Class of 1993 Winter 2020 Class Note

Patty Sheridan Koetzner

Our classmate and member of the UMaine football team, Fred Harner, joined the XFL as senior vice president of content and media. Most recently, he was vice president and general manager of digital media at SportsNet New York. In his new position, Fred will lead the XFL’s content strategy and all digital and social media initiatives for the league and its eight teams. He will work closely with the XFL’s broadcast partners — EPSN and FOX Sports — to help drive tune-in and fan engagement and manage the development of new programing initiatives.


At SportsNet New York, Fred oversaw business development, sales, sponsorship, live streaming, multiplatform content creation, social media, VOD, partner relations, analytics, and digital products. Prior to SportsNet New York, he spent six years as the digital media director at the YES Network, where he helped launch the most-watched regional sports network in the US, quickly establishing the network’s website as a prime resource for Yankee fans around the global. He also spent five years as a senior editor for ABC Sports Online and, managing ABC Sports’ Monday Night Football, Bowl Championships Series, Triple Crown, and Indy 500 digital coverage.


Jennifer Eslin Doyle joined the city of Bangor as its public health program manager. Jennifer oversees the Public Health Nursing Program as well as the Infectious Disease and Travel Health Program and emergency preparedness activities. She has been practicing as a nurse and nurse manager for over 26 years. Prior to joining the city, Jennifer worked at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, St Joseph Hospital, New England Rehabilitation Hospital, and the American Red Cross.


Cheri D’Angelo Towle left the Brewer School District as their superintendent to assume a leadership position in the Hallowell area. Cheri is a proponent of proficiency-based education and proficiency-based diplomas, under which students are required to show that they have mastered the state’s various academic expectations in the required subject areas in order to graduate. Regional School Unit 2 — which covers Hallowell, Farmingdale, Dresden, Richmond, and Monmouth — enrolls nearly 2,100 students.


Jennifer Brann Ireland was awarded the prestigious 2019 Joseph Genco Award for going above and beyond for UMaine students. She makes herself available 24/7, answering midnight texts on every topic, assisting with interviews, helping with co-op offers, etc. Jennifer joined the UMaine Pulp and Paper Foundation as its program manager in January of 2016. Jen grew up in Hampden, ME, is a UMaine chemical engineering graduate, and a former pulp and paper scholarship recipient. After graduation she held various positions in processing engineering, operations, and environmental engineering for James River Corporation, Champion International, and International Paper.


Stephanie Carter-Thompson was inducted into Maine’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Stephanie led Schenck High School in East Millinocket to three consecutive Class C state championships in 1987, 1988, and 1989, and scored 2,167 points for the Wolverines. She continued her career at the University of Maine and Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, ME.


RaeAnn Pike was recently promoted to vice president and commercial loan officer at Franklin Savings Bank. RaeAnn joined the commercial lending team in 2017 and has significant expertise in developing financing solutions for a wide range of business clients throughout Franklin County.


John Holyoke, the outdoor columnist for the Bangor Daily News, is the author of Evergreens: A Collection of Maine Outdoor Stories. Evergreens is a collection of some of John’s favorite columns, published by Islandport Press. They describe his adventures in Maine’s woods and waters, during hunting, fishing, and camping trips, and some of the characters who made these adventures memorable. You needn’t be a hunter or fisherman to enjoy John’s funny and heartfelt stories.


The Class of 1993 saw the loss of Sharon Knights Connally G, who was killed in a traffic accident. Sharon was a teacher at Rangeley Lakes Regional School for 24 years and then spent six years as principal before moving to Washington State and becoming the principal of Tenino Middle School in Tenino, WA.


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I would like to get our 1993 classmates together who live in the tri state area (NY, NJ, CT), so please let me know if you are interested in being a part of that group!


Enjoy the winter and I hope you had a happy and healthy holiday season.