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


Chair of the Board
Deborah Penta, President & CEO
PENTA Communications, Inc.

Vice Chair
Francis Madigan, III, Treasurer
F.W. Madigan Company, Inc.

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

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


Abraham W. Haddad, D.M.D.

Paul Kelly, Regional President
Berkshire Bank

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

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

Eric K. Torkornoo, VP/Relation Manager
TD Bank

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


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

Peter Alden, President & CEO
BayState Savings Bank

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

Stephen Aryitey, Lead Pastor
Faith Fellowship Ministries International

Joyce Augustus, President
JCassand, Inc.

Janet Birbara, Owner
Beechwood Hotel

Celia J. Blue, President & CEO
MA Women of Color Coalition

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

Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., President
College of the Holy Cross

Roberta 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 College

Chris Coghlin, President & CEO
Columbia Tech

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

Andrew Davis, Airport Director
Massachusetts Port Authority

Christine Dominick
Professor of Dental Hygiene and Associate Dean
MCPHS University

Donald Doyle, President/CEO
Webster Five

Sandra L. Dunn, General Manager
DCU Center

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

Patty Eppinger

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

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

Richard B. Kennedy

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

Stephen Knox, Chief Operating Officer
Reliant Medical Group

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

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

Ralph Lambalot, VP, Operations Science & Technology for Biologics

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

Sean Lauziere, Community Relations & Economic Development Representative

James Leary, VP, Government & Community Relations
UMass Memorial Health Care

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, Executive Director
Latino Education Institute

Samantha McDonald, Esq., Partner
Bowditch & Dewey Attorneys

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

Kate McEvoy, Vice President Corporate Relations
UMass Memorial Health Care

Thomas McGregor
SVP/Chief Commercial Lending Officer

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

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

Lisa Olson, Ph.D.

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 Vice President
Fidelity Bank

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

John Pranckevicius
Director of Administration & Finance
Massachusetts Port Authority

Paul Provost

David Przesiek

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

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

Mary Lou Retelle, President
Anna Maria College

K. Michael Robbins, Chairman & CEO
Cornerstone Bank

Joseph Salois, President
Atlas Distributing, Inc.

Paul Scully, CEO
Country Bank

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.

Joshua Lee Smith, Esq., Partner
Bowditch & Dewey

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

Ann K. Tripp
Senior Vice President/ 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