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Work-Life Balance Topic of PWC Lunch

February 28, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., February 28, 2017 – Patricia Fay, an assistant vice president and actuary of strategic planning and analysis at MassMutual, and the insurer’s 2015 Working Mother of the Year, will speak on a panel with two other local business women at the Professional Women’s Chamber Headline Luncheon on March 22, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Storrowton Tavern Carriage House, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield. The Headline Luncheon series is sponsored by BusinessWest.


Joining Fay on the panel to discuss work-life balance, will be Jamina Scippio-McFadden, director of student services for the UMass Center at Springfield, and Kimberly Wheeler, owner and operator of Agawam Cinemas.


Fay is the mother of four children ranging in age from 24 to 14, one of whom has Rett Syndrome, which results in multiple disabilities. She is involved with the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, and recently organized and ran the 20th CT Rett Angels Golf Tournament. She is a fellow in the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. She serves in several leadership roles, including vice-chair of the Marketing and Distribution section of Society Actuaries and treasurer for TEDx Springfield. She previously served as treasurer of the Women’s Leadership Network.


Prior to joining the UMass Center at Springfield, Scippio-McFadden was an assistant professor of communications at American International College. She has taught communications and has served as a college administrator at institutions in Florida and Georgia for the past 16 years. She has over 20 years of experience in media, including television news, radio, newspaper and public relations. She is an active volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts and is a current member of the Board of Directors and a former Girl Scout.  She is the mother of two children.


Wheeler, the sole operator and owner of the Agawam Cinemas, began the lengthy process of restoring the abandoned movie theater in 2014. The restoration was completed in November of 2015. Her background differs entirely from her movie theater venture. She began her career as an Emergency Dispatcher for Police, Fire and EMS. She also served as the regional coordinator for the United States Postal Service AED Program, which entailed oversight and direction for 147 individual postal service locations across the northeast. She also has experience dispatching the LifeFlight aircraft to inter-hospital and emergency scene calls for UMass Memorial LifeFlight.


Lindsay Ialeduca, anchor and reporter for Western Mass News, will moderate the panel.


Advance reservations for the luncheon are suggested and are $30 for PWC members and $40 for general admission.  Reservations may be made online at or by emailing   This lunch is included in the PWC Season Pass. Passholders should register by emailing


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