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Assumption College: Alumni

Assumption College Alumni

Alumni Profiles

Throughout Assumption College's 100+-year history, our alumni/ae have accomplished great things in there careers, in their communities and in their lives. Listed below are just a few of our graduates who have been highlighted in the Assumption Magazine and/or honored with an Alumni Award.


If you know of someone who should be profiled/honored, please contact Diane Laska-Nixon, Director of Alumni Relations at 508-767-7239 or




Fred Barakat '61

(deceased) former Atlantic Coast Conference associate commissioner for men’s basketball

Chris Colabello '05 Major League Baseball player, Minnesota Twins
Ray Fagnant '86 Boston Red Sox northeast regional scouting supervisor

Brian Kelly ’83

head football coach, University of Notre Dame
2012 consensus College Football Coach of the Year

Andy Laska HA'68 director of athletics emeritus; former basketball and golf coach

Joseph O’Brien '57

(deceased) former president/CEO of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Tom O'Connor '68

2008 chair, NCAA Men’s Basketball Champ. Comm.
asst. VP/athletics dir., George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA

Frank Vana '86

most prolific amateur golfer in Massachusetts state history


William Aubuchon '38

(deceased) former president, Aubuchon Hardware, the largest privately owned hardware store chain in the U.S.

Karl Buder '70
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owner, The Thorncroft Inn, Vineyard Haven, MA

Carolyn Clancy '82

executive vice president of product development, Fidelity Investments, Providence, RI

Donald D’Amour '64

chairman/CEO of Big Y Foods, Inc., Springfield, MA

Cedric Ellis '84

vice president, human resources, CUNA Mutual Group, Madison, WI

Bryant Farland '93 corporate senior VP, Skanska Building, Inc., New York City, NY

David Grenon AP'57
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retired president, The Protector Group Insurance Agency, Worcester, MA

Jake Jones '71 director of community and economic development, Long Branch, NJ
David Kennedy '75 director of philanthropic programs, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Sydney, Australia
Robert LaPierre AP'64 co-founder, Rob-Roy Hair Salons, MA

Chris Marcks '77
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senior VP, Prudential Retirement, Hartford, CT

Maria Maranda '84 owner, Maranda Insurance Agency, Inc./State Farm, Brandon, FL

Normand Marois '57

retired president/chairman, Marois Brothers, Inc. (construction/contractor), Worcester, MA

Ralph '87 and
David Marois '89
Marois Brothers, Inc., Worcester, MA
Lauren Matysiak '08 corporate accountant, Staples, Inc., Westborough, MA
Dave McManus '87 co-president/CPA, Alexander, Aronson, Finning & Co., Westborough, MA
Derek Mohamed '98 senior VP, Mohamed-Penta Wealth Management Group, UBS Financial Services, Wellesley, MA

Roselly Ramseyer Torres '85

former managing director, Dresdner Bank, London, England

Sue Morton G'91 owner, Inn at Round Pond, Round Pond, ME
Roger Poulin '63 owner, The Towne Motel, Skowhegan, ME
Casey Rankin '06

president,; 2011 MassChallenge award-winning entreprenuer

Dominic Rawson '90 VP/managing director, R&M International Sales Corporation, Fort Washington, PA
Janine Somers '01 director of marketing, Stonewall Kitchen, York, ME
Ed AP'60 and Richard St. Pierre AP'64 owners, St. Pierre Manufacturing Corp., Worcester, MA (world's top manufacturer of "pitching" horseshoes)

James A. Bill '61

retired college politics and international studies professor, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Gerard Brault '50 Sparks prof. emeritus of French and medieval studies, Penn State University

Louis D’Abramo '71

dean of the graduate school, Mississippi State University

Tex Dutile '62

law professor and NCAA faculty athletics representative, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

Alison Donovan '03 6th grade teacher, St. Philomena School, Portsmouth, RI
Sheila Harrity G'92 principal, Worcester Technical H. S., Worcester, MA
Bob Jennings '77 principal, Sullivan Middle School, Worcester, MA

Stephen Knott '79

former research fellow, Miller Center of Public Affairs’ Presidential Oral History Program, Univ. of Virginia

Kristi Luetjen '99 kindergarten teacher, Whiting Lane Elementary School, West Hartford, CT
Ruthann Melancon '74 principal, Elm Park Community School, Worcester, MA

Russell Quaglia '80

president/founder, Quaglia Inst. for Student Aspirations, Portland, ME

Edward Sheerin '77 teacher, Singapore American School, Singapore, Malaysia

Benjamin Shen '54

astrophysicist, University of Pennsylvania
former trustee, National Science Foundation

Elijah Bland '04 recording artist/producer/manager, New York City
Dan "Candell" Meunier '09 award-winning hypnotist and a hypnotherapist, based in Northborough, MA

Bryan Dockett '91

VP for national sales, Disney Theatrical Productions, New York City

Mark Kiely '85

professional actor, best known as teacher Gil Meyers from "Beverly Hills, 90210"

Stephanie Montessi '02 human resources director, Sony Digital Productions, Sony Pictures, Culver City, CA
John Plough '05 actor/writer/director/producer and teacher, Darlington School, Rome, GA

Helen Russell '85
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TV producer, has worked for Oprah Winfrey, WGBH’s “American Experience” and HBO Sports

Jane Shivick CE'06 soprano, performed with Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and many others
Eve Summer '07 opera director/producer/choreographer, Boston area

Timothy Barnicle '66

Former aid to Hubert Humphrey and former Mass. Lt. Governor John Kerry
Former Undersecretary of Labor to Robert Reich under Pres. Clinton

Stephen Brewer G'74

Massachusetts State Senator represents 28 towns in Central and Western MA

James B. Leary '89

vice chancellor for community and government relations, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA

Hank Naughton '82

state representative for the 12th Worcester District, served U.S. Army Reserves in Iraq and Kuwait

Frances Anthes '73 president/CEO, Family Health Center of Worcester

Dr. Pierre Aucoin '25

(deceased) long-time family doctor in Maine, delivered Commencement address in 2004 at age of 100

Art Babineau, DDS ’52 & Don Lemay, DDS '69
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provided free dental care through Cape CARES to underprivileged in Honduras

Nader Fotouhi, PhD '80 VP, discovery technologies, Hoffman-LaRoche, Nutley, NJ
Fr. Rick Frechette, DO '74 director, NPH St. Damien Hospital, Haiti; regional director, Carribean, Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos
Dr. Kim Morrissette '01 emergency physician, Tacoma, WA
Dr. Terrence Sheehan '86 chief medical officer, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland
Cynthia Smith, DVM '80 president/owner, Animal Hospital of Putnam, CT

Dr. Tom Walsh '74
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director, Cornell University Medical Center
Cristine Delaney '06 attorney, Administration for Children's Services, New York City, NY

Andre A. Gelinas '60

special advisor to chief justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court

Jay Garcia-Gregory '66

federal judge, U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico

James D. Kelly '83 partner, Dickstein Shapiro, LLC, Washington, DC
Catherine Stone '76 chief justice, Fourth District Court of Appeals, San Antonio, TX

Richard Testa '59

(deceased) world-renowned, legal pioneer in the venture capital and high tech. industries
former partner, Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault

Jeff Archambault '74 VP of communications, Disneyland Resort, Paris, France
Ben Conery '02 U.S. Justice Dept. reporter, The Washington Times

Mark Henderson '87
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online editor, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Dennis House '85

Emmy award-winning journalist and new co-anchor, WFSB-TV, Hartford, CT

Mary Knight '02 midday on-air host, WXLO-104.5 FM, Worcester, MA

John Guy LaPlante '51

author/blogger/freelance journalist, world traveler and Peace Corps volunteer at age of 79

Sheila Skowyra '03 assignment editor, WCVB-TV (ABC), Boston

Robert Catalanotti '80

major general in U.S. Army, Bronze Medal recipient for service in Iraq

Andrew Loiselle '88 commander of U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier, the George H.W. Bush

Ed Mahan '71

retired in 2004 as brigadier general after a 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force

Henry Prunier '46 (deceased) Bronze star recipient in U.S. Army;
helped to train Ho Chi Minh in WWII
Maurice Boisvert '66 president/CEO, Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc., Worcester, MA
Hannah Brencher '09 creator, "The World Needs More Love Letters"
Anne Lynam Goddard '77 president/CEO, ChildFund International, Richmond, VA
Sr. Margaret Leonard CE'64 executive director, Project HOPE, Roxbury, MA
Allyce Najimy '86 executive director, Foundation To Be Named Later, Boston, MA
Larry Thayer '70 president, Cape Abilities, Cape Cod, MA

Rev. Wilfrid Dufault, AA, '29

(deceased) first American-born superior general of the Assumptionist order

Fr. Rick Frechette '74 director, NPH St. Damien Hospital, Haiti; regional director, Carribean, Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos

Bro. Armand Lemaire, AA '48

long-time Assumption College administrator, former ambassador to Alumni Association

Kathleen Morrow Simisky CE'93 freelance Catholic chaplain, guest spiritual director and weekend retreat leader