Rising Star Award

Nick Cloutier

Transfer Counselor

Middlesex Community College

Award Qualifications:

  • Has no more than five years of experience in the transfer field

  • Has made a significant contribution to transfer

  • Shows long-term potential in the field of transfer

  • Exemplifies a commitment to transfer students

  • Must be a NETA member

Previous Rising Star Award Winners:

  • 2022 Nick Cloutier, Middlesex Community College

  • 2021 Kristen Wolf, Simmons University

  • 2019 Kevin Van Develde, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • 2018 Sydney Morgan, Simmons University

  • 2017 Meri Amaral, Framingham State University

  • 2016 Carolyn Freer, Bay Path University

  • 2015 Dayna Bradstreet, Simmons College

  • 2014 Michael Russell, Western New England University

  • 2013 Brendan Stamm, Southern New Hampshire University

  • 2012 Nora Luquer, Nichols College

  • 2011 Lianne Hansen, Western New England University


Sarah Elizabeth Crane

Distinguished Service Award

Michael Russell
Director, Transfer Admissions
Western New England University

Award Qualifications

  • Is a current member of NETA and works with transfer students

  • Exercises active professional leadership in transfer advocacy

  • Has made significant contributions in transfer, to the students they serve and are respected professionals in their field.

  • Active participation in NETA OR active participation in the betterment of their own community around transfers

  • Has a strong sense of professional integrity

  • Is guided by a collaborative spirit

Past Award Recipients:

  • 2022 Michael Russell, Western New England University

  • 2021 Daniel Connolly, Suffolk University

  • 2019 Mary Olenick, Cape Cod Community College

  • 2018 Jane Fain, Middlesex Community College

  • 2017 Dan de la Torre, Quinsigamond Community College

  • 2016 Bryan Wint, Middlesex Community College

  • 2015 Cheryl Monahan, UMass Boston

  • 2014 Brenda Doran, Bryant University

  • 2013 Deb Suggs, University of Rhode Island

  • 2012 Ann Ibara, Bristol Community College

  • 2011 Nate Bergstrom, Albertus Magnus College

  • 2010 Gerald Durkin, University of Massachusetts Lowell

  • 2009 Sid Dalby, Smith College

  • 2008 J.A. Tony Carberry, Central Connecticut State College

  • 2007 Eileen Shea, Bristol Community College

  • 2006 Carolyn Dietel, Mount Holyoke College

  • 2005 Dwight Cook, Bridgewater State College

  • 2004 Mark Broadbent, Holyoke Community College

  • 2003 Nancy Fine, Suffolk University

  • 2002 Jimmie Roberts, Bunker Hill Community College

  • 2001 Kathy Ryan, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • 2000 Cathy Pride, Middlesex Community College (MA)

  • 1999 Pauline Mortenson, American International College

  • 1998 Terri Labine, University of Massachusetts Amherst

The New England Transfer Association recognizes and honors professionals who have made a difference in the lives of their students, their institutions, their profession, and/or our Association.

For more information on award criteria or for any questions, please contact Tony Trodella at