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11 University of Rhode Island Alums Honored at “40 Under Forty”

Media Contact: Ericka Tavares, 401-874-2935

KINGSTON, R.I., July 29, 2011 – A record 11 University of Rhode Island alumni were honored at the seventh annual “40 Under Forty,” one of the most popular competitions in the state.

The honorees are both established and up-and-coming leaders in the state. They represent many different fields, including law, medicine, and business. While URI alums have always been part of the "40 Under Forty" award ceremony, this is the first time 11 alums have been honored in a competition that attracts more applications every year, with more than 140 considered this year.

Nearly 400 people attended the event, which is hosted by the Providence Business News, and billed as the best business party of the summer. It was held Thursday, July 28 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport. The following 2011 award recipients are URI alumni:

Katie A. Ahern, B.S. ’04, College of Business Administration, Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP

Noah Benedict, B.A. ’01, College of Arts & Sciences, R.I. Primary Care Physicians Corp.

Ewa M. Dzwierzynski, B.S. ’96, College of Pharmacy, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Kerry E. Evers, M.A. ’96, Ph.D. ’98, College of Arts & Sciences, Pro-Change Behavior Systems Inc.

James C. Gallagher, B.S. ’94, M.B.A. ’03, College of Business Administration, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Katy A. Hynes, B.A. ’94, College of Arts & Sciences, Alder Pollock & Sheehan PC

Brian J. Lamoureux, M.A. ’96, College of Arts & Sciences, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC

Michael Nula, B.A. ’96, College of Arts & Sciences; M.S. ’01, College of Human Science & Services, Elite Physical Therapy

Yahaira Placencia, B.S. ’01, College of Business Administration, Bank of America

Joseph L. Silva, B.A. ’97, College of Arts & Sciences, Bank Rhode Island

Linda G. Weisinger, B.S. ’95, College of Human Science & Services, SWAP, Inc.