Melissa L. Brancely Burns
63 Rocky Hill Road
Saco, ME 04072
I hope you are having a good summer. I am sure glad that summer is finally here. We can’t believe our daughter, Kayla, has already finished her first year at UMaine. The year just flew by. We are very happy she is home for the summer.
In November 2020, Kathy Harris-Smedberg G, ’19 Ph.D. became the interim superintendent for the Bangor School Department, the fourth largest public school district in Maine. She had been the assistant superintendent for about four years. Previously, Kathy headed curriculum development, teacher training, and supervised the gifted and talented program.
Dale Hamilton ’92G is the executive director of Community Health & Counseling Services, a non-profit community-based healthcare organization serving communities across Maine. Dale is also the chairman of the Ellsworth City Council.
Amy Daviau Brockner G is the assistant superintendent for instruction at Pine Bush Central School District in New York State. In her career, Amy was a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal before accepting her most recent position.
Susan Crisman Metevier accompanied her father, Don Crisman, to Super Bowl LV in Tampa last February. This was her dad’s 55th straight Super Bowl. He is one of three super fans that have attended every single Super Bowl game.
Released in August 2020, Black Bear’s Adventure: An Appalachian Trail Journey is a soft cover 48-page children’s book written by Emily Theriault Leonard and illustrated by twin sisters Laurie Joy Miller and Lisa Joy Jones ’89. The children’s book is about Emily’s Appalachian Trail adventure and introduces children to hiking, outdoor exploration, and camping. Also, there is a 36-page companion booklet that includes worksheets, a journal section, and fun facts about the trail, hiking, and leave no trace outdoor ethics. Emily’s trail name was “Black Bear.” Emily hiked the trail in 2015 and 2017 and plans to hike it again in 2022. You can purchase the book and companion booklet at emilysescapades.com.