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
Joshua P. Bates
Computer Science and Political Science
University of Massachusetts Boston
Hometown: Sandwich, MA
Exp. 2022
Barkha Bhandari
Economics and Creative Writing
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Hometown: Amherst, MA
Exp. 2022
Mary L. Burns
Chair, Advancement Committee
Splash Media Group Boston, LLC (Boston)
Hometown: Lowell, MA
UMass Lowell '84 B.S.
Exp. 2021
Zachary S. Dyer
MD/PhD Candidate
Student University of Massachusetts Medical School
Hometown: Worcester, MA
Exp. 2022
Robert Epstein
Vice Chair, Advancement Committee
President & CEO
Horizon Beverage Group (Norton)
Hometown: Boston, MA
UMass Amherst '67 B.A.
Exp. 2025
Derek S. Houle
Voting Student
Electrical Engineering
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Hometown: Bellingham, MA
Exp. 2022
Stephen R. Karam
Chair, Committee on Administration and Finance
Vice Chair, Audit Committee
Karam Financial Group (Fall River)
Hometown: Fall River, MA
Exp. 2022
Richard M. Kelleher
Chair, Audit Committee
Chairman, Principal
Pyramid Hotel Group (Boston)
Hometown: Duxbury, MA
UMass Amherst '73 B.S.
Exp. 2023
Narcisse M. Kunda
Voting Student
Management (Organizational Leadership) and Marketing
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Hometown: Marlborough, MA
Exp. 2022
Robert Lewis, Jr.
Founder & President
The BASE (Boston)
Hometown: Boston, MA
Exp. 2022
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
King Boston (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
Julie M. Ramos Gagliardi, MBA
First Vice President, Corporate Giving and Community Relations
BayCoast Bank (Swansea)
Hometown: Somerset, MA
UMass Dartmouth '87 B.S.
Exp: 2024
Elizabeth D. Scheibel, JD
Vice Chair, Committee on Academic and Student Affairs
Vice Chair, Governance Committee
Legal Consultant
Hometown: South Hadley, MA
Exp. 2021
Steven A. Tolman
Massachusetts AFL-CIO (Malden)
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 Barrett
Secretary, Board of Trustees