Babson Magazine

Winter 2017

News, Notes + Nods



Jack Fast '62

Jack Fast (left) emails, “My wife, Harriet (second from left), and I had a wonderful reunion in August with Babson friends. We had dinner with Paul Slosberg ’62 (third from left) and his wife, Ellie (fourth from left), and Mike Rosen ’62 (right) and his wife, Carol. We had lots to celebrate, including Paul’s 75th birthday. Paul and Ellie split their time between Florida and New London, Conn., playing lots of golf. Carol and Mike and Harriet and I live in Woodbridge, Conn. We would love to hear from our classmates.”

The Actor? Lee Welling '62

Lee Welling emails, “My first book is a historical novel, The Actor?, the first of a trilogy. The thriller and love story, told by the biggest star on Broadway in the 1950s, happens during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I had been the comedy lead in three Broadway shows—Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees, and South Pacific—at Babson, where my love of theater was born, and I have not forgotten protesting Fidel Castro outside Park Manor South. I found agents and publishers often do not invest in first-time authors and their novels, so I followed the self-publishing route. For more information, email me at”


June Cohen '71

June Cohen (right) emails, “When I retired from DuPont after a 32-year career, my husband, Ken Naiff (left), and I moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. Ken, an astrophotographer, and I recently launched a business, Dark Sky Images. Our startup specializes in the art and science of digital imaging to capture scientifically accurate, aesthetically beautiful deep-space objects—such as galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters—to create high-resolution, richly detailed images printed on metal. I manage the business details, including marketing, while Ken enjoys the technical challenges of astrophotography. Our images make unique gifts for all ages.”


Artifact Mark Holmes '73

Mark Holmes emails, “In 2009, I started my marketing and writing firm, Idea Depot. This followed eight years in the Coast Guard and working in senior roles in information technology and marketing at Citibank and a large credit union. Recently, I authored and published Always Ready: Coast Guard Sea Stories from the 1970s and Artifact, a World War II spy novel inspired by my dad’s missions as a B-24 pilot in the European Theater.”


Kay Bernon '74

Kay Bernon (left), a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Babson, and her husband, Peter Bernon ’73, opened their Nantucket, Mass., home in August to nearly 200 guests for a benefit for Berkshire Hills Music Academy, of which Kay is a co-founder. The event, co-hosted by their daughter-in-law, Ashley Bernon ’00 (right), and sponsored by Chanel Fine Jewelry, showcased performances by students and raised funds for the capital campaign for the Bernon Music Center, due to open in 2017 on the school’s South Hadley campus. The postsecondary school serves students 18 and older with intellectual disabilities such as autism, Williams syndrome, and Down syndrome. The school uses music to nurture students’ talents while helping them gain skills for independence.


Peter McDermott, P’10, was interviewed for an Oct. 8 article, “MDI CEO Peter McDermott Discusses the Power of an Inclusive Workplace,” on He joined Minnesota Diversified Industries in 2008. The manufacturing company provides packaging, production services, and environmental services for business-to-business customers. Approximately half the employees at MDI are people with disabilities. A successful nonprofit social enterprise, MDI has five facilities throughout Minnesota.


Tim DeMello, P’18, founder and owner of Gradifi, was featured in a Sept. 16 article, “The Ramen Noodle Effect: Brokers Take Aim at Student Debt,” on Gradifi offers a platform that enables employers to make direct payments on an employee’s student loan debt. Nationwide, the total outstanding student loan debt reportedly is more than $1.3 trillion.


Chris Kaiser, president and CEO of Big Kaiser Precision Tooling of Hoffman Estates, Ill., received the National Tooling and Machining Association’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award. The annual award recognizes an association member or partner for exceptional support of NTMA and leadership in the manufacturing industry. Chris was cited for his support of manufacturing advocacy, apprenticeship and internship programs, and STEM initiatives.

Enrique Turegano (MBA’86) emails, “I retired at the end of November. During my career, I have served as vice president for some of the top Hispanic marketing agencies, worked on the client side, been an entrepreneur and business owner, consulted, volunteered, and been an industry commentator. I will be moving to Spain but will continue to consult for some key clients and pitch new opportunities. I will be coming back to California every few months.”

Rodolphe von Berg '83

Rodolphe von Berg emails, “Turning 60, I thought it would be a nice challenge to win in 2016 both the Ironman 70.3 and Ironman World Championships in age group 60–64. After winning the 70.3 Worlds in Australia, I went to Hawaii for the ‘double.’ Eighth after the swim, 4m20 from first, I gained six places on the bike and started the marathon 4m30 back. Running 30 seconds per mile faster than the leader, I caught him at mile 6 and, despite a ‘nightmare’ in the last 20km, crossed the finish with a 31-minute lead for a 10h33 total. Mission accomplished!”

Aaron Walton is co-founder of Walton Isaacson, an advertising agency with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City. He was interviewed for a Sept. 23 article, “Fashion Forward CEO Aaron Walton on Diversity Driving Innovation,” on In the article, Aaron discusses the value of cultural diversity as well as gender and sexual diversity in his industry.


Caryn (Rosenthal) Kopp owns Kopp Consulting, which NJBiz named one of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in New Jersey. Caryn emails, “I am honored to be included among the community of high-growth companies in New Jersey and am so proud of the work our Door Openers do to help our clients access new sales opportunities.”


Maribeth Holland, a resident of New York City and Montauk, N.Y., emails, “I recently completed the Olympic-distance USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Omaha, Neb. The invitation-only competition hosted athletes who have captured a top placement in a regional age-group competition. I completed my first triathlon five years ago. I manage money for not-for-profits and wealthy families through my company, Sutton Place Capital Management. I look forward to our 2017 Reunion!”

Jeffery Perry '87

Jeffery Perry is now chair of the Chicago Children’s Museum board of directors. Founded in 1982, the not-for-profit cultural institution serves more than 400,000 visitors a year. Jeffery also works at EY in Chicago; he is the firm’s global client service partner for Fortune 100 companies and global capital transformation operational leader. Before joining EY, he worked at A.T. Kearney, where he was a VP in the strategy practice and co-leader of the merger integration offering in North America. He is a member of Babson’s Board of Trustees.


Tim Ryan, U.S. chair of PwC, was featured in an Oct. 19 article, “PwC Chief Aims to Tackle a Tough Topic: Race in the US,” on Tim has reached out to chief executives at other major companies to figure out how to address race in the workplace. A CPA, he joined PwC’s Boston office in 1988.


Cheri Cohen Levitz is co-founder of BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success), an initiative of the Reebok Foundation that aims to get kids moving in the morning. At the Nov. 11 Babson Entrepreneurship Forum, part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, she co-led a workshop called BOKS Design Thinking Challenge by Reebok. “It was inspiring to watch Babson students come up with innovative solutions to address a programmatic issue for BOKS,” she emails. “These are ideas that I can bring back to our team.”


Matt Coffin: See Natasha Esch ’93.

Scott Aldsworth has been named chief revenue officer and partner of The Bowdoin Group, a North American recruiting firm headquartered in Waltham, Mass. He assumed this newly created role to direct the company’s client-facing team and its go-to-market strategy in the company’s three practice areas: health care, technology, and financial services. He also is on the board of uAspire, an organization that helps young people obtain financial information and resources for college. Before joining The Bowdoin Group, Scott was vice president of sales for Radius.


Richelieu Dennis and Nyema Tubman, co-founders of Sundial Brands, were featured in a Sept. 26 article, “Why the ‘Ethnic’ Aisle Is Merging with the ‘Beauty’ One: The New Normal in Hair Care,” on The Liberian-born pair, along with Richelieu’s mother, created the company, which manufactures and distributes beauty products, including its Nubian Heritage, SheaMoisture, and Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture brands, from a warehouse in Amityville, N.Y.


Stephen Webber (MBA’05) has been appointed CFO and chief accounting officer at Cynosure in Westford, Mass. The company develops laser treatment systems. Since 2015, he had been CFO at Virtustream.


Natasha Esch was featured in an article on, “Explore Natasha Esch’s Inspiration for Design,” on Aug. 25. She is founder and owner of MONC XIII, a home-furnishings boutique that opened in 2012 in Sag Harbor, N.Y., selling furniture, lighting fixtures, and home accessories with a minimalistic, rustic aesthetic. Matt Coffin ’90, Natasha’s husband, runs the store’s website.


John Crowley has been named CFO of Merus, a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company headquartered in Utrecht, Netherlands. He will be based in Cambridge, Mass. John, a CPA, has more than 20 years of financial and operational experience in global biotechnology, most recently as corporate senior vice president, corporate controller, and chief accounting officer of Charles River Laboratories.


Reginald Mbawuike '97

Reginald Mbawuike (facing camera), research fellow, mobile health technology at Harvard University, emails, “At the Digital Paths to Global Health Transformation conference in October at the Harvard Faculty Club, I presented the Give mHealth Program, a pilot program I developed to link mobile health technology and global health equity. Our aim is to eliminate health disparities. The last two years saw production of the mHealth app, the Digital Diagnostics in Global Health Equity conference, and a two-month field research trip to Africa. The outcome was that 15 doctors from Harvard’s Medical School and School of Public Health joined the Give mHealth advisory board and steering committee.”


Adam Conway was named one of the “Top 401 Retirement Advisers in the U.S.” in the Sept. 15 issue of Financial Times. This is the second consecutive year he has been recognized on this list of financial advisers who specialize in employers’ defined-contribution plans. The founder and managing director of Harbor Retirement Planning in Wellesley, Adam works with businesses, nonprofits, and individuals to help build retirement plans. He can be contacted at

Eddie Gallagher emails, “I read an article in the Aug. 5 issue of Improper Bostonian about Max Perry ’19, who started Beantown Blankets, which sells warm, waterproof blankets. For each one sold, one is donated to the homeless. So I and more than 20 alumni from the late 1990s to 2000 were raising money for Homes for Families, and we invited Max to speak at our fundraiser. Together we raised over $30K. It was a great night to be a Babson alum.”


Leon Logothetis '99

Leon Logothetis, a motivational speaker, philanthropist, and global traveler, emails, “My latest book, Live, Love, Explore: Discover the Way of the Traveler, a Roadmap to the Life You Were Meant to Live, is a guide to finding meaning and adventure in your everyday life and discovering the road you were meant to walk. My first books include Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, on which the eponymous TV series was based, and The Kindness Diaries, about my journey to circumnavigate the globe on a vintage motorbike fueled by kindness.”

Jamie Siminoff and Polina Raygorodskaya ’08 were among’s “25 Inspiring Entrepreneurs Under 40 Who Are Creating the Next Big Thing.” Jamie is founder and chief inventor of Ring video doorbell, and Polina is CEO of Wanderu, a search platform for bus and train travel.

Leticia Stallworth, MBA’13, president of the Babson Black Affinity Network, led Stand Together, a campus gathering of Babson students, faculty, staff, and alumni, on Nov. 14. The group assembled in the face of global, national, and local divisions, with the common goal of becoming the best version of themselves and worthy ambassadors for Babson. “My Babson is a place of diversity, inclusion, and love,” Leticia says. “We all have to be good stewards of the Babson brand.” President Kerry Healey thanked the group “for reminding us what is so special about Babson and gathering to express your solidarity with each other and this great institution.”

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this entry and the print issue used an incorrect photo. We apologize for this error. This entry now has the correct photo.


Kevin Burns (MBA’07) is now CFO at Dynatrace, an information-technology software company headquartered in Waltham, Mass. Previously, Kevin was president, CFO, and COO at iCAD, a health-care technology company.

Sameer Malhotra, co-owner of Cafe Spice, a retail and food-service company, was featured in an article, “Cafe Spice: An Indian Family’s Spice Legacy,” on Sameer runs his family’s Indian food business from a manufacturing facility in New Windsor, N.Y.


Dave Millman, strategic business manager of the baseball unit at New Balance and a baseball standout during his years at Babson, was featured in a Sept. 16 article, “New Balance Answers Call for Customized Cleats,” on New Balance offers athletes the opportunity to custom-design cleats online, and the cleats can be made in about three hours at the company’s Lawrence, Mass., factory.


Jeffrey Carbone, who started his career at Babson, was named the College’s director of graduate admissions. Jeff also has served in roles at MIT Sloan School of Management, The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and Bain & Company. He emails, “I am excited to work with the dynamic team in admissions to continue to build on a strong tradition of excellence.”

Heather (Webster) Pidgeon has joined the Boston office of Genuine, a full-service digital agency, to head up an expanding team as vice president of media. Prior to joining the company, Heather held positions in other marketing agencies, including iProspect. She is active with Babson, serving as a student coach in the Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program.


Daniel Dalet is co-founder and co-owner of SoloCoco, a Dominican Republic-based, family-owned company that produces hand-pressed, certified fair trade, virgin coconut oil and employs and assists local single mothers. The company was featured in a Sept. 27 article, “The Fair Trade Coconut Oil Company Empowering Single Mothers,” on SoloCoco is now expanding to offer cosmetic products, such as skin creams, lotions, and soaps, under the brand name Solocoquette.


Henry Arlander emails, “I’m excited to share that in August, San Francisco ad agency Pereira & O’Dell named me its first managing director. I’m responsible for the overall direction and growth of the office in the newly created role, so I’m definitely putting my Babson education to good use. Last year was particularly exciting because I also became engaged to be married, and a startup I co-founded in 2009, Livefyre, was acquired by Adobe.”

David Heath '05

David Heath, CEO and founder of Bombas, emails, “Not only did I finish the New York City Marathon, I also proposed to my girlfriend, Charlotte Haigh, at the finish line. Charlotte and I fund-raced, raising over $8,700 for Back on My Feet, a nonprofit dedicated to transitioning people out of homelessness through the discipline of running.”

John Saunders is founder of Saunders Machine Works, a CNC (computer numeric control) machine shop that creates prototypes and projects, in Zanesville, Ohio. On Oct. 18, ran an article, “YouTube Star Paying It Forward with Knowledge,” about the videos that John produces for his YouTube channel, NYC CNC. The videos spotlight products that John makes and demonstrate various skills, such as metalworking, machining, and fabrication.


John Goscha, founder and CEO of The Finally Light Bulb Company, was featured in a Sept. 2 article, “Boston-Born Light Bulb That’s ‘Not Ugly’ Now Sells at 1,300 Retailers,” on the Boston Business Journal’s website. The company’s eco-friendly bulbs, which were previously sold online, are now available at Staples and hardware stores. The bulbs use a copper coil to generate the look, warmth, and omnidirectional light of incandescent bulbs.

Andrew Musto '06

Andrew Musto is COO of Woburn, Mass.-based U.S. Pavement Services, which was founded in 1985 as U.S. Sealcoat by his uncle, Mike Musto ’84, who is CEO of the company. In September, Andrew was nominated by Boston Business Journal as one of Boston’s 40 Under 40 honorees. Andrew emails, “I am honored to be included on this annual list with so many other talented businessmen and women.” Andrew also is president of the board for the West End House in Boston and first vice president of the board for The Bridge Center in Bridgewater.


Greg Gomer was a panelist at a Babson Boston event, “Raising Your First Round of Capital,” on Oct. 13. He is co-founder of VentureApp, an on-demand support platform for startups, and an adviser to venture-capital firm Flybridge Capital Partners. He also co-founded Streetwise Media, a digital media and events company.


Polina Raygorodskaya: See Jamie Siminoff ’99.

David Yarus was highlighted in an Oct. 7 article, “JSwipe Right: Fall in Love with the Revolutionary Founder David Yarus,” on JSwipe is a dating app for Jewish millennials. David and his co-founders launched JSwipe in 2014, and it is now part of Spark Networks, which owns JDate and other dating apps.


Ross Beyeler is founder and CEO of Growth Spark, a Cambridge, Mass.-based agency that provides strategy, design, and development services to e-commerce companies. Growth Spark has received numerous awards, most recently the 2016 Interactive Media Award for an e-commerce experience that the firm created for BOSEbuild, which is a build-it-yourself Bluetooth speaker for children.

Joseph Lekach was featured in an Oct. 26 article, “Company May Open Medical Marijuana Dispensary in West Roxbury,” in the Allston- Brighton edition of As an adviser to and representative for his father’s nonprofit organization, Massachusetts Patient Foundation, Joseph is trying to establish a medical marijuana dispensary in West Roxbury and elsewhere in the state.

Chris Queitsch co-founded, a Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based office supplier, in 2012. He emails, “, which supplies offices and businesses throughout the Middle East, was named No. 30 in the ‘50 Most Promising UAE Startups’ list in the October issue of Forbes Middle East. We currently are migrating to become a business-to-business marketplace, with features such as e-procurement and shopping on credit. We are very excited for this development, as it has huge potential for us to grow.”


Jamaal Eversley '10

Jamaal Eversley emails, “I was honored to paint a pair of Sperry shoes for Rick Blackshaw ’85, president of Sperry. Rick saw me on the cover of Babson Magazine’s spring 2015 issue and really dug my style. I had seen the magazine article (winter 2015) about him and dug his style, too. After connecting, he sent me a pair of Sperrys to wear and a second pair to paint for him. Since then I’ve been on Sperry’s social media, sharing my story on love, shoes, and art. I am shown in Boston next to my nerdy Artbox, a utility box I painted on behalf of the Boston Art Commission.”

Anthony Wimperis was promoted to supervisor in the tax department of Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, an accounting and business consulting firm in Shelton, Conn. A member of the firm since 2010, he provides tax-compliance services to clients in real estate development, investment portfolio management, and manufacturing, as well as family-owned and entrepreneurial businesses. He now supervises and trains the firm’s staff.


Sonia Agarwal, founder and CEO of Whitenife, a Mumbai, India-based curator of luxury and ethical fashion brands, recently launched its Ethical Gifting Catalogue. The catalog features more than 750 eco-friendly and socially responsible products for corporate gifting.

Vrinda Jatia was profiled in an Oct. 6 article, “Entrepreneur Vrinda Jatia on Cakesmiths and Making Haute Cuisine Accessible to All,” on She launched Cakesmiths, which sources, stocks, and sells high-quality baking supplies online, in 2014. The company, based in Mumbai, also recently opened Wisk by Cakesmiths, a pastry school.


Robert Caggiano '15

Robert Caggiano (middle) emails, “Barrett O’Neill (right), Joseph Zanca (left), both ’15, and I have founded OnDemand Storage, a technology-based, full-service storage company headquartered in Braintree, Mass. OnDemand Storage eliminates the need for self-storage by providing a service that includes pickup, storage, and return. Our state-of-the-art, online inventory system allows customers to organize and request delivery of their items at any time. The company operates in the Greater Boston area and also offers storage for college students’ belongings during the summer. Since opening our doors in mid-2016, we have stored items for universities, restaurants, and local small businesses, too.”

Sanjay Dasari appeared in an Oct. 3 article, “SunnyBee’s Cool Way to Sell Fruits and Veggies,” on The Sanjay’s company, WayCool Foods and Products, which he co-founded in 2015, sells 85 percent of its fresh produce through its chain of SunnyBee stores in Chennai, India. The company also sells produce through customized trucks that travel to large office complexes and gated communities.


Jack Barber '16

Jack Barber (fourth from left) emails, “My brother, Max Barber ’17 (third from left), and I held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in September to celebrate the opening of our first brick-and-mortar restaurant, Mainely Burgers. Our parents, Dorie and David ’81 (far left), and many friends joined us. Located in Cambridge, Mass., the restaurant is the perfect year-round complement to our three Mainely Burgers food trucks, which cover the Portland, Maine, and nearby Scarborough Beach areas during the warmer months. Drop in and try our famous Mainah hamburger, served with sauteed onions, bacon, sliced apple, cheddar cheese, and maple mayo.”

Emily Levy '16

Emily Levy (center) and Yousef Al-Humaidhi ’15 (left), CEO and CFO respectively and co-founders of PICCPerfect, posed with Maria del Mar Gomez ’16, CMO and founding member, after the team took first place at the Babson Breakaway Challenge last fall. Emily emails, “We have rebranded into Mighty Well, a medical fashion and accessories company. With the investment from the competition, we will create a full line of wellness wear so patients can look and feel their best.” Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership and Breakaway, a brand capital firm, sponsored the competition to promote gender parity in the VC industry by recognizing women-led businesses.

Emily Proos is CEO of Northborough, Mass.-based Bluewire Audio, which she co-founded with her father, Andy Proos. Bluewire Audio is developing speakers that can be attached to a hat or visor for listening to audio during exercise or other activities. The company recently teamed up with Springfield Spring, a manufacturer of precision spring and wire components, to produce several parts for a redesigned speaker prototype.

Kripa Shroff (MS’17) emails, “In January 2016, my brother, Aniket Shroff ’17, and I founded our first business, Brattleboro Inn, under which we own the Comfort Inn and Suites franchise in Brattleboro, Vt. That same year, we founded our second entrepreneurial venture, EsyPos manufactures and sells computer accessories such as wireless thermal printers, bar code scanners, and cash drawers. We now are working on creating POS software that could revolutionize the hospitality industry.”

Graduate back to top


Dave Eckhardt emails, “I was honored to receive the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ prestigious F.J. and Dorothy Van Antwerpen Award for Service to the Institute, which recognizes outstanding contributions to AIChE and the chemical engineering profession. A 50-year member of AIChE, I have held elected leadership positions for 25 of those years. During my career, I have managed and developed projects for the manufacture of herbicides, pharmaceuticals, and minerals.” Dave is a chemical engineering consultant for Irwin Engineers in Natick, Mass.


George Shepard of Madison, Ala., was featured in an Oct. 19 article, “Officer Saw ‘Arc Lights’ and Firefights in Vietnam,” posted on The retired Army colonel recounted his two tours of duty in Vietnam, during which he experienced close calls and terrorist activity. He also shared his thoughts on the nation’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, noting that the recognition was long overdue.


Jane Cleland, an award-winning mystery writer, launched her newest novel in November, Glow of Death, the 11th book in the Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series, published by St. Martin’s Minotaur. Jane is a full-time faculty member at Lehman College, where she also is the director of the Program for Professional Communications. She lives in New York City.


Michael DeBernardi stepped down as executive vice president, COO, and director of New Jersey-based Oritani Bank and Oritani Financial in September, prior to his January retirement. He will remain with Oritani Bank part time through June 2018. Michael previously held senior credit positions with AT&T Capital, Newcourt Credit Group, and CIT Group. He also has been a member of the board of Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pompton Plains, N.J., and served as its finance chair and a member of its audit committee.

Phyllis Ginzler, a Republican Maine state representative, was re-elected on November 8. She represents Maine District 69, comprising the towns of Bridgton, Denmark, and Harrison. Prior to entering public service, Phyllis was a sales executive at Hewlett-Packard, as well as a middle school teacher.


Mary Deissler MBA'82
Photo: Diedra Laird/The Charlotte Observer

Mary Deissler (right), CEO and president of the Charlotte [N.C.] Symphony Orchestra since June 2016, was featured in a Sept. 22 article, “The Woman Who’s Turning the Charlotte Symphony Upside Down,” in The Charlotte Observer. In this photo, she’s talking with Christopher Warren-Green, violinist, conductor, and music director of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Mary was previously president of The Chicago Academy for the Arts, an independent high school for the performing and visual arts. Her plans include expanding the symphony’s relationship with Charlotte’s Winterfield Elementary School.


Richard Small, MBA'83

Richard Small has been has been appointed CFO at Bond, a construction management and general contracting company headquartered in Everett, Mass. Before joining Bond, Rich was CFO at Abt Associates, a research firm in Cambridge.


David Heidt has joined Wintrust Commercial Finance, part of Wintrust Financial, as part of the division’s direct originations group. David has more than 25 years of direct origination experience in middle and large corporate markets in the Midwest, most recently at NXT Capital. He will be located in Chicago.


Enrique Turegano (’83): See Undergrads.


Steven Cummings was mentioned in an Oct. 25 article in, “BMH Announces Leadership Changes.” He has been promoted from chief implementation officer to vice president for information and support services of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Brattleboro, Vt. Steven joined the hospital in April 2015 to lead the selection and implementation of a new electronic health record system. He began his career as a nurse and later transitioned into implementing clinical information systems at hospitals and health-care systems.

Lisa Drapkin was featured in an Oct. 21 article on, “Just-A-Start Elects Four Board Members,” after being chosen to join the board of Just-A-Start, a community-development corporation in Cambridge, Mass. Lisa, who has worked in real estate in Cambridge for more than 20 years, also is an active member of the Federal Club of the Human Rights Campaign and previously served on the board of MassEquality, gaining experience in nonprofit oversight.

Ann Whittaker, co-founder and vice president of people and culture at Rethink Robotics, was interviewed for The Huffington Post’s business blog. The Oct. 10 article highlights Ann’s leadership style, which she describes as “nurturing, encouraging, and cheering people on” so they can “feel safe expressing their authentic selves.” Boston-based Rethink Robotics designs and builds smart, collaborative robots that can operate next to people in a range of manufacturing, research, and education environments.


David Hohle of Chicago was featured in an Oct. 12 article, “’Time Is Not a Factor in Your Life’ Public Talk by Dave Hohle,” in the online edition of The Republican Journal of Waldo County, Maine. In his lecture, he explains how to gain “freedom from the hard limits associated with time and age.” David has worked in marketing, manufacturing, and management.

Harold Samuels, MBA'89

Howard Samuels (back row, far right) emails, “Justin Wheeler, MBA’89 (front, far right), Antonio Goncalves, MBA’89 (back, far left), and I and our families met in Donegal, Ireland, last summer at Rathmullan House to continue our tradition of family vacations together since graduating from Babson. We have vacationed in Ecuador, the Outer Banks, N.C., Washington, D.C., Cape Cod, and now Ireland. Panama is up next because Antonio recently relocated there as COO of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).”


Debbie Bronfeld was elected to the Princeton, N.J., Board of Education on Nov. 8. A Princeton resident, Debbie is a program associate at the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank in Ewing and previously was founding executive director of Dress for Success Mercer County in Lawrenceville.


Todd Newman was profiled in the Sept. 1 issue of Fortune and on The article, “Overturned: The Hedge Fund Trader Who Beat the Feds,” details how Todd prevailed after being wrongfully convicted of insider trading. Ultimately, his conviction was thrown out on appeal, and, according to the article, his case may have helped change the way Wall Street is regulated.


Davida Dinerman, a competitive tennis player, was featured in the MetroWest Daily News on Nov. 1. The article, “Framingham Native Dinerman Still Courting Life,” noted that the team she plays with in Natick, Mass., recently took second place in the United States Tennis Association’s over-40 recreational tournament. Davida, who played squash at Babson, is a director at Schwartz MSL, a public relations and engagement agency that is part of the MSLGroup North America.


Lee Belitsky, P’17, was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of Pittsburgh-based Dick’s Sporting Goods. He joined Dick’s in 1997 as vice president and controller and has held a number of positions with the company. Most recently, he served as executive vice president, product development and merchandise planning, allocation and replenishment. Among Lee’s previous employers are Domain, Morse Shoe, and KPMG.


Christine (McGuire) Hunschofsky was elected mayor of Parkland, Fla., on Nov. 8. Previously she was a Parkland city commissioner. She also was a member of the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization and School Board Oversight Committee, and she has held numerous other advisory and board positions in her community.


Scott Areglado has assumed the position of interim chief financial officer for Nashua, N.H.-based iCAD, a provider of advanced image analysis, workflow solutions, and radiation therapy for the early identification and treatment of cancer. Scott has served as vice president and corporate controller of iCAD since May 2011. He has more than 25 years of experience in finance and accounting and previously worked as a CPA.

Paula Dewiyanti was profiled in an Oct. 13 article, “Young at Art: Indonesia’s New Breed of Patrons Give Emerging Artists a Boost,” on Paula has collected about 50 pieces of art since 2006, most of it by contemporary Indonesian artists, while also working in her family’s car dealership business and launching Loev, a line of leather handbags, with her sisters.

Marie Presti, a real estate broker, has launched The Presti Group in Newton, Mass. Marie emails, “The firm is the culmination of my 15 years in real estate. During my real estate career, I’ve generated a loyal following, a solid brand for myself, and a broad referral base. The Presti Group specializes in luxury homes, rehabilitations, multifamilies, and condominiums in the Boston area. We also help clients seeking to downsize.” Marie is president-elect of the Greater Boston Association of Realtors, part of the National Association of Realtors.


Devin Brown, MBA'99

Devin Brown purchased Marlborough, Mass.-based J&J Machine in 2014. Devin emails, “J&J is a precision prototype-to-production computer numerical control machine shop. Our computers convert designs produced by CAD (computer-aided design) software, so our machine work is precise. We provide our entrepreneurial, high-growth, and high-tech customers with custom parts made from metal, plastic, and other materials. I enjoy helping my customers with their manufacturing and innovation challenges, and it’s fun to help fellow alumni with their startup ideas. For information, email me at”

Rob Freeman was profiled in an Aug. 22 article on TheRidgefield, “Library Welcomes New Members.” A resident of Ridgefield, Conn., Rob has joined the board of directors of the Ridgefield Library. He is a vice president with Venbrook Insurance Services. Previously, Rob was founder and CEO of Green Buildings Online, a provider of e-learning and online training for employees of global institutions and Fortune 500 companies.


Marianne D’Aquila has joined International Data Corp., headquartered in Framingham, Mass., as a research manager for IDC’s Customer Insights and Analysis Group. In this role, she will develop research for the company’s new Worldwide Semiannual Cognitive Systems Spending Guide. Marianne has developed models and quantitative databases for vertical market research at firms such as Gartner and AMR Research and has engineering and product-management experience at IBM and Raytheon.


Wendy Foye, a real estate agent from Billerica, Mass., was noted in on Nov. 2 for joining Wilson Wolfe Real Estate in Wilmington. She also owns Wendy Lynn Homes, a home staging, color consult, and redesign business. Previously she was a marketing executive for Dunkin’ Brands.


Havell Rodrigues is CEO and co-founder of Adjoint, one of six companies selected last fall for the EY Startup Blockchain Challenge, which focused on building blockchain solutions for digital rights management and energy trading. Adjoint offers smart contracts and distributed ledger solutions; it went on to win the Most Investable Startup Award at the competition.


John Burns, MBA'05

John Burns president of Boston-based Breakaway, a brand capital firm, addressed the audience at the inaugural Babson Breakaway Challenge award ceremony on Sept. 30. The competition, for which John was a member of the panel of judges, promotes gender parity in the VC industry by recognizing high-potential, women-led businesses. The winning team, Mighty Well, headed by co-founder and CEO Emily Levy ’16, received $250,000 in funding plus marketing services from Breakaway, including the creation of a customized brand identity platform. The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership and Breakaway were among the event’s sponsors.

Stephen Webber (’92): See Undergrads.

Jeni Wheeler, MBA'05

Jeni Wheeler founder and chef at Jeni’s Joy, in Lynn, Mass., is the creator of high-quality, gluten-free prepared foods. Jeni emails, “The best way to fuel your body is with our nutritious, delicious gluten-free treats. We use only the highest quality ingredients. Our offerings include many soups and comfort-food favorites such as American chop suey, Bolognese sauce, sweet potato and butternut squash bake, and fried rice. Our many varieties of egg bakes are a tasty way to start the day. Check often as our menu changes. Available for delivery, pickup, and catering. Follow us on Facebook.”


The Farmer's Office Julia Shanks, MBA'06

Julia Shanks founder of Julia Shanks Food Consulting, works with restaurant, food, and agricultural entrepreneurs to guide their business strategy and grow financial sustainability. Julia emails, “My book, The Farmer’s Office: Tools, Tips, and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business, was published this year. It came out of my work with farmers, helping them improve their bookkeeping skills, understand financial reports, and maintain records. I realized that to help farmers succeed, they need to hone their business skills and think like entrepreneurs. With a thriving farm economy, we’ll all benefit—and eat better.”


Kevin Burns (’00): See Undergrads.

Gerry Caron was named chief product officer of Cambridge, Mass.-based iZotope, a company that creates tools for audio production. His passion for music and audio technology is part of what drew him to work with iZotope. Previously he held positions at Bose, iRobot, and General Electric. Most recently he was vice president of innovation and product management at Otter Products. Gerry has 10 U.S. patents in industries ranging from acoustics to sporting goods.

Gautam Gupta: See Rob Hunter, MBA’14.


Dustan Bonnin, founder and CEO of Catapult Intelligence, is featured in an Aug. 24 article on, “This Company’s Algorithm Is Pioneering a Major Shift in Capital Markets.” Catapult created an algorithm to evaluate the risks in startup fundraising campaigns. To collect data, the company uses a copyrighted survey that tries to determine why a company is in business. To test the algorithm, Catapult has evaluated companies that participated in Babson’s Butler Venture Accelerator, for which Dustan is a consultant.


David Rye, MBA'10

David Rye emails, “In August, I opened the Vermont 100 Store in Waterbury Center, and we’re off to a great start. My goal is to build a brand around Vermont’s Route 100, which I’d argue is the prettiest road in the world, running the length of the state along the Green Mountains and connecting all the best spots. We sell Vermont 100-branded merchandise, plus all kinds of made-in-Vermont arts and crafts, gifts, games, housewares, toys, and more. Stop by when you’re on your way to Stowe, Burlington, Montreal, or anywhere else up this way.”


Kale Schulte, MBA'11

Kale Schulte emails, “In 2013, my father, a veterinarian and chemist, and I created an all-natural and vegan soap formula for sensitive skin. Thus began our luxury soap venture, 23 Soap Company, so named because in as little as 23 seconds nutrients can be absorbed into the skin. Our soap formula, which includes activated bamboo charcoal and silk proteins, has had unexpectedly positive effects on eczema and acne. In May 2016, after years of using aluminum-based antiperspirants, I created a safe, natural, and effective activated-charcoal deodorant. Our products may be purchased online and in selected stores in New England and California.”


Ken Sterling is a contributor to Inc .com, which published his article, “Nail Your Next Presentation with These 5 Public Speaking Apps,” on October 16. The executive vice president and chief learning officer at BigSpeak, a keynote and business speakers’ bureau, Ken writes about public speaking and business communications, among other topics, for several outlets. He is a self-described serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and sales and marketing expert who also teaches entrepreneurship, marketing, and strategy at UC Santa Barbara.

Iva Toudjarska recently joined Halloran Consulting Group, a national consultancy in the life sciences, as a principal consultant, helping the company expand its regulatory guidance and clinical development leadership. She will help perform in-depth and timely due diligence to inform strategic decision making. Her experience includes consulting to startups and pharmaceutical clients at Putnam Associates. She also was a founding employee of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals.


Hans Homberger, MBA'14

Hans Homberger founder of Rooster Coffee Booster, emails, “My brother, Paul, and I launched our natural, coffee-based energy drink, Rooster, in Costa Rica last spring. We have been distributing it through a home delivery program that we developed. We’re at 1,000 members, and we recently placed Rooster in high-end supermarkets around the country. Moving forward, we are planning our first international test by exporting to the U.K. later this year.”

Rob Hunter and Evan Lodge, co-founders of HigherMe, a web-based job site aimed at millennials, have raised $1.5 million in a seed round. October articles in and detail the pair’s success, along with co-founder Jef Chedeville, in securing funding from angel investors around the country, among them Babson overseer and NatureBox co-founder Gautam Gupta, MBA’07.

Mark Wallace, MBA'14

Mark Wallace co-founder of Parlor ski company in East Boston, Mass., is shown with a pair of Parlor’s Kingfisher skis. Mark emails, “Parlor has developed the largest build-your-own-ski course in the country. The class is a fully immersive experience, offering a week in the life of a ski builder. Having clients in our shop working with us to create one-of-a-kind skis is amazing. We have six basic skis that we work from, covering everything from New England backcountry skiing to front-side carving. We have grown our team, expanded the shop, and added new equipment to get ready for our biggest year of production yet. Please stop by.”


Michael DeMaria was featured in a Sept. 29 article, “Grow Launches Its App for Socially Responsible Investing.” Michael co-founded Grow, a robo-investing app that differs from its rivals by focusing on companies that have good governance and are environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. After a beta version, the app went live in the iTunes App Store in September. Michael is the startup’s head of product.

Dan Edmonson recently founded Dronegenuity, an aerial photography and mapping firm in Hudson, Mass. Since the FAA revised its regulations governing the use of unmanned aerial systems, anyone who passes the FAA’s aeronautical knowledge exam may fly a drone commercially. “The rule change has increased the supply of potential pilots but hasn’t yet led to broad price decreases. We’re here to change that,” says Dan, who is Dronegenuity’s CEO.

Rarin Tumwattana and Natee Charussuriyong, MBAs'15

Rarin Tumwattana (right) and Natee Charussuriyong (left), both MBA’15, launched their ice cream business, Guss Damn Good, in Bangkok last year. Rarin emails, “It all started at Babson in 2014. We craft our ice cream from scratch, using local milk mixed with French cream to make what we call Boston texture, between the dense American style and soft Italian gelato. Our ice cream is more than just a sweet treat. All our flavors have their own stories, inspired by good moments in Boston and good memories. We recently opened our first store. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, gussdamngood.”


Shriyans Bhandari, MS’16, was highlighted in a column on The Sept. 30 article, “Two Indian Athletes Turn Their Worn-Out Sneakers into a Profitable and Eco- Friendly Startup,” details the journey of Shriyans and his co-founder and fellow runner, Ramesh Dhami, as they created Greensole, a company that turns used running shoes into sandals. In addition to donating shoes to those in need, Greensole sells its products through third-party platforms in India.

Bryanne Leeming wrote an article for LinkedIn Pulse about starting her business, JumpSmart, while she was at Babson. In “Launching a Startup in School Is All About Commitment,” which appeared on Oct. 19, Bryanne describes how a dedication to time, hard work, and resiliency helped her launch JumpSmart, which builds products that combine physical activity with STEM education to expose children to coding.

Jennifer Pierre, MS’16, was featured in an Oct. 12 article, “Dolls for Little Men,” about her new toy company, Melanites. The biracial, African-American, Indian, and Caribbean dolls—or action pals, as Jennifer has marketed them—look like their target audience: boys of color. Rather than creating macho action figures, Jennifer designed the dolls to be thinkers, doers, makers, and performers. Shipments are due early this year.

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Glenn Ricciardelli ’79, P’09
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Glenn Ricciardelli ’79, P’09, poses in the Webster Center in front of the athletics history timeline, which includes a photo of the 1979 lacrosse team.

In the corner of his office in downtown Boston, Glenn Ricciardelli ’79, P’09, keeps his old lacrosse stick, which represents some of the best memories of his life. “I still bleed Babson green,” …

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The Babson community came together this past fall to celebrate a variety of occasions and individuals. At a ceremony in November, the College inducted Sheila Lirio Marcelo of and Stephen Kaufer of TripAdvisor into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs. Established in 1978, the ADE recognizes business visionaries who create economic and social value through the development of free enterprise. Also in November, the Babson community and local officials gathered to commemorate the opening of the new Boston campus at 100 High Street. The 9,000-square-foot space will host graduate-level courses, special programming, and networking events. In October, the President’s Society Reception was held at the InterContinental Boston, honoring the philanthropic leadership and steadfast commitment of Babson’s most generous donors. The Scholarship Luncheon, held in the Webster Center, also took place in October. The event brings together scholarship recipients and the donors who have invested in their future success.—Jeff Stupakevich, manager, advancement communications

Candida Brush, Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Stephen Kaufer, Kerry Healey, and Debi Kleiman

Photo: Joe Nadel

From left, Candida Brush, F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and vice provost of global entrepreneurial leadership; Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder, chairwoman, and CEO of Care .com; Stephen Kaufer, co-founder, president, and CEO of TripAdvisor; Kerry Healey, president; and Debi Kleiman, executive director of The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs ceremony

Neda Meghnot Litvak, MBA’87, P’20, Carolina Fernandez, P’14, and Ejaz and Femina Ali, P’12

Photo: Paige Brown

From left, Neda Meghnot Litvak, MBA’87, P’20; Carolina Fernandez, P’14; and Ejaz and Femina Ali, P’12, gather at the President’s Society Reception. Carolina and Femina are Babson overseers.

President Kerry Healey cuts the ribbon

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President Kerry Healey cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremony for the new Babson campus at 100 High Street in downtown Boston.

Robert Weissman ’64, H’94, P’87, ’90

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Robert Weissman ’64, H’94, P’87, ’90, trustee and founder of the Weissman Scholarship program at Babson, speaks at the Scholarship Luncheon.

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Wedding of Alexa Tront and Alex Mazin ’09

Alexa Tront and Alex Mazin ’09 were married Aug. 14 at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, R.I. The couple lives in New York City.

Wedding of Kelsey Kneeland and Curtis Dulac, both ’12

Kelsey Kneeland and Curtis Dulac, both ’12, were married Sept. 24 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Kelsey emails, “We met freshman year and began dating after participating in a Babson Dance Ensemble show. More than 20 alumni joined us, including bridesmaids Katelyn Alfano, Carolyn Crosby, Erica Soly, MS’12, Nicole Proto, and Samantha Cooper, all ’12; Katerina Akrivlellis ’14; brother of the groom and groomsman Aaron Dulac ’09; and groomsmen William Dickson ’11, Sean Aurigemma ’12, and Nicholas Rutberg ’13.”

Kseniya Pulido ’15 and Philippe Topdjian ’14 (both front, center) were married Aug. 20 in a small wedding ceremony at a bed-and-breakfast outside of Portland, Ore. Among the 10 guests were Brianna San Diego ’15, Jessica Santiago ’15, and Mitch McKinnon ’14. Seventeen Babson friends attended the reception in Boston on Aug. 26.

Erin Bozsnyak and Scott Worth ’13 were married July 16 in Greenport, N.Y. Among the guests at the wedding were 16 alumni, including groomsmen Rob Chapruet ’13, Chris Pierce ’13, MS’13, Jake Williams ’13, Nate Kolman ’14, and Michael Liachowitz ’14.

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Robert Keyes ’40 of Greeley, Colo., died Feb. 20, 2016. A veteran of the Navy, he held many positions in the grain and feed industry.

Houghton Trott ’46 of Phippsburg, Maine, died April 28. He served in the Navy and worked in the lumber and ski industries.

Frederic Hamilton ’48, H’98, of Denver died Sept. 30. An Air Force veteran, he and his brother, Ferris Hamilton ’50, who predeceased him, founded Hamilton Brothers Oil. Frederic later started The Hamilton Companies, an investment firm. Survivors include his son, Frederic Hamilton, MBA’82.

George Ingham ’49 of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died Dec. 19, 2015. He worked for General Motors for 38 years.

John Sokel ’49 of Wayland and New Seabury, Mass., died Nov. 25. A World War II veteran, he was a CPA and president of Penn Culvert.

William Collins ’50 of Springfield, Mass., died Oct. 18. He served in the Army during the Korean War and worked in sales and management for Axa Equitable Life Insurance.

Robert Sundeen ’51 of Manchester, N.H., died Oct. 5. He served in the Army during World War II and later owned and operated Sundeen Lumber

Jonas Kisber ’53 of Jackson, Tenn., died Nov. 2. After serving in the Army during the Korean War, he joined his family’s business, Kisber’s Department Stores. He also held roles in local and state government.

Robert Moore ’53 of Ilion, N.Y., died Sept. 9. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and retired in 1983 from Remington Arms, where he had worked in the finance and personnel departments.

Wallace Soule ’54 of Farmingdale, Maine, died Aug. 24. A veteran, he worked for Maine National Bank for 30 years and was appointed director of the Maine State Lottery in 1987.

John Faherty, MBA’55, of Hagerstown, Md., died Nov. 24. He served in the Army during the Korean War and had a long career in the aviation industry. After he retired, he focused on community service.

Lawrence Cohen ’57 of Brookline, Mass., died Nov. 3. He served in the Air National Guard and worked for Polaroid until his retirement in 2000.

William Horwitch ’57 of Northbrook, Ill., died in February 2016.

Clyde Claus, MBA’58, of Barnstable, Mass., died. An Army veteran, he was executive vice president and senior managing director of trusts and investments at FirsTier Bank.

Kenneth Rice, MBA’58, of Indianapolis died Oct. 23. An Army veteran, he worked for more than 30 years in banking and retired as a senior vice president at National City Bank.

Michael Woodworth ’58 of Terre Haute, Ind., died Oct. 1. He was a veteran of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Army National Guard units, and he retired from Columbia House in 1994.

Robert Fitzgerald, MBA’59, of Newton, Mass., died Oct. 5. He was president of Harbor National Bank in Boston.

Raymond Florence ’59, of York, Pa., died July 25. He served in the Air Force and worked at Cole Steel, BorgWarner, and Computer Ease Associates in York.

Robert Clark ’60 of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and Stuart, Fla., died Nov. 9. He served in the Marines during the Korean War and spent his career with Procter & Gamble.

Thomas Cummings, MBA’61, of Sudbury, Mass., died Oct. 5. An Army veteran, he became an attorney in 1977.

Fuller Duncan ’62 of Kingston, Jamaica, died Nov. 14. He owned and operated Jamaica Pre-Mix, a concrete and aggregate company.

Stephen Goldstein ’63 of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died July 12.

Ronald Marinaro ’63 of Bradley Beach, N.J., died Oct. 26. A veteran of the Air National Guard, he worked at IBM for more than 25 years.

Jeffrey Wolfe ’69 of Spring Township, Pa., died Sept. 4.

James Rogers, MBA’70, of The Villages, Fla., died July 1. He was a retired financial analyst in the life-insurance industry.

Norman Beauchamp, MBA’71, of St. Johns, Mich., died Sept. 16. A CPA, he worked with computer systems in the state’s auditor general’s office.

Francis Haegeman ’71 of Brooksville, Fla., died Sept. 13. An Army veteran, he retired as a cost accountant for computer-manufacturing companies.

Philip Therrien ’71 of Manchester, N.H., died Nov. 21. He was a deputy sheriff of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and served in the New Hampshire State Police Auxiliary.

Paul Yanuskiewicz ’73 of Stoughton, Mass., died Oct. 21. An insurance replacement specialist, he worked at Insurers World/Home Entertainment Distributors for 30 years.

David “Garry” Garrison, MBA’74, of Cascade, Colo., died Oct. 15. After serving in the Army for 20 years, he retired in 1983 and became a CPA.

Brian Long, MBA’74, of Hyannis, Mass., died Oct. 28. An Army veteran, he retired as a vice president of Fidelity Management.

Bruce Anderson ’75 of Falmouth, Mass., died Nov. 22. He worked in real estate and home construction for more than 40 years.

Maynard Moyer, MBA’75, of Hingham, Mass., died Oct. 22. An Air Force veteran, he had a 40-year career at General Electric. Survivors include his daughter, Carol Slicklen ’84.

George Dibble, MBA’76, of Williamsburg, Va., died Oct. 6. He retired as a colonel in the Army.

Benjamin Palleiko, MBA’76, of Newbury, N.H., and Westborough, Mass., died Nov. 12. An engineer, he retired from the MIT Technology Licensing Office in 2012.

Philip Clark, MBA’78, of Falmouth, Mass., died Sept. 28. He worked in technology sales.

William Mobilia ’81 of Salem, N.H., died Aug. 17. He worked at The MEG Companies in Londonderry.

Daniel Collins ’83 of Falmouth, Mass., died Oct. 8.

William Harris, MBA’84, of Falmouth, Mass., died Oct. 11. He worked in telecommunications sales for 40 years and later in property management.

Carol Henry, MBA’84, of Harrisville, R.I., died Sept. 1. She was a senior financial analyst when she retired in 2011.

Beth Murphy, MBA’95, of Portland, Maine, died Oct. 13. She was treasurer and vice president at her family’s Wellesley business, F. Diehl & Son, where she had worked for 20 years.