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University of Saint Joseph Names New Trustees

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Seven new members have been named to the Board of Trustees at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford.


The University of Saint Joseph is pleased to welcome the following new Trustees who each offer expertise that will help inform the Board’s decisions.

Dr. Yursa Anis-Anwar. Courtesy photo

Yusra Anis-Anwar, MD, of South Windsor, CT, is an Internal Medicine physician who is a specialist in hypertension. In addition to more than 20 years as a physician, she also spent four years as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Hypertension and Clinical Pharmacology at UConn Health Center. Dr. Anis-Anwar has been recognized by the Connecticut Immigration & Refugee Coalition and the Anti-Defamation League for her community service. She earned her degree at Aga Khan University Medical College in Pakistan.

Kathy deCastro. Courtesy photo

Kathleen deCastro ’94 of Avon, CT, is Vice President – Human Resources at Travelers. She has worked in Human Resources at a number of area companies, including 18 years at The Hartford. She also serves as adjunct faculty in the Executive MBA program at UConn School of Business. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Saint Joseph College (USJ), and an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven.

Carlos Figueroa. Courtesy photo

Carlos Figueroa, of Newington, CT., joined CREC (Capitol Region Education Council) in August 2018 and became Director of Human Resources there in March 2020. Previously, he worked in the corporate sector for more than 25 years in the areas of human resources, talent acquisition, and community relations. He has served on a number of boards, including Capital Workforce Partners, Leadership Greater Hartford, Camp Courant, and El Futuro En Nuestras Manos. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Central Connecticut State University and an M.S. in Management from Cambridge College.

Brendan Fox. Courtesy photo

Brendan M. Fox, Esq., of West Hartford, CT, is a partner at Gaffney, Bennett & Associates. He previously was Executive Director of the Capital City Economic Development Authority, a quasi-public state authority established to spearhead development in downtown Hartford and surrounding neighborhoods, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor John G. Rowland in his first term. He has served on the Boards of Northwest Catholic and the Connecticut Institute for the Blind/Oak Hill. Fox earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross, and his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

Paul Polo. Courtesy photo

Paul S. Polo, of Westbrook, CT, is Executive Vice President and Co-Owner of ACMT, an aerospace manufacturer. He has served on a number of boards, including the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, and the Westbrook Foundation, and is President Emeritus of the Order of the Sons & Daughters of Italy Foundation. President Bill Clinton appointed him alternate delegate to the U.S. Small Business Administration, President George H.W. Bush placed him on the Presidential Policy Round Table, and President George W. Bush appointed him to The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation.

Patrick Terrion. Courtesy photo

Patrick A Terrion, of West Hartford, CT, is a Principal of Founders Capital Management. Previously, he was president of The Terrion Group, an investment advisory firm that merged with Founders in 2003. He has served as adjunct faculty at UConn, teaching and providing students the opportunity to manage and invest part of UConn’s endowment. He has served in senior management positions with several global organizations including British Airways and Thomas Cook/American Express and on both non-profit and for-profit boards. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Carol Stiff. Courtesy photo

Carol Stiff is Founder and President of Stiff Sports Media Consulting. She spent 31 years at ESPN, where she was a nationally-recognized television sports executive, credited with advancing the growth of women’s sports, both collegiate and professional. In 2021 she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. She serves as Chair of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and on a number of other boards, including the Women’s Sports Foundation, Kay Yow Cancer Fund, Pat Summitt Foundation, and the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Connecticut State University.

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