Alumni Association Board of Directors 2021-2022

OFFICERS

Kaite Bonneville Rosa '10, President

Student Clubs/ Orgs: Editor-in-Chief of The Beacon Student newspaper, Vice President of Pi Upsilon Omega Sorority, LEAD Academy, Peer Advisors, SGA, Center for Service, Admissions, New Student Orientation staff member, RASM, and interned with the MCLA Public Relations office.

"I hope to deepen the connections and engagement within our alumni community -- something I've been committed to doing for my last years on the Alumni Board.

I want to help amplify our alumni voices by way of important Alumni Board initiatives, like diversity and inclusion, campus safety, and The Lavender Fund.

I also know our MCLA alumni community is facing unprecedented hardship as they look to secure and maintain jobs in the wake of COVID-19. I want to support our people in whatever way I can.

Above all else, I want to make sure the Alumni Board is working on causes and issues important to our alumni community. If you're reading this and there's something you want to talk about, please reach out!"

Michelle Hansen '08. Vice President

Student Clubs/ Orgs: SGA, RPS, The Beacon, Yearbook

"I'd like to really help to support and connect fellow alumni so that participation and engagement as a community increases."

Jonathan Monroy '13, Foundation Board Representative 

Student Clubs/ Orgs: Pi Upsilon Pi, ALANA, LAS, SGA

"My focus this year is to bring alumni back to MCLA/NASC where it all began. With the current pandemic in mind, let’s make these memories digitally until we can gather once again. One of the most important things for alums is to remember just why our alma matter means so much to us."

 

DIRECTORS

Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu '15

Student Clubs/ Orgs: Editor-in-chief of Spires Literary Magazine, Christian Fellowship, Women's Tennis Team, Second Vice President of the Student Government Association, A Hand Up Volunteer Coordinator, LEAD Academy, Center for Service, Admissions Ambassador, New Student Orientation staff member

"I really want to show that other Alumns that MCLA is a thriving, brilliant place that has grown since we graduated and will grow even more with Alumni support and engagement. I love engaging with current students, and I want to be able to provide programming and support that shows them what life after MCLA looks like, which is diverse, multifaceted, challenging, and dynamic-- all things that a liberal arts education prepares us for!"

Erin Fielding Baffuto '05 

Student Clubs/ Orgs: Pi Upsilon Omega Sorority member, President of the Inter-Greek Council, and Susan B. Anthony Women's Center

"It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve on this Board for the last couple of years and this year I hope to continue to serve as a liaison between the College and its alumni community. I love reconnecting with old familiar faces as well as meeting new ones!"

Jacob Boillat '18 

Student Clubs/ Orgs: Resident Advisor for 3 years, Class of 2018 Treasurer, Environuts, Student Affairs Governance Committee, SGA, student worker in the Registrar's Office

"I hope to bring a new/younger prospective to the board this year that represents all members of the MCLA community. This is important to me because with every passing year, the population continues to change and so do their wants, needs and how they want to be feel supported. I want current and incoming students to have the same amazing experience I had while attending MCLA. Overall, I want to help MCLA and its Alumni network connect more with current students, each other and with the nearby community members."

Josie Burlingame '20

Student Clubs/ Orgs: Class President, Campus Leader, Volleyball Work-Study Student

Josie currently lives in Leicester, MA and is working towards earning a M.S. Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning at American International College. Josie brings energy and enthusiasm and is deeply connected to her class with a passion for the College's mission and goals.

Dennis Ducharme '82

Student Clubs/ Orgs: RA, Orientation Group Leader, SGA, WJJW, Intern to Dean of Students administering student discipline cases, Intern to Admissions office administering summer transfer orientation program.

"My first hope for my remaining two years on the Board is to keep our momentum rolling with engagement efforts across the board; from getting more alumni back on campus, to jump starting regional events to holding more virtual events that became such a necessity during the pandemic. Alumni involvement has continued to grow year by year during my four years on the Board and I want to keep building on the progress.

The other thing I am especially excited about are the increasing number of Board initiatives that have a direct positive impact on current MCLA students. Among others ee have started work on alumni/student mentoring programs; led the way in supporting the funding of programs giving direct financial assistance to students in need during the pandemic and continued to support efforts to make MCLA a safe and welcoming place for all of our students. Supporting current students is a part of this Association’s mission that the current Board takes very seriously and I am proud of our efforts in that area."

Todd Foy '12

Student Clubs/ Orgs: SGA, Yorick, BGLAD (now QSU)

"I know that I can use my privilege and my experience to push the Board to be active in addressing issues on campus like systemic racism, sexual assault, and visibility of the LGBTQ+ community. I'm especially looking forward to expanding our work on The Lavender Fund and involving current students in both its planning and implementation. Onward!"

Lizz Furtado '91

Student Clubs/ Orgs: all things theatre--performance, direction, tech, audience; intramural sports; SGA, RA, WJJW Radio DJ

"I am relatively new to the Board but have enjoyed listening and learning from those that have served previously. I look forward to continuing to build better relations between the college and our Alums. NASC/MCLA gave me so much as a student...so much that I carry with me today in my work and personal life. I am honored to be able to give back to the school, the alums and the local community as well. I hope our work builds bridges and strengthens our community."

Carla Holness '95

Student Clubs/ Orgs: WJJW, Kappa Omicron, The Beacon, Black Student Union, TV Production Club

"I am hoping to help to bring alumni back to MCLA, to show them that MCLA is a thriving, progressive college. I hope to bring some of the issues being discussed both on campus and as a Board to the forefront and to help to resolve some of these issues in order to ensure that MCLA continues to move forward."

Glenn Lawson '77

Student Clubs/ Orgs: As a student in the 1970's NASC soccer & baseball. History Club As an employee Men's and Women's rugby since 1986.

"Having graduated in 1977, and having worked in the Library since 1983, I had been involved with generations of our students. I take pride in having helped students in the 1980s and later their children. I believe I know literally thousands of our graduates and am still friends with many. However, there are so many of them that are not involved with the college. This has to change! I am convinced that I can reach out to them and convince them to become a part of the MCLA community."

Kevin McGrath '93 

Student Clubs/ Orgs: President and Founding member of the Student Alumni Association, Kappa Delta Phi Fraternity, President of Intergreek Council 92-93, Intramurals, The Beacon

"I want to reconnect MCLA/NASC Alumni to the college and help spread the word about the amazing things happening on campus!"

Devan Monroe '13

Student Clubs/ Orgs: B-GLAD (now QSU), Peer Advising, Write Stuff, Honors Program, Psi Chi, Lambda Iota Tau, Alpha Lamba Delta, Alpha Chi

"I hope to advance the Board's current initiatives, informed by my lens and experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion work. I also hope we can strengthen connections between alumni and current students, particularly seniors who will soon be entering the job market, to assist with the transition from college student to working adult."

Alex Mukendi '13

Student Clubs/ Orgs: ALANA, Multicultural Club, BSU, CCOR

"I am looking forward to getting started working with the alumni board this year. I hope to help the board build a stronger and more collaborative MCLA alumni network community. I also want to help advocate for alumni as they progress in their professional careers."

Kimberly Roberts-Morandi '91, '01, M.Ed. '00

Student Clubs/ Orgs: Intramurals

"First and foremost, I will always listen and learn as much as I can because that sets the stage to make good decisions. The experienced Board members have a lot to share with us and I am eager to hear more about how their current work supports the College's mission and vision. As a nation we continue to face challenges that affect the College community, and therefore, the students. It is of the utmost importance that the staff and students are able to live, learn, and work in a safe, supporting, and open environment that embraces individuality and equality. I hope that the work the Board engages in can lead, or where appropriate, support the campus community in its efforts to reinforce the College's values.

As a Board member, I also want to be involved in the ongoing activities that fundraise for current and future students. Providing an opportunity for future generations of MCLA alum is an obligation I, like countless others, take seriously."

Michael Obasohan '11

Student Clubs/ Orgs: Nexxus Step Team, Dance Company, a few harlequin shows and Black Student Union. I was a facilitator for Campus Conversations on Race and ALANA Club Council. I also served as an Orientation Leader and a Peer Advisor.

"Connecting alumni to current students attending MCLA is what I want to accomplish on the board this year. During my years at MCLA, I had very few connections with alumni and I often wonder what my life would be like if I connected early and often to Alumni that look like me. There were very few positions I saw myself in, but there were people that came into my life that have taught me I can do anything I set my mind to. I want to create this opportunity for students now.

I will be doing this with the lens of diversity and inclusion. Creating and opening up opportunities for students of color to establish a sense of belonging at MCLA. Showing POC's that, Yes, we also work in companies, own business, and have graduate degrees. We have a great Black Alumni network to show off and its time to showcase our talent."

Theresa O'Bryant '86

Student Clubs/ Orgs: Board of Directors for the Northern Berkshire United Way; Cive President and Governance Committee Chair of the Board of Trustees of Agassiz Village

"I am invested in making a difference for our current and future MCLA students. I think the Alumni Association is an important opportunity to engage MCLA alums in the work of giving back to an institution that gave us all a valuable and important starting point in our professional lives. Nowadays, achieving a college degree is harder than ever. MCLA students will benefit from the support and relationships an engaged alumni ensures."

Krista Roche '08

Student Clubs/ Orgs: SGA President, SGA Treasurer, Peer Advisor, Admissions Tour Guide & Ambassador, AASC, Shakespeare Club, Pi Upsilon Omega Sorority.

"I've spent the last 12 years working for the MA Attorney General's Office in different consumer protection and investigatory roles. Due to my caseload, ethics code and political constraints of working for an elected official, I was unable to give my time and efforts. Sitting on the Alumni Board is something I've always wanted to do post-graduation, especially having served as President of SGA in my time at MCLA. Now that I've taken a leap of faith into the private sector, I want to give back and provide my knowledge, expertise and experiences to make MCLA a better, stronger community of support. I wouldn't be in the position I am today without MCLA, I am forever grateful. Please accept my sincerest and humble self-nomination for the Board."

Carol K. Spector '82

Student Clubs/ Orgs: Intramural Sports, Orientation Leader

Carol offers significant professional career development experience and would be able to assist the Alumni Association in continuing to build career development programs for alumni and current students. She can also help to engage other classmates of her decade, who represent an important segment for the College to engage.

Hannah Sterrs '14

Student Clubs/ Orgs: Allegrettos, All College Committee SGA Rep, The Beacon staff writer, Berkshire Hills Internship Program Alum, Harlequinn Musical Theatre, MCLA President's Office Intern, Multicultural Student Society, Peer Advisor, SSDP, SGA Coordinating Vice-President, The Write Stuff Youth Mentor

"Everything I am, in both my personal and professional life, is because of the time I spent as a student at MCLA. The knowledge I gained, support I received, and community I was apart of truly changed my life for the better and I want to make sure that current and future students are afforded the same opportunities I had. As a member of the MCLA Alumni Board of Directors, I will work hard to ensure that the MCLA community is stronger than it has ever been. Using my professional experience and educational background, I aim to step-up the college's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Incusion and strengthen the relationship between the MCLA & North Adams community, all while doing my best to assure that ALL students, faculty, and staff thrive.

When I think of the best way to give back to the place that gave me so much, the Alumni Board of Directors is the perfect opportunity, and I hope I am afforded the chance to join the group in helping to make MCLA, its students, and the alumni association stronger than ever."

 


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