Spring 2018 Class Notes
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1950s

Glendora Folsom Buell ’50, host of A Chat with Glendora, the longest-running public access program in the United States, was a featured speaker at SYMPOSIUM: Utopian Potentials and Media(ted) Realities, in April of 2017. Over her nearly 50 years as a television host and producer, Glendora has used video capture and distribution technologies from the PortaPak— which she first used to cover community events—to YouTube.

The new hardtop tennis courts in Springfield’s Forest Park were dedicated in the name of Jerry Radding ’50, a retired sports staffer from The Republican who covered and boosted local tennis during his 40-year writing career. Radding, now 91 years old, graduated from American International College after serving in the Army in World War II. He played varsity tennis at AIC and remained active as a player until 2011.

1960s

Stuart R. Lavin ’67 has two new publications: Mahat (Lady June Press) a historical novel, and EIN SOF (Prose and Poems, Jerusalem House). The books are available on Amazon.com or by visiting his website: www.srlavin.com.

1970s

James Rosati ’72 recently retired after a 43-year career in outside sales. Rosati served as a sales representative for 3M, Pitney Bowes, and Lorillard Inc., and most recently worked for Reynolds American Inc., where he helped facilitate the company’s merger with Lorillard.

Glenn Surpenant ’76 has been elected as the 108th Potentate for the Melha Shriners. After graduating from AIC, Surpenant went on to become a registered medical technologist and worked in a laboratory. He is currently the director of inpatient imaging at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.

Sylvia Rosen ’77, MEd ’80 was honored by the Springfield Jewish Community Center for her 30 years of teaching writing skills at the JCC with a luncheon in May 2018. Over the years, Rosen, 99, has taught scores of students how to improve their writing skills through the JCC’s creative writing class, a part of The William & Margery Sadowsky Center for Adult Learning.

1980s

Elizabeth Oleksak-Sposito ’80 was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the Board of Trustees for Springfield Technical Community College. Oleksak-Sposito worked as a clinical care manager at Boston Medical Center Health Plan from 2012 until her retirement in 2016. She provided holistic medical care management services for plan members with chronic conditions and complex care needs. A certified case manager prior to her retirement, Oleksak-Sposito holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Daniel Vetras ’81 has been ranked among the top 25 CEOs for small to mid-sized companies by Comparably.com. Vetras is approaching his seventh year as CEO for Kollective Technologies and has served in senior leadership positions for the majority of his career. He has been president or CEO of Captura, Talisma Moxie Software, and Visible Technologies.

John W. Schnepp III ’81 has been named vice president of marketing at Big Y Foods, one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England with 78 locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. In this role, Schnepp will oversee marketing and advertising for the company by coordinating all print, electronic, digital and social platforms, as well as internal and external communications across all Big Y brands. Schnepp’s career with Big Y spans more than 40 years.

Dr. Dennis Stiles ’82 has been elected to the Board of Directors at the Pankey Institute, a nonprofit educational organization in Key Biscayne, FL, dedicated to helping dental professionals master advanced technical skills, improve behavioral skills, and nurture a positive philosophy towards life and practice.

1990s

Charles Jeffers II ’90 has joined Visit Baltimore, the official sales and marketing organization for Baltimore, MD, as chief operating officer. As COO of Visit Baltimore, Jeffers will lead and manage the Operations and Finance Departments, where he will oversee the operation of the administrative, information technology, research, human resources, accounting, finance, and hospitality functions of Visit Baltimore.

Kerry Socha ’93 announced that she intends on running for probate judge in the Ellington and Vernon district of Connecticut. Socha majored in business administration and has more than 20 years of litigation experience in service to the public.

2010s

Tiffany Bolduc MEd ’12 has been welcomed as the new assistant principal at Tiverton High School in Tiverton, MA. Bolduc went to Tiverton from Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth, MA, where she was a member of the Faculty Council and Spartan Support Team.

Kelley Bostwick MEd ’12 has been appointed director of R.I.S.E. Preschool/team chairperson for Reading Public Schools in Reading, MA. Bostwick is the special education team chairperson at Reading’s Birch Meadow and Wood End Elementary Schools, a post she has held for four years. She was previously the team chairperson for the Barrows and Killam Elementary Schools, also in Reading. Bostwick taught special education for 13 years at the elementary and middle school level in Ohio, Maryland, and Massachusetts.

Brandon Lubin ’16 has joined an East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) hockey team, the Fort Wayne Komets. Lubin attended AIC from 2012-2016 and was named in the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team for 2012-2013. Lubin made his pro ECHL debut last year for Utah while skating 37 Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) games with Evansville, registering four goals.

In Memoriam

Harmon Leonard ’41
Marguerite Montagna ’41
J. W. Abar ’42
Nicholas Preston ’43
Robert Hitchins Sr. ’48
Samuel Giansante ’49, MA ’50
K. Baronian ’50
Francis Conti Sr. ’50
Richard Lamothe ’50
Donald Pulsifer ’50
Jerome Shea ’50
Robert Bousquet ’52
Richard Bozzuto ’52
Joseph Medolo ’53
Alan Moffett ’53
Robert Morris ’53
Francis Oleskiewicz ’53
Francis Cote ’54
Donald Cotnoir ’54
Robert Crosson ’55
Sidney Kittredge ’55
John McDonough ’55
Catherine Murphy ’55
John Robbins Jr. ’55
J. Robert Ford ’56
Roland Roberts ’57, MA ’60
Donald Welch ’57
Philip Braica ’58
Paul O’Day ’58, Hon’97
Howard Safstrom ’58
Paul Premo ’61
Paul Tarsa ’61
Mary Ann Herndon ’63
Wilfred Blanchard ’64
Thomas Meehan ’64
Robert Pickford ’64
Anthony Arruda III ’65
John Hollander Jr. ’65
Joan Trinceri ’65
Joseph Funcasta ’66
Vivian George ’66
Lois Brown ’67
David O’Donnell ’68
Paul Basamania ’69
Jenny Cramer ’69
William Connolly Sr. ’70
Rudolph Szady ’70
Edwin Johnson ’71
Thomas Triggs ’71
David Crosier ’73
Peter Light ’73
Vanessa Annaloro ’74
Rodney Arsenault ’74
Edward Beckman ’74
Willie Hunt ’74
John Gasparini ’75
Delmar Moorhouse ’76
Jayne Leigh ’81
Diane Bitsacos ’86
Kevin Wortman ’91
Lorraine Lentini ’12