Annual Heroes Among Us Event
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 5 p.m.
Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation Street, Worcester MA
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Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP
Jeff was elected to the Board of the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts in November 2013.
Jeff is a partner and former chair of the Business Group of Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP, a 60 lawyer law firm with offices in Worcester, Westborough and Boston. His legal practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, equity financing, securities regulation, contract drafting and negotiating, business formation, corporate governance and general corporate and business matters.
Jeff graduated with a BA from Duke University and received his JD from Boston University.
Prior to attending law school, Jeff handled major property losses as senior claim representative for Prudential Property & Casualty. In that capacity, Jeff witnessed the great work of American Red Cross volunteers as they assisted and comforted families whose homes had been severely damaged or completely destroyed by fire. As a member of Prudential’s catastrophe team, Jeff spent several weeks in Charleston, South Carolina in the weeks following Hurricane Hugo working alongside the Red Cross and other relief agencies in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
Jeff lives in Shrewsbury and is the father of two daughters and a son.
Independent IT Consultant, IBM Corporation Exec Proj Manager, Ret.
David Tangredi, an Economics degree graduate of St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH, spent 34 years working for the IBM Corporation. Dave held a variety of technical and managerial positions in Field Engineering, Finance, Sales, Marketing, Consulting, and IT Executive Project Management. In 1989, he was appointed as the Boston Branch Manager of Field Engineering and Technical Consulting Services. Dave has led major, multi-million dollar IT projects in the United States, China, Japan, Australia, and several European countries. Post retirement, Dave now does independent consulting as time allows. He has worked closely with IBM to win over a half dozen cash grants for the Red Cross.
Dave is a Massachusetts-certified EMT and an FCC radio license holder since 1978. In October of 1998, Dave joined the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts as a Disaster Action Team volunteer responding to a variety of small and large disasters locally and regionally. In 2000, he accepted the request to become the Communications Lead for the Central Mass Chapter. This role involved the design and maintenance of the communications systems supporting the Red Cross responses, including cell phones, pagers, two-way radios, radio repeaters, and antenna systems at both remote and local sites. Dave designed and setup the first UHF repeater system in the region as well as a cross-band radio system in partnership with Massport.
With the 2010 changes to the Red Cross structure, Dave has migrated to the position of Disaster Support Technology (DST) Lead. In that role Dave implemented a Web-based, automated volunteer call-down application at no cost to the chapter. This application automatically notifies volunteers and collects their status in response to disasters where a rapid deployment is required. Previously, this was done manually, one call at a time. Now, an entire chapter call-down can be done in less than 1 minute.
Dave resides in Milford, Massachusetts with his wife Paula. They have two adult children living in Chicago and Boston.
President & CEO, Millbury National Bank
Kate Corey Marcum is President/CEO of Millbury National Bank where she has worked for the past 25 years. She is the third generation of her family to lead the bank. Kate began her banking career as a teller at Guaranty Bank and also worked as an Assistant Vice President in Commercial and Municipal Services at Mechanics Bank. She received her B.S. from The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY, her M.B.A. from Nichols College in Dudley, MA, and her graduate degree in Banking from Stonier at Georgetown University in Washington DC. She is on the Board of Directors for Training Resources of America and previously served on the Board of Directors at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She lives in Grafton with her two grown children and loves traveling the world at every opportunity.
President, G&F Industries
G&F Industries is a Sturbridge-based company which recently celebrated its 50 year anniversary. The company molds and assembles customized plastic parts for a range of industries, from medical to automotive. In 2007, G&F Industries purchased UPCOA, renaming it G&F Medical and moving its operations from Peabody to Danvers. G&F Medical specializes in silicone injection molding, a process similar to G&F Industries' core services. Overall, the company employs 75 full-time permanent employees and about 70 temporary employees at its Sturbridge and Danvers facilities.
John joined the Board of Directors of the Central MA chapter in May 2013 and serves on the Board Governance Committee.
Partner, Stolberg, Ebbeling& Blanchette, LLP
CPA, CVA, CFF
Keith E. Blanchette is a Partner in the firm, Stolberg, Ebbeling & Blanchette, LLP. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Finance and a minor in Communications from Worcester State University in May, 1998. Keith previously worked at two regional public accounting firms before joining the Firm in October, 2004. He became a Partner in October, 2005.
Keith has more than 15 years of public accounting experience working with privately-held companies. His areas of expertise are in all levels of accounting and auditing services, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions and business valuations in connection with business succession, estate and gift tax matters and marital dissolutions. He has negotiated and structured complex recapitalizations and corporate acquisitions for his middle market clients. Mr. Blanchette also is instrumental in orchestrating family business transfers.
Keith serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee of the Worcester State University Foundation Board. He also currently serves as an Overseer at Old Sturbridge Village and as a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross.
Keith is a certified public accountant, a certified valuation analyst, and is certified in financial forensics. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.
First Vice President – Investments CFP ®, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Peter is a partner of the CHK Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC with over 21 years of experience as financial Advisor. He earned a B.S. in Business Management from Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. Away from the office, Peter is actively involved in West Boylston youth sports programs and serves on the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts Board of Directors as well as the Red Cross of Massachusetts Regional Board. He is also a Member of the Nichols College Board of Advisors and a Member of the Worcester Economic Club. Peter enjoys exercising, golf, music, yoga, and travel, and has been a private wine maker for over 25 years. He lives with his wife Lilly and two children, Stephen and Ava, in West Boylston, Massachusetts.
Julie F. Crowley has served as a Board member of the Worcester Red Cross since 2006. Julie is a native of Worcester, and is an artist and photographer. She is a current artist member of the Princeton Art Society, The Cape Cod Art Association and the Provincetown Art Association. Julie shows and sells her art on Cape Cod, and has been painting all her life.
Julie studied Art and Architecture in college and worked in the architecture field as a Draftsman in Boston and then as a Draftsman and Designer in Worcester for over 15 years. Julie is currently pursuing her passion for Painting and Photography.
Julie has served on the Board and Chaired the Worcester MSPCA for 10 years. Julie Crowley served on the Members Council at the Worcester Art Museum. She also served as an Incorporator at the Higgins Armory in Worcester. Julie substitute taught at the Bancroft School for many years and served as Liason and Ski Coach for the NEPSACs, the Bancroft School and Worcester Academy High School Central Mass Ski League. She enjoys skiing, surfing, golfing, hiking, gardening and visiting her four grown children any time she can. Julie lives with her husband and children in Princeton, Ma.
Sr. Vice President of Human Resources, Worker’s Credit Union
Jack Doolin was elected to the Board of the American Red Cross of Central/Western Massachusetts in May 2013. Since 1998, he has been the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Training for Workers’ Credit Union, which is headquartered in Fitchburg, MA and has 15 locations. Prior to his current position Jack held various human resource positions with the Massachusetts Credit Union League, the Bank of New England and Emerson College.
He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s degree from Emerson College in Boston. He also earned a certificate of advanced studies in the inaugural Boston College graduate program Leadership for the Common Good (now known as Leadership for Change). His volunteer work includes being a Director of the New England Chapter of the Credit Union Executives Society and Chairman of the Scholarship Committee of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. He had previously served as a Director of the Massachusetts Credit Union League and has been involved in local youth sports.
Jack lives in Marlborough with his wife Bonnie and has two children.
Human Resources Manager, Saint-Gobain H P Refactories
Culture Officer, Woodmeister Master Builders
Kim Goodnow is both co-owner and Chief Culture Officer at Woodmeister Master Builders. Kim has been a driving force behind establishing many of the company’s internal policies and procedures. Kim started as the company’s first bookkeeper and office manager. For many years, Kim was Director of Human Resources. She implemented a company wide safety program through the company’s workers compensation provider to comply with OSHA regulations. She was also instrumental in securing a workforce training grant from the Massachusetts Department of Employment and Training (DET).
Her efforts (along with co-owner Ted Goodnow) to provide employees with a rewarding workplace, have been recognized by The Wall Street Journal’s Winning Workplace and the Boston Globe’s Top 100 Places to Work honors. These awards are bestowed onto companies whose workers are surveyed and interviewed about their training opportunities, career growth, and job satisfaction – all of which are influenced by Kim’s desire to help employees.
As a long time board member with the Red Cross of Central MA, Kim shares her passion for service and volunteerism by introducing a pilot program at Woodmeister called Ready When the Time Comes. This pilot program allows trained employees to respond along with the Red Cross to local disasters (fire, flood, severe storm damage) that occur during business hours.
Kim also is active in the World Presidents Organization, Patriot Chapter New England, an organization that helps people and businesses to maximize their leadership journey through personal growth and development programs and opportunities.
Portfolio Manager, Principal, Grimes & Company
Kevin Grimes was elected to the Board of Directors for the Red Cross of Central Massachusetts in 2011. He has served on the region’s Golf Committee since 2010 and co-chaired the Committee in 2012 and 2013. Kevin also currently chairs the Board Governance Committee for the chapter and serves as an alternate chapter representative on the Massachusetts Regional Board.
Kevin is Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Grimes & Company, a leading investment firm with a national footprint. His role includes heading the Investment Team, designing and implementing investment strategies, overseeing asset allocations, and serving clients of the firm as well as firm wide management responsibilities. Prior to joining Grimes & Company in 1998, Kevin was an equity and options trader at a large broker-dealer in Boston. He graduated Magna cum Laude from Babson College with an interdisciplinary degree in Corporate Finance/Entrepreneurial Sciences and a concentration in Economics. He is a CFA® charterholder as well as a Certified Financial Planner™ and is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.
A father of three, Kevin enjoys spending time with the family, golf, boating, and attending his children’s sports and activity events.
Project Executive, Consigli Construction Co, Inc.
Vice President of USFP BI Business Enablement, National Grid
Kathy Lyford was elected to the Board of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts in May 2012. She adds many years of volunteering activities in local communities to the Board.
Kathy Lyford graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Electrical Engineering and an Executive MBA, as well as, earning a Professional Engineering license. After graduation from her under graduate studies she joined the New England Electric System (NEES), a legacy National Grid Company, as an Engineer. Her career experiences have been diverse with leadership roles in a variety of areas in the organization. After raising her 3 children with her husband Glen she relocated to Syracuse, NY in 2007 to take on a role in electric operations. She returned in 2011 joining the US Executive team.
Kathy has been on the Board of Times2 (To Improve Math Engineering and the Sciences), a nonprofit focused on improving education for the underrepresented populations in math engineering and the sciences. She was also a Board member of Junior Achievement while living in Syracuse, NY. Kathy has also spent numerous years volunteering for Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalizing neighborhoods by providing free home repairs and modifications to low-income homeowners.
Administrator, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
Vickie Manning was elected to the Board of the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts in May of 2014.
She attended Worcester State College where she majored in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial Relations, and is a certified mediator. She has been with Bowditch & Dewey since 2000, and has over 30 years of human resources and administrative experience in both private and public sector law.
In addition to her Red Cross Board membership, she is actively involved in the community in activities related to education, training and jobs, and served on the Board of Salter College. She is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators and is on the AIM Health Care Cost and Policy Committee.
She lives in Oxford with her husband John.
Vice President, Emergency Planning and Business Resilience, National Grid
In this leadership role, he oversees the development and documentation of emergency response plans for gas, electric and power plant response events. Additionally, he is responsible for shelter in place planning, corporate crisis management team plans, emergency action plans, business continuity plans and the business resilience program.
Mike attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2016 and is an active Disaster Action Team volunteer member in Central Massachusetts. Mike has been instrumental in coordinating the partnership the American Red Cross currently enjoys with National Grid.
Senior Vice President and Regional Banking Executive, United Bank
Leads the Commercial Banking team for the Worcester market. Prior to his role at United Bank, Mr. McGregor held Commercial Banking leadership roles with Santander and Bank of America in Worcester. Involved in several not-for-profit entities, Mr. McGregor is a board member/trustee for YOU, Inc., Mechanics Hall and the Worcester Regional Research Bureau and a finance committee member for the Worcester Art Museum. Additionally, he has spent countless hours coaching basketball, football, baseball and soccer in the community. A graduate of Boston College, Mr. McGregor lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Beth and their three children.
Executive Vice President, Rollstone Bank & Trust
Senior Contract Manager, Fallon Health Care, Worcester
Edgar was raised in Clinton MA and has been a Worcester resident since 2013.
Edgar is responsible for securing provider agreements with hospitals and physician groups. Edgar has over 20 years’ experience in Healthcare Management and Finance.
Edgar received his BS in Business Management from Nichols College in 1990 and his MBA in 1999.
Edgar is a military veteran having served in the United States Air Force and Massachusetts Air National Guard.
Edgar was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2017 and has been a long time Corporator and Volunteer with the Red Cross.
Linda Russell was elected to the Board of the American Red Cross Central Massachusetts in May 2015.
She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business/Finance from Worcester State College and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Babson College. Linda held Corporate Controller positions in several technology start-up companies in the Metro Boston area and after retiring, started a second career owning and running a small herb and tea shop.
Linda has been a Disaster Action Team volunteer with the Red Cross since 2001 and has responded on multiple local and national disasters including Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. She is a member of the Volunteer Mission & Capacity Building Committee as part of her Board duties.
Linda is also a member of the Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross, a community of women leaders who advance the American Red Cross mission through a focused investment of time, talent and treasure by engaging women locally, nationally and internationally.