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.
I am Sandy Burgess and live in Plymouth, MA with my husband Brad and two sons Allan and Dana. I work as an ASD para-professional for the Plymouth Public Schools. I am also a part-time college student at BCC and am pursuing a degree in Moderate Special Education. My husband Brad is a fleet mechanic and shop foreman for a cell phone company. Allan is a sophomore at WPI and is currently pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree. His brother Dana is a Jr. at Plymouth North HS and is hoping to follow in his footsteps and pursue a Computer Engineering degree at WPI as well. I am a woman of faith who enjoys spending time with my family, learning, football & baseball, gardening and walking our dogs on the beautiful Plymouth waterfront.
Charles D. Cox ’79
Charlie leads strategic business activities for the United Technologies Aerospace Systems (UTAS, formerly Goodrich) ISR Systems Space & Defense Business. In this role, he develops and directs long-range strategies for pursuit of target markets, as well as leading efforts associated with capture of new awards.
Charlie started his career with Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY prior to joining Itek Optical Systems in Lexington, MA and then moving to Danbury, CT when Itek was acquired. As an Engineer and Program Manager, Charlie held positions of increasing responsibility on a variety of technology advances and Electro-Optical payload developments and applies this expertise in his leadership of New Business for ISR Space & Defense Systems.
Charlie holds a Masters Degree in Aerospace Sciences from the University of Rochester and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
While at WPI, Charlie was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Skull class of 1979. He and his wife Colleen live in Sandy Hook, CT and summer in his home town of Bourne, MA. Charlie and Colleen’s daughter Rachele is a Biotechnology major, a member of the Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority and a member of the Skull class of 2013.
Colleen graduated with a Bachelor from State University at Potsdam with a degree in Computer Science. She has held IT positions with Xerox Corporation in Rochester, NY; Wang Laboratories in Lowell, MA; Bridgeport Public School in Bridgeport, CT and currently at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT where she is an Instructional Design Coordinator for the Department of Nursing.
Colleen and Charlie have two children who are studying for careers in Biology. Their daughter Rachele is a senior at WPI and their son Jesse will be continuing his education at UCONN upon his return from deployment in Afghanistan. She was introduced to WPI by her husband Charlie and has encouraged both their children to attend the Frontier’s program the summers prior to their senior years in high school.
Colleen is a Relay for Life volunteer as a member of a team that has raised over $125,000 to help fund cancer research.
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.
Samuel M. DiCapua
I am a family physician who has been in independent private practice for over 20 years. Currently, I split my time equally between direct patient care and medical management. I live on the coast of Maine with my wife of 25 years, Betsy. We have two lovely daughters, one who recently graduated from The College of the Holy Cross and is now living and working in Boston. The other is a junior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute majoring in Biomedical Engineering. I consider myself a “foodie”. I have a special interest in and collect Italian wine. I am a lifelong learner and enjoy travel and long drives along the coast.
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.
Mark Healey is the President of Badger Licensing LLC - a joint venture technology licensing business between ExxonMobil and Technip based in near Boston, Massachusetts in the USA. Badger Licensing LLC is the world’s leading licensor of Styrenics and Phenolics technologies with more than 50% of the world’s cumene, ethylbenzene and on purpose styrene production being based on Badger technology.
A native of Australia, Mark graduated from Monash University with Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. He also holds a Master's degree in Engineering Science from the University of Melbourne.
Mark joined an Exxon-Mobil joint venture in 1982 as a process engineer at the Polyethylene facility in Altona, about 10 miles southwest of Melbourne, Australia. In 1995, he moved to the U.S. and has progressed through positions of increasing responsibility in Project Engineering, Marketing, and Research and Development. Immediately prior to his current role in Badger, he was the Global Technology Manager for ExxonMobil Chemical's Films Business – the world’s leading producer of oriented propylene films for the packaging and labeling industries.
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.
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.