Leadership

Maryann Civitello, Board President
Charleen Tyson, Board Treasurer
Elizabeth (Betty) Burns
David Dlugasch
Rosa Licea-Mailloux
Jasmine Jean-Louis
Bill Gabovitch
Eric Peterson
Susan Phillips
Amanda Roe 
Alison Smith 
Randall E. Whittle

Management of Elizabeth Stone House

Nancy Owens Hess, Executive Director
Tanya McLean, Director of Children’s Programming
Maryann Chaisson, Director of Operations
James May, Director of Development
Page Clark, Director of Community Programs

Maryann Civitello, Board President
Maryann Civitello is a partner of the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Her practice area is commercial real estate and she represents a large national drugstore chain in the acquisition of property throughout the United States. She has been a member of the Elizabeth Stone House board since 1994 and became the president of the board in January 2008. Maryann previously served as a board member of the Girl Scouts, Patriots Trail Council for seven years. She is also a founding member and a member of the board of the Friends of St. Bernard’s, Inc., a non-profit organization in Newton.

Ms. Civitello graduated with a B.A. degree from Albertus Magnus College and received an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from Fordham University. She then taught history and served as the Dean of Continuing Education and the Chairperson of the Department of History, Political Science and Paralegal Studies at Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire. In 1991, she graduated from Boston College Law School. Maryann lives in Newton and has an adult daughter.

Charleen Tyson, Board Treasurer
Since 2004, Charleen Tyson has been Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, a quasi-public, non-profit lender whose primary business includes real estate lending for affordable housing, first-time homebuyer programs and providing technical assistance to cities and towns on affordable housing development. In her position, Ms. Tyson manages total assets of more than $550 million, $1.2 billion in lines of credit with Massachusetts banks, a loan portfolio of $500 million, cash and investments of $110 million, and gross annual revenue of $15 million.

Prior to joining MHP, she served for three years as Executive Vice President and CFO for MassDevelopment, where she managed finance and accounting, human resources, administration and technology. She has also served as Director of Finance at the New England Aquarium and Controller at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals/Angell Memorial Hospital.

In addition to her work as Treasurer of the Elizabeth Stone House, she also serves on the South Shore Charter School Board of Trustees, and on the finance committee for the Town of Hull. She received her MBA from Simmons College School of Management and did her undergraduate work in business management and science at Bridgewater State.

Elizabeth (Betty) Burns
Elizabeth Burns is a Senior Vice President of Business Operations at Natixis Global Asset Management – U.S. Distribution. Ms. Burns is responsible for affiliate sales support working with the various investment management firms that fall under the Natixis umbrella in the U.S.; fund services oversight and dealer operations as they relate to the Natixis and Loomis Sayles Funds. She is a member of the Funds’ Investment Committee, Emergency Management Response Team, Security Oversight Committee and the Risk Oversight Committee.

Ms. Burns has more than 35 years of financial services experience and has been with Natixis almost 30 years serving in numerous capacities within the firm including sales support, marketing and business operations. Prior to joining Natixis, Ms. Burns worked at Fidelity Investments.

Ms. Burns received a BA in English from Merrimack College. She is FINRA Series 6 and 63 licensed.

David Dlugasch
David S. Dlugasch is a partner at New England Insurance Group, specializing in the insurance placement for real estate owners and developers. Mr. Dlugasch has been on the board of the Elizabeth Stone House for over 5 years. Prior to his involvement with ESH, Mr. Dlugasch volunteered with the Best Buddies organization as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.

Prior to joining New England Insurance Group, Mr. Dlugasch worked at USI New England. Mr. Dlugasch graduated with a degree in Accounting from Merrimack College. He resides in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts with his wife, Paige.

Bill Gabovitch
Mr. Gabovitch is an accomplished attorney with decades of volunteer experience.  Currently, Mr. Gabovitch is General Counsel – US for Primark Stores Limited, a Dublin based fast fashion retailer.

Since 1989, Mr. Gabovitch has volunteered for Combined Jewish Philanthropies in a number of roles, earning several awards.  For nearly 20 years he has also volunteered with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston where he served as President from 2010-2013.  He is also a board member at JOIN for Justice.  He graduated from Indiana University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Jasmine Jean-Louis
Jasmine Jean-Louis joins us from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in Boston. Prior to this position, she served as a judicial intern for the Hon. Kenneth V. Desmond, Jr., and a litigation paralegal at a Boston law firm. Jasmine is also a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Section Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association, the Community Service Committee of the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys and the Women’s Bar Association.

She chose the Elizabeth Stone House board because she believes in our approach to working with survivors of domestic violence and related trauma. Jasmine is particularly excited to work with the other members to break ground on our new project.

Rosa Licea-Mailloux
Ms. Licea-Mailloux has been a strong advocate for our families through Natixis Global Asset Management, one of our leading corporate sponsors, for more than five years. She is also a participant in our Wilderness Heals pledge hike to raise money for Stone House.

Ms. Licea-Mailloux is currently Senior Vice President, Fund Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel at Natixis Global Asset Management – U.S. Distribution.

She graduated from Boston University and received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. She is also admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Eric Peterson
Eric Peterson is an architect with SMMA | Symmes Maini and McKee Associates, a multi-disciplinary design firm in Cambridge, Providence, and Chapel Hill. Eric has over 30 years of experience in the profession and over 25 years with Massachusetts architectural registration. He specializes in office, high-technology, institutional and multi-family residential facilities.

Eric and his wife Laura have been consistent supporters of the Elizabeth Stone House for over twenty-five years. As an architect,he brings a valuable perspective to the board as it confronts the challenge of designing, funding and constructing a new building.

Mr. Peterson has a Master of Architecture (1984) and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (1982), both from the University of Michigan, College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Susan Phillips
Susan Phillips is a partner in the Environmental Law Section of Mintz Levin, where she advises developers, lenders, purchasers and sellers of property with contamination or environmental permitting issues. Her particular emphasis is working with national retail chain stores on the acquisition, development and financing of Brownfield sites throughout the country.

Ms. Phillips received her B.A. in Biology from Cornell University and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She is listed in “Best Lawyers in America” and has been selected by “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” as a leader in environmental law, was named to the 2011 inaugural edition of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Woman Lawyers, and has been named a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” every year since 2006. She is a member of The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the national organization Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), New England Women in Energy and the Environment, and a member of ASTM International, where she participates in various standard-setting committees relating to the real estate industry. She joined the board of the Elizabeth Stone House in February 2007.

Amanda Roe
Amanda Roe is a Senior Loan Officer at the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, a public non-profit, where she markets MHP’s $1.2 billion loan fund’s lending products, and underwrites and closes permanent loans with developers of affordable rental housing across the state. Prior to joining MHP she was at the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development for 15 years where she worked on a range of affordable housing programs including homeowner and rental rehabilitation initiatives, supportive service housing development and contract management, neighborhood planning for city-owned vacant land, and financial analysis and project management of rental and homeownership units developed across the neighborhoods of Boston.

Ms. Roe received her B.A. in History and Art History from McDaniel College, and her M.A. in Public Policy from Tufts University. She has served on the Board of the Association for Resident Control of Housing (ARCH), and is on the Housing and Community Development Committee of New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE). She joined the Board of Elizabeth Stone House in September 2012.

Alison Smith
Alison Smith is copywriter at Reebok International Ltd. in Canton, Massachusetts where she plays a key role in the company’s marketing, communications and branding. She previously worked for New England Sports Network and for FOX Sports Net and WREX-TV, both in Illinois. She has ten years of athletic coaching and training experience in the community, as well as youth mentoring and tutoring experience.

According to Alison, “I joined the Board of Directors of Elizabeth Stone House to make a positive and long-lasting contribution to the cause of providing support to victims of abuse and domestic violence. As a member of the Board, I hope to advance the level of care and assistance offered to victims, and further develop transitional programming to ensure that all residents have the opportunity to achieve success and stability in the future.”

Randall E. Whittle
Mr. Whittle comes to the board of the Elizabeth Stone House after nearly four decades of endeavor in the field of Child Welfare with the Department of Children and Families. Now retired, he began his career in social welfare and social justice in 1972 as a community organizer for the anti-poverty agency in New Bedford, Massachusetts in the waning days of the Office of Economic Opportunity and the War on Poverty. This seminal experience was formative to the values and interests that have guided and shaped his career in social service over the ensuing 37 years.

His work in child welfare was further informed and broadened by 20 years as an adjunct professor of Social Welfare Policy and Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and a Master of Arts degree in Social Rehabilitation from Assumption College, Worcester. He is a Licensed Certified Social Worker.

These complementary beliefs that government has a responsibility to its most vulnerable citizens and that public education plays a central role in the development of the skills and knowledge necessary to individual success in life have compelled his involvement in such voluntary advisory activities as the Headstart Program, Community Connections, Bridgewater State College School of Social Work, and now the Elizabeth Stone House.

He is married and the father of four grown children.

 

 

Management of Elizabeth Stone House

Nancy Owens Hess, Executive Director
Nancy served for five years on the former management body at the Elizabeth Stone House and for two years as Co-Executive Director. Appointed Executive Director in October of 2010, she has focused on creating an organization that is achievement oriented and outcomes driven. As a businesswoman, she founded a company that operated programs abroad for colleges, museums and high schools throughout the U. S., as well as exchanges for executives and government personnel from China and the former Soviet Union. To house her company, she bought an abandoned library from the City of Boston and oversaw its renovation. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Northeastern University.

Tanya McLean, Director of Children’s Programming
Tanya specializes in working with children and families that have experienced violence and homelessness. Prior to the Elizabeth Stone House, McLean directed the therapeutic afterschool program at The Second Step. She is a LCSW and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Hamilton College.

Maryann Chaisson, Director of Operations
Maryann joined the Elizabeth Stone House in January of 2004 as a member of the development staff. She was appointed Director of Operations for the agency in 2007. Prior to joining the Stone House, Chaisson worked for the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence and the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation.  She holds an Associate Degree in Human Services from Bunker Hill Community College.

James May, Director of Development
James came to the Elizabeth Stone House in 2005, out of retirement. He worked in small businesses most of his career, and was a founding partner in the business from which he retired.  He worked in marketing and project development for fifteen years. He was a trustee of the Milton Foundation for Education, where he chaired the grants committee and co-chaired the foundation’s primary fundraising event. May holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston College.

Page Clark, Director of Community Programs
Page Clark joined the Elizabeth Stone House in June of 2013 as a Community Stabilization Case Manager. She was promoted to Director of Community Programs in July of 2015 as community services at the Stone House continued to significantly expand. Before joining the Elizabeth Stone House, Clark held positions at The Second Step and Walden Street House for Girls. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Social and Political Systems from Pine Manor College.

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