The University of Hartford honored five recipients with 2016 Anchor Awards at a dinner on Friday, October 14, as part of the University’s Hawktober Weekend. Receiving the most prestigious award presented by UHart’s Alumni Association were Sandra “Sandy” Chase ’12, M’84 of West Hartford, Conn.; Anthony “Joe” Cymerys ’64 of Windsor, Conn.; Latanya Farrell M’97, M’98 of West Hartford, Conn.; Hyun Soon Lillehoj ’74 of Ellicott City, Md.; and Edward “Ted” H. Myles ’93 of Boston, Mass.
University President Walter Harrison, while commending each recipient’s professional and community contributions, also noted, “It is wonderful that the Alumni Association is recognizing such a diverse group of Alumni. Each, in his or her own way, has combined professional accomplishment with service to humankind—just what we hope all University graduates will do.”
In her comments, Lillehoj captured the sentiments shared by all recipients. “’H’” not only stands for Hartford, it stands for ‘humanity.’ Our journeys as contributing citizens began at the University of Hartford.”
The Anchor Awards were established to recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves by achieving the highest level of professional and community accomplishments, and who possess absolute standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of the University of Hartford.
Sandra “Sandy” Chase ’12, M’84
Sandy Chase is an involved community member and noted philanthropist, serving the University of Hartford and a variety of other organizations throughout Greater Hartford.
Chase is the executive vice president/director of the Sandra and Arnold Chase Family Foundation. She is also a board member of the West Hartford Art League and an honorary corporator with the Oak Hill Foundation. Chase’s past affiliations have included service as a board member with YWCA of Greater Hartford and the Jewish Studies Board, a trustee at Kingswood-Oxford School, honorary director of the Hartford Stage, and a supporter of the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls in Greater Hartford.
At UHart, Chase is a member of the Hartford Art School Board of Corporators. She has previously been on the Greenberg Center Board of Visitors and the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions Advisory Board. The Chase Family Arena, home to UHart’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, was named in honor of the outstanding history of gifts and contributions by the Chase family to the University.
Chase holds a bachelor’s degree from the Hartford Art School and a master’s degree from the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions. She and her husband, Arnold, who is executive vice president and treasurer of David T. Chase Enterprises and a Greenberg Center Friend, live in West Hartford and have four children.
Anthony “Joe” Cymerys ’64
Anthony Cymerys retired as a builder and investor many years ago, and has since devoted his life to community service. He is a self-proclaimed “volunteer addict.” Since the 1980s, Cymerys has delivered food through Meals on Wheels and taken day-old bread from supermarkets to senior homes and shelters. He also regularly donates blood through the Red Cross and runs the blood drive at his church.
Most notably, Cymerys has been cutting hair for the homeless and others for more than a quarter century in and around Bushnell Park, accepting only a hug, a kiss on the head, or a thank you as payment. Cymerys does this because he wants the “homeless to not look homeless.”
Cymerys’ role as “Joe the Barber” has received national attention and was the subject of an ABC News story in 2013, which led to features on CBS and in local media. In 2014, the FOX television show “The Doctors” highlighted Cymerys as one of seven individuals honored for their altruism.
Among the many local awards Cymerys has received for his volunteerism are the Paul Harris Award by the Rotary Club of Windsor (1999), a Polaris Award by Leadership Greater Hartford (2011), and a P.A.R.K Hero Award given by then-Hart- ford Mayor Pedro Segarra ’81. Cymerys holds a bachelor’s from the University’s Barney School of Business and lives in Windsor, Conn.
Latanya Farrell M’97, M’98
Latanya Farrell is an award-winning teacher, performer, and songwriter who has dedicated her life to inspiring young people and spreading positivity through her gift of music.
By day, Farrell is a dynamic educator in the Bristol, Conn., public school system, where she has taught for more than 20 years. She has won several teaching honors, most notably in 2003 when Western Connecticut State University named her Educator of the Decade for the 1990s. Over the years, Farrell has taught a range of subjects at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. She is currently teaching social studies and the AVID post-secondary preparation program at Bristol Central High School.
As a performer, Farrell has taken the stage at the Bushnell, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos, and on live television. She has also performed with notable artists such as UHart alumnus Javier Colon, jazz greats Winton Marsalis and Terence Blanchard, and the hit group Air Supply. As a recording artist, Farrell released her debut album, “Feelin’ Alright,” in 2008 and, most recently, appeared on UHart alumnus Jimmy Greene’s ’97 twice-nominated Grammy album, “Beautiful Life.”
She holds two master’s degrees in education from the University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions. Farrell and her husband/manager, Jason, a 2014 UHart alumnus (EdD) and current staff member, live in West Hartford, Conn., with their two children. Her performance schedule can be viewed at www.Latanya.net.
Hyun Soon Lillehoj ’74
Hyun Soon Lillehoj, PhD, is an international leader in animal immunology and genomics. As a senior research molecular biologist in the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), she has made pioneering scientific discoveries that have helped prevent and treat diseases in commercial poultry, protecting the health of consumers and saving the industry billions of dollars.
During her 30-plus years at ARS, Lillehoj has helped mitigate the use of antibiotics in poultry, finding that certain food supplements, probiotics, nutrients, and vaccines can replace antibiotics as an effective means of enhancing the immune system and fighting common parasitic diseases and bacterial infections.
Prior to joining the ARS, Lillehoj was a National Institute of Health (NIH) post-doctoral fellow at Wayne State University, and a staff fellow at the Laboratory of Immunology at the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Lillehoj’s scientific breakthroughs have resulted in 10 U.S. and international patents, more than 390 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 14 book chapters, and 230 worldwide collaborations with academia, foreign governments, and private industry. She received the Career Achievement Medal at the 2015 Heyman Service to America Medals ceremony, the “Oscars” of government service.
Lillehoj holds a degree in biology from the University’s College of Arts & Sciences, and a master’s degree in microbiology from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in immunology from Wayne State University. She and her husband, Erik Lillehoj, PhD, reside in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Edward “Ted” H. Myles ’93
Ted Myles joined AMAG Pharmaceuticals as its senior vice president and chief financial officer and treasurer in April 2016. He has more than 20 years of public and private corporate finance and operational experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. AMAG is a publicly traded, high-growth specialty pharmaceutical company that uses its business and clinical expertise to bring to market medical therapies and other innovations that provide clear benefits and improve people’s lives.
Prior to joining AMAG, Myles served in various positions at Ocata Therapeutics, most recently as chief financial officer and chief operating officer. During his tenure at Ocata, he led the turnaround of the company, which ultimately resulted in its acquisition by Astellas Pharma in February 2016. Ocata Therapeutics specialized in the development and commercialization of cell therapies for the treatment of ophthalmic diseases.
Before Ocata, Myles was chief financial officer and vice president of operations at PrimeraDx, and has held leadership positions at Pressure Biosciences, Inc., and EMD Pharmaceuticals. He became a certified public accountant in 1996 and began his career in 1993 at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Myles also devotes a great deal of time to community endeavors, having served on the board of directors for School on Wheels of Massachusetts, a nonprofit dedicated to providing educational services to children impacted by homelessness. He is also heavily involved in coaching a variety of youth sports for all three of his children.
In addition to his bachelor’s degree from the University’s Barney School of Business, Myles holds a master’s degree from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University. He lives in the Boston, Mass., area with his wife, Tamara, and their three young children.
To learn more about the Anchor Awards and the recognition ceremony during Hawktober weekend, contact Jennifer Carr in the Alumni Relations office firstname.lastname@example.org.