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Class of 1997 reunion 2007

Class Secretary: Sharleen Davis, Apt. 2E, 200 Bedford Rd., Woburn MA 01801,
sharleen@alumni.bates.edu

Class President: Lawrence Ackerman, 48 Sunrise St., Plainview NY 11803, larryack@hotmail.com

Heather Alcock lives in New York City, where she is the executive director of research and K12 development for Kaplan…. Jeff Barricelli has taken a position at Congress Asset Management in Boston…. Rob Blood and his fiancée have purchased the Captain Fairfield Inn in Kennebunkport, after managing two inns on Nantucket for the past year…. After three years in Rhode Island, Pat Cosquer moved back to New Jersey, where he works for Street Squash, an after-school enrichment program in New York City that teaches kids from Harlem how to play squash www.streetsquash.org. “In my spare time, I give private squash lessons to kids in New Jersey and help out with the Bates squash team whenever I can, including a recent trip to Jamaica.”… Casey Maguire Davidson is a product marketing manager at Getty Images for three corporate global customers….Law school wasn’t nearly as much fun as Bates, says Sharleen Davis, but at least she was able to reconnect with her old roommate, Sarah Prizio-Skigen, while there. The best part about finishing law school is being able to return home, she says. To pay the bills, she’s working in the litigation section of a Boston law firm…. Maggie Doben loves teaching first grade at Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, Mass. She plays in two local soccer leagues and makes art in her spare time…. Things are hectic for Katie McQuilkin and William Garnett these days. She continues her pediatrics residency at UMass-Worcester, although she did manage to take a break to give birth to their first child. William finished his M.B.A. at Boston Univ. and is looking for a job in finance in the Boston area…. Rebecca Grossberg finished her master’s in French as a foreign language at the University of Lille in France. She works for the Interreg IIIB program, a community initiative program funded by the European Commission. “We fund and promote cooperation projects – dealing with territorial development – in Northwest Europe.”… Paul Howard has started law school in the evenings at Georgetown. “Managing to work full time and going to school is tough, but I’m doing the best that I can and hopefully things will work out!”… Will Innis enjoys being back in New England, where he has started an otolaryngology residency at Boston Medical Center…. Colleen Matlen Ippolito and husband Jamie ’96 had to take a break from home improvement projects to gear up for the winter season at Sunday River, where Jamie is the Internet manager for the company that owns the resort and several others, and Colleen is the worker’s comp/safety manager at Sunday River…. Marney MacDougall Johnson didn’t have to gear up much for the winter, since she and her husband have moved to Hawaii, where her husband is a navigator on a Navy submarine…. Deborah Kirschner is working on a master’s in speech language pathology and having a great time with her clients…. Daniela De Luca MacDonald and Matt purchased their first home last year and then gutted and renovated several rooms within two weeks. She works two days a week as a director for Sylvan Learning Center in Bedford, N.H…. Lynn Maziarz and Kelly McDonald are busy in Charlottesville, Va., where she is in an M.B.A. program at James Madison Univ. and has a job with the commonwealth doing economic development. Kelly is in his last year of law school at the Univ. of Virginia and spends his spare time working with the Charlottesville Public Defender’s office and tutoring high-schoolers in math. They anticipate returning to Maine very soon…. After narrowly escaping the “landslide of Enron,” Sean McNally found himself in the Everglades rescuing and monitoring alligators. The work was arduous but rewarding. He has since moved to Galveston with his four children. “My wife passed away two years ago. She was attacked rescuing the very gator that got her. I made boots out of that bastard. That way a part of her will always be with me.”… Melissa Niles works as a nurse in the cardiomyopathy program at Beth Israel and lives in Saugus, Mass., in the same neighborhood her dad grew up in. “When I left Saugus 11 years ago at the age of 18, the idea of spending the rest of my life here was horrifying to me. Now, at 29, I’m still amazed at how much your perspective changes as life goes on.” The move back to Saugus was precipitated by falling in love with a man who lives there, whom she met while caring for her grandmother before her death…. Jerri Nims was awarded the most outstanding graduate award, presented by the National Assn. of Women Lawyers for academic excellence, tenacity, and significant efforts for women’s issues, when she graduated from the Georgia State Univ. School of Law in 2003. She practices corporate/international corporate law in Atlanta…. Jeff Parent is the team leader for children’s intensive services at Community Counseling Center in Pawtucket, R.I…. Corey Radloff has started a new job at 3M in St. Paul, Minn…. Kiersten Scarpati is surrounded by pirates – Portland Pirates that is. She is director of marketing for the hockey team. Look for her behind the penalty box or running around the arena during games…. Allison Shea teaches science and coaches the cross-country team at a local high school – in Saipan, the small island in the Northern Mariana Islands chain about 120 miles northeast of Guam. “Desolate island life has its advantages and disadvantages – the weather is great, the scuba diving is fabulous – but fresh food is hard to come by. Life in general moves pretty slow, which is both a blessing and a curse.” Look her up if you’re in the neighborhood… Helen Dalgleish Sheirbon works in finance for the imaging and printing group at Hewlett Packard in Boise…. Sarah Prizio-Skigen will finish her master’s of environmental science at Johns Hopkins this spring. She might head west after that…. Mindy Snyder thinks she’s going to love her job working for the Ohio attorney general’s office. “I work in the health section representing the Ohio Department of Health against nurse aides who have abused nursing home residents.”… After three years teaching algebra at Hyde School in Bath, Eric Stirling has returned to the North Woods and taken over the family business as West Branch Pond Camp’s fourth-generation owner…. Matt Tavares is the author and illustrator of Oliver’s Game (Candlewick Press, 2004), the story of Oliver Hall and his grandfather’s baseball stories, his follow up book to his award-winning Zachary’s Ball (Candlewick Press, 2000), winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. School Library Journal notes that “Tavares creates a moving tribute to baseball…. The sepia-toned illustrations, done in pencil and watercolor, create a lushly nostalgic mood. Reminiscent of Chris Van Allsburg’s style, Tavares’s artwork is notable for its vivid detail and animation. The text masterfully weaves together tradition, perseverance, loyalty, and family lore, and the result will enchant baseball fans young and old.”… John Templeton says he got his senses together and moved from New York City to Colorado in 2003, where his wife, Lauren, is in law school while he continues to cover the broker/dealer and hedge fund industries for The Bank of New York…. Jamie and Melissa Young Thaxton are back in Vermont. “I am the associate director of alumni relations at Vermont Law School, where I used to work when Jamie was a student here,” Melissa writes. “Jamie is the conservation project manager at Upper Valley Land Trust in
Hanover, N.H.”… Laura Ward recently became certified in massage therapy and plans to open a holistic health center to help individuals enhance their physical, emotional and spiritual health.


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