Pennell, Gregovits, Pauls, Johnson, Capogrosso, Hutton, Bonham

Page B. Pennell, MD will become the next chairman of the Department of Neurology at the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh on July 1. She joins Pitt from Harvard Medical School, where she is Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs in the Department of Neurology. She also directs research in the Epilepsy Department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and has an extension in the Women’s Health Department. Dr. Pennell has authored more than 140 original research manuscripts, articles, editorials, and chapters in her field. She was President of the Board of Directors of the American Epilepsy Society and Chair of the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation. Dr. Pennell earned her PhD from the University of Florida before completing both a residency and fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Vic Gregovits, a longtime sports manager, is the new president of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The appointment brings home a Pittsburgh native with more than 30 years of experience in sports management. He began as an intern for the Pittsburgh Spirit indoor soccer team and then began a career serving with the Minnesota Strikers indoor soccer team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cleveland Indians, the Philadelphia Eagles, the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football, the Pittsburgh Pirates and most recently president of the Louisville Bats, the minor league AAA subsidiary of the Cincinnati Reds.

Markus Pauls is the new General Manager of Kennywood Park, “America’s Most Exciting Historic Landmark”. Most recently, he was Park President at SeaWorld Orlando & Aquatica and prior to that Corporate Vice President of Operations for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. Pauls also spent some time at Busch Gardens, Tampa, as VP of Operations. Prior to Florida, he spent 37 years in Williamsburg, Virginia, primarily as VP of Operations at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, and VP of Water Country USA.

Ellen V. Johnson has been named vice president of Enrollment Management at Allegheny College. She will act as Chief Enrollment Officer and also be responsible for the overall management of the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid and Marketing & Communications. Johnson brings 20 years of college enrollment, grant, marketing, and communications experience. Most recently, she served as vice president of enrollment management at the College of St. Scholastica, Minnesota.

Marco Capogrosso is Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, where he will work on developing neurotechnologies for motor restoration in people with motor paralysis. Born in Manduria, Apulia, Italy, he comes from Switzerland to Pittsburgh, where he lived on Lake Geneva. He is a former Ambizione Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation for the Promotion of Scientific Research at the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Friborg in Switzerland. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in applied physics from the University of Pisa in Italy, as well as a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa.

Brian Hutton Jr. joined WTAE-TV as a weekend meteorologist, replacing Cam Tran, who accepted a position at WESH-TV in Orlando. Returning to western Pennsylvania was important to Hutton, a native of Johnstowner, and his wife, whom he met while studying meteorology at California University of Pennsylvania. He earned a master’s degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University and previously worked in Meridian, Miss., And Raleigh, NC

Curan Bonham joined the Richard King Mellon Foundation as a program director. He joins the Foundation from the Washington, DC area, where he served as director of investments for Conservation International on innovative conservation funding projects. Bonham has lived and worked in Italy and India. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and a Fulbright Fellow in Chile. Bonham is a Cornell University graduate with a Masters in International Resource Management from the University of Montana.

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