James M. Kerr (’87 M.S. Management) has authored the book, The Executive Checklist: A Guide for Setting Direction and Managing Change, recently published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book helps C-level executives improve the way they drive change in their organizations. Kerr is a management consultant and organizational behaviorist with BlumShapiro. Kerr has written four business strategy books. [posted 03/10/14]

Yvette (Thiesfield) Melendez
(’90 HGC M.S. Management, Corporate Fellows Class 10) has been elected Chair of the nine-member, volunteer Board of Directors of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving – the community foundation for the 29-town Greater Hartford region. She is vice president of government and community alliances for Hartford Hospital. [posted 01/16/14]

Todd V. Hedges
(’98 M.S. Management) joined Consigli Construction Co., Inc., as a Senior Project Manager. He is a LEED Accredited Professional. Hedges has over 23 years of experience in the construction industry, and has been involved in extensive renovations and laboratory projects at Yale University and the University of Connecticut. [posted 01/15/14]

James E. Koontz
(’00 M.S. Management) has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Power and Energy Society. He is Vice President of Kinsley Energy Systems, in East Granby. Mr. Koontz has worked in a variety of energy-related positions to include project development, feasibility studies, plant selection and sizing, financing, O&M, installation, commissioning, and ongoing operations. [posted 01/15/14]

Troy J. Damboise
(’99 MBA) has been appointed First Vice President, General Auditor, Liberty Bank. Previously, he completed a 14-year career at ING, most recently serving as vice president and division audit director. Prior to that, he worked for Citigroup and General Electric. Damboise is a certified internal auditor (CIA) and has a certification in risk management assurance. [posted 01/15/14]

David P. Hess
('79 B.S. Electrical Engineering, '86 M.S. Electrical Engineering) retired after 34 years at United Technologies Corporation (UTC). Hess joined UTC in 1979 with Hamilton Sundstrand, the company then known as Hamilton Standard. In 2005, he was named president of the Hamilton Sundstrand aerospace unit, followed by his appointment as president of Pratt & Whitney in 2009. During his tenure, Hamilton Sundstrand became the largest systems supplier on Boeing's 787. Under his leadership, Pratt & Whitney achieved its sole-source position on the F-35 fighter aircraft, acquired a majority share in International Aero Engines and won five applications for the new PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engine. [posted 12/31/13]

Henry Burgos
(’02 M.S. Management, Executive Master's Degree Program Class 23) has been appointed Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations by Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra at City Hall. Burgos, a Hartford native, joins the administration after serving as Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Capital Community College. Previously, he served as the Principal Human Resources Specialist for the State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services. [posted 12/02/13]

Retired Staff Sergeant Chandler J. Howard (’97 M.S. Management) of Farmington, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam as a Helicopter Crew Chief, and today is the President and CEO of Connecticut’s Liberty Bank, has been named as one of the Grand Marshals of the 2013 Connecticut Veterans Day Parade. [posted 11/04/13]

Kimberly A. McLean
(’90 M.S. Computer Science), Principal Engineer, General Dynamics Electric Boat, has been honored by the Connecticut Science Center as the winner of the first annual Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award. The award recognizes exceptional leadership in promoting participation and interest of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). McLean has spent the past 16 years volunteering for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut, developing her own annual events and activities. She is also a founding member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) New England Shoreline Section. [posted 10/21/13]

George P. Panciera
('89 M.S. Computer Science) is President of HDH Technologies in North Stonington. He heads the start-up company that designed the product, SaniCheck -- a simple solution for hand hygiene monitoring. Field testing for SaniCheck is taking place at the Hospital of Central Connecticut with impressive results. Panciera says the company just completed an initial production run with plans to introduce the product nationally this year. [posted 09/27/13]

Richard R. Cascio
('78 MBA) of Chelsea Groton Bank, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Senior Loan Officer. Based at the Poquonnock Road, Groton office, he oversees the bank's lending portfolios and contributes to the bank's strategic planning and direction. Previously, he served as the bank's senior vice president, commercial loan manager in the commercial lending department. [posted 05/10/13]

James Calabrese
James F. Calabrese ('01 MBA), CPA, has joined finalsite as Chief Financial Officer of the East Hartford online learning and communications company. Most recently, he served as chief financial and operating officer for NetKey, an applications and management software company. Previously, Calabrese spent eight years as thechief financial and operating officer for Vertafore, a software-as-a-service business serving the insurance vertical. [posted 04/01/13]

Dennis A. Tito
('64 M.S. Engineering Science), founder and CEO of Wilshire Associates, Inc., became the world's first space tourist, traveling aboard a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian crew to the International Space Station in April 2001. The millionaire recently founded a new nonprofit called the Inspiration Mars Foundation, with a plan to launch a manned Mars flyby mission with a married couple in 2018. [posted 03/01/13]

Elizabeth G. Baker
('05 M.S. Management), was named Director of the Student Financial Systems and Programs for the Student Financial Assistant Department at Sacred Heart University. She will also administer community service and volunteer programs and will oversee some newly developed federal student aid programs. Previously Baker served as director of student financial services for Saint Joseph College. [posted 01/29/13]

Chandler Howard
Chandler J. Howard ('97 M.S. Management), President and CEO of Liberty Bank, has been honored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, with its Executive Choice Award. The award honors Connecticut professionals who have made significant contributions to the business, civic, and cultural betterment of the Greater Hartford and New Haven communities. This is the second year the Connecticut Chapter of the National MS Society has presented the awards. [posted 12/18/12]

Richard J. Johnson
('89 MBA), Glastonbury Town Manager, had his contract extended through the end of 2016 in a unanimous vote by the Glastonbury Town Council. Council members praised Johnson, who has held the position since 1993, for his efforts and have been pleased with the quality of management the town has received under his leadership. Prior to being Town Manager, Johnson was Glastonbury's assistant town manager for seven years. [posted 12/04/12]

Joyce A. Sauchuk
('03 MBA), was named Director of Human Resources for the Town of Waterford and the Waterford Board of Education. Prior to this position, she spent more than 15 years working in human resources for the town of Groton. Sauchuk has significant experience in all areas of human resources and labor relations. [posted 12/04/12]

Tamela D. Higgins
('97 M.S. Management), has joined Chelsea Groton Bank as Assistant Vice President and Human Resources Manager, responsible for employee relations, staffing, and other programs for bank employees. She brings extensive leadership skills and experience to the bank. Higgins has held human resources management positions at Computer Sciences Corporation, American Power Conversion Corporation, and Analysis & Technology, Inc. [posted 12/04/12]

Dr. Mithlesh Govil
('04 M.S. Management), oncologist at the New London Cancer Center, was recently profiled in Grace: A Magazine for Women, published by The Day. The article sheds light on her optimistic outlook, her love of art, finding joy in the field of oncology, and challenging herself to learn something new each decade -- including earning a Rensselaer Master's degree in her 50s. Read the article here. [posted 12/04/12]

Sandra L. Spencer
('98 M.S. Management), Director of Human Resources for S&S Worldwide, has been selected as the first participant of a membership exchange program between the Human Resource Leadership Association of Eastern Connecticut and the Society for Human Resource Management. Spencer has been a member of the Association since its creation in 2000 and has held a variety of leadership positions. She has 29 years of experience in the human resources field. [posted 10/02/12]

Carl H. Harding
('05 B.S. Industrial Management, '07 M.S. Management, '09 M.S. Engineering Science, Industrial Process Management Class 10) was named to the seventeenth annual "40 Under Forty" list of greater Hartford's young business leaders, sponsored by the Hartford Business Journal. Harding is the Quality and ACE (Achieving Competitive Excellence) Manager at UTC Power (a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation). He is active in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life events. [posted 08/23/12]

Mary J. (Wood) Morgan
('00 MBA) has been named Vice President of Human Resources at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. In her new position, she will oversee human resources, education and development, the hospital’s child care center, pastoral care, and volunteer services. Morgan joined the hospital in 1999 and has served in various human resources positions, most recently as director. Before joining the hospital, she worked at Rensselaer at Hartford in the enrollment department. [posted 08/13/12]

In Memoriam
- Wellen G. Davison ('60 M.S. Mechanical Engineering), of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, died on June 12, 2012. He was a Senior Design Engineer with Westinghouse Electric Corp. from 1949 to 1958. Davison began his career with Western New England College (now Western New England University) as facutly in 1951. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1989. Davison was a member of Sigma XI, Sigma Beta Tau and Phi Tau Sigma (Honorary Engineering Societies), was a Fellow Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a Member of the Engineering Society of Western Massachusetts, was in the WNEC Engineering School Hall of Fame, and received the Dedicated Service Award-ASME. [posted 08/13/12]

Richard R. Cascio
('78 MBA) has joined Chelsea Groton Bank as Senior Vice President, Commercial Loan Manager in the Commercial Lending Department. He will focus his business development efforts throughout New London County. Cascio served as a member of the Board of Directors of United Community and Family Services for nine years, including two as chairman. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut for six years. [posted 07/13/12]

Edward J. Hoyt
('84 M.S. Management) has been named Director of Business and Operations for Plainville Community Schools. Prior to this appointment, he was business administrator for the Canton school system. Hoyt has held several positions in the private and government sectors including work for the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services and the Orange public school district. He is certified as a State of Connecticut School Business Administrator. [posted 06/26/12]

Martha S. Gervasi ('92 MBA) has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. She joined The Hartford as senior vice president of human resources in the consumer markets business and finance and enterprise risk management functions. Prior to joining The Hartford, Gervasi was chief human resources officer for a division of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation and worked in human resoures at General Electric Co. [posted 06/13/12]

In Memoriam - Barbara Jean (Bartley) Potter (HGC '84 M.S. Health Care Management), of Plainville, died on April 25, 2012. Mrs. Potter was dedicated to serving others as she was employed as a Registered Nurse at Hartford Hospital, retiring in 1994 after many years of service. (Note: HGC = Hartford Graduate Center) [posted 05/16/12]

Klarn J. DePalma
('98 MBA), Senior Vice President and General Manager of WFSB-TV 3 and WSHM-TV, has been elected chair of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Broadcasters Association. [posted 04/17/12]

John Casey
John P. Casey (’81 MBA) has been appointed Executive Vice President, Marine Systems group, General Dynamics Electric Boat, effective May 2. Casey has been president of General Dynamics Electric Boat since October 2003. He joined Electric Boat in 1979 and served in a variety of increasingly responsible operations and management positions, including vice president of operations, before becoming president. The General Dynamics Marine Systems group is comprised of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Conn., and Quonset Point, R.I.; and General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego, Calif. The group is a leading U.S. shipbuilder, designing, building and supporting a diverse portfolio of ships for the U.S. Navy and commercial customers. [posted 04/05/12]

John C. Hoffert
('90 MBA) joined iDevices LLC as Chief Operating Officer. iDevices is a rapidly growing developer of App-enabled products that incorporate wireless connectivity to Apple and other mobile devices. Hoffert brings more than 25 years of professional experience in positions where he has made both business and technical contributions. [posted 04/02/12]

Amy Jaffe Barzach ('89 MBA) has been named Director of the Women's Education and Leadership Fund (WELFund) at the University of Hartford (U of H). WELFund provides programs, grants, and scholarships that honor the legacy of Hartford College for Women and benefit U of H. Previously, she was founder/director emeritus of Boundless Playgrounds. [posted 03/27/12]

Steven A. Gentile ('93 MBA) is Associate Chair of Finance and Administration at Yale Cardiovascular Medicine. He previously was clinical administrator for Yale Neurosurgery/Orthopaedics and the executive director of Yale Cardiology Network.
[posted 03/16/12]

Kimberly McLean
Kimberly A. McLean (’90 M.S. Computer Science), Principal Engineer, General Dynamics Electric Boat, was honored as the winner in the “Community Innovation and Leadership” category at the Women of Innovation Awards sponsored by the Connecticut Technology Council, and held March 1. McLean has spent 27 years working in engineering and information technology at Electric Boat. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and has been working with SWE and the Girl Scouts for almost 20 years to develop and present Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs for girls of all ages. McLean works with the Girl Scouts to provide girls at camp with opportunities to learn about astronomy and the use of telescopes. [posted 03/08/12]

In Memoriam - Melvin C. Smith (HGC '85 M.S. Health Care Management), of Georgia, died on January 28, 2012. He and his wife Mary opened the Elm Hill Convalescent and Rest Home in Rocky Hill in 1971. He operated the facility for 30 years. Smith immersed himself in both daily operations and industry improvements in nursing home care. (Note: HGC = Hartford Graduate Center) [posted 02/15/12]

Teresa L. (Mullett) Ressel
('90 MBA), has been named to the Board of Trustees at Sacred Heart University, the institution's top governing body. Her professional career includes work at General Dynamics, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and UBS Securities LLC. Ressel has served on several boards, including technology, manufacturing, business, and non-profits.
[posted 01/31/12]

Katherine "Kate" H. Emery ('85 M.S. Computer Science), founder and CEO of Walker Systems Support, has accepted a three-year term on the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) Board of Directors. In her new board role, she brings over 25 years of experience in working with firms statewide to improve how they leverage their IT investments for competitive advantage. Walker Systems Support provides network management and computer support services. Emery is also founder and CEO of Social Enterprise Trust (reSET). [posted 01/24/12]

Charles (Chuck) F. LoCurto, Jr., ('87 MBA) has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. He joined the Board in May 2008. One of his responsiblities in his new role will be to guide the non-profit insurer through the local implementation of healthcare reform. LoCurto is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Textron Financial Corporation. [posted 01/17/12]

Jacquelyn G. Calamari ('00 M.S. Management) has been appointed Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Middlesex Hospital. She has been a nurse manager at Middlesex Hospital since 1978. Calamari is a certified nurse executive/advanced and is also certified in emergency nursing. [posted 01/02/12]

In Memoriam - Edward F. Cole ('66 M.S. Mechanical Engineering), of Guilford, died on December 5, 2011. He was employed as an engineer with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft / United Technologies Corporation (UTC), Chrysler Corporation, and Pratt & Whitney until his retirement in 1990. [posted 12/08/11]

James S. Rivers ('01 MBA) of Pomfret, was re-elected as First Selectman in the town of Pomfret on November 8.
[posted 11/09/11]

Gregory S. Cassells
('00 MBA) has been named Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer of Essex Savings Bank. He has more than 20 years of banking experience, primarily as a commercial real estate construction lender. Cassells has served as vice president at both Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase Bank, and directed affordable housing development at Mercy Housing, Inc., in Hartford. [posted 10/11/11]

Dennis E. Welch
('88 M.S. Management) has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Ohio's American Electric Power, effective October 1, 2011. He had served as executive vice president for environment, safety and health, and facilities for the utility company since 2007. Welch was president and chief operating officer of Northeast Utilities' Yankee Energy System gas utility from 2001 to 2005. [posted 10/10/11]

Updated: 2016-05-16, 15:31