CHRISTINE PINA ’91
Christine Pina ’91 was appointed chief advancement officer at Miss Porter’s School, a college preparatory boarding and day school in Farmington, Conn. She comes to Miss Porter’s School from the University of Hartford, where she served as vice president of institutional advancement since 2011. During her time there, the university’s total annual philanthropy nearly doubled. Previously, she served as Wesleyan’s director of major gifts. Pina is a commissioner for the National Council on Philanthropy of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and is also the representative-elect from the Harvard Graduate School of Education to the Harvard Alumni Association. An African American studies major at Wesleyan, she earned a master’s in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
TANYA GREENE ’91
Tanya Greene ’91 was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Greene has practiced criminal defense law since 1995 when she was awarded the Harry Blackmun Fellowship to work at the Southern Center for Human Rights, representing indigent capital defendants. Greene now serves as the director of training and resource counsel for the Federal Capital Resource Counsel Project, where she assists federal capital trial teams and leads federal capital training nationally. Awarded the Reebok International Human Rights Award in 1999 for her advocacy for death penalty abolition, she also received the Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellowship for Death Penalty Abolition Leaders in 2012. Greene notes, “As a black lawyer from a family that includes both crime victims and criminal defendants, criminal justice concerns have been a part of my life since childhood.” An African American studies major at Wesleyan, she earned her JD from Harvard Law School.
It’s the quiet, post-Reunion class notes, but there are a couple of people to mention, and their activities are worthy of the spotlight.
Tanya Greene lamented to me about missing Reunion, as she had taken a new position and a work conflict kept her from attending. Tanya now serves as director of training and resource counsel for the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel. She works for the defense on federal capital cases across the country and also trains capital trial lawyers. “I continue to hope to put myself out of business when we regain our senses as a nation and repeal the death penalty once and for all, as we did in New York a few years ago.”
Tanya’s twin daughters are 17, entering senior year of high school, and facing the college admissions process.
Jan Hasselman, a staff attorney with Earthjustice, is representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the efforts to stop the progress of the Dakota Access Pipeline. At the magazine’s press time, the case had been denied by a federal judge, but the U.S. Army and the departments of Justice and the Interior said, construction “bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time.”
From the court room to the art studio, the Class of ’91 is celebrating the announcement that Vincent Fecteau was named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, winning the Genius Grant for his “deceptively intricate, abstract pieces” of sculpture. A video about his work and process may be viewed at macfound.org.
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