40 Under 40


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   David Evans ● 33 ● New Britain
    Described by his nominator as a “compulsive entrepreneur,” Evans started his first business, painting houses, at the age of 19, and he’s been busy ever since. In 2000, at age 23, he came up with Geode, a technology consulting firm that helps companies use technology to make or save money. Using some of his own advice (and technology), he opened the virtual doors of EasySeat.net, an online entertainment ticket reseller. Last year, it was No. 176 on the Inc. 500 list of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies. His latest undertaking, Geode Ventures, provides seed capital and expertise to emerging enterprises.
   Sarah Eagan ● 35 ● West Hartford
    Who is watching out for the poorest and most vulnerable children in Connecticut? Well, Sarah Eagan, for one. This attorney is the director of the Center for Children’s Advocacy’s Child Abuse Project, working to secure support services to children in the state who have been abused or neglected. She helps children removed from their homes find stable, supportive foster homes and has developed the training program for all Connecticut attorneys who represent children. Recently, she helped write legislation that gives foster children the right to remain in the school they’ve been attending, often their sole source of stability.
   Jennifer M. Celentano ● 39 ●  North Haven
    A friend to the poor and disenfranchised, Celentano is a trial lawyer specializing in juvenile law who represents parents and children in the Department of Children and Families’ abuse and neglect proceedings. As a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Women’s Caucus, she has been instrumental in creating and implementing a pro bono public service project for domestic violence victims. She has also helped develop the training for the volunteer attorneys and coordinates referrals from family-victim advocates and local community agencies.
   Rashele Yarborough ● 28 ● New Haven
    Is there room for students in “40 Under 40”? There is when it’s someone as focused as Yarborough, who attends Yale’s School of Medicine as a candidate in the combined M.D./Ph.D. program. Her career goal is to become a primary-care pediatrician with a clinical emphasis on disease prevention and a research focus that combines the building of strong families and child maltreatment-prevention strategies. She also teaches toddlers as part of the Sunday School Ministry of New Haven’s Church on the Rock, and is a ballet and tap instructor at the city’s Morning Glory Christian Dance Academy.

 Kia F. Murrell ● 36 ● Cheshire
   This promises to be a busy spring for Murrell, who, as assistant counsel for the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA), represents the interests of the business community in labor and employment matters before the state legislature and administrative agencies. As the CBIA puts it, “She works closely with government officials and public policy makers to ensure that the impact on and perspective of the business community is considered in public policy.” In addition, Murrell is vice president of the board of the Connecticut Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the largest not-for-profit breast cancer organization in the world, and serves on the board of Community Health Services of Hartford.


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