Western New England College News Services

Release: Immediate
Contact: Stephen Roulier
or Barbara Campanella

February 7, 2003



SPRINGFIELD, MA.. The 2nd Annual Women in Politics seminar at Western New England College School of Law is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Sleith Hall Auditorium on the College’s main campus. The event, titled “Playing the Game to Win, “ will feature keynote speaker Susan Crosby, the deputy executive director of Women in Government in Washington, D.C. and former Indiana State Representative. The seminar is free and open to the public, however, advanced registration is required by February 21 as seating is limited. To register, or for more information, contact Carol Thompson at 413-782-1311.

The Women in Politics series offers an annual presentation for people interested in learning more about women who serve their communities through various levels of elected office. It is an interactive community presentation for members of the bench & bar, women’s and political groups, students, and interested members of the public. A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception will follow the program.

Panelists include Jill Ellen Stein, M.D., former candidate for Governor, Massachusetts Green Party; Marjorie J. Hurst, Springfield School Committee Member and President/Director of Initiatives for Educational Success, Inc.;  Rosemarie Mazza-Moriarty, Springfield City Councilor; and Susan J. Grimaldi, Chair of the East Longmeadow Selectmen, Massachusetts. The moderator will be Maryanne Lewis, Congressional Legislative Director for NAGE (National Association of Government Employees), and former Massachusetts State Representative.

Event sponsors include the Western Mass. Committee of the Women’s Bar Association, Western New England College School of Law’s Institute for Legislative and Governmental

Affairs, the Women’s Law Association, and Representative Gale Candaras.


Susan R. Crosby - Deputy Executive Director for Women in Government, a nonprofit, bipartisan educational association that promotes informed policymaking and the leadership role of women in state government.  Crosby is also a former State Representative (Democrat) for Indiana, where she served from 1990-2002. While there, she was Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore for six years. She served as Vice Chair of the Rules and Legislative Procedures committee and was Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures Planning and Program Executive committee.  Crosby is particularly interested in healthcare issues and was named Legislator of the Year by the National Mental Health Association (MHA), receiving the same honor seven times by the MHA of Indiana. She splits her time between homes in Indiana and Arizona and telecommutes with her office in Washington, DC.

Jill Ellen Stein, M.D. - Former candidate for Governor, Massachusetts Green Party. Dr. Stein is a Harvard-educated physician who ran for Governor as a Green Party candidate in the 2002 Massachusetts election. Most recently, she was an instructor at Harvard Medical School and practiced medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is most interested in environmental issues and served as Co-chair of Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Human Health and Environmental Project. Dr. Stein has appeared on the Today Show, 20/20, World News Tonight and Fox News to discuss her published article “In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development.” The pediatric journal article discussed the link between learning/behavioral disability and early exposure to environmental chemicals. She is currently an environmental health consultant and collaborates with community environmental health and justice groups. Dr. Stein resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Marjorie J. Hurst -  vice chair, school committee for Springfield and editor and sales manager for Afro-American Point of View newspaper. Hurst also founded Operation Safety Net, a faith-based MCAS tutoring program. She was assistant city solicitor and a staff attorney for the City of Springfield law department and still practices law with her husband Frederick A. Hurst at Hurst & Hurst, P.C.

She was a professor of English and black history for both high school and college students, and is a lifelong advocate for the education and empowerment of women and children. Afro-American Point of View is a quarterly, free newspaper that is the brainchild of the Hursts. Its first issue is due out March 1. Hurst received a law degree from Western New England College School of Law, and now resides in West Springfield.

Rosemarie Mazza-Moriarty – Springfield City Councilor. Moriarty is a stay-at-home mom who has been a high school teacher as well as a program coordinator for the Massachusetts Career Development Institute. She represents municipal constituents in the formulation of the city budget and the allocation of funding for city-sponsored services. She has been appointed to the Mayor’s Budget Task Force for 2003 and was selected by her peers to serve on the Veterans Administrative and Human Service committee. She received her Master’s in Business Administration degree from Western New England College, and now resides in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Susan J. Grimaldi -  Chair of the East Longmeadow Selectmen.  Grimaldi is the founder and owner of Grimaldi Insurance Agency, a securities-licensed insurance broker,  past  chair of the Springfield association of health insurance agents LUTCF (life underwriter training

council fellowship) and a notary public. She further serves her community as selectman representative for the East Longmeadow Local Emergency Planning committee, regional board of selectmen, and liaison for the Police Department. She currently serves as Chair for the East Longmeadow Selectmen, chairing their Personnel Policy Committee and serving on the School Collective Bargaining committee. She lives in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. 

Maryanne Lewis - Congressional Legislative Director for NAGE (National Association of Government Employees), former State Representative-Democrat for Massachusetts, past Chair for Caucus of Women Legislators.  Attorney Lewis served four terms in the Massachusetts Legislature, making history as the first freshman woman representative appointed to a chair as the House leader of the Committee on Federal Financial Assistance. Ms. Lewis served her district and state as Floor Division Chair and Assistant Majority Whip and member of several committees, including the Joint Commission on Electric Industry Restructuring. Her work focused on childcare, public education, economic development and public safety, all of which earned her “Legislator of the Year” recognition from the Mass. Police Association, Jobs for Youth, and the Mass. Bar Association. Attorney Lewis was recently appointed to NAGE (the largest AFL-CIO-affiliated organization in Massachusetts). Lewis lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Western New England College is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, the College serves 4,500 students on its main campus and at 17 sites throughout the Commonwealth. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through the College’s Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Law.


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