Liz D’Ambrose Mason
814 Colford Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Hi, Class of 2006! I hope everyone is happy and healthy. Here are some career updates from our classmates:
Jeff Mayer is the new technical sales representative in the Northeast region for Plant Products. Jeff has worked in the horticulture industry for over 17 years. Most recently he was the head grower at a large ornamental greenhouse operation.
Congratulations to Travis Baker G, who recently wrote and illustrated his first children’s book, The Bluest You. The book tells the story of a young blue bird on a solo adventure who learns a tough lesson about self-worth. His book was published by Maine Authors Publishing.
Heather Blanchette Seymour has been promoted to director of marketing and communications at Central Maine Community College. She started with the college as the director of communications in 2012. Heather leads the planning, development, and execution of college branding, marketing, and public relations activities. After earning her business degree from UMaine, she received an M.S. in communication from Lasell College in 2018.
Alex Gray, president of Waterfront Concerts, purchased 283 Main Street in Old Town in 2017. (Our classmates remember this place as “Number Ten”!) Alex’s vision for the space is a three-story restaurant, nightclub, and rooftop patio, called Kanu. Alex and his team have spent the past two years transforming the space in hopes that it will become an arts and entertainment complex for the region. The pandemic has given them more time to make the space perfect. As I’m writing this, they are offering igloo outdoor dining! Check them out at 283kanu.com.
Kathryn Miller G, ’18 Ph.D. is a quantitative ecologist for the National Park Service’s Northeast Temperate Network. She is leading a study that characterizes long-term invasive plant trends in 39 Eastern national parks. Data from Acadia National Park was included in the study. Analysis of the data revealed that invasive species are widespread and increasing in Eastern national parks, and that undeveloped areas within national parks require capital investments to protect their natural flora.
Jimmy Howard of the NHL Detroit Red Wings recently announced his retirement. He was with the Red Wings for 14 years. In 2005, he established the Jimmy Howard Foundation to support research, treatment, and cures for various diseases in the Detroit area. Last April, he bought $50,000 worth of N95 masks for health care workers at Detroit Medical Center. He told Larry Mahoney of the Bangor Daily News that he plans to spend much of his time raising his four kids. Congrats, Jimmy, on an awesome hockey career!