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SPR-SUM 2016

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58 PIERCE / SPRING 2016 CLASS NOTES your referrals, or contact me with your real estate needs. As always, I am happy to help in any way possible." Rev. Fr. Michael S.P. Trainor '91 writes, "There have been a number of changes in my life. In 2007, I was ordained a Roman Catholic priest and earned a master's degree in Divinity (this is actual news I reported in the past). However, in 2015 I earned a second master's degree, this one in Theology. I also have been made pastor of my own parish as of February 1." Brian Belanger '92 writes, "It's been a busy year. My brother and I formed our own publishing company, Belanger Books LLC, and we've just released the third novel in our MacDougall Twins with Sherlock Holmes series, "Curse of the Deadly Dinosaur"! Some of our earlier books (through MX Publishing) hit #1 on Amazon.com UK! It was great to meet my readers at book signings in Denver, Colo., and Manchester, N.H. I love being able to edit manuscripts and illustrate novels for a living. Thanks for all of those English classes, Franklin Pierce!" Gregg Doody '92 writes, "Hello Raven Nation! I have recently re-joined the Board of Trustees here at the University. Heading into my 8th year at John Hancock, working out of the South Boston ofce. As I write this note, we have received minimal snow as compared to the 8.5 feet last year. I encourage everyone to take a look at the University website as there are some great things going on and never hesitate to stop by our campus for a visit. GO RAVENS!!" Kim (Brouillette) Kendle '92 began working for Williams College for the Williams-Mystic Maritime studies program in Mystic, Conn. as the Administration and Finance Coordinator in January 2015. She loves being back at work in higher education and is enjoying her life with her husband, Dave, and daughter, Ashley. Rachel Levy '92 is living in Saint Paul, Minn. She has two kids with her husband, Christopher: Grifn (11) and Tabitha (8). She does mixed media art and has a job working with young men who have traumatic brain injuries. John F. Scott '92 writes, "In November of 2014, I was elected a Connecticut State Representative and was sworn in as a member of the Connecticut General Assembly in January of 2015. I am serving a two-year term and represent the 40th General Assembly District, which covers the towns of Groton and Ledyard. I am doing this in addition to running my insurance agency and fnd the experience to be very rewarding. Last but not least, I married my partner of 20 years, Rafael, in a private Christmas Day ceremony." John Jay Albertson '93 received a certifcate from Franklin Pierce in 1993. He is living in Pennsylvania as a retired professor of Mathematics and Statistics from Savannah State University. Julie (Cohen) and Stephen Casavant '93 write, "Hello Pierce friends. This is Julie (Cohen) Casavant. Our son Darren is 16 years old and in the 11th grade and on his high school basketball team. I'm really busy with his schedule. Both Stephen Casavant and I are kept on our toes with all our son's activities. Darren is also a gold, silver, and bronze medalist in the Special Olym- pics in swimming and an orange belt in karate. We all live in New Jersey and hope all our friends and the class of '92 are well. PEACE!!" Ronald Halasz '93 reports, "I've been a systems engineer with the Adjmi Apparel Group in NYC for the last 12 years. I'm living in Milford, Pa." Scot Weisman '93 reports, "In December 2015, I began a new position working in The Mortgage Center at Enterprise Bank in Lowell. This is a big change for me. For some years now, I have been working in higher education in enrollment. My wife, Tara Kirby '98, and I just got back from a trip to Hawaii. While on the Big Island, we were walking along the beach, and I was wearing my FPU t-shirt. Someone called out to me. We didn't know him, but he was an FPU grad. His name was Mike, and we talked for hours about all the great times we had at Pierce. He was working and living in Hawaii." Joanne (Gulliford) Hoban '94 was recently honored as one of the Top Women of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Joanne is a partner at Morrison Mahoney, LLP, where she specializes in the defense of medical professionals and institutions. Valerie Lynn (Kennedy) Hesketh '91, '05 is currently attending USM for the M.S. Counselor in Education program. It is a Clinical Mental Health track with a focus on Family Systems. She is expected to complete the program in January 2017. Valerie writes, "We started 2016 of right with our frst family vacation in 10 years! Now that our three boys are grown (ages 28, 25, and 22), they come with signifcant others so we were eight total. We journeyed up to Newcastle, Maine, to Oxbow Brewery where we stayed in their beautiful rustic farmhouse that comfortably sleeps nine. It was also a combination birthday celebration for me and our youngest's girlfriend, so that made it even better. We had so much fun that we're thinking of making this family getaway an annual tradition. Happy New Year to all and may 2016 bring you health, love, and joy."

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