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 27. The terms begin July 1, 2015.

Vote online, by email, by calling 413-796-2240, or by mailing the ballot in the upcoming Spring 2016 issue of Alumni Outlook.

Vice President

Alison Castellano ’03
Hampden, MA

Stay-at-Home Mom
Part-Time Adjunct Professor of Psychology
Western New England University

Experience:
Former Member-at-Large

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“Having previously served on the Alumni Association as a Member-at-Large and currently serving the University community as an adjunct professor, this position would afford me the opportunity to continue to give back to a community that has provided me with so much. I’ve also been involved in such Board activities as the Grants Committee, Homecoming Committee, and I have been a Skookum Award interviewer. I believe these experiences render me a qualified candidate. The University has always been a part of my family and it is a place that I call home. I would be proud to have the opportunity to serve the alumni community in this new role.”

Member-at-Large

(Please choose up to five.)

Courtney Chafer ’14
Palmer, MA

Staff /Cost Accountant,


OFS

Experience:
Current Member-at-Large
Former One-year Alumni Trustee

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“While attending the University, I served on Student Senate as the finance chairperson as well as Secretary of the Residence Hall Association. I was also involved in planning numerous events on campus as an undergraduate. Being a student leader allowed me to grow as a person and also helped me build relationships not only with my classmates but also the faculty and staff of the University. Continuing my membership on the Alumni Association Board of Directors will allow for me to continue the amazing experience I have had the past six years and continue to be just as connected to the University.”


Tim Conrod ’11/G’12

Bristol, CT

Manager, Multimedia Sponsorship Integration,

ESPN

Experience:
Current Member-at-Large

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“I am excited to run for a second year on the Alumni Association Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large. I hope to build on the momentum I’ve already established in my project helping to restructure the mentoring programs offered by the University’s Office of Alumni Relations, and continue to bring my passion for helping students and experience to the Board.”


Thomas Cowin ’15

Newington, CT

IT Recruiter,


TEKsystems

Experience:

Current One-year Alumni Trustee

“Western New England University provided me the enrichment of education, the challenge of leadership, and the opportunity of growth. This institution values its special relationship and partnership with the alumni population. This year, I had the privilege of serving as the One-year Alumni Trustee on the behalf of the Class of 2015—a duty that I have cherished—and I look forward to evolving my connection to the University into long-term service on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.”

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“Western New England University provided me the enrichment of education, the challenge of leadership, and the opportunity of growth. This institution values its special relationship and partnership with the alumni population. This year, I had the privilege of serving as the One-year Alumni Trustee on the behalf of the Class of 2015—a duty that I have cherished—and I look forward to evolving my connection to the University into long-term service on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.”


Laurie Gibson ’92/G’00

East Longmeadow, MA

Director of Sales Training and Coaching,
The Hartford School of Insurance

Experience:

Current Member-at-Large

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“I enjoyed partnering with the Alumni Association this past year. I would love the opportunity to serve another year as a Member-at-Large. I believe my dedication to this Association, alumni, and education both at Western New England University and through my employment experiences will prove to be helpful. I have earned both a bachelor’s and MBA at the University and also have taught here as an adjunct professor. We are making great progress on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and I would appreciate your vote to continue. ”


David Greenslade ’14/G’15
Southington, CT

PhD Candidate,

Engineering Management,
Instructor,
College of Engineering
Western New England University

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“I earned my BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering (concentration in Mechatronics) at the University. I am currently a PhD candidate in Engineering Management. For the past three years, I have been extremely dedicated to helping the Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Team on campus. I am one of the founders and the current faculty advisor of this program, so it means a lot to me to be able to build the team and see it become nationally recognized. I have seen firsthand how supportive and dedicated the Alumni Association is to student organizations on campus, and I would be honored to be a member of such an amazing organization.”

Kevin McKiernan G’97
Amherst, MA

Director of Compliance, Prudential Investments, LLC

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“I am seeking an opportunity to serve you on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. I would bring a finance and business background to the role, as well as volunteer and leadership experiences that I have acquired over the past 25-plus years, which will help continue the solid legacy of the Alumni Association. If elected, my hope is to bring a series of fun and meaningful opportunities for alumni to gather and network. I live locally, and I frequent the campus facilities and events. I enjoy skiing, hiking, river rafting and wine tastings (some of which I would like to bring to the Association). Thank you for your consideration.”