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April 2016


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DENNIS SULLIVAN (A&S) of New Britain, Conn., authored and published a memoir, “Irving Street & Other Hartford Memories: 1943-1966.”


PHILLIP BOWLER (HARTT) of Newtown, Conn., opened the seventh season of the Flagpole Radio Café by performing as Phil Bowler and Friends at the Edmond Town Hall.  Bowler is widely respected for his artistry as well as his award-winning program Jazz Adventures.


RON BARISANO (A&S) of New Castle, Del., recently joined the AFLAC family as an associate.  He was also recently highlighted by the Delaware News Journal in a recent article on diabetes.

JEFFREY LADD (HARTT) of Wethersfield, Conn., has been performing for the rock band, Tirebiter, for more than 40 years.  Ladd was part of Tirebiter’s benefit concert held February 27 in support of their bandmate, Gary Gidman, who has been stricken with cancer.


STEVEN HUBBARD (A&S) of Bethel Park, Pa., was ordained by the Assemblies of God in Springfield, Mo., as part of the Centennial Class of the Pennsylvania/Delaware District.  The ceremony was held at Christian Life Assembly in early May in Camp Hill, Pa.

Hubbard '80



JAMES A. SOWELL (BARNEY) of Panama City, Fla., was awarded a certificate and 20-year pin by the AARP for providing free income tax preparation for the elderly through its Tax Aid Program.


ADAM KLABER (A&S) of Mamaroneck, N.Y., was appointed to the board of directors of Brillo, a global and technology consulting company.  Klaber serves as managing director at Weld North, an investment company concentrating on education businesses.

Klaber '83


Cabrini College named CHERYL HARAD-PILCHIK (BARNEY) of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. as an associate professor.



STEPHEN COLLINS (HARTT) of South Glastonbury, Conn., was named the executive director of the Hartford (Conn.) Symphony Orchestra.  Since 2014, he has been HSO’s director of artistic operations and administration.


MARC LIEBOWITZ (A&S) of Lawrence Township, N.J., has joined CFO Consulting Partners as a director and head of the firm’s insurance and risk management practice.  He has more than 25 years of senior financial management experience in commercial insurance.




GARA FIELD (A&S), M’93 (A&S) of Meredith, NH, has accepted a position as the director of global learning at the Moses Brown School in Providence, R.I.  One of the most respected public school educators in Rhode Island, she has been at Pleasant View Elementary School since 2011.  Field is widely credited with spearheading the turnaround efforts at the long-struggling school by promoting innovation and creating a culture that was embraced by teachers, students and families.

Field '91




Sullivan, Scheffen, Kloc, Maloney '94


RICAHRD CANGRO M’93, D’04 (HARTT) of MacOmb, Ill., was selected as the new conductor for the Quincy (Ill.) Area Youth Orchestra.  He also recently traveled to Myanmar as one of the first U.S. music educators to provide professional development to the music teachers there.


A gathering of alumni and their spouses was held in April at the home of WALTER KLOC (BARNEY) of Greenvile, R.I.  Also in attendance were TED MALONEY ’94 (WARD) of Newton, Mass., GARY SCHEFFEN ’94 (WARD) of Parsippany, N.Y., and JOHN SULLIVAN ’94 (A&S) of Glastonbury, Conn.


Owned by LAUREN DELISA (BARNEY) of Cromwell, Conn., La Piastra won Best of Hartford Magazine 2016’s Gourmet Meals to Go.






SAGAR KURADE M (BARNEY) of New Delhi, India has been chosen as the new President of the Food Processors Association (AIFPA).  Kurade works with Suman Project Consultants Pvt Ltd in various positions, a leading consultancy in India dedicated to the food processing sector.




FAITH MONTAPERTO-WARD (HCW) of Monson, Mass., along with her husband, Anthony Ward, are performing musicians and artists and own a very successful photography business, Artshealinghearts Studio.  The two were married on September 7, 2013 in a coffeehouse-style wedding. 




of New York, N.Y., is the director of business development at Eternal Noise, a production house in New York City.

Montaperto-Ward '97


ECKART PREU GPD (HARTT) of Spokane Wash., conducted a pair of Masterworks concerts in February at the Tennessee Theatre for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.  The concerts presented the music o0f Strauss, Mozart, Higdon and Prokofieve.


ANDREA VARGAS M (BARNEY) of Scotch Plains, N.J., was named President of the schools division at Catapult Learning, Inc.  The former CFO will manage the expansion of the company’s alternative education, dropout recovery and special education schools programs.




JEANNINE NONAILLADA (ENHP) of New Hyde Park, N.Y., received her PhD in social work, with a concentration gerontology from Fordham University.

Hands portrait artist SARAH PAOLUCCI (HAS) of Hartford, Conn., was featured in The Hartford Courant as a prelude to her work being displayed at ArtWalk at the Hartford Public Library in April.

Paolucci '02


MATTHEW J. BROOKS (HARTT) of Harrisonburg, Va., conducted the Northern Neck Orchestra (Va.) in May.  In August, he will join the full-time music faculty at Shasta College in Redding, Calif. where he will direct the student orchestra, teach music theory, ear training and keyboard skills courses.

SALVATORE “TORY” VERDI M (ENHP) of Ann Arbor, Mich., was named the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  He spent the last four seasons at Eastern Michigan University.




MATT YOUNGHANS (ENHP) of Nanuet, N.Y. was tabbed as the 2016 New York State Secondary Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State.  He is the assistant principal at Clarkstown High School South where officials say he strives to continue his approachable and consistent leadership style, while maintaining and expanding relations first developed at the middle school.

BRET O’NEIL A’04 (HILLYER), (BARNEY) is now spearheading sales and business development efforts on the West Coast  for a startup called “Plugless” based in Richmond, Va.  The company is the first in the world to do wireless (inductive) electric vehicle charging.  

PETER CORDEAU (BARNEY) of Goshen, Conn., was named to the permanent CEO position at Sharon (Conn.) Hospital.  He was appointed interim CEO the previous November.


MARIA J. QADRI (CETA) of Highland Park, N.J., spoke at the America Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to discuss student-driven science policy activities at the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science & Engineering (CASE) Workshop.

Cordeau '09
Actor and theater performer CORINNE COSTA (HAS) of Cherry Hill, N.J., a.k.a Cori “Lady” Main, was featured in an article for her role as a cosplayer.  Cosplay is a mixture of playing a character and wearing a costume.  
Costa '10
“Voids,” a film written by KYLE RODGERS (A&S) of Naugatuck, Conn., made its debut at Spotlight Theaters in Hartford, Conn. on April 24.  The film, told through still images, featured The Hartt School students and alumni as actors.
Rodgers '14

The Boston Children’s Theatre named AUSTIN DAVY (HARTT) of Beverly, Mass. as its musical director.  Most recently, he has written orchestrations for its new musical “Caps for Sale.”

NICK EINSTEIN (HARTT) of Basking Ridge, N.J. is working as an assistant at Jungle City Studios in Manhattan, one of the top recording studios on the east coast.

Professional dancer and choreographer KIRSTEN SCHRANZE (HARTT) of Plymouth, Mass., was featured by in an alumna profile about a former student from Plymouth North High School.




Schranze '15




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