Lauren Schadt Baker was elected to the Board of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts in September 2012. She adds Board membership to significant involvement with the Red Cross including being a founding member of the Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders.
Lauren graduated from Northwestern University and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Following business school, Lauren worked in Advertising Account Management and Training Development first at Dancer, Fitzgerald, Sample in New York and then at Hill, Holliday in Boston. Lauren left advertising to raise the Baker’s three children in 1999. In 2009, Lauren joined her husband Charlie to campaign for Governor of Massachusetts, founding and chairing a coalition and campaigning daily with her husband. Lauren currently serves as the First Lady of Massachusetts alongside her husband Governor Charlie Baker.
Lauren currently spends her time volunteering for a number of organizations. She is the immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees at Marian Court College, a small, private college in Swampscott, MA, where she also chairs the Development and Governance Committees and consults with the marketing, admissions and development directors. She is also a long time member of the Board of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health where she led the organization’s rebranding effort and coordinates the annual fundraiser. She enjoys fitness, is a certified kickboxing instructor and teaches tumbling classes for children.
Managing Partner, Ironside Capital Group
Mr. Stephen M. Brackett is a Managing Partner at Ironside Capital Group. He is also a Co-Founder and a Member of the Investment Committee of the firm and a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the firm’s affiliates. Mr. Brackett focuses on transaction origination, structuring, and portfolio company management in each of the firm’s target industry sectors and is a Member of the Investment Committee for the firm's private equity funds. He was engaged in notable investments made by the firm. Mr. Brackett is also employed with Brackett Family Foundation. Mr. Brackett currently serves on the Miles Howland, LLC advisory board and works in business development for the firm. He brings over 20 years of experience in the direct investment, private equity, and Investment Banking fields. Mr. Brackett was previously a Co-Founder and Managing Director at MF Private Capital, Inc. Prior to co-founding the firm, he managed the corporate advisory and Investment Banking services for the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Capital Corporation. Mr. Brackett originated, structured, and syndicated private equity and debt for middle market and early stage companies, while also providing corporate advisory services to the firm's clients. Prior to this, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of State Street Business Group, Inc. Mr. Brackett also held senior positions at First Winthrop Securities, Hoenig & Co., Inc., and Drexel, Burnham, and Lambert, Inc., where he began his financial services career. He currently serves or has served, on the Board of Directors or as a Board Observer for NewRiver Investor Communications, Inc.; Knowledge Impact, Inc.; Cerulean Technology, Inc.; Elastic Networks, Inc.; Oratec Interventions, Inc.; NetCentric, Inc.; and PinPoint Corporation. In 2001, Mr. Brackett was a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders award from the Boston Junior Chamber of Commerce and was a 2002 recipient of the Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40 award. He also serves on a number of charitable Boards, including the Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership, the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, The American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay where he is also the Board Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee, Kieve Affective Education, and the Reaching Back Foundation. Mr. Brackett received a B.A. from Bates College in 1985.
Senior Vice President, TJX Companies
Norm Cantin is a Senior Vice President of the TJX Companies and currently serves as General Merchandise Manager responsible for managing the TJX's New York Buying Office. Norm has spent over 25 years with TJX and has extensive experience managing both Merchandising as well as Planning and Allocation teams throughout the organization. In his current role, Norm is responsible for the New York buying team which supports TJX's two international divisions, TJX Canada and TJX Europe.
Norm is a member of the Susan F. Smith Women's Cancers Visiting Committee at Dana-Farber and is also a member of the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of Boston Advisory Committee. Norm is a graduate of Rhode Island College and married to Patricia Chadwick. They have four beautiful children.
First Vice President – Investments CFP ®, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Peter is a partner of the CHK Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC with over 21 years of experience as financial Advisor. He earned a B.S. in Business Management from Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. Away from the office, Peter is actively involved in West Boylston youth sports programs and serves on the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts Board of Directors as well as the Red Cross of Massachusetts Regional Board. He is also a Member of the Nichols College Board of Advisors and a Member of the Worcester Economic Club. Peter enjoys exercising, golf, music, yoga, and travel, and has been a private wine maker for over 25 years. He lives with his wife Lilly and two children, Stephen and Ava, in West Boylston, Massachusetts.
Vice President, Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
Matthew Consigli was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts in May 2013. He has been involved in the organization since 2006.
Matthew is Vice President of Consigli Construction Co., Inc. He is responsible for the company’s day-to-day business operations and helps guide its strategic planning. Along with his brother, Matthew represents the fourth generation of his family to lead the firm, which was founded in 1905. Under their guidance, the company has grown from a small, local contractor to one of the largest construction management firms in the Northeast, while consistently being honored with “Best Places to Work” awards. Consigli provides services for corporate, academic, institutional, healthcare, and life sciences clients. Additionally, its significant historic restoration work includes some of the Northeast’s most treasured landmarks, such as Trinity Church and Old South Church in Boston, the New York State Capitol in Albany, and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.
Matthew serves on the Board of Directors of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Massachusetts and on the Board of Overseers for Babson College, and is involved in several other New England philanthropic organizations. He holds an MBA from Babson College, a BS in Business Administration from Northeastern University, and a degree in Construction Management from the University of New Hampshire.
Director of Human Resources, OMG
Sarah Corrigan has volunteered with the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross for over six years, serving as a Board Member and, most recently, as First Vice-Chair since 2012. She has chaired the selection subcommittee for the Pioneer Valley’s annual Hometown Heroes fundraiser, and served as a member of the sponsorship subcommittee for this event.
Sarah graduated from Colby College and holds a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. She practiced law in Boston for several years before joining LODESTAR, an energy software development company in Peabody, as a Staff Attorney. She held several positions with LODESTAR in the U.S. and the U.K., including Director of Human Resources, prior to leaving in 2004 to join OMG, Inc. She currently serves as Director of Human Resources for OMG, a manufacturer of specialty fasteners located in Agawam, MA.
Sarah lives in Longmeadow, MA, with her husband Tim and two daughters, Jill and Cate.
Senior Program Manager & Program Manager, Business Integration Team, IBM Corporation
Rebecca E. Curzon has extensive leadership in disaster response program management, corporate citizenship programming and community partnerships. She brings many skills to the Board, including web site strategy and design leadership.
Rebecca graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in Arts and History. She is a certified project management professional, and has held positions with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and with the Lotus Development Corporation.
Rebecca has been with IBM since 1998 and has served as project manager for Technology Enablement and the Reinventing Education program. She served as Content Manager for the On Demand community, and has been Senior Program Manager & Program Manager for the Business Integration Team since 2005. In addition to other duties, she manages the execution of corporate strategy for humanitarian disaster response, engages with stakeholders to develop and implement technology solutions in disaster-prone areas and ensures business strategies are aligned with humanitarian goals
President, Denterlein Worldwide
Geri Denterlein’s life work has been at the intersection of business, government, and journalism. In that space she is an accomplished leader, recognized by the Boston Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Business, and the Boston Globe.
As president and founder of Denterlein, Geri leads a successful company that specializes in strategic communications and is known for its successful public policy campaigns, crisis communications work and healthcare consulting.
Drawing on 30 years experience, Geri provides executive-level counsel to businesses, nonprofits, colleges, and healthcare organizations. Guided by the belief that communications services must be aligned with a client’s business plan, Geri brings corporate expertise to each assignment.
Prior to serving as a consultant, Geri was editorial director at WBZ television, where she was responsible for the station’s government outreach, as well as on-air political analysis. Geri also has governmental experience including terms as communications director for the Departments of Mental Health and as an associate press secretary for former Governor Michael S. Dukakis.
Geri serves on numerous civic and nonprofit boards including MassINC, A Better City, and Boston Architectural College. She is a trustee of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. In January 2010, she was elected Chair of the Metro Managers Chairman’s Group, comprised of the 45 largest Red Cross chapters in the country.
Geri is a popular commentator on the subjects of politics, leadership, and power, appearing on WBZ-TV, WCVB, NECN, and Fox News. She has also been a featured speaker at the Massachusetts Women’s Conference, the Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Boston Women’s Bar Association, and many local professional conferences and universities. Geri’s work has appeared in national publications, including Inc. Magazine.
She is the author of the guidebook The Power Chicks’ Guide to Boston: In their own words, a compendium of advice to young professional women on the subjects of leadership, power, and the value of civic engagement.
Geri holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Senior Vice President, Government, Relations & Retirement Strategy, Natixis Global Asset Management
Ms. Flaherty is Senior Vice President, Government Relations with responsibility for tracking legislative and policy issues that affect Natixis Global Asset Management’s overall business as well as defining and coordinating corporate responses to new legislation. Ms. Flaherty also serves as Senior Vice President of Retirement Strategy for Natixis Global Asset Management where she provides direction for the retirement business and marketing program development.
Prior to joining the company in July 2008, Ms. Flaherty was a marketing executive for the small business and mass affluent segments at Bank of America and served as managing director for consumer products at Fleet Boston Financial. Ms. Flaherty was also with Fidelity Investments for 19 years in several senior roles, including managing Fidelity’s 401(k) Rollover and Employee Stock Plan business.
Ms. Flaherty participates in the oversight of periodic Natixis Global Asset Management investor surveys to identify new issues and trends in consumer and advisor behavior, particularly policy issues and special challenges that impact retirement investors. She has been featured in interviews and provided information for a variety of publications, including Barron’s, MSN Money, Yahoo! Finance, Wealth Adviser and SmartMoney.
Ms. Flaherty is a founder and co-chair of the Women’s Executive Council at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a board member of the Employee Benefits Research Institute, the Boston Chamber of Commerce -Women’s Leadership Network and the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts. She is also a member of the Association of Institutional Investors.
Ms. Flaherty received her BA in English from the University of South Carolina.
Vice President, Public Affairs - Northeastern University
Mr. Gittens joined Northeastern University as the Vice President for Public Affairs in March of 2003. In his current capacity, he represents Northeastern University and its president, Joseph Aoun, with a variety of citywide partnerships and organizations such as the New England Council, Boston World Partnerships and the Boston Private Industry Council. He develops and supports partnership opportunities between Northeastern and city and community organizations designed to promote education, health and wellness. As part of this effort he plays a lead role in working with the Northeastern’s Stony Brook Initiative, which is the University’s partnership program with the neighboring communities of Lower Roxbury, the South End, the Fenway and Mission Hill. He also works on a variety of government relations and community affairs initiatives for the University.
Mr. Gittens is currently a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Overseers, the Museum of Science’s Board of Overseers, and is on the boards of directors for the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, Mathpower, George Lewis Ruffin Society, the Judge Baker Children’s Center, and the Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. He is the chairperson for the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining Northeastern, Robert served the Commonwealth as Cabinet Secretary for Governor Jane Swift as Secretary for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services where he acted as chief policy advisor to the Governor on health care, social welfare and other life quality issues. He oversaw a secretariat of more than 24,000 employees and providing leadership and oversight for 15 diverse health and human service agencies.
Mr. Gittens has also served as the Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, First Assistant District Attorney to Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, as both a member and Chairman of the Massachusetts Parole Board, and as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to the Office of the Governor’s Legal Counsel. He served as a member of the Boston School Committee from 1993 until 2001 and was chairperson from 1996 to 1998.
Mr. Gittens is an alumnus of Northeastern University’s School of Law and earned his B.A. in Political Science from Northeastern University as well.
Denise Thorne Johnson has been coming to Cape Cod for over thirty years. She and her husband Bruce became year round residents of Hyannis Port three years ago. Ms. Johnson manages a consulting practice specializing in Branding and Digital Marketing.
Ms. Johnson has had a distinguished career in marketing over the last twenty-five years working for blue-chip companies in financial services, consumer goods and communications. In 2010 she was named by American Banker as one of the top ten financial marketing executives in the U.S. She currently has a consulting practice specializing in branding and digital marketing.
Ms. Johnson was most recently SVP for Marketing Strategy and Digital at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta, GA. She has also held executive marketing positions with PNC Financial Services, Bank of Boston, Chase and Citicorp. She was also an EVP Account Director for Arnold Advertising in Boston. Ms. Johnson majored in English at Hood College in Frederick, MD.
Ms. Johnson has also been actively involved in the communities in which she has lived. Johnson was a Trustee and member of the executive committee of Robert Morris University, served on the board of Girls Hope of Pittsburgh, and the marketing committees of both the Carnegie Museum of art and the Carnegie Science Center.
Vice President, Electric Systems Engineering, U.S. Operations, National Grid
Marie Jordan is the Senior Vice President of Gas Construction and Operations for National Grid. Marie has responsibility for the safe maintenance and field operations for the gas network serving more than 4 million customers in the US. The mission of the Red Cross is in perfect alignment with her role at National Grid. Ensuring readiness and preparation for whatever Mother Nature has planned or an unfortunate emergency incident, both National Grid and Red Cross are “ready when the time comes”.
Marie’s long career in Utilities in California had her working side by side with the Red Cross, supporting the wildfire victims of Northern California. Marie’s passion for the mission has never wavered.
Marie is a board member with the Red Cross and a member of the Red Cross Tiffany Circle since 2013.
Juliette N. Kayyem has spent over 15 years managing complex policy initiatives and organizing government responses to major crises in both state and federal government. Kayyem served as President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to that, she served as Homeland Security advisor to former Governor Deval Patrick where she guided regional planning and the state’s first interoperability plan, and oversaw the Massachusetts National Guard.
Kayyem founded one of the nation's only female-owned security business, Kayyem Solutions, LLC, which provides strategic advice to a range of companies in technology, risk management, mega-event planning and venture capital. As a faculty member at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, she teaches new leaders in emergency management and national security and has authored several books on homeland security.
Kayyem is also a well-known journalist and commentator on CNN and WGBH Radio. She was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2013 for her editorial columns in the Boston Globe focused on ending the Pentagon’s combat exclusion rule against women, a policy that was changed that year. She also serves as advisor or board member for MassINC., the Boston 2024 Olympic Committee, the Trilateral Commission, the International Center for Sports Security, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Head of Mutual Fund Services
Gunjan Kedia is an executive vice president in State Street’s Investment Services (IS) division. In this role, Ms. Kedia manages some of State Street’s premier IS clients. Her responsibilities include client service, product management, operations, financial management, and strategy functions for State Street’s industry-leading mutual fund servicing business.
Prior to joining State Street in 2008, Ms. Kedia was an executive vice president of global product management at Bank of New York Mellon. She also served as the executive director of Investment Manager Solutions, where she led sales and client relationships in the Americas region. Additionally, Ms. Kedia was a partner with McKinsey & Company, is an associate with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and is a member of Star Street's management committee.
Ms. Kedia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, with distinction, from the Delhi School of Engineering. She also holds a Master of Business Administration, with distinction, from Carnegie Mellon University. She serves on the boards of State Street Syntel and the American Red Cross, and on the advisory board of Carnegie Mellon Business School.
Paul started as a volunteer for the American Red Cross of Mass Bay in 2010 working to convert data that was originally collected on various excel spreadsheets into databases that could be used to better report and analyze the information. He became very active primarily in the Emergency Services department, but also worked to support Blood Services volunteer needs. Recently, Paul stepped in to serve as the Interim Regional Disaster Officer during our recent leadership transition. He joined the Board of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts in 2014.
Paul spent a 35 year career in retailing and retired from The Talbots, Inc. in 2008 as Senior Vice President, International and Strategic Planning. He joined the Executive Training program at Sterns Department Store in New Jersey immediately after his graduation from Newark College of Engineering (now New Jersey Institute of Technology) with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and continued his career in retailing which took him to New York City, Indianapolis, the San Francisco Bay Area and finally to Talbots in Hingham, MA. His responsibilities grew during his career to include such diverse areas as store operations and merchandising, buying, inventory control, capital expenditures, real estate, budgeting, financial planning and analysis, acquisitions, as well as complete profit and loss responsibility for the Talbots international operation.
Paul enjoys staying active and has continued to engage in the community. In addition to his work with the Red Cross, Paul is the Chair of the Board of Visitors, Dorman Honors College at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a member of the Board of Overseers at the Lyric Stage Company, as well as having formerly served on the boards of the Celebrity Series of Boston, Opera Boston and SpeakEasy Stage Company. In addition he was an adjunct professor at the Boston University School of Management for a short time.
Paul and his wife Elizabeth reside in the South End of Boston.
Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH, is the Director of the Harvard François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, and the FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at Harvard School of Public Health. As Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, she is a faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Leaning served for five years as co-director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. From 1999 to 2005, Dr. Leaning directed the Program on Humanitarian Crises and Human Rights at the FXB Center. During the 1980s and 1990s, Dr. Leaning held progressively responsible roles in medical management at Harvard Community Health Plan -- now Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates -- and worked clinically in emergency medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has served on the boards of Physicians for Human Rights, Physicians for So cial Responsibility and Oxfam America and currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of the United States and the American Red Cross of the Eastern Massachusetts Region. She is on the editorial boards of several journals and a member of the Board of Syndics at Harvard University Press.
Her research interests focus on issues of public health, medical ethics, and early warning in response to war and disaster, human rights and international humanitarian law in crisis settings, and problems of human security in the context of forced migration and conflict. She has field experience in problems of public health assessment and human rights in a range of crisis situations (including Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Kosovo, the Middle East, former Soviet Union, Somalia, the Chad-Darfur border, and the African Great Lakes area) and has written widely on these issues.
The author of many academic articles, she has also edited two books, including Humanitarian Crises: The Medical and Public Health Response, published by Harvard University Press in 1999. She earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College, her Master’s of science from Harvard School Public Health, and her M.D. with honors from the University Of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine.
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management
Cameron was elected to the Board of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts in 2008. She is a founding member of the Red Cross’ Tiffany Circle of Women Leaders and is a member of Team Red Cross. She ran the Boston Marathon for Team Red Cross in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Cameron graduated from Boston University’s School of Management with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. She is a chartered financial analyst and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society. Cameron lives in Marshfield with her husband and two children.
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Boston MA
Chris Moran is a member of the Beverly Rotary Club and is an Executive Board Member for the Northeast Massachusetts Chapter of the American Red Cross . He is a graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Economics and has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry.
Benny Omid was born in Iran and immigrated to Boston in 1988. When Benny lived in Iran, he was an emergency relief volunteer for the Red Crescent Society. Helping people has always been a passion of Benny’s.
Benny began his career with Dunkin’ Donuts 27 years ago on the ground floor cleaning stores. Through determination and hard work, he became a general manager running multiple stores. In 1996, Benny became a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee and now owns two restaurants in Allston.
Benny is currently the Northeast Co-Chair and Treasurer of The Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, where he has been an integral part of the “Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference” campaign with the American Red Cross. He has served as a board member on the Foundation since 2009. He is also a member of the Dunkin’ Donuts Regional Advisory Committee for the Northeast Region. In addition, Benny is a Director with the Allston Board of Trade. Benny lives in Belmont with his wife Margarite.
First Vice President Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Ms. Redfield is a first vice president, and Institutional Consultant at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for providing investment consulting, asset allocation and investment management services to foundations, endowments and individuals.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 1999, Robyn worked at Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor to individual investors, corporate executives and nonprofit organizations. She has also held management positions at Estee Lauder.
Robyn is the chairwoman of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay Tiffany Circle. Created and launched by the National American Red Cross, the Tiffany Circle creates a network of women leaders who want to change lives, save lives and strengthen their local communities. Under her leadership, the Tiffany Circle has grown financially, and in the number of volunteers to support the local chapter of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts. She also serves on the board of directors of The American Red Cross, The Collette Foundation and Classics for Kids, as well as volunteering for other charities and nonprofit organizations to share experience and expertise.
Ms. Redfield holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Bridgeport, and has a Certified Investment Management Analyst and CEC designation from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Robyn is a member of the executive committee of the Women's Business Leaders Summit, which is sponsored by the U.S. State Department and held in Amman, Jordan.
Partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
John joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1988 and has worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years. John is the Financial Services Leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers leading the industry group that services asset management, banking and insurance companies (assurance, tax and advisory). Currently, he leads several engagements for PwC and has significant experience delivering client service internationally. John holds a B.S. from Villanova University in Accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Association of CPA’s. John is a frequent speaker at industry events and a contributor to his community through several non-profit organizations including a position as Chair to the Red Cross of Massachusetts Board of Directors.
Karen Teller was elected to the Board of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts in 2012.
Karen holds a BA from Widener University and an MBA from the Boston University Graduate School of Management. Karen’s career has been in business development in the foam fabrication industry. She is currently consulting with companies in the foam industry. She also is a Managing Director and an active member of the Golden Seeds Angel Investing Group.
An avid runner, Karen is a member of the Boston Athletic Association and organized the Team Red Cross in 2012 to raise funds for the Red Cross through participation in the Boston Marathon. She was captain of Team Red Cross in the 2012 and 2013 Boston Marathon and continues to be involved in expanding Team Red Cross and its runners.
She is a Bonnie McElveen-Hunter Member of Tiffany Circle.