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Bridgewater Alumni Association

We hope you’d like to join us and get involved! Learn more about our board members, meetings, alumni association services and benefits, and the Bridgewater Alumni Association Awards.

The Bridgewater Alumni Association holds its annual open meeting and dinner every spring.

Members of the BAA at the annual meeting

Get Involved

The members of the Bridgewater Alumni Association (BAA) are thoughtful advisors, ardent ambassadors and inspired influencers who advance the academic mission of Bridgewater State University, as well as the work of the Office of Alumni & Development.

The BAA endeavors to engage alumni and donors to both advance their relationship with Bridgewater State University and their professional or personal development. Through the board, we identify and grow alumni leaders who have the potential for continued volunteer service with BSU.

BAA Board Membership

The Bridgewater Alumni Association (BAA) is governed by a Board of Directors that meets quarterly to conduct business on behalf of the larger alumni body. Potential new directors are selected annually by the BAA Nominating Committee from among alumni applicants who have demonstrated an interest in the University by donations of time, talents, and a willingness to make a personal leadership gift at any level they are able to.

To learn more about this incredible group of alumni and how you can become part of the BAA, email alumni@bridgew.edu.

Meet the BAA Board

Matthew Quimby, '04, G'07

President
BA in Communication Studies, MEd in Student Affairs Counseling

Matt Quimby

I currently serve as President of the Bridgewater Alumni Association and have served as a member of the Board of Directors since June 2016. I previously served as an Alumni Advisor, Chapter Director, New England Province Archon and as a President and Founding Father of the Sigma Pi Eta-Eta Alumni Association. I am also actively involved with the wrestling team, where I serve as the team representative on the BSU Athletic Alumni Advisory Board and as a fundraising champion during the annual Crimson Pride Challenge. 

My goal as a BAA board member is to share the good of our beloved alma mater with fellow alumni, students, Bridgewater community and friends of the University. I also hope to keep fellow alumni informed and engaged with our various alumni news and events. 

When I think of Bridgewater State University, I think of all the great memories that I have had, both as a student and as an alum. I have had the opportunity to meet so many great members of our Bridgewater family over the years. Bridgewater will always be home to me.

Favorite song in college: "Alive" by Pearl Jam

 

Michael Vieira, '75, G'82

Secretary
BA and MAT in English

I currently am retired from Bristol Community College, where I served as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean and full-time faculty member from 1999-2013. I continue to teach part-time at Bristol and at other schools. As a result of serving as editor of The Comment, I have written and edited professionally since 1974. For more than 20 years, I taught in Fall River's public school system and advised the student publications at B.M.C. Durfee High School. A native of Fall River, I now live in Swansea with my wife, Audrey. We have two children and two grandchildren. 

My goal as a BAA board member is to support BSU in as many ways as possible and to serve as an ambassador for Bridgewater. When I advise community college students, I am not shy about promoting the University. It was a life-changing place for me and my kids and I am sure it will be for my students. 

When I think of Bridgewater State University, I think about commuting to classes while working part-time and sleeping on floors in dorms and other places to take part in social events. We would work on the newspaper all night on Wednesday's, then I would drive it to the printers in Mansfield. I would usually make it back to Fall River in time to see my parents heading for work on Thursday morning. Great times. 

Favorite song in college: "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones

Jason Stocker, '04

Past President

Jason Stocker

Jason Stocker is a paralegal at Wells Fargo. As an undergraduate at BSU, he majored in math and was involved in Phi Pi Delta.

Heidi Belanger, '15
Heidi Belanger

Heidi Belanger was elected to the Bridgewater Alumni Association Board in 2018, and the chairman for the Community Service Committee. Heidi has previously served on the Chapter Advisory Board for the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority at MIT and is actively involved with the Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Heidi currently resides in East Boston.

John Blake, Esq., '74
John Blake

John D. Blake, Esq. has been an attorney for over 28 years. For the last 10 years, he has maintained a private practice in his hometown, Taunton, MA. For 28 years prior to that, he worked in the corporate world, retiring from a career with the phone companies. John retired as a Senior Contract Specialist with Verizon. John has a Bachelor's Degree in History and Education from BSU and a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School. John attended Suffolk in the evening program and worked full-time during the day. He taught school in Taunton, MA and Tyngsboro, MA. When in his third year of Law School, John started a Management Training position with the then New England Telephone. John is married to his bride of over 31 years, Joan, who is a retired Special Education teacher. John has four children and four grandchildren, so far. John is a Verger at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Taunton and has served the Town of Berkley, MA as a Moderator for over 20 years. John is also a retired Boy Scout volunteer leader, having been an Assistant Scout Master and a Unit Commissioner. John is a thirty-plus year member of the Taunton ELKS #150 and is a past Exalted Ruler, past State Trustee and past District Deputy.

Margaret Caulfield, Esq., '00

BA in English

Margaret Caulfield

I am currently employed as an attorney at Alkermes, Inc. (global biopharmaceutical company). In this role, I provide strategic, regulatory, legal and transactional counsel on matters related to clinical trials, medical affairs activities, and pre-clinical research and development efforts. I’ve been with Alkermes since August 2016. At Alkermes, I am a member of the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Steering Committee and am the co-leader of the Women Inspired Network.

Outside of work, I support mission-based organizations. I serve on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Bar Association (MA); serve as a Trustee on the Women’s Bar Foundation (MA); and serve as Alumni Trustee on the Bridgewater State University Board of Trustees. I am the proud daughter of Irish immigrants and am first generation born American.

I am the first in my immediate family to graduate from college and the first to graduate from law school.

My goal as a BAA board member is to serve as your Alumni Trustee to the best of my ability. I am honored and proud to represent our over 75 thousand alumni in this role. I hope to serve as a bridge to connect the BAA to the Board of Trustees.

When I think of Bridgewater State University, I think of home away from home! I always leave campus or a virtual meeting feeling better than I did before I got to campus or before I joined the virtual meeting.

My favorite song in college was: "Graduation (Friends Forever)" by Vitamin C

Thomas Devin, '88
Tom Devin

Tom Devin is the Vice Chairman of the Braintree School Committee. While a student at Bridgewater State, Tom served as Student Government President and Captain of the Wrestling Team.

Gabriella Costa, '14
Gabriella Diniz

Gabriella (Diniz) Costa was elected to the Bridgewater Alumni Association Board in 2017. While studying at Bridgewater State University, her passion for art, design, and marketing was fueled. She immersed herself in the studies of art, graphic design, art history, and business management while actively involved in Student Government Association, Honors Student Congress, study abroad, community service, The Bridge, and more. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and minors in Art History and Management in 2015. In 2018, Gabriella received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Gabriella is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Jett Foundation, a nonprofit empowering families while fighting Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In her free time, she runs a graphic design, stationery, and family photography company, Design by Gabriella.

Bruce Hughes, G'07

BA in Political Science from UMB, MPA from BSU

Bruce Hughes

Semi-retired; Part-time Senior Planner at Montachusett Regional Planning Commission in Leominster, MA

I currently serve as a member of the BAA Board and serve on the Awards and Long Range Planning subcommittees, BSU Master of Public Administration Advisory Board (Vice Chair). I have mentored many MPA students. I received the BSU MPA Program Public Service Award in 2014. I serve on the Town of Abington Planning Board (Vice Chair) Community Preservation Act Committee (Chair) and as a Trustee of the Abington Affordable Housing Trust. I am Clerk of the United Church of Christ in Abington. I serve on the Board of Directors of the Massasoit Community College Foundation and Citizen Planner Training Collaborative. In December 2020, I was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Massachusetts Economic Development Council. 

My goal as a BAA board member is to advance Bridgewater State University by serving as an active alum. I serve as a participating, contributing member of the BAA Board. I contribute financially to BSU as best as I am able. I speak highly of BSU and its mission to non-members of the greater BSU community.

When I think of Bridgewater State University, I think of it as an institution of higher education that has a local, regional, national and international impact and as a major contributor to the local and regional economy as a major employer and consumer of goods and services.

Favorite song in college: "Deacon Blues" by Steely Dan

Carrie Kulick-Clark, '85, G'98

BA, MEd

Carrie Kulick-Clark

School Counselor at Braintree High School

For the past 23 years I have worked as a School Counselor at Braintree High School. I am an officer in the South Shore Guidance Association and was involved with Boy Scouts (17 years) and Girl Scouts (12 years). 

My goal as a BAA board member is to find a way to meet people where they are in life. Whether you are an almost graduate, bear cub, or seasoned bear, we would like to explore the relationship between ourselves and our beloved alma mater. Not only asking the question, what can we do for you, but also, what opportunities can we create to help you give back, reconnect you with old friends, make new ones and create lifelong memories. 

When I think of Bridgewater State University, I think of all the things I was involved with, most importantly, SGA, The Comment and me sorority sisters and how they helped me grow as a person. I also think about all of the faculty, administrators and staff who believed in me, helped me when I struggled and were there to celebrate with me in times of joy. BSU is a place like no other and will always be a part of me. It is a living, breathing entity that is alive with possibility. Once a bear, always a bear!

Favorite song in college: Billy Idol, Aerosmith, Elton John, "Heard it Through the Grape Vine" by Marvin Gay, or "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge

M. Scott McDonald, '80
Scott McDonald

Scott McDonald was elected to the Bridgewater Alumni Association Board in 2018. He works in sales at John Nagel Co. in Boston. As a student he served as a class officer. Scott is a resident of Duxbury.

Matthew Rushton, '15

BS in Criminal Justice, MPA

Assistant Chief of Police at Bridgewater State University, Owner and President of Blue Strategies Group, LLC

I currently work for BSU and I am committed to improving and supporting the lives of every student that finds their way to BSU. I am deeply committed to the mission of BSU and its impact on each and every student. I am able to do this through my work at BSU and the many volunteer opportunities that I have had the pleasure of participating in over the years. 

My goal as a BAA board member is to give back to BSU in a way that provides opportunities for the first generation college students and in ways that help us remain a leader in social justice issues while remaining accessible for all that dream to go to college. 

When I think of Bridgewater State University, I think of how much the University has grown over the years. From a small college to large university, the impact on the Southeastern Massachusetts economy, workforce development and providing opportunities and access to an affordable education for thousands of students. Bridgewater State University continues today to evolve as a social justice leader, just another example of its impact in Massachusetts and beyond. 

Favorite song in college: "Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton

Joie Steele, '04

BA in English

Joie Steele

Associate Dean and Director, Student Activities at Brown University

I currently serve as the Associate Dean and Director of Student Activities at Brown University where I have worked since 2012. In my role, I work to empower students and enhance their capacities to be more effective and adaptive leaders. In addition, I strive to support student leadership and initiatives to enhance and promote campus community. 

My goal as a BAA board member is to give back to a place that is incredibly special to me and was formative for both my personal and professional life. I hope to continue to advocate for students and bridge the gap between alumni, students and the University. 

When I think of Bridgewater State University, I think of all the memories with friends and the professional experience I gained that I brought with me throughout my career. 

Favorite song in college: Anything by Guster

Dr. Margarida C. Baganha, '02, G'07
Dr. Margarida Baganha

Dr. Margarida C. Baganha is the Director of University Services at Bridgewater State University (2002-present). Prior to this position, she held several continuing evolving positions at the University including Staff Associate, Staff Assistant and Administrative Assistant in Administration and Finance, Personnel Recruiter in Human Resources and Administrative Assistant in the Office of the President (1985-2002). In her current role, Dr. Baganha leads several departments within University Services, including: Mail Services; Parking Services and Connect Card; and University Printing Center. Dr. Baganha also oversees several multi-million dollar agreements, including: Dining Services; Dunkin Donuts; Starbucks; Bookstore; snack and beverage vending; Copy/Print Management; and Connect Card Off-campus Program. 

Dr. Baganha serves on the Bridgewater State University Alumni Association Board of Directors; Chairs the Awards Committee and is a member of the Community Service Committee.

Dr. Baganha is a member of the Rotary Club of Bridgewater, Massachusetts. As a Rotarian, she volunteers and participates on a number of activities, including serving meals at a homeless shelter; the Million Dollar Meal; the Rotary Foundation Dinner; and Polar Plunge Fundraiser.

Dr. Baganha is a freelance writer for the Praca (Town Square) Magazine (March 2017-present), which is distributed in large Portuguese communities in the United States, Canada and Bermuda as well as the Azores and Portugal. 

Dr. Baganha earned a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Johnson and Wales University in May, 2017. She holds a Master of Education in Management Science (2007) and a Bachelor of Science in Management Science (2002) from Bridgewater State University. 

Dr. Baganha resides in Raynham, MA and has one daughter. She enjoys spending time with her extended family, reading, and traveling in the United States and around the world.

Michael Volpone, '88, G'90

BA in Physical Education, MEd in Counseling

Michael Volpone

Client Services Manager at Agero

Michael works for Agero, a premium Roadside Assistance Company in Medford, MA as a Client Services Manager working with several Automotive OEMs. He also serves as the Committee Chair for the Town of Newbury's Recreation Committee as they look to develop the program. As a double Bear, Michael also earned a Master of Science in Athletic Administration from Concordia University-Nebraska in 2019 as he works to transition back to Higher Education and College Athletics.

As a BAA board member, I am hoping to engage and bring more Alumni back to campus and find ways for them to be involved and help the undergraduates. The more that choose to get involved, the better the campus will be.  

When I think of Bridgewater State University, I think of long lasting friendships, lessons and experiences that I still use today, and finally, a lot of great memories. 

Favorite song in college: "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake

Stella Citrano, '73

BA

Stella Citrano

Business Owner, Tax Preparer, Affordable Tax Service and Sales Representative at Avon, Inc.

I currently am involved on committees of various organizations in my community. I provide annual scholarships to the BSU Sponsor-A-Student Scholarship Program. During tax season, in addition to doing taxes for my own company, I also volunteer to prepare taxes under the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program helping taxpayers with low-incomes file their taxes. As a Breast Cancer Survivor, I became an Avon Representative due to their Breast Cancer Crusade.

My goal as a BAA board member is to help the board achieve their goals and to help deserving students get the financial assistance they need as a member of the Board's Scholarship Committee.

When I think of Bridgewater State University, I think of the lifelong relationships I formed there. We still keep in touch, meet at least annually and have been friends for over 50 years.

Favorite song in college: "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack

Keith Benoit, '81

BS in Political Science

Keith Benoit

Senior Vice President Business Development & Innovation at Decas Cranberry Products, Inc.

Keith has been in the CPG industry for over 20 years and is currently Senior Vice President Business Development & Innovation at Decas Cranberry Products, Inc. He is a member of the Advisory Board at the BSU Ricciardi College of Business, the Bridgewater Alumni Association Board, and a board member at the Duffy Health Center on Cape Cod. Keith earned his BS from BSU and his MBA in Marketing from the McCallum School of Management, Bentley University. He lives in East Sandwich with his wife Mary, '82, and has twin daughters, Taylor and Rebecca. He is an avid fisherman and cyclist.

My goal as a BAA board member is to proudly connect with alumni and students while helping students prepare for life after graduation. I ensure that they know all the resources the University has to offer, both while being in school and after graduation. I let them know that they have a network to lean on. With alumni, I foster a continuing connection with the University and its students through having alumni share life experiences with students and be active within the University. 

When I think of Bridgewater State University, I think of providing an opportunity for hard-working students to gain a college education and further develop their lives.

Favorite song in college: "Back in the Saddle Again" by Aerosmith

Michelle Hacunda, '12

BA

Michelle Hacunda

Affiliated Faculty at Emerson College

I currently work as a Communications and Marketing Consultant and have supported clients with their brand building efforts in the education, biotech, and software industries. Additionally, I teach as an Affiliated Faculty at Emerson College in the Communications Studies Department. My courses focus on Digital Storytelling and Online Content and Strategy. Every Fall, I also teach a Social Media in Public Administration course at Bridgewater State University in the Political Science Department. In the greater Boston community, I volunteer every year at the Massachusetts Conference for Women on the Social Media Street Team. 

My goal as a BAA board member is to develop a passionate community of BSU alumni in support of the University and each other. I want alumni of all eras to come together and celebrate the progress that BSU continues to make in public higher education for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. As a member of the communications committee, I am eager to work with my peers to publicize and promote alumni achievements, events, updates and news. Ultimately, I want to connect BSU alumni and current students with one another and the BAA. 

When I think of Bridgewater State University, I think of home.

Favorite song in college: "The Cave" by Mumford & Sons

 

Kevin Costa, Esq., '15

BA in History

Associate Attorney; Cohen Cleary, P.C. 

Kevin currently practices law in Southeastern Massachusetts with a focus on Estate Planning, Estate Administration & Litigation, Personal Injury Law, and Employment Law. Kevin graduated from BSU in 2015 with his BA in History. While at BSU, Kevin served as President of the Student Government Association, Homecoming King, President of the Honors Student Congress, an Orientation Leader, and a brother of Phi Kappa Theta. Upon leaving Bridgewater, Kevin attended Northeastern University School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2018. Kevin presently resides in Taunton with his wife and fellow BAA member, Gabriella, and their Maltese, Winston. 

My goal as a BAA board member is to continue giving back to this institution which has shaped the person and professional I am today. As a younger alumnus, I hope to contribute my unique perspective to the BAA and serve as a resource for alumni, new and old, who would like to get more involved with their alma mater. 

When I think of Bridgewater State University, I think of the countless friends, mentors, and colleagues who made my BSU experience truly memorable. 

Favorite song in college: "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars

 

Colleen McIntyre, '97

An experienced technology leader, Colleen has worked across multiple healthcare IT vendor and provider organizations. With technology process improvement, customer relationship management and organizational team development as her core skills, she has built and executed mature, successful technology driven teams. 

In her most recent engagement, V.P of Implementation and Support Services with Azara Healthcare, she has built out the client delivery teams to accommodate the significant client growth since 2016. Recognizing the power of technology within the healthcare environment she has excelled in creating organizational structures supporting the growth and clinical success of clients and their patients.

Colleen is a board member for the Boston SIM organization co-chair of the RLF mentor program, co-chair of the National SIM Authors Group and a 2016 SIM RLF graduate. In addition to her volunteer work with SIM she is an alumni board member at Bridgewater State University (1997) providing internships and mentoring students and recent graduates. 

In her free time, she enjoys watching her three children at their various activities and hiking with her golden retriever ‘Brady’. Her first book, "Planning your career path through Reflection, Skill Gap Analysis and Networking" will be published late 2020.

Tim Millerick, '82, G'86
Tim Millerick

Tim (’82,’86) and his wife, Carol (’82), have been residents of Sherman for the past 25 years, and they are the parents of two Sherman Bearcat alumni (Ashley ’05 and Gregory ’08). Tim has 38 years of experience in the educational enterprise, personally performing the key roles of parent, classroom teacher, coach, administrator, and trustee/board member. He is currently employed at Austin College where he has served as the vice president for Student Affairs and Athletics for the past 25 years, including 14 years with the dual appointment of athletic director. Tim earned both a B.S. in elementary education, with focus areas of science and reading, as well as an M.Ed. in counseling. He also graduated from the Institute for Education Management program at Harvard University. Since 1994 he has been a certified mediator in the state of Texas, earning his certificate from the National Mediation Academy in Dallas, Texas. Throughout his career, he has served in a variety of roles for national organization such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the Association of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA). He currently serves as the president for the Sherman Independent School District.

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