• WSU Board of Trustees

    Worcester State University President
    Barry M. Maloney
    Ex Officio

    Executive Assistant to the Board
    Judith St. Amand

  • George H. Albro
    George AlbroMr. Albro joined the Board of Trustees in March of 2009 and was reappointed for a five-year term in September of 2012.

    He received a bachelor’s degree from WSU in 1965 followed by his master’s degree in 1968. He is a retired public school educator from the town of Leicester. He is very active in the WSU campus community having served for 8 years as a basketball coach, a member of the Alumni Advisory Board and the Worcester State Foundation. He is the recipient of the WSC Athletic Hall of Fame Award and the WSC Alumni Outstanding Service Award.

    He was recently elected to his second term as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and was re-appointed Chair of the Human Resources Committee, and a member of the Finance and Facilities Committee and the Planning and Development Committee.
    Craig L. Blais
    Craig BlaisMr. Blais joined the Board of Trustees in September of 2010.

    He is a product of public higher education receiving both his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Framingham State College. He has held various positions throughout Worcester County including Assistant Town Manager of Arlington, a Member of the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Auburn, for the city of Worcester he served as Deputy Development Officer, the Acting Chief Development Officer and the Director of Economic Development. Mr. Blais is presently the President and CEO of Worcester Business Development Corporation.

    He was recently elected to his second term as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. He serves on the MA State College Presidents/Trustees Association and was reappointed as Chair of the Finance and Facilities Committee.
    Aleta M. Fazzone
    Aleta FazzoneAleta M. Fazzone is Director, Community & Customer Management, for National Grid based in Worcester, Massachusetts. In her position, Ms. Fazzone oversees customer and community relationships throughout her jurisdiction in central western Massachusetts.

    Prior to joining National Grid in 1998, she was employed by GE’s Transmission & Distribution Systems Sales Business where she held a variety of sales and marketing management positions focusing on the electric utility industry. She also has utility experience with both the Pacific Gas & Electric Company based in San Francisco, California, and the Pennsylvania Power Company, now part of First Energy.

    Ms. Fazzone earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and completed the Utility Executive Course at the University of Idaho. A native of Castle, Pennsylvania, she has lived in central Massachusetts for more than 15 years.

    She is a graduate of the Leadership Worcester Program and serves on several local boards including the Worcester Research Bureau, the Worcester Business Development Corporation and MassEcon. She is also involved with the Worcester Education Collaborative.
    Maryanne M. Hammond
    Maryanne HammondMs. Hammond was appointed to the Board of Trustees in October of 2012. She was elected by the Alumni Association’s Advisory Board as their representative.

    She earned her bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from Worcester State. As public educator, she served as a teacher, a Health Curriculum Coordinator, a Conflict Mediation Trainer and Program Coordinator, and Assistant Principal at Lake Street School and the Wire Village School in Spencer, Massachusetts.

    Ms. Hammond serves as the Chair of the Planning and Development Committee, a member of the Human Resources Committee, the Worcester State Foundation, and also is the liaison for the Board of Trustees on the Strategic Planning Committee.
    Karen LaFond
    Karen LaFond HeadshotKaren LaFond is an Officer in the firm Fletcher Tilton and concentrates her practice in commercial lending. She also practices in business and corporate law, and commercial real estate law. She earned a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire. Karen is a resident of Worcester, Massachusetts and was appointed to the Board in November of 2015.
    Corey Laite
    Corey Laite is a Business Administration major with a concentration in accounting. He is from Lancaster, Massachusetts and works as an RA in Chandler Village and previously worked in Wasylean Hall.

    Corey has served on the Student Senate for two years, with one year of service on the Executive Board. He also served on the Student Government Association Auction Committee and is the Chairperson of the Class of 2017.

    During last year’s Spring Break, Corey traveled to Washington, D.C. with other WSU students to meet with members of the Congress to advocate for higher education.
    Stephen F. Madaus
    Stephen MadausMr. Madaus is a Worcester resident and is a Partner in the law firm of Mirick O’Connell. A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Suffolk University School of Law, he provides advice and counsel in various areas of municipal law, including public bidding and procurement.

    He represents both public and private owners and currently serves as the co-chair of the Worcester County Bar Association’s Municipal Law Section.

    Mr. Madaus has served as town counsel, special town counsel or deputy town counsel for four towns, two water districts and two school departments. He represented two Massachusetts public charter schools relative to significant school construction projects and represented a local college in obtaining zoning approvals and permits for the construction of a new residence hall and parking garage.

    He is active in the community serving on the Massachusetts Bar and Court Admissions, the City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association, the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Worcester County Bar Association.
    Dina Nichols
    Dina Nichols HeadshotDina Nichols is graduate of Lesley University and is a licensed MA Real Estate Salesperson with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. She was a Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare Social Worker for over six years and she has broad experience serving on many Boards. To name just a few, she serves on the Worcester Academy Board of Visitors, Family Services of Central MA Mediation Program, Shrewsbury Development Corporation, and was elected a Town Meeting Member in her home town of Shrewsbury. Dina joined the Board in December of 2015.
    Shirley A. Steele
    Shirley SteeleMs. Steele was appointed to the Board of Trustees in October of 2009. She is a graduate of Worcester State University earning her bachelor’s degree in 1959 and her master’s degree in 1963.

    She retired from the United States Department of Education after over three decades of federal service. Her tenure included stints in the immediate office of the Secretary and three Assistant Secretaries for Education Research Improvement. She was Senior Program Manager for many national programs to improve the quality of education for teachers and children in our nation’s schools. Prior to her government career, she was an elementary teacher in Northborough, Massachusetts and was honored as the “Teacher of the Year.”

    Ms. Steele is a member of the WSU Board of Trustees Academic and Student Development Committee and the Finance and Facilities Committee.
    Marina Taylor
    Marina Taylor HeadshotMarina Taylor is Vice President for Commercial Lending for UniBank Savings in Whitinsville, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. Marina is a resident of Sutton, Massachusetts and was appointed in November of 2015.
    Ronald R. Valerio
    Ronald ValerioMr. Valerio began his tenure on the Board of Trustees in November of 2007 as the elected Alumni Association Advisory Board’s representative and served until his term expired in 2012. In April of 2012, he was appointed by the Governor to a five-year term.

    He earned his undergraduate degree from Worcester State and a master’s degree from Anna Maria College. Mr. Valerio is a Senior Manager at UFP Technologies (United Foam Plastics) a public company that develops, designs, manufactures and converts plastic, foam and natural fiber products.

    Mr. Valerio has served on the Alumni Advisory Board, the Worcester State Foundation Board and was recently re-elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees. He serves as an ex-official voting member of all standing committees of the Board.