People in Business: Feb. 14, 2022

OMG Roofing Products has promoted Colin Griswold, of West Springfield, to the position of codes and approvals engineer.

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In his new role, Griswold will manage product approvals for OMG Roofing’s product portfolio as well as assist the new product development team in addressing code and approval issues. In addition, he will also work closely with OMG’s private label customers and code and approval officials with product evaluations, developing technical product specifications as well as maintaining code approvals and keeping abreast of technical changes and advancements in the commercial roofing industry.


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Griswold started with Agawam-headquartered OMG Roofing Products in 2013 in the manufacturing area. Since then, he has held positions as a laboratory technician in the company’s New Product Development & Innovation Department, and most recently in the Technical Services Department as a technical support specialist.

He is a member of the Single-Ply Roofing Industry and holds an associate’s degree in engineering from Springfield Technical Community College.


Brion Robert, of Longmeadow, has been appointed assistant branch manager and business specialist at Westfield Bank’s 1342 Liberty St. branch in Springfield.

In his position, Robert will be primarily responsible for small business development, including driving business deposit and loan growth, and assisting small business and commercial customers with deposit, credit, and digital banking products.

Prior to joining Westfield Bank, Robert served as a vice president, branch sales manager at First Niagara Financial Group and an assistant vice president and mortgage loan officer, at Greenfield Savings Bank. Robert currently serves on the board of directors of All Out Adventures in Northampton and serves as a volunteer youth coach with the Western Massachusetts Catholic Youth Organization Basketball League.


American International College has appointed Michael Dodge as associate vice president for academic affairs.

Dodge has been with the college since 2018, previously serving as dean of student success and opportunity. As dean, Dodge had oversight of the tutoring and advising programs on campus, the James J. Shea Memorial Library and was instrumental in the success of the AIC’s Plan for Excellence program for students, serving as director of the program.

Dodge also served as the principal investigator for the US Department of Education Title III Grant program.

While maintaining several of his previous responsibilities, Dodge will now also serve as the chief of staff to the executive vice president for academic affairs. Among his many areas of responsibility, Dodge will represent the Office of Academic Affairs to internal and external constituencies to develop comprehensive and integrative structures and processes to support student success and timely graduation.

Prior to joining American International, Dodge worked for more than a decade at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in a variety of teaching and administrative roles. He earned his doctorate in educational policy, leadership, and administration at UMass after first earning his master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s degree in secondary education and English at the State University of New York Oswego.


Glenmeadow of Longmeadow has announced new hires. Kelsey McDonald, director of life enrichment, and Joy Peterson, director of sales, recently joined the staff at the life plan community in Longmeadow.

McDonald, of Springfield, previously worked as an occupational therapist, rehab technician, and certified nursing assistant with several area rehabilitation providers and hospitals. She will oversee Glenmeadow’s life enrichment programming.

McDonald graduated with honors from Springfield Technical Community College and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is currently enrolled in an online doctoral program in gerontology at UMass.

Peterson, of Northampton, has more than 20 years of marketing and sales experience working for organizations providing senior living and at home services in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Peterson graduated from Westfield State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and holds a master’s degree with a concentration in elder care marketing from Lasell College.

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