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Abstract painter SUSAN SHARP (ENHP) of Easton, Conn., had a solo exhibit of her work displayed at the Beth Urdang Gallery in Boston, Mass., May 24 to June 24.



HERBERT MILLER (BARNEY) of Austin, Texas, was recognized by the Hamden (Conn.) Education Foundation on May 16 as one of Hamden High School’s distinguished alumni.  His career successes have spanned both business and academia.  He worked at IBM for 21 years and received numerous awards for sales and marketing excellence.  He was also a professor at the University of Texas at Austin for 32 years.  A favorite among students due to his unique teaching style, Miller has an endowed scholarship named for him and was selected by Alcalde Magazine as one of the “Top Professors on the University of Texas campus.”  His successes also has received recognition in the form of a House Resolution from the Texas State Legislature.    




The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) honored THOMAS O. BARNES (BARNEY) of Bristol, Conn., at its 90th Anniversary Award Banquet April 20 in Hartford, Conn.  He is chairman of the board for Barnes Group, Inc., and a Barney School of Business Hall of Fame member.     




DAVID MACBRIDE (HARTT) of Bloomfield, Conn., received the Humphrey R. Tonkin Award for Scholarly and/or Artistic Creativity at the 2017 Commencement Ceremonies.  He is a professor of composition and music theory at the University.


Cape Cod Community College has awarded DR. DELORES BIRD M (A&S) of Mashpee, Mass., a Golden Apple Award.  The honor, awarded for outstanding professionalism and dedication to student success, was given at ceremonies on March 9.


ALAN HOWARD M (BARNEY) is retired after serving 37 years in municipal government in five different communities in Connecticut.  His last two positions were that of town manager in East Hampton (1982-2007) and city manager in Norwich (2007-15).  After retirement, he was granted a life membership in the ICMA.


PERRY GORDON M (A&S) of Oxford, Ohio, recently retired from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  He will continue his commitment to public service as the property/evidence manager for the City of Oxford Police Department.



LINDA WALSH M (BARNEY) of Arlington, Va., was named to the Washington, D.C., 2017 Super Lawyers list in the practice areas of Energy and Natural Resources and Utilities.  She serves as senior counsel in Husch Blackwell’s Energy and Natural group.  Only up to five percent of attornies per jurisdiction are named Super Lawyers.



STEVEN ZOPFI (HARTT) of Puyallup, Wash., served as the conductor for this past spring’s Adelphian Concert Choir’s spring tour.  The Adelphian Choir is an acclaimed student ensemble who perform up the West Coast and on into Canada.  The tour has received a great deal of media attention due, in part, to Zopei’s growing reputation as of the leading young conductors in the Pacific Northwest.  He is director of choral activities and associate professor of music at the University of Puget Sound.



FullCell Energy has promoted FRANK WOLAK M (BARNEY) of Granville, Mass., to vice president, sales-Americas.  He was placed into the newly created position after managing government sales and business development with utilities for the company in the United States.  The new position encompasses all aspects of commercial efforts including sales, business development, project development and marketing.


ROBERT ABRAHAM M (BARNEY) of Cliffside Park, N.J. was hired as senior vice president, team leader, asset based lending, with Lakeland Bank.  He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry and was most recently a first vice president with IDB Bank in New York City.


The web site, (New York Foundation for the Arts) profiled the film, The Saxophonist: A Short Film by Andre’ Joseph, featuring BEAVIN LAWRENCE (HARTT) of Brooklyn, N.Y.  A professional tenor saxophonist, who is also an assistant jazz ensemble instructor at Brooklyn College, played the character of Lonnie in the film.  


The Torrington (Conn.) High School Athletics Hall of Fame recognized their 2017 class in April and ANDREA BONNETTI STEWART ND (A&S) of Torrington, Conn., was among the honorees.  She was a three-sport athlete at THS.  



Great Sky Solar, a worker-owned and democratically run cooperative in the solar installation industry, and founded by MICHAEL MONROE (A&S)of Somerville, Mass., won the coveted Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston Home Award for PV-Solar design.


ADNAN BUTT M (A&S) of San Francisco, Calif., has joined Guggenheim Securities as managing director.  He joined Guggenheim on the Healthcare research team, specifically focusing on biotechnology companies.  Butt came to Guggenheim from RBC Capital Markets, where he was a biotechnology analyst.  



JILIN BAI M (A&S) of Lake Hughes, Calif., was recogonized as a 2017 Top Doctor in Santa Clarita, Calif.  He is a general practitioner affiliated with the Pacific Alliance Medical Center.  Bai is not only known for his clinical excellence, but also for his patient centric approach to medicine.  Top Doctor Awards specializes in recognizing and commemorating the achievements of today’s most influential and respected doctors in medicine.   




SHARON LORETTE GAUTHIER (ENHP), M’07 (ENHP) of Avon, Conn., owns a nursing practice and established the first statewide advocacy service in Connecticut.  She considers nursing her “calling” and has found a way to bring it to another level.    





Laticrete promoted SEAN BOYLE M (BARNEY) of Rocky Hill, Conn., to vice-president of marketing. He originally joined Laticrete in 2001 as a product manager and, most recently, was a senior director, marketing and product management, directing the development and commercialization of more than 40 new products.  Boyle has been a member of the company’s executive strategic planning team.   



2005 profiled artist SCOTT LaBOSSIERE ND (HAS) of Hartford, Conn., in March  Titled Hartford’s “Master of Murals,” the article dealt with the artist’s career as a public artist and the potential perils to his craft due to time and physical change.


BOB RICHARDSON (A&S) of Rochester, N.Y.,graduated in May from SUNY-Brockport with a master’s degree in public administration.  Carrying a 4.0 GPA, he was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for public administration, and founded a student chapter of the ICMA. 


Richardson '05



Communication and theatre alumna TIFFANY BERUBE (A&S) of Westwood, Mass., appeared in a Progressive Insurance commercial.  In the spot, her character was pulled from Flo’s “magic apron” as an example of the personal touch in helping to insure small businesses.  It can be keyworded on YouTube.   


COLIN HOWARD (HARTT) of Somerset, N.J., presented as part of Make Them Hear You, a celebration of African American Musical Theater from the 1920s through to the present.  It was held at New York City’s Metropolitan Room in February.  An experienced actor, Howard’s credits include roles in Miss Saigon, Rent, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, DreamGirls, Showboat and Tommy.

Berube '06



Artists MARIA DOERING (HAS) of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and FIONA CHINKAN (HAS) of Princeton, N.J., have been awarded the Anne Reeves Artists Residency at the Arts Council of Princeton in Princeton, N.J.  They will work collaboratively on drawings entitled Shared Energies: Cells, Souls and the Fluidity Between.  The month-long residency resulted in an exhibition that that ran for a month at Taplin Gallery in Princeton.   


Doering '07

Chinkan '06



RYAN BARBER (BARNEY) of Landing, N.J., runs The Barber Shop Studios where, earlier this year, Sorority Noise recorded their critically-acclaimed third album, You’re not as _____ as you think.  Sorority Noise includes alumni CAMERON BOUCHER ’15 (HARTT) of Hooksett, N.H., and ADAM ACKERMAN ’15 (CETA) of Medford, N.J.     


Former Hartford basketball standout and assistant coach JARET VON ROSENBERG (BARNEY) of Rockwell, Texas, was named head men’s basketball coach at Texas A&M-Commerce.  He has eight years of collegiate coaching experience, including assistant coaching stints the past two years at UHart, and the previous two years at Commerce.  Von Rosenberg scored 1,021 points in his three years (2006-09) starring for the Hawks.


DR. RACHEL WADDELL (HARTT) of Fairlawn, Ohio, has been appointed director of orchestral activities of the music department at the University of Rochester. 


Barber, Boucher, Ackerman



AARON CHRISTIANSEN (CETA) of Seymour, Ind. Is enjoying a career as a quality assurance engineer II for Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing in Columbus, Ind.


Alumnae JEVAUGHN SMITH A’08 (HILLYER), (A&S) of Hartford, Conn., and STEFANIE PERSICHILLI A’10 (Hillyer), ’12 (A&S), M’14 (A&S), C’15 (A&S) of Cromwell, Conn., won Success Academy Charter Schools Excellence Awards.  The awards recognize school staff who best demonstrate the Success community values of excellence, teamwork, humor, and ownership.  Smith is currently an education manager at Success Academy Bronx 4, while Persichilli is a school psychologist at Success Academy Bronx 4 middle school.   

Smith '11

Persichilli '11



NIDA HAMEEDI (ENHP) of Lenexa, Kan., began an internal residency July 1 after graduating from Ross University School of Medicine in May.





Coltland Souvenir Shop is an exhibit at EBK Gallery in Hartford created by STASS SHPANIN (HARTT) of Philadelphia, Pa.  It is an exhibit dedicated to the Hartford’s Samuel Colt, taking elements of his legacy and mixing them up in absurd ways with things that had nothing to do with Colt.





FRANKLIN GALLO D (HARTT) of Monessen, Pa., recruited a group of talented community singers and instrumentalists to perform Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” at St. Patrick’s Church in Urbana, N.Y. in March.  In addition to serving as its organizer, he was also the conductor.  Gallo is the music and liturgy Director at St. Patrick’s.


NEMATULLAH HAIDARI M (CETA) of Kabul, Afghanistan, was recently appointed as the deputy minister for administration and finance of Ministry of Public Works for the Government of Afghanistan.  He was part of a group former President Harrison fondly referred to as “student professors” from Herat University.  The program in which Haidari was involved proved to be one of the most successful capacity building programs for higher education in Afghanistan.   


An evolving musical talent, Jazz artist KRISTINA KOLLER ND (HARTT) of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., brought her timeless and contemporary style to Rosemary and Vine in Rye, NY, in late March.  She is an individual vocalist who enjoys performing standards and straight on jazz, but also reinvents classical material with her unique style.


KATELYN O’SULLIVAN A’11 (HILLYER), (A&S) of Boston, Mass., was the subject of an article that appeared in detailing her decision to run in her first Boston Marathon.  A senior account executive at the Regan Communications Group, she ran to support Massachusetts Fallen Heroes.   


Haidari '13

Koller '13



Soulskin Dance’s Satin and Swing returned to San Francisco for a fourth season with MARGOT HODENFIELD (HARTT) of San Francisco, Calif., as a full company member.  Following graduation from UHart, she moved cross-country where she danced with Sarah Bush Dance Project and Danse Lumiere, as well as taught at several studios in Berkeley.  In addition to dancing, Hodenfield (a.k.a. Margot Lena) has done magazine modeling and acted in several independent short films. 











JUWAN CRAWLEY (HARTT) of Hartford, Conn., has been cast as the understudy for the role of the Genie in Broadway’s Aladdin.  Landing this role came on the heels of a role in the off-Broadway hit, Spamilton, where he was also featured in the cast recording.  Crawley was also cast this year in Found, an off-Broadway musical that was remounted in Philadelphia.   


PARNIAN EMAMI (A&S) of Sterling, Va., was the subject of a Hartford Courant article in April that profiled her with the headline, “I’m Not Giving Up on America.”  In part, the article talked about her celebrating the first day of spring which, in the Persian culture, translates to “a new day.”  


Crawley '16

Emani '16


Hawk Hatchlings

Stuart '08

Brand '02, '04

KATIE ELLIS STUART ’08 (Barney) of Hopedale, Mass., and her husband, Tom, welcomed their first child, Violet Saunders Stuart, on November 19.  She was six pounds, 14 ounces and 19 inches long. 



PAUL BRAND ’02 (CETA), (A&S) and his wife, MARY KATE BRAND ’04, M’14 (ENHP), welcomed their third child, Remy Finn Brand, on May 1.  He was seven pounds, three ounces and joins siblings Whimsy and Grady in the Brand household.