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arrow dingbat Proud alum Roger Shatanof ’56 (CLAS) of Coral Gables, Florida, spreads UConn’s fame throughout the state.

Roger Shatanof ’56 (CLAS) of Coral Gables, Florida license plate

arrow dingbat After serving as a board director for six years, Christopher P. Mottern ’66 (BUS) was appointed interim CEO of Farmer Bros. Co. His 40 years in the food and beverage industry include serving as CEO of Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Capri Sun, Inc. and as president of The Heublein Wines Group.

arrow dingbat Jacqueline Dembar Greene ’67 (ED) published her 41st YA novel, “Walk Till You Disappear,” set in Arizona Territory in 1872. She began her writing career with the encouragement of Francelia Butler, who taught children’s literature at UConn. Greene lives in Wayland, Massachusetts, with her husband, Malcolm R. Greene ’65 (CLAS).


arrow dingbat Miriam Erick ’70 (CLAS), of Boston, updated her manual “Take Two Crackers and Call Me in the Morning! A real-life guide for surviving morning sickness.” Erick won the Pyramid Award from the New England chapter of the American Medical Writers’ Association in 1994 and an Award in Excellence from the American Dietetics Association Foundation for her work in prenatal nutrition. She covered the high-risk pregnancy unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for more than 37 years.

arrow dingbat Carl Labbe ’75 (PHAR) has retired after a long career in pharmacy that began when he hit the road after graduation in a VW Rabbit for a cross-country trip. He ended up in Arizona and stayed there. Initially, he managed Wastchak’s Pharmacy and developed a variety of nonprescription products. Eventually, he became manager of the Student Health Center Pharmacy at Arizona State University. Later he became a pharmacy preceptor, adjunct faculty in the school of nursing, and a biology instructor. He also developed a collaborative smoking cessation practice. He and his wife, Kathryn, also a pharmacist, have two grown children.

arrow dingbat Richard T. Minoff ’75 (CLAS), an associate professor and director of the Undergraduate Business Program at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, received the University’s William F. Homiller Award for Teaching Excellence. He is a member of UConn’s Charles Lewis Beach Society.

arrow dingbat Tom Morganti ’76 (CAHNR), a veterinarian living and working in Avon, Connecticut, published a third YA novel, “In the Shadow of the Sun Dog.”

arrow dingbat David Scaccia ’76 (CLAS) was inaugurated as president of the Maine Osteopathic Association during its June 2019 con-vention in Rockport. Board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in occupational medicine and by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians in family medicine, he practices as a private occupational med-icine physician consultant in Kittery, Maine.

arrow dingbat Tom Jeffrey ’76 (ENG) became a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers after retiring from a long career in aerospace and defense electrical engineering. He worked for seven years at the GE Aerospace Electronic Systems unit and 33 years at the Raytheon Company’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) division. Jeffrey was a systems architect and led a number of defense electronic systems developments. He specialized in radar systems primarily for surveillance and missile defense applications on land, sea, and air platforms for the U.S. Navy, Army, and Air Force. He has written two technical books and two music-related books.

arrow dingbat John McGrane ’78 (ENG) became a senior consultant for GEI, where he will help expand the company’s flood management and municipal engineering practices across the eastern U.S. and elsewhere. McGrane spent more than 20 years in Hartford’s Department of Public Works.

arrow dingbat Michael J. Sweeney ’79 MBA is senior vice president, strategic vendor programs for the Commercial Finance Division of TIAA Bank.


arrow dingbat Marie George ’81 (CAHNR, CLAS) was elected vice president of the medical staff at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, where she is an infectious disease specialist.

arrow dingbat Isabel (Munat) Cole ’82 (CLAS) was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to Washington’s Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, the state agency that hears all workers’ compensation claims. Cole spent 22 years as an air traffic controller and, during her last three and a half years, attended law school. After passing the bar, she represented injured workers.

arrow dingbat Jeff Denman ’82 MA just retired from 34 years of teaching world geography and U.S. history in the public schools in Brookline, Massachusetts. He recently published a book “Greene and Cornwallis in the Carolinas: The Pivotal Battle of the American Revolution, 1780-1781.”

arrow dingbat Richard Goodwin Sr. ’83 MBA published “Running Life Matters; A Celebration of Running and Life Connections,” a book that celebrates the community of runners, particularly lifelong runners.

arrow dingbat Brian Sprague ’84 (ENG) joined MaxLinear Inc. as vice president and general manager for broadband and consumer products. He has worked in a variety of engineering and marketing roles at United Technologies Corp., LSI Logic Inc., and Broadcom Corp.

arrow dingbat Joanne C. Crevoiserat ’85 (BUS) has been named CFO of Tapestry, Inc., a New York-based house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands. She joins Tapestry from Abercrombie & Fitch and previously held senior finance positions with Kohl’s Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, and May Department Stores.

arrow dingbat Gary L. McGuirk ’85 JD, a private wealth advisor at Merrill Private Management, was named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors, The Financial Times’ Top 400 Financial Advisors, and Forbes’ Best-in-State Wealth Advisors lists. He joined Merrill in 2002.

arrow dingbat Richard S. Martin ’86 (BUS) has joined RentPath as CFO. He had been CFO of Symphony Health Solutions.

arrow dingbat Susan Cossette ’86 (CLAS), ’92 MA has been named director of annual giving for the Breck School in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Founded in 1886 and rooted in Episcopal values, Breck is a pre-K to 12 college preparatory day school with more than 1,100 students. Cossette recently published her first collection of poems, “Peggy Sue Messed Up,” and is active in the Minneapolis arts community.

arrow dingbat Stephen W. Aronson ’87 JD, a partner at Robinson & Cole, was awarded Volunteer of the Year by the Pro Bono Partnership.

arrow dingbat Karen Avitabile ’88 (CLAS), who majored in journalism at UConn, was appointed editor of The Catholic Transcript, a 175,000-circulation magazine for the Archdiocese of Hartford, which serves Hartford, New Haven, and Litchfield counties.

arrow dingbat Jeanne Zulick Ferrulo’s ’88 (CLAS), recent children's book “Ruby in the Sky” made The Washington Post summer reading list.

arrow dingbat David Waren ’89 JD is the new president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. He was vice president of regional operations and advancement for the Anti-Defamation League.

arrow dingbat Ann Marie (Griskauskas) Hoffmaster ’89 (CLAS) is director of human resources for Hertzbach & Co. She and her husband Brian live in Maryland with their children Meredith and Wyatt.

arrow dingbat Reina Weiner ’89 (BGS) drew on her own experiences for her book “Trust Your Doctor . . . But Not That Much: Be Your Own Best Healthcare Advocate.”


arrow dingbat Michael W. Glynn ’91 (CLAS), ’94 MS was named a partner in the New York City office of Fox Rothschild LLP. His practice centers on trade secret and patent litigation with a strong emphasis on pharmaceutical patents.

arrow dingbat Robert H. Bateman Jr. ’91 MBA was named CFO and treasurer of Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co. He was CFO with Infinity Property & Casualty Corp. and held numerous leadership roles at The Hartford.

arrow dingbat Thomas Huszar ’92 (CLAS) joined The Sullivan Law Firm as a partner in its New York City office. Huszar, who advises public and private businesses and high-net-worth individuals on strategic and operational issues, earned a law degree from Washington University School of Law and an MBA from Washington University’s Olin Business School.

arrow dingbat Brian Wolf ’92 (ENG) joined Hatch Mott MacDonald in Holyoke, Massachusetts, as a principal project manager.

arrow dingbat Marci (Castaldi) Hinton ’93 (CLAS), an educator in the Waterbury public school district for 22 years, was selected as a 2019 Fund for Teachers Fellow. She and two colleagues attended a bespoke educator mindfulness training in Nepal to address student trauma related to a peer’s murder and to facilitate emotional regulation and healing within the school community.

arrow dingbat Rabih M. Barakat, ’93 (ENG), ’09 MBA, who works at the Connecticut Department of Transportation, was elected to the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers. mmunity.

arrow dingbat Rob Carolla ’94 (CLAS) will head up communications for XFL Dallas after spending nearly 25 years as a sports administrator. He was president of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the national organization for communicators in college athletics. During stints at the College Football 150th Anniversary, the Big 12 and Big East conferences, and Conference USA, he worked on national, regional, and local levels.

arrow dingbat David Unger ’95 (CAHNR) is senior vice president responsible for developing renewable natural gas business projects at Foristar, LLC. He was director of renewable energy at Waste Management, where he oversaw the marketing and development of beneficial use landfill gas projects.

arrow dingbat Jasmine Alcantara ’95 (BUS), ’99 MBA opened Jasmine Yoga, a New England–based health and wellness company. By pairing her pre-med degrees with 20 years of health industry experience, she created yoga and meditation programs for corporations, groups, and individuals. munity.

arrow dingbat Maryne Robin ’96 MBA was named vice president of operations for Absolute Logic and CyberGuard360.

arrow dingbat David M. Silver ’96 MSW of West Hartford and his wife Hilary became grandparents to Saul Jonathan Langer, born in June in Washington, D.C., David was executive director of the UConn Hillel Foundation from 1990 to 1993.

arrow dingbat Vincent Pace ’98 JD, ’09 ML is assistant general counsel at Eversource Energy. His practice area includes state regulatory proceedings in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

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