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July 2017

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Arbors of Hop Brook in Manchester, Conn., held a concert in July honoring pianist Maestro Luiz de Moura Castro, professor of piano at The Hartt School. A number of UHart alumni performed at the event. They were: PAUL BISACCIA (HARTT) of Hartford, Conn.; ALEX NAKHIMOVSKY ’85 (HARTT), M’88 (HARTT) of West Hartford, Conn.; DAVID CARRIDO CID M’01 (HARTT), GDP’02 (HARTT); and TAMILIA AZADALIYEUA M’04 (HARTT), GDP ’03 (HARTT).  The concert benefitted Parkinson’s disease research.




LogiLube, provider of Big Data predictive analytics solutions for the wind energy and power industries, announced that it has added former GE Wind Energy and Clipper Wind power executive LARRY WILLEY (CETA) of Laramie, Wyo., to its Strategic Advisory Board. He will help the LogiTube team strategically guide the company as it introduces its new SmartParticle IoTCM technology to the global wind energy market.









The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has appointed JOHN E. HENRY (HARTT) of Weston, Mass, to its board of directors. He has been principal at MarlinSpike, LLC since August 2009, providing business and legal consulting services to early-stage companies and investor groups.



The Ellsworth Public Library in Ellsworth, Maine, hosted an exhibit of landscape paintings by JENNIFER BLAKE (HAS) of Hulls Cover, Maine. She is celebrating 30 years as an artist this year. Visit to see more of Blake’s artwork.


Beanstock Coffee Roasters on Cape Cod in Eastham, Mass., is owned by JOHN SIMONIAN (A&S) of Eastham, Mass. His business plays a prominent role in the fabric of his community and has supported events like the Wellfleet Oyster Festival. At UHart, Simonian was recruited to play lacrosse, graduated with a degree in respiratory therapy, and worked in the marketing field in New York City before moving to Cape Cod.     

DAVE CHRISTENSEN (CETA) of Harwinton, Conn., a partner at Cantor Colburn LLP, was recognized as a Next Generation Lawyer by “Legal 500 United States 2017.”     
In its August 2017 issue, the Boca Raton Observer published a feature story on STACEY MARKOWITZ (BARNEY) of Boynton Beach, Fla. The story focused on Markowitz’s battle with multiple sclerosis, and the resulting efforts by her young daughter, Samantha, to establish a charity, titled Children 4 a Good Cause, to help people struggling with the disease.    

RUSSELL SHANNON, PhD, (CETA) of Ocean Gate, N.J., was selected as an Associate Technical Fellow by the United States Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). He has been recognized as being within the top three percent of all engineering and scientific personnel working for NAVAIR.


The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) has reappointed MARIE G. KULESZA, CPA, M (BARNEY) of Plantsville, Conn., to serve as a member of its advisory council for the organization’s 2017­18 activity year. The Council serves a sounding board and source of information for the CTCPA Board of Directors. KuLESZA is also an assistant professor at Central Connecticut State University. 


The Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Burlington, Vt., a part of Southeastern Vermont Health Care, has appointed DR. JAMES POOLE (ENHP) of Shaftsbury, Vt., as its medical director. He has been a hospitalist at SVMC since 2008 and a member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians since its inception in 2012. 


Horn player HANEEF NELSON (HARTT) of Windsor, Conn, had an article published in the Hartford Courant regarding his work in launching the Paul Brown Jazz series. For three years in a row, he has run the Hartford Jazz Society’s vibrant Monday night jam sessions at Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford, a tradition that celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.  Nelson’s ensemble opened its current season July 10.


MIKE STEWART (HAS) of Yongsan-gu, a district of Seoul, South Korea, is celebrating five years of bringing art classes to Seoul, South Korea at Jankura Artspace. He opened his studio and academy in 2012 and has been providing English instructed art classes, life drawing sessions, and studio spaces there to both Korean and expat artists. The studio was named after Stewart’s high school art teacher. 

Kulesza '99

Nelson '99

Stewart '99



Four local alumni were among those named in the “40 Under Forty” list compiled by the Hartford Business Journal. They were: PATRICK LANGEVIN (A&S) of Bloomfield, Conn., individual giving liaison at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts; KRISTIN INGRAM M’06 (BARNEY) of Windsor, Conn., director of graduate programs in accounting at UHart and IDH CEO; JACOB HUNTER M’09 (ENHP) of Wallingford, Conn., manager of orthopedics and sports medicine at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare; and LAURA DePERGOLA M’16 (BARNEY) of Windsor, Conn., financial consultant with LPL Financial.










St. Stephen’s Parish in Warwick, N.Y., welcomed THE REVERAND RICHARD MARRANO (A&S), ’05 (HARTT) of Bronx, N.Y. as its parochial vicar. He was ordained in 2014 and previously served as parochial vicar at St. Rose of Lima parish in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. 


Alumni Association Board Member KAITLIN WALSH, PhD, (A&S), M’04 of Windsor, Conn., is now an instructional designer in the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Conn. She works with faculty to apply best practices in course design and technology use in online, blended, and face-to-face courses.  


DOUG BIELMEIER (HARTT) of Indianapolis, Ind., has released his first album under the Ravello Records label. It is titled Betty and the Sensory World. The album focuses on concrete recognizable sounds, such as church bells, among the vast array of processed and synthesized material that dominates the work.





Contemporary artist and part-time school teacher LIZ SPRING M (ENHP) had her artwork displayed at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (Torrington, Conn.) in July as part of its auxiliary’s Artist of the Month program. A portion of the proceeds for the sale of her work supported the CHH Auxiliary and CHH.   


CNA of Chicago announced the appointment of ROBERT THOMAS M (BARNEY) of Higganum, Conn., to fill the newly created role of senior vice president, claim analytics, finance and operations within the company’s worldwide P&C Claim organization. Most recently, he served as senior vice president and chief P&C actuary at The Hartford.






Illustrator LAERTA PREMTO (HAS) of Wethersfield, Conn., showcased her work in a wine and art exhibit in August at Max Fish in Glastonbury, Conn. The collection was inspired by her travel adventures and love of the ocean. To see more of Premto’s work and to access her travel blog, go to  








MARET BONDOREW  (HAS) of Pawtucket, R.I., is working as an illustrator for Frog & Toad Press, a small stationery company in Providence, R.I. The company, which produces items such as greeting cards, patches, pennants, and anything else that stirs the imagination, is known for its wit and tenderness.

Alumna CHELSEA NORWICH (HAS) of Nesconset, N.Y., was a prop fabricator and model maker for “Gulliver’s Gate,” a 49,000-foot interactive miniature display located in Times Square in New York City. It features landmarks from around the world, including Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia, New England, and New York City. The meticulously detailed miniatures include working traffic lights, moving cars, trains, boats, people, and running water.  Norwich works for Brooklyn Model Works.    



SARAH JORDAN (BARNEY) of Suffield, Conn., has joined the Polish National Credit Union as a marketing specialist. Her responsibilities will be focused on communications, marketing and public relations campaigns, community relations, and website management. 









NICK MIGANI (A&S), C ’17 (A&S) of Higganum, Conn., won the 2017 Sailfest Charter Oak Festival Cred Union 5K race July 9 held in New London. He ran the race in 15 minutes, 58 seconds, well ahead of the second-place finisher.




In July, Newman’s Own announced it Class of 2017 Fellows. Among them is CAITLIN SMALLFIELD (BARNEY) of Auckland, New Zealand, who will fellow at Newman’s Own Foundation in Westport, Conn. She played soccer for the Hawks.  


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APRIL CHOINIERE ’04 (A&S) and her husband, Charles Monfett, of Holyoke, Mass., enjoy their newborn son, Bradley, born November 23, 2015. April is a social worker for an elder service agency, while Charles is a police Sargent.  

MEGAN ZAVALA ’05 (A&S)and Mike Zavala of Burbank, Calif., welcomed a daughter, Poppy Close Zavala, on April 4, 2017. She weighed in at nine pounds and was 21.5 inches long.  

MATT SOLLECITO A’07 (HILLYER), ‘09 (BARNEY) and JENNY (POLLEDRI) SOLLECITO A’08 (HILLYER), ’09 (A&S) of Bloomfield, N.J., welcomed a daughter, Gabriella, on April 28. She weighed in at six pounds and was 19.5 inches long.  Matt works at IPG in the finance department, while Jenny is employed at Heart Magazines in the digital department.