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40 Under Forty: Joy Rachelle Murrieta

8/21/2017

Six years ago, Murrieta and a group of artists wanted to pool talents and passion for mentoring youth, launching free youth arts program Main IDEA. The first year, the number of students tripled after the first day; and over the years evolved from an annual tradition to a year-round nonprofit organization making art accessible to youth in the Main South neighborhood.
A musician, Murrieta performs throughout Greater Worcester as a solo artist and with the Women of Worcester Productions. She teaches music and works as an outreach coordinator at the Worcester Music Academy.
What person do you look up to? Jessica Walsh of Worcester Wares, who has a contagious love for Worcester
What goal do you set for yourself at the start of every workday? Not let fear be the reason I don’t go after something, be gracious with myself and remember to pace myself!
What is your favorite Central Mass. restaurant? BirchTree Bread Co.
Where is your ideal vacation spot? Anywhere I haven't been yet.

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
Meghan E. Montaner – The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
Edward Murphy – Baystate Investment Fund
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
Meet this year's judges