Distinguished Alumni & Friends

WEDF Announces 2016 Honorees

The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. recently announced the 2016 Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the Worcester Public Schools.  They are:

John Anderson, Educator and Civic Leader, North High School
Erica Ayisi, International Journalist, Burncoat High School
Amy Lynn Chase, Entrepreneur, Worcester Vocational High School
Edward “Ted” Coghlin (posthumously), Business & Education Leader, Classical High School
Robert Goddard (posthumously), Rocket Scientist, South High School
James Leary, Government & Civic Leader, Burncoat High School
Gail Randall, Non-Profit Enthusiast, North High School
Daniel Sedgwick, Musician & Educator, Burncoat High School
Eric Sedgwick, Musician, Burncoat High School
Marcy Supovitz, Business Leader, Burncoat High School

The banquet honoring these remarkable alumni will be held on November 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hogan Campus Center at the College of the Holy Cross.  According to Tom Murray, chairman of the committee, “Once again we have a class of distinguished alumni who represent a spectrum of careers but share the common history of having been educated in the Worcester Public Schools.  Their success is an acknowledgement of the education that has been, and continues to be, provided by the dedicated teachers in the district.”

The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. (WEDF) is entering its eleventh year of operation and was established for the sole purpose of supporting the Worcester Public Schools in the areas of arts and culture, health and wellness, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and college and career readiness.

Banquet tickets are $60, or $500 for a table of ten, and may be purchased online, or by calling 508-688-4773.

For more information, contact wedfwps@gmail.com.

Banquet tickets



2015 Honorees

Mary Aframe – Burncoat High School – Health & Wellness Advocate
Phil Bolduc – Doherty Memorial High School – Physician
Arthur Chase, Posthumously – Commerce High School – Entrepreneur & Statesman
Leslie Fish – Doherty Memorial High School – Health Care Executive
Laura Goldstein – Doherty Memorial High School – Poet & Professor
Stephen Mills – Burncoat High School – Educational Leader
Joe O’Brien – Doherty Memorial High School – Civic Leader
Tony Simollardes – South High School – Editor & Journalist
Ann-Marie Soulliere – North High School – Philanthropy & Non-Profit Management Executive
Donna Mason Williams – North High School – Environmental Advocate
Gerry Weston & WICN – Friend of the Worcester Public Schools
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care – Friend of the Worcester Public Schools

Past Honorees

John Conte
Mary Beth Leonard
Paul Gervais (Posthumously)
The Honorable Mel Greenberg
Dorothy Hargrove & Gordon Hargrove
Mark Harootian
Frances Perkins (Posthumously)
William Soutra, Jr.
Joshua Swidler
UNUM Corporation
James Rushton
Jonathan Silverman


Myrna Benson
Laddavanh ‘Anna’ Bouphavichith
Deborah D. Cary
Allan P. ‘Kool Kojak’ Grigg
James Hogan
Alexis Hyder
Audrey Kurlan-Marcy
Erin Moran McCormick
Michael Orland
The Pagano Family
James Rushton
Jonathan Silverman


 John Durkin, Ed.D.
Jeffrey Greene
Robert Harizi, M.D.
Thomas Hehir, Ed.D.
The Honorable Jordan Levy
The Honorable Paul Mullaney
Rachel Markarian
Gladys Rodriguez-Parker
Milton Pederson
Ralph Santana
The Hanover Insurance Group


Charles Birbara, M.D.
Joanne Feinberg Goldstein
Lee Gurel
Jarrett Krosoczka
Helena and Christos Liazos
Miguel Lopez
Jessie Randall
Stephen Pezzella, M.D.
Isaac Spencer
The Junior League of Worcester