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

Associate Teaching Professor
Northeastern University


Donavan Brown

Head of Business Development (US) for Securities Lending
Brown Brothers Harriman


James Burns

Director of Customer Success 


Melissa Cummings

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


Katherine Dallow

Vice President of Clinical Programs and Strategy
Blue Cross Blue Shields of Massachusetts


Andrew Dupee, CFA

Portfolio Manager
Howland Capital


Sonia Caus Gleason

Strategy and Learning Consultant


Ricardhy Grandoit

Senior Manager, Player Programs
Major League Baseball


Jennifer Bermant O’Brien

Management Consultant


Stan Russell

Vice President, Quality
TCR2 Therapeutics, Inc.


Alex Schuman

Head of CSR, Alexion Pharmaceuticals &
President, Alexion Charitable Foundation
Alexion Pharmaceuticals


Kimberly Sheehy (Board Chair)

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


Christopher di Bonaventura

Executive Vice President, Family Office Services
Fidelity Investments


Lucy Darragh

Director, Corporate Citizenship
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts


Aidan Donahue

Director of Client Services and Business Development
Good Measures LLC


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



Jordan Krasnow

Of Counsel
Goulston & Storrs


Nan Langowitz

Professor of Management & Entrepreneurship
Babson College


Jay McQuaide

Chief Communications & Citizenship Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts


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


Khita Pottinger

Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education
Newton Public Schools


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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