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Joe Bellil G '90

Joe Bellil G ’90 had known about Anna Maria College since his teen years when he worked summers at Treasure Valley Boy Scout Camp. In 1988, he was looking for an affordable, quality Masters in Business Administration program, and AMC’s Executive MBA Program provided him the opportunity he had been seeking.

“I knew that getting an MBA would be an important tool that would help me climb the nonprofit management ladder.   I was working full time, so I only had the weekends available to attend classes and to study,” Joe recalls.  “AMC’s Executive MBA Program met my educational needs while being both affordable and flexible.”

Anna Maria’s setting appealed to Joe, too. “I always enjoyed the early morning drive out to AMC.  I appreciated going through rural towns and seeing all the beautiful landscapes.  I think other students in the class also liked their commute- it set a good tone for the day,” he shares.

With his AMC degree, he was able to move from the area of accounting to management.  “The MBA was my ticket to get in and I just had to prove my skills after that.  I’ve moved up various levels in nonprofit management,” he adds.

Joe has been the Vice President of Public Affairs for Easter Seals Massachusetts for almost ten years.   He is modest about his accomplishments.  “My role is to keep Easter Seals informed on legislation and regulations that may impact its services and the disability community in general.  I also am involved in youth leadership and systems advocacy,” he explains.  Moreover, Joe is a respected and well-known figure on Beacon Hill, where he tirelessly helps Easter Seals Massachusetts actively support people with disabilities and their families by encouraging state legislators and administrators to create and support programs that help people with disabilities gain greater independence.

Joe is enthusiastic and passionate about his work, but his greatest joy is his family.  “I have a wonderful wife and an energetic, eight-year-old boy who enjoys playing all different types of sports in Holden.”