Arts Hall of Fame
We’re pretty sure that no other Shamrock has ever written, scored, directed and starred in his own play while a Feehan student. That’s what Brian DeCubellis did during his time at Feehan, and it was just the first step in a successful career in the arts.
Most recently, Brian wrote, directed and produced the feature film-noir Manhattan Night, starring Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski, Campbell Scott and Jennifer Beals. In addition, Brian has written and directed films, TV shows, commercials, music videos and branded programming for MTV, Fox, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike, Teen Nick, ABC and more.
While at Feehan, Brian participated in chorus, theatre and jazz band—all while working at UA-Columbia Cablevision back when local cable was in its infancy. He started creating shows and editing there, too.
Brian’s bookshelf is full with an Effie Award, Ava Platinum Award, Creativity Annual Award, Beacon Award, Mobius Award, Gracie Award, Prism Award, the prestigious Peabody Award, Telly Award and an Emmy nomination.
The heart and soul of the Bishop Feehan Arts program for more than 30 years, Brenda (Chilli) Loiselle has been a art teacher, mentor and facilitator for a generation of students. Her vision has made the Doran Arts Center a campus gem and a hub of student activity. Feehan now has four full-time visual art teachers and claims thousands of student awards, including 146 prestigious Gold Keys.
But her work in art classrooms only tells part of her Feehan story. Brenda spent nearly two decades coaching the majorettes and also worked with the drill team, color guard and marching band. She brought an artist’s eye to a number of Feehan special occasions - including our annual Parent-Student events - and she even spent time as a math teacher in the 1980s!
Athletics Hall of Fame
The first team ever inducted en masse into the Feehan Athletics Hall of Fame is rightfully the first Feehan team ever to win an outright state title: the fleet-of-foot 1987 boys cross country team.
Stacked with runners who would go on to collegiate harrier success, the boys that one season tore through an undefeated regular season and won the Brown Invitational as well as the Eastern Mass. Division 3 and All-State meets.
The team was led by co-captains Chris Corso ’88 and James Keiper ’88 and a lightning-fast junior in Tom Coogan ’89. Other key members included Michael Atwood ’89, Manuel “Manny” Castro ’88, Michael Castro ’88, Brian Dobson ’88, Bruce “Guy” Gammell ’89, Shaun O’Neil ’89 and Dana Smith ’89. The team was coached by David Curtis. The team placed an unprecedented four runners in the top-30 to capture the state meet.
A two-time captain and four-time letter winner for the Shamrock soccer team, Jen Leaverton Bethea graduated Feehan as the all-time scoring leader with 137 points, leading the Eastern Athletic Conference in scoring in three consecutive years.
Jennifer led Feehan to two league titles during her four years on Holcott Drive.
She went on to a stand-out soccer career at St. John’s University in New York. Since 2015, Jennifer has also excelled there as an assistant soccer coach and earned 2015 NSCAA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors.
In any debate regarding the greatest running backs in Feehan history, Nick Schwieger has to at least be in the conversation. And his senior season for the Shamrocks was certainly one for the ages.
That 2007 Super Bowl-winning season included a school-record 2,182 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns for Nick, who capped things off at Gillette Stadium with 146 more yards and an MVP trophy in the last-minute victory over a powerful Walpole team.
Taking his talents to Dartmouth College in the Ivy League, Nick continued his dominance, finishing his college career as Dartmouth’s all-time leading rusher and all-time leader in all-purpose yards.
When it comes to getting young people engaged in politics and voting, Ashley Spillane has established herself as a national thought-leader and change-maker.
After four years at George Washington University and several positions in local and national political campaigns, Ashley was named president of Rock the Vote in 2014. In that role, she revitalized the iconic 25-year-old voter-registration organization through innovative digital marketing campaigns, engaging hundreds of thousands of new voters in the political process.
A frequent writer, commentator and speaker for outlets across the political spectrum, Ashley has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, NPR and Al Jazeera. And she’s been tapped for her opinion by publications including the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Time and Glamour. She was named a Change Agent by Marie Claire in 2014 and a Rising Star by Campaigns + Elections in 2012.
Today, Ashley is a Roy and Lila Ash Student Fellow at Harvard as well as head of her own political and cause consulting firm that connects brands with active young people nationwide.
Since joining the Feehan community nearly a decade ago, Joseph and Helena Almeida P’13,’17 have made a habit of saying “yes” to requests for help. Bishop Feehan is deeply indebted to them for their willing spirit and their unceasing generosity.
Proud parents of three children—two of whom are Feehan grads, Krysta ’13 and Joe ’17— Joe and Helen both work in the business started by Joe’s father, Jose—Lonsdale Concrete. As Feehan has built and built these last several years (locker rooms, the Servant Fitness Center, the Shamrock Recreation & Events Center), the Almeidas have quietly supplied product and construction support at nearly every turn.
From our biggest projects to the smaller daily needs of a very busy school, Joe and Helen’s care for Feehan has shone through. More than almost anyone, the Almeidas have helped to build Feehan.