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October 2015


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Weddings Hawk Hatchlings: Births and Adoptions





DAVID McBRIDE (HARTT) of West Hartford, Conn., had his composition “Flam” premier at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in San Antonio, Texas, on Nov. 11. JOSEPH VAN HASSEL D’11 (HARTT) directed the piece, which was performed by the University of North Carolina Pembroke Percussion Ensemble.



JOSEPH A. KALISMAN A’83 (HARTT) of Fort Wayne, Ind., is celebrating his 30th season as a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He recently accepted an administrative position in its Education Department managing the Youth Symphony program.


CHRISTOPHER HODGSON (BARNEY) of Hollis, N.H., was elected vice president of the New England Water Works Association, the region’s largest and oldest not-for-profit organization of water works professionals. Hodgson is vice president and New England regional manager of DN Tanks of Wakefield, Mass.


DERRICK BAILEY (A&S) of Stuart, Fla., has joined the medical team at Physicians Immediate Care in Jensen Beach, Fla. Physicians Immediate Care is the largest provider of urgent care services in Florida’s Treasure Coast region.




JAMES ROVELLA M’83 (A&S) (BARNEY) of Wethersfield, Conn., gave a presentation at the annual Presidents’ College Symposium on the University of Hartford campus in October. Rovella, whose topic was community policing, is chief of police for the City of Hartford.


DAVID CULLEN (HARTT) of Reading, Pa., performed the first solo faculty guitar recital at Millersville University, where he is a guitar instructor. The Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist is also artist in residence at Elizabethtown College.




DEBRA PALERMINO M (BARNEY) of Westbrook, Conn., was promoted to senior vice president of corporate human relations at MassMutual. She has been with MassMutual since 2006.



MARK BOXER (Engineering) (A&S) of Glastonbury, Conn., joined Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. and other advocates to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Boxer, who is CIGNA’s global chief information officer, and other attendees at the Oct. 8 event at CIGNA in Bloomfield, Conn., called for the need to expand job opportunities for people with disabilities.




VICTOR MARQUES (BARNEY) of Trumbull, Conn., was appointed senior vice president at U.S. RE Corporation, the reinsurance brokerage subsidiary of U.S. RE Companies. Marques, who has more than 25 years’ experience, was formerly executive vice president for BMS Group, Ltd.



MICHAEL MORRIS M’07 (BARNEY) of Glastonbury, Conn., was promoted to managing director, operations and finance, at the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority.



DEREK HARDING (HAS) of Fall River, Mass., was named the coordinator of visual arts at Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Mass. In his new position, he will teach students to think creatively, combine technology and the arts, and bring the arts into better collaboration with other academic subjects.


Valentine '93

KELLY VALENTINE (HARTT) of Wayne, N.J., participated in the Hartford Marathon in support of her nephew, Nicholas Brierley, who is battling cancer. Valentine was part of the Running for Nicholas Team. The family’s story was profiled in the Hartford Courant (Oct. 9, 2015).


PHILLIP BOYKIN (HARTT) of Montclair, N.J., and fellow Tony Award nominee Carollee Carmello joined Cheyenne Jackson on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City in November for a concert of classic songs from Broadway musicals. Boykin sang favorites from “Porgy and Bess” and “Show Boat.”

JEREMY HARE (A&S) of Philadelphia, Pa., has launched Apollo Search Partners LLC, his new executive sourcing, staffing, and recruiting firm. Hare will serve as president and managing general partner of the firm.


 DAVID CARTER M (BARNEY) of North Granby, Conn., executive vice president of middle market at The Hartford, has been named to the Greater Hartford Arts Council Board of Directors.


ANDREW CHAN (BARNEY) of Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China, was named managing director of YGM Trading Ltd. Formerly an executive director of the company, Chan has extensive experience in international brand licensing and fashion retailing in the Far East, the United States, and Europe.

ELANA “LONI” HERSCH M’05 (ENHP) and AMIEL “AMY” HERSCH ’04 (ENHP) of Orangeburg, N.Y., recently visited campus with their four children, Miach, 6; Zev, 3; Noa, 1; and Yael, 1. Loni is a physical therapist at Mount Sinai/St. Luke’s Medical Center, while Amy, a rabbi, is an associate director at Camp Ramah in Nyack, N.Y.




LUIS COLAN (HAS) of Astoria, N.Y., has published his first book, Luis Colan: Plein Air 2012–15. Colan takes his inspiration from the beauty he sees in everyday life. He has a 2016 solo exhibition, Magnitudinem, at the Dacia Gallery in New York City.





The alumni-dominated group, Bronze Radio Return, recently released its fourth album, “Light Me Up.” The first video and title song from the album made its exclusive premiere online on the Wall Street Journal’s “Speakeasy.”  Alumni in the band are keyboardist MATTHEW WARNER (HARTT) from So. Glastonbury, Conn., drummer ROB GRIFFITH ’07 (HARTT) from West Hartford, Conn., guitarist CHRIS HENDERSON ’07 (HARTT) from Hartford and bassist BOB TANNEN ’07 (CETA).  Patrick Fetkowitz and Craig Struble are the other band members.



HOLLY BESSONI-LUTZ M (ENHP) of Farmington, Conn., was appointed director of hospice and palliative care at Hartford HealthCare at Home.  In that role, she will oversee and direct all services of the hospice/palliative care program.  Bessoni-Lutz has held a variety of clinical and leadership positions in her 30 years in nursing.



MARTY VOELKER M’07 of Wheaton, Ill., was named the 2015 Illinois Secondary Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association.  The award recognizes exemplary contributions, service and achievement by one IAEA member annually.

RICHARD YURIS M (BARNEY) of Middletown, Conn., the CFO of Ferazolli Imports of New England, was a finalist for CFO of the Year by, a publication of the Hartford Business Journal.







SHANI HADJIAN (HARTT) of Baltimore, Md., earned a starring role as the Wicked Witch of the West in a production of The Wizard of Oz playing at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. in May.

CARRIE ATLA DECHAMPLAIN (HARTT) and MATTHEW DECHAMPLAIN (HARTT) of Wethersfield, Conn., debut their first Jazz album together in two shows at the Palace Theater Poli Club in Waterbury.

JONAS HAMPTON (CETA) of New Britain, Conn., has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials to be held in Los Angeles in February.  He also won the Hartford Marathon in October.

ANDREW GOLDSTEIN (HARTT) of Olympia, Wash., has cofounded Emerald City Music, a new chamber music series, along with violinist Kristin Lee.

KEVIN HARRIS (BARNEY) of Naugatuck, Conn., joined MahoneySabol & Company as a tax senior.
JOSEPH ABAD C (HARTT) of Bristol, Conn., ANDREW BARNHART M (HARTT) of Davis, Calif., MAX SCHWIMMER M (HARTT) of Scottsdale, Ariz., and ANTHONY SPERANZA ’10 (HARTT), C’12 (HARTT) of Vernon, Vt., are members of the classical chamber music ensemble, Asylum Quartet. The group became the first saxophone quartet to receive honors in the 12-year history at the 2014 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition.  They won the grand prize and gold medal.    

JUSTIN GLODICH M (HARTT) of Montgomery, N.Y., authored an article that appeared in the December issue of Choral Journal, a publication of the American Choral Directors Association.  It is titled “Vocal Percussion in Contemporary Choral Music.” 

WENDY MARTINSON M (ENHP) of Rocky Hill, Conn., was named program director at the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging.  She will be responsible for program development and care coordination.

KRISTIN ZECHER (BARNEY) of Merrick, N.Y., released an app on iTunes called “Aura Rating.”  It finds farm-to-table restaurants in the five boroughs of New York.  She is also a field consultant for TouchBistro which is an iPad software program used by restaurants.
AMBER BEPKO B (A&S) of Guilford, Conn., has joined the Northeast Conference in Somerset, N.J., as a member of the media relations staff.  She will be the primary media contact for specific sports and implement online video.

ETHAN BOURDEAU (CETA) of South Hero, Vt, and KEVIN ZHENG (CETA) of Colchester, Conn., won the Hallberg Foundation Award from the Institute of Noise Engineering.  They presented aspects of their work, accessing pedestrian noise levels in New York City, at the international noise conference, INTER-NOISE 2015, held in San Francisco in August.

BENJAMIN COHN (A&S) of Springfield, N.J., was featured in the popular TimeOut New York’s “The Undateables” section.

ASHLEY CROCE (HARTT) of Peabody, Mass., began her post-graduate professional career by returning to Hartford to join the cast of “Rear Window” at Hartford Stage.  She plays a young, recently married woman in the ensemble, which included veteran actor Kevin Bacon.  PHOTO 

CARLY GLENN (BARNEY) of Chicago, Ill., presented the New York debut of her film “Bark Mitzvah,” at the Chelsea Film Festival.

CONOR HAMILL (HARTT) of Newington, Conn., landed the leading role in “Third” staged at TheaterWorks in Hartford.

SARAH KAWALEK (HARTT) of South Easton, Mass., starred in the Fiddlehead Theater Company’s production of the classic musical West Side Story.  She played the part of Velma.

KIMBERLY NOTO (BARNEY) of Norwich, Conn., was promoted to director of campaign management and analytics at Mohegan Sun.





Croce '15



Harrison '01



BYRON WILLIAM HARRISON ’01 (CETA) and Brian Alexander Klinksiek, of London, England, were married October 16 at Salvage One, an event space in Chicago. Harrison designs the acoustics of performing arts buildings for Charcoalblue, a theatre design firm. Klinksiek is the director of European investment research and senior vice president in the London office of Heitman, a Chicago-based real estate investment firm.



RICHARD OWEN MORGAN ’02 (A&S) (HARTT) of New York, N.Y. married Caitlin Tara Street of Stonington, Conn., at the Watch Hill Chapel in Watch Hill, R.I. in October.  The groom is a lieutenant commander in the Navy; the bride is a clerk in the chambers of Judge Bianco in Central Islip, N.Y.

Zimmerman '03



ELIZA ZIMMERMAN ’03 (HAS) and Adam Theroux of Providence, R.I., were married September 19 in Jamestown, R.I.  Alumni attending the wedding included MICHAEL D’ARCY ’03 (HAS), AMY STAFFIERI SAARI ’03 (HAS), ABBIE CALO ’03 (HAS), KATHERINE LABNON LaFLEUR ’03 (HARTT), MATT LaFLEUR ’03 (HAS) and DAVID VERLEGER ’03 (A&S).

 Engel '07



LAURA ENGEL ’07 (A&S) and ROB GRIFFITH ’07 (HARTT) of West Hartford, Conn., were married August 22 at The Bushnell in Hartford, Conn. Laura is a recruiting manager at Robert Half Technology in Hartford, Conn., while Rob is the drummer for the popular band Bronze Radio Return.  The wedding party included Theresa Dolan ’06 (BARNEY) of Cromwell, Conn., Elise Boutin ’08 (HARTT), Elizabeth McConaughy ’08 (HAS), John Phillips-Sandy ’07 (HARTT), Cory Sims ’08 (HARTT), Julian Freeman ’07 (BARNEY) and Thomas Caffrey ’07 (US).

 Shortino '09



NICHOLAS SHORTINO ’09 (CETA) and MELISSA LEHM SHORTINO ’09 (A&S) of Westminster, Colo., were married at Lionscrest Manor October 3 in Lyons, Colo. SARA MURRAY MADISON ’09 (CETA) was the matron of honor.  Melissa is a brand manager for a medical device company, while Nicholas is a fire- sprinkler designer.

 Genovese '10/Yonskie '09



STEPHANIE GENOVESE ’10 (HARTT) and ROBERT YONSKIE ’09 (HARTT) of North Miami, Fla. were married September 20 at West Hills Country Club in Middletown, N.Y.  Alumni who were members of the wedding party include Maid of Honor TRACY FUNK ’02 (HARTT), Best Man CODY RYAN ’10 (HARTT), ANDREA RICE ’10 (HARTT), ALDEN CAPLE ’10 (HARTT), NICK PALAZZO ’10 (HARTT), DAVE MARMANILLO ’10 (HARTT), SHANI HADJIAN ’09 (HARTT), and KATIE BRUESTLER '09 (HARTT). DAVID J. MADORE '01 (HARTT) provided the music for the ceremony. Robert is using his theatre training to help coach public speakers on how to communicate a script; Stephanie is working in the regional therater circuit. Most recently, she played Electra in Broward Stage Door's production of "Gypsy."


Hawk Hatchlings:
Births and Adoptions




 Hemmings '06



William Jay Cushing Ginsberg was born October 20 to JESSICA CUSHING ’06 (US) and David Ginsberg of Granby, Conn.

Saige Annmarie Stewart was born September 12 to DAILEANN HEMMINGS '06 (ENHP) M'11(ENHP) of Manchester, Conn.

 Suissa '12


Sarah Rose Suissa was born July 7 to NICOLE SUISSA ’12 (A&S) in Harrisburg, Pa.