AIC Class Notes

AIC trustee Gary S. Gillheeney ’78 rings the closing bell at the Nasdaq headquarters in Times Square on September 6, 2019, to celebrate the successful business combination of Organogenesis Inc. and Avista Healthcare Public Acquisition Corp. Gillheeney has been president and CEO of Organogenesis since 2014.


Robert Lavigne ’52 received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who for his contributions to the field of entomology.
Robert. R. Gosende ‘58, ’61, drawing on this thirty-six years’ experience as a US diplomat, gave the commencement address this year at Keuka College.


Donald R. Nash ’61 received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who for his contributions to the field of immunology.
Thomas Montemagni ’68 finished first in his age group at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Sprint Championships in Cleveland, OH.
Jim Calhoun ’68, Hon ’00 was named the ESPY Coach of the Year this July. The decorated former UConn men’s basketball coach credited the people around him, including his high school principal, coach, and other mentors for pushing him to enroll in college, which eventually led him to AIC.
Robert Howarth ’69 stepped down this May as the town moderator for Hampden. Howarth will remain the chairman of the Hampden Town Planning Board.


Tim Chipman ’72, a former AIC hockey player, came out of retirement to drive the Zamboni and maintain ice temperature at his local Cape Cod rink.
Andrew Cade ‘76 received the 2019 Ubora Award presented by the African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Science Museum. Cade, vice president of the Urban League of Springfield, got his start as a disc jockey at WAIC before becoming a radio personality for WTCC, 90.7FM, where he has hosted the show Inspirationally Gentle for decades.
Elizabeth S. Gruber ’76, a filmmaker known in Hollywood as Lizzie Maxwell, released a six-minute silent film called The Perils of Perfume, which delivers a message about not wearing perfume or cologne in closed places.


Judith Cosby ’84 published her first book, Threads: A Journey into the Picture of the Soul, a memoir of her journey toward self-discovery and strength in the face of illness and death.
John Kelley ‘87 joined UniBank as vice president and senior commercial banking officer. In this role, he is responsible for business development and relationship management, with a focus on commercial real estate finance.

AIC Board of Trustees Adds Two Alumni

EDWARD DANEKEDWARD DANEK ’83, president and CEO of Hartford Federal Credit Union, has over fifty years’ combined outside boardroom experience, and is currently on the board of directors of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center Foundation. In 2001, Danek was named to Hartford Business Journal’s forty under forty most influential business executives.



NANCY TANTONENANCY TANTONE ’87, MBA currently serves as director of finance and accounting at the Life Center of Long Island. The parent of a child with Down Syndrome, she helped start the Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation, which advocates for full inclusion, regardless of ability, in education, recreation, housing, and employment.


David K. Gardiner ’95 was appointed president of Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, PA. In this role, he will work in collaboration with the principal in providing overall direction for the school.
Sal Canata ’98 was appointed principal at the Holyoke STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Academy beginning July 1, 2019. An educator for nearly thirty years, he was most recently the principal of Leeds Elementary.


Amy Roberts ’03 was promoted to senior vice president and chief human resource officer at PeoplesBank, overseeing all human resources and employee engagement activities for 325 employees.
Tiffany (Wooten) Rodrigues ’06, a former forward on AIC’s women’s basketball team, was named head girls’ varsity basketball coach at Nauset Regional High School. This will be her first time head coaching at the varsity level.

Alison Fitzsimmons ’14 says yes to now-fiancé Zach Phillipson after her induction into AIC’s Athletic Hall of Fame
Alison Fitzsimmons ’14 says yes to now-fiancé Zach Phillipson after her induction into AIC’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Sophia Oliveira2010s

Jake Anderson ’11, a former goaltender on AIC’s ice hockey team, joined the coaching staff of Providence College’s women’s hockey team. Anderson previously coached at Merrimack, RPI, and Holy Cross.
Genevieve Rose ’12 performed at the Vermont Jazz Center with NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan. Rose is a first-call bassist from the Pioneer Valley who performs frequently throughout New England.
David Babine ‘13 is the newest mortgage loan originator at Monson Savings Bank. Babine has close to twenty years’ experience in banking— many of those in residential lending.
Andrew Balog ’13, ‘15 was named the assistant principal at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Enfield, CT. Balog, a former dean and special education teacher at the High School of Commerce, has held a variety of roles within the Springfield school system.
Jason Perrier ’14, a former member of AIC’s men’s basketball team, enters his first season as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Albertus Magnus College. Perrier has ten years’ prior coaching experience.
Jennifer Hunt ’14 became principal of Andover’s West Elementary School in August. Hunt was previously principal of Clarke Elementary School in Swampscott for five years.
Riley Brennan ’16, MEd ’17 was named AIC’s head coach of women’s lacrosse. The former Yellow Jacket standout was the team’s assistant coach from 2017 to 2019.

Katie Oliver ’17 received the 2019 DAISY Award from Shriners Hospitals for Children in recognition of her compassionate nursing care. Oliver works in the inpatient unit at Shriners in Springfield.
Loubaina Buxamusa ’18, an occupational therapist with the Shrewsbury Public School district, was appointed to the board of advisors of Vision-Aid, a non-profit that provides a range of services for the visually impaired in underserved areas.

Sophia Oliveira ’19 are participating in the Walt Disney World executive internship program in Orlando, FL. If you are planning a visit to The Happiest Place on Earth, remember: You just never know whom you will run into from AIC. It is a small world, after all.

Ryan Polin ’19, a former member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team and AIC’s salutatorian for the class of 2019, signed with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the East Coast Hockey League.
Shawn McBride ’19, former captain of AIC’s first-ever Atlantic Hockey conference championshipwinning team, signed with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.
Danielle Quinlan ’19 was approved as a K-5 literacy interventionist at Stevens Brook Elementary School in Bridgton, ME. Quinlan was previously a first grade teacher in the Lawrence Public Schools system.

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Barbara Breck ’40
Nancy MacLeod ’47
William Bergeron ’49
William Jubinville ’49
Robert Wright ’49, ’51
Robert Anderson ’50
Donald Stover ’50
Darrell Amorin ’51
John Gaughan ’52
George Nieske ’52
Paul Hillery ’53
Nelson Ockerbloom ’53
Charles Wood ’53
Stanley Padykula ’55
Barbara Resnick ’58
Brooke Evans ’58
Henry Benjamin ’59, ’62
Edward Rybak ’59, ’62
Roger Dudeck ’60
James King ’60, Hon ’83
William Kolodziey ’64
Elizabeth Kennedy ’69
Anne Marie Russo ’69
James Motyl ’70
Myra Block ’71
Kathleen Hitas ’72
Laurence Silber ’75
Curtis Blake, Hon ’76
John Kirchhof ’77
Elizabeth Clancy ’78
Barbara Cousineau ’78
David Shannon ’78
Thomas Condon ’79
John Mahoney ’81
Gail Dion ’87
Aaron McNab ’11, ’13
Ashley Patenaude ’11