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Edythe (Grant) Adams ’56 met her husband Dr. Arnold Adams ’55 at Plymouth State and felt her time here had a positive impact on the rest of her life. She is effusive in her praise of Plymouth Teachers College (PTC). The Adams currently live in Maryland, but Edythe visits campus when in the area. She greatly enjoys staying connected to Plymouth State.
Wayne R. Jacoby ’64 majored in education and was actively involved with the Model UN club. After graduation Jacoby taught social studies at a secondary school from 1964 to 1995 in Springfield School District in Montgomery County, PA, eventually transitioning to teaching global education. He received his MEd from Temple University in 1969 and his MA in history from Lehigh University in 1977. In 1981, Jacoby and two of his colleagues created Global Education Motivators, Inc., which he has been director of since its founding. For the past 40 years Jacoby has been working with youth to empower them with real-world experiential learning across cultures. When asked how PSC prepared him for his career, he says, “It was one of the best things that happened to me in my life. Everything I do evolved from my time with Dr. Hogan and my MUN experience at PSU.”
Stephen L. Clark ’66 majored in English education and chose Plymouth Teachers College for the programs offered. Clark is now retired after 38 years of teaching, and is enjoying time at home with family, and writing. His first book, Memorable Moments Frozen in Time was published in 2013. (5-star reviews on Amazon!) Clark has nearly completed his second novel, Tears of the Heart, which will be published in 2021.
Madeline (Cancian) Zimmerman ’66, was active in the Outing Club, Newman Club, and Volleyball Team. She was drawn to Plymouth because of its size. “Plymouth prepared me well to be a teacher. The best thing I liked about being a teacher, was being a ‘cheerleader’ for my students.” She married Erwin Eugene “Gene” Zimmerman on August 4, 1968. Her son, Paul Eugene was born in 1975, and daughter Susan Joanne in 1977. Zimmerman attended Seattle University and graduated with an MEd in 1973. She retired in 2002, and now lives in an assisted living facility in College Place, WA, with son Paul living close by.
Mardee (Gerren) Goldberg ’71 majored in physical education at Plymouth State and was involved in many programs such as the tennis and basketball teams, Pickleball Club, and other clubs. Goldberg chose PSC for the physical education program and the sports teams. She mentions how PSC helped her prepare for her career by giving her the tools and degree to accomplish her dream of becoming a physical education/health teacher and coach. After Plymouth, she obtained her MEd from Cambridge College and went on to teach PE for 35 years in Danvers, MA. Goldberg has moved to The Villages, Florida, where she excels in table tennis and pickleball—even winning third place in table tennis at the Nationals in Ohio 2013—and still plays to this day. Now she invests in real estate with a summer house in Beverly, MA. She has two children, Mindy and Jay, and two granddaughters.
Linda (Merrill) Landry ’71 was featured in an article about her 50th year as a teacher at Canaan (NH) Elementary School. Some highlights from the article include how she began teaching at the school in downtown Canaan in 1971, at the age of 20, after graduating from PSC. Later, she started a loop of teaching third graders one year and fourth graders the next. In 1980, the school burned down, and she and her colleagues had to find places around the town to teach the students. The community came together, and businesses offered spaces to host each grade. During that time, she gave birth to her son in March 1981. Landry has since used her experience from when her school burned to deal with COVID-19 and remote learning. Although there were challenges, she faced them head on with the thoughts of her students. With a positive mindset we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next! Article at tinyurl.com/y5s839g3
Philippe Maltais ’73 has retired after 43 years in the field of Wastewater Treatment Operation as superintendent in the town of Seabrook, NH. Maltais has also spent time in Manchester, NH, as head of the operations group. At Plymouth State, he was a science major and ever since he has been a strong advocate for protecting the environment of NH. To continue his passion, he joined the Seabrook facility that was awarded the New England plant of the year for Best Operation and Best Chief Operator in 2016. In 2019, Maltais was awarded Plant Operator of the Year from Granite State Rural Water Association.
Bonnie Doherty ’75 has joined the board of the Manchester Historic Association and Millyard Museum.
Congratulations to Diane (Tillotson) Tiffany ’76, PSU alumna and long-time staffer, on her well-deserved retirement. Many of you have known Diane, who was the face of the Alumni and Advancement Offices during her 22 years at PSU. Please join us in wishing her well and we are looking forward to seeing her back on campus in the future.
Ruth F. (Bono) Sheehan ’78 was inducted into the Attleboro High School Athletic Hall of Fame last June. The Hall of Fame recognizes the contributions of men’s and women’s athletics as an integral part of the education program of Attleboro High School (MA).
Brian Stone ’82 is now a semi-retired independent insurance and financial advisor practicing in southern Maine for over 28 years.
Maryrae (Reusch) Preston ’83 works with her family at Preston Real Estate. In 2015 she opened a seasonal gift shop on Hampton Beach called Sand and Santa Gift Shop. They specialize in nautical and Christmas decor, and boast a 16′ Santa Claus in beachwear down to the sandals on his feet. Folks from all around the world have posed for pictures with their Santa.
Alison M. (Cramer) Cook ’85 and David Michael Harley were married on December 5, 2019. Pictured is Alison M. Cook (Cramer) Harley ‘85 with husband David M. Harley on a ski trip to Canada.
Shawn O’Brien ’86 retired as brigadier general and commander of the NH Army National Guard after 34 years of service in a ceremony and changing of the guard on October 3, 2020. His military career began when O’Brien served in the ROTC program while attending Plymouth State. O’Brien continues his full-time work in pharmaceutical sales for Otsuka USA and is a member of the Plymouth State Alumni Assocation Board of Directors.
Tom O’Mara ’87G retired in May 2017 as a professor and coordinator of teacher education at Carteret Community College in Morehead City, NC. In September 2019 he relocated with his wife of 13 years to Hot Springs Village, AR, to enjoy the mountains and lake life.
Jan (Christensen) Ingraham ’87 majored in business administration. In August 2020 she started a new job working for Inmar Intelligence focusing on retailer success across the country with multiple companies. After 30 years in the grocery industry that included an opportunity to work in London for three years, she developed a passion for international business. Adding to her years of experience in merchandising, negotiations, software implementation, and many other skills, she is ready to tackle a new challenge. Ingraham’s time at Plymouth State taught her how to become a versatile leader and she mentions how her experience was “memorable and I look back on those days fondly.” Her favorite season was winter, during which she skied and worked locally with school friends, making more special memories to look back on.
E. Lloyd Soucie ’87 was recently elected to the council chair position for Lions Clubs International Multiple District N, encompassing all clubs in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland, along with three border clubs in Maine; Fort Kent, Fort Fairfield, and Calais.
Shawn Griffin ’88 was inducted into the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019. Griffin played four years on the soccer team and was the head coach for eight years. He is now head soccer coach at Hobart College. The highlight of his coaching career at Hobart thus far came in the 2008 season, when the Statesmen won a program-record 18 games and advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament. Read more at tinyurl.com/yy45bbsc.
Michelle Chatman ’92, a Chi Alpha Zeta sorority sister, read the story of a Tau Omega sorority sister, Trisha Ferland (PSC 1999–2001), in desperate need of a kidney transplant on the Plymouth State Greeks Facebook page (both pictured above). Ferland has been battling kidney disease for a long time, and in August reached a critical point—end-stage kidney failure with dialysis being her last option while she waited for a donor. Chatman was already in the system as a donor, and soon came the great news that they were a match and that the transplant surgery would take place on September 29, 2020. No words can adequately describe how amazing a gift of life Michelle is providing to Trisha. It’s a great example of the Plymouth State Greeks saying, “No Matter the Letters, Greeks Stand Together.”
Paul LaPolice ’94 has been named head coach of the Ottawa Redblacks in the Canadian Football League. LaPolice was a wide receiver at Plymouth State. After graduating with a degree in physical education, LaPolice became a coach at the American collegiate level. In 2000, he began working in the CFL. As an assistant coach, LaPolice won a Grey Cup with the Roughriders in 2007 and the Blue Bombers in 2019. Read more at tinyurl.com/y39bsyvl.
Jennifer M. (Aiello) Luther ’94 celebrated her birthday this May on the day of her daughter’s graduation from Plymouth State! Amy Luther ’20 graduated with a BFA in graphic design. Jennifer and Amy even shared the same graphic design professor, David Martin.
Dr. Ronald Fussell ’97 enjoyed a successful career as a music teacher after graduating. “The Department of Music and Theatre provided an essential pedagogical and administrative foundation to be able to direct one of the largest middle school instrumental music programs in the state at that time,” he writes. He went on to school administration and completed his EdD in interdisciplinary leadership at Creighton University, Omaha, NE, where he was awarded the 2016 Graduate School Award for Outstanding Dissertation. In May 2020, Fussell was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award from Creighton. The award recognizes faculty who positively influence students’ academic success, foster an environment that is supportive of graduate students, and demonstrate a commitment to caring for students through mentorship and engagement.
Major Brian S. Smith ’97 majored in English with a coaching minor. While at PSC, Smith was a senior class representative, senior class president, and a member of the football team. He was also part of the Phi Beta Upsilon Fraternity (for veterans), serving as academic chair in 1997. Other accomplishments include being listed in the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges 1997” (pg.1,316), 1997 Outstanding Senior, and a student employee of Lamson Library. Smith was his class agent in 1998 and 1999. After graduating he became a major in charge of the 103rd Airlift Wing, Medical Group, Connecticut Air National Guard (2000–2010) and 927th Air Refueling Wing, Aerospace Medicine Squadron (2011–present) of the US Air Force Reserve Component (2000–present). Smith also completed Air Command and Staff College with the Air Force. Recently Smith took a new job with Blue Pearl as a senior IT project manager, and purchased a new home in Florida.
Kenneth Butler ’99 worked for seven years as the chair of the history and drama departments at the Woodward School for Girls in Quincy, MA. He also taught for eight summers at Phillips Exeter Academy, one year at the Holderness School, and four at both Shortridge Academy and Great Bay Community College. In 2015, his first novel, Holy Fool, was published by Touch Point Press. He has spent the last few years free-lance writing in Portsmouth, NH, and keeps in touch with several close PSU friends. His second novel, A Pound of Flesh was published in 2020 by Dorrance Press.
Brad Faria ’02 majored in English literature and learned a great deal of skills while being a part of the Clock. Faria mentions how PSU helped him understand his limitations, to be flexible, and to develop ideas more completely. He was named lead quoting tech at Netria Corporation in Exeter, NH, in August 2019.
Heather Adey-Merrithew ’03 and Rebecca Adey-Merrithew welcomed their son, Briggs Alan Adey-Merrithew, on January 24, 2020.
Laura Alexander ’03G, a human resource professional with 30 years of experience in the higher education environment, was named the assistant vice chancellor and chief human resources officer at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. “We are thrilled to find a human resource professional with such deep experience working in higher education,” said Chuck Litchfield, vice chancellor for administration and finance. “We look forward to Laura leading the campus toward a comprehensive people plan as part of the 2030 Strategic Plan.” Read more at tinyurl.com/yxp32pxh.
Major Adam D. Lynch ’03 has been selected for promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. Lynch joined the Marines and entered Marine Corps Base Quantico 17 years ago. He says, “I’ve had the honor of serving with some of the most honorable, brave, humble, belligerent, hard-ass, arrogant, drunk, and unflappable bunch of degenerate misfits with the highest morale and lowest morals.” He has led the Marines into battle in both Iraq and Afghanistan and has had the privilege of serving alongside amazing leaders, warriors, and true patriots. Although he has buried his fair share of soldiers who left the Earth too early defending what they loved, Major Lynch says, “I will take those experiences with me as I continue to serve this great country … and I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything.”
Meghan and Thomas Borick ’04 welcomed their daughter, Mollie Borick, on April 15, 2020.
Zach H. Cary ’04 obtained his BA in graphic design and polished his skills in order to teach them to third graders. During his time at PSU, he was very interested in the great art program and was involved in the USTA and Boxing Club. After graduation he worked as a graphic designer in California but realized he didn’t want to sit in front of a computer every day. Moving back to New Hampshire, he obtained his MEd at Franklin Pierce University. Now Cary is following his dream career of being a teacher and has been teaching the third grade for 12 years, happily living with his wife of ten years, Heidi, and their eight-year-old son Logan (pictured above).
Shawn Manfredo ’04 will be the new head coach for the Fitchburg State University baseball program. Fitchburg State Director of Athletics Matthew Burke made the announcement via e-mail. “We are thrilled to have Shawn at the helm of our baseball team,” said Burke. “His wealth of baseball knowledge as well as his energy and enthusiasm made him the ideal choice to lead the Fitchburg State program. It was apparent early in the process that he genuinely cares about the student athlete experience and seeing them grow.”
Graham Wingate ’07 credits the beautiful campus and proximity to his home with his love for PSU. He also notes that the best preparation that Plymouth offered him in terms of his career was the work he did in his business courses. Wingate works as a vice president of accounting services for Bank of New York Mellon, Singapore Branch. He was blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Natalie Wingate. “She keeps me very busy.” Wingate received BNY Mellon’s prestigious STAR Award on November 6, 2019. He was one of 50 recipients of the award (out of over 50,000 employees) and received it for exemplary service in assisting onboarding one of the world’s largest pension fund clients.
Ashley Frame ’07G earned her masters of education in heritage studies. She chose PSU because of the location and how it accommodated her full-time work schedule. Frame says PSU helped her prepare for her career by giving her the skills and resources she needed to confront a classroom. After nine years of teaching French and humanities, she is now the administrator for Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title Programs at the NH Department of Education.
Jeremy Foskitt ’07 was selected as recruiting manager for Cannabiz Team – Executive Search and Staffing.
Mark MacLean ’08CAGS has been named Superintendent of the Year by the New Hampshire School Administrators Association. MacLean started his administrative career as the dean of academics for the Hudson School District, and then became assistant superintendent of schools for the Kearsarge Regional School District. MacLean is now the superintendent of Merrimack Valley and Andover schools. Read more at tinyurl.com/ y3xoejue.
Gregory S. Bowers ’08 is the director of communications & marketing, University of South Florida Foundation. He received a master of education in curriculum and instruction from USF.
Gene Martin ’09 has joined the board of the Manchester Historic Association and Millyard Museum.
Douglas M. Woodward ’10 majored in marketing and is currently a Microsoft business development specialist at Connection in Merrimack, NH.
Shennen Flannery ’11G has been honored with a Children’s Writing Award for her new book, Little Pond Stories: A Visitor, now available on Amazon and other national book outlets from AcuteByDesign. The award is granted annually to two new authors whose first-time children’s books represent the best in storytelling and illustrations. Ms. Flannery is a long-time educator and resides in New Hartford, CT, with her husband, Brian, and two children.
Don Ingerson ’11 accepted a job at the Kaman Distribution Group in Bloomfield, CT, as the accounting manager of the Kaman Fluid Power business unit.
Todd Kilburn ’12G became chief financial officer of the Idaho State Board of Education in December 2019.
Meriella (Rollins) Warncke ’13 is the senior graphic designer at Home Fashions in Dover, a small family-owned home goods business. She was interviewed for a feature in Manchester’s Hippo called “On the Job.” Read the story at tinyurl.com/ yxzoved4.
Alison (Keith) Towne ’13G chose Plymouth State because it was close to home yet far enough away that she could experience independence. “I loved every second at Plymouth and am eternally grateful for the life-long friends I made during my time there!” Being a childhood studies major prepared her for stepmom life, the best title she says she could ever have. Ali works at a community bank in Rhode Island in the lending department. She loves her work and the knowledge she gains each and every day.
Charles DeJoie III ’14 majored in criminal justice and sociology. After graduating, he worked in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office in NYC. Recently DeJoie moved back to New Hampshire and is now an assistant county attorney with the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office.
Brian Desilets ’14G, ’19CAGS is in his first year as principal of Oxford Hills Middle School in South Paris, ME, a school servicing 550 seventh- and eighth-grade students. He has also been accepted into PSU’s 2020 doctoral program in educational leadership. Desilets chose PSU because of its reputation in the field of education. “PSU prepared me to be an educational leader in an ever-changing landscape in education. I love being an educational leader because I believe I am able to generate positive change and meet the new demands on educators.”
Katie (Cottone) Cann ’15 and Billy Cann ’15 welcomed their son, Evan Daniel Cann, on April 18, 2020.
Kimberly McLaughlin ’15 was promoted to supervisor at Leone, McDonnell & Roberts Professional Association. McLaughlin works out of the Dover office.
Stefanie (Philibotte) Brinn ’16 and Matthew Brinn ’16 were married in Nashua, NH, on October 26, 2019. Their reception venue was Brookstone Park, Derry, NH. They were married on the 10-year anniversary of their meeting when they were just 15!
Stefanie chose Plymouth State because she “had a moment where I sat on the grass looking out at the mountains and knew that I needed to come to PSU. I had this wonderful sense of community, care, and opportunity.”
Kaylee (Darigan) Lambert ’16 majored in communication and media studies and was involved in the PSU Film Club (president, 2016) and Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society. She says, “I fell in love with the campus and the environment immediately, even though it was raining the day of my tour. PSU has a strong community environment, and the size of the school was perfect for me, as I wasn’t looking for anything too big.” After PSU she interned as a video and graphic designer at WEX in Portland, ME. She went on to become a communication consultant for the corporate team and a graphic designer for the marketing team for four years until tough times hit with the pandemic. She had to switch to working as a bridal stylist and will be assisting in the marketing for the bridal shop. Though her job was compromised, she wouldn’t let the pandemic stop her from having a beautiful wedding in a backyard setting with 50 of their closest friends and family.
Kaylee Darigan ’16 and Brandon Lambert were married in Durham, ME, on August 1, 2020.
Mariah (Ford) Desmond ’17 chose Plymouth State because it felt like what home should be. “Plymouth taught me to take risks—on things, on people, and on myself.” In 2019, Desmond landed a job with one of the largest and most reputable HR outsourcing companies in the world and now has a very rewarding career as a payroll consultant. Ford met Gregory Desmond ’17 the first day of their sophomore year at PSU and were married in 2019.
Mariah Ford ’17 and Gregory Desmond ’17 were married in Manchester, NH, on October 9, 2019.
Todd W. Dickinson ’17 earned his BS from PSU. He has been promoted to Hydrogeologist II at Barton & Loguidice, a northeast regional engineering, planning, environmental, and landscape architecture firm in Baltimore, MD. Dickinson is a member of the firm’s environmental practice area.
James Watson ’17G is a retired veteran of the NH Air and Army National Guard. He chose Plymouth because he loved the opportunity to obtain his master of education degree in both an online learning platform and in person. “The hybrid model was excellent!” Watson currently develops curriculum and lesson plans at the NH Police Academy as a law enforcement training specialist. The education he received at PSU gave him the knowledge and confidence to perform these duties.
Joseph Payne ’18 was promoted to senior accountant at Leone, McDonnell & Roberts Professional Association. Payne works out of the Wolfeboro office.
Simon C. Pierpont ’18 majored in English and was very active during his time at PSU. He was a managing editor of the Clock student newspaper for two years, had a fellowship in the Admissions Office, and was a member of the Golf Club. The minute he stepped on campus he decided this was the school for him. After graduation, Pierpont was an admissions counselor at Saint Anselm College. He says, “I love that my time spent in the Admissions Office at PSU set me up to go directly into the field of college admission.” Pierpont recently joined PSU’s Admissions Office.
Nicholas Simeti ’18 received a Plymouth State Panther Award in 2018, and is in his third season as assistant coach for PSU wrestling. Simeti says, “Plymouth State gave me the perfect amount of challenges and positive experiences that created a wonderful learning environment. I was able to work with brilliant professors and conduct research that provided tangible outcomes that helped develop the community in which I live. Working with real-world stakeholders and presenting research and conducting programs within the community were once simulated experiences, which ended up translating into my professional role at the health department.” In 2020, Simeti earned a master’s degree in public health from UNH, and now works for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services as a containment strike team coordinator. This grant-funded position by the CDC provides highly specialized public health infectious disease control with identified COVID-19 high risk populations through investigation, education, and development of programs and policies.
Marvin L. Harris ’19 is LEO, a professional musician and DJ. While at PSU, he was active in PACS and worked with Plymouth State Dining, Student Life, and Campus Recreation. Harris says, “Plymouth State University has the best networking for your career!” Read more at djleomusic.com.
Ashley Hichborn ’20 majored in interdisciplinary studies, which allowed her to design her own major. Hichborn combined graphic design, communications, and marketing with a women, gender, & sexuality studies minor to go into a field of advocacy marketing. During her time at PSU she was in student government, PSU Democrats, Film Club, Rock Climbing Club, Climate Reality Club, SAVE ALL (Sexual Assault and Violence Education Alliance), Feminist Facti, intramural volleyball, and was an orientation leader. Hichborn enjoyed her time at PSU and wants to thank everyone who taught her about being an activist and gave her opportunities to speak up about making a change. She recently accepted a position as the digital organizer for Planned Parenthood Northern New England, where she will be doing graphic design and communications work on topics such has cancer screening and prevention, sexual/reproductive healthcare, supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, and normalizing the conversation about sex education and STD testing.