Board of Directors

The Research Bureau is governed by a 90-member Board of Directors, whose members are civic leaders in business, academia, and government. The Board of Directors elects a thirteen-member Executive Committee which meets monthly and sets policy for the organization. The Executive Committee, in collaboration with the Executive Director, sets research priorities and organizational initiatives. Citizens and public officials are encouraged to call, write, or email The Research Bureau with suggestions for topics to be studied.

WRRB Officers, Executive Committee, Staff, and Board of Directors


Chairman of the Board
Abraham W. Haddad, D.M.D.

Vice Chairman
Deborah Penta, President & CEO
PENTA Communications, Inc.

George W. Tetler III, Esq., Partner
Bowditch & Dewey Attorneys

Demitrios M. Moschos, Esq., Partner
Mirick O’Connell

Karen E. Duffy, President
Worcester Credit Union

Francis Madigan, III, President
F.W. Madigan Company, Inc.

Susan Mailman, President
Coghlin Electrical Contractors

Michael Mulrain, COO
Polar Beverages

Richard F. Powell, CPA, Senior Vice President
Greenberg, Rosenblatt, Kull & Bitsoli P.C.

Todd Rodman, Esq., Partner
Seder & Chandler, LLP

John J. Spillane, Esq., Partner
Spillane & Spillane, LLP

Brian Thompson

Janice B. Yost, Ed.D., President
The Health Foundation of Central Mass, Inc.


Kola Akindele, JD, Assistant Vice Chancellor for City & Community Relations
UMass Medical School

Peter Alden, President & CEO
BayState Savings Bank

Michael P. Angelini, Esq., Chairman
Bowditch & Dewey Attorneys

Paul Belsito, President
The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation

Janet Birbara, Owner
Beechwood Hotel

Roberta L. Brien, Vice President of Projects
Worcester Business Development Corporation

Edward S. Borden, Senior Vice President
People’s United Bank

Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., President

Brian J. Buckley, Esq.

Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., President
Assumption College

J. Christopher Collins, Esq., Of Counsel
Mirick O’Connell

Michael Crawford, Senior Vice President
Rockland Trust

Nancy P. Crimmin, Ed.D., President
Becker College

Kathryn Crockett, President
Lamoureux Pagano Associates

David Crouch, President
ten24 Digital Solutions

Ellen Cummings, Regional Director
Verizon Government Affairs

James Curran, Senior Vice President
People’s United Bank

Jill Dagilis, Executive Director
Worcester Community Action council

Andrew Davis, Airport Director
Massachusetts Port Authority

Christine Dominick
Professor of Dental Hygiene and Associate Dean
MCPHS University

Donald Doyle, President/CEO
Webster Five

Ellen S. Dunlap, President
American Antiquarian Society

Sandra L. Dunn, General Manager
DCU Center

Tarek Elsawy, MD, President & CEO
Reliant Medical Group

Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D., President
Nichols College

Aleta Fazzone
Director of Community & Customer Management
National Grid

Mitchell Feldman, Senior Vice President
Santander N.A.

Allen W. Fletcher

David Fort, Co-Founder, Managing Director, & Director of Healthcare Practice
Fort Strategic

Michael J. Garand, Senior Vice President
U.S. Trust, Bank of America

Tim Garvin, President & CEO
United Way of Central Massachusetts

Lisa Kirby Gibbs, Managing Partner

Joel N. Greenberg, Founder & Principal
Wealth Advisory Services LLC

J. Michael Grenon, Vice President & Principal
Grimes & Company

Kurt Isaacson, President & CEO
Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.

Will Kelleher, Principal
Kelleher & Sadowsky

Paul Kelly, Regional President
Berkshire Bank

Richard B. Kennedy

Geoff Kramer, Project Development Representative
Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

Cheryl Lapriore, Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff, Chief Marketing Officer
UMass Memorial

Laurie A. Leshin, Ph.D., President
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Karen E. Ludington, Esq., President & CEO
Children’s Friend

Barry Maloney, President
Worcester State University

Edward F. Manzi, Jr., Chairman & CEO
Fidelity Bank

Mary Jo Marión, Executive Director
Latino Education Institute

Samantha McDonald, Esq., Partner
Bowditch & Dewey Attorneys

Neil D. McDonough, CEO & Chairman
FLEXcon Co. Inc.

Kate McEvoy-Zdonczyk, Vice President
Harvard-Pilgrim Health Care

Thomas McGregor
Regional Commercial Banking Executive
United Bank

Joseph McManus, Executive Associate Dean
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Martin D. McNamara

Satya Mitra, Ph.D., President & CEO
The Guru Tax & Financial Services

Robert J. Morton, President & CEO
Millbury Savings Bank

Timothy P. Murray, Esq., President & CEO
Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

James D. O’Brien, Jr., Esq., Partner
Mountain, Dearborn & Whiting, LLP

Michael V. O’Brien, Executive Vice President

Andrew B. O’Donnell, Esq., Partner
Mirick O’Connell

JoAnne O’Leary
Community Relations Representative

Deborah Packard, Executive Director
Preservation Worcester

Joe Pagano, President
Pagano Media

Anthony Pasquale, Regional Vice President
TD Bank

Luis Pedraja, Ph.D., President
Quinsigamond Community College

Sam S. Pepper, Jr., President & CEO

Christopher M. Powers
Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits
Risk Strategies Company

John Pranckevicius
Director of Administration & Finance
Massachusetts Port Authority

Paul Provost, Publisher
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

David Przesiek
Senior Vice President & Chief Sales Officer
Fallon Health

Marcy Reed, MA President & Executive Vice President for US Policy and Social Impact
National Grid

Mary Lou Retelle, President
Anna Maria College

Mary Craig Ritter, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development
Fallon Health

K. Michael Robbins, Chairman & CEO
Cornerstone Bank

Joseph Salois, President
Atlas Distributing, Inc.

Anthony J. Salvidio, II, Officer/Director
Fletcher Tilton PC, Attorneys at law

Anh Vu Sawyer, Executive Director
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts

J. Robert Seder, Esq., Partner
Seder & Chandler

Kate Sharry, Area Vice President
Gallagher Benefits Services, Inc.

Philip O. Shwachman, President
First American Realty, Inc.

Troy Siebels, President & CEO
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

Michael Sleeper, CEO
Imperial Distributors, Inc.

Nicholas (Nick) Smith, President
Rand-Whitney Container

Peter R. Stanton, Publisher
Worcester Business Journal

John C. Stowe, President
Lutco, Inc.

Joseph Sullivan, Esq., Intellectual Property Counsel
Saint-Gobain Corporation

Peter Sullivan, Principal
Sullivan Group

Polly A. Tatum, Esq., President and Founder
Mediation Advantage

Eric K. Torkornoo, VP/Relation Manager
TD Bank

Ann K. Tripp
Senior Vice President/ Chief Investment Officer
The Hanover Insurance Group

Jon Weaver, Chief Operating Officer
Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives

Gayle Flanders Weiss, Esq.
Vice President & Chief Litigation Counsel