Community Fund for Wellesley

Who We Are

The mission of the Community Fund for Wellesley is to promote the common good and to benefit all residents of our town. We serve as a permanent source of funding to foster innovation and collaboration in support of community needs and opportunities.

The Community Fund for Wellesley was established in 2008 in celebration of Wellesley’s 125th birthday. A dedicated group of town residents had a vision to create a fund that would exist to benefit members of the Wellesley community for generations to come. Over the past 11 years, we have made grants of over $400,000 to more than 30 local non-profits and Wellesley town departments.


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Wellesley Community Board

The Community Fund for Wellesley’s Board is comprised of individuals who reside or work in Wellesley and who represent the diverse aspects of the community. This allows the Fund to maintain a broad perspective on the town’s needs and opportunities. The Community Board is also responsible for reviewing and assessing grant proposals from local nonprofits to determine which will receive funding support.

Liz Cua

Liz and her husband Chris moved to Wellesley in 1994. Here they have raised their children, Lily and Christopher, who graduated from Wellesley High School in 2007 and 2011, respectively. Liz is a practicing radiologist at Atrius Health in Boston. Liz’s training has included Albany Medical, Tufts Medical Center and Deaconess Medical Center. Liz’s volunteer efforts to date have largely focused on The Pine Street Inn and have included Greater Boston Food Bank and ESL tutoring at the Newton Public Library. Currently volunteers at the town senior center.

Jamie Ebersole

Jamie moved to Wellesley in 2010 with his wife Teri and their rescue dog Ginger and welcomed son Luke to the family in 2012 and daughter Vivian in 2015. He is the Founder and CEO of Ebersole Financial LLC, a Registered Investment Advisory firm based in Wellesley. He previously worked for several large asset management firms in New York, Boston, San Francisco and Munich before starting his own business in Wellesley. He is actively involved with Rosie’s Place as a member of the Audit and Finance committee. Jamie previously served as a Wellesley Town Meeting Member for Precinct E. Jamie earned both a Bachelors’s and Master’s degree from Tufts University, an MBA from The Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago, Chile. He is both a CFA Charterholder and a Certified Financial Planner(TM). Jamie joined the Community Board in 2015 and currently serves as Chair of the Board. Jamie previously served as Chair of the Grants Committee.

Ellen F. Gibbs

Ellen has served in a volunteer and elected capacity in Wellesley for more than two decades. She recently retired from the Wellesley Board of Selectmen having served three terms from 2010-2019 including years as Chair and Vice-Chair.  During her tenure on the Board, Ellen played a role in advancing multiple Town projects and worked with countless volunteers, Town board and committee members, Town staff and residents on an extensive range of issues. Ellen was particularly instrumental in furthering the Town’s progress on transportation and mobility, human services and affordable housing.

Ellen has played an active role at the community, regional and state levels as a member of the Executive Board of the MetroWest Regional Collaborative, Metropolitan Area Planning Council Advisory Council, MetroWest Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board and as a representative on Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Board of Advisors. Since 2001, she has represented Precinct A as a member of Town Meeting and served as President of the Wellesley League of Women Voters from 2002-04.

In recognition for her leadership and years of service to the town, Ellen has been named one of the Wellesley Townsman Ten and was presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the 51st Annual Veteran’s Parade.

In addition to her community volunteer work, Ellen is co-owner and manager of a small real estate investment company.  She worked for many years as a Project Director for the State Department of Public Health and is a graduate of Tufts University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Mary Beth Mahoney

Mary Beth has been a Wellesley resident since 1977 and attended Wellesley High School, Dartmouth College, and Babson College for my MBA.  My 33 year career first as a private banker and then as a wealth advisor started at BayBank.  I spent 12 years with Boston Private Bank and have now been with Wellesley Investment Partners, a subsidiary of Wellesley Bank, for 5 years.  My husband Randy and I have 3 adult children Meghan, Caitlin and Kevin.

Tom McGovern

Tom is a partner at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP specializing in commercial real estate.  I grew up in New Hampshire and attended Boston College.  After graduating, I moved to New York City for law school (Fordham Law) and stayed there for the next 15 years working with my current firm.  In 2015, my wife, Kate, and I moved back to Boston following the birth of our son in order to be closer to family.  We have been in Wellesley since the summer of 2016.  We currently have two young children, Miles (4 yo) and Rose (2 yo), and an English bulldog named Henry.  Other than spending time with my family, I very much enjoy golfing and fishing.

Lisa Novakoff

Lisa has worked as a mental health nurse for the past 32 years, providing direct care and teaching.  Lisa feels strongly about prevention and rehabilitation when it comes to mental health and believes our communities need to do more to support this.  Currently, she serves on the advisory board for Elliot House because she thinks it’s important to support the resources in her own community that provide a safe and nurturing place for people with chronic illness, people living and working in Wellesley and elsewhere.  She believes her experience will be useful to the committee working on the mental health challenges of our community and looks forward to helping in the best way possible.


Wendy Paul

Wendy and her family have lived in Wellesley since 2001. After years of work in health care and outcomes research administration, Wendy’s focus upon moving to Wellesley from Los Angeles has been in supporting her community and non-profit organizations. Wendy has served as President of the PTOs at PAWS and Bates Schools, on the Executive Board of the Central Council of PTOs and Treasurer and President of Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club. Most recently, Wendy completed six years (2011-2017) on the Wellesley School Committee, serving as Vice-Chair three years and liaison to the Permanent Building Committee for the Fiske & Schofield renovation and School Security projects. Wendy has been a Town Meeting Member since 2011, is a Board Member at the Walker School in Needham, focusing on capital projects, and serves on the Security Task Force at Temple Beth Elohim. With her husband, Jim, she enjoys being the parent of and trying to keep up with two busy Wellesley High School students.

Tanya Roy

Tanya and her family have been residents of Wellesley for 19 years. She enjoyed a long career at Fidelity Investments where she served in various analytical and money management roles. Tanya is a board member of the Wellesley Students’ Aid Society, where she also serves as Treasurer. In this role, she oversees a $35 million endowment which is dedicated to providing financial and other assistance to Wellesley College students. Tanya is involved with the League of Women Voters of MA as a Legislative Specialist and is a board member of LWV of Wellesley. She also tutors through the Wellesley ESL program. Tanya earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She and her husband have a daughter in college in California and a son in his senior year at Wellesley High School. Tanya joined the Community Board in 2018.

Beth Shedd

Beth is a long time community volunteer in Wellesley.  She owns her own photography business in Wellesley since 2014 and is passionate about the Wellesley Community as she is the photographer for the Town of Wellesley, the Tolles Parsons Center, Board of Selectman and the Wellesley Country Club.


Tripp Sheehan

Eugene “Tripp” Sheehan is a former member and Vice-Chair of the Recreation Commission and a former board member of the Wellesley Youth Basketball Association. He also served as Chair of the town’s Playing Fields Task Force (PFTF) where he worked with representatives from a broad range of town boards and community members to lead the renovation of the Wellesley High School track and field. Tripp continues to serve as a member of the PFTF as a community representative. Professionally, Tripp leads the U.S. Financial Institutions practice for insurance broker Marsh. Tripp is married and has two school-aged sons.

Mike Stephens

Mike has lived in Wellesley since 2014 with his wife, Hadley, and their two sons. He is an Investment Counselor at Eaton Vance, where he helps successful families and institutions reach their financial goals. He has also spent time involved in a number of other business ventures including restaurants, private equity, and consulting. Mike is currently on the board of Haggle, inc., a New York City based startup focused on outsourced innovation. He is also a member of the Financial Planning Association and is an alumnus of Columbia University. Mike joined the Community Board in 2016.

Susan Tillinghast

Susan moved to Wellesley in 2015 with her husband, Sam, after raising their family in Houston, Texas. Susan worked as a marketing consultant until their children were born. Then she turned her efforts to volunteer work, dedicating most of her time to her children’s schools and activities. Susan holds a BBA in Finance and an MBA in Marketing, both from the University of Texas at Austin. She recently served on the Spring Inspiration Breakfast Committee for the Foundation for MetroWest.

Civic Founders

We are grateful to our Founding Members, and to subsequent donors, for their support of our mission. The Founders early commitment expanded our opportunities to make an impact in the community. With their and others continued support, we have successfully established an important source of community philanthropy and catalyst for new ideas to keep our community strong.


Tracy and Ken Accardi
Marsha and Patrick Ahearn
Femina and Ejaz Ali
Marlene Allen
Angelika Angino
Heidi and Richard Angle
Amy Axelrod and Jeff Struzenski
Katherine Babson
Darcey and Chris Bartel
Betsy and Karl Baumann
Susan Berry and Brian Moynihan
Amita and Samir Bhatt
Barbara and Ted Bloom
Helen and Norm Boucher
Maureen and Edward Bousa
Jane Brock-Wilson
Valerie and Steven Buller
Chrissy Cassa
John and Linda Kondo Chapman
Jeffrey Choney and Pamela Dippel Choney
Jim and Donna Conlin
Laurie and Brian Conroy
Sarah and Robert Croce
Hope and Louis Crosier
Laura and Simon Davidson
Judith and Kevin Donnelly
Pamela and David Donohue
Susan and John Doran
Becky and Bruce Epstein
Virginia Ferko and Mark Cohen
Trina and Thorp Foster
Maria and Hawk Furman
Ellen Gordon
Madeleine Grant
Rowie Gray
Wendy Haering
Janeen and Steven Hansen
Arnold and Carol Haynes
Terry and Mike Hluchyj
Laura and Bob Hockett
Elizabeth and Francis Hunnewell
John and Patricia Isley
Sandy Joseph
Lucy and John Kapples
Kathy and John Kaufmann
Susan and Brian Kavoogian
Betsy and Rusty Kellogg
Kate Kellogg and Randy Peeler
Dona and Michael Kemp
Chris and Ruth Keyes
Susan and Julian Lange
Alan and Ellen Ledley Korpi
Dottie and Phil Laughlin
Michele and David Livingston
Laurel and Stephen Lyle
Karin and Peiman Mahdavi
Janet and David Mannheim
Karen B. and Brian Mariscal
Peter McAvinn
Sheila Gunn McCormack
Lou and Peg Metzger
Carol and Greg Mills
Catherine and Christopher Milton
Jeff and Patty Mitchell
Jack and Linda Morgan
Kristin and Steve Mugford
Lauren and David Murphy
Maura Murphy and Michael Racette
Beth and Bill Nast
Christine Oliver and Robert Hale
Kim and Ernie Parizeau
Caren and Randy Parker
Priscilla and Tony Parker
Janet and John Pattillo
Wendy and Jim Paul
The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation
Alice and Tom Peisch
Ilissa and Lon Povich
Mary and John Power
Burkey and Stan Pratt
Patti Quigley
Shannon and Derek Redgate
Albert S. Robinson
Michelle and Richard Rosmarin
Susan and Matthew Ryan
Judy and Tony Salerno
Peter and Nancy Saperstone
Rhoda and John Schwarz
Barbara Searle
Susan and Jerry Slavet
Lynne and Gary Smith
Jennifer and Tom Snyder
Lynda Sperry and Bill Wiberg
Joanne and Richard Spillane
Helen and Edward Stewart
Eileen and James Stokes
Judy Swahnberg and Carl Novotny
Kathan Tracy
Susan and Leo Troy
Terri Tsagaris and Wayne Bennett
Jessica and Peter Walter
Harriet Warshaw
Karen and Bob White
Nancy and Bill Whitney
Laura and William Wilson
J. David Wimberly
Sue Wright
Mike and Debbi Young
Mariann and Andy Youniss


The Stewards of The Fund for Wellesley will provide the capital to enable The Fund to continue addressing the opportunities and needs we see here in Wellesley today, tomorrow, and into the future.

Val and Steven Buller

Mason Smith and Gordon Green

Helen and Raymond Hamel, Jr.

Phil and Dottie Laughlin

Kathleen and Thomas F. Skelly

Susan Hurwitz and Miguel Lessing

Andrea and Thomas Ward

Robert Glowacky and Janney Wilson

Change Makers: YIP Campaign:

Wellesley Youth in Philanthropy Campaign Change-Makers have committed to a gift of $5,000+ to help the Foundation for MetroWest and the Fund for Wellesley build a permanent fund to operate the Wellesley YIP program, so that this program will remain a fixture for Wellesley youth and local nonprofits forever.

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Alyce and Caleb Aldrich

Katherine L. Babson, Jr.

Don and Katie Bramley

Elizabeth and Todd Cook

Louis and Hope Crosier

Helen and Neal Goins

Jennifer and Barnet Helzberg

Brian and Susan Kavoogian

Stephen and Laurel Lyle

Mary Beth and Randy Mahoney

Oechsle Family Foundation

Marianne and Ron Renaud

Peter and Jackie Segall

Tripp and Betsy Sheehan

Ellen and Ram Subramaniam

Susan and Sam Tillinghast

Peter and Jessica Walter

Foundation for MetroWest Youth in Philanthropy

To support the Wellesley Youth in Philanthropy Program

Wellesley Conservation Council, Inc

To widen existing trails and establish new trails on three Council properties

Wellesley Free Library

To support the renovation of the Fells Branch library, specifically for the creation of a dedicated early learning space with materials for 0-6 year olds

Wellesley Health Department

To support transportation for low-income residents; specifically, for children who received scholarships from Wellesley Friendly Aid to attend summer camps, and for low-income individuals and families in need of transportation to social service agencies, court, and other locations

World of Wellesley

To support a hands-on multicultural festival whereby K-5 students and their parents will showcase, highlight, and celebrate world cultures represented throughout the Town of Wellesley

Seniors Wellesley Theatre Project

Funded by the Al Robinson Fund for the Arts Grant to purchase sound equipment for WTP's community outreach group, iMPACT!

Out MetroWest

To support Umbrella’s Wellesley meetings, which provide a safe space for teens to connect with transgender and gender non-conforming peers and adult mentors.

Special Olympics Massachusetts

To support Wellesley High School's Unified Champion school program.

Town of Wellesley – IT Department

To add Texthelp's Browsealoud service to the Town's website.

Wellesley Friendly Aid

To support Wellesley Connects, an all-volunteers mentoring program, in its first year at Wellesley High School.

Wellesley Recreation Department

To support the first-ever family campout in Wellesley.

Wellesley Scholarship Fund

To support the development of an online Town Common Scholarship and Financial Aid Application.

Wellesley Choral Society

Funded by the Al Robinson Fund for the Arts Grant to enhance the social engagement of seniors in concerts

Wellesley Natural Resources Commission

To Support a multi-organization Community Garden program

OUT MetroWest

To support training for Peer leaders and adult advisors

Wellesley Council on Aging

To provide consulting for outreach opportunities to younger seniors

Wellesley Recreation

To support Community Day for Adaptive Kayak Instruction

Foundation for MetroWest Youth in Philanthropy

To support the Wellesley Youth in Philanthropy Program

Wellesley Housing Authority

To purchase 4 picnic tables, stands and umbrellas for WHA sites

Wellesley Players

Funded by the Al Robinson Fund for the Arts Grant to fund Show Tickets and refreshments for children and families

Wellesley Free Library

To support ESL Continuation

Communities for Restorative Justice

To support the Restorative Justice partnership w/ Wellesley Police

Massachusetts Horticultural Society

To support the Garden to Table Initiative

Wellesley A Better Chance Program, Inc.

To purchase Customer Relations Software to build capacity

I'm Still Here Foundation

To fund Dementia Inclusion & Support Programs

World of Wellesley

To support the Diversity Conference

Executive Service Corps of New England

To support the Lecture Series for Seniors

Northeastern University - Wellesley TOPSoccer

To support Inclusive Soccer Programs

Foundation for MetroWest Youth in Philanthropy

To support the Wellesley Youth in Philanthropy Program

Wellesley Friendly Aid

To fund a Consultant for Campership Fundraising

Wellesley Hills Junior Woman's Club

To support the Wonder Run Road Race

Wellesley Recreation Department

To fund Morses Pond Boat access improvement

Town of Wellesley

To support ESL Continuation

Wellesley Friendly Aid

To fund Camperships

Babson College

To support the Barton Road After School Collaboration

Al Robinson Fund for the Arts Grant


Wellesley Youth Commission

To support Project Moves