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Dale AllenDavid AngelRobert Cox |
Jill Dagilis |   Gerry D’AmicoVincent DeVito |
Jack Foley | Linda LooftSue MailmanLydia PastuszekEdward White

Dale Allen

Vice-President for Community Engagement,
Quinsigamond Community College
670 West Boylston St.
Worcester, MA 01606

Dale Allen has served at Quinsigamond Community College as Vice President for Community Engagement since 2008. Key to his position is a mix of responsibilities for seeking market driven opportunities for future QCC satellite locations, as well as relationship building between the Colleges and area businesses, corporations, organizations, and the shared community.

Allen also oversees the QCC Foundation, grants development, the QCC Training and Education Center, and alumni divisions of the College. In 2009, Allen lead the collaborative effort to open the College’s new satellite location in Southbridge, Massachusetts. He continues to focus on strategic partnerships that enhance the mission of Quinsigamond and address higher education and workforce development needs throughout Worcester County.

Having worked in higher education for over 15 years, Mr. Allen specializes in advancing connections between colleges and the various communities with which they interact – schools, other colleges, non-profits, businesses, elected officials, and neighborhoods. Before arriving at QCC, he served as the Director of Institutional Strategy at the Cecil Group, and at Springfield College as the Director of Community Relations. He has served on numerous boards in western and central Massachusetts and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Worcester Community Action Council and the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce.

David Angel

President, Clark University
950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610

With degrees from Cambridge University and UCLA, Dr. David P. Angel joined the Clark University faculty in September 1987. His background and training are in economic geography, focusing upon issues of industrial restructuring, technological change and the environment. Asia.  His current work focuses on global economic change and the environment with a particular focus on rapidly industrializing economies in Asia. Dr. Angel is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and has consulted widely for public and private organizations around the world. Recent books include:  Asia’s Clean Revolution: Industry, Growth and the Environment (with Michael T. Rock, 2000, Greenleaf Publishers), Effective Environmental Regulation: Learning form Poland’s Experience (with Halina Brown and Patrick Derr, 2000, Praeger Press) and Industrial Development in the Developing World (with Michael T. Rock, 2005, Oxford University Press). Dr. Angel also holds the Laskoff Professorship in Economics, Technology and the Environment.

Craig L. Blais

President and CEO
Worcester Business Development Corporation
89 Shrewsbury Street, Suite 300
Worcester, MA 01604

As the current President and CEO of the Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC), Craig Blais brings a wealth of expertise to this position. Craig is responsible for overseeing a $10 million dollar non-profit corporation. Craig also serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the WBDC, and oversees all of the economic development projects as well as managing the day to day operations of the corporation.

Mr. Blais’ career began in 1986 at the State House, as Chief of Staff for the House of Representatives. Craig reported to the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Human Services & Elderly Affairs. Craig also served as District Staff Coordinator in charge of constituent services.
In 1992, Craig became the Assistant Town Manager in Arlington where his responsibilities included the preparation of a $60 million dollar operating and capital municipal budget. He also oversaw the management of a 23 town solid waste disposal operation, implemented a total quality management program, and served as the town’s representative on the MBTA and MWRA Advisory Boards.

Mr. Blais’ sense of civic duty led him to run and be elected to three consecutive terms as a member of the Auburn Board of Selectmen, serving as the Chair from 1994 to 1996. During his time on the Board, he advocated and won the approval of a $50 million regional mall expansion, the acquisition of over 100 acres of open space, the development of a 20 acre industrial park, and implemented an innovative fire service staffing program with Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Craig also served in various economic development positions with the City of Worcester. Craig served as the Deputy Development Officer became the Acting Chief Development Officer, becoming the Director of Economic Development. In all of these roles for the City, Mr. Blais oversaw a $1 billion dollar economic development agenda that included the construction of a $250 million dollar healthcare facility, a new convention center construction project, and various major infrastructure enhancement projects throughout the City.

Craig Blais continues to lend his expertise to many communities while maintaining a full professional calendar. His commitment to economic development for greater Worcester, and his expertise, makes him a valuable asset to the WBDC.

Robert Cox

Partner, Bowditch & Dewey
311 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01615

Mr. Cox counsels clients on environmental compliance and enforcement matters. He represents clients in cost recovery claims and private party litigation under Chapter 21E and CERCLA, as well as in administrative hearings and appeals.  He defends claims and actions brought by government environmental enforcement agencies. He also regularly advises clients on Brownfields development activities and on strategies to limit or shift environmental liability risks in connection with real estate or business transfers. He represents clients with respect to air, hazardous waste, solid waste and waste water matters before the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and local regulatory boards. Mr. Cox is a frequent speaker on environmental law and has authored many publications on current topics in the practice of environmental law. He is ranked among the top environmental lawyers in Massachusetts by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.  He was selected by his peers to be included among the Best Lawyers in America in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.  Since 2004, he has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer by Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers Magazine. He was founding chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Worcester County Bar Association. Mr. Cox is active in various civic and professional organizations, including the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, Worcester County Bar Association and MCLE, and in the Town of Rutland, where he served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for 15 years.

Jill Dagilis

Executive Director, Worcester Community Action Council
484 Main Street, Suite 200
Worcester, MA 01608

Building upon a 30 year track record in community service, Jill began a new chapter in her career as Worcester Community Action Council’s new Executive Director in September, 2006.  Worcester Community Action Council, Inc.,  a 45-year strong not-for-profit organization, is known as the “gateway” to services for low income residents in Central Massachusetts.  WCAC’s mission is “to simulate change in the fundamental causes of poverty and to create and provide opportunities for economic self-sufficiency through services, partnerships, and advocacy.”  Jill has led the agency’s strategic planning process, renovated the agency’s 16,000 square feet of office space in downtown Worcester, grown the agency budget from $13M to $26M, and successfully implemented a multi-faceted fund raising and marketing program for WCAC.  She brings a 25-year track record as a leader in Worcester’s city government as the past Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services.  During her tenure with the City she also served as the Commissioner of Code Enforcement, Staff Assistant for Operations to the City Manager, and Grants Acquisition Coordinator.  Her most significant achievement was her ten-year assignment as Contracting Officer and lead staff person to coordinate the $90 million, state-of-the-art Worcester Technical High School.   Her work includes many volunteer contributions with the Worcester Business Development Corporation, the Regional Employment Board, the City of Worcester’s Youth Advisory Committee, the Regional Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness, FLIC – Female Leadership Interest Council, Greater Worcester Community Foundation, the YWCA, the Worcester State College Foundation Board, Dress for Success and as an active member of the Hadwen Park Church.  She and her husband Paul have two adult children Michael and Jesse Marie.  Her undergraduate degree is from Worcester State College in Urban Studies and her Master in Public Administration is from Clark University.

Gerry D’Amico

Political Consultant

Vincent DeVito

Partner, Bowditch & Dewey
311 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01615

Vincent DeVito is Energy and Climate Change attorney, bringing his international New York based practice to Bowditch & Dewey’s Boston office. Mr. DeVito is an authority on renewable energy development and corporate sustainability issues and has closely worked on legislative and regulatory corporate disclosure and compliance matters at the state, national, and international levels. He has strategically advised members of the President’s Cabinet, governors, ambassadors, and corporate leaders. Mr. DeVito currently sits on the Advisory Board of, the first interactive, collaborative, educational website to bring together communities, environmental organizations, universities, foundations and corporations to reward individuals for making incremental positive environmental changes. Mr. DeVito served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing strategic policy while managing a multi-million dollar budget. He oversaw the Climate Change Technology Program, a global portfolio, and maintains international government and industry contacts worldwide. While at the Department of Energy, Mr. DeVito served as the U.S. manager of the North American Energy Working Group, a task force created to pursue the development of a fully integrated North American energy market.

Mr. DeVito also worked with then Ambassador Paul Cellucci to make possible the U.S.- Canada Power Outage Task Force that was established as a result of the electricity blackout in August 2003. Immediately prior to joining the Department of Energy, Mr. DeVito served as an energy lawyer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the legislative, regulatory, and administrative levels. In that capacity, he pursued the development and implementation of the state’s electric utility deregulation plan. All along Mr. DeVito has taken time to serve as a professional manager for several state and national political campaigns, and recently served as a manager for Governor William Weld’s last gubernatorial campaign. Mr. DeVito is a frequent television commentator, speaker and author on issues regarding energy and climate change and has delivered numerous policy addresses before such organizations as The World Energy Council, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the International Energy Agency, the Western Hemispheric Energy Ministerial, the Asian Pacific Economic Council, the Chatham House of London, the Center for Strategic International Studies, the International Energy Forum, and the Council for Environmental Cooperation. Mr. DeVito also issues a newsletter that currently focuses on renewable energy, clean technologies and the opportunities, challenges, and business solutions presented by climate change polices.

Jack Foley

Vice-President for Government, Community Affairs & Campus Services
Clark University
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610

Mr. Foley has served as Executive Assistant to the President at Clark since 1994.  In that position he has supported the University’s commitments to maintain the vitality of student community engagement and to upgrade extracurricular activities on campus.  In 1999, Foley was elected to the Worcester School Committee.  He is a longtime champion of the Worcester community and has worked tirelessly in developing the University Park Partnership (UPP).  He currently serves as treasurer and Board member for the Main South CDC and has spoken widely on university-community collaborations. Foley helped plan the University Park Campus School, a Worcester public secondary school, formed in partnership between the Worcester Public Schools and Clark University that opened in 1997 and has received national acclaim for its success.  Foley is currently serving on the boards of the Seven Hills Foundation, the YMCA of Greater Worcester, the Worcester Community Action Council, the Webster Square Business Association, and the Dartmouth College Alumni Association of Central Massachusetts.

Linda Looft

Assistant Vice-President of Government & Community Relations
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609

Looft serves as senior liaison to federal, state, and local officials for the university’s academic and research communities. In this capacity, she works closely with government agencies to obtain research funding in areas of strategic importance to WPI. Over the past five years, she has brought in more than $15 million in grants to the university. Most recently, she helped secure an additional $1 million in federal funding for the Center for Untethered Healthcare, part of the WPI Bioengineering Institute (BEI).  She also manages advocacy for the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science at WPI and oversees many of WPI’s high-profile events, including major conferences, VIP visits, and international events-on and off campus.
In addition, she has helped secure federal, state, and local funding for the WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center, a state-of-the-art research facility under construction in Worcester’s Gateway Park, as well as the Precision Indoor Personnel Location System and transportation research.

Sue Mailman

Owner and President
Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc.
100 Prescott Street #3
Worcester, MA 01605

Sue Mailman is the Owner and President of Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc and Coghlin Network Services, Inc. in Worcester, Massachusetts.  The companies provide electrical contracting and networking services primarily in New England.  Sue came to work for the family business in 1985.  She received her MBA from Northeastern University.  Coghlin’s is a fourth generation family owned business and WBE certified.

Serving as the Central Massachusetts Chapter President of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), she is a management representative for IBEW Local 96 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC).  Sue serves as a Council Member on the Massachusetts Apprenticeship Council and serves as a member of the board of the Associated Subcontractors of Central Massachusetts.   Sue was recently honored to join the New England Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Sue believes in the sponsorship of the city of Worcester, as noted in her community commitments.   In addition Sue serves on the boards of the Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce and the Worcester Business Development Corporation.

Jeremy McDiarmid

Senior Director for Innovation and Industry Support
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
63 Franklin St
Boston, MA 02110
Jeremy McDiarmid serves as Senior Director for Innovation and Industry Support at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (“MassCEC”). As a member of MassCEC’s senior leadership team, he oversees the business and workforce development strategies MassCEC employs to strengthen the clean energy sector in Massachusetts including programs to train clean energy workers, convene innovators with potential customers and to develop industry research. Prior to joining MassCEC, Jeremy served as the Massachusetts Director for Environment Northeast (ENE), an environmental research and advocacy organization, where he oversaw all aspects of the organization’s policy development and advocacy strategy. While at ENE, he served on the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Committee. Jeremy also worked as an attorney with a civil litigation practice in Boston. He earned a jurist doctorate with honors from Boston College Law School and a bachelor’s degree of arts with honors from Syracuse University.

Tim Murray

President and CEO
Worcester Chamber of Commerce
446 Main Street, Suite 200
Worcester, MA 01608
508.753.2924, ext. 240

Tim Murray served as the 71st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2013, when he resigned to become the head of the Worcester Chamber of Commerce. Murray previously served on the Worcester City Council from 1998 to 2001 and as the Mayor of Worcester from 2002 to 2007. As mayor, Murray promoted brownfields redevelopment, expanded commuter rail service and economic development. Through public advocacy, he helped to launch the largest downtown redevelopment project in the city’s recent history, known as the City Square project, which involved redevelopment of a failed shopping mall on some 20 prime acres in the core of downtown Worcester.
Murray has also served on the boards of the Worcester Public Library, Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester Community Action Council, the Worcester Working Coalition for Latino Students and Preservation Worcester. Murray was also the Chairman of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Advisory Council, working to stress the importance of these areas of education to compete in the global marketplace. As Chairman of the STEM Council, Murray worked to provide students with real world experience in STEM using public-private partnerships.
Tim and his wife, Tammy (Sullivan) are both Worcester natives, where they continue to live with their two daughters, Helen and Katerine.

Lydia Pastuszek

Senior Communications Specialist
Conover + Company, Inc.
200 Fribergy Parkway #4006
Westborough, MA 01581

Lydia Pastuszek has extensive corporate, small business, public sector and higher education experience in energy policy, marketing, housing development, and operations. She has long held an interest in using data and analysis to support public policy and corporate decision making.  Most recently she worked for Clark University in Marketing and Corporate Affairs and is also involved in a family property management business. She spent 25 years of her career in various positions at National Grid USA, ending as Senior VP of Human Resources, for 8000 employees and 15000 retirees in 5 states. Prior to that, she served in several different capacities for National Grid/N.E. Electric, including launching the very first Energy Conservation programs in the mid 1980’s.  Before coming to National Grid, Pastuszek held various staff positions in several levels of government, with the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Council, the N.E. Regional Commission in Boston, and the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission in Worcester.

Jon Weaver

Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI)
60 Prescott Street
Worcester, MA 01605

Jon Weaver is the Chief Operating Officer of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI). MBI manages over 30,000 SF of incubator space for startup biomedical and life science companies in Worcester, MA. Prior to joining MBI, Jon spent seven years working in real estate asset management, acquisitions, and project development. Most recently, Jon worked as Vice President, Real Estate at MassDevelopment and as Senior Project Manager at the Worcester Business Development Corporation.

Edward White

Vice President Energy Products
National Grid
40 Sylvan Road
Waltham, MA 02451

Ed White is VP of Energy Products in the Customer Energy Solutions group at National Grid.  Edward’s team provides product expertise, ensures regulatory coordination and develops new products and alliances.  Prior to his current role, Edward successfully led a team that developed the company’s largest distributed solar installation project and was also the U.S. lead on developing National Grid’s Energy Management Strategy.  Edward has been with National Grid for more than 15 years working with a number of teams, including Electric Operations, Environmental Compliance, and Transmission Licensing and Permitting.  Edward earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in 1996.  He also completed Cambridge University’s Program for Sustainability Leadership in 2008.