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September 2015


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Weddings Hawk Hatchlings: Births and Adoptions





THOMAS DeVITA (ENHP) of Acton, Mass., was elected chair of the board of trustees of the New York Chiropractic College in June. A private practitioner, he has been a member of the board since 2004. Previously, he served a nine-year term on the Massachusetts Board of Registration and Examination.






MICHAEL L. TAYLOR (BARNEY) of Milford, Conn. is assistant vice president of indirect lending  at Connex Credit Union.




JEFFREY WOLF (A&S) of Scottsdale, Ariz., was named to International Who’s Who Legal: Franchise 2015.


Gayle Geier-Mulligan '88

GRETA FERKEL (HARTT) of Chicago, Ill., joined Adler University as its executive dean of the new global campus. She has enjoyed a 15-year career in higher education services.


PATRICK DELPY (BARNEY) of Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China, leads Scytl’s business development efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. Scytl is the world leader in electoral modernization.

GAYLE GEIER-MULLIGAN (BARNEY)of Hebron, Conn., was profiled by Reminder News and the Hartford Courant for her lifetime of public service to her community. After serving for many years in local government positions, she has been elected to her first term as a state representative.


BRIAN SEELIG (M, BARNEY) of Medford, N.J., was named vice president, global operations, at Weller Corporation.



KIMBERLY DRAGONE (HAS) of Middletown, Conn., published her original artwork in two publications, 500 Tangled Artworks: A Showcase of Inspired Illustrated Designs and The Beauty of Zentangle: Inspirational Examples from 137 Tangle Artists Worldwide.


DENISE M. PETERSON (ENHP) of Middlebury, Conn., was named vice president, professional nursing practice and quality, and chief nursing officer at Saint Francis Care. 


JOSEPH SYLVESTRO (CETA) of Avon, Conn., vice president of manufacturing operations at Pratt & Whitney, was one of three national manufacturing leaders who were invited to spotlight their company at a White House Supply Chain Innovation Roundtable in July. In February, Sylvestro was chosen by Penny Pritzker, U.S. secretary of Commerce, to serve on the Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council.  





DANIELLE WOZNIAK (C, A&S) of Wilton, Conn., was appointed dean of the College of New Rochelle School of Arts & Sciences.





MARCUS GIORGI (M, BARNEY) of São Paulo, Brazil, is a vice president, field marketing, at CA Technologies in Latin America and the Caribbean. CA Technologies is one of the largest independent software corporations in the world.




KERRY GOULDER (nd, 1992–94, HAS) of Scarborough, Maine, has signed a licensing agreement with Sizzix, a company that creates products for artistic enthusiasts. Her Kid Giddy pattern die cuts are featured on the company’s website.   



Sandra Jeknavorian '96


Heather Weindorfer-Izzi '97


SANDRA JEKNAVORIAN (HAS) of Norwich, Conn., is the recipient of the Distinguished Service in Art Education Award, presented by the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven.  A professor at Three Rivers Community College, Jeknavorian has exhibited her work in many venues, including Studio Soto in Boston, Mass., and the D.C. Arts Center in Washington, D.C. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the United States Department of the State, and two of her pieces are installed in the United States Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia.


HEATHER WEINDORFER-IZZI (A&S) of Hatsboro, Pa., was profiled in the Bucks County Courier Times following her induction into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in August. She was one of six alumni who were inducted: Larry Francoise ’71 (BARNEY) of Salt Lake City, Utah; John Graham ’77 (A&S) of Promfret Center, Conn.; Chris Calling ’82 (BARNEY) of Morehead City, N.C.; Mary-Jane Besselink-Bravakis A’91, ’93 (HILLYER, A&S), of Kingston, Ontario, Canada; and Kelly Penwell-Landino ’94 (ENHP) of Westbrook, Conn.     


ANN MARIE MULHEARN SAYER (HARTT) of Northport, N.Y., published a sequel to the popular children’s book Caps for Sale, by renowned author and illustrator Esphyr Slobodkina, in honor of the book’s 75th anniversary. The sequel, More Caps for Sale: Another Tale of Mischievous Monkeys, uses illustrations created by Slobodkina before her death in 2002. 



FRANK KOSIBA (BARNEY) of Boston, Mass., is a senior sales consultant, representing the New England market, for Businessolver, a benefits technology solutions company.


Kristen Harris '02

KRISTEN HARRIS (A’00 HILLYER, A&S) is director of college readiness supports in the central office of the New York City Department of Education. She oversees districtwide college and career-readiness initiatives and counselor professional-development training.     


SUSAN HACKETT (C, ENHP) of Proctor, Vt., is principal of Christ the King School in Burlington, Vt.


Joseph Priestley '11

STERLING GARCIA (BARNEY) of Douglassville, Pa., was named development officer for the National Council of LaRoza. He was the subject of an extensive blog profile on the organization’s website in August.


STACY CHAMBERS (D, ENHP) of Tallahassee, Fla., is executive director at Florida State University Schools, a K–12 developmental research school that works in partnership with FSU.

JOSEPH PRIESTLEY (A&S) of Harlem, N.Y., is a sports teacher at the Success Academy Bronx 3 in Bronx, N.Y. Part of the school’s mission is that scholars attend and graduate from college. As each classroom is named after the lead teacher’s alma mater, Priestley is decorating his “University of Hartford” classroom with UHart apparel.



EBIERE AWUDU (M, A&S) of Abuja, Nigeria, is among the inaugural group of fellows selected by the Newman’s Own Foundation.


GEMMA SANCHEZ (HAS) developed the design for a Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission publication, The Role of State Government and Latino Media in Natural Disasters & Statewide Emergencies. The report was provided to the governor and other state legislators to ensure that the state’s Spanish-speaking population is informed. 






McLeman and Pelliccione '10


AMANDA McLEMAN ’10 (CETA) and CHRISTOPHER PELLICCIONE ’10 (A&S) of Middle Island, N.Y., were married on Oct. 5, 2014, in Bolton, Mass. The bride is a research director for a national media/publishing company. The groom, who earned his PhD in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology, is a postdoctoral researcher for Brookhaven National Laboratory.     





Hawk Hatchlings:
Births and Adoptions


Kelly Moses Axtell '99


KELLY MOSES AXTELL ’99 (ENHP) and her husband, Richard, of Bedford, Mass., welcomed the birth of their son, Spencer Linwood, on June 29, 2015.



Denice Garrett '07


DENICE GARRETT ’07 (ENHP) and Jermal Anthony of Windsor Locks, Conn., announce the birth of their son, Kennedy D. Garrett, on April 1, 2015.