Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Publications, honors and creative works


Elizabeth Garcia ’97 has been promoted to shareholder at the law firm of Parker McCay. Garcia focuses her practice on labor and employment law as well as civil rights and government liability. She joined Parker McCay as an associate in 2001 and was previously promoted to counsel in 2007.

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Publications, honors and creative works


Kristin Sundin Brandt ’94, co-founder (with Erin Kane) of Manic Mommies, a community for moms (and dads) trying to manage the combination of work and family, won two silver awards in the 2011 international W3 Awards competition. The website ManicMommies.com -won in the categories of writing/copy and home page. The site was launched in 2011 following a redesign in collaboration with web designer Zach Magoon ’96.

Candice “Candy” Nelson ’71, an associate professor of government at American University in Washington, D.C., had her manuscript Grant Park: The Democratization of Presidential Elections 1968–2008 published by the Brookings Institute Press.

Jo Ann Simons ’75, president and CEO of Cardinal Cushing Centers, was awarded a bronze medal in the parenting category by Independent Publisher, recognizing her book The Down Syndrome Transition Handbook: Charting Your Child’s Course to Adulthood (Woodbine House, 2010).

Sally Bedell Smith ’70 published Elizabeth The Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch (Random House, January 2011).

Publications, honors and creative works

Crash and Tell, Lori Baker '84

Lori Baker ’84 published Crash and Tell, a collection of short stories (Louisiana State University Press, 2011).

Noah Bernstein ’07 had an op-ed piece he wrote dealing with college loan payment systems published in the New York Times on Aug. 29, 2011.

Gerry-Lynn Laudani Darcy ’95, vice president of marketing and business development for Metric Construction, was selected as one of the winners of the Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty awards. The award celebrates 40 of the area’s young leaders and executives who are impacting the business world.

Margaret “Peggy” McCarthy ’64, an adjunct faculty member in environmental health sciences at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, received a Fulbright Administrator Award to travel to Russia in April 2011.

Publications, honors and creative works: Alumnae/i

Marjorie Gelb Jones ’62 published the article “Bowling Along: Early Travel Adventures of Mary Morris Vaux” about a formerly unknown travelogue, written in 1877 by Mary Vaux Walcott (1860–1940). It appeared in the historical journal Quaker History.

Anne McClure ’88 last November received an EMC Distinguished Engineer award, which was given to only 42 out of 47,000 employees at EMC. The honor recognizes individual technical contributors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and a broad range of leadership across the company.

Joshua Pierce ’99, a portfolio manager at Baystate Wealth Management, was selected as a Boston 2011 Five Star Wealth Manager. The designation recognizes him as an expert in the areas of asset management, asset protection and full wealth management. The selection process is based on a survey administered to approximately 150,000 households as well as FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) professionals within the Boston area.

Lynda Tocci ’89 received a 2011 Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt Award from the Massachusetts Democratic Party at a dinner held in May. Hosted by the Massachusetts Democratic Party, the event honors members of the community who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to furthering the ideals of the Democratic Party through public service.