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Messages from the Executive Vice President

January 28, 2014

Reception for Bill Kleinman and Dina Plapler

Please join the Administrative Leadership Council on Tuesday, February 18 for a reception to thank two of our senior leaders who are transitioning into new roles: Assistant Attorney General Bill Kleinman and the Foundation’s Executive Director of Special Projects, Dina Plapler. The reception will be held in the Onyiuke Dining Room from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Christine Bennett at or x6545.

Both Bill and Dina have provided invaluable service to the Health Center and have worked tirelessly to promote the pillars of our mission: education, research and clinical care. They have been wonderful friends to me, providing trusted guidance since my arrival in 2012.

Following a 39-year career in the Office of the Attorney General, Bill has agreed to assume the position of Senior Counsel for Health Affairs at the Health Center. In that role, Bill will be well positioned to share his extensive institutional knowledge resulting from his representation of the Health Center over the past 33 years. At the same time, Assistant Attorneys General Jeffrey Blumenthal and Stephen Courtney will remain stationed at the Health Center and continue to provide expert legal guidance to this extraordinarily complex medical, educational and research organization.

Dina’s new role will be with the American Heart Association, where she will serve as the Executive Director of the Connecticut and Western Massachusetts regions. For the last five years, she led all philanthropic efforts for the Health Center and most notably, oversaw the development of our signature fund raising event, the White Coat Gala. It is now one of the most successful events in the Hartford region and has netted more than nearly $4 million since 2010.

Going forward, the philanthropic needs of the Health Center will be met by a new team that was recently established under the reorganization of the UConn Foundation. Amy Chesmer is the Senior Director of Development and serves as the lead liaison for the Health Center staff.

Please join me in thanking Bill and Dina for their service and wishing them well in their new endeavors.


Frank M. Torti
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, UConn School of Medicine