June 24, 2020
Alumni Andrea Luttrell '08 and Andrew McConaha '08 are among those named to BusinessWest's 40 Under 40 Class of 2020. They are among the group of two UMass Amherst employees and five UMass alumni to earn the recognition. They join the 40 young professionals chosen from a field of 200 nominees for their career achievements and their commitment to the Western Massachusetts community, demonstrated by their involvement in volunteer activities.
Luttrell, a registered dietitian nutritionist with Big Y Foods, received her bachelor's degree in Nutrition in 2008. BusinessWest writes that “As the face of Big Y’s nutrition outreach programs, Luttrell takes on myriad roles in the chain, such as participating in more than 25 community presentations each year — in settings like libraries, schools, senior centers, and cancer-survivorship meetings — where she reaches more than 5,000 people with positive nutrition and lifestyle messaging. She also writes food and nutrition columns for local media, helped create Big Y’s Kids’ Fruit Club, which provides kids with a free piece of fruit while shopping with an adult, and has expanded community partnerships with regional wellness organizations.”
McConaha, the owner and head of strength and conditioning with Train for Life, received his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in 2008. BusinessWest writes that “McConaha has built his business from rented-out space at Wilbraham Soccer City to his own recently expanded facility, where he brings his passion for life and vitality to hundreds of members. From that platform, he also organizes fundraising events that give back to nonprofits and families in need.”
The full list can be found on BusinessWest's website.