Winter 2018 Green
Plymouth State wants to know what you’ve been up to since graduation! Send us your professional and personal accomplishments—career changes or promotions, advanced degrees and awards, military service, volunteer work, marriages, births/adoptions, and other information—so that we can share it with your classmates, alumni, and the University community.
Brooks Kennedy ‘65 is retired and has been married for 54 years. He and his wife have two children, and four grandchildren two of whom are in college and two in high school. Kennedy notes “I take great pride in saying my family was my career, and financial planning was my hobby.”
Patricia (Hannon) Leary ‘67 enjoys retirement in Bozeman, MT, and has spent over ten summers traveling to Denali Park Alaska where her spouse drove a tourist bus in the park. She celebrates her 49th wedding anniversary in 2017 and has two children and four grandchildren.
Jonas Glidden ‘70 taught at Pittsfield Middle High School in New Hampshire for 35 years, retiring in 2005. Glidden was recently inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class. He was a long-time Athletic Director and coached girls field hockey, basketball, and softball for many years. He is also a member of the New Hampshire Coaches Association Hall of Fame, having coached for over 25 years in the Granite State. Glidden now resides in Florida with his wife, Elaine (Poirer) Glidden ‘69.
Marcia (Cram) Calise ‘71 recently got together with long-time friends Sally (Jackman) Acor ‘71 and Dottie (Hartley) Gallagher ‘72. They reminisced and caught up on children and grandchildren in Maine over lunch and wine.
Mardee (Gerren) Goldberg ‘71 is retired after 35 years of teaching PE in the town of Danvers, MA, along the way earning a master’s degree from Cambridge College. Retirement is split between MA, where she manages real estate investments and teaches pickleball and table tennis to seniors, and The Villages, FL. Goldberg is a nationally ranked table-tennis player, and has two children and one granddaugher.
Brewster Bartlett ’72 hosted the annual Kappa Delta Phi summer gathering on the last Sunday of July in Loudon, NH. A record-turnout of 35 brothers from the classes of 1968-86 met to share stories, memories, and laughs. Memories of Dana Nelson ’69, who recently passed away, were shared and brothers pledged to keep the Kappa Delta Phi scholarship alive with financial support.
Nancy (Beegle) Badger ‘75 was elected President of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, a North Carolina chapter of Romance Writers of America. Badger published her first book in 2010, and published her 19th romance novel in March 2017.
Duncan Nims ‘75, ‘76G is the Regional Learning Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Region headquartered in Boise, ID, and celebrated 40 years of federal service on June 19, 2017. Nim’s career began as a teacher at the Blackwell Job Corps Center on the Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin and included duty stations in Missouri, New York (where he met Sue his spouse of 31 years), and Washington state before coming to Boise in 2001.
Susan (Cornwell) Robbins ‘75 retired from teaching special education in June 2016 from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (NC). Robbins earned a PhD in 2013 from UNC-Greensboro in Specialized Education Services. She travels the east coast from Sarasota, FL, where she kayaks in the mangrove tunnels, to NH where her son and his family reside.
Larry Kontos ‘77 hosted and celebrated his 40th reunion gathering of alumni musicians from PSC with families and extended families at his home in Campton, NH, in August of 2017. Kontos celebrated with his original roommates, Dave Thompson ’77, Frank Cavacco ’77, and John Gwardyak ’77.
Bob “Bubba” D. Thompson ’79 retired on June 30, 2017, after 38 years working as an actuary with Watson Wyatt Worldwide and Fidelity Investments. He credits Professor Ed Wixson’s Mathematics of Finance course for a successful career as a pension actuary and an early retirement.
Carolyn (Cousins) Krahn ‘81 is an account executive with Artforms, Inc. in Brunswick, ME. Hans-Peter Krahn ‘79 and Carolyn Cousins Krahn ‘81 celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary on September 18th, 2017. They are marking the occasion by travelling to England, Ireland and Scotland and hiking the West Highland Way with PSC classmate Rob Muehleck ‘79 and Kathleen Muehleck, with plans to toast Hans and Rob’s 60th birthdays on the top of Ben Nevis in Scotland.
Janet May ‘81 recently obtained MS degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Southern Maine in May of 2017. May also earned a MEd in Special Education (1997) from the University of Maine.
Kenneth Martin ‘83 works for the Department of Defense with the Air Force, and is based in New Hampshire.
Dorry (Concannon) Foster ‘86 is CEO of the Wenatchee Valley YMCA (WA).
James Damren ‘87 is the head boy’s varsity ice hockey coach at LebanonHigh School (NH).
Mike McDevitt ‘88 is General Manager of Soccer Savings.com in Wichita, KS, overseeing the soccer division while also heading up the team sales division for all sports.
Jason Neilson ‘89 is employed with the National Weather Service and has served in Goodland, KS for the last three years. Prior, he served for 16 years in Burlington, VT.
Jonann Torsey ‘89G, ‘07CAGS continues to lead Russell Elementary School, Rumney, NH, as its Principal.
Debbie (Manus) Love ‘90 is office manager at the JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc./CHI. Love helped plan Tau Omega sorority’s 50th anniversary celebration, July 2017.
Scott Lemek ‘91 celebrates seven years with Hyundai Capital America, currenlty serving as Regional Manager for Genesis Finance, Hyundai Finance, and Kia Finance divisions. Most importantly, Lemek celebrates 10 years of being cancer-free.
Belinda (Hughes) Proctor ‘93, after working as Testing Coordinator for one year at Durham School of the Arts, was promoted to Assistant Principal for 12th grade at the Durham School of the Arts (NC) after working as the Testing Coordinator for one year. She has also been accepted to the North Carolina State education doctoral program.
Tony S. DeCrosta ’94 earned his MBA from Colorado State University.
Marc Tayler ‘97 is now living in Ireland, a move precipitated by his wife’s job. Tayler is helping acclimate their kids and start a new chapter in their life, which includes an attempt at writing children’s books.
Jeff Bourgeois ‘95 graduated from the University of San Diego with a PhD in Leadership Studies on May 27, 2017.
David Talbot ‘94G retired from PSU’s College of Business Administration faculty after 15 years of active service. Immediate plans include travels to Russia, Eastern Europe, and the gulf states. You may expect to see Dave with his wife, Marti, at PSU home ice hockey games and on the slopes of Loon and Cannon in the winter and at their summer home on Joe’s Pond in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
Jonathan Haas ‘00 was named women’s Division I golf coach at Valparaiso University (IN).
Matthew Wolcott ‘00 recently accepted a new appointment in Maine as Senior Vice President for Resource Development & Marketing for the United Way of Greater Portland. He and his wife Leah ‘00 and their three children have recently settled in Falmouth, Maine.
Robin (Hartman) Baxter ‘02 is the Director of Club Accounts and Sanctioning at US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport. Prior to this, Baxter served as the Vice President of Events at NXT Sports, a youth sports education and event management company.
Jesse RIley ‘03 has nearly completed her first year as Director of Production at Trinity College’s Austin Arts Center in Hartford, CT., prior serving as Technical Director for one of the theaters at The University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music, Theater, and Dance.
Timothy McNamara ‘04 is currently serving as an officer in the United States Coast Guard in Washington, D.C. since. McNamara’s service began in 2007, and includes stops in Staten Island, NY, Charleston, SC, Belfast, ME, and Syracuse, NY, along the way earning a master of science degree from the California Univeristy of Pennyslvania. He is married to his wife, Kaitlyn, and together they have one son, Liam.
Chad Cavanaugh ‘05 joined CRMD Solutions (Boston) in April 2017 as chief financial officer.
Hannah Hammond ‘05 is currently a visiting assistant professor of theatre at Berry College in Rome, GA, teaching acting and musical theatre and directing college productions. Hammond has been based in NYC since 2006, and has performed and taught with many regional theatre companies around the country, including the national tour of Cirque Dreams Holidaze, and has had the opportunity to work with the UK’s top theatre/musical theatre professionals.
Jenn Streeter ‘06, ‘14G accepted a position at Mount Saint Mary College in New York as an Academic Advisor starting July of 2017.
Ryan Dobens ‘08 has been promoted to Manager at PricewaterhouseCooper’s Washington, D.C. National Tax Services in the Mergers & Aquisitions practice.
Dale Dearth ‘09 went on to earn a masters degree in sport management from SNHU. He recently celebrated his fifth wedding anniversary and has two children, Giuliana and Sofia.
Dan Lader II ‘09 is an Employment Specialist and Case Manager with White Mountain Mental Health, Littleton, NH. Ladder went on to earn a masters in Arts and Teaching with K-12 Art Education Certification. He is a member of Acidotic RACING since 2013 and an avid ultra-runner, completing the Pemi Loop, The Pinnacle Challenge 50k, Twin State 50k, The Hamsterwheel 40 miler (twice), Runamuck 50k, M2M 55 miler, and Bear Brook Trail Marathon.
Christopher Bergeron ‘11G a new position as assistant professor at Bellevue University (NE) where he will be developing a new Masters program in Instructional Design & Technology. The position is remote, so Bergeron continues to reside in New Hampshire. He completed his doctorate in December of 2016 from Nova Southeastern University (FL).
Erin Croce ‘12 is a Group Ticket Sales Account Executive with the Colorado Avalanche.
Katie (Laro) Ward ’12, ’14G is the Senior Meteorologist and Database Manager at MetStat, Inc. in Fort Collins, CO.
Sam Durfee ‘14 is in year three at the Central Regional Planning Commission (NH). Starting as an intern, then hired as an assistant planner, Durfee is now a regional planner and coordinates a number of projects He also chairs the board of PermaCityLife, a NH non-profit striving to revitalize downtown Franklin through the application of permaculture principals and public-private partnerships.
Alyssa Hammond ‘14 recently began a new job with the National Park Service, Boston National Historical Park (BNHP), at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, MA, as a dispatcher for the Law Enforcement Divisions for BNHP, Lowell National Historical Park, Cape Code National Seashore, Minute Man National Historical Park, and Salem Maritime National Historical Site.
Jesse Anser ‘15 is Marketing Director of NLI Entertainment, which manages Alpine Adventures, Candia Springs Adventure Park, and Whales Tale Water Park (NH).
Matty Leighton ’15P, ’18CAGS is a financial services center manager, overseeing academic and administrative units at Plymouth State University.
Kimberly McLaughlin ‘15 recently passed the CPA exam. McLaughlin works at Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, Professional Association as a staff accountant in Dover, NH, where she’s been since graduating in 2015.
Christopher A. Musumeci ’15G has a new position as Operations Manager at Key-Rite in Seymour, CT. He was formerly a Manufacturing Engineering and Maintenance Supervisor at Eaton in Reno, NV.