Class Notes Summer 2020
Here Comes the Judge: Carolyn McCaffrey Alumni Profile
She's on the Case: Veronice Santana '13 Alumni Profile
Children Are Her Cause: Bernitta Burnett ’18 Alumni Profile
Community Driven: Lyn Simmons '03 Alumni Profile
A Message from Venessa O'Brien '38Your Gift is Important
“As your Class Agent, I have learned so much about how our gifts to Bay Path support the many exciting initiatives for current students. As Bay Path continues to strengthen its academic programs, they rely heavily on financial grant support from Foundations and corporations. One of the most significant criteria for successful grants is the alumni percent of participation. Your gift is important—not the amount! I hope that you will join me in making a gift to Bay Path, of any amount, that will benefit the students. Thank you.” Make A Gift
Class of 1949
In Memoriam Jean Genasci on December 7, 2019
Class of 1950
In Memoriam Carol Page on June 24, 2019
In Memoriam Estelle A. Fisette on September 12, 2019
Class of 1951
In Memoriam Georgiana Sutherland Bristol on May 7, 2020
Class of 1962
In Memoriam Carol Meehan on June 30, 2019
Class of 1963
In Memoriam Joan Miller Heid on August 7, 2019
Class of 1969
Catching Up Betty Lange Notzon is happily retired with her husband in San Antonio, TX, the Alamo city! Between working on her embroidered tapestries, teaching catechism to third and fourth graders at her church, and reading, reading, reading, she has also recently been invited to join a club in San Antonio called Discimus, Latin for ‘discussion.’ The group was founded in the early 1950s and does, indeed, at each meeting have one of its members give a fairly well-researched presentation on any topic of interest to the group. She sends her greetings to all those in her graduating class of 1969 and invites anyone from Bay Path who finds themselves in San Antonio to look her up. Tours are free!
Class of 1972
In Memoriam Susan Whiting on October 10, 2019
Class of 1980
Catching Up Lynn Houle says hello to the class of 1980. “How can it be 40 years since we were students walking around our beautiful campus! I’ve become a camper in retirement and will be camping my way back to the east coast, from Colorado, starting in August. Looking forward to celebrating our 60th birthdays together!”
Class of 1982
Catching Up Cheryl Stanco says “Hi ladies from Elliott House! Would love to catch up with you: Jean, Mary, Cindy, Barbara, Karen and so many more! Hope you all are well during this crazy epidemic! Let’s catch up!”
Class of 1988
Catching Up Tammi Perry Stanley recently completed her Master of Legal Studies from Northeastern University.
Class of 2001 20th Reunion
Catching Up Cheze Chizuru Inoue recently started working as a study abroad consultant at SI-UK.
Catching Up Norma Nunnally began her new position on March 2 as a personnel officer for the libraries division working at the main library, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Class of 2003
Arrivals Jennifer Pudder welcomed a baby girl, Brooklyn Avery, on February 18, 2020.
Class of 2004
Catching Up Stephanie Huckel G’09 was named a 2019 40 Under 40 for the Providence, RI, region.
Class of 2006
Catching Up Nicole Belbin graduated from Western New England University with her JD in May 2020.
Catching Up Kelly Broderick is now a clinical therapist at South Carolina’s Sexually Violent Predator Treatment Program.
Catching Up Arielle Donmore received her national board certification in teaching. She is certified as an early childhood generalist.
Catching Up Crystal Halcott Gallagher started a new job back in July 2019 working as the consultive administrative assistant for Crossroads School for Autistic Children.
Engagements Michelle Hurley and Daniel Moina were recently engaged. Michelle received her master’s degree from Johnson & Wales University in Nonprofit Business Management.
Engagements Geena Ravella and Nick Larson got engaged on August 4, 2019.
Arrivals Jennifer Corey LeFort and her husband, Walter, welcomed a 6 lb. 10 oz. baby boy, Kevin Earl LeFort, on January 31, 2020, and Jennifer’s niece was accepted to BPU!
Class of 2007
Catching Up Kiyota Garcia was named coordinator of academic advising and transfer center at Springfield Technical Community College.
Catching Up Anabela Pereira Grenier G’09 President/CEO of the Pioneer Valley Credit Union was recognized for 35 years of service.
Class of 2008
Catching Up Nina Sabettini is now director of visitor services and operations at the Discovery Museum.
Catching Up Jess Roncarati Howe, after giving birth to twins in 2019, decided to build a career that works around her family life. She started consulting for nonprofit organizations and quickly found herself with plentiful, rewarding work. She is currently employed as the first Program Coordinator for Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts; she has completed a contract with the Westfield Starfires and looks forward to working with the Ronald McDonald House and Chikmedia in the coming months.
Weddings Jennifer Miarecki and Nick Lopata were married on October 19, 2019.
Weddings Amanda Rodriguez and David Wendt were married on May 31, 2019.
Class of 2009
Arrivals Tiffany Beauchamp Moroch welcomed a boy, Austin Tyler, on May 7, 2019.
In Memoriam Susan Rondeau on February 25, 2020
Class of 2010
Catching Up Maureen O’Connell G’10 is the new marketing director at the West Hartford-based Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford.
Catching Up Sarah Winiarski G’10, a West Hartford resident, has been named director of community relations by the Jewish Association for Community Living (JCL). The JCL helps adults with developmental disabilities participate in community life independently and safely.
Weddings Christine Hollingworth and Joe Clyburn were married on November 2, 2019.
Arrivals Emily Flanagan Symski welcomed her first child, a baby girl, on March 20, 2019.
Class of 2011 10 Year Reunion
Catching Up Patrick Carpenter G’11 was named director of institutional advancement at Holyoke Community College. In his new role, Carpenter will serve as the principal gifts officer for the HCC Foundation, facilitate donor cultivation and engagement, and supervise the office of alumni relations.
Weddings Molly Dower and Mario Epstein were married on September 20, 2019.
Weddings Laurel Fortier ’11 G’14 and Joseph Baldwin were married in West Chesterfield, NH, on May 11, 2019 and moved to central Texas in July.
Arrivals Melanie Decker Blanden welcomed a girl, Chloe Elizabeth Blanden, on July 13, 2019.
Class of 2012
Catching Up Victoria Ann Rodriguez G’16, as of February 2018, is a licensed real estate agent in Massachusetts working for Homes Logic Real Estate LLC.
Catching Up Melissa Sippel G’14, director of enrollment marketing at Bay Path University, was named by BusinessWest as a 40 Under Forty Honoree, Class of 2020.
Catching Up Jill Monson-Bishop G’12 recently joined the American Cancer Society (ACS) in the role of community development manager.
Weddings Lianna Loveitt ’12 G’13 and Jameson Fecteau were married on September 1, 2019.
Arrivals Melissa Tharau Story welcomed a girl, Addison Grace Story, on March 30, 2020.
Class of 2013
Catching Up Lorena Cisneros was hired by the Enfield, CT, Board of Education as the new business manager.
Catching Up Andréa Marion was recently named executive director of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce and believes good things happen when people get together.
Arrivals Stephanie Rose Kirk Windyka welcomed a girl, Emmersyn Mae, on June 29, 2019.
Arrivals Alicia Seltzer welcomed William Seltzer to the world on July 17, 2019.
Class of 2015
Catching Up Aleksandra Chernyak accepted a position in July 2019 as the campus advisor with the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA). She will be a mentor to students who are addressing misinformation about Israel and Anti-Semitism on their college campuses.
Catching Up Milagros Johnson is a writer and independent (“Indie”) author of a children’s book, Lolita’s Rainy Day. Milagros hope to inspire and motivate children on the important topic of financial literacy.
Catching Up Kelly Partridge G’15, the founder of Contribution Clothing, was named by BusinessWest as a 40 Under Forty Honoree, Class of 2020.
Class of 2017
Engagements Ace Marinelli and Jasmine LaSala ’16, both alumni, got engaged on the Disney Cruise Line in October 2019 and have set the date for October 10, 2020, in Peabody, MA. They met at Bay Path through the Performing Arts Department and have been together over six years!
Class of 2018
Catching Up Ysabel Garcia started her job as a graduate residential assistant for inclusion and community at Mount Holyoke College in August of 2019 and secured an internship with the UMass Center for Community Health Equity Research.
Catching Up Renee Broadbent G’18 has joined Wolf & Company P.C., a regionally recognized accounting firm. She will be working with clients in the healthcare industry on improving their information security practices and compliance.
Catching Up PeoplesBank has appointed Jennifer DeBarge G’18 as assistant vice president of marketing. She has more than 22 years of financial-services and marketing experience and will provide strategic direction and execution for various marketing projects, supporting the lines of business and brand.
Class of 2019
Catching Up Aieshya Jackson has been appointed Westfield Banking Center manager. She has more than 10 years of financial services and banking experience.
Catching Up Stephanie Teixeira, after presenting to the Board of Higher Education her research was accepted. Stephanie also co-authored an article that was published in the New England Journal of Higher Education.
Catching Up Christine A. Brooks G’19 graduated in April 2019, with an MFA in creative nonfiction and has published a book of poetry (www.christinebrookswriter.com).