| About | Board of Trustees
Worcester State University PresidentBarry M. MaloneyEx Officio
Liaison to the Board of TrusteesNikki Kapurch
Mr. Blais joined the Board of Trustees in September of 2010 and was reappointed to a second five-year term in November of 2015.
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 Chair of the Board of Trustees and will serve as an Ex-Officio voting member of all sub-committees.
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.
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.
Ms. Fazzone was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2014 and serves on the Finance & Facilities Committee.
Ms. Hammond was appointed to the Board of Trustees in October of
2012. She was elected by the Alumni Association’s Advisory Board as
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.
She was elected Vice Chair of the Board, representative to the Foundation Board, and serves as Chair of the Human Resources Committee and the Planning and Development Committee.
Karen LaFond is an officer of the firm Fletcher Tilton and a member of the firm’s Transactional
Group. She concentrates her practice in commercial lending and also practices in business,
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. She was named among the top
Massachusetts lawyers by Boston Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine. Karen is a resident of
Worcester, Massachusetts, and was appointed to the Board of Trustees in November of 2015.
Ms. LaFond joined the WSU Board in November of 2015 and serves as the chair of the Academic
and Student Development Committee and also sits on the Human Resources Committee.
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
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.
He was appointed in 2013 and serves as an elected representative to the Foundation Board, and a member of the Academic & Student Development Committee and the Finance & Facilities Committee.
Mr. Madaus was recently elected Vice Chair of the Board and continues to serve as an elected representative to the Foundation Board, a member of the Academic & Student Development Committee and the Finance & Facilities Committee.
Dina Nichols is a graduate of Lesley University and is a full-time licensed Massachusetts real
estate salesperson with Andrew Abu Realtors. She was a Massachusetts Department of Public
Welfare Social Worker for over six years, after which she had a successful career in human
resources for a Boston-based financial services company. Dina has had broad experience
serving on many boards, currently serving on the Worcester Academy Board of Visitors and the
Shrewsbury Development Corporation. In addition, Dina is a 15 -year elected town meeting
member in her home town of Shrewsbury.
Ms. Nichols joined the WSU Board of Trustees in December of 2015 and serves on both the
Human Resources Committee and the Finance and Facilities Committee.
Manuel Reyes-Ponce is entering his senior year at Worcester State University, majoring in business administration with a concentration in management.
A dedicated and enthusiastic student leader, he served as president of Third World Alliance for two years and is an event chair for the group this year. He is a peer mentor for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and a student representative on the Campus Climate Committee and the Bias Incident Response
He also is a Class of 2020 Committee member and program coordinator for the WSU Young Men’s Group. Additionally, he will represent his fellow students on the WSU Board of Trustees during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Manny plans to continue his education at Worcester State through a 4+1 program offering a Master of Science in Management with a concentration in leadership.
Marina 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
Ms. Taylor joined the WSU Board of Trustees in November of 2015 and serves on both the
Human Resources Committee and the Finance and Facilities Committee.
Mr. Tuttle was appointed to the Board of Trustees in June of 2016.
He is a graduate of WSU earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. Presently, he is employed as the Superintendent/Special Sheriff at the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department in West Boylston, Massachusetts, previously serving as the Chief Deputy Sheriff, and has been employed there since 2011 to the present. He also served as the Executive Director of the Molly Bish Center & Government Relations at Anna Maria College; the State Director for Rural Development for the US Department of Agriculture in Amherst, MA; State Representative for the 5th Worcester District for the Massachusetts General Court from 1997-2001; and served from 1993 to 1996 as a Congressional Aide for the 3rd Congressional District of the United States House of Representatives. Mr. Tuttle also served from 2006 to 2016 as a Selectman for the town of Barre, serving on the finance committee as chair. A member of the United States Army eserves/Massachusetts Army National Guard, he served as an infantry medic and as a leader provided supervision and oversight of a six-person medical squad.