While at Xavier, Phil Gloudemans was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and was a Class Officer. In addition, he was a letter winner in football and track, and he and his teammates set a school record in the mile relay (now 4x400). Phil was awarded an Elks Scholarship and was the President of the Youth Association for Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled Children. He also served as a camp counselor for intellectually and developmentally disabled children for four summers. Phil and his younger sister are both proud graduates of Xavier High School. His sister (Ellen Baisden) currently teaches in the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System.
After high school, Phil attended Marquette University where he earned a B.A. in Sociology. While at Marquette, Phil served as a Freshman Orientation Leader, a dorm resident advisor, and a member of the Counseling Center Advisory Council. Phil was honored to attend Marquette’s Christian Leadership Workshop and was also selected for an internship at the Counseling Center, a hospital-affiliated mental health facility. Phil stayed active by volunteering as a tutor at the inner-city religious education program at St. Boniface Church and playing several intramural sports.
Phil furthered his education at Boston University where he earned his M.S. in Communication in 1980. Phil financed his graduate studies working at the French Library in Boston. He was selected for an internship at Newsome & Company and during that internship was offered a full-time job.
Phil has held many prestigious positions throughout his career. He is currently the Director-Strategic Communications for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Phil leads the creation, implementation, and evaluation of strategic communications that broadens the institute’s participation in the local and national education policy dialogues. Prior to this role, Phil was the Assistant Vice President-Media Relations for Boston University. As head of media relations, Phil and his staff built, led, and guided the media relations team to unprecedented publicity results and he and his team were credited with significantly contributing to a record-setting number of applicants and increased alumni engagement. Prior to joining Boston University, Phil was a Senior Vice President at Agnew Carter McCarthy in Boston for 12 years. There he headed the consumer practice and generated over $7 million in new business revenue and was responsible for over fifty percent of the firm’s billings.
Outside of work, Phil has been very involved with The Arc Massachusetts for over 30 years. While serving on the marketing/development committee, Phil founded a corporate basketball fund-raising event titled “Play on the Parquet,” and he continues to serve as its chair today. This event has raised nearly $1 million since its inception and is The Arc’s largest annual fund-raiser! In recognition of his board service and outstanding contributions, The Arc has recognized Phil with two Special Achievement Awards, and a Massachusetts Distinguished Citizen Award, presented at a State House ceremony. Phil’s commitment to this cause started in high school when he served as a summer camp counselor for children with disabilities, founded by an Appleton-based Catholic women’s organization, which his mother helped launch.
Phil serves as the Chair of the Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation (MASF), where he has been involved since 1987. MASF produces the commonwealth’s youth Olympics for over 7,000 athletes. In addition, Phil is the President of the board for the Lynch/VanOtterloo YMCA in Marblehead, Mass., which serves over 14,000 members.
Phil met his wife, Karen McLaughlin, at Marquette and they have a daughter, Brenna, who is currently attending Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Phil’s mother, Germaine, still lives in the Appleton area, as does his sister. Phil Gloudemans has established a legacy of service, hard work, aid and comfort to his charitable endeavors, to his professional life and most of all to his loving family.