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Alumni Association Board of Directors

Western New England University

  • President: Mat Nelson '93

    B.A. Government

    The President must have served as Vice President for at least one term, in order to have knowledge of the mission and vision of the Association. As President, Mat provides leadership and guidance to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Alumni Association, in accordance with its constitution and bylaws. He is instrumental in developing long range plans for the Alumni Association that incorporate the University’s strategic plan. Additionally, Mat represents the Alumni Association in an official capacity at Commencement, Homecoming, the Senior Class Brunch, and other University events. He works closely with Kathy Pappas G'98, the director of alumni relations.

  • Vice President: Ed Lavoie '99

    B.S.B.A. Finance

    The Vice President must have served as either Secretary, Member-at-Large, a Committee Chair of the Alumni Association, or as a Chapter Chair, in order to have an overview of the mission and vision of the Association and its goals. He assists the President in providing leadership for the Alumni Association. 

  • Immediate Past President: Mike Coffey G'79


    Mike serves as a link to other Past Presidents. He also conducts an annual evaluation of the performance on Association leadership. He provides advice and counsel to current Board members, particularly the President. Additionally, the Immediate Past President undertakes any additional responsibilities deemed necessary by both the president of the Alumni Association and the director of Alumni Relations.

  • Alumni Outreach Committee Chair: Kristen Blake Gordon '96

    B.S. Management

    The Alumni Outreach Committee Chair helps coordinate the Alumni Association activities calendar and administers social events and programs sponsored by the Association. Kristen is responsible for leading the Alumni Golf Tournament and Homecoming Teams.

  • Secretary: Scott Davis '76

    B.S.B.A. Accounting

    The Secretary must have previously served on any one of the teams of the Alumni Association, as a Chapter Chair, or in any one of the program volunteer positions. Scott is responsible for preparing the Association Board of Directors and Cabinet meeting minutes and other associated program duties.

  • Members-at-Large

    Our Members-at-Large below serve as liaisons between a designated committee or team of the Alumni Association and the Association Board of Directors. Each Member-at-Large focuses on a year-long project to help the Association advance its mission as stated in the strategic plan.


  • Andrea Bonavita Tarpey ’90

    B.A. Psychology

    Andrea is director of student activities at Springfield Technical Community College.

  • Courtney T. Chafer '14

    B.S.B.A. in Accounting

    Courtney is a staff accountant at OFS Fitel in Avon, CT.

  • Tim Conrod '11/G'12

    B.S.B.A. Sport Management/MBA

    Tim is manager, multimedia sponsorship integration, at ESPN.

  • Laurie Gibson ’92/G’00

    B.A. Marketing/MBA

    Laurie is director, training and education, at Travelers Insurance.

  • Mike Visconti ’06/G’11

    B.S. Management

    Mike is MIS applications specialist at MEDITECH.

  • One-year Alumni Trustee: Thomas Cowin '15

    B.S. International Business

    Thomas is an IT recruiter at TEKsystems in Farmington, CT.

  • Student Representative: Shaine Spencer '16

    Shaine is a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering.