Spring 2020

News, Notes, and Nods: Undergraduates


Partner Ronald G. Weiner’s firm, Perelson Weiner LLP, was named by Forbes as one of America’s Top Recommended Tax and Accounting Firms. Among the 227 firms identified, Perelson Weiner was recommended for both tax and accounting services. Perelson Weiner also was included for the sixth year in the “Best of the Best Accounting Firms” by INSIDE Public Accounting.


William Dooley is a GED educator at Lorenzo Walker Technical College in Naples, Florida, and has been helping incarcerated people receive their high school diplomas.


Daniel Portnoy was appointed chief merchandising officer of specialty grocer The Fresh Market. He has spent more than 35 years in food retail merchandising and marketing, and was previously CEO of Kings Super Markets/Balducci’s Markets and chief merchandising and marketing officer at Winn-Dixie Stores. “With Dan at the helm of our merchandising team, I am confident that we will achieve our vision of being the premier fresh-focused specialty food retailer,” The Fresh Market President and CEO Larry Appel said.


Carl P. Meyer, executive vice president of the Wetrich Group, was inducted into the Bellwether League Class of 2019. The Bellwether League is considered a hall of fame for healthcare supply chain professionals, recognizing those who have made a positive, innovative, and lasting impact on the healthcare supply chain.


A group of several 1982 Babson College graduates enjoyed a golf outing in Florida. From left to right, Tom Lydon, Jim Belli ’81, Jim Merlin, Ken Romanzi, Chris Williams ’82, MBA’83, Ed Sheehy, Jamie Dulick, Dave Lamere, Joe O’Connor ’81, Howard Nager, Ken Jasper. Missing from the photo is David Koopman.


Brad Hoffman and a group of friends celebrated his 60th birthday. From left to right, Bruce Winer ’81, P’11, Bill Coveney ’82, Brad Ely ’82, Jim Hagen ’82, Hoffman, Peter Lake ’82, Paul Leyden ’82, George Simopoulos ’84, Neal Cherkas, and Charlie Feuer ’82, P’12.


Bruce Truesdale joined Varcode, maker of digital, time, and temperature supply chain solutions, as director of business development. He has 25 years of experience with responsibilities in sales, marketing, strategy, and product development, and he has developed solutions in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and food industries.

Mark Mettler P’13 published his first novel, Hell Is the CEO. The book explores the personal toll of shareholder capitalism, and questions whether it is possible to succeed without sacrificing one’s humanity. Mettler worked in multiple corporations for more than 30 years and currently is an advisor to consumer product startups.

Members from the Class of 1983 celebrated the induction of some of their classmates into the Babson Athletics Hall of Fame during the Centennial celebrations last September, including Neal Coughlin, Michael Fiorentino, James Fisher P’14, Karen Mooney Bessette, Jay Nusblatt, James Olivier MBA’06, P’17, John Pantuosco, and Rodolphe von Berg, with the rest of the 1980 men’s soccer national championship team.


Kevin Kervick was hired as solar products business manager of OMG Roofing Products. In his role, Kervick has developed and implemented a plan for the solar business division of the company, and also manages solar sales and product development. He previously worked in sales and marketing consulting.


Mark Satran joined aerospace, defense, and government services, and power generation private equity investor AE Industrial Partners as a senior managing director. Satran has more than 30 years of structured finance and aviation leasing experience and previously served as managing director of Alterna Capital Partners.


John McCabe was appointed chief financial officer of immunotherapies company Oncorus Inc. McCabe previously served as chief financial officer of Flex Pharma, now known as Salarius Pharmaceuticals. “With its novel innovations, proprietary intellectual property portfolio, top-notch talent and leadership, and mission-driven culture, Oncorus has the elements to deliver substantial impact for patients,” McCabe said. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to this company’s journey.”

Robert Howe was named chief financial officer of medical technology company Conformis, which develops, manufactures, and sells patient-specific knee and hip joint replacement implants. Most recently, Howe served as vice president of finance and corporate controller at NxStage Medical Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience at public medical device companies.


Michael Landsberg, founder and chief investment officer at Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management, was recognized among Forbes magazine’s Best-In-State Wealth Advisors for 2020, the third time he has made the list. This year’s list spotlights more than 3,000 top advisors from across the country. “Year after year, these rankings give strong validation of the work everyone at our firm does on behalf of our clients,” he said.


Gregg Capone was named senior vice president of customer success for payment platform BlueSnap. Capone comes to BlueSnap with more than 25 years of experience with customer success and operations at business-to-business companies. At BlueSnap, Capone will work to improve the company’s customer satisfaction, retention, and loyalty. “By expanding their customer success operations, we can help more merchants reach customers and markets that would have been inaccessible without BlueSnap’s technology,” Capone said.


Andrea Horne took a 10-day sea voyage to Antarctica, which she described as an “unforgettable experience.” The trip completed her bucket-list goal of visiting all seven continents.


Rodrigo Mantica established two private hydropower plants connected to the national energy grid in his home country of Nicaragua. Both power plants are a result of a 14-year effort and generate 15% of the country’s hydropower, producing clean energy in a shift to move away from petroleum-based sources, which in 2006, produced 80% of the country’s energy. Today, 50% of Nicaragua’s energy is generated through renewable sources.


Susan Gillis founded New England Rock Moss Company to revive Massachusetts’ mossing and seaweed industries. Gillis said there are numerous health benefits to Irish moss, dulse, and bladderwrack, which promote blood and thyroid health, mood balancing, and respiratory health. Irish moss also is used in the production of ice cream, beer, skincare, pharmaceuticals, and toothpaste. The local industry thrived until the mid-1980s when manufacturers began importing algae and seaweeds, she said.


Jill Shaw MBA’07, director of private markets for Cambridge Associates, was named to The Wall Street Journal’s Women to Watch list. In her role, Shaw develops ideas for new private investments and builds portfolios, ranging in size from $60 million to $4.5 billion, for the firm’s nonprofit clients and high-net-worth families. She began her career at Cambridge in 2001 as a member of the firm’s investment-performance group.


Luis Carlos Reyes married Fabiola Rueda on August 10, 2019, in Roatan, Honduras. Babson College attendees pictured from left to right: Perla Brito Cuevas ’05, Reyes, Ana Rodriguez ’05, Carla Minaya ’06, Mariam Haqqie ’07 and her husband, Umair Zaeem, and Rushab Nahar ’07.


Jacqueline Chambers married Murat Koseoglu on September 21, 2019, in Crete, Greece. The couple met when they were colleagues on Seabourn Cruise Line — Chambers was the assistant cruise director and Koseoglu was the destinations manager. The couple now reside in New York. Pictured are Lecturer in the Management Division Bret Bero P’14, Tiffany Otto ’12, Koseoglu, Chambers, Catherine Lau ’10, Vanessa Theoharis ’10, Lauren Birnbaum ’10 and her husband, Jonathan Birnbaum.


Caitlin O’Neill and Megan Cyr ’11 were married July 20, 2019, at The Lake House Guest Cottages of the Berkshires in Lanesborough, Massachusetts. The wedding was attended by 30 Babson College alumni.


Alyssa Smith married Martin Smith on June 22, 2019, at Grittleton House in Wiltshire, England, near their home. Alyssa and Martin met when they were traveling in Australia. Family and friends from near and far were in attendance, including, from left to right, Victoria Ghafoor ’10, MS’10, John Brotchie ’11, Katy Brotchie ’11, Alyssa Smith, Martin Smith, Ashley Tolentino ’11, Georgina Griffiths ’10, Samantha Trusiak ’10, MS’10, and Lexie Toorock ’11.

Megan Cyr and Caitlin O’Neill ’10  were married July 20, 2019. See 2010 above.


Lauren von Stackelberg spent a few months traveling with friends from Babson College. She spent a month in Mexico and Cuba with Shaun McCreedy ’12, time in Napa Valley and Seattle with Joe Kent ’12, and time in Colombia, Turkey, and Spain with her husband, Nico von Stackelberg ’12.

Shaun McCreedy has been running his photography business, Shot by Shaun Photography, for more than three years in San Francisco and Honolulu, and provides portrait and event photography services for those who live “passionately and adventurously.”

Max Walker MBA’21 and Paige Ballard ’13 were married May 11, 2019, at Tupper Manor in Beverly, Massachusetts, surrounded by Sigma Kappa and Babson College men’s soccer alumni. Alumni in sttendance included Lauren (Savastano) Langlais ’13, Zach Willner ’13, Jennifer Sargent ’12, Ariana (Bates) Mason ’10, Clint Mason ’12, Ryan Obolewicz ’12, Ian Siekman ’11, Edson Silva ’12, MS’12, MBA’18, Derek Foy ’12, Robert Schmidt-Chang ’12, Sarah Hickey ’14, MS’14, Tim Winn ’09, Mackenzi (Blais) Larence ’14, Chris Morris ’10, Pete Crowley ’12, Fabian Suessenguth ’12, Leigh (DeStefano) Coull ’13, Sasha (Pelich) Weinreich ’10, Jessica (Plunkett) Lynch ’13, MS’13, MBA’18, Conor Lynch ’13, MS’13, and Jennifer DeLacey ’13.


Alexandra Glazer and James Brasco celebrated their wedding September 15, 2019, with a ceremony in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and a reception at Misselwood in Beverly Farms. The wedding was attended by 12 Babson College alumni: Hugh Glazer ’77, P’13, Carey Roessel ’77, Steven Hoxsie ’79, Patty Thibodeau ’81, Adam Conway ’98, Mike Manning ’01, Shawn Namm ’11, Hyo Lee ’13, Keira Yeager ’13, Jazz Dhillon ’15, Sam Barber ’16, and Leanne Tremblay ’16.

Paige Ballard and Max Walker ’12, MBA’21 were married May 11, 2019. See 2012 above.


Kate Rust MBA’19 and Bryan Rust ’14 were married on October 12, 2019, at Aldworth Manor in Harrisville, New Hampshire. More than 20 Babson College alumni were in attendance, including Owen Rust ’18 (best man), George Genco ’14 (groomsman), Puneeth Kumar ’14 (groomsman), Josefa Riveros ’14 (bridesmaid), Marissa Almeida ’14 (bridesmaid), Kristen Dombrowski ’14 (bridesmaid), Alissa Shulman ’14 (bridesmaid), Katelyn (Alfano) McCabe ’12 (bridesmaid), Jon Remillard ’14, MS’14, Ben Pasquariello ’14, Leisl Bard ’16, Dillon Ventura ’14, MS’14, Christina Miquel ’14, Alexa Kallianiotes ’14, Rachel Satell ’12, Patricia Manent ’15, Jamie Rappoport ’14, Kate (Katherine) Murphy ’13, MBA’18, Melissa Kandrach ’14, Andrea Murray ’14, Matthew Bujnicki ’09, and Elena West ’17 (not pictured).


Nina Shapiro and Zach Sufrin ’15 were married October 12, 2019, in Foxborough, Massachusetts, surrounded by Babson friends.


Zach Sufrin and Nina Shapiro ’14 were married October 12, 2019. See 2014 above.


Daniel Landy was promoted from assistant to the president to vice president at UMH Properties Inc. The public equity REIT owns and operates 122 manufactured home communities with about 23,000 developed homesites from New York to Michigan.

Kristen Haislip and Logan Brown MBA’17 married October 8, 2019, at the Laie Hawaii Temple after meeting at Babson College three years earlier. The church was built in 1919, the same year Babson was founded. Haislip’s bridesmaids included Alana Atchison ’17, Drishti Chhabria ’17, and Annie Schirm ’17.

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