The following was submitted by McCauley Logue Communications.
A victim’s advocate, a children’s theater director and a farm manager were among the young South Shore leaders honored tonight at South Shore Stars’ third annual “40 Under 40 Awards.”
Held in a waterfront tent at Siros at Marina Bay, the cocktail reception and awards gala was hosted by FOX 25 Anchor and Quincy resident Sorboni Banerjee (below with Quincy City Councilor Margaret Laforest); legendary local newsman Chet Curtis, also a Quincy resident, served as honorary chair of the event, which benefits Stars’ early childhood and youth development programs across the South Shore.
First launched in 2010 to mark South Shore Stars’ 40th anniversary, the 40 Under 40 Awards recognizes 40 emerging South Shore leaders under the age of 40 for their professional accomplishments, civic engagement and demonstrated leadership potential.
“We were really pleased by the diversity of this year’s recipients,” said Executive Director Sheri Adlin, noting that awardees came from a variety of South Shore towns and represented a wide range of occupations. “One of the goals of the awards is to inspire young people by presenting them with role models of young people who are making a difference in their communities, and this year’s 40 Under 40 Award recipients demonstrate that there are many ways to make a positive impact.”
Recipients of this year’s awards include:
- Nadine Aniello, 39, of Braintree, owner of Bling Boutique.
- Keith Asack, 23, of Stoughton, owner and lead engineer of Keep the Edge Studio.
- Alexandra Avedisian, 38, of Brockton, community health and wellness outreach supervisor, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center.
- Chris Cassani, 27, of Cambridge, director of constituent services for the City of Quincy. Pictured below with his wife and grandmother.
- Theodore Ciolkosz Jr.,36 of Hingham, financial advisor with Investment Advisory Group.
- Michael Connolly, 35, of Quincy, manager of New England account development for Windstream.
- Dr. Jennifer Curtis-Whipple, 39 of Weymouth, principal, Weymouth Public Schools.
- Jonathan Dunn, 32, of Norwell, owner of Lavishly Dunn Catering.
- Deanna Elliot, 27, of Lakeville, executive director and founder, The Marble Collection.
- David Ellis, 28, of Weymouth, commercial real estate professional, Jack Conway & Co.
- Maia Germain, 38, of Hingham, vice president, State Street Corp.
- Marisa Gianino, 35, of Marshfield, vice president, State Street Corp.
- Sean Glennon, 32, of Quincy, principal planner for the City of Quincy.
- Kirsten Hughes, 35, of Quincy, attorney and Ward 5 city councilor. Pictured below with Donna Mavromates of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce and her mother.
- Heather Hughes, 29, of East Bridgewater, early intervention developmental specialist with South Bay Mental Health.
- Joy John, 38, of Duxbury, dentist and owner, Duxbury Children’s Dentistry.
- Josh Koenig, 28, of Plymouth, chiropractic doctor and owner, Koenig Chiropractic.
- Eric LaPrade, 25, of North Attleboro, Music Department chair, Randolph Public Schools.
- Jennifer Logan, 37, of Weymouth, supervisor of community programs, South Shore Hospital.
- Joanna McCarthy, 37, of Holbrook, director of development, South Shore Charter Public School.
- Bridget Meigs, 34, of Easton, farm manager, The Farm at Stonehill.
- Jonathan Mendez, 26, of Quincy, owner, Zamforia Industries.
- Patrick O’Connor, 27, of Weymouth, vice president, Weymouth Town Council.
- F. Marie Pierre, 31, of Boston, vice president, State Street Corp.
- Jeffrey Poirier, 30, of Quincy, senior manager, Quincy Memorials.
- Chad Puclowski, 32, of Hanover, campus minister and science teacher, Xaverian Brothers High School.
- George H. Raymond, 33, of Weymouth, realtor, Herbert W. Raymond & Son Realtors.
- David Robinson, 31, of Norwell, executive vice president, Rogers & Grey Insurance.
- Kaitlin Robinson, 29, of Norwell, attorney, Hutchings, Barsamian, Mandelcorn & Zeytoonian, LLP.
- Alpha Sanford, 30, of Quincy, head of Randolph High School Special Education Department.
- Sacha Santimano, 30, of Quincy, head women’s basketball coach, Eastern Nazarene College and member, U.S. Air Force Reserves.
- Megan Selchan, 31, of Foxboro, licensed mental health counselor at Step One Early Intervention.
- Chris Sherman, 27, of Duxbury, director of marketing, Island Creek Oysters
- Heather Shruhan, 35, of Brockton, Safe Corners outreach supervisor, Old Colony YMCA.
- Danielle Smith, 34, of Pembroke, victim and witness advocate, Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.
- Hillary Taverna, 21, of Hingham, Fairfield University graduate and community volunteer.
- Marquis Taylor, 28, of Boston, founder, Coaching for Change, Inc.
- Megan Ward, 29, of Quincy, director of development, Bay State Community Services.
- Tara Brooke Watkins, 32, of Quincy, founder and director, South Shore School of Theatre. Pictured below with her husband.
- Joseph Weeks, 27, of Hanson, Quincy College professor and clinician, Bay State Community Services.