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  • Gregory B. Janey, '04, Chair
    Principal Owner, Janey Construction Management and Consulting, Inc.

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    Greg Janey is principal owner of JANEY Construction Management & Consulting, Inc., a leading construction management company in the New England region. Mr. Janey founded the company in 1984 and brings a strong engineering background and a wealth of technical expertise to the construction and renovation projects that he oversees both in commercial and residential settings. He manages and monitors projects ranging from $5 million to $200 million in scope.

    Mr. Janey served as a founding officer for the Massachusetts Minority Contractors Association, and on the advisory committees for Madison Park High School and the Private Industry Council. He is a past president of the Northeast division of the Construction Management Association of America and the Vice Chair of the CMAA’s national board. He is also a program evaluator for ABET, which accredits college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

    Mr. Janey holds an Associate degree in Architectural Technology, a B.S in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology, an M.S in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University, and an Honorary Doctor of Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

    He was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2008 and to the Institute’s Board of Trustees in 2012. He chairs the board’s Facilities and the Presidential Search Committee and serves on its Academic Affairs and Long- Range Planning committees. He also has served on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and has been actively involved with Wentworth’s Industrial Professional Advisory Committees.

  • Rose Conti, BCN'92, ABC '09, BCM '12, Vice Chair
    Vice President, Lee Kennedy Company

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    For over thirty-five years Rose has worked in the Greater Boston construction industry. Rose is the Vice President for Lee Kennedy Company, a Quincy-based construction management firm founded in 1978 whose volume last year was $450,000,000.00. In this role, she is responsible for the renovation and building infrastructure projects of all sizes in the corporate, academic, life sciences, bio-medical, and non-profit groups.

    Prior to joining Lee Kennedy Company, Ms. Conti’s career has advanced from being an assistant project manager, a project manager, owner’s representative, project executive and director almost exclusively in the tenant interiors area. Philosophically, Rose follows the dictum, “At the end of the day, my clients are all that matter. Treating them well will always pay off in the long run, and it is a long run.”

    Rose has been educating herself on a life-long basis, previously attending certificate programs at WIT for eight years. In the spring of 2012, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. She earned an Associate’s degree in Building Construction in 2009. Prior to studies at WIT, she attended Burdett School, Regis College, and Simmons College School of Management. Rose has an unrestricted MA Builder’s license, is CM-LEAN accredited, is OSHA trained, and CPR/AED certified.

    Rose is Past President of the Wentworth Alumni Association. She served as President for two years; she has served as Director, Second Vice President, First Vice President and chairs the golf committee. She is on the Women@Wentworth programming committee. She is a member of the Long Range Planning Committee. She has also been active in the United Way, Patriot’s Trail Girl Scouts, DARE and STAR programs in Burlington, MA, as well as NAWIC (President 2002-03), NEWIRE, IFMA, CoreNet and AGC. Rose is the proud recipient of the 2008 Wentworth Woman of the Year Award, 2015 Wentworth Distinguished Alumni Award, and 2017 Wentworth Gold Leopard Award.

  • Douglas (Doug) J. Karam, Secretary
    President KVAssociates, Inc. 

    Headshot of Douglas KaramDoug Karam is Founder and President of KVAssociates, a Boston-based construction consulting firm that provides owner’s project management services to building owners, government entities, and private institutions. With over 35 years of experience and industry knowledge, Mr. Karam successfully manages a variety of building programs by providing leadership and guidance to design and construction teams. With a focus on healthcare, life science, research, academic, residential, hospitality, and commercial construction projects, Mr. Karam takes pride in building long-term relationships as well as buildings. Prior to founding KVA in 1990, Mr. Karam worked at Turner Construction Company and Spaulding & Slye. He is a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and a past board member of the Salem Historical Commission.

    Mr. Karam received a bachelor’s degree in Building Construction Engineering Technology from Wentworth in 1983 and is a strong supporter of Wentworth’s mentoring program.

    Mr. Karam was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2012 and to the Board of Trustees in 2014 and currently serves on the Facilities, Long Range Planning, and Academic Affairs committees.

  • Mark A. Thompson, PhD., President
    Wentworth Institute of Technology

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    Mark A. Thompson, Ph.D., became the fifth president of Wentworth Institute of Technology on June 1, 2019.

    His career in higher education spans more than 25 years—from teaching and advising students at Marshall University and Morehouse College to serving in senior-administration roles at Quinnipiac University.

    Thompson was at Quinnipiac for 21 years (beginning in 1998) before accepting the presidency at Wentworth. He served there as associate dean of the school of business and later as executive vice president and provost. Among other accomplishments at Quinnipiac, Thompson led the establishment of engineering and medical schools. He earned a reputation as a popular advocate for students and valued, progressive member of the university community.

    Earlier in his career, Thompson directed the Center for Business and Economic Research and was an assistant professor of economics at Marshall University’s Elizabeth McDowell Lewis College of Business.

    He has a bachelor’s degree in economics-finance from Bentley University, an M.B.A. from Western New England University, and Ph.D. in economics from Georgia State University.

    His expertise includes urban and regional economics, and economic development. He has worked on regional economic initiatives with many private and public constituents and, as part of those efforts, completed more than 100 technical reports—ranging from economic impact assessments and strategic plans, to feasibility studies and business proposals.

    Thompson’s academic research has focused on the consequences of residential housing segregation, issues related to labor market discrimination and assessing the impact of intellectual property rights on the economic growth rates of developing countries. His work appears in academic journals including Economic Development QuarterlyJournal of Economic DevelopmentJournal of Enterprising Culture and Journal of Economics and Finance.

    He has also written a book chapter under a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation and made numerous conference presentations.

    Born in Providence, Thompson lived in Pawtucket and Barrington, R.I., as a child. His family moved to Eastham, Mass., when he was in the 5th grade.

    He is married to Karyn Thompson, an early childhood educator with a master’s degree as a reading specialist. She worked in public schools, had her own nursery school and taught a freshman seminar at Quinnipiac. The couple has two daughters: Elizabeth, a social worker in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Kathryn, a teacher’s assistant at Kennedy Day School in Brighton, Mass., who in the fall of 2019 began working toward her master’s degree in social work at Simmons University.

  • Noelle Benavides ‘19
    Sr. Agile Project Manager, Foundation Medicine

    Noelle Benavides Noelle Benavides is currently a Senior Project Manager at Foundation Medicine, Inc., a world-leading molecular insights company specializing in providing patients, physicians and researchers with a deep understanding of the genomic mutations that drive cancer. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing and building the strategic portfolio for operations while leading multiple international teams to ensure streamlined functioning of clinical laboratories while meeting regulatory standards.  

    Ms. Benavides is a recent alumnae of Wentworth Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering. During her time at Wentworth, Noelle most notably served as a Senior Resident Assistant, Student Admissions Ambassador, Student Representative on the Presidential Search Committee and the 2019 Summer Commencement Student Speaker.  

    In 2022, Noelle Benavides was elected to Wentworth's Board of Trustees as the inaugural Recent Alumni Trustee position and currently serves on the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and the Audit Committee. Ms. Benavides' civic involvement includes serving as a founding board member on the Emerging Leaders of the Boston Public Library Fund.  

  • David C. Blittersdorf, ’77, ’14 (Hon.)
    President and Chief Executive Officer, AllEarth Renewables, Inc.

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    David Blittersdorf, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AllEarth Renewables, a company he founded that designs and manufactures grid-tied solar PV tracking systems. AllEarth Renewables manufacturers the dual-axis AllSun Tracker, an affordable, complete grid-connected solar electric system that produces up to 45% more energy than fixed rooftop systems, and which is currently sold in 30 states via a national network of dealer-installers. In 1982 when the wind industry was in its infancy, Mr. Blittersdorf founded NRG Systems, his first entrepreneurial venture that grew into an internationally recognized leader in wind measurement technology. Twenty-two years later, Mr. Blittersdorf stepped down as CEO of NRG Systems to kick-off his second entrepreneurial venture at AllEarth Renewables.

    Mr. Blittersdorf volunteers his time to organizations connected with renewable energy, education, and preparing for a post-peak-oil world. He serves in leadership roles and as a member of several boards and advisory groups, including the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas – USA, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Renewable Energy Vermont, the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the SUNY-Canton Engineering School, among others.

    Mr. Blittersdorf received an associate’s degree in Mechanical Design Engineering Technology from Wentworth in 1977 and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1981. He gave the summer commencement address in 2014 when he received an honorary doctorate degree from Wentworth. He was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2013. He is currently serving on the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.

  • Anthony Bond, MSCM ’12
    CEO & President, BOND Brothers, Inc. 

    Anthony Bond As CEO & President, Tony oversees the strategic direction and long-term growth of the entire BOND Family of Companies. Tony has shown tremendous leadership in developing BOND’s Connecticut and New York City offices as well as extending the firm’s reach to the Mid-Atlantic markets. In addition, he has most recently expanded the BOND brand with the opening of BOND’s newest venture, BOND Mechanical Construction. Being a fifth generation Bond, Tony has grown up in the construction industry and has many years of hands-on construction experience concentrating on complex logistics for clients in the power & energy markets as well as having worked in the academic and corporate spaces. Having worked his way through multiple roles in the company, Tony is highly efficient and responsive in navigating technical and business issues and working with clients to find the best solutions. His focus on safety, client satisfaction and people development continue to promote the legacy of the firm that has endured for many generations. Tony holds a Master of Science in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Vermont. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School and was named one of ENR New England’s Top Young Professionals for 2015. 

  • Lloyd Carney, EEE’82, EE’84, DET ’13 (Hon.)
    Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Carney Global Ventures

    Lloyd Carney Lloyd Carney, EEE’82, EE’84, DET ’13 (Hon.) (California) is the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Carney Global Ventures.  He also serves as President of the Lloyd and Carole Carney Foundation, and is a Board of Director Member of Visa Inc. Carney is a Chancellor at the University of Technology, Jamaica, and he serves as an Ambassador for Technology for the country of Jamaica. 

    He was the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., which had served as an industry leader in providing reliable, high-performance network solutions. He served in that position from 2013 through late November 2017 when Brocade was acquired by Broadcom. He has built a distinguished career during his thirty years in the high-tech industry including several senior leadership positions at various networking and semiconductor companies. Mr. Carney was responsible for executing Brocade’s vision and strategy to lead the networking industry through its next phase of evolution that is defined by data center virtualization, cloud computing, and software networking.

    Before joining Brocade, Mr. Carney was Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors at Xsigo Systems, a technology leader in the data center virtualization market with solutions for cloud computing and software-defined networking. Previously, Mr. Carney was Chief Executive Officer of Micromuse, Inc., a networking management software company that became an integral part of the IBM Tivoli framework. Mr. Carney also has extensive experience in the IP networking industry. He served as the Chief Operating Officer at Juniper Networks where he oversaw the engineering, product management and manufacturing divisions. Mr. Carney also served as president of the Core IP, Wireless Internet and the Enterprise divisions at Nortel Networks, which generated multi-billion dollars in revenue. Before this, Mr. Carney was the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Business Unit at Bay Networks. 

    Mr. Carney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Wentworth and a Master of Science degree in Applied Business Management from Lesley College. Mr. Carney received an honorary doctorate from Wentworth in August 2013 when he delivered the summer Commencement address. Mr. Carney served on the Wentworth Board of Trustees from 2018 through 2020 and returned to Wentworth's Board in December 2023.

  • Michael J. Carragher
    President & CEO, VHB 

    Mike CarragherIn his eight years as CEO, Mike has established himself as a visionary leader with a passion for advancing not only VHB, but the entire AEC industry as together we face unprecedented opportunities and challenges, from diversifying our workforce to advancing more sustainable, equitable communities. VHB’s first non-founder president, Mike has steered the company through a transformational period of strategic growth, geographic expansion, and technological advancement. Known for his personable style and enthusiastic pursuit of excellence, Mike inspires VHB’s diverse team of 2,000 engineers, scientists, planners, and designers to continually raise the bar by embracing new technologies and finding innovative solutions to our clients’ complex challenges. He reminds us that at the heart of our work, we are making our communities and our world a better place, one project at a time. The outcomes of VHB’s efforts over the past eight years include a doubling of firm revenues and continuous increases in profitability.

    As he sets the course for the sustained success of VHB’s generational company, Mike’s commitment to continuously strengthening the firm’s differentiating culture and values is evident in everything he does.

    Recognizing a need for a cultural shift, Mike is helping to ignite the conversation around diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the AEC industry. Through his leadership role in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Design Professionals Council (DPC), Mike is a tireless and vocal advocate for advancing diversity in the workplace and creating more inclusive environments.

    Throughout his career, Mike has had the opportunity to help enhance our nation’s cities by working on some of the most complex mobility challenges, including highway and multimodal systems in Boston; Philadelphia; New York; Washington, DC; and Orlando.

    During his 25 years at VHB, Mike founded and helped build the firm’s transit and rail practice, directed the company’s transportation practice, helped establish the Tysons office in Virginia, and led VHB’s emergence as a premier integrated services consultant in Florida.

    Mike is active in numerous professional associations, including ACEC, the ACEC Research Institute Board of Directors (Chair), and the ACEC DPC Executive Committee; Women’s Transportation Seminar; Design-Build Institute of America; American Public Transportation Association; American Society of Civil Engineers; and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association. He previously served as Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, his alma mater.

    Mike resides in Boston with his wife Joan. They have three adult children and two grandchildren. 

  • Jerome H. Casey
    Past President and Chief Operating Officer, Sekisui Diagnostics, LLC

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    Jerome H. Casey has been elected vice-chair of the Board of Trustees at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

    Casey is the former president and chief operating officer of Sekisui Diagnostics, where his responsibilities included leadership of the global cross-functional organization, development and execution of the business strategy, and meeting the company’s short and long-term financial objectives.

    Prior to the acquisition of Sekisui Diagnostics (formerly Genzyme Diagnostics) by Sekisui Chemical in 2011, Mr. Casey had worked at Genzyme Diagnostics for 21 years in various roles of increasing responsibility and held the position of senior vice president of global sales and marketing since 2003. Before joining Genzyme, he worked at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods as assistant vice president in fixed income sales and trading. He began his career at Abbott Laboratories as a sales representative. 

    Casey is currently active in several life sciences ventures, serving as an advisor and board member. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He previously was a board member at Wide Horizons for Children, an international adoption agency based in Waltham, MA, and AdvaMed Dx, a Washington, D.C. based industry advocacy organization.

    Casey was elected to Wentworth’s Board of Trustees in 2012

  • Yanel de Angel
    Managing Director & Principal, Perkins & Will 

    Yanel de AngelYanel is driven by the belief that we are all meant to do good in this world, so it comes as no surprise that she is a steadfast champion of design that is inclusive, sustainable, resilient, and purposeful. With a reputation for simplifying the complex and building consensus among stakeholder groups, Yanel has been instrumental in the growth of our global residential practice as well as the execution of large mixed-use projects in Boston and internationally. She has leveraged her expertise to spur significant initiatives such as ResilientSEE, a global platform of design professionals, private industry, and academia that offers comprehensive, pro-bono resilient planning and design to communities around the world. 

  • Casey Galante, B.S. '12, M.Arch. '13 (WAA President)
    Marketing Manager, Pursuit Management

    Casey Galante Casey Galante graduated from Wentworth with a B.S. in Architecture in 2012 and Master of Architecture in 2013. She was recently elected as the President of the Wentworth Alumni Association (WAA) and has been involved with the WAA Board since 2014, previously holding positions as VP of Governance and VP of Student Engagement. During her time as a student at Wentworth, Casey was an Orientation Coordinator, Orientation Leader, Admissions Ambassador, Resident Assistant, and Senior Resident Assistant. She was the first woman to receive the Senior Resident Assistant of the Year Award. Casey is a Marketing Manager for Pursuit Marketing at Suffolk Construction in their Boston headquarters, and previously worked at Skanska and Shepley Bulfinch. At Suffolk, Casey is involved in various internal groups including Women Who Build and Team Suffolk, and was recently nominated to Suffolk’s Rising Leaders Program. Casey enjoys applying her creative background in her everyday role and hobbies, exploring the best restaurants in Boston, and visiting family in the Hudson Valley.  

  • Rick Grundy, '03, '21 (Hon.), Chair, University Advisers
    President and COO of AVTECH Software, Inc.

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    Rick Grundy joined AVTECH in 2001 as Product Development Manager and rose through several engineering and management roles, becoming President & COO in December 2015. He manages day-to-day operations of the business, including strategic planning, product engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain management. AVTECH celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018 by opening its first international distribution facility in Ireland, opened a sales office in Dubai in 2020, and is proud to have products in 187 countries around the world.

    Rick recently led the acquisition of a standalone manufacturing operation based in Pennsylvania. Mirian Solutions, Inc. provides contract manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics services supporting the growth of AVTECH and other customers in various industries across the country.

    Rick graduated summa cum laude from the computer science program at Wentworth Institute of Technology, with additional concentrations in mechanical and electrical engineering. Prior to joining the University Advisors, he served as VP of Governance on the board of directors for the Wentworth Alumni Association.

  • Anil Jha, ’68, ’15 (Hon.)
    Founder and Past Chief Executive Officer, HydroNovation

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    Anil Jha is an innovator and an entrepreneur and serves as an advisor to several technology companies. He is a Board Trustee and advisor for the innovation department at Wentworth Institute of technology. He is also a Board member and business/technology advisor at Aquacycle Inc.

    In 2008 Mr. Jha founded HydroNovation Inc. a venture-backed residential water treatment company. As a CEO he developed the strategic direction of the company and oversaw the research and development. After successfully developing the product he sold the company in 2014.

    The pioneer of electrodeionization, Mr. Jha’s membrane-based technology eliminated the use, disposal, and subsequent leaching of millions of pounds of chemicals into the groundwater for large commercial systems.

    Prior to launching HydroNovation, Mr. Jha was a VP of R&D at Siemens Water Technology Corp. During his career Mr. Jha developed continuous electrodeionization (CEDI) technology, now widely used for ultrapure water and seawater desalination applications. He also managed laboratory systems and business development for U.S. Filter Corp., Millpore Corp., Sterimatics Corp., and Liquipure Corps. At Millipore Corporation Mr. Jha managed and contributed to the development of a $200 million portfolio of purification technologies for pharmaceutical and analytical markets. Mr. Jha has 130 US & international patents and has developed more than 50 distinct water purification products. He is considered a true water technology visionary.

    Mr. Jha earned his bachelor of science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He received his associate’s degree in materials technology from Wentworth in 1968.  He also received an honorary degree from Wentworth in April 2015 for his lifetime achievements in water technology developments.

    Mr. Jha actively mentors up-and-coming entrepreneurs through a non-profit, Imagine H20, and has begun mentoring students in the Accelerate program, Wentworth’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. He was elected to the Corporation in 2015. He is currently serving on the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees.

  • Kathleen MacNeil, AET '81, AE '83
    Principal, MP Boston

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    Ms. MacNeil is currently a principal at MP Boston, the local office of Millennium Partners Boston, an urban real estate developer. Ms. MacNeil’s work primarily as real estate development manager has included several complex urban projects in Boston, including Winthrop Center (a 1.8 million square foot mixed used tower now under construction in downtown Boston as well as, the recently completed Millennium Tower .

    Ms. MacNeil is a LEED Accredited Professional. She has her Massachusetts Construction Supervisor’s License. She received a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from MIT Center for Real Estate and holds a bachelor’s degree from Wentworth in Architectural Engineering. She serves as on the advisory board for Historic Boston, Inc. a local preservation organization, as well as the board of directors for Friends of Post Office Square. She is an adjunct professor at Wentworth in the construction management department. She received the Boston Society of Architects Award of Excellence in 2016.

  • Travis McCready
    Executive Director/National Practice Leader, US Life Sciences Markets, Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL)

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    Travis McCready is executive director and national practice leader for Jones Lang Lasalle’s (JLL) Life Sciences Industry Practice.

    He heads JLL’s real estate markets efforts, including brokerage, capital markets, advisory and analytics, project and development services, and valuation for life sciences developers and investors across the United States. He has more than 25 years’ experience leading public, private, and nonprofit ventures, with a focus on technology and innovation-based economic development.

    McCready is the former president and CEO of the $1.6 billion life sciences funding agency, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, and an advisor and board member of TMA Precision Health, a rare disease diagnostics company, and of SimpliFed, a microbiome-based infant nutrition company.

    He co-chairs the Academic Institute Advisory Board at Atrius Health, the largest independent physician-led healthcare organization in the Northeast. He serves on the boards of business accelerators MassChallenge and Lever, and of the wet lab incubator MBI.

    McCready sits on the boards of WGBH and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, has served on the Economic Development Planning Council under three Massachusetts governors, and been appointed to state and national initiatives ranging from the arts to advanced manufacturing.

    A native of New York City, Travis received his B.A. from Yale University, and J.D. from the University of Iowa.

  • John Pini
    Senior Advisor Exceptional Leaders International 

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    John “Jack” Pini has broad executive experience in the higher education fund raising and financial services industries. Jack is the recently retired Executive Director, Principal Gifts at Bentley University in which he was responsible for a portfolio of major gift donors. From 2006-09, Mr. Pini served as the Executive Director of Development where he managed all aspects of fundraising, alumni cultivation, and organizational design. He began working in development at Bentley as the Director of Athletic Giving in 2004.

    Prior to his work at Bentley, Mr. Pini served as a Senior Vice President for New England Financial (NEF) in the Product Marketing and Sales Division where he led strategic development and marketing of NEF’s product portfolio. Prior to his work with New England Financial, Mr. Pini served in roles of increasing responsibility in the marketing and product development operations of various firms.

    Mr. Pini has been active in several non-profit organizations. He is a former trustee of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America and served as the chair of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s development board committee. He is the former President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Leukemia Society. He also served as member of the New England Financial Community Foundation.

    Mr. Pini received a B.S. in Accounting from Bentley College and attained his M.B.A. from Babson College.

    Mr. Pini was elected to the Board of Trustees in September 2014 and currently serves on the University Advancement and Investment Committees.

  • Michael Santora ‘04
    Founder & CEO, Logic

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    Michael is the Founder and CEO of Logic, a Logistics Software and Automation developer accelerating fully automated warehouses and integrated autonomous transportation. Prior to Logic, Michael co-founded Crown Holdings, a New York City based real estate development company and served as its president. Concurrently he served as principal of the international architecture practice, SB+C where he led the Digital Twin and Advanced Technologies sectors. SB+C was formerly Crown Architecture, co-founded by Michael in 2008. Michael was a Presidential Academic Achievement Award Winner and graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2005 with a degree in architecture. Michael currently serves on Wentworth’s Board of Trustees, was Wentworth’s 2015 Alumni of the Year, and has most recently been named Wentworth’s first Entrepreneur in Residence where he will help create corporate partnerships, drive interdisciplinary engagement and mentor rising entrepreneurs.

  • Al Spagnolo, AET ’70, AIA, NCARB
    Founding Partner, Spagnolo Gisness and Associates

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    Al Spagnolo (AIA, NCARB) is a founding partner and president of SGA, a Boston and New York City-based national award-winning architecture, interior design, planning, branded environments and virtual design and construction (VDC) firm.

    With more than 45 years of architectural and planning experience, Spagnolo is responsible for leading SGA’s design commissions. The firm’s highly regarded portfolio reflects his ability to balance design excellence with pragmatism. Under his leadership, SGA has won Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies” award for architecture in 2018 and 2021.

    Spagnolo supervises SGA’s new business development and serves as the partner in charge for complex commissions in the academic, life science, commercial and urban/mixed use markets.

    He received an Associate Degree in Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Ohio State University.

    A registered architect in 18 states, he is an active member of several professional organizations in his field, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), BSA, NCARB, the National Organization of Minority Architects, and the Urban Land Institute.

    He is a lifetime member of the Alpha Rho Chi professional fraternity, and vice-chair of the AIA Project Delivery Knowledge Community.

    A guest lecturer at Wentworth and Boston Architectural College, as well as a regular speaker at national real estate forums, Spagnolo volunteers at Massachusetts General Hospital and supports community organizations such as Building Impact.

  • Kenneth Turner
    President and CEO, MASS Life Sciences Center

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    Kenneth Turner is president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MSLC), an economic development and investment agency dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the life sciences in Massachusetts. He directs and oversees the cent er 's operations, investment strategy, programs and partnerships.

    Before joining the MLSC, Turner served as director of Diversity and Inclusion/Compliance with Massport. He oversaw and managed the Authority's multiple diversity programs, including business and supplier diversity, workforce diversity, and airport concessions, as well as all compliance initiatives associated with Massport's Disadvantaged/Minority/Women Business Enterprise programs.

    Turner also served as deputy secretary for administration and finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services.

    He has more than 20 years of general management and executive experience in various Fortune 100 media and package goods companies, including having served as senior vice president of Emerging Markets at AOL Time Warner, and held marketing positions at Hallmark Cards and Hasbro Toys.

    A retired U.S. Navy Captain and submarine nuclear weapons system officer with 26 years’ service, Turner has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Southern University and A&M College.