Frank Mead, Chair
An architect and management consultant in design and construction, Frank Mead is a founding director of Beacon Hill Village, former president and chair of the Beacon Hill Civic Association and a co-founder of Beacon Hill Seminars. He has been a Beacon Hill resident since 1961.
Jan Beaven, Vice Chair
Jan Beaven has extensive experience in both the business and nonprofit sectors. As a consultant with two firms, Cambridge Technology Partners and Symmetrix, Inc., she led corporate change efforts within mutual funds, insurance companies and banks. Jan concluded her business career as a vice president in the State Street Corporation.
Nancy Adams, MD practiced primary care internal medicine in Chelsea for 35 years until her retirement at the end of 2018. She was Medical Director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center practice in Chelsea from 2000-2011 as well as Medical Director of Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, then of its affiliated Manuel R. Grell Home Care Agency during the years of 1994-2018. She also was a Clinical Instructor in Medicine at Tufts University from 1990-1994, then at Harvard University from 1996-2014. She has extensive experience in the delivery of geriatric care to patients with multiple complex medical problems.
Barbara Berkman is a retired research professor at Boston College School of Social Work and the Rehr/Fizdale Professor Emerita at Columbia University School of Social Work. She has directed 23 federally and foundation supported research projects focused on issues in geriatrics and health care and is a former president of the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research.
H. Kim Bottomly
A scientist, entrepreneur, and former president of Wellesley College, H. Kim Bottomly was a faculty member and Deputy Provost for the Sciences at Yale University, where she made fundamental discoveries in immunobiology in the areas of asthma and allergy. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and was recognized as one of the University of Washington’s Wondrous 100. She continues to serve on a number of non-profit boards, and is a founding member and researcher at N-FOLD LLC, a company focused on developing novel immunotherapeutic strategies designed to alter the immune system’s response to food allergens.
Meredith has served as a community volunteer with numerous non-profit organizations in Greater Boston. Meredith is a Life Director of Rogerson Communities and serves as Board president for the three Rogerson buildings on Beacon Hill: Beacon House, Peter Faneuil House and Joy Street Residence. Meredith was also a member of the Hill House Board of Directors for 20 years, serving as board chair for seven years.
Joy K. Fallon
Joy Fallon is the senior minister at King’s Chapel. She has led the social justice programs, including an education and leadership program for older children in Boston schools and the creation of a home for unhoused women and men, developed with Pine Street Inn. Earlier, Joy was an attorney in the offices of the federal and state prosecutors, and was Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Dukakis.
As State Director for AARP Massachusetts, Festa leads the development and delivery of AARP’s community programs, advocacy and information for its more than 800,000 members age 50 and older in the Commonwealth. Festa served in Gov. Deval Patrick’s Cabinet as the Secretary of Elder Affairs and previously in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1999-2007.
Keeta Gilmore moved to Boston from Oklahoma City where she was on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where she taught microbiology to medical and dental students. Currently, Keeta manages a research laboratory at the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary focusing on developing new ways to prevent and treat antibiotic resistant infections.
Jack Gurnon owns Charles Street Supply Co. & Hardware, Boston’s oldest hardware store. Jack has worked in his family-owned store since a very young age on weekends, holidays, and during school vacations. Jack is a lifelong resident of Boston.
Henry Lee retired after 41 years as chairman of the Friends of the Public Garden where he helped to build an organization that is a formidable guardian of the nation’s oldest green space. A graduate of Harvard and Stanford Universities, Henry served as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service and on the faculty of Browne & Nichols and the Carroll School.
Sharon, a former publishing and marketing executive, is now involved with several non-profit organizations in Boston. She volunteered first with the Beacon Hill Civic Association and later as co-president of Hill House. She also served on the Board of Directors of Beacon Hill Seminars and was its president for four years. She is currently President of the Board of Trustees of the Huntington Theater Company.
Mary earned a B.A. in mathematics from Duke University and an M.S.W. from Simmons School of Social Work. She started her career as a systems analyst working with computers when they were the size of a small house. As a clinical therapist, she worked with students in the Boston Public Schools. She retired in 1997. Mary is a Governor Emerita on the Handel and Haydn Society Board of Governors, an Honorary Director on the Board of Vineyard House on Martha’s Vineyard and on the President’s Council of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.
Christine Ritchie, M.D. serves as the Kenneth Minaker Endowed Chair of Geriatric Medicine, as Director of Research in the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and as the Director of a newly established Center for Aging and Serious Illness within the Mongan Institute at MGH. She has been active in national organizations, including the American Geriatrics Society, the American Academy of Homecare Medicine, and she is a past president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care.
Prior to her current role as vice president at Lois. L. Lindauer Searches, Libby served as vice president, Campaign and Major Gifts at Boston Children's Hospital Trust, director of development for Campaign and Major Gifts at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, secretary of Phillips Academy, vice president for Development at Northeastern University, director of development at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, director of the Harvard Law School Fund and assistant campaign manager at Milton Academy. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
David Rosenbloom, Ph.D. is professor and interim chair of the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. David worked for the City of Boston from 1973 to 1983, first as the director of the Parkman Center, then executive assistant to Mayor Kevin White and finally as the commissioner of Health and Hospitals from 1975 to 1983. He is a former chair of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Board.
Amy E. Ryan
Amy E. Ryan is chair of the Board of Directors of the national Digital Public Library of America, and is an advisor to the Dean of the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. From 2008 to 2015, she was president of the Boston Public Library. Before being named to lead the Boston Public Library, she was director of the nationally recognized Hennepin County Library in Minnesota. Prior to that, she served in leadership positions for over 28 years with Minneapolis Public Library. She was also past chair of the Digital Public Library of America.
Emily K. Shea
Emily K. Shea has been serving as commissioner on Affairs of the Elderly for the City of Boston since April 2011. Prior to her work at the City, Emily served as the executive director of the Boston Partnership for Older Adults, and then in her more recent role as director of Elder Services for Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), Boston’s anti-poverty agency. Emily received her M.S.W., M.P.H. and Certificate in Gerontology from Boston University and her B.A. from St. Michael’s College.
Micho F. Spring
Micho is chair of the Global Corporate Practice and president of Weber Shandwick New England. Her practice focuses on enabling corporate clients to use communications to support their business strategies, enhance and protect their reputation, and respond to public policy challenges. Her experience includes serving as Deputy Mayor of Boston and as chief of staff to Boston Mayor Kevin H. White. Micho attended Georgetown and Columbia Universities and received an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Jacquelin earned an M.B.A. from Boston University, a master’s degree in architecture studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an undergraduate degree in architecture from Virginia Tech University. Jacquelin has worked in private, non-profit and public sector architecture practice with planning, design and construction oversight for the City of Boston, MIT, and the State.