Ralph brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to this role having served in several influential positions, including as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Freddie Mac Foundation, Inc., and as Assistant Attorney General of the United States. His impressive career began in Boston as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Major Crimes Unit of the Boston U.S. Attorney’s Office, after which he was counsel and then a partner in the trial and litigation department of Goodwin Procter, LLP, a Boston based law firm. Ralph subsequently was nominated and Senate confirmed as U.S. Assistant Attorney General and head of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Later he was appointed General Counsel and subsequently Executive Vice President, Community Relations at Freddie Mac, where he oversaw one of the national capital region’s largest philanthropic programs, which included corporate community investments and foundation grant-makin g. He then served variously as Chairman, and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Center City Public Charter Schools, Inc. (“CCPCS”), a charter management organization he helped found, which operates academically rigorous, values-based, public charter schools (K-8) in inner-city Washington, D.C. communities. Ralph also has served as the U.S. Representative to the CERD Committee, a Geneva-based United Nations human rights treaty body.
With nearly a decade of humanitarian service through leadership roles with various charitable organizations, including the American Association of People with Disabilities (“AAPD”) and Easter Seals, and his active support of other organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Another Hope Children’s Ministries, Ralph exemplifies the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering here at home and around the world.
Ralph currently serves on several boards of director, including as Chairman of the NHP Foundation, a national nonprofit developer/owner/provider of multi-family affordable housing and human services for residents in high need communities. He continues to serve as a Director of CCPCS, and is a Director of Sandy Spring Bancorp (NASDAQ: SASR) and member of its Credit and Investment Risk, and Compensation, committees. Ralph formerly was a Director and Audit Committee Chair of DirecTV, Vice Chair and Treasurer of AAPD, and Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair of the national Easter Seals Board.
Ralph earned a Bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. He also was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Suffolk University in 2001.
Lily Mendez is Chief Operating Officer for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts where she manages the financial operations for the region in addition to overseeing Volunteer Services, Youth Programs, Service to Armed Forces, International Services, Food and Nutrition Programs, Communications, Government Affairs, Information Technology and Human Resources.
Lily has served as Deputy Secretary for Interagency Management and Reform in the Executive Office of Transportation Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In this role, she was responsible for the Office of Transition Management, which oversaw the implementation of the landmark transportation law that merged the Massachusetts Port Authority, the Mass Bay Transit Authority, Turnpike Authority and state Highway Department into the new Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
From 2007 to 2009 Lily served on Governor Deval L. Patrick’s senior staff advising him on key appointments ranging from cabinet members, personnel in the executive offices to members of more than 700 public and quasi-public boards and commissions. She also was responsible for directing the Governor's Civic Engagement efforts, one of his top three priorities.
Prior to joining the Patrick administration she served as Executive Director of the Access Strategies Fund a charitable foundation based in Cambridge, MA. During her tenure she led the foundation's grant making efforts to effectively invest millions of dollars in community based and statewide organizations.
Lily graduated with a BS in Communications from Emerson College and earned her Master in Public Administration from the McCormack Institute at UMass Boston.
Tim Pitoniak is the Chief Disaster Officer for the Massachusetts Region. Tim has been with the Red Cross 11 years. He began his career in New York City as a Logistic Specialist for Health and Safety working his way up to Senior Disaster Program Manager of Massachusetts. Tim was a Manager in Local Community Volunteers and was a Staffing lead during the Hurricane Sandy response. He has all been deployed all over the country as a trainer for the ‘Ready When the Time Comes’ program. Tim has spent the majority of his professional career as a Volunteer Manager and understands that the Red Cross would not be able to deliver its mission without their dedication of time and talent. He can be contacted via email at Timothy.Pitoniak@redcross.org
Robert Bowers serves as Regional Director of Volunteer Services for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts, helping the region meet the challenge of growing its volunteer corps and deepening their engagement in the organization’s humanitarian mission. Bowers has decades of experience in motivating, training and supporting volunteers of diverse backgrounds. A Needham native, Bowers graduated from Boston College and St. John’s Seminary. He was an ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Boston for 21 years,developing an expertise in volunteer recruitment, development and leadership training for a variety of mission-related programs, including youth programs, food pantries, recovery programs, finance boards, leadership councils and international social justice programs.
After taking a leave of absence from ministry, Bowers continued serving in leadership with volunteer-led programs, such as the Chernobyl Children Project USA, Por Cristo in Ecuador, and most recently at the Paulist Center, where he led efforts to engage the community in social justice and service to the poor, including training volunteers as colleagues, deepening both connections and engagement for volunteers in key roles and responsibilities.
Bowers has led and supervised hundreds of volunteers, empowering effective and mission-driven volunteer leadership. Bowers was trained in facilitation, active listening skills, mediation and conflict management at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, and continued training with Mediation Works, Inc., in Boston. In 2002, Bowers received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Boston College for his work with non-profits and youth.
Jessica Emond is Director of Communications for the Massachusetts region overseeing external communications, including digital strategy, media relations and marketing as well as internal communications. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Jessica was a vice president at APCO Worldwide a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. Earlier in her career Jessica worked in state government, at the White House and at the Environmental Protection Agency in a variety of communications positions. She graduated from Northeastern University with a journalism degree.
Lynn Levine is the Director of Service to Armed Forces and International Programs for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. In this role, Lynn leads the delivery of preparedness, response and recovery activities to the military, veterans and their families in emergencies, humanitarian assistance to refugees affected by armed conflict, political unrest or natural disaster, and education in International Humanitarian Law to the community at large.
Lynn has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marietta College and a Masters Degree from the School of International Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. She has worked on issues of child development, women’s rights and rural livelihoods by providing communications advocacy, public affairs and partnership development support to UNICEF field offices in Turkey, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan and to the South-South Cooperation Unit of the UNDP in New York, among others.
She has lived in New York, London, Paris, Florence, and Istanbul, and has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. She speaks Italian and French, and has a working knowledge of German, Turkish and Spanish.
David is the Director of the Food and Nutrition Programs in Massachusetts, managing food pantries in Boston and New Bedford, and mobile food distributions across the state. David's team also assists with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and offers nutritional guidance to Massachusetts residents in collaboration with local universities. Previously, David was an instructor at Bay State University and Florida National College.
Frederica Doeringer, Executive Director of the Northeast Massachusetts Chapter for the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, oversees the chapter’s daily operations, its resource development, and the enhancement of its role in the community. Doeringer joined the Red Cross in 2008 after serving in a variety of non-profit, private and public leadership roles in Wisconsin. As executive director of a symphony and then of several community development groups, she balanced program advancements with successful fund drives. Doeringer has an unusual ability to form relationships, linking individuals, organizations, and resources in ways that strengthen programs and build external support. Doeringer has served at local, state and national levels on arts and education boards as well as boards and foundations seeking to effect change in human services.
Contact Frederica at Frederica.Doeringer@redcross.org.
Hilary V. Greene, Executive Director, Cape Cod, Islands & Southeast Massachusetts Chapter, is a Cape Cod resident of 12 years and has extensive leadership experience with agencies serving the Cape and Islands.
Greene first became involved with the Red Cross in the 1980s as a blood and platelet donor. In 2004, she donated one of the lobes of her left lung to a stranger and was subsequently recognized by the Cape and Islands Chapter as a Hero.
Greene joined the Cape Cod and Islands Chapter American Red Cross board in 2007 and became Board Chair in 2009. Greene has 20 years of experience in radio sales and management, is the former General Manager of CapeCod.com and Development Director at Housing Assistance Corporation based in Hyannis, and was a Volunteer Manager at Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod. She is an elected Barnstable Housing Authority commissioner and a leader in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
The Cape Cod and Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross has provided emergency response service and health and safety training to the residents of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard for more than 90 years.
Contact Hilary at Hilary.Greene@redcross.org.
Kim Goulette, Executive Director, Central Massachusetts Chapter, oversees the chapter’s daily operations from her Worcester office.
Goulette joined the Red Cross in 2014 and was the former Executive Director of the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Kim Goulette previously served as the Executive Director of Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen and Pantry, Inc., in Chicopee, where she managed day-to-day operations and worked with board members and committees to raise funds to support the work of the organization. She also served as the Director of Employment and Community Based Day Services at Aditus in East Longmeadow as well as the Regional Director of The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts.
Goulette earned a Bachelor’s degree from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, and is a Rotarian as well as a member of the Chamber of Commerce.