Heidi Woodward Keyho
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It’s hard to believe we have been out of college long enough for the longevity in professions listed below, but it’s clear UMaine prepared us well.
Michael Bourque became president and CEO of The MEMIC Group, a $1.3 billion insurance company based in Portland, ME. After 22 years with the company, Michael succeeded the founding president who retired last year.
Timothy F. Gould G has been promoted to president of subsidiary Ahtna Engineering Services, LLC, a self-performing federal and commercial contractor headquartered in Anchorage, AK. He earned his master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine. His consulting and construction market experience spans 27 years.
Jack Kaplan, Carrabec High School’s physical education and strength coach, was named 2017 Maine Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) Teacher of the Year. He has 28 years of experience teaching high school physical education.
Walter McKee, of Augusta law firm, McKee Law, has been named a New England “SuperLawyer” for 2017. This is a national rating service that rates the country’s top lawyers for their degree of peer review recognition and professional achievement based on independent research, peer evaluations, and nominations.
Sean Wasson ’00G, computer science (CS) teacher in Portland, ME, became an internationally certified instructor for Code.org CS Discoveries curriculum. He is working with Google, which only hires one teacher per state, to align their computer science curriculum with the State of Maine CS standards. He will be leading a presentation and discussion at the Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine (ACTEM) Conference.
Fort Fairfield native Pete Robinson published a book, Harvest Time: A Day in the Life of Picking Potatoes, which chronicles his potato-picking experience through words and images. Patrick is a financial advisor for First Financial Advisory Services in Rhode Island, but knows he is home when he returns to Aroostook County. Says Pete, “The harvest made us all equals for a few weeks. It didn’t matter who your parents were or how you were doing in school. All that mattered was keeping up your section. We made friends we won’t forget. We also learned lifelong lessons about the value of hard work.”
After a decade with the National Hockey League (NHL) New York Islanders, Jack Capuano, former University of Maine hockey defenseman, has a new job as associate head coach for the NHL Florida Panthers. Says Jack, “My familiarity with the Panthers has grown a lot throughout the past few years and I’m eager to work with such a young, talented group of players.”
After 19 years, Rodney Mondor has a new job as dean of students at the University of Southern Maine. Due to his training as Bananas the Bear, he has had many mascot opportunities over the years, and was happy to participate in the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Mark Robarts celebrated his 25th “work-i-versary” with the Boston Ski and Sports Club (BSSC) in September of 2017. As sports director he leads this adult sports and social organization, which offers the largest co-ed sports leagues in New England (volleyball, soccer, softball, kickball, dodgeball, etc.). While at UMaine, Mark created his own ‘sports management’ minor along with his bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management. He was hired at BSSC in 1993.
Rhonda Morin was promoted to executive director of communications and marketing at Clark College Foundation in Vancouver, WA, in December 2017. She also won two regional Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awards in December. She received a silver award for her role as the editor in the feature-writing category (the story was written by a freelance writer), and a bronze in the fundraising publications category for a specialty booklet for a donor.
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