2022 WSAA Alumni Trustee Election

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Westfield State Alumni Association - Alumni Trustee

It is time for vote for the next alumni representative on the Westfield State Board of Trustees! This important position represents the Westfield State Alumni Association Executive Council and all alumni on the governing board of the university. Please take time to review the information about the position by clicking the links below in reference to the WSAA Executive council and WSU Board of trustees. Then, carefully consider each candidate listed on the page linked below and cast your ballot. 

Click Here for more information on the WSAA Executive Council and the Alumni Trustee position.

Click Here for more information on the WSU Board of Trustees.

The remaining timeline for the Westfield State Alumni Trustee process is detailed below:

  • Voting will open online to all alumni February 2-11, 2022.
  • Only alumni of Westfield State University may vote in this election. Alumni status will be confirmed.
  • One vote per alumna/us is permitted.
  • Voting will close at 5p.m. EST on Friday, February 11, 2022. 
  • The two top vote getters will be submitted to the Governor's office for final consideration by the end of February.
  • Final appointment made by the Governor by March 2022.

Please contact the alumni office with any questions at 413-572-8652.


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John Bartosiewicz '09
Business Management

My name is John Bartosiewicz (’09) and I am asking for your vote to the Westfield State Alumni Trustee Board. Graduating from Westfield has given me endless opportunities in life both professionally and personally and I would love to continue ensuring the educational quality and reputational integrity of the University and its academic programs while preserving and protecting institutional autonomy and academic freedom. I am confident that I can help further the goals and interests of those associated directly and indirectly across the University in this position. I hope to be given the opportunity to represent and “Give a Hoot”!

Jeff Chalmers '91

Jeff Chalmers '91
Political Science & Criminal Justice

Success is founded on failure. I learned that lesson after my first semester at WSC when I was put on academic probation for a GPA of 0.67. To be the 4th son of a Harvard graduate and the first to go to college meant unnecessary heartache for my proud Dad. I'll never forget his look and it drove me to succeed. I graduated from WSC 4 years later - with a double major and close to a 3.0 GPA. The rest has been an amazing journey helping others achieve their success.

Joshua Clark '15

Joshua Clark '15

I am running to represent all Westfield State alumni on the WSU Board of Trustees. In 2015, I earned my B.A. in history with a minor in political science. While at WSU, I was editor-in-chief of The Westfield Voice, SGA vice president for student life, and member of many campus governance committees. I was awarded the Blue Key Award in 2015. Since 2017, I’ve served on the Westfield State Alumni Association Executive Council. I’m a history teacher at Chicopee Comp H.S. in Chicopee, MA, I have an M.Ed. and am preparing my thesis defense for my M.A. in history.

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Tom Lore '06
Computer Information Systems '06

I am running for the Alumni Trustee position, as the Board of Trustees plays a crucial role in making sure the same amazing experience I had at Westfield State continues for years to come, and also that the school continues to expand and grow. I bring 15 years of operations experience for two Fortune 5 companies, delivering solutions that have generated savings of more than $235 million. I also have a track record of creating profitable businesses. Additional, a history of generating substantial membership revenue over 5 years in the non-profit sector. Most importantly, Westfield State will always be home to me.

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Chris Montemayor '90, M'09

My name is Chris Montemayor, I am the Senior Vice President for the Rental Assistance Programs at Way Finders. My years at Westfield were filled with great opportunities. I was a member of the Urban Education Program, played on the Men’s Basketball Team, and participated in the Minority Business Leadership Internship Program. My professional experience in strategic planning, managerial leadership, and communication make me a strong candidate for this opportunity.

In this role, I plan to promote the mission of the alumni association, support the student experience, and build relationships within our community.

I ask for your support to be elected to the Board of Trustees as your alumni representative.

Thank you.

Mike O'Rourke '73

Mike O'Rourke '73

Hello Alumni! My name is Mike O'Rourke ('73 BA History) and I have fostered a "legacy " at WSU. My daughter, Michelle, ('06 BS Communications) while my grandaughter, Ariana,plans to major in Nursing. My experience as an Alumni Executive Council member, History teacher, Business Owner, School Committee Chairman and Assessor for the Town of Ludlow will allow me the opportunity to become an effective Alumni Trustee. As your Trustee, I understand my fiduciary responsibility and will always represent the best interests of students, while monitoring budgetary costs which could increase tuition and fees.

Laurie Simpson

Dr. Laurie Simpson '92, M'96,'03
Criminal Justice

Dr. Simpson completed three degrees at Westfield State: B.S. Criminal Justice ‘92, M.A. Psychology ‘96, M.S. Criminal Justice ’03. Additionally, Dr. Simpson worked in Academic Advising for 23 years, 10 years as Director. In addition, she is the President of the West Springfield High School Alumni Association, being responsible for fundraising for more than 25 years. She also serves as an adjunct professor both in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Simpson has a passion for Westfield State and every current student and alumni that have graduated from this fine University.