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Lori Lambert ’81 offers a

Last Chance

For those on the brink of homelessness

The Regis seniors’ playful early rivalry has deepened into a comfortable and respectful friendship.

Mary Jane Doherty ’67, Ph.D. Special Assistant to the President

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Board of Trustees 2011

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On the cover Photograph of Lori Lambert ’81 by Kathleen Dooher.

Features The Color of Culture


Sizing Up Arsenic


Last Chance

Kathleen Dooher


Lucia Ortiz is teaching and writing about the African influence in Latin America.

Courtney Kozul-Horvath ’06 studies the potentially deadly effects of arsenic when it leaches into groundwater.

On the brink of homelessness, people turn to The Bridge Fund and Lori Lambert ’81.


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Dear Neighbor In her last column, President Mary Jane England says, “Stay the course.”

Tower Views New chair for the Board of Trustees, Haiti Project gathers support and grows.

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Taking Action Friends forge similarly bright futures with internships and enthusiasm.

Academic Innovations 10 The College appeals to the SJC for its east campus project.

Hearts and Minds

Alumni Together 26 Reunion classes celebrate.

As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Joanne Crowley ’74, a major player in NYC mass transit, remembers.

Notes 28 Class News of the classes. Light 52 “AClear Light Exists in Spring”

Kathleen Dooher

New Board Chair Will Continue Regis Transformation It is called “the Regis College turnaround” in a book by Terrence MacTaggart, and indeed the Regis of 2011 is very different from the Regis of 2001. MacTaggart’s recent book, Academic Turnarounds: Restoring Vitality to Challenged American Colleges and Universities, documents the schools that have Cherlie Normilus, one of the Haiti Project leaders, receiving the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Ujima Award for her service in nursing.


reinvented themselves to survive meaningfully in our times. The strengthened Regis College that has emerged


Haiti Nursing Project Funded

during the first decade of the 21st century could not have occurred without the extraordinary support of the Board of Trustees, particularly its willingness to press onward with change by taking strategic, calculated risks. The commitment of several board chairs to the mission and identity of the college guaranteed our transformation, and the College owes Sylvia Simmons, Brian Rothwell, and Ellen M. O’Connor ’67

Bill Clinton and the former prime minister of Haiti are cochairing a commission that helps identify exceptionally worthwhile projects for the reconstruction of Haiti, and a Regis project has made the list. The Regis College International Nurse Faculty Partnership, or Haiti Project, addresses the urgent need for more-and better-trained nurses in a country ravaged by last year’s devastating earthquake. A unique partnership among the Regis School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions; the Haitian Ministry of Health; nursing school leaders in Haiti; and the Boston-based medical charity Partners in Health will provide long-term, advanced training for nursing faculty in Haiti. “Thanks to Partners in Health and the generosity of the Ansara Family Fund and our other donors, we are finally able to tackle the long-term nursing challenges in Haiti,” said Dean Antoinette Hays. “The project supports a sequencing of some classes in Haiti, some online, and some during a summer residency on the Regis campus. The initiative also looks to develop a master’s program in nursing with a focus on leadership and education for nursing faculty in Haiti.” The more than $600,000 pledged to the project will help to improve the quality of nursing education, nursing, and ultimately health care in Haiti. Regis is providing $550,000 of in-kind services to launch the project.

great gratitude. Now board leadership has passed to a new chair, Donna Norris. A graduate of Fisk University, Dr. Norris took her medical degree at Ohio State University in 1969. She is now assistant clinical professor at Harvard University Medical School, where she is a practitioner of child, adolescent, adult, and forensic psychiatry. She has been a member of the Regis College Board since 2008. “I am thrilled at the selection of Dr. Norris to lead the Regis board,” said outgoing chair Ellen M. O'Connor. “Donna has been an active, astute participant in board decision making and is well prepared to guide the College toward completion of its transformative case for growth.” President Mary Jane England noted, “I have known and respected Donna Norris for her professional insight and integrity for three decades. I am encouraged that her leadership will continue to build the future of the College as a multigenerational and multicultural learning community in an increasingly global Greater Boston.”


Color is Key Cathleen Daley's four large-scale installations, called "Arrivals and Departures," fill Carney Gallery in the Fine Arts Center with color. They are Daley's response to the 2008 Kathleen Dooher

Sichuan earthquake, which she describes as "the immense, the immeasurable, the immutable, and the immediate."

Global Initiatives Take Students to Peru Villa El Salvador is an extremely impoverished 30-year-old coastal squatter’s village of about 400,000 residents outside of Lima, Peru. Since 2007, Regis students and faculty have been traveling there as an alternative spring break experience, providing health care for this underserved global patient population. Led by Professor Nancy Bittner, assistant dean of SNSHP, and Lisa Fardy, nursing faculty, this year they worked in health clinics and helped teach residents how to make water safe for drinking and cooking and procedures for caring for loved ones at home. The students completed health assessments and assisted with treatments and nursing interventions. As one student put it: “You had to be there to understand the depth of this experience, and how it has changed the way I look at my own life and how fortunate we all are.”

Forging the Future

Internships take friends directly into the workplace by patricia dibona


They met as freshmen in calculus class. Yash Shah was among the college’s first male students, undaunted by his pioneering role and supremely confident in his mathematical abilities. So the Walpole resident and native of Gujarat, India, was shocked when a fresh-faced nursing major and former Arlington Catholic High hockey player outsmarted him. “She was my competition,” Shah laughs about Elizabeth Lawlor. Four years later, the Regis seniors’ playful early rivalry has deepened into a comfortable and respectful friendship. The two shine as leaders on campus, where class vice president Lawlor is a resident assistant at College Hall and commuter Shah excels in multiple sports and on the Tower Activity Board. They also juggle demanding part-time jobs, internships, and clinical experiences, all the while maintaining dean’s list status. And they still find time to hang out. Both students have bright futures—and secure jobs upon graduation thanks to their internships. Lawlor has been hired as a certified nursing assistant at Children’s Hospital Boston. She’ll take her nursing boards this summer. Shah, an information systems major and management minor, will begin training in Fidelity Investment’s highly competitive Leap Program. Though Lawlor’s internship led directly to her job offer, Lawlor has experienced nursing clinical rotations in cardiology at Tufts Medical Center, in medical-surgical and maternity at Newton Wellesley Hospital, in psychiatry at Metro West Medical Center, and in school nursing at a Needham elementary school. But it was Children’s Hospital Boston that stole her heart. “My clinical was on 9 East, an inpatient unit for children with many different problems,” says Lawlor. When her rotation ended, she applied for and was

hired there as a certified nursing assistant. Lawlor currently works two 12-hour shifts every four weeks. She’s also part of an elite one-on-one program at Children’s that allows her to work independently with an experienced nurse preceptor. “Liz epitomizes what a Regis nursing student should be,” says Diane Welsh, DNP, APRN, CNE, associate professor of nursing and coordinator of maternal child health at Regis. “She believes in helping people and always has a smile on her face. Despite her hectic schedule, Liz goes out of her way to tutor and mentor younger nursing students. They rave about her.” Welsh says nurses from all over the world vie for positions at Children’s. “That Liz could be hired while still a student and also be accepted into the preceptor program says so much about her.” Lawlor stresses that she gets as much as she gives from those she cares for, whether it’s one of her babysitting charges, a pediatric patient, or one of her long-term Children’s Hospital patients: “The kids with cystic fibrosis know so much about their condition. They teach me.” During her senior spring break, Lawlor traveled to the impoverished village of Villa El Salvador, Peru, on a community service mission. She is the first recipient of the Lynn Tripp Coleman Grace and Dedication Distinction honoring the college’s beloved vice president of student affairs, who died in 2010. Shah also recognized the importance of college and community involvement early on. He has played tennis, lacrosse, and volleyball and run track, competing in two of these sports simultaneously. He has also assistant coached the girls’ tennis team while rehabbing a torn ACL. Shah’s tech savvy and charming grin made him a popular work-study student with Regis’s Information Technology Services. He manned the help desk and



Both students have bright

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and secure jobs upon graduation.

Kathleen Dooher

troubleshot computer issues for students and staff. Shah also redesigned the Regis College website protocol, created the Tower Activity Board’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, and handled layout for the Class of 2011 yearbook. With this ambitious mindset, Shah applied to Fidelity Investments in 2010 hoping to build his professional network. Following several intense telephone interviews, Shah was hired as a quality assurance tester the summer of his junior year, sight unseen. “I got to the World Trade Center in Boston for training and was the only intern who had never seen the place,” Shah laughs. The threemonth internship stretched to five after Shah’s supervisor persuaded him to stay on. Shah left Fidelity to spend winter break in India, but his connection with the online brokerage firm continues. He accepted a full-time position with Fidelity’s Leap Program that will begin in July 2011. He is the first Regis student to be chosen for this


Upon graduation, Liz Lawlor will become a certified nursing assistant at Children’s Hospital, and Yash Shah will join Fidelity Investment’s Leap Program.

prestigious technical training program. According to Fidelity’s website, Leap is designed to accelerate the development of recent information technology graduates to become best-in-class software developers, systems analysts, infrastructure engineers, mainframe developers, or quality assurance engineers. “I’ll spend three months in a classroom developing technical, business, and professional skills and three months working on a case study or project that I’ll present,” says Shah. After completing the program, he’ll be placed in a role best suited to his interests and skills. James Lane, MS, lecturer in business management at Regis and department chair, says Fidelity and other internship providers give students invaluable exposure. He says Shah appreciated and took advantage of every learning opportunity. He describes him as “intelligent, articulate, and thoughtful.” Shah, he says, is a dynamic student in the classroom, a consummate professional at work, and a regular guy who knows how to have fun. “He’s a superior young man, a born leader who will go very far in life.” When questioned about his five-year-plan, Shah doesn’t hesitate. He sees himself making a good salary as an information systems consultant with a Fortune 500 company. Lawlor also answers readily. She hopes to be working as a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital and completing her master’s degree in nursing at Regis. The two friends and Boston sports fans also plan to continue hanging out ... and say they wouldn’t mind catching a Bruins or Celtics game together.


“We’ll go back to our lives and routines, and that is good … even grief recedes with time and grace. But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what happened that day, and to whom it happened. We’ll remember the moment the news came — where we were and what we were doing. Some will remember an image of a fire, or a story of rescue. Some will carry memories of a face or a voice gone forever.” 


President George W. Bush, 20 September 2001

Nothing But Blue Sky


By Joanne Crowley ’74

As we approach the 10th Anniversary of September 11th, two thoughts come to mind. The first is the ever-constant memory of incredibly kind, hard working, dedicated, and brave colleagues and friends. Most of them survived that day, but some did not. The second is that I will never be able to trust an absolutely clear, beautiful blue sky again. At 8:00 a.m., my day began just like it did every second Tuesday of the month. I was enjoying breakfast at the World Trade Center with my fellow deputy directors of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. At the time, I was responsible for the operation and maintenance of the tunnels, bridges, and terminals department, which included the George Washington Bridge, Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, Port Authority Bus Terminal, and three Staten Island bridges. It was a standing meeting among the four of us so that we could share information relating to our respective business areas in this large and very complex government agency, which owned and operated the World Trade Center; Newark, LaGuardia, and JFK Airports; the Port of New York marine terminals; PATH commuter railroad; and, my favorites, the tunnels and bridges connecting New York City with New Jersey (and the rest of the continental United States!) and The Port Authority Bus Terminal. Yes, it was all about office buildings, trains, planes, cars, trucks, buses, ships and ferries, but most importantly it was about people: the

millions we served every day and our employees. And on that awful morning every single one of them was changed forever. At exactly 8:46:40, as detailed in the 9/11 Commission Report, our meeting was interrupted. We didn’t feel anything, but we could see, through the opening of the restaurant, absolute chaos on the World Trade Center concourse at street level. People running, screaming, crying, and bleeding. We all jumped up and quickly determined that whatever “it” was, it was not good. Blackberries and cell phones immediately began to ring. I tried, without success, to contact my office on the 64th floor. Plan B was to get to the Holland Tunnel administration building in New Jersey, my nearest facility, to establish a temporary communication and command center for the department. I stepped outside onto Vesey Street and my heart began to race. Trembling, I walked on shards of glass and over debris. I looked straight up and could see flames and smoke bursting from the very top of Tower 1. I immediately texted my staff, many of whom had already evacuated via the stairwells, but to my surprise 12 remained. Although I told them to leave, they had received conflicting instructions from the police, and so they stayed. Ten of them perished that day, but miraculously two survived the collapse of the tower. I began to walk as quickly as I could toward the tunnel, but stopped when I heard the roar of the second plane. I looked up and, at exactly 9:03:11,


watched in horror as it slammed into and through Tower 2. At the Holland Tunnel the calls were coming in so quickly from almost every law enforcement agency in the region directing us to open the Lincoln, close the George, evacuate the bus terminal, close the Staten Island bridges! That actually was the easy part. The real challenge was trying to determine how many of the 150 staff on the 64th floor had made it to safety. We also needed to know the status of our police officers who had rushed into the Trade Center. As the days and weeks progressed these lists were the most difficult to bear as names of the missing and dead began to surface. The Port Authority family lost 87 staff that day. I lost some very close friends. I still see their faces and hear their voices. We also

We didn’t feel anything, but we could see

absolute chaos on

the World Trade Center concourse. lost our home. The World Trade Center was a very special place. As I reflect now, while writing this little story about a very big story, some simple things for me have changed forever. The first things I look for in a restaurant, movie theater, school, office building, hotel, or museum are the evacuation routes and exit signs. And, of course, that crystal clear blue sky has a different meaning for me today.

innovations academic

College Appeals Court Ruling on Expansion by Marjorie Arons Barron


Last year, the Land Court denied Regis College’s request to expand into its east campus in order to create a diverse educational community for senior adults. The College has now taken two appellate actions to overturn the adverse decision. In addition to filing its brief with the state Appeals Court, Regis has also asked the Supreme Judicial Court for a direct review of the matter, and the SJC has agreed to review it. When the Land Court made its decision, many at Regis were surprised at the outcome because the state’s Dover Amendment was designed to protect educational and religious organizations from unreasonable local zoning regulations. In its January 2010 decision, for the first time the Land Court disregarded Dover, its legislative history, and the cases interpreting it, as applied to private, nonprofit colleges. The College’s plan to create Regis East, a diverse educational community for senior adults, is an educational use according to the College, and thus should be exempted from unreasonable Weston zoning bylaws, which now restrict any building on the 60 acres of undeveloped College-owned land to single-family residences. Regis East is planned as a community for seniors that will provide for independent living, the security of health care as needed, and a customized academic program for each resident in a meaningful lifelong learning experience. Regis East will be fully integrated academically with the west campus. Students and seniors will use the entire campus to further their educational growth. The College says the Land Court erred in concluding that, because Regis East will generate income and provide senior housing, it cannot also have an education purpose as envisioned by the Dover Amendment. Regis’s request to the Supreme Judicial Court for direct appellate review is to reaffirm the Court’s prior interpretation of the Dover Amendment,

clarify its definition of educational purposes, and affirm the value of intergenerational educational settings to meet the needs of our society’s rapidly shifting demographics. The Regis East proposal calls for several buildings to be built on Regis property on the east side of Wellesley Street in Weston. Plans include children’s classrooms, classrooms for lifelong learning and college uses, computer labs, libraries, and clinical teaching space. Also included are up to 362 residential living units for seniors, all linked to the education resources of the existing campus. Each resident would have an individualized learning plan and be required to take at least two courses each semester, four courses each year. Regis East will provide internships to Regis students in gerontology, social work, and management. Students at all levels of nursing education will have rotation opportunities on the East Campus. “Multigenerational learning is nothing new to Regis,” said President Mary Jane England. “We’ve had preschoolers, our older nontraditional Heritage Scholars, and hundreds of senior learners in LLARC, Lifelong Learning at Regis College. In addition to our anticipated appeal, we are also asking the state’s highest court to recognize the educational purpose of Regis East, whose residents will be age 55 and up. We are asking that the court apply the standards of the Dover Amendment as they have been applied consistently over many decades so that Regis College can fulfill its educational mission. “Education is defined differently for different age groups,” she added, “and education itself is evolving in new forms in the 21st century, especially to meet the needs of our society’s rapidly shifting demographics. Our senior scholars will be eligible to obtain certificates, bachelor’s and master’s or post-graduate degrees, or, just as undergraduate students may do, audit courses.”

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The College’s plan to create Regis East, a

diverse educational community

for senior adults, is an educational use and should be exempted from unreasonable Weston zoning by-laws. Regis East residents will have opportunities to tutor and mentor undergraduate students in fields in which the senior scholars have expertise. Regis East is a logical extension of Regis’s historic mission, which has a major emphasis on preparing students for the caring professions. According to Antoinette Hays, dean of the School of Nursing, Sciences, and Health Professions, “Students at all levels of nursing education will have rotation opportunities on the East Campus, helping us address the critical shortage of convenient internships for one of the fastest-growing nursing programs in Massachusetts. Regis East will play a significant

role in educating faculty and students in the field of gerontology, a field of increasing importance as our population ages. Regis East will also offer internships to students in social work, psychology, and management.” No court in Massachusetts has ever before rejected Dover use protection for a nonprofit educational corporation on the basis that the project provides a revenue stream to the institution, according to the Regis College appeal. If such were the case, almost no college expansion project would be protected under Dover, the appeal explained.

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Lucia Ortiz celebrates the African inuence on Latin America

Growing up in Colombia, Spanish professor Lucia Ortiz was completely unaware of the “invisible” population who contributed so much to her country’s lush identity and culture. Then she discovered Changó, the Biggest Badass. The historical novel by Afro-Colombian author Manuel Zapata Olivella, published in 1983 and widely considered to be a masterpiece, tells the story of the African diaspora in the Americas over a period of five centuries, from the slave trade in western Africa through the civil rights movement in the United States, with special attention to its impact on

By Kim Asch


Latin America.


Ortiz was at Boston University, working on her dissertation about Colombian history as seen through late 20th-century literature, when she first read the 500-page epic. She learned about her country’s age-old mistreatment of Afro-Colombians, the blacks whose ancestors were brought as slaves in the 1700s to work the mines or in the sugarcane fields. And she realized just how much of her country’s customs, foods, and traditions are influenced by African, as well as indigenous and Spanish, cultures. “The author concludes that all Latin Americans are a ‘hybrid’ being, part indigenous, part Spanish, part African,” says Ortiz. “I was just fascinated by it. It was not anything I learned in school.” Because so much of African culture has melded with Colombian culture, the pervading view is that Colombia is integrated and discrimination does not exist, Ortiz explains. In fact, she says, Afro-descendents of Colombian society have been “made invisible.” For example, Cumbia music, now considered representative of the country, started as a courtship dance among the slave population living along eastern Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The distinctive African drumbeats later mixed with strains of Spanish guitar and the melodic pipes of indigenous pre-Colombians and became a truly multicultural art form. “People think, ‘We dance Cumbia. We’re not racist,’ ” Ortiz says. “But it’s not true; you see racism at all levels. The degrees of skin pigmentation were always very important, and are still very important.”


Rural Afro-Colombian communities along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts continue to face “pervasive, systemic discrimination” despite sweeping legislation adopted in 1993 aimed at protecting their territorial rights, according to a report issued by the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Ortiz was determined to shine a light on this important, if uncomfortable, aspect of her country’s identity—through novels, poetry, and oral history. She included a chapter on Changó in her first book, and then assembled and edited a collection of scholarly articles about little-known works of Afro-Colombian literature that was published in Spanish in 2007 with her lengthy introduction. It was an academic success, but the kind of expensive tome that might reach only highly educated audiences. Ortiz remembers marveling with her collaborators: “Here we are writing about people who aren’t privileged and who face so many issues every day, yet other people can’t learn about them because the books are so expensive. What are we doing writing only to each other?” Her latest book, due out this summer, is both a commiseration and a celebration of the challenges and triumphs experienced by women of African descent from all over Latin America. Daughters of the Muntu: Critical Biographies of Afro-Descendent Women from Latin America, coedited by Ortiz and Maria M. Jaramillo, comprises 34 articles and essays and will be published in Spanish by a commercial house in Bogotá. The English translation is expected soon after.

far away as possible,” she says. Many peers choosing to study abroad settled on the more familiar Miami area, but Ortiz was drawn to upstate New York because she thought its proximity to Canada might offer the chance to explore yet another country. To her delight, she discovered a richly diverse international community right on campus and befriended Saudis and Africans and Europeans. “They came with their costumes and their traditions, and we all shared the challenge of trying to communicate and adapt to a new culture together.” While studying for a bachelor’s degree in international relations, she learned to view political and social systems with a critical eye. She also began examining her own culture through Spanish literature courses and gaining new insights about her country’s multicultural identity. She was loath to return to Colombia following graduation in 1984 because, she says, “I knew I wouldn’t have the independence, or the freedom I was able to gain, to pursue the future I could have here.” So she stayed on at Syracuse and earned a master’s degree in Spanish language, literature, and culture before moving on to the PhD program at Boston University. “Sometimes it was hard to be away from home, to be alone,” she says. “But I took every opportunity that came along.” At Regis, Ortiz is the adviser for the Latin American Student Association and serves as “a role model of a successful immigrant, which is extremely important” for the College’s vibrant community of first-generation Americans, says Spanish department colleague Mary-Anne Vetterling. She lists her

“You see racism at all levels. The degrees of skin pigmentation were always very important, and are still very important.” “With this book, we were able to get closer to the people,” says Ortiz, who traveled to Colombia, Mexico, and Puerto Rico to conduct her research. “Through the process of gathering their stories, I learned so much about the impact of these women on Latin American culture.” Ortiz counts herself lucky to have been raised by forward-thinking Colombian parents who wanted their two daughters to go far in their education. At 18, she lobbied them to send her to the United States to study English; she was supposed to be gone only one year, but instead enrolled at Syracuse University and never returned to her native country for longer than a visit. “I grew up in a very small town, with all the issues you face as a young woman in a small, conservative, Catholic town. I was eager to leave, to get as

good friend’s accomplishments: Ortiz is a full professor, having received that title at a fairly young age in her career, and serves as department chair; she has become an American citizen; she’s received the prestigious Virginia Kaneb Faculty Scholars Grant not just once, but three times, to support expenses associated with researching her books. Known for her intellectual rigor and the high standards she sets for both herself and her students, Ortiz can often be overheard around the Spanish department assessing, with certain zeal, the montonón de trabajo, or huge mountain of work, awaiting her. Ortiz’s work on the forefront of the emerging field of Afro-Colombian literature, and the still narrower field of Afro-Latina literature, is well recognized, and she was even invited to a reception with Colombia’s president.

Black Singer Could Not Overcome Virginia Murature, an aspiring Argentine singer and actress, had high hopes. But she also had a disadvantage few other artists did in Buenos Aires in the 1980s and 1990s, according to an essay by Adriana Genta in Lucia Ortiz’s upcoming book, Daughters of the Muntu: Critical Biographies of Afro-Descendent Women from Latin America.

There are few images of Virginia Murature, who killed herself in 1990. This is a shot of her as a child, in her Communion dress.

Murature was black. She supported herself by day working as an administrative assistant, but after hours, she practiced her craft, rehearsed her lines, and won parts—often minor—in stage works. Most of the theatrical presentations crafted or produced in Argentina had few opportunities for black performers. Perseverance paid off for Murature, and she rejoiced when she told friends she was finally able to quit her day job and devote herself entirely to the theater she so loved.
 The emancipation was short-lived. She struggled to win parts. Adriana Genta recounts how she lost contact with Murature, but when, in the early 1990s, a theatrical group prepared to put on a production about the struggle among black Argentine slaves to win their freedom, she immediatley thought of Murature. Genta tracked down an aunt and inquired about Murature’s whereabouts. “Virginia?” the aunt asked. “Virginia gave up hope.” Murature in 1990 had thrown herself beneath the wheels of a train and had been killed instantly. She’d tired of waiting for the ideal role for a black actress—or, for that matter, of directors who insisted on casting her only in the role of a black actress.
 The play went on. Women, black and white, Argentine, Uruguayan, and Chilean, worked at the script and the production and made a triumphant debut in April 1995. The subject of the production, the labor of women united despite their differences of race and nationality, was a constant reminder of the open wounds that Murature’s heartbreak and demise had left.

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“Lucia is one of the primary movers and shakers in the study of Afro-Hispanic women on a lot of fronts. She’s just very active in making things happen,” says Jonathan Tittler, a professor of Hispanic studies at Rutgers University whose English translation of Changó, the Biggest Badass was published last year. “It’s a very small field of study, and she’s carrying the banner.” But Vetterling observes, “She’s very modest and very serious. She’s not one of these people seeking fame through her work. She wants the publicity to be appropriate so that it helps the Afro-Colombians, as well as the Afro-Hispanics, whom she’s studying in order to make their lives better.” Ortiz says she hopes that her upcoming book circulates widely among a general audience and raises awareness about the triumphs and challenges of so many Latino women of African descent. Among the compelling stories is a piece by the well-known Afro–Puerto Rican writer Mayra Santos-Febres about Ruth Fernández, a Puerto Rican singer and media celebrity during the first half of the 20th century. She was one of the first women to sing in an all-male band and the first Afro–Puerto Rican to appear on TV. She came from a poor home in a region of mostly black Puerto Ricans, which at the time was extremely segregated, yet she refused to enter clubs and hotels through the back or kitchen door and entered through their main door with her head held high. A first-person essay by Epsy Campbell Barr, who lived in the region of Limón in Costa Rica relegated to Afro–Costa Ricans, describes how the extreme poverty and lack of basic resources that people were forced to endure prompted her to become an activist and politician and make a run for the presidency of Costa Rica. “This represented a huge challenge since in Costa Rica most people look up to whites and people of Spanish descent and reject Afros and the idea that they are part of their country and their culture,” Ortiz explains. Most of the writings deal with women of the 20th century, but a few give Afro-descendent women from colonial times their due, including Dominican poet Salome Urena, whose sons became prominent intellectuals but whose own work never made it into the anthologies. Perhaps that will someday change. “It’s been a wonderful journey,” Ortiz says of this latest project, and of her own life thus far. She’s also inclined to agree with one of her favorite writers, Colombia’s own Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who once said, “Justice … limps along, but it gets there all the same.”

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Arsenic Arsenic is colorless and odorless, and the only way to know if it's in the drinking water is to test for it. The color in this photo illustration is for effect only.

How much of this deadly killer is safe in drinking water?

Today Kozul-Horvath is a postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth Medical School, with a PhD from Dartmouth College in pharmacology and toxicology. Her research on the effects of low-level arsenic in drinking water has been making headlines since early in her graduate studies, and she has just won the Karen Wetterhahn Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She writes prolifically about her research (her résumé is a solid seven pages of publications, awards, and presentations), and she is in demand as a speaker both among her academic peers and in the public, informing citizens about arsenic exposure through contaminated drinking water in their wells. So how did she go from dancing in The Nutcracker to being keynote speaker at the Superfund Research Program annual meeting? Well, it began with a fractured fibula. During that performance, she suffered an overuse injury that required surgery and extensive recuperation. Her father encouraged her to take classes while she recovered, and so she enrolled in

by rachel Morton

Emmanuel College, making up some science courses she’d missed during her dancefocused early education. She did her academic work with as much intensity as she did her dance. “I have this personality,” she laughs, “when I do something, I have to do it one hundred percent.” She found that not only was she doing very well, but she was also really loving it. So she applied to Regis and was accepted as a Presidential Scholar. She enrolled as a sophomore and declared herself a nursing major. “I was so naïve. I didn’t even know you could do research. I thought you’d either be a nurse or a doctor.” But her teachers saw her intellectual potential and her drive, and they encouraged her to take more science classes and gently pushed her to think beyond nursing. Professor Mike Bilozur, who later became her major adviser, says Kozul-Horvath was “one of the best students I’ve ever had the pleasure to teach.” He remembers her preparing for a seminar on a topic she didn’t have the course work in yet. He expected she’d need some help filling in the details, “but to my surprise she had only one question on a technical detail. She had such a good understanding of the scientific literature. That really struck me.”

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Ten years ago, Courtney Kozul-Horvath was on stage, dancing with the Boston Ballet—one of many young dancers hoping to make her entry into the highly competitive world of professional ballet. Kozul-Horvath ’06 had good reason to think she’d go on to a dance career. She was a recent graduate and valedictorian from the National Ballet School of Canada, an elite boarding high school for some of the most talented young dancers from around the world. Her mother was a ballet dancer. Her grandmother owned a dance school. On that fateful day, she could never have imagined that one day, her stage would be even bigger than the Wang Center in Boston. Or that scientific research, not dance, would be the focus of her life.


Her teachers saw something in her that she herself wasn’t even aware of at the time. “At Regis, my teachers took the time to care about me,” Kozul-Horvath remembers. With the help of Professor Anne Powers, Kozul-Horvath snagged an internship her junior year at the rapidly growing genetics firm Genzyme. “This was a very prestigious internship,” says Powers, “and I just remember how pleased Genzyme was with Courtney and her work.” So pleased that they offered her a position her senior year at Regis. She worked at Genzyme while completing her senior year, providing herself with an important mentor and an impressive credit on her academic resume. After graduating from Regis in 2006 in three years as valedictorian of her class, she entered the doctoral program at Dartmouth. Most of the graduate students at Dartmouth and other prestigious doctoral programs in pharmacology come from big colleges with big research facilities, not small liberal arts colleges like Regis. “I totally credit the biology faculty for getting me here,” she said. “I applied to all the top programs in pharmacology in the Northeast and was accepted at all of them.” Since Kozul-Horvath tends to do things in superdrive, she tore through the doctoral program in record time. Graduate students usually get their doctorates in about six years, on average. Kozul-Horvath got hers in three and a half. And in those three and a half years, she also got married and had a baby. “I defended my dissertation when I was eight months pregnant,” she admits with a smile. She is married to Ryan Horvath, who is completing a joint MD-PhD program at Dartmouth, and their daughter, Avery, is one year old. She secured a grant after her doctorate to continue her research and is now finishing her first year as

So how did she go from dancing in The Nutcracker to being keynote speaker at the Superfund Research Program?

Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth. She has joined a lab that studies the immunology of influenza infections and is partially supported by the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program. She is continuing to focus her attention on a substance most people don’t even know is a problem: arsenic.

Arsenic is a naturally occurring substance that has an interesting history. It has been a poison and a health

aid. It’s been used in wallpaper and in pesticides. It was a favorite poison for generations of mystery writers—think Arsenic and Old Lace—because it is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. It used to be widely available and was even used in various health products before it was recognized as a health hazard. “People took it as a remedy,” says Kozul-Horvath, “as a tonic called Fowlers Solution. In the form of arsenic trioxide, arsenic is currently being used as a successful chemotherapeutic for certain forms of leukemia. In some aspects it can be used to cure cancer. But it is also documented as a human carcinogen. It’s a very interesting area of study.” The industrial use of arsenic has decreased over the last decade. However, arsenic remains a major environmental health concern. It is most pervasive in its natural state, in rocks in the ground, where under certain chemical conditions it leaches out in the groundwater. Universally present and completely invisible, it is impossible to know if it’s in the drinking water unless you test for it. Even if you know it’s there, how much arsenic is safe? Until recently the EPA standard for arsenic was 50 parts per billion (ppb). Then in 2006, the government reduced that level to 10 ppb. Kozul-Horvath and her colleagues are investigating the effects of 10 ppb in the drinking water. So it is shocking to realize that there are places in the world with enormously higher arsenic levels in the groundwater—as high as hundreds of parts per million (ppm)—so high that millions of people are being poisoned with every glass of water. Some areas of China and Taiwan have naturally very high concentrations of arsenic, but Bangladesh is on the verge of an environmental catastrophe due to the well-intentioned intervention of international aid agencies. Bangladesh was experiencing a severe problem with water-borne illnesses, so UNICEF went in and dug shallow tube wells to help provide clean water and ameliorate illnesses such as cholera. They succeeded, but at a terrible price. “Nobody recognized the geology of the area was highly contaminated with arsenic,” says KozulHorvath. “So when they dug these wells, they switched exposure from water-borne infectious

disease to clinical arsenic poisoning. These poor people—as much as 20 percent of the population in Bangladesh is dying because of arsenic exposure. They call it the mass poisoning of the population.” Chronic exposure to moderate levels of arsenic has been associated with a variety of adverse health effects, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and reproductive and cognitive problems. Long-term high-dose exposure can lead to painful lesions on the hands and feet, cancer, and death. Korval-Horvath cites a study in Chile where 30 years after a contaminated water supply was cleaned up, residents were evaluated for health problems. “Epidemiologists went in and those people who were exposed as much as 30 years ago had very serious impacts,” says Kozul-Horvath. “Lung, liver, and bladder cancer.” Cleaning up the water supply did not solve the medical issues; the damage could not be undone. had some luck, and she’s the first to admit it. Her choice of research subject overlapped with some high-profile public health concerns. When she was looking at the effects of arsenic on influenza, it was the peak of the H1N1 outbreak, and the public was clamoring for information about how to contain this new strain of flu. Her results were significant. She found that mice exposed to low levels of arsenic and subsequently infected with influenza had a much more severe course of infection. When her paper was published, she was something of a media darling—interviewed on New Hampshire Public Radio and the subject of a feature in The Scientist magazine, among other news outlets. She was in demand as a speaker, especially in New Hampshire, where much of the population gets its water from private wells, which aren’t regulated for arsenic exposure. Whether and how arsenic affects people through the generations is the focus of Kozul-Horvath’s current study. She is exposing pregnant mice to low levels of arsenic and monitoring the health of the

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In addition to drive and smarts, Kozul-Horvath has

offspring until adulthood (mice are considered adult at eight weeks). This research question, which she humorously dubs “You Are What Your Mother Ate,” has already had interesting results. “We are seeing dramatic effects on the growth of the babies,” Kozul-Horvath says. They are smaller than normal. She is now going to investigate the health of their immune systems. In true overachiever mode, Kozul-Horvath is doing a lot in addition to being a researcher, mother, and wife. She has helped create (and makes an appearance in) a movie called In Small Doses — a public service project sponsored by the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program aimed at encouraging well owners to test water for arsenic. She is committed to this kind of public service and speaks regularly to well owners about testing water and protecting themselves from arsenic contamination. This semester Kozul-Horvath is also teaching a course in anatomy and physiology at Colby Sawyer College in nearby New London, New Hampshire, using, she says, the same textbook she used in a similar course at Regis. “I feel like I am coming back full circle here,” she says. “I think I’d love to teach in a small school and also continue doing research.”

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By Susan Seligson




For those on the brink of homelessness, Lori Lambert '81 and The Bridge Fund may be their

Last fall Lori Lambert, a feisty advocate for the homeless and former Carmelite nun, was nominated by friends to appear on The Oprah Show in recognition of a lifetime of community service.


Lambert, a little reluctant to participate, was persuaded by friends to accept an honored place in the audience of a show titled “Oprah’s Favorite Things Part II.” She walked away with a framed photo of herself in a half-embrace with the talk show diva, as well as an armful of gifts. Two and a half months later, Lambert struggles to remember them all: “Let’s see, I got an iPad ... and these Ugg boots ... diamond drop earrings and cashmere sweaters, designer jeans. A complete set of Le Creuset cookware, and ... oh, a car.” One may safely conclude that Lambert is not enthralled with material things. A preteen-sized wisp of a woman whose energy is inversely proportional to her bulk, she lives in an enviable Cambridge colonial, left in trust partly to her by a beloved philanthropist couple Lambert nursed in their final years. For Lambert, the home’s real treasures are her memories of her dear friends and her “boys”— two Maltese and one bichon frise. Exploding with high-pitched commentary and mischief are Ogden, named after Lambert’s favorite Protestant theologian, Schubert Ogden; Zimi, shortened from the Albanian for “my little heart”; and C.C., named for the additional credit card friends told Lambert she’d need after acquiring a third pet. Except for her years in a contemplative order, Lambert has labored on behalf of people in crisis since graduating from Regis, helping the homeless or those on the brink of homelessness. Her nine-year stint at Boston’s Pine Street Inn shelter sealed the personal commitment that would lead, decades later, to the formation of The Bridge Fund of Massachusetts Inc., a Newton-based private

nonprofit that prevents family and individual homelessness by extending short-term grants or interest-free loans. Modeled after The Bridge Fund of New York City, the fund was hatched at Lambert’s dining room table. “I was unemployed and my whole career was focused on housing and the homeless,” says Lambert, who was impressed with the NYC program for its straightforward effectiveness. Though Bridge Fund clients can range from working families to single mothers just getting on their feet after fleeing an abusive partner, the fund’s guiding principle is sustainability. “We pay down rental arrears for people who are in danger of becoming homeless through no fault of their own,” says Lambert. The only homelessness prevention program of its kind in the Bay State extends loans to clients “who may have a sick child, or need major car repairs, they get behind on their payments and face eviction,” Lambert explains. Seniors, the disabled, and new immigrants are also often in urgent need of support. It works. The number of homeless in Massachusetts has more than doubled since 2000, with women and children at greatest risk. With the cost of housing a family in a shelter for a year estimated at $55,000, The Bridge Fund’s average cost of $1,000 to $2,000 per loan or grant makes sense whether one is motivated by the heart or the wallet. Referred by various state agencies, people in difficult but most likely temporary straits will apply to The Bridge Fund for interest-free loans that must be repaid, even at rates of $5 or $25 a month. And because 100 percent of private donor contributions go toward these loans— the Fund operates in office space donated by board president Paul Cravedi, with just one full-time staffer and a number of volunteers—the money continues to deliver relief to the changing pool of clients, with each beneficiary understanding that every loan payment goes back out to a family or individual in need. Starting the moment she begins work at 9 a.m., the calls are nonstop, says Lambert, who forms lasting relationships with many clients, some of whom she has shepherded through more than one crisis. She has leapt into her car on weekends and at odd hours to head off clients’ evictions. A colleague, Peter Clenott, describes her style as compassionate but

It wasn’t a steady forward march for Lambert, career-wise. Though she’s admittedly awful with dates, as she offers a halting narration of it, Lambert’s career history seems to lack a certain flow. At first she’s reluctant to share the whole story, but it soon becomes apparent to both Lambert and a guest that she could not give an honest account of her life and work without revealing her years as a nun, and particularly how she retreated to a monastery and marked a different kind of progress there. The foundation of Lambert’s spiritual life was solidified, if not created, in her college years. “These women, and countless others, really impacted my life and determined its course during my time at Regis,” says Lambert, who didn’t grow up in a churchgoing family. “To all of them I shall be forever grateful. To this day, they remain in my heart, and they have my total admiration and love.” For helping to set her on her path she credits Sisters Betty Cawley, Zita Fleming, Marie Cicchese, Dorothy McKenzie, Thérèse Higgins, Catherine Mary Meade, and Lee Hogan, and countless others. “These women really informed the direction of my life, and to his day, I love them all dearly,” says Lambert. “I would not have chosen the pattern or path of my life without these wonderful women. You know, they never pushed the reliLambert was persuaded gion thing on any of us; they simply lived by friends to accept an it by example. That,” says Lambert, “is honored place in the far more powerful.” audience of“Oprah’s Favorite Things Part II." Among those she has never met, Lambert counts as inspirations Dorothy Day, Edith Stein, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Thomas Merton, C. S. Lewis, and “of course,” she adds, “I’m a big fan of Jesus.” Though her family wasn’t ambert left her hometown of Bedford, religious Lambert felt a pull to church as young New Hampshire, to attend Regis and as six years old. “I was always drawn by Catholic has been in the Boston area ever since. social teaching,” says Lambert, who has two brothAt Regis in the late seventies, Lambert ers with whom she’s very close. Right out of college studied classics, with independent study in perspecshe entered the novitiate of the Boston Sisters of tives on human thought. She worked at Pine Street Inn for nine years, first serving the 3:00 to 11:00 p.m. St. Joseph, leaving at age 23. Lambert’s decision almost a decade later to join a monastery was shift in the men’s unit, then moving to Pine Street’s inspired by the intensely personal, mystical writings first satellite shelter for women in Dorchester. of St. Teresa of Avila, a 16th-century Castilian who “Pine Street was one of my most favorite jobs founded the order of the Discalced Carmelite nuns. on the planet,” says Lambert, who took what she “I was just completely drawn in by the writings of learned on the job to the position of Director of Teresa of Avila,” says Lambert, who at first spent Modernization for the Chelsea Housing Authority.

firm. As a caseworker with Lowell-based Community Teamwork Inc., Clenott has made 224 referrals to Lambert since 2006. The Bridge Fund was able to assist at least 90 percent of these, and though Lambert insists on sustainability, she might extend small one-time grants to clients for needs beyond rent, says Clenott. It’s left to her discretion. “She’s very flexible,” says Clenott, “and it’s extremely rare that she lets anyone down.” The clients are struck by Lambert’s empathetic nature, says Clenott. If some can’t make a payment she’ll accept an amount as low as $1, as long as the client is making an effort.






weekends at the monastery experiencing Carmelite life. “There’s something so balanced about the monastic life,” says Lambert as her cell phone blares. “It’s basically a life of prayer.” Lambert likes to dispel the notion that the contemplative life is an uninvolved life. “I’m a little feisty go-getter,” she says, “but so are the Carmelites.” Lambert describes her re-entry into the cacophonous wired world as harsh. “I could not believe how things had changed,” she says. “You turn on cable and there are people swearing. It took me months to get over the noise. Everything was profoundly noisy to me,” says Lambert. It may have taken months to acclimate herself to the noncloistered world, but Lambert was employed within three weeks, working for the Tri City Housing Task Force for Homeless Families covering tri-city housing task force for Malden, Medford, and Everett. Lambert nursed her quiet, prayerful side even as she threw herself into the lives of her clients, who “always come first.” “It’s my job to be as present as possible,” says Lambert. “I consider that my vocation at this point.” Though she has no shortage of friends of the conventional variety, she has no use for social media sites. “All of this social networking stuff feels like a massive home invasion,” says Lambert. “I do what I have to for work; I don’t avoid it.” Lambert’s years at Pine Street did more than set in motion a career of community service. It was there that she first crossed paths with Esmee deMenocal Brooks, a charismatic volunteer and philanthropist who took it upon herself to hang a rotating series of paintings on the walls of the men’s shelter. “We were best friends from day one,” Lambert says of Esmee, gesturing to an arresting portrait that gazes down from the fireplace mantel. She is stunning, and Lambert attests to Esmee’s elegance and gentleness. Lambert’s home belonged to Esmee, who died a decade ago at 73, and her husband, Shep, who passed away five years ago. With its walls arranged with portraits, the Cambridge house, tucked in the maze of picturesque streets on the outskirts of Harvard

Square, is a shrine to the couple. “It was in the eighties,” says Lambert. “Esmee used to ride her bicycle to the Pine Street Inn. I was organizing a fund-raiser through an interfaith alliance, and I thought, I’ve got to call Esmee. I didn’t realize she was an independent philanthropist, a one-woman show.” Esmee and Shep made Lambert part of their colorful circle of friends, and Lambert was a regular at their vibrant dinner parties. When Esmee began succumbing to Alzheimer’s, Lambert left the monastery to care for her, and when Esmee died, Lambert was at her side. “I promised her I would take care of Sheppie,” says a tearful Lambert. She not only made good on that promise, she cared for Esmee’s brother Dick, an accomplished artist whose works, inspired by his world travels, fan out across the walls of the living and dining rooms. About 12 years ago Shep told Lambert he was too old to be in the house alone and asked her to move in. She’s been there ever since. Though Lambert prefers the quiet—she gardens and likes just hanging out with the dogs and renting a movie—her clients can reach her 24/7 through a messaging system, and she is always poised to swing into action if a client is in trouble. There was the woman, a single mother with six dependents, including her grandchildren, who got a call at her job from a neighbor who noticed that the family’s possessions were being hauled away in a moving van. It came on the heels of an illegal eviction—The Bridge Fund had already helped the woman bring her rent payments up-to-date—and Lambert recalls being in a state of shock. “I burst into tears,” she says. “I thought, how am I going to fix this?” She dried her tears and got on the phone. “We got her into a new place that night,” says Lambert. “All they had were pillows and blankets, and The Bridge Fund provided a gift card for food.” When things like this come up, says Lambert, “you just have to act.” After 30 years in the business, Lambert has developed a reputation for what some would call heroism. Oprah agreed and chose Lambert to be among the handful of honorees invited up to the stage after the show. As for the gifts, Lambert has given many of them away, but the patent-leather Uggs have served her well this winter. She still isn’t sure whether she’ll keep the car.

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Lambert nursed her quiet, prayerful side even as she threw herself into the lives of her clients.

together alumni






On Tuesday, January 18, Kathleen 1Davis Sparrough ’65 and Joanne Massey Howes ’65 hosted a Regis Reception for alumnae living in and around the DC area at the lovely Washington, DC, home of Kathy Sparrough. Enjoying the evening are: Miriam Finn Sherman ’98, Chief Development Officer; Kathy and Joanne; and Barbara Clancy, Director of Alumni Relations.


ileen McCormick Langenus ’78 and 2 Ehusband Peter hosted a Regis New York City Reception for Alumni and Friends at the Union League Club on Friday, December 10. Enjoying the event are Eileen and her roommate, Daria Charchenko Kamford ’78. osemary M. Caron ’90 PhD, 3 RMPH, and family proudly join in Homecoming Festivities on October 2, 2010. onstance Torrisi Miragliotta ’53 4 Cjoins current trustee and host Ellen C. Kearns ’67, Esq., at the Legal Reception on October, 19, 2010. r. Mary Jane England ’59 brings 5 Dback the past presidents of the Alumni Association for a dinner of remembrance and honor on November 16, 2010.

raduates of the last decade (l-r), 6 GColleen Colarusso ’06, Kimberly Barrett ’07, Ashley Villandry ’08, Nicole Collette ’06, and Lorick Wash ’04 gathered together for the GOLD Wine & Cheese hosted by the Alumni Association Board of Directors on March 3, 2011. he class of 1970 supports their 7 Tclassmate and guest speaker Kathleen Murphy Lockwood ’70 at the Hollyfest Luncheon on December 8, 2010. lumni Legacy stays strong in 8 Atradition as Rosemary Foley ’86 shares Holly Tea on December 2, 2010 with her mother, sister, and two future alumni nieces, Mary Kate Flynn ’11 and Meghan Flynn ’13.




Recent & Upcoming Alumni Events 2011 March


Regis Florida Receptions Pompano Beach — Naples



Wednesday, April 6 Real Estate Workshop —  Alumnae Hall — USUL Monday, April 11 Senior/Alumni Toast —  Fine Arts Center Thursday, April 28 President’s Associate Dinner Reception — Fine Arts Center



Monday, May 2 Regis Night at the Sox —  Fenway Park Wednesday, May 4 Legal Reception/Dinner —  Regis College

Save the date

Friday, May 13 75th Annual Regis Night at Pops —  Symphony Hall, Boston May 20, 21, 22 Reunion Weekend —  Regis College Campus May 27–June 3 7 Day/Night Round-Trip Cruise — Bermuda

Annual Cape Cod Summer Luncheon


Come join us August 4, 2011


New Seabury Country Club in Mashpee, MA

Tuesday, June 14 Alumni Board of Directors Transition Dinner — College Hall Foyer

Thursday, August 4 Annual Cape Cod Summer Luncheon — New Seabury Country Club-Mashpee, MA


Saturday, September 24 Homecoming —  Athletic Fields  —  Regis College


Saturday, April 30 Graduate Student Luncheon —  Alumnae Hall — USUL


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Young Alumni gathered at Homecoming 2010


✒ Katherine Connelly ¶ I hope you have all survived this rather severe winter and are anxiously awaiting an early spring. ¶ S. Alice McConville is well and is looking forward to moving back to the new Senacle Retreat House in Ronkonkoma this summer. She is very enthusiastic about the move. ¶ Best wishes to all and keep well.


✒ Mary Kerr Lynch, 275 Mirick Road,

Princeton, MA 015411-1127, 978-464-5611

¶ Janet Ahern Rink recently moved, and I spoke with her daughter Holly. Holly shared the sad news that her sister, Janet’s daughter Linda, had recently passed away. The family is most attentive to Janet during this difficult time. ¶ Marion Quinn Clancy is her cheery self. Due to an accident last year, Marion has been in rehab for a “long time” so she is looking forward to the spring. Marion is dedicated to her 9 children, grandchildren, and great grandchild. The Clancys are professional singers called “The Clancy Group.” Marion is known for her rendition of “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” Keep singing Marion! ¶ Sadly, Claire Griffin Deveney passed away on Jan. 14, 2011. Her daughter said Claire died

peacefully with family around her. RIP Claire. ¶ Marie Scanlon Flaherty and her husband Matt continue to enjoy their home in Scituate, Mass. Marie was recently hospitalized, but she feels great. Matt is on the board of the BC Cape Club and they will participate in many upcoming events. Marie’s niece and nephews, children of her late sister Josephine Scanlon Carlson ’44, are most attentive to the Flahertys. ¶ Alice Herlihy continues to live in her original family home in Florence, Mass. Alice was a successful businesswoman as president of the family woman’s clothing shop in Florence. Alice was a volunteer of many years of Buy-a-Bear, an organization that distributes bears to needy children and senior citizens. ¶ Mary Hastings Kilcoyne is residing in her family home in Clinton, Mass. Her husband John passed away in 2009 and her son Timothy moved in to assist Mary with the house. Her daughter Julie and 2 sons also live in Clinton. Mary is fortunate to see her children and grandchildren frequently. ¶ Margaret Madden Foley is living with her daughter Patricia in Rye, N.H. Margaret has 4 children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who live in different parts of the country. She speaks in glowing terms of her wonderful, dedicated family. ¶ Mary McDevitt Hadley and her husband Elinus have

enjoyed the Cape for many years, residing in Osterville. Mary plays bridge weekly and goes bowling on occasion. The Hadleys have 1 daughter, 2 sons, 14 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. It’s a busy schedule for Mary and Elinus with the family, who all reside in Massachusetts. ¶ Marie Dillon Marcellino enjoys her Lexington, Mass. winter home, but looks forward to the summer at the Cape. With her 4 children and their families, plus her 6 step-children of her late husband Bill, Marie is busy. Marie continues to be her energetic self, enjoying her equally energetic family. ¶ For many years Mary Sampson Schmidt is a resident of San Jose, Calif. Her husband Raymond passed away many years ago. Mary’s 5 children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren are dedicated to Mary. ¶ Plantation Valley in Wilmington, N.C., a beautiful independent facility, continues to be Geraldine Burke Morrill ’s home. Gerrie’s 6 children reside in different parts of the U.S. Her son Robert is in the Outer Banks of N.C. with his family; and son Jim is the City Manager in Roanoke, W. Va., where he lives with his family. ¶ Martha Mitten Hosinski just returned from Portland, Oreg. She enjoyed visiting her daughters Anne Hosinski Madden ’67 and Claire, who, with their families, live in Oregon. Martha lives in South Bend,

class children, many grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren, I am also looking forward to a family vacation in April at the Outer Banks in North Carolina. ¶ Bless one and all, smile, and be happy and healthy! Blessings on Regis College, “high on the hilltop.”

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✒ Elizabeth Brugman O’Brien, 48 King James Drive, East Dennis, MA 02541, 508-385-2169 ¶ As I write, an impend-

ing snowstorm is traveling to southeastern New England. Winter has arrived! May all of us enjoy a happy and healthy New Year! ¶ During the past year the following 6 of our classmates were called home to our loving Father: Ruth Launie Stevens, Jacqueline Chouinard Beaudry, Candide Paquette Slattery, Barbara Toomey Hill, Virginia Crehan Verrochi, and Rita Dooley DeCastro. ¶ The call regarding Ruth Stevens’s death was rather startling as we had enjoyed lunch together a few days previously. Ruth and I had been classmates since the 3rd grade. ¶ Dot Gaquin Borkowski is living on the Cape full time. When we see each other we reminisce and then chat about our aging bones! ¶ Please send news to Jeanne Hennebery, 11 Orchard Road, Scituate, MA 02066 or call her at 781-545-0129. ¶ Hope to see many of you at the Tower Luncheon, Friday, May 20, 2011. Remember, this is our 65th reunion when sending your gift to the annual fund. Stay well and pray for peace.


✒ Phyllis Brosnahan Richardson, 3

Wingate Road, Lexington, MA 02421, ¶ On Jan.

29, 2011 scores of friends, family and alumni gathered between athletic events (and during a lucky break in the relentless series of New England blizzards!) to celebrate the life of our friend and classmate S. Thèrèse Higgins by dedicating the athletic court in the Regis Athletic Facility in her memory. Representing the class of ’47 were Phyllis Gallinelli Campbell, Alice Dunbar O’Halloran, and Jeanne MacDonough Cronin. It was a splendid way to begin the New Year and the new decade. ¶ I’m writing these notes from sunny Naples, grateful to be back in Florida after experiencing the “wonder of nature” while in Boston last week for a few days and 22 inches of snow! Over the holidays and into the New Year, I have had the chance to catch up with several classmates. ¶ Louise McInerney Ryder continues with her active life on Cape Cod. And, although the circumstances were sad, Louise and I had the privilege of representing Regis in support of our dear friend Dorothy Mahoney

McKenna at the funeral Mass of her beloved Jack, who was called home to our Lord after a brief illness and nearly 59 years of marriage. ¶ Patricia Ford McLaughlin is also a snowbird, in Sarasota, Fla. She plans on attending one of the Regis Florida gatherings in March and looks forward to reconnecting with many of her friends and classmates. ¶ Rita Dailey Fahey and S. Dorothy McKenzie, both hearty New Englanders, braved the cold and snow over the Christmas holidays to stop by my home one afternoon for tea. It was a wonderful way to share news about Regis and the lives of our classmates. Dot continues to gather monthly for a ladies lunch with Alice O’Halloran, Jeanne Cronin, and Gertrude Breen Alfredson. They, along with Phyllis Campbell, Pat Ford, Catherine Gately McGunigle, Louise Ryder, Rita Fahey and S. Cecelia Agnes Mulrennan ’46 participated in the Memorial Liturgy for Regis Alumni on Nov. 14, 2010. A mass in Celebration of the Life of Dorothy Walsh Harney was offered Jan. 3, 2011 at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Hull, Mass. Gert Alfredson “chauffeured 5 of us” (according to Dot McKenzie) including Phyllis Campbell, Alice O’Halloran and Jeanne Cronin to the mass in order to say farewell to Dot Harney. All were touched by the eulogy and remembrance offered by Dot’s oldest son. And to their surprise and delight, during the recessional after the mass, they found Mary Redican McEttrick in one of the pews. ¶ We are also sad to report that another of our active classmates, Irene McCarthy Keenan, was called to eternal life in December after a long and happy life with her husband Owen. We have heard that Irene received quite a send off, complete with full color guard by the Massachusetts State Police, where one of her 3 sons has had a distinguished career. ¶ Thank you to all class members who continue to support our alma mater with annual gifts. We hope that by June we will have nearly 100 percent support! Keep happy, stay healthy and let me know how you are doing… I’ve joined the social media revolution, so find me on Facebook!


✒ Mary Lou Cooney Manning, 4942 Bel Pre Road, Rockville, MD 20853-2216 301-460-5992,

¶ We have recently received the sad news that three of our classmates have died since the time of our last column: Mary Duddy Keefe in September, Regina Cooney O’Brien in November, and Ann Madden Gargan in December. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to their families in this difficult time of loss.

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Ind., where her children grew up. Martha’s 3 sons and their children live in South Bend; 1 is a businessman and 2 are attorneys. One grandchild is a freshman at Tufts Medical School in Somerville, Mass. Hopefully Martha will have an opportunity to visit her granddaughter in Boston so we can meet for lunch. ¶ Gladys Kiely McMakin continues to reside in Arlington with her son, Matthew. In May, Gladys attended our 70 year reunion at Regis. She looked wonderful and enjoyed the festivities. Her 4 children and grandchildren visit her frequently. ¶ Yvonne Normandeau Oswald is feeling better after a serious illness last year. She has regained her strength with the assistance of her devoted husband, Norbert. She and Norbert live in a military residence in Melbourne, Fla. Yvonne said they had mighty chilly weather this year. ¶ M. Beatrice Cunniff Quinn passed away February 16, 2010. Her children presented a memorial gift to Regis College, in memory of their lovely mother, “Beachie.” ¶ Rita McNeil Schissel is her happy self. She and her husband Charles live in Amesbury, Mass. where they raised their 8 children. Due to arthritis, Rita has curtailed traveling to her family in different parts of the U.S. They come and visit her now. Rita always comments that “she is blessed with a wonderful family.” ¶ Barbara Norton Schlitzer enjoys living in Framingham, Mass., her home for over 43 years and where her children grew up. Despite several hospitalizations last year, Barbara attended the 70th reunion luncheon at Regis. Her daughter Jean and son Vic are attentive to her care. (Barbara’s son Robert sadly passed away years ago.) Barbara’s 5 grandchildren are also attentive. ¶ Ruth Ferraro Tobin lives at the Boston Assisted Living Center and is a retired teacher from the Boston school system, where she taught for over 35 years. Her son Jim and his wife Anne, plus their sons Adam and Jason, are most attentive. Adam is a graduate of U Mass. Jason is a junior at Johns Hopkins University. ¶ Through a friend in Brookline, I recently made a chance connection with Katherine O’Brien Connelly ’37, the 1937 reporter for Regis Today. Katherine is the sister of Julie O’Brien Boyle, our classmate who sadly passed away in 2003. Julie’s 4 children live in Massachusetts. Katherine describes Julie’s family as her “pride and joy!” ¶ As for me, Mary Kerr Lynch , I continue to enjoy my in-law apartment in the home of my daughter Mary and her husband Jay in Princeton, Mass. I am looking forward to visiting my daughter Kathy Lynch O’Donoghue ’67 and her husband Michael, as well as my daughter Maureen in Florida in February to enjoy the warm weather. With my 6



✒ Betty Ann Hynes Elliott, 38 Oxford

Road, Wellesley, MA 02481, baelliot2@ ¶ Wasn’t this a winter to


remember, or perhaps more accurately to forget. Hope you survived without too many dings to yourself or your car. We enjoyed a very nice class luncheon at Regis in October; these informal get-togethers have been quite popular and well-attended. Many thanks to Cay Foley Hines for her efforts in helping us celebrate Halloween and arranging lunch. Many were amazed at how busy the campus was as well as all the activity at the new athletic fields. Cay even organized a little raffle which Pat Leary Crory won. Marion Comerford Cowie had taken another cruise, this time to Italy, first class all the way, outside cabin and all. After visiting Monaco, Rome, Nice, Florence and Sorrento she flew home from Venice. Mary Breslin and Kaye Barron Cox talked about continuing their courses through the LLARC program at Regis. A few of us went to the Cape Cod Holly Fest luncheon at Woods Hole Golf Club in December: Cay Hines, Marion Cowie, Nancy Natoli Fay, Dorothy Costello Merrill, and myself. It was particularly nice to see Dot as it had been a long time it seems. She has been in Sandwich, Mass. for 20 years, having moved from Duxbury, Mass. She has served as a docent at the Heritage Museum and Garden in Sandwich and did substitute teaching until the ’90s. She and her husband, who passed away 2 years ago, traveled extensively in Europe. They had 3 children: a daughter in Duxbury, Mass., a son in Rhode Island, and the youngest in Colorado. ¶ I received a very welcome Christmas note from Margie Sellers Fitzpatrick (hint, hint to the rest of you). Margie’s grandson Casey is working in Washington for Sen. Udall of New Mexico — sounds exciting to me. ¶ I had a nice chat with Eleanor Arsenault Meinhardt in January. She still lives in Richmond, Va., and is fortunate to have 2 daughters close by, although they’re so busy with their families and jobs they have trouble making a date once a week. Eleanor keeps in touch with Mary Hines Hodgdon who lives in Newton. Eileen Dewire Locke’s sister Mary passed away last winter. We extend our deepest sympathy to Eileen on her loss. Eileen enjoyed chairing a very successful 65th reunion for her Cambridge High and Latin school class this past year. ¶ We were saddened to learn that we had lost four more classmates. Polly McKenna Sullivan died in August. Polly was widowed and had lived in Pompton Plains, N.J. She leaves 3 sons and 3 daughters. We had just heard that Marie Davis Nappa was in rehab and looking forward to returning to her new townhouse. Sadly

she passed away in September. Also in September Mary Phelan Greeley died at the Ellis Nursing Home in Norwood, Mass. where Marie Ash Reed frequently brought her communion. Marie said that Mary was very courageous through it all and that her wonderful family was very attentive to her and with her at the end. Marie and Claire Horan Brady keep in touch by phone at least once a month and enjoy catching up with each other. Again in September we lost Pat Shaw Croke. Pat had lived in Marshfield, Mass. for some time and is survived by 7 children. We extend sincere condolences to the families and friends of Polly, Marie, Mary, and Pat. May they rest in peace and may their families be consoled in their grief. ¶ Hopefully we’ll see many of you at the Golden Tower luncheon in May; watch for your invitation in the mail. Till then, stay well and upbeat.


✒ Jacqueline Choquette Picard,

70 Hadde, Avenue, Cumberland, RI 02864-3531 ✒ Alfreda Swiston O’Hara, 55 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, MA 01930-3949 ✒ Mary Daily Neylon, 69 Viola Street, Lowell, MA 01851-4922 ¶ We offer

our deepest sympathy to the families of Patricia Donahue Kaye, Colette Higgins Woelfel, Winifred McLaughlin Flanagan, Phyllis Hazard Murphy, and Jean Tierney. ¶ Last November, the Annual Memorial Liturgy was held for all alumni who had passed in the last year. The chapel was filled to capacity with family and friends followed by a delicious brunch in the Student Union. Anne Noonan Nicholson had invited 2 of Jean Tierney’s friends, Patsy Daly and Ann Swanson, to attend with her. Unfortunately Anne ended up with the shingles so she couldn’t attend, but they did. They joined Terry LeBlanc Gray and me (Alfreda Swiston O’Hara) and said Jean had been a true and generous friend with a foundation built on the cornerstone of faith. She was both a teacher and an administrator, but her passion was teaching. ¶ At a later date, I called Anne, who was feeling much better. Anne and Jack have 2 children, both married, and 1 grandchild. Anne worked as a teacher before spending 35 years as a children’s librarian. She now has limited vision but is blessed with a helpful husband. ¶ Every year Terry and I look forward to a visit from Polly Doyle Powell who comes from her home in Washington, D.C. with photos from her last trip. This year she flew 14 hours to Tokyo and then 7 hours to Singapore. After sight-seeing there, she flew to Saigon, where she cruised the Mikong River Delta, then on to Hanoi and all the interesting places in that part of the world. Polly must be one of the most traveled members of our

class. ¶ I went to New Orleans recently to see Mary Kilcoyne Choquette and her husband, Normand, my brother. She has recovered beautifully from a stroke she suffered back in May. We were amazed and delighted to find her so well, and we had a lovely visit. She and Normand have a darling little “shotgun” home, and are blessed beyond belief to have an angel-daughter as their next-door neighbor. (Would that all octogenarians have similar good fortune!) All in all, it was a most enjoyable get-together. She sends you all her best wishes. ¶ I called Eleanor Wadden Davis recently; no one was home, so I left a message with her husband Charlie. I hadn’t spoken with him in quite some time, but clearly recognized his voice, or so I thought. A day later, a very sweet gentleman returned my call saying, “I think you were trying to reach Charlie and Eleanor Davis… you got me by mistake.” I thanked him profusely for clueing me in (while wondering how he knew them)… he was John Daily, married to Allie O’Leary when she was with us. (God rest her soul and bless her caring heart.) It was an easy error to make because Davis follows Daily in our classmates’ directory. (But that’s no excuse. I can make much more difficult blunders just as easily, seems to be a newly acquired talent!) To make a long story short, Ellie and I had a nice, friendly chat, marveling at how crazy the world is, including us! Her 9 grandchildren are all in great shape, maybe because there are 2 pediatricians in the family, in addition to Ellie and Charlie, both physicians themselves. We made plans to meet for dinner halfway between there and here. That will be fun. We look forward to it. Congratulations to any of you reaching your 60th wedding anniversary this year.(Actually, any number qualifies for congrats, yes? Yes!) George and I are among you and will celebrate with a trip to Hawaii next month. Years of cheers and tears to be grateful for. C’est la vie. ¶ As a Lowellian, I am happy with the awards The Fighter is getting from the movie industry. ¶ We’d love to hear from more of you, and we look forward to seeing you on campus at the Golden Tower Luncheon on May 20, 2011. Hopefully, the snow that is inundating us as I write this in February will have finally melted by then!


60th Reunion ✒ Marie Barbano Tassinari, 2 Bellevue Road, Arlington, MA 02476 ¶ In the last issue of Regis Today, this reporter bid you all farewell; see you at our 60th Reunion in May 2011. There was joy in my heart. My 5-year commitment was completed. Happily I departed for Vienna, the city of Sacher Torte and Strauss; on to Florence to be

class — all very valid. To Regis’ credit and support of its alumnae the College has successfully weathered calm and rough seas. Regis is committed to its mission to educate young women and now young men. With your continued loyalty Regis continues to set its students on the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Remember, we are Regis. ¶ See you at Reunion!


✒ Ann Purcell Macdonald, 2001 Falls Boulevard #455, Quincy, MA 02169, 617-479-0339 ¶ Greetings to all you

wonderful people from the class of ’52. As I write these notes it’s a cold day in January with a blizzard expected tomorrow. However, when you read this, it will be April, with Spring on the way. So, we wish you a healthy and happy 2011. ¶ Over the past week I’ve had the opportunity to speak with a few of our classmates. My roommate Jane Hennessy Jaeger gave me the exciting news that she will soon be a great grandmother. Her daughter, Ann MacDougall, will be the proud grandmother. Ann was recently interviewed by The Boston Globe. She is the corporate production manager of the Needham Catering Company “Bakers’ Best” who service the Boston Celtics. Jane was very proud. ¶ Marie Brophy Allard was next on my hit list. She sold her beautiful historic house in Salem, Mass. at the end of October. She moved to assisted living in nearby Peabody, Mass. and seems content with her new home. Well, why not? All her meals are prepared for her. Marie mentioned that her children have been just wonderful. ¶ My next phone call was to Kate Molloy Rowe on the Cape. Kate loved her 80th birthday party. Her family took her on a mystery ride to the Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire where she was wined and dined by her daughters, their husbands, and her son from California. Kate’s 2 grandsons, who are in college in Arkansas, also surprised her. Of course, husband Paul came along for the fun. ¶ Nancy Smith is still one of our younger classmates. She will not turn 80 until March 30. Nancy would love to hear from you. She talks to Helena Collins Carty from Sunnyvale, Calif. and Marie Corcoran Menton. Please drop her a line at 757 Highland Ave. Apt. 118 N, Needham, MA 02494. She is mostly housebound and loves to chat with old friends. We reminisced about our friend and classmate Ruth Tallent Brady who always had time for all of us. ¶ Pat Wentworth Delorey had great news about her husband Lenny who is labeled “the miracle man” by his doctors. He suffered a stroke and was taken to Mass. General Hospital. He made a remarkable, complete recovery. More good news! Pat and Lenny’s son

was married in August to a wonderful girl and both Pat and Lenny were well enough to attend. ¶ A group of us were at the Marriott on October 21, 2010 — including Mary Foley Noon, Loyola Doherty Sylvan, Nancy Quinn O’Keefe, Jill Mckearin Paredes, Pat Hogan, Marie Rizzo, Sally Finnerty Tully, Mary Gallagher Watts, Ann Geisel, Ann Purcell Macdonald, Pat Arroll Petrillo, and Dorothy Holley Connors. Dorothy had an unbelievable 80th celebration. Her daughter and son surprised her with a trip to Rome, Florence, and Venice. Great! ¶ Pat Arroll Petrilli shared some notes with me that she received from a few classmates. Joan Hartley Meagher sent her best wishes to everyone and appreciation to Pat for sending updates on class activities. ¶ Another note arrived from Carmel by the Sea, Calif. by Barbara Mahoney Barron. Barbara’s 4 children and 7 grandchildren live all over the country: Maine, Newfoundland, California, etc. Barbara lives in a beautiful country on the Pacific Coast Highway and near Big Sur. When Bill and I visited the area some years ago, Carmel even had Clint Eastwood as their mayor. ¶ Sally Finnerty Tully is back on the Cape. Her new address is 4210 Heatherwood, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675. She appears to love her new place. ¶ Regis’ Hollyfest at the Woods Hole Golf Club was attended by Kay Deveney Kaladin, Kate Molloy Rowe, Sally Finnerty Tully and Zay Dunphy Hyde. Zay was in the area from Philadelphia visiting her doctor and Sally. ¶ I thought it would be nice to occasionally pay tribute to someone in our class who has been loyal over the years and adds so much to keeping us together. My vote goes to Pat Arroll Petrilli. One of our classmates referred to her as the “Caretaker of all things financial.” That says it all. Thank you Pat. ¶ Stay in touch. I’d love to hear from you. Exercise. Energize!


✒ Shirley Connors Sardella, 52 Eunice Circle, Wakefield, MA 01880, 781224-3468 ¶ As I write, pink and

grayish-blue clouds stretch across the December western sky, already depicting early nightfall. I am thankful for home and hearth especially at moments like this. Let’s hope you are all well and managed to survive January’s incessant snow! Barbara Keenan McLarney, Vera Sullivan Beaumont, Jeanne O’Sullivan McCarthy, Helen Valle Binell, and Frances Florencourt attended the Annual Memorial Liturgy at Regis in Nov. 2010. ¶ Maureen Cremen and her friend Lily enjoyed a trip to Washington, D.C. for the April Cherry Blossom Festival. The weather was fantastic and they experienced a boat trip on the Potomac River. Mary-Louise Kenney Roland lives

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refreshed by Boticelli, Michelangelo, and Beefstake Florentine; next to join the crowds in St. Peter at an audience with Benedict XVI; concluding the trip at an entertaining wine festival in Lugano where the Swiss showed just how fun-loving they can be. It was a perfect trip, made so in the company of my cousin Carolyn Vernaglia Rupolo ’64, Angela Giovanangelo ’62, and Virginia Williams from BU, not Regis. We were as fancy-free as our advancing years allowed. ¶ Returning home to the holidays, my only concern was where to pile the snow. Then it happened. My computer told about Class Notes being due. Surely that wasn’t for me. I had heard our Class President Janice McBride Power refer to a new slate of Class Officers, a Class Reporter included. Woe to me! Our wires were crossed. Janice did have a new Class Reporter who was to start after Reunion. Since neither of us wanted our class to be among the missing, with Janice’s help you are reading the result. Forgive me for the lengthy opening, it was to take up space as the news is scarce and the time is wanting. ¶ Our beloved classmate Joan Johnson Solli has gone to the Lord. Do you remember Joanie’s quiet smile and engaging way? Sadly too many of our friends have lost their beloved husbands. To these we extend our condolences: Helen Kelley Colbert, Bert Cutting Donnelly, Barbara Palmer Schlichte, Mary Lou Conlin Pearson, and Barbara McCarthy Glynn. May their loved ones rest in peace. ¶ On a happy note, Ann Brown Janes has left the old homestead, living now at “The Groves” but still in Lincoln, Mass. Sister Marie de Sales (Phyllis Dineen) now resides at St. Joseph’s Hall, Bethany Road, Framingham, Mass. Sister Marjorie Marie (Rosemary Howe) is at Framingham also. ¶ We learned from Anne Downey Tierney that Barbara Palmer Schlichte’s son Miles was appointed Emergency Management Director in Gloucester, Mass. Anne herself is enjoying the balmy Florida weather. From snowbound New York state, Margie Linney Carrol reports her health has improved and is looking forward to our 60th Reunion. ¶ Recently I met up with Sister Dorothy Welch. I have heard of Sister’s work in the Congregation but had not seen Dorothy in many years. Being in Dorothy’s presence I discovered a woman joyfully dedicated to her work, a woman radiating the grace of the Lord. You can see for yourself, as Dorothy plans to be at the Reunion. ¶ Undoubtedly you have received a letter from our dedicated Fund Agent, Mary Lee McLaughlin Girouard, inviting your support of the Annual Fund in a very meaningful way in this our 60th Reunion year. Through the years Mary Lee has given us many good reasons for supporting the Fund



in Avon, Conn. and has been extremely busy with her 7 grandchildren and teaching. Sadly, Mary-Louise’s husband Paul passed in 1997. Her grandson Kenneth is a cellist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Mary-Louise hopes to travel to Paris for an upcoming concert. Mary-Louise’s granddaughter was married July 10, 2010 in Long Island, N.Y. and she is now Kate Smith. A grandson Kevin Roland is a freshman at Emerson College. MaryLouise received her master’s degree at Central Connecticut University and taught French for 28 years at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, Conn. She chaperoned groups of students to France each year. She continues to teach at Jubilee House staffed by St. Joseph nuns in Hartford, Conn. Mary-Louise teaches English and writing to nonEnglish-speaking adults. Her students originate from Albania, Bosnia, Brazil, Peru, Columbia, and many other countries. ¶ Gerry Martin Kennedy and Kevin recently moved to Canton, Mass. and are thrilled about their new location. Their daughter bought the family home in West Roxbury, Mass. Father Bill returned home from Afghanistan to spend Thanksgiving 2010 with Kevin and Gerry. He finishes his Afghanistan tour of duty at the end of Mar. 2011 and has been assigned to Tampa, Fla. Meanwhile, Kevin and Gerry left Feb. 1, 2011 to spend a month in Oceanside, Calif. where they will reside in Father Bill’s home. ¶ Recently, I had a wonderful conversation with Helen Valle Binell; she wants to be remembered to all. Helen has 12 grandchildren. Geraldine Finn has retired from her lifelong administrative career in Mental Health Occupational Therapy. In her capacity as administrator she worked in Cleveland, Ohio; Hartford, Conn.; and Boston. For 5 years after her retirement, Gerry was a volunteer in Waltham and Northboro, Mass. nursing homes. She also served on the board of Lost Coin Women’s Fund Inc., which provides money to low income women who wish to attend college. Gerry is now fully retired and relishing a relaxed lifestyle including lunching with Helen V., Jeanne O., Vera S., and Barbara K. ¶ Have a happy and healthy summer. Please send news.


✒ Marie Dalton Lueders, 32 Brentwood

Circle, Needham, MA 02492, mvlueders ✒ Maureen Sullivan Carey, 1202 Greendale Ave., Needham, MA 02492, ¶ Much

of our class gathered for the Annual Memorial Liturgy for our deceased classmates on Nov. 5, 2010. Attending were Mary Roche Sullivan, Marcia Gaughan Mahoney, Connie Murphy Davidson, Marianne Sanderson Shay,

Kay Tobin, Mary Driscoll Gardetto, Carol Bocasky Remick , Sheila Joyce Greenlaw, Regina Mitchell Cantella, Ginny Hannigan, Mary Alvord Biette, Peg Rogers Savage, Rosemary McAuliffe, Marie Dalton Lueders, Helen Sullivan, and Carol Murdoch Power.

A buffet luncheon followed the Mass and then President Mary Sullivan held a class meeting. Several items were discussed, primarily the possibility of dropping our class service and joining with the Liturgy later in the month. It was unanimously decided that no one wanted to drop our class memorial. ¶ Another discussion followed regarding the luncheons held at Luciano’s in the summer and Christmas. All class members are welcome to attend. If you are interested, contact Marie or Maureen and we will notify the organizers. The summer luncheon is usually held in early June. ¶ Unable to attend the liturgy, Marie Clogher Malaro sent a letter to the class, bringing us up to date since 1954. After graduation from BC Law School, she married a nuclear scientist, settled in D.C., had 2 children and joined the Smithsonian Institution as legal counsel. She became an expert on museum law, teaching in the graduate program at George Washington University. Marie would love to hear from her classmates—her email address is Marie has kept in touch with S. Anne Xavier, another classmate. Sister is retired now, in her 80s and nearly blind, but still very alert and busy. She would enjoy hearing about the Regis of today. Her address is S. Anne Xavier, Mt. St. Joseph, Waterville, Me. 04901. Peg Savage and husband Neil, following their exciting China and Korea trip, went to Washington, D.C. to see their son Neil sworn into the State Department. Neil, his wife and son will be stationed in Korea for a 2-year stint — looks like another Asian trek for the Savages. Marie Lueders had a fun 9-day trip to Brussels, Belgium. Her daughter, Jane is married to a Turkish Naval officer who is assigned to NATO headquarters for the next 2 years as the Turkish representative to the EU. They saw granddaughter Melissa off to school each morning and then proceeded to go sightseeing. They rode the canals, hiked the countryside, and visited museums. Each day was a different experience. Kay Tobin is off to the Bahamas for a 3-week vacation. What a winter to go on such a fun trip! Mary Sullivan just returned from a 3-week visit with her daughter and family in the Pennsylvania Snow Belt. ¶ Some grandchildren news — Sandy Shay and family welcomed a new granddaughter to their family, Connie Davidson is looking forward to the arrival of twin grandchildren shortly and Marie Lueders twin

granddaughters are heading for college in North Carolina next fall. ¶ Condolences to Mary Sullivan on the sudden death of her son Mark; to Rosemary McAulliffe on the death of her brother Phillip; and to Jeanne Deveraux Arsenault on the death of her brother Paul. Our prayers are offered to Paula Fitzsimmons and the family of Paula Clair Fitzsimmons who died in December. ¶ We really would love to hear from you. Especially those who live at a distance.


✒ Peg Vincent Kelley, PO Box 1345,

Edgartown MA 02539,

¶ If you’re reading this, summer is on its way and I say “Good.” I’m ready. I used to love winter, when we were young, now it’s just cold. Last time, we asked you to tell us a bit about yourselves. What you did to keep your brain alive, your pet peeves and such. My pet peeves, like some of you, are too numerous to mention as a whole, but I think my favorite is the expression “free gift.” Aren’t gifts always free? And if you pay for it, isn’t it then not a gift? I volunteer at the library, shelving books and I also am a volunteer docent at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. This I love; I get to meet some really interesting people. It’s fun and it’s how I spend every Tuesday afternoon all summer. Pat Finnegan Morais writes, “I am still working at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, believe it or not. I have retired many times but a reason to remain always pops up. Because there are several brash (and smart) youngsters in my code, I find myself in the center of a situation comedy; they are endlessly funny, outrageous, totally insulting, and provide an insight into the young generation and their world. At this age, I love politics, and rapidly switch channels between Fox, CNN ,and Chris Matthews. When I tire of the slanted views, I retreat to PBS. No book clubs, no volunteering; and being old and crotchety. I have too many pet peeves to mention, but I’ll be happy to see some responses about pet peeves in our Spring column! ¶ Jacqui Cyr Lewis says she reads a lot — she gave me a list of 7 of her recent books, including Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, a book that I received as a Christmas gift and enjoyed also. When she’s not reading, she’s doing crossword puzzles, watching movies (Doc Martin on BBC is a favorite) and doing volunteer work at a local soup kitchen. Her pet peeves? The gridlock in national politics and the “outrageous sums of money spent on inaugurations (for example, $700K for Governor Patrick’s festivities).” Jacqui adds that she is trying to stick to a workout schedule. ¶ Janet Condrey Beyer tells us, “Well, my first comment would be: I am not absolutely sure

class concepts, which fortunately I still recall. We also have been able to take a few online brief courses in the BC C-21 program and remain as participants in Voice of the Faithful. ¶ Betty Uhlinger Miles sent this, “I do volunteer work at the Valley Forge National Park, keep up with my music by singing at church and help raise funds for charity each year by helping run the annual Christmas house tour. My pet peeves are rude cell phone users and poor or lack of customer service.” ¶ Finally, please pray for the family of Nancy Goggin Lane. Nancy passed away in January from a brief illness. ¶ That’s all for now friends, if you have any ideas, just email me.


55th Reunion Class ✒ Geraldine Dowd Driscoll, 7 Conant Road #50, Winchester, MA 01890, ¶ As more

snow blankets New England, I can only hope better weather has arrived by the time you read this. As of early February, we have had record snowfalls! But that’s New England. ¶ Our traveling class president, Mary Lou Rawson, had her bags packed for Panama, hoping to slip away between storms. Pat Turner Kelley was also following the sun for golfing in Jupiter, Fla. in February and Palm Beach in March. Mary Keenan and I were anticipating our annual trip to Naples Fla. where would attend the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade to cheer on (if not join) the Regis contingent. ¶ The Wollaston Golf Club was the site of our class luncheon on a beautiful fall afternoon in November. Thank you to Anne Flaherty Walsh for arranging the event. In attendance were Mary Lou Rawson, Ann Kent, Mary Keenan, Marie Healy, Ginny Clark Kristo, Mary Rose Campbell, Carole Settana Scollins, Betty Keane Hayes, Carol Bonner Connell, Mary Neilan Regan, Candy Dillon Mattaliano, Pat Turner Kelley, Jane Nyhan Kelly, Nancy Foley LaDue, Margie Casey Mulcahy, Ann Marie Healy Sawyer, and your faithful reporter. Somehow with all our lively conversations we managed to talk a little about our reunion, as well as the Sister John Scholarship. Mary Rose is working out the details with the college and expects the first scholarship to be awarded this year. She will be in touch when all is finalized. Mary Regan joined us from Martha’s Vineyard where she is now a year-round resident; her new address is 22 Nantucket Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, email: mjregan22@gmail. com; phone: 508-693-9473. ¶ Also in November, some of us attended the Annual Memorial Liturgy for alumni who died the previous year. Pat Murphy Capone and Sue Brebbia were remembered. After Mass, the College hosted a lovely brunch for alumnae, friends,

and families of the deceased. ¶ Frannie Heron March and I shared a delightful phone conversation a few months ago. Fran resides in Winter Park, Fla., where her husband has practiced medicine for many years. She has family nearby and says that grandchildren coming and going keep her young. She laments the fact that classmates don’t visit her area of central Florida as she would love to see them. (Be careful what you wish for!) Fran was planning to go to Manhattan for the New York Marathon in late Fall as her daughter and a grandson were running She is disappointed not to be able to come to our reunion, as her grandson will be graduating from Medical School that weekend. You may remember she was unable to attend our 50th as she was undergoing heart surgery at that time. ¶ Maggie Austin Faneuf reports that her 14th grandchild, Sydney Olivia, was born in January. Is that a record number of grandchildren for our class? Maggie continues to be active in various theater groups and will let us know when she is performing locally. Mary Carol Daly Curtin was in the process of moving as of January. Her new address is 865 Central Avenue, B504, Needham, MA 02492, email: mdcurtin We wish Mary and Jack much happiness in their new home. I think they will find that “down”sizing definitely has its “up”sides. ¶ I finally reconnected with Mary McDonald Eagleson. She has abandoned Florida in favor of Lincoln, Nebr., near her daughter Karen and family. Karen, a 2nd grade teacher, had an opportunity to put her considerable decorating talents to use in Mary and Ken’s new home. Mary finds her “salt-ofthe-earth” Midwestern neighbors a refreshing change. Her new address is 7512 Hamann Meadows Place, Lincoln, NE 68506; email: athlone34@gmail. com. Mary hopes to join us at reunion when she comes east to attend the graduation of her grandson from UNH. In the meantime, she was optimistically facing spinal surgery after having endured months of physical therapy and injections. We wish her all the best and hope she is recuperating nicely by now. ¶ Mary passed on some upbeat news from Joananne Argus Marshall. Joananne and Jack’s 12-year-old grandson, Jake Marshall, has been awarded numerous prizes for his surfing talents in California, as well as in Indonesia, Australia, and Puerto Rico. You can view videos and learn more about this delightful, engaging young man by googling his website “jakemarshall surfer.” As Mary says, “Isn’t every happy, positive story welcome in the world of today?” What fun! ¶ Hope many of you have made plans to attend our 55th Class Reunion May 20–22. See you there! ¶ As always, please keep our classmates in your prayers. We are

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my brain is not melting. But to slow the progress, I have a book club with English majors, two from Regis, and we read only fiction by dead authors (although there have been a couple regrettable lapses.) We have been going for 10 years and are reading the books we read in college and were too young to either understand or appreciate. This month is Cry, The Beloved Country. I am heading towards my 3rd year of leading a 6-week spring course at the Village University of Concord. I choose the topic and get expert speakers. The 1st year was on the constitution and how we elect our president (with a push toward getting rid of the Electoral College); this year we are doing the Bill of Rights. The series starts the end of March and I am in the process of getting speakers. I also am on the staff of the local Patch paper, a daily online local paper. Look up your town on You can check out towns other than your own, so you can see if anyone you know has made the police log in, say, California. This is a wonderful job. And to see what I am up to check out I also nap, do crossword puzzles, and eat too much. What peeves me: The use of the word “elderly” in news reports. The Boston Globe, I am pleased to note, no longer uses the word. It is meaningless and used only when the person in question is not a bold-faced name. I have other gripes: parents embarrassing their children in public makes me crazy. And I am not above speaking to the parent.” ¶ Pat Thalheimer King offers, “I had a volunteer experience which I enjoyed and was very interesting. I volunteered at our library for an ESL class. I thought it would be teaching English grammar (which I had done before) but it turned out to be conversational English. Most of the students were either Russian or Chinese. They had lived through World War II and the rise of Communism in China. I helped with their conversation, and I learned so much from them. Some of their stories were unbelievable. I did this for 5 years and had to stop, but hope to go back again. ¶ Barbara Kelley Kelley says, “Retirement has presented me with opportunities to volunteer in several ways. I particularly enjoy my role as a foster grandparent in a weekly playgroup at our parish church. I have also been blessed by the opportunity to bring the Eucharist to several housebound friends and to share time with them. My husband Paul and I host several discussion groups in the Diocesan Arise program and an ongoing book group. In it, we have discussed the works of various authors, recent favorites have been Anne Rice and Fr. James Martin, SJ. Weekly I “work” in a second grade classroom for reading and a kindergarten for math


at an age where we face many challenges. May God grant us grace and strength to accept them.


✒ Judith Sughrue, 47 Rosewood Dr.,

Stoughton, MA 02072, nettiedog@, 781-344-3357 ¶ It is good


to hear that we are still on the go although some adjustments are being made. Sheila Cruchley Campbell is still very active having journeyed across the Pacific to Southeast Asia, China and Japan and back to Alaska and the west coast. She was in Thailand when the street demonstrations were going on and so she was detoured to the countryside. Cynthis Souza Nakane and her husband Paul continue their love of ocean travel having crossed the Panama Canal. But a pinched nerve has somewhat restricted their travel. Nevertheless, Cynthia still is tutoring studio children. ¶ Mary Hughes Noonan is still active in educating children. Brenda Murphy Dugan and her husband Bill have abandoned the long drive to Florida. They ship their cars and fly down. Carol Noonan Driscoll and her husband Tom have banded with some friends to charter a bus for a month in Florida. Others are staying closer to home. ¶ After many travels Nancy Cummings Collins wrote that she and her husband stay closer to home in Pennsylvania. Spud Sanderson Kingsbury and Bob restrict their travel to New England or where they don’t have to face holdups at airports. Fortunately, Regis is within that range since her good news is that she has been nominated to the Regis Board of Trustees and will be making many trips to Regis as it goes through the selection of a new president. Since there have been at least forty applicants Spud has a lot of reading to do. My own travels have also narrowed to driving distances, although I hope to meet some of our classmates at greater distances in 2011. ¶ Many of our classmates attended our fall luncheon. Among them were: Elly Burke, Carol Noonan Driscoll, Bebe Gannon Brady, Rosemary Weidner Mahoney, Nancy Swendeman Loud, Alice Scanlon Cogliano, Helen Graham McGonigle, Eileen Kelley Moynihan, and Pat McCarron Petterson. ¶ Eighteen of our class participated in the Annual Memorial Liturgy in November when our 2 deceased classmates from the past year, Eleanor DiCarlo Golden and Betty Martens Brockway, were remembered. ¶ We recently received the sad news that Joan Keenan Kugler died in 2004. Joan was one of several Regis 57ers who went to D.C. for graduate school, government work or both, along with Renelle L’Hullier McLoughlin, Carol Hurd Green, Rosemary Weidner Mahoney, Liz Wilbur, Pat Handricken

Bell and myself. Joan was the only one

to remain in D.C. where she married, had 3 children and a successful computer career. The rest of us scattered: Pat to Florida, and Renelle to Virginia while Carole, Rosemary, Liz and myself came back home to the Boston area. ¶ Although it took Rosemary much longer after years in New York, 2 of her sons also settled here. But her 2 daughters moved to Colorado where when last heard from Rosemary and Kevin were flying to visit and take in some western culture.


✒ Joan Meleski Kenney, P.O Box 33,

Hyannis Port MA 02647, joan_kenney@, ✒ Paula Kirby Macione, 11 Zeus Drive, Chelmsford MA 01824 ¶ We mourn the passing of our classmate, Ellen Clark Abely and extend condolences

to her husband John and family. Our sympathy also to Carol Vannicola Clark, who lost her husband Paul, last October. ¶ Carol Finnell Kenney sends the following update: Every summer a group of 8 get together for a day, rotating the hostess duties. This year it was Woods Hole and Carol’s turn. In addition to Carol, the regular attendees are Ina Catalanotti Roehr, Marilyn Dozois Rohrer, Doris Good Marr, Mary Anne O’Connor Dwyer, Pat Graham Kelly, Tish Albiani Carney, and Janet Duggan Hall. Sometimes Pat Flanagan Neumann comes from New York, but not this year. Rumor has it that their next get together will include Sheila Dugan Block and Margo Johnson Hughes. Everyone is busy with family and grandchildren; Carol, Pat Neumann, Ina and Mary Anne are still working. Marilyn has moved from the Vineyard to Lake Winnepausakee. And most of the group spend some part of the winter in Florida and try to meet for dinner. They send wishes for good health to all. ¶ Carol Howard and husband Jim MacDonald have moved to The Forum, a retirement community in Cupertino, Calif. where they are enjoying constant activities and delightful people. They spent 3 weeks last fall touring Italy, where they visited Sorrento, Tuscany and Venice, and Carol is hoping that they will be able to attend one of our class gatherings in the near future. Her new address is 23800 Amapolo Crt., V-5, Cupertino, CA 95014. In her letter she says, “A good reason to make a donation to Regis is to stay in touch—it is always fun for me to learn what our classmates have been up to.” Our long-term Fund Agent, Elaine O’Connell Fitzpatrick , surely applauds these sentiments! Elaine and husband David had a busy fall as they followed their 2 granddaughters’ swim teams all over New England. ¶ Joan Meleski

Kenney traveled to Washington, D.C. in January to see her son, Frederick Kenney promoted to Rear Admiral and installed as the Judge Advocate General of the US Coast Guard—a once-in-a-lifetime thrill! ¶ Peter and Paula Kirby Macione attended the Retired National Education Association conference in New Orleans last June. The highlight of the week was going with a group to a town called Belle Chase, where they worked on a public school that was in need of painting and landscaping. Also, Paula visited Mary Downing Richard in November. Mary would love to hear from classmates, as she is housebound; her address is 300 Pintail Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA 23456. ¶ As this column is being written, one of the many blizzards is roaring outside in Massachusetts. However, John and Donna Coffey Young are not worrying about such things as they are in warm and sunny Tucson, Ariz. visiting their daughter and family. ¶ Speaking of warm and sunny, please save Friday, May 20, 2011, the day of the wonderful Golden Tower Luncheon. We have had a great turnout from our class the past 2 years, and hope for even more this year. It is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and enjoy each other, and springtime at Regis, all at no charge!


✒ Maureen O’Connell Palmer, 525

Washington Street, Apt 206, Hanover, MA 02339 ✒ Liz Russell Bilafer, 15 Victoria Road, Arlington, MA 02474, ¶ Right now

there are about 25 inches of snow on the ground and the temperature is 10 degrees. Enough is enough! Florida is looking better and better — can’t wait! Once again we are searching for news from the Class of ’59. We can only report what we know and right now we don’t know too much about what is happening in your lives. Please, please contact us! ¶ Janice Canniff Monteith, Janet Clements Lavey, Louise Foucher and Liz Russell Bilafer met for dinner at Faneuil Hall in Boston just before Christmas. Lots of great conversation and good food at The Chart House. Janice and Louise met again in January — this time for lunch in Hingham, Mass. at Paul Walberg’s new restaurant. Janice got to see Louise’s apartment at the Shipyard. Louise has a new grandson as does Jane McCarthy Murphy. Jane is a little sad as her son, Greg, his wife and new little Cooper will be moving to Chicago in May. Looks like a few trips to the Midwest for Jane and Bill or maybe even for Jane, Liz, and Janice. They will be calling you Margie! The Christmas luncheon at Morrison House was lovely. It was a small turnout but once again lots of chatter and good food.



✒ Mary Lou De Maria Schwinn, 909 Old

Post Rd., Cotuit, MA 02635, mlschwinn@ ¶ Nancy Sheehan died on

Oct. 23, 2010. As a highly respected educator in Boston, Nancy began her career with a year in Alaska in the Lay Apostolate. With a master’s degree from BC, among her accomplishments, Nancy was a Reading Supervisor for the Title I program and a staff member at Emmanuel College where she supervised student teachers. She continued her involvement in the classroom where she felt reading and literature opened new worlds to children. Nancy was on the Pastoral Council for the Voice of the Faithful. ¶ Our sympathies also go to the families of Joan S. Igoe Heywood and Patricia O’Connell Milkowski who also passed away this year. ¶ Joyce Kennerly Bohan and husband Larry traveled to visit a new grandbaby and family in New Orleans for Thanksgiving, and another son and family for Christmas in San Francisco, Calif. Joyce, as a pastel artist, works in figures and some landscapes. Recently she exhibited at the Art By the Sea in Vero, Fla. ¶ Joyce reported that Sheila Mahoney Mutrie traveled to her condo in Sarasota, Fla. in late January for a short time.

Margie Moriarty Swider came to Hobe

Sound in March for a couple of weeks. Joyce tried to get a mini reunion going, which included Mary Eileen Hurley Mealy from Amelia Island, Fla. and Ellen McCarthy McGrath from Ocala, Fla. Also Laura Allen Rushton and I are in the area. She thought there were probably more classmates around the East Coast of Florida. Do call or email one of us to be included next year. ¶ The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Naples, Fla. includes a Regis bus. Joyce was there quite by accident last year and discovered the bus and all the fun. ¶ Brenda McCrann has been tripping around. Last August, the Danube River took her from the Black Sea to Budapest with a side trip to Transylvania and in March she stayed in Torremolinos, Spain for 2 weeks with visits to Malaga, The Alhambra, Seville, Gibraltar and Morocco. In between journeys, Brenda continues math tutoring in the 1st grade and courses at Regis’ Life Long Learning Program (LLARC). ¶ Last October, Barbara Norman Wihbey, Irene Demers Lamson, and Brenda had a sleep over at Lou McMurray Wishneski ’s home in Connecticut. Due to Lou’s husband Larry’s death in April, Lou did not attend our reunion so a mini reunion was called for. They shared many happy memories of our days at Regis, particularly our senior year on the top front floor of Maria Hall where they all lived. ¶ Mary Jane Doherty Curran shares that she laughs a lot with her new husband, Donald Cameron, and she learned from her ballroom dancing instructor that ballroom lessons are the best way to ward off Alzheimer’s. ¶ The snow in New York was a challenge for Marilyn Stasio who reported working harder than usual in the thick of the theater season. She reviews upwards of a dozen shows a month and several with great performances from stars like Al Pacino, Olympia Dukakis (originally from Boston), and Alan Rickman. “And bless its little soul, the NY Times Book Review column keeps me busy the rest of the work week. P.S. Doesn’t anybody ever come to New York?” ¶ Mary Duggan Kenney spends winter months in Arizona. Mary had 8 children, most of whom still live near her in Milton, Mass. She has 25 grandchildren and she is expecting her 26th and 27th sometime this year. Barbara Cunningham Sullivan and Mary live in the same neighborhood. Barbara has 6 children and therefore “only” 16 grandchildren with the 17th coming in May. The fun part is that their children, at one time or another, went to school together. Now the grandchildren are in the same classes, or on the same teams, or are in the same plays, and are just very good friends. It is amazing and so very nice. ¶ Catherine Keane Memory decided to

stay home this winter and enjoy her lakefront home. “At some resorts they have skiing and snowboarding, but here we have recreational and fitness snow shoveling!” Kay is enjoying her little 18-month-old granddaughter, Kate, who lives nearby. She has joined a small group of professional women in her neighborhood on Greenwood Lake in Mansfield, Mass. They are knitting afghans, mittens, hats, and scarves for a local shelter, which is very grateful for the hand-knit items. ¶ Mary Grover Rossetti and her husband spent their 1st winter in Harwich, Mass. and couldn’t believe their good fortune in terms of the lack of snow. They have 2 new grandchildren in the past few months. A son and his family, including new little John, just moved to New Jersey, and their daughter and her family are in Connecticut. They make frequent trips to visit both. Their younger son Joe lives in Reading, Mass. and they see him more frequently. Mary planned is a trip to Italy in mid May for new granddaughter, Daria’s christening in Padua at St. Anthony’s. Her dad is from there so it is loads of fun to have his family there to help us drink the wine and eat the pasta! ¶ Anne Marie Volante O’Neill and husband Fred enjoyed a three week trip to Tibet, Nepal & Bhutan in Sept. “We did it ALL while we were there. Every day was an exciting adventure.” Anne Marie made 2 trips to France this year for her Quimper Pottery. In the US, she will attend the Houston Antiques Dealers Association’s large and wonderful show. This past year she made 2 trips to Telluride to visit son Brian and wife Hilaree. They are featured in the new Warren Miller ski movie. If anyone plans to visit Tride, be sure to contact Anne Marie. She notes “Fred and I ski most weekdays in the winter and enjoy it as much as we did 50 years ago!” ¶ Remember, if you have enjoyed reading this, quickly email me to be included in the next issue.

1961 50th Reunion

✒ Kate Martin Hawke, 4 Rockland

Road, Marblehead, MA 01945-1316, ¶ Since I have

been assured that this edition of Regis Today will be mailed in April, I will give you my take on our upcoming 50th reunion. I’ve been to several planning meetings and have the feeling that we will spend a great deal of time eating, drinking, praying, and, most importantly, talking. A committee is working on a DVD of our 4 years at Regis as well as the years beyond. Our DVD will be a 21st-century way of “holding memories safe in our keeping.” ¶ I’ve telephoned some classmates and have enjoyed connecting with old friends and renewing acquaintances with

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Attending that day were Dotty Kelley Kelly; Mary Ann Kennedy Smith; Janice Monteith; Marylou Holihan Hayes; Kay O’Connor Johnson; Mary Courtney, who drives from Northampton each month for the luncheons; Joan Connell MacLeod; Barbara O’Neil Natale, whose son Paul will be getting married this spring; Gerry Chase; Carol Donovan; Liz Bilafer; Marie Cronin and, of course, our hostess Dr. Mary Jane England. Some travel news that day: Gerry Chase is off to Australia in the spring, Kay will be attending her daughter’s wedding in Switzerland, and Liz will be going to Alaska in June. ¶ Trisha O’Hearn Hilsinger has sold her home in Belmont, Mass. and is now living in a lovely condo in Burlington, Mass. Life is a lot easier for Trisha now. No more shoveling! Ann Tiernan wrote again this Christmas that she is staying very busy, especially travelling to visit her brother in San Diego, Calif. and more travel to her favorite area, the Southwest, exploring pueblos, canyons, and mountains in Arizona and New Mexico. While in New Mexico, Ann visited Marie Vasaturo White ’56, a Regis grad who remained in New Mexico after spending a year as a Lay Apostle in Santa Fe, N.M. Marie was a friend of Ann’s sister, Kay. ¶ Book recommendations: Liz really enjoyed Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese and Maureen recommends Hotel on The Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Can’t wait for Spring!



women I did not know as well. Agnes Reardon Sughrue, who runs a detective agency with her husband Richard, has been an incredible finder of lost classmates. In a short period of time she has located people on whom the Alumni Office had almost given up. I was able to put Catherine O’Connell Gallivan in touch with her long-lost friend Ellen Conway Bond. Mimi Nyhan Deignan was happy to get Jane Nagle Joyce’s telephone number since both now live in Boston. Agnes O’Hara Barrett was able to visit Connie O’Brien Skahan at Thanksgiving; both have daughters living in the same community in Georgia. After 25 years, I was able to contact Liz (the former Betty) Boyle Brazier who now lives in Williamsburg, Va. Many of you have probably lost touch with women with whom you shared car pools, seminar rooms, dorms, dates, etc. Won’t it be wonderful in May to reconnect, share memories, and catch up on the past 50 years?!


✒ Rosemary Shannon Robbins, 43 Mano


Drive, Kula, Hawaii 96790, 808-2644540 ✒ Maureen Connelly, 97 Neel Road, Harwich Port, MA 02646-2508, ¶ In reminiscing

with classmates about that January 50 years ago when JFK was inaugurated, I was chastised for forgetting that we had our own Inaugural Ball. Though I do remember THE poster and, I THINK, his picture, with the caption: “From a Regis Prom to the Presidency.” In her new memoir I Remember Nothing, Nora Ephron — she attended that women’s college on the other end of Wellesley Street — recalls forgetting about meeting Eleanor Roosevelt in June of 1961 when, as a political intern at the Kennedy White House, she was invited to Hyde Park. “I idolized the woman. I couldn’t believe I was going to be in the same room with her. So what was she like that day in Hyde Park, you may wonder. I HAVE NO IDEA.” ¶ I have no idea why I goofed, sending Sandy Rossi’s email to Dotti DeNave Rossi and vice versa. Mea Culpa, Sandy and Dotti. Both Joanne Fitzgerald McCrea and Helene Swiatek Savicki think I was having a “JUNIOR MOMENT.” Joanne, still serving on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, is considering joining the Peace Corps. Why not? Her daughter Meghan is a lawyer for the U.S. Department of Education and her husband, Peter Blake, after completing his doctorate at Harvard in Childhood Development, recently joined its faculty. Helene and Bill Savicki’s daughters Mary Beth and Melissa — in less than 4 years — presented them with 5 granddaughters. A very frequent commuter to Providence and Cambridge where they live, Helene

still has time to chair book, bridge, garden, and golf clubs in her new year-round hometown of Dennis, Mass. Though Dotti and Bill Rossi are equally busy visiting their 5 offspring and their children who “are all over the map,” they have decided, quipped Dotti, to “age in place, whatever that means!” In addition to teaching at George Mason University and volunteering for several social service groups, Dotti belongs to 3 book clubs, a prayer group and is starting a Writer’s Circle. And as for Sandy Rossi, she recently emailed Helene that she is now a great grandmother! “I am Nonna to my dear 1-year-old baby girl named Layla Lynn. I don’t see her often enough as she is in Denver. Who knew I’d live to see that?!” ¶ Carol O’Brien Barton, like many of our classmates, spends her winters in “The Sunshine State,” not “The Snowbound State.” But she and Jim, since moving to Plymouth, Mass. 12 years ago, consider that historic town their “real home.” From mid-March to Thanksgiving, Carol applies her considerable business and educational skills at Plimouth Plantation where she meets “people from all over the world.” Though sons Jim and Kevin “aren’t far away in Medfield and Hopedale, Mass., daughter Denise is in San Francisco, Calif.” So, like so many in our class, the Bartons are frequent fliers and drivers. Yet, the Cape still seems to be where many hang their straw hats. ¶ Carole Kennedy Nassab and husband Fuad flew west to enjoy the holidays with one of their 4 offsprings and his family, and were gifted by the convergence of all of their younger generations; what a pajama party that was! ¶ Joanne Bellucci and husband Tom Harding phoned from Shrewsbury in Dec.; by now, they hoped to be thawed and enjoying their place in Fla. ¶ Mary Alice Gilmore and her family were expecting a move to O’ahu, thanks to a transfer for her son-in-law, but now looks like a different geography for them. You can imagine my enthusiasm for that 1st possibility and my disappointment that corporate bureaucrats are interfering with Hawaii’s menehune’s merry mischief-making. ¶ Betsy Comeau Kadehjian and husband Art continue to enjoy life in Belmont, with summers and some weekends in New Hampshire. ¶ Cathy Norris Norton was in touch to say that after 30 years at the Marine Biology Laboratory at Woods Hole, in her semi-retirement she’ll still be involved in its grants’ pursuits, including via global traveling as a library scholar. Hopefully, some of our class will get to see her before she heads to Zanzibar in the fall. ¶ Dottie Sokol Schmeeckle sent a long-distance hug via her husband’s daughter who had moved to Maui. She and I had a lovely lunch in January. ¶ In Rosemary Shannon Robbins’ islands

world, they’re counting their blessings: Rosemary at 2000+ feet up Mt. Haleakala and her son Chris Kimo and daughter-in-law Mary Annrom the 27th floor of a Honolulu high rise. ¶ She gets her fun city fix there about 5 times a year, then flies home to smell the flowers: literally. Still active in church and community affairs, she is continuing to teach as a substitute in the state’s DOE, swim most days and treasure unadulterated sunsets and subtropical starlight nights. Phone calls from her adopted Russian grandson and family in Bedford and summertime visiting with them keep me tuned to what life will somewhat be like when the Filipino grandchildren arrive in Honolulu: Chapters yet to be written. ¶ Patti Cusack Morrison and husband Bill are in Chatham, Mass. Two of Patti’s pals from both Dedham and Regis ’62 — Eleanor Forrest Fisher of Pasadena, Md. and Mary Lord Mahoney of Manchester, Conn.—both have summer residences there. As does Mary McCauley Higgins who chairs our 50th Reunion Committee and has asked me to remind you to send donations for our Reunion Gift to Regis to her at 6 Eastmount Rd. Medfield, MA 02052. “We can take pride in contributing to the future of Regis,” writes Mary,” and at the same time commemorate the 4 years we spent preparing for our future. Go REGIS.” And before I forget, how about sending me some NEWS?


✒ Jane DeMarco Wittreich, 6

Candleberry Lane, Belmont MA 02478, ✒ Valerie Jane O’Hearn Ledger, 42 Silas Deane Road, Ledyard, CT 06339-1331, edleger@aol. com ¶ Hello, fellow members of the

class of 1963…(sounds so long ago, doesn’t it?) ¶ I just returned from a 30minute walk — my New Year’s resolution. It was beautiful with the sun on pristine snow, but very cold. I find I can meditate easier when surrounded by nature — is it an age-related issue? I’d like to think it is wisdom. Elly Keilty Svab sent me an interesting item: I have never read a book by Dennis Lehane, but lots of readers like him. In his novel, Prayers for Rain, on page 78, he writes: “Where we going? Just away. This town has eyes, Mr. Kenzie.” So we left Weston … traveling 40 miles an hour down half empty roads. A few more quick directives … and we pulled into a parking lot behind Saint Regina’s College. Regina’s was an allfemale, private Catholic college, where the middle class and pious tucked away their daughters in hopes that somehow they’d forget about sex. It had the opposite effect, of course; when I’d been in college, we’d made several Friday night pilgrimages out here and came home mauled and a bit dazed by



✒ Barbara Bye Murdock, PO Box 266,

Little Compton, RI 02837, Barbara@ ✒ Virginia McNeil Slep, 40 Jeffrey Road, Wayland, MA 01778, ¶ In

my email request for news recently, I asked classmates to share their experiences with volunteer projects, appropriate as many of us are transitioning to retirement and have time to

devote to these important opportunities. We love to hear about interesting travel, some trips include volunteer work. Virginia collected news from classmates that attended the October dinner. Thanks for writing. ¶ Nancy Broderick Berquist’s volunteer work over the past years has been very rewarding, in fact, life altering. In 2008 she traveled to Guatemala with Habitat for Humanity. Last year continuing with Habit for Humanity, she traveled to Colombia, South America and is returning this February with 13 others from her church. “We will be working on the island of Baru, but staying in Cartehagna. We have been raising money to build more homes in Colombia. It costs $2800 to build a simple house about the size of a 2 car garage. So far I have raised about $2000 just by sending out letters to family and friends.” Nancy has offered more details upon her return. ¶ Mary Ford, aka Mef, describes her new involvement at the Boston Trauma Center. She is working with traumatized adults in a research study using computer games. The project attempts to train the brain to more optimal functioning using neurofeedback. Mef was hoping to go to Haiti, to do some of this trauma work, through her Maryknoll connections there. ¶ Kathy McKenna volunteers for RFBD, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic in Cambridge. ¶ Pat Luben O’Hearn is becoming more involved with Adopt a Student, as a mentor. Pat has been traveling, to Bolivia last spring, to visit a life-long friend in Cochabamba, where she found the people “beautiful, kind, soft spoken and empathetic.” She also enjoyed a pilgrimage to Italy and Turkey. ¶ Marcia Karbowniczak Petrillo, CEO of Qualidigm, has been named a finalist at the Nonprofit Heroes Awards ceremony, held June 10 at the Connecticut Convention Center. Marcia was recognized for being a pioneer in the field of health care improvement, having led Qualidigm and its predecessor organization for 35 years. She has developed the organization into a 50-person consulting firm known for continually advancing the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of health care. Throughout Marcia’s career, she has set an inspirational example of social responsibility serving numerous non profit boards, committees and other community-focused initiatives, such as Dress for Success, the Connecticut Food Bank, naming a few. Marcia was the keynote speaker at the 2007 Women Who Dare Series, a speaker series which she helped to launch. Marcia and her husband live in Bloomfield, Conn. ¶ Julie Marchesseault Holzer explained, “life will be different for me in 2011 — I’ve just moved my real estate license from active status into a referral network.

Spending our winter months in Florida the last 3 years meant I was missing some of the most active months in the New Jersey, market, so this decision makes sense.” Julie made a visit to Vermont this past fall and caught up with 2 former classmates who live in the same town, Mary Byrnes and Susan Baker Olson — “it was great to get re-acquainted and reminisce!” ¶ Ted and Lucille Demers Reilly reside in Atlanta, Ga. and have for the past 17 years. They love retirement and do not know how they found time to work. With their 3 children and 6 grandchildren scattered they travel a lot: New York, New Jersey and Virginia. Once a year they really try get to Massachusetts to Lucille’s brother’s summer home in Falmouth. She is still doing aerobic dancing which she has done for 30+years. Lucille and Ted golf (he much more) and love their garden. They have become Southerners with a Boston accent! This year they are spending 4 months in New Jersey, on the shore, to help their daughter Kathleen who is expecting #3. This is reverse snowbirds. They are in the routine of school drop off, pick up, ballet, karate, basketball, etc. Deja vu! They are enjoying the cold and snow that they do not get in Atlanta and really love seeing the grandchildren everyday. With one son and family close by in Bedford, N.Y., they get to see those 2 little granddaughters quite often. Another son lives in Northern Virginia working at the Pentagon. It was so nice to hear from Lucille, we have not had an email from her, and thanks to Mary Crane Fahey we are connected. ¶ Sue Sullivan Gabler and her husband Ray are both retired since 2004. After corporate careers involving computer programming, technical writing, and computer marketing and sales they spent more than 15 years in their own marketing and sales business for computer hardware & software. When they retired they moved away from the congestion and bustle of Silicon Valley to a rural property adjacent to the Sierra Nevada foothills. They are about 1 1/2 hours south of Yosemite National Park and 1 hour west of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Hence the view of snow capped mountains but no snow to deal with unless they choose to visit these parks. ¶ Ray & Sue took a Princess Cruise through the Panama Canal in October. The full transit through the canal was fascinating and took an entire day. The Gablers will be traveling to visit their lawyer daughter, living and working in Brussels and their Air Force Pilot son and his wife, who are stationed in South Korea. Another son lives in California. ¶ Maureen Shea Dolan and her husband John are in Naples, Fla. until April and she plans to join other fellow alums on the Regis trolley for the St.

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the ferocity of good Catholic girls and their pent-up appetites.” Well, does anyone want to comment? Email Jane at ¶ Two of our classmates who spend the winter in Florida tell us that life is wonderful and very relaxed there. Mary Dowd Eberle is actually a Florida resident. She spends most of her time in Naples, Fla., enjoying the sun and surf, and volunteering at the local humane society. Mary comes up north to West Roxbury, Mass. for the summer, reconnecting with her siblings, nieces, and nephews.¶ Sheila Schroeder Feeney and husband Bob spent 4 months in Estero, Fla. and Sheila tells us that she and Mary rendezvous from time to time. Water aerobics and bocce ball keep Sheila very fit! When up north in Hull, Mass. she is active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and also devotes time to Pastoral Care in her parish. ¶ Each summer, Sheila and classmates Jane Birmingham Murphy and Clare Lafferty Driscoll take a little road trip together to a destination with “water”…lake, river, or ocean. One of these times they may try the mountains! Sheila has 2 married daughters, one in California, the other in Massachusetts. Her 8-year-old granddaughter lives close by for fun times with the grandparents. ¶ Carol Rush Vento, who lives in Newton, Mass. with husband Charlie, recently retired as a patient services manager for a breast MRI company. She spends her leisure time at many of the grandchildren’s sporting events both at Bryant University in Rhode Island and at the local high school. Cheerleading comes naturally to Carol! She also spends time running after her little 2-year-old grandson, which keeps grandma in shape. No need to go to the gym! ¶ Jane DeMarco Wittreich loves having her 2 granddaughters, ages 10 and 7, living close by and being a part of their lives. Her other 2-yearold granddaughter Michaela, named after her late husband Mike, lives in Manhattan. She finds that combining a trip back to Darien, Conn. to visit good pals and then continuing on to New York to take Michaela to the park works out very well. Jane and her husband George are planning a winter getaway this year to Australia and New Zealand. The Maori civilization has intrigued them both.



Patrick’s Day Parade in Old Naples on Mar. 12. ¶ Judy Higgins Donahue and her husband spend most of their time in The Villages, Fla. Judy would love to connect with other classmates who are in the region. She is working as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem in the Fifth Circuit Judicial Court, representing the interests of children in cases involving abuse or neglect. She writes that it is very meaningful and fulfilling work. Judy’s daughter Janie recently accepted a job as Episcopal Chaplain at MIT. Now she and her husband have a child in Massachusetts for the 1st time — as well as a small granddaughter. They are looking forward to spending more time in the Boston area. Judy taught a public relations course at Regis this past summer, relating that teaching at one’s alma mater is a special experience. The Donahues spend the summer season in Bristol, N.H. ¶ It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of our classmate, Mary Diane Wixted Hayes, on Sept. 4, 2010. Mary earned her JD and LLM from Suffolk Law School, Master’s degrees in Religious Ed and Theology from Boston College, and STL from Weston SJ School of Theology. Her professional associations included American Immigration Lawyers, Women Lawyers, a past president, and the Irish Pastoral Centre. Mary was a Eucharistic Minister, bringing communion to the ill and elderly as well as a member of the 3rd order of Saint Francis. Her memory was celebrated at the annual Mass for deceased Regis alums last November. We celebrate her wonderful Christian dedication. ¶ Please send news, comments, to your reporters, Best wishes!


✒ Kathleen McCaffrey Ford, 491 Everett Street, Westwood, MA 02090, Mixief@ ¶ I am sorry to report the

death of our classmate and friend

Mary Ann Christensen Solet. She and

her family lived in Maine for several years. Our prayers and condolences go out to them. She was remembered at the Annual Memorial Liturgy on Nov. 14, 2010. We also send our sympathy to Patricia Gaumond Kazierski on the loss of her mother. I received some nostalgic thoughts from Mary Ellen Lavenberg. 2011 is a banner year for the class of 1965. Fifty years ago, in 1961, we formed those friendships as Regis freshmen that we all treasure and thrive on. A vivid memory is an October retreat weekend. During meditation time, Mel and her 4 roommates styled hair, tried on make-up, and sung and clapped along with the record player to the tune Deep in the Heart of Texas. This was followed by a visit from the Dean of Students. Somehow that 1st visit never allowed Mel to get

out of her sight. Mary Margaret Wolohan Griffin shared profes-

sional and family news. Her daughter Mary Margaret was married in Oct. 2009 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where Mary Margaret’s family has a summer cottage. Mary Margaret’s 2 sons have 4 children between them. Although she loved her job as a commercial artist, it disappeared in the cutbacks of late 2007. She is currently having great fun in her position as a tour guide in Boston. ¶ Our class President and Regis Alumni Board member Katherine Moynihan McGovern was on the committee for the Holly Tea, which was Dec. 5. Our classmate Anne Herron Healy was also present; her daughter Lisa, who makes beautiful jewelry, was a vendor at the craft fair. Kathy and her husband Bernie enjoyed a bus trip through Colorado in August and spent a couple of weeks in Florida in November. They were looking forward to Florida this winter and Kathy hoped to be on the Regis trolley at the Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade. ¶ Carole Gronki McCarthy shared the joyous news of the August birth of her grandson Luke Andrew (her son David and wife Alyson are the proud parents). Luke joins his sister Brynn Violet. In the fall, Carole spent several days visiting with Sally Daily Buckler in Maryland. While there , Carole pursued her genealogy research. Carole related the exciting news that Kathleen Henighan is establishing a Regis nursing scholarship in her mother’s name! Kathy’s mother was a nurse for many years. Kathleen Henighan reports that Valerie Valenti Cloutier is retired and living in Rehobeth Beach, Del. Valerie is active in politics. ¶ Melanie Varol Cashio reports the May 2010 birth of her 2nd grandson Nicolas Matteo. Parents are Melanie’s daughter Lara and her husband Oscar. Much to Melanie’s delight they all live in Charlotte, NC. Mel anticipates retiring in June and thus being able to spend more time with Regis friends. ¶ In February, Gail Hoffman Burke and her husband Walter eagerly anticipated the birth of their 3rd grandchild. ¶ Deirdre Casey joined fellow alums on a fabulous trip to Tuscany. Kathleen Henighan and Anne Marie Fontaine Healey took a memorable trip to the Panama Canal. They are a perfect travel pair; Kathy composes the travel log and Anne Marie snaps the pictures. In September, I enjoyed watching an afternoon session at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. with Joanne Massey Howes and her husband Dick. The following day, Joanne and I had lunch with Louise Sciubba Young. In

A Reminder Class Notes for the Fall 2011 issue are due September 1, 2011; each class is limited to 750 words. You are invited to submit articles and news that are of interest to your classmates. If you know of any alum who would make an interesting profile subject, please let us know that, too. News may be submitted to your class reporter or to the Office of Alumni Relations, Regis College, 235 Wellesley St., Weston, MA 02493 or email: Notes received after September 1, 2011 will run in a later issue.

October, Joanne, Louise, Kathleen Davis Sparrough, and I had a delightful visit in Southampton, Long Island with Carol Jewell Hunt and her husband Jay. Carol’s work was shown in the “January Gallery Selections” at the Spanierman Modern Gallery in New York City. This year, she was selected to design the poster for the “Artists of the Spring 40th Annual Exhibit” (Ashawagh Hall) in Easthampton, N.Y. ¶ I would like to send special thanks to Gail Hoffman Burke for all her support and input as I take on this new role and to Carole Gronki McCarthy for writing the previous column. I very much appreciate hearing from each of you and look forward to receiving more news. ¶ For those who will be attend-

ing special high school reunions this year, Enjoy! Be well and keep in touch.


✒ Dawn-Marie Driscoll, 4909 SW 9th PL, Cape Coral FL 33914, dmdprudenc@aol. com ✒ Elizabeth Brush Petzke, Freiherrvom-Stein-Str. 38, 65779 Kelkheim Germany, ¶ Most

of the notes for this issue came from

Judy Murphy Lauch, who described the

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Adams, Mass. that raised over $2,000. Our classmates walked in support of Pat Grosz Korzendorfer, who has been battling ovarian cancer for several years and who died in early Feb. 2011. ¶ Mary Beth Govoni Cormier volunteered to design and purchase t-shirts for the group to wear. They were blue for ovarian cancer with “Pat’s Pals” written above a caricature of a group running. One had red hair and Pat related to that! Very, very sadly, just 4 days before the October 2010 walk, Mary Beth’s husband Jim died after a brief diagnosis of extreme pulmonary fibrosis. Mary Beth was

class She and Rick have a daughter, Laura, who is a junior in college. ¶ Jeanne Gianturco Jaroszewski lives in Melrose, Mass. She works as a consultant to the MA DOT. She has 3 children and shared pictures of her daughter’s wedding which Pat Grosz also attended as part of an extended vacation Pat and Jeanne had in California. Everyone had a fabulous communal dinner Saturday night featuring Jeanne’s Italian sauce and entrees and yummy contributions from everyone. Everyone talked, laughed, prayed, laughed, caught up with one another, and laughed more. The weather and foliage for the walk could not have been more perfect. There were balloons, tents, speakers, and refreshments. But the best part was Pat and Marion cheering them on. “We dedicated our walk to Pat, to Ginny and Judy’s mothers, and to our Regis classmates who died from breast cancer, as well as to our classmates who are breast cancer survivors. The 5 miles went by quickly and we really didn’t want it to end. Pat looked great. She is an inspiration to us. And she added a lot to the conversations and the laughter.” ¶ That description of the walk just about says it all in describing the Regis connections we still have after 42 years! ¶ Barbara Bouchard Haggerty and husband Peter are planning another trip to Hawaii to visit their younger son Marc and his wife Jess. Fortunately, their son Eric (an award-winning chef) and his wife Erin are close by in Massachusetts so they can visit and share holidays with little travel. Barbara and Tish are beginning to plan a trip to Italy with a possible excursion to Vienna. ¶ Kathy McFarland Kelly is residing in a Florida golfing community with her passionate golfer-husband Dennis. Meanwhile, they have 2 utterly adorable grandsons from their son and his wife in Connecticut. Daughter Maggie is back in Madrid teaching ESL. We (DM and Tish) are looking forward to our rapidly approaching wine tour in May, when we plan to “taste” the areas around Lake Constance, Basel, and perhaps venture into Austria if time allows. This has become an annual highlight and a fun Regis minireunion. ¶ We hope another classmate or 2 will want to keep the class connected, as Tish and I have decided for various family reasons that this will be our last column as class reporters. It’s easy to do with email, so please buddy up with someone, contact the Alumni Office and volunteer for the next few rounds. Best to all from both of us!

sure we are all (at least those of us in the cold climates) looking forward to spring and better weather. Fortytwo years ago we were preparing for graduation and the beginning of a new life. Hopefully we are just as excited about what the future will bring. ¶ Ted and I went on a wonderful 21-day trip to Europe (mostly Italy) in September to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We spent 5 days in Rome (great), a 10-day cruise of the Mediterranean (9 ports in 10 days) and then 5 days in a villa in Tuscany outside of Florence. It was an exciting trip but a bit ambitious for “old farts” like us. It took us 2 weeks to rest up from our “vacation.” ¶ I received a lengthy email from Nancy Wilcox Dowling in November. She has lived in Solon, Ohio (outside of Cleveland) for 29 years and has been single for over 25 years. Nancy has 2 grown daughters. One daughter is married and lives in Manhattan with her husband and 2 children. The other daughter lives in North Carolina and is engaged. Nancy spent the last 37 years in education. She was a guidance counselor for most of that time, but most recently spent time implementing and coordinating an International Baccalaureate Program at the high school level. She is now retired but still serves on the Executive Board for the Ohio Assoc. for IB World Schools. Nancy is enjoying retirement, or as she puts it, “life at a more leisurely pace.” Photography is her passion and she enjoys sharing her skills. She has been able to combine this passion with another, travel, and has visited and photographed over 36 countries. Nancy also does volunteer work, takes classes at the community college, works out, and takes tap dance classes. Sounds like her days are full. ¶ I hope that you all have similar stories, that God has blessed you with good health and the ability to follow your “passions,” whatever they may be. ¶ Nancy started her email by saying she had resolved to send me some items for the class notes for the past several years but her good intentions were put to the bottom of the “to do” list. Perhaps you are doing the same. Well, sit down now and send me some info. I can only report the information you send me. We all would love to hear from you especially if you are retired and have all that time on your hands. Seriously, drop me an email.


classmates. I do hope 2011 has been kind to you and yours. Here’s a bit of class news. ¶ Last December Anne Black Recchia, Dede Dalton-Martell and I headed from Boston’s north shore to the Cape for a Regis Hollyfest where

✒ Linda Gartska Daigneault, 300

Forker Boulevard, Sharon, PA 161463609, ¶ With

another holiday season behind us, I’m


✒ Nora Quinlan Waystack, 126 Merrimac St. #50, Newburyport, MA 01950, ¶ Greetings

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amazingly strong, with the support of her 2 beautiful children, Jimmy and Stephanie, and many friends and relatives. They remain in our hearts and prayers. Mary Beth wanted everyone to continue the walk without her, but she was with the group in spirit. ¶ Maryanne Skeiber Burtman drove from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. where she lives with her husband Tim. They are now both retired. Maryanne retired from teaching in May 2010 so she’s learning the “retirement” ropes. So far, she has the wake up, drink coffee, and read the paper part down, but she’s looking to get involved in volunteering soon. She vacationed recently in Italy. They have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren. ¶ Sandy Kowalski Diaferio drove up from Trenton, N.J. where she lives with her husband Fred, who is retired. Sandy still works full time at ETS in Princeton, N.J. Her parents live in Adams, Mass. so she combined the walk with a visit with her family. She and Fred built a house in Vermont and plan to move there once they sell the house in New Jersey. Then Sandy will join the ranks of the retired. ¶ Marion Marascio Voorheis drove down from South Burlington, Vt., and that alone was quite an accomplishment. Marion had been on a trip to Japan with exchange students when she broke her leg. She had surgery in Japan and was recovering at home. Amazing! Marion lives with her husband Pat, who is retired, and continues as head of the Biology Department at South Burlington High School. Her daughter Alexis gave birth in the fall of 2010 to a beautiful baby, Addison. A baby is born and so is a grandmother. Congratulations, Marion. ¶ Linda Gaioni Dranchak took the train from Bath, Maine, to Boston and rode with Tricia Nelson Cross and Judy Lauch to Williamstown, Mass. Linda and husband John work out of their home. Linda has a successful quilting business and enjoys her 3 children (who live in Maine, California and Florida) and 2 grandchildren. Tricia Cross lives in St. Augustine, Fla., with her husband Burt. She combined the walk with a visit to see children live in Bristol, R.I., and Topsfield, Mass. Tricia and Burt have 6 children and 13 grandchildren. Burt is retired and Tricia manages an oral surgeon’s organization in Florida. ¶ Judy Lauch drove from Boston, where she lives with her husband Bill. Bill is retired (getting a trend of retired husbands??). Judy works part time as an administrative consultant to non-profits, and is currently at City Year, Inc. and, as a member of the Regis Board of Trustees, she was able to update everyone on campus activities. ¶ Ginny Giuliani Davis lives in Andover, Mass., with her husband Rick. Ginny works as a nurse at Mount Auburn Hospital.



classmate Kathleen Murphy Lockwood gave a reading from her book, Major League Bride. I have to admit that although I had purchased her book, I hadn’t read up to that point. Her personal reading was so intriguing that I started it that evening. She led a life, directly out of college and into the next 10 years, unlike most of our fellow classmates! She has been doing quite a few “sports talk” radio shows over the phone and has had a few speaking events this past spring to promote her book. She admitted that so far the cost of travel far outweighs the compensation, but finds the experience invaluable. ¶ I spoke to Carol Cellucci Douillard who has lived in Randolph, N.J. for the past 13 years. Prior to that she and her family lived in Worcester, Mass. for 20 years, where she taught math and science in junior high school, and husband, Paul, was academic dean at Assumption College. When they moved Paul joined Caldwell College as VP and Dean of Faculty and is now academic dean at the College of Mt. St. Vincent in the Bronx, N.Y. Carol and Paul have 4 children; Danielle, 38, is married, lives in New York and is an executive with Jacoby & Meyers law firm. She has 3 children. Twins Kristin and Laura are 36. Kristin is married and works with children with autism, and Laura is married to a Federal agent and lives in Bridgewater, N.J. and has 3 children. Son, Joseph is 32 and is recently married. Carol was sorry not to have been in touch with fellow classmates over the years, and would love to hear from Judy Doherty and Sue Dowd Adams. She concluded by saying she and Paul are very anxious to return to Massachusetts with retirement just around the corner. ¶ Ellie Ryan Devlin has found herself in the role of “caretaker” as many of us can relate to these days. Knowing her Aunt El Ryan ’39 needed some assistance, Ellie moved into her aunt’s home in Brighton 6 years ago. With her mother in a nursing home, Ellie also visits her father, Bud, daily. Along with the many rewards of giving back to her family, Ellie enjoys taking her aunt and father to various Mt. St. Joseph and Regis events. (Her Aunt El was a graduate of both the Mount and Regis, and her father was a trustee of both institutions.) This past winter, the 3 of them were able to enjoy a Signature Event at Regis honoring Sister Thèrèse Higgins. Along with spending time with her father and aunt, Ellie is committed to her long-standing tutoring business. In her spare time, Ellie spends proud moments with her 1st grandchild, Abigail Rose Devlin, daughter of Kevin and Meaghan who live in Norwood, Mass. Ellie also works part time at Talbot’s in Wellesley, Mass. where she’s had many surprise visits from

local Regis classmates. ¶ Please shoot me an email, check out Facebook, or yes, even pick up the phone! I’d love to hear from more of you, classmates.



our classmates in New England are successfully weathering this incredible winter! ¶ Pam Sampson writes that she is working as a social worker for the Natick Service Council and that she has another grandchild, Molly, age 2, who joins her brother Brandon, age 5. This year she moved to a condo in Sherborn, Mass. where she is very happy. ¶ Ginny Lopez Morrissey and her husband Phil write that all is well in the Pacific Northwest. Ginny reports that she working a few days a week in the office of their parish school, and that Phil is doing a little consulting work, but trying not to let that get in the way of his retirement. Their daughter Christine, age 25, is teaching pre-school in Bellevue after graduating from the University of Portland 2 years ago, and their son Jimmy, age 22, will graduate in June with a degree in Business from the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. He has been accepted into the Teach for America program and has been assigned to Baltimore, Md. As they lived in Silver Spring, Md. when Phil was at the National Institutes of Health, they are looking forward to having an excuse to visit there again! ¶ Dee Rando Hampe relates that she has transitioned from public school teaching in Walpole to teaching art education at BU. She had been and continues to teach Teaching Art Grades 5-12 on campus and has been observing student teachers in the field. In addition, she wrote and have been teaching Curriculum Planning, a course required in the online art education masters program at BU, and she has been designing and delivering professional development workshops for teachers to share curriculum and to engage art educators and others who want to learn in studio practice, including her favorite, the plein-air workshop that she led last summer. She has converted her garage to an art studio with heat, water, and a bathroom and “escapes as much as possible.” She just received an honorable mention in the juried Plymouth Art Association fall exhibit for a pastel landscape and she paints and collages as much as time permits. ¶ I am still running my research laboratory at the Schepens Eye Research Laboratory, writing grants, and teaching. My big adventure is that I will be traveling to Bangladesh in April to visit my daughter Elizabeth who is there doing a research project in Political Science on a Fulbright Fellowship and pursuing her love of photography. She is blogging from there in case you are interested to hear about life in Bangladesh:

✒ Susan (Sukey) Saunders, 157

Lexington Ave., Cranston, RI 02910, 401467-6316, ¶ I received

an email from an unfamiliar address and inquiries to its author went unanswered but thanks to this anonymous source I have a report. A weekend reunion took place last September at Jini Brooks Tarnef’s vacation home on the Jersey Shore. Attending were Marie Sullivan, Sherida Moss Daley, Pat Touhy Leonardi, Mary Ann Connelly, Barbara George ’71 and Kathy Burns, a member of our class for 3 years. Elaine Oczkowski Wallace missed the weekend because of a very busy schedule with a new grandchild and her 2nd son’s wedding. ¶ The group gathers every year for a weekend of sharing the year’s ups and downs and news of graduations, travels, weddings, children, and grandchildren. They have held their get-togethers at Marie’s summer home in Little Compton, R.I., Barbara’s in Matunuck, R.I., Pat’s in Old Lyme, Conn. and in New York City. We have some of their news. Sherida retired from teaching last June and is enjoying her grandchildren and traveling with her husband. Mary continues in her long career working for the Commonwealth Health and Human Services. Pat enjoys her summers in Old Lyme, Conn. and continues to travel, most recently visiting her daughter during a semester abroad in London. Her daughter is a senior, majoring in Communications at Syracuse University. Marie is a nurse anesthetist at Lahey Clinic and travels the globe, sometimes to see the perfect eclipse in China or Egypt. Jini’s 2 sons have graduated college and are pursuing their careers. Her daughter will be graduating this year. Jini travels frequently with her husband and enjoys her 2 homes in New Jersey. Kathy Burns is a Director of Services for homeless and underprivileged families on Cape Cod. She is also the proud mother of 3 adult children. Barbara George ’71 lives in Massachusetts and is retired from a career in software consulting. She and her husband enjoy winter skiing at their home in New Hampshire and summers in Rhode Island. ¶ In an effort to not write about the same people frequently I’m afraid there is only one other bit of news. Helen Weathers Elliott has retired from her position as Director of Community Outreach at Brookdale College. Helen has no plans to sit still and I hope she will let us know what comes next. ¶ Send news and be well!

✒ Patricia A. D’Amore, 50 Jane

Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, ¶ Hope all



retirement. Or maybe, starting a 2nd career — I was working as an architect until the recession stymied the building industry. I am thinking about a career change even at my age. I would love to hear what the future holds for my classmates.

Lexington, MA 02420, Grace.Murphy@ ¶ I had a Christmas card from Kathi O’Looney Adams that

35th Reunion ✒ Linda Reed Tolman, 11 Georgetown ¶ Please write and let me know what you are up to so I can share it with our classmates.

✒ Grace Murphy, 6 Colony Road,


✒ Christina Mackiewicz McMahon, 841

Randolph Street, Abington, MA 023511039,

¶ I hope you are all surviving the winter of 2011! If you need to go someplace warm, get in touch with Lela Aukes-Niemer in sunny Thailand. She can put you up in one of her lovely apartments on the beach. ¶ Maureen Kelly Longo is busy painting in her studio in Middletown, Conn. Stop by Nikita’s Bar and Bistro on Main Street to see her murals. We are planning to get together to visit the new wing at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston after her son’s wedding in the spring. Janet Arigo Dygert has purchased a house in Dennis on Cape Cod in preparation for retirement — where have the years gone?!?. She is working at Genzyme Corporation on an Oracle applications implementation. Janet and husband Don are planning a trip to Yosemite and Napa Valley, Calif. this spring to celebrate Don’s 60th birthday. ¶ Catherine Grealy Cohen passed a rigorous certification examination for Association CEOs and now can use the designation — MHSA, CAE! Congratulations, Cathy. The class of ’75 is entering a period of children’s weddings, grandchildren, and

Landing, Bass River, MA 02664

✒ Rosamond Dunn Lockwood, 47

Greenfield Street, Manchester, NH 03104

¶ It is almost incredible to believe that we are just around the corner from celebrating our 35th reunion! This will be a milestone event and a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with old friends and see the new changes on campus! Roz Dunn Lockwood and I met together at her waterfront Cape home in Wellfleet in October to make plans for reunion. We are excited about getting a record turnout for our class. Everyone will receive a 20-minute DVD that Dr. Marguerite Bouvard produced with her husband that profiled our Class of 1976, entitled “Women for Tomorrow.” It will conjure up hours of memories featuring seminars on the front lawn, Sarah Caldwell’s Boston Opera Company’s Rehearsal of the “Barber of Seville” in the old gym, Dr. Bouvard’s trip to the model United Nations in New York, and featured student/faculty interviews. It is worth seeing just to recall the long hair and 1970s fashions! ¶ I have moved to the Cape to live year round, but maintaining my real estate business in Westboro, Mass., I get to cross the canal several times a week! My daughter is receiving her BS in Nursing from U Mass Amherst in May. She has been a Medical Assistant at Acton Medical Associates for 5 years while attending university. ¶ Maria White McKenna is in her 20th year as an Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Anselm’s College. She also serves as an advisor in the Autism Awareness Society to educate people on campus about autism, explaining its devastating effects, and helping serve individuals with autism in the community. ¶ Martha Murphy is living in Manhattan, N.Y. and exhibiting her artistic work by the Museum of Modern Art and the American Folk Art Museum. She specializes in paintings on the urban environment. I bought her litho of the Chrysler building that she brought to the last reunion! ¶ Jan Maroney Kaseta has now been the Director of Recreation for the Town of Wellesley for 25 years! Her husband of 27 years is a Lt. on the Woburn Fire Department. Her daughter, Jaime, graduated from U Miami, and works in Boston for a PR firm. Her son, Kyle, graduated from URI and is seeking a position as a wildlife biologist. ¶

Barb Aufiero is living in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Henry, and son, Harrison. She is coaching a Destination Imagination Team and is shooting for the Global Competition. ¶ Denise Morando Gruetzmacher recently moved from New Jersey to reside year round in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard. She is now teaching on the island! ¶ On a sad note, this past September our classmate and friend Lynn Smith Pascal passed away peacefully in Chaumont, N.Y. from an inoperable brain tumor. She had worked for more than 30 years at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Conn. She is survived by her husband, Richard, and her 2 daughters Sarah and Julie. Lynn was our only classmate with a full page picture in the yearbook, which is now a wonderful memorial. I recall that she worked summers during college at a facility where my uncle (also a lifelong retiree from Pratt & Whitney) was being treated for Parkinson’s. She was highly regarded by my family during that difficult time.


✒ Janet Buckley Bernard, 113

Hubbard Street, Concord, MA 01742, ¶ Dear

Classmates: It is with great sadness that I report our friend and classmate Kathy Dolan Newberry passed away in October 2010 after a valiant battle with cancer. Until last April Kathy was the Director of Conferences and Events at Northeastern University. Kathy leaves her husband Kevin and many devastated friends and family. Donations in her memory may be sent to Sarcoma Research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, c/o Development Office, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445. ¶ I wish all of you a happy and healthy 2011. Please send me an email with any class news to report.


✒ Debbie Southworth Howard, 2317

Washington St., Hollywood, FL 33020, 954-237-1119, ✒ Janet Mills-Knudsen, 12 B Lawrence St., Woburn, MA 01801, 781-491-0698, ¶ Congratulations to Deborah Flaherty-Kizer,

who was selected as one of 55 Women Heart champions: heart disease survivors who educate and advocate on the issue of women and heart disease. Deborah reminds us that heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death for women. Deborah recently spent 4 days in training at the Mayo Clinic and is now available to speak about women’s heart health. ¶ Deborah’s daughter Abby is pursuing a degree in digital media while son Colin is working at Federal Express. The family

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was full of news. Her husband Bill is in the Navy and they have been in New Market, Md. for several years after moving many times throughout Bill’s career. They are a real military family in that 3 of her 4 children are in the service and even the 4th one, Margaret, age 16, is in the Civil Air Patrol. Bill, Jr. is a lieutenant in the Navy preparing for a career as an Intelligence Officer. Maura is a Navy nurse, stationed in Naples, Italy and is really enjoying being in Europe. John graduated from West Point last May and is engaged to one of his classmates. Margaret recently took her 1st flight in a single-engine plane and she also enjoys soccer, toastmasters, piano, ballroom dancing, and choir. ¶ We were saddened to hear of the passing of our classmate, Debbie Pangonis Fisher, in September, after a long struggle with cancer. Debbie was married to George Fisher and lived in Glastonbury, Conn. Condolences also go to Marie Driscoll Hanlon on the passing of her mother, Marie White Driscoll ’44, in January.




recently welcomed a new addition: a playful Keeshond puppy named Kovu. ¶ Sue Chilelli Wallace continues to teach 7th grade science, but has also been hired by the City of Lowell to be Lead Elementary Science Teacher for the system, which involves running workshops and providing extra support for other science teachers. Sue’s son Anthony is a senior at Keene State College and a high-honors student in the Safety Engineering Program. Son Jon, also at Keene State, is a junior majoring in Communications and International Relations. He left for Spain on January 7 for a semester abroad. Son Greg is a senior in high school and plans to attend Middlesex Community College for Computer Forensics next fall. ¶ Cheryl Rodgers and her family moved to Lincoln, Mass. in January. She and her husband are now enjoying shorter commutes. Cheryl has worked at Rath & Strong for 7 years. Her husband Jim has been a 3D Artist with Raytheon for 29 years. Daughter Nicole, 23, is working full time at Outback Steakhouse and son Jim Jr., 21, is in his 3rd year at the New England Institute of Art, studying Photography. In her spare time, Cheryl loves to knit and work with clay. ¶ Joyce Blanchard Campbell celebrated 3 graduations this year. Daughter Courtney graduated from Boston College Law, passed the bar, and is working at a law firm in New York City. Son Jimmy received his B.A. from Radford University. Daughter Christine, who was one of the valedictorians at Langley High School in Virginia, is now attending Wellesley College. Joyce and her husband Peter recently moved to Overland Park, Kans. ¶ Kathy Shepard taught Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility for the Regis Communications Graduate program during the January Winter Intersession. Kathy continues to build her Life/Mentor Coaching business, called LifeApps-Attract Positive Possibilities. She provides coaching by phone or in person. She can be reached at 617-680-2595 or kathyshepard57@ ¶ It is with great sadness that we report that classmate Barbara Bryner McGowan passed away on Jan. 18, 2011. Our condolences to all Barbara’s friends and family.


✒ Judith Allonby, 7 Rockland Park,

Apt. 2, Malden, MA 02148-3654, judith ✒ Marie O’Malley, 1 Green Street, Milton, MA 022186-2318, ¶ Lots of

news and only 1,000 words to say it so I’m keeping this as short and sweet as I possibly can. The past few months have seen both loss and new birth for our class. We send our sympathy and prayers to Caroline Coscia, who lost

her mother in the fall, and to Jo-Ann Bafaro, who lost her grandmother and

her father within weeks of one another. We send congratulations to Toni Miller Butler and Janet Murphy who have welcomed fabulous new grandchildren into their lives. ¶ Anthea-Maria Poole’s days are always full, living on the beautiful Greek island of Samos for about 20 years now, with her husband and 4 wonderful kids, who keep her really busy. ¶ Jo-Ann Bafaro is still a Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of Lourdes in Worcester, Mass., and working at the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Mass as an Independent Girl Specialist. Jo-Ann is on the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary planning committee and she has also written 2 Religious Award programs that await publication. Jo-Ann also has a new kitten. ¶ Tricia Wlasuk Brown lives in Fremont, N.H. and works as the Business Office Manager for a Kindred Nursing Home. Tricia is very proud of her son Jonathan, age 14, who was the 2010 recipient of the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence and a New England Middle School Scholar award winner. ¶ Sandy DiMartino teaches drama at Lexington High. Sandy’s passion is holistic healing; she is a reiki master and shamanic counselor. Sandy published the 1st book in a fantasy trilogy that she is writing: Firelink tells the story of 2 siblings, Taryn and Julia, who are enchanters in Scotland. Sandy found inspiration from the book during a trip with her drama students to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2004. Book #2, The Hollow Bone, is already complete and book #3 is in process. Sandy suggests that if you are interested in seeing more, the book summary and her bio are on ¶ Betty Gillis DiBiase lives in Portland, Maine with John, her husband of 25 years. Betty works as an underwriter for a surplus lines insurance broker, E.A. Kelley, out of Providence, R.I. ¶ Janet Murphy has lived in Connecticut since 1985 and currently works at Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. ¶ Carol MacGillivray Masters reports that she has been working in financial planning for 8+ years. The convenience of living and working in the same town, Westborough, Mass., with the flexibility of being available to her kids outweighs the challenges of being the only non-family worker in a family run business. Carol sees Karen Callahan Masters at family get-togethers and holidays. Karen works as the “Queen Dean”, as Carol fondly calls her, at Laboure College. Carol exchanges intermittent emails with Patrice Lombardi, who by all accounts is still enjoying living, painting, and teaching in Italy. Janice Franklin Lomp has been working at Dean College as the “ears”

for 2 deaf students. She attends their classes and frantically bangs out on her laptop what the professor says during the lecture, with the idea that the students can read lips and pay attention during class-time, and then later refer to her notes for follow up. Janice has loved this job — some classes are very interesting and the best part about it is that she doesn’t have to take any of the exams! Janice loves working the school calendar so that she has the same time off as her kids, and she also loves the idea of being able to spend the summer at her Cape house. ¶ Ellen Sheehy is not sure when she checked in last. It has been a while, Ellen! Ellen and her partner Cindy bought a condo in Shelton, Conn. almost 3 years ago and they love it. Ellen worked in retail for Toys R Us and Bradlees for 20 years. She then worked in NYC for 5 years at a children’s garment company and then joined Cindy back in Conneticut, working for Melissa & Doug, a toy company, where she has been for about 5 years. Ellen and Cindy love to travel — they are going on a cruise in March and to visit family in Florida in April. Ellen’s family got together last July to celebrate her aunt S. Helen Fenton’s birthday and plan to meet the same time this year. Ellen reports that S. Helen Fenton is well and living at Bethany in Framingham. Last June, Ellen got together with Lisa Selleck for dinner while on the Cape. Lisa still lives in Plymouth and is doing well. ¶ Nina Bertelli is happy and thankful to be working and she’s also busy with family as her son Nick is waiting acceptance to several high schools. Nina will be hosting several Regis friends for waffles and mimosas in March so look forward to reports on that event in the next Regis Today. ¶ Caroline Coscia is recovering nicely from some recent surgery. Caroline is so very excited about the upcoming Red Sox season that she sent friends emails about Truck Day, which resulted in some rather humorous imaginings from Marie O’Malley. Claire Ventura King has a great new job up on the North Shore. Michelle Velilla Aloma can ice skate on her driveway, hates diets, and likes llamas. Michelle, I warned you! MaryBeth Untersee Klotz has also had enough of snow and ice but wishes everyone a great and healthy 2011. ¶ Maria Walden Fitzgerald attended the Holly Tea with her daughters and has moved back to Ashland, Mass. ¶ Toni Miller Butler works as a Special Education Assistant in the Londonderry School District and is thrilled to welcome her 2nd grandchild. ¶ Barbara Hughes Barrow, Esq. attended the Regis Women in the Law Event at Morrison House this past fall and is happily living and practicing law in Rhode Island. ¶ I now handle Labor Relations cases with the Massachusetts Department of Correction and am very

class busy with elder care issues for my extended family.

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a great success again this year. After working for Senator Kennedy and acting as the Executive Assistant of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, Maria became a Spanish, German, and Portuguese teacher and has taught at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School since 1990. In 1998, she became the Foreign Language Department Chair at the same high school. Carol lives in Waltham, Mass. with her husband Joe and is employed as a data and clinical manager at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary where she has worked for the past 24 years. Meg resides in Dracut, Mass. and has her own business. Hope and her husband Andy live in Trumbull, Conn. and are the parents of 23-year-old Andrew who recently graduated from the University of Hartford and 20-year-old Kate who is a junior at Emerson College. Hope is employed as a long-term substitute teacher in the English Department at Trumbull High School. Maureen resides in Cambridge and has worked for nonprofits and educational institutions. She is currently employed by Harvard Law School. ¶ As for me, well my big news is that my niece Ashley was accepted to Regis on early acceptance and will be a member of the Regis College Class of 2015, majoring in Health Sciences! I could not be prouder! ¶ I hope to see everyone at the Reunion on May 20–22, but until then take care in the snow and ice for those of you who are local!


✒ Nancy Maloney Donahue, ¶ Hello Class of ’84. What a winter! I sure hope that the record snow fall this season that has been a boon to winter sports enthusiasts and a bust to town snow removal budgets is long gone and all but a distant memory by the time this Regis Today reaches your mailbox. What a welcome spring is in for! ¶ Such a winter is no big deal for Minnesotan Liz Hughes VanderAarde who admits to chuckling at our East Coast whining over all the snow and ice we’ve had to endure. It’s all just par for the course in her neck of the woods. “Massachusetts hears it’s going to snow and they cancel school before they see a flurry. In Minnesota, the windchill is 20–40 below zero and we have school!” Other than feeling a little chilly, Liz reports that life is crazy busy with sports and the family business, but everyone is happy and healthy. Her son Jack is a sophmore finance major at Fordham University in New York. Sam, age 16, is a high school sophmore and is now driving, and her youngest, Max, is in fifth grade and runs the family. Liz is no longer the only female in the household. The VanderAardes got their 1st dog, Rosie, and everyone

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✒ Teresa McGonigle, Tmm387@comcast. net ¶ Thank you to all who responded with updates. It is always wonderful to get the news, especially with our Reunion coming so soon. Hard to believe it is 30 years, so let us start with some news about the upcoming event! Plans are under way for our Reunion with a lively group of volunteers who have joined our Class Co-Presidents and Reunion Chairs Joanne Lynch Schamburg and Tricia Russo Connors, as well as Reunion Chair Joan Desmond Sullivan for several on-campus meetings. With save-the-date postcards for May 20, 21 and 22, and personal phone calls, they hope to extend a warm welcome back to all classmates for a Friday evening Reception/Wine Tasting and Dinner to be followed by a Pub Night. A full slate of activities on Saturday includes breakfast, a guest speaker, the Parade of Classes, the Alumni Luncheon, campus tours, Liturgy, receptions, and a dinner under the tent at the Tower Gardens with a live band. Finally, we end our weekend of reminiscence with a farewell Sunday brunch. Our class will be incomplete without you so please look for your invitation, reserve a dorm room, pack your bags and get reacquainted with your classmates, former faculty, and our beloved Regis. For more information you may contact Alumni Relations at 781-768-7245 or visit It should be quite the event! ¶ Now for more news. For Charlotte O’Malley Kelly the tuition bills are over as her son Brendan graduated from Trinity College last May and her daughter Colleen is graduating from Babson College this May — Well done to all! In addition she sees Joanne, Susan, and Ann all of the time and Donna less often but they keep in touch, having had their annual Christmas gathering at Charlotte’s house. Susan’s and Ann’s (girls) are in their freshman year of college at Providence and Bucknell respectively. ¶ Another legacy student at Regis is Donna Ribaudo Schow’s daughter Sarah currently attending Regis in the class of 2014. She was a direct accept applicant to the Nursing program, and runs both indoor and outdoor track. ¶ Meg Mulherin Fahey provided an update from Omaha, Nebr. where she and Steve have been living for the past 5 ½ years. Meg is teaching 5th grade at St. Columbkille School and earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education in December. Steve recently retired from the Navy after 20 years of service. He is currently working for Booz Allen Hamilton as a Space Operations

consultant and working on his doctoral thesis in Computer Engineering. Their oldest son Stephen was married in May at Virginia Tech, where both he and his wife Debbie attended college. In November, he earned his “Wings of Gold” and became a Naval aviator. He and his wife are living in Jacksonville, Fla. while he attends the Fleet Replacement Squadron learning to fly the SH60B helicopter. Once he completes school, he and Debbie will be moving to Hawaii. Brendan, their youngest son, is a freshman engineering student at the University of Michigan. He received a Navy ROTC scholarship to Michigan. ¶ Elaine Cournoyer Gabovitch has been very busy having completed her master’s in Public Administration at Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Business in 2008 (transferred credit for a great Regis graduate course in Organizational Effectiveness toward her degree — never too late to benefit from a Regis education!), following which she was appointed to the faculty of UMass Medical School in the Family Medicine & Community Health Department. She now teaches in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. She also served as a co-investigator on research studies there related to health promotion and behavioral intervention for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders and in 2009, authored an article in a special issue on Families and Disabilities for the Marriage and Family Review Journal entitled “Family-Centered Care for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Review.” Since August 2010, she has served as the Director of Family & Community Partnerships at the Shriver Center; is the state team leader for the Massachusetts CDC “Act Early” State Autism campaign; and is a member of Mayor Tom Menino’s Autism Task Force and Governor Deval Patrick’s Autism Commission. Throughout it all, she notes she is actively using her Regis education in each of these pursuits. On a personal note, her son Evan is now a freshman in high school, doing really well, and making the family very proud. ¶ Great news also comes from Maria Branquinho, whose wedding to Manny Cunha on Friday, September 3, 2010 in Peabody, Mass. was the occasion for a mini-Regis reunion of members of the Class of 1981 including Carol Weigel DiFranco, Meg Simpson MacDonald, Hope Miceli Spalla, and Maureen Stephens. Also from Regis were 2 women Maria works with from Peabody, as well as Maria’s sister Fatima Branquinho ’88, another Regis alum! Maureen provided us with the details and pictures. She and Carol also attended the Holly Tea which was



loves her. Watch out Max, Rosie will be running the show soon enough. ¶ My hat is off to Patricia McAuley who is keeping busy as she nears completion of her 1st year of graduate school at Boston College School of Social Work. Patricia’s concentration is older adults and families and she hopes to work in hospice care. “I love school and I love my field placement with Jewish Family & Children’s Services in the Geriatric Care Department.” She plans on graduating in 2012. Patricia’s son turned 18 in November and has been busy applying to colleges. ¶ Deb Scott continues to receive accolades on her 1st book The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue: Turning your upside down world right side up! Deb is happy to share that her book won its 2nd national book award recently for Best New Non-Fiction 2010 finalist in the USA Book Awards. Earlier in 2010, her book won a medal as Best Motivational Book finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Well done, Deb. This is on my book club’s list. ¶ It was great to hear from my old teammate Christine O’Connell Smerczynski. Chris has been practicing law for almost 24 years and still loves every minute of it. She specializes in Elder Law, a field she finds very rewarding. Chris and husband Mike have 3 children. Their oldest, Patrick, graduated from St. John’s Prep last year and was treated to a mother-son trip to Ireland for a week of hiking and touring. (If my memory serves me right, Patrick’s mom spent at least a semester in Ireland while at Regis). “As I tearfully dropped him off this past fall at the University of Vermont, I was grateful that he and I were able to have that time together in Ireland. It’s never more apparent than at a college drop off just how quickly their childhood goes!” Their 2nd son, Sean, is a freshman at St. John’s Prep and loves football, but isn’t as thrilled with the single sex environment. “I keep telling him that it will bring out the best in him. At 15 years old he’s not buying it.” Daughter Casey is the youngest and at 13-years-old stands 5’10” tall. She uses her height to good advantage and plays on Topsfield’s travel basketball team, a program directed by Chris’s college roommate Carmel Connaughton Kitsakos. Chris’s husband Mike, who is still coming to terms with the fact that he’s not needed to coach the boys’ football or baseball teams now that they’re up in the bigger leagues, is giving girls’ basketball a try, pitching in wherever he can and trying to keep up with those teenage girls. Five years ago, Chris became a member of the board of Annette’s Climb, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization for the prevention of domestic abuse. The group has 1 fundraiser a year in May where

they lead 100 to 120 hikers up New Hampshire’s Tuckerman’s Ravine. “I’ve been able to rope in many friends and family members to attend the annual event and 2 years ago was joined by my other Regis roommate Jean Sirois Guyer. Chris reports that Jean and her husband Wayne just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to Tuscany, Italy. The couple was joined by Jean’s parents, Dr. and Mrs. Edward Sirois who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. ¶ Lisa Clivio-Wentrup continues to live and work in the Newport, N.H. area. This middle school guidance counselor was expecting to earn her brown belt in karate at the time of this writing. I’m sure she did it. After the Patriots’ big loss (I don’t mean to revisit that, but Lisa was really bummed out), Lisa picked the Steelers and Green Bay for the Superbowl and she was right. No word on who she picked to actually win the big game but if she won any big money, I’m sure I would have heard by now. She came in 8th out of 20 teams in fantasy football, hosted good friends from California in January, and is still awaiting a visit from me to her neighborhood in the Granite State. ¶ One family member I won’t bring with me on my visit to see Lisa is our newest addition. Just like the VanderAardes, the Donahues did something they’d never done before. In fact, I never in a million years thought I would get a dog. But last June, we rescued a 4-year-old Shnauzer-mix male and named him Tito. He is so cute. I am now officially a dog lover. It’s only taken me 48 years to get here. Lisa is not one. Tito will stay home when I go visit her. ¶ That’s all the news that’s fit to print for now. I would love to hear from you, and so would the rest of your classmates. Drop me an email or friend me on Facebook. And as I clean up my email list, I need to know your new one. Enjoy 2011!


✒ Maria Alpers Henehan, paulhenehan@ ¶ Happy 2011! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays with family and friends. Casey and I attended the Holly Tea as we do each December. It has become one of our favorite traditions. This year we made plans to catch up with Jen Oteri and her 3 daughters, Catherine, Anna, and Mary Grace. It was fun to spend the afternoon together. I also saw Mary O’Connor D’Amico who was with her mother and her daughter Caitlin. I had some time to catch up with Kristine Gomes who attended with her daughter Chloe. Suzanne Casey attended with her nieces, and Lisa Perry Calderan and her daughter enjoyed the tea as well. Lisa is taking classes at North Shore College to get

a Paralegal Certificate. After being laid off from Lynn Public Schools in June 2009, she has been subbing and is going on 12 years as a part-time medical receptionist. Lisa expects to complete her studies in the spring of 2012. “Being a history major at Regis as well as a decent writer/researcher, I think it might be a good match for me. Going to plug away and get there! My kids think it is funny when I sit and do homework with them! And as many of us are, I am a full-time mom to 2 of the greatest kids ever!” ¶ Kathleen Fleming lives just outside NYC and works for Rewards Network, a restaurant marketing company. The best part of her job? Running around the city to check out new restaurants. How can I get a gig like that? ¶ Shauna Burke lives in Quincy, Mass. and has been in the staffing industry for 20 years, presently with Adecco as a Client Service Manager in Canton, Mass. Shauna “misses Mary McSoley’s special AM drinks that she delivered in our lovely Chaucer class.” Ahhhh, those were the days! ¶ Patti Adams Feck reports that her “baby” boy is now a 2nd grader and her stepdaughter is a senior in high school. She is in her 21st year with Tenneco, Inc. and sells Mary Kay on the side. She says, “I’m sure there are a few that will get a kick out of that since I was the last one to ever wear much makeup in college.” ¶ Carla Zarse reports that she has been doing fundraising work for Re-Run Thoroughbred Rescue and Forever Morgans. She actually has a little 6-year-old Morgan Gelding in her backyard who was minutes from the slaughter truck. In addition to her volunteer work, she is focusing on her health and trying to make it through her lyme treatments. Best wishes for improved health. ¶ Julie Aubrey Kane works part time for her father’s business which gives her time to keep up with her children’s activities. Her daughter Aubrianne had a solo in a Christmas show. (I saw a video clip…she has an amazing voice.) ¶ Elizabeth Cannon Dimovski LOVES being a stay-at-home mom to Ana and Michael. They enjoyed spending the holidays with family in Rhode Island... especially playing in all the snow! ¶ Kristin Dolder Wenger reports, “Our life is sailing along smoothly. It is filled with lots of basketball, since all 3 boys are playing this winter. They are aged 11, 8, and 6. I am still staying at home and have fun volunteering at school and with local community groups. It is a good life...” Love to hear good news! ¶ Karol Maybury just finished a study on “The Effect of Victim Characteristics on Observers’ Evaluations of Bullying Situations” which she will present at the Eastern Psychological Association conference in March. She also did a longitudinal study on the impact of a



positive psychology course on students’ years as a bioanalytical chemist. One well-being which she will present at of the first drugs she worked on there, the same conference. ¶ Kathy Nawn ✒ Robin Daley Doyle, Rddoyle@ Halaven, has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of metastatic Conrad reports that her two nieces ¶ We have joyful news to graduated from Regis in May…with report: 3 baby girls were added to the breast cancer. Pretty exciting for us all, her sister in the class of ‘84, they Regis family! Shawna Curran and Scott I’d say. ¶ On a lighter note, Krista and truly are a Regis family! Diane Tynan Frazer welcomed twin girls on Oct. 12, her old roomie Katie Sheehan O’Brien works for the Town of Canton as the 2010. Claire Anna and Jane Ellen join went to the Holly Tea this year with Director of the Council on Aging. big brother Matthew, almost 12. The their daughters and Krista’s mother. She has 2 children: Christine, age Frazer household is a busy one indeed! They had a great time and only wished 14, and Joseph, age 9. “In between Nancy McSweeney and Robbie Pastore that more of our classmates would work, kids, and keeping up a house, welcomed Sarah Elizabeth on Dec. 7, go. They are both looking forward to I enjoy spending time with family 2010. John Paul, 2, is so excited for the reunion and hope that we have a and friends. I also enjoy working off his new sister! Both families are doing great turnout. Ditto… ¶ Julie Downs stress at the Y.” ¶ JoEllen McGinnity well. ¶ Kerry Ann Munroe Madden Conover has taken on a new role at reports that “Mary O’Connor D’Amico wrote about her mid-life crisis and Cengage Learning, as Director of and her family came to see us at the embracing it with a little red sports car Faculty and Sales Marketing Strategy, Cape this summer (Dennisport), and and a 2nd career! Kerry has been with Consumer Markets. She works with I got to reunite with Liz Marchese at Pampered Chef for years and now is a educational institutions providing our 25th High School reunion. She is certified personal trainer and a contribsolutions for learning and research amazing — working full time, pretty uting columnist for health and fitness needs via a consumer markets type-hat much coordinating all of Saugus Pop at Check out through marketing of online portals. Warner, and living If you have children in in Saugus with her college who are looking husband and two sons. for lower-cost materials, I’m finishing my 15th look Julie up or visit year in Reading Public www.cengagebrain. Schools. I also presented com. ¶ Julie also at the Blue Ribbon recently hosted a holiRegis College would love to know what’s new with Education conference in day fundraising event, you. Regis Today is a great way to stay in touch Orlando in December.” the “Golden Cookie with your classmates and friends. Share your news Congratulations!! ¶ Gail Awards,” in December, about babies, jobs, marriages, vacations, activities, with all proceeds Parkins Grant moved to anniversaries, and grandkids. Canada in 2008 with benefiting the Jeanne her husband Patrick, Geiger Crisis Center. If you would like to submit a class note, go to the had her daughter Sarah This informal event Regis College website,, and in 2009, and started raised over $1,000 for click on the Alumni page. Just fill out the form and working for the governwomen and children submit your news to the Alumni Office for the next ment of Ontario in 2010. of domestic violence. issue of Regis Today. Thanks so much for your news! She’s happy to report Fellow Regis College that in a tough economy, alumna Lisa Beaton We look forward to hearing from you. her French gave her the was in attendance, and edge that she needed has been a past winner to land a permanent in the category of “”Best position. She is grateOverall.” www.newbury ful that French was an option for a her new endeavor at www.fitnessyour major back in the ‘80s. Apart from the and read her blog at www. SWEET-AFFAIR ¶ Julie and Stephanie winters, life in Canada goes well. Gail ¶ I heard Duffy Seeley finally connected in West makes annual trips back to Jamaica from Ellen Osgood George who lives in Newbury, Mass., where they both to see her family and posts pictures of Bridgewater, Mass. with her husband live. The two met up after many years the tropical paradise to make all of her and 2 girls. Ellen works at Bridgewater through their kindergarteners at an friends jealous…ha, ha! ¶ Rita Ryan State University. ¶ Happy spring! And elementary school BBQ event that took send me your messages via email or place this past September. Stephanie Greenberg is slowly recuperating from emergency surgery to repair a broken find me on Facebook. has 2 kindergarteners and Julie has ankle. She spent the holidays with 3 girls in grades pre-school, kinderfamily, friends, and her crutches. Her garten, and third grade. I write this daughter Corie is doing AWESOME in 20th Reunion Class as I sit on my couch recovering from her 1st year at Florida State; she has a ✒ Rosemary Hughes, rosemary arthroscopic knee surgery, which I had 3.97 GPA! Rita and her husband Steve done in January. I’m looking forward ¶ Hello Class, I hope both still work for the fire services. you are counting down to the reunion to doing absolutely anything that will Steve is a Lieutenant with a departthis spring! ¶ As you know, plans are allow me to move, as I am terrible at ment in Lee County, and Rita is still underway for our reunion. Pattyanne sitting still! I guess I will not be racing the Chief for a department in Collier with Tara Philbin on our ski league this Lyons and the reunion committee are County. Rita says, “It certainly makes doing a fabulous job of keeping us all season. ¶ Tara is very busy planning for an interesting life! We enjoy huntupdated on our own Facebook page: her 2011 wedding to Michael Corcoran. ing, fishing, swamp buggy riding and Regis College Class of 1991. It’s worth The couple plans to marry on June 4, 4-wheeling with friends and family— checking out! It was my excuse for with a reception at the Wequassett when we are not working!” Hopefully opening a FB account, which I was Resort in Chatham, Mass. It was a you will be fully healed and back to totally avoiding, and it’s really a nice natural choice for Tara, who spent having fun by the time you read this. way for our class to connect openly. most of her summers on the Cape in ¶ Krista Barnes Condon’s news gives Wellfleet. Tara also hosted a few alums cause for hope and celebration. She’s at her family Cape Cod home this been working at Eisai for the past 13 past summer, where Jean Lorizio ’93,


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Paula Ventura ’92, and I lounged our way through a weekend of pool, hot tub, beaches, and boats. Not a terrible thing…. ¶ I have lost more and more email addresses for you all, as people get new online accounts or change jobs. Feel free to drop me a line with your new email address, so we can keep you connected. I look forward to hearing from you. Be well.


✒ Audrey Griffin-Goode, audrey, agriffingoode ¶ I hope 2011 is treat-


ing you well. We in Massachusetts are experiencing one of the worst winters ever, much worse than any we endured during our years at Regis! Remember the early morning announcements in the dorms, telling us to move our cars so the lots could be plowed? Those were the days! ¶ Before the snowstorms began in November, I attended the wedding of Sharon Mulcahy to Brandon Loomis. Held at L’Andana in Burlington, Mass., it was a wonderful evening. Would we expect any less from Sharon? Other Regis grads in attendance were Michelle Barczykowski, Cindy Joyce, Gabrielle Wylie Menezes, Kristen Laverty ’90 and Patricia Rosati Mulcahy ’85. Sharon and Brad honeymooned in St. Lucia, and are now the proud parents of Winston, their new Burmese mountain dog! ¶ Michelle Barczykowski and her family welcomed a second son, Liam, in September. He is as cute as cute can get! Michelle returned to the Regis campus in January to teach photography. ¶ Meg McDevitt Elmiger is still living in Switzerland after almost 16 years. Two years ago she qualified to teach English to adults and has been doing so ever since. Meg writes, “I just love it!” She also plans to become qualified to teach children. Meg’s twins, Anna and Roman, are 7 ½ years old and are enjoying 2nd grade. ¶ Lise Lague Riet and her family have adjusted nicely to life in Missouri, where they moved in the fall. She is the new marketing director at the Chesterfield Montessori School. Lise’s daughters attend the school, and she reports, “It has been great fun to have a career-type job again, and I love the school.” ¶ Diane Lawton Robillard writes, “I think I have become a complete soccer mom now... lol. I was elected to Cumberland Youth Soccer board.” Diane is the director of sponsors, and her job is a big one. The group has more than 1,000 kids in the fall for recreation and then 300 during the winter for competitive sports, which means there are lots of sponsors to solicit. Diane has been accepted to Regis’s Health Administration program; she’ll start in the fall. ¶ Julie McLaughlin is our resident Stella &

Dot jewelry representative, and, she reports, “I absolutely love my job!!!” She invites everyone to check out her website at jmclaughlin. When we emailed in February, Julie was headed to Vail, Colorado, for her annual ski break. This summer, she’ll head to Kiawah Island with her family. Julie writes, “I love being a busy aunt with all my nieces and nephews that live here in Charlotte, North Carolina, too...they are so involved in sports so I go cheer!” You can find Julie on Facebook — and if you are visiting Charlotte, be sure to look her up! That is it for now! Be sure to friend me on Facebook. It is a great way to connect.


✒ Karen Corkum McCue, Kckork@aol. com ✒ Heather Williams, williams87@ ¶ Alexis Walkenstein was named Vice President of Media and Communications at The Maximus Group. She is an Emmy Awardwinning journalist who most recently served as the Director of Communications for the Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach since 2005. Alexis will directly manage communications activities that promote, enhance and further develop Maximus’ brand reputation. She will also be responsible for the development, integration and implementation of a broad range of public relations activities relating directly to the company’s strategic direction and positioning.

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✒ Tara Esfahanian, tara@esfahanian. com ¶ Hi ladies, I have lots of baby news to report! ¶ Janice LaCascia Mahoney welcomed a baby girl, Sophia Josephine, on August 30th. Janice is enjoying motherhood and is working as a Senior Account Executive for Monster. This is her first child. ¶ Kerry Parker Belski and her husband Steve are expecting their third child in March. The baby will be welcomed by big brother Ryan and sister Caroline. ¶ Lisa Morrissey welcomed a baby boy, Avery DaJing Wu in June. This is the first boy for Lisa. Sister, Jennifer Morrissey Irizarry, also had a baby girl 2 weeks after Lisa, named Aurora Eva. ¶ Carly Kimball Smith sent me a few updates including news on Jody Michalski. Jody is taking on a new and honorable adventure. On June 22, 2011, she will be participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk for the cure. She is doing it on behalf of her stepmom, Karen Michalski who is a breast cancer survivor. We would like to wish Jody the best of luck on her new adventure as I am sure many of us know people who have been affected with this disease. ¶

Last August, Trinity Hurlbut Edwards, Ellen Gallahue Coven, Carly Kimball Smith and Jennine Giaquinto-Lesser

rented a house in the outer banks and enjoyed a Wild Horse Tour in Corolla, N.C. ¶ I received a nice note from Jennifer Abbondanzio who resides in Thompson, Conn. and works as a Sr. Administrative Assistant at Fallon Clinic, located at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass. She enjoys her 2 dachshunds, aka her “kids”, Barney and Cooper, and is still singing professionally. She would like to find a local GB/Wedding band to join. If anyone would like to contact her regarding this, please do so at jennifer Jennifer is really looking forward to the reunion in May of 2011 and hopes that everyone from the class of 1996 is doing well! ¶ Thank you everyone for the updates! Keep them coming and look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday, May 21 at our 15 year reunion.


✒ Alexa Pozniak, ✒ Kelly Moran, ¶ Some exciting marriages to report for the Class of 1999. Danielle Eber and Gemini Thielman on Apr. 30, 2011; Meghan Lee and Dennis Parker on May 22, 2011; Stephanie Schmidt and Joel on Oct. 15, 2011. Upcoming marriages for Sharon Davis in March of 2011, Janine Lapan in August of 2011, Mel Escobar to Lou Tammaro on Feb. 5, 2011, and Faye Fiondella and Steve Trickle are looking to set a date! ¶ On the work front, Christa Gillis is the current Athletic Director at Our Lady of Nazareth Academy and Kelly Moran was appointed Director of Counseling at Mount Ida College. ¶ Send in your news so that we can keep everyone informed!


10th Reunion ✒ Jessica Grondin Shumaker, Jshu20@ ¶ So we’ve got baby news this time! And it looks like we might have some future Regis ladies on our hands! My husband and I are now the proud parents of Charlotte Lily who joined us on Nov. 28. We’re certainly in love and enjoying every moment. Courtney McAulay Patterson is also a proud new mama to a baby girl, Rylie Jane, who was born on Jan. 7. ¶ In other news, I’m glad we finally got Maura “Charlie” Gallagher Jones to submit class notes. She’s happy to report that she’s teaching 1st grade in her hometown of Hull, Mass., where she lives with her husband Matt and their 4-year-old son Michael. ¶ Erika Swanson Walther checked in to let us know that she was recently accepted into the Educator Leadership Institute. She began the program in January



✒ Courtney O’Keefe, ckokeefe@gmail. com ¶ Erika Shupe is in her 8th year of teaching; after spending 6 years teaching middle school Latin in Connecticut, she moved into the virtual classroom. Erika now teaches Latin for both the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) based in Exeter, N.H. and also at Bozeman High School in Bozeman, Mont. She visits Old Orchard Beach, Maine often and helps out at her family’s business: “Board Silly Puzzles & Games.” Erika loves living, skiing, and hiking in Montana. ¶ Colleen O’Connell was back under the tent at Regis last May when she graduated from the Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program with an associate’s degree, and has been working as an RN at the New England Rehabilitation Hospital

in Woburn, Mass. Jesse Hoffman Bouranis has switched gears and is now working as a career counselor at Newport Middle/High School. ¶ Future Regis grads are being born every day! Hillary Burgdorf Carpinella and husband Paul adopted Isaac Leroy on Aug. 12, 2010, and were there to meet this new bundle of joy when he was born on May 11, 2010. Dancing Queen Danielle Bazinet and husband Dennis welcomed their 1st son, Bradyn Lucas, on May 29, 2010. Mamiko Ono Schonbeck proudly announced the birth of her daughter Miyako Dorothy on July 11, 2010. Another RCDC founder Natasha Benway and her husband are also proud to announce the adoption of their baby girl, Bethany Elizabeth Marie Blutt, born on Nov. 2, 2010. Inori Mitsufuji Kim gave birth to a boy, Jinu, on Oct. 29, 2010 in sunny Hawaii. Just one day later, on Oct. 30, Lisa Lemoine Mavilia danced her way to the hospital, and gave birth to baby boy Dean Michael. Not to be outdone by her Regis classmates, Kathleen Cronin Harrison introduced the world to her new bundle of joy, Savannah Margaret, with husband John Timothy on Nov. 23! Congratulations to all the new moms and dads! ¶ Becky Hamm Heins and husband Randy are excited to have purchased their first home in North Andover, Mass.; and, it looks like North Andover is the place to be since Briana Madden also purchased a home there this past year. Andrea DePaoli and boyfriend Brian McDonough are also 1st time homeowners just a few towns over in Woburn, Mass. Lindsay Alaimo-Fuentes is now hyphenating her last name after marrying fiance Alexandra Fuentes on January 16, 2011 — Congratulations Linz! We’re excited to welcome another member to our Regis Family! ¶ Ewa Cybulski Wlaz shared that her daughter Amelia just turned 1-years-old this past December and her older daughter Julia will be 3 in March. Time really flies! She and her husband Krys are both finishing their MBA programs at the University of Hartford in just a couple semesters. She sends her best to everyone! ¶ Georgette Swain Oosting received her IBCLC certification in July 2010. That is, she is now both a registered nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She’s still working at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Med Center as a postpartum nurse and is picking up hours there as a Lactation Consultant. ¶ Kara Sprague is currently in her 3rd semester at University of Southern Maine for Master’s in School Counseling. ¶ I hope all the rest of you, 2002ers, are doing great and enjoying the snow! Be sure to send your updates along for the next edition of Regis Today.


✒ Kara Bilotta, ¶ The members of the class of 2003 continue to be a bit elusive and shy about sharing their updates with the Regis world. I know there are more of us out in the world doing great things. Please take a moment to let us know what is going on in your life; email updates to The big change in my life is a promotion at work; I am now a Client Relationship Manager within University Information Technology (UIT) at Tufts University. I have found the development to be exciting and scary all at the same time! If anyone has experience in this area, I would love to hear from you. ¶ Stephanie Stenmon Rodriguez reports that after living in New York City for over 6 years, meeting her husband Daniel Rodriguez, and having their 1st child (Jackson, now 2 1/2) they find themselves residing in Maple Grove, Minn. After being in Minnesota a little over a year Stephanie is proud to report that they are 1st time home owners! ¶ Andrea Restor graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in Nov. 2010. She was lucky enough to even attend the graduation out in Phoenix, Arizona! She currently just embarked upon her 6th year at SEA CORP, a contractor for the Navy, and continues to enjoy working on the Navy base. It is her goal that with this new degree under her belt that she will journey into a new career path or move up within her current company. ¶ Erica Glennon is overjoyed to report that her boyfriend Chris Farrand proposed in October after 4 years of dating. She of course accepted and they are to be married on Apr. 16th, 2011. After 4 years they decided to not waste any time and have managed to plan a wedding in record time! ¶ Michaela Ellis Selent sent a note to let us know that she and her husband just celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary in January. Their son Michael is in kindergarten doing very well and is following in his mom’s footsteps and has successfully completed his 1st season of soccer. Michaela thoroughly enjoyed coaching his soccer team. Their daughter Alexandria is 4 and tall just like her mommy, even bigger than her big brother and she is enjoying her 1st year of dance classes. ¶ Kristin Smith has been living in New Jersey for the past 4 ½ years and recently got engaged to her boyfriend of 6 ½ years back in May of 2010. They do not have any wedding plans yet but are definitely enjoying this time. Kristin started a new job the beginning of Jan. 2011 in the Media Department of Premium Outlets, a division of Simon Property Group. ¶ Carole Meehan finished her master’s in Jan. 2010,

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and will complete it in June 2012. The program will allow her to receive her 2nd Master of Education (this one in Organizational Management) and her licensure for Principal/Assistant Principal PreK-6. Erika is very excited about this opportunity! On top of all that, she’s still teaching 3rd grade in Waltham, Mass., as well as participating on the Alumni Board of Directors. ¶ Martha Douty Perez reported that she’s hoping to visit Guatemala with her husband, Julio, for the 1st time in March/April. She is currently the Director of Social Services at the Golden Living Center-Heathwood in Chestnut Hill and she’s working on another level of social work licensure. She and her husband just moved in December to another apartment in Framingham, Mass. Additionally, Martha tells us that she’s working to help keep her sister’s school open, The Glavin Center in Shrewsbury, Mass. and she’s trying to help her mom find a kidney donor. ¶ Thais Teixeira Frost and her family are enjoying their new home in West Boylston, Mass. She says that she’s glad that their living space has doubled, but unfortunately, so has the cleaning! ¶ Lisa Owen received a Master’s in Education from Southern Utah University in 2010 and a mathematics endorsement from the state of Utah. ¶ Margo Bednarz Cicciarella and her husband Frank welcomed their 2nd child, Brooke Ann, on Dec. 6, 2010. ¶ That’s all the news for this round. Please continue to send updates my way. Remember, it’s easy to do so with our Facebook page. And don’t forget, our 10-year reunion is coming up on May 20, 21, and 22! Make sure to update your contact information so we can get the event details to you. You can easily do this on Regis’ website, And if anyone is interested in helping to plan reunion events, we’d love to have your help!


a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Science in Political Science from Suffolk. She is happy to report that she has finally found a job in her field. She started working, at the beginning of 2011, as a Fiscal Policy Analyst for the State Senate Ways & Means Committee. Carole reports that “it is busy work but I love it so far!” ¶ Lauren Iorio got engaged to Michael Sorrentino in Oct. of 2010, and they are planning the wedding for Nov. 5, 2011. Her maid of honor, Jen DeSimone, got engaged to Bill Yelenak on Dec. 17, 2010. Lauren will be a bridesmaid in Jen’s wedding during the summer of 2012. Congrats ladies! ¶ Please continue to send updates to You can also post your class notes on www. if you prefer. Submit any information you wish to share and I’ll see that it makes it in next time. Wishing everyone all the best!




✒ Christina Aprea, aprea.christina@ ¶ Carla Trodella reports that she’ll be doing the Boston Marathon for Access Sport America this year! She’s really looking forward to it, as she just completed a half marathon in October. Best of luck Carla! ¶ Michele Peterson checked in after returning from her Disney World / Disney Cruise Honeymoon this February. Her humor is still intact as she said that some crazy fool married her — a very smart man if you ask me — and I would agree with her in saying they had a rockin’ wedding. They are living happily in Hudson, Mass. with their two beagles. ¶ Lauren Pullia is currently pursuing her master’s in special education while teaching at a private boarding school for students with disabilities on Cape Cod. She will be returning to Regis to speak at an alumni night to share what she does for a living. We look forward to seeing her back on campus! ¶ Fabien Haiti Guerrier ’06 is currently getting her master’s in Exercise Sciences. She will be graduating in June 2011. Good Luck Fabien! ¶ Fabiola Guerrier Jacques is currently in grad school getting her master’s in public administration. She married, and will have a big party sometime in August to celebrate. She reports that she is so blessed and God is good. ¶ Mandy Fleming welcomed her 3rd nephew, Kody Dean, born Feb. 6, 2011! Erin Gettens finished her M.A. in School Psychology at Tufts last summer. She has started a small business related to psychology and education, working with children and families. She’s doing some writing and photography work on the side, and traveling as far and as frequently as possible! She’s still living in (and loving!) Davis Square in Somerville, Mass.

Great to hear from you Erin! ¶ Caitlin Connelly is married, working at Lasell

and enjoying life with her son Colin Comeau. ¶ Kemi Akinribido is traveling around the world: Japan, Greece, Germany, and then this summer it’s Portugal, Spain, Belgium, and Sweden! We can’t wait to hear all about your travels Kemi! ¶ Nicole Kanelos graduated from Lesley in 2009 with a Master’s in Expressive Therapies with a Specialization in Mental Health Counseling. She is currently working at an Early Intervention facility in the Boston area and loves it! She also works with children with special needs on the weekends. In her “other” life, it’s still her passion to dabble in guitar, singing, writing and theater. She sends good wishes to all old friends. ¶ As for me, I’m still at Regis. I did get engaged in September, and am aiming for a Sept. 2012 wedding, but just enjoying the engagement for now. I am busy with events, and really looking forward to the upcoming Reunion, as so many of our friends from 2006 will be there. Please keep in touch and make sure you friend us on Facebook to keep updated with events!

2006 5th Reunion Class

✒ Erin Campbell, erin.campbell@yahoo. com ¶ Hello ’06ers! This May will mark our 1st Reunion as a class. I still can’t believe it will be 5 years since we caused endless shenanigans at Regis. We all had an unforgettable experience at Regis so I can only anticipate our Reunion to be—dare I say—legendary. I am happy to report on a number of incredible accomplishments and good news from our classmates in this PreReunion edition of Class Notes. One of my former roommates, Angelina Rosa, is now working for UGL Unicco after working as a lab technician in the STD clinic. Angie started in Oct. 2010 and supervises 21 technicians that do maintenance for 380 Stop and Shops in the northeast. After work, she is in mom mode. Her handsome 2-year-old boy, Amir Emari, keeps her busy and on her toes. In between work and Amir, Angie is planning on going back to school for Nursing or anything in the Medical/Healthcare field since that is her passion. Good luck Angie! ¶ Jackie Gentile is working in administration for InterSystems Corporation, a Cambridge software development company and writes for the Dorchester Reporter newspaper as a freelancer. She maintains her Regis ties teaching the Women’s Self-Defense and Intro to Martial Arts courses at Regis. Jackie and her wife, a fellow alumna (2004), tied the knot in the Boston Public Garden on December 30, 2010. ¶ Heidi Gomez is still working in Abu Dhabi but now with 3 to 7 year olds. She says, “it’s a new experience and

I love it.” She had the opportunity to travel to Barcelona, Spain for her winter break. It was actually colder in Spain than in Abu Dhabi during the break but she still misses the New England cold. Maybe no one told her how much snow we had this winter. Heidi will be home in April, bypassing a New England winter completely, and she couldn’t be more excited to reconnect with everyone! ¶ Caitlin Clark Seaman and her husband Matt closed on a house this past December in North Brookfield, Mass. and moved in Jan. 2011. ¶ Lisa Crowley had a recent change of scenery as she moved from Framingham, Mass. to Plymouth, Mass. with fellow Regis alum Lauren Pullia ’05. Remember Lisa, life is a beach. Bad joke. ¶ Anyways, Kimberly Luciani and her fiancé have settled into a gorgeous loft in East Boston. Kimberly is still at EF in Cambridge as a Senior Accountant and is planning her destination wedding for Aug. 2011 in Mexico. ¶ Nicole Messuri has compiled a long list of athletic accomplishments since college and continues to add to her list. In Jan. 2011, Nicole ran Disney’s full marathon and finished with a time of 3 hours 28 minutes. Quite the accomplishment! In her professional world, Nicole is enjoying her recent promotion at MIT as Operations Supervisor in addition to coaching 5th grade girls basketball. ¶ Colleen Hill Lanata completed her 1st marathon in Chicago in Oct. 2010. Despite the weather being unusually hot for the season, she finished with great time. ¶ Veronica Coles is studying for her master’s in Nursing at UMass Dartmouth and will finish next fall. ¶ Nicole Mancini is keeping herself busy with wedding plans and is getting married on Nov. 11, 2011. Congratulations Nicole and all the best! ¶ Melissa Gonzalez is tying the knot on July 23, 2011. ¶ Taryn Face is now an aunt and godmother! Her nephew/godson Bennett was born in Aug. 2010. Taryn also graduated with her master’s in Leadership & Organizational Change this past May 2010. Congratulations! ¶ As for me, Erin Campbell, I’m still doing the work thing, the Arlington living and part time basketball coaching. This spring I will continue to coach for the Mass Huskies AAU organization. The organization was started almost 3 years ago with just 2 teams and has grown throughout 3 regions of Massachusetts at all levels. In addition to my 8th grade team, I am completely ecstatic to be a co-coach of our “Elite Team” this spring, which is combining talent from our two 9th grade teams to compete at a higher level of play. I am still not accustomed to just being on the sideline, so I am still playing basketball 2 to 4 times a week. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in May to celebrate and reconnect.

class Maybe, just maybe, some of us will get our side-door keys back.


✒ Sarah and Leah Boniface,, LBoniface16@ ¶ Can you believe we’ve

patients. ¶ Megan O’Donnell is still teaching in Everett, Mass. for the 4th year and coaching soccer, ice hockey, and softball. Her soccer team was the first team in Everett High School history to make the tournament, but lost in the quarterfinals. She has an 18-month-old niece, MaryGrace who is awesome. ¶ In the past year, Kelly Crawford got a new job at the American Career Institute as their Education Coordinator. She still sees her college roommate, Jessica McClanahan, on an almost weekly basis. ¶ Mary Jo Oliveira was in a terribly bad car accident in August coming home from vacation. Her leg was cut off by a guard rail in the accident leaving her an amputee. She was rushed to Hartford Hospital where she was treated. After that she went to Spaulding Rehab for occupational and physical therapy. We are glad to hear that Mary Jo is fine now and will be going back to work soon. Mary Jo reports that she is still enjoying life and is still in school.

program at Johns Hopkins University, right after graduation, in their Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program. She graduated in Dec. 2009, and has been practicing as a PNP in a pediatric primary care practice in Baltimore, Md. She and her fiancé plan to marry in the fall. She hopes everyone has been doing well, and is excited to hear what people are up to now. ¶ Abigail Kuzia sends her hellos from Boston. For the last 2 years she’s been working at Rue La La supervising the Experiences/Travel and Local product copy and recently went on a 2-week trip to England, the Netherlands, and Belgium, she’s hoping to go back sometime soon! ¶ Kendra Morgado Ryan admits that the past few years have definitely been busy. She married her high-school sweetheart on Oct. 12, 2008. She then enrolled in an accelerated BSN graduate program at the MGH Institute in Boston, and graduated in July of 2010. She is now working as an RN on a telemetry unit at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River.



✒ Sarah Giannetta, sarahg_316@ ✒ Laura Garrity-Arquitt,

lauragarrity@museumofrussianicons. org ¶ Amanda Heroux was recently

engaged to Christopher Lynch. She is living in North Carolina and works as a nurse for Durham Regional Hospital. ¶ Surrounded by close family and friends, Sandy Lopes Coffin married the “love of her life,” James Coffin, on Nov 9, 2010 in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. ¶ Jenna Ciaramella received her master’s in Science in Human Resource Management from Emmanuel College in May 2010. She now works in Tewskbury, Mass. for Raytheon’s Human Resources Employee Relations group. ¶ After taking her boards, Mardochee Val worked in Massachusetts for a year before moving to Rochester, N.Y. where she works as a nurse in the Heart Failure and Transplant Stepdown Unit. However, Mardochee misses the city life and plans to move to Philadelphia to work at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Neuro ICU. ¶ Isobo Erekeosima moved back to Connecticut after graduation, where she began working at Yale New Haven Hospital on a general medicine floor. She has been there for over two years and hopes to work in the MICU soon. ¶ After graduating, Amanda Beaulieu went to Rhode Island College for Grad School. After 2 years of studying there, she graduated with a Master of Arts in English. Two days after she earned this degree she went to a friend’s wedding and met “Stephen Smith, the wonderful man she is now engaged to.” ¶ Mary Rachael Begg started a MSN

✒ Hillary Mosher, hillary.mosher@regis ¶ Alex Kluchnick currently lives in East Cambridge, Mass. She works at Mount Auburn Hospital as a nurse’s assistant on the post surgical unit. She also began nursing school in January through the Lawrence Memorial Hospital/Regis College program. ¶ Nicole Yaneff recently moved to Philadephia after obtaining an RN position at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is now enrolled in the Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania. ¶ Mavet Benitez was recently engaged, and is working in Needham managing a store. ¶ LeeJane Villafuerte reached her one-year anniversary in October with CyberGrants, Inc. as an Account Manager. She also became a homeowner in October. ¶ Victoria Dunham has been working as a Veterinary Technician since graduation. She was engaged in August, and will be getting married on June 11, 2011. ¶ Monique Colarossi completed her master’s degree in English Literature at Simmons College. ¶ Darleny Javier recently began working as Assistant Property Manager for Northland Investment Corporation, where she helps oversee one of their luxury community apartment homes in Quincy, Mass. Through her new job, she has met many great new people, including Anne McDonald ’56. During their conversations, they discovered they were both part of the Student Government Association, and share some of the same interests. Their conversations always being her back to Regis, and some of the great memories she still

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officially been out of Regis for as long as we were there?! It seems like we just graduated yesterday, yet there are so many exciting things happening for the Class of 2007, just 4 short years later. ¶ Marrissa Gondola met her handsome boyfriend Michael at the Senior Black Tie dance at Regis on May 17, 2007 and got engaged on the beach to him in Nov. 2010. A wedding is planned for 2011, and Kristyn Gondola ’12 is scheduled to be in the wedding party along with older sister Kerrie and older brother Bobby, among others. ¶ Estefania Von Hausen Larrain welcomed her new baby girl Aylen Marie to her family on Jan. 8. Aylen joins her big brother Lir, and Estefania could not be happier! ¶ Elsbeth Clifford just received her 2nd promotion in 2 years. She is now a Case Manager for disabled adults at Work Incorporated in Dorchester, Mass. During the holidays she had the pleasure of getting together with Marrissa and Estefania for their annual Regis Christmas Yankee Swap Brunch. They have it every year in Hingham, Mass. This year Melinda Rondeau ’06, Colleen Collarusso ’06, Ashley Villandry ’08, Kim Barrett , Elsa Martinez , Estefania Von Hausen, Meg Delaney ’06, Liz Aiello, and Kate Daley were all in attendance. It was a great time! Elsbeth will be traveling to Europe for the ski trip of a lifetime for 2 weeks in the month of February where she will be visiting Italy, France, and Switzerland. Life is good! ¶ Beth Kaleta traveled to the Northern Coast of the Dominican Republic this past summer where she devoted 1 month as a volunteer math teacher with the nonprofit, The Mariposa DR Foundation. She accompanied Boston Public school teachers and assisted with a summer camp devoted to providing quality education to young, impoverished girls. As if that has not kept her busy enough, she has also decided to try out for the Boston Women’s Professional Tackle Football team, The Boston Militia. The season starts in April and she hopes to see you at a home game! ¶ Erin Gilmore graduated in May ’09 with her master’s of arts in Medical Sciences from Boston University. She is currently working as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of Infectious Disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She works primarily with patients undergoing stem-cell transplants and conducts research using different drugs to prevent diseases in immuno-compromised



holds. She plans to join a book club that Anne is a part of in the near future to continue their new friendship. ¶ Kim Mariotti is working as the Assistant to the Athletic Director at Lake Erie College. Her responsibilities include directing the day-to-day administration for the Director of Athletics, and providing administrative support to head coaches and staff. She is also continuing to work towards her master’s degree in Education, and plans to graduate in May. She still participates in her previous graduate assistant roles, volunteering her time in facilities and with game management until the end of this academic year. She also continues to oversee the Intramural program, and remains the co-advisor of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The new position has offered her some great opportunities, such as traveling to San Antonio, Tex. to represent Lake Erie at the NCAA National Convention and to Indianapolis, Ind. to work the NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four Basketball Tournament. ¶ Jenna Cappello moved to Boston recently, and currently works as an educator, historical researcher, and PR assistant for the USS Constitution Museum. Specifically, she is currently researching and designing new educational programs relating to the use of medicine during the War of 1812, investigating how families learn together in a museum setting, as well as participating in many successful fundraising campaigns. ¶ Alysia duFrend has been working as a program specialist at The May Institute, an award-winning nonprofit organization that provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral health needs. She has been there since August of 2009 and loves it. She plans on taking her GRE in 2011, and applying to master’s in Medical Sciences programs. ¶ Omayra Cruz is the Human Resources Coordinator for the Royal Sonesta Hotel Cambridge. She handles recruiting, employee events, benefits, and worker’s compensation. ¶ Adam Finelli is living in Boston, Mass., and is starting a small business. This past July, he participated in the Atlantic Acting School’s summer program in New York, N.Y. ¶ Jocelyn Yabut is working at 7News as their Creative Services Promotions Coordinator. ¶ Hillary Mosher recently spent time with Kassandra R. Kernes when she flew out from Oklahoma for a 10-day visit. It was great to catch up and reminisce, and there were many laughs and good times! Kassandra is currently working at a photography studio in Edmond, Okla. as a fashion consultant and marketing professional.

She also heads the studio’s annual fashion show as a marketing event every April. In addition, she traveled with the studio to SPA (Senior Portrait Artists) convention in Palm Springs, Calif., in February, where she assisted with their fashion show. She continues to do freelance work in marketing for television shows, along with freelance publicity for Ink Media Corporation. ¶ Class of 2009! Please send along updates about what is going on in your lives. It’s great to hear from all of you!


✒ Shannon Tonelli, stone084@regis ✒ Alanna DelRose, ¶ Julie Gallagher moved to Florence, Italy after graduation and has been teaching English as a 2nd language after taking a TEFL course in October! ¶ Leigh Handschuh continues to work at SBH Sciences as a data analyst/bioassay assistant and also works as a nanny nights and weekends. She hoped to hear back from graduate schools by the end of February so she could begin her work in a public administration program (fingers crossed) this fall. She was already looking forward to summer, which will hopefully include some mini reunions with her Regis family and also some exciting travels. Leigh can be contacted at lhand447@ Olivia Kusz works at The MathWorks in Natick, Mass. as a Customer Service Coordinator and will be getting married next May. ¶ Maria Mendes says, “Hello 2010!” Before graduating, she was fortunate to have secured a job in her hometown, the City of Champions aka Brockton, Mass., as a program coordinator for Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA), a program of Health Imperatives. Health Imperatives is a nonprofit health and human service organization that has been serving communities statewide since 1976. The goal of her program, CMCA, is to decrease underage alcohol use by promoting good behaviors through marketing and outreach and by decreasing the availability of alcohol to youth in Brockton by changing community policies and practices. Also, since graduating she took a couple of sign language courses and is now in the beginning steps of obtaining her masters. She hopes to have her MS from Regis College by May 2012. If you would like to learn more about her program, please visit or you may contact her through email or phone 508-583-2250 Ext. 215. ¶ Maria Pino works as a paraprofessional at Wakefield High School. She went away to Mexico in April to see the Mayans and celebrate her birthday. ¶ Meg Roan works full time at Walker-Clay,

Inc. in Hanson, Mass. and plays soccer with fellow alums Jamie Folan ’07 and Mandy Roan ’08. ¶ Andrea LoPilato Sheldon lives in Andover, Mass. with her husband David and dog Sam. She works as a 5th grade elementary school teacher for the Danvers Public Schools. She was also working towards her MEd. at Framingham State University. ¶ Shannon Tonelli finished up a semester of graduate classes at Regis College this past fall. She is working towards her master’s degrees in Special Education and Elementary Education. During her extra semester at Regis she worked as a graduate assistant for the Education Department and served as a resident assistant in Domitilla Hall. When needed, she substitute taught at the Woodland Elementary School in Weston, Mass. In December, Shannon moved home to spend time with family and friends before departing for Peru. On Mar. 16 she headed to Cajamarca, Peru to begin her 10-month journey as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. ¶ Class of 2010, we want to know what is going on in your life! Please send your updates to your class reporters so that we can all keep in touch. Good luck in all you future endeavors!

class To all of the classes who did not submit notes, please contact your reporter so we can keep you connected through Regis Today!

1941 70th Reunion Class ✒ Mary Mullen Burke, 297 Pleasant Street, Milton, MA 02186

1942 ✒ Elizabeth Powers Hehir,

14 Eel River Circle, Plymouth, MA 02360-2114


✒ The Alumni Office, 235 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493, 781-768-7245, classnotes@

1944 ✒ Margaret Kelly Young, 384 West Street, Leominster, MA 01453-2049 1945 ✒ Annette Pendergast,

101 Weatherbee Drive, Westwood, MA 02090

1966 45th Reunion Class ✒

1971 40th Reunion Class ✒ Patricia Funder, 21 Sawmill Drive, Plymouth, MA 02360-4443 1977 ✒ Julie O’Connor McGinn, 16 Pumping Station Road, Peabody, MA 01960-5718 ✒ Carol Manning Chicarello, 15 Ely Road, Arlington, MA 02467-7121 1982 ✒ Elizabeth Carey Stygles,

1983 ✒ Anne Gruska McKenzie,

1987 ✒ Aspasia Alexopoulos Bakolas, ✒ Deborah Pellegrino, ✒ Janet McBride-Roy, mcbrideroy@ 1988 ✒ Michelle Gray Bird, ✒ Kym Johnson Miele, kimberly.miele@, 1993 ✒ Jean Lorizio, jmlorizio ✒ Angela Valerio, 1995 ✒ Johanna Taylor, jpc877

1997 ✒ Andrea List,

1985 ✒ Holly Kendrick Babin,

1998 ✒ Amy Clines, amy.clines, aklines@

241 Sandown Road, Chester, NH 030364219 ✒ Dianne Gaudet Baxter,

1986 25th Reunion Class ✒ Sarah

Mulrooney, ✒ Kim Livingstone Sinclair, Blklab81@

2004 ✒ Paula Power, paulak. ✒ Bobbie Finocchio,

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Nanci Leverone Ortwein, 135 Medford Street, Arlington, MA 02474,

1967 ✒ Mary Driscoll Egan, 10 Old Nugent Farm, Gloucester, MA 01930-3164


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Endowed Scholarship Fund IN HONOR OF PRESIDENT MARY JANE ENGLAND ’59, M.D. Like the Sisters of St. Joseph, Mary Jane England ’59, M.D., is a woman who is often ahead of the times. She pursued medicine when women were just beginning to break into the field. She chose a specialty, psychiatry, that had been dominated by men. In government, business, and academe, she has stood out nationally as an innovative leader. Medicine, public health, and education have all benefited from her vision, and so, especially, has Regis. To honor Dr. England’s achievements in health and in positioning Regis for the 21st century, as well as to celebrate her 10-year presidency at Regis College, we are pleased to have established: THE PRESIDENT MARY JANE ENGLAND ’59, M.D., ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND In keeping with Dr. England’s lifework and her allimportant focus on the advancement and well-being

of students, this endowed scholarship will be given to Regis College students who are innovative leaders in the School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions. As the end of Dr. England's presidency draws near, we celebrate the milestones of the past decade and honor her achievements. We hope all alumni, friends, and supporters will continue to join us at special Regis events throughout the year to commemorate Dr. England’s service and rejoice in Regis’s future. For more information about this special tribute campaign, please contact Miriam Finn Sherman ’98, Chief Development Officer, at 781.768.7222 or To give online, please go to:

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