The Foundation welcomes two new hires: Jacob Vazquez, Philanthropy Officer for the Foundation's Scholarship Program and Linda Curry, Executive Assistant to Carolyn Stempler, Interim President & CEO.

In their new roles, Vazquez will oversee the management, implementation, and growth of the Foundation's Scholarship Program which distributes more than $700,000 to local students pursuing post-secondary education, and Curry will provide essential office management and clerical support that will help the Foundation build efficiencies and better serve the community.

“As our philanthropic leadership in Central Massachusetts continues to grow, so does our team,” said Carolyn Stempler, Interim President and CEO of the Foundation. “Jacob and Linda bring talent, experience, and insight to the Foundation. We are thrilled to welcome them into their new roles.”

“I'm excited to bring my personal perspective to the GWCF team to help build a scholarship program that further reflects our community,” said Vazquez.

Vazquez served as Economic Development Associate for the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce before joining the Foundation. He has also served his community as a member of the Nativity School of Worcester Alumni Association and as Assistant Youth Ministry Coordinator of Saint Joan of Arc. As a first generation college graduate from Assumption University, Vazquez has a passion for creating opportunities that help young people reach their educational goals.

Curry is a Dudley resident who has had a long career working in the insurance industry for companies such as Unum. While working in the area, Curry volunteered for various local organizations including the United Way, Worcester County Food Bank, and Working for Worcester. She is excited to bring both her administrative experience and passion for helping others to the Foundation team. “I've spent almost 20 years in Worcester,” said Curry. “I am happy to have the opportunity to contribute to this community through my work at the Foundation.”

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