2018 Members of the Month

Dec 20, 2018

Each month we honor one HYPE member as our Member of the Month. These individuals have not only been active in HYPE, but also demonstrate leadership in the community. Let's take a look back on their favorite things about HYPE and Hartford!

: Stephanie Berman
HYPE Member Since: 2016
Volunteers At: Our Companions Animal Rescue
"I joined HYPE shortly after I started working in Hartford, and being a member has not only allowed me to learn more about the region but to have a better appreciation for it. I love that HYPE offers so many different opportunities to young professionals. I’ve been a HYPE member for just over a year, and I’ve already been able to network with incredible people, experience new things and visit new places, share ideas and help plan events through committee membership, and take on a leadership role. It’s rare to find an organization that allows members to do so much in such a short amount of time."

: Kel Thomas
HYPE Member Since: 2014
Employer: Ford & Paulekas, LLP
"My favorite thing about HYPE is the people. I selfishly joined HYPE simply to meet other motivated individuals in this area. I am not native to Connecticut and HYPE seemed like a good way to broaden my social network. I have met a great number of interesting folks and I look forward to communicating with them at each HYPE event."

jocelynMarch: Jocelyn Hillard

HYPE Member Since: 2017
Employer: American Red Cross
"This year, I serve as the Vice Chair of the Ambassadors Committee. As an Ambassador, I help spread the word of HYPE, welcome new members, and engage current members.  I value that HYPE encourages members shape their own experience. Whether you like meeting new people at networking events, trying out a new activity like kickboxing, or enjoy attending fundraisers like Tee It Up for Charity, HYPE provides many opportunities for young professionals get involved. Personally, I have enjoyed competing in HYPE Cup. Who knew trampoline dodgeball would be so challenging!"

mattApril: Matt Hankins
HYPE Member Since: 2016
Aspen Dental
"My favorite thing about HYPE is how it immerses its members into the city of Hartford. When I first moved here I knew nothing about the city and mostly avoided it. Now I come to Hartford all the time."

Charmaine Mullings
HYPE Member Since: 2017
Harvey & Horowitz
"My favorite thing about HYPE is the diversity it offers in all the events and activities which gives you the opportunity to meet different people from varying backgrounds. HYPE gives you the opportunity to not just extend your professional network but make new friends, while at the same time getting to learn more about the region and all it has to offer."

philJune: Phil Blonksi
HYPE Member Since: 2016
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
"After moving to the region in 2016, I quickly realized the passion everyone has for living here and working here to improve it. It’s exciting to be a part of a region that is determined to improve the area they call home. In addition, the Greater Hartford region has a lot to offer. I enjoy all the historical sites in Hartford (Mark Twain House, and Harriet Beecher Stowe Center), the dining and shopping in West Hartford, and the outdoor activities in Avon/Bloomfield. Lastly, it’s hard to beat the region’s proximity to other places. New York, Boston, Providence and the slopes in Vermont are all within a few hours."

andreaJuly: Andrea Hartman
HYPE Member Since: 2015
Self Employed
"Like many folks in Hartford, I moved here to work in the healthcare sector, so I have appreciated the opportunity to get to know folks in a more diverse set of for- and non-profit sectors in the Hartford area."

nicholasAugust: Niccola Castro Del Rio
HYPE Member Since: 2017
Pratt & Whitney
"My favorite thing about HYPE is the opportunity to increase my network while I get to know more about Hartford. I like how HYPE combines several social events with the opportunities to teach about Hartford and bring new people and give them the opportunity to network with each other."

Michelle Rose
HYPE Member Since: 2018
CREC: Soundbridge
"I joined HYPE to meet more individuals, be more social, and learn more about the Hartford region. My favorite things about HYPE are the great people I have met and partaking in the fun-filled events throughout each month. It has been a very welcoming and joyous experience for me and I’m grateful to be a part of this group."

: Mia Sinatro
HYPE Member Since: 2016
Employer: MetroHartford Alliance
"Having joined HYPE staff at the beginning of September, I have come to appreciate the beast that is HYPE. Working closely with the Social Events, Ambassador and Executive committees has shown me that team comradery exists across HYPE as a whole. I have also had the pleasure of collaborating with members through HYPE’s sports league, HYPE Cup. The diverse membership that comprises HYPE is quite impressive; with over 4,000 members, I meet new and intriguing individuals on regular basis expanding my sphere of influence and flexing my networking abilities."

jess November: Jessica Hinman
HYPE Member Since: 2015
Hartford's Camp Courant
"Like the city of Hartford, HYPE offers younger adults the opportunity to network, build relationships and experience all the city has to offer. I have found HYPE particularly benefits those new to the area or a workforce or transitioning in their career and social paths."

DaraDecember: Dara DeCroce
HYPE Member Since: 2016
Employer: Premium Retail Services
"I love HYPE's commitment to its members.  The attention to detail on the events they host is amazing.  You can tell a lot of thought went in to their creation.  It all equals a very welcoming experience to people who are new to the area, new to the work force, or just looking for personal enrichment."

Thank you to all of our member of the month for being active participants this year in HYPE. We wish you luck in reaching your goals, and we look forward to working with you in 2019!


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