Category: Career

note includes a significant career achievement, promotion, or new job.

Dan M. Blumenthal ’78 (CLAS)

Dan M. Blumenthal ’78 (CLAS) has joined the law firm of Wenig Saltiel, LLP, Brooklyn, N.Y. as Special Counsel, where he concentrates in the area of general real estate and landlord/tenant litigation including mortgage and condominium lien foreclosure at both the trial and appellate level, as well as negotiating commercial leases. In addition, since 2014, Dan authors the expert Practice Commentaries for Thomson Reuters’ ‘McKinney’s Consolidated Laws of New York Annotated’ Volumes 49 (Real Property Law) and 49½ (Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law).

Fred Kuo ’90 (CLAS)

Fred Kuo ’90 (CLAS) was appointed senior associate director of the annual fund at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn.

Dorothy Carlone ’01 MBA

Dorothy Carlone ’01 MBA received the Small Business Award from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development on Aug 23,2017 at the Women’s Day Luncheon at the Connecticut Open from Commissioner Catherine H. Smith and Mayor Toni N. Harp. This award was for Excellence in Precision Manufacturing. Dorothy is Vice President of General Machine Company in Southington, Conn.

Kelley (Leahy) Hill ’80 (CAHNR) ’94 MS

Kelley (Leahy) Hill ’80 (CAHNR) ’94 MS is the Head of Global Medical Writing at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients with rare and ultra-rare disorders. Her early career included 17 years as the Manager of Biology Lab Services at UConn Storrs. After completion of an MS in Pharm/Tox, she shifted career focus to bench research and drug development project management in several biotech and pharma companies that has matured to her current role, leading clinical writing efforts to support drug development from first-in-human to life cycle management of marketed products. She is an active member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, and also supports the Open Door food bank that serves Cape Ann (Massachusetts) communities.

Sharon (Healy) Yang ’95 Ph.D

Sharon (Healy) Yang ’95 Ph.D had two works published int 2016/17. In 2016, she co-edited and contributed to the academic collection of essays “Gothic Landscapes: Changing Eras, Changing Cultures, Changing Anxieties” (Palgrave), with Kathleen Healey ’85 (CLAS) ’88 MA. She also published the sequel to her first novel, “Bait and Switch”, in 2017, “Letter from a Dead Man” (TouchPoint Press), another mystery in the noir mode.

Elizabeth J. Podlaha-Murphy ’86 (ENG), ’89 MS

Elizabeth J. Podlaha-Murphy ’86 (ENG), ’89 MS is proud to announce her recent appointment as Chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y.

Al Pirro ’87 MD

Al Pirro ’87 MD, C.P.E. has earned the designation of Certified Physician Executive from the American Association of Physician Leadership. He is currently the TeamHealth Facility Medical Director at Rutherford Regional Medical Center in Rutherfordton, N.C. His specialties include, Hospital Medicine, Intensivist Medicine, and Anesthesia.

Justin Theriault ’07 (CLAS), ’10 JD

Justin Theriault ’07 (CLAS), ’10 JD has been selected as a recipient of the “2017 New Leaders in the Law” award by The Connecticut Law Tribune. The winners have been chosen by outside nominations and internal review. The 2017 winners hail from law firms throughout the state of Connecticut. Mr. Theriault has been selected as a winner in the Employment Law category.

Magdalena B. Reyna ’72 (CLAS), ’82 JD

Magdalena B. Reyna ’72 (CLAS), ’82 JD is honored to announce her induction into the Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame. The Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame (IHHF) celebrates diverse ethnic heritage by honoring individuals and institutions, who exemplify the best of their immigrant heritage and have made outstanding contributions to the cultural, economic, and civic development of the state of Connecticut.

Rich Walcoff ’74 (CLAS)

Rich Walcoff ’74 (CLAS) is proud to announce his induction into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2017 in September. Walcoff started his sportscasting career at WHUS-FM as the radio voice of UConn football, basketball, and baseball from 1971-1974 and was a member of the UConn varsity soccer team in 1971. He was the Sports Director for KGO Radio, San Francisco for 32 years…including 22 years hosting 49ers Pre and Postgame talk shows. He was also the first ever radio sideline reporter for a Super Bowl (SB XXIX) in Miami, January 2015. Walcoff’s experience also includes: Oakland Raiders pre and Postgame talk show host 2005-2009, Play-by-Play voice of University of California (Berkeley) Basketball 1980’s and early 90’s, and Color Analyst Cal Football, 1992-1994. The father of two adult sons, Walcoff recently retired and is living with his wife Christina of 32 years in Petaluma, Calif.