Matthew DiGeronimo ’06 MBA published Dear Hunter, Letters from Father to Son, a series of curated letters to DiGeronimo’s son based on his lifetime of experiences as a nuclear engineer, United States Navy submarine officer, an entrepreneur, a radio talk show host, a political candidate, an artist, an author—and a dad.
Tracey Scraba ’95, ’04 JD joined Signify Health as senior vice president and deputy general counsel. Scraba comes to Signify Health from CVS Health, where she served as chief privacy officer. She also worked for Aetna for 23 years and has served as an adjunct professor at the UConn School of Business.
Sophia N. Ononye-Onyia ‘13 Ph.D., ‘15 MBA has been appointed to the board of directors of Daré Bioscience, Inc., a leader in women’s health innovation. Ononye-Onyia is the founder and CEO of The Sophia Consulting Firm, which provides strategic marketing and communications consulting services to pharmaceutical, biotech and health tech companies.
Christine D. Gagnon ‘99, ‘02 MSA, ‘04 MBA, has been named one of the Top 50 Women in the Equipment Finance industry for 2021 by Monitor Daily. Gagnon, CFO of Africa Asset Finance Company, was nominated based on her industry engagement and unique contributions in finance and leasing. Previously, Gagnon held leadership positions at Ernst & Young LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Erin R. Hatzikostas ‘05 MBA, founder & CEO of b Authentic inc, has been recognized as one of the Hartford Business Journal’s 2021 Women in Business.
Dr. Madhavi Gorusu ‘07 MED, ‘19 EMBA, a hematologist and oncologist with Starling Physicians, has been recognized as one of the Hartford Business Journal’s 2021 Women in Business.
Daniel Silva ‘00 has been appointed chief information security officer of Union Savings Bank. In his new role, Silva will oversee information security, legal processing, physical security, and Bank Secrecy Act compliance. Silva joined USB in 1998.
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.
Tyler J. Hurlburt ‘00, a licensed financial advisor and wealth manager, has joined Energea as partner, head of investor relations. Energea is the first crowdfunding platform for alternative energy projects in the United States, connecting investors to premium renewable energy projects to accelerate renewable energy development in select global markets. Hurlbutt previously worked for Ameriprise, Prudential, Wells Fargo, and TIAA.
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.