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August 2017

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In September, the First Presbyterian Church of Hartford, Conn., celebrated the retirement of music director and organist, DIANNE NEY (HARTT) of Hartford, Conn. She has been affiliated with the church for more than 45 years.



The Litsky Legacy family enjoyed a reunion of sorts this summer.  Collectively they represent seven UHart degrees.  In the front are JUSTIN BARCHFELD ’09 (ENHP) of Mahasset, N.Y., AMY LITSKY BRACHFELD ’78 (A&S) of New Hyde Park. N.Y., and ERIC LITSKY ’73 (A&S) of Simsbury, Conn.  In the back are JONATHAN LITSKY  (HILLYER), ’01 (A&S), M’03 ENHP of Naples, Fla., and ANDREW TAYLOR A’09 (HILLYER), ’11 (A&S) of Simsbury, Conn..  Jonathan is holding a future Hawk, Zoe Taylor ’37. 

Habitat for Humanity Board Member Emeritus DONALD H. SHAW (BARNEY) of Granby, Conn., had the opportunity to congratulate homeowner-to-be Yusuf Ahmed at the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project celebration in Edmonton Alberta, Canada, in July. His event recognized Ahmed’s family’s 500 hours of sweat equity in realizing home ownership. Edmonton was Shaw’s seventh Carter project. 




PETER BALDWIN (HARTT) of West Hartford, Conn., had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem before the Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field August 2, 2017. The video is available on YouTube.


Three members of the UHart community were recognized at the University of Hartford’s Faculty/Staff Kickoff in August. They were SHELLEY FISCHER (BARNEY) of Simsbury, Conn., SUSAN ALIBERTI ’93 (A&S) of West Hartford, Conn., and NEAL HUMPHREYS ’02, M’04 (HARTT) of Bloomfield, Conn. Aliberti, a faculty member in A&S, received the Gordon Clark Ramsey Award for Creative Excellence.  Fischer, an office coordinator in the Mathematics Department at A&S, and Humphreys, an assistant director in the Hartt School admissions office, were given Outstanding Staff Member Awards.


MIKE CAIRNS (BARNEY) of San Rafael, Calif., and the San Francisco Theological Seminary, won one of North Bay Business Journal 2017 North Bay CFO awards.  During his career, he was involved with Big Four accounting firms, followed by almost 20 years in corporate finance positions, before moving into the education arena.

BETSY GROSSMAN ROBINSON (ENHP)of Boynton Beach, Fla., has worked as an assigned risk analyst at the National Council on Compensation Insurance in Boca Raton, Fla for the past 12 years. She has had the opportunity to work with many alumni and individuals who have taken classes at UHart, including (left to right in the picture), MICHELLE MOSS ’92 (HARTT) from Boca Raton, Fla., Betsy, TOM DALEY (took actuarial classes in 1986-87) and MARIA SNOW ’95 (A&S) from Delray Beach, Fla.  


KYLE METZGER (HARTT) of New York, N.Y., artistic director for The Glass Eye, brought The Tempest at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford.  The Glass Eye is an up-and-coming production company.  Also included in the production were COLLEEN WELSH ’15 (HARTT) of Windsor, Conn., and VERONIQUE HURLEY ’09 (HARTT) of Wild Wood, N.J.   


Robinson '89

KATHERINE HAMMACK M (BARNEY) has returned to Ernst & Young, LLP as executive director in their government and public sector advisory practice. She previously served more than six years in the Obama administration as secretary for the Army for installations.


God and Starbucks is the inspirational memoir of VIN BAKER of Old Saybrook, Conn. It is sub-titled An NBA Superstar’s Journey Through Addiction and Recovery. He is a former UHart All-American and four-time NBA All-Star. Baker is currently doing television work for the Milwaukee Bucks, is a public speaker on the challenges he has faced, and is a youth minister.


An AP language and English teacher at World Journalism Prep in Flushing, N.Y., SHARI SANDERS (A&S) of West Hempstead, N.Y., was selected as a Big Apple finalist. The Big Apple Award is given to New York City’s most influential teachers, and she was selected from among 8,000 nominees citywide. 







Baker '92
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center of Newark, N.J. has promoted DEBRA L. VOLZ (HARTT) of Kenilworth, N.J. to the position of senior director, creative services. 
The Essex County Soccer (Canada) Hall of Fame has inducted ROSE DALEY (BARNEY) from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, into its 2017 class.  She was a standout player for the UHart women’s soccer team (1990-93) and was twice named an All-American. A prolific goal scorer, she currently stands in third place for both career points (123) and goals scored (50).   

Tony nominee PHILIP BOYKIN (HARTT) of West Orange, N.J., has joined the new Broadway production of Once On This Island, which will play the Circle in the Square Theatre this fall. It is revival of Oliver Award-winning and Tony-nominated Best Musical.


THOMAS MORSELLI M (A&S) of Mahopac, N.Y., had an article, “How to maintain trust in a time of change,” published in The article talks about how leadership manages change.  Morselli is a senior vice president of people operations at PulsePoint.


BARRY SEELEN (HARTT) of Houston Texas is the organist in the jazz/swing/rock band H-Town Collective.  The Houston Press profiled the group ahead of their pair of EP-releases in August.  He has been a part of the music landscape in Houston since 2004.  




Boykin '95

Coming off his highly successful tenure as ringmaster with the Barnum & Bailey Circus, JOHNATHON IVERSON (HARTT) of New York, N.Y., has taken on a unique role as artistic director with Opera de Sol.




ROBERT KRONENBERG M (BARNEY) of Stockbridge, Mass., and his wife purchased the Inn at Sweet Water, a bed and breakfast nestled in the Berkshires in Great Barrington, Mass. More information can be found at, but call for an alumni discount. 





LORNA THOMAS-FARQUHARSON M (A&S), D’06 (A&S) has been endorsed by twon council as a candidate for the West Hartford (Conn.) School Board.


TAKAFUMI ASAKI (CETA), M’04 (CETA) of Hartford, Conn., TIMOTHY BECKER (HARTT), ’11 (A&S) of West Hartford, Conn., DIANA VERROCHI M’14 (ENHP) of Jewett City, Conn., and SUSAN EICHAR D’05 (ENHP) of Hartford, Conn., having joined the faculty at UHart for the 2017-18 academic year. Asaki is an assistant professor in biomedical engineering in CETA. Becker is a visiting instructor in computer science and multimedia web design and program development in A&S.  Verrochi and Eichar have joined ENHP, as an associate and assistant professor of nursing, respectively.



CANDICE BECKMANN (HARTT) od Austin, Texas has a blog that lives on the web site for Beckmann Collaborative, LLC.  It focuses on supporting small business owners with marketing and sales strategies.  It can be viewed at

BRIAN BUGNACKI (BARNEY) of Hebron, Conn., and MIKE LARSON ’07 (EHNP) of Kensington, Conn., recently opened the Alvarium Beer, Co., a brewery in New Britain, Conn.





Former editor of The Informer, JOHN DENNEHY (A&S) of Wading River, N.Y., is now a writer by trade.  He has published his first book, Illegal: A Story of Love, Revolution and Crossing Borders.  It is a memoir, mostly about Ecuador, and is available through most common booksellers.  

Dennehy '05



MICHAEL DELANEY M (BARNEY) of Cheshire, Conn., and KATERINE DONOVAN M (BARNEY) of Suffield, Conn., were re-appointed by the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) to serve as members-at-large on it advisory council.  The Council contemplates the future of the CTCPA and the accounting profession.


The fifth TEDxHartford took place in August and two alumni were the co-organizers of this year’s event.  LEE SIMMONS (A&S) of Agawam, Mass., and LAURA DINAN HABER ’07 (BARNEY) of Kensington, Conn., also played host as eight unique individuals told their story.  Haber works at the Metro Hartford Alliance and is an Alumni Association Board member.  Simmons has established a career in television production.  


ANNIE KERINS (HARTT) of Sutton, Mass., played host to a Boston–area Hartt Theatre Division alumni party held at LIR pub in August. Many alumni were in attendance including (pictured here); ROBIN LaPLANTE ’03 (HARTT) of Randolph, Mass., SHELLY WILLIS FAWSON ’06 (HARTT) of Bedford, N.H, CHRISTINA CLOSS ‘06 (HARTT) of Merrimack, N.H., SCOTT CARON ’12 (HARTT) Shrewsbury, Mass., MARK GAGLIARDI ’11 (HARTT) of Lynnfield, Mass., CHLOE (KOUNADIS) GOLDEN ’15 (HARTT) of Framingham, Mass., JASON HERSOM ’01 (HARTT) Natick, Mass, MICHAEL O’BRIEN ’12 (HARTT)  of Hyde Park, N.Y., MELANIE GUERIN ’04 (HARTT), M’10 (HARTT) of West Hartford, Conn., and JOE DELLA PENNA ’91 (HARTT) of Cambridge, Mass.  


Jazz harpist BRANDEE YOUNGER (HARTT) performed two special shows with her quartet at the Manhattan Jazz Club.  She chose selections from her latest album, Wax and Wane, as well as pieces that pull from the repertoire of Alice Coltrane. Younger is highly respected within the contemporary jazz scene, and her album was placed on several best-of-2016 lists.  


Simmons, Haber


Younger '06











The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra has brought on STEVEN BATHORY-PEELER (HARTT) of Mt. Herman, Mass., to serve as its director. He will oversee approximately 40 musicians ages 18 and under.  Bathory-Peeler will continue in his role as director of orchestras at Northfield Mount Herman School.


MATT FAUCHER (HARTT) of New Hartford, Conn., appeared in the production of Oklahoma that was performed at The Goodspeed Opera House, in East Haddam, Conn.  He played the role Jud Fry.









DAN LIS (HARTT), M’17 (HARTT) has a blog called Composer’s Toolbox.  It is for composers and audiences of today’s music and be found at 

MIKE MILLAN (HARTT) of Bay Shore, N.Y., has joined the cast for the pre-Broadway tour and premiere of Escape to Margaretville. Previews will begin in February at the Arquis Theatre in New York. Escape to Margaretville is a musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and the most loved Jimmy Buffettt classics.

COREY PANE (HAS) of West Hartford, Conn., who became famous for painting the cleats of professional athletes, and Atlanta Braves pitcher SEAN NEWCOMB (2015) of Randolph, Mass., teamed up for a project during MLB Players Weekend  Newcomb asked Paine to paint cleats bearing the likenesses of Braves’ greats.  

Pane '11






The innovative design firm Fox & Soodeen in New York City, co-founded by JOHN P. FOX (CETA) of Trumbull, Conn.,  and CODY SOODEN ’14 (CETA) of Stroudsburg, Pa., are committed to helping solve the problem of environmental degradation that resulted resulted in the lack of clean water for developing countries. They have developed The VH Relief, a device that will pulls water vapor from the air and turns into drinking water. They are currently in the process of fundraising for the project.


Oboeist KEMP JERNIGAN (HARTT) of Gulf Shores, Ala., was a guest artist at the White Mountains Music Festival Grand Finale concerts. They were held as a tribute to Kendall Betts, one of America’s greatest horn players.  Jernigan performs extensively in and around New York City in ensembles varying in size and style.


JOHN BUSQUE (ENHP), D’17 (ENHP) of Manchester, Conn., won the 39th annual Bridge of Flowers 10K Classic held in Shelburne, Mass. He paced the field with a time of 31 minutes, 48 seconds. Busque recently earned his doctorate in physical therapy.



see JOHN FOX, 2012 (CETA)





Fresh off his critically-acclaimed February release, The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door, jazz saxophonist MIKE CASEY (HARTT) of Hartford, Conn., released a new single titled Norwegian Wood recorded live at the notable clothing boutique By Robert James in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y.  In October, 2017, he played at BRIC Jazz Fest in Brooklyn, one of New York City’s top jazz festivals.







Casey '15

NICHOLAS J. MIGIANI M (A&S), C’17 (A&S) of Higganum, Conn., won the 2017 Sailfest Charter Oak Federal Credit Union 5K in New London, Conn.  He completed the race in 15 minutes, 58 seconds, well ahead of the second-place finisher.

MICHAEL DECASPERIS (A&S) of South Windsor, Conn., and ANDRES RAMOS (A&S) of Trumbull, Conn., have joined the University of Hartford Department of Public Safety as officers.  



Cabal '05 

Dustin Gee and ALEX CABAL ’05 (A&S) of Watertown, Mass., were married June 17, 2017 at the Boston Marriott Long Warf in Boston, Mass.  Many alumni were in attendance, includimg (top row); MICHELLE HARDY ’06 (ENHP), AUSTIN GOLDBERG ’04 (ENHP), TIFFANY BERUBE ’06 (A&S), best man ROBERT OSWALD ’04 (A&S); (middle row) CHRIS ANDUJAR ’06 (A&S), Alex and GARY RUBIN ’06 (A&S); and (bottom row) KEITH VALLONE ’94 (HAS), MARLAYNA ANDUJAR ’06 (A&S); RENEE CONCEPTION ’06 (ENHP), TINA ZHEN ’05 (A&S) and AMANDA GEORGE-RYANS ’05 (A&S).  Alex is the director of the Center for Diversity & Social Justice Programs at Wentworth Institute of Technology, while Dustin works at Berklee College of Music as their manager of employer development & engagement.  

Freyer '06
SHANNON FREYER’06 (HARTT) and Sandino May-Smith of North Hollywood were married August 25, 2015 in Brookfield, Conn.  The wedding and reception were held at The Candlewood Inn, and the couple honeymooned in Bali. Freyer is an actor and singer, while Sandino is a film producer. 

Parsonage '15

LAUREN PARSONAGE ’15, (ENHP), D’17 (ENHP) and Brian Weil of Narragansett, R.I. were married Sunday, July 8, 2017 at OceanCliff Hotel in Newport, R.I.  Many alumni attended, mostly those who graduated between 2014-15, although 1973 was represented as well. 

Woodaman '09


BRIAN WOODAMAN '09 (CETA) and CAROLYN GRIME ’11 (ENHP), D’14 (ENHP) of Manchester, Conn., were married April 22, 2017 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.  Brian works in Compuert Technical Support at the University of Connecticut, while Carolyn is a physical therapist at IRS in Hartfrod, Conn.



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Hegarty-Carver '05

Keyo 'M10

Thomas Jude Cikanovich was born August 14, 2107 to KENNETH CIKANOVICH ’05 (BARNEY) and his wife, Mary, of Annapolis, Md.


MEGAN HEGARTY-CARVER ’05 (CETA) and her husband Matthew Carver of Durham, N.C., welcomed a daughter, Naomi Louise Carver on May 30, 2017.  She weighed in at seven pounds, 13 ounzes, and was 21 inches long.


JENNIFER KEYO ‘M10 (A&S) and her husband, Pete, of Collinsville, Conn., welcomed their second child, Samuel Peter Keyo, on July 27.  He weighed in at seven pounds, 11 ounces and joins big brother, Dillon.