AIC Class Notes

1950s
Thomas Paige ’58 sends his best to the worldwide AIC community from his home in Scottsdale, AZ. Paige recalls his AIC experience as one of the brightest memories in his life, and has maintained friendships with fellow alumni to this day. Working part-time at a mortuary with Gary Underhill ’56, and volunteering for over 23 years at a local hospital with Al Romano, Paige reminds all of us about the special bonds and sense of community afforded to AIC graduates. He is quick to remind us that connections in the AIC family bridge distance and span generations, no matter the circumstances!

1960s
Stephen Jendrysik ’62, MEd ‘66, was honored by the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning with its community service award at the fourteenth annual Krakus Festival on November 17, 2019.

Brian L. Wallin, MBA ’68, recently delivered a presentation titled “Ocean State Women and the War,” illustrating the dramatic changes that the role of women in society underwent prior to and during World War II, for the East Greenwich Historical Preservation Society.

Stephen Jendrysik ’62, MEd ‘66,

1970s
Robert Penfield ’72 will publish two books—The Monsters That Never Die and The Last Echoes from Down ’n the Hole—through Austin Macauley Publishers in 2020.
Gina M. Semprebon, MEd ’78, PhD, is professor and founding director of the Center of Excellence for Women in STEM at Bay Path University.

1980s
Colleen (Laptew) Berndt ‘89, a certified public accountant, recently joined Nicholas LaPier, CPA, PC, as a tax manager.

1990s
John Stankiewicz, MS ’96, retired as chief of the Longmeadow Police Department after thirty-seven years on February 29, 2020. He is now director of public safety at Bay Path University.
Joseph Harrington ‘97 was recently hired as Rocky’s Ace Hardware’s business-to-business sales manager.

2000s
Brian Dillon, MSAT ’00, and Catherine Bodley ’99, CPAs at Dillon Bodley & Associates, PC, have moved their West Springfield location to 71 Park Ave., Suite C, to accommodate a staff increase.
George Durso ’03 was recently inducted into the East Haven (CT) Alumni Hall of Fame. Durso, a four-year defenseman at East Haven High School, led his team to a Division II state title in 1998. His hockey career continued through his time at AIC.

Lauren Clancy ‘03 was inducted into the Bellingham Sports Hall of Fame. The Bellingham High School basketball standout was a four-year starter at AIC.

Sean Hallihan ’06, MPT ’08, joined the team at Ideal Physical Therapy & Fitness in Naples, Florida.

Shavena Martin ‘08 is the new town clerk for Amherst, MA.

Shavena Martin ‘08 Mike Massery ’09 celebrated the eighth anniversary of The Infield, his multi-sport indoor training facility in Pittsfield, MA.

Geoffrey Zini, MEd ’09, became principal at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton, MA, after five years as its academic director.

Karen Hines, MBA ’09, became an associate professor of business at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA.

Sara (Puglisi) Hisert ’09 was inducted into the Greater Amsterdam (NY) School District Hall of Fame. Hisert was a three-year captain of the AIC softball team.

2010s
Teddy Tarallo, MEd ’11, was reelected to the Waltham School Committee in Waltham, MA.

Kiyota (Woods) Garcia, MA ’10, EdD ’12, was named coordinator of the Academic Advising and Transfer Center at Springfield Technical Community College.

Ashley Weisse ’14 was among the first physician assistant graduates at Westfield State University. As a mother and US Army veteran who served as a combat medic in Iraq, her achievement, she says, represents an opportunity to give back to the very community that helped shape her future, break down myriad social stigmas about those in need, and lead by example within one of the fastest-growing medical fields in the country.

Sonia Basma ’15 was hired as an assistant coach for the University of Hawaii women’s soccer program. The former Yellow Jacket spent the previous three seasons as head coach of Northern Michigan University’s program.

Amanda Martins, DPT ’17, joined the physical therapy department at Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer, MA.

Evan Sotiropoulos ’15 and Pauline (Barry) Sotiropoulos ’18, who met at AIC, were married in Akron, Ohio, on July 27, 2019.

Shawn McBride ’19, former captain of AIC’s first Atlantic Hockey conference championship-winning team, was recalled from loan to the Norfolk Admirals by the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.

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Passings

Marjorie S. Haunton ’42
Helen M. Healy ’43
Paula (Keeney) Donohue ’45
John Fontana ’57
Gerard J. Maynard ’57
Bob W. Letendre ’58
Henry A. Benjamin ’59
Brian T. Connery ’59
James C. Krupienski ’59
Joseph Jozefowicz ’61
Russell Streeter ’61
Peter Nossal ’64
Abel F. Barrientos ’66
Patrick G. McCorry ’66, ’68
E. John Bugbee ’67
Frank Oppedisano ’67
Peter G. Jablon ’69
Frank A. Jablonski ’70, ’73
Alan R. King Jr. ’71
Sandra Marie Conway ’72
Robert Butterworth ’74
Kurt Schierholz ’75
Elizabeth A. Chludzinski ’79
Christos Tapases ’82
Michael K. Brawn ’83
Timothy Ray ’84
Shruti “Sue” Oza ’12