Alumni

Naomi Lerner Tussin '77

HARTFORD ART SCHOOL LIAISON

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"It's always a thrill to be back on campus. My first job after college—a direct result of an HAS internship—was in Hartford and I chose to remain here, which makes it easy to stay involved. I believe in the University and the opportunities it provides its students beyond the curriculum. As someone who got to experience both campus life and the business world while an undergrad, I think it's important that I be available as a resource for today's students. As further proof of my commitment to UHart, I'm proud to say I am a parent of two alums, classes of 2011 and 2015!"

ABOUT NAOMI

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD DEGREE INFO

  • BFA, two-dimensional design (grapic design), Hartford Art School

CURRENT CAREER INFO

  • Owner/Designer, Naomi Jewelry
    2003–present. Designed and produced in Avon, Conn.; currently sold in select galleries, jewelry stores, and boutiques in the US.

PAST CAREER INFO

  • Art Director
    Naftzger & Kuhe Advertising and Marketing, 1977–85.
  • Owner/Creative Director
    Lerner & Company, LLC, advertising and marketing 1985–2017.

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD ACTIVITIES/VOLUNTEER SERVICE

  • Student Orientation Advisor, 1975 and 1976.
  • Student Orientation Liaison to faculty and the administration, 1977.
  • Member, University of Hartford Associates, supporting the Hartford Scholars Program, 2002–04.
  • Committee member, HAS Alumni Forum, 2012–17.
  • Corporator, HAS Endowment, Inc. Board, 2013–17.
  • Co-Chair, Nominating Committee, HAS Endowment, Inc. Board, 2012–14.
  • Committee Member, Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing 797 Happening, 2015.
  • Trustee, HAS Endowment, Inc. Board, 2017–present.
  • Co-Vice President, HAS Endowment, Inc. Board, 2017–present.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Sponsor and volunteer, The Connecticut Forum, 2000–present.
  • Volunteer and supporter, HARC Auction, 2003–17.
  • Secretary, The Endowment Fund of Beth El Temple Board of Trustees, 2009–present.
  • Volunteer reader and supporter, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, 2014–17.
  • Committee member and supporter, Boys and Girls Club of Hartford, S.M.A.R.T. Girls Program, 2014–15.
  • Advisory Committee, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Spirit of Women Initiative, 2018–present.