Being called a philanthropist can made a modest person uncomfortable. Yet, at its roots, the word ‘philanthropy’ means ‘loving people,’ and that more than anything describes Marya DiPerna. In her role as assistant director of events at Post, she has supported and organized a rainbow of events for our students and associates as well as championed Post’s involvement in community events like the United Way of Greater Waterbury, Brass City Jazz Festival, and Brew & Cue in the fall as well as the annual holiday stroll through downtown Waterbury. Marya is receiving the 2023 Volunteer of the Year from Main Street Waterbury during their Annual Community Partnership ceremony. The other award recipients include Waterbury YMCA CEO Jim O’Rourke who receives the Community Partnership Award. Last year, O’Rourke was instrumental in creating an educational partnership with the University and various YMCAs in Connecticut and Rhode Island. The Advocate of the Year is John Famiglietti.
Marya has been with Post for over 13 years, including serving as an associate faculty member teaching Computer Information Systems on campus and online. She is an active advocate of the United Way’s UPSTATERS program, which engages youth to give back to the community. She is a mentor and steering committee member of the Leadership Greater Waterbury program, which the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce oversees. A fun fact, she is a 2019 alumna of the Leadership program. Next year, she will step into the role of co-chair of the program.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Marya has lived in many different places with her father who served in the Marine Corps. She resides in Southbury, with her husband Frank, 18-year-old son and, 15-year-old daughter, and father-in-law.
Marya’s passion and dedication for the community and its people will continue to enrich lives, including the University