Summer 2014 Class Notes

Philip D. Ginsburg, CBA, of New York, N.Y., writes: “Still married.”

Eugene Terry Edwards, CELS, of New Fairfield, Conn., writes: “I am in remission after a three-year battle with Stage IV cancer. I am looking forward to the coming farming season and just mailed in my seed order. Last season was one of the better years for growing tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and squash. We have expanded the growing acreage for our stem flowers: red and yellow twig dogwood; red and yellow winterberry holly; flowering quince; and our number-one item, giant pussy willow. As the saying goes, I hope to “keep on truckin’.”

Louise R. Berman, HS&S, of Berkeley, Calif., writes: “Claude Trottier ’60, Janice Lawton Trottier ’63, Bob Laroche ’61 and Bob Sawyer ’60 all found themselves in April on the same biking trip in the Netherlands.”

Louis J. Zanella, CELS, of Warwick, R.I., writes: “Patricia ’67 and I celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary. Our 8 children and their spouses and 18 grandkids were present. Patricia received her BA in 1954 and MA in 1967. I received my MS in 1967.”

Albert D. Charbonneau, A&S, of Fairport, N.Y., a hospital executive with more than 20 years of experience as the CEO/COO of urban teaching and rural hospitals, has been named executive director of the Rhode Island Business Group on Health. In the early part of his career, Charbonneau was one of the hospital CEOs participating in the Hospital Experimental Payment program, a globally budgeted payment experiment that resulted in health insurance premiums that were one-third lower than the national average. In the latter part of his career, he was the founding CEO of the Rochester Health Commission that called for and led a summit on improving the performance of Rochester’s health care system.

Craig S. Stenning, A&S, of West Kingston, R.I., was honored by the Coalition to End Homelessness with the Sen. Jack Reed Advocacy Award. Stenning is Director of the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals.

Robert A. Swanson, CBA, of Centerville, Mass., is now USA Administrator for Emoyeni, a mission in the Republic of South Africa, and has published The Bible Reader’s Companion, available on Amazon in print and Kindle versions: 1,375 entries toward an interactive and enjoyable reading of Scripture. He and Heather have three children and ten grandchildren.

Gale Schneider Woolley, NUR, of Hialeah, Fla., writes: “I was appointed as associate dean in the College of Nursing, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.”

Thomas J. Yeomans, HS&S, of Garden Grove, Calif., writes: “Retired and now residing in Kihei, on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Contacts: SkinnyKing Videos on YouTube; 714-299-3880.”

Margaret Conaty, HS&S, of Hingham, Mass., was just named Athletic Director of The Year for Massachusetts. Recently, she was recognized in Rhode Island for her accomplishments in high school sports.

Thomas E. Bigford, A&S, of Silver Spring, Md., writes: “I had to chuckle at the “You Tell Us” on page 3 of the latest QuadAngles. I also went to Michigan State University for my undergraduate degree before arriving in Kingston for my masters in Zoology and Marine Affairs. I would have loved it if my rentals had been MSU green and white or Rhody blue instead of off-season gray. Now my Maryland home is brick, which few people paint down this way. We do fly our MSU and URI flags depending on the occasion!”

William J. Garrick, HS&S, of Palm Springs, Calif., has been promoted to vice president and chief learning officer of learning services at OptumRX, a United HealthCare Company. OptumRx is part of Optum, a leading health services business.

Frederick J. Stielow, A&S, vice president and dean of libraries, electronic course materials and APUS ePress at the American Public University System, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award. This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, and administrated by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Distance Learning Section, honors an ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to, the success of distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.

Michael D. Sullivan, A&S, of Middletown, R.I., Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) computer scientist, was awarded the Tamandaré Medal during a ceremony at the Brazilian Naval Commission in Washington, D.C. Sullivan was one of four NUWC employees presented with the award. Comparable to the U.S. Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Brazilian Tamandaré Medal is awarded to Brazilian military personnel, civilians, or foreign authorities, institutions, and civilian and military dignitaries who have rendered distinguished service to the Brazilian Navy.

Robin J. Weber, HS&S, of Medway, Mass., writes: “I started a local wine import company (Dos Familias Wine Imports, Inc.) in Medway, Mass., in 2009. Each customer I approached had the same response: “I would love to bring your wines into my store—but I just don’t have the room.” So I designed WeberWineStax. First came the tower, a sturdy freestanding unit that holds/displays up to 72 bottles of wine in a little more than one square foot of precious floor space. Next came the swivel-based end table that holds 24 bottles. Wine Enthusiast Magazine features and sells my end table. I use local business (wood/manufacturing from AList in Whitensville and glass tops from Franklin Glass). My products are proudly designed & made in Massachusetts.”

Andrew E. Nota, CBA, of Narragansett, R.I., was appointed the new town administrator in Jamestown in March. Previously, he was director of administrative services in South Kingstown from 2009, and served as that town’s director of leisure services for five years prior to that. He also has served on numerous town boards and committees. “Jamestown is a community rich in history,” he said, “and one that I feel is a good fit for me and my collaborative approach to municipal management.”

Robert J. Alvine, CBA, of Shelton, Conn., writes: “Expanded the Premier Auto Group, located in Branford, Conn., by acquiring a Subaru and Volvo dealership in Watertown, Conn. Now the Premier Auto Group owns two Subaru dealerships, a Kia dealership, and a Volvo dealership in both Branford and Watertown.”

Daniel J. Mitchell, A&S, of Scarborough, Maine, attorney, was recently named one of the top influencers for 2014 by BankInfoSecurity for his representation of PATCO construction before a federal appeals court case against People’s United Bank. As a leading legal expert, Dan helped transform the ways that courts evaluate banking institutions’ security measures. The list was based not only on the impact of each individual and organization in 2013, but also on their anticipated impact in 2014.

Eileen E. Slovak, A&S, writes: I am a proud R.I. native, currently living in Maryland. I am a former account executive and stay-at-home mom turned writer. I just published my first novel on, Secret Agent of God, which is available in print and as an e-book. As an English major at URI, I looked forward to fulfilling my publishing goal ever since hearing alumna guest speaker Ann Hood ’78. Sitting in the audience, listening to Ms. Hood tell her story was an inspiration I will always remember. No matter where my future journey leads, URI gave me my beginning.”

Amy B. Hood, CELS, of Charlestown, R.I., publishes Art Together, an e-zine of artistic inspiration for children and adults, available at She is also the art columnist for Home/School/Life Magazine, premiering in spring 2014.

Noreen M. Inglesi, A&S, of Cranston, R.I., elementary school music teacher nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2003 and 2008 for her work in North Providence, composed two of the five ballets, Dance of the Firefly and Heghnar & Buck, in a program directed by Herci Marsden on March 22 at Rhode Island College. Inglesi was also an artist-in-residence for Notable Works Publication and Distribution Co. Inc. Dance of the Firefly was voted “Best Dance Production of 2013” by Motif Magazine after its premiere in May 2013 at the R.I. State Ballet’s 10th annual Partner with the Arts event in Lincoln. At URI, where Inglesi received both a bachelor of fine arts and a master’s in music education and composition, she was voted All American Scholar and earned membership into the Phi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

James G. Marini, CBA, of Lincoln, R.I., writes: “I was promoted to director of sales for the United States and Canada with Amtrak Vacations. My brother Frank ’94 and I are both now working together at one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Frank is currently president of Amtrak Vacations and I joined the company this past fall from Celebrity Cruises/Royal Caribbean to take over as director of sales. I was previously the New England manager where I was ranked #1 on the President’s Club Report for the U.S. My brother and I have accomplished something very special from our days at URI. We both are in very high level roles, working for a multi-million dollar company, have traveled the world, are from the little state of Rhode Island and, most importantly—we are both URI graduates!”

Jennifer R. De Oliveira, CBA, of East Providence, R.I., was promoted to supervisor at BlumShapiro, the largest regional accounting, tax and business consulting firm based in New England with offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Gianfranco Chicarella, ENG, of North Providence, R.I., was named national sales manager at Toray. He joined Toray in 2000 as an engineering intern and signed on full-time in 2001 as a process engineer in the Lumirror Division. In 2010, he shifted back to the Torayfan Division as a product manager and then as a business manager.

Seth A. Finkle, A&S, of Providence, R.I., writes: “I work with another URI Theatre graduate, Josh Short ’08. Josh started a small theatre company a few years ago called The Wilbury Group. I came on board last year as his education director and production manager. Our home is in the South Side Cultural Center on Broad Street in Providence. Several other URI grads are also working here!”

Giovanni J. Marin, A&S, of North Providence, R.I., has been named to Verizon Wireless’s prestigious President’s Cabinet, an honor reserved for those performing in the top 1 percent nationally in sales during 2013. As one of the company’s top performers among its more than 28,500 salespeople nationwide, Marin earned this distinction by demonstrating exceptional sales leadership and delivering an outstanding customer experience.

Shannon P. Campbell, A&S, of Cranston, R.I., joined the Fund for UCAP as director of development last spring. Previously, she worked in fundraising at Brown University and had been a legal assistant at Barton Gilman LLP.

Mary-Kate Curtis, CBA, of North Attleboro, Mass., Senior Accountant, earned her CPA in February of 2014, and was recognized for this achievement on Tuesday, April 22, at the Rhode Island Society’s (RISCPA) 2014 Recognition Reception. Mary-Kate provides audit and consulting services to a wide variety of her firm’s clients in private industry. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Providence College, and is expected to graduate summer, 2014.

Gail Stokes, A&S, of Jamestown, R.I., has been appointed the new youth services librarian at the Auburn branch of the Cranston Public Library. Gail had been youth services librarian at the Mount Pleasant branch of Providence Community Library since 2010. In her new role, Gail will oversee programming and collections for children and teens. She takes over from Stefanie Blankenship ’08, who was recently appointed branch librarian at the library’s Oaklawn branch.

Matthew R. Berger, CELS, is a principal of Jamestown Gardens in Jamestown, R.I., founded last summer, While studying landscape design at URI, Berger interned for architects. Since graduating, the Jamestown resident has designed gardens locally, regionally and overseas. One international project took Berger to Christchurch, New Zealand, following the devastating 2011 earthquake. After an interview on Skype, Berger and his team flew to South Island, where they developed preliminary designs, including plans for new parks where buildings were so badly damaged they couldn’t be rebuilt. Berger’s company also gives back: A portion of every project is donated to The Happiness Assembly, a women-led NGO dedicated to prioritizing happiness for everybody across the globe. The nonprofit is partially funded by the United Nations Foundation. By researching happiness, it curates campaigns to inspire people to strive for a more joyful world.


Jonathan E. Mitchell ’87 to Pauline A. Villarico, on March 12, 2014.

John M. Counts ’00 to Jillian C. Kingsley, on September 1, 2013.

Jennifer M. Wendell ’04 to Stanley Kosek, on March 8, 2014.

Amber E. Eaton ’07 to Cliff Smith, on August 24, 2013.

Mario L. Grande ’07 to Elizabeth J. Durant, on August 17, 2013.

Dianna Schoder ’07 to Andrew Finan ’07, on March 1, 2014.

Brooke M. Konkle ’11 to Admed Sdiri, on February 14, 2014.


Kevin O’Connor ’03 and Michelle Stone ’04, a son, Ryan Dylan, on June 23, 2013.

Christopher and Pamela Harley ’05, a daughter, Samantha Grace, on September 7, 2013.

In Memoriam

Ruth Briggs Walker ’41 of South Orleans, Mass., on April 18, 2014.

Dexter Picozzi ’42 of Redding, Conn., on March 8, 2014.

Louise Mason Heckman ’43 of Merritt Island, Fla., on February 26, 2014.

Douglas Hunter ’43 of East Greenwich, R.I., on March 28, 2014.

Betty Martin Lees ’43 of Manville, R.I., on March 18, 2014.

George Rice ’46 of Williamsburg, Va., on February 15, 2014.

Richard Cole ’48 of Springfield, Pa., on April 20, 2014.

E. James Hrubes ’48 of Woodstown, N.J., on April 12, 2014.

Charlotte Nock Morpeth ’48 of Pompano Beach, Fla., on April 3, 2014.

Doris Catanio Roderick ’48 of East Greenwich, R.I., on April 8, 2014.

Jean Bestel ’49 of Wrentham, Mass., on October 4, 2013.

Robert Lentilhon ’49 of Palm Coast, Fla., on April 19, 2014.

Warren Newall ’49 of Santa Ana, Calif., on November 27, 2012.

John Dudenhoefer ’50 of Naples, Fla., on November 12, 2013.

Herbert Kuhl ’50 of Spring Lake, N.J., on March 23, 2014.

Charles Stearns ’50 of East Longmeadow, Mass., on April 24, 2014.

Gerald Sherlock ’51 of South Berwick, Maine, on December 2, 2013.

Robert Shevlin ’51 of La Mesa, Calif., on February 19, 2014.

Alexander Stowe ’51 of Prudence Island, R.I., on April 2, 2014.

John Hird ’52 of Sykesville, Md., on May 1, 2013.

Morris Levin ’52 of Narragansett, R.I., on March 28, 2014.

Edward Fuller ’53 of Reading, Mass., on October 18, 2013.

Saul Strauch ’53 of Bethesda, Md., on May 11, 2012.

Robert Caswell ’54 of Laconia, N.H., on March 5, 2014.

Elmer Lightbourne ’54 of Columbus, Ohio, on March 5, 2014.

Bernard Casey ’55 of Jamestown, R.I., on March 30, 2014.

Marguerite Gilchrist ’55 of Suffield, Conn., on February 13, 2014.

Savino Salerno ’55 of Providence, R.I., on April 26, 2014.

Joel Schnitzer ’55 of Lakewood, N.J., on April 1, 2014.

Joseph Bourrand ’57 of Oklahoma City, Okla., on December 24, 2013.

June Tate Griffin ’57 of Wake Forest, N.C., on March 12, 2014.

William Dooley ’58 of Titusville, Fla., on March 5, 2014.

Donald Gowdy ’58 of Wilmington, N.C., on April 27, 2012.

James Munro ’58 of Wakefield, R.I., on April 6, 2014.

Robert Peltier ’59 of Coventry, R.I., on March 6, 2014.

Daniel Pendergast ’59 of Warwick, R.I., on April 27, 2014.

Edward Saddow ’60 of Englewood, Fla., on February 28, 2014.

Wallace Walker ’60 of Cana, Va., on February 14, 2014.

Richard Gleason ’61 of North Kingstown, R.I., on April 12, 2014.

Susan Leighton Collom ’62 of Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 3, 2014.

Roger Dederer ’62 of Hyde Park, N.Y., on December 10, 2013.

Barbara DelSesto Remor ’62 of Swansea, Mass., on April 3, 2014.

Stephan Selig ’62 of Boca Raton, Fla., on May 13, 2013.

Charles Goyette ’63 of Atlantic Beach, Fla., on April 4, 2014.

Barbara Cohen Helmbrecht ’63 of Middletown, R.I., on April 7, 2014.

Carole Levine Rogers ’63 of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on March 3, 2014.

Paul Hansen ’64 of Burnt Hills, N.Y., on February 15, 2012.

Celestino Medeiros ’64 of West Warwick, R.I., on March 8, 2014.

Catherine Allen Bartsch ’65 of Petersburg, Va., on March 10, 2014.

Eileen Grundy Conboy ’66 of Riverside, R.I., on April 8, 2014.

David Carreau ’67 of Hyland Heights, Ky., on March 7, 2014.

Barbara Dubey Bergen ’68 of Manalapan, N.J., on December 31, 2013.

Frank Delloiacono ’68 of Vernon Rockville, Conn., on February 20, 2014.

Richard Brownell ’69 of Portsmouth, R.I., on November 30, 2013.

O Muriel Labrie ’69 of Keene, N.H., on September 6, 2013.

Maurice Nadeau ’69 of Portsmouth, R.I., on September 9, 2013.

Donna Costigan Triangolo ’70 of Cumberland, R.I., on February 27, 2014.

Howard Brown ’71 of East Greenwich, R.I., on March 6, 2014.

Pearl Landry Scagos ’71 of Barrington, R.I., on March 17, 2014.

Ernest Silva ’71 of San Diego, Calif., on February 24, 2014.

Thomas Alquist ’72 of Oakdale, Conn., on March 10, 2014.

Brian Crete ’72 of Fairhaven, Mass., on March 16, 2014.

Joseph Fitzpatrick ’72 of Dorchester, Mass., on March 12, 2014.

Barbara Bellows Rigney ’72 of Narragansett, R.I., on April 7, 2014.

Kou Chang ’73 of Gainesville, Fla., on January 16, 2014.

Barbara Duffy Fay ’73 of Narragansett, R.I., on April 22, 2014.

Ilene Browne Tobey ’73 of Oakdale, Conn., on July 11, 2012.

Joseph Wisniewski ’75 of Westport, Mass., on March 23, 2014.

Paula Salvo ’78 of Providence, R.I., on April 19, 2014.

Christine Bonci ’79 of Austin, Texas, on March 7, 2014.

Phyllis Carlson Hevenor ’79 of Warwick, R.I., on March 18, 2014.

William Safranek ’79 of Cocoa, Fla., on February 17, 2014.

John Dando ’80 of Memphis, Tenn., on March 7, 2014.

Tom Loutit ’81 of Austrailia, , on October 10, 2013.

Gail Fisher ’82 of Coventry, R.I., on February 26, 2014.

Gary Anderson ’84 of North Kingstown, R.I., on February 24, 2014.

Marie Tinsley Barylick ’86 of Providence, R.I., on April 23, 2014.

John Davis ’86 of Swansea, Mass., on March 24, 2014.

Edna Graham Anness ’87 of Rumford, R.I., on March 11, 2014.

Lorraine Gladu Roberts ’89 of North Smithfield, R.I., on March 5, 2014.

Frederick Decesaris ’91 of Stuart, Fla., on March 8, 2014.

Nancy Randall Harnett ’93 of Jefferson, Maine, on April 5, 2014.

Julie Swistak Maloney ’93 of Saunderstown, R.I., on March 17, 2014.

Deborah Audette Finnegan ’01 of Cranston, R.I., on February 25, 2014.

In Memoriam Faculty and Staff

Professor Emeritus of Economics Elton Rayack, of South Kingstown, R.I., on March 26, 2014.