Albertus Magnus College has named Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella vice president for professional and graduate studies, a new senior-level position reporting directly to President Julia M. McNamara. During an academic career spanning 26 years at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Gardella held increasingly responsible teaching and leadership positions, most recently as Professor of Social Work, associate dean in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, and director of the University’s Program for Adult Learners. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College, JD from the UConn School of Law and a master’s in social work also from UConn.

WTNH-TV has promoted Al Carl from managing editor to news director. Carl has led newsrooms in Savannah, Ga., Huntsville, Ala. and Omaha, Neb. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Journalism School.

 Owen P. Eagan of West Hartford has been named chairman of the Freedom of Information Commission (FOIC), the state body responsible for administering and enforcing the provisions of the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act, which ensures citizen access to the records and meetings of public agencies. Eagan was first appointed to the commission in 2009, and then reappointed.  He is a partner with Eagan, Donohue, Van Dyke & Falsey, LLP, where he conducts the general practice of law, concentrating on state and federal civil and criminal litigation. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and earned his JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Beirne Wealth Consulting has named Dana McLaughlin, CFP, a senior wealth advisor to the Milford firm’s high-net-worth clients. Previously she was a financial advisor for A.G. Edwards Inc., which was acquired by Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC in 2007.

Terence J. Brunau of Milford has joined the New Haven office of Murtha, Cullina as  an associate in the law firm’s Litigation Department. Previously Brunau clerked for judge Michael R. Sheldon of the Connecticut Appellate Court. Brunau earned his BA from the University of Connecticut and his JD from the Quinnipiac University School of Law.

 Jason Burke has been named to the new position of director of veteran and military affairs at Quinnipiac University. He will work with undergraduate and graduate-level administrative offices to ensure veterans’ benefits are used effectively and efficiently. Previously Burke was an associate professor in the national security affairs department at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., from which he earned a master’s degree in national strategic studies . He also holds a bachelor’s degree in oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy.

David L. Hall has joined the law firm of Wiggin and Dana as a partner in its Philadelphia office. He will be a member of the firm's Litigation Department, including the Defense, OFAC, and Export Compliance Group, the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group, and the Art Law and Museum Practice Group. Hall, who joins the firm after a 23-year career as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Department of Justice, will focus on representing clients in the defense, financial, art and health-care industries. Hall earned a BA from Dartmouth, an MBA from Yale, and JD and MA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an editor of the law review.

Shelley R. Sadin of Hamden has been named associate dean of professional and career development for the Quinnipiac University School of Law. She will be responsible for the professional development of law students through employer outreach for both summer and permanent job opportunities. Sadin earned a BA in history from Yale College. She received her JD in 1984 from Georgetown University Law Center where she was third-year editor of the American Criminal Law Review. She joined the law firm of Zeldes, Needle & Cooper in 1984 and made partner in 1991.

The United Way of Greater New Haven has named Michael Thomas of Milford vice president of development, succeeding Maria Arnold. A former senior advisor to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and a veterans’ advocate, joins the United Way staff after serving as a volunteer member of the group’s board of directors. A retired U.S. Navy Reserve commander, Thomas is founder and president of Archangel Ventures, LLC, which owns a Subway franchise in West Haven that focuses on training and employing veterans in the food industry. Thomas is a 1990 graduate of Wesleyan University and a 1995 graduate of Yale Law School.