Public Matters - Class of 2014
FRANK CLARK is Park Ranger at the Tsongas Industrial History Center (TIHC), a partnership between UMass Lowell Graduate School of Education and Lowell National Historical Park. The TIHC uses the resources of Lowell’s national park to engage students in grades 3-12 in such topics as labor history, immigration, economics, textile production, globalization, technology/engineering, and the impacts of industrialization on nature and society. Frank began his career in Lowell with the National Park Service in 1991 and has been responsible for tours, exhibition planning, and many special events. He is the author of Around Somersworth, a photo-history book in the Images of American series and has served as President of the Somersworth (NH) Historical society. A graduate of UMass Lowell, he received a master’s degree in American history from the University of Maine, Orono. Frank lives in Merrimack, NH.
MAURA CLARK is the Assistant Treasurer/Branch Manager of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s (JDCU) Lowell Branch. Maura began working for JDCU as a Member Service Representative in 2005 and has since served the credit union in various management positions. She began her career in finance in Lowell in the late 80s. She is past secretary of the Lowell Highlands Sports Association and past treasurer of the Tyngsboro-Dunstable Rotary Club. Maura is a longtime supporter of the Merrimack Valley Start! Heart Walk for the American Heart Association, Catie’s Closet, Kids at Heart and other charitable events. She is a graduate of Lowell High School and attended UMass Lowell and Boston’s Banking Institute. Maura is enrolled in the Business Administration program at Southern New Hampshire University. She lives in Lowell.
DEREK DEVOE is a Commercial Loan Officer at Washington Savings Bank. He analyses loan applications and recommends action at the loan committee level. He negotiates credit terms such as cost, loan repayment methods, and collateral specifications. Prior to joining Washington Savings Bank, Derek was Vice President, Small Business Banker, for Bank of America in the Beverly and Salem region. Previously, he owned Devoe International, a marketing and advertising company that focused on small businesses. He managed business to business sales, networking, community involvement, training, payroll, customer service, and website creator and editor. Derek attended Salem State’s Business and Marketing program. He lives in Haverhill.
KIRSTEN DOHERTY is Project Director for the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR) in Boston. She is developing a statewide network of addiction recovery community organizations to enhance peer to peer recovery models across the state. Her efforts will help mobilize and empower peers (those in recovery) to have a voice in local and statewide policies and budgets. During her year in Public Matters, Kirsten was a Community Health Planner and had worked at the Department of Planning and Development as an Urban Renewal project intern. She conducted an economic and health evaluation of the impact of community redevelopment on two state-designated urban renewal districts. Kirsten worked on completing a comprehensive metric tool to evaluate land use and development projects to ensure alignment with health, social justice and sustainability objectives. Kirsten was a Founding Board Member and the Treasurer of the Massachusetts Prevention Alliance (MAPA), an organization that coordinates local and regional grassroots advocacy and education efforts to advance health policy. After nearly 20 years as a fundraising professional, she transitioned to a career in community health with an interest in health equity. She was a Community Health Specialist at the Northeast Center for Healthy Communities, a former department of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. Kirsten received her BA and MBA from Bentley University and a Certificate in Regional, Economic and Social Development from UMass Lowell. Kirsten lives in Lowell.
MELINDA FERULLO is a Project Engineer at AMEC E&I located in Chelmsford MA, with the civil engineering and remediation group. AMEC is a leading supplier of consultancy, engineering and project management services to customers in the world’s oil and gas, mining, clean energy, environment and infrastructure markets. Some of her duties include preparing cost estimates, design alternatives for feasibility studies, work plans for implementing design and construction, and management oversight of selected remedial construction projects. Melinda was previously employed by Watermark Environmental, Inc. of Lowell. Before graduating from UMass Lowell with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, she interned for three years at AMEC Earth and Environmental in Westford. Among the many professional affiliations Melinda maintains are: American Society of Civil Engineers; Boston Society of Civil Engineers; and New England Water Assoc. She is a member of Chi Epsilon, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Tau Beta Pi. Melinda volunteers for the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, and participates in the Thanksgiving Dinner for the Greater Lowell Boys and Girls Club. She lives in Lowell.
SUSAN HALTER is the City of Lowell’s Director of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Executive Director of Cultural Organizations of Lowell (COOL). Susan is responsible for identifying and building strategic alliances among Lowell’s cultural organizations and nurturing the growing artist community. She serves as City liaison to local, state, and regional cultural organizations including the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Park Service, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Susan coordinates marketing and public relations for the City and COOL. She works with local organizations to present public events including 4th of July Fireworks; Riverfest; Monster Bash; City of Lights; and In the Acre, a neighborhood celebration. Prior to coming to Lowell, Susan was executive director of LynnArts. A visual artist herself, Halter is a strong advocate for the value of art in a community and its ability to enhance the quality of life and the economic vitality for both residents and businesses of a city. A graduate of Emerson College, she lives in Medford.
ELIZABETH KEGLEY is the Executive Director of Merrimack Repertory Theatre. She joined MRT in July to help propel the company into a new stage of maturity and growth. Prior to coming to Lowell, Elizabeth was the Managing Director of Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Texas, where she was charged with expanding development efforts and cultivating new funding streams. Elizabeth earned a master’s in arts management and a master’s of business administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She held internships in the following institutions while pursuing her MA and MBA: Development Department, The Dallas Opera, Dallas; Office of Research & Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC; and Business Council for the Arts, Dallas. Elizabeth began her career in theater as a professional stage manager on over 40 productions around the country. She received her undergraduate degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Elizabeth lives in Lowell.
GWEN KOZLOWSKI is the Stewardship and Education Manager for the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, a nonprofit land trust with a mission to improve the quality of life for the people of Lowell through the creation, conservation, and preservation of parks, open spaces, and special places. Gwen manages Trust properties; assists with communications with membership; manages volunteers; and coordinates, designs, and implements environmental programs at Lowell schools. She is also a teacher naturalist at Audubon Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. The following is a selected list of positions Gwen has held: Field research assistant for Nantucket Conservation Foundation; land steward at Mount Grace land Conservation Trust in Athol; field intern and Conservation Aide for the Maine Natural Areas Program; and Land Stewardship Intern for the Student Conservation Association in Vermont. While completing her studies in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, Gwen worked at the Round River Conservation Studies in Ecuador and volunteered for Fundación Neotropica in Osa, Costa Rica. Gwen lives in Lowell.
CHRISTINE McCALL is Director of Communications and Constituent Services for State Senator Eileen Donoghue of Lowell. Christine works with relevant state agencies and others to assist constituents with casework matters. She serves as Senator Donoghue’s correspondence-and-outreach manager and is responsible for writing press releases and press advisories. With other staff members, she helps produce a quarterly newsletter and a bi-monthly cable show, the Beacon Hill Buzz. While completing her bachelor’s degree at Bates College, Christine was a member of the Bates Varsity Women’s Basketball Team (Captain, 2010-2011) and the Bates Varsity Women’s Golf Team (Captain 2010-2011). While at Bates, she developed and implemented a conversational English class for adult Somali refugees and assisted with GED preparation. She lives in Lowell.
KATELYN McNAMARA is the Product Brand Manager and Multimedia Advertising Manager for The Sun newspaper. Kate developed, launched, and manages whatdoUwannado, a website and print product that focuses on dining, nightlife, entertainment and recreational hotspots in Southern New Hampshire and Merrimack Valley. She oversees the product's layout, design, branding, advertising, and editorial content. She also serves as the advertising manager for The Sun, aiding with campaign creation and advertising sales. Before joining The Sun, Kate was a copywriter and creative marketing director for Nice Branding Agency in Lakeland, Florida. Kate is active in the Lowell Sun Santa effort which provides a toy and a holiday meal for families in need in Greater Lowell. Kate graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Journalism and lives in Londonderry, NH.
MEGHAN MOORE owns and operates Megpix Photography from her studio at Western Ave. As artist and business manager, Meghan is responsible for photography, client interface, accounting, marketing and promotion, website upkeep, and all aspects of production. Meghan was a Founding Member of both the Western Ave. Studios Artists Association and the Friends of Western Ave. Prior to coming to Lowell, Meghan began her photography career, was Co-Op Studio Manager for Camera Work Studio in Boston, and was Executive Director of Somerville Open Studios. She was a Photographic Consultant for Lowell High School and volunteers for Greater Lowell Boys and Girls Club and Mill City Grows. A recent exhibition of her work documenting Mill City Grows first season of gardeners was shown at Lowell Telecommunications Corp. Meghan studied for a year at the University of Tübingen, Germany and graduated from Swarthmore College. Meghan lives in Lowell.
STEPHANIE MORROW is the Assistant Branch Manager of Sage Bank’s Hurd Street Retail Branch. Stephanie manages daily branch operations, including scheduling staff; and directs, coordinates, and monitors activities to implement Sage Bank’s policies, procedures, and practices. She is a graduate of the New England School of Finance at Babson College, a two-year program of studies that broadens the skills of supervisory personnel and trains them to make decisions that promotes profitability. Classes combine lectures with case studies to involve participants actively in the process of research, analysis and creative planning. Stephanie completed five assigned independent study projects. Her course culminated in a comprehensive computerized simulation that challenges students to assume senior management responsibilities. Prior to joining the Sage Bank team, Stephanie worked at First Essex Bank/Sovereign Bank. She lives in Dracut.
MICHAEL PAGLIA is a Career Advisor for the Career Center in Lowell. He is responsible for evaluating job-seekers for training and employment opportunities. He provides counseling for resume-writing and interviewing. Prior to working at the Career Center, Michael was Assistant to Lowell Mayors William F. Martin, Jr. and Edward “Bud” Caulfield, serving as liaison to the public, foreign delegations, and municipal departments. He convened and facilitated the Mayor’s Youth Commission and Census 2010 Complete Count Committee. He was responsible for preparing citations, proclamations, remarks, and talking points for the Mayor. Among the many committees on which Michael served are: Citizens Advisory for the distribution of Housing Opportunities for People With Aids (HOPWA); Health & Wellness; and the United Way Campaign. He volunteers for many city events including WinterFest, the Lowell Folk Festival, and the City of Lights Parade. Michael received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his master’s in the Economic & Social Development of Regions from UMass Lowell.
SAORAN ROUETH is an Administrative Support Assistant at Lowell National Historical Park. Saoran initially worked in the unique position as an NPS park aide. Hired in 2007, she was one of the first students in this position to not only gain experience working at park sites, but to conduct boat tours and present traditional Cambodian games at the annual Southeast Asian Water Festival. Saoran served as a youth facilitator for the UMass Lowell Center for Family, Work and Community River Ambassador Program from 2005 through 2007. Working with 15 Lowell High School youths interested in educating the community about the environment, Saoran assisted the program coordinator, planned and conducted weekly meetings, and organized trips and activities. Saoran is a graduate of Lowell High School, Middlesex Community College, and UMass, Lowell. She is fluent in Khmer, and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for excellence in business studies. Saoran lives in Lowell.
PETER SAING will complete his undergraduate studies in Community Health at UMass Lowell in 2014. He is the president of the Community Health Education Club and in that role he has built a strong and diverse team of active members who have successfully engaged the campus community in health capacity-building projects. As a Lowell resident, he has fostered relationships with the city’s Health and Planning Departments and Mill City Grows and other non-profits to bring UMass Lowell students to be engaged in health capacity building projects. A member of Lowell’s Cambodian community, Peter understands the importance of advancing cultural competence in all efforts to make Lowell a stronger community. Recognizing his grasp of public health concepts and the community-building skills he has already honed, he was recently hired at the Lowell Health Department to work on community-based health projects.
ERIC SLAGLE is the Director of Development Services in the City of Lowell’s Department of Planning and Development. He oversees all project reviews, permitting, zoning, and code enforcement personnel and operations. He develops and implements programs and policies to enhance code enforcement practices, streamlines economic development permitting, and enhances customer service for project applicants. Eric and his staff administer and author land-use, building, conservation, housing, sanitary, and historic regulations and policies consistent with the City of Lowell Comprehensive Master Plan. Prior to joining DPD, Eric was Assistant City Solicitor for Lowell and Acting City Clerk. Before coming to Lowell, Eric was initially an intern than associate at Kopelman and Paige, P.C., in Boston. He is a board member on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Melrose. For many years, Eric volunteered for Shelter, Inc., in Cambridge and for Habitat for Humanity in Newport News and Richmond, Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and his law degree from Northeastern University. Eric lives in Melrose.
ELLIOTT VELOSO is an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Lowell. He assists the City Solicitor in providing legal services and counsel to the City and its employees in numerous areas, including drafting local legislation, zoning, tax title takings, and the defense of tort claims. Before coming to Lowell, Elliott worked as the Operations Management Volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua and was a Crew Leader for the 2010 Census Operations. He received his J.D. from University at Buffalo Law School. While attending law school he was involved in the following selected list of activities and societies: Vice President, Moot Court Board; Order of Barristers, National Oralist Honors Society; Philanthropy Committee Chairperson, Alternative Dispute Resolution Group; and Associate Editor, University at Buffalo Law School Public Interest Law Journal. Elliott received his B.A. from Brandeis University. He lives in Hudson, NH.
JAMES WARREN is Residence Hall Director at UMass Lowell and performs on-duty responsibilities and crisis response for UML’s residential community of 4,000 students. James is Chair of the Inclusion Committee, which fosters the engagement of students from diverse backgrounds. He was a founder and continues to serve as one of the advisors for the UML Lowell Gospel Choir and M.A.L.E.S. (Men Achieving Leadership, Excellence & Success). James joined UMass Lowell after working at the State University of New York (S.U.N.Y), Binghamton and the Catholic Family Center, Rochester, NY. He earned a bachelor of science degree in Professional Technical Communications from Rochester Institute of Technology and a graduate certificate in Diversity in the Workplace from UMass Lowell. James holds a master’s degree in the Economic and Social Development of Regions from UMass Lowell. He lives in Lowell.
CAROLYN WILSON is the Tenant Coordinator at the Wannalancit Mills for Farley White Management. She assists the management team in promoting, establishing, and maintaining positive relations with the tenants; and assists in the day-to-day operations of the property. Prior to joining Farley White, Carolyn was the Facility Coordinator at Amgen in Cambridge for Jones Lang LaSalle, a financial and professional services firm specializing in commercial real estate services and investment management. She was an administrative assistant in facilities management and planning office at Bridgewater State University for three years before graduating with a bachelor of science degree. Carolyn is a volunteer for the Birthday Wishes Foundation. She lives in Chelmsford.
KEVIN BISHOP is an Assistant Vice President and Bank Manager at Eastern Bank. Kevin has worked in both consumer and commercial finance for nearly twenty years. He is responsible for the overall management of the Eastern Bank branch in Lowell’s Centralville neighborhood. Kevin has a proven track record in sales management, leadership development, and project management. Before joining Eastern Bank, he held positions in New Hampshire at RBS Citizens Bank in Keene, First Eastern Mortgage Corporation in Bedford, and HSBC International in Nashua. His extensive volunteer experience includes working with Rotary International, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell, Junior Achievement, LeTip International, Habitat for Humanity, Henniker Youth Hockey Association, and John Sark Generals Youth Lacrosse. A graduate of Plymouth State College, Kevin lives in Weare, NH.