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Elizabeth Cardona

Elizabeth Cardona

Bay Path University announced the appointment of Elizabeth Cardona as executive director for Multicultural Affairs, International Student Life, and assistant to the provost for Diversity and Inclusion. Cardona, the former senior director and civic engagement advisor to then-Gov. Deval Patrick, comes to Bay Path with extensive experience in state government, education, and nonprofit program management. In her position, Cardona will provide institutional leadership to support the needs of first-generation and underrepresented minority students by offering academic assistance, mentoring, coaching, and leadership programs to promote multi-cultural awareness, diversity, and inclusion in accordance to the mission of Bay Path University. In addition, she will work with international students to provide ongoing assistance with social and cross-cultural activities to support their immersion and academic experience. Bilingual in Spanish, Cardona also has a working knowledge of Arabic. “I am thrilled to join Bay Path University’s community to facilitate understanding of multi-culturalism, diversity, equity, and inclusion in an affirming space where students, faculty, staff, and leadership engage collaboratively to enhance academic and social development,” Cardona said. A graduate of the Women’s Pipeline for Change, an initiative that supports women of color as they enter leadership roles and public life, her expertise also includes serving on state Treasurer-elect Deb Goldberg’s transition team, as an advisory board member for the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact, and as a founding board member for the CHICA Project, a Massachusetts statewide Latina youth leadership, mentoring, and coaching program. Cardona holds an MPA and a certificate in conflict resolution from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a bachelor’s degree in American studies with a concentration in social issues from Springfield College.
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Dress for Success Western Massachusetts announced that Dawn Creighton, Western Mass. regional director for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, has been named board president. Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career-development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. “As president of Dress for Success, strengthening our community with strong women will be my priority,” said Creighton. “Dress for Success isn’t just about the suit. It’s about the women that fill the suits. I am eager to work with partnering agencies and community leaders to ensure the women of Pioneer Valley have the tools they need to be successful in the workforce.” In addition to her role with AIM, Creighton serves on multiple committees and boards, including the Human Resource Management Assoc. of Western New England, Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts, Internhere.com, the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership, United Way of Pioneer Valley, the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, and the World Affairs Council. Also named to the board are Jennifer Brown, Jonencia Wood, and Natallia Furjan-Collins. Brown has more than 16 years of experience within the staffing industry and currently is assistant vice president of operations for United Personnel, supervising candidate recruitment, client relations, staffing support, and quality assurance. Prior to joining United Personnel, she was the managing director at Staffing Now. She is a member of the Human Resource Management Assoc. and the human resource roundtable with the Employers Assoc. of the NorthEast. Wood is senior director of programs for the alumnae association of Mount Holyoke College and has more than 10 years of experience focusing on the professional development and advancement of underrepresented individuals. Prior to joining Mount Holyoke, she served as a diversity specialist for Baystate Health and community action and communications coordinator for the Youth Empowerment Adolescent Health Network. Furjan-Collins is the human resources leader for MassLive. She brings with her an innovative and modern approach to employee relations in the digital environment. Prior to joining MassLive, her career spanned several years in human-resource management in her native Canada, including speaking publicly on topics such as workplace harassment and bullying. She is currently a community business partner in the sophomore business cohort program at Western New England University.
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Dodie Carpentier

Dodie Carpentier

Monson Savings Bank (MSB) announced the promotion of Dodie Carpentier to assistant vice president of Human Resources. Carpentier joined MSB in 2006 as assistant branch manager and was promoted to branch manager in 2008. In 2012, she assumed a dual role as branch manager and education coordinator. With her growing interest in training and HR, she obtained certification in Supervision in Banking and Human Resources Management from the Center for Financial Training. In 2014, she was named human resources officer after an extensive search to replace her predecessor, who had retired. “There is nothing more important than our employee culture,” said Steve Lowell, president of Monson Savings Bank. “We work very hard to make sure our folks are knowledgeable and caring and that we work together as a team to make our customers’ lives easier and improve their financial future. Having a dedicated and strong leader in HR is an absolute must, and I’m very pleased to promote Dodie to assistant vice president.” Carpentier is a board member of River East School to Career and serves on the steering committee for Rays of Hope.
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Calvin Hill

Calvin Hill

Calvin Hill has been named vice president for Inclusion and Community Engagement at Springfield College, following a national search. With more than 20 years of experience as a faculty member in higher education, Hill most recently served as the university diversity and inclusion officer for the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. Previously, he developed strong ties to higher education in Massachusetts working as assistant to the president and director of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity at Worcester State University; serving as associate provost and chief diversity officer for MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston; and prospering as assistant dean and director of diversity programs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Hill’s experience has included a commitment to providing equal access to educational opportunities for underrepresented populations, and to lead institutional compliance efforts around the ADA, Title VI, Title VII, VOWA, the Campus SaVE Act, and Title IX. “I am pleased to announce that Calvin will be joining the leadership team at Springfield College,” said Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper. “Springfield College recognizes that a diverse and inclusive campus community where different perspectives are recognized and celebrated is an integral part of educating students in the 21st century. In addition, we are proud of our collaborative partnerships with many community organizations, and we are committed to being a strong advocate for greater Springfield. Calvin’s experience in both academic and professional settings will enhance the college’s goals and vision in these areas moving forward.” Reporting directly to the president, Hill will work closely with a broad range of students, faculty, staff, and community constitutes to develop Springfield College as a model for diversity and inclusion in higher education. Striving to connect the college’s intellectual and cultural resources to area communities, his leadership will support the recruitment and retention of a diverse student population. In addition, he will monitor, document, and facilitate the college’s integrated governmental and community relations and serve as a liaison to local, state, and federal government agencies. “I am thrilled to join the Springfield College community in the position of vice president for inclusion and community engagement,” said Hill. “From what I have seen and heard, Springfield College is a special place, and I look forward to working with its dedicated faculty, staff, students, and community partners to not only shape, but to also gain a better understanding of the world around us.” Hill has a doctor of philosophy degree in political science from Howard University, a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Emporia State University, and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Bethany College.
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Local law firm Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C. recently announced that attorneys Michele Feinstein, L. Alexandra Hogan, Carol Cioe Klyman, and Ann Weber have been selected to the Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts list. Klyman and Weber have also been selected to the 2014 Top 50 Women list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Super Lawyers magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country, including the April 2015 edition of Boston magazine. “Beginning your search for legal counsel is no small feat; knowing where to start, researching attorneys, and finally selecting one you feel comfortable with can be overwhelming tasks,” said Super Lawyers Director of Research Julie Gleason. “All of the women lawyers in this special section have been named to a 2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyers or Rising Stars list. In creating our lists, Super Lawyers performs the type of due diligence that a highly motivated and informed consumer would undertake if he or she had the time, energy, and resources.”
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Zachary Piper

Zachary Piper

Northeast IT Systems Inc. announced the hiring of Zachary Piper as a desktop specialist. Piper has a degree in computer engineering technology from Manchester Community College, where he served as head technician for the college’s volunteer Computer Repair and Share Club. In 2011, he constructed a computer lab for a Boy Scout camp in Connecticut, where he had served as a camp counselor. “The IT field brings unique challenges every day, and I find them to be intriguing. From a very young age, computers have fascinated me. I was able to build my first PC at age 11,” said Piper, adding that his favorite aspects of his job are helping customers, solving strange problems, and learning new things. “It has been great having Zac as a part of our team,” said owner Joel Mollison. “He works hard, and I can always count on him to help with any problem a customer faces.”

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