Richard Juknavorian ’98 gets involved in the university whenever he can. From mentoring students competing in the DifferenceMaker idea challenge to serving as co-chair on the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences advisory board, he enjoys helping to make an impact on students’ lives.

After earning a master’s degree in health information management in 1998, Juknavorian was invited by professors to speak to students about his health care experiences. This turned into an eight-year adjunct teaching position while he worked full time at various organizations in the health care technology field. He continues to participate in events, mentor students and work with advancement to raise funds for scholarships.

“Every time I interact with students, it’s such a phenomenal experience,” says Juknavorian. “UMass Lowell provides tremendous opportunities for real-world learning, and these students make the most of it. The reason why I give monthly to the university is because I have faith that the funds will get directly into the hands of students and build upon the university’s success.”

In more than 25 years in industry, Juknavorian has held executive positions leading product management and strategy, business development and launches of digital health commercial solutions. In his latest role as chief product officer at RevenueWell, Juknavorian helps dentists digitize their offices for more online patient engagement. 

About a year ago, he launched the podcast “Meeting You Where You’re At,” which features interviews with women entrepreneurs and leaders who impact social change.

“Nearly all founders, entrepreneurs and CEOs who I mentor or advise are women, so I wanted to create a platform for amplifying their work,” says Juknavorian. 

He recently hosted a live taping of the podcast on campus, which featured Angela Liu, director of strategy and growth at Hack.Diversity.