NoteWorthy – 4/23/17
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AROUND THE VALLEY
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Honors Rosanne DiStefano
On Thursday, the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center honored Rosanne DiStefano, retiring executive director of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, with their Making A Difference award at their 12th Annual Gala at the Andover Country Club. For more than 40 years, Rosanne has worked tirelessly to advocate for the needs of elders throughout the Merrimack Valley and beyond.
UMass Lowell Business School Gets a New Home
UMass Lowell today celebrated the opening of the new home of its Manning School of Business, the Pulichino Tong Business Center. It is the 13th new building opened by UMass Lowell in eight years. The 54,800-square-foot building offers students a state-of-the-art educational environment that includes a simulated stock-trading room, a 43-foot real-time stock ticker that is visible on all four floors and technology-enabled classrooms.
“It’s hard to imagine that it was only seven years ago when we opened the first new academic building on campus in 30 years. Today, we take another step toward realizing our pursuit of excellence for this university,” said UML Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, adding that this latest new building, along with others like the nearby Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies Center, “exemplifies what UMass Lowell is all about; providing our talented faculty, staff and students with opportunities to work with the community, business and industry to explore and develop the next generation of technology, new ways of doing business and leaders of the companies that make them possible.”
The building is named for alumnus John Pulichino and his wife, Joy Tong, successful entrepreneurs whose commitment to UMass Lowell includes donating more than $4 million for student scholarships.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Home Health Foundation Honors RiseHi Employees of the Month
The agencies of the Home Health Foundation have honored the following individuals as their RiseHi Employees of the Month:
Patty Chace, Peabody office coordinator at Home Health VNA
Michelle Fernandez, team assistant at Home Health Foundation
Angela Dalton, admission nurse at Merrimack Valley Hospice
Mary Harris, home health aide at HomeCare, Inc.
These employees are recognized for exemplifying the qualities of RiseHi, an initiative to foster a supportive and positive culture in the workplace. Through their exceptional work ethic, dedication and attitude, Home Health Foundation’s employees of the month demonstrate their commitment to a productive and collaborative work environment within the company’s agencies.
Gerry-Lynn Darcy will be honored at this year’s YWCA Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon. The luncheon is set to take place on May 18 at the Andover Country Club. Darcy is part of a select and outstanding group of women being honored for their inspiring contributions in both their professions and communities. She currently holds the position of senior vice president at Lupoli Companies and, over the last two decades, has built up an impressive body of work in the real estate, construction and business development industries.
Jeanne Leydon has been promoted to serve as president and CEO of Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services. In this role, Leydon will be responsible for the oversight and management of the full continuum of care offered at Mary Immaculate. She joined MIHCS in 2009 as administrator of home and community-based services. Her professional experience also includes tenure as director of consumer services at Greater Lynn Senior Services, Inc., and in various other director and manager positions in hospice care.