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Bleeding Green: Michael Connelly ’86

Michael Connelly has Boston in his blood. Born and raised in West Roxbury – where he still lives – the former Bentley baseball player also carries sports close to his heart. These twin passions jump off the pages of his two books: the marathon chronicle 26 Miles to Boston (1998) and Rebound! Basketball, Busing, Larry Bird, and the Rebirth of Boston, which hit bookshelves in December 2008. The latter chronicles life on and off the parquet during the 1970s, when court-mandated busing of Boston public schoolchildren polarized the city.


Full-Service Enterprise: Jeff Weiss '09, MSA ’10

Two Celtics-Knicks tickets. A babysitting gig in Weston. Room for three on a car ride to New York City. A call for pick-up basketball players at the Dana Center.

These were among recent postings on FullDorm, the web-based brainchild of Jeff Weiss '09, MSA ’10. 

“Some schools just have a ride-share program. Some have campus forums. Some have classified listings,” says the alumnus, who researched the marketplace. “FullDorm has all of these features and more.”

Netting a Dream Job: Kira Tobar ’08

Navigating social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter can be a bumpy ride, but Kira Tobar ’08 is proof that they can also land you a great job.

Tobar’s climb to a first-class career began in 2009, while she was working at Target Corp., in Minneapolis, Minn. She enjoyed the challenges of her business analyst position, but was homesick for her native Yonkers, N.Y. She launched a job search despite the economic turbulence, with one company topping her list: JetBlue Airways.

Educational Value: Andrés Trujillo ’90

For Andrés Trujillo ’90, going to work is about more than getting it done: It’s about giving back. The 20-year corporate consulting and banking veteran is executive manager of the South America-based startup TuCarrera, which enables Colombians to earn cash toward a college education through everyday purchases.

The desire to make a difference in his native country prompted Trujillo to move back there from the U.S. with his family in 2005.

Courting Connection: Kate Kelley '06

When Kate Kelley ’06 took the court for her second season with the Bentley women’s basketball team, she was determined to bounce back from a disappointing freshman year.

“I had played less than a minute,” Kelley remembers. “Coach Stevens said, ‘Make me play you. If you’re good enough, you’ll play.’”

She stepped up to the challenge, and finished her career as co-captain of a Falcons team that was ranked nationally.

Determination and basketball are again in play for Kelley’s latest endeavor: helping youth in Rwanda to heal after a decade of genocide.

Equal Opportunity Success

With a firm belief in the importance of education, and unshakable confidence in their alma mater, Steven '73 and Christine '73 (Smith) Manfredi have given a generous boost to women’s leadership initiatives at Bentley.

The couple's $2 million commitment to the university supports women's leadership development programs that engage undergraduates and corporate leaders alike.

Trust Issues: Bonnie Kirchner MST ’01

Bernie Madoff may hold the record as world’s worst financial-adviser-turned-crook, but Brad Bleidt is a close second. In 2004, Bleidt confessed to stealing millions of dollars from his investment clients over two decades. No one was more surprised by the swindle than his wife, Bonnie Kirchner. 

Now divorced from Bleidt, the certified financial planner and former TV business reporter has published Who Can You Trust with Your Money? Get the Help You Need Now and Avoid Dishonest Advisers.

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