Archive | Class of 2008

Sheryl Shinn

Age 33: Senior Vice President, Hampden Bank Sheryl Shinn loved studying math — even though she had no idea what career it would lead to. “My favorite subject was mathemetics,” said Shinn, who selected it as a major at Mount Holyoke College. After graduation, with an additional major in Statistics and a minor in Computer […]

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Melissa Shea

Age 39: Attorney, Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn Melissa Shea was always fascinated by the law. But like many who eventually join the legal profession, she needed some inspiration to convert an interest into a career. She found hers in 1981, when Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. That […]

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Michael Presnal

Age 36: Executive Chef/Proprietor, the Federal Restaurant When Michael Presnal owned and operated a restaurant, Alchemy, on Martha’s Vineyard, he saw a number of famous faces come through the door. President Bill Clinton and the first family dined there — more than once. Billy Joel stopped in, as did Cindy Crawford, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, […]

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Matthew Andrews

Matthew Andrews

Age 27: Program Supervisor, Best Buddies of Western Mass. A lot of people spend their 20s killing time. Matthew Andrews didn’t want to waste any. And considering the arc of Andrews’ travels the past few years — volunteering at a South American orphanage, helping people in a remote village in India learn practical trades, working […]

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