Welcome New PSUAA Board Members

July 14th, 2006 by Adam

Welcome New PSUAA Board Members

Congratulations and welcome to the newest members of the Plymouth State University Alumni Association board of directors. This year we welcome back two members who were re-elected and four new members who have been elected to a first term.

Term of Office: July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2010:

Althea Goundrey ’87, G96*

Lewis “Art” Parissi ’66

Andrea Bergeron Sbona ’81*

Peter Brunette, Esq. ’88

* re-elected

Meet Our New Board Members

Name: Althea M. Goundrey

Residence: Orford, NH

Employment: Dartmouth College, Program Coordinator, Center for Genetics and Child Development Program, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Education: B.A., Plymouth State College, 1987; M.Ed., Plymouth State College, 1996

Volunteer Experience: Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, Plymouth State University Alumni Association, Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports Association

PSU Activities:
Advocacy Volunteer (2002 -2004), Move-In Day Volunteer (2001-2004), Student Leader Dinner Host (2005), Dinners with 12 Strangers Host (2004 – 2006), Singer Series for Early Childhood Education (2006), Robert Frost Committee (2004-2005), Scholarship Committee (2003 – 2006), Campus Division Chair (2004 -2006).

“I am honored to be serving on the PSUAA Board of Directors as a representative of the alumni body, having the opportunity to collectively with other Board members develop ideas that will connect alumni to alumni, alumni to students, and alumni to Plymouth State University as an ever strong yet changing institution committed to serving undergraduate and graduate students, and expanding its campus in collaborative programs.”

Name: Lewis “Art” Parissi

Residence: Orange City, FL

Employment: Instructor, Physical Education Department, Berthune-Cookman College, Retired Active Reservist (U.S Army, Navy, Coast Guard

Education: B. Ed., Plymouth State College, 1966, M.S., Nova University, 1987

Volunteer Experience: Board of Directors, Marine Terrace Time Share; High School Basketball Coach; Youth Sports Official

Memberships: New Hampshire Education Association; Volusia County Education Association; NEA; Florida High School Athletic Association; American Legion, AAHPERD, AARP

PSU Activities: Men’s Gymnastics, Men’s Tennis

“I look at the richness of my life and attribute a large part of this to being an alumnus of Plymouth State. The discipline and work ethic that I learned there has served me well throughout my life. The primary reason for wanting to serve on the board of directors is to show my appreciation to the college and to help continue the high standards and the reputation of the college. I have forty years of teaching experience, both at the public school and college level which has given me an insight into the expectations of both students and parents. I have thirty one years of experience as a coach. This area of my life has taught me the importance of building a relationship with the student athlete. You must be willing to give time and have patience to help them understand and work to realize their dreams. This is what I remember in the days that I walked the campus at Plymouth State. People that took time to know me, had patience and cared for me.”

Name: Andrea Bergeron Sbona

Residence: Hudson, MA 01749

Employment: Senior Curriculum Development Specialist, Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC)

Education: B.S., Plymouth State University, 1981

Volunteer Experience: Habitat for Humanity – Ann Arbor, MI

PSU Activities: Class Agent (1981 – Present), Boston Chapter Volunteer (2000 – 2003) Boston Chapter Secretary/Treasurer (2003-2004), Boston Chapter President (2004 – 2006), Board of Directors (2002 – Present), Recognition Division Chair (2002-2004, 2005-Present)

“The PSUAA Board of Directors has been an awesome experience. I have met so many wonderful people that care “deeply” about Plymouth. It does not matter whether we attended Plymouth Teachers College, Plymouth State College, or Plymouth State University, we all share a common goal … to spread the word of the good things that are being accomplished at Plymouth, reconnect with alumni and get alumni involved in activities all over the country. The PSUAA Board of Directors has made great strides over the last few years. We are reworking the organization to make it more responsive to the needs of PSU, you the alumni, and current PSU students. The PSUAA Board had the privilege of being involved with the interview process for the next PSU President. These are exciting times at Plymouth!

I want to continue the work that I have been a part with for the past few years on the board. I feel that I, and the board, have more to accomplish. My goal has always been to “get more alumni involved and connected with other alumni”. I have been working hard to bring more events to you, the alumni, through events in New Hampshire, the greater Boston area, and other parts of the country. This year we have events planned in Baltimore and New York City to name a few. Having lived in other parts of the country, I know how important it is to bring more events to you.”

Name: Peter Brunette, Esq.

Residence: Lakeport, NH

Employment: Attorney, Lakeport Law Office (sole proprietor)

Education: B.A., Plymouth State College, 1988, J.D. Franklin Pierce Law Center, 1989

Volunteer Experience: Peace Corp (1981-1982), City of Laconia Planning Board (1999 –Present, Commissioner of Lakes Region Planning Commission (2001-2003), Chair City of Laconia Motorcycle Week Advisory Committee (2003-2004)

“Service on the Board is the best expression of my gratitude to Plymouth State, the institution and the people, for helping me put my life and career on the right path. As a non-traditional commuting student, with family and work responsibilities, it was a challenge to integrate with the PSU community, and I was very pleased by the support and friendship extended me by the faculty, staff and my fellow students. I hope that my service on the Board will allow me to repay these gifts, to apply the skills I’ve acquired as a result of my education and career thus far, and provide the PSUAA with a slightly different perspective when addressing the needs of the Alumni Community and the University.”