Philanthropist Mary C. DeFeudis to direct community outreach and fundraising efforts

July 3, 2007

WORCESTER, Mass.—The UMass Memorial Foundation, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises private philanthropic support for the designated fundraising priorities of the private, nonprofit UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc. and its public academic partner, the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), elected Mary C. DeFeudis as chair of its board of directors during its annual meeting in June. Ms. DeFeudis will serve a two-year term as chair, and her term will end at Foundation’s annual meeting in 2009.

A native of Worcester and resident of Northborough, Ms. DeFeudis has a long history of philanthropy and service to the Medical School and UMass Memorial, in addition to organizations throughout Central Massachusetts. In her capacity as chair, she will assist the Foundation’s staff in initiatives to bolster community and foundation financial support for research and patient care initiatives. DeFeudis has a particular interest in the promotion of efforts to support cancer research and care, and is enthusiastic about advancing other initiatives at UMass Memorial and UMMS related to patient care and research, such as RNAi, a powerful gene-silencing tool and potential therapy for numerous diseases.

DeFeudis also currently serves as chairwoman of Sharks Charities for Worcester’s American Hockey League franchise. She is a member of the board of trustees of Nichols College, the board of directors of the Worcester Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Hope Lodge. She is also an investor, and serves on the board of directors of the new Hanover Grand Palace Theater for the Performing Arts.

In addition to DeFeudis, several Foundation officers were elected for two-year terms to expire during the 2009 annual meeting. UMMS Professor of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation and Pediatrics Arthur M. Pappas, MD, will serve as vice chair of the board of directors, while Agnes E. Kull, CPA, and Pamela A. Massad, Esq. will act as treasurer and secretary, respectively.

Also elected to the Foundation’s board of directors to serve three-year terms, which will expire at the annual meeting in 2010, were Ralph D. Crowley, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Polar Beverages, and Stephen E. Tosi, MD, UMass Memorial’s chief medical officer and assistant professor of surgery at UMMS.

The following individuals were elected to serve as Foundation corporators for five-year terms, which will expire at the 2012 annual meeting: Thomas D. Manning, MA, deputy chancellor for Commonwealth Medicine and Strategic Facilities Planning at UMMS; Edwin T. Shea, Jr., who serves as the Central Massachusetts market president for Bank of America; and Paul T. Zekos, president of The Zekos Group in Shrewsbury.

Corporators serve in an honorary capacity and play an important and integral role in the Foundation’s work by serving as advocates for the mission and goals of UMass Memorial and UMMS and by promoting the development of the Foundation as a centerpiece and driving philanthropic force for the institutions in achieving their individual and mutual goals. Corporators also support the Foundation’s annual and capital initiatives through personal contributions, and serve on the Foundation’s committees and attend its annual meeting.


About the UMass Memorial Foundation
The UMass Memorial Foundation welcomes donations on behalf of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care. The Foundation was established in 1998 as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation to benefit the Medical School and the health care system. Through the careful and responsible stewardship of donated funds, the Foundation forms a vital partnership between contributors and health care professionals, educators and researchers to facilitate advancements in medical research, patient care and the education of tomorrow's medical professionals. Visit the UMass Memorial Foundation at

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