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Alumni success contributes to region

Despite the current economic climate, Western alumni continue to be sought-after employees and successful business leaders. Whether they graduated in 1972 like David Nurnberger, senior vice president of Human Relations at Boehringer Ingelheim, or 2009 graduate Meredith Liberto, who works as a research scientist at BI — our alumni make their mark in all kinds of arenas. Here are some alumni who caught our eye this year.

Geoffrey Herald ’82 puts out fires — literally — as chief of the Danbury Fire Department. Down the street from the firehouse at City Hall, Mark Boughton ’95 puts out fires of a different kind as mayor of Danbury.

While Stephanie Madonna ’05 scouts locations for the TV series “White Collar,” Joe Mingachos ’90 scouts for talented athletes as head coach of WCSU’s Women’s Soccer Team.

Combining an eye for detail and a way with words are Scott Brunjes ’85, CEO of Mediassociates Inc.; Lisa Siedlarz ’09, an award-winning poet; and art teacher and humanitarian Bryn Gillette ’09.

A WestConn nursing degree can lead to several destinations. Robin Goodrich ’07 now works as an assistant professor of nursing at her alma mater while Sarah Murray ’08 is a nurse at Waterbury Hospital. Both Goodrich and Murray are furthering their nursing educations — Goodrich at Columbia and Murray at WCSU.

Music to their ears: Stephen Price ’09 took his art to a higher level when he used his Fulbright Scholarship to pursue organ studies at Conservatoire National de Region, France. Jonathan Soares ’06, founder and CEO of Q Products, loves the sound of grocery store cash registers ringing up sales of his gourmet marinades and sauces, which can be found in stores from coast to coast.

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Clockwise from top:
Meredith Liberto '09 does research in one of Western's science labs; Bryn Gillette '09 speaks at the WCSU Hearts Haiti luncheon; Danbury Fire Chief Geoffrey Herald '82 talks to visitors at the firehouse.