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Why I Went to My College Reunion


Alumni Trip to Tuscany

CUA Service With a Smile!

Carols and Cocktails!
Second Annual Boston Holiday Party

Boston Chapter Alumni Gatherings

Alum Presents the Film He Scripted, Fought for and Produced: “Bridge to Terabithia” Based on His Mother’s Best-Selling Novel

Senators Club

Philadelphia Alumni Share Career Advice With Students

Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) Get-Togethers

Class Notes:



John Becker, B.A. 1990 (A&S), was named director of basketball operations for the University of Vermont men’s basketball team.

Mary Jo (Meissner) Davis, M.S.W. 1990 (SOCSV), and her husband, Brian, have one son, Joshua, 8. Mary Jo has a private counseling practice in Purcellville, Va., and works as a public school social worker. The family lives in Berryville, Va.

Anne Morrow Connors, B.A. 1991 (A&S), was promoted to vice president of Compass Bank in the retail special assets department. She lives in Birmingham, Ala., and is the widow of Christopher James Connors, B.S.Arch. 1990 (ARCH), who passed away from cancer in 2000.

Catherine Annas, B.A. 1992 (A&S), J.D. 1995 (LAW), of Newton, Mass., has been named co-chair of the Health Law Communications Committee of the Boston Bar Association’s Health Law Section. She is an attorney at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

James P. Matthews, B.A. 1992 (A&S), organized a care package drive for service men and women in the U.S. armed forces. His inspiration for this was his former CUA roommate, Maj. Sean M. Riordan, USMC, B.A. 1992 (A&S), serving as executive officer of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, in Camp Fallujah, Iraq.

Ray Nedohon, B.A. 1992 (A&S), was appointed executive director of the Metro Foundation, the charitable and educational foundation of a large infectious disease medical group based in Hinsdale, Ill. He also moved from Chicago to Crown Point, Ind.

John A. Pennell, B.A. 1992 (A&S), has begun a four-year assignment at the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he’s the director of the United States Agency for International Development’s economic growth program. He has also completed long-term assignments with USAID at the U.S. embassies in Iraq, El Salvador and Ukraine.

T.R. Rowe, B.A. 1992 (A&S), was re-elected to his fifth term in the Connecticut State House of Representatives with the help of fellow CUA alum Paul Rossi, B.A. 1992 (A&S), who is a political consultant with Kolpien & Associates. Rowe and his wife, Michelle, have a 2-year-old son, Joseph.

Eugene J. Halus Jr., M.A. 1994, Ph.D. 2003 (A&S), of Souderton, Pa., has joined the faculty of the history/political science department at Immaculata College.

A play about Irish-American gangsters by John Kearns, M.A. 1994 (A&S), titled In a Bucket of Blood, was held over for an extra week during its June 2006 run at Ryan’s Daughter Pub in New York City. It was also performed in July and August at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. His one-act play, Hanging Questions, was a finalist in the 8-Minute Madness Festival at the Times Square Arts Center in September. His short-story collection, Dreams and Dull Realities, will be published by Boann Books and Media this winter.

Daniel L. Petrocelli, M.A. 1994 (A&S), of Holden, Mass., joined Clark University as director of planned giving.

Eric P. Raciti, J.D. 1994 (LAW), of Melrose, Mass., was elected to partnership at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, an intellectual property law firm. He works in medical device technology areas, assisting companies in developing comprehensive patent strategies.

Jeff Woller, B.S.M.E. 1994 (ENGR), of Portland, Ore., recently founded Draftinghouse P.C. to provide patent prosecution services and patent infringement assessments. The company helps businesses and individuals capitalize on their intellectual property and avoid infringing others’ patents and trademarks.

Elliott S. Cappuccio, B.A. 1995 (A&S), a partner with the law firm of Pulman, Bresnahan, Pullen & Cappuccio LLP, was named by Scene in SA magazine (August 2006 issue) one of the “Best Lawyers in San Antonio” in the fields of business litigation and bankruptcy law.

Ellen Jane Breipohl Thorp, B.A. 1995 (A&S), left her position as assistant dean of students at CUA to seek a part-time position that will allow her to spend more time with her 1-year-old, Esther. Ellen, husband David, and Esther live in University Park, Md.

Paul Koster, J.D. 1996 (LAW), and two partners opened a new law firm, Daley, Koster & LaVallee, LLC in Atlanta. The firm addresses employment law, governmental liability, governmental relations, appellate litigation, sports law and general litigation. Previously, Koster chaired the governmental practice group at a 90-attorney law firm. He is a former staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and former member of the faculty at Emory University School of Law.

Michele Ricks, M.A. 1996 (A&S), was awarded an M.Ed. in English language teaching from the University of Bath in England. She is currently working for Qatar Petroleum in Doha, Qatar.

Scott C. Whitehead, M.Arch. 1996 (ARCH), senior architect in the Baltimore office of Cannon Design, was promoted to associate vice president. He has extensive experience in health care facility design, as well as in commercial, institutional, sports and recreation, and higher education projects in the United States and abroad.

Michele A. Linnen, M.S.W. 1997 (SOCSV), lives in Luxembourg while pursuing photography projects. Previously, she lived in Germany for five years before moving to London, where she was employed as a social worker. She has had solo photography exhibitions in Paris and elsewhere. She continues to enjoy and admire European life — excellent public transportation, universal health care, employee rights and more holiday time to nurture human relations.

Tara B. Kelly, B.A. 1998 (A&S), of Weehawken, N.J., was promoted to manager of account services at the CNN Network.

Jennifer Vogelsong, B.A. 1999 (A&S), of Mechanicsburg, Pa., was honored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association with its distinguished writing award in 2006. Journalists at Pennsylvania newspapers of all circulation sizes compete for the annual award. She is a features writer at the York Daily Record/Sunday News.

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