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Black and White Anchor photoThe ship's anchor, located on the University of Hartford campus, has a rich history. Originally positioned on the USS Hartford, the flagship of Admiral David G. Farragut, the Anchor now represents a longstanding tradition of the University of Hartford.

The Anchor Award is the most prestigious award presented by the University of Hartford Alumni Association. The 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.

2017 Anchor Award Recipients

Heather L. Fraser '99
Leslie Haines '85
Julie Jansen '81
Douglas McCrory '88, M'95
Mary Silvia '11


Heather L. Fraser is a highly successful project manager in the field of architecture and planning. She has been with Equinox in New York City since 2015, most recently as a senior project manager. Fraser has also worked as a project architect for Martinez + Johnson Architecture (2011–15), JCJ Architecture (2008–10), and Butler Rogers-Baskett (2004–09). Her specialties include work with construction, administration, education, and the performing arts.

Fraser is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the American Institute of Architects. She is a planning committee member for Professional Women in Construction. Fraser has been a registered architect in New York since 2007, and has been a LEED accredited professional since 2006.

At UHart, Fraser served as treasurer (2009–12) on the Alumni Association Board of Directors; was a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (ending in 2016); and served as an Express to Success mentor. As a student, she served on the Ward College of Technology Student Council and was a member of Delta Gamma and Tau Alpha Phi.

Fraser earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering technology from UHart in 1999 and a master’s degree from Syracuse University in 2002. She resides in New York City.


Leslie Haines has more than 30 years of experience in the management and design of highway and bridge projects. Her project experience ranges from transportation planning studies to final design.

Haines retired this past May as vice president at Parsons Corporation, a post she held since 2006. She was previously with Parsons from 1986–2003 in various positions of increasing responsibility, and served as office manager with Dewberry-Goodkind, Inc., in New Haven, Conn., from 2003–06.

In her role at Parsons, Haines supervised the preparation of structural calculations and final contract documents, including specifications and cost estimates for bridge projects. As a project manager, Haines has experience in project planning, scope development, and fee preparation. She has participated and led negotiations for complex projects involving several technical disciplines and subconsultants.

Since 2002, Haines has been a member of the American Council of Engineering Companies in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. She has also been a member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar and several other professional societies.

Haines earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UHart’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture in 1985, is a registered Professional Engineer in five states, and is a member of CETA’s Board of Visitors. She resides with her husband, Thomas, in Berlin, Conn.

julie jansen '81

“Do what you love and love what you do,” is a philosophy that Julie Jansen lives and coaches by. A dynamic, successful executive coach, speaker, career coach, and author, she has empowered thousands of professionals across industries to increase their effectiveness and jump-start their careers.

After graduating from the University of Hartford’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, Jansen worked in broadcasting and sales. She started her own speaking and coaching business in 1999.

Jansen has been quoted in many of the nation’s most respected publications and has been interviewed by countless radio stations and television networks. Her books, including the third-edition release in 2016 of her best-selling I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work (Penguin Books), have helped many worldwide find fulfilling, rewarding careers.

Jansen volunteers as a career coach and speaker with Cancer and Careers, a one-stop resource for legal and career workplace information for people with cancer. She served on the advisory board for 17 years at the Baruch College Computer Center for the Visually Impaired, a nonprofit that teaches blind and visually impaired people technology skills. Jansen resides with her husband, Gary, in Stamford, Conn. 


Douglas McCrory has enjoyed a long-term career as a Connecticut State legislator and noted educator. He is a member of the Connecticut State Senate, earning the seat in a special election this year. Before that, McCrory spent 12 years as a member of the Connecticut State House of Representatives.

Marking more than 20 years as an educator in the Hartford Public Schools system, McCrory began his teaching career at Sarah J. Rawson Elementary School. He later served as vice principal at Lewis Fox Middle School, vice principal at Weaver High School, and since 2009, has worked for the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC).

McCrory teamed with fellow teacher and alumnus Sadiq Ali ’76 to found the Benjamin E. Mays Institute, which emphasizes positive self-esteem through the use of a curriculum infused with African-American history and themes. 

A former member of the University of Hartford men’s basketball team (1993–96), McCrory has shared his love for basketball by coaching young people in Hartford’s North End Little League and at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford.

McCrory earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance in 1988 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1995, both from the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business. He holds a second master’s degree in education from Fairfield University. McCrory lives with his wife, Foye Smith, and their son in Hartford.


Mary Silvia has dedicated the last six years to SeriousFun Children’s Network, a global network of camps and programs that provide opportunities for children living with serious illnesses and their families. She has been the associate director for SeriousFun’s Global Partnership Program since February.

Silvia began her time at SeriousFun working on application and grant tracking for the organization’s 30 camps. She then continued her efforts expanding the work of the Global Partnership Program, introducing camp as an effective model for psychosocial interventions. Alongside colleagues from partner non-government organizations throughout Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, she provides on-the-ground leadership training and technical support for the camp programs, which bring life-changing experiences for children living with HIV and AIDS.

Silvia has completed fellowships with Prolnspire and Newman’s Own Foundation, and is pursuing her certification in personal fitness training and corrective exercise science. While living in New Haven, Conn., she served as a volunteer coach and fundraiser for Girls on the Run of Greater New Haven, a youth empowerment program for girls ages 9–11.

Silvia earned her bachelor’s degree from UHart’s Barney School of Business in 2011. She was a member of the Hartford Hawks women’s basketball team, Beta Gamma Sigma international business honor society, and Alpha Chi national honor society. Silvia resides in Medford, Mass.

2016 Anchor Award Recipients

Sandra “Sandy” Chase ’12, M’84
Anthony “Joe” Cymerys ’64
Latanya Farrell M’97, M’98
Hyun Soon Lillehoj ’74
Edward “Ted” H. Myles ’93

2015 Anchor Award Recipients

Kevin Grant ’82, M’86
Mark Greenberg ’71
Louise Earle Loomis M’78
Claire M. Pryor 84

2014 Anchor Award Recipients

Alisa B. Coleman ’83
Judith G. McElhone ’88, M ’94
Edward F. Peltier ’68
Erik Wexler AA’83, ’85, MBA ’87

2013 Anchor Award Recipients

Pedro Bermudez ‘07
Morris Jackson '73, M '73
Salvatore Lopes ‘71
Robert Petcove A’89, ‘91
Daniel Purushotham M ‘74

Past Anchor Award Recipients

To learn more about the Anchor Fund and the recognition ceremony during Hawktober Weekend, contact Jennifer Carr in the Alumni Relations office (860.768.2400 /