2011 Fall/Winter – Alumni News and Notes 1980’s

Andrew W. Krevolin ’80 JD has joined the firm Rogin Nassau LLC in Hartford, Conn., as a member of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice group.

Irwin Krieger ’82 (SSW) is the author of Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents, published in February by Genderwise Press in New Haven, Conn.

Jody Dillon Sherman ’82 MBA is the director of marketing and public relations at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Jonathan Zarkower ’82 (BUS), Jay Wedin ’81 (CLAS), and the other former members of Narrow Escape, a popular UConn rock-and-roll band from the early 1980s, reunited at the Old Well Tavern in Simsbury, Conn. Nearly 200 fellow alumni, friends, and family came out to see the band. Net proceeds from the event benefitted the Foundation for Educating Children with Autism. Wedin is an officer with FECA.

Peter H. Lewis ’83 (ENG), ’88 MBA is vice president of finance and administration at BioScale Inc., in Cambridge, Mass., where he is responsible for finance, accounting, IT, human resources, and facilities functions for the company.

Laura Cahill ’84 JD was elected secretary of the University of Connecticut Alumni Association Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2011-2012. She resides in Glastonbury, Conn.

David Hancock ’84 (CLAS) is litigation support manager with Akerman Senterfitt, a law firm in Orlando, Fla., where he oversees the firm’s litigation support efforts.

Deborah M. Murphy ’84 (BUS) is vice president of global marketing for Zebra Technologies Corporation, headquartered in Lincolnshire, Ill. She oversees the company’s ongoing efforts to increase global market share and further strengthen its core business and leadership position in specialty printing, auto identification, and asset tracking solutions.

Lori Riiska ’84 (BUS) was elected treasurer of the University of Connecticut Alumni Association Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2011-2012. She resides in Winsted, Conn.

Louise Tarnowski Plack ’84 (ED), ’90 MA is a special education teacher at Marlborough Elementary School and executive board member of Pocketful of Joy, a nonprofit organization that provides health care and education opportunities to children in northern Tanzania. From January to March 2011, she worked in Tanzania with educators at the local and district level to improve education for primary and secondary schoolchildren.

Suzanne Bona-Hatem ’85 (SFA) organized and performed in the fourth annual “Music Among Friends” concert, held in June to benefit the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties in Ohio. She is a longtime volunteer tutor and member of the Literacy Council’s board of directors.

Liana Fresher ’85 (CANR) was elected to the University of Connecticut Alumni Association Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2011-2012. She resides in Manchester, Conn.

Robert F. Marrs ’85 MBA is vice president of international business development for ThermoEnergy Corporation in Worcester, Mass., where he is charged with developing strategies, budgets, and goals for international expansion of the company’s wastewater recovery and emissions-free, clean coal power generation technologies.

George C. Springer Jr. ’85 (CLAS), ’88 JD is counsel for the firm Rogin Nassau LLC in Hartford, Conn., in its business, corporate, and commercial law and litigation and dispute resolution groups.

Laura K. Taylor ’85 (BUS), vice president of strategic sourcing and procurement at Pitney Bowes in Stamford, Conn., was elected chair of the board of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

John Whalen-Bridge ’85 (CLAS) is the co-author of Writing as Enlightenment: Buddhist American Literature into the Twenty-first Century, published by SUNY Press in August. He is an associate professor of English at the National University of Singapore.

Stephen Gavazzi ’86 MA, ’91 Ph.D. is dean and director at The Ohio State University at Mansfield in Mansfield, Ohio. He is also a professor in the department of human development and family science at the university.

Karl Hobbs ’86 (CLAS) is director of men’s basketball administration at UConn. Hobbs was point guard and captain of the Huskies in the early 1980s and spent the past decade as head coach at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Lauren (Binder) Blinder ’87 (BUS) and Roger Blinder married on June 20, 2010. They announce the birth of their son, Braeden Alex, on March 10, 2011. They reside in Boca Raton, Fla.

Gino Brino ’87 (CLAS), ’98 DMD received his fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry.

Christopher G. Johnson ’87 (BUS) is assistant vice president and manager of the downtown Stamford, Conn., location of TD Bank, where he is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, and personnel and daily operations. He previously was sales and operations leader at Fairfield County Bank in Westport, Conn., and has more than 25 years of experience in retail banking.

Allen R. Jones Jr. ’87 (ED) opened Dominion Physical Therapy & Associates’ seventh office, in Norfolk, Va. Dominion specializes in sports, work, and personal injuries.

Christopher S. LaRoche ’88 (CLAS) is a usability consultant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. He recently was elected to the board of directors for the Usability Professionals’ Association’s Boston chapter and celebrated his 10th year of teaching at Northeastern University in Boston.

David Albrycht ’89 MBA is chief investment officer of multi-sector strategies at Newfleet Asset Management in Hartford, Conn. He was previously executive managing director and senior portfolio manager of Goodwin Capital Advisers in Hartford.

Nancy DeCrescenzo ’89 (CLAS) received the National Career Development Association’s 2011 Outstanding Career Practitioner Award at its global conference in San Antonio in June. She is the president of the Connecticut Counseling Association and director of career services at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Conn.

Steven A. Gentile ’89 (CLAS) is associate chair of finance and administration for Yale Cardiovascular Medicine in New Haven, Conn. He previously was clinical administrator for Yale Neurosurgery/Orthopaedics and the executive director of Yale Cardiology Network. He holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Richard Stoelzel ’89 MM is professor of music at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. He has two CDs with Albany Records, “Born to be Mild” and “A Mild Fantasie,” which have received international critical acclaim.