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June 2017

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ELAYNE MARHOLIN (HAS), of East Hartford, Conn., a.k.a., LAYNE, had her paintings showcased as part of the Essex Art Association Exit Gallery exhibit titled “When the House Needs Cleaning I Paint” in June.  The EAA Galley is located in Essex, Conn.   



The 2017 Bulkeley (Conn.) High School Athletics Hall of Fame class was announced and includes two UHart alumni.  They are JAMES PINTO (ENHP), M’69 (ENHP) of Wethersfield, Conn. and DANIEL GASPAR ’78 (Barney) of S. Glastonbury, Conn.  Pinto played and coached men’s golf for the Hawks, while Gaspar played and coached men’s soccer. 






Published novelist SUSANNE DAY A (HCW) of Glastonbury, Conn., presented a one-day writing workshop titled “Using Our Voice for Others” at the Mark Twain House & Museum.  

JON MATTLEMAN M (ENHP) of Belmont, Mass., retired in July as director Needham (Mass.) Youth Services after 24 years of service.  He was profiled by  



HAI Group, a national provider of innovative solutions tailored and affordable housing industry, appointed EDMUND MALASPINA (CETA) of Prospect, Conn., interim President and CEO.  He joined the HAI Group in 1991 and was most recently the chief marketing officer responsible for business development, corporate marketing, and enterprise strategy, as well as industry initiatives and market intelligence.  



VIRGINIA HOERLE M (ENHP) of Bloomfield, Conn., was hired as principal of Oliver Ellsworth School in Windsor, Conn.  She was formerly principal at John F. Kennedy School in Windsor, Conn.  Hoerle has been an educator in the Windsor community for nearly 20 years.  


LOU D’ANGELI (A&S) of Las Vegas, Nev., is the vice-president of marketing and public relations for Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.  

The Connecticut Society of Certified Accountants (CTCPA) has honored STEPHEN J. LaROSA, CPA M (BARNEY) of South Windsor, Conn., as co-recipient of the 2017 Jack Brooks Leadership Award.  He is senior director, state and local tax, with Alexion Pharmaceuticals in Cheshire, Conn.  

D'Angeli '95

LaRosa '95


Middlesex Community College dean of academic affairs STEVEN MINKLER (A&S), M’00 (A&S), D’08 of Waterbury, Conn., will now serve a dual role as the college’s President.


KEVIN O’NEIL ND (HARTT) of Deep River, Conn. was included in a Middletown Press article that appeared in June ahead of the Summer Jazz Series concert at the Palace Theater Poli Club featuring Sally Terrell & Friends.  He played guitar on the world tour with Terrell. 




Alumni Association Board Member ANTHONY BARRETT (A&S) of Bloomfield, Conn., was named executive director of the Wilson-Gray YMCA  in Hartford, Conn.


JON HUMPHREY (HARTT) of Bellingham, Wash., has published his first science-fiction novel, Continent, about an unlikely hero who uncovers an ancient secret while the fate of the human race hangs in the balance.  

Humphrey '03


DR. JAMEL GIBSON (HARTT) of Suffolk, Va. was chosen as principal of Shelter Rock Elementary School in Manhasset, N.Y.  Originally from New York, her most recent role was that of assistant elementary school principal in Newport News, Va.


The Poughkeepsie Journal profiled JENNIFER HARTSWICK ND (HARTT) of Nashville, Tenn., and her band in a March, 2016, article in anticipation of a Woodstock, N.Y.  A vocalist and trumpet player, the article described her as “bringing a fervor, a fury, a fire to the music she makes.”   

Hartswick '04
The Connecticut Society of Certified Accountants elected EDWIN MUENZNER, CPA, M (BARNEY) of Norwich, Conn., as secretary for 2017-18.  He is president/managing member of Edwin R. Muenzner, CPA in Franklin, Conn., and is also an accounting professor at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Conn.    

Ukrainian pianist ANASTASIA SEIFETDINOVA GDP’06 (HARTT), M (HARTT), D’14, (HARTT) of Medford, Mass., performed along with German violinist Katharina Giegling on June 24 at the First Baptist Church in Medford.  The concert was given a glowing review on the website.   


In June, JAVIER COLON (HARTT) of West Hartford, Conn., starred in the musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the inaugural production from the non-profit Unquowa Repertory Theater in Fairfield, Conn.  He played the role of the runaway slave, Jim, in the Tony-award winning musical.  That same month, Colon performed at A Night for Cam, a benefit concert that took place at the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield, Conn., that helped financial support for a one-year-old boy’s extensive medical expenses.  


MARRYSA TSOLIS (BARNEY), M’14 (BARNEY) of Bristol, Conn., is the new purchasing manager for the town of Berlin, Conn.  She will be responsible for developing and managing the request and bidding process, preparing and presenting purchasing recommendations to the Town Council, overseeing the surplus sales program and serving as a member of the Capital Improvement Plan Committee.


STEPHEN GIMIGLIANO (A&S) of Maplewood, N.J., continues as an aspiring writer whose screenplays have garnered attention from a handful of noted authors.  He also worked at the Baltusrol Golf Club from 2014-16 and was part of the team that organized and helped host the PGA Championship there in 2016.




Having recently graduated from VCU Brandcenter, GIANNA D’AMICO (HAS) of Astoria, N.Y., has accepted a position as junior art director at Droga5 in New York City.


Former Hawk and Atlanta Braves prospect SEAN NEWCOMB ND (A&S) of Randolph, Mass, made his major league debut June 10 against the New York Mets.  The 6-5 lefthander was impressive, allowing four hits and one unearned run while striking out seven in six and a third innings pitched.  He is now a member of the Braves rotation.  

D'Amico '14

Newcomb '14


Emerging singer/songwriter MICHELLE BETH HERMAN (HARTT) of Commack, N.Y., provided the music at this past summer’s The Portable Boog Reader 10 New York City release party.  Boog City is a New York City-based small press which publishes volumes of poetry, various magazines and a newspaper.


The University of South Florida has hired MATTHEW KENNEDY D (HARTT) of Newington, Conn. as a visiting professor of music theory.




The Eric Hallenbeck Trio, led by ERIC HALLENBECK (HARTT) of Woodbury, Conn., is a dynamic group of young musicians focusing on bringing fresh arrangements, fresh takes on jazz standards and original compositions to the cordless saxophone, bass and drums.  They performed at the Woodbury Arts Festival in June. 


The oil and marker and pastel on repurposed work titled 1969 by KEITH TANG (HAS) of Wallingford, Conn., was a part of a juried exhibition at Viridian Artists in New York in June and July.


Hallenbeck '16

MITCHELL CAMPBELL (HARTT) of Hopkinton, Mass., joined Music Works International (MWI) sales team as an assistant.





CAROLYN CONOVER ’87 (A&S) of Highlands, N.J., married Paul Guba on June 24 in front of 150 friends and family at a farm in Holmdel, N.J.  Her 11-year-old daughter, Eleanor, was the maid of honor.  Carolyn works in communications for A Future with Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding homes damaged by superstorm Sandy. Paul is a professional photographer.  

RORY NUNAMACHER ’13 (BARNEY) and LINDSAY (FORD) NUMAMACHER  ’11 (ENHP), D’14 (ENHP) of Carson City, Nev., were married June 24 at David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort in Genova, Nev.  Among the guests were 15 alumni.  Both Rory (lacrosse) and Lindsay (volleyball) were student-athletes.  He works as an account executive for Tennant, while she is a physical therapist. 


Hawk Hatchlings




CHRISTOPHER BRUNO ’09 (BARNEY) and BRITTANY (CONFORTI) BRUNO ‘09, of Hoboken, N.J., welcomed a son, Mason Joseph Bruno, on February 1, 2016.  He weighed in at a little more than seven pounds and was 20.5 inches long.  

JENNA (CZAPLICKI) CAVALIERE ’07 (HAS) and JUSTIN CAVALIERE A’04 (HILLYER), ’06 (BARNEY) of Norwalk, Conn., welcomed their second child, Wesley Phillips Cavaliere, on May 17.  He weighed in at eight pounds, 10 ounces and was 21.5 inches long.  

NOAH ’08 (A&S) and CLARE '08 ROSENBERG of Cumming, Ga., welcomed a son, Benjamin Rosenberg, on October 3, 2016.