Fall 2014 Class Notes

Gretchen Smith Dale, HS&S, of Stowe, Vt., writes: “I moved to an independent living place in Stowe, close to my daughters. My high school sweetheart whom I lived with for eight years passed. I lived here once before, after my husband died when he was 48. My basset hound, Molly, lives with me.”

Ross Michael Feinberg, A&S, of Cranston, R.I., writes: “My former roommate, Ken Tankoos, ’56 and his wife, paid us a visit last week and took us out for lunch. They came from their upstate New York home. Ken also lives in Boca Raton, Fla. Our son, Steven, director of film and TV at the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, joined us.”

James A. Warren, HS&S, of Lincoln, R.I., writes: “I’m finally retired—2 children Elisa ’91 & James ’92, both URI grads, 3 grandchildren—all good athletes. I only play golf on days that end in y!”

Paul E. Levine, of West Hartford, Conn., writes: “I completed my 54th ‘tax season’ in April. I went to a large basketball luncheon in Boca Raton, Fla., in December with “Dusty” Mormando ’58, a neighbor in Fla., and Fred Hart ’57. I have been married for 54 years to Shelley Levine, who visited the campus in 1956, and attended several reunions.”

Joseph William Marriott, ENG, of Syosset, N.Y., writes: “Our youngest of three sons turns 50 this year. The eldest of six grandchildren graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in April. Mary Ann and I have been traveling: Jazz events in Bavaria and California, Machu Picchu and the rain forest in Peru, Argentina, Brazil, and China were all recent trips. In June we were off to Turkey, Greece and Israel. My most fun trip was to the Chicago area to see White Sox, Brewers and Cubs games with neighbors. I am still very active in the Huntington Men’s Chorus and our local church.”

Judith Nowakowski Smith, HS&S, of Westerly, R.I., writes: “I have sold my infants’ and children’s specialty shop in Watch Hill, R.I., and I am looking forward to retirement. I owned the shop for 29 years, survived several hurricanes and floods, and have wonderful memories of the children, parents and grandparents who patronized my store.”

Frank D. Carey, HS&S, of Lynn, Mass., who at the end of May became the all-time leader among Massachusetts high school baseball coaches, stepped down at the end of this, his 49th, season at North Reading High School. Carey, who attended and played for St. Mary’s in the early 1960s before attending URI, has been teaching and/or coaching at North Reading since graduation. His 1,000th varsity baseball game, a 12-6 win over Saugus, capped off an astonishing career which saw North Reading teams win 727 of those 1,000 games.

Patricia Perri Panciera, HS&S, of Westerly, R.I., writes: “Running for School Committee in Westerly. Retired after 28 years teaching English. Doing some editing of novels. Seven grandchildren: oldest is a junior at BC; second oldest a sophomore at Northeastern.”

Fred N. Raisner, A&S, of Cranston, R.I., writes: “I am a member of the board of trustees of the Cranston, R.I., library system.”

Peter Phillip D’Amico, A&S, of East Greenwich, R.I., writes: “As class treasurer, I am pleased to announce that our class gift with the URI Foundation has grown to $25,040, with $776 distributed this academic year for general scholarship.”

David R. Dubinsky, CBA, of Stratford, Conn., is CFO of NewView Advisors, LLC, an investment banking and private equity firm based in Connecticut. He is also an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University’s John F. Welch College of Business, where he teaches accounting and finance courses.

George Timothy Cranston, HS&S, of North Kingstown, R.I., a historian, traces his Rhode Island roots back to 1637, when his ancestor John Cranston, a young boy of 12, left Scotland as a ward of Jeremy Clarke, traveling aboard a sailing vessel bound eventually for Rhode Island. He was sent to the “colonies” by his father, a chaplain to King Charles, as he feared retribution would be rained down upon the boy by Cromwell during the long period of turmoil in England. He later become colonial governor; Cranston’s son Samuel married the granddaughter of Roger Williams, and eventually would become the longest standing governor in history. Today that long standing lineage, and inherent Rhode Island sense of place, are personified by Cranston, self-proclaimed arbiter of all things ‘Swamp Yankee,’and local historian of Ye Old North Kingstown and South County. His popular local history newspaper column has run in the NorthEast Independent for more than 14 years, and has won two RI Press Association Spirit of Rhode Island and two PreserveRI Education Awards. The South County Tourism Council recently awarded Cranston its South County Starlight Award for his walking tours and guided bus tours of the region, and the North Kingstown Arts Council recently honored him as the inaugural recipient of its Skog Award. The town council of North Kingstown honored Cranston by naming him the town’s first official town historian. In 2013 PreserveRI and the RI Historic Preservation Commission honored Cranston with the Antoinette F. Downing Volunteer Service Award.

John F. Brennan, ENG, of Westwood, Mass., has joined the advisory board of Bay Area Lyme Foundation. Both his professional experience and personal connection to Lyme disease will move the organization much closer to putting an end to the disease.

William M. Dolan, A&S, of Providence, R.I., has joined the Providence office of DBS as a partner. He comes to the firm from the Rhode Island office of Brown Rudnick where he served as managing director of litigation and as general counsel and chief legal officer. Dolan practices in the areas of commercial litigation, professional ethics and malpractice, bankruptcy and construction law. He also has extensive experience as an arbitrator and mediator.

Deborah L. Byrne, A&S, of Coventry, R.I., has joined BankNewport as vice president and business development officer. She will be responsible for business development, commercial loan production, cross sales origination and cross team collaboration in the Coventry, Cranston and East Greenwich markets. Byrne brings more than 19 years in the banking industry to her new position. Most recently she served as a small business banker at Bank of America. Previously, she was a branch manager for Webster Bank and business banking relationship manager for Citizens Bank.

Michael D. Sullivan, A&S, of Middletown, R.I., computer scientist at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, was recently awarded the Brazilian Tamandarè Medal in a ceremony at the Brazilian Naval Commission in Washington, D.C. The award is comparable to the U.S. Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Stephen L. Peterson, CBA, of Bloomington, Ind., writes: “I have been a rowing coach at URI, Rutgers, and George Washington University, and now I coach at Indiana University. We just finished up our 2014 season at the NCAAs, finishing 11th in the country—the best ever for Indiana. I was named Division I Head Coach of the Year for our success.”

Donald E. Tencher, HS&S, of South Kingstown, R.I., was recognized as a National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for the fourth time during his career at Rhode Island College, having also received this prestigious honor in 2010, 2006, and 2001. Tencher is one of only four Division III athletic directors who was recognized on June 11.

David A. Accetta, A&S, of Cranston, R.I., retired Army Lt. Col., took to the sky during the 70th anniversary of D-Day, leaping from a World War II aircraft onto a field near France’s village of St. Mere Eglise, where troopers of the 82nd Airborne landed on June 6, 1944. David retired from the Army in 2008 after postings in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is now employed by an Army research and development organization in Natick, Mass.

Pilar Seyrlehner, PHM, of Virginia Beach, Va., writes: “I am writing to inform you about a celebration we had in November 2013. Four URI College of Pharmacy graduates met in Virginia to celebrate our friendship and our 25-year anniversary of graduation from URI. All four classmates started at URI in 1983 and somehow made it through the rigorous five year program to become pharmacists. Although each of us chose a different state to live in and each pursued a different path in pharmacy, we maintained a lasting friendship for nearly 30 years. Annette (Hoffman) Williams ’88 currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. She went into pharmaceutical sales shortly after leaving URI. She pursued an MBA and has worked in several capacities of the pharmaceutical sales and safety fields. She currently works as the senior director, global head, customer safety services at Quintiles. Elaine (Conroy) Brunelle ’89 currently lives in Massachusetts and is married with two children. Brunelle is the only one of us to have remained in New England after graduation and has worked in retail practice for nearly 25 years. Alice (Townsend) MacGregor ’88 currently lives in Maryland and is married with three children. MacGregor started out in retail pharmacy, then joined the U.S. Public Health Service and worked at the FDA until she took some time off to raise her three children. Currently she works in the drug safety arena. I live in Virginia with my husband and two children. I pursued my M.S. in pharmacy administration upon leaving URI and have worked as pharmacy director in several health care settings, including hospital, long-term care, and managed care. The four of us met up in Charlottesville, Virginia, where we visited several vineyards and enjoyed good food, wine, and conversation. We pledged to meet again and this time visit campus. Go Rhody!”

Laura J. Kronen, CBA, of Duluth, Ga., writes: “My first book will launch September 15 on Amazon and Kindle: Too Sweet, The Not-So-Serious Side to Diabetes. It is a modern, humorous and positive look on living with diabetes (I’m Type 1 and have been for 20 years). The premise of the book is to show how you can live an empowering life with a chronic disease, and you can succeed, not just in spite of it, but even because of it. I also have a successful life-coaching organization called Be You Only Better, and I am launching a life-coaching school to train other coaches in my methods. I have started (and sold) other successful companies in the recent past. Every day I am able to help people develop their passion for life and their goals for the future.”

David E. Moscarelli, HS&S, of Providence, R.I., received the Rhode Island Teacher of the Year award from Governor Lincoln Chafee during an assembly of the student body at Ponaganset High School. He has been a science teacher at Ponaganset High School for 22 years, and is best known for bringing technology into the classroom and, students say, for his sense of humor.

Kenneth R. Pincus, CELS, of Warren, N.J., was voted the town’s new health officer. Licensed as a health officer by the state Department of Health, he is also recognized by the department as a registered environmental health specialist, a lead inspector/risk assessor and a certified retail food standardized trainer. In addition, Pincus holds a license as a commercial pesticide applicator and certification as a community noise enforcement officer with the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Christopher D. Delmastro, ENG, of Wakefield, R.I., was named winner of this year’s Rhode Island Federal Employee of the Year Award in the manager/supervisor category. His exemplary management contributions in the past year have earned him distinguished recognition from the R.I. Federal Executive Council. Chris is an engineer and head of the program management office, undersea warfare (USW) weapons, vehicles and defensive system department at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI.

Jason Scott Hellendrung, CELS, of Brookline, Mass., has led a team at Sasaki Associates researching sea level rise in Boston and design strategies for resilience. The research has culminated in an exhibition at District Hall in Boston, which seeks to share this body of work with the community and inspire action around a plan to protect Boston from climate change and sea level rise. Sea Change: Boston has already sparked many conversations locally, and garnered significant media coverage. You can learn more about Hellendrung’s project at www.sasaki.com/project/360/.

Adam C. Russell, A&S, of Arlington, Mass., graduated with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, spring semester 2014. His dissertation, “Formulation and Application of Radial Visualization Properties,” rigorously explored deeper mathematical properties of a specific class of data visualizations known as Normalized Radial Visualizations.

Antonio R. Dean, HS&S, of North Providence, R.I., has been named assistant men’s basketball coach at the College of Charleston, as announced by Head Coach Doug Wojcik: “We are very fortunate to hire an assistant coach with playing credentials, coaching experience and the exceptional ability to evaluate and recruit potential student-athletes.”

Joseph J. Pankowicz, NUR, of Warwick, R.I., writes: “I have been employed by Lifespan since 1998. I started my career at Rhode Island Hospital as an RN in the critical care units, then moved to The Miriam Hospital in 2008 as the clinical manager of the coronary care unit and the intravenous therapy department. I was recently promoted to director of ambulatory services at The Miriam Hospital. In this role I will be the nursing administrator/director for several ambulatory clinics at The Miriam, including the immunology/infectious disease clinic, TB clinic, men’s health clinic, a cardiovascular clinic, and several other small daily clinics.”

Joseph M. Bell, A&S, of Warwick, R.I., has been named vice president and branch manager at Bank Newport, overseeing the bank’s North Kingstown office on Ten Rod Road and the new Quonset office at The Shops at Quonset Point. He is responsible for branch operations, business development and staff development.

Edward A. Garcia, A&S, of Cranston, R.I., Cranston Public Library Director, was recently appointed by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee to serve a three-year term on the newly created RI Council of Economic Advisors. The Council will advise the governor, the executive office of commerce, and the state on economic matters and policy, including the strategic economic development plan for the state of Rhode Island. The task of the Council is to provide state leaders with economic data and analysis to better inform and shape commerce and economic development policies and opportunities in Rhode Island.

Melinda D. Golembeske, A&S, of West Warwick, R.I., also graduated from URI’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies in 2013.

Charles Seugling, A&S, of North Scituate, R.I., is assistant vice president, store manager of the TD Bank store located at 430 Central Avenue in Pawtucket, R.I. He is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the store serving customers in Providence County and across Rhode Island and southeastern Mass.

Claire L. Stadtmueller, A&S, of Westport, Conn., sang a recital for the Wagner Society of America in Chicago on May 18. Accompanied by pianist Celeste Rue, she performed arias from Lohengrin, Tännhäuser, Der Freischütz and Arabella.

Edwin R. Pacheco, A&S, of Pascoag, R.I., has been named associate vice president for development and external relations at Rhode Island College. Ed will manage the college’s giving programs, including the Annual Fund, corporate and foundation support, capital campaigns and planned giving. He also oversees government affairs for the college.

Sean T. Cottrell, CBA, of North Providence, R.I., was promoted as the new Vice President of Insurance Professionals of New England (IPNE) at Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. IPNE is a division of Starkweather & Shepley located in Sturbridge, Mass., which specializes in business insurance and employee benefits for health and human services agencies. He will assist in managing and growing the footprint specifically in the Worcester and Western Massachusetts market. Cottrell started as an account executive at Starkweather & Shepley after graduating from URI. He will continue as the Practice Leader for the Human Services Practice Group for the entire organization

Suzanne D. Augenstein, A&S, of East Greenwich, R.I., was named to the board of directors of Tockwotton on the Waterfront. Most recently, Augenstein served as the bar administrator for the R.I. Supreme Court.

Tamara S. Burman, HS&S, of Wakefield, R.I., was accepted into the Peace Corps and she departed for the Kyrgyz Republic on April 23 to begin training as an NGO developer. Burman will live and work at the community level to make a difference by working closely with the SECD program in order to improve the NGO’s organizational capacity and sustainability, create strategic and funding plans, raise public awareness of the NGO’s mission, conduct community outreach and motivate the NGO.

Kenji G. Greenberg, CBA, of Norwalk, Conn., earned his Certified Public Accounting designation in April of 2014. He works for Sansiveri, Kimball & Co, L.L.P. Greenberg provides audit, forensic and consulting services to a wide variety of the firm’s clients. In 2012, he earned an MS in accounting from the University of Connecticut.

Michelle Saunders, HS&S, of Rumford, R.I., spoke at the Yellow Cottage, a former state orphanage site on the Rhode Island College campus for a gathering of former foster children and others dedicated to finding loving homes for children in need, particularly older children. Saunders stated, “Because two Rhode Islanders cared enough to open their home and heart to me, I was given a chance and I took it. Give a child in need a chance. That’s all he or she is asking for. Please consider becoming a foster parent.” The Yellow Cottage at RIC is the last original building of the state orphanage complex that was in operation from 1885–1979.

Jarvis M. Batista, CBA, of Cranston, R.I., works for the firm of Ward, Fisher and Company LLP in Warwick and is studying for his CPA.

David A. Delfino, HS&S, of Johnston, R.I., is the physical education/health teacher and coach at Immaculate Conception School in Cranston, R.I., where he interacts with, teaches, and coaches student-athletes.

Alyssa Hillary, A&S, of Sharon, Mass., writes: “My piece, ‘The Erasure of Queer Autistic People,’ was published in Criptiques.”

Allison R. Loiselle, HS&S, of Warwick, R.I., graduated summa cum laude with a degree in kinesiology. After graduation Loiselle secured a job as a research assistant for the Navy lab in Groton. In August she will move to London where she has been accepted in the master’s program in space physiology at King’s College. While at URI Loiselle was captain of the Ramettes, interned with the football team, worked as a research assistant, and participated in the church mission trip to Nicaragua.


Gerald D. Dewitt ’90 to Christine Perry, on December 7, 2013.

Brian C. Whiting ’91 to Kristin Connelly, on October 26, 2013.

Coley M. Lockward ’95 to Abbigale Davison, on June 7, 2014.

Mark Thomas Barauskas ’96 to Megan French Ring, on February 27, 2014.

Melissa Gitlitz ’99 to Phil Cavell, on May 31, 2014.

Kate Serafini ’08 to Dave Maccarone ’07, on April 26, 2014.

Jeffrey S. Korn ’08 to Marissa C. Salvo ’09, on June 29, 2013.

Courtney M. Catalano ’09 to Matthew J. Marciano, on May 10, 2014.

Catherine L. Collazzo ’09 to Jason Hopper ’09, on June 1, 2013.

Heath Morrill ’09 to Amanda Downing ’11, on September 14, 2013.

Kristen N. Nelson ’09 to Matthew Fessler, on July 20, 2013.

Diane J. Maciejewski ’11 to Corey J. Craven, on August 3, 2010.


Scott and Kristy Thistle Yankee ’01, a daughter, Rowan Michelle, on October 2, 2013.

Emily D. Clapham ’02 and Joshua Smith ’02, a daughter, Zoe Clapham, on August 10, 2012.

Emily D. Clapham ’02 and Joshua Smith ’02, a son, Kai Clapham, on August 10, 2012.

Timothy C. and Melinda D. Golembeske ’04, a daughter, Sansa Rose, on January 4, 2014.

In Memoriam

Vera Bailey Evans ’41 of Springfield, Va., on June 22, 2014.

Mae Burt Adams ’42 of Barrington, R.I., on May 21, 2014.

Eugene Conway ’43 of Cumberland, R.I., on July 7, 2014.

Janice Harred Cooper ’44 of Coventry, Conn., on April 11, 2014.

Robert Scott ’45 of Valley Park, Mo., on May 22, 2014.

Eugene Marble ’46 of Lincoln, Texas, on April 24, 2014.

Demetra Hills ’47 of Cranston, R.I., on February 16, 2014.

Carl Barrie ’48 of Vineyard Haven, Mass., on June 30, 2014.

William Hunt ’48 of Port Charlotte, Fla., on April 22, 2014.

William Ferrante ’49 of Saunderstown, R.I., on June 14, 2014.

Norman Laflamme ’49 of Lithia, Fla., on June 7, 2014.

Lois Turner Winsor ’49 of Greenville, R.I., on March 7, 2014.

Bernadette Sheehan Hughes ’50 of Hoffman Estates, Ill., on June 2, 2014.

Norris Kenyon ’50 of Topsfield, Mass., on May 17, 2014.

Marshall Weiss ’50 of Silver Spring, Md., on December 24, 2013.

F. Jere Connor ’51 of Coventry, R.I., on May 11, 2014.

Edwin Hollien ’51 of Fanwood, N.J., on May 18, 2014.

Alice Heditsian Avedesian ’52 of North Kingstown, R.I., on July 8, 2014.

Roger Boucher ’52 of East Providence, R.I., on May 3, 2014.

John Pickup ’52 of Warwick, R.I., on May 20, 2014.

Winthrop Collins ’53 of Stamford, Conn., on May 4, 2014.

William Larkin ’53 of Cary, N.C., on May 18, 2014.

Laurent Marchand ’53 of Greenville, R.I., on August 27, 2013.

Janice Wilke ’54 of Wakefield, R.I., on December 24, 2013.

Wilfred Gerstenblatt ’55 of New York, N.Y., on June 12, 2014.

Dorothy Shores Decker ’56 of Narragansett, R.I., on June 6, 2014.

Joan Horton Goodwin ’56 of Williamsburg, Va., on June 12, 2014.

Manfred Ziegler ’57 of Portsmouth, R.I., on May 13, 2014.

James Gerlach ’58 of Wakefield, R.I., on June 5, 2014.

Stanley Crompton ’60 of Enfield, Conn., on June 25, 2014.

Robert Mancini ’60 of Cranston, R.I., on April 17, 2014.

Gerard Kennedy ’61 of Albany, N.Y., on May 24, 2014.

Bernard McAlice ’62 of Round Pond, Maine, on July 2, 2013.

Richard Davidson ’64 of Inverness, Fla., on May 4, 2014.

Robert Doyle ’65 of Canton, Mass., on May 1, 2014.

Inta Aizsilo Krylo ’66 of Fayetteville, N.Y., on May 24, 2014.

Raymond Laverdiere ’67 of Virginia Beach, Va., on May 16, 2014.

Helen Wodziak ’67 of Smithfield, R.I., on April 17, 2014.

Gleason Moore ’68 of Riviera Beach, Fla., on November 5, 2013.

Joseph Taraborelli ’68 of North Kingstown, R.I., on June 12, 2014.

Ellsworth Wheeler ’68 of Laconia, N.H., on May 17, 2014.

Richard Dufresne ’72 of Johnston, R.I., on May 18, 2014.

Robert Sylvia ’72 of Taunton, Mass., on June 6, 2014.

Walter Szeliga ’72 of Pawtucket, R.I., on May 24, 2014.

Robert Boyd ’74 of Salisbury, N.C., on May 22, 2014.

Eric Feinsmith ’74 of Centre, Ala., on July 2, 2014.

William Parcell ’74 of Napa, Calif., on April 15, 2014.

Pierre Barrette ’75 of Fort Myers, Fla., on June 21, 2014.

Charles Corr ’75 of Hope Valley, R.I., on July 10, 2014.

Stephen Fish ’75 of Cranston, R.I., on April 18, 2014.

Doris LaHiff Smith ’76 of Indian River Shores, Fla., on July 3, 2014.

Janina Barlowski D’Abate ’77 of Johnston, R.I., on May 5, 2014.

Linda Blaker Krause ’77 of Mystic, Conn., on June 19, 2014.

Philip Haring ’82 of Topsfield, Mass., on May 3, 2014.

Joyce Valentine-Kenney ’82 of Narragansett, R.I., on May 18, 2014.

Mary McConnell Kent ’83 of Bradenton, Fla., on May 4, 2014.

Dorothy Watson Thibeault ’83 of Cumberland, R.I., on May 23, 2014.

Thomas Ballerino ’84 of Sarasota, Fla., on May 28, 2011.

Ellen Gill-Stineback ’85 of Stoughton, Mass., on April 5, 2014.

Cheryl Gelardi ’87 of New Port Richey, Fla., on May 27, 2014.

Cie McAloon ’94 of Barrington, R.I., on April 12, 2014.

Siobhan Sennott McDonnell ’95 of Alameda, Calif., on June 4, 2014.

Caroline Phenix Fish ’96 of Wakefield, R.I., on June 17, 2014.

Kimberly Orzechowicz Gauvin ’96 of Cumberland, R.I., on June 10, 2014.

Barbara Stauff Reilly ’98 of Narragansett, R.I., on July 3, 2014.

Brien Harrington ’05 of Quincy, Mass., on June 2, 2014.

In Memoriam Faculty and Staff

William Ferrante, of North Kingstown, R.I., on June 14, 2014. Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, former Acting President of the University, former Dean of the College and former Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Richard E. Bailey, of Peoria, Ariz., on June 6, 2014. Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication.