Alumni Elections begin April 16th

April 6th, 2007 by Adam


The PSUAA Volunteer Development Committee has provided a slate of candidates for election to the PSUAA Board of Directors and the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees. Please vote for candidates in each election. There is a space after the list for a write-in candidate.

Announcement of the results will be made at the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony, which will be held in conjunction with Alumni Weekend on June 23, 2007 at Plymouth State University. Results will also be printed in Plymouth Magazine.


Your vote allows the PSUAA Board of Directors and the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees to best represent the interests of the entire Alumni Association, the University, the University System and the State of New Hampshire.


As a way to be fiscally responsible and allocate scare resources in a way that better serves the alumni of PSU, we encourage our alumni to utilize electronic voting. Alumni who vote in myPlymouth will be entered into a drawing for a Plymouth State University mantle clock. Alumni who can not access the ballot on-line may request a paper ballot by calling (603) 535-2589 or (800) 772-2620; e-mailing or writing to “2007 Election”, Office of Alumni Relations, MSC 50, 17 High Street, Plymouth, NH 03264-1595. Voting will run through May 25, 2007. Late ballots will not be accepted. TO VOTE


Please vote for one (1) candidate for the Plymouth State University Trustee to the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees. Please vote for no more than four (4), including any write-in candidate, for the candidates for the Plymouth State University Alumni Association Board of Directors. A complete listing of responsibilities and full biographies of all the candidates are listed below


Name: Gregory J. Serapiglia ’96

Residence: Bradford, MA

Employment: Intermediate Client Administrative Associate, State Street Global Advisors, Boston, MA

Education: BS, Plymouth State College (1996), MS, Northeastern University (2007), Graduate Certificate, Northeastern University (2005)
Volunteer Experience: Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon, MA (1991–1998), PSC Day (1992–94), Seven Hills Family Services (1997–1999), Unite Way, Boston (2000–Present), March of Dimes (2004), American Red Cross Cancer Walk, Milford, CT (2004–2006), American Reed Cross (2000-Present)

PSU Activities: Residence Hall Association (1993–94), Residence Council (1992–94), Student Alumni Association (1992–94), President (1994–96), Class Agent (1999–Present)

What does being a member of the PSUAA Board of Directors mean to you?

I feel that this is the perfect time for me to become an active participant in the Plymouth State University community once again. It has been nearly 11 years since I graduated from the school, and I would truly like to restart my level of involvement with the university once again. Looking back over the four years I spent at the university, I have fond memories of my time spent at Plymouth State, primarily time spent serving in various leadership capacities, as well as representing the school at both regional and national conferences. My most influential leadership role was my serving as the president of the Student Alumni Association for two years, September 1994 through May 1996. Being a representative of the university at events helped to develop my sense of pride towards the institution. I truly would like to represent the university in some capacity again, and I feel honored to be nominated as a candidate for election to the PSUAA Board of Directors. Being a member of the board requires a great level of commitment, and I am prepared to accept the responsibility. I am at a place in my life where I will be able to fulfill the duties of such a position. It is truly an honor to have been nominated for election to the PSUAA Board of Directors, and I am grateful for this opportunity to be a leader representing Plymouth State once again.

Name: Patricia Donnelly Sullivan ’82

Residence: Bedford, NH

Employment: Computer Technology Educator, Armand R. DuPont School, Allenstown, NH. Previously Project Manager at Expert Server Group in Bedford, NH and worked as a Training Manager at Cadec Systems, Inc. in Londonderry, NH
Education: BS, Plymouth State College (1982), Keene High School (1978)

Volunteer Experience: Boston Marathon-Jimmy Fund Walk (1990–Present), Olympic Torchbearer (2002), Joppa Hill Educational Farm board Member (2002–2005), International Society of Technology Educators (2004–2006)

PSU Activities: Class Officer (1978–82), Student Senate (1980–82), Freshman Orientation Leader (1981)

What does being a member of the PSUAA Board of Directors mean to you?

I think my experience in the private sector as well as my education background provides strength to the organization. I think focusing on the statement, “if I were you and you were me, we’d see things differently” echoes that experience. It’s not enough to be a member of a board; it’s the ability to see things from a different view that adds value to the experience. Agreeing to disagree often lends a different solution to the issue at hand.

It is time to take our students into the 21st century with 21st century skills. Too many are left behind because there are no expectations set upon them. I believe it is time to take responsibility and lead by action, volunteer and assist in any way I can at Plymouth State University.

Name: Claira Pirozzi Monier ’62

Residence: Goffstown, NH

Employment: Executive Director, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority

Education: BEd, Plymouth Teachers College (1962), MA, Clark University

Volunteer Experience: St Josephs Community Services, American Lung Association of New Hampshire, American Red Cross, Governor Gregg’s Commission on Health Care Costs and Availability (New Hampshire), Community Development Advisory Council (Federal Reserve Bank of Boston), and Affordable Housing Advisory Council (Federal Reserve Bank of Boston)

PSU Activities: Class Agent (1978–80), PSUAA volunteer Development Committee (1981), PSUAA Alumni Day Committee (1987), Harold Hyde Scholarship Committee (2002), Class of 1962 Reunion and Gift Committee (2002–Present)

What does being a member of the PSUAA Board of Directors mean to you?

I feel this is an opportunity to give back to Plymouth State University something for all it has given me. Plymouth State gave me a solid foundation in my formative years. It is important for our students of the twenty-first century to have the same opportunities.

Name: Laura Brusseau ’04

Residence: Laconia, NH

Employment: Social Studies Educator, Laconia High School, Laconia, NH

Education: BS, Plymouth State University (2004)

Volunteer Experience: Faith, Hope and Love Foundation Co-President and Founder, March of Dimes, Homeless and Hunger Week (PSU) Co-Founder

PSU Activities: Homeless and Hunger Week (PSU) Co-Founder, Women’s Swim/Dive team (2000–2004), Student Senate (2000–2004), Americorp, Senior Class president (2004), President of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education, History Day Intern/Co-coordinator, Orientation Leader Co-coordinator, PASS tutor and Admission Representative

What does being a member of the PSUAA Board of Directors mean to you?

I have numerous experiences in community in an array of areas. I have worked and continue to work in diverse areas. As Class President at PSU, I have kept in touch with many of my classmates and would continue to be a great resource in relaying information and garnering feedback on potential ideas. I truly enjoyed my four years at Plymouth and would like to continue being a part of making it a great experience for others.

Name: Michael Gula ’94

Residence: Franklin, NH

Employment: Vice Presidents and Financial Consultant, Charles Schwab & Co. Inc.
Education: BS, Plymouth State College (1994)
Volunteer Experience: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Manchester, St. Paul’s Parrish
PSU Activities: Resident Assistant, LEADS (Leadership Effectiveness And Development Series), PACE, WPCR, Plymouth Players

What does being a member of the PSUAA Board of Directors mean to you?

Simply, because I am now in a position to give of my time, money and ideas. I left PSU in 1994 and now it is time for me to give back to PSU and an alumnus.


Name: Joan C. Cook ’69

Residence: Kennebunk, ME

Employment: Vice President and Wealth Advisor, Charter Trust Company

Education: BEd, Plymouth State College (1969), JD, University of Maine (1978)

Volunteer Experience: Maine Estate Planning Council (2000–Present), Kennebunk Land Trust (2005–Present), Sweetser Children’s Services (1996–Present), Southern Maine Medical Center (1990–2003), United Way of York County, Maine Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts

PSU Activities: Member, Plymouth State University President’s Council (2001-Present), Chair, Plymouth State University Heritage Society (2005-Present)

Why do you want to represent Plymouth State University on the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees?

Plymouth State University provided an education which enabled me to succeed in law school, in my career, and in life. I am proud to be a graduate of Plymouth State. Representing Plymouth State on the University System Board of Trustees is an opportunity for me to serves the University and the State of New Hampshire, which have given me so much.

New Hampshire is blessed with an exemplary system of colleges and universities, each with its own unique personality. My decisions as a Trustee would be guided by a philosophy that each action we take should aim to preserve the excellence which we now have, improve where needed, and expand access to the best possible education New Hampshire can provide.

Name: Larry K. Haynes ‘86

Residence: Weare, NH

Employment: President & CEO, The Grappone Auto Group

Education: B.S., Plymouth State College, (1986), M.B.A., Southern New Hampshire University, (2000)

Volunteer Experience: Step Ahead Learning Center Treasurer, Easter Seals and Boy Scouts of America Fundraiser

PSU Activities: Member, Plymouth State University President’s Council (2001 –Present), Plymouth State University Campaign Strategies Committee Chair (2005 – Present)

Why do you want to represent Plymouth State University on the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees?

I am a strong believer in public education. To me, education is the great equalizer. With a great education, an individual can accomplish their dreams. I also believe that the success of the entire State of New Hampshire depends a great deal on the quality of its University System and the graduates it produces. Education has always been important, but today, it is more important than ever. 30 years ago, a young person could make a living with a high school diploma. Today, a college degree is the minimum threshold required for someone to have any chance of success in having a career, and/or making a living.

I am proud to be a graduate of Plymouth State University and have a strong desire to try to do something to give back to Plymouth State and the entire University System. This desire to give back is why I joined the Plymouth State President’s Council several years ago. A position I continue to serve in today. This is also why my wife and I have established a scholarship fund at Plymouth State to help future students and also provided for Plymouth State in our wills.

For me, Plymouth State University has made and continues to make a major difference in my life. After graduating from the Stratford Public School system in 1982, I went directly to Plymouth State. At Plymouth, I found wonderful faculty and great students who were very engaged. I was amazed at the dedication of the faculty and their willingness to get to know and help their students.

Finally, while at Plymouth I was very fortunate to have met my future wife, Dawn Ray. Dawn and I both graduated from Plymouth State in 1986 with Accounting Degrees. Since 1986, we have both learned that Plymouth State prepared us well for our future careers. For this, I am grateful.

If elected, it would be an honor to represent Plymouth State as a Trustee for the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees.