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August 20, 2018 Class of 2018

40 Under Forty: Blaine Schnare, 35

Photo: Erika Sidor Winners of the WBJ 2018 40 Under Forty award (from left): Heidi Cooper, Pat Davis, Derek Canton, Blaine Schnare.

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.

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