Board Members

Robert J. Manning, Chairman

Chair, Compensation Committee; Governance Committee
MFS Investment Management (Boston)
Hometown: Swampscott, MA
UMass Lowell '84 B.S.
UMass Lowell '11 (Honorary)
Exp. 2021

R. Norman Peters, JD, Vice Chair 

""Vice Chair 
Vice Chair, Compensation Committee
Founding Partner
Peters & Sowyrda (Worcester)
Hometown:  Paxton, MA
UMass Medical School '04 (Honorary)
Exp. 2019 

Jacob S. Binnall 

""Master of Public Policy - Graduate Student 
University of Massachusetts Amherst 
Hometown: Framingham, MA 
UMass Amherst '19 B.A. 
Exp. 2020

Mary L. Burns

""Chair, Advancement Committee
Splash Media Group Boston, LLC
Hometown: Lowell, MA
UMass Lowell '84 B.S.
Exp. 2021

Ryan P. Callahan

""Voting Student-Political Science
University of Massachusetts Lowell 
Hometown: Chelmsford, MA
Exp. 2020


Peter Cruz-Gordillo  


Voting Student- University of Massachusetts Medical School 
Hometown: Worcester, MA
Exp. 2020

Robert Epstein

""Vice Chair, Advancement Committee
President & CEO
Horizon Beverage Group (Norton)
Hometown: Boston, MA
UMass Amherst '67 B.A.
Exp. 2020

Maria D. Furman, CFA

""Chair, Audit Committee
Retired Managing Director and Bond Portfolio Manager
Standish, Ayer, & Wood (Boston)
Hometown:  Boston, MA
UMass Dartmouth '76 B.A.
Exp. 2019

Stephen R. Karam

""Chair, Committee on Administration and Finance
Vice Chair, Audit Committee
Karam Financial Group (Fall River)
Exp. 2022

Richard M. Kelleher

Pyramid Hotel Group
Hometown: Duxbury, MA 
UMass Amherst '73 B.S.
Exp. 2023

Amanda B. Kuffoh 

""Philosophy and Political Science 
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 
Hometown: Tewksbury, MA 
Exp. 2020

Michael V. O'Brien 

""Vice Chair, Committee on Administration and Finance
Executive Vice President
WinnCompanies (Boston)
Hometown: Southborough, MA
UMass Amherst '88 B.S.
Exp. 2021

Noreen C. Okwara, M.D.

""Internal Medicine Resident
Brigham & Women's Hospital (Boston)
Hometown: Lowell, MA
UMass Boston '12 B.S.
UMass Medical School '17 M.D.
Exp. 2023

Kerri E. Osterhaus-Houle, M.D.

Women's Health of Central Mass, PC (Worcester)
Hometown: Hudson, MA
UMass Medical School '99 M.D.
Exp. 2018

Imari K. Paris Jeffries, BA, MEd, MA

""Chair, Committee on Academic and Student Affairs
Executive Director
Parenting Journey (Boston)
Hometown: Boston, MA
UMass Boston '97 B.A., '99 M.Ed., '03 M.A.
Exp. 2021

Kush Patel 

""Political Science 
University of Massachusetts Boston 
Hometown: Malborough, MA 
Exp. 2020

 James A. Peyser

""Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Education (Boston)
Hometown: Milton, MA

Elizabeth D. Scheibel, JD

""Vice Chair, Committee on Academic and Student Affairs 
Vice Chair, Governance Committee
Legal Consultant
Hometown: South Hadley, MA
Exp. 2021


Henry M. Thomas III, JD

""President and CEO
Urban League of Springfield, Inc. (Springfield)
Hometown: Springfield, MA
Exp: 2017

Steven A. Tolman

Massachusetts AFL-CIO
Hometown: Boston, MA 
UMass Boston '99 B.A.
Exp. 2022

Victor Woolridge

""Chair, University of Massachusetts Building Authority
Vice President
Barings (Hartford, CT)
Hometown: Springfield, MA
UMass Amherst '80 B.A.
Exp. 2019

Charles F. Wu, MBA

""Managing Director
BayNorth Capital (Boston)
Hometown: Newton, MA
Exp. 2021

Zunilka M. Barrett

Secretary to the Board of Trustees