Alphie Aiken ’08 EMBA was honored at the Women in Business Summit on April 21st, 2017. She is the President of Junior Achievement Jamaica and previously spent 15 years at the General Electric Company. Most recently, she was an eBusiness Leader, overseeing $600 million in online-sales annually. As a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, she led the implementation of quality management systems globally across the Motors and Controls manufacturing business within GE. Ms. Aiken has led the GE Women’s Network for Greater Hartford, as well as the GE African American Forum in the Northeast.
Steven E. Kozlowski ’17 Ph.D. has successfully defended his dissertation titled, “Three Essays on Financial Distress and Valuation.” Dr. Kozlowski has accepted an assistant professor, tenure-track position at Fairfield University, Dolan School of Business.
Bruce Shuman ’09 MBA has been appointed as chief digital and customer experience officer at The Hartford. This new position reinforces the company’s commitment to understanding and developing capabilities that meet the expectations of customers and distribution partners. Most recently, Mr. Shuman was with Travelers, where he held leadership positions in enterprise e-business and operations, including small business customer and agent service through traditional and digital channels.
Kevin R. Vander Wiede ’12 started working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as the Veteran Service Representative in May 2016. Mr. Vander Wiede is a Gunnery Sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserves, serving as the Accident Investigation Chief since 2013.
James G. Coogan ’02, ’04 MSA has been promoted to Vice President of Investor Relations at Kaman Corporation. Since joining Kaman in 2008, Mr. Coogan has been responsible for external reporting and SEC compliance and was most recently promoted to Assistant Vice President of SEC Compliance and External Reporting back in 2013. He is a graduate of the Kaman Leadership Development Program.
Chongyu Wang ’17 Ph.D. has successfully defended his dissertation titled, “Three Essays on the Geography of Finance.” This marks the 200th defense of the School of Business, Ph.D. Program. Dr. Wang has accepted a Post-Doctoral Associate position at the Department of Finance, Insurance & Real Estate, Warring College of Business Administration, at the University of Florida.
Robert J. Sawicki ’95 MBA has joined Global Atlantic Financial Group as Senior Vice President, Head of Talent. Mr. Sawicki will be responsible for launching and integrating all talent processes including Talent Acquisition, Executive Recruiting, Talent/Leadership Development, Succession Planning, Goal Setting and Performance and Engagement. He joins Global Atlantic from Magellan Health, where he was SVP, Talent Management.
Kristen M. Manginelli ’03, ’04 MSA has been promoted to senior vice president of Marketing at Webster Bank. Ms. Manginelli joined Webster in 2009 as part of the Financial Reporting and Accounting Policy team, and moved to Marketing in 2014 as Vice President, Manager, Segment Strategy. Prior to joining Webster, she worked for Deloitte LLP. She is also a certified public accountant.
Christopher J. Boynton ’88 was recently promoted to vice president, East Territory for the American Diabetes Association. In this position, Mr. Boynton is responsible for all field operations including development, programs, services and advocacy from Maine to Florida. He has served with the American Diabetes Association for 11 years and previously held the role of Executive Director, New England. Before working with ADA, Boynton worked with the American Cancer Society and The Greater Hartford Association of Realtors.
Jasmine Alcantara ’95 BS, ’99 MBA owner of JLA Group, will be awarded the 2017 U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce Innovation & Performance Award at the National Small Business Federal Contracting Summit in Washington, DC on March 30, 2017. She has also been selected to present at the Southern New England Conference-Project Management Institute 12th Annual Conference at the Connecticut Convention Center on April 24, 2017. JLA Group provides a wide range of consulting and advisory services to Government clients and commercial industries such as strategic planning and communications, project management, change and performance measurement, acquisition strategy and execution, and proposal and grant development.