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Program Committee

Marsha Florio

Executive Director, America East Academic Consortium​

Marsha Florio has served as Executive Director of the America East Academic Consortium since January 2018. The America East Academic Consortium (AEAC) inspired by the America East Conference’s unwavering support of its member institutions’ educational values and academic interests, aspires to become a demonstrated leader in facilitating academic and administrative collaboration among athletically affiliated institutions.

Ruairi O'Mahony

Director, Office of Sustainability, UMass Lowell

Ruairi O’Mahony is the executive director of the Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy at UMass Lowell. A native of Cork City, Ireland, Ruairi has been working in the planning and sustainability field for more than 10 years. With particular expertise in urban sustainability issues, Ruairi leads a talented team of professional and student employees working to advance sustainability at the university and in the wider community.

Sam Grant

Director of Ticket Operations, University of Vermont

Sam Grant has been hired as the Director of Ticket Operations for the University of Vermont Athletic Department. Grant will oversee all aspects of the department's ticketing operations, including sales and management, development of marketing and ticketing campaigns for all sports, and enhancing fan engagement. Grant officially started his new position Monday.

Valerie Moyer

America East Conference

Daniel Dixon

Sustainability Director and a Research Assistant Professor Climate Change Institute, University of Maine

Daniel is the UMaine Sustainability Director and a Research Assistant Professor in the Climate Change Institute. He received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southampton, UK, studying the clay mineralogy of mud volcanoes and diapirs along the Iberian continental margin using x-ray diffraction techniques. Since then, he has earned his Master’s Degree in Quaternary and Climate Studies and my PhD in Earth Sciences while working here at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute.

Ruben Sança

Director of Student Life and Well-Being

Ruben Sança is the founding Director of the Office of Student Life & Well-being at University of Massachusetts Lowell. At this role, Ruben is charged with advancing the university’s holistic concept of well-being into everyday campus culture. He is a current member of the steering group for the U.S. Health Promoting Campuses Network. Ruben has been an active member of the University of Massachusetts Lowell community for over fifteen years where he has served in various roles and capacities. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Athletics Director for Administration where he led community engagement, inclusion, and sustainability promotion efforts in the athletics department. Ruben is a founding member of the America East Sustainability Network and serves on the programming committee for the inaugural America East Sustainability Conference. He is an Olympian and a member of Cape Verde’s Olympics Athlete’s Commission. A “Double River Hawk”, Ruben holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Management, a minor degree in Economics and an M.B.A. from University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Nicole Kelly

Sustainability Coordinator, UMass Lowell

Nicole Kelly is the Sustainability Coordinator at UMass Lowell. Growing up in the Greater Lowell region, Nicole has experienced firsthand the growth, development, and transformation of UMass Lowell and the City of Lowell. In August 2019, Nicole joined the UMass Lowell Office of Sustainability and has been involved with various projects spanning the realms of university sustainability reporting, the university's Urban Agriculture Program and energy initiatives. Nicole's role as sustainability coordinator has provided support to university Property and Asset Management, the UMass Lowell Sustainability Engagement & Enrichment Development Fund, community outreach and engagement, as well as continuing and developing local partnerships. Nicole oversees university waste and recycling operations on campus, coordinating with vendors and the team of sustainability student assistants to ensure responsible reuse and recycling practices.

Jessica Salmon

Student Athlete - Women’s Swimming and Diving, Stony Brook

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Our Host Campus | UMass Lowell

UMass Lowell is committed to climate neutrality as an institution and is a leader in sustainable education, research and innovation. Sustainability is a core commitment in the University’s comprehensive strategy to manage growth and respond to societal needs. As a result, UMass Lowell has seen a dramatic transformation that has generated impressive results and woven sustainability into every aspect of campus life. Read more about the office of Sustainability!