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Dennis J. Kelly ’67 concluded a 50-year career in public education this year. Kelly taught Marketing at Southington High School for 36 years while serving as an adjunct faculty member for 25 years at Tunxis Community College, six years at Middlesex Community College, and five years at CCSU in the Management Information Systems Department. Over the years, Kelly received recognition from the Connecticut General Assembly, the state Department of Education, and the Distributive Education Clubs of America for outstanding service and innovation. Kelly continues to serve as the executive director of the Connecticut Association of DECA.


Kevin M. Reich was named chairman of the 2017-18 Middlesex United Way campaign. Reich aims to increase participation in the campaign this year, especially among school districts in Middlesex County. Reich retired in 2013 as assistant superintendent of East Hampton Public Schools.


Stephen Hoag, PhD, retired this year after 40 years of service at the Connecticut Department of Education. During his tenure with the state, Hoag established the Connecticut Association of Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (now SkillsUSA) and created the Developing Tomorrow’s Professionals program for young black and Latino men. The program is designed to prepare participants to graduate from college in four years.


Physical education teacher Rick McGowan retired from his position at Amity High School this year after 26 years in the district. He previously taught at Notre Dame High School in West Haven as well as two other private schools for a total of 41 years. He also coached football, wrestling, and track for more than 30 years and is now serving as an assistant golf coach at Amity.

The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants reappointed Jack Ellovich, CPA, of Hartford to serve as a member-at-large of its Advisory Council for the organization’s 2017-18 activity year. Ellovich is president of Jack Ellovich, CPA LLC in Hartford.


Robert Shea retired from Amherst College in Massachusetts on July 31 after 40 years of employment at the college. He retired as grounds and vehicle maintenance supervisor.


Dr. Jannette Carey, professor of chemistry at Princeton University, has won a National Science Foundation INCLUDES Pilot grant to enable development of STEM courses that will be taught in the New Jersey state prison system by a team of more than 100 volunteer instructors and tutors comprising undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.

The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants reappointed Paul N. Iannone, CPA, JD, MST, of Cheshire to serve as a member of its Advisory Council for the organization’s 2017-18 activity year, representing the Federal Income Taxation Interest Group as its chair. Iannone is tax counsel with Rogin Nassau LLC in Hartford.

Joseph V. Erardi Jr. retired from the Newtown Public Schools on July 31. Dr. Erardi had served as Newtown’s school superintendent since 2014. Before joining the Newtown schools, he served as the superintendent of schools in Southington.


George Hermann, president and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings, has been elected treasurer of the American Bankers Association for 2016-18. As one of four elected ABA officers, Hermann will serve on ABA’s executive committee and on the board of the ABA Education Foundation.


The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants reappointed Marie G. Kulesza, CPA of Plantsville, to serve as a member of its Advisory Council for the organization’s 2017-18 activity year, representing the Educators Interest Group. Kulesza is an assistant professor at Central Connecticut State University.


On May 13, 2017, Timothy G. Connelly graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Master of Arts degree in History with a concentration in Military History. Connelly finished with a GPA of 3.89.


William Clato-Day was promoted to Tax Division chief at the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services in March. He has been employed by the agency since 1987.


The Connecticut Bar Association installed Robinson+Cole lawyer Alaine C. Doolan as secretary during CBA’s annual luncheon as part of the association’s Connecticut Legal Conference held on June 12. Doolan is a member of Robinson+Cole’s Intellectual Property and Technology Law Group. The role of secretary is an officer position held by a member of the association for a one-year term.


Bridgeport Prospers named Allison Logan executive director on July 10. Logan served as the manager of the Early Childhood Program for Bridgeport Prospers from June 2016 until March 2017, when she took on the role of acting executive director.

Austin J. McGuire was named police chief of Sag Harbor Village, N.Y., on July 3. McGuire has worked in law enforcement for 20 years.

Peter J. DiCrescenzo was named a senior application lead at Gartner, a research and advisory firm in Stamford. DiCrescenzo has worked at Gartner since 2005.


Angela M. Gallo was promoted to Professor of Dance at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., where she is chair of the Department of Dance, Music, and Theatre.

Thomas M. Newman joined Perkins Coie’s Tax Controversy practice in San Francisco this September and will serve as senior counsel. He most recently served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and spent two years in the DOJ’s Tax Division.


The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants elected Susan A. Martinelli, CPA, of Southington to serve as president-elect for the organization’s 2017-18 activity year. Martinelli is an assurance partner in RSM US LLP in New Haven.

Dr. Edmund T. Cabellon was named director of Administration, Student Affairs, and Enrollment Management at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Mass.


Sean Delaney joined Acranom Masonry in Middlefield as a project manager responsible for managing, tracking, and executing work on multimillion-dollar builds. Delaney also serves as the secretary for the Connecticut branch of the Mason Contractors Association of America. 


The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants reappointed Michael J. Delaney, CPA, CFE, of Cheshire to serve as a member-at-large of its Advisory Council for the organization’s 2017-18 activity year. Delaney is a principal auditor with the State of Connecticut Auditors in Hartford. 


The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants appointed Kevin O’Keefe, CPA, of Simsbury to serve as a member of its Advisory Council for the organization’s 2017-18 activity year, representing the CTCPA New and Young Professionals group as its chair. O’Keefe is a senior financial analyst with WEX Health in Simsbury.


Kimberly Miller and Chris Kirkegard ’11 were married on Aug. 25.

Michael Gacek earned the professional designations of Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. Gacek is a senior equity trading associate at PIMCO in New York City.

Kevin M. Harris joined MahoneySabol CPAs and Advisors in Glastonbury as a senior accountant in September.


Caitlin Clarkson Pereira recently launched Peace Love Progress, a nonprofit organization and website ( that encourages people to share uplifting stories and tales of compassionate work to spread joy and inspire others.

Marissa Labelle, JD, CPA, graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law with Latin honors on May 14. Labelle works at the public accounting firm RSM US LLP as an assurance supervisor, currently on special assignment in Manchester, England.


Kathleen Freimuth was named assistant principal of Chatfield-LoPresti Elementary School in Seymour in August.


Michael Figueroa was named a strategic proposal writer at Aetna, Inc., in Hartford in April.

Brian R. Groves was promoted to senior environmental safety and health specialist at Sikorsky Aircraft, Blades Product Center, in Stratford.

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