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 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 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.
Dedicated to public service, Nikki Tabron has over 20 years of experience working with and meeting the needs of a diverse range of young people and educators. Nikki leads a team responsible for the Island’s educational programs, serving over 6,000 young people and adults annually, with an emphasis on multi-year STEM and SEL learning sequences for middle school students in the Boston Public Schools. Prior to joining Thompson Island Outward Bound, Nikki worked for City Year at several sites and the national Head Quarters. While at City Year, she cultivated school, community, and corporate partnerships to deepen the organization’s impact and expand its services for at-risk schools and students in Boston and across the country. Nikki is a Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She currently serves on the boards of Boston Green Academy, Orchard Gardens K-8 Charter School, and Strong Women, Strong Girls, and is a member of the United Way BoSTEM Advisory Council. She received a B.A. in Sociology and Government from Wofford College and an MSPA in Public Affairs from the UMASS Boston.
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 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.
Richard Atkind brings over 30 years of Human Resources experience to TIOBEC, including the past eight years within non-profits. He has spent much of that time building and implementing HR functionality, including cost-effective compensation, performance management, talent acquisition programs, HR automation, and the implementation of DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) work. Most recently Rich was at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts where he managed the HR process across four locations in the state.
Rich says he was drawn to Thompson Island Outward Bound for our mission, the talented employee base, and the work required to scale the organization. He and his wife live in Watertown and have three grown children. Rich enjoys kayaking, biking, and listening to jam bands.
Sunni is a partner at Brown Rudnick, LLP where her practice includes all aspects of the insolvency and bankruptcy process. She holds a JD from Boston College Law School and a BA from Yale University. As a Trustee for Thompson Island Outward Bound, Sunni hopes to focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives. Sunni and her husband Michael live in Natick with their two children.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Cliff is retired from the Investment Management industry, having served as an equity analyst, portfolio manager and Director of Research in Boston and Los Angeles for Eaton Vance, Trust Company of the West, and State Street Research. Most recently he headed the financial services acquisition efforts of Eaton Vance.
Cliff is an avid outdoors person who particularly enjoys hiking and cross country skiing. Prior hikes include the NH 4,000 footers and mountains in Europe, South America, and Africa. He is active with several non-profits, and has served on the Board of the Appalachian Mountain Club as Treasurer and Vice-Chair. He has also been on the board of the St. Mark’s School in Southborough and an Overseer of the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.
Living on Beacon Hill with his wife, Ann Whittaker, and they also have a home in Truro. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Tuck School of Business.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.