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Advisory Board

Alumni & Partners

The Robert J. Manning School of Business alumni exemplify our mission of creating global business leaders. Alumni continue to enhance the student experience at the Manning School of Business in numerous ways – as invited speakers, career advisors and mentors, providing input ans suggestions on our programs and curricula, hosting student interns and co-ops, attending alumni networking functions, and serving as judges and evaluators for student presentations.  Our alumni network grows stronger with each graduating class, and we are always excited to have alumni share their expertise and insights with our students and faculty. We encourage alumni to visit our social media channels (LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook) and subscribe to The Manning Experience weekly newsletter to receive updates on news and events, or email: for information on ways you can get involved.

The Robert J. Manning School of Business Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is composed of a group of successful business executives, many of whom are UMass Lowell alumni. Its primary purpose is to provide feedback and direction to the dean and the faculty in the college. Annual strategic plans and priorities are reviewed on a regular basis as are opportunities and challenges facing the college. The members of the Advisory Board also take an active role in curriculum review and other student and professional activities within the college. All board members support either the Advisory Board Endowment Fund or their own personal endowment fund dedicated to providing financial support to the college.

Advisory Board Members

Gerald (Jerry) Colella '78, '19 (Honorary), Chair
Chairman of the Board, MKS Instruments, Inc.

David J. Ameen ‘84
Senior Vice President - Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Lorna Boucher '86
Chief Marketing Officer, Instinet

Jack Clancy ‘80
Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Bank

Mark Cocozza ‘71
Chairman, Highline United International

Christine M. (Chris) Cournoyer '71
Chief Executive Officer, N of One

Edward (Ed) Gallagher ‘84
Senior Vice President (retired), Northeast Division, Comcast Business Services 

Jonathan (Jon) Geanakos '84
President, Americas, JLL Capital Markets

John D. Geraci, CPA, MST ‘97
Co-Managing Partner, Principal LitmanGerson Associates, LLP

Richard (Dick) Grande ‘72
Managing Director, First Republic Private Wealth Management

David C. (Dave) Laurello ‘81, MBA ‘88
President, CEO & Chairman, Stratus Technologies

Christopher (Chris) MacKenzie, CPA, MST ‘84
Office Managing Partner, RSM US LLP

Stuart Mandell, HC ‘11
University Professor of Marketing, Emeritus, Founder, College of Management

Robert J. Manning ‘84 HC '11
Chairman and CEO, MFS Investment Company

Roberta McCollum MBA ’99
Partner, Ardito, Toscano & McCollum

Ashwin Mehta
Faculty, CEO Tariva, Inc.

John Pulichino ‘67
Chairman and CEO, Group III International Ltd

Doug Reader, '83
President, Slimfast

James (Jim) Regan ‘88
President & CEO, DCU

Brian Rist '77
CEO, Storm Smart

Todd Schermerhorn ‘82
Senior Vice President/CFO (retired), C.R.Bard, Inc.

Darlene Steffen ’76
Retired, Deere & Company
Certified Financial Planner, Life Planning Solutions, LLC

Joseph (Joe) L. Vaillancourt ‘90
Managing Partner, Venture Enterprises

Jack M. Wilson, Ph.D.
President Emeritus and University Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Emerging Technologies & Innovation, UMass Lowell

Mike Zuccaro '83
Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis, Akebia Therapeutics