UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS-WORCESTER AWARDS 160 DEGREES AT 33rd COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES JUNE 4

June 4, 2006 

WORCESTER, Mass.- The University of Massachusetts--Worcester today awarded 160 degrees, including two honorary degrees, at its 33rd commencement exercises held at Mechanics Hall. Graduates of the three schools that make up UMass Worcester-the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the Graduate School of Nursing-were inspired by keynote speaker Catherine DeAngelis, MD, MPH, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association, whose own career has included roles as a registered nurse, an early advocate of nurse practitioners, an epidemiological researcher, an academic, and a practicing physician. 

Dr. DeAngelis was recently recognized by the National Library of Medicine in its "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians" exhibition-now on display in the UMMS Lamar Soutter library-that celebrates the lives and careers of some of America's extraordinary women physicians from the 19th century to the present day. In her current role as editor-in-chief of JAMA, DeAngelis has made a special effort to publish substantive scientific articles on women's health issues. A prolific writer, she has authored or edited 11 books on pediatrics and medical education and has published hundreds of original articles, chapters, editorials, and abstracts. Much of her recent writing focuses on conflicts of interest in medicine, on women in medicine, and on medical education. 

UMass Worcester Chancellor and Dean of the Medical School Aaron Lazare, MD, presided over the commencement ceremonies at which were presented 93 doctor of medicine degrees, including one MD/PhD; 25 doctor of philosophy degrees; and, in nursing, 32 master of science degrees, four post-master's certificates and four doctor of philosophy degrees.  Honorary degrees were awarded to Barbara R. Greenberg, a community leader in Central Massachusetts, and Paul La Camera, who with his wife Mimi established the UMass Medical School Parents Association. 

A civic-minded and generous community leader, Greenberg has volunteered her time and talent for decades to many Worcester organizations, including the United Way of Central Massachusetts, Temple Emmanuel and Girls, Inc. In 1975, upon the death of her first husband, she embraced a new role as a business leader, assuming the positions of President and Treasurer of Winter Hill Frozen Foods, a family-owned company. She would later serve on Winter Hill's Board of Directors for 15 years. 

Greenberg's service to the University of Massachusetts Medical School began when she became a member of the University of Massachusetts Hospital Management Board.  Her support and critical insight were particularly invaluable during the merger of UMass Medical School's clinical system with Memorial Hospital in 1998, and the subsequent establishment of UMass Memorial Health Care. Since that time, Greenberg has continued to be a vital force for UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial as a member of the UMass Memorial Foundation Board of Directors. Appointed Chair in 2003, Greenberg has touted the expertise of the institution's educators, investigators, and clinicians to others. Further, she has led by example through the establishment, with her husband Nathan, of the Barbara and Nathan Greenberg Chair in Biomedical Research at the Medical School, held by Professor Elliot J. Androphy, MD. 

La Camera, General Manager of WBUR-AM, began his close relationship with the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1993 when his son Peter was a first-year student; that year, he and his wife established the UMass Medical School Parents Association, a vital organization that helps to smooth the path through medical school for other parents and their children by creating an outlet for them to share common experiences, meet with faculty and staff, and engage in fund-raising opportunities for academic initiatives.  La Camera also was instrumental in securing funding from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation to establish a $250,000 endowment for the William Randolph Hearst Young Investigator on Aging Award at UMass Medical School.  A 1966 graduate of Boston University's College of Communications, La Camera worked at WCVB-TV for some 30 years, most recently serving as the station's president and CEO before joining WBUR-AM in September 2005. 

Class speakers were Tobin Abraham (School of Medicine); Destin Heilman (Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences); and Patricia A. MacCulloch (Graduate School of Nursing). Degree recipients are listed alphabetically by town on the following pages. 

School of Medicine: Doctor of Medicine  (93)
 
Acton   Allison Paroskie
Allston   David M. Finkelstein, Mikael Xiang Lee
Andover  Eve Leah Klein, Kiran Veena Raman
Arlington  Leo Francis Doherty III, Kerry Jeanne Murphy, Anand N. Shridharani
Belchertown Eugene James Boss
Belmont  Laura Elizabeth Bothwell, Julie Geary Rissmiller
Boston   Nathan Jacob Aranson, Henry Chou, Lina Cassandra Vawter
Boxborough Tara Neubert Kumaraswami
Brockton  Atizazul Hassan Mansoor
Brookline  Jacob Raemer Brodsky
Cambridge   Thomas Fong-Jen Chang, Nicole Brooke Korbly, Michael Douglas Perloff, John Fitzpatrick Sullivan
Canton   Brian Duggan Petroni
Chelmsford  Melindy M. Ciulla, Jennifer E. Cyrkler
Chicopee  Eric Christopher Kosinski
Concord  Sharon Phillips Benattabou
Danvers  Alemnesh Mesfin Tekle
Dartmouth  Michael Robert Kelly
Dorchester  Katherine Margaret Berg
Duxbury  Meghan Mary O'Brien
Easthampton Mark Stephen Johnson
Fairhaven  Keith Douglas Medeiros
Fall River  Keith Fragoza
Feeding Hills Rita Prabodh Reshamwala
Foxborough Elizabeth Campbell Mitchell
Hadley   Maria Grace Gallo, Tyler Jay West
Jefferson  Kenneth E. Johnson
Lexington  Matthew Phillip Hill, Andrea Bettacchi Urban
Lincoln   Nicholas Wyatt Miller
Longmeadow Bevin Elizabeth Kenney
Lunenberg  Theodore R. Hartenstein, Deborah Kelly
Marblehead  Kevin Richard Schwartz
Mattapoisett Douglas Robinson Hunt
Medfield  Keith Richard Dominick, Robert Jonathan Hyde
Medford  Bradley Judson
Methuen  Francesca Lynne Beaudoin
Nahant   Jason Andrew Silva
Needham  Matthew Joseph Hitron, Tanya Dhiren Shah
New Bedford Craig L. Longo, Joseph Stephens McLaughlin, Caitlin O. Saint-Aubin
Newburyport Micah Lanford Hemani
Newton   Monica Kapoor, Matthew James Logalbo, David A. Mintzer, Rachel Beth Siegel
Newton Centre  Daniel Gorman Kramer
Northampton Courtney Anne Carpenter, Emily Blanche Sagalyn
N. Andover   Sheila Leah Arvikar, Laura Jean Sacco
Northborough Emily Kathleen Hogan
North Easton Allison Marie Hargreaves
Osterville  Lara Antkowiak
Pittsfield  Jeanne Marie Cawse-Lucas
Plymouth  Jaisa Samantha Olasky
Princeton  Jeffrey David Mailhot
Quincy   Sejal Pankaj Patel
Raynham  Michael Charles Previti
Revere    David Bruce Gilchrist
Roxbury  Angie N. Ross
Salem   Cecilia Macri Kipnis
Shrewsbury  Tobin Mathew Abraham, Brigid Barry McKenna
Somerville  Megan Moore Donohue, Suzanne B. Klainer
Southborough Jeffrey R. Tenney*
South Hadley Nancy Tulathimutte
Sudbury  Saritha Dhruvakumar
Sutton   Brittany Marie Weber
Tewksbury  Nicole Renee LeBoeuf
Wellesley  Emily Healy Groom
Westford  Kathleen M. O'Brien
Westwood  Benjamin Powell Christian
Whitman  Brett Allan Hassan
Wilmington  David Joseph Fish
Woburn   Kenneth Joseph Walton
Worcester  Jennifer L. Meyer
 

* Jeffrey R. Tenney will receive both an MD and PhD 

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy  (25)
 
Amherst  Brian T. Bennett
Brookfield  Pamela James
Chelmsford  Benjamin Haley
Clinton   Elizabeth Anne Corey
Pittsfield  Vanessa Rose Melanson
Shrewsbury  Zhiliang Cheng
Southborough Jeffrey R. Tenney*
Sutton    Daniel Walter Young
Watertown  Jennifer A. Calvo
Webster  Destin Heilman
Westborough Dianne S. Schwarz
Worcester  Ritu R. Bradley, Thomas Charles Cronin
Worcester  Carey Lynn Medin, Mary Theresa Pickering, Nunciada Salma, Charles Fenton Towne
Piedmont, CA   Shalyn Catherine Clute
San Diego, CA   Cheng-Rui Li
Tustin, CA    Jeffrey Scott Rogers
Lakewood, CO   Christopher Graybill
St. Louis, MO   Joshua Fischer
Lewisville, TX   Seung Wook Oh
Chuoki, Kobe, Japan Nobutaka Saeki
Zurich, Switzerland  Susanne Trautmann
*Jeffrey R. Tenney will receive both an MD and PhD
 
 

Graduate School of Nursing
Master of Science (32)
 
Auburn    Deirdre Carroll Donahue
Feeding Hills  Terri Gardner
Florence   Casey L. Fowler
Framingham  Elizabeth Ann Wilson
Grafton    Kerri A. Ellis, Mary E. Galdauskas
Granby    Donna M. Harmon
Holden    Cynthia Ann Palmgren
Hopedale   Sandra Lee Thorton Leiby, Suzanne Fahey Ragonese
Hudson    Patricia A. MacCulloch
Marlborough  Michelle Marie Wood Kanavos
Northborough  Elizabeth S. Royer, Kathleen E. Brule
Paxton    Margaret S. Ahearn 
Rutland    Susan M. Alix, Melissa Dunn
Shrewsbury   Michelle J. Ciszewski
Sturbridge   Paula M. Shonak
Wales    Ellen M. Rearick
Waltham   Gretchen Olsen
Ware    Jason A. Lacroix
Watertown   Martha Powers
Webster   Nichole Marie Mailloux, Katerina Magdalene Lefort
Whitinsville  Richard J. Linnell
Winchendon  Michelle L. Smith
Worcester    Edward Walter Arndt III, Dawn Marie McDougal, Jan Brozovsky, Kathy V. Pulda
Rochester, NH  Jennifer E. McEachern

Post Master's Certificate (4)          
Ware    Kathleen H. Coulombe
Upton    Pamela D. Kutzer
W. Springfield  Almaneta G. Lee
Lawrence   Patricia A. Scala
 

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (4) 
Lakeville   Michele DeGrazia, MS, RN
Worcester   Katharine  O'Dell, RN, CNM
Spencer    Mary T. Reed, MS, RN
Middletown, CT Barbara Aronson, MS, RN
 
 

The University of Massachusetts Worcester was created in l962 by an act of the Massachusetts legislature to enable state residents to study medicine at an affordable cost, and to increase the number of primary care physicians practicing in underserved areas of the state.  The School of Medicine accepted its first class of 16 students in 1970 and now accepts 100 students per class. Today, the 67-acre campus is comprised of the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (opened in 1979), and the Graduate School of Nursing (opened in 1986). The Medical School has consistently ranked among the top medical schools in the country for primary care, and this year was ranked fourth among the 125 schools nationwide. One of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country, UMMS attracts more than $174 million in research funding annually and is on the leading edge of medical research into human disease and treatment. 

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