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August 16, 2019 / 40 Under Forty Class of 2019

40 Under Forty 2019: Gilmarie Antoniette Vongphakdy

At the Worcester Public Library, Sydney Elisa Vongphakdy reads to WBJ 40 Under Forty 20th anniversary honorees 2019 winner Steven C. Meyer, Ed.D., 2019 winner Sonia Sharma, 2002 alumni Timothy P. Murray and 2019 winner Gilmarie Antoniette Vongphakdy.

Gilmarie Antoniette Vongphakdy, 31

Coordinator of the Future Focus Program and adjunct faculty

Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester

Residence: Southbridge

Birthplace: Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

Colleges: Boston College & Assumption College

Vongphakdy has grown QCC’s partnerships with community organizations and agencies in the Greater Worcester through its Future Focus Program, such as reconnecting with the Worcester County House of Corrections, reaching out to people looking for educational opportunities where they might not normally find any. Vongphakdy, who grew up going to Worcester Public Schools, started advancing at a young age, attending the Bruce Wells Scholars Upward Bound program at Clark University and interning at the Latino Education Institute while in high school. She got her MBA in nonprofit leadership from Assumption College, while in between starting her career as program coordinator at ASPIRA of Massachusetts, a Southbridge agency advocating for the underserved, including Latino students. She then joined QCC in 2016, providing support services for adult students joining QCC from adult basic English programs. Vongphakdy has a passion for running and has raised money through nonprofit races like 5K’s for HMEA's Autism Resource Central in Worcester and the Center for Hope, a Southbridge nonprofit helping those with developmental disabilities. In June, she ran a race in Ontario to raise money for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. – Profile written by Grant Welker

What one meal could you eat for the rest of your life? Pastelón (Puerto Rican plantain lasagna) with white rice and white beans

Why do you live in Central Mass.? Central Mass is home. It is affordable and provides opportunities for young professionals.

What is the highest compliment anyone could give you? If you want something done right, then you want Gilmarie by your side.

Click here to read about the other 40 Under Forty winners from 2019 and featured alumni in our 20th anniversary edition

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