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Officers

Dr. Curtis Odom ‘90
President and Board Chair

Dr. Curtis Odom ‘90 President and Board Chair

Dr. Curtis Odom ‘90 is President and Board Chair of CHSAA. He has over 15 years of executive leadership and management consulting experience, preceded by a decade long active duty career in the US Navy.

He recalls his time at Classical with immense pride. He describes his class as a ‘very spirited’ one, with he and his friends proudly wearing Classical purple. His time as a student and varsity athlete at Classical instilled in him the importance of dedication, determination, drive, desire, and discipline – concepts he uses daily in his professional and personal life. Curtis advises current students and alumni to face their fears in the pursuit of success and to remember that everyone’s path is unique.

Curtis joined the Board with a desire to put his loyalty to Classical into action and has contributed to the Board’s increased efficiency and transparency. With the school’s best interest in mind, the Alumni Association works to ensure the financial gaps in school department funding are filled to support the Classical education that has benefited us so well. As an alumnus of color and President of CHSAA, Curtis connects on many levels with Classical’s diverse student body. He looks forward to  leading the Board into Classical’s 175th year with a focus on celebrating the history, legacy, diversity, and family that is Classical.

Curtis lives in Westport, MA with his wife and daughter. He is a certified sommelier, an avid golfer, a member of Mensa, and a business school professor at Northeastern University.

Susan Leach DeBlasio, Esq. ’66
Vice President

Susan Leach DeBlasio, Esq. ’66 Vice President

Susan Leach DeBlasio ’66 serves as Vice President and a member of the Executive and Governance Committees. At Classical, Susan learned that the power of an idea is the greatest force and that words, carefully considered and crafted, can create infinite possibilities.  She credits the critical thinking demanded by her teachers during her years at Classical with providing the inspiration to become a lifelong learner.

Susan believes that education can engender the motivation and tools young people need to achieve and wend their way through the variety of challenges they will face in today’s world, and that Classical can help them develop into tomorrow’s effective and ethical global leaders.

A past president of the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Rhode Island Bar Foundation, Susan practices corporate and health care law at Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. in Providence and Boston and is a frequent presenter on the topics of business law, practice management, and legal ethics.

Susan loves the beach and life in Providence.  Her main vocation is community engagement and developing innovative ways to serve and enrich the Rhode Island community.  Currently, Susan chairs the Rhode Island Foundation Professional Advisory Council, is on the Board of Directors of the Quonset Development Corporation and the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, and is a member of the Rhode Island Commission on Judicial Tenure and Discipline.

Susan is a phi beta kappa graduate of Wheaton College, received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and M.B.A. from Providence College.

Stephen E. Pascarella II, CPA ’73 Treasurer

Stephen E. Pascarella II, CPA ’73 Treasurer

Stephen Pascarella II ‘73 is the Treasurer of CHSAA. He provides the Board with a solid financial foundation and supports the financial viability of the Association.

He recalls Classical for the commitment the faculty has to teaching each and every student and has formed lifelong friendships from his time as a student. His experiences at Classical taught Stephen early on that education and hard work are the keys to success. He advises students and alumni that a good education, a strong work ethic, and passion about what you’re doing are the keys to success.

Stephen is a graduate of Bryant College and is a Certified Public Accountant with a Masters in Taxation. He lives in Swansea, MA and has been married for 36 years. He has two daughters and two grandsons. He retired from coaching fast pitch girls travel softball after 25 years and is an adjunct faculty member at Bryant University. He enjoys golf and shares a friendly rivalry with Tim Vanech ‘91 on the golf course.

Stephen P. Imondi ‘80
Board Secretary

Stephen P. Imondi ‘80 Board Secretary

Stephen P. Imondi ’80 is the Board Secretary.  Stephen recalls his time at Classical as eventful and difficult.  While most students worried about studying Stephen struggled through his freshman year as his mother was battling bone cancer.  She passed away the night before mid-term exams.  As you can imagine, his first year was not a normal one.  As things went along he was again challenged in his junior year.  He missed several weeks of school due to a health issue and had to be tutored.  Stephen graduated because of the work ethic he was brought up with and reinforced by the teachers and guidance counselor at Classical.  Stephen worked during his time in high school and did not have time to participate in many clubs or sports.

Stephen is a graduate of Roger Williams University and is a paralegal in Brown University’s General Counsel office. He has been married for over 30 years to his wife Lynn.  They have two daughters and they are enjoying being empty nesters.  Stephen is an avid PC Friar basketball fan as well as a Red Sox, Patriots and Bruins rooter.  Stephen is active in his local and National paralegal associations serving as an officer and director for each group.

Guy Pirolli ‘73 Founding President

Guy Pirolli ‘73 Founding President

Guy Pirolli ’73, Founding President, credits Classical with helping him problem solve, a skill he’s used throughout his career in real estate. As a parent of 3 Classical graduates, Guy witnessed the effects of decreased public funding on students, limiting their access to many scholastic and extracurricular activities he enjoyed as a student. During his children’s time at Classical, he served on many school and related city education committees and was a past appointee of the City of Providence’s School Board nominating committee. He serves on the Board as a means of giving back and strives to ensure current students have access to the same opportunities he did as a student. Guy encourages students not to fear failure, but to view any setbacks as an opportunity to learn and become more dedicated to your goals.

Guy’s career spans over 40 years in real estate brokerage and management, appraisal, and construction renovation. He is a past president and board member of RI Building Owners Association and served on the board of the RI Society of Real Estate Appraisers.  He is currently the Manager of Facilities Operations for Rhode Island Housing. He lives in Providence, RI with his wife, Paula ‘73, whom he met when they were both Sophomores at Classical. They have been married for 40 years. His favorite sports team is the Boston Bruins.  He enjoys golfing and all forms of comedy.

Directors

Jose Batista, Esq. ’06
Chair of PR Committee

Jose Batista, Esq. ’06 Chair of PR Committee

Jose F. Batista ‘06 is the Chair of PR Committee. In reflecting on his time as a student at Classical, Jose recalls being most impressed by the diversity of the student body. To date, Jose says that being a student at Classical was the most diverse experience he’s ever had in any education or professional setting. His peers at Classical not only came from neighborhoods across the entire city, they were from all different racial, socio-economic and religious backgrounds.

Classical provided Jose with opportunities to connect and network with peers, to accept new challenges, and to develop a lifelong passion for learning. He encourages students to be sponges and absorb their experiences and take advantage of the opportunities provided to them.

He also encourages alumni to take advantage of opportunities to give back to the school. There have never been more opportunities to get involved as alumni of Classical as there are today. Your involvement will help preserve and strengthen opportunities that will help the next generation of Classicalites succeed.

Jose is a graduate of Roger Williams University and owner of the Law Office of Jose F. Batista. He lives in South Providence, RI, where he runs his solo law practice. Outside of law, Jose’s favorite pastimes include traveling and New England sports.

Jennifer Scorpio DiBiasio ‘83
Development Committee & Board Liaison to CHS

Jennifer Scorpio DiBiasio ‘83 Development Committee & Board Liaison to CHS

Jennifer Scorpio DiBiasio ‘83 is a member of the Development Committee and the Board Liaison to the School. She recalls both social and academic elements of her time at Classical – the many pep rallies, lasting friendships, rigorous daily quizzes, and inspiring teachers. Jennifer credits her time at Classical with shaping her into who she is today, having instilled confidence and courage in her to explore and pursue many opportunities, including attending college away from home. She joined the Board as a way to give back to the institution that has shaped her life for the better and hopes to strengthen her relationship with students at Classical. She advises current students to absorb their experience at Classical like a sponge and to take full advantage of the many opportunities offered to them.

Jennifer is a graduate of Simmons College and enjoys being a substitute high school teacher. She lives in East Greenwich, RI, is a yogi, a mother of two, and a eucharistic minister. She enjoys running and is a running coach for the national organization Girls On the Run, is a member of the Jamestown Art Center, national organization Italian American Women, and a Spanish tutor. Apart from running, Jennifer enjoys reading and traveling.

Sergio DeSousarosa ‘85
Member of PR, Athletic Hall of Fame, and Golf Committees

Sergio DeSousarosa ‘85 Member of PR, Athletic Hall of Fame, and Golf Committees

Sergio DeSousarosa ‘85 is a member of the PR, Athletic Hall of Fame, and Golf Committees. He recalls Classical as a place that nurtured its students, with teachers who took pride in their students’ accomplishments and provided them with strong moral and ethical standards. Classical challenged Sergio academically and was instrumental in reinforcing his family’s beliefs in the importance of developing a strong work ethic, a sense of teamwork, and having integrity. He advises students to take advantage of the opportunities Classical and life offers you, and to not fear exploring the unknown. The rewards and life-lessons learned will be tremendous.

Sergio is a graduate of Rhode Island College and is a Warden and Deputy Assistant Director at the RI Department of Corrections and Adjunct Instructor at Johnson & Wales University. He lives in Providence, RI. He honors his Portuguese heritage, and considers himself to be a very patriotic American having retired as a U.S. Army Military Policeman who has served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He enjoys photography, coin collecting, traveling, and experiencing other cultures.

Elaine Berlinsky Fain, M.D. ’66
Development Committee

Elaine Berlinsky Fain, M.D. ’66 Development Committee

Elaine Berlinsky Fain ‘66 is a member of the Development Committee. She has been involved with various organizations as an educator, activist, researcher, and medical professional. She is the Past President and current Board member of the RI Medical Women’s Association where she mentors women in medicine and is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. Elaine is an active volunteer at the RI Free Clinic and a member of the Board of Governors of Miriam Hospital.

Her experience at Classical was challenging but rewarding, allowing her to shift the trajectory of her economic future. She advises alumni and students to try new things, travel, and explore while remaining true to yourself.

She honors Classical’s legacy and performs her role with that legacy in mind. She notes the decrease in funding in the City of Providence emphasizes the importance of the Association’s role in providing the much needed support to Classical students today. She hopes to continue to encourage others to support CHS, noting that contributions of any size are vital.

Elaine received her medical degree from Brown University, practiced medicine in RI for 30 years, and retired in 2015. She lives in Providence, RI with her husband. They enjoy traveling, music, and theater. She is an avid cookbook reader and enjoys following the culinary adventures of CHS alumni chefs Nancy Verde Barr ‘63 and Joan Nathan Gerson ‘61. She enjoys gardening and grew her first crop of vegetables last summer.

Stephen Hickey ‘69
Chairman of Athletic Hall of Fame Committee

Stephen Hickey ‘69 Chairman of Athletic Hall of Fame Committee

Stephen Hickey ‘69 is the Chairman of the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. He credits Classical with shaping him into a critical thinker and values the friends and teammates he met as a student. He finds Classical to be a solid foundation for establishing one’s personal and professional network.

Stephen is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross and is the owner of Hickey & Associates, Inc., an independent insurance agency founded in 1987. He lives in Warwick, RI.  He is married, has 3 daughters, and 5 grandchildren. His favorite children’s book to read to his grandchildren is Goodnight Moon. His two favorite books are Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Future Shock.

Michael Perreault ‘84 Member of Hall of Fame & Golf Committees

Michael Perreault ‘84 Member of Hall of Fame & Golf Committees

Michael Perreault ‘84 is a member of the Hall of Fame & Golf Committees. Some of his best and lifelong friendships were formed at Classical. His time as a student there enforced his belief that trying leads to success and hard work equals great reward. Michael encourages students to graduate, even if there is a struggle to get there; a diploma from Classical will have a profound and positive impact on your future. He encourages alumni to get involved and invest in the next generation.

Michael is a graduate of the Community College of the Air Force and is a retired Master Sergeant. He lives in Pascoag, RI. He is a huge Boston/New England sports fan, owns every movie Clint Eastwood either starred in or directed, collects memorabilia for his “man cave,” and enjoys listening to Bruce Springsteen.

Tim Vanech ‘91
Chair of Development Committee, Member of Finance Committee

Tim Vanech ’91 Chair of Development Committee, Member of Finance Committee

Tim Vanech ‘91 is the Chair of Development Committee and serves on the Finance Committee. He remembers the great diversity of the student body at Classical and finds that his time there was the most enriching time of his life. Tim joined the Board in memory of his mother, Tina Vanech, who was dedicated to public education and is driven by a desire to provide opportunities to Classical students. He utilizes his expertise to apply small business tactics and strategies to CHSAA to support its future growth and, consequently, its ability to support Classical.

Tim is a graduate of Harvard College and is the founder of Shorepoint Capital Partners. He lives in Canton, MA and enjoys spending time with his wife, two kids, and two dogs. He also enjoys golfing, the beach, and exploring new eateries on his travels.

Shelley Woods Whiting ‘87
Governance Committee

Shelley Woods Whiting ‘87 Governance Committee

Shelley Woods Whiting ‘87 serves on the Governance Committee. She recalls Classical as a ‘happy place’ and maintains friendships with classmates across the country to this day. She advises current students to find your niche at Classical and reminds alumni that everyone has something to contribute to the Classical community – whether it be one’s time, talent, or financial resources.

Shelley is a graduate of Tufts University in Chemical Engineering and The University of Michigan in business and is a business executive, consultant, and adviser. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and son. She enjoys traveling (with a special affinity for beaches), is a competitive card and board game player, is an active contributor to local, national and multi-national civic organizations, and has deep familial roots in Providence and RI.

Donna Criscuolo Executive Director

Donna Criscuolo Executive Director

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A Letter From Curtis Odom

Dear Fellow Alumni,

I am excited to share with you the first ever Classical High School Alumni Association Annual Report. We are launching this annual communication to coincide with the 175th year of Classical High School. The publishing of this annual report is the official kickoff of a yearlong celebration, with a focus on the themes of “History, Legacy, Diversity and Family”, culminating with our grand alumni evening event on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the Hope Club in Providence.

This first annual report comes at a time of key transition for our organization and for our alma mater, Classical High School. You will see that in this last year we have accomplished a number of key initiatives, either proposed by the board of directors, or initiated because of input from our members. Going forward, this annual report will be our means of reaching out to share with you our year in review. We invite you to take a moment to evaluate our successes over the past year, and to become familiar with the areas on which we will focus in the year ahead. The Classical High School Alumni Association supports Classical High School by building and maintaining relationships between alumni and community members and by raising funds for both school and association activities.

In many ways, this last year was a new beginning for us as an organization. During these financially difficult times, the board — with substantial input from our members — adopted a new business model that moves the association away from an over-dependence on annual fund donation revenue to focus now also on targeted philanthropy and the growth of our endowment fund. While this three-tiered focus on philanthropy is a departure from our past, it helps to assure the association’s continued existence. Your alumni time and money provide a bridge between the funding needs of the school and the funds given by the city of Providence, in order to provide the best education for the children of Classical. The association plans to offer events that appeal to more of our alumni, in order to provide numerous opportunities for alumni to give of their time, as well as hopefully to inspire our alumni to contribute financially where they can.

An event of particular Purple Pride is Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s officially declaring March 20, 2018, as “Classical Day”, to celebrate Classical High School’s turning 175 years old this year. Founded in 1843, Classical High School is one of the oldest public high schools in the United States and one of the six oldest public high schools in New England. On March 20th, students, alumni, faculty, city and state officials, members of the school board, and members of the community will gather at Classical High School for an assembly where a proclamation by Mayor Elorza will be read. This will be followed by the unveiling of a plaque from the Classical High School Alumni Association to commemorate our benefactors through the years. Later that same day, the Rhode Island General Assembly will issue a proclamation at the State House. We hope to see many familiar and many new alumni faces that day.

As you read our annual report, I hope it will remind you of our recent successes and will energize you for the future as you envision “loyalty in action” toward the mission of the Classical High School Alumni Association for 2018. For those of you who have tirelessly committed time, energy, and finances to the success of this organization, I thank you. For the many of you who are new, I welcome you to your association. I look forward to being of service to all of you as president in this exciting year of 2018 as we work together to “Keep Classical Strong”.

Classically Yours,

Dr. Curtis Odom ’90

2017 Annual Report