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Executive Committee

  • Brian Gibbons ’99 – President


  • Brian Dunne ’13 - Vice President

    Born and raised in Massachusetts, Brian Dunne graduated from Norwich University in 2013 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Active in the Corps of Cadets, Brian served as a Rook cadre member, and served on and chaired the Corps Honor Committee. Following Norwich, Brian attended Vermont Law School, graduated in 2016, and returned to Vermont through a role with National Life Group. Brian continues to actively volunteer at Norwich, and in addition to Board of Directors responsibilities, Brian works as a club officer with both the NU Club of Burlington and the NU Law and Legal Professionals Association.

  • Joey Mac Dizon ’11 - Vice President

    Joey Mac Dizon '11 is a member of the Norwich University Alumni Association board and graduated Norwich in 2011 with a degree in History. He is a United States Marine Corps Iraqi War Veteran, works for a Veteran nonprofit, Hope For The Warriors, and is the CEO and cofounder of The Mobile Cigar Lounge and Belleau Wood Cigars in New Jersey.
  • MaryAnne Burke ’86 & P’18 - Secretary

    MaryAnne earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Norwich University, Northfield, VT. MaryAnne received her Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation in 1996. MaryAnne has also been a Norwich University Alumni Association Board of Directors member since 2016. She is the Secretary and on the Executive Committee since 2020.

    MaryAnne is the Retail Practice Leader and responsible for managing Aon’s experience and expertise to provide services and intellectual capital to the Retail clients including Retail Regional Round Tables, the Annual Retail Symposium, Email Forums, WebEx Meetings, LinkedIn exclusive site for Aon clients, and other related forums.

    Additionally, MaryAnne is a Strategic Account Executive at Aon. Her current responsibilities include the strategizing of renewal programs, white boarding, Client Promise methodology, and overseeing the daily maintenance of her retail clients, while offering the best risk solutions of Aon her clients. MaryAnne joined Aon in October 2009 as an Account Executive in the Stamford, CT office. She has 30 years’ experience in the industry and has worked with a varied group of domestic and global clients.

    Prior to joining Aon, MaryAnne was in the Property and International practice at Marsh, leading a division and was appointed Managing Director in 2006. She has worked closely with a wide variety of large clients assisting them to implement and maintain comprehensive risk management programs.

    MaryAnne is committed to providing excellent service to clients using every resource available. Her strengths include strong organizational skills, client advocacy, Risk Management account coordination.

  • Eddie Habeck ’99 & M’10 - Staff Liaison

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Board Members

  • James DiGiacomo ’89

    Jim DiGiacomo, has been with Medline for 28 years. He began his career as a sales representative in Boston and in the New England Region in 1991 and spent 8 years in this territory. Subsequently, he spent 9 years managing the target business in the New England sales region for the company. 

    During the 9 years Jim had responsibilities for Field Training new reps and held a dual position of Operating Room Specialist. In 1999, Jim moved to the Sr. Account Management position. In this position, his responsibilities include managing 7 reps and one full time IDN specialist to manage target accounts for operations, GPO compliance and product conversions. In 2011 was promoted to Division Vice President for the Northeast Division. In 2014 I accepted a promotion to Vice President of Integrated Health networks for the Northeast Region. In 2018 I accepted the position of Vice President of Sales for the North East Division. Currently managing 85 acute care sales reps, managers and clinical specialists throughout the NY/NJ/Conn/New England Area.

    • Norwich University 1989 BS Biology
    • American International College MBA 1991 

    Membership and Awards:
    • Norwich University Military College of Vermont
    • Alumni Club of Boston – President for 8 years
    • Partridge Society – Lifetime Level
    • Nucleus Participant
    • 2009 New Leadership Achievement Award
    • Novation Sales Rep of the Year (1998); Division Manager of the year 2013

    Personal: Married for 28 years to wife Gloria
    Three Daughters – Gabriella (25), Katrina (22), Gina Rose (21)
    Special Interests: Hunting
  • Patrick “Gene” Enriquez ’07

    Major Patrick “Gene” Enriquez started his undergraduate studies at Norwich University in AY 2000. Enriquez left NU in 2004 to enlist as an infantryman in the Vermont Army National Guard deploying to Ramadi, Iraq in 2005 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following Iraq, he immediately returned to NU and completed his BA in History in 2007. Enriquez then attended Officer Candidate School, and received a commission as an Infantry Officer in the Vermont Army National Guard. Enriquez was assigned to the 86th Infantry Brigade, and served in Paktia, Afghanistan in 2010 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

    Later, he served as Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Fifth Army and returned to Vermont to serve as a Company Commander again in the 86th Brigade. In 2017, Enriquez was selected for an assignment to North Macedonia to serve at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje as the Deputy Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation. In three years in North Macedonia, Enriquez helped contributed to some historic events for the country’s military including the country’s accession into NATO in March 2020. In September 2020, Enriquez returned to Vermont and is now the Executive Officer for the 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment, headquartered in St. Albans, Vermont and preparing for another deployment to Europe. 

    Gene maintained his NU ties throughout his career, serving as the head of the NU Club of Burlington, member of the board of the Sullivan Museum, and a sponsor for NU cadets on exchange in the Balkans. He was selected to be a member of the NUAA board in 2020. 
  • Justina George ’17 & M’20

  • Jennifer Goudreau ’90

    Jenny is a multi-faceted facilitator, coach, and educator, with 25+ years of leadership experience, as well as persistence and positivity, to the design and delivery of employee and organizational development initiatives. She currently serves as a faculty member for the Girard School of Business at Merrimack College, and supports non-profit organizations as a consultant and trainer with Empower Success Corps New England. Jenny holds a B.A. in Psychology, a M.A. in Human Behavior, and is a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership.
  • Walt Gunning ’70

    Upon Graduation from Norwich in 1970, Walt worked for the University as the business manager and ski patrol director for the newly open ski area on campus. At the end of the ski season Walt reported to the United States Army Armor School at Fort Knox, KY to begin a 29-year career. He has served in command and staff positions from Lieutenant to Colonel and served in the 1st, 3rd, and 6th Infantry Divisions, I Corps and Human Resources Command. His professional military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Adjutant General Officer Advanced Course, Defense Information School, Command and General Staff College, The Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University and a Master’s of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

    Following active duty Walt joined the EDS Corporation as a Client Delivery Executive having P&L responsibility for $120 million in Army IT operations and software development contracts. Upon retirement from EDS he joined the consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton and helped direct the Army in its largest HR Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation in the United States. Presently he semi-retired and the owner of Gunning Group LLC assisting firms with business development activities and client strategy.

    In addition to serving on the board of directors of the Norwich University Alumni Association he is on the board of the Army Women’s Foundation. He is a lifetime member of the National Ski Patrol, the Adjutant General Corps Regimental Association, and the American Legion. He and his wife Kathy currently reside in Fairfax, VA.
  • George Hasselback ’97

    George Hasselback was born in North Carolina and grew up in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. As a teenager, he first heard of Norwich University through the Brotherhood of War books of W.E.B Griffin. In 1993, he visited the Northfield campus for the first time... in mid-February. Despite that, he matriculated in the fall of 1993. While at Norwich, George was an English Major, a member of the Sophomore and Junior Honor Committees, a Company Commander in the Corps of Cadets, and a Presidential Fellow.

    After graduating law school in 2001, George attended the Transnational Law LLM program of Temple University in Tokyo, Japan. Following his time there, he relocated to the island of Saipan, part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (a United States Commonwealth located in the Western Pacific) where he, among other things, appeared before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, successfully investigated the largest public corruption case in the history of the CNMI, and boarded and seized a ship on the high seas.

    Second only in magnitude to his decision to attend Norwich, in 2009, George met and married his wife Carmen. Their son William was born in 2011. In March 2021, George, Carmen, Bill, six dogs, and two cats moved from the sunny shores of Saipan, back to central Vermont and George started on as a Deputy State’s Attorney in Orange County Vermont.
  • Alex Kwmuntis ’16

  • John Manning ’81 & M’14

    John “Archie” Manning grew up in South Weymouth, MA where he was a multi-sport athlete playing football, basketball and baseball. With a desire to experience a military environment and continue playing college sports John came to Norwich in the Fall of 1977. He was a member of the varsity football and baseball team during his years at Norwich as well as a member of the Honor Committee his senior year. John has continued his support of Norwich being actively involved in reunion gatherings and fundraising since his graduation in 1981.

    John and his wife Jennifer reside in Marshfield Hills MA and are the proud parents of their son Liam who is currently attending Norwich. Mr. Manning is currently employed with Eversource Energy in Boston, MA. 

    Degrees Held: BS, Secondary Education - Mathematics '81. MS, Organizational Leadership '14

    What Norwich means to me: Everything!!  Honor, integrity, trust and most importantly friendship. The special bond that we share is unmatched and something I hold in the highest regard. I am very proud to be a member of the Norwich family.
  • Meaghan Medow ’18

    Born and raised in Vermont, Meaghan studied at the Community College of Vermont (CCV) in Business and worked as a part-time high school varsity lacrosse coach and as a coach for youth teams. After earning an Associate Degree at CCV, she transferred to Norwich. Meaghan graduated from Norwich University in 2018 with a B.A in Business Management and a concentration in Leadership.

    While at Norwich, she was very active in the honor committee, Student Government Association, and the women's lacrosse team. Following Norwich, Meaghan continued her education by getting an M.A in Information Technology Systems, with a focus on Cyber Security, at Forbs University. Currently, she works at National Life Group in the Human Resources Department as Talent Acquisition Coordinator. Meaghan continues to volunteer at many Norwich alumni events while serving on the Board of the NUAA.
  • Rick Mullen ’79 & P’13

    Rick is number 5 of 14, and proud parent of Derek '13 number 12, of the extended Mullen Family that have attended and/or graduated from Norwich University over 3 generations. 

    After graduation, Rick following in the footsteps of the family and entered into the housing industry.  Working a few years with his Dad (Dick '58) prior to going off to Graduate School.  Rick earned his MBA from the University of Southern New Hampshire in 1984. Upon graduation from SNHU, he purchased a Sales Agency in Farmington, Connecticut, where he currently resides. 

    In addition, to the NUAA, Rick also serves as an Admissions Ambassador, attending college fairs in Connecticut. 

    Rick and his wife Ann, love the visits to Norwich for Alumni Weekends, or visiting Derek '13 while he was there swimming for the Cadets.  Rick and Ann also have a 2nd son Monte, the former captain of the golf team and graduate of Central Connecticut State University. 

    In his free time, Rick plays golf, tennis and hockey.
  • Richard J. Prevost ’76 COL, USA (Ret.)

    Richard was a Biology Major at Norwich. He received a deferment to attend Syracuse University, College of Law before entering the Army as a Judge Advocate General. He served a total of 30 years active and reserve duty in the Army. He also served as a civilian in various offices of the Department of Defense. At Norwich he was the Regimental S-3 his senior year, a Distinguished Military Graduate and very active in University Organizations ranging from Rugby (where he was... terrible), to WNUB (where he was... tolerable), to the Norwich University Chorus (where he was... a tenor).

    As a JAG, Richard was involved in two capital murder cases and had several overseas assignments. He served as the Staff Judge Advocate of offices on three occasions. His major DoD contributions were serving as a senior procurement attorney on large acquisitions, serving seven years as a Professor at National Defense University teaching the senior procurement course and serving as the Faculty Lead for the Energy Industry Seminar and he has been active in writing and implementing DoD procurement policy. Previously Richard chaired the Board of Fellows for the College of Science and Mathematics. The DC Norwich Club doubled in size and increased its activities during the two years he served as its President. He is a member of the Partridge Society. His Norwich focus is on the success of her students and her alumni. He was selected to the NUAA in 2021.

    Richard is married to Mary Ellen Prevost and they have four children.
  • Joseph Reagan ’04

    Joe Reagan grew up in Swampscott, MA. Joe's path to Norwich started at the kitchen table of Norwich Alumni Charlie Lyons (NU'75) and Wendy Williams (VC'74) who encouraged him to challenge himself by taking the road less traveled. During Joe's first visit to Norwich he attended the "Colby Military Writers Symposium" and immediately fell in love will everything Norwich had to offer. Joe started as a Rook in Bravo Company in August 2000, majoring in Political Science and enrolling in Army ROTC. While at Norwich Joe served all four years with the Mountain Cold Weather Company earning a spot on the Rescue Team for his junior and senior year. Additionally, Joe was active in the Maroon and Gold Key club and the Political Science club serving as the president and vice-president of both groups. Joe commissioned into the U.S. Army serving two tours in Afghanistan. During his 8 years of active service Joe served in a variety of roles ranging from Infantry Platoon Leader, to Watch Officer. Since leaving the Military in 2012 Joe has developed deep experience working collaboratively with senior management and functional leaders within government, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations to drive consensus, and realize sustainable solutions to his client’s toughest problems.

    Joe lives with his wife and two sons in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In addition to his work on the NUAA board, Joe is a vocal advocate for our Service Members, Veterans, and their families, he is also an active Rotarian.

    Joe graduated Norwich with a BA in Political Science and earned an MBA from the University of Virginia.

    What Norwich Means to Me: Norwich brought it all together for me. Norwich taught me the skills I needed to lead on the battlefield and in the boardroom. My path to success started the day I stepped foot on the hill, but it's the life-long friendships that make Norwich truly special for me. Choosing Norwich was choosing the harder path - but I'd do it all over again. It's an honor to serve alongside so many amazing member of our alumni community on the Board of Directors working together on behalf of the entire Norwich community. Norwich Forever!
  • Brendan Recchia ’08

    Brendan graduated from Norwich University in 2008 and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. While at Norwich, Brendan studied communications and was a two-sport athlete in both football and baseball. Upon entry into the US Army Brendan became an infantry officer attending infantry school, Airborne School and Ranger school. After spending time with the 3rd Infantry Division and the 1st Calvary Division in both Iraq and Afghanistan Brendan decided to leave the Army. In December 2013 he began his business career with Winsupply. Since then Brendan has been an owner and operator in multiple distribution companies. Brendan married his wife Kathryn in October 2017 and they had a daughter Cameron Ann in November 2019.
  • Barry Wright ’70

    Barry Wright was raised in Northampton, Massachusetts and attended Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. Upon graduation in 1970 he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army from the Norwich ROTC program. His technical qualifications were enhanced in 1975 with a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering (Operations Research) from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

    He entered the Army in April of 1971 embarking on a 47-year career of leadership and management assignments that reflect significant growth of responsibility and professional skill. In the Army he successfully commanded units through Brigade level. His Level III Army Acquisition Corps Certification made an easy transition into the private sector upon his retirement from the Army. While working in the defense sector he displayed experience and expertise in all aspects of business; marketing, business development, bid and proposal, operational management, and customer relations as a Fortune 500 Company Business Unit Vice President.

    Barry points to the values, skills and education he received at Norwich as the basis for the successes he has enjoyed in strategic planning while working continuity of government programs at the White House, public policy during his Congressional Fellowship, and operational implementation in all phases of his career.

    Barry has retired from full time employment and now dedicates his time to select consulting and advisory initiatives involving education and government contracting, tutoring and fly fishing. He makes himself approachable and enjoys mentoring anyone who seeks counsel or will listen to unsolicited advice.
  • Jennifer Zarycki ’20 & M ’21

    Always desiring to pursue a career within law enforcement, Jennifer wished to experience a military college lifestyle. Jennifer was a member of the Corps of Cadets and graduated from Norwich University in May 2020 with an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensic Psychology. Jennifer sought to be the change on campus and was consistently involved on The Hill. She was a member of the Women’s lacrosse team and served as the Public Service Liaison. Jennifer also served as the Public Safety Liaison for the Student Government Association, Vice Chair of the Junior Ring and Honor Committee and she brought to campus the Love Your Melon Program (now known as the PACK program) that helps the lives of children battling cancer.

    Jennifer’s senior year abruptly ended in March 2021 due to COVID-19 but that did not hinder her desire to continue her education. Jennifer began the Master of Public Administration Program at Norwich University in May 2020.

    Jennifer finds the experiences and people she met along the way at Norwich defines the time she spent on The Hill. Norwich not only provided her with experiences like no other, especially with being in the Corps of Cadets, but she made friends that will last a lifetime. Norwich taught Jennifer the importance of selfless service, collaboration, and teamwork. In order to accomplish a mission, Jennifer was taught the importance of working together. Norwich members are always seeking to help the lives of others, and Jennifer is honored to have the privilege to continue to assist the university by being a member of the Board of Directors.