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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.

  • Hadiatou Barry '15/L'17 Applies Her Engineering Expertise To Law

    July 11, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    Hadiatou Barry, from Harlem, New York, took full advantage of her time at Western New England University: in 2015, she graduated as a Biomedical...

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  • 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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  • Andrew Cohen Can Do Anything He Sets His Mind To

    June 30, 2019 - 1:00 PM

    From being a peer advisor to student ambassador to Stageless Player to a member of FIRST Robotics, sophomore computer science major Andrew Cohen...

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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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  • Rishi Desai L'09 Pursued his Passion at Western New England

    June 26, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    Today, Rishi Desai L’09 is Managing Attorney at RKD Law LLC, but ten years ago he was an uncertain law student facing abysmal job...

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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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  • Nick Domings '04 is Producing Change at WPRI12 Eyewitness News

    June 24, 2019 - 12:00 PM

      Nick Domings graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. Originally from Ashland, Massachusetts, he...

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  • David Dragon '78 Brings Business Success To The Pages Of His Newly Published Book

    June 23, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    “If you can combine learning with having an inquisitive mind,” remarked David Dragon ’78, “you will be very...

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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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  • Improv, Yoga, Comcast: Rebecca Giudici '06 Loves What She Does

    June 16, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    She’s the first to tell you it sounds cliché, but Rebecca Giudici ’06 believes that if love is at the center of what...

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  • Leigh-Ann Gomes '10 Grateful Western New England Propelled Career in Higher Education

    June 15, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    Leigh-Ann Gomes ’10 may have moved on from Western New England to join the ranks of regional rival Springfield College, but...

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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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  • The Honorable Chris Kelley L'85 Has Found Constant Intellectual Challenge and Stimulation in Legal Career

    June 5, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    Besides continuing to work as a judge for as long as she is able, The Honorable Chris Kelley L’85 is not sure what comes next for her in...

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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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  • Matthew LaBranche Aims to Expand Opportunities For Female Student-Athletes As Athletic Director

    May 29, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    Matthew LaBranche, the current Athletic Director of Western New England University, is no stranger to intercollegiate athletics and has big hopes...

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  • Gina Lanzano '18 Continues Student Achievement Into Graduate Studies At Emerson College

    May 28, 2019 - 2:00 PM

    After graduating at the top of her class, working several jobs on and off campus, and receiving a Skookum student leadership award, Gina Lanzano...

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  • Bill Laramee '69 Says Western New England Made it Possible For Him to Prosper

    May 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM

    Even in the August before many of his peers would begin their first semesters, the future college Dean had no plans to attend college. But driven...

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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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  • William Nagel '85/G'99 Says Being a Part of the WNE Family is Forever

    May 24, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    “Being a part of the WNE family is forever,” says William Nagel '85/G'99. He’s reminded of it often, especially when...

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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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  • Mark Parent '70 Has Become A One of a Kind Leader

    May 22, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    In the early days of Western New England, it wasn’t uncommon to find a student on campus who was commuting, working and raising a family...

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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. With a dad that enlisted into...

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  • BRENNA PETERSON '06 DEDICATES HER CAREER TO HELPING MANAGE THE ACTIVITIES OF THE RED SOX ORGANIZATION

    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 Champion Boston Celtics is something not everybody can claim. But for one Western New England University alumna,...

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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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  • Chief Adam Woodrow '02 Turns Broken Plans Into Police Success

    May 3, 2019 - 12:00 PM

    Not many people can say they became the chief of police at the University they graduated from, but Chief Adam Woodrow '02 loves being able to say...

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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 from - only to find yourself more involved on campus,...

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