40 Under Forty: Meghan E. Montaner


Montaner was the second employee ever hired by The Hanover Theatre and assisted with the $32-million campaign to open the facility. Her priority has been education, developing programs impacting 18,000 students annually. In January, her effort to bring arts education downtown – The Hanover Theatre Conservatory for the Performing Arts – opened with 180 students.

Her Adopt-A-School program to get arts into Worcester school core curriculum impacted 3,000 and was presented as an arts integration model at the 2014 Broadway League Conference. She lives with her husband, Jason, and son, Jack.

What person do you look up to? Oprah Winfrey, for her no-nonsense attitude, perseverance and compassion. I wrote letters to her when I was a young girl, and she always wrote back.

What will people say at your funeral? I was a force to be reckoned with and my passion for arts was contagious.

Where is your ideal vacation spot? Near the ocean. The cure for anything is saltwater: sweat, tears or the sea.

Asmar N. Akman – Akman Enterprises Inc.
Brendan Aylward – Unified Health and Performance
Greta Bajrami Campoverde – Golden Group Construction Corp.
Kathryn Behan – UMass Memorial Healthcare
Heather Belair – Bay State Savings Bank
Neil Callahan – R.H. White Construction
Michelle L. Cote, Esq. – Law Offices of Richard S. Ravosa
Julianne Dahrooge – Chan & Dahrooge Financial Group, LLC
Patrick J. DiGregorio – Veterans Inc.
Justin Dufresne – VHB, Inc.
Courtney Ross Escobar – Doucette & LaRose, LLC
Robert Fecteau – BirchTree Bread Co.
Hilary Gardner – The Davis Cos.
Ashleigh C. Gelinas, Esq. – Gelinas & Ward, LLP
Avra Hoffman – BirchTree Bread Co.
Maryann C. Johnson – Oak Hill CDC
Kevin G. Johnson – O’Connor, Maloney & Company, P.C.
Heather Mangione – United Way of Central Massachusetts
Jay Merrill – Clifford & Rano Associates
Edward Murphy – Baystate Investment Fund
Joy Rachelle Murrieta – Main IDEA
Dr. Milka Njoroge, PharmD – Century Homecare, LLC
Jim Notaro – Fidelity Bank
Andrew B. Palumbo – Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Kevin Peterssen – United Bank
John T. Pitcavage – Endless Energy
Julia Randall, M.D. – Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Keith Reardon – Commonwealth Consulting Group, LLC
Giselle Rivera-Flores – The Learning Hub & IgWorcesterMA
Patrick T. Royce – UniBank
Jamie Salois – Atlas Distributing
Lindiana Semidei – Raices Latin Dance
Jody Staruk – Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
Francisco Torres – Town of Westborough
Abel Travis – Hanover Insurance Group
Elizabeth Tripp – Hanover Insurance Group
Alexis G. Vallejos – Columbia Tech
David Viens – Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
Ryan A. Wagner – Robert Fine & Associates
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