Our Team

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Len Samborowski

Director of Luke Leaders

Through LukeLeaders1248, Len attempts to walk the talk of his personal philosophy: “To those whom much is given, much is expected.”

 

He received a BA from Bucknell University but his true education came from 30 years of service in the US Army.

He learned the importance of servant leadership from command (3 company commands, 2 battalion commands) and five years on the Army Staff.

Across the scope of his military career, Len received three awards of the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star for actions in Desert Shield/ Desert Storm, an Army Air Medal, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Wings, and a commendation for heroism. He was a senior Army aviator, qualified in fixed and rotary wing aircraft. His last assignment in the Army was as the Inspector General for the Massachusetts National Guard. Colonel Samborowski retired from the military in 2006 aboard the USS Constitution in Boston, MA.

 

Len earned a Masters in Strategic Planning from the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS in 1992 and a doctorate of management from the University of Phoenix in 2006. He has published at Harvard and MIT.

 

Dr. Samborowski now serves as the Director of the MBA program at Nichols College, Dudley MA. His research interests include the pedagogy designed to enhance grit and self-esteem. 

 

Len lives in Woodstock, CT with his wife, Elizabeth Bitgood. He has three children and three grandchildren. He views his life as richly blessed.

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Boyd Brown III

Associate, Academic Advisor

Boyd is a retired Marine and a Criminal Justice professor at Nichols College. He includes servant leadership as a theme in all the courses he teaches. His goal is to help develop the next generation of law enforcement and security professionals into strong servant leaders for their communities. Boyd lives in eastern Connecticut with his wife and two children.

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William O'Brien

Associate, Legal Advisor

Mr. O’Brien received his German law training from the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, where he graduated with the German equivalent of a J.D. in 1986. In 1988, he received his J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Mr. O’Brien started his professional career as a research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law in Munich, Germany, where he completed his master’s thesis in trademark law.

Mr. O’Brien completed his master’s thesis and received his Magister Legum in German law from the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität 1n 1992.

 

Mr. O’Brien worked as an attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and as an attorney both with private law firms and in corporations.

 

Currently, Mr. O’Brien has his own firm located in Westborough MA specializing in providing counseling, prosecution, and litigation services to international and domestic clients in the fields of trademark, copyright, general corporate and licensing law.

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Danielle Strandson

Associate, Alumni Engagement

Danielle Strandson is a graduate of Clark University with a B.A. in International Development and Social Change and a M.A. in Community Development and Planning. Ms. Strandson is a social media specialist currently working as the Social Media Manager for Clark University, and has volunteered with multiple nonprofits to share this expertise.

 

Ms. Strandson is a strong believer in community, and enjoys working in communication roles to better connect others. While living in Portland, Maine, she spent time serving on the Board of Directors for a local time bank rooted in fellowship that works to restore local community currency based on relationships and time. She values local food systems, sustainability, and public health, and is a proud supporter of food co-ops. Ms. Strandson currently lives in Worcester, MA.

 

Ms. Strandson is grateful to be a Luke Leaders Recipient from 2010.

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Khrisan Grant

Associate, Funding and Corporate Outreach

Khrisan Grant will soon be a 2021 graduate of Nichols College with a BSBA in Management and an Entrepreneurship Certificate. Ms. Grant is an aspiring entrepreneur that wishes to one day start her own non-profit and aid in the molding of our leaders of tomorrow.  

 

Ms. Grant’s passions include growing her knowledge in a variety of areas to become the best leader and citizen she can be and raising awareness on issues like mental health. She has dreams of changing the world and will never stop educating herself and getting involved in the fight to make the world a better place. 

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Brien Thompson

Associate, Business Development

Brien G. Thompson is an entrepreneur and CEO from Dallas, TX, who specializes in business and financial strategies.  He graduated from Nichols College in 2018 with a major in Finance and minor in Entrepreneurship.  After graduating, he returned home and began his professional journey as a financial advisor for both families and business owners.

 

Currently he is building a brand to call his own, ‘GAGE. Capital’ named after himself and his late Grandpa.  Outside of business, Brien continues to play hockey after his years at Nichols, enjoys a day on the golf course, and spends a lot of time with his family and his friends. 

 

Brien is excited to be a part of Luke Leaders 1248, bringing his experience and effort to our organization.  As a servant leader, Brien will bring a unique perspective to help Luke Leaders 1248 not only grow our mission, but also expand our reach to more regions of the nation. 

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Carla McCarron

Web Designer

Carla McCarron is a 2021 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, with a BFA in Illustration.

Ms. McCarron is a freelance Artist and Designer, who publishes and shares her work on social media under the pen name 'Click Myth'. 

Ms. McCarron is a big believer in the power of knowledge, and her insatiable curiosity has led her to develop many skills in different areas of art, as well as outside of the art field.

 

You can always see Ms. McCarron with her service dog, Navi, by her side; which has inspired her to become an avid learner of dog training.

Ms. McCarron has a great interest in Japanese culture, and strives to learn the language so she may someday be able to travel and experience living in Japan herself.