Brandon Cardoza and Gabriella Cardoza (Brum) had a eventful 2014 when they were married and received the position as conference chairs. Brandon attended the MassSTAR conference in 2005 representing Westport High School. He found the experience so life changing that he continued to volunteer for the organization each year. The MassSTAR conference also helped him prepare for his senior project and even used the experience to write his college letter. Since 2005 Brandon has been a loyal member of Operations serving as Director of Operations. Gabriella attended the 2006 MassSTAR conference from Joseph Case High School. Gabriella was a part of the Pyramids group where Brandon was her junior staff member. Gabriella also returned to volunteer as junior and senior facilitator and Director of Junior Staff for two years. Brandon and
Gabriella were married in May 2014. They are very excited to take on this role to continue building the conference and encouraging more students that they can make a difference.
After graduating from Westport High School in 2007, Brandon went on to receive his Bachelor Degree in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. Brandon has been working at Thermax as a Mechanical Engineer and sales engineer. Brandon enjoys be able to come up with new designs and overcoming challenges the job presents.
Gabriella attended Providence College where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She is a Nurse Practitioner candidate at Simmons College while also finishing her Masters in Medical Sciences and Business Administration. While in school, Gabriella has been working as an EMT since 2010 and hopes to use that experience to help her patients in the future.
Brandon and Gabriella have endured many recent changes in their life from getting married, getting two dogs (Ivy and Pascal) and understanding the meaning of home ownership to a fixer upper. Brandon and Gabriella each have their own interests. Brandon loves hockey and soccer, which can be seen in his weekly games as goalie, cheering his favorite team (the Bruins) and playing in a men's league soccer. Gabriella loves crafts and her Pinterest boards for more inspiration. Brandon and Gabriella are very active and do not remember the last time they had a lazy day since their honeymoon.