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

Mary L. Burns

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

Robert Epstein

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

David G. Fubini, MBA

""Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School
Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
Hometown:  Brookline, MA
UMass Amherst '76 B.B.A.
Exp. 2018

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

""Vice Chair, Audit
Karam Financial Group (Fall River)
Exp. 2022

Brian J. Madigan 

Chemical Engineering 
University of Massachusetts Lowell 
Hometown: Lowell, MA
Exp. 2019

Katherine E. Mallett 


MD Candidate 
University of Massachusetts Medical School 
Hometown: Worcester, MA
Exp. 2019

Jiya Nair

Operations and Information Management and Political Science
University of Massachusetts Amherst 
Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA
Exp. 2019

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.

""Chair, Committee on Academic and Student Affairs
Women's Health of Central Mass, PC (Worcester)
Hometown: Hudson, MA
UMass Medical School '99
Exp. 2018

Imari K. Paris Jeffries, BA, MEd, MA

""Vice 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

 James A. Peyser

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

Silavong Phimmasone 

""Voting Student- Management; Leadership
University of Massachusetts Darmouth 
Hometown: Springfield, MA
Exp. 2019

Elizabeth D. Scheibel, JD

""Vice Chair, Governance
Legal Consultant
Hometown: South Hadley, MA
Exp. 2021

Sara Tariq

""Voting Student-Political Science 
University of Massachusetts Boston 
Hometown: Braintree, MA 
Exp. 2019

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