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Helping to train volunteers, Anton Jungherr ’54 (BUS) has co-founded a nonprofit organization, the California Association of Bond Oversight Committees. The group provides citizen volunteers with school bond construction oversight training in California. He lives in Hercules, California.
Paul J. Magnarella ’59 (BUS) published “Black Panther in Exile: The Pete O’Neal Story,” about an influential member of the Black Panther movement who was arrested in 1969 and convicted for transporting a shotgun across state lines. In the book, Magnarella, a veteran of the United Nations Criminal Tribunals and O’Neal’s attorney during his appeals process, describes his legal appeals to overturn what he argues was a wrongful conviction.
Clifford L. Bampton ’60 (CAHNR) writes in with a life update. He’s been retired for 24 years and lives with his wife, Linda, on their farm in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Previously, he held various leadership positions for Ducks Unlimited Inc. Before that, he was a district game biologist and supervisor of western Wildlife Management Areas and assistant executive director of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
Rance A. Velapoldi ’60 (CLAS) has lived in Norway with his wife since he retired in 1999. The two travel the world visiting such places as South Africa, China, Tibet, Nepal, Peru, Italy, France, Georgia, and Armenia as well as visiting their children and grandchildren in the U.S. two to three times per year. They split their time between Norway and the U.S., where Velapoldi’s chemical career covered industry, academia, and government; where he spent 30 years of his research career at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (formerly the National Bureau of Standards). One of the years in government was spent working on Senator John Glenn’s committees of Energy, Nuclear Proliferation, and Government Services and Government Affairs. He also worked for five months at Hebrew University, Israel, as the first American exchange scientist under the Public Law (PL) 480 Program and one year performing research at Norsk Hydro’s Geology Division in Bergen, Norway.
Congratulations to Joel Mandell ’61 (CLAS), ’66 JD and Ellen Solomon Mandell ’64 (CLAS), who met at UConn Hillel mixer in 1960 and celebrated their 55th anniversary in August 2019! Joel retired from the Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Co. in 2009. The pair lived for 43 years in Simsbury, Connecticut, where Joel served as an elected member of the Simsbury board of selectmen for 14 years and Ellen was saluted as a Simsbury Hometown Hero in 2002. They moved to Indian Land, South Carolina, in 2010 and have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.
Jeffery M. Dorwart ’65 (CLAS), a professor emeritus at Rutgers University, has published his tenth book: “Dorwart’s History of the Office of Naval Intelligence, 1865–1945.”
Retired banker Gary C. Palmer ’66 (BUS) has published his first book, “Investment Guide,” to help savers maximize returns and minimize fees. He lives with his wife, Patricia ’64 (ED), in San Diego, California.
Congrats to Barbara Hatcher ’67 (NURS), who was inducted into the Washington, D.C., Hall of Fame for her varied and continued work in improving the health for the citizens of the D.C. area. Hatcher achieved many breakthroughs over the course of 51 years of nursing, instigated system-wide change, and provided leadership in health care policy and practice. Among those, she was the first nurse to sit on the March of Dimes Medical Advisory Committee of the metropolitan D.C. area and was the first woman, African American, and nurse to serve as secretary general of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. She retired in 2018 as a faculty member of George Mason University’s School of Nursing and is now principal of The Hatcher-DuBois-Odrick Group, LLC, a health care consulting firm.
Husky love is built to last. Carol A. (Bober) Erickson ’68 (NUR) writes in to say she met her husband, Paul F. Erickson ’65 (CLAS), on a blind date at UConn in 1965 and, this past September, they celebrated their 51st anniversary! She reports that he retired last year and she is still working full time as a school nurse. Congratulations!
Congrats also to Anthony “Tony” J. Pulino ’69 (ED), who competed at UConn in track and cross-country from 1965 to 1967 and recently was inducted into the Middletown (Connecticut) Sports Hall of Fame.
And Philip Madell ’69 (CLAS), of Topsfield, Mass., reports that he was appointed to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners by Gov. Charles D. Baker. A lawyer in private practice, he also serves as legal counsel to the National Counter Intelligence Corps Association. Previously, he served in state government in Kansas, was a consultant to the California Assembly, taught at several colleges, and held senior management positions in the private sector.
Paul A. Michelson ’71 (PHR) reports that he is retired and living with his wife, Suzanne, in Harrisburg, Pa. After UConn, he went on to earn a master’s and a doctorate in pharmacy. He has published 20 papers and presented at major pharmacy meetings. As a clinical pharmacist, his major interest was in infectious diseases and antibiotics. He’s also an avid cruiser and stamp collector.
Congratulations to Wally Lamb ’72 (CLAS), ’77 MA, ’84 MFA, ’13 H. His 1998 novel, “I Know This Much is True,” was turned into an eight-episode HBO miniseries starring Mark Ruffalo.
Gary Hunt ’72 (CLAS), ’74 (SFA) also checked in with a life update. In 1990, he started a children’s charity, Bookbag Santa, which donates 1.5 to 2 tons of used school supplies to disadvantaged children in the U.S. and overseas. Every summer, he gets a group of 30 to 40 volunteers together to make a delivery trip to three schools in Belize. Find more information at bookbagsanta.com.
Nostrovia! to Vladimir Wozniuk ’75 (CLAS), who has published “The Karamazov Correspondence: Letters of Vladimir S. Soloviev,” the first fully annotated and chronologically arranged collection of the Russian philosopher-poet’s most important letters. Soloviev was known for his close association with author Fyodor M. Dostoevsky, and the letters reflect many of the qualities and contradictions that personify the title characters of Dostoevsky’s last novel, “The Brothers Karamazov.”
And the award goes to: David Fetterman ’76 (CLAS), who received the Presidential Award from the American Anthropological Association in Vancouver for his contributions to applied anthropology. In addition, the International Association of Top Professionals named him Top Anthropologist of 2019 at an awards gala in Las Vegas.
Tom Morganti ’76 (CAHNR), a veterinarian, reports that he is living in Avon, Connecticut, “with a bunch of animals and humans” and has published his fifth book, “The Manticore Affair and Others: Nine Tales of Disquiet and Unease.”
Christopher F. Droney ’79 JD, ’16 H is stepping down from the bench. He retired as a senior judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and returned to Day Pitney LLP as a partner in its litigation department. He was appointed to the appeals court by President Barack Obama in 2011 after serving 14 years as a judge for the U.S. District Court in Connecticut. He previously served as U.S. Attorney for Connecticut and was mayor of West Hartford.
Meanwhile, the Connecticut’s Office of Health Strategy named Ken Lalime ’79 (PHARM) CEO of the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut, as a member of the new Cost Growth Benchmark Technical Team and Cost Growth Benchmark Stakeholder Advisory Board.
Beth (Turcy) Kilmarx ’80 (CLAS) recently became associate dean and director of Cushing Memorial Library and Archives at Texas A&M University.
Congratulations to Thomas Hébert ’81 MA, ’90 6th Year, ’93 Ph.D. and Karen Rambo-Hernandez ’11 Ph.D., who both won top research awards at the National Association for Gifted Children’s annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hébert received the NAGC Distinguished Scholar Award while Rambo-Hernandez won the NAGC Early Scholar Award.
Meanwhile, Brian Doyle ’81 (BUS) checked in from the Iron Sharpens Iron ministry, a religious organization for men and teenaged boys. Doyle, who is president, founder, and national director, reports that the Christian organization hosts conferences across the country and has served a total of about 500,000 men.
Steven Sirica ’82 (ENG) was named senior fellow/discipline lead for engine performance and operability at Pratt & Whitney.
Tune in to Marianne Evans-Ramsay’s ’83 (CAHNR) new podcast “Sweet Support” for people with pre-diabetes and diabetes. She’s a dietician and certified diabetes care and education specialist at Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover, New Hampshire, and developed the podcast with coworker Megrette Fletcher.
David Samuels ’83 (BUS) was elected to board of directors of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, which partners with the National Park Service to provide concerts and performances in the park, located in Vienna, Virginia.
Kudos to Marcia L. Marien ’84 (BUS), finance director controller for the town of Brookfield, Connecticut, who was honored for her distinguished service by CTCPA Women through an awards program celebrating Connecticut’s exceptional CPAs.
Susan (Pearson) Gambardella ’85 (CLAS) made a major career move. After more than 25 years at the Coca-Cola Co., including serving as chief of staff for longtime CEO and chairman Muhtar Kent, she joined Kimberly-Clark in January as president of North America for Kimberly-Clark Professional.
Also, classmate Bernie Gracy ’85 (ENG) was named Boston CIO of the Year in the enterprise segment and presented with an ORBIE Award, which recognizes leadership, innovation, and vision in technology executives. He is chief digital officer for Agero in Medford, Massachusetts.
Speaking of awards, Jessica Sarin-Perry ’87 (SFA) won the Berklee College of Music Professional Education Division Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. She is a full-time faculty member in Berklee’s professional music major. Outside of Berklee, she’s a singer/songwriter and leader of the Jes Perry Band, teaches private voice lessons, and serves as a board member of Berkshire Choral International.
Joseph D. Bruhin ’87 (CLAS), ’92 MBA was appointed senior vice president and chief information officer at Breakthru Beverage. He’ll serve on Breakthru’s executive leadership team and oversee the implementation and execution of an IT strategic plan.
And Eric R. Judge ’87 (BUS), ’92 MBA, a financial advisor at Edward Jones, just published “Out of Town Landlord: Lessons Learned During the Great Recession.”
Mary-Ellen Barrett ’88 JD is one of nine prosecutors named to the National Human Trafficking Advisory Board with the National District Attorney’s Association. She is deputy district attorney of the sex crimes and human trafficking division of the San Diego County district attorney’s office. She’ll be assisting prosecutors in Tanzania, working to achieve justice for human trafficking victims and survivors.
In other legal news, Richard J. Colangelo Jr. ’89 (ENG), the prosecutor in the famed Fotis Dulos case and state’s attorney for the Judicial District of Stamford/Norwalk, was named Connecticut’s chief state’s attorney. He’s a longtime prosecutor who has specialized in child exploitation cases involving the Internet and has tried many major felony cases.
Congrats to Kathryn Luria ’91 BGS, senior vice president for community affairs and director of philanthropy at Webster Bank, who was selected by the American Bankers Association Foundation for its most prestigious award: the George Bailey Distinguished Service Award, named after the iconic character in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Meanwhile, John Toscano ’91 (BUS) is on the move. He was named partner at Blum Shapiro, a business advisory firm, where he will help lead Blum’s education practice. Toscano, who lives in Cheshire, Connecticut, has given keynote speeches at many education industry events for private boarding and day schools and was a 40 Under 40 awardee from Hartford Business Journal.
And classmate Mary R. Gilhuly ’91 (BUS), the EVP and CFO of Community Mental Health Affiliates, Inc., was commended for her distinguished service by CTCPA Women during an awards program celebrating Connecticut’s exceptional CPAs.
Merton G. Gollaher ’91 JD joined Garfunkel Wild in its Stamford, Connecticut, office as a partner in the firm’s health care and corporate groups. Gollaher was previously a research scientist engaged in molecular genetics and protein chemistry research.
Vincent Mascola ’91 (CLAS) was named dean of students at Greenwich Catholic School, a pre-K–8 school. Previously, he spent 15 years in the classroom as a teacher in grades 1–6 in Guilford, Connecticut, and 12 years in sales and marketing.
Kelli-Marie Vallieres ’92 (BUS), ’05 MA, ’08 Ph.D., a past Neag School Alumni Award recipient, is a member of Gov. Ned Lamont’s workforce council.
Amy J. Dinallo Magyar ’94 (BUS) has written and illustrated a children’s book, “Bobby B. Button and His Magic Button,” a story based upon her son’s rare genetic condition, urea cycle disorder. The book is designed to foster awareness of the condition and show that not all children are the same, but that their differences can be amazing.
President Donald Trump named Admiral Peter J. Brown ’95 JD as his special representative for Puerto Rico’s disaster recovery. He will coordinate efforts to rebuild infrastructure on the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria in 2017 and a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in January 2020.
In other class news, Fred Kuo ’95 (CLAS) was appointed to the board of directors of the Keane Foundation in Wethersfield, Connecticut.
And Rhea Klein ’95 Ph.D., a former public school teacher, administrator, and educational consultant, was appointed to the board of education in Bolton, Connecticut.
Scott Orstad ’95 (CLAS) recently joined Catholic Health Services of Long Island as vice president of marketing. Previously, he was director of marketing at Nuvance Health in Norwalk, Connecticut. He lives in Stamford with his wife, Beth, and daughter, Caitlin.
Donna (Cathey) Sodipo ’96 MA was named chief program officer for YMCA Hartford, where she will develop, implement, and evaluate YWCA Hartford Regions programs and increase capacity and strengthen community partnerships. Previously, she was senior vice president of education at Connecticut Public Learning.
Also, Stephen J. Nelson ’96 Ph.D., a professor of education and educational leadership at Bridgewater State University and senior scholar in the Leadership Alliance at Brown University, visited Storrs in November to talk about his new book, “John G. Kemeny and Dartmouth College: the Man, the Times, and the College Presidency.”
And UConn law professor Joseph MacDougald ’96 JD, executive director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Law, received a 2019 Excellence in Energy Award from the Connecticut Power & Energy Society, recognizing his influence on shaping Connecticut’s energy landscape.
Also climbing the ladder: Jennifer Haddad ’97 JD was elevated to principal at Cohn Birnbaum & Shea in Hartford, where she is a member of the firm’s commercial real estate group.
In more good news: Igor Bochenkov ’99 (BUS) joined Nicola, Yester & Company, P.C., as a partner. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the board of directors of MARC Community Resources, a Middletown, Connecticut, nonprofit. He lives in Newington with his wife, Yulia, and daughter, Polina.
And congratulations to Donald L. Anderson Jr. ’99 (BUS), senior vice president and CIO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, who was named to the board of directors of the Wall Street Technology Association, an organization for technology and business professionals in the financial industry.
Kudos to Christopher T. Calio ’00 MBA, JD, who became president of Pratt & Whitney, where he is responsible for development, program management, sales, customer support, and aftermarket services of the company’s portfolio of large commercial engines. Previously, he served as president of its commercial engines business.
Meanwhile, Joey Lee Miranda ’00 MBA, a lawyer at the Robinson+Cole Environmental, Energy + Telecommunications Group, was recognized by Client Choice as the 2020 winner in the Energy & Natural Resources category for Connecticut.
And Beth-Ann Ryan ’00 (CLAS) was appointed head librarian and department chair at Delaware Technical Community College in Wilmington, Delaware.
Susan A. Martinelli ’01 MSA, the office managing partner and assurance partner at RSM US LLP, was cited for her distinguished service by CTCPA Women during an award program celebrating Connecticut’s exceptional CPAs.
Josephine Baah ’01 (BUS), ’11 MBA joined the board of directors for Journey Home, a nonprofit that seeks to provide innovative solutions to homelessness. She is chief executive officer of Blissful Royal Creations, an event planning and design boutique in Windsor, Connecticut.
And Danielle McGrath Braun ’01 (CLAS), ’05 JD was promoted from associate to counsel at Shipman & Goodwin LLP in the firm’s Hartford office.
Also moving up, James Coogan ’02 (BUS), ’04 MS was appointed vice president, investor relations and business development by Kaman Corp. Coogan joined the company in 2008 and previously held positions at Ann Taylor, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Gregory P. Muccilli ’03 (CLAS) has been promoted to partner at Shipman & Goodwin LLP in the firm’s New Haven office.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed Jeffrey J. White ’03 JD of Robinson+Cole LLC to serve on the Connecticut District Export Council for Connecticut.
In other career moves, Vonetta Romeo-Rivers ’04 6th Year is now director of teaching and learning for Regional School District 11 in Connecticut. She was previously director of performance, evaluation, and talent management for Manchester Public Schools in Connecticut.
And Peter M. Bryniczka ’04 JD made partner at the law firm of Schoonmaker, George, Colin, Blomberg, Bryniczka & Welsh P.C. in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Meanwhile, Kelly Fiala ’04 Ph.D. was named founding dean of Salisbury University’s College of Health and Human Services in Salisbury, Maryland, having served as transitional dean since it opened in July 2018. Previously, she was interim dean of Salisbury’s Samuel W. and Marilyn C. Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies and, before that, assistant professor and coordinator of clinical education of athletic training.
And Julia N. (Simons) Reinhardt ’04 (CLAS) was appointed assistant vice president and branch sales manager of BankNewport’s North Kingstown branch. A native of East Lyme, Connecticut, she is a member of the United Way of Rhode Island Young Leaders Circle and resides in Newport, Rhode Island, with her husband, Matthew.
Congratulations to Thomas Farrish ’05 JD, who was sworn in as a magistrate judge for the District of Connecticut in January and presides over the Hartford federal courthouse. Previously, he was a partner at Day Pitney LLP, where he built his practice around insurance disputes and other complex commercial matters as well as a pro bono practice representing indigent prison inmates.
Jen Maitland Hyde ’05 (ED) reports that she is program director for Back on My Feet in Boston, a national nonprofit that helps homeless people through the power of running and community support along with employment and housing resources.
Also, Robert L. Clements ’05 (BUS) became office director at Goldstein & Goldstein LLP, a personal injury, accident, and nursing home law firm. He will manage day-to-day operations, personnel, and technology and site visits.
Bryan Olkowski ’05 6th Year, the principal of Torrington (Connecticut) Middle School, recently became the new superintendent of the Washington Central Unified School District in East Montpelier, Vermont.
Tara Maroney Pickett ’06 (CLAS) (BUS) joined the New York State School Boards Association as a project and web content manager, overseeing the website and managing projects throughout the organization. Previously, she provided academic advising and communications at Hudson Valley Community College and the University of Bridgeport.
In legal news, Aidan R. Welsh ’06, a partner at Schoonmaker, George, Colin, Blomberg, Bryniczka & Welsh PC, in Greenwich, Connecticut, has been named a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
And Dallas C. Dodge ’06 (CLAS), ’09 JD was appointed corporation counsel for the town of West Hartford, where he formerly served on the town council. He is a partner at Roy & Leroy LLC, a government relations consulting firm, but will provide legal services to the town separately through his law firm, the Law Office of Dallas Dodge PLLC.
In international news, Aaron Mushengyezi ’07 Ph.D. was named vice chancellor of Uganda Christian University. He and some colleagues recently paid a visit to Storrs to build collaborations with UConn. Previously, he served as dean of the Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication at Makerere University in Uganda.
Rachel (Goldfarb) Lyke ’07 (CLAS) earned her doctorate in higher education administration in 2019 from Northeastern University.
And Gregory S. Bombard ’07 (CLAS), a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on trade secret litigation, business torts, and other complex commercial and intellectual property disputes, was made partner at Duane Morris LLP.
Also, Erik Kleinbeck ’07 MBA has joined Third Avenue Management LLC, a New York–based registered investment adviser, as head of business development.
Also moving onward and upward, Edwin J. Tucker ’08 MBA was named chief medical officer at Mirum Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on novel therapies for debilitating liver diseases.
Amanda Slavin ’08 (ED), ’09 MA, founder of brand consulting firm CatalystCreativ, has published “The Seventh Level: Transform Your Business Through Meaningful Engagement with Your Customers and Employees.”
Saxe Doernberger & Vita, PC, elevated Bethany L. Barrese ’09 (BUS), ’12 JD to partner. Her practice focuses on complex insurance policyholder coverage issues, particularly assessing and litigating bad faith and unfair trade practices claims.
And Katherine A. Donovan ’09 (BUS), a senior audit associate at Whittlesey & Hadley, was named one of the “Women to Watch” by CTCPA Women, an award program celebrating Connecticut’s exceptional CPAs.
Michael Fedele ’10 MBA was named to the 40 Under 40 list by Sports Business Journal, which recognizes the best young talent in the sports business.
Laura Mesite ’10 (SFA), ’11 (CLAS) reports that she has earned a doctorate in human development and education from Harvard University.
Robinson+Cole LLP has promoted Taylor A. Shea ’10 JD to partner. She is a member of the firm’s business transactions and manufacturing industry teams, representing privately and publicly held companies.
Also, Chris Barrett ’10 JD joined Baker Donelson in Nashville, Tennessee, as an associate. He practices labor and employment law. Before entering private practice, he served as a law clerk in the Connecticut Appellate Court and the Connecticut Superior Court.
In other legal news, Kelly A. Scott ’11 JD was named partner at Pullman & Comley, LLC, where she represents clients in all areas of matrimonial and family law.
Meanwhile, Mary S. Connolly ’11 (BUS), an auditor at Deloitte, LLP, and Ilona Gooley ’11 (BUS), an accountant with the Blum Shapiro Foundation, Inc., were named among the “Women to Watch” by CTCPA Women, an awards program celebrating Connecticut’s exceptional CPAs.
Melissa Stern ’11 (CLAS) and Daniel Stewart ’13 (BUS) married in November at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, Florida. The couple first met in 2010 through Greek life (Kappa Kappa Gamma and Sigma Alpha Epsilon) and began dating shortly after graduation when they moved to New York City. Nearly 50 alumni attended the wedding.
Robert L. Truitt ’11 MBA was appointed chief financial officer at AmeriFirst Home Mortgage, a division of AmeriFirst Financial Corp., in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Previously, he was CFO at Flagstar Bank’s mortgage division and held senior roles at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley.
Jonathan H. Schaefer ’11 JD was promoted to counsel at Robinson+Cole LLP, where he works in the firm’s environmental, energy, and telecommunications group.
Attention marketers: Melanie Deziel ’12 (CLAS) published her first book for marketers and creators, “The Content Fuel Framework: How to Generate Unlimited Story Ideas.”
And Samuel F. Blatt ’12 (CLAS), ’19 JD has joined Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C., as an associate attorney.
Sarah Boyle ’13 (CLAS), ’15 MS is a remote traffic coordinator at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut, where she does content scheduling for the SEC, Big South, Southern, America East, Atlantic Sun, Horizon, and Missouri Valley conferences, among other special events and broadcasts, such as the College Softball World Series, the “First Take” sports show, and the “Golic and Wingo” sports talk radio show.
After proposing on Horsebarn Hill when he was a graduate student and she was a UConn police officer, Joseph A. Cichocki ’10 (CLAS), ’14 Ph.D. married Caitlin Farr in November 2019 in Chatham, Massachusetts, in front of a large contingent of alumni. “Caitlin and I now live in Boston and go back to Storrs frequently to walk Horsebarn Hill,” he says.
And Andrew C. Cottiero ’13 (BUS) has joined the Siegfried Group, LLC, in its Greenwich, Connecticut, market as an associate manager. He started his career at RSM, an audit, tax, and consulting firm, and most recently was a senior analyst at PetVet Care Centers.
Congrats to Stephen Schirra ’14 (CLAS), who was named to the 40 Under 40: Class of 2020 list in Connecticut Magazine in recognition of the work done by his charity, Around the Worlds, Inc., to help underserved children. Since 2015, his charity has held free soccer camp programs for more than 5,100 children in 49 countries and indirectly served nearly 60,000 kids through equipment donations and other programming.
Kelvin Roldan ’15 6th Year reports that he has headed to the Ocean State to become deputy state education commissioner in Rhode Island. Previously, he served as a Connecticut state representative from Hartford, becoming deputy majority leader and vice chairman of the budget-writing appropriations committee. Prior to that, he was an advisor to three Hartford school superintendents and two mayors.
Kudos to Daniel Lage ’15 JD, a partner at Ruane Attorneys at Law in the firm’s Shelton, Connecticut, office, who has been named to the 40 Under 40: Class of 2020 list in Connecticut Magazine. Lage specializes in criminal defense law and represents clients discriminated against by employers and the government.
Best wishes to Reed Alexander Goodwin ’15 Ph.D., who married Karen Ruth Dubbin on March 14 at the Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach, Florida. He is a staff scientist in the biology department at Stanford University and she is a biomaterials postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Kimberly Grendzinski ’16 (CAHNR) studied desert and marine landscapes and ecological and social field methods last summer in Baja through a global field course with Miami University. Kimberly, a wild animal keeper at Prospect Park Zoo, lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is a graduate student at Miami.
Jenna Stone ’18 (ED), ’19 MA; Kaylee Thurlow ’18 (ED) (CLAS), ’19 MA; and Lauren Kang ’18 (ED), ’19 MA presented at the annual meeting for the National Council for the Teachers of English in Baltimore, Maryland, in November.
Glynn Johnson ’18 (BUS) is a marketing coordinator at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut.
Jieqiong (Cheryl) Gao ’19 Ph.D. successfully defended her dissertation, “Three Essays of Corporate Finance,” and accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor of finance at New York Institute of Technology.
Miguel Colon ’19 MS is associate director for Community Outreach Programs, Services, and Initiatives at UConn.
Ryan Holland ’19 (ED) is director of women’s hockey operations for Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.
Aimee Loiselle ’19 Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow with the Reproductive Justice History Project at Smith College, won the coveted Lerner-Scott Prize for the country’s best doctoral dissertation in U.S. Women’s History from the Organization of American Historians. The group called her dissertation “Creating Norma Rae: The Erasure of Puerto Rican Needleworkers and Southern Labor Activists in a Neoliberal Icon,” completed under the direction of Micki McElya with Christopher Clark and Peter Baldwin, “a stunningly successful combination of original scholarship, compelling prose, and sophisticated argumentation.”