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

Latest Alumni Updates

Class Notes updated through Jan. 23, 2023

1953M

Ronald Parody writes: “Just returned from attending a Veterans Ski Instructors reunion in Deer Valley, Utah, where the skiing was superb. Been a Certified Ski Instructor for over 60 years and still teach Seniors at Mt. High Resort in Wrightwood, California. Enjoyed my 88th birthday a couple of days ago and still have many fond memories on Monson Academy and the friends I met there.”

1965W

The Stamford (Connecticut) Yacht Club held its annual 238 mile Vineyard Race over Labor Day weekend. Andrew Veitch writes: “That’s me in the red, trimming the blue spinnaker on our boat at the start of the race -my 17th! Almost 100 boats participated in this year’s event.”

 

1969

Robert Longo

"Hello class of 1969. There are nine of us that stay in touch via email. If you'd like to join the email group, email me at RobertELongoLPC@gmail.com. Would like to hear from anyone in the Wilbraham Class of 1969."

 

1979

WMA alum holding a prize

Edward Shore III, center, won second place in the over 60 division at the 2022 United States Strongman National championship. 

 

1998

Stacy Jagodowski writes: "I moved back to Massachusetts in the fall of 2020, after three years living in California, to accept a position working at Tabor Academy. I drove cross country during the height of COVID to make the move, which was an experience to say the least and am enjoying life in the seaside town of Marion. I'm now in my third year at Tabor, where I'm the Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications."

Male alum smiling at camera

Rhett Broderick writes: “Hello Coachmen! … I mean Titans … I have been in Sun Valley, Idaho, since 2016, teaching high school social studies. I teach World History, AP Human Geography and I'm coaching my daughters' basketball and soccer teams. I have two little girls to keep me busy (8 and 5) and living in Sun Valley, we get to ski all the time. Life is grand up here in the mountains. I hope all of the WMA alumni are healthy and happy!”

 

1999

Leigh Anne Litz resides in Somers, Connecticut, with her three children. Hannah 13, Gabriella 10 and Scotty 5. Leigh Anne accepted a new position as the Business Development and Recruitment Director for Nichols College Graduate and Professional Studies in May 2022. She would love to extend an invitation to all Wilbraham & Monson Alumni to join Nichols College for a no cost Masterclass Webinar Series on a variety of Professional Development topics. Registration can be found here.

 

2003

Rob Talevi recently received a master's degree from Boston University in Project Management. He also obtained certifications as both a "Scrum Master" and "Product Owner" pertaining to agile project management. He is currently working toward earning a PMP license (aka Project Management Professional) from the Project Management Institute (PMI). When not working toward his license and various certifications and degrees, Rob works as a Research Analyst for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and also acts as a class facilitator for Masters level courses at Boston University. In his free time, he enjoys coaching his son's hockey team and martial arts.

 

2008

Liz (Wright) DeMaio married Tom DeMaio on May 21, 2022 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. Brother Andrew Wright '07 and friend Adriane (DeWitt) Levy were part of the wedding party. Jordan (Landers) Malloy, Marc Bourgeois and Emma Bourgeois '13 were also in attendance. Mr. and Mrs. DeMaio currently live in Boston. 

 

2009

Alessandra (Mele) Corbett 

Four of my branding projects with The Homegrown Studio were recognized at this year's Ad Club of Western Massachusetts Creative Awards. We earned a:

  •  Silver Award in the category of Integrated Advertising Campaign for our work on the Downtown Northampton Association Holiday Campaign
  • Bronze Award for Branding and Sign Design completed with local clothing boutique 25 Central,
  • Bronze Award in Packaging Design for a line of cheese labels designed for Thomas Farm & Dairy
  • Bronze Award in Brand Identity Design for Summer on Strong in Northampton. 

 

Pictured is myself and Sara Esthus at the award ceremony in November. Sara joined The Homegrown Studio this year as my first full-time hire. She is our Marketing Director, helping our clients build clear marketing strategies and implement branding into their business plans. She's a proud Ethel Walker School alum.

 

2010

Hannah (Tanguay) Dunphy

My husband, Sean, and I welcomed our daughter Katherine Waverly Dunphy on Aug. 19, 2022. Our sweet Kit is keeping us on our toes, but she is the most wonderful addition to our family and we are soaking up every moment with her.

 

2012

Hannah (Caine) McDonald and her husband, Frederick, welcomed a baby girl to their family. Riann Elizabeth McDonald was born on Jan. 6, 2023.

 

2021

Aidan Held and Matt Banbury ’19, right, former Titan teammates, helped lead Hamilton College football to wins over traditional NESCAC powers Amherst and Williams. Matt was the starting quarterback as a senior, while Aidan played at defensive end and special teams as a sophomore.