Class Notes

What’s new in your life? Your fellow NFA Wildcats, your classmates, want to know. Share your accomplishments, recent events, travels, remembrances, and significant life milestones with the NFA Alumni community. Your submission may be published in the next edition of NFA Magazine.

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Judy recently visited with her brother, Richard Amoriello ’60 and his family in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. It had been about 10 years since she visited Wisconsin and she finally met all her great nieces and nephews; a good time was had by all. She made sure she brought back some cheese from her visit to "The Dairy State." Judy has attended all of the Red & White decade reunions that included her class and is also a member of the reunion committee for the 60th class reunion next year. She is looking forward to seeing all her classmates in 2019.

Stephen with his professor and fellow student the day he received his Doctorate of Ministry

In November 2017, Stephen and his wife Janice (Mirkin) Misarski '76 welcomed their first grandchild Rowan Wright Misarski. In May 2018, Stephen received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His thesis is titled "Training for an Evangelistically Effective Church in New England." He is pictured on the left of Professor David Currie and to the right is fellow graduate Chaplain (LtC) Billy Graham.  

Arlene was the winner of the Best in Show - President's Trophy - at the Clamshell Quilt Show held at Conn College in August 2018. Her quilt "Flower-Pot" was hand pieced and hand appliqued and then long armed quilted. Over 300 quilts were on display and Arlene was very surprised to be the winner!

Joyce and her husband Charlie became great grandparents for the second time on September 6, 2018. Carson J. Mendez was born to our granddaughter, Brittnie. Carson was 19 inches long and weighed 9 lbs 6 oz.

Robert and his wife Barbara recently celebrated 58 years of marriage. He was educated as an Aeronautical Engineer and is a retired Vice President of Program Management and Business Development who worked for Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. in Savannah, GA for 26 years. Following his retirement, he flew his airplane on US Coast Guard missions as a volunteer Command Pilot and Flight Examiner in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Both of their children graduated from the University of Georgia and their four grandchildren are all seniors in college. Their daughter, Pam, is a practicing OB/GYN Physician in Savannah. Her menopause book "Love, Sweat, & Tears" was made into a full length documentary movie and features the late Joan Rivers, Jenny McCarthy, as well as other celebrities, clergy, physicians, and patients.

Joan and her husband Donald have a new home in Cocoa Beach, FL. One of their two sons, Thomas, is a member of the Class of 78. They also have six grandchildren and one great granddaughter who is two years old. Although Joan's health has been a challenge due to a stroke in 2015, they were able to celebrate their 66th anniversary with their family at their home. The photo shows the family at the celebration.

Andrea lives in North Bellmore, Long Island, New York and is an office manager for her husband, Michael, who is an ophthalmologist in private.practice for 40 years. They recently had a reunion of four generations of their family when their children who live in Israel came to visit. The reunion included their three daughters, two sons-in-law, 9 grandchildren, and Andrea's 94 year old mother. The family was celebrating Andrea and Michael's 70th birthdays, as well as their 49th wedding anniversary.

David recently started a new position as Associate Professor of Ethics and Health Policy and Director of the Healthcare Management Program at Maria College in Albany New York. In addition, he continues as Clinical Professor at University of Albany School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy Management and Behavior and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Albany Medical College Alden March Bioethics Institute.

Tim has been working for the State of New Jersey Treasury Dept. for the last nine years. He has just accepted an Adjunct Professor position at Fairleigh Dickinson University for the Fall 2018 semester.

Roxanne's dream in high school was to be a performer and many classmates saw her on stage at NFA.  She now plays 60+ shows a year in NY and VT as the band Roxy and The Road Kings and also as a duo with her husband Bob as Roxy Music with Bob & Rox. This winter they will be on a cruise full of musicians with Delbert McClinton. She also gets to sing back up with some amazing bands around the region. Rox is "Living the dream!"

Sylvia recently retired after 53 years in real estate. She was involved in Waterford C property management, sales, rental, HOA's and spent many years as a volunteer for the CT Association of Realtors. Her beloved husband, Richard, passed away on March 18, 2016, which prompted her to move to South Carolina to be with her two sons.

Taylor is a five-time All-American in Track & Field competing for UMass Boston. At the Division III Women's Track & Field National Championship on May 26, she and her teammates placed second and seventh in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, respectively. She won her first National Championship in the Triple Jump, scoring a personal and program best at 12.56M, a foot over any other competitor. UMass Boston was named a co-champion.

R.J recently accepted a position as the University of North Carolina Asheville assistant men’s basketball coach. He joins the UNC Asheville men’s basketball program after spending last season as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville during which the Cardinals finished with 22 wins and advanced to the 2018 National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals. Prior to his time at Louisville, he was on staff at the University of Texas for two years as a graduate assistant. He joined the staff of Texas after one year as an assistant coach at Nichols College in Dudley, MA. The Bison’s posted a 20-6 overall record and won the 2014-15 Commonwealth Coast regular-season title with a 17-1 mark in his lone season on staff. He played college basketball at both Holy Cross and the University of Connecticut. Evans earned a B.A. in Economics from Holy Cross in 2012; M.A. in Educational Psychology from University of Connecticut in 2013; and a M.S. in Kinesiology from University of Texas in 2017.

Tanya earned her CPA license for the State of Connecticut in 2018. She and her husband Michael Daniels Jr. also welcomed their second child, Chase, on June 27, 2018. He joins big sister, Madison.

Warren and his wife Carolyn attended a Civil War Conference in Newport News, VA from May 27-Jun 3, 2018 hosted by the Civil War Trust (CWT). This organization just recently hit the remarkable goal of 50,000 acres of battlefields preserved for future generations to learn about the history of this country. This also includes battlefields from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. The CWT recently changed their name to the American Battlefield Trust to reflect the new direction they have taken to preserved all battlefields in the US.

Ann was honored by Northern Virginia Magazine, June 2018 edition, for 20 years of fund raising for a battered women shelter.

Deborah standing next to her son David, to his right is her husband David and to his right is their daughter JuliaDeborah, and her husband David, (pictured with their two children) are proud to announce the May 2018 graduation of their son Jackson from West Point. Jackson will branch to Infantry and be posted in Vicenza, Italy. Their daughter Julia is currently an undergraduate, majoring in Fashion Design.

Melissa graduated from George Washington University with her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Education Administration and Policy Studies. She is currently the Supervisor of English for Chesapeake Public Schools in Chesapeake, Virginia, where she resides with her husband, Thomas, and their daughter, Amelia.

Jim wearing a blue sweater and glasses with one dark lense and one clear lense.Jim is doing well living in Simsbury, Connecticut. He is enjoying life and his children and grandchildren.

Jane is a Captain and Check Airman on the Airbus 330, and her husband Joe is an Airbus Captain, for American Airlines. She was proud to fly the Philadelphia Eagles back home after their 2018 Super Bowl win. In the photo, she is in the cockpit with her co-pilot holding the Lombardi Trophy. She and Joe are based in Charlotte, NC and live in there and in Boca Raton, FL.
 

Five year old daughter Hazel holding her newborn brother CalvinDana is married to Nicholas Johnson '04. On September 26, 2017, they welcomed their second child, a son, Calvin Allen. In the photo, holding her newborn brother, is their first child, 5-year old daughter Hazel Marie.

Sixteen member of the class of 1950, some seated, some standing.Sis and the Class of 1950 held their 67th class reunion on September 16, 2017 at Acorn Acres Campground in Bozrah. In the photo are those who attended, back row (l-r) Paul Portelance, Bob Faille, James Dubois, Joe Coutu, Walt Wadja, Stephen Altschuler, Tom Pappas, Al Fratoni. Front row (l-r) Bob Smigiel, Babe Angelopoulos Ververis, Sis O'Neil, Bob Chabot, Joan Cosentino, Maureen Moore Caron, Charlie Stanton, Mary Ann Koscinski Lavoie.

Michelle Jacobik in a white blouse, wearing a pink necklaceMichelle was the keynote speaker at Bethsaida’s 10th Annual Gala on April 26, 2018 where she was honored with the Bethsaida Community Impact Award.  Bethsaida Community, Inc. has provided outreach, housing and support services for homeless women for 30 years.In January 2018, Michelle released her first published book, Prosperity After Divorce: Take Charge of Your Finances & Create the Life You Really Want Using LifeStyle Re-Design Planning™. She stepped away from her business (SAVA Insurance Waterford) in 2014 to begin a new venture. An expert in money, business & finance, she now coaches people in the area of budgeting & cash flow and is a highly sought after Budget Coach. Her Financial Solutions & Divorce Support Programs have successfully led individuals around the country in rebuilding their financial foundations. She is also a licensed member of the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts. Using budgeting tools, debt reduction planning, and saving techniques she helps clients create a LIFESTYLE REDESIGN PLAN that allows them to forge their way towards reaching their goals. In August 2017, Michelle was honored and recognized, in a lengthy write-up by "Innovation Destination Hartford,” for her efforts and success as a start-up entrepreneur in Connecticut.

Infant grandson, Emory, wearing a green and gray striped shirtJudy and her husband Rob are happy to announce the birth of their grandson, Emory Joseph Strom, born on August 1, 2017 to their daughter Tammy Strom.

Bob and his wife Pat have lived in England for the past 59 years and still both play golf. He was recently elected President of Mellor and Townscliffe Golf Club. In 2017 he was elected President of New Mills Marple and District Rotary Club. He has a son and a daughter, three granddaughters, two grandsons and two great grandsons.

Infant son, Bennett, on a white background swaddled in white clothKellie and her husband Zachary Semmelrock '10 welcomed their son, Bennett (NFA class of 2036) on March 2, 2018. Bennett will be fifth generation to go to NFA. Kellie’s parents, grandmother, and great great aunt are all alumni.

Claire is the Chief Information Officer for Civicor, Inc., a blockchain startup company. She also consults to the Institute for International Education.

After 38 years, Melissa retired from the Navy Nurse Corps and other civilian nursing jobs. She is married and living in New Mexico.

James was recently awarded a Master of Science degree in Data Analytics from City University of New York. He also holds a M.B.A in International Business from George Washington University and a M.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.

Debbie is enjoying her retirement and is spending more time with her husband, James, family and friends. Her grandchildren have grown so quickly. Her oldest granddaughter is attending ECSU. She also, has three wonderful grandsons! One will be receiving his driver's license soon, another will be graduating grammar school and the other will be in eighth grade. She has also joined a yoga class and enjoys walking and going to the library!

Matthew is completing his second Masters in Public Health at the University of Pennsylvania. Last year he received his Masters of Public Policy. He has been accepted in the Johns Hopkins Doctoral Program for Public Health. He and his wife Noelle reside in Philadelphia.

Kathy and a man standing on a rock formation with a lighthouse in the backgroundKathy retired in January 2018 after approximately 40 years employed as an X-ray technician. She’ll now be spending her time enjoying her two grand children, Allie and Madison, while warming her feet in the Rhode Island sand during the summer months.

Valerie celebrated the birth of her sixth grandchild on December 10, 2017. Diana Valerie, is the daughter of Sara and George Harrum and joins big brother, Nolan and big sister, Felicity.

Kara's one-year-old son William standing up against cabinets in a kitchen. He is wearing jeans and a shirt and has a pacifier in his mouth.Kara and her fiance Randy Boles welcomed a 6 lb. 14 oz. baby boy named William Jan Boles on February 8th of 2017. William just celebrated his 1st Birthday.

 









 

Bob, retired since 1990, divides his time between Palm City, FL and Gaspereaux, Prince Edward Island, Canada. On annual Norwich visits, he always makes time to visit the beautiful NFA campus. He feels he will always be a "son of Norwich" and feels blessed by having attended a truly great school.

Carole was inducted into the Norwich Sports Hall of Fame in June of 2017.

Marion worked at NFA from 1943 to 1948, then married and moved to New York where she still resides. She just celebrated her 94th birthday, lives on her own, and keeps active with local seniors and church.

Bernice's second book, The Ponemah Years: Walking in the Footsteps of My Mother, was released December 1, 2017. The narrative follows weaver Gabrielle Picard, an immigrant from Quebec who experiences significant loss as a child, but never loses hope of reaching a better life. In equal portions biography, history, memoir, and family portrait, the story unfolds with 184 images from more than 10 decades.

Rebecca Arpin Class of 2004 standing in front of a plantRebecca was hired in February 2017 by Nutmeg Technologies of South Windsor, CT. She had previously worked as an intern and is now their Marketing Coordinator. After leaving NFA, she attended UConn where she received a degree in Communications and General Studies. At Nutmeg, she will help manage their social media platforms, coordinate on-line marketing and advertising campaigns and assist with related PR items to maintain the company's high customer service standards. She currently resides in Vernon, CT with her two furry friends Josh and Kora.

 

 

Amy Jancewicz Class of 2004 standing with her partner David and seated are her two Wyatt and EthanAmy recently earned her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison by successfully defending her thesis "A genetic study of cadaverine response reveals crosstalk between cadaverine and putrescine pathways in Arabidopsis thaliana." She is now a Senior Scientist and Agricultural Product Lead at AmebaGone, developing novel treatments to eradicate pathogenic bacteria. She lives in Madison with her partner, David, and two sons, Wyatt and Ethan.

 

 


Kathleen retired in 2017 after spending 32 years as a teacher in the Hancock County Schools System, West Virginia.

 

 

 

 

 

Rob Lenehan and Dennis Avery from the Class of 1963 standing in front of the cab of the truck Dennis drives.Rob and classmate Dennis Avery, who both grew up in Bozrah, met for breakfast outside Austin, Texas in February 2017.  Dennis, an over-the-road trucker, was on a run, delivering heavy machinery to Eagle Pass, Texas. Rob, who lives in Westfield, New Jersey, and his wife, Janice, were visiting their daughter, Regan, who lives in Austin with her husband, Jody, and their boys, Fields (10) and Hyder (8).

 

 

 

The Class of 1959 reunion committee standing as a group.Barbara wants her classmates to know that the 1959 Reunion Committee has been meeting to plan their 60th reunion in 2019. Classmates in the photo are (left to right) Mary Lou Payne Juzwic, Ann Marie Maguire Canova, Chris Izbicki Simoneau, Fran Papineau Blanchette, Chaz Zezulka, Bob Onderdonk, Paul Collins, Lynn Lessard. Front: Judy Amoriello, Barbara (Bea) Elliott Hall, Mary Elizabeth Wiese Kenyon. Missing: Carolyn Fannon Podurgiel.

Anna Karmazinas Capobianco Class of 2002On October 24, 2017, Anna, an English Teacher at West Hartford's Hall High School, was surprised with the presentation of the prestigious $25,000 Milken Award; an unrestricted award in recognition for “the exceptional work of this educator for the state and nation.” In a news release about the award, the Milken Family Foundation said, “Whether it’s piloting a new Advanced Placement course, developing teacher guidelines for implementation of Google Classroom or inspiring colleagues to adopt ‘Nonfiction Fridays,’ Capobianco engages students, parents and faculty to reach high standards and exemplary outcomes. Anna works hard to ensure her students explore complex topics and examine perspectives by reading literary and informational texts and writing expository essays.” She is the state’s only Milken Educator Award winner this year and will receive all-expenses-paid trip to the Milken Educator Forum in Washington, D.C., on March 21-24, 2018 – and have the opportunity to network with “an all-star education team” of other Milken Educator honorees who gather to discuss important educational issues with state and federal officials.

Lynn reports that he finally had to retire (due to arthritis) after 52 years in the remodeling business, but was offered a job to build an upscale motor home in an "MCI' retired bus. He is happy that going up and down those "6 steps 50 times a day" has actually helped his arthritis and general health. He and his wife Tina had two daughters and they each had two daughters. The two oldest granddaughters have five beautiful daughters. He and his wife and are thrilled that this year they have their first great grandson.

Joyce recently ended a forty year career at Aetna/Voya. She and her husband have built their "next" home in the Charleston, SC area after living in Glastonbury, CT for many years and raising their daughter (who is a 1st year nursing student at Fairfield University). She and her husband are looking forward to their new life in the low country.

Robert "Bob" Faille Class of 1974Bob lives and works on the Florida Gulf Coast; joining Defenshield in June of 2017 as the Vice President, International Business Development -- a role in which he is responsible for expanding Defenshield’s business opportunities internationally. Post NFA, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy (BS, Middle East regional studies and electrical engineering) and then Georgetown University (MS, Foreign Service and a Certificate in Arab Studies). After college, he spent over three decades in the US Army before retiring in 2009. His military service earned him several medals and honors including two Bronze Stars. He has extensive private sector experience in the Middle East with work in Libya, Afghanistan, and Abu Dhabi, UAE as a business development executive.

Zach has moved back to Texas to work at The University of North Texas as an Academic Advisor.

John shares that a popular band of graduates from 1960 &1961, originally called “The Rainbows,” held a reunion party for the core group at the home of Bob Brouilliard ’60 and wife Noelle in Pomfret, CT on July 7, 2017. In attendance were Dick ’60 and Camilla (Czajka) ’64 Tarryk, Henry ’60 and Susan Schaeffer, and Jack ’61 and Barbara L'Homme. Shortly after graduation, the group changed their name to “The Graduates” and worked another 35 years all over Connecticut and Rhode Island. The core group still plays gigs from CT to Florida.  A large number of mostly NFA grads have worked with the group as well: saxophonists - Henry Lucas ’60, Jock Seybolt ’62, Bob Bullock, Paul Coyle ’62, Elwood Kinne ’56 (d),  drummers - Clayton Ford ’60, Joe Waidalowski ’64 (d), Bill Maruzo ’78, Art Perrone ’47, Charlie Thorpe ’58 (d), Don Gouin ’58 (d) and Michael Quinn ’62 (d), trumpet - Dom Perrone ’45, and guitarists Larry Brisson (d) and Lou Marino Jr. ’70.  The party and playing were so "rejuvenating", that all are looking forward to next year with hopes of attracting some of the musicians who are listed above.

Commander John Calande, Jr., USN(3rd Generation), Retired, is a pilot who spent 20 years serving his country after receiving his BS from Annapolis. He has used his military education benefit to obtain two MS degrees and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. He is strong in his faith and gives NFA full credit for preparing him for his life journey. “JJ” wants his classmates to know that he has returned to SE CT after 60 years, is currently living in Groton and would love to re-connect.

Diane is singing with a group called "Rock Voices;" a choir that puts on three performances a year with a rock band in West Hartford, CT.

Jessica and her husband Dan welcomed their second child, Rocco Giovanni, on June 20, 2017. Big sister Abigail is thrilled to finally have "her" baby home.

Since NFA and college graduations, Karen has taught secondary math and computers in Minnesota, Ohio and Colorado. She has also been a high school Academic Advisor, IT Administrator and Knowledge Bowl Coach. She has four adult, married children, and 8 uniquely wonderful grandchildren. She recently retired from teaching and plans to travel and work part time on her sewing/alterations business. She and her husband, David, recently celebrated their 45th anniversary.

Charlene has been accepted to the Master of Science in Digital Forensics program at Champlain College and will be starting classes fall 2017.

Alexander Joseph Fratoni, infant son of Bryan Fratoni Class of 2000, laying down nestled inside a crocheted football quilt with matching hat and a football next to him. Bryan and Krystal Fratoni welcomed a son, Alexander Joseph Fratoni, on June 5, 2017. He married Krystal Homon June 25, 2016 at the Harkness Chapel on the Connecticut College Campus. Serving as Best Men were Zachary Maurice and Bryan Sheldon, both Class of 2000.

 

Karen has run road races in all 169 Connecticut towns. She is one of the Founders of the Run 169 Towns Society, being the first to complete the 169 towns challenge in 2011. She is known as the Queen of the the Run 169 Towns Society. Now on Round 2, she is nearing completion of the 169 town challenge again. Recently she shared this quest with former classmates at the Fiftieth Reunion graduation ceremony.

Sharen is honored to announce that her first children's book, I'm Just a Little Someone, received two national awards --  Mom's Choice Gold Award and Creative Child Magazine Award.  It was also selected as a preferred publisher, she self published, in the Ingram Advance Publisher category. She continues to speak about her lonely childhood and offers support to parents and educators in recognizing the behavior patterns in lonely children, to help them to process loneliness at a young age and live happier and healthier lives.

Elaine published her first poetry collection, Dream Transfer and Wander, after a career building capacity with American Indian tribes and Alaska Native Head Start grantees across the United States. Elaine has lived in Missoula, Montana since 1972.

Valerie celebrated her 70th birthday in February with a trip to Sacramento, CA to visit her son Matthew and his family – including the newest member, Evelyn Frances, Valerie's 5th grandchild.  While she was there, she suffered the loss of her home due to fire and had to return early.  The home and her possessions were a total loss and fortunately insurance covered her loss.  Valerie is now living in a lovely apartment with her dog Bucky and her cat Milo and is grateful for the support she has received from her family and friends.

Kaitlin Murphy and Yiyi Ian Chin from the Class of 2011 standing next to each other in front of the entrance to Slater Auditorium on the NFA Campus

Kaitlin and Ian became engaged at Norwich Free Academy on June 3, 2017.  The two have been together since their junior prom in May 2010.  Kaitlin is finishing her first year teaching 8th grade English at Jared Eliot Middle School in Clinton, CT.  Ian conducts economic research through the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab at Brown University in Providence, RI.  Kaitlin and Ian live in Westerly, RI.

Jonathan Justiniano Ruiz Class of 2008 and his husband standing next to a large chandelier.

Jonathan and Andres Ruiz were married on October 1, 2016 at Lombardo's in Randolph, MA. Jonathan is the son of Ilda Lopes '88. Jonathan and Andres currently reside in Weymouth, MA.

 

Lynn is getting married on October 14, 2017 to Scott Withers.

Lauryn Bonanno Class of 2007 and her husband Alan Brisson at their wedding posing in front of a fireplace.Lauryn Bonanno married Alan Brisson on December 10, 2016 at the Lord Jeffrey Inn in Amherst, MA. Lauryn and Alan met in college at Eastern Connecticut State University. Lauryn’s brother, Matthew Bonanno '00, was a groomsman in the wedding.

 

Kerri and Ryan Pellegrini '07 wed at Harkness Memorial State Park's Eolia Mansion on May 13. Jillian Johnson '12 was Maid of Honor, and Eric Gagliardo '09 was Best Man. Jamie Bodington '06, Corey Lehman '06, and Karissa Pellegrini '12 were Bridesmaids, followed by Groomsmen Alex Snow '09, Kenny Morrill '07, and Brandon Miner. The couple have no children but do own Sophie; a badly behaved Maine Coon cat.

Ashley Gray Tuohey Class of 2004 with her husband Kevin embracing and posed in their wedding attire under a tent

Ashley married Kevin Joseph Tuohey on August 6, 2016  at St. Clements Castle in Portland, CT. They live in Lincoln Park, NJ. Ashley works in human resources for Studley & Seville in NYC.

 

James completed his studies for his PhD in anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2017.

Brian Dimmock was recently on the History Channel program Forged in Fire, which features three contestants showcasing metalworking skills.

Kevin Burke Class of 1986

Kevin, Athletic Director at Bacon Academy, received the CT Association of Athletic Directors Distinguished Service Award at the Spring awards banquet.  The DSA recognizes an athletic adminstrator for making significant contributions to interscholastic athletics at the local, league and state levels.  As a NFA student Kevin excelled in soccer, basketball and baseball. He earned a BS in Physical Education from Central CT State University where he played baseball for 4 years.  He earned his Master’s Degree and Sixth Year Degree from Sacred Heart University.  Kevin and his wife Michelle have a daughter Mackenzie ’17 and a son Riley ’20.

Tammy Philips Class of 1984 in a blue cap and graduation gown holding her granddaughter Harlee

Tammy graduated from Aspen University with a 4.0 and a Bachelors degree in nursing science.  Her five month old granddaughter Harlee and her mom attended graduation with her, traveling to Denver, Colorado to attend the graduation.

Antonio lives in North Carolina and is an Ordained Deacon and a customer service representative. He is also a musician who plays drums. He has been happily married for 25 years with one daughter and grandbaby.

Sandra graduated magna cum laude with a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Quinnipiac University in October 2015.  She obtained the credential of RN First Assistant in 2012 and achieved board certification as a adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. She is a Nurse Practitioner in the specialty of Urology for Backus Physician Services and works in the OR as a surgical assistant at Backus Hospital in all specialties, with a focus in Orthopedic and robotic urologic surgeries. Her credentials are DNP, AGPCNP-BC, RNFA.

Ann published her first book, A Perfect Yesterday,  a true story about an interracial friendship she had at NFA with a young man.  Ann had the chance to reconnect with her friend prior to his passing earlier this year and due to their meeting created an alternate ending for the book that celebrated their friendship.

Mark has recently purchased a summer home in Mystic, CT.  He will return to the area after forty years working with Merrill Lynch in Florida.

Stephanie Zema Bruneau Class of 1974 standing under an event tent with her son William when he received his Ph.D She is also with her husband, one of her daughters and one of her grandchildren.

Stephanie is proud to announce her son, William Bruneau, graduated from St. Joseph's college with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD).  Their daughter, Dr. Lindsay Bruneau, is practicing in MA and their daughter, Jennifer Bruneau, is a cancer survivor.  Stephanie writes, “No break here raising our grandson who just completed 1st grade! Trevor will be class of 2039!”

Susan and her husband, Ernie, continue to enjoy retirement in Florida and are pleased to announce the arrival of their first grandchild.  Alessandro has quickly won their hearts.

George relocated to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in June after accepting a consulting position to develop and implement a Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA) program for the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC). The program will support best practices and continuous quality improvement for security programs at the newly built Barakah #1 Nuclear Power Station, the first of four UAE nuclear plants scheduled to become operational. George has worked in government-regulated security for over three and a half decades both domestically and abroad, including as an advisor to the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency on biosecurity and nuclear security issues for Eastern Europe, Afghanistan/Pakistan, and Sub-Sahara Africa. Prior to his security career, George was a full-time vocalist for a show band that performed at venues throughout the USA and Canada. After this two year contract ends, George plans on retiring to the South Carolina coast with his wife, while continuing his security consulting business on an intermittent, part-time basis.  Classmates and alumni can contact him via email at raposa.george@gmail.com.

Richard Lurette Class of 1970 in a suit with his American Legion Commander hat posing with his wife Cecilia Craig Lurette Class of 1973

Richard was appointed State Commander, Detachment of Connecticut, Sons of the American Legion in July 2016.  Rich has been married for 42 years to Cecilia Craig Lurette ’73 . They have two children, Jennifer and Jeremy, and five grandchildren  -- Spencer Robins ’16, Trevor ’19, Amanda, Kirsten, and Cole.

Faye retired in June after 42 years as a Speech Language Pathologist with the Berlin, New Hampshire School District.

John published Ultimate Human Peace, an interactive enhanced eBook (downloadable July 1, 2017) for teachers, students and science fiction readers that introduces science and technology through a story.

Steve published Mekong Meridian, A Novel of the Vietnam War. Steve is a retired Captain from the elite U.S. Army Rangers.  Much of this novel is based on his own days as the commander of the 9th Infantry Division battalion reconnaissance platoon, in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War.

E. Turner and his wife Kay were presented the Distinguished Service Award from Kalamazoo College (MI) last fall.

Philip moved back to Norwich in October 2016 after almost sixty years. After college he had a career in advertising in NYC and transitioned to a career as a psychiatric LSW for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Social Services.  He is retired and enjoys writing books and playing golf with classmate Herm Whitehead.

Margaret Ann and George Stevens, a retired Geology professor, celebrated their first anniversary in August 2016.  She’s 76 and he's 86; she writes, “it's been more fun that ever before!”  Their kids are raised  and they have enough time and money to call their own shots and she has never laughed so much! Their health is good and the ailments that they do have are all treatable.  “Hooray for being old and still wanting the whole nine yards!”

Barbara writes, “The iconic beech tree was such a constant, a majestic part of the campus we thought would always be there. I took photos of it all day as it came down. I'm so glad Dave Meiklem ’68 is making good use of its wood.”

Frank Hero Class of 1969 standing with Ken Keeley Class of 1967 and Roger Mainville Class of 1968

Frank and his wife Cheryl are leaving the Seattle area, after working for 35 years in engineering at The Boeing Company, and moving home to Norwich! Recently Frank returned to Norwich to make maple syrup on his family homestead and during this visit reunited with Roger Mainville ’68  and Kenny Keeley ‘67.  Frank expects to move later this year and would like to meet up with his old friends and classmates to renew friendships.

Don and Kitty Shaver Leone Class of 1968 standing under the blossoming cherry trees on the NFA Campus

Don and Kitty celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on June 14 with a photo shoot in celebration of this milestone event at the Academy.  Don and Kitty are active NFA volunteers and look forward to seeing many of their former classmates at reunions.

Zack's second book, "More Connecticut Lore: Guidebook to 82 Strange Locations", has been published by Schifferbooks. Zack lives in Plymouth, MA with his wife Jaclyn and son Danny. He is a regular contributor to Norwich Magazine.

William has decided to become an English Teacher after an extensive (and exhausting) career in food service management. He has finished the certification process and is currently teaching in Coolidge, Texas, a small community just outside of Waco, Texas. William is excited to be in the classroom and encouraging young, middle school children to appreciate the classics like he did while attending NFA.

Terrie reconnected with classmate Diane Ward Cordes after reading her class note in a recent NFA magazine. The two lived 10 miles apart but hadn’t seen or talked to each other since graduation and are now enjoying the renewal of their friendship.  She writes, “Thanks NFA!”

Susanna will be having a show of works made over the last thirty years at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery at the University of Tulsa School of Art.

Shareena and her husband Emmanuel recently returned to the CT area, taking over the administrative and pastoral reigns of the Bristol, CT Salvation Army Church and Community Center. They return after serving two years in charge of the Cortland, NY service area. They have two children, Mia & Gabe. 

Rosalyn became a great-grandmother on June 10, 2016, to a beautiful baby boy, Brentley Fraser, born at Mountain Home, Idaho!

Robert has served for the past 13 years as principal of New Hope School, a private school located in Clifton, NJ. Prior to that, he lived with his family for 13 years in Russia (St. Petersburg and Moscow). While in Russia he was the Eurasian Director of the International Educational Foundation; publishing character education textbooks and training teachers in the use of these materials. This work took him to all the former republics of the Soviet Union as well as to dozens of other countries beyond. It was exciting work, but he's happy to be back in the good ole US of A . 

Rob has been traveling the world competing in Strongman Competitions. He is currently ranked #2 in America, holds two world records, three American records and also won the 2016 Log Lift World Championships!

Dr. Aubin, a passionate advocate for American and contemporary music, has been named Music Director Designate of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. 

Michael, who also is a 1962 University of Michigan grad and 1967 University of Michigan Law School grad, recently won an appeal before the Mississippi Supreme Court against Mississippi Power Company and the Mississippi Public Service Commission, resulting in customer refunds in excess of $350,000,000.00.

Lydia backpacked in Yosemite National Park after leaving her job at the progressive policy think tank at The Roosevelt Institute in August 2015. In October 2016 she joined the New York City based financial service company, Ellevest, as Operation Manger working to redefine investing for women.

Kenneth returned to secondary education at the Holy Family HS in Broomfield, Colorado after 18 years of working in hospitality management in Colorado. While there,  he initiated the Mary Luke Tobin SL Social Justice Award, now in its fifth year. He has since retired and now works with progressive Catholic organizations for social justice, such as Call To Action and New Ways Ministry. He has shared the past 32 years with his spouse, Lee Giacoletto.

Jade is in Chicago studying Theater at Columbia College and thinks the city is amazing.

Elaine and her husband Bill are happily retired and divide their time between Vero Beach, FL, and Killington, VT; interspersed with trips to the Boston area to visit daughter Manda and her family.

Edmond and wife, Rosemary, reside in Annapolis, MD.  Although retired, Edmond is still an officer of a drug testing company.

Dr. Hill recently earned the Air Force Science and Engineering Educator of the Year Award. He is also a recipient of the 2016 Dayton Affiliate Societies Council Outstanding Engineer and Scientist's Award. He is a Professor of Operations at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton Ohio.

Donna, Assessor for the City of Norwich, was elected President of the Northeast Regional Association of Assessing Officers. As President, one of her duties is to organize an annual conference, to be hosted by the State of Connecticut in May 2017 at the Mystic Hilton. She began her career as a Tax Assessor in 1981 in the town of Lisbon and has worked in Windham, East Hampton and since 2009 in Norwich.  She has been an active member of the CT Association of Assessing Officers, serving as their Secretary and Vice-President, named Assessor of the Year twice (1993 & 2010). Donna said she is looking forward to assisting all assessors in pursuit of education but in particular those new in the field looking for personal growth, new knowledge and career advancement.

Diane recently wrote her first book, Heading Onward, Into the Light

David was award 2nd place in the Maryland Writers’ Association’s 2016 Novel Contest.  His entry, Last Leaf To Fall, was praised for capturing the plight of a black family facing racism during certain periods of our country’s history.

Dale is a Psychotherapist and owner of Trinity Therapeutic Care, LLC.

Anastasia is a Sachem Campus Teacher, She and husband Anthonly welcomed son Cole Anthony on April 13, 2016.

Thomas Perra recently completed the curriculum required to attain the highly-acclaimed Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI) designation.

Thomas co-authored A Journey to the Gallows with Norwich resident Vic Butsch.  It is a story about Norwich abolitionist Aaron Dwight Stevens.

Susan published her debut novel, Me, Myself and Ivy in the summer of 2015. It was written and recommended for young adult readers, ages 10-16. The story tells of a 12-year-old girl who is uprooted by an unspeakable family tragedy, and while attempting to cope with her grief and loss, must also find a way to fit in and overcome the heartbreak and terror of bullying at her new school.

Gia completed her Navy Basic Training in Great Lake, Illinois, in December 2015 and then completed her 'A' School in Damage Control in February. She is stationed in San Diego on the USS Rushmore as a Damage Controlman.

Walter retired after more than 37 years as a Vice President of Nuclear Operation for Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services. He is a USAF Vietnam Veteran and holds a BA degree from Connecticut College.  He and his wife Sandy are the proud parents of six children and 11 grandchildren.

Vanessa began working for Roche in Basel, Switzerland, in September 2015, and has led a Discovery Pathology Laboratory focusing on Digital Pathology since February. She keeps busy with her daughters, ages 4 and 7, and with marathon/triathlon training. In their free time, they love to travel throughout Europe.

Zachary is currently finishing his Master's in Higher Education at the University of North Texas while working with the Student Alumni Association and the Student Organization Risk Management program at the University.

Karen joined the NFA Foundation team in December 2015. She has been an active community member since she returned to Norwich in 1998 when she purchased a home from former NFA Maintenance Director, Herman Tedeschi.

Karen writes that she lost her husband, Lee, of 27 years on October 8, 2015, after a 9-year battle with cancer. They were married in Norwich in October 1988 and lived in CA, where she resides today with daughters Alissa and Austin.

Joseph won the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) DiGiovanni Future Teacher Scholarship.  Joseph is majoring in Music Education (instrument – trumpet) at Central Connecticut State University.

Jonathan is a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40, a professional organization comprised of America’s top young trial attorneys. Jonathan practices Personal Injury Law in Boston, Massachusetts.

Krystleis currently working with Dr. Tom Geisbert's lab on Ebola and other emerging infectious diseases at the Galveston National Laboratory located on the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston campus.

Khadejeh Al-Rijleh Class of 2012 at Kerak Castle, a large crusader castle, located in Kerak in JordanKhadejeh attends Smith College and is majoring in Medieval Studies. She recently traveled abroad for school to Jordan and Lebanon.  In this photo she is at Kerak Castle, a large crusader castle, located in Kerak in Jordan.

 

Kevin successfully defended his doctoral dissertation and earned a Ph.D. in Political Science (International Relations/American Politics) from the University of Connecticut in 2016.

Kathryn and her husband, Dr. Alain Martin, recently vacationed to the French Riviera.  She writes that it is quite interesting that during the school day children go to the cove and each has his/her own boat to learn sailing.  They rented a villa surrounded by lavender gardens and 1,000 year old olive trees.

Molly is working as a Neurologist in Oakland, California.  She and her husband are expecting their third child. They love the Bay area but miss their family and friends in Connecticut.

Dr. Morosky has been elected Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs, Connecticut.  Mike lives in Glastonbury with his wife, Judy, and children Mikala and Cameron.

Peter and Melody write that after being married in December 2012, they spent a few years in California. They are now back on the East Coast. Peter teaches Spanish at Plymouth North High School in Plymouth, Massachusetts and Melody is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. 

Paul currently competes in live trivia contests around Kitsap County, Washington. Paul officiates amateur/professional boxing, and in 2015 he worked his 6,000th bout.

Paige attended Curry College, is a Registered Nurse and has returned to school, to become a Nurse Practitioner. 

Olivia is heavily involved is competing in horse shows, in addition to attending college and working part-time.

A contemporary piece of artwork created by Meghan Meyerhoff Class of 2011Meghan was accepted into a juried show for emerging artists at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. The show was called New Waves, and ran from January 29 - April 17, 2016. This is a photo of her accepted work.

 

 

 

 

 

Rob retired from the Coast Guard after 36 years of service in January 2011 and then worked in Virginia and Maryland as a civilian employee editor for the Department of Defense and the Food and Drug Administration. In October 2015 he began a new job working at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, as the Managing Editor of the NWC Press. He resides in Ledyard. He and his wife have three daughters living in MN, NC, and TN, and two granddaughters. He continues to be grateful for the fine education he received at NFA; and writes, “it has stood me in good stead. Thanks for all you do.”

Ray Standish Class of 1965 with his wife Maureen on a boat in Maine with water and an island in the background 
Ray Standish and his wife Maureen are retired health care workers living in Stafford Springs and Sheepscot Lake, Palermo, Maine, in the warmer months. 

 

 

Roger is currently studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). He is an advanced student and will have the honor of traveling to China in May to work with students and educators at the University of Shanghai.

Robert and his wife Mary retired to their Brandon, Vermont, farm after umpteen years in the laboratory of the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Tao has been commissioned by Still Hill Brewery in Rocky Hill, CT, to paint a trompe l’oeil mural in their tasting room.

Ryan Guertin Class of 2007 and his bride Ashley Volpe on their wedding day standing in front of an ornate doorRyan and Ashley Volpe were married on October 24, 2015. Ryan is the son of Karen Eyberse ‘80 and Todd Guertin. Ryan is a Physical Educator and Health teacher, grades K-12, at a private school in Bethlehem, Connecticut.  He graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health and Wellness Studies. They reside in Cromwell, CT.

 

 

 

Edwin was on live national TV in mid-February 2016 when he was interviewed on the Fox Business News program Varney & Co., by Stuart Varney, about happenings on the Brown campus related to social activism by students.  He was an intern as a Campus Correspondent with Leadership Institute’s Campus Reform while enrolled full time pursuing his degree in Public Policy. He opined about an article published in the Brown Daily Herald (the student paper) regarding student activists finding it so stressful that they are asking for special accommodation with their schoolwork, and Deans are granting these students excuse notes for extensions. Edwin said, “It’s ridiculous.” This story was picked up by several major news outlets like USA Today, Boston Post, National Review, etc. The opportunity for Edwin to appear on the Varney & Co. program was set up by the Leadership Institute media coordinator. Edwin was at the Fox affiliate studio in Providence while Stuart Varney was at the studio in NYC. It was a short segment, but nonetheless, Edwin was thrilled at the opportunity to speak his mind.

Geoffrey has completed 10 years of teaching ESL in Mexico. For 7 years prior to that, he taught photography and graphic design at the American Intercontinental University in Atlanta.

Genevieve graduated with honors from Johnson and Wales University, Rhode Island, May 21,2016 receiving an Associate’s Degree in Baking and Pastry and a Bachelor’s Degree in Restaurant/Food Service Management with a concentration in sommelier.

One of the installation artwork pieces of Jared Madere Class of 2005 on display at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York CityJared recently had his first solo exhibition at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. The installation was on display in the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Gallery from October 16 - January 3, 2016. Jared primarily creates installation-based works featuring disparate materials such as salt, flowers, foodstuffs, and plastic tarps that are assembled and aggregated in a manner that insists on their material connections to society, economics, industry, and human emotion. His works have also been featured at David Lewis, New York; Bortolami Gallery, New York; Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles; Croy Nielsen, Berlin; and Le Magasin, Grenoble, France.

Jared’s second book, his debut novel, All The Evil Of This World, will be published summer 2016. It tells the story of seven people whose lives collide in a single options trade that takes place in March, 2000--at the top of the dot com stock market bubble. In addition to writing own newsletter, Jared also now writes for Mauldin Economics, contributes to Forbes, and continues to make a number of media appearances related to his investment research work.

Jair and Felinda Montanez ’10 were engaged on January 13, 2016 in the Tirrell Building stairway.

Courtney graduated from Bentley University and now works as a marketing specialist for Evariant in Farmington, CT.  She qualified to run in the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016. Courtney has completed two full marathons one in San Diego, California, and one in the Bay of Fundy in Canada and decided to do it again, because she can, and because there are so many people who have been stricken with life altering diseases like cancer who can’t. In the years since her Dad’s diagnosis with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006, her family has found hope as her dad is a cancer survivor and is the inspiration for her to run in this year’s Boston Marathon. Courtney is the granddaughter of Robert ‘50 and Stella Fasolino Smigiel ’53.

Concetta recently celebrated her 25th year at Pendleton Health and Rehabilitation Center in Mystic.  She was one of the first employees hired when Pendleton opened its doors in 1991.

Chris, NFA Special Education teacher, and his wife, Michelle Stiwell Staley ’02 welcomed their daughter, Juliana Grace Staley, on December 8, 2015.  Juliana’s grandparents are Bob ’68 and Pat Staley.

Dennis and his wife Donna are officially retired from trucking after 40 years and live in St. Augustine, Florida.

Abby started a new job in July 2015 as Principal of St. Mary-St. Joseph School in Willimantic.

Andres Santiago Class of 2008 in his US Army Sergeants uniform standing in front of an American Flag Andres Santiago, who now resides in North Carolina, writes that he was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to Norwich as a 15 year old in 2005. He is currently stationed in Fort Bragg as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, which he joined in 2009. He has been deployed twice; first to Haiti for Operation Unified Response and to Iraq for Operation New Dawn. He is married and has a son named Jionni. He plans to make the military his career and will retire after serving for 20 years. He writes that he misses NFA very much and can’t wait to visit soon.

 

 

Bob was a member of an international expedition to the North Pole on a nuclear powered Russian icebreaker. A retired newspaper editor, Bob now lives in New York City, Washington, DC, and St. Petersburg, Florida. He has been to 153 countries and says his next adventure trip will be to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Chuck has been living in and loving Duck, North Carolina, for the past 15 years.  His youngest daughter graduated summa cum laude from Mars Hill University with a BS in Biology.  Chuck is a contract postmaster for Duck and was elected to his 4th term on the Duck Town Council.

Gussie Paster Sitkin Class of 1939 in a brightly colored top posing in front of a green backgroundGussie resides in California with her husband of 71 years, Joe. Gussie is a part-time Marriage & Family Therapist. Mariea Dohery Spencer’s note in the Fall 2015 NFA magazine mentioned the lack of news for the Class of 1939 and inspired Gussie to submit an update.

 

 

David, "Snapper," recalls a favorite NFA memory of performing as an endman in the N Club minstrel with Buzz Pierson ’49, Hank Congdon ‘50, and Charlie Witt ’49.  Snapper and his wife, a native Austrian, have been married 57 years. Together they have visited Austria about 15 times. 

Colleen and her husband Frances celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Hawaii on January 27, 2016.

Jeanne retired from teaching art and is glad to be creating her own art.  Her mixed media collages have been in several invitational and juried exhibitions.  Jeanne and her realtor husband, Steven, like to travel - most recently to South Africa.  Their son and his wife live in Vermont. Their daughter and her husband live in North Dakota.

Jean-Pierre and Lyne Fauteux Grillo ’72 celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on May 15, 2016.

Hal sends kudos to the Class of 1955 committee for organizing their class reunion.  He said an excellent job was done and it was much appreciated.

Gerald and Eleanor Spencer McKeon ’52 write that they had a good time at the Jubilee Reunion. They have been married for 63 years.

Ed recently donated an 1898 Belgian Mauser rifle with bayonet and carrying case to Slater Memorial Museum. The rifle and the bayonet are both marked “Hopkins and Allen Arms Co. Norwich.”

Emelie, after college, began teaching in Tappahannock, Virginia, at a girls boarding school and immediately loved teaching.  She married in 1962 and had two daughters; Julie and Sara. She now resides in Chesapeake, Virginia, and is enjoying retirement.

Sue and her husband Ed have almost achieved a bucket-list goal of visiting every continent; only Antarctica remains.

Ron had been a United Methodist Church pastor for 42 years when he retired in 2003.  Since then he has been a chaplain at a retirement home in Wilmington, Delaware.

Phyllis writes that her daughter Carol Papp Maher ’71 and husband George Maher ’69 have retired to Sunset Beach, North Carolina.  Her son, Commandant Robert Papp, Jr. ’70 retired from the Coast Guard after 39 years of service and is now leading the effort to advance U.S. interests in the Arctic Region as the State Department’s Special Representative.

Nelson and his wife Carolyn recently moved to Merrimack, New Hampshire.

Mary-Jane retired from her job as head circulation clerk at the Katonah Village Library in Katonah, New York, after twenty years of service.

Kathleen Driscoll Amatangelo Class of 1958 posing on the altar with her family at her daughter Holly's wedding at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompii in Chicago, Illinois.Kathleen Driscoll Amatangelo and family celebrated the marriage of her daughter, Holly, to William Kissane, November 7, 2015, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompii in Chicago, Illinois.