Nancy Buffone, Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations
Nancy is associate vice chancellor for university relations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A native Long Islander, Nancy began her UMass career in 1995 in the Provost’s Office where, over time, she expanded her role and responsibilities to become director of communications and special initiatives. In 2009, Nancy was asked to lead a new events office in university relations to oversee and coordinate major university events such as commencement. Her responsibilities have grown to include community relations, and more recently, university communications, where, among other things, she oversees the UMass Amherst website, university publications, and UMass Magazine. She is a 2010 BusinessWest 40 Under Forty honoree, a 2013 graduate of Leadership Pioneer Valley, and a two-time Chancellor’s Citation honoree. She is on the executive committee of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of Tribunes for WGBY, the public television station in Springfield. Nancy earned three degrees from UMass Amherst, including her doctorate in education policy and leadership in 2009. She lives in Amherst with her husband, Mark, a member of the UMass Amherst Class of 1996, and their two sons, Jack and Ben. Nancy is co-chair of the University-Town of Amherst Steering Committee.
Tony Maroulis, Executive Director of External Relations and University Events
A New Jersey native and Springsteen enthusiast, Tony started his career in arts administration in the mid-90s, working in various positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art before moving to Amherst, MA with his family in 2002. He had stints with the Emily Dickinson Museum, Museums10, and as co-founder and director of wünderarts, a commercial art gallery for contemporary and conceptual art in Amherst. He also served as executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, while also serving as co-director of the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council. While not so young anymore, Tony was a 2009 BusinessWest 40 Under Forty honoree and an alumnus of Leadership Pioneer Valley’s 2011-12 inaugural class. He serves on the boards of The Hitchcock Center for the Environment, the Friends of the UMass Fine Arts Center, MassCreative, the Amherst Business Improvement District, Amherst Baseball, Inc., in addition to numerous town and regional boards and committees. He is really proud that he can still do a split after years of karate training. He lives in Pelham with his wife Nora, and their 2 children, Sofia and Mickey.
Eric Beal, Neighborhood Liaison
A 1993 UMass Amherst graduate, Eric is an attorney and long-time Amherst resident. Before attending law school, Eric worked as a community mental health counselor in Holyoke, MA. As an educator, Eric has taught legal writing and constitutional law at UConn Law School and served as a guest lecturer at UMass Amherst. Currently, in addition to his work with UMass, Eric represents indigent children and families in care and protection appeals. Eric has served as chair of the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals, done pro bono legal work, and organizes volunteers for the annual Amherst High School Cross Country Invitational, hosted for the past twenty years at Hampshire College in Amherst. He's a musician and composer who with his daughter performs as “Beal Street Blues,” has played alto saxophone in the Amherst Community Band for nearly ten years. Eric is an avid road cyclist and trail runner who enjoys hiking locally and in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He lives in Amherst with his two daughters.
Jennifer Page, Manager UMACC
Jennifer had an 18-year career in the corporate world as a market research analyst before she decided to switch gears and focus on work that is mission-based instead of profit-based. Before joining the External Relations team, Jennifer was an Instructional Designer for UMass Continuing & Professional Education, where she helped instructors teach online. As the manager of UMACC she feels that she’s in a win-win-win position – she is helping people donate money to causes they believe in, which benefits non-profits organizations, and also supports the relationship between UMass and our community. Jennifer has served on the boards of several local non-profit organizations, including the Northampton Community Music Center and MotherWoman. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys cooking from scratch, reading novels, and knitting. Jennifer feels more at home living in Amherst than anywhere else she’s ever lived, and her husband and daughter feel the same. She loves the Pioneer Valley so much that she authored a children’s book called Night Night Valley.