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Alumni Class Notes updated through June 30, 2021.
Stephen Rozwenc resides in Thailand and is a widely published expat poet. He has published six collections of poetry. His latest collection includes translations of poems by famous Russian poets created in an exciting collaboration with old friend Victor Peppard, Ph.D., a professor of Russian Language, Literature and Culture at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. The collection can be found using this link: https://theplumtreetavernrussia.blogspot.com/
Richard Carreno has a new book set for release on July 6, 2021! “John H. McFadden and His Age: Cotton and Culture in Philadelphia,” the first full-length biography of the Philadelphia cultural titan, adds McFadden’s oft-forgotten name to the pantheon of great 19th-century art collectors. Richard is a longtime art critic in England and the United States. For many years he was a journalist and university lecturer in London. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Darius Mojallali reports that “life is good after a year of retirement following 37 years of full-time ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church.” Rev. Mojallali, along with his wife Stephanie and son Matthias, 18, recently returned to Delmar, New York, where he and Stephanie met and where he served a parish for 20 years. He writes: “I am spending much more time playing my musical instruments - violin, guitar, mandolin, uke, a little banjo - and singing with my wife in a church praise band (actually I lead it). Matthias was born when I was 50 and he’s about to graduate from high school! Yikes! I have fond memories of my four years at Wilbraham, and especially friends Stanley Rosenblum, Ron McEvitt and Rene Fabricant (and many others!), as well as our beloved headmaster Gray Mattern.”
In 2005, Clive Hyman set up his own business, Hyman Capital Services Limited, and still works in the corporate Mergers & Acquisitions and funding markets in the U.K. and around the world. Clive writes: “I am looking forward to the ability to bring my new girlfriend and soon-to-be bride to Wilbraham at some point when we are all able to travel. I have fond memories of my time there. If anyone is in London and has relatives here, please feel free to look me up, as you would be more than welcome to stop by and say hello.”
1989Joel Ackerman was promoted to partner at the accounting firm Richards, Witt & Charles LLP in Garden City, New York, on May 5, 2021. Reflecting on his accomplishment, Joel remembers taking Introduction to Accounting with Mrs. Farrington as an elective course during his senior year at WMA. He writes, “The class made such an impression on me I ended up going to Syracuse University and graduating with a bachelor's degree with a concentration in accounting and I hoped one day I could be a partner at an accounting firm.” Congratulations Joel!
Future Titan Vaeda is decked out in her WMA gear with mom Lindsey Leduc. Lindsey traveled on the Summer Tour for World Class Talent in Chicago, Virginia Beach and Providence, and will be returning to Boston College in the Fall to teach Jazz.
Geoff LaMarche celebrated his 40th birthday on June 4, 2021, with a golf match at GreatHorse in Hampden, Massachusetts. Fellow WMA alumni joined him to celebrate. Left to right: Eric Peterson ’99, Todd Cole ’99, Geoff, Greg LaMarche ’97 and Matt Hill.
Lauren Pinkston Omisore married Bolaji Omisore in August 2018 in Lanham, Maryland.
Aaron Wile is Associate Curator of French Paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He and his husband, Nicholas, were recently featured in Architectural Digest for their renovation of their apartment in the city’s Kalorama Heights neighborhood.
Alex McKenna and his wife, Julianne, welcomed a baby girl. Olivia Ann McKenna was born March 9, 2020.
Thirteen years after playing his last game as a Titan, Eddie Jewel is returning to WMA this fall as an assistant football coach!
Jackie Smith Norton married Casey Norton on June 26, 2021, at Aldrich Mansion in Warwick, Rhode Island. Many Titans were on hand to help celebrate their union. Pictured from left to right: The bride’s sister Jessica Smith ’14, Jimmy Bernardo ’11, Caroline Smith (mother of the bride and Executive Assistant to Head of School Brian P. Easler), Jackie, Britt McFarlane ’11, Dominic Pessolano ’11, Rachael Kantor ’11 and Rev. Msgr. Christopher Connelly ’85.
Members of the Class of 2012 had a mini-reunion in March 2021. From left, Becky Chen’s boyfriend Limbo, June Zheng, Becky, Sarah Cui, Ilen Liu and Colin Zhang together in Shanghai, China.
Son Hoang Le had the chance to attend the public launch of Payoneer (PAYO), an online payment company, on June 28, 2021. Son has been with Payoneer since January 2021 as an FP&A (Financial Planning & Analysis) and Corporate Development Analyst.
In March 2021, John “J.J.” Wilson was promoted to Lieutenant with the Amherst Student Force, a volunteer student-run engine company that operates with a career force member as a liaison. John writes: “we respond to 911 emergencies on campus and in the Amherst community. We staff Engine 3 seven days a week from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., and have continued operations though the pandemic with strict COVID-19 policies. The Amherst Student Force has been an amazing and unique opportunity to train and hone my firefighting skills.” John also had the opportunity to administer COVID-19 vaccines to community members and first responders through the University of Massachusetts College of Nursing vaccine clinic.