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Inside This Issue: Letter from the President Letter from the Vice President

Advancement Office Notes Alumni News

Upcoming Events: Oct. - Nov.


Class of 1996 October 28, 2006

Class of 1986 November 18, 2006

Class of 1981 November 18, 2006

Class of 1976 November 18, 2006

Thanksgiving Eve Liturgy: November 22, 2006




Fall 2006

Holy Cross High School • 587 Oronoke Road Waterbury, CT 06708 • 203.574.5422

Dear Friends of Holy Cross,

We often hear the expression that change is good. How true. Change affords us an opportunity to broaden our horizons and look to the future with renewed confidence and great strength. All growth is based on our ability to acknowledge the power and potential of change. Holy Cross is no exception. Change is a powerful force for good and we are changing in so many ways. A major shift which recognizes the strength and vitality of Holy Cross has occurred in the Development Office now called the Office of Institutional Advancement. This office plays a vital role as the public face of Holy Cross High School and is specially charged with the task of securing the future and strengthening the vision and mission of the school.

I am exceedingly pleased to announce that Mr. Tim McDonald has assumed the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement while continuing his duties as principal this year. I know that you share my excitement in making this significant appointment. Tim’s distinguished record of unparalleled service positions him perfectly for this office. I have every confidence that he will accomplish great things in the years ahead. I know that he will count on you for your continued support and care of Holy Cross High School. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the great team that will be assisting Tim. They are competent, dedicated, and strong and will be a great asset to the advancement efforts. I know that Tim will introduce them elsewhere in this Newsletter. I extend my personal thanks for all of your support and concern. We count on you to stand with us as we move forward in our efforts to bring an education in the Holy Cross Tradition to the young men and young women of the Greater Waterbury area. Be sure of my prayers for each of you. Sincerely,

Br. Jerome Donnelly, C.S.C.



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The function of the Development Office is moving to the broader role of Institutional Advancement. In order for Holy Cross to continue to provide an outstanding educational opportunity, to pursue excellence in all aspects of school life, and to remain competitive as a school of choice, funds beyond tuition will play an increasingly important role in the life of the school. To this end, I have accepted the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement. I will be responsible for the development and maintenance of an ongoing comprehensive program of advancement for Holy Cross High School. This program includes but is not limited to admissions and enrollment, communications and marketing, publications, fundraising, alumni affairs, capital giving and various internal support constituencies. Joining me on the Advancement team will be Cary Razza Fappiano ‘85, Jodie LaCava McGarrity ‘93, and Ellen McGaughey.

It is important to note that all of the aforementioned individuals have been on staff at Holy Cross and already carry out some of their responsibilities. There has been no staff added, rather a restructuring of the former development operation has occurred. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to meeting the challenge. With your help - parents, alumni, and friends of Holy Cross- I am confident it can be met. Sincerely,


Tim McDonald Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Cary Razza Fappiano `85

Jodie LaCava McGarrity `93

Ellen McGaughey

Cary graduated from Holy Cross in 1985 and after graduation served on the HC Alumni Association Board until her hiring in 1994. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelors Degree in General Studies and from the University of New Haven with a Masters Degree in Business Administration. During the last 12 years at HC, she has served in many capacities including Associate Director of Development, Tuition and Financial Aid Officer, Assistant Controller, Reunion Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to the Principal. Cary resides in Watertown with her husband, Mark, and their three children.

Jodie graduated from Holy Cross in 1993 and from the University of Connecticut in 1997 with a B.A. in Sociology. In 1999, she graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst receiving a M.Ed. in Educational Policy, Research and Administration specializing in Higher Education Administration. From July 1999 to July 2004, Jodie worked at Fairfield University’s Office of Admission as Admission Counselor and Assistant Director of Admission. She is beginning her third year at Holy Cross as Director of Admissions and Public Relations. Jodie resides in Waterbury with her husband, Ryan.

Ellen grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA in May 1971. She moved to England in 1972 and lived there for 15 years, returning to the States in 1987. Ellen has been working in the Development Office as the office assistant since August, 2001. Before coming to Holy Cross, Ellen worked as a Purchasing Coordinator for an educational publishing company in Michigan. She resides in Waterbury with her husband of 34 years, Roger, and has three adult children.

Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Cary’s responsibilities include alumni relations, special events, parent relations, the Holy Cross Fund, the CROSS Words newsletter, and scholarships and financial aid.

Director of Admissions and Public Relations

Jodie is responsible for recruitment and admissions, public information and media relations, publications, and financial aid for incoming freshmen.

Assistant, Office of Institutional Advancement

Ellen’s responsibilities include the Holy Cross Fund, prospect information management, database management, donor relations, and web site management.

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Advancement Office Notes

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Annual Fund Changes to The Holy Cross Fund

The Annual Fund, which is truly the lifeline for all advancement efforts, will now be known as The Holy Cross Fund. This annual giving campaign will be driven primarily through direct mail, supplemented by a phonathon component scheduled to take place each spring.

The following Alumni News includes submissions received since the last newsletter. Engagements and Wedding Announcements will be published in the winter CROSS Words.

If you would like to have a Class Note, Engagement, Marriage or Birth Announcement published in an upcoming newsletter please click on ‘Contact Us’ on our home page at and submit your news.


The new Advancement Newsletter (CROSS Words) will be published and mailed out four times each year (fall, winter, spring, summer). You will also have the option to receive this electronically, at no charge, should you wish to subscribe. Simply provide the Alumni Relations Office with your email address by emailing or, referencing e-news in the subject area.

Publishing Policies

To be considered for publication, the Advancement Office must be able to verify that you are a graduate of Holy Cross High School. Alumni News submissions are accepted from, but not limited to the following sources: press releases, e-mail and our website ‘Contact Us’ page. Holy Cross High School has the exclusive authority to reject any Alumni News submissions not in alignment with the spiritual and religious character of the school. The Holy Cross Advancement Office retains the exclusive right to edit any material submitted for publishing in the Alumni News. All Alumni News submissions will appear in both the Advancement Newsletter – CROSS Words and on the Website -, unless otherwise requested by the sender. Requests to change information intended for publishing must be made by phone, e-mail or in writing to the Advancement Office.

Contact Us:

Holy Cross High School Advancement Office Phone: 203.574.5422 Fax: 203.596.3740 website:

Class Notes Class of 1980

Christopher French is Director of Alumni and Development at The Hotchkiss School. He heads a staff of 35 people at the 115 year-old secondary school in Lakeville, CT and has traveled extensively around the world to make the school a more globally oriented institution. Christopher lives with his family in Cheshire and on the Hotchkiss campus in Lakeville.

Kathleen (Moriarty) Scully was appointed principal of John Trumbull Primary School in Oakville, CT. She lives in Watertown with her husband, Jim and two children, Matthew and Lauren. Roy Van Buren completed his eighth consecutive Boston Marathon in April 2005. He also participated in the Lake Canandaigua (NY) 50-mile ultra marathon in October 2005 and was unable to attend his class reunion.

Class of 1982

Rose Ann (Wagner) Truglio, married with two daughters, lives and works in Long Island, New York. Rose teaches business classes at Lindenhurst Senior High School where she is also the Advisor to the DECA club and the school newspaper.

Class of 1983 Pictured Left, Clockwise: Tim McDonald, Vice President for Advancement; Jodie LaCava McGarrity ‘93, Director of Admissions and Public Relations; Cary Razza Fappiano ‘85, Director of Development and Alumni Relations; and Ellen McGaughey, Assistant, Office of Institutional Advancement

Jacqueline (Elser) Hoey and Paul Hoey relocated to Mississippi in 2005 with their three children Kristen, Tommy and Michael.

Class of 1984

Debra (Archambault) Gluz lives in Torrington, CT with her husband, Mike, and their three children Chelsea, Ryan and Joshua. She has been an office manager for a local contractor since 1997 and is attending Central Connecticut State University to obtain her Master of Science degree in Elementary Education.

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Matt Tarby recently celebrated his 5th year at Prudential Relocation Inc. in Scottsdale, Arizona where he is the Manager of Accounts Receivable.

Class of 1986

Cheryl (Chrostowski) Gentil is a CPA working part-time as a Business Manager in private accounting and doing tax returns. Cheryl has been married for 17 years, is a full-time mom of 2 boys, ages 9 and 11, and is very involved with the PTO and other school functions.

Jennifer (Pawlak) Perrotti graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a BA in Secondary Education and a minor in History. She is co-owner of Perrotti’s Pizza, worked as a Customer Service Rep for General Data Com and Bristol Babcock and modeled for Paul Mitchell and G. Fox (Filene’s). Jennifer and William, her husband of 11 years, live in Middlebury with their son A.J., who is 21/2.

Class of 1987

Timothy Cousens, Jr. is head of the Physical Therapy Department at Sage Memorial Hospital in Ganado, AZ. His wife, Myra, is an RN. They live and work on the Navajo Reservation and always welcome visitors.

Class of 1989

Debra (Deeley) Gagnon was promoted to Associate Production Director for Children’s Publishing at Reader’s Digest in Pleasantville, NY. Debra has worked at Reader’s Digest for over 11 years and lives in Danbury, CT with her husband, Steven Gagnon ’90 and daughter, Alyssa.

Class of 1992

Dr. Jerome Salwierz, PharmD is now a Dr. of Pharmacy after completing studies for his Doctorate in May 2006. He is presently studying for the pharmacy boards in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Jerome still works for CVS Pharmacy in Ashland, MA and plans to continue his practice at the same location.

Class of 1993

Cristin (Bauby) Traylor is an attorney specializing in white collar crime at McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond, VA where she resides with her husband, Chris.

Jennifer Gugliotti began a new position with John Hancock in Boston as an attorney in their Special Markets Department. She received her Master’s in Tax Law from Boston University Law School and lives in Arlington, MA with her husband, Tim and their Boston terrier, Paisly.

Class of 1994

Amber-Lynn Dunphy performed in a run of “Scrooge” at the Thomaston Opera House with a number of Holy Cross students. She also served as choreographer for “Copacabana” at St. Paul’s Catholic High School in Bristol. While at HCHS, Amber-Lynn was an active member of the Student Theatre and Music Department.

Peter Fox graduated with his MBA from the Professional MBA Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Class of 1995

Matthew Jerome worked as a costumer on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequels in the Bahamas and also completed “Kicking and Screaming” in Los Angeles in 2005.

Rev. John M. Santone was appointed a Judge on the Marriage Tribunal for the Diocese of Fall River in Massachusetts and has recently been named the associate pastor of St. Paul’s Parish in Glastonbury, CT and St. Augustine’s Parish in South Glastonbury.

Diana Vesely has completed her PhD in molecular genetics at Temple University in Philadelphia and is now a postdoctoral associate researching Lyme disease at Yale University.

Class of 1990

Class of 1996

Kendreia Dickens-Williams, MD was elected as Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at Mesa View Regional Hospital in Mesquite, NV. She is a practicing Obstetrician/gynecologist at the Northwest Arizona Regional Health Center.

Class of 1991

Sara (Lussier) Atwood received her PhD in English literature from the Graduate School, City University of New York, in May of 2006.

A. Rachel (Piscitelli) Pfeiffer has been in the Air Force for the last 10 years and is currently an Air Force Reserve Recruiter residing in Seymour, CT with her family. Marcy (Steponaitis) Autuori was recently hired as Assistant Principal at Sarah Noble Intermediate School in New Milford, CT.

Joseph David Martino graduated cum laude from Quinnipiac University in 2000 and received his Master of Science degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport in May 2005. He is the Director of Technology for Region 12 Public Schools and resides in Southbury with his wife, Christine.

Tertulien Thomas was cast in his first lead role in an independent film in New York City. The film is called ‘Scrolls: The Book of Life’ and is to be released sometime in early 2007. The film, currently in production, will be submitted and featured in all the major film festivals, i.e. Cannes, Tribeca and Berlin Film Festivals.

Class of 1997

Jessica (Baransky) Hudacko received her Master’s in Instructional Accommodation and is a kindergarten teacher in South Carolina.

Elena Carrington received her Master’s degree from the American University in Washington, D.C. in 2005. She is currently working for the International Monetary Fund.

Richard Geremia is serving his second term on the Board of Education in Waterbury and is vice-president of his family’s business, The Durable Companies, also in Waterbury.

Class of 1998

Eric Perugini graduated from Seton Hall University in 2002 with a Business and Sports Management degree. In 2005 he graduated from Columbia University in NY with his MPA and a concentration in International Economics. Eric was recently granted dual citizenship between the U.S. and the European Union.

Class of 2000

Frank A. Fearnley, Jr. graduated from Central Connecticut State University in May 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the School of Arts and Sciences.

Jennifer (Goncalves) Delaney, after working on her bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Connecticut, planned to pursue a Master’s degree in Education. Outside of school, Jennifer freelances as a makeup artist, specializing in bridal work and custom-blended foundation. She currently lives in Naugatuck with her husband, Charles and son, Nathan.

Keirin Lazauskas graduated in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Manhattanville College with the only honors award in her class for English Education. She was also initiated into Kappa Delta Pi, the international educators’ honors society. After graduation Keirin moved to Syracuse, NY where she hoped to get a teaching position in that school district.

Class of 2001

Andrew Denis Beman-Cavallaro graduated in 2005 from the Florida State University College of Social Science with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography. After graduation, he planned to attend graduate school at The University of South Florida in Tampa, studying library science.

Jason Penta graduated cum laude from Marist College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Marketing.

Palma Salcito graduated cum laude from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut in May 2005. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in American Studies at Fairfield University.

Patrick Scalisi graduated summa cum laude in May 2005 from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications. Patrick was a member of the English National Honor Society and was on the Dean’s List since 2001.



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Future Crusaders Deborah (Perkowski) Engstrom `81 and her husband, Andy, announce the birth of their second son, Patrick Thomas, on January 3, 2006.

Matt Tarby `84 and his wife, Karen, welcomed their second daughter, Madison Lynne, on March 20, 2006.

Gina (Verrastro) West `84 and her husband, Eric, announce the birth of their first daughter, Celia Margaret, on July 5, 2005.

Lorraine J. (Ashe) McElligott `86 and her husband welcomed the arrival of their first child, Kevin Thomas, on January 16, 2005. Florencia (Gobbee) Donaghy `86 and her husband, John, proudly announce the birth of their third child, John Robert, on February 17, 2006.

Sue (Krayeski) Culotta `86 and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of their second son, Eli Vincent, on January 17, 2005.

Jose Tormo `86 and his wife, Lisa, announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Jacqueline Maria, on February 2, 2006. Rebecca (Burdick) deBorst `87 and her husband, Garrett, proudly announce the arrival of their son, Devon Garrett, on February 25, 2006. Deidre (Cacchillo) Wolf `87 and her husband, David, welcomed their first child, David Aidan, on April 29, 2005.

Glen M. Martin `87 and his wife, Rosaria, announce the birth of their second child, Jessica Marie, on April 23, 2005.

Tracie (Mormile) Paiva `87 and her husband, George, proudly announce the birth of their first child, John Paul, on March 29, 2005. Marisa (Haddad) Sekosky `88 and her husband, Timothy, announce the birth of their son, Jake Ryan, on April 14, 2005.

Kristen (Povilaitis) Latimer `88 and her husband, Clay, welcomed their second child, Jack Clayton, on September 27, 2004 and their third child, Matthew Richard on July 11, 2006.

Michael Puma `88 and his wife, Suzanne, are the proud new parents of their first child, Anthony Connell, born on February 8, 2006

Lynne (Renkun) Classey `88 and her husband, Tim, proudly announce the birth of their second child, Erin Maureen, on October 20, 2004.

Diana (Tramontano) Morales `88 and her husband welcomed their first child, Evan Nicolas, on April 4, 2005.

Michael Christiano `89 and his wife, Nancy, announce the birth of their daughter, Hailey Rose, on June 2, 2006.

of their second daughter, Haleigh Marie, on August 4, 2006.

Cynthia (McGarvey) Farrell `89 and her husband welcomed their second child, Brooke Marie, on August 21, 2005.

Cynthia (Arndt) Begley `92 and her husband announce the birth of their second child, Olivia Robyn, on April 14, 2005.

Jennifer (Daginella) Scott `89 and her husband, Chris, welcomed their third daughter, Sierra Elizabeth, on February 22, 2005.

Melissa (Zablocki) Hay `91 and her husband, John, proudly announce the birth of their triplet daughters, Ashleen Molly, Maeren Callie and Holli Angelina on October 5, 2004.

Leah (Murray) Kennedy `89 and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of their second child, Aidan Stewart, on May 3, 2005.

Sarah (Bannon) Proulx `92 and her husband, David, welcomed their first child, Aidan James, on March 21, 2006.

Lisa (Briggs) DeTulio `90 and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of their third child, second daughter, Ava Rose, on July 5, 2005.

Amy (Clisham) Lasbury `90 and Robert Lasbury `90 announce the birth of their third child, Brendan John, on January 4, 2005.

Jessica (Gower) Capece `90 and James Capece `89 are pleased to announce the birth of their third child, Jocelyn Elizabeth, on May 9, 2005. William Guillotte `90 and his wife, Jennifer, announce the birth of their first daughter, Isabelle Ava, on July 9, 2005.

Arthur C. Hensel `90 and his wife, Terri, announce the birth of their second child, Alison Ann, on June 3, 2005. Zachary Jerome `90 and his wife, Allyson, announce the birth of their second son, Ryan Edward, on August 11, 2004.

Brigett (O`Neill) Lummel `90 and her husband, Jason, welcomed Connor Brennan on November 27, 2005.

Kyra (Pishtey) Nesteriak `90 and her husband, Joe, proudly announce the birth of their first child, Joseph Arthur III, on March 28, 2004.

Megan (Reilly) Plourde `90 and her husband, Michael, welcomed their first child, daughter Parker Erin, on August 31, 2004.

Adrienne (Earl) Pollard `91 and her husband, Tom, welcomed their second child, Finn Robert, on July 13, 2006.

Jennifer (Innes) Lynch `91 and Steven Lynch `89 proudly announce the birth of their second son, Nathan Patrick, on June 25, 2005.

Sara (Lussier) Atwood `91 and her husband, Jonathan, proudly announce the arrival of their son, Liam Tai, born August 21, 2005.

Sarah (Povilaitis) Farrell `91 and her husband, Denis, proudly announce the arrival of their third child, Keira Lynn, born on August 19, 2006.

Chanley (Raimo) Salvucci `91 and her husband, Anthony, proudly announce the birth

Michell (Daley) Cheney `92 and her husband, Keith, welcomed their first child, Logan Michael, on January 31, 2006.

Paul Gerst `92 and his wife, Jennifer Maier-Gerst, announce the birth of their first daughter, Taylor Riley, on May 28, 2006. Andrea (Moyher) Voccola `92 and her husband, Martin, announce the birth of their daughter, Talia Elizabeth, on July 18, 2004.

Colin Schuster `92 and his wife, Melanie, welcomed their first child, Matthew Wesley, on January 7, 2006. Kristin (Schuster) Kenney `92 and her husband, Ted, welcomed their first child, Ashlyn Kathleen, on March 31, 2006. Jennifer (Taglia) Jackson `92 and her husband, Andy, welcomed their first child, Claire Elizabeth, on March 3, 2006.

Elizabeth (Zarrella) Belske `92 and her husband, Jeffrey, announce the birth of their fourth child, Catherine Elizabeth, on June 24, 2005.

Michelle (Francis) Brodeur ’93 and Andrew Brodeur ’95 announce the birth of their son, Jacob Michael, on May 25, 2006.

Diana (Polletta) Dane ’93 and her husband, Michael, proudly announce the birth of their twins, Joseph Anthony and Juliana Michelle, on March 17, 2005.

Jessica Ann (Shivy) Fonovic ’93 and her husband announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Ann, on February 14, 2005. Mary Ellen (DeAngelis) Kawchack ’94 and her husband, David, welcomed their son, Tristan David, on February 21, 2006.

Carrie (Gamelin) Scampolino ’94 and her husband, Frank, announce the birth of their first child, Sophia Louise, on May 5, 2005. Alan Greggis ’94 and his wife, Christine, proudly announce the birth of their first child, Alyssa Kylie, on April 1, 2005.

Kristen (Mancini) Wright ’94 and her husband, Ken, welcomed their third child, Bridget, on September 8, 2004.

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Christina (Stiber) Dwire ’94 and her husband, Greg, celebrated the birth of their second child, a boy, JT Allen, on June 19, 2005.

Elizabeth (Wadman) Setaro ’94 and Domenic Setaro ’91 announce the birth of their second son, Ryan James, on March 1, 2005. Meghan (Cass) Caprio ’95 and her husband, Chris, welcomed their daughter, Melissa Blake, on April 30, 2006.

George Flaherty, Jr. ’95 and his wife, Tara, welcomed their third child, George Flaherty III, on April 26, 2005. Imma (Rinaldi) Rybczyk ’95 and Kurt Rybczyk ’94 welcomed their second child, Sydney Ann, on May 17, 2005.

Trisha (Rogowski) Deka ’95 and her husband, Jason, welcomed their daughter, Taylor Rose, on July 4, 2005. Carl Heebner ’96 and his wife, Misty, announce the birth of their daughter, Layla Jade, on February 18, 2006.

Diane (Almeida) Rinaldi ’97 and Orazio David Rinaldi ’97 announce the birth of their second child, Giacomo, on April 29th, 2005.

Jessica (Baransky) Hudacko ’97 and her husband, Paul, welcomed their first child, Grace Elizabeth Karen, on April 4, 2006. Ann (Makarewicz) Cook ’97 and her husband, David, announce the birth of their first child, Nathan Walter, on January 25, 2005.

Michael Alex Papagikos ’97 and his wife welcomed their first child, Michael Alex, Jr. on June 15, 2004 and their second child, Jack Christian, on August 18, 2005. Amanda (Schlenk) Smith ’98 and her husband, Stephen, welcomed their third child, Kieran Patrick, on January 18, 2006.



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