The North Shore Chamber of Commerce’s seventh induction to its Academy of Distinguished Leaders will honor seven people who have made a difference in the region. This year’s crop represents what the chamber considers the North Shore’s best in labor and workforce development, health care, education, construction and development, local politics and ice cream, music theater and entertainment, and art education and cultural advancement. The seven will be honored during the North Shore Chamber of Commerce’s 99th annual dinner meeting, which is scheduled to take place at the Danversport Yacht Club, on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Learn more at the dinner’s website, https://www.northshorechamber.org/2017dinner. The honorees were selected based on criteria that includes “demonstration of leadership, commitment to social responsibility, strong community involvement, proven economic impact and/or social impact on the region, high level of creativity, innovation and determination and sustained enhancement of the quality of life in our community,” according to the chamber.
Secretary of the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta is a banker by profession with 30 years experience in the region’s financial institutions. Most recently, she was senior vice president and managing director for enterprise wealth management at Enterprise Bank in Lowell. She has been a senior executive at TD Bank and Sovereign Bank, which is now Santander. In the community, Acosta serves on the board of the Boston Foundation and is a board overseer at Boston Children’s Hospital, where the Cuban-born Acosta was a founding member of Milagros Para Ninos. She is a 14-year member of the Boston chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America.
CEO of Lahey Health’s Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals Philip Cormier was the chief operating officer of the hospitals from 2012 to 2015 before he was appointed CEO. Before that, Cormier worked as the chief operating officer of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, which is part of the Steward Health Care system. He was also the CEO of Kindred Health, a long-term acute care facility. From 1989 to 2007, Cormier worked at Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals as part of Northeast Health System in various capacities. Cormier serves on the board of Care Dimensions, the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, the Evelyn Lily Lutz Foundation and the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals.
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Grace has served as the head of school at St. Mary’s High School in Lynn since 2012. Regan was recently appointed the first woman to serve as president at Boston College High School. From 2005 to 2012, Regan served as executive director and provincial assistant for advancement and communications for the New England Province of Jesuits. From 2000 to 2005, she served as the executive director of the Boston College Alumni Association. She is also the former vice president for development for the Boston Public Library Foundation. She serves on the Lynn Business Partnership, the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce.
CEO Lee Dellicker heads up Windover, a Beverly construction management company. Dellicker, a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, has more than 30 years of design, construction and development experience. He started with a civil/structural engineering firm in Portland, Maine, and entered the construction field in 1988. He has held executive-level positions in two major construction companies before he joined Shawmut Design and Construction in Boston where he became a principal and vice president. Over the past 10 years, Windover has grown to a company with $130 million in annual revenues, employing more than 85 people. He is a member of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and a corporator for Beverly Bank.
Peabody City Councilor-at-large Tom Gould is the owner of Treadwells Ice Cream on Margin Street in Peabody. Gould was elected to the City Council in November 2011, topping the ticket that year. He has been married to his wife Sharon for 31 years, and he has two children and a 2-year-old granddaughter. Gould is a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, and he holds a bachelor’s of science and engineering degree from Northeastern University. He is vice chairman of the Peabody Education Foundation, director of the Peabody Challengers Sports Program, and co-chairman of Peabody Main Streets.
Bill is the owner/producer of the North Shore Music Theatre. He was responsible for re-opening the theater in 2010. His career in show business began at age 19, leasing and developing movie theaters, including his first multiplex in Quincy. His experience booking rock shows and other live entertainment led him to presenting and producing Broadway productions. As president of Broadway Productions, Hanney presented national tours of “Annie,” “Amadeus,” “Dancin’,” “Peter Pan,” and others. In 2007, Hanney bought and reopened Theater By The Sea in Matunuck, Rhode Island. His company, Entertainment Cinemas, operates eight movie complexes in four states.
Stephen was appointed president of Montserrat College of Art in Beverly in November 2009, following a 30-year career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, he served in senior capacities in a variety of departments involving student life, operations, construction management, fundraising and others. As a community leader, Immerman was appointed to the Massachusetts Cultural Council by Gov. Charlie Baker, and he serves on the boards of MassCreative, Beverly Main Streets, the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, the Salem Athenaeum, the Essex National Heritage Commission, the Massachusetts Creative Network Commission and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. He is the former chairman of the Potsdam College Foundation, State University, New York.