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Bacon Wilson P.C. announced that three new associate attor- neys have joined the firm. Attorney Britaney Guzman- Bailey is a member of Bacon Wilson’s Domestic Relations and Family Law practice group. She earned her juris doctor degree magna cum
laude at Western New England University School of Law, where she served as a production editor of the
er, a leading executive search firm serving foundation and charity organizations. Lindauer is also leading the foundation’s search for its next president and CEO. Gurek, who began her career in Springfield and is a life-long resident of Massachusetts, most recently served nine years as vice president for Finance and Administration and treasurer at Mount Holyoke Col- lege. While there, she also served as a member of the president’s cabinet and worked closely with the col- lege’s trustees. In addition to overseeing the college’s operating budget, financial planning and reporting,
A dozen UMass Amherst researchers representing
a wide range of disciplines have been recognized
as among the world’s most highly cited research-
ers in 2022. The list is generated by the Web of Sci- ence database of analytics provider Clarivate. The highly cited papers rank in the top 1% by citations for their field and publication year, span 69 countries or regions, and are spread across a diverse range of research fields in the sciences and social sciences. The highly cited UMass Amherst researchers for 2022 are three food scientists, Professor Eric Decker, Dis- tinguished Professor David Julian McClements, and Professor and Clydesdale Scholar of Food Science Hang Xiao; two microbiologists, Kelly Nevin and Derek Lovley; Distinguished Professor in Chemistry Vincent Rotello; Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Pro- fessor of Chemical Engineering Nianqiang “Nick” Wu; Director of Stockbridge School of Agriculture and Professor of Environmental and Soil Sciences Baoshan Xing; Silvio O. Conte Distinguished Profes- sor of Polymer Science and Engineering Thomas Russell; Hospitality and Tourism Management Pro- vost Professor Muzaffer “Muzzo” Uysal; Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs and School of Public Health and Health Sciences Professor Laura Vandenberg; and Electrical and Computer Engineer- ing Professor Qiangfei Xia.
Fitzgerald Law recently announced that attorneys Daryl Johnson, Kevin Hassett Jr., and Rachel Fancy have joined the firm. Johnson has
a broad business-law practice advising clients on matters of commercial real estate, corpo- rate finance, succession plan- ning, and trust and estates. She has eight years of experi- ence practicing as an attorney and has served as corporate counsel for an international importing business. She graduated summa cum laude from Elms College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree, and cum laude from the UMass School of Law in Dart- mouth, where she earned her juris doctorate. She is a trustee of Springfield International Charter School, regularly fun- draises to benefit Empty Arms Bereavement Support, and has served as a volunteer for Girls on the Run and Big Brothers
Big Sisters of Hampden County. Hassett focuses his business-law practice on the areas of contract draft- ing and negotiation, commercial loans, commer- cial real-estate development including acquisition and sale, regulatory and government enforcement actions and investigations, and employment law. He is a graduate of UMass Amherst, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in legal studies, and Western New England University School of Law, where he earned his juris doctorate. He is a member of the Hampden County Bar Assoc. New Lawyers’ Section Executive Board and a member of the Young Professional Soci- ety of Greater Springfield. Fancy advises business owners and leadership teams on the resolution of commercial disputes, litigation tactics and proce- dure, and land use, zoning, and permitting. She is particularly skilled at legal research and writing, as
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and policies governing the stewardship of its $1 billion endowment, Gurek was responsible for key administrative areas that included human resources, facilities, risk management, and sustainability. Prior to joining Mount Holyoke, Gurek was the associate treasurer and
Western New England Law Review, and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining Bacon Wilson, Guzman-Bailey served as a judicial law clerk at the Connecticut Superior Court. She received the CALI Award for Gender and the Law in 2021, the CALI Award for International Business Transactions in 2021, and the CALI Award for Family Law in 2020. She is a member of the His- panic National Bar Assoc., the Hampden County Bar Assoc., and the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Assoc. She is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and will be working from Bacon Wilson’s Springfield location.
Attorney Sarah Federation is a member of Bacon Wilson’s Business and Corporate Law practice group. She earned her juris doctor degree cum laude from Western New England University School of Law in 2022 and earned her bach- elor’s degree cum laude from Siena College in Loudonville,
N.Y. in 2019. Federation’s Bacon Wilson career origi- nally began as a law clerk in May 2021. She received the CALI Award for Bioethics and Law in 2021 and was named Best Plaintiff’s Advocate in 2020. She is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and was offi- cially sworn into the Massachusetts Bar Assoc. on Nov. 15. She will be working from Bacon Wilson’s
Springfield location. Attorney Joshua Goldstein is a member of Bacon Wilson’s Business and Corporate Law practice group and the Banking and Finance practice group. He earned his juris doctor degree cum laude from Western New England University School of Law in 2022 and his bachelor’s degree
in business economics from the State University of New York, Oneonta in 2018. Goldstein completed pro bono activity with the City of Homes Project under the direction of retired Judge Dina Fein. He also is a member of the Hampden County Bar Assoc. He is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and was officially sworn into the Massachusetts Bar Assoc. on Nov. 15. He will be working from Bacon Wilson’s Springfield location.
The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts recent- ly welcomed Shannon Gurek as vice president for Finance and Operations. She will provide strategic leadership in finance, information technology, opera- tions, and risk management during a transformative period for the foundation. She was
selected after a national search conducted by Lindau-
director of the budget at Amherst College, and early in her career, she was an audit supervisor at Coopers and Lybrand. A certified public accountant, she earned her MBA from the Isenberg School of Management
at UMass Amherst and her bachelor’s degree from Nichols College. She is also a member of the board of directors of Holyoke Medical Center. Gurek will
be joining Jeffrey Markham
Jr., Marty Bongfeldt, Sarah Guerin, and Ann Tweedy,
all of whom recently joined
the Community Foundation
as staff members. Markham began serving the foundation as program officer for Commu- nity Impact and Partnerships after 15 years in public-health research and community-based programming. His previous work was with the MOCHA (Men of Color Health Aware- ness) program in Springfield, where he directed its Disrupt- ing Systemic and Structural Racism Initiative as well as its research collaboration with the UMass Amherst School of Pub- lic Health. Bongfeldt joined the foundation as its new Donor Services associate. She brings extensive experience as an executive assistant to chief-lev- el leadership in both corporate and nonprofit organizations. Originally from Dallas, Bong- feldt relocated to Western Mass. after her acceptance to Smith College’s Ada Comstock Scholar Program. She earned her bach- elor’s degree and master of fine arts degree from Smith. She is also a playwright member of the Dramatist Guild. Guerin joined the foundation as pro- gram assistant after serving
the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts for nearly five years. She served as Executive Services assistant to the organization’s CEO and COO. She brings with her a wealth of nonprofit and youth orga- nization experience as well as a strong background in volunteerism. Tweedy joined the foundation as fund administration associate for Philanthropic Services. She comes to the foundation from Franklin/Hamp- shire County MassHire’s first upskilling navigator, in which she helped launch the first Career Technical Initiative (CTI) Commonwealth Corp.-funded Adult Vocational Education program at Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls. She is the treasurer of a family foundation in Providence, R.I. and volun- teers on several boards.
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