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Leaders. Mentors. Professionals.
Our hard-working, engaged students are the heart and soul of Curry College, and everything we do is focused on their success on campus and beyond.
That commitment to our students starts with our faculty, who bring a wealth of real-world experience and diverse perspectives to the classrooms, studios, and labs on campus.
The result is a well-prepared alumni base of over 15,000 strong, employed in organizations large and small around the globe, developing the next generation of leaders in the classroom, caring for patients in operating rooms and healthcare facilities, spreading news and entertainment in front of the camera and behind the microphone, volunteering and serving their communities, and much more!
Engaged, Career-focused Students
Krystal Kizito ‘22: Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice major Krystal Kizito ‘22 received real-world experience in an emerging field of law enforcement focused on collaborative community-based solutions. She was the first intern for the organization Operation 2 Save Lives (O2SL) & QRT National, which was co-founded by Scott Allen, an Associate Lecturer at Curry and former Chief of Police for the town of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
Sarah Doran ’22: Elementary Education
Sarah Doran ’22, an Elementary Education major, presented at TEACHAPALOOZA, an Educator Rising Conference for students in teacher preparation programs throughout New Hampshire. For her presentation titled “Shaping the Future With Coding-Why is it Meaningful?” Doran discussed and demonstrated robotic tools that can be used to teach coding skills to young students.
Rosedina Blanc '22: Dance, Health & Wellness
For Rosedina Blanc ‘22, the connection between dance and health is beautifully unified. Inspired by Jean Appolon, Curry’s ’21-’22 Artist-in-Residence, Blanc decided to further explore this connection through an independent studio project. She connected her Community Health and Wellness major to her Dance minor by working with the greater community, showing how dance can be used as a catalyst for physical health, mental health, and healing trauma.
Alexa Hinton '23: Public Relations
Alexa Hinton '23 wasn't exactly sure what she wanted to do with her major when she came to Curry, due to the many options offered. After taking some classes and having the chance to explore those options, Alexa found that public relations best aligned with her goal to work in corporate communication or human resources after Curry.
Gladys Flores '22: Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice major Gladys Flores ’22 received the ultimate professional legal experience while a student at Curry, interning as a paralegal with the U.S. Department of Labor. Her role was to support attorneys by conducting legal research, writing legal memos, and giving her input on certain aspects of cases. She also attended seminars where interns were taught the major laws that the Department of Labor uses to enforce for workers' rights.
Amanda Wood '22: Psychology
With hopes of one day becoming a school psychologist, Amanda Wood ’22, a Psychology major with a minor in education from Tokyo, Japan, chose Curry College to help put that plan into action.
Anthony Johnson '24: Sport and Recreation Management
Sport and recreation management major Anthony Johnson '24 is on track to learn and explore a career as a tennis coach, an outlook that will center on his love for the sport. When he is not playing and training for the Curry Men's Tennis team, he coaches young students at the Franklin Park Tennis Association and Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center.
Kelsey LaRose '22: Biochemistry
Growing up, Kelsey LaRose ’22 always enjoyed science. But it was at Curry where she discovered a love for math and chemistry, subjects that she often struggled with in high school. Now, she’s a calculus tutor and conducts new research in the state-of-the-art Science and Research Center.
Mathieu Gokas: 5th Year MBA '22
As a 5th Year MBA candidate, Mathieu Gokas '21, MBA '22 is on his way to earning two degrees in just five years. While an undergraduate at Curry, he narrowed his career interests to marketing, project management and sales. Yet, he says he’s gained much more from his classes than the ins and outs of the business world.
Ardani Mello-Daigneault ’23: Education
When Ardani Mello-Daigneault '23 was considering schools, he knew he wanted to stay close to home in Brookline. But he selected Curry for more than its proximity. The College offered a small close community, a stellar education program, and with PAL, a unique team of people and tools to support students with learning disabilities.
Michael Pellegrini ’22: Accounting
In the summer of 2021, accounting major and finance minor Michael Pellegrini ’22 skipped the pool and jumped instead into the world of finance and investments as a client services intern with leading global investment manager MFS Investment Management.
Kat Neal '23: Biochemistry
In the summer of 2021, Biochemistry major Kat Neal ’23 received real-world research experience through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University. The Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences program offers a ten week, mentored research experience for students interested in pursuing future PhD or MD/PhD studies.
Jesse Cinquini '22: Communication
In the spring of 2021, the New York Knicks clinched a playoff spot for the first time in nearly a decade and Jesse Cinquini '22 was among a team of sportswriters covering the historic event. The basketball enthusiast and communication major works as a features writer for The Knicks Wall and contributes to SB Nation's Grizzly Bear Blues, covering the Memphis Grizzlies and CelticsBlog, covering the Boston Celtics, among other news outlets.
Hailey DeCoffe '21: Education (M.Ed '22)
Supporting social-emotional learning for middle school students is critical to academic success, according to research led by Hailey DeCoffe '21 M.Ed '22. In the summer of 2021, Hailey presented her findings to roughly 1,300 aspiring educators at the Educators Rising Annual National Conference. The virtual event brought together hundreds of high school students from across the U.S. who aspire to join the education field and enter undergraduate teacher education programs.
Gatto, MacDougall and Shields '21: Criminal Justice
Seniors Devin Gatto, Kristy MacDougall, and Bella Shields added the title of academic author to their resumes in the spring of 2021. The three joined Dr. Jen Balboni to research and publish a new analysis of the deaths of Philandro Castile and Ahmaud Arbery that will be featured in the 2022 edition of the Encyclopedia on the History of American Racial Violence.
Josh Goldstein '21: Business
Josh Goldstein ’21 was among a select cohort of 25 students - including peers from Boston College, Bentley University, Babson College, College of the Holy Cross, Princeton University, Yale University, and the University of Southern California – that worked this summer with global investment banking and wealth management leader, UBS Financial Services.
Aviva Hollander ’23: PAL/Sociology
Aviva Hollander ’23 believes that Curry PAL students are uniquely equipped to manage new challenges due to the ongoing pandemic. “We automatically work harder to get through our classes because of our learning disabilities. I think PAL students are already adapting to a world that wasn’t made for us."
Jenna McCarriston ’22: Criminal Justice
When the coronavirus pandemic kept police officers from their day-to-day community outreach, some turned to social media as a platform to read and share books with children in their district. This neighborly outreach has seen wide adoption among police departments across the country, including in Lynn, Mass, where Jenna McCarriston ’22 spearheaded the new “Lynn Badges and Books” literacy program.
Ismae Bailey '21: Forensic Science and Biology
Ismae Bailey, a double major in Forensic Science and Biology, has worked diligently to achieve her dream of becoming a forensic pathologist. Between a full schedule of academics, student government, and community service work, Ismae returns home to Las Vegas every summer and winter break to shadow the Coroner at the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Tristan Paredes ’21: 5th Year Master's in Criminal Justice
Intending to become a police officer, as a high school senior, Tristan Paredes selected Curry College for its first-class criminal justice program, small class sizes, and the unique support model provided by the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL). Now, four years later, the senior is gaining a head start on his career in blue by earning both his undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in five years, saving on both tuition and time.
Catherine Fitzgerald ’23: Criminal Justice
Leading online news platform BostInno recently released its annual 25 Under 25 Awards List, which honors some of the brightest young minds of 2020 in Massachusetts. Among the list of exceptional Boston teen and college-age technologists and entrepreneurs from prestigious institutions including Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, and Tufts, is Curry College student Catherine Fitzgerald.
Mackenzie Rider '21: Sociology and Biology
As a first-year student, Mackenzie Rider started her career at Curry College as a biology major, with the goal of studying dental medicine. But soon, the commuter student from Attleboro discovered a broader journey at the College, filled with the exploration of new interests, opportunities, and experiences. She found a new passion in sociology, and now as a double major has forged forward with as many of her interests as possible.
Zoltan Eross '21: 5th Year MBA
For Zoltan Eross ’20, the decision to continue graduate school at Curry in the 5th Year MBA Program was a “win-win-win” decision. Getting a Master of Business Administration degree meant he would expand his job prospects, advance his collegiate ice hockey career, and gain new training from his favorite faculty mentors.
Taylor Shaughnessy '22: Business Administration
“I knew I wanted to study business and that I work best in a small classroom setting. I wanted a school that could ensure I would have one-on-one time with professors, and I like the ability to ask questions frequently in class or get any additional support,” says Plymouth native Taylor Shaughnessy. “I also wanted to stay close to home and my family so that on any given weekend, I could buzz home. Curry was a perfect fit.”
Lillie Acoff '21: Sociology
By the time Lillie Acoff entered Curry College as a First-Year student, she was already making an impact in her community in Boston, working with families affected by domestic violence. Now, a Sociology major, she’s bringing her passion for making a difference to campus as an orientation leader, a resident assistant, and a mentor for students of color.
Proud, Successful Alumni
Laurie Lessage '10: CFO
Laurie Lessage ’10 was named Chief Financial Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City in 2022. The 125-year-old nonprofit is the nation’s first and the city’s largest youth mentoring organization with the mission to build and support mentoring relationships to ignite the biggest possible futures for youth. “I was honored to be selected," said Lessage. "The mission of Big Brothers really aligned with my core values.”
Luke Robitaille ’22: Communication
Months before he and his classmates walked across the stage at Commencement, Luke Robitaille ’22 had already secured his post-graduation career plans. Robitaille is a full-time Digital Content Producer for the New England Revolution, a role he accepted during the fall 2021 semester. With strong ambition and the help of his dedicated faculty, Robitaille completed his degree, all while producing engaging and lively content for a professional soccer team.
Felicity Monfils '21: Criminal Justice
Criminal justice alumna Felicity Monfils ‘21 won the Alpha Phi Sigma Student Member Achievement Award, a national award from the criminal justice honors society. Nominated students must make an extraordinary contribution to their local chapter of the honors society, demonstrate leadership of a chapter or campus project, and have an overall record of achievement.
Sam Landy '82: Business
Nearly 40 years removed from his undergraduate experience, Sam Landy '82 has proven himself to be more than a quick study during a successful career as a property developer and also as a leader in the horse industry and in his community. For many years, Sam and his family have been generous donors to the College’s annual fund. Their most recent gift to the College is the Landy Family Student Services Area, a campus hub that houses the study abroad program, writing center, presentation center, and more.
Lisa Bello '04: Communication
Lisa Bello '04 was convinced that she would never go to college. In her mind, the military was the only place for her to be accepted and to thrive…that is, until she discovered Curry College. Upon her arrival at Curry, Lisa began to discover herself and most importantly, her potential as a student and as a leader. “I wasn't the best student, but I knew that the small and welcoming environment at Curry could nurture me into being the best version of myself, and it did.”
Rachel Dumond '21: Biochemistry
Rachel Dumond '21, a biochemistry major, was accepted to the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, which admits roughly two percent of applications for approximately 140 students per class. "To be able to say that I was admitted to my top choice is unreal. Curry's science faculty and the dedication they have for their students place Curry pre-meds on a pretty much equal playing field with students from bigger colleges."
Nicole Bousquet ’21: Public Relations
In her public relations internship at Hollywood Agency, a nationally recognized PR and integrated communications firm based in Hingham, Mass., Nicole Bousquet ’21 got an inside look at agency life and decided it was her desired path after graduation. She now works as an Assistant Account Executive at Matter Communications, an award-winning PR firm in Boston.
Melissa Greener, MACJ '07
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice alumna Melissa Greener ’07 made history in the Randolph Police Department when she was recently sworn in as the first female commander in the department’s history. “Being the first female commander is special. It's a great honor and responsibility that I take very seriously in not only being a great role model to female officers but to all officers. It means the Chief believes in my leadership and commitment to the department and community.”
Monique Magras '21: Education
She may have just finished her studies as a new college graduate, but Monique Magras is returned to the classroom immediately in the summer of 2021. The young Curry alumna was selected as part of the 2021 cohort of the Teach for America program, one of the largest K-12 educational nonprofits dedicated to creating equity in education.
Samantha Valletta '13: Communication
Communication alum and actor/producer Samantha Valletta '13 has been giving back to the state of Massachusetts in a big way. In an upcoming short film, “Let Tomorrow Be,” Samantha teamed up with rising North Shore filmmaker Peter Nogueira, benefiting a variety of Massachusetts small businesses, which were drastically impacted throughout the course of the pandemic.
Diane Carugati ’78: Psychology
Diane Carugati ’78 has devoted her career to advocating for the health of women in crisis. Immediately after graduating from Curry College, Diane Carugati moved to Cape Cod. It was there that she landed the job that would manifest itself into a lifelong calling.
Bob Arnesen ’93: Business
As a business student studying marketing and finance, Bob Arnesen ’93 never initially pictured himself in the life sciences industry. Still, the sales and business development leader started in healthcare early in his career and never turned back. What he enjoys most about his work as Co-Founder and President of eClinical Solutions is helping customers reach their goals, and as he says, “connect the dots.”
Teryk Jang-Lapchak '20: Biology
In late 2020, biology major Teryk Jang-Lapchak ’20 joined the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a nation-leading biomedical and genomic research center located in Cambridge, Mass., as a Process Development Associate.
Dr. Zachary Gross '11: Community Health & Wellness
Dr. Zachary Gross started his dream role this summer as a geriatric and internal medicine physician at Cape Cod Healthcare and Perfect Health, Inc., a primary care practice that offers visits to seniors in their homes. Still, he says his path to realize his aspiration of becoming a practicing physician today wasn't a straight one; he would describe it as a journey with a zig or zag along the way. Dr. Gross whole-heartedly believes his success in medicine today ties directly to his time at Curry College.
Tiana Delano '20: Psychology
As a first-year student, Tiana Delano '20 was 'terrified' to speak in class or in front of others. Yet recently, the former psychology major made history as the first recent graduate to present on her undergraduate research at the 2020 Annual World Congress on Learning Disabilities Conference.
Brenda Perez '04: MACJ
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice alumna Brenda Perez ’04 recently made history in the Brockton Police Department. She was officially sworn in as the first female police lieutenant by Mayor Robert Sullivan and Police Chief Manny Gomes in the summer of 2020.
Katherine Tenney '20: Nursing
During her clinical rotations in Boston, then-School of Nursing student Katherine Tenney '20 began to notice how few grocery stores were located in urban neighborhoods throughout the city. Areas without direct access to whole grains or fresh produce are known as "food deserts." As part of her work in the Honors Program, Tenney researched and wrote the journal article, "Food Insecurity and Implications for Nursing Practice," which was recently accepted to be published by the professional journal, Imprint!, produced by the National Student Nurses' Association.
Courtney Lee '17: Communication
Courtney Lee is making it happen as the WFIRST Social Media and Outreach Coordinator and Video Producer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. But when she started at Curry, she wasn’t even sure what “it” was. “My senior year of high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I thought, ‘I’m good at talking and I like celebrities! I want to do something in broadcasting.’ ”
Elton Silva '14: Business and Communication
As an advisor of strategic product development at CVS Health, Elton Silva helps the company analyze how they can better the lives of their patients with the greatest needs. "The importance of time management and prioritization are two consistent themes that can be found in my work at CVS Health. Completing a dual degree, working several on campus jobs, and interning at various companies are what helped me perfect time management and prioritization.”
Peter Esposito '88: Communication
One of those responsible for bringing golf to millions of living rooms for the past two decades is Peter Esposito ’88, Director of Live Tournaments for the Golf Channel since 1997. “A month after I graduated from Curry, I got a full-time job at ESPN. I can’t stress enough how important my internships were for my career.”
Accomplished, Accessible Faculty
Dr. Giordana Basta: Graduate Education Programs
As director of Curry’s Graduate Programs in Education, Dr. Giordana Basta has set in motion a path for her students to understand what equitable education means as they consider careers in the field. With the help of colleagues, Dr. Basta has established a chance for students to earn an M.Ed. in Diverse and Equitable Inclusion (DEI) at Curry.
Natalie West: Sport and Recreation Management
In 2019, Curry launched a Sport and Recreation Management major to accommodate a growing interest in the field. In a special Q&A, Professor Natalie West, who leads the program, talks about the variety of opportunities available to students majoring in this area and how the College’s close proximity to one of the best sports towns in America is a benefit to enrollment.
Jose Arturo Soto Gamboa: Music
Curry College piano instructor Jose Arturo Soto Gamboa was recently selected as a recipient of the prestigious Live Arts Boston (LAB) grant awarded by the Boston Foundation with the support of the Barr Foundation. The LAB grant, given annually since 2017, provides up to $15,000 in project-specific funds to create, produce or present new performing arts work for Greater Boston artists.
Dr. Michelle McMahon: Dean, School of Nursing
Michelle McMahon, Ph.D., R.N., CNE, became Dean of the School of Nursing in 2021. Dr. McMahon, a renowned nurse educator, scholar, and 13-year veteran of the College, has been a leader in the School of Nursing as professor and director of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. She has spearheaded many new and successful endeavors for the School, including expanding nursing programs on the Plymouth campus, advancing MSN curriculum design and driving new faculty development initiatives.
Ken Carberry '80: COM/Radio
As an undergraduate majoring in communication, Ken Carberry was very involved in the on-air sound and operations at the Curry College student-led radio station, WMLN-FM. Today, after four decades leading in the Boston broadcast radio industry, Carberry has returned to campus as the interim director of the radio program.
Dr. Lindsay Illich: Writing
Outside of her work teaching creative writing and leading Curry's Writing Program, Dr. Lindsay Illich is a published poet. Her most recent poetry collection, Fingerspell, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2021. She's also released a new book with the National Council of Teachers of English to help high school teachers integrate contemporary poetry within their English curriculum.
Dr. Eric Weiser: Psychology
The biggest source of stress for Americans in 2021 is money problems, according to personal finance website WalletHub. Professor of Psychology Dr. Eric Weiser was recently featured on WalletHub to offer tips for reducing stress over finances.
Emily Howe: Music
With funding awarded from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, Ethnomusicologist and Curry Music Faculty Member Emily Howe will travel to Trinidad and Tobago in the summer of 2022 to research music, cultural performance, and festival in the Caribbean nation.
Dr. Ishani Tewari: Business
Incorporating current events and news has always been a focus in Dr. Ishani Tewari's economics courses. But when COVID-19 brought economic activity to a near standstill, the Assistant Professor of Business knew she had a unique teaching opportunity.
Dr. Mia Khera: Psychology
"Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Many have been comforted and inspired by these famous words from the television icon, Mr. Fred Rogers. But in Curry College’s Psychology department, Dr. Gagan “Mia” Khera (pictured left) doesn’t just look for the helpers. She creates them.