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Alan D. Walker writes, "The ‘old' Kappa boys got together for a third year on Cape Cod last spring. We e-mail regularly among about 20 of us. Life is good!"


Joseph DeSilva was married to Therese "Tish" Smith on Aug. 31, 2002, in Woburn, Mass., with a reception at the Searles Castle in Windham, N.H. Paul MacDonald was best man. Joe and Tish reside in Plymouth, Mass., where Joe is executive director of PMG Physician Associates PC. Paul is an owner of Benefits Partners, an employee benefits and financial services firm in Irvine, Calif. He also continues to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserve, presently holding the rank of commander. He lives in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., with his wife, Connie, and their daughters, Ashley, 7, and Brittany, 4.


From Tori Berube: Greetings Class of 1986! Yes, it's been a while, but I'm back–get those pens or mouseclicks rolling and send us your news! Here's what fellow classmates have written lately:

Michael LaBianca sends news he's not in the witness protection program, but he is living in Arizona with his wife Margaret and daughters Claudia and Frances. He's recently begun work as an environmental planner at HDR Engineering and writes this cold January night he's waiting the late winter arrival of el nino. Send your greetings to Michael at

Word arrives from Curt Herr and Rich Stockwell '85 who celebrated their 18th anniversary in September. Curt teaches literature at Kutztown University and is working on his Ph.D. at Fordham University. Rich is a color copier technician with Ikon Office Solutions. Together, they run the Langhorne Players, a theater company in Bucks County, Pa. They are looking for Karen Koehane. E-mail them at

And news arrives from David Thompson, who's been working in Cleveland as a management consultant for LakeWest Group for the past four years. At LakeWest he has been active on projects with such major retailers as J Crew, Circuit City, eToys, The Wiz, and Toys ‘R' Us. He visited the KSC campus over a year ago and simply could not believe it was the same campus (like most of us!). David reports he saw fellow Randall Hall friends Bill Reilly and Karen Nerger Reilly in Marshfield, Mass. All three are wondering whatever happened to Todd "Tallman" Prevatt and George Ruyack. And David would welcome hearing from any of the Boston-area alumni he used to see in Boston prior to moving out to Ohio. Catch up with Dave at

It was great to get e-mail from Ellen McCarthy Hull! She writes, "After graduating those many years ago now (yikes!), I lived in Boston/Brighton, Capitol Hill, and Arlington, Va., and worked in various positions in the mutual fund industry and in law firm accounting. Then I married Jonathan Hull '89 in 1991 and we lived in Europe for about four years (France and Spain). Jonathan worked in cellular phone consulting and I got a master's degree in business at Boston University's Paris satellite office. After all the travel, we moved back to New England in 1996 and bought a house in Boston's North Shore. We've been here for five whole years, in the small town of Essex (great antique shops and seafood restaurants). We have two children, Oliver 6, and Elizabeth 3. I spend my days looking after their safety and welfare – I'm a stay-at-home mom and love it, most days. Jonathan works as an engineer for Sprint PCS in Woburn. I've lost touch with far too many KSC friends, like Nathan Derby, Shannon Gifford and Kathy Moran, Becky Nystrom '87/'88, and many more." Ellen's e-mail is

Massachusetts's Kellyann Sullivan invites chatter from friends she's lost touch with over the years. E-mail her please at After an "enjoyable" stint of unemployment, Kellyann is fortunately now back at work as a regional loss control manager for AIM Mutual Insurance Company. Kelly also commented how much the Keene State campus has changed!

The Chaia family now resides in Farmington, Conn., where Jon, wife Chris, and their three sons (Tyler 7, Michael 4, and Ryan 1) reside in a home they recently built. Chris claims Jon now has his "foursome" for golf! Contact the Chaias at

And lastly, news from New Hampshire's North Country and Monique Lavertu Cusson! Currently teaching instrumental music (grades 4-12) in Gorham, Monique also runs an instrumental program at St. Michael's Catholic School in Berlin and teaches private lessons in her home. She volunteers as an instrumentalist at church and for school events and has even found the time to play trombone, flute, and piano in the community jazz band for the past 15 years! Married with three children (Monica, 14, Ryan, 11, and Brandon, 10), Monique was recently nominated for Who's Who in American Women as well as Who's Who in American Teachers. In addition, she received an Unsung Hero award from St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vt., for her part in motivating students to pursue higher education. Send your greetings to Monique at

Speaking of higher education (thanks, Monique) and unemployment (thanks, Kellyann), I've had a career change as well. I'm currently with the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (The NHHEAF Network) in Concord, where we do our part to help New Hampshire college students fund their college education. I'm having a blast – and the best part is Keene State College is now one of my favorite customers!

I'm also working with the Alumni Office as they attempt to build a KSC alumni chapter in the Manchester/Concord area. If you have interest in participating in a local chapter of the Alumni Association, wherever your path has taken you since leaving Keene in 1986, please contact Mike Maher, director of Alumni and Parent Relations, at It's a great way to network with alumni in your area and keep the spirit of Keene State alive!

My New Year's resolution for 2003 is to be a much better class secretary. Help me (please!) by sending your news to or snail mail it to me at the address above. Take care everyone, and stay well!

Congratulations to Joyce Manegio Sternberg ( and husband Mark on the birth of daughter Abigail Eileen on Jan. 9, 2003. Abigail joins Timothy, 6, and Hannah, 3 and 1/2. Joyce reports they are all doing well.

Elyse White Sullivan ( writes, "Lots of news this year! This summer, we had a visit from Kim Stratton Wire and Greg Wire and Mary Jo Ganley to our vacation home in Stoddard, N.H., and we managed to get 18 holes in at Bretton Woods golf course. I had a baby show in late October and a bunch of KSC/Kappa Gamma alumni were in attendance: Mary "Jigga" Cornell, Kathy "Kemo" Flynn, Stacy Cotter Freer, Karen Cherella, Nora Johnson Jones, Lynn Lewis Jones, and Linda Pritchard. We had a blast! My husband John and I gave birth to a baby girl, Molly Eileen Sullivan, on Dec. 9, 2002. I'm now a stay-at-home mom and am enjoying every minute of it! I have found a nice part-time job that allows me to work from home. I'm now working for an alumnus, Rob Tefft, at Regional Reporting, Inc. We look forward to Homecoming weekend 2003."


From Jeff LaValley: Dear Classmates, as I write to you 2002 is drawing to a close and I'm looking forward to one of the most joyous seasons of the year, albeit without snow and cold weather! Southern California continues to offer much peace and happiness both at work and home.

By the time you receive this issue of Keene State Today, I will have completed my third year as assistant director of annual giving at Pomona College, a position I continue to enjoy. Beyond work, I have been directing greater energy to helping get the southern California alumni chapter off the ground, with anticipated events planned for late January and early March. Look for details on the KSC Alumni Office website,

By now, you should have received at least one mailing about our upcoming 15th Reunion. Hard to believe, I know! Don't forget, make plans to join friends and classmates May 30-June 1 in Keene for reminiscing, relaxing, and rekindling friendships new and old.

I hope you also will give consideration to joining me in making a class gift. Please do remember, your participation matters most. A gift of any amount is greatly appreciated. You also may make your gift in memory of our classmate Eric White. Feel free to contact me at the address above for additional information.

There is not a lot of news to share this time around. However, just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, I did hear from Babben West Kulbacki, '87 AS, '88 BA, and husband Peter, UNH '83, who welcomed their third son, Tryder Halvorson Kulbacki, on Nov. 23, 2002. Tryder tipped the scales at 9 lbs, 7 oz, and measured 20 inches long. Everyone is doing well, including big brothers Spencer, 6, and Braeden, 4, who are actually glad baby Tryder is finally here. Tryder is a family name on Peter's paternal side and Halvorson is a family name on Babben's maternal side. The Kulbackis would love to hear from old friends with whom they have lost touch. Reach them at or 128 Jones Hill Road, Enfield, NH 03748.

Hopefully, the usual stash of holiday cards will yield more news, although you'll have to wait another three months to catch up on all the news that's fit to print...or, simply make plans to attend Reunion! See you in Keene!

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