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Class Notes

Summer 2020

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1950

Robert Cowie, Waltham, Mass., reflected on reaching three milestones in 2020: graduating from Bentley 70 years ago, turning 90 years old and celebrating 69 years of marriage. The alumnus reports that he has five daughters, 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; the latter include twin boys born in June.

1966

Currie Morris, Manchester, N.H., married Jacqueline Spenard on May 4, 2019, at St. Marie’s Church in Manchester.

1978

John Napolitano, MST ’87, P ’08 ’09, Braintree, Mass., has been named among the Best-In-State Wealth Advisors for 2020, a list published by Forbes. The annual honor spotlights the nation’s top-performers in the field, based on methodology that includes personal interviews, industry experience and leadership in offering best practices and providing a high-quality experience for clients.

1980

Joseph F. Betley, Mount Laurel, N.J., has been appointed to the executive committee of law firm Capehart Scatchard. His practice there focuses on labor and employment law; civil rights and school law, including special education; and construction law. He is a member of the National School Boards Association, New Jersey School Boards Association and New Jersey State Bar Association. He is also an associate counsel for the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials.

1985

John Colucci, Wenham, Mass., was elected to serve as chair of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants board of directors for its 2020-2021 fiscal year. Colucci is a corporate attorney and managing director at McLane Middleton, Professional Association in Woburn.

1986

35th Reunion

Mark Clark, Hector, N.Y., retired in April after a 20-year career at Corning Incorporated. Most recently, as CIO, he drove digital transformation. Before that, he worked in IT leadership at GE. He writes: “My Bentley experience was a key enabler of my career achievements, to push myself beyond my comfort zone, enthusiastically try new things, hone my leadership traits and take my IT expertise to a Fortune 500 industrial company.” Clark’s retirement plans include IT strategy consulting, continued volunteer work with the United Way and more time for hobbies such as vintage car racing. “I’m truly excited about achieving this career milestone and my future plans.”

Michael Connelly, West Roxbury, Mass., had two Boston-based sports books released in February 2020: 26 Miles to Boston and Fenway 1946.

Victoria (Allain) Jones, Boston, Mass., was promoted to president of Development Guild DDI. She previously served the company as executive vice president and fundraising practice leader.

Milton Pappas, Danbury Conn., joined the board of directors for Pet Partners, the nation’s leading organization in registering therapy animals. Milton is an adviser and acting chief marketing officer for Toplooks.ai.

1987

Deirdra (Sinagra) Taylor, Canton, Mass., was named one of five new shareholders at Nitsch Engineering, where she is vice president and chief financial officer.

1991

30th Reunion

Pamela Getsie, Waterbury, Vt., has been appointed president of Vermont Blue Advantage. She will oversee development and implementation of the company, which was formed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont to offer seniors state-grown Medicare Advantage plans.

Stacey (Shanning) Sherwood, Duxbury, Mass., has joined the Business and Technology Advisory practice of Baker Newman Noyes, as senior manager in Boston.

1992

Jay Snyder, Lafayette, Calif., has accepted the position of executive vice president and chief customer officer at software company New Relic.

1994

ECi Stores founders Neil and Cassandra (Cady) Abramson, Somers, Conn., were featured in an initiative to help small businesses navigate the challenges of COVID-19. They operate consignment stores including Cutie Patuties, for children’s clothing, and Cutiques, for furniture and home décor. Theirs was among 20 companies chosen for the Small Business Spotlight, sponsored by the Qurate Retail Group and the NRF Foundation.

In April, Peter Hinkley, Auburn, Maine, became the manager of Smart Grids Innovation Programs at Avangrid, a sustainable energy company.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Mayotte, Plymouth, Mass., founded a nonprofit whose mission is ensuring that all consumers have access to free, expert advice and dispute resolution regarding student loans. She writes: “Due to the pandemic, we partnered with another nonprofit and created a free resource for students and student loan borrowers, to help them navigate the various options for relief available.” To learn more, go to freestudentloanadvice.org and studentaidpandemic.org.

1996

25th Reunion

Casey Fannon, Bethesda, Md., was promoted to president of National Cooperative Bank (NCB). Over his 23-year career there, he has worked in new product and market development, commercial real estate and capital markets. Most recently, he managed NCB’s loan and deposit production across all customer segments. The alumnus writes: “On a separate note, I brought my oldest daughter to Bentley during Thanksgiving break and it brought back great memories. The campus looked great. Keep up the good work!”

Richelle (Finnerty) Maguire, MST ’98, Boxford, Mass., was appointed treasurer for the 2020-2021 term for the Boston Estate Planning Council. She is partner at DGC (DiCicco, Gulman & Company).

1999

Kanishja Sethia ’99, MBA ’01, Kolkata, India, has been appointed for the second consecutive year as national chair for Logistics and Supply Chain, by Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Founded in 1925, ICC is one of the country’s oldest and largest Chambers of Commerce, with Pan-India presence.

2000

After rediscovering an old Chaka Kahn tune, “I Know You, I Live You”, Bill McGoldrick, MBA, Norfolk, Mass., writes, “I did an at-home music project, dubbed a ‘COVID project,’ with 10 other Boston-area musicians during the pandemic.” Listen on Facebook

Brad Sforza, MSGFA ’02, New York, N.Y., has joined Hamilton Insurance Group, an insurance and reinsurance holding company based in Bermuda. He is head of property reinsurance for its U.S. reinsurance platform, and will co-head the office based in New York City. The self-described “proud Bentley alumnus” writes that in his prior position, at Willis Re: “I took a lead role in ensuring Bentley was included in their college recruiting efforts. I am pleased to report that several hires within the reinsurance industry are alumni, including Amanda Moore ’08, Chirag Shah ’06 and Kelly Brown ’13 all of whom joined Willis Re during my employment there. Go Bentley!”

2001

20th Reunion

Brad Champion, Westwood, Mass., has been named a Leaders Club qualifier by The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. It is among the highest honors that The Guardian awards each year, recognizing financial professionals who demonstrate outstanding service and dedication to their clients. Champion is a financial coach at The Bulfinch Group.

Shavonne (Plant) Gammage, Marietta, Ga., was promoted to senior vice president of human resources at Kellen, a global association management and communications company for nonprofits.

2002

Jennifer (Toelke) Bourret, MBA, Middleton, Conn., has transitioned to the role of investment strategist with the Global Portfolio Strategies team at Prudential Retirement. She develops strategic asset allocations and investment policy statements for defined benefit plan clients. The alumna has been with Prudential since 2013.

Christina Soares Heffner, Baltimore, Md., recently published a book on teaching short story writing titled, Inspired Guide to Writing the Short Story. She was also featured on Author Hour, a podcast with enlightening conversations about books with the authors that wrote them. Listen to the episode.

2003

Tiffanie Pierce, East Weymouth, Mass., was nominated as a NASPA I Women in Student Affairs (WISA) #PhenomenalWomxn. The nomination, by six of her colleagues at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) University, reads in part: “She is transforming the lives of students by being willing to do anything they need and trying to help them feel valued and appreciated on their journey toward the goals they have set for themselves. Always leading by example, Tiffanie demonstrates a unique ability to relate to students and learn about who they are as people, not just who they are as students.” Pierce has been assistant dean for student success at MCPHS since 2016.

2004

Elizabeth (Ciccio) Hefner, MSMA ’09, Seekonk, Mass., was named among “40 Under 40” marketers for 2020 by MM&M, the leading media outlet for pharmaceutical marketing and commercialization. She is vice president, Marketing and Member Services, with Skipta, a social network for medical communities.

2005

Deborah (Kerr) Lee, Acton, Mass., was promoted to senior director, Relationship Management, at Cartera Commerce, a Rakuten Company located in Lexington. In her new role, Lee is responsible for managing the RM team. She also oversees strategic initiatives for domestic airline and financial institution partners, to drive loyalty program growth and company revenue.

2008

Kristin (Forte) Allaben and husband Marshall, MST ’09, Willmington, Mass., welcomed their third son, Daniel Charles, on October 14, 2019. He joins two very excited older brothers, James and Thomas.

Shannon (Fessenden) Hudson, MST ’09, Bedford, N.H., was named to the class of 2020 “40 Under Forty” business leaders by The Union Leader. She is a partner and CPA at Altair Group PLLC.

George Valvanis, Atkinson, N.H., vice president of business development at Rock Ledge Group, shares that his company donated 100,000 N95 respirator masks to Boston Children's Hospital. 

2009

Matthew Allison wed Casey Whittaker on June 8, 2019, at the historic Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine. The couple celebrated with close friends, family and many fellow Falcons. The couple happily resides in Portland.

Kaitlin (Chepeleff) Lane and husband Nathaniel, Wrentham, Mass., welcomed their second child, daughter Quinn, on March 29.

2010

Daniel Baruch, Scarsdale, N.Y., was named among the “Top 100 People in Finance” for 2020. He credits Bentley for playing a large role in achieving this recognition.

Allison Eckert married Andrew Riotto on January 18, 2020, at the Tupper Manor in Beverly, Mass. The wedding party included bridesmaids Casey Caufield, Demi (Tetrault) Marsh and Katy (Zaremba) Gilbert. Other Falcon guests: Paul Gershlak ’81, Eric Gilbert ’09 and Ryan Grabinski. “It was a perfect winter wedding,” writes the bride, “followed by a phenomenal honeymoon in Saint Lucia!”

Rachel (Pereira) Mondi and husband Peter welcomed son Oliver on January 4, 2020, at 1:04 p.m. She writes: “This former Math major loves how Oliver's birthday and time of birth match!”

Laura Murphy, MSA ’11 wed Preston Carbone on October 19, 2019, at Mad River Barn in Waitsfield, Vt. Fellow Falcons attending included James Angelo ’11; Michael Comiskey ’11; Cait Deneen; Tyler Farrell ’11; Kristy Gonsalves; Mike Guerrero ’11, MSFP ’12; Tom Hadala ’11, MSF ’11; Michelle LaRosa, MBA ’11; Alex Macielak ’11; Amanda Markert; Marissa (Cavallo) Mazzarelli, MSA ’11 and Dino ’09; Christa (Grippo) Patsos ’11 and Rick ’11; Ashley Platt ’11, MST ’12; Josh Ranger ’11; Daria Razzazan; Elena Skaletsky ’13; Paul Smithwood ’11; Jillian Tourangeau and Lindsay (Sauve), MSA ’11 and Ted Wiedemann, MST ’13. The couple is living in Madison, Wis.

Katie Passkiewicz wed Andrew Green on June 24 in Dallas, Texas. Unfortunately, no Falcons were in attendance due to COVID-19. The newlyweds are living in Dallas.

Alexandra (Lambert) Scaringe and husband Stephen, MBA ’16, Reading, Mass., welcomed son Greyson Stephen on February 28, 2020. He joins big sister Savannah as a fellow future Falcon.

2011

10th Reunion

Preston Carbone married Laura Murphy ’10, MSA ’11 on October 19, 2019, at Mad River Barn in Waitsfield, Vt. Fellow Falcons attending James Angelo; Michael Comiskey; Cait Deneen ’10; Tyler Farrell; Kristy Gonsalves ’10; Mike Guerrero, MSFP ’12; Tom Hadala, MSF; Michelle LaRosa ’10, MBA; Alex Macielak; Amanda Markert ’10; Marissa (Cavallo) Mazzarelli ’10, MSA and Dino ’09; Rick and Christa (Grippo) Patsos; Ashley Platt, MST ’12; Josh Ranger; Daria Razzazan ’10; Elena Skaletsky ’13; Paul Smithwood; Jillian Tourangeau ’10 and Lindsay (Sauve) ’10, MSA and Ted Wiedemann ’10, MST ’13. The couple is living in Madison, Wis.

Brian and Miranda (Charles) Galvin, MSA, Hanover, Mass., welcomed baby girl Tessa on March 5.

Doniella Mckoy, Philadelphia, Pa., writes, “I am excited to share that I am the first to be added to the BCI USA chapter board through the Future Leaders Program.” The program works to ensure that professionals new to the industry are engaged, have an active role in decision-making, and provide new voices, differing perspectives and challenge.

Rich Van Kampen wed Melissa Shea on December 13, 2019, at Skyland’s Manor in Ringwood, N.J. Fellow Falcons attending included Ben Burkholz and Cliff Ulrich ’12. The couple resides in Hawthorne.

2012

FOLD

Melissa Reville, PhD ’20 wed Zachary Renschler on June 1, 2019, at Commander’s Mansion in Watertown, Mass. The bride reports: “Thirty fellow Falcons joined us, and Jamie Carrillo officiated our ceremony!” The couple is living in Cambridge.

M. Hannah Stewart married John F. Veale on November 2, 2019, in Westerly, R.I., surrounded by friends and family. The alumna is director of development at Mystic Aquarium and her new husband works as a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The couple resides in Charlestown, R.I., with their two dogs.

2013

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Alex Rusate, MSA ’13 married Katharine Roy on September 21, 2019, at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Joining the party were fellow Falcons John Aminti, MSA ’14Dayna Block, MBA ’15Justin Connolly, MBA ’14Anthony Curto, MSA ’14Taylor MurphyAlicia Noll and Emily Roy. The couple resides in Saratoga Springs.

Greg Tourangeau married Nicole D’Achino on September 28, 2018, in Cape May, N.J., in the company of 20 fellow Falcons. The couple is living in Boston.

2014

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Colin Adamson, MSF ’17 married Kristen Palumberi, MST ’15 on October 4, 2019, at Birchwood Vineyards in Derry, N.H. Many fellow Falcons were in attendance, including graduates from the classes of 1984, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The couple is living in Wilmington, Mass., with dog Luigi.

Michael Hotchkiss, MST, Londonderry, N.H. was promoted to managing director in the tax practice for Baker Newman Noyes where he works in the Manchester office. With more than 18 years of public accounting experience, he specializes in meeting the tax needs of closely held businesses and their owners. 

Olivia LeClair married Angelo Grauel on November 3, 2019, in Beverly, Mass. Fellow Falcons attending included parents of the bride Ronald ’82, P ’11 ’14 and Nina (Locketti) LeClair ’83, P ’11 ’14, along with Jenny Ehalt ’05; Joey Calvetti ’08, MST ’09; Maggie (Brogan) Calvetti ’08; Gerard Fischetti; Jessica JacovinoCJ Pellerano; Greg Farber ’03; Carolyn (Suarez) Schneider ’07; Ron Ardizzone ’98, MBA ’01 and Zachary and Melissa (Reville) Renschler ’12. The couple lives in Boston, Mass.

Nathan Marchand, Manchester, N.H., is chief operating officer at Navigo Sports Tours.

Kanchan Nebhwani, Boston, Mass., has launched Drumi, a hybrid mattress designed with premium materials to provide customers with cool sleep, superior comfort and effortless “green-glove” delivery. He writes: “We are the first online mattress company in the U.S. to support SEAQUAL INITIATIVE, helping clean our oceans from marine litter. We use sustainable and traceable SEAQUAL yarn in the outer cover and donate to the Coral Restoration Foundation Curacao.”

2015

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Chris Bates married Julie Nickerson on September 21, 2019, at Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee, Mass. The couple is living in Hingham.

Alex Demuth, Bloomfield Hill, Mich., made a video for the city of Detroit amid the COVID-19 crisis. When the Motor Stops encourages residents to stay at home to fight back and taps into the city’s resilient nature. Read more.

Jason Lieberman and Danielle Hellstern tied the knot on October 26, 2019, in Houston, Texas.

2016

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5th Reunion

Igor Bochenkov, MST, Newington, Conn., joined Nicola Yester as partner. His practice focuses on tax services for privately held businesses primarily in construction, real estate, manufacturing, health care and professional services. 

Michele Guttermuth, Granby, Conn., writes that her world was turned upside down the day after her 24th birthday. She was diagnosed with leukemia — more specifically, acute myeloid leukemia — and underwent three rounds of chemo and a stem cell transplant. Now in remission, she reports: “Over the last year, I have learned many things about others, about myself and about happiness. The most important thing I learned is awareness. Understanding your body and listening to yourself is crucial.” Learn more about Michele’s strength and self-awareness.

Fatima-Zohra Hakam, MBA ’18, Rabat, Morocco, is developing ZORA, a brand of health conscious and ethically produced chocolate. The product supports the cacao and chocolate industry in West Africa, by approaching the chocolate supply chain in a new way. It implements a chocolate processing facility within farming communities in Ghana, increasing socioeconomic benefits for farmers and their families, who currently live below the poverty line. She writes: “Bentley has been such a huge part of my academic and personal growth, through both my undergraduate and graduate studies.”

2020

Carlos Casals, San Juan, Puerto Rico, co-founded a telehealth startup, collaborating with his uncle’s company which works with manufacturers and distributers of surgical equipment on the island along with a Canadian telehealth/telemedicine software company. Carlos writes, “We came up with the idea after acknowledging that work from home is the new normal and that there is no solution of this kind in our market. With my uncle’s expertise and contacts in the field and my experience with tech at Bentley, I believe we make a good team!”

Kristen Gowin, MBA, Boston Mass., became executive manager of the National Electrical Contractors Association’s Boston chapter.

2021

Zackary Corr, Belmont, Mass., was awarded the Young Hunter Award by Safari Club International (SCI) and Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s. The honor, established in 1987, recognizes an SCI member 15 to 21 years of age, worldwide.

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