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  Scott Callahan ● 31 ● Shelton
    Scott Callahan is owner-founder of Dolce Vida Medical Spa in Shelton and Hamden, which offers a full range of massages, intense pulsed light treatments, injectables and skin care. What’s more, he developed his company while working at Griffin Hospital as a full-time senior surgical physician assistant specializing in vascular and general surgery, and works there to this day. He also donates his time and funds to charities such as Locks for Love, the American Cancer Society and the Griffin Hospital Breast Care Center.

Abby Anderson ● 35 ● Bridgeport
    In the middle of a recession that’s been hardest on the neediest and most vulnerable, Abby Anderson has proven herself a tireless advocate for children through her work with the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance. She joined the organization in 2004, became executive director in 2007 and has played a key role in bringing about real change. She has reframed juvenile justice as a mainstream issue by stressing the savings achieved by getting timely services to kids before their behavior becomes a public-safety concern. Her greatest victory was her herculean effort to implement the Raise the Age reform, adopted Jan. 1, 2010, which places 16-year-olds under juvenile jurisdiction and will do the same for 17-year-olds in 2012.

   David Eisenberg ● 37 ● West Hartford
    When he came to Connecticut, Dr. David Eisenberg had a single focus: to help vanquish cancer. Now, less than two years later, the surgical oncologist—who trained at NYU, Mount Sinai, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and the University of Pittsburgh—is closer to that goal, having treated hundreds of patients with cancers of the breast, colon, skin and pancreas. A true innovator, he’s the first Hartford Hospital doctor to have performed a successful partial pancreatectomy (an unusual and complex procedure) robotically and is now training others and developing a curriculum for a robotic cancer program.
   Christine Stuart ● 33 ● Windsor
       Stuart, editor-in-chief of CTNewsJunkie.com, saw the evolution of the Internet as an opportunity to deliver news in new and interesting ways. She purchased the site in March 2006 from its founder, Dan Levine, and began reporting on state government and politics. Since then, the site’s traffic has risen from a few hundred visits to a monthly average of about 100,000, and advertisers have come on board. Stuart and her contributors have become known for breaking news first and using not only words, but also video, photos and audio, to report a story. Thanks to her, CTNewsJunkie.com has become a staple in Connecticut’s daily news diet.
   Karen M. Scinto ● 39 ● Trumbull
    A key member of Bridgeport’s St. Vincent’s Medical Center team and director of pharmacy services since 2005, Karen M. Scinto, Pharm.D., has turned her department around—reducing staff turnover, introducing bar-coding and robot dispensing, and developing and mentoring staff. Active as well in community outreach, she organized the first Safe and Sound event, co-sponsored by the hospital and Aquarion Water Co., to collect outdated medications, and was the driving force behind the new Dispensary of Hope, which works to provide free medications to the needy in the community.

 

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