CLASS REUNION YEAR
Elizabeth J. Barton was named Vice President and underwriting counsel for WFG
National Trust Insurance Company’s
Northern New England group. She is based
in the company’s Lynnfield, MA office.
Joseph Calve joined McGuire Woods
LLP’s New York City office as the Chief
Marketing and Business Development
Officer. He was previously Chief Marketing
Officer at the New York-based firm
Morrison & Foerster.
Joseph J. Patchen was re-appointed a
Connecticut magistrate for another term
through 2017. The cases he presides over
are small claims, housing, and motor
Class Agent Judith Jones
Christopher A. Lacombe is an
attorney in the Office of the Attorney
General, State of Utah.
Charles R. Casartello Jr. and his wife
Carol received the 2014 Jewish Geriatric
Services of Longmeadow (MA) Chairman’s
Service Award. Charlie, a Two-year Law
Alumni Trustee, is a partner of Pellegrini,
Seeley, Ryan and Blakesley, P.C. of Spring-
field, focusing on personal injury, workers’
compensation, and Social Security law.
Class Agent Michael Borg
Leo V. Diana, the Mayor of Manchester,
CT, was confirmed as a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court. Leo, who was
elected mayor in 2011 and re-elected in
2013, stepped down from the town’s
board of directors to take the bench.
Deborah L. Purrington was elected president of the Estate Planning Council of
Hampden County (MA) Inc. for 2014-
2015. She currently serves as counsel
at Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas, LLP
in Springfield, where she runs the firm’s
trustee support services as a member
of its Trusts and Estates Department.
Mark Mastroianni was nominated by
President Barack Obama as a U.S.
District Court Judge in Springfield and
was subsequently confirmed by the U.S.
Senate. He replaced U.S. District Court
Judge Michael Ponsor, who took semi-retired status. Mark was previously the
Hampden County (MA) District Attorney.
David Preleski was appointed as Chair
of the Bristol (CT) Charter Commission,
which is charged with recommending
revisions to the city government’s
blueprint. He is a principal in the law
firm of Vitrano, Preleski & Wynne, LLC.
CLASS REUNION YEAR
Class Agent Kathleen Porter
Pam Curbelo was named a Women of
Innovation finalist in the Small Business
Innovation and Leadership category for
2014 by the Connecticut Technology
Council. She is partner and cochair of
Cantor Colburn’s Chemical, Material,
and Life Sciences Department.
Kevin S. Russo was confirmed as a judge
of the Connecticut Superior Court. He
was previously a supervisory assistant
Stuart J. LaRose was selected by the
New York State Bar Association to be a
new executive committee member. He is
a solo practitioner concentrating in family
law and criminal law in Syracuse, NY.
Lisa Marrello was promoted to deputy
regional managing partner of the Albany
office of Wilson Elser. She has been with
the firm for 15 years and has been instru-
mental in growing its government affairs
Class Agents: Katie Stone-Harrington
Tracy A. Brune opened her law firm
Brune Law Office in Baldwinsville, NY.
Tracy, who has 20 years of experience
in New York State workers’ compensation law, was previously a senior partner
in the law firm of Wolff, Goodrich &
Michael Moriarty was honored as a
2014 Business West magazine “
Difference Maker.” Michael, president of Olde
Holyoke Development Corp., has taken
the lead in Holyoke’s Third Grade Literacy Initiative, “helping to put in place an
infrastructure and a battle plan to dramatically increase the number of young
people able to read by the fourth grade,”
according to the publication.
Laura Freedell Lough and her husband
Michael, along with their new son’s big
brother Michael Jr., welcomed Aaron
Christopher into their family on February
10, 2014. Laura is the director of publications for the American Payroll Association.
Schussler ’81 Lyon ’82 Dembin ’78 Sullivan ’84
Marrello ’92 Moriarty ’93 Curbelo ’91 Mastroianni ’89 Casartello ’87
Western New England University
School of Law