Category: 1980s

note includes graduate from the 1980s

Eric Johnson ’84 (CLAS)

Eric Johnson ’84 (CLAS) published his 2nd book with Outskirts Press. “State Park Ranger-Stories of a Law Enforcement Ranger in Connecticut” came out in September 2-18. Eric currently lives in Connecticut with my family.

Lisa C. Taylor, ’79 (CLAS) MA ’81 (Neag)

Lisa C. Taylor, ’79 (CLAS) MA ’81 (Neag) had her sixth book, Impossibly Small Spaces , a collection of short stories published in October 2018. Impossibly Small Spaces was published by Arlen House/Syracuse University Press. Lisa has four collections of poetry and two collections of short stories. She teaches private writing workshops here and in Ireland. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast (Univ. of Southern Maine). She is married to Russ Taylor ’80 (CLAS) and they collaborate on many creative projects. His photography has been used on four of her book covers.

Jane Sloven ’85 (SSW)

Jane Sloven LCSW ’85 (SSW), has published her first mystery. Termination of Benefits is a social work mystery about secrets, psychotherapy, managed care and murder, set in Portland, Maine.  Jane has also co-authored Compassionate Journey: Honoring Our Mothers’ Stories (2018) with Maggie Butler, Cheryl Gillespie, Jenny Radsma, and Martha Rice. In this anthology, five women writers enter their mothers’ worlds to tell their stories, and in the process unearth complex histories filled with love, laughter, trauma, courage, resilience, and determination.

Theresa Mayer-Benfer ’83 (BUS)

Theresa Mayer-Benfer ’83 (BUS) recently opened a craft brewery, Raritan Bay Brewing, in Keansburg, NJ with her three sons.

Matthew Greene ’89 (BUS)

Matthew E. Greene, CLU, ChFC, CFP has been honored as one of the top financial advisors in the country by Northwestern Mutual.  This is the fifth time that he has received this honor.

Paul A. Larson ’82 MD

Paul A. Larson ’82 MD began a one year term as President of the Board of Trustees of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in August 2018.  In April 2018, he received the Wisconsin Radiological Society Flaherty Award for lifetime achievement.

Joan Ostaszewski Geronimo ’88 (BGS)

Joan Ostaszewski Geronimo ’88 (BGS) retired as an Certified Energy Manager from NU (now Eversource) in June, 2008 after 36 years. She is currently a substitute teacher in Flagler County, Fla. where her favorite classes are at Matanzas High School. She also enjoys being the on air DJ for the “Ladies of Jazz” heard every Thursday from 5-7 pm on Flagler College Radio WFCF 88.5 FM, an iheart radio station.

Anne Alzapiedi ’88 MPA

Anne Alzapiedi ’88 MPA was recently named to the Board of Directors for the CT American Red Cross where she will utilize her skills in crisis management to serve the community. Anne will also continue in her role as a Human Resource executive with General Electric in Norwalk, Conn.

Dr. Paul Tortland ’81 (CLAS), ’84 MA

Dr. Paul Tortland ’81 (CLAS), ’84 MA, a specialist in sports medicine, non-surgical orthopedics, and regenerative medicine/orthobiologics for over 22 years, opened the New England Stem Cell Institute in April 2018 in Glastonbury, CT, to provide stem cell and orthobiologic treatments for patients. Dr. Tortland was the first physician in Connecticut to begin perform regenerative medicine treatments, including stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injections. An internationally recognized leader in the field of orthobiologics, Dr. Tortland recently was among a set of distinguished faculty teaching at the 9th annual meeting of The Orthobiologic Institute (TOBI) in Las Vegas.