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Board of Directors

Gerry Mazor - Chair
Gerry Mazor
Chair

Gerry Mazor retired after twenty-nine years as the Executive Director of the CASE Collaborative a consortium of 14 School Districts in the Northwest suburbs. Following this experience, he was interim Executive Director of the LABBB Collaborative. In his role as a Collaborative Director, he has worked closely with over 150 Superintendents and Special Education Administrators. These experiences provided him with a unique opportunity to work alongside some of the truly outstanding educational leaders in Massachusetts. He is currently Director of Special Projects for the LABBB Collaborative as well as a consultant for a number of different organizations. During his tenure at the Collaborative he developed several regional transportation systems for students with special needs.

Gerry is a past President of both the Massachusetts Organization of Educational Collaboratives (MOEC) and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). He completed three terms as a member of the Board of Trustees of the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation. In addition, he served on the Finance Committee for over a decade in his local community, the last two years as Vice Chairman. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Morse Institute, the public library in Natick, Massachusetts. Gerry received his Ph.D. from Boston College.

Fredia Woolf - Vice Chair
Fredia Woolf
Vice Chair

Fredia Woolf founded Woolf Consulting to enhance the quality, capacity, diversity and effectiveness of leadership in both for profit and non-profit organizations. She works with senior executives and leadership teams, helping them to increase personal and organizational performance, productivity, engagement, and ability to achieve breakthrough results. Fredia brings to her coaching and consulting work a deep understanding of business realities, organizational savvy, and a strategic sensibility, combined with seasoned pragmatism. Her flexible and collaborative approach and multi-functional, cross-cultural perspective enable her to quickly grasp challenges and to craft solutions, enabling small shifts to create large impact.

Prior to founding her consulting firm in the Boston area in 1997, she spent sixteen years in the global capital markets, where she held senior line and leadership roles, and was responsible for developing cross-border business for a number of Wall Street firms. She built, turned around, and led successful international sales teams, created products and services to improve investor relations, and advised senior executives in some of the largest European companies on enhancing communication with their investors.

Fredia's education spans the disciplines of language, literature, education and business. After graduating in her native South Africa, she continued her studies in the UK and the US, where she was awarded an MBA with Highest Honors from Simmons School of Management. She is a founder member of the Leadership Council, a peer mentoring group for women business leaders, serves as a board member of the Boston Facilitators Roundtable, is a member of the Boston Club, an influential organization of senior executive and professional women, and is a weekly blogger about Leadership and Workplace issues.

Elliott H. Puretz, CPA, MBA - Treasurer
Elliott H. Puretz, CPA, MBA.
Treasurer

Elliott is Associate Professor, Accounting at Merrimack College where he has been a faculty member since 1974. He has taught financial accounting (Principles, Managerial, Intermediate I and II) and was the primary Taxation professor for last the 30+ years. He was a part time faculty and teaching Assistant at Boston University, 1972 to 1976

As part of his professional repertoire Elliott has been providing consulting services in taxation and financial reporting to companies in construction, manufacturing, leisure industry, professional services, consulting, and not-for-profits since 1980. His experience includes corporations, LLC's partnerships and trusts. He provided quality control consulting services to a regional CPA firm reviewing financial statements prior to their issuance from 1995 to 2009. Elliott has served on the Board of Directors of the Mass. Society of CPA's and chaired the Education Committee.

Elliott holds a Masters of Business Administration from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Loyola College, Baltimore MD.

Anne Thompson - Clerk
Anne Thompson
Clerk

Anne Thompson is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Aging for Ashland, Massachusetts. She is active in her community and volunteers her time supporting organizations and causes that provide care to seniors and other members of the community. Anne was most recently the Director of Corporate Governance for Boston Scientific Corporation, one of the world's largest medical device companies whose mission is to improve the quality of patient care and the productivity of health care delivery through the development and advocacy of less-invasive medical devices and procedures.

Anne worked at Boston Scientific for nearly 16 years. Anne received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Emmanuel College.

Christopher Nash
Treasurer
Mike Festa - Board Member
Michael Festa
Board Member

A former state representative and secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Mike now leads the Massachusetts office of AARP, the state's largest advocacy organization for older people.

A longtime Melrose lawyer and resident, Mike served in the state House nearly nine years, before stepping down to take the Elder Affairs post in 2007. While a representative, Festa championed the Equal Choice bill, later signed into law, which allows disabled seniors a choice of receiving the same amount of state subsidy for care at home as they would receive in a nursing home. At Elder Affairs, he focused on expanding senior employment and civic engagement opportunities as well as increased access to resources and services for abused elders.

After leaving state government, Festa served as president and chief executive of the Carroll Center for the Blind, until 2011. He began his career as an assistant district attorney in Middlesex County.

Shari Gershenfeld - Board Member
Shari Gershenfeld
Board Member

Shari Gershenfeld is a market research and product development specialist and the founder of AgeWise Consulting, which helps organizations leverage the aging market and develop age-friendly consumer approaches. Formerly a senior-level executive at Fidelity Investments, Shari developed cutting-edge research programs and innovative products and services that redefined the retirement/retiree market. Most recently at Fidelity, she was Managing Director of the Fidelity Research Institute, a unique thought leadership organization delivering high-quality research on retirement and investing topics. Prior to her 18 years in financial services, Shari was a consultant to the telecommunications industry at Cambridge Systematics, Inc. and Data Resources, Inc.

Shari holds an MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University, an ABD in Marketing from Boston University and an M.S. in Gerontology (Management of Aging Services) from the University of Massachusetts. In addition to her work with ITNGreaterBoston, Shari serves on the steering committee of the Brookline Community Aging Network and has been an elder economic security consultant to the Massachusetts Association of Older Americans.

Dale Mitchell - Board Member
Dale Mitchell
Board Member

Dale Mitchell has been Executive Director of Ethos, a Boston-based, not-for-profit organization providing home and community-based care to elders, since 1993. Before that he was Assistant Administrator for External Affairs for the Boston Housing Authority; a legislative agent with Meredith and Associates, a public interest lobbying firm; and a policy analyst specializing in welfare, tax and budget issues for the Mass. Social and Economic Opportunity Council.

He received a Masters Degree from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work in 1978 and a B.A. in English Literature from Indiana University in 1973. He has had extensive experience in community organizing and political action. He is the original author of the Poor People’s Budget, co-founder of the LGBT Aging Project and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Bromley-Heath Tenant Management Corporation, Mass. Home Care Association, Boston Eldercare Alliance, Caregiver Alliance of Suffolk County and the Suffolk County Aging & Disability Resource Consortium.

Laurie Pascal - Board Member
Laurie Pascal
Board Member

Laurie Pascal is the Vice President of Business Development and Planning at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, and holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Health Policy & Management at Harvard School of Public Health. Previously she held senior level strategic planning, program/business development and operations positions at Tufts Health Plan, BankBoston Pine Manor College, and American National Bank & Trust Co. Laurie began her career in state and federal government and has consulted to healthcare and higher education organizations.

In addition to her work with ITNGreaterBoston, she chairs the strategic mission committee and serves on the Board of Trustees of Goddard House, a provider of assisted living and elder services. Professional affiliations include The Boston Club, Boston Women in Health Care Management, and Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Healthcare Industry. Two years ago she co-founded The Greater Boston Health Care System Salon, a forum that brings together thought leaders from multiple sectors of the Boston health care industry.

Laurie received an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a BA from the University of Michigan. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Pine Manor College.

Dina Rosenbaum - Board Member
Dina Rosenbaum
Board Member

With a background in special education and a Masters degree in Education and Technology, Dina was hired in 1984 as the Director of Technology to manage the Carroll Center's newly created and federally funded Computer Training program. This was one of the first programs in the United States and Dina secured other federal and private funding, grew the department from four computers and two instructors to a dozen computers in two labs and four staff. In 1998, she took on new responsibilities as Director of Marketing, a newly created position to enable the Center to expand their constituents, better connect with professionals and make the Center more visible in the community.

Today she remains in the position additionally managing state contracts, developing employer relations for job placement services, and organizes professional development seminars.

Chris Toal - Board Member
Chris Toal
Board Member

Since 2007, Chris has served in a consulting capacity for both profit and non-profit businesses (Siemens Water Technologies; SK Telecom Korea; Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship; University of Wisconsin Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment). From 2001 to 2007, Chris was responsible for the Business Operations of Windspeed Ventures, a private equity investment firm focused on early stage companies. Prior to 2001, he performed various business operations roles associated with revenue and planning (sales, marketing, finance) for companies including Engage, Open Market, Proteon, LTX, and Teradyne.

Chris has received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.A. in English from New York University, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Boston College.