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Dan Thomas ’90 (CLAS)

Dan Thomas '90 (CLAS) is an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He recently completed a two-year detail as lead counsel to the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. In that position he was responsible for legal advice on all human spaceflight matters, including missions to the International Space Station, development of commercial crew vehicles with Boeing and SpaceX, astronaut programs, and future missions to Mars. Dan is also a reserve JAG in the United States Air Force. He is currently assigned to the Pentagon as a Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Steve Maguire ’75 (CLAS), ’76 MA

Steve Maguire (Stephen C.) '75 (CLAS), '76 MA, has just released a Vietnam War novel, Mekong Meridian. Much of the story is drawn from Maguire's experience as an Airborne-Ranger Infantry officer with the 9th Division in 1969. Available from Amazon.

Dennis C. Cavanaugh ’78 (CLAS)

Dennis C. Cavanaugh '78 (CLAS) has accepted a fellowship with the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA.) Cavanaugh focuses his practice on construction and surety law, including transactional work and litigation. He has over 35 years of experience handling complex construction matters involving contract procurement, negotiation, financing, and commercial-related dispute resolution and litigation. Cavanaugh is a former chair of Robinson+Cole's Construction Group and the Connecticut Bar Association's Construction Law Section. CLSA is an invitation-only construction lawyer honorary society with membership limited to 1,200 practicing Fellows from the United States and internationally. Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated for effectiveness and accomplishment in construction law, along with ethical reputation.

Nicole Lavoie ’12 (ENG) and Jordan Smith ’12 (ENG)

Nicole Lavoie '12 (ENG) and Jordan Smith '12 (ENG) were married on June 4, 2017 in Bolton, Conn. surrounded by friends, family, and many fellow UConn alumni from 2007-2014.

Lynn M. Patarini ’97 (BGS)

Lynn M. Patarini '97 (BGS), under the pseudonym L.M. Pampuro, released her fifth novel, Uncle Neddy's Funeral, in May 2017.

Michael I. Flores ’89 (CLAS)

Attorney Michael I. Flores '89 (CLAS), of Orleans, Mass., was elected President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Massachusetts Chapter, for a two year term commencing in September, 2017. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is a national organization consisting of approximately 1,200 of the most distinguished divorce and family law attorneys in the United States. Attorney Flores became a Fellow of the Academy in 2011.

Bill DeWalt ’69 (CLAS), ’76 Ph.D

Bill DeWalt '69 (CLAS), '76 Ph.D of Fox Chapel, Pa. was named Chair of Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and began his position in June. He was elected to the position at the April 7 meeting of the Board of Trustees. He has been a trustee since 2013. He previously served as a trustee from 2006 to 2009. The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have helped protect 130 million acres worldwide.

Reena “Connie” (Trunk) Fink ’54 (CLAS)

Reena "Connie" (Trunk) Fink '54 (CLAS) died at age 86 on October 22, 2016 in Silver Spring, Md.

Kathleen Natusch Martin ’83 (CLAS)

Kathleen Natusch Martin '83 (CLAS) is Director of Analytic Decision Sciences at Santander in Boston, Mass. She is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control. She recently had an article publicized in the ISACA journal, entitled "Importance of Recertification Completeness in the Control Environment".