Four young University of Hartford alumni are being honored for their professional success and their work to improve the Greater Hartford region. Laura DePergola, Jacob Hunter, Kristin Ingram, and Patrick Langevin (clockwise from top left in the photo at right) all made this year’s Hartford Business Journal “40 Under Forty,” an annual list of Greater Hartford’s top up-and-coming professionals and organizational leaders. (See full list of honorees here.)
Laura DePergola M‘16
DePergola, who earned her Master of Business Administration from the University’s Barney School of Business, is a financial consultant for 360 Investment Center and LPL Financial. She prides herself on understanding her clients’ personal needs while working with them to achieve financial success in preparation for retirement, college, and other future plans.
“Many people are tentative to consult a financial advisor to assist them,” DePergoala told the Hartford Business Journal. “My goals are to provide a comfortable atmosphere to help individuals meet their financial goals without sales pressure or fear, while simultaneously giving them the tools for success long term.”
DePergola hopes to build on her success and one day secure a spot on the Forbes or BIC Magazine Top 100 lists. She is also passionate about education, serving as a lecturer at Elms College in Chicopee, Mass. and teaching free educational workshops and seminars for 360 Federal Credit Union at its location in Windsor Locks, Conn.
Jacob Hunter M’09
Hunter, manager of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in New Haven and Cheshire, earned his Master of Physical Therapy from the University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions.
"I absolutely loved the physical therapy program," Hunter says. "I had a lot of mentorship from Kevin Ball, Dawn Roller and Barbara Crane. Catherine Certo treated every doctorate student like they were her own children and really fostered a supportive learning atmosphere. I was given a lot of opportunities to grow as a student and as a developing professional."
Hunter oversees employee acquisition, staff development, marketing initiatives, programmatic growth, and process improvement for Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. As he advances in his professional life, he hopes to continue to be a leader in the healthcare industry and to ensure that those in need have access to high-quality care.
“During my years as a treating physical therapist, I've encountered many people who are in pain, depressed, or highly stressed due to unfortunate tragedy,” Hunter told the Hartford Business Journal. “The most rewarding part of my job is providing some glimmer of hope, joy, or increased self-worth to someone in need.”
Kristin Ingram M’06
Ingram attended the University’s Barney School of Business and earned her Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation (MSAT). She is now back on campus as director of that program and as a lecturer in accounting.
"The MSAT gave me the confidence to start my own accounting firm shortly after battling cancer,” she says. “Without the degree, I don't know where I would be today. It truly was the step that took my career to the next level."
“At UHart, my goal is to provide the best student experience through excellent customer service and a quality curriculum that prepares students for today's workforce,” Ingram told the Hartford Business Journal. She hopes to help make the University’s MSAT program one of the top programs in the country.
Ingram is also CEO of Ingram Digital Media Inc., which creates educational resources for accounting students and small business owners.
Patrick Langevin ’01
Langevin, who earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, is an individual giving liaison for The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. He works with donors and patrons to improve their experiences and educates the community about The Bushnell’s nationally recognized arts-in-education programs for children, which he refers to as his “biggest passion.”
“I have been in the arts industry my entire life,” Langevin told the Hartford Business Journal. “I spent 12 years facilitating art therapy programs for inner-city kids and I can personally attest to the power and impact the arts has on people of all ages. I have seen the arts give children and adults an opportunity to learn in a different way.”
Langevin, an active member of the Greater Hartford community, is proud that his alma mater is so connected to the city.
“I know that UHart is immersed in the culture of Hartford which has helped me in my career,” he explains. “I am incredibly appreciative of the opportunities that I had at UHart and still attend concerts, performances and art exhibits by the incredibly talented students and professors.”