2024 Board Nominees

NAEP New England is pleased to present the below nominees for the 2024 Board of Directors

After reading through, please use the below form to cast your vote. The voting period will be open until December 22nd, 2023.

Voting Ballot

Nominees for President

Sara Veilleux – Director of Procurement Excellence – Tufts University

Sara Veilleux is currently the Director of Procurement Excellence at Tufts University. Prior to Tufts, Sara had the pleasure of leading the Procurement team at Southern New Hampshire University, and working as a Contracts Administrator at Stonyfield Farm, an organic yogurt manufacturer. Sara received her MBA from SNHU, and her undergraduate degree in Economics and Spanish from Mount Holyoke College.

Sara is also the current National Association of Education Procurement District 1 Board Director for NAEP National representing New England and Upstate New York. Her term ends this spring, and she plans to stay connected on various NAEP Committees.

NAEP, in particular the New England region, has been instrumental in Sara’s career growth, in particular education and professional development and access to the community of practice. She is well suited to take a leadership role in NAEP New England due to both her commitment and passion for the mission of the association and also her connection to NAEP National.

Madelyn Ritchie-Hilbert – Assistant Director of Strategic Sourcing – Brown University

Dr. Madelyn S. Ritchie-Hilbert, is the Assistant Director of Strategic Sourcing and Category Manager of Facilities Management for Brown University. She is a seasoned procurement, human resource, e-learning/training, and technology leader with a passion for innovation, problem-solving, and mitigating risks. She is also a passionate advocate for social change that addresses the inequity issues within poverty, education, and affordable housing.

With over 20 years of experience in higher education, Madelyn has experience in driving revenue growth, fostering and building strategic partnerships and leading cross functional teams, specializing in administrative and financial leadership, contact administration, operations, supply chain, healthcare, pharma, and project management.  

Madelyn possesses a strong financial sense, sharp technical logic, and a niche for promoting diversity inclusion, and belonging in the workplace. She currently holds a Doctorate in Education Leadership, an MBA in Human Resource Management, a BS in Business Administration, and a Teaching certificate. Outside of work, she is very family oriented, loves a good international film, cooking, and volunteering.

Nominees for Executive Vice President

Joanna Curry – Senior Strategic Procurement Agent – Berklee College of Music

Joanna has 17 years of procurement and financial operations experience, 14 of those in the higher education industry. She spent 11 years working at Harvard University, starting at University Financial Services and later moving to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences where she served as Procurement Manager and Financial Operations Manager. In addition, Joanna acquired experience in state purchasing while bidding and managing statewide contracts working as Strategic Sourcing Manager at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Operational Services Division. Having missed the academia environment and NAEP, she joined Berklee College of Music in 2022, where she currently holds the position of Senior Strategic Procurement Agent. Joanna’s procurement related interests include technology, sustainability and supplier diversity.

Joanna holds a MA degree from Jagiellonian University and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Extension School.

Nominees for First Vice President

Eric Swanson – Strategic Sourcing Analyst – Brown University

Eric is a Strategic Sourcing Analyst with Brown University and has worked in higher ed procurement for over 10 years with previous positions at Quinnipiac and University of New Haven.  He recently served as a Member at Large in NAEP New England, and also on the Board of Connecticut Colleges Purchasing Group.