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

Tony Stec – Director
Associate, Advent International


OUR STAFF

Polly Mendoza

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PollyNBDirectorPolly 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 polly@neighborbrigade.org.

Kristine Shah

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Kristine proudly joins the Neighbor Brigade team with over a decade of nonprofit experience and a passion for volunteering. Born and raised in Foxboro, Massachusetts, she followed her mother’s lead of community activism early and involved herself in town and school government before graduating high school. Kristine graduated from James Madison University in Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and concentrations in Political Communications and Human Resource Development. During her sophomore year at JMU she studied in Washington, DC and worked as a press intern in the United States Senate. After graduating, she moved back to Massachusetts and began her nonprofit development career working for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Kristine also gained experience working for other national nonprofit organizations: Easter Seals and the American Heart Association. She moved to Bedford, MA with her husband and two children in 2012 and entrenched herself in the community, most recently serving as Co-Director of The Bedford Family Connection. Kristine is fulfilled by helping others and through her life, both personally and professionally, has been inspired by the true power and passion that happens when neighbors help each other, through good times and bad. Kristine can be reached at kristine@neighborbrigade.org.

 

Rose Cornet

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
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 rose@neighborbrigade.org.

Jenny Stewart

DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
jennyJenny 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 jennifer@neighborbrigade.org.