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Framingham State to honor six female leaders

Framingham State University will celebrate six female regional leaders as part of a new honor called “Women Making History Now.” The recognition coincides with the school’s Women’s History Month celebrations. “This month, as we celebrate the many contributions of women throughout history, we also want to recognize women who are having a powerful impact on their communities today,” said Framingham State president F. Javier Cevallos, adding that the honorees “are passionate and driven leaders who work tirelessly on behalf of others.” The winners are state Senator Karen Spilka of Ashland; Yves Solomon-Fernandez, interim president of MassBay Community College in Wellesley; Diane Patrick, a former Massachusetts first lady and co-managing partner at Ropes & Gray’s Boston law office; Linda Vaden-Goad, Framingham State University provost and vice president for academic affairs; Jen Maseda, chief philanthropy officer at United Way of Tri-County; and Helen Lemoine, executive director of Leadership MetroWest, a nonprofit community leadership development organization.

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