Class Notes
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    1943

    The Captain Richard G. Spear was launched from Washburn & Doughty, East Boothbay, Maine on April 9. The newest vessel of the Maine State Ferry Service fleet is named after MMA graduate Capt. Richard G. Spear ’43-1, the first employee of the State Ferry Service.

  • 1956

    Under the watchful eye of tug captain Finn Welch ’13, Gordon Brailsford of Bridgewater, Mass. backs the Pentagoet into its waterfront berth after he and his reunion classmates and friends returned from an afternoon cruise of Penobscot Bay August 10. While underway, they spotted the TS State of Maine at anchor in Searsport, making preparations to return to Castine the next day.

  • 1956

    Richard Merrifield found the historic schooner Bowdoin at the Castine waterfront during one of her rare summer rests from a busy training summer. Merrifield was in town attending his class reunion.

Accomplishments
Finding Your Passion

Alumni’s work will help train the next generation of mariners

Richard ‘Dickie’ Balzano

Growing up in Portland’s East End neighborhood, Richard ‘Dickie’ Balzano didn’t know exactly what he wanted to do with his life, but he knew service to his community would be central to it. His parents encouraged him to take an active role in helping others and military service had long been a part of their family history. “They were proud Americans,” he remembers. “They would always ask what I was going to do for my country.”

A cousin recommended pursuing a degree at Maine Maritime Academy and Balzano quickly realized that it would be a good fit, providing him with ample opportunity to explore various career opportunities. “I wanted a challenge,” he says. “I wanted to try as many things as I could to find out what I might really like.”

“[These vessels] will change how we train the next generation of mariners and how we respond to natural and humanitarian crises.”

Balzano excelled at MMA, finding both professional opportunities and personal fulfillment through friendships with his new peers. As he got to know his classmates and their families, he was exposed to the possibilities of what a career in the military offered. “I found folks that were really focused on joining the military. When I arrived as a MUG it was exactly what I wanted to do, but the more I got exposed to its culture – especially the Special Operations community – the more I felt it would fit very well.”

After graduation, Balzano embarked upon what would become a 30 year career,

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  • 1957

    Wayne Wardwell has moved to Vero Beach, Florida.

  • 1960

    George Leonard would like to share with his classmates, “Jane and I spent a wonderful day with classmate Captain George William (“Bill”) MacKay USN (Ret.) recently in Newport, Rhode Island. We had been planning to get together for some time, but, of course, the pandemic canceled those plans. Bill is living in an elegant assisted-living facility in Middletown, RI, where he has been in residence since the fall of 2018. Bill is battling a bad case of Parkinson’s Disease; his spirits are great, he is his usual witty self and still full of sea stories. We ventured forth and lunched very nicely at Bill’s favorite near-by restaurant. Saying good-bye was rough. Bill doesn’t do well with a cell phone; he likes to get snail mail for those who might like to drop him a line: Blenheim-Newport, 303 Valley Road Middletown, Rhode Island 02842. Best to all hands, Cap.”

  • 1961

    Alfred LaBonte reports, “Sandy and I are luckily doing fine. Both retired and enjoying life as much as we can in spite of COVID restrictions. We have our health (80 years old version), all my hair, most of my teeth and 11 wonderful grandchildren. Life is good!”

  • 1962

    Gary Whitney and wife Susan are summering in Gray, Maine and live in Ormond Beach, Florida.

  • 1966

    MMA wishes to recognize and thank the members of the Class of 1966 for their generous contribution of over $6,200, made during the Eight Bells ceremony of their 55th summer reunion on campus in August. David O’Connor (class agent) and the Class of 1966 presented the donation to Chris Haley, VP for Advancement, in honor of their deceased classmates.

Leader
A Leap of Faith Leads to Rewarding Career

CAPT. HOLLY NAJARIAN ’91 took a leap of faith during her freshman cruise and switched from deck to engine, and that leap made a huge impact on the direction of her career. For example, when she first entered the Coast Guard, she was in a marine inspector training billet. Learning ship systems and numerous regulations and procedures was much easier due to her engineering background.Capt. Holly Najarian
While at MMA, Najarian was involved with the regimental preparatory training, was the Academy’s first female Regimental Operations Officer as well as the first female Navy ROTC battalion commander, played on the men’s lacrosse team, and ran cross country. She remembers that even though she didn’t feel like a “real” runner, Coach Dennis Weeks and his wife Carol inspired her, so much so that she would be running in the dark on the streets of Castine well after everyone else had finished.

Najarian’s MMA experience allowed her to tackle challenging assignments from Portsmouth, NH to DC, Boston to Jax. In St. Petersburg, FL, she led all Coast Guard missions throughout Florida’s western coast (600 nautical mile coastline and 3 major seaports), and exercised authorities as Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, SAR Mission Coordinator and Activity Suspension Authority. She chaired the Area Maritime Security Committee, Harbor Safety & Security Committee, and Area Committee, and led an active duty, reserve, and civilian workforce with over 700 members. Having direct oversight of 6 Coast Guard cutters, 5 search and rescue stations, an Aids to Navigation Team, a medical clinic, a galley, a $4.7 million budget, and 7 CG properties, she also provided direct logistical support to 7 tenant commands.

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  • 1966

    Captain Mark Robinson (left) was presented with a Quilts of Valor quilt at the June meeting of the South Baldwin Republican Women to honor his military service to our country. The quilt was presented by the South Baldwin Republican Women and Joyce Reed (right) of Mobile, a representative of the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

    Captain Robinson was hired by Lykes Brothers Steamship Company and made many perilous voyages to and from Vietnam during wartime. Each voyage typically lasted 90 days or longer, after which a 90-day “vacation” was mandatory. On each of the vacations, Captain Robinson returned to a school for Merchant Marines in “Mitag” in Lithecum Heights, Maryland.

    Over the years, Captain Robinson received his Captain license and continued sailing for 30 years. He sailed all over the world with Lykes Brothers Steamship Company. He encountered rough waters, storms and pirates but also made many smooth journeys. (GulfCoast News Today, 7/13/2021)

  • 1967

    Robert Ahaesy is retired and lives with wife Alexandra in La Quinta, CA.

  • 1968

    Thanks to Ron Ieva who sent a couple of class notes: “A Celebration of Life was recently held for Bucky Vaughn in Hancock, Maine. As with all such events, it was a bitter-sweet affair as five classmates reminisced about our experiences at MMA with Bucky. Sail on, Bucky. Sail on!” Also, Ieva and Ray Lessard stopped into Ron Berthiaume’s home in Dayton, ME for lunch. Top photo: L to R is David Theriault, Herb Michaud, Bob Blackmore, Ron Ieva, and Bob Lindvall. Bottom Ron Berthiaume, Ron Ieva, and Ray Lessard.

Accomplishments
Finding Your Passion

Alumni’s work will help train the next generation of mariners

Richard ‘Dickie’ Balzano

Growing up in Portland’s East End neighborhood, Richard ‘Dickie’ Balzano didn’t know exactly what he wanted to do with his life, but he knew service to his community would be central to it. His parents encouraged him to take an active role in helping others and military service had long been a part of their family history. “They were proud Americans,” he remembers. “They would always ask what I was going to do for my country.”

A cousin recommended pursuing a degree at Maine Maritime Academy and Balzano quickly realized that it would be a good fit, providing him with ample opportunity to explore various career opportunities. “I wanted a challenge,” he says. “I wanted to try as many things as I could to find out what I might really like.”

“[These vessels] will change how we train the next generation of mariners and how we respond to natural and humanitarian crises.”

Balzano excelled at MMA, finding both professional opportunities and personal fulfillment through friendships with his new peers. As he got to know his classmates and their families, he was exposed to the possibilities of what a career in the military offered. “I found folks that were really focused on joining the military. When I arrived as a MUG it was exactly what I wanted to do, but the more I got exposed to its culture – especially the Special Operations community – the more I felt it would fit very well.”

After graduation, Balzano embarked upon what would become a 30 year career,

…Read More

  • 1968

    Carl Woodman was inducted into the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame during the 14th Annual Induction Banquet. Woodman was a 1964 graduate of Rockland District High School. He was a three sport athlete in high school, participating in basketball, baseball and track. Woodman was most noted for his basketball skills, being an outstanding shooter. His high school team competed in the Eastern Maine Class AA league, making it to the Eastern Maine Final his senior year. Woodman was voted to the Eastern AA All Tourney team and 2nd team All State his senior year. At Maine Maritime Academy Woodman was a varsity basketball team member all four years. He was voted All Conference and team MVP his sophomore, junior and senior years. After graduation from MMA, he coached at various levels. He was an assistant to varsity coach Chris Elkington at RDHS during the 1990s. (Wiscasset Newspaper, 7/19/2021)

  • 1969

    Dr. John Gaddis was recently inducted into the first cohort of the Maine Wild Blueberry Hall of Fame. Gaddis, best known as a family doctor in his native East Machias, ME, is the remaining owner of the sixth-generation Gaddis Brothers business, which was established in 1892. Gaddis has been a decades-long board member of the Wild Blueberry Association of North America, which he continues today. “It’s tradition and it’s in my blood. It’s kind of automatic. And I have a keen interest in how wild blueberries sell.” (Machias Valley Observer 7/14/2021)

  • 1971

    Benny Pratt sailed on ocean-going tug boats for 10 years after graduation, then spent 25 years as a college facilities manager. When Pratt learned that his godfather, 88-year-old Benny Beal, had permanently hauled his lobster boat Stella Ann out of the water, Pratt was inspired to find a good home for the vessel. Beal was barely out of his teenage years when he set about building a small working lobster boat that would become a racing legend. The Stella Ann was used for inshore fishing: lobstering, seining, and, as many fishermen did in those days, racing at the Moosabec World’s Fastest Lobster Boat Races on the 4th of July. Beal “took on all comers who, for many years, saw only his stern.” Recently, Pratt assisted Beal in moving the Stella Ann to its final berth at the Beals Historical Society. Pratt is retired and lives with wife Lorraine in Morrill, ME. (Machias Valley Observer 5/11/2021)

  • 1971

    Roger Arsenault was inducted into the Maine Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame at the 19th Annual Maine Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame banquet in October at Sugarloaf. Arsenault is the Director of Alpine Racing Operations and Nordic programs at Black Mt., chairman of Chisholm Ski Club, and former alpine ski racer. This incoming class will bring the number of those honored to 160, whose biographies can be found on the Museum’s website: maineskiandsnowboardmuseum.org.

  • 1972

    Glenn Gould wrote in that he “retired from Texaco and Naval Reserve. Great School!”

  • 1972

    Lawrence (Russ) Morrison retired in 2016 as Senior Manager of Construction Change Orders for the MBTA in Boston. “50 years ago I never dreamed that I would be finishing my career working on a railroad. My wife Ruth and I have raised and educated four kids and in the last five years they have blessed us with five grandchildren. Currently we are all healthy and happy living in Plymouth, Massachusetts, America’s hometown. Closest I get to the water is the pool in my backyard. Classmates are welcome to join me for a dip if they are in the neighborhood.”

  • 1979

    Leo Hill has retired as Director of Facilities from a local housing authority. He shipped out for 23 years and retired from American Airlines after flying for 35 years. He summers at Small Point, ME.

  • 1979

    Leslie Crane is retired and lives in Portland, ME.

  • 1979

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Michael Jaccoma, of Davie, to the Board of Pilot Commissioners. Jaccoma is a harbor pilot for Biscayne Bay Pilots. He currently serves as vice-chair on the Board of Pilot Commissioners and has been actively engaged in the piloting profession in Florida since 1988. Jaccoma is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Unlimited Master with a First Class Pilot Endorsement for the Port of Miami.

  • 1979

    Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray welcomed TS State of Maine Capt. Gordon ‘Mac’ MacArthur ’00, and presented him with a traditional plaque to commemorate the vessel’s inaugural visit. The vessel is carrying 177 cadets on the second of three training cruises for 2021, which began July 7 from its homeport in Castine, Maine. “The future of the maritime industry depends on the education and learning experiences of these cadets,” Murray said. “We are proud to host this training ship at our port and wish all aboard great success with their sea term.” (Seatrade Cruise News 6/22/2021)

  • 1980

    Terence Gilvey sent a picture of him and 1977 freshmen cruise roommate Gary Henry, taken in St. George, Bermuda NAS. “We were short of funds with a couple of days still left in Bermuda. Capt. Brennan recommended the Officers’ Club at Bermuda NAS to everyone as a reasonably-priced place to go ashore. The catch: you had to wear your Summer Whites. As near as we can tell, we were the only ones who went. We wound up hanging out with a P-3 squadron from Brunswick who took great care of us. As they were leaving, they introduced us to the flight officers of a Canadian Forces Argus. They not only treated us well, we were invited to fly with them. Capt. Brennan approved and the next day we flew an 18-hour mission with the Canadian Forces. Here we are showing off our flight suits. When we turned them in, the Brunswick guys wanted us to fly with them, too. Unfortunately, it was our last day in Bermuda. We did get a tour of a P-3, though. We should have gone to the O Club a day earlier.”

  • 1980

    Steven Sellers reports he is retired and living in Manheim, PA.

  • 1982

    Capt. John Gazzola was working a ship job this spring and came across a classmate and fellow MMA graduate on the vessel OSG Vision. Pictured are (L to R) Captain John Gazzola ’82, Excel Hydraulics; Chief Engineer Bob Elwell ’82, OSG; and Chief Mate Jim Geaumont ‘11, OSG.

  • 1982

    Marc Gousse, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System since July 2016, plans to retire effective Jan. 1, 2022. He was superintendent of schools in Westbrook prior to going to MDI, and before that he was principal of Westbrook High School. Gousse has a doctorate in educational leadership from California Coast University and served 23 years in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve.

  • 1982

    Deborah (Lieberman) Moore retired in 2019 and says she is “about to take delivery of a Palm Beach 70 to resume ‘messing around in boats.’”

  • 1982

    Mick Burke (right) met up with Fred Amicangioli on Memorial Day weekend at a WarBird Fly In air show near Atlanta. Burke explains, “Fred came down from Alaska to take part in the show. He is a member of the organization that put on the show. We got caught up on what we have been doing for the last 39 years. I attached a picture, Fred looks the same as the last time I saw him at our graduation.”

  • 1983

    Kenneth O’Brien just returned from Italy after 16 years where he was an active duty commander and also worked as a GS civilian for Commander, Naval Forces Europe/Commander, Sixth Fleet. He now works for SAIC and lives in Norfolk with wife Deborah.

  • 1984

    Skip Strong sent an image of ’84 alumni on the bridge wing of the State of Maine after return of Cruise A this spring. Pictured are (L to R) Chris Brown, cruise watch officer; Dave Gelinas, PenBay Pilot; and Sandy Cameron, Chief Engineer, TSSOM.

  • 1984

    After nearly three decades at sea, Capt. Scott Lund recently published a book, “Sea State,” that describes a harrowing voyage at sea in a time less refined and regulated, truly a world away in all respects. All profits from this book are contributed to animal welfare organizations.

  • 1984

    John Balano writes, “Greetings shipmates! I’m entering my third year at the Hydromechanics Lab at the Naval Academy, and can look back and credit Maine Maritime Academy with having provided me with all the professional tools to make this career move exciting. Whether we are testing a new hull design or sending waves down the tank to test a Wave Energy Converter, each day I reflect on the amazing set of life skills that all began on matriculating at MMA. In what is perhaps no coincidence, I’ve had the good fortune to have daughters and nieces of my MMA classmates in the various Ocean Engineering Labs that I facilitate. Outside of work, my wife Sharon and I sail our Irwin 28 around the Chesapeake Bay. Also, recently I was able to meet up with Doug Griggs ’84 and assist him in judging the high school “Cargo Ship Challenge” sponsored by the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Enjoying the occasional yacht delivery or sailboat race down the bay, staying at sea remains a large part of life.” The Balanos live in Chesapeake Beach, MD.

  • 1985

    “Reaching out because I know these two outstanding men won’t, and I am so proud of them. Captain Kevin Farrin ’02 and Chief Engineer David Perkins ’85 had an exciting day christening the USNS John Lewis. Above is a picture of them with actress/advocate Alfre Woodard, who was a Sponsor. Making MMA proud!” Submitted by Kate Otto.

  • 1985

    John Curtis is program manager for Clean Harbors Environmental Services of So. Portland, ME. He and wife Mary live in Casco.

  • 1986

    MMA is well represented onboard the Noble Globetrotter 2 as we support Shell’s oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world. Pictured L to R, Tanner Littlefield ’17, Cliff Jackson ’08, Garth Pulkkinen ’95 and Richard Lawrence ’86.

  • 1986

    Bill O’Reilly is reaching out to any MMA alumni living or passing near Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan. He is the regional operations manager for Noresco, LLC. He and his wife will be there for the next few years. Contact alumni@mma.edu and we will pass along O’Reilly’s contact information.

  • 1988

    MMA alumni gathered for some refreshments in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in March while at the Florida Marine Center. Pictured are: Jim Mundth ’89, Tim Reid ’88, Kevin Arruda ’88, Steve Moglia ’87 and Eric Smith ’88.

  • 1989

    Bruce Leonard is Marketing Engineer, Modifications and Upgrades for Siemens Demag Delaval Turbomachinery, Inc. out of New Jersey. He and wife Emily live in Lowell, ME and have two adult sons, Steven and Patrick.

  • 1990

    Eric King reported that the Propeller Club of Seattle held an outdoor networking event in June at Golden Gardens Park in Ballard. While catching up with maritime industry friends, the organization donated all proceeds from the event to support the El Faro Salute! memorial being created by
    Jay Sawyer ’83.

  • 1991

    Capt. Sam Pearson is an assistant professor at Cal Maritime and was recently published in the April 2021 edition of Professional Mariner. The title of Pearson’s article is “E-learning can boost understanding of nav rules, reduce accidents.”

  • 1993

    Longtime ABS executive John McDonald became the company’s Executive Vice President and COO at the end of July. McDonald took on the head operations role on July 26. He has extensive experience at ABS: he joined the class society in 1996 as a surveyor and served in frontline operational roles in Korea, the Northern Europe and Africa Region, and the former Americas Division. He held the position of Vice President of Occupational Health and Safety for both ABS and ABS Group, and he led the former ABS Divisions in Europe and in the Pacific. McDonald also held operational leadership roles, including SVP of Western Hemisphere Survey Operations and (most recently) SVP of Global Business Development and the Global Marine market sector. He holds an MBA from Texas A&M University. (The Maritime Executive, 7/6/2021)

  • 1993

    Jimmy L’Italien posted this picture on LinkedIn stating, “After 26+ years of shift work and power plants, I had the opportunity to take on this new adventure! JIMMY’S General Store, Turner, ME (formerly Angello’s). You can’t become successful if you never take the chance.” Good luck, Jim.

  • 1993

    Capt. John Amaro, Marty (Baker) Page and Capt. Dan Page ’94 enjoyed dinner together this summer on Saint Thomas. The Pages were in town to drop off their daughter at UVI. Their son, Robert, is a member of the Class of 2021.

  • 1996

    Allan K. Cameron is a retired police chief and is now an over the road truck driver for Freightworks Transportation. Cameron and wife Cheryl married in March and live in Sparks, NV.

  • 1996

    William Kelley is Operations and Maintenance Supervisor for Duke Energy and lives in Debary, FL.

  • 1998

    Michael Furrow is Regional Sales Director for Siemens Energy, Inc. and lives with wife Abbie in Plano, TX.

  • 1998

    Seth Brown is the Director of Finance and Operations at George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, ME. Most recently, Brown was director of business development for Gateway Title of Maine. Brown resides in Frankfort with wife Mariko, and children Wade, Mayako, and Sachiko.

  • 1999

    Brent Cole works for Chevron as a Power Generation Consultant and notes his employment address as Tenzig, Kazakhstan.

  • 1999

    Old friends from the Class of 1999, Wes Pooler, Capt. Jennifer Brokaw, and Capt. Clarence Young, connected for a short visit in Virginia Beach over the Memorial Day weekend.

  • 2000

    David Wilson, Director of Facilities for Avanir Pharmaceuticals in Aliso Viego, CA, was recently featured in Blueprint, a magazine that puts a spotlight on the facilities professionals who are imagining, creating, and maintaining better spaces.

  • 2000

    Jay Stewart ’00D, Jered Norton ’00E and Tom Norton ’71E met up in Charleston (SC) while the Nortons were in town for a wedding. They haven’t seen each other in almost 20 years. “It was great to catch up!”

  • 2000

    Capt. Gordon MacArthur shared an image from the bridge wing of the TSSOM during its recent visit to Port Canaveral, FL. (L to R) Capt. John Cashman, Commandant, MMA; Capt. Nate Cerato ’04, apprentice Pilot; Capt. “Mac” MacArthur ’00, Master – TSSOM; and Capt. Sean Morrissey ’03, Pilot.

  • 2001

    Ronald Perry lives in Stewartsville, NJ with wife Leigh and two children Mitchell and June. He works as a Sandy Hook Pilot, although he tries to go fishing as much as he can. Capt. Perry says, “Hello classmates! I took this year to complete a lifelong goal of building my own boat. This boat is for drifting rivers and fishing. I wish you all health and happiness.”

  • 2002

    John Gaspar (CT), Carl Rhodes (WA) and Keith Turcotte (ME) have stepped in to be the Class Agents for 2002. They will keep you current as to what is happening on campus and ready to pass along any Class Notes and photos you wish to contribute.

  • 2002

    Corey Streams works as a Project Management Specialist with Siemens Energy, Inc. and lives in Veazie, ME.

  • 2002

    Jarred (Rodriques) Hartford is the utilities plant project coordinator for Molson Coors Beverage Company of Golden, CO. Hartford and wife Valerie live in Evergreen, CO with their four children Daxton (12), Kellan (10), Keely (9), and McCall (6).

  • 2002

    Peter Nicholson has been promoted to executive vice president, chief fiduciary officer at First National Bank. Nicholson joined the bank in 2015 and most recently served as senior vice president, senior portfolio manager. Prior to joining First National Wealth Management, Nicholson worked at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust as well as Fidelity Investments and Charles Schwab. Nicholson lives in Bar Harbor with his wife, Christina, and daughters, Piper and Peyton. He is active in his community, currently serving on the Abbe Museum Finance Committee and coaching youth sports. (Mount Desert Islander, 6/29/21)

  • 2003

    Kimberly Glomb penned her self-revelatory book “Jews, Muslims, and Christians: Let’s Talk About God.” Glomb firmly believes that all Jews, Christians, and Muslims worship the same God. This book is simply understanding God, people, prophets, concepts, and beings shared by other believers. Published on May 26, 2020, the book presents the core thesis that the same name is used to depict a person or a prophet in the Bible and other Arabic sources. (Digital Journal, 7/14/2021)

  • 2004

    Janna O’Leary completed her MBA in Healthcare Management in October 2020 from New England College and currently works as a Clinical Systems Coordinator and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for a Federally Qualified Health Center in Nashua, NH. She lives in Manchester, NH with daughter Emma — whose best friend is the son of fellow alum Belinda Cooke, also class of 2004.

  • 2005

    Phil Lessard, wife Juliane, and daughters Renee and Caitlyn visited campus in August. Living in Silver Springs, MD, Lessard is Senior Reliability Engineer for American Sugar Refining, Inc. in Baltimore. While camping in Maine, the Lessards visited campus August 25. Lessard wanted to share memories as well as the model of the current TS State of Maine that he and his dad Eugene made during his enrollment. They donated the model to the school shortly after his graduation. Thanks for the gift Phil!

  • 2005

    Adam Tart was recognized during a New York Yankees broadcast this summer for his efforts at his RWJBarnabas Health hospital during the COVID outbreak (Mariner, Issue 1, 2021, Victory Chimes).RWJBH’s partnership with WFAN New York Yankees radio network does a segment where they honor an RWJBH employee for their dedication to making their communities healthier. They featured him for a Civic Leader Salute.

  • 2005

    Don McBride is the new owner of the Blue Water Grill Restaurant in San Pedro, Belize.

  • 2005

    Eric Brown is a safety analyst for Fairfax County. He and wife Trinity live in Annandale, VA with their children Kasper (7) and Dagny (5).

  • 2007

    Sarah Kaplan and Kelsey Anair ’21 were featured in an online article in Professional Mariner (August 1, 2021). Kaplan is the captain of the Andrew McAllister of McAllister Towing in Portland, ME. Anair is a deckhand for the company and preparing for her 1,600-ton Mate license. The two work different schedules, but once or twice a month they align for a week at a time. Also in the article was an image of the Roderick McAllister, captained by Jake Forgit ’08. (Professional Mariner 8/1/2021)

  • 2007

    Aaron Simard (right) is currently Chief Engineer on the Cape Vincent, an ROS boat down in Orange, TX. Adam Casilla ’20 was assigned as 3A/E on the SS Regulas, an ROS boat also in Orange. “(Adam) was one of the students on two of the (TSSOM) cruises I worked as a watch officer. He remembered me, came up and said ‘hi’ at a local bar when we were both out with fellow crewmembers from our respective ships. It’s been fun catching up and seeing the next generation from the school in the fleet. He is getting ready to head out on sea trials so we took the picture.”

  • 2008

    Ned O’Connor works for Oceaneering International, Inc. and lives in Freeport, ME with wife Melissa and their children Nola, Oliver, and Zoey.

  • 2008

    Rob Canning’s children Tegan and Levi showed off their MMA pride during Spirit Week at their grade school. They live in Troutman, NC.

  • 2008

    Blake Hynes recently started an ROV ship hull inspection business in southern CA. Remote Underwater Services does underwater inspections of hulls, remote ballast tanks, sustainable energy systems, as well as provide marina/pilings/mooring assessments, systems engineering services, and more.

  • 2009

    Amanda Kennedy is sales manager for Platypus Marine and lives in Port Angeles, WA.

  • 2009

    Asa (Solomon) Harned, a cake designer, is now bringing her creations to downtown Bangor. After spending some time out of state, Harned moved back to Maine and started Asa’s Cakes out of her certified home kitchen. A few years ago, she rebranded to Wildflour Cake Design. With the help of her fiancé and her mom, Harned is getting settled into her new location on State Street in Bangor.

  • 2009

    Thomas Byrne is captain for Stevens Towing. He and spouse Taylor live in Savannah, GA.

  • 2009

    Aaron Coulombe is working at Maine Medical Center and lives in Cumberland.

  • 2009

    When Nick Martinez was a child growing up in Pleasant Point, Maine, a speech language pathologist worked with him to manage his stuttering disorder. The experience inspired him to pursue a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Maine. He graduated in August, prepared to provide life-changing services for others. Martinez, who now lives in Bangor with his wife, Erin, and daughter, Arabella, shipped as a merchant mariner for nine years. (UMaine News, 7/8/2021)

  • 2009

    Derek Difrederico, BJ Dunlap ’06, and Neal Stewart teamed up at the Mariners Golf Classic held at the Brunswick (ME) Golf Club in June.

  • 2012

    Capt. Josh Shaw sent us a picture from the rainy Texas Mariner Golf Classic in May. Pictured (L to R, front) Coronado Hickman ’16, Craig Dagan, Sherri Hickman ’85, Len Tyler, and Shaw, (back) Marie Rappa ’07 and Steve Peed.

  • 2013

    Eric von Hohenleiten and Katie Ann Dever were married in September 2021 in Camden, Maine.

  • 2014

    Emily Fanning just started her seventh year serving as a logistics officer in the Marine Corps and recently moved to the DC area. She spends her free time visiting family and friends in the New England area and hiking with her new dog, Tally.

  • 2014

    Ian Champeon is a project manager for Wunderlich-Malec Engineering and live in Dover-Foxcroft, ME.

  • 2015

    Bradley Reed is supervisor of Systems Operations for Versant Power and lives in Bangor, ME.

  • 2016

    MMA alumni recently sailed in command positions on NOAA Ship Fairweather. (L to R) First Engineer Sean Battles ‘16, Relief Chief Engineer Christopher Clayton ‘06, and Acting Commanding Officer LCDR Carl Rhodes ‘04. Not pictured but also assigned to the ship is 3rd Engineer Kristen Gier ‘20. NOAA Ship Fairweather conducts hydrographic surveys mostly in Alaska making NOAA nautical charts and the seas safer for all mariners. Most recently the vessel was surveying the southern end of Kodiak Island, Alaska.

  • 2016

    Dan Mather and Tim Grant visited the Alumni Relations Office in August, unbeknownst to each others’ presence. Mather is working for a dredging company out of Seattle, currently on the Mississippi River. Grant is a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer currently stationed at the MMA ROTC unit.

  • 2017

    Logan Poirier is now Project Engineer for Cianbro Corporation.

  • 2018

    Zack Littlefield has joined AESSEAL Inc., a specialist in the design and manufacture of mechanical seal and support systems, as a Technical Sales Representative in Maine. Littlefield joins AESSEAL with experience as an engineer with Crowley Maritime Corporation and Andrie Inc.

  • 2019

    Emine Mutlu is one of 75 Americans selected to study and work in Germany as part of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals program – now in its 38th year. This year about 450 young professionals from all over the United States vied for a spot in this prestigious program. While in Germany, Mutlu will attend a two-month intensive language course and after that study at a German university and complete an internship in the career field of international logistics/supply chain management. Participants are placed with host families throughout Germany, where they act as citizen ambassadors of the United States, promoting a positive image abroad and creating lifelong friendships and professional connections to keep German-American relations strong. Mutlu departed for Germany in July and returns in June 2022.

  • 2021

    Nathanael Lee Poff (Doylestown, PA) earned a marine engineering degree, his USCG license and a commission as a U.S. Naval officer. But what he needed before he could get his maritime career on track was a “first salute” from an important mentor. He received that salute on Memorial Day from his grandfather, U.S. Naval veteran Jack Poff. Poff is a retired Navy veteran. He served as a Petty Officer 2nd Class boiler technician on the U.S.S. Fiske and served from 1954 to 1958 during the Korean War era. (LehighValleyLive.com, 6/3/2021)

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