Alumni Panel Participants

Recent Alumni Panel Members*


Life After Eastern: October 22, 2015

Brian Sullivan, J.D. ‘08

Mr. Brian Sullivan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2008. His majors were Mathematics and Mathematical Economics. While at Eastern, Brian served the University community in several ways including serving on the Connecticut State University Board of Trustees. After graduation, Mr. Sullivan attended University of Virginia School of Law where he completed advanced coursework in Legislative Drafting and Public Policy, State and Local Taxation, Legal Writing, Elder Law, Real Estate Development and Natural Resource Management. While at Virginia Law, Brian also received the Robert F. Kennedy ’51 Public Service Fellowship. Since graduating from the University of Virginia, Brian’s work has been focused on non-profit issues as he has worked for the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Currently, Brian works as Manager of the Commercial Lending Administration of Connecticut Housing Investment Fund, Inc. He has also recently been voted onto Eastern Connecticut State University’s Foundation Board.

Sarah Pilipaitis ‘08

Ms. Sarah Pilipaitis graduated Magna Cum Laude from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2008. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Economics and was also a University Honors Scholar. Since 2010, Sarah has been an economist at the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Research. Her responsibilities include producing the state’s industry projections and conducting workforce analysis. Ms. Pilipaitis is also the associate editor of The Connecticut Economic Digest.

Jaime Mugavero ‘12

Ms. Jaime Mugavero graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2012. Her majors were Economics and Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Ms. Mugavero was also one of Eastern’s Honors Scholars. While at Eastern, Jaime was very active member of several student organizations including the Economics Club (President) and the Entrepreneurship Club. Since graduation, Ms. Mugavero has been employed as a Financial Analyst for Pratt and Whitney.


Life After Eastern: March 30, 2015

Nandika Prakash, Ph.D. ‘93

Dr. Nandika Prakash graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration, and received her M.A and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Prakash is currently a Senior Economist in the Office of Research at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) where she conducts economic and fiscal impact analyses of various programs administered by the agency. These programs comprise the Insurance Reinvestment, Urban Industrial Reinvestment and Film Tax Credit programs, and many of the state’s business development and community development projects and portfolios, including Governor Malloy’s First Five and Next Five initiatives and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority’s (CHFA) affordable housing programs. She produces statutorily required assessments and reports for the Governor and the Legislature, such as a comprehensive analysis of the state’s tax credit and abatement programs every three years. She assisted the Governor’s Business Tax Policy Task Force (2012) and served on the Governor’s Task Force to Study the State’s Gender Wage Gap (2013).  She performs research and produces reports on a variety of topics as directed by the Commissioner of DECD, and collaborates with other state agencies and private entities as needed to evaluate the impact of policy changes and economic trends as requested by the Legislature and Governor.

She has appeared on CT-N and has been quoted in the Hartford Courant. Prior to DECD she worked at the University of Connecticut, where she was the Research Associate for The Connecticut Economy economic newsmagazine and a Senior Research Assistant at the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis (CCEA).  She is currently the Vice President of Programs for the Hartford Area Business Economists (HABE).

Andrew Minikowski ‘12

Mr. Andrew Minikowski graduated summa cum laude as an Honors Student with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and English from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2012. He is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor at Vermont Law School while working concurrently on a Masters in Environmental Public Policy.

Mr. Minikowski is Editor-in-Chief of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, and a member of Vermont Law School’s delegation to the National Environmental Moot Court Competition.

Mr. Minikowski spent the summer of 2014 working at the New York Attorney General’s Office, and upon graduation from Vermont Law School in May 2015, Andrew will be working as a judicial law clerk for Justice Carmen E. Espinosa on the Supreme Court of Connecticut.


Life After Eastern: December 3, 2014

Catherine Nampewo, J.D. ‘10

Catherine Nampewo graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Pre-Law, and received her J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Ms. Nampewo is currently an associate in Lock Lorde’s Corporate Law Group in Boston, MA. She represents public and private companies, private equity funds, and non-profit organizations in a broad range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, SEC reporting compliance, and general corporate matters.

Prior to joining Lock Lorde, Catherine worked as an intern with the Middlesex District Attorney at the Concord District Court. She was also a summer associate with Lock Lorde in 2012. During law school, Catherine participated in the Community Enterprise clinic advising non-profit organizations on formation and application for tax exempt status. Catherine also served on the Board of the North East Region of the National Black Law Students Association.

Maggie Young, ‘11

Maggie Young graduated cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University in December 2011 with a major in Economics and minors in Business Information Systems and Sociology. She joined Cigna’s Technology Early Career Development Program (TECDP) immediately upon graduation. Ms. Young started her career in TECDP, a rotational development program, as a systems analyst in production support and took a second role the following year as a business analyst. For her third rotation, Ms. Young made a transition into human resources, joining TECDP’s management team. Maggie will be graduating the program in January of 2015 and taking a permanent role in the TECDP management team.


*Biographies were prepared and up-to-date as of each alumni member’s respective panel date.