Alumni News & Notes (Spring 2014)

This article first appeared in the UConn Business magazine, Volume 4, Issue 2 (Spring 2014)
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Scott S. Cowen ’68, ’10H has been awarded the 2014 TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence. Cowen and his wife, Marjorie, were also recently awarded the Hannah G. Solomon Award by the National Council of Jewish Women.


Robert J. Genise ’75 MBA has been appointed as an independent board member at Frontier Airlines. Genise is currently chairman of the board of PCA Aerospace and chief executive officer of Aergen, LLC.

James F. Klotz ’77 has been appointed to vice president, claims strategic operations systems at Selective Insurance Group. Mr. Klotz has held positions such as senior vice president and chief information officer at PMA Insurance and vice president of information systems at Travelers.

Robert E. Schneider ’79 MBA has been appointed to second vice president, compensation at The Phoenix Companies. Mr. Schneider will manage general and executive compensation programs for the company.


Claire R. Fennessey ’86 joined Clarus Marketing Group as the chief marketing officer. Ms. Fennessey has over 20 years of marketing experience and most recently she was the president of Palm Publishing.

Daniel A. Migliaro ’88 has been named vice president, commercial business development officer, at Newtown Savings Bank. Mr. Milagro also serves as a board member of the Connecticut Business Development Corporation.

William M. Nelson ’87 MBA has been named as the manager for high income funds at Ivy Funds. Mr. Nelson is also a portfolio manager of Ivy Funds VIP High Income and Waddell & Reed Advisors High Income Fund.

Steven C. Snelgrove ’80 has been named president of Howard County General Hospital, a Johns Hopkins Medicine member institution.

Gregory J. Trudel ’83 has been appointed to president and CEO of Encision Inc. Most recently he was the global director of marketing within a division within the Surgical Solutions Group at Covidien.

Rita J. Ugianskis-Fishman ’88, ’95 MBA has been named vice president and general manager of The ASI Show. Ms. Ugianskis-Fishman was most recently managing director of Penton’s Waste Industry Group and is an accomplished trade show executive.

Anne M. Wilkins ’88 has joined AllazoHealth as an advisory board member. Ms. Wilkins has more than 20 years of healthcare experience with a long history of leadership in population health management.


Jonathan R. Collett ’95 has been elected to partner at CohnReznick in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Mr. Collett is a certified public accountant and is a member of the firm’s financial services industry practice group.

Matthew D. Danyliw ’99 has been appointed to senior vice president of Khamelon Software, Inc. Prior to his appointment at Khameleon, Mr. Danyliw was chief financial officer of Office Furniture, Inc.

Lyle T. Fulton ’94 MBA has joined Guilford Savings Bank as the vice president, commercial loan officer. Mr. Fulton is a seasoned commercial lender in northern Connecticut with over 25 years of experience.

John Y. Kim ’87 MBA has been elected a vice chairman of New York Life. Mr. Kim will now oversee the company’s technology function. He is currently the president of New York Life’s Investments Group.

Anthony A. Licata ’95 has been appointed chief operating officer by Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Prior to his appointment at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Mr. Licata was chief operating officer at Dechert.

Luigi A. Peluso ’93 MBA has been named managing director of the enterprise improvement group at AlixPartners. Prior to his appointment at AlixPartners, Mr. Peluso served as senior vice president of operations at Hitachi Consulting Inc.

Thomas P. Trutter ’99 MBA received the 2013 Construction Industry Recognition Award from Associated General Contractors of Connecticut. Mr. Trutter is currently UConn Health Center’s associate vice president of campus planning, design, and construction.


Adam B. Camara ’03 is the co-founder of the national internet marketing firm, Network for Solutions.

Joshua J. Gopan ’02 has been appointed as director of leasing of Hutchinson Metro Center. Mr. Gopan previously worked at Colliers International where he served as a leasing specialist and managing director.

Greg Oshins ’05 MBA has been promoted to vice president of investments at National Realty & Development Corporation. Mr. Oshins has been at NRDC since 2006 when he was a member of the acquisitions and development team as well as the company’s leasing team.

Amanda H. Wallace ’07 MBA has been recognized as a 2013 Working Mother of the Year for representing the best in working motherhood as well as for her outstanding leadership ability. Ms. Wallace is the assistant vice president of strategy and planning for the U.S. insurance business at MassMutual.


Ryan G. Demadis ’11 has been appointed to vice president, associate producer at NorthMarq. Prior to his appointment at NorthMarq, Mr. Demandis was an associate broker at RM Bradley. He is also the co-founder/director of fundraising for RiseUp Leadership Development Program which provides financial support and mentoring for inner city youth.

Lauren D’Innocenzo ’14 Ph.D. successfully defended her dissertation titled, “Predicting Leader Role Occupance: An Exploration of Shared Leadership Emergence in Project Teams”. Dr. D’Innocenzo accepted a position as assistant professor of management at Drexel University.

Erin Henry ’14 Ph.D. successfully defended her dissertation titled, “The Information Content of Tax Expense: A Firm- and Market-Level Return Decomposition.” Dr. Henry has accepted a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Tennessee.

Bryan P. Schmutz ’13 Ph.D. successfully defended his dissertation titled “Essays on Life Insurance and Healthcare Finance.” Dr. Schmutz has accepted a position at Western New England University as an assistant professor of finance.

Claire Simonich ’13 received the Undergraduate Student Award at the UConn Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement. Ms. Simonich spent her time at UConn working in the Office of Community Outreach to lead a new Alternative Spring Break trip to Appalachia focused on rural poverty and labor law. She also led an English language tutoring program for international students at UConn.

Marinela Shqina ’11 has been promoted to controller at Arbors of Hop Brook in Manchester, Connecticut. Ms. Shqina is also a member of the Association of Health Care Facilities, Healthcare Financial Management Association and is a non-CPA member of the Connecticut Society of CPAs.

Tingyu Zhou ’14 Ph.D. successfully defended her dissertation titled, “Three Essays on Decision Making Strategies.” Dr. Zhou has accepted a tenure track position as assistant professor at Concordia University in Montreal.

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