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Class Notes
Maurice Bellerose '83 is retired and living in Southeast Colorado with his wife, Claudette.
David St. Lawrence '06 concluded his 2016-17 NCAA Ice Hockey season with his second straight selection, to the NCAA Men’s Division - III Ice Hockey Championships (in Utica, New York). David was a linesman in the National Semi-Final game that placed St. Norbert’s College of Green Bay, Wisconsin against Trinity College of Hartford, Connecticut. David was also selected in the 2015-16 season, as a linesman, to officiate in the National Semi-Finals (in Lake Placid, New York) that placed St. Norbert’s College of Green Bay, Wisconsin against The University of Massachusetts-Boston of Boston, Massachusetts. David thanks not only his wife, (Jenna (Marszalek) St. Lawrence (2007-Rindge), but also their 2 children, Nolan & Nora, for letting him pursue this hobby, to a high level. David worked both of these games and four additional Men’s NCAA D-III Play-Off Games over the past 3 seasons with his brother Michael St. Lawrence. Their main body of officiating work is in both NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) and NEHC (The New England Hockey Conference) hockey leagues throughout the regular season and into the respective conference play-offs. This was David’s 8th season of officiating NCAA Ice hockey (11th year officiating overall). He is an Assistant Credit Manager for The Sherwin-Williams Company. He, Jenna, and their children reside in Westfield, Massachusetts.
Following the memorial service for Bill Wittenberg, the 1966 class president and FPC friends gathered in Rindge, NH. Pictured are Dave Groder ’66, Ron Savarese ’66, Dan Snell ’67, Vinnie Donnelly ’67, John Burke ’66, Dave Wilson ’77, and Chet Monroe, boyhood friend of Bill Wittenberg.
Gilbert Peck ’67 reports, “2016 was a great year for the Gil Pecks. We love living in the mountains of North Carolina. We have been blessed with good friends, good health and cool weather. Florida was just so hot in the summer. Family and grandchildren continue to parade to grandma and grandpa’s. Did I just say that! Wasn’t last year 1967? 2017 finds us looking foward to travel and hopefully a stop at FPC campus. As we grow older, we realize how important and rich those “Pioneer Years” meant.”
Sharon Lyn Stein ’71, EdD; (IMDB) from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. I majored in theater and minored in English and both of those degrees have served me well and led to a master’s and doctorate degree in education with an emphasis in the visual and performing arts. Besides co-chairing with Henry Ellis on the social committee that lead to that wonderful winter carnival with Janis Joplin, I took part on many committees at Franklin Pierce. My education has led me to make a living from teaching and the performing arts. I’m a member of SAG-AFTRA and Americans for the Arts. Every year for the past four years I have been performing for an equine therapy organization for special needs kids. This year we did a Cole Porter review and I won best actress award, and it all started with Franklin Pierce. I was in Matt Berman’s film “The Wedding Pact” as well. Matt Berman is a Franklin Pierce alumnus. I also have been a West Coast chapter leader for many years, bringing California alumni together for many events through many Franklin Pierce presidents over the years. I love my alma mater and will always be grateful for the education, friendships and knowledge I received there. Thank You Franklin Pierce University! ”
Charlie Mann ’72 reports, “2016 was a year of many surprises and blessings. First of all I had the privilege to revisit my alma mater, FPU. It was such a great time and so inspired me to return in June 2017 for the Reunion. I look forward to see many of my old friends from 1968-1974. At Celestial Manna, where I am Founder and Executive Director, we had the resources to provide fresh daily food to tens of thousands of food insecure people throughout the year. Please check us out at www. celestialmanna.org and on Facebook. I can’t wait to see and hear from you all soon.”
Neil Epstein ’74 writes, “I fished recently with my sons, Lon and Marshall, in Marathon, FL. Regards to class of ‘74. I hope all are working on their bucket list (mine is still long). By the way, for those who went to Patillas, Puerto Rico, I hear it still looks the same as it is now a preserve. Check it out on Google.”
Peter R. Taylor ’69, owner of an executive search firm specializing in corporate real estate for major Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States since 1978, is now semi-retired with residences in New York City and Hanover, NH. His daughter is a Holy Cross graduate and attorney residing in Connecticut with two young children. His son is a Rutgers graduate having led the NCAA division one Scarlet Night fencing team and is currently residing in Philadelphia.
Philip Bruno ’70 writes, “Snowbirding down to Boynton Beach, Fla...wahoo. Winters in New England aren’t the same since I left Pierce in 1970.”
Leslie Cooper ’71 has moved to New Jersey and is a consultant for Epic Electronic Medical Records.
Richie Schwartz ’71 writes, “If any ‘71 grads remember me, please contact. I had a ‘66 396 blue Chevelle with 1/4 vinyl roof.”
Marcy (Pollock) Fink ’73 and Art Fink ’72 were so excited to host their third “Meet and Greet Get Together” for our FPU Ladies Bowling Team when they competed in a tournament in November in Delaware. Team members, coaches, parents and local alumni had a great time socializing, with plenty of good food and laughs. They are looking forward to hosting the team again next year when they return to compete in Delaware. “Go Lady Ravens!”
Marty Gold ’74 reports, “I am back at work and closing in on retirement after dealing with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in the fall of 2015.”
Lawrence “Larry” Abramson ’75 writes, “A good year. My grandson is 4 1/2 and had a memorable birthday at Disney World with his sister, parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Patti and I are still working here in Florida. All in all, it could be worse. Best to all.”
Edwin Barton ’77, Professor of English and Department Chair at Bakersfield College, is retiring in May after nearly forty years of teaching at his present institution, California State University and Vanderbilt University. Ed and his wife, Glenda, and daughter, Caroline, will be moving to their summer home in Cambria, CA, where he hopes to spend the rest of his days reading, writing, drinking wine, and walking his dog Jenny on the beach. Ed last visited the Franklin Pierce campus in the fall of 2012 to accept the first Power of the Raven award for distinguished service and commitment to his profession. He also enjoyed a fine lunch with Professor Jim Mayberry.
Kevin Shaughnessy ’76 writes, “I am leaving Florida to return to New England. I think I am just missing all the activities and people I have known.”
Karen (Eisenberg) Goldberg ’79 writes, “FPC Alumni from the ’70s and ’80s had a little get together this past October in Port Chester, NY at the Rye House. A fun time was had by all. Looking forward to the next get together.”
Leanne Jacques ‘86 writes, “2016 was a great year! Traveled to California to see friends and attend a Dixie Chicks concert. 20 years at Altria Corporation - love my job. I am truly living the dream. Living on Cape Cod!”
1984 Patrick Kirchgessner ’84 reports, “Moving on to other challenges. I finally left Sprint after 25 years in 2009 and started at Intact Technology in 2010 and have been blessed to work with one of the best companies I could hope to be with. Met my beloved Tracey a little over 2 years ago, and we now live happily in Sarasota, FL.”
Bill Paskowski ’84 and Debbie (Ormezzano) Paskowski ’84 will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary this year. They have three children with two in the professional world (daughter is a nurse, oldest son is a police officer, and the youngest son is a freshman in college). “We wish all our old classmates from 1984 our best wishes and to all the FPU alumni and current students a very happy and successful 2017.”
Tony Jones ’85 reports, “I am teaching biology and chemistry at Montclair Kimberley Academy where I have been since 2000. I am also the 12th Grade Dean and varsity boys basketball coach. I have been married for 27 years. I have a a son (Brandon) and two daughters (Breanna and Brittany).”
Robyn Thibodeau ’87 writes, “I own a seasonal beachfront restaurant on Cape Cod. If you are down on vacation, stop by and say hi. (www.sailingcow.com). I live in Mashpee, MA and work for TIAA as a senior program manager.”
Nan McCarthy ’88 writes, “2016 just flew by with lots going on in every area of my life. By the end of June, sales of my paintings and cards were higher than for all of last year, so it was a good year all in all. I continue to be represented by Surroundings Art Gallery in Center Sandwich and Moultonboro, NH, and The MainStreet MarketPlace & Gallery in Warner, NH. I also went on two art trips. In June, I traveled to Sicily, on a very busy, very hectic two week tour, that took us all over the island, spending several nights in different cities and included Mount Etna, many Greek and Roman ruins, and a performance of ‘Electra’ at the Greek theatre in Siracusa. In September, I spent a week in Santa Fe, NM, with day trips to Bandelier National Monument to see the caves; Abiquiu, where Georgia O’Keeffe lived and had her studio; and Ghost Ranch, another locale where Georgia O’Keeffe lived.”
Colleen (Dunleavy) Rawlings ’93 writes, “Dan and I have moved. After ten years in Yellowstone, we decided it was time to try something new. We are now living in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in southeast Alaska. Should you find yourself in Alaska or planning a trip to Alaska, be sure to stop in and say hi. We are only accessible by boat or plane from Juneau, so some pre-planning is required. Hey Robin, where are you??? For those of you wondering about the photo, that’s Mendenhall Glacier, in Juneau, behind us on a nice, snowy day.”
1995 Kathy (Stinchfield) Knapp ’95, graduated from school in May 2016 after three years of schooling in Radiography with High Honors (3.87 GPA!). She is employed at Southern Maine Health Care, a trauma II hospital, in Biddeford Maine as a radiologic technologist working nights in the emergency room taking x-rays on trauma patients. She writes, “Absolutely love the decision I made to go back to school at 40 years old and change my life! I am married with two boys ages 12 and 13 years old. I was very proud to show them what Mom can do!”
Michael Kennedy ’98 writes, “The first half of 2017 has many milestones for the Kennedy family. Michael and Angel ’99 will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. Our daughters, Ashley and Kaley, will be turning 21 in March. Our son, Michael Jr., will be graduating high school in June.”
Jackie Everidge ’90 and Kimberly (Saucier) Everidge ’92 are proud to announce their daughter, Hannah Rose Everidge, has committed to play basketball at Franklin Pierce University beginning in 2017.
Nicole Chouinard ’94 reports, “I purchased my first home this past summer!”
Kristen Jaccodine ’97 writes, “2016 marked the end of a long journey for me. Freddy the Tiger, a children’s story that I originally wrote while in the 4th grade, became available to the world! I self published this story through Create Space, and it is now available for purchase on Amazon. com. In addition to marketing Freddy, I plan to return to my work on a short story before diving into a longer piece of fiction. Members of the Crestview Crew and all of my classmates of 1997, can you believe that May 2017 marks our 20th reunion? Where does the time go?”
Rick Cecchetti ’98 says he retired on December 31st after almost 36 years of working as a civilian for the U.S.Navy. He’s looking forward to more adventures in the years ahead.
Libby Richardson ’98 is the senior director of special events for the American Red Cross in Connecticut and Rhode Island. She plans and executes fundraising events to carry out the mission of the Red Cross so that people can prepare for, prevent, and respond to emergencies. She’s very excited to be working for the Red Cross after spending the last eight years with United Way in Hartford. Libby welcomes friends to contact her through Facebook and LinkedIn.
Rachel Field ’99 writes, “I know you were looking for ‘news,’ but I guess for me, not too much has changed since school! I still live in San Diego, still work for the publishing company I helped build (ReferencePoint Press), and still work with dogs at local shelters and rescues. There’s no reason to shake things up if you’re happy!”
Keith Harrington ’99 is currently working at Witchcraft Heights Elementary School in Salem, MA, and attended a performance of “A Christmas Carol” with his students. After arriving back from the wonderful show he told co-workers “What a story and what a twist at the end. Scrooge turning good? I did NOT see that coming.”
Colleen (McKinnon) Johnson ’99, writes, “I got married on October 9th and became a stepmom to two AMAZING kids, Leyla (14) and Dylan (11)! My husband, Scott, is an elementary school principal in Sudbury and as you all know from the article, I work for my best friend in graphic design/truck lettering in Weymouth! Happy New Year!”
Ali (Farsun) Dembishack ’03 and John Dembishack ’04 recently welcomed their first child, Charlotte Grace Dembishack, on October 27, 2016. She was born at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT, and weighing 4 pounds 12 ounces and 18 inches long. The family of three lives in Weston, CT.
2017 is Chris Holman’s (Class of 1999) 20th year as CJ the DJ, a side career he began while a student at FPU. He is currently a selectman for the Town of Fitzwilliam and has served on the FPU Alumni Board of Directors since 2012. He has been awarded the Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. CJ the DJ was the Keene Sentinel’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best DJ in 2015 & 2016. He was also the recipient of the Gold Medal for Best DJ, the first time that category was introduced, for the Monadnock Shopper Readers’ Choice Awards in 2016. Chris provides sound support and entertainment services for FPU alumni, students, and staff at discounted rates and encourages FPU involvement in his community events like the Snow Ball Cancer Benefit for Joy’s Network in February, the Sneaker Ball for the Keene YMCA in March or the Walk for Animals for the Monadnock Humane Society in June. He networks on sites like LinkedIn, Facebook for Businesses, Instagram, Twitter, etc., as well as hosts karaoke at local venues like the Jaffrey American Legion (21+). Follow him at @DJChrisHolman www.CJtheDJ.com.
CroweElloree Crowe Jennings ’00 writes, “My wonderful friends from our theater department at FPC(U) came to my opening night of Little Shop of Horrors’ at Marblehead Little Theater, where I played Audrey. Fellow alum Keith Harrington also came one night to my show and I was completely surprised by my amazing theater professors Nancy Stone and Peggy Rae Johnson, who were also in the audience. There were lots of happy tears all around! I feel so grateful and so blessed to have these people in my life. It shows you how much of an impact Franklin Pierce and its incredible theater department had on all of us! We were a very lucky crew!!!” (Pictured above are from L to R: Laura Grossi Putnam, Shannon Hogan, (Me) Elloree Crowe Jennings, Kara Hofsaes and Judy Jerome.)
Brandon Obara ’09 and former president of Brother’s Reaching Out writes, “I wanted to update the alumni association and class notes that my beautiful wife Ashley Laprise (now Obara) and I married on December 10, 2016, at Harrington Farm in Princeton, MA.
Sara (Estis) Levine ’07 writes, “2016 was definitely an exciting year! My husband and I welcomed our first child, a beautiful baby girl named Claire Sophie Levine, on November 1, 2016, and we are overjoyed!!
Casey Bolduc ’08 and Meghan Eileen Farrell ’07 were married on August 27, 2016.
Nick Barbu ’08 married Laura (DeRosa) Barbu on August 23, 2015. The couple welcomed their daughter Penelope Rose on September 8, 2016.
Ben DiLauro ’13 and Rebakka Milles ’11 got married September 24, 2016, on a beautiful mountain top in the heart of Vermont. Bekka and Ben were drawn to each other by their mutual love of the outdoors and natural world, which began together in the shadow of Mt. Monadnock. Today, Ben and Bekka reside in Waterbury, Vermont, where Bekka is a Middle School Science and Math Teacher, and Ben is an Air Quality Scientist for the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. They are looking forward to a lifetime of love and adventure together!
Elizabeth (Sheridan) Lewis ’11 writes, “I married Joshua Lewis on September 10, 2016. Our wedding ceremony took place in East Hartford, Connecticut, at St. Rose Church and following was a beautiful reception at The Riverview in Simsbury, Connecticut. We are delighted that we had Adam Stahl, Cara Tamiso, Eric Booth and Nora Cuddy, who are all Franklin Pierce 2011 alumni, celebrate with us!
Miranda Mantello ’13 reports, “My 2016 was full of wonderful adventures! I got to travel to new places and try new things such as skiing and snowboarding! Above all of those great times, the most exciting one was getting to say YES! I said yes to my best friend, the most wonderful, sweet, loving, supportive man ever! Ryan popped the big question on December 3, 2016! He and I look forward to what’s to come as we continue to build our lives together and embark on new adventures!”
Nathan Wood ’11 has been promoted to pharmacist in charge of the Vestal, NY CVS Pharmacy inside Target. Nathan was a two time captain of the Franklin Pierce Men’s Lacrosse team and currently ranks 5th all time for goals scored in 1 season. After graduating from Franklin Pierce, Nathan went on to receive his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Katharine Brigman (AKA Kt) ’14 writes “I will be attending graduate school to receive my Master of Arts in Teaching with Credentials from University of Southern California (USC) in Spring 2017. According to US News, it was ranked #23 in 2017 in National Universities and the Education program is tied for #21 for the Best Education Schools. I have all of my professors at Franklin Pierce to thank for this huge achievement, including Robert Welsch, Bob Goodby, and Seamus Pender to name a few. They allowed me to ask the questions needed to understand the curriculum and have inspired me to be a great teacher, learning from their good examples. I also have my parents to thank for their ever lasting support. I am currently working at UCLA in the student accounts department managing the system, which bills and collects not only students but a wide array of people who work with UCLA. During our End of the Year event, we had a lip syncing challenge and I participated, singing ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman?’ from the movie Frozen. Who could pass that up?! I also took a few trips, one to Santa Rosa island and one to Catalina island. On Santa Rosa, my boyfriend and I hiked more than 30 miles and saw some ancient Chumash sites and on Catalina we saw the last horses to exist on the island. As well as slide down the glass slide on the outside of the US Bank called the Skyspace, that was thrilling! My boyfriend and I also attended a Brunchmas, which brought together a bunch of people we are only able to see once every few years. There is a new baby in our group named Mia as well as her younger sister who should be born in May. We were able to celebrate this holiday season with our good friends Brad and Caity as well as their dog Oscar. I saw Finding Dory, Rogue One, met Chuck Lidell, won an ugly sweater contest, lip syncing challenge, and saw Salt ‘N Pepa in concert. It was a pretty good 2016. I’m wishing everyone a wonderful and safe 2017, please enjoy the snow for me!”
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