Three Alumni Honored on WBJ 40 Under 40 List

September 1, 2020
By: Kristen O'Reilly

Three Worcester State alumni were recently named to the Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list for 2020: Julie Creedon-Linton ’05, Sarah Connell Sanders, M.Ed. ’17, and Kim Sakol ’03. They and the other honorees and will be celebrated at a WBJ virtual event on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 4:30 p.m.

Business major Julie Creedon-Linton ’05 is vice president of Creedon and Co., Inc./I.T. Vending Express, which owns the Worcester Bravehearts and Nashua Silver Nights. According to the WBJ, Creedon-Linton is in her 20th year at Creedon & Co., where she has served in many different roles, including running the concession stands for the company’s two summer collegiate baseball teams.

Creedon-Linton has served as the president of the Board of Directors of the American Rental Association and is now regional director for the group’s national office.

Sarah Connell Sanders, M.Ed. ’17, is a public school teacher, journalist, podcast host, social media consultant, and supporter of several local nonprofit arts organization, including POW! WOW! Worcester, where she served a member of the sponsorship committee.

According the WBJ, “Sanders’ work creates conversations around important social issues like sexual misconduct, policing, the wage gap, and urban development,” adding that she was recognized in 2019 as Worcester’s Best Columnist in the Best of Worcester awards from Worcester Magazine. She hosts the podcast “Pop It,” which has more than 80 episodes with 16,000 downloads.

Occupational therapy major Kim Sakol ’03 is assistant vice president of rehabilitation services at Easterseals. She manages a team of 110 therapists and more than 100 staff members at Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children in Canton. According to the WBJ, Easterseals’ rehabilitation services program has grown by 39 percent in the last four years.

“Sakol coordinates fundraisers and volunteers at Easterseals, and tries to set an example for her daughters to be strong advocates for what they believe in,” wrote WBJ reporter Riley Garand. “Sakol has used her network to advocate for disability rights.”

For more information about the WBJ’s virtual event to honor this year’s 40 Under 40, visit:

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