OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sue Parente – President
Managing Partner, Tier One Partners
Heather Rafey – Treasurer
Contracts Compliance Specialist, ThinkWell
Eileen Balicki – Director
Realtor, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Colin Coleman– Director
Partner, Partridge, Snow & Hahn Law Firm
Paul Manikas – Director
Sr. Industry Solution Executive, Microsoft
Amy Mason – Director
Event & Program Manager, IMPACT Melanoma
Polly is a native of Weston, Massachusetts and a graduate of Concord Academy and Boston College with a BA in Secondary Education and Spanish. Her degree in Spanish allowed her to travel many parts of the world including Costa Rica where her nonprofit career launched as executive director of the Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center. While there she managed a variety of programs that strengthened the organizational capacity of local communities and gave youth the necessary tools and resources to succeed. Deeply and continuously inspired by her brother’s life experiences as a young man with Down Syndrome she used her development and management skills to found her own nonprofit organization, HILLS, Inc. based in Denver, Colorado where Polly was the executive director for 8 years. In 2018 HILLS merged with the nonprofit agency FRIENDS of Broomfield where the HILLS programs continue to be a top resource for people with developmental disabilities while providing much needed respite care for families. Polly currently resides in Maynard, MA where she continues her passion for nonprofit organizations that have a strong and meaningful impact on our diverse communities in Massachusetts. Polly may be reached at email@example.com.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Mark proudly joins the Neighbor Brigade team with over 4 years of experience in fundraising and 10 years of service in the Armed Forces. Born in Boston and raised in Burlington, Massachusetts, Mark graduated from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He then went on to graduate studies at St. John’s Seminary in Boston where he earned a Master of Arts in Theology. In 2008 Mark joined the Massachusetts Army National Guard, being sworn in with a direct commission as a Second Lieutenant and Staff Specialist. He served in many professional capacities and leadership roles for the next 10 years in the National Guard and US Army Reserves, achieving the rank of Captain. He was recognized for his outstanding service by being awarded two Massachusetts Service Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and two Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals. From 2014-2018 Mark served as the Undergraduate Chaplain of the Harvard University Catholic Center, where he helped to support and grow the development and fundraising capacities of the Center. Mark has always been energized by helping others, which is why he joined the Neighbor Brigade staff. Through his life, both personally and professionally, Mark has been inspired by the transformative power of hope and joy when people learn to serve their neighbor, through good times and bad. Mark lives in Boston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rose is originally from Haiti and grew up in the city of Cambridge, MA. She holds a Master’s degree in Management from Emmanuel College and has a Bachelor’s degree from Simmons College. She has extensive experience in government contracting and grants management from various foundations and government sponsors. She believes in the importance of giving back to her community. She currently resides on the South Shore with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and doing DIY projects. Rose can be contacted at email@example.com.
DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Jenny holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked in biomedical research before starting a family. Jenny has been involved in website development, database management and hands on service with many community, volunteer and non-profit organizations for the past few decades. She fully embraces, recognizes and encourages Pam’s mission to “pay it forward” and has been a member of Neighbor Brigade since 2011. She contributes to her community through coaching, volunteering in her church and kids’ schools, and baking cookies for neighbors. Jenny lives with her husband and three kids in Bedford, MA. Jenny can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carolyn joined the Neighbor Brigade in October 2019 as office administrator after starting as a volunteer for the organization. She holds a B.A. in French from Colby College and a Certificate in Meeting Management from Bentley College. She has a passion for organizing, and an extensive background of event planning for both for profit and non-profit organizations, in the United States and abroad. She believes strongly in helping others, and as such has volunteered in many ways at her kids’ schools and in the communities where she has lived. She is also proud to be a blood donor for the American Red Cross. At the Neighbor Brigade, she is responsible for all things administrative. Carolyn resides in Sudbury with her husband and two children and can be contacted at email@example.com.