November 1, 2016

The College is pleased to welcome these esteemed individuals to the Mount Ida Board of Trustees: 

Deborah M. Kolb, Ph.D. 

Deborah Kolb is the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Professor for Women and Leadership (Emerita) at the Simmons School of Management, and is widely considered one of the world’s preeminent scholars in the field of negotiations in the workplace.

Currently she is a Senior Fellow in and Co-Director of the Negotiations in the Workplace Project at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Professor at the INSEAD School of Business.

Kolb is the author of nine books, including Negotiation at Work: Turn Big Wins into Big Gains (2015), The Shadow Negotiation: How Women Can Master the Hidden Agendas that Determine Bargaining Success (2000), and Hidden Conflict in Organizations: Uncovering Behind the Scenes Disputes (1992), and dozens of publications and presentations.

In addition to her research, Kolb organizes and leads executive development programs for senior women and serves as a consultant to organizations interested in retaining and advancing the best women.  Recent clients include Campbell Soup, Eli Lilly, IBM, Dana-Farber Cancer Center, The Ford Foundation, and Harvard University School of Education.

She holds a Ph.D. from the Sloan School at MIT, an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, and a B.A. from Vassar College.

Rebecca Ridley 

Rebecca Ridley, an alumna of Mount Ida College, is the owner of the Davis Funeral Home and past president of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association.

She started as an apprentice embalmer at Davis in 1990, became General Manager in 1996 and purchased the company in 2001. In 2005, she opened a second location in Mattapan and has dramatically increased business from 150 to 400 cases per year over the past decade.

She is on the Board of Advisors of the Roxbury YMCA, a former Board member of HEARTH, and a former Board member of the Governor’s African American Advisory Commission.

Ridley holds a B.A. in Economics from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Diploma in Funeral Service Education from Mount Ida.

Gregg H. Rosen 

Gregg Rosen, an expert in all phases of designing, building project management, equipment and furnishings for financial institutions, is President of NES Group, an award-winning company in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

Banker and Tradesman has awarded his company Gold Awards for Best Building, Design and Architect as Design Construction and his company was honored by the Family Business Association with its Small Business Award in 2015.

He has managed hundreds of projects over the past 29 years, including land acquisition construction, fit outs, and property site analysis.  Recent projects have included the CAP Com Federal Credit Union, Marlboro Savings Bank, Charles River Bank, and GFA Credit Union.

He is past president of the Worcester State University Foundation Board and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Tampa. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Worcester State University.

Rosen’s son, Zachary Rosen, is a 2014 alumnus of Mount Ida and president of the Mount Ida Alumni Association.

Alison Taunton-Rigby, Ph.D., O.B.E.

Alison Taunton-Rigby is internationally recognized for her leadership in the research, development and promotion of biotechnology.  She has served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of multiple biotechnology firms, including Robnovix which she co-founded, CMT, Aquila Biopharmaceutical, Mitotix, and Cambridge Biotech Corporation.

Previously, she served as a Senior Vice President of Biotherapeutics at Genzyme and as a senior consultant in health industries management and an industry analyst at Arthur D. Little.

Taunton-Rigby was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II, received an honorary degree from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom and the Presidential Medal from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

She serves on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Columbia Funds, and ICI Mutual Insurance Company.  She is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Life Science Center and served on the transition teams for both Governor Deval Patrick and Governor Mitt Romney.

Taunton-Rigby is also a director of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Board in Health Law, Policy and Management at Boston University.

She is a graduate of the AMP at the Harvard Business School, and received a Ph.D. and a B.S. from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Amanda Clarke with (l-r) Owen Leach, Eric Hunn and Jason Donati

Amanda Clarke with (l-r) Owen Leach, Eric Hunn and Jason Donati

The first-of-its-kind art exhibition, celebrating women in game art and animation opened to a packed house on October 27. Keynote speaker Amanda Clarke, a UI Artist at Demiurge Students shared her insights on the industry and offered great advice to all who attended the event in the School of Design.

Clarke, part of Boston’s creative community since graduating from RISD in 2004, is an accomplished designer and illustrator with more than ten years of experience in mobile media, animation, web and print. She counts among her projects; Marvel Puzzle Quest, Lucky Super Slots, Healthyville, World Zombination and BMO Snaps.

A games fan since an early age, she has worked tirelessly at her craft and passion, but she added a caveat to the emerging artists in attendance, to not confuse passion for productivity.

She highlighted some of the tools she’s used along the way, including; getting to know and understand your worth, becoming highly organized, honing your ability to prioritize, and the value of finding a mentor.

She related how she has had to overcome the ‘imposter syndrome’ that plagues many artists, urging students to learn how to advocate for themselves and to discover not only what they want, but what they don’t want. “If work or a situation is toxic, then you are allowed to quit or say no,” Clarke said.

Most importantly, she added, you should be open to opportunities, replace your fears with faith and know that your style will find you.

“This is a marathon, not a sprint,” she added and urged that you should be sure to take care of yourself.


November 1, 2016

Suzanne St. Germain, Ed.D.,  Department Chair of Professional Studies in Education and Professor Susan Donnellan were busy on recruiting visits.  This “Teaching Tree” artwork is the result of the presentation that they did with the students from the Tri-County Regional Vocational School in Franklin, MA.   “The tree represents the students’ perspectives on “Best Practices” in Early Childhood settings,” says St. Germain.

Professors St. Germain and  Donnellan will be returning to meet the junior class in the Early Childhood Education Track at the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in the spring.