2019 - 2020 BSU Foundation Membership

Chairman

CaronTom is a former long-time serving President and CEO of the Bank of Easton and currently holds the position of Vice President of Business Development at North Easton Savings Bank in Easton, MA. As the Chair of the BSU Foundation he brings a both a business and alumni prospective to his responsibility of overseeing and prudently investing the Foundation’s assets.

Tom is an active musician and performs at both the Catholic Center on campus and Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish in Bridgewater. He also has a passion for astronomy and star gazing with one of his many telescopes.

He and his wife Ruth moved to Bridgewater from Braintree, MA over 30 years ago and raised four sons all of whom graduated from a Massachusetts College or University.

“Bridgewater State University has been graduating leaders for our communities for over 175 years. I am proud to be able to play a role in the success of our students and be part of the Bridgewater State University story.”  

Vice Chair

Mr. Joseph St. Laurent, ’88, possesses more than 20 years of executive management & technical experience in the area of pharmaceutical chemistry and operations.  His expertise consists of defining and executing extended and short term strategic resources/technical requirements and assessing the pharmaceutical market in conjunction with drug candidate identification and development. Mr. St.Laurent is expertly trained in the field of analytical chemistry and pharmaceutical product development consultation and has been awarded six patents and has more than 20 patents pending in this area of chemistry. 

Mr. St.Laurent is the Cofounder, President and CSO of Chemic Laboratories Inc. as well as Co-founder of ChemSmart LLC. Furthermore Mr. St.Laurent has filled the role of Chief Scientific Officer and SAB Chairman for Olatec Industries LLC since 2007. Under Mr. St. Laurent’s direction Chemic Laboratories has evolved into a distinguished & mature full service cGMP pharmaceutical development contract facility conducting business on a global scale.  Mr. St Laurent has worked with several industry work/lobbying groups over the years and most recently was voted and approved to serve on the board of directors of the Washington DC based industry advocacy group Bio-Process Systems Alliance (BPSA).

As a member of the BSU foundation board and investment subcommittee Joseph believes it is extremely important to remember that a BSC education provided the strong foundation for his successful career and family life. In Joseph’s off time he enjoys spending time with his loving wife Linda, ’88, and his three daughters Kathryn, ‘12, Emily and Nicole.  He enjoys hunting, fishing, playing golf and travel.

Secretary

Juliette graduated from BSU with an undergraduate degree in Physical Education.   She began her teaching career in Holbrook and retired in 2004 as a deputy superintendent for the Boston Public Schools.   Her forty year career in education also included over two decades as assistant headmaster and headmaster of her high school alma mater, Brighton High School.

Remembering the role Bridgewater played in her personal development and educational training; Juliette considers it a privilege and honor to serve on the BSUF and to contribute to the advancement of the university’s remarkable growth and expansion.    

In addition to travel, Juliette enjoys mentoring and coaching aspiring and novice school leaders.   She also volunteers as a member of the City of Boston Scholarship Fund committee, and is project leader for a faith-based partnership between urban/suburban churches and a Boston middle school. 
 
Juliette is the proud recipient of the 2009 Nicholas P. Tillinghast Award for Outstanding Leadership and Professional Achievement in the Field of Public Education.

Treasurer

Don received his MBA from Boston University.   Mr. Vincent’s long career has covered both the private sector and the non-profit world.  After graduating from Bridgewater State College as a history major he worked as a tour guide and program director for the Meriden, CT YMCA.  After receiving his MBA, he went to work for the YMCA of Greater Boston where he served as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer.  After leaving the YMCA in 1980, Mr. Vincent started his own software development business which he eventually sold before retiring.  He returned to the workforce in 1985 as the Chief Financial Officer of the New England Aquarium.  Mr. Vincent retired from the New England Aquarium in 2000 – he currently serves on the boards of two financial institutions in Boston and does some financial consulting. 

Immediate Past Chair

Gene is a retired managing director of Voyageur Asset Management in Boston.  He served for 10 years as a trustee on the BSU governing board from 1991-2001 and as chairman 1994-1998. He served as chairman of the BSU Foundation from 2009-2012 and presently serves on the Foundation's Investment Committee. He was recently elected to serve again as chairman of the BSU Board of Trustees. Gene and his wife Carol reside in Duxbury, MA. 

Trustee

Marie graduated from BSU with a BS in Mathematics- physical science and Education.  She went on to earn an MS in Chemistry and a CAGS in management.  She has taught high school math and science and served as a department chair in both areas. Marie also worked for Genzyme, retiring as director of operations, Diagnostics Division.  Marie is past president and emeritus board member of the Newton Choral Society.  Marie and her husband spend their free time bicycling around the world.

Trustee

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Chair of BSUF Audit Committee

Clare received a Graduate Certificate in Accounting from BSU in 1987.  After a career in public accounting, Clare concentrates her work in financial administration for families with complex financial situations including financial planning, budgeting and financial reporting.

Following her studies at BSU, Clare earned a Master's Degree in Finance and a post graduate Certificate in Personal Financial Planning from Bentley University.  She has served as an adjunct professor in Accounting and Finance for several area universities.

Away from the office, Clare is active in her community lending her time and effort to a number of causes. In addition to serving as a BSU Foundation trustee, Clare is also a member of the finance council at the Cranberry Catholic Collaborative.  She is immediate past chairwoman of the Middleboro Cultural Council and for more than a decade served on the board of the Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce.  She lives in Middleboro with her husband and looks forward to visits with her two daughters. 

 

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Chris is CEO Metro South Chamber of Commerce, a 1,000-member business association serving the Greater Brockton area.  Before joining the Metro South Chamber in 1998, he served as President and CEO of the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce, a 650-member association based in Bourne. In addition to his service to Bridgewater, Chris is a member of the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 and Rotary International.  

Chris believes BSU is a dynamic place of learning and innovation. He has said repeatedly in public that BSU has a tremendous positive impact on so many people and aspects of the region, state and beyond.  

Mr. Cooney is a 1990 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where he served as President of the Student Government Association and Student Trustee.  Additionally, he is a 1998 graduate of the Masters in Public Administration Program at Suffolk University, where he graduate with high honors.  

Chris lives in Berkley, MA, with his wife Deborah Carlson-Cooney and three daughters.  He likes to travel, boat, hike, ski and spend time with family.

Chair of BSUF Development Committee

Mr. John Cruz III is the President of the oldest, 100-percent minority-owned construction firm in the Commonwealth. Following in the footsteps of his late father, the iconic John “Bertie” Cruz, Jr., Mr. Cruz and the company have been recognized with numerous civic and industry honors, including awards from the NAACP, National Urban League, Small Business Association, Minority Business Development Agency, National Association of Home Builders, the Boston Urban Bankers’ Forum and the National Association for Minority Contractors.

Cruz Construction also began Cruz C.A.R.E.S., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers technology, education and recreational programs for Boston’s urban community. Programs include: founding a computer learning center; after-school services; summer camps; and college scholarships.

In October 2006, the Cruz Companies held a hugely successful gala to permanently endow the Cruz Scholarship at Bridgewater. Though his father, a 2003 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Service Award, has since passed away, John Cruz III continues to be very actively involved in a variety of philanthropic efforts and both he and the company are generous supporters of BSU.

Chair of BSUF Investment Committee

Jeremy joined Little House Capital in 2017 as a founding partner and Managing Director, and he is also the firm's Chief Fiduciary Officer. He oversees relationships for high net worth individuals and families and advises clients in the areas of investment management, financial and estate planning, tax and fiduciary services as he has done for over 18 years. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Arts with major concentrations in Political Theory and French from Franklin & Marshall College and a Juris Doctorate with estate planning and tax concentrations from Suffolk University Law School, where he graduated cum laude and served as writer and editor of the Suffolk University Law Review. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and is admitted to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts. He also holds a certificate in financial planning from Boston University and is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. 
  
 In addition to serving as a trustee on the BSU Foundation, Jeremy is a board member of the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra where he serves on their Governance and Finance Committees. He is also a member of the Massachusetts Bankers Association Trust Executive Committee and the Worcester Estate and Business Planning Council.

Trustee

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George is a 1975 graduate of Stonehill College, and received his Master of Education from Bridgewater State University in 1982, and a Masters of Acts in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College in 1987.

George, is the retired Police Chief of Bridgewater, and a builder/developer. He served as a trustee for Bridgewater Savings Bank, also serving on their executive board as well as their chairman of Wealth and Trust Services. He is also a Notary Public. 

George is very active with many civic organizations, Mt. Prospect Cemetery (Trustee), Past President of Plymouth County Police Association; the Bridgewater Police Association; The Handi-Kids 110 Club; he is also a life member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association;  Bridgewater – Raynham Regional School Committee, past chairman and member.

Trustee

Phyllis A Klock is the retired President and Chief Operating Office of CompBenefits Corporation.  A dental and vision benefits company serving five million members in the US South and Midwest, CompBenefits grew to over $350 million in revenues by the time of its sale to Humana in 2006.    

A Charter Member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Central Florida (UCF), Phyllis served the university in this capacity from 2001 to 2012 and was named as a Trustee Emerita in 2012.  In 2014 she was honored as Doctor of Commercial Sciences.  Phyllis continues to be very involved with UCF as the immediate Past Chair of the UCF Foundation Board and current Chair of its Governance Committee, Board Member and Member of the Executive Committee of the UCF Athletics Association, Past President of the Town & Gown Council, and Immediate Past Chair of the Central Florida Wesley Foundation.  She also serves as Board Member and Secretary of the Laity Council of Asbury United Methodist Church, Board Member for Agua Viva Serves, member of the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, member of the Board of Directors of the Florida United Methodist Foundation, volunteer at Hungerford Elementary School in Eatonville, and Reading Pals volunteer.  

Phyllis received her Bachelor of Science degree from Bridgewater State University in 1967 and pursued graduate studies at the University of Illinois and Virginia Tech.  Prior to joining CompBenefits she coordinated business graduate programs at UCF and Texas Tech University and held various positions in insurance company administration.  Her professional designations include that of Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI).

Trustee

Allen Larson established a law practice on Cape Cod in the mid-1980’s after moving from Washington, D.C. where he had worked as an antitrust attorney with the Federal Trade Commission. Over the years, his practice has focused on regulatory issues affecting businesses, permitting issues affecting property owners and the formation of new businesses and nonprofit enterprises. Currently, he attends to personal health care issues which arise arising as a result of aging and the decline of mental and health capacities.

As a member of the BSUF, Allen serves as the Chair of its Property Committee. Allen first became connected with the university as an adjunct professor of management in the school’s Department of Management and Aviation Sciences. More recently, as a foundation board member, Allen’s interest has been to strengthen the connection of the school with the Cape Cod region it serves. He resides in the Town of Yarmouth where he has served on several town committees and boards and where the university is now establishing a new satellite campus.

Trustee

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Trustee

As a student, Scott served as a student trustee on the College Board of Trustees and he was recently appointed again by Governor Patrick.  He is also a past president of the Bridgewater Alumni Association (BAA) Board and received the BAA Weygand Award in 2006 for his dedication and serviced to the Association.  Scott was on the Steering Committee of the Three Pillars of Excellence Campaign (2006-2012) and is currently chair of the Bridgewater Fund Committee and working to develop a student philanthropy program at BSU.  Scott is Vice President at State Street, Global Transaction Processing.  Aside from his service to BSU, Scott is an advisory board member for Crossroads for Kids which is based in Duxbury, MA.

Emeritus Trustee

David is Senior Vice President at RBC Wealth Management, 75 State Street, Suite 1701, Boston, MA 02109.  He is a founding member of the BSU Foundation and continues to hold the title of Chairman Emeritus.  His term recently ended as Board Member and Treasurer of the Bridgewater Alumni Association (BAA).  The alumni association recognized David for his professional and community service with its 1991 Adrian Rondileau Award and more recently with the 2013 Weygand Award for service to the BAA.  David and his wife Jeanne live in Braintree.  

Trustee

Matt is the President of the Bridgewater Alumni Association, and a Senior Engineering Recruiter for Micro Tech Staffing.

Trustee

Louis has served Bridgewater in many capacities and as a benefactor; the College of Business bears his name. His record of service includes being the youngest person ever to be elected as chairman of a public college board of trustees in Massachusetts; he was just 30 years old in 1990 when he first became chairman at Bridgewater. He served two 10-year terms on BSU’s board of trustees – 1989 to 1999 and 2004 to 2014.  In 1990, Louis became a trustee of the university’s foundation, serving as chair from 1996 to 2004. In that capacity, he co-chaired Bridgewater’s first-ever capital campaign in 1999, an effort that raised $10 million dollars. In April 2009, he was elected to a five-year term on the Massachusetts State Board of Higher Education, and in March 2010 was appointed vice chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Today, he once again serves as a trustee of the Bridgewater State University Foundation.

Trustee

A graduate of Bridgewater State College Class of 1991, Mr. David Rumrill has served for over 22 years in senior wealth management positions at Fidelity Investments, Smith Barney, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan where he is currently an Executive Director. 

His personal interests include basketball and golfing, and he also volunteers as a Director of the New England Chapter of the Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America. Mr. Rumrill's service on Celebrities for Charity's Board of Directors is on a voluntary basis.  
 
Mr. Rumrill married fellow BSU graduate Karen Rumrill, ’92, and they continue to be close friends with many of their former classmates.  They have two sons, Cooper (15) and Charlie (13).

Trustee

Dr. Sherry is the former chairman of the BSU Board of Trustees.  He is a retired faculty member from Leeward Community College in Pearl City, Hawaii.  Dr. Sherry and his wife, Annette, ‘63, are residents of Sagamore Beach, having returned to the area from Hawaii in the last few years.  Frank is a former president of the Bridgewater State College Alumni Association.  Annette is a nationally recognized expert on online education.  

Chair of BSUF Property Committee

Paul is an attorney and principal at Silvia & Prenda. He specializes in probate, wills, trusts and elder law.  Paul lives in Bridgewater, MA.

Trustee

Dan Smith is a business development professional with over 10 years’ experience in project development in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Smith currently serves as the the Development Manager at Ameresco. Previously, he was an Energy Executive for Siemens based in Boston and was responsible for account management of energy services projects for governmental, educational, and health care customers throughout the Northeast. Prior to joining Siemens, Mr. Smith had several roles in the public and private sector, including his role as Government Affairs Specialist at MassDevelopment, the Commonwealth's Economic Development Agency. Mr. Smith also proudly served on the Board of Selectmen, STEAM Committee, Green Communities Committee, and Founded the Economic Development Council for the Town of Easton.

In addition to his work, Dan is a Founding Director & Co-Chair for Strike Out Cancer, and is the Liaison to J. Derenzo Companies for the Massachusetts Business Roundtable: Energy, STEM, & Transportation Committee(s).

Dan received a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern University.

Dan and his wife, Jenn, have lived in Easton since 2007 and have three children.

Trustee

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Chair of BSUF Membership Committee

 Ann Ulett is a 1992 graduate of Bridgewater State University with a degree in Accounting.  She was a non-traditional transfer student , entering college 10 years after high school.  She completed her degree while working full time and raising two small children. 

Today, Ms. Ulett is closing in on 16 years with Pricewaterhouse Coopers.  She has served in several capacities from tax associate to the Diversity & Work Life Leader position for the Boston Office. And, in 2004, she joined the company’s Campus Recruiting Team with a focus on diversity recruiting for the Northeast Region.

She is on the Bridgewater State University Foundation Board, past president of the Afro-Am Alumni Association and co-founder of its mentor program, which matched students of color with alumni. She has also served on several boards at BSU, including the School of Business Advisory Board, Hall of Black Achievers and the BSU Diversity Task Force.

Ms. Ulett is a recipient of the YMCA 2003 Black Achiever Award; she is a 2004 Fellows graduate of the Partnership Inc; a member of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and the Association of Latino Professionals in Accounting and Finance (ALPFA) and the Onset Cape Verdean Association.