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40 Under Forty, Class of 2022

A group of young people standing in front of the Worcester Public Library
Photo | Erika Sidor The 40 Under Forty, Class of 2022

When Worcester Business Journal 23 years ago first considered creating a 40 Under Forty award, the concern at the time was whether Central Massachusetts had enough high-quality young professionals to make the effort worthwhile and if that process of selecting the best and the brightest would be repeatable year and year.

Looking at the 40 Under Forty, Class of 2022, that concept is just plain laughable.

Central Massachusetts is brimming with young talent, as scores of people have achieved much in a relatively short period of time, while scores more have the potential to do great things. At its heart, this is what the 40 Under Forty is all about: showcasing people who’ve had early success in their careers and hold the promise of having an even bigger impact. Occasionally, that potential is squandered, but more often than not, it is realized toward the collective good of the economy and community.

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40 Under Forty, Class of 2022

  • Katherine Aguilar
    Katherine Aguilar
    Founder & CEO at Kommon Sense Co., in Worcester
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  • Benjamin Barner
    Benjamin Barner
    Senior director pharmacy at Fallon Health, in Worcester
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  • Maggie Becker
    Maggie Becker
    Senior advisor, sales training at Dell Technologies, in Auburn
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  • Alise Breton
    Alise Breton
    Vice president – retail director at Millbury Federal Credit Union, in Millbury
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  • Ryan Brown
    Ryan Brown
    Transportation industry analyst, systems safety and engineering division, Federal Railroad Administration grants management team support at Volpe National Transportation Systems Center and the U.S. Department of Transportation, in Cambridge
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  • Darryl Caffee Jr.
    Darryl Caffee Jr.
    Senior vice president, director of retail lending and community reinvestment officer at Webster Five Cents Savings Bank, in Auburn
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  • Vanessa Calixto
    Vanessa Calixto
    Founder & creative director of El Salón, in Worcester
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  • Lauren Crossman-Nanof
    Lauren Crossman-Nanof
    Owner of Revive Painting & Finishing, in Clinton
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  • Tom Cunningham
    Tom Cunningham
    Managing director of Cunningham & Associates, LLC, in Worcester
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  • Carla Delacruz Davila
    Carla Delacruz Davila
    Program coordinator of diversity & student success and case manager of the coaching program at UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester
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  • Liz Estabrooks
    Liz Estabrooks
    CEO of Jax Seafood
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  • Marissa Gallant
    Marissa Gallant
    Manager of youth education at New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, in Boylston
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  • Eric Gratz
    Eric Gratz
    Chief technology officer of Ascend Elements, in Westborough and Worcester
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  • Jason Homer
    Jason Homer
    Executive director of the Worcester Public Library
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  • Timothy Johnson
    Timothy Johnson
    Vice president for ASPiRE! at Seven Hills Foundation, in Worcester
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  • Joel Kent
    Joel Kent
    Senior project manager at Fontaine Bros., Inc., in Worcester
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  • Billie Kenyon
    Billie Kenyon
    Chief operating officer of Ladybugz Interactive Agency, in Hudson
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  • Eric Kneeland
    Eric Kneeland
    Director of programs & operations of Worcester Regional Research Bureau, in Worcester
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  • Taylor Lacroix
    Taylor Lacroix
    Senior division director of community services at Open Sky Community Services, in Worcester
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  • Kyle Landry
    Kyle Landry
    President at Delavie Sciences, in Worcester
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  • Nathan Lanier
    Nathan Lanier
    CEO & head brewer at Tree House Brewing Co. in Charlton
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  • Hana Lasell
    Hana Lasell
    Content strategist and writer for the office of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at UMass Memorial Health in Worcester
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  • Nicholas Lazzaro
    Nicholas Lazzaro
    Owner and founder of Nick's On-Site Detailing, Inc. in Millbury
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  • Matt Majikas
    Matt Majikas
    President at Central Mass Productions in Leominster
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  • Michel Moravia
    Michel Moravia
    Chairman and CEO at Quality Means Business in Millbury
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  • Leah Motsis
    Leah Motsis
    Director of development at Boys and Girls Club of Worcester
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  • Boa Newgate
    Boa Newgate
    Executive director deputy at Southeast Asian Coalition in Worcester
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  • Mike Nicholson
    Mike Nicholson
    Mayor of the City of Gardner
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  • Katia Norford
    Katia Norford
    Owner of Carlito's Barber Shop and property manager at Canland Enterprises LLC in Worcester
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  • David Oliva
    David Oliva
    General manager at Organomation in Berlin
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  • Natalia Oliver
    Natalia Oliver
    Chief of staff for the City of Fitchburg
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  • Dave Ortendahl
    Dave Ortendahl
    Executive director, corporate relations at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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  • Masielle "Massy" Paulino
    Masielle "Massy" Paulino
    Executive director at Ritmos Dance Studio in Worcester
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  • Domenica Perrone
    Domenica Perrone
    Director of community engagement and volunteering at Clark University in Worcester
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  • Ashley Sears Randle
    Ashley Sears Randle
    Deputy commissioner, legislative and policy director at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, in Southborough
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  • Natalie Rodriguez
    Natalie Rodriguez
    Owner of Nuestra in Worcester
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  • Ashling Rowen
    Ashling Rowen
    Owner of Infinity Events in Sutton
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  • Matthew Vaccaro
    Matthew Vaccaro
    President of Masis Staffing Solutions in Worcester
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  • Amanda White
    Amanda White
    Adjunct faculty at Nichols College in Dudley and a nurse at Charlton Middle School
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  • David Willens
    David Willens
    Director of research and development at Kinefac Corp. in Worcester
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