The Board of Directors is the governing body for the Massachusetts Region and is composed of representatives from many different community sectors. This group develops the vision for our chapter and determines the policies that guide our decisions. The Board ensures that the chapter is an effective steward of our donors’ contributions.
Officers of the Board
John W. Stadtler
Chair, Board of Directors
John has been PwC’s Financial Services Industry leader with 30+ years of experience in Financial Services, working with asset managers, banks and insurance companies. He has served as our Global Relationship Partner (responsible for all aspects of engagement delivery and service) on some of our largest asset management clients and banks. His areas of expertise include SEC assurance, regulatory matters, financial reporting, corporate strategy, product management, and service provider operations. John is a graduate of Villanova University and he, his wife and two children live outside Boston, Massachusetts. John is a frequent speaker at industry events and is an active board member of the American Red Cross (in Massachusetts where he is the board chair), the New England Council and other local community boards.
René J. Canezin is a Managing Partner and Founder of Evolution Credit Partners. He has 28 years of experience in building and managing investment businesses in multiple global locations across all asset classes and derivatives. His experience includes senior management responsibilities at Harvard Management Co, Barclays Bank, and Lehman Brothers.
Chair of Board Development & Engagement Committee
Managing Director, Bain Capital
Matt Freeman is a Managing Director at Bain Capital, one of the world’s leading private investment firms with over $105 billion under management. Matt leads growth for Bain Capital’s global private equity portfolio and works across industries including consumer, retail, technology, healthcare and financial services. Prior to Bain Capital, Matt was global Vice Chairman of McCann Erickson, CEO of IPG Mediabrands Ventures and the Founder & CEO of Omnicom Group’s Tribal DDB Worldwide. Matt is the Chairman of Advertising Week, has been inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement and has been named one of Fast Company’s most creative people in business.
Chair of the Biomedical Committee
Northeast Co-Chair and Treasurer, Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation
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. Benny began his career with Dunkin’ Donuts over 30 years ago on the ground floor cleaning stores. Through determination and hard work, in 1996, Benny became a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee and now owns restaurants in Allston, MA. Benny was the Northeast Co-Chair and Treasurer of The Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation and a director at the American Red Cross Biomedical Services, where he had been an integral part of the “Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference” campaign. He has served as a board member on the Foundation from 2009 through 2017. He is also a member of the Dunkin’ Donuts Advertising Committee for the Northeast Region and the Vice Chair of the Allston Board of Trade. Benny lives in Belmont with his wife Margarite and his son Jacob.
Chair of Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee
Chief Administrative Officer and Head of Wealth Management & Investment Services, Division of U.S. Bank
Hosni is currently the Chief Administrative Officer for the Wealth Management and Investment Service division of U.S. Bank. In his current capacity, he oversees strategy design, capital planning and transformational initiatives for the business. Additionally, he drives the Continuous Improvement and digitization efforts in the bank. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Hosni led product innovation at State Street and was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group. He holds a Bachelors in Engineering from The University of Pittsburgh and MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Chair of the Mission Committee
Vice President, Network and Field Operations, Verizon
Paul Sullivan is Vice President of Verizon’s Northeast Wireline Operations, where he leads a team of about 5,400 employees serving the needs of wireline customers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Mid-State & Upstate New York. Paul is responsible for the delivery of world-class customer service to more than 3 million consumer, small business, wholesale and enterprise customers served by 77 garage work centers, 725 Central Offices and 3 Video Hub Offices.
Paul served on the board of directors for the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey and was previously the chairman. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree (with highest honors) in Engineering Technology and a master's degree in business administration from Northeastern University in Boston.
Chair of the Philanthropy Committee
Tiffany Circle National Council Immediate Past Chair
Massachusetts Region Tiffany Circle
Karen Teller was elected to the Board of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts in 2012. She was Chair of Tiffany Circle National Council from 2016-2018 and is a Bonnie McElveen-Hunter Member of Tiffany Circle.
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.
Directors of the Board
Lauren Schadt Baker
Board of Directors
First Lady of Massachusetts
Lauren Schadt Baker serves as the First Lady of Massachusetts alongside her husband Governor Charlie Baker. She focuses on improving the lives of the children served by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, through her work with the Wonderfund, a private, nonprofit she helped launch. Lauren’s professional experience is in advertising and marketing communications for numerous consumer products as well as for educational institutions. Lauren earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. She also serves on the boards of the Wonderfund, the American Red Cross New England Region, Phoenix Academy Charter School Foundation and the Care Institute. The Bakers reside in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Their proudest accomplishments are their three incredible children who are now all grown up.
Dr. Paul D. Biddinger
Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at Mass General Brigham
Dr. Paul Biddinger is the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at Mass General Brigham. He also holds the Ann L. Prestipino MPH Endowed Chair in Emergency Preparedness and is the Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine, and Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. Dr. Biddinger additionally serves as the Director of the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation and Practice (EPREP) Program at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and at the Chan School.
Chief Financial Officer, Putnam Investment, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Great West-Lifeco, U.S. Chief Financial Officer, Great West Financial
Ms. Bolotin is Chief Financial Officer of Putnam Investments and Great-West Financial, reporting directly to Robert L. Reynolds, President and CEO of Putnam Investments and Great-West Financial. She is also a member of Putnam's Operating Committee. Ms. Bolotin was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Great-West Financial in 2015, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, of Great-West Lifeco U.S. in 2016, and Chief Financial Officer of Putnam Investments in 2017. In her role as Chief Financial Officer, she is responsible for the financial oversight, accounting, reporting, analysis, and planning across Putnam's lines of business and brands operating under Great-West Financial, including Empower Retirement. She joined Putnam in 2008 and has been in the investment industry since 2004.
Ms. Bolotin earned an M.B.A. and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is an active member of Boston City Year Women’s leadership group.
President, Managing Member and Co-Head of Alternative Investments
Steve has 34 years of experience in the financial services industry, primarily focused on private equity and venture capital investing, fund development and operational management, investment banking, and structured finance. Steve is President, Managing Member and Co-Head of Alternative Investments, and a member of the Management and Investment Committees at Shepherd Kaplan Krochuk, LLC. Recently Steve was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Infusion Global Partners, a global alternative asset management firm.
Steve has extensive governance experience, having served on the boards of several corporate and non-profit organizations. Steve received his BA in Political Science from Bates College and received the college’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Steve also received the Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Award, and the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL) award from the Boston Chamber of Commerce.
First Vice President, Investment Officer, The CHK Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Financial Advisor, Peter provides critical advice to individuals, families and businesses to help them achieve their short- and long term financial goals. He works with clients to develop strategies designed to preserve and grow wealth. Peter is a CERTIFIEDFINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professional. Away from the office, Peter is a Nichols College Board of Advisors, a Member of the Worcester Economic Club and a member of the Professional Advisor Network for the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Peter enjoys exercising, golf, music, yoga, and travel, and has been a private wine maker for over 30 years. He lives with his wife Lilly and two children, Stephen and Ava, in West Boylston, MA.
Mary C. Cochran
Assurance Partner, Ernst & Young
Mary is a partner in EY’s Assurance practice in Boston, Massachusetts. She provides accounting and auditing services to public companies across the world. With more than 29 years of professional experience, she has acquired expertise working with numerous multinational corporations across multiple industries. Her experience includes a recently completed 3-year rotation in London as a partner within the EY Capital Markets group. Mary is an expert in matters relating to US GAAP accounting, SEC reporting, Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 reporting and has advised numerous clients on public equity and debt offerings as well as mergers and acquisitions. Mary was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Michael F. Price College of Business where she earned a BBA in Accounting. Additionally, she is a CPA licensed in Massachusetts and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as The Boston Club. Mary lives in Wellesley with her husband Chris and her daughter Grace.
Founder and Principal, Lucida Consulting LLC
Rebecca Curzon is a strategy consultant and expert facilitator for nonprofits and companies developing their social impact strategies. In her previous role at IBM Corporation as Global Lead, Disaster Response and Resiliency, she led global disaster response and environment strategies for IBM Corporate Citizenship. With a decades-long career in corporate social responsibility, she applied her deep expertise and leadership to integrated strategic philanthropy programs that applied IBM’s best talent and technology to addressing societal challenges. Under her leadership, IBM’s disaster relief and resiliency program responded with grants and employee engagement to more than eighty disasters since 2001, including the migrant/refugee crisis in Europe, hurricanes and quakes affecting North America and Mexico, and large-scale disasters in Asia Pacific. The program was named Best Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation in 2013.
Juliette Noel Kayyem
Founder, Kayyem Solutions, CNN National Security Analyst, Harvard Kennedy School Faculty
Juliette Kayyem is a world-renowned security and emergency preparedness expert in the public and private sectors. Presently, she serves as a regular on-air national security analyst on CNN; Professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; and Co-Founder and CEO of Grip Mobility, a tech start-up focused on ridesharing vehicles. She served as President Obama's Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security. There she played a pivotal role in major operations including handling of the H1N1 pandemic and the BP Oil Spill response; she also organized major policy efforts in immigration reform and community resiliency. Before that, she served as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s homeland security advisor.
Senior Portfolio Manager, Family Wealth Advisor, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Ms. Redfield, CIMA, is a vice president at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for providing highly customized investment consulting, asset allocation and investment management services to individuals, endowments and nonprofit organizations. 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 active in her community serving on the boards of the American Red Cross as a director, The Forsyth Institute, the President’s Council of Cambridge College and founder of the Tiffany Circle of Women Leaders of the American Red Cross. She holds a B.S. from the University of Bridgeport as well as a Certified Investment Management Analyst and CEC designation from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC)
Kenneth Turner is President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), an economic development and investment agency dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the life sciences in Massachusetts. He directs and oversees the center’s operations, investment strategy, programs, and partnerships. Prior to joining the MLSC, Mr. Turner served as Director of Diversity & Inclusion/Compliance with Massport. He oversaw and managed the Authority’s multiple diversity programs, including business and supplier diversity, workforce diversity, and airport concessions, as well as all compliance initiatives associated with Massport’s Disadvantaged/Minority/Women Business Enterprise programs. Previously, Mr. Turner served as Deputy Secretary for Administration & Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services. He has over 20-years of general management and executive experience in various Fortune 100 media and package goods companies including having served as Senior Vice President of Emerging Markets at AOL Time Warner as well as having held various marketing positions at Hallmark Cards and Hasbro Toys. A retired U.S. Navy Captain and submarine nuclear weapons system officer with 26-years of service, Mr. Turner holds a B.S. degree in Liberal Arts from Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA.
Executive Director, National Grid Foundation
Since June 2017 Ed reports to the Board of Directors for the National Grid Foundation. serving as chief administrative officer, setting and managing annual gifting and operating budgets, developing and implementing grant making criteria, and creating brand strategies to align with the Foundation mission. He serves as lead contact to the Chairman of the Foundation Board and all Board committees; delivers all Board resolutions and assures successful review of quarterly grant presentations; overseeing the management of the Foundation’s nearly $40 million endowment to maximize and assure robust donations.
Prior to his appointment, Ed was Vice President, US Lead from May 2016 – May 2017, serving as US Lead for global strategic review across National Grid PLC Title Vice President, New Energy Solutions. From June 2015 – April 2016 he was in a New Executive Leadership role focused on next generation customer focused solutions and new business ventures. This high-performance team is charged with advancing the company's corporate strategy (known as Connect21) in the areas of energy efficiency, smart energy solutions/SmartGrid, distributed utility owned PV, EV's, battery storage and beyond.
Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Port Authority
Lisa Wieland is the Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). She previously served as Massport’s Port Director from 2015-2019, where she was the driving force behind the revitalization of the working Port of Boston to generate job growth and economic impact across the Commonwealth and New England.
As CEO, Wieland leads 1,300 employees and oversees a $900 million+ organization with the mission of connecting Massachusetts and New England to the world to support the Commonwealth’s economic development and transportation goals, while demonstrating a commitment to neighboring communities.
Wieland is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Honorary Board Member
Founder & CEO, Denterlein
Geri Denterlein’s life work has been at the intersection of business, government and journalism and, as the CEO and founder of the strategic communications firm Denterlein, she is a trusted advisor to some of the region’s most respected brands, institutions, and leaders. She leverages her 30-year career in journalism and public affairs to help corporate and nonprofit organizations promote and protect their reputations. In board rooms, the political arena and the local community, Geri is known as a champion for women, advocating for equality by helping many women find their voice, and communicate effectively for change. Geri recently received the Abigail Adams Award from the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus for her outstanding leadership in achieving parity for women. She was inducted into the Academy of Women Achievers by YW Boston and received the Hall of Fame Award from Boston Women's Business. Geri has also received the Pinnacle Award from the Boston Chamber of Commerce and a Workplace Innovations Award from Bentley University. She 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. She also holds a certificate in leadership from the Executive Education Program at the Harvard Kennedy School and is a faculty member of Harvard's Executive and Continuing Professional Education Program.