Board of Directors

James Athanasoulas, Chair, Boston Board
Managing Director
Bain Capital Credit

Mary E. D. Cannon, President

Jennifer Dowd

Sarah D. Greenhill

Jeff Hoffman
Vice President, Head of PBM Digital
CVS Health

Eve Lehrman, MD, Chair, New York Board
Obesity Analyst
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Giselle Nelson
M.S., Physiology and Biophysics
M. Ed., Mind, Brain, and Education

Carlton Smith
Trader

Uma Thurman
Actress

Brooke Thurston

Christi Raftery Wood,
Secretary


James Athanasoulas
Managing Director
Bain Capital Credit

James joined Bain Capital Credit in 2005 and is the Managing Director in the Middle Market Group. Previously, James was a Manager at Bain & Company, where he led case teams in the firm's Private Equity Practice performing strategic due diligence and post-acquisition strategy assessments. James received a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.


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Mary E. D. Cannon

Mary began her professional career as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. Upon leaving Goldman Sachs, Mary worked in Strategic Planning and Corporate Development for Starwood Hotels. After receiving her MBA, Mary joined Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Boston where she focused on real estate investing.

Mary graduated with a BA in Government from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mary serves on the Board of Sanctuary for Families, a nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated to serving domestic violence victims and their children. Mary lives in New York City with her husband Colbert and their three children.

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Jennifer Dowd

After graduating with a BS in Advertising from the University of Florida, Jennifer began her career as a buyer of children's apparel for Macy's Department Stores. Upon leaving Macy's, she moved over to the clothing manufacturing side as a consultant. Now a full-time parent, she is very involved in her community and her children's schools, where she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Acorn School and The Epiphany School Foundation.

Jennifer and her husband live in Gramercy Park with their three young children.

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Sarah D. Greenhill

Sarah is a former Senior Investment Associate at the MIT Investment Management Company. Prior to her work at MIT, Sarah was an Associate at New Mountain Capital, a private equity firm, and an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division at Merrill Lynch. Sarah graduated summa cum laude and phi beta kappa from Princeton University with an A.B. in economics and received an M.B.A from the Harvard Business School.

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Jeff Hoffman
Vice President, Head of PBM Digital
CVS Health

Jeff is the Vice President, Head of PBM Digital for CVS Health. In this capacity, he is defining and helping to launch new and enhanced methods for consumers to leverage technology in managing their pharmacy and broader health care needs. Prior to this current role, Jeff led critical Strategy and Corporate Development initiatives at CVS Health with a focus on innovation within the changing health care space.

Before joining CVS Health, Jeff spent over a decade in strategy consulting – most recently with Monitor Group in Los Angeles – working with leading health care and consumer product companies on marketing, sales, and corporate strategy engagements.

Jeff received his MBA in Strategy and Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelors degree in Economics and Spanish from Tufts University.

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Eve Lehrman, MD
Obesity Analyst
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Dr. Lehrman is an analyst at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she supports the agency’s city-wide chronic disease prevention and tobacco cessation initiatives. Her specific focus is on developing, vetting, and evaluating policies intended to reduce obesity and diet-related diseases, especially among the city’s youth and minority communities. Dr. Lehrman graduated from Princeton University and received her medical degree from New York University where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and recipient of the Rosa Lee Nemir Award for Academic Excellence. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.


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Giselle Nelson
M.S., Physiology and Biophysics
M. Ed., Mind, Brain, and Education

Ms. Nelson holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University and an M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University. Ms. Nelson has developed and implemented anatomy, biology, and physiology curriculums at schools in the Boston area, and has a particular interest in brain development.

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Carlton Smith
Trader

Carlton Smith began his career in finance and trading on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 1995. He launched his own trading company leveraging his experience and knowledge of S&P 500 options. The firm specializes in trading anomalies in the VIX index and futures. Carlton owns and manages Texas Energy Enterprises, an oil and gas company with interests in oil rig servicing and oil and gas drilling. Texas Energy Enterprises was founded in 2008 and is currently expanding operations in South Texas. Carlton serves on the board of the Theda Clark Smith Foundation where he is responsible for financial oversight and technology implementation. He holds a BA in Economics from Colgate University and an MBA from Babson College. Carlton currently lives in the Lower East Side of Manhattan with his wife and two children.

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Uma Thurman
Actress

Uma Thurman's acclaimed work in film and theater for the past 21 years includes Pulp Fiction, Hysterical Blindness, and Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2. She was born in Boston and raised in Amherst, MA. She currently resides in New York City with her three children.


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Brooke Thurston

Brooke specializes in corporate communications and public affairs. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Media Relations at Steward Health Care, one the largest community hospital chains in New England. She has also worked as a communications consultant at VOX Global, a public affairs firm headquartered in Washington, DC, and as press secretary for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Brooke graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College with a B.A. in Government. She lives in Boston with her husband and their young daughter.

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Christi Raftery Wood

After graduating from Seton Hall University, Christi Wood spent five years at Dean Witter working in events and corporate sponsorships. She has also worked as a freelance sports television producer for CBS Sports and Fox Sports. In 1997, Christi founded her own corporate entertainment firm, working on projects ranging from non-profit fundraisers to corporate client entertainment to conference planning.

Christi is now a full-time parent to three children, and is very active in her children's school and other causes she cares about. Christi lives with her family in downtown Manhattan.

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New York Board

Erika Bearman, Advisor
Communications Consultant

Rahil Briggs, PsyD, Advisor
Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services
Montefiore Medical Group

Mary E.D. Cannon, Director & President

Cleo Cavolo, Advisor
Vice President of External Relations
New Classrooms

Richard B. Chalker III, Advisor
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Transformation
ABM

Tim CreedonAdvisor
Managing Director
Neuberger Berman


Jennifer Dowd, Director

Claire Ellis, Advisor
Creative Director
Eccolo Ltd.

Mike FelitonAdvisor
Chief Information Officer
David Yurman

Alexandra of Greece, CLS, Advisor

Eve Lehrman, MD, Director & Chair, New York Board
Obesity Analyst
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Rashaan R. Reid, Advisor
Managing Director, Mortgage & Securitized Product Sales
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ann Silverman, Advisor
Administrative Vice President & Group Manager, Private Banking
Wilmington Trust N.A., an M&T Company

Carlton Smith, Director
Trader

Uma Thurman, Director
Actress

Maggie Rokous Towles, Advisor

Christi Raftery WoodDirector & Secretary

 


Erika Bearman
Communications Consultant

Erika Bearman is a strategic consultant in communications and branding. She was most recently Senior Vice President of Global Communications for Oscar de la Renta, LLC, a position she held for seven years. She now counts the luxury goods firm as one of her clients. Erika’s communications efforts on behalf of Oscar de la Renta have been written about in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Wall St. Journal, and Vogue. In 2012 she was named to the Vanity Fair International Best Dressed List.

Erika graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a BA in English. She has previously worked for Christian Dior and Burberry. She resides in New York City with her husband, Jonathan and her daughter Electra.

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Rahil Briggs, PsyD
Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services
Montefiore Medical Group

Dr. Briggs is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Director of Healthy Steps at Montefiore, and the Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services at Montefiore Medical Group.  Dr. Briggs joined Einstein and Montefiore in 2005 as the Director and founder of Healthy Steps at Montefiore. Her work concentrates on integration of mental health specialists within primary care pediatrics, with a focus on prevention, early childhood mental health and development, and parent-child relationships. Dr. Briggs was named the Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services at Montefiore in 2013, to spearhead the formation of one of the most comprehensive integrated pediatric behavioral health systems in the nation, which will provide services to over 90,000 children and their families in the Bronx, NY. She is currently working on a book regarding integrated early childhood mental health in primary care, to be published by Springer in 2016.  Dr. Briggs completed her undergraduate work at Duke University (magna cum laude) and her doctoral work at New York University.

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Mary E.D. Cannon

Mary began her professional career as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. Upon leaving Goldman Sachs, Mary worked in Strategic Planning and Corporate Development for Starwood Hotels. After receiving her MBA, Mary joined Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Boston where she focused on real estate investing. Mary graduated with a BA in Government from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mary serves on the Board of Sanctuary for Families, a nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated to serving domestic violence victims and their children. Mary lives in New York City with her husband Colbert and their three children.

 

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Cleo Cavolo
Vice President of External Relations
New Classrooms

Cleo Cavolo is the Vice President of External Relations at New Classrooms. Cleo joined the New Classrooms team in January 2014 to lead their national and local fundraising efforts, and to create a strategic fundraising plan to diversify their revenue sources and to expand their network of supporters. Before joining New Classrooms, Cleo Cavolo was the Managing Director of Development for iMentor where she raised $50 million for the organization over a six-year period. Cleo helped to build the fundraising strategy and the organizational infrastructure to support iMentor’s ambitious growth efforts. Prior to iMentor, Cleo worked at the Blue Ridge Foundation, where she conducted strategic consulting projects with their portfolio organizations. Cleo also worked with the Princeton Review K-12 Services, where she developed and created an organizational marketing plan to improve outreach strategies with school districts throughout the country. Cleo has 15 years of experience working in education and started her career at Junior Achievement of New York. Cleo earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her Masters of Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. Cleo lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

 

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Richard B. Chalker III
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Transformation
ABM

Richard Chalker is the Senior Vice President, Strategy and Transformation at ABM, a leading provider of facilities solutions, supporting their re-engineering from a services aligned business to an industry aligned business. Prior to joining ABM, Richard was the co-head of Morgan Stanley’s Global Corporate Real Estate Management division from 2013 to 2016. CREM includes Workspace Planning, Project Management, Engineering, Property Services, Transaction Management and Corporate Amenities. From 2006 to 2012, he was a part of Morgan Stanley’s Corporate Services Division. Initially, Richard was the Global COO for the Corporate Services division. He led the division’s financial management functions, Risk, Technology and Process Re-engineering. From 2008 to 2012, Richard was the co-head of Morgan Stanley’s Global Property Management Organization.

Richard start his career at Morgan Stanley in 1989, in Information Technology supporting their internal clients in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. His main clients during that time were Private Wealth Management, Institutional Equities, Investment Banking and the firm’s corporate functions. He also worked in Asia for 2 years, performing IT support and building new offices during the early 1990s growth period. Prior to joining Corporate Services in 2006, Richard managed IT Operational Risk (part of the firm’s Basel II requirements) and Production Risk Management (the department’s outage management team).

In his “spare” time, Richard enjoys golf, tennis and karate. However, he spends the majority of his free time taking his children to their various education, sports and musical events.



Richard graduated from Northwestern University with a double major in Political Science and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences.


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Tim Creedon
Managing Director
Neuberger Berman

Tim Creedon is a Managing Director at Neuberger Berman and the Head of Global Equity Research. He joined the firm in 2005 and has been the Director of Global Equity Research for the firm since 2011. Prior to his appointment as Director of Research, Tim served as an equity analyst covering Consumer Staples companies for the department. Previously, he spent three years working as a sell-side research associate at Lehman Brothers, also covering consumer stocks, and two years working in the Private Equity group at Lehman Brothers, where he was responsible for analyzing and executing investments in early stage telecom/media companies. Tim began his career at Merrill Lynch, where he spent two years working in Investment Banking, covering the telecommunications industry. He is a CFA charterholder and graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a concentration in International Economics. Tim lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

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Jennifer Dowd

After graduating with a BS in Advertising from the University of Florida, Jennifer began her career as a buyer of children's apparel for Macy's Department Stores. Upon leaving Macy's, she moved over to the clothing manufacturing side as a consultant. Now a full-time parent, she is very involved in her community and her children's schools, where she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Acorn School and The Epiphany School Foundation.

Jennifer and her husband live in Gramercy Park with their three young children.

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Claire Ellis
Creative Director
Eccolo Ltd.

Claire Ellis is Creative Director at Eccolo Ltd., a wholesale manufacturer of home decor, journals and stationery.  Prior to her work at Eccolo, Claire was principal of Ellis Design Strategies, a product development consulting firm.  Claire holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and BA from Yale.  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

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Mike Feliton
Chief Information Officer
David Yurman

Mike Feliton is the Chief Information Officer of David Yurman. As a technology executive, he has a vast knowledge of IT management, full-life-cycle software initiatives, and program management across many industries; including retail, wholesale, apparel, automotive, manufacturing, and consumer products. Mike's background in Business Analytics has given him extensive experience collaborating with both business leaders and external parties to produce cost-effective business solutions. Prior to joining David Yurman, he served as the Vice President of Application Delivery at International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF), Vice President of IT at Maidenform, and Vice President of Information Systems at TBC Corporation. He also spent over seven years at Warnaco working as Director and later, as Vice President of Systems Development. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from Rutgers University. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two young daughters.

 

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Alexandra of Greece, CLS

Alexandra of Greece is a founding board member of Room to Grow and has been actively involved in the organization since its creation in 1998. Alexandra is a Child Life Specialist, having graduated with an MS in Early Childhood Education and Child Life from Bank Street College. Previous to attending Bank Street, she earned her BA form Brown University in Comparative Literature in both French and Spanish language. In addition to Room to Grow, Alexandra is an active supporter of the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York; and in Greece, Sos Eliza (a non-profit for abused children) and Patmos Habitat (a non-profit protecting marine area). She lives in New York City with her family.

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Eve Lehrman, MD
Obesity Analyst
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Dr. Lehrman is an analyst at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she supports the agency’s city-wide chronic disease prevention and tobacco cessation initiatives. Her specific focus is on developing, vetting, and evaluating policies intended to reduce obesity and diet-related diseases, especially among the city’s youth and minority communities. Dr. Lehrman graduated from Princeton University and received her medical degree from New York University where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and recipient of the Rosa Lee Nemir Award for Academic Excellence. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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Rashaan R. Reid
Managing Director, Mortgage & Securitized Product Sales
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Rashaan Reid is the Managing Director of Mortgage & Securitized Product Sales at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Upon graduating from Tulane University with a BS in Finance and Management, Rashaan began her career at Merrill Lynch & Co. as an analyst in the Debt Capital Markets Division. Eventually, Rashaan realized she was drawn to the pace of sales and trading, and decided to go back to school so she could pursue this interest. After completing her MBA at The University of Chicago, Rashaan returned to Merrill Lynch as an associate in the Global Markets Division before moving to Mortgage and Securitized Product Sales. Rashaan is co-leader of the group DEAL (Developing & Engaging African American Leaders), which promotes diversity at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and is also a part of the firm's Women's Leadership Council. Rashaan is an avid traveler and currently lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Ann Silverman
Administrative Vice President & Group Manager, Private Banking 
Wilmington Trust N.A., an M&T Company

After graduating from Smith College, Ann began her career at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington D.C., eventually becoming a project manager responsible for all aspects of content, design, and marketing for major exhibitions. She also served at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York City as a project manager for several years. Ann then made a transition to banking, and earned an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Manhattan and serves as a group manager in private banking at M & T Bank, managing banking teams in New York and in cities across the country.

 

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Carlton Smith
Trader

Carlton Smith began his career in finance and trading on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 1995. He launched his own trading company leveraging his experience and knowledge of S&P 500 options. The firm specializes in trading anomalies in the VIX index and futures. Carlton owns and manages Texas Energy Enterprises, an oil and gas company with interests in oil rig servicing and oil and gas drilling. Texas Energy Enterprises was founded in 2008 and is currently expanding operations in South Texas. Carlton serves on the board of the Theda Clark Smith Foundation where he is responsible for financial oversight and technology implementation. He holds a BA in Economics from Colgate University and an MBA from Babson College. Carlton currently lives in the Lower East Side of Manhattan with his wife and two children.

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Uma Thurman
Actress

Uma Thurman’s acclaimed work in film and theater for the past 21 years include Pulp Fiction, Hysterical Blindness, and Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2. She was born in Boston and raised in Amherst, MA. She currently resides in New York City with her three children.

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Maggie Rokous Towles

After graduating with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Intellectual History and a minor in Chinese, Maggie lived and worked in Asia for two years. Following that, she worked in business consulting at the Boston Consulting Group and within Viacom's strategic group in their new media division. Maggie was a key member of the team that helped grow the then start-up clothing company dELiA*s, focused on catalog and online inventory planning and management, and working with the senior merchandisers to plan and purchase the clothing line.

Maggie lives in New York City with her husband and two children and devotes her time to her family and volunteer work in the community.

  

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Christi Raftery Wood

After graduating from Seton Hall University, Christi Wood spent five years at Dean Witter working in events and corporate sponsorships. She has also worked as a freelance sports television producer for CBS Sports and Fox Sports. In 1997, Christi founded her own corporate entertainment firm, working on projects ranging from non-profit fundraisers to corporate client entertainment to conference planning.

Christi is now a full-time parent to three children, and is very active in her children’s school and other causes she cares about. Christi lives with her family in downtown Manhattan.

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Boston Board

James Athanasoulas, Director & Chair, Boston Board
Managing Director
Bain Capital Credit

Robert Baldassarre, Advisor
Partner 
KPMG, LLP

Peter Conlin, Advisor
Managing Director
Cushman & Wakefield

Danielle Frissell, Advisor
Vice President
J.P. Morgan

Sarah D. Greenhill, Director

Anne S. Hildreth, Advisor
Managing Director, Client & Business Management Executive
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Jeff Hoffman, Director
Vice President, Head of PBM Digital
CVS Health

Giselle Nelson, Director
M.S., Physiology and Biophysics
M. Ed., Mind, Brain, and Education

Alison G. Nogi, Advisor
Strategic Communications Advisor, Executive Office
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Thomas Reith, Advisor
Partner
Burns & Levinson, LLP

Yaron Shlesinger, Advisor
Three Bays Capital

Brooke Thurston, Director

C.A. Webb, Advisor


James Athanasoulas
Managing Director
Bain Capital Credit

James joined Bain Capital Credit in 2005 and is the Managing Director in the Middle Market Group. Previously, James was a Manager at Bain & Company, where he led case teams in the firm's Private Equity Practice performing strategic due diligence and post-acquisition strategy assessments. James received a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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Robert Baldassarre
Partner
KPMG, LLP

Robert leads KPMG’s Economic and Valuation Services practice, based in Boston. Robert has over 15 years of experience in economic analysis and consulting. Prior to joining KPMG, he served as an internal management consultant in logistics and operations research at Compaq. He also held positions as an Economist and Forecast Manager at DRI/Standard & Poor’s, and in the public sector as a development economist for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Economic Affairs under Governor William Weld. He began his career as a Budget Policy Analyst for the Massachusetts Legislature.

In addition to his position on Room to Grow's Boston Board, Robert is also on the Board of Directors for Riverside Community Care. Robert received his B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Boston University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Economics from Boston University's School of Management.

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Peter Conlin
Managing Director
Cushman & Wakefield

Before joining Cushman & Wakefield, Peter was Senior Vice President at Lincoln Property Company and a Senior Vice President/Partner of CBRE/New England where he was responsible for advising and implementing transactions for corporations and landlords in the Downtown Boston Office market. Peter's ability to devise creative real estate solutions and provide expert advice during transaction negotiations coupled with his understanding of client requirements has been instrumental in the successful completion of numerous transactions throughout Boston. 

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Danielle Frissell
Vice President
J.P. Morgan

Danielle Frissell is a Vice President at J.P. Morgan's Private Bank in Boston. Prior to moving to Boston, Danielle worked for J.P. Morgan in London and New York. She began her career at Bear, Stearns & Co. in St. Louis, Missouri.

Danielle earned her BSBA from Saint Louis University with a double major in Finance & International Business and a minor in German. She currently serves as the Finance co-chair of Party in the Park; is on the Steering Committee for Hestia; is the President Emeritus of the Beacon Hill Women's Forum; and is a member of the Friends Council Leadership Committee of the Boys & Girls Club of Boston.

 

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Sarah D. Greenhill

Sarah is a former Senior Investment Associate at the MIT Investment Management Company. Prior to her work at MIT, Sarah was an Associate at New Mountain Capital, a private equity firm, and an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division at Merrill Lynch. Sarah graduated summa cum laude and phi beta kappa from Princeton University with an A.B. in economics and received an M.B.A from the Harvard Business School.


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Anne S. Hildreth
Managing Director, Client & Business Management Executive
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Anne Hildreth, Client & Business Management Executive with US Trust, has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry focused on high net worth philanthropic solutions. Ms. Hildreth's insight and leadership supports our goal of successfully driving client satisfaction and delivering superior philanthropic solutions. Ms. Hildreth is active in the Massachusetts charitable community, and is currently on the Advisory Board of FUEL Education. Ms. Hildreth is a graduate of Holy Cross College.

 

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Jeff Hoffman
Vice President, Head of PBM Digital
CVS Health

Jeff is the Vice President, Head of PBM Digital for CVS Health. In this capacity, he is defining and helping to launch new and enhanced methods for consumers to leverage technology in managing their pharmacy and broader health care needs. Prior to this current role, Jeff led critical Strategy and Corporate Development initiatives at CVS Health with a focus on innovation within the changing health care space.

Before joining CVS Health, Jeff spent over a decade in strategy consulting – most recently with Monitor Group in Los Angeles – working with leading health care and consumer product companies on marketing, sales, and corporate strategy engagements.

Jeff received his MBA in Strategy and Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelors degree in Economics and Spanish from Tufts University.


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Giselle Nelson
M.S., Physiology and Biophysics
M. Ed., Mind, Brain, and Education

Ms. Nelson holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University and an M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University. Ms. Nelson has developed and implemented anatomy, biology, and physiology curriculums at schools in the Boston area, and has a particular interest in brain development.

 

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Alison G. Nogi
Strategic Communications Advisor, Executive Office
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Alison is responsible for collaborating with the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA as communications counsel and content developer for key communications materials to employees and external stakeholders. Prior to Blue Cross, Alison was Director of Communications at New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), the physician's network for Tufts Medical Center. She was also a Manager in Community Health at Partners HealthCare.

Alison graduated with a BA in Political Science and Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University. Alison serves on the Board of Beacon Hill Nursery School and lives in Boston with her husband and daughter.

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Thomas Reith
Partner
Burns & Levinson, LLP

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Yaron Shlesinger
Three Bays Capital

Yaron joined Three Bays Capital in 2013 and was a founding team member. Previously, he was a Vice President at Bain Capital Credit and a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Yaron received a Honors Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.

 

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Brooke Thurston

Brooke specializes in corporate communications and public affairs. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Media Relations at Steward Health Care, one the largest community hospital chains in New England. She has also worked as a communications consultant at VOX Global, a public affairs firm headquartered in Washington, DC, and as press secretary for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Brooke graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College with a B.A. in Government. She lives in Boston with her husband and their young daughter.

 

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C.A. Webb

C.A. Webb is Co-Founder and most recently a partner at _Underscore.VC where she activated an extraordinary network of entrepreneurs and executives to bring up the next generation of enduring technology companies. Prior to this new venture, C.A. led the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) for 4 years where she worked in partnership with local entrepreneurs and VCs to promote Massachusetts as the best place in the world to start and grow new companies.

C.A. has spent her career building ground-up products, programs and brands at emerging companies. She began as brand manager for Fast Company, built entrepreneurial development programs at Boston Collegiate Charter School and Trinity Boston Foundation, ran internal innovation and strategic marketing projects at Whole Foods Market, was head of Marketing at Preserve, a design-driven consumer products company, and was Director of Marketing at Care.com.

In addition to Room to Grow, C.A. serves on the boards of the Alliance for Business Leadership, Mass Robotics, and the New England Venture Capital Association. C.A. earned her undergraduate degree in English and Women's Studies at Wellesley College and an MBA at Simmons School of Management.

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National Advisory Council

M. Ann Easterbrooks, PhD
Principal Investigator and Professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University

Rebecca Fauth, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator, Project Director, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University

Clare Huntington

Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

Judd Benjamin Kessler
Assistant Professor, Department of Business Economics and Public Policy
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Fern Khan, MSW
Retired Dean, Division of Continuing Education, Bank Street College of Education

Tovah Klein, PhD

Director, Barnard Center for Toddler Development, Barnard College
Associate Professor of Psychology, Barnard College

Matthew M. Cruger, PhD

Senior Director, Learning and Development Center, Child Mind Institute

Kimberly Noble, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education, Columbia University

Irwin Redlener, MD
President and Co-Founder, The Children's Health Care Fund
Clinical Professor, Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of General Pediatrics, MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Director, Pediatric Population Health Management
Director, Raising Healthy Hearts Clinic

Elizabeth Ty Wilde
Senior Research and Evaluation Officer, The Wallace Foundation

 



M. Ann Easterbrooks, PhD
Principal Investigator and Professor
Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University

M. Ann Easterbrooks, Ph.D., is Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. A developmental psychologist, her work focuses on social and emotional development in infancy and childhood, and issues of risk and resilience in development. She is Co-Principal Investigator of the Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation, examining the efficacy of Healthy Families Massachusetts, a statewide child maltreatment prevention program. Other current research investigates emotional availability and attachment in parent-child relationships. Dr. Easterbrooks' publications include chapters, research articles, and edited volumes on a range of topics, including: healthy social and emotional development in the context of psychosocial risk factors such as depression and trauma; father-child relationships in infancy and early childhood; the developmental course of parent-child attachment relationships; and promoting positive relationships in early education and care. She is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, where she chairs the Publications Committee; the World Association for Infant Mental Health. Currently she serves on the boards of the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents (BIDIP), and the Massachusetts Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (MassAIMH).

 
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Rebecca Fauth, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator, Project Director
Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University

Rebecca Fauth, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist specializing in research and evaluation examining the impact of social policies and programs on children and families and is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. Rebecca is the Project Director of MHFE-2, a randomized, controlled trial of a Healthy Families Massachusetts, and the Co-Principal Investigator of several other program evaluations and needs assessments. Until 2013, Rebecca was Assistant Research Director at the National Children's Bureau (NCB) in London UK where she managed a team of researchers working on a range of policy-relevant evaluations focusing primarily on programs in early years, foster care, and youth development. Rebecca has also worked as a Senior Researcher at The Work Foundation, a work and employment think-tank in London, and a Research Scientist at the National Center for Children and Families at Columbia University. She previously worked directly with children and families in social services. Rebecca holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology and an M.S. in Applied Statistics from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from the College of the Holy Cross.

 

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Clare Huntington
Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law
Fordham University School of Law

Professor Huntington is an expert in the fields of family law and poverty law. Her book, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships (Oxford 2014), won an Honorable Mention for the Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) Award in Law and Legal Studies from the Association of American Publishers. Professor Huntington has published widely in leading law journals, exploring the intersection of poverty and families and with a recent focus on non-marital families. Professor Huntington serves as an Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law. Professor Huntington’s legal experience includes serving as an Attorney Advisor in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel as well as clerking for Justice Harry A. Blackmun and Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Merrick B. Garland of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York. Prior to joining the Fordham faculty in 2011, Professor Huntington was an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Law School. Professor Huntington earned her JD from Columbia Law School and her BA from Oberlin College.



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Judd Benjamin Kessler
Assistant Professor, Department of Business Economics and Public Policy
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Professor Judd B. Kessler received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 2004, an M.Phil. in Economics from Cambridge University in 2005, and his Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University in 2011.

In his research, Kessler uses a combination of laboratory and field experiments to answer questions in Public Economics and Market Design. He investigates the economic and psychological forces that motivate individuals to contribute to public goods inside and outside the workplace, with applications including organ donation, worker effort, and charitable giving. He also investigates market design innovations, placing particular emphasis on bringing market design from theory to practice, with applications including course allocation and priority systems for organ allocation.

His research has appeared in general interest journals including the American Economic Review and Management Science. In 2012, Kessler was named one of Forbes Magazine's "30 under 30" in Law and Policy.

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Tovah Klein, Ph.D.
Director, Barnard College Center for Toddler Development, Barnard College
Associate Professor of Psychology, Barnard College

Tovah Klein is the author of the 2014 How Toddlers Thrive (Simon & Schuster). At the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development (Toddler Center), Professor Klein and her research team study children's social and emotional development, the influence of parents on children's development, sleep and separation, and the experience of being a parent in the early years. Current research examines the role of toddler play in development:  how toddlers communicate through play; use play to process and learn about emotions, and to handle peer conflicts and learn to get along with peers. Emotion situations include typical (i.e., separation) to stressful (i.e., new baby; emergency room visits) and traumatic (i.e., 9/11, home emergencies). In the parenting work, her research focuses on mothers' and fathers' transition to parenthood amd how parents negotiate the challenges of work and parenthood. Another line of research focuses on the impact of trauma on young children and families, including children who were direct witness to the events of 9/11/01 in NYC. 

In addition to being a former developmental advisor for Sesame Street, Professor Klein is on the advisory boards for Ubuntu Education Fund (S. Africa), Rwanda Educational Assistance Project, Room to Grow, Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) and Learnow.org. She is frequently quoted in the media, including appearing on Good Morning America, Today Show, CNN, and National Public Radio.  Her writings appear across the web including Huffington Post, Slate and Parents.com as well as in print including the NY Times and Washington Post. She is the mother of three boys.


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Matthew M. Cruger, PhD
Senior Director, Learning and Development Center, Child Mind Institute

Matthew M. Cruger, PhD specializes in neuropsychological examinations, cognitive assessments and other evaluations for gifted children as well as those with learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. A strong advocate for children and teens with special education needs, Dr. Cruger uses empirically supported treatments to improve both his patients' emotional functioning and their academic achievement.

Before coming to the Child Mind Institute, Dr. Cruger spearheaded a program to help teens with learning difficulties transition to college and helped develop an evidence-based treatment for improving children's organizational skills. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in diagnostic assessment, social psychology, personality theory, research methods, pathological conditions of the brain, and child and adolescent brain development.

Dr. Cruger has performed psychoeducational evaluations in clinical settings throughout New York, including through the Prep for Prep program. He has also led psychoeducational workshops for couples wishing to enhance their communication skills and improve the quality of their marriages.

 

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Kimberly Noble, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education, Columbia University

Dr. Noble is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist and pediatrician who studies socioeconomic disparities in children's neurocognitive development. She received her undergraduate, graduate, and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and trained at the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed her pediatrics residency at Columbia University Medical Center/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian. She is now an Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

 

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Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of General Pediatrics, MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Director, Pediatric Population Health Management
Director, Raising Healthy Hearts Clinic

Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH is Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Population Health Management at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She received her BS and MD degrees from New York University. After receiving her MD, she did her internship, residency, and chief residency, at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. Dr. Taveras also holds a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Taveras is a Pediatrician and a childhood obesity researcher. Her main focus of research is understanding determinants of obesity in women and children and developing interventions across the life course to prevent obesity, especially in underserved populations. Her work spans the spectrum of observational studies and interventions to identify and quantify risk factors to modify these risk factors for health promotion and disease prevention. She has published over 100 research studies and served on Committees for the Institutes of Medicine to develop recommendations for prevention of obesity in early life and for evaluating the progress of national obesity prevention efforts. Her work has been cited by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of the most influential studies of 2010 and was cited in the White House Task Force Report on Childhood Obesity in May 2010.


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Elizabeth Ty Wilde
Senior Research and Evaluation Officer
The Wallace Foundation

Elizabeth Ty Wilde is a senior research and evaluation officer at The Wallace Foundation, where she contributes to strategy design, identifies policy challenges and opportunities, and analyzes the impact of related empirical and theoretical approaches to addressing policy problems.

Before joining Wallace, Wilde was an assistant professor in the department of health policy and management in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Her research was focused on improving health outcomes by changing the institutions that directly provide health care or influence health through other mechanisms (such as community housing agencies or elementary schools). Projects she worked on involved studying the impact of a randomized welfare reform experiment on long term health, investigating a federal initiative to reduce homelessness, and researching the impact of small class sizes on mortality, earnings, employment and disability. Her research has been published in journals including the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Health Economics, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Wilde has a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College. Previously, she worked as a management consultant at the Monitor Group.


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