Leadership

Maureen Alphonse-Charles
President Maureen Alphonse-Charles SVP & Chief Operating Officer The Partnership, Inc.

Maureen joined the Club in 2007, and first served on the Governance Committee.  Tapped by then-President Jan Cady, Maureen served as an At-Large Director, focusing on efforts to increase diversity in the Club’s membership and programming, then as chair of our Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which she founded.  She was elected Vice President, President-Elect in 2014.  In 2014, Maureen became SVP & Chief Operating Officer of The Partnership, Inc.  Previously, she served as VP, Executive Acquisition at City Year.  Maureen serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston where she chairs the Diversity Committee and is also on the Governance Committee. Additionally, she is an Overseer for Boston University. She previously served as an overseer at WGBH and the New England Conservatory of Music.  Maureen also chaired the board of the Boston Center for Community & Justice, and has served as president of its signature program’s alumni organization, the Lead Boston Community Board. Her other community activities have included Tufts Alumni Association, Boston University School of Management, The Epiphany School, and the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP).

Rita B. Allen
Vice President, President-Elect Rita B. Allen Founder and President Rita B. Allen Associates

Rita B. Allen is founder and president of Rita B. Allen Associates, a provider of career/talent management consulting and coaching services for individuals and organizations representing a variety of industries.  She holds an MS in Leadership and a BS in Business Administration from Northeastern University.  Rita currently serves on the board of More Than Words, a nonprofit organization that empowers at-risk-youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business and is a member of the Advisory Board of Leadership Book of The Year. Rita is a member of the Human Resources Leadership Forum, Society for Human Resource Management, the founder and former chair of the Creative Work Options Network, and former member of the board of the International Association for Human Resources Information Management. She is a frequent speaker and presenter and published her first book, Personal Branding and Marketing Yourself: The 'Three Ps" Marketing Technique as a Guide to Career Empowerment, in 2014. She is an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University, Bentley University and Suffolk University. 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 currently chairs the committee planning our 40th Anniversary Year-End Celebration & Corporate Salute.

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.

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.

Nancy E. Nager
Co-Chair, Corporate Board Committee Nancy E. Nager President and CEO SBSC, Inc.

Nancy E. Nager, RN, BSN, MSN, is a healthcare expert with over 35 years in senior management. Nancy is founder, president and CEO of Specialized Billing Services and Specialized Healthcare Services, divisions of the parent company SBSC, Inc., a provider of behavioral health care services in New England and medical billing services nationally. Previously, she was COO of Charles River Hospital and a consultant for its parent corporation, Community Care Systems, Inc. Nancy serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health and the Boy Scouts of America. Nancy is a licensed nurse and nursing home administrator, a member of Massachusetts Nurses’ Association, HBMA and the New Hampshire Health Care Association. She earned a MS in Psychiatric Nursing and a BS in Nursing from Boston University.  Nancy has served on the Corporate Board Committee for over 15 years and on Membership for 10 years.  She became a Vice Chair of the CBC in 2012 and a Co-chair in 2013. 

Veronica G.H. Jordan
Co-Chair, Corporate Board Committee Veronica G.H. Jordan Founder and President BioInnovation Advisors

Veronica G.H. Jordan is Founder and President of BioInnovation Advisors, and has broad experience in the life science and healthcare sectors. She has built early-stage companies and managed larger international organizations. Veronica’s previous experience includes President and CEO of a venture capital-backed medical device company and various executive positions at PAREXEL International, a leading contract pharmaceutical outsourcing organization providing worldwide clinical research services. Earlier, she held positions of increasing business leadership at Biogen and managed a R&D department for Baxter International. Veronica currently serves on the Board of Directors of AMRI Global and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and is an Overseer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Veronica holds a BA/MA in biochemistry from Cambridge University and a PhD in biochemistry/cell biology from Oxford University. She has been a member of the Club since 2007 and has served on the Corporate Board Committee since 2008, most recently as Co-chair of the Corporate Advisory Board sub-committee. 

Sylvia Han
Chair, Corporate Relations Committee Sylvia Han, CFA Financial Advisor Merrill Lynch

Sylvia Han, CFA, is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch. She also held roles as a global portfolio manager and analyst at Wellington Management, Bain Capital, and The Boston Company. She works with families and professionals to help them plan for financial well-being. Sylvia earned a degree in economics from Cornell University, and an MBA at Boston University. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society. Sylvia is also a board officer and investment committee member for the Lexington Education Foundation, and on the board of ATASK, serving Asian families in Massachusetts. A Club member since 2012, she served on the Corporate Relations Committee for two years, before being elected its Chair in 2015.

Juliette Mayers
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Juliette Mayers President and CEO Inspiration Zone LLC

Juliette Mayers is President and CEO of Inspiration Zone LLC, specializing in multicultural consulting, brand management and thought leadership.  Juliette consults to organizations and individuals, including her former employer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, where she led multicultural marketing and spearheaded strategy and programs to address racial and ethnic disparities in health care. She is a Corporator on the board of Eastern Bank, director on the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, and member of the Simmons Graduate School of Management’s Business Advisory Council.  She is the author of A Black Woman’s Guide to Networking, Advance Your Career. Grow Your Business!  She is an alumna of Simmons Graduate School of Management where she earned her MBA and Northeastern University where she received her BS in Marketing.  Juliette has been a member of The Boston Club since 2007 and has served on the Governance Committee.  She was elected Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee in 2015.

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.

Elizabeth L. Hailer
Chair, Marketing Committee Elizabeth L. Hailer Hailer Marketing Associates

Elizabeth L. Hailer is a marketing and business development consultant whose firm, Hailer Marketing Associates, develops and implements effective strategies and programs needed for client development and acquisition.  Elizabeth has more than 30 years of experience in the professional services arena, including developing and leading international (Big 8, Big 4), as well as regionally recognized firms. She serves on the board of directors of ACG and chairs its Women’s Executive Forum, and is a member of The Women of the Harvard Club Committee (Co-Chair, Partnership Sub-Committee); The Commonwealth Institute; and New England Law Firm Marketing Association. Her case study, “Combine SEO and Social Media to Generate Web Leads; 5 steps”, was among Marketing Sherpa’s Top 5 Lead Generation Case Studies for 2010-2011. Elizabeth joined The Boston Club in 2010, served on the Governance and Marketing Committees, and became Vice Chair of Marketing in 2012.

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.

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.

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.

Julie A. Santosus
Chair, Program Committee Julie A. Santosus Partner Cutwater Capital LLC

Julie A. Santosus is a Partner at Cutwater Capital LLC, a consulting firm that advises start-up companies in the areas of financing structures and strategic development.  Prior to her current role, Julie was a Senior Vice President of Finance at Fidelity Ventures, the venture capital arm of Fidelity Investments.  She managed a team that focused on the financial aspects of the private equity partnerships and portfolio investments.  Julie spent fourteen years in various management and product oversight roles across Fidelity, mainly within the investment management area.  Prior to that she spent five years at Putnam Investments, where she held management and financial analyst roles.  Julie has a MBA from Bentley University and a BS in Business Management from Westfield State University.  Julie serves on the Board of Directors of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and is on Bentley's Business Advisory Council.  She joined the Club in 2010 and served on the Governance and Program Committees before being elected at At-Large Director in 2012.

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.

Elaine C. Haney
Chair, Technology Committee Elaine C. Haney Chief Operating Officer Legacy.com

Elaine C. Haney  An Internet veteran with a strong history of building world class brands in online directory and online community, Elaine is currently Legacy.com's Chief Operating Officer. Elaine oversees the execution of the company's strategic and operational plans and has direct responsibility for Legacy's product and content teams and data worldwide. She also continues to oversee the Tributes.com brand, which, as the former CEO and President, she sold to Legacy in the Spring of 2015. Elaine is a seasoned executive with proven leadership success turning business vision into bottom line results bringing more than 25 years of experience in operational management, marketing and product development to the Legacy business. She held several senior executive positions at Eons before moving over to orchestrate the spin-off of Tributes.com in 2008. Prior to Eons, Elaine was a member of the Bluestreak executive team, and General Manager of Switchboard.com. Elaine serves on the board of the Boston Center for Adult Education and sits on the Institutional Advancement Committee (IAC) of the Crittenton Women's Union.  She also mentors students within the UMASS Mentors and Ventures Program (MVP) as well as the Babson College Women's Leadership Program. Elaine attended Lesley University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and holds an advanced degree in management and a BS in computer science. She has served on the Technology Committee since joining the Club in 2010.

Earlene Avalón
At-Large Director Earlene Avalón Director of Nursing Diversity Initiatives Boston Children’s Hospital

Earlene Avalón holds a BS in chemistry and received her Master’s degree in public health from Tufts University School of Medicine. Prior to completing her PhD in Health Professions Education at Simmons College, Earlene held leadership positions at the Latin American Health Institute, Bunker Hill Community College and the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers. She was named to the Honor Roll of Harvard Medical School’s Biomedical Sciences Careers Program in 2015. Earlene has been on the boards of YWCA Boston and New England Sinai Hospital. She is deeply committed to community service and works with various organizations as a motivational speaker to help increase racial and gender diversity in STEM related careers. She is an Assistant Professor and Lead Faculty member of Health Management and Health Sciences at Northeastern University. Earlene is also Director of Nursing Diversity Initiatives at Boston Children’s Hospital where she oversees a workforce development initiative designed to increase diversity of the nursing staff and develop a strong multicultural workforce that mirrors the patient population. Earlene joined The Boston Club in 2011, and has served on the Nonprofit Board Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee.

Patricia Florissi
At-Large Director Patricia Florissi VP and Global Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Sales EMC Corporation

Patricia Florissi is VP and Global Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Sales for EMC Corporation. As Global CTO for Sales, she helps define mid and long term technology strategy, representing the needs of the broader EMC ecosystem in EMC strategic initiatives. Patricia also acts as the liaison between EMC and customers and partners, to foster stronger alliances and deliver higher value to EMC clientele. Before joining EMC in 2005, Patricia was the VP of Advanced Solutions at Smarts in White Plains, NY. Patricia is an EMC Distinguished Engineer, holds a PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University, graduated valedictorian with an MBA at the Stern Business School in New York University, and has an MA and BA in Computer Science from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, in Brazil. She is a board member of the Columbia School of Engineering Board of Visitors, and chairs the advisory board for the Data Science Graduate Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Patricia is a board member of the Brazilian/American Chamber of Commerce and a member and participant of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas organization.  Patricia sits as mentor and judge for the Boston-based Mass Challenge group. Patricia joined the Club in 2014.

Jackie Glenn
At-Large Director Jackie Glenn VP/ Global Chief Diversity Officer EMC Corporation

Jackie Glenn is the VP/ Global Chief Diversity Officer for EMC Corporation, leading the D&I strategy for the company’s global operations. Jackie has implemented programs in Employee Relations, Training and Development, Recruiting, Organizational Development, and Consulting and Coaching. Her leadership has led to several ground-breaking efforts, including the implementation of a mandatory Diversity & Inclusion curriculum, institutionalization of the Transgender Reassignment Program, and the launch of EMC’s High Potential Women's Program. She joined EMC in 2000, as the Director of HR Operations for the Sales Division. Jackie holds a BA in Healthcare Administration from Emmanuel College and an MS in Human Resources Management from Lesley University. She has been profiled in various magazines including Black Enterprise, Working Mother, and Boston Business Journal, and was named one of the 2015 Top 10 Influential Women in Global Diversity by DiversityGlobal Magazine. Jackie serves as Vice Chair of the board of Children’s Services of Roxbury, and is a board member of African-American Museum Boston. She joined the Club in 2012 and is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Julie Vail
At-Large Director Julie Vail Founder and Principal Marquis

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.

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.