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40 Under Forty:
Meghan Avery Zydalis Bauer Melissa Blissett Margaret Boyle Sarah Calabrese Ariel Clemmer Jessica Colson
Lucy Damkoehler Tiana Davis Whitney Dodds Gregory Freeman Giselle Gaines Ysabel Garcia
Peter Gillen
Sina Holloman Sasha Jiménez Jenise Katalina Joseph Kelley Michael Lynch Alaina Macaulay Christopher Martin Jackie Martucci Kelly McGiverin Nicholas Moynihan Tessa Murphy-Romboletti Preeti Nakrani Jazlinda Navarro John Pappas Aundrea Paulk Hannah Rechtschaffen Walter Rice Nicholas Riley Justin Roberts Edna Rodríguez Veronice Santana Roger St. Onge Sarah Rose Stack Stephanie Welch Reynolds Whalen Melanie Wilk
ICntroducing the Class of 2022
all it a trend. What it means ... well, we don’t really Each story is uniquely different, but there are, as always, know, but it’s there. some common denominators, including excellence within When BusinessWest launched its 40 Under Forty in one’s profession, a commitment to giving back to the com-
2007 to honor young professionals in Western Mass. — not only for their career achievements, but for their service to the community — that first class fea-
tured far more men than women.
In recent years, the opposite has been true. Indeed, in 2021, there were 26 women and 14 men. This year? The pendulum has swung even further, with 28 women in the Class of 2022 and 12 men.
Again, we don’t really know what
that means. What we do know is that beyond this bit of sta- tistical intrigue, this class of honorees is like the 15 that came before it, in that it is diverse, in every way imaginable — eth- nically, geographically, and professionally.
Indeed, the members of this class took a number of paths to this honor. Many are professionals, but there are also sev- eral entrepreneurs. There are nonprofit managers, college administrators, and a few public servants as well.
Meet Our Judges
munity, dedication to family and work/life balance, and a focus on how they can make this region better for all those
who live and work here.
The judges for this year’s pro-
gram — spotlighted below — reviewed more than 120 nomina- tions, a number that speaks to the continued vibrancy of this program and the dedication of the region’s rising stars.
The class of 2022 will be celebrat- ed on Thursday, June 16 at the annual 40 Under Forty Gala
at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke. That gala will also feature the announcement of the winner of the eighth annual Alumni Achievement Award, a recognition program that salutes the 40 Under Forty honoree who has most impressively added to their accomplishments in the workplace and within the community, as chosen by a panel of judges.
Xiomara Albán DeLo- bato, a member of
the 40 Under Forty class of 2021, currently serves as chief of staff for the Western Mas- sachusetts Economic Development Coun- cil, where she facili- tates the growth and development of the regional economy by encouraging, influenc- ing, and sustaining capital investment and quality job growth. She has dedicated her career and community involvement in serv- ing as an active change agent and advocate
for equitable access
to economic and aca- demic opportunities in the region and beyond.
Madeline Landrau, one of BusinessWest’s Women of Impact in 2021, works on Mass- Mutual’s Community Responsibility team as a Program Engagement Manager. She oversees MassMutual’s Home Office Giving portfolio and associated rela- tionship management, working with nonprofit organizations primarily in MassMutual’s home office community of Springfield. She’s the lead for LifeBridgeSM, MassMutual’s pro- gram that offers free life insurance cover- age to eligible parents for the benefit of their children’s education. Landrau mentors young Latinas, provid- ing informal mentoring and coaching, guiding them to make sound decisions, develop socially and enhance their educational skills.
Ryan McCollum, a 40 Under 40 winner in 2012, is the owner of RMC Strategies, which provides full service political consulting
to candidates, elected officials, nonprofits and for-profit institu- tions. A founder of YPS of Greater Springfield, he is on several area boards, including 16 Lyrics, Suit Up Spring- field, Square One, Healing Racism Insti- tute, ROCA, NCCJ, and the marketing commit- tee of the Springfield Museums. He sat on Longmeadow’s Coali- tion for Racial Justice Task Force, and also serves on the Rian Immigrant Center, which helps immi- grants assimilate to our country.
Chad Moir, president and CEO of DopaFit Parkinson’s Movement Center in Easthamp- ton, was honored by BusinessWest with
both its 40 Under Forty and Difference Maker awards in 2021. A grad- uate of American Inter- national College and its Public Health program, Moir created DopaFit in 2015. The company uses exercise prograns to help people stop or slow down the progres- sion of Parkinson’s, a neurodegenerative dis- order that increasingly robs the body of dopa- mine, which is released during exercise.
Amy Roberts, execu- tive vice president and chief Human Resourc- es officer at Peoples- Bank, has more than 18 years of experience working with business leaders to develop and implement people- management and tal- ent-development strat- egies. An active mem- ber of the commu- nity, she has served on many boards including the United Way of Hampshire County, Leadership Pioneer Valley and CHD. She is a reader for the Link to Libraries program and serves on the Service Above Self Annual Lun- cheon Committee for the Springfield Rotary and Basketball Hall of Fame.

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