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40 Under Forty, Class of 2020

Photo | Matthew Wright 2020 winners of the 40 Under Forty (from left) Dr. Jennifer (Zorge) Litchfield, Lora Markova, Karim El-Gamal, and Katherine E. Person at Markova's yoga studio Earth & Aerial Yoga in Hudson.

This year’s 40 Under Forty class is certainly like no other. Although full of the archetypal up-and-coming leaders of Central Massachusetts business organizations, each member of the Class of 2020 has found a way to thrive in the midst of the international coronavirus crisis and – more often than not – are taking the lead in helping the local community fight its way through to the other side, even as they go through the same adjustments to their personal and professional lives as the rest of us.

Among the winners this year are entrepreneurs who have found new ways to meet the rapidly changing needs of the world, company leaders who are helping their firms protect employees and support their communities, advocates for social justice who have made their voices louder in a chaotic time, and – at their core – caring people who want the best for their families and friends, their businesses and our society.

See the full list of winners below

Click here to read how the 40 Under Forty were selected this year.

Go here for the digitized version of the WBJ print magazine featuring the 40 Under Forty 2020.

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Meet the 40 Under Forty Class of 2020

  • Mark Agostinelli
    Mark Agostinelli
    Regional vice president, The DAVIS Cos.
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  • Tracy Baldelli
    Tracy Baldelli
    Associate director of development, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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  • Alex Bartholomew
    Alex Bartholomew
    Senior vice president & chief investment officer, Bartholomew & Co. Inc.
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  • Brian M. Casaceli
    Brian M. Casaceli
    Attorney, Mirick O’Connell
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  • Sarah Connell Sanders
    Sarah Connell Sanders
    Media specialist, Pop It & Worcester Public Schools
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  • Julie Creedon-Linton
    Julie Creedon-Linton
    Vice president, Creedon and Co., Inc.
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  • Kayla C. Daly MA, MT-BC, LMHC
    Kayla C. Daly MA, MT-BC, LMHC
    Owner, clinical director & professor, Worcester Center for Expressive Therapies
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  • Karim El-Gamal
    Karim El-Gamal
    Co-owner, Rail Trail Flatbread Co, New City Microcreamery & Less Than Greater Than
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  • Fouad El-Nemr
    Fouad El-Nemr
    Executive vice president, Nouria Energy Corp.
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  • Bryan Gammons
    Bryan Gammons
    Senior environmental scientist, Tighe & Bond
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  • Arpa Gonzalez
    Arpa Gonzalez
    Medicare sales compliance & agent oversight manager, Fallon Health
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  • Alex Guardiola
    Alex Guardiola
    Director of government affairs and public policy, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
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  • Abed Hamid
    Abed Hamid
    Environmental health & safety leader, KARL STORZ Endovision
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  • Robyn Kennedy (she/her)
    Robyn Kennedy (she/her)
    Associate executive director, for mission, programs & community impact, YWCA Central Massachusetts
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  • Matthew P. Krumsiek, EA
    Matthew P. Krumsiek, EA
    Managing partner, Krumsiek & Associates, P.C. | Business & Tax Advisors
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  • Kelsey Lamoureux
    Kelsey Lamoureux
    Director of the Worcester Jobs Fund, City of Worcester, MassHire Central Region Workforce Board
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  • Emmanuel Larbi
    Emmanuel Larbi
    Co-founder & CEO, Accra Girls Inc. & akra LLC
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  • Dr. Jennifer (Zorge) Litchfield
    Dr. Jennifer (Zorge) Litchfield
    Assistant dean & chief nurse administrator, Becker College
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  • Dr. Sean T. Lordan
    Dr. Sean T. Lordan
    President, Concierge Physical Therapy
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  • Nicholas S. Lynch
    Nicholas S. Lynch
    Assistant vice president & mortgage sales manager, Webster Five Cents Savings Bank
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  • Lora Markova
    Lora Markova
    Co-founder & creative director, Earth & Aerial Yoga
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  • Kate Marquis
    Kate Marquis
    Forester & flower farmer, Lilac & Oak, LLC
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  • Abigail Mathews
    Abigail Mathews
    Family nurse practitioner & assistant medical director, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
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  • Michael Matros
    Michael Matros
    President & founder, Redline First Responder Gear Cleaning
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  • Jason Muise
    Jason Muise
    Chief underwriting officer, marine, The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.
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  • Marie Paturzo, CFP
    Marie Paturzo, CFP
    Financial advisor, Merrill Lynch
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  • Aimee Peacock
    Aimee Peacock
    CFO - North America, FLEXcon Co.
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  • Katherine E. Person
    Katherine E. Person
    Senior manager of client services, Veterans Inc.
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  • Tom Plunket
    Tom Plunket
    Vice president of production operations, Sira Naturals
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  • Karen Puca-Pinho
    Karen Puca-Pinho
    Patient services supervisor, Family Health Center of Worcester
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  • Tanya Quinn
    Tanya Quinn
    Vice president branch and client care manager, Fidelity Bank
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  • Genie-Rae C. Richard
    Genie-Rae C. Richard
    Audit manager, O’Connor Maloney & Company, P.C.
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  • Johan Romero Luna
    Johan Romero Luna
    Assistant vice president & area manager, Workers Credit Union
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  • Dave Ryan
    Dave Ryan
    Vice president, United Medical Waste
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  • Bryan Sawyer
    Bryan Sawyer
    General manager, The Bull Run Restaurant
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  • Steven Schimmel
    Steven Schimmel
    Executive director, Jewish Federation of Central MA
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  • Zu Shen
    Zu Shen
    Vice president, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives
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  • Grace Sliwoski
    Grace Sliwoski
    Director of programs, Regional Environmental Council
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  • Kimberly Sokol
    Kimberly Sokol
    Vice president of rehabilitation and support services, Easterseals Massachusetts
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  • Amanda Theinert
    Amanda Theinert
    Director of the master’s in fine arts program, Becker College
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