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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 family.

Sheila Carroll
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.

 Bob Fields
President & CEO, CommCreative
Robert Fields founded CommCreative an International marketing firm in 1996. Bob is currently the President and CEO.  In additional to his Board work at WICN, he 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.

Thomas Herbert
Computer Systems Engineer and Adjunct Music Professor   
Quinsigamond Community College

For the last 10 years works at QCC as their Database Administrator designing and monitoring their computer systems operations to meet their educational and business objectives. He graduated from Berklee College of Music, Lowell University and Clark University acquiring a Bachelor Degree in Music Composition and a Master of Science Degree in Information Technology. He has worked at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Massachusetts Hospital, Athena Diagnostics, and taught Music and Band in the Worcester Public Schools for 8 years.  In addition he performs with the QCC Faculty Jazz Quartet and with his Jazz Quartet, “B3” has traveled and performed with many local and musicians and professional bands like Wayne Cochran and the CC Riders. As a student of the great alto sax player Henry ‘Boots’ Mussulli he played in the Milford Youth Jazz Orchestra with great musicians like:  Jakie Stevens, Tony Lada, Jerry Secco and Bob Tagmani.

Patrick Igwenagu

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.
Clerk, WICN Board of Directors
Vice President & General Counsel, Allegro Microsystems, LLC

Rich is Vice President & General Counsel for Allegro Microsystems, LLC, a leading supplier of semiconductor chips to the automotive and industrial markets, headquartered in Worcester, MA. A global company with many subsidiaries around the world, he 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. 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).  In addition, he is a jazz, folk, and singer song writer enthusiast and musician, 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. Along the way, he 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.

 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.

Peter Stanton
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.

Stanley Stoney

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.

Bernie Gagnon

Bernard P. Gagnon is a First Vice President and Team Leader in the East Commerical Banking Division of Country Bank, in Worcester. His banking career extends over 35 years in the Central MA market, with both large regional banks and community banks, working with clients in a variety of industries. Bernie served as a board member for many organizations during his career and is presently a member of the board (and past president) of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, and serves on The Board of Advisors for Nichols College.

He holds a BS and MBA from Nichols College where he also taught as an adjunct professor, an MS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and is a graduate of the ABA Stonier National Graduate School of Banking at University of Pennsylvania.  Bernie is also a musician. He is a trumpet player and currently plays bass guitar with a local classic rock band at various venues in Central MA.

Mark Reed-Edwards

Mark Reed-Edwards is a seasoned marketing executive, writer and content expert. He runs his own communications and marketing agency, Reed-Edwards Global, Inc., where he serves clients around the globe, including Akamai, AT&T, 3Com, CA, Ciena, Kronos, Raytheon, SES Networks, SilverSky, Spartan Race and YP.com.

Prior to starting his own firm in 2010, Mark was at Sophos, a global provider of IT security software and services. In that role, Mark led the company’s content, creative and branding efforts. Before Sophos, Mark spent six years at Yankee Group, where he built the company’s editorial, content, web, and creative groups from the ground up. He was responsible for the company’s rebranding in 2006.

Before Yankee Group, he ran web marketing for Intranets.com, an early cloud-based provider of intranets for small business that is now part of Cisco. He also worked in several marketing and communications roles at EMC Corporation, where he was an early believer in the power of the web and pioneered customer and partner web communities. Earlier, Mark worked in marketing for Stratus Computer, and as a marketing consultant for brands such as Gillette, Rhone Poulenc Rorer and Polaroid.

He started his career in broadcasting, working as a producer and writer for legendary media figure Dick Clark at a New York-based radio network, and running leading radio stations in New York state.

Mark occasionally lectures on marketing at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he serves on the executive board for the Entrepreneurship Center. He has also served on the Westborough, MA cable advisory board and was an adult scout leader for 10 years (both of his sons are Eagle Scouts and his daughter achieved Gold Awards).

Patricia Duarte

Patricia Duarte has an extensive background in Organizational Development and HR management accomplished in a 20-year corporate career in the technology industry in the Midwest and Silicon Valley.  As founder of Decision Insight Inc., Patricia works fulltime advising clients and managing projects across industries on talent management and inclusion, board development, executive coaching and search.  Patricia’s clients include nonprofit organizations, corporations, colleges and universities in Boston, throughout New England, the mid- Atlantic, the Midwest and California. 

Patricia is an active volunteer and community leader serving on the board of the Metrowest YMCA  on  the diversity committee and chair of the governance committee; HR Advisor Committee of the Board of The Community Builders and chair of the Personnel Committee of the Town of Hopkinton MA.  Patricia is founder of a popular community Facebook group Real Hopkinton Housewives (RHH) with nearly 3,000 members and is co-host of a local access HCAM-TV talk show Hopkinton Coffee Break on air.

Tom Nutile

Tom Nutile is President of TN Communications Group, a boutique communications firm that provides writing, editing, public relations, marketing and crisis communications services. Current and former clients include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the MITRE Corp., Colette Phillips Communications and Baystone Development. Before launching TN Communications Group, he held positions as vice president or director of corporate communications for several Massachusetts corporations. Prior to going into corporate communications, Tom was a reporter, editor, columnist and bureau chief for newspapers along the East Coast, including the Boston Herald and the St. Petersburg Times.

Tom has served as Vice President of Public Relations, in charge of all public relations worldwide, for Staples. He was Director of Marketing for Harrington HealthCare System in Worcester County, where his responsibilities included advertising, fund-raising communications, public relations and community relations. While at Harrington, he served on the Board of Directors of the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the Advisory Board of ASPIRA of Massachusetts, the state branch of a national organization dedicated to developing the educational and leadership capacity of Hispanic youth, and helped the Town of Southbridge develop its Master Plan.

When not working with clients of TN Communications Group, Tom is heavily involved in music. He leads the 17-piece Tom Nutile Big Band, plays in several other professional musical ensembles, and serves as on-air host at WICN, Jazz + for New England, a National Public Radio station based in Worcester.

 

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