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40 Under Forty, Class of 2021

WBJ 40 Under Forty Class of 2021 Group Photo
Photo | Erika Sidor The WBJ 40 Under Forty, Class of 2021

You cannot overstate how much the amount of high-quality, talented, and motivated young professionals is growing in Central Massachusetts, and how they are playing a vital role in the region’s future.

Older alumni of the now 22-year-old WBJ 40 Under Forty awards frequently comment if they were nominated for the honor today, they would fall short when compared to the accomplishments and drive of the current class of winners. While some of this may be humility, every year the quality of nominees who don’t get selected for the award increases. They have a lot to live up to.

This is all a long way of saying this 40 Under Forty, Class of 2021 is extremely impressive. This year’s winners include a pair of PhDs who seem destined to change the world, two farmers who are reviving local agriculture, an entrepreneur focused on social justice who finally broke through in the state’s cannabis industry, multiple winners seeking to fix the problems in the healthcare system exposed by the COVID pandemic, and a lawyer slated to take over his family’s $300-million business but took the first years of his career to be a public defender. As you read the profiles, you’ll find people who are the first, the best, the most successful at what they do, or all of the above.

[Related: To read how WBJ picks the 40 Under Forty every year, click here.]

In addition to these profiles, WBJ will honor these 40 Under Forty winners in an event Sept. 15 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, which will be WBJ’s first in-person event since the pandemic began. If you’re ready to get back to face-to-face celebrations, we invite you to attend.

Brad Kane, editor

WBJ Web Partners

Meet the 40 Under Forty, Class of 2021

  • Linda Anderson
    Linda Anderson
    Principal at St. Bernard's High School in Fitchburg
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  • Aaron Birt
    Aaron Birt
    Co-founder & CEO of Solvus Global, in Worcester, Leominster & Webster; Kinetic Batteries, in Worcester
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  • Esther Boama-Nyarko
    Esther Boama-Nyarko
    Student at UMass Medical School, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Clinical & Population Health Research Program, in Worcester
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  • Ross Bradshaw
    Ross Bradshaw
    Founder & CEO of New Dia, in Worcester
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  • Tiffiny A. Butler PhD, ATC
    Tiffiny A. Butler PhD, ATC
    Former director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and former teaching professor of biomedical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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  • Jamie Cormier
    Jamie Cormier
    Physical Therapy Manager at Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health, in Worcester
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  • Breanna DiBella
    Breanna DiBella
    Principal, design & creative direction at Studio DiBella Co., in Worcester
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  • Dr. Moses S. Dixon
    Dr. Moses S. Dixon
    President & CEO of Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, Inc., in Worcester
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  • Jonida B. Duque
    Jonida B. Duque
    Director of Central Community Health Partnership, a program of Open Sky Community Services, in Worcester
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  • Ryan Foley
    Ryan Foley
    Partner at Cunningham & Associates, in Worcester
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  • Jared Forman
    Jared Forman
    Chef & owner of deadhorse hill, in Worcester
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  • Joanne M. Fowling
    Joanne M. Fowling
    Director of operations at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
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  • Timothy Geary
    Timothy Geary
    President of Weld Power Generator & Prime Power Rentals, in Millbury
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  • Brittany Gesner
    Brittany Gesner
    Civil engineer at VHB, in Worcester
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  • David Ginisi
    David Ginisi
    Chief marketing officer at Aging Services of North Central Massachusetts, in Leominster
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  • Alyssa Glennon
    Alyssa Glennon
    Vice president & CFO at RCAP Solutions, in Worcester
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  • Ryan Hacker
    Ryan Hacker
    Architectural & construction project manager at UMass Medical School, in Worcester
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  • Alicia Haddad
    Alicia Haddad
    Founder, owner & chief operations manager of Alicia’s Spice Co. & Alicia’s Homemade, in Worcester
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  • Allison James
    Allison James
    Chief operating officer of Girls Inc. of Worcester
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  • Sean Kelly
    Sean Kelly
    Co-Founder & chief operating officer at Solvus Global, LLC, in Worcester, Leominster & Webster
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  • Peter Vani Konneh II
    Peter Vani Konneh II
    Program clinician at the Hospital for Behavioral Medicine, in Worcester
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  • Grace Lam
    Grace Lam
    Owner and head farmer at Fivefork Farms, in Upton
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  • Paul Lincoln
    Paul Lincoln
    Owner & CEO at Lincoln Crafted, in Worcester
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  • Ryan MacKay
    Ryan MacKay
    Owner at Lilac Hedge Farm LLC, in Holden & Rutland
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  • Lisa Malo
    Lisa Malo
    Creative Group Manager at Bose, in Framingham
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  • Shaun McDonough
    Shaun McDonough
    Executive vice president of purpose, people, & process at FLEXcon Company, Inc., in Spencer
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  • Kim Miner
    Kim Miner
    Executive vice president & general counsel at the Worcester Red Sox
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  • John Peter Pacheco Jr.
    John Peter Pacheco Jr.
    Vice president & banking center manager at Fidelity Co-Operative Bank, in Leominster
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  • Seth A. Pitts, CFE
    Seth A. Pitts, CFE
    Chief financial officer & executive vice president at Bay State Savings Bank, in Worcester
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  • Mary E. Roy
    Mary E. Roy
    Vice president at Quaker Special Risk, in Worcester
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  • Jessica-Lee Sabine
    Jessica-Lee Sabine
    Co-owner & operator at The Rose Room Cafe, in Webster
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  • Amanda Jane ‘AJ’ Setaro
    Amanda Jane ‘AJ’ Setaro
    President & owner at Sweet Janes Designer Consignment, in Worcester
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  • Emily M. Sricharoenchaikit, CFP, CRPS, AIF
    Emily M. Sricharoenchaikit, CFP, CRPS, AIF
    Financial advisor at Grimes & Co., in Westborough
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  • Kat Stevens, LMHC
    Kat Stevens, LMHC
    CEO of Recovery Centers of America at Westminster
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  • Therese Susienka, DMD
    Therese Susienka, DMD
    Founder, general & cosmetic dentist at Pleasant Valley Dentistry, in Sutton
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  • Emily Swalec, LCSW
    Emily Swalec, LCSW
    Program director of the Worcester Family Resource Center for YOU, Inc., an Affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation, in Worcester
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  • Sheena Toscano
    Sheena Toscano
    Owner & operator at Sheena’s Salon & Spa Inc., in Spencer
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  • Ronald Bernard Waddell Jr.
    Ronald Bernard Waddell Jr.
    Co-founder & executive director at Legendary Legacies, in Worcester
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  • David Zamarin
    David Zamarin
    Founder & CEO of DetraPel, in Framingham
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  • Jessika Zequeira
    Jessika Zequeira
    Community education specialist at the Shine Initiative, in Worcester
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