2015 Alumni Association Ballot

All alumni are encouraged to vote in annual Alumni Association leadership elections. Ballots may be submitted through Monday, June 1, 2015.


Meet the Candidates

Each candidate was asked to provide a brief platform statement to support his or her nomination. Click on each name below to display the statement or download the PDF.

  • Lenore DelVecchio ’84 - candidate for Treasurer
    As a current Alumni Association Board Member, I have had the pleasure and privilege of representing the alumni of Emmanuel. I am thrilled to be a candidate for Treasurer and, if elected, look forward to working with the Alumni Board to continue its mission and promote the welfare of the College. As a business owner, I am constantly tracking spending and budget trends and will take the lessons I have learned to the position of Treasurer. I look forward to staying very actively involved in various alumni events and will continue to enjoy connecting with the super–talented and service-oriented alumni community. I am grateful for the education I received at Emmanuel and so proud to be a part of such an amazing team of hardworking and dedicated individuals.
  • Erin Tracy DiGuardia ’08 - candidate for Secretary
    I’m a member of the historic Class of 2008, who concluded the co-ed transition cycle. I majored in Management & Economics with a concentration in Marketing, Media & Design. At the College, I held several student leadership positions as a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, and Admissions Ambassador. I deeply appreciate Emmanuel’s history, admire the rich class traditions and am proud that my EC generation helped lay the foundation for the current student experience. I’ve been an active alumna by attending events, serving on my 5th Reunion Committee, and staying active on social media with fellow alumni. I believe I can offer the Board my advice, connections with fellow alumni, and event management experience. Currently, I’m the Development Coordinator in the Development & Alumni Relations Office at Lasell College. So I understand the importance of representing the alumni voice and engaging alumni in various ways. As Secretary, I will extend my class’s motto, “The Tie That Binds Us,” to the entire alumni community.
  • Judi Getch Brodman ’64 - candidate for Director-at-Large
    I’ve owned two software engineering consulting businesses, was the Director of Software Engineering for GTE with over 120 engineers reporting to me, and traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad meeting with clients and giving presentations. My experience would help the Board present new ideas to the alumni and distill the feedback into real additions to our alumni life, possibly bringing back or increasing alumni participation in Emmanuel’s activities. But I’m not all about engineering. I’m a professional artist and a published writer, which would allow me to reach out to our alums in the arts as well as the sciences. I have been involved with my class reunion committees, the latest being our BIG one last year in which I worked with classmates and College personnel to raise the class donation and plan reunion activities. It would be an honor to be elected to the Alumni Association Board.
  • Maryalice O'Hearn-Yafrate ’65 - candidate for Director-at-Large
    As we approach the amazing event of my Class of 1965's 50th anniversary of graduation from Emmanuel, I feel that I might be of value to the Alumni Association as an active board member. I have inquired of several classmates of my intentions and they were very enthused about my participation. In years past, I have hosted several activities at The Neighborhood Club in Quincy for Emmanuel graduates and their guests. Among these included a luncheon with Sr. Janet Eisner, SND as our keynote speaker. Another gathering was a reenactment of the love between Abigail and John Adams held on the Adams actual property. With assistance from UMASS, I also hosted a very well received Boston Harbor boat cruise at twilight and sunset as a docent explained the history of the Boston Harbor Islands. Every gathering included Emmanuel graduates across the generations and their interest and enthusiasm was well received. For the last several years, I have been in Naples Florida, celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a multitude of graduates from all over the country, both in the parades and at the alumni luncheons. Last year, several of us were invited to a business luncheon hosted by Emmanuel staff to brainstorm about possible ways to encourage better participation for inactive alums.
  • Mary Ann Gillen ’79 - candidate for Director-at-Large
    May 2014 was the month of my 35th reunion at Emmanuel College. It was joyous and enlightening to connect with alumni from across the years. I was struck by how similar we all are whether we graduated 60 years ago or five years ago. That weekend, I decided I wanted to become a member of the Alumni Board. As I served on my 35th reunion committee, it became clear that I had organization and communication skills honed from my careers as an executive at MFS Financial Services, as a self-employed interior designer at Interior Elements and as a volunteer on numerous political campaigns, that could serve the College well. The College needs to continue and expand upon reunion work between the reunion years. I believe as a member of the Board I can play an important role in this regard. This work can be a critical part of ensuring a successful Centennial Celebration in 2019. It would be my distinct honor to serve the College that has given me an education, self-confidence and a lifetime of friendships.
  • Maggie Brutnell ’89 - candidate for Director-at-Large
    As a prior member of the Alumni Board, I understand what an integral role it plays in developing a bond between the College and its graduates. Since my graduation, I contributed both my time and resources to encourage our graduates to participate socially and financially to the College. In addition to being a Board member, I volunteered at several reunion weekends, the 90k fundraiser for the 90th anniversary of Emmanuel and last year, I was an active member of my 25th reunion committee.
  • Meghan Murphy ’06 - candidate for Director-at-Large
    It is an honor to have been nominated to serve on the Alumni Board. Since graduating in 2006, I received my master's degree in social work from Boston College and have worked as a social worker for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and Children's Hospital, staying close to the college that instilled in me the values that guided me toward the profession. I seek to serve on the Alumni Board in appreciation of the education I received and the connections I made and value dearly. I hope to bring new ideas on how alumni can engage with our Alma Mater. Through that engagement, it is my hope that current and future students might have the type of experiences that I enjoyed.
  • Kelly J. DeSisto ’12 - candidate for Director-at-Large
    Thanks to Emmanuel College, I was able to find my true identity and confirm the professional field that I wanted to pursue and be a part of for the rest of my life: higher education and college student development. Personally, I found a newfound appreciation for my faith, the study of theology, and a strong pride for Boston. Professionally, I discovered my drive and passion for higher education and spreading awareness and knowledge about social justice. Throughout my time at Emmanuel College, I was involved with various offices and student leadership positions. These offices included Career Services, Residence Life and Housing, First-Year Experience, Alumni Relations, and other miscellaneous presentation and opportunities to be active on campus. After leaving Emmanuel College, I have presented at the Resident Assistant 2015 winter training about obtaining a social justice lens and have attended numerous alumni events. Although I have stopped by to offer any volunteer work that I can, Emmanuel College is an institution that I want to help prosper, be innovative, and adhere to the needs of its current and former students. The sense of community at Emmanuel College, its true and genuine mission, and the opportunity to hone in on my knowledge of higher education are a few of the many reasons why I am so interested in this position and, most importantly, helping Emmanuel College.
  • Emily Shea ’13 - candidate for Director-at-Large
    I officially graduated in December 2013, and I walked in the May 2014 Graduation Ceremony. Even after I graduated in December, I maintained my connections to Emmanuel, serving as an alumni speaker at Accepted Student Visit Day, and an Alumni Sponsor for the annual Genesis Ceremony, and participating in the 5K Run in November. During my three-and-a-half years with the school, I was an Admissions Ambassador, on the Executive Board of the 1804 Society, and a writing tutor in the Academic Resource Center. Getting to know as many people in the community as possible has always been important to me, so I would love the opportunity to expand and grow my alumni network. I am currently the Youth Employment Coordinator for Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), Boston's main anti-poverty agency. Given this professional perspective and my status as a very recent graduate, I hope to further Emmanuel's connections to the larger Boston community and to involve more young graduates in the work of the Board.


Official 2015 Ballot

Voting ends on Monday, June 1, 2015.

Thank you for your interest! Voting has now closed.