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Rising Stars

DATE: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

HCC claims three spots on 2020 '40 Under Forty' list

HCC alumni Andrea Luttrell and William Lynch named to Business West magazine's 40 Under Forty Class of 2020

One is the vice president of Institutional Advancement for Holyoke Community College. Another is a 2004 graduate of HCC and a registered dietician/nutritionist for Big Y Foods. And yet another is the regional deli and bakeshop sales lead for Stop and Shop and a 2003 graduate of HCC.

All three – Amanda Sbriscia, Andrea Luttrell, and William Lynch IV – now belong to an elite club, "40 Under Forty," Business West magazine's annual recognition of young, promising community leaders from Western Massachusetts. 

"The Class of 2020," Business West editor George O'Brien writes in the May 11 edition of the magazine. "That phrase will forever have special meaning at colleges, high schools, and even grammar schools across this country. Indeed, 2020 has been a different year in every way imaginable. And the same is true of BusinessWest's 40 Under Forty class of rising stars." 

The May 11 issue includes photos and short question and answer profiles of each member of the Class of 2020. The "40 Under Forty" gala, traditionally scheduled for late June, will be held instead on Aug. 27 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke. 

"Overall," O'Brien writes, "while the class of 2020 has had, and will continue to have, a different experience than those who preceded it, it is like those other classes in how it reflects the high levels of young talent now emerging in this region. And it paints an impressive picture of leadership for decades to come." 

Amanda Sbricia, 35, has been working at HCC since 2017. As vice president of Advancement, she oversees the HCC offices of alumni, giving, grants, development, and marketing and serves as the executive director of the HCC Foundation, which is responsible for managing an endowment of more than $13 million and annual student scholarship awards of more than $250,000. She is also part of the president's cabinet, HCC's senior leadership and policy team. 

"We're so proud to have Amanda named to this list of extraordinary individuals," said President Christina Royal. "The honor is well deserved." 

Andrea (Samson) Luttrell, 36, studied business administration at HCC before heading to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for her bachelor's degree in human nutrition. She has worked with Big Y since 2006 and has been a registered dietician for the supermarket chain's Living Well Eating Smart program since 2009. Her newspaper column on healthy eating appears in the weekly Thursday Food section of the Springfield Republican. 

William Lynch, 38, earned his associate degree in arts and science at HCC. He has worked at Stop and Shop since 1998, starting as a bagger while he was still in high school and working his way up to his present position as deli and bakeshop sales lead for the company's regional 138 stores. He was elected to the Easthampton City Council in 2019 and also serves on the city's finance committee.

PHOTOS: (Thumbnail) Amanda Sbriscia. (Above) HCC alumni Andrea Luttrell (left) and William Lynch (right) were named to Business West magazine's 40 Under Forty Class of 2020. Photo of  Andrea Luttrell by Tony Dube.