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Hawks in the News


Robert Pawlicki (A&S) of Savannah, Ga., has published a third book on the topic of happiness. It is titled Control What You Can Control: A Path to Happiness and is available through common booksellers.


Thomas Devita, PC, (ENHP) of Acton, Mass., was recognized at the Activator Global Leadership Conference in Phoenix in July, 2017. He was awarded a golden Activator IV 50th Anniversary edition instrument for his above-and-beyond efforts in promoting the popularity of instrument adjusting with the Activator Method.

1971: ARTHUR ROME profiled the Rome family, honoring the retirement of the company’s president, Arthur Rome (A&S) of Leominster, Mass. He is the son of one of the original owners and joined the company in 1972, shortly after graduating from UHart. Rome Furniture has been a leading furniture retailer in Central Massachusetts for 72 years.

David Katz (Hartt), AD'84 (Hartt), M'89 (Hartt) of Danbury, Conn., continues to have success touring and performing Muse of Fire, his acclaimed one-man play about Charles Bruck and secrets of the conductor's art. Included was a command performance at the University of Michigan this fall as a guest of famed conducting pedagogue, Kenneth Kiesler.

Jeffrey Noonan (Hartt) of St. Louis Mo., playing theorbo and baroque guitar, and Samuel Breene, playing baroque violin, played together as Musicke’s Cordes this past fall at Shumei International Institute in Crestone, Colo. They performed "Looking South: Italian Music in the Chapels and Courts of Germany."

Pelosi1977: LOUIS PELOSI
The compositions of Louis Pelosi (Hartt) of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. will be performed in a three-recital concert series at Merkin Concert Hall on November 5, 8, and 12. The programs will include the premiere of six sonatas interspersed with complete etudes by Chopin, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff, and will be performed by British-Polish pianist Mateusz Borowiak in his American debut

Louise E. Loomis M (ENHP) of Bloomfield, Conn., has co-authored a new manual for educators and classroom teachers titled, The Cognitive Six: A Guide to Teaching Thinking. The manual, written with Tom Smith, refers to the six thinking skills our brains naturally possess and use to organize information.

Bernard Kavaler (A&S), M'88 (Barney) of West Hartford, Conn., was elected president of the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government. He is a former president of UHart’s Alumni Association.

Thorton1978: MIKE THORTON
The Capitol Steps actor and jazz vocalist Mike Thorton (Hartt) of Washington, D.C. joined with the jazz and rock band Cruppo for a live performance at the Egremont Barn in S. Egremont, Mass. on September, 28. Their unique stylings of Jazz standards were recorded for Thorton’s upcoming live album, Top Standards for MTA records.


Steven Brown A'80 (Ward), '82 (Ward) of Bloomfield, Conn., marked his 35th anniversary working for the Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, formerly the Hewlett-Packard Company.

Devivo1983: DONALD A. DEVIVO
Donald A. Devivo (Barney), M'84 of Berlin, Conn., was one of eight individuals who were honored by the Connecticut Convention and Sports Bureau (CTCSB) for their work in helping to secure and promote meetings and events that have had a profound impact on the State’s economy. He is president of Dattco, Inc.

Fulco1983: MARK FULCO
Trinity Health of New England announced that Mark Fulco M (Barney) of Rocky Hill, Conn., accepted the position of President of Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. He returns to Mercy after spending the past two years at Trinity Health's corporate office in Livonia, Mich., where he served as system vice-president for health ministries and system office communication interface.

1987: A.L. KAPLAN
Star Touched, the debut novel by A.L. Kaplan (HAS) of Laurel, Md., was released October 1 and is available through all common booksellers.


In September, Adam L. Gorski M (Barney) of Southington, Conn., completed the requirement for a Ph.D in management at Walden University.

On-Net Surveillance Systems (OnSSI) announced that Laura Ascolese (A&S) of Montville, N.J., has been appointed to the newly created position of inside sales representative. She will be managing inside sales for the company’s flagship Ocularis 5 video management software product as well as software upgrades by the company.

Castellano1999: PETER CASTELLANO
ESPN Art Director Peter Castellano (HAS) of Mercerville, N.J., won an Emmy for Outstanding Live Graphic Design for the World Cup of Hockey broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2. His graphics can be viewed at

Kenyon Williams M (Hartt) of Moorhead, Minn., was among a group of performers and educators that hosted a preview event this fall for this season’s performance schedule at the University of Jamestown Reiland Fine Arts Center in Jamestown, N.D. His Varying Degrees Percussion Trio provided the first performance of the season.


Nicholas Oliver (A&S) of East Providence, R.I. has declared his intent to run for Mayor of East Providence in 2018. He is currently executive director of the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care. In that role, Oliver serves as the CEO of an association of providers that deliver healthcare services in the home to pediatrics, adults with disabilities, and the elderly.

Michael Rezek (Barney) of Norwood, Mass., is vice president and principal at Town Business Systems, located in Norwood, Mass. In that role, he oversees the office equipment and managed print business.

Michelle Prindle (Hartt) and her husband, Dan Prindle, opened a second location of their music school. The Prindle School now has locations in Easthampton and Hadley, Mass. They offer instruction in all instruments and voice, as well as classes and ensembles, and a fully operational recording studio.

Jonathan Gilbert (Barney) of Long Island City, N.Y., senior managing director at Crystal & Company, was the featured presenter on the Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series webcast "M&A Reps and Warranties Insurance: Best Practices and Strategies to Mitigate Risk in Negotiating the Deal." He has 13 years of mergers and acquisitions insurance experience and oversees the company’s commercial insurance services unit.

Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Mass., has named Christine M. Basil, MSN, RN, M (ENHP) of Baldwinville, Mass., as its vice president and chief nursing officer. She comes to Holy Family with over 16 years of experience at a variety of medical facilities. Most recently, Basil served as vice-president and chief nursing officer at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, Mass.

Merrill Lynch’s Matthew Marques (Barney), M'08 (BARNEY) of Glastonbury, Conn., was named to the first Forbes list of "America's Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors." The ranking is based on a variety of criteria meant to recognize the best forward thinkers in the advisory business. He joined Merrill Lynch in 2006.


Kyle Brand (Hartt) of New York, N.Y. was the director of the production of Avenue Q that played at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, Conn. this fall. The musical is an audacious for-adults-only "Sesame Street"-skewering satire.

Steven J. Palmer2010: STEVEN J. PALMER
A United States Patent was awarded to Steven J. Palmer (Barney) of East Hartford, Conn., for a new First Stage Turbine Blade design. He is a F135 systems engineer at CDI Corporation.

Sandy Chase2012: SANDY CHASE
Illustrations from Sandy Chase (HAS), M'84 (ENHP) of West Hartford, Conn. were part of the West Hartford Art League’s exhibition of work by five Connecticut children’s book illustrators in September. She started writing and illustrating in her middle age years and creates with one particular audience in mind, her grandson Sami. Chase is a mother, grandmother, artist, community volunteer, and philanthropist.

Katarzyna (Kasia) Mazur (ENHP), D'17 (ENHP) of Farmington, Conn., recently earned her doctorate in physical therapy and has begun her practice in New Britain, Conn. Her practice will focus on helping the Polish community there.

Aneesa Folds (Hartt) of Jamaica Falls, N.Y., was honored to have sung the national anthem at the 9/11 memorial service in New York City this fall.

The popular rock group, the McLovins, featuring Justin Berger (Hartt) of Devon, Pa., and Jason Ott '16 (Hartt) of Weatogue, Conn., was the subject of a Q&A in The Crimson White during a tour stop in Tuscaloosa, Ala. In the article, UHart was credited with the formation of the group.

Lauren Lamothe C'15 (ENHP), (ENHP) recently completed clinical training at the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn., receiving a specialization in adult cardiac ultrasound.

The accounting firm Baker Newman Noyes hired Andrew Murry (Barney) of Falmouth, Maine as a staff member in its Maine audit practice.

Jason Ott (Hartt): See Justin Berger '15.


Emily TricaricoEMILY TRICARICO '08 (ENHP) and Steven Wilkinson of Astoria, N.Y., were married May 20, 2017, at the Park Hyatt in New York City, N.Y. Alumnae and fellow Delta Zeta sisters Kelly O'Brien '08 (ENHP), M'09 (ENHP) of Venice, Fla.; Kimberly Tredinnick '09 (Hartt) of Astoria, N.Y.; Elise Healey '07 (A&S), M'09 (A&S) of Manchester, Conn.; and Amanda Mazloom '07 (A&S) of Astoria, N.Y., were in attendance. Phil Healey '08 (Barney) of Manchester, Conn., and Ryan Doherty A'06 (Hillyer), '08 (A&S) of Braintree, Mass., also attended the wedding. The bride is a speech language pathologist at Mount Sinai Hospital while the groom is a district sales manager for Gallo Wines.

Accardo weddingELIZABETH (DEER) ACCARDO '12 (A&S) and MAX ACCARDO '12 (CETA) of Groton, Conn., were married September 9, 2017, in Groton at the Branford House. Both work at General Dynamics Electric Boat. Max works as an engineer and Elizabeth works in international programs. The couple follow in the footsteps of Max's parents, Sara (Fichtenholtz) Accardo '81 (ENHP) and Carl Accardo '82 (Barney), who also met while they were students at UHart.


O'Hara babyCHARLIE O'HARA '98 (ENHP), M'00 (ENHP) and his wife, Angela O'Hara of West Hartford, Conn., welcomed their first child, Callen Jack O'Hara, on June 13, 2017. Charlie works at SS&C Technologies in Windsor, Conn, while Angela is employed by Lockton Companies in Farmington, Conn.

Addie familyJESSICA (RUBINSTEIN) ADDIE '04 (ENHP), M'08 (ENHP) and her husband, TIMOTHY ADDIE '02 (ENHP), M'04 (ENHP) of Ellington, Conn., welcomed their third daughter, Avery Leigh Addie, on May 23, 2017. She joins sisters Reese and Elena.

CaitlinCAITLIN (BAILEY) O'NEILL '06 (A&S), her husband, CHRISTOPHER O'NEILL '05 (CETA), M'08 (CETA) and their son, Reilly, of Newington, Conn., welcomed a daughter, Ainsley Gina O'Neill, on June 13, 2017.

Zinman familyJILLIAN (ZINMAN) '07 (ENHP) and her husband, Steve Pollack, of Southington, Conn. welcomed a son, Michael Pollock, on January 17, 2017.

CouryALEX (MORLEY) COURY '08 (Barney), M'10 (Barney), and her husband, JOHN COURY '08 (A&S) of Simsbury, Conn., welcomed a daughter, Monroe Cynthia Coury, on September 2, 2017. Alex is a development officer in the Office of Institutional Advancement at the University of Hartford, while John is a partner at Camlea Realty, LLC, a commercial real estate firm.

DavidsonDANA (FURST) DAVIDSON '08 (ENHP), and her husband, ADAM DAVIDSON '08 (Barney) of Concord, N.H., welcomed a son, Ellis Daniel Davidson, on July 4, 2017.

RiccoJON RICCO '10 (BARNEY), and his wife, Shannon Ricco, of Minneapolis, Minn., welcomed a daughter, Elliott Lea Ricco, on September 10. Jon is a commercial airlines captain based out of New York City.

Hawks in the News

JULIE OBERHOLTZER '13 and SHEALAGH BEGLEY A'11, '13 help launch SistaSoccer Program. Read more.

JOE ZUBRETSKY '79 named Molina Healthcare CEO. Read more.

NELBA MARQUEZ-GREENE '97 speaks out on the Las Vegas Incident. Read more.

DAVID C. BENOIT M'88 tabbed interim President and CEO of Connecticut Water Service, Inc. Read more.

Plainville Choral Society in Conn. announced GREG WILFRID '11, M'16 as its new musical director. Read more.