Leadership

Maureen Alphonse-Charles
President Maureen Alphonse-Charles SVP & Chief Operating Officer The Partnership, Inc.

Maureen joined the Club in 2007, and first served on the Governance Committee.  Tapped by then-President Jan Cady, Maureen served as an At-Large Director, focusing on efforts to increase diversity in the Club’s membership and programming, then as chair of our Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which she founded.  She was elected Vice President, President-Elect in 2014.  In 2014, Maureen became SVP & Chief Operating Officer of The Partnership, Inc.  Previously, she served as VP, Executive Acquisition at City Year.  Maureen serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston where she chairs the Diversity Committee and is also on the Governance Committee. Additionally, she is an Overseer for Boston University. She previously served as an overseer at WGBH and the New England Conservatory of Music.  Maureen also chaired the board of the Boston Center for Community & Justice, and has served as president of its signature program’s alumni organization, the Lead Boston Community Board. Her other community activities have included Tufts Alumni Association, Boston University School of Management, The Epiphany School, and the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP). Email Maureen.

Rita B. Allen
Vice President, President-Elect Rita B. Allen Founder and President Rita B. Allen Associates

Rita Balian Allen is the president of Rita B. Allen Associates, a national career management firm specializing in executive coaching, leadership development, management training and career development. She is a lecturer at Boston-area universities, a sought-after speaker and presenter, the author of numerous articles, blogs and the book, "Personal Branding and Marketing Yourself:  The Three Ps Marketing Technique as a Guide to Career Empowerment". She is a regular Huffington Post blogger and writes a career management column for Leadership & Management Books. Rita was voted one of the top ten executive coaches by the Boston Women's Business Journal. Rita brings many years of human resources experience to her practice and has worked with leaders across all industries and professions. Previously, she held roles as VP of Marketing and Search Services with Gatti & Associates, and human resource positions with C.R. Bard, Inc., BTU International, and Unitrode Corporation. She holds an MS in Leadership and a BS in Business Administration from Northeastern University; is an Advanced Certified Personal and Executive Coach through the College of Executive Coaching and earned her credentials as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation. Rita is a former board member of More Than Words and the Association of Career Professionals International - New England. She is also an active member of other professional associations and organizations. Rita has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Chair of the Corporate Relations Committee, cochair of the strategic planning process in 2012, and in 2016 chaired the committee that planned The Boston Club's 40th Anniversary Year-End Celebration & Corporate Salute. She was elected Vice President/President-Elect of the Club in 2016. Email Rita

Karen A. Whitley
Secretary Karen A. Whitley Shareholder Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, PA

Karen A. Whitley is a shareholder in the Labor & Employment and Litigation practice groups in the Boston office of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, PA. Karen represents employers and management in the defense of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims as well as wage and hour matters. Working closely with HR departments and in-house counsel, Karen ensures legal compliance in all phases of the employment relationship, conducts internal investigations, and provides proactive training to management and staff. Karen is on the advisory board of the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Education and Training branch, and is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Executive Women's Golf Association, the Wellesley College Achievement Award Selection Committee, and the Wellesley Lawyers Network. She previously served as president of the Wellesley College Alumnae of Boston, was an advisory board member for the National Association of Women Business Owners (Boston), and a board member of the Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation. She recently completed her fourth Avon Walk to End Breast Cancer in three years. Karen has been a member of The Boston Club since February 2012, and served as an At-Large Director of the Board from 2013 until July 2015, when she was elected Secretary of the Board. She also serves on the Membership and Governance Committees, and leads the 30s & 40s Affinity Group. Email Karen

Jeannine G. Robbins-Murphy
Treasurer Jeannine G. Robbins-Murphy Senior Manager Finance Raytheon Company

Jeannine is the Business Manager of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System - Software and Deployment Fielding & Sustainment Teams at Raytheon Company.  In this role, she is responsible for the financial performance including Earned Value Management, Estimates at Completion and process compliance. Jeannine joined Raytheon in 1983 and holds an MBA from Bentley University. She has held numerous finance positions of increasing responsibility at Raytheon across multiple disciplines. Jeannine is a member of the Raytheon President’s Culture Initiative and Women’s Network.  She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Challenges, Choices and Changes Program at North Shore Community College. Jeannine joined the Club since 2013, and our Finance Committee shortly thereafter, and was elected Treasurer in 2015. Email Jeannine

Hilary A. Potts
Chair, Corporate Board Committee Hilary A. Potts CEO The HAP Group

Hilary A. Potts is President of The HAP Group, a consulting firm dedicated to transforming businesses through leadership. She advises some of the world’s most prominent organizations to navigate today’s intensely competitive business world with success. She is the author of The Executive Transition Playbook: Strategies for Starting Strong, Staying Focused, and Succeeding in Your New Leadership Role. Prior to founding The HAP Group, Hilary served as CEO and President of CLG, a performance management consulting firm. Hilary spent the first 15 years of her career at Union Carbide, where she held a variety of sales and business management positions. Hilary holds a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University.  Hilary’s forthcoming book; The Truth About Change: How to Show Up and Make Change Happen, inspires leaders to lead themselves and others to bridge the gap between the concept, the solution, and the outcome. She’s been a member of the Club since 2012, and a Vice Chair of the Corporate Board Committee since 2014, overseeing the Committee’s outreach
initiative. Email Hilary

Sylvia Han
Chair, Corporate Relations Committee Sylvia Han, CFA Financial Advisor Merrill Lynch

Sylvia Han, CFA, is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch. She also held roles as a global portfolio manager and analyst at Wellington Management, Bain Capital, and The Boston Company. She works with families and professionals to help them plan for financial well-being. Sylvia earned a degree in economics from Cornell University, and an MBA at Boston University. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society. Sylvia is also a board officer and investment committee member for the Lexington Education Foundation, and on the board of ATASK, serving Asian families in Massachusetts. A Club member since 2012, she served on the Corporate Relations Committee for two years, before being elected its Chair in 2015. Email Sylvia. 

Juliette Mayers
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Juliette Mayers President and CEO Inspiration Zone LLC

Juliette Mayers is President and CEO of Inspiration Zone LLC, specializing in multicultural consulting, brand management and thought leadership.  Juliette consults to organizations and individuals, including her former employer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, where she led multicultural marketing and spearheaded strategy and programs to address racial and ethnic disparities in health care. She is a Corporator on the board of Eastern Bank, director on the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, and member of the Simmons Graduate School of Management’s Business Advisory Council. She is the author of A Black Woman’s Guide to Networking, Advance Your Career. Grow Your Business!  She is an alumna of Simmons Graduate School of Management where she earned her MBA and Northeastern University where she received her BS in Marketing.  Juliette has been a member of The Boston Club since 2007 and has served on the Governance Committee.  She was elected Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee in 2015. Email Juliette

Jennifer Erskine
Chair, Governance Committee Jennifer Erskine Partner Ernst & Young

Jennifer Erskine is a Partner with EY’s Boston office serving the global financial services sector “FSO” for over 18 years with significant experience delivering client service internationally.  Leveraging years of living and working in the US and abroad, she provides insight and value to clients, leveraging extensive experience with global, multidisciplinary teams and strong global relationships. Jennifer serves as the EY FSO Assurance Learning Partner strategically coordinating learning programs to maximize the development and networking opportunities for EY professionals. Jennifer serves on the Finance and Audit Committee and Advisory Council of The Trustees of Reservations, one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation nonprofits. She earned a BBA from Widener University. Jennifer joined the Club in 2012 and has been a member of the Governance Committee since joining, becoming its Vice Chair this year. She has served as the Governance liaison to the Corporate Relations Committee for three years, and served on the Staffing Assessment Task Force. Email Jennifer

Wendy Vincent
Chair, Marketing Committee Wendy Vincent

Wendy Vincent is a seasoned B2B, technology and services marketing veteran with over twenty-five years of experience at leading companies such as Virtustream, Dell EMC, IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Giga Information Group. She has led a cross-organizational culture change initiative to align various services teams to enable accelerated business growth, achieve financial targets and be recognized as the industry’s leading mission-critical cloud provider.  Wendy has served as Board Liaison for National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering; Director of Membership for the New England Harvard Business School Women Alumni; Technology Committee Chair for the Boston Chapter of the Links, Inc. From 2007 until 2013, Wendy was a member of the Board of Central Boston Elder Services where she held several roles such as the Vice Chairperson and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Wendy is a graduate of Trinity College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has been a member of The Boston Club since 2014.  Email Wendy.

Danielle Sheer
Chair, Membership Committee Danielle Sheer VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Carbonite, Inc.

Danielle Sheer is the VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Carbonite, Inc., a Boston-based public technology company that provides online backup service for small businesses and consumers. Danielle founded and developed the legal department at Carbonite and guided it to its NASDAQ listing. In 2012, Danielle was named to the Boston Business Journal's "Forty under 40" list of emerging business leaders; honored by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as an "Emerging Leader"; and received the "Maverick of the Year" Stevie award for Women in Business. Prior to joining Carbonite, Danielle practiced corporate and securities law at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Danielle serves on the board of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. She holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA from George Washington University, with honors. Danielle joined the Club in 2011 and has been on the Membership Committee since early in her membership. Email Danielle.

Kathleen E. Lynch
Co-Chair, Nonprofit Board Committee Kathleen E. Lynch Director of Corporate Relations Boston University

Kathleen E. Lynch is Director of Corporate Relations at Boston University and oversees all aspects of the BU Office of Corporate Relations. Since joining BU in February 2011, Kathy has been working to develop and maintain strong strategic partnerships between the University and industry. She works in partnership with colleagues across BU to help industrial partners navigate the campus and engage in meaningful productive initiatives. Kathy has worked in academia for more than 15 years, most of this time on the research and academic side of the house. Previously, she was Director of Employer Engagement at the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. Kathy was also the Director of Corporate Partnerships at the BC Center for Work & Family. In addition, Kathy spent 6 years in management with the Marriott Corporation. She holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Bentley University. Kathy joined the Club in 2012 and has served on the Nonprofit Board Committee since joining. For the last two years, she has served as a Vice Chair heading the Committee’s board education subcommittee. Email Kathleen

Carol Thomas
Co-Chair, Nonprofit Board Committee Carol Thomas Human Resource Business Partner Xerox Corporation

Carol Thomas joined Xerox Corporation in 1984, and has had a cross functional career as a leader and executive in customer administration, sales, human resources, and service. She is currently Human Resource Business Partner, supporting a global service organization of over 6000 employees and a $1.3B budget. She has over 30 years of management experience and an in-depth knowledge of the New England marketplace. Her educational background includes an AB in Psychology from Smith College and an MBA from Simmons College.  She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She is also an Adjunct Professor and teaches Human Resources and Project Management for Endicott College. Carol currently serves as the Board Chair for Families for Depression Awareness, a national nonprofit organization helping families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to get people well and prevent suicides. She has a held a number of leadership positions in nonprofits including her church, the Girl Scouts, and other local community organizations. Carol joined The Boston Club in 2012, and has served as a Vice Chair of the Nonprofit Board Committee for the last 3 years. Email Carol

Marianne Herlihy
Co-Chair, Program Committee Marianne Herlihy Director of Business Development and Client Service Hemenway & Barnes LLP

Marianne Herlihy is Director of Business Development and Client Service at Hemenway & Barnes LLP. As a member of the Family Office team she works directly with clients and with all facets of the family office practice, including governance, succession and creation, operation and management. She also works with firm partners in each of the three practice areas - Corporate Law, Non-Profit and Private Client to develop robust business development and client management plans. Previously, Marianne spent 30 years at Fidelity Investments where she held leadership positions in various divisions, including four years as Program Director at the Fidelity Foundation. Her roles included directing marketing strategy and planning, marketing research, as well as business and financial analysis. Marianne serves on the board of the Needham Exchange Club and is a former board member of MathPower. Marianne joined the Club in 2011. She leads a Third Age Group (TAG) affinity group and has served on the Program Committee since 2012, most recently as Co-Vice Chair. Email Marianne.

Nancy D. Israel
Co-Chair, Program Committee Nancy D. Israel Principal Law Office of Nancy D. Israel

Nancy Israel, a business and insurance/reinsurance lawyer and clean energy advocate, provides practical legal advice that assists companies in capitalizing on business opportunities and guides them in managing their risks.  Her broad experience includes claims manager for over $1 billion in worldwide claims and facilitating business relationships in over 100 countries.  Currently a sole practitioner, she also has been a law firm managing partner, international counsel and partner in Ernst & Young and member of the Harvard General Counsel’s Office. Nancy advocates for state and federal public policies to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy as a New England Chapter Director of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).  She is on the Massachusetts Reinsurance Bar Association board and The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation Advisory Council.  Nancy graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.  A long-time Boston Club member, Nancy has been a Vice-Chair of the Program Committee since 2014. Email Nancy. 

Fredia Woolf
Chair, Strategic Planning Committee Fredia Woolf President and Founder Woolf Consulting

Fredia Woolf’s mission is to strengthen leadership and organizational performance. She is particularly keen to support Excellence, Effectiveness and Ease in women leaders. She works with senior executives and leadership teams in for-profit and nonprofit organizations, enabling them to improve communication, collaboration and the capacity to drive change and improved results. After a career in the global capital markets, she founded Woolf Consulting on moving to the US in 1997. She also held positions with Cambria Consulting and Isaacson Miller. Her work currently includes design and facilitation of leadership and board retreats; devising and leading group coaching programs; and individual coaching to accelerate leadership development and effectiveness. She has served on various boards, including The New Art Center in Newton, Boston Facilitators’ Round-table, and ITNGB, which provided rides to the elderly and sight-impaired. Fredia has lived and worked on three continents, and holds a BA with Honors in French, English, and Philosophy, from the University of the Witwatersrand and an MBA, with Highest Honors, from Simmons School of Management. Fredia joined The Boston Club in 2011 and has served on the Strategic Planning Committee almost since joining.  She has been Vice Chair of the Committee for the last 4 years. Email Fredia

Joan Kennedy
Chair, Technology Committee Joan Kennedy

Joan Kennedy retired in 2015 after 20 years with IBM, most recently as Vice President, Enterprise Business Transformation, where she created high value business outcomes and drove organizational, process and technical transformations to support IBM's growth, specifically for Order to Cash, Web Commerce, Marketing, Data andTechnical Support across all business units. Previously, she worked with Lotus Development Corporation. Joan holds an MBA from Simmons College of Management, and serves as Treasurer and director of Simmons College School of Management Alumnae Board. Joan has been a member of the Club since 2009 and a member of its Technology Committee since 2010, serving as Vice Chair since 2014.  In addtion, Joan has been a member of the Nonprofit Board Committee, acting as a Search Manager to identify and place qualified candidates on nonprofit boards.  She is also a member of the Program Subcommittee which organizes the Distinguished Leaders Series.  Joan was a founder of the Sudbury Concord Affinity Group, and is a member of three other Affinity Groups, too. Email Joan. 

Julie Gerschick
At-Large Director Julie Gerschick Managing Director Surrén LLC

Julie Gerschick is Managing Director of Surrén LLC, providing strategic and operational consulting services to help corporations and nonprofit organizations define and overcome obstacles and achieve greater market and financial success. Prior to founding Surrén LLC, Julie served as an audit and then consulting partner with KPMG, and as CFO and Treasurer of a $5.3 billion multi-bank holding
company.  Julie has also spent significant time in poverty alleviation efforts on a global level, advising and writing on the enhanced use of microfinance to improve income levels of the very poor. She is a director of the Jericho Road Project, director and Treasurer of March Forward Massachusetts, and was one of the leaders behind the Boston Women’s March for America in January 2017.  Julie earned her BBA from the University of Michigan and holds two MA degrees from Harvard University (one in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government and one in divinity/business ethics from Harvard Divinity School). Julie joined the Club in 2014 and has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and Corporate Relations Subcommittee, and Co-Chaired the 40th Anniversary Committee.Email Julie. 

Jackie Glenn
At-Large Director Jackie Glenn VP/ Global Chief Diversity Officer Dell EMC

Jackie Glenn is the VP, Global Diversity and Inclusion for Dell EMC, leading the D&I strategy for the company’s global operations. Jackie has implemented programs in Employee Relations, Training and Development, Recruiting, Organizational Development, and Consulting and Coaching. Her leadership has led to several ground-breaking efforts, including the implementation of a mandatory Diversity & Inclusion curriculum, institutionalization of the Transgender Reassignment Program, and the launch of EMC’s High Potential Women's Program. She joined EMC in 2000, as the Director of HR Operations for the Sales Division. Jackie holds a BA in Healthcare Administration from Emmanuel College and an MS in Human Resources Management from Lesley University. She has been profiled in various magazines including Black Enterprise, Working Mother, and Boston Business Journal, and was named one of the 2015 Top 10 Influential Women in Global Diversity by DiversityGlobal Magazine. Jackie serves as Vice Chair of the board of Children’s Services of Roxbury, and is a board member of African-American Museum Boston. She joined the Club in 2012 and is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Email Jackie

Julie Trainor
At-Large Director Julie Trainor VP, Global Services Dell EMC

Julie Trainor is Vice President, Global Services,for Dell EMC.  As part of the Global Services team, Julie leads the Product & Enablement Team which provides proactive, forward-thinking strategies for enabling and servicing customers with the goal of increasing customer satisfaction while reducing the cost of service and maximizing revenue opportunities. Previously, Julie served as VP of Software Engineering for EMC’s Infrastructure Management Group.  Julie led the Network Management product engineering team managing development of more than a dozen software products and a team of over 300 engineers.  In addition, Julie served as the site leader for EMC’s White Plains, NY office. Prior to joining EMC in 2000, Julie spent more than twelve years in the service
provider industry in various Engineering and Operational positions at New England Telephone, NYNEX and Bell Atlantic. She graduated from Lafayette College where she earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  She has a master’s degree in Management from
Lesley University. Julie joined the Club in 2014. Email Julie.

Julie Vail
At-Large Director Julie Vail Founder and Principal Marquis

Julie Vail is the Founder and Principal of Marquis Design, Inc. She has over 20 years of experience as a brand development strategist and graphic designer. Building on both her design background and business experience, Julie founded Marquis in 2003 to create strategic branding solutions for forward-looking clients, from established companies to promising startups. Marquis also seeks out organizations that improve the quality of life in Boston and is privileged to work with the Boston Red Sox, Roche Brothers, Boston Lyric Opera, Brother’s Marketplace, and other iconic Boston brands. Prior to founding Marquis, Julie held senior design positions at Peter King & Company, Go Fish Design, and Cleveland Design. Julie’s work with The Boston Club began in 2010 when she was involved in creating the Club’s brand and identity. She has been a member of The Boston Club since 2012. Julie serves on the 40th Anniversary Committee and created the 40th Anniversary logo. Email Julie.

Constance F. Armstrong
Executive Director Constance F. Armstrong

Constance Armstrong is Executive Director of The Boston Club, having served as the Club's manager since 1996. She came to the Club after 25 years in banking and commercial real estate. From 1992 - 1994, she was President of Portfolio Services, Inc., providing commercial real estate portfolio and litigation valuations for individual investors, accounting firms, and government agencies. Constance has been a literacy volunteer for many years, receiving special training in teaching adults to read, and also has volunteered making recordings for the blind. She has a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Email Constance.