Andrew Berlin ’83 BA (PSc) appointed to Illinois State Police Merit Board


Andrew Berlin has been named to the Illinois State Police Merit Board by Illinois governor Bruce Rauner. The goal of the Illinois State Police Merit Board is to remove political influence in the selection of new Illinois State Trooper candidates. The Board also ensures that the promotion and discipline of Illinois State police officers is based upon a fair and equitable merit process. Berlin’s appointment to the Merit Board comes at the heels of his long-standing commitment to law enforcement; in addition to raising funds to support the Illinois State Police Heritage Memorial, he has produced an Emmy Award winning documentary: Never Forgotten–a film which honors fallen officers. Berlin is chairman and chief executive officer of Berlin Packaging, a $2.3 billion global supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures.

More information about Andrew Berlin, his appointment to the Illinois State Police Merit Board, and Berlin Packaging can be found here.




Martin Sweeney ’81 MPA, village historian of Homer, N.Y., featured in Cortland Standard article


Since 2008, Martin Sweeney has been the historian for the town and village of Homer, New York. As a recent article in the Cortland Standard explains, Sweeney brings his lifelong passion for history to his role as village and town historian. His goal is to make history come alive for residents of the Central New York community. “We’re such a socially mobile society that people have no idea [about local history]; they can say, ‘Hey I’ve lived here and raised my kids for the past six years, I had no idea Homer had a connection to Abraham Lincoln. It is my job to tell them.” To achieve this, Sweeney draws from his long and dedicated career as an educator. During his tenure as a junior high school social studies teacher in the Homer School District, Sweeney would frequently get into character, dress in era-specific costume, and play music from certain time periods to illustrate to his students that history is never as far away as it may seem. He brings this same dedication for educating people to his role as village historian. Currently, Sweeney is engaged in a project aimed at establishing a monument in Homer’s town hall, which would commemorate three men who played an integral role in Lincoln’s life.

More information about Martin Sweeney and his career can be found in the aforementioned Cortland Standard article.



Gian-Carl Casa ’80 BA (PSc)/’81 MA (PSc) gives keynote address at Kennedy Center Awards Dinner

alum-news-button Gian-Carl Casa gave the keynote address at the Kennedy Center Awards Dinner. The Kennedy Center is an internationally accredited, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation organization that offers service options to persons with disabilities and special needs. Casa was selected as keynote speaker for his many years of experience in the non-profit and government sectors. Currently, he is the president and CEO of the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, a statewide association representing nonprofit agencies across Connecticut. Previously, he served for five-and-a-half years as undersecretary for legislative affairs at the Connecticut state Office of Policy and Management. Before that, he worked for over two decades at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, most recently as director of public policy and advocacy, where he oversaw many association-related activities.

Walt Addison Linscott ’83 BA (PSc) is now president COO and general counsel of business development at Biotech Venture – Treiber Therapeutics, Inc.


Walt Addison Linscott is now president COO and general counsel of business development at Biotech Venture – Treiber Therapeutics, Inc., a firm that develops, invests in, and manages early stage biotechnology companies. In his role, he is responsible for strategic development, finance, business development, management, and all legal issues pertaining to various enterprises under development. This is not his first position in the biotechnology industry. Previously, he was business operations executive, and the general counsel and corporate secretary at Cocrystal, a pharmaceutical company that develops antiviral treatments for serious and/or chronic viral diseases.

Joseph Pinjuh ’88 BA (PSc) receives award for outstanding contributions to community partnerships for public safety


Joseph Pinjuh, Chief of the Organized Drug Enforcement Task Force and Narcotics Unit in the Northern District of Ohio, received the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Partnerships for Public Safety in Washington D.C. in November of 2016. The award was presented by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for Pinjuh’s work in Ohio combating the current heroin/fentanyl epidemic. Pinjuh has been an Assistant United States Attorney with the Department of Justice since 1998.

Mary Daly ’91 MPhil (Econ)/’94 PhD (Econ) appointed executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


Mary Daly has been appointed executive vice president and director of economic research at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In her role, Ms. Daly will oversee research that supports the development of monetary policy and that helps to further the understanding of the economy nationally and globally. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Daly was senior vice president and associate director of Economic Research at the San Francisco Fed. Currently, she serves on the U.S. Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisers and is a research fellow at the University of Southern California Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. She also serves on the Bank’s Executive Committee, the governance group in charge of strategic direction and policy for the Twelfth District, and chairs the Bank’s Diversity Council. More information can be found at:

Mahesh Bhave ’85 MPA/’87 PhD (SSc) writes new book, “The Microgrid Revolution: Business Strategies For Next-Generation Electricity”

alum-news-buttonMahesh Bhave’s new book, “The Microgrid Revolution: Business Strategies For Next-Generation Electricity,” was recently published by Praeger. His book addresses energy policy and industry structural issues in the context of technological advancement and climate change. It proposes business strategies for utilities, non-traditional new entrants in electricity, and entrepreneurs. Currently, he is a visiting professor of strategy at the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode. Previously, he was CEO and founder of Circlelink, a technology company based in California that provides personal servers with a web interface for individuals to publish content for family and friends. More information on his book can be found here: Additionally, he writes regularly for Renewable Energy World, and his articles may be found at: