People in the news: See who’s making news in the community 

People in the news: See who’s making news in the community 

Chris Duhamel of Westerly, a professional engineer and land surveyor with more than 30 years of experience, has been promoted to principal of DiPrete Engineering. He will be responsible for improving its relationships with existing clients and extending opportunities to new clients.

The following local students performed with the Eastern Connecticut State University’s Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers, conducted by David Belles and Sarah Kaufold, at a concert, "Magnificently Mistaken," last month: Antonia Reynolds of Pawcatuck, alto vocals, a member of the class of 2019 majoring in music; William Jeckel of North Stonington, bass vocals, a member of the class of 2017 majoring in music; Anthony Castagnaro of Mystic, bass vocals, a member of the class of 2018 majoring in new media studies and Heather Smith of Mystic, soprano vocals, a member of the class of 2021, majoring in elementary education and liberal studies.

Sarah McMillin of Stonington was named Susquehanna University Scholars. McMillin is a member of the class of 2020 majoring in communications. A 2016 graduate of Stonington High School, she is the daughter of George and Susan McMillin of Stonington.

Farouk Rajab of Stonington is the new general manager of the Providence Marriott Downtown. He most recently held the same position at the Westin Minneapolis and prior to that he managed the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa.

Dawn Salerno, deputy director for public engagement and operations at Mystic Museum of Art, has been elected as president of the board of the New England Museum Association at its annual meeting in Falmouth, Mass.

Chuck Anastasia was honored by the Family Caregiver Alliance of Rhode Island as outstanding caregiver of the year. Anastasia was nominated for the award by the Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Facilitators in recognition of his role as the primary caregiver for his wife VJ.

Becci Davis of Wakefield was selected as the 2018 Artist Fellow at The RISD Museum. Anita Bateman and Jamie Gabbarelli have been appointed as museum curatorial staff members.

A.T. Wall will retire as Rhode Island director of corrections in early 2018 after more than three decades of public service. Director Wall has led the Rhode Island Department of Corrections for nearly two decades and is the longest-tenured corrections director in the nation. Director Wall, a native Rhode Islander, began his career in corrections in 1976 as a line probation officer. After graduating from law school, he served as a prosecutor in New York City before joining the Vera Institute of Justice. He returned to Rhode Island in 1985 to lead criminal justice policy in the Governor's Policy Office. In 1987, he was appointed assistant director of corrections and was named director in 2000. He is a past president of the Association of State Correctional Administrators. Assistant Director Patricia Coyne-Fague will serve as acting director until the position is filled.

Kathleen Peirce, executive director of the Visiting Nurses Association of Care New England, announced the association has been named a Top Agency of the 2017 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies.


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