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Dawn Leaks

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April 20th, 2015
Founder and CEO, Woman of Confidence Coaching and Consulting, LLC; Age 39 Dawn Leaks Dawn Leaks believes everyone has a God-given purpose in life. “Some people are operating within it, but others are not,” she said. “They stay...

Cherise Leclerc

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April 20th, 2015
Anchor, WSHM CBS 3 Springfield; Age 26 Cherise Leclerc Cherise Leclerc remembers how still, how quiet — how eerie — it was in Watertown that Friday in April, four days after the Boston Marathon bombings and just hours after a night of...

Eric Lesser

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April 20th, 2015
State Senator, First Hampden and Hampshire District; Age 30 Eric Lesser Eric Lesser likened it to being equipment manager for the 2004 World Series-winning Boston Red Sox. That’s how he chose to describe his time as “ground logistics...

Robert Levesque

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April 20th, 2015
President, R. Levesque Associates Inc.; Age 38 Robert Levesque Robert Levesque has always loved to work. “I’ve never had a job I didn’t like,” he told BusinessWest, adding that he comes from a family of entrepreneurs and...

Kate Lockhart

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April 20th, 2015
Development Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County; Age 24 Kate Lockhart ‘Extraordinary.’ That was the word Joel Morse, associate director of Corporate Support for WGBY, summoned repeatedly as he nominated Kate...

Marcos Marrero

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April 20th, 2015
Director, Office of Planning & Economic Development, City of Holyoke; Age 32 Marcos Marrero Marcos Marrero called it “a completely unexpected but certainly welcome development.” He was referring to Holyoke’s inclusion on...

Andrew Melendez

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April 20th, 2015
Executive Director, YMCA of Agawam; Age 27 Andrew Melendez Andrew Melendez acknowledged that the role of executive director of the recently opened YMCA of Agawam, a branch of the YMCA of Greater Springfield, is a huge step forward career-wise,...

Terra Missildine

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April 20th, 2015
Owner and Operations Manager, Beloved Earth Co.; Age 33 Terra Missildine Terra Missildine says there’s a lot more to being a ‘green’ cleaning company than simply using organic products. And she would know. Indeed, she and her...

Joel Mollison

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April 20th, 2015
President, Northeast IT Systems; Age 36 Joel Mollison As a student at Greenfield Community College in the mid-’90s, Joel Mollison couldn’t have imagined himself forging a career in information technology, much less starting his own...

Marcelia Muehlke

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April 20th, 2015
Owner, Celia Grace Wedding Dresses; Age 31 Marcelia Muehlke By now, many people in the Pioneer Valley know Marcelia Muehlke’s story — or at least how it starts. She was getting married six years ago, and as preparations got underway...

Hayes Murray

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April 20th, 2015
Audit Manager, Wolf & Co., P.C.; Age 33 Hayes Murray Faith plays an important role in Hayes Murray’s life, and he believes that “to whom much is given, much is expected.” “My wife and I have been blessed with good...

Christopher Novelli

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April 20th, 2015
Architect, Studio One Inc.; Age 36 Christopher Novelli Chris Novelli says he’s been drawing, designing, and stretching his imagination for about as long as he can remember. “I would draw little floor plans of my room and rearrange the...

Patrick Roach

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April 20th, 2015
Chief Financial Officer, Springfield Public Schools; Age 32 Patrick Roach Patrick Roach wants to improve the Springfield public-school system. “I care about the city, and want to make sure that every resource is allocated and invested...

Joseph Ruggeri

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April 20th, 2015
Owner, Ruggeri Real Estate; Age 37 Joseph Ruggeri Joseph Ruggeri’s life has been rife with opportunity. His family owned a business, he attended private school, and he was able to travel. “It was a given that I would go to college, do...

Dr. Anthony Sarage

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April 20th, 2015
Podiatric Surgeon, Western Massachusetts Podiatric Associates; Age 36 Dr. Anthony Sarage From his grade school days, Dr. Anthony Sarage was intrigued by medicine. “I always wanted to do something in the medical field — that was always...