BAA Board Membership

The Bridgewater Alumni Association (BAA) is governed by a Board of Directors that meets quarterly to conduct business on behalf of the larger alumni body. Potential new Directors are selected annually by the BAA Nominating Committee from among alumni applicants who have demonstrated an interest in the University by donations of time, talents, and a willingness to make a personal leadership gift at any level they are able to. 

President

Mr. Quimby is the President of the Bridgewater Alumni Association, and a Senior Engineering Recruiter for Micro Tech Staffing. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies in 2004 and his Master of Education degree in Student Affairs Counseling in 2007.

 

Since graduating from Bridgewater State, Quimby has been a very active alumnus. A large majority of his alumni involvement has been with Sigma Pi Fraternity, where he served as an Alumni Advisor, Chapter Director, New England Province Archon and as a President and Founding Father of the Sigma Pi, Eta-Eta Alumni Association. He is also actively involved with the wrestling team, where he serves as the team representative on the BSU Athletic Alumni Advisory Board and as a fundraising champion during the annual Crimson Pride Challenge.

 

Quimby enjoys sharing positive news and events about Bridgewater State on social media and giving back to his alma mater any way he can. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and is an executive board member for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Wrestling Officials Association. He currently resides in Bridgewater and has a son named Louden, who loves Bridgewater State as much as Matt does.

Secretary

Michael J. Vieira, Ph.D. retired in 2013 as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Bristol Community College, where he also served as Dean of the Division of Business and Information Management and acted in other leadership positions. Prior to his move into administration, Mike served as a full-time member of the Computer Information Systems Department and continues to teach for BCC, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Eastern Nazarene College and other schools.

For more than 20 years, he taught in Fall River's public schools and advised the student publications at B.M.C. Durfee High School. Since 1974, he has been published regularly in area newspapers including the Standard-Times and the Providence and magazines including SouthCoast Insider and Prime Times. Mike has written and edited several books, including Determination: A Cambodian Family's Journey with Makna Men. He is currently under contract for a book about famous New England rock formations for History Press.

Mike graduated from Bridgewater State College (B.A. '75 and M.A.T. '82), where he served as editor of The Comment from 1974-75. He holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate study from Rhode Island College and earned his doctorate in Education at Capella University. A native of Fall River, he now lives in Swansea with his wife, Audrey. They have two children and their first grandchild, Kyle Michael.

Past President

Jason Stocker is a paralegal at Wells Fargo. As an undergraduate at BSU, he majored in math and was involved in Phi Pi Delta.

Heidi Belanger was elected to the Bridgewater Alumni Association Board in 2018, and the chairman for the Community Service Committee. Heidi has previously served on the Chapter Advisory Board for the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority at MIT and is actively involved with the Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Heidi currently resides in East Boston.  

John D. Blake, attorney at law, has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar for over 30 years with a private practice in Taunton. He serves as a Verger at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Taunton. He lives in Berkley.

After receiving her English degree (with a minor in political science) from BSU, Margaret Caulfield went on to complete a law degree at Suffolk University Law School. She is an associate at partners Health Care and has been featured in BSU television ads.

2014 graduate Brendan Concannon majored in political science at BSU, where he served as BSU Student Trustee and as a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity. He is now the Director of Constituent Services for Massachusetts State Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Pacheco. In addition to working full-time at the State House, he is also pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Jean Chisser was elected to the Bridgewater Alumni Association Board in 2017 and is the Association Director, Alumni Special Services at Boston College.  

Tom Devin is the Vice Chairman of the Braintree School Committee. While a student at Bridgewater State, Tom served as Student Government President and Captain of the Wrestling Team.

 

Current President of the Afro-American Alumni Association.

Gabriella (Diniz) Costa was elected to the Bridgewater Alumni Association Board in 2017. While studying at Bridgewater State University, her passion for art, design, and marketing was fueled. She immersed herself in the studies of art, graphic design, art history, and business management while actively involved in Student Government Association, Honors Student Congress, study abroad, community service, The Bridge, and more. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and minors in Art History and Management in 2015. In 2018, Gabriella received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Gabriella is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Jett Foundation, a nonprofit empowering families while fighting Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In her free time, she runs a graphic design, stationery, and family photography company, Design by Gabriella.

Lori Hindle was elected to the Bridgewater Alumni Association Board in 2017. She is a Senior Managing Consultant for Public Financial Management, Inc. and serves as a board member for the Boston chapter of Women in Public Finance.  

Bruce Hughes serves as the Community/Economic Development Planner for the Old Colony Planning Council in Brockton. As a BSU Alum in addition to serving on the BAA Board and two subcommittees he serves as Vice President of the BSU Masters of Public Administration Advisory Board. He mentors MPA students and reviews MPA Capstone student portfolios. He served on the Dr. Deniz Leuenberger Scholarship Committee, has served as a judge of the BSU Student Bus Driver Bus Rodeo and has assisted students moving into dorms at the fall move in days. Active in his community he serves as Vice Chair of the Abington Planning Board, Chair of the Abington Affordable Housing Committee and Church Clerk of the United Church of Christ in Abington. Bruce lives in Abington with his wife Cathy.

Now a guidance counselor at Braintree High School, Carrie Kulick-Clark has also served as President of the Bridgewater Alumni Association. She majored in communications at BSU with a minor in political science, and she went on to earn her M.Ed. in counseling at BSU. During her undergraduate years, she was involved in student government, The Comment and the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.

 Scott McDonald was elected to the Bridgewater Alumni Association Board in 2018. He works in sales at John Nagel Co. in Boston. As a student he served as a class officer. Scott is a resident of Duxbury. 

Luis Rosa was elected to the Bridgewater Alumni ASsociation Board in 2018 and is the Vice President of College Services at Higher Education Partners. He is the past president of the Afro-American Alumni Association at Bridgewater State and lives in New Bedford.  

Matt Rushton was elected to the board in 2018 and is the Assistant Chief of Police for the Bridgewater State University Police Department. He serves on the Bridgewater Finance Committee, as a board member for Bridgewater Youth Basketball and is Past Chairman of the Bridgewater Housing Authority. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Public Administration at Bridgewater State University.

Joie Steele was elected to the Bridgewater Alumni Association Board in 2018 and is the Director of the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center and Student Activities at Brown University. As a student she worked as a resident assistant and was involved with the Residence Hall Association. 

Dr. Margarida C. Baganha is the Director of University Services at Bridgewater State University (2002-present). Prior to this position, she held several continuing evolving positions at the University including Staff Associate, Staff Assistant and Administrative Assistant in Administration and Finance, Personnel Recruiter in Human Resources and Administrative Assistant in the Office of the President (1985-2002). In her current role, Dr. Baganha leads several departments within University Services, including: Mail Services; Parking Services and Connect Card; and University Printing Center. Dr. Baganha also oversees several multi-million dollar agreements, including: Dining Services; Dunkin Donuts; Starbucks; Bookstore; snack and beverage vending; Copy/Print Management; and Connect Card Off-campus Program. 

Dr. Baganha has been very active in the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS). During the past fifteen years, she served as Treasurer on the NACAS National Board of Directors for three years; on the Membership Committee for five years while chairing the committee for three years; on the CASP Taskforce for two years and on the NACAS East Regional Board of Directors as treasurer for six years. As part of these roles, Dr. Baganha has also been an active member of the NACAS Leadership Team. Dr. Baganha has also continues to serve as a Mentor for new NACAS members.

Dr. Baganha serves on the Bridgewater State University Alumni Association Board of Directors; Chairs the Awards Committee and is a member of the Community Service Committee.

Dr. Baganha is a member of the Rotary Club of Bridgewater, Massachusetts. As a Rotarian, she volunteers and participates on a number of activities, including serving meals at a homeless shelter; the Million Dollar Meal; the Rotary Foundation Dinner; and Polar Plunge Fundraiser.

Dr. Baganha is a freelance writer for the Praca (Town Square) Magazine (March 2017-present), which is distributed in large Portuguese communities in the United States, Canada and Bermuda as well as the Azores and Portugal. 

Dr. Baganha earned a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Johnson and Wales University in May, 2017. She holds a Master of Education in Management Science (2007) and a Bachelor of Science in Management Science (2002) from Bridgewater State University. 

Dr. Baganha resides in Raynham, MA and has one daughter. She enjoys spending time with her extended family, reading, and traveling in the United States and around the world.

Michael Volpone was elected to the Bridgewater Alumni Association in 2016.  He currently works for Agero, a premium Roadside Assistance Company in Medford as a Client Services Manager working with several Automotive OEMs.  He serves as the Committee Chair for the Town of Newbury’s Recreation Committee as they look to develop the program.

 

As a double Bear, Michael also earned a Master of Science in Athletic Administration from Concordia University-Nebraska in 2019 as he works to transition back to Higher Education and College Athletics.

After graduating from BSU in 1973, Stella pursued an Accounting Career and received a Certificate in Accountancy from Bentley University in 1980.

She worked for a CPA Firm and later several financial institutions as an Auditor and Compliance Officer.

 

She has done extensive volunteer work in her community including: IRS Tax Preparation Program for low income taxpayers; Serve on various committees in religious organizations; Cotuit Center for the Arts; Have taught non-credit courses at Academy of Life Long Learning through Cape Cod Community College in Barnstable, MA and Falmouth Community School at Lawrence School in Falmouth, MA.

Prior to being elected to the Board of Directors at Bridgewater State University's Alumni Association, she started the Stella Mare Citrano Scholarship that is awarded every year and presented to a qualified student.

Her and her husband own a tax preparation firm on Cape Cod.

Keith is a senior executive leader applying broad and deep consumer packaged goods industry experience with a consistent record of building and reinventing businesses. He has gained international market expertise as a leader in starting up operations and creating profitable business models in emerging markets.  His ‘roll-up his sleeves” approach has led to his successes in the larger corporate environment, as well as with a private family business and a start-up.

Keith Benoit is currently Senior Vice President Business Development & Innovation for the Decas Cranberry Products Company®.   He is leading sales, marketing R&D and innovation for the company.  Prior to joining the Decas Company, Keith was the Chief Sales Officer at Freshbev® LLC, a start-up juice company in CT.  Keith was responsible for the sales and marketing strategy and functions.  Prior to Freshbev Keith had a highly successful career at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., rapidly rising through the ranks in various sales and marketing positions, and ultimately joining the Corporate Leadership team.  Keith held officer positions as Vice President Customer Development, Vice President North American Sales, and Vice President of Developing Markets – International.   He has served on food industry boards, customer advisory boards, and currently is on the board of the Duffy Health Center on Cape Cod, the Advisory Board at the Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University, as well as a member of Bridgewater University Alumni board.

Keith has an MBA in Marketing from Bentley University, the McCallum School of Management; and a BS in Political Science from Bridgewater State University.  He lives in East Sandwich, MA with his wife Mary.  Keith has twin daughters, is an avid fisherman, cyclist and boater. 

Michelle Hacunda was elected to the Bridgewater Alumni Association Board in 2019. She currently works in Marketing & Communications and teaches as an adjunct instructor for Bridgewater State University’s Political Science Department and Emerson College’s Communication Studies Department. 

 

During her undergraduate career, she studied Communication Studies and was a part of The Comment, BSU’s student-run newspaper and The English Society, a student club open to English majors, minors, and anyone who likes to write and/or read. She also worked on campus throughout her college years as a student event planner for University Events and student blogger for Student Affairs. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with minors in English and U.S. Ethnic Studies in 2012. In 2016, Michelle received a Master of Arts degree from Emerson College.  

 

In her free time, Michelle also serves on the Board of Advisors for Boston College’s student-run radio station (WZBC) and volunteers every year for the MA Conference for Women on the Social Media Street Team. She lives in Chelmsford with her boyfriend, Julian and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. 

An experienced technology leader, Colleen has worked across multiple healthcare IT vendor and provider organizations. With technology process improvement, customer relationship management and organizational team development as her core skills, she has built and executed mature, successful technology driven teams. 

In her most recent engagement, V.P of Implementation and Support Services with Azara Healthcare, she has built out the client delivery teams to accommodate the significant client growth since 2016. Recognizing the power of technology within the healthcare environment she has excelled in creating organizational structures supporting the growth and clinical success of clients and their patients.

Colleen is a board member for the Boston SIM organization co-chair of the RLF mentor program, co-chair of the National SIM Authors Group and a 2016 SIM RLF graduate. In addition to her volunteer work with SIM she is an alumni board member at Bridgewater State University (1997) providing internships and mentoring students and recent graduates. 

In her free time, she enjoys watching her three children at their various activities and hiking with her golden retriever ‘Brady’. Her first book, "Planning your career path through Reflection, Skill Gap Analysis and Networking" will be published late 2020. 

Tim (’82,’86) and his wife, Carol (’82), have been residents of Sherman for the past 25 years, and they are the parents of two Sherman Bearcat alumni (Ashley ’05 and Gregory ’08). Tim has 38 years of experience in the educational enterprise, personally performing the key roles of parent, classroom teacher, coach, administrator, and trustee/board member. He is currently employed at Austin College where he has served as the vice president for Student Affairs and Athletics for the past 25 years, including 14 years with the dual appointment of athletic director. Tim earned both a B.S. in elementary education, with focus areas of science and reading, as well as an M.Ed. in counseling. He also graduated from the Institute for Education Management program at Harvard University. Since 1994 he has been a certified mediator in the state of Texas, earning his certificate from the National Mediation Academy in Dallas, Texas. Throughout his career, he has served in a variety of roles for national organization such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the Association of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA). He currently serves as the president for the Sherman Independent School District.