Winter 2020

Graduate School Class Notes


Gerry Miller, MSW’80, has been a great support to the staff at Goddard House, the Brookline assisted-living facility where his mother lives. When he was not able to visit his 98-year-old mother at the onset of the pandemic, he began weekly, weekend “Hero Celebrations” to honor the staff in the facility as they entered and left the building. With music playing, he and others gave the staff snacks and small gifts, took pictures with a sign reading “Our Heroes,” and expressed their gratitude to those serving on the front lines for vulnerable adults. • Kevin Garganta, MCP’77, retired in 2019 and is enjoying his non-working life with family (including four grandchildren) and friends. Kevin was a professor and director of the Human Services program at Bristol Community College for more than 32 years. Earlier, he had worked or taught at Rhode Island College, Bridgewater State University, Community Care Services, Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass Dartmouth), and the Massachusetts Office of Energy Resources. Kevin and his wife, Kathy, have been dividing their time between Massachusetts and Florida, becoming true “snowbirds” upon his retirement. • Since graduation, Miriam Silverstone, MSW’16, has become independently licensed and is now an assistant mental health director in the Massachusetts Department of Correction. She writes: “During the orientation prior to starting my first year of graduate school, someone said, ‘Two years from now you will not be the same person you are today.’ I remember this so vividly, and I quickly realized, in my graduate school career, that I was […] becoming finely tuned and groomed to fight for the disenfranchised, to advocate for those who don’t have a voice. Thank you for making me an Eagle!” • Carla Monteiro, MSW’19, has been selected as one of the Boston Business Journal’s 2020 40 under 40 honorees. The 40 under 40 project recognizes 40 young professionals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in their businesses and communities. Carla was selected by an advisory board from over 400 nominations based on career accomplishments focusing on success and commitment to community. • After graduating from BC, Catherine Kirwan-Avila, MSW’12, entered the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. She studied theology in Madrid, Spain, and, since returning to the Philadelphia area in 2019, has been working in campus ministry at St. Joseph’s University. She lives in a community of eight, ranging in age from 23 to 90! She is always happy to connect with anyone who is exploring religious vocation or just wants to share part of the adventure of faith.

Correspondent: Elizabeth Abbott Wenger ’04, MSW’06


John Fisher, MBA’71, writes: “After 33 years in the athletic footwear and apparel industry—believe it or not—I am teaching strategic brand management at BC’s Carroll School of Management. Full circle.” John was also awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award for 2019. • Jana Spacek Milbocker, MBA’92, published her second garden travel book, The Garden Tourist’s New England: A Guide to 140 Outstanding Gardens and Nurseries (Enchanted Gardens, 2019). Jana is a garden designer, speaker, and owner of a landscape design firm in the Boston area. • Andrew Stewart, MS’09, is now an equity partner at Exchange Capital Management Inc. and also continues to serve as the firm’s chief investment officer. • Nicki Mauro, JD’85, MBA’88, has shifted from legal operations to operations manager at Interiology Design Co., an award-winning full-service interior design firm founded by fellow BC alum Mark Haddad ’87. • In August, Amy Iseppi, MBA’15, joined Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation as a partner alliance manager. She is excited to leverage her MBA in a financial technology role that combines relationship management, strategy, and innovation. • Mandy Scipione, MBA’08, was promoted to regional VP of relationship management at Fidelity Investments. Her responsibilities include running a national team of relationship managers who cover over 1,300 firms. • Timothy Shannon, MBA’83, PhD’04, is celebrating five years as president and CEO of Shamrock Enterprises Inc. • Henry Hagopian, MS’04, MBA’07, has been named VP of finance, treasurer, and interim CFO at Organogenesis Inc. • After 21 years living in the Bay Area, Carol Ann Barber, MBA’89, and her husband, Tom, moved to New York City for an empty-nest adventure. She is transitioning from HR/recruiting to college admissions and career planning. They are excited to be back on the East Coast as three of their kids are in Boston!

Correspondent: John Clifford, MBA’10


Ditsapelo McFarland, PhD’99, has recently reached a milestone achievement, being designated a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. • In 2020, Richard Orluk, MS’17, with the help of his wife, Leeann (also a nurse), opened the doors to Nantucket Sound Psychiatry, a private psychiatric practice in Harwich Port on Cape Cod. As a mental health nurse practitioner, Richard treats kids and young adults on the Cape, a population that is in desperate need of help. He and Leeann also welcomed their second child, Alexandra, this year!

Correspondent: Katy Phillips, MS’10, PhD’13


Hello, everyone! We got so many submissions for this issue that I could only submit about half due to word-count restrictions. I promise to submit the rest for the next issue! • Catherine Pallatto Chase, MEd’72, has acquired a number of advanced degrees over the years, including an AA from Bristol Community College, a CAGS from Bridgewater State, and an RN from Brockton Hospital School of Nursing. She is currently working with NorthEast Health Services as a mental health counselor and attending classes at the University of Massachusetts. • Marlee Dorsey, MA’15, who received her degree in counseling psychology and mental health counseling, received a prestigious social impact fellowship with the Finnovation Lab Fellowship Program. • In August, Zhongfeng Tian, PhD’20, started a new job as a tenure-track assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio. • Micol Levi-Minzi, MA’07, and her family decided to go on an adventure and move to Las Vegas in 2018. She is going on 10 years of serving veterans as a clinical psychologist, first at Miami VA Medical Center and now as director of psychology training at the Las Vegas VA medical center. Most recently, she started facilitating trainings for trauma recovery yoga as well. She, her husband, and their three daughters love the outdoor lifestyle and enjoy hiking in the mountains with their five big dogs. • William Kates ’70, MEd’71, MEd’73, underwent surgery for colon cancer and will receive chemotherapy for six months. Sending lots of Eagle prayers to you, William! • Liz Parolski, MA’14, married Seth Shippee in an intimate ceremony in New Jersey on September 5, 2020. Her Lynch School classmate Mary Cate Connors, MA’14, served as one of the bridesmaids and a reader at the Catholic wedding ceremony. Elizabeth and Seth are thrilled to be married and hope to celebrate with friends and family, especially other BC alums from the Lynch School, in 2021. • Lauren Pawlak Field, MEd’93, reports proudly that her daughter Isabella graduated with the Class of 2020, receiving her BA in psychology, and is now a business development consultant for Oracle.

Correspondent: Marianne Lucas Lescher ’83, PhD’98


Congratulations to those who have recently published books! James Bahoh, MA’06: Heidegger’s Ontology of Events (Edinburgh University Press, 2019). James is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Memphis and completed a Fulbright postdoctoral scholarship at Deakin University in Australia. Richard Boles ’05, MA’06: Dividing the Faith: The Rise of Segregated Churches in the Early American North (New York University Press, 2020). Richard is an assistant professor of history at Oklahoma State University. Peter Di Pietro, MA’84: To Be Determined, The Life Of One: The Memoirs of Senior Pietro (Amazon, 2020). Marcus Mescher, MTS’09, PhD’13: The Ethics of Encounter: Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity (Orbis, 2020). Marcus is an associate professor of Christian ethics at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He and his wife, Anne, are the proud parents of Noah, Benjamin, and Grace. • More news: Jacquineau Azétsop, S.J., STL’04, PhD’08, is dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Pontifical Gregorian University. • Kelly Castriotta, MA’08, is senior director, global cyber underwriting, at Markel Corporation. • Edward Davis, PhD’86, spent his career teaching sociology in California, New York, and Maryland as well as Japan and Korea. He served as dean of social sciences and applied academics at Yuba College in California. Edward has one son, Patrick. • Lakisha Lockhart, PhD’18, is assistant professor of practical theology at Chicago Theological Seminary. • Stephen Okey, PhD’13, and Paige Cargioli, MA’11, recently adopted a daughter, Dorothy. • Joseph Preville, PhD’85, interviewed Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman on his book The Arab Winter: A Tragedy (Princeton University Press, 2020) in Informed Comment. Gene Reineke, MA’79, chairman and founder of the public relations firm Hawthorne Strategy Group, is the proud grandfather of six grandchildren. • Be well. Be safe. God bless.

Correspondent: Leslie Poole Petit, MA’91


Sandra Dorsainvil, MA’09, published a book, Short-Term Mission Team Essentials—Together on the Journey (BookBaby, 2020). Sandra has also launched a new podcast on mission-related topics, Bridges for Mission (B4M), available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. • Kevin Murphy, SM, MEd’92, is the founder and director of a youth leadership program called the Logos Project. They work with a team of young Catholic leaders who work in schools and colleges, running retreats and leadership programs in two dioceses of New Zealand. Kevin writes: “We celebrated 20 years of ministry to Catholic youth last year, and with COVID-19 affecting so many families and young people, we also run a food box program in partnership with Vinnies (the youth branch of St. Vincent de Paul) and distribute, at present, over 160 boxes to needy families each day! Social justice in action!” • Mary Taylor, MA’90, and her husband, Dennis, remain faithful Catholics as they help their son Frank Matthew “Matt” Taylor ’92 raise his son, George. George happens to be legally blind, as well as smart and amazing, and is now 5 years old. Mary and Dennis are also guardians for George’s mom, who has Huntington’s disease. • Carolyn Capuano, HM, MTS’88, has continued to work with a team from Mercy Medical Center to bring prepared family meals plus hygiene and cleaning supplies to people in our poorest and most isolated city neighborhood. She writes: “We did this for 25 weeks. The City of Canton now hopes to fund a yearlong program! We are also planning to bring accessible primary care into the area.” • David Hinchen, MDiv’74, is in his 11th year as director of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps New England Region. IVC gives men and women 50 years of age and older the chance to combine service and spirituality in a 10-month commitment to neighborhood nonprofits. • Marcia Leous, MDiv’90, and husband Paul Murphy, MDiv’89, recently recognized a couple of milestones this year. 2020 marks Paul’s 15th year as the Jack and Mary Jane Breen Chair in Catholic Studies at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, where he is also a professor of history. Marcia serves as codirector of faith formation at Gesu Church, also in University Heights. And, most significantly, in October 2020, they celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.

Correspondent: School of Theology & Ministry


Maritane Guillaume, ’08, MS’12, is retired but has remained quite active, walking, going to the gym, and keeping her mind active reading interesting books. She also sews and, during the pandemic, has been making her own masks. A member of Jehovah’s Witnesses, she says articles and videos on their website have helped her through this time. She writes: “My experience from BC was fantastic. I recalled my good times with friends and my classmates at BC stayed with me forever. My education from BC is a gift from God. I use it every day to help friends and help myself.” Maritane’s daughter is also a graduate of BC, and both loved the experience of interaction with faculty, staff, and classmates. Maritane hopes to soon visit her home country, Haiti, to see family and friends. • Richard Pereira ’63 retired in 1997. Since then, he and his wife, Jane, have traveled to London, Italy, Hawaii, and San Francisco, also visiting their son in Sacramento. Their daughter, her husband, and their granddaughter visit them at their home in Duxbury. Recently, Richard has given up tennis to swim laps in the pool in the village. • David Dolan ’69, MEd’72, and wife Regina are sheltering in place in central Florida and are now proud great-grandparents. Their granddaughter and her husband have a baby girl named Alice Rose. He writes: “Stay safe. God bless you all.” • Jared Standley ’18, MBA’20, MSF’20, is happy to announce that he is now an uncle: “My brother, Matt, and his beautiful wife, Kelly, had a baby boy. I am so joyful. The world is yours Callan, go set the world aflame. [Also], I finally finished my MBA and master’s in finance at the Boston College Carroll School of Management. Yay! I would like to thank everyone at the Boston College James A. Woods S.J. College of Advancing Studies for such a wonderful opportunity. It has really helped pivot my career. Ever to Excel!”

Correspondent: Jane T. Crimlisk ’74