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Class Notes

Spring 2020

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1950

Edward Caras, San Simeon, Calif., retired in 1990 from an executive post at Northrop Aircraft (now Northrop Grumman). “I believe I was the youngest student in the Class of 1950, as most of my classmates were World War II veterans,” writes the alumnus, who is still going strong at age 89.

1972

James D. Vooys, Schenectady, N.Y., has been re-elected treasurer of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston. He assumed the role in January 2019 in addition to serving on the Board of Governors since 2011. He notes that there are 22 Shriners Hospitals nationwide “providing specialized pediatric care in a family- centric environment and regardless of the patient’s or family’s ability to pay.”

1980

40th Reunion

 

Joel G. Cohen, Esq., Bedminster, N.J., a Falcon Society member when he was at Bentley, was elected president of the Somerset County Bar Association for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

 

Brian Shultz, MBA ’87, Danvers, Mass., writes: “Fast forward 24 years, seven years on the Y2K project, and IT jobs with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Kennedy School of Government, I retired from Harvard in 2013 at the age of 56. I was able to apply the finance principles that I learned in my MBA program to my personal finances to prepare for an early retirement. I am indebted to Bentley College for my entire working career.”
The very busy alumnus has gone on to create an eBay business, Boomer Boys Toys, selling wares from the 1960s through the 1980s. He collects classic cars and built a post-and-beam barn to house the car and toy collections; he also volunteers at Grace Chapel, House of Hope, and his former high school, St. John’s Prep. The latter will honor Shultz at its 2020 Gala, for his volunteer work.
“I am also a Bentley ‘True Blue’ donor, having given to the school for 38 consecutive years.”

1985

35th Reunion

 

Mark Semanie, Bel Air, Md., was appointed president, mid-Atlantic market for WesBanco Bank, after it acquired Old Line Bank, where he had been executive vice president and COO since 2013.

1991

Kirk S. Zurosky, Charlotte, N.C., has added “author” to his résumé. The practicing lawyer for more than 20 years wrote a series of seven books; the first released this spring under his own publishing imprint.
“Perhaps it was my degree in Business Communication, or reading my Bentley Magazine about what other grads are doing, but I decided to embrace my love of fiction writing, and combine it with my love of entrepreneurship,” writes the alumnus, whose venture includes a website with book-related merchandise. “It has been quite a fun process, at the ripe old age of 50, starting a business and learning about the world of publishing, book marketing, e-commerce and the like.” 

1992

Michael Vencel, Oceanport,  N.J., was promoted to president at Comport Consulting Corp.

2002

Michael De Marchena and wife Sarah Joy (Mutchler) ’05, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., welcomed daughter Daniella Joy on June 12, 2019.
 

Christie (Jean-Baptiste) Lindor ’02 and husband Karel, Milton, Mass., are proud parents of son Rowan Isiae Chrysostome, born October 2, 2019.
 

Kevin Lyons and wife Jennifer, Waltham, Mass., welcomed Coleby Michael Kush on September 17, 2019. He joins big sister Charli.
 

Deniz Ozturk, Brookline, Mass., celebrated his marriage to Christopher Brown with two ceremonies: One on October 13, 2018, in Manchester by the Sea, Christopher’s hometown; and on September 6, 2019, in Izmir, Turkey, Deniz’s native country. He shares that Natalie (Wiweke) Berschneider gave a toast “reminiscing about how we met at our freshman orientation.”

2003

Diana Takach, New Canaan, Conn., created Me Do, a line of unisex, seamless and sensory-friendly clothing basics aimed to teach preschoolers how to dress themselves.
“I started the brand in 2018 after spending much time in the digital and e-commerce world of fashion and beauty,” says the former Falcon field hockey player. “I truly wanted to bring a purposeful and functional product to the space that helps all children, but is made specifically for those fighting sensory and development challenges.” Learn more: medoinc.com

2005

15th Reunion

 

Jennifer (McDonough) Casey, MBA ’13 and husband Bryan, Jersey City, N.J., welcomed Noah Patrick to the world on August 24, 2019.

 

Sarah Joy (Mutchler) De Marchena and husband Michael ’02 welcomed daughter Daniella Joy, on June 12, 2019. Sarah also reports that she was promoted to vice president of the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC in West Palm Beach.

2006

Bridget Mayer Briggs was elected partner in the Philadelphia office of Blank Rome LLP. Her practice focuses on corporate, white-collar and class-action defense litigation, notably, counseling clients on Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act matters, Bank Secrecy Act compliance, False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, collateralized debt obligations, government contracts, civil and criminal forfeiture, breach of contract, fraud and business torts. She is a director for the Homeless Advocacy Project and a member of Blank Rome’s Recruiting Committee.

2007

David, MSA ’08 and Lisa (Buesking), MSA ’08 Cawley, Arlington, Mass., are proud parents of Samantha, born August 5, 2019. She joins big brother Drew.

2008

Arden Brust and Matthew Hergott wed on September 21, 2019, at Longlook Farm in Stanbornton, N.H. They were joined by Kara (Desmond) Godin ’07, Courtney (Lynch) Luongo, Kristen (Thuerk) Prior ’09, Amanda (Albertian) Smith ’07, Lorraine Tracy ’07 and Bentley swim coach Mary Kay Samko. “We all swam together in college,” writes the bride, “so it was a great reunion, especially seeing Coach MKS! Miss that lady!”

 

Anthony Congelosi and Lyndzee Walz were married on October 5, 2019, in Rock Hill, N.Y. Many fellow Falcons were part of their special day.

 

Christina Sadowski, MST ’11 married Andres Rosello on August 24, 2019, in York, Maine. The many alumni who attended included former volleyball players. The couple lives in Boston, Mass.

2009

Garrett Stephen and wife Pamela (Newell) ’10, Wayland, Mass., welcomed bundle of joy Landon on May 1, 2019.

 

David and Justine (Lathrop) Soares, San Francisco, Calif., said hello to their first child, baby girl Bella Rayne, on July 29, 2019.

 

Ian and Meghan (Bernier) Walch, Franklin, Mass. are proud parents of Cecily Grace, born on August 5, 2019. Dad reports: “Cecily briskly came into this world seven minutes after arriving to the hospital — the same one we were sent home from earlier that day!” She joins big brother Jameson as a future Falcon.

2010

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10th Reunion

 

Dan Merica married Monica Alba on July 27, 2019, at West Shore Cafe and Inn in Homewood, Calif. He writes: “The entire weekend is exactly what we had dreamed of: We organized a long hike the day before, we celebrated in the heart of Squaw Valley the night before the wedding, and made it official on the shores of Lake Tahoe on the afternoon of July 27 with a handful of fellow Falcons in attendance.” The couple lives in Washington, D.C., where both are political reporters — he with CNN and she for NBC.

 

Thomas Powell married Arielle Scoglio on May 26, 2019. The couple celebrated with many fellow Falcons on their big day.

 

Pamela (Newell) Stephen and husband Garrett ’09, Wayland, Mass., welcomed bundle of joy Landon on May 1, 2019.

2011

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Gerly Adrien, Everett, Mass., won the at-large race for Everett City Council, becoming the first woman of color and ethnicity to serve on the council.

 

Daniel and Kimberly (Markowitz) Bonamassa, Brooklyn, N.Y., welcomed baby boy Nicholas James on April 22, 2019.

 

Robert “Bobby” Linskey and Alexis Terra ’12, MSA ’14 wed in Newport, R.I., at Oceancliff Resort on September 20, 2019. Nearly 40 fellow Falcons were on hand to celebrate.

2012

FOLD

 

Ken DeSimone, MST ’16 and Erika Glidden ’13, MBA ’16 wed on October 5, 2019, at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine. They are living in Wilmington, Mass.

 

Olivia DiLorenzo, MBA ’17 married Zach Marginsky ’14 on October 5, 2019, in Newport, R.I. The couple had quite the crew to celebrate with, as more than 30 Bentley alumni joined their special day.

 

Emily (McDonald) Horovitz, MBA ’18 and husband David, Bergenfield, N.J., welcomed Audrey Kathryn on November 21, 2019.

 

Laura Petrucelli and Edward Koskey wed on September 28, 2019, at Whitby Castle in Rye, N.Y. Guests included fellow Falcons Kevin Brown ’08; Gina McClary; Frank Reiman ’10, MBA ’11; Marissa Scicchitano-Reiman; Jonathan Walton; Casey Winkler; and Lauren Wisniewski.

 

Alexis Terra, MSA ’14 and Robert “Bobby” Linskey ’11 wed in Newport, R.I., at Oceancliff Resort on September 20, 2019. Nearly 40 fellow Falcons were on hand to celebrate.

 

Jimmy Tully married Alli Bayko on September 21, 2019, in Ipswich, Mass.

 

Kyle Zizik, MST ’13 and Stephanie DiBona, MSFP ’13 were married on September 20, 2019, in Bedford, N.H. Reports the bride: “Many Falcons were part of our big day: friends from school, faculty members, and family who attended Bentley!” The couple lives in Hudson, Mass., with their puppy, Reggie.

2013

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Alyson K. Bisceglia and Brandon J. Ryan wed on August 31, 2019, at Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, Mass. Fellow Falcons in attendance included father of the bride Albert L. Bisceglia ’77,  MSF ’85, MST ’94, P ’13, Jessica Wanczyk and David Chen ’12. The couple lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

 

Erika Glidden, MBA ’16 and Ken DeSimone ’12, MST ’16 said “I do” on October 5, 2019, at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine. They are living in Wilmington, Mass.

 

Maxwell Rick, MSA ’14 and Stacey Raap ’14 wed on June 1, 2019, at Lion Rock Farm in Sharon, Conn. More than two dozen fellow Falcons joined them on their special day. The couple lives in Brighton, Mass.

 

Steve Spittler, Charlotte, N.C., is among 15 professionals from around the world honored as Emerging Leaders for 2019. The recognition is by Internal Auditor, the award-winning international magazine published by the Institute of Internal Auditors. Spittler is a senior IT internal auditor at LPL Financial.

2014

FOLD

 

Jared Bilodeau, MSF ’15, MSFP ’15 married Olivia Regan ’16 on August 3, 2019.

 

Krista Hakala married Michael Sullivan on September 14, 2019, in Kennebunkport, Maine. Many fellow Falcons joined them on their special day. The bride writes that the lead singer of their wedding band, Encore, was familiar to many guests: Adam Payne, who was an adjunct professor in Bentley’s Management Department. The couple lives in Burlington, Mass.

 

Jason Knight and Justine Andrews ’15 were married on September 21, 2019, in Nobleboro, Maine. They were joined by 20 fellow Falcons as they tied the knot. The couple is living in Raleigh, N.C.

 

Zach Marginsky and Olivia DiLorenzo ’12, MBA ’17 wed on October 5, 2019, in Newport, R.I. The couple had quite the crew to celebrate with, as more than 30 Bentley alumni were part of their special day.

 

Krystin Pashby married Glen Shaw, MSA ’15 on October 12, 2019, at the Oceanview of Nahant. The bride writes: “We met at Bentley during the first week of our freshman year in 2010!”

 

Stacey Raap and Maxwell Rick ’13, MSA ’14 wed on June 1, 2019, at Lion Rock Farm in Sharon, Conn. More than two dozen fellow Falcons joined them on their special day. The couple lives in Brighton, Mass.

2015

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5th Reunion

 

Justine Andrews and Jason Knight ’14 were married on September 21, 2019, in Nobleboro, Maine. They were joined by 20 fellow Falcons as they tied the knot. The couple is living in Raleigh, N.C.

 

Melanie Lily-Buster, Playa Vista, Calif., was named to the 2019 list of Rising PR Stars 30 & Under, as part of the PR People Awards sponsored by PRNEWS. She is a senior account manager for Berbay Marketing & PR.

2016

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Sally James married James “Jimmy” Halliday on August 31, 2019, at Wychmere in Harwich Port, Mass., surrounded by lots of fellow Falcons. She writes: “We met our first night freshman year, on August 30, 2012, and have been together ever since!” The couple bought a house in Pocasset, on Cape Cod, where they will live year round.

 

Olivia Regan married Jared Bilodeau ’14, MSF ’15, MSFP ’15 on August 3, 2019.

2018

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Katherine Smith, MBA married Scott Cameron on August 25, 2018, in Jamestown, R.I. Many fellow Falcons attended, including Bedriye Akson, MBA; Chrismaldi (Vasquez) Casado ’07, MBA; Pauline Chhooi, MBA; Mary Beth (O’Neil) Crowley ’86, MBA; Susel Saldivar Herrera, MBA; Melissa Sanders, MBA; and Juliana Sarzosa Varona, MBA. The couple is living in Newton, Mass.

2019

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Jordan D. Ellerbe, Boston, Mass., joined the Bulfinch Group as a financial representative in December 2019.

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