Harvard Club of Merrimack Valley, Inc. Advisory Committee
Stephen Chapman (President, Director) graduated from the Harvard Business School AMP152 Program in 1997. He is a Global General Manager with significant line P&L responsibility and has been a Senior VP with experience in Sales, Marketing, Distribution, Information Technology and Operations for a $180 million industrial manufacturing company with worldwide distribution in 90 countries. In addition to his Senior VP duties, he was a Director of five companies: South Africa (2), Italy, Sweden and Germany. Hired, mentored and managed key players within the Chesterton organization while opening businesses all over the world i.e. Australia, Sweden, Germany, South Africa, UK and Netherlands. Mr. Chapman is currently a Business Consultant specializing in International Sales and organizational development.
Dennis Vecchi (Vice President, Director) graduated from Harvard in 1985 with a degree in economics, and has spent his career in the employee benefits field working for local and national healthcare firms, and is currently a Director in the Health and Benefits practice with the global human capital brokerage and advisory firm WillisTowersWatson. Dennis and his wife Christina (Special Educator in Lawrence) live in Andover and have 4 adult children. Dennis has been active on the board for many years, and currently serves as the membership director. He is active in his church community, and does volunteer work in the greater Merrimack Valley.
Diane Huster (Vice President, Director)received a Graduate Certificate in Management from Radcliffe Seminars (1994) and graduated from Boston University.Diane currently serves on the boards of Family Service Inc. of Lawrence, the Andover Sisters Town Association, and the North Andover Historical Society. She served as Chairman of the North Andover School Committee as Chairman for five terms and spearheaded campaigns to build four new schools on the North Andover School Building Committee. Diane also served on the Legislative committee of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, as Secretary of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, and as President of theLeague of Women Voters of North Andover.
Hayden Anderson (Treasurer, Director) is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and received his AB from Brown. After retiring three times, Hayden continues consulting with small businesses and doing volunteer work. He has been active with the Harvard Business School Association of Boston where he was vice president and treasurer and a long-term volunteer for the HBS Community Action Program. He also is a mentor with the Entrepreneurship for All program in Lowell. Hayden and his wife, Michelle, live in Dracut. They have five children, thirteen grandchildren, and four delightful great-grandchildren.
Stephanie Moore (Director) is a 1984 graduate of the Harvard Business School and holds a Baccalaureate degree in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston (1978). She is president of Lasting Impressions Custom Design and Build, Inc. a general contracting company specializing in residential design and remodeling which she founded in 2002. Prior to 2002, Stephanie held technical management and executive positions at local companies, including Raytheon, Freudenberg Nonwovens, Medica Corp and Cabot Stains. Stephanie and her husband Stephen Levine live in Andover. They have 2 daughters, Deborah and Pamela, and 2 grandchildren.
Carol Reid (Director)is currently on the Board of Directors of Enterprise Bank headquartered in Lowell; on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Northeastern University College of Professional Studies; on the Board of Family Service Inc. in Lawrence. As a Financial Executive, her career includes VP of Finance and Corporate Controller at Avid Technology, VP Internal Audit at Digital Equipment Corporation, and finance at Mobil Oil. She also taught and developed curriculum for the dental hygiene program at Middlesex Community College and mathematics at Andover East Junior High School. She graduated from the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development in 1988. She holds an MBA from Boston University and a BS from Northeastern University. She also completed the Advanced International Management Seminar at INSEAD Institute in Fontainebleau, France. She is married to Allen Townsend, has 2 adult sons, and resides in Andover.
Cristina Rubio Suarez (Director)graduated from Phillips Academy Andover 1981, Harvard College AB 1985 and Harvard Business School MBA 1990. She worked at Procter & Gamble Co. and Perfumes Loewe, S.A. (now part of the LVMH Group) in Madrid, Spain. She and her husband, Jose, founded Impactiva (the world's leading Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Supply Chain Optimization provider for the Leather, Footwear, Leather Goods and Apparel industries). Cristina and her family lived overseas (Spain, China and Singapore) for many years where she was involved in numerous Harvard Club Associations. Cristina was a Board Member of the Jumpstart Northeast Local Advisory Board and is currently a Founding Member of the Cuban Studies Program Advisory Group at The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University. Cristina and Jose currently reside in Andover, Massachusetts and have two daughters, Sofia and Natalia.
Richard (Dick) Harrington (Director) is a licensed CPA and principal at Sullivan Bille, PC. A 1958 graduate of Harvard College, Dick's career has encompassed a variety of accounting, auditing and consulting roles. He also has a rich history of professional, community and civic service, including the The United Way of Merrimack Valley, Holy Family Hosptial, The Harvard Alumni Association and many more.
Dick lives in North Andover with his wife Rosemary and they have 5 children.
Victor Ciardello (Director) is a 1965 graduate of Boston College. After graduation, Mr. Ciardello began a lengthy international career with his service as a Peace Corps volunteer in southern Peru. Returning to Boston to get his Harvard M..B.A. in 1969 he then spent over twenty years on executive assignments in South America and Western Europe with Chrysler and Massey-Ferguson. In 1993 he was appointed the first Peace Corps Country Director in Russia serving in both Vladivostok and Saratov.
Mr. Ciardello entered the U.S. government Senior Executive Service in 1996 as a Director on the staff of the Secretary of Defense receiving the President's Award for Meritorious Service from President Clinton in 2000 and the Distinguished Alumnus Public Service Award from Boston College in 2003. He moved from D.C. back to Methuen in 2011 and now serves on various boards and is the Chair of the City of Methuen Conservation Commission.
Philip Gagne (Director) Originally from Connecticut, Philip has striven to balance an extensive self designed education of over 14 years across multiple colleges and universities with various employment to become a literary writer. Graduated from Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT with an AS, 1975; Harvard Extension School ALB, 1986, and University of Massachusetts, Lowell CPM, 2010. He had worked for Nortel Networks in RTP, Washington, DC, and Atlanta in a variety of positions, including: program management, marketing, customer service, operations management, global forecasting, strategic alliances and corporate liaisonship into Arris Interactive, a $720 million subsidiary of Nortel, for all commercial issues. Philip's focus is on social media and the outreach program for the best and brightest students of all demographics.
Philip's previous experience in volunteering have included: Director of Sponsorship, Raleigh, NC, CDI-W; where he brought in $27,000 for the Make A Wish Foundation; Assistant Riding Helper, Raleigh area, NC; where he assisted disabled young and older people to ride very calm horses to create a live connection between them, and provided the riders a sense of great accomplishment; and, Counselor, Catholic and Protestant Organizations in Manchester, CT, where he worked with two churches in Manchester, Connecticut, one Catholic, one Protestant, where twenty Catholic students and twenty Protestant students come over from Ireland during the Troubles and each respective child of one religion or another stayed for eight weeks in the homes of the opposite religion, i.e., Catholic students stayed in a Protestant's home for two months and vice versa. This cross religious cultural exchange created a sense of bringing the students down to an empathetic human level outside of their homes in Ireland, which was filled with religious conflict. Activities included going to Boston, to a summer camp, and to events of numerous types across New England.
As an advocate for human rights and a literary writer of allegorical social commentary literature, Philip has completed a book of literature advocating women; complete with satire: The Waves of Our Content, 2018. He is currently working on a novel on racism, the first in a series of novels treating significant global social topics for a more sustainable world. Philip resides in Lowell, and enjoys the arts, music, bicycling and sailing.
Dennis McHugh (Director) graduated from Chelmsford High School in 1966 and Harvard College in 1970. After serving with the U. S. Navy in the Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean Sea, and the South China Sea in Vietnam, Dennis graduated from Suffolk Law School with honors in 1976 and has been practicing law in Chelmsford ever since. Dennis has experience in all types of civil matters, including estate planning, elder law, business, personal injury, probate administration, and real estate. He has been appointed a Commissioner by the Land Court and the Probate Court and has served as Guardian Ad Litem in matters of the Probate Court. He is a member of multiple professional organizations. As a community leader, Attorney McHugh served as Chelmsford’s Town Meeting Moderator from 1980 to 2011 and as Library Trustee from 1977 to 1980. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors or as President of numerous civic and business groups including the Chelmsford Scholarship Fund, Inc., Chelmsford Rotary Club, Chelmsford Cultural Council, Chelmsford High School Alumni Association, the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank. He also coaches the Chelmsford High School Mock Trial Team. He was the Chelmsford Business Association Member of the Year and received the Community Service Award from The Chelmsford League of Women Voters in 2011. Attorney McHugh has also been recognized as FIVE STAR Wealth Manager by Boston Magazine. Dennis and his wife, Susan, have two adult children and live in Chelmsford.
Harry Zhu (Director) is the founder and CEO of Wayou Networks, a cloud-based talent showcase and social networking platform to promote performing artists to the entertainment business and China's 1.3 billion viewing audience.
Harry was the founding President for Carbonite China and Asia-Pacific Advisor to Carbonite USA.
Harry started NuGoo Corporation, an online stock trading platform for Chinese investors, and co-invented the NuGooIndex stock trading methodology which produced stock returns of 470% in less than 3 years.
As an entrepreneur with international management experience, he travels extensively to China and lives in Andover, Mass with his wife and two sons.
Harry graduated from Beijing University and Harvard University in Physics with BS & MS degrees, PhD candidate.
Stuart Peskoe (Director) is a three year local interviewer and
HCMV member. Stuart (AB’76cl, Leverett House; SM’77) was elected to the HCMV Board of Directors in June 2019. He is focusing on bringing Harvard-affiliated innovators and creative thought leaders to educate and enlighten Merrimack Valley alumni and guests, and recruiting new members to HCMV.
Stuart and his wife, Barbara Wolfinger, have been North Andover residents since 1981. Daughter Sarah (Harvard SM’15, PhD’17) is a biostatistician research scientist; son Jacob is an AI/Machine Learning research engineer.
Stuart, a high tech engineering executive, retired in 2015 after a 35+ year career in R&D for National Security issues and solutions, most recently at Draper Lab in Cambridge, and is now an investor in high tech start-ups.
Among other volunteer activities, Stuart now mentors North Andover Public School robotics students and club members and judges local and regional robotics competitions.
Larry Morse graduated from Harvard in 1969 and Boston University School of Law in 1975. After practicing with Boston law firms for a number of years, he began practicing on the North Shore in 1987. He has been President of the Harvard Club of Andover since the early 1990s.In 2005, he instituted a tradition of recognition of individuals or groups who have provided outstanding public or private service, leadership or accomplishment to our society. Since then the award has been given to three individuals. In 2007, he arranged for the Club to incorporate. In 2008 -2009, with the rebuilding of the Club, the Officers and an expanded Board of Directors are providing unprecedented leadership and accomplishment in the breadth of events and outreach to the local alumni.
Joel Clinkenbeard graduated from Harvard in 1969 with a degree in math, and, after a stint in the Army, did graduate work at Harvard in linguistics. He spent his career as a software developer and manager at Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq, and Intel, specializing in compilers and development tools. Joel and his wife Jeanette are both now retired. Their daughter Liz, Harvard '01, lives in San Francisco.
Janet Simpson Benvenuti graduated from Harvard Business School (1985) and holds an MS in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Lowell (1982). Currently, she leads Circle of Life Partners, helping families successfully support aging parents and maintain their financial health. Janet has worked as a pharmaceutical executive, a scientist, an admissions officer at the Harvard Business School, and as a management consultant. She serves on several non-profit boards including the Marino Center for Integrative Health and the trustees of the Nashoba Brooks School. Married to Ray Benvenuti (MBA’86), Janet has two children, Eric (Hamilton College) and Katie (Phillips Academy).
JoAnn Ferraro is a Certified Public Accountant and a Director of Freshman & Ferraro, P.C. in Boston specializing in international taxation. She is a graduate of Gorham State College (now the University of Southern Maine) and Harvard University Extension’s CSS program in Management and Administration (1987). JoAnn is a member of the British American business Council of New England, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Massachusetts Society of Public Accountants and the Harvard Club of Boston.
Mike Terry was the owner of Specialized Machine, Inc. a manufacturing company specializing in naval communication antennas for Lockheed Martin and military prototypes including work on Predator and Trident Submarine. He was the 2011 recipient of Distinguished Service Award from Phillips Academy for work on Fundraising and past Co-President of the Parents' Association. Proud father of Jacqueline Lender class of 2016 Harvard.
Michael Gallagher has worked at Enterprise Bank in Lowell, MA and currently serves as the EVP, Chief Risk Officer. Mike has worked in banking for the past 21 years, and prior to that worked in public accounting for 10 years. Previously, Mike has held positions as an Internal Auditor, Security Officer, Compliance Officer, CFO, and Controller.
Mr. Gallagher has served as a Board Member and Board Officer for thirteen Non-Profit Organizations from Massachusetts and New Hampshire over the past decade. Mr. Gallagher has presented on numerous occasions to non-profit groups on strategic planning, board governance, identity theft, information security and security matters.
Mike received his undergraduate from Merrimack College, his MBA from Suffolk University, and graduated from the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire and is a licensed Justice of the Peace.
In his spare time, Mike spends time with his wife and two boys and actively competes in triathlons and marathons. Mike currently resides in Derry, NH.
Harvard Club of Merrimack Valley, Inc. Board of Directors
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