Kevin L. Downer ’90 MBA now serves as the Interim Senior Pastor of Founder Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles after graduating from the Chicago Theological Seminary where he received his Doctor of Ministry.
Joanne C. Kelleher ’87, ’91 MBA has been named the director of Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington. Ms. Kelleher has extensive background in business operations and administration, project management, marketing, grant writing and community engagement. She was most recently the vice president of operations at SecureRF Corporation and is also very active in the Southington community.
Matthew J. Kollar ’97 EMBA joined The Pinnacle group as the national sales director for managed services. Mr. Kollar has over 20 years of experience in various sales leadership and business development roles including top seller at CenturyLink as well as executive leadership positions at Insight Investments, Verisign and IBM.
Stephen C. Pikiell ’90 has been hired by Rutgers University as its new men’s basketball coach. Mr. Pikiell was captain of the 1990 team that won Huskies’ first Big East title. He was also previously the coach of Stony Brook and led them to six 20-win seasons in the last seven years.
James R. Valente ’95 MBA has been appointed to Global Head of Real Estate for MSCI Inc. Mr. Valente has been with MSCI since 2011, where he has managed both the North American client base, as well as the Global Product functions for Real Estate. He has more than 20 years of experience in the institution real estate investment management industry having previously held senior research and strategy positions at BentallKennedy, ING Clarion and SSR Realty. Mr. Valente is a Fellow of the Homer Hoyt Institute and a member of the Pension Real Estate Association’s (PREA) Research Affinity Group. He is also a frequent speaker at industry events and his research and views on real estate have appeared in both academic and trade publications.