Alumni Events & Class Notes

This is just a glimpse of what’s happening in the world of Metropolitan College alumni. For more information and pictures, visit MET’s website to read about MET alumni in the News, or to see updates to Alumni Class Notes, Alumni Events, and the Alumni Photo Gallery.

MET Night

On Friday, March 1, MET students, faculty, and alumni gathered for MET Night at Agganis Arena to cheer on BU’s Terrier hockey team, who beat University of Vermont, 3–1.

Class Notes

Your chance to get caught up on what your classmates have been doing.

Salvatore Bramante (MET’79) was honored as the 2012 Man of the Year by the Augusta Boston Club, a Sicilian organization in the greater Boston area. The distinction is awarded during the annual Christmas banquet to recognize contributions to the well-being of the organization.

Richard J. Gallagher (MET’80) earned his bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies from MET. Gallagher reports that he worked as a special assistant to both Senator Edward M. Kennedy (from 1966 to 2009) and Jacqueline Kennedy (from 1966 to 1994). He also served two terms as lead advance on President Clinton’s Presidential Advance team. Gallagher has also been Hyannis fire commissioner elect for the past 23 years. Gallagher writes, “Boston University gave me the education that has improved my life a great deal.”

Beth Vellante (MET’81) was named executive director of Stonebridge at Burlington, the Northbridge Company’s newest senior living community. Vellante is responsible for all operations of the building, which houses 110 apartments. Howard V. Richardson (MET’83) was elected to the Board of Directors for Wells Fargo & Company.

Darcy Wilson (MET’86) joined Brown University’s track & field staff as an assistant coach, where her primary responsibility is coaching the throwing events for men and women. She previously coached at UMass-Amherst and Keene High School.

Major General Keith L. Thurgood (MET’87) was appointed president of the Spend and Clinical Resource Management Segment for MedAssets, Inc.

Luca Maestri (MET’91) recently joined Apple as corporate controller. He previously served as chief financial officer and executive vice president of Xerox Corporation from 2011 to 2013.

M. Ronald Ross (MET’03) was named chief financial officer and chief operating officer of EcoScraps, a Utah-based organization that recycles food waste into all-natural, organic garden products.

Debra A. Rafson (MET’05) was named managing director of Stoneham Theatre, a professional not-for-profit regional theatre in Stoneham, Mass.

Allison Duffy (MET’06), a graduate of MET’s Master of Liberal Arts program in Gastronomy, recently published Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin: The Revolutionary Low-Sugar, High-Flavor Method for Crafting and Canning Jams, Jellies, Conserves, and More. Duffy is a Master Food Preserver and has written about food for the Boston Globe and Backpacker Magazine.

William Huling (MET’07) has been promoted to assistant vice president in the claims executive department at Amica Mutual Insurance Company. Previously, he was a branch claims manager with the company.

Deborah Howerton (MET’08) was promoted to senior vice president at Cassidy Turley, a leader in the commercial real estate services field. Howerton’s responsibilities include global and national transactions.

Grace Ryder-O'Malley (MET'08) curated Teaching Traditions: Selections from the Museum School at PAAM at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM). The exhibition traced the history of faculty and art colony heavyweights Charles Hawthorne, Hans Hofmann, and Michael Mazur, and was featured in the Provincetown Banner, Cape Cod Times, and as a Critics’ Pick in the Boston Globe. Ryder-O’Malley runs adult education programs at PAAM.

Janel Zarkowsky (CFA’09, MET’11) was named the assistant coach for the Georgetown Hoyas’ #1 ranked sailing program. As an undergraduate, Zarkowsky was a four-year member of the Boston University Sailing Team, and continued as assistant coach while completing her MS in Arts Administration.

Graham Polando (MET’12) was appointed deputy prosecuting attorney of Marshall County, Ind.