The Springfield College Board of Trustees recently announced the outcome of its 2018-19 board election results during its annual meeting on the campus. The Board of Trustees, the primary governing body of the College, is responsible for major decisions and changes on campus, and comprises an integral part of the progress and advancement of the College.
James H. Ross III, resident of Wilbraham, Mass., has been elected to serve as chair for the Springfield College Board of Trustees, and re-elected to serve a three-year term on the Board. Ross is principal officer of The Hollenbach Group, LLC, of Springfield, Mass., and has been on the Board of Trustees since 2012.
Michele A. Megas-Ditomassi, resident of Longmeadow, Mass., has been elected to serve as vice chair for the Springfield College Board of Trustees, and re-elected to serve a three-year term on the Board. She is a retired educator who earned her bachelor’s degree and certificate of advanced graduate study from Springfield College.
The following individuals have been re-elected to serve a three-year term on the Springfield College Board of Trustees (Class of 2021):
Bridget Belgiovine, of Wellesley, Mass., is currently the Chair of the Department of Physical Education and Recreation and Director of Athletics at Wellesley College. She earned her master’s degree from Springfield College.
William A. Burke III, of East Longmeadow, Mass., is the Chief Operating Officer at Newell Brands in Hoboken, N.J. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola College, and also received a master of business administration from Loyola College Sellenger School of Management.
Lisa B. Emirzian, of Longmeadow, Mass., practices esthetic & restorative dentistry, and is owner of Emirzian, Mariano & Associates. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College, and doctor of dental medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
Jeni Ellis Halliday, a resident of Houston, Texas and Tokyo, Japan, is the owner of Wellness at Work. She earned a bachelor’s degree and doctor of philosophy in Holistic Nutrition from the University of Texas.
MaryLynn A. Jacobs, a resident of Enfield, Conn., is vice president of Operations at ATI Physical Therapy. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College, and master’s degree from Boston University.
Stephen W. McCarthy, a resident of Quincy, Mass., is Director of Real Estate for Shields Health Care. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Springfield College.
Linda C. Moffat, a resident of Vineyard Haven, Mass., is a retired Media Consultant who earned a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College.
John A. Odierna, a resident of Springfield, Mass., is the founder of the Law Offices of John A. Odierna. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Springfield College and Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University.
Robert M. Sullivan, Jr., a resident of Westfield, Mass., is the Owner of The Sullivan Companies. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure, and he is a graduate of the Harvard Business School.
New to the Board of Trustees (Class of 2021) will be:
John H. Walker, a resident of Toronto, Ontario, is a retired managing director for Kensington Capital Partners Limited. Walker was responsible for Kensington's infrastructure business, with a seat on the Board of Directors of the Kensington Crowsnest Alberta L.P. and Genalta Power Inc. Walker was Chairman of U.S. Geothermal Inc. from 2003 until 2018, which was initially listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange.
Walker has a 40 year history in urban planning, energy security, and power plant development in Canada and internationally. Walker was a founding director of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority in 1992 and chaired the first Planning and Development Committee of that Board, which provided oversight in the construction of the $4.4 billion terminal complex at Toronto Pearson Airport completed in 2004. Additionally, he was co-founder and a founding Director of the Borealis Infrastructure Fund in 1997, which is now owned by the Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System (OMERS).
Walker earned his bachelor’s degree from Springfield College, and received his Masters of Environmental Studies (Urban/Environmental Planning) from York University in Ontario.
Samantha N. Dumas, a native of Enfield, Conn., was elected as the Student Trustee. Dumas is an elementary and special education, English major, and will be entering her senior year in the fall.
Alexandra Goslin, a native of South Windsor, Conn., was elected as the Student Trustee-elect. Goslin is a math and secondary education major, and will be entering her junior year in the fall.