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Alumni Notes

What are Unity College

Alumni Doing?

We all have a story to tell. If you are or if you know an alumnus who is doing interesting things that are making a difference, please let us know by completing our online form.

Steven Beason ‘14

Currently working at the State of Indiana for the Office of Water Quality in the Department of Environmental Management as an Environmental Scientist. I work in the Data Compliance Section overseeing The Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) data for the entire state and I review the data of 600+ facilities across 20 counties. I also enhance and develop new Excel Indiana state forms for the Data Compliance staff, which have not been updated since 2014. I have given two presentations at major conventions for Certified Operators on the new forms to help track their data.

Joe Benedict ‘91

Works as the Chief of Wildlife & Forestry Division, overseeing roughly 160 staff, for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. 

Maria Broadbent ‘88 

In August 2020, became the Town Administrator for Wellfleet, MA, on Cape Cod. 

Kaela Campanella ‘19

Works as a wilderness education instructor at Camp Waubanong in Brattleboro, VT. The camp is shifting to become an experiential education-based program, and she is currently a part of developing wilderness skill and expedition-based education opportunities for children ages 6 through 17.

Rebecca Cunfer ‘09

Relocated and relaunched Evergrowing Inspirations, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit, which provides science and nature programs to kids, preparing to build a nature center. Currently employed as Human Resource & Security Administrative Specialist at Green Thumb Industries, a medical marijuana cultivation and processing center in Danville, PA.

Kevin DesRoberts ‘88

I work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in southern Nevada. I am the Project Leader for the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which includes Ash Meadows, Desert, Moapa Valley and Pahrangat National Wildlife Refuges and the Ash Meadows Fish Conservation Facility.

Chad Gadsby ‘07

Works as a Service Forester for Loyalsock State Forest, PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry.

Dr. Rob Gottesman ‘72

I live in Boca Raton Florida with my wife Helen and my son Adir. I am semi-retired as an educational psychologist and special education teacher. I am opening up an ice cream parlor and coffee bar to employ people with disabilities.

Emily Guarino ‘00

Works as the Director of Research Training & Data Collection at Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys.

Devin Hoffer ‘16

Currently in my final year of graduate school working toward my master’s in the Cooperative Wildlife Research Lab in Southern Illinois University. My thesis is on the effect restoration practices have on the occupancy of semi-aquatic mammals in an urban landscape.

Michael Kinson ‘07

I have worked for the NHDOT since 2016 as a Technical Support Specialist for the Bureau of Construction. My focus is on moving the State’s Construction division paperless through the use of mobile applications, Global Navigation Satellite Systems, and other various software programs. I train the 85 field engineers on the programs and devices issued to them, provide technical support to those individuals, and provide interdepartmental support as well. I have been married for six years now and have a 5-year-old daughter as well as a 3-year-old son.

Roy Kitchner ‘84

Promoted to Vice Admiral, US Navy. Assumed command of Naval Surface Forces, August 2020.

Dale McGee ‘72 & ‘82

Working in a private practice, eCOPS, providing services to first responders and the general public in Maine and Florida. All work is done by telehealth. Specializing in trauma.

Liz McMahon ‘73

Worked as a school librarian for 32 years, retired in 2016. Enjoying retirement. Worked part-time for two years at Old Fort Western as an Historical Interpreter giving tours to visitors from all over the world right in Augusta, ME. A fabulous experience. Now enjoying gardening, quilting, knitting and anything else that strikes my fancy. Trips to the UK have been a highlight, especially the trip to Scotland where I met the bagpipe band that was originally founded by my grandfather in the late 1800s.

John McMurry ‘07

Works as a Senior Energy Consultant at VEIC.

Jared Mummert ‘16

I am working as a program specialist for the National Recreation and Park Association to enhance equitable park access and quality of local parks and recreation. I am also pursuing my MPA and concentrating in Environmental Science and Public Policy at George Mason University.

Matthew Norwood ‘08

After working the educational tallship trade for a few years and earning a 100 ton USCG Masters (Captains) Licence, I moved to Wisconsin to work at an outdoor semester school program while earning an M.S. in natural resources with a concentration in residential environmental education and interpretation, from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

After that, I worked at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station, the marine science lab for 11 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, before deciding to move back to Maine. Once back in Maine, I temporarily worked at Hurricane Island Outward Bound for a year before taking a position at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, UMaine’s marine science laboratory and field station, as the Programs & Communications Manager. While working at UMaine I am also completing a second master’s in policy, planning and management with a concentration in nonprofit management, at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service.

Jimmy Pickett ‘18

As of January 2020, was serving as an intern at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Holyoke, MA. My main focus is establishing a community garden on the church’s front lawn. Through this work, I hope to create space for community connection between the Sunday congregation and the neighborhood. Part of this work is to feed our neighbors using the resources of the church, another aspect is to reconnect the teachings of the church to the agrarian context of the earliest Christian communities. I hope that people will be fed physically and spiritually and that the church will realize its role and responsibility to act for environmental stewardship.

Bob Portner ‘73

This is myself and my wife Carol’s fourth summer since moving to Unity, ME permanently. It’s gone too fast and thankfully we’ve stayed healthy. My band, FlyRod Crosby (named after the very first Maine guide who also happens to be female), has been practicing socially distant in our guitarist’s garage. My son Ross and his fiancé came up to visit on Labor Day weekend. They were married in a small backyard ceremony on Oct. 10.

Devon Ramia ‘07

I am currently the Hospital Manager at the University of Florida Whitney Lab Sea Turtle Hospital in St. Augustine Florida. The Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab is equipped to house and study turtles with FP. While under our care, scientists have the opportunity to learn from turtles that have presented with signs of FP (lesions on soft tissues, etc.) in hopes of advancing the understanding of the FP virus, its life-cycle, transmission and effect on marine animal health.

Lauren Rappel ‘89

I have lived in New Mexico since 1989 (Wow, is that possible?!?). I moved here because my mom fell in love with the West. It took me a few years to get comfortable here, but now I love the weather, the people, the laid back lifestyle, and the land. I do miss water though. I have raised two kids here (19 and 26), started my business here (a consignment shop celebrating nearly 18 years in business!!), got married, got divorced (haha!), and got my degree in social work – of all things!

Travis Wagner ‘83

I moved back to California in 2017. I am currently the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Sonoma. In addition, I continue to teach environmental policy courses for the University of Southern Maine and Sonoma State University.