Board of Directors
Chair – Amanda Hall, Director and Senior Counsel, Carbon Black, Inc.
Amanda is Director and Senior Counsel at Carbon Black, Inc., a leader in endpoint security, where she provides counsel on licensing, intellectual property, corporate matters, and a range of other business-related issues. Prior to Carbon Black, she served as legal counsel for Iron Mountain and Progress Software. Amanda brings years of legal expertise and experience working with business leaders on strategic initiatives and organizational goals. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and National Women’s Law Association. In addition to her profession, Amanda has substantively contributed to the Boston area communities and provided thought leadership through her service on boards and councils with organizations including the Children’s Trust Fund, The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care, the Museum of Fine Arts Council, the New England Council and other nonprofits. Originally from Texas, Amanda moved to Boston for law school and has made Massachusetts her home.
Vice Chair – Stefan Spazek, Senior Vice President, Capital Advisors Group
Following a carefully designed path, Stephan has dedicated his career to gathering knowledge and building expertise in the fields of marketing, communications and business development for professional and financial services organizations. For the past three years Stefan has served as head of East Coast business development for Capital Advisors Group, a leading institutional investment firm, helping CFOs develop corporate cash investment strategies and counseling companies on raising debt finance. Previously, Stefan spent five years as the firm’s marketing director, during which time assets under management increased more than $1.5 billion. Earlier in his career, Stefan successfully managed both media and community relations activities in New England for the second largest professional services firm in the world; and provided branding and communications counsel to billion dollar marketing agency clients.
Treasurer – Gregg M. Dooling, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Pioneer Investments
Gregg is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of Pioneer Investment Management USA Inc. and a member of Pioneer’s Management Committee. Prior to taking the role of CFO in 2008, Gregg was Vice President and Corporate Controller for Pioneer since 2006. Gregg has over 25 years of experience in the Financial Services and Asset Management industry. Before joining Pioneer, Gregg served in several roles at Putnam Investments, first as Vice President and Corporate Accounting Manager, and subsequently as Financial Planning and Analysis Manager, providing support for Putnam’s Institutional Management Business. Gregg also served as Assistant Controller for five years at John Hancock Funds and has held management positions at Ernst & Young and Chase Manhattan Bank. Gregg earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Bentley University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Series 27 license from FINRA. Gregg lives in the Boston area with his wife and two children.
Secretary – Jessica Lutzker, MBA Admissions Board, Harvard Business School
Jessica Lutzker’s career has spanned the field of business and marketing. A graduate of Duke University and Harvard Business School, Jessica has worked in marketing for CVS, Tripadvisor, Lycos, and as an independent marketing consultant. Jessica has been involved in various local organizations and in addition to her role with Raising A Reader MA, she is currently a partner with Social Venture Partners, a trustee of the Park School and a volunteer with Beacon Academy. She hopes to bring her passion for community and early education to the board of Raising A Reader MA.
Melissa Alexander, Senior IT Consultant, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
Melissa Alexander is a senior IT consultant with over ten years of success in IT program and portfolio management. Throughout her career, she has supported healthcare, biotechnology, transportation and energy companies. Her expertise in IT includes project management, budgeting, and communication skills, Melissa is able help take her clients initiatives to the next level. Melissa graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BBA in Finance and Management Information Services. She also went on to Tulane University in the A.B. School of Business. Melissa has been involved with the Junior League of Boston since 2011 and has sat as Director of Communications since 2013.
Heather Dickinson, Managing Director, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Heather Dickinson is a Managing Director at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Heather has over 20 years of experience serving and leading audit engagements and relationships for a diverse mix of clients within the technology, manufacturing and service industries. Such clients have included public registrants, large private companies, and serving emerging growth companies. She has extensive experience advising companies on technical and industry related matters. Heather also holds a National Office role for Deloitte, she supports the Audit practice Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Heather works with the leadership team to execute on the priorities and strategy of Deloitte’s Audit practice. Heather is on the New England leadership team for Deloitte’s Women’s Initiative. She is a graduate of Villanova University, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts and Massachusetts and New York Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Justin Hayward, Partner, Cross Coastal Advisors
Justin Hayward is a partner at Cross Coastal Advisors and works with rising young professionals, educating them on how to manage their cash flow and maximize their financial potential while making the appropriate plans to protect their families and preserve accumulated wealth. Justin’s understanding of family business dynamics comes from his own family of entrepreneurs, who have run a school photography business for over 30 years. Justin earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from Hofstra University, and his early career centered on successfully starting, managing and exiting several businesses in the health and wellness industry. Justin’s financial services career began in 2011 when he joined Commonwealth Financial Group. In 2015, Justin received the 4 under 40 Award for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA MA) – recognized for his growth and success in the industry. Outside of the office, Justin volunteers his time with Raising a Reader MA – A non-profit focused on helping childhood literacy in urban neighborhoods – and is involved in real estate development in the Greater Boston Area. Justin resides in Wellesley, MA with his wife Lydia.
Jonathan Nesbit, State Street Global Exchange
Jonathan currently oversees compliance and risk management for a division of State Street Corporation that develops software, analytics, research, and advisory products for other multi-national financial institutions. He has experience building and overseeing global teams to manage regulatory and operational risks. Jonathan previously served as a consultant with experience in retail and financial services industries. He holds a B.A. in English from Rollins College and an M.B.A from Babson College.
Pat Reid Ponte, Nurse-Scholar-in-Residence, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
In January 2017 Dr. Reid Ponte transitioned into a Nurse-Scholar-in-Residence position within the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Phyllis F. Cantor Center for Nursing and Patient Care Services Research after serving as the Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Executive Director of Oncology Nursing and Clinical Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts since 2000. Prior to her SVP/CNO role, she held leadership roles at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center where she began her career as a primary nurse. Dr. Reid Ponte is President of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board of Directors, a past chair of the ANCC Commission on Magnet, and a past president of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives. She is an active member in the American Academy of Nursing, where she currently serves as a member of the Finance Committee. Dr. Reid Ponte teaches the Health Care Quality course in the DNP programs at Simmons College in Boston and at the University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMB), where she is an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She was a co-principal investigator for the National Cancer Institute-funded Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center-UMB U54 project grant, which funds a post-doctoral nursing fellowship program in oncology and health disparities. She is an adjunct faculty member at her alma mater, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of Nursing, an active alumni member and a recipient of the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. Dr. Reid Ponte was a co-founder of the Workforce Outcomes Research and Leadership Development (WORLD) Institute, an innovative academic practice collaborative initiated by DFCI, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation aimed at pooling knowledge, expertise, and resources to identify, quantify and develop exemplary leadership in care delivery. Dr. Reid Ponte has conducted research in patient safety and patient- and family-centered care and has published extensive non empirical work in nursing leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration, and health care practice environments. Dr. Reid Ponte received both her Doctorate of Nursing Science and Masters in Nursing Science from Boston University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Reid Ponte was a 2001-2004 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Executive Fellow. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and completed the Health Care Quality Advanced Training Program (ATP) at Intermountain Health Care in 2008.
Francine practiced with the law firms Smith Lyons, LLP (Toronto, Canada) and WilmerHale, LLP (Boston) concentrating on complex business litigation, including white-collar criminal matters. She has experience representing companies and individuals in government investigations and litigations alleging fraud, bribery, conspiracy and violations of federal statutes. She subsequently worked as Corporate Counsel, Vice President at Shark, Ninja (Boston, MA) providing counsel and negotiating agreements in the areas of commercial practice, compliance, intellectual property, and employment law. Francine received her law degree from University of Toronto and her undergraduate degree from McGill University. Francine currently serves on the Board of Youth Villages, the Board of the Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center, and has worked and volunteered with numerous other non-profit organizations, including Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Big Brother Big Sister Foundation of Boston, and the Shady Hill School. Francine lives in Brookline with her husband, three children, two guinea pigs, numerous fish and a corn snake.
Jonathan Slawsby, Owner and COO, Madison Food Corp.
Jonathan is owner and COO of Madison Food Corp. and related companies. In addition to running the day to day operations of his family’s three Boston area supermarkets, Jonathan is also in charge of the company’s expansion. Jonathan is a member of the board of the Massachusetts Food Association and former board member of the Food Marketing institute and One Village at a Time. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Occidental college in Los Angeles, Jonathan earned his law degree at Suffolk Law and his MBA from ESADE in Barcelona. Jonathan lives in Medfield with his wife.
John Simon, Board Chair Emeritus and Co-Founder, GreenLight Fund
John joined Sigma Prime in November of 2012 to help build the firm and help invest in great entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Sigma Prime, John was a Co-Founder and Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners. John has been a recipient of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council “Investor of the Year” Award. John is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO). He is also a co-founder and current trustee of the Steppingstone Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities to deserving inner-city students. In addition, he has continued his involvement with the non-profit sector by founding the GreenLight Fund (www.greenlightfund.org), which spurs the replication and growth of innovative non-profits. John is a graduate of Harvard University, earning a B.A. in History and Science and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and received his M.A. in Politics, Philosoph,y and Economics.