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Alumni Leadership Committee

The mission of the Goodwin College Alumni Leadership Committee is to create a lifelong bond between Goodwin College and its alumni by engaging a diverse group of graduates through programs and services that address their needs and keep them connected. The Alumni Leadership Committee supports the mission and values of Goodwin College and promotes the role of alumni in strengthening and sustaining the life of the College.

Meet the Committee

Lee Housley ’15


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Lee Housley graduated from Goodwin College in 2013 with an A.S. in Business Administration and again in 2015 with a B.S. in Management and Leadership, summa cum laude and as the class Valedictorian. Since graduating from Goodwin College, Lee has continued working for Eversource Energy, most recently in the Corporate Procurement Department, currently on a special project in Organizational Change Management – Training. Lee is currently pursuing a M.S. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Hartford.

Lee was invited to join the Foundation Board of Directors as well as the Goodwin College Women’s Committee in 2014. Lee also gives back to the Business & Manufacturing School by serving on the Advisory Board for the Management & Leadership program.

She has been a valued member of the Alumni Leadership Committee since 2013 and began serving as the President in 2016.

Lee resides in Berlin with her fiancé Alan and enjoys traveling, shopping and hiking with her Bernese Mountain Dog named Sam.

Odalisca Bautista, ’12

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Odalisca Bautista received an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Capital Community College in 2008. After graduating from CCC, Bautista decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree. She looked into many colleges and finally decided to enroll at Goodwin College. Bautista graduated from Goodwin College with a bachelor’s degree in child study in 2012.

She is employed at the Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School as an instructor in a pre-school classroom. She is very passionate about seeing children develop and reach milestones.

Bautista remains a part of the Goodwin College community as a member of the Alumni Leadership Committee and Early Childhood Education Club.

Krislyn Donadio ’15

Events Committee Co-Chair

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After returning to Connecticut and making the decision to change careers, Krislyn received her associate’s degree in science (Occupational Therapy Assistant) from Goodwin College in 2015. She is also a graduate of Providence College with a BA in Social Work. For 17 years, Krislyn worked for a large nonprofit mental health facility in Rhode Island. During this time, she provided counseling, case management, crisis response and direct support services to at-risk youth ages 4 to 12. After receiving her M.A.T. in Elementary Education from Rhode Island College, Krislyn functioned as an educational advocate for children in therapeutic residential care. She now practices Occupational Therapy at a pediatrics clinic in Avon, CT. Krislyn truly enjoys her work, using her wide-ranging education and experience to help children and adolescents to be as independent as possible by assisting them to improve both necessary and meaningful activities of daily living.

During her time at Goodwin College, Krislyn was an active member of the Goodwin College Crew, Women’s Events Committee, and Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Advisory Board. She now dedicates much of her time to volunteering at Goodwin College alumni events. She is currently serving as a member of the Alumni Leadership Committee.

Krislyn resides in Glastonbury and enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, watching movies, attending Broadway musicals, and country music concerts. She is also a huge Red Sox and Patriots fan.

Marcia Duffus-Bennet, ’16

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Michele Gomez ’13

Community Service Committee Chair

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Michele Gomez graduated from Goodwin College in 2011 with an A.S. in Health Science. She then completed her ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) in 2013, followed by a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) in 2015. Since completing her nursing degree Michele worked as a family practice nurse at ProHealth Physicians-Wallingford Family Practice where she had originally worked as a medical assistant for a number of years, she then worked in geriatric care at Masonicare in Wallingford for a short time, and has now been at Fresenius Kidney Care as a hemodialysis nurse since 2015. Currently Michele is actively participating in the Clinical Advancement Program at Fresenius to earn the level of CAP RN2, which brings a promotion and more responsibility within the organization.

Michele participates in many community-related activities such as Rebuilding Together and many charitable 5K run/walks. She is an active member of the Wethersfield-Rocky Hill Professional Nurses Association including sitting on the board for their recent 75th anniversary celebration. In 2016 Michele began serving on the Alumni Leadership Committee for Goodwin College and is also serving on the Steering Committee.

Michele currently resides in East Hartford. She just celebrated her 20th anniversary with her husband, Roberto. They have four children, five grandchildren, and their cat Jack.

Mark Graziano ’15

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Mark N Graziano graduated from Goodwin in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Leadership. Mark currently works with the fire and life safety company Tyco SimplexGrinnell as a Systems Integrity Representative helping their clients protect lives and property.

After graduation Mark showed an eagerness to remain connected to Goodwin and to be a part of building a strong and connected Alumni community. It was this desire that led to his invitation to become a member of the Leadership Committee in 2016.

Mark currently lives in Winsted with his fiancée Amy and their dog Porter. He enjoys attending music events, participating in charitable 5k’s, hiking the trails of the Northwest Corner, and sharing experiences with his loved ones and their families.

Tiffany Hoxie ’11

Career Services Committee Chair

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Tiffany Hoxie obtained both her associate’s degree in early childhood education in 2009 and bachelor’s degree in child study from Goodwin College in 2011 Tiffany went on to receive a master’s degree in management and organizational leadership from Albertus Magnus in 2015.

After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in 2011, Hoxie started her own business named Clover Educational Consulting, LLC, a company that provides quality educational consulting and services for children and young adults. She is also a preschool teacher at HRA of New Britain, Inc. and will joining the Adjunct Faculty at Goodwin College teaching in the Management and Leadership program.

Hoxie loves to cook, watch sports (especially UConn), and spending time with her children, Donovan 14 and Avielle 2 along with her very large extended family.

Jennifer Madley ’12

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Jennifer Madley graduated in 2012 with an associate’s degree in Human Services. As a member of the Human Services Honor Society and the Phi, Theta Kappa Honor Society she currently is a member of the Wethersfield/Rocky Hill Rotary in which she acts as the liaison for the Rocky Hill High School Rotary Club. Jennifer is also a member of the Goodwin College Alumni Association.

She currently works with several youth organizations while attending school part-time. Jennifer will be finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Leadership this fall 2017 and is planning on starting her own youth organization in honor of her daughter that passed away in 2007; the organization will be called Bianca’s Hope.

Jennifer resides in Wethersfield with her partner Jerry and fifteen-year-old son David, the family dog Casey Marie and their cat Tank.

Jamie Mattos ’12, ’14, ’16

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Carol Nelson, ’14, ’16

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Travis Samuels ’15

Events Committee Co-Chair

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Travis Samuels earned his associates degree in 2011 and his Bachelor’s shortly after in 2015 both in human services. He developed a passion in working with the next generation of Teenagers and young adults. Thus he was hired at Goodwin College in student services assisting both the MOVE (Men of Vision an Education) and WISE (Women in Securing an Education) programs. Travis also works for a youth center in Rockville.

He continues to be involved with Goodwin serving as many hats from a summer bridge academy mentor to Goodwin College Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee member he also the founder of the Goodwin College Dance Crew.

Carol Vernale ’05

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Carol Vernale obtained her associate’s degree in Nursing from Goodwin College in August 2005. She was a member of Goodwin’s first nursing class, graduating summa cum laude and salutatorian of the class of 2005. She has also earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut in Consumer Economics & Marketing.

Carol currently works as a nurse case manager for Aetna Inc. She works with Medicare members on a wellness program, contacting them by phone to help them manage their health and understand their Medicare plan benefits. She is certified in case management, earning the CCM (Certified Case Management) accreditation in 2015. She also worked as a home care nurse for five years and spent a year in an acute care hospital setting as a medical/surgical nurse.

Nursing is a second career for Carol. Before becoming a nurse, Carol worked as a computer systems analyst at Aetna for 20 years. While taking a career break to be a stay at home mom, she went back to school to earn her nursing degree. Carol now blends her prior business and computer knowledge with her nursing experience to be a successful nurse case manager.

Carol joined the Alumni Leadership committee in the fall of 2016 and is just beginning to work on Alumni activities. She would like to invite more alumni to get involved with the social and volunteer activities that are offered, and especially encourages nursing alumni from Goodwin’s earlier years to come out and catch up.

Carol is an active member of the Case Management Society of America, CT chapter. She also enjoys traveling, skiing and cooking with her husband Joe, son Luc (a student at CCSU), and Miniature Schnauzers Spike and Pearl.

Randy Laist

Faculty Representative

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Randy has been teaching English in one form or another for more than 20 years. Over the course of his career, he has taught in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges, and this variety of experience has provided him with a rich perspective regarding the differences and similarities among the various stages of a person’s educational journey, as well as the manner in which these stages all fit together into a coherent picture. Working with the diverse student body at Goodwin College has given him daily opportunities to translate this experience into practical strategies for addressing the needs of different kinds of learners, and, every day, his own understanding of what it means to be an educated person is challenged and deepened by the students’ commitment, creativity, and passion.

Randy received his bachelor’s, two master’s degrees, and his doctorate all from the University of Connecticut. He has published two books, Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo’s Novels and Cinema of Simulation: Hyperreal Hollywood in the Long 90s, and edited two collections of essays: Looking for Lost: Critical Perspectives on the Enigmatic Series and Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies. He has published dozens of articles on literature, film, culture, and teaching, and has presented papers at scores of academic conferences. He is motivated by his conviction that writing is a powerful tool for understanding the times we live in, discovering our own potential, and changing the world. He aspires to communicate to his English students the same passion for writing that has played such an important role in his own life.

Holly Winters

Foundation Representative

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Holly Winters has been the Director of Advancement at Goodwin College since May 2013. As the Director, she is responsible for the strategic planning, execution and oversight of fundraising activities and alumni relations on behalf of the College. This includes Foundation Board and Alumni Steering Committee management, annual giving, major giving, special campaigns, alumni programs and activities, and the marketing associated with these efforts.

Holly has been in the nonprofit fundraising and management field for 29 years. Her early positions were at Cornell University, the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University. In 2004, she moved with her family to Connecticut to become Director of Philanthropy at The Nature Conservancy Connecticut Chapter. Most recently, she was Vice President of the East Division of The Alford Group, a not-for-profit consulting firm specializing in resource development, organizational management, executive search, and knowledge management services.

Holly is currently training to become a voice over professional specializing in narration and commercial genres. She enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, and music, and she lives in Glastonbury with her husband, daughter, and two cats.