saved a 15-year-old boy from drowning in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook in February.

Brandy Rogers Hayes '01 of Saco, Maine, has joined the Student Affairs staff at York County Community College as the coordinator of Student Disability Services.

Patricia Johnson Chisano '02 of Hamilton Square, N.J., and husband John continue to sponsor a scholarship for a graduating student each year at Collier High School in Wickatunk, N.J., under the guidance of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.

Dr. Christopher Renaud '02 of South Portland, Maine, completed his doctorate in osteopathic medicine at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, in June. He is now serving his residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.

Kathleen Pinard '02 of Seattle, Wash., has accepted the position of apprentice at the Genesis Spiritual Life Center in Westfield, Mass. Kathleen was formerly the program coordinator for the Center for Service and Community Engagement in Seattle.

Nicholas Mirabello '03 of Standish, Maine, was recently promoted to coordinator of student development at the college. Nick was previously an area coordinator and is an assistant coach of the men's baseball team at Saint Joseph's.

Steve Vittner '03 of Portland, Maine, writes that he is moving to Colorado during the summer of 2009.

Robin Caron '06 of Portage, Maine, was named a George J. Mitchell Pioneer Scholar at the 2008 Mitchell Institution Fall Gala last fall. Robin was one of the scholars to address the assembled audience, along with the event's keynote speakers, Senator George J. Mitchell and former Maine Governor Angus King. Robin is enrolled in the concurrent degree programs of doctorate in osteopathic medicine and master of public health at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.

Alison Levesque '06 of Washington, D.C., recently accepted a position as a crime scene technician with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. Alison is a 2008 graduate of George Washington University, where she received her master's degree in forensic science.

Arlene "Lëna" Tebbetts '06, of Framingham, Mass., recently completed her first year as an assistant professor of practical nursing at Massachusetts Bay Community College in Framingham, where she teaches Pharmacology I and Foundations of Practical Nursing.

Dr. Neelam Shukla '07 of Orrington, Maine, became a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) on March 25. Dr. Shukla is one of eight in the class of 2009 ACMPE fellows and one of only a few doctors to hold this distinction.

Karla Emerson Fortier '07 of Waterville, Maine, is taking part in multiple environmental field studies including "eaglet banding" with biologists from NextEra Energy during the summer. Karla works for TRC Companies Inc., in Augusta, Maine, as an environmental technician. In Sept. 2007, Karla married Alek Fortier, who works for State Farm Insurance.

Maine alumna wins prestigious Presidential teaching award

Pamela Thompson '09 of Industry, Maine, will receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching this fall, awarded annually to the best pre-college-level science and math teachers from across the country. A science teacher at Madison Elementary School in Somerset County, she recently earned her master's degree in education at Saint Joseph's.

Pamela is one of just 41 science teachers nationally to receive the Presidential award, the highest recognition that a K-12 teacher may receive for outstanding teaching.

President Barack Obama announced in July that 87 math and science teachers from across the country had been recognized and will be honored at ceremonies in the fall. Winners of the Presidential teaching award receive $10,000 awards from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a White House awards ceremony and several days of educational events, including visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders.

State picks alumnus for top position in veterans education

Robert Haley '95 of Gardiner, Maine, is the new director of the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans Education, which includes the New England Troops to Teachers Program. The agency is responsible for approving education and training programs offered in Maine to those who qualify for GI Bill® benefits. It also helps to develop and implement programs and services to both enhance the educational achievements of GI Bill® beneficiaries and increase use of educational assistance programs run by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.

Robert, who earned his bachelor's in business administration as a distance education student at Saint Joseph's, is no stranger to education and training for veterans and military personnel. He earned his degree while in the National Guard and retired from the Maine National Guard as the education services specialist in 2007. He was involved with the state's Tuition Assistance Program for the Guard, the Maine Transfer Association, and the Governor's Advisory Council on Education of the Military and Veterans in Maine. He served as chairperson of the Advisory Council from 2000 to 2006. Additionally, he was active with the Army National Guard National Education Services Officer Committee and served as its chair in 2003.

Wedding Bells

Stephanie Bisol '04 married Jeffrey R. Parker on May 30 in Durham, Maine. Stephanie is employed at the Reach School in South Portland, Maine, as a preschool teacher for children diagnosed with autism. Jeffrey is an assistant store manager at Wal-Mart in Falmouth. The couple resides in Sabattus, Maine.

James Surprenant '91 of Mission Hill, Mass., married Ellen Mary Cosgrove on June 13 in the Memorial Church at Harvard University. James is a senior grants administrator at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Ellen is an associate dean and the dean of students at Harvard Law School.

New Additions

Jamie Smyth '92 and Susan McFarland Smyth '97 of Windham, Maine, welcomed daughter Sarah Elizabeth on March 5. Jamie is the college's softball coach and a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. Sarah Elizabeth joins brother Ryan and sister Hannah.

Belinda Lyons Dupile '06 and husband Adam of Buckfield, Maine, welcomed daughter Gracie Sue on Jan. 14. She joins big brother Bradley Nicholas, born Nov. 18, 2007. Belinda is a nurse in the intensive care unit at Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston, Maine.

Daniel Mitchell '02 and wife Julia of Manchester, N.H., welcomed daughter Clara Ellen on Dec. 17. Daniel is a teacher at Heron Pond Elementary School, Milford, N.H.

Brian Fabry '94 and Julie Sweeney Fabry '94 of Yarmouth, Mass., welcomed daughter Maggie Frances on March 7. She joins big brothers Sean and Colin. Brian is a sales analyst for Genzyme Corporation, and Julie is a teacher for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.

Condolences & Prayers

The college community offers sympathy to...

Mary Littlefield Chick '70, her sister, Patricia Littlefield '78, both of Portland, Maine, Sister Mary Cook '55 and their family on the passing of Mary and Patricia's father, George Littlefield, on June 4. Sister Mary Cook '55 is his sister-in-law.

Frances Cece Bellantoni '72 of Union, N.J., and to Sister Mary de la Salle O'Donnell '47, professor of history, on the passing of Frances' mother and Sr. de la Salle's sister, Catherine Cece, on May 28.

Denise Rigano '72 of Port Chester, N.Y., and Phil Rigano '74 of Olivehain, Calif., on the passing of their father, Philip A. Rigano, on July 7.

Nancy Brembs Shea '74, her husband Michael Shea '72, of Bangor, Maine, and their daughter, Colleen Shea Hallee '00 of Yarmouth, Maine, on the passing of Nancy's mother, Rita Brembs, on May 29. Michael is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the college.

Dominica Faugno Chisholm '78 of Danvers, Mass., on the passing of her mother, Joan Fortier Faugno '46, April 16.

Jane Sheeran Smith '83 of Marblehead, Mass, on the passing of her father, Robert
L. Sheeran, on June 22.

Bettie Kardos Crumpler '90 of Grove, Okla., on the passing of her husband, Arthur Eugene "Rusty" Bishop, on March 21.

Jacqueline Mulholland Cattabriga '03 of New Gloucester, Maine, on the passing of her husband, James Cattabriga, on May 30. Jackie is on staff in the college's Human Resources office.

Michael Kippenberger '03 and his wife Lauren Hickey Kippenberger '03 of Tewksbury, Mass., and Michael's family on the passing of his great uncle, Reverend William J. Kennedy, S.J. Fr. Kennedy was chaplain and director of counseling at the college from 1973 to 1979.

Shelly Maxfield '05 of New Durham, N.H., on the passing of her grandfather, Joseph Maxfield, on June 23.

William McCarthy, director of marketing & public relations at the college, on the passing of his father, William McCarthy, on June 6.

Rose Meehan, of the college's institutional advancement office, on the passing of her great-grandmother, Elizabeth Marr, of Southport Island, Maine, on June 26.

Sr. Joyce Mahany, 2009 honorary degree recipient and retired director of development at the college, on the passing of her brother, Joseph Mahany, on July 13.

Dr. Andrea Vianello and his wife, Dr. Michelle Laughran, both associate professors of history at the college, on the passing of Dr. Vianello's father, Paolo Vianello, on June 16 in Venice, Italy.

The family of Albertina Wilson, neighbor and friend of the college, on her passing on March 2.

Chris Kiernan of Newport, R.I., who worked at Saint Joseph's from 1969 to 1981, passed away oin August 10. He served as Dean of Admission, Dean of Student Life and also held a position in the Graduate & Professional Studies division during the course of his employment. In addition, he was responsible for starting the athletics program at the college.
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