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MMA Alumni Association Election Information

The MMA Alumni Association has announced a Call for Nominations for the Board of Directors’ biennial election. The Alumni Association’s Bylaws allow for the opportunity to have eighteen voting Directors on the Board. This year, all four Officer positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Clerk) and six (6) Directors will be elected to the Board.

All MMA alumni are eligible to submit nominations and vote for the Alumni Association Board of Directors. To nominate alumni, including yourself, to serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, submit a nomination online (, via email (, or mail (MMA Alumni Relations, 1 Pleasant Street, Castine, ME 04420).

Each nomination must include the name of the nominee, their graduation year, email, and the position for which they are being nominated (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Clerk, Director). Please also include the name, graduation year, and email of the nominator.

Nominations must be received no later than 11:59 PM EDST on Friday, June 24, 2022.

All MMA alumni are eligible to submit nominations and vote for the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

As a part of the nomination process, all nominees shall complete a brief 200-word resume to introduce themselves, give an overview of their career, and state their reason for wanting to serve. The Alumni Office will collect submissions and provide them to the Nominating Committee for consideration.

Ballots will be sent either by post or email to all alumni by July 15, 2022, when the elections will take place. Submission of ballots will be done by mail (only original ballots will be accepted). Ballots must be received by Thursday, September 15, 2022 after which time the votes will be tabulated. The Directors will be introduced at the Alumni Association’s annual meeting which will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 10 AM in the Class of 1954 Lecture Hall, Alfond Center, MMA. All alumni are invited to attend.

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  • The CT Group

    The CT group has been gathering regularly. Their January event was held at Gasper’s Automotive Restoration, owned by John Gasper ’02. Pictured on this restored fire engine, owned by Jack Spratt ’93, is Rich Slack ’93, Gasper, Cliff Jackson ’08, John Wustman ’09, Doug Vines ’81, Todd Thiel ’92, and Joe Stanley ’21. The gathering was a tour of the armory and the fire truck restoration shop, then dinner at The Main Pub restaurant. The next meeting is pizza and beer in April.

    CT alumni chapter gathering
  • Seacoast ChapterThe Seacoast Chapter held a holiday event in conjunction with the MMA Alumni Association meeting at the Sprague House in Portsmouth, NH. Attendees donated stuffed animals and MMA Alumni Association VP Andrew Strosahl ’05 delivered them to the Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County. Thank you, donors!
    Strosahl delivering to Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County

John Burns III ’85
51 Ash Lane
Hermon, ME 04401

Samuel Rowe ’65
195 Eagle Drive
Mashpee, MA 02649

Pat Zrioka ’87

John Gasper ’02

Tom Lord ’87

David Knapp ’86
5008 Longfellow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629


Steve Roy ’78

Ben Cameron ’93
Brunswick, ME

Michael Chambers ’80
2233 21st Street
San Francisco, CA 94116

Juan Molino ’89

Lindsey Pinkham ’04
111 Greenwood Avenue
Warren, ME 04864

Mark Keene ’12

DK Horne ’80

Ben Van Der Like ’16

Capt. Jay Stewart ’00

Ralph Staples ’71
299 OakValley Lane
Escondido, CA 92027

Josh Shaw ’12

Michael T. Ward ’10
Virginia Beach, VA

Josh Collamer ’98
Silver Spring, MD

Jason Grabelle ’98
Ellicott City, MD

  • Bangor Seadog Chapter

    Alumni from the Bangor Seadog Chapter helped support 12 students on a coral reef dive trip while they were in St. Croix USVI during the winter cruise. In addition to all the coral and fish, they saw sea turtles and blacktip sharks. The money raised cut the cost per student in half. Students signed thank you cards for the chapter donors.

    Alumni on boat
  • Casco Bay Chapter

    The Casco Bay Chapter hosted area alumni at the Ice Level Lounge of a Maine Mariners game in Portland on January 28. A great turnout watched a highly competitive game, complete with great seats and veiwing area, a buffet “cookout”, and lively conversation. The Alumni Association hosted another hockey event to a packed “Lounge” on April 15 against the Newfoundland Growlers. Great time and camaraderie!

    Alumni at hockey game

Save the Date

Seacoast Chapter, “you bring the meat, we’ll bring the heat” cookout
June 2 | portsmouth, nh

muster/ride in and el faro salute! update
June 18 | studio jbone, warren, ME

Ocean Gateway Reception, TSSOM return
June 20 | Portland, ME

pen bay chapter gathering
June 23 | sail, power and steam museum

Maine Golf Classic
June 27 | Brunswick Country Club

Class of ’65 Reunion
July 11-13 | MMA campus

Maine Boat Builders Show
July 15-17 | Portland Yacht Svcs., Portland, ME

ME/NH Alumni Event, Portland Sea Dogs Picnic, Game, Fireworks
July 15

So CA Lobster Feed
July 23 | San Diego, CA

Class of ’67 Reunion
August 1-3 | MMA Campus

Class of ’62 Reunion
August 8-10 | MMA Campus

Seacoast golf scramble
September 16

September 16-18 | MMA Campus

For these event details and more:

  • The Delaware Valley ChapterDelaware Chapter Alumni

    The Delaware Valley chapter had a spirited evening of Top Golf at Mt. Laurel, NJ March 4. A great venue for a gathering, all alumni enjoyed a delicious buffet, their favorite beverage and pleasurable activity. Special thanks to Tom Lord ’87 for thinking outside the box and organizing such a fun event.

  • Southeast Atlantic

    Captains Carrie ’00 and Jay Stewart ’00 hosted a BBQ for students and the ship’s crew during the training ship’s winter cruise in November 2021. The Stewarts are instrumental in contacting companies to keep ship services at a manageable cost. TSSOM is returning to Charleston, SC this spring and the Southeast Atlantic group will host area alumni and students during a Charleston RiverDogs (AA) baseball game and picnic.

  • Black Mountain Skiing

    Special thanks to Roger Arsenault ’71 and Ed Rosenberg ’72 for their tireless efforts to host the annual alumni ski event at Black Mountain in Rumford, ME. Ed reports, “The energy and the camaraderie was the best we have had to date. The skiing was great. We had alumni from as far away as Holden and Rockport. We had alumni from 1960 to 2014. There were 2 classmates that currently sail as Master and Chief Engineer on the same ship who were there skiing.” See you next year!

    Black Mountain Chapter Alumni picture
  • Tidewater Chapter

    The Tidewater Chapter also got the hockey bug, hosting an event at the Party Pad of the Scope Arena, where MMA alumni and families were treated to an exciting overtime game by the Norfolk Admirals and Atlanta Gladiators. Again, our impressive alumni attendance had great seats, a buffet cookout, and cash bar. Pictured enjoying the game is the Dion family (Andrew ’07, wife Jaime, daughter Nadine) and Steve Case ’05/’09, Janice and Mark Vanty ’86, and Tom Bourgelas ’81, and Jim Michalski ’89.

    Alumni pictures
  • The Texas Chapter

    The Texas Chapter hosted a welcome reception for President-Select Jerry Paul ’89 at the Marriott Waterway, The Woodlands, TX, on April 3. Paul was in town to welcome alumni and corporate representatives who participated in the annual Texas Mariner Golf Classic on April 4 at the PGA-tournament-rated Woodlands Country Club. Attending were Larry Burrill ’77, Paul, Tom Lord ’87, Richard Balzano ’89, and Steve Schutt ’88.

    Texas alumni picture
  • New Chapter Contacts

    The Alumni Association wishes to thank Mike Grigware ’87 (Seacoast), Sherri Hickman ’85 (Texas), Minh Harriman ’90 (Puget Sound), David Lane ’68 (Jax), and Norm Laskey ’62 (Southeast) for their dedicated years of service as chapter contacts. A hearty welcome and thank you to DK Horne ’80 (Seacoast), Ben Van Der Like ’16, (Southeast), Josh Shaw ’12 (Texas), and Mark Keene ’11 (Puget Sound) for picking up the baton and continuing to serve area alumni. Steve Roy ’78 is working toward revitalizing the Kennebec Valley Chapter as well. Please welcome them and offer your assistance when and where you can.

  • Senior Banquet

    After two years and two months, the Alumni Association hosted the 52nd Alumni Student Banquet at the Cross Center, Bangor. Turnout was lighter than in past years, but attendees were appreciative and enjoyed their evening. Andrew Strosahl ’05, VP of the Alumni Association, welcomed the soon-to-be members and Jeff Wright, Director of Alumni Relations, gave a quick overview of the support and offerings that the Association has to offer.

    Senior Banquet pictures
  • Alumni Speakers on Campus

    In cooperation with the Alumni Relations Office, the following speakers were on campus to share their expertise with students during Commandant’s Time this spring:

    • February 7 to 2/C – Role of Leadership to soon-to-be 1/C; Richard Balzano ’89, CEO, Executive Director Dredging Contractors of America; former Deputy Administrator, MARAD; CAPT, US Navy (retired); and Mark Winter ’88, State Office Rep., Sen. Collins; Attorney; CAPT, US Navy (retired)
    • March 7 to 3/C – Cadet Shipping Experience, Preparation, Expectations, Advice and Sea Stories; Capt. Prentice “Skip” Strong, III ’84, Penobscot Bay & River Pilots Assn.; author
    • March 14 to 1/C – Real Estate; First Purchase and Investment Tips, Rylee Knox ’19, worked as a Nuclear Test Engineer for the Department of Defense at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, started investing in real estate in 2017. Transitioned career in 2019 to become a full-time real estate investor and real estate agent.
    • March 21 to 3/C – Alumni Relations at MMA, Jeff Wright, Director, Alumni Relations
    • April 11 to 1/C – Insurance Coverages and Considerations, Joshua Doolan ’17, Vice President, Property & Casualty at USI Insurance Services

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