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Alumni Association Board of Directors 2017-2018

2017-2018 Board of Directors

The alumni board exists to keep each and every one of you connected to each other, nearly 60,000 of you, and with Salem State University. After all, you're not just a Viking for your college years, you're a Viking for life.

Members at Large

  • Members at Large

    Executive Board Members 

    Joseph Wamness ’00G, president
    Debra Lee Surface ’05, vice president of administration
    Christopher Corrente ’10, ’12G, vice president of outreach
    Mikki Wilson ’09, secretary
    Mary (Midge) DeSimone '76, trustee
    Pamela Doherty ’92, immediate past president

  • Current Members

    Barbara Baggs '13G

    Ed Brzychcy '15

    Brian Castellanos '16G

    Guy Clinch '89

    Grazia Crivello '09

    Stephan Daly '84

    Kathryn D'Amour '63, '67G, '81G

    Nicole Goggin '14, '17G

    Amanda Kennedy '12

    James Lampassi '81

    Rober Leger '77

    Patricia Libby '71

    Kristin Macek '07

    Georgianna Marks '74, '83G

    Teury Marte '00

    Janet Merriman '82

    Linda Power '90

    Kerrie Tingle '12G

    Timothy Shea '83G

    Jessica Tomlinson '09

    Hope Watt-Bucci '96G

    Student Representatives

    Joshua Lane, Student Government Association  Representative

    Andrew Duperval, Student Trustee

    Pedro Palandrani, Graduate Student Representative

  • Legacy Members

    Dr. Erik Champy ’89, ’94G

    Eileen Smith Connolly ’59, ’77G

    Dorothy Foley ’48

    Dr. Judith Josephs ’63, ’65G

    Josephine Kennedy ’72, ’76G

    Frank Lillo ’64, ’69G

    Jane Moroney ’60, ’62G

    Frederick Sannella ’64

    Deirdre Sartorelli ’83

Alumni Affinity Boards

  • Young Alumni Society

    The Young Alumni Society is one of several affinity alumni groups operating under the direction of the Salem State University Alumni Association. All alumni who have graduated with a bachelors and/or master’s degree within the last fifteen years are automatically members of the Young Alumni Society.

    Mission and Purpose

    Established in June 2011, the purpose of the Young Alumni Society is to provide an alumni network specifically for graduates from the last fifteen years. The mission of our society is as follows:

    • To strengthen the friendships amongst young alumni
    • To strengthen the relationship amongst young alumni and Salem State University
    • To support the professions of young alumni through professional and career development and educational training opportunities
    • To promote positive service to and on behalf of Salem State University
    • To support the mission and strategic goals of the Salem State University Alumni Association
    • To never forget all of those who came before and to establish a working society for all of those who will come after


    The Young Alumni Society exists to provide services and opportunities to young alumni in order to enrich the greater Salem State community. Alumni from all undergraduate and graduate academic disciplines are welcome to take an active leadership role within the society.

    What Do We Do?

    Members of the YAS executive committee meet an average of eight times per year to discuss young alumni relations and to plan events. In addition to planning, committee members are responsible for marketing, attending and volunteering at our events. The society hosts an average of three events per year. Committee members are encouraged to attend and volunteer at events organized by the alumni association and by the university (ex. Alumni Weekend, commencement, speaker series, etc.). 

    YAS Executive Committee (2016 – 2017)

    Naqash Ali '15
    Mary Bertrand ’13
    Erica Bourbeau '15
    Christopher Corrente ’10 ’12G                                                                           
    Leah Falkowski ’08
    Wendy Knight ’10 ’14G
    Adam Kohn ’12
    Kristin Zukowski ’11

    Interested in joining the YAS Executive Committee?    

    Please contact Mary Bertrand.

  • Friends of the School of Education

    Members of the Friends of the School of Education include alumni and faculty of Salem State University. The friends organization, established in 1994, has a deep appreciation for the founding of the university as an institution dedicated to the training of teachers. 

    The goals of the friends organization are to:

    • Join alumni with one another and the university; 
    • Create opportunities for both alumni and students;
    • Recognize outstanding contributions to education;
    • Advocate strongly for education in the Commonwealth;
    • Develop ways to financially support special projects or programs for the School of Education; and
    • Serve as a resource for mentoring, networking and professional development.

    Executive Board Members

    • Patricia M. Libby '71, president
    • Rose M. DeLuca '73, '03G, vice-president

    Board Members

    • Arlene A. Amato-Hanson '75, '89G, '90G
    • Lisa Collins '87
    • Dorothy M. Foley '48
    • Richard Giso '04G
    • Mary Ann Grassia '92
    • Joseph A. Greenberg '66
    • Carla Guarnieri '75
    • Sheila P. Kearney '54, '67G
    • Barbara A. Lee '75, '81G
    • Andrea Liftman '75G
    • Edna Mauriello '44
    • Maureen J. McCarthy '75, '79G
    • Jane Z. Murphy '00G
    • Jo-Anne D. Murphy '77G
    • Ellen A. Nichols '76, '94G
    • Katherine Cargill Pacitto '89G
    • Janice Pendergast '89
    • Blythe Purdin '06G, '16G
    • Joanne E. Wortman '96G
  • Friends of the School of Social Work

    The Friends of the School of Social Work connects social work alumni with one another and with Salem State University through networking events and professional development opportunities. This organization sponsors two professional development workshops each year, one in the spring and one in the fall semesters. The Board of Directors of the Friends of the School of Social Work solicits nominations for and presents an annual Outstanding Social Worker Alumni Award to a bachelor of social work (BSW) or master of social Work (MSW) graduate of Salem State University. 

    The Friends of the School of Social Work Mission Statement

    The mission of the Friends of the School of Social Work is to engage alumni of the Salem State University School of Social Work in programs and activities which advance Salem State University and public education for social workers, and which cultivates and retains the loyalty and support of its alumni, and provides linkage between the educational process and the field of social work.

    Outstanding Social Worker Alumni Award

    The Friends of the School of Social Work's Outstanding Social Worker Alumni Award honors School of Social Work alumni who have shown dedication to the field of social work by:

    • making outstanding contributions to the social work profession
    • performing outstanding service in their chosen area
    • nurturing professional development of social workers

    Please provide as much biographical information as possible to help the screening committee with their decision. Nominate an individual now.  
    Nominations need to be completed on or before January 15, 2018.

    Contact Us For More information
    Alumni Relations
    Phone: 978.542.7530

    Executive Board Members

    • Sarah Shepard '00, '05G, President
    • Vanessa Aluia '11G, Vice-President
    • Kim Graham '08, Historian and Secretary

    Board Members

    • Amy Au '11, '13G
    • Catherine Galenius '04G, Greater Lynn Senior Services
    • Robin Gillette '79, '90G, Beverly Public Schools
    • Domonique Grasso '17
    • Alice Harty, MSW Student Representative
    • Beverly Johnson '97G, Probate and Family Court
    • Daniel Larson '09G
    • Kristin Macek '07
    • Kelly Quinn '08, '10G
    • Alexandra Selman '12
    • Joseph M. Wamness '00G, Element Care
    • Gretchan Wilwerth '11G

    Ex-Offico Member 

    • Shelley Steenrod

    Past FSSW Workshops

    List of Spring and Fall Workshop Topics and Presenters

    Family Issues Related to Adults with Severe Mental Illness in Post-Deinstitutionalization
    Phyllis Solomon, PhD
    Saturday, March 25, 2017
    2016-Spring Workshop
    Broadening Options for Individuals with Opioid Use Disorders
    Jonathan Blodgett, Essex District Attorney
    Leonard Campanello, Chief of Police, Gloucester
    Dr. Michael Levy, Ph.D. Director of Substance Use Services at North Shore Medical Center
    Joanne Peterson, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Learn 2 Cope
    Luis Diaz, Long Term Recovery
    Shelley Steenrod, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Salem State University
    Saturday, March 5, 2016

    2016-Fall Workshop
    Suicide Prevention through Relational Connections
    Rebecca G. Mirick, PhD, LICSW
    Saturday, September 19, 2016

    Trauma-informed Interactions with Clients
    Presented by Laurie S. Markoff, PhD
    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    Interprofessional Education as the Foundation for Interprofessional Practice: Learning about, with and from other professionals
    Carol Gawrys, DNP, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor, Salem State University
    Jeramie Silveira OTD, OTR/L, Associate Professor, Salem State University
    Cheryl Springer, PhD, MSW, LICSW, AssociAte Professor, Salem State University
    Monday September 21, 2015

    Dr. Funk's Tour of the Brain
    Janice Funk, PhD
    Saturday, March 8, 2014

    Supports, Services, and Advocacy: Seeking Human Rights for People with Developmental Disabilities
    Patricia M. Connolly, MCP, PhD
    Monday, September 22, 2014 


    Social Work Practice in Emerging Innovative Health Care SystemsVictoria Stanhope, MSW, PhD
    Saturday, April 27, 2013

    Ethics, Confidentiality and Release of Information
    Jonathan M. Lukens, MSW, MBE, PhD
    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    Mindfulness: Skills for Self and Client Care
    Jefferson Prince, MD
    Saturday, March 24, 2012

    International Social Work and Social Development: The Case of El Salvador
    Robert McAndrews, PhD, JD and Sandra Yudilevich Espinoza, PhD
    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    Homecoming as Safe Haven and/or the New Conflict Zone: Attachment and Detachment in Military Families
    Kathryn Basham, PhD, LICSW
    Saturday, March 26, 2011

    Systems of Care: Social Workers' Critical Role in Care Coordination
    Lisa Johnson, MSW, PhD
    Tuesday, September 20, 2011


    Buried in Treasures: Understanding and Treating Hoarding
    Gail Steketee, PhD, MSW
    Saturday, March 27, 2010

    Enhancing Professional Competencies in Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders
    Jeff Driskell, LICSW, PhD and Lisa Krinsky, LICSW, MSW
    Wednesday, September 22, 2010

    The Transformative Nature of Grief and Bereavement
    Joan Berzoff, MSW, EdD
    Saturday, March 28, 2009

    Effective Substance Abuse Treatment in Social Work Settings
    Shelley Steenrod, PhD, LICSW
    Wednesday, September 23, 2009

    Suicide Prevention and Intervention Across the Life Cycle
    David F. McMahon, MD and Carley Lubarsky, LICSW
    Saturday, March 29, 2008

    The Identification and Assessment of Munchausen by Proxy: Child and Family Outcomes
    Catherine C. Ayoub, RN, MN, EdD
    Wednesday, September 24, 2008

    Adolescents in Social and Educational Settings: Perspectives on Gender and Ethnicity
    Anne Driscoll '76 and Yvonne Ruiz, PhD
    Saturday, March 31, 2007

    Social Work Resilience: The Challenge and the Possibilities of Maintaining Resilience in a “Risky World”
    Mary Byrne, PhD, LICSW
    Thursday, September 27, 2007

    The Treatment of Substance Abuse: Recent Trends and New Approaches
    Michael S. Levy, PhD
    Saturday, April 1, 2006

    Personality Disorders
    April Berry-Fletcher, MSW, LICSW
    Saturday, April 9, 2005

    Mediation Practice for Social Workers
    Robert K. McAndrews, PhD, JD 
    Narrative Therapy
    Elizabeth Buckley, LICSW and Philip R. Decter, LICSW
    Saturday, March 27, 2004

  • Japan Alumni Group

    We are pleased to announce the creation of the Salem State University Japan Alumni Group. We would like to thank the entire office of alumni affairs and the Center for International Education for their invaluable help in creating this new alumni group in Tokyo.

    The purpose of the Salem State Japan Alumni Group is to provide a gathering place for the many Salem State University alumni who live in Japan. The alumni group will provide a platform for business networking, updates on Salem State activities, and will reconnect classmates, and create new friendships. The alumni group will place special emphasis on creating lasting bonds with the university. We anticipate creating many educational and cultural exchange programs between Salem State and the Japan Alumni Group. Salem State University played a central role in a great cultural experience for Japanese students.

    The Salem State alumni group will keep those memories alive. We are asking for your support and involvement as the Salem State University Alumni Group takes its first steps towards sharing great experiences with Salem State alumni here and in the city of Salem. Please provide your name (including maiden name), address, email address, and phone number so we may keep you updated on our progress. We look forward to hearing from you! Sincerely, SSU-Japan Alumni Group Members: Yoshitaka Ida, Class of '83 Shinpei Kusanagi Ako Yoshihara, Class of '01

    For more information and to update your information, contact: Alumni Relations.

  • Bertolon School of Business Alumni Network

    Mission and Purpose Established in February 2013, the purpose of the Bertolon School of Business (BSB) alumni network is to promote the professional, educational, economic, and social interests of Salem State University by creating a mutually beneficial relationship between the Bertolon School of Business, the Salem State University Alumni Association and its growing community of business alumni.

    The alumni network is dedicated to enhancing the degrees of all current and future members by encouraging support, collaboration, and participation between the university and its members. The organization leverages the resources of its members to both advise and support the university towards achieving its mission and goals. Vision The BSB alumni network exists to support the Bertolon School of Business and its vision by maintaining a linkage between alumni members and the university. Principles and Values We support the university and the Bertolon School of Business in its efforts to provide graduates with a top-flight business education and instill life-long loyalty and pride in its students and alumni.

    Our values are synonymous with the Bertolon School of Business' values in creating a foundation for life-long learning and encouraging community engagement. Our actions enhance the Bertolon School of Business by promoting valuable and insightful activities and encouraging interaction between alumni members, current students and university staff. As an organization, we promote ethical behavior and encourage integrity and honesty in how members carry themselves as representatives of the university.

    BSB Alumni Network Board of Directors

    Executive Board Members

    Barbara Baggs '13G, president
    Katie (Catherine) Bedard '08, '13Gm, vice president
    Craig Markiewicz '05, 12G, immediate past president
    Jason P. Bazinet '12G, secretary

    Board Members

    Ed Brzuchcy '15
    Jessica Cloutier '08
    Mike Crawford '16
    Jennifer Gallagher '17
    Nicole Goggin '14, '17G
    Whitney Hatfield '17
    Alexander N. Kurkuvelos '10
    Shayna L. Morris '14

    Business Card Wall

    Help the BSB alumni network build a business card wall, which will be located in the business school. This wall will serve as a resource for students, faculty and alumni to connect with each other to build professional relationships.

    How to submit your card to the wall:

    Mail to Salem State University, Alumni Affairs Office, 352 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970.
    Scan and email an image of your card to

  • Salem State DC Chapter Alumni

    Mission and Purpose
    The purpose of the Salem State DC chapter is to encourage alumni in the DC area to participate actively in our local chapter, to attend events, to volunteer, to create new ways for alumni to stay connected to Salem State University and to contribute to the greatness of our university.

    Our vision is to involve the greatest possible number of alumni in the DC area on an annual basis by creating a range of events, programs and outreach activities so appealing that alumni will seek to remain engaged with the university and each other.

    Our Steering Committee

    • Mahender Dudani '85
    • Josh Durham '03
    • Lia Moore '06
    • John Nolan '92
    • Chris Wolforth '08

    “I graduated from Salem State with a bachelor of science degree in biology and a minor in chemistry and Spanish in summer of 2008. Through networking, I immediately found a job doing cancer research in the DC area for a government contract funded by the National Cancer Institute. After almost six years, a master’s degree and some sales experience, I have chosen to start a different career in real estate. I have grown to love living in DC and believe it has a lot to offer for anyone looking for jobs. I do miss Massachusetts and that's why I am part of the Salem State alumni DC chapter, to keep some of the Boston in me. Please feel free to contact me for any questions you may have.” - Chris Wolforth '08

    "I graduated from Salem State with a bachelor of arts in 2003. I immediately found a job in the editorial field working for AOL. Thanks to the explosion of tech jobs in DC, I've continued working in the digital space for over 11 years. The DC market truly is a bubble—there's jobs everywhere you look. Add amazing and diverse culture plus plenty of recreational options—it's a great place to visit or start a family." - Josh Durham '03

    "I was a political science major and an economics minor at Salem State. I am originally from India, but raised on North Shore. We still visit the area at least annually. I moved to Arlington, Va., in 2008 after 20 years in United States Air Force where I was stationed all over the US (both coasts, Midwest, deep south), Japan and Germany. I am now a defense contractor for crisis planning, US Customs (Logan) and some federal service in DC. I am active in diplomatic, professional and school organizations. I have two growing boys and my wife is an ex-USAF nurse and now in oncology. I am happy to connect with any and all Salem State alumni and to offer assistance for DC relocation, information, exploring, and visiting. You can email or call anytime." - Mahender Dudani '85


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