Category: Catching Up

note includes multiple accomplishments by alumnus or alumni

Edward Nusbaum ’70 (CLAS)

Edward Nusbaum ’70 (CLAS), co-founder and principal of Westport-based family law firm Nusbaum & Parrino P.C., was selected by his peers for inclusion on the 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America, a distinction he has earned for 23 consecutive years.

Christen Hernandez ’08 (SFA, ED) and Dan Campolieta ’08 (SFA, ED)

Dan Campolieta ’08 (SFA, ED) is the pianist for The United States Army Chorus, the vocal component of The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, and Christen Hernandez ’08 (SFA, ED) teaches classroom music and directs choirs at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. This summer, taking a break from their day-jobs, they performed together at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage.

David Watts ’96 (CLAS)

David Watts ’96 (CLAS) was recently elected to a three year term as President of the Board of Directors at David’s House in Lebanon, N.H. David’s House provides a home-away-from-home and support for families with children receiving treatment through the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Michael Marshall, LMSW ’17 MSW

Michael Marshall, LMSW ’17 MSW was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Social Workers – Connecticut Chapter. Marshall was also selected as a Credentialed Delegate Assembly Representative for the National Association of Social Workers in Washington, D.C. He was one of 200 Delegates nationwide to recently vote on the acceptance of a revised edition to the NASW Code of Ethics, the first revision made to their professions’ code since 2008. Marshall also received his Licensed Master Social Worker certification from the CT Department of Public Health and was hired as a Outpatient Clinician at a community based non-profit agency in Norwich, Conn.

Frank Cappabianca ’74 (BUS)

Frank Cappabianca ’74 (BUS) retired after 21 years in the Paint, Body & Equipment business in 2011 by selling his business to an Albany, N.Y.-based competitor. This freed him up to devote more time to manage his and his spouse’s rental properties and serving on not-for-profit boards of the Seagle Music Colony (Schroon Lake, N.Y.), Charles R. Wood Theater (Glens Falls, N.Y.) and the Friends Lake Association (Chestertown, N.Y.). Lately he’s also had his hands full assisting his son with a start-up business, THE HUB, an athlete and family friendly complex including a bicycle repair shop/bistro cafe serving artisan food, craft beer and wine, a hostel lodging facility, and a 200+ acre mountain with hiking and soon to be built mountain bike trails, in Brant Lake, N.Y.

Stephen Smith ’78 MSW

Stephen Smith ’78 MSW has retired from State Service after 26 years as a supervisor for the Mass Department of Welfare/Social Services and 22 years as a Health Facility Specialist with the Mass Dept of Public Health, Division of Health Care Quality. Recently he (and his wife, Nancy), re-visited Cambodia and Vietnam with several former South Vietnam veterans. Stephen served as a combat infantry sergeant, from 1969-70, with the 1st Infantry, 1/4 Calvary Mechanized and 101st Airborne Divisions. Recently, He was honored to lay a wreath at the Normandy Beach monument in France on behalf of an uncle who served at D-Day, and as a representative of the Army Divisions mentioned above.

Dr. Alan J. Lipman ’84 (CLAS)

Dr. Alan J. Lipman ’84 (CLAS) was featured in the Tom Hanks/CNN series “The Nineties”, in the episode “Terrorism Strikes Home.” Dr. Lipman discussed the causes and consequences of such violent and terrorist attacks as the World Trade Center bombing, the Columbine School Shootings, and the Oklahoma City bombing, and how such events could be prevented in the future.

Christie D. Jean ’11 (CLAS), ’14 JD

Christie D. Jean ’11 (CLAS), ’14 JD has been elected to the Board of Directors for the The Artists Collective, a multi-arts and cultural organization serving the Greater Hartford, Conn. region. The Artists Collective works to safeguard and maintain the arts and culture of the African diaspora and to expose children to a nontraditional arts education by promoting social skills training, school success, and community responsibility.

Courtney Dinnan ’12 (CLAS) and David Knapp ’10 (ED)

Courtney Dinnan ’12 (CLAS) and David Knapp ’10 (ED) were married on May 28, 2017 and celebrated with many fellow proud UConn alumni including UConn Huskies basketball player Neils Giffey.
While at UConn, Courtney competed for the Huskies as a 3-sport athlete and captain of the women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field teams.