MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Introduced to the Foundation by the Rev. Tom Kennedy, Mike has become active as a voluteer at TEEP and a financial supporter fo the Foundation's work. Since 2004, he has been a partner of Flagship Energy Partners, LLC. Prior to that, he was a senior banker at FleetBoston Financial Group and predecessor banks. Mike and his wife Martha live in Hingham and have one daughter at Williams College and another who attends Milton Academy.
Barbara Bauman is a Registered Nurse with experience in a wide variety of roles and settings. After working as a clinical nurse in academic teaching hospitals in North Carolina, Tennessee and Boston, she practiced as a clinical nurse specialist for several years in Boston. She transitioned to administration as a nurse manager at Beth Israel Hospital. She continued in senior leadership roles as a manager in Arthur Andersen's Healthcare Business Consulting practice, as a staff specialist/internal consultant and as nursing director in Boston academic teaching hospitals. She retired as Executive Director for Surgical Nursing and Clinical Services at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Barbara is Vice Chair of the board of Trinity Boston Foundation and is on the board of Sherrill House, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Jamaica Plain, where she chairs the Patient and Resident Care Committee. She is chair of the Outreach Leadership Committee at Trinity Church in the City of Boston, and In addition serves on the board of Community Action Partners,
Barbara obtained her BSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her MS from Boston University School of Nursing, and her Mid-Career Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Christopher Parris is Senior Director of the College Success Academy, an academic program of The Steppingstone Foundation. Chris is an experienced educator with a demonstrated history of leading start-up initiatives in the field of education. Skilled in program development, Chris' expertise lies in the development and management of innovation within nonprofit organizations. Chris received his B.M. in Music Education from the Berklee College of Music and M.S. Ed. in Education Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania. Chris is member of the Advisory Team of NeverBore.
Geoff Smith is a retired commercial banker from Bank of Boston where he led several lending groups focusing on large corporations. He has a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from Boston University. A life-long Episcopalian, Geoff has attended Trinity Church since 1999 and currently serves as its Treasurer. He lives in Boston and has two sons and five granddaughters.
Phil Rueppel served as Managing Director and Software Research Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities until 2014. Previously, Phil has held positions at Deutsche Bank/Alex Brown, TA Associates, America's Growth Capital and Wachovia Securities. Phil is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School. A life-long Episcopalian, Phil serves on the vestry and chairs the stewardship committee at St. Dunstans Church in Dover, MA. He is married to Ann-Elizabeth Rueppel and has three daughters.
Sula R. Fiszman is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Business and Finance Practice. Ms. Fiszman represents a wide variety of financial institutions, private equity funds, and other companies. Ms. Fiszman's finance practice concentrates on complex senior secured finance transactions, subordinated and second lien lending transactions, workouts, and bankruptcies. She has managed transactions across a broad range of industries including media and communications, restaurants, food and beverage, independent oil and gas exploration, oil and gas refining and distribution, retail service station operations, convenience store chains, and manufacturing. Ms. Fiszman also regularly represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies in connection with their various financial needs, often in the context of merger and acquistion transactions. Ms. Fiszman also has experience with complex cross-border structured finance transactions and derivative transactions. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Ms. Fiszman recieved her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 194; her M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1981; and her B.A., with highest honors, from the University of Chicago in 1979, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
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Jan has extensive experience in both the business and nonprofit sectors. As a consultant with two firms, Cambridge Technology Partners and Symmetrix, Inc., she led large-scale corporate change efforts within mutual funds, insurance companies and banks. Jan concluded her business career as a vice president in the Securities Lending Division of State Street Bank developing a startup capability to provide prime brokerage services for investment firms. From 2004 to the present, Jan has consulted with nonprofit organizations on strategic and operational planning. Jan’s clients have included educational groups, youth agencies, and environmental organizations. She worked with agencies serving urban youth including Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, City Stage, Arts Learning Collaborative, Diploma Plus, and the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children. In her work with the Boston Higher Education Partners, she facilitated strategic planning sessions involving college presidents and provosts, senior Boston Public Schools personnel, and senior executives of nonprofit organizations.
Elaine oversees staff learning at Year Up, which includes building and implementing a comprehensive learning strategy for a team of 800+ people. Elaine formerly oversaw all internal business for Year Up Boston including admissions, student services, academics, finance, human resources, organizational development, and strategic projects. In doing so, she led a team of 60+ and managed a $10M budget. Prior to joining Year Up, Elaine held operational roles at the Trinity Boston Foundation, Common Good Ventures, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and Philharmonic Society of Orange County. She has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA from Bates College.
After graduating from Amherst College and Harvard Law School, Colin worked for the City of Boston, as Special Counsel to Mayor Kevin White (1968-1971), and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as Assistant Secretary of Consumer Affairs (1971-1972) and Undersecretary of Administration and Finance (1972-1974) during the administration of Governor Francis Sargent. Colin was an Associate Professor and then Professor of Law at Boston University's School of Law, where he also served as Associate Dean and Dean and held a faculty appointment at the School of Management, where he was a founding member of the school's Public Management Program. From 1983 to 1988, he served as Chairman of the Massachusetts State EThics Commission, appointed by Governor Michael Dukakis. IN 1989, Colin became Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He served as Dean for ten years, and remained on the faculty until 2002. IN 2002, Colin became the 14th president of Reed College, in Portland, Oregon. Now back in Boston, Colin pursues an active and varied retirement. He maintains his co-authored textbook, Administrative Law: Cases and Materials, now in its seventh edition, and teaches courses in government regulation at Boston University School of Law on a part-time basis.
David Donelan is recognized as a multi-faceted leader, team builder, and hands-on manager responsible for significant revenue and profit growth in multiple companies. David has a long track record of success in marketing and sales with a primary focus on enterprise business software across multiple Industries.
David is currently responsible for the global training and enablement at Pegasystems, an enterprise software company focused on customer engagement and operational excellence. He is also responsible for building a global network of Universities and Colleges that teach a Pega based curriculum to ensure that the supply of certified Pega professionals meets the ever increasing demand for their expertise.
David was previously Vice President of Marketing at Pega where he was responsible for marketing worldwide.
Donelan joined Pegasystems from EMC Corporation (now Dell Technologies), a multi-billion provider of IT solutions, where he was global head of Industry Solutions Marketing. While at EMC he also held positions of director of compliance and content management marketing, and director of applications marketing. Previously, Donelan was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Tactician Corporation, a business mapping software company. Prior to Tactician, David held a variety of marketing management positions at the former Digital Equipment Corporation.
David is active in alumni-in-admissions at Bates College and the technology council at Boston College. He has previously served as a mentor to a student at Year Up, whose mission is to help urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential. Donelan received a BS degree from Bates College, and an MBA from Boston College. David lives in Marion, MA with his wife and two sons and is an avid/rabid Red Sox fan.
David Lawrence is a father of four daughters (including 20-year-old triplets!) who lives in Lexington with his wife Stephanie. He has spent 16 years in K-12 education, first as a middle school math and science teacher and currently as an assistant principal at RJ Grey Junior High School in Acton, MA. Prior to his career in education, David spent 12 years working in his family’s manufacturing business, eventually taking the reins as CEO until he successfully sold the business in 2006. David’s formal education includes a BA in psychology from Duke University, a MSEd in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a M.Ed in Organizational Management from Endicott College.
Akindele Majekodunmi was born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in Schenectady, NY. He received his B.S. in Biology at the University of Bridgeport (CT) and received his dual MD/MBA degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick (NJ) and Westminster Business School in London, England. Akindele’s Internal Medicine residency was at Yale New Haven Health/Greenwich Hospital Program followed by Post-Doctoral Research at Harvard Medical School and a Sleep Medicine Clinical Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He later left Boston to be Chief Medical Officer of Northeast Healthcare Quality Foundation, a Dover, NH based healthcare consultancy company. In this role he worked closely with other healthcare executives to improve the delivery of healthcare in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont hospitals and nursing homes. Akindele is Chief Executive Officer of EveryPatient, Inc. a healthcare startup focused on using technology to improve patient satisfaction and patient experience. He is also the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Medical Group, the second largest medical group on the North Shore of Boston focused on providing acute (hospital) care and post-acute (nursing home) care. Akindele, his wife Muna and their three children are members of Trinity Church.
Abizer is a Managing Director in Accenture's Strategy practice. Over his 18-year career, he has focused on assisting clients in aligning and enhancing business value through strategy, technology, and people programs. Currently Abizer is focused on partnering with Fortune 50 clients to define and deliver large scale IT Transformation and for North America within the capability improvement programs. Abizer is also responsible for leading the IT Strategy practice INsurance service group. Beyond Accenture, Abizer is involved with nonprofits both locally and globally. Abizer participates in children's education through the charter school network (Uncommon Schools) as well as globally through Children's Health and Welfare Foundation. He graduated from Vanderbilt University, cum laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
The Rev. Dr. William W. Rich, Interim Rector, has been serving at Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston since June 2005. Bill grew up in Baltimore, MD, and received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Williams College. After receiving his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, he served parishes in the Baltimore area from 1980-1987.
From 1987 through 1999, he was the Chaplain to Goucher College, where he also taught in the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Bill studied in the Psychiatry and Religion Program at Union Theological Seminary in NYC, where he earned his Ph.D. (2002). After graduating, he taught pastoral psychotherapists in training at the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute in NYC, as well as seminarians at Union Theological Seminary in NYC.
In the years immediately preceding his arrival at Trinity, Boston, Bill served as the Interim Rector in three different parishes: St. Paul’s, Doylestown, PA, Christ Church, Bronxville, NY (2003-2004), and St. David’s, Kinnelon, NJ.
Teresa Rodriguez has worked at public high schools, charter middle schools and private elementary schools as an administrator, guidance counselor and history teacher. A graduate of Williams College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she has been named a Boston Neighborhood Fellow by The Philanthropoic Initiative and Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow for Aspiring Public School Teachers of Color. Ms. Rodriguez serves on the boards of two local non-profits focused on affordable housing and education. She lives in Jamaica Plain and speaks Spanish.
Joel specializes in growing and scaling tech companies. As EVP of Product and Marketing at Endurance International, Joel held overall responsibility for product, marketing and business development for a $700MM provider of cloud and value-added web services to 4 million businesses worldwide. Previously, Joel held senior roles at Landmark Associates, Navisite, and Aspen Technology. He also spent four years as a venture partner at Charles River Ventures and was a manager at Bain & Company. He has a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Christopher Smart spent six years in the Obama Administration as Special Assistant to the President at the National Economic Council and the National Security Council and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury. Currently, he is Head of Macroeconomic and Geopolitical Research at Barings. Before entering government, Smart was Director of International Investments at Pioneer Investments. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, he worked in Moscow, advising Russian government agencies on economic policy and financial market reform. Earlier in his career, he was a reporter in St. Petersburg, Florida and Paris, France. Smart is also the author of The Imagery of Soviet Foreign Policy and the Collapse of the Russian Empire (New York: Praeger Publishers, 1995) and numerous analytical and opinion articles. He earned a B.A. in History from Yale University and a PhD in International Relations from Columbia University. Christopher and his wife Shari Loessberg have two daughters and are members of Trinity Church.
Elizabeth B. Smith (Beth) served as executive director of The Hyams Foundation for 26 years. Throughout her career, Beth provided leadership to major initiatives in Boston in the areas of affordable housing, community development, childcare, afterschool care, immigrant services, and organizational diversity. Under her leadership, Hyams became a major proponent in the fight for racial justice and equity in Boston and Chelsea; it adopted an aggressive strategic plan in 2015 that places these values at the heart of all of its activities. Prior to joining Hyams, Beth was director of policy at the Massachusetts Department of Social Services and before that worked in the Illinois State Budget Bureau/Office of the Governor and at the University of Chicago. Beth is a former board chair of Associated Grant Makers and has also served on the Council on Foundations’ Independent Foundation Task Force and helped develop the Council’s Diversity and Stewardship Principles for Independent Foundations. Beth earned master’s degrees from the Boston University School of Management and from The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and a 2016 Professional Achievement Award from The University of Chicago Alumni Association.
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David Wright has been the Executive Director of the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Inc. since 2007, having served as the Deputy Director from 2004-2007. He also serves as assistant to the pastor at People's Baptist Church, with oversight of the Saturday Praise Assembly, Young Adult MInistry and the Junior Choir. Prior to his work at the BMA, David was the President/CEO of the African American Federation of Greater Boston, Inc, an adjunct professor at Suffolk University and a senior fellow at Northeastern University. David is a graduate of Harvard College (1985) and Harvard Law SChool (1990), where he served on the Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review. He also spent a number of years working at private law firms.
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