Made up of local leaders from MetroWest cities and towns, the members of the Foundation for MetroWest Board of Trustees donate their time, energy, and expertise to help identify opportunities for long-term community impact to address the ever-changing needs of our community.
Garry R. Holmes
John J. O'Neil, III
David M. Shuman
Pamela S. Lesser
Robert A. Vigoda
Woolsey S. Conover
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Jennifer came to us in 2005 and manages the Youth in Philanthropy program, which educates high school students in the MetroWest area about community needs and effective charitable giving. She previously worked with Newton Public Schools as a grants administrator and instructor, where she trained a student-run youth council focused on philanthropy and grantmaking. Jennifer’s professional background includes work at Boston University’s Community Service Center and development experience at the Winsor School in Boston. A graduate of Hamilton College, she has Master’s degrees in both social work and education from Boston University. Jennifer lives in Concord with her husband and two children.
Cori joined us in August 2010. Prior to working with Foundation for MetroWest, Cori spent two years working for a federally funded grant at Boston Medical Center addressing the populations’ risky substance use. She then interned at Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange in public relations and fundraising. Cori received a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University, and holds a Bachelors of Science in Family and Community Services and Spanish from the University of Delaware. She currently resides in Boston.
Mary joined us in May 2008, having previously run her own business as a professional organizer and time management coach. Her role involves database management, fundholder correspondence, accounts payable and coordination of the grant programs, as well as numerous other tasks at our offices. Mary’s prior experience includes banking and college administration; she holds a B.A. in art history from Smith College. Originally from Framingham, Mary now resides in Wellesley, has four children, and is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America.
Amy Axelrod is the Director of Institutional Advancement at the Foundation for MetroWest, responsible for overseeing the Foundation's marketing and development initiatives. Previously, Amy held the role of Development Officer, responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with the professional advisor community. Amy practiced law as a litigator for nine years at small Boston law firm. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She has been involved in many civic volunteer activities, including serving as the Chair of the Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Awards Committee and as a member of the Town of Wellesley Advisory Committee. Currently, Amy is an elected Town Meeting Member and a member of the Community Board of the Fund for Wellesley, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest. A native of New Orleans, she lives in Wellesley with her husband and two children.
Judy has served as Executive Director since September 2007 and is responsible for executive management of the foundation. In June 2005 she joined the Board of Trustees and was appointed interim co-executive director with Kathan Tracy in December of that year. Prior to joining the board, Judy was a member of the Distribution Committee and the Youth in Philanthropy Advisory Committee. She brings over 20 years of management experience in both large and small growth-oriented businesses. Most recently she served as founder, president and chief operating officer at Stream International, a $200M outsourcing provider of technical services. Originally from Sudbury, Judy resides in Wellesley with her husband and two children.
While living in Holliston, Pat served on the boards of many local service organizations. This gave her first-hand knowledge of how difficult it can be for small, local non-profits to raise money. Pat was, thus, drawn to the idea of a community foundation. She served on the first Foundation for MetroWest board and then served as chairman of the board from 2000-2004. The Foundation has enabled Pat and her husband to support their personal interests in philanthropy as well, enabling them to “give back” to the community.
Woolsey was one of the original founders of the Foundation for MetroWest in 1995 and was chairman of the board from 1995 to 2000. A dedicated philanthropist, he has served as an officer and trustee of numerous organizations, including the MetroWest YMCA, Commonwealth Board of Higher Education, Danforth Museum and the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce.
Ken is the founder and president of Kenneth Vona Construction, a builder of high-end homes in MetroWest. He does volunteer and philanthropic work related to animal rescue and was the lead builder for Mission to Mississippi, a program of the Wayland to Waveland initiative to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Robert Vigoda is a partner in the Boston law firm Rubin and Rudman, working in the Trust and Estate Department. Rob has been selected one of Worth Magazine’s Top 100 Attorneys in the country for three consecutive years. Rob and his wife Donna live in Lexington. They have two grown children, a son who is an aspiring actor and a daughter who works as a School Psychologist in the Westchester, New York school district.
John is a Certified Financial Planner and estate planner with over 19 years experience. He has served on the boards of the Builder Association of Greater Boston, National Center on Family Homelessness, Sudbury Youth Lacrosse, and the Attitash Alpine Education Foundation. John currently serves as Chair of the Foundation for MetroWest Professional Advisor Committee.
Kyle is a Managing Director at Ballentine Partners where he is responsible for the firm’s manager research effort and leads a team dedicated to the review, implementation, and monitoring of the firm’s recommended investment managers. Kyle currently serves as Chair of the Foundation for MetroWest Investment Committee.
Bob has worked in the investment management field since 1966. He was portfolio manager for a portion of Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund and retired as senior vice president of Wellington Management Company.
Meg has been involved in the Foundation for MetroWest’s Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program for over ten years and established the Youth in Philanthropy Endowment Fund in 2007. She is the founder and managing Trustee of the Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation and has 20+ years of experience in software engineering research, software development and consulting. Meg currently serves as Chair of the Foundation for MetroWest Distribution Committee.
Janet is a trustee of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick. A committed volunteer and fundraiser, she chaired the Wellesley Free Library Building Fund and is a current member of the Advisory Board for the Wellesley Free Library Foundation and a past member of the Board of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. She also served as a Town Meeting member in Wellesley for many years and chaired the Town's Advisory (Finance) Committee for one year. Janet currently serves as Chair of the Foundation for MetroWest Development Committee.
Jack is a Managing Partner at National Development. He is a long-time coach for Natick Youth Hockey, Girls' basketball and softball. He has also been involved in the Framingham Country Club, Natick High School & Middle School Building Committees, and the MetroWest YMCA Capital Campaign Steering Committee.
John is the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer for Middlesex Savings Bank. John currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, a Director of the Massachusetts Bankers Association, and a Director of the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation. He has previously served on various other boards and committees, including as a member of the Homeownership Advisory Committee of MassHousing, Member of the Government Relations Council of the American Bankers Association, and Chairman of the Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers Association.
Jim is the Managing Partner of Bowditch & Dewey, LLP where he specializes in land use, permitting and commercial real estate. He serves as President of the Corporation for Sponsored Ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and Clerk of South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. and South Middlesex Non-Profit Housing Corporation. He also serves as General Counsel for South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. and is a past Director of MetroWest YMCA.
Living in MetroWest since 1985, Patty has served on school boards at the elementary, middle and high school levels and has been actively involved in her church and various community organizations in Sudbury. Recognizing the Foundation as an organization with clear vision and commitment, Patty and her husband Paul chose to establish a Donor Advised Fund to meet their philanthropic goal of addressing need in our local communities. She has served on the Foundation for MetroWest Distribution Committee for the past two years.
Susan is Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, a $40 billion wholesale bank that provides funding and liquidity to its member financial institutions in New England. Susan served on the board of Bridge Over Troubled Waters, serving homeless and runaway youth, for 16 years, two as board president. She also served on the Council for the Women’s Inn at Pine Street in Boston.
David is the Chief Executive Officer and co-member of the founding team of Headwall Photonics, a technology supplier of wavelength solutions for customers in the life sciences, defense/aerospace, analytical, and telecommunications markets. Prior to Headwall, David served in key executive positions at Packet Engines, Wellfleet/Bay Networks, and Digital Equipment Corporation (acquired by Compaq). He received his BS in Biology from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA in Finance from Northeastern University.
Pam has served on the board of the Jewish Family and Children’s Services Boston and played an active role on boards and committees of the Wayland public schools. She is currently on the Board of Overseers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is chair of their Cardiovascular Advisory Committee. Her professional career was in sales and management at IBM.
Tom is a Managing Partner at Battery Ventures, where he is responsible for managing all investment and operational aspects of the firm. He has served as a board member for dozens of companies in the communications, software and ecommerce sectors. Active in the nonprofit sector, Tom co-founded Hub Financial Charities after 9-11, and serves on the board of Grassroot Soccer.
Prior to her retirement, Andrea was a partner with the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP specializing in real estate syndication law. Andrea is a past President of Belmont Day School’s Board of Trustees. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Women’s Auxiliary of Hebrew Senior Life.
David has over 30 years experience in the public accounting field and currently works for Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Company, Ltd. as the Waltham office’s Managing Director. He is involved in several professional CPA organizations as well as the Boston estate Planning Council.
Garry is president of Wayland based R.W. Holmes Realty, a commercial brokerage firm serving the local, national, and international real estate needs of corporations. Garry serves on the executive committee for NAIOP, board member for the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (New England), and a director for Mass Hockey. He currently serves as Chair of the Foundation for MetroWest Finance Committee.
Bob joined the board in 2004. He retired as President of Barker Steel in Milford, and has stayed on as a consultant. He serves on the CRSI Education and Research Foundation Board and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Foundation Board.
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