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October 2017 Class Notes

SUBMIT CLASS NOTES

1950s

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2000s

2010s

Weddings

Hatchlings

Hawks in the News

1950-1959   

Myers1958: GAIL BROTHERN MYERS  
In September, Gail Brothern Myers A’58 (HCW) of Windsor, Conn., and her husband Edward Jaworski climbed 125 steps to get to the top of Blarney Castle in Ireland in order to kiss the Blarney Stone. The person who kisses the stone is said to be given the gift of gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery).

1960–1969

1969: ARLINE ROTH BRICKBrick
Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, presented Arline Roth Brick ’69 (A&S), M’72 (ENHP) of West Hartford, Conn., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An adjunct instructor of human biology at Capital Community College, she has been teaching there since 2003. She began her career as a research associate at UHart before becoming a biology and psychology teacher at Bulkeley High School from 1969-2003.

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1970–1979

1978: BRUCE KEPLER
Following a successful career in the business world, Bruce Kepler (HARTT) of Conifer, Colo., has returned to his musical roots. His compositions have been hitting the top of the charts on SoundCloud in the classical genre category.  Kepler is currently writing music for Danse Etoile Ballet, the Little Prince Ballet.

1979: STEVEN A. SEDLACKSedlack
Steven A. Sedlack C (ENHP) from Winsted, Conn., will continue in his role as second selectman on the Winsted Board of Selectman. He was originally elected in 2015.

1979: JOSEPH M. ZUBRETSKY
Molina Healthcare named Joseph M. Zubretsky (BARNEY) of Deep River, Conn., as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. He was also appointed as a member of its board of directors. Most recently, he was President and CEO of the Hanover Insurance Group.

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1980–1989

1981: FRANC D'AMBROSIODambrosio
Award-winning tenor Franc D'Ambrosio (HARTT) of San Francisco, Calif., was the subject of a featured article in thenewsherald.com in October. His one man show, The Phantom Unmasked: The Songs of Broadway, was being staged at the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center in Detroit, Mich. D’Ambrosio, a Broadway veteran, is widely considered the world’s longest running Phantom after playing the role for more than 11 years.  

1982: RICHARD J. ROSIAK
Richard J. Rosiak A’75 (HILLYER), ’82 (A&S), M’83 (BARNEY) of Downey, Calif., continues a successful career as a family law/real estate attorney. He resides in both Las Vegas, Nev., and Los Angles, Calif., with his wife, Margarita, and their three children. 

1987: CHRIS SHEPARD
The Connecticut Choral Artists, Greater Hartford’s (Conn.) oldest all-professional choral ensemble, opened its 2017-18 season in October under the direction of Artistic Director Chris Shepard ’87 (HARTT) of Cremoren Point, Sydney, Australia. Shepard has served as CONCORA’s artistic director since 2015. He also serves as music director of the Worcester Chorus in Worcester, Mass., and the Masterwork Chorus of Morristown, N.J.

1988: DAVID C. BENOITBenoit
The Board of Directors of Connecticut Water Service, Inc., unanimously appointed David C. Benoit M’88 (BARNEY) of Wethersfield, Conn., to serve as interim President and CEO. Previously he was the company’s senior VP and CFO. Benoit has been with CTWS for more than 20 years.

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1990–1999

1990: JAMES P. BARBARITO
James P. Barbarito
M (BARNEY) of Prospect, Conn., was a candidate for election to the Region 16 Board of Education in Connecticut.

1990: MARK LAMOS
Mark Lamos
H’90 of Sherman, Conn., served as director of Romeo and Juliet, performed at Wesport (Conn.) Country Playhouse this past fall. It was the first time the play has been produced in the history of the Playhouse’s 87 seasons.

1990: KRISTEN PLUMLEYPlumley
Soprano Kristen Plumley AD (HARTT) of Ridgewood, N.J., was one of four “Divas” that helped open the 2017-18 season for the Utah Symphony Orchestra in October. Lauded as Met-worthy and sensationally note-perfect, her expertise reaches from opera to musical theatre.  

1993: MARCUS GIORGI50 Bday
Marcus Giorgi M’93 (BARNEY) from Sao Paulo, Brazil recently joined alumni friends in Cartagena, Columbia for the 50th birthday celebration of Julian Montejo M’94 (BARNEY) of Bogota, Columbia.  Also in attendance were Mikael Timell ’95 (BARNEY) of Switzerland and Anastasio Savvas M’93 (BARNEY) of Rhodes, Greece.

1994: JULIAN MONTEJO
See Marcus Giorgi ’93 (BARNEY)

1995: MIKAEL TIMELL
See Marcus Giorgi ’93 (BARNEY)

Attas1996: ARIC ATTAS
Photographer Aric Attas M’96 (HAS) of Vero Beach, Fla., had an exhibition of his work displayed this fall at the Clare Gallery in Hartford, Conn. A Glimpse of Infinity is an exhibition of photographic prints.  

1997: NELBA MARQUEZ-GREENE
The social media posts of Nelba Marquez-Greene (HARTT) of Sandy Hook, Conn., regarding the Las Vegas shootings, appeared in an article in heavy.com. Marquez-Greene is the founder and director of The Ana Grace Project, whose mission is “Promoting love, community and connection for every child and family.”

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2000–2009

Longhi2000: KELLY O'DELL LONGHI
Kelly O'Dell Longhi (ENHP), M’05 (ENHP) of New Hartford, Conn., won a spot the New Hartford (Conn.) Board of Education. She is owner and a teacher of Tiny Sprouts Toddler program, as well as serving as a professional photographer.  

2000: PATRICK LUDT
Patrick Ludt ND (HARTT) of Doylestown, Pa., was a cast member of Marvin & Me that played at the Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point, N.J. in October. 

2002: LORNA THOMAS-FARGUHARSON
Lorna Thomas-Farguharson M (A&S), D’06 of West Hartford, Conn., was elected to the West Hartford (Conn.) School Board.

2002: DARREN SCHWARTZ
As chief academic officer for the City of Waterbury Public Schools, Darren Schwartz (ENHP) of Wethersfield, Conn., is co-chair, lead project manager or committee member for a variety of educational initiatives in Waterbury. Schwartz has previous experience in Hartford, Conn., and East Granby, Conn., as a teacher, facilitator and principal of an expeditionary learning school.

2007: JOHN JESENSKY
John Jesensky (HARTT) of Cheshire, Conn. conducted a live concert and screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert in October at The Bushnell Theater in Hartford. The score was played note for note and in sync with the movie played on a 40-foot screen. Jesensky works for CineConcerts, which produces movie-concert shows with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. 

2009: JACKIE ROCHE
Jackie Roche (HAS) of Chicago, Ill., has illustrated the book Escape from Syria, a novel written by journalist Samya Kullab, and published by Firefly Books in October. The book follows a fictional family’s displacement and difficulties.

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2010–2017

2010: JOHN GIANSANTI
John Giansanti (A&S) of Torrington, Conn., has won a seat on the Torrington (Conn.) Board of Education. He is a sales consultant for Center Subaru and former assistant manager for National Iron Bank in Cornwall Bridge.

Altman2011: RACHEL ALTMAN
Rachel Altman (A&S) of Plainville, Conn., and Tyler Reinhard ND ’11 (A&S) of Bristol, Conn., founded the Hook and Arrow, a specialty outdoor retailer in Plainville, Conn. The store provides everything for saltwater fishing and archery and can be accessed on-line at thehookandarrow.com.

2011: GREG WILFRID
The Plainville Choral Society has announced Greg Wilfrid (HARTT), M’16 (HARTT) of Wethersfield, Conn., as its new music director. He performs regularly as a member of the Celtic folk group, “The Jolly Beggars,” and as a solo musician performing original songs and traditional folk tunes.  Wilfrid chairs the music ministry and is on the outreach committee at First Church in West Hartford, Conn.  

2011: SHEALAGH BEGLEY
See Julie Oberholtzer '13

2012: NELSON CHAN
The North Dakota State University hosted a public lecture from visiting artist Nelson Chan M (HAS) of Montville, N.J.  He is a photographer, co-founder of TIS books, and press manager at Apertune. TIS’ focus is on printing small edition photobooks. 

2012: CHARLES SOUTH
Charles South (HARTT) of Hartford, Conn., and Zach Bencal  ’13 (HARTT) of Londonderry, N.H., are members of the cast of Disney’s Aladdin that will play for three months at the Hollywood Pantages early in 2018. South will be an ensemble member, while Bencal will perform in the role of Babkak. 

Kreriowicz2012: AARON KRERIOWICZ
Aaron Kreriowicz AD (HARTT) of Kenosha, Wis., was the subject of an article that appeared in the newburyportnews.com in October. It promoted his appearance at the local library where he was to deliver a speech on Beatles history and music. He makes his living studying, publishing and talking about the band.

2013: ZACH BENCAL
See Charles South ’12 (HARTT)

2013: JULIE OBERHOLTZER
Julie Oberholtzer (ENHP) of Holland, Pa. and Shealagh Begley A’11 (HILLYER), (A&S) of West Hartford, Conn., ran a clinic prior to a UHart women’s soccer game in October. Their goal was to raise community awareness for the non-profit organization, SistaSoccer, an organization that not only trains and tutors youth, but provides every child their own pair of cleats, shin guards, ball, bag and outfit. Sista Soccer will be implementing a 12-session year-long program at the Boys and Girls Club in Hartford.

Oberholtzer

Boyle

2014: TYLER BOYLE
The new music director at Berlin High School (Conn.) is Tyler Boyle ’14 (HARTT) of Hartford, Conn. He most recently taught elementary school students in Burlington, Conn.

2014: MATTHEW CONBOY
HealthCombix, a global decentralized healthcare development company, announced that Matthew Conboy M (BARNEY) of West Hartford, Conn. has joined the company’s Advisory Board. He is currently a director of innovation at CareAllies (a CIGNA company), and leads solution development for CareAllie’s home-based chronic care management division.

2014: KAYLA WASHINGTON
Along with her business partner, Paige Elliott, Kayla Washington (A&S), M’15 (A&S) of Chandler, Ariz., spoke with students in the School of Communication about the importance of social media and branding. Their business, Intermixx Brand Management, offers one-on-one social media coaching for athletes and coaches who want to more fully develop and control their own personal platforms.

2016: JOHN BOISON
Mason, Inc. has hired John Boison (A&S), (BARNEY) of Rocky Hill, Conn., as a search marketing analyst. He will help expand campaign strategy and increase business growth for both the agency and its clients. Boison is certified in Google Analytics, Google AdWords and marketing research using SPSS.

2016: RYAN CHAPMAN
The animated film Loving Vincent was profiled in the October issue of Entertainment Weekly. Two alumni, Tyler Berry (HAS) of Middlefield, Conn., and Ryan Chapman (HAS) of Simsbury, Conn., played a role its creation. The film tells the tale of an amateur sleuth who seeks to explain Van Gogh’s death through the subjects in 130 extended animations of his masterpieces. Berry and Chapman spent six months in Poland painting about 600 of the 62,000 frames needed to tell the story.

2017: ROURK MARLOW
Ryan Riggs  Clark Davis Engineering & Surveying, D.P.C, announced the addition of Rourk Marlow (CETA) of Malone, N.Y., as a design engineer in its Capital District office. He will provide engineering support for design of new and renovated structures in the educational, municipal and industrial markets.

2017: CAROLINE TORRES
Caroline Torres M (BARNEY) of East Hartford, Conn., is replacing council member Michael Kurker as a member of the East Hartford School Board.

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Weddings

Onufrey
ELIZABETH ONUFREY
’07 (A&S), ’08 (A&S) and Jason McHale of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., were married September 3, 2017, in Great River, N.Y. Alumni guests in attendance included (left-right), Chris Spivey ’07 (A&S) of Knightdale, N.C., Barbara Eichvalds Spivey ’07 (A&S) of Knightdale, N.C., Kyra Downs McGrath '06 (ENHP) of King of Prussia, Pa., Catherine Colquhoun ’08 (HARTT) of N. Massapequa, N.Y., Kaitlin Walsh ’02 (A&S), M’04 (A&S) of Windsor, Conn., and Jessica Abrantes Figueirdo ’08 (A&S) of Newington, Conn. The ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Michael Dolan who served as UHart’s chaplain when Elizabeth was a student.

Ungvarsky

ZACK UNGVARSKY ’10 (BARNEY) and Alicia Murray from N. Andover, Mass., were married October 13, 2017, at Granite Links Golf Course in Quincy, Mass.  Alumni in attendance included Nick Pakora ’10 (BARNEY) from South Windsor, Conn., Shane DiBiasio ’10 (BARNEY) from Warwick, R.I. and Aubrey Ungvarsky ’14 (BARNEY) from Wilmington, Mass.  Aubrey, the groom’s sister, was in the wedding party.  Zach is a business analyst for the financial firm Vestmark, Inc. in Wakefield, while Alicia is a third-grade teacher at Oaklandvale Elementary School in Saugus, Mass.   

Zaret
ALANA ZARET
’12 (A&S) and JOHN HUSHAW ’13 (CETA) of Mystic, Conn., were married August 12, 2017, at Harkness State Park in Waterford, Conn. Many friends and alumni were in attendance including (starting in the back row, left to right) Kevin Zhang of Unionville, Conn., Austin Smith ’12 (HARTT) of Cincinnati, OH, James Pellisser ’13 (CETA) of Brooklyn, N.Y., Craig Healey ’12 (CETA) of Norwich, Conn., LUKE WHITE ’13 (A&S) of W. Boylston, Mass., Kristen Powell  ’14 (HARTT), M’16 (HARTT) of Colchester, Conn.), Natalie Wing ’95 (A&S), M’06 (A&S) of S. Windsor, Conn., Angela Healey ’14 (HARTT) of Norwich, Conn., Suzzane Gurtin A’96 (HILLYER), ’88 (A&S) of Lynnfield, Mass., Ryan Carew '12 (ENHP), D’15 (ENHP) of Red Bank, N.J., the groom, the bride, Brittany Travers ’13 (ENHP) of New Bedford, Mass., Kathyrn Carta ‘11 (A&S) of Waterford, Conn., Lana Kessell ’13 (A&S) of Middletown, Conn., Staci Kolko ’13 (ENHP) of Newark, Del., James Tiernan  ND (A&S) of Franklin , Mass., Cassie Knudson ’15 (A&S) of Needham, Mass., Patricia Swanson A’11 (HILLYER), ’13 (A&S) of E. Greenwich, R.I., and Amy Flemming. The bride is an office administrator at the Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods, while the groom is a senior engineer at Electric Boat.

Gouin
ALEX GOUIN
’14 (BARNEY) and LAURA SQUIRES ’13 (ENHP) of S. Windsor, Conn., were married October 14 at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven, Conn. Alumni in the wedding party included Justin Bentivegna ’14 (ENHP) of Wantagh, N.Y., Ryan Lukach ’14 (BARNEY) of Hillsborough, N.J., Brian Estevez A’12 (HILLYER), ’14 (A&S), Jennifer Flores ’14 (A&S) of East Meadow, N.Y. and Kara Modzelewski  ’13 (ENHP) of Ellington, Conn.  Other alumni in attendance were Jackie Schwartz ’13 (ENHP) of Stamford, Conn., Kelly Dunn ’13 (ENHP) of Rahway, N.J., Colleen Clark ’13 (ENHP), M’14 (ENHP) of Woburn, Mass., Ryan Powers ’13 (CETA) of Florence, Mass., Julie Oberholtzer (ENHP) of Holland, Pa., Brian Hunter ’14 (ENHP) of Port Jefferson, N.Y., Aaron Wilson A’14 (HILLYER), ’17 (A&S) of Windsor, Conn., Trey Stover ’15 (A&S) of Beech Creek, Pa., Katie Connolly ’17 (A&S) of Glastonbury, Conn., and Sean Newcomb ND ’14 (A&S) of Randolph, Mass. Laura is in her fifth year teaching in the Hartford Public School System, while Alex is playing professional baseball.

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Hatchlings

Orlinski
JENNIFER ORLINSKI
’02 (A&S) and her husband, MICHAEL ORLINSKI ’04 (A&S) of Watertown, Mass., welcomed their second child, Ava Ellis Orlinski, on October 24, 2017. She weighed in at eight pounds, one ounce and was 20 inches long.  She joins family members Sybil and Zoe.

Stouffer
BRADY STOUFFER
’09 (BARNEY) and his wife, BRITTANY (BLACK) STOUFFER ’09 (A&S) of Gathersburg, Md., welcomed their first child, Scarlett Paige Stouffer, on August 16, 2017.

Winick
JULIE (HANDLER) WINICK
’05 (HILLYER), ’09 (ENHP) and her husband, Dan Winick, of West Hartford, Conn., welcomed their first child, Jordan Maxwell Winick, on July 23, 2017. He weighed in at seven pounds and was 19.5 inches long.

Drexel
ANDY DREXEL
’11 (BARNEY), M’13 and his wife, AMANDA (CORREIA) DREXEL ’10 (ENHP) of Peabody, Mass., welcomed their first child, Harper Inez Drexel, on October 3, 2017. She weighed in at eight pounds, seven ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.  Andy is a district manager at Mayne Pharma.  Amanda is an MRI tech at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Cossette
NICOLE COSSETTE
’15 (A&S) of Meriden, Conn., welcomed a girl, Aniela Cossette, on August 19, 2017.

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Hawks in the News

JOSHUA MEDEIROS D'17 named Cheshire's (Conn.) new Director of Recreation. Read more.

Robinson+Cole Promotes LISA RICCIO ’89 to Counsel. Read more.

KARL GOULET curates Show at Five Points Gallery in Torrington, Conn. Read more.

KELLY MCINTYRE ’15 Stars in “A Night with Janis Joplin”. Read more.

The Daily Gate City (Iowa) adds RICHARD WILSON ’73 as a Staff Writer. Read more.

Parkville Sounds Owner STEVE CUSANO ’15 Impacts Hartford Music Scene. Read more.

West Hartford (Conn.) Police Chief TRACEY GOVE M’01 to Retire. Read more.

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