James J. Pietro, president of the Worcester Academy Board of Trustees, announced that the board had elected two new members at its spring meeting. The new trustees are Patricia Z. Eppinger of Grafton and Luke M. Vaillancourt ’01 of Sutton. Each was elected to a three-year term on the board.
Eppinger is an adjunct professor of management communication and a former consultant with McKinsey & Company. Vaillancourt is director of digital marketing for Vaillancourt Folk Art (VFA) in Sutton.
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Patricia “Patty” Z. Eppinger is an adjunct professor of management communication and a former consultant with McKinsey & Company. Most recently, Eppinger taught in the M.B.A. programs at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Eppinger received her undergraduate degree in economics and government from the College of William & Mary, and her M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business. She is the current chair of the Ecotarium Board of Trustees in Worcester, is an overseer of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts, and is a founding trustee of the Worcester Education Collaborative. She is active in the Women’s Initiative of the United Way, and served as a trustee of Touchstone Community School for three years.
She and her husband, Fred, live in Grafton with their three children, including Kathryn ’16.
Luke M. Vaillancourt is director of digital marketing for Vaillancourt Folk Art (VFA) in Sutton, MA. He is responsible for managing VFA’s Web presence, its eCommerce capabilities, advertising, and its business relationships. The company – one the last American-made Christmas studios – sells to 300 stores nationwide, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, and Macy’s.
Mr. Vaillancourt attended Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where he received a bachelor of science in new media publishing, as well as a master’s degree in contemporary publishing trends, and communication & media technology. Following graduation, he worked in the digital department of an advertising agency, as well as having worked as an independent digital media developer.
In 2008, Mr. Vaillancourt founded WorcesterScene.com, an online directory, calendar, and entertainment Web site. He published “Interactivity in Advertising” (RIT) in 2007, and “Marketing4Digital: Advertising” (PIA / GATFPress) in 2006. Currently, his specialties include leveraging technology and marketing – in particular, those areas related to research, social media trends, print media technologies, and new media interactions.
Mr. Vaillancourt became a member of the Worcester Academy Board of Visitors in 2007, and is a longtime supporter of Worcester Academy, and of the Worcester Art Museum.
A resident of Sutton, he is engaged to be married in the Fall of 2010.
Worcester Academy is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6 to 12 and postgraduates. Our urban setting, diverse community, and challenging curriculum provide students with a solid, real-world education. Information at www.worcesteracademy.org.
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