Maybe you recently got married or had a baby, celebrated a promotion or professional milestone, or had a gathering with some UHart friends. Whatever your news may be, share your UHart pride with your fellow alumni by submitting a class note, tagging us on social media, or using the hashtag #UHartAlumni. Select news and posts may be published in a future issue of H magazine.
1959 | Ed Kirby
Retired educator, historian, and geologist Ed Kirby (M Hillyer) of Sharon, Conn., delivered a lecture titled “The Making of the Iron Industrial Age” at the Lenox Library in Lenox, Conn., on Jan. 11. He has also published a book, The Making of the Iron Industrial Age.
1964 | Frank Beneski
A heartfelt feature article on Frank Beneski (ENHP, P'90) of West Suffield, Conn., and his wife, Sheila, who passed away in January, appeared in the Hartford Courant. The article was about their journey together following Connecticut high school basketball the past three decades. It's estimated that they saw an average of 125 games a season.
1977 | Barbara Bartlik
Barbara Bartlik, MD (A&S) was rated a “Top Doctor” for 2020 by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. In 2019, she was selected among New York magazine’s Best Doctors and named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Bartlik is currently in private practice in Manhattan. Read more.
1979 | Dianne Rechel
Dianne Rechel (M Hartt) marked her 25th year as a realtor with Realtor Executives International. She is also a Lutheran church organist and music director, runs a women's business networking and empowerment group, and is on the board of the American Guild of Organists.
1971 | JoAnne Hickey
Acrylic artist and Art Guild at Fairfield Glade member JoAnne Hickey (HAS) of Crossville, Tenn., taught Paint a Floral in Acrylic at the Plateau Arts Center in February. She is a professional graphic artist, custom framer, and retail merchandise trimmer. Hickey has also taught in the Connecticut school system.
1973 | Bill Dougal
Caricature artist Bill Dougal (HAS) of Lebanon, Conn., has created a video titled Caricature: What It Is and How It's Done. The video includes demonstrations by Bill and historical artists. The video is suitable for those who wish to try their hand at the fun art or who are merely curious.
1975 | Lee Woodman
Homescapes is a new poetry collection by Lee Woodman (M HAS) of Washington, D.C. The collection takes the reader from an Indian village to the edge of Tibet to a small town in New Hampshire. Woodman, whose essays and poems are widely published, is the winner of the 2020 William Meredith Prize for Poetry.
1984 | Chuck Pagano
Television pioneer Chuck Pagano (CETA), (M'07 A&S) was featured in "Legends Behind the Lens," a series of industry profiles by SportsVideo.org. The feature details his long and industry-defining career as an innovator at ESPN.
1985 | Tony Susi
The Hartt School jazz education adjunct instructor Tony Susi (Hartt) has penned two compositions inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Hymn to Healthcare Heroes” is for the men and women serving on the medical front lines and “Gone but Not Forgotten” honors the victims who have lost their lives due to the virus.
1981 | Eugene Cantera
Saxophonist Eugene Cantera (Hartt) of Wylie, Texas, is currently performing with Bastards of Soul and recently played a sold-out show with the Black Pumas. The Bastards of Soul's new album, Spinnin, was released in February.
1988 | David Robinson
David C. Robinson (M'88 Barney, P'23) of West Hartford, Conn., has been elected to chair of the board of directors at the MetroHartford Alliance. Robinson is the executive vice president and general counsel at The Hartford—a role he assumed in June 2015—where he oversees the law department, government affairs, and compliance.
1988 | Dayna Seitlin
Sofitel New York has tapped Dayna Zeitlin (A&S) of San Francisco, Calif., to serve as its new director of sales and marketing. She joins the luxury Midtown hotel after 20 years of experience working for some of the top hospitality groups in the country.
1989 | Virginia Smith
Raritan Valley Community College’s Art and Design Department presented Tools of the Trade, a solo exhibition of work by full-time faculty member Virginia Smith (HAS) of Ewing, N.J. An artist and designer, Smith has always been fascinated with drawing for its artistic merit and as a process to solve spatial problems.
1990 | Lisa Fasulo
Lisa Fasulo (A&S) was featured in Zip06.com's "Busy Times" for her efforts to keep the community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 crisis. Fasulo is director of health for the town of Essex, Conn.
1990 | Sydney Leo
Boston Architectural College (BAC) named Sydney Leo (M Barney), pictured right, as vice president of finance and administration. She brings 30 years of experience serving commercial and nonprofit organizations, and historically black colleges and universities. Prior to BAC, Leo was the national education advisory leader at BDO USA, LLP.
1991 | Christine Chabre
Bristol Senior Center volunteer Christine Chabre (HAS) of Bristol, Conn., had two of her pieces displayed at the Art Gallery at Mill in Unionville, Conn., for the month of January. They were displayed along with works from other members of the Senior Center.
1994 | Jane Penfield
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, Conn., hosted Jane Penfield (Hartt) of Coventry, Conn., painting a landscape in pastel. Drawn to nature, her work is an impression of light and life as she has experienced it through walking, travel, and direct observation.
1994 | Joseph Jankowski
Jones Soda Co. appointed Joseph Jankowski (Barney, M’98 Barney) of Loveland, Ohio, as head of U.S. sales. He brings 18 years of experience in direct store delivery and alternate delivery methods. Most recently, he served as the vice president of retail sales for Zenabis Global’s USA division.
1996 | Jeremy Simonich
Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Simonich (Hartt) of Chicopee, Mass., joined the Northwestern District Attorney’s office in Greenfield, Mass., in November as a district court prosecutor.
1997 | Margot Early
Margot Early (A&S) of Hartford, Conn., has joined the Metro Hartford Alliance as director of strategic events. She will work closely with Alliance partners to create fresh engaging events for investors and the region’s business community.
2000 | Sandra Doreleijers
Sandra Doreleijers (A&S) was a guest on the podcast Beautiful Game. A former standout and academic All-American on the Hartford women’s soccer team, she is PSV Eindhoven's general manager and head of women's football. Doreleijers has transformed PSV from a mid-table team into a powerhouse.
2002 | Kaitlin Walsh
Kaitlin Walsh (A&S), (M'04, A&S) received the 2020 President's Recognition Award for Inspiring Staff Excellence at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ). She is an instructional designer and program coordinator for the digital communication major at USJ.
2006 | Brian Stancavage
Svigals + Partners, a full-service architectural firm located in New Haven, Conn., announced the elevation of Brian Stancavage (CETA), (M'11 CETA) to the position of associate. His portfolio boasts design contributions to six K–12 schools and the recently completed Yale Child Study Center.
2007 | Matthew Landon
Baker Newman Noyes (BNN), a nationally recognized top-100 accounting and advisory firm, announced that Matthew Landon (M Barney) has joined its tax practice as a senior manager in the firm's Portsmouth office. Well known in the Boston business community, he has more than 20 years of experience in tax and accounting.
2002 | Jeff Dealamen
Watchung Hills Regional High School social studies and special education teacher Jeff Dealamen (A&S) of Warren, N.J., was selected the 2019–20 Teacher of the Year. He is not only a faculty member but an alumnus of WHRHS.
2003 | Melissa Firlit
Melissa Firlit (A&S) of Brooklyn, N.Y., was the director of the play 5 Times in One Night, which was staged at the Miles Square Theatre in Hoboken N.J. It took place in February and March of 2020.
2003 | Marcy Weiss
Marcy Weiss (A&S, M'04 A&S) of Commack, N.Y., has been promoted to director of marketing at elite| studio e in Farmingdale, N.Y. She has worked for the food-service project solutions firm for more than five years.
2004 | Jim Ford
Worcestermag.com profiled actor and stuntman Jim Ford (Hartt) of West Boylston, Mass. The article focused on his role as a member of the stunt ensemble that performed in the movie The Irishman. The team’s work was nominated for a SAG Award. It was Ford’s first nomination after 200 credits as an actor and stuntman.
2005 | Gillian Galen
Gillian Galen (M A&S, D'09 A&S) of Lexington, Mass., a senior child and adolescent psychologist associated with both the Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital, provided her expert insight on an MSNBC segment focusing on social media and mental distress in teens.
2008 | Patrick Dunn
Patrick Dunn (Hartt) of Port Jervis, N.Y. joined the national touring production of Les Miserables. He is playing the lead, Jean Valjean, in the musical. Dunn was profiled in Omaha.com during a touring stop there.
2008 | Courtney Gomez
TheDay.com published a video piece on Norwich Free Academy head women’s basketball coach Courtney Gomez (ENHP, D’10 ENHP) of Old Lyme, Conn. The piece focused on the program’s transition from legendary coach Bill Scaralata to Gomez, a former standout with the UHart women’s program.
2008 | Joe LaPorta
Joe LaPorta (CETA, M’13 CETA, M’15 Barney) of Madison, Conn., announced his plans to seek the 12th District Senate in Connecticut. He is a licensed professional engineer and is employed by Eversource working primarily in electric power distribution engineering and operations.
2008 | Conor Hickey
Brookside Mezzanine Partners announced that Conor Hickey (M Barney) of Stamford, Conn., has joined the firm as vice president of finance. Previously, he was controller at Sagad Holdings, and was also a senior associate in KPMG’s audit practice where he focused on integrated audits of SEC registered entities.
2011 | Jonas Hampton
Jonas Hampton (CETA) was featured in The Mercury following his eighth-place finish (among 175 runners) at the recent Olympic marathon trials in Los Angeles. It was a vast improvement for the former UHart student-athlete, who finished 48th at the 2016 Trials.
2012 | Christiana Lang
Christiana Lang (A&S), a 2019 Anchor Award recipient, announced on LinkedIn that she had accepted a position with More in Common as a U.S. senior associate. More in Common's mission is to understand the forces driving us apart, to find common ground, and to help bring people together to tackle our shared challenges.
2014 | Sara Mellas
Sara Mellas (Hartt) published The Easy Baked Donut Cookbook, just in time for National Doughnut Day on June 5. Try out one of her recipes from our Brain Breaks and let's get #quarantinebaking!
Mike Casey (Hartt) released his new music video "Dagobah." Says Casey, “It's a song inspired by Star Wars and Hartford, drawing comparison between my own journey studying jazz outside a major city to Skywalker's journey to Dagobah to study with Yoda.” Fellow alumni from The Hartt School on the track are Matt Dwonszyk '13 on bass, Corey Garcia '18 on drums, and Jared Warsoff '18 assisting with mixing.
2011 | Derek Bryant
Derek Bryant (A&S) of San Jose, Calif., was the keynote speaker at a Black History Celebration held in early February at Peace United Methodist Church in Milpitas, Calif. He is the recreation coordinator for the City of Santa Clara.
2011 | Alex Perry and Jasmaine Seaberry
Alex Perry (A’08 Hillyer, ENHP) of Middletown, Conn., and Jasmaine Seaberry (A’09 Hillyer, A&S, M’12 A&S) of Rosedale, N.Y., were featured in a Q&A that that was published in TheAtlantic.com. The article, titled “What are RAs Social Lives Like?” talked about their time together on campus as resident assistants and the friendship they developed.
2012 | Katherine Donovan
Whittlsey manager Katherine Donovan (M Barney) of Suffield, Conn., has been named one of the “Women to Watch” in the Connecticut Society of CPAs’ inaugural class. The award recognizes the contributions female CPAs are making in the state. Donovan has been with Whittlsey for more than seven years.
2013 | Samuel Blatt
Samuel F. Blatt (C University Studies) of West Hartford, Conn., has passed the Connecticut Bar Examination and has joined Hartford-based Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C., as an associate attorney. He will represent fiduciaries in the administration of trusts and estates.
2014 | Jesse Cerrotti
The Patch.com profiled Jesse Cerrotti (A&S) of Astoria, N.Y., who launched a campaign in late January vying for a City Council seat representing Astoria, N.Y., and parts of East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Woodside. He works as a youth organizer for the Worker's Circle, a progressive Jewish social justice organization.
2014 | Justin Wilcox
The accounting and advisory firm Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina (FML) of Glastonbury, Conn., announced the promotion of Justin Wilcox (M Barney) of Rockfall, Conn., to partner. At FML, he was most recently senior manager, tax services, where he specialized in tax and advisory services.
2015 | Kathryn Gawrych
Former UHart women’s volleyball player Kathryn Gawrych (Barney, M’16 Barney) of Massapequa, N.Y., has opened her own business, Real Life Ninja Academy, in Freeport, N.Y. The franchise is modeled after the popular NBC sports/entertainment show. Gawrych and her new business were featured in libn.com.
2016 | Alyssa Covas
Certified orthoptist and board eligible prosthetist Alyssa Covas (M ENHP) of Pottsville, Pa., has joined the Prosthetic & Orthotic Solutions, LLC practice in West Springfield, Mass.
2016 | Shannon Mumley
Shannon Mumley (M A&S) of Hartford, Conn., has joined the Hartford Chamber of Commerce as director of small business development and strategy. She will engage with the city’s Department of Development Services to retain and attract businesses to Hartford and position them for success.
Congratulations to Kathleen Cicchese '14 and Ryan Baldassario! The two were wed on Feb. 29, 2020 at The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station in Haddam, Conn., along with several UHart alumni in attendance to celebrate this special moment. Kathleen is a teacher, while Ryan works at the UConn School of Business. Photo: Meraki Photo
Robert G. Griffith III '07 (Hartt) and Laura Engel '07 (A&S) shared the arrival of their baby boy, Miles Robert Griffith, born March 20, 2020.
Charmaine Mitchell-Robinson '14 and Madison Tobar '12 showing off their UHart pride at the wedding of Kathleen Cichese '14 and Ryan Baldassario.
Latasha Jarrett Raineault '08, D'10: This week's @hartfordtfxc virtual challenge was toilet paper shot put!
Kristina Karlson '14 gets engaged!
Celebrating with Kristina Karlson '14 are (from left to right) Garrett Young '13; Jasmine Ahern; Laura Garrigan A'12, '15; and Megan Johnson '14.
josaynemeant2be: Happy Birthday former @universityofhartford President Harrison. Working with you on the President’s Committee for Minority Retention as an undergraduate has helped pave the way for me to continue to advocate for diversity and inclusion. When leadership is intentional about hearing and seeing people and solutions, progress will be made. #UHart4life
@himynameissarahx3: I'm not one for technology. But I am glad I live in a time where this is possible. Were we all in separate houses through the country? Or were we back on campus hanging in the village? The world may never know. What I do know is that I love these people forever. #hartfordhawks #uhart #uhartalumni
Colleen Tito and Liam: We’re just celebrating all of the University of Hartford graduates along with all the high school graduates who will be calling UHa home in the fall!
Paul Krause '13: Thanks for the onesies! The 12-month onesie finally fits over a 9-month onesie.
Rob Richardson: Maddyx is stoked her first UHart gear finally fits!
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