Alumni Leadership Committee
Meet the 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.
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.
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.
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.
Career Services Committee Chair
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.
Events Committee Co-Chair
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 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 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.