||2016 Slate of Board of Directors
MWPC 2016 Officers of the Board of Directors
President, Meg Hogan
Meg Hogan currently serves as the CEO of Boston Senior Home Care. She has a proven track-record in the health and human services sectors and is a well-known strategic leader, having undertaken a number of senior level roles. She most recently served as Vice President of External Relations for Home Health Foundation, which includes Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice and Home Care, Inc., one of the largest and most respected home care agencies in Massachusetts. In this role, Meg has overseen the development and implementation of strategic, agency-wide programs that advanced and promoted patient care services while influencing governance initiatives impacting the organization’s long term sustainability.
Before joining Home Health Foundation, Hogan served as Chief Operations Officer for the National Patient Safety Foundation, Executive Director for the New England Healthcare Assembly, and Director of Education and Marketing for the Massachusetts Hospital Association. Currently, she is Board President for Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and President of the Board for L’Arche North.
Meg holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA from Western New England College.
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, Monica Sawhney
Monica Sawhney is the Policy Manager at the Massachusetts Health Safety Net Office. The Health Safety Net resides within the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services and pays hospitals and community health centers for health care services provided to uninsured and underinsured Massachusetts residents. Prior to that, Monica worked at Steward Health Care, focusing on clinical integration and care management initiatives. Monica also spent a number of years in the non-profit sector, working with Health Leads, an organization that strives to bridge the gap between health care and social services. Monica is a graduate of Boston University and the Boston University School of Public Health. She currently resides in Boston’s South End neighborhood.
Secretary, Michelle Haynes
Michelle Haynes is the Director of Communications and Government Relations for Cape Air, the largest, independent regional airline in the United States. In addition, she is the Executive Editor of Cape Air’s award winning seatback pocket magazine, the Bird’s Eye View.
A resident of the cape tip town of Provincetown, Michelle is a trustee of the iconic Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum as well as a board member of the town’s largest business organization, the Provincetown Business Guild. She is also a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce.
A graduate of San Francisco State University Michelle majored in journalism and during her early career covered a number of major news events of the 70’s. Michelle was a producer at Boston’s WBZ-TV and at the Christian Science Monitor News before turning to government as a Communications Director for several state agencies in the Weld/Cellucci administration.
Now in her seventeenth year with Cape Air Michelle feels blessed she can combine her two greatest passions, travel and writing.
MWPC 2016 Board of Directors Slate
Pam Berman, Pam Berman is a partner with Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, a 60-attorney firm with three offices in Massachusetts and a presence in Washington, DC. She is a trial lawyer with significant jury and non-jury trial experience. For more than 30 years, she has represented businesses in complex commercial disputes, assisted clients in employment disputes over trade secrets, allegations of discrimination, and non-competition agreements, and advised and represented broker-dealers and brokers in securities arbitrations and enforcement proceedings.
Pam’s background also includes the representation of national retail pharmacies on a wide variety of issues from real estate litigation to liquor licensing to those inherent in their operations. She has also defended both companies and individuals in criminal and administrative actions. Finally, she has represented an aviation manufacturer in contractual and product liability cases.
Pam currently serves as a board member of International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law (IANGEL) and of the Emeritus Board of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts. She is also serving on the Advisory Committee for Judicial Nominations for the Federal Court in Boston which she has done since 2013. In 2014, Pam received the Lelia J. Robinson award from the Women's Bar Association, and in 2013 she was honored with a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly “Top Women of Law Circle of Excellence” award. She has been honored each year as one of Massachusetts’ top Super Lawyers since 2004. Pam is a past president of the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations and the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts.
She holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Wells College and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. Pam is a resident of Canton, Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and raised their three children.
Amy Burke, Amy Burke –a resident of Boxborough, is a finance consultant for Maura Healey for Attorney General. As part of the fundraising team, Amy was instrumental in setting a record breaking number, $1.5 million, for a first-time, female, state-wide candidate in Massachusetts’ history. Additionally, Amy was hired by Attorney General Healey to plan, coordinate and execute her historic inauguration ceremony, which the Boston Globe called “an impressive affair”. Prior campaign work includes serving as campaign manager for State Representative Jennifer Benson (2010) and State Representative Kate Hogan (2012) successful re-election campaigns. 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. Prior to her campaign work, Amy worked for more than 25 years as a fundraiser at Bentley University, the Waldorf School, University of Massachusetts Lowell and MIT. She is a member of the Town of Boxborough Finance Committee and a board member of the University Women in Leadership (UWiL) program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her M.B.A. from Bentley University.
Elizabeth Childs is an adult, child and adolescent psychologist 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 Psychiatry 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 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 currently a litigator with the law firm Hayes, Bostock & Cronin, LLC in Andover. Samiyah is a member of the AIPPI, the Association for the Protection of International 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 in 2006 against Dianne Wilkerson. She ran on a socially progressive and fiscally prudent platform. Samiyah grew up in Dorchester, and prior to running for office, worked in the high-tech and biotech fields. She received her bachelors and masters degrees in computer science from Tufts before receiving her J.D. from the New England School of Law, where she was president of the Muslim Law Students Association. Samiyah also spent time working as a patent attorney in Munich, 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.
Joyce Ferriabough-Bolling a a resident of Roxbury, is a political and communication strategist, community outreach and crisis management specialist. She specializes in strategic multi-faceted campaigns of any kind where message crafting, strong writing skills, knowledge of media, and educational outreach and promotion are key. In addition to story and editorial placement, she has also produced television, radio, and print advertisement for a range of clients. She is the former field producer/writer for major market television including WCVB's Chronicle. She is very active in political and community circles and in 2010 was named one of The Top l00 Influencers in Massachusetts by Politics and Campaigns for her messaging and fund raising skills. She was profiled for her work in the July 1994 edition of the Boston Globe Magazine. In addition, Joyce was most recently honored with the National Women's Political Caucus' 2011Women of Courage Award for her work to further civil rights and equality.
Emily Jacobson Emily is a policy advisor with the Government and Regulatory Affairs Division of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA). She began her career with BCBSMA in 2014, as a legal intern, and joined the company in 2015, as a newly admitted member of the Massachusetts Bar. In her current role, Emily assists the State Affairs team in analyzing and communicating legislative and regulatory developments that could impact the organization. Prior to joining BCBSMA, Emily worked as an administrative hearing officer at Boston City Hall, and served as a Housing Discrimination Tester through Suffolk University Law School’s Housing Clinic. Emily holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dance and Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and she received a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. She currently resides in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.
Jennifer R. Krowchun 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. Krowchun works with clients to advance their lobbying objectives on the local, state, and federal levels. Active in Democratic politics, Ms. Krowchun has worked on multiple campaigns in Massachusetts. Ms. Krowchun 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. Krowchun 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. Krowchun 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. Krowchun 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.
Meghan Leahy, Meghan Leahy, a Charlestown resident, has an extensive background in political, regulatory, and legislative strategy, with a focus on energy. Currently, she is the Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs in New England for NextEra Energy Resources, LLC., a competitive energy subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., a Fortune 200 company and one of the nation’s largest clean energy providers. Prior to her position with NextEra Energy Resources, she was the Manager of Government Affairs for a wholesale energy provider with multiple assets in the northeast. Meghan also served as Senator William “Mo” Cowan’s State Director and as a Policy Advisor to Senator John F. Kerry.
Meghan earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Georgetown University before receiving her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
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.
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. 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 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 is the founder and President of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership. Formerly a partner at Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, Ms. Rikleen also served as the Executive Director of the Bowditch Institute for Women's Success. Ms. Rikleen currently serves as 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. Most recently, Ms. Rikleen was appointed as a Visiting Scholar by Boston College, where she will serve as an Executive-in-Residence at the Boston College Center for Work & Family in the Carroll School of Management, as well as, teach an adjunct course in the Law School. She is the author of Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law, a book that is highly acclaimed for its thoughtful insights about the management of today's law firms and the related institutional impediments to the retention and advancement of women in the legal profession. She most recently released an executive briefing Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders: The Expanding Role of Millennials in the Work Place, which explains the Millennial generation and its impact on a multi-generational workplace. Lauren's background includes a focus on issues relating to the advancement of women in the profession. As a former President of the Boston Bar Association, Lauren established the Task-Force on Professional Challenges and Family Needs, which produced a nationally recognized report entitled: Facing the Grail — Confronting the Costs of Work/Family Imbalance. Lauren is frequently requested to appear as a keynote speaker and also continues her work as a consultant and speaker to lead programs and workshops addressing gender and diversity, workplace issues, generational issues, and the topic of unexamined bias.
Meredith Warren Meredith Warren is co-founder of communications firm, Lyric Consulting. A graduate of Boston University's College of Communications, Meredith previously worked as a reporter for the Eagle-Tribune in Lawrence, where she covered the Massachusetts Statehouse. In 2003, she was part of team of reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news at the Eagle-Tribune. She later served as Communications Director and Deputy Chief of Staff for the Massachusetts House Minority Leader.
Meredith has served as a Republican political analyst for a variety of news outlets, including WGBH, New England Cable News, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the Boston Globe, UK-based Sky News, the Geraldo Rivera radio show and others.
Aside from her work at Lyric Consulting, Meredith is a licensed real estate salesperson affiliated with Lyric Properties in Andover, Mass.
Meredith serves as a member of the national Board of Directors for the Shade Foundation, an organization started by Shonda Schilling to promote skin cancer awareness and prevention in children. She also serves as Chairman of the Haverhill Downtown Parking Commission.