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Our Board of Directors

Joseph Wadlinger, chair, has over 35 years of experience in business strategy and banking.  Throughout his career, he has served on the boards of several organizations focused on underserved populations.  Joe is currently the senior vice president and head of Commercial Banking Sales and Strategy at People’s United Bank, NA.  He lives in Beverly with his wife, Maria.  They enjoy getting together with their large and active family.  Joe somehow finds time to volunteer for causes that are important to him and to stay physically active with a variety of sports.

 

Susan Flannery, vice chair, served as director of libraries in Cambridge for over 23 years.  She was honored by the American Library Association as one of the 20th century’s outstanding library advocates. As a librarian, Susan learned first-hand about the helpful role libraries can play for people who are homeless and/or have a disability.  Susan remains very active in the local community, serving on two other boards. She resides in Cambridge with her husband Stephen and chairs the Riverside Community Council–Cambridge/Somerville.  She enjoys painting and reading and the company of extended family and lifelong friends.

 

Mark Whalen, treasurer, retired as CEO of Needham Bank and continues to serve on its board of directors. He is also on the board of advisors at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham and the board of the Dedham Historical Society, and he is a trustee of the Needham History Center & Museum.  Mark holds a fourth-degree black belt in karate.  He lives in Weymouth with his wife, Tina.  Mark has a long history supporting Riverside both professionally and personally.

 

Melody Mak-Jurkauskas, clerk, is senior director of Regulatory Affairs, WuXi Apptec, which serves the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries.  She received her postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and started her pharmaceutical industry career in Cambridge and never left.  A member of the Riverside Community Council–Cambridge/Somerville, she says, “Riverside’s services are important and the staff members are not only highly competent, but they’re creative, smart and care a great deal. I find the organization incredibly inspiring!” Melody lives in Cambridge with her husband Valdas and their two sons, and is an active parent volunteer at her boys’ school. She also fills her downtime playing the piano and practicing yoga.

 

Rosemary Anderson served as a middle school teacher in the Boston Public Schools for 36 years. Now retired, she volunteers with the Boston Nature Center and the Mass Audubon Sanctuary Committee.  She is the mother of two adopted girls – her oldest is a social worker and her youngest receives services from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and Riverside. Rosemary is committed to Riverside because it has given so much to her family. “Without Riverside my family would not have survived the physical and emotional damage inflicted on my youngest daughter as a baby,” she states. Rosemary was honored at a past Riverside CARE Awards, an annual ceremony that celebrates exceptional Riverside employees, friends of the organization, and people served.

 

Fran Arnold is a clinical psychologist counseling adults, children and families at her private practice in Harvard Square.  She was first drawn to Riverside by the Cambridge Guidance Center, a “local gem,” and is passionate about the larger mission of Riverside Community Care.  Fran is on the faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; a lecturer in psychology at Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry; and a clinical associate in psychology at McLean Hospital.  Her areas of special interest are women’s psychological development, personality disorders, and infant-parent mental health.  Fran and her husband Bob Stern raised their three daughters in Cambridge and now enjoy spending time with their seven grandchildren. You can also find them hiking in the Adirondack Mountains, relaxing on Martha’s Vineyard, and attending performances at the American Repertory Theater.

 

Jessica Brayden is the CEO of RESPOND, Inc., New England’s first domestic violence prevention agency, and only the second in the nation. She holds an MBA from Endicott College and has devoted her entire professional career to human services.  She currently serves on the boards of the Somerville and Malden Chambers of Commerce, and previously on the board of the former Somerville Home, which merged into Riverside. Jessica is passionate about Riverside’s mental health and substance use initiatives.  A Somerville resident, she and her husband Randy have three children.  Jessica is a certified scuba divemaster, and when timing allows she is an avid traveler.

 

Jack Connolly is president and CEO of WCCIA, Inc., an insurance agency in Davis Square in Somerville. A lifelong Somerville resident, Jack is active with the Somerville Chamber of Commerce and served as an alderman for more than 32 years.  Clearly committed to his community, he notes, “It is a joy to see Riverside making a major difference in Somerville and other communities with much-needed behavioral health and human services.”  Jack serves on the board of Teen Empowerment and is a former board member of the Somerville Home, which merged with Riverside.  He and his wife Gail are ever-active athletes – Jack has earned a third-degree black belt in karate and is an internationally certified tournament-level basketball referee

 

Peter Hamill, senior vice president and general manager for Turner Construction Company’s New England Region, has been a leader in healthcare and medical facility construction in the northeast for over 35 years. He serves on the board of the Green Ribbon Commission and several local institutional advisory boards and is a frequent guest lecturer and panel speaker promoting innovation and project delivery improvement within the design and construction communities.  Pete is a Massachusetts native. A passionate skier and hiker, he currently resides in Rye, New Hampshire with his wife Kelly and their children Jack and Maggie.

 

Lauren Harder has invested in historic Cambridge properties for over a decade as founder and president of The Harder Group, a development, construction, and property management firm. Her passion extends to her service as treasurer for the Cambridge Historical Society board.  She was previously a consulting project manager for Fortune 100 companies, delivering multi-million-dollar software integration solutions, and part-owner of a management software company.  Lauren is an active fundraiser for Riverside’s mental health and domestic violence programs in the Cambridge, Somerville area.  In her free time you’ll find her snowboarding and hiking in New Hampshire, and enjoying activities with her two daughters.

 

Shaheen Lakhan is a physician-scientist and clinical development specialist with over 15 years of diverse experience in clinical practice, academia, and industry. He is board-certified in both neurology and pain medicine. He currently serves as senior vice president of research and development at Click Therapeutics, a biotech developing therapeutics for schizophrenia, depression, addiction, and other neuropsychiatric diseases. He also continues to serve patients as a practicing neurologist and pain specialist at Cambridge Health Alliance.  Shaheen was drawn to the Riverside board because of the organization’s mission as a community-based behavioral healthcare and human services organization.

 

Eric R. Morse has over 35 years of experience in strategic development for leading financial services companies in North America. Most recently he led an initiative to transform Needham Bank into one of the leading community banks in the country. He is a trustee of the A.C. Ratshesky Foundation, one of Boston’s oldest private charitable foundations. Closer to home, he founded the Dover Neighbor’s Fund, a nonprofit providing temporary financial aid to residents of Dover, Massachusetts.  About joining Riverside’s board he notes, “Now that I am retired with the ability to choose how I spend my time, it’s an honor to do whatever I can to support such an incredible organization.” Eric lives in Dover with Mary Crane and enjoys time with his family, as well as a life-long passion for the Boston Bruins!

 

Alan Posner is widely respected as one of the most effective litigators in Massachusetts and is currently of counsel at the law firm Rubin and Rudman in Boston, where he was a partner for many years. He has served in government positions including assistant counsel at the Department of Mental Health, Massachusetts assistant attorney general, and counsel at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance. Alan’s inspiration for his work with Riverside is his younger sister, who was born with cognitive disabilities and now lives in a group setting in Rochester. Alan and his wife Suzanne live in Newton.  He plays the trumpet in the Shpilkes Klezmer Band, made up of musicians from the Boston suburbs, and he is also an amateur comedian!

 

Carolyn Reckman is a retired executive manager and formerly served as vice president, AthenaEnvironment for Athenahealth.  There she oversaw all functions that served the physical environment of the company including real estate, facilities and construction, technical support and physical security.  She comes to her service on the Riverside board with a desire to support marginalized communities in the behavioral health arena.  Carolyn is also a passionate woodworker, and currently chair of the LexArt Woodworkers Guild in Lexington.

 

Joel Rubinstein served as a medical director at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care for 20 years.  A psychiatrist, Joel now works as a consultant on behavioral health issues.  Throughout his career he has focused on health policy and on the goal of ensuring quality care that is cost effective.  His extensive interests include study of Japanese history and art, and he practices Chinese calligraphy.  Joel and his wife Lisa, also a psychiatrist, have two adult children, and love to travel.

 

Ellis Seidman had a long career in labor relations in government before completely reinventing himself – as chef/owner of Inman Square restaurant institution Daddy-O’s in Cambridge!  Now retired, he speaks warmly about the Riverside Early Intervention services provided for his family when they faced the challenge of prematurely born twin boys.  Both are now successful young men, a significant reason why serving on Riverside’s board is incredibly important to him. Ellis and his wife Jenny live in Cambridge, where he rides his bike every day and prepares elaborate meals for the family and anyone else who may show up at his table.

 

Annette Shine is a retired critical care nurse.  She has devoted her time to numerous volunteer roles with Moms Demand Action, Be My Eyes, the Kindness Coalition, and in local schools and her church. She and her husband Bill have three grown children.  Annette was motivated to join the Riverside board through her commitment to the goal of behavioral healthcare access for everyone. She knows from personal experience the hurdles involved in finding care for a child struggling with mental health, even with the knowledge and resources she and her husband have as medical professionals.  She and her husband Bill, a cardiologist at Milford Regional Medical Center, live in Shrewsbury.

 

Donna Stearns is president of South Shore Contracting and co-founder of the James F. Stearns Company, construction contractors in Massachusetts and New York for over 30 years.  She serves on the advisory board of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and on Massachusetts General Hospital’s Leadership Council for Psychiatry. Donna is dedicated to Riverside because the organization “serves our most vulnerable populations with grace and dignity, allowing families some comfort knowing their loved ones are in the care of competent and remarkably committed professionals.” She and her husband Jim live in Boston and San Juan, Puerto Rico.