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Colin Pope '13

Colin Pope NU '13wcax.com/2020/09/01/managing-the-white-mountains/ In early September, Colin Pope attempted what he says was the hardest physical challenge of his life. That first week of September he began a journey called the White Mountain Direttissima. Direttissima is Italian for, "direct way."

Pope had plans to traverse across all 48, 4,000-foot mountain peaks in the Whites. It's about 220 miles and 80,000 feet of elevation gain. Pope has been interested in the challenge for about two years. He saw a Facebook post about a man, who in 2016, hiked the continuous route of New Hampshire’s White Mountains in record time, finishing in just over 6 days. If Pope completes the Direttissima, he’ll be one of just more than a dozen to do so.

"Failure to me is success in progress," Pope said. With each one of those failures, I’ve always strived to kind of go back to that point to see if I complete it. If I don’t, I know I gave it everything I had.”

Full interview and video available here.


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Daniel J. O'Shea '83Ashley Hernandez '19
November 30, 2020 

Ashley Hernandez joined ECS Composites as Director, Special Projects after completing 20 years of honorable service in the United States Marine Corps as an Intelligence Specialist and Special Operations Capability Specialist. Ashley’s addition to the team will help ECS Composites seek new federal government contracting opportunities in emerging fields. Full article available here.


Daniel J. O'Shea '83Caprice Hover '90
November 27, 2020 

Caprice Hover, executive director of United Way of Rutland County, VT (UWRC), said in early September that she plans to remain in her current role until a suitable replacement for her can be found. Hover’s contributions to the community are immense, said Brian Kerns, president of the United Way of Rutland County board of directors. Full article available here.


Jake Isham '12, M'18
November 26, 2020

One of Vermont's Washington County success stories is Ceres Greens. Co-founded by Jake Isham, the company is a grower and wholesale distributor of leafy greens. What makes the business different is the way produce is grown: vertically, indoors, 365 days a year, relying on solar power and using 85 percent less water. Full article available here.


Daniel J. O'Shea '83Gary Handley '84
November 18, 2020 

Falcons Landing has announced the appointment of Gary Handley as the new president and CEO of the life plan community in Potomac Falls (VA). Handley most recently served as the executive director at the Palms of Fort Myers, helping it become one of the first senior living communities in the U.S. to receive the J.D. Powers Senior Living Certificate. Major Handley retired from military service in 2000 after 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and Army National Guard. Full article available here.


Daniel J. O'Shea '83Daniel O'Shea '83
November 18, 2020 

Daniel O’Shea, the first justice of Attleboro District Court, will be wearing his robe in superior court. The Massachusetts Governor’s Council has approved of his nomination by a 7-0 vote, a spokesperson said Wednesday. O’Shea, 59, has been the Attleboro court’s administrative judge for 10 years and has served in the court since 2005. Full article available here.


Anthony Purdy '06
November 10, 2020

Veterans Day has deep meaning for former Rutland (VT) High School and Norwich University football player Anthony Purdy. “I think you reflect on the sacrifices other people have made,” Purdy said from his job at Offutt Air Force Base about 15 miles from Omaha, Nebraska. “I know some of the students from Norwich who were killed while on active duty over the last decade and a half." Full article available here.


Susan and Wesley Collins, children to Nick Collins '55Nick Collins '55
November 8, 2020
Nick Collins, a longtime ski patroller credited with “resurrecting” the Living Memorial Park ski area in Brattleboro, VT in the mid to late 1990s, was posthumously inducted into the National Ski Patrol Hall of Fame after 73 years of service. He is the father of Wesley Collins '83 and father-in-law to Susan Collins '82, shown at left. Full article available here.


Neil Campbell '82
November 7, 2020
Marizyme, Inc., a publicly-traded global biotechnology company developing products to reduce the burden of ischemia-reperfusion injury in tissue grafting, organ transplant, and other surgical indications, announced that it has appointed veteran life sciences executive and investor Dr. Neil J. Campbell, as CEO and President and a member of its Board of Directors. Full article available here.


Gary Keefe '86 & P'18
November 4, 2020
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Wednesday announced the appointment of Major General Gary W. Keefe to the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke Board of Trustees. Together with other recent appointees, Major General Keefe represents extensive experience in the military and health care, has a direct connection to Western and Central Massachusetts, and a commitment to serve the Commonwealth’s veterans. Full article available here.


Julie LuftJulie Luft '05
November 4, 2020
“I grew up playing sports, so I fell in love with athletic training when I realized I could combine my passion for sports and helping others,” said Julie Luft, who has worked with and counseled Jonathan Law (Milford, CT) H.S. athletes for the past 11 years. Luft was also impacted by the pandemic. Because her company (Rehabilitation Associates) is an outpatient physical therapy company and an essential service, it remained open. “My focused shifted from the high school kids to worrying about my family." Full article available here.


William Searcy '05William Searcy '05
November 3, 2020
As Microsoft’s director for digital transformation, William Searcy leads the company’s enterprise technology strategy, security, portfolio management, and services for the public sector market. An FBI veteran and a former head of the bureau’s IT programs, he brings into the role more than 25 years of IT transformational experience and leadership. Full article available here.


Roxane Gay '99
October 22, 2020 
Best-selling author and social commentator Roxane Gay was the featured guest of "Creatives in a Time of Crisis," a virtual discussion presented by the Marygrove Conservancy (Detroit, MI) Department of Arts & Culture. View the Facebook Live video here.


Whitney BachelderWhitney Bachelder '18
October 20, 2020 
Whitney, when at Norwich, was among architecture students from the Design+Build Collaborative who conceived The NEST. The NEST, an outdoor classroom and playhouse on Montpelier VT's Union Elementary School playground, was recently recognized for its unique design, winning two different regional awards. View interviews here, and here.


Nicole DiDomenico M'15
October 20, 2020 
The Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce recently announced nominees for the Athena Leadership Award / Athena Young Professional Award. Nicole DiDomenico is one of three nominees for this year's Leadership Award.  Full article available here.


Molly McGlaughlin '89
October 12, 2020 
Vigene Biosciences, an award-winning world leader in plasmid and viral vector development and manufacturing, announces today an executive addition. Molly McGlaughlin is appointed as Chief Operation Officer. Full article available here.