J. Keith Motley, PhD, Chancellor
Selma Sax ’63, Chair Emeritus
Selma Sax received her undergraduate degree from Boston State College in 1963 and completed her graduate work at UCLA. Sax is the president of The Saxton Group and a senior consultant on educational policy and legislation for K-12 public schools, and improving teaching and learning. She served as a locally elected School Governing Board member for 8 years and chaired the State of California’s Education Council for Technology in Learning for 4 years. Sax and her husband are residents of Pasadena, California. They have one son, a graduate of Princeton University, who lives with his wife and 2 children in Australia.
Charles F. Desmond, EdD, Chair
Dr. Desmond was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick in September 2008 to the Board of Higher Education. He became chair of the board of higher education in December 2008. Desmond received his EdD in instructional leadership from UMass Amherst and his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University. Desmond is a US Army Veteran – where he was awarded the Silver and Bronze stars. A Fulbright Scholar, he served from 2002 – 2009 as the Executive Vice President of the Trefler Foundation. Previously, Desmond worked for thirty years at UMass Boston as associate chancellor for school/community collaboration, vice chancellor for student affairs, director of the pre-freshman programs, and project director of College Preparatory Program/Upward Bound. He also served as a guidance counselor at Northeastern University’s African/American Institute, and in the Boston Public Schools. Dr. Desmond is active in civic and community organizations, including service as president of AARP Massachusetts and as a member of the review committee for Broad Prize in Urban Education, Board of Governors for the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University.
Paul Anastas, PhD, '84
As the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University, Paul Anastas directs the Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering. He has achieved worldwide recognition as the "Father of Green Chemistry." In fact, he coined the term while at the EPA in the 1990s for his stellar work in reducing environmental waste and damages by changing the ways chemicals are designed, manufactured and used.
Leslie Smith Baccini
Leslie Baccini has worked in Equities at Goldman Sachs since 2004 in New York and Boston. She is interested in mentoring students toward academic and personal achievement.
Allan M. Bahn ‘85
Mr. Bahn received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1985 and his law degree from Northeastern University in 1988. He started his legal career clerking for the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court. In 1989 Bahn joined the New York County District Attorney’s office starting in the trial division and ending in the rackets bureaus prosecuting multi-national drug organizations and organized crime groups operating in the construction industry. Thereafter he served in the NY City Department of Investigation as Inspector General for the Departments of Design & Construction and Transportation, where he led major investigations into municipal and contractor fraud and corruption. Following the Department of Investigation, he served as Deputy Commissioner for Facilities and Construction and Special Counsel in the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). In 1998, Bahn served as Deputy Inspector General and General Counsel in the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Inspector General’s Office. He is currently in private practice in New York City focusing in the areas of corporate integrity and compliance, construction, civil and white collar criminal litigation, and government relations. Bahn lives in New York City with his wife, Lori Pollan and their three children.
Nancie Barwick, PhD, ‘86
Dr. Barwick, who is the owner of Hypnotherapy Works, is a licensed hypnotherapist. Nancie earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1986. She managed senior centers, ran a group home for adults with mental illness, and served individuals with mental retardation. Nancie then became a clinical hypnotherapist and earned a Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy (DCH). Although Barwick has a general practice, she has a special interest in working with persons with various disabilities. Also, she is a certified Mongan Method HypnoBirthing Practitioner. She is a member of the following professional associations – the American Board of Hypnotherapy, National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists, International Association of Counselors and Therapists, and the American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists. Barwick and her husband, Tim, are the parents of two children – Johanna and Samuel and grandparents to Gavin.
Arthur Bowes ‘69
Mr. Bowes received his undergraduate degree from Boston State College and his MBA degree from Suffolk University. He is currently employed as the Senior Vice President for Human Resources at the North Shore Medical Center. Prior to his current position, Bowes was employed as the vice president for human resources at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and at Brigham and Women’s hospital, as well as, the director of training for Partners HealthCare. Bowes is a member of the Boston State College Steering Committee; he serves as a member of College of Liberal Arts Board, and currently serves on the faculty for the MBA program in the College of Management. Bowes and his wife, Pat, live in Jamaica Plain and Brewster and are the parents of two children.
Lornie Bullerwell ‘69
Mr. Bullerwell received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1969. Bullerwell received his Masters Degree from Bridgewater State University. Bullerwell received a C.S.S. from Harvard in Business Management and Administration. Mr. Bullerwell is a consultant with Pearson Publishing, Kendal Hunt Publishing, The Education Cooperative, the French River Consortium as well as the owner of his own science education consulting business, Science Solutions. Bullerwell has written numerous journal articles and has been a co-writer and reviewer for several biology textbooks. Bullerwell retired as the Director of Sciences at Dedham High School where he taught for over thirty years. He is an Adjunct Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts Boston and an Adjunct Professor at Framingham State University. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, B.U. Science Fellow, National Biology Teacher Association’s Outstanding Biology Teacher Award winner, TEC Professional of the Year, and been elected to the Massachusetts Science Educator’s Hall of Fame. Bullerwell is a member of the Executive Board of the UMass Boston Alumni Association where he serves on the scholarship committee and a member of the Chancellor’s Council. Bullerwell is a resident of Ashland, Massachusetts.
Jim Burns joined Genzyme in 1986 and was responsible for research and development for three of Genzyme’s technology platforms; small molecules, therapeutic polymers, and biomaterials. Following Genzyme’s acquisition by Sanofi in 2011, Jim was appointed Head of Sanofi’s Boston R&D Hub.
Burns earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Purdue University, and Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois-Chicago where his thesis work focused on drug delivery. Following his graduate studies, Burns was a post-doctoral research fellow in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida where he worked on drug delivery and medical implants.
Burns is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a past president of Society for Biomaterials. He is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, an Advisory Board Member for the Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Florida, and the Biomedical Engineering Departments at Boston University and Rice University. Burns is a past Advisory Member for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel.
Richard P. Campbell ‘70
Richard Campbell is the founder and a shareholder of Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy, a firm comprised of more than 45 lawyers engaged exclusively in a national trial practice primarily defending institutional clients. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. The Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section ("TIPS") of the American Bar Association named him the 2009 recipient of its Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award for Excellence, recognizing his leadership, outreach, enthusiasm and professionalism. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Campbell earned his law degree, cum laude, from Boston College Law School. In 1995, Boston College Law School presented him with its highest award, the Founder's Medal, for his achievements and dedication to the law. He was the Founding Chair of the Board of Overseers for Boston College Law School and served in that role for seven years. Featured in Boston Magazine, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and Boston Business Journal, Campbell is also a frequent resource for television and radio programs on topics such as litigation, social host liability and the law. Campbell and wife, Barbara, live in Cohasset and Vero Beach, Florida and are the parents of three children. They are the proud grandparents of four beautiful, brilliant, and athletic grandchildren.
David A. Coard ‘76
Martin Courage ‘82
Marty Courage joined Barclays in September, 2009 as managing director, regional manager Barclays Wealth. Prior to this role, he served as the Managing Director/Regional Manager for J.P. Morgan’s Private Wealth Management. Before joining J.P. Morgan, Marty worked at Bank of America Investment services where, as a senior vice president and regional investments executive, he led a division of 10 markets and a sales force of more than 270, as well as, all support and operations staff. Prior to that role, he served as a senior vice president and director of brokerage for Fleet Private Client Brokerage, during which time he managed and led the integration of five brokerage organizations into one broker dealer. Courage also worked at Fidelity Investments in various senior executive roles for over eight years.
He also served honorably with the U.S. Army before beginning his career with Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc.
Marty holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Massachusetts.
Thomas Feenan ’66, 69
Mr. Feenan received both his undergraduate and masters degree in education from Boston State College. He is the president of Feenan Financial Group which is located in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Feenan’s professional designations include Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Enrolled Agent, Registered Financial Consultant, and Accredited Tax Advisor. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Quincy College and he is a member of the UMass Club. Feenan is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox – he is a past president of the Boston Red Sox Fan Club. He is also a Past President of the Quincy Rotary Club and a past member of the Cathedral High School Advisory Board. Feenan, and his wife, Donna, are residents of Quincy, Massachusetts. Mr. and Mrs. Feenan are the parents of two children.
Patricia C. Flaherty ‘81
Pat Flaherty received a BS in Management from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1981, an MBA from Northeastern University in 1991, and The Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University in 2010. In1984 Flaherty joined Putnam Investments with responsibility for General Services and Real Estate for nine years before being recruited to become a senior member of the Board of Trustee’s staff – a position she held until 2004 when she retired as Senior Vice President. Flaherty has been involved with UMass Boston in various capacities including President of the Alumni Association. Flaherty and her husband, Phil Pichulo, live in Jacksonville, Florida and Boston, Massachusetts.
John G. Flores, PhD '71
Dr. John G. Flores is an authority in the field of education, technology and telecommunications. As executive director of the United States Distance Learning Association, Dr. Flores leads a global association focused on the application of distance learning for education and training. In addition as executive dean and program professor at Nova Southeastern University - Fischler School of Education and Human Services, Dr. Flores, represents a global university focused on the support, development and delivery of quality educational programs. Prior to this Dr. Flores was president and CEO of Global Learning Network. In addition, Dr. Flores served as executive director of the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications (MCET) as well as a K-12 superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts, an educational technology specialist and a teacher in his previous professional experiences. He holds his undergraduate degree from Boston State College / University of Massachusetts Boston, his masters from Boston University and his PhD from the University of Connecticut. Flores and his wife reside in Massachusetts and Florida.
Gerard L. Gaughan, MD
Dr. Gaughan is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine where he continues to teach and serve on committees. Gaughan served as a cardiologist at Caritas Carney Hospital from 1980 to 2008. He served two terms as the president of the medical staff, and on the boards of the hospital and its foundation.
Gaughan completed a residency in internal medicine at the Boston City Hospital and fellowships in cardiovascular diseases at the George Washington University Hospital and the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. He served as an Air Force flight surgeon from 1973 – 1975. Gaughan lives in Milton with his wife Jane who has bachelors and doctoral degrees from Boston State College and UMass Boston.
William J. Geary ‘72
Mr. Geary received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1972. He received his MA in Government and Management from Northeastern University and his JD degree from Suffolk Law School. He was also awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University. Geary is President of Clean Harbors Development, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Clean Harbors Inc., the leading provider of environmental and energy and industrial services throughout North America. Geary has been with Clean Harbors for over 20 years and previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the publicly traded (CLH:NYSE) corporation. Prior to his current position, Geary served as the commissioner of the metropolitan police and chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan District Commission and as deputy secretary of state and special assistant to the Governor of Massachusetts. Geary resides in Quincy.
Dr. Mary E. Grassa O’Neill ‘68
Dr. Grassa O’Neill earned a BA and MEd from Boston State College, ’68, ’72 and an EdD in Instructional Leadership from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, ’90. She earned two certificates from the Harvard Business School.
In 2008 Dr. Grassa O’Neill was awarded the first ever Boston State College Education for Service Award. Currently she is the Secretary for Education/Superintendent for the Archdiocese of Boston’s 124 schools. Previously, she worked at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was a member of the faculty, Director of The Principals’ Center and managing director for Programs in Professional Education. Grassa O’Neill is the former superintendent of the Milton Public Schools and teacher, principal and zone superintendent in the Boston Public Schools. She is a board member of the Harvard Education Letter, the Massachusetts School Building Authority, and the Boston College Lynch Leadership Academy. Grassa O’Neill and her husband have two sons and live in Milton.
Mary K. Grant , PhD, '86
Mary Grant is the 11th president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the first alumna of the college to serve as president. She is a passionate advocate for public higher education, civic engagement, and community service.
Philip S. Hart
Dr. Hart has served as the Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Los Angeles and as the first Managing Director for Member Diversity Initiatives for ULI. Hart received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder where he was a cum laude graduate and student-athlete. He received his masters and doctorate degrees from Michigan State University. Hart is the owner of two small businesses – a real estate development company and an entertainment company. Hart has served on several Urban Land Institute advisory service panels, including in New Orleans in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. The Urban Land Institute report, “New Orleans, Louisiana: A Strategy for Rebuilding” is helping guide the redevelopment of the city. Hart is the master developer of CrossTown Industrial Park (CTIP) in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. This 75-acre urban business park which opened in 1980 has high tech, biotech, university, office, retail, industrial, textile manufacturing, hotel, public utility, and residential tenants. Hart has also produced documentary films and syndicated radio programming for nearly twenty-five years. His documentary films “Flyers in Search of a Dream” and “Dark Passages” have been best-sellers in the PBS Video catalogue for over a decade. His nationally syndicated radio special “Ray Charles: The Music Lives On” was recently licensed to British Airways in-flight entertainment. Hart is a retired Professor of Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Boston where he served as Director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture. He was also a Senior Fellow with the John W. McCormack Institute of Public Affairs. On two separate occasions, Dr. Hart was a Visiting Research Sociologist at UCLA’s Ralph Bunche Center for African American Studies as well as a Senior Fellow with the UCLA School of Public Affairs. Hart and his wife, Tanya Hart, are residents of Los Angeles, California.
Janice James received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1977. She received her MBA degree from Simmons College. James is a higher education admissions consultant. She is the former assistant director of admissions at the Harvard Business School. She serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Riverview School. James resides in Swampscott with her husband, Ralph – they are parents of three children.
Ralph M. James
Ralph James received his undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from the University of California-Santa Barbara. He received his MBA degree from the Harvard Business School in 1982. He is currently the executive director of external relations at the Harvard Business School. He has held multiple positions at HBS over the years, including associate dean, senior executive officer. From 1996 – 2005, Mr. James was with the First Marblehead Corporation, serving as president and chief operating officer, as well as vice chairman.
Mr. James is a trustee at the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Riverview School in Sandwich, MA. In addition, Mr. James serves on the board of Tenacity, the International Quilt Center at Nebraska University, and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies. James resides with his wife, Janice, in Swampscott – they are the parents of three children.
Daniel M. Joyce ‘82
Mr. Joyce joined Moors & Cabot in August 1996. He has been in the financial securities and investment business since graduating college in 1982. He is only the 5th CEO in the 120 year history of the old Boston Investment firm. He has overseen the expansion of the firm to now include five Florida branches and offices in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona as well as San Francisco, California. Prior to joining Moors & Cabot, Joyce held senior positions at Fidelity Investments, Hambrecht & Quist and Dean Witter Reynolds. Joyce was a member of the Boston Stock Exchange Board of Governors prior to the institutions sale to NASDAQ. Joyce lives in Marshfield, MA with his wife Maureen where they raised four children. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Finance from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Amit Kanodia is the Managing Partner of Lincoln Ventures, President of Lincoln Properties, Managing Member of Sandwich Hills LLC and a Trustee of the Kanodia Foundation. Mr. Kanodia is a venture capitalist and a private equity investor. A seasoned entrepreneur for over twenty years - he has founded, worked, and invested in companies in real estate, technology, IT services, oil & gas exploration, solar technology & energy production, turn-around-management , farming and hospitality sectors. Kanodia is currently engaged in venture capital, IT & technology services, infrastructure, education, real estate investments, oil & gas exploration and energy generation. He is currently building the largest commercial grade solar energy facility in the New England region in the United States. Kanodia has publicly listed some of his investee companies. He was a Founding Partner of Avatar Capital, an early stage venture fund that invested in over 22 companies. To date, this fund has achieved six successful exits.
Mr. Kanodia currently serves on the Board of Directors of SPML Infra Limited (www.spml.co.in) and Cimcon Software Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors of World Unity Inc. and on the Advisory Boards of the O.P. Jindal Global University and Mydala Private Limited. He previously served on the Board of the Suffolk County Child Protection Services. Mr. Kanodia is a frequent speaker on business, entrepreneurship, education, innovation and public policy. He is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (www.TiE.org) and serves as a mentor and advisor to many corporations and nonprofit organizations. Mr. Kanodia accompanied President Obama to India in November 2010 as a member of his Business Executives Mission. Kanodia holds a BSBA (honors) with triple concentration in Finance, Management & Marketing and an MBA (honors) from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Denise T. Kenneally ‘77
Denise Kenneally received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1977. She received her JD from the New England School of Law in 1989 and her MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health in 1999. Ms. Kenneally is a senior staff attorney with the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
Ms. Kenneally resides with her husband in Milton – they are the parents of five sons and have two grandchildren.
Lee Michael Kennedy
Mr. Kennedy received his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s College in Maine and he graduated from the construction management program from the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Mr. Kennedy is the President & CEO of Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. As President & CEO, Mr. Kennedy is responsible for providing the vision and strategic direction of Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. Kennedy is chairman of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester, he is a member of the Board of Overseers for the Boston Architectural College, a trustee at the Neighborhood House Charter School, and he is a trustee at St. Joseph’s College in Maine, where he serves as chair of the Building and Grounds committee. Kennedy and his wife, Maura, are residents of Duxbury, Massachusetts.
Melvin H. King ‘52
Mr. King received his undergraduate degree from Claflin College in 1950 and his MEd from the State Teachers College in 1952. Mr. King has been active across the landscape of neighborhoods and politics for Boston for over fifty-five years. He has been an educator, youth worker, social activist, community organizer, developer, elected official, author, and an Adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. King is the founder and the current director of the South End Technology Center. He is the author of Chain of Change: Struggles for Black Community Development. King and his wife were married in 1951 and are the parents of six children.
Winston Langley, PhD
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Winston E. Langley is the senior administrator in charge of advancing the University of Massachusetts Boston’s academic mission and the quality of its intellectual life. A scholar with a rich, diverse academic background and a seasoned administrator, he has been instrumental in defining and developing UMass Boston’s identity as a student-centered, urban public research university with a teaching soul. A professor of political science and international relations since 1982, Dr. Langley served as director of the International Relations Program, senior associate provost, associate chancellor, and interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs before he was named to his current position in 2009.
Arthur Mabbett ’69 Chair–Emeritus
Mr. Mabbett received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1969. He received his masters degree from Rutgers University. Mabbett is the President and Founder of Mabbett & Associates, Inc., Environmental Consultants & Engineers, Bedford, Massachusetts; an internationally recognized and award winning firm specializing in integrated environmental, health and safety, and sustainable energy consulting and engineering services to manufacturing and commercial industry, institutions and public agencies. He served in the US Army as a Major, Environmental Science Officer, 6 years active duty and 12 years in the US Army Reserve. Mabbett is a member of the College of Science Advisory Board and chairman of the Chancellors Council. He is a recipient of the University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor’s Medal for Exemplary Leadership. Mabbett resides in Medford, Massachusetts with his wife – they are the parents of three children.
Mark Marinella ‘81
Mr. Marinella received his undergraduate degree in Economics in 1981 from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He received his MBA degree from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Marinella is the former Executive Vice President and CIO for global fixed income and currency at the State Street Global Advisors. Marinella was responsible for over $500 billion in assets under management for nine offices worldwide. He also launched a worldwide initiative aimed at enhancing State Street’s trading, research and analytics capabilities in fixed income. Marinella and his wife are residents of Winchester. Mr. Marinella is the father of three children.
Marijo McCarthy ‘78
Marijo McCarthy received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1978. She received her JD degree from Suffolk University. McCarthy is a member of the UMass Boston Alumni Association Board. She is the owner of Widett and McCarthy P.C., a small business law firm. Prior to forming her own firm, she was a partner at Widett, Glazier & McCarthy in Boston, was COO of a newly-created quasi-public agency called the Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency; served on the legal/legislative staff of Governor Michael S. Dukakis; and worked for the American Library Association in Chicago and Washington, DC. McCarthy is a resident of Newton, Massachusetts.
Deborah T. Meehan ‘76
Maureen Melton ’85, ‘90
Maureen Melton received her undergraduate degree in political science and master’s degree in history and archival management from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is the Susan Morse Hilles Director of Libraries and Archives and Museum Historian at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Melton is active in the archival and history communities, and has held leadership positions in several museum-related regional and national organizations. She is a member of the University’s Alumni Association’s board of directors and the Chancellor’s Council. Melton and her husband are residents of Brighton, Massachusetts.
Edward J. Merritt
Mr. Merritt received his undergraduate degree from Salem State University. He is a certified public accountant. He is the president and chief executive officer of Mt. Washington Bank, one of the oldest and fastest growing community banking institutions in Boston. Prior to his current position, Merritt served as executive vice president and CFO of Abington Savings Bank. He is a member of the board of Directors of the Caritas Carney Hospital Foundation, South Boston Community Health Center and the Mass. Bankers Association (Community Banking Committee). He serves as a member of the College of Management Advisory Board. Mr. Merritt and his wife reside in East Bridgewater – they are the parents of three children.
Elvado (Ed) Morata is a banker with more than 25 years of experience in commercial and investment banking and wealth management, having worked in South America, UK, Asia and the USA, concentrating in setting up and reorganization of business units, with remarkable results in balancing short term needs and long term strategic views. He was most recently the chief of staff/managing director of corporate banking of the Santander Group at Sovereign Bank, N.A.
Morata has served on the board of overseers at the Boys and Girls Club of Boston and is currently a member of the board of directors at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has degrees in public administration, law and international economic relations law from universities in Brazil.
Dr. Irene A. Nichols ‘52
Dr. Nichols received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the State Teacher’s College of Boston in 1952. Dr. Nichols received her EdM and EdD from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1954 and 1968. Dr. Nichols is a professor emerita in the College of Arts & Sciences at Northeastern University. Nichols has been as associate professor of psychology in education since 1968. At Northeastern University, Nichols is the current associate director for the Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Education and the director of the human development program in the College of Education. In 1972, she was elected the first woman chair of Senate Agenda Committee for the Northeastern University faculty senate. Nichols is a resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ellen O’ Connor is the Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her undergraduate degree from Regis College. O’Connor holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Simmons College Graduate School of Management. She has more than twenty years experience in health care, economic development, and state and municipal government. She has been: vice-president for finance at Brown University; chief financial officer for Community Builders, Inc.; vice-president of Washington Business Group on Health in Washington, D.C.; deputy mayor for financial management in the District of Columbia; budget director and comptroller for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; assistant commissioner for administration in the Massachusetts Department of Social Services; deputy commissioner for administration in the Massachusetts Department of Correction; and budget analyst for the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee. She is a board member of YouthBuild, Communities for People, Inc., and of Massachusetts Association for Mental Health. O’Connor served for eight years on the Board of Trustees at Regis College – serving as chair for four years.
James F. O’Leary ‘70
Colin Rule, ‘06
Mr. Rule is the CEO of Modria.com – a Silicon Valley company that offers online dispute resolution implementation assistance. From 2003 – 2011, Mr. Rule was the Director of Online Dispute Resolution for eBay and PayPal. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board at the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at UMass Amherst and he is a fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. Rule received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College and he received his Masters degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in conflict resolution and technology. Mr. Rule graduated from the Certificate Program in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Rule is a board member of RESOLVE, the Peninsula Resolution Center and Shine A Light. Rule and his wife, Cheryl, are residents of San Jose, California.
George A. Russell, Jr., HD’10
George A. Russell Jr. is executive vice president and director of Corporate Citizenship for State Street Corporation. Mr. Russell served as treasurer and chief financial officer of the City of Boston, and president and CEO of Freedom National Bank of New York. In addition to managing State Street’s Corporate Citizenship division, Mr. Russell is the president and CEO of the State Street Foundation, Inc. He is a graduate of Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, received his MBA in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and in 2010, was the recipient of an Honorary Doctors of Laws degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Benjamin Slomoff ’93, ‘97
Mr. Slomoff received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1993. He received his MS from UMass Boston in 1997. He is a retired lieutenant colonel from the United State Air Force. Slomoff has extensive business experience in the shoe industry. Currently, Mr. Slomoff is a court mediator and acts as a neutral arbitrator on three-arbitrator panels for disputes in the field of securities. In addition, Slomoff conducts arbitration for FINRA and NASDAQ. Slomoff is a resident Walnut Creek, California and the parent of two children.
James E. Smith ‘69
Mr. Smith received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1969. He received his law degree from Suffolk University and a masters degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a partner in Smith, Segel, & Ruddock – a law practice that focuses on energy, transportation, and financial services. Mr. Smith served four terms in the Massachusetts legislature. Smith is the former president and a current member of the UMass Boston Alumni Association Board. He and his wife are residents of Swampscott, Massachusetts.
Barbara C. Thibault ‘69
Ms. Thibault received her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her MA from Boston University in American and New England Studies. Thibault is a consulting preservationist. She has worked for the Andover Historical Society and the Gibson House Museum. Thibault has a long standing passion for history, architecture, teaching and the environment. She and her husband are residents of New York City and Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts. They are the parents of three children.
Pamela L. Trefler, '93
As trustee of the Trefler Foundation, Pamela Trefler guides this private family foundation with broad philanthropic interests. It focuses much of its work in the Greater Boston area, with targeted support nationally and internationally in the areas of education policy and practice, teachers and training, international education and literacy, and community wellness.
Bill Walczak '79
Bill Walczak is most associated with the re-development of the Codman Square area of Boston, a multi-cultural community which foundered in the 1970s and became an area known for racial unrest and economic disintegration. Walczak was founder and CEO of the Codman Square Health Center, a major factor in the regeneration of the community. Walczak is founding president of Codman Academy Charter School. The health center’s innovative efforts have made it nationally and internationally known. Bill has worked on community regeneration efforts in a number of countries around the world. Currently, Walczak is CEO of the South End Community Health Center.
Walczak is founding president of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, and is on the Executive Advisory Council for WBUR Radio. He is chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Bunker Hill Community College. He is a past president of the UMass/Boston Alumni Association. He is a founder of the Edward Kennedy Health Careers Academy and is founding president of Boston HealthNet. He is president of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. Bill served on both Governors Deval Patrick’s and Charlie Baker’s Health Care Transition Committees and is a Barr Fellow. Walczak has received numerous awards for his work and ideas.
George Lee Weidenfeller ‘69
Mr. Weidenfeller received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He received his law degree from Suffolk University and masters degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Southern California. Weidenfeller is a partner at the Washington, DC law firm of Reno & Cavanaugh PLLC. He served over 16 years as deputy general counsel and acting general counsel in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, DC. In addition, Weidenfeller was employed as an attorney with HUD in Boston and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Weidenfeller is a resident of Washington, DC and Falmouth, Massachusetts.