Julia Winer ’16 EMBA was named a member of the 2020 class of Hartford Business Journal’s annual 40 under Forty. Ms. Winer pivoted to health care after obtaining her EMBA and has held senior leadership roles for 10 years, most recently joining Silver Fern Healthcare as Senior Vice President to oversee marketing, communications, and product improvement. Ms. Winer led lobbying campaigns that resulted in millions of additional funding dollars for public schools, and served on Governor Lamont’s Education Policy Transition Committee.
Larisa Kottke ’13 MPA was named a member of the Hartford Business Journal’s 40 under Forty Class of 2020. Kottke, who also holds a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the School of Business, is the vice president of Finance and Operations at Leadership Greater Hartford (LGH), a community leadership organization that develops, connects and inspires diverse leaders to build strong and vibrant communities. Kottke manages the organization’s business operations, having presided over four clean audits and implemented new technology enabling LGH to adapt programming to virtual platforms during COVID-19.
Chris Cusano ’06 was named a member of the Hartford Business Journal’s 40 under Forty Class of 2020. Cusano is the executive director of the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance, Inc. (CTBTA), a nonprofit dedicated to providing hope and support to brain tumor patients and caregivers. A brain tumor survivor and advocate himself, Cusano came to the CTBTA after a successful career in the legal sector. Under his leadership, the CTBTA increased its grant funding to partner hospitals by approximately 18%.
Jonathan Bellamy ’12, ’19 MBA was named a member of the Hartford Business Journal’s 40 under Forty Class of 2020. Bellamy is a product manager at Stanley Black & Decker for the automotive and industrial solutions team. In his role, he leads the product development process of the Stanley, Fatmax and Irwin brands. Previously, he was a supply chain professional for the hand tools storage group and was also commissioned with the United States Army National Guard as a signal officer for the 102nd Infantry Battalion.
Sara Trevisani-Allen ’12, ’16 MBA was named a member of the Hartford Business Journal’s 40 under Forty Class of 2020. Trevisani-Allen is a member of Cigna’s Health Service Leadership Program and is currently the product lead responsible for bringing a new behavioral health solution to market for Cigna. Previously, she led product innovation and strategy development for Cigna’s social health strategy and also worked for McKesson as an operations supervisor.
M. Nesij Huvaj ’12 Ph.D. has been named Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship with tenure at Suffolk University, Boston. His research and teaching interests are at the intersections of innovation, entrepreneurial finance, and corporate entrepreneurship.
Stacy M. Georgette ’09, ’15 MSHRM during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Georgette was selected to manage the facility labor pool under Incident Command Operations at the largest hospital in the Kitsap/Olympic Peninsula, Harrison Medical Center. She has been working hard on the front lines to ensure the facility has functioned with the needed resources and support.
Michael Fedele ’10 MBA was recently named to AdAge’s 40-Under-40 list and will be a judge for the upcoming Effie US Awards. Mr. Fedele is the vice president of marketing at BODYARMOR Sports Drink. His role includes overseeing all marketing and advertising for the brand.
Sophia Ononye ’13 Ph.D., ’15 MBA has launched The Sophia Consulting Firm, an integrated marketing and communications consultancy headquartered in Brooklyn, NY. She was recently honored with the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Spark Award and a Congressional Letter of Recognition for receiving the Face2Face Leadership Award. Also, she joined the boards of two growth-stage life science companies: BioSortia Pharmaceuticals and BlueCloud by HealthCarePoint.
Byron Bunda ’14 has been promoted to Team Lead for the North America West Region at Cloudbeds, a SaaS company for independent hosts and hoteliers. Mr. Bunda is grateful for UConn’s Program for Sales Leadership, led by Professor Bill Ryan, which gave him the tools to succeed in Cloudbeds’ sales organization.