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Sheena Tracy ’04: Taking a Family Business High-Tech

Insuring Success

Sheena Tracy ’04 is making a mark in a field that she never planned to enter.

Joining the family insurance business was not on the radar when Tracy returned to Connecticut after graduation. Instead, the former Finance major became an analyst.

“I left after a year; the job wasn’t right,” she explains. While seeking another position, she lent a hand at Gerard B. Tracy Associates, the insurance brokerage founded by her grandfather and managed by her father.

Preserving Integrity in Sports: Scott Lowell '07 MBA

Growing up, Scott Lowell hated it when people cheated, whether the arena was sports or board games. Today, he fights scofflaws professionally as a doping control officer (DCO) for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

USADA agents make unannounced visits to test for banned substances among amateur and professional athletes competing in Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American sports. In 2008, Lowell and 69 other DCOs nationwide conducted more than 8,500 sample collections for drug testing; banned substances were found in only 24 cases.

Mary Cail '47: Award-Winning Volunteer

In Good Company

Some may look at what Mary Cail ’47 does as good deeds, but she sees it as good fun. The Bentley alumna, a 2009 recipient of the Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts award, spends her days helping others in various ways, including offering rides to fellow senior citizens in her 1993 Chrysler.

“I enjoy it, because we have a lot of laughs,” says Cail. “It goes to show, you can have fun [volunteering].”

All About Attitude: Christopher Watts '03

In November 1997, Christopher Watts ’03 suffered a spinal injury that left him quadriplegic. Today, he’s busy making a life despite the physical limitations – and working toward the day that he will walk again.Since the accident, which occurred during his junior year at Bentley, Watts has proved exceedingly adaptable. He honed skills as an auditory learner because reading textbooks was cumbersome and note taking, impossible. He switched his major from finance to marketing when he could no longer work a calculator.

Cue the Talent: Kristin Nava '01, '02 MSFP

Kristin Nava ’01, ’02 MSFP combines her business skills with a passion for the entertainment industry as a commercial talent agent. But landing that dream job involved a few plot twists.

A native Californian, Nava returned after graduation and started work at Los Angeles-based Abrams Artists Agency – a bi-coastal talent agency that provides theatrical, commercial, print, literary, voice-over, and children’s services. Her job was in the mailroom.

Life Lessons from the Field: Dana Story '96, '99 MST

Springtime at Deloitte is tax time. But for senior tax manager Dana Story ’96, ’99 MST, it’s also lax time: the start of another lacrosse season for urban youth in Boston.

Story is in his fourth season volunteering as a coach for MetroLacrosse, which serves 500 boys and girls in eight urban communities. Fielding 30 teams for students in grades five to 12, the program applies the RESPECT model of character education (responsibility, effort, sportsmanship, participation, enthusiasm, communication, teamwork).

Promoting Financial Literacy in New Hampshire

While pundits hold forth on the global implications of the credit crisis, New Hampshire State Treasurer Catherine (Laffin) Provencher ’85 is using her office to build a better financial future – one saver at a time.The ardent advocate of financial literacy helps adults and high school students across the state become more adept at handling their money. As she puts it: “We want to raise awareness of the importance of getting a financial education.”Specifically, Provencher works with the state legislature to find ways to promote financial responsibility.

Room at the Top: Romanowskis Give Back

There’s a window on the second floor of the Bentley Library that overlooks the Waltham neighborhood where Joseph Romanowski ’87 grew up, and where his parents still reside. That happy fact was the final inspiration for Joe and his wife, Renee (Dugas) ’87, to choose the conference room as the focus of their recent gift to Bentley.“There are so many ways to give back to the college,” Joe says, noting that a student scholarship or a named room in the library were top choices for his family. “Once we took a tour of the new library, it became the clear winner.

Undercover Expert Kerry O'Brien '93

What Lies Beneath

You won’t see fashions by Kerry O’Brien ’93 on a runway in Paris. In fact, you aren’t supposed to see them at all. Her six-year-old company is aiming to reinvent the world of women’s undergarments.

The alumna didn’t set out to pioneer a line of mention-worthy unmentionables. After earning her BS in Business Communication, she fixed her sights on corporate public relations and accepted a position at Edelman Communications in New York City. By age 25, she had earned the title of vice president.

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