Babson Magazine

Winter 2019

News, Notes + Nods



Susan Malick Dawson ’76

Susan Malick Dawson ’76, MBA’77, Marion Browning ’77, and Shirley Choy Zaragoza ’77 celebrated 45 years of friendship by taking a trip to South Africa together.


Joe Ramrath traveled to Lebanon to witness challenges Syrian refugees face, according to a Needham Patch story. The goal of the trip was to witness field work done by Save the Children. Ramrath told Needham Patch the trip was “life changing” and the plight of refugees was “overwhelming” in many ways.

Bill McQuillan was named Person of the Year 2019 by the Boston Real Estate Times. McQuillan, the founding principal of Boylston Properties, has developed real estate in the Greater Boston area for 40 years. He served on Babson’s Board of Trustees for 10 years. “Mr. McQuillan has played a major role in shaping the real estate landscape of Greater Boston,” Boston Real Estate Times editor and publisher Upendra Mishra said.


Herbert Snyder is serving as the dean of the Eastern New Mexico University College of Business. He hopes to see strong partnerships with the business community while in his role. Snyder previously was a New York state fraud investigator and also has taught at Indiana University, North Dakota State University, and Fort Lewis College.


Michelle Raso Carli ’82, P’15

Michelle Raso Carli ’82, P’15 and Babson friends celebrated 40 years of friendship in Tuscany this past spring. The trip included a stay in a private villa, wine tastings, biking in the hills of Chianti, cooking classes, private tours, and delicious food. From left, Marti Crompton Johnson ’82, MBA’91, Michelle Raso Carli ’82, P’15, Chris Carli P’15, Susan Chambault Baker ’83, Jeff Johnson ’83, MBA’92, Wendy Shepherd O’Brien ’82, Kevin O’Brien, Ronnie Grant Alger ’81, Jim Alger, Sam Davis ’80, Peggy Kelley Davis ’81, and Paul Baker ’80.


Enrique Turegano ’83, MBA’86 is semiretired and living in Spain. He is working with Hyphen-Studios, a strategy and new business entity from California.


Beth Wood joined Principal Financial Group as its chief marketing officer. Previously, she was vice president and CMO of businesses with Guardian Life insurance. Wood also has worked for Frito-Lay and Johnson & Johnson.


Matthew J. Kidd, Esq., with the help of fellow graduate and attorney Sun Dahan MBA’17, has created a powerful presence at his Boston law firm, which handles personal injury, employment, and bankruptcy matters. In September, the Better Business Bureau elected Kidd to the Board of Directors, and, a rating service for attorneys, gave him a perfect 10 rating.

David Farris joined Korn Ferry as a senior client partner and global account leader. He will work in the firm’s life sciences and global technology markets. Farris has almost 30 years of experience in the human resource advisory and technology industries.


Amy Coumounduros ’92

Amy Coumounduros ’92 and Pete Coumounduros ’90, and Barbara Doherty ’92 and Dave Doherty ’92 recently celebrated the graduation of their daughter and son, respectively, from Reading Memorial High School. Both students are attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


Kelli Connors was named global lead, organizational effectiveness of CoreAxis Consulting. In her role, Connors will head the organizational development and leadership development of the company, which has been providing business performance consulting and customized training for almost 20 years.

Christopher Connors was named the first president of Danforth Advisors, a finance support and strategic consulting firm for life science and healthcare technology companies. Connors will oversee internal operations and the expansion of the firm and its services.


Erik Ostrowski is serving as the CFO of AVROBIO, a company that is researching gene therapy for Fabry and other rare diseases, according to a CFO Dive story. Ostrowski joined AVROBIO earlier this year and has previous experience in biotech.


Paula McEvoy was promoted to director of the tax department at Newburg & Company in Waltham, Massachusetts.


Kevin Shane ’03

Kevin Shane ’03 (pictured, left) writes, “I was fortunate to have done quite a bit of traveling in 2018, which included seeing some Babson friends. Most recently, in November 2018, I was with Alfredo Montes ’01 (pictured, right) and went on a camping/hiking trip in the Channel Islands. On a trip to the Bay Area in October 2018, my morning started with an early rise in Napa. The day took me through Point Reyes, to a closed lighthouse, then to an unmarked road that led me through an oceanfront farm. Within seconds, I heard someone say my name. I looked back … and saw two of my old roommates from Babson: Keith Whittier ’04 and Morgen Newman ’06. It was an incredible end to an epic day.”


Andrew Woodward ’06

Andrew Woodward ’06 and Kristen Woodward celebrated the birth of the couple’s second son. Pictured are Andrew, Hughes (age 3), and baby Parker.

Lucidy Lights founder and chairman John Goscha, Unruly Studios founder and CEO Bryanne Leeming MBA’16, and Gravyty co-founder and chief technology officer Rich Palmer MBA’16 were named to the Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list. The group includes doctors, executives, entrepreneurs, and other leaders “who still find time to give back and volunteer in their communities,” the publication noted.


Cameron McKenzie ’07, MBA’12

Cameron McKenzie ’07, MBA’12 received a “40 Under Forty” award from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. The founder of McKenzie & Associates, LLC, a Puerto Rican financial services firm established in 2015, McKenzie said the award will help with a 2020 planned expansion into the United States mainland. The award highlights young professionals in financial consulting and business valuation.


Matthew Delaney ’08

Matthew Delaney ’08 co-founded GEM Wealth Management. The business provides custom financial strategies to individuals and small businesses.


Eric Muli, Odyssey Capital founder and CEO, was named to the 2019 Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list. His company, which provides financial products and services to Kenya’s lower- and middle-income brackets, is listed by the London Stock Exchange Group “as one of the companies to inspire Africa,” according to Business Insider.

Graduate back to top


Ray Phillips MBA’76 was elected chair of the Board of Directors of Hanscom Federal Credit Union. Phillips was elected to the credit union’s board in 1994 and has served as treasurer since 2018.


Carl Vercollone MBA’78 joined Business Transition Strategies’ team of advisors, which works with privately held companies throughout New England. He has more than 30 years of experience in corporate finance, structured finance, and project finance.


David Weston MBA’86 joined portfolio management firm Plimoth Investment Advisors as a trust officer. He will serve clients as their primary relationship officer and will represent the firm, which provides investment management, trust services, and retirement plans.


Lisa Campbell MBA’90 joined the Dropbox board of directors. She previously was chief marketing officer and senior vice president of business strategy and marketing of Autodesk. Campbell held several roles during her 16-year tenure at Autodesk and helped drive brand affinity and loyalty to its 18 million users. “I’ve been impressed by the (Dropbox) team and the future they’re building and am eager to join the company on its mission of designing a more enlightened way of working,” she said in a Business Wire statement.


Darlene Murphy MBA’94

Darlene Murphy MBA’94, president of Wellesley Asset Management, was ranked 41st nationwide and fifth in Massachusetts on Forbes’ list of America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors. It was the second consecutive year Murphy was named to the list. Wellesley Asset Management specializes in the management of convertible bonds.


Paula Bentlage Currie MBA’95

Paula Bentlage Currie MBA’95 joined the leadership team of Second Life Mac as vice president, procurement. The Apple device buyback company purchases pre-owned products from schools and businesses to allow organizations to use funds for future technology purchases. Currie previously worked at Apple as an educational sales representative and was a trusted advisor to schools.

Louise Tully Murphy MBA’95

A group that met in the part-time MBA program in the mid-1990s vacationed together in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, in April. Pictured from left to right are: John Murphy with his wife, Louise Tully Murphy MBA’95; George Thissell, husband of Lori Keiran Thissell MBA’94; Charlie Ehl MBA’94 and his wife, Janet Mullen Ehl MBA’96. Charlie and Janet met at Babson. And, Billy O’Carroll, husband of Marcia O’Carroll MBA’94.


Noel Donnelly MBA’97 was appointed chief financial officer of CNS-focused therapeutics company EIP Pharma. He previously worked at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, where he led a strategy and operations team, and spent more than 15 years at Shire, where he built responsibility and leadership in the company’s finance and research and development departments.


Stephanie Lynch-Habib MS’98 was named chief marketing officer of the GSMA. She oversees the association’s global marketing and communication strategy. Previously, Lynch-Habib was the chief marketing officer at Colt Technology Services.


Katherine Macdonald MBA’99 was named director of the The Stevens-Coolidge Place by land conservation and preservation nonprofit The Trustees. Macdonald will oversee operations and management of the historic North Andover home and Trustees’ public garden site, in addition to Trustees’ natural recreation sites, Weir Hill and Ward Reservation.

Bernard Lee MBA’99

Professional poker player Bernard Lee MBA’99 appeared on the television series “Stories from the Stage: For the Win,” which ran on WGBH and the WORLD Channel. The show features storytelling and interviews from subjects not normally seen on television. Lee has won more than $2 million and nine titles since turning pro following his appearance in the 2005 World Series of Poker.


Michelle Vilms MBA’01

Michelle Vilms MBA’01, Vilms Consulting president and CEO, was named a 2019 100 Top ProAdvisor by small business advisor magazine Insightful Accountant. Vilms and the accounting and advisory firm serve midsize business customers and organizations through the combination of newest technologies and a human approach.


Chris Chou MBA’04 was named vice president of real estate advisory firm McCall & Almy. In his role, he will advise clients on strategic planning, development feasibility, and disposition and acquisition services. He previously served with Colliers International’s Development and Consulting Services Group.


Tim McKinnon MBA’05 joined CloudCheckr as CEO and board member in June. The company offers the world’s broadest and deepest cloud cost and security management platform, and recently closed a $15 million funding round.


Joanna Lidback MBA’06 was inducted into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame as its 2019 emerging leader. Lidback is a farmer, consultant, volunteer, and family farm advocate. She previously received the Young Jersey Breeder Award from the American Jersey Cattle Association in 2016 and also was a member of the Agri-Mark Young Cooperators Program.


Karen Giuliano MBA’09 was named 2020 Distinguished Research Lecturer by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The award, one of the association’s most prestigious honors, signifies how the recipient’s work has influenced critical care and nursing practice. The organization is the world’s largest specialty nursing association, serving more than 120,000 members.


Stephen Davis MBA’10 was promoted to principal in the Healthcare Practice at executive search firm WittKieffer. He has more than a decade of experience in healthcare executive search, and works to identify C-suite and senior leaders on behalf of hospitals, medical schools, and physician practices. Before joining the firm, Davis worked in strategic sourcing and workforce planning for a Fortune 100 company.


Luke Cooper MBA’11 was named a finalist for the 2019 Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.


Dani Babineau MBA’15, Redemption Rock Brewing Co. CEO and co-founder, was named to the Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty list. Babineau opened her brewery in a former Coca-Cola bottling facility after raising almost $1 million through crowdfunding. The brewery opened in January but has been in the works for more than five years.


Randy Martinez MBA’16, CVS director of strategic diversity management, was added to the Teach for America Rhode Island advisory board. He has worked with CVS for 13 years and is currently responsible for executing the company’s diversity management strategy. Martinez also provides advice and counsel for the company’s leadership on diversity management goals and strategies.

Connections back to top


During the Recognition Brunch at Back to Babson in September, the College recognized several dedicated and distinguished members of our community, including alumni, faculty, and parents. More than 230 people were in attendance as Richard J. Snyder ’60, H’94, P’93 ’01—namesake of the Richard J. Snyder Distinguished Service to the College Award—bestowed this prestigious honor on Jack Dewey ’49, P’80. (See When the Class of ’49 Came to Babson.) As part of the Centennial Celebration, a remarkable group of women came together to reconnect and honor the first 10 classes of women who attended Babson. These women, who graduated from 1968 to 1979, share a common bond of truly pioneering the education of women at Babson, paving the way for the fact that Babson classes are now consistently at least 50 percent women each year.


Richard J. Snyder ’60, H’94, P’93 ’01 (left) and Jack Dewey ’49, P’80 (right).

Award Recipients

Award recipients posed for a photo with Babson leadership (left to right): Steven Bandel P’16; Marla Capozzi MBA’96, chair of the Board of Trustees; Jeffrey J. McLane ’96; Jack Dewey ’49, P’80; Jon Anderson ’75, P’04 ’08 ’13 ’13; Anna Ivashko ’11, MBA’20; Shatiek Jamal Gatlin ’16; Narumon Lertkangwanklai MBA’13; Howard Brown ’88, chair of the Leadership Awards Committee; Alexandra Piccirilli ’94, president of the Babson Alumni Association; and President Stephen Spinelli Jr. MBA’92, PhD.

Ellen Saliba ’74, MBA’80; Elizabeth “Betsy” P. Powell MBA’76, P’01; and Elinor L. Scholl MBA’90

Ellen Saliba ’74, MBA’80; Trustee Emerita and Global Advisory Board member Elizabeth “Betsy” P. Powell MBA’76, P’01; and Elinor L. Scholl MBA’90.

S3 Crew

“S3” is not the latest startup—it refers to a special group of alumni who are affectionately referred to as the “S3” crew because they were students of President Stephen Spinelli Jr. MBA’92, PhD when he was a Babson staff member. Several S3 members returned to enjoy festivities at the Babson Tent with President Spinelli (center). Pictured, from left, are: Amin Rammal MBA’99, Jade Butay MBA’99, Margaret Safford MBA’04, President Spinelli, Christian LesStrang MBA’99, J.R. Badian MBA’99, and Michael Criscuolo MBA’99.

Editor’s Note: We are sorry to say that Jack Dewey passed away in October. To read more about Jack’s legacy at Babson, see When the Class of ’49 Came to Babson.

Weddings back to top

Darius Eslami ’09

Darius Eslami ’09 married Emma Boroson on May 4 at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts. More than 25 alumni from as early as the class of 2003 were in attendance. Many laughs, memories, and drinks were shared in a display of unbridled enthusiasm.

Jacqueline Chambers ’10

Jacqueline Chambers ’10 married Murat Koseoglu in Crete, Greece, on September 21, 2019. The couple met when they were colleagues on Seabourn Cruise Line— Jacqueline was the assistant cruise director and Murat was the destinations manager. The couple now resides in New York. Pictured are Management Division lecturer Bret Bero, Tiffany Otto ’12, Koseoglu, Chambers, Catherine Lau ’10, Vanessa Theoharis ’10, Lauren Birnbaum ’10, and Jonathan Birnbaum.

Carla Planz ’17

Carla Planz ’17 married Eugenio Gonzalez ’16 on April 13 at St. Ann Church in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Joining the celebration were many Babson friends, including (back, from left) Janina Kotulich ’17, Haley McNamara ’17, Gustavo Chan ’15, Michael Bocamazo (Olin, ’17), Walter Cuje ’16, Bahar Golmohammadi ’17, Emilie Newman ’17, Michael Kliska ’16, Brandon Morrison ’17, Benjamin Smith ’16, and (front, from left) Raul De Las Fuentes ’16, Karla Chavez ’16, Adriana Contreras ’16, Manusha Chereddy ’16, Paulina Bosque ’16, Grace Carew ’16, Lana Le ’16, Yvonne Yankey Mensah ’16, and Emily Cerra ’17. Also attending were Denning Aaris, Alumni and Friends Network (not pictured), and Crista Mahoney, Babson Catholic chaplain (not pictured).

In Memoriam back to top

Morris N. Robinson ’66, of Newton Centre, Massachusetts, Jan. 25

Kathleen M. Hughes (formerly Brown) MBA’87 of Westford, Massachusetts, died on June 17 surrounded by her loving family after a 12-year battle with breast cancer. Hughes had a successful 30-year career in the field of healthcare information technology.

William Kanaga ’48, H’88, of Orleans, Massachusetts, July 21.

Jack Dewey ’49, P’80, of Needham, Massachusetts, October 12.

Frederic Adam Mayer Jr. ’50, of Marlborough, Massachusetts, July 15.

Morris Foye III ’53, of Tinton Falls, New Jersey, July 12.

Bruno Rodriguez ’55, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 29.

David Petri ’58, of Quincy, Massachusetts, May 26.

Gordon Swanson ’60, of Brewster, Massachusetts, July 24.

Charles Klotsche ’62, of Palm Beach, Florida, May 23.

Robert Loker Jr. ’62, of Alton, New Hampshire, June 15.

Marc Serlin ’62, of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, July 25.

Jack Peterson ’63, MBA’65, of Brookline, Massachusetts, Aug. 19.

Alfred Moore Page ’64, of Tryon, North Carolina, Aug. 7.

Dewitt C. Howell Jr. ’65, of Killingworth, Connecticut, December 1, 2018.

George Bradford Roop ’65, of Queensbury, New York, July 7.

Marcelino Garcia Jr. ’67, P’97, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 20.

John Kennedy MBA’67, of South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, June 1.

Ronald Shamon ’68, of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Aug. 19.

Steven Hanke ’69, of Burleson, Texas, July 26.

S. Braley Gray III MBA’70, of Franklinton, North Carolina, March 28.

James Grady MBA’71, of Pahrump, Nevada, July 17.

John Carney MBA’74, of Marston Mills, Massachusetts, June 30.

Lance Bundles ’76, of Indianapolis, Indiana, June 19.

Alan McGillivray MBA’78, of Westwood, Massachusetts, July 13.

Kathryn Flory ’79, of Acton, Massachusetts, Dec. 23, 2018

Nicholas Maravell MBA’79, of Essex, Connecticut, July 1.

Ann Oulton ’80, of Walpole, Massachusetts, June 21.

Leo Sheehan MBA’80, of Abington, Massachusetts, July 26.

Catherine Byrnes Sullivan ’85, of Groton, Massachusetts, July 22.

Morrison Bonpasse MBA’86, of Newcastle, Maine, June 7.

Richard Weber MBA’86, of Providence, Rhode Island, Aug. 19.

Richard Hassler MBA’94, of Littleton, Massachusetts, Aug. 14.

Kevin Stark MBA’94, of Holden, Massachusetts, Aug. 14.

Tasha Vincent MBA’98, of Malden, Massachusetts, June 2.

Michael Ciacciarelli, of Saugus, Massachusetts, Aug. 24.