Movers & Shakers


JASON BUTLAND and ROBERT DAIGNAULT are new assistant deputy superintendents in the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. Butland, of Holden, is an 18-year veteran of the department who was promoted to sergeant in 2009 and lieutenant and captain in 2014. He is assigned to policy, procedure and accreditation. Daignault, of Rutland, is a 25-year veteran of the department who became a sergeant in 2003, a lieutenant in 2007 and a captain in 2011. He oversees the office’s critical incident stress management team.
KIMBERLY COWAN is the new director of nursing at Recovery Centers of America’s facility in Westminster. Cowan, who previously worked for Acadia Healthcare, is responsible for directing, planning and coordinating the activities of all nursing personnel on staff at RCA. She is a registered nurse and lives in the town of Northfield.
DEREK ARMY is the new assistant coach of the Worcester Railers hockey team. Army played at Providence College under Jamie Russell, who is now the Railers’ head coach. Army is a native of North Kingstown, R.I., who spent recent years as a player in the ECHL, the league in which the Railers play.
DONNA LEVIN is the new executive director of innovation and entrepreneurship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Levin joined WPI for the newly created position from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was an entrepreneur-in-residence, as WPI opens its new Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center in time for the fall semester. Levin is co-founder of, a site dedicated to helping families find and manage family care.
CAROL JACOBSON is the new president and CEO of the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce. Jacobson, of Templeton, has been involved in area organizations including serving on boards of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts, the Gardner Rotary Club and LUK Inc. She replaces JIM BELLINA, who left the chamber in June.
MICHELLE DENIO has been promoted to service manager at Bryley Systems, an information-technology services provider in Clinton. In her new role, Denio’s responsibilities include scheduling and managing technical requests and maintaining client relationships.
DONALD HAAPAKOSKI is a new real estate agent at ERA Key Realty Services in Northbridge. Haapakoski is a retired police chief in the towns of Rutland, Oakham, Holland and Ayer. He is a former member of the Ayer Industrial Development Finance Commission, the Ayer Personnel Board and the Worcester Human Rights Commission.
GREGORY SMITH of Worcester is the new chief operating officer of Cutler Capital Management, an investment firm in Worcester. Smith was previously the director for alternative investments at Barings LLC, an investment management firm owned by MassMutual. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance and a law degree from the University of Connecticut.
DENNIS W. CARDIFF has been elected as a director for MutualOne Bank of Framingham. Cardiff is a senior vice president at SchoolCNXT Inc., the developer of a mobile application for increasing community and parent engagement in schools. He is a graduate of Salem State University and a board member at The Learning Curve Consortium Worldwide Inc.
HEATHER GOULD has joined BSC Group as a senior planner. Gould previously worked in the City of Worcester’s Executive Office of Economic Development, where projects included the CitySquare downtown revitalization, renovations to the DCU Center and Union Station. She has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Clark University in Worcester.
ESTHER L. JONES has been appointed the first associate provost and dean of the faculty at Clark University. Jones, an associate professor of English, joined the Clark faculty in 2009. In her new role, she is responsible for supporting faculty mentoring, development and leadership opportunities across all ranks for the liberal arts and sciences departments and programs at the university in the areas of research, teaching and service.
TODD C. McDONALD has been named to the board of directors of Rollstone Bank & Trust of Fitchburg. McDonald is the managing director of Aisling Partners, a Worcester employee benefits consulting firm he co-founded in 2002. He has an MBA from Clark University and is a director for the Worcester Historical Museum and Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters.
BONNIE SULLIVAN, a vice president at Middlesex Savings Bank, is the new chairwoman of the Westborough Economic Development Committee. She replaces DEBORAH PENTA, the CEO of Penta Communications, who was the chairwoman for four years and has been a board member for eight years.
CHARLES R. VALADE of Sutton has been elected to the board of trustees for Millbury Savings Bank. Valade is a retired bank executive, serving most recently as a senior loan officer at United Bank. He is also a former president and CEO of Commonwealth National Bank and a board member and treasurer at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts. Millbury Savings Bank has also appointed seven new members of its board of corporators: JON L. BACKHOLM of Leicester, the controller of Grafton-based Washington Mills and a graduate of Bentley College; JENNIFER BELISLE-O’CONNELL of Millbury, an independent strategic planning and analysis consultant and a graduate of Babson College and Clark University; JILL B. DONNELLY of Webster, president of the Worcester-based Boulay Donnelly & Supovitz Consulting Group, Inc., and a graduate of UMass Amherst; FADI EL-MASSIH of Southborough, owner of the Riverside Mart in Millbury; ROBERT E. VIGNEAU JR. of Millbury, managing partner of Miles Builders, and a graduate of Springfield College; ADAM WAITKEVICH of Millbury, a certified financial planner and the founder of Coppertree, an independent financial planning firm; and PAUL W. WELDON of Sutton, owner of Cold Stone Creamery in Millbury and an employee of FedEx.