Join us to for a Black History Month Alumni panel featuring: Alvin Chapital ’86, Merrimack Board of Trustees member, and Director of Sales Enablement at Salesforce; Christian Dupervil ’05, founder of Prepps; Katrina “Kat” Hobbs Everett ’19, Adjunct Professor for the Social Justice program and Co-Founder of Power of Self-Education (POSE) Inc.
President Christoper E. Hopey will offer opening remarks. The event will be moderated by Jackson Fortune, a sophomore criminology & criminal justice major.
This event is being organized by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. This event is being held on Zoom.
Alvin Chapital, a member of Merrimack’s Board of Trustees received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Merrimack College in 1986 while on full academic scholarship and his MBA from Suffolk University in 1992. He is a global marketing and management professional with over 20 years of B2B and B2C experience in strategic marketing, brand building, and sales growth in the Health Care, Professional Services, and Consumer Goods industries for Fortune 500 companies. Currently, he is the Director of Sales Enablement at Salesforce, where he leads the development of sales enablement strategies for their Financial Services business. Mr. Chapital resides with his wife Donna in Northern Virginia. When he’s not chasing his twin sons (Addison and Alvin IV), he enjoys exercising, reading and golf.
Christian Dupervil ’05
Christian Dupervil earned a BA in Marketing from the Girard School of Business at Merrimack College in 2005. Upon graduation, he worked as a leader in college admissions. After obtaining a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Southern New Hampshire University in 2020, Mr. Dupervil stepped down as the Director of Admissions at Springfield College in order to create Prepps, the Linkedin for students and colleges. He states that his career in admissions along with graduate studies highlighted persistent income inequalities in higher education. Prepps, therefore, has a mission of creating equal access to a degree by tearing down the barriers of traditional, outdated recruiting. Mr. Dupervil lives in Southington, CT with his wife and young son as he seeks to continue the momentum after the recent launch of Prepps.
Katrina “Kat” Hobbs Everett ’19
Katrina Everett obtained her M.Ed. in Community Engagement from Merrimack College in 2019 Kat is currently an Adjunct Professor for the Social Justice program at Merrimack College. She is an anti-racist, educator, entrepreneur, curator, activist, writer, and spoken word artist. Ms. Everett is a senior-level executive with over 22 years of refined experience in the human/social services field working in a variety of professional settings and levels including grassroots organizations, city, state, and federal entities, public k-12 schools, public and private higher education institutions. She also has more than a decade of experience in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) education, and extensive community engagement cultivating relationship development and working with cross-sector teams locally, nationally and globally.
Ms. Everett is the Co-Founder of Power of Self-Education (POSE) Inc. a community engagement and advocacy nonprofit whose mission is “to inspire people and mobilize resources to strengthen communities.” She is also the founder and curator of COCO Brown, a cultural community center and co-working space that uses the mediums of art, music, storytelling, and movement to strengthen community relationships and improve social and economic equity. During the pandemic she founded and launched a state-certified black-owned/woman-owned business enterprise, through which she provides large- and small-scale consulting, coaching and facilitation services to individuals, groups and businesses to assist with transformative culture shifting in an effort to foster places of belonging. Her personal mission is to “Constantly Cultivate Community.”
About the Moderator
Jackson Fortune is a Sophomore Criminology & Criminal Justice major with a minor in Music from the Jersey Shore. He is a Resident Advisor, Admissions Ambassador and is the Vice President of Cultural Communication for the Athletic Diversity Committee. Jackson does not stop there – he runs D1 Track and Field, plays the trumpet in the Marching Band and does community service in Lawrence. In his free time, he is at the following club meetings: Mackbelievers (Improv), Black Student Association, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, and Pre-Law Society.
Merrimack hosted its first in-person convocation ceremony since fall 2019 on Thursday, Sept. 2, at Duane Stadium. Students and faculty gathered to welcome the Class of 2025, address the rising Class of 2022 and officially commence the beginning of a new academic year.