Fall 2018 Class Notes
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Garry Brown ’55, hon ’14, and Mary (Bukowski) Brown ’55 celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary and had this to say: “We owe it all to AIC and the professors who put us side by side (Brown-Bukowski) under their alphabetical seating plan. That was William Duffey in World Lit, Dorothy Spoerl in Psych 101, and Gilman Randall in Fine Arts.”


David Cruise ’68, MEd, has been appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to the business representative position of the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care (EEC). He is the president and chief executive officer of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (REB); he previously served as the director of Business and Employer Services for the REB and was executive director of Human Resources for the Public Schools of Springfield. The board of the EEC oversees the administration of early education and care and out-of-school time programs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Bruce Laird ’72 was number 152 of 256 in this year’s NFL Draft of All-Time Best Players. Upon graduation, he was drafted by the Baltimore Colts; he made the Pro Bowl as a return specialist his rookie season and played 12 seasons with the Colts and the San Diego Chargers.

Kevin Collins ’72, president and CEO of Mass Alternative Care, had a ribbon cutting ceremony to open its first medicinal marijuana dispensary at East Main Street in Chicopee. He credits the partnership with the city of Chicopee and the state of Massachusetts to safely fulfill its mission to deliver quality marijuana products. With the legalization of recreational use in Massachusetts as of 2016, Mass Alternative Care will also be seeking approval of a license from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission to include recreational marijuana sales at the location and plans to open two additional locations in Lee and Amherst.


Clare Lamontagne ’81 is the new dean of Health Sciences at Holyoke Community College, where she will oversee the College’s programs in nursing; radiologic technology; foundations of health; health, fitness, and nutrition; veterinary and animal science; and medical assistant. She worked as a nurse at Ludlow Hospital and Baystate Medical Center and has taught at STCC, UConn, Elms College, and Bay State Health. For the past seven years, she was a member of the full-time nursing faculty at UMass Amherst, where she also served as the director of the undergraduate nursing program.

Joseph Kocot ’82 is set to return as head coach of the Northampton High School Blue Devils football team, having played for the team as a student and served as their assistant coach in 1981-84 and again from 1994-97. Kocot started up the Easthampton High School Eagles football team as a junior varsity program in 1998 and guided them to a promotion to a varsity team in 2000; under his coaching, the Eagles won a D-IIA Super Bowl in 2005 and a D-IV Super Bowl in 2010.

Brother Michael Duffy ’83 has been promoted to associate dean of the School of Nursing at Elms College, where he will have primary responsibility for its undergraduate programs, service learning programs, and international studies. He formerly was the coordinator of its accelerated second degree in nursing program, assistant professor of nursing, and director of the Elms College caRe vaN, a free health clinic on wheels that serves homeless and underserved people of Chicopee while providing clinical experience to pre-licensure students. His caRe vaN vision came to fruition as his doctoral project at Regis College in Weston, MA.

Howard Barouxis ’87 was just hired by Broadpeak, a leading provider of content delivery network and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide. He is one of two sales directors for the North American region to manage sales and business development activities for the US and Canada.


Maureen Guzik ’91, MBA, has joined the Greenfield Cooperative Bank as a vice president of commercial loans. She will be responsible for developing new commercial business in Hampshire County with the Northampton Cooperative division of the bank. Maureen is also a board member of the Northwestern District Attorney’s Children Advocacy Center and chairperson of the Belchertown Council on Aging, as well as being active with the Amherst Area and Greater Northampton Chambers of Commerce.

Orlando Vandross ’92, a standout basketball guard while at AIC, was an assistant coach and then associate head coach at Boston University, an assistant coach at UNC Charlotte, and more recently served as the director of recruiting/player development at UVA, where he was just promoted to assistant coach.

Wayne Chopus ’94 has received a prestigious appointment as the president and CEO of the Insured Retirement Institute in Washington, DC, beginning on January 1, 2019. He presently is the senior vice president, responsible for Strategic Relationships Management and the Individual Solutions Group at Prudential Financial.

Leon Gaumond Jr. ’94, MA, has been named the new town manager by the Weston Board of Selectmen. He has been serving as the town administrator for the town of Sturbridge and has formerly held the same position for the town of West Boylston. He also served as the executive secretary for the town of East Longmeadow, and as chief of staff for State Rep Paul Caron.

James Bartolomei ’97, MEd, received his sergeant shield during a Holyoke City Hall ceremony on August 28, 2018, when Mayor Alex B. Morse administered his oath. He became a police officer in the Holyoke Police Department in 2001.


Geralyn McCarthy ’05 has been promoted to director of operations at OMG, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of fastening products and technologies for commercial roofing and residential construction markets. She will manage its production planning teams and its continuous improvement, quality and manufacturing training.

Thomas Mazza ’06, MEd, is the new principal at Wilbraham Middle School. He began his teaching career in the Springfield school district and eventually became the principal of the Forest Park Middle School.

Matthew Woodward ’09, former AIC men’s ice hockey player, has embarked on a successful coaching career after graduating from AIC with what was then the record of 133 games played as a defenseman. Since leaving AIC, he has coached at Manhattanville and RIT and has recently been hired at Yale.


Donna Ficco ’11, MEd, was highlighted in Telemundo 20. She is a retired, Norton, MA, middle school band director who has been active as an assistant symphony conductor and a judge of brass and woodwind competitions for the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham.

Alfred Ciaglo ’12, MEd, is the new owner/president of the Valley Blue Sox, for which he has been hosting players for the past seven years and serving as a bench coach for the last four years. He has had a major role with the Tri-County Baseball League for over 20 years, twice winning the league’s Wes Carr Trophy for best pitcher; he has also played alongside Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neil Huntington. He spent a decade as Hadley Youth Baseball’s coaching coordinator and on the Board of Directors for Cal Ripken Baseball.

Aprillee Mazzeo ’12, MEd, was a recipient of the eighth annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award, presented by MCLA in collaboration with Berkshire county K-12 superintendents and Berkshire Community College. She received this Pre-K-Grade 2 award as a first-grade teacher at Hoosac Valley Elementary School in the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District. As a STEAM site coordinator and building leader under a multi-year ITQ grant, which is administered by MCLA, she provided important, long-term professional development for her teaching colleagues.

Julie Kobold ’13, MEd has been appointed assistant principal at Nauset Regional Middle School in Orleans, Cape Cod, MA. Since 2002 she has been a social science teacher at Nauset Regional High School, the high school from which she graduated, and is presently working on her doctorate at Northwestern University with a concentration on curriculum, teaching, learning, and leadership.

Jalil Oates ’13, MBA ’15 has written a book titled Makings of a Man: Essential Characteristics of Manhood, which has recently been published and is now available through Amazon Books. He grew up in an inner city in New Jersey and draws upon his own experience and journey to success, highlighting the importance of a solid foundation and of character. His sister Jalah is a current AIC student.

Stacey Forrest ’14, MEd, has been named the assistant executive director of JRI (Justice Resource Institute) Connecticut division, which includes three group homes and the Susan Wayne Center of Excellence’s residential treatment center and clinical day school in Thompson, CT. JRI Connection serves youth and families who face challenges associated with trauma, mental illness, and cognitive impairment.

Rosealiza Wan Zaid ’14 has been hired by Peak Physical Therapy and Sports Performance, a South Shore practice in Quincy. She specializes in manual therapies that help to restore affected body symmetry to midline, an approach that is primarily centered around biomechanics and muscle balance that is unique to each individual.

Juwan Moody ’17 has signed a contract to play basketball for Basquete Blumenau of the Liga Duro Gold League in Brazil. Basquete Blumenau will look to improve on their seventh-place finish in a nine-team league with help from their new player. Juwan thanks Coach Andy Burkholder and American International College for giving him an opportunity to participate as a student-athlete from 2015 to 2017.

Alissa Luippold ’18, MEd, has been hired as a special education teacher at Algonquin High School in Northborough, MA, where she formerly was a student, a secretary, and an aide. While balancing working full time and parenting, she was a student in AIC’s extended campus program in education. After taking an accelerated course every two months, she earned her master’s in education degree in 2018.

In Memoriam

Frances (Tracy) Scannell ’47

Henry Ciocci ’49

Florence Czerniawski ’49

Samuel Giansante ’49, ’50

William O’Connor ’49

Stuart Benson ’50

Jerome (Jerry) Radding ’50

David Wilder ’50

Melvin Zeidenberg ’50

Peter Bobinski ’52

Alfred Laude ’54

Charles Bristol ’56

Theodore Kusnierz ’58

Ernest Mason ’62

Mario Pagnoni ’70, ’72

Dennis Martin-O’Brien ’74

Marilyn (Amato) Gerling ’85

Bethany (Ryan) Powers ’99

Kevin Mario Campbell ’07