Class of 2011 Spring 2018 Class Note

Charles Hastings

40 Parsons Road

Norway, ME 04268

(207) 890-5127


Michael Czok (civil engineering major) wrote, “Happy to say I have moved on from engineering and have been operating a brewery in Braintree, Vermont, since 2014 called Bent Hill Brewery. The brewery is located on the land I grew up on as a child, and we operate as a small-scale farm as well!

Jenna Beaulieu Palazzolo – After graduation, she attended Central Michigan University and received her doctorate in audiology in 2015. She married in 2014 and now has two, soon to be three, little babies! She’s doing well and is back in Maine at LA Hearing Center in Lewiston.

Andrew DeMaris ’14G married Alise Ranalli (now DeMaris) ’12, ’14G. He earned his master’s in history. He has moved around a bit, and now teaches eighth grade Language Arts at Bonny Eagle Middle School. He spends summers hiking, taking trips, and making things out of wood. He “bought a lathe a couple months ago and am upping my woodworking game.”

Jamy Harvey Parkhurst, attended grad school at UMaine and is now a speech language pathologist and therapy program director in Piscataquis County here in Maine after moving back to the area a few years ago from Florida. She is married to another UMaine graduate and just had a baby girl in January.

Troy Barnies upon playing four years for the Black Bear men’s basketball team (2007-2011) is currently in his seventh year as a professional basketball player in Europe, and living in Hungary.

Frank Kessler commissioned into the United States Army as a 2LT of Infantry from UMaine ROTC in the spring of 2011. He has been leading America’s finest for seven years, is currently a Company Commander in the 4th Infantry Division at FT Carson, CO, and is married with two kids.

Derek Jones joined Acadia Law Group in Ellsworth, ME, and was recently elected to the board of governors of the Maine State Bar Association.

Terrance Mitchell played basketball for the Black Bear men’s basketball team from 2009-2011. He enlisted in the Army in 2013.

Joanna Hynd wrote that after graduation she worked as an interim library director, and helped start a summer library camp in the children’s department. She also assisted in managing events, bringing in poets like Pulitzer prize-winning Gregory Pardlo. “I was named the poet laureate of Rockland, ME, in 2016 and I have been holding poetry slams, reading at local events, and writing poetry for various events during the past year and a half.

“I left the library in 2017 to work full-time at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, ME. I helped manage the theater as we hosted current U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy S. Smith, U.S. Inaugural Poet Laureate, Richard Blanco, and other poets during the Millay Arts and Poetry Festival. I also got to read at the same event at a smaller venue. My term as poet laureate ends in April of 2018, and I’m looking forward to hopefully releasing my first published chapbook this spring!”