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Class Notes Spring 2009

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Information technology company Virtusa Corporation has welcomed William K. O’Brien, Boston, Mass., to its Board of Directors and Audit Committee. O’Brien has 30 years of experience working with global technology companies.
Robert G. Swan, Salem, Conn., worked on presidential campaign of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, as a consultant on health care and economic policy positions and issues.

Joseph A. Maurath Jr., Abington, Mass., has enjoyed success implementing energy conservation programs, which have become models for municipal utilities across Massachusetts. His first project was in 1977 for the Plymouth County Extension Service of Hanson, Mass. Maurath has also worked with Hingham officials on that town’s energy conservation service.

Millbury Federal Credit Union has appointed Paul R. Crimlisk, Needham Heights, Mass., as senior vice president and manager of MCU Commercial Services, a subsidiary of the credit union.

Marketing research firm Burke Inc. has announced the promotion of Diane Surette, Cincinnati, Ohio, to executive vice president/head of client services.

James M. Freedman ’MBA, Holliston, Mass., vice president of leadership development at Waltham, Mass.-based Fresenius Medical Care North America, traveled to South Korea in October for a weeklong ceremony. The alumnus received the Van Fleet Award for outstanding contributions to U.S.–Korea relations.

Andrew A. Brown, Lincoln, R.I., has been named chief financial officer at Abington Bank. He will provide financial analysis of current and future bank activities, oversee the accounting department, and devise financial strategy. Kingston, Mass., resident Brian S. Kehoe has been appointed director of Reliable Respiratory in Norwood, Mass.

DTZ FHO Partners, a Greater Boston commercial real estate advisory firm, has announced the promotion of Deanne Pace, Natick, Mass., to senior vice president. She will continue to specialize in lease audit services.

DolmatConnell & Partners Inc. has promoted Elizabeth Spada, Middleton, Mass., to managing director. Spada manages client relationships and consulting staff at the independent executive compensation consulting firm.

Aldo M. Zeffiro, Birmingham, Mich., has joined TriMas Corporation as chief financial officer. The alumnus has leadership experience in mergers and acquisitions, business process improvement, audit, and financial planning and analysis.

Diana M. Franchitto ’97 MST, Foxborough, Mass., has been named president and CEO of Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island. She joined the organization in January 2007 as vice president for marketing and philanthropy. DiCicco, Gulman & Company, which specializes in accounting and financial matters for private companies, has promoted James M. Lemay ’00 MST, Wilmington, Mass., to the post of principal.

Carol C. Zierhoffer ’MSCIS, Arnold, Md., has joined ITT Corporation as chief information officer. She assumes responsibility for strategic planning, alignment, governance and delivery of all technology products and services.

Julie A. O’Brien ’94 MST, Los Gatos, Calif., has been promoted to director of solutions marketing at Cisco Systems Inc. O’Brien leads the team responsible for strategies for Web 2.0 communities and relationships with press, analysts, customers, consultants and user groups in the unified communication industry.

Blake C. Ellison, Framingham, Mass., has moved his practice from UBS Financial in Boston to join Morgan Stanley’s global wealth management group in Westborough, Mass. He has an additional focus on intergenerational wealth transfer and gifting strategies to benefit children, grandchildren and charities.

Venkat K. Murty, Irvine, Calif., has been named in Dealerscope magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” list of emerging talent in the consumer electronics industry for 2008. Murty is vice president and SellPath general manager at Channel Intelligence Inc.

Vitale, Caturano & Company Ltd. has announced the promotion of Regina M. Golden ’00 MST, Quincy, Mass., to vice president of learning and development. Julie A. O’Brien ’92, Los Gatos, Calif., has been promoted to director of solutions management for Cisco Systems Inc. Her team oversees strategies for Web 2.0 communities and relationships with press, analysts, customers, consultants and user groups in the unified communication industry.

DiCicco, Gulman & Company has promoted Jonathan B. Farrell, Salisbury, Mass., to principal. The CPA and business consulting firm specializes in accounting and financial matters for private companies.

Mark P. Paquin ’MST, Dennis Port, Mass., has been promoted to principal at the Boston-area CPA and business advisory firm of Rucci, Bardaro & Barrett. Brian S. Woodward, Grand Junction, Colo., has teamed up with Charlotte Støvring to launch a communication and public relations bureau, Støvring+Woodward Kommunikation. The firm is headquartered in Denmark.

Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island has named Diane M. Franchitto ’89, Foxborough, Mass., as president and CEO. She has been the organization’s vice president for marketing and philanthropy since January 2007. Daniel P. Renzella, Watertown, Mass., has joined RailRunner Inc. as chief financial officer. The company develops container intermodal transport systems.

RSM McGladrey has welcomed Michael Swiszcz, Mesa, Ariz., as business development director in the Phoenix office. Swiszcz is responsible for strategically growing the firm’s audit, tax and business consulting practices in Arizona and New Mexico.

Silver Bridge Advisors, an independent wealth advisory firm, has appointed Deirde R. Prescott ’MSF, Cohassett, Mass., to be director of client development.

Wilmington, Mass., resident James M. Lemay ’89 has been promoted to principal at DiCicco, Gulman & Company. The firm’s focus is accounting and financial matters for private companies.

Paul J. Carpinella, Canton, Mass., has earned a promotion to marketing project manager at Norwood-based Windstar Technologies.

Kathryn Karr, Centerville, Mass., and her family organized the second annual Pedaling for Preemies ride to benefit Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Paul H. Turner ’MSHFID, Framingham, Mass., completed a 12-month contract in interaction design with Sovereign Bank. He credits the graduate program at Bentley for helping him land the position seven months before receiving his degree.