Zahra Tohidinia ’18 PhD

Zahra Tohidinia ’18 PhD successfully defended her dissertation titled, “Interpersonal Consumer Dilemmas: Egocentric and Prosocial Manifestations.”   Dr. Tohidinia will begin her career as Assistant Professor at Framingham State University.

Bryan K. Larson ’17 EMBA


Bryan K. Larson ’17 EMBA has been appointed Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration at the Kaman Distribution Group, the distribution segment of Kaman Corporation. In this role, Mr. Larson will lead all finance activities for the segment. Mr. Larson joined Kaman in 2005 and most recently served as Executive Director, Corporate Development. Kaman Corporation was founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman and is headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Kaman conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets.

Amanda N. Balboni ’08, ’10 MSA


Amanda N. Balboni ’08, ’10 MSA has been named Assistant Vice President at Kaman.  Last July, Kaman commemorated the first deliveries of the new K_MAX helicopters.  The company also established Women Advocating Leadership at Kaman to hire, retain and promote more women. The program also seeks to change Kaman’s culture “to be more accepting of women in leadership roles,” give women equal access to development opportunities and create a family-friendly workplace.

Karina J. Alvarez ’10


Karina J. Alvarez ’10 is an entrepreneur who moved with her family from Peru when she was 14, traveled to Spain for her MBA, and is now located in New London, Connecticut.  Last year she founded EZ-Occasions, an event design and rentals company.  While her family has helped keep her in southeastern Connecticut, and while she likes the “peace of mind” and lack of big-city traffic, she sees much that needs to be done to attract and retain young people.