WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
What is the mission of Athletes of Valor, and what is your role there?
Athletes of Valor is a transitional program that connects active duty service men and women
and veterans with college coaches and admissions professionals with the goal of helping veterans
reintegrate into civilian life, get a degree, and find employment through our corporate partners.
Playing sports provides veterans the support structure and camaraderie they need when they
return home, and veterans provide a maturity and level of competitiveness to teams.
Athletes of Valor was recently selected to participate in MassChallenge Boston’s 2017 accelerator
program, from over 1,500 local start-ups that applied for the four-month opportunity.
As Marketing Manager, I am responsible for developing, implementing, and executing strategic
marketing plans for the organization, including all brand marketing, online, social media, email,
content, corporate partnerships, events, advertising, and PR outreach from strategy to execution
How did the Sport Management major give you the confidence, passion, and skills to pursue
The Sport Management program is unique in that business is at its core. My professors and
peers challenged me to think outside the box, strive for excellence, and advocate for myself. The
program also allowed me to develop strong public speaking and networking skills and broaden
my sport knowledge and experience. Experiential learning opportunities ranged from a pitch
competition in front of executives at the MassMutual Center, to traveling to London to attend to
the Olympic Games. I stand apart from others in the sport industry because of these unique
experiences and my business degree.
What else have you been up to?
I’ve been traveling and focusing on professional development, personal branding, and
mentorship. I recently traveled to Nashville, representing Athletes of Valor at the American
Football Coaches Association Convention, and was featured in ESPNW this past fall. I’m
currently working on heading a Sponsorship Activation project for Dr. Daniel Covell’s Sport
Marketing course, and working with our CEO to prepare our organization for MassChallenge
Boston, a global startup accelerator and competition.
Laura Madaio ’ 13
Athletes of Valor
KENNETH ROSA (sociology)
was appointed chief of police
in East Hartford, CT. He was
previously a lieutenant in
JAMES SULLIVAN (MBA) was
elected president of O’Connell
Development Group in
Holyoke, MA. He will continue
to serve as treasurer of The
O’Connell Companies. Prior
to his current position, he
was also the general manager
of New England Fertilizer
Company, an O’Connell Development Group joint venture
with Dunn Associates.
ERIC B. REMINGTON (
accounting) is now VP of government
relations and communications
at Kaman Corporation in
Bloomfield, CT. He was previously the company’s VP of
LORI NADEAU (finance/G’02
MBA) was named client
services manager at Willis
Towers Watson, a global
professional services company
in Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL.
Prior to that, she was director,
business development at
Employee Family Protection
in Glastonbury, CT.
ANDREA TARPEY (psychology)
was honored as a “Game
Changer” for her efforts to
help needy children receive
gifts during the holiday season. The Center for Human
Development, in partnership
with the Springfield Thunderbirds hockey team, gave her
the award during a February
10 home game at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.
Andrea is coordinator of student activities at Springfield
Technical Community College.