Board of Trustees

Tom Berger MWCC Student Trustee

Tom Berger, right, a business administration major at Mount Wachusett Community College, is welcomed to the board by MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino, center, and Trustee Amanda Landry during a swearing-in ceremony on Aug. 6.

Thomas Berger, a business administration major at Mount Wachusett Community College and a veteran of the U.S. Army, has been appointed student trustee on the college’s Board of Trustees for the upcoming academic year.

The Winchendon resident was elected by his peers to the one-year position during the spring semester and was sworn in on Aug. 6 during a brief ceremony at the college. As student trustee, he serves as a full voting member on the 11-member board.

“We welcome Tom to the Board of Trustees and look forward to his service, insight and dedication,” said board Chair Tina M. Sbrega.

“Tom is highly engaged on campus and in the community, and is a strong advocate for his fellow students,” said President Daniel M. Asquino.

Berger said he is looking forward to serving on the board and being a voice for all MWCC students.

“I thank my family, friends and the faculty and staff at Mount Wachusett for being there for me over the past year and a half of my college experience,” Berger said. “Their support has made a tremendous difference. I enrolled at the Mount to earn a college degree and have gained so much more.”

An active campus leader, Berger has served this past year on the Student Government Association and is a graduate of MWCC’s Leadership for Life program. He currently serves as vice president of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, as a peer mentor with the Students Serving Our Students (SOS) program, and as a member of the Veterans Group, a student club affiliated with the Student Veterans of America. As a first-generation college student, he is also a member of MWCC’s Visions Program, a TRIO student support services program.

This coming year, Berger will serve as vice president of the state-wide Student Advisory Council, an organization that represents all 29 public colleges and universities in Massachusetts.

He has participated in many charitable endeavors including the United Way Day of Caring, the Student Emergency Fund, Habitat for Humanity of North Central Massachusetts, and the SGA Thanksgiving food drive. Earlier this year, he launched a Laptops for Veterans fundraising initiative to purchase new computers for the college’s Veterans Success Center for use by student veterans.

After graduating in May 2016, he plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business management. Raised in a family with a history of military service, Berger served in the U.S. Army from 1991 to 1998 and was stationed for much of that time in South Korea and Germany.


MWCC New Trustees Feb 2015

Four community leaders have been appointed to MWCC’s Board of Trustees. Pictured from left, President Daniel Asquino, Suzanne Farias, Amanda Landry, Sheila Daly, Board of Trustees Chair Tina Sbrega and Kenneth Tomasetti.

Four community leaders with professional experience in community healthcare, manufacturing and social services have been appointed to the Mount Wachusett Community College Board of Trustees.

Sheila M. Daly, president and chief executive officer of Clinton Hospital, a subsidiary of UMass Memorial Health Care, has been reappointed to the board. New appointees are Kenneth C. Tomasetti of Princeton, owner and president of Advanced Cable Ties in Gardner; Suzanne Farias of Westminster, general manager of the Double Tree by Hilton in Leominster; and Amanda Landry of Leominster, community outreach specialist at HealthAlliance Hospital, Leominster.

“We are very fortunate to have these dedicated community leaders join our Board of Trustees, said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. “Their leadership and expertise will be an asset to the board, the college and the community.”

Daly, a resident of Hubbardston, was initially appointed to the board in 2008. Among numerous professional and community affiliations, she is a corporator of Hudson Savings Bank, a member of the Clinton Rotary Club and the Massachusetts Association for Healthcare Quality. She is also a volunteer with the National Ski Patrol.

A nurse by training, Daly previously served as the hospital’s vice president of patient care services and director of clinical services. She is a graduate of the former Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Atlantic Union College and a master’s degree in human services management from Worcester State University, and advanced certification from the National Association for Healthcare Quality.

A Central Massachusetts manufacturing executive with extensive industry experience, Tomasetti launched Advanced Cable Ties in 1991. He previously served as vice president of manufacturing at Catamount Manufacturing in Orange and plant manager for Dennison Manufacturing in Fitchburg and Medical Polymers, Inc. in Canton. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Plastics Technology from Lowell Technological Institute, which is now part of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Among his community activities, Tomasetti serves on the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce and is a past chairman, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Gardner Visiting Nurses Association.

Farias has extensive experience working in the region’s hospitality industry, currently as general manager of the Double Tree by Hilton and as general manager of its predecessor, Four Points by Sheraton. Among her many community and professional affiliations, she serves as chair of the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association, on the board of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts, and on the supervisory board to the IC Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. She is a member and past president of the Professional Conference Management Association New England Chapter, a former member and past chair of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, and recently served as co-chair of the chamber’s CEO search committee.

Farias earned a bachelor’s degree in education from American International College.

Prior to joining HealthAlliance earlier this year, Landry served as public relations specialist and mentor recruiter for LUK, Inc. in Fitchburg, and previously served as a Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA. Among her community affiliations, Landry serves on the MWCC Alumni Association board, the LUK Mentoring Advisory board, and volunteers as a LUK mentor and for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.

She earned an associate degree in Human Services from MWCC and a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Fitchburg State University.


Gardner resident Phillip Stan, center, was recently sworn in as student trustee on Mount Wachusett Community College’s Board of Trustees. President Daniel Asquino and board Chair Tina Sbrega were among the college officials who congratulated Stan during a ceremony at the college on Sept. 11.

Gardner resident Phillip Stan, center, was recently sworn in as student trustee on Mount Wachusett Community College’s Board of Trustees. President Daniel Asquino and board Chair Tina Sbrega were among the college officials who congratulated Stan during a ceremony at the college on Sept. 11.

Phillip Stan, a liberal arts major with a concentration in music, has been appointed to Mount Wachusett Community College’s Board of Trustees after being elected to the one-year position by his student peers this past spring.

The chamber music enthusiast and father of five was sworn in as the college’s student trustee on the afternoon of Sept. 11 and attended his first board meeting immediately following the ceremony.

Adding to his standing as a student leader on campus, Stan will represent fellow MWCC students on the 11-member board, a role he relishes.

“I want to serve as student trustee for the same reason I want to be involved with campus clubs and organizations. I enjoy being part of something bigger than myself and feel that the students need a strong voice to accurately represent their desires,” he said.

“We are very pleased that Phil will be serving as our student trustee this academic year, as his track record of academic achievement and student engagement is well-documented,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. “Phil takes an active role not only in his own success, but in that of others.”

At MWCC, Stan serves in a range of leadership roles. He is vice president of civic and community engagement for the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, a member of both the Commonwealth Honors Program and the organization’s planning committee and a mentor in the Students Serving Our Students (SOS) program within the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement. He also previously mentored children in the House of Peace and Education’s afterschool program in Gardner.

In addition, he is president of the MWCC Chamber Players club, an all-encompassing position that sees him arranging events, namely a 2013 trip to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and building a chamber ensemble to stage concerts every semester. MWCC’s new student trustee is also an accomplished pianist, guitar player and singer.

However, Stan’s career goals are not purely musical.

“Ultimately, I’d love to work with autistic children through music instruction and exposure,” said Stan, who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Anna Maria College, his mother’s alma mater, after graduating from MWCC next spring. “I have a child at home with special needs, and I believe that music is a great way to facilitate communication with those who can’t communicate conventionally.”

With a busy college schedule and five children at home, Stan says he owes a great deal of credit to his wife Jennifer, whose enduring support has allowed him to succeed at MWCC.

As student trustee, Stan plans to apply his varied experience in civic engagement and mentorship to help students succeed in college, as well as benefit MWCC.

“I am very outgoing and not afraid to try new things or get people involved in new things,” said Stan, who, on the day of his appointment, fittingly helped freshman students gain signatures for Student Government Association candidacy. “I strongly believe in the importance of civic engagement and college completion, and these two things are a big part of what I would like to bring to MWCC.”

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MWCC Trustee Scott Howard, right, with President Asquino, was recently reappointed to the board.

Scott Howard, chief operating officer of Bemis Associates, has been reappointed to the Mount Wachusett Community College Board of Trustees by Governor Deval Patrick.

Mr. Howard, who initially joined the board in 2009, was sworn in for a new term during a brief ceremony at the college on January 22. In addition to his service at MWCC, Mr. Howard serves on the board of directors for Fidelity Bank and served for many years on the United Way of North Central Massachusetts board of directors, including as past chair.

“Mr. Howard is a remarkable civic and corporate leader,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. “His expertise in economic development and his commitment to community service are assets to Mount Wachusett Community College and our students, and we are delighted with his reappointment.”

Through the leadership of the Howard family, Bemis Associates and its employees are known for instilling a company-wide philanthropic spirit, President Asquino said. Bemis, based in Shirley, is a global manufacturer of adhesives, coatings and specialty films used in the apparel, automotive and woodworking industries. The company has been owned by the Howard family since 1930 and its products are used in a wide variety of name-brand merchandise.

Mr. Howard joined the family business in 1985. He and his wife, Betsy, live in Littleton and are the parents of three children. In addition to serving as a trustee for MWCC, Mr. Howard previously served on the United Way Board of Directors for more than a decade and is a past chairman of the board. He currently serves on the board of directors for Fidelity Bank.


New Trustee Mark Shirman, center, was welcomed to MWCC on Oct. 18 by Trustee and immediate past chair James Garrison, left, and President Asquino.

Mark Shirman, president and chief executive officer of Westford-based RiverMeadow Software, Inc., has been appointed to the Board of Trustees at Mount Wachusett Community College.

“Mr. Shirman’s business acumen and entrepreneurial success in the field of Information Technology will be a tremendous asset to the college and the greater community as we continue our mission of providing students with access to affordable, quality education and expanding economic development opportunities in our region,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino.

At RiverMeadow Software, Mr. Shirman leads a team that develops cloud migration and disaster recovery software for the cloud service provider market. He has nearly 30 years of entrepreneurial experience in the IT services arena, including 10 years as founder and CEO of GlassHouse Technologies in Framingham. At GlassHouse he was responsible for building upon the company’s leadership in the storage solutions space, managing the investment community, and setting the vision for the company’s solutions development.

Mr. Shirman said he was interested in serving on the board to “support a community institution I strongly believe in” and leverage his business experience. “I understand major technology shifts that are taking place in the market that will represent opportunities and careers for people for many years, as opposed to a one-year phenomenon.”

Mr. Shirman previously served as executive vice president of corporate development and CTO at Convergent Group in Englewood, Colo., where he executed a combination of operational and marketing strategies that resulted in a successful public offering and the subsequent sale of the business to Schlumberger Corporation. Among his other professional experience, he was responsible for the worldwide eBusiness and CRM lines of business for Cambridge Technology Partners and previously ran similar units for BSG/Alliance IT in Austin, Texas. In 1985, he launched a new breed IT consulting company called Innovative Information Systems Inc. (IISI), which was focused on emerging technologies and application development. He served as CEO of IISI until its sale to CDI Corporation in 1990, where he then served as president until 1995.

He started his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. after receiving his bachelor’s degree in economics from Brandeis University and his MBA from American University, where he is a frequent guest lecturer. He served on the advisory board of a Massachusetts nonprofit called Baby’s Breath, a model program that assists infants who are in need of a safe, caring and stable home environment. He lives with his wife Beth Quenzel Shirman in Sutton and is the father of five children.

Tina Sbrega

Tina Sbrega, president and chief executive officer of GFA Federal Credit Union in Gardner, has been appointed chair of the Mount Wachusett Community College Board of Trustees. She has served on the board since 2005, most recently as vice chair.

“Our community colleges are at the center of our efforts to close the skills gap and help people get back to work in Massachusetts,” said Governor Deval Patrick, who announced Ms. Sbrega’s appointment on Oct. 18. “I want to thank Ms. Sbrega for her willingness to serve in this capacity and am confident that she will be a critical partner in our collective efforts to better serve our students and employers, building a stronger Commonwealth for generations to come.”

“As a trustee and most recently as vice chair, Tina Sbrega has been a diligent, community-minded member of the board,” MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino said. “We are pleased that Governor Patrick has appointed her to continue the leadership of our outgoing board chair, Jim Garrison, who has admirably served our college community and will continue to serve on the board. Ms. Sbrega is a highly regarded leader and we welcome the continuity her appointment will provide,” he said.

“I’m honored to have been chosen to serve in this role as chair of the Mount Wachusett Community College Board of Trustees,” Ms. Sbrega said. “The leadership, the faculty, and the entire college community do a phenomenal job in serving the needs of North Central Massachusetts students and local businesses, and I’m proud to be affiliated with such an outstanding organization.”

Ms. Sbrega began her work with GFA in 1980 and has served in numerous capacities at the company over the past 30 years. She serves as chair of the Board of Trustees for Heywood Hospital and as a director for the House of Peace & Education in Gardner.

She previously served 11 years as a director of the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce. She earned an associate degree from Quinsigamond Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Roger Williams University.

President Daniel Asquino welcomes new MWCC Trustee Tom Clay.

Tom Clay, Chief Executive Officer of Marlborough-based Xtalic Corporation and a resident of Westford, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees at Mount Wachusett Community College.

“Mr. Clay brings to the board extensive experience in advanced manufacturing and a passion for higher education. His expertise and dedication will be an asset to the college and to the greater community we serve,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino.

Mr. Clay has led several high technology companies, which trace their roots back to inventions at MIT and have added hundreds of jobs in Massachusetts. Xtalic develops high performance metal alloys for a wide range of applications and his previous company, Z Corporation, was a pioneer in 3D printing. Tom was named to Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40″ and has been active in a wide range of civic causes.

“One of Massachusetts’s great strengths is innovation in technology, and we require a highly trained workforce to thrive. Community colleges have a critical role in training and retraining our workforce to succeed in this exciting and rapidly training environment. I’m very pleased to be selected to help Mount Wachusett Community College build on their great track record of preparing tomorrow’s workforce. As a veteran, I am also excited to support MWCC’s very successful programs supporting our men and women in uniform.”

A former Airborne Ranger, Mr. Clay led reconnaissance teams while stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and said he was proud of MWCC’s designation as one of 15 colleges in the country to establish a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success with support from the U.S. Department of Education, and to be part of a college community recognized for its commitment to veterans, members of the military, and military families who are transitioning to college.

Mr. Clay earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Princeton University and an MBA with high distinction as a Baker Scholar from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.