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Class Notes

Winter 2021

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1955

David Hughey '55, P '01, GP '24, with Class of 2019 grads.

David A. Hughey, P ’01, GP ’24, Meredith, N.H., shares that when William and Cheryl Goebel, P ’19 moved to his neighborhood, they were “surprised to meet the Hughey of the Hughey Financial Center.” Marking his 90th birthday in August, Falcons praised the Trading Room for helping them secure jobs. Most recently, the trustee emeritus and Great Benefactor supported his named space and scholarship with a gift of $250,000. From left: Brianna Cefaloni ’19, Julianne Florez ’19, Nikki Christopulos ’19, Zoe Gillies ’18, Hughey, Olivia Lazar ’19, Ashley Kirk ’19, Sabrina Goebel ’19 and Melissa Makarius ’19.

1984

Mark E. Ahern, Jupiter, Fla., has joined Wexford Capital as managing director of investor relations, based in the firm’s West Palm Beach office. His oldest daughter is a sophomore at UMass Boston, middle daughter is a freshman at Jupiter High School and son is a seventh grader at Jupiter Independence Middle School. “We continue to spend the summer months on Cape Cod,” he reports. “Looking forward to an in-person Reunion Weekend in 2022!”

1988

Alumni continue an annual reunion in Saratoga, New York.

A Bentley tradition continued with alumni in New York getting together at Saratoga Race Track! From left: David Hennel; Tom Maslanka ’92; Alex Rusate ’13, MSA ’13; Katy (Roy) Rusate ’13; Joe Simonini ’16; Elaine (Marden) Kemp ’79; and John Simonini ’19.

1995

Kerry O’Shea Gorgone, MBA ’97, Mount Juliet, Tenn., has joined Appfire as senior editor and writer. Appfire, a Massachusetts-based company, is the largest global provider of Atlassian apps. The alumna will lead editorial duties for the organization’s content and customer education division.

The Boston Business Journal has selected Peter Rockett, Needham, Mass., to receive its CFO of the year F. Gorham Brigham Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the founder of Rockett Strategy Group.

1996

Monique (Young) Jefferson, Brooklyn, N.Y., has been named to the EMpower Ethnic Minority Executive Role Model list. Supported by Yahoo Finance, this list is among several that showcase business leaders who are breaking down barriers at work for ethnic minorities in the U.K., Ireland and Europe and for people of color in the U.S. and Canada. Jefferson is chief human resources officer for New York Public Radio.

1998

Semeon “Sim” Hargan, Woburn, Mass., is now branch manager at the Wellesley Lower Falls office of Brookline Bank. The alumnus, who has more than 20 years of banking experience in Greater Boston, will team up with the bank’s business, mortgage and investment specialists to deliver a full range of financial support and solutions.

2002

20th Reunion

Gillian Patrick married Terence “TC” Connors on September 14, 2019, at the Connors family home on Edgartown Harbor, Martha’s Vineyard. She writes: “My brother-in-law, Michael Mastropaolo, ushered my mother down the aisle!” The two live in Boston’s Back Bay and enjoy weekend getaways.

2004

Jacquelyn (Mascetti), MBA ’07 and Jared Katz, Smithtown, N.Y., welcomed Joseph Charles on July 20, 2020. He joins big sister Giulia.

Schnelle Shelby and Carrington Moore tied the knot on April 24, 2021, at Olio in Peabody, Mass., with a half dozen Falcons joining them in person and online. After a honeymoon in Maui, the two are living in East Boston.

2005

Melissa (Nazar) Chandler and husband Scott ’09, MSF ’10, Boston, Mass., welcomed twin boys Alex and Luke on March 18, 2021.

2008

Bobby Forgione, Houston, Texas, is now brand content specialist at Academy Sports + Outdoors, based at its corporate office headquarters in Katy, Texas. Prior to this role, he managed photo and video production for Cole Haan in New York City.

Financial services veteran Kaine Nicholas, San Pedro, Calif., was hired as the first executive director of the Black Cooperative Investment Fund (BCIF). The alumnus is responsible for leadership, brand expansion and strategic partnerships; he also oversees the BCIF microloan program throughout Southern California. Nicholas has extensive knowledge of financial operations and transformative community development for Black business advancement.

Chris Ronzio, Scottsdale, Ariz., is among the Phoenix Business Journal class of “40 Under 40” honorees for 2021, chosen from a field of nearly 450 applicants. He is founder and CEO of Trainual, a platform that companies use to on-board, train and scale teams; it was named the #1 small business workplace in Arizona for 2021. “We raised $27 million in Series B with investors including Altos Ventures, Shark Group CEO Daymond John, and Indeed Co-founder and Chairman Rony Kahan,” reports Ronzio, who also won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 Mountain Desert Region Award.

2009

Scott Chandler, MSF ’10 and Melissa (Nazar) ’05, Boston, Mass., welcomed twin boys Alex and Luke on March 18, 2021.

Kim (Rush) Kelley and husband Mike, Westbrook, Maine, are proud parents of Noah Christopher, born on March 24, 2021.

Sara (Kovacic) and John Rossley welcomed a daughter, Kate Madison, on July 21, 2021. She joins big brother Patrick.

Michael Stavrakos, MSF ’10 and Lindsay Mensher ’13, MBA ’14 were married on October 4, 2020, at the Liberty Hotel Boston, surrounded by close family. Their original wedding date, June 12, 2020, was delayed due to the pandemic. The happy couple celebrated their nuptials with family and friends on June 20, 2021. Fellow Falcons who attended were Ryan Amoia ’10, MSA ’11; Julie Bourgeois ’13; Shannon Finneran ’13; Erik Ginthwain ’11, MSA ’12; Alexa Hassaram ’11, MSA ’12; Jamie Justice ’13; Josh Mahoney ’13; David Mullins ’12; Claire Schectman ’13, MSA ’14; Lindsey Theriault ’13, MBA ’15; and Yiyi Xia ’10. They honeymooned in Greece in September 2021 and live in Boston.

2010

Katie (Passkiewicz) Green and husband Andrew, Coppell, Texas, welcomed their first child, Lucille Mae, on May 4, 2021.

2011

Sucheta (Desai) Hattiangadi and husband Rohan, Seattle, Wash., became proud parents of daughter Riya on May 28, 2021. “Fun fact,” the alumna writes. “Riya was delivered by her father, who is an OB/GYN.”

2012

Falcons of the Last Decade

10th Reunion

Melissa Reohr and Clayton Brown tied the knot on June 19, 2021, at the Dedham (Mass.) Town Hall and celebrated their nuptials in Boston. They live in Dedham and are planning a honeymoon in the Azores.

2013

Falcons of the Last Decade

Ryan Abbot, Boston, Mass., was promoted to assistant vice president, Commercial Real Estate Banking, at Brookline Bank. His responsibilities include business development and relationship management as well as providing clients with services such as cash management and 1031 exchange.

Lindsay Mensher, MBA ’14 and Michael Stavrakos ’09, MSF ’10 were married on October 4, 2020, at the Liberty Hotel Boston, surrounded by close family. Their original wedding date, June 12, 2020, was delayed due to the pandemic. The happy couple celebrated with family and friends on June 20, 2021. Fellow Falcons who attended were Ryan Amoia ’10, MSA ’11; Julie Bourgeois; Shannon Finneran; Erik Ginthwain ’11, MSA ’12; Alexa Hassaram ’11, MSA ’12; Jamie Justice; Josh Mahoney; David Mullins ’12; Claire Schectman, MSA ’14; Lindsey Theriault, MBA ’15; and Yiyi Xia ’10. They honeymooned in Greece in September 2021 and live in Boston.

Kelsie Tidman and JB Marston celebrated their nuptials on June 4, 2021, at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard. Many fellow Falcons were on hand for the joyous occasion. The couple lives in South Weymouth, Mass., and honeymooned in Hawaii in October.

2014

Falcons of the Last Decade

Tyler Durant and Stefanie Gorman said “I do” at Birch Wood Vineyard in Derry, N.H., on July 10, 2021, surrounded by many fellow Falcons. The newlyweds traveled to Hawaii — Maui and the Big Island — for their honeymoon. “It was amazing,” reports the alumna. The couple lives in Abington, Mass.

Zachary Gregoricus, Waltham, Mass., is a member of the Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group at Murtha Cullina LLP and a resident in the firm’s Boston office. He represents clients in state and federal courts on complex civil litigation and bankruptcy matters and has extensive experience counseling clients in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings.

Zahra Tabatabaie-Alavi, MSA ’15, Laguna Woods, Calif., is now a senior accountant at the World Surf League. The WSL sponsors international tours and competitions for surfers, and operates a studios division that creates live and on-demand content, among other initiatives. Previously, she was a staff accountant at Orlando City Soccer Club, a Major League Soccer team.

2015

Falcons of the Last Decade

Peter Koopman and Kayla Anghinetti ’17, MSA ’20 celebrated their nuptials on June 4, 2021, at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, R.I., in the company of many fellow Falcons. They tied the knot during the pandemic on June 13, 2020, at the bride’s parents’ house in Falmouth, Mass. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii. They are currently building a house in Upton, Mass.

Michael W. Walton, Bath, Maine, joined First Federal Savings & Loan Association two years ago. “It’s a five-year succession program and I will be president and CEO,” he reports. “I have new accountability as vice president of strategic development, responsible for implementing our three-year plan.” The alumnus also serves on the board of directors for Maine’s First Ship, Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. and the Bath Rotary Club.

2016

Falcons of the Last Decade

Emily Monigan, Peekskill, N.Y., is working with the American Red Cross. She has been promoted to manager for the Albany district in the Eastern New York region.

Dusty Sacco and Joe Krawiec exchanged vows on August 14, 2021, surrounded by lots of fellow Falcons. The wedding was in South Berwick, Maine, which is close to their new house in Scarborough.

2017

Falcons of the Last Decade

5th Reunion 

Kayla Anghinetti, MSA ’20 and Peter Koopman ’15 celebrated their nuptials on June 4, 2021, at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, R.I., in the company of many fellow Falcons. They tied the knot during the pandemic on June 13, 2020, at the bride’s parents’ house in Falmouth, Mass. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii. They are currently building a house in Upton, Mass. 

Andrew Nickerson married Emily Wilson on May 15, 2021, at The Margate Resort on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee. The two honeymooned in Napa Valley, Calif., and Hawaii. Many fellow Falcons celebrated with the newlyweds on their big day, including the groom’s parents, Charlie ’85, MBA ’89 and Diana (Farrar) ’85, P ’14, ’17; his brother, Charles ’14; and Global Alumni Board Chair Chuck Coppa ’85. The couple is living in Ellsworth, Maine, where Emily is pursuing a PhD in neuroscience. 

Christopher Volberg, Farmingdale, N.Y., was highlighted in a Fox Business article on NFTs and blockchain: Inside the NFT bubble: How valuable are digital collectibles? The alumnus is managing director at Northeast Financial Network. 

2018

Falcons of the Last Decade

Syed Hassan Bin Veqar, Karachi, Pakistan, has joined Hysab Kytab Pvt Ltd., a startup company focused on digitalization and financial inclusion through a personal finance management tool for financial institutions and consumers. “Since returning to Pakistan, I have been heavily involved in the startup space, particularly in fintech,” he reports. “We are in the middle of a boom, with a 97% increase year-over-year in investments for local startups in Pakistan. These are truly exciting times to put my Bentley education to use!” 

2020

Falcons of the Last Decade

Anthony Prata, Walpole, Mass., and Yana Kamshilina, Omsk, Russia, joined Monica Fanaria ’21 for the Light The Night annual walk and fundraiser. The event benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and took place on November 6, 2021, at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo. The three chose to support LLS while working together on a project for the Bentley course Leading Responsibly. 

2021

Falcons of the Last Decade

Monica Fanaria, Gurgaon, India, joined Anthony Prata ’20 and Yana Kamshilina ’20 for the Light The Night annual walk and fundraiser. The event benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and took place on November 6, 2021, at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo. The three chose to support LLS while working on a project for the Bentley course Leading Responsibly. 

Jackson Le, Dorchester, Mass., is an electric vehicle product and sales specialist at Polestar, a Boston-based automotive company that aims to be a top competitor with Tesla. “I’m helping to build Polestar Boston on a two-man team,” reports Le, whose résumé includes internships at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and State Street.  

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