Leadership

Rita B. Allen
President Rita B. Allen Founder and President Rita B. Allen Associates

Rita Balian Allen is the president of Rita B. Allen Associates, a national career management firm specializing in executive coaching, leadership development, management training and career development. She is a lecturer at Boston-area universities, a sought-after speaker and presenter, the author of numerous articles, blogs and the book, "Personal Branding and Marketing Yourself:  The Three Ps Marketing Technique as a Guide to Career Empowerment". She is a regular Huffington Post blogger and writes a career management column for Leadership & Management Books. Rita was voted one of the top ten executive coaches by the Boston Women's Business Journal. Rita brings many years of human resources experience to her practice and has worked with leaders across all industries and professions. Previously, she held roles as VP of Marketing and Search Services with Gatti & Associates, and human resource positions with C.R. Bard, Inc., BTU International, and Unitrode Corporation. She holds an MS in Leadership and a BS in Business Administration from Northeastern University; is an Advanced Certified Personal and Executive Coach through the College of Executive Coaching and earned her credentials as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation. Rita is a former board member of More Than Words and the Association of Career Professionals International - New England. She is also an active member of other professional associations and organizations. Rita has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Chair of the Corporate Relations Committee, cochair of the strategic planning process in 2012, and in 2016 chaired the committee that planned The Boston Club's 40th Anniversary Year-End Celebration & Corporate Salute. She was elected Vice President/President-Elect of the Club in 2016, and became President July 1, 2018. Email Rita

Nancy Nager
Vice President, President-Elect Nancy E. Nager President and CEO Specialized Healthcare Services

Nancy Nager is a healthcare expert and founder of Specialized Billing Services, a provider of medical billing services nationally, and President/CEO of Specialized Healthcare Services, a provider of medical/behavioral health care services to elderly and disabled populations in NE. In this capacity, she is in charge of all strategic planning and development and has expertise in recognizing and
building on key value components for maximum efficiency and potential. Recently, Nancy expanded the company’s services to include consultation to hospitals and other healthcare venues nationally in need of turnaround expertise, auditing, compliance issues, management structure challenges and similar problem areas. Nancy earned an MS in Psychiatric Nursing and a BS in Nursing from Boston University.  She is a licensed nursing home administrator, a member of Massachusetts Nursing Association, Healthcare Business Management Association, and Association for Behavioral Health. She is a Trustee at May Institute, a Director at Visiting Nurse Community Care and the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health, and an Advisory Board member for the Dean of the Nursing School at Northeastern University. She served on the board of Candela Laser Corporation, a $130 million public medical device company from 1999 to 2010. She was a member of the Audit, Nominating and Compensation Committees.  Nancy joined the Club in 1996 and has served on the Membership and Corporate Board Committees for many years. Most recently, she served as Co-Chair of the Corporate Board Committee from 2014-2017.Julie Vail is the Founder and Principal of Marquis Design, Inc. She has over 20 years of experience as a brand development strategist and graphic designer. Building on both her design background and business experience, Julie founded Marquis in 2003 to create strategic branding solutions for forward-looking clients, from established companies to promising startups. Marquis also seeks out organizations that improve the quality of life in Boston and is privileged to work with the Boston Red Sox, Roche Brothers, Boston Lyric Opera, Brother’s Marketplace, and other iconic Boston brands. Prior to founding Marquis, Julie held senior design positions at Peter King & Company, Go Fish Design, and Cleveland Design. Julie’s work with The Boston Club began in 2010 when she was involved in creating the Club’s brand and identity. She has been a member of The Boston Club since 2012. Julie serves on the 40th Anniversary Committee and created the 40th Anniversary logo. Email Nancy.

Karen A. Whitley
Secretary Karen A. Whitley Shareholder Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, PA

Karen A. Whitley is a shareholder in the Labor & Employment and Litigation practice groups in the Boston office of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, PA. Karen represents employers and management in the defense of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims as well as wage and hour matters. Working closely with HR departments and in-house counsel, Karen ensures legal compliance in all phases of the employment relationship, conducts internal investigations, and provides proactive training to management and staff. Karen is on the advisory board of the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Education and Training branch, and is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Executive Women's Golf Association, the Wellesley College Achievement Award Selection Committee, and the Wellesley Lawyers Network. She previously served as president of the Wellesley College Alumnae of Boston, was an advisory board member for the National Association of Women Business Owners (Boston), and a board member of the Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation. She recently completed her fourth Avon Walk to End Breast Cancer in three years. Karen has been a member of The Boston Club since February 2012, and served as an At-Large Director of the Board from 2013 until July 2015, when she was elected Secretary of the Board. She also serves on the Membership and Governance Committees, and leads the 30s & 40s Affinity Group. Email Karen

Jeannine G. Robbins-Murphy
Treasurer Jeannine G. Robbins-Murphy Senior Manager Finance Raytheon Company

Jeannine is the Business Manager of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System - Software and Deployment Fielding & Sustainment Teams at Raytheon Company.  In this role, she is responsible for the financial performance including Earned Value Management, Estimates at Completion and process compliance. Jeannine joined Raytheon in 1983 and holds an MBA from Bentley University. She has held numerous finance positions of increasing responsibility at Raytheon across multiple disciplines. Jeannine is a member of the Raytheon President’s Culture Initiative and Women’s Network.  She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Challenges, Choices and Changes Program at North Shore Community College. Jeannine joined the Club since 2013, and our Finance Committee shortly thereafter, and was elected Treasurer in 2015. Email Jeannine

Hilary A. Potts
Chair, Corporate Board Committee Hilary A. Potts CEO The HAP Group

Hilary A. Potts is President of The HAP Group, a consulting firm dedicated to transforming businesses through leadership. She advises some of the world’s most prominent organizations to navigate today’s intensely competitive business world with success. She is the author of The Executive Transition Playbook: Strategies for Starting Strong, Staying Focused, and Succeeding in Your New Leadership Role. Prior to founding The HAP Group, Hilary served as CEO and President of CLG, a performance management consulting firm. Hilary spent the first 15 years of her career at Union Carbide, where she held a variety of sales and business management positions. Hilary holds a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University.  Hilary’s forthcoming book; The Truth About Change: How to Show Up and Make Change Happen, inspires leaders to lead themselves and others to bridge the gap between the concept, the solution, and the outcome. She’s been a member of the Club since 2012, and a Vice Chair of the Corporate Board Committee since 2014, overseeing the Committee’s outreach
initiative. Email Hilary

Corinne Larson
Chair, Corporate Relations Committee Corinne Larson Principal, Director of Marketing and Client Service Longfellow Investment Management Co., LLC

Corinne is a principal of Longfellow Investment Management Co., LLC and serves as the director of marketing and client service. Her responsibilities include managing the firm’s marketing and client service functions, as well as setting the strategic direction of the firm’s distribution efforts. Corinne has over 30 years of professional experience. Most recently, she was a vice president and senior relationship manager at State Street Global Advisors where she was responsible for institutional clients across asset classes. Previous roles included stints at Bear, Stearns & Co. MBIA Asset Management, and Government Finance Officers Association. Corinne is a board member of Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) and the New England Association of Financial Professionals. She holds the designation of Certified Treasury Professional and has more than 10 years of experience in corporate treasury management. She received her BA from Indiana University and her MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Corinne joined the Club in 2014 and in addition to serving as Vice Chair of the Corporate Relations Committee, cochaired two speed mentoring events for the Club. She was elected Chair of Corporate Relations in 2018. Email Corinne. 

Donna Bonaparte
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Donna Bonaparte VP of Human Resources/Chief Human Resources Officer Babson College

Donna is Vice President of Human Resources/Chief Human Resources Officer at Babson College. In her role she is responsible for defining the strategic workforce vision, planning, and leadership of workforce programs. She is charged with leading organizational change, partnering with leadership to create and implement programs aligned with the organization’s Entrepreneurial Thought and Action strategic goals. Prior to joining Babson College Donna was the Senior Director of Human Resources for Cambridge Health Alliance, an award winning integrated healthcare system, and served in other positions in the public and private sectors.  As a recognized diversity leader, Donna has been a presenter at many national conferences, including the National Academy of Health, and was featured as one of “Three Top National Diversity Executives” in Profiles in Diversity magazine. She is a member of the Executive Council of the Partnership, and the former Chair of membership and member of the Board of the Human Resources Leadership Forum (HRLF).She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Management with honors from Boston University. Donna joined the Club in 2014, served as the Vice Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee 2016 - 2018, and was elected Chair in 2018.Email Donna

Jennifer Erskine
Chair, Governance Committee Jennifer Erskine Partner Ernst & Young

Jennifer Erskine is a Partner with EY’s Boston office serving the global financial services sector “FSO” for over 18 years with significant experience delivering client service internationally.  Leveraging years of living and working in the US and abroad, she provides insight and value to clients, leveraging extensive experience with global, multidisciplinary teams and strong global relationships. Jennifer serves as the EY FSO Assurance Learning Partner strategically coordinating learning programs to maximize the development and networking opportunities for EY professionals. Jennifer serves on the Finance and Audit Committee and Advisory Council of The Trustees of Reservations, one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation nonprofits. She earned a BBA from Widener University. Jennifer joined the Club in 2012 and has been a member of the Governance Committee since joining, becoming its Vice Chair this year. She has served as the Governance liaison to the Corporate Relations Committee for three years, and served on the Staffing Assessment Task Force. Email Jennifer

Wendy Vincent
Chair, Marketing Committee Wendy Vincent

Wendy Vincent is a seasoned B2B, technology and services marketing veteran with over twenty-five years of experience at leading companies such as Virtustream, Dell EMC, IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Giga Information Group. She has led a cross-organizational culture change initiative to align various services teams to enable accelerated business growth, achieve financial targets and be recognized as the industry’s leading mission-critical cloud provider.  Wendy has served as Board Liaison for National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering; Director of Membership for the New England Harvard Business School Women Alumni; Technology Committee Chair for the Boston Chapter of the Links, Inc. From 2007 until 2013, Wendy was a member of the Board of Central Boston Elder Services where she held several roles such as the Vice Chairperson and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Wendy is a graduate of Trinity College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has been a member of The Boston Club since 2014.  Email Wendy.

Danielle Sheer
Chair, Membership Committee Danielle Sheer VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Carbonite, Inc.

Danielle Sheer is the VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Carbonite, Inc., a Boston-based public technology company that provides online backup service for small businesses and consumers. Danielle founded and developed the legal department at Carbonite and guided it to its NASDAQ listing. In 2012, Danielle was named to the Boston Business Journal's "Forty under 40" list of emerging business leaders; honored by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as an "Emerging Leader"; and received the "Maverick of the Year" Stevie award for Women in Business. Prior to joining Carbonite, Danielle practiced corporate and securities law at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Danielle serves on the board of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. She holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA from George Washington University, with honors. Danielle joined the Club in 2011 and has been on the Membership Committee since early in her membership. Email Danielle.

Kathleen E. Lynch
Co-Chair, Nonprofit Board Committee Kathleen E. Lynch Director of Corporate Relations Boston University

Kathleen E. Lynch is Director of Corporate Relations at Boston University and oversees all aspects of the BU Office of Corporate Relations. Since joining BU in February 2011, Kathy has been working to develop and maintain strong strategic partnerships between the University and industry. She works in partnership with colleagues across BU to help industrial partners navigate the campus and engage in meaningful productive initiatives. Kathy has worked in academia for more than 15 years, most of this time on the research and academic side of the house. Previously, she was Director of Employer Engagement at the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. Kathy was also the Director of Corporate Partnerships at the BC Center for Work & Family. In addition, Kathy spent 6 years in management with the Marriott Corporation. She holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Bentley University. Kathy joined the Club in 2012 and has served on the Nonprofit Board Committee since joining. For the last two years, she has served as a Vice Chair heading the Committee’s board education subcommittee. Email Kathleen

Carol Thomas
Co-Chair, Nonprofit Board Committee Carol Thomas Human Resource Business Partner Xerox Corporation

Carol Thomas joined Xerox Corporation in 1984, and has had a cross functional career as a leader and executive in customer administration, sales, human resources, and service. She is currently Human Resource Business Partner, supporting a global service organization of over 6000 employees and a $1.3B budget. She has over 30 years of management experience and an in-depth knowledge of the New England marketplace. Her educational background includes an AB in Psychology from Smith College and an MBA from Simmons College.  She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She is also an Adjunct Professor and teaches Human Resources and Project Management for Endicott College. Carol currently serves as the Board Chair for Families for Depression Awareness, a national nonprofit organization helping families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to get people well and prevent suicides. She has a held a number of leadership positions in nonprofits including her church, the Girl Scouts, and other local community organizations. Carol joined The Boston Club in 2012, and has served as a Vice Chair of the Nonprofit Board Committee for the last 3 years. Email Carol

Marianne Herlihy
Co-Chair, Program Committee Marianne Herlihy Director of Business Development and Client Service Hemenway & Barnes LLP

Marianne Herlihy is Director of Business Development and Client Service at Hemenway & Barnes LLP. As a member of the Family Office team she works directly with clients and with all facets of the family office practice, including governance, succession and creation, operation and management. She also works with firm partners in each of the three practice areas - Corporate Law, Non-Profit and Private Client to develop robust business development and client management plans. Previously, Marianne spent 30 years at Fidelity Investments where she held leadership positions in various divisions, including four years as Program Director at the Fidelity Foundation. Her roles included directing marketing strategy and planning, marketing research, as well as business and financial analysis. Marianne serves on the board of the Needham Exchange Club and is a former board member of MathPower. Marianne joined the Club in 2011. She leads a Third Age Group (TAG) affinity group and has served on the Program Committee since 2012, most recently as Co-Vice Chair. Email Marianne.

Nancy D. Israel
Co-Chair, Program Committee Nancy D. Israel Principal Law Office of Nancy D. Israel

Nancy Israel, a business and insurance/reinsurance lawyer and clean energy advocate, provides practical legal advice that assists companies in capitalizing on business opportunities and guides them in managing their risks.  Her broad experience includes claims manager for over $1 billion in worldwide claims and facilitating business relationships in over 100 countries.  Currently a sole practitioner, she also has been a law firm managing partner, international counsel and partner in Ernst & Young and member of the Harvard General Counsel’s Office. Nancy advocates for state and federal public policies to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy as a New England Chapter Director of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).  She is on the Massachusetts Reinsurance Bar Association board and The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation Advisory Council.  Nancy graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.  A long-time Boston Club member, Nancy has been a Vice-Chair of the Program Committee since 2014. Email Nancy. 

Fredia Woolf
Chair, Strategic Planning Committee Fredia Woolf President and Founder Woolf Consulting

Fredia Woolf’s mission is to strengthen leadership and organizational performance. She is particularly keen to support Excellence, Effectiveness and Ease in women leaders. She works with senior executives and leadership teams in for-profit and nonprofit organizations, enabling them to improve communication, collaboration and the capacity to drive change and improved results. After a career in the global capital markets, she founded Woolf Consulting on moving to the US in 1997. She also held positions with Cambria Consulting and Isaacson Miller. Her work currently includes design and facilitation of leadership and board retreats; devising and leading group coaching programs; and individual coaching to accelerate leadership development and effectiveness. She has served on various boards, including The New Art Center in Newton, Boston Facilitators’ Round-table, and ITNGB, which provided rides to the elderly and sight-impaired. Fredia has lived and worked on three continents, and holds a BA with Honors in French, English, and Philosophy, from the University of the Witwatersrand and an MBA, with Highest Honors, from Simmons School of Management. Fredia joined The Boston Club in 2011 and has served on the Strategic Planning Committee almost since joining.  She has been Vice Chair of the Committee for the last 4 years. Email Fredia

Joan Kennedy
Chair, Technology Committee Joan Kennedy

Joan Kennedy retired in 2015 after 20 years with IBM, most recently as Vice President, Enterprise Business Transformation, where she created high value business outcomes and drove organizational, process and technical transformations to support IBM's growth, specifically for Order to Cash, Web Commerce, Marketing, Data andTechnical Support across all business units. Previously, she worked with Lotus Development Corporation. Joan holds an MBA from Simmons College of Management, and serves as Treasurer and director of Simmons College School of Management Alumnae Board. Joan has been a member of the Club since 2009 and a member of its Technology Committee since 2010, serving as Vice Chair since 2014.  In addtion, Joan has been a member of the Nonprofit Board Committee, acting as a Search Manager to identify and place qualified candidates on nonprofit boards.  She is also a member of the Program Subcommittee which organizes the Distinguished Leaders Series.  Joan was a founder of the Sudbury Concord Affinity Group, and is a member of three other Affinity Groups, too. Email Joan. 

Julie Gerschick
At-Large Director Julie Gerschick Managing Director Surrén LLC

Julie Gerschick is Managing Director of Surrén LLC, providing strategic and operational consulting services to help corporations and nonprofit organizations define and overcome obstacles and achieve greater market and financial success. Prior to founding Surrén LLC, Julie served as an audit and then consulting partner with KPMG, and as CFO and Treasurer of a $5.3 billion multi-bank holding
company.  Julie has also spent significant time in poverty alleviation efforts on a global level, advising and writing on the enhanced use of microfinance to improve income levels of the very poor. She is a director of the Jericho Road Project, director and Treasurer of March Forward Massachusetts, and was one of the leaders behind the Boston Women’s March for America in January 2017.  Julie earned her BBA from the University of Michigan and holds two MA degrees from Harvard University (one in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government and one in divinity/business ethics from Harvard Divinity School). Julie joined the Club in 2014 and has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and Corporate Relations Subcommittee, and Co-Chaired the 40th Anniversary Committee.Email Julie. 

Jagathi Gururajan
At-Large Director Jagathi Gururajan

With a track record of building diverse and sought-after teams, Jagathi materializes the vision of delivering consistent customer value while increasing revenue and margins. With a current focus on technologies for Financial Services (FinTech), she leads companies through the complexity of ensuring transparency and security in the era of big data and evolving regulations. Most recently Jagathi was COO at WegoWise, a mission-driven data analytics SaaS provider. At WegoWise, she defined a market expansion strategy, taking the product suite to Financial Services. Previously, Jagathi steered the standardization of product delivery across a $50M revenue stream and 1000-member global team at Thomson Reuters. Jagathi’s career began in Hong Kong with STAR TV, a subsidiary of News Corp.  Subsequent career moves have taken her through Asia, Europe and across the U.S. Jagathi earned an MBA at Hofstra
University, and Bachelor of Commerce at University of Mumbai. She is a Board Advisor to Cultured Kids.  A member of The Boston Club since 2012, Jagathi serves on the Strategic Planning Committee, is its liaison to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and also serves on the Rising Generation Committee. Email Jagathi. 

Julie Trainor
At-Large Director Julie Trainor VP, Head of Quality and Global Technical Services HERE Technologies

Julie Trainor is Vice President, Head of Quality and Global Technical Services at HERE Technologies.  Julie leads the teams responsible for delivering excellence in customer quality and customer experience as well as leading customer engagement services for all commercially available products.  Julie also serves as the site leader for HERE’s Burlington, MA office.  Previously, Julie served as Vice President of Global Services at Dell EMC where she led the company’s proactive, forward-thinking strategies for enabling and servicing customers.  She has also led EMC’s Infrastructure Management Group as VP Software Engineering.  Prior to joining EMC, Julie worked in the service provider industry in various engineering and Operational positions at Verizon and its predecessors, New England Telephone, NYNEX and Bell Atlantic.  She graduated from Lafayette College where she earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and also holds an MA in Management from Lesley University.  Julie joined the Club in 2014. Email Julie.

Constance F. Armstrong
Executive Director Constance F. Armstrong

Constance Armstrong is Executive Director of The Boston Club, having served as the Club's manager since 1996. She came to the Club after 25 years in banking and commercial real estate. From 1992 - 1994, she was President of Portfolio Services, Inc., providing commercial real estate portfolio and litigation valuations for individual investors, accounting firms, and government agencies. Constance has been a literacy volunteer for many years, receiving special training in teaching adults to read, and also has volunteered making recordings for the blind. She has a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Email Constance.