Board of Directors

Lois E. Silverman

Founding Chair
The Commonwealth Institute

Mrs. Silverman’s professional career has spanned over 30 years in business where she is most well recognized as one of the first women in Massachusetts to take a company public. In 1988, she founded CRA Managed Care (now Concentra Managed Care), a provider of services to reduce the costs of workers’ compensation, automobile, disability and health insurance claims.

Pamela Reeve

The Commonwealth Institute

Pamela Reeve is Chair of The Commonwealth Institute, working with women CEOs, entrepreneurs and business leaders to help them grow their businesses and their careers. She is the former CEO of Lightbridge, Inc. a company she headed from start up in 1989, took public in 1996, and ran for 15 years. Prior to joining Lightbridge, Reeve spent eleven years at the Boston Consulting Group, one of the world’s leading management consulting firms. Her prior experience includes National Project Manager for a program funded by National Endowment for the Humanities, and real estate finance and development.

Jennifer Potter-Brotman

Vice Chair, The Commonwealth Institute

Jennifer Potter-Brotman has over 30 years’ experience in senior operating roles in professional services companies, working with public and private companies across a wide range of industries. Most recently she ran the Boston Office of Russell Reynolds, a global leader in assessment, recruitment, and succession planning. Her former roles include working in private equity and serving as the President and CEO of the Forum Corporation, a leader in corporate training and education.

Kirk Arnold

Data Intensity

Kirk Arnold brings deep experience in technology and services leadership to her role as CEO. Prior to joining Data Intensity, she was COO of Avid, a technology provider to the media industry. Before joining Avid, Kirk was the CEO and President of Keane, Inc., then a publicly-traded billion dollar global services provider. Before Keane, she held senior leadership roles at Computer Sciences Corp, where Kirk was President of the Consulting and Systems Integration Division, Fidelity Investments and IBM. She was also a founder and CEO of Nervewire, a technology and consulting service provider.

Wendy Cebula

LongSpan Partners

Wendy is currently a Partner at LongSpan Partners, a Private Equity entity she helped to launch, located in Boston. Previously, she Wendy was president and chief operating officer at edX, managing the nonprofit’s day-to-day operations. Wendy brings strong digital and business expertise and has successfully grown and run large online businesses. She is best known for her 13-year tenure at Vistaprint, a leading online provider of professional marketing products and services to micro businesses and the home, where she recently served as chief operating officer and helped grow and scale the company from $1 million to more than $1 billion in revenue globally.

Andrea Cohen


HouseWorks co-founder and CEO Andrea Cohen is a social entrepreneur dedicated to transforming the way that care is delivered to seniors at home. Her vision for the business crystallized over 20 years ago when she took care of both her parents and became committed to making what she went through easier for families. In Boston over the last decade, Andrea and her team built the largest single site private home care company in the country.

Barbara Nobles Crawford, Ph.D.

Nobles Crawford & Partners

Barbara has extensive global corporate, entrepreneurial, and not-for-profit leadership experience in P&L management, strategic business consulting, organizational transformation, leadership/management development, executive coaching, and integrated talent management, as consultant and business executive in domestic and multinational companies. She is currently Assistant Secretary of Human Resources in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs.

Fay Donohue

Fay Donohue has been a leader in health and health care delivery and financing since 1975. She has brought her expertise in the dental benefits market and a deep commitment to improving oral health care delivery to her role as President and Chief Executive Officer of DentaQuest over the past 8 years. She retired in June 2015 and now focuses on board work, public policy and education.

Annie Drapeau


Annie Seibold Drapeau serves as Chief Human Resources Officer at Moderna, leading the company’s talent and organizational strategy. Prior to joining Moderna, Ms. Drapeau served as an Operating Partner at Bain Capital Private Equity, where she partnered with companies across the private equity portfolio on a range of talent and organizational capability initiatives.

Deborah Ellinger

Ideal Image

Ms. Ellinger is president and CEO of Ideal Image, the largest chain of medspas in North America, providing nonsurgical cosmetic procedures through 130 centers across the US and Canada. She has led three private-equity backed companies, as Chairman and CEO of The Princeton Review, President of Restoration Hardware, and CEO of Wellness Pet Food.

Carol Goldberg

The AVCAR Group. Ltd.

Carol R. Goldberg is President of The AVCAR Group, Ltd., a private investment and consulting firm, which she founded in 1990 with her husband, Avram, after a thirty year career with The Stop & Shop Companies. Prior to founding AVCAR, she was the President and COO of Stop & Shop.

Emily Nagle Green

Emily Green is a tech sector executive and thought leader, leading innovation in technology services for over 25 years. Currently, she is an independent Director on the Board of Casella Waste Systems, Inc. (NASD: CWST), a $500M regional waste services firm and a member of the Russell 2000 small cap index, where she serves on both the Compensation and Nomination & Governance Committees. For the Lee Kennedy Company, a family-owned regional construction firm, she serves as an independent director. She also coaches several C-level leaders and advises technology startups.

Elizabeth Hailer

The Commonwealth Institute

Elizabeth Hailer is the Executive Director at The Commonwealth Institute.

Lauren Jennings

Posternak Blankstein & Lund, LLP

Lauren was Managing Partner of this 50-lawyer firm for eight years, and is a member of the Corporate Practice Group. She is engaged in a general business practice, with particular focus on structuring of strategic relationships, advising owners in corporate transactions and contract review and negotiation. Lauren also consults with law firm managers on operational and strategic matters.

Karen Kupferberg

Millwood Management Solutions, Inc.

Karen Kupferberg joined Axeda in December 2004 and was responsible for all of the company’s financial, accounting, and legal functions in addition to managing investor relations, information systems and procurement activities. Prior to joining Axeda, Ms. Kupferberg served as President of Millwood Management Solutions, an independent professional services practice consulting to top management of small/mid-size companies, with a focus on the assessment and improvement of business operations.

Barbara Marx


Barbara Marx is Principal in Marx+, a marketing consultancy that specializes in positioning, branding and messaging. Over the course of her career she has been engaged by emerging growth companies as well as industry leaders such as AT&T, Digital Equipment and Lotus Development/IBM.

Evelyn Murphy

The WAGE Project, Inc.

Evelyn Murphy is President of The WAGE Project, Inc., a national organization to end wage discrimination against working women, and author of Getting Even: Why Women Don’t Get Paid Like Men and What To Do About It, published by Simon & Schuster in October 2005. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company and a Director of Citizens Energy Corporation.

Terrie Perella


Terrie Perella is currently the national director of consulting marketing for RSM, the leading audit, tax and consulting provider for middle market organizations. She is an experienced executive with a proven track record of delivering results within rapidly growing professional services and technology companies, from start-ups to global firms.

June Rokoff

June Rokoff is a Founding Member and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of The Commonwealth Institute, an organization dedicated to helping women CEO’s, entrepreneurs and senior corporate executives build successful companies. Rokoff has recently been a consultant specializing in coaching high technology management.

Aviva Sapers

Sapers & Wallack

Aviva E. Sapers is the CEO of Sapers & Wallack, a third-generation insurance, benefits and investment management firm. Integrity is at the root of the family business, which was founded by Aviva’s grandfather, Abraham Sapers, in 1932.

Helene Solomon

Solomon McCown & Company

Helene is the founder & CEO of Solomon McCown and is widely recognized for bringing an entrepreneurial spirit and keen sense of strategic thinking to the definition, recognition and protection of mission-focused organizations and businesses.

Phyllis S. Swersky

The MelTech Group

Phyllis Swersky is President of The MelTech Group, which provides a broad range of business advisory services to the CEOs and executive management teams of growing companies. Phyllis draws on two decades of hands-on executive management and financial experience in computer software and service companies, including a pioneering role in the meteoric growth of Cullinet software.

Susan Windham-Bannister

Biomedical Growth Strategies LLC

Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister is a nationally and internationally recognized innovation expert. She was recognized by the Boston Globe as one of the “10 Most Influential Women in Biotech” in 2013 and by Boston Magazine as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Boston” in 2011. Dr. Windham-Bannister currently serves as Managing Partner of Biomedical Innovation Advisors LLC, which she founded with Dr. Harvey Lodish, co-founder of Genzyme, and member of the Whitehead Institute, MIT. She also serves as the President and CEO of Biomedical Growth Strategies, LLC.