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December 2016

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Bloomfield (Conn.) mayor JOAN GAMBLE (HAS), M’72 (HAS) of Bloomfield, Conn., illustrated two books, Stories for the Watermouth Parts I and II, last summer for adults who are learning to read.  She has done restoration and original art for the Sacred Parish in Bloomfield, Conn. and Brothers of the Sacred Heart in Rhode Island


CLARK SMIDT (A&S) of Andover, Mass., a media business advisor, reflected on the impact “The Concert at Fantasy Park” had on changing radio formats.  His thoughts appeared in early December in



The Watertown (Conn.) Art League hosted a pastel demonstration by award winning artist CHRISTINE IVERS (HAS), P’08 of Meriden, Conn. in November.  She has worked in advertising for 40 years, and has had her works placed in private collections throughout New England.  Also a teacher, Ivers has also dedicated herself to helping others to hone their talents in order to better express themselves in the medium they prefer.



Massachusetts Congressman RICHARD NEAL M (BARNEY) of Springfield, Mass., has been appointed to Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Committee.  The dean of both the Massachusetts and the New England Congressional delegations, Neal was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1988.   



Farmington, Conn., men’s soccer coach STEVE WATERS (ENHP) of Unionville, Conn., received the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance prestigious Gold Key Award for athletics excellence.  His teams have won State titles five of the past eight years.  Waters played sweeper at UHart (scoring 13 goals as a junior and senior), and was later drafted to play in the MISL with the Philadelphia Fever.   



The town of Fairfield, Conn., has hired DAVID KELLEY (A&S), M’10 (BARNEY) of New Hartford, Conn., as its information technology director.  He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and holds a FEMA National Incident Management System certificate.



DR. YULIA LANDA M (A&S), D’02 (A&S) of New York, N.Y., was featured in the Fall ISPS-US (International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis – US Chapter) newsletter.  She is director of cognitive behavioral therapy for the psychosis program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry. 


Florida Hospital has named ROBIN McGUINNESS M (ENHP) of Tampa, Fla., as the regional chief clinical officer for the West Florida Region.  She will continue to serve as the vice-president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Florida Hospital Carrollwood. 


KIMBERLY ZIMMERMAN ND (HAS) of Farmington, Conn., had her 12’ suspended sculpture installed and dedicated in November at the new Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford hospital.  She has been a docent at Wadsworth Athenaeum for 16 years, and an art programs teacher for the state of Connecticut and Hill-Stead Museum.




Newtown Superintendent DR. JOSEPH V. ERARDI, JR. D (ENHP) of Watertown, Conn., has been selected the 2017 Superintendent of Year by CABE/CAPSS (Connecticut Association of Boards of Education/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents).  He has served as superintendent of multiple public school districts throughout Connecticut, including Southington, Watertown, and Bolton, before arriving in Newtown in 2014.  He presided over the opening of the new Sandy Hook School last fall.  


ELLEN FAGAN M (HAS) of Greenwich, Conn., had a solo exhibition of her works of saturated blue paintings on paper, titled Into the Blue, featured at Real Arts Ways, in Hartford, Conn. from mid-November to mid-February.  Fagan is artist/owner of ODETTA Gallery in Bushwick, N.Y.  One of the sculptures that was originally created for her Gallery, Kurt Steger’s 20’ work titled Scribing the Void, was acquired by Coach, a leading New York design house for the opening of its newest flagship store, Coach House, on fifth avenue in New York.  


COLIN BRITT (HARTT) of Wilton, Maine, was the musical director for a holiday-themed burlesque-inspired show titled “MAMA D’S Christmas Stocking” that ran at the Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, Conn., over the holiday season.  His musical credits also include “Company,” “Chicago,” “Cabaret,” “The Last Five Years,” “Singin in the Rain,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Joseph,” all staged at theaters in Connecticut and Maine.


BARCLAY TUCKER M (HAS) of Lyndon, Vt., who has been serving as a local Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), will now serve as a counselor to the State President who presides over the Church throughout Vermont. 



KYMBERLY–ANNE DESCHAMPS (UNIVERSITY STUDIES) of Broad Brook, Conn., reached the round of 16 in a “North America’s Top Snowmobiler” contest conducted by  She was the only woman among the group.


The MetroHartford Alliance has hired LEAH FIREBAUGH (HARTT) of New Britain, Conn., as a digital marketing communications consultant.  She will be charged with building on the Alliance’s integration of digital assets including social media platforms and its web site.  Firebaugh previously worked at The Bushnell in Hartford, Conn.


JOHN QUALTERS (HARTT) of Waltham, Mass., was a cast member in the touring production of “Kinky Boots” this past fall.  


JOHN BUSQUE (ENHP) of Manchester, Conn., joined an ultra-elite field of runners at this past fall’s Manchester Road Road Race in Manchester, Conn., and turned in his second consecutive strong finish.  With a time of 23:31, he finished 27th among more than 11,000 runners.  In 2015, Busque was 17th with a time of 23:15.


Saxophonist and composer MIKE CASEY (HARTT) of Hartford, Conn., released his debut album, “The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door.”  It was recorded in early 2016 at the prestigious Side Door in Old Lyme, Conn.  Although the album is Casey’s formal introduction, he has been fixture on the jazz scene since leaving UHart.  He began touring to present the album in late January. 


Making his marathon debut in early December at the California International Marathon, CHAZ DAVIS (A&S) of Grafton, Mass., set a new American record in the T12/B2 visual impairment category with a time of 2:31:48.  It came just three months after representing the U.S. at the Paralympics in Rio.  Davis’ time in California was 29 seconds faster than Paralympian Gold Medal winner El Amin Chentouf’s time in September.


ANGEL EDUARDO MUNOZ (CETA) of Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico has joined as a broadcast engineer.  He was a part-time freelancer for NBC Sports and was in Rio for the Olympics this past summer.  Munoz completed his degree in Audio Engineering Technology in three-and-a-half years. 




CAMILO GARCIA ’14 (CETA) and Leesha Mallant were married Nov. 6 in Palm Beach, Fla. The couple honeymooned in Italy.  The bride works in guest relations and support for a financial firm in Manhattan, N.Y.  The groom is the owner of DS Architecture LLC in Palm Beach, Fla., and DS BIM in Manhattan, N.Y.  The couple reside in Manhattan, N.Y.