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Students From Danbury Earn Graduate Degrees At WestConn

DANBURY, Conn. -- Western Connecticut State University conferred graduate or doctoral degrees upon the following students at its graduate commencement ceremony Friday, May 9, in the Feldman Arena of the William A. O’Neill Athletic and Convocation Center on the university’s Westside campus in Danbury.

These graduates are from Fairfield County in the Daily Voice area of coverage. Graudates are from both January and May 2014.


  • Hanely Acosta, MA English;
  • Steven Aguayo, Master of Arts In Teaching;
  • Nilda Almonte, MA English;
  • Raymond Blanar, Master of Business Administration;
  • Sara Coffey, Master of Health Administration;
  • Cory Denninger, Master of Business Administration; 
  • Meghan Dischinger, MS Education;
  • Cristina DiStasio, MS School Counseling;
  • Elizabeth Foti, Master of Business Administration;
  • Deborah Froehlich, MS Education;
  • Vicki Harden-Taylor, MS Nursing;
  • Nicole Kearney, MS School Counseling;
  • Alyshia Khouri, Master of Health Administration;
  • Joanne LaPorta, MS Education;
  • David Levine, MA History;
  • Rozita Matin, Master of Business Administration;
  • Karen Mattei, Master of Health Administration;
  • Michelle McCormack, Master of Arts in Teaching;
  • Kevin Nailor, MS Education;
  • Victor Nguyen, Master of Health Administration;
  • Jude Pascarelli, Master of Arts in Teaching;
  • Jorge Pereira, Master of Business Administration;
  • Dana Pickney, MS Education;
  • Stephanie Queiroz, MS Education; 
  • Jessica Ramirez, MS Justice Administration;
  • Pedro Rodrigues, Master of Health Administration; 
  • Janet Sayegh, MS Education;
  • Philip Silva, Master of Health Administration;
  • Charles Stewart, MS Education;
  • Neetu Syan, MS Justice Administration;
  • Colleen Tarsi, MA History;
  • Kimberly Taylor, Master of Business Administration;
  • Kristy Zaleta, Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership


  • Cassandra Kocsis, Master of Health Administration


  • David Griffith, MFA Creative and Professional Writing


  • Marla Kay, MS Education;
  • Laura Maines, MS Education

Dr. John Murphy, president and chief executive officer of the Western Connecticut Health Network, delivered the commencement address to the graduate students.

Murphy is the first physician to serve Danbury Hospital as its president and chief executive officer. WestConn has recognized Murphy for his exemplary leadership and innovation in health-care administration as the recipient of the university’s 2011 Macricostas Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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