Marilda Gandara '78, a member of the UConn Board of Trustees, was inducted at a ceremony on July 14, 2022, into Connecticut's Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame. Gandara, who emigrated from Cuba to the United States with her family as a child, worked at Aetna for 30 years and became president of the Aetna Foundation. She was among four people inducted at the ceremony, including Radenka Maric, UConn's interim president, who was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina when it was part of Yugoslavia.
Christian Watson ’00 has been appointed the state’s attorney for the Judicial District of New Britain, Connecticut. Watson previously served in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and as a prosecutor for the Division of Criminal Justice before going into private practice. He joined the New Britain State’s Attorney’s Office in 2010 and was promoted to supervisory assistant state’s attorney in 2016.
Rachel A. Gonzalez ’05, a partner in the Employment and Labor practice group at Day Pitney LLP, was honored on May 4, 2022 by the Executive Women of New Jersey with the Salute to the Policy Makers Award. She was honored for her achievements and efforts in advancing women’s leadership inside the firm and in the community.
Elda Sinani ’09 LLM has been has been named director of the Office of Policy and Management for the city of Stamford, Connecticut. She previously worked for the City of Hartford as a project manager, director of administration and director of licenses and inspections.
Carl Dennis Anderson ’67, a trial lawyer and former president of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, died June 21, 2022. Read his obituary.
Louise S. Berry ’80, a retired school superintendent and Connecticut state senator, has died. Read her obituary.
Wendy Clarke ’09 has been named a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Clark’s practice, based in the firm’s Stamford office, focuses on corporate transactions, including domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Foundation Solutions Indemnity Co., the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, and the Securities Advisory Council to the Connecticut Department of Banking.
Tom H. Wilkeson ’16, an associate with Verrill Dana LLP in Westport, has been elected secretary of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Business Law Section. Wilkeson is a member of Verrill’s Business Law Group.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has appointed Mark F. Kohler '87 to serve as secretary of the state, filling a vacancy left by the resignation of Denise Merrill. Kohler was sworn in on July 1 and will serve until a newly elected secretary of the state takes office in January 2023.
Kohler retired earlier in 2022 from the state Office of the Attorney General, where he served as the associate attorney general and chief of the government administration division. In his 30 years with the office, he served in several divisions. From 2011 to 2021, he directed the Special Litigation Department, charged with representing state constitutional officers, the legislature, and the judiciary. The division handles election matters, charities, gaming, and federal Indian tribal issues.
Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Kohler was an associate with Shipman & Goodwin from 1990 to 1992.
Isaac Yilma ’10 has joined McGuireWoods in Atlanta as a partner in the firm’s public finance team. His practice focuses on public and infrastructure finance transactions.