Spring 2018 Alumni Notes

Spring 2018 Alumni Notes

Jennifer Taylor and husband on wedding day

Class of 1950-1959

Theresa (Riley) Morris ’50 was the oldest female finisher at the www.kristencrawford.com Beach to Beacon 10K and received the Johnny Kelley award. She loves to keep in touch with her five great-grandchildren with handwritten letters and birthday cards.

Class of 1960-1969

Marie McMorran Thibodeau ’67 of Biddeford, ME and her husband Raymond just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November. They were engaged in Xavier Hall during Marie’s junior year in October of 1965.

Sister Sylvia Comer ’62, Hon. ’18, RSM

Sister Sylvia Comer ’62, Hon. ’18, RSM received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the Saint Joseph’s College Commencement on May 12, 2018. Known for her warmth, humor, and deep passion for serving the people of God, Sister Sylvia demonstrates all of the College’s Core Values through her words and actions. Sister Sylvia worked at the College through several teaching, directorial, and pastoral roles for 29 years. She founded the College’s Office of Campus Ministry, and years later, the Office of Pastoral Ministry. She started many of the College’s beloved traditions, including a Blessing of the Hands for nursing students and the Spring Break Workfest program (alongside Michele Aronica ’74, RSM).

Class of 1980-1989

Pauline (Feierseisen) Judy ’80 became a grandmother for the first time in September 2016.

Kenneth Brownson ’84 writes: “I am retired now but I often reflect on how Saint Joseph’s changed my life and career. I earned my associate’s degree and became an RN. I wanted to continue my education but there was no RN/BSN program in my state. I saw an advertisement about the BSPA program for nurses. I attended the distance program in the early 1970s. I loved it and couldn’t wait for the next course to arrive. The College was great at accepting my associate’s, other courses, and some certificates. The concentration in education enabled me to teach online courses. This fantastic career would not have been possible without Saint Joseph’s innovative distance BSPA degree. Although I couldn’t go on for an MSN, I did earn a master’s in management, a master’s in psychology, a graduate certificate, and finally a doctorate in education. With a BSN, I was able to teach many different subjects as an online professor. I was also able to publish many articles in health related journals.”

Dr. Lauren Giustra ’88, an obstetrician and gynecologist with more than 20 years of experience, recently joined the Board of Directors for the Rome Hospital Foundation. She and her husband, Dr. Ankur Desai, moved to Rome, NY in 1996, and cofounded their privately-owned medical practice, Mohawk Valley Women’s Health Associates.

Class of 1990-1999

Curtis Smyth ’91 was inducted into UNE’s Hall of Fame on October 20th. Smyth, currently UNE’s Director of Athletics, has served as Sports Information Director since 1997, and as the head coach of three different sports (women’s basketball, men’s golf, and softball) prior to moving to solely an administrative role in 2007. Under his direction, the women’s basketball program won a total of 142 games over a ten-year period, including the Nor’easters’ first CCC title and NCAA Championship appearance. Smyth has held the position of interim director of athletics on two occasions.

Class of 2000-2009

Joan Kimani ‘01 is working toward her PhD at the United States International University-Africa.

Mary Minshall Rowland ’03 welcomed her 4th grandchild, Landon Herbert Rowland on March 13, 2018.

Mathew Salch ’03 co-founded the non-profit County Behavioral Medicine, an outpatient Mental Health Agency located in Presque Isle, ME.

Susan Byrne ’05 has worked at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, CA for the past four years on a Surgical Intermediate ICU team. After completing a year-long rigorous professional development program, she was recently promoted to Clinical RN III, and served as Charge RN, Mentor and Preceptor on her unit.

Theodore Doucette ’05 graduated from Galen College of Nursing in Louisville, KY in October 2016 and was the recipient of the Kathryn Mershon Emerging Leader in Healthcare Award. He successfully passed his NCLEX exam in December 2016. Theodore is currently employed as a staff nurse RN for Lifecare Center of America in New Albany, IN and will be pursuing his RN-to-BSN at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN starting January 2018.

Kristen (Jewett) Crawford ’05, ’11 of Dover, NH recently launched a personal brand strategy business focused on providing people with direction in authentically telling their brand story and embracing a visual brand strategy. www.kristencrawford.com

Jennifer Michel ’06 now holds the position of Library Assistant-Bibliographic Services at Ladd Library, Bates College, in Lewiston, ME.

Rhonda Curry ’03

Rhonda Curry ’03 has been named Vice President for Membership and Communications at Washington State Hospital Association. She has more than two decades of experience as a public affairs executive and holds a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Saint Joseph’s. Partnering with leadership, media, government and community, she has led healthcare communications and advocacy for hospitals, and health systems including Olympic Medical Center, PeaceHealth, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Curry also earned a master’s degree in communication from Gonzaga University. “Rhonda brings a deep knowledge of public policy and how it affects our membership, as well as a wealth of experience in communications,” said Cassie Sauer, WSHA president and CEO. “We’re so excited to have her insight as we seek to increase the public’s understanding of the massive changes in health care.

Class of 2010-2017

Maureen Orkwis ’12 published her first book: Murder Con. It is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Taylor Allison ’13 and Lieutenant Sarah Cadorette ’12

Lieutenant Junior Grade Taylor Allison ’13 writes: “In July of this past year, I began my pre-deployment training for the Navy in order to leave for Afghanistan in the fall. To my surprise, out of all the nurses in the Navy, I found another SJC alum in the mix of my training. Lieutenant Sarah Cadorette ’12 and I attended Saint Joseph’s College together and I felt it was extremely rare and quite amazing that we found each other again through this journey.” Taylor and Sarah attended various types of training together including the Navy Trauma Training course in Los Angeles, where they worked in the Emergency Department, ICU, and Operating Room. They then completed training in the field, became certified in Tactical Combat Casualty Care, and were temporarily stationed on an Army base. Sarah is an ICU nurse stationed out of Guam, and Taylor is an Emergency Room nurse from Camp Pendleton in California.

Eric N. Balli ’13 is a Master Sergeant in the active duty Air Force. He was recently accepted into the full-time Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence (MSSI) program at the National Intelligence University (NIU) in Bethesda, MD for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a highly competitive school and program for military personnel and other government employees. He will be a full-time student for the one year program and will have a follow-on assignment after graduation in July 2019.

Lindsey Gervais ’10

After earning a doctorate in educational psychology with a concentration in cognition, instruction, and learning technologies from the University of Connecticut, Lindsey Gervais ’10 joined Partner In Publishing (PIP) as a senior learning designer and digital marketing manager. PIP specializes in the educational services industry, offering a unique blend of marketing, sales, technology, instructional design, and editorial expertise to some of the biggest company names in educational publishing and technology. Lindsey earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Joseph’s with a concentration in education and a minor in classics. She is married to her SJC sweetheart, Jeremy Gervais ’10, and they have two children, Owen and Finley.

Alumni wedding

Jennifer Taylor ’03 married Billy Henderson on October 21, 2017 in Hingham, MA. Many from SJC were in attendance including: Christopher Taylor ’10, Michael Taylor ’11, Aimee ’03 and Mark Fellows ’00, Ali Morin ’13, and Fr. John Tokaz.

Nicki Hicks ’08 married David Ong on December 15, 2017 in Rockledge, Florida.

Kara Squillante ’09 married Nick Base on October 7, 2017 and celebrated with fellow 2009 alumni. From left (all class of 2009): Sarah Turgeon (Banks), Andrea Russell, Mallory Buff (Clark), Megan Willette, Kara Base (Squillante), Ryan Prescott, Nicole Prescott (D’Atri), Fr. Paul Dumais, Kelly Emerson, and Sarah Dennison (Francoeur).

Natalie Conway ’11 married Kannyn Coerper on September 23, 2017 on Vinalhaven Island, ME.

Left: Nikki (Hicks) One ’08, Center: Natalie (Conway) Coerper ’11, Top Right: Kara (Squillonte) Base ’09, Bottom Right: Jeremy Porter ’05

New Additions

Jennifer (Cleasby) Johnson ’08 and husband, Dean, welcomed their son, Dean, in August 2017.


The College offers its condolences to…

The family of Gloria Gallant ’49. During her 25-year career at King Middle School teaching foreign languages, she developed creative and innovative ways to spark a love of learning in her pupils and found ways to make every student feel they could succeed. She met her husband, Edwin, on a blind date during her junior year at Saint Joseph’s College. Her beautiful smile, wit, and zest for life won his heart and launched a 70-year love affair full of dancing, adventure, family, and service.

The family of John Bernard Beston (husband of Rose Marie Beston ’59), who passed away peacefully on February 1, 2018 at Baringa Hospital at age 88. He formerly resided in Santa Fe, NM and Rochester, NY. He was the much loved husband of Rose Marie Beston for 48 years.

The family of Daniel Paul Roy ’78, who passed away on March 21, surrounded by family and friends, following a valiant and determined battle with cancer.

The family of John Daggett ’08. John was a loving and devoted husband, a good son and brother, a loyal and supportive friend, and an inspiration to all who knew him.

The family of James Kneeland, South Portland, ME, brother of Sister Mary Kneeland ’73, who passed away on March 17, 2018 at home in South Portland. Jimmy was raised in Worcester and honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps in the Pioneers during WWII.

Giving In Honor and In Memory Of

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