Fall 2017 Class Notes
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Field of Dreams

Casey Hines ’14 proposed to longtime girlfriend Belky Rodriguez- Otero ’14 on the 50-yard line during the AIC 2017 Homecoming football game. The couple met at AIC in 2010. Belky was a cheerleader and Casey a football player and wrestler.

She said “yes”!


Brian L. Wallin ’68 MA is the co-author of a new book published by The History Press titled World War Two Rhode Island. It takes a comprehensive look at the military and civilian involvement in the Ocean State during the war.


Henry M. Thomas, III ’71, ’73 MA has been named to the Cannabis Advisory Board by Governor Baker. He has been the president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Springfield, Inc. since 1974, and the chief executive officer of historic Camp Atwater, the oldest African American summer youth residential camp in the nation, in North Brookfield since 1980. He is the past VP of the National Urban League in NYC, a board member of the United Service Organizations (USO), a member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education since 2007, past chair of UMass System Board of Trustees, past chair of the Springfield Police Commission, and past chair of the Springfield Fire Commission.

Timothy Chipman ’72,’76 MEd hosted the 40th Annual Chipman Golf Tournament at Crestview Country Club this past May. Tim has been running the tournament for 40 years in honor of his brother Robert Chipman ’71. The tournament raises funds for the Chipman Scholarship.

David Clark ‘72 emerged as the big winner in the Tri-County Baseball League. Clark, a former American International College standout from West Springfield, won the batting title with a .472 average, and the Most Valuable Player Award as PeoplesBank of Holyoke took the pennant and a fourth straight playoff crown.

Daniel Faircloth ’73 has been appointed as assistant principal at Wilmington Middle School. Faircloth has an extensive background in special education, serving 12 years as a special education teacher at Haverhill Middle School. Throughout his career, he excelled in a variety of different roles while working with the students of Haverhill, including as a special education teacher, a program director, and most recently as an assistant principal overseeing the freshman class at Haverhill High School.


Jay P. Dorman ’81 was appointed global director of sign and graphics of Gerber Technology (based in Tolland, CT) to help lead the sign and graphics division and focus on technology advancement.

Colleen White Holmes ’84 MBA has been appointed president and CEO of Berkshire Children and Families by the organization’s board of directors. A leader of mission-driven work for children for much of her career, she has experience in many areas of nonprofit management, including strategic planning and development, human resources, marketing communications, programming, and volunteerism. Holmes currently serves on the board of trustees of Baystate Health Systems and on the steering committee of the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Pioneer Valley.


Susanne Devillier ’93 has been promoted to branch officer of bankESB. She has 22 years of banking experience and has been instrumental in leading the successful bankwide checking account acquisition program.

After being at the helm of the Pope Francis and Cathedral High School baseball program for 12 years,

Pat Moriarty ’95 has accepted the head coach position at Deerfield Academy, a preparatory school that competes in the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) tournament.

Gregory Shea ’98, ’99 MPT of Grantham has joined BE Fit Physical Therapy. Shea is a doctor of physical therapy and an osteopractor specializing in the evaluation and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal pain and orthopedic and sports medicine conditions.


Eva Sheridan ’02, former senior human resources officer at Mountain One Financial, has been appointed vice president of people and human development with Main Street Hospitality Group in Stockbridge, MA.

Carrie Sibilia ’08, a crisis clinician at Behavioral Health Network (BHN), was recently chosen as a Home Care Hero by Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc. (GSSSI). The GSSSI Home Care Hero Award is presented to individuals “who have gone above and beyond the call of duty” to provide care for GSSSI clients. GSSSI was founded in 1972 as a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining a quality of life for older adults, caregivers, and persons with disabilities. Services offered by GSSSI and the agencies they contract with include home care, money management, adult day care, and case management.


Avid J. Babine ’13 is now the guidance counselor for the sophomore class at Ludlow High School. Babine received a degree in advanced school counseling at AIC and has experience counseling with the Monson public schools and Lunenburg High School.

Robert Skaza ’14 MEd was appointed principal of Richer Elementary School in Marlborough, MA beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.

Austin Orszulak ’17 was signed by the Adirondack Thunder for the 2017-18 season. Orszulak amassed seven points (3 goals and 4 assists) in 14 games played with Adirondack last season after he made his professional debut on March 10 in Manchester. The Springfield native made his Kelly Cup playoffs debut in Game 3 against Manchester and skated in two playoff games overall.