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Class Notes

Fall 2019

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1954

Donald Lapierre writes from Graniteville, S.C., “I am still breathing at 90 and counting — pun intended.”

1965

Louie Caputo, P ’86, ’01, West Newbury, Mass., reports: “My youngest son, Eric, was diagnosed with MS in 2004. It was then we started a golf tournament to raise funds for the Greater New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I have chaired that committee for the past 10 years, and in 2018, surpassed the million-dollar mark in raising funds to help support research funded by the MS Society. It is an event supported by my wife, Gloria; my sons, Michael, Eric and Louis; and two of my granddaughters, Sheila and Jessica. This event has provided me with great satisfaction in contributing to a cause that touches my family in a major way. It is a lesson I try to pass on to my 13 grandchildren by showing them, by example, that they should support those less fortunate and in need of assistance. I have also served as a trustee of the organization’s Greater New England chapter.”

1975

On May 1, 2019, Ralph DePanfilis, Norwalk, Conn., was appointed chairman of the board for Fairfield County Bank Corp.

1979

Craig Owings was promoted from business manager, Tel Aviv, Israel, to director, Program Business Services, with Michael Baker Global Services, which is based in Birmingham, Ala.

1980

40th Reunion

Stella Citrano, East Falmouth, Mass., was elected to the Board of Directors for the Bridgewater State University Alumni Association.

1981

Rex Parkinson retired in June 2018 and moved to Sunset, S.C., on Lake Keowee.

1982

Fred Kline, Brookline, N.H., founder and CEO of Kline and Company CPA, PC, reports that the accounting services firm is marking its 25th year. Since 1994, he writes, the business has “grown from a company of one — the founder — to become one of the leading federal contracts accounting firms in the Northeast and throughout the United States. We also have been voted the No. 1 accounting firm in Nashua for 12 consecutive years. I am very proud of what we have accomplished — and especially proud because my 1-year-old grandson’s birthday is the same day as our company’s founding. I wonder if he’ll join the firm before our 50th anniversary.”

1985

Kerry (Wiles) Hoffman P ’13, Naples, Fla., co-founded Gold Flag Media LLC in April, with Pete Singer, a longtime colleague. The company publishes Semiconductor Digest, a B-to-B publication focused on the semiconductor manufacturing industry. The venture includes a website, magazine, daily newsletter and six topical newsletters in addition to videos, blogs, technology papers, webcasts and events.

1987

Jim Sano, MBA reports having lived in Medfield, Mass., for 32 years with his wife, Joanne; they have two daughters. He taught high school before starting a 30-year corporate career, working at Data General, EMC and now Dell-EMC. He’s been dabbling in writing and released his first novel, The Father’s Son, in August. It’s an intriguing story set in Boston that weaves in the power of friendship, family, faith and redemption.

1989

Suzanne (Adams) Boyd and Alexandra Lanza, Daniel Island, S.C., celebrated their 30th reunion in Boyd’s hometown of Seattle, Wash.

1990

30th Reunion

Christine (Dugas) Leiby, Guilford, Conn., reports that her son, Ryan, is a first-year student at Bentley this fall.

William Kearns ’88 reports that William Zoll, Newton Highlands, Mass., has opened a restaurant, La Cucina Italian Eatery, at Assembly Row in Somerville.

1991

Valerie Manoukian, Cordoba, Argentina, reports that 14 alumni from around the globe gathered in Bali during summer 2019 for the wedding of Alisyahrazad Hanafiah.

1992

Colleen Wittrup, Norwalk, Conn., welcomed daughter Paisley on June 30, 2017. “My wish came true!” she says, and encourages fellow Falcons to stay in touch: colleen2201@yahoo.com.

1993

Josh Rutstein, Derry, N.H., reports, “In July, I celebrated with friends, family and the local Chamber of Commerce as we opened our new site of The Mission Zone, in Derry.” The indoor entertainment business is the opposite of an “escape room”; players follow clues and solve problems to break into a series of rooms, using a unique smartphone app system.

David Schiegoleit, Laguna Niguel, Calif., has joined Bank of the West Wealth Management as a senior portfolio strategist. He will manage investment portfolios for the Key Client Group, as well as help lead the bank’s investment strategy.

1995

Donna Pironti, MSA, Bryn Mawr, Pa., was elected to a three-year term by the Committee on Professional Ethics of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

1997

Joe Cerami, Windham, N.H., a former varsity football player at Bentley, celebrated his 10-year anniversary as president and co-owner of AprioMed. The company researches, develops, manufactures and distributes interventional radiology medical devices worldwide.

1999

Jessica Nguyen, Framingham, Mass., was promoted to director at Newburg & Company LLP in Waltham, focused mainly in the Management Advisory Service Department.

2000

20th Reunion

Catherine Vinal, Lowell, Mass., was promoted to global controller at AIRINC (Associates for International Research Inc.).

2001

Travis Jacobs, Quincy, Mass., writes: “Since my last class note, my wife and I have had two kids, Dakota, 6 years old, and Harley, almost 1. My business law and commercial litigation firm, The Jacobs Law LLC, is doing great and I really love what I do. I enjoy summers by the ocean with friends and family, and tinkering with old mechanical stuff. Nicholas Schupbach ’03, MSGFA ’04 still gives me woodworking tips every once in a while, too. I would love to hear from fellow entrepreneurial alumni; if you’re in downtown Boston, email or call me at work to grab coffee.” Reach him at tjacobs@thejacobslaw.com.

Aaron Parks married Ericka Graff on May 18, 2019, at the La Quinta Resort in La Quinta, Calif. Fellow Falcons in attendance included Mark Decourcy ’00, Derek Dubois, Ryan Meade and Brian Richardson ’00.

2003

Jason D’Entremont, Norwell, Mass., has been honored by Northwestern Mutual for his commitment and drive to help families and businesses plan for and achieve financial security. The recognition includes membership in the company’s elite Forum Group for 2019. This is his third year receiving the honor.

Chetan Singh Hayer, MSIT, Nairobi, Kenya reports: “In April, I visited the campus for the first time in over 15 years, with my family, and it was quite an amazing time. My 8-year-old son, Manvir, loved the campus and my wife enjoyed its tranquility.” The alumnus runs a real estate development business based in Nairobi called Hayer One. The firm participated in the International Property Awards, hosted in London this year, where two of their projects won four awards as entries from Kenya; one was nominated for the African region, to be held in December 2019. “Of course there have been many influencing factors in shaping my company,” he says, “and Bentley is certainly one of them.”

2005

15th Reunion

Raghav Lal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, founded Safari International Preschool and Splash & Play Ghana, an international preschool and kids’ water park in Accra, Ghana.

Kyle York, Bedford, N.H., launched York IE (Investment Enterprise), a hybrid strategic advisory, investment and operational growth firm, whose focus is scaling innovative, creative and impactful companies. “We invest capital, expertise and passion; build products; and create content to support ambitious entrepreneurs and angel investors on their quest to scale startups and disrupt markets,” says York, who serves as CEO and managing partner.

2006

Stephen Costa and wife Quentara (Johnson) ’07, MSFP ’08, North Andover, Mass., welcomed Xander John on March 1, 2019.

Dan O’Regan wed Leigh Evenson on August 17, 2019, at Canada’s Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. Fellow Falcons joining the celebration were Shaina Andelman ’05, Asa Kitfield, Rory McCarthy, Brett Newcomb, Michael Palermo, Richard Palizzolo ’05 and Jon Rivera.

Nikole (Shaw) Trost ’06, Bow, N.H., was named to the state’s “40 Under Forty” class of 2019. The program, now in its 18th year, honors residents for professional and volunteer accomplishments in the state. Trost is operations director at Rise Private Wealth Management in Bedford.

2007

David Castine, MSA ’09 and wife Raquela, Baltimore, Md., welcomed son Logan Richard on May 24, 2019.

Quentara (Johnson) Costa, MSFP ’08 and husband Stephen ’06, North Andover, Mass., welcomed Xander John on March 1, 2019.

Priya (Maharajh) Tawczynski and husband Peter, Hopkinton, Mass., are proud parents of a third son, Dylan Peter, born on July 10, 2019. He joins brothers Bradley and Nicholas.

2008

Andrew Innocent, MST ’09 and Rachelle Elizabeth Alfred were married on June 30, 2019, in Everett, Mass.

Rohan Mehta, Marlborough, Mass., a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial, was named to the Forbes magazine list of Best-in-State Next-Generation Wealth Advisors. The list recognizes millennials who demonstrate high levels of ethics, professionalism and success in the business. He shares, “I couldn’t have done it without the education and experience I had at Bentley.”

Nicole Pignatello and Jonathan Richards, MBA ’09 wed on May 11, 2019, at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Fla. More than 25 fellow Falcons from the classes of 2007 and 2008 joined them on their special day.

2009

Maria Guerrero, MSA ’10, Hyde Park, Mass., and Juan Garcia, welcomed baby Jadiel Leonidas Garcia on March 19, 2019.

Shika (Laboriel) Holland and husband Christian ’10, Northborough, Mass., welcomed their first son, Quincy Michael, on June 9, 2019.

Eric Morin, MBA ’15 married Alyssa Benesty ’12, MST ’13, on October 6, 2018, at the Ritz Carlton in Boston, with many fellow Falcons in attendance.

2010

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10th Reunion

Katie Brodrick and Matt Fragomeni ’13 said “I do” on July 27, 2019, at Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster, Mass. Fellow Falcons from the classes of 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2023 helped celebrate their special day. The couple lives in Boston.

Meagan (Hockridge) Curry, MSA ’11 and husband Patrick, Canton, Mass., welcomed Abigail Rae on April 6, 2019.

Christian Holland ’10 and wife Shika (Laboriel) ’09, Northborough, Mass., welcomed their first son, Quincy Michael, on June 9, 2019.

Kristine Mickelson married Michael Manning on June 1, 2019, in Topsfield, Mass. Many fellow Falcons attended. The bridal party included Ashley (Insel) Ruggeri, Alicia Forte, MSA ’11, Alyssa Sliney, Carolyn Connolly, Kimberly (Angelovich) Currier, MSMA ’11 and Susan (Harrahy) Allen ’09. The couple lives in Belmont.

2012

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Alyssa Benesty, MST ’13 married Eric Morin ’09, MBA ’15 on October 6, 2018, at the Ritz Carlton in Boston, with many fellow Falcons in attendance.

Ritika Betala, Fort Mumbai, India, started a job with Vogue India as marketing manager in August 2019.

Spencer Smitherman married Holly Hayes on April 27, 2019, at Viansa Winery in Sonoma, Calif.

2013

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George Achillias, MBA, Aighion, Greece, welcomed daughter Alix on October 20, 2018.

Ian Daigle and Robyn Dion ’14 exchanged vows on June 8, 2019, at the Hellenic Center in Ipswich, Mass. Many Bentley alumni shared in their special day.

Matt Fragomeni and Katie Brodrick ’10 said “I do” on July 27, 2019, at Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster, Mass. Fellow Falcons from the classes of 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2023 helped celebrate their special day. The couple lives in Boston.

Chris Letourneau and Jillian Bouchard were married on June 22, 2019, in Burlington, Vt. Fellow Falcons spanning many graduation years toasted the newlyweds.

Jessica Ngo and Chris Casasnovas were married on July 26, 2019, in Groveland, Mass. Claudette Blot, P ’12, STEP director and program coordinator at Bentley, officiated. The couple was surrounded by fellow Falcons, including Sidney Diaz-McCree ’11, Eros Agramonte, Laura Cordero, Felix Garcia, Iselande Jacques, Angel King, Carolina Ozuna and Gloria Reyes ’14.

2014

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Robyn Dion and Ian Daigle ’13 exchanged vows on June 8, 2019, at the Hellenic Center in Ipswich, Mass. Many Bentley alumni shared in their special day.

Gerard Fischetti, Chelsea, Mass., graduated with a JD from Boston University School of Law in May and began working as a corporate associate at the law firm WilmerHale in Boston.

Chris Jo, San Francisco, Calif., reports having launched a watch company in late 2017 called Codek Watches.

Dan Pinchasi married Denise Volovitz ’15 on November 24, 2018, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

2015

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5th Reunion

Katherine Southern, MSHFID married Michael LaCourse on October 20, 2018, in Francestown, N.H.

Denise Volovitz married Dan Pinchasi ’14 on November 24, 2018, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

2016

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Caroline Fitzgerald, MSA ’17 and Austin Caito wed on July 3, 2019, at the Bedford Village Inn in Bedford, N.H.

Catherine Gianino and Ryan Gilpin, MSIT ’18 married on October 20, 2018, at the Boston Harbor Hotel. More than 35 alumni attended, including parents of the bride Gary ’78 and Elizabeth (Wells) ’81 Gianino.

Randall Parker married Fiona Smith ’18 on April 13, 2019, in Lancaster, Pa. More than a dozen Falcons helped celebrate their special day. The couple lives in the Boston area.

2017

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Jason Benedict, MSF ’18 married Mackenzie Montgomery on May 5, 2019, in Bedford, N.H. The alumnus is an officer in the Marine Corps; they live in Quantico, Va.

Kris Carafelli, MSHFID, Centennial, Colo., volunteered at Plant Stock 2019, a celebration of plant-based life that includes food and presentations by luminaries in research, innovation and inspiration. She writes: “It was a highlight of my year. As a volunteer, I checked participants into the event; assisted with food demonstration preparation, including the prep for Jane and Ann Esselstyn’s live cooking show; and worked the plant-strong merch table — kale yeah!”

2018

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Kaitlyn Lavertu ’18 and Chris Landry tied the knot in Rochester, N.H., on June 22, 2019.

Fiona Smith married Randall Parker ’16 on April 13, 2019, in Lancaster, Pa. More than a dozen Falcons helped celebrate their special day. The couple lives in the Boston area.

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