Class of ’06 Fall 2017 Class Notes

Liz D’Ambrose Mason

114 Garfield Ave.

Collingswood, NJ 08108


Hello, Class of 2006! I hope all is well! Our family relocated from Falmouth, ME, to Collingswood, NJ, in June. So far we are enjoying the new adventure!

Greg Moore has been hired as an assistant coach for the National Under-17 team with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. Greg played professional hockey for 10 years after playing at UMaine.

Former National Football League defensive lineman Mike DeVito has been selected for the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame. He played nine NFL seasons with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs before retiring in 2016.

Dennis Dottin-Carter has been named to the UConn football staff as the defensive line coach. He previously coached at the University of Delaware.

Jess Foss Elsner opened Foss Fitness ME in Portland with her sister Amy Gamboa in January of 2015. Jess is a certified personal trainer, nutrition specialist, and a writer. She lives in South Portland. Jess believes the marketing program from Maine Business School helped her learn many of the instrumental skills necessary to run her own business.

Rachel Snell defended her dissertation last April. The title was: The Place of Happiness: Recipes, Cookbooks, and the Negotiation of Domesticity in Anglo-America, 1830-1880. Rachel considers her work to be a cultural history as well as women’s history. She completed her M.A. at the University of New Hampshire, and then returned to UMaine for her doctoral studies in 2010. Rachel teaches a course titled “Food and the Shaping of American Identity” as an Honors tutorial.

Dr. Erica Risberg ’06 Ph.D. has been working with the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council to develop an educational and tourist project about the Barlow Road with funding from the Oregon Community Foundation’s Historic Trails Fund. She helped to create an educational website designed to help educators teach fourth and fifth grade students learn more about the Barlow Road. Some materials were also made accessible through a mobile app. Erica’s company, Shared Context Consultants, specializes in conducting research and working with local museums and agencies to develop methods to engage people with history.

Lynn Farrington has worked as a transportation engineer and project manager for more than 10 years, and was recently elected president of the Maine Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Her primary focus has been the completion of the state infrastructure assessment. The assessment analyzes the state’s infrastructure—from aviation to wastewater, bridges to roads and rail, drinking water to ports and parks—looking at existing conditions, capacity, operations and maintenance, public safety and security, risk and funding. A letter grade is assigned to each area, as well as an overall composite grade. Lynn’s overall assessment of the state’s infrastructure proved that funding levels are not enough to keep things moving in the right direction, even though most infrastructure owners are doing a great job prioritizing with current funding.

That’s all for now—if you have any updates about anyone in our class, please send an email my way!