City Year Boston Board Members

Doug Beaudoin
Sandra Lopez Burke
Reed Chisholm
Sally Dornaus
Diane J. Exter

Corinne Ferguson

Stephen Hackley
Stephen Hoffmeister

 

Karen Keenan
Lisa Lebovitz
Dianne Ledingham

Eran Lobel
Cynthia Orellana
Josh McCall
Jeannette Mills
Marion Mussafer

 

 

Joe Nedder
Paul Reville
Molly Shannon
Aaron von Staats
James Ward
Greg Why
Janelle Woods-McNish

 

Doug BeaudoinFinance Committee Chair

Principal National Managing Director – LSHC (US), Global LSHC Consulting Industry Leader,
Deloitte Consulting LLP 

Mr. Beaudoin is the National Managing Director and Global Industry Leader for Life Sciences & Health Care Consulting and serves on the Deloitte Consulting Management Committee. Doug has focused his career on assisting not-for-profit health systems and organizations in improving operating performance, financial efficiency and customer service including most of the health systems in the Greater Boston Area as well as Nationally.

Doug lives in Milton, MA with his family including his three primary school aged children and previously lived in the South End of Boston. He has had the opportunity to work with City Year including: build-out of the Corps Member Mentoring Program in Boston; expansion of the mentorship program to other cities; sponsor of Deloitte’s pro-bono work for both City Year Boston and National; and attendee and contributor to Starry Starry Night for six consecutive years.

Doug is also a Board member of the Haas School of Business – University of California Berkeley, Milton Foundation for Education, and Client Service - Partners Healthcare, Lahey Clinic, BIDMC, South Shore Hospital, Cape Cod Hospital. Doug holds his B.A. from University of Western Ontario and an M.H.A. from the University of Ottawa.

Sandra Lopez Burke

Sandra Lopez Burke

Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Boston

Sandra Lopez Burke has a wealth of experience building public-private partnerships that have successfully helped youth reach their full potential in both the sports and academic sectors. Prior to moving to the Boston area, the native Texan worked for the San Antonio Sports Foundation, where she managed national sporting events and helped establish Dreams for Youth, a program aimed at introducing San Antonio’s disadvantaged youth to Olympic sports. She culminated her decade of service in Texas as the Executive Director of the NCAA Men’s Final Four. In 1998, Sandra relocated to Massachusetts and joined Mayor Menino’s millennial celebration committee as the Vice President of Boston 2000. After the turn of the millennium, Sandra joined City Year, Inc. as the Director of Individual Giving. She subsequently served four years as Vice President and Chief of Staff to the CEO and in 2007, was named Vice President and Executive Director of the organization’s founding site, City Year Boston. In addition to her role at City Year, Sandra is on the board of Dana Hall School in Wellesley. She lives in Dedham and is the mother of four children, two of whom are proud City Year alumnae and one of whom is a U.S. Army veteran.

Reed Chisholm

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Reed is a Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor. He has been with Goldman Sachs for over 24 years. His Boston-based team advises high net worth families, foundations and tax exempt organizations on investment strategy, asset allocation and risk management.  In addition to his work at Goldman Sachs, Reed is also a Trustee at The New England Aquarium and The Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Reed earned his Bachelor of Science in business from Providence College.

Sally Dornaus

Sally Dornaus, Development Committee Chair

Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Bain Capital Credit

Sally Dornaus joined Bain Capital Credit (formerly Sankaty Advisors) in 2006. She is a Managing Director, the Chief Financial Officer and a Risk & Oversight Committee member. Previously, Mrs. Dornaus was a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Investment Management practice focusing on alternative investment products. Ms. Fassler received an M.S./M.B.A. from Northeastern University and a B.A. from Brandeis University. Mrs. Dornaus is a Certified Public Accountant.

Diane Exter,

Diane J. Exter, Board Chair

Retired Managing Director, Bain Capital Credit

Diane helped start Sankaty Advisors (now named Bain Capital Credit) in 1997 and, before retiring, was responsible for the oversight of Sankaty's loan portfolio and involved in overall firm management. Bain Capital Credit, a leading investment management firm, has approximately $29 billion of capital under management. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Ms. Exter was a Managing Director at BankBoston. Diane received an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Grove City College.

In addition to the City Year Boston Board, Ms. Exter is on the boards of Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Belmont Country Club. Ms. Exter is married and has two sons.

Corinne Ferguson

Corinne Ferguson, Governance and Nominating Committee Chair

Corinne Ferguson grew up in London, England, where after graduating from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a Bachelor of Art honors degree in law, she worked in the financial sector at Hambros Bank. She later spent eight years in Tokyo, where she studied Japanese and worked in public relations for TDK Corporation.

Corinne, her husband Tim, and their four daughters moved to the United States in 1996 and they became US citizens in 2011. Active in the local Boston community since her arrival, Corinne also sits on the boards of Pine Street Inn, New England Conservatory, From the Top, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and Horizons for Homeless Children.

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Stephen Hackley

Senior Regional Vice President, Comcast

Steve Hackley serves as the Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Greater Boston Region. In this role, Steve is the company’s top executive responsible for the customer experience for more than 1.8 million Comcast customers in more than 300 communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

A recognized leader in the area of customer service innovation, Steve has nearly 20 years of experience in senior customer service and operations roles with Comcast and its predecessor companies Continental Cablevision, MediaOne and AT&T Broadband, as well as with financial services companies Fidelity Investments and Allmerica Financial. In 2008, Steve served on an executive committee focused on improving the overall Comcast customer experience. Steve is also one of the architects of the Comcast Customer Guarantee. In addition to new customer service initiatives, Steve’s Greater Boston Region has served as an early test bed for product innovations like wideband Internet speeds for homes and businesses and industry-leading expansion of high-definition and multi-cultural programming.

Prior to being named to his current role, Steve was the Senior Vice President for Comcast’s Northern New England Region. Before joining Comcast in 2002, he served as Vice President of Customer Care Operations for AT&T Broadband’s Atlanta Region. At Fidelity Investments, Steve worked on the system that first enabled Fidelity investors to directly manage their investments online. And as Allmerica’s first Chief Customer Officer, he designed and implemented the company’s first proactive service model.

Steve earned a bachelor degree in economics with a minor in marketing from the University of Rochester. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration on operations and strategic management from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He recently completed the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing’s Executive Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Granite United Way of New Hampshire and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Partnership in Boston. He is also a Board member of City Year Boston. Steve is a recipient of the Industry Leader of the Year Award from Women in Cable Telecommunications’ New England Chapter of which he is also a member. He resides in Westford, with his wife and two daughters.

Stephen Hoffmeister

Managing Director, Advent International

Stephen is a Managing Director at Advent International. Previously, he worked at Bain Capital LLC and Bain & Company. Stephen co-chaired the City Year Boston Investment Community Breakfast for a number of years and now serves as a vice-chair on the event committee for the breakfast and was a member of City Year Boston's Seven Generations Board before joining the CYB Board. Stephen earned a Bachelor of Commerce, First Class Honors, from Queen’s University in Canada and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Karen Keenan

Karen Keenan

Executive Vice President, State Street Bank

Karen Keenan is an executive vice president in the Global Markets division of State Street Bank. She joined the company in July 2007 as part of the acquisition of Investors Financial. She served as chief financial officer at Investors during its initial public offering and its early years as a public company. 

Ms. Keenan holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Bentley College and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College. In addition to the City Year Boston board, she is a director of CLS Bank. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, and lives in Wellesley with her husband and three sons.

Lisa Lebovitz

Lisa Lebovitz has been an active volunteer with Reach Out and Read since 1999, providing strategic and marketing counsel to the organization on the Board of Directors. Lebovitz started the Safe at Home Program in 2000 to support families coping with dementia disorders. She also serves on the Board of Trustees at the Meadowbrook School in Weston. Her work experience includes Bronner Slosberg Humphrey (Digitas), Loyalty Management Group (AirMiles), and Bain & Company. Lebovitz, who was honored as Reach Out and Read's 2013 Literacy Champion, is a graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Business School.

Lisa and her husband Stephen live in Weston. They have four children, all Meadowbrook School student and alum. She is also involved with Jewish Family & Children Services Boston. Lisa is a Red Jacket Society Member and has been on CYB’s Seven Generations since 2014.

 

Dianne Ledingham

Dianne Ledingham

Partner and Director, Bain & Company

Dianne Ledingham is a Director in Bain & Company’s Boston office. She is one of Bain’s senior leaders in the North America Technology, Media and Telecom practice area. She is also the global leader of Bain’s Sales and Channel Effectiveness practice area. Dianne joined Bain as a consultant in 1990.

In addition to her consulting responsibilities, Dianne is currently the Chairperson of Bain’s Global Promotion and Compensation Committee. She was recently re-elected for a two year term on Bain’s Board of Directors. She is actively involved in consulting recruiting and has led several talent initiatives locally, regionally and globally.

Dianne has performed some pro-bono consulting over the years, including the original charter and strategy for America’s Promise and advising Boston Public Schools on improving attendance. She is currently working with the headmaster and Board of Trustees of the Fessenden School to help develop its next strategic plan.

Prior to joining Bain & Company, Dianne worked for IBM as an engineer designing integrated circuits and planar circuit boards. She also held positions in marketing and sales at IBM. During her Bain tenure, Dianne also pursued an externship for a client and acted as the Sales and Marketing VP running operations for a software division while the company was conducting an executive search.

Dianne earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School with distinction. She is a graduate of Brown University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with honors. Dianne is married with three children and resides in Wellesley.

Eran Lobel,  Media and Government Relations Committee Chair

CEO/Executive Producer, ELEMENT productions

Eran founded ELEMENT productions in 1998 and grew it into one of Boston’s premiere full service production and post-production companies. He leads a talented team of directors, producers and editors and has produced award winning commercials, web video, television programs, and documentaries. Element works with top brands such as Nike, GMC, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Buick, Fidelity, Verizon, Hasbro, and ESPN. Their agency clients include Hill Holliday, BBDO, MMB, Digitas, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Arnold.  The company’s objective is to manage a creative and efficient production and post-production workflow and to provide fully integrated services to maximize its clients’ needs. Element is a member of AICP and Eran is a founding board member of both FILMA and the Massachusetts Production Coalition (MPC) and is an active board member of the Boston Ad Club. He is a graduate of UMass Amherst and received an MBA from Boston University.  

Eran has served on City Year Boston’s Seven Generations Board since FY15 and joined the CYB Board's Media and Government Relations Committee in FY16, where he has been an active and valuable member.

Eran’s wife, Lisa Lobel, is the Co-Founder/Casting Director, Boston Casting. She currently focuses her efforts on growing and managing Boston Casting’s 60,000 person online database and is a leader in innovative technologies for the casting industry. She’s also a former early childhood educator in Boston and former elementary school teacher in New York City. Eran and Lisa have three children.

Josh McCall, Growth Advisory Group Chair

Chairman and CEO, Jack Morton Worldwide

Josh McCall is Chairman and CEO of Jack Morton Worldwide, the world’s leading brand experience agency. He instills an ideas-focused culture that drives the agency to create extraordinary work that transforms client brands and business.

Josh has been an integral part of Jack Morton since 1984. Prior to becoming CEO in 2003 and Chairman in 2007, he served in various capacities of increasing responsibility from an Account Executive to Chief Operating Officer. Under his leadership, the agency has expanded its reach across the US, Europe, Australia, Asia and South America and has been recognized for its creativity, winning dozens of awards that include Cannes Lions, Stevies, Ex Awards, PRO Awards, and Webby Awards.

Josh’s passion to develop experiences that create emotional connections and strengthen relationships between brands and people pushes the agency to innovate in an increasingly cluttered marketplace. It is this passion that fueled the agency’s recent acquisition of digital shop, Genuine Interactive, enhancing the agency’s core offerings of event marketing, promotional marketing, sponsorship marketing, employee engagement, to include digital, social and mobile.

Josh serves on the board of City Year Boston, a national youth service corps. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, completed business and management training at the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and The Kenan-Flagler School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and holds an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree from Suffolk University in Boston. Josh resides with his wife Alex in Dedham, MA and they are the proud parents of three daughters.

Jeannette Mills

Jeannette Mills

Senior Vice President of Safety, Health and Environmental, National Grid 

Jeannette Mills is a dynamic, articulate and results-driven Operational Executive with extensive experience in the Energy and Utilities sectors as well as the Consumer Services sector. She has a proven track record of delivering solid achievements in the development, transformation and profitable management of client facing operations. Ms. Mills is adept at building consensus to achieve corporate goals in operations and organizational redesign, driving greater customer satisfaction, efficient cost containment and, ultimately, improved bottom-line profitability.

Ms. Mills is currently serving as Senior Vice President of Safety, Health and Environmental at National Grid where she is the executive responsible for all aspects of Safety, Health and Environmental within the company’s US region. She is also responsible for ensuring the Company operations provide a high-level of protection for human health, safety, and public welfare.

Prior to joining National Grid, Ms. Mills was appointed to the Maryland Public Service Commission in June 2015 by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan of Maryland where she was a member of a five-person panel that regulated gas, electric, telephone, water, sewage disposal companies, and transportations companies. Ms. Mills served as the Executive Vice President of Take Shape For Life, the direct-selling division of Medifast (NYSE: MED), a leading weight management and healthy living products company. This personal coaching division provided corporate field support for more than 10,000 Independent Health Coaches nationwide. Ms. Mills directed and coached Marketing, Operations and Business Development personnel while collaborating with Health Coach leadership to improve relationships and promote growth. Prior to joining the Senior Executive team of Medifast (NYSE: MED), Ms. Mills was a member of the Board of Directors of Medifast from 2008 until 2013. During her tenure, Ms. Mills served as the Chairperson of the Compensation Committee.

Ms. Mills began her career in 1988 with Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), an Exelon Company (NYSE: EXC), in Baltimore, Maryland. During her career at BGE, Ms. Mills held mission critical positions in the areas of Gas Business Operations and Planning, Business Transformation, Gas and Electric New Business, Electric System Planning, Customer Operations, Resource Management, and Project Engineering. She advanced steadily through increasing levels of trust and responsibility, from Associate Engineer and Engineer to Senior Engineer, Supervisor, Director, Manager, and Vice President.

Ms. Mills holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Loyola University. She was named to Maryland’s Top 100 Women’s Circle of Excellence in 2016. She also received the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Pioneer Award in 2009. Savoy Magazine recognized her in 2008 as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. The Baltimore Business Journal selected her as a “40 under 40” in 2006.

Marion Mussafer

Marion Mussafer

Marion Mussafer has been extensively involved in child-centered and education-based philanthropies both in the United States and globally. She has been involved with City Year in a variety of capacities for well over a decade. She was a member of the Development Committee for City Year, Inc.’s Board of Trustees, led a service trip to City Year South Africa; was part of the founding team of City Year London, and has traveled to various U.S. cities for fundraising events on behalf of City Year.

Marion was a vice chair for City Year Boston’s Women’s Leadership Breakfast, a co-chair of the annual Starry Starry Night gala, and the inagural chair of City Year Boston's Seven Generations Board. In addition to her work with City Year, Marion served on the Board of Trustees for the Meadowbrook School of Weston for 11 years and currently serves on the Board of Overseers for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. Marion and her husband, David, live in Weston and have four children.

Cynthia Orellana

Director of Community Partnerships, UMass Boston 

Cynthia’s professional trajectory is reflective of her passion and commitment for inclusive and collaborative practices, bridging the opportunity divide, and driving systems change.  

Most recently, she served as the Assistant Commissioner for Access and Success Strategies at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) and a senior member of the Academic Affairs and Student Success Division. In that role, she led strategic policy projects in support of advancing the Department’s goals for achieving national leadership in college participation.  This involved various leadership roles in the development and implementation of policies and initiatives that increase college readiness and college going rates of the Commonwealth’s students, particularly first-generation to college, low-income and under-represented students.  It also included managing over $2 million in federal and state funded grant programs.   Cynthia represented the DHE with external cross-sector groups within the Commonwealth and regularly engaged with multiple sectors (K-12 districts, higher education institutions, and non-profit organizations) on initiatives to increase student college access and participation, and closing the achievement gap.  In May 2014, she was awarded a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Performance Recognition Program citation for “Exceptional Managerial, Organizational, and/or Communications Achievements.” 

Prior to joining DHE, Cynthia served as Director of the Commonwealth Corps in the Office of Governor Deval Patrick, where she promoted civic engagement through grassroots governance projects as well as managed the Governor’s cornerstone civic engagement initiative - The Commonwealth Corps.  Cynthia’s professional experiences include community organizing and advocacy, community development, politics and campaigns, governance, social policy, and development of startup initiatives. 

Cynthia is a Founding Board Member of Chica Project, a movement to grow the number of Latina leaders in Massachusetts and highlight their capacities and strengths to lead and contribute to the world.  The vision of Chica Project is to create a pipeline of inter-generational Latina leaders connected through mentoring, leadership development and community empowerment activities; while also impacting individual development at various points along the professional and personal journey of participants.  Cynthia has been at the forefront of the organization’s strategic planning and organizational development work. 

Cynthia is a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts and the youngest of four children.  She is the first generation born in the United States and first in her family to attend college. She holds a M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.S. in Political Science from Northeastern University.

Paul Reville

Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, 
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Paul Reville is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the founding director of HGSE's Education Redesign Lab. He completed nearly five years of service as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As Governor Patrick's top education adviser, Reville established a new Executive Office of Education and had oversight of higher education, K-12, and early education in the nation's leading student achievement state. He served in the Governor's Cabinet and played a leading education reform role on matters ranging from the Achievement Gap Act of 2010 and Common Core State Standards to the Commonwealth's highly successful Race to the Top proposal.

Prior to joining the Patrick Administration, Reville had chaired the Massachusetts State Board of Education, founded the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, co-founded the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE), chaired the Massachusetts Reform Review Commission, chaired the Massachusetts Commission on Time and Learning, and served as executive director of the Pew Forum on Standards-Based Reform, a national think tank which convened the U.S.'s leading researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to set the national standards agenda. Reville played a central role in MBAE's development of and advocacy for Massachusetts historic Education Reform Act of 1993. Reville has been a member of the HGSE faculty since 1997 and has served as director of the Education Policy and Management Program.

Reville's career, which combines research, policy, and practice, began with service as a VISTA/youth worker. He served as a teacher and principal of two urban, alternative high schools. Some years later, he founded a local education foundation which was part of the Public Education Network. He is a board member and adviser to a host of organizations, and a frequent writer and speaker on education reform and policy issues. He holds a BA from Colorado College, an MA from Stanford University and five honorary doctorate degrees. He is the father of four children.

Molly Shannon

Partner & Director, Americas Institutional Group, Wellington Management Company

As director of the Americas Institutional Group, Molly oversees the firm’s efforts to serve and grow institutional client relationships in North and South America. Prior to this role, she led our global consultant relations team and served as a senior contact to our largest consultant firm relationships. Molly is president of Wellington Management Advisers, Inc. (WMA), a limited purpose US broker-dealer registered in August 2010, and serves on its board of directors. She also serves on the board of directors of Wellington Trust Company. In addition, she chairs the firm’s Retirement Benefits Committee and the advisory board for the Wellington Management Foundation. She is also a member of the Executive and Fund Approval Committee, and a Diversity Committee senior ambassador.

Before joining Wellington Management in 2003, Molly held a senior position in consultant relations at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (2002 – 2003) and spent six years at DuPont Capital Management in positions as director of Institutional Sales and director of World Wide Pensions (1996 – 2002). She began her career in 1988 as a strategy consultant in the financial markets division of Accenture, formerly Andersen Consulting.

Outside of work, Molly is an active leader in the nonprofit community, where she sits on the Board of the MassArt Foundation and serves on the Investment Committee. Molly is also a member of the Overseers Board of Boston Children’s Hospital, and is actively involved and supports the work of City Year Boston, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Compass Working Capital and St. Cecilia’s Church.

Molly received her JD from Villanova University School of Law (1995) and her BA in economics, with honors, from the University of Notre Dame (1988).

Aaron von Staats

Aaron von Staats

Corporate Vice President, General Counsel, PTC

Aaron von Staats is corporate vice president, general counsel for PTC. In this position, Aaron is responsible for worldwide legal matters for a $1 billion public technology company, where he manages a worldwide legal and compliance staff.  Aaron was appointed General Counsel of PTC in 2003; he joined the company in 1997.  

Prior to joining PTC, Aaron practiced with the Boston law firm Palmer & Dodge LLP. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul J. Liacos, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

In addition to serving on the board of City Year Boston he also serves as a board member of the non-profit Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston. He is also a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Boston Bar Association.

Aaron attended Boston College Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

James Ward

James Ward

Principal, Artemis Capital Partners

James Ward is the Principal at Artemis Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on growth and buyout investments in industrial technology markets. At Artemis, James is involved in the sourcing and analysis of new investment opportunities including due diligence, market research, deal structuring, and financial analysis. James also works closely with Artemis’s portfolio companies, providing analysis and advice on market, operational, product development, and financial strategy. James joined Artemis in 2011 from Odeon Capital Group’s investment banking team, where he worked with public and private companies from a variety of industries including financial services, software, aerospace, and defense.

James is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a Master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. Now married and living in Boston’s South End, James proudly served as a City Year Boston corps member from 2004-2005 and as a City Year Louisiana senior corps member from 2005-2006. James’s two brothers also served with City Year Boston. He is a fellow with the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program.

Greg Why 

Operating Partner, Bain Capital

Mr. Why joined Bain Capital in 2006. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Why was an Operating Partner at Parthenon Capital and a Vice President at Audax Group, where he played a variety of operating, transactional/due diligence and Board of Director's roles. Earlier in his career, Mr. Why was a Manager at Bain & Company in Boston and a Senior consultant at Accenture.

Mr. Why received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Bucknell University.

Janelle Woods-McNishVice Chair

Director of Giving and Service, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation 

As Director of Giving and Service, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation (at HPHC since 2007) , Janelle coordinates HPHC’s Co-Team Sponsorship Program and service days for City Year Boston and has also been involved with City Year NH. At City Year Boston, she has been involved with the Women of Color Affinity Group and spoken at the Women's Leadership Breakfast.

Janelle is originally from Dallas, Texas and has three children. She has competed in beauty pageants for over 7 years, holding titles such as pageant judge and Mistress of Ceremony and was most recently crowned Mrs. Massachusetts USA Universal 2015. She is passionate about education, young girls of color, “young women development” (self-image and positive role modeling), and combating sexual exploitation. Janelle describes herself as a foodie and her favorite getaway spot is Puerto Rico.

Prior to her current role at HPHC, she was Manager of Community Giving at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Janelle has her MBA from Simmons School of Management (2014), an MA in Higher Education from Boston College (2006), and her B.B.A in Marketing and International Business from Texas A&M University (2004).