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Board of Trustees

Becker College is governed by a 16-member Board of Trustees. As a collective body, the trustees hold the authority and responsibility to ensure the fulfillment of the College’s mission and are ultimately responsible for the college’s fiscal health. The board selects and appoints the president and approves policy, while operations and management of the College are vested in the president.

Full Board Meetings: 2017-2019

Friday, October 12, 2018 (Annual Meeting)
Friday, February 22, 2019
Friday, June 7, 2019


Arthur P. (Jay) DiGeronimo Jr. – Chair

President of the Board of Trustees, DiGeronimoYear of Initial Appointment – 2005

Jay graduated from Clark University, magna cum laude, with a degree in political science, and received his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center. He clerked for the Honorable Judge Donald R. Grant of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1977. He was president/CEO of Victory Supermarkets from 1981 until its sale in 2004. He is currently president and CEO of Wavelengths Pro Audio, LLC. For the past 24 years, Jay has served as a trustee for Health Alliance Hospital. Additionally, Jay has served as chair of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, chair of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts, co-chair of the Health Alliance Capital Campaign, and is a past recipient of the Dr. Robert H. Goldman Community Service Award. His hobbies include playing guitar in his classic rock band, Neurotic Gumbo, croquet, golden retrievers, model railroading and flying. He lives in Leominster, Mass., with his wife, Gretchen.

Christine L. Cassidy '14 – Vice Chair

Christine Cassidy b-wYear of Initial Appointment – 2015

Cassidy is senior vice president and chief communications officer at Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP). She joined FCHP in 2002 and has held various communications-related roles. She currently serves on FCHP’s Community Relations and Community Benefits Grant committees. Prior to joining FCHP, Cassidy was the editor of The Lancaster Times and North County Family & Health. She also spent 15 years at the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company in Boston. Cassidy is a member of the United Way of Central Massachusetts’ Women’s Initiative and was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Mass.

Peter J. Rowden – Second Vice Chair

Trustee, RowdanYear of Initial Appointment – 2007

Peter Rowden serves as corporate vice president of manufacturing operations at Hologic Corporation in Marlboro, Mass. He attended Leicester High School and The Choate School prior to earning his B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his MBA from Nichols College. Peter served as chair of the Becker College Board of Trustees Governance Committee. Peter and his wife, Catherine, live in Groton, Mass., and have two children, Erica and Spencer.

Daniel C. Halsey, CFA – Treasurer

HalseyYear of Initial Appointment – 2013

Daniel is vice president and chief financial officer in the Personal Lines division at Hanover Insurance Group. An accomplished financial executive, his career has included positions at the former BankBoston (now Bank of America) and the Liberty Mutual Group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Rhode Island, a master’s degree in finance from Bentley College, and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

John H. Budd – Secretary

Trustee of Becker College_John BuddYear of Initial Appointment – 2011

John received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Iowa.  He relocated to Worcester in 1966 after serving three years as a captain in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  Since 1998, John has been of counsel with the Worcester-based law firm of Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP.  Prior to joining the firm, John was senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of the Paul Revere Companies for 21 years and a staff attorney for 10 years prior.  His professional and community affiliations include: member and former president, Association of Life Insurance Counsel; former chair, board of directors, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; trustee, UMass Memorial Health Care; chair and former campaign chair,  United Way of Central Massachusetts Investment Committee; campaign co-chair, Friends of Rogers-Kennedy Restoration; and commissioner, City of Worcester Civic Center Commission.  John and his wife, Dawn, live in Worcester and are the parents of three children and have eight grandchildren.

P. Scott Conti

Trustee, ConteYear of Initial Appointment – 2006

Scott received his B.S.C.E. in civil engineering  from Norwich University.  He is currently president and director of Providence and Worcester Railroad Company.  His leadership spans a range of organizations including the New England Railroad Club, the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Worcester Business Development Corporation, and KIWANIS. Additionally, Scott serves as assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America. He and his  wife, Jeanne, have one son, Peter, and live in  Marlborough, Mass.

John E. Graham, CPA, C.V.A.

Trustee, GrahamYear of Initial Appointment – 2008

John received his B.A. from Clark University, his M.S. from the University of Vermont, and his M.Ed. from Worcester State.  He is currently managing partner at Graham Shepherd Certified Public Accountants and Consultants.  In addition to chairing Becker’s Institutional Advancement Committee, John has served as president for a range of organizations, including Arts Worcester, Leicester Business Association, and the Worcester Club.  John is also a member of the Diocese of Worcester Expansion Fund and a corporator of the Worcester Art Museum and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.  John also serves as a corporator at Leicester Savings Bank and Bay State Savings.  He was treasurer of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce and a board member of Worcester Tennis Club, Worcester Economic Club, and Bay State Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.  John and his wife, Geri, live in Paxton, Mass., and have three children, Rachel, Sean, and Rebecca.

Sheila M. Harrity, Ed.D.

Sheila Harrity b-wYear of Initial Appointment – 2015

Sheila is the superintendent of the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School District. From 2006 to 2014, she was the principal of Worcester Technical High School. In 2013, she was selected as the Massachusetts Principal of the year, and was honored nationally as the 2014 MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals National High School Principal of the Year. She was selected as the 1997 Teacher of the Year for Worcester Public Schools, has been inducted into the Worcester Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame, and she was a Massachusetts State Teacher of the Year semi-finalist in 1998. She received a bachelor of arts degree with a major in social work from Providence College, she earned a master’s degree in moderate special needs from Assumption College, and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Worcester State University.  In 2013, she earned her doctoral degree in educational leadership from Northeastern University.

Deborah T. Kochevar, DVM, Ph.D., DACVCP

Year of Initial Appointment – 2013Kochevar

Deborah is the Henry and Lois Foster Professor and Dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree from Rice University, a D.V.M. from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She served as an NIH National Research Service Award Fellow from 1984-86. She also spent a year in Washington, DC, as a Congressional Science Fellow to the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. She is a diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology and is active in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), having chaired its Council on Education and the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates. She served as the president and chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and is now serving as past-president. Deborah has published in peer-reviewed research and teaching journals, and has won numerous teaching awards, including the Student American Veterinary Medical Association National Teaching Award in Basic Science. Her non-profit board service includes the Consortium for Conservation Medicine, Cummings Foundation, Inc., Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, Sea Research Foundation, and Massachusetts Society for Medical Research. She is also a director on the corporate board of Charles River Laboratories International, Inc.

Cheryl M. Lapriore

Cheryl Lapriore b-wYear of Initial Appointment – 2015

Cheryl is the senior vice president, chief of staff, and chief marketing officer for UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc. (UMMHC) and the president of UMass Memorial Health Ventures, the holding company for all of the UMMHC outside (non-hospital) business enterprises. Prior to joining UMMHC, she was the vice president of corporate relations at The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. and served as the president of The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation, Inc. She also served as vice president and chief of staff to the president of Allmerica Financial Life Insurance and Annuity Company. She is active in several local community organizations, including the Worcester Chamber of Commerce, the Worcester Business Development Corporation, Community Health Link, the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts, and the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance.

Andrew M. Mazur, '72LJC

Andy Mazur imageYear of Initial Appointment – 2014 

Andrew Mazur, of Longmeadow, is owner of Carpets Plus of Connecticut, LLC, and a 1972 graduate of Leicester Junior College. Prior to his Board appointment, Mazur was a longtime member of Becker’s Alumni Board (he served as its president from 2008-11). Mazur was also one of the ’72 Becker alumni MVPs who helped break ground on the new gym located on the Leicester Campus.

Before starting his business in 2001, Mazur served as an adjunct professor at Springfield College; general manager and limited partner of Meadows Racquet Club; and director of site operations at Grove Property Services. In addition to his associate’s degree in business administration from Becker, he received a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State College (1974) and an M.Ed. from Springfield College (1977).

Joy J. McHugh, '55

Trustee, JoyYear of Initial Appointment – 2007

Joy is currently enjoying retirement after a teaching career in Waterbury, Conn., and as vice president of Royal Screw Machine Co.  She is a graduate of Becker College and Southern Connecticut State University. Her experience includes authoring several children’s books, serving on the boards of Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, Conn., and Pelican Bay Women’s League in Naples, Fla.  Joy is chairman of golf tournaments at the Country Club of Naples, Fla., and secretary of The Grove Beach Association in Clinton, Conn.  She and her husband, John, currently reside in Cheshire, Conn.

Frances E. Polito, '68

Trustee, Fran PolitoYear of Initial Appointment – 1996

Fran received her associate’s degree from Becker College in 1968, and a B.S. in business from Worcester State College and a master’s degree in health-care administration from Clark University in 1983. She was employed as a health care administrator/executive at the Fallon Clinic in Worcester for 24 years and at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston for 2-1/2 years. Fran is a life member of the Medical Group Management Association (National & State) and is a certified medical practice executive in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. She currently serves on the board of directors of Seven Hills Foundation.

Daniel M. Prouty, '71LJC

Trustee, Dan ProutyYear of Initial Appointment – 2008

Daniel Prouty graduated with his A.S. from Leicester Junior College in 1971, and earned his B.A. from Nichols College in 1975. He currently serves as CEO and partner for Millyard Industrial Properties. Daniel is also director of the Oxford Business Association and committee chair of the Kennebunkport Open Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine, and East Bear Island Conservation Association in Meredith, N.H. Daniel lives in Charlton, Mass., with his wife, Marilyn. They have two daughters, Michaela and Elisabeth and a son-in-law, James Gilbride.

Christopher P. Provo

Trustee, Chris ProvoYear of Initial Appointment – 2007

Chris is the president/CEO of Provo Financial Services, Inc. He received his B.A. in history and political science from the University of New Hampshire, his C.R.P.C. from the College of Financial Planning, and his R.F.C. from the International Association of Registered Financial Consulting.  He is an alumni class agent for St. John’s High School and an avid golfer and member of the Worcester Country Club. He and his wife, Pamela, live in Shrewsbury, Mass., with their son, Teddy.

Brian W. Thompson

Brian Thompson imageYear of Initial Appointment – 2014

Brian W. Thompson joined Commerce Bank in 2004 as president and chief executive officer, and is director of Commerce Bank & Trust Company and Commerce Bancshares. Under his leadership, Commerce Bank has been recognized as one of the top performing banks in New England. During his tenure, the bank has added four new retail offices, growing the company’s total to 16 offices. Assets have increased to nearly $2 billion under Thompson’s management, and the bank has become the leading SBA lender in Central Massachusetts.

Thompson is a member of several committees and boards, including the United Way of Central Massachusetts, the Worcester Economic Club, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Worcester Regional Research Bureau, and the Massachusetts Bankers Association. In May 2012, he received the Boy Scouts of America Character Counts Award, and in May 2014, he was presented with the Action Hero Award from the Worcester Community Action Council.

Prior to joining Commerce Bank, he served as president and chief operating officer for First Essex Bancorp from 1996 until its acquisition by Sovereign Bancorp in 2004. He also worked for Finest Financial Corp. and its subsidiary, Pelham Bank and Trust Company; Peoples Bancorp and Peoples Bank of Worcester; and Shawmut National Corporation. Thompson earned his undergraduate degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College, and an MBA from Western New England College.