Spring 2016 Class Notes



Andrew P. Nagelin

56 Gibson Street

Medford, MA 02155



Hello, Class of ’87, and welcome to spring! This article was written before the winter of 2016 settled in, but I’m sure we got dumped on!


Amy Cushman Black’s daughter has been battling breast cancer for over a year. Heather Black ’13 was diagnosed around Christmas 2014. Following surgery and two eight-week sessions of chemotherapy, she needed proton-beam therapy to reach lymph nodes near her heart.


After a prolonged battle with the insurance company, Heather finally got the treatment she needed at Mass General in Boston. The proton-beam treatments took six weeks and she is in recovery.


The same day she discovered a lump she received the keys to her home. While she continues to work as a family planning counselor, the expenses of student loans, medical bills, travel expenses to Boston for treatment, and daily bills are challenges.


If you would like to contribute to Heather’s recovery, please go to her GoFundMe site.


Lynn Wilson was named by Louisiana-Pacific (LP) as their natural resources director. This is a new position in the company and Lynn brings more than 25 years experience to the position. She will manage all of LP’s forest activities in North America, including the purchase of 11 million tons of wood for LP’s 21 mills in the US and Canada.


Joe Baldacci is running for Congress in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. Joe is a Bangor lawyer whose family has a long history in Maine politics.


Lynn Hearty Coutts was promoted to associate athletic director at UMaine. Lynn will fill many roles in her new position but will also continue to work with the softball team’s pitchers.


The Chicago Bulls named Jim Boylen as associate head coach. Jim brings 29 years of coaching experience, including 17 years in the NBA to his new position.


Dave Ploch was inducted into the Old Town High School Hall of Fame on September 25th. Dave has been the boys’ swim and dive coach for 21 seasons and girls’ coach for seven seasons. Dave led Old Town to 13 straight state championships and was named Coach of the Year eight times.


The Bangor Chamber of Commerce awarded Ric Tyler the Arthur Comstock Professional Service Award in October. In September, Ric accepted the position of campaign co-chair of the United Way of Eastern Maine.


Rebecca Hobbs is the executive director at Family Crisis Services in Portland. Becky previously worked at Spruce Run in Penobscot County and more recently she was executive director of Next Step. Next Step is a domestic violence resource center in Washington and Hancock counties.


Gerry Wright was honored by a concert at the Messalonskee Performing Arts Center last June. He was choral director there for 28 years and was instrumental in developing their exceptional music program. For the past 10 years, Gerry has been choral director and piano instructor at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield. Many former students and local musicians performed big band tunes with Gerry performing on some songs.


Marcia Gauvin ’89G brings STEM to the Woodstock Elementary School in Woodstock, VT. Along with five years experience as a science teacher in St. Johnsbury, Marcia holds a BS in chemistry, BS in biochemistry and a master’s in English from UMaine.


She will be developing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math program for K-6th graders. Marcia hopes to foster a love of learning and problem solving, especially in students with different learning styles.


I hope you enjoyed reading about some of our classmates. If you have any personal news that you would like to pass along please send an email to the alumni office.