Category: Alumni

Alumni Updates

Some of our young alumni came to visit campus earlier this month.

They visited with former teachers, and shared with us the success they’ve earned since graduating MacDuffie.

We encourage all alumni to come visit and hope you’ll join us for alumni weekend, April 24-25, as we celebrate 125 years of excellence in education!

From L-R: Casey Placek ('12), Jordan Liderman ('10), Keila Sole ('10), Lindsey Placek ('10)
From L-R: Casey Placek (’12), Jordan Liderman (’10), Keila Sole (’10), Lindsey Placek (’10)

Submitted by Jordan Liderman (’10)

Lindsey Placek (’10) graduated last May from Connecticut College with a double degree in Neuroscience and Molecular Biology.

I am graduating in May from Northeastern University’s Nursing School. I have worked in the Emergency Department at Mass General Hospital and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medial Center (BIDMC), and plan to continue working at BIDMC as an RN before continuing my education to become a nurse practitioner. I am also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.Keila Sole (’10) graduated from Hofstra in May and is in the process of interviewing for medical schools. She has been accepted to New York Institute of Technology and has two more interviews this month.

Coming back was really rewarding, being able to see all of our former teachers and mentors. I always knew I was lucky to attend MacDuffie and that I had great teachers, but I wasn’t aware of how phenomenal they all were until I arrived in college my first year and was far more prepared than my fellow peers.

Mr. Polga, Mrs. Hill, and Ms. Tomkiel made me an excellent writer which helped me excel not only in my writing courses, but also in my everyday life writing application letters and emails to professors and employers which have gotten me jobs in the top hospitals in Boston and in the country.

Ms. O’Brien taught me history, but also compassion and drive, and Mr. Vennell taught me how to be a leader and positive force in others’ lives, whether it be friends, mentors, or strangers. MacDuffie is truly a family, and I am thankful for how it shaped me as a student and as an individual.

2014 Distinguished Alumni

Peter Toohey was named the 2014 Distinguished Alumni. He is the first male recipient of the award since MacDuffie went co-educational in the 1990’s.


Peter started his Athletic Training career at The George Washington University in Washington DC, where he achieved a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science. He went on to become a Board Certified Athletic Trainer and continued his education as a Graduate Assistant at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN; receiving a Masters degree in Sports Administration. Once completion of his Masters degree he continued his education as a Fellow at the United States Olympic Committee in Lake Placid, NY in 2001.

Peter started his professional career as the Head Athletic Trainer at the Olympic Education Center in Marquette, MI where he served for 5 years.

He stayed within the Olympic movement and moved back to Lake Placid in 2007 to manage the Sports Medicine Clinic.

Peter has been to 3 Olympic Games, 2 Paralympic Games (serving as Medical Director in Xth Vancouver), and numerous World Championships.

He has been honored by the IOC to publish a chapter in The Sport Injury & Prevention Handbook in 2012.

Recently Peter finished his assignment as the Games Medical Director at the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

He resides in Lake Placid, NY, along with his wife, Brooke and 2 children (Addison and Emery).