Making News in Business, Sept. 23

  • Mary Beth Ogulewicz

  • Kim Lyons

  • Diana Day

  • Rebecca M. Thibault

Published: 9/22/2021 12:53:34 PM
Ogulewicz heads up DA unit protecting elders, people with disabilities

NORTHAMPTON — Mary Beth Ogulewicz, formerly director of senior, social and homeless services for the town of Amherst, is now chief of the Elders and Persons with Disabilities Unit at the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

In that post, Ogulewicz, 57, is in charge of criminal investigations and prosecution of cases involving elderly people and people with disabilities; facilitating multi-disciplinary teams working to protect people with disabilities and elders; provide training and education on issues related to elders and people with disabilities; lead efforts at crime prevention and safety awareness related to these populations. Ogulewicz also will be assigned part time to the juvenile justice unit, handling cases involving juveniles in Franklin County.

For the past two years in Amherst, Ogulewicz directed services for senior citizens and those with mental health issues as well as people experiencing homelessness. She also led the still-ongoing effort to launch a community responder program as an alternative to police response.

Previously, Ogulewicz was in a private law practice specializing in mental health and elder law, and for 18 years she worked as assistant district attorney in Hampden County, prosecuting major felonies including homicide, sexual assault and domestic violence cases, among other duties.

She earned a law degree from Western New England University School of Law and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1989. She later earned a master’s degree in social work from Westfield State University.

Dress for Success lands $25K workforce grant

Dress for Success Western Massachusetts has secured $25,000 for its workforce development program.

The workforce development programs and services are designed to improve the employability, employment placement, and self-sufficiency of women throughout the Valley who are unemployed either seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce.

This funding will aid the organization’s workforce development programs that include:

Employment fittings to provide applicants and newly-employed women with professional attire;

Career coaching and digital mentoring programs that are designed to bridge access and knowledge gaps for each individual woman served based on her specific needs and obstacles preventing her from joining the workforce;

Workforce readiness curriculum that includes soft skill development, professional and personal brand, social media presence, task management, and goal setting, interviewing techniques, and more.

Sen. Eric Lesser, who as lead budget sponsor helped secure this earmark in the fiscal 2022 budget, said the pandemic has had a massive economic impact on women, and in particular, women of color.

Dalkia Aegis hires client relations manager

HOLYOKE — Dalkia Aegis, EDF Group, the leading provider of cogeneration technology in the Northeast, has hired Kim Lyons for the role of client relations manager. In this position, Lyons will help Dalkia Aegis build and maintain relationships with current customers to better understand their goals and manage client needs. She joins the team with more than 15 years of experience in client management positions.

Lyons is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in psychology/sociology. In this new role, she will manage the current accounts of Dalkia Aegis, helping clients to achieve and maintain the best results from their investment.

New shareholder, associate at Doherty, Wallace

SPRINGFIELD — Doherty, Wallace Pillsbury and Murphy, P.C. has announced the election of a new shareholder of the firm, Northampton native Rebecca M. Thibault. The firm also announced an addition to its team of associates, Diana Day, who joined the firm earlier this year.

Attorney Thibault joined Doherty, Wallace in 2013 and concentrates her practice on representing businesses large and small on corporate matters, including regulatory and compliance issues, transactions, real estate, environmental issues, and general contract needs. She also counsels independent and public educational institutions on matters ranging from employment, student discipline, internal and third-party investigations, policy review and development, and contract negotiation.

Thibault is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, and the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, where she was the managing editor of the Washington University Global Studies Law Review. She recently served on the board of Girls Inc. of The Valley.

Day has an extensive background in state and federal litigation on behalf of individuals, small businesses, Fortune 100 companies, and government agencies.

Prior to joining the firm, Day worked at a prestigious law firm in Phoenix, Arizona practicing business, insurance, and medical malpractice litigation. She then served in the public sector as an attorney for both state and local governments, focusing on high-profile litigation involving elections and constitutional claims, public infrastructure projects, employment, personal injury, and wrongful death. She also served in the general counsel role for a public pension system with over $40 billion in assets under management.

Day is a graduate of Arizona State University Barrett Honors College and the University of Arizona College of Law. In June 2021, she was appointed to a three-year term of service on the City of Northampton Transportation and Parking Commission.

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