About

  • WSU Board of Trustees

    Worcester State University President
    Barry M. Maloney
    Ex Officio

    Executive Assistant to the Board
    Judith St. Amand

  • George H. Albro
    Mr. 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.
    George Albro
    Craig L. Blais
    Mr. 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.
    Craig Blais
    Gwendolyn Bois

    Ms. Bois is the elected Student Representative to the Board of Trustees. Her termbecame effective May 18, 2014 and is a one-year appointment.

    A resident student, majoring in Occupational Therapy, she is entering her senior year. She has served on the Student Senate during her sophomore and junior years. This past year she also served on the Executive Board of the Senate as the Senate Parliamentarian. She also was appointed as a student representative to the Capitol Planning Committee this past year as they discussed renovations to the Student Center as well as other projects. Gwen was also appointed a Presidential Ambassador last year and will continue to serve in that role during her senior year. She has been an Admissions tour guide for the past three years and will be the lead tour guide this year. She is also a member of the Student Occupational Therapy Association.

    Ms. Bois was appointed to serve on the Academic and Student Development Committee, the Human Resources Committee and the Planning and Development Committee of the Board of Trustees.

    Gwendolyn Bois
    Aleta M. Fazzone

    Aleta 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.

    Aleta Fazzone
    Isabel Gonzalez-Webster
    Ms. Gonzalez-Webster was appointed to the Board of Trustees in June of 2010

    She has extensive training in campaign and curriculum development, and is fluent in Spanish. She most recently served as the Chief of Staff for the City of Worcester’s Mayor’s office and is presently employed with Service Employees International Union Local 509.

    Ms. Gonzalez-Webster serves on the Human Resources Committee.
    Maryanne M. Hammond

    Ms. 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.

    Maryanne Hammond
    Stephen F. Madaus

    Mr. 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.

    Stephen Madaus
    Terence Shanley

    Mr. Shanley was appointed to the Board of Trustees in September of 2010. He did his undergraduate work at Assumption College and his graduate education at Anna Maria College earning a Master’s in Business Administration. He also earned a degree in Strategy for Non-Profit Organization from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

    He presently is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration for the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps in Boston, Massachusetts. He has experience as a Systems Development Analyst at Lynch Ryan and Associates, Director of Administration and Human Resources for Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. and a Senior Program Director for the YMCA. He is very active in the Worcester community, serving on numerous boards and commissions.

    Mr. Shanley is a member of the Worcester State Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee of the WSU Board of Trustees, the Academic and Student Development Committee, and the Human Resources Committee.

    Terence Shanley
    Shirley A. Steele

    Ms. 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.

    Shirley Steele
    Robert L. Thomas

    Mr. Thomas was appointed to the Board of Trustees in April of 2010. He did his undergraduate studies at Ferris State University and Western Michigan University. He earned his MBA from Nichols College.

    A native of Michigan, he has been located in Worcester for over 20 years. Before
    founding the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center in Worcester, he spent over 20 years in Corporate America where he accomplished outstanding sales achievement and national prominence with a Fortune 100 company.

    Mr. Thomas serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees and was reappointed as Chair of the Academic and Student Development Committee.

     
    Ronald R. Valerio

    Mr. 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.

    Ronald Valerio