Category: Class Notes

Received a promotion? Married your sweetie? Work got published? Tell us about it! We want to hear how Huskies like you are changing the world.

Taber Small ’02 (CLAS)

Taber Small ’02 (CLAS) recently accepted the position of VP, Business Banking Relationship Manager at PNC Bank in Baltimore, Md.

Jasmine Alcantara ’95 (CLAS), ’99 MBA

Jasmine Alcantara ’95 (CLAS), ’99 MBA, owner of JLA Group, will be awarded the 2017 U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce Innovation & Performance Award at the National Small Business Federal Contracting Summit in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 2017. This prestigious award recognizes women-owned small business owners who exhibit outstanding innovation and/or performance on a key contract that will significantly bolster their ability to secure future opportunities. She has also been selected to present at the Southern New England Conference-Project Management Institute 12th Annual Conference at the Connecticut Convention Center on April 24, 2017.

Joan (Vol Janin) Destino ’66 (ED)

Joan (Vol Janin) Destino ’66 (ED) recently published a novel about Las Vegas in the 90’s with a back story about post World War II Germany entitled RIVER CARD, available on Amazon. She and her husband David Destino ’66 (BUS), a retired partner of the Baker Hostetler law firm, live in Las Vegas.

Shawn Mangar ’04 (CLAS)

Shawn Mangar ’04 (CLAS) , former special education teacher, founded the award-winning Baychester Middle School in the Bronx, his hometown, in New York City, N.Y. Baychester Middle was featured in a number of television shows, teaching magazines, and other publications for its success for both students and teachers.

Steven R. Jenkins, C.P.A.’99 JD, ’12 MBA, ’15 ML

Steven R. Jenkins, C.P.A.’99 JD, ’12 MBA, ’15 ML has been appointed as a Trustee to the Connecticut Laborers’ Pension, Health, and Annuity Funds. Steve is General Counsel and Compliance Director for regional construction firm Manafort Brothers Incorporated headquartered in Plainville, Conn.

Erin Sherman Pezqueda ’91 (CLAS), ’16 6th Year

Erin Sherman Pezqueda ’91 (CLAS) recently received her Administrator Preparation Program diploma from UConn.

Heather Sherman Somers ’88 (CLAS)

Heather Sherman Somers ’88 (CLAS) was elected the Connecticut State Senate in November 2016.

Amy Christine Anderson Ph.D

Amy Christine Anderson, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Connecticut Storrs, died peacefully on July 17, 2016 under the loving care of her family and the staff at UConn Health – John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington.
A fabulous baker and pianist, she will be remembered for her tenacious and optimistic nature. She leaves and will be lovingly missed by her husband of 11 years, Dennis L. Wright; her children, Evan Bailey and Dean Stanton Wright; her parents Douglas W. and Joyce A. (Bailey) Anderson; and her many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.