Class Notes

Share Your Class Notes

Class Notes

Keep up-to-date with friends, classmates and other alumni through our Class Notes.

Alumni Class Notes updated through July 20, 2020.

1955 Monson

At 85 years young, Dick Bailey is still coaching softball at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, and is enjoying time with his family, including two great grandchildren. 

1960 Monson

Paul Kreminski continues to run an insurance agency in Sarasota, Fla. In his spare time, he enjoys time with his grandchildren, fly-fishing trips to Mexico and the Bahamas, and annual trips to Cuenca, Ecuador, to visit friends. Paul writes, “I enjoy hiking in Cajas National Park, but the 14,000-foot elevation is getting harder to handle.” Earlier in 2020, Paul and his wife, Cynthia, enjoyed a visit from classmate Dick Harrington ’60M and his wife, Sandra. Paul is pictured here with a barracuda during a fishing trip in Mexico.

1962 Wilbraham

Although interrupted due to travel concerns with COVID-19, Richard Taylor did complete more than 3,000 miles of a road trip earlier this year. He was also able to visit with classmate John Adan Jr. and his wife, Joanne, in Statesboro, Georgia. Richard writes that he enjoyed a “great visit to the 8th Air Force Museum and Fort McAllister, and the Adans provided excellent accommodations and food!”

1965 Wilbraham

Rene Hebert checked in with the Office of Advancement in July. Rene has been living in Palm Beach County, Florida, for about six years and is enjoying retirement. He hopes to see classmates at their (postponed) 55th Reunion in 2021!

1973

Thomas Langer retired from BAE Systems, Inc. in July 2019 and moved to Amelia Island in Florida. He is enjoying biking and fishing and is weathering the pandemic. He has also formed a consultancy to keep his hand in the national security community. Thomas writes: “A salute to all the nurses, doctors, EMT’s, police and fire personnel in our alumni and their extended families. They are the true heroes of this pandemic, as are the service workers who have done so much with so little recognition. Many of us have worked those service jobs in high school and college so you know how it feels.”

1978

Anthony “Tony” Mangiacotti checked in with the alumni office in July. He reports some health issues, including a recent triple bypass; but he is doing well with the help of family and loved ones, and is feeling stronger every day.

1994

Tonie Fenton and her partner, Luis Pileta, welcomed a son last summer. Chase Nasir Pileta was born June 18, 2019.

1997

Jason Laverty and his wife, Cassy, welcomed a baby boy to their family. Michael Jason Laverty was born April 20, 2020, and joins big sisters Charlotte, Zoey and Alyssa, and big brother Jack.

1999

Dade McDermott has been named Spokesman & Partner for PureAg Organic Golf Products, which has developed a complete line of organic substitutes for turf fertility. McDermott, a Class “A” Master Teaching Professional and PGA award winner for extraordinary citizenship and teaching sport, previously served as the Master Teaching Professional at Lely Resort (a Top 50 resort course in the U.S.) in Florida before leaving to help make golf organic in 2018. He was named as a Top 10 golf teacher in the world in 2017 by the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. Dade is an author, has mentored many aspiring teachers and has taught thousands of golf lessons and clinics in his career. He stopped teaching at chemical golf courses on July 24, 2017, in order to pursue his passion and help make golf organic and safe for all. ​

2001

Dawn Augustus and Demetri Tsolakis took a road trip this summer to check out the national parks. They are pictured here at Horseshoe Bend at the Grand Canyon with Dawn, right, sporting her WMA Basketball hat.

2003

Angel Ortiz has taken a new position as the wide receivers football coach with the Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College Red Ravens. Angel writes that he’s happy to continue coaching at the college level and hopes to continue to make his WMA family proud! He previously coached at Scottsdale (Arizona) Community College, Pima (Arizona) Community College, Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, and Ottawa (Kansas) University. 

2004

Chris Beck and his wife, Karyn, have welcomed a baby boy. Thomas “Tommy” James Beck was born February 29, 2020.

2005

Mark Robbins defended his doctorate in isotope geochemistry from the University of Michigan in December 2019. He is now an instructor in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at UM. He was awarded "Outstanding Graduate Instructor" by both the students and faculty in the fall.

2008 

Adam Reed married Stefanie Sonstrom on June 27, 2020, in an intimate wedding ceremony. They plan to have a wedding reception for family and friends in December at the Woodwinds in Branford, Connecticut. The couple resides in Shelton, Connecticut. Adam is an inbound sales executive for Xfinity Comcast in North Haven, Connecticut.

2009

Russell Dinkins is sharing his writing on Medium.com, and a recent piece gained national attention for influencing Brown University’s decision to reinstate its men’s varsity track and field program. Brown University initially cut men’s varsity track and field and cross country, along with 10 other varsity programs, in May. On June 2, Russell, a former champion track athlete at Princeton University, wrote “Brown University, If You Were Actually Serious About Racial Justice You Would Not Be Cutting the Men’s Track Team,” in which he highlighted how diverse sports like track and field “provide a distinct pathway to an elite education.” Brown officially reinstated the program in June. Russell’s writing has been highlighted on MileSplit USA, ABC6 Rhode Island, CNN and was tweeted by Malcom Gladwell. Congratulations Russell!

2010

Maoi Marcellino married Katrina Mendoza on June 7, 2020, at Blues Point Reserve in Sydney, Australia. They currently reside in Sydney, Australia.

2011

Jeremy Gilfor is living in Los Angeles, California, and working as the writer’s assistant on the Adult Swim show “Rick and Morty,” which has finished four seasons. Season 5 should be coming soon, and they've already begun production on Season 6! Jeremy had his first credit on Season 4, Episode 8, which aired May 17. Great work, Jeremy!

2012

Elijah Barrows has spent the last year working at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, the No. 1 orthopedic hospital in the country. During the COVID-19 pandemic, HSS converted its various departments to critical care in order to assist with the overflow of patients experiencing symptoms from the virus. Elijah writes: “Now that things are winding down, I’ve turned my focus back to applying to PA (Physician Assistant) school to further my career in the surgical field. I look forward to expanding my medical career and life in New York City.”

2013

Amber Williams joined the NBCUniversal Page Program in November 2019. The program offers early career development experience for college graduates interested in a career in media. Amber, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, expects to graduate from the program in November 2020 and looks forward to continuing her career in content media.

2017

Emma Kindblom was named president of the Manhattan College Jaspers’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the 2020-2021 academic year. Emma joins a group of seven other Manhattan student-athletes to make up the SAAC Advisory Board, which serves as the unified voice of Manhattan College’s student-athletes.

2019

Alyssa Gaderon has taken a position as an alumni intern with KIPP Schools, a nonprofit network of college preparatory and public charter schools serving elementary, middle and high school students. Alyssa’s role includes connecting with alumni from the founding classes of KIPP to gain their input on future networking programs. In addition to her work with KIPP, Alyssa is studying at The George Washington University