Category: 2000s

note includes graduate from the 2000s

Amanda Bundock-Simjian ’01 (CLAS)

Amanda Bundock-Simjian ’01 (CLAS) is excited to announce that this May she will be inducted into the Lyman Hall High School (Wallingford, Conn.) Hall of Fame, class of 1997, for softball. She also recently started a new job working in the Learning & Development Dept. as a Training Coordinator at Medtronic, world leader in medical technology.

Linda Benoit ’03 MSW

Linda Benoit ’03 MSW, addiction therapist and private practice owner, recently attended and spoke at the Spandana 2018 – Responding to Realities international conference in Mangalore, India. Her address, titled “Best Practices in Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Observations from the Field”, focused on the substance use disorder treatment system in the United States and how these treatments helped and were perceived by clients. On her trip, she also spoke to social work students and faculty at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, the School of Public Health, in Manipal.

Jennifer (Soffayer) Hrbek ’05 (CLAS)

Jennifer (Soffayer) Hrbek ’05 (CLAS) was selected to serve as the Executive Director of Positive Directions – The Center for Prevention and Counseling in Westport, Conn. in November 2017. Positive Directions is a nearly 50-year old organization that provides behavioral health counseling and prevention services throughout Fairfield County.

Marie Ann Mosher ’05 (CAHNR)

Marie Ann Mosher ’05 (CAHNR) has published several books including #1 bestseller in men’s and women’s health “Beyond Food”, and “The Secret Ingredient”. She also hosts The Book Babes, a support community for women authors, and recently launched the Author Secrets Masterclass, an online course for independent authors to market their books without traveling, in person events, or time away from their families.

Craig Yannes ’07 (ENG), ’09 MS and Angela (Marchetti) Yannes ’08 (CAHNR)

Craig Yannes ’07 (ENG), ’09 MS and Angela (Marchetti) Yannes ’08 (CAHNR) announce the birth of their son, Leo. Leonard John Yannes was born December 9, 2017. The family lives in Milford, Conn.

Elizabeth Petrakis ’07 (BGS)

Elizabeth Petrakis ’07 (BGS) has been the Head Coach of the West Haven High School Dance Team for 10 years. Her team has competed in the State Championships since 2013. In 2014, they placed 2nd in the Small Group Jazz division, earning a bid to the New England Regional Competition. Lizz has gone on to become a certified personal trainer/group exercise instructor, therapeutic recreation director, and loves working with clients of all ages, her oldest being 103!

Cathy Cocks ’93 MA and Pam Malyk ’01 (CLAS), ’03 MA

Cathy Cocks ’93 MA, UConn Director of Community Standards is the Association for Student Conduct Administration’s (ASCA) 2018-19 President and Pam Malyk ’01 (CLAS), ’03 MA, University of Florida’s Assistant Dean/Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, is the 2018 Conference Chair for ASCA’s Annual Conference which will have over 900 attendees. ASCA is the leading voice for student conduct administration within higher education. ASCA also attracts members who work in higher education prevention education and Title IX administrators in the United States. Founded in 1987 ASCA has almost 3,000 members at over 1,000 institutions.

Matthew Curtin ’03 (CLAS)

Matthew Curtin ’03 (CLAS) is excited to announce he has been promoted to shareholder at Littler, an employment and labor law practice that represents management. Curtin litigates a breadth of employment matters, including unfair competition and trade secrets, discrimination and harassment, and labor management relations.

Joey Lee Miranda ’00 MBA

Joey Lee Miranda ’00 MBA is excited to announce her appointment to the New England Women in Energy & the Environment (NEWIEE) Board of Directors. New England Women in Energy & the Environment (NEWIEE) is a non-profit organization that aims to harness the passion, intelligence, and leadership experience of women to promote and encourage public interest in the energy and environmental sectors.

Dana Balter ’03 MPA

Dana Balter ’03 MPA is excited to announce she is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in New York’s 24th Congressional District.