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Notable Alumni Profiles

Throughout Assumption College's 100+-year history, our alumni/ae have accomplished great things in their careers, in their communities and in their lives. Listed below are some of our notable graduates.

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


Fred Barakat '61 - (deceased) former Atlantic Coast Conference associate commissioner for men's basketball

Chris Colabello '05 - Major League Baseball player with Toronto Blue Jays in 2015

Ray Fagnant '86 - Boston Red Sox northeast regional scouting supervisor

Brian Kelly '83, HD'12 - head football coach, Univ. of Notre Dame (2012 College Football Coach of the Year)

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

Joe O'Brien '57 - (deceased) former president/CEO, Naismith Memoral Basketball Hall of Fame

Tom O'Connor '68 - 2008 chair, NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Committee,
retired asst. VP/athletics director, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Frank Vana '86 - most prolific amateur golfer in Massachusetts history


William Aubuchon '38 - (deceased) former president, Aubuchon Hardware, the largest privately-owned U.S. hardware store chain

Karl Buder '70 - owner, The Thorncroft Inn, Vineyard Haven, MA
page 2 of KBuder

Carolyn Clancy '82 - executive vice president of product development, Fidelity Investments, Providence, RI

Donald D'Amour '64, HD'10 - chairman/CEO, 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, NY

David Grenon AP'57, HD'86 - retired president, The Protector Group Insurance Agency, Worcester, MA
page 2 of DGrenon

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 - senior vice president, Prudential Retirement, Hartford, CT
page 2 of CMarcks

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

Normand Marois '57 - retired president/chairman, Marois Brothers, Inc., 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 vice president, Mohamed-Merola Wealth Management Group, Merrill Lynch

Sue Morton G'91 - owner, Inn at Round Pond, Round Pond, ME

Roger Poulin '63 - owner, The Towne Motel, Skowhegan, ME

Roselly Ramseyer-Torres '85 - former managing partner, Dresdner Bank, London, England

Casey Rankin '06 - former president, DealGator.com; 2011 MassChallenge award-winning entrepreneur

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" horsehoes)


James A. Bill '61. HD'89 - (deceased) former college politics and international studies professor, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Gerard Brault '50 - Sparks professor emeritus of French and medieval studies, Penn State University, State College, PA

Louis D'Abramo '71 - retired dean of the graduate school, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

Alison Donovan '03 - 6th grade teacher, St. Philomena School, Portsmouth, RI

Tex Dutile '62 - law professor and NCAA faculty athletics representative, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

Sheila Harrity G'92 - former principal, Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA; superintendent, Montachusett Technical School
2013 MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals High School Principal of the Year

Bob Jennings '77 - former principal, Sullivan Middle School, Worcester, MA

Stephen Knott '79, HD'13 - former research fellow, Miller Center of Public Affairs' Presidential Oral History Program,
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; faculty member, U.S. Naval War ollege, Newport, RI

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, HD'02 - president/founder, Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, Portland, ME

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

Benjamin Shen '54 - former astrophysicist, University of Pennsylvania, former trustee, National Science Foundation


Elijah Bland '04 - recording artist/producer/manager, New York, NY

Dan (Meunier) Candell '09 - award-winning hypnotist and a hypnotherapist, Northborough, MA

Bryan Dockett '91 - vice president for national sales, Disney Theatrical Productions, New York, NY

Mark Kiely '85 - professional actor, portrayed teacher Gil Meyers on "Beverly Hills, 90210"

Stephanie Montessi '02 - former human resources director, Sony Digital Productions, Culver City, CA; senior human resources business partner, amazon.com, New York, NY

John Plough '05 - actor/writer/director/producer and teacher, Darlington School, Rome, GA

Helen Russell '85 - TV producer, has worked for Oprah, WGBH's "American Experience" and HBO Sports
page 2 of HRussell

Eve Summer '07 - opera director/producer/choreographer, Boston area

Jane Shivick CE'06 - soprano, performed with Boston Pops Esplande Orchestra and many others


Timothy Barnicle '66 - former undersecretary of labor to Robert Reich under President Clinton

Stephen Brewer G'74 - retired Massachusetts State Senator represented 28 towns in Central and Western MA

James B. Leary '89 - vice chancellor for community and government relations, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Harold "Hank" Naughton '82 - Massachusetts State Representative, representing 12th Worcester District


Health Care / Medicine

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

Pierre Aucoin, M.D. '25 - (deceased) long-time family doctor in Maine, 2004 Commencement speaker at age of 100

Art Babineau, DDS '52 & Don Lemay, DDS '69 - provided free dental care through Cape CARES to underprivileged in Honduras
page 2 of Babineau/Lemay

Nader Fotouhi, Ph.D. '80 - vice president, discovery technologies, Hoffman-LaRoche, Nutley, NJ

Fr. Rick Frechette, D.O. '74 - director, NPH Haiti, St. Damien Pediatric Hospital, Tabarre, Haiti

Kim Morrissette, D.O. '01 - emergency physician, Tacoma, WA

Terrence Sheehan, M.D. '86 - chief medical officer, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Rockville, MD

Cynthia Smith, DVM '80 - president/owner, Animal Hospital of Putnam, CT

Thomas J. Walsh, M.D. '74, HD'11 - professor of medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
page 2 of TWalsh


Christine Delaney '06 - attorney, Administration for Children's Services, New York City, NY

Andre A. Gelinas '60 - special advisor to chief justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court, Boston, MA

Jay Garcia-Gregory '66 - federal judge, U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

James D. Kelly '83 - partner, Dickstein Shapiro, LLC, Washington, DC

Catherine Stone '76 - former 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

Media / Communications

Jeff Archambault '74 - vice president of communications, Disneyland Resport, Paris, France

Ben Conery '02 - former U.S. Justice Department reporter, The Washington Times, Washington, DC

Mark Henderson '87 - former online editor, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Worcester, MA

Dennis House '85 - Emmy award-winning journalist and news 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 - former assignment editor, WCVB-TV (ABC), Boston, MA


Robert Catalanotti '80, HD'15 - retired major general, U.S. Army, Bronze Medal recipient for service in Iraq

Andrew Loiselle '86 - commander of U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, The George H.W. Bush

Ed Mahan '71 - retired brigadier general, U.S. Air Force, 30-year career

Henry Prunier '46 - (deceased) Bronze star recipient in U.S. Army, helped to train Ho Chi Minh in World War II.


Maurice Boisvert '66, HD'12 - retired president/CEO, Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc., Worcester, MA

Hannah Brencher '10 - creator, "The World Needs More Love Letters"

Anne Lynam Goddard '77, HD'09 - president/CEO, ChildFund International, Richmond, VA

Sr. Margaret Leonard CE'64 - retired 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, A.A. '29 - (deceased) first American-born superior general of the Assumptionist order

Fr. Rick Frechette, D.O. '74 - director, NPH Haiti, St. Damien Pediatric Hospital, Tabarre, Haiti

Bro. Armand Lemaire, A.A. '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

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