Class Notes

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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 (www.jlausa.com) 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.

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.

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.

Jessica (Lennon) Karolidis ’06 (CLAS) & Evangelos Karolidis ’05 (CAHNR)

Jessica (Lennon) Karolidis '06 (CLAS) and Evangelos Karolidis '05 (CAHNR) welcomed their first daughter Penelope Maria Karolidis on June 26, 2017. Jessica and Evangelos were married June 20, 2015.

Elise (Nickerson) Marzik ’10 (CLAS) and James Marzik ’10 (ENG)

Elise (Nickerson) Marzik '10 (CLAS) and James Marzik '10 (ENG) are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Charles Vincent, born on September 22, 2016. Elise and James were married on April 11, 2015.

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.

Lindsey Reinert ’08 MA

Lindsey Reinert '08 MA has recently received her Doctorate of Education specialized in Gifted Education from the University of Denver in June 2017. Her dissertation title was "The Limitations on Colorado School Districts Adoption of an Early Access Addendum Process". This will be her eighteenth year in education and she plans to continue her position as a coordinator of Gifted Education with the largest school district in the state of Colorado.