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Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D. is welcomed as Merrimack’s new president 1


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3–5 “The Courage to Remember” The annual commemoration of Yom Hashoah—The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s acclaimed exhibit of the Nazi Holocaust 1st floor lounge, Sakowich Campus Center

7 “Is Middle Eastern Peace Plausible?” with Prof. Andrew Bacevich, Boston University 7 p.m., Cascia Hall

7, 8, 9 The OnStagers Dramatic Society of Merrimack College presents “Into the Woods” 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 9

12 14th Annual Merrimack College Model Passover Seder with Rabbi Robert Goldstein presiding 2 p.m., Cascia Hall

13 The Annual McLaughlin Lecture Series presents Dr. Dan Anderson, one of the world’s leading researchers of children and the media 7:00 p.m.

14 Career Series: Pursuing a Paycheck with a Purpose, Merrimack Club 5:30 Networking, 6:30 Presentation. Register at

23–June 30 Student Art Exhibit McCoy Art Gallery

26 Honors Convocation 4 p.m., Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher 27 Illuminations Speaker Series: Can Colleges Truly Make a Difference in Their Local and Global Communities? 6:30 p.m., Merrimack Club Sakowich Campus Center. Register at 29 Ricci Martin: An Evening of Dean Martin Music & More—His Son Remembers 7:30 p.m., Rogers Center 30 The Merrimack College Jazz Band presents its Sixth Annual “An Evening of Jazz” 7:30 p.m., Rogers Center

4 Program in Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust 7 p.m., Cascia Hall

11 Tambakos Film Series— “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” 7 p.m., Rogers Center

21 Baccalaureate Mass

22 Commencement

26 Illuminations Speaker Series: Mother-Child Visitation During Incarceration 6:30 p.m., Merrimack Club, Sakowich Campus Center. Register at


6 30th Anniversary President’s Cup Golf Tournament Contact

10–12 Reunion Weekend

18 Alumni & Family Day at the Lowell Spinners Watch for details soon.

Alumni Events Visit or call 978-837-5440. Athletics For schedule and news, visit Rogers Center Event listings and tickets, visit or call the box office at 978-837-5355.




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new leadership: President Hopey, Brian Mitchell, Fr. Mickey Genovese

Student spotlights: Chris Chaves, Mary Rose Mazzola, Richard Matson, Lindsey deMont

Honor Roll of Donors

12 Faculty spotlights: • Richard DelGaudio • Elliott Puretz

President Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D.

14 Alumni Spotlight: • Michael Crowe

Vice President, Communications and Marketing Sue Thorn Vice President, Development James P. Dennis ’89 Editor and Director of Marketing and Publications Kathleen Enos Franzese ’83 Writers Abigail Clark ’12 Holly Robinson Cookson Patrick Lawlor ’13 Eileen Pacheco Alex Picardi ’12

Photography Marie DeMarco ’02 Neal Hamberg Frank Leone ’61 Mark Ouellette ’00 Kevin Salemme ’95 Editorial Offices Merrimack Magazine Box A-8, Merrimack College 315 Turnpike Street North Andover, MA 01845 Alumni Relations 978-837-5440 Address changes should be sent to the alumni office. Every effort has been made to contact copyright holders of any material reprinted in this magazine. Any omissions will be righted in subsequent issues if notice is given to the editor.

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18 Alumni News

20 Donor Profiles 36 Class Notes

from the president


Leadership Dear Alumni and Friends,

It’s a new year and a good time to take a fresh look at Merrimack. I think you would agree that Merrimack is a wonderful institution. To begin the process of advancing Merrimack to a national and even international position of prominence, we have begun focusing our priorities around four key areas: student life, campus and facilities, academics, and alumni relations. In just the past six months, we have made notable progress in each of these four areas.

In the area of student life, we’ve taken steps to become more residential. To help offset students’ costs and ease the financial burden for parents who may have lost a job in the current economy, we increased financial aid by more than $3 million from $18 to $21 million, and made changes to financial policies to enable more students to continue their education. We also made a considerable investment in establishing 24-hour access to the McQuade Library and Campus Center. And we provided opportunities for conversations with the President. 2

“I am honored to be the president of Merrimack College. Thank you to all who have welcomed me. I am confident that together we can make this already great institution even better, more competitive and of greater distinction.” —Christopher Hopey, pictured left with his wife, Cheryl Lucas, and his son, Christopher.

We’ve also made improvements to the campus and facilities, including the creation of the Merrimack Club for alumni and faculty events and renovations to classrooms, the Volpe Hockey Arena, the ground floor of the library, where we added Zest, a coffee café, and the Welcome Center for Admissions. We also updated our technology infrastructure and soon will be wireless campus-wide. In addition, we added club sports as well as women’s golf and women’s crew for 2011. We’re advancing our academic offerings with the addition of two new undergraduate programs in Sustainability and Information Technology. We took steps to expand our graduate and education programs. And we initiated a search for a new dean of the business school, and a new provost. I’m very excited about the enhancements we’re making in alumni relations. We’ve expanded homecoming to a new venue, created the Merrimack Club as I mentioned, which is a great venue for alumni events, added “Meet the President” receptions for out-of-state alumni (this spring in Florida and New York), and added five new frontline advancement officers. These improvements are important to the College as it will make it more inviting for current and prospective students and provide faculty an improved teaching environment. We were mindful of the budget in making these changes and have ensured that improvements are made in a fiscally responsible manner. As we increase enrollments and fundraising, we hope to continue to make improvements to campus. As we focus on our transformation, we recognize our alumni are crucial to our success. You are very successful role models for our students who see what is possible by going to Merrimack. Your input and involvement are extremely important as to how we recruit the next generation of Merrimack students—from admissions events and home interviews to networking with graduating students and helping us secure the future of the institution through philanthropic gifts and the generosity of your time.

Professional Experience: Vice President & Dean Associate Professor of Education, School of Education Northeastern University Vice Dean University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Associate Center Director and Senior Researcher Project Director & Researcher Literacy Fellow University of Pennsylvania National Center on Adult Literacy Education: University of Pennsylvania, Higher Education Management Ph.D. Northeastern University, Public Administration M.P.A. Northeastern University, Political Science, Cum Laude B.S.

I hope you will look to this magazine for new ways to connect back with Merrimack. We’ll be showcasing you, our alumni, in every issue. And we’ll bring you exciting opportunities to get involved and gain a real sense of purpose and ownership in the College and its future. I am privileged to serve as your president, and look forward to meeting and working with you in the months and years ahead. Sincerely,

Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D. President 3

new leadership

Merrimack’s ‘Seminal Moment’ New Board of Trustees Chairman and Merrimack Alumnus Brian Mitchell on Shaping the College’s Future

A vision for the future of Merrimack College is taking shape under the new leadership of President Christopher Hopey and the Board of Trustees, led by new Chairman Brian Mitchell ’74. Mitchell is energized by what he sees as Merrimack’s potential to be a competitive and influential institution in the rapidly evolving higher education market. “I firmly believe this is a seminal moment in the history of the College,” said Mitchell. “Merrimack is, by virtue of its location, the quality of its faculty and programs, and the determination of the trustees, poised at the brink of something special as it redefines itself.” Brian Mitchell, Chair, Merrimack College Board of Trustees

Mitchell knows a thing or two about successfully advancing the mission of a higher education institution. After a productive six-year tenure, he recently stepped down as President of Bucknell University, one of the most selective universities in America. At Bucknell, he was the chief architect of the University’s strategic plan, which focused on strengthening the Bucknell academic core and its residential learning experience as well as building strong ties with the local community. “Brian is a true visionary. He laid the groundwork for what the University will become for at least the next 25 years,” said Bucknell University Board of Trustees member C. Alan Walker (Source: Bucknell Magazine, Summer 2010). Prior to serving as Bucknell’s 15th president, Mitchell was president of Washington &


Jefferson College (1998–2004) and president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (1995–1998). A native of Lowell, Mitchell and his wife, Maryjane, recently returned to Massachusetts to begin the next chapter of their lives. “In terms of the transition, it was an honor and privilege to serve Bucknell,” he said. “I think the world of the students, faculty, alumni, parents, all of whom worked together to make an extraordinary moment over the past six years. But there is a right time to move on. For me, coming back to Merrimack was important. It’s a place where I can contribute and give back.” Mitchell brings to Merrimack a broad and deep understanding of how a higher education institution runs and an understanding of the role of the chairman. “In my capacity as trustee of three institutions, I’ve learned that knowing what not to do is sometimes as important as what to do,” he explained. “One of the dangers I see for college and university boards is that they are often alumni-based. Therefore, boards often see the future of the college as an extension of the world they wish existed. There’s a danger there because higher education can be as competitive as any industry in America.” Mitchell participated in the selection process that brought Christopher Hopey to Merrimack as the College’s new president. He reveals a genuine sense of excitement

Merrimack Welcomes Fr. Mickey Rev. Anthony M. Genovese, O.S.A., new member of the board of trustees

As the new vision for advancing Merrimack’s mission develops, the core of the College’s identity remains its Augustinian tradition. Within this strong tradition, the Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome new member Anthony M. Genovese, O.S.A., affectionately known to many as Fr. Mickey. about Chris’s leadership and the direction. “Chris brings energy, poise, determination, focus, management skills, program capability and the capacity to understand how the dots are all connected,” said Mitchell. “We found in Chris what the College desperately needed. He understands education. He’s prudent and can bring things to closure. “I was impressed with how he argued with great passion for Merrimack’s potential,” he continued. “He understands the Augustinian tradition and how to build a strong identity. He’s aware of the need to market and communicate the vision that he has for the College. My job is to make sure the board stands behind Chris.” Mitchell strongly believes he and his fellow alumni have a role to play in the future of the College, from helping with admissions, marketing and communications to building the alumni network and contributing. “I’m a fan of the Boston Red Sox,” said Mitchell. “If there’s one word that describes the Sox in this century, it’s ‘believe.’ For alumni, it’s time to believe in Merrimack. Under Chris’s leadership, there is the potential to build sustainable momentum. “There are these moments that allow alumni to believe that the place they went to is a better place, markedly stronger. I think that time has come for Merrimack. It’s time to make sure we secure our history and build on it as Merrimack becomes a stronger regional and national institution.”

Fr. Mickey comes to Merrimack having recently been elected Prior Provincial of the Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova. As Prior Provincial, he coordinates the ministries of the friars for the northeast (Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts); Venice, Florida; a monastery in Miami, Florida; Villanova University and Merrimack College. His responsibilities extend globally to South America, Asia-Pacific and Africa. Fr. Mickey has strong ties to Merrimack. He knew Fr. Vincent McQuade, the College’s founding president, and cared for ailing Fr. Tom Kenny, the friar responsible for planting many of the trees that beautify the Merrimack campus. “George Morgan did a lot of work for the College. Tommy Walsh. Great guys,” recalled Fr. Mickey. “They started with nothing. That’s the tradition to keep it going.” Coincidentally, Fr. Mickey also shares a connection with Merrimack President Christopher Hopey. Fr. Mickey was the pastor of the parish President Hopey belonged to when he was Vice Dean at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. “Chris knows the impact we can have on education, because he lived here and participated,” affirmed Fr. Mickey. “He knows that it is the DNA of Merrimack— Augustinian and Catholic. He gets that. He really cares that students get the best experience at Merrimack. I see his excitement for what he’s taking on. I think anyone who’s that committed to it, it will work. God will take care of it.” Fr. Mickey strongly supports President Hopey’s mission of growing enrollments and bringing the Merrimack experience to a broader student community. “I like what Chris is doing with communications, revamping of the administration, and offering what we have to other students,” said Fr. Mickey. “He’s going out to get them. Evangelization is what we would call it. What’s our heart’s greatest desire? Love. What are we always looking for? Truth. That’s what our communities are based on and that’s all Augustine. My role as a Prior Provincial is to help create the atmosphere that our communities can experience that and reflect that wherever they work.” Fr. Mickey is based in the St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery in Rosemont, Penn. 5

Brian C. Mitchell was named Bucknell University’s 16th president in July 2004 and served six years until stepping down in June 2010. Bucknell is among the most selective universities in America, accepting about 30 percent of its applicants and yielding over 40 percent of those admitted with strong programs in the arts and humanities, life sciences, management and engineering. Its undergraduate engineering program is consistently rated among the top ten in America. Prior to joining Bucknell, Mitchell served as president of Washington & Jefferson College (1998–2004) and president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (1995–1998). A past member of Bucknell’s Board of Trustees, Mitchell is widely quoted in the national media, including National Public Radio, The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. His extensive knowledge of private higher education issues is underscored by a demonstrated leadership in working within and outside the university community. Mitchell is a champion of the value of a liberal arts education working to establish new programs, for example, in bio-medical engineering, environmental studies, and public policy while at Bucknell. Mitchell is the principal architect behind the development of Bucknell University’s strategic plan and its first comprehensive master plan since the 1930s. He led a major fundraising effort for Bucknell to

raise at least $400 million over the next several years and which has already raised over $170 million from all sources to date. Mitchell is a specialist in and advocate for strong community-based partnerships as well and through his efforts, Bucknell has worked closely with its region to develop a new 30,000 sq. ft. Barnes & Noble Bookstore in downtown Lewisburg as well as rehabilitated downtown administrative office space, the rejuvenation of the iconic art deco Campus Theater, a business incubation center, Bucknell Landing which opens the Susquehanna River directly to Bucknell’s faculty, students, staff and programs, and more than 10 miles in rails-to-trails projects in the region. Working with Bucknell’s faculty, he implemented a new arts and science curriculum; ABET reaccreditation of the University’s engineering college, the move from department to a School of Management, and the migration to the five-course load that lowered the student/faculty ratio to 10/1. More than 60 new professors have been hired during his tenure, faculty salaries have been improved and rank among the most competitive in the country, sabbatical and travel funds have been increased, and the University opened a new Teaching and Learning Center. During his service, Bucknell moved its bond rating to an outstanding Aa2 and is regarded as one of the best managed universities in America, with a strong balance sheet and a history of consecutive balanced budgets. Its capital program remains robust with little deferred maintenance and through the construction or repurposing and

Merrimack College has recently added new members to senior leadership as well as made administrative changes to better enhance the student experience.

Alexa Abowitz is Vice President for Administration and Legal Counsel. She oversees the College’s administrative operations, including Human Resources, Information Technology, Physical Plant, Police Services, Purchasing, Risk Management and Sodexo. Alexa brings more than 15 years experience in managing legal operations, with extensive knowledge in employment law. Most recently, she was a partner at Cetrulo & Capone, LLP in Boston. Alexa has a B.S. and M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Villanova University. Michael Accardi has been named Vice President for Foundations, Corporations and Partnerships. He comes to Merrimack from Northeastern University where he was senior assistant dean for planning, policy and resource development, and was responsible for multi-year major gifts from alumni and foundations. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s in public policy from the University of Denver.

(Clockwise from top left) Lisa Jebali, Alexa Abowitz, Jim Dennis, Donna Swartwout, Father Ray Dlugos, Kristin Greene, Sue Thorn, Michael Accardi 6

rehabilitation of numerous buildings on campus during his six years at Bucknell. A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, Mitchell graduated from Keith Academy and from Merrimack College in 1974. He received his Ph.D from the University of Rochester. The recipient of numerous academic awards, he has received grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Historical Association, and the U.S. Department of the Interior and has consulted on many projects and programs, including serving as an adviser to the development of the Lowell National Historical Park. A specialist in 19th-century urban, ethnic and labor history, Mitchell is the author of The Paddy Camps: The Irish of Lowell, 1821–1861 (University of Illinois Press) as well as numerous other books, edited collections, journal articles, op-eds and conference papers. In addition to extensive teaching experience in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Virginia, Mitchell was a program officer in the Division of State Programs of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. before becoming president of the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania in 1991. Mitchell is a past chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP), which represents

Pennsylvania’s 85 private colleges and universities, of the Pennsylvania Selection Committee for the Rhodes Scholarship, of the National Association of Independent College and University Executives (NAICUSE) and The Patriot League Council of Presidents. He has also served on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), Pennsylvania Humanities Council, National History Day, and the Geisinger Health System, and was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge and reappointed by Governor Ed Rendell to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. He was also a member of the board of The Annapolis Group, representing America’s 125 most selective liberal arts colleges and universities. In April 2010, President Clinton asked him to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative Conference on an ambitious new program to attract the best and brightest community college students to highly selective institutions like Bucknell as the result of a program developed there through a major grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Mitchell serves as the chair of the Board of Trustees of Merrimack College. He is also a member of the board of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in Chicago and has served as a trustee of Washington and Jefferson College. Mitchell was honored with the 2010 national award for individual contributions to American higher education by the POSSE Foundation at a major gala in New York City in May 2010.

Jim Dennis is Vice President for Development, working on development strategy to increase fundraising efforts which further enhance the Merrimack experience for students and alumni. Jim returned to Merrimack a year ago after overseeing leadership giving at Salem State College for nine years. Prior to that, Jim spent four years at Merrimack as director of resource development. He holds a B.S.B.A. degree from Merrimack College.

She is responsible for developing a long-term enrollment growth, retention and selectivity strategy and oversees the Division of Enrollment Management. Kristin has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in international affairs from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Kristin has previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Eduventures, the leading higher education consulting firm in the U.S.

Father Ray Dlugos, O.S.A was appointed Vice President of Mission and Student Affairs in July 2010, overseeing residential life, student affairs and mission, and campus ministry. His new role will help to enhance campus life and personal attention for students as well as enhance our distinctive Augustinian values and Catholic mission. An Augustinian Friar from the Villanova Province, Fr. Ray has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Albany, State University of New York. He is a licensed psychologist.

Lisa Jebali serves Merrimack College as the Director, Office of the President. She manages the President’s Office, special projects, presidential events and the president’s schedule. Lisa joins the College from Northeastern University and has a strong background in event management and nonprofit administration.

Kristin Greene leads the College as Vice President of Enrollment Management, Planning and Strategy.

Donna Swartwout is the Dean of Campus Life, overseeing Residence Life, Student Involvement, Hamel Health Center, Community Standards and Orientation. This expanded role will allow for greater innovation and improve the overall student experience. Donna received her Ph.D from the University

of Maryland at College Park. Prior to coming to Merrimack she took some time away from higher education and was the Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua. Donna has worked at Colgate University, Loyola College in Baltimore, Md. and St. Michael’s College in Vermont. Sue Thorn has joined Merrimack as Vice President, Communications and Marketing. She is responsible for developing an integrated communications and marketing strategy that raises the visibility of the College nationally and internationally. She has extensive background in corporate and nonprofit communications and marketing; most recently she led communications strategy for Northeastern University. She holds a B.A. in communications from New England College and an M.S. in corporate and organizational communications from Northeastern University. 7

student spotlights Writers from Merrimack’s student newspaper, The Beacon, highlight some of the College’s accomplished students.

christopher chaves

Horizons broadened with Beijing internship

Christopher Chaves, a senior at Merrimack majoring in business administration with a concentration in accounting, has had firsthand, worldly experiences because of his decision to attend Merrimack College. Interested in pursuing a degree in the business field, Chaves felt Merrimack College was the right choice for an institution to prepare him for a business degree as well as his desire to broaden his horizons. The strong sense of community, Chaves decided, and the openness to people from all walks of life would give him the support and security he needed to try new things and to be comfortable anywhere in the world. Chaves enjoys the community aspect Merrimack brings, especially how welcoming the community is to different people from all different walks of life. Last spring, Chaves studied abroad in Beijing, China with an internship in a software development start-up company. His job was to coordinate efforts with clients in Beijing and abroad. In addition to learning some Mandarin four to five days a week, Chaves said his experience opened him up to how 8

different businesses work in different countries. Chaves remarked “the little things” were important to proper business procedures. “How to hand someone your business card or remembering to pour tea to the right side first” were small, yet vital aspects of business he learned. Chaves said through his time abroad, he learned the necessity to “be open to new experiences and to have a willingness to be open and adapt to different ways things are done.” Upon graduation, Chaves wishes to continue in a business background, with an interest in his concentration of accounting. He would like to use his abroad experience to find a job in a global business with an international company. His preparation from Merrimack College, Chaves said, has encouraged him to take on the world. by Abigail Clark ’12, Copy Editor, The Beacon

mary rose mazzola

public service and policy are her passions

If there is anyone who can accurately represent what public service and political science entail, it is Mary Rose Mazzola. Mary Rose, a junior at Merrimack and political science major, has devoted a good portion of her college career to public service and policy. Among many honors, Mazzola was the Political Science Department’s recipient of the Lombard Scholarship to attend American University in the spring. Mazzola previously worked at the State House in Boston, the hub of state legislature, heading up the Domestic Violence Task Force for the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators, and this past summer worked as a policy assistant for the National Foundation for Women Legislators in Washington D.C. “It was a great experience working on domestic violence, and making legislators aware of domestic violence problems,” said Mazzola. She created informational literature that advocated the need for domestic violence attention and preventive education that were distributed among lawmakers. “It is a very common issue in homes, and funding for awareness is the first to get cut from state and federal budgets,” Mazzola explained. Merrimack has really opened doors for Mazzola and helped her obtain her internships. “I really like how small and connected Merrimack is. Merrimack has connections everywhere, and it is very helpful,”

said Mazzola. “Merrimack takes the time to pay attention to their students; it offers services that you would not get at most colleges,” she added. Mazzola was recently honored by getting the opportunity to intern for Massachusetts Senator John Kerry’s office. Mazzola’s impressive public service record stems from inspiration from her family, and researching and working on ovarian cancer legislation, after her aunt was diagnosed with it. Mazzola currently works at a law firm, but hopes to continue her work in public policy upon graduation. “I hope to get an internship, and see where things go from there.” Mazzola hopes to continue her research and work on domestic violence prevention, something she has grown very passionate about. by Patrick Lawlor ’13, Associate Editor in Chief, The Beacon 9

student spotlights

Thankful for great opportunities

Richard MATSON Richard Matson, a senior at Merrimack, is currently completing his undergraduate degree as a fifth year senior on co-op and will graduate this May. He has worked for two major companies as part of his cooperative education; Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. in Cambridge, Mass. and AECOM in Boston, Mass. and is looking to stay with the company as a full-time employee. After his time here at Merrimack, he hopes to continue his education at Tufts University for a master’s degree in science and engineering with a focus on infrastructure engineering. Matson plans to finance his graduate degree on a research grant from the National Science Foundation. Matson has made quite the name for himself at Merrimack. Last year, he was the 2010 class president and that was only his first year being involved in Class Council. Rich’s extreme interest has been for the American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter, something that he has been involved with since freshman year. He served as secretary, and for the past three years has been president. Matson is also the team captain for the Merrimack College Steel Bridge Team. 10

He was a member of the President Ambassadors program, Merrimack’s Programming Board, an Austin Scholar, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the School of Science and Engineering, and had a work study job on campus to assist a professor with his labs for a Site Design class this past semester. “I would not be the mature and driven person I am today without Merrimack’s ability to encourage me to learn and grow,” Matson said. One day he hopes to have his own engineering firm. “I want to thank Merrimack for five great years and a lifetime full of opportunities and memories, I look forward to staying connected,” Matson added. Alex Picardi ’12, Staff Writer, The Beacon


Gaining perspective and independence

Senior Lindsey deMont is proof of what a well-rounded liberal arts school can produce. deMont, a member of the women’s soccer team, is graduating from Merrimack this spring with a dual degree in art history and finance. She has studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and participated in both of the Merrimack’s European pilgrimages, Convivencia and Pellegrinaggio. Participating in the international programs has provided deMont with an exceptional learning experience. “It made me more independent, and through the programs there was a major self realization,” deMont said. Being abroad and studying the art typically limited to textbook viewing gave deMont a “brand new light” into her study of Renaissance era art. “Being abroad really put the art in a social and cultural perspective,” she said. Academics and travel are not the only things that deMont has succeeded in. She has also gained praise for her work on the field. deMont has earned Northeast-10 conference honors as well as New England wide honors for her defensive skills and

started in all 20 games this year. Being part of a team heightened deMont’s experience as well. “It is a whole different way to be connected; being part of a team you have a responsibility to your teammates and your team, and it really makes you want to give your best,” deMont said. Upon graduating, deMont will pursue a doctorate degree in art history. She hopes to teach art history and broaden her research in the subject. deMont speaks highly of the Fine Arts Department at Merrimack. “I was lucky to find a connected department that would help me in any way possible,” she said. by Patrick Lawlor ’13 Associate Editor in Chief, The Beacon 11

faculty spotlights

Accounting for

Long-Term Commitment Accounting Professor Richard DelGaudio dedicates nearly 40 years to students of Merrimack’s Girard School of Business It was during an economics teaching fellowship as a student at Northeastern University that Professor Richard DelGaudio, Interim Dean of Merrimack College’s Girard School of Business and International Commerce, discovered he enjoyed teaching and working with students. “My ultimate aim was to get into higher education,” recalls Professor DelGaudio. “I got an interview at Merrimack and became an assistant director of co-op. I taught half-time and did business co-op half-time.” That was in 1972. During his 38 years at the College, Professor DelGaudio has served with distinction as a professor of accounting, as well as several terms as chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance and as both acting and permanent Dean of the business school.


“When I first came to Merrimack, there were only seven professors in Business, total. We only offered three business concentrations—accounting, marketing and finance. Now we’re at around 23 full-time faculty. In addition to those initial three concentrations, we now have sports management, international business and management majors.” Shared Responsibility and Achievement Professor DelGaudio has been nominated several times for the AICPA Accounting Educator of the Year and was recently recognized by the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants with their Lifetime Achievement Award in Accounting Education. Still, he does not see his accomplishments as personal achievements. Rather, he attributes his success to the team he has worked with over the years.

“What has kept me here at Merrimack these 38 years? My colleagues, students, the atmosphere and the continued challenge to motivate students. I’m nearing retirement and I don’t look forward to it. I really would miss the people here—from the maintenance staff, to the administration, faculty and security. It’s been an experience that I’ll always cherish.”

“It always was a collegial atmosphere in the Business Department. So I really wasn’t responsible for anything solely. It’s always been a group effort where the faculty worked together to get things done.”

During his tenure, Professor DelGaudio has witnessed his share of changes in the world of business, at Merrimack and at the Girard School of Business.

“We’re in the process of developing a Master’s in Taxation and a Master’s in Science and Accounting. We’re also looking to develop other concentrations within the business school.”

As Interim Dean of the Girard School, Professor DelGaudio looks to restore the faculty’s focus and shepherd the development of new programs.

As the College begins its search for a permanent Dean of the Business School, Professor DelGaudio believes candidates must possess fundraising skills and offer a vision of what a business education means at Merrimack. Preparing Students for the Business World of Today and Tomorrow Technology and social responsibility are among the key trends Professor DelGaudio sees having the greatest impact on the business world and ultimately influencing the way the Girard School prepares students for careers in business. “Everything is automated, and I expect bigger changes in technology as we go forward. Then there’s the whole idea of social responsibility— businesses doing the right thing rather than focused solely on the bottom line. We prepare people to be ethical business people and be competent in the field that they choose. We try to nurture their intellect and provide challenging courses for them.” It’s no secret the current economy has created a highly competitive environment for those pursuing careers in business. “Because of the economy, a lot of opportunities are limited, so the challenge for students is to do as well as possible and maybe get an advanced degree,” suggests Professor DelGaudio. “There’ll be more demand for them in the marketplace. Right now it’s just more competitive to get a job.” In the Professor’s opinion, the Girard School’s primary strength is its practice-oriented faculty. He says, “Some faculty do consulting, some do research. Students get the benefit of both sides of that equation.” Still, in his view, the role of faculty in the future of the College is not solely tied to the classroom. He says, “I see faculty helping the Dean develop a vision for Merrimack in business. Once we have decided upon a new vision, we need to implement the courses and carry it out.” In addition to its practice-oriented faculty, DelGaudio believes what sets Merrimack’s Business School apart is its personal approach. “We emphasize teaching at the Girard School. That’s what we’re good at—inspiring students and nurturing their development. We’re not a number, we’re a person. There is a lot of interaction between faculty and students. If you talk to graduates, they’ll tell you they really enjoyed their days at Merrimack because of the interaction with faculty.” That personal interaction is a powerful element of the Girard School experience at Merrimack, enhancing the College, benefiting students and inspiring Professor DelGaudio for nearly 40 years.

No Substitute for

Real-World Experience Associate Professor of Accounting Elliott Puretz on giving students an edge in the job market Longevity is a trend you can count on at Merrimack’s Girard School of Business and International Commerce. Associate Professor of Accounting Elliott Puretz joined the Accounting Department faculty in 1974, just two years after Professor DelGaudio. “I work with very good people,” says Professor Puretz. “A lot of people like teaching at Merrimack. In the Accounting Department, four of five people have been there 25–35 years. People like the atmosphere. The students are wonderful young people. They’re courteous and hardworking. That’s been the case for years.” Among the changes Professor Puretz has seen during his time at Merrimack is its transition from a commuter college to a residential one. He explains, “The College has gone from 75 percent commuter to now nearly 80 percent residential.” Professor Puretz teaches Taxation and Financial Accounting and Reporting. These are areas that demand a commitment to staying current with the ever-changing laws and regulations. He explains, “To keep up, I read a lot, go to conferences and work as a consultant.” According to Professor Puretz, most of Merrimack’s Accounting Department faculty members have experience working in the accounting industry. He reports, “I bring in a lot of real-life experience based on what I see working with clients. It’s the same with the students. When they have internships or co-ops, they bring that into the classroom as well. We impress on them the importance of internships and work experience.” Many of the accounting students at Merrimack accept internships at area CPA firms, financial services companies like Fidelity and Putnam, and private companies where they can perform accounting work or financial analysis. Students then bring these varied experiences to the classroom. Internships are but one aspect of what Professor Puretz emphasizes is the primary focus of the business programs at Merrimack—the student’s ability to get a job. “The accounting students in particular are ready to go to work,” he says. “That’s what we focus on in the classroom. We do real-life cases. The students do tax returns. Some schools focus on concepts and research. We focus on learning to practice. We want them ready to start working and they do. And a lot of firms like that our students can get started without a whole lot of training.” Professor Puretz is a member of the team actively involved in the search for the new Dean of the Girard School of Business. He’d like to see the new Dean bring a focus to developing new programs in accounting, particularly at the graduate level. 13

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Something to Michael Crowe is a member of the Massachusetts and California Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the Disability Management Employer’s Coalition (DMEC). He is the former Deputy Treasurer of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and Finance Chairman to Congressman Martin Meehan. Crowe lives in Winchester, Massachusetts with his wife, Kerri, and two children, daughter Keelyn, 15, and son, Quinn, 5.


Crowe o About By most measures, 2010 was a good year for Michael Crowe, Chief Executive Officer, Crowe Paradis, LLC. During the second half of the year, he and Crowe Paradis co-founders Brett Abren and Kenneth Paradis successfully sold the two businesses spawned from the venture they began together in 2002—Crowe Paradis Services Corporation (CPSC) and Crowe Paradis Holding Company (CPHC).

In September, CPHC, the Social Security and Medicare advocacy business led by Crowe, was acquired by Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO). Soon after, in December, CPSC, the national Medicare compliance company that serves the property and casualty insurance industry led by Paradis, was acquired by Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ: VRSK). The total combined value of the two deals was $180 million. A good year indeed. Crowe will remain as CEO of Crowe Paradis, LLC. He explains, “One of the things that was appealing to me about this acquisition and our new parent, Brown & Brown, is they run a decentralized business model, similar to Berkshire Hathaway. They look for a good management team with a good business model. They have a hands-off approach. I have a long-term contractual commitment. I plan to be here for a long time. I couldn’t have scripted it better.” Lifelong Entrepreneur Crowe’s path to entrepreneurial success came through Merrimack College, where he graduated cum laude in 1992, with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He chose Merrimack because he was interested in continuing his education in a Catholic school environment, following his high school years at Marian High School in Framingham, Mass.

Michael Crowe ’92 shares his formula for success and his ideas for cultivating aspiring entrepreneurs

“I looked at all the small Catholic colleges in New England,” he recalls. “Merrimack was the best fit for me. It had the best sense of community and I liked the interaction between the students and the faculty.” Crowe went on to earn his law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1995, where his entrepreneurial spirit was clearly emerging. “I’ve always been entrepreneurial, since I was young child,” he explains. “I had a sense that I wanted to work for myself and have my own business. I thought law provided the clearest path to achieving that. During law school, however, I realized that the practice of law was not something that appealed to me. I gravitated to business law classes.” While in law school, Crowe worked for Concentra Managed Care, a managed health care company that was started by two entrepreneurs out of their home. “They grew it rapidly and went public,” recalls Crowe. “I had a front row seat to growing a business.” From there, Crowe went to another early stage start-up in Natick, working in the cost containment side of business. It was at this company that he met Kenneth Paradis, his future business partner. Paradis left the Natick start-up in 2001, operating a new start-up out of the bedroom of his condo. Crowe joined him a year later. “We started with one client, a large national grocery chain, doing subrogation and recovery work in the state of New York,” says Crowe. “We decided to make it a national business. Within a year we landed AIG.” 15

Networking is an essential thread among the five elements Crowe says are critical to starting a business—people, strategy, strategic relationships, execution and cash. The AIG win emanated from Crowe’s network of business contacts. Networking is an essential thread among the five elements Crowe says are critical to starting a business—people, strategy, strategic relationships, execution and cash. Good timing and a good idea don’t hurt either. As Crowe recalls, “The market timing was right for the idea for this business. We had strong demographic tailwinds at our back with baby boomers heading into their disability prone years and retirement. We saw a huge unmet need with employers unable to meet needs of this demographic. We saw the possibility of growing a large national company.” In 2004 Crowe and Paradis recognized an opportunity to build a compliance side of the business—Crowe Paradis Services Corporation (CPSC). Ultimately, with some private equity funding, they spun CPSC into a separate business based in New York and led by Paradis. Crowe remained to lead the original business. Successful Entrepreneurs—Equal Parts Nature and Nurture In Crowe’s view, entrepreneurs tend to share certain personality traits. He says, “An entrepreneur has to be someone who craves a change in scenery, be open to risk and failure, and be a little A-D-D. Entrepreneurs also need to have a desire to learn and develop their skills. We expect our employees to invest in themselves and continue to grow and learn.” As part of his own professional development, Crowe enrolled in MIT’s Entrepreneurial Masters Program in 2008, in which six entrepreneur CEOs from around the world met once per year for a week at a time. Crowe graduated from the program this past June. To further advance his commitment to grow as a chief executive, Crowe also employs a business coach.


“I’m a big believer in business coaches,” he says. “I read an article a few years ago making the case that all business leaders should have coaches. Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway has a coach. That really struck me that arguably the most successful investor of this century and someone in his seventies felt he could still learn from someone, then there must be something to it.” Crowe’s business coach is the former COO of 1-800-GotJunk. He and his coach talk every two weeks. The day before each discussion, Crowe sends his coach a list of the five things he’s working on. “He’s good at holding me accountable,” says Crowe. “He challenges me when I’m focused on something I shouldn’t be focused on. He’s been through growing and selling a company three separate occasions. He’s seen and experienced it all. He gets me thinking critically about where I’m focused and spending my time.” To cultivate aspiring entrepreneurs at Merrimack, Crowe, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, would like to see the College develop an entrepreneurship program. “Merrimack has a lot of entrepreneurs in its alumni network,” he explains. “There’s no better way to engage them in the school. One thing I know about entrepreneurs is that they like to share their stories. We should be encouraging entrepreneurship while students are at Merrimack by bringing the two constituencies together.”

Interfaith Center prospers in unique collaboration


With the recent awarding of another grant by the William and Mary Greve Foundation, Merrimack’s Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations has now raised a half million dollars in two years. Thanks to the generosity of John Kiser and the Greve Foundation, as well as many other supporters of long-standing programs of interfaith education at Merrimack College, the Center’s influence and repute have grown remarkably.

Rabbi receives 2010 “Friend of the Year” Award Friends of Merrimack support student scholarships Esteemed leader of Temple Emanuel Rabbi Dr. Robert S. Goldstein of Andover, Mass. was presented with the 2010 “Friend of the Year” Award. The award is given to an individual who has continually exemplified the mission of the organization, which includes providing scholarship support to deserving Merrimack students. He is a member of the board of the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, and served as its chair from 1995–2010. Last year, the Friends of Merrimack raised significant scholarship funds for deserving Merrimack students. At the annual Friends of Merrimack College dinner, they presented a check to the College for more than $156,000 for student scholarships, and they hosted the 29th Annual President’s Cup Golf Tournament, raising just over $67,000. Rabbi Robert S. Goldstein (left) receives the “Friend of the Year” award from Peter LaFond, president of the Friends of Merrimack College.

Catapulting the Center and the College’s reputation for leadership in interfaith education to international circles is the newly established Goldziher Prize for scholarship, which promotes Jewish-Muslim relations. The first prize was awarded to Prof. Mark Cohen of Princeton University, one of whose principle works is Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages. With renewed funding for this initiative, the Center’s internationally renowned committee of jurors will begin the second cycle of searching for this year’s Goldziher prize winner, honoring an individual who promotes Jewish-Muslim relations principally in active engagement and through works of popular culture and media. Interest in the new minor of studies of Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, continues to grow, enrolling 25 students after only one year. Students are participating in internships to engage in collaborative interfaith work, especially around the issues of justice and peace. The Center also supports the College’s remarkable Convivencia study-travel course, as well as student participation in the Moroccan Exchange Program. The Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations is the first interfaith academic center to expand its mission from study of Jewish-Christian Relations to include Islam and therefore to focus on the study of all three Abrahamic religions. It promotes reverence, understanding and collaboration in works of justice and peace among Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Merrimack Adds Additional Sports, Renovates Facilities The first-ever national ranking for the hockey team and the longawaited completion of renovations inside Lawler Arena have led to a very successful 2010–2011 season for Merrimack athletics. And with plans for even bigger changes, headlined by the addition of more athletic programs and plans for significant facility renovations, the excitement continues. President Christopher Hopey and Director of Athletics Glenn Hofmann announced the signing late last year of a contract extension that will keep Merrimack’s Head Hockey Coach Mark Dennehy as the Warriors’ head coach through the 2015–2016 season. Renovations to the Lawler Rink, including the installation of all chair back seats were completed in early January. By Brad Davis

“Completing the Lawler project is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of facilities,” Hofmann said. “We are planning dramatic changes to our facilities both in renovations and in some construction of new facilities athletics wise that will change the face of our college. In the next five years, Merrimack will look completely different. These changes will not only impact our student-athletes, but also our student body as a whole.” As early as this summer, plans are in place to construct a new sports medicine and weight room facility, add new bleacher seating and press box on the turf field and to install a new gym floor with the possibility of playing basketball games inside Lawler Arena. Four new athletic programs have been announced in the past few months. Men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track, as well as women’s golf and women’s crew, have brought the number of Merrimack’s intercollegiate sports from 16 to 22. 17


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Alumni President’s letter Dear Fellow Alumni & Friends, Nearly one year ago I accepted the presidency of the Alumni Association. Since that time the goal of the Association has been to increase alumni involvement, across the country, by getting involved with Merrimack through social media, attending program and events, volunteerism, and more. I have been excited to see so many of our alumni participating in Merrimack activities, and as we continue on in 2011 we hope to keep this exciting momentum going. As we look ahead there are so many things to be excited about on campus, with the new renovations to the J. Thom Lawler Rink, Welcome Center, McQuade Library, and the new Merrimack Club— and I encourage each of you to return to campus to see the advancements for yourself. This year is also a defining point in Merrimack’s history, with the inauguration of our eighth president, Dr. Christopher E. Hopey. I urge you to stay connected, get involved and take full advantage of all that Merrimack has to offer. I look forward to seeing you soon. Sincerely,

Daniel T. Harding ’80 President, Alumni Association


14 Career Series: Pursuing a Paycheck with a Purpose Merrimack Club 5:30 Lecture, 6:30 Networking. Register at

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6 President’s Cup Golf Tournament Indian Ridge Country Club, Andover, MA Sponsored by the Friends of Merrimack College

10 – 12 Reunion Weekend

18 Alumni & Family Day at the Lowell Spinners LeLacheur Park, Lowell

President Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D. and the Board of Trustees hosted the Annual President’s Council Donor Appreciation Dinner on September 9, 2010, thanking donors for their support and dedication to Merrimack College. Pictured (left to right) Mary and Paul T. Gilmartin ’65, Francis, P. Mahoney ’65 and Carol (Gesing) Mahoney ’65. Enjoying the Donor Appreciation Dinner are scholarship recipient and presenter Molly Wicker ’11; Fr. James Wenzel, O.S.A. ’52; Robert W. Quine ’51; and Maureen Quine.

Visitors to the Volpe Athletic Center are now enjoying a new enhanced entryway. The Rocco Schelzi Memorial Plaza Dedication was held on October 15, 2010 to recognize and honor the life of the late Rocco Schlezi. Pictured (left to right) are members of the Schelzi Family, including David Schelzi ’81 and James Schelzi ’88.

Alumni showed up in record numbers at this year’s Homecoming Weekend, including Alumni Tailgating, to catch up with friends and show their warrior pride. The Greek Societies were well represented at Homecoming and enjoyed the pre-game festivities, including DJ, ball toss, and competitions. This was the largest Greek attendance—with the largest Homecoming gathering in recent history!

Alumni and friends celebrated the joy of the season at this year’s sold out Christmas Celebration held at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston. More than 300 guests attended and caroled by candlelight to kickoff the holiday season.

Following the Christmas Celebration groups of Young Alumni continued the evening at the comedy show held at Dick’s Beantown Comedy Vault. Pictured (left to right) are Dana Rowland, Associate Professor, Math; Carolynne Downes ’05, and Meghan Miller ’05 19

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[LEFT] Kate (Goebeler) ’72 and Paul ’70 McNulty. [RIGHT] Victor J. Mill, III.

paul ’70 and kate (goebeler) ’72 mcnulty

Thankful for a strong framework for success When Paul McNulty ’70 thinks about Merrimack College, one particular experience stands out about his freshman year. He clearly remembers a professor not only offering him a ride home, but also taking off his jacket and giving it to Paul, telling him to return the jacket the next day. “That’s how close a community it was,” Paul said. Paul began his academic career in accounting, but switched to a psychology major with a philosophy minor. He joined the Air Force after graduation and spent six years as an instructor pilot. He married his Merrimack sweetheart, Kate ’72, and together they moved to Texas; by then, Paul finally had his own car, a 1972 Beetle “that wouldn’t go uphill if you turned on the air conditioner.” Eventually, Paul’s life came full circle: He went back into business, earning an MBA and working for a bank in New York, which led him eventually to become a

director at Paine Weber. He remained there through the company’s takeover by UBS in ’02, finally retiring to Cape Cod in 2007 with Kate, an economics major at Merrimack who earned her master’s degree in education and taught math until her retirement in 2006. He stays involved with Merrimack, Paul says, “because Merrimack gave me such a strong framework for success. Everything I did at Merrimack set the stage for what happened in my life later. For instance, taking courses in philosophy and psychology really helped me handle bumps in the road. Merrimack instilled in both Kate and me a deep respect for the value of an education, which we have passed on to our children. We’ve made a commitment to pay back this institution that has meant so much to us and contributed to our success.”

“Everything I did at Merrimack set the stage for what happened in my life later.” paul mcnulty


victor j. mill, iii

Recognizing scholarship and service Growing up, V.J. often visited his grandfather and on occasion found him talking with Reverend Vincent McQuade, the president of Merrimack College at the time. While he didn’t understand their conversation, he later imagined that Fr. McQuade was seeking a businessman’s opinion on how to develop Merrimack into a top ranked Catholic college. Mr. Mill Sr. was a successful businessman in the area and also served as president of the Men of Merrimack. Upon his death, V.J. and his father established the Victor J. Mill Medal, to be awarded annually at Commencement to the top ranked student in continuing education. “My grandfather and I felt that one had to enhance their education in an ever changing business climate.” V.J. graduated from Villanova University in 1965 and then served with the Navy in Vietnam. Following his military service, he joined the family business, a manufacturer of engineered pumps for industrial applications. In 1986, he

succeeded his father as president and CEO of Lawrence Pumps, a firm his grandfather started in 1935. More recently, he has devoted more of his time to community service. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lawrence Pumps, Inc., and on the Board of Trustees at the Andover-North Andover YMCA. In addition, he serves as an ecumenical minister or homebound visitation at St. Augustine’s Church in Andover, and on the scholarship committee at the Lawrence Boy’s and Girl’s Club. In 2008, V.J. established the Victor J. Mill III Scholarship for Excellence in Community Leadership, awarded to continuing education students in business who demonstrated a commitment to giving back to the community. “It’s a wonderful feeling to not only invest in someone’s future, but also in the local community.”

john iannuccillo ’90

Committed to making Merrimack a better place for those to come If John Iannuccillo ’90 were a student at Merrimack College today, he’d offer himself this advice: “Set high standards for your performance, sustain your efforts over time, and organize yourself for success. If you don’t have a plan, you can’t execute against it. If you do have a plan, you’re ahead of the majority of people.” That advice has certainly worked for John. As an undergraduate at Merrimack, John completed a double major in finance and accounting. To enrich his business education, John and his twin brother, Michael ’90, established the Merrimack Entrepreneurial Network. They traveled to San Francisco as representatives of that group for a national convention in the late 1980’s, where they met Michael Dell before his company went public. John took away a key life lesson from that trip: “The question isn’t who’s going to let me do something, but who is going to stop me?”

far-flung location in San Francisco, he remains involved with Merrimack, visiting when he can, staying in touch with past teachers and being a consistent donor. “Having the honor and privilege to graduate from Merrimack means that I feel a deep responsibility toward the College,” he says. “We inherited this school from those who came before us, and we owe it to Merrimack to make the College a better place for those who come after us.” John Iannuccillo ’90

Nobody, apparently: John went on to become a CPA, a CFA, and an MBA from Harvard Business School— where he found the classes “no harder or more challenging than the policy class I took at Merrimack that was case study based.” Today, John is a partner and investment specialist with Dodge & Cox, a privately held firm in San Francisco that provides investment services to individuals, corporations, retirement funds and tax-exempt institutions. Despite his 21

Avra Skrekas (second from left) and George Skrekas (right) met with Andrew Braithwaite ’10 (center), the recipient of the Deborah Skrekas ’89 Memorial Award in 2009.

the skrekas family

Honoring a blessed and generous daughter and sister When Deborah Skrekas ’89 followed her sister, Georgia ’85, to Merrimack College, she wasn’t absolutely certain of her career path. After starting out in the sciences with a dream of becoming a veterinarian, she discovered a passion for business and switched majors, earning work experience through the College’s Cooperative Education program. She went on to earn her master’s in business administration from Rivier College. Deborah was poised to play a large role in her family’s Lowell-based insurance business, which her mother, Avra Skrekas, has operated with husband George for over 50 years. Then tragedy struck: Deborah was killed in a car accident on November 5, 1993 by a plow hitch frame. Her father, together with legislators, worked tirelessly for nine years to pass legislation to prevent future similar needless tragedies that destroy families.

“Debi did so many good things while she was here, that we thought we should do a few good things for her.” avra skrekas


“The anger is inside you when you lose a child, and you have to fight it every day,” acknowledges Avra. At Deborah’s wake, Avra heard countless stories about the generosity of her daughter, who was active in her Merrimack sorority. “I didn’t know what a kind and giving person Debi was until so many kids came by for the wake and told me stories about how she’d helped this one or that one,” says Avra. To honor Deborah’s generosity, the family decided to establish the Deborah V. Skrekas ’89 Memorial Scholarship in her name, with preference given to a business administration major. Her sister, Georgia, also established the Deborah Skrekas ’89 Memorial Award, which is given annually at the Presidential Scholars Honors Convocation to the first-ranking senior in business administration. “Debi did so many good things while she was here, that we thought we should do a few good things for her,” explains Avra, who still hears from Deborah’s sorority sisters. “Her close friends still send me notes even to this day.” It was that kind of close-knit community that drew both of the Skrekas sisters to Merrimack College, she adds. “There are so many lovely kids there.”

“Everyone admired my husband’s beliefs, goodness and honesty, including me.” ann royal annette “ann” royal

Former professor honored with scholarship in his name Ann Royal thrives on being busy. Despite a double knee replacement, she recently served as president of her senior living community in Groveland, Mass. and spends many weekends at her farm in New Hampshire, “where I can let my hair down.”

At John’s funeral in 1996, former Merrimack President Richard Santagati—once a math student of John’s— emphasized Doc Royal’s “unfailing generosity,” Ann says, adding, “Everyone admired my husband’s beliefs, goodness and honesty, including me.”

Still, there’s a part of Ann that longs for her past life as wife of Merrimack College professor Dr. John Royal—fondly known around campus as “Doc Royal”—a life where she had her hands full raising their five children and tending the many gardens surrounding their six-bedroom brick house, where Ann rented out rooms to Merrimack students once her own children were gone. “I miss the college life,” she admits.

Ann established the Dr. John Royal Warrior Club Scholarship to honor his memory. First preference for the scholarship is a student-athlete majoring in mathematics, with second preference being a student-athlete majoring in computer science.

Ann and John met in Lebanon, N.H., where she was teaching sixth grade and he was coaching high school football. After John earned his doctorate at Boston University, he became a math professor at Merrimack where he established the College’s computer science program. He chaired the Math Department for 11 years. He was also a passionate athlete supporter who chaired Merrimack’s Athletic Committee and attended and kept the time clock for nearly every home game with Ann.

All five of the couple’s children graduated from Merrimack, and one grandchild is a student here now. “The real value in a Merrimack education is the personal attention the student receives,” Ann firmly believes. “Merrimack is a wonderful college.”

Ann Royal (left) and her son, Douglas (right), met with scholarship recipient Jessica Peacock ’12. 23

[L-R] Randal J. Curran ’78, Ann (Twomey) ’65 and Larry ’65 Murray, David Witham

randal j. curran ’78

Remembering the lessons of a coach and mentor When Randy Curran ’78 was asked about contributing to a fund to name the new hockey rink after legendary Athletic Director and Hockey Coach Thom Lawler, “I never hesitated a moment to support the cause,” he says. Randy came to Merrimack College sophomore year from the University of Toronto. His twin brother, Rick, was already playing hockey for Merrimack, and Thom Lawler invited Randy to join the team. With Thom’s financial help, Merrimack became Randy’s new home. In addition to being the co-captain of Merrimack’s winning NCAA Championship Hockey Team, he was a resident assistant and worked at the Athletic Complex, where he eventually became Thom’s “go-to guy for anything going on in the Complex. I loved the responsibility and trust he put in me.” These were invaluable experiences to his future career, adds Randy, now a managing partner and vice president with SUPERfeet Worldwide, Inc., the sport industry’s leading brand of performance insoles. However, sports wasn’t Randy’s only college passion: At Merrimack, he was introduced to the business marketing program by an energetic and passionate young professor, Chuck Comegys.


“Chuck took a genuine interest in our well being and helped us make the right choices that led to successful careers,” says Randy, who made sure that part of his pledge to Merrimack goes to the business program. The money hasn’t been wasted: “We have both a hockey program and a business school to be proud of.” Today, one of Randy’s dearest possessions is an on-ice photograph hanging on his office wall of Thom Lawler with himself and his brother, Rick. “Thom’s picture constantly reminds me of what Merrimack gave me,” he says, adding that, when the rink is finished, there will be one seat high above the others on the visitor’s side dedicated to Thom Lawler. Why that seat? Because Randy recalls the times at night coming into the cold, dark, empty rink to make ice for the group coming in, and looking up to see his coach. “Thom would be sitting up there, all alone, thinking about his team. I know the solutions to his concerns didn’t come while sitting in a soft chair somewhere. They came while sitting on a hard wooden bench, in the cold and damp hockey arena that filled Thom’s life. That is why I give, and why I am dedicating that seat to my coach. I remember.”

larry ’65 and ann (twomey) ’65 murray

Staying in touch and giving back to a special place Larry Murray ’65 readily announces that going to Merrimack was part of his “charmed life.” As the fourth son of parents who immigrated from Ireland, Larry was pointed by a priest in his hometown of Arlington toward Merrimack. He carpooled to classes and worked weekends loading trucks at Hood Milk in Charlestown. Larry and his wife, Ann ’65, met at Merrimack. Ann majored in English while Larry chose economics. “I think the campus looks absolutely gorgeous now,” Ann says. “When we went there, it was very different. There weren’t many buildings and there were just these little sapling trees.” Larry took the entrance exam for law school when friends convinced him to “take a practice test” before buckling down to take the exams necessary for graduate programs in business. This decision altered the course of Larry’s life: When he aced the LSAT, he earned a full scholarship to Suffolk Law School.

Ann, who writes poetry, taught English at Danvers High School after graduation, while Larry decided that “it might be a good idea for me to get some experience with the law.” He walked into the police station in Duxbury and was hired on the spot. He caught another lucky break after law school, when he landed a job teaching at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. From there, his career as a trial lawyer began. Larry eventually started his own firm, Murray and Quill in Winchester. Today Larry specializes in land use, real estate conveyance and zoning work.

“Merrimack was very special to both of us… It’s important for us to give back to Merrimack because that community has given so much to us.” larry murray

He and Ann remain involved with Merrimack, from attending concerts and Valentine’s Day Masses to financial contributions. Larry is also involved with the Prelaw Society on campus. “Merrimack was very special to both of us,” he says. “It’s important for us to give back to Merrimack because that community has given so much to us.”

david witham ’61

In appreciation of a cherished friendship As a native of Haverhill, Mass. and a student who attended the Saint James Parish schools in that city, “I saw Merrimack as a natural fit to continue my education,” says hotelier David Witham, who owns a dozen hotels in the Bar Harbor/Downeast areas of Maine.

After graduating from Merrimack, David began his career in hotel management with the purchase of the Marguerite Motel in Hampton Beach, N.H. in 1972. He credits his liberal arts education at Merrimack for providing him “with the basic skills I needed to operate my businesses.”

Along the way, David met fellow student George Morgan, who went on to be ordained and to serve Merrimack College and other Augustinian communities in many roles. Rev. George R. Morgan ’61, O.S.A. was director of alumni relations and director of campus ministry at Merrimack. Most recently, he was the College’s director of pastoral relations until his death in early 2009.

David and Fr. George lost touch until about 15 years ago, when Fr. George paid him a visit in Bar Harbor. “He was still quite inspiring,” David remembers. “I got to know the real George Morgan, and will be forever grateful that he came into my life.”

For thousands of Merrimack alumni, Fr. George embodied the College’s Catholic identity and Augustinian heritage. For David, Fr. George was a dear friend. “I looked up to George both literally and figuratively,” David says. “George was not only a tall man, but also a highly educated and polished individual.”

In appreciation of his friendship with Fr. George, David contributed to the Rev. George R. Morgan ’61, O.S.A. Scholarship which will benefit young Merrimack students. During his most recent visit to Merrimack College, David adds, “I saw the campus as a reflection of what Father George stood for, proudly showing itself off with beauty and integrity. I am blessed to be counted as a son of Merrimack College, and I am happy to share my success with this fine institution.” 25

Merrimack College is pleased to present the honor roll of donors for July 1, 2009 – December 31, 2010. The following individuals, corporations and foundations have provided generous leadership support to Merrimack

2010/201 College through membership in the President’s Council, a memorial gift in someone’s name, or other financial support that allows Merrimack to achieve its goals.

Did you make a gift and not see your name listed here in print? Don’t worry, the entire Merrimack community says

thank you! But in our effort to ensure that the highest percentage of your gift goes to where it’s needed most, the full

honor roll of donors will now be published online at By eliminating the cost involved

in printing and mailing a list of thousands of names, we hope you agree that Merrimack is taking a positive step forward for you as donors and for our environment.

President’s Council The President’s Council is a society of donors whose leadership gifts provide financial resources that allows Merrimack College to achieve its goals. Over the past 20 years more than 4,000 individuals, corporations and foundations have been honored as members of the President’s Council by making an annual contribution of $1,000 or more. Members of the President’s Council are recognized through the following giving societies: • The Gildea Society, $2,500 • The St. Augustine Society, $5,000 • The McQuade Society, $10,000 • The Cushing Society $25,000 • The Austin Society, $50,000 President’s Council membership affords donors certain benefits including invitations to special events and a listing in the honor roll of donors. For information about how to join or upcoming President’s Council events, please contact Jim Dennis ’89, Vice President of Development, at 978.837.5126 or


Giving societies Austin Society

$50,000 – $99,999

Cushing Society

$25,000 – $49,999

McQuade Society

$10,000 – $24,999

St. Augustine Society

$5,000 – $9,999

Gildea Society

$2,500 – $4,999

President’s Council

$1,000 – $2,499

President’s Council* G.O.L.D.


* Graduates of the Last Decade (2000 – current) become members of the President’s Council with a minimum gift of $500.


MA Toxic Use Reduction Institute Macomber Companies Marchilena Charitable Foundation Francis and Marlene Marchilena Rita Martin Catherine McCarthy Memorial Trust

Honor Roll The following lists recognize gifts made to Merrimack College from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. The Leadership Guild

Estate of Joseph M. Hines

Merrimack College gratefully acknowledges those alumni, parents, friends, corporations, and foundations whose cumulative gifts in support of the College have reached or surpassed $100,000.

Estate of John J. Kelly

AT&T AT&T Foundation Augustinian Friars George I. Alden Trust AlliedSignal Foundation American Stores Properties, Inc. Emery G. ’59 and Janet Audesse Barnes & Noble College Bookstore

Estate of Margaret Keohane Estate of Maurice Reason Robert J. Fabbricatore Fidelity Investments Charitable Trust Kevin J. Foley ’64 Anthony R. Fragala ’54 Friends of Merrimack College George Furth * GTE Corporation Paul ’65 and Mary Gilmartin Francis E. ’62 and Henriette (McNiff) Girard Karl and Joyce Gladstone Foundation

Richard and Janet McCoy Robert F. McCusker ’68 Men of Merrimack Merck Company Foundation Middlesex Islanders Youth Hockey Paul G. Montague ’52 Francis J. Murphy Alice R. Murray * National Institutes of Health National Science Foundation New England Colleges Fund November Club James W. O’Brien Foundation Laurence ’57 and Roberta Palmisano Partnership for Environmental Technology Education Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Inc. Anthony and Cheryl Pimentel Charles ’69 and Carol Poor Primavera Systems, Inc. Procter & Gamble Company

Karl H’91 and Joyce H’91 Gladstone

Rational Software Corporation

Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund

Mary D. Regan

Daniel S. ’70 and Linda (Fletcher) ’71 Ciejek

Joseph A. Graziano ’65

Kevin ’62 and Arleen Roche

Edward C. ’56 and Rita M. (Bonanno) ’56 Collins

The Greeley Family

Roger N. Bower Joseph ’80 and Kristan Bruno Gilbert G. Campbell

Leo ’55 * and Elizabeth Greaney

J. Leo Cronin, Jr.

William and Mary Greve Foundation

Gary M. Cypres

Annie F. Griffin

Davis Educational Foundation

William Randolph Hearst Foundation

Laurence M. ’60 and Susan (Bernard) ’62 Demers Demoulas Foundation

T. Roderick ’86 and Kerry ’87 Henkels

Charles A. DiCroce ’73

John and Mary Horgan

Digital Equipment Corporation

Timothy P. Horne

John T. Donovan ’78

John ’68 and Mary Kennedy

Francis Ken ’80 and Jincie Duane

Raymond ’55* and Jean Koehne

E.H. Hall Company, Inc.

Ladies of Merrimack

Estate of Frances E. Bush

MA Department of Education

* deceased

Kresge Foundation

Raytheon Company Cecilia C. Robinson Trust Rogers Family Foundation Josephine G. Russell Trust Anthony and Gladys H’03 Sakowich Richard J. and Marilyn Santagati Sasso Construction Company, Inc. Joseph & Donna Sasso Schelzi Family Foundation James Andrew Schelzi ’88 R. David Schelzi ’81 Shawmut Bank N.A. Daniel J. Shine, Jr. ’65 Joseph ’71 and Deidre Smialowski 27

nicholas petrucci ’75 and nancy (arnesano) petrucci ’75

Smith Charitable Foundation

Helen M. Comeau ’60

Sodexo, Inc. and Affiliates Artemas W. Stearns Trust

Ronald ’78 and Suzanne ’78 Connors

Abbot and Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation

J. Leo Cronin, Jr. Brendon V. Crowe ’55

Nathaniel and Elizabeth Stevens Foundation

Mary E. Curran-Hayes

J. Kenneth Taylor ’63 and Sandra Taylor

Mary A. D’Emanuele ’56

Technical Training Foundation Textron, Inc. Thomas Treacy ’62 * U.S. Department of Education U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development U.S. Department of Justice U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (left to right) Kimberly Valente ’11, Nancy (Arnesano) Petrucci ’75, Joanna Petrucci ’11, Nicholas Petrucci ’74, Gemma (Petrucci) Valente ’75. Jannis Arnesano ’78 is missing from the photo.

A legacy of family and friends grows Some families are fortunate enough to send a son or daughter to Merrimack College. Others send so many from different generations that they become a legacy, like Nick and Nancy Petrucci’s family. Nick and Nancy both graduated from Merrimack—Nick with a political science degree in 1974, Nancy in allied health a year later. Their daughter, Christina, graduated in June 2010 and daughter Joanna is expected to graduate from Merrimack in 2011. Add to that Nick’s sister, Nancy’s sister, and Nick’s niece, and there are almost too many family members to fit into one Merrimack graduation photograph. Nancy and Nick are still very much involved in Merrimack. Nancy was a class chair to help with fundraising at Merrimack, while Nick serves on the Business Advisory Board and agreed to join the newly-established President’s Advisory Board. “We contribute because Merrimack is important to our family and to our community,” says Nick.

William ’51 and Janet Daly Rose T. DiStefano ’54 Carol A. Downey ’59 David and Carol Drislane Paul Dzierzak ’63 Kenneth H. Embree ’71 Bruno ’55 * and Natalie Falanga Alfred L. Felice ’81 Frank S. Firicano

Frank and Marcella (Forde) ’58 Uhlman

Arthur ’69 and Janet Fournier

Valley Associates, Inc.

Paul ’65 and Mary Gilmartin

William Veale ’51 *

Joseph A. Graziano ’65

Verizon Foundation

Anne M. Halley ’67


William Henry Hearne, Jr. ’58

Watts Water Technologies, Inc.

John and Mary Horgan

D.K. Webster Family Foundation

Raymond P. Joyce ’82

Dean K. Webster

Luanne M. Kirwin ’83

Robert and Judith (Teehan) ’64 Winston

Raymond ’55 * and Jean Koehne

David J. Witham ’61

Rita Larose

YAS Corporation

Frank and Angela Leone

Rouzbeh Yassini

William and Kathleen ’90 Logan

James C. ’75 and Christine (Sullivan) ’75 Zampell Zampell Refractories, Inc.

Kathleen Gallup Frieser ’60

Thomas ’61 and Milou Kelley

Norman J. Macaulay ’81 Joseph V. Mahoney ’52 James ’52 and Louise Maloney


Robert F. McCusker ’68

Merrimack College gratefully acknowledges those alumni, parents and friends who support Merrimack by including a gift to Merrimack College in their estate plans.

Philip Charles McMorrow ’66

Studying Beyond the Milky Way with Donated Camera

Richard Bourgault

David K. Moynihan ’80

Merrimack College’s astronomy students are able to see the night sky much more clearly with the donation this year of an Apogee U16M CCD camera to the Mendel Observatory. The new camera, valued at approximately $10,000, was installed on the Mendel Observatory’s 20” OGS telescope. Donated by Apogee Instruments, Inc., the new Apogee CCD is used to study image detail in deep sky objects to an extent that was not possible before.

Karen M. Casey

apogee instruments, inc.


James J. Bremis Albert S. Brenner ’54 Thomas ’52 and Marjorie P. Cass Domenic ’73 and Dorothy ’73 Castignetti Robert P. Cavanaugh Peter and Elizabeth ’67 Cole Richard Joseph Collins ’66

John Joseph Mix ’62 Terrance G. Mohoruk ’72 Lawrence ’51 and Eileen Morrisroe Robert M. Mosscrop, Jr. ’65 Edwin C. Murphy Alan C. Nichols ’62 Richard ’53 and Betty Noone Austin C. O’Brien ’52 James ’61 and Margo O’Brien James S. ’52 * and Jayne O’Brien * Michael and Sonia Ohanian Dr. Patricia T. O’Malley ’58 Eleanor Perkins

Steven and Pamela Perretti

Cushing Society

Robert and Heather ’92 Pfordresher

Joseph ’80 and Kristan Bruno

Kenneth H. Pollard

Bruno Falanga ’55 *

Zampell Family Foundation

Natalie Falanga

St. Augustine Society

Charles P. Priesing ’52 Kevin ’62 and Arleen Roche Edward ’64 and Kathryn Ryan J. Timothy ’63 and Anne Marie Samway ’63

U.S. Department of the Army

Paul ’65 and Mary Gilmartin Karl and Joyce Gladstone Foundation

Donald F. Shea ’58

Karl H’91 and Joyce H’91 Gladstone

Daniel ’65 and Rosanne Shine

GLS Associates, Inc.

Marie T. Skruber

Middlesex Islanders Youth Hockey

Susan Springer Helen R. Stevens Elaine Ann Toro ’63 Jerelee Tracy Thomas ’62 * and Diane Treacy Gemma J. Valente ’75 Philip ’51 and Yukiko Ward Robert ’52 and Phyllis Webb

Francis J. Murphy ’81 National Science Foundation Kevin ’62 and Arleen Roche U.S. Department of Transportation and the MA Highway Department

Vanguard Charitable Endowment

Gildea Society

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Bank of America Foundation

Anonymous Apogee Instruments, Inc. Barnes and Noble College Bookstore Roberta Braverman Frank Canelas, Jr. ’76 Michael D. Caron ’79 Mary Lou Casey Seidner ’90 Daniel S. ’70 and Linda (Fletcher) ’71 Ciejek Paul and Helen Creegan Randal J. Curran ’78

Valley Associates

DanversBank Charitable Foundation

McQuade Society

Carl J. Famiglietti

Charles ’54 * and Mary ’57 Wesson

Karen M. Casey

David J. Witham ’61

Dr. Ronald O. Champagne Collins Foundation

Robert ’86 and Lisa ’87 Drew

William L. McGuire

Elliot and Donna Katzman

James ’57 and Carol McInnis Micros Northeast, Inc.

T. Roderick ’86 and Kerry ’87 Henkels

Terence A. McGinnis, Esquire ’67

Col. David and Angela Hunt

Walter ’78 and Edith Meyer

Maraghy Family Foundation

Paul ’52 and Elaine Montague

Patrick ’68 and Grace Maraghy

MFA – Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico Laurence ’57 and Roberta Palmisano Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation

James W. O’Brien Foundation

McLaughlin and Moran, Inc.

Cecilia C. Robinson Trust

Victor J. Mill, III

Schelzi Family Foundation

Brian ’74 and Maryjane Mitchell

James A. Schelzi ’88

Timothy ’70 and Joan Moran

R. David Schelzi ’81

Nicholas Perretti Scholarship

Joseph ’71 and Deidre Smialowski

Michael ’61 and Sonia Ohanian

Robert and Judith (Teehan) ’64 Winston

Mary D. Regan

Nathaniel and Elizabeth Stevens Foundation

Andrea Robertson ’79

TJX Foundation

Josephine G. Russell Trust

Mary Lee Underhill

Artemas W. Stearns Trust

United Way of the Bay Area

University of California San Diego - CALTRANS

Michael and Jane ’75 Walsh

* deceased

Harrisburg University of Science

Marguerite P. Kane ’60 MA Board of Library Commissioners

University of Michigan

James ’71 and Nancy Greeley

Francis ’65 and Carol ’65 Mahoney

Anthony R. Fragala ’54

James ’75 and Christine ’75 Zampell

GHS, Inc.

Stephen ’80 and Laura ’81 Johnson

Francis Ken ’80 and Jincie Duane

David J. Witham ’61

William ’76 and Marilyn Fitzsimmons

William ’76 and Marjorie Leahy

Ernst and Young Foundation

Steven and Pamela Perretti

Essex County Community Foundation


Michael ’92 and Kerridan Crowe

Robert F. McCusker ’68

Mary A. D’Emanuele ’56

John N. Iannuccillo ’90

Charles ’73 and Sherry DiCroce

Timothy and Carolyn McCoy

James ’70 and Linda ’70 D’Angelo

Richard G. Kerivan ’75

Demoulas Foundation

William Randolph Hearst Foundation

Douglas ’74 and Martha ’76 Cortina

William F. Heuer

AT&T Foundation

William and Mary Greve Foundation

Albert ’65 and Victoria ’64 Conti

Thomas Leo Hughes, Jr. ’79

Austin Society

Catherine McCarthy Memorial Trust

James C. Comosa ’77

Anne M. Halley ’67

Laurence ’60 and Susan ’62 Demers

Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund

Cipriano Family Trust

Flagship Press, Inc.

July 1, 2009–June 30, 2010

George Furth *

Frank Cieri

William ’58 and Margaret Hearne

J. Leo Cronin, Jr.

Fidelity Investments Charitable Trust

Anthony A. Brandano ’87

Claudia J. Fanaras (Miksen) ’75

President’s Council and Above Donors

D A R Incorporated


Charles ’69 and Carol Poor Lynn C. Potoff ’75 RX Monitoring Services, Inc. Sodexo, Inc. and Affiliates Emil Stegowski Charitable Trust

John ’79 and Carolyn ’79 Yodzis

New York Times Company Foundation Northmark Bank William and Eileen Novelline James ’61 and Margo O’Brien William ’69 and Jean Paul Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation Thomas’64 and Patricia ’63 Quinlan Raytheon Company Barbara F. Resnek MaryLou Retelle ’76 Emil ’68 and Susan Routhier Saints Medical Center Sasso Construction Company, Inc. Joseph and Donna Sasso George and Ellen Schruender George and Avra Skrekas Staples Foundation for Learning Robert ’81 and Marylou Sullivan 29

John A. Talbourdet ’78

Construction Planning and Management,Inc.

Daniel ’80 and Cathie ’81 Harding

Kenneth ’69 and Lucille McAvoy

Glenn W. Coppinger ’89

Richard ’90 and Heather Hart

Walter ’59 and Olga Costello

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Joan M. McGilvray ’68

Donald and Jan Cox

James ’51 and Barbara Healy

William T. Wilkes ’79

Georgette Cross ’81

Raymond L. Henry ’59 *

President’s Council

Dominic Joseph Crowe, Jr. ’87

Louis R. Hery, Jr. ’98

Joseph M. Cucci

James A. Hogue, Jr. ’99

Robert ’68 and Donna Cuomo

Jeffrey Peter Hollins ’85

D.J. and L. Construction, Inc.


Joseph ’65 and Jeanne Daly

Sarwat Hussain

Roger ’62 and Mary Damphousse

Joseph W. Iarrobino

William ’71 and Diane Delaney

William and Barbara Jensen

Target Stores Diane L. Treacy Thomas E. Treacy ’62 * Lynda Wilkes

Matthew ’95 and Jackie Adams Raymond ’51 and Irene Alie Allegheny College Allen Family Foundation Timothy ’72 and Elizabeth ’73 Allen Joseph ’57 and Aurelie ’58 Amante ANAVICUS Ann G. Anstiss Raymond L. Anstiss, Sr. ’56 * Theresa J. Applegate John and Mary ’79 Arace Fred and Emily Arrigg Atlantic Sports Group LLC Emery ’59 and Janet Audesse

Deloitte Foundation Leighton C. Detora ’66 Shawn DeVeau

Eileen K. Jennings ’64 Tammy A. Johnston Paul ’91 and Heather ’92 Jordan

Frank ’85 and Donna DiMarco

Jonathan ’85 and Carol ’86 Karalekas

Daniel W. Doherty ’81

Joseph and Aline Kelley

Dow Chemical Company Foundation

Stephen ’77 and Donna ’76 Kent

Dow Jones Foundation

Thomas ’78 and Stephanie ’78 Kilduff

William F. Dunn ’75

Robert D. Keohan ’53

William ’58 and Gilda McCann Marybeth McInnis Kevin P. McMahon W. Stephen McMahon ’72 Paul ’70 and Kathleen ’72 McNulty Lawrence and Deborah Michaud Robert W. Milotte, Jr. ’84 Paul ’85 and Jean ’85 Mongillo Joseph ’72 and Carol Monteforte Gary M. Mucica Linda Murphy and Donna L. Swartwout New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Larry ’78 and Cindy Nickulas Robert and Nancy Norbedo Northeast Counselors Association Edward A. Oberzut ’56

Augustinian Friars

Robert ’66 and Mary Louise ’66 Edmunds, Jr.

Kimball Associates Insurance

Arthur W. Batson, Jr. ’70

Edward A. Ryan P.C.

George ’56 and Eleanor Berry

John and Theresa Fenton

Henry and Judith Kong

Francis ’71 and Linda O’Callaghan

Wayne ’92 and Cherie Bishop

Ross and Kathleen ’91 Fenton

George and Rosemarie ’64 Korphage

P.S. Lynch Charitable Lead Trust

John B. Blottman, III, Ph.D. ’82

Francis and Diane Ferrara

Anne T. Lacourse ’56

Cynthia L. Paralta (Lagarce) ’75

David R. Bonneville ’71

Fidelity Foundation

Gerard R. LaFlamme

John A. Parrotta ’80

Marybeth McInnis

Joseph and Alice Fitzgerald

Peter and Diane Lafond

John ’73 and Deborah Pasini

Paul ’71 and Dorothy ’71 Bousquet

FM Global Foundation

John ’56 and Maureen Lalumiere

Patricia Pellegrini ’64

Camp Dresser and McKee

Arthur ’70 and Phyllis Ford

Lando and Anastasi LLP

James F. Pinho ’83

John ’54 and Jean ’55 Carney Carroll Realty LLC John Carroll

Peter ’72 and Susan Foley Formatech, Inc. Michael ’81 and Mary ’81 Franco Mary Jo Gagnon ’78

Walter and Rosemary Klein

James and Ann Lauring Lawrence Rotary Club John ’80 and Cynthia ’81 Leahy

James M. Galiano

Joseph and Teresita ’71 LeBeau

Gardner Family Charitable Foundation

Frank J. Leone, Jr. Brendan M. Locke ’92

Howard and Naomi Gardner

Daniel ’73 and Lois ’71 Loughry

Joel and Rosemary Chansky

Thomas ’68 and Cynthia ’68 Gately

LPCVI Townhouses

Nicholas J. Chapman ’71

Gautreau Trust

Alphonse ’82 and Tracey ’85 Lucchese

Louis and Debra Chenevert

Normand A. Gautreau ’51

Peter and Carolyn Lynch

Mukhtar A. Chinwala

Goldman Sachs

Norman and Nancy Macvicar

Coca Cola Company USA

Rabbi Robert and Faith Goldstein

Francis ’57 * and Nina MacDonald

Collins Management, Inc.

Alan and Lynne Gorrie

Michael C. Machnik ’91

Edward C. ’56 and Rita M. (Bonanno) ’56 Collins

Granite State Construction, Inc.

Joanne Patricia Mackey ’88

Joseph A. Graziano ’65

Kevin and Karen Malloy

Peter D. Collins ’72

John S. Gregory

James ’52 and Louise Maloney

Lucia M. Comas ’63

Daniel K. Griffin ’53

Damian and Maureen Comito ’92

Robert D. Hall

Laurence ’53 and Christine Marocco

Thomas and Mary Carroll Thomas ’52 and Marjorie Cass Francis M. Cassidy ’61 Charles ’69 and Brenda Cavallaro

Theodore and Diane Coletta


William ’66 and Nancy ’66 Marsden

Joseph ’83 and Joan O’Brien

Delores Pellegrino ’78 David R. Pollard ’67 Ronald ’68 and Rhoda Pollina Michael J. Provenzano ’92 Stephen’81 and Hope Rabasco David and Marilyn Rafferty Allen ’70 and Ruth Randall John ’66 and Elizabeth Reardon Stephen ’80 and Terri Reddy James F. Reynolds, Jr. ’51 Kenneth ’58 and Janet ’58 Ring, Jr. Raymond L. Rizzo ’59 Roche Matching Gifts Program Joseph ’88 and Donna Russo Edward ’64 and Kathryn Ryan Thomas and Valerie Rys J. Timothy ’63 and Anne Marie ’63 Samway Frank Serio, Jr. ’70 Donald F. Shea ’58 Maurice ’53 and Alicia ’57 Shea

Shell Oil Co. Foundation Daniel ’65 and Rosanne Shine Patricia A. Shine ’75 Thomas ’63 and Pamela Siekman Donald R. Smith ’66 Richard and Teresa ’86 Southwick Spectra Energy Foundation Sprint Foundation Glenn ’73 and Marianne Stewart Anthony J. Straceski Temple Emanuel Texas Instruments Foundation

Friends of Merrimack College The Friends of Merrimack College is an organization which provides scholarship support to deserving Merrimack College students through membership, social, cultural activities and fundraising programs. Ann G. Anstiss Evelyn L. Anton John C. Anton Lawrence J. Ardito Emily Arrigg

The Program LLC

Fred G. Arrigg, Sr.

John ’80 and Patricia Thibodeau

Linda Arvanitis Joanne Baker

Rosemary A. Thomas, Ph.D. ’69

Roland Baker

Agnes C. Thornton

John M. Belko, Sr.

United Way of Central and NE Connecticut United Way of Massachusetts Bay Vendor Alliance Capital, Inc.

Fred J. Banzi, Jr. Laura Berni Patrick A. Bissonnette Kathleen M. Blain ’71 Richard R. Blain ’74

Verizon Foundation

Louise I. Borke

Brendan ’62 and Katherine Walsh

Kathleen Boshar-Reynolds Stephen F. Boucher

Watts Water Technologies, Inc.

Roberta Braverman

Donald J. Weinbach ’80

Mary D. Breen ’60

Thomas and Charlene Welch

Patricia C. Burke

WellPoint Foundation

Sophia K. Caffray

Andreas ’93 and Michelle Widmer-Schultz

Eleanor E. Caffrey ’61

Richard I. Wolfington, Sr. ’61

Alexander R. Cain ’93

Richard ’83 and Fran Wood

Paula A. Cain ’93

Joseph ’67 and Kathleen ’69 Yannetti

Linda C. Carpenter

Linda C. Zemke ’70

Thomas F. Caffrey ’60

Carroll Realty LLC

frank and barbara rinfret

Helping students become tomorrow’s leaders Long before technology permeated throughout the lives of students and others, Frank Rinfret installed Merrimack’s first communications system in 1947, an intercom system that allowed people at the front desk to contact people elsewhere in the building. The father of seven daughters and a World War II Navy veteran, Frank has headed up his own communications company, East Coast Electronics Co. in Medford, Mass., for 55 years and is now a grandfather and greatgrandfather. In 1986, he and (seated) Frank Rinfret and Barbara his wife established the Frank Rinfret. (standing left to right) Judy Garcia ’10 and her sister Ruth Garcia. and Barbara Rinfret Gold K Scholarship, an endowed scholarship given to a student majoring in electrical or civil engineering. The Gold K Club was comprised of business leaders for the advancement of the engineering profession at Merrimack College and in the region. “Our scholarship grows and perpetuates itself,” Frank notes. “The recipients are very appreciative. In most cases, I know these kids might not be able to attend college without outside help. I’m glad to offer something.”

george i. alden trust

George I. Alden Trust enables purchase of DNA Sequencer The Merrimack College Biotechnology and Biomedicine Center is the recipient of a generous $50,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust for laboratory equipment. Financial support from the Alden Trust helped leverage an additional grant from the LI-COR Biosciences’ Genomics Educational Matching Gift fund which allowed the Biotechnology and Biomedicine Center to purchase a DNA Analysis System in 2010.

Mary E. Carroll

President’s Council - G.O.L.D.

Thomas M. Carroll

Thomas P. Bent ’02

Peter J. Caruso

Athanasios N. Bottos ’02

Colleen P. Coco ’05

Andrew G. Fox ’00 *

Diane Coletta

James P. Healey ’07

Theodore J. Coletta

David R. Kull ’00

Eileen M. Connolly

Stephen R. Moon ’01

Marguerite M. Cooper

Anne Rounce ’07

Mary Crawford

Darrel J. Scoville ’08

Crusader Paper Company, Inc.

Michael R. Sullivan ’07

Donna M. Cuomo

Annmarie P. Yutkins ’02

Robert J. Cuomo ’68

Established in 1912, the George I. Alden Trust promotes education at schools and institutions of higher learning, particularly independent undergraduate education. The trust “supports institutions that demonstrate a combination of educational excellence, exciting programming, and efficient and effective administration.”

Daniel E. Farmer Revocable Trust Fred DeLisio Mary A. D’Emanuele ’56

* deceased 31

Lois H. Demers

John S. Gregory

Walter V. Demers, Jr.

Ellen S. Guerin ’78

James P. Dennis ’89

Michael A. Guerin

Richard C. Dewhirst

Nancy J. Hargreaves-Pierce

Cora Diodati

Richard Hart Harrington

Hearst Foundation awards $100,000 to endowed scholarship fund

William J. Diodati

Rosemary Burke Harrington ’59

Merrimack College is the recipient of a generous $100,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation in support of the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund. The scholarships are awarded to academically promising, but economically disadvantaged students from Lawrence. Since 1999, the Hearst Foundations have contributed endowment funds to Merrimack College totaling $300,000.

Therese M Egan

hearst foundation

Over the course of the last decade, six Merrimack College students have received assistance as Hearst Scholars in recognition of their academic achievements, extra-curricular activities and contributions to the community. In recent years, Merrimack College has made a concentrated effort to recruit and retain students from underrepresented populations. As a result, this funding is an investment in the education of a young adult, who is often pursuing an education in the face of adversity. The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations and institutions working in the fields of Education, Health, Culture and Social Service. For more information, visit

Paul A. Dollard ’69 William M. Egan Entergy Corporation Ernst & Young Foundation Jack T. Evjy

Merrimack College is the lucky recipient of Robert Hall’s extensive collection of books on American history with emphasis on the Civil War, as well as his writers’ library for English majors. The collection of more than 500 volumes dates back to the 1700s and includes certain rarities, such as 71 volumes of the official records of Union and Confederate armies kept during the Civil War and a first edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Robert, who lectures about history throughout New England, donated his collection to Merrimack as a memorial to his late wife, Jane Judson Hall, and her uncle, the Rev. Paul Judson, a former Merrimack trustee and pastor of St. Augustine Church in Andover.

Mary E. Heimann H. Charles Heseltine Kathleen Heseltine John C. Housianitis ’81

Claudia J. Fanaras (Miksen) ’75

John R. Kalin Thomas Kelley

Lineta E. Fanaras

Paul T. Keyes

Daniel E. Farmer

Anne T. Lacourse

Gail C. Farmer

Janice Lafleur

Paul M. Favreau

Diane Lafond

John E. Fenton, Jr.

Lillian M. Lafond

Theresa A. Fenton

Peter J. Lafond

Diane F. Ferrara

Frances M. Lane ’81

Francis M. Ferrara

William L. Lane

Richard N. Filteau

Cheryl Lanzoni ’00

Sharyn L. Filteau

Law Office of Ralph Barbagallo

Ann Regan Flynn Laura M. Flynn

Joanne Fournier Mary J. Gallagher Euclide J. Gaudreau GHS, Inc. William Gianopoulos

Philip LeBlanc Cornelia W. LeMaitre George D. LeMaitre Angela G. Leone Frank J. Leone, Jr. Therese M. Leone Joseph R. Levis Judie Levis

Kathleen B. Gilmore ’95

Betty M. Lindsay

Karl H ’91 and Joyce H ’91 Gladstone

Richard D. Lindsay Barbara Hatch Liss

Faith Goldstein

Carolynn G. LoPiano

Rabbi Robert S. Goldstein

Charles L. LoPiano ’58

George M. Goodwin

Kelley A. MacDonald

Kathleen M. Goodwin

Nina M. MacDonald

James P. Gordon ’61

Paul J. MacDonald

Rita M. Gordon

Donna M. Main

Patricia M. Gorton ’58

Richard W. Main

Robert F. Gorton

James J. Maloney ’52

Donald Gottfried

M. Louise Maloney

Roger L. Goudreau ’71

Jeffrey P. Manning

Rosemary L. Goudreau

Michael L. Marcoux ’79

Susan L. Greeley

Scott A. Martin

Mary Julie Gregoire ’77

Martin’s Flower Mart & Gift Shop

Paul Gregoire Ellen M. Gregory


Mary V. Haynes

Charlene Kalin

Audrey J. Foshage

A reverence for history benefits Merrimack College

George J. Haynes

Sheila Evjy

Paul E. Flynn

robert hall

Robert Hall

Joan F. Dollard

Gilda J. McCann

* deceased

John T. McCann

Scott F. Ragusa ’91

Mary E. McCann

Regan Ford, Inc.

William P. McCann ’58

Mary D. Regan

Beth Regan McCoy

Diane Reming

Carol A. McInnis

Richard A. Reming

James J. McInnis ’57

Ruth E. Rice

Marybeth McInnis

Richard R. Blain & Associates

McLay’s Florist & Garden Center

Robert F. Kelley, Esquire

David P. Meehan

James J. Rosati

David Mermelstein Joanne Mermelstein Edith L. Meyer Walter C. Meyer ’78 Michaud Rowe and Ruscak Ins. Deborah Michaud Lawrence R. Michaud Victor J. Mill, III June Rose Milligan Kevin James Milligan Judith Morrison Munroe Landscape Contractor, Inc. Kris Ann Munroe Tyler Donald Munroe J. Richard Murphy Nancy B. Norbedo Robert A. Norbedo Eileen K. Novelline William T. Novelline, Jr. Carol A. Obert John H. Obert ’66 Francis A. O’Connor ’56 Margaret V. O’Connor Kevin R O’Donnell Mary J. O’Reilly Eileen M. Orlando ’82 Ann M. O’Sullivan ’74 Jeremiah O’Sullivan Robert J. O’Sullivan John M. Pallone ’77 Laurence J. Palmisano Roberta R. Palmisano Arlene Patterson William J. Patterson ’60 Carol A. Poor Charles N. Poor C. Marie Potts Norman G. Potts Procter & Gamble Company Dean A. Quinlan ’61

danversbank charitable foundation

Frances E. Roberts Maria V. Rosati ’58 Teresa Russo Anthony J. Sakowich Left to right: Kevin Bottomley, CEO and president of Danversbank; Christine Zampell, Merrimack College trustee; John O’Neil, executive vice president, Danversbank; former Merrimack president Ronald Champagne; and Kevin Noyes, first vice president, Danversbank Charitable Foundation.

Lana L. Schofield Peter K. Schofield Ellen Schruender George H. Schruender Shaheen Pallone & Assoc. P.C. William J. Shaheen ’76 John Shaw Jeffrey D. Sheehy Karen M. Sheehy Antonio G. Sordillo ’05 Southside Realty LLC Nancy C. Squatrito Linda A. Stanley

Danversbank Awards Grant to Merrimack The Danversbank Charitable Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant over five years to Merrimack College, specifically for the renovation of O’Reilly Hall, home to the College’s Francis E. Girard School of Business and International Commerce. The enhancements will better reflect professional settings to prepare students for success in a global economy. The Danversbank Charitable Foundation Inc., established in 2008, is designed to further the philanthropic and community-based mission of Danversbank which has grown to the size of $1.9 billion in assets, with locations across Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk Counties.

Richard M. Stanley Donna Sullivan ’77 Kevin A. Sullivan ’78 Lynne Sullivan Thomas Sullivan J. Kenneth Taylor ’63 Sandra M. Taylor

at & t foundation

AT&T Foundation Supports Diversity at Merrimack

Temple Emanuel Frank A. Terranova Kathleen Terranova Agnes C. Thornton Joseph Tripodi Lynne Tripodi Roger Twomey ’59 Raymond A. Vivenzio George Weber M. Irene Weber ’58 Elinor Joan Wenzel Rev. James A. Wenzel, O.S.A. ’52 Joanne Williams Murray E. Williams Gail A. Winning Evon Yameen

Academically promising students had the opportunity to spend some time at Merrimack College and work with its faculty during the summer because of a generous grant of $100,000 provided by the AT&T Foundation. Now in its twenty-third year, Merrimack’s Accept the Challenge Program has successfully served over 400 high school students in the Greater Lawrence area and is now expanding to Lowell and Haverhill. Accept the Challenge targets at-risk adolescents, ages 14–18, living in economically disadvantaged communities and who speak English as a second language. Its goal is to empower and guide students in their efforts to complete high school, prepare for college, explore career choices, and develop a sense of ownership in their community. Each year since its inception, 100 percent of Accept the Challenge seniors graduate from Lawrence High School—a significant accomplishment given the city’s above average dropout rate. Through philanthropic giving, the AT&T Foundation invests in the areas of education, support for the military, and for humanitarian relief and development efforts around the globe.

Sandra Quinlan Patricia A. Ragusa ’91

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Joseph W. Gemmell, Jr. ’59

Nicholas S. Perretti ’04

Matching Gift Companies

Merrimack College has received many generous gifts in memory of the following:

Carmine Grelle

Laura A. Piasecki

Masood Hussain

Llena Previtrali

William Kadlec

Paul S. Privitera

Raymond L. Anstiss ’56

Paul T. Kamide ’68

John P. Sangermano ’52

Diane G. Applegate ’91

Catherine L. Kelley

Timothy E. Shea ’89

Sandra A. Beagan

Lisa L. Kennedy ’81

Mary M. Sipsey ’59

Cynthia L. Bono

Rev. Thomas C. Kenny, O.S.A.

Deborah V. Skrekas ’89

Merrimack College is grateful to the following companies for matching their employees’ gifts to the College. To see if your company has a matching gift program, visit our website at

Patricia Byrne

Travis G. Kong

Michael T. Stella ’65

Rev. Edward J. Carney, O.S.A.

J. T. Lawler

Demosthenes Tambakos ’74

Eugene J. Casey ’63

Peter M. Lynch

John Thornton

Jeanette Chapman

Francis MacDonald ’57

Thomas E. Treacy ’62

James E. Clair

Rita N. McCarthy

Dorothea Tsapatsaris

Mary C. Donnellon ’75

Irene A. McGravey

David H. Walsh

Jeanne H. Eddy ’70

Arbella Mutual Insurance Company

Kenneth T. Mockalis ’01

Mary A. Weeden

William F. Eddy ’70

Aspect Software

Rev. George R. Morgan, O.S.A. ’61

Charles H. Wesson ’54

Bank of America Foundation

George W. O’Brien ’51

Barbara Wojtas

Bank of Canton

Stanley J. Wojtas

Bank of New York Mellon

James F. Wynne

Black & Decker Corporation

William and Mary Greve Foundation

President Christopher E. Hopey and Cheryl M. Lucas

Charles C. Foisy and Florida CA Foisy Foundation

T. Roderick ’86 and Kerry ’87 Henkels

William Kadlec *

Dr. Linda C. Foote ’78

Anne T. Lacourse ’56

LPCVI Maraghy Family Foundation

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center

Bruno J. Falanga ’55 Robert Fauvel John R. Ford ’66

Mary O’Connor

AT&T Aetna Foundation AllianceBernstein Investment Allstate Foundation American Express

President’s Council and Above Donors July 1, 2010 – December 30, 2010 Austin Society AT&T Foundation Francis Ken ’80 and Jincie Duane Paul ’65 and Mary Gilmartin James W. O’Brien Foundation Schelzi Family Foundation R. David Schelzi ’81

Patrick ’68 and Grace Maraghy Robert F. McCusker ’68 Victor J. Mill, III

Valley Associates

Steven and Pamela Perretti

Cushing Society

Mary D. Regan

Lynn C. Potoff ’75

Ludcke Foundation

Jennifer B. Ryan

Francis and Marlene Marchilena

Sodexo, Inc. and Affiliates

National Science Foundation University of Michigan Zampell Family Foundation

Vanguard Charitable Endowment David J. Witham ’61 Zartech

Paul ’52 and Elaine Montague Laurence ’57 and Roberta Palmisano RI Department of Transportation Andrea Robertson ’79 Anthony J. Straceski

James ’71 and Nancy Greeley William ’58 and Margaret Hearne Francis ’65 and Carol ’65 Mahoney Kenneth ’69 and Lucille McAvoy John ’78 and Robin McCormack

TJX Foundation

William L. McGuire

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation

James ’57 and Carol McInnis Walter ’78 and Edith Meyer

University of Rhode Island

Northmark Bank

Michael and Jane ’75 Walsh

Nicholas Steven Perretti ’04 Charitable Trust

John ’79 and Carolyn ’79 Yodzis

James ’75 and Christine Zampell ’75

St. Augustine Society

McQuade Society

Barnes and Noble College Bookstore

Gildea Society


Frank Canelas, Jr. ’76

William and Jackie Bannister

Karen M. Casey

Mary Lou Casey Seidner ’90

Joseph ’80 and Kristan Bruno

Margaret M. Collins Charitable Trust

DanversBank Charitable Foundation

John ’54 and Jean ’55 Carney

Michael ’90 and Gina ’92 Donovan

John Carroll

Shane Realty LLC

J. Leo Cronin, Jr.

Damian and Maureen ’92 Comito

George and Avra Skrekas Sodexo Operations LLC

Facing History and Ourselves

Robert ’81 and Marylou Sullivan

William ’76 and Marilyn Fitzsimmons

John A. Talbourdet ’78

Mary F. Cunningham * Fidelity Investments Charitable Trust


Claudia J. Fanaras ’75 John S. Gregory

B and B Expressions

Anthony Pimentel Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation Thomas ’64 and Patricia ’63 Quinlan Kevin ’62 and Arleen Roche

Chubb Federal Insurance Company

General Dynamics Corporation

Coca Cola Company USA

Goldman Sachs

Deloitte Foundation

Global Impact

Delta Dental of Rhode Island

Guardian Life Insurance Company

Diageo North America


Dow Chemical Company Foundation

IBM International Foundation

Dow Jones Foundation Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation Entergy Corporation Ernst & Young Foundation ExpressScripts ExxonMobil Foundation FM Global Foundation Fidelity Foundation Freddie Mac Foundation

Invensys Systems Juniper Networks KPMG LLP LexisNexis Lozeau, Michael Ernest MA Financial Services Investment Marsh & McLennan Companies MassMutual Financial Group Massachusetts Port Authority

Mellon Financial Corporate Foundation

Shell Oil Co. Foundation

Meredith Corporation Foundation

Spectra Energy Foundation

Merrill Lynch & Co. Foundation MiddleOak Millipore Foundation National Grid New York Life Foundation New York Times Company Foundation Oracle PepsiCo Foundation Pfizer Procter & Gamble Company Prudential Foundation Raytheon Company

Sherwin-Williams Foundation Sprint Foundation State Street Corporation Swiss Reinsurance America Corp. Texas Instruments Foundation Textron, Inc. The Scholarship Foundation Time Warner Foundation United Technologies Corporation Verizon Foundation WellPoint Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Xerox Corporation

MasterCard International

Roche Matching Gifts Program

President’s Council

John and Theresa Fenton

Masood Family Foundation, Inc.

Edward and Donna Scahill ’61

Allen Family Foundation

Fidelity Foundation

Sohail Masood

George and Ellen Schruender

Timothy ’72 and Elizabeth ’73 Allen

Michael ’81 and Mary ’81 Franco

William ’58 and Gilda McCann

Anne Gemmell Schwind

Theresa J. Applegate-Foschino

Mary Jo Gagnon ’78

Joan M. McGilvray ’68

Frank Serio, Jr. ’70

Normand A. Gautreau ’51

Meredith Corporation Foundation

Donald F. Shea ’58

Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation

Shell Oil Co. Foundation

GE Foundation

Aspect Software Emery ’59 and Janet Audesse Augustinian Friars H.E. Abdallah Baali Wayne ’92 and Cherie Bishop Blue Devil Basketball Clinic Charles ’69 and Brenda Cavallaro Collins Management, Inc. Peter D. Collins ’72

Louis F. Giorgetti ’77 Marcel H. Gregoire ’61 Daniel K. Griffin ’53 H.T. Berry Company, Inc. Anne M. Halley ’67 Thomas ’62 and Judith Humphreys Inkstone, Inc. Eileen K. Jennings ’64

Sentry Insurance Foundation

Robert W. Milotte, Jr. ’84 Paul ’85 and Jean ’85 Mongillo David ’92 and Erin Morgan Christopher ’93 and Elizabeth ’94 Nolan John ’73 and Deborah Pasini Patrick J. Pedonti ’74

Lucia M. Comas ’63

George and Rosemarie ’64 Korphage

John ’91 and Lynne Conover

Gerard R. LaFlamme

Janice T. Piasecki

Albert ’65 and Victoria ’64 Conti

Veronica Piasecki

Walter ’59 and Olga Costello

John ’56 and Maureen Lalumiere

David R. Pollard ’67

Roger ’62 and Mary Damphousse

John ’80 and Cynthia Leahy

Michael J. Provenzano ’92

William P. Leahy ’76

Stephen ’81 and Hope Rabasco

Leighton C. Detora ’66

Joseph and Teresita ’71 LeBeau

John J. Reardon ’66

Robert P. Donahoe ’83

Frank J. Leone, Jr.

Kenneth ’58 and Janet ’58 Ring

Paul Dzierzak ’63

John ’66 and Mary ’67 LeVangie

Raymond L. Rizzo ’59

Robert ’66 and Mary Louise ’66 Edmunds, Jr.

Richard and Betty Lindsay

Rev. Francis S. Rossiter *

Eric A. Ernst

James ’52 and Louise Maloney

Emil ’68 and Susan Routhier

William ’66 and Nancy ’66 Marsden

Joseph ’88 and Donna Russo

ExxonMobil Foundation

Rita S. Martin * deceased

Patricia Pellegrini ’64

Maurice ’53 and Alicia ’57 Shea Silvia M. Tontar Lee D. Slattery ’81 Donald R. Smith ’66 Glenn ’73 and Marianne Stewart Norris Strawbridge Donna L. Swartwout and Linda Murphy Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity John ’80 and Patricia Thibodeau Rosemary A. Thomas, Ph.D. ’69 Brendan ’62 and Katherine Walsh Thomas and Charlene Welch Richard ’83 and Fran Wood Linda C. Zemke ’70 President’s Council - G.O.L.D. James W. Corkum ’07 Michael J. McMahon ’06 Jarrod J. Pelletier ’05

J. Timothy ’63 and Ann Marie ’63 Samway 35

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Gerald Jutras attended the “Honor Flight New England” on September 26, 2009. Honor Flight is a free flight for WWII veterans to the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC. Each veteran flies with a guardian and no money is ever accepted of any veteran for any reason. For more information, visit It was a very rewarding and touching excursion. Hats off to founder, Joe Byron, and his crew of many volunteers!


Donald Myles was recently appointed to the Board of Directors, Economic Development Corporation, for the city of Windcrest, and will also serve as secretary to the board. Janice Peters retired from federal government service with the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, in Washington, DC in 2003. Janice has now moved back to Massachusetts to be closer to family members. William Toomey is retired after 26 years in Peabody (Mass.) City Council and 20 years as president of the Peabody Friends of Council on Aging.


Col Ed Doyle is retired USAF rtd.



Sister Donna Fannon, HSH recently retired as a Catholic Chaplain at Cornell University, a post she held for 16 years. She currently cares for her 90-year-old mother. She hopes to be involved as a spiritual director, particularly directing the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, as time permits. She is also the formation director of her religious congregation, the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart. William Donahue retired from active dental practice in 2009 and is currently consulting and training dental offices in Dental Practice Management.


Denise (Hanouille) Francis is a retired reference librarian now volunteering for the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a Park House guide, giving tours in the historic houses in Fairmount Park. Kathy (Brown) Ramshaw retired from Convergys Corporation and is looking forward to expanding her volunteer activities. Emilie (Bonin) Smyrlian recently published a cookbook with recipes compiled from the residents of Naples Estates in Naples, Fla. The cookbook, “Our Favorites,” was released in October 2010. She has also had several poems published in the National Anthology of Poetry over the years. Emilie currently lives in Reading, Mass. with her husband of 36 years and her two sons. She spends the winter months in Naples every year with husband, Leo.


Jean Wade Foley Doyle recently finished writing her second book on the history of Newburyport, Mass. Jean is a retired history teacher and worked at Newburyport High School for 30 years.


Robert Lindley has moved back to the Phoenix metropolitan area.


Gayle (Lucas) Plouffe is a newlyappointed member of The Pelham Council on Aging and continues town conservation and forest management activities, having served three decades to date.


Ginny Rossini was honored with Andover’s Educator-of-the-Year Award on June 10, 2010 at a dinner at the Wyndham Hotel in Andover, Mass. The award is sponsored by the Andover Rotary. Ginny taught at Andover West Jr. High from 1974–1977 and left in 1977 to raise her family (twin daughters Cara ’77 and Cristin ’77 and son Tom ’80). Shortly after completing her master’s degree at Lesley University, she returned to Andover West Middle School in 1994. Most of her teaching career has been spent teaching math in grade 7. She has been a team leader and also the math department head at West Middle. Currently, she is teaching math in grade 6 and is the advisor to the Adventure Club and also the Kids on the Block. Ginny’s husband, Walter Rossini ’71, recently retired after working for 34 years at Andover West Middle.

Marylou Gibson is president of Virapur, a biotech company specializing in the production and purification of viruses for the research, diagnostic and vaccine industries. The company is celebrating 10 years of successful business in San Diego. Susan Richards lives in Charlestown, Mass. with her husband, Rudy. Her stepdaughter, Marina, is starting her senior year in college in the fall. Susan works in a key account management position for a standards certification and testing organization in the Boston area.


Andrew Melnikas is the new Fire Chief of North Andover, Mass. Mark Palange recently joined First Hartford Realty Corporation as a construction superintendent on the rehabilitation of the 501 unit Clarendon Hill Towers in Somerville, Mass. Kathleen Zalla retired in 2008 after 33 years of teaching English at Andover High School. Kathleen now works at Johnson Veterinary Hospital in Lawrence and riding weekly.


Christine (Richman) Adamczyk is now the executive director of the Duke Center for Science Education at Duke University. She recently retired from GlaxoSmithKline after a 32-year career as a senior scientist and as the developer and director of the US K–12 Science Education Program. She would love to hear from other alumni who are active in building the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics talent. Anthony Fallisi is the senior pastor of Anne Ashley United Methodist Church in Munhall, Penn. Norman Dion was appointed inspector general for the public hospital system in New York City which consists of eleven large critical care hospitals and close to 100 clinics. The Inspector General’s office is responsible for investigating allegations of corruption, fraud, and other criminal acts committed in connection with the operations of the hospital system.


Steve Alexander, of La Jolla, Calif., has been appointed to the State Athletic Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since 2000, he has served as president of the Steve Alexander Group, a public affairs company. Previously, Alexander was a regional director for Burson-Marsteller from 1997 to 2000; vice president of Stoorza, Ziegaus and Metzger from 1995 to 1997; president of the Steve Alexander Group, a real estate firm; from 1990 to 1995; and president of Westwind Real Estate Services from 1984 to 1989. He is a member of the International Association of Facilitators and International Association of Public Participation. Jean Anderson has been living beside Monterey Bay since 1975 and working as a senior project manager in Silicon Valley. John Hanes started a new career with City Point Partners LLC, a WBE Construction Services company. He is presently working on an MWRA Project Hultman Aqueduct Interconnections Project between Weston and Southborough. John and Judi’s daughter, Bridget, was married in August. John Howard retired from the Navy, is living in San Diego, and working for SAIC. John and wife, Hong, became homeowners in 2009 of a house in La Mesa. Janet (Allen) Melnick and husband Greg’s, son Andrew graduated from Florida State University with a BA in English in May of 2009. He currently writes several sports blogs, including and is a contributor to and


Dan Murray met up with Mark Dennehy, Men’s Hockey Coach, at the NCAA Frozen Four Ice Hockey Championship in Detroit, Mich., in April 2010. Mark Dennehy (L) and Dan Murray. Mark Mulligan Sr. and his wife became proud grandparents this year. They reside in Hurst, Tx.


William Drinkwater began teaching in the addiction programs at both the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and Cambridge College in spring 2010. His courses focus on counseling techniques and working with co-occurring disorders. William is married to Yvette Burke ’79.


Elaine (Carifio) Jean is now a staff writer and columnist with the Loudoun Independent newspaper in Ashburn, Va. She and her husband, Paul, live just outside of Washington, D.C.


Dan Harding is now leading Raytheon Integrated Air Defense Center’s technical support on the PMSC Contract. He was transferred from the Raytheon Engineering organization, where he managed a variety of tasks for the PMSC program. Dan brings a broad spectrum of skills and 30 years experience in technical support, training, test design, test hardware and software engineering to his new position. He has also managed the installation and validation for both domestic and international Patriot Missile Facilities. Dan and his wife, Cathie ’81, and their bulldog, Fuchu, live in Amesbury, Mass.


Alumni cousins, Cathie Maloney Harding ’81, and Suzanne McGettigan Kelly ’82, (attended Merrimack from 1978–1980,) get together after 30 years at a family reunion in Spring Lake, N.J. 37

League of Cities, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Integrated Waste Services Association, and Electric Power Supply Association. Theresa (Olsson) Peterson and husband, Thomas, celebrated the birth of their first grandchild, Destiny Rose Gaines, born on February 4, 2010.

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Larry Montani caught up with Dr. Davis, professor of chemistry emeritus at Merrimack, at the Red Sox Fantasy camp held in Ft. Myers, Fla., in February 2010. Larry was a member of the baseball team during his time at Merrimack and Dr. Davis was the faculty advisor. Both Dr. Davis and Larry were at the Red Sox Fantasy Camp Reunion Fenway Park on August 6, 2010. John Wells is currently a research scientist at the ENRM VA Hospital in Bedford, Mass. and a member of the faculty at Boston University School of Medicine. He was recently reelected to the Woburn School Committee for a fifth term.


Peter Pratt has joined STV as a vice president. He is part of the firm’s Buildings and Facilities Division where he is serving as the regional manager for the New England region. STV is a leading, award-winning professional firm offering engineering, architectural, planning, and environmental and construction management services. Eileen (Hoar) Dube is one of a handful of people to have graduated from the dual master’s program between New England School of Acupuncture (Master in Acupuncture) and Tufts University School of Medicine (Master of Science in Pain Research, Education, and Policy). Eileen has opened her practice, Merrimack Valley Acupuncture ( in Plaistow, N.H.



Teresa (Gove) Arnold’s daughter, Jaclyn Arnold, is a member of the Merrimack’s Class of 2013.


James Jordon is working at Carnegie Mellon University as the program director of the master’s in biotechnology and management and is a distinguished service professor in biotechnology. Stephen Macary is president of Santa Claus Anonymous, (SCA), a volunteer nonprofit fundraising organization. Their mission is to have a positive impact on the development of youth in the greater Boston area by supporting programs for educational, social and character development.


Robert Ferrari was promoted to lead performance engineer at Hewlett Packard. Vincent Ragucci, III has been named a vice president in the Boston office of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position as strategic pursuit manager— power and water, he will provide guidance to PB offices regarding state and local government affairs. Vincent is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Energy New England and previously served as a member of the Board of Assessors for the City of Everett, Mass., as well as having served five terms as an Everett City Councilor. His professional affiliations include the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Conference of Mayors Business Council, National

Kim (Morse) Round was named chief information officer at Merrimack College as of April 1. Kim, and husband, Bruce, class of 1984 still reside in North Andover with sons, Jeff and Chris, who entered Merrimack in fall 2010.


Maria (Rizza) Baca works at Enterasys Network in Andover, Mass. and has two children, Alexandra (senior in North Andover) and Anthony (third grader at Sargent School, North Andover). Maria and husband Jeffrey celebrated their 21st anniversary in June. They were married at Merrimack College Chapel. Diane Boulanger-Prescott returned to Merrimack College to attend the Graduate School of Education in April 2009. She has earned her master’s degree in education and will attend UMass Lowell in the fall for the Administration, Planning, and Policy CAGS Certificate Program. Diane and her husband, David S. Prescott, are the proud parents of three children: David Albert, 14; Alexandra Diane, 10; and Nicholas Argeo, 7. They reside in Haverhill, Mass. Laura (Digirolamo) Burns is the research enrollment coordinator in the Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. Kelly (Hovey) Doonan has joined Doonan Architects as principal, business development leading firm expansion within the healthcare and institutional market sectors. William Eaton has been named director of U.S. sales and marketing for Bennett Environmental, headquartered in Oakville, Ontario. Bennett specializes in the incineration of highly contaminated soil from Superfund sites in the USA. Chip LeBlanc was recently promoted to director of retirement benefits for Delhaize America (parent company of Hannaford Bros. Co.)

James F. Ogorchock, shareholder of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA, was appointed to serve as director of associate development. James will oversee the firm’s associate development program. Richard Pion is working for Old Dutch Foods Ltd, as business development manager. Elizabeth Scott is training for her sixth New York City Marathon and running to raise funds for cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in memory of her dad.


Kathy Mahoney has a full-time real estate job at Greater Boston Home Team. Kathy also runs a side business called the Fun Sport & Social Group, a sport and social club for adults in the Boston area. The club just added a third indoor soccer facility in South Boston at the Boston Athletic Club, in addition to facilities in Revere and Woburn. Contact Kathy at or visit for information.


Julie Arlor-Mehta joined the LGH TeamWalk for Cancer Care Advisory Board. The walk was on Sunday, May 16, 2010 and all of the proceeds for the walk went directly to patient care by paying for medication, wigs, support groups, transportation and supportive services to all patients. Charles Moran was recently promoted to vice president, Communications Strategies at NiSource, Inc. (parent company of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, formerly Bay State Gas Company). In his new role, Charles oversees customer, digital and internal communications for its operating companies as well as the public affairs and economic development functions in Indiana.


Tom DeMarchi works in the Department of Language & Literature at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is director of the Sanibel Island Writers Conference. Tom is married to Dr. Karen Tolchin and they just had their first baby.


Mike Consoli performed in a musical theater cabaret called “Voices of Hope” at Boston Symphony Hall on September 16, 2010. The event raises funds for cancer research at Dana Farber through the Expect Miracles Foundation, specifically to find a cure for the six deadliest cancers: colon, pancreatic, lung, melanoma (skin), myeloma (blood), and glioblastoma (brain). Last year the group raised over $25K and hopes to double that this year. (Mike is also volunteering his time as the Ads/ sponsorship Committee Chair.) To donate or find out more information, please visit or Michael Fatalo was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in June 2010.


Brett Fay launched his own Real Estate Company, American Beauty Group.


Joseph Bradley was recently hired as the division director for Robert Half Technology in Burlington, Mass. Kristin (Picariello) DeSimone was recently hired by the United States Air Force, in acquisition support, based at MITRE Corp in Bedford as an acquisition support specialist.


Brendan M. Daly, CRPC is currently working as a financial consultant/ investment advisor representative for Metlife Financial Group of Massachusetts, based in Norwood. Jim McNiff has a beautiful three-year-old girl named Caelan. Jim recently left his job after 11 years with Perkins School for the Blind. He opened his own business, cleaning and sanitizing athletic equipment.

Jon Goode started a new business, KBK Sports, which helps charities and he recently worked with Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics, and with Jonathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox to write a children’s book. He does auctions at about 300 events a year now. Contact him at for more information and to donate items for auctions. Mark Nelson recently accepted a sales position from Intempco Controls selling instrumentation, temperature sensors, fluid level sensors, transmitters for the process control industry.


Jessica (Rancourt) Fogg graduated in spring 2010 from the University of Maine with a master degree in public administration and a concentration in health care administration. She is employed by the Maine Center for Disease Control as the district public health liaison for Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties. Marianne Kroha was recently promoted to head of account management, Asia Pacific, for Interactive Data. She is responsible for their revenue and related client base across Asia Pacific and managing a team of people responsible for business development across our client base. Marianne is also providing consulting services to American companies interested in opening offices in Singapore and Hong Kong.


Kyle Repucci was recently named principal of Epping (N.H.) middle and high schools. Kyle is the dean of students at the middle school. He previously taught English at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Mass. and at Dover (N.H.) High School. Kyle lives in East Rochester, N.H. with his wife Brooke and their daughter Madeline.


Peri Beltre was named “Rising Star” by the publication Super Lawyers for 2010 and 2009. 39

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Nichole Kelly started her own small business, PRETTY Boutique, an online boutique that sells trendy, women’s accessories and handbags. John H. Kimball III is the executive officer of Headquarters Company, 25th Marine Regiment out of Fort Devens, Mass. Capt Kimball has been at Fort Devens since 2008 and took command of the Company in April 2010. Captain Kimball is a 2009 graduate of Massachusetts School of Law where he received his juris doctorate. Allison (Jones) Williams is an IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilders) professional athlete. She achieved Pro status in 2007 and has competed on stages throughout the United States, often competing against Women from Europe, South America, Canada, the islands and Australia. Her personal training business Web site is Allison recently wrote a cookbook, Clever Cooking for the Competitive.


Kimberly Bennett works as a tax examining technician for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior, she was the former sole legislative aide to Massachusetts State Representative Charles A. Murphy (D-Burlington) who is chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means. She also served as the legislative and budget director to former State Representative Anthony J. Verga (D-Gloucester) and House Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs. Capt Joshua Carroll of the United States Air Force is assigned to the 335th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. Danielle Chabot is an event manager for the Miami Heat.


Mark Gelaides has a new job as network and systems administrator at Lasell College.

Steven Finocchiaro recently joined Winchester Financial Group of Stoneham, Mass. as an investment advisor.

Tanya LoPresti recently completed her Yoga Alliance 200-hour teaching certification through Core Power Yoga in Chicago, Ill. with an emphasis on breath, alignment and anatomy in both hatha and vinyasa styles of yoga. She is now teaching classes part time through Core Power Yoga’s Chicago studios.

TJ McQuaid became vice president, sales and marketing, for New England Rental & Supply, Inc. based in Quincy, Mass., servicing construction trades across New England.

Michael Roberts resides in the Washington, DC area, and is now a consultant for the State Department. Kristin Scott is engaged to Greg Keough and the wedding is planned for October 30, 2010 in Cohasset Mass. at The Red Lion Inn. Christine Sordillo has been awarded the position of contract specialist for the United States Federal Department of Defense. She has been assigned to the Department of the Army and will work out of the Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass. Christine has spent the past six years with the Town of Framingham as the purchasing agent and contract administrator for the Department of Public Works.


Keith Hery started his own property services business called HHH Property Services LLC., providing lawncare, plowing and home project needs, including painting and general construction. Contact Keith at for free estimates and special discounts for Merrimack alumni.


Eric Dawson opened a DJ Entertainment company—Avid Entertainment—in January 2010. Alumni discount of $150 off wedding package. Visit for more information.

Katherine (Primeau) Messier was married in 2008 and has a new job as director of marketing and broadband services at Mobile Beacon. Chris Vasta is dean of students at Xaverian Brothers High School.


Gloria-Lee Brooks graduated from Mass School of Professional Psychology with doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD) in August 2009. Sarah Cleveland graduated in May from Simmons College in Boston, Mass. She earned her master of social work degree, and a certificate in urban leadership. She works at Wayside Youth & Family Support Network in Milford, Mass. as a clinician. Keri Conklin graduated in May with honors with an associate’s degree in nursing from Northern Essex Community College and will take the boards this summer to obtain her license as a registered nurse in Mass. Keri Lannan graduated from Boston College’s MBA program in May 2009. Christopher Seferlis received an MBA from University of Mass Lowell in December 2009. Kristen Vadala was promoted to bank officer, branch service specialist. Kristen joined Enterprise Bank in October 2005. She has held progressive positions leading to her current role as branch service specialist. She is a board member for the Dollars for Scholars of Salem/ Windham, a member of the Salem

Nick Pomponio, after playing professional hockey in Europe since graduating in 2006, is attending law school at Whittier Law School in Newport Beach, Calif. Adam Shepard’s first book, Scratch Beginnings, was chosen as a freshmen common read at five colleges across the country, including Nichols and Salem State in Massachusetts. Chamber of Commerce and Head Coach of Andover High School gymnastics. She is pursuing her MBA from Suffolk University. Lyndsey (Ineson) Vavra is a sales operations manager for Nexcelom Bioscience in Lawrence, Mass. Josh Vavra has been an electrical engineer at Rockwell Automation in Chelmsford, Mass. for the past five years. Lyndsey and Jose were married on October 2, 2009.


Don Feuerstein ’05 and Nicole (deFur) Feuerstein ’06 were married on June 3, 2006. They moved to Chandler, Az., but have recently returned to Conn. They have two children, Kristin Lee 2, Patrick Daxton, 1.


Michelle Gage graduated in May 2009 from Springfield College with a master’s in social work and just received an LCSW. She is working for clinical & support options as an in-home therapist. Rachael Kuzmick obtained her CPA (Certified Public Accountant) license. Jesse Landrigan is working for State Street Bank in Quincy, Mass. Jonathan Murphy is an eleventh and twelfth grade English teacher at Plymouth North High School. Laura Nelson graduated in July from the Mercy College of Health Sciences Clinical Laboratory Science program in Des Moines, Ia. She passed the required national board exam and is a certified medical laboratory scientist through the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. She works in the laboratory at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Co.

Nicole Abbondandolo has been working for in the New York sales office since November 2009. She resides in New York City on the Upper East Side and is enjoying all that the city has to offer. Kristin M. Pothier is engaged to Steven R. Harrington. She recently earned her master’s degree in education curriculum and instruction, specializing in literacy from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. in May of 2009. Kristin is a third grade teacher at the Cashman Elementary School in Amesbury, Mass. Steven is a mechanical design engineer for New Objective, Inc. in Woburn, Mass. They were married on August 1, 2010 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Townsend, Mass. with the reception following at Chocksett Inn in Sterling, Mass.


Jim Healey and Laura Fleming are engaged to be married on October 1, 2011. Katherine Reissfelder and Daniel Donell are engaged to be married. A summer 2011 wedding is planned. Michael Tartaglia is a doctoral candidate and will receive a Psy.D. in 2012. He received his M.S. in clinical psychology in May 2010, and traveled to South Africa in the summer 2009 as a volunteer psychotherapist and assessor. He looks forward to more international work in the future. Michael works in Northampton, Mass. and Williamstown, Mass. Kymberley Wood is engaged to Randall Hendricks. The wedding is planned for September 10, 2011 in Southbury, Conn.


Brian Contona was promoted to short term investment trader for Securities Finance Trust Company in February 2010. Beth Gionfriddo graduated from Boston College with a master of arts in higher education administration in May. In July, Beth started as assistant director of student activities at Nichols College. Elizabeth Morrison recently graduated from Boston College with a master of social work. Aglaia Aimee Tsakirellis and Whitney Wiggins traveled to Greece for the 2010 summer season. The two spent time in Athens, Thessaloniki, and the island of Mytilene.


Erin Clark ’08 and Steve Zaremba ’09 became engaged in October of 2009. Steve in currently working as a staff auditor for Feeley & Driscoll, P.C. in Boston. Erin is working towards her master’s degree in elementary education from Merrimack College. An August 2011 wedding is planned.


Nathan Boynton has worked at Raytheon IDS Headquarters since June 2009 as a software engineer doing validation for the Patriot Program.


Jonathan Lantigua graduated from Merrimack College in December 2009. He then traveled to his native country for a few months, and is now working for a public school in Lawrence, Mass. as a paraprofessional. Alumni fun and games! Basketball Women’s Basketball players and alumni gathered for a game in February 2010. Field Hockey Women’s Field Hockey players and alumni gathered for a game on May 1, 2010. 41

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Matthew Colarusso ’92 and Theresa Curran, November 7, 2009, New Seabury Country Club, Mashpee, Mass. Alumni in attendance included David Hardcastle ’90, Scott Ragusa ’91, Patricia (Brennan) Ragusa ’91, Michael Rossi ’91, Dana Krahn ’91, and Tim Morris ’94. The couple honeymooned in Maui and reside in South Boston, Mass. Marialana D’Agata ’98 and Joe Costa, April 10, 2010, Groveland, Mass. They have just purchased a new home and reside in Bradford, Mass. Jennifer (Malone) Gray ’99 and Peter Gray, June 12, 2010, Popponesset Inn, New Seabury, Mass. Several Merrimack alumni attended. Pictured: starting from bride clockwise going left: Jennifer (Malone) Gray ’99; Kristy Slaven ’99; Todd Yazbek ’99; Randy Ellis ’99; Kelly McEleney ’99; Brian Humberd ’99; Eric Pearce ’00; Jared Emond ’99 (next to bride; Jimmy Machado ’99; Chris Pearce ’96; Trisha (Carr) DiOrio; Katie (Cooney) Machado ’01; and Kevin Murphy ’00. Missing from the photo but attended


wedding: Kathleen Carroll ’99; Adrienne Fay ’99; Kevin Tuttle ’98. Cindy (Truesdale) Follis ’01 was recently married. Dave Gilpin ’02 and Christena Langan, June 2009, the Dennis Port Yacht Club. Dave’s brother, George Gilpin ’01, was his best man and Tim O’Leary ’02 served as a groomsman. Michelle (Gavegnano) Gilpin ’01, sister-in-law of the groom, also participated in the Mass doing a reading. Others Merrimack alumni in attendance were: Brian Casey ’02, Cristina (Tavares) Casey ’01, Alberto Canas ’03, Steve Avitabile ’02, Maggie (Toohey) Duprey ’06, Zach Duprey ’05, Matt Waine ’04, Kelly Ogden ’00, and Maryellen (DiZoglio) Demarco ’81 (not pictured). Nicole (Cook) Gallant ’03 and Christopher Gallant, September 3, 2010, Brooksby Farm, Peabody, Mass. Nicole is a family law attorney at Cervizzi & Associates in North Reading, Mass. for Attorney Laura (DePasquale) Cervizzi ’83. Her husband Chris is a police detective.

Aubrey Jordan ’04 and Nicholas Exarhos ’04, February 6, 2010, St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, Peabody, Mass. with a reception at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Mass. Merrimack alumni in attendance included Sean Welch ’04, Kevin O’Hara ’05, John Curtis ’04, Mike MacNeill ’04, Daki Koutouvides ’03, Kevin Couture ’04, Kelly Stevens ’04, Amy Hamilton ’04, Kim Buckley ’04, Katie Busa ’04, Chris Curran ’04, Mike McDonagh ’05, Eric Barbosa ’04, Alyson Tarquinio ’04, Phil Carberry, Andrea Rheaum ’04 and Ashleigh Fang ’04. Kaitlyn E. O’Neil ’04 and Nicholas A. Litwinetz, July 10, 2010, Zorvino Vineyards, Sandown, N.H. Pictured: Bridesmaid Alison Fish ’04 and other Merrimack alumni in attendance: Melissa (Corcoran) Inglis ’04; Kerry Fitzgerald ’04; Kristen (Slater) Nelson ’04; David Nelson ’04; Shawn Kerr ’04; Kristin (Domings) Kerr ’05; Cara (Silva) Bound ’05; and Nicholas Bound ’05. Alumni in attendance (not pictured) who are relatives of the bride: Michael Barresi ’97; Heather (Stone) Barresi ’97; and Cheryl O’Neil ’71.

New Arrivals

Belinda (Brady) Hernandez ’90 and husband Luis, a son, Andres Javier, May 13, 2008. Wayne A. Bishop Jr. ’92 and his wife Dr. Cherie C. Bishop, daughter, Hathaway Isabella, May 22, 2010. Jane (Schmiedel) Rossomando ’92 and husband, Rob, a son, Joseph Thomas, September 15, 2009. Joseph joins Jessica, 5, and Nicholas, 3. Patricia (Novelli) Edwards ’93 and husband Jeff, a daughter, Caroline Abigail, in July 2009. Michael Consoli ’94 and Beth (Addessio) Consoli ’95, a daughter, Anna Lucia, November 4, 2009. She is welcomed by her big brother, Nicholas, 3. David Montgomery ’94 and wife Kristin, a daughter, Sydney Marie, May 3, 2010. She joins big brother Tyler.

Colleen (Ennis) Bradford ’05 was married on August 21, 2010. Alissa Ciarleglio Keane ’05 and William Keane, St. Patrick’s Church, Farmington, Conn., July 31, 2010, The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, Haddam, Conn. The bridal party included alumni Angela (Fischer) McBrine ’05; Katie Powell ’05; and Jim Ciarleglio ’02. Merrimack Class of 2005 members in attendance were Megan (Mescall) O’Neill; Matt O’Neill, Kasey (Gagnon) Nupp; Christian Nupp; Paul Piepiora; Melissa Kuras; Katie Walker; Alison Frazier; Kristen (Belcastro) Melle; Adriana Grasso; Laura (Kraby) Francis; Lauren (Holmgren) Mercurio; Casey Sylvestro; and Lisa (Baranowski) Serino. The event was DJ’ed by Next Level Entertainment, Boston, Chris Serino ’04 and Antonio Sordillo ’05. Joanna Zajac ’06 and Joshua Medor ’06, July 18, 2009, by Rev. Richard Piatt, O.S.A. at the Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher, Merrimack College. The reception was at Spinelli’s in Lynnfield, Mass. Alumni and staff in attendance

were (from left to right): Ruth Ann Gillin, Joseph Gillin, Jeffrey Medor ’06, Rev. Richard Piatt, Paula Holland, Georgianne Medor, Charline Henry ’89, Cristen Karamourtopoulos, Kathy St. Hilaire ’05, Sarah Muraco ’06, Linda (Fronczak) Jurczyk, and Todd Jurczyk. Joanna is a graduate student studying to teach high school English. Joshua is a web developer at Raytheon. They recently moved into a house in Wilmington, Mass. Shannon Army ’08 and Lance Powers, May 20, 2010, Zorvino Vineyards, Sandown, N.H. They honeymooned in San Francisco and live in Lynchburg, Va. Alumni in attendance included the Maid of Honor Muthoni Ngugi ’08, Groomsman Michael Army ’07, and guests Bridget Kevane ’09, Alana Ngo ’09, and Sara Gabriel ’08. Kelly Healey ’09 and Shawn Hussey, November 13, 2010. Alanna (Vancor) Mazzola ’10 and Rich Mazzola, September 18, 2010, Henniker, N.H.

Karen (Wallace) Naylor ’94 and Cooper Naylor ’94, a son, Robert (Bobby) Edward, October 28, 2009. He joins big sisters Caroline, Jane and Natalie. Jim Bosco ’95 and wife Heather, a son Nicholas James, July 7, 2009. Delia (Schaefer) Fulweiler ’95 and husband Justin, a boy, Ignatius Candler, December 19, 2009. Paula (Novelli) Smart ’95 and husband Ian, a daughter, Mia Sharon Smart, December 6, 2009. Jamie Brown ’97 and wife Stephanie, a son, Jamie Charles, January 11, 2010. Jamie joins big sister Mila, 3. Wendy (Goldman) Geist ’98 and husband David, twin girls, Sydney Anne and Ivy Elizabeth, September 15, 2009. Malinda (Payette) McDermott ’98 and husband Jeff, a son, Conor Patrick, March 31, 2009. Conor joins older brother Tyler. Michael Randall ’98 and Karen (Rapp) Randall ’98, a daughter, Cassidy Anne, January 20, 2010. She joins big brother Sam. 43


Clifford J. Akey, Jr. ’51, After college he joined his father at Akey Insurance Agency and eventually ran the business with his brother, Ralph. Cliff was a communicant and usher at Blessed Sacrament Church. He was an avid Red Sox fan and season ticket holder. James T. Keefe ’53, January 11, 2011. Raymond Anstiss ’56, February 22, 2010. John Lee ’56, April 27, 2010. Raymond L. Henry ’59, May 2010. Richard J. Connell ’60, January 18, 2011. Carol (Driscoll) Hayes ’60, May 18, 2010. Robert Sera ’60, March 14, 2010. Roger James ’67, April 17, 2010; his wife is Mary Ellen (Allen) James ’66. John Fleming ’69, March 18, 2010. Susan (Santilli) Bliss ’99 and husband Steve, a daughter, Arden Marie, on April 12, 2010. She joins siblings Cameron and Arianna. Jared Emond ’99 and wife Melissa, a son, Nolan Francis, May 12, 2010. Lou Hery ’99 and wife Julie, a son, Louis Robert III, December 22, 2009. Maureen (Pedneault) Khalil ’99 and husband, Carl, a daughter, Kailyn Patricia, February 23, 2010. Misty (Dailey) Bergeron ’00 and husband Arthur, a son, Trevor Anthony, May 10, 2010. Trevor joins big brother Mason. Jessica (Stygles) Murray ’00 and husband Patrick, a son, Sean Patrick Murray, March 4, 2010. Lindsey (Barry) Rancourt ’00 and husband Guy, a son, Charles Robert, May 20, 2009. Mandy (Heikkila) Keith ’01 and husband, Adam, a daughter, Mirabel Rose, April 10, 2010. Mirabel joins her big brother, 2 year old, Andrew, and 1 year old sister, Abigail.

Nicholas Palumbo ’01 and wife Amy, a daughter, Mia Donna, October 16, 2009. She joins big brother Vincent. Jennifer (Caccavaro) Kosses ’02 and Richard Kosses ’00, a son, Riley James. Riley joins big brother, Brady, 2. Cara (Hagerty) Richmond ’02 and Wes Richmond ’03, a daughter, Christine Ellen, April 22, 2010. Danielle Palazola ’02 and Richard Gaipo, a son, Dylan Paul, March 1, 2010. Dylan was welcomed by half brother Brett and half sister Julia. Sarah (Roth) Oosaten ’03 and husband Hans, a son Hyden Martin Paul, September 21, 2009. Shannon (Britsch) Zamudio ’03 and husband Pascual, a daughter, Caroline Norah, November 30, 2009. Jennifer (Dziekan) Daly ’04 and Jim Daly ’03, a son, Jack Thomas, March 9, 2010. Justin Williams ’04 and Danielle (Lee) Williams ’04, a daughter, Haley Lynn, May 19, 2010.

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Tom Stundza ’69, December 15, 2010. Tom was an active member of the community and an avid supporter and active alumnus of the Merrimack Alumni Association. David Carmody ’71, January 30, 2010. Elizabetth Weeks Oldrid ’84, September 19, 2009. Elizabetth died as a result of an automobile accident in Pembroke. Elizabetth graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and worked as a software engineer for 25 years. She is survived by her daughter, Alexandria. Todd Swift ’94, April 21, 2010. Jean Elliott, March 23, 2010, administrative assistant to the dean of Liberal Arts. Rev. J. Riley Havener, O.S.A., June 1, 2010, taught physics at Merrimack College from 1961 to 1963. John Koziell, April 14, 2010, associate professor in the Management Department from September 1982 until December 2003. Donations can be made to the John and Suzanne Koziell Scholarship, a scholarship for students enrolled in the Girard School of Business and International Commerce, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike Street, A8, North Andover MA 01845. Monsignor Paul T Kamide, October 11, 2010, former Merrimack Director of Campus Ministry and professor of theology. He is credited with the College’s first Alternative Spring Break in 1970.

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