Class of 1989 Summer 2023 Class Note

Howard Dentremont, public management major and Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity member, reached out, and is currently a self-employed lobsterman. He and his spouse live in Bernard, ME. 

Accounting Tax Manager

Darren Hall, business administration major originally from St. Albans, ME, joined RH CPA’s office in Charlotte, NC, as tax manager. Darren is in his 33rd year of public accounting.

Music Teacher Masters Finnish Folk Instrument

Sarah Cummings ‘98G College of Arts and Science (music education), has written one of the few books in English on how to play the kantele, a traditional folk instrument from Finland. “The response has been very positive,” said Sarah, “but of course this is a niche audience.” 

She is teaching her students at Greely Middle School, in Cumberland, ME, how to pluck and strum this stringed instrument. Sarah’s heritage is Finnish, and she first discovered kanteles at a Finnish cultural festival in Michigan. In the 30 years since, she has become an expert player and has attended various music festival in Finland. 

Chief Innovation Officer

Steven Woodard G civil engineering, chief innovation officer at ECT2, is finding ways to destroy polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from the environment. Portland-based ECT2 (Emerging Compounds Treatment Technologies) is providing solutions to remove these toxic chemicals from waste streams and drinking water supplies. These manufactured chemicals have been linked to several serious illnesses and have contaminated soil, water, and food in Maine and globally. “The idea is that none of the PFAS we remove make it back out into the environment. That is the whole objective,” said Steve. ECT2 has designed and installed the three largest and most sophisticated PFAS treatment systems in the world. 

Executive Director steps down

Carolyn Neighoff ‘96G College of Education, founding member of Bread of Life Ministries in Augusta, has stepped down after 38 years of leadership. She was replaced by Victoria Abbott ’03, another University of Maine graduate. 

Experienced Trial Lawyer

Attorney Walt McKee, political science major, has been invited to teach during the 2023 Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Program. Walt has tried more than 200 criminal and civil jury trials.