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WNE100 Profiles

As part of Western New England University’s Centennial celebrations in 2019, we are sharing the stories of alumni, faculty, staff, and students through the WNE100 Profiles Project. Profiles highlight members of the University community who represent diverse educational, professional, and personal experiences.

Ready to share your story? Complete our WNE100 Profiles Questionnaire and your responses will be included in the project and added to the official University Archives. With questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumwne@wne.edu or (413) 796-2240.

  • Reflecting on Career, Mark Berthiaume '78 Wants to Give Back

    July 10, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    With a note of self-deprecation, describing his job as “weird” seems like just the sort of thing Mark Berthiaume ’78...

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  • Student Turned Staff Member Alyssa Caliguri '13 Continues to Learn at Western New England

    July 7, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    Not every student who shows up on campus in their freshman year can expect to stay there for ten years - most college degrees take only four to...

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  • Bani Chandrasena '93 Leads Diversity & Inclusion Efforts at the London Stock Exchange in Sri Lanka

    July 5, 2019 - 3:00 PM

    Today she’s the Head of Human Resources for the London Stock Exchange (LSEG) in Sri Lanka, responsible for leading the new Diversity,...

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  • The Story of Robin '84 & Roger Chiasson '83 Remains Rooted to Western New England

    July 2, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    The world has changed a lot over the last almost four decades, but their relationship has remained constant, as the story of Robin (Wagner)...

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  • Danielle Chylinski '17 Harnesses Positive Potential of Social Media

    July 1, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    There’s not a day that goes by where political tweets aren’t making headlines and family feuds aren’t taking place on...

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  • A Registered Nurse & An Attorney: Donna Craig L'82 Has Secured Position in Healthcare Law as Both

    June 30, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    A registered nurse, and an attorney. That's a powerful combination, and Donna J. Craig L’82 happens to be both. Craig began her career...

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  • Alyssa DiNubila '10 Keeps the Music Blaring at Sirius XM

    June 25, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    As she listens to Pat Boone songs, goes through clips of All About Eve, and promotes a celebration for Neil Sedaka, one wouldn’t think...

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  • Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Dave Fortier '87/G'96 Channels Tragedy into Change

    June 22, 2019 - 3:05 PM

    Running down Boylston Street in support of a friend suffering from leukemia, exhausted but determined to complete the Boston Marathon, Dave Fortier...

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  • Before Denis Gagnon G'76, People Hated Hand Dryers

    June 20, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    “Everybody hated hand dryers,” recalled Denis Gagnon G’76. “They’d be animated about rubbing...

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  • Communication Department's Brenda Garton-Sjoberg Has Enjoyed Lifetime of Reporters and Lectures

    June 18, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    In 2007, a student of journalism took her seat, among a group of 20-somethings just itching to get their careers underway. But she’d...

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  • Samantha Gray '10 Has Found Family in Military Community

    June 14, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    By the time she left high school, Samantha Bashaw Gray ’10 knew she wanted to study forensic chemistry. She was interested in the...

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  • Henry Hayes '70 Says Applying to Western New England "Was the Smartest Thing I've Ever Done"

    June 10, 2019 - 3:06 PM

    “Applying to Western New England was the smartest thing I’ve ever done,” said Henry Hayes ’70. The...

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  • Kara Kapinos '87/G'89 Happy to Call Western New England Home for Her and Her Family

    June 6, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    To many, the completion of a bachelor’s degree is the end of their college experience. But for one graduate of Western New England...

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  • Cheryl Kozak '88 Adding Value to Life, Career at Travelers

    June 3, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    With Travelers now for over twenty years, Cheryl Kozak ’88 says she is at a point in her career where she’s focused on working...

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  • Working For You, Mike Masciadrelli '15 is Committed to Local News

    May 28, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    “Working for you” is more than just the slogan his station is known for, it’s a mantra that Mike Masciadrelli...

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  • Abdimajid Mohamed '14 Learns to Trust Himself as He Learns About Medicine

    May 25, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    It’s not often that Abdimajid Mohamed ’14 makes a decision based on gut feeling alone, but on the rare occasion he does, it...

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  • Screenwriter Layla O'Shea '00 Hopes to Tell Stories That Raise Awareness

    May 23, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    When filming began on Just Say Goodbye, the cast and crew were on a miniscule budget, working around busy schedules, and filming only on weekends....

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  • Non-profit Leader Suzanne Parker L'03 Fosters Success at Girls Inc. of the Valley

    May 21, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    Growing up in a blue-collar family from Belchertown, Massachusetts, law school never even seemed like a possibility. Dad enlisted in the Marines as...

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    May 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM

    Though she’ll tell you it was never on her radar to work for the Boston Red Sox, it’s really the only career Brenna Peterson...

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  • McKenzie Pezze '16 Sees the Business Side of Basketball With Boston Celtics

    May 19, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    Being a part of the 17-time World Series Champion Boston Celtics is something not everybody can say. But for one Western New England University...

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  • After All the Changes That Have Happened in His Life, Trevor Reynolds '87 is Happier Now Than Ever Before

    May 16, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    In 1983, his father told him that he would attend Post College in Waterbury, Connecticut to study accounting. Everything sounded like it was...

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  • With Hard Work, Dedication and a Dash of Luck, Brian Shimansky '08 Goes Global as Male Model

    May 11, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    Attending a John Mayer concert while undergoing treatment for Lyme disease doesn’t sound like a typical pathway to success, but it was...

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  • Whether at Six Flags or UMass, Joe Van Allen '08 Has Always Worked to Help People Feel Positive

    May 5, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    In his first year at Western New England University, he was a self-described introvert, unsure about his future. Fast forward about ten years, and...

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  • Lashawna Wright Edmond '12 Remains Committed to Multicultural Student Affairs

    April 30, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    Imagine attending a school you didn’t like very much, and were ready to transfer away - only to find yourself more involved on campus,...

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