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Alumni Class Notes updated through May 5, 2020.
Edwin Swarbrick writes from lockdown in the United Kingdom (on his 75th birthday!): “Being in the ‘high risk’ category is a little scary, but we are all still fit and well otherwise. I look back to graduation in 1963 and feel sorry for this year’s class, who I guess will miss out if your lockdown is like ours … My year as an ESU exchange student was an extraordinary developmental year for me. The cultural differences were much greater then, and I learned a lot about myself and how I wanted to live. I returned to England and started medical school in October 1963 and loved my career as an Internist/Gastroenterologist, retiring finally in 2017 at 72. To keep my brain working, I am taking a History of Art course at Oxford University. Otherwise I fish, shoot, sing, play my guitar and ski when I can. I have only managed to get back to Wilbraham once since graduating but think about my time there frequently.
Kelley McCormick, a captain with the Boston Police Department, has come to WMA to speak to Mr. Cook’s Sociology class for the last six years. This year’s presentation looked a little different via Zoom, but provided students an opportunity to ask questions not only about his extensive background in law enforcement, but how COVID-19 has changed the dynamics of his work.
Justin Danhof and his wife, Kristin, welcomed a baby girl to their family. Juliet Ruth Danhof was born April 16, 2020, and joins big sister Nora.
Yung Ti “Mindy” (Chang) Laio and her husband, Jeff, welcomed a baby boy to their family. Cooper Laio was born January 30, 2020.
Courtney Petrone-Autry and her husband, Pierce, welcomed a baby boy to their family. Preston Petrone Autry was born December 13, 2019, and joins big brother Parker, 2.
Junhao “Mark” Xu will begin the doctorate program in Business Economics at Columbia University this fall. The program is hosted jointly by Columbia GSAS's Department of Economics and the Columbia Business School. BusEc Students are enrolled in the GSAS Economics Ph.D. program, but can also leverage the resources at the Business School. Mark writes: “The program gives generous funding for six years, allows me to receive a very rigorous training in economics, and most importantly offers me opportunities to work with the world-class researchers at Columbia and NYC. I consider myself to be incredibly fortunate, if not undeserving. I am extremely grateful for the resources and the opportunities I have enjoyed at NYU Abu Dhabi, a young but internationally-renowned institution that has contributed tremendously to my personal and academic growth. Thanks to its generous scholarships and globally-oriented curriculum, I am graduating debt-free (in fact with some savings), studied in five countries, interned in Guangzhou and London, conducted research for two summers in New York and attended an economics conference in Turkey.” Best of luck, Mark!
Idan Tretout was named Most Improved Player for Harvard men’s basketball for the 2019-20 season.
Alumni Class Notes updated through April 2, 2020.
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 former 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 Adan’s provided excellent accommodations and food!”
Matt Koziol, of West Brookfield, Massachusetts, manages 265 acres of farmland in the Brookfield’s and surrounding towns. Much of the land he farms has been certified organic since 2015. His local enterprise sells grass-fed beef as well as certified and conventional hay. Matt also offers custom haymaking for many of the local farms. Farmer Matt, as he’s known, has 10 years of experience with five farm internships leading to starting his beef and hay business. He also serves as Chair of the West Brookfield Agricultural Commission and President of the Hardwick Farmers Cooperative Exchange.
Adam Perron has accepted a position as assistant men’s soccer coach at the University of Virginia. Adam previously served for two seasons as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at James Madison University. “It is certainly a dream come true to be with one of the top college soccer programs in the U.S. while coaching in the ACC,” Adam writes.
Shamika (Munnings) Starke and her husband, Myke, welcomed a baby girl to their family. Eila Quinn Starke was born March 4, 2020, and joins big sister Avah. The family resides in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Sarah (Merry) Mariucci and her husband, Adam, welcomed a baby boy to their family. Cameron David Mariucci was born March 6, 2020, and joins big sister Mason.
Brianna (Goncalves) Lacroix married Eric Lacroix on June 22, 2019. Their reception was held at Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle, N.H. They live in Derry, NH.
Wofford College and the AFL, a global manufacturer for fiber optic cable and telecommunications equipment, announced that Dan Wesson was selected as one of two Student-Athlete Leaders of the Month for February. This season, Wesson became the first Terrier to win the Southern Conference individual championship in air rifle. The sophomore earned All-SoCon honors in both air rifle and small bore. He also took the gold for men's small bore and air rifle in the South Carolina Junior Olympic Qualifier.
Jack Robinson, a freshman at Saint Anselm College, was named Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week by the Northeast-10 Conference on March 9, 2020. While the remainder of the season has been cancelled, Robinson says “we were on a roll, 3-0, every team we played was nationally ranked, and we were climbing the rankings as well”. We look forward to watching Jack and the Hawks in the 2021 season!
Alumni Class Notes updated through March 5, 2020.
Lawrence “Micha” Ordway lives in central New York with his wife and children. He works as an attorney and is one of the managing partners of his firm. Lawrence writes, “Many years have passed since my days at WMA. I think of my time at the Academy fondly. Life has provided me with many wonderful opportunities and the academy provided a great foundation for it all.”
Beni Okwenje was appointed to general manager for Financial Markets at Centenary Bank in Kampala, Uganda. In this position, Okwenje will champion the development and implementation of the bank’s financial markets strategic plans; manage, promote, control and coordinate its financial markets business. Okwenje previously served as a Fixed Income Trader at Stanbic Bank Uganda.
Edward Han-Burgess is a biopharmaceutical researcher based in Atlanta and London. He recently designed and led a clinical trial aimed at getting epilepsy patients at high risk of drug resistance matched to experts and the right treatment, sooner. His project was included as partner content in the May 2019 issue of National Geographic magazine. You can read more about his research online here.
After years of working as a production sound mixer for advertising and films, Aldo Carrizales is in the process of opening Cubush Music Academy near Monterrey, Mexico. The academy is based on Edgar Willem’s pedagogical system and their mission is to give children the tools to discover a new and exciting world through their senses. Aldo writes, “My main objective is not only for the children to become great musicians, but most importantly for them to become great human beings.”
Aldo has been married to photographer Pamela Baxter for 10 years. They have a 3-year-old daughter Nina and are currently expecting a baby boy named Noah.
Charles “Chuck” Bridge married Erica Hollot on December 21, 2019, in Hampden, Massachusetts. The couple resides in Springfield, where Chuck works as a sourcing recruiter for Amazon Web Services and Erica serves as an Assistant Athletic Director at Springfield College.
Stephanie (LaRiviere) Hodges and her husband, Alan, welcomed son Lenox into their family on Nov. 28, 2019 (Thanksgiving Day!). Lenox joins big sister Salem, 2, and big brother Quincy, 4.
Alexander Ely and his wife, Neha Ansari, welcomed their first child, Samina Elizabeth Ely, on May 5, 2019. The three recently relocated from Boston to Washington, D.C., where Alex is practicing law and Neha is completing a predoctoral research fellowship at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. They plan to raise Sam as a Red Sox fan.
Anna (Hart) Owen visited WMA in January 2020 to meet with the Office of Advancement about bringing her new mobile bar business, Good Time Tap, LLC, to the Alumni Reunion Games this June. Be sure to attend to check it out! She was also able to surprise former coach Don Nicholson ’79.
Ali Mapplethorpe Balicki and Greg Balicki were married on Nov. 8, 2019, in Woodstock, Connecticut. The couple met while students at WMA and their wedding was attended by many WMA classmates, friends and faculty. Pictured in the wedding party: Chris Antonacci ’06, Pat Pio ’06, Nick Clement ’05, Carolyn (Weeks) Balicki ’05, Rob Balicki ’04, Ali and Greg, Mark Mitchell ’07 and Jonathan Kalmakis ’04. WMA faculty members Gary Cook and Christa Robinson also attended the wedding. In January 2020, Ali and Greg purchased their first home in Wilbraham, Massachusetts.
Josh Binney and Sarah Palmer were married on Oct. 5, 2019 at Eastward Ho! country club in Chatham, Massachusetts. The couple resides in Boston, where Josh works for Raytheon Company and Sarah is an attorney.
Will Awad and Katie Boynton were married on Sept. 22, 2019 in Sharon, Massachusetts. They reside in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Veronika “Nika” Hickson welcomed a baby boy Babak Joseph Rabi on Sept. 28, 2019.
In January, Kelsey Gomes started a new job with the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida. As Account Manager for Corporate Sponsorship Activation and Sales, she develops relationships and maintains day-to-day contact with 35 to 40 Tampa Bay Rays corporate partners. Kelsey oversees advertising, hospitality and experiential assets such as ballpark signage, in-game promotions, media elements, in-market retail programs, community events, premium tickets and client entertainment.
John Tierney presented to Mr. Irzyk’s Portfolio Management class on Jan. 30. John is a financial advisor with Charter Oak Financial and focuses his practice on student debt refinancing, wealth accumulation, investment strategies and income strategies with young employees, parents and professional athletes. He provided students with real world case studies to walk them through financial management best practices and decision-making processes.
Emily Dromgold is in her junior year at Wellesley College. She is studying Chinese and Music, working as a teaching assistant in writing, and is a published poet! Her most recent works have been published in Massachusetts Best Emerging Poets 2019 (from Z Publishing), Lily Poetry Review, Paragon Press and Otherwise Engaged Journal.
Jordana Irzyk is spending the year studying French Literature at St. Edmund Hall at the University of Oxford. Jordana (right) and a friend are pictured in front of the “RadCam” (Radcliffe Camera building), one of the University’s libraries.
Kiana Smith is spending the spring semester studying in Malaga, Spain. After participating in a five-week immersion program there last summer, Kiana loved it so much she decided to return for a full semester. She will continue her Spanish studies and will challenge herself with history and international studies courses in Spanish.
Alumni Class Notes updated through Dec. 18, 2019.
At 84, Jack Woodhead is “alive and kickin’ in Georgia!” He is enjoying an ’18 Miata, world travel, four cats and fond memories of George Rogers and George Morrow. Jack writes that he enjoyed Monson (1949-52), but after 67 years regrets he didn’t enjoy it more.
Cary Brick, former WMA Trustee, is a frequent contributor to Thousand Islands Life, an online magazine highlighting writing and photography about the Thousand Islands region of New York, where he and wife Janet formerly resided. Cary’s articles can be found at https://thousandislandslife.com/author/cary-r-brick/. In 2017, Cary and Janet established the Brick Riverside Foundation, a geographic-specific charitable foundation that provides support for St. Lawrence River-area programs and institutions to enhance the quality of life in the Thousand Islands region. The foundation recently announced gifts to the Village of Clayton for upgrades to its regional Pier Park and to River Hospital to aid its emergency department and expansion. Cary and Janet currently reside in Sugar Land, Texas.
David Cooper and his wife, Trudi, traveled to Korea to have fun with their granddaughter and her parents from Bangkok. They also enjoy traveling quite a bit in the American Southwest.
Anthony "Tony" Gagliardi met with members of WMA’s Office of Advancement in New York City in November. Tony retired and started Oxford Risk Consulting after 46 years in the P&C underwriting and broking world. He is keeping a hand in the business, taking time to enjoy his family (three children and five grandchildren), and he never forgets the positive impact Wilbraham and friends made there have had on his life. Tony and his wife of 44 years spend part of their time in South Carolina (pictured enjoying a sunset there).
Dana Gahres, owner of Dana’s Main Street Tavern in Monson, Massachusetts, hosted Coach MIke Mannix, Coach ShaCor Privott ’14 and members of the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team for dinner on Dec. 8.
Keith Liederman just celebrated his 25th year on the job at Kingsley House (in New Orleans), the oldest settlement house in the South and one of the nation’s premier social and human services organizations. Keith was recently elected Chair of the Board of the Child Welfare League of America. In addition, Keith and his wife, Luanne, are excited to announce the marriage of their daughter Camille to Reda. Keith writes, “They are studying at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (Lithuania) and my wife and I couldn’t be prouder!”
In 2019, Rachel Gagnon and husband Matt welcomed their fourth child, and second son, Kyson. Rachel writes, “We’ve been enjoying our life and keeping busy with four under 4. We’ve been fortunate to have help from another WMA alumna, Maya Ferris ’19, who’s been babysitting our kiddos!” Rachel continues to work part time as a nurse practitioner at Baystate Hospital’s cardiology office in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Anna (Hart) Owen has started a mobile beer and wine trailer business called Good Time Tap, LLC, which currently operates in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The trailer can be booked for weddings, parties, corporate events and more. Follow Good Time Tap on Instagram @goodtimetapllc, on TheKnot.com or at https://goodtimetap.com/. Anna and the trailer will be at the Western New England Bridal Show at the MassMutual Center on March 8, as well as the Holyoke Road Race on March 21.
Ali Mapplethorpe Balicki and Greg Balicki were married on November 8, 2019 in Woodstock, Connecticut. The couple met while students at WMA and their wedding was attended by many WMA classmates, friends and faculty.
Colin Scott married Amanda Albertson on Aug. 24, 2019, in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The couple met in college. Amanda teaches second grade, and Colin was recently selected to join the Hampden County S.W.A.T. team.
Victoria Mordasky was elected and sworn in as a constable for the town of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, in November. In addition to her new duties as constable, Victoria is the Practice Manager for Stafford Veterinary Clinic.
Dominic Pessolano graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in pre-med biology in 2015, then obtained his MBA in 2016 - both from Springfield College. He then moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to attend Tufts University School of Medicine’s Master of Public Health program and concentrated in Global Health. He now works at an oncology pharmaceutical company in the area of pharmacovigilance in Cambridge.
Junhao “Mark” Xu, a fourth-year student at NYU Abu Dhabi, recently participated in the Third International Conference on Economic Research in Alanya, Turkey, hosted by ALKU and the Central Bank of Turkey. As the only undergraduate participant, Mark presented his paper on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to a room full of professors, graduate students and central bankers. Mark writes: “The conference was a transformative experience. In addition to gaining valuable feedback on my research, I learned a lot from other presentations (especially Oxford Professor Peter Neary’s), received personal guidance from the Chief of Economic Modeling and Quantitative Assessment at the WTO and networked with economists from different backgrounds.”
Coach MIke Mannix visited former player Devonn Allen in November. Devonn is in his second year playing guard for Amherst College Men’s Basketball.
Alumni Class Notes updated through Nov. 1, 2019.
After 30 years in Maine, Nathaniel Bond and his wife, Beth, are making plans to move back to Massachusetts to be closer to their children.
Robert Bromage, a legendary figure in Enfield (Connecticut) baseball history, received the 2019 Contributor to the Game Award from the Connecticut Board of Approved Baseball Umpires, Hartford Chapter at its annual dinner on Oct. 11, 2019. Bromage, known affectionately by his Enfield High School players as “The Chief,” coached the Raiders for 39 years. After retiring from Enfield in 2005, Mr. Bromage went on to help rebuild the East Granby High School baseball program, where he coached until June 2019.
Jose Ruben Mendoza writes: “It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of my brother, Carlos Alberto Mendoza ’66W. Carlos kept an active life to the end, earning his law degree at the age of 67 and playing golf throughout his adult life.”
Rob Humberston presented to students in WMA’s Finance, Entrepreneurship & Business (FEB) Society and the Center for Entrepreneurship, Economics & Finance (CEEF) Speaker Series in September. Mr. Humberston, who recently retired from a long career in banking, portfolio management and wealth management, presented his experience from “WMA to Wealth Management.” He also shared his perspective on the importance of giving back to your community and finding ways to develop personal passions and interests.
After spending the past six years in Canada (the first five in Edmonton, Alberta, and the last year in Guelph, Ontario), Chuck Feinstein and his wife moved to Germany this August. Chuck writes: “My wife has accepted a two-year contract to teach German and English at the International School of the Rhine in Neuss, Germany. This is across the river from the beautiful city of Dusseldorf. We live in a very nice apartment, right in a vibrant section of the city and are having a wonderful time. If anyone is passing through, contact me by email and we could have a drink in the Allstadt at the ‘longest bar in the world.’”
Tracy (Thompson) Viola has expanded her real estate business and now serves all of Massachusetts and Connecticut. She specializes in first-time home buyers and residential real estate, and recently added commercial real estate and cash investors to her business portfolio. She is pictured here at a networking event with one of her agents.
Attorney Mahsa Khanbabai, Chair of the New England Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers, appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show in September to discuss her work on behalf of deferred action (see links below to watch).
In addition, Mahsa serves as an advisor for Save the Children’s Boston Leadership Council. During their recent “Celebrate the Future of Every Child” event, Mahsa joined a panel to discuss her experience visiting refugee camps in Lebanon. The event raised more than $250,000 to benefit Save the Children’s “Return to Learning” initiative, which aims to get refugee children back in school within 30 days of displacement, and Save the Children’s programs for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
While on an East Coast vacation this October, Miyuki Noji took the opportunity to visit WMA for the first time in 20 years. She is pictured with her daughters Aria and Alicia behind her senior stone. The family lives in Hawaii, where Miyuki works in banking.
Marisa Barone-Fenn was chosen to run the 2020 Boston Marathon for the Joseph Andruzzi Foundation, which helps cancer patients who need financial assistance. Marisa is hoping to crush her $10,000 fundraising goal - 100 percent of which goes directly to the foundation. Follow along her journey to the run at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/joeandruzzifoundation2020/marisafenn
Pat Phelan was inducted into the Enfield Hall of Fame during the 24th annual induction dinner, held at Oak Ridge Golf Club in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts, on Sept. 6. Pat was recognized for his achievements in soccer, including: 2003 Gatorade National High School Soccer Player of the Year, NCAA champion at Wake Forest and professional player for six years. Pat is pictured second from right, along with the other inductees.
Elizabeth (Goldberg) Coyle recently became program director of Future Problem Solving Program International, a nonprofit organization focused on developing students’ abilities to achieve positive futures through critical thinking, problem solving and service learning. Elizabeth writes “like at WMA, we have participants from all over the globe who come together to compete throughout the year. I am excited to work with this incredible program!”
Chelby Wakefield graduated magna cum laude from St. George’s University School of Medicine in May 2019. In July, she started her residency in internal medicine at West Virginia University, after which she plans on pursuing a fellowship in hematology/oncology (hopefully, she says, in her home state of Colorado!). Before medical school, Chelby worked as a clinical research coordinator in the hematopoietic stem cell transplant department at The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and at the University of California in San Diego. Her research has been published in journals and in poster presentations around the globe.
Steve Marcus was named head coach of St. John’s Edge of the National Basketball League of Canada. At 28, Steve is the youngest head coach in the league and one of the youngest professional head coaches worldwide.
John Moran and his company Vaya Island were featured in recent articles in Forbes and the New York Post. John founded the e-commerce swimwear business in 2014 out of his dorm room at Merrimack College. He’s since built sales of the company and brought in $500,000 in 2018. John splits his time between Cape Cod and Florida - both great locations for swimwear scouting!
Alyssa Natario graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, in May 2019. She passed the National Physical Therapy exam in July 2019 and is now a full-time inpatient physical therapist at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.
In March 2019, Alex Caldwell registered as a PGA Associate and started his journey to become a PGA member and a head golf professional. Alex is currently the assistant pro at Ludlow Country Club in Ludlow, Massachusetts. Alex writes: “I played in a few tournaments this year, and finished tied for fifth for best individual pro score in the Pro-Am series of the PGA’s Connecticut Section. It’s been a great experience so far and I’m loving every minute of it!”
Keep up-to-date with friends, classmates and other alumni through our Class Notes.
Alumni Class Notes updated through Sept. 11, 2019.
Don Femia checked in with the Alumni Office and shared this gorgeous photo of the view from his home in Ouray, Colorado. Don and his wife drove cross-country back to Wilbraham for his 65th Reunion in June.
Roger Thurston, a former faculty member, stands with his former student Thomas McCallum Jr. at Roger's home in Eastham, Massachusetts. The two had not seen each other since Commencement 1956 and spent a wonderful morning in July recalling their time at the Academy. Tom holds his 1956 Yearbook.
Stener Bernvil reports that he and his wife, Lisbeth, are both healthy and well, enjoying life close to the sea in the middle of nature, close to Copenhagen, Denmark (see photo of their home in the woods). “I spent close to 50 years as an MD Immunologist (Transfusion Medicine) - time to relax."
Phil Danforth and John Danforth and stopped by WMA in July to memorialize their brother Bill Danforth ’56W, who passed away earlier this year.
William “Wilber” James and Sir Stuart Hampson had a mini 55th Reunion this June. They dined in London along with their wives, Janet James and Lady Angela Hampson.
Scott C. Kelly, an entrepreneur in the publishing software field, passed away in December 2018 after a short illness. He had been serving as consultant to Publishing Data Management Inc., a software development company specializing in content management for the financial industry. In recent years, while still working, he devoted more time to traveling with his partner, Terri, and daughter, Elena. He was tireless, inventive, thoughtful, curious and tenacious. He loved figuring out how things worked and how to fix them when they didn’t.
Charles “Nick” Thornblade and his wife, Katy, stopped in Virginia on their way south for Easter, where they visited Ted Ferriter. A great but too short visit where Ted (left) and Nick posed on a different kind of "Senior Wall.’’
Shortly after retiring in March 2018 from a lifetime managing client investments, Robert Humberston enjoyed seeing classmates at their 50th Reunion celebration. Since then, while continuing to manage some health issues, Robert is participating in a writer’s group and conducting a discussion and listening program in music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance at the local library. He is also taking a German language refresher course. Robert writes, “It's been great to step away from the commercial world and back to what the Academy taught me to love, but which four decades of work interrupted. It’s great to see such a happy and engaged student body at the school, and I think Gray Mattern would approve of the Academy’s State of the Union today.’’
Carter Wormeley and his wife Mona visited WMA in August during a trip north from Alexandria, Virginia. It was Carter’s first time back on campus in nearly 50 years and he was excited to revisit his old dorm rooms, as well as his “work station” in the kitchen from the days when student workers helped prepare and serve lunch. Carter plans to retire from his role as Asset Manager for the U.S. General Services Administration at the end of 2019.
Gayle (Cote) Dragicevich published her second book, “Stepping Out in Love,” in 2018. It was the No. 1 new release in its genre on Amazon. The book contains 50 stories about being single, life after divorce, dating and finding love again. Gayle’s first book, “It’s in the Little Things,” is also a best seller on Amazon. Her books are uplifting, encouraging and relatable to all.
Elizabeth Mulcahy had lunch with Faculty Marshal Don Kelly in April while she was on campus to help plan her 35th Reunion!
Ed Bilsky stopped by the campus in March with his son Josh. They were in the area to visit Ed’s parents, who live in Longmeadow. Ed is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Washington. Josh and Ed are pictured here with Nicholas Stafford from the Office of Advancement.
Thanannuch "Bim" Somanand met with Prapatpong "Pooh" Weeramon ’89 and Tadashi “Ted” Kitahara ’88 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Joel Ackerman sported his WMA hat while on vacation with his wife, Terri, this summer. The two traveled to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, then on to the Riviera Maya Cancun, Mexico.
Brittany Makol (with dog Fenway) and Jack Curley visited the Alumni Office to plan for their 30th WMA Reunion. These two were instrumental in getting classmates back to campus for a great alumni lacrosse game honoring Erik Knaus, who passed away in 2017.
Tia (Woodard) Younger and James Younger visited with their three children in August while in the area to see friends and family. It was their first time back since graduation, and they toured with a Gold Key student, visited Mr. D’Avanzo’s science class and had lunch in Lak Dining Hall.
Teresa (Holuk) Bruno and her husband, Frank, welcomed a baby girl to their family. Seraphina Louise Bruno arrived July 23 and joined big sister Ariana and big brother Steven.
Lindsey Leduc and fiancé Chris welcomed a baby girl to their family. Vaeda Sea Miano was born February 28, 2019.
Andrew Willis coached the MIT Curling Team to a third place finish at the College Curling Nationals in 2019. He was also the chair of the committee that ran the championships in Wayland, Massachusetts, this year and sits on the National College Curling Committee.
Fuss & O’Neill has added a new owner, Elizabeth Landry (known to her classmates as Betty Yang). Elizabeth started her career with the firm in 2005, after graduating from Smith College with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science. Elizabeth earned a master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Hartford and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She is both a Certified Energy Manager and a Certified Building Commissioning Professional. As an owner of the firm, Elizabeth will help shape the future and direction of the Connecticut-based firm.
Congratulations to Julie Duffy (coach) and Jenny English ’17 (player) for bringing the first Northeast-10 Women's Lacrosse title to Merrimack College in May!
Rob Talevi and his wife, Erin, welcomed a baby boy. Grayson Ford Talevi was born February 14, 2019, and joins big brother Logan. Rob has recently accepted a role as research analyst for the Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Boston. He will be working on damage assessment to the parks, and will manage different design and construction projects that the city will be conducting.
Lindsay Jagodowski and her husband, Ryan Burt, welcomed a baby boy to their family. Finn Gregory David Burt arrived Aug. 16, 2019. The family resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
Christina Alves Boardman and Damon DeWitt Boardman were married on June 2, 2018, in Northampton, Massachusetts. The couple, who live in Orlando, Florida, welcomed a baby boy into their family this spring. Leonardo David Alves Boardman was born on April 26.
Liz Zenchenko was accepted into the Master in Professional Accounting (MPA) program at The University of Texas at Austin. UT’s McCombs MPA program is ranked No. 1 in the country, according to www.usnews.com. Liz writes: “I’ve been working in finance, consulting and with tech startups over the last 11 years, and am excited to solidify my knowledge through this program! I currently have my own consulting business and hope to get back to it after passing the CPA exam and getting my license.”
Jack O’Leary and his wife, Erika, welcomed a baby girl to their family. Vivienne Elizabeth O’Leary was born May 14, 2019, and joins big sister Clara.
Tim Rainey recently left the field of medical librarianship to pursue a career in the software industry. He is living in Boston.
Fernando de Zavala Carvajal had an exciting couple of months. In May, he graduated from the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program at Georgetown University. On June 14, Fernando married Ancare Velasco Higuero. The couple currently reside in Barcelona, Spain, with their golden retriever Açai.
Brigi Palatino and Kevin Froling stopped by campus in July. Brigi showed off her Senior Stone and the two stopped by Rich Hall and the Village Store during their tour.
Erin Riggan (right) and Peter Jurgens ’06 visited Brigid Jurgens in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in June. Brigid is currently stationed in Virginia Beach with the U.S. Navy. Erin and her husband live in North Carolina, and Peter and his family reside in northern Virginia.
Josh Kennedy married Vanessa Watkins on Aug. 31, 2019 in Strathroy, Ontario. The couple resides in Thunder Bay, Ontario. (photo - Kennedy, Josh)
Caitlin Mitchell joined Young Moore Law in Raleigh, North Carolina, as an associate on the firm’s litigation team, where she focuses her practice on complex business and employment litigation, product liability, and premises liability. Caitlin joined the firm this year after completing a judicial clerkship with Judge Phil Berger Jr. of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. In May, Caitlin was honored as one of North Carolina’s most significant up-and-coming lawyers with the Rising Star Award from North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.
Ayano Konakamura has been interning at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing and recently passed the Chinese medical licensing board exam. She plans to move to Japan this year and, as of April, was preparing for the Japanese medical licensing exam. Ayano is interested in the fields of psychiatry, dermatology and cosmetic surgery.
Trevor Moran and his date Jackalin attended their law school ball in March. Trevor graduated from California Western School of Law in San Diego in April. He is pictured at graduation with his parents, Janet Moran, Director of Archives at WMA, and Peter Moran.
Victoria Mordasky and Jordan Tavenner were engaged on Feb. 23 while visiting Niagara Falls. The couple met in Orlando, Florida, where Tori was in the graduate program at the University of Central Florida and Jordan was working as a police officer. Tori writes “shortly after, he was looking for a career change and I had planned to go back to my family business and he followed me up to Stafford Springs.” Jordan now works in video production and photography (see his photos on this issue’s Reunion page), and Tori is the hospital manager for the family’s two veterinary hospitals.
Jessica Wyszynski married Alex Vivenzio on October 20, 2018, at the Haley Mansion in Mystic, Connecticut. Alex is a software engineer in New York City, and Jessica is a co-occurring mental health and substance abuse clinician in Norwalk, Connecticut. The couple live in Stamford.
In March, Baihui “Becky” Chen received the 2019 Sun Cinematography Award, conceived to encourage the success of female cinematography students. Award recipients receive: production workflow support from Blackmagic Design; $500 toward the cinematography budget of a project for which the recipient is the director of photography; a one-year student membership in Women in Film; a one-year membership in Friends of the ASC; and a mentorship with a working cinematographer. Becky is pictured with her mentor through the program, Peter Levy, ASC, ACS. Becky graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles in May. Her cinematography reel can be viewed online on vimeo.com (search Becky Chen).
Maodo Lo played for the German national team in the FIBA Basketball World Cup, hosted by China.
Julia Beech, Riley-Jane Marini and Brielle Robinson traveled to France together in June, where they watched the World Cup champion USA Women's soccer team take on Chile in Paris.
Heather Little stopped by the Office of Advancement while in town visiting family. She’s beginning her second year with Teach for America Appalachia, where she will be teaching high school math in Eastern Kentucky.
Molly Moran received two surprise visitors - Janet Moran, her mom and WMA’s Director of Archives, and sister Emily Moran ’15 - for her birthday in Chicago in March!
Michael Caine has accepted an Architectural Internship with VSBA Architects and Planners (formerly Venturi Scott Brown and Associates) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Michael is also currently a Master of Architecture Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design in Philadelphia after previously earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Gorkem and Kerem Akalin visited WMA during spring break this March. While the campus was a bit empty, they toured Alumni Memorial Chapel and Rich Hall, found their Senior Stones and caught up with Mr. Kindblom. Gorkem and Kerem are living in Boston, where they attended Boston University and Brandeis University, respectively. Both graduated in May 2019 and plan to return to Turkey. Left to right: Kerem Akalin ’15, Dean of Studies Erik Kindblom, Gorkem Akalin ’15.
In June, Matt Naumec competed in the 119th U.S. Open golf championship at Pebble Beach, California. Naumec advanced to the Open by finishing in the top three at one of 12 sectional qualifiers worldwide, and he is one of only 75 to advance from nearly 1,000 golfers who had reached that round. Matt visited WMA shortly before leaving for Pebble Beach to shoot a segment for Western Mass News, a local TV station, and he found his Senior Stone.
John Tierney visited campus in July to have lunch with Mr. Irzyk. John graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May and is now working in financial services at MassMutual Life Insurance Company.
Andrew Faulstich graduated from the University of Rochester in May. Next up, he is pursuing a master’s degree in international educational development from the University of Pennsylvania, during the fall of 2019.
Joe Schneider graduated from Amherst College. He has accepted a position as a software engineer at FactSet in Chicago.
Hannah Clewes received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Endicott College in May 2019. During the summer, Hannah accepted a position as a registered nurse in the emergency department as Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Payton Grande passed the National Academy of Sports Medicine exam and is now a certified personal trainer. She will be juggling working with clients along with her studies as she enters her senior year at the University of Rhode Island.
Katie Cronin, a junior at Bryant University, and Molly Socha ’15, a redshirt senior at University of Hartford, faced off during a preseason soccer match in Hartford this August. WMA alumni were there to cheer both girls on. Pictured left to right: Ricky Appel ’14, Katie Cronin ’17, Molly Socha ’15, Carly Cronin ’13 and Cam Bouchard ’13.
Mr. Kane, Dean of Studies, met up with Hoang Truong during a WMA trip to Madrid, where Hoang is studying at IE Business School. He loves Madrid, particularly the food and mild winter weather. Hoang told Mr. Kane he wishes he studied Spanish at WMA, but is learning through his business-MBA program.
Nate Towle recently competed in the annual Clarkson University President’s Challenge. This year’s theme was using the Internet of Things (IoT) to make your community a better place. Nate writes, “Our product was an LED solar powered crosswalk that was equipped with pressure sensors which measured estimated traffic levels for each given location. Emergency departments can then access the information to more efficiently map out the safest and fastest route. The LED lights illuminate the crosswalk and also integrate red LED’s that alert drivers of pedestrian right-of-ways.” Nate’s team won the award for best in class - Global Community - and was awarded $5,000 and the opportunity to present in front of a panel of judges to compete for an additional $2,000. “My team, made up of all first-year students at Clarkson, competed against two other teams made up of seniors and graduate students. We did not end up winning the challenge but were very happy with our accomplishment!”
Alumni Class Notes updated through Dec. 20, 2018.
After 59 years in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, and 40 years teaching math at Mercersburg Academy, David Tyson and wife Henrietta have moved to a nice house in a continuing care community in nearby Chambersburg. David writes that he has lots of great memories of Wilbraham and the Class of ’51.
Edward Dunn recently retired from Kent School after 34 years teaching there and 43 total years in education. He gave the Prize Day Speech and was recently inducted into the Kent Athletic Hall of Fame as a coach. WMA wishes Ed a very happy retirement!
Min-Kyung Marzi "Margie" Kim visited the WMA campus with her two boys during an East Coast school tour that included stops at Harvard and Yale. Margie has lived in Houston, Texas, with her family for the past four years.
Ramon Garcia and wife Kim recently welcomed a baby boy to their family. Reign Austin Garcia was born Dec. 6, 2018 and joins big brother Ramon.
Jessica Bramucci and Anna Owen Hart ’06 stopped by campus with their daughters in December. The two visited with former classmate Stacy (DaCruz) Sosa '06 (now working in our Admission Office), Director of College Counseling John Boozang and Coach Don Nicholson ‘79, who may have inspired two future Titan soccer players!
Alex Tuohey released his new EP Half-Grown (as Alex2e) on Nov. 30 and held a release show Dec. 1 at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke. Alex spent the year touring with acts like Tyler Hilton, O-Town, Shawn James, Aaron Carter, Claran Lavery and American Idol Finalist Clark Beckham. Up next, Alex will join Howie Day for part of his Southeast tour at the end of December. More info about Alex’s music and touring schedule can be found at https://www.alex2e.com/home.
Amelia Gilliam and AJ Arroyo ’10 welcomed a baby girl. Dahlia Anne Arroyo was born Nov. 27, 2018.
Alessandra Mele was featured in a “Tell New England” story about her company - The Homegrown Studio, which offers creative marketing services to small businesses and farms. Alessandra started the company as a side project in 2015 and has steadily grown her clientele in the years since. This past September, she committed full time to her business and is enjoying calling herself “boss.” Read the full Tell story for more about Alessandra.
Drew Mele was awarded the “Heart & Soul Award” by the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) in November. The award capped off a great season for Drew and the Ithaca College Rugby team, who finished 12th nationally and third in the Northeast.
Alumni Class Notes updated through Nov. 20, 2018.
Nathaniel Bond and wife Beth live in Maine. Nat writes, “my daughters recently had a stair lift installed in our house … hoping to delay our moving in with them?”
Clay Bassett and wife Joanne recently moved to Westport, Connecticut, after 49 years in West Simsbury. Clay is still working full time in the energy field. His parents, now married 75 years, are still living independently at 94 and 98 years old. Clay and Joanne, who have been married 54 years, now enjoy nine grandchildren, ranging in age from 12 to 24. They regularly attend their grandchildren's crew meets, sailing regattas, soccer games and tennis matches. Clay and Joanne are still playing tennis and golf, and Clay competes nationally in platform tennis. Clay writes that he’s still in touch with Bob Harlan ’62M, although he owes him a phone call.
While visiting campus for Family Weekend & Homecoming in October, Scott Wilson took a tour of the riflery range with Coach Passy. Scott looks forward to following the team this year as they look toward their third championship season in a row!
Shelbia Djelassi Spence and Dwayne Spence welcomed a baby girl into their family. Karesa Shelbia Spence was born Oct. 25, 2018, and joins big brother Kaiis.
Melissa (Wile) Simon and husband Jonah welcomed a baby boy. Malcolm Jay Simon was born Nov. 4, 2018.
James Thompson and wife Katie welcomed a baby girl into their family. Isabel Lenore Thompson was born Oct. 20, 2018.
Sean Carr married Ericka Tedesco on Oct. 6, 2018, at Fiddle Lake Farm in Thompson, Pennsylvania. WMA was well represented at the wedding (from left to right): Ericka Tedesco Carr, Sean Carr, Dan Staples ’04, Dan Carr ’04, Kathryne Scyocurka ’02, Jon Webb ’04, Chris Beck ’04 and Brian Carr ’10.
Brian Race married Cassandra McBride on July 28 on the beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The couple reside in Boston. Brian is teaching early childhood music at Kingsley Montessori School.
Ali Mapplethorpe and Greg Balicki were engaged to be married on the WMA campus in November. The two were visiting their Senior Stones when Greg popped the question.
Erin Simons married Ryan Riggan at Lake O’ The Woods Plantation in Warrenton, North Carolina, on Nov. 4. The couple reside in Warrenton.
Hannah Tanguay married Sean Dunphy on Sept. 8 in Woodbury, Connecticut. Several of Hannah’s WMA friends were present at the wedding, including (left to right) Sarah Tanguay ’11, Hannah, Meg Cole and Amanda Pierce. The couple reside in Farmington, Connecticut.
Here are Alumni Class Notes, updated through Oct. 9, 2018.
Michael Szklarz and his companion Fatima Lima recently completed The Caminho da Fe (The Way of Faith) in Brazil. The Caminho begins in Aguas da Prata and ends at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Aparecida (Patroness of Brazil), and was started in 2003 to provide a Caminho in South America. Michael writes, "Relatively short in comparison to European Caminos at 318 km, this Caminho challenged hikers with its steep mountains, heat and limited infrastructure, often resulting in day hikes of up to 32 km with gear. However, the rewards of breathtaking scenery, Peregrino camaraderie, good weather and accomplishment were treasured moments."
Daniel Bready recently toured WMA with his father while visiting the area from Florida.
Michael Rutstein’s company STRIKEFORCE recently celebrated 10 years at a fabulous outdoor Italian restaurant in New York, facing the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty. Michael writes: “We brought together the core group of people that have been such an important part of our success and have joined us on our journey around the world, launching life-changing therapies. STRIKEFORCE is the first dedicated, “open source” healthcare agency with a network of over 500 people representing a range of communications disciplines. The award winning agency has worked with over 26 blue chip clients in the last decade and has launched four of the top 20 drugs in the world.”
Colleen (Walther) Foerster’s son Jason just started his first year at WMA as a sixth grader! Colleen, husband Jay and Jason are pictured getting ready for the 2018 Matriculation & Convocation.
Andrew Nepomuceno and wife Emma welcomed a daughter to their family. Beatrice Sabrina Nepomuceno was born on Oct. 2, 2018.
Xavierra Webb-Spann visited WMA from Washington D.C. She’s pictured here with her mom, Jackie.
Nicholas Giokas married Bethany Kravitz on Aug. 4, 2018 in Quechee, Vermont. Several WMA alumni attended the wedding, including Nicholas’s sister Andrea (Giokas) Jacobs ’00 (third from left), Brian Laurita ’07 (fourth from left), Andrew Collins ’07 (sixth from left), and Nicholas’ brother Jonathan Giokas ’95 (fifth from right). Also pictured is Nicholas and his mother, Fine & Performing Arts Department faculty member Virginia Giokas.
Bridget Callahan and Larysa Fradet ’10 were married at Bridget’s family home in September 2018.
Russell Dinkins visited WMA with his mom and sister in October. Russell is still competing in track & field as an athlete with New York Athletic Club. He recently competed at the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Russell is looking forward to his 10th Reunion next year, and would love to see all of his classmates back at WMA on June 8, 2019, to celebrate!
Clemens Grave writes, "After two years of chasing my vision of building a better solution to learn the value of a dollar as a kid or teen, my team and I launched Finnest to the public. We are the first Visa Debit card in the U.S. fully focused on financial education and allowed to be used by kids as young as 8 years old. We have recently moved the company from Brown's campus in Providence to Boston. My next free day will be spent visiting WMA again, where my USA stint started back in 2006 and a place with which I connect so many unforgettable memories." Best of luck to Clemens and Finnest!
Zainab Sulaiman welcomed a baby boy, Eriifeoluwa Arole, on Sept. 28, 2018.
Mike Mendes, Ben Marcus, Steve Marcus ’10, Elijah Barrows, Adolph Kawuba ’13 and Robinson Vilmont recently met up with Mr. Mannix while they were in the Springfield area.
Here are Alumni Class Notes, updated through Sept. 11, 2018.
An exhibition of Mario Volpe’s art ran Aug. 16 - Sept. 15 at Reflector Contemporary Art Gallery in Bern, Switzerland. Mr. Volpe passed away in 2013, after living and working in Bern for over 40 years. Information on the exhibition can be found online at https://reflector.gallery/identity.
At a recent soccer match between Penn State and URI, Jeff Cook, head coach for the Nittany Lions, connected with Chae Brangman '14, currently a senior at the University of Rhode Island. Also spotted at the match were David LaBelle '85 and his father Bill LaBelle, a former WMA faculty member. URI won the match 1-0.
Attorney Mahsa Khanbabai recently secured a rare travel ban waiver for her client, an Iranian national. Her client sought to come to the U.S. to donate bone marrow to his brother, a U.S. citizen suffering from cancer. Despite being a 100-percent match, her client was unable to enter the United States as an Iranian national subject to latest version of the travel ban.
Ms. Khanbabai advocated with the United States State Department and U.S. Embassy for an immediate decision on his waiver application, arguing that a U.S. citizen's declining medical health clearly met the conditions to be granted a waiver. After significant pressure, including international media attention, a visa was issued, the blood marrow donation took place and the U.S. citizen is recovering extremely well.
Ms. Khanbabai's practice is limited to U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. Her boutique practice, Khanbabai Immigration law, assists business and corporate clients, universities and individuals with immigration related matters.
Lindsey Leduc and Christopher Miano were engaged in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, in August.
Trevor and Alex McEwen welcomed a baby boy into their family. Connor James McEwen arrived on June 26, 2018.
Chris Antonacci hosted a Labor Day gathering in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Left to right: Chris, Colin Cook '04, Ben Premo '05, Rob Balicki '04 and James Boyd '04.
Bridget Callahan and Larysa Fradet (who also attended WMA) took a break from a busy day of wedding planning to visit WMA! Here they are in front of the Alumni Office at Shenkman House. Their wedding is set for September 2018 at Bridget’s family home in West Brookfield, Massachusetts.
A mini-WMA reunion took place in California when Hannah Tanguay, Amanda Pierce and Casey Berg '11 got together to celebrate Amanda's graduation from the Springfield College PA Program. The three are pictured in May at Malibu Wine Safaris.
Mary Vincunas stopped by the campus with her mom, Cindy, while visiting from Orlando, Florida, for a long weekend. Along with her sisters, Emily '08 and Sara '10, Mary works for a digital marketing firm based in Boston called Smart e-Strategy, which was founded by Emily’s fiance Rory.
Here are Alumni updates, through Aug. 1, 2018
Scott Wilson visited WMA in August for the first time in over a decade. He took a tour, found his senior stone and even brought along a clock from Fisk Hall that he has kept safe for almost 50 years! Scott looks forward to seeing his fellow classmates at their 50th Reunion next June.
Farid Kheloco and wife Lisa welcomed a son into their family. Jackson Conner Kheloco was born on April 8, 2018.
A mini-WMA reunion took place at the wedding of Josh Sampiero on June 22, 2018 as he married Anna Kerschner, in Melk, Austria, near Vienna. Also in attendance were his former classmate Pia Bovenkamp, an exchange student from Germany, and Josh’s former AP English teacher Todd Felton. Todd and Josh became re-acquainted in 2013 when Todd, his wife Chris and sons Tim and Liam, spent half of a school year in Salzburg.
Josh and the Feltons bonded over a mutual love of Austria (and skiing!) and have remained in close touch ever since. Todd still lives in Amherst, MA, with frequent trips abroad, and runs Clarity, a digital development business. After a number of years working in print magazines, Josh is currently running a small advertising agency servicing globally known clients – notably Red Bull and others in the action and adventure sports genre – and one day hopes to hire Todd, if only to secure a life-long ski partner.
Adam Perron has been named assistant coach for the James Madison University men's soccer program. Adam headed off to Virginia after serving as an assistant coach for the Southern New Hampshire men's soccer program.
Marisa Barone-Fenn and husband Adam welcomed a boy into their family. Carter Joseph Fenn arrived July 3, 2018.
Jillian Levy married Chris Merrill on June 30, 2018 in Portland, Maine.
Mateo Escobar and wife Amanda welcomed a boy into their family. Alder Matthew Escobar was born July 25, 2018.
Anna Owen husband Brandon welcomed a daughter into their family. Future soccer player Lilian Hart Owen was born June 15, 2018.
Courtney Petrone-Autry and husband Pierce welcomed a boy into their family. Parker Carmichael Autry was born on April 28, 2018, and is already getting into the Titan spirit!
So far this year, Jermaine Boswell has booked 13 acting roles in a variety of projects, including a Bollywood film, a horror film and a commercial. Check out his IMDB page for all the details. Congratulations Jermaine!
Siobhan Davis is an account representative for HubSpot Inc., a technology firm in Cambridge Massachusetts. She is completing a six-month tour of duty in Dublin, Ireland, for the firm.
Emily Petrone married Tyler Held on April 28, 2018, at the Wickliffe House in Charleston, South Carolina. Emily writes, “We were able to share the special day with several WMA friends, including Kenli Smith (bridesmaid), Josh Binney ’07, Molly Goldrick ’07, Chelsea Goldrick and Hunter Moss ’07. My husband I have been together for about eight years. We moved to Charlotte in 2013 and decided to make N.C. our permanent residence.” Missed on the wedding day were Emily’s sister Courtney Petrone-Autry ’07 and her friend Ashley McFarlane, who each welcomed new babies into their families that weekend!
Drew Pehoviak has been named Director of Outside Operations, Caddie Master at the exclusive Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island.
Jacob Conlon married Jamie Storme of Altoona, Pennsylvania, on June 23, 2018 in Alumni Memorial Chapel. The couple resides in Granby, Massachusetts.
Molly Moran, Director of Client Relations for the Sloma Real Estate Group at Jameson Sotheby's Chicago, met Ryan Serhant of The Ryan Serhant Team - Nest Seekers International at an event in Chicago last week. You may know Ryan from two television shows on Bravo – “Million Dollar Listing New York” and “Sell it like Serhant.”
Megan Pehoviak received her nursing degree at Colby-Sawyer College, and was hired for a full-time registered nurse position on the Adult Acute Surgery Track at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Christina Wakefield finished up at Boston University and she has been named an assistant varsity soccer coach at Gettysburg College. Christina was an All-State and All-New England soccer player at WMA, as well as a captain and MVP.
We love it when our Alumni come back to visit campus! Enming Zhang, on break from UCLA, and Jiaming “Martin” Mao, on break from The Art Institute of Chicago, visited their friends in Rich Hall and many of their former faculty in late May.
Keep up-to-date with friends, classmates and other alumni through our Class Notes.
Updated through March 20, 2018
Bruce Baker writes: "Hello fellow Wilbyville people, I live in Xiamen, China. I own my own English School called Baketeach: The Original Walking and Talking.
- We specialize in overseas "homestays" and ESL overseas tours that I personally lead.
- We also specialize teaching pre K-Grade 3 as our primary age group focus. Since mainland Chinese education is - for lack of a better word - stifling we, at Baketeach strive to make learning (not just English) something that can be exciting, riveting and enjoyable (like Mr. Cook's History classes). Our motto (from my head ... haha): Laughing + Listening = Learning
This means if when your child leaves our school or one of our many programs and has a smile that means they were probably listening. If they were listening they were most definitely learning.
Also, we do not teach English. We test confidence. If our students can have just a modicum of success in a language totally foreign to their own in writing, tone and pronunciation then the improvement in our classes will translate in a "domino effect" way into their other classes as well.
My school is a haven to the 60 percent of students in the public schools who are the forgotten (sitting in the middle to back rows bored with their hand resting on their cheeks). You have to realize the average mainland Chinese public school class has 45-55 students per class. An easy scenario that creates many "left behind" students. Those are who were not concentrated on. Those who we help succeed.
I loved my time at WMA and that life I had. I wish to share with those I believe need it most.
The pic is my wife and I, a year ago in Shanghai on the Bund. Great town. Great pizza. Shanghai has a Howard Johnson's Hotel. Fancy. Who knew?
I have been talking regularly with Bruce Fenton, Steve Denby, Chris Hudon on Facebook. It has been a joy to reconnect.''
During spring break, WMA Boys' Lacrosse Coach Mike MacDonald brought his team up to his alma mater, Syracuse University, to practice, meet the 'Cuse coach and catch a game. Wearing their WMA Titans gear, they caught the eye of Mike Rutstein who came over to say hello!
Meghan Cole completed the accelerated second bachelors in nursing program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in December, and has passed the NCLEX-RN exam! She will be working at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield in the shortstay/observation unit as a nurse resident. Meg is excited to join the nursing profession like her Mom.
Kelsey Gomes has embarked on a new career journey with IMG College, the nation's leading collegiate sports marketing company. IMG offers national, regional, and local multi-platform marketing opportunities that target 190 million college sports fans. Kelsey is the Partner Services Coordinator at Wake Forest University, where she is in charge of game day execution for football and basketball for the ACC program and all aspects of marketing and sponsorship.
There was a WMA class of 2015 mini-reunion in Boston! Left to right: Görkem Akalın, Qianchen Frank Yuan, Kerem Akalın and Joe Chen.
Colby Hamwey, a junior at Assumption College, has been named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division II All-New England Preseason Team, which was announced in early February. Colby was the lone goalie selection, after being a NEILA First-Team selection last season. He finished the year as one of two goalies in the nation to rank in the top-10 nationally in both save percentage and saves per game.
Congratulations to Molly Socha for being presented with two awards during the University of Hartford's annual Soccer Excellence Banquet on Feb. 10. Molly received the Pat Meiser Most Valuable Player Award and the Soccer Excellence Citizenship Award, presented annually to one male and one female who has demonstrated active participation in community service projects as part of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, on campus or in the community. Way to go Molly!
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Updated through Feb. 6, 2018
Wilber James and wife Janet met longtime friends of the Academy Pres and Helen Blake for lunch while they were in Florida in January.
Tony Gagliardi writes: "While I could not make the reunion this year, Mike Stone and his wife, Tracy, did a quick detour on their way from the reunion to NYC. We met for a quick catch up. I could not be more grateful. It was great! I hope to get to the campus in 2018. Best regards to all in the class of Wilbraham '67 - and anyone else that was there during '65 - '67."
Marilyn (Zalkan) Clark is embarking on a new career venture as a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Off the Plate - offtheplatehealthcoach.com - works with clients to develop a personalized approach to achieving health and wellness goals through nutrition and lifestyle changes. Marilyn plans to fully transition from her career in California state government information technology to health coaching when she retires from the state later this year.
Erin Demers '16 was skiing at Mount Snow in Vermont during her January break when she struck up a conversation with a gentleman on the lift. Little did she know that she was riding up with Phil Esempio '84. Erin lives in Western Massachusetts and Phi lives in Pennsylvania and they meet in Vermont - small world!
Congratulations to Jeff Cook on being named head coach of the Penn State men's varsity soccer program! Jeff brings 27 years of coaching experience to the Nittany Lions from his time at Dartmouth College, the University of Cincinnati, and with the Philadelphia Union (MLS) and Bethlehem Steel FC (USL).
Rick Libby and his sons came down from Vermont to visit WMA in late January. They were able to find Rick's Senior Stone, tour the campus and even ring the Monson Bell.
Mark Pessolano and Leah Kenney welcomed a son into their family. Anthony was born on Nov. 1, 2017.
Mark Cook and wife Julie are leaving North Dakota for Honduras. It will be tough leaving as Mark has been the head coach for the North Dakota State University's women's soccer team for the last six years and Julie has been the VP of Member and Program Services for the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties. They love to travel and fell in love with Roatan. With five bags of luggage each and their dog, they will make the move to a new home and a new life. Mark and Julie will spend their time working with the SOL (School of Life) Foundation, which is committed to enhancing the standards of education, arts and athletics in lesser-developed countries. Mark would like to use his U.S. connections to start young girls playing soccer, and Julie will focus on the foundation’s fundraising.
Thanks to Bruce Fenton '90 and Jack LeVangie '94, six of our students, CEGS faculty member Jim Irzyk, Director of Advancement Mark Aimone and Director of Alumni Relations Dawn Hines were able to spend the day at the Free State Blockchain Digital Assets Conference. They also connected with Bryan Musa '92 and Irene Nakabonge-Lugude '94, who were in attendance. A great day for all!
Borja Anguita and wife Laura Hidalgo stopped by campus during their December trip to the U.S. from Madrid, Spain. Borja had a chance to reconnect with Mr. D'Avanzo!
Eric Topor and daughter Hanami were on campus just before Christmas. Eric lives and works in Japan for Maersk Line Limited, managing the maintenance for all the Army vessels in Yokohama.
Tiffany (Popoli) Doyle and husband Paul welcomed a daughter into their family. Everly Maryann Doyle was born Oct. 15, 2017.
Jason Laverty and wife Cassy welcomed a daughter into their family. Charlotte Rose was born on Dec. 7, 2017, and joins sisters Zoey and Alyssa and brother Jack.
Dr. Jonathan Insler and wife Dr. Erica Wu Insler welcomed a daughter into their family. Alice Bren Insler was born Jan. 25, 2018.
Alexander Gillett and wife Irina welcomed a little boy into their family. Huck Sadovich Gillett arrived in October 2017 and was welcomed into the Gillett "pack" by his new best friend Robin.
Chris Maza and wife Eileen welcomed a daughter into their family. Megan Eileen Maza was born on Jan. 30, 2018.
Michael Insler and wife Karyn welcomed a son into their family. Calvin Michael was born on Oct. 9, 2017.
Derin Ozsezen surprised Mr. Easler! He hadn't seen his former advisee since 2001. A special treat before our holiday break in December.
Lex McDermott had her Instagram account featured in a Boston Globe article on Dec. 7. Follow @lexmcdermott to bring some beautiful floral arrangements to your feed.
WMA English Department faculty member Lizzy Mitchell-Kelly met her former WMA English teacher Todd Felton for lunch. Lizzy says: "It's been 14 years since I was his student, but I'm fortunate enough to still call ‘Mr. Felton’ my mentor and friend. Nothing like lunch with him to reaffirm I'm on my right path as a writer and to remind me why I'm a teacher. It is my sincerest hope, 14 years from now, to be to some of my former students what he is to me."
On Oct. 25, 2017 Mindy Chang exchanged vows with Jeff Liao in Okinawa, Japan. A few of Mindy's classmates were her bridesmaids - Saori Nakamura, Beatrice Hsueh, Rebecca Guo and Abby Hsu. Also in attendance were Katherine Kung (at WMA in 2002-2003) and Reina Hirooka '07.
Jeremy Korytoski and wife Lily would like to present their son Noah Herman Korytoski, born Oct. 5, 2017, to the WMA community. During the past years, Jeremy has been working as an ER nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Lily is a charge nurse for Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts. They would like to wish everyone in the WMA community happiness and health in this new year.
Stephanie Fenner and Alastair Yonkauski welcomed a daughter into their family. Marin Adrienne Yonkauski was born Nov. 6, 2018.
Brian Laurita writes: "My wife, Andrea Laurita (my 2007 WMA prom date), and I would like to introduce our son, Chatham Robert Laurita. Chatham was born on Oct. 20, 2017. Our little Laurita family now lives in Chalfont, PA. We have also recently launched Bucks Charter & Events, a local tour and events company specializing in the booming PA craft brew scene." Their website is Buckscharter.com.
Former WMA faculty member Sean McGrath stopped by campus to see what else has changed, besides the new portico, since his move to California. Here he is with WMA World Languages faculty member Drew Shea '08 (left) and CEGS Department faculty member Gary Cook.
Alexander McKenna and Julianne Gallinaro met in college when they were both attending Bridgewater State University as undergrads. They have grown together from college students to a family unit, excited about what the future holds. Julianne is a second grade teacher and Alex is a self-employed photographer. They both share the love of the outdoors and on the weekends they are often on the beach or in the woods. They are the proud parents of their dog Tucker, who brings so much love and happiness to their lives. The two were happily married on Aug. 5, 2017.
Fernando Zavala received a full scholarship into Georgetown University's Global Competitiveness Leadership Program. Running from Jan. 22 to March 29, the intensive, 10-week leadership seminar is aligned with Georgetown's mission of promoting responsible leaders who will make an impactful difference in the world. The GCL program scholarship is provided by the GU Latin America Leadership Program. While in D.C., Nando met up with friend and former classmate Jeff Nowak '06, who works at the State Department.
Kayla Caine and John Richards were married on Oct. 29, 2017, at Thousand Acre Farm in Middletown, Delaware. Standing up for Kayla as her maid of honor was her sister, Hannah Caine '12. #LoveMakesYouRichards
Steve Marcus has joined the staff as an associate head coach of the St. John's Edge of the NBL Canada. The professional basketball league team is based in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
Brandon McKenna, founder and CEO of Storybook, has announced that the beta sign-up for his app is live.
Helen Assefaw caught up with Mr. Easler. She was on campus in early December with her cousin who had an appointment in the Admission Office.
WMA Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse Coach Mike MacDonald ran into Jeffrey Shepard on campus in early December. Coach Mac was the dorm parent on Rich 2 when Jeff lived there.
Titans supporting Titans! Meera Ratté is all smiles as former teammate Katie Cronin traveled to Skidmore in early January to cheer her on.
While on break from Regis College, Alexander Strange stopped by WMA to have lunch in the dining hall with Varsity Lacrosse Coach Mike MacDonald.
Here are the latest updates, through Nov. 30, 2017
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Here are the latest updates, through Oct. 30, 2017
Cary Brick and his wife, Janet, have established the Cary and Janet Brick Riverside Foundation to create senior citizen programs at the public library in Clayton, N.Y., and to provide financial support to first responders advancing their skills through continuing education. Cary, a former WMA Trustee, is a retired Congressional Chief of Staff and municipal court judge in Clayton. Janet is a retired school administrator and municipal court judge. They sold their Thousand Islands home in Clayton and are now in Sugar Land, Texas.
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Here are the latest updates, through Sept. 29, 2017
In August, classmates Bob Veit and Bruce Weiss got together in Washington, D.C., to watch an international soccer game between Barcelona and Manchester United at FedEx Field. Bob said, "We were, and still are, passionate about our enjoyment of soccer, and reminiscing about aspects of our life at Monson brought us to tears of laughter."
David Kent has been on a gratitude trip across the country, visiting the people and places that have played an instrumental part in making him who he is and saying thank you. David says the trip has taken him “across Canada, down the West Coast of the U.S., up to New Mexico and Colorado to visit children and friends, and then back to L.A. I drove south, followed the Rio Grande and then crossed Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Had to leave my car in Atlanta for the winter ... Then, this past April, began again up the East Coast to New England.” He was sure to visit beloved former faculty member Fred Watts. David was delighted that Mr. Watts remembered him as they shared stories.
James Griffin and Michael Sokol had a WMA Class of 1986 mini-reunion at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. They both had back surgery on the same day and were placed in the same room for recovery. Although we do not endorse this kind of WMA mini-reunion, they were both on the road to recovery as they shared stories and laughter!
Congratulations to Dave Goucher! After 17 years of being the voice of the Boston Bruins on 98.5 (FM) The Sports Hub, Dave is in Las Vegas to do TV play-by-play for the Golden Knights, and NHL expansion team. Joining Dave will be former Bruins defenseman Shane Hnidy, with the color commentary.
Nick Hampson and wife Sara stopped by campus at the end of their six-month trip across the United States. They purchased a pickup-camper in Seattle, traveled across 19 Northern states and will store their vehicle in New Hampshire until they come back and travel to the South. The Hampsons live in New Zealand. Here they are with their WMA tour guides Maia Hutcheson-Jones ’19, far left, and Zihan “Leo” Liu ’18, right.
After working in Major and Minor League Baseball for 11 years, Jeff Gladu is back in the area running the family Mobil gas station and used car business. Stop by Ren's Mobil when you're in Amherst, Massachusetts! Jeff was recently named Assistant Coach of the Amherst Regional High School golf team. You can also find him coaching local baseball.
Andrea Stanley and her business, Valley Malt, were featured in the Boston Globe. Creating the largest independently-owned malt house in New England has truly been a labor of love for Andrea and husband Christian. The maltsters are giving craft brewers and distillers in New England the opportunity to use local grain and locally produced malt to make their products distinctive.
Michael Insler stopped by campus in August. He was in the area visiting his parents and coaching his mom in her first cross country race.
Caitlin Batten and husband Irv visited campus during their trip to Massachusetts and Connecticut from South Carolina. They were up north so Caitlin could run the New Haven 1/2 Marathon Sept. 4, where she was the women's winner with a time of 1:20:36! She also ran the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 8.
Maureen Kelly Chesky trained to run in the NYC Marathon on Nov. 5. She ran with "Team Teal" to raise money and awareness for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and in memory of her mom and aunt, who both passed away from ovarian cancer. Mo said, "I am thankful for developments in genetic testing and research in screening for inherited mutations aimed to identify women at high risk for ovarian cancer. But, more needs to be done. There are not tests to effectively detect ovarian cancer in its early stages. I want to help make awareness and early stage detection the norm for all women. I want to help us see a cure in our lifetime." Click here to support Mo.
Justin Danhof and wife Kristin Rhodes welcomed a little girl into their family. Nora June was born August 11, 2017.
Chris Polek and fiancée Marina Ruge welcomed a daughter into their family. Olivia Rose was born on July 30, 2017.
Lenny Caraballo and wife Jackie welcomed a son into their family. Dominic was born on July 28, 2017.
Andrew Graziano and wife Christina welcomed a daughter into their family on July 24, 2017. Lucy Catherine is already wearing her WMA swag!
Jeremy Rogalski was engaged in Dec. 2016 to Melissa Stuart. The couple lives in downtown Boston and will be married on Cape Cod in the summer of 2018. Jeremy is entering his ninth season with the Boston Bruins and was promoted to Director of Hockey Analytics during the summer.
Stacy DaCruz married Tony Sosa on July 19, 2017 in Newport, R.I. The Sosas reside in Ludlow, Massachusetts, where Tony has his own business, Sosa's Barber Shop. Stacy is now working at WMA as an Admissions Counselor!
Anna Hart married Brandon Owen on Sept. 22, 2017. The Owens were married at The Red Barn at Hampshire College in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Ashley Costanzo married U.S. Coast Guard 3rd Class Petty Officer Nabil Tavarez at the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster, Massachusetts, on Sept. 9, 2017. The Tavarez's reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where Nabil is a Marine Enforcement Specialist.
New Northampton High School Football Coach Eddie B. Jewel was on campus with WMA Coach Jeff Vartabedian during a preseason scrimmage. Jewel played Division I football at Monmouth University, with New England Patriots receiver Chris Hogan, and then went on to coach special teams and defensive backs at Worcester State University.
During Caitlin Mitchell's first week at Elon University School of Law, she and her class visited the Court of Appeals and right then Caitlin knew she wanted to serve as an appellate clerk post-graduation. Beginning in July 2018, Caitlin will be clerking for Judge Phil Berger of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
Peter Pascarelli was on campus having lunch with Coach Jeff Vartabedian in August, when Coach Cook stopped by for a photo!
Michelle Ding visited campus in August with her husband, Derek. She visited with Head of School Brian Easler, her former tennis coach Jay Hamilton and had dinner with Mrs. Hutcheson and her family.
Jenna Chen is working on her master’s in Applied Analytics at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies.
Sophie Albano-Alisberg was named the Director of Basketball Operations for Women's Basketball at Brown University! A 2017 High Point University graduate, Sophie will be relocating to Providence, Rhode Island.
Sarah Goolishian is leaving in January for a two-year commitment with the Peace Corps. She'll be teaching ESL to high school aged children in Albania. Left to right: Lisa Charpentier Jalbert of WMA Library Services, Sarah and Sommer Mahoney '11, WMA CEGS Faculty.
Andrew Mordasky shared a special moment with his father during the White Coat Ceremony at St. George's University. Dr. David Mordasky, a practicing veterinarian for more than 40 years, coated his son during the ceremony. Congratulations to Andrew, a member of the St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine's Class of 2021!
Mick Rouette, a senior at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, has been named a tri-captain of the 2017 Men's Soccer team.
Charlie Evert has accepted a position with the Peace and Justice program at the University of San Diego. The administrative position deals with academic outreach.
2015 & 2016
With the University of Miami shut down for three weeks (because of Hurricane Irma) in September, Rin Yamanashi '16 traveled and visited other WMA alumni. He was at Boston University with Qianchen Frank Yuan '15 before he headed down to American University to see Aaron Ruiz '16.
2016 & 2017
Two WMA all-star football players - Alex Claudio '17 and Jaelon Blandburg '16 - faced each other on the gridiron Sept. 16, 2017. Claudio and Bryant took on Brown in a college football game, with Brown winning 28-23.
Keep up-to-date with friends, classmates and other alumni through our Class Notes.
Updated through July 31, 2017
In recent years, Bob Perrin has been teaching as part of Wofford College's Continuing Ed. Program, serving principally local senior citizens in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He teaches a three-semester course on U.S. 20th Century Diplomatic & Military History, which tends to draw professional retirees plus retired military personnel.
Bob Kingsbury and his wife, Mary, stopped by campus on July 18, 2017. Retirement affords them the time to travel the East Coast from Fort Collins, Colorado.
Bob Veit was honored by the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine in June 2017. He was named Volunteer of the Year for his work in their learning center. Bob says he volunteers “as a way to keep alive my interest in education and to encourage kids to have a positive attitude and confidence in themselves." It's obvious he's doing great work with the kids!
The Roanoke (Va.) Times recently wrote an article on Doug Harwood - founder, editor, publisher, reporter, opinion writer, advertising director, circulation manager, newsroom assistant and delivery boy of The Rockbridge Advocate. Started 25 years ago, The Advocate has a reputation for hard-hitting stories, the kind that can keep a community honest. With a circulation of about 1,000 subscriptions a month, plus newsstand sales, Doug isn't in the business for the money. "If a paper runs stories that'll stick to your ribs, it holds up a mirror,’’ he said. “Real communities need real mirrors. And if I've provided one now and then maybe I've done some good in this world." You can't find too much on The Advocate's website, so you'll have to subscribe to be in the know with what's going on in Lexington and Rockbridge County, Virginia.
David Klein recently had his second book of Sudoku puzzles published. “Sudoku Rocks!” contains more than 500 puzzles and plenty of Sudoku instruction. There are also specialty Sudoku puzzles, such as Alphabet, Word Guess, and Math. David's last Sudoku book won an award from Kirkus Reviews. You can purchase Sudoku Rocks! on Amazon.
Endy Abdurrahman and his wife, Ketsia, stopped by the bookstore in early May 2017. In the States for business from Indonesia, Endy and Ketsia were taking a day to visit Endy's alma maters - WMA and Boston University.
1983 & 1984
What a great night watching Joey Alberto Santiago '83 and the Pixies in concert at the House of Blues in Boston on May 19, 2017! This group of ’83 & '84 alumni had a lot of fun together! Thanks Joey, Kelley McCormick '84, Bill Lane '83, Ann-Marie Lawlor '84, Jeffrey Grandchamp '83, John Moylan '83, Chris Cebula '83, Shawn Slattery '83, Doug Turley '83, Marie Christo Morgan '83 and Sean Morgan '83 for a fun night!
Tree House Brewing Company has opened its 55,000-square-foot brewery in Charlton, Massachusetts. Sitting on 70 acres, the state-of-the-art facility has a 50-barrell brewhouse, a retail area, taproom and a beautiful outdoor pavilion. Dean Rohan and his partners Damien and Nate have created an obsessive following, which results in long lines but it's well worth it!
Chuck Pettee '57W and his wife Rita stopped by campus on July 17, 2017, with their daughter Carla Pettee Morton '86 and grandkids Carmen and Logan who were up from Sugar Land, Texas. This was Carla's first time back on campus since she graduated! The Pettee family of graduates also includes Brian '89 and Jeff '86.
Bruce Fenton has been named to the inaugural board of directors for Medici Ventures Inc., a global leader in advancing blockchain technology. He is the founder of Atlantic Financial, the former executive director and a current board member of the Bitcoin Foundation, a co-founder of the Bitcoin Association, and the organizer of the first Dubai Bitcoin Conference. Bruce is also the host and founder of the Satoshi Roundtable retreat, an exclusive, invitation-only retreat for leaders in the blockchain industry.
Adam Jette and his wife, Katherine, welcomed a daughter into their family. Born in April 2017, Melody was welcomed by big brothers Noah, 9, and Dracen, 4.
Eric Christianson married Beth Bronson on May 6, 2017, at the Old South Meeting House in Boston, Massachusetts. The Christiansons reside in Norfolk, Massachusetts.
Choti Leenutaphone has been named to Thailand Tatler's Generation T - a list of 50 of Thailand's brightest connectors, creative visionaries, influential innovators and disruptive talents. Choti walked away from his family's successful automotive business to pursue his passion, delivering the best food and the most innovative cocktails. With wife Debby, Choti has opened Vesper Cocktail Bar & Restaurant, Il Fumo and the recently-opened pasta bar La Dotta. Ensuring that he gives back, Choti works closely with socialgiver.com, where a portion of the revenue from each of his restaurants is donated to charity.
Chad Rioux, along with his business partners, has opened Choppe Shoppe. Located in Glastonbury, Connecticut, Choppe Shoppe has a full-service salon for women upstairs and a full-service barbershop for men downstairs. Pastries, finger sandwiches and wine on one floor, with a bourbon bar and cigars on another!
Miguel Cantor Venegas married Natalie Arce Hernandez on Dec. 17, 2016. They reside in Costa Rica.
Maureen Kelly Chesky is training to run in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 5, 2017. She is running with "Team Teal" to raise money and awareness for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and in memory of her mom and aunt who both passed away from ovarian cancer. Mo says, "I am thankful for developments in genetic testing and research in screening for inherited mutations aimed to identify women at high risk for ovarian cancer. But more needs to be done. There are not tests to effectively detect ovarian cancer in its early stages. I want to help make awareness and early stage detection the norm for all women. I want to help us see a cure in our lifetime." To support Mo, click here.
Carrie Michael has a boutique in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The Hodgepodge has been open for seven years and is now located at 21 Myron Street above Dave DiRico's Golf and Racquet, her parents’ golf shop. The Hodgepodge offers women's contemporary fashions at affordable prices and select children's items, gifts and jewelry. Hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday by appointment, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. To shop online, go to www.boutiquego.myshopify.com
Stephanie Hodges and her husband, Alan, welcomed their daughter Salem into their family on June 16, 2017. Big brother Quincy turned 2 on July 30!
Looking for a bite to eat on the Upper East Side of NYC? Stop into Quality Eats UES, 1496 Second Ave. at 78th St. General manager William Daly is excited to launch the second (of the soon to be three) location of Quality Eats. Check out their menu at qualityeats.com.
Niti Joe Lertsumitkul married Rita Jira on May 14, 2017, at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok. The celebration was trending with #RitaNiti.
Guy and Jen Pistone were married on July 28, 2017 at the Villa at Ridder Country Club in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. The couple resides in Santa Monica, California. Guy's social fitness apps business Fitivity planned to launch its 2.0 version in August 2017 with entirely new apps and content. Get better at anything -sports, martial arts, fitness physical therapy, dance ...
Have you checked out Alex Tuohey's music on iTunes or Spotify? Search Alex2e for his EP Strange Company and his latest singles. You can find out where Alex will be playing by checking his website www.alex2e.com.
Patrick Agahigian is relocating to Charlottesville, Virginia, where he has enrolled into the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business for its full-time MBA program. Patrick also keeps busy with Union Avenue Racing, his hobby/business, which holds and manages his interests in several thoroughbred horses. He's no stranger to Saratoga Race Course!
Timothy Keegan Dombrosky has taken the lead brewer position at Back East Brewing Company in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and three of his recipes just made the top 25 for best IPA's in America from Draft Magazine. Keegan would love to see some local alumni come through and say "hello."
Eddie Jewel has been named head coach of Northampton High's Varsity Football team. At WMA for three years, Eddie played football, basketball and track. After playing cornerback in college, Eddie coached special teams and defensive backs at Worcester State University. Best of luck to Eddie and the Blue Devils.
Walter Mfuko and Jordan Benton welcomed a son into their family on May 3, 2017. It won't be long before Malachi is dribbling a basketball. Walter is head boys’ basketball coach and middle school math teacher at Springfield Commonwealth Academy.
Stephanie Pajak married Dr. Christopher Firely on May 19, 2017, at Old Saint Mary's Church in Society Hill, Philadelphia. Her sister Samantha '15 served as her maid of honor and her brother Matthew '11 as a groomsman. Other WMA alumnae in attendance were Steff Robbins '10 and Chelsea Goldrick '09.
Sommer Mahoney is now a now a certified Kripalu yoga teacher after completing her 200-hour training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. She is scheduled to teach yoga at WMA this winter. Sommer is also a WMA faculty member, teaching CEGS classes in the Upper School.
Brandon McKenna will be attending Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management as a Russell Fellow. This highly-selective program will allow Brandon to earn a M.S. in Management Studies in only 10 months.
Emma Bourgeois is interning in the Political Section of U.S. Embassy Moscow. She mostly works on translations, conferences, studying trends in Russian society/government, monitoring Russian news outlets and attending various multilateral meetings between governments and civil society organizations. This fall Emma will return to Brown University, where she is majoring in Slavic Studies, to finish her last semester. Looking ahead, Emma is currently applying for a Fulbright and for Peace Corps and will be applying to grad schools.
Alumni doing great things for others! Brendan Butcher '13, a senior bioengineering student at Syracuse University, was part of a team to design and build an "Otto-Mobile." Winning first place in the Bioengineering Capstone Competition, the car allows differently-abled children to "drive” around with their friends. Brendan and his team donated the "Otto-Mobile" to Luna and her friends at the Jowonio School in Syracuse, New York.
Molly Moran is the newest member of the Sloma Real Estate/Jameson Sotheby's Team ,which specializes in luxury real estate in the Chicago area. As the new marketing coordinator, Molly will work directly with Izabela Sloma, Senior VP, Sales at Jameson Sotheby's International Realty.
2015 & 2016
Look who got together in Tokyo in May! Left to right: Gosuke Mekada '15, Rin Yamanashi '16, Aaron Ruiz '16, Joy Weng '16 and Charlie Yang '16. We love mini WMA reunions!
Updated through April 24, 2017
Colleen Blanset and husband Ryan welcomed a daughter into their family on March 13, 2017. Emma Colleen joins her siblings, Connor and Madeline, in rounding out the Blanset family.
When Ramon Garcia, right, isn't working out, he's working others out. He and his wife, Kim, ran the 2017 Boston Marathon to raise money for the David Ortiz Children's Fund. Ramon was recently in New Orleans working with actor Anthony Mackie, center, for his upcoming "Avengers 3" role, and with New Orleans Saints Trainer Charles Byrd.
Carrie Ertl and husband Eric welcomed a daughter on April 4, 2017. Evelyn James joins big sister Harper in the Ertl family.
Brian Murphy is now the Executive Chef at Idletyme Brewing Company in Stowe, Vt. The beer-centric bistro serves American classics with a twist and craft brews in a warm ambiance.
WMA Faculty member Lizzy Mitchell-Kelly, left, had a guest at her sit-down lunch table on March 30. Stephanie Hodges was visiting from Florida and stopped by campus!
Carolyn and Rob Balicki ('04 and '05) welcomed a son into their family. Benjamin Robert was born Jan. 31, 2017.
Associate Director of Alumni Relations Dawn Hines met up with Kate Klebes at a Naturalization Ceremony April 13 at the Ethel Walker School. Kate, a magna cum laude graduate of the Quinnipiac University School of Law, is a law clerk for the Honorable Robert A. Richardson, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut. Judge Richardson presided over a ceremony in which 38 people from 21 countries became U.S. citizens.
Naofall Folahan visited campus with a potential future Titan. "Ming,'' as he is known to many, visited former faculty and spent some time on the court. He presented Head of School Brian Easler with a sweatshirt bearing his company's logo. M7NG Company is dedicated to making quality basketball programs available to as many kids as possible.
Lucy Biggel, center, and her boyfriend Moritz, left, traveled from Germany to spend some time in the states. They'll visit a bunch of our National Parks during their month-long stay. Brooke Mele '11, right, hosted them for a few days and they all stopped by campus.
Carly Cronin, a senior at Bryant University, has been drafted by the Boston Storm of the United Women's Lacrosse League. Carly will play games in Attleboro, Mass., New Canaan, Conn., at UMass Amherst, Philadelphia and Richmond, Va. The Storm is the first professional women's lacrosse team in Boston and one of four inaugural teams in the UWLX, which launched in 2016. The season begins May 27.
Ivy Durepo is on her way to becoming Dr. Durepo! She was just accepted into the Doctoral Educational Psychology program at American International College in Springfield, Mass.
C.J. Woloshchuk, second from right, traveled to Almansa, Spain, with The Atlantis Project, as part of the Atlantis Fellowship. She spent her spring break observing orthopedic, trauma and general surgeries at Hospital General de Almansa. C.J. is graduating from American University this spring and is in the process of applying to medical schools.
Megan Pehoviak has accepted a nurse externship position at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., this summer on the Orthopedics, Trauma and Plastics Unit. This eight-week, paid rotation in an acute care setting will offer her hands-on training within the baccalaureate nursing program (BSN). Megan is a junior at Colby-Sawyer College and was recently inducted into the International Nursing Honor Society.
2015 & 2016
Allyson Faulstick '16, Katelyn Mercer '15 and Erin Demers '16 were on campus recently catching a Titans softball game. Here they are posing with former coaches Erik Kindblom and Don Kelly.
Updated through March 25, 2017
WMA Trustee Mark Shenkman and his wife, Rosalind, were vacationing in Cuba at the same time a group of our students traveled there. Everyone posed for a photo at a hotel in Havana. Last year, Mark and Rosalind met up with the students on their trip to Peru. Where will they meet up next March?
Ms. Barone and Mrs. Squindo took 14 students to Budapest, Vienna and Prague during spring break. While in Vienna, they were treated to a private tour of Parliament by Werner Fasslabend. The students loved meeting Werner and the tour he gave. Apparently their seasoned tour guide was very impressed with the access the group was given!
Ben Wilson, managing principal of Beveridge & Diamond PC, the largest environmental law firm in the United States was featured in the February 2017 issue of Washington Lawyer, the District of Columbia Bar Magazine. The published conversation lauds him as a pioneer of diversity and inclusion. In 2016, Ben was awarded the Thurgood Marshall College Fund's Legacy Award. He founded the Diverse Partners Network in 2008 and helped establish the African American General Counsel and Managing Partners Network in 2012. The feature can be viewed here.
Dean Redfern caught up with the WMA Baseball team to watch it play at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., during spring break. Pictured (left to right) are Coach Jim Irzyk, co-Captain Mike Suglia '17, Dean Redfern, and co-Captain Jake Breton '17.
The accolades keep coming for Dean Rohan and Tree House Brewing Company. RateBeer held its annual Best Beer Festival in late January in Santa Rosa, Calif., part of which includes honoring a slew of breweries from around the world. Tree House Brewing Co. landed in the top 10 of the Top 100 Brewers in the World! Their King JJJuliusss, a flavor-bomb of an Imperial IPA, was also named the state's best beer for 2016.
David Dropkin will take part in the two-day, 39.5 mile Walk to Fight - and Fundraise - to End Breast Cancer this coming October in New York City. In memory of his grandmother, David will cross the Brooklyn Bridge on his way to the finish line. Click here for more information.
Jamie Pernaa and his wife, Mallory, welcomed a son into their family. Blake William Pernaa arrived on Feb. 28, 2017.
Trevor Reid, an '01 Blake Middle School grad, stopped by campus. The upcoming marathon issue of Boston magazine will have his work featured on the cover. You can see his photography at www.trevorreid.com.
Abby Hsu married Jake Yaun in a beautiful, flower-filled ceremony in Taiwan. Bridesmaid Mindy Chang '05 and Rebecca Kuo '05 were in attendance.
When Nick Jalbert was sitting in Chris Ayers' Latin class at WMA, he heard Mr. Ayers promise an embroidered lab coat, like the one he wore, to any of his students who went on to teach. Years later, Mr. Ayers made good on that promise and sent Nick his very own lab coat to wear in his Latin classroom at Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Atlanta, Georgia. Embroidered is "Magister Jalbert, Latin Dep't." Magister is Latin for teacher or master.
During Spring break, Coach MacDonald took some lacrosse players to watch Assumption College's Spencer Marocchini '16 and Colby Hamwey '15 take on Division II No. 1 LeMoyne College. LeMoyne won 8-7 in overtime, but Colby (in goal) made 17 saves and Spencer scored his first collegiate goal.
Babson College edged out Augustana College 79-78 to win the NCAA Division III National Championship Saturday, March 18. Congratulations to Babson freshman former Titan Julian Alexis.
Updated through Feb. 27, 2017
The accolades keep coming for Dean Rohan and Tree House Brewing Company. RateBeer held its annual Best Beer Festival in late January in Santa Rosa, California, part of which includes honoring a slew of breweries from around the world. Tree House Brewing Co. landed in the top 10 of the Top 100 Brewers in the World! Their King JJJuliusss, a flavor-bomb of an Imperial IPA, was also named the state's best beer for 2016.
Albert Wu was on CNBC's “Closing Bell” sharing his perspective on the state of the New York economy as a CRE broker and having been raised in a small business family.
1989Chef Jonathan Lundy has launched Corto Lima in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. Enjoy Latin-inspired cuisine that focusses on affordability, quality ingredients and a creative menu. Vegetarian, gluten free and vegan friendly items will showcase the versatility of Chef Lundy’s creations featuring homemade artisanal corn tortillas, utilizing the ancient process of nixtamalization.
Dade McDermott, a Class A Master Teaching Professional of the world-renowned Lely Resort Golf & Country Club in Naples, Florida, has been named one of the Top Ten Golf Instructors in the World for 2017 by the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. Dade joins famous teachers David Leadbetter, Mark Immelman, Brenden Pappas, Gary Gilchrist and Michael Major as a recipient of this prestigious award. He is also an author who writes for the leading golf instruction magazine in the country "Golf Tips Magazine." Dade can be reached via his website www.dademcdermottgolf.com.
Michael Insler has co-authored a research paper on Asian immigration patterns, "Education Outcomes of Children of Asian Intermarriages: Does Gender of the Immigrant Parent Matter?" It was accepted for publication in The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy. Given the prominence of immigration in current discourse, this paper may generate substantial interest. This is the fifth publication for Michael.
Craving fresh Greek food while in Boston? Demetri Tsolakis has just opened GRE.CO at 225 Newbury St. They provide the fresh, farm-raised ingredients - you decide how it all comes together. Start off with a fresh baked pita or plate. Add in your choice of slow-roasted, organic meats. Bring some zing with tzatziki, spicy-whipped feta or another Greek sauce. And finish off your meal with legendary Loukoumades, homemade Greek-fried doughnuts, lavished with the velvety, chocolaty or fruity topping of your choice.
Dan Olsen spent time on campus taking in a Boys' Varsity Basketball game and working out with the team. Here he is with Coach Mannix and future Titan Liam Mannix.
Clemens Grave is launching Finnest with a classmate from Brown. Built to give parents a tool that changes the way children learn about personal finance, Clemens is looking for parents with children between 10 - 18 to chat with and receive early access to the mobile platform.
Matt Naumec, a sophomore at Boston College, won the Pizza Hut-Pat Hicks Invitational at Sunbrook Golf Club in St. George, Utah, by finishing 8 under par. This is Matt's fourth-straight, top five finish and his second win of the year. He also won The MacDonald Cup at Yale.
Updated through Jan. 20, 2017
Marshall Solomon writes: "I live in Boca Raton, Florida, for six months and Swampscott, Mass., for six months ... so if anyone is in the area, pick up a phone book and give a call ’cuz I'd love to see you, especially members of the Class of 1948, or thereabouts."
David Cooper writes: "Enjoying retirement in the Southwest. Much travel and exploration of American Indian culture. Glad to visit Santa Fe for its symphony and museums. All these interests began at Wilbraham."
The World Trade Organization has named former Ambassador Hyun Kim a member of the Appellate Body for a four-year term. The former WMA Trustee received his bachelor's, master’s and juris doctorate from Columbia. Hyun served as Trade Minister for Korea from 2004 to 2007, during which time Korea negotiated free trade agreements with more than 40 countries, including Korea's biggest trading partners. He served as Korea's Ambassador to the United Nations from 2007 to 2008 and was elected Vice President of the UN Economic and Social Council in 2008, where he worked towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. From 1999 to 2003, Hyun was a senior lawyer in the WTO's Appellate Body Secretariat and Legal Affairs Division, where he worked on cases related to IPR, services, TRIMs, safeguards and subsidies/countervailing measures. Recently, Hyun oversaw patent and anti-trust litigation with a major Korean corporation and is currently a professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, where he focuses on trade law and trade policies.
Eddie Shore III entered his first power-lifting contest in 2016. He raised money for the Shriners Hospital for Children with a final pull of 340 pounds. Way to go Eddie!
1987 & 1989
Mike Swift '87 and Bill Guerin '89 are sharing a photo of the next generation of hockey players. On Jan. 15, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Penn., their sons faced each other on the ice. Zach Swift (No. 14) plays for the Delaware Ducks U16AA and Liam Guerin (No. 9) plays for the Pittsburgh Artic Foxes U16AA.
Alexandra Johnson is at NYU, in the Jazz Performance and Composition Masters program. She is also an adjunct instructor at NYU in trumpet and piano.
Brigi Palatino has been named head coach of the Mount Ida College Women's Soccer program. After four seasons as the assistant coach at her alma mater, Connecticut College, Brigi will now lead the Mustangs in Newton, Mass. Double-majoring in psychology and environmental studies as an undergrad, Brigi took home Dean's and High honors, as well as earning All-Academic and National Psychology Honor Society accolades while playing four years of women's soccer for Conn. College. She holds both a National and Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and also got her US Soccer Coaching Certificate National "E" license in 2013 at the Soccer Champion's Coaching Clinic in Uncasville, Conn. "I am thankful for the opportunity and honored to be named the Women's Soccer Head Coach for Mount Ida,’’ Palatino said. "The decision to become a Mustang was a natural fit. In line with the mission and philosophy of the college, my role is to prepare student-athletes to be successful on and off the field.
Rickey Moore Jr. is busy finishing up his M.B.A.! After WMA, Rickey went to Sacred Heart University on a football scholarship and finished with his bachelor’s in marketing. He then received another athletic scholarship to Urbana University to play his last year of eligibility and pursue his M.B.A. After that year, he took some time off from school and moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he has been working as a senior account specialist for Enterprise Truck Rental. Rickey is now finishing up his M.B.A. online at Franklin University.
Philip Antonacci was back on Australia's Gold Coast during his winter break from the University of Pennsylvania. Having spent last summer interning with Gai Waterhouse, a Thoroughbred training powerhouse, Phil returned to learn more from Gai's methods during the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Racing runs deep in the Antonacci family, Phil is part of the third generation at Lindy Farms in Somers, Conn. He's hoping to apply for Godolphin Flying Start when he graduates college. The two year, full-time international thoroughbred leadership program incorporates horse management with business management within the thoroughbred industry. Pictured, left to right, are Bott, Antonacci and Waterhouse at Magic Millions.
Ivy Durepo recently received an official citation from the Massachusetts State House for her quick action in saving a man from drowning. Ivy had finished her shift as a lifeguard at Dunn State Park in Gardner, Mass., and was helping clean up inside when a woman came in frantic that someone needed help. An 18-year-old man started drowning in the middle of the lake. Fully clothed, Ivy jumped in and swam to the middle of the lake and saved him with no rescue tube. He was unconscious but regained consciousness shortly after and made a full recovery. Great job Ivy!!
Brielle Robinson, goalie for the University of New England Nor'easters, had a great year posting a 9-6-2 record and 0.83 goals against average. During the nine-game Commonwealth Coast Conference slate, Brielle was ranked first in shutouts (six), second in wins, and fourth in GAA (0.63). Her First Team CCC award is a repeat distinction from 2015 for the three-time all-league performer. Brielle was selected to play in the NEWISA Senior Bowl, to the NSCAA All-New England Region Third Team and to the NEWISA All-New England Second Team. Great job!
Jessica Smith was accepted into the bachelor's/master's program at NYU in the Institute of French Studies department. The accelerated master's program allows her to complete half of her master's before she receives her bachelor's degree. After Jessica's year abroad ends, she will stay in Paris for two months this summer to take two courses toward her master's at NYU Paris. Jessica says "the master's is in French Studies and focuses on French history and culture. I decided to change my double major in French into just a minor in order to fit all of these extra courses in my schedule senior year. So now I will finish my bachelor's with a major in the Global Liberal Studies program called Contemporary Culture and Creative Production as well as a minor in CAS in French and a minor in Stern/Tisch called Business Media Entertainment Technology."
Updated through Dec. 20, 2016
Retiring Hampden County Sheriff Mike Ashe was presented with the key to the city of Springfield at a luncheon in his honor. After 42 years as sheriff, Mike will retire in January. Under his leadership, the Community Restitution Program has a 22-year history that is well respected across the nation. The program provides inmates with work skills that include landscaping and horticulture, painting and maintenance, carpentry, roadside debrushing, litter cleanup and custodial work. There are now 10 crews working in Springfield.
Richard Harrington stopped by former Monson Academy Headmaster Dr. Roger's grave at Island Pond Cemetery in Harwich, Mass. Dick writes that it brought back a "flood of memories.’’
On Oct. 14, Bill James and wife Janet hosted a farewell dinner for Sir Stuart and Lady Angela Hampson in Boston. The Hampsons had just finished a seven-week, 10,500 mile tour of the United States in their 1955 Jaguar XK 140 convertible. They traveled with another dozen-and-a-half classic British car enthusiasts, and joined Bill and Janet, and fellow Wilbraham 1964 classmates Bob Armell and Andrew Petkun, before returning to England. Clockwise from bottom left, are Bob Armell's wife Judy, Sir Stuart Hampson, Janet James, Bob Armell, Lady Angela Hampson, Bill James and Andrew Petkun.
Scott Seaman is celebrating his second year as Material Management Director for Divine Savior Healthcare in Portage, Wisc.
Gayle Dragicevich now has her own TV show! “Moving Forward with Gayle Suzanne” is a 30-minute show airing once a month on TV9 in Seekonk, Mass. The show is about pressing through challenges and being triumphant! Gayle will have guests and interviews. It airs on the third Wednesday.
The annual '91 WMA lunch at the Fort was one short this year. Don Kelly, honored guest, joined Paul Sullivan, Andy Roebuck and Mike DeNucci at the downtown Springfield establishment in mid-December. Due to his recent move to Texas, Tino Ricci was unable to make it this year. Andy says they've been getting together for lunch before the holidays for the past seven or eight years!
Matt Koziol traded in his suit and tie for jeans and boots and couldn't be happier. Matt heads up Clover Springs Farm in West Brookfield, Mass., where a couple hundred, grass-fed beef cattle roam the 500-acre farm. Clover Hill's FDA-certified organic beef can be found in the local Wegmans grocery store, five area farm stands and Worcester area restaurants like Bull Mansion. Check them out at http://cloverspringsfarmstand.com/
Arlene Goodman, M.D., is Pediatric Concussion Specialist at St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., and engaged to be married in August 2017.
Dr. Jonathan Insler will now be teaching physics at Rowan University in New Jersey. He will continue his postdoctoral research at Drexel University as well.
Andrew Leichthammer and his business partner are open for business! Good Measure Brewing Co. located in Northfield, Vt., opened their tasting room on Dec. 16, offering draft pours and growler fills of their beers along with some merchandise. Check them out at www.goodmeasurebrewing.com
Michelle Majkut is beyond excited to finally be a D.C.-barred attorney! She recently celebrated her two-year anniversary at Clutch Group. Michelle primarily works in e-discovery and data analytics for regulatory investigations within the financial/banking industry. She credits her seven years at WMA for her work ethic and determination.
Ayano Konakamura stopped by campus and posed for a photo with Mrs. Scott. Ayano will finish medical school at Peking University Health in Japan this July and was in the U.S. doing a five-week rotation at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass.
Updated through Nov. 21, 2016
Tom Crafts married Donna Desmond on Oct. 8, 2016 on the island of Boca Grande off the west coast of Florida, just south of Venice. Tom writes "The ceremony occurred on Banyan Street which we had closed for our 50-60 friends and families. Casual attire (guys were in white shirts, khaki slacks and flip flops with ladies in white or tan dresses and "big" hats). Donna Desmond is a graduate of East Longmeadow (Mass.) High School in 1967. Her sister is four years older and graduated in 1964 with my late wife Beverly. They were best of friends. DD's father (Al Desmond), at 95, walked her down the aisle on Banyan Street. He was the chief of police in East Longmeadow. DD's Mom, at 92, also was at the ceremony. They live in Punta Gorda now. We honeymooned in the mountains near Blowing Rock, N.C., where we rented a mountain cabin in late October and will now live in North Port, Florida near her mom and dad."
Charles S. Feinstein writes “My wife Christiane, is a French Immersion Kindergarten teacher at a local public school. I have three children and six grandchildren. My son Julien Katzenmaier graduated from high school this past June and is spending a year in Israel studying at a religious, pre-military academy in the Golan prior to enlisting in the Israel Defense Forces. My son Jeremy Feinstein has three children and is living in Virginia Beach where he is a sales manager at a music store and my daughter Sheri Feinstein Powers is living in Mobile, Ala., with her three children and is a Coast Guard Family.
I am a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and help people come to stay, study, work and more in Canada. I have been a permanent resident for a few years and plan to become a (dual) citizen in a year or two.
Life is good here in the Prairies of Central Alberta.”
Maura Griffin, a nationally-recognized financial planner, brings her Manhattan-based Blue Spark Capital Advisors firm to the Berkshires fulfilling a dream she's nurtured for many years. Named a "Top Financial Leader" by Forbes magazine and honored with the Women's Choice Award for Financial Advisors for the past three years, Maura opened her downtown Lenox office this week, while maintaining her original Madison Avenue presence where Blue Spark began to catch fire five years ago. Maura's guidance includes planning for college costs and how to handle inheritances through death or a divorce - "it's often angry money or sad money." Her goal is to "help address those emotions, take them apart and turn them into a tool, because money is a tool to help you do what you need or want to do." Learn more about Maura's "holistic" approach at www.bluesparkfinancial.com
Rachael Gagnon and her husband Matthew welcomed a daughter into their family on Oct. 21, 2016. One year old big brother Cutler can't wait for his little sister Zelania to play with him!
Joe Martin and his wife Nicole welcomed a son into their family. Owen Joseph was born on Nov. 6, 2016.
Pat Callahan, his sister Mary Callahan '15, and their aunt have launched NiceboxGives.org - a community betterment project that partners with shelters to provide everyday essential items to the homeless. Nicebox is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose goods are distributed through three area shelters. There are different Niceboxes you can donate towards - a TidyPack with a washcloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair and body wash and more, or a WinterWarmUpPack with gloves, hat, socks and more.
Melody Liu got a surprise when she went to a Simon Sinek book signing! He listened to her story about YEMS and how she started with the "why" and then asked her for a copy of the YEMS memory book. He even insisted that she sign it!! Melody says "Simon Sinek's books and Ted talk had a huge impact in shaping my vision for my non-profit YEMS project."
Updated through Oct. 1, 2016
Lots of great memories and laughs were shared on August 17, 2016 as former Faculty Member Emeritus and Interim Headmaster Fred Watts was surprised at lunch by some former students including: Left to right, back row: Win Dodge '58, Charlie Pettee '57, Brian Pettee '89, Ron Alley '57, Bill Faulkner '57; front row: Fred Watts, Gary Beauchamp '78.
Lee Pinney was honored by Major League Lacrosse on August 13, 2016. MML, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league honored Lee at the 2016 MLL Semifinal at Fairfield University. Lee played lacrosse at Wilbraham Academy, continued playing at Cornell University and has given back to the sport throughout his life. As a commercial farmer he dedicates a portion of his land to playing fields for recreation and club teams. Lee is a regular player at our annual alumni lacrosse game each year. Congratulations Lee!
Mr. Arthur Kelley, was visited at his home in Connecticut by four members from the Wilbraham Academy Class of 1964. Along with teaching English from 1955 - 71, Mr. Kelley was the Academy's Dramatics Instructor and Rubicon Advisor. Prior to coming to the Academy, Mr. Kelley fought in World War II as a navigator on B24 bombers. Left to right, back row: Bill "Wilbur" James and Andrew Petkun; front row: Tim Huston, Mr. Kelley and Dick Fuld.
Rick Meehan writes "I'm retired from The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company after spending 35+ years and ending my career as Vice President of Labor Relations. My wife Donna and I are the proud grandparents of three beautiful little girls. We live at the Pinehills in Plymouth, Mass., and I very much enjoy a round of golf. I would love to reconnect with former classmates from the Class of '69 at Wilbraham and would like to attend our 50th reunion. I would also like to nominate our 1969 New England Class B Basketball Championship team to the Wilbraham Athletic Hall of Fame. What a treat that would be to get those from our team back together at our 50th reunion."
Mont Stong shared a photo of he and Jenny Franklin when they met for lunch in Orlando, Fla., in May. Besties from the class of 1978!
Michiharu Honda was interviewed by i24news, an international news channel based in Tel Aviv, Israel, about Japan's ageing emperor hinting at abdication. Michiharu is the Secretary for Policy in Japan's House of Representatives.
After 16 years being a licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Tracy Viola has become a Real Estate Broker.
She just opened her residential real estate company, Thompson Real Estate in September, 2016. Tracy proudly lives in the 16 Acres area of Springfield, Mass., and has two grown boys, a daughter-in-law, and two cats. She travels often to Maine as well as to Florida.
Kent Karosen recently announced his book about Alzheimer's. "Why Can't Grandma Remember My Name?" is a children's book which juxtaposes art created by kindergarteners with art created by Alzheimer's patients. All royalties benefit the Fisher Center Foundation in the quest to find a cure. To learn more or to preorder Ken's book, go to www.alzinfo.org/book.
Chef Jonathan Lundy will open Corto Lima, a Latin inspired restaurant in downtown Lexington, Ky., in January 2012. The menu of small plates, street-style tacos, and entrees will bring the cuisines of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America as well as the American South West to Lexington. Jonathan, a James Beard Award Semi-Finalist for Best Chef in the Southeast, will also continue to run Jonathan's Events, featuring upscale catering and special events. Stay tuned for the grand opening!
The seventh annual beer hunting trip took the guys to Portsmouth, N.H.! Jason Welch '92, Mike D'Agostino '92, Jim Lagrant '91, and Brad Dolben '91. Looks like a good time was had by all!
While in Hawaii for work, Matthew A. Estes '92 met Miyuki Noji '93 for lunch in Honolulu.
Walter Duncan's company Quick Key, the mobile assessment software that improves student performance and eliminates hand grading, and Teach For America have partnered to implement the time-saving and meaningful tool to delve into the student learning experience. Quick Key is a rapid mobile feedback solution that transforms mobile phones into optical scanners to grade quizzes, tests, and surveys. The app eliminates hand-grading of assignments, allowing educators to focus on students. For more information visit get.quickkeyapp.com
Congratulations to Andrea Stanley, #19 in Fortune Magazine's 2016 list of Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink. Andrea is Owner/Maltster at Valley Malt, a micro-malthouse offering base malts for local brewers. They bring an innovative twist to many traditional malts.
Yashar Yaslowitz and his wife Margo Eberlein welcomed a daughter into their family. Clara Adeline was born on May 3, 2016, measuring 7 pounds, 7 ounces and 20 inches long.
Keshawn Dodds is now the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Family Center of Springfield, Mass. He is extremely excited for this move because the Boys & Girls Club is where he grew up. His mother brought him to the Family Center when he was 7 years old and from then until now, Keshawn attributes much of his success to his time there. This is a true honor for Keshawn to lead the Center that he grew up in.
Bernardo Araujo showed his WMA pride in Rio during the Olympic games.
Audra Graziano's contemporary paintings can now be found on the walls of JACK and MARCEL in NYC. Located in the Interior Design Building, JACK and MARCEL specializes in European lighting, furniture, ceramics and accessories form the 1940s - 1970s. Audra is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona School of Art.
Andrew Nepomuceno and his wife Emma welcomed a son into their family. Hugo was born in July.
A great write-up for Frank Antonacci '01 and Philip Antonacci '13. Harness Racing Update says "Lindy Farms of Connecticut is not only one of harness racing's great farms, it is a forward-thinking, third-generation operation built by the Antonacci family with equal parts passion, practicality and pride." Lindy Farms was featured in a three-part series in the September 2016 issues of HarnessRacingUpdate.com.
Julie Duffy has been named Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. Julie spent five seasons leading the University of Findlay's women's lacrosse program and prior to that she was head coach at Division III Ohio Wesleyan University. Merrimack College Director of Athletics Jeremy Gibson stated "We are very excited to welcome Julie to Merrimack College and to our women's lacrosse program. She has demonstrated the ability to develop and lead a program that will succeed on the field, in the classroom and in the community."
Josh Wuerthele and his wife Cara welcomed Declan David Wuerthele into their family. Declan arrive on July 8, 2016 weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce.
Lino Palatino married Mayumi Yamasaki in Japan on September 18, 2016 in Kochi, Japan. Lino and Mayumi are proud parents of baby Tina.
Alex Tuohey officially released his first single "Dreamcatcher" on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music on May 16. Check it out!
Lauren Brodeur received her state license and is now an official sonographer. She's working at Saratoga Hospital but is hoping to move back to live and work in Western MA.
Caitlin Mitchell was part of a two-person team that earned top honors in Elon Law's annual Intramural Moot Court Competition. Caitlin, an Elon Law Leadership Fellow, also received awards for her oral arguments in both the preliminary and final rounds of an intramural contest that is the largest to date in the nine years of competition.
Chelsea Goldrick and Ellis Backman have welcomed a little girl into their family. Ryker Lily Backman was born on July 26, 2016. Proud Auntie Molly Goldrick '07 was the first to take beautiful photos of little Ryker.
Yunseong Nam is officially Dr. Nam. In May 2016, Dr. Nam completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Wesleyan University. Nam stopped to visit his WMA Physics teacher, Allen Hsiao, on his way to the University of Maryland where he has accepted a research position.
There was a mini-WMA reunion at UCLA in May! Left to right: Ding Jianguang '11, Bobby Zhang '11, Becky Baihui Chen '12, Xiang Wang '13, Andrew Ying '13, Irene Gao '14 and Chen Wang '16.
Stephanie Reeves graduated from Connecticut College in May with a triple major in Neuroscience, Dance and Slavic Studies and doesn't seem to be slowing down. Having been granted U.S. Fulbright Student Program fellowship, Steph will spend 10 months teaching English at the Kazan National Research Technological University, a school of 27,000 students located 500 miles east of Moscow, Russia. Steph says that while in Russia, "I also hope to volunteer in hospitals and maybe create a dance club to eliminate language barriers and facilitate nonverbal communication."
CJ Woloshchuk was awarded a prestigious Provosts Award from American University for her research on the effects of MDPV pre-exposure on the aversive effects of MDPV, cocaine and lithium chloride and its implications for abuse vulnerability. She is continuing with the next step in this research this fall. She also has the honor of being published, as the first author, in the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, as an undergraduate. CJ was also a part of the UTEP research program this past summer where she worked on a project regarding fish oil as a treatment for the negative health consequences of eating a high fat diet. She is currently in her senior year at American University - majoring in psychology with a minor in biology - where she remains active in her pre-med fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon and PEERS, peer educators for the elimination of relationship and sexual violence. She is preparing to take the MCAT in April and to begin applying to medical schools in May.
Ado Kawuba met Lionel Messi, Argentina's most well known soccer star, while working a soccer camp at Gillette Stadium!
Alexandria F. Cerpovicz of West Springfield has been awarded a St. Lawrence University Fellowship for a summer 2016 research project. Ms. Cerpovicz is a member of the Class of 2017 and is majoring in geology. Her project is titled "Magnetic Susceptibility Profiles as a Tool for Correlation: A Case Study from Upper Ordovician Red River Fm."
Max Zielinski is a Backcountry Caretaker with the Green Mountain Club (GMC), a non-profit organization that maintains Vermont's hiking trails, including the Long Trail. The LT is a 273-mile long-distance hiking trail in Vermont that stretches from the Massachusetts border to the Quebec border; it was the predecessor to the Appalachian Trail and was founded in 1910. Max writes: "My work as a Caretaker focuses on "employing hiker education and backcountry stewardship in order to promote Leave No Trace principles and to protect VT's natural resources." I'm stationed on Mt. Mansfield and Sterling Pond, camping in overnight shelters and collecting a fee for use by hikers. During the day, I'm responsible for maintaining trails, composting sewage, and providing safety and information for mountain users with first response and search & rescue. I also act as the "face" of the GMC for many hikers, providing information and generally being a good steward. Mt. Mansfield is the largest of only three areas in VT where can be found fragile, rare Arctic-Alpine vegetation. These species thrive in the harsh environments of mountain summits, but are vulnerable to human footsteps. So the best part of my job is to inform people about the fragile nature of this vegetation that can only be found outside of the Arctic Circle on these mountain summits and how to keep them from disappearing."
Jessica Smith is spending this school year abroad where she will be a resident assistant for the NYU program in Paris, France. Jessie will be taking all of her classes in French both semesters as well as working as an intern at a French company during the second semester. A recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Jessie was awarded $5,000 to aid with expenses and says "there is also a follow up project to discuss how the scholarship impacted my time abroad and so I will actually be returning to WMA after my time in France to discuss the experience and the scholarship."
Members of the Class of 2015 were able to enjoy some time together on Cape Cod this summer before they head back to college for their sophomore year! Left to right: Drew Mele, Austin Fabbo, Aparna Sivakumar, Andres Feng, Emily Moran, Meg Harrington, Andrew Dasco and Sara Burke.
Sophia Tosato was featured in a marketing piece for Danzarteatro in Padua, Italy. Sofia can be seen on posters and billboards! Beautiful!
By Ashley Bradway '18
Joseph Schneider '15 has gone where very few athletes have gone before — both literally and metaphorically.
Joe represented the United States on the men's open basketball team for ages 18-25 during the 20th annual Maccabiah Games this summer. The Maccabiah Games, often referred to as the "Jewish Olympics," take place every four years in Israel. More than 10,000 athletes from 80 countries participated in the games, including a number of Olympic medalists, record holders and world-class athletes. But despite the odds, Joe's team won all six games it played, earning the gold.
A few years ago, Joe participated in the Jewish Community Center Maccabiah; the coach saw his skill and recommended he try out for the official games. The tryouts occur in New York and California, and attract an eclectic mix of athletes, as Joe describes, "some people played professionally in teams in Europe; others were college students like me."
Four years ago, the Amherst College standout tried out for the team and didn't make it, but he came back, and this time he made the cut— along with 11 others.
The group traveled to Israel and spent a week touring the country before the games and seeing important sites like the Western Wall and the City of David. The tours are part of the Maccabiah's mission to strengthen participant's connection to the State of Israel and the Jewish people.
It was Joe's first time in Israel — an experience he is not apt to forget. As he explains, "It was awesome being able to compete with 10,000 other athletes like myself who were Jewish; of course we were there to win gold, but we were also so proud of being of being Jewish and being surrounded by people just like us."
Andrew G. Veitch '65 wrote, "Last spring I was initiated into the Buzzards Society of the Stamford (CT) Yacht Club for having participated in at least 10 Vineyard races. The 238-mile Vineyard race is a yearly yacht race held Labor Day weekend starting from Stamford to the Buzzards Bay light tower and back to Stamford passing south of Block Island."
Jeff Buchholz '80 is currently working at IBM as a sales engineer but earned his funeral director/embalmer license this year. He's been married for 29 years to Tracey Beckstead Buchholz. They have two children, Brenton, a senior at American International College, and William a junior at Cheney Technical High School.
Judy Wesson Candage '82 has been elected president of the New England Morgan Horse Association. There are currently 465 active members across New England and beyond in the association, which promotes and celebrates the great Morgan horse in the show ring, on the trail and as favorite family pals. You can learn more at www.NEMHA.com.
Teresa (Holuk) Bruno '99 and Frank Bruno '98 had a new addition to their family on Jan. 5. Ariana joins big brother Steven in bringing the Bruno family to four! Teresa also recently earned the 2015 Top Performer: Sales Manager Award from Manheim Auctions. There's a lot to be excited about in the Bruno home.
Valley Malt, a business started by Andrea Stanley '94 and her husband Christian, has been featured in Amy Halloran's new book, "The New Bread Basket: How the New Crop of Grain Growers, Plant Breeders, Millers, Maltsters, Bakers, Brewers, and Local Food Activists Are Redefining Our Daily Loaf." From Amy, "Take Andrea and Christian Stanley, a couple who taught themselves the craft of malting and opened the first malthouse in New England in one hundred years. Such pioneering grain projects give consumers an alternative to industrial bread and beer, and return their production to a scale that respects people, local communities, and the health of the environment."
Jennifer Junkin '01 and her husband Scott welcomed Finn Cormac Junkin into their family on Oct. 28. Finn joins his siblings Jack and Penny in filling the Junkin home!
Look for Jonathan Winegar-Mendez '02 this March at Saloniki, a new Greek concept restaurant opening in the Fenway neighborhood in Boston. Saloniki will showcase street food of the Aegean Sea port city. The "fine casual dining" restaurant is under construction at 132 Brookline Ave., near the newest Wahlburgers.
The "New England Soccer Journal" ranked Pat Phelan '04 #40 in their Top 50 Greatest Players From New England in the January-February 2016 issue. They referred to him as a "rugged operator patrolling the New England Revolution midfield" with "combative qualities." Pat spent most of his six-year pro career with the New England Revolution. Congratulations Pat!
David Kreps '06 has been busy since his days at WMA. After graduating from the University of Southern Maine with a bachelor's in biology, David went on to American International College for graduate school. In May 2015 he earned a doctorate in physical therapy, received the Community Service Award at graduation, passed the national physical therapy exam and is now a licensed physical therapist. David currently works at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield, Mass.