Jacinth C. Smiley ‘91 has been appointed group vice president of Corporate Strategy by Hormel Foods. In this role, Smiley will be responsible for leading the development and execution of the company’s growth and investment strategies.
Kelli-Marie Vallieres ‘92, ‘05 MA, ‘08 Ph.D., was appointed by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont to lead a new state office, the Connecticut Workforce Unit, designed to collaborate with the Department of Economic and Community Development and Department of Labor to advise state officials on workforce strategies and initiatives. Vallieres was also recently named among the Hartford Business Journal’s 2021 Power 50.
Eric Galvin ‘96, CFO of ConnectiCare, was recently named among the Hartford Business Journal’s 2021 Power 50 for his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Galvin significantly expanded ConnectiCare’s telemedicine coverage and quickly mobilized resources ensuring the successful transition of the company’s 700 to remote work.
Rodney A. Butler ‘99, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, parent to Foxwoods Resort Casino, recently stepped in as interim CEO for Foxwoods. Mr. Butler will serve as one of the lead negotiators on gambling legislation, with regard to the future of gambling in Connecticut.
Charles N. York II ‘99 has been appointed chief operating and financial officer at Day One Biopharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on accelerating new, promising targeted therapies for children and adults with cancer. York joins Day One from Aeglea BioTherapeutics, where he served as CFO and head of corporate development.
Jamelle R. Elliott ‘96, ‘98 MA, an assistant coach for the UConn Women’s Basketball team, will receive the Distinguished Alumna award from the UConn Neag School of Education at the 23rd Annual Alumni Awards on March 13, 2021. Elliott is known among the coaching staff and players as a great teacher, communicator, and recruiter
Laurie P. Havanec ‘82, ‘94 JD has been named executive vice president and chief people officer by CVS Health. Havanec joins CVS Health from Otis Worldwide Co. where she served as executive vice president and chief people officer.
Christopher Logan ‘95 MBA has been named incoming President & CEO of Bank of New Hampshire. Logan joined Bank of New Hampshire’s executive management team in 2017.
Rowena Ortiz-Walters ‘96, ‘05 Ph.D has been named Dean of St. Mary’s University Greehey School of Business, becoming the first Latina to lead the business school. Ortiz-Walters was previously the Dean and Professor of Management in the School of Business and Economics at SUNY Plattsburgh, a public liberal arts college that is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) System.
Andy Goldstrom ’87, ’90 MBA published a book entitled Grow Like a Pro; Lessons from a 2X Inc. 500 Executive.” The book’s purpose is to equip business leaders with the freedom, financial control, and ability to impact their community and chart their own course. The book is available on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/y5jn6289.