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.

Jennifer Potter-Brotman

Chair, The Commonwealth Institute
Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates

Jennifer Potter-Brotman is the Area Manager for the Boston office, a senior leader in the Human Resources practice and Corporate Officers sector and a member of the Diversity practice at Russell Reynolds Associates. She focuses on assessing and recruiting CHROs and other senior HR leaders. She has client relationships across a broad spectrum of industries, including financial services, healthcare, technology, industrial, professional services, and not for profit. Her clients include both public and private organizations.

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.

Deb Besemer

Deborah Besemer was most recently the CEO of Gemvara, an e-commerce designer jewelry company. Previously she was the President and CEO of BrassRing, a leading provider of talent management solutions. Under her leadership, revenues grew consistently, from $1 million in revenue to $40 million until she oversaw the sale of the company to Kenexa Corp. for $115 million.

Wendy Cebula

Wendy Cebula is currently serving as a business adviser to multiple organizations including Boston-based Gemvara. Previously she served as Chief Operating Officer at Vistaprint where she was responsible for overseeing Vistaprint’s North American, European and JANZ business units as well as global capabilities development and manufacturing strategy. Prior to Vistaprint Wendy led retention marketing and analytics for and worked in various database marketing capacities at financial services company, Partners First.

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.

Diane Davis

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Diane Davis is a Vice President with Merrill Lynch and one of an elite group of financial advisors with a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation, a Certified Investment Manager Analyst (CIMA) designation, and the additional Merrill Lynch certification of Wealth Management Advisor.

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.

Lauren Jennings

Posternak Blankstein & Lund, LLP

Lauren is the firm’s Immediate-Past Managing Partner and a member of the Corporate Practice Group. She is engaged in a general business practice, with particular focus on structuring of strategic relationships, mergers and acquisitions, entity formation and planning, and contracts, including both transactional and ongoing company representation.

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.

Irma Fisher Mann

IRMA, Inc.

Irma Fisher Mann, recognized as a leading marketing expert in the travel and hospitality industry, is the founder of IRMA, Inc., a marketing communication and consulting firm specializing on both hospitality and education. She previously formed ISM Strategic Marketing, which she developed into the largest woman-owned marketing agency in New England, before selling the firm in 1999.

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.

Pamela Reeve

Vice Chair
The Commonwealth Institute

Pamela Reeve is Vice 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.

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.

Shirley Singleton


Shirley Singleton is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Edgewater. She co-founded the company in 1992 with her partner, David Clancey.

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.

Susan Lewis Solomont

Susan Lewis Solomont lives in Madrid, Spain with her husband Alan D. Solomont, United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra. Prior to moving to Madrid in January 2010, Ms. Solomont was a Senior Philanthropic Advisor at The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) in Boston, Massachusetts, a not-for-profit consulting firm that advises individuals, family foundations and corporations on how to design philanthropy programs that create meaning and impact.  Ms. Solomont’s work focused on creating entrepreneurial and strategic approaches to private philanthropy working with numerous corporate and private family foundations.

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.