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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.

Paul W. Catanese ’83 (CLAS)

Donny's Inferno: Down in Flames, book 2 in a series by Paul W. Catanese '83 (CLAS) that takes readers on a thrilling and witty adventure in the underworld, was published in April 2017 by Simon and Schuster. At the same time, book 1 of Donny's Inferno was released in paperback form, as well as two of Catanese's previous novels, The Thief and the Beanstalk and The Mirror's Tale, both in hardcover and paperback. As a UConn student, Paul wrote a cartoon strip entitled Bedlam Hall for the Daily Campus. He and his wife, Lisa Stenza Catanese '83 (CLAS), are residents of Columbia, Conn.

Dr. John Thomas Marcoux ’89 (CAHNR)

Dr. John Thomas Marcoux '89 (CAHNR) of Sudbury, MA, is the recipient of the 2017 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeon's (ACFAS) Distinguished Service Award, one of the College's highest honors. The ACFAS Board of Directors presents this award each year to recognize those members who volunteer their time, expertise and service behind the scenes to advance the College's mission. Dr. Marcoux is the fourteenth recipient of this distinguished honor and was presented with the award at ACFAS' Annual Scientific Conference in Las Vegas on February 28, 2017.