They say success is in the eye of the beholder, but chances are good that you know someone who works tirelessly at building their career and somehow still manages to devote time to their family, a favorite charity and their community. We asked our readers to nominate inspiring South Shore professionals who they felt deserved a little recognition for their hard work, and who also just so happened to be unattached. Congratulations to the 11 individuals that we’ve spotlighted in this issue—for making success look easy.
Occupation: Chief Financial Officer of Massachusetts State House
Don’t be fooled when Tammy Kraus pulls up to Beacon Hill in the sidecar of her co-worker’s motorcycle flashing an infectious smile. Working for 12 years as the Director of Operations at the State House, and most recently taking on the position of Chief Financial Officer, she’s tough when she has to be, but still knows how to have a good time. Kraus is well respected by her peers in both her professional and private life. Over the course of her career as Director of Operations she has worked for five different governors including Mitt Romney and Deval Patrick, and in her new job she is responsible for overseeing the senate budget. Her role in the State House takes extreme dedication, education, strength and poise, and that is something Kraus carries well. But she’s not afraid to let loose and have a little fun. The Plymouth resident enjoys taking a stroll down to the beach each morning with her golden retriever before making the hour and a half commute to Boston each day—it’s sort of a therapy—as is going to yard sales every Saturday morning with her mom, a tradition she’s held onto since she was a little girl, or taking a spontaneous trip to who knows where.
Occupation: Managing Attorney at
Petty Law Offices LLC
Originally from Martha’s Vineyard, Stephanie Petty is a confident and caring person who put herself through college at Northeastern and Suffolk University Law School before opening a small law practice in Quincy in 2004. She specializes in real estate transaction law (buyer, lender, and seller representation) and has represented real estate developers as well as divorce law, estate planning and administration cases. As a single mother of two wonderful little boys, ages 4 and 5, Petty makes sure to balance her time between career and family. She is also active in the community and attends many local charity events. The two organizations that are most special to her are Smile Train, an organization that provides cleft palate surgeries for children and The Home For Little Wanderers, which is a nonprofit child and family service agency. When she has downtime, Petty enjoys spending time with friends and is a big fan of the food and drink served at the restaurant Oro in Scituate Harbor as well as Joe’s American Bar and Grill in Norwell. Her other interests include watching New England sports teams like the Red Sox and Celtics, having fun nights out in the city, playing with her two young sons, traveling and hiking.
Occupation: Director of
Infrastructure, ColoSpace Inc.
With a degree in Architectural Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and over 10 years of design and technical experience, Joseph DePasquale understands the needs and challenges of today’s IT departments. As Director of Infrastructure at ColoSpace Inc., a regional provider of outsourced data center and managed services, he is responsible for maintaining the electrical, HVAC and security element operations at five data centers across New England. DePasquale has worked in the high-tech industry for the majority of his career, but he also has an artistic side. He admits that he’s the kind of guy who would rather make a greeting card by hand than buy one, and enjoys painting and other creative arts. DePasquale likes to be active and stay fit, whether it’s by mountain biking on a trail or hitting the local gym. With his friendly personality and positive attitude, he’s always looking to make the most of each day; this could include spending a day on Cape Cod or hopping a plane to visit friends on the west coast to check out a vintage racecar show. Living in Foxoboro, he is also a big New England sports fan, who not only watches football games, but also gets his hair cut by New England Patriots stylist Terrence Manning. Not too shabby.
Occupation: Managing Partner/Realtor at Engel & Völkers
Lucy Pilon has lived most of her life in the town of Duxbury and has a deep love for the community where she grew up and later raised her two children, ages 13 and 15. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in Finance and has worked in various aspects of the real estate industry for many years, gaining vast experience in sales, marketing, and real estate law. In May of 2011, Pilon, who is also a licensed home appraiser, became the managing partner at a new branch of the luxury real estate company Engle & Völkers located in Snug Harbor in Duxbury. She is also the founder and chairperson for the Joshua McKenna Memorial Foundation, and understands the importance of giving back to the community and to people in need. Over the last several years the foundation has successfully raised funds for college scholarships and has come to the aid of local families who have experienced immesurable loss. In her spare time Pilon enjoys meeting up with friends at the Hingham Shipyard and dining at area restaurants like Alma Nove or the Scarlet Oak Tavern in Hingham.
Occupation: CEO and Founder of Cloud Provider USA LLC
While David Sampson’s cloud computing company has its headquarters in Quincy, his business extends far beyond the South Shore. Founded in October of 2011, Cloud Provider USA is a high-performance cloud-hosting company that provides infrastructure-hosting solutions to meet the needs of developers, small businesses, and large enterprises. In addition to connecting with his clients virtually, Sampson frequently travels for business, but he’s always drawn home to spend quality time with friends and family. Here on the South Shore, he enjoys dining at fine restaurants like Burton’s Grille in Hingham and the Rye Tavern in Plymouth. When he’s not working, Sampson devotes significant time to the Rotary Club of Bourne-Sandwich and has had an active role in helping the group with various fundraising efforts and community events. Last year, the group was able to extend its reach internationally by partnering up with a rotary club in India to help bring water purification systems to impoverished communities. Sampson is also an avid boater and dog lover who moonlights as a DJ on weekends.
Occupation: Senior Investment Consultant at Commercial Financial Consulting
After working to put herself through 6 years of college, Kingston native Heather Thorne scored a position as the Assistant Senior Vice President for Stone Investment Banking (now CFC) at only 25 years-old, and was soon awarded the promotion of Senior VP after she closed a multi-million dollar deal. Today, Thorne is the company’s Senior Consultant on merges and acquisitions. Her hard work ethic has been equally shared with another commitment—charity work in her community. Since the start of the Andruzzi Foundation (created to help raise funds for families who have been stricken by cancer) five years ago, Thorne has helped Joe and Jen Andruzzi in their annual Celebrities Tackle Cancer Event, running the registration and securing auction items (two years ago she donated a week at her timeshare in Cabo San Lucas). In other charity work, Thorne organized and ran the Holiday for the Home event, which raised over $10 thousand dollars for the Home for Little Wanderers in Plymouth. She also secured a donation of a MacBook computer for the group’s Plymouth art department. This year she is teaming up with two friends to host the “Holiday on the Harbor” event, which is a toy drive to help local families in need.
Occupation: Fitness Expert and Nutrition Coach
Shannon Lynch has always had a passion for health and nutrition and for living life to the fullest, which is easy to see after spending only a few moments with the charismatic professional. Before settling in Cohasset, where she now resides with her 12 year-old daughter, Lynch spent 13 years touring internationally with a 13-piece band, joining as the lead singer after she graduated from college with a degree in Psychology. Lynch, who suffered from severe asthma as a child, was inspired to study nutrition and improve her diet and exercise in order to live a healthy and medication free life. She spent years learning about the raw food movement and training in Kripalu yoga. During her time on the road, she began practicing Pilates and would lead lessons for her bandmates. Since moving to the South Shore five years ago, Lynch has continued to do the things she loves—offering her expertise as a nutrition coach and teaching yoga and Pilates at Balance Studio in Cohasset.
Occupation: Vice President of Sales, InnSeason Resorts
You might call Chip Rogan a man who wears many hats. He is the Vice President of Sales at InnSeason Resorts, which is a leading provider of resort vacation and timeshare ownership opportunities in the Northeast. With a degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Rogan has worked tirelessly to ensure the success of his family’s company and is continuously taking his career to the next level. His various responsibilities at the company have included telemarketing, sales and marketing, and resort operations.
Rogan strives to build strong connections with the local community and stays connected to local businesses through his involvement with the South Shore Young Professionals Network. He’s also a huge Boston sports fan and enjoys getting the chance to entertain clients with his company’s season seats at Red Sox and Celtics games. In his free time, Chip enjoys traveling, playing golf and catching live music shows with friends.
Occupation: Media Entrepreneur
A quick-witted, smart, and talented wordsmith, Stephanie Neil is a journalist - turned media entrepreneur. She is the founder of SolScista Media LLC and is the creator of the website SouthShoreWoman.com, which is devoted to sharing the success stories of local personalities and business owners. Her media company also offers social media services to local businesses. In addition, she has authored freelance articles on business, technology, and human interest topics that have appeared in a variety of print and online newspapers and magazines. Neil is also committed to giving back to the community. She was instrumental in starting ScituateFACTS (Families, Adolescents and Communities Together against Substances) a local coalition developed to reduce teen drinking and underage substance abuse on the South Shore. Now serving as the communications chair for the group, she is a passionate advocate for the cause. Since her husband passed away 11 years ago, Neil’s been a working single mom of two children, now ages 19 and 16. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and kicking back at local restaurants like Oro and JW’s Burger Bar in Scituate.
Occupation: Executive Administrative Assistant
at Ocean Spray Cranberries Corp.
Melanie Harvey is an industrious multitasker who works in a supportive role to the Vice President of Agricultural Supply and Development at Ocean Spray Cranberries Corp. She is a single mother of two who is dedicated to her family and also to volunteering her time for charities. Harvey is currently serving as Chairperson for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Passion Committee, which helps raise awareness about the high rates of heart disease in women and engages the community through local events and fundraisers. She has helped advocate for the cause at her own company and also in the local community. In 2011 Harvey was chosen to be a Go Red for Women Massachusetts spokesperson. She shared her personal story, including her family’s history with the disease, her own struggle with weight issues, and her determination to live a healthy lifestyle through a multi-media ad campaign. Her inspiring story was also featured in a book written by Dr. Malissa Wood, called Smart at Heart. Harvey has actively participated in other charity walks and events, including the MSPCA walk for animals and the Susan G Komen 3-Day, for which she has personally raised over $10 thousand dollars for breast cancer causes. In her free time, Melanie enjoys playing with her Yorkie dog “Rusty,” line dancing, kayaking, practicing yoga, and maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Occupation: Photographer/Dental Hygienist
Never seen without a camera dangling from her shoulder, Lorraine Kourafas has a knack for balancing her busy professional life as a dental hygienist and freelance photographer with being a devoted mother to three children, ages 12, 19, and 21. Having worked as a hygienist for 23 years, Kourafas loves providing patient care but she also appreciates having a photography career as a creative outlet. A self-taught photographer, Kourafas cut her teeth in a darkroom and has operated her own digital photography business for seven years. Her work ranges from senior portraits and corporate headshots to interior design, landscapes, and stock photography. The job also gives her an excuse to get outside and explore the South Shore. Amid her busy work and family life, Kourafas still makes time for herself. She is an avid reader and fan of historical fiction, and also enjoys spending time with friends, taking occasional weekend getaways to New England towns like Newport and Chatham, and peaceful hikes at World’s End in Hingham.