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Anchor Awards Honor Outstanding Alumni
Following are descriptions of the 2006 Anchor Award winners.
Barney School of Business
Amit Khandwala MBA ‘86
Amit Khandwala is executive vice president and chief investment officer for global equities at Wright Investors’ Service in Milford, Conn. In this capacity, he is directly responsible for the oversight of more than $1.2 billion in global equity management. Khandwala also manages the Wright International Blue Chip Fund, an open-end mutual fund with over $200 million in assets. Khandwala is a member of the Wright Investment Committee, the principal investment management and decision-making body, which oversees asset allocation decisions and process. Khandwala’s investment experience spans over two decades, and in his tenure at Wright, he has been responsible for the creation and management of several innovative products, such as the first no-load variable annuity with enhanced death benefit guarantee.
Reinaldo M. Amaral MBA ‘03
Reinaldo Amaral is a senior reporting analyst with Uniprise, a division of United Healthcare. As part of his involvement in his community, Amaral was elected president of the economic council for Our Lady of Fatima parish in 2002. In that capacity, he leads the group that oversees all financial aspects of this Roman Catholic parish. One of the major projects Amaral has taken on has been the financing and construction of a $3.1 million community center for the church. After two and a half years of planning and construction, the community center is now complete. It will accommodate the Our Lady of Fatima Daycare, the Our Lady of Fatima Portuguese School, a social hall used as a day center, and meeting rooms.
College of Arts and Sciences
Alison Duncan ’98
Alison Duncan, the New York State Green Party candidate for lieutenant governor, is also a musician; theater artist; activist for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender individuals; and a union delegate in the Hotel Trades Council. In addition, she is a premed student at the City College of New York. She also has produced, directed, and performed in several shows. Duncan has a long history of community service, including more than 1,000 hours as a volunteer in the rape crisis program and the children's psychiatric unit at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Manhattan.
College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
Laurie Gonzalez ’90, M’95
Laurie Gonzalez became a teacher in the Hartford school system because, she says, it is where she felt she could make the greatest difference. Gonzalez spent 11 years as a middle school teacher in Hartford, and she also worked as a special education teacher and a math teacher. Later Gonzalez became an elementary school assistant principal and principal. She currently is a special education coordinator. Gonzalez says she has fallen in love with what she calls the “city kids” and their great capacity for giving, even when their lives outside of school are less than satisfactory. “I have always been honored to be a part of their lives and am grateful for the contributions they have made to mine,” she says.
Bruce Elliott ‘02
After spending the majority of his adult life working in the field of engineering and feeling unfulfilled, Bruce Elliott decided that it was time for a change. A string of personal events introduced Elliott to the field of physical therapy. Since graduation, Elliott has worked as a physical therapist in a multitude of venues including acute care, orthopedic outpatient, and sub-acute rehabilitation. Spurred on by his love of teaching, Elliott accepted a full graduate assistantship at the University of Connecticut School of Allied Health in 2004. He expects to complete his master’s degree in allied health promotion this fall, and he is now the instructor of the human anatomy lecture and lab for incoming physical therapy students at UConn.
College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
Matthew T. Murello, P.E. ’93
Matthew Murello joined Lewis S. Goodfriend & Associates in 1994 as a staff engineer. In that position, he conducted sound pressure level measurements at environmental locations to evaluate compliance with state and local noise regulations. He carried out detailed theoretical analyses to determine the expected acoustical performance of mechanical equipment at noise-sensitive areas, and prepared detailed reports to clients summarizing the results of engineering analyses. Murello took over ownership of the firm in 2002, and he initiated a focused marketing and business development program to not only grow the firm, but to upgrade the client assignments. In 2003, he joined the Board of Visitors for the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture.
Hartford Art School
Sharon Greytak ‘80
Filmmaker Sharon Greytak received a BFA in painting from the Hartford Art School in 1980, followed by an MFA in (post) studio work from the California Institute of the Arts in1982. Since then, she has written, produced, and directed a number of feature-length fiction films, documentaries, and experimental shorts. Greytak’s films include Losing It (2001), The Love Lesson (1995), Hearing Voices (1989), Weirded Out and Blown Away (1986), Some Pleasure on the Level of the Source (1982), and Czechoslovakian Woman (1982). Her work has been screened around the country and abroad, and she is a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. Greytak’s films are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Open Society Archive in Budapest.
Brent Robertson ‘94
An artist and entrepreneur, Brent Robertson has focused his career on proving that New York-quality design can be found closer to home. In 1999 he founded his own graphic design company, which evolved into Fathom, a Hartford design and marketing firm with a roster of a dozen award-winning designers, strategists, writers, and programmers who create Web, print, and response work for noted nonprofit organizations and prominent regional and global companies. In June Fathom was awarded the MetroHartford Alliance’s Business Champion Award. Robertson, who has received national recognition for his design work, also was selected for the Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award.
The Hartt School
Emery Tapley ‘69
Both a musician and an educator, Emery Tapley has vast experience serving the children of Connecticut. He began his teaching career as the general music teacher in Hebron, Conn., and then taught in Hartford for 22 years, initially as the general music teacher and then as a kindergarten teacher. During that time, Tapley created what would become a pilot in Hartford for special-education inclusion classrooms. In addition, he has been performing with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra as second French horn/assistant principle horn since 1969. Tapley has now combined his expertise in education and performance as the newly named director of education and community programs with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
Jimmy Greene ‘97
Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Jimmy Greene has emerged as a positive young presence in the creative music world. His four solo recordings have been met with much critical acclaim, and the Jimmy Greene Quartet performs regularly at New York jazz venues and at festivals and clubs throughout the United States. As a composer, Greene won the prestigious 2005 ASCAP/IAJE Commission in honor of Ornette Coleman. He was named a 2004 Winner of Chamber Music America’s New Works: Creation and Presentation grant for jazz composition, and received a 2005 Artist Fellowship in Music Composition from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. He currently teaches at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and at Hartt, where he serves on the board of trustees.
David I. Cohen ‘82
David I. Cohen is general manager of Le Parker Meridien Hotel in New York City. In that position, he oversees the overall hotel operations and insures that its luxury standards are maintained. Cohen previously held the position of resident manager for the RIHGA Royal Hotel in New York. He also spent several years at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, where he served as director of food and beverage operations. Cohen’s hospitality background also includes positions at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in New York; the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston; the CENTRE INTERNATIONAL de Glion in Montreaux, Switzerland; and the Four Seasons Pierre Hotel in New York. Cohen is involved with numerous charitable organizations.