Alumni Association Elections

It’s springtime—and that means Alumni Association Elections time! Cast your ballot for the Alumni Association Board of Directors through Friday, May 23. The terms begin July 1, 2014. The term for Member-at-Large lasts one year.

Member-at-Large

(Please choose up to five.)

Vote online, by email, by calling 413-796-2240, or by mailing the ballot in the Spring 2014 issue of Alumni Outlook.

Marcus Allen ’11
Springfield, MA

Victim/Witness Advocate
Hampden County District Attorney’s Office

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“I welcome the opportunity to work with alumni to communicate and further the Board’s mission. My leadership and communication skills were developed at the University, including my experience as a resident advisor and as a mentor in Springfield’s public schools—and then expanded in my present position in the District Attorney’s Office. I also speak to Springfield high schools on the effects of drugs and violence and the role of our office in the community.

The Board’s goals are in line with my strengths, and if elected, I would incorporate the connections I have cultivated, and collaborate with alumni to build additional connections between the Western New England and the city of Springfield. I cannot think of a better way to give back to a University that has given me so much.”

Krystal Dunn ’06
Dudley, MA

Officer/N.A.V. Supervisor
State Street Alternative Investment Solutions
International Fund Services

Experience:
Current Member-at-Large

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“I am currently serving as a Member-at-Large on the Alumni Association Board, and would like to re-run for a second term so that I may continue to reconnect with the University and our alumni by helping to plan successful events. While serving on the board this year, I am in the midst of planning a trivia night on June 3 for our alumni living and working in the Boston area. The ultimate goal of the event is to get as many alumni together as possible so that they can reconnect with each other and the University while at the same time participating in a little friendly competition.”

Kyle Knowles ’05
Wethersfield, CT

Assistant Professor of Military Science/Operations Manager United States Army at Western New England University ROTC

Experience:
Current Member-at-Large

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“I was a member of Student Senate, Residence Hall Association, varsity wrestling and cross country teams, and Army ROTC.  I have spent the past nine years serving in a variety of military and civilian leadership positions, including service in Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Army Officer.  I am currently pursuing my MBA at Western New England and serve as a Member-at-Large on the Alumni Board. I am very active on campus and have maintained close relationships with the University and alumni on projects that include a Springfield Rebuilding Together community service project. My genuine desire to serve the University, combined with a unique skill set and proven leadership capabilities, would make me an invaluable asset to the Board.”

Mike Konarski ’13
Amherst, MA

Management Trainee
Enterprise Car Rental

Experience:
Current One-year Alumni Trustee

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“While at Western New England University I was a member of many leadership organizations, such as Peer Advising and the sexual assault awareness group One in Four. I was also selected to be the One-year Alumni Trustee. In this capacity I was able to participate in the Alumni Association Board of Directors as a member, and I would love to continue this experience and stay connected to the University.”

Karen L. Northup-Scudder ’85/G’88
Wilbraham, MA

Senior Director of Finance and Administration,
Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College

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“Allow me the privilege of serving you as a Member-at-Large. I am confident my 25-plus years of leadership over an ever-changing landscape, combined with five years of work in an Alumnae Association, provides me with ample experience. Having a sister and a daughter who are Western New England University alums—and a second daughter accepted and excited to attend—provides another perspective. I have enjoyed working as a panelist, mentor, adjunct professor and providing student internships. I look forward to staying connected and reconnecting with alumni in new and innovative ways that will engage the many generations and life’s stages we represent.” 

Kellie Stanchak ’09
Amherst, MA

Residence Director,
Coolidge Tower
UMass Amherst

Experience:
Homecoming Committee

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“I would like to be a Member-at-Large because my time at Western New England shaped me into the person that I am today. As a student leader, I was involved in Residence Life, Orientation, and varsity softball—all amazing experiences. I would love the opportunity be as involved as an alumna as I was when I was a student. I currently work in higher education administration and understand how colleges and universities work, how to plan and run large scale events, and also have a great deal of committee experience that would help me on the Board. In the past year I have been on the Board’s Homecoming Committee and I am looking forward to more opportunities to give back to the students, alumni, and institution.”

Andrea Bonavita Tarpey ’90
Springfield, MA

Director of Student Activities
Springfield Technical Community College

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“During my course of undergraduate study I became involved with the Student Activities Office, an experience that paved the way for my career. My tenure as a student services advocate and event coordinator and has made me uniquely suited to the role of Member-at-Large.

In the past 20 years of being a professional in higher education, I have grown to recognize the impact we have on the students’ lives and the role college plays in their future success far beyond graduation. I am proud to have graduated from WNEU and am grateful for all of the opportunities that experience presented to me.
 
I am thrilled at the prospect of reconnecting with my alma mater and providing engaging and innovative events and programs for alumni. Please consider choosing me for the Member-at-Large position.”

Mike Visconti ’06/G’11
Newton, MA

MIS Applications Specialist
MEDITECH

Experience:
Current Member-at-Large

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“I am running for Member-at Large because I want to continue sharing with others my leadership and academic experiences, as well as skills I've acquired while attending the University. During my time on the Alumni Board, I have given numerous presentations to students on ‘Personal Finance and Money Management After College,’ and I am currently tailoring my project to split it into multiple sessions of personal finance for ascending skill levels. I relish the opportunity to collaborate with fellow alumni on social and academic events, as well as service projects. This not only allows us to strengthen our bonds with those in the community, but also to enhance our connections with the University.”