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MCLA ANNOUNCES NEWEST MBA ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree program at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces two new members recently joined its MBA Advisory Board. They are David W. Curtis, president of Cape Catalyst and an economic development specialist for 1Berkshire, and June Roy-Martin, vice president of 1Berkshire and vice president of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. 

MCLA’s MBA Advisory Board also includes recent members Jonathan Denmark and David Crane, who joined the Board in November 2015.

“We have an outstanding group of business and community leaders who serve on our MBA Advisory Board,” said Dr. Nancy Ovitsky, director of MCLA’s MBA program. “They have expertise in many of the most important business and nonprofit sectors in our region – arts and culture, financial and economic services, business and community development, hospitality and tourism, advanced manufacturing and healthcare – and as such provide vital insight into the current and future roles and responsibilities available to our MBA graduates.

“We are especially pleased to have two MCLA MBA alumni join the Advisory Board; Katrina Slosek Cardillo and Molly Guest,” Ovitsky continued. “Their experiences in the program provide the student perspective we need to understand what our students seek from their graduate school experience.”

Curtis is president of Cape Catalyst in Stockbridge, a strategic business and economic development consultancy, and an economic development specialist for 1Berkshire in the Berkshires.

A graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Rochester, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, Curtis previously was a managing partner at Entrepreneurial Resource System in Centerville, and president and chief executive officer for The Community Bank.

Roy-Martin, the vice president of 1Berkshire, also has served as the vice president of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce since January 2013. Previously, she was employed by Qualprint in Pittsfield for more than 27 years, most recently as its manager of communications and human resources.

Her volunteer work includes service as the clerk for the Berkshire United Way Board of Directors. She has served on the boards of Downtown Pittsfield Inc., and the Berkshire Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. She also has been chair of the scholarship committee for the Berkshire Business and Professional Women’s Organization.

Roy-Martin is a graduate of the Isenberg School of Management at UMASS-Amherst, where she earned her MBA, and also of Bridgewater State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. She is a recipient of the Ester Quinn Award and the Girls’ Inc. “She Knows Where She is Going" award, and was recognized by Berkshire Business and Professional Women as a “Woman of Achievement.”

Denmark is the president and chief operating officer for Coakley, Pierpan, Dolan and Collins Insurance Agency (CPDC), headquartered in North Adams. Prior to joining CPDC, he served for nearly 10 years in expanding insurance agency leadership roles in Berkshire County, ultimately managing the Life, Health and Financial Services Division of Berkshire Insurance Group.

He earned his MBA at the Isenberg School of Management at UMASS-Amherst, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UMASS-Amherst. Denmark serves as a board member for Berkshire Carousel, and is on the Institutional Review Board for Austen Riggs. He also is a member and volunteer with Congregation Knesset Israel.

Crane is the owner and chairman of Excelsior Companies – Excelsior Printing and Excelsior Integrated LLC – and the director of MountainOne Financial Partners. Previously, he served as a senior executive and board member for Crane and Co., Inc., of Dalton, including as its director for six years and chief financial officer for eight years.

Crane earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in engineering sciences, environmental studies from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., and his MBA from the University of Chicago in Chicago, Ill.

Other board members include Katrina Slosek Cardillo ’07, MBA ’13; Molly Guest ’12, MBA ’15; and Peter Strasiowski – all of whom joined the Board in July 2015.  Steve Adams began his service in 2014, and Paul Haklisch joined in 2012. Nancy Fitzpatrick, Nancy Kalodner, Sheila Keator and Kim Noltemy have served since the Board’s creation in 2010.

In addition, MCLA’s MBA Advisory Board includes Ovitsky, and other members of the campus community: Joshua Mendel, associate director of admissions in the Office of Admission; Margery Steinberg, Ph.D., adjunct faculty member and consultant; and Howard “Jake” Eberwein III, Ed.D., dean of graduate and continuing education.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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