The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce has appointed W. Stuart Loosemore as the new director of government affairs and public policy.
Mr. Loosemore previously served as general counsel and staff director working with the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. His responsibilities included helping to formulate the commonwealth's environmental policy agenda and developing and drafting environmental legislation.
Previous to this position, he served as legislative aide to state Rep. Anne M. Gobi, D-Spencer, for nine years.
"Stuart's experience in public policy, and his commitment to understanding how it affects the business community, makes him an excellent addition to our staff," said Richard B. Kennedy, president and chief executive officer of the chamber. "He will play a key role in informing our membership about issues that affect them and in advocating for favorable public policies that help the region's businesses. His expertise will help the Chamber to deliver benefits of value to our members."
Mr. Loosemore earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Clark University and a J.D. from New England Law in Boston. He lives in Auburn with his wife and son. He replaces Michael S. Lanava, who left the chamber to take a position in the mayor's office.
The board of the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts recently elected representatives from the region to serve for three-year terms on the Foundation's various committees. J. Michael Grenon, vice president with Grimes & Company, was elected to serve on the Investment Committee, and Dennis L. Irish, vice president of marketing, government and community relations for Vanguard Health Systems New England Market, was elected to serve on the Nominating Committee.
Hatch Mott MacDonald has announced that Kevin J. Donahue has joined its Holyoke office as a principal project manager in the Pipeline Division.
Mr. Donahue has bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he was inducted into Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honor society. He also earned a master's degree in Business Administration from Babson College.
Mr. Donahue has more than 30 years of experience in the natural gas industry as an engineer and project manager for domestic and international projects across all areas of the natural gas industry. He will be responsible for managing projects throughout the United States.
The Worcester County Poetry Association will hold its annual meeting and election of officers and board of directors from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Bancroft Room of the First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St.
This year's slate of officers includes Jay Lavelle for president, Bob Gill for treasurer, Kristina England for secretary, Jim Fay for vice president of programming and Anne Marie Lucci for vice president for publicity. Nominations for the board of directors will be taken from the floor as well as a slate nominated by the nominating committee.
The WCPA welcomes anyone who wants to join the board of directors and work toward helping promote and create programming of poetry and literature appreciation in Greater Worcester.
Gianna Algieri, Alexis Connole, Pamela Farias, Annalise McGrail, Brian Nicholson, Comfort Nyeswah, Elizabeth Phillips, Kara Plourde, Diana Ramos and Benjamin Sundquist were named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester at Bridgewater State University.
Christopher Brown, Lindsay Muchmore, Ellen Papcsy, Kyle Merrill, Mahadeva Daniel, Jonathan Gilbert, James Wheeler and Katherine Bogosian were named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.
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CUTLINE: (1) NATIVITY SCHOOL RECEIVES AWARD - The Nativity School of Worcester has been named the 2012 recipient of the New England Regional Assembly Recognition Award by The College Board. Accepting the award Feb. 1 in Boston on behalf of the school were, from left, J. Christopher Collins, chairman, Nativity School Board of Trustees; Alex Zequeira, president; Helene Horan, director of graduate support; Margaret Florentine, secretary, Nativity School Board of Trustees; Mary Frances Horan and Stephen Horan. (2) Mr. Loosemore