Alumni Accomplishments

Justin Pedneault ’18

Pedneault, along with UConn firefighter Benjamin Roper and members of UConn Rescue and the UConn Fire Department, spent countless hours installing AEDs around campus and training students and staff in CPR and first aid. They walked every hallway of every building on all of UConn's campuses to find potential AED locations. Now, UConn has roughly 135 AEDs throughout its campuses, with 90 in Storrs alone. There is an AED within a three-minute round-trip walk from anywhere on campus. About 270 bleeding control kits, maintained by the UConn Fire Department, are stashed within the AED boxes.

Read More on Justin Pedneault at The Daily Campus

Brittany Molkenthin ’17

Inspiration for the device that Molkenthin has already secured a provisional patent for came to the recent nursing grad during her junior year, while she was spending a day at a hospital shadowing a lactation consultant.

“I saw a lot of new mothers struggling, upset, even tearful,” she says. They were frustrated and asking, “How do I even know if my baby is getting enough breast milk? She seems like she’s fed, but then she’s crying as though she’s still hungry.”

Read More on page 18-19 of Unison 

Renae Martin ’95

Currently works as the Project Coordinator at the Narragansett Prevention Partnership in Narragansett, RI and is a Certified Prevention Specialist. In this role, she works with 5th – 12th grade students, their parents, teachers, coaches and the community to prevent youth drug and alcohol use. She is an active volunteer in the School PTO and teaches CPR and First Aid to Little League coaches. Renae began her career at Yale New Haven Hospital in Cardiology Step Down. She later joined Temple Cardiac Rehabilitation as a Cardiovascular Specialist. During her time there, Renae co-authored several research studies at the Yale School of Medicine, focused on physician referral patterns to cardiac rehab, patient outcomes of minority populations in cardiac rehab, changes in referral patterns to cardiac rehab following educational initiatives and endothelial function studies. Renae is member of the Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Judith Hahn ’14 Ph.D.

Judith Hahn is the Director of Nursing Professional Practice at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven Connecticut. She is board certified as an Advanced Nurse Executive and a Health Care Quality Professional. Judi is faculty at the Yale School of Nursing and teaches leadership in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. She is an appraiser for the American Nurse Credentialing Center Magnet Program for nursing excellence and holds a passion for Nursing Professional Governance. She has volunteered internationally with the Vietnam Nurse Improvement Project supporting nurses in Vietnam in utilizing evidence to improve outcomes. Her scholarly work includes study of the Dedicated Education Unit model for nurses and the phenomenon of Joy and Meaning in work specifically related to nursing practice.