Category: CLAS

CLAS alumni included in note

Mary MacIlvain ’73 (CLAS), ’75 MS

Mary MacIlvain ’73 (CLAS), ’75 MS joins Hoffmann Architects, an architecture and engineering firm specializing in the rehabilitation of building exteriors, as Marketing Coordinator, based in the firm’s Hamden, Connecticut headquarters. With more than ten years’ experience marketing professional services, she excels at collaborating with technical and business development staff to develop proposal and qualification packages that address prospective client needs and demonstrate the firm’s capabilities in clear, concise terms. Her proficiency in a wide range of design and information management software programs, along with her capacity for supporting staff and clients in achieving successful project outcomes, enables MacIlvain to coordinate the efforts of a busy marketing and business development department. She lives in East Hampton, Connecticut.

Tim Stobierski, ’11 (CLAS)

Tim Stobierski, ’11 (CLAS) recently launched, a website dedicated to helping college students, graduates, and parents who are struggling to make sense of the complex world of student loans. Full of tips about saving for college, repaying debt, successfully managing student loans, and more, our goal is to help create a brand new generation of student debt warriors. Check it out and share with anyone you love who is struggling with student loans.

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.

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.

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. JLA Group ( provides a wide range of consulting and advisory services such as strategic planning and communications, project management, change and performance measurement, acquisition strategy and execution, and proposal and grant development to Government clients and commercial industries.

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.

Cynthia Harakaly ’12 MA and Shane Gibson ’12 MS

Cynthia Harakaly ’12 MA and Shane Gibson ’12 MS were married April 14, 2017 in Sedona, Ariz. They met at UConn in 2011 and moved to Arizona in 2013. Cynthia is a high school counselor at Mingus Union High School and Shane is a professor of mathematics at Yavapai College.

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.

Hannah Adams ’07 (CLAS)

Hannah Adams ’07 (CLAS) recently accepted a position as Sales Associate at Caris Health in Shelton, Conn. Caris Health is a growing health services company focused on reducing costs, improving care outcomes for patients and increasing reimbursement for their clients.