Impact and Achievement: the UMass Story is an ongoing series dedicated to showcasing the outstanding alumni of the five-campus University of Massachusetts system. UMass has more than 480,000 alumni worldwide, nearly 280,000 of whom live and work in Massachusetts. The University impact reaches far beyond the five campuses, into the Commonwealth's communities, workplaces and civic life.
Joe Sullivan '81 - UMass Amherst
Braintree Mayor Joe Sullivan ’81 learned the functions of government and importance of civic engagement at UMass Amherst, putting what he learned into practice throughout his career. He says, UMass “still shapes me today.”
Evandro Carvalho '04 - UMass Amherst
State Rep. Evandro Carvalho has dedicated his career to trying to make life better for hardworking families. A 2004 graduate of UMass Amherst, he says: “Being at UMass really was the beginning: it was the foundation of who I’ve become today.”
Danielle McFadden '07 - UMass Lowell
Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Danielle McFadden ’07 says her master’s degree program ignited her passion for the Lowell community. She says “Lowell is all about great partnerships,” and UMass Lowell taught her how to put those partnerships to work.
Robert Emmet Hayes '90 - UMass Boston
As a state representative, Robert Emmet Hayes ’90, crafted landmark legislation that led to the cleanup of Boston Harbor and bodies of water across the Commonwealth. Hayes says UMass Boston provided him with the skills he needed to take on public policy issues of enormous consequence and gave him the ability to have a lasting impact.
Megan Kingston '14 - UMass Amherst
“The professors were fantastic, the students were engaged and passionate, there was something for everyone,” says PwC risk assurance associate and 2014 graduate Megan Kingston. UMass Amherst is “a big school, with big opportunities.”
Peter Schock '12 - UMass Dartmouth
Overcoming paralysis during his first year at UMass Dartmouth taught 2012 graduate Peter Schock that sometimes “people need help,” just as he did. Peter says his unique perspective, education and service learning experience prepared him well for his future and for his current position as a financial analyst at EMC.
Thomas O'Malley '98 and Douglas Purdy '94 - UMass Boston
Thomas O’Malley and Douglas Graham Purdy met in a Detective Fiction class at UMass Boston and forged a friendship and writing partnership that resulted in the publication of the highly acclaimed mystery novel, Serpents in the Cold. O’Malley and Purdy say UMass Boston and its English Department had a profound impact on them and set the UMB graduates on the path to writing what their publisher is calling the Boston Saga series.
Brianna Reyes '14 - UMass Boston
Inspired by her professors at UMass Boston, Brianna Reyes ‘14 says that teaching Latin is about more than the language – it’s about teaching her students at Chelsea High School how to earn the confidence that comes from hard work and determination.
Rola Hassoun '14 - UMass Dartmouth
Recent UMass Dartmouth graduate Rola Hassoun ’14 is a passionate advocate for women, locally and globally. Rola, who works for CDM Smith, dreams of using her experience as an environmental engineer to address the water crisis for women in developing nations.
Amber Cohen '08 - UMass Law
Amber Cohen ’08 of Cohen Cleary, P.C. says UMass Law taught her about the critical role a lawyer plays in the community and in giving voice to those most in need. She was named a 2014 Boston Rising Star by The National Law Journal and Connecticut Law Tribune.
Dr. Sowmya Viswanthan '14 - UMass Amherst
Dr. Sowmya Viswanathon, chief medical officer at Southcoast Health System & Southcoast Hospitals Group says her MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst taught her managerial and leadership skills, expanded her experience with global health issues, and helped her build wellness programs in the community.
Adam Hogue '03 - UMass Lowell
Following September 11th, UMass Lowell graduate Adam Hogue ’03 wanted to serve his nation. A captain in the US Army, with a tour in Afghanistan, Adam continues to fulfill the legacy of leadership and service he began at UMass Lowell in his current career at Coastal Capital Group LLC and in his volunteer efforts on behalf of fellow veterans.
Cherie Taglienti '96 - UMass Medical School
Cherie Taglienti talks about how she uses her University of Massachusetts Medical School education and post-doctoral research to help personalize chemotherapy treatments for cancer patients.