Published 04/18/16

Alumni Engagement celebrates Achievement Award winners

Lori Coakley headshotBryant University and the Office of Alumni Engagement celebrated seven recipients of Alumni Achievement Awards for 2016 at an award dinner May 15 that wrapped up Alumni Engagement Day activities. Through their career success and involvement with Bryant after graduating, these alumni enhance the reputation of the University while the Distinguished Faculty member raises the level of discourse with students.

Distinguished Alumnus: William Piccerelli ’64, co-founder and partner of Piccerelli, Gilstein & Company, is celebrating more than 45 years as a CPA and 41 years since establishing with co-founder the late Alan Gilstein '64 of Piccerelli, Gilstein & Company, a leading CPA firm in Providence, RI, with more than 20 alumni in prominent positions. Piccerelli began his career with Hasken & Sells and was the audit manager on the sale of Bryant's Providence Campus to Brown University.

Distinguished Alumna – Graduate School: As President and Chief Executive Officer of Kent Hospital, the second largest hospital in Rhode Island, and Chief Operating Officer of Kent’s parent company, Care New England, Sandra Coletta ’88 MBA is a savvy businesswoman with more than 30 years of experience in a hospital setting. She took the helm in October 2008 during a challenging time – 2007 had posted a loss of almost $9 million dollars.  In 2009, Kent posted a $3.7 million net income. Care New England health system includes Butler and Women & Infants Hospitals in Rhode Island.

Young Alumni Leadership: Timothy Bertrand '00, Chief Revenue Officer, Acquia, leads Acquia's 200+ person global sales and field operations organization including managing those who run all functional areas (field operations, inside sales, global channels, sales development, pre-sales, account management, sales operations) within the Americas, International, and Public Sector/Government.

Gulski Service Award: Eric Bertrand ’94, Partner, Strategic & Financial Consultant, EyeballNYC, helped re-establish and chaired the New York City RAN and oversaw tremendous growth in membership, engagement, and events. He also served three terms on the National Alumni Council and was a founding charter member of the Bryant Wall Street Council. He remains actively involved in the RAN and on campus.

Gulski Service Award: M. Patricia (Long) Castelli ’65 and Peter Castelli ’65 received the award in June 2015 for their many years of service to Bryant as part of the Loyal Guard Reunion, which was held separately last summer. Peter Castelli died shortly after receiving the award.

Distinguished Faculty Award: Lori Coakley, Ph.D., Professor of Management, (pictured above) known for her real-world approach, has received several teaching awards at Bryant. Coakley has published and presented on topics ranging from defense conversion to adaptive leadership to design thinking. She runs a robust consulting practice, teaching personal branding, negotiation, and women and leadership. She’s a consistent contributor to the annual Women’s Summit, serves as a faculty fellow for the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership, and is on the executive leadership team that plans and organizes Bryant’s annual three-day IDEA program, an event that immerses first-year students in creative problem-solving and the innovation process.