In Your Words
What is your favorite memory from Gampel Pavilion?
To celebrate our on-campus arena’s 25th anniversary this past January, we asked our UConn Facebook fans. Here are a few of their answers! Read about more magic Gampel moments at uconnhuskies.com
“I was one of the coordinators for the Gampel ushers when the first game occurred. The most amazing moment was when the first UConn basket happened you could hear the roar of the crowd under that dome. No one had heard that before and it was amazing.”
– Maria A. Sedotti ’80 MA
“Watching the men beat Duke to win it all in 1999 on the big screens. ‘We shocked the world!’”
– Matthew James ’98 (CLAS), ’00 MA
“(Sitting) front row in the student section on Feb. 22, 2003, when Coach Calhoun came back after surgery to defeat St. John’s.”
– Adam Lupino ’06 (CLAS)
“Watching the men win the National Championship there on the TV screens in 2004. As a freshman, it was a very special time – particularly when the women won a few days later!”
– Kaela Heaslip ‘07 (CLAS)
“Favorite Gampel memory was when No. 3 UConn defeated No. 2 Villanova in 2006. The place was electric!”
– Josh Brandfon ’07 MA
“My favorite moment was watching the 2004 men’s team win the National Championship against Georgia Tech on the big screen in front of the most loyal and passionate basketball fans in the country. Gampel Pavilion exploded! Being inside Gampel at that moment was one of the most surreal feelings and experiences.”
– Jordan Porcher ’07 CANR
“My favorite memory from Gampel Pavilion is watching both the men’s and women’s teams play from the press table on the sidelines. It was awesome to be in the middle of the action – and it was a great ‘real-world’ experience covering games for the Nutmeg Yearbook!”
– Michael Wynn ’06 (CLAS)
“Camping out for the UConn-Texas game in 2010. It was freezing, as the game was in January, but we decided it was worth it as Texas was No. 1 at the time. UConn won, and we were sitting in the first few rows of the student section and everyone rushed the court. A perfect ending to a great game and experience my senior year.”
– Catherine Pomposi ’10 (CLAS)
“Shabazz Napier’s buzzer-beater versus Florida last year.”
– Austin Smyth ’15 (BUS)
Matilda “Jerre” (Yenowich) Dumbrill ’52 (CLAS) is the author of Makhora: The Green Cigarette, published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform in November. It is her first novel and is based on real events surrounding 20th-century Russia.
Edward J. Fisher ’56 (ENG) published the third edition of his book, Lands of In-KO-8 Trilogy, through Xlibris in October. This new edition contains all three original stories: The Now Time, The Before Time, and The Planet Within.
Robert Gregory ’59 (CLAS) was named 2014’s “Living Treasure” by the Junior Woman’s Club of Milford (Conn.) for his accomplishments through the Milford Chamber of Commerce and volunteer organizations where he has served. Though retired from his position as Milford’s economic and community development director, he is serving as a major coordinator for the city’s 375th anniversary.
Barbara B. Marchand ’61 (ED) worked in the physical therapy field for 53 years. She retired after 13 years with Naugatuck (Conn.) Visiting Nurses Association.
Francis Dillon ’62 (BUS) wrote his second novel, Vacationland Terrorists: Alarm in the Countryside, published by booklocker.com in August.
Richard H. Gowen ’63 (CLAS), a retired teacher and coach from Quaboag Regional High School in Warren, Mass., was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in June 2013 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.
Joel Hirschhorn ’64 (CLAS), attorney at the law firm GrayRobinson P.A. in Miami, was named to the 2015 Best Lawyers in America list of outstanding attorneys.
Philip F. Nohrr ’64 (BUS), ’67 JD, managing partner of the law firm GrayRobinson P.A. in Melbourne, Fla., was named to the 2015 Best Lawyers in America list of outstanding attorneys. He also was reappointed in November by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Alan M. Cohen ’67 (CLAS), ’70 JD, under the pseudonym Avi Morris, published his first novel, Crocodile Mothers Eat Their Young, in August through All Things That Matter Press.
Alice (Andrews) Frazier ’68 (CLAS) retired after working for 39 years in family practice in central Ohio. She and her husband have two grandchildren and enjoy following UConn basketball.
Tim Vellrath ’69 (CLAS), ’96 MBA, founder of Vellrath Group in Pequabuck, Conn., received the 2014 Excellence in Construction Innovation Award from the Association of Walls and Ceilings Industries.
John W. Rafal ’71 (CLAS), founder and vice chair of Essex Financial Services in Essex, Conn., was honored by Barron’s in Orlando, Fla., in September for his 10 consecutive appearances on Barron’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisor List each year since its inception in 2004. He was also inducted into Barron’s first-ever Top 100 Financial Advisors Hall of Fame.
Jack “John” DeWitt ’73 Ph.D. published his first novel, Delicious Little Traitor, in January through Black Opal Books. The novel is the first in the Varian Pike mystery series.
Joseph B. Wocoski ’73 (CLAS) is the author of New Testament Word Search Fun! Book 1: Gospel of Matthew, the first in his series of New Testament word search books published in May 2014 by CreateSpace.
David Gallogly ’74 (CLAS) and classmate Stephen DeSilva ’74 (CLAS) have created a Facebook page called “Class of ’74 UConn,” where Class of 1974 alumni can share their UConn memories.
Deborah (Mazzotta) Prum ’74 (CLAS), has released an audiobook, First Kiss and Other Cautionary Tales, on audible.com. It is a collection of humorous essays, which originally aired on NPR member stations.
David Baram ’75 (CLAS), managing member of law firm Baram, Tapper & Gans LLC in Bloomfield, Conn., was re-elected in November as state representative for District 15, representing Bloomfield and Windsor, Conn. He also chairs the General Law Committee.
Howard J. Bryerman ’75 (BUS) and his wife, Simone, have opened a franchise of PROSHRED®, a shredding business.
Getulio P. Carvalho ’76 Ph.D. is a member of the board of directors for the Government Accountability Project (GAP), a nongovernmental organization and law firm in Washington, D.C., that works to protect and defend whistleblowers. For more information about GAP, visit whistleblower.org.
Donna A. Rosequist ’76 (CLAS), ’82 MBA is vice president at Segal Rogerscasey, assisting clients with the design of private equity programs. She was previously director at Alpha Investment Research in Darien, Conn.
Buzz Kanter ’77 (CLAS) is editor-in-chief and publisher of Stamford, Conn.-based American Iron Magazine, and publishes other motorcycle magazines. He competed in the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run in September and finished 29th overall, riding on his 1936 Harley-Davidson.
David Matulis ’77 MSW is a member and writer for UConn Radio Station WHUS. His radio personality, the Cruzer, was named the “Best Radio Personality” by The Advocate’s Best of Hartford Readers’ Poll 2014, and his “20th Century Rock” show on WHUS won “Best Radio Show” from the same poll.
Joan Seliger Sidney ’77 Ph.D., writer-in-residence for UConn’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, is the author of Bereft and Blessed, a poetry volume published by Antrim House in April 2014.
Gerri (Chaneles) Chanel ’78 (CLAS) is the author of Saving Mona Lisa: The Battle to Protect the Louvre and Its Treasures During World War II, published by Heliopa Press in May 2014.
Stephen Madigosky ’78 (CAHNR), professor and chair of the environmental science department at Widener University in Chester, Pa., was named one of three inaugural Distinguished University Professors last year by the university. The award recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.
Joseph C. Papa ’78 (PHR), president and CEO of Perrigo, was named the No. 47 best-performing CEO in the world by the Harvard Business Review in November. He also serves as chairman of Perrigo’s board of directors.
Alan Sidransky ’78 (CLAS) is the author of Stealing A Summer’s Afternoon, his second novel, published in June by Berwick Court. His first novel, Forgiving Maximo Rothman, published in 2013, was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards in the category of “Outstanding Debut Fiction.” He lives in New York City.
Robb Delprado ’79 (BUS) is president of Western Data Systems Inc., based in Houston. He joined Western Data in 2008 as COO.
Philip Moore ’79 (SFA), director of marketing and communications at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn., is an alumnus of the Leadership Greater Hartford Quest program and a facilitator with the Connecticut Men’s Gathering Inc.
Robert Morehouse ’79 (NUR), ’96 MS received his ANCC Board Certification as an Informatics Nurse (RN-BC) in June 2014. He is a clinical systems coordinator at Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut, where he has worked since 1996.
George Murray ’79 (BUS), ’85 MBA is president of the Zale Division at specialty jewelry retailer Signet Jewelers Limited. The Zale Division is one of the three main divisions of Signet. He has worked for Signet Jewelers for more than 22 years.
Gary Z. Siegel ’79 (BUS) is vice president of finance, principal financial officer, and principal accounting officer at Orangeburg, N.Y.-based Vision-Sciences Inc. Previously, he was vice president of finance at Genta Incorporated.
Carol S. Carver ’80 (BUS) is senior vice president of commercial banking at Webster Bank in Waterbury, Conn. She has been with Webster since 1999 and was previously vice president and relationship manager of commercial banking.
Elizabeth Fry ’80 (CLAS), managing principal of TWG Inc., a compliance and strategic advisory firm, was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2014 at a ceremony on the Isle of Bute, Scotland. She volunteers as marathon director for the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation’s SWIM Across the Sound and, as an undergraduate, was part of the UConn Swimming and Diving Team.
Hank Gruner ’80 (CAHNR), vice president of programs and exhibits at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, Conn., received the Dr. Sigmund Abeles Science Advocate Award from the Connecticut Science Teachers Association in April 2014 for his continued efforts to engage the public and lawmakers in a discourse on conservation and biodiversity.
Houston Lowry ’80 MBA, president at the law firm Brown & Welsh PC in Meriden, Conn., was elected a life member of the American Law Institute in 2014.
Harriet (Perlman) Manis ’80 (PHR) received her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Florida in August 2013.
Thomas M. Foran ’81 (BUS) is vice president of underwriting and product development for the Employee Benefits Group at Standard Insurance Company, headquartered in Portland, Ore.
William Keena ’81 (CLAS), chief operating officer at Acclaris Inc., in Tampa, Fla., is responsible for operations in the U.S. and India.
Dennis Laganza ’81 (BUS), vice president and director of state government relations for Richmond, Va.-based Genworth Financial, was appointed in October to the Board of the Virginia College Building Authority by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Gerald DesRoches ’82 (BUS) is managing partner of the Metro New York practice of Andersen Tax, which provides a wide range of tax, valuation, and financial consulting services. He is a member of UConn’s School of Business Hall of Fame.
Susan (Hewitt) D’Orvilliers ’82 (ED) is a development officer at Family Centered Services of Connecticut in New Haven, Conn.
Douglas G. Elliot ’82 (BUS) is president of The Hartford in Hartford, Conn. He had been president of commercial markets. Previously, he was president of Hartford Steam Boiler. He is a member of UConn’s School of Business Hall of Fame.
Deborah A. Fuhr ’82 (BUS), managing partner and co-founder of London-based research and consultancy firm ETFGI, received the 2014 William F. Sharpe Indexing Lifetime Achievement Award in December, which recognizes the most accomplished innovators and practitioners in the indexing industry.
Thomas F. Hill ’82 MA, ’83 6th Year retired in July, after serving 30 years as a school psychologist in the Southern Tier of New York. He lives in Elmira, N.Y., with his wife, Michele.
Paul W. Catanese ’83 (CLAS), writing as P.W. Catanese, has signed with Simon & Schuster for two novels. The first is the start of supernatural adventure series, titled Sulfur, slated for release this fall. The second book will be the next title in that series, to be released in 2016. He has written eight other novels for middle-grade and young readers, and his The Books of Umber trilogy was nominated for several regional book awards. He and his wife, Lisa Catanese ’83 (CLAS), live in Columbia, Conn.
Tom Chase ’83 (ENG) is examiner with the Professional Ski Instructors of America, Eastern Division, and coaches alpine racing at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, Conn. He also works in Aerospace Systems Engineering with United Technologies Aerospace Systems in Windsor Locks, Conn. He has been working in both fields since graduation.
Joseph C. Ferraiolo ’84 (BUS) is area general manager for New Haven County with Frontier Communications Company in Stamford, Conn. Previously, he was vice president of Auto and Boat Relocation Services LLC.
Thomas W. Prete ’84 (ENG), ’01 MBA, vice president of engineering at East Hartford, Conn.-based Pratt & Whitney, was inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in June, recognizing him among the state’s leading experts in science, engineering, and technology.
Donna Rizzo ’84 (CLAS), professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vt., received the 2014 George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award from the UVM Alumni Association in October. The award honors excellence in teaching and advising. She was also recently named to the Dorothean Chair in UVM’s college of engineering and mathematical sciences, which honors faculty whose work promises to advance the field, who are doing major scholarly work with graduate students, and who teach basic engineering to undergraduates.
Sheryl Smith ’84 MA, ’85 Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist who owns a private practice in Cheshire, Conn., has been designated a Certified Consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Psychological Association, and Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and was added to the United States Olympic Committee Registry of Sports Psychologists.
Frank Catalano ’85 (CAHNR) is co-owner of Microgreenz, a business venture he and his wife launched via Kickstarter in October that comprises an indoor growing system for harvesting nutrient-dense greens within 10 days of planting.
Andrew Chasse ’85 (SFA), owner of Hansoo Taekwondo Academy in Glastonbury, Conn., has run the martial arts school for 17 years. The school includes a specialized program for children on the autism spectrum.
David D. Kennedy ’85 (BUS), ’89 JD is executive vice president and general counsel at Infosys, a next-generation information services company in Glastonbury, Conn. Previously, he held management positions at IBM, JDA Software, and Better Place.
Ruben Klein ’85 (CLAS) is chief financial officer of Comark, a designer and manufacturer of computer and display solutions in Medfield, Mass. He previously served as CFO for United Pipe & Steel, a national distributor of pipe to the plumbing industry.
Sheila (Walsh) Schanck ’85 (CLAS) is chief information officer of Ruppert Landscape, a commercial landscape construction and management company in Laytonsville, Md.
Rebecca Tumicki ’85 (CLAS), adjunct professor at Olympic College at Bremerton, Wash., serves as an I-BEST instructor, supporting manufacturing and electronic classes. She previously spent eight years teaching math in Saudi Arabia, and walked the Camino de Santiago in 2007.
Stephen M. Holcomb ’86 MBA is CEO at SmartPay Solutions in Southington, Conn.
Steven H. Mikel ’86 MBA is president and CEO at Houston-based Caprock Oil Inc.
Mike Baldassari ’87 (SFA), a theatrical lighting designer, has most recently created the lighting designs for Broadway shows such as “First Date,” “Cabaret,” and the Tupac Shakur musical, “Holler If Ya Hear Me.” He earned an Emmy award nomination for his work on U2’s performance from the Top of The Rock during the premiere of “The Tonight Show.” He has worked for productions in Paris and Moscow and continues his work with Yo Gabba Gabba’s tours.
Patricia M. Kane ’87 (BGS), ’02 MBA, director at Connecticut Wealth Management LLC, in Farmington, Conn., was named for the fourth consecutive year to Medical Economics’ list of “Best Financial Advisers for Doctors.”
Nicholas Sentementes ’87 (BUS), ’92 MBA is vice president of middle market equipment finance at First Niagara Financial Group Inc.
Gary Katz ’88 (SAH) is a physical therapist and the CEO of Pivot Physical Therapy, which provides services at more than 70 clinics throughout the mid-Atlantic region and which serves as a clinical affiliation partner with UConn’s Physical Therapy Program.
Alison McCarthy ’88 MBA is working in insurance sales at John H. Wygal & Company, a full-service insurance agency in Norwalk, Conn.
Patricia A. Saunders ’88 (CLAS) is the author of two books of poetry: Through the Fire and Loving Me, published by AuthorHouse in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Douglas J. Hammel ’89 (BUS) is principal of grades 5 and 6 at Abraham Baldwin Middle School, part of Guilford (Conn.) Public Schools. He was previously principal at Deans Mill Elementary School in Stonington, Conn.
Stephen Pirigyi ’89 (BUS) is executive vice president at independent broker/dealer LPL Financial in San Diego, Calif.
Nicole S. (Leger) Stajduhar ’89 (BUS) is director of finance for the town of Stonington, Conn. She is a certified public accountant and previously worked as finance director for the town of Old Lyme.
Mark Danaher ’90 (CLAS), ’94 MA is a master career counselor and president of the National Career Development Association, where he has been an active member for more than a decade.
Eric J. Kaplan ’90 MBA is a solutions consultant on the North America team of Reval, a global provider of comprehensive and integrated software and service solutions for treasury and risk management headquartered in New York, N.Y.
David C. Osella ’90 MBA is a senior vice president and relationship manager at Pittsfield-Berkshire Bank-CBT Region. He also serves on the board of the Community Renewal Team and is a member of the Real Estate Finance Association.
Laura C. Rubbo ’91 (CLAS) is director of international labor standards at the Walt Disney Company in Burbank, Calif. She is on the board of overseers for UConn’s Human Rights Institute and was part of the United States delegation to the International Labor Organization’s 2014 International Labor Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
John Sponauer ’92 (CLAS), ’10 MBA is vice president of communications at Wheeler Clinic in Plainville, Conn.
Sean F. Mulready ’93 (CLAS), ’02 MBA, senior vice president of commercial real estate at Webster Financial in Hartford, Conn., serves on the board of the Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance and on the local advisory committee of the Local Initiatives Support Collaborative.
Leslie A. Zoll ’93 (BUS), manager for accounting, tax, and business consulting firm Blum Shapiro in West Hartford, Conn., is serving on the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) Advisory Council for the 2014-15 activity year.
Scott D. Beggs ’94 MBA is chief financial officer at Basin Street Properties, a real estate investment firm in Reno, Nev.
Kristen Dixion ’94 (CLAS), ’97 MA is a senior instructor for the Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) program in the department of psychiatry, division of substance dependence, at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colo. She also serves as the deputy executive director of ARTS.
Sabrina Trocchi ’94 (CLAS), ’15 MPA is chief strategy officer at Wheeler Clinic in Plainville, Conn.
Al Foreman ’95 (BUS) is partner and chief investment officer at private equity group Tuatara Capital LLC, in New York City.
Lois A. Krause ’95 MBA is a consultant at KardasLarson in Avon, Conn. Previously, she was director of human resources at Capewell Components Company.
Joshua D. Goldfarb ’96 (BUS) is an advisory partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, in Hartford, Conn.
Amy E. Macione ’96 (CLAS) has started a company, Amy’s Paintings and Bookmarks, and has published a virtual art gallery titled “Amy’s Bookmarks and Watercolor Sketches.”
Jamie Diaferia ’97 JD, founder of professional services communications consultancy Infinite Public Relations, has merged the firm with U.K. counterpart Spada to form Infinite Spada, a 45-person consultancy with an annual revenue of more than $7 million and offices in New York, San Francisco, and London.
Don Laviano ’97 (CLAS) and Angela Swirski announce the birth of their daughter, Scarlett Lorraine Serafina, in July 2014.
Maicharia Weir Lytle ’97 (CLAS) is CEO of United South End Settlements in Boston.
Melissa B. Cummings ’98 MBA is chief marketing and sales officer at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. She also serves on the board of directors for the University of Connecticut Center for Health Care Management and Insurance Studies.
Sara M. Lorello ’98 (CLAS), child and family therapist intern at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, N.H., received her MS in marriage and family therapy from the University of New Hampshire in August. She is currently working toward licensure as a marriage and family therapist.
Natasha M. Pierre ’98 MSW, policy and legislative director for the state’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, was named to a four-year term as Connecticut’s Victim Advocate by Gov. Dannel Malloy this past December.
Jonathan Zupnik ’98 (BUS) has launched an imported bottled water line, called Jeju16, from Jeju Island, South Korea. For more information, visit sixteenwater.com.
Michael J. Arman ’99 MBA is chief financial officer at Procida Funding, based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. He oversees tax compliance, treasury, reporting, and loan services.
Daniel C. Dipillo ’99 (BUS) is an assurance partner focusing on industrial products, aerospace, and defense sectors at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, in Hartford, Conn.
Andrew S. Hersom ’99 MBA is senior vice president of investor relations at People’s United Bank in Bridgeport, Conn. Previously, he was director of investor relations at Travelers and a financial analyst at Citigroup.
Hon. Ingrid Moll ’99 JD was appointed a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court in April 2014.
Dina (Burns) LaTour ’00 (CLAS) married Brenton LaTour in August 2014. Dina received her master’s degree at ECSU and is an elementary school teacher in the East Hartford, Conn. public school system.
Carol Cox ’00 is executive vice president of strategy and corporate communication at global medical device company NuVasive Inc. in San Diego.
Stefanie Dion Jones’00 (CLAS), previously editor of UConn Magazine, is director of communications and digital strategy at UConn’s Neag School of Education.
Gregory J. Fedele ’00 MBA is president of Innovative Capital Holdings’ subsidiary Sabreliner Aviation, based in St. Louis. Previously, he was senior vice president of customer business, helicopters and light turboprops, at Rolls Royce.
Jose C. Oliveira ’00 (BUS), ’01 MS is a tax manager at accounting, tax, audit, and consulting firm Moriarty & Primack PC in Springfield, Mass., and a member of the Connecticut Society of CPAs and AICPA.
Jeremy Pollack ’00 (BUS) and his wife, Crista Grasso ’99 (BUS), are owners of Nearly Naked™, a luxury bridal and boudoir jewelry boutique in Tolland, Conn. The company was selected as a finalist in the style category for the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards, a nationally recognized awards program celebrating rising stars in the nationwide designer community who have turned their passions for handcrafted, well-designed goods into small businesses and make their products in America.
Thomas Sullivan ’00 MBA is a senior advisor of insurance for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hartford, Conn.
Jeff Talbot ’00 (BUS) is a principal with Insula Capital, based in Sarasota, Fla. He works on sourcing, financing, and renovating Florida apartment properties.
Alex Thacher ’00 JD is principal at Ernst & Young’s Seattle office. He is a member of the New York State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the Connecticut Bar, and the U.S. Tax Court.
Lisa (Dabkowski) Van Zanten ’00 (BUS) and Christopher Van Zanten ’99 (ENG) announce the birth of their daughter, Mila Frances, in September 2014. Lisa is a senior program manager at Technolutions in New Haven, Conn., and Christopher is a civil engineer at Langan Engineering & Environmental Services in New Haven.
Michael A. Bell ’01 MBA is chief financial officer of Voya Investment Management in Windsor, Conn.
Michelle H. Craig ’01 (CLAS), an independent scholar whose research focuses on African and Islamic art, received the Getty Museum Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for 2014-15.
Clyde W. Tinnen ’01 MBA is partner in the Chicago, Ill. and Stamford, Conn., offices at international law firm Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, focusing on corporate law.
Rob Yirigian ’01 MBA is deputy area manager in the Glastonbury, Conn., office of engineering and design firm Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Hillary (Royer) Sirois ’02 (CLAS) and Eric Sirois ’09 (ENG), ’14 Ph.D. announce the birth of their second child, Luke Sirois, in May 2014. Luke joins big sister, Claire.
Alison (Vachon) Nicholes ’03 (CLAS), ’07 DMD and Glen R. Nicholes Jr. ’06 (CLAS) (SFA), along with daughter Violet, welcomed baby Reed Vachon Nicholes to the family in September 2014.
Cara Quinn ’03 (ED), ’04 MA, sixth-grade teacher at Sunset Ridge School in East Hartford, Conn., was named the Connecticut Teacher of the Year for 2015.
Jason Rojas ’03 (CLAS), director of community relations at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., is now also serving as chief of staff to the college’s president. Last May, he received Trinity’s Trustee Award for Staff Excellence.
Jack Sheedy ’03 (BGS) is news editor of The Catholic Transcript, the newspaper for the archdiocese of Hartford. He has won several journalism awards for his work with The Catholic Transcript, and his 2012 memoir, Sting of the Heat Bug (2012, Signalman Publishing), was endorsed by Pulitzer Prize winner Susan Campbell and NEA grant-winner Cortney Davis.
Carl Li ’04 (SFA) plays the character Chicken Wing in “Revenge of the Green Dragons,” directed by Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo, and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. The film was released in October 2014 and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
James O’Leary ’04 (BGS), retired from the Norwalk, Conn. Police Department after 30 years of service as a detective, lives in Florida and works as a special education teacher at Port Charlotte, Fla. High School.
Kelly (Carino) Sadick ’04 (BUS) and Chris Sadick ’03 (BUS) announce the birth of their second son, Alex, in March 2014. Alex joins his parents and brother, Jack, in Fairfield, Conn.
Todd W. Sibley ’04 (BUS) is assistant vice president of commercial lending at Leominster Credit Union in Leominster, Mass.
Anthony DiChiara ’05 (CLAS) and Melissa (Staats) DiChiara ’04 (CLAS) announce the birth of their daughter, Penelope (Penny) Ann, on June 9, 2014.
Niamh Cunningham ’06 (CLAS) is manager of special projects in the Office of the Secretary at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Previously, she was program manager of principal gifts at Yale’s Office of Development.
Krystal (Kliger) Reifer ’06 (CLAS), ’08 MS and Chad Reifer were married on Aug. 31, 2014 in Stratford, Conn. They live in Arlington, Va.
Erin Seneca ’06 (CLAS) and Danielle Barany announce their engagement, with a wedding ceremony planned for winter 2015 in New Jersey.
Nicholas Tarasovic ’06 (CLAS) and Krista (Forte) Tarasovic ’08 (ED), ’09 MA announce the birth of Ava Leigh in May 2014. The family lives in Connecticut.
Andrew Bzowyckyj ’07 (PHR), ’09 Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy/Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., was named the 2014 Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year in Missouri by Pharmacists Mutual Companies. The award is presented annually to a pharmacist in each state for individual excellence and outstanding contributions in state pharmacy association activities, community affairs, and professional practice.
Justin Signore ’07 (BUS) is a Chase private client mortgage banker at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., in Stamford, Conn.
Katherine Azzinaro ’08 (CLAS) and Joseph Milositz ’06 (CLAS) married on Oct. 11, 2014, in Newport, R.I.
Christina S. Brown ’08 (BUS) is assistant vice president and cash management officer at Simsbury Bank.
William S. Hall ’08 MBA is a premier advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors, a distinction reflecting his professional successes at the company.
Timothy Kelly ’08 MBA is Northeast regional manager at MonoSystems Inc., in Rye Brook, N.Y. Previously, he was a founding partner at Declan Consulting.
Patrick LaMondia ’08 (BUS) is an associate at the law firm Wiggin and Dana in New Haven, Conn.
Kristen (Mooney) Stone ’08 (CLAS) is assistant director for program approval and veterans education at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education in Boston.
Michael Terrenzi ’08 Pharm.D. and Danielle (Pierce) Terrenzi ’08 Pharm.D. announce the birth of their daughter, Annabel Eve.
Melanie E. Thomas ’08 (BUS) is a marketing assistant at CONRIC PR & Marketing/Publishing in Fort Myers, Fla. She is a three-time Big East Academic All-Star and the author of Heart of a Husky (2009, Clerisy Press).
Terrence C. Baltimore ’09 (CLAS) is creative director for a creative advertising and marketing agency, and has established his own website, thedocumenterry.com, where he posts recent work and collaborations.
Steven B. Ferrigno ’09 MBA, broker/owner at Ferrigno-Storrs, Realtors LLC in Storrs, Conn., and president of the Tri-County Board of Realtors for 2015, received the Board’s 2014 “Realtor of the Year Award.” He was named in Connecticut Magazine’s “Connecticut Top Real Estate Agents Highest in Service and Overall Satisfaction” for 2011 and 2012.
Colin A. Mansfield ’09 (BUS) is an analyst in the corporates group at Fitch Ratings in New York, N.Y. Previously, he worked at Ipreo. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2014.
Daniel J. Nasser ’09 (CLAS), ’13 DMD is a dentist at Contemporary Dentistry in Groton, Conn. He completed a one-year general dentistry residency program at the New York Hospital in Queens, N.Y.
Nathan D. Elliott ’10 MBA is vice president at Balance Point Capital Partners in Westport, Conn.
Jena Greaser ’10 (CLAS), 2013 national marathon mountain biking champion featured last spring in UConn Magazine, is the assistant youth and family director and assistant summer camp director at the New Canaan YMCA. She lives in Stamford, Conn., with her husband, Ryan O’Hara, who is completing a master’s degree in engineering at UConn.
William Leclair ’10 (BUS) is an in-charge level auditor within the government compliance and labor division of The Bonadio Group. Previously, he was an assistant accountant at Seward & Monde CPAs.
David W. Meo ’10 MBA is national sales manager of Koma Precision Inc. in East Windsor, Conn., where he has worked for seven years. Previously, he was a financial analyst at Ipreo.
Katharine M. Mongoven ’10 MBA, director of marketing, sales, and business development at Pinnacle III in Lakewood, Colo., was named among “49 ASC Leaders Under 40” by Becker’s ASC Review in September.
John P. Bonora ’11 MS is senior vice president, chief credit officer, and chief risk officer at Stamford, Conn.-based First County Bank, and was named one of Fairfield County’s 2014 “40 Under 40” business executives.
Benjamin Marcus ’11 (ENG) is an associate at intellectual property law firm Cantor Colburn LLP, in Hartford, Conn.
Justin Paluch ’12 (BUS, ED) is assistant women’s basketball coach at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.
Elise K. Prairie ’12 (BUS) is an assistant account executive at marketing communications agency Cronin and Company LLC, in Glastonbury, Conn. She previously worked for Media Storm in Norwalk.
Kayla Farrands ’13 (CLAS) is a specialist of PR/strategy at communications firm (add)ventures in Providence, R.I. She previously served with AmeriCorps VISTA at Serve Rhode Island.
Christina Colón Williams ’14 JD is an associate at the law firm Wiggin and Dana in New Haven, Conn.
Sarah B. Jeffrey ’14 MBA, administrative fellow at Bristol Hospital, received the Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award from the Connecticut Association of Healthcare Executives in July for her contributions to the advancement of healthcare management excellence and to the goals of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Kevin G. Palumberi ’14 J.D. is an associate attorney at the law firm Chipman Mazzucco in Danbury, Conn.
Shuai Yang ’14 Ph.D. successfully defended her dissertation “Two Essays on Matching Strategy in Paid Search Advertising” and joined Donghua University in Shanghai as an assistant professor of business administration in fall 2014.
In Memoriam Spring 2015
James J. Dutton Jr. ’41 JD
Marguerite (Richards) Meyer ’45 (Home Ec.)
John Adams ’46 (CLAS)
Francis A. Zeoli ‘47
James Skeen (ENG)
William Francis Grimes ’62 (CLAS)
Elinor Agonis Fagan ’68 (PHR)
Nicholas Memoli ’68 (CLAS)
John G. Hutchinson ’73 (SFA)
Mark Newcity ‘87
Jacqueline Marie Kern ’17
Felix Bronner (emeritus, retired)
Benjamin J. Cosenza (retired)
Catherine M. Havens (emeritus, retired)
Philmore B. Wass (retired, Director of the Center for Economic Education, 1955-1973; Head of the Department of Foundations and Curriculum, 1973-1978.)
Donald Tepas (emeritus, retired)
Evarist Giné (mathematics department head)
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