Class of 1997 Spring 2018 Class Note

Yolanda Sly Kozuha

1117 Street Rte 17A

Greenwood Lake, NY 10925

(202) 253-3083


Hello, Class of ’97!

Hope you’re all doing well! Thank you for donating to the Class of ’97 Scholarship! Ashley Russell ’20, the recipient of the Class of ’97 Scholarship for spring semester ’18, sent us her thanks. Ashley is from Alfred, ME, and is studying elementary education with a minor and concentration in English as a Second Language. She’s involved in UMaine and community activities, volunteering at Bangor’s Phillips Strickland House and Manna Soup Kitchen. She is also a student ambassador for the College of Education and Human Development. “The scholarship will, like for any other student, take a load off the loans I would otherwise be taking. … It’s scholarships like this that help students follow a career they are passionate about.”

Congratulations to all for being recognized in their respective fields. News to share? Email or find me on Facebook under Yolanda Sly Kozuha.

Peiying Yang, Ph.D. was named to Phoenix Biotechnology’s Scientific Advisory Board comprised of eminent scientists whose collective expertise is oriented to drug development for cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, reports Business Wire. Peiying is an associate professor in the Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her accomplishments include publishing more than 100 peer review articles.

Dan O’Connell was named athletic director at John Bapst Memorial High School, reports The Bangor Daily News. “As an athletic director you compile a staff [of head coaches] who can put the pieces together so you can have a successful athletic program that creates a positive experience for our student-athletes.” Dan was the school’s associate athletic director and will continue to be the head football coach.

Also now at Bapst is former UMaine men’s basketball player and former assistant coach Ed Jones. He was named boys’ varsity basketball coach, according to the Bangor Daily News. Ed also previously served as head coach of the postgraduate men’s basketball team at Maine Central Institute.

Pat Lloyd Kimball was the recipient of Wellspring’s William M. Shook Jr. Recovery Advocacy Award, reports the Bangor Daily News. She was recognized for her continued work in raising awareness about the critical need for treatment and destigmatizing substance abuse. Pat serves on the boards of the United Way of Eastern Maine and the Bangor Area Recovery Network.

Congratulations to former UMaine offensive lineman Michael Flynn, who was inducted into the university’s Ring of Honor last fall. Following graduation, Mike played in the NFL for 11 years. He is the only Black Bear to start in and win a Super Bowl.

Kevin J. Cooley, P.E. was named vice president, director of engineering division of Kleinschmidt Associates in Pittsfield, ME. Kleinschmidt Associates provides engineering, regulatory, and environmental consulting services to energy companies and government agencies.