BU Alumni Council Members
The Boston University Alumni Council (BUAC) numbers approximately forty members who have demonstrated their leadership to their professions, communities and their alma mater. The BUAC meets at least three times a year and is governed by a board of nine.
Each of the University’s 17 schools and colleges are “represented” on the Council; and inaugural Council members hail from all over the country, as well as Canada, India, and Hong Kong. Members serve in a variety of professions, and span five decades of University history.
Each Council member is responsible for serving on at least one committee which includes: Career Networking/Mentoring Career Networking & Student Engagement, College/School Relations, Communications and Marketing, Development, Student Programming and Engagement, Regional Club Relations and International Alumni Relations Regional & International Alumni Networks.
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Boston University Alumni Council Members
- Mary C. Buletza, SMG’80 President of BUAA
- Shadi Daher, DMD, FAAOMS, SDM’90,’94 Immediate Past President
- Mireille Aramati, SPH’86
- Yamen Al-Hajjar, SMG’07
- Edward Boesel, ENG’70
- Lincoln Chan, CAS’94
- Michael Chiklis, CFA’85, CFA’96
- Peter Cocolis, ENG’64
- Rosamond Cosentino, SHA’99
- Rasul Damji ENG ‘85
- Mark DiCristofaro, (CGS’06, COM’08)
- Benjamin Flaim, CAS’00
- Jenny Gruber, ENG’99, ENG’99
- Edward Z. Gormbley, UNI’00
- Alana Feld Hackel, COM’02
- In-Sheng Hsieh, LAW’92
- Tom Higgins, SMG’73
- JR Hipple COM’88
- Lindsey Humes, CFA’79
- Rear Admiral Christine Hunter, CAS’80, MED’80
- Judith Hurwitz, CAS ’73, COM ‘75
- Michael Husman, SMG’97
- Zina Jacque, STH’97, STH’05
- Chelsey Kelly, SED’04
- Zack Kirby, CGS’95, CAS’08
- Sarah Lange, SSW’93
- Wendy Engel Lustbader, SAR’83, SAR’84
- Adam Marsh, COM;95
- Mary Perry, CAS’79,GRS’80,LAW’83
- Wayne Positan, CAS’70
- Chuck Saftler, COM’89
- Mitch Sabbagh, SDM’87
- Tom Sears, STH’59
- Matt Smith, CAS’70, GSM’72
- Jay Spitulnik, DGE’70, CAS’72, SED’75
- Alex Tanguay, SMG’02
- Don Van Natta
- Julie Wisniewski, SPH’00
President of BUAA
Mary is a partner of the accounting and consulting firm of Raphael and Raphael LLP with offices in Boston and Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Previously, she headed her own accounting firm for seventeen years after beginning her career at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells and later Deloitte Touche, where she was a senior manager and leader of the financial planning practice.
Mary earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting summa cum laude from the Boston University School of Management in 1980 and an M.S. in Taxation from Bentley University Graduate School. Mary is a licensed CPA in Massachusetts and New Jersey and maintains her California practice privilege. She holds the Personal Financial Specialist credential from the American Institute of CPAs. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Massachusetts and New Jersey Societies of CPAs. Mary received the Massachusetts bronze medal on the May 1980 CPA exam.
Mary’s primary areas of expertise are individual taxation and financial planning, with a special focus on affluent multi-generation family groups, family offices and individuals, trust administration and taxation, and estate planning and taxation. She has extensive experience in tax and estate planning and compliance for individuals and trusts.
An active Boston University alumna, Mary is a member of the Boston University Alumni Council and the Athletic Director’s Advisory Council. She is a previous instructor at the Boston University Metropolitan College financial planning program. In addition, Mary was a long time member and past president of the SMG Alumni Board of Directors. She received the SMG Special Distinction Young Alumni Award. She also co-chaired her twenty-fifth reunion committee.
An avid ice hockey fan, Mary began attending games as a freshman and has attended all but three Beanpot games since 1977. She and her husband, the Very Reverend Gary Breton, had their first date more than twenty-five years ago at the Beanpot finals at the Boston Garden. She is a long-time season ticket holder for Boston University Terriers men’s and women’s ice hockey and basketball. Mary and her family have endowed a scholarship to honor female School of Management athletes.
Mary is chair of her parish finance committee, the Treasurer of the Diocese of NY and NJ of the Orthodox Church in America, holds various other positions in her parish and church administration, and is active in non-profit activities in the community.
In 2002, Mary and her family relocated to Point Pleasant Beach on the Jersey Shore. She returns to Boston regularly to handle client matters and to attend BU functions. Mary and her husband have two children, Mary, age 19, and Alexander, age 17.
Immediate Past President
Dr. Shadi Daher, received his B.S. degree in Mathematics from the American University of Beirut, his DMD degree from Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine and his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training from Boston University and Tufts University.
Additionally, he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, a Fellow of both the AAOMS and IAOMS and was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. Dr. Daher lectures extensively, both nationally and internationally, on topics of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery and reconstruction. He is the Surgical Director of the Bicon Institute and has been pioneering in demonstrating surgical techniques via live webcasts.
Dr. Daher is the immediate past president of the alumni association of the BUSDM and continues to the serve on the board. Dr. Daher is the founder and was the Inaugural President of the BCH/BMC Dentistry and OMS Alumni Association.
He is one of the founders and the president of the Massachusetts-based charitable organization “Medical Missions for Children, Inc.” after having served as treasurer and Director for several years. MMFC’s mission is to deliver high-quality specialized surgical and medical care to poor and indigent children and young adults around the world with a growing number of sites (12 currently) in nine countries that span four continents.
Dr. Daher is married to Dr. Millie Serrano, a practicing Periodontist in Brookline, MA; they have three children: Anthony, age 9, Gabriela, age 7 and Hannah, age 4. They live in Westwood, MA.
Yamen is currently a candidate for a Masters in Business Administration degree at the MIT Sloan School of Management for the Class of 2015.
Before Sloan, Yamen served as Google’s first Public Policy & Government Affairs Manager for the Gulf States as part of the MENA Public Policy team. Yamen was responsible for developing relations and joint cooperation programs with Governments in MENA for technology adoption, Internet industry development and online business growth.
A management professional with a diverse career that spans the public, private, and non-profit sectors, Yamen has experience working with the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) where he served as Manager of Operations for the 4th and 5th Global Competitiveness Forums (www.gcf.org.sa). He worked for several years in the Saudi Aramco Oil Company’s Treasury in different positions spanning Corporate Investments, Asset Management and Pension Investments. Yamen also served as an Organizing Committee Member and Master of Ceremonies at the BMG Foundation for more than ten years.
Yamen is a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum (WEF) selected to co-found the Riyadh hub and currently serves as a member of the Dubai hub. Yamen holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration with Concentrations in Finance and Marketing from Boston University’s School of Management where he was a Beta Alpha Psi honoree and currently serves as Boston University Alumni Association’s First Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Mireille (Mickey) Aramati is a Global Health Consultant with 24 years experience providing management, technical assistance, and oversight to large-scale health and reproductive health programs. Her expertise includes management, technical assistance, and evaluation in health policy, reproductive health, contraceptive security, maternal child health programs, HIV/AIDS, training, delivery of health services, primary health care and community outreach, management system design, strategic planning, business development, communications strategy, financial management, sustainability of health services, and management of technical assistance.
She has expertise in Institutional Capacity Building as she provided technical assistance and training to health ministries, public and private-sector institutions, non-government organizations (NGOs), universities, and training centers in Asia, Africa, Middle East/Near East, and the U.S.
Ms. Aramati is currently a member of the BUSPH Alumni Board. She has served as an Alumni Board Member at different times, including as Vice President, and as President of the Board in 1993, and during the 2008-2009 academic year. She was nominated and elected to be a member of the BUAC in 2009, and a recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from BUSPH.
Aramati enrolled in BUSPH after working in banking and finance. She had been drawn to the public-health field through her work as financial manager on the Suez Health Training Project in Egypt, a project undertaken by the Office of Special Health Programs at the BU Health Policy Institute. After she received her MPH in 1986, she worked at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, as director of finance for the Healthy Start program, which provides prenatal care for low-income, uninsured women, and as Maternal and Child Health Coordinator at the health department’s childhood lead-poisoning prevention program.
In 1990, following her interest in international health, Aramati spent eight years as technical assistance manager and director for Egypt programs in reproductive health at Pathfinder International. She went on to provide technical assistance and training in health programs in Tanzania, Morocco, Egypt, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and other countries, as senior program associate for Boston-based Management Sciences for Health. These projects were funded by USAID.
In 2003, Aramati went to Washington, DC, as a public health contractor to International Resources Group (IRG), and as senior reproductive-health policy advisor at Futures Group, providing technical assistance to Egypt, Jordan, and Madagascar.
As a boston-based global health consultant, she conducted the final evaluation to assist ADRA in assessing the USAID flex fund project on FP/RH, STI/HIV/AIDS, and capacity building. In the Philippines, she conducted the Health Business Climate Legal and Institutional Reform (HealthCLIR) pilot tool country assessment as a member of the Booz Allen Hamilton team. Provided technical expertise to the evaluation activities focusing on the health program aspects for Governing the System indicators. In between assignments, she volunteers her services to non profit organizations for the Newton Community Service Center.
Aramati’s educational background includes a Master of Public Health degree, with a concentration in Health Services including a certificate program in Health Care in Developing Countries at BUSPH, and a BS in Business Administration at Boston University. She also obtained a BA degree from the University of Massachusetts with a concentration in French. She lived in Paris and attended the Sorbonne during the junior year abroad program. In addition, she obtained certificates in Participatory Strategic Planning, Group Facilitation Methods, Training of Trainers, and Strategic Leadership, the Flagship program on “Health Sector Reform and Sustainable Financing” sponsored by the World Bank Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health. In August 2003, she received a Certificate on “Entrepreneurial Management; Business Planning for Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations” at the Harvard School of Public Health. In July 2007, she received a Certificate on “ARV Program Management and Adherence Issues in Low Resource Settings” at Boston University School of Public Health. Her language skills include French and conversational Egyptian Arabic.
Chan is the director of Asiaview, a property investment company in Hong Kong. He earned his B.A. in international relations from CAS in 1994, and he also holds a MA degree from the University of Virginia. He is the vice president of the Boston University Alumni Association of Hong Kong (BUAAHK). Since 2006, he is a member of the Boston University Asian Alumni Committee; He has been heavily involved in alumni activities all over Asia. He was the organizer of the University’s first Asian Alumni Business Forum and the 2nd Asian Alumni Festival in Hong Kong. He has written several articles for the BU Asian Alumni newsletter. He is also the Vice-President of the Hong Kong International School Alumni Board. In his spare time, he enjoys participating in environmental protection activities. The Wall Street Journal has featured Chan in 2010 for his involvement with anti-air pollution activities in Hong Kong.Chan is married to Mika Yamaguchi. They have two children.
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Mr. Cocolis was the Director of Space Exploration Washington Operations at Boeing for three years before retiring. Prior to that, he held executive and management positions in business development and government affairs at the business unit and corporate levels for the Boeing Co., the world’s largest aerospace company. Boeing is currently the #2 maker of large commercial jets behind rival Airbus, and also the #2 defense contractor behind Lockheed Martin. Cocolis, who had held this position since 1996, briefly left Boeing to serve as VP of Washington Operations for ARES Corp. from 2001 to 2002. Prior to joining Boeing, Cocolis held various positions at Rockwell International, including senior director of business and government affairs for the company’s North America Aircraft Division. Cocolis has also served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1984 as a lieutenant colonel. He held a variety of flying, system acquisition, command and headquarters positions. While at the Pentagon he was selected to be the Military Advisor to the Secretary of Defense Representative at the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks in Geneva, Switzerland.
In retirement, Mr. Cocolis moved to Chatham, MA on Cape Cod where he volunteers as the Chairman of the Planning Board and the Energy Committee, as well supporting homeless prevention organizations. He is Chatham’s Board representative to the Cape Light Compact and was elected it’s Treasurer. Cape Light Compact is an inter-governmental organization consisting of the 21 towns and two counties on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. The Compact’s mission is to serve its 200,000 customers through the delivery of proven energy efficiency programs, effective consumer advocacy, competitive electricity supply and green power options.
Mr. Cocolis received the Service to Alma Mater award, which honors alumni who have enhanced the College of Engineering’s stature through voluntary service to BU. Cocolis has served as a member of the BU Alumni Club of Washington, D.C., regularly meeting with students and assisting them with career advice; and as president of the Cape Cod and Islands BU Alumni Network. He has also collaborated with the College of Engineering Career Development Office by helping to review resumes with students and prepare them for interviews.
Peter won an Alumni Volunteer of the Year award in 2013 and the Cape Cod and Islands Network won an Alumni Networks award under his leadership.
As director of Citi Executive Services Global Operations, Rosamond is responsible for developing strategy, establishing governance models to support responsible finance, and managing communications to align the global management team. In addition to these core focus areas, Rosamond manages re-engineering projects, monitors performance metrics to identify business trends for process improvement and liaises with HR to create a succession pipeline for management.
Rosamond joined Citi in 1999 as manager of the Corporate Executive Dining & Conference operation at Citi’s headquarters. Her role expanded to include oversight of conferencing services across multiple locations in midtown Manhattan. In 2005 she moved into the role of Operations Manager to support the overall Executive Services group. Since that time, she has led a number of initiatives including implementation of Virtual Event Management System (VEMS) for on line space reservations, centralizing the multimedia service program across multiple regions and leading the expansion of Executive Services from functional oversight across North America to a global platform. In 2011, Rosamond led the integration of Executive Services and General Services. General Services included mail, print, archiving and corporate car program services. Over the course of 18 months, Rosamond worked with the combined team to develop robust strategies for each product that optimized the expense base and increased service levels. Prior to Citi, Rosamond developed and managed the catering program at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT.
In addition to her role in Citi Executive Services, Rosamond is an active member of the Citi Women’s Leadership Council on the Internal Event Committee which focuses on development and personal branding to support professional growth. From 2008-2011, she participated in the Corporate Center Women’s Organization (CCWO) Steering Committee and co-chaired the 2007 CCWO Leadership Development Program.
Rosamond is an active member of the Boston University School of Hospitality Administration alumni board and completed her MBA at New York University’s Leonard Stern School of Business.
Rasul, Senior Vice President, Global Product Operations, is responsible for global operations including product management, engineering, manufacturing, customer care, sourcing and delivery at Raritan. An industry pioneer, Raritan was established in 1985. Today, it is a leading provider of power and energy management, KVM and access solutions.
Prior to joining Raritan, Rasul was Vice President, Network Engineering and Operations at AT&T, where he was responsible for network engineering and planning, as well as numerous market initiatives. His previous positions at AT&T include Vice President, Local Network Services and Vice President, Broadband Product Management. At Lucent Technologies, as Vice President, Software Products Group, Rasul built a profitable billing mediation software business. He has also been involved in starting several business units for both Lucent and AT&T. As an entrepreneur, Damji has created several businesses. He launched GovXcel, a company that provides software solutions to local governments, and co-founded Innovative Capital Partners, a consulting and capital investment firm. Rasul holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees In Electrical Engineering from Boston University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Leadership from NYU – Stern School of Business.
Mark DiCristofaro is a film, TV, and new media producer based out of Los Angeles, CA. He has had the opportunity to work on a number of productions including FX’s The League, Fox’s House M.D., A&E’s Duck Dynasty, and worked for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson on the Golden Globe winning film, The Adventures of TinTin. Mark worked for a brief time producing live events and was one of the producers for the 2011 AT&T Figure Skating Championships. Recently, Mark has been freelance producing for various shows on networks including A&E, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Biography Channel, and TNT.
Mark graduated from Boston University (CGS’06, COM’08) with a BS in Film and Television Production, and attended the Boston University in Los Angeles Internship Program (’09). Student leader, NCAA athlete, and entrepreneur, he was inducted as a member of the Boston University Scarlet Key Society and was the 2008 recipient of the Leila Saad Award—BU’s highest distinction to a graduating senior for excellence in leadership and service. During his time at Boston University, Mark served in a number of leadership positions including student body vice president, founder and program director of the Boston University Leadership Conference, member of the 2008 class gift campaign, and captain of BU’s golf team. Prior to matriculating into Boston University, Mark started a production company called Perspective Productions. He continued his company while at Boston University and was a two-time winner in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards regional competition for his company’s achievements while an undergraduate student. Perspective Production produced several productions for Boston University including the Boston University Freshman Orientation Video from 2006-2009.
When not working on a film or TV project, Mark enjoys working with leadership and community service programs that have a focus on youth leadership development. An alumnus of the National Student Leadership Conference, Mark was the Program Director and Director of Academics for their Mastering Leadership Program from 2008-2012, and co-wrote and directed their Advanced Leadership Program from 2010-2012. Mark has also worked with the National Relief Network coordinating disaster relief programs for high school students and serves as a consultant for RobertPruitt.Com, a leadership training, motivational speaking and life coaching company.
An active Boston University alumnus, each year, Mark returns to campus to speak at the College of General Studies Spring Open Houses and to host a young alumni panel for students aspiring to transition into the film and TV industry. In Los Angeles, he often speaks to the Boston University in Los Angeles Internship Program as part of their orientation program. He is an active member of the BU Los Angeles Alumni Organization and enjoys hosting events and mentoring young alumni entering the film and TV industry. In his spare time, Mark teaches as a part-time golf instructor.
Alana Feld is Executive Vice President and Producer for Feld Entertainment Inc., the world’s leading producer of live family entertainment. Alana plays an integral role in the day-to-day management of the company and is responsible for producing shows under the company’s Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® and Disney Live! brands. She oversees all the creative and production elements of each new show and ensures that all aspects meet Feld Entertainment’s high standards for quality family entertainment.
Alana is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in advertising from the College of Communication. She began her career working for an advertising agency, Avalanche, followed by the media research company Nielsen/IAG. Not completely fulfilled with what she was doing, and having grown up around a truly one-of-a-kind business, Alana missed the excitement that only the live entertainment could provide. She knew she wanted to join her own family in bringing unforgettable experiences to families across the globe and in 2003, she joined Feld Entertainment and began marketing Disney On Ice and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey shows in New York City. In 2005 she moved to Europe to direct the international marketing for Disney On Ice and Disney Live! in territories such as Ireland, Norway, Spain, France and the Netherlands.
Alana returned to the United States in 2006 to develop a new touring model for the company’s stage shows, beginning with the first North American tour of Doodlebops Live! in which her role evolved to include both producing and marketing the shows. After the highly successful Doodlebops Live! tour, Alana converted the Disney Live! business to the new touring model, bringing more Feld Entertainment stage shows to a greater number of domestic and international markets than ever before.
In 2008, Alana spearheaded the creation of Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairytales, developed and produced specifically for a Chinese audience. The show was the first-ever live Disney production to tour throughout China, allowing The Walt Disney Company to extend their brand in this emerging market.
Alana added the title of producer of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey to her list of accomplishments in 2009 when she, alongside her sister Nicole, launched BARNUM 200SM, the 140th edition of Ringling Bros. To date, she has produced a dozen new shows for Feld Entertainment.
Benjamin R. Flaim is a private wealth advisor at Goldman Sachs. Educated at Boston University, Ben received a B.A. in English from the College of Arts & Sciences, cum laude. After graduation, Ben joined Accenture as a business analyst in their New York office, where he advised firms in the banking and insurance industries. After leaving Accenture, Ben joined Time Inc. as a print purchasing manager, directing multi magazine title advertising buys for Fortune, Time, Entertainment Weekly and other Time Inc. titles. Prior to attending business school, Ben then worked at Goldman Sachs as a financial analyst in investment management. He graduated from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and returned to Goldman Sachs as an advisor to high net worth individuals and families.
Ben is treasurer of the alumni board of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York. He is also an executive committee member of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth’s annual giving campaign.
Ben is married to Katherine Flaim (COM’01); they live with their children in Cambridge, Mass.
Ed Gormbley is an Assistant VP at GE Equity, where he invests in mid-market products and services that serve the energy industry. While a student, he was an RA, and founded two companies (a landscaping and yacht maintenance company; and a website for students to sell used textbooks.) He’s a loyal alumnus, returns almost every year for the UNI reunion luncheon and is in touch often with his former faculty.
This year, he will be the UNI commencement speaker. Ed has served on the NY alumni board and has set up two scholarships at UNI- one for students’ books, the other to subsidize a TA’s salary.
Tom Higgins is a finance professional with broad experience in financial and operational management. His industry focus is Life Sciences and Specialty Chemicals. He has worked with a range of publicly traded companies from large cap to micro cap and has spent a significant part of his career working overseas. He currently serves as SVP and CFO of Neurometrix, Inc., a medical device company addressing unmet medical needs related to nerve disease.
Prior to NeuroMetrix, Tom was EVP and CFO of Caliper Life Sciences, a tools and services company addressing pre-clinical in-vitro and in-vivo scientific discovery. His introduction to life sciences was with V.I.Technologies, Inc., a biotech company focused on improvement in the safety of blood therapies.
Earlier in his career Tom served in several senior management roles with Cabot Corporation, a Boston-based specialty chemicals company. His last position was EVP and COO of Cabot’s LNG business. Prior to that he was based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he ran Cabot’s Asia carbon black operations. He served Cabot in Indonesia where he established the company’s chemicals business and oversaw the financing and construction of Cabot’s initial manufacturing facility in that country. Tom handled Asia business development activities while based in Japan and oversaw treasury and corporate accounting functions at Cabot’s corporate headquarters in Boston. Tom joined PricewaterhouseCoopers upon graduation from Boston University and worked for PwC in Boston and in Cairo, Egypt.
Tom currently serves on the Finance Committee at St Mary of the Assumption Church in Brookline, MA. He has been active as a member of Brookline Town Meeting, the Boston Center for the Arts, the New Ehrlich Theater and the South End Historical Society. He is married to Constance Kane and lives in Brookline with children Elizabeth and Tim.
J.R. Hipple is a senior counselor on leadership communications, issues and crisis management, and branding. His clients include Georgia Power, Southern Company, The University of Virginia, Richmond International Airport and Virginia Commonwealth University. He also is a senior consultant for Brain Surgery Inc., an emotion-based research and strategy firm. Prior to co-founding Albright Group, J.R. was CEO of Hipple & Co. Reputation Management where he specialized in higher education, economic development, business association and public utility industries.
J.R. is co-chair of Leader Board, a special interest section of PRSA/GA comprised of the senior-most communications executives at top-tier corporations, agencies, and government and nonprofit organizations. He is a member of the marketing and public relations advisory board of Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), and he is the immediate past chairman of both the Board of Governors of the Atlanta-based Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Georgia State University, and the Executive Committee of Counselors Academy, a national association of senior-level public relations consultants. J.R. is a frequent speaker and a contributing author for business and professional journals, and he is a founding member of the faculty of the Public Relations Executive Masters Program at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Before launching Hipple & Co. in 2003, J.R. was a founding partner and president of CRT Public Relations, a 65-person consulting firm based in Richmond, VA. At the outset of his career, he was an intern to Edward L. Bernays, the father of the public relations profession. He is a PRSA Silver and Bronze Anvil recipient, and earned an M.S. in public relations from Boston University and a B.S. in marketing-management from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
His childhood dream of playing in the NBA dissolved due to a severe lack of talent.
Dr. Christine Hunter joined the U.S. Office of Personnel Management as Chief Medical Officer in December 2011, bringing over 30 years of experience in federal health care. In this role, Dr. Hunter serves as Medical Director for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program; oversees health care quality; and supports the design of new insurance products, including Multi-State Plans available through the Health Insurance Exchanges in 31 states. She co-chairs the National Committee for Quality Assurance Committee on Performance Measurement and serves on the National Prevention Council, working to improve health outcomes for the federal family. As a Navy Rear Admiral and Deputy Director of TRICARE Management Activity from 2009-2011, she coordinated health care for 9.6 million military beneficiaries and managed a $22B portfolio.
Dr. Hunter is a Distinguished Alumna of Boston University, where she earned both her BA and medical degrees. After beginning her career as one of the first women to serve on Navy ships, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Hematology-Oncology. Her clinical practice afforded opportunities to advance care coordination, including the establishment of the Navy’s first multidisciplinary breast cancer clinic. Serving as Director, Medical Services at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Executive Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General, and then as Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Bremerton, Dr. Hunter focused on enhancing primary care delivery; while her tour as Pacific Fleet Surgeon offered an opportunity to redesign resuscitative surgery at sea. Following promotion to Rear Admiral, Dr. Hunter organized medical support for tsunami and hurricane relief, and led the development of the Navy’s Pandemic Flu Response Plan. Assuming command at Navy Medicine West/Naval Medical Center San Diego, she launched a nationally acclaimed center for wounded warrior care and energized her team to achieve the highest ranking among military hospitals for combined quality, population health, and business performance.
Dr. Hunter is a Fellow and Laureate of the American College of Physicians. Her work has been recognized with a National Association of Government Communicators Competition Award, Athena Chairman’s Award for Community Leadership, and San Diego Business Journal Award. During her military career, she received the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (six awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medals. She speaks regularly on leadership and achieving the Triple Aim in health care.
Judith S. Hurwitz is President and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates, a strategy consulting and research firm focused on the business value of emerging technologies. A pioneer in anticipating technology innovation and adoption, Judith advocates for a pragmatic adoption of an architectural and business approach to the emerging market for cloud computing, service orientation, information management, and service management. She has served as a trusted adviser to many industry leaders over the years. Judith has helped these companies make the transition to a new business model focused on the business value of emerging platforms.
Prior to founding Hurwitz & Associates in 2003, she was the co-founder of CycleBridge, a consulting firm focused on life sciences software. In 1992, Judith was the founder of Hurwitz Group, a well-respected research and consulting firm. Prior to founding Hurwitz & Associates in 2002, Judith was a co-founder of CycleBridge, a consulting firm focused on life sciences software. In 1992, Judith was the founder of Hurwitz Group. She also served as a senior information technology consultant at John Hancock and Apollo Computer.
Hurwitz combines a comprehensive understanding of industry issues with a focused, business-oriented approach. She believes that rather than looking at emerging technologies in a vacuum, industry leaders need to evaluate technology based on the impact on innovation, business effectively and the bottom line.
Hurwitz’s expertise is widely recognized, and she is frequent speaker at industry events and writes a popular blog focused on distributed technology. She is the co-author of the following books published by Wiley Publishing: Cloud Computing For Dummies, Service Oriented Architectures for Dummies, Service Management for Dummies, and Information Management for Dummies. She has written extensively about all aspects of distributed software. Judith holds a BS and MS degrees from Boston University. She serves on several advisory boards of emerging companies. She was named a distinguished alumnus Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences in 2005. She is also a recipient of the 2005 Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council award.
Judith is a co-author of Service Oriented Architecture For Dummies, 2nd Edition (Wiley Publishing 2009), Service Management For Dummies (Wiley Publishing 2009), Cloud Computing For Dummies (Wiley Publishing 2009) and Information on Demand For Dummies (Wiley Publishing 2008).
Chelsey A. Kelly is an international research analyst at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.
While at Komen, Chelsey has lead initiatives to engage the diplomatic community in raising awareness of breast cancer in their home countries, often bringing to light the devastating effects of the disease to decision makers for the first time. She has also focused much of her time supporting the efforts of the Middle East/North Africa Partnership for Women’s Cancers Research & Awareness—a partnership of government officials, patient organizations and medical professionals that are united in the fight against women’s cancers through awareness activities, educational opportunities and collaborative research.
Prior to joining Komen, Chelsey worked at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) focusing on cancer research policy and advocacy with a special attention to clinical trial design, enrollment and physician education. She spearheaded innovative partnerships with the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) and US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and was awarded the FDA Leveraging/Collaborating Award from as a result of her involvement in an educational project for medical professionals and patients on expanded access to investigational drugs for the treatment of cancer.
During the fall semester of 2003, Chelsey participated in the BU Washington Internship Program (WIP) and interned in the office of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
A native of Caribou, Maine, Chelsey is an active member of the Maine State Society of DC and serves as the corresponding secretary for the Massachusetts State Society of DC in 2011, a recognition of her connection to the Commonwealth via BU alumni activities.
Chelsey is the vice president of the Boston University Alumni Chapter of Washington, D.C., and has been heavily involved in alumni activities in the D.C. area, including the largest telecast of the Beanpot tournament outside of Boston.
Sarah is the Founder & Principal of New Era, a non-profit management consulting firm, working with organizations to engage in six-figure fundraising. a small group of select clients. Sarah has served as counsel to more than 200 New England organizations and their leaders. Having spent more than two decades in the field of non-profit management, Sarah is well known and respected for her depth and breadth of expertise in fund development, marketing and communications, strategic planning, board development and succession planning. Upon completion of their engagement, New Era’s clients are able to raise more money, experience increased efficiency and effectiveness, have a well-defined course of action and clear, straight-forward strategies with which to implement change. Sarah has raised more than $71M from private and corporate foundations, businesses, government and individuals.
Sarah serves on the faculty of Clark University, and has taught at Boston University School of Social Work, Worcester State College, Assumption College, and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Sarah is a frequent presenter on the topics of fund development, marketing and communications, board development, and strategic planning. Ms Lange has conducted hundreds of workshops and been a speaker at dozens of conferences across the country.
Prior to founding New Era, Sarah directed and grew the Oak Hill Community Development Corporation in Worcester, MA for six years. Her early career includes numerous roles in higher education, community service, the arts, health promotion and non-profit management. She earned her Masters Degree from Boston University School of Social Work in 1993 and her B.A. from Colgate University in 1987. While at BUSSW, Sarah was the recipient of the Louis Lowy Award in Gerontology. In 2007, Sarah received the Hubie Jones Urban Service Award from the BUSSW Alumni Association.
Sarah served on the BU School of Social Work Alumni Association Board of Directors for 10 years, serving as Vice President from 1998 – 2000 and President from 2000 – 2002. She also has served on SSW’s “Alumni in Action” Steering Committee, been a member of the Career Consultants Network, Chaired the Macro Practice Committee and served on the Curriculum Committee.
Sarah was one of the founding members of Leave a Legacy of Central MA, a county-wide initiative to encourage bequests, and helped launch the “Neighborhoods Taking Action” initiative in conjunction with the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Ms Lange played a central role in Worcester’s Promise, an initiative to ensure the best quality of life for the city’s youth in five key areas, chairing the “Protect” Task Force. From 1995 – 97, Sarah served as president of the Worcester Area Council of Directors of Volunteer Services. In 1998, Sarah was voted one of eight “Women of Distinction” in Central MA. Over the course of the past decade, she has been a member of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, New England Women Business Owners, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women in Development, served as a Community Trustee for the United Way of Central MA, and was on the board of the Worcester Jewish Community Center. Sarah also just wrapped up a 12-year stint as the coach of her son’s soccer team.
Wendy E. Lustbader is a speech language pathologist working in private practice. She has over 24 years experience working with pediatrics with a variety of communication disorders.
She has assisted in the development of neighborhood inclusion to mainstream developmentally delayed students in a regular class. She has created augmentative communication devices for non-verbal students. In addition, Wendy has developed social language skills groups for children on the autism spectrum.
Wendy was a Scarley Key and Sargent College Twinness Award recipient. She also was the president of NSSLHA her during her senior year at Boston University.
She attends BU alumni programs and enjoys staying in touch with other alumni.
Other activities include volunteering for the Dana Farber Pan-Mass Challenge and Scleroderma Foundation.
She is married to David P. Lustbader, CAS ’86, SDM ’86, a practicing oral-maxillofacial surgeon. They have 2 children and reside in Canton, MA.
Stephanie McBride is a marketing program manager at EMC Corporation, a Fortune 200 high-tech company, where she focuses on fostering engagement among customers, partners, and employees in EMC’s global community. Her work spans social media strategy, multi-media communications, and in-person and online events. Prior to her current role, Stephanie participated in a competitive rotational program at EMC which included an intensive training roadmap, executive mentorship, volunteer opportunities, and networking.
A 2009 graduate of Boston University, Stephanie earned a B.S. in communication, summa cum laude, and a B.A. in psychology, magna cum laude. Her undergraduate work experience included marketing internships at BC Hydro, TRACS Inc., and Boston University Alumni Relations. An active alumna, Stephanie serves on the BU Alumni Council and volunteers with the Recent Graduate Network.
During her time at BU, Stephanie served on the executive board of the university’s student-run advertising agency, AdLab, and as the president of the College of Communication Student Assembly.
Wayne J. Positan is a labor and employment lawyer representing management/defendants, and is the Managing Director of the law firm of Lum, Drasco & Positan LLC in Roseland, NJ. Following his graduation from BU CAS, he received his JD from NYU School of Law. He has been a lawyer in his current firm since graduating law school, first as an associate, then partner, and became Managing Director in 1990. He has been a leading practitioner in New Jersey labor and employment law, being involved in the handling of traditional labor practice, defending discrimination and whistleblower suits, being involved in chancery litigation over non-compete agreements and business disputes, commercial litigation, and appellate practice. He is special labor to the NJ Administrative Office of the Courts. He is Editor-in-Chief of the NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education book “New Jersey Labor and Employment Law” and has chaired the ICLE Annual Labor Law Forum since 1994. He has s! spoken at over one hundred programs and seminars for the ABA, ABA Section of Litigation, NJSBA, NJ ICLE, the Conference of Chief Justices, and a variety of other entities. He served on the Board of Editors of the ABA book “Jury Instructions in Employment Litigation” and has authored a variety of book chapters and audio-visual/DVD practice series presentations of the ABA Section of Litigation.
He has been very involved in the legal profession, serving as a member of the ABA Board of Governors, its Executive Committee and as Chair of its Operations and Communications Committee. He also served as Board Liaison to the Special Committee on Disaster Preparedness and the Conference of Federal Trial Judges. He was Chair of the ABA Commission on Multijurisdictional Practice, whose report and recommendations on the practice of law have been adopted by 43 states. He currently is Chair of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility/ABA Section Officers Conference Joint Committee on Ethics and Professionalism, is a member of the Coordinating Council of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, and is a member of the ABA House of Delegates Committee on Issues of Concern to the Legal Profession. He served as a Managing Director and Council Member of the ABA Section of Litigation. Positan has also served as President of the New Jersey State Bar Association, chaired it’s Labor and Employment Section, and served on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. He served on the Board of Trustees of Montclair State University for seven years, and has been a member of the Capital Campaigns of Seton Hall University Law School and the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Marotta Controls Inc.; and Vice Conseiller Gastronomique of La Grande Cave du New Jersey Chapter of La Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs. Wayne has been involved in the BU Friends of Hockey.
Positan was a member of the inaugural class of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers when it was founded in 1996; has been in The Best Lawyers in America for labor and employment law since 1993; perennial Top Ten New Jersey Superlawyers (listed in 2007 and 2009 as #2); and is listed as one of 8 NJ lawyers in Chambers USA “Leading Business Lawyers” Top Tier labor and employment lawyers, and in the International Who’s Who Leading Business Lawyer’s Labour and Employment list.
Positan was inducted into the BU CAS Collegium of Distinguished Alumni in 2009, and recently received the Alfred Clapp Award from NJ ICLE for outstanding service to continuing legal education in New Jersey. He has received the Professional Achievement Award from the Essex County Bar Association; the Humanitarian and Achievement Award from the Columbian Foundation; and Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards from the NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law, by nomination of the Essex County Bar Association in 2002 and the NJSBA in 2009. Wayne is married to Susan Lukacs Positan (CAS’70). They reside in Essex Fells, NJ. Their daughter Brooke Positan (COM’02), and Wayne’s sister Karen Positan (COM’76) are also BU alumni.
Chuck Saftler, COM’85
Chuck Saftler is President of Program Strategy and Chief Operating Officer of FX Networks. He oversees programming strategies including scheduling and acquisitions, program operations, business operations, and digital operations for FX, FXX, FXM, and the new video-on-demand app FXNOW. In addition, Saftler oversees specials including awards shows and has creative and business oversight of “10/90” series including Anger Management, Saint George and Kelsey Grammer/ Martin Lawrence project.
Saftler has the longest tenure of any FX employee, having joined the network in December of 1993 as Director of Scheduling, seven months prior to the launch of FX. In addition to being a member of the FX launch team, he also helped launch Fox Movie Channel in its original incarnation as FXM in October of 1994. He was promoted to Vice President of Programming in 1996, and then to Senior Vice President of Programming at FX in June 2000. He added General Manager of Fox Movie Channel to his responsibilities in July 2003, and he was promoted to Executive Vice President of FX Networks in 2006.
For FX, Saftler has played an enormous role in the growth and expansion of FX Networks. He has been responsible for assembling the most impressive movie library of any broadcast or basic cable network on television, which has the highest number of box-office hit films and the most commercial television premieres of any network.
He is also responsible for acquired television series deals on FX including Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly and How I Met Your Mother. Saftler negotiated a non-traditional first-run and syndication deal for the “10/90” comedy series Anger Management, starring Charlie Sheen, Saint George, starring George Lopez and a project with Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence, for which Saftler also oversees creative on both series. Saftler also oversaw FX’s interest in all UFC properties including 3 seasons of the reality competition series The Ultimate Fighter.
Saftler spearheaded the transformation of FXM from Fox Movie Channel and has expanded its growing library of award-winning hit and prestige films. Saftler also oversees the creation of the network’s original programming, including Life After Film School, Fox Legacy and the Emmy Award-winning Writer’s Draft.
Prior to joining FX, Saftler worked in various program research positions at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, as well as at Columbia Pictures Television, where he participated in the successful syndicated launches of Seinfeld and Married…With Children. Saftler is a member of both the national and local Los Angeles boards for Autism Speaks. Saftler is a graduate of Boston University and currently serves on the national Boston University Alumni Council.
Matthew Barry Smith | SecLingua, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer, Member of Board of Directors
Mr. Smith has a multifaceted range of healthcare experiences marked by leading edge business developments and has been involved in higher education as an educator and administrator. Mr. Smith is the co-founder, President and CEO of SecLingua, Inc. Prior to his current position, Mr. Smith was a member at Merle Sloss and Associates, LLP, a private consulting firm and served as an advisor to two Connecticut-based private equity/venture firms as well as an advisor to several healthcare companies. He was Managing Director, Investments at Connecticut Innovations, Inc. (Rocky Hill, CT), a venture capital firm, and served on the Board of Directors of several CI portfolio firms.
His experiences include co-authoring the first federally funded HMO feasibility study and corporate healthcare ventures with GTE New Ventures Corporation as well as increasingly responsible management positions with other major medical firms, such as Technicon Corporation, American Hospital Supply Corporation and National Patent Development Corporation, where he rose to be the president of the Acme-Chaston subsidiary.
The majority of Mr. Smith’s career has been as an entrepreneur as he co-founded CompreMedx Cancer Centers Corporation (the first publicly traded firm to build freestanding cancer centers in partnership with oncologists and radiologists), co-owned Kramex Corporation (a privately owned portable and mobile radiology manufacturing and distribution firm), co-owned privately-held New World Healthcare Solutions, Inc. an executive recruiting and online medical education company for the healthcare industry and assisted in the turn around and sale of Medical Sterilization, Inc. (a publicly traded surgical instrumentation firm specializing in electron beam sterilization). In addition, he co-founded Health Excel Management, Inc. (a managed care firm specializing in disease state management) and turned around and sold venture backed HelpMate Robotics, Inc. (a publicly traded medical transport firm). He has served on the Board of Directors for Baseline Medical, Inc. and Campus Connects, Inc., and was Managing Director of Negin-Smith Partnership, a private real estate venture. Mr. Smith has served on the Board of Directors of selected non-profit organizations such as the Connecticut Venture Group (CVG), the Hamden (CT) Chamber of Commerce and the Long Ridge Club, Inc.
Mr. Smith has been on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Quinnipiac University School of Business and served as the first Executive Director of the Q.U. Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Institute and was an Adjunct Professor of Marketing and Management at LIM College in New York City.
He holds a BA in Psychology (1970) and an MBA with academic honors (1972) from Boston University. He is also a member of the Claflin Society at Boston University and was named to the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences Collegium and Academy of Distinguished Alumni as well as a member of the International Campaign Committee (1993-1996) for the School of Management’s new building. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Boston University Alumni Association.
Jay J. Spitulnik has been an Organizational Consultant at Lifespan in the Lifespan Learning Institute since 2003. In that capacity, Spitulnik is responsible for analyzing, designing, developing, implementing and evaluating large scale change activities such as team building, organizational interventions and training programs to ensure the alignment of work related skills, knowledge and performance in the employed workforce at all levels with Lifespan’s key patient-centered objectives.
Spitulnik also serves as a principal liaison between Lifespan and the institutions of higher education in Rhode Island that provide continuing education for Lifespan’s workforce. He was recently named a Center Associate in the University of Rhode Island’s newly created Rhode Island Center for Nursing Excellence.
Before joining Lifespan, Spitulnik worked as a Senior Consultant and Project Manager with AED, Inc. He worked with senior management in client organizations to identify and build capabilities required to implement new business practices, processes, technologies, and services and supervised project teams responsible for implementing internal and client initiatives. Prior to his work with AED, Spitulnik spent 17 years working in the nuclear power industry as a consultant and manager responsible for individual and organization development activities.
Spitulnik received a bachelor’s in philosophy and a master’s in educational media and technology from Boston University. He is currently completing the requirements for a doctorate in organizational psychology from Walden University. He and his wife, Nancy (SED ‘72), served on the School of Education alumni board from 1975 to 1982 and both returned to service on that board in 2007.
Alex Tanguay received his BSBA degree in Business Administration from Boston University’s School of Management. Since graduation, he has served actively in alumni efforts for the school in varying capacities, including SMG’s Alumni Board of Directors for over four years among others. He has been a member of Boston University’s Annual Leadership Donor Society since 2007.
Alex applies more than 11 years of experience in the financial services industry as a Vice President at Merrill Lynch and a partner within The Barcomb Group, a nationally ranked wealth management team in the Boston office. Alex serves as a member of the Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificate, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.
Additionally, Alex serves on the national governing body for the Sigma Chi fraternal organization. Originally from Cape Cod, Alex resides in Boston with his wife Shanti. He has been a Big Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Massachusetts Bay for over six years and is an avid runner who has completed numerous marathons.
As a women’s health marketing product manager at Genzyme Genetics, Julie Wisniewski increases people’s awareness of and access to genetic testing and carrier screening, resulting in exceeding forecasted sales revenues. She markets testing services to health care professionals in reproductive and pediatric medicine, and develops educational materials for patients. When she first joined Genzyme, Ms. Wisniewski was the managed care product manager working to improve coverage of testing for health plan members.
From 2000-2007 Ms. Wisniewski was the Director of Worcester Healthy Start Initiative, a federally funded program to reduce infant mortality and eliminate health disparities in Worcester, MA. During her tenure she made numerous presentations at national and local conferences and as part of courses in public health, social work and outreach. Prior to her career in public health she conducted bench research in molecular and cellular biology at Purdue University (1996-1998) resulting in articles published in peer reviewed journals.
Ms. Wisniewski graduated from the School of Public Health in 2000 with an MPH and a concentration in maternal and child health. She was honored with the department’s Alumni Award in 2005. As president (2004-2006), vice president (2003-2004) and board member (2000-2006) of the BUSPH alumni board, and as a student mentor (2000-2001), she has enjoyed giving back to her school and staying engaged with fellow alumni and students. Since 1997, she has volunteered for numerous other organizations, including the March of Dimes, Head Start and hospice.