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September 2016

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Hawk Hatchlings    Weddings




DONNA INFANTINO (HAS) of Branford, Conn. had an exhibition of work displayed at the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library in Stony Creek, Conn. in October.  The mediums of her work include oils, watercolor and charcoal.

Infantino, '71

Davis, '75

Wocoski, '75


The HONORABLE ROBERT N. DAVIS (A&S)of St. Petersburg, Fla., a judge for the United State Court of Appeals for Veteran Affairs, has been elevated to the position of Chief Judge at a “passing of the gavel” ceremony in Washington, D.C. in October.  


JOE WOCOSKI M (BARNEY) of Gathersburg, Md., was chosen as the English language winner at the 2016 Winners of Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest.  The story, “The Last Master of Go,” is now in publication.  



NICOLETTE BANBURY (A&S), M’98 (A&S) of Marlborough, Conn., has authored an article titled, “Case Study: Play Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for Pediatric Single Incident Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Developmental Regression.”  It was published in the International Journal of Play Therapy in July, 2016.


WILLIAM MAY M (HAS) of Staunton, Va., had his 9/11-inspired paintings shown at the Black Swan Book Store in Staunton this past fall. 

ALLAN CONWAY (HARTT) of Manchester, Conn., was the subject of a “Conversation” published in The Journal Inquirer in Sept.  The piece profiled his role as music minister at the United Congregational Church on the Tolland, Conn, green.  It detailed Conway’s 50 years of experiences playing the piano. 





Soprano JOLIE ROCKE BROWN (HARTT) of Houston, Texas, was the featured performer for the “America My Home…” Recital held at The DeLUXE Theater in Houston, Texas.  The concert benefited Texas Southern University opera.  Brown is a visiting associate professor of music there.  



JAMIE McCARTNEY (HAS) of Brighton, UK, had her work displayed as part of Brighton Photo Fringe.  His exhibition, titled “Bra Spangled Banner,” features national flags made from images of hundreds of volunteers in their underwear.  Ten percent of sales was donated to Breast Cancer Research in the UK.  Jamie works across several disciplines including sculpture, installation and experimental photography.  


Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the appointment of STUART VORCHEIMER A’89 (HILLYER), (BARNEY) of Wayne, N.J. as senior managing director and market president.  He will be responsible for directing a team of private bankers helping to build the Bank’s wealth, and lending and deposit business, while serving commercial businesses in the Northern New Jersey area. 

McCartney, '91

Vorcheimer '89



This past fall, JEANETTE ZYKO (HARTT) of Harrisonburg, Va., joined the faculty of James Madison University School of Music as assistant professor of Oboe.





DAN BLANCHARD M (ENHP) of Storrs Mansfield, Conn., is an award-winning author, speaker and educator, as well as a parenting expert, life coach, columnist, veteran of two military branches, two-time junior Olympic wrestler, and two-time junior Olympic coach.  He is a member of the Special Education Advisory Board to the Connecticut Department of Education.  Blanchard has published two books, “Feeling Lucky” and “Feeling Good.”  



Sixty-five paintings by DONNA FESTA M (HAS) of Bangor, Maine, were exhibited at the prestigious Pen and Brush Gallery in New York City this fall.  


1998 reviewed the new release, “Beloved,” from alto saxophonist KRIS ALLEN (HARTT) of West Hartford, Conn.  The CD release is a follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut release, “Circle House.”  The former Jackie McLean protégé’s new CD features Allen’s signature qualities of clarity, lean, lithe lines, inventiveness, swing and artistic balance. 



Horizon Technology Finance Corporation appointed DANIEL R. TROLIO M (BARNEY) of West Hartford, Conn. as their vice-president and interim chief financial officer.  He has been in charge of the company’s accounting functions as well as tax and financial reporting.  






The College of Education & Rehabilitation at Salus University in Philadelphia, Pa., has named DR. JASON J. BARR (A&S) of Metuchen, N.J., Dean.  He was previously associate dean in the School of Education at Monmouth University in N.J.  


ELANA “LONI” HERSH (ENHP), M’05 (ENHP) and AMIEL “AMI” HERSH ’04 (ENHP) of Orangeburg, N.Y., visited campus with their four children, Micah, Zev, Noa and Yael.  Loni is a physical therapist at Mount Sinai/St. Luke’s Medical center, while Ami, a rabbi, is an associate director at Camp Ramah in Nyack, N.Y.  (Note: Name spelling corrections from the fall, 2016 issue of the Observer).  







LAUREN LARSON (CETA) of Gales Ferry, Conn., has been promoted to construction program manager, moored training ship, at Electric Boat.

JESSICA FINE SOWALSKY A’05 (HILLYER), (A&S) of Bathesda, Md., has joined the Division of Information Technology at the University of Maryland as part of the Learning Technology Strategy Group.  Her position involves working with the campus community to engage instructors in forward thinking use of technology to facilitate formal and informal learning. 
RYAN SPEEDO GREEN (HARTT) of Tallahassee, Fla., currently playing the lead in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of La Boheme, was a guest on the popular NPR show “Fresh Air” in September.   In addition, his leap from a troubled childhood to opera’s grandest stage is the subject of a book titled Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music and Family by Daniel Bergner.  

Former Hawks’ cross country runner and track performer, STEFANIE LOMBARDI (ENHP) of North Providence, R.I., is among the North Providence Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016 honorees.  The former All-Division, All-Class and All-State high school performer led the UHart cross country program for three years and is the school’s record holder in the 1,000 meters for indoor track. 

HOLLIE LYKO (HAS) of Fayetteville, N.C., has begun her MFA in studio at Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

Lombardi '10




ALLISON LITERA (HAS) of Ludlow, Mass. has recently switched roles at The Springfield Republican (Mass.) newspaper from advertising assistant to content curator/page designer, where she designs pages for the paper’s weekly local sections.  She is also a part-time caricature artist, drawing at weddings and local events across Western Mass. and Northern Conn.  Litera also dabbles in freelance writing and photography. 


Trinity has announced the hiring of KEYOKAH MARS-GARRICK (BARNEY), M’16 (BARNEY) of North Stonington as assistant women’s basketball coach.  She starred for the Hawks as they earned postseason berths each of her four years in the program, including NCAA tournament appearances in 2010 and 2011.  Mars-Garrick was a graduate assistant coach following her playing days.




After serving as a Project Inclusion Freeman Conducting Fellow for the Chicago Sinfoniette last year,KALENA BOVELL M (HARTT), GDP ’15 (HARTT)of Los Angeles, Calif., has been promoted to assistant conductor.  





Co-Producer RYAN CASEY M (A&S) of Bristol, Conn., has created and directed a television series pilot titled “Gener’s People” shot in numerous towns in Conn.  The show is a dark comedy that tells the story of an up-and-coming business, Gener’s Juice Bar, at the forefront of the ‘90s juicing boom in a small, conservative town.   


SUSANNAH STRONG M (HAS) of Exeter, R.I., won a $25,000 MacColl Johnson Fellowship from the Rhode Island Foundation’s to pursue work on a graphic novel.  She is the first graphic novelist to receive the fellowship.  Her novel, “Moth,” is the story of twin sisters who are separated when a tragic fire in a circus tent kills their parents.




Novakowski '06

Davis '08

LISA (BELVAL) NOVAKOWSKI ’06, M’08 (A&S) C’09 (A&S) and Paul Novakowski of Thomaston, Conn. were married August 27 at Rosedale Farms in Simsbury.  The bride is pupil services specialist for the Connecticut Department of Corrections.  The groom is general manager at Nova Metal Finishing.  Alumni in attendance at the wedding included ALEX ’08, M’10 (BARNEY) and JON COURY ’08 (A&S) of Simsbury, Conn, AMY (SULLIVAN) KIMEK ’05 (BARNEY) of Woburn, Mass., MICHELLE MARIANO ’07 (ENHP) of Norwalk, Conn., MALLORY (RAPOZA) REIS ’05 (A&S) of Johnston, R.I.  


COURTNEY (GOMEZ) DAVIS ’08, M’10 (ENHP) and Catherine Davis of New Haven, Conn., were married September 10 in Chicago, Ill.  Gomez-Davis is a Physical Therapist with Rehab Solutions, LLC, while Davis is The Director of the Alive Program at the Foundation for Arts and Trauma.  There were about 20 Alumni in attendance including ALEX COURY ’08, M’10 (BARNEY) of Simsbury, Conn., JAMIE McCABE SOUTH ’08 (BARNEY) of San Francisco, Calif., and LATASHA JARRETT RAINEAULT ’08, M’10 (ENHP), IKEA WITT ’07 (A&S) of Troy, N.Y.  Coury officiated the wedding.


 Hawk Hatchlings

KRISTY PIRES ’11 (A&S) and MICHAEL PIRES (A&S) ’10 announced the birth of their daughter, Kinsley Pires, on December 9, 2015 in San Diego, Calif.