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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

Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas A. Bussiere '85Lt. Gen. Thomas A. Bussiere '85

Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas A. Bussiere ’85 has been nominated for appointment to the grade of general, with assignment as commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, LA.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday, Oct. 11 nominated Bussiere, the No. 2 officer at U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) at Offutt AFB in Nebraska. In his new role, Bussiere will manage more than 30,000 airmen and strategic assets including nuclear and non-nuclear air craft. The Command also oversees a variety of intercontinental ballistic missiles, helicopters and other services.

Bussiere visited his alma mater two years ago where met with the next generation of leaders. After two days Bussiere was impressed with new cadets graduating from Norwich. “I think the long-standing, multidecade connection of Norwich grads is strong and sound. I can guarantee in the Department of Defense that Norwich graduates — officer, enlisted, civilian, Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines, and now (Space Force) Guardians — are connected and stay connected,” said Bussiere at that time.

See the Norwich News article.


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Dennis Smith '90Dennis Smith '90
December 2, 2022
Smith—after an impressive three decades as a coach in Middlebury, VT's MUHS football program, and head coach since 2008—is stepping aside. Smith's final season coaching the Tigers, his alma mater, was a successful one, leading Middlebury to the Division I state championship game as the tournament's No. 3 seed. See the full article (links to news site).


John “Fin” Eifert M'18
November 17, 2022
Eifert, a Norwich leadership alumnus, was named District Ranger for Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District. Los Padres is California’s second-largest national forest and one of the most heavily visited national forests in the nation.
See the full article (links to USDA/Forest Service site).


Tony DiSotto M'11Tony DiSotto M'11
November 10, 2022
MBA alum, Tony DiSotto, has been appointed market president at KeyBank, overseeing and coordinating the banks go-to market strategy across its various lines of business and serve as the face and voice of Key in Maine. See the full article (links to news site). 


Jim Migliaccio '63; George Lyons '65 and Bob Shanahan '63Jim Migliaccio '63, George Lyons '65 and Bob Shanahan '63
November 9, 2022
Three Old Guard Alumni volunteer weekly at a local charity in Cunning, GA. Thank you, Jim, George Bob Shanahan for giving back to your community! The Place of Forsyth County is a full-service charity that has served the local community for almost 50 years by transforming and saving lives by helping clients become more self-sufficient. See more on Facebook. 


Amanda Conway '20

Amanda Conway '20
November 3, 2022
Amanda started Year 3 of professional hockey with Connecticut Whale over the weekend. “It was definitely a dream for sure to play professionally,” said Conway. “I sort of watched this league begin while I was in college, so to be playing in it now has really been awesome. It’s been a dream. Guys get to grow up dreaming of playing in the NHL, so I think it’s great that girls now have that chance to grow up dreaming of playing here.” See the full article (links to news site).


Keith Aucoin '01Keith Aucoin '01
October 29, 2022
All Keith Aucoin wanted to do was remain in the game after he retired from pro hockey. His impressive playing career came to an end after the 2017-18 season, but Aucoin wanted to become a pro scout. He achieved that goal last month when the Colorado Avalanche hired him as part of their scouting department. See the full article (links to news site). 


Col. Matthew Braman '95

Col. Matthew Braman '95
October 27, 2022
During a visit to Norwich University on Oct. 25, Col. Matthew Braman, 10th Mountain Division (LI) deputy commander for support, spoke candidly with senior cadets about leadership and career opportunities in the Army. “This was an opportunity for me to recruit quality leaders for the 10th Mountain Division and to do that at an institution that got me to where I am today,” Braman said. See the full article (links to news site).


Robert Morgalo M'12Robert J. Morgalo M'12
October 21, 2022
Master of Arts in Diplomacy alumnus Robert J. Morgalo proposes to build a $25 million movie studio in Tamaqua, PA. Read more about Morgalo's upcoming films and how he plans to compete with studios in Manhattan, New Jersey and New York's Hudson Valley. See the full article (links to Yahoo News). 


Adam Oliver '16Adam Oliver '16
October 19, 2022
Congratulations to Adam for accepting a new role with the South Carolina Stingrays hockey team as the team's strength and conditioning coach! The Stingrays are affiliates of the NHL's Washington Capitals and AHL's Hershey Bears. 
See the full article (links to sports news site). 


 Brigadier General (retired) Charles J. Masaracchia '92

BG (Ret.) Charles J. Masaracchia '92
October 6, 2022
Brigadier General (retired) Charles J. Masaracchia, has been named Director of Organizational Development for Boyer Commercial Construction. General Masaracchia commissioned as a second lieutenant in the infantry from Norwich University and then spent 30 years in distinguished service as an officer in the US Army. 
See the full article (links to industry news site). 


LtCol Mark Paolicelli, USMC 1996Lt. Col. Mark Paolicelli '96
October 5, 2022
Norwich alum Lt. Col. Mark Paolicelli reflects on his time in the military and as the longest-serving deputy commander of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
See post on LinkedIn or news article on www.army.mil. 


Bill Hayden '91Bill Hayden '91
September 30, 2022
Bill was recently awarded the Washington State Bar Association Award for Professional Excellence (APEX) for his leadership raising awareness of injured veterans and pro bono work directly supporting injured veterans.
See more on YouTube. 


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. 


Michael Golden '09Michael Golden '09
September 11, 2022
Michael Golden was promoted to major in the Marine Corps component of the New York Naval Militia during a recent ceremony at the New York National Guard headquarters in Latham, NY.
See the full article (links to news site). 


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 wustl.edu 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).


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).


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).


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).