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David Hawley is an assistant principal on the Navajo Reservation. He has a wife and two kids and visits his homes in Flagstaff, Ariz., and Durango, Colo. David stays active with coaching high school soccer, running the American Youth Soccer Organization, and officiating many high school sports. He is also an adjunct professor for Northern Arizona University. He can be reached at

Priscilla (Lilly) Allen writes: "I want to share the good news that I was awarded tenure in the School of Social Work this past August at Louisiana State University. I continue to study long-term care and healthy aging, and train social workers in advocacy with vulnerable persons. Look me up if you find yourself heading to the great city of New Orleans or to Baton Rouge where I live with my two poodles, Baja and Victoria. I have fond memories of Keene State, which provided such an enriching educational experience, particularly in the Sociology and Music Departments. Best wishes in 2008!"


Troy Patoine has just published a fictional novel, Red Moon. When he's not at work or writing, he devotes his time to his two children, Brittany and Tristram; his fiancée, Teressa; and their Australian shepherd, Trixie.


Josephine Russell enjoyed seven weeks in China. The first three weeks were spent with her husband to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. Then she spent a month on Mount Emei (or Emeishan), a sacred Buddhist mountain, to teach a yoga teacher training course to people who came from nine countries to study and practice yoga.


Shane Nickerson is working as a co-executive producer for a show on MTV called Rob & Big. His wife, Elisa '93, is still teaching high school in Manhattan Beach. The couple is expecting their second child in November.


Patrick J. Egan Jr. moved to Dobbins Air Force Base in Georgia. Major Egan is an examiner pilot. He has more than 5,000 flying hours and 200 combat hours. He also received the Meritorious Service Medal in July 2007. He is the father of Brennan Patrick Egan, born December 26, 2005. He is married to Stephanie (Bessette) Egan, who is a graduate of Trinity College in Vermont. He says hello.

Kristen (Narva) Halasz writes: "Hello, old friends! Things here are going well. I am still teaching kindergarten, and this year our daughter, Kayleigh, started kindergarten as well. What a change it has brought! We are still living in Holden, Mass. My husband, Adam, works in management for a wireless company in Framingham. Hope all is well for the class of '96. I would love to hear from you (!"

Rachael Rouillard is stepping down as executive director of the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Program to attend the Kennedy School of Business at Harvard.


Josh Hils writes: "I'm teaching at Coe-Brown and coaching soccer. I'm living in Concord and looking to get a position in administration (AD or assistant principal). I completed my master's degree in May. I just started the IAABO Apprentice program, and I am looking forward to officiating. Other than that, I'm living the dream."

From Kelly Elkins: "This fall I started a new job at Metropolitan State College of Denver in Denver, Colo., as an assistant professor of chemistry in my first tenure-track position. My husband, Timothy Phillips, and I have two daughters: Madeleine (3 years) and Katherine (born September 5, 2007). Tim serves in the U.S. Army and is currently deployed to Iraq. We've moved around a lot in the last few years, but I like hearing from my KSC friends."


Dara Matteucci-Curtis and her husband, Bill, welcomed their first child, Isabella Eden, on October 6, 2007.

Nichole Curtis writes: "I work for Video Monitoring Systems as an insight editor. This is one of the most interesting jobs that I've had as I get to learn a lot from current events, everything from government to celebrities to family information. Although my degree is in mathematics, the class that gave me the most use in this job was my Cultural Anthropology class. My business goal is to move south (North Carolina or perhaps Virginia) and open my own pet store. I am currently single and live with my 16-year-old son, along with my dog, Lucy (a doodle, dachshund-poodle), and my cat, Hobo. We are living in Ashland, Maine, the town I grew up in. I moved back to Maine almost three years ago and miss New Hampshire a great deal. I'd love to hear from any of my former classmates."

Kelly (Duncan) Rosenthal and her husband, Matthew '96, welcomed the birth of their third child in July 2007. Their new son, Peyton, joined his proud siblings, brother Gavin (6) and sister Cameron (3).


Anthony and Nicole Vogl '01 gave birth to their first child, Logan Anthony, on July 28, 2007, at St. Raphael's Hospital in New Haven, Conn. Anthony works as a senior district executive and marketing director for the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, and Nicole is a special-ed paraprofessional. They live in Milford, Conn.

Timothy Ryan Phelps and Abigail Rabinko (Wesleyan University) got engaged on April 14, 2007. The wedding will be held in Torrington, Conn., on June 6, 2009. There will be many Keene State alumni invited to the wedding, including Kevin Newhall, Justin Otto '98, Timothy Greges, Michael King '98, Marc Belli, and several others. Tim is in his ninth year as the art director for the National Guitar Workshop and Workshop Arts Publications. Abigail has just recently accepted a position as a home visitor for Early Head Start.

Jennifer (Kamal) Balukonis writes: "Dylan Michael joined his brother, Jacob Vincent, in our ever-growing family. My husband, Scott, and I keep very busy with two energetic boys under age 3. Scott is a police officer in Londonderry, N.H., and I am a supervisor at Fidelity Investments in Merrimack, N.H."

Marina Capen, now a teacher at Souhegan High School, is the recipient of the Milken Educator Award, a prestigious honor presented to deserving teachers across the country every year by the Milken Family Foundation. Though she's been a teacher for less than a decade, Capen has made a big impact on her students and her colleagues since joining the Souhegan community as an intern in 1999.

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