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Alumni news


Cla ss No t e s promoted to senior cost analyst for Lockheed Martin. Janet Pergola Leurini ‘93, English, is a high school English teacher in Douglas. Joseph G. Paulo ’93, accounting, is married to Cheryl Mendonca and they have three children, Joseph, Julia, and Jacelyn. Andrea Skirvin Schulmeyer ’93, finance, of Norcross, GA, works in human resources at Price Waterhouse Coopers. Antigone Z. Simmons, Esq. ’93, history, of Ipswich, is an attorney in the Massachusetts secretary of state’s office. Jennifer Morgan Williams ‘93, MA professional writing, and her husband John welcomed twins Sarah Borden and Abigail Burr in January 2005. The Williams also have a daughter, Emily. Williams continues to enjoy living on Cape Cod and working in her consulting firm, Busy Bee Communications. Matthew Zito ’93, humanities and social sciences, is the vice president of operations, southeast region, for Alliance Imaging, Inc. and resides in Burlington, NC. Maria L. Aguiar ’94, accounting, Somerset, is a partner in the accounting firm

Meyer, Regan & Wilner, LLP of Fall River, and has been elected to the board of directors of the Bank of Fall River. James E. Boyle ’94, political science, of New Bedford, is the assistant director of economic development for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Rita DeOliveira ’94, psychology, earned a doctoral degree in educational psychology from American International College last year. Lisa Allendorf Phinney ’94, multidisciplinary studies, was saddened by the death of her father in 2004, but welcomed a son, Nathan George, to the family in August, 2005. She writes that “he is the happiest baby.” She and husband Chris live in Park City, UT, and she is sales and marketing director for Talisker. Michelle Fagundes Michaels ’95, psychology, lives with her husband David and daughter Eva in Swansea. Michales is a senior milieu therapist in the SafeQuest Program, an intensive outpatient program at Bradley Hospital in East Providence, RI. Pamela J. Somers Cherry ’95, nursing, of Milton, is a nurse at Massachusetts General

Hospital.Marcia Andrade Serpa ’95, psychology, lives in Boston and is an assistant school principal in Brockton. Heather Tripp ’95, graphic design, is married to fellow alumnus Andrew Tripp ’95, accounting. They live in Hamilton and have a son, Joshua, and daughter, Allie Caroline. Andrew works for a consulting firm in Needham, and Heather is an administrative director at an independent school in Salem. Carmen M. Francisco ’96, Portuguese, teachers Portuguese and Spanish at Somerset High School. She earned her masters in teaching in 2005. Her daughter Sarah attends Providence College, and her son Matthew attends Somerset High. Her husband Tony works at Barry’s Nissan and Volvo in Dartmouth. Sheila Johnson ’96, English, of Santa Barbara, CA, is education coordinator for sexual harassment prevention at the University of Santa Barbara. Jason F. Kowal ’96, business information systems, works for the New Bedford Police Department. Stephen Millar ’96, finance, is an analyst for the private equity division of

Bank of America. He lives in Somerset with his wife Melissa and dog Bear. Dorothy S. Ryan ’96, MS professional writing, works as an editor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln laboratory in Lexington. Her daughter Meghan graduated summa cum laude from UMass Dartmouth with a degree in graphic design, and daughter Jen graduated from Mass Art with a BFA in photography. Ryan would love to hear from the professional writing graduates of the classes of 1995 through 1997, and is at Gregg Joseph Tavares ’96, chemistry, of Bradford, RI, is a senior associate scientist for Pfizer. Maria E. Yarnall ’96, textile design/fiber arts, works as a freelance designer, celebrated her 10th wedding anniversary in August 2005, and has two sons, Zachary and Nathan. Jill Treloar Bonner ’97, English, ’99, MS professional writing, is a writer/editor for internal communications for CVS pharmacy. Gayle Mangan Kassal ’97 master’s, visual design, was the subject of a lengthy article in

Alumni profile Psychology Prof. Wendy Rogers, ’85 graduate, receives prestigious award for her work


ince she arrived at UMass Dartmouth as a student, Wendy Rogers ’85 has led a life of learning and discovery, leading her to a leadership position in the field of psychology. A professor of psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Rogers recently received the prestigious Franklin V. Taylor Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology. Her research interests include cognitive aging, human factors, and skill acquisition training. She is co-director of the Human Factors & Aging Laboratory at Georgia Institute, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. She is a member and past president of the UMass


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Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; a member of the American Psychological Association; and past president of the Association’s Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology). After receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UMass Dartmouth, Rogers moved on to the Georgia Institute of Technology to complete both a master’s and Ph.D. in psychology in 1991. Of her time at UMass Dartmouth in the 1980s, Rogers said she lived at home and worked full-time managing and cashiering at a local grocery store to pay for her education. In what little spare time she had between classes and work, “I enjoyed hanging out in the psychology building or sitting outside on the UMass steps on

sunny days,” she said. Rogers recalled “wonderful professors who are still at UMass Dartmouth, such as John Caruso, Don Corriveau, Barry Haimson, Paul Donnelly, and Judith Sims-Knight.” Rogers held faculty positions at the University of Memphis and the University of Georgia before returning to Georgia Tech for her current position. Despite having an extraordinarily busy and fulfilling career, she has found time for family life. She has been married for 10 years to fellow psychology professor Dan Fisk--professor and coordinator of the Engineering Psychology Program at Georgia Institute of Technology—and has a stepson, Danny Fisk.

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