The University

Profiles

J. Keith Motley, PhD, Chancellor

Selma L. 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 with a focus on using technology to improve teaching and learning. She served as a locally elected School Governing Board member for eight years and chaired California’s Education Council for Technology in Learning for four 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 two children also in California.

Charles F. Desmond, EdD, Chair
In January 2016, Charles Desmond, a senior fellow at the New England Board of Higher Education and a higher education policy advisor to former Governor Deval Patrick, was appointed chief executive officer of Inversant, a Boston-based nonprofit that helps families learn about and save for college. In September 2008, Governor Patrick appointed Desmond to the Board of Higher Education and, in December 2008, appointed him to serve as chairman, a position he held until April 2015. As chairman, he helped to shape and guide educational policy throughout the state. A Fulbright scholar, Desmond served from 2002 to 2009 as executive vice president of the Trefler Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving educational opportunities and success for Boston’s urban youth. Prior to Trefler, he worked for 30 years at the University of Massachusetts Boston, with a focus on student affairs and community collaboration.

Desmond has served as president of AARP Massachusetts and as a member of the Review Committee for the Broad Prize in Urban Education, Board of Governors for the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University, Brown University Design Group/Annenberg Institute for School Reform, and Cambridge College Board of Trustees. He was the co-chair and executive director of the Urban Educators Corps and is a past president of the Massachusetts Educational Opportunity Association, and he has been active with the American Council on Education and with the Council for Opportunity in Education, among other organizations. He has received numerous honors, and he is the recipient of three honorary doctorates bestowed by Framingham State University, Westfield State University, and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Desmond earned his EdD in instructional leadership from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BS in sociology from Northeastern University. He is a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, receiving both Silver and Bronze Stars.

 

Paul T. Anastas '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 M. Barwick '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 D. Bullerwell ‘69
Lornie D. Bullerwell received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1969. Bullerwell received his master’s degree from Bridgewater State University and holds a CSS from Harvard in business management and administration. He has been a consultant for several companies and has owned 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. He retired as the director of sciences at Dedham High School where he taught for over 30 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 he has been elected to the Massachusetts Science Educator’s Hall of Fame. Bullerwell is the secretary of the UMass Boston Alumni Association where he chairs the Scholarship Committee. He is a member of the UMass Boston Board of Visitors, Chancellor’s Council, Lampas Society, Founders Circle, and the Science Advisory Board. He was elected to the Ashland Library Board of Trustees. Bullerwell is a resident of Ashland, Massachusetts.

James W. Burns
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.

Martin Courage ‘82
Martin Courage is an integral part of a growing team of Wells Fargo Private Bank’s Boston office. In his role, he focuses on business retention and growth activities, ensuring the highest-quality client service experience possible for Private Bank’s clients. He also interacts with several Wells Fargo partners, including Regional Commercial Bank Office, Private Mortgage Group, Wealth Insurance, Private Client Group, and Abbot Downing.

Courage is a well-known and experienced leader in the Boston marketplace. Before joining Wells Fargo Private Bank, he managed Barclay’s wealth office in Boston, and prior to that he established J.P. Morgan’s wealth office and had senior roles at Bank of America, Fidelity, Legg Mason, and Dean Witter.

He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and a U. S. Army veteran.

Allison M. Duffy is interim vice chancellor for university advancement.

Thomas Feenan ’66, '69
Thomas Feenan received both his undergraduate and master’s degree in education from Boston State College. He is the president of Feenan Financial Group in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Feenan’s professional designations include Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Enrolled Agent, Registered Financial Consultant, and Accredited Tax Advisor. He is chairman of the Board of Trustees at Quincy College.

An avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, Feenan 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. They are the parents of two children and have two grandchildren.

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.  In 1984, 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 Trustees’ 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, split their time between Cape Cod and Boston when they are not traveling extensively.

John G. Flores, '71 
John G. Flores is an authority in the field of education, technology, and telecommunications. As CEO/executive director of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), Flores leads a global association focused on the support, development, and application of distance learning programs to varied constituencies. In addition, he is a professor of educational leadership and administration at Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler College of Education.

Previously, Flores was president and CEO of the Seattle-based Global Learning Network. Prior to that, he served as executive director of the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications (MCET). There, he led an award-winning state agency that produced distance learning programming through the Mass LearnPike broadcasting network, and he built MCET into a multi-million dollar business while also gaining recognition for Massachusetts as a global leader in distance learning.

Flores serves as the USDLA association editor of the quarterly Distance Learning Journal and sits on the editorial board of the American Journal of Distance Education. He also recently contributed to The Provost’s Handbook: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer (Johns Hopkins Press) as the online technology chapter author. 

He is a year-round resident of Barnstable, MA. Active in town and county government, he was recently elected as a Barnstable town councilor, and he serves on numerous boards of directors, including the Barnstable Historical Society, the Barnstable Village Association, and the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (board vice chair). 

Gerard L. Gaughan, MD
Dr. Gaughan is a clinical professor of medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine, where he advises students, facilitates student learning, and serves on numerous committees. He initiated the Tufts/UMass Boston collaboration that resulted in the winter enrichment program for UMass Boston students at the medical school. Dr. Gaughan chairs the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Visitors. He is a member of the dean’s advisory boards for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the College of Science and Mathematics. He has also served on planning and search committees at UMass Boston.

William J. Geary ‘72
William Geary received his undergraduate degree in political science and history from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1972. He received his MA in government and management from Northeastern University, where he was an NU Research Fellow, and his JD degree from Suffolk Law School. He was also awarded a Loeb Fellowship in advanced environmental studies at Harvard University. Geary is an attorney in Massachusetts and Washington, DC, and he currently represents Clean Harbors, Inc./Safety-Kleen as external counsel and serves as special counsel to Mayor Thomas P. Koch in Quincy, MA. Geary previously served as 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 was with Clean Harbors for over 20 years and previously served as executive vice president and general counsel for the publicly traded (CLH:NYSE) multi-national corporation. Prior to his current positions, 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.

Marvin E. Gilmore, Jr.
In the late 1960s, in Roxbury, Marvin Gilmore co-founded the Unity Bank and Trust Company, Boston’s first black-owned and -operated commercial bank. Later, Gilmore served on the Low Income Housing Commission and was president and CEO of Community Development Corporation of Boston, a community-based nonprofit economic development organization.

During World War II, Gilmore served in the 458th, Battery ‘A’ Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion and served on D-Day’s Normandy, Utah, and Omaha Beaches. He received numerous commendations, including the American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and Bronze Star Attachment (Quadruple), and Sharpshooter Badge and Rifle Bar. In 2000, Tom Brokaw featured Gilmore in an NBC Nightly News special on minority service in WWII, and President Bill Clinton honored him at the White House. In 2010, Gilmore was named a “Chevalier” of France’s Legion of Honor.

A lifelong music lover, Gilmore studied at the Royal Scottish Academy School of Music at the end of World War II and later received a degree in music from New England Conservatory of Music. For more than 35 years, he has owned and managed the Western Front in Cambridge, which has hosted some of the world’s finest musicians, including Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. 

Gilmore serves on a number of boards, including the University of Massachusetts Boston Board of Visitors, Trustee of Boston Local Development Corporation, New England Conservatory Board of Overseers, Longy Bard College, Asian American Civic Association, and The Roxbury Trust. He has actively raised life membership funds and memberships for the Boston branch of the NAACP and has served as a trustee and board member at Youville Hospital and the New England Conservatory of Music.

Gilmore’s biography, Crusader for Freedom, was published in 2014. 

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.

Adrian K. Haugabrook ‘02
Adrian K. Haugabrook is vice president for enrollment and student success at Wheelock College in Boston. In this role, he oversees admissions, athletics, student affairs, and student success. With his leadership, the college has been recognized nationally for its access and success for students of color, first-generation college students, and those coming from low-income or under-resourced schools or communities. He also served as the college’s first chief diversity officer and executive director of the Aspire Institute, a center that promotes the success of children, families, and communities. A published author, he is frequently invited to speak nationally on issues related to college access and readiness.

Before Wheelock College, Haugabrook served as vice president for local college access programs at The Education Resources Institute (TERI) and, prior to that, as executive director of public policy and alliances at Citizen Schools. He has held posts at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Framingham State University, University of West Georgia, and Georgia Southwestern State University.

Haugabrook serves on the Board of Directors for Spark (chair, National Board of Directors); National Advisory Committee, College Board Future of African American Education Conference; American Association for University Administrators; 5 Strong Scholarship Foundation (Atlanta, GA); City Year Boston; Greater Boston Kappa Charities; and on the Diaconate Board at Myrtle Baptist Church in Massachusetts. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

A former Collegiate Scholastic All-American (football), Haugabrook holds a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a master’s degree from Georgia Southwestern State University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Georgia. 

Robert Emmet Hayes ‘90
Robert Emmet Hayes received his BS in political science at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is chair of the Massachusetts Policy Group at Locke Lord LLP, which focuses on government relations in a broad range of industries including public and private transportation, higher education, energy regulation, and health care.  Previously, Hayes served four terms as a representative in the Massachusetts legislature, where he was known for his expertise in the areas of public finance, transportation, and environmental issues. He was recognized for his authorship of landmark legislation that created the $1.4 billion Massachusetts revolving loan fund, which helps cities and towns finance sewer and clean water projects. He also chaired the Baird McGuire Superfund Advisory Committee, which negotiated a permanent solution for one of the worst hazardous waste sites in the nation. He and his wife are residents of Whitman, Massachusetts. 

Robert J. Hildreth
Bob Hildreth is the founder of Inversant, an organization that uses monetary rewards to encourage aspirational behavior and enables low-income populations to achieve their educational goals. Prior to founding Inversant, Hildreth enjoyed a career in Latin American finance at the IMF, Citibank, Drexel Burnham Lambert, and his own brokering company, International Bank Services.

A dedicated supporter of educational institutions, Hildreth co-founded La Vida, Inc. in Lynn and joined with Boston University to build the John Silber Early Learning Center in Chelsea. He is a graduate of Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, and George Washington University. He serves on UMass Boston’s Board of Visitors, WBUR’s Board of Overseers, and SEMA’s Board of Directors.

Hildreth has received numerous honors. In 2012, he was recognized as a Purpose Prize Fellow and was invited to give a TEDxNewEngland speech. In 2009, 2010, and 2013, El Planeta named him one of the 100 most influential people for Latinos in Massachusetts. His other awards and honors include the 2009 All-Chelsea Award from the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, 2009 Give Liberty a Hand Award from the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition, 2009 Citizen of the Year from the Rockport Rotary Club, 2008 Bostonian of the Year from The Boston Globe, 2008 Partner in Pursuit of Justice Award from the Bronx Defenders, 2008 Keepers of the American Dream Award from the National Immigrant Forum, and 2007 Champion of Justice Award from the Greater Boston Legal Services. In 2009, he was pleased to emcee the Irish Immigration Center’s Solas Award Dinner honoring Irish President Mary McAleese, as well as galas of the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project and the Gastón Institute of UMass Boston. Among his many notable activities, Hildreth was a major donor to the John Silber Early Learning Center in Chelsea and to the state education ship The Ernestina-Morrissey. He also serves as president and treasurer of the Sizer Charter School in Fitchburg and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post blog.

Sunta Izzicupo
Sunta Izzicupo received her BA in English literature in 1975. She began her television production career at two local television stations in the Boston area. Moving to Los Angeles in 1982, she joined the creative team of a weekly program for Westinghouse. In 1984, she moved to 20th Century Fox where she became the director of TV movies and mini-series. After a brief stint at the Walt Disney Company in series development, she moved to CBS Entertainment where she ran the successful TV Movies and Mini-Series Development Department for over a decade, supervising the writing and producing of more than 50 movies per year. She has been an independent producer and consultant for ten years.

Janice A. James
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. Currently the executive director of University Affairs at the Harvard Business School, he has held multiple positions at the school over the years, including associate dean, senior executive officer. From 1996 to 2005, James was with the First Marblehead Corporation, serving as president and chief operating officer, as well as vice chairman.

James is a trustee at the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Riverview School in Sandwich, Massachusetts. In addition, he serves on the board of the International Quilt Center at Nebraska University and on the Dean’s Council for Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies, the Harvard Divinity School, the Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and the Schlesinger Library. James resides with his wife, Janice, in Swampscott; they are the parents of three children.

Daniel M. Joyce ‘82
Daniel M. 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 fifth CEO in the 126-year history of Moors & Cabot. He has overseen the expansion of the firm to include five Florida branches, four offices in Arizona, and an office in Connecticut and in New Mexico. Prior to joining Moors & Cabot, Joyce held senior positions at Fidelity Investments, Hambrecht & Quist, and Dean Witter Reynolds. Joyce is a member of the Randolph Savings Bank Board of Directors as well as a past member of the Boston Stock Exchange Board of Governors prior to the institution’s sale to NASDAQ. Joyce lives in Boston, with his wife Maureen and has four children. He holds a bachelor of science in management with a concentration in finance from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Amit K. Kanodia
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. Kenneally is a senior staff attorney with the Massachusetts Appeals Court. She resides in Quincy and has five sons and three grandchildren.

Lee Michael Kennedy
Lee Michael Kennedy received his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s College in Maine, and he graduated from the construction management program at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Kennedy is the president and CEO of Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. As president and CEO, he is responsible for providing the vision and strategic direction of the company. Kennedy is chairman of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester, and he is a member of the Board of Overseers for the Boston Architectural College, a trustee at the Neighborhood House Charter School, and 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, 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 N. Mabbett ’69, Chair Emeritus
Arthur N. Mabbett received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1969 as a member of the charter founding class. He received a master’s degree in environmental science from Rutgers University in 1970. Mabbett is the chairman and founder of Mabbett & Associates, Inc. (U.S.) and Mabbett & Associates Ltd (U.K.), internationally recognized and award-winning firms delivering integrated environmental, health and safety, and sustainable energy consulting and engineering services to manufacturing and commercial industry, institutions, and public agencies. Mabbett is also the president and founder of Veterans Business Supply, Inc. He served meritoriously in the U.S. Army as a Major, Environmental Science Officer, serving 6 years on active duty and 13 years in the U.S. Army Reserve.

At UMass Boston, Mabbett has served as a member of the College of Science and Mathematics, Advisory Board; chair of the Annual Fund and Chancellor’s Council; and founding chair of the Board of Visitors. He is a recipient of the University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor’s Medal for Exemplary Leadership. He also currently serves as vice president of the Spirit of Adventure Council of the Boy Scouts of America and has been awarded the Outstanding Eagle Scout and the Silver Beaver Awards. He resides in Medford, Massachusetts, with his wife Beverly. They are the parents of three grown children. 

Mark A. 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.

She is a member of the UMass Boston Alumni Association Board and the Chancellor’s Council. In addition, she has served since 1992 on the Boston Local Development Corporation’s Board of Trustees and has been a long-time member of the Smaller Business Association of New England, serving as its chair from 2001 to 2003.

She is the owner of Widett and McCarthy PC, a small business law firm. Prior to forming her own firm, she was a partner at Widett, Glazier & McCarthy in Boston; was COO of the newly created, quasi-public 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.

Maureen E. 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 she has held leadership positions in several museum-related regional and national organizations. She is a member of the university’s Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Chancellor’s Council. Melton and her husband are residents of Brighton, Massachusetts.

Edward J. Merritt
Edward J. Merritt received his undergraduate degree from Salem State University. He is a certified public accountant. Since 2015, Merritt has served as an executive vice president with East Boston Savings Bank, where he is also a member of the Board of Directors. From 1999 through 2015, he was the president and chief executive officer of Mt. Washington Bank. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Meridian Bancorp, Wollaston Golf Club, and the Mass. Bankers Association (Community Banking Committee). He serves as a member of the College of Management Advisory Board. He and his wife reside in Milton. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Edvaldo Morata
Edvaldo (Ed) Morata is a banker with more than 30 years of experience in commercial and investment banking and wealth management. He has worked in South America, the United Kingdom, Asia, and the United States, concentrating on the setup and reorganization of business units, with remarkable results in balancing short-term needs and long-term strategic views. He is presently a partner at Eneas Alternative Investments and the CEO of Eneas International LLC, concentrating in the management of alternative investments. Prior to Eneas, he was the chief of staff/managing director of corporate banking at Banco Santander N.A.

Morata is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston and of Inversant as well as a member of the Board of Overseers at WBUR, and he has served on the Board of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Foundation. He has degrees in public administration, law, and international economic relations law from universities in Brazil.

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
Ellen O’Connor serves as the vice chancellor of administration and finance at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her undergraduate degree from Regis College and a master’s degree in business administration from the Simmons College Graduate School of Management. She has more than 30 years of experience in higher education and state and municipal government. She also served as vice president for finance at Brown University, deputy mayor for financial management in the District of Columbia, and budget director and comptroller for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is a board member of YouthBuild and served for eight years on the Board of Trustees at Regis College, serving as chair for four years.

Colin A. Rule ‘06
Colin Rule is co-founder and COO of Modria.com, an online dispute resolution (ODR) provider based in Silicon Valley. From 2003 to 2011, he was director of Online Dispute Resolution for eBay and PayPal. In 1999, Rule co-founded Online Resolution and served as its CEO (2000) and president. In 2002, he co-founded the Online Public Disputes Project (now eDeliberation.com), which applies ODR to multiparty public disputes. Previously, Rule he was general manager of Mediate.com and for several years worked with the National Institute for Dispute Resolution (now ACR) in Washington, DC, and the Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, MA.

He has presented and trained throughout Europe and North America for organizations including the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the Department of State, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. He has also lectured or taught at UMass Amherst, Stanford, MIT, Pepperdine University, Creighton University, Southern Methodist University, the University of Ottawa, and Brandeis University.

Rule is the author of Online Dispute Resolution for Business, and he has contributed more than 50 articles to publications such as Consensus, The Fourth R, ACResolution Magazine, and Peace Review. He serves on the boards of the Consensus Building Institute and the PeaceTech Lab at the United States Institute of Peace. He is currently co-chair of the Advisory Board of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at UMass Amherst and a non-resident fellow at the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School.

George A. Russell, Jr., HD '10
He holds a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in conflict resolution and technology, a graduate certificate in dispute resolution from UMass Boston, and a BA from Haverford College. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Eritrea from 1995 to 1997.

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
James E. 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 master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a partner in Smith, Costello & Crawford, a law practice that focuses on energy, health care, and financial services. The firm most recently led the successful effort to establish an offshore wind industry in the United States, based in Massachusetts. Smith served four terms in the Massachusetts legislature. He is the former president and a current member of the UMass Boston Alumni Association Board. He was the student speaker at the university’s first commencement. Smith 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
During her teaching practicum at Dorchester High School, a low-performing district high school, Pam Trefler learned firsthand the extraordinary potential of high school students preparing for post-secondary opportunities. This deep connection set the stage for her philanthropic strategy: a high-engagement approach built on relationships and collaborations. UMass Boston was one of her first collaborative partners, and her commitment to the university has been a constant for that past 20 years.

Trefler, an investment banker for 18 years, formed the Trefler Foundation in 1999, along with her husband, Alan Trefler. The foundation’s mission is to help young people from urban neighborhoods develop the skills, knowledge, and values they need to lead productive lives. The foundation focuses on strategies that improve educational success and promote community health and wellness.

Trefler also gives back by serving on numerous Boston-area boards, including Boston Partners in Education, Cambridge College, Teen Empowerment, the UMass Boston Board of Visitors, and as a board member emeritus of Year Up.

In a recent, innovative nonprofit venture, she became the co-founder of Union & Fifth (unionandfifth.com), a web-based platform that resells designer clothes and accessories to benefit donor-identified nonprofits. 

William J. Walczak '79
William Walczak is most associated with the redevelopment of the Codman Square area of Boston, a multicultural community that 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. He 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, he is CEO of the South End Community Health Center in Boston.

Walczak is on the Executive Advisory Council for WBUR Public Radio. He is chair of the Board of Trustees of Bunker Hill Community College and is founding president of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. He is a past president of the UMass Boston Alumni Association and is on its Board of Visitors. 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, and he serves on the board of the Rappaport Center at Boston College Law School. Walczak served on the Health Care Transition Committees of both Governor Deval Patrick and Governor Charlie Baker and is a Barr Fellow. He has received numerous awards for his work and ideas.

George L. Weidenfeller ‘69
George L. Weidenfeller received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He received his law degree from Suffolk University and master’s degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Southern California. Weidenfeller was employed as an attorney with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Boston and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Subsequently, he served more than 16 years as deputy general counsel and acting general counsel in HUD in Washington, DC. Upon leaving HUD, Weidenfeller joined the Washington office of Goulston & Storrs before becoming a partner in the law firm of Reno & Cavanaugh. He is currently employed as in-house counsel at the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust in Washington, DC. Weidenfeller is a resident of Washington, DC, and Falmouth, Massachusetts.


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