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40 Under Forty Class of 2018

Nicholas Pelletier, Erica Grinkis, Allison Beckler and Ryan Matson
Photo | Erika Sidor Winners of the WBJ 2018 40 Under Forty (left to right): Nicholas Pelletier, Erica Grinkis, Allison Beckler and Ryan Matson

Much has been made of a coming Worcester renaissance, the idea of the city and the Central Massachusetts region shedding its old reputation and becoming a thriving living and working destination, separate from the gravity of Boston. If that renaissance is ever truly going to happen, Greater Worcester must become a cultural hub unto itself, able to attract large swaths of visitors and new residents who see the region as the place to be.

Central Massachusetts has laid the groundwork for such a cultural revolution to flourish. Attractions like Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Worcester Art Museum and Bancroft Tower in Worcester have carried the torch for decades. New places like Apex Entertainment in Marlborough, the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton and Hanover Theatre in Worcester are bringing more crowds. Features like the WooRides pedicabs, the Highland Street food trucks in Worcester, the POW! WOW! Worcester murals and the Worcester Wares store create a fun interactivity with the region's cultural scene.

With this year's WBJ 40 Under Forty, you see the people who could turn the cultural renaissance from a well-started idea to a full-blown reality. Not only are these up-and-coming professionals dedicated to improving their businesses, but they are putting forth their talents to help the community flourish. Certainly this includes direct cultural efforts like Creative Hub Worcester, Tower Hill and POW! WOW! Worcester. Yet, they also work with nonprofits, churches, chambers of commerce and networking groups to help the people of Central Massachusetts succeed.

And, of course, through their day-to-day effort, they make their companies better, which makes the Greater Worcester economy better. That is how you create a true renaissance.

- Brad Kane, editor

WBJ Web Partners

Meet the 40 under Forty Class of 2018

  • Michael Alden, 35
    Michael Alden, 35
    Vice president of business development, Ascentria Care Alliance
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  • Che Anderson, 29
    Che Anderson, 29
    Project manager, City of Worcester
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  • Victor M. Archila, 36
    Victor M. Archila, 36
    Owner & president, VMA Electric Inc.
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  • Allison Beckler, DO, 33
    Allison Beckler, DO, 33
    Medical director, YOU, Inc.
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  • Sam Bitar, 36
    Sam Bitar, 36
    Vice president & business systems manager, Webster Five
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  • Mark A. Borenstein, 29
    Mark A. Borenstein, 29
    Associate attorney, Seder & Chandler, LLP
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  • Kate D. Campanale, 32
    Kate D. Campanale, 32
    State representative, Massachusetts House of Representatives
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  • Derek Canton, 25
    Derek Canton, 25
    Founder & CEO, paerpay
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  • Ryan Canuel, 25
    Ryan Canuel, 25
    Co-founder & CEO, Petricore, Inc.
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  • Jennifer Caron, 39
    Jennifer Caron, 39
    Owner & licensed acupuncturist, Body Therapeutics
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  • Danielle J. Clark, 33
    Danielle J. Clark, 33
    Career coach; former director of the Master of Organizational Leadership Program, Clark Career Coaching; Nichols College
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  • Heidi Cooper, 31
    Heidi Cooper, 31
    General manager & farmer's wife, Cooper's Hilltop Farm, LLC
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  • Matthew M. Copeland, P.E., 35
    Matthew M. Copeland, P.E., 35
    Principal, Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
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  • Pat Davis, 32
    Pat Davis, 32
    Vice president of business operations, The DAVIS Cos.
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  • Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW, 38
    Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW, 38
    Owner, Ellite Event Planning
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  • Grace Elton, 37
    Grace Elton, 37
    CEO, Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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  • Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D., 38
    Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D., 38
    Dean of School of Humanities & Social Sciences, and interim dean of School of Graduate & Professional Studies, Becker College
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  • Jared E. Gentilucci, 36
    Jared E. Gentilucci, 36
    Project manager & shareholder, Nitsch Engineering
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  • David Gilchrist, MD, MBA, 38
    David Gilchrist, MD, MBA, 38
    Medical director, Hahnemann Family Health Center
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  • Alvara Gjylapi, 39
    Alvara Gjylapi, 39
    Senior vice president and credit practices manager, Santander Bank
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  • Erica Grinkis, 32
    Erica Grinkis, 32
    Owner, The GazBar Sports Grill
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  • Meredith Harris, 30
    Meredith Harris, 30
    Executive director, Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
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  • Erin Jansky, 36
    Erin Jansky, 36
    Director of human resources, Worcester Housing Authority
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  • Ben Jones, 36
    Ben Jones, 36
    Director of finance – corporate functions, Boston Scientific Corp.
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  • Alexis Kelleher, 28
    Alexis Kelleher, 28
    Owner, Crust Bakeshop and North Main Provisions
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  • Bert LaValley, 33
    Bert LaValley, 33
    President; paperwork, Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
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  • Jennifer Leger, 39
    Jennifer Leger, 39
    Vice president & cash management operations manager, Fidelity Bank
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  • Brian Lemerise, 36
    Brian Lemerise, 36
    President, Quiet Logistics, Inc.
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  • Tom Lubelczyk, 39
    Tom Lubelczyk, 39
    Co-founder & CEO, The Worcester Jazz Collective
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  • Laura Marotta, 31
    Laura Marotta, 31
    Executive director, Creative Hub
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  • Ryan Matson, 32
    Ryan Matson, 32
    Employee benefits consultant, Small Business Insurance Agency
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  • Michael P. McDonough, CPA, 39
    Michael P. McDonough, CPA, 39
    Partner, McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
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  • Madeline Mendoza, 37
    Madeline Mendoza, 37
    Homeownership program manager, NewVue Communities
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  • Jessica Morris, 36
    Jessica Morris, 36
    Senior associate dean of students, MCPHS University
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  • Nathan Oriol, 28
    Nathan Oriol, 28
    Administrator, Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center/Oriol Health Care
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  • Nicholas Pelletier, 31
    Nicholas Pelletier, 31
    President, Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
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  • Courtney E. Pelley, 32
    Courtney E. Pelley, 32
    Chief of staff, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
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  • Lilian Radke, 33
    Lilian Radke, 33
    President, Unic Pro Inc.
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  • Blaine Schnare, 35
    Blaine Schnare, 35
    Director of marketing, Harrington HealthCare System
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  • Bonnie J. Walker, 39
    Bonnie J. Walker, 39
    Executive director of diversity & inclusion strategy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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