40 Under Forty: Blaine Schnare, 35


Director of marketing
Harrington HealthCare System, Southbridge

Lives: Charlton

Birthplace: Danbury, Conn.

College: Roger Williams University

Schnare is usually a behind-the-scenes voice for Harrington, putting together the marketing and social media to raise the health provider's profile as it expands with services like behavioral health and new geographies like Connecticut. That doesn't mean the community doesn't feel her impact. Her highest-profile challenge came last year when a Harrington nurse was stabbed by a patient. As Harrington immediately put new protections in place, Schnare's messaging to the public helped the company become a champion for safety against workplace violence, as the recovered nurse would go on to push for legislative reforms. Not everything Schnare does is behind the scenes, as she was a presenter in March at the Nichols College Empowering Women In Business Conference. She is on the board of Women in Business, the United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton and formerly for the Webster Dudley Oxford Chamber of Commerce, and has been involved with the Chamber of Central Mass South and the MOMS Club of Charlton. Last year, Schnare joined the planning committee the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce's Women's Leadership Conference, drawing more than 700 each spring to the DCU Center.

From 40 Under Forty judge Michael Arnum: “As a communicator par excellence, Blaine's composure during a crisis provided solace for a community ripped apart by violence.”

If you could go back in time, when would you go to? Late Imperial Russia. I had a fascinating high school history teacher who intrigued us with Rasputin stories.

What is the best advice you've ever gotten? “Sometimes you just need to have a good cry.” My mom's reminder crying isn't a weakness; it's a necessary release for self preservation.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly said Blaine Schnare is a current board member of the Webster Dudley Oxford Chamber of Commerce. She is a former board member of that chamber.
Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty 
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.