Cynthia joined Sibling Connections in May 2018. As an adoptive mother to a daughter who has been separated from her birth siblings, she has seen first hand how important the familial bond is to a child's feeling of stability and sense of belonging. Cynthia has been involved in the domestic adoption community since 2011, and also served as a Big Sister for over 10 years to a Little Sister who spent time in foster care. Cynthia is excited to bring her several years of program management and external partnership development experience at Tufts University to support the mission of Sibling Connections. In her spare time, she loves hiking and camping with her family and two dogs.
Since 2009, Eliza has been working with youth in libraries, group homes, and camp programs. During her time studying at Hamilton College, she became a camp counselor for kids with serious illnesses and has been hooked on camp programming ever since. Eliza has seen firsthand how these programs develop authentic and supportive relationships and is excited to bring her experience to Sibling Connections. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, gardening, and cooking spicy food.
Mandy has been a volunteer with Sibling Connections since 2007, participating in both the week of camp as well as Sibling Sundays. Mandy helped to create the role of Volunteer Support Specialist at camp and has been acting in this role ever since. She is committed to making sure that all of our volunteers feel supported and valued. Outside of volunteering, Mandy is a psychotherapist who runs a private practice seeing children, adolescents, and adults.
Jay joined the board in the fall of 2011 after being involved as a volunteer counselor at Camp to Belong MA since 2009 and participating in many Sibling Connections fundraising events. He graduated from Boston College in 2004 with a BA in History and went on to earn a Master of Science in Accounting from Boston College in 2005. Following Boston College, Jay joined KPMG’s audit practice working with many large companies such as Dunkin’ Brands, Sarepta Therapeutics, Albany Molecular Research, Inc. and Reebok. He is currently a Senior Manager at KPMG and resides in Milton, MA, with his wife Ashley and his growing family.
Susan joined the board in 2013 and became Board Chair in 2016. She spent 22 years in a variety of operational roles at Biogen Inc. Her most recent positions were VP of Global Supply Chain and Head of Global Quality and Compliance. After Leaving Biogen, she consulted for the biotech industry before deciding to stay home and raise her three young children. After becoming a mother, Susan realized how critical sibling relationships are to a child’s emotional well-being. She is passionate about supporting Sibling Connections to help children in the foster care system develop positive relationships with their siblings.
Mike is a CPA/CFA and graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA and MAcc in Accounting. Mike has been a volunteer with Sibling Connections since August 2007 and a board member since 2013. He is currently a Director in PwC’s Advisory practice focusing on Deals and he resides in Boston, MA.
Savannah joined the board of Sibling Connections in the fall of 2017. She graduated from Purdue University in 2009 with a degree in Political Science. Following graduation, she moved to Denver, Colorado where she began her career in government relations. She is currently the Associate Vice President of State Affairs at ADS Ventures, a boutique lobbying firm in Boston, where she specializes in strategic public policy and government relations counsel to nonprofit and community-based organizations. She lives in Scituate with her husband, Sean, and their two Golden Retrievers, Macon and Baxlee.
Phil is a graduate of Bentley College in Waltham, MA and was introduced to Sibling Connections through an outreach program at his prior employer, KPMG. Phil first became involved as a counselor at Camp To Belong in 2006. His belief in our program led him to recruit eight counselor volunteers and over $10,000 from his employer in the first year of his involvement. Throughout his time with Sibling Connections, he has been involved in many ways, ranging from camp planning to fundraising and strategic planning for the organization.
Doug is a very proud dad of two daughters - one of whom was adopted from the foster care system in Massachusetts. His adopted daughter has also participated in Sibling Connections programs with several of her biological siblings. Those experiences have helped reinforce relationships that he knows she treasures. He has been a board member of Sibling Connections for several years and invites you to ask him how you can help kids in foster care.
Joanna graduated from Stonehill College with a BA in Psychology and Studio Art. After working in the museum field and teaching preschool, she decided to pursue a degree in nursing. She earned her BSN from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2012 and now works as an RN in outpatient pediatric cardiology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Joanna began as a volunteer counselor at Camp To Belong MA in 2006 and joined the board in 2008. In 2010, she stepped out of her counselor role at Camp To Belong MA and joined the health center staff, collaborating with a team of nurses to provide a safe and fun camp experience. Joanna has also assisted with fundraising events, volunteer training, and coordination of the Sibling Sunday programs.
Wendy joined the board of Sibling Connections in the spring of 2016 after volunteering at Sibling Sundays for two years. She is an attorney with over 30 years of experience working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector. Wendy worked for the Department of Children and Families and later led a consulting business for small nonprofits. While raising her family in Needham, Wendy held a variety of leadership roles as a volunteer for nonprofits focusing on education and child welfare, including Parent Talk and the Needham Education Foundation. Aside from her work with Sibling Connections, Wendy volunteers and serves on the board of the Vilna Shul, a Jewish Cultural Center, on Beacon Hill in Boston.
Adam graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst with a BBA in 2003 and a MS in Accounting in 2004. Thereafter, he joined the KPMG Boston office audit practice working primarily on large institutional real estate clients through 2010. Then he worked as a Controller/Director at Guggenheim Real Estate LLC. In July of 2016, Adam took a SVP position in Harvard Management Company’s Real Estate Accounting and Finance group. Additionally, from 2007 through 2010, Adam was an active volunteer in the Sibling Connections organization. He was a counselor at Camp To Belong, MA, served one year as head recruiter of volunteers, participated in Sibling Sunday programs, and participated in various fundraisers.
Judy joined the board of Sibling Connections in the fall of 2017 after getting to know Kelley through The Philanthropy Connection. A long time resident of Cambridge, she has a B.A. from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School. Now retired and doing volunteer work, Judy previously taught high school English and worked for 16 years in Financial Administration at Harvard University, and spent 10 years as a law firm administrator. Judy is excited to serve on the board of Sibling Connections.