Class Notes – Spring 2018

Carl Drechsel writes, “My boat Patriot took first place in her division in the annual Harvest Moon Regatta, a grueling 90-mile offshore race in the Gulf of Mexico.”

CLASS OF 1967 Carl Drechsel’s boat, Patriot, took first place in her division in the Harvest Moon Regatta.

Jean (Martin) Zbinden sent in a photo of a Vermont College West Hall ’65–’67 reunion at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Rounding out the group were Kristi (Thorsen) Shanahan, Chris (Grundy) Banks, Judy (Gross) Honsinger, Denise (Burke) Kuhl, and Janis McKittrick.

CLASSES OF 1965, 1966, 1967 (VC) West Hall reunion at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Front (l-r): Kristi Thorsen Shanahan, Chris Grundy Banks, and Judy Gross Honsinger. Back (l-r): Denise Burke Kuhl, Janis McKittrick, and Jean Martin Zbinden.


Lewis Vasquez has been appointed as the Army Reserve Ambassador for the State of Connecticut. Ambassadors are special government employees whose function is similar to that of civilian aides to the secretary of the Army. In his volunteer role, Lewis works with community leaders in meeting the goals, objectives, and needs of USAR and other military members and their families as they serve America and the cause of freedom in the world. A special investigator for the DoD, DIA, Homeland Security, CBP, and ICE, Lewis is also an adjunct professor at Goodwin College and Naugatuck Valley Community College, in East Hartford and Waterbury, respectively.

CLASS OF 1970 Lewis Vasquez (left) with Cadet Thomas Nelligan, recipient of an Army Reserve Minuteman Scholarship.

Michael Buchieri writes, “On 31 January 2018 will be my last duty day (retirement date 31 March 2018), for a total of 42 years, 4 months, and 21 days of service to the United States Army.”

1984 (Note: We originally filed this under 1964 and have noted the correction for a mention in the upcoming summer Record. Apologies!)

Maj. Gen. Kit Wongskhaluang commissioned his son, Phongpraphan (Mooham) Wongskhaluang ’16, into the Royal Thai Army as a second lieutenant on July 16, 2017. Mooham is currently assigned to the Counter Terrorist Operations Center, Royal Thai Armed Forces HQ, in Bangkok.

CLASSES OF 1984, 2016 Kit Wongskhaluang ’84 (right) and his son Mooham ’16, at the latter’s commissioning ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand.

CLASSES OF 1984, 2016 Kit Wongskhaluang ’84 (right) and his son Mooham ’16, at the latter’s commissioning ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand.

Richard Tobin
, CEO of CNH Industrial N.V., one of the world’s largest capital goods companies, recently joined the board of trustees of Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

Kevin Jones
has been promoted to rear admiral in the United States Navy. His command has assigned responsibility that encompasses providing logistics, transportation, and other business and supply-related support to the fleets and shore establishments within the Department of the Navy. Kevin is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and holds master’s degrees in foreign affairs and business administration.

University of Virginia Naval ROTC commanding officer Capt. Christopher (“chet”) Misner ’90 & M’06 presented a Jefferson Cup to classmate Col. Jon Hitesman following his remarks at the UVA NROTC Marine Corps birthday ball on November 10, 2017. The featured speaker and guest of honor, Jon previously served as commanding officer, NROTC Unit Los Angeles Consortium and as professor of naval science at UCLA and USC. He is currently the chief defense counsel of the Marine Corps. Jon spoke to over 200 unit staff, midshipmen, and guests, and provided advice and encouragement to nearly 100 future Navy and Marine Corps officers.

CLASS of 1990 “chet” Misner (left) presents a Jefferson Cup to classmate Joh Hitesman at the NROTC Marine Corps birthday ball.


Sean P. O’Brien, PE, has been named CEO of BSC Companies, Inc., a leading engineering, planning, science, and custom software solutions firm comprising BSC Group, Inc. and Geonetics, Inc.

Bryan Radliff recently celebrated his retirement at Fort Myer in Arlington, Va. Joining Bryan were 1990 classmates Tom Weeks, chet Misner, Gary Muise, Mike Zollo, and Brian and Jana (Hurst) Raymond, as well as fellow alumni Sean Coakley ’99 and Tom Clark ’85.

CLASSes OF 1985, 1990, 1999 Bryan Radliff celebrates his retirement (l-r): Sean Coakley, Tom Weeks, “chet” Misner, Gary Muise, Bryan, Jana (Hurst) Raymond, Brian Raymond, Mike Zollo, and Tom Clark.

Army Col. Douglas F. Stitt’s promotion to brigadier general was confirmed by the U.S. Senate earlier this year. His current position is director of the Officer Personnel Management Directorate with the U.S. Army Human Resources Command.

Heather (Altman) Dohr
was appointed to the Race Course Crew for the November 2017 Women’s World Cup Alpine Competition held at Killington Mountain Resort. Heather writes, “It was an amazing experience skiing and working with an amazing international crew and athletes.”

CLASS OF 1992 Heather (Altman) Dohr (second from left) at the 2017 Women’s World Cup Alpine Competition held at Killington Mountain Resort, Vermont.

Jon Cantor gives a shout out to all his ’92 Mike Company grads. Jon writes, “I live in the Washington, D.C., area, own a contracting business, and have a son who just started driving. I am hopeful he will follow in my footsteps and go to the ’Wick. Hope you all are well!”
Marine Lt. Col. Jon Donigan retired from the Marine Corps August 31, 2017, after more than 25 years of service. Jon, his wife Christina, and their daughter, Kara, live in West Kingston, R.I. Jon is an associate professor teaching at the U.S. Naval War College.

Army Lt. Col. Mike Shoen graduated from the National War College on June 10, 2017, with a Master of Science in National Strategic Studies, concentration in Weapons of Mass Destruction. Mike is currently serving as the Provost Marshal of the Michigan Army National Guard.

Peter Fusco
has accepted a position as a partner with the global law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. He now leads the Technology Companies Group in New York City, where he is responsible for the firm’s venture capital and technology company practice. Notable clients are Pinterest, Betterment, CB Insights, Cisco, and Microsoft. Pete writes, “I look forward to hearing from any alums from these fields or just passing through NYC.”

Heather Newcomb
has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the USAFR. Heather is currently serving as director of public affairs at Air Reserve Personnel Center, Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. She has served in the military for 16 years.

Vermont singer songwriter Myra Flynn wed Phil Wills on October 14, 2017, at Shelburne Vineyards in Shelburne, Vt. On the eve of her wedding, Myra performed an engagement concert at the vineyard, where her debut wine, FLYNN—a Marquette bottled in 2015—was released.

CLASS OF 2006 The October wedding of Myra Flynn and Phil Wills at Shelburne Vineyards.


Avery Mullally

Avery Mullally

Brian Mullally and his wife, Lynne, welcomed a daughter, Avery, into the world. Her parents write, “She is healthy and doing great!”

Robert Lance Spivey M’10
recently accepted the position of Police Chief in St. Johns, Ariz., after years of service. Lance earned his master’s degree in criminal justice from Norwich and an EdD in organizational leadership and conflict resolution from Nova Southeaster University. Lance currently serves on the faculty of several online programs administered by various universities.

Lance Spivey M’10

Rebecca (Aidala) Burnham
writes, “My husband, Robert ’10, and I welcomed another boy into our family this summer. Owen Michael was born July 22, 2017. He joins his brother, Patrick, age four.”

CLASS OF 2012 Owen Michael Burnham with big brother Patrick.

Joshua Fontanez ’12 & M’15 had the privilege of meeting with several Norwich students at the Outserve-SLDN annual leadership conference in Washington, D.C., in October. Joshua writes, “I serve on the board of directors for Outserve-SLDN.”

CLASS OF 2012 Joshua Fontanez ’12 (left) with Norwich students at the Outserve-SLDN annual leadership conference in Washington, D.C.

California Air National Guardsman Capt Roger Greenidge writes, “On 19 January, I completed Air Force pilot training. It was a demanding program but I willed my way through it. I was able to celebrate this auspicious occasion with a couple Norwich folks as well: my former NU AFROTC commander Col Scott Manning and his wife, Diane, who made the trip out to Oklahoma for me; and John Lupo ’09, who is currently stationed at Vance AFB in charge of running the base services.” Roger started his initial qualification training in the C-130J at Little Rock on 21 February.

CLASS OF 2012 & M’15 From left: Scott Manning, his wife, Diane, and Roger Greenidge at the latter’s Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) graduation ceremony, Vance AFB, Oklahoma.


John Luo ’09 with Greenidge.

Lauren (Lebel) and Brian Weiss welcomed a daughter, Madison Avery, into their family on September 29, 2017.

CLASS of 2012 Madison Avery Weiss

Erik Troutman
wed Casey Kemmerer on October 8, 2017, at Mountain Valley Golf in Barnesville, Pa. Three Norwich grads were in the wedding party: best man Stephen Panek, best man in absentia Paul Dolan, and groomsman Bryan McKniff ’11.

Wesley Booth ’14 and Rachel Cote ’14 & M’17 were married on December 17, 2017, in a ceremony at Chester, Vt.

CLASS OF 2014 The Booth wedding party (l-r): Logan Gallagher ’14, Alina Wright ’13, Rachel (Cote) Booth ’14 & M’17, Wesley Booth ’14, Ethan Bilotti ’14 and John Nihan ’15.

Timothy Hannon writes, “I am pleased to announce that I have earned an LLM (cum laude) in Transportation and Logistics from Florida Coastal School of Law.”

Caroline Thomas ’14 and Kyle Vautrinot were wed September 2, 2017, in Brookline, Mass. In attendance were Christopher Legge ’14 and Shaili Patel ’16 & M’17. Caroline graduated with a Master of Divinity from Boston University in May 2017. Kyle is a first lieutenant stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, where he serves as the XO of Alpha Company, 303D MI BN. He deployed with his brigade to Afghanistan in October 2017.

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