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Executive Leadership Team

Arthur Pearson

President & Chief Executive Officer

Arthur Pearson

Arthur Pearson serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. He directly oversees the education arm of TIOBEC and serves as the face of the organization with investors, media, and colleagues both here and across the country. In 2017, his responsibilities expanded to include directing the national Outward Bound Professional Learning Lab, a collaboration of all 11 US Outward Bound Schools. Arthur has been involved with the Outward Bound movement for four decades as an instructor, field supervisor, program director, trustee, and board chair. Prior to joining Thompson Island, he spent fourteen years in the energy industry and played a key role in building a start-up company into a $300-million energy marketing enterprise

In 2015, Boston’s Barr Foundation recognized Mr. Pearson’s leadership with an invitation to join the Barr Fellows, selected for their outstanding contributions to the community and their potential to drive change for years to come. In 2017, he was named Director of the  the Outward Bound USA Professional Learning Lab, a collaboration of all 11 US Outward Bound Schools. Arthur serves on the Thompson Island Board of Trustees as well.

Laurie Sherman

Executive Vice President

Laurie Sherman

Laurie Sherman serves as Thompson Island’s Executive Vice President. She manages the Senior Team and the organization’s marketing function, as well as overseeing finance, including both earned and philanthropic revenue. Prior to coming here, Laurie spent three decades in the non-profit and public sectors leading enterprises that changed the trajectory for children and families living in underserved neighborhoods. Her most recent role before TIOBEC was Policy Advisor and Senior Project Manager for the late Mayor Tom Menino, where she generated significant news coverage of forward-thinking initiatives and secured first-time multi-million dollar national grants for Boston’s education work. Laurie’s children attended the Boston Public Schools.

Kevin Coleman

Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Coleman

Kevin Coleman serves as Chief Financial Officer and is charged with overseeing all financial operations. Since joining the organization in October of 2013, he has improved the department’s policies and procedures with an eye towards introducing efficiencies and cost savings, and has implemented changes to improve the cash management, merchant services, payroll processing and retirement services administration. He continues to focus on enhancing management reporting and financial analysis to provide insight to management and transparency to donors.

Kevin began his career at Fidelity Investments and has worked for over twenty years as a chief financial officer for diverse companies in the Boston area. His interest in joining the non-profit sector was influenced by his long term volunteer commitment to Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger and the Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry organizations, among others.

Nikki Tabron

Vice President of Education

Nikki Tabron

Nikki Tabron serves as Vice President of Education, overseeing all education programming, with a focus on increasing the number of public schools that partner with the Island for multi-year sequence programming. Dedicated to public service, Ms. Tabron arrived with 18 years of experience working with and meeting the needs of a diverse range of young people and educators.

 

Prior to joining us, Nikki served as the Senior Impact Director for City Year Boston. During her tenure at City Year, Nikki cultivated school, community and corporate partnerships in many capacities including once being an AmeriCorps member herself. Ms. Tabron received her graduate degree at the McCormack School of Policy and Global Studies at UMASS Boston. She has served on the boards of the Haley Pilot School, Tobin K-8 School, and the Deloitte Non-Profit Summit Board.

Beth MacNeill

Vice President of Development

Beth MacNeill

Beth MacNeill serves as Vice President of Development, leading the next phase of the organization’s philanthropic growth. She came to Thompson Island with two decades of experience in non-profit development fundraising, with a focus on social justice and urban youth development. She has held development leadership positions at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, Brandeis University, Tufts Medical Center, and Best Buddies of Massachusetts. Beth brings extensive experience growing organizations’ development programs from the ground up, including work in major gifts, special events, annual funds and corporate and foundation relations.

 

In addition to her professional work with social service organizations, Beth has personally fundraised for several organizations including the Leukemia Society’s Team-in-Training Marathon Program and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass Bay. Beth received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami with a concentration in entrepreneurship. An active member of her community and mother of three, she enjoys running, playing soccer and skiing with her family.

Norman Mael

General Manager

Norman Mael

Norman Mael serves as General Manager and leads the social enterprise arm of Thompson Island to generate revenue for youth programming. Norman has had a lengthy career in hospitality that includes sales, facility management, employee development and culinary management. For the past 10 years, Norman served as the GM of Pine Barn Inn in PA, an operation that combines hotel, full service restaurant and catering operations. Hospitality became an interest of Norman’s when he was still a student, attending the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

 

A native to Boston, Norman spent his summers on the waters of Boston Harbor and a snowy survival training program in NH exposed him early on to Outward Bound. The proud parent of four daughters, Norman is excited to return to his New England roots.

Julie Brown

Vice President of Human Resources

Julie Brown

Julie Brown serves as Thompson Island’s Vice President of Human Resources and is responsible for managing employee relations and implementing HR systems and structures. She brings to Thompson Island 15 years of non-profit program management, workforce training and human resources experience. Julie previously held the Director of Employee Development and HR Systems role at Home for Little Wanderers and began her career in HR at a medical device startup company.

 

Julie grew up in Hawaii and enjoys surfing, hiking and softball. As a New England transplant, she now skis and camps with her family. In her spare time, Julie volunteers and raises awareness for the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.

Thompson Island Outward Bound Year-Round Staff

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Michael A. Butler

President and CEO of Radius Bank

Michael A. Butler

Mike is the President and CEO of Radius Bank, which he has transformed into an innovative leader in the financial services industry since joining in 2008. Prior to his appointment at Radius, he served as President of National Consumer Finance at KeyCorp in Cleveland, Ohio. Mike is also a member of the Financial Services Committee for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and has been active with the Habitat for Humanity program.

Jeanette Callahan

Pediatrician with the Cambridge Health Alliance

Jeanette Callahan

Jeanette is a pediatrician with the Cambridge Health Alliance, treating a very diverse, international community in both Cambridge and Somerville. In addition, she is the Medical Director of the Northeast Health Unit of the Department of Youth Services facility in Middleton, MA. Jeanette was drawn to Thompson Island by her passions for social justice and outdoor education opportunities for youth from underserved neighborhoods. Jeanette has served on the advisory board of Emthonjeni HIV/AIDS Care Center in Soweto, South Africa, where she has organized short term medical outreach teams. Jeanette is currently on the Strategy and Executive Teams for the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and on the Board of Trustees of Urban Edge CDC.

Margaret (Margie) A. Coleman

Assistant Chief of the Department of Pediatrics for Cambridge Health Alliance

Margaret (Margie) A. Coleman

Margie is a primary care physician with Cambridge Health Alliance, and is Assistant Chief of their Department of Pediatrics. She completed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and teaches as an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Margie also serves in the Macy Mentorship Program in Health Communication Education at UMass Medical School.

Paola Comer

Director for Technology Program Management Office at Santander

Paola Comer

Paola is the Director for Technology Program Management Office at Santander. She has 20 years of management consulting experience from Ernst & Young and Capgemini. Paola was also Co-Director of Programming on the National Executive Committee at Minds Matter New York, an organization committed to making college education a reality for all accomplished high school students, where she has been involved for eighteen years. She is passionate about providing educational experiences to children from underserved neighborhoods, and joined Thompson Island Outward Bound in 2012 in hopes of making a difference for the students of Boston.

Christopher C. Davis

Vice President of Global Marketing at New Balance

Christopher C. Davis

Chris is the Vice President of Global Marketing at New Balance and oversees marketing initiatives around the world to ensure a consistent brand voice and experience for consumers. He is known as an entrepreneurial manager with a passion for developing dynamic, global teams. In the office, he cultivates a progressive, results-driven environment of teamwork, creativity, and calculated risk. Davis is a graduate of Middlebury College and also serves on the board of directors of Ball and Buck. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys skiing, hiking and fishing. Chris resides in Boston with his wife, Kara, and their dog, Fiona.

William J. Ducas

Community Volunteer

William J. Ducas

William was the Managing Director of F&C Management Ltd. of North America, a U.K.-based asset management company, and established its first U.S. office in 2009. Prior to joining F&C, he worked for the Bank of New York Mellon until 2008. William also serves on the Board of Edinburgh Worldwide Investment Trust, the Weir Foundation Charitable Trust, and the International Board of Advisors for Zamorano University. He became involved with the Island in 2004 after attending the annual Gala.

William L. Elcock

Chair, Co-founder and Principal at Sequoia Strategic Advisors

William L. Elcock

Bill is a Co-founder and Principal at Sequoia Strategic Advisors, a consulting firm focused on helping asset management industry participants to navigate change, grow, and prosper. Prior to starting Sequoia, he spent over thirty years at Batterymarch Financial Management, where he became Chief Executive Officer in 2002. His involvement with Thompson Island grew out of his passion for education, a connection deepened by his long-time support of St. Sebastian’s School.

Ryan Enright

Executive Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)

Ryan Enright

Ryan is an Executive Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), which provides commercial real estate strategy, services and support to organizations worldwide. He is a seasoned leasing expert, and specializes in representing tenants, investors and owners in the leasing of office space throughout Greater Boston, and is a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. Ryan is the founder of the Thompson Island 4K Trail Run, which began with a charity race hosted by Equity Office Properties on the island in 2000.

James Fitzgerald

Vice Chairman, Chief Administrative and Financial Officer of Eastern Bank

James Fitzgerald

Jim is the Vice Chairman, Chief Administrative and Financial Officer of Eastern Bank, a full-service bank headquartered in Boston. Prior to joining Eastern, he worked as CFO at Citizens Bank, and has over thirty years of experience in the financial services industry. Jim also serves as a trustee for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

Alexandra (Sandy) M. Fotiades

Community Volunteer

Alexandra (Sandy) M. Fotiades

Sandy retired from Fidelity Investments after working in their institutional retirement business for twenty-eight years. An Outward Bound alumna, she completed courses at Hurricane Island in Maine and Big Pine Key in Florida. Sandy is also active as a Class Agent of Mount Holyoke College, and chairs the Stewardship and Investment committees of her local parish. Her firsthand experience of the benefits of Outward Bound inspires her commitment to providing life and character-building skills to students as they navigate school and their personal growth.

Jeffrey M. Greene

Partner at PwC

Jeffrey M. Greene

Jeff is a Partner at PwC, a global accounting, tax and consulting firm, with wide-ranging experience in the financial services industry. After attending Georgetown University, Jeff began his career in Boston, followed by a three-year tour with PwC Australia, before returning to the city in 2009. His interest in Thompson Island Outward Bound grew out of his children’s connection with the Boston Public Schools, and a lifetime of learning and personal development through outdoor experiences on Long Island, off the coast of Portland, Maine.

Mossik Hacobian

Executive Director of Boston’s Higher Ground

Mossik Hacobian

Mossik is the Executive Director of Boston’s Higher Ground, a nonprofit that connects underserved communities with crucial resources and services from cradle to career. Before joining Higher Ground, he worked for thirty-three years at Urban Edge, a recognized leader in community development corporations in the Northeast. In 2005, he was selected for a prestigious Barr Foundation Fellowship. Mossik is also a Trustee of the Foley Hoag Foundation, a board member of The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), and a member of the Departments of Transitional Assistance Boston Advisory Board.

Eddie J. Jenkins

Owner of Eddie Jenkins & Associates

Eddie J. Jenkins

Eddie is an attorney specializing in personal injury and criminal defense. He ran his own law firm until 2003, when he became Charman of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, Director of Enforcement of the RMV, and Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at Suffolk Law School for the past fifteen years. Before his law career, Eddie was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1972, and finished his football career with the New England Patriots.

Mark R. Keating

Executive Vice President at State Street Global Services

Mark R. Keating

Mark is an Executive Vice President at State Street Global Services. Global Services provides custody, accounting, administration, institutional transfer agency, performance measurement, technology support, and other regulatory, tax, and compliance services. Mark is responsible for managing end-to-end revenue cycles from client onboarding through to collections, as well as numerous business development activities. Prior to this role, Mark was the CFO for State Street’s business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for over a decade. Since joining the company in 1990, he has held a number of senior finance, business and strategy-related positions. Mark is an Associate Trustee for Boston College High School, and serves as State Street’s executive sponsor for the firm’s Military Employee and Family Network.

Jenny Leopold

Community Volunteer

Jenny Leopold

Jenny is a former development and fundraising professional who most recently worked as the Director of Development for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in Baltimore. Jenny now teaches yoga and meditation to underserved adults and children in Boston. 

George Lewis, VI

Founder of Lewis & Companies

George Lewis, VI

George is the founder of Lewis & Companies, which invests in entrepreneurial ventures and small businesses in New England. He was previously a wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch, and was introduced to the Island at the 2012 Fishing Invitational. George has also served as a council member of the Mayor’s ONEin3 initiative, and is co-chairing the Museum of Fine Arts’ Museum Council Gala. Inspired by our programs, he helped launch the ISLE Society, to involve Boston’s next generation of philanthropists and civic leaders in the future of Thompson Island.      

James J. Malerba

Treasurer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Radius Bank

James J. Malerba

Jim is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Radius Bank. He previously served as Executive VP, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller at State Street Corporation, and has over forty years of experience in financial services and public accounting roles. In addition to his work with Thompson Island Outward Bound, Jim also serves on the Board of Trustees of the LaSalle School for Boys in Albany, NY and has been involved with the March of Dimes for over 25 years.

Jamie D. Mambro

Creative Director and Founder of MMB

Jamie D. Mambro

Jamie is a Creative Director and Founder of MMB, an independent full-service creative agency with offices in Boston and New York. Prior to co-founding MMB in 2001, he served as Executive Creative Director and Vice President at Hill Holiday for ten years. His work has been nationally and internationally acclaimed, winning awards such as the Grand Clio and Cannes Lion. Jamie’s passions outside of advertising include sailing, coin-collecting, and rescuing St. Bernards.

Terry McEnany, MD

Community Volunteer

Terry McEnany, MD

Terry previously worked on the Safety Committee of Voyageur Outward Bound in Minnesota. He graduated from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and trained in both general and cardiothoracic surgery at The Massachusetts General Hospital as well as in London. He was chair of the academic department of cardiovascular surgery in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Ohio. He also started and led successful programs in cardiovascular surgery in California and Wisconsin. After retiring from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Terry taught in the Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen for fifteen years. He became involved with Thompson Island Outward Bound through his wife, Marjorie Bride, who served as co-chair of the Advisory Board of OB USA.

Gordon R. Penman

Clerk, Partner at Brown Rudnick

Gordon R. Penman

Gordon is a Partner at Brown Rudnick, where he has spent his entire legal career representing public and private corporations, entrepreneurs, and funds in a wide array of transactions. His industry experience includes high tech, biotechnology, medical devices and healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, and marketing services. Gordon is also a Managing Director of the Venture Capital Fund of New England.

Cheryl B. Pinarchick

Partner at Fisher & Phillips, Co-Chair of the Pay Equity Practice Group

Cheryl B. Pinarchick

Cheryl is a Partner at Fisher & Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm, and a founding Co-Chair of the Pay Equity Practice Group. She represents employers in all areas of employment law, including counseling employers on best practices, strategies for litigation-avoidance and compliance with the increasingly complicated patchwork of state and local pay equity laws. Cheryl has extensive litigation experience defending employers in lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the country. She previously served as President of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation.

Thomas Siegel

History & Social Sciences Teacher at Buckingham Browne & Nichols

Thomas Siegel

Tom is a member of the History & Social Sciences faculty at Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a PreK-12 day school in Cambridge that engages bright students in innovative, invigorating educational experiences, and excels at helping students discover their unique talents and passions. He recently served on our Education Task Force.

Charles S. Willauer

Senior Managing Director at Wellesley Investment Partners

Charles S. Willauer

Charlie is a Senior Managing Director at Wellesley Investment Partners, a boutique investment firm serving individuals, family offices, and non-profit organizations. Previously, Charlie was SVP at Rockefeller & Co. and Senior Managing Director at Windhaven Investment Management (originally Windward) where he served institutional, non-profit and family clients. He has spent a lifetime with Outward Bound, starting as a sailing instructor at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in the late 70's. Charlie also serves as an overseer for the New England Aquarium and trustee for the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole. Charlie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from Babson College - Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

David B. Zug

Principal at HarbourVest Partners

David B. Zug

David is a Principal at HarbourVest Partners focusing on sourcing, evaluating, and executing private equity investments. He recently led the expansion of the firm’s international operations to Canada and the opening of the Toronto office. David’s prior experience includes several years at The Monitor Group, an international strategy consulting firm, where he focused on growth strategies for corporate clients and private equity investors. David received his MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and his BA from Dartmouth College. He also currently serves on the Investment Committee of Trinity Church in Boston. In the 1990’s, he served as a wilderness instructor for Hurricane Island Outward Bound and North Carolina Outward Bound Schools.

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