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November 9, 2021 BIZ PEOPLE 

Sacred Heart professor elected VP of CT Nurses Association


A longtime nurse and college professor, Susan Goncalves, has been elected vice president of the Connecticut Nurses Association. 

After she serves two years in this role, Goncalves will assume the position of president.

Goncalves is an associate professor with Fairfield-based Sacred Heart University’s Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing. She began teaching at Sacred Heart in the fall of 2014 and earned tenure in 2020. She has been a nurse at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport for 36 years.

The association represents the nursing community throughout the state in matters related to legislation, education and compensation.

“My hopes and aspirations as vice president include the continuance of efforts and initiatives surrounding advocacy to enhance and protect the viability, health, safety and identity of nurses and the nursing profession, while supporting and protecting the health and well-being of society at large as we emerge from the COVID pandemic and face the next challenges that lie ahead,” Goncalves said, in an announcement. 


Essex Savings Bank promotes new officer  

Jeanmarie Harvey has been promoted to assistant secretary and tax and compliance officer for the trust department at Essex Savings Bank.

Harvey began her career at the bank in 2011, as a trust administrative assistant. During her tenure, she has had increasing responsibility and has served as the point person for all tax return and compliance workflow.

Essex Savings Bank has six locations, including two in Essex, and single offices in Chester, Madison, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook.


Biorez names new head of clinical affairs 

Biorez Inc., a New Haven-based, late-stage, medical device startup, has appointed Jeff Grebner as its director of clinical affairs. 

Grebner has more than 20 years of clinical affairs experience at both large and small companies. 

Biorez has developed the BioBrace implant, which is designed to reinforce and regenerate soft tissue repairs following tendon and ligament surgeries.

Kevin Rocco, founder and CEO of Biorez, said Grebner has developed and managed the clinical study plans for three prior successful medical device startups that were acquired in transactions totaling over $1 billion. 

Grebner said he is “passionate” about the potential for BioBrace technology to improve tendon and ligament healing.

“I look forward to partnering with orthopedic and sports medicine health care professionals to deliver robust evidence to further demonstrate the value of BioBrace,” Grebner said.

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