Robert F. Polito was named chair of the Masonicare Board of Trustees. As Senior Vice President and Commercial Lender with Webster Bank for 23 years, Polito served on the board of the senior living and healthcare non-profit for 10 years. Polito chairs the Investment Committee and IT Steering Committee of Masonicare and has been involved in fundraising for The Masonic Charity Foundation. He earned his B.A. in public policy from Eastern Connecticut State University, an M.B.A. from the University of New Haven and a post-graduate business certificate from UCONN

Quinnipiac University elected Dean of the School of Health Sciences, William C. Kohlhepp as president of the Physician Assistant Education Association board of directors—beginning his term Jan. 1, 2017. Kohlhepp is a tenured professor in the university’s physician assistant students program and has been on the PAEA board of directors since 2010 where he was treasurer/secretary for several years until the position split into just treasurer. He has gathered various awards for his work and dedication in his field like the National Student Academy President’s Award in 2010 and has played an active role in national organizations of the PA profession since serving as national student secretary in 1978. He graduated from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey Rutgers physician assistant program in 1979, earned his master’s degree in health administration from Quinnipiac University, and his doctorate in health sciences from Nova Southeastern University.

The Navigators Group appointed Meryl D. Hartzband as an independent director to the company, serving on the Compensation and Finance Committees of the Board of Directors. She was a founding partner of Stone Point Capital and served as the firm’s Chief Investment Officer and member of the Investment Committees of the Trident Funds from 1999-2015. Prior to this position, she also spent 16 years at J.P Morgan & Co. as Managing Director. Hartzband earned her B.A. from Cornell University and a M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business

The Westport Arts Center appointed Lillie Fortino as a new director of education, managing and growing all aspects of the Arts Center’s Education programs such as Youth & Teen art classes and camps, special arts, adult education, continuing education at local schools, the Teen Advisory Council, and community service programs like Connections and WAC Gives Back. She most recently served as an Arts Enrichment Program Coordinator for the Norwalk Housing Authority. Fortino received her Bachelors of Fine Arts and a concentration in Photography from the University of Connecticut. 

Brandt Wilson joined the firm, Cross Ocean Partners as their Partner and Head of Hard Asset Investment Strategies, focusing mainly on the aviation sector in global aviation opportunities out of their Greenwich office. Wilson has a total of 23 years of financial services experience covering public accounting, leverage finance, bankruptcy advisory and credit and hard asset investing. He was most recently a managing director and co-head of the firm’s North American Illiquid Credit Trading group and before Cross Ocean, was senior managing director at Castlelake, L.P. 

John Ciulla, president of Webster Financial Corporation and Webster Bank,was elected as chair of CBIA’s board of directors. Ciulla joined Webster Bank in 2004  and was recently promoted in Jan. 2014 from executive vice president and head of middle market banking to lead commercial banking and president in Oct. 2015. The CBIA board also elected two chairs: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Achillion Pharmaceuticals in New Haven, Mary Kay Fenton and Chris DiPentima, president of Pegasus Manufacturing, based in Middletown.

Edible Arrangements International, LLC named Anthony Pavese president of Edible Global, LLC. During his role, Pavese will focus on markets outside of the country, seeking new partnerships throughout the world and supporting the 10 international markets in which the company’s current franchisees operate. Before his time at the company, Pavese served as International Group President for Focus Brands, the franchisor of over 1,500 units in more than 60 centuries, with more than three decades of experience.

Fairfield University appointed Lynn M. Babington, current provost and senior vice president of the university, to Interim President, effective Jan. 1 until June 2017. Before her role as provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs since 2014, Babington served as Dean of the School of Nursing at Fairfield since 2012 and an appointment as Professor of Nursing. She has extensive experience in hospital, academic and clinical settings. She earned her B.S.N. from the University of Michigan and an M.N. and PhD from the University of Washington

The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation appointed three new trustees to the FAF board: Susan J. Carter, Anthony J. Dowd, and T. Eloise Foster effective Jan. 1, 2017. These new appointments will fill vacant spots in the Board of Trustees whose terms ended on Dec. 31. The FAF Trustees also appointed Gary H. Bruebaker as vice president also effective on Jan. 1, 2017.

Comcast announced the promotion of three new employees for the company’s leadership roles in their Western New England Region in Berlin, CT: Beverly Elliot to Vice President of Project Management, Brian Ferney to Vice President of Marketing and Sales, and Jim Bitzas to Director of Construction.