Class Notes


Edward Youngblood, ’61 was given the Catherine Lebowitz Award for Public Service. It honored his hard work in support of the Omnibus Energy Bill and for setting a civil and sensible tone in the Maine State Senate in 2013. Youngblood represents Senate District 31, which includes Penobscot County communities.
Arthur Verow, ’66, is serving his first term in the Maine Legislature as a Representative of House District 21. The seat in Augusta follows 40 years of service as Brewer’s City Clerk, and six years on the Brewer City Council. Verow was also the Mayor of Brewer, Maine.


Edward Arsenault, ‘71, ΚΔΦ would like to say “hi” to all his fellow alumni and Kappa Delta Phi fraternity brothers. He’s living in Scarborough with his wife Maureen and enjoying retirement after working for 20 plus years selling cutting tools and equipment.
John Angela, ’71, was recently appointed as Vice President for Administrative Services/CFO for Urbana University in Ohio.
Parker Tripp, ’72, ΜΣΧ, is the subject of a new book, MAINE WILD, Adventures of Fish and Game Wardens, Volume 1. The 280-page book is geared towards readers ages 9 to 99 who enjoy reading about outdoor adventure. Tripp is a retired Chief Warden with the Maine Warden Service, and now lives in Augusta, Maine.
James Wright, ’72, ΜΣΧ has retired after a 41-year career in public education. He started as a business education teacher at what was then Searsport District High School. Wright also worked at Massachusetts Bay Community College and California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. He spent 19 years at the Ohlone Community College District in the San Francisco Bay area, before retiring as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Deputy Superintendent. He lives in Pleasanton, CA.
Caren Bragg, ’75, provides consultant services for nine primary care practices. Caren’s husband recently retired from the Air National Guard. They have even more reason to “bragg” since their only son graduated this past December from Husson University with a degree in Criminal Justice. The Braggs live in Brewer, Maine.
Verna Eldridge, ’78, was named director of the Wage and Hour Division for the Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards. She’s worked for the state department for close to 30 years.
Lynn Gerrish, ’78, ΚΔΦ, celebrated the wedding of not one, but two sons this past summer. She’s now looking forward to the birth of her fifth grandchild.
Norma J. Parkinson, ’78, has been living in the Memphis, Tennessee area since 2003 with her husband, James Parkinson. Norma enjoys working at International Paper in Memphis. “I think it is ironic that I had to move to Memphis to work for a paper company since I grew up in a paper mill town (Old Town, Maine).”


Khalifa Al-Jower, ’81, is the director of accounts of the Central Bank of Bahrain. He also serves as president of ISACA Bahrain Chapter. Al-Jower lives in Arad.
Timothy Durling, ’81, says “life is good” in Wesley Chapel, Florida. He’s a teacher and life coach down there. After 30 years working in the corporate IT world, Durling says he decided to exit that life and give something back. He’s now the career specialist at a local high school.
Tim Ward, ’82, is enjoying life in the Bangor area with his 25-year old son, Cameron. The father-son duo is well-known in the community. Cam has autism so he spends most of his time with Tim. You’ll spot them at baseball games and Bangor waterfront concerts. He calls the bond with his son, “a special love story between father and son.”
Adel Al-Alawi, ’83, is an associate professor at the University of Bahrain. He considers it the “perfect career.” Dr. Al-Alawi and his wife live in Hamad Town but came to Husson University in September to help settle in their son, Fawaz who’s now taking classes at his father’s alma mater.
Scott Stacey, ’83, ΚΔΦ, was promoted to vice president at Norton Insurance in Southern Maine. He joined the company in 2002, and became a partner in 2007. He manages property and casualty risks as well as professional liability, for the medical and legal field. Stacey lives in Portland with his family.
Randy Harris, ’85, has spent the past 30 years as a high school basketball coach at Lee Academy in Lee, Maine. Harris has also coached girl’s soccer and baseball. In addition to coaching, Harris is also the athletic director at Lee Academy.
William Pupkis, ’85, ΚΔΦ. After retiring as the CEO of Capital Region Orthopaedics in upstate New York, Pupkis decided to move back to Frankfort, Maine and begin a new career in woodworking. Pupkis started Mainely Twigs, where he builds custom made furniture and toys.
Rick Varney, ’85, ΚΔΦ, was named as one of General Motor’s Dealers of the Year. It is the eighth time Varney and his company has been recognized by General Motors and they were the only GM dealership in Maine to receive the accolades last year.
Brent Hartley, ’87, was elected as the new director of the Machias Bancorp MHC and its subsidiaries. Hartley is the vice president and CFO of Sargent Corporation in Stillwater. He lives in Hermon, Maine.
Richard Amero, Jr., ’89, ΤΚΕ, is the new athletic director at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine.
Renee Bishop, ’89, received a promotion at her company, BerryDunn. Bishop, a principal, is now the practice group leader in the health care and not-for-profit group. Bishop joined the firm in 1993. She lives in Hermon, Maine.


Steven Pelletier, ’90 is living in Lakeside Park, Kentucky and celebrating 25 years with xpedx/International Paper. Pelletier is married with three boys – Tyler (16), Jack (14), and Will (11). He plans to visit Husson University within the next year and says he looks forward to seeing all the changes since graduating.
Peter Sirois, ’91, ΜΣΧ, was named to the Maine Hospital Association Board of Directors. Sirois is the CEO of Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent. This year marks his 25th year with the hospital.
Larry Shaw, ’93, was featured in Bangor Metro magazine’s December issue for his success at Maine Mutual Group Insurance, based in Presque Isle. Shaw is the long-time president and CEO of the company. Shaw graduated from Husson’s Presque Isle campus.
Motohiko Kimura, ’94, was promoted to Vice President for Neuroscience Business in Japan. Kimura works at Elekta, a global cancer care company based in Stockholm, Sweden.
Kris Doody, ’97, is among eight new members of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees. Doody is the CEO of Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Maine.
Mischelle Adams, ’99, was hired by Bangor Savings Bank as an account officer for the Wealth Management Trust Group. Before that, Adams was with Bar Harbor Trust Services. She lives in Hermon, Maine.
Fumikazu Kato ’96 and his wife, Waka, visited Paul Husson this September in Bangor. Fumi and Waka own the restaurant, Enn, in Lincoln, Rhode Island and where Fumi is the Executive Chef specializing in Japanese Cuisine. If you decide to visit the restaurant, please introduce yourself as a Husson Alumnus, for Fumi and Waka are sure to give you a warm welcome!


Matt Mulligan, 2013 was an exciting year for the former Eagles football and basketball player. It started with the birth of Mulligan’s first child, a daughter named Clara. Then in September, Mulligan signed on as a tight end for the New England Patriots. Matt recently returned to campus to speak to current Husson students.
David Shannon, ’02, was appointed president and CEO of Jersey Shore Hospital. Before that, Shannon was CEO of Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, Maine, where he worked for two decades.
Evgeny Miroshnikov, ’04, is the project manager for Cameron International, which produces subsea valves for oil and gas extraction. The position has taken the Husson grad to Colico, Italy for a year where he will work in procurement.
Jaclyn Fish, ’05, is the new chair of Fusion Bangor. The service organization is made up of young professionals working to ensure the Bangor region continues its momentum and is a vital place for young professionals to call home.
Woodrow Cross, Honorary Doctorate ’06. The patriarch of Cross Insurance Center was front row and center at the ribbon cutting for the city of Bangor’s new $65 million arena bearing his name. The Cross Insurance Center replaces the Bangor auditorium, which was torn down last year.
Samuel Adolphsen, ’08, is the new deputy commissioner of finance for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. In January, he joined the department as the director of strategic development. Previously, Adolphsen was the director of the Maine Heritage Policy Center’s Center for Open Government as well as the organization’s director of government and external affairs.
Abdulkarim Muhammad Al Agil, ’08, is working for one of his family’s companies in Saudi Arabia. Al Agil is an operations manager for 38 showrooms in different regions. He and his wife, Riyadh, have two young sons.
Jason Pierce,’08 and Whitney Henry, ’09, are engaged to be married. Henry works as a substance abuse counselor in South Portland. Pierce is a sales representative in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A September wedding is planned.
Adam Hunt, ’09, is working full-time as an assistant video coordinator for the Trenton Thunder, a Yankees AA affiliate in New Jersey. Hunt oversees International Operations for the 2013 Eastern League Champions.
Amanda Lonko, ’10, married Bradley King last summer. Lonko works as a certified public accountant at Haverlock, Estey and Curran in Hampden, Maine.


Thomas Hersom, ’11, tied the knot in July with Kathyrn Dutil. Hersom teaches at Williams Elementary School in Oakland. He and his wife live in Winslow, Maine.
Amanda Gifford, ’12, is the new coach of the Hermon High School girl’s basketball team. While at Husson, Gifford played basketball for the Eagles, as well as soccer and softball. She also helped coach the Husson women’s soccer team.
Mallary Miller, ’12, is engaged to John Tripp of Spruce Head. Miller is the scheduling coordinator at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, Maine. An August wedding is planned in Tenants Harbor, Maine.
Chelsea Paradis, ’12 is engaged to Adam Kavanagh. Paradis is the accounting supervisor at Evergreen Manufacturing in Madawaska. A September wedding is planned in Frenchville, Maine.
Megan Bishop, ’13, was published in the July edition of the Journal of English Language, Literature, and Culture. She actually wrote the article as a capstone project for Dr. Sand’s class, and then revised it for the journal. It’s called “To Be a Good Father.”
Jonathan Niles, ’13 & Lauren Hendrick, ’13. Two recent graduates of the School of Pharmacy are now working in their field and getting ready for another life change together. They’re planning to get married in September. Hendrick is working as a pharmacist at Rite Aid in Gardiner, Maine while Niles is employed at Hannaford in Turner, Maine.
Renee Powers, ’13, is working at Lisbon Family Practice as a family nurse practitioner.
Brooke Smallwood, ’13, married Brandon McAvoy this past August at Shin Pond in Maine. Smallwood is a graduate of Husson’s doctorate program in physical therapy.
Gwen Maddox '14 has joined the staff at Continuum Physical Therapy, a physical therapist-owned private practice in Rockland. Her professional interests include orthopedics, manual therapy, geriatrics, balance and functional training.