Alumni Profiles

Vangel Cotsis '85 on Education as the Lifeblood of Community

BY PATRICIA ERIKSON

When Vangel Cotsis ’85 says he’s from a Thornton family, he means it. The eighth of nine siblings—all of whom are alumni—has enrolled the eldest of his four children in Thornton Academy Middle School and he and his wife are homestay parenting an 8th grader from Spain. He’s also a member of Thornton Academy’s Board of Trustees, a position he has held for nearly 15 years. 

“If you asked me to describe the Board while in my twenties, it would have evoked images of the bank board in Mary Poppins—all men and a room filled …

Posted by on Friday April 22, 2016 at 08:21AM
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Matt Davis '07: Building a More Sustainable Food Supply Chain

BY PATRICIA ERIKSON

One of the joys of writing for Postscripts is meeting alumni from Thornton Academy’s more than 10,000 graduates. Each magazine issue takes both writer and readers to new walks of life all over the country. Exploring the theme of innovation led me to Matthew Davis ’07 who finds himself working at the heart of a national food revolution that’s been described as “reinventing the grocery supply chain.” A Saco native and Duke University grad, Matt is the Director of Operations at Blue Apron, a cook-at-home meal delivery service whose…

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Tuesday April 12, 2016 at 02:24PM
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Lori Roth Smith '88 Leads Field Hockey Team to Class A South Regional Championship Crown

BY EMMA DEANS

Thornton Academy’s varsity field hockey team enjoyed its most successful season in school history in 2015, earning the program’s first regional title with a 4-1 win over Cheverus under the direction of head coach Lori Roth Smith ’88. Lori has a Master’s degree in Technology in Education from Lesley University and teaches Web Design, Digital Layout and Design, and Computer Applications for Thornton’s Technology & New Media Department.

About this past year’s field hockey season Lori said, “The way the community rallied around us and …

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Wednesday March 30, 2016 at 09:34AM
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Kathryn Larochelle '04 Brings A New Workout to Saco

BY EMMA DEANS

No ellipticals, treadmills, or stationary bicycles crowd the new fitness center at 778 Portland Road in Saco. Weights, bars, and rope–instead of machines–stand out against the black floors and walls. The 2,500 sq. ft., open-concept facility is dedicated to what Saco resident Kathryn Larochelle ’04 describes as “people-powered fitness.” Kathryn, along with Roger Levasseur, opened CrossFit Rising Tide in April 2015 after their membership in a CrossFit in South Portland inspired them to bring the fitness regimen to Saco.

Founded by former …

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Monday March 28, 2016 at 11:52AM
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Tom Madden '04 and John Paul '04 Open a New Brewery for the Pine Tree State

BY EMMA DEANS

If Portland has been dubbed the “Top U.S. Beer City” and Maine’s craft brewers have been compared to rock stars, then Tom Madden  ’04 and John Paul ’04 have stepped into the limelight and into the news by founding Lone Pine Brewing Company in Portland’s East Bayside. Journalist Kathleen Pierce wrote in a Bangor Daily News article, “Lone Pine enters a crowded marketplace ready to turn up the volume.”

Bordered to the west by Franklin Arterial, east by Washington Avenue, north by Marginal Way, and south by …

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Monday March 28, 2016 at 11:52AM
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Emma Arenstam Campbell '04: Dancing on a Statewide Stage

BY PATRICIA ERIKSON

If you’ve heard that Thornton Academy has become an epicenter for dance education in Maine, you might like to know that Emma Arenstam Campbell ’04 is behind the curtain. The Thornton Academy and Bates (Class of ’08) grad returned to campus in 2011 and has turned the dance program into a powerhouse that performs three dance concerts per year, integrates dance into both theatrical and orchestral performances, and sends students to out-of-state conventions. Accounting for Dance I, II, and III, and the Dance Company, Emma involves over 150 students in dance …

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Monday March 28, 2016 at 11:52AM
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For Katy Jackson '02, Life is One Big Adventure

BY EMMA DEANS

From working construction to gardening and running rivers (rafting) in Alaska, Katy Jackson ’02 knows how to live her life as one big adventure. Her home, located at 7,500 feet in Utah’s Mt. Air Canyon within the Wasatch Mountains, is only accessible by snowmobile in the winter. With her doctorate in physical therapy (she practices part-time) and her first child expected this spring, Katy tops it all off by owning a business with her husband, Ben Johnson. Called 2nd Tracks Sports, their business specializes in extreme and mountain sports equipment sales. It…

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Monday March 28, 2016 at 11:52AM
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Memories of Hebron Adams ’48

His daughter Jennifer Adams remembers...

“My father, Hebron Adams, graduated from Thornton Academy and from Bowdoin where he majored in Physics. Dad was very proud of his connection to Thornton and tried to attend reunions and stay in touch with classmates whenever possible. Dad’s youngest sister, Diane Tilton Jacques, lived in Saco, and at least one of her children went to Thornton: Kevin Jacques 90.

“He was the eldest of nine siblings (two died as babies), but he was the only one who went to Thornton. Dad’s father, who was also named Hebron, inherited a …

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Monday March 28, 2016 at 11:51AM
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Kate Berry '01: Designing A Life The Way It Should Be

BY EMMA DEANS

“I don’t miss working in the rat race,” said Kate Berry over coffee at an eclectic eatery called Lil’s in downtown Kittery. After studying graphic design and photography at Endicott College, she worked for Sail Magazine in Boston, then a couple of creative agencies in Portsmouth, filling a variety of roles in the corporate world. The pay was good, but the stress was high.

Two years ago she decided to set off on her own, establishing Kate Berry Design. The career shakeup was an effort to regain balance. “My quality of life is so much …

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Monday March 28, 2016 at 11:51AM
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Tony Palumbo '08: Teaching Music in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

“After finishing my Bachelor’s in Music Education from University of Southern Maine, I began exploring teaching opportunities all around the world.  My wife Allyson Thompson (Class of ’07) and I have always wanted to travel and it seemed like the best way to do so while making a living. I attended an international teaching job fair in Boston last February and received offers from schools in Hong Kong and Congo before accepting my current job in Dubai.

“Dubai is absolutely wonderful.  I have a good time teasing my parents back in Saco about how I’m …

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Monday March 28, 2016
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Celeste Nadeau Baranyi’s Voice Brightens Airwaves

By Emma Deans

On a rainy spring day Celeste (Nadeau) Baranyi ’84 proudly holds her maroon and gold pom-poms from the 80s. Minutes after giving a throwback Thornton cheer, Celeste grabs a microphone and resumes her role as morning radio show host for 102.9 WBLM, Maine’s Rock Station. She’s on location at the Pepperell campus to promote businesses and festivals in Saco and Biddeford. 

“We had to scrunch the pom-poms,” she explains while pointing to the tassels, which were manufactured straight. In addition to her duties on the sidelines of sporting events …

Posted by on Tuesday December 8, 2015 at 03:19PM
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Janet Huot ’48: Companion to animals in need

 By Emma Deans

Every Wednesday Janet Huot ’48 spends her morning with furry friends who have names like Duchess, Wendell, and Luna. Some have different colored eyes or are missing a leg or suffer from diabetes. All of them are looking for love and a forever home.

The cats at the Animal Welfare Society (AWS) in West Kennebunk enjoy the company and care of this alum who began volunteering 15 years ago, after retiring from Saco & Biddeford Savings where she worked for 25 years.

Janet’s Wednesday morning routine proceeds like clockwork: she provides each cat with a clean …

Posted by on Monday November 23, 2015 at 01:33PM
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Helping People Find a Compass: Phillip Saperia '64

By Patricia Erikson

Phillip Saperia’s office looks out on the art deco façade of the Woolworth Building and the glossy polyhedron tower of One World Trade Center. On the bookshelf, titles such as Madness in the Streets, Recovering Life, and Leading Change say a lot about how this Class of ’64 alum has devoted his life. When Phillip was recently awarded a 2015 Leadership Award for Advocacy, this alum was introduced as “A leading force for change since arriving at The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies” where he has been Executive Director since 1994. As …

Posted by on Friday November 6, 2015 at 11:52AM
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Robert Warner '72 Inducted Into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame

By Emma Deans

Robert “Bob” Warner '72, currently of Marblehead, Massachusetts, has been recognized for his athleticism, as an inductee to the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame. Bob led the Golden Trojans to the 1972 Western Maine final, then set career rebounding records at the University of Maine and became a 1,000-point scorer. He played professionally in Europe for a year, and was a graduate assistant coach at Boston University under Rick Pitino.

Read more about the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame in the Portland Press Herald. 

This story is one in a series of Thornton Academy…

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Monday June 1, 2015
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For Leonard G. Johnson '47 Dancing Is A Lifelong Passion

by Patricia Erikson

In January, 2015, a reception in Hyde Library brought together Leonard G. Johnson’s family members, trustees, staff, and students to celebrate the naming of the renovated dance studio in the Emery Building. 

Beginning at 13 years old, Leonard was practicing dance steps from illustrations in a Dale Evans dance book, preparing himself for the many barn dances that he would attend in high school. He was voted best dancer for the class of 1947 and went on to teach ballroom dance in Denver at the Ernie Miller Dance School. The love of dance runs in the family. …

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Sunday May 31, 2015
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Ray Shorey '49: A Headmaster's Kindness Changed His Life

by Patricia Erikson

“We’re going back a long ways here. I lived in Dayton when I was growing up. Of course, we had a one-room school for grades 1-8 and there was no high school. It was a normal thing to go to TA. Freshman year, I caught a ride to school with two brothers who had a family car. I wanted to play football. Before TA, I had never even seen a football! So, a couple of other kids and I went out for freshman football. I kind of liked it.

“In ’47, the only way I could get to school was to catch a ride with a millworker at 6 AM. My parents were dirt poor…

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Sunday May 24, 2015
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The World Is Greater Than The Sum of Its Parts: Globetrotting With Emma Morrison '08

By Emma Deans

What happens when you travel to 11 countries on 4 different continents within 12 months? For Emma Morrison ‘08, the math adds up to a life changing experience. Emma earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Biology from the University of Maine at Farmington ‘12, and a master's degree in Statistics from North Carolina State University '14. Her aptitude for math led her to a one-year high school teaching position at Tien Shan International School in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This past year she’s seized every opportunity to travel …

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Monday May 18, 2015
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Jon Janson ’09 Brings International Experience Back to TA

By Emma Deans

Jon Janson ’09, studied Finance and Economics at the University of New Hampshire and then spent ten months teaching English for students in grades seven through ten in Tianjin, China. This opportunity came through a private after-school company called UExcel International Academy. Upon returning to Maine, Jon accepted a position with the summer ELL camp at Thornton, and then stayed on to assist firstyear international students with the transition to life in America and high school academics. He connects students with resources, communicates with teachers, and serves as an …

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Friday May 8, 2015
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President & CEO of Bar Harbor Bankshares Curtis Simard ’88 Offers Career Advice To Honors Students

by Emma Deans

On March 31, Thornton Academy alumnus Curtis C. Simard ’88 addressed current Thornton Academy Honors students and their parents at the 2015 Honors Banquet, held at the TA Dining Commons and Garland Auditorium. Mr. Simard is President and CEO of Bar Harbor Bankshares and its wholly owned subsidiary Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

Curtis Simmard, left, with Headmaster Rene Menard were classmates and both graduated from TA in 1988.       

[Curtis Simard, left, was welcomed back on campus by his former classmate Headmaster Rene Menard. They both graduated from TA in 1988.]

Mr. Simard shared experiences from his career in the financial sector, …

Posted by on Wednesday April 29, 2015
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TAMS Inspired Her To Become A Teacher—Tori Lands '13

by Emma Deans

Tori Lands ’13 was a member of the very first class of Arundel students who attended TAMS for grades 6-8 and then Thornton Academy for 9-12. She credits her positive experience at TAMS for being a big part of her decision to become a middle school teacher. 

When I think about TAMS, the words that come to mind include: innovative, hands on, and community. I left with a sense of how to figure out who I was as a human being and how I could positively influence surrounding communities.

Being familiar with the campus helped tremendously in transitioning …

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Wednesday April 29, 2015
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From Main Street To Wall Street—Jennifer Hadiaris '01


by Patricia Erikson

Dark pool toxicity.” “Rigged underbelly.” “Predatory trading.” Far from snippets on the back of a suspense novel, these are the terms being used to describe a Wall Street financial culture that has turned Wild West. Enter stage right a once-obscure Canadian banker at Royal Bank of Canada, named Brad Katsuyama. As a popular episode of 60 Minutes explained this year, Katsuyama noticed that, whenever he tried to “execute a trade,” the stock price moved just before his order went through. This is a little like having the…

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Wednesday April 29, 2015
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Amanda Boutet '08: Owner and Trainer of Arundel's Specially Designed Stables

by Patricia Erikson

Sixteen horses, a rabbit, a donkey, two cats, ducks, guinea hens, more than 50 wild turkeys. These are the critters that Amanda Boutet ’08 shares with the two TA international homestay students who live with her at her new horse facility in Arundel, named Specially Designed Stables. Although I visited the barn on a cold, grey day, the breath is warm of each horse who greets Amanda at their stall door. She introduces each horse and recounts their life story, much like she introduced her father, Steve Boutet ’79 who works with her at the stable. The horses are …

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Wednesday April 29, 2015
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LA-based Filmmaker Mahesh Pailoor '96 Brings Stories to the Big Screen

by Patricia Erikson

Mahesh Pailoor ‘96 has wanted to make films since he was ten years old. This Los Angeles-based filmmaker celebrates not only Thornton Academy as his alma mater, but also New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the American Film Institute. News circulating at international film festivals hail the creative works of Mahesh. His independent film Brahmin Bulls made its world premiere at the San Diego Film Festival in 2013 where it won the Audience Choice Award Feature; just months ago it won Best American Independent Feature at the Sonoma International …

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Wednesday April 29, 2015
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Mari Warner '77 Recognized For Basketball Coaching Success

By Emma Deans

Mari Warner ‘77 was inducted into the State University of New York at Albany’s Hall of Fame in Fall 2014. A star player at Thornton and University of Maine, Mari went on to a successful 20-year coaching career with SUNY and helped them transition from Division 3 to Division 1. She became the school’s all-time leader in women’s basketball coaching victories, compiling a 299-213 record and distinguished herself at a pivotal time for women’s sports. She currently teaches Physical Education and coaches girls basketball at Falmouth High School. Mari…

Posted by Ms. Katy Nicketakis on Wednesday April 29, 2015
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Magic? Flying? All In a Day’s Work for Bobby Wilcox ’05

By Emma Deans

When Bobby Wilcox comes to town he makes people fly (no fairy dust needed). For the past three years he has been working full-time for a national company called Flying By Foy, which is the leader in theatrical flying services.

Bobby learned about the position while studying theatre at the University of Southern Maine. One of his professors, Perry Fertig, is a Technical Director at USM, as well as a Flying Director for Flying By Foy. Last spring, Perry installed aerial silks and lyra hoops at Garland Auditorium for the musical Pippin. This year, Bobby drove up from …

Posted by on Monday March 30, 2015
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