Class Notes Online

July 2016




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STEPHEN LAWRENCE THOMSON (A&S) of Hilo, Hawaii, been an adjunct professor at Hawai’i Community College and since 2003.   He has authored a book, titled “Dialogues and Contemplations in Thought, Meaning and Life.”

Gregson '70


The works of ROBERT GREGSON (HAS) of Orange, Connecticut were part of an exhibit at Five Points Gallery in Torrington, Conn., in July and August  The thrust of his work, described as clever, witty and fun, is to bring people together through their life experiences. 



Musical America Worldwide selected DAVID KATZ (HARTT), AD’84 (HARTT), M’89 (HARTT) of Danbury, Conn., as one their “Top Professionals of the Year” for his work founding and sustaining The American Prize, the national nonprofit competitions in the performing arts.  He has also gained notable success performing “Muse of Fire,” Katz’s acclaimed one-man play about the “black art” of conducting and Charles Buck, The Hartt School’s former director of orchestral activities.

Bronze Radio Return, with front man CHRIS HENDERSON (HARTT) of Hartford, Conn., released its new single, “Only Temporary,” from its latest album “Light Me Up.”  The group made its recordings at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, Texas.  

Katz '77


Somers '80

SHELLEY SOMERS M (ENHP) of Norwalk, Conn., is the new principal of Middlesex Middle School in Darien, Conn., beginning with the 2016-17 school year.  She has been the principal of Central Middle School in Greenwich, Conn., since 2009.


 Lutz '81

Farmington, Conn.,-based Motorlease has promoted longtime employee BRADFORD LUTZ A’77 (WARD), (A&S) of Farmington, Conn.,to Vice President.  He has been responsible for the design and development of its leasing program for the past 30 years.  Lutz will continue to oversee technology, but also be responsible for customer support. 


SUSAN HANJIAN (HARTT) of Waterbury, Conn., was the 2016 Outstanding Music Educator given by the Connecticut Music Educators Association.  It is the top award provided by the organization, which represents hundreds of teachers from throughout the State. 



Hanjian '82



BRENT HAZZARD M (BARNEY) of Sandy Hook, Conn., has been named head of structured finance at Citizens Commercial Banking.  He joined Citizens from GE Capital.  Based in Boston, Mass., Hazzard will lead a team that is charged with establishing, building and maintaining relationships with senior leaders at investment banks, private equity funds and other intermediaries for senior secured financing opportunities greater than $20 million. 










SETH McCLELLAN (HARTT) of Crete, Ill., has directed a documentary about Dr. Martin Luther King and the Chicago Freedom Movement titled “KING IN CHICAGO.” 

McClellan '00



The university relations team at the University of Maryland has added DIANA FORBUS (A&S) of Columbia, Md., as its development coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Studies. 


STEVE FRENCH (HARTT) of Silver Spring, Md., was the in-studio announcer for the new “Match Game” that aired this summer on ABC television.  


French '03



BOKANI MTENGI (CETA) of Arlington, Va., earned a Ph.D in material science engineering from Howard University in May, 2015.  She is now working as an Electron microscope specialist for a biology research laboratory in Virginia.  Mtengi teaches at an after-school STEM enrichment learning center for girls.


Gordon '05








Daye '06, Haber '07, Bakkaloglum '09


MICHELE GORDON (ENHP) of Chapel Hill, N.C., has joined the Portland (Ore.) Clinic as an occupational therapist.  She specializes in treating upper extremity injuries.  Gordon is new to the Northwest. 



MARLENE KURBAN M (BARNEY) of Bristol, Conn., has received national recognition as a top-10 finalist for the Killer Nashville Claymore Award.  Her novel, “Under Suspicion,” is a thriller about a woman abducted while on vacation in St. Maarten.  The Killer Nashville Award competition seeks to recognize authors who exhibit masterful writing prowess, and who can captivate an audience with a good story.  Kurban is currently a business development consultant and freelance writer with a background in behavioral health.


DANIEL DAYE (BARNEY) of Hartford, Conn., LAURA DINAN HABER ’07 (BARNEY) of New Britain, Conn., and MEHMET BAKKALOGLUM (BARNEY), M’09 (BARNEY) of West Hartford, Conn. were among named 40 Under Forty 2016 by the Hartford Business Journal in Hartford, Conn.  Daye is managing director of the Hartford Region Open Choice Program for the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC).  Haber is director of investor events for the MetroHartford Alliance.  Bakkaloglu is the chief financial officer for OFI. 



 Artists FIONA CLARK CHINKAN (HAS) of Brooklyn, N.Y. and MARIA DOERING (HAS) of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, are working together in a collaborative residency project titled “Shared Energies: Cells, Stars and the Fluidity Between.”  The two had exhibited together for many years in New Jersey and Connecticut under the show title “Retrospective on Intimacy.”  For the first time since 2007, the two recently reunited in the studio at the Inverness County Centre in Nova Scotia for the Arts to work on the large-format drawing project.








BRANDT NIGRO M (A&S), C (A&S) of Baltimore, Md., has been named assistant swimming coach at Marshall University.  He joins the Thundering Herd after two seasons as an assistant coach at University of Maryland-Baltimore County. 



SEAN McKNIGHT (ENHP) of Ridgefield, Conn., joined Joint Chiropractic in San Antonio, Texas, as a staff doctor.  He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College in 2012 and work in New York City for a time before relocating to San Antonio.  



Nigro '09



ALYSON MACKLER (A&S) was a talent wrangler for “Match Game,” which aired this summer on ABC television.  In that role, she was part of the talent department and assisted the show’s celebrities during their time at the studio.  Most recently, Mackler worked on the Meredith Viera Show and the Tony Awards.  She also has worked on CBS’s 40 Hours, NBC’s Peter Pan Live and Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special.



Mackler '11


ADRIAN PRZYBYTEK A’08 (HILLYER), (A&S) of New Britain, Conn., has been certified as a Registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists (NRCM).  He is a Laboratory Technician II at Avista Pharma Solutions in Agawam, Mass.  The certification attests to his knowledge and skills in pharmaceutical and medical device microbiology testing laboratory.






ALLISON SILVERSTEIN (A&S) of Naples, Fla., was named a marketing associate at E. Sue Huff & Associates.  Her responsibilities will focus on social media, press releases and various other data-related tasks.







Wilayto '13



CAITLIN WILAYTO (HARTT) of Pepperell, Mass., starred as “Roxy” in a production of Chicago at the Mac-Haydin Theater in Chatham, N.Y., in July.  One of her side jobs while at UHart was working at the merchandise booth at the Broadway production of Chicago, and her first job out of college was at the Mac-Haydin Theater. 




Former UHart pitcher ALEX GOUIN (BARNEY) of West Orange, N.J., who played for the Rockland Boulders of the independent Cam-Am League, had his contract purchased July 5 by the Arizona Diamondbacks.  He was assigned to the organization’s Class A affiliate in Hillsboro, Ore.



Avid Marketing Group welcomed EMILY TRACEY M (BARNEY) of Glastonbury, Conn., to its team as a senior analyst.  She will analyze the effectiveness of clients’ shopper marketing programs.  Previously, Tracey worked as a research analyst for LIMRA in Windsor, Conn., where she focused on research in the financial services industry.



Soprano NADIA AGUILAR REGALADO (HARTT) of West Hartford, Conn., won the “American Opera Idol 2016” title in July.  The competition, held in the shadow of the University at the Pond House Café in West Hartford’s Elizabeth Park, featured nearly 60 contestants from around the world. 

 Regalado '15

CHAZ DAVIS (A&S) of Grafton, Mass., competed this summer in Rio as a member of the United States Paralympic Track and Field Team.  In early July, he took top billing in the 5,000-meter run at the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Trials in Charlotte, N.C.  Davis also won his section of the 1,500-meter run.  He lost his vision as freshman, suffering from a rare disease (LHON) that destroys the eyes’ optic nerve.  


Davis '16


Carillo '08, MacTaggart '06

Fennelly '95

 Steneri '08, Morrow '08

Nathanson '09

JULIANA CARRILLO ’08 and ANDREW MacTAGGART M’06 were married July 30 at Wood Acres Farm in Terryville, Conn.  Alumni GREG MELLOR ’06, M’10, KERRY HASSELL ‘06, VICKI MAKKAS ’08, M’10, MAYA STOJAN ‘08, ZEYNEP SERDER M’06, MATT ORCUTT ‘00, ALISON ORCUTT ‘00, and HEIDI HINGAM ‘11 were in attendance.  The couple live in West Hartford.  The bride works at Prudential, while the groom is employed at Pratt & Whitney. 


Jason Rosencranz and WILLIAM FENNELLY ’95 (HARTT) of Philadelphia, Pa., were married July 9 at the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia.  The ceremony included Jewish, Quaker and Roman Catholic traditions.  Jason is a client management director for the global business travel division of American Express.  William, an associate professor of theater at Drexel University, is also a freelance theater director.  


NICOLE STENERI ’08 (HAS) and ANDY MORROW ’08 (HAS) of Avon, Conn., were married in Florida, May 7, but came together with friends for a larger celebration that took place May 28 at La Notte in Windsor, Conn.  The bride is the creative director at GO Media in Hartford, Conn., while the groom is the creative director for Norcom Mortgage and Insurance in Avon, Conn.  Twenty six UHart Alumni were in attendance.  In addition to the couple, the following alumni attended: DAVE CARRIER; MONICA SCHEINER ’10; LIZ McCONAUGHY ‘08; JOE RONALTER ’06; MICHAEL DIONE ’08; ARIANA BASS PIKE ’10; JOSH GILLMAN ’08; JORDAN PIKE ’09; JONATHAN GEARY ’06; ROBERT PLATT ’71, M’77; JOANNE PLATT M’80; DAN FOWLE ’05; CHRIS HENDERSON ’07; RYAN BARBER ’06; BARBARA MORROW ’00; THOMAS MORROW M’81; DOMONIQUE BEDBUEY ’08; TERRY MARSELL ’14; ERIN KELLY A’09, ’11; KEN KULAS ’04, M’06; CYNTHIA STENERI M’08; LIZ HART ’94; MATTHEW STENERI ’07, M’09; and WES HORBATUCK M’00.  


DANA CHERYL NATHANSON ’09 (ENHP) of East Rutherford, N.J. and Alexander Harold Rosenthal were married July 24 at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, N.J.  The bride is a first-grade teacher at Crescent Elementary School in Waldwick, N.J., while the groom is a real estate associate at the New York law firm Shearman & Sterling.