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Volunteer Leadership

The campaign volunteer team includes alumni and friends from throughout the Western New England University community. Their ties to the University span decades and different generations yet unite in a common effort to raise funds to support important initiatives critical to our continued evolution and success.

Honorary Campaign Cochairs

  • Janet Johnson Bullard ’69

    Janet is the owner, president and registered investment advisor of A.T. Whitehead, Inc., an investment management firm headquartered in Tampa, FL, with offices in Watertown, MA, and Bristol, RI. She previously spent more than three decades as a trust investment portfolio manager at prominent companies throughout New England.

    Janet is passionate about education. She has lectured at Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts, Brown University and the New England School of Banking at Williams College and has authored two books: Principles of Investment Management (1980) and Personal Finance Planning (1984).

    She is a native of Montreal, Canada. In addition to her BBA from Western New England in 1969, she earned an MBA from Northeastern University in 1978, completed the Investment Management Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

    Janet has established the Janet Johnson Bullard Endowed Chair in Finance and the Janet Johnson Bullard Endowed Scholarship fund. She also serves on the University’s Board of Trustees along with the College of Business Student Managed Investment Fund Advisory Board, and has supported the Cohen Trading Room Technology Maintenance Fund.

  • Kevin S. Delbridge ’77

    Kevin is a long-time supporter and advocate of Western New England University. He has generously contributed to the institution with transformational gifts—providing much needed scholarship aid through the Kevin S. Delbridge Endowed Scholarship and The Delbridge Family Endowed Scholarship and supporting capital projects, which enhance the student experience. In recognition of his significant commitments to the University the Kevin S. Delbridge Welcome Center and The Delbridge Family Atrium in the Center for Science and Pharmacy are named in his honor.

    Kevin has honed his investment strategies and expertise, developed commercial real estate, and tirelessly worked in philanthropic endeavors in the arts and education, all benefitting his New England community. From his leadership roles at Cigna Investments to his founding and leadership of HarbourVest Partners from a $2B fund to a $37B fund, Kevin has established a track record of sourcing and directing successful investments, both international and domestic. Additionally, Kevin spent six years in the U.S. Naval Reserves, including two years of active duty in Washington, DC.

    Kevin received his BSBA from Western New England University in 1977 and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. He serves on the Western New England University Board of Trustees, formerly as Chairman, and also is a member of the Board of Governors at Tufts Medical Center and FloDesign Sonics, Inc.

Campaign Cochairs

  • Laura Sturgis Boule ’01/G’02

    Laura Sturgis Boule is vice president of Residential Asset and Property Management at Nordblom Company in Burlington, MA, where she oversees the day-to-day operations of the multifamily portfolio, preparing asset and strategic plans, and participating in the acquisition, disposition and development of new assets.

    A native of Westborough, MA, Laura was a pioneer in Women’s Lacrosse at Western New England University including being a member of the team's inaugural year in 1999. In 2001, Laura was named to the Verizon Academic All-America College Division First Team and the New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance Scholar Athlete of the Year. Also in 2001, she was the Western New England Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and a recipient of a Western New England University Alumni Association Skookum Award. During the 2001-2002 academic year, Laura was on the coaching staff of the Women's Lacrosse team as a graduate assistant. 

    Laura is now a member of the Western New England University College of Business Advisory Board. She has generously contributed to various initiatives at the University and has advocated to her peers to join her in her philanthropic support of Western New England.

  • John J. Brennan ’71

    John Brennan is President of Summit Company in Houston, TX and serves as a consultant for Presedo LLC, a startup company developing a process to reduce the energy used in the production of ethanol. From 1997 to 2007, John was the owner and president of Valve Systems and Controls, a distributor of valves to the chemical and paper industries. The company was headquartered in Houston, Texas with offices in Baton Rouge, LA, and Seoul, South Korea. 

    John graduated from Western New England University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He joined the University’s Board of Trustees in July 2012, and is now both the vice Chair of the Board and chair of the Development Committee.

    John has made significant contributions to WNE as both a donor and volunteer. He provided the lead gift for the Sleith Hall expansion and renovation, established the Brennan Family Scholarship and supports student engineering projects with the annual Summit Company Senior Engineering Award. He also often plans his travel to play in the Athletics Golf Tournament each fall to support Golden Bear Athletics. John was inducted into the University’s Engineering Hall of Fame in 2004 and sits on the College of Engineering Advisory Board. He was named the “Alumnus of the Year” for 2015 by the Western New England University Alumni Association.

  • Denis Gagnon G’76

    Denis Gagnon, a native of Springfield, MA, has always maintained close ties to Western New England University since he received his MBA in 1976. He currently serves on the University’s Board of Trustees and has been a loyal supporter of the institution. Most recently, Denis established the DNG Family Fund Endowed Scholarship and documented a planned gift.

    Denis is the owner and president of Excel Dryer. He revolutionized the hand dryer industry by developing the XLERATOR, which dries hands in 12 seconds—three times faster than conventional machines. It became the best-selling hand dryer in the world and is now sold in more than 70 countries and is the official hand dryer of the New England Patriots. Of his Western New England University education, Denis says that it was instrumental in moving his career forward. While working and attending classes in the evening, his wife was home with their four children. It made for a busy time but it has paid off in the end—Denis now runs Excel Dryer with his wife, Nancy, and their sons Bill and Denis.

Campaign Committee

Rheo Brouillard ’76 Steven Kitrosser ’66/G’70 Robert Stein ’79
Richard Cassata ’80 Stephen Rourke G’81 Peter Steingraber L’84
Michael Flynn ’82/G’83 Robert Salad L’83 Kathleen White ’78
Marshall Hart ’65