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Mark Boxer ’87 MBA

Mark Boxer '87 MBA was awarded a Doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Boxer's dissertation was titled "Improving Underserved Population Health: Attitudes on Medicaid Financial Incentives for Medication Adherence in Asthmatic Children." This is Dr. Boxer's second doctorate in a health related field. Dr. Boxer also holds a doctorate in global public health from Arizona's School of Health Sciences. Mark Boxer is Executive Vice President and Global CIO at Cigna and serves on the UConn Board of Trustees.

Jeffrey Andriesse ’96 (CLAS) and Nicole Miezejeski ’95 (CLAS)

Jeffrey Andriesse '96 (CLAS) was married to Nicole Miezejeski '95 (CLAS) on April 21st in Lauderdale-By-the-Sea, Fla. While Jeff & Nicole were one year apart at UConn with the same major, they did not meet until matched completely randomly through an online dating service in August of 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla, where Jeff works as a graphic designer and Nicole as a speech language pathologist.

Christie D. Jean ’11 (CLAS), ’14 JD

Christie D. Jean '11 (CLAS), '14 JD was elected to the Executive Board of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association, an organization committed to enhancing the role and number of Black attorneys in Connecticut. Jean is also a lawyer at Robinson+Cole, a law firm with locations across the United States.

Tara (Curtis) Mead ’94 (CLAS)

Tara (Curtis) Mead '94 (CLAS) is now account director, public relations, for Gavin Advertising, a digitally-minded public relations and marketing agency in York, Pa. She has three children, Cameron, Cassandra, and David, and is married to Bill Mead, who is news director for WHP580-AM, based in Harrisburg, Pa. Tara and her family live in suburban Harrisburg.

Barbara Entman Synnott ’76 (CLAS)

Barbara Entman Synnott '76 (CLAS) has been honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the highest honor from Marquis Who's Who in America. While a student at the Storrs campus, Barbara served as Publicity Director and radio producer at WHUS-FM. She was also in Photopool. Upon graduating, Barbara became a professional radio broadcaster, a career that lasted nearly twenty years. Barbara is currently a customer service professional at PSEG Long Island.

Judy Strom ’66 (CLAS)

A son, Emory Joseph Strom, was born to Tammy Strom of Redding on Aug. 1 at Danbury Hospital. Grandparents are Rob and Judy Strom '66 (CLAS). The baby also has an aunt, Jessica Strom, in Ridgefield, and an uncle, David Strom, and a cousin, Juliet Strom, both in Centerville, VA.

Tom Vaughan ’79 (CLAS)

Tom Vaughan '79 (CLAS) was elected as National President of UNICO National, the largest Italian American service organization in the country. UNICO National raises and donates about $5,000,000 dollars a year for local and national charities and scholarships. UNICO's 5000 plus volunteer members in 110 local chapters also work to preserve Italian American heritage. Tom has served on the UNICO National Executive Committee for eight years and has been leading the organization since it's national convention in Scottsdale in July 2017.

Courtney Clay ’98 (ENG)

Courtney Clay '98 (ENG) is working in Paris, France with her company, Seppic. She moved with her 2 children to work as a Product Manager of natural skin care polymers for the cosmetic industry. She continues her career in the personal care industry.

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.

Gary F Borla ’97 MPH

Gary F Borla '97 MPH recently retired after a 35 year career at Eversource Energy/Northeast Utilities. Gary was twice chosen as Eversource's Volunteer of the Year for his service with High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the Tanglewood Music Canter and as a guide for visually impaired runners in the New York City Marathon. Since his retirement Gary has returned to his roots and joined his family's energy business and traveled to Italy and soon Ireland. He is looking forward to coming back to campus for the 2018 Homecoming weekend.