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Giving Day 2021 Challenge Sponsors

June Stehle Gara ’61
Big Giving Day Challenge Sponsor

June GaraI can easily recall so many fond memories of Endicott: the classes, dorms, and friendships. 

It is hard to face the fact this was 60 years ago. I stay in touch with Endicott by serving on the Florida Board of Advisors and participating in Endicott’s annual Florida Swing events in March. Attending my 55th Reunion five years ago and my recent summer visit made me so proud and grateful for the opportunity to be an Endicott alumna. I hope the entire Endicott community, and especially the Class of 1961, will join me in contributing to the legacy for current and future generations of students.


Mercedes Guiance & Gary Pare P’21 P’24
Parent Challenge Sponsors

GuianceAs parents of two Endicott students (our daughter is a senior in the education program and our son is a freshman in the engineering program) and members of the Parent’s Council, we have been very impressed with how well Endicott prepares students for real life after college. There is a great sense of community and support for both parents and their students. We are very excited about the vision that Dr. DiSalvo has for the future of Endicott, and we would like to encourage all members of the Endicott community to join us in supporting Giving Day to make this vision a reality.


Jon & Andrea Gruber P’21
Class of 2021 Challenge Sponsors

GrubersJonathan and Andrea Gruber are the proud parents of Jack Gruber ’21. Jonathan is a Professor at MIT and Andrea is a Nursing Home Ombudsman. We are so happy that Jack transferred to Endicott in his sophomore year. The school has been an amazing place for him to flourish. He has learned a lot, made great friends, and grown into a wonderful adult. We hope that our donation can help others have their own incredible Endicott experience!


Ashley Walenta ’14
Gulls of the Last Decade (GOLD) Alumni Challenge

WalentaI graduated from Endicott in 2014 with a degree in sports management and a minor in business. While at Endicott, I played for the Women’s Basketball team for three years, serving as Captain my junior year. Since graduating, I have combined my internship experiences, my passion for athletics, and my interest in the nonprofit sector as I seek to make a difference in my community. Currently, I work for an organization called Shooting Touch, which uses the power of sport to bridge opportunity gaps for youth and women in Boston and Rwanda. Endicott is where I grew and found myself, from helping me navigate my career to the network of faculty, students, and alumni I have met along the way. Now, as a member of the GOLD Leadership Council, I’m hoping to encourage more young alumni to give back to what they’re passionate about at Endicott.


Jeff Scola ’10
20002010 Decade Challenge Sponsor

ScolaAs a member of the Class of 2010, I'm inspired by the progress that I've seen Endicott continue to make year-after-year and I'm prouder than ever to call myself an alum. I've been fortunate to be able to give back in a few different ways, such as serving as the Vice President of the Alumni Council and offering what philanthropic support I can to a variety of Endicott initiatives. March 3 is a chance for us all to show our pride in Endicott by supporting Giving Day. To help promote participation amongst the most recent decade, I am pleased to support a challenge gift. What I love about the Giving Day challenges is that every donation makes a significant impact, regardless of amount, so I'd ask that you consider participating in any way you can on March 3. GO GULLS!


Patricia Heftler 66
Reunion Challenge Sponsor

HeflterIt has been a pleasure for me to serve on Endicott College's Board of Trustees since 2006. During my tenure as a Board member, I have seen the College flourish in so many wonderful ways. I know that Endicott's growth would not be possible without the generous support from alumni, parents, and friends. And because of this, I felt inspired to provide this year's Reunion Gift Challenge with the hope that those Endicott alumni celebrating their reunion this year, like me, will support Giving Day with a special reunion gift.


Fred & Jennifer Fournier P’20 P’23
Forever a Gull Challenge Sponsors

FournierMy wife Jennifer and I are fortunate to have two sons currently attending Endicott, which has been a perfect fit for them. The community has been very embracing to them both academically and athletically. We have had a presence on campus for the last seven years and we have had the good fortune of cultivating meaningful relationships with other parents and their students. Endicott is a very fine institution and we feel that our financial support will allow the College to continue their mission of educating and preparing students for success.


Richard Tepper P’19, Principal of Next-Gen Supply Group
Forever a Gull Challenge Sponsor

Next Gen Supply GroupOur son Joey transferred to Endicott for his second semester of freshman year. The way that the students and faculty made him a part of the Gull family had a huge impact not only on Joey, but on our entire family. Our family business, Next-Gen Supply Group, is the official janitorial supply company of the College. We hope our yearly donation will inspire other alumni and local businesses to donate in order to help Endicott continue to grow.


Sheila Walsh ’78
Alumni John Endicott Society Challenge Sponsor

WalshSheila Walsh manages strategic account sales at GitLab. She is a highly accomplished, versatile sales leader with more than 20 years of experience in the software industry. Sheila is a graduate of the Class of 1978 and a current member of the Board of Trustees. 



Robert Rosenbaum P’20 
Parent John Endicott Society Challenge Sponsor

As the parent of a recent graduate, it has been a pleasure to remain actively involved with Endicott. I continue to serve on the College's NYC Board of Advisors and help the College in any way I can. With my challenge gift, I am encouraging Endicott parents to enroll in the John Endicott Society. Please know that your gift is an investment in your students' education, and makes a difference in so many important ways. Please join me, and other parents, in supporting Endicott on March 3!


Cathie Macrelli MHA'79 B.S.'15 M'18
Malden Hospital School of Nursing Challenge Sponsor

MacrelliMalden Hospital and Endicott’s nursing programs made me the nurse I am today. I graduated with a degree in nursing from Malden Hospital in 1979. After working as an RN on the front lines for over 30 years, I realized in order to grow my career, I needed to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Endicott’s School of Nursing was the obvious choice. I obtained my BSN in 2015 and my MSN in 2018. As a student in the late ‘70’s, we learned in the classroom and right down the road in Malden Hospital, with experiences complementing our classroom learning. Endicott’s School of Nursing has continued that legacy and promotes experiential learning for their nursing students today. By supporting the Malden Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Scholarship at Endicott College, we guarantee that the story of Malden Hospital is continued. The scholarship not only provides essential financial support for the next generation of nurses, but does so while maintaining the legacy of Malden Hospital. It is my honor to support it and help it grow.


Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
President’s Challenge Sponsor

Dr. DiSalvoDr. DiSalvo is Endicott’s seventh President and is proud to sponsor the President’s Challenge for the second consecutive year. The College has an impressive record of faculty and staff giving year-after-year—a demonstration of the pride our community has for the ways in which we foster academic, extracurricular, and professional success in our students.