ALEX DOS SAN TOS (finance) is
now a sales associate for The
Rush Indoor Cycling Studio in
San Diego. He was previously
a member of the risk management team at Farm Credit
East, ACA in Enfield, C T.
CHRIS FONTAINE (accounting)
is a senior consultant at
Orchid Advisors, LLC in East
Hartford, CT. He was formerly
an internal auditor at Smith
& Wesson in Springfield.
JOE DEPTULA (finance) is the
new head coach of the
Billings (MT) Bulls Hockey
Club of the North American
three Hockey League. He was
the Bulls’ assistant coach for
JAMIE KIRSCHNER (marketing-
is a student in the M.S. in Ad-
vertising program at Boston
University and is a graduate
assistant in the university’s
College of Communication
Graduate Services Office. She
was previously an admissions
counselor at High Point (NC)
University. “I attribute a great
deal of my development and
motivation from my four
undergrad years at Western
New England,” writes Jamie.
She can be reached at
ALEX NOGA (information technology) has been promoted
from desktop support specialist to information security
administrator at Boston University, where he is earning a
master’s degree in Computer
LASHAWNA WRIGHT (
psychology) was appointed assistant
director for student involvement and multicultural
programs at Presbyterian
College. She was previously
an academic success coach
WRIGHT ’ 12 EVANGELISTA ’ 13
KIRSCHNER ’ 12 NOGA ’ 12
What made you try out for The Biggest Loser and what was the
process like to get on the show?
I always told myself that when I got out of school I would spend
more time on myself and get my weight under control. As my MBA
program was wrapping up, I received an email about a Biggest Loser
casting call in Boston, which was perfect timing—what an excellent
chance to change my life and get on track before entering the “real
world” of the workforce.
I met a lot of awesome people at the casting call, but also a lot of
sad ones. That moment was really special for me because I realized
the severity of this opportunity. If I got on the show and didn’t take
everything I could from it, then I was wasting an opportunity someone else could have had. I was mentally committed at that point.
Inside, we had a group interview and were told if they were interested, we’d hear from them about an individual interview. I didn’t
think I had a shot! Sure enough, I got the call back interview, and
was then flown out to LA for the final interviews and testing. At the
end of it, they sat 19 others and myself down and let us know we
had made it, that one of us would be the next Biggest Loser.
What has it been like knowing that you’ve had so much support
from your Golden Bear family?
I didn’t need to go on The Biggest Loser to know I had support
from my Golden Bear family. Since I stepped on campus as a freshman, I felt supported. That’s why it’s such a special place. I knew
my friends, Residence Life family, and my Rugby brothers, among
others, would have my back, and it certainly showed. The letters,
support, and care packages that I received while on the show kept
me going and I could never thank the people in my life enough for
helping me through it.
What lessons will you take from the show back to your real life?
It ranges from simple things like believing in myself to understanding proper nutrition. One lesson was from fellow alum and
Athletics Business Manager Jody Lemoi ’02/G’04, who is battling
leukemia. He urged me to “Win Today” and that’s what I’ve tried
to do. Not get caught up in the big overwhelming picture, but just
focus on each day and trusting that if I can win each day, success
will come my way.
What’s next after the show finale?
Your guess is as good as mine! I’m looking forward to seeing what
opportunities present themselves after the show. I have new fitness
goals, like riding across America, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and
competing in my first triathlon. Career-wise, I’d love to keep coaching rugby. Developing young student-athletes is my passion in life.
Former Residence Manager and
Head Rugby Coach, Western New
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