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Cyrus E. Driver has been named vice president for strategy and planning at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. He had been director of program learning and innovation at the Ford Foundation. In his new role, he will lead research, strategy and planning, knowledge management and evaluation, as well as oversee collaborations with partners at the local, state and national levels. Driver succeeds Chris Hall, who retired after 20 years at the Hartford Foundation. Driver joined the Ford Foundation in 1998 as a program officer focusing on education issues, and became deputy director of the educational opportunity and scholarship program in 2003. He assumed his role as director of program learning and innovation in 2010. Before joining the Ford Foundation, he co-directed coalition-building and parent-organizing strategies at Designs for Change in Chicago, where he helped lead a reform movement to decentralize control of Chicago’s 600 public schools.

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Webster Bank has promoted three to the title of senior vice president. Jennifer Salera Hoynes moves to senior vice president, brand management. She has been with Webster for four years and helped develop Webster’s brand platform and sports marketing. Anthony Denniston moves to senior vice president, employee relations, from vice president of staffing. Denniston joined Webster five years ago. His previous experience includes being the director of employee relations and training at Mohegan Sun. Also, Kim Syrop was promoted to senior vice president, fraud mitigation and loss management. Syrop joined Webster in 2007 and has experience in regulatory compliance, specifically with the Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money-Laundering.

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The law firm of Robinson Cole LLP has elected four attorneys to partner: William J. Egan, Peter E. Strniste Jr., Melissa Sullivan and Jeffrey J. White. Egan specializes in commercial litigation and business law including contract disputes, banking and regulatory matters, information and technology litigation, construction litigation, and commercial leasing litigation. Strniste dedicates his practice to construction and surety litigation, contract drafting, and negotiation. Sullivan is a member of the Litigation Section in the Stamford office where she focuses primarily on large loss property subrogation, products liability defense, and commercial litigation. White is a member of the firm’s Appellate Group. His appellate experience includes land use, business litigation, property insurance, constitutional law, criminal law, health law, tax, and intellectual property. He received the 2011 Judge Maxwell Heiman Memorial Award from the Hartford County Bar Association.

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Lacee Colwell has been named director of sales for Homewood Suites by Hilton in Holyoke. She had been sales director at the Crowne Plaza Hartford. She also has held catering and sales positions at the Holiday Inn East Hartford and the Hartford Hilton Hotel.

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Jonathan S. Heinlein, Colleen O’Neill, Julia Klein and Monica P. Snyder have joined the law firm of Murtha Cullina LLP as associates. Heinlein is in the Hartford Litigation Department, where he is involved in contract, construction, labor and employment, and landlord-tenant matters. O’Neill also is in the Hartford Litigation Department where she is involved in employment, legal malpractice, health care, energy, product liability and construction matters. Klein is in the Business and Finance Department in Stamford, working primarily in that department’s Real Estate Practice Group. Snyder is working in the firm’s Boston litigation and business and finance departments. The firm has more than 115 attorneys in six offices throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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Mark F. Deluse has joined Employee Family Protection in Glastonbury as assistant vice president of enrollment services. He began his career as a state prosecutor in Massachusetts before moving into insurance law as a litigation consultant and risk management specialist. He has held various leadership positions, in group benefits and claim services at The Hartford. He mostly recently served as an underwriter for Allied Worldwide Assurance/Darwin Professional Underwriters. EFP is an employee benefit enrollment and communication firm.

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Karen Buffkin has been appointed deputy secretary of the state Office of Policy and Management. Buffkin, who has served as undersecretary for legal affairs since January, replaces Mark Ojakian who was named chief of staff by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Buffkin also has been general counsel for the state Board of Labor Relations and served for eight years as general counsel to then-State Comptroller Nancy Wyman. She also has been assistant corporation counsel and special counsel in the City of Hartford.

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Matthew Hoffman has taken on the role of executive director/dealer principal of Hoffman Toyota. He will continue to maintain his position as executive director/dealer principal of Hoffman Nissan and Hoffman Honda. He is the fourth generation of the Hoffman family to work in the company; his father and uncle, Jeffrey and I. Bradley Hoffman, respectively, are the co-chairmen of Hoffman Auto Group.

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Doreen Brown-Wade has been named hospice director for Masonicare Home Health Hospice. She had been an administrator for Home Health Care Services LLC in Connecticut, VNS of Southern Connecticut, and hospice manager for VNA Care Network and Hospice in Dedham, Mass. Masonicare, a nonprofit provider of healthcare and retirement living for seniors, is based in Wallingford. Masonicare Home Health Hospice operates statewide.

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Krista Mazzuca has been named human resources director at Community Renewal Team, the largest human services agency in Connecticut that employs more than 800 people. Mazzuca most recently served as the corporate director of human resources and manager of student outreach, admissions and career transition services for Job Corps at the Department of Labor. She was also a founding partner of Interesse International, which provides HR and employment services within the U.S. and between Japan and the U.S. She serves as a board member for the Scantic Valley YMCA and has led major fundraising efforts with Dress for Success New York, a nonprofit that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women. Community Renewal Team, Inc. is the designated Community Action Agency for Middlesex and Hartford counties.

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Patrick Chapuis has been appointed president and CEO of Oce North America in Trumbull, succeeding Joseph Skrzypczak, who has informed the Oce Board of his intent to retire in 2012. Chapuis will also retain his current responsibilities as president of the Wide Format Printing Systems division of Oce North America. Oce offers office printing and copying systems, high speed digital production printers and wide format printing systems for both technical documentation and color display graphics.

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Deborah J. Dannenbaum has been named vice president, commercial loan officer in the Commercial Real Estate Group of TD Bank in Wilton. Dannenbaum had been a vice president at Wells Fargo in New Jersey and Connecticut.

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Jerel T. Golub, president and chief operating officer of the Golub Corp., parent company of Price Chopper Supermarkets, has assumed leadership as both president and CEO of the 128-store chain. Golub has held positions in merchandising, marketing and finance throughout his nearly 30-year career with Price Chopper. Neil Golub, the company’s current chief executive officer and chairman of the board, will serve as the family-managed company’s executive chairman of the board. Also, Scott Grimmett becomes executive vice president and chief operating officer. He most recently served as the president for Safeway’s Denver division. Price Chopper is based in Schenectady, N.Y., and has stores across Connecticut.

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Attorneys Jerry McEnery, Robert Messey and Gayle Sullivan have joined the expanded newly expanded Complex Litigation and Medical Malpractice Unit at The Law Offices of Carter Mario Injury Lawyers in Milford. McEnery has over 25 years of experience handling personal injury and medical malpractice cases. He serves as an adjunct professor of law on medical malpractice at Quinnipiac University’s School of Law. Messey is both a licensed physician and attorney. He teaches Law Medicine as an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University’s School of Law. Sullivan is both a registered nurse and attorney. She has worked as a staff nurse, nursing supervisor, and hospital risk management consultant. All three most recently served as partners in the Connecticut-based accident and medical malpractice law firm, Sinoway McEnery Messey Sullivan, P.C. They will practice out of the new Carter Mario Injury Lawyers offices in North Haven, as well as at the corporate office in Milford. Also joining the firm are attorneys Pamela Cameron and Joseph Rossetti, who both served with McEnery, Messey, and Sullivan at their last practice.

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Chrysalis Center Inc. has added two to the executive team of the Hartford social services agency. Eleanor Dutcher becomes chief human resources officer, a newly created position. She comes to Chrysalis Center after 10 years as human resources director at Masonicare. Wendy Hodge becomes chief financial officer. She had been with Mitchell College. Also, the center has appointed three new directors: Carol Larco-Murzyn, vice president of marketing, LL Global, Inc., and Sanjay Banerjee and Caren Teitelbaum, both staff psychiatrists at Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living.

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Rebecca Sheehan has been promoted to media planner at Mintz Hike in Avon. She joined the communications company as a media assistant, and previously worked with an advertising agency in Asheville, N.C.

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Kate Emery, founder and CEO of Walker Systems Support in Farmington, has accepted a three-year term on the Connecticut Technology Council board. She also is the founder and CEO of reSET (SocialEnterpriseTrust.org) whose mission is to help make Connecticut a hub of social enterprise. Walker Systems Support provides network management and computer support services.

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Carla Beard has joined Connecticut Lighting Centers in a newly created position as director of business development. She had been the proprietor of a lighting showroom in southern New Hampshire.

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Fandotech of Manchester has added two new business development managers. Sharon Viveiros will serve clients in Connecticut. She has won multiple awards for sales including ATT’s Leaders Council and Gold Club Awards. Robert Lepecki will serve western Massachusetts from the West Springfield office. The firm operates three data centers and provides IT support and infrastructure.

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George W. Casey Jr., a retired U. S. Army general, has joined the Governing Board of Colt Defense LLC in West Hartford. General Casey served as chief of staff of the United States Army for four years from April 2007 to April 2011 and was commander of multinational forces in Iraq from July 2004 to February 2007. Colt Defense LLC is designs, develops and manufactures small arms weapon systems for individual soldiers and law enforcement personnel.

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Laurence Hale, chief investment officer for Weiss Hale Financial in Pomfret Center, has been appointed to the state Investment Advisory Council in Hartford. The council serves as an advisory body to the state treasurer in the oversight of approximately $25 billion in the state’s retirement plans and trust funds.

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Gregory Rufa has been hired as a financial consultant with LPL Financial to represent American Eagle Financial Services. He previously held investment positions with Wachovia, Sun Life Financial, Webster Bank, and Mutual Security Credit Union. He is based at American Eagle Federal Credit Union in Plainville.


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