Alumni from a range of class years made news over the past month – becoming heads of their schools or districts, commenting on their house-hunting procedures, even innovating with hairstyles! Read about their accomplishments here.
Brian Dunn ’99, G’15, who served as Troy Middle School principal and Troy High School assistant principal, was appointed superintendent of Middleburgh Central School District. He will start on March 1 and replaces Michelle Weaver, who stepped down in August (Ray Colucciello has been serving as interim superintendent). “Brian’s going to do a great job,” said Colucciello. “He’s an enthusiastic, outstanding educator.” As principal of Troy Middle School, Dunn helped the school be restored as a school in “good standing” by the New York State Department of Education, and was named Principal of the Year in 2015 by the Capital Area School Development Association. He was mentioned in “MCS welcomes new superintendent” in the Times Journal on January 31, 2018.
Josh Whipple ’98 has been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame of the Mohonasen Central School District. The announcement, “Mohonasen lifer going in Hall of Fame,” appeared in The Daily Gazette on January 25, 2018. Whipple, who has taught social studies at Draper Middle School for more than a decade, coached Mohonasen’s junior varsity football team to three consecutive Super Bowls in 2005, 2006, and 2007, winning in 2006 and 2007.
Judith Enck ’81 shared her thoughts on local, statewide, and national environmental issues with The Alt on January 15, 2018; the transcript appeared in “Judith Enck warns that Trump has handicapped the EPA” on January 17. A former regional administrator for the EPA, Enck recently traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands to assess and address the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Kevin Kendall G’07 was featured in the Watertown Times on January 21, 2018, in “Ogdensburg’s Kevin Kendall sole finalist for school superintendent post.” Officials with the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services announced that Kendall is the only finalist named to replace retiring Ogdensburg School Superintendent Timothy J. Vernsey. Although Vernsey does not formally step down until January 1, 2019, the Ogdensburg City School District Board of Education wanted his replacement available to work with him in the meantime, the Watertown Times reported. Kendall, who began his career as a secondary mathematics teacher in the district in 1999, has served many leadership roles, including secondary principal for grades 7 through 8, secondary assistant principal for grades 9 through 12, and his current post of assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, assessment, and technology for the district.
Jordan Glindmyer ’09 was spotlighted in the Albany Business Review in “Schenectady hairstylist built a brand and business on ‘mermaid hair’” (subscription required) on January 18, 2018. The owner of Pinup Jordan’s Mermaid Lounge beauty salon in Scotia, Glindmyer specializes in rainbow-hued hair dyeing.
Lisa Brown G’88 has been chosen to head her school, according to the article “Saratoga Independent School names Lisa Brown as head” on January 17, 2018, in the Times Union’s Saratoga blog. Brown, interim head of the school since July 2017, had been at Doane Stuart School for more than two decades. She had started at Doane Stuart in 1993 as head of the lower and middle schools. In addition, she has taught preschool, elementary, and upper-school students.
Marissa Salzone ’12 provided her insights on Millennials’ house-hunting habits to the Times Union in “Millennials and Baby Boomers want these things in apartments” on January 14, 2018. Salzone, who is head of strategic marketing at GreyCastle Security in Troy, was among the interviewees who shared their thoughts on priorities – including walkable neighborhoods, affordability, and ease of maintenance – for younger apartment seekers.
Cynthia Doran ’81 was mentioned in “Notebook: Names fly as operatives await Assembly special elections” on January 5, 2018, in the Times Union. Doran, who represents the City of Troy at-large, was re-elected to the Rensselaer County Legislature in November 2017.