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Alumni in the News

At Norwich, you developed leadership traits — discipline, integrity, confidence, loyalty, and honor — for you to excel in any profession.

Read below, and follow the external news source links, for stories of Norwich alumni demonstrating leadership and WickGrit in their work or service lives.

Alumni Spotlight

Shanti Sethi '93CAPT Shanti Sethi '93

U.S. Navy veteran Shanti Sethi has been appointed as the Executive Secretary and Defense Advisor in U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’s office. 

Sethi was only the 15th female officer to command a major US Navy combat warship, the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur, from December 2010 to May 2012. Most recently, she was working as the Navy’s Senior Military Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy.

Read more here.
Also learn more about Sethi here (browse down the page to the second profile.)

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Doug Isbecque '72Doug Isbecque '72
September 12, 2022
Doug recently portrayed Colonel Mustard in the classic CLUE, On Stage at the Eagle Theater in Sugar Hill, GA in Metro Atlanta to sell out audiences of over 4,000. See more on Facebook. 

Lt. Gen. Doug Stitt ‘90

Lt. Gen. Douglas F. Stitt '90
August 27, 2022
In a ceremony at the Pentagon earlier this month, Douglas F. Stitt '90 was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. Gen. James C. McConville, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, hosted the Aug. 5 ceremony during which Lt. Gen. Stitt received his third star. He previously held the rank of major general. See the full article (links to news site).

Paul Mercer '65Paul Mercer '65 
August 19, 2022
Paul recently participated in Run to Home Base, raising over $5,600 for the cause. Home Base is Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for Veterans of all eras, Service Members, Military Families and Families of the Fallen through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research. See more on Facebook. 

Chris Costa '84 - ABC news video screen shotCOL Christopher P. Costa (Ret.) '84
August 11, 2022
International Spy Museum Executive Director — and counterterrorism expert — Chris Costa ’84 was interviewed by two news sources this week for his expert opinion on the potential U.S.-Russia prisoner swap involving Brittney Griner, and on how US intelligence led the strike that killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri (links, respectively, to NPR news article / ABC News video). 

Keith Gelinas ’84Keith Gelinas '84
July 27, 2022
Keith, of Amazon Web Services, discusses the industrial cloud, Amazon leadership principles, and staying humble. See the full article in The Norwich Record. 

U.S. Army Reserve Retired Colonel William Lyons Jr. ’90, JD, MSS, MTUS, MSt

COL William F. Lyons, Jr. '90
July 20, 2022
U.S. Army Reserve Retired Colonel William Lyons Jr. ’90, JD, MSS, MTUS, MSt., is the new director of Norwich’s Center for Global Resilience and Security. See the full article (links to Norwich news site).

Kelly (Bush) Exarhopoulos '10Kelly (Bush) Exarhopoulos '10 
July 20, 2022
Congratulations on a historic promotion for Officer Kelly (Bush) Exarhopoulos '10 to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Exarhopoulos has proudly become the first female Sergeant in the history of the Sherborn (MA) Police Department. See more on Facebook.

Steven Tiersch '13Steven Tiersch '13
July 18, 2022
Congratulations to Senior Officer Steven Tiersch '13 (right) on graduating at the top of his class from the Vermont Police Academy! See more on Facebook.

Ty Burke '03 / M'09

Ty Burke '03 & M'09
July 5, 2022
Ty is all in on eventing after taking up the sport two years ago. See the full article (links to news site).

Fle Master Chief David Isom '15David Isom '15 
June 30, 2022
Fleet Master Chief David Isom assumed his current duties as Command Senior Enlisted Leader for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command on June 30, 2022. See the full article (links to USINDOPACOM site).

Scot R. Bemis '89Scot R. Bemis  '89
June 29, 2022
Scot, most recently vice president for human resources and chief human resources officer at Dartmouth College, has been named vice chancellor for human resources and institutional equity at Washington University in St. Louis. See the full article (links to site).

Andreas Bohman M '09Andreas Bohman M'09
June 22, 2022
Andreas Bohman, Vice President, University of Washington - IT & CIO, reflects on his career and lessons learned along the way: See the full article (links to UW Finance Transformation news/blog).

Andrew Liptak ’07 &M’09Andrew Liptak '07 & M'09
June 21, 2022
Andrew Liptak is the author of Cosplay: A History — The Builders, Fans, and Makers Who Bring Your Favorite Stories to Life. Published by Saga Press, the book comes out June 28, and has a foreword by former MythBusters co-host, Adam Savage See the full article here (links to news site).

Ray Dionne ’61Ray Dionne '61
June 14, 2022
Ray's new book, Harvest Day, a has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.
See the full article here (links to news site).

Shawn M. Grayson '21
June 9, 2022
Shawn Grayson was sworn in as the 16th officer in the Putnam (CT) Police Department. He started the 375th Training Session of the POSTC Connecticut Police Academy June 3 and will train for approximately 26 weeks with a projected graduation date of mid-December. See the full article here (links to news site).

Noah Lucia '09
June 8, 2022
Noah's family karate studio (Beacon Hill, Boston, MA) has been sharing a love of martial arts with thousands of students for over 40 years. See the full article here (links to news site).

Miranda Otto '15Miranda Otto '15
June 1, 2022
Miranda Otto has been promoted to associate at Dykeman Architects (Everett, WA) where she will take a more active role in Dykeman's leadership and workplace dynamics. 
See the full article here (links to industry news site).

Kurt A. Prochorena '90
June 1, 2022
Kurt has joined Loureiro Engineering Associates, Inc. (Plainville, CT) as Vice President, Building & Land Engineering. See the full article here (links to news site).

Tom Kelly '76Tom Kelly '76
May 31, 2022
Tom Kelly of Barre City (VT) announced May 26 he is a candidate for the Vermont House of Representatives. “I intend to represent the citizens of Barre City by bringing a more conservative voice to Montpelier and to the legislative process,” Kelly, a former Army officer and Vermont deputy prosecutor, said.
See the full article here (links to news site).

Brothers Gary (left) and Sam Passalacqua retired from Trombley Tire one day apart last month. They worked their entire careers in the business their grandfather started in 1941.Sam '78 & Gary '79 Passalacqua
April 20, 2022
Both brothers decided that last month would be the end of an era for the Passalacquas and the tire business. They ended their professional careers a day apart less than a month ago. “I was ready,” Sam Jr. (at right in photo) said. “When the business was sold again... it was changing. The (customers) were more demanding and less forgiving. It was not the same.” Gary (photo, left) said he was prepared to stop working as well.
See the full article here (links to news site).

Dr. Cindy L. Daniels, M'97Cindy L. Daniels M'97
April 12, 2022
Dr. Daniels, retired faculty member and author from SUNY Canton's School of Business and Liberal Arts, has been selected as the 2022 Honors Convocation namesake. The Cindy L. Daniels Honors Convocation will be held 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, and pays tribute to the best and brightest students at SUNY Canton. Daniels will be both a guest and will provide words of advice for the students. See the full article here (links to news site).

George Koshivas '87George Koshivas '87
April 12, 2022
George Koshivas has been appointed to the board of directors at BankGloucester. Koshivas is chief financial officer for Yell-O-Glow Corporation, a wholesale grocery, fruit and vegetable distributor in Everett, Massachusetts.
See the full article here (links to news site).

Brennan Grimley '20Brennan Grimley '20
April 12, 2022
Brennan Grimley, of Grafton, MA (photo, far right) has been offered a position as an officer in Hopkinton, MA Police Department. Grimley previously served as a college intern with the Hopkinton Police while studying at Norwich. Brennan is the nephew of LTC John T. Campbell, USA (Ret.) '72. See the full article here (links to news site).

Erica Racine '09Erica Racine '09
March 24, 2022
Alpine Environmental announced it recently welcomed Erica as a client services administrator.
See the full article here (links to industry news site).

Joseph A. Gallant '20Joseph A. Gallant '20
March 21, 2022
Joseph has graduated from the Police Academy in North Carolina, and will be a Patrol Officer for the city of Greensboro, NC.

Joshua Tipton M'08
March 10, 2022
Josh has been officially appointed to serve as the vice principal at Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge, TN. See the full article here (links to news site).

Brandon McFarlane ’09 & M’14 (at right)Brandon McFarlane '09 & M'14
February 27, 2022
Brandon (photo, right) is co-owner (with Travis Samuels, also in photo) of Zion Growers, who plan to convert abandoned grain mill buildings in St. Johnsbury, VT, into an industrial hemp processing plant. See the full article here (links to news site).

Alec Hastings '94Alec Hastings '94
February 4, 2022
Alec Hastings ’94, non-traditional student that took advantage of the NU remote learning program at the time, has published a memoir about growing up in rural Vermont titled Cap Pistols, Cardboard Sleds & Seven Rusty Nails. Mr. Hastings lives in Randolph, VT. 
See the full article here (links to blog).

Joseph Lynch M'20
February 3, 2022
Joseph Lynch has been appointed to Jefferson Hills (PA) Council. Lynch was picked out of five candidates to fill the seat of the late Keith Polick, who passed away last month. See the full article here (links to news site).

Brenda Brombacher M'13Brenda Rios Brombacher M'13
February 1, 2022
Houston Baptist University appointed Brenda Rios Brombacher as director of its McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise.
See the full article here (bottom item).

Ian Day-Lewis M'07
February 1, 2022
Officer Ian Day-Lewis was promoted to the rank of Sergeant at the Nashua, NH Police Department. See press release (opens PDF; bottom entry).

Mike Gent M'13
January 29, 2022
Mike Gent has been promoted to one of three full-time Deputy City Managers for the city of Surprise, AZ.
See the full article here (links to news site).

Rebecca Chhim M'07Rebecca Chhim M'07
January 28, 2022
Rebecca Chhim has been appointed the head of the Undersea Warfare Combat Systems Department, the largest department at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, RI.
See the full article here (links to news site).

John Park M'08
January 28, 2022
John Park has been named as Director of Cybersecurity Services at Indev.
See the full article here (links to industry site).

Capt. Ashley Del Rosario '17Capt. Ashley Del Rosario '17
January 27, 2022
Capt. Del Rosario has been part of a team bringing desperately needed reinforcements to a Saginaw, MI hospital as it becomes a battleground in U.S. Army’s COVID-19 fight. 
See the full article here (links to news site).

Cmdr. Michael J. Brown '03Cmdr. Michael J. Brown '03
January 26, 2022
Michael was recently named the commanding officer of the USS Hampton (SSN 767), a Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine homeported at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, California. He has been on active duty in the United States Navy for the past 18 years as a career submarine officer. See the full article here (links to news site).

Lance English '84Lt. Col. Lance English '84
January 16, 2022
Lance has spent a total of 28 years in active and Reserves in the Army and an additional seven years of service in the government sector. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserves. He retired in 2021 from the civil Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
See the spotlight article here (links to news site).
(In photo, Lt. Col. Lance English and his son.) 

Molly McGlaughlin '89Molly McGlaughlin '89
December 26, 2021
Azzur Group announced the recent appointment of Molly McGlaughlin to Chief Operating Officer of Azzur Cleanrooms on Demand™ (Azzur COD). In this newly established role, Ms. McGlaughlin oversees all business operations for Azzur COD at a global level. See the full articles here and here (links to industry sites).

Brendan Fitzgerald '21Brendan Fitzgerald '21
January 3, 2022
Brendan Fitzgerald, a 2021 alumnus, graduated from the Massachusetts Bay Transit Police Academy in December. He’ll start field training with a senior officer in Concord, MA.
See the full article here (links to Norwich news article).