Class Notes – Summer 2017


Bruce Cunningham was honored last fall with a “Hometown Hero” award for his many years of involvement in his community of The Woodlands— a 28,000-acre, master-planned community in the metropolitan area of Houston, Texas—where Bruce and his wife, Mary, have lived since 1986. The award recognizes individuals and businesses who have “contributed to the educational, civic, cultural and spiritual fabric of the community.”

Bruce Cunningham (right) accepts 2016 Hometown Hero award for his involvement in his community of The Woodlands, Texas.


Jack and Jen McDermott hosted a mid-year class reunion at their annual Super Bowl Party in Fort Myers, Fla. Jack writes, “Of course the Patriots won!” Joining the festivities were John (and Jackie) Allen, Bill (and Barbara) Balch, Tony (and Gail) Caprio, Rich Cochrane, Jack (and Flo) Daly, Carol Divita, Rick (and Ginny) Long, Rosanne Griswold, Guy (and Robin) Huntley, Carlene Gavin, John (and Janis) Paris, Jerry Runyon, Roger (and Margaret) Winslow, Bruce Baker, Paul (and Peggy) Valvo, and Bob Francis.

Class of 1960 Super Bowl Party at the McDermotts’ in Florida.


Professor Emeritus Gary J. Confessore was recently inducted into The International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. His contributions to adult and continuing education have had a transformative effect not only in collegiate settings but for adult learners around the globe.

John Coyle writes, “Digging into my cabin mid-January; we got just a tad of snow here in Squaw Valley!”

John Coyle digging out in Squaw Valley, Calif.

Robert Sanborn writes, “Friday, 25 November 2016, is a very special date for me. I am elated that Janet A. MacMillan consented to marry me, and we were wed at a civil ceremony held at our home, ‘Hillendale,’ in Chelsea, Vt., with many family members present. I couldn’t have received a finer gift than this, which gives me peace, hope, and love.”

Robert Sanborn and his bride, Janet.


Dick Lovisone writes. “Eight years ago, Dottie and I purchased a home in Viera, Fla., at a place called Indian River Colony Club (IRCC). It is a 55+, active-adult, country club community, which is home to mostly military veterans. We have five Norwich grads—myself, Walt Bleiler ’62, Bob Gillespie ’71, Jim Gillis ’69, and Steve Cooley ’78—living in this great community. Check out our website at And if you are retired or are approaching retirement, please consider visiting IRCC. Dottie and I would love to show you around!”


Doug Miller was chosen as the Pleasant Weekly 2016 Man of the Year. A Regular Army captain and helicopter pilot in Vietnam who later retired as a major in the Reserves, Doug was cited for his leadership efforts in planning and completing the Veterans Memorial that was dedicated November 12, 2016, in Pioneer Cemetery. Doug is president of the local chapter of the AUSA and a lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley, the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, Pleasanton Post 237 of the American Legion, and Pleasanton Post 6298 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, where he has served as president.


Classmates Beaux Sincerbeaux, Carl Pascal, Jay Evans, and Dick Robert had a mini-reunion at the January 14 NU men’s hockey game vs. Southern Maine.

From left: Beaux Sincerbeaux, Carl Pascal, Jay Evans, and Dick Robert at the NU vs. Southern Maine hockey game.


Tomy Wright served as host for the fifth anniversary celebration of the Traditional Folk Song Circle at the Dublin Roasters in Frederick, Md. The Circle meets at the Dublin Roasters on the second Saturday of every month in fulfillment of their mission to preserve and perpetuate America’s rich folk song heritage. Tomy writes, “Bring your acoustic guitar and play along or just sing along. Great way to spend a Saturday!”

Tomy Wright (right) at the fifth anniversary celebration of the Traditional Folk Song Circle.


Guy Gaudreau was one of 12 individuals recently inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame. A star in hockey and soccer for North Country Union High School and at NU, Guy finished his Norwich soccer career with 30 goals, second all-time when he graduated in 1980. He ended his Norwich ice hockey career with 88 goals and 56 assists, putting him in the top five in points (144). His son Johnny Gaudreau plays left wing for the Calgary Flames of the NHL.


Cocoa High head football coach John Wilkinson finished second in the voting for statewide Florida Dairy Farmers’ Coach of the Year as announced December 21, 2016. Wilkinson and Bruce Judson, Cocoa’s senior quarterback, won the top awards given to Class 4A by the organization, becoming finalists for the top award in all classes.


Doug Sullivan has been promoted to associate in Dewberry’s Parsippany and Bloomfield, N.J., offices. With more than 31 years of experience in project and program management, Doug leads a group of environmental engineers and scientists in hazardous waste investigation and remediation and environmental compliance. (See photo online.)


Michael Amaral has been appointed the new medical center director of the El Paso VA Health Care System. The position is a Senior Executive Service (SES) billet, equivalent to a one-star general.

Frank Muth writes, “I was promoted to MG in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by Prince Mit’eb on Wednesday, January 11.”

Frank Muth (right) at his promotion ceremony in Saudi Arabia.


Classmates Brian and Jana (Hurst) Raymond and Estelle and Bryan Radliff held a mini-reunion at a ZZ Top concert at MGM National Harbor Theater in Maryland.

From left: Brian and Jana (Hurst) Rayomnd and Estelle and Bryan Radliff at a ZZ Top concert.


On October 1, 2016, Col. Shannon Caudill retired from the Air Force after 25 years of service. He was honored by the Atlanta Braves as the Hometown Hero at their September 18 game. Soon after retiring from the military he was hired by Atlanta’s iconic Fox Theatre as director of operations and public safety.

Shannon Caudill being honored by the Atlanta Braves.

Steven Corrigan sent photos from Regi Ball 1987 of himself and his date, and Regi Ball 2016 picturing his son Brenden, a cadet scheduled to graduate in 2020.

Steve Corrigan at Regi Ball 1987.

Steve’s son Brendan (Class of 2020) at Regi Ball 2016.



Alex Scott retired on February 3 from the Claremont, N.H. police force. Three days later, he began working in Concord in the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office. Before coming to Claremont, Alex, who has a law degree, was an assistant attorney for Sullivan County.


Paul Magness and his wife, Molly, announce the arrival of Miriam Kay Magness, born December 2, 2016. Miriam joins twins Malcolm and Marianna, 21 months old, also pictured.

Paul and Molly Magness, with their children, Malcolm, Marianna, and Miriam.


Thomas Manning, 8-year-old son of Kevin Manning and his wife, Melissa, was the “honorary kid captain” for the March 23 Bruins game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the TD Garden. Thomas dressed with the Bruins and was escorted down the tunnel to take the ice where he was introduced with the starting lineup, standing with the players during the National Anthem. He enjoyed the rest of the game in special VIP seats with his family. After the game they were escorted to a special meet and greet with the team.

Thomas Manning, honorary Bruin captain.

Mike Rizzuto and his wife, Lauren, are thrilled to announce the birth of their “sweet little girl,” Isabelle, who made her appearance at 6 lbs., 14 oz., and 20 in. Big brother, Charlie, just turned two. The whole family is doing fine.

Isabelle Rizzuto.


David Thibault was promoted to first vice president, cash management sales and support manager at PeoplesBank in Holyoke, Mass. David is a member of the board of directors of WestMass ElderCare, serves on the Golf Tournament Committee of the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers for the Belchertown 4-H Town Council and the Lupa Zoo.


Elizabeth Kennedy and Logan Potskowski ’02 welcomed their first child, a son, Mack Kennedy Potskowski, on February 23 at 10 lbs., 8 oz.

Mack Kennedy Potskowski.

Navy Cmdr. Casey Mahon, Prospective Executive Officer of USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) and Navy Capt. Scott Robertson ’91, commanding officer of the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, R.I., continue the Norwich Navy tradition. In the photo, Scott congratulates Casey on graduating from the Surface Commander’s Course and receiving the Distinguished Graduate Award.

Scott Robertson ’91 (left) congratulates Casey Mahon ’01.



Lawton Rutter and Melissa (Stark) Rutter ’07 welcomed their son, Elliott Rogers Rutter, on February 15. Proud big sister Charlotte is pictured holding her new baby brother!

Elliott Rogers Rutter with big sister Charlotte.


Lisa A. Crockett M’06, DBA, was named the 2016 Rising Star by the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. The designation is granted to strategists under the age of 40 who are making meaningful contributions to their professions and are on a trajectory for future success in a healthcare strategy profession. (See photo online.)

Kevin Ryan was promoted to major and is currently deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. He is serving with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne, Fort Bragg.


Joseph Dalessandro has been teaching at Brandeis University for the past few years and was recently named program chair for the master’s program in information security leadership. Joseph writes, “My Norwich degree had a great impact on my future endeavors and has inspired me to give back.”


Army Capt. Nick Cimler and co-author Army Maj. Chris Baldwin responded to a DoD crowdsourcing RFP detailing how to respond to select downstream operational challenges confronting the U.S. military in a denied environment. The paper, which focused on operational, autonomous, and logistical enhancements to amphibious assault, was one of the top two papers among the 100 submitted by operators, think tanks, academics, technologists, researchers, and others. Nick and Chris presented their thesis at the Pentagon just before Christmas. They also made the cover of the DoD News.

Nick Cimler (center) at the Pentagon.


Kelley Daddio (psychology) and Brian Maxwell (CSIA) were married on October 22, 2016, in Lincolnville, Maine. Norwich alumni in attendance included Cameron Davis, Cory Cunningham, Jessica Cunningham, and Andrew Daddio ’12.


Felicia (Desorcie) and Seth Knihtila were wed August 20, 2016, in Charlotte, Vt.

NU alumni at the wedding of Felicia Desorcie and Seth Knihtila.
From left: Greg McKenney, Logan Bessette, Joe Sleeman, Ryan Robertson, Seth, Felicia, Dr. Adam Sevi ’95, Suzanne Whitaker, Jason Leonard, Sasha Johannes, Austin Shaw ’11, Hallie Grennon, Dustin Flemming ’11, and Stephanie St. Onge.


Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Michael B. Howard M’14 (MBA) has been hired as the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at San Jacinto High School (Calif.), where he directs the Air Force JROTC program, comprising three instructors and more than 200 cadets.


Major (Ret.) Lonnie Spangler M’16 (MPA) recently retired from the Army National Guard, Active Guard Reserve Program after 28 years of commissioned service, and assumed duties as senior Army instructor with the George County High School Army JROTC, Lucedale, Miss.

Maynard (Mass.) Town Administrator Kevin Sweet M’16 (MPA) recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association.

Stephanie Thompson M’16, a 2007 graduate of CCV who earned a bachelor’s degree at Johnson State College, is working to address the opiate epidemic in Springfield, Vt. Stephanie is the executive director of the Springfield Prevention Coalition, town administrator in Londonderry, vice chair of the Springfield Select Board, and board member of Emerge VT, promoting “Women Leaders for a Democratic Future.”

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