|KEENE STATE TODAY FALL 2009|
Gloria Brancaleoni writes: "My sculpture Nine West is being exhibited at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia for their 160th-year celebration called Footsteps."
Paula Demers is a homemaker and children's theatre director. Her husband, Chris '89, is an assistant principal in Concord, N.H. They have a 10-year-old daughter, Katharine.
Jim Rollins writes: "My wife, Tessa, is currently finishing up on her master's degree in education at Keene State. I guess we are beginning a legacy. We have a few years before our kids are old enough to think about college. Seth is 5 and Lauren is 6."
Pete Marcotte writes: "If any KSC alumni are ever in the Houlton, Maine, area, please look me up. Dinner is on me!"
From Chris Mead: "I moved back home to Chicago a few years ago after spending 10 years in advertising in Los Angeles. My wife, Marsha, and I live in Glen Ellyn just outside the city with our two children, Morgan (6) and Anderson (4). I was named managing director of the Marketing Division for CME Group (parent company of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, NYMEX, and the CBOT) in February. The last two years of my life were spent reliving my college years as I completed my MBA at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. I keep up with most of the members of TKE via our alumni website (www.ksctke.com) and usually get back to the East Coast once a month. I get frequent visits from alumni during the baseball season, who come to see their team beat up on my poor Cubs at Wrigley Field. Oddly, given the beautiful weather, nobody comes to see me in November through March."
Frances Boucher retired from teaching at Bellows Falls Union High School after 11 years.
Julie Richardson LoConte would love to hear from Steve Haley and Sue Brisson at email@example.com.
Shelli Bienvenue Cook writes: "Hi, everyone. Just wanted to wish you a wonderful summer. I have spent the school year at Central High School in Manchester, N.H., as a guidance counselor. It's been a great year, and as a result I got to reconnect with some old friends, like Tags - Lisa Tagalakis-Fedor, who along with her husband, Greg, welcomed two beautiful twin boys on August 30, 2008. They were 11 weeks early. Born at 29 weeks, little miracles Benjamin George and Paul Johnathan (P.J.) finally came home from the hospital mid-November. They are amazing and growing stronger every day. They were both under 3 pounds at birth and are now almost 19 lbs. each. Lisa is teaching high school art at Manchester Central High School. This was her 14th year of teaching. Our website is www.easysite.com/fedorBOYS and my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. Tags would love to hear from some of her old girls - LA, Pen, Buffy, Kell. Hope you are all healthy and happy!"
Cynthia Fries writes: "Sending a hello to Jen, Bingo, Wally, 'the Babe,' Tweek, Dave, Pete, and all the others. Let's get together soon!
Jennifer Cote Speidel writes: "I have two daughters: Rose, who is 7 and Lucie, who is 4. My husband, Dave, is a UNH graduate. I received my M.Ed. in literacy this past spring from New England College."
From Heidi Blish Welch: "Hi, all! I am still teaching in Hillsboro and enter my 14th year of teaching this coming fall. Our family is keeping rather busy as we prepare to welcome our newest Welch this winter. Thanks to Facebook, I have been able to reconnect with many old friends, and it is great to see so many KSC'ers doing so well!"
Jennifer Phillips-Merrill writes: "2008 was quite a year for me! I got married on February 16 to Alan Merrill Jr. I became a stepmother when I married Alan. He has a wonderful 8-year-old son named Isaiah. Three days after returning from our honeymoon to Cancun we bought a house in Stoddard, N.H., and absolutely love it. Then in May I received a promotion at my place of employment, Staff Development for Educators, Inc. I am now an e-mail specialist and responsible for the design and deployment of all our e-mails. I am still playing volleyball and coaching girls' volleyball at ConVal High School in Peterborough, N.H. They started a brand-new volleyball program this past fall. So, as you can see, I am keeping very busy!"
Erin Oatley Bowers writes: "I am now the proud parent of a KSC freshman - Kevin Oatley. Kevin also is serving in the Marine reserves and has volunteered for a second tour of Iraq. Semper Fi!"
From Amy Brassard Oelkers: "Robin '98 and I welcomed number three into the Oelkers household. Mason Richard Oelkers was born on Nov. 7, 2008. He was welcomed into this world by his big sister and brother, Molly and Ryan (4-year-old twins) and 'Uncle Fish,' Matt Donovan '98."
Amy Blaszka and her husband, Donald, welcomed a son, Thomas John, on April 14, 2008. He joins Anna, 6, and Andrew, 4.
Christine Ochsner writes: "I have a 13-month-old son, Noah. I've been married for seven years and work for Regal Cinemas in Clifton Park, N.Y."
Jessica Carpentiere Vespia writes: "We welcomed our second child, Adam Scott, in June 2008."
Jason Alexander writes: "This past year marked our fifth wedding anniversary (to Susanne Alexander '00), our son Sam's second birthday, and the first full year in business for my newly established company Alexander Technology Group (www.alexandertg.com). We live happily in New Boston, N.H., and have our business office in Bedford."