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Class Notes 1980

Bob Zurek has been named director of advanced technologies and product strategy in IBM's Information Integration Solutions group and is an internationally known expert in development tools, integration, and middleware technologies. Prior to joining IBM, he was vice president of product management and advanced technologies at Ascential Software and was instrumental in developing and driving Ascential's enterprise data integration software strategy along with mergers and acquisitions. He has also worked at Forrester Research, Sybase, and Powersoft. He has been a guest lecturer at the MBA programs of Brigham Young University and Salem State College, as well as a speaker at the Harvard University Cyberposium and Duke's Graduate School.

Donna Wholey-Thivierge of Dracut, Mass., received her master's degree in curriculum and instruction in 2005 from UMass-Lowell. She is the proud grandmother of Annalise, who was born July 30, 2005.


1983

Donna Greenleaf Loucks writes: "Hello, all! I read through the class notes, but have never actually written. It's about time. I live in Bennington, N.H., with my son, Glenn, 11. We have a nutty dog named Brady, a Jack Russell mix who keeps us very busy! I work at Monadnock Community Bank in Peterborough. It has been great over the years to read up on classmates. Take care, all."


1984

Mark Sokolowski of Kirkland, Wash., writes: "My wife, Susan, and I celebrated our son's first birthday. Lon Davis Sokolowski was born on June 30, 2005. Starting parenthood so late in life has been a challenge, but well worth the rewards. I work at Boeing, but you can breathe a sigh of relief to hear that I'm not allowed anywhere near the production lines. Please visit our blog at http://suzyandlon.blogspot.com/ I'm the old fat guy with the mustache."


1987

From Michelle Ayer: "Ladies and gentleman, the time is upon us to celebrate our 20th reunion. I can't decide which is more mind boggling - that we actually graduated or that we graduated 20 years ago! So, since we can't stop the hands of time, let's celebrate the times we've had and get together for our 20th reunion next summer at Keene State!! If I tell two friends, and you tell two friends, and they tell two friends, well, you probably remember that commercial, too, so the real message is: call your old friends (I mean "old" as in "known for a long time," of course), call your former dorm mates, call your fraternity brothers and sorority sisters, call that ex-boyfriend or girlfriend, and let's reconnect for our 20th reunion and show those youngsters from the class of 2001 that we can still party like it's 1987! (Don't worry, I'll bring plenty of extra-strength Tylenol.) I already know quite a few familiar names that plan to be there. If you want to know who they are, you'll have to e-mail me! Can't wait to see everyone."

From Gayle Patria DiMasi: "After a six-year position with Putnam Investments as a registered representative, my job was cut back last March. This allowed me to do some soul searching as to what it is I want to do "when I grow up." I have been hired by Vermont Parent Information Center (VPIC) as an outreach coordinator working with minority and low-income families in the Burlington area. VPIC is a nonprofit advocacy group helping to empower families who have children with special needs. My husband, Bob, and I have just celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary and reside in Winooski, Vt., with our sons Toliver, 16, Matthew, 14, and Tucker, 10."

From Laura LaBounty: "I earned my MBA through Plymouth State on the KSC campus. I have been working as an accountant for the last 20 years, currently as director of financial planning and analysis at The Student Conservation Association in North Charlestown, N.H. I have also been on the adjunct staff of Keene State since 1997, teaching Introduction to Computers for the computer science department and Management Information Systems and Financial Accounting for the management department. I live in East Swanzey, N.H., with my husband, Tony, and our daughter, Bianca. My home on the Web is www.specialcollies.com."


1988

Alice Fisher Fazekas is a physican's assistant for a practice that specializes in spine reconstruction. She is married to Stephen and has a daughter, Liesel, 2. Alice writes: We just moved to Georgia from Ohio for my husband's job. Having fun getting to know Atlanta and a new job. Would love to hear from EPY sisters!

Anne Robinson Dowdell of Springfield, Mass., is a billing administrator for a law firm in Longmeadow. She has been married or 15 years to Moaltain Dowdell. She writes: "We have three beautiful children, Rebekah, 12, Rachel, 9, and Malachi, 3. We are born-again Christians and love the Lord! I am looking for any old roommates and friends. I would love to hear from you."



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