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.
Thaxter Trafton '61 has stepped down as Executive Director of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. He will continue to serve the Hall of Fame as a member of the Board of Directors.
Stephen Robbins ’69 and wife, Marta Robbins, were featured in the Bangor Daily News for their whirlwind romance which began in Bangkok in the 1970s. The article entitled, “From Bangkok to Brewer: An international love story,” tells of the couples chance meeting in Bangkok through a mutual friend. Both had ties to Maine, Stephen having grown up in Brewer and Marta’s family originating in Washington County, though she had never been. After only two weeks they were engaged and have been married for 43 years.


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).”
Michael ’75 and Joan Anderson, owners of the Winterport Winery, were named 2014 Producers of the Year by the Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association. The Andersons have expanded into brewing handcrafted batch beers under the label of Penobscot Bay Brewery. They also offer monthly paired dinners, cooking classes, and catered events. You may buy their wines and beers at their tasting room in downtown Winterport or at many stores and shops throughout Maine.
Willard A. Dyer '75 has started a new position at Rainbow International of Greater Portland as Senior Marketing Manager.
Christopher Recor '76 has joined Grant Thornton LLP as a Managing Director and Leader of its Financial Services Advisory Anti-Money Laundering practice based in New York. Chris brings over 20 years of experience in compliance and anti-money laundering service industries to his new position.


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.
Adel Al-Alawi ’83 and Khalifa Al-Jowder ’81 visited the Husson University campus this summer to visit new and old friends. Adel and Khalifa are both active in the Information Systems Audit and Control Association’s (ISACA) Bahrain Chapter, with Adel acting as Vice President and Khalifa acting as President.
Deborah Hogan '83 recently completed classes at Concord Law School at the age of 56, with the graduation ceremony held at Skirball Center in Los Angeles. She graduated with Highest Honors, received the Concord Legal Service Award and was named the Valedictorian of her law class.
William "Bill" Pupkis ‘85 was given the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE) Board of Directors during the 2014 Annual Presidential Reception for his dedication, commitment and service to the AAOE and the orthopaedic industry.
Katherine Baillargeon Gifford '81 was recently named to the Old Town High School Athletic Hall of Fame. She was a three-year letter winner in Basketball and was the first 1,000 point scorer in Old Town's history. Kathy was named to the Eastern Maine all-tournament team in 1979 and was a stand- out player at Husson for two years, earning most valuable player honors.
Deborah Jordan ’87 has recently been promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer of Camden National Bank. Her responsibilities will now expand to include operations and technology, human resources and development, retail loan production and credit administration. She currently oversees finance, marketing, the office of project management and strategic planning.
Jeff Crowley ’87 was named Vice President of Global Channel Sales for NanoLumens. Jeff brings over 25 years of executive sales and marketing leadership experience to the company.


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!
Bruce Grainger '90 just completed a 4 year run where he led TOA Technologies as the Global Head of Sales to a successful acquisition to Oracle Corporation.  TOA was a $10 million a year software startup when Bruce started and played a lead role in growing it to over 700 employees globally with customers on every continent and a half a billion dollar acquisition by Oracle Corp.  Bruce was inducted into the Husson Alumni Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Sports Hall of Fame with his fellow 1989 Men’s Basketball team in 2014). Bruce and Cyndy (Clavette), also a Class of 1990 Husson graduate, are enjoying life in Charlotte, North Carolina with three teenagers the oldest a freshman now at Elon University.
Yousif Taqi, CPA ’90 is Director and Chief Executive Officer of Al Salam Bank of Bahrain. Al Salam Bank Bahrain was incorporated on January 19, 2006 in the Kingdom of Bahrain with a paid up capital of US$ 318 million. The banks Initial Public Offering, comprising 35% of the bank’s paid up capital, raised over $US 7 billion and was the largest IPO in the history of the Kingdom. Yousif did his full undergraduate program at Husson graduating in 1990 with an accounting degree. Before joining Al Salam Bank, he worked in leading positions for a number of institutions in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He was Deputy General Manager of Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain) where he was responsible for establishing Kuwait Finance House Malaysia. Prior to this Yousif spent 20 years with Ernst and Young during which time he provided professional services for many regional and international financial institutions. He was promoted to Partner responsible for providing auditing and consultancy services to the Islamic financial institutions. He is currently the Chairman of Manara Developments Company B.S.C. (c) and a director of ASB Biodiesel (Hong Kong) Limited, affiliates for ASBB and also a board member of Al Salam Bank-Algeria, Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA), Amar Holding Company B.S.C. (c),  and Tadhamon Capital.
Ed Leeman '90 has stepped down as head basketball coach at Calais High School. Ed led Calais to a 171-31 record and three Class C State Championships and four Eastern Maine Championships in his ten years as head coach. He has accepted a position as regional manager with the Jobs for Maine’s Graduates program.
Tracey '92 and Guy Whitten, owners of the University Inn Academic Suites in Orono, recently purchased the nearby Black Bear Inn and Conference Center as a way to expand their ownership and presence in the community.
Karyna Quiroz Holmberg ’95 is a pharmaceutical sales representative for AstraZeneca in the New York City area. Karyna is the sister of Carolina Quiroz Boutaugh ’02.
Michael J. Murphy ’95 recently published a book entitled Our Real World: What Happened to America. His book provides a sobering look at America’s future through two case studies, Great Northern Paper and the creation of the towns Millinocket and East Millinocket, and the historic bankruptcy of General Motors. Murphy traces their origins, march to success, and the events leading to their eventual downfall. Copies of his book can be purchased from Amazon.com under the author’s name, M.J. Murphy.
Cory Richardson '97 has been appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Northfield Savings Bank in Vermont. Cory joined the bank 12 years ago as Finance & Accounting Manager and has continued to broaden his responsibilities through the years as Vice President.
Todd Bickford '90 has been named a Director in the Audit Practice of Baker Newman Noyes. Todd joined the firm in 1995 and has served successfully in the practice of auditing engineering, construction, and higher education entities. In his new role he will focus on cultivating the employees of Baker Newman Noyes as well as its clients.
Lesley J.S. Johnson ’96 has been welcomed into the International Nurses Association with her publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Lesley has dedicated her career to advancing health education in rural areas to help those who may not normally receive such resources.
Michelle LaCombe RN '96, '13 recently joined the medical staff of Penobscot Community Health Care's Brewer Medical Center as a Nurse Practitioner. She has more than 18 years of experience as a registered nurse, including time spent as an inpatient and outpatient psychiatric nurse practitioner and emergency room care manager.
Mischelle Adams ’99 was awarded the Certified Trust & Financial Advisor designation from the institute of Certified Bankers, a subsidiary of the Americans Bankers Association. Mischelle is currently the Wealth Management Account Officer at Bangor Savings Bank.
Mizuho Siato ’91 visited Paul Husson last summer with her two young boys Masahiro, 16, and Yuji, 12.
Philip Jean '97 recently joined Harmony Healthcare International as the Vice President of Administrative Operations, reporting to the President and CEO. He will serve as the key operational liaison and an administrator mentor for the company. He will also develop and manage strategic partnerships and will represent the company as a national speaker on clinical, operational, and reimbursement topics.


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.
Patricia Hamilton ’01 has been appointed to the position of Director of Health and Community Services by the Bangor City Manager. Patricia has served in this capacity in the interim since August 2013 and has been with the department for several years, serving as a public health nurse and Director of Public Health Nursing.
Dereck Tobey ’02 and wife Jennifer welcomed baby boy Ian Tobey to the family earlier this year.
Matt Goodman ’05 has been named Assistant Coach for the Brewer High School girls’ soccer team. After surviving an IED attack in Afghanistan in 2013, Matt returned home to spend more time with family and friends. His friend, David Hamel, acting as the head coach for the girls’ team and knowing his passion for the sport, asked Matt to be his assistant coach. Matt brings his experience as both player and coach at Husson, John Bapst High School and Memorial High School in Manchester, New Hampshire to Brewer, focusing on the importance of goalkeepers and communication.
Nicholas Storer '07 is currently traveling with the Life in Color Tour as the Audio Engineer. The Life in Color Tour began in 2006 on college campuses as "The World's Largest Paint Party" and stages more than 200 concerts annually across the globe. Life in Color has become part of the biggest movements in dance music to date.
Wade Grindle ’07 and Therese Grindle ’07 welcomed baby Jasper Andre Grindle to the family on September 24, 2014.
Sarah Tolman '00 has recently joined The First, N.A. as the Senior Vice President of Branch Administration. Prior to this position, she served as the Area Retail Leader and the Knox County Branch Manager for Key Bank's Southern Maine market.
Mohamed Dahlan ’02 is Manager of Central and Eastern Sales at Rahji Steel in Saudi Arabia.
Brandiann Kanya (Russin) ’01 welcomed a baby boy, Andrew Garrett Kanya, to the world on December 8th, 2014.
Kelly Dow Anderson ’03, and her husband, Jake Anderson MSOT '04 are pleased to announce the birth of their third daughter, Abigail Susan Anderson. She was born on November 17, 2014 at 9 lbs 13 oz and 23 inches long.  Abby joins big sisters Brynnan and Hayley. Kelly continues to work as an 8th grade language arts teacher at Bonny Eagle M.S., and Jake is a healthcare administrator at Seaside Rehabilitation in Portland.  The couple currently resides in Standish, ME.
Jane Cirone '06 was recently promoted to the role of Vice President, Finance and Accounting Manager at Gorham Savings Bank. Jane joined the institution in 1996 and has served many roles including Commercial Loan Credit Analyst and Senior Financial Analyst. In addition, she is the current chair of the Standish Budget Committee.
Kasey Mehuren ’09 was recently promoted to the position of Associate Director for ESPN.
Melissa Craig '03 has been appointed as Executive Director of Bellavita at Scarborough, a new assisted living and dementia care community. It is operated by Brookdale Senior Living, the nation's largest senior living provider based in Tennessee. Melissa is a licensed residential care administrator and brings over 15 years of senior living experience to her new position.
Kevin McLaughlin, Jr., Esq. '01 was admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on February 4, 2015. He successfully passed the Massachusetts Bar Exam on his first attempt after receiving his J.D. from the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover.
Ryo Hisatsugu '03, '05 and his wife, Mayumi, welcomed a baby boy, Sho-ma, to the family in late January.


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.
Courtney Allen '11 has recently joined the team at CBRE| The Boulos Company as the Executive Assistant to Drew Sigfridson, SIOR. She will assist him as he runs the daily operations of the company. Courtney will also assist with company-wide marketing initiatives and event planning.
Jessica Beal '12 has been promoted to Assistant Vice President and Store Manager of the Ellsworth branch of TD Bank. She will be responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing daily operations serving customers in Washington and Hancock counties.
Nickolas Huggins '11 and Paige Gardiner were married on April 12, 2014 in Hermon, ME, where they currently reside. Paige is a 2013 graduate of the University of Maine School of Nursing and is employed as a NICU RN by Eastern Maine Medical Center. Nickolas is employed as a patrol officer by the Bangor Police Department.
Lauren Hendrick ’13 and Jonathan Niles ’13 were married on September 27, 2014 at Maple Hill Farms. The couple are pharmacy graduates with Lauren working as a Pharmacist at Rite Aid Pharmacy in Gardiner and Jon working as the Pharmacy Manager at Hannaford in South China. The couple now resides in West Gardiner.
Brittany Carr ’14 recently accepted a position at WHDH, Channel 7 in Boston, MA as an Editor.
Jason Falvey DPT '08, '10 was a recent recipient of a Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarship provided by the Foundation for Physical Therapy Board of Trustees. The scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding physical therapists as they begin their first year of graduate studies toward a post professional doctoral degree. Jason is currently a PhD student in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Kristina Wildes ’13 has been promoted to the General Manager position at Fairfield Inn in Bangor, Maine. She worked previously as the Front Office Manager at the Inn.
Jennifer Horton '12, '14 has recently been promoted to Senior HR Specialist at Baker, Newman, Noyes where she began working in 2012. In addition to her new position, Jennifer has also received SHRM-CP certification and is a member of the Southern Maine HR Association (HRASM), the Manchester Area Human Resources Association (MAHRA), and the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). She currently resides in New Gloucester, Maine with her husband and two dogs.
Joseph Visciano '12 was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his contributions to Beck's latest album, "Morning Phase." Joe works for Electric Lady Studios and has worked with such artists as Coldplay, U2, Mark Ronson, Shovels & Rope, Mary J. Blige, Arcade Fire, The Civil Wars, and Buddy Guy.
Heather Hibbard ’14 and Patrick Danforth ’13 were married on June 21, 2014 in Colebrook, New Hampshire. The couple currently resides in Texas and they are both proud to be alumni of Husson University!
Bradley Libby ’11, ’13 recently opened a new physical therapy clinic servicing the Bangor area. Performance Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab, Inc. provides awareness, education, opportunities and support to the general public to gain a healthy lifestyle without injury. The clinic will also provide treatment of injuries and conditions from infancy to geriatrics.  Performance PT houses three treatment rooms and two fully equipped gyms for rehabilitation.


Bruce MacGregor will be inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2015 for his longtime dedication to Husson College as a basketball and golf coach. The induction will be held during a banquet on Sunday, August 23 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.