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Luz Villar (BS '17) was recently appointed Executive Assistant to newly elected Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley, who serves Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District. Villar's professionalism and dedication to service at this early stage in her career are both admirable and impressive. Villar previously served as Pressley’s Scheduler and Community Liaison in her City Council office. She is a Year Up alumna and a graduate of Cambridge College. Commenting on her key staff hires which include Villar, Representative Pressley stated, "I’m incredibly proud of the team we’re building. We were sent here to serve the residents of the 7th Congressional District, to take on inequities and disparities back home and to chart a bold path forward. As someone who started my career in government as a caseworker in my Congressman’s district office and spent 16 years as a staffer in the Massachusetts delegation, I know how critical it is to invest in a team of public servants that share your values and your vision." Congratulations, Luz!
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Rob Gronkowski was always present at Benchmark Senior Living, thanks to one superfan who witnessed four Super Bowls while working for the organization. Program Director Lois Abramo unfailingly places her life-size cardboard cutout of Gronk in the main room any time the Patriots play, both for good luck and to remind her of the eight years she spent working for the team. The Norfolk resident and past season ticket holder worked at the Patriots Hall of Fame museum at Gillette Stadium from 2010 to last May. She coordinated field trips, provided tours and had the chance to meet many of the players. Many people, she said, don’t know the museum exists, though busloads of students on field trips come through the doors nearly every day. With a masters degree in education from Cambridge College, she once taught special education and math, along with working at Dean College as an academic coach. She took her skills to Patriot Place and made a name for herself guiding field trips, among other things. “It was really something I thought I could do with my degree,” she said. “I helped them at the museum establish some educational programs. ... There are buses of about 150 kids every day.” Half of the students work on math lessons using player stats and fake money to draft their own players and make logos for their team, while the other half tours the museum, she said. There were also science lessons that Abramo taught using Styrofoam to make helmets that might prevent concussions.