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Spring 2019

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1962

Ron Baird, Brewster, Mass., operates two businesses — Tommy Dixon Collections, an artisan gallery, and the Cooks Nook, a kitchen shop — both located on Main Street in Chatham. ­The retiree reports: “I keep busy making Nantucket baskets sold in the gallery.”

1980

Wayne Watson, Randolph, Mass., writes to share his excitement on having published his first book, Gus the Goose. “It is a true story, set in rhyme with verse and pictures, about an orphaned Canada gosling that my family and I raised when the boys were young. I’ve had a few successful book signings and look forward to writing more in retirement years, shortly ahead.”

1989

30th Reunion: May 31 to June 1, 2019

Antoinette (Leonardi) Follett, Fayetteville, N.Y., is now the national marketing and sales director at Pupil Transportation Safety Institute, located in East Syracuse.

1992

Steve Elliott, MST has a new job as senior tax manager in the Houston, Texas, office of Baker Tilly (formerly MRZ LLP). He also serves as an adjunct professor of MST programs at Houston Baptist University and Suffolk University. ­The alumnus lives in the Houston area with his wife, Margaret Lea, and their three daughters, all in seventh grade.

After 15 years of consulting with Synecticsworld, Joseph S. Giordano, Bradford, Mass., is now teaching business and marketing at Everett High School.

Kudos to David McLaren, Holden, Mass. His firm, McLaren & Associates CPAs, was named Best Forensic Accountant in the 2019 Best of Business awards, sponsored by the Worcester Business Journal.

Sean Quigley, Cumming, Ga., has joined Symbee, an Amazon Web Services Advanced Partner, as director of sales — East.

1995

Colleagues have elected state Sen. Guy Palumbo, Snohomish, Wash., to chair the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee in the Washington State Senate.

After Bentley, Cheryl-Ann Weekes pursued a master’s degree in counselor education and became a school counselor. “Eight years ago, I took a job as an international school counselor in the Dominican Republic and I have not looked back!” says the alumna, who now lives in Cairo, Egypt. “I recently started a blog about my experiences living, working and traveling abroad.” Visit journeysofabajanchocolatunycorn.com.

1996

Mark Foley, MBA, Acton, Mass., has become executive director of Boston-based Jhamtse International, which supports the Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community in northeastern India (formerly Tibet). He writes: “Jhamtse Gatsal are Tibetan words that mean ‘garden of love and compassion. The Emmy Award-winning documentary (short) Tashi and th­e Monk masterfully captures the essence of this inspiring community.”

Girard “Gerry” Healy, MST, Boston, Mass., has been named president of the Brattle ­Theater/Brattle Film Foundation in Cambridge’s Harvard Square. He is managing director at Accenture.

1998

Gerard Leeman, Wakefield, Mass., was promoted to global head of compliance for MilliporeSigma.

Katy O’Connor-Neefus, Norwell, Mass., welcomed a son, Henry Alexander, to the world on July 25, 2018.

2001

John P. Bonora, North Haven, Conn., was promoted in September 2018 to executive vice president and chief financial officer and treasurer of First County Bank in Stamford.

In December, Jessica Kansas, Slingerlands, N.Y., joined Albany Medical Center as director of development for clinical engagement.

2002

Ray Freedenberg married Ashley Kaether on August 18, 2018, in San Diego, Calif. A handful of alumni attended, including Mark Argust ’01, Kara (O’Neil) Faford, Brennan Higgins, Jamie Martin and Eric Street. ­The couple lives in San Diego.

2003

Th­eresa (Ferlazzo) Marcello and husband Joseph Anthony II, Winter Garden, Fla., welcomed Anna Quinn on August 27, 2018. She joins big brother Joey.

Stacy (Bailey) Wilson and husband Luke, MST ’05, Hoboken, N.J., welcomed Riley Grace and Quinn Rose on April 2, 2018.

2004

15th Reunion:  May 4, 2019

Veronica (Giang) Lapointe and husband JP, Reading, Mass., welcomed Miles Zachary on October 22, 2018.

Alysia Morrissey married Th­omas Richardson on July 22, 2017, in Newport, R.I. Nearly 40 Falcons joined the couple on their special day.

Kira (Abraham) Sullivan, MSA ’05 and husband Kris, Watertown, Mass., became the proud parents of Baylor Kristopher on August 1, 2018.

2005

Leia Amarra, MSF ’06 and Matthew Balmforth were married July 14, 2018, at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, Mass. Most attendees were from the Class of 2005. Writes the bride: “It’s great to still have these friends even though we’re over a decade out of school!” Th­e couple lives in Quincy.

Dakai Pouncey married Vannessa Phillips on October 6, 2018.

Stephanie (Murdough) Sanaga and husband Pramod, Jersey City, N.J., welcomed Ellora Rae on August 18, 2018. ­e alumna writes: “Ellora’s proud godmother is Jennifer (McDonough) Casey.”

2006

Liana Kipp, MSA ’07 and Ron Kindle, Lowell, Mass., welcomed son Julien on November 15, 2018. He joins big brother Taj.

Matthew McDonald, Berwyn, Penn., was elected to partnership at Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP on January 1, 2019. He’s a member of the Labor and Employment Group in the ­firm’s Litigation Department.

Communities for Haitian Entrepreneurs and Startups (CHES Inc.), founded by Rebecca Obounou, released the song “Chanjman” (“Change” in Haitian Creole) in 2018 to celebrate the organization’s 10th anniversary. CHES board members include Nathalie Gauthier ’99.

Dan O’Regan, New York, N.Y., writes with two pieces of news. “First, I was promoted to managing director at BMO Capital Markets. And second, I will be tying the knot on August 17, 2019, in Toronto, Ontario.”

Kevin Nolan married Julie Jacobs on June 16, 2018, at the Harry Parker Boathouse in Brighton, Mass. Nearly 20 fellow Falcons attended, including the groom’s father, Michael K. Nolan ’79. The newlyweds reside in Boston’s North End.

Paul F. Russo, MSA ’07, Andover, Mass., writes, “I recently took over as director of tax services at the 1911 Trust Company LLC, a family office in Beverly. I also received my Certifi­ed Financial Planning license.”

2007

Dan Berkeley and wife Kristina (Scheurer) ’08, Kissimmee, Fla., welcomed Luca Philip in August 2017 (photo below).

Rossemary Calderon married Hydn Vales on September 14, 2018, at Grand View in Mendon, Mass. She writes, “‑e celebration was magical and included many Bentley alumni!”

Manuel Carneiro, MST ’08, Abilene, Texas, is now director of fi­nance for the 2INgage program of the nonprofi­t Texas Family Initiative. He writes: “This change comes as a result of recent legislative changes to improve Texas foster care.”

Matthew Nolfo, Hudson, N.Y., has launched a website and blog called Travel Yaps. He encourages fellow adventurers to “check out my blog as you join me on my journey around the world.” Visit travelyaps.com.

2008

Kristina Au­ero, MBA ’10 married Andrew Nodine on June 9, 2018, at the Glen Cove Mansion on Long Island, N.Y. More than 15 Falcons were part of their special day; the couple lives in Quincy.

Kristina (Scheurer) Berkeley and husband Dan ’07, Kissimmee, Fla., welcomed Luca Philip in August 2017.

Jenna Forstrom reports from her new hometown: Phnom Penh. “I just started a role as technical PR adviser for M’lup Russey in Cambodia.”

Lauren Gotimer, Monroe, Conn., has earned her MBA from New England College.

Kaine Nicholas, Los Angeles, Calif., has become an adjunct professor at the Studio School, an accredited branch campus of Hussian College. “Adding academia to my bag, I am excited to teach at a ­first-of-its-kind school that is looking to shape Hollywood’s next content creators, storytellers, playmakers and behind-the-scenes professionals,” writes the alumnus, who will teach business and entrepreneurship. “With the entrepreneurial tools, experiences and results that have excelled for my clients, I will continue to do what Bentley has done for me — think big and take winning action.”

2009

10th Reunion: June 1 to 2, 2019

Ryan Donovan, MSA ’10 married Amanda Collins on July 21, 2017, at Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, Conn. Many fellow Falcons celebrated with the couple, including the bride’s father, James Collins ’05; her future sister-in-law, Kaitlyn Bliss ’11; and the groom’s brother, Michael Donovan ’11. ­They live in West Roxbury, Mass.

Alexandra Hitchcock, MSA ’10 and Dennis Antonino tied the knot on June 23, 2018.

Chris Lipsett, MSA ’10 and Jessica Donatelli ’10, MSA ’11 were married at Avenir in Walpole, Mass., on October 19, 2018. Attendees included more than 30 Falcons from the classes of 1976 to 2012.

Ashley Perkins and Nickolas Wynja said “I do” in Greenport, N.Y., on June 2, 2018. Several Falcons were in attendance. ­e couple lives in New York City.

Courtney Somerville, MSA ’10 and Andy Rahamin ’10 were married on July 7, 2018, at Willowbend Country Club on Cape Cod. Th­ree dozen Bentley alumni from across the country joined the celebration.

Julia (Rapacki) Wengrovitz, Wayland, Mass., was elected president of the Board of Directors for Boston nonprofit Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly.

2010

Jim Buckley, MBA ’11 and wife Katie, Wilimington, Mass., welcomed Emma Grace into the world on April 1, 2018.

Megan (Higgins) Byer and husband Jon, Allenstown, N.H., are the proud parents of Madison Rose, born on February 27, 2018.

Jessica Donatelli, MSA ’11, and Chris Lipsett ’09, MSA were married at Avenir in Walpole, Mass., on October 19, 2018. Attendees included more than 30 Falcons from the classes of 1976 to 2012.

Elizabeth Farley married Michael Harrington on June 23, 2018, at Alden Castle in Brookline, Mass. Many fellow Falcons were in attendance.

Andrew Frates, Beverly, Mass., has a new role as brand marketing manager at ASICS America Corporation. “I’ll still be involved with Team FrateTrain and everything relating to my brother and family,” he writes. “Happy to start this new chapter in my career!”

Christina Invernizzi, MSIT ’13 married Gregory Martini in York, Maine, on November 24, 2018. Th­ey were introduced during Senior Week in the Bahamas by mutual friend (and later bridesmaid) Cassandra (Abbey) Masi. ­The newlyweds are both second-generation Falcons. “Greg’s parents, Steve ’75 and Lisa ’81 Martini, as well as my father, Barry Invernizzi, all attended Bentley!” writes the bride. Th­ey make their home in Charlestown, Mass.

Manyang Kot Mangar, Haven, Conn., reports: “I spent the entire month of December with my family in South Sudan. Chep and his mom were so happy to see me and it was nice to be there when Chep turned 3 years old.”

Ashley McCann and Joe McKenna celebrated their nuptials surrounded by family, friends and fellow Falcons on October 13, 2018, at Camp Laurelwood in Madison, Conn. Th­e couple lives in Medford, Mass.

Kristine Mickelson, Belmont, Mass., is now project manager at digital marketing agency OHO Interactive.

Andy Rahamin and Courtney Somerville ’09, MSA were married on July 7, 2018, at Willowbend Country Club on Cape Cod. ­Three dozen Bentley alumni from across the country joined the celebration.

Frank Reiman, MBA ’11 and Marissa Scicchitano ’12 wed on August 18, 2018, on Long Island, N.Y. ­The couple lives in South Boston, Mass.

Paloma (Ferreira) Standley and husband ­Thomas, MBA ’11 welcomed daughter Evelyn Moriah on November 1, 2018. She joins big sister Vivian.

Lindsay (Sauvé) Wiedemann, MSA ’11 and husband Ted, MST ’12, Westwood, Mass., welcomed ­Theodore Andrew V on July 13, 2018. Th­e couple writes: “We couldn’t be happier!”

2011

Married since 2014, Lauren (Paglierani), MST ’13 and Nicholas Aquino, Watertown, Mass., had their first child, William, on June 14, 2018. Th­e couple writes, “William has been an absolute joy, and we are so blessed to have him in our lives. He’s incredibly sweet, and we just cannot get enough of him!”

Kaitlyn Bliss and Michael Donovan, MST ’12 were married on November 25, 2017, in Harwich, Mass.

Mary-Catherine Citarelli and Cody Wright tied the knot at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford, N.H., on October 20, 2018. Toasting the couple were fellow Falcons from the classes of 1977, 2011 and 2014.

Aimee Tetu married Jimmy Haight ’12 on August 18, 2018, in Falmouth, Maine. Many fellow Falcons joined them for their big day. ­The couple resides in Scottsdale, Ariz.

2012

Chelsea Aranjo married Jonathan Avecillas in September 2018. ­The couple resides in Warren, N.J.

Ashleigh Casey and Andrew Morris, MST ’13 wed on June 2, 2018, in Cape Neddick, Maine. ­They report: “Our wedding was attended by Bentley alumni ranging in graduation years from 1975 to 2014!”

Jimmy Haight married Aimee Tetu ’11 on August 18, 2018, in Falmouth, Maine. Many fellow Falcons joined them for their big day. ­The couple resides in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Chris Sartori, MST ’15 and Maryellen Marini were married on May 19, 2018, at Holy Family Church in Duxbury, Mass., with the reception at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston. Th­e couple lives in Charlestown, Mass.

Marissa Scicchitano and Frank Reiman ’10, MBA ’11 wed on August 18, 2018, on Long Island, N.Y. ­The couple lives in South Boston, Mass.

Grace Seme married Matt Keeney on September 15, 2018, in front of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Eighteen Falcons were part of their special day.Th­e couple lives in Fenway, Mass.

John Sheehan, MSA ’13 married Alyssa Mullinax ’14 on September 15, 2018, at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Stonington, Conn. Th­e couple met in 2011 while attending Bentley; they have been together and living in Waltham ever since.

Torre Taylor married Christopher Dos Santos on November 11, 2018, in Key Largo, Fla. Eight fellow Falcons from the Class of 2012 attended; the couple lives in Miami.

2013

Tyler Champagne and Rachael Litton, who met at Bentley, tied the knot in Madison, Conn., on September 21, 2018. ­The couple lives in Medford, Mass.

Andrew Goodman, MSA ’14, Avon, Conn., completed all three parts of the Certified Internal Auditor exam and earned the CIA certification in December 2018. Goodman is an audit project manager in the Internal Audit Department at Aetna, a CVS Health Company, in Hartford.

Evan Honeyman, MBA ’14, Southington, Conn., was named director of business development at Corbin Advisors.

Loryssa Millman, MSA ’14 and Anthony Dello Stritto, MST ’14 were married at Belle Mer, in Newport, R.I., on September 22, 2018; they live in Northborough, Mass. ­The bride writes: “My parents are Bentley alumni as well: Susan (Goldberg) ’86, P ’13, P ’14 and Scott ’85 Millman, P ’13, P ’14.”

Chris Riedel, MSA ’14 and Domenique Hogan exchanged vows on July 14, 2018, in Tamworth, N.H.

Patrick Rielly married Rebecca Rakoczy on December 1, 2018, at the Charles River Museum in Waltham, Mass. Many fellow Falcons were there to celebrate the big day.

Ross Riskin, MST ’13, Bethany, Conn., writes that he has published “the preeminent guide on education planning for CPAs and financial advisers, titled ­The Adviser’s Guide to Education Planning for the AICPA.

Caroline Sullivan writes, “Peter Ambery and I celebrated with 18 fellow alumni at our September 2018 wedding, including classmates, siblings, cousins and my uncle!”

Laura Yates married Dan Comeau on August 25, 2018, in Chicago, Ill. The couple, who met during First Week in 2009, lives in Chicago.

2014

Mark Adamiak and Lisa Giorgetti exchanged vows on October 27, 2018, in Harwich Port, Mass. Many fellow Falcons were part of the occasion.

Taylor Gardner and Nicholas Romaine tied the knot on December 8, 2018, at Belle Mer in Newport, R.I. ­The couple met at Bentley and welcomed more 40 Falcons to their special day. On the bride’s side: parents James ’87 and Susan (Maio) ’87 Gardner, grandfather Bill Gardner ’61 and uncle Steve Grabowski ’72; the groom’s father is Dan Romaine ’84.

Alyssa Mullinax married John Sheehan ’12, MSA ’13 on September 15, 2018, at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Stonington, Conn. Th­e alumna writes of meeting John during her sophomore year, “and we have been together (and living in Waltham) ever since! We wanted to share our big day, since it wouldn’t have been possible without our time at Bentley!”

Former Bentley baseball player Dante Padovani, Lynnfield, Mass., and wife Alexandra welcomed daughter Siena June on June 12, 2018.

Ben Peterson, MBA, Merrimack, N.H., married Krysta Brown in Steamboat Springs, Colo., on September 29, 2018.

Andrew Picardi and Lauren Roberge ’15 were married on September 2, 2018, at La Bella Vista, Waterbury, Conn. Many alumni from the classes of 2014 and 2015 attended, along with the bride’s mother, Laurie (Burke) Roberge ’86, P ’15, ’19; father, Randal ’84, P ’15, ’19; and maternal grandfather, ­Thomas Burke ’60, P ’86.

2015

Gabriely Quiles, Lawrence, Mass., completed her master’s degree in 2017 and has been working as a fleet manager with Signify. “I have a beautiful little girl named MiaElizabeth, born on February 10, 2018,” she writes. “We share the same birth date!”

Lauren Roberge and Andrew Picardi ’14 were married on September 2, 2018, at La Bella Vista, Waterbury, Conn. Many alumni from the classes of 2014 and 2015 attended, along with the bride’s mother, Laurie (Burke) Roberge ’86, P ’15, ’19; father, Randal ’84, P ’15, ’19; and maternal grandfather, ­Thomas Burke ’60, P ’86.

2016

Jon Miksis, Wakefield, Mass., is “pursuing my lifelong passion of travel in a full-time capacity” as a travel blogger. He shares the news to “inspire students and alumni who would like to make a similar leap of faith.” His own background includes consulting and business advisory roles in public accounting firms. “Th­e tools and experience in my Bentley education have been invaluable.” Visit myglobalviewpoint.com.

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