Alumni Award Honorees

Each year, alumni nominate their peers for awards that reflect their commitment to MCLA, their larger community, and education. The honorees of the 2019 Alumni Awards are listed below and will be honored during Homecoming Weekend. Congratulations! 
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2019 Alumni Award Honorees

Chelsey Burke '11

After receiving a bachelors in Business Administration, Chelsey Burke ’11 went on to build an impressive resume for herself. She has served as the executive assistant to the President at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate; Executive Assistant to the Chancellor at the University of North Caroline at Asheville; and Special Events and Conference Planning Assistant here at MCLA. While enrolled in the college, Burke played on the women’s basketball team and also was the assistant coach for the team. She continues to endorse MCLA’s athletics program and also spearheads young alumni gatherings specifically in the Boston area.


Ann Cain '65

Ann Cain ’65 graduated from North Adams State College in 1965 with a degree in elementary education. Upon her graduation, Cain began teaching piano as well as at the East School, most recently Sullivan School, in North Adams MA. In 1966, Cain was appointed to the day camp staff at East School for grades k-3. During this year, she also became a member of Court Margaret, Catholic Daughters of America. In 1967, Cain was elected to second year status, named a reading teacher, and joined the Northern Berkshire Community Concert Assn. board of directors. Cain was active, not only as a teacher but also, as a member of the North Adams community. She played organ and performed vocally at churches including St. Anthony’s Parish and the First Congregational Church. Perhaps the largest creative outlet that Cain gave her students in her 39 years of education, all or which was in the same classroom, was the annual musical that took place at the end of each school year. Cain would produce and direct a musical using the interests of each class and the happenings around them. The musicals would include a mix of popular music and original songs; as well as choreography and colorfully constructed sets. Her students would be active in all steps of the planning and, during the final performance, Cain would join them on stage to sing along.


Robert Coolidge '65

Robert Coolidge ’65 is a highly regarded and beloved by colleagues and students (past and present)  as being being wholly dedicated to the education field. Coolidge has been an English Department Head, he established the Kingswood Regional High School Honors Program, coached baseball, established the American Studies class, and was a National Honors Society advisor. He furthered his involvement by also working as a teachers’ union representative. In terms of community, Coolidge is also a former church deacon, assisted youth with church activities, assisted families with funerals, and is also a present council member and member of the first congregational church in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Robert Coolidge ’65 earned his degree in English Education from the College.


Todd Foy '12

Todd Foy ’12 was an involved student during his time at MCLA. As an orientation leader, student senator in Student Government Association (eventually climbing the ranks to President his senior year), and also he was one of many co-founders of the campus organization Colleges against Cancer. Post-graduation, Foy continued to advocate for organizations including AIDS Action Committee of MA, Harbor to the Bay, and the Winter Walk. In all of these capacities, he has fundraised and actively participated in events. Foy’s career was sparked by the North Adams Hospital closing in 2013 and has since pursued health care work while focusing on affordable, accessible, and culturally-sensitive care for all. Foy received a bachelors in Political Science from the college in 2012.   


Susan Gold

Susan Gold is an active member of the MCLA community. She has been a member of the MCLA Board of Trustees since 2010, a Foundation corporator since 1989, and a former member of the Board of Directors, having served from 1992-2010. Gold has served as co-chair of MCLA’s Presidential Search Committee and has also served as co-chair of the Foundation Board’s ad-hoc Fundraising Committee. Gold is an active community volunteer with experience and expertise in development and fundraising. She has worked with a number of organizations in Berkshire County including Northern Berkshire Health Systems, the REACH Community Health Foundation, and Images Cinema. She formerly sat on the boards of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation and Images Cinema. Gold currently serves on the board of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and sits on MASS MoCA’s Director’s Advisory Council. She is also a MCLA Trustee ans a new member of the Board of Directors at BFAIR. Susan Gold is generous and selfless in her giving and fundraising and she is an invaluable member of our community.

Larry Gould '71

Larry Gould ’71 is a former Provost (1998-2013), Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (1991-1998) and founder and former director of the FHSU Docking Institute, where he remains a Senior Policy Fellow. He was the 1988 recipient of the FHSU Alumni Association’s Pilot Award as the outstanding faculty member of the year. The Hays Chamber of Commerce named him Most Valuable Citizen in 1990 and inducted him into the Chamber’s Hall of Fame in 1996.

Previously, Gould was director of the FHSU Model United Nations Program, Faculty Senate president, and executive assistant to the president. In 2000, he was granted the Pacesetter Award from the National Academic Advising Association. In 2008, he was awarded the William Plater Award by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. One of the few national awards for provosts, the Plater Award recognizes those chief academic officers who have advanced the civic mission of the campus. In 2015, he was named a Kansas Icon of Education.


Kenneth Michaels '85

Kenneth Michaels ’85 received his bachelors in Business Administration from the College before moving on to work at Macmillan Learning where he is currently the CEO. Michaels also has a profound love for his community and has continued to get involved as much as possible. With education at the forefront of Michael’s passions, he is a former board member of Teachers Network, and AEC Direct. He is currently on the Executive Leadership Council of Outsell, a board member of YMCA Camp Mason, and a tristate volunteer at local nursing homes which he makes a point to visit on holidays.  Michaels has helped several companies move into the digital age to make education affordable and accessible.




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