New England Board Members

Playworks New England’s program benefits enormously from the time and expertise of our local Board members. These champions generously offer advice and guidance to staff, identify resources to support the program, and help guide ongoing growth in the region.

Kanda Alagappan

Director of Talent Acquisition


Allison Bauer

Northeastern University
Associate Teaching Professor


James Burns

Director of Customer Success 


Christopher di Bonaventura

Executive Vice President, Family Office Services
Fidelity Investments


Melissa Cummings

Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island


Aidan Donahue

Director of Client Services and Business Development
Good Measures LLC


Andrew Dupee, CFA

Portfolio Manager
Howland Capital


Sonia Caus Gleason

Director, Strategic Learning and Evaluation
Nellie Mae Education Foundation


Jordan Krasnow

Of Counsel
Goulston & Storrs


Nan Langowitz

Professor of Management & Entrepreneurship
Babson College


Jay McQuaide (Board Chair)

Chief Communications & Citizenship Officer

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts


Jennifer Bermant O’Brien

Management Consultant


Stan Russell


Kimberly Sheehy

Head of the FORGE Community
Fidelity Labs + FCAT


Len Tacconi

HMR Weight Management Services Corp.


New England Board Emeritus

Playworks New England is in our second decade of running programs across the region. The organization has benefited tremendously from the effort of former board members. Today these individuals still provide support and advice as members of the Emeritus Board.


Dave Czesniuk

Managing Director
Boston Ballet


Lucy Darragh

Director, Corporate Citizenship
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts


Valerie Fleishman

Executive Director


Marie Herb

Managing Director
Technical Assistance Collaborative


Imityaz “Taz” Hussein

Partner and Public Health Practice Head
The Bridgespan Group


Doug Kangos



Dave Newman

Vice President
Strategy Group Inc.


Ed Orazem

President, Family Office Services
Fidelity Investments


Allyson Perron Drag

Senior Government Relations Director
American Heart Association


Noah Shaw

General Council and Secretary of the Board 

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority


Laurie Sherman

Executive Vice President
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center


Christine Weithman

Director of Nutrition Services and Product Development

HMR Weight Management Services Corp.


If you are interested in learning more about the opportunity to join the Playworks New England Board of Directors please contact Jonathan Gay,


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