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slides: COLLEGE GUIDE: Grads Making a Difference Locally

Saturday, June 01, 2013


You may think that once everyone graduates from your school, they lauch out of Worcester County and start their careers in far-flung places. Maybe they do, but check out the alums of Central Mass. colleges that have come back, or never left, and are doing some pretty cool things. And now you can say, "Hey, they went to my school."


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Clark University

Doing good for Central MA: Tim Garvin, '85

President and CEO at United Way of Central Massachusetts

Tech entrepreneur: Kevin O’Sullivan, Masters in Public Administration '84

Former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1986-1994), Current President and CEO of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, the Worcester-based private economic development organization that promotes the growth and expansion of the Biotechnology, Medical Device and Bioinformatics industry.

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Holy Cross

Dream sports job: Matt Chmura ’03

Director of Communications for the Boston Bruins, formerly in the Communications Department New York's major league soccer franchise.

Innovator: Jerry Snee '75

President & CEO of Squidget, Inc., a tech company that has developed a device to help people handle self-destructive fidgeting behaviors.

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Worcester State

Paying Back to Worcester: Ray Mariano

Former Mayor of Worcester (1993-2001), Current Executive Director of the Worcester Housing Authority (also received an Masters in Public Administration from Clark University)

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Becker College

Tech entrepreneur: Erjon Metohu ’08

Founded Eri Design in Worcester and specializes in developing websites and mobile apps (Photo: Becker College/Edd Cote)

Animal rights activist: Christine Peters ’10

Established Lucky Horse, an equine rescue organization

Local business entrepreneur: Gregg Witherspoon

Owns G’s Cuttin’ Up Barber Shop locations in Worcester

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Assumption College

Sports business: Michael Myers '93

Standout hockey and lacrosse player while at Assumption, Myers is Senior Director of Business & Community Development for the Worcester Sharks (Photo: Worcester Sharks)

Dream job: Richard Pelletier '76

A leading ice hockey player for Assumption, Pelletier is now co-owner of Nashoba Valley Winery, Bolton

Events management: Jim Mougham ‘81

Assistant General Manager and Director of Sales at the DCU Center

Radio Personality: Mary Knight

Music Director & On-Air Personality at 104.5 XLO, 100FM The Pike, and 98.9 ORC-FM. XLO

Central Mass Media: Lindsay Bohigian

Promotions Director at 104.5 XLO, 100FM The Pike, and 98.9 ORC-FM. XLO

Public servant: Harold “Hank” Naughton ’82

State Representative who represents the 12th Worcester District

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Fitchburg State

Public Service: Jennifer L. Flanagan, MS Mental Health Counseling

Massachusetts State Senator for the Worcester and Middlesex districts, first elected in 2009.

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Mount Wachusett CC

Service to others: Rev. Susan Suchocki Brown

Minister at First Church Unitarian Universalist in Leominster and fire department chaplain

Local governance: Mark Hawke

Mayor of Gardner, elected in 2008

Law enforcement: Salvatore Albert

Westminster Police Chief

Saving lives: Kevin Roy

Fitchburg Fire Chief

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Nichols College

Rocker: David DiPalato '82, MBA '92

Founded Dubble D and the Khaos Junkies, and performs locally.

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Anna Maria College

Public Servant: Edward F. Davis III '90G

Current Commissioner of the Boston Police Department, Former Superintendent of Police in Lowell, Massachusetts (Photo: MassGov)


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