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 22. The terms begin July 1, 2015.

Vote online, by email, by calling 413-796-2240, or by mailing the ballot in the upcoming Spring 2015 issue of Alumni Outlook.

Secretary

Scott Davis ’76

East Longmeadow, MA

Information Security Specialist (retired)

MassMutual

Experience:
Alumni Outreach Committee Chair

Member-at-Large

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“About 15 years ago my high school friend, former Western New England Alumni Relations Associate Director Bill Campanella, helped me become involved with the Alumni Association. I have served as Alumni Outreach Committee Chair, and as a member of the Homecoming, Grants and Alumni Golf Tournament Committees over the years.  I enjoy making the time commitment to give back to the university. Volunteering is rewarding and makes a difference.”

Volunteer Management Chair

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, RHA, 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 will complete my MBA at Western New England in the fall and I have served the past two years as a Member-at-Large on the Board. I am active on campus and have maintained close relationships with the University and alumni. My desire to serve the University, combined with a unique skill set and proven leadership capabilities, enable me to continue to be an invaluable asset.”

Member-at-Large

(Please choose up to five.)

Andrea Bonavita Tarpey ’90
Springfield, MA

Director of Student Activities
Springfield Technical Community College

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“During my course of undergraduate study at Western New England I became involved with the Student Activities Office, an experience which paved the way for my career. My tenure as a student services advocate and event coordinator has made me uniquely suited to the role of Member-at-Large on the Board. 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. I am proud to have graduated from the University and am grateful for all of the opportunities that experience presented to me.

I greatly enjoyed serving on the Board this past year. I am thrilled at the prospect of continuing in this position with my alma mater and providing engaging and innovative events and programs for alumni. Please consider choosing me to continue serving as a Member-at-Large.”


Courtney Chafer ’14
Palmer, MA

Staff Accountant
Gekay Sales & Service


Experience:
Current One-year Alumni Trustee

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“I graduated from Western New England University in May of 2014 with a B.S.B.A in Accounting and a minor in Enterprise Resource Planning with SAP. I am also currently working on my MSA with a concentration in Forensic Accounting and Fraud from the University. While an undergraduate, 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 throughout my four years. 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. I now work as a staff accountant for a small company. Continuing my membership on the Alumni Association Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large will enable me to continue the amazing experience I have had the past five years and continue to be just as connected to the University.”


Tim Conrod ’11/G ’12

Bristol, CT

Manager, Multimedia Sponsorship Integration
ESPN

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“Over the past few years I’ve begun to give back to the University—a University that I owe dearly and has given me so much. I regularly speak at Western New England events for current, former, and prospective students in addition to serving as a mentor and resource to several of our University’s promising young alums. I’d welcome the opportunity to do more with open arms, and I believe that a Member-at-Large spot on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association would allow me to continue to help the University and the community in many ways.  

Bringing the leadership, communication, and management skills learned at the University and developed in industry to the board would be an honor. Western New England taught me to maximize every opportunity and to keep connected. This opportunity is unique, and rest assured, if elected I will maximize this opportunity to help alums connect to each other and the University.”


Laurie Gibson ’92/G’00
East Longmeadow, MA

Director, Training and Education
Travelers Insurance

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“I welcome the opportunity to become a Member-at-Large. I believe my dedication to training and education both at Western New England University and through my employment experiences will prove to be helpful to the Board. I have earned both a BA and MBA at the University and also have taught marketing as an adjunct professor on Monday nights. I am currently employed as a Director of Training and Education where I train on various sales courses, and consult with all business areas for future trainings. In addition, I am a part of the field diversity committee, where our purpose is to promote awareness, inclusion, and respect for diversity. I would love the opportunity to share my experiences and partner with alumni!”

Kevin McKiernan G’97

Agawam, 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. My desire is to focus more of my volunteer efforts towards Western New England University. I would bring a finance and business background to the role, as well as volunteer and leadership experience that I have acquired over the past 25-plus years, which will help continue the solid legacy of the Alumni Association. I live locally in Agawam, MA, with my wife and three children, and I frequent the campus facilities and events. In my spare time 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.”


Corey Tomlinson ’99

Chicopee, MA

Information Risk Consultant
MassMutual

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“I consider it an honor to have the opportunity to run for a spot on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Over the past several years, I’ve heard first-hand how the Alumni Association has impacted the experiences of students at Western New England University, and their enthusiasm and appreciation for the support they receive as they achieve their academic goals is inspiring.
Over the course of my professional career, I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering with local organizations, from work with the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity in its offices and covering local building events, coaching youth and high school ice hockey, donating time to United Way events, helping to organize fundraisers for Breast Cancer awareness—and more recently, Multiple Sclerosis research. Working with the University’s Alumni Association, to me, is a way to give back to a school and a community that gave so much to me when I was there as a student.”


Mike Visconti ’06/G’11
Stoughton, MA

MIS Applications Specialist
MEDITECH

Experience:
Former Member-at-Large

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“I am running for a Member-at-Large position because I want to continue sharing with others my leadership experiences and skills that I have acquired both in and after attending the University. I will soon be completing a term as president of my Masonic Lodge, a fraternal/charitable organization in which I presided over a membership body of 150 people, as well as oversaw a dozen different committees and their various projects. My previous work on the Alumni Association Board of Directors centered on creating and presenting presentations to upperclassmen on ‘personal finance and money management after college. This is a subject in which there is often no formal education given, but is a crucial lifetime skill for everyone. I am looking forward to again working with students and fellow alumni to facilitate events and activities that promote harmony, strengthen our social bonds, and provide others the opportunity to give back to our community.”