THE WINCHENDON SCHOOL CLASS NOTES Winter 2021
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Winch-Tales! big highlight to the Hatch boys. It seems that similar “deliveries” may have also been enjoyed on the Winchendon campus. But, the Class of ‘63 wasn’t quite as thirsty as it thought - see graduation! On November 11, 2020, Hatch and Winchendon alumni came together from around the country on Zoom and shared stories and tales from the Hatch and early Marr years. The guys fondly remembered the faculty with a number of stories: • Trash day was always pretty noisy around Mr. Hatch’s office….hmm...who remembers why? • Mr. Ferguson’s dedication to thoroughly chewing his food made for a slow dinner! • Another highlight of Hatch dinners (not!) was your week at Mr. & Mrs. Hatch’s table. • Mr. Subirats’ frequent need to “send a telegram to Castro” - not sure what the Winchendon students were up to that Castro needed to know about!
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There were big shout-outs to Mr. Eriksen, Mr. Stonier, Mr. Dillaway, and Mr. Zins. Other adventures and memories from Hatch and early years in Winchendon included: • Newport snowstorms meant that the Hatch boys would be firing snowballs with the girls from Salve Regina. One of those snowball fights resulted in an outing with the Newport police…a kindly teacher bailed them out. • TV reception at Honeysuckle Lodge was improved with the addition of an antenna - it remains unclear if that student orchestrated and installed “improvement” was authorized!
• How did you get downtown Winchendon privileges back in the day? Singing in the Congregational Church’s choir. • Mrs. Hatch and Mrs. Marr were both remembered for their driving skills - Mrs. Hatch for her reversing prowess and Mrs. Marr for her speediness. Funny remembrances aside, these alumni also give the faculty credit for making a difference in their lives and being present during some big moments in world and U.S. history. Both President Kennedy’s assassination and the Bay of Pigs stood out as vivid memories - where they were when they learned of these events - draft concerns of both students and faculty - what these events meant for the world.
• Evidently, deliveries from the Cozy Cab Co. were a
1950s Chris Baring ‘58 and his wife Gayle
live in Greenwich, CT (have been married to each other twice!) and have two children. Chris is the sole proprietor for The Airport Connection in Greenwich. He recently donated photos from the Hatch years to the School archives.
Sim Leonard ‘59, a co-captain of
the Hatch Football team, donated his letter-sweater to the School - it now hangs in the Lobby of Ford! Sim is retired and lives in Calabasas, CA.
1960s Alex Gundry ‘60 lives in Starr,
SC with his wife Ann and is retired. He is still active with Fire and Rescue. His grandson and his great granddaughter are living with them so they are busy!
Arthur Maroney ‘60, and his wife
Susan have been married 50 years and they live in Ridgewood, NJ, just down the road from the Newberry family home. They have three children and nine grandchildren. After college, Arthur worked as a stockbroker and financial planner for Morgan Stanley, retiring after 33 years.
Bill Mayberry ‘60 of Hellertown,
PA recently completed his memoir “Fast Women & Slow Horses,” a colorful chronicle of his careers as a restaurateur, barbecue mogul, racehorse owner, and bartender-partner at Little John’s, one of the first hot singles bars in ‘60s Manhattan. The Hatch Prep chapter includes memorable encounters with Robert “Bob” Marr, the school’s second headmaster and Bill’s football coach/ guardian angel; Jorge Batista ‘60, Bill’s roommate; and actress Natalie Wood, who shared a table with Bill and Jorge during a graduation party at a famous New York City nightclub.
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The book is co-written by journalist Geoff Gehman, who first heard Bill’s wild Irish yarns while working out at the YMCA in Bill’s hometown of Bethlehem, PA. Bill would love to swap stories and share chapters with Hatch alums. You can contact him at email@example.com.
Victor De Maria ‘61, Fairfield,
CT, said his year at Hatch was when he learned to keep his nose to the proverbial grindstone. That trait has served him well especially during his time as a Marine Corps pilot in Vietnam. Owned and operated by the Kavanagh family since 1969, Cottage Gardens is located in Hermitage, PA. Tom Kavanagh ‘61 and his family provide outstanding landscape, greenhouse and garden center service. “We strive to make the world a more beautiful place to live and work!” Ambassador Dave Phillips ‘61 recently published his biography, ComeOn,America:TheInspirational Journeyof AmbassadorDavePhillips. The book recounts Dave’s journey, from North Carolina to Estonia, through adversities and triumphs.
Ben Ritter ‘61 from Tampa, FL
was recently inducted into Florida Veteran’s Hall of Fame, receiving the Governor’s Medal of Merit for his
passionate advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities. Hats off to Scotty Anderson’s ‘63, the Chair of the Hawaii Elections Commission. Also, congratulations to his wife, Karin Holma, who was recently appointed as a Judge in the District Court of the First Circuit in the Hawaii State Senate. Having grown up in a publishing household, Scott Bartlett ‘63 is uniquely suited to serve as the School’s volunteer historian. Part of Winchendon’s West Coast contingent, Scott and his partner Mia, live in Eugene, OR. Their son Dustin is a biology/pre-med major at Oregon State.
Kim Bolten ‘63 went to the U of Denver after Winchendon and then was in the Army in Military Intelligence. He lives in Kissimmee, FL and is still playing his guitar!
George Elkins ‘63/’64 is a former
trustee for The Winchendon School. He and his wife Barbara split their time between Mirror Lake, NH on Lake Winnipesaukee and Naples, FL. It’s said you should do what you love Bruce Henderson ‘63, Wilmington, NC did just that turning his love of music into a career as an agent, manager, and producer for rock ‘n roll bands.
With special thanks to all of the members of
our Board of Trustees who have donated their time serving the School. In these challenging times it has been significantly harder to make the time for all of the calls, Zooms, and conversations, and we are grateful for their guidance and stewardship. Our current alumni Trustees who are serving on the Board include: Joe Dockery ‘61, Stuart, FL; Chris Frame ‘63, Savannah, GA; John Hipp ‘65, Atlanta, GA; Jim Heutel ‘71, Dallas, TX; Cane Callon ‘73, Natchez, MS; and Tracy Mathieu Huffman ‘81, Washington, DC.
Chuck Homer III ‘64 has been
affiliated with The Haverford Trust as an adviser and client since 1999 and has been a dedicated team member since 2007. Chuck’s responsibilities include the Haverford Quality Investing brand and Haverford’s marketing strategy to support business development and client retention. He is now their Chief Marketing Officer.
City, and New Buffalo. Gil and his wife, Cindy, live in LaPorte County, serving on numerous community boards: Duneland Health Council, Indiana Grocers and Convenience Stores Association, Salvation Army, Memorial Hospital, and Midwest Grocers Foundation. In 2009, Gil and Lakeshore Foods received a United Way’s Burton B. Ruby Cornerstone Award.
Grey Durham ‘65 owns a jewelry
Steve Kuypers ‘73 is the Vice
store, Solitaire, in St. Louis, MO and has been a partner with Abercorn in Peachtree City, GA.
President and General Manager of the
Race Track, Casino and Hotel, Delta Downs, a Boyd Gaming Property, in Vinton, LA.
Charles “Lee” Forker ‘77 is an
independent auto consultant at the Tempe, AZ location for Auto House. He has been involved in over 100,000 transactions and takes pride in helping “put the dream in the driveway.” In his spare time, he enjoys his family, golf, and spending volunteer time helping the homeless get back on their feet.
Esh Lunken ‘65, Cincinnati, OH
recalled with a chuckle that he received the “Longest Boy” award...for his five year tenure at Winchendon. Former Winchendon Board President and Trustee Emeritus, Jon Rotenberg ‘65, Chestnut Hill, MA hasn’t slowed a step. His yacht brokerage and gallery businesses, local and national politics, and his expanding family (daughters and weddings!) keep him busy, but, best of all, there have been lots trips to his home in South Bristol, ME giving Jon plenty of time on the water.
Andy Newberry ‘66, Ivins, UT
is racking up the miles on his bike six thousand of them! Andy recently donated both his and his brother John’s (Hatch ‘60) class rings to the School - thank you, Andy!
1970s Gil Pontius ‘70
continues the tradition of service in storefront groceries in Michigan priding himself on customer satisfaction, a dedication to freshness and quality, cleanliness, and “the best ground beef in town.” As President of Lakeshore Foods Corporation, Gil oversees four stores in LaPorte, Michigan WINCHENDON CLASS NOTES | 4
Erik and his mom this first day of school
Erik taking to the skies!
Erik Fleming ’74
(and former Winchendon Athletic Director and Lacrosse coach) owns and operates two farms in Hardwick, MA with Olympic equestrian gold medalist, Torrance Watkins. Totaling more than 615 acres of pristine pastures, hay fields, and woodlands, Morningfield Farm trains intermediate and advanced level riders and horses. In 2007, Erik and Torrance completed construction of a state-of-the-art 18-stall stable, and plans are currently underway for the construction of an indoor arena in an effort to become a complete training facility. Prior to moving to Hardwick in 1995, Erik served as President of both the Fleming Corporation and Legend Airways, Inc. These companies primarily focused on aviation services (leasing, freight operations, corporate promotions/hospitality) and real estate development. Erik holds a commercial pilots license and for eight years performed in air shows involving single engine bi-plane aerobatics and large multi-engine WWII aircraft. He also competed and judged in aerobatic flight contests on a national level and served as an instructor pilot in aerobatics. Erik is the chairman of the Hardwick Planning Board, chairman of the Hardwick Master Planning Committee, a member of the Hardwick Zoning Board of Appeals, and past chairman of the Hardwick Zoning By-Law Committee. Erik currently serves on the board of directors of the Worcester County Farm Bureau, and is a former board member of the Hardwick Farmers Exchange, The Hardwick Conservation Trust, the United States Aerobatic Team, and Eagle Hill School.
time. Need a boat? Bill can help you out - he’s a yacht broker with new hips (no skating for him!). He also manages and races a 50 ft boat. He is based in Portsmouth, RI.
John Bryne ‘70 is President of Bryne Tire Inc. in Syracuse, NY.
Sticks, Steins and Stories The members of the classes of 1967 to 1973 set the stage for what has become one of New England’s premier hockey programs. On January 21, 2021 we held a Zoom virtual gathering of alumni hockey players and coaches, and others connected with us after the event and shared stories and memories. These athletes are still at it - while there seems to be more duck hunting these days, many are still skating, skiing, playing tennis, sailing, AND giving each other a hard time! Bob and Terry Marr’s cousin Dan Benson ’67 connected with Winchendon. He and his wife now live in Castle Rock, CO and recently welcomed their first grandchild!
Ben Adriance ’68 is happily making furniture everyday in New Hampshire and gets back to campus when he can. He and his wife Alex have two sons, one works in snowmaking at Gunstock, and one is a professor at William & Mary. Both Charlie Hall ‘68 and Steve Richardson ‘68 can be found along the Maine coast. Retired from LL Bean, Charlie lives in South Portland and has three daughters and a grandson. Now retired for eight years, Steve is a bit further south in Kennebunkport, and his wife runs a liquor store. They have two daughters. When talking about “then and now”, Steve shared - “We were angels!” and now -“I gotta say you guys really look old!”
Bob Hodde ‘68, Harwood Hull ‘68 and Mike Pierson ‘68 all live
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on Hilton Head Island, SC and have a chance to get together quite often. All three have been extremely involved with Winchendon today, and we are grateful for their volunteer help! Most recently, they helped to rally the Class of 1968 to donate the firepit as part of the new Student Centers at Winchendon!
During a past sailing adventure, a mishap with the rig resulted in Joe Smith ‘68 and Bill Rudkin ‘69 spending a bit of time at Guantanamo Bay. The good news is that they made it out! Joe lives on Martha’s Vineyard and spends some time “managing” the duck and bird population. Over the years, Joe has moved around New England a bit - a CT stint as a spec house builder as well as a VT era while his kids attended Stratton Mountain School. Now semi-retired, he sees Griff McClure ‘68 and George Skakel ‘68 from time to
Terry McNamara ‘70 remembered that Mr. Marr insisted that he was needed on the lacrosse team - not the golf team! Terry now lives in Lebanon, NJ.
Peter Knothe ‘70 and his wife Barbara live in Katonah, NY. Their twin daughters graduated from college in 2019 - UVM and Dickinson. 2020 was a big year because Peter retired from years of teaching and academic administration. He worked at Marymount Manhattan College, The College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, NY, and most recently, the Syms School of Business in NY.
Alex Orb ‘70 caught up with us from Sun Valley, ID where he has lived since 1974. He had three ski shops, but now has officially retired. He enjoys spending time with his three children (one is a pediatric ENT in Utah), five grandchildren, duck hunting at his “duck camp”, and is ready to lace up his skates again after knee replacement surgery. During the alumni gathering, he joked that Joe Smith didn’t protect him well enough in the lax games... At the end of January, Rob Stott ‘71 retired from HKD Snowmakers in Reno, NV and will be hitting the road in his RV. He keeps in touch with Pete Howe ‘71, Kit Reid ‘71, and Steve Farrish ‘71 (who all live in CO!). Rob, or Snow Bob as he’s known, joined HKD in 1995.
Rob began his snowmaking career in the 1970s at Hunter Mountain, NY and was on the snowmaking crew responsible for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid. Forget about Kevin Bacon; it should be Six Degrees of Rob Stott.
Still happily living in Montreal, Roberta Hurwitz ‘90 is a landscaper. She has two children, a son, Brandon 16, and a daughter, Savannah 21.
Tim Darrin ‘72 has had some
wonderful adventures in the past few years. He and his wife Debbie moved to the Napa Valley in CA in 1977. Not only did they start the valley’s first hot air balloon company, they also ran a winery. After their vinter days concluded, in 2018 Tim rode his motorcycle through South America.
Rich Pier ‘73 is the Head Tennis
Pro at Naperville Tennis Club in Illinois. He lives in Chicago, IL. Hailing from Greenwich, CT, Val Vallely ‘73 thoroughly enjoys the outdoors. After successfully selling his printing business, he has been able to take life a little slower and enjoy his family.
The Reverend Dr. Hillary R. Bercovici ‘73 wrote in
from Westerly, RI: “I am now a ‘pensioner’ but my wife, Cilla, continues to teach and tutor parttime via Zoom. I provide a few church leaders a listening ear and guidance when invited.”
Tennant ‘73 was disappointed to miss the Alumni Hockey gathering, but he was “up, up and away” enjoying the friendly skies. Foster and his wife toggle back and forth between Lyme, CT and New York City.
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In 2019, Scott MacKnight ’82 was appointed CEO/President of Triangle Credit Union in Nashua, NH. Scott has been employed by Triangle Credit Union for over 24 years. Scott holds a BS in Accounting from Franklin Pierce University, an MBA Degree from Rivier University and designation as a Certified Credit Union Investment Professional (CCUIP). In addition, he currently serves as the finance chair and a board member for the Salvation Army of Nashua. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking the White Mountains and Appalachian Mountain Club trails with his sons.
Shawn Gross ‘87 is the President of Gross Investments in Houston, TX.
Justin J. O’Hara ‘89 is a corporate
bond broker with Avatar Capital Group, having made his career on Wall Street for the past 20 years. Justin is Co-founder and Director of a nonprofit providing no-cost legal counsel to post 9/11 wounded combat veterans - Officers of the Court Corp. “They represent our heroes as they navigate the bureaucracies involved in the discharge process. Having already paid the price for our freedoms, they should not have to fight for what they have earned.” Justin is a lifelong resident of Montclair, NJ.
Kicking-off The 2021 Winchendon Speaker Series, Greg Selkoe ‘92, was the keynote speaker for our webinar to talk about pop culture and the gaming industry, why he and others founded XSET, and how he plans to make gaming inclusive. After Winchendon, Greg graduated from Rollins College and worked in Boston for three years. In 2000 he founded karmaloop.com an online retailer of streetwear. In 2005, he received his Masters from Harvard’s Kennedy School. In 2012 he received the Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the e-commerce category. In 2018 he joined the eSports organization, FaZe Clan. In July of 2020, he parted with FaZe Clan and started XSET, an eSport organization that prides itself on inclusivity, environmental consciousness, and mental health. https://xset.com/
Colin Gildroy ‘93 works for D2C Solutions, a marketing firm that helps product owners and companies navigate the big four E-marketplaces. https://d2csg.com/. He lives in Washington, TX.
Erik Kangas ‘96 recently shared:
“I have had many adventures since leaving Winchendon! My family and I now live in Troy, NH. My wife, a French teacher at Monadnock Regional HS, and I have three great little boys ages 7, 9 and 12. I am a selfemployed contractor with Kangas Residential Services LLC.”
Troy Berg ’97 wrote: “My first
year at the Winchendon School was 1994-95, and it was my favorite year ever playing hockey. After attending Winch, I moved to NC where I earned my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science with a focus in Physical WINTER 2021
Education. I have been teaching PE for 14 years, currently teaching in Ashburnham, MA. I am a father of 3 kids (Gavin, 13, Audrey 10, Charlotte 5), and I have been married to Laura for 17 years. As a teacher I try to incorporate as much as I can based on what I learned from Coach Tarmey. He taught us all so much about the important things in life.”
Douglas Maliszewski ‘97 shared:
“I live in Wethersfield, CT where I am the live-in caretaker for the historic home of Solomon Welles. I have been living and working here since 2012. I am also a landscaper by trade and have a passion for gardening, growing hot peppers and making hot sauce (Face Melter Brands). I also enjoy Free Masonry, philanthropy, hiking, the craft beer industry, and relaxing while capturing peaceful sunsets through a lens.”
Michelle Craig Goodwin ‘97
shared with us: “My time in high school was like most - there were highs and lows that every teenager goes through...but I enjoyed time with friends in class or sports, or just hanging out at school or at the mall! It was all fun and a learning experience for me! I know that I wouldn’t have graduated if not for Mr. Harvey, that’s for sure; he was always there to help me with anything I needed and for that I am forever grateful. I am now a mom to two beautiful daughters that are both in college. I am a medical assistant who does private in-home care for the elderly.”
2000s Yu-Ti “Daniel” Chiu ‘01 is a
manager of a bike store in Langley BC, Canada and lives close to many hiking trails. His passions are cycling, car racing, fishing, camping and hiking. “Things I miss at Winch are golfing every day during PE, having meals at the Friends Garden, grabbing pop from the cafeteria after study hours, spending vacation days at the Harvey’s, watching Friday night movies at the mall… ” WINCHENDON CLASS NOTES | 7
After graduation from the Winch in
Dr. Jermaine Johnson
2004, played basketball for and earned an undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston in 2008. Johnson was drafted by the Reno Bighorns in 2009 in the 6th round of the NBA Development Draft. Jermaine played professionally more than six years overseas including in France, Mexico, Hungary and Canada. He starred during his time in the Mexican Basketball League where he averaged 21 points and 8 rebounds per game. He then went on to earn a master’s degree from Strayer University and a doctoral degree from Northcentral University with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. His career experience includes working as a consultant and business investor, and he served as the South Carolina Campaign Chair for Andrew Yang’s 2020 presidential campaign. On November 9, 2020 he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives representing District 80. Johnson is the founder and CEO of the New Economic Beginnings Foundation, which helps educate and find employment for opportunities for troubled youth and veterans http://nebfoundation.us/. He lives in Columbia, SC with his wife, a pharmacist, and their three children.
Rob Donelan ‘03 shared: “I work
in Information Technology as a consultant for private businesses, most recently as a Windows 10 migration coordinator for Valvoline. I currently live in KY with my girlfriend and her two kids. I am still into music as I play drums and DJ at events. The thing I miss, and appreciated most, about Winchendon was the diversity. I never would have had an opportunity to meet people from so many different cultures. It literally changed who I am today. The experiences with the friends I had outside the classroom were the most valuable of all.”
Alfred Williams ‘03 is the Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball Team at Xavier University of Louisiana and
was just named one of the NAIA’s best coaches in the country by the Minority Coaches Association.
Ian MacPhail ‘04 (former
faculty at Winchendon) shared: “For the last five years I have been teaching at Chapel Hill Chauncy School just outside of Boston as history department chair and dorm parent. I got married in August 2019 and am working on my doctorate in educational leadership.”
Scott Kukis ‘04 (former member
of the Winchendon Alumni/ Development team) wrote in: “I just graduated from the Fire Department Academy and am now officially a firefighter.” Scott and his family live in White Plains, NY. WINTER 2021
2010s Elizabeth Figueroa '10 shared: "I
live in my home state of CT and am involved in research and development for vaccines for a pharmaceutical company called Sanofi. My primary focus is flu and covid-19. It has been a doozy of a year! In the future, I hope to expand on that and maybe even go back to school. Every once in a while I'll hear from some of the girls from the hockey team. I miss all the fun times I had with the team, but mostly just playing hockey! It was the highlight of my years at the Winch!"
Jonathan Baldwin ‘10, an Army vet,
is a Correctional Officer at Worcester County Sheriff’s Office for five years. He plays in amateur golf tournaments around MA and still plays hockey for fun. Jonathan played hockey at Assumption College where he met his wife Molly.
Victoria Virtue ‘11 is a Location
Scout for Universal Television. Prior to this, she was a Production Assistant in the Motion Picture Industry.
Kexin “Kammi” Xu ‘12 is working on a new energy vehicle project.
Adam Kemp '10 and his wife, Anna, Moumy Diop '09 updated us: "This
past school year, I worked as a daycare technician and a 1st grade educator at an English elementary school in Quebec City and was the basketball coach for grade 5/6 girls' team. Papa Lo ‘07 and I miss the wonderful people we met in Winchendon and the kids our children grew with at TWS. I am also pursuing my handmade jewelry business, LaFleur Siby, and it is encouraging to see it grow. I donate a part of each item sold to someone in need in Africa hence the slogan "Working Hands Touching Hearts."
Carissa Boutelle ‘09 and Michael Leung ’09 got engaged after
graduating from UMass Amherst. They lived in Boston while Carissa pursued a Master’s degree in Education at Northeastern University and Michael worked as a Paralegal. Carissa has worked in education starting in independent schools and is currently in Higher Ed, while Michael now works for the Worcester District Court.
Jared Bein ‘09, while working full
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recently had a son, Addison, and are living in Sherrill, NY. A professional basketball player and ISAA Certified Professional trainer, Adam is running Adam Kemp Fitness and is working on his MS in Nutrition Education at American University. After attending Winchendon, he went on to play NCAA D1 basketball at Marist College and then played basketball professionally in Europe for 6 years. On his website, he shares "It wasn't until I attended Winchendon that I began to truly investigate how to become a better athlete and how to live a healthier lifestyle overall." https://www.adamkempfitness.com/ When
Anthony Ireland ‘10
graduated from Loyola Marymount University he had scored over 2,000 points, had 500 assists, and 500 rebounds for the Lions. Anthony played professional basketball overseas for four years and now plays for Juventus Utena in Lithuania. Anthony is the founder of the AI3 Leadership Academy. This will be the third year of his AI3 Leadership Academy camp, providing youth (9 and up) with small group and individual training sessions with other knowledgeable trainers.
With keen personal insight, Lula Sulaiman ‘12 shared her thoughts on the growth of awareness of transgender issues as she undergoes her own transition. To learn more about Lula’s story, please click here winchendon.org/lulasstory.
Céleste Robert ’12 shared: “After my
time at the Winch, I graduated from Norwich University in 2017 with a BS in mechanical engineering. While at Norwich, I also played DIII hockey and went to the Frozen Four three out of the four years. I am currently working at Moreau Industries in the piping department as a Jr. Engineer in my hometown of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. I am also working on my graduate degree at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. My masters will focus on renewable materials. My research specializes in polymers that are considered biodegradable and the addition of wood fiber to the composites. I enjoyed my experience at the Winch and am thankful to Mr. Delorme,
who recruited me while I was playing hockey in Quebec. It opened the door to American hockey world and to a much better education.”
Friendship Reunion “When we are together, we are still like a group of high school students. Really thankful that Winch brought us together.”
Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga ‘12 saw
one of the highest levels of the game make its return in September 2020, when she skated for the Professional Women’s Hockey Player’s Association (PWHPA). Now residing in Boston, it made sense for Lillian to try out to have a chance to make her return to the elite hockey realm. “I enjoyed playing really high-level hockey,” she said. “I haven’t in a while. I’ve been playing in adult leagues since I graduated so I wanted to get back into playing high-level hockey.” After attending Winchendon, Lillian had a strong collegiate career at Boston University. In addition to her hockey, Lillian is a research coordinator and assistant in the Neuromotor Recovery Laboratory at Boston University. Her goal in the lab is to help her peers improve rehabilitation outcomes, and study how technological tools can help benefit patients who have suffered neurological conditions.
Matthew Bolduc ‘13 is an American
professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for USL League One club Richmond Kickers. After Winch, he played college soccer for one year at UMASS. In 2014, Matt signed for Mass United of the American Soccer League. Bolduc then signed for the USL club Harrisburg City Islanders in March 2016. In May 2017, Matt made his first appearance with the Richmond Kickers. WINCHENDON CLASS NOTES | 9
A group of alumni had a wonderful reunion in the Summer of 2020 in Wuxi. Hank Guo ‘13 designed the flag!
Tiainhao “Hank” Guo ‘13 is
working on his masters at the University of New South Wales, an Australian public research university located in the Sydney suburb of Kensington.
Yiyan Song ‘13 is the founder and head of school of a kindergarten in Zhengzhou, China.
Yuton “Frances” Sun ‘13 has
been referred to as the “coolest preschool teacher”!
Allegra Harvey Leavenworth '13 teaches Humanities, is a Learning Strategist, and oversees Weekend Activities at the Winch. She and her husband Gary live in Winchendon.
Nicholas Uchendu ‘14
attended Assumption College after leaving Winchendon and graduated with a degree in Business Marketing and a minor in biology in 2018. Following graduation he worked for Konica Minolta selling industrial printers on the South Shore. Sales proved to be his calling as he finished in the top 1% in the company. He
Fangzhe “Frank” Cai ‘14 is
earning his masters degree while working at AstraZeneca, WuXi. He is a future successful international business entrepreneur!
Jingming “Eric” Liu ‘14 is an entrepreneur in China.
As his friends have said, Kun “Gary” Gao ‘14 is “growing up to be the most successful financial person in the future!”
then went on to work at Circassia Pharmaceuticals. He just recently partnered with Janssen Biotech of Johnson & Johnson and will be serving as an immunology specialist focusing on the Boston Area. While working to complete her MS in Advertising at Boston University, Samantha "Sam" Pratt '14 hopes to spread positivity and unity with her artistic creativity and humor... “Peace and happiness are derived from respect and communication. So while sharing my own Lebanese culture with others, it is important that I keep learning about other cultures. I look back at my private school experience as positive because
I became friends with people from all around the world while playing the sport I love.”
and is also investing in real estate and planning on earning his certification to become a life coach.
Zhitao "Taylor" Qiu '14 is a graphic
Niuniu Zhang ‘15 graduated from
designer and art director at Placebo.
Lauren Kelly ’14 played ice hockey
for Northeastern University. The Boston Pride selected her 16th overall in the 2017 National Women’s Hockey League Draft. In her first season in the NWHL, Lauren scored one goal and added two assists in 15 games while also shooting 22 pucks on net.
Union with highest honors, double majoring in Math and French. Niuniu is now in a graduate program at NYU in Visual Arts Administration, and working in art management.
Jiayi "Jenny" Zhang '16 graduated from the University of WisconsinMadison and is now a MUD student at Carnegie Mellon, studying Landscape Architecture and Urban Design.
With a degree in advertising from the University of Ulster, Emily Villari ‘14 now works at a technology start-up in Dublin. When Emily isn’t focused on her clients’ success, she makes the most of the opportunity to travel, pursues her passion for rockclimbing, and visits her family in MA.
Adam Letarte ‘15 is now officially a commercial pilot, having received his airman certificate in July 2020.
is currently studying optometry at New England College of Optometry in Boston. Last year she graduated from Union College summa cum laude. She played D1 hockey there for four years and was awarded team MVP.
After graduating from Occidental College in 2020, Marge Wilson ‘16 taught in Winchendon’s Summer School. She is now part of the faculty of Winchendon’s New York campus.
actor while balancing his studies at Sarah Lawrence University.
Xinyi “Alina” Zhang ‘16 graduated
from the University of Washington in just three years. Alina is now at Columbia University completing a masters in Enterprise Risk Management. An update from Julie Theriault ‘16: “I officially retired from playing university hockey last year because of school! Since leaving Winch, I did pre-med (2yrs) and now I just finished up my 2nd year of med school (I’ll be graduating with my MD in 2 years)! For the past two summers, I’ve worked at Brigadoon Village which is a summer camp for kids living with chronic illnesses; it’s been moved online this summer so I’ve been volunteering on Zoom. Luce Theriault ‘17 just got into law school and international development masters which she’ll complete simultaneously.”
Emily Beauvais ‘16 is playing
basketball, working in the Admissions Office, and finishing up her degree in Political Science at Fitchburg State. She is applying for law school. After leaving Winchendon Ayano Kubota ‘17 graduated from the MacDuffie School in Granby, MA. Since the summer of 2019 Ayano has been finishing a cosmetology class and is now working and living in Wells, ME.
Chenghao “Jack” Wang ‘15 will be married soon and is starting his own business.
Airman Samuel Grose ‘16 is currently at USAF Tech School in Mississippi being trained in Client Systems, Cyber Security.
At Emmanuel College, Isaiah Ruffen ‘15 played basketball and earned a degree in marketing. Following graduation, he moved to Tempe, AZ just outside of Phoenix. He is now working as a leasing agent for an apartment complex in Ahwatukee WINCHENDON CLASS NOTES | 10
In 2017, Max MacKenzie ‘16 starred in the independent film Just Say Goodbye as Jesse Peterson. Since then, he’s had multiple featured roles on television, with credits including Evil Lives Here, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and most recently the Amazon Prime series Hunters as Markus Roth. Max has been able to pursue his career as an
Mason Schneiders ‘17 works at Crain Volkswagen of Fayetteville, AR.
Josh Krentzman ‘17 is now a senior at George Washington in D.C.
Cameron Cullen ‘18 is studying
After graduating from Winchendon,
Phumiphat “Folk” Hosakul ‘17
returned to his native Bangkok to pursue his passion of flying and cars earning a private flying license. He’s also building a business which will house and sell high-end and custom cars, be an authorized dealer of Pakelo Lubricant (the engine oil that Ferraris and Lamborghinis use), and will also be a superbike repair shop.
International Business at High Point University. He has been very active in school, playing club baseball and serving as an RA in the dorms. Additionally, he works with Cutco (cutco.com) hosting virtual demos and calls.
junior hockey with the Des Moines Buccaneers and the West Kelowna Warriors. He now plays D1 hockey and studies Applied Psychology at Boston College.
Waseda University in Tokyo where she is studying international relations.
to follow her passion for medicine while a student at Tufts University.
Alle Adams ’19 is involved in the
degree in advertising and integrated communications at Quinnipiac. His passion for storytelling is at the heart and soul of his interest in marketing.
Mike Hardman ‘17 went on to play
Miyuki Abe ’19 currently attends
Jiayue “Betty” Zhang ’19 continues
Brendan Demore ‘17 is pursuing a
A three-sport varsity athlete for four years at Winchendon (playing soccer, hockey, and softball), Jackie Kassis ‘17 now plays college softball at Wentworth.
that people gravitate towards, he has an infectious personality and is a phenomenal teammate. He brings physicality, skating ability and tenacity to every game. He is a major part of our room and we are looking forward to seeing the improvements he has made over the offseason in his pursuit of a college commitment.”
The Charlotte Rush are proud to announce the re-signing of 00’ F Blake Witkowski ‘18. Blake returns to the Rush after spending last season with its Elite squad. “Blake is a guy
“Genesis Program,” a mentor program for students of color and firstgeneration college students. True to form, Alle is looking forward to a future of helping people. “I am also pursuing an education certificate in hopes of becoming an educator or social worker after college.” Alle is a co-founder of the Winchendon Alumni of Color Association (WACA).
Sophie Frushell ‘17, is at Boston College and working part-time with Winchendon as the Director of the Mentor Program for the Winchendon Alumni of Color Association (WACA).
Ian Holden ‘17 is now studying Biology at Gettysburg College.
Zhe “Michael” Wang ’17 leveraged his ColLAB experiences and was able to start a 40-person company that he now runs in China. Besides running his company, Michael is also studying at Babson University.
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Bianca Ortiz Diaz ’20 and her family’s lives were turned
upside down when Hurricane Maria ravaged her hometown in Puerto Rico in 2017. Not one to let a little challenge stand in the way, Bianca connected with Winchendon thanks to alumnus, Harwood Hull ‘68. In just two and a half years at Winchendon, Bianca put together a great story from playing on the 2019 championship volleyball team, to tutoring local Winchendon kids, to making the most of ColLAB experiences. She is now studying at Wesleyan University.
Pat Casserly ‘20 is now at the
Darragh O’Sullivan ‘20 made a
Another member of the 2019 championship volleyball team, Hailey Guzman German ‘20, headed north to Maine where she is a freshman at Colby College.
bright start to his full scholarship with Florida Tech. “My prep year in Winchendon was great. It was some really high level basketball. I made some great friends and played under great coaches." O'Sullivan is balancing his basketball dreams with academic studies, studying Sports Management. I’m getting into a pretty nice routine that works for me. That year in prep school really helped me.”
College of the Holy Cross, pursuing both of his dreams: the business world and baseball.
Hamza Zahrieh ‘20, a Co-President
of the Brooklyn Campus Student Body and the School’s first recipient of the Hatch Scholarship, is attending The College of New Jersey.
Hongyuan “Fred” Fan ’20, a leader
in our Service Learning Program and National Honor Society program, is now a student at the University of California at San Diego. Originally hailing from California, Justin Kirkpatrick ’20 recently shared with us, “Winch taught me how to be more independent. I also made some new friends that became family. I am now attending the US Naval Academy. After graduation from the Academy, I will become an officer serving a minimum of 5 years."
Dexter “DJ” Hamilton ’20,
Terry Marr and his brother Bob Marr were thrilled to participate
in the Virtual Gathering for Alumni Hockey players in January and shared their gratitude to the gathered alumni in supporting their dad’s, Headmaster Marr, athletic leadership as their classes were instrumental in Winchendon’s ascension in the New England prep school ranks. Both Terry and Bob thought that New York State is the place to be - Terry and his wife Ann live in Goldens Bridge, NY, and Bob and his wife Patricia are in Monroe, NY near West Point.
attended Winchendon as a PG and was a member of the Boys’ Prep Basketball team. He is attending Salve Regina University to pursue a major in accounting and has aspirations of becoming a CPA. DJ also wants to start a nonprofit organization to help children who are less fortunate. A graduate of Winchendon’s Brooklyn campus, Anabella Advincula ‘20 is attending Barnard College.
Jackson Bright ‘20 told us that after receiving his bachelor’s degree in economics from Wesleyan University, he plans to continue his studies in law or business school.
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Dover, England, Adrian Clewlow is in his seventh season as Goalkeeping Coach for the Richmond Kickers and holds a FA Youth Coaching Certification, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma. His playing career included stints with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, New Orleans Storm, and two seasons with the Richmond Kickers.
Billy Karris and his young family
left Brooklyn to be closer with his and his wife’s families. They settled in upstate NY near the VT border. After a short stint with a photovoltaic solar company, Billy began work as an Energy Consultant with Efficiency Vermont where he helps businesses and organizations throughout the state save energy and money. When not working he spends his time with his wife, playing with his toddler, and scheming outdoor adventures in the Adirondacks. After teaching in Hawaii for four years, Ben Zucker moved back East last year. “I’ve been teaching math at The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, PA. I’ve enjoyed exploring a new city and region, going for walks and drives around the area.”
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Dave Stone wrote: “I moved to
Cushing Academy when I married Beth Shoulla in 1998. We met at a Winchendon/Cushing hockey game; I was assistant coach for the Winch, and she was the athletic trainer for Cushing! I have been the Dean of Faculty since 2013, and Beth remains a teacher of health and life skills. Our daughter Jillian graduated from Cushing in 2019 and attends Clark University. Our son Benjamin is a member of Cushing's Class of 2022. I always enjoy visiting Winchendon and seeing the amazing progress at the school since I left 20 years ago.”
Sean Hayes joined the Admission
Office at The Hillside School in 2013 as the Senior Associate Director of Admission and is now Director of Admission. Sean previously served as the Associate Director of Admission and Athletic Liaison at Becker College. Prior to that, Sean worked at The Winchendon School as a teacher, coach and advisor and spent his last three years there as the Associate Director of Admissions.
Hawk, NC. Kali and Chris have been on the Outer Banks for three years now where, as they say, “we’re lucky enough to see the ocean every day!” In February Chris was the moderator for a Webinar through the 2021 Winchendon Speaker Series with XSET co-founder, Greg Selkoe ‘92.
After leaving Winchendon, Aaron Romano-Meade went to graduate school and earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The University of Texas at El Paso. He then taught at a high school in Hawai’i for a couple of years and had just started a teaching job in Sichuan, China when he had to come back to MA because of Covid-19. Now he is working on a novel.
Todd Bucklin is teaching history
at Wasatch Academy in UT. His wife Naomi is an academic coach. Their son Jadon recently graduated from Wasatch and is at college. Their daughter Ayano Kubota graduated from the MacDuffie School in Granby, MA in 2017 and is living and working in Wells, ME.
After leaving Winchendon in 2015, Christopher Williams moved back to his hometown of Virginia Beach, VA for a teaching and coaching job and to be closer to family. In 2017, he decided it was time for a career change and after a few months abroad (Nicaragua, Portugal, France, Spain) he landed a job as the general manager of Wave Riding Vehicles surf shop in Kitty
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the students and staff. I’d love to hear how other Winch Alumni are using their Math knowledge, and for all the current Winch students remember “Math Class is the Best Class”!”
After leaving The Winchendon School, Amy Franklin moved to Tyler, TX to teach Social Studies at a private day school. She says it was quite a transition from life in New England! Despite the wonderful experience in TX, she couldn’t help but miss her home state and her family in New England, so in 2019 after four years down south, she moved back up to MA. She is currently teaching 10th and 11th grade history at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, which is an all-boys Catholic day school. Being back up north she is enjoying taking advantage of all the area has to offer (pre-Covid, of course!).
Scott Spinelli (Winchendon Boys’
Kate Heighington shared: “Since
leaving Winchendon I had the opportunity to return to school and complete my Master’s in Business Analytics. I’m now working as a Data Scientist at TD Bank in Canada. I get to apply a lot of the math concepts I taught at Winchendon to build Machine Learning models to help the bank better serve our customers and support our staff. Just like at Winchendon, I get to do math everyday, which is awesome! However, I do miss a lot of things that are unique to The Winchendon School such as Mountain Day, Spirit Week, Winter Carnival, coaching hockey, living in Dockery North, and of course,
Varisty Basketball Coach 1993-95) has been named the Interim Men’s Basketball Team at Boston College.
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BIRTHS Helen Scoville-Pemberton '98 welcomed a son, Walter, in June 2020.
Charlie Levin ‘02 had a baby boy September 14, 2020.
Jared Bein ‘09 and his wife Lauren
had their first baby, Grayson, in 2018. Their daughter Natalie Mae, was born on October 6, 2020.
Patrick Harrington ‘13 and his Jonathan Baldwin ‘10 and his wife
Milly, welcomed a daughter, Blake, May 22, 2020.
wife Alia had a baby girl, Piper, on October 9, 2020. Her big sister Sadie is so proud!
IN MEMORIAM Samson I. Crew ‘59, March 27, 2019 Raymond “Peter” Sullivan ‘59, August 6, 2020 Maynard H. “Dutch” Salmon ‘63, March 10, 2019 Peter B. Phillips ‘67, March 22, 2019 John G. Attora ‘87, January 22, 2020 Roderick J. DePotter ‘87, February 21, 2020 Gary M. Wallinovich ‘96, October 28, 2019 Matthew R. Mierzwinski ‘01, March 1, 2019 Jonathan P. Kaplan ‘08, December 2019
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Andrew Gibson ‘93 and Katey Gelfand ‘96 were married on
Jared Bein ‘09 was married to Lauren in 2017.
Allegra Harvey ‘13 married Gary Leavenworth in the summer of 2020.
November 28, 2020
Kiley Tevlin ‘14 was married in
Sebastian Keczmerski ‘05 was
married to Emilia on June 20, 2020.
Timur Valitov ‘07 was married to Dana in the Spring of 2020.
Jonathan Baldwin ‘10 married Molly in October 2018.
Emily Beauvais ‘16 married Charles “Chuck” Doss on September 5, 2020.
By the way, who remembers football practices on the 18th fairway? COMING EVENT Hatch and Winchendon Virtual Alumni Football Gathering - Stay tuned and look for your invitation!
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A Discussion with GREG SELKOE ‘92 member Chris Williams. Greg’s last campus visit was 2013 when he had the opportunity to speak with students. Since then, the entrepreneur and founder of Karmaloop.com has taken his experience to gaming and is now taking the gaming world in a new direction. Selkoe, along with Wil Eddins, Clinton Sparks, and Framerate founder Marco Mereu, just started XSET.
On February 11 we kicked off The 2021 Winchendon School Speaker Series and featured Winchendon alumnus, Greg Selkoe ’92. This was a Webinar for alumni, current students, parents, and friends of Winchendon and was moderated by former faculty
XSET’s mission is to create “the world’s most diverse, inclusive, culturally-relevant, and purpose-driven gaming and esports brand.” Fast forward to now and Selkoe is working to build a gaming community on the principles of inclusivity and social good. We think that’s really exciting given our Core Values and distinctive Impact Learning curriculum. Please visit Greg’s website – XSET.com. Stay tuned for future updates on The 2021 Winchendon School Speaker Series!