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FAL-WIN 2016

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58 PIERCE / FALL 2016 CLASS NOTES University (2016) - degrees in two centuries and two millenia! 1992 Joel Gallihue '92 is joining Montgomery County Public School System of Rockville, Marlyand, as director of long range planning. 1994 Barry Roos '94 is the president of RooSites Web Development, LLC. The company, located just south of Boston, has just added two new offices in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Tampa, Florida. RooSites designs, develops, and manages websites for companies throughout the U.S.. 1995 Steve Jackson '95 was hired by Franklin Pierce University as its new emerging media faculty member. 1996 Damon Peter Rallis '96 recently completed his 15th year as a municipal employee for the Town of Southold, New York and celebrated his second year of sobriety. In November 2015, he ran for Southold Town supervisor and secured 37 percent of the popular vote. He was appointed co-president of the Southold Town Democratic Club in January 2016 and plans to run for office again in the near future. He and his wife Joanna bought their first home in June 2016, in Southold, where they live with their children, Luca Owen Rallis (12) and Destin Elijah Rallis (8). 1997 Kristen Jaccodine '97 reports, "Hello, Pierce friends! I was recently reminded that the Class of 1997 20th reunion is just around the mountain. Can you believe that June 2016 marked my 12th year as a school counselor at High Point Regional High School in New Jersey? The work continues to be challenging and frustrating, but also rewarding in many ways. I continue to write regularly and hope to have my second children's book self published this fall. I spend my summers in Maine with my sister and her family." Tara Wilkinson '97 continues to enjoy living in Alabama. She will celebrate eight years of calling it home in January. Her twelve years with Capstone On-Campus Management has afforded her the opportunity to visit 39 states and make friends nationwide. As vice president of administration, she now travels less for work and more for pleasure. Some of the trips she has enjoyed include cheering on friends (like Stacey Jackson Miller '98) in marathons and Ironmans. Tara is excited for her 20th class reunion in June 2017 and encourages her classmates to plan ahead for an adult only weekend or bring along the family. 1998 Jonathan Pessant '98 is attending the University of Southern Maine. He is majoring in English and creative writing in collaboration with his new career as an author. 1999 Wendy Bergeron '99 will be presenting a workshop in April at the National Council of History Education annual conference called "From Colonist to Citizen: Crossing the Rubicon in 1775." She will also be the teacher liaison for Fort Ticonderoga's annual Colonial Conference for Educators and the War College of the Seven Year's War in May. This summer she will attend the NEH Landmarks Institute on the Rochester Reform Trail as well as other teacher institutes. Kelly E. Buchta '99 lives in Mahwah, New Jersey, and teaches English at a local high school, as well as being an adjunct staff member at Ramapo College. She is the president of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, Donna (Smith) Hill '92 writes, "I have worked in the business environment since graduating from Franklin Pierce with a bachelor's degree in business management. In 2015, I graduated from Antioch University of New England with a master's degree in natural resource management and conservation. I own and am currently managing 106 acres, which includes a field conversion, woodlots, gardens, and conservation, with plans for a food system built within a permaculture using my farm animals. I have two daughters. In May 2016, my older daughter graduated from Franklin Pierce University in Health Sciences. She is attending Auburn University in the fall of 2016, where she will build upon her health science studies as she pursues a doctor of veterinary medicine degree. My younger daughter graduated high school in June 2016 and is currently working and studying in rescue and rehabilitation of animals." Tracy Morin '97 writes, "After graduation I jumped right into work in the field and haven't stopped since. I am currently enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University for a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. I have also been working for Day One as its program coordinator for the last two years. I supervise other clinical staff, facilitate treatment groups, manage a small case load amongst other supervisory things in one of their residential settings. I have discovered a passion for self-care and have utilized yoga, hiking, jogging, snowshoeing, and kayaking as some of my outlets. I am going to be hiking Mt. Washington in a few weeks! Here is a recent picture of me at the top of Tumbledown Mountain."

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