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Erik Bee - 2001
  • Hometown: New Britain
  • Now lives in: Farmington
Trinity College
Major: Biology, MD

Education:
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Biology
    Trinity College
    -
  • MD, University of Connecticut
    School of Medicine
  • -
  • Fellowship Training
    Johns Hopkins Hospital
Occupation:
Interventional Radiologist
Saint Francis Hospital
Community Service:

I participate in campaigns spreading awareness about breast cancer, including working at clinics providing free mamograms.

 

Hobby:
I am an avid fisherman.
Quote:
"I began conducting clinical research on the human liver while still an undergraduate student, and continued this research through medical school. This experience helped inspire me to become a minimally invasive specialist. I have taken this to the next level by expanding the techniques and technologies we use to treat liver cancer in our community."

Desiree Cameron-Ayeni - 2003
  • Hometown: Bloomfield
  • Now lives in: New Haven
Eastern Connecticut State University
Major: Business Administration, Counseling

Education:
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration
    Eastern Connecticut State University
    -
    Masters of Science in Counseling
  • University of Bridgeport
    -
    Masters of Business Administration
    Albertus Magnus College
Occupation:
Director of Financial Aid
Yale School of Medicine
Hobby:
Large canvas abstract painting, cooking, photography, dancing to relieve stress
Community Service:
Volunteer on the selection committee of the Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program at the American Savings Foundation, mentor high school/middle school students on college access, education parents on money management and financial aid
 

Melvin Kelley IV- 2003
  • Hometown: New Britain
  • Now lives in: New Britain
College of Holy Cross
Major: Political Science, Economics, Law

Education:
  • Bachelor of Arts
    Political Science and Economics, Africana Studies Concentration
    College of Holy Cross
  • -
    Juris Doctor
    Columbia Law School
Occupation:
Staff Attorney
Connecticut Fair Housing Center
Hobby: Learning about astronomy
Community Service:
Volunteer on the selection committee of the Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program at the American Savings Foundation.
 

Artila Lubonja - 2006
  • Hometown: Waterbury
  • Now lives in: Meriden
University of Connecticut
Major: Psychology, Law

Education:
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
    University of Connecticut
    -
  • Juris Doctor
    Western New England School of Law
Occupation:
Attorney
Children's Law Center - CT
Fun Fact: I was named after "Artillery" as my father was a colonel in the Albanian military
Community Service:
Volunteer on the selection committee of the Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program at the American Savings Foundation, translate documents for the Albanian community
 

Loan Nguyen - 2002
  • Hometown: West Hartford
  • Now lives in: Hartford
University of Connecticut
Major: Psychology, Social Work

Education:
  • Bachelors of Arts, Psychology
    University of Connecticut
    -
  • Masters of Social Work
    University of Connecticut
Occupation:
Clinical Social Worker
CT Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
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Behavioral Health Officer
CT Army National Guard
Hobbies: Crossfit and baking
Community Service:
Volunteer on the selection committee of the Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program at the American Savings Foundation, Events committee chair for Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) of CT

Roberto Mercado - 2001
  • Hometown: New Britain
  • Now lives in: New Britain
Fitchburg State College
Major: Human Services

Education:
  • Bachelors of Arts, Human Services
    Fitchburg State College
Occupation:
Dean of Students
New Britain High School
My Other Job:
Varsity Baseball Coach for New Britain High School
Community Service:

Pathways Senderos Center - Board of Directors, New Britain Parks & Recreation - Commission Board Member, Assistant baseball coach for the Yarmouth Dennis Red Sox - Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League since 2014

Hobby:
Golf
Quote:
"I love to help our New Britain Youth better themselves through school and through baseball."

Justin Martella - 2001
  • Hometown: Meriden
  • Now lives in: Bristol
Northwood University
Major: Business Management & Administration

Education:
  • Bachelors Degree, Business Management
    Northwood University
    -
    Masters of Business Administration
    Palm Beach Atlantic University
Occupation:
Financial Advisor - Wealth Management
Former financial crimes detective
Hobby:
Spending time with family & friends, baseball, yardwork
Fun Fact:
Lifelong dream was to play at Yankee Stadium, but I played at Fenway Park instead

Samantha Morales - 2008
  • Hometown: Waterbury
  • Now lives in: Waterbury
University of Connecticut
Major: Communications

Education:
  • Bachelors Degree, Communications
    University of Connecticut
    -
    Masters of Science, Healthcare Administration
    University of New Haven
Occupation:
Marketing Communications Specialist
Community Service:
I serve on the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Hartford.
Fun Fact:
I secretly hope to win the lotto so I can open and run a cat sanctuary.
Quote:
"I am a Healthcare Administration graduate student at the University of New Haven with 5+ years of Marketing and Communications experience. I often remind myself that success is a journey not a destination."

Caitlyn Prescott - 2002
  • Hometown: New Britain
  • Now lives in: Farmington
Trinity College
Major: Mathematics and Economics

Education:
  • Bachelor of Science, Mathematics and Economics
    Trinity College
Occupation:
Fellow of the Society of Actuaries
Director of Commercial NY/NJ Finance
Community Service:

I serve on the Board of Directors of the American Savings Foundation and the Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program selection committee. I also am a Trinity College Alumni Admissions Representative and Kappa Kappa Gamma Advisor, Student Education Director of the Actuaries' Club of Hartford and Springfield, and a Grader of Fellowship level Actuarial Exams taken across the United States.

 

Hobby:
Exploring New England with family and friends – local fairs, wine tasting, leaf peeping, boating, relaxing on the beach and fishing.
Quote:
"I have always enjoyed mathematics and in college I found economics fascinating. The actuarial profession allows me to put my mathematical and critical thinking skills to work in the business environment in a fulfilling way."

Jeremy Race - 1997
  • Hometown: Berlin
  • Now lives in: Kensington
Fairfield University
Major: History

Education:
  • Bachelors Degree, History
    Fairfield University
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    Masters of Science, Elementary Education
    Central Connecticut State University
Occupation:
President & CEO
Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, Inc
Community Service:
I serve on the Board of Directors of the CT Jump$tart Coalition. I am also the Career Development Chair for Fairfield University's Hartford alumni chapter.
Fun Fact:

I grew up writing short stories and poetry, which led to song-writing and a short stint as a singer in a local band. I also met my wife through Junior Achievement.

 

Quote:
"Leadership is not about power. It's about people. If you can motivate and inspire others to follow you then anything can be accomplished."