|KEENE STATE TODAY WINTER 2011|
From Bethany Mancuso Imbusch: "I just received my spring 2010 issue of Keene State Today. I always look eagerly to the notes of '91 to see if I can learn of any news from old friends. It's usually bare, so I thought I would share my news. It's hard to believe we graduated nearly 19 years ago already. I was a work-study student and was often found lifeguarding at the KSC pool, working in the library, or working in the student union.
From Tara Van Haelen Smith: "Mel Smith '90 and I have had quite a busy year. I went back to school for my MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) degree, which is an accelerated degree program. I just finished and will be teaching High School Spanish in Canton, Connecticut. Mel and I have been married for 19 years, and we have two children - Alyssa, age 13, and Ethan, age 9. Mel is still working at the Connecticut State Library (16 years) and was recently featured on the TV series Who Do You Think You Are? He helped Matthew Broderick find his relatives. You can imagine the excitement."
IN MEMORIAM: Mary Kelly Sohm '91
Karen Biglin Piersa recently published a children's book called, The Wishing Shell. Karen currently lives in a coastal town with her family and continues her work in counseling, education/special education, and teaching.
News from class secretary Erin Delude George: "Have just come off another year of successful writing with the publishing of two poetry chapbooks, Dandelion Dance and Insideout. I also finally got to the writing website, www.erinlgeorge.com. I'm looking forward to a productive and passionate 2011!"
IN MEMORIAM: Carol A. Camden '95
IN MEMORIAM: A. Roy Vezina '96
IN MEMORIAM: Michael B. DeMaio '97
Class secretary Lisa Harvey writes: "I taught abroad in Spain for a couple of years and have been back for a while. I got married last October. I teach third grade in Manchester."
Heather Gansel sends news: "There's a lot going on here in southwestern Connecticut. For the past four years, I've owned a personal training and sports chiropractic business called CORE - the Center for Fitness and Chiropractic Care. The business combines my passion for fitness and my experience with sports and athletics. My practice thrives in our studio in Stamford. As a chiropractic doctor, I oversee our specialty clinics as well as individual fitness programs. I also personally train all of the fund-raising tri-athletes for the Kids in Crisis: KIC IT Triathlon, a local organization. I also serve on its board. At the end of April, CORE exhibited at the Fairfield County Women's Expo. It was a great local event and an opportunity to showcase our fitness philosophy, skilled trainers, and diverse programs."
Roxana "Roxy" Fera, a student from Romania and KSC soccer player, writes: "I'm hoping to reconnect with classmates due to my long-term absence from the United States and my inability to attend the recent 10-year reunion. I'm in China teaching at a university in Hangzhou, near Shanghai. If you would like to reconnect, please e-mail me at email@example.com or use my Skype ID: roxana.fera (UK location). I look forward to getting back in touch. The world has become a small place - a global village indeed."