, Salem, MA

April 10, 2013

Business Briefcase

The Salem News

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Salem resident Lori Etringer was a recipient of Partners HealthCare’s Jack Connors Jr. Award for her excellence in philanthropy in the fields of psychiatry and behavioral health. Etringer serves as the director of development at McLean Hospital. During her tenure at McLean, Etringer has helped raise more than $72 million. The Jack Connors Jr. Award for fundraising excellence was established in 2012 to honor distinguished volunteers and staff who exemplify the qualities of excellence, commitment and inspiration embodied by Connors, the former chairman of the Partners Board. The awards were presented at a ceremony at the Sheraton Boston.


Windover Construction, a Manchester-based builder of commercial projects for institutional and corporate clients, added the following local professionals to their team: project administrator John Carey, a Hamilton resident and former member of the GE Hudson River Dredging Project and JP Morgan Chase; project administrator Suzy Clancy, a Beverly resident and former employee of Bond Brothers, Berry (a division of Suffolk Construction), Mullen Advertising and Beverly Hospital; and project executive Peter C. Gourdeau, a Hamilton resident, director of the Salem Five Cents Savings Bank and the Salem Five Bancorp, and former senior vice president of Gourdeau Limited Inc.


At the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts’ annual meeting, Michele Liu Baillie of North Shore Patents was elected as the association’s North Shore regional director. The WBA’s membership is composed of women lawyers, judges, policymakers and law students across Massachusetts and is committed to the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society.


Kevin Farrar, a full-time real estate professional, has joined J. Barrett & Company’s Beverly Farms office. Farrar has an extensive background in marketing in various industries, including telecommunications, insurance and hospitality.


Beverly resident Jennifer Forster has been promoted to director of public partnerships for Network Health, a Massachusetts health plan that provides access to high-quality health care for more than 215,000 Massachusetts residents with low and moderate incomes. Forster previously served as Network Health regulatory affairs manager. In her new role, Forster will oversee all of the health plan’s contract relationships with state and federal agencies. She will also serve as the primary resource for companywide education and training around contracts and regulatory requirements. Additionally, Forster will be responsible for maintaining regulatory compliance in conjunction with the health plan’s compliance officer. Forster joined Network Health in 2005 as a project manager in government relations and business development. Prior to joining Network Health, Forster served as the fundraising account manager at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay in Peabody; mentoring program coordinator at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University; and assistant/community worker at YWCA of Sydney Big Sister, Big Brother in Sydney, Australia. Forster graduated with a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in marketing, also from Syracuse University.


The Trustees of the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, which annually provides funding support to New England college and university professors for study domestically and abroad, have selected three members of the Salem State University faculty as recipients of the highly competitive grant. The following faculty members were among 27 chosen from 93 applications:

Political science professor Jennifer Jackman’s award is for travel to Yellowstone National Park to participate in the Stewardship of Public Lands: Politics and the Yellowstone Ecosystem seminar. The seminar will focus on controversies over wolves, bison and grizzly bears.

Sociology professor Yvonne Vissing, who also serves as director of Salem State’s Center for Childhood and Youth Studies, received a Whiting Foundation grant to support her conversations with faculty and administrators at model programs in childhood and adolescent studies at universities in the United Kingdom. Her goal is to determine how they instruct undergraduate and graduate students in the delivery of interdisciplinary and interdepartmental instruction.

English professor Stephenie Young’s Whiting Foundation grant will support a trip to Chile and Argentina, where she will conduct research on late 20th-century Latin American literature and visual arts associated with human rights for two new courses that she will teach for the English Department and for the university’s new Holocaust and genocide studies certificate program. The grant will allow Young the opportunity to collect essential course material from national libraries, archives, museums and memorial sites in the region.

Whiting Foundation fellowships were established in 1965 to stimulate and broaden the minds of teachers in order to enhance the quality of their instruction.


MHTV, a membership-based nonprofit organization operated by Marblehead Community Access & Media, was awarded top honors for “Overall Excellence in Public Access Television” by the Northeast Chapter of the Alliance for Community Media. The award recognizes a local cable station’s entire range of programming and responsiveness to community needs. MHTV won in the small to midsize station category. MHTV was also the first-place winner in the “Sports Programming” category and second-place winner in the “Children & Youth” category for its “Marblehead Youth News” program.


Laura Lanes Skin Care in Salem has been named a Bioelements World Class Spa for 2013 by Bioelements Professional Skin Care, a system of take-home and pro-use products used in professional facials for more than 20 years. Bioelements World Class spas are selected to represent the country’s best in spa amenities and a dedication to excellence in the spa industry. Laura Lanes Skin Care is located at 242 Essex St.


Couturier Ralph Lauren chose Penguin Hall in Wenham as the photographic setting for his 2013 fall collection to reflect his fashions’ Edwardian style. Famed artist and photographer Shelia Metzner, whose work has been featured in exhibits around the world, was on-site shooting photos of the collection. Built in 1929, Penguin Hall, formerly the headquarters for Mullen Communications, is being transformed into Wise Living’s latest senior independent-living community by owner Jim Mullen and developer Chris Wise.