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.
1960s | Back to Top
Porter J. Schoff ’60 married Virginia “Jinny” Joseph ’60 in 1961. Together they had four children. After Jinny passed away from cancer in mid-1976, Porter married again, to Ramona Keefe, and the couple raised their combined seven children. Before retiring in 2007, he worked as a school psychologist for 30 years in the Portsmouth school system, and another 12 years in the combined SAU of Northwood, Nottingham, Strafford, and Barrington school systems. He and Ramona live in Rochester, NH, and have been active in Lions Clubs International.
1970s | Back to Top
Norma Gray ’70 was honored as the Retired Educator of the Year by the New Hampshire Retired Educators Association. Gray, who has lived in Kittery, ME, since 1981, taught second through fourth grades at two elementary schools in Portsmouth, NH. After retiring in 2006, she spent a year teaching technology at St. Elizabeth Seton School in Rochester, NH. She is the volunteer membership chair of the New Hampshire Retired Educators Association, composed of nearly 5,000 members. Gray, a native of West Stewartstown, NH, is well known in the Seacoast region as a host to international students. She is also an avid supporter of the arts.
Susan John ’70 has been elected to the board of directors for Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.
Boyd Aldrich ’72 designed a “Strike Out Parkinson’s” t-shirt and raised close to $1,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. In celebration, the “Back to the Future” DeLorean car came to Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland, NH, where Boyd resides, and members of the class of 1970 came from all over NH to congratulate him.
Betsy J. Borup ’76 lives in Long Branch, NJ.
1980s | Back to Top
Carolyn K. Egan ’81 retired after 28 years in Verizon sales, and is enjoying her second career with worldwide communications company, CenturyLink. She is also volunteering with the Panther Business Club (formerly Boston Business Forum) alumni program, along with mentoring PSU students. She lives in Medfield, MA.
Deb Rocke ’83 is in her 31st year with Norfolk (VA) Public Schools. She was the first female athletic director in the city of Norfolk. She served as athletic director for 15 years at Norview High School and then became assistant principal for two other high schools before becoming the senior coordinator of health, safety and physical education for the division. (See Exchanging Vows for more news on Deb.)
Peter J. Drescher ’85 has served as the education technology coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Education since January of 2008. He received the 2015 Leader of the Year Award from his national advocacy group, the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA). This award was given for outstanding service to his state and to SETDA on the national front.
Kim J. (Hover) Willard ’88 is visiting professor of theatre at University of Pikeville (KY). She created and implemented the first theatre minor at the university. She is also director of education at a local professional theatre, Jenny Wiley Theatre, and developed the extremely successful Footlights Youth Theatre program for children in eastern Kentucky.
1990s | Back to Top
Steve Temperino ’91, director of PSU public safety and emergency management, recently partnered with federal law enforcement officials to train area police officers on tactics, philosophy, and practical application in active shooter situations.
Scott A. Bernier ’92 was appointed to the board of the Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage in Union, ME, where he has been a volunteer for several years.
Kim Lyndes ’93 of Dover (NH) Middle School was named principal of the year by the New Hampshire Association of School Principals.
Thomas C. Buckwold ’94 and his wife, Shawna, purchased and remodeled a commercial building in downtown Lebanon, NH, and opened the doors to their new business, All Kitchens of New Hampshire, in October 2015.
Melissa N. Gately ’96 is assistant dean for administrative services in the College of Arts and Sciences at Suffolk University in Boston, MA.
2000s | Back to Top
Jonathan M. Haas ’00 was named the Post-Tribune Boys Golf Coach of the year. His team won its first conference golf title in school history. He is a teacher and coach at Crown Point Community Schools in Lake County, IN.
Kevin Hebert ’00 is athletic director at Spaulding High School (NH). In his position he also serves Rochester Middle School athletics, as well as sports associated with the city’s elementary schools, namely field days and citywide track and field meets.
Jon Hunt ’00 is interim head coach of men’s lacrosse at Colby College in Waterville, ME.
Matt Wolcott ’00 and his wife Leah ’00 and their three children moved from New Hampshire to Falmouth, ME, as Matt accepted a new position as the US director/director of development for Safe Passage, an international NGO that educates children in extreme poverty in Guatemala.
Laura LaVallee ’01, an English teacher at Portsmouth (NH) High School, was a finalist for New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.
Sean P. Fischer ’02, ’11G was named Yankee Small College Conference West (YSCC) Coach of the Year for the second straight year. He also led NHTI Concord’s Community College men’s soccer team to a YSCC Conference Championship and a United States College Athletic Association National Championship berth in Asheville, NC.
Andrew Quesnel ’02 is business performance advisor at Insperity, which provides an array of human resources and business solutions designed to help improve performance, and operates in more than 55 locations throughout the United States, serving more than 100,000 businesses.
Darcy (Bagley) Sylvestre ’02 recently became volunteer coordinator at Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Suzanne M. Autio ’05 is a teacher at Harvard Yard Child Care Center in Cambridge, MA. She previously worked at KinderCare for eight years.
Eric Feldborg ’05G, ’11CAGS, ’14EdD is the career and technical education state director and administrator of the Bureau of Career Development at the NH Department of Education (NHDE). He was hired in 2015 as STEM coordinator and has served on the Governor’s Task Force for STEM Education since that time. Before joining the NHDE, Feldborg was dean of students at the Great Bay E-Learning Charter School and a science teacher and technology educator in several New Hampshire school districts. A ceramic engineer by trade, he worked as a process and product engineer and corporate trainer prior to entering K-12 education.
Andrew J. Gelinas ’07 is chief development officer of Sober Grid, a free app that helps people build strong sober support networks by connecting them to a global sober community.
Peter Laufenberg ’07, ’08G was named to the Union Leader’s 2016 class of 40 under 40. Laufenberg is the manager of field experience at PSU, coordinating internships for students. He also serves as Plymouth town selectman, one of the youngest in the state. In addition, he volunteers at the local branch of Holy Trinity Church; is a board member of the Granite State Ambassadors, which provides training courses for volunteers and employees in the tourism and hospitality industries; and is vice chairman of the Grafton County Republicans.
Charles Lloyd ’07G, ’11CAGS was named to the Union Leader’s 2016 class of 40 under 40. Lloyd is associate vice president of student affairs at NHTI, Concord’s Community College. His volunteer service includes his roles as vice chair of Volunteer New Hampshire; event administrator for an annual Wiffle Ball tournament with Community Bridges, a nonprofit working with people with disabilities; judge for Stay, Work, Play, NH’s Rising Stars Awards; and panelist and speaker for New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation.
Ivy L. Page ’07’s first book of poetry, Any Other Branch, was released internationally in 2013. She has also co-written a textbook on creative writing, called Creative Writing Workshop: A Guidebook for the Creative Writer.
Elizabeth (Gagnon) Mazzie ’08 is lead preschool teacher at YMCA of Metro North Peabody (MA). (See Exchanging Vows for more news.)
Corey Swartz ’08 is using his recent experience of surviving an avalanche in Mount Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine to educate other adventurers on the dangers of going into the White Mountains unprepared. He has been sharing his experience—and his message—on social media and news outlets.
2010s | Back to Top
Brianna D. Frost ’11 received her American Montessori Society Lower Elementary Montessori Certification from the Seacoast Center for Education Teacher Education Program (NH).
Rebecca Gagnon ’11G is assistant principal of Hopkinton Middle Senior High School (NH), an adjunct professor at New England College, and a consultant with the NH Department of Education. Rebecca has also served New Hampshire districts as a teacher, assistant superintendent, and director of assessment and technology. She is serving a two-year term as New Hampshire Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NHASCD) president. ASCD International recently honored Gagnon as a 2015 Educational Influence Leader.
Aly Finn ’12 has joined the American Red Cross in Maine as its new disaster program specialist, serving southern Maine.
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