MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ron Akie is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Mount Ida College. He joined Mount Ida in 2001 following a successful career in the corporate world. In addition to teaching, he is a co-founder and Principal of Knowledge Solutions LLC, Strategic Advisors to the Knowledge Industry, providing strategic consulting to leading US and global organizations including Reed Elsevier, E.I. DuPont de Nemours, ProQuest Information, Thomson Scientific, The National Information Standards Organization, the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and many others, including numerous start-up organizations. He has published numerous articles, white papers, and book chapters and is a frequent invited speaker and moderator at conferences and events. He holds an M.B.A. from Suffolk University, and M.A. from University of Virginia, and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
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.
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.
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.
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Colin is a partner with the law firm Foley Hoag LLP, where he serves as Chair of its Data Privacy & Security practice group, and Co-chair of its Healthcare practice group. He counsels clients ranging from the Fortune 1000 to start-ups on issues involving information privacy and security, including state, federal and international data privacy and security laws and government enforcement actions. He also frequently counsels technology and consumer-facing clients on issues involving information privacy and security. Colin graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Political Science (with highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa) and graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. Colin has attended Trinity Church since the early 1990s. He and his wife, Jean Zick, live and Boston and have two sons.
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 700+ 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.
Ralph is a real estate development expert with experience visioning, planning, financing, developing and constructing projects, with a particular focus on holistic approaches to urban neighborhood revitilization. Ralph, working for Kensington Investment Company, recently completed the development and construction of The Kensington, a 27 story, LEED Gold, Class A apartment tower in Boston's Downtown / Theatre District area. PRior to work on The Kensington, Ralph served as SEnior Vice President, Leggat McCall Properties, providing their private sector clients leadership in the permitting, development and financing of projects in greater Boston. Ralph serves on the Vestry at Trinity Church Boston, and on the Board of City Mission Boston. He frequently provided pro-bono services to Pine Street Inn's permanent housing initiatives for homeless individuals, and to the Board of Sherrill House, a not-for-profit skilled nursing home and rehabilitation facility. Ralph's education includes a BS Degree, MIT Sloan School of Management and a fellow at the Harvard/MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies.
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.
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.
Susan Halby has been a member of Trinity since 1993. She served on the Rector's Advisory Council during the capital campaign, was an ambassador on the 2004 choir tour and participated in an adult mission trip to New Oreleans. Susan currently serves on the board of Access Sport America.
Judith and Mark King were married at Trinity in 1976 and have been members ever since except for 1983-94 when they were living outside of Boston. At Trinity, Judith has served on the stewardship committee, the outreach committee and Team Trinity/Rodman Ride. Judith is an arts educator with most recent experience working in the education department at the MFA. Judith has been an active volunteer for TEEP in recent years as a tutor and in recent years as a tutor and is currently serving on the development committee of the Trinity Boston Foundation.
Christine and her husband Jeff were married at Trinity in 2000 and their three children (Kristen--8, Aidan--7, and Jacqueline--6) were all baptized here. Christine's undergraduate degree is in Architecture from the University of Miami and her M.A. is in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. Last spring, Christine co-chaired Bostonians for Youth 2010 and she has agreed to co-chair again in 2011. Previously, Christine has served as Chair of the Art & Architecture Committee at Trinity. Other board commitments include the Sean McDonough Charity for Children.
Chris O'Brien is the Chief Operating Officer of Decision Resources Group, the leader in healthcare data and insights. Prior to joining DRG, he was the founder of Linchpin Partnerships where he advised companies on partnerships, strategy and acquisitions.
Before that, Chris spent 9 years at The Kessler Group, a specialist in affinity marketing, business development and partnerships. While at KG, Chris served as COO and also led the firm's Partnerships Solutions practice, developed new clients, managed workouts and led government relations activity.
Earlier in his career, Chris worked for the Smithsonian Institution where he was President for Travel and Affinity Products, and before that at EF Education, where he managed a variety of businesses in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.
Chris holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a B.A. magna cum laude from Middlebury College.
Christopher Parris is Senior Director of the College Success Academy, a program of The Steppingstone Foundation. College Success Academy partners with Boston Public Schools to increase the number of students who graduate from college. During Chris' tenure at Steppingstone, this new initiative developed into a thriving operation, which has since expanded into East Boston. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Chris served as Academic Dean for the Trinity Boston Foundation's TEEP program, as well as band and orchestra director at the Boston Arts Academy. Chris recieved his B.M. in Music Education from the Berklee College of Music and M.S. Ed. in Education Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
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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.
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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.