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2014 Slate of Board of Directors

MWPC 2014 Officers of the Board of Directors

President, Patricia A. Lynch

Pat, a resident of Boston, is a founding partner of Lynch & Fierro, LLP a boutique law firm concentrating on legislative and regulatory advocacy in Massachusetts, legislative drafting, strategic and political counsel, state budget advocacy, legal advice on all matters relative to trade and professional associations, legal advice on the Massachusetts Lobbying Law and amicus brief writing on issues of public policy.  Patricia’s past experience includes many years in private practice. In the public sector, she has served on the staffs of Governor Michael S. Dukakis and former State Senator and current Congressman John Olver, she was also General Counsel to the Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. Ms. Lynch is the former president of the Massachusetts Association of Professional Lobbyists. She has lectured extensively on consumer protection issues and on the legislative process and lobbying.

Vice-President, Gail Jackson-Blount

Gail is the President of Jackson Communications, a public relations, marketing & communications consultancy where she provides strategic communications programs, new business development, branding campaigns and fundraising for public and private companies. She has served as Chief Community Outreach Strategist for Martha Coakley's US Senate Campaign, as Senior Director of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, as Executive Director for Community Outreach and Political Affairs of the 2004 Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) leading state and regional political and community outreach, Director of the Ad Club Foundation providing diversity initiatives & programs to New England's Advertising and Communications Industry, as Executive Director of Communications at Roxbury Community College, Public Information Director at Action for Boston Community Development, Inc., the nation's largest and oldest anti-poverty agency, and as global communications consultant for Wang Laboratories, Inc. A staunch supporter of programs benefiting youth and young girls, Gail also serves on the boards of the Girl's Golf Program of New England, the Young Black Women’s Society of Massachusetts, and on the President’s Council for the Urban College of Boston.

Treasurer, Meg Hogan

Meg is the Vice President of External Relations for the Home Health Foundation (HHF), which includes Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice and HomeCare, Inc., one of the largest and most respected home care agencies in Massachusetts. In this role Meg oversees the development and implementation of strategic, agency-wide marketing, advertising, and philanthropic initiatives to advance and promote patient care services to a variety of constituencies. Before joining HHF, Meg served as COO for the National Patient Safety Foundation, Executive Director for the New England Healthcare Assembly, and Senior Director of Education and Marketing for the Massachusetts Hospital Association. Currently, she serves as Co-Chair on the Mass Home Care Alliance Legislative and Policy Committee, and as Secretary of the board for The Greater Newburyport Village at Home. In 2008, 2010 and 2012, Meg served as Communications Director for her sister Representative Kate Hogan, in her first and subsequent runs for State Representative of Third Middlesex District. Meg holds a bachelor's Degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA from Western New England College.

Secretary, Meredith Warren

Meredith is co-founder of political consulting/public relations firm, Lyric Consulting, and the 2013 MWPC PAC Board Co-Chair. She previously served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives Minority Leader's Office as Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director. Prior to that, she worked as a Victim Witness Advocate for the Office of the Middlesex County District Attorney. She also previously worked as a reporter covering the Merrimack Valley and Beacon Hill for the Eagle–Tribune Publishing Company. In 2003, Meredith was part of a team of reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News at The Eagle-Tribune. She also received a Wonder Woman award from MWPC in 2007. Today, she can be heard frequently as a political analyst on New England Cable News and other news outlets, including WGBH, CBC Radio Canada and Sky News. Most recently, Meredith co-founded Lyric Properties to assist residential and commercial clients looking to buy, sell or rent property in Massachusetts. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the SHADE Foundation, which seeks to educate children, parents and educators about the prevention and detection of skin cancer. She graduated from Boston University's College of Communications with a BS in Broadcast Journalism.

2014 Board of Directors Slate

Kate Anderson, a Cambridge resident, is a legislative and political consultant. She formerly served as a State Policy Director to US Senator John Kerry in his Boston office. Prior to joining Senator Kerry's staff, Kate worked extensively in health care and reproductive rights with positions at the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and Pro-Choice Resources in Minneapolis. She has served on the boards of the EMA Fund, the MWPC PAC, and the MWPC. Kate holds a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a BA from Macalester College.

Amy Seybold Burke, a resident of Boxborough, most recently managed the successful re-election campaign of State Representative Kate Hogan. Amy is the former Executive Director, and current Co-Chair, of the Massachusetts Government Appointment Project (MassGAP), a non-partisan coalition of women’s groups whose purpose is to increase the number of women appointed by the Governor to senior-level cabinet positions, agency heads, and selected authorities and commissions in the Commonwealth. In 2010, Amy worked as the Campaign Manager to successfully re-elect Representative Jennifer Benson. Prior to her campaign work, Amy has worked for more than 20 years as a fundraiser at Bentley University, University of Massachusetts Lowell and MIT. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Boxborough Democratic Town Committee and a member of the Town of Boxborough Finance Committee. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her M.B.A. from Bentley University.

Julie Burns, a Charlestown resident, is Senior Director of Consumer & Community Relations for Blue Care Partnership at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. She was previously Director of Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events and President of his office's non-profit Fund for Boston Neighborhoods. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Menino beginning in 1998 until Mayor Menino appointed Ms. Burns Executive Director of Boston 2004, Inc., a not-for-profit, bi-partisan corporation created to organize Boston’s preparations for the Democratic National Convention. She worked for the Dewey Square Group and as Director of Special Projects and Special Assistant to Debra DeLee, the CEO of the Chicago Democratic National Convention. She served in several positions in Senator Charles S. Robb's Office, including Legislative Correspondent. Burns is on the following boards: The Freedom Trail Foundation, the New Frontier Network – JFK Presidential Library & Museum, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

Elizabeth Childs is an adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist with a practice in the Brookline community. Childs is currently a board member for the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and previously held the position of Commissioner with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health under Governor Mitt Romney. During the presidency of George W. Bush, Elizabeth Childs was appointed to the National Institute of Mental Health Advisory Committee, and from 2002-2003 Childs was president of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. Most recently, she ran in the Republican primary for Barney Frank's seat in Massachusetts's 4th congressional district. Childs, originally from Ohio, earned a Bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College, her M.D. from the University of Cincinnati's College of Medicine, and received a Master's degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Marianne Connolly, a lifelong resident of Boston, is a Senior Program Manager at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) in Boston, Massachusetts. In her role as Senior Program Manager, Ms. Connolly directs Authority-wide MEPA environmental review, coordination, and regulatory compliance activities. Prior to joining the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, she worked as a Senior Project Manager for HMM Associates, an environmental consulting firm in Concord, Massachusetts specializing in coastal development, and as a waterfront planner/manager with the Metropolitan District Commission and the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Office in Boston. Her work has been recognized through several awards from the Boston Harbor Association and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Ms. Connolly is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Boston where she received degrees in Environmental Science and Urban Planning and a graduate degree in Public Policy from the UMass McCormack Institute of Public Affairs.

Samiyah Diaz is an IP litigator with Hayes Bostock & Cronin, LLC. She is a member of AIPPI (the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)†and is also a member of the Board of Directors at Project STEP. In 2006, Samiyah ran on the Republican ticket for the Second Suffolk Senate seat as a socially progressive and fiscally prudent candidate. Samiyah grew up in Dorchester and prior to running for office, she worked in high tech and biotech. She received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Tufts University before receiving her Juris Doctor from New England School of Law, where she was a mock trial finalist. Samiyah spent several years in Germany as a patent attorney at an international private law firm and as patent counsel and manager for Airbus Germany. 

Board Member Emeritus Jody Dow, a resident of Brookline, is a former Vice Chair of the Northeast Region of the Republican National Committee. Ms. Dow has recently completed serving her sixth term as a State Committeewoman, and was the National Republican Committeewoman from 1994 to 2001. Ms. Dow is a former GOP candidate for Massachusetts Secretary of State. President of the Brookline Women's Republican Club, Ms. Dow has also served as a Brookline Town Meeting Member and was the Chairman of the Brookline Planning Board. Before Ms. Dow's political involvement took center-stage, she was the Assistant Director of the Affiliated Nursing School Program at Children's Medical Center in Boston, where she also taught. She earned her BS and RN degrees from Simmons College.


Jennifer R. Dunphy is a senior director within O’Neill and Associates’ government relations division, focusing on higher education, financial services, transportation, health care and trade association work. In this capacity, Ms. Dunphy works with clients to advance their lobbying objectives on the local, state, and federal levels. Active in Democratic politics, Ms. Dunphy has worked on multiple campaigns in Massachusetts. Ms. Dunphy served as campaign scheduler for Chris Gabrieli during his 2006 race for Governor of Massachusetts. She also served as the finance director and fundraising consultant for State Senator Marc Pacheco. On the national level, Ms. Dunphy served as a finance assistant on the Kerry-Edwards 2004 presidential campaign and as a member of the 2008 Hillary Clinton for President Young Professionals Finance Steering Committee. Ms. Dunphy is a member of the Washington, DC area Women in Government Relations, Inc., the Financial Services Committee of the New England Council and the Cristo Rey Boston High School’s Leadership Advisory Council. She is also a PAC Board member for the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and the former Finance Chair for City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. Ms. Dunphy is an alumna of O’Neill and Associates’ internship program and graduated cum laude from Emmanuel College with Bachelor Degrees in both political science and global studies. In 2006, she was listed in “Who’s Who Among Students” in American Universities and Colleges.

Joyce Ferriabough-Bolling, is a media and political strategist, communications specialist. She was named one of the top 100 Massachusetts Influencers by Campaigns and Elections Magazine for her work in media messaging and fund raising. A veteran of many campaign "firsts" for women and particularly women of color, she recently won a national award from the National Women's Political Caucus for her electoral work that saw the election of the first African American state Senator, (Dianne Wilkerson) the first Haitian American State Representative (Marie St. Fleur) and as senior strategist and major fund raiser for Ayanna Pressley, the first African American Woman elected (and recently reelected, topping the ticket) to the Boston City Council in its 100 year history. She has contributed media and political strategic communication advice to Linda Dorecena Forry in her first run for state rep and for her recent history making run for State Senate, She was chief communications professional for the Charlotte Golar Richie for Mayor campaign and served as adviser to Suzanne Lee for Boston City Council. A well known community activist and leader, her work is profiled in a cover story in the Boston Globe Magazine.??? She is a boardmember of the Massachusetts Political Caucus and also serves on the political action committee of the National Women's Political Caucus. She was an early adviser to Governor Deval Patrick, the state's first African American Governor and served on his Finance and Communications Committees. She was an early media and strategic adviser and member of the fund raising committee for the Suzanne Bump Campaign for State Auditor and later served on her transition team. She also worked as Ethnic Outreach and Media consultant for the Martha Coakley for Senate Campaign. She is a founding Advisory Board Member of EMERGE MA, a board member of the University of Massachusetts Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, and is currently board member of the Women's Pipeline for Change, an organization that seeks to increase the number of women of color in elected and appointed office.

Michelle Haynes is the Director of Communication and Government Relations for Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines and the Executive Editor of Cape Air's seatback magazine Bird's Eye View. She served as Executive Officer of Consumer Affairs and Economic Development under Governor William F. Weld. In addition, she was Producer at WBZ-TV and Monitor Television, Boston. She serves on several Boards including the Salvation Army of the Cape & Islands and Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Haynes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication Art from San Francisco State University.

Grace Lee is Special Counsel and Vice Chair of the Municipal Group at Eckert Seamans. Grace Lee concentrates her practice in the areas of public finance, labor and employment and white-collar criminal defense. Prior to joining Eckert Seamans, Grace served as First Deputy Treasurer and General Counsel for Massachusetts State Treasury. She was the first Asian American to serve as First Deputy Treasurer and also the first Asian American to serve as chief legal counsel to a statewide officeholder in the history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As First Deputy Treasurer, Grace was responsible for the management and oversight of the Massachusetts State Treasury. As First Deputy Treasurer, Grace was statutorily authorized to assume the responsibilities of the State Treasurer in his absence or designation. She oversaw the operations of the Treasury and its divisions, such as Cash Management, Debt Management, Abandoned Property and Water Pollution Abatement Trust, and Administration and Finance. Additionally, as a distinguished member of the Massachusetts bar, Grace was responsible for managing the legal affairs of the Treasury, which includes; compliance with state and federal regulations and statutes; drafting policies, and managing litigation by outside counsels and agencies. In addition to serving as First Deputy Treasurer and General Counsel, Grace served as Interim Executive Director to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American Commission, which was established pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws c. 3, §67(a) and became effective October 29, 2006. The Asian American Commission is a permanent body dedicated to political advocacy on behalf of Asian Americans throughout Massachusetts.

Michelle McGee, is a co-founder of Boston-based lobbying firm Kearney, Donovan & McGee, P.C., focusing her practice on government affairs representation before legislators and executives at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Ms. McGee previously worked at New England Electric System (now National Grid), where she developed and implemented comprehensive legislative and external strategies to achieve New England Electric's public policy initiatives. Prior to establishing Kearney, Donovan & McGee, P.C., Ms. McGee was a member of the government affairs practice group at Choate, Hall & Stewart. She is currently President of the Board of the Women's Lunch Place and on the board of the Women's Network Advisory Board of the Boston Chamber of Commerce. Ms. McGee received a B.A. from The Catholic University of America, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and an M.P.A. from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She lives in Charlestown.

Board Member Emeritus Dolores Mitchell is the Executive Director of the Group Insurance Commission, the agency that provides life, health, disability, and dental and vision services to 265,000 state employees, retirees, and their dependents. She has been in that position since 1987, serving in the administrations of Governors Dukakis, Weld, Cellucci, Swift, Romney, and now Governor Patrick. She is a member of a number of professional and community organizations, including the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, of which she is a Director, the Massachusetts Healthcare Purchaser Group, of which she is currently the President, the Greater Boston Big Sister Association, of which she is Board President, her local Democratic Town Committee, of which she is Vice President, the Leapfrog Group, and the National Academy for State Health Policy, the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, the Massachusetts Health Council, the Business Advisory Group of the E-Health Initiative, of which she is Co-Chair, and the E-Health Collaborative of which she is a Director. She is a frequent speaker on healthcare, politics, women's career issues, and related subjects.

Ann Murphy is the 2006-2008 MWPC Board President and former PAC Chair. Ann is a resident of Waltham and is a Senior Vice President in the communications practice at O’Neill and Associates. She brings to her role more than 25 years of experience in media relations ranging from print and broadcasting to government, political, and corporate public relations. Women’s Business Boston listed Ms. Murphy on their “Top 10 PR Specialists” list twice in the last three years. Prior to joining O’Neill and Associates, Ms. Murphy was the director of media relations at Cablevision. In this capacity, she served as the company’s chief spokesperson, coordinated media events with cable partners, such as C-SPAN and Home and Garden TV, and supported marketing efforts to launch new products, such as digital television, cable modems and other high tech options. She also served as press secretary for former U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney and was deputy press secretary for Gov. William Weld and Lt. Gov. Paul Cellucci. Ms. Murphy’s experience extends to the working media as she was an assignment editor at WBZ-TV, an assistant news director at WBZ radio, and a news reporter at radio stations in Brockton, Fitchburg, and on Cape Cod.  She started her journalism career as a newspaper reporter for the Cape Cod Independent in Buzzards Bay. Ms. Murphy also serves on additional boards: board member of Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a Boston based nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway homeless and at-risk youth, advisory board member of GRLZ Radio, a radio station originated and operated by teenage girls in Boston to give them a voice in their community, board member of the Under the Tree Foundation, a nonprofit that provides disadvantaged 12-17 year olds with gifts during the holiday season, and board member of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Afghanistan through community-based education. Ms. Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree in journalistic studies and English from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Pam Nourse is the 2010-2012 MWPC Board President and former PAC Chair. Pam is a resident of Acton and is an External Relations Executive for Youth Villages Germaine Lawrence Campus, where she has been instrumental in garnering support for Germaine Lawrence’s ongoing programs, new initiatives and other campus improvements. Pam oversees all marketing and fundraising ventures and is passionate about developing connections between Germaine Lawrence and donors, referrers, other schools, and allies. She began her career as a community organizer, and has since held leadership positions in a number of Boston-area organizations focused on issues important to women and girls. She previously was the Vice President for Public Affairs and Information for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and the Executive Director of Mass Choice, now known as NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. Ms. Nourse also served as Commissioner for the state's Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. She chaired the Governor's Advisory Committee on Women's Issues under Governor Weld and is a past chair of the Massachusetts Coalition for Choice. Pam is also passionate about building healthy, vibrant communities and currently serves as President of the New View Co-Housing Association where she lives.

Marjorie O’Malley is the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Berklee College of Music. As a college leader, Marjorie is instrumental in setting the strategic vision for the college in general and the Institutional Advancement area in particular. Her successful fundraising efforts have expanded Berklee’s prestige and influence worldwide. As a result of the efforts of her team, private philanthropic support for the college has vastly increased the number of scholarships available to Berklee students while enhancing a vibrant and creative musical community in the heart of Boston. Marjorie is adept at reaching out to music lovers throughout the country and inspiring them to support Berklee. O’Malley has over 20 years of development experience in higher education and other non-profit organizations in the greater Boston area. She specializes in philanthropy, managing major gifts teams, special events, outreach and marketing, and communications. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Women in Development in Greater Boston. Marjorie holds a Bachelor’s from the University of Pittsburgh, a Masters degree in Public Administration from Northeastern University, and a Masters degree in City Planning from Boston University.

Lora Pellegrini joined the MWPC in 2005 as a Board member, and served as the Caucus' Vice President from 2006-2008, then as Board President from 2008-2010 and is now the MWPC PAC Co-Chair. Ms. Pellegrini is a resident of Boston and serves as the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, a trade association representing fifteen health plans covering over 2.5 million subscribers. Prior to joining the Association, Ms. Pellegrini served as Chief Advisor for Legislative Affairs to Governor Deval Patrick. Prior to joining the Governor's staff, Ms. Pellegrini spent thirteen years, most recently as the Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Relations, at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Prior to joining Harvard Pilgrim in 1996, Ms. Pellegrini served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and on the staffs of former Governor Michael S. Dukakis and U.S. Senator John F. Kerry. She is a former member of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee and is a graduate of Wheaton College and New England School of Law. Ms. Pellegrini also serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Health Council, is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum and participates in the Big Sisters Program. In 2011, Ms. Pellegrini was named one of the 50 most powerful women in Boston by Boston Magazine.

Lauren Stiller Rikleen a nationally recognized expert on developing a thriving, diverse and multi-generational workforce. As president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, Lauren provides interactive workshops, keynote speeches, and customized consulting on: women’s leadership and advancement; unconscious bias; and strengthening intergenerational teams. She is also the Executive-in-Residence at the Boston College Center for Work & Family in the Carroll School of Management. The Center links academic research and corporate practice to create workplace cultures that support individual and organizational success. Lauren is the author of Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law and Success Strategies for Women Lawyers, and is currently writing a book about Millennials in the workplace. Among her many community and professional involvements, Lauren is the co-chair of MassGAP, a trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation, and a trustee of the Middlesex Savings Bank. She is active in the American Bar Association, is a founding member of the Council for Women of Boston College, and is a past president of the Boston Bar Association. Previously, Lauren was a law firm equity partner where she concentrated her practice in environmental law and mediation and, in that capacity had been recognized for two decades in Best Lawyers in America. Lauren was a 2010 Leading Women Award recipient from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, a recipient of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2009 Women of Justice Award, and the 2007 Barbara Gray Humanitarian Award from Voices Against Violence. Other honors include the Boston College Alumni Award for Excellence in Law, the Boston College Law School 75th Anniversary Alumni Medal, and the Lelia J. Robinson Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts. She has also been recognized by the Metrowest Chamber of Commerce as Business Leader of the Year, and was the 2001 winner of its Athena Award.

Alex Zaroulis is a seasoned communications professional who has over 20 years of experience in public affairs, media relations and strategic communications. Ms. Zaroulis is currently Director of Communications for the Executive Office for Administration and Finance for the Patrick-Murray Administration. Ms. Zaroulis is skilled at managing integrated public affairs campaigns on both a local and national level to influence public policy with award winning results. Prior to joining the Patrick Administration Ms. Zaroulis led Zaroulis Communications, a strategic communications firm specializing in communications strategy, crisis communications and community relations for not-for-profit, public and private sector clients. In addition, Ms. Zaroulis has extensive political communications experience, working with the Massachusetts Democratic Party. Her campaign experience also includes serving as Communications Director for Martha Coakley for United States Senate, Regional Press Secretary for the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Communications Director for Steve Grossman for Governor 2002, and Midwest Communications Director for Gore / Lieberman 2000. Ms. Zaroulis began her career as a producer for “Monitor Radio,” the broadcast edition of The Christian Science Monitor. She frequently appears on New England Cable News and WGBH-TV, where she comments on a wide range of public policy issues. Ms. Zaroulis graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Political Science, and received her Master’s of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University’s College of Communication.


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