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about half. Our class dinner was at Plum Blossom.
Thank you to Ljiljana Ciric, MBA '91, for sending
me a photo.
Enjoy, and I'll be back in the next issue! -Richard
Vehlow '91; firstname.lastname@example.org
David Phelps (MBA) received an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Massachusetts College of
Liberal Arts in May 2017. David was appointed in
1993 as president of Berkshire Health Systems, the
primary provider of health-care services in Berkshire County, and Berkshire Healthcare Systems.
Rachael Katz (MechE), co-owner of Greenfield
Gallery, was featured in a January 2017 article in
the Greenfield, Mass., Recorder. The article details
her professional history and her many contributions to the Franklin County arts community.
Paul Falvey (MBA) was selected in 2016 to be the
next president and CEO of Bank of New Hampshire. He has an impressive 30 years of experience
as a bank executive, most recently serving as president and CEO of Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank.
Zane Mitchell (MBA) became dean of the Pott
College of Science, Engineering, and Education at
the University of Southern Indiana in December
2016. He joined the USI faculty in 2009.
Congratulations to David, Rachael, Paul, and Zane
for these acknowledgements of your hard work and
Frank Fonseca wrote that he is living in Miami
with his wife of 20 years, Tiffany, and twins 12-y/o
Max and Nina. Frank is president of HJ Foundation, a national specialty deep foundation contractor that has set several world records in its industry.
Frank enjoys time with the family including caddying for Max in national golf tournaments.
For those of you in flyover land, and unable to
attend the 25th Reunion in Troy this fall, drop me
a line! If you find yourself in Minneapolis, I'll spot
you a beer at one of our fine local taphalls... -John
Trammell '92; email@example.com
25th Reunion: September 2018 Pretty soon, it
will be 2018, and the big 25 for the Class of '93.
The aching bones (once in a while), working with
recent grads who are 25 years old, and the conversations of "when we retire," remind me that the
years go by quickly. When I read the class notes,
I am encouraged to see how fruitful the years have
been. I'm looking forward to the next 25!
Cheryl Porro was named one of the 43 most powerful female engineers of 2017, in honor of National
Engineers Week (February 19-25). Cheryl is senior
vice president, Technology and Products, at Salesforce.org. Salesforce.org is the nonprofit organization at the heart of the company's "1-1-1" philanthropic philosophy, in which it donates 1 percent
of its equity, 1 percent of its employees' time, and 1
percent of its product to causes.
Julie Berry '95 Honored for Excellence
in Young Adult Literature
Julie Berry '95 was awarded a Michael L. Printz Honor for
Excellence in Young Adult Literature for her novel The Passion
of Dolssa. The Printz Medal is the teen literature counterpart to
the Caldecott Medal for picture books and
the Newbery Medal for children's literature.
The Passion of Dolssa was also named a Best
Fiction for Adults Top Ten Title by YALSA, the
Young Adult Library Services Organization.
The Passion of Dolssa, published by Viking Children's Books, is a sweeping
historical thriller set during 13th-century southern France. The New York Times
called it "gorgeous and evocative...magnificent." Other reviews have called it
"irresistibly compelling" and "an expertly crafted piece of historical fiction."
Berry, the author of nine books, including the farcical middle grade mystery, The Scandalous
Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, and the highly acclaimed All the Truth That's In Me (Viking, 2013),
earned her bachelor's in communication at Rensselaer and an MFA from Vermont College.
In this neck of the woods, I have accepted, and
started a job as a quality engineer at Ecolab, in
McDonough, Ga. -Ileana Gonzalez '93; igonzalez
Joanne Rapuano, MBA '94, joined Robinson +
Cole as counsel in the firm's Business Litigation
and Manufacturing Industry Groups. She focuses
her practice on international trade and federal
regulatory compliance matters, including government enforcement. She previously handled trade
compliance matters for United Technologies Corp.
and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. -Bill Wheeler '94;
Please keep the updates coming. Tony Artino Jr. is
still on active duty with the U.S. Navy and put on
captain (O-6) on April 3. Please join me in congratulating Tony on his promotion.
Paul Stamas was named chief information officer
at Northern Rivers, a not-for-profit organization.
Stephen Paulone was appointed to a full-time
faculty position in the business department at York
County Community College.
Julie Berry's latest book, The Passion of Dolssa, was
named Printz Honor title by the American Library
Association, which is the teen and young adult
counterpart to the Caldecott and Newbery honors!
Major General Leopoldo "Lee" Quintas Jr. has
been selected to succeed Major General James
Rainey as commander of the 3rd Infantry Division.
James Franchini was named new superintendent
of the Averill Park School District.
I continue to work in the U.S. Navy Reserves
and was also promoted to Navy captain (O-6) in
January of this year. -Michael Van Poots '95;
Congratulations to Bryan Richardson on his
induction into the Rensselaer Athletics Hall of
Fame. During his RPI hockey career Bryan averaged 1.37 points per game, scored 80 goals, and had
113 assists. Even more than 20 years after graduation he remains number four in school history
for assists and number eight for points. Congratulations, Bryan. -Hank Carbone '96; hcarbone
In their news searches, the good folks at RPI
uncovered the following moves: Donald Outing is
making his mark at Lehigh as the university's first
vice president for equity and community. Gabriel
Hodge was named a principal at Bohlin Cywinski
Jackson, where leads the firm's Wilkes-Barre, Pa.,
office with principals Bill Loose and Peter Bohlin
'58. Wayne Lee joined West Monroe Partners in
March to lead their security and infrastructure
practice and to grow their West Coast cybersecurity practice. Laura Casamento, president of Utica
College, was honored as a 2017 New York State
Woman of Distinction. And Karthik Bala (along
with his brother Guha) launched Velan Studios, an
independent video game developer based in downtown Troy. The brothers spent 11 years at Activision, so they are well-poised to create something
I was able to catch up with a few RPIers at a fundraiser in late April for Camp Kesem. If you haven't
heard of them, they are a nonprofit that supports
children through and beyond their parent's cancer. Neha (Shah) Biggs is on the national board
of directors and was back in town from Chicago to
kick off the inaugural Boston Magic Ball. Alicia
(Sopko) Kabir recently joined the organization
as their COO, making the leap into the nonprofit
world. Taric Kabir is global product line leader for
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