Class Notes

Fall 2017

The Class Notes section of Leaves includes items submitted by Lasell College class secretaries and alumni, along with information gathered from press releases, news stories and websites. Notes in this issue, edited for space, are based on material received by September 1, 2017. We cannot verify factual content of submissions. In the interest of protecting the privacy of our alumni, it is the policy of the Office of Alumni Relations not to share personal information. Please contact the Office at if you wish to connect with a classmate. If you are interested in being a class secretary, please contact Garbriella Giangregorio '16, assistant director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, at (617_ 243-2273 or


1942 | Class Secretary: Gertrude Ruch Kauffman

1946 | Class Secretaries: Joan Hanson Blake, Anne Blake Perkins

1951 | Class Secretary: M. Elaine Tull

1952 | Class Secretary: Geraldine Hazell

1953 | Class Secretary: Shirley Gibbons San Soucie

Mary Burke Brinn is sad to announce that her husband, Walter "Buick" Brinn (Tufts '54) passed in 2015. She now spends six months a year in Naples, FL, and vacations during the summer. Marilyn "Lyn" Lyons Vanden Handel retired from Deloitte after 20+ years of service to run The Springwater Bed & Breakfast in Saratoga Springs, NY, with her late husband, Lee. She now works with her eldest daughter and son in running the business, which spans 14 rooms across two properties. "Saratoga Springs is a wonderful place to live!" she notes. She would love to see any former classmates who happen her way.

1955 | Class Secretary: Bobbie Jennings

1956 | Class Secretary: Margaret "Peggy" Kraft

1958 | Class Secretary: MaryAnn Fuller Young

Mary Danberg Nadig would like to acknowledge that Lasell was very good to her. She held successful positions after graduation, which she left to raise her two children. She returned to the workforce when they became adolescents.

1961 | Class Secretary: Elaine Butler Ryan

Sally Cabral Crowe continues to be an active docent at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. This summer, she enjoyed a family reunion in Warren, RI, with cousins, where she had a great time reconnecting and reminiscing with family. She sends her best wishes to classmates, especially those who attended her 55th reunion. Joan Gozzi Grindly's father, Arthur Gozzi, Esq., passed away in December at the age of 102. Several of her classmates knew him both as her father and as an attorney who practiced in the Boston area, moved to Florida, and still practiced until he was 100! He was a graduate of Boston College and an inspiration. Marie Pelargonio Hall drove one of her cousins, a principal of a private school in Rome, Italy, around the Lasell campus. He was impressed, and Marie noted many changes since 1961. What has not changed for her is the proud feeling every time she visits campus, as well as so many friendships that are still going strong. She is grateful to Lasell for a great start to an amazing career. Marie has been married for 55 years, has two children and four grandchildren, and is now retired. Betty Hood enjoyed a cruise on the Azamara line to the Baltic Sea area in August. Some highlights included Swan Lake in St. Petersburg and visiting Berlin for a day. In October, she is off to the high seas again from Venice to Athens. Betty also stays in close touch with Joan Franke Neustaedter.

1962 | Carolyn Grant Leary's grandson, Conor Leary Watson, began his freshman year at Lasell this fall. He is the fourth member of her family to attend. 

1963 | Class Secretary: Gail Grange Johnson

1964 | Carol Bradley Sullivan is sad to report the passing of her husband, Richard, of 49 years. 

1965 | A group of 1965 held their own mini reunion in San Diego, CA. Ellen Sweeney Fox, Linda Foster Nixon, Joan Brignano Scanlan, Gay Urgan Ferrie, Sue Schaller Young, and Peggy Jacobs Kleimou had a great time reminiscing about Bragdon Hall and Ordway House. 

1967 | Class Secretary: Katherine McDonough Ryan

Martha Rorty Boiardi writes from Germany that she enjoyed connecting with classmates at their 50th reunion, some of whom she did not know well while she was a Lasell student. Susann Costa was unable to attend the 50th reunion, but returned to Lasell this past July with her husband (whom she dated while a Lasell student) and her granddaughter, visiting for the first time in 50 years. She was happy to see the campus as beautiful as it was when she was a nursing student. Katie Ryan enjoyed the 50th reunion and notes that it was a wonderful weekend. She shares gratitude to Lauren McCauslin and the Alumni and Development staff for bringing everyone together and toward President Alexander and the Lasell community for keeping the college a vibrant and vital institution.

1968 | Class Secretary: Cynthia Rardin Crawford

Cindy Rardin Crawford sends greetings to her classmates and reminds them to attend their 50th reunion in May 2018. Linda Bamberger Kirsch loves life in Florida. She is engaged to Herb Wolfe and is now an artist working in glass, clay, and marble, and is also president of her ORT chapter at Aberdeen. She looks forward to her class reunion next year.

1971 | Class Secretary: Carol Goulian Stewart

1972 | Class Secretary: Marsha Fall Stuart

1974 | Class Secretary: Barbara Hirschfield Henry

1986 | Josephine Bonilla Barayuga became a grandmother to Selah, born on her daughter's birthday on February 26, 2017. 

1989 | Class Secretary: Michelle Forget White

Jill Fucci Spell, owner of La Villa Bistro in Shelburne, VT, was featured in the Shelburne News. Karen Hirsch Sullivent began her 26th year of teaching in a rural town outside of Austin, TX. Her oldest son is a junior at Baylor University, and her youngest is a freshman at Texas Tech University.

1993 | Class Secretary: Tracey Provost

2001 | Class Secretary: Jinette Dumont Chapman

2002 | Jack Levy opened his third business and is looking forward to more ventures. 

2003 | Class Secretary: E. Ashley Seybold

Trustee Michael T. Conner is now the superintendent of schools in Middletown, CT. 

2005 | Class Secretary: Gregory Koch

Greg Koch moved back to Maine after getting engaged in 2016. The couple got married on June 24, 2017 at Shady Lane Farm in New Gloucester, ME, in front of their closest friends and family. Greg works in business development for Pearson Online Learning, and his wife, Samantha, works as a senior associate of development for New Profit, Inc. Kelly Lynch-Williams is still living in Wakefield and welcomed her third son with husband Kevin Williams. Kelly is a full-time visual arts teacher in Revere, MA, and has her own business called Kelistic Designs. She notes that she makes prints, logos, and invitations. Husband Kevin is the owner of Makin' Jamaican food truck. Amy Enking Powers welcomed Charlotte on February 5, 2014 and little sister Eve on March 31, 2016. She recently celebrated her fourth wedding and work anniversaries, the latter with the Irvine Company as a general manager. Danielle Albanese Rios and her husband, Joe, welcomed their third child, baby boy JJ Rios, on April 23, 2016. Danielle continues to work as an educator, primarily teaching food and nutrition at Washington Middle School in Meriden, CT. She was awarded a grant from Fund for Teachers and traveled to Puerto Rico this summer to study its history, culture, and foods. She also went back to school at Southern Connecticut State University and received her diploma in Educational Leadership and Administration. Samantha Dulac Roberge and husband, Chase, just welcomed a new addition to the family, Willamina Roberge, on July 28. Willamina joins big brother Wilder. Samantha notes that "everyone is doing great!"

2006 | Class Secretary: Danielle Grethel Phillips

2007 | Class Secretary: Elizabeth Huston

Megan Cann, owner of the Workspace Collective in Connecticut, was featured in the Daily Voice. Tabatha Torres became engaged on March 17, 2017 to Tamara Carey. They will be married on May 3, 2018, in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

2008 | Class Secretary: Kevin Lang

2009 | Class Secretary: Katelyn Hammond Lincoln

Benjamin Segal married Gina Bruno on March 25, 2017, and is now living in Ardsley, NY. He works at as a customer experience manager. Katie Schumitz Shapiro G'11 married Andrew Shapiro in 2014 and bought a house in June 2017. They will be welcoming a baby girl into their family, due on February 14, 2018.

2010 | Class Secretary: Heather Oblon

Dave McGuire is currently writing a book on the history of his hometown, Concord, MA, titled Here I Am: Concord Connections. 

2011 | Class Secretary: Kimberly Hooper

Emmalyn Anderson has worked as a trade account manager at Wayfair in Boston for the past two years. She has enjoyed the company culture and the opportunity to work with some of the top interior designers in the industry. In addition to this role, she is also a news reporter for WMCT News in Marlborough and occasionally steps in to host NESN's Wicked Bites. Her goal is to transition into work as a full-time news reporter or host. Megan Gobeille joined ASICS as an apparel product developer. Staci Cushman Landis was promoted to sales training specialist at Takeda Oncology. Her husband, Scott, will be deployed overseas in early 2018. Spencer Stearns is a central processing clerk at the Central Massachusetts Mail Processing and Distribution Center in Shrewsbury. He recently moved into a new apartment in the same town.

2012 | Class Secretary: Kasey Looney

Hannah Cebry moved from Boston to Portland, OR, to take a promotion at Adidas as a material development manager. 

2013 | Class Secretary: Carrie Kenniston Goodwin

Joanna de Peña graduated with her Master's in Education degree in May 2017 from Merrimack College. She is the founder and executive director of Top Notch Scholars and is pursuing her PhD in Psychology at Grand Canyon University. Will Dempsey lives in Burlington, VT, and works as an information technology manager for the Vermont Agency of Digital Services, focusing on public health and health care projects. Will traveled to Belgium in May and met up with fellow Lasell alumnus Erica Miller, who lives there. Krista DiCarlo was engaged to Lasell alumnus Scott Hill '11 in October 2016. They currently live in Waltham where they both also work for Clarks Americas. They are excited about their upcoming wedding in June 2018. Carrie Kenniston Goodwin currently lives in Leicester, MA, with her husband, Sean, and their cat, Puddles. Sean and Carrie married in Boston in July and honeymooned in Fiji. Carrie is an assistant district attorney in Springfield, MA. Frankie Leone graduated from law school and is excited to start his career as an assistant district attorney. Victoria Pagano G'15 married William Gilbert in Aruba on December 2, 2016. The two now live in New Jersey, and Victoria works for a green energy company. Jessica Johanson Prlja and her husband Dzevad married in September 2016 and currently live in Everett, MA. They traveled to Greece for their honeymoon and have planned an upcoming trip to Iceland. They recently welcomed a puppy into their family, Fred, and have been saving for a house. Jessica works at Converse and her husband works at Bain Capital. Amanda Russo joined the Scottish financiers of Standard Life Aberdeen where she is the presentations executive for North America. She looks forward to moving to Quincy this fall. Samantha Salkovitz currently lives in Clarksville, TN. She works at Austin Peay State University as the director of marketing in their athletics department.

2014 | Class Secretary: Kevin Moloney

Tiana Allen has worked at W.B. Mason since 2014. She is now getting her master's degree at Lasell in public relations and is engaged to Ian King. Trevor Bonnette opened a brewery called Monadnock Brewing Company in Keene, NH. Lauren Dessert works for Dell Technologies as a project manager. Her wedding was in October 2017 in Ireland. She moved to Cape Cod and owns two other homes in the area that are used for seasonal rentals. anna feeter is engaged to a fellow Lasell alumnus, Daniel Hatch. They are getting married next year and recently bought a house in Natick. Zachary Gray was promoted to social marketing associate after nearly two years in customer service at DraftKings. He helps brainstorm content for the site and covers live events on their social media platforms. Alyssa Lajoie works as a proposal coordinator at Consigli Construction in Milford, MA, where she writes proposals and plans events for the company. Patrick Leung moved to Connecticut to work at ESPN as an associate designer of motion graphics. In his new role, he has had the opportunity to design graphics for Sports Center, a show he grew up watching every morning. He is looking forward to the adventure of starting a new job and making friends in a new city for the first time and asks his classmates to "wish him luck!" Theresa Main got engaged during her senior year at Lasell. Over the summer, she had a small wedding at the Gardens at Elm Bank in Wellesley, MA. Kevin Moloney began his third year in Student Services at the Harvard Graduate School for Government. Last spring, he traveled on the first student-alumni ASB trip with four alumni and six students to Roanoke, VA. With the help of the Alumni Office and student leader, Mallorie Smith '19, the group has begun planning for next years' experience. Megan McCool was recently promoted from event marketing coordinator to marketing manager at Wellesley Information Services in Dedham, MA. She is enjoying her new role and the exciting opportunities it provides, including more international travel. Justin Miller accepted a full-time position as an executive producer last spring. It has given him new experiences in a leadership role and enables him to spend more time with family and friends. He remains a consultant for WLAS and assists them with tips on how to run the radio station. He notes, "I always credit Lasell for preparing me to do what I do!" Casey O'Brien recently relocated to Los Angeles and now works as an event coordinator for the Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California. Kaylyn Pratt got engaged while vacationing in Bermuda in July. She works as an assistant designer/technical designer at Sara Campbell, Ltd., in Boston, MA. Kayla Scriven works as a staff accountant at W.B. Mason at their corporate office in Brockton, MA. Chelsea Zeig competed at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games in Israel in July and took third place in the shot put with a personal record of 11.72 meters. She also took third place in the javelin throw with a personal best of 29.48 meters. She came in fourth in the hammer throw and discus throw and came home from Israel with two bronze medals.

2015 | Class Secretary: Shannon Pasco

Jennessa Agnew recently moved to Richmond, VA, for a promotion. She now serves as the Virginia field director for the League of Conservation Voters, an environmental nonprofit. Ashleigh Copeland is now a department manager at Nordstorm. Meghan Doble previously worked as an assistant buyer for BJ's Wholesale Club in Westborough, MA. She recently accepted a position as a merchandising assistant with Nic & Zoe, a premium women's knitwear brand in Natick MA. Meghan moved to Wellesley, MA, with her fiancé and is currently planning her wedding for the fall of 2018. Taylor Montanye moved to Seattle, WA, from Saratoga Springs, NY, and continued her career in hospitality, having moved into management working for Hilton's newest brand, Home2. Nour Sabban had their first child on January 1, 2016. A few months after returning to Saudi Arabia, Nour started a baby food business called "Skweezables," made only with fresh vegetables and fruits. In March of 2017, Nour moved to Toronto, ON, to start a new journey and begin a master's degree. Amar Sbgh G'15 married his wife Doaa in July 2016. They are expecting their first child, a daughter, in the fall. In October 2016, Amar was accepted into the Saudia Airline program, "Future Pioneers," a two-year program of intensive coursework related to the aviation industry and management skills. The courses will take place in Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and France. Daniel Thompson purchased a house in Hayward, CA. He is the HR representative for the Union City branch of Genesis Logistics. Lexsis Walters started making custom garments for women in the summer of 2013 and called the business "L. Ariel." On December 1, 2016, she launched her online store,, where she sells women's ready-to-wear clothing and accessories. She is now branching into fashion design consulting and helps to bring other designers' ideas to life. She is launching a lifestyle app soon where anyone can shop, connect with others, and explore the different sides of her company. Alyssa Wenger received a promotion to catering sales manager at The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN, last October. Marcus Wiegert G'15 accepted a new role at his undergraduate alma mater, Marian University, in Fond du Lac, WI. He is now the senior athletic recruiting liason and continues his role as the head women's tennis coach and assistant men's basketball coach.

2016 | Class Secretary: Jordan Dalpe

Skylar Beckerman is coaching baseball at Lasell College and will complete his master's degree at Lasell in Sport Management in December of this year. Garbriella Giangregorio took on a new position at Lasell College in the Development and Alumni Relations Office in May 2017. Danielle Hottin is pursuing law school and was accepted to both Suffolk University and Quinnipiac Schools of Law. Jenna Jesse started a new position at Staples HQ in Framingham, MA. 

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