Six Assumption Alumni Named to WBJ’s 40 Under Forty List

Aug 19, 2020

The Worcester Business Journal’s annual 40 Under Forty list, comprised of the region’s top young professionals, includes six Assumption alumni. The below individuals are just a few of the many alumni who are using their Catholic liberal arts education from Assumption University to make a difference in their field, and in the communities in which they live. 

Tracy Baldelli ’15, associate director of development at WPI, not only stays connected to her alma mater as an alumni ambassador as well as a member of the President’s Council, but is an active volunteer in a number of local organizations. 

Fouad El-Nemr ’14, executive vice president of Nouria Energy Corporation, began working for the company as an intern in 2010. During his journey to EVP, he has helped rebrand the company as well as implemented initiatives supporting the Central Mass. community. 

Robyn Kennedy ’03, associate executive director of mission, programs and community impact for the YWCA of Central Massachusetts, is a tireless advocate for equality and has dedicated herself to bettering the lives of those around her through community work and volunteerism.  

Emmanuel Larbi ’14, co-founder of Akra Eatery & Juice Bar, was a biology graduate who shifted gears from cancer researcher to entrepreneur. Through Accra Girls, a Ghanaian restaurant he opened in 2017, and his new eatery inside Worcester Public Market, Larbi is showcasing natural food influenced by West African cooking traditions. 

Jason Muise ’03 is the chief underwriting officer for the marine department at Hanover Insurance. Muise began working for the company’s underwriting training program in 2003 and has quickly ascended the ranks over the last 17 years.  

Genie-Rae C. Richard ’03, began her career as a staff accountant at O’Connor, Maloney & Company, P.C., and over the next ten years worked her way up to her current position as the firm’s audit manager. Richard helped the firm become a virtually paperless and more competitive organization. 

The Worcester Business Journal invites nominations for those to be considered for the 40 Under Forty list. Those nominated must be working in Central Massachusetts, living in Massachusetts, and be under 40 years of age. The nominees were then scored by a panel of judges with the highest-scoring eligible nominees being named to the 40 Under Forty list.