Jeffrey J. Duquette
President, WICN Board of Directors
Founding Member, Duquette Law Group, LLC
Jeff is the founder of Duquette Law Group, LLC, an intellectual property law firm which handles all aspects of patent and trademark law. He regularly advises businesses on intellectual property issues across a variety of technologies, including software and computer hardware, electronics, mechanical devices and systems, medical devices, and optics. Previously, Jeff worked as a biomechanical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Department of Orthopedics where he co-authored and published a number of journal articles in the areas of soft and calcified tissue mechanics. Jeff is also a musician and founded KATT-Z Music Technologies, a company specializing in the design and manufacture of custom guitar effect pedals. Jeff holds a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School and earned both a Bachelor of Science, with distinction, and Master of Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has served on WICN’s Board of Directors since 2012.
Honorable Charles Abdella
At Large, WICN Board of Directors
A Trial Judge of the Massachusetts District Court, he served as First Justice of the Western Worcester District Court, an Attorney in private practice, a Worcester Assistant City Solicitor and a civil law mediator. He is an active alumnus of the College of the Holy Cross being a member of the alumni association Board of Directors, elected as its President, and recipient of the In Hoc Signo award and of St. John’s High School serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, General Chair of the capital campaign and recipient of the Alumnus of the Year award. The Judge has been a member on the Boards of several charitable and community organizations including the Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools national Board of Corporate Members and was Judge Advocate for the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. An avid fan of Jazz, he is a veteran member of the WICN Board of Directors.
Osman K. Acheampong
Treasurer, WICN Board of Directors
Vice President, Credit Officer, Bay State Savings Bank
Osman is the Credit Officer and Portfolio Manager at Bay State Savings Bank, the oldest community bank headquartered in Worcester. His banking career spans over 15 years with positions at Sovereign Bank (now Santander) and at Digital Federal Credit Union. Osman is very active in the Worcester Community and serves as the Treasure of the Board of Directors of Elm Park Center for Early Childhood Education. He has volunteered for the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life and countless other Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce activities. Osman has degree in mathematics and a master's degree in financial mathematics from WPI. He lives in Worcester with his wife and son.
Clarence “Chip” Ates
Dean for the School of Humanities and Education, Quinsigamond Community College
Chip is Dean for the School of Humanities and Education at Quinsigamond Community College. His career covers 40 years of experience in Higher Education. He was a Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Atlantic Union College, Executive Vice President at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, and Executive Dean of Business and Information Technology at North Lake College. Chip has also served as an educational/ career consultant and an intervention specialist. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science degree from Oklahoma State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree is from Oakwood University (formerly Oakwood College). Chip has taught courses in Introduction to Psychology, Applied Psychology, Career Exploration/Planning, Cognitive Processes, Principles and Processes of Personal and Social Adjustment. He formerly served as a member on the board of directors for the Wachusett Chamber of Commerce and also as a member of the Clinton Rotary Club of Clinton, MA. Chip was named Innovator of the Year at the Dallas County Community College District/League for Innovation. He received the Jean Sharon Griffith Student Development Leadership Award. He was also presented with the Noel-Levitz Retention Excellence Award and honored by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) with its Excellence Award in teaching.
Managing Director/Producer, Planet Arts Inc.
Thomas Bellino is a GRAMMY and ASCAP award winning producer as well as a musician, composer, educator and arts administrator. His music has been referred to as “original and engaging” by John Schaefer in his book New Sounds and featured on public and college radios stations across the nation.
He created and serves as Managing Director/Producer of Planet Arts Inc., a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit recording/education/presenting company where he was worked on behalf of artists and organizations such as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-stars, Karl Berger’s Creative Music Studio, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, The Gary McFarland Legacy Project, Jazz At Lincoln Center, The GRAMMYs, Sony/BMG and The New York City Department of Education to name a few. He is the founder/producer of the Kingston International Jazz Festival and the creator/producer of the innovative one2one Jazz Series.
His recording projects have received a total of 12 GRAMMY nominations, 2 GRAMMY awards and one AFIM award. His presenting programs received the prestigious ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming in 2005. Bellino has also presented programs in Egypt and Tunisia under auspices of the U.S. State Department.
As an arts administrator, Bellino worked as Jazz Program Specialist for Chamber Music America where he administered the New Works Creation and Presentation Program funded by the Doris Duke Foundation. His administrative work also includes Program and Artist Development for Young Audiences/New York and coordinator for THE MAX Program for the New York Philharmonic.
Vice-President, WICN Board of Directors
Principal, Sheila Carroll Human Resource Consulting
Sheila Carroll has spent more than 30 years working with CEOs, Boards of Directors and senior leadership teams to enhance their personal, professional and organizational effectiveness. As a former Human Resources executive with several financial management companies, Sheila has a proven track record of designing and implementing innovative human resource solutions to critical business problems. Highly adept at spearheading seamless transition through corporate mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations, Sheila’s key areas of expertise include creating and aligning business mission, goals and objectives, leadership development, talent management, career development and coaching and employee relations.
Currently Sheila runs her own human resources consulting business working with start-ups, small businesses and the not-for-profit industry. A former Corporator at WICN, Sheila has been involved with WICN since the early 1980’s.
Dr. Kunle Fajana is a physician with over 30 years of practice experience. He was trained at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester and currently works at Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital as well as other area rehabilitation facilities. Dr. Fajana is President of New England Hospitalists, PC. He is a long-term, ardent disciple of Jazz music, both new and old, and is a passionate supporter of Public Radio.
President & CEO, Commcreative
Robert Fields founded Commcreative an International marketing firm in 1996. Bob is currently the President and CEO.
Bob has served on the Board of directors and executive committee of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce. He is currently on the Board of directors for The Framingham University Foundation, Jewish Family Services of MetroWest and Danforth Art Museum. His passion for great jazz and music education have made his commitment to WICN as both a board member and contributor a fulfilling journey in his life.
Dr. Patrick Igwenagu is a consultant with 20 years of research, manufacturing and regulatory operations experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, public health and medical device industries. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at North Carolina State University and University of Rhode Island respectively. He received his Doctorate from Northeastern University Boston. Dr. Igwenagu has held several management positions at major drug companies like Amgen, Pfizer and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. He has served on several boards for non-profit organizations. He joined the WICN board of directors in 2004. He was also the proprietor of the former Zara Jazz Club in Worcester and has vast knowledge of jazz.
Richard T. Kneeland, Esq.
Vice President & General Counsel, Allegro Microsystems, LLC
Rich is Vice President & General Counsel for Allegro Microsystems, LLC headquartered in Worcester, MA. Allegro, a leading supplier of semiconductor chips to the automotive and industrial markets, is a global company with many subsidiaries around the world. Rich participates as a board member and/or corporate secretary for Allegro’s subsidiaries. Born and raised in Worcester, he graduated magna cum laude from Clark University and received his law degree from Western New England University School of Law in 2001. Rich won the ABA’s law school negotiation competition for the school in 2001 and graduated with a distinction of Outstanding Law Student. He is admitted to practice law in MA, CT, NH and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is an active member on the Sports & Entertainment Committee for the Association of Corporate Counsel (24K in-house attorneys).
Rich, a jazz, folk, and singer song writer enthusiast and musician, has been involved with music for decades. In the late 70s, he concert promoted Arlo Guthrie, Chuck Mangione, Jose Feliciano, Buddy Rich and others while later serving as event coordinator for the Centrum (now DCU Center) located in Worcester for the first couple of years of its opening. Rich worked with management and many international artists to help assure a great venue experience. Along the way, Rich founded the record label Gothic Records and produced an album for the Mark Pierson Band (jazz) as well as other artists. He continues producing folk, jazz and singer songwriters from all over Central New England. Rich co-produces and engineers for Eric Gulliksen (original Orpheus member on MGM Records) and re-furbished The American Standard Band’s (Island Records) first studio demo recordings.
Albert E. Maykel Jr.
President, Maykel Construction
Founders and Owner, Living Earth
Al has been a past President and continuous Board member of WICN Public Radio since 1986. He is president of Maykel Construction, which has served Worcester County for over 25 years. He and his wife Maggy are also the founders and owners of Living Earth, a family owned business established in 1971 that provides fresh, locally grown, organic produce as well as all natural foods and specialty items. He has also been a member of QCC’s Foundation Board of Directors since June of 2004 and sits on the Skyline Foundation Board at Worcester Technical High School. Al is also a founder and active member of the Chandler Business Association.
At Large, WICN Board of Directors
Publisher and CEO, Worcester Business Journal
Peter has been the publisher of the region's business news source, the Worcester Business Journal since 1990. The company also owns the Hartford Business Journal and Mainebiz, the statewide source for business news in Maine. A long time WICN Board member, Peter also serves on several other local boards including the Better Business Bureau, the Research Bureau and the Perkins School in Lancaster MA. He is a graduate of Holy Cross College.
Clerk, WICN Board of Directors
President and CEO, Stoney Industries, Inc.
Stan graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Marketing then began a 23 year career with Union Carbide in various sales, marketing and financial management positions and finally as president of a corporate subsidiary. He served 12 years active and reserve duty in the U.S.Marine Corps attaining the rank of Captain. In 1981 he founded and served as CEO of NEWS Corp. (North East Welding Supply) for 24 years until the company was sold. Stan is currently President and CEO of Stoney Industries, Inc. an entity engaged in the leasing, rental and sale of industrial equipment and real estate. Stan has been a WICN Board member since 1998.