Board of Directors

The Research Bureau is governed by a 100-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

OFFICERS/EXECUTIVE COMM.

Chair of the Board
Francis Madigan, III
Treasurer
F.W. Madigan Company, Inc.

Vice Chair
Paul Kelly
SVP & Regional President
Berkshire Bank

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

Clerk
Demitrios M. Moschos, Esq.
Of Counsel
Seder & Chandler, LLP

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

Assistant Clerk
Michael Mulrain
COO
Polar Beverages

Executive Committee Members

Kathryn Crockett
President
Lamoureux Pagano Associates|Architects

Abraham W. Haddad, D.M.D.
Vice Chairman
Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives

Deborah Penta
President & CEO
PENTA Communications, Inc.

Todd Rodman, Esq.
Partner
Seder & Chandler, LLP

Rita Smith
Director, Business HR
AbbVie

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

Eric K. Torkornoo
SVP Business Banking Officer
Fidelity Bank

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kola Akindele, JD
AVP of External Relations & Strategic Partnerships
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Peter Alden
President & CEO
BayState Savings Bank

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

Stephen Aryitey
Lead Pastor & Founder
Faith Fellowship Ministries International

Joyce Augustus
President
JCassand, Inc.

Janet Birbara
Owner
Beechwood Hotel

Celia J. Blue
President & CEO
Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition

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

Roberta L. Brien
VP of Projects
Worcester Business Development Corporation

Scott E. Casper, Ph.D.
President
American Antiquarian Society

Christine Cassidy
Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer
Fallon Health

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

Mel Chacharone
Principal
Chacharone Properties

Chris Coghlin
President & CEO
Columbia Tech

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

Joseph Corazzini
Vice President for Government & Community Affairs
Clark University

Michael Crawford
Senior Vice President
Worcester Market Executive
Rockland Trust

David Crouch
President
ten24 Digital Solutions

Ellen Cummings
Regional Director
Verizon Government Affairs

Andrew Davis
Airport Director
Massachusetts Port Authority

Joanne DeRose
Manager, Community & Customer Management
National Grid

Christine Dominick
Professor of Dental Hygiene and Associate Dean
MCPHS Universty

Donald Doyle
President/CEO
Webster Five

Justin Dufresne, PE
Principal, Managing Director
VHB

Sandra L. Dunn
General Manager
DCU Center

Patty Eppinger

John Erwin
Vice Chancellor for Government Relations
UMass Chan Medical School

Allen W. Fletcher

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

Tim Garvin
President & CEO
United Way of Central Massachusetts

J. Michael Grenon
Vice President & Principal
Grimes & Company

Jennifer Hylton, Psy.D.
Owner & Executive Director
CAC of Worcester

Kurt Isaacson
President & CEO
Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.

Will Kelleher
Principal
Kelleher & Sadowsky

Dennis F. Kerrigan
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.

Stephen Knox
Chief Operating Officer
Reliant Medical Group

Karen M. Lafond, Esq.
Officer
Fletcher Tilton PC Attorneys at law

Cheryl Lapriore
SVP, Chief of Staff, Chief Marketing Officer
UMass Memorial Health

James Leary
VP, Government & Community Relations
UMass Memorial Health

Meghan Liddy
SVP, Capital Markets
Kelleher & Sadowsky

Karen E. Ludington, Esq.
Executive Director
Worcester Area Mission Society

Barry Maloney
President
Worcester State University

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

Mary Jo Marión
Assistant VP for Urban Affairs
Worcester State University

Samantha McDonald, Esq.
Partner
Bowditch & Dewey, LLP

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

Kate McEvoy
Vice President Corporate Relations
UMass Memorial Health

Thomas McGregor
SVP/Chief Commercial Lending Officer
UniBank

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

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

Robert J. Morton
President & CEO
bankHometown

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

Dave Nordman
Executive Editor
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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

Michael V. O’Brien
Executive Vice President
WinnCompanies

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

Deborah Packard
Executive Director
Preservation Worcester

Anthony Pasquale
Regional Vice President
TD Bank

Luis Pedraja, Ph.D.
President
Quinsigamond Community College

Lisa Perrin
President & CEO
Worcester Credit Union

Sherri Pitcher
Senior Director of Marketing and Business Development
Fontaine Brothers, Inc.

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

John Pranckevicius
Director of Administration & Finance
Massachusetts Port Authority

Gail E. Radcliffe, Ph.D.
President
Radcliffe Consulting, Inc.

Stephanie Ramey
President
Worcester Railers

Marcy Reed

Mary Lou Retelle
President
Anna Maria College

Vincent Rougeau
President
College of the Holy Cross

Kimberly A. Rozak
Partner
Mirick O’Connell

Jochen Salfeld
Vice President, Global Biologics
AbbVie

Joseph Salois
President
Atlas Distributing, Inc.

Paul Scully
CEO
Country Bank
J. Robert Seder, Esq.
Seder & Chandler

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

Jaclyn Skagerlind
Vice President
Interstate Specialty Products

Michael Sleeper
CEO
Imperial Distributors, Inc.

Joshua Lee Smith, Esq.
Partner
Bowditch & Dewey

Peter R. Stanton
Publisher
Worcester Business Journal

Carolyn Stempler
Owner
Carolyn & June Designs

John C. Stowe
President
Lutco, Inc.

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

Peter Sullivan
Principal
Sullivan Insurance Group, Inc.

Todd Tallman
Chief Executive Officer
Cornerstone Bank

Ann K. Tripp
Chief Investment Officer
The Hanover Insurance Group

Bogdan Vernescu, Ph.D.
Vice Provost of Research
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Jon Weaver
Chief Executive Officer
Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives

Michael Welch
CEO
UniBank