The Connecticut Economic Resource Center Inc. (CERC), the state’s nonprofit economic development firm, has elected to its board William Vallée, state broadband policy & programs coordinator for the Office of Consumer Counsel. An attorney, Vallée specializes in telecommunications with the state’s statutory public utility advocate, where he manages and conducts policy positions and litigation in telecommunications and public rights-of-way cases. Vallée holds a BA from Union College and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.


Juan A. Figueroa, president of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, has announced that he will step down later this year. Following his announcement the board of directors of the advocacy group for health-care reform at the state level announced that it had selected Frances G. Padilla, currently the organization’s executive vice president, to succeed Figueroa. A former state legislator, Figueroa had headed the UHCF since 2003.


Stuart G. Marcus, MD, FACS, has been named president of St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He succeeds Susan L. Davis, RN, Ed.D, who remains CEO of the medical center and president/CEO of St. Vincent’s Health Services, and who has assumed additional regional responsibilities within Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit healthcare system. Marcus most recently served as senior vice president, chief medical officer and chairman of oncology at St. Vincent’s. A diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, Marcus is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and Alpha Omega Medical Honor Society. He holds a BA degree from Rutgers University, and in 1987 earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine.


Sharon Mansfield has been promoted to vice president/commercial loan officer at Naugatuck Savings Bank. She will oversee the bank’s small-business loan portfolio and develop new commercial and loan business and manage a commercial mortgage and loan portfolio. Mansfield previously was an assistant vice president and real estate officer at People’s United Bank in Waterbury.


The Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunity (CABO), which describes itself as the state’s LGBT chamber of commerce, has elected Wiggin & Dana attorney Jason Smith to its board of directors. A member of the New Haven firm’s Private Client Services Department, Smith holds a JD from Yale Law School.


Laura Gallinoto has been named regional manager of Naugatuck Savings Bank. She will manage sales, service and operational efficiencies of the bank’s branch offices. Gallinoto has 22 years of banking experience, including management positions at Sovereign Bank and BankBoston. She is an alumna of the University of Virginia.


Randy Streck has been named assistant academic program manager/laboratory manager of the biology program at Post University in Waterbury. He will teach courses in biology as well as maintain and manage laboratory safety standards. Streck recently held a position at Pfizer as a senior principal scientist. He earned a BS in biochemistry from Harvard College and a Ph.D in molecular biology from the University of California/Berkeley.


Mario Coppola of Milford has been named a partner with the law firm of Berchem, Moses & Devlin, PC. He will practice in municipal law, land use and zoning, property tax assessment appeals, real estate transactions and general civil litigation. Berchem graduated from Boston College as well as the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he earned his JD degree.


Mario Gaboury, interim dean of the University of New Haven’s Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences, has been named the permanent dean. A full-time professor of criminal justice in the Lee College since 1996, Gaboury replaces Richard Ward, who last fall was named associate vice president for special programs and sponsored research at UNH. A scholar on global human trafficking, victimology, victims' rights, juvenile justice and community policing, Gaboury served as the Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation Endowed Professor at UNH from 2007 to 2009 and as the president of the American Society of Victimology from 2000 to 2010. Gaboury earned a law degree from Georgetown University, a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut.


The Bridgeport law firm of Willinger, Willinger & Bucci, PC has named Toni Marie Gelineau a principal. She will practice in real estate and probate, including residential and commercial real estate transactions, commercial law, estates, wills, conservatorships and guardianships. Gelineau was graduated from Fairfield University, as well as the University of Connecticut School of Law.  


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has appointed recently retired state Child Advocate Jeanne Milstein to serve as his appointee on the seven-member advisory committee that will evaluate and present a list of recommended candidates to fill the role she championed for the last 12 years. Milstein’s retirement as child advocate becomes effective on March 1. Mickey Kramer, the office’s associate child advocate, is serving as acting child advocate until a successor is named. The Office of the Child Advocate is responsible for overseeing the protection and care of children and to advocate for their well-being, particularly for those who are most vulnerable.