Former Board Members

 

 

Jennifer Angarita, M.P.P., Board Member Emeritus

Jennifer brings strategy, operations, and program evaluation experience to non-profits and community development finance institutions. Currently, Jennifer serves as a community loan fund officer at BlueHub Capital, where she conducts business development, credit and social impact analysis, and ongoing portfolio management. Her experience spans multiple fields including labor, community development, and philanthropy. She is 2017 Opportunity Finance Fellow, a 2017 New Leaders Council Fellow, and served as a Sheila C. Johnson Fellow at the Harvard Center for Public Leadership. She holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Yale University and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

 

Valerie Basnight, Board Member Emeritus

Val is a Development and Event Professional who has spent 17 years supporting small businesses and non-profit organizations. She’s the Owner of L.I.R. Productions, a PR + Production Agency specializing in marketing, brand management, and event production. Through her agency, she sponsors two event series for entrepreneurs – the Small Biz Buffet and The Moonlighters Club Showcase. Her philanthropic interests include supporting women, youth, and at-risk communities. Val is a member of the Junior League of Boston where she coordinates trainings for women looking to deepen their service to non-profits, as well as trainings for women interested in serving as Board Members. Val sits on the Development Committee & Young Philanthropist Initiative Committee at The Philanthropy Connection, and she volunteers at Quincy’s Interfaith Social Services Agency where she serves on their Gala Committee. Formerly she was the Director of Development at the Cambridge Women’s Center and currently she supports Madison Park Development Corporation, Hibernian Hall, and The Dewitt Center in Roxbury. Val is originally from Pasadena, California where she attended Westridge School for Girls, she was a debutante through the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and she graduated from Simmons College in Boston where she studied Psychology and Gender & Cultural Studies.

 

Martha Bedell, M.Arch., Board Member Emeritus

Martha is an architect with a practice focused on residential construction and renovation. In addition, Martha has been involved in several non-profits, both as a hands-on volunteer and as a board member interested in sustainability and governance. Martha served on the Shady Hill School Board of Overseers, as Chair of the Committee on Trustees and as Head of Parent Fundraising. Committed to working for equity in educational opportunities for Boston area teens, she has mentored students at Beacon Academy and is currently an after-school tutor at Fenway High School, a Boston Pilot School. Martha also serves as Treasurer on the board of High Spirit Community Farm, a program in Great Barrington, MA that offers meaningful work and a rich homelife to young adults with cognitive disabilities. Martha lives in Cambridge with her husband, David Dryer.

 

Susan Benford, M.B.A., Board Member Emeritus, TPC President 2016-2019

Susan has been consistently unable to decide what she wants to do. She worked in Washington, D.C. for a lobbying group representing the pet industry; earned an M.B.A. and worked as a financial analyst at Intel; hired and managed a sales force in the computer software industry; served on the Boston Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, on the Foundation Board of the Massachusetts College of Art, and in leadership roles at Shady Hill School, BB&N, and Cambridge School of Weston. With her interest in expanding the collective giving movement, she joined the Board of Philanos as Vice Chair in July 2020. This organization represents nearly 80 organizations like TPC and represents 17,500 members in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. She is married, has two adult sons, and one spoiled dog.

 

Suzanne Carter, M.B.A., Co-Founder, Board Member Emeritus

After earning an M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, Suzanne embarked on a career in international banking. Eleven years later, she moved to Japan, where she worked as a grant director for Refugees International Japan. It was in this capacity that Suzanne traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia and Africa, visiting and working in refugee camps. Suzanne returned to the U.S., went back to school, earned a Masters of Education, and ultimately taught middle school humanities on Boston’s South Shore. During this time, she joined the board of Summer Search Boston, an organization that works with Boston’s low-income high school students to stay in high school, get into college, and succeed in life. Suzanne has been an active member of Summer Search’s board finance committee as the organization has grown from a staff of three to what it is today – one of the city’s leading youth leadership organizations, with a multi-million dollar budget. Suzanne currently chairs the Summer Search Summer Internship committee. She and her husband Leslie Carter live in Hingham.

 

Caitlyn Clarke, Board Member Emeritus

Caitlyn received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in International and Area Studies and Political Science, and her Master’s from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She currently works in the Risk Assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC (“PwC”) focusing on internal audit, compliance, and risk management solutions for clients in various sectors. Prior to that, Caitlyn spent seven years working at State Street. Caitlyn has been volunteering with the Louisiana Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership seminar for 14 years as a Junior Counselor, Facilitator, and Speaker. She is also a member of PwC’s Women’s Inclusion Network and Black Inclusion Network; the Budget and Finance Chair and Duke Black Alumni Rep for the Duke Boston Regional Board; the Vice President of the Young Professionals Board of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (“MWPC”); a member of the MWPC Political Action Committee; a member of the VRLC’s Shining Star Gala Committee; and a 2017 Emerge Massachusetts Fellow.

 

Jessica Coakley, Board Member Emeritus

Jessica (Jesse) is the Philanthropy Associate at Hemenway & Barnes, working with family philanthropies, individuals, and other donors on the design and implementation of giving programs. Prior to joining Hemenway & Barnes, Jesse worked for nine years in fundraising and communications at non-profit organizations including the Boston Private Industry Council, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Crittenton Services of Greater Washington. Jesse graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor’s in International Studies. She is a TPC Board member and also co-chairs the Young Philanthropist Initiative.

 

Ellen S. Cohn, Sc.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Board Member Emeritus

Ellen has devoted her professional career to enabling people living with disability and chronic health conditions to participate fully in their lives and communities. As an occupational therapist, Ellen has worked in various non-profit organizations such as hospitals, schools, summer camps, clinics and community agencies. She is currently a clinical professor and program director for the occupational therapy program at Boston University, Sargent College Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. In this role, she teaches and mentors graduate students to become competent and confident future health care practitioners. Her research and publications focus on the perspectives of children, adolescents and families related to factors that support or inhibit inclusion and access to quality care in school, at home, and in the community. She frequently travels to Ecuador with students to encourage cultural awareness and to learn with and from Ecuadorian colleagues. She serves on the board of the Spiral Foundation and chairs their Institutional Review Board. Ellen and her husband Larry Berkowitz live in Lexington.

 

Dharma E. Cortés, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Board Member Emeritus

Dharma is a senior research associate at the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at UMass-Boston, an instructor at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, and an adjunct assistant professor at Northeastern University’s Institute on Urban Health Research. For more than twenty years she has been conducting community-based research with Latinos in the U.S, focusing on acculturation, health, mental health, and healthcare quality. Dharma has served on the boards and advisory councils of the Men’s Health Network, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Our Bodies Ourselves, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Big Sisters of Greater Boston, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She is a former president of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts Board. Dharma lives with her husband Rodolfo Vega and their dog Frida in Lynn.

 

Lora Farkas, Board Member Emeritus

Lora’s first career was in project finance lending, but time away to raise her four children led to increased volunteer and board involvement in their independent schools. Working closely with dedicated educators fostered both deep respect for the power of education to change lives and a commitment to increase access to excellent educational opportunities for children in the Boston area. Lora volunteered at Beacon Academy in its first year, then joined as staff to create and direct a program that matched students with volunteer mentors. She then helped launch a college coaching and after-school tutoring program at Fenway High School, a Boston Pilot School. Lora is currently the Director of Parent Engagement at Belmont Hill School. She has served on the Boards of Shady Hill School, Beacon Academy, Belmont Hill School (ex officio), and Fenway High School. Lora lives in Cambridge with her husband, Chuck.

 

E. Marla Felcher, M.B.A., Ph.D., Board Member Emeritus, Co-Founder

Marla has worked as a marketing professor, investigative journalist, marketing consultant, and consumer advocate. She’s taught at Northwestern University, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and UMass-Boston’s McCormack School of Policy Studies. She has written extensively about product safety regulation for the Atlantic Monthly, Slate, Mother Jones, and other magazines. She served on the 2008 Obama Transition Team advisory committee, the Jewish Council for Education & Research Great Schlep campaign advisory board, and the board of directors of the Hispanic National Bar Association Journal on Law & Policy, the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Summer Search Boston, the Youth Job Center of Evanston, and the Evanston Community Foundation. Marla and her husband, Max Bazerman, live in Cambridge.

 

Andrea Goodman, Board Member Emeritus

Andrea’s path to philanthropy has long been connected to for profit businesses and non-profits as drivers for social impact. Interweaving marketing with movement building and deep systems change are particular interests Andrea enjoys bringing to TPC. She also regularly advises social entrepreneurs, an interest that began when she was the third employee at Children First; she helped grow this start-up into one of the first and largest networks of corporate backup child care centers in the US. Andrea has held communications and investor relations roles for companies that include Reebok and Charles River Associates, and currently leads public relations and communications at Eastern Bank.

 

Taurean Green, Esq., Board Member Emeritus
Taurean is a native Virginian who migrated to Boston to attend Suffolk University Law School. Currently, she is an attorney and serves as the Lead Compliance Specialist for Payfactors, which offers a full-suite of cloud-based compensation data management tools to its clients. Taurean is not only a member of TPC’s Board of Directors, but also serves in that capacity at Speak for the Trees and the Charles River Conservancy, a reflection of her love of nature. She is helping to lead TPC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.

 

Ilene Greenberg, Board Member Emeritus

Ilene Greenberg’s passions in the non-profit world have focused on women’s rights and educational opportunities for underserved populations in the Boston area. She is a past Board Chair of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM), the 2012 National Volunteer of the Year for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and has been a hotline counselor at PPLM since 2003. She currently serves on the Board of Beacon Academy in Boston. Ilene lives in Brookline with her husband, Michael Maynard.

 

Barbara Guilfoile, Board Member Emeritus

Barbara has diverse program management experience in both for profit and non-profit organizations. Earlier in her life she worked as a Human Resources professional for leading companies in technology, publishing and financial services. This experience lead to her next role as an HR consultant where she specialized in Executive Compensation. Through her numerous volunteer positions she has become passionate about making college accessible and affordable for disadvantaged youth. Currently, she works in Graduate Support at the Epiphany School in Dorchester, providing guidance to students on how to get into and graduate from college. She and her husband, Bernie Lebow, live in Newton and look forward to the time they spend visiting their children who reside in New Orleans.

 

Sandy Lawrence, Board Member Emeritus

Sandy is a retired business executive having worked at the well-known Fortune companies of Gillette, Polaroid, Johnson and Johnson, and iRobot. In her retirement from the large corporate world, she took on two start-up CEO roles in the San Francisco area, and now in semi-retirement does consulting work helping companies in innovation and business creation. On the philanthropy side of Sandy’s life, she has been on the Board of Visitors for The University of Maine and the Tufts Gordon Institute. She is a member of the Rockport Music Council, is on the Board of the Annisquam Yacht Club, and is on the Board of Annisquam Village Church. Sandy has been a member of TPC since 2013 and has been running the TPC Dialogue events for the last several years. Sandy splits her time between Annisquam and Boston when not visiting her grandchildren in Providence and San Francisco.

 

Linette Liebling, M.S.P.H., Board Member Emeritus

Linette’s passions include all matters of public health with a particular focus on sexual health education. Linette currently teaches at Wheaton College in addition to maintaining a consulting practice. Most recently, Linette has been training middle school teachers on a Statewide comprehensive sexuality education program which she developed, and she is also working with the Department of Public Health on creating trauma-informed primary prevention for adult GLBTQ communities. Linette currently serves on the Boards of several organizations to further her mission in working for social change, including the Mass Promise board, which is a statewide program of Americorps and the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. She has also served on the Boards of the Massachusetts Midwives Association, and the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts for three terms, where she has served as President. Linette and her husband Peter Demuth live in Newton where they love to garden.

 

Pat McSweeney, M.B.A., Board Member Emeritus

Pat spent her professional life in Human Resources management in health care and financial services, the last 10 years as a Vice President at Fidelity Investments. Since leaving the corporate world, she has run a conference on women and work at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston and served on non-profit Boards, including YWCA Boston and the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. She is a fiber artist with a focus on felt-making and fabric dyeing and makes wearable art and decorative pieces at her studio in Charlestown. She has work in collections at the University of Pennsylvania and the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. Pat is also an advocate for urban green space and an avid gardener. She was for many years president of Gardens for Charlestown and has grown roses and perennials in her community garden plot for 25 years. Pat holds an MBA from Simmons and lives in Charlestown.

 

Cori Mykoff, Board Member Emeritus

Cori is the Director of Development at Silver Lining Mentoring. Silver Lining Mentoring empowers youth in foster care to by providing and supporting committed, long-term mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. At Silver Lining, Cori directs local fundraising through collaboration with volunteer leaders, corporate sponsorship, grants, direct mailings, and fundraising events. Before that, she was the Senior Development Officer at The Posse Foundation, a non-profit focused on educational access and youth leadership for urban youth. Cori has also served as the development officer at TERC, a STEM educational research and curriculum development organization. Cori began her career at The Boston Bar Association and Foundation, where she worked with volunteer attorneys to administer over $1 million in legal aid grants annually. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Cori lives in Somerville and is a proud alumna of Emerson College. Her personal heroes include Dorothy Zbornak and Julia Sugarbaker.

 

Marta E. Pagán-Ortiz, M.S., Board Member Emeritus

Marta has been engaged in philanthropy most of her life, most recently with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. She holds an MS in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University and is currently at UMass Boston working on a PhD in Counseling Psychology. Her interests include the development of health technologies, mental health services in community-based settings, and interventions to reduce disparities in health. At TPC, she enjoyed leadership roles as a Team Captain on the Grants Review committee, and co-chair of the Young Philanthropist Conference Committee. Originally from Puerto Rico, Marta lives in East Boston with her husband.

 

Amy Feind Reeves, M.B.A., Board Member Emeritus

Amy is the Founder and CEO of JobCoachAmy, where she leverages her experience of over 25 years as a hiring manager to help new and experienced professionals find careers that make them happy. Her corporate practice focuses on managing millennials. Amy has enjoyed successful careers as a commercial banker, global management consultant, entrepreneur, corporate executive, and non-profit executive. She graduated cum laude from Wellesley College and earned an MBA at the Tuck School of Dartmouth College.

Her work for TPC has included chairing the Young Philanthropists Committee as well as multiple task force roles including strategic planning, organizational development, and key process redesign. In addition to her work with TPC, Amy has designed and delivered a course for Citizens Schools providing financial literacy to middle school girls. She lives in Back Bay with her family and is a proud BB&N mom.

 

Sharhea Wade, Board Member Emeritus

Sharhea is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She currently works at State Street Corporation as an assistant vice president, Global Treasury Investment Management. She is a part-time student in Boston University’s M.B.A. program, and executive director of the National Black M.B.A. Association in Boston. Sharhea is an alumna of the Posse Foundation and Summer Search Boston. She has won awards from both Posse and the State Street Black Professional Group for her volunteer work and commitment to the organizations. In her spare time, she loves to read and sing until her lungs can’t take the pressure anymore. She is originally from the beautiful, volcanic island of Montserrat, and now resides in Roslindale.

 

Catherine West, M.P.A., Board Member Emeritus

Catherine brings over 10 years of experience in philanthropic, government, non-profit, research and business sectors. As the Director of External Research Partnerships for the Center for Health Information and Analysis, an independent state agency, Catherine manages cross-sector partnerships as well as research contracts to address legislative requests. Previously, she worked at Gilead Sciences, Inc. as a Senior Manager in Government Affairs. She managed the operations, finance, legal, and evaluation for HIV FOCUS, a national initiative to change the standard of practice in health care, as well as the national partnership with the NAACP. Prior to joining Gilead, Catherine held multiple roles at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation including serving as a Consultant for the Human Capital Team and Community Health Leaders as well as serving as the Project Director for New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming. Prior to joining the Foundation, Catherine was a Program Coordinator at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, where she oversaw FACES for the Future, a model pipeline program for underrepresented high school students. Catherine also serves on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and the Chica Project and lives in Hyde Park.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]