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Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

Men of the Year Awards

You know who he is. A local man who leads by example and inspires others to demand a better world for women and girls.

As part of the Together is Better Campaign, the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts celebrated our inaugural Men of the Year Award recipients on Tuesday, October 13, at Twin Hills Country Club. This award honors men from our region who, in their professional or personal lives, have made significant contributions to ensure economic and social equity for women and girls.

Your Women's Fund is the leading philanthropic organization serving the needs of local women and girls. As authorities in the field, we design grant making programs utilizing the latest research, regional data and analysis, our network of renowned experts, and our unparalleled knowledge of home-grown efforts for gender equity and empowerment. We know we can't do it alone. Find out more.

Thank you to all of our finalists and to the winners of the Men of the Year, for all you do to make this a better community for all. You are all winners for area women & girls.

#TogetherIsBetter #MOYA

Robert Perry
Retired Partner, Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.

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Mid Career
David E. Sullivan
Northwestern District Attorney, Massachusetts

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Anthony Gulluni
Hampden County
District Attorney

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Above photos courtesy of Seth Kaye Photography

Lifetime Acheivement
York Mayo
Community Volunteer

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2015 Men of the Year Award Finalists


Justin Hurst Sr., Springfield City Councilor
Anthony Gulluni, Hampden County District Attorney
Jose Saavedra, Coordinator for Latino Education Institute (Springfield) / Chairman of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center Board


Rob Okun, Editor, Voice Male Magazine/Author, Voice Male
David E. Sullivan, Northwestern District Attorney, Massachusetts
Edward Nuñez, Assistant Vice President of Business Development, Freedom Credit Union


Senator Stanley Rosenberg, State Senator, Massachusetts State Senate
Robert Perry, Retired Partner, Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.
Dr. Robert L. Pura, President, Greenfield Community College
Peter Jessop, Founder, Integrity Development & Construction, Inc.
Dr. Steven Botkin, Director, Men's Resources International

Lifetime achievement

York Mayo, Community Volunteer


Emcees: Denise Hurst, Springfield School Committee
and Justin Hurst Sr., Springfield City Councilor

Honorary Hosts:

Janet Casey - Principal and Founder, My Marketing Doctor
Jeremy Casey, Assistant Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, Chicopee Savings Bank; Founder & President, Name Net Worth
Paul Doherty - Esquire, Doherty Wallace Pillsbury and Murphy
Allison Garriss - Director, Business Development & Projects, Clinical & Support Options.
Steve Grande - President/Owner, Meridian Group, LCC
Richard Griffin, Jr. - Senior Project Manager at City of Springfield, Massachusetts
Craig Harbison - Emeritus Professor at UMass Amherst
Jay and Pia Kumar - Owners, Universal Plastics & Mayfield Plastic
Senator Eric Lesser - State Senator
Mayor Alex Morse - Mayor, City of Holyoke
John (Jack) Pantera - Owner, Elements Massage and Jack Satori
Matthew Perry, Risk Mgt Consultant, Sinclair Risk & Financial Management
Robert J. Perry, CPA - Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.
Peter Picknelly - Chief Executive of Peter Pan Bus Lines
Stephen E. Spelman - Attorney at Law, Egan, Flanagan and Cohen, P.C.
Michelle Theroux, CEO, Berkshire Hills Music Academy
William Trudeau - President/CEO, Insurance Center of New England
Michael Vann - Principal, The Vann Group
Kevin Vann - Founder & Chairman, The Vann Group
Representative Aaron Vega - State Representative, 5th Hampden District
Andy Yee - General Manager at Hu Ke Lau Restaurant, Inc.

The Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts has public charity, nontaxable, 501(c)(3) status in the United States. We rely on the support of many generous individuals, foundations, and corporations. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.