Parents Association Executive Committee

    Shelley A.S. Alexander, Ed.D.

    Dr. Alexander is a former teacher and school principal. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Special Education from Mount Saint Mary College. Her Master's of Science degree in Reading is from C.W. Post, Long Island University. A Certificate of Advanced Study from S.U.N.Y. New Paltz and a Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University are both in the area of Educational Administration. Dr. Alexander is the mother of seven children ranging in age from eleven to twenty-three years. She is proud to have her three oldest children attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute! She is passionate about children of all ages and dedicated to providing the very best education and care for the children at the early childhood school she has owned for the past twelve years.


    Mary Beth Cotter, J.D.

    Mary Beth is Privacy Officer and contracts and compliance counsel at PI Worldwide an international management consulting firm in Wellesley, MA. Mary Beth is responsible for all contracts, intellectual property, and compliance with international and national privacy and security regulations.
    Prior to PI Worldwide, Mary Beth has been legal counsel at several technology and energy companies in the greater Boston area for over 30 years. She is a graduate of New England Law/Boston, Villanova University where she received her masters degree and Regis College where she received her bachelors degree.
    She lives in in South Natick with her husband Jack, and has three children: Elizabeth, John Matthew, and Cece who is a freshman majoring in biology and biotechnology and absolutely loves WPI! Mary Beth also serves on the Board of Trustees of Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Corporation. In her spare time, she volunteers as an English language tutor and supports NPH an international organization providing care for orphaned children throughout the Caribbean and is traveling to an orphanage in Honduras to volunteer later this year.


    Edward Crivello '81

    Edward is the Assistant to the Director at the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick Massachusetts. A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Chemical Engineering (81), he has over 30 years of experience in executing Army/DOD research, development, and acquisition activities. As the Assistant to the Director, he manages the daily operations of over 800 Science and Engineering professionals and staff who carry out basic research, applied technology and engineering development for Soldier related products including combat clothing and individual equipment, helmets, body armor, flame and chemical protective materials, aerial delivery systems, shelters, and combat rations. Mr. Crivello is an active member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Hopedale Country Club, and an MGB and Toy Train enthusiast. He lives in Franklin, Massachusetts with his wife Fernanda and two children, Matthew (WPI Class of 15) and Christina, a Franklin High School Senior.


    Lee Erb

    In my career, I spent 25 very rewarding years, employed by Digital/Compaq. I began as an order entry clerk and was managing a Tele-ordering organization with weekly revenues in excess of
    $40 million when I retired in 2000. After retiring, I volunteered daily at the schools my son attended, until he graduated. He is now a 4th year student at WPI majoring in Biomedical Engineering and is my proudest accomplishment - by far! I have lived in Nashua, New Hampshire for 36 years and work part time at a local middle school doing food service. In my leisure time, I enjoy cooking, reading and doing the never ending improvement projects around my home and garden.


    Kimberly Kossmann

    Kim is the owner of Simply Silk, an importer of silk scarves and shawls from Vietnam. She operates an e-commerce site, simplysilkscarves.com. Kim received her B.S. degree in psychology from Skidmore College in 1983 and her MBA in Marketing and International Business from New York University in 1988. She also holds a Master’s degree in Education from Simmons College. Kim has almost thirty years of experience in direct marketing, sales and recruiting. She is the mother of three sons, Peter, William and David. Peter is a freshman at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, majoring in Computer Science. William has attended both Frontiers and Launch at WPI. Kim lives in Concord, MA and enjoys educational travel, skiing, swimming and reading.


    Nancy Ryan Gray

    Nancy is the current Director and President of the Gordon Research Conferences (GRC), a position she had held since 2003. Gordon Research Conferences are a group of prestigious international scientific conferences that cover frontier research on topics in the biological, chemical, and physical sciences, and their related technologies. Nancy received her B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 and her Ph.D. in Fuel Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University in 1985. She was a Scientific Fellow at the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, during 1984.
    Prior to joining GRC, Nancy served as the Director of Membership at the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. She also worked ten years as an industrial research chemist at Exxon Production Research Company (now Exxon Mobile Upstream Research) in Houston, Texas. Nancy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Chemical Society.



    Carmen Perrone

    Carmen Perrone has over 20 years of experience in biological and biomedical research. Her expertise includes cellular biology, tissue bioengineering, chemical toxicology, metabolism and aging. Carmen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico and received a doctoral degree in cellular biology from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). She continued post-doctoral training at Brown University, the American Health Foundation and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. She held a research assistant professor position at the New York Medical College and later became a Senior Scientist and Assistant Director for Scientific Affairs at the Orentreich Foundation where she led research on aging and metabolic diseases. Currently, Carmen is the Director of Scientific Affairs at Databean LLC. She is the proud parent of a WPI undergraduate, class of 2016.


    Dr. Michael Perrone

    Dr. Michael Perrone is an IBM Master Inventor with over 20 years of experience in computer science, including 9 years in high performance computing and 7 years in seismic imaging. His mission includes contributing to IBM's systems strategy and driving exascale architectural co-design by performing detailed exploration of a wide variety of customer computational workloads, identifying specific actionable hardware requirements and to drive these requirements into next generation hardwired system designs. This work has lead to deep insight into algorithmic optimization techniques, including the analysis of multicore strengths and weaknesses, and has led to the design of novel supercomputing algorithms. Michael's team won the 2009 Platts Global Energy Award for the Commercial Technology of the Year (Repsol); his team also won the Graph500 competition seven times in a row, and has developed ground breaking algorithms for stream processing, including OPRA. His recent projects cover a variety of HPC workloads, including business analytics, graph algorithms, network intrusion detection, financial data stream processing, high-speed text indexing, seismic imaging, reservoir modeling, computational fluid dynamics, image processing, carbon sequestration and bioinformatics. His research includes algorithmic optimization for a variety of multicore processors, parallel computing and statistical machine learning. He received his PhD in Physics from Brown University and received a BS in Math and Physics from WPI.


    Joseph Perry

    Joe joined the high tech world after serving in the United States Air Force for 5 years. He has a strong passion for learning and challenging himself. In that spirit, while working full time, Joe earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a Master of Business Administration and a Masters of Science in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University.
    Joe has worked at IBM for over 17 years, currently serving as Regional Innovation Center Manager for the North American Eastern Region and Canada. In this position, Joe leads a team of technical and business professionals to deliver high-value technical and business enablement support across a diverse audience including Business Partners, Academics, Venture Capital firms and IT Professionals. He is currently working on a global project to build and grow technical skills within the IT practitioner community. At IBM, Joe also serves as a Global Technical Ambassador; in this leadership role he facilitates mentoring between IBM experts and client and technical professionals in emerging markets to help them address strategic business needs and grow organizational capacity.
    Joe lives in Canton, Mass., with his wife of 25 years, Roxana. They have two children, a daughter, who is a freshman at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a son attending the 10th grade at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Mass. Joe also serves on the Board of Advisors at Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester, Mass..


    Nuala Ronan
    Married for twenty years I am the mom of three boys - Jack, Sean and Aidan. Jack is the eldest and a freshman at WPI studying robotic engineering (one down, two to go!). When I’m not refereeing family matters I split my time between managing two companies – Databean, LLC and TrialPoint, Inc. Databean is a contract research organization dedicated to the design and management of clinical trials for novel technology companies. TrialPoint is a spin-off of Databean and develops clinical trial management software and mobile health apps. I hold a bachelor’s in nursing from Birmingham University, England and a post-bac premed degree from Columbia University, NY. I live in Brewster, NY and the rare time when I’m not working I love to read and travel.