7th Annual Distinguished Young Professional Awards

Please join our Young Professionals Committee at the Distinguished Young Professional Awards!

Tuesday, June 11th


Four Oaks Country Club – Dracut


2024 Distinguished Young Professionals:

  • Aleksandra Tugbiyele, Boston Arts Academy Foundation
  • Allison Chambers, Middlesex Community College
  • Brad Buitenhuys, Dutch Property Management and Lowell Litter Krewe
  • Catherine Casey, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union
  • Corey Williams, City of Lowell
  • Dai Kim, Mill City Grows
  • Isaiah Stevens, Lowell Transitional Living Center
  • Ivana Dauwer, Coalition for a Better Acre
  • Jeanmerli Gonzalez, Lowell Community Health Center
  • Makayla Clougherty, Merrimack Valley Food Bank
  • Marguerite Hoover, Town of Dracut
  • Maria Crooker-Capone, Alternative House
  • Masada Jones, The Center for Hope and Healing
  • Sean Moriarty, Enterprise Bank
  • Sochenda Uch, Lowell Community Health Center
  • Timna Nwokeji, Life as a Maven

Ticket and Sponsorship Information: 
Individual Tickets – $60
Table of 10 – $500

GOLD Sponsorship – $1,000 – Everything listed below, plus:

  • Company logo on event poster
  • Company logo in program
  • Company logo with link to your website on the event listing and event page
  • Company logo/name included in all advanced media promotion including Chamber Chat, social media, email blasts and more
  • 5 complimentary tickets to the event

SILVER Sponsorship – $500 – Everything listed below, plus:

  • Acknowledgment during speaking program at event
  • Company name on event poster
  • Company name included in most advanced promotion including Chamber Char, social media, email blasts and more
  • 3 complimentary tickets to the event

BRONZE Sponsorship – $250:

  • Company name included in program
  • Company name with a link to your website on the event listing and event page
  • Company name included in some advanced media promotion including Chamber Chat, social media, email blasts and more
  • 1 complimentary ticket to the event

Contact Danielle McFadden at dmcfadden@greaterlowellchamber.org.

Meet this year’s Recipients

Makayla Clougherty, Merrimack Valley Food Bank

Makayla Clougherty is the Public Health and Marketing Coordinator at the Merrimack Valley Food Bank (MVFB) in Lowell, MA. She started at the MVFB as the Administrative Assistant in 2022 for her college capstone and got promoted to her current position in 2023. In her position at the MVFB, Makayla runs the Community Market program that brings fresh produce and other staples every month to 8 different low-income and senior housing complexes in Lowell, Chelmsford, Dracut, Tewksbury, and Billerica. Makayla also helps to run the food bank’s social media accounts, assists with event planning, and represents the food bank on various boards and coalitions fighting hunger in Massachusetts.

Makayla was a first-generation college student and graduated from UMass Lowell in 2022, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health and Health Promotion.

Makayla is also involved with various organizations and community initiatives in the Greater Lowell area. Makayla worked with the Lowell Community Health Center the past two years on their REACH LoWELL Campaign, focusing on the SWAP Pantry Model that helps food pantries and the clients they serve pick balanced and nutritious options. Makayla is also the food bank’s CHOP Dinner representative and helps plan and execute free monthly dinners at the Lowell Senior Center that help to educate community members on different cultures, health initiatives and the resources in our area available to them.

Makayla was born in Lowell, MA before moving to Dracut and eventually Chelmsford, where she graduated high school. She currently lives in Merrimack, NH with her boyfriend and their rescue dog, Koda.

More Bios Coming Soon.. 

Thank you to our 2024 Platinum Partners: Enterprise BankTMI PropertiesMassHire Greater Lowell Workforce BoardJeanne D’Arc Credit UnionEforAll/EparaTodos Merrimack Valley and A&M Auto Body.


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