Lori Joseph-Malitsky ’87 overcame some extraordinary challenges to make it to her senior year at Bentley. The death of her father, when she was 22 years old, left the family’s ventilation equipment business with no one in charge. While her first impulse was to shut the company’s doors, the orders kept coming – and she found the strength to take on her father’s role.
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If you’ve never imagined competing in full-throttle roller derby or spending a week in the woods with 200 musicians, maybe it’s because you haven’t seen IncredibleMAINE. The half-hour show, which airs weekly on Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN), was created by Marilyn Taylor ’73 and her husband, Dave Wilkinson.
First-season episodes invited viewers to join fiddle, penny whistle and banjo players at Maine Fiddle Camp; go backstage at the Maine State Music Theatre; hike through Acadia National Park; and drink in the success story of Cold River Vodka.
Where Bentley trustee Robert Badavas ’74 ventures, change is sure to follow.
By day, Pakistan native Zain Habib ’89 is a straight-laced banker, serving as executive director of African operations at London-based Habibsons Bank Limited. But when the sun sets, the Bentley management major turns musician, thespian and artist. His newly published first book of cartoons is called Ansada Fone (pronounced “answer the phone”) and features a quirky character who has a love/hate relationship with the telephone.
Love of the Game
Seth Cohen ’07 has always been a team player, with rugby his sport of choice.
Cohen joined the club-level team at Bentley in 2003, as a freshman. The Connecticut native helped the Falcons go undefeated during his junior and senior years, winning consecutive Division III national championships under coaches Josh Smith and Jeff Parks. He also contributed off the field, serving as club recruiting chair, match secretary and vice president.
Sheena Tracy ’04 is making a mark in a field that she never planned to enter.
Joining the family insurance business was not on the radar when Tracy returned to Connecticut after graduation. Instead, the former Finance major became an analyst.
“I left after a year; the job wasn’t right,” she explains. While seeking another position, she lent a hand at Gerard B. Tracy Associates, the insurance brokerage founded by her grandfather and managed by her father.
The literary career of Daniel Keohane ’85 almost stopped before it started. At a reception during his senior year, the CIS major approached distinguished playwright Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) for advice on how to get started in letters.
“Don’t work in computers,” Albee told the startled Keohane. “Get a job in a warehouse. Save your brain for writing.”
Get a job in a warehouse. Save your brain for writing.
Growing up, Scott Lowell hated it when people cheated, whether the arena was sports or board games. Today, he fights scofflaws professionally as a doping control officer (DCO) for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
USADA agents make unannounced visits to test for banned substances among amateur and professional athletes competing in Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American sports. In 2008, Lowell and 69 other DCOs nationwide conducted more than 8,500 sample collections for drug testing; banned substances were found in only 24 cases.
In Good Company
Some may look at what Mary Cail ’47 does as good deeds, but she sees it as good fun. The Bentley alumna, a 2009 recipient of the Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts award, spends her days helping others in various ways, including offering rides to fellow senior citizens in her 1993 Chrysler.
“I enjoy it, because we have a lot of laughs,” says Cail. “It goes to show, you can have fun [volunteering].”
In November 1997, Christopher Watts ’03 suffered a spinal injury that left him quadriplegic. Today, he’s busy making a life despite the physical limitations – and working toward the day that he will walk again.