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Joseph Abate, M.D.
Dr. Joseph Abate, an orthopedic surgeon, founded and operates North Suburban Orthopedic Associates, a medical practice concentrating in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and physical therapy. A native of Medford, MA, he is a 1958 graduate of Tufts University and a 1962 graduate of Tufts University Medical School. Abate completed post-graduate training at Boston City Hospital from 1962 to 1964 and at Boston V.A. Medical Center from 1964 to 1967.

In addition to operating a successful medical practice for more than 30 years, Abate has been active in a number of charitable endeavors. He served as chairperson of the Friends of the Whidden Memorial Hospital Coalition, was a founder and director of Metropolitan Bank, and served as a trustee of Cummings Foundation's New Horizons at Choate retirement community. Abate was awarded a Distinguished Service Award by Eastern Middlesex Association for Retarded Citizens.



The Honorable Margot Botsford
In 2007, Governor Deval Patrick appointed Associate Justice Margot Botsford to the Supreme Judicial Court, the oldest appellate court in continuous existence in the Western Hemisphere. She retired from the court in 2017. Born in New York City, Botsford was appointed to the Massachusetts Superior Court (Suffolk County) in 1989 by Governor Michael Dukakis. She is a graduate of Barnard College (B.A.), Northeastern University School of Law (J.D.), and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (M.P.A.), and she brings extensive experience to Cummings Foundation's board of trustees. Botsford is the editor/co-editor of several publications, including an early work entitled "Protecting the Rights of Elderly Clients."

Botsford began her notable career as a law clerk for Supreme Judicial Court Justice Francis J. Quirico. In the private sector, she served as an associate at Hill & Barlow and later was a partner at Boston-based Rosenfeld, Botsford & Krokidas. Before her appointment to the Superior Court, she served as assistant district attorney (chief of the appeals bureau) in Middlesex County and as an assistant attorney general (government bureau & chief of opinions).

Botsford is a trustee emerita of Northeastern University and has taught at Northeastern University School of Law, Boston University Law School, National Judicial College, and Flaschner Judicial Institue. Among her awards and honors are Judicial Excellence Awards from the Massachusetts Judicial Conference and Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, the Haskell Cohn Distinguished Judicial Service Award from Boston Bar Association, and honorary degrees from Northeastern University School of Law and New England Law School.



Rep. Paul C. Casey
Paul C. Casey is a graduate of Harvard University and has a Master of Public Administration degree from Suffolk University and an MBA from Boston University. He was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for 20 years, from 1989 to 2009, representing the 31st Middlesex District.

Casey has been an active participant in state government and numerous community and charitable organizations since the mid-1980s. He served as chairperson for the House Committee on Taxation and on the Advisory Committee on Consolidated Health Care Financing and Delivery. Casey also serves on Cummings Foundation's Finance Committee. In his limited free time, he serves as a professional boxing referee.



Patricia A. Cummings, Psy. D.
A 1997 graduate of Tufts University, Patricia A. Cummings was a full-time employee of the New Horizons at Marlborough senior living community for eight years, through August 2005. She continues to serve in the volunteer role of trustee and chairperson of New Horizons at Marlborough and is vice president of Cummings Foundation.

After New Horizons, Cummings was assistant dean of Orthodox Hebrew Academy of San Francisco. She obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2011 from California School of Professional Psychology and is a psychologist with her own private practice in San Francisco, California.

Cummings is active in the Tufts University Alumni Admissions program, interviewing applicants for undergraduate admission. She serves on the Community Advisory Board for Alliance Health Project at University of California San Francisco and is a former overseer of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Cummings has also served as a director-at-large of Middlesex Concert Band and on the board of directors of Marlborough (MA) Hospital Foundation. She is an accomplished pianist and clarinet player and a former downhill skiing instructor.



Joyce M. and William S. Cummings
Born in Somerville, Massachusetts in 1937, Bill Cummings grew up in nearby Medford, where he attended public schools and, in 1958, graduated from Tufts University. Bill was thereafter employed in sales and marketing positions with Vick Chemical Company (Vaporub, etc.) of Greensboro, North Carolina, and Gortons of Gloucester, Inc. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Subsequently, Bill acquired, built up, and sold a well established Medford, Massachusetts firm, Old Medford Foods.

Joyce grew up in Alabama and graduated from University of Alabama in 1962. After a one-year dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital brought her to Boston, she ended up staying in the area quite a while longer. Joyce became a hospital dietician at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, where she met Bill in the kitchen in 1964.

Since 1970, Bill has been very successful in buying, building, and managing commercial real estate in eastern Massachusetts. The firm he founded, Cummings Properties, has built or restored dozens of large and very large commercial structures, totaling more than 10 million square feet. Based in Woburn, Cummings Properties currently provides business homes for more than 2,000 Massachusetts businesses and organizations.

Bill and Joyce are the founders of Cummings Foundation, Inc. as well as New Horizons not-for-profit assisted and independent living communities in Woburn and Marlborough. These communities currently provide homes for more than 500 seniors. The Foundation is also heavily involved with Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, Massachusetts, the only veterinary school in New England.

Joyce is a director of Cummings Properties and a trustee of Cummings Foundation, Inc. She has served as women's golf chair at Winchester Country Club, is a past president of Winchester's En Ka Society (a women's service organization), and is a former trustee of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. In addition, Joyce was a longtime member of the board of trustees of Winchester Community Music School and VNA Hospice Care, Inc. of Woburn.

Bill served 10 years as a charter trustee of Tufts University and is a former overseer of Tufts Medical School and director of Winchester Hospital. He is also the founder and former publisher of three community newspapers: the Woburn Advocate, Stoneham Sun, and Winchester Town Crier. Bill is still a trustee emeritus of Tufts University and was chairman of Tufts' property-holding corporation (Walnut Hill Properties), as well as a bank director and elected member and chairman of the Winchester Planning Board. He has worked as a licensed real estate broker, a licensed auctioneer, and even a Massachusetts Justice of the Peace. Bill's other outside activities include many philanthropic involvements, and several decades as a director and honorary director of the James L. McKeown Boys and Girls Club of Woburn.

Bill was named 1998 Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year for New England by Ernst & Young, LLP, and was awarded Tufts University's Distinguished Service Award "for service to Tufts, his community and his profession." His firm's restoration of the historic United Shoe Machinery Corp. complex in Beverly was the subject of a very laudatory October 2, 1997 feature story in The Wall Street Journal by late Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable.

Bill was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree by Tufts University in May 2006, and has several times been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Bostonians by Boston Business Journal. A former director of Winchester Country Club, he is a golfer, avid ocean sailor, and licensed Scuba diver.

In May 2011, Bill and Joyce became the first Massachusetts residents to join "The Giving Pledge," a national philanthropic organization founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet. Also in 2011, they were together named runners-up in The Boston Globe's annual "Bostonian of the Year" selection. Joyce and Bill gave the 2013 Commencement Address at Salem State University and the 2016 Commencement Address at Endicott College. Both institutions honored the couple with honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.

Other joint honors include the 2013 "Solas Award" from the Irish International Immigrant Center, Edward H. Linde Public Service Award from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Justice and Compassion Award from Catholic Charities, and Friend of Israel Award from Lappin Foundation. In June 2014, Bill was honored by Boston Business Journal as its 2014 Real Estate Visionary of the Year, and in 2017, Joyce and Bill were inducted into the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Academy of Distinguished Bostonians. Click to view photos, videos, and speeches from many of their public appearances.

Bill and Joyce particularly enjoy spending time together with their four children and five grandchildren. They also continue to travel extensively in many remote corners of the world.



Rep. Carol A. Donovan
After earning her bachelor's and master's degrees from Regis College, Carol A. Donovan was a teacher in the Woburn public school system for 25 years. The Woburn resident retired in 2005 after serving seven terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She served as president of the 1991 Class of Legislators and on the Energy and Personnel & Administration Committees. Donovan was treasurer for the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators and a member of the Special Committee on Foster Care, Legislative Caucus of Older Citizens Concerns, Massachusetts Legislative Children's Caucus (Steering Committee), and Legislative Tobacco Control Caucus.

Donovan was recognized as "Legislator of the Year" and as an "Outstanding Legislator" numerous times throughout her career by many state-wide organizations. She has served on the board of directors of Visiting Nurses Association of Middlesex East and was appointed to the Governor's Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence, in recognition of her excellent advocacy during her tenure as a state representative. Donovan is also a trustee emerita of New Horizons at Choate, LLC.



Arlan F. Fuller, Jr., M.D.
Dr. Arlan Fuller, a gynecologic cancer specialist, is currently vice president for oncology services at Winchester Hospital Center for Cancer Care. He earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and his medical degree with honors from Harvard Medical School. Prior to 2007, he was chief of gynecologic oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School.

Fuller's professional focuses have been the development of surgical techniques in the management of ovarian cancer and the use of robotic surgery in the treatment of cervical and endometrial carcinomas. He has authored more than 100 academic papers and book chapters in the field of gynecologic oncology. Beyond academic medicine, Fuller has taught surgery and demonstrated surgical techniques in operating rooms in the south of Italy and in Latin America. Within the sphere of global health, he is particularly interested in the screening and early diagnosis of cervical carcinoma, the most common cause of death for women in the developing world.



Laurie Gabriel, CFA
Laurie Gabriel retired as one of three managing partners at the Boston-based Wellington Management Company in 2008, after 32 years with the investment management firm. She also served as Wellington's director of global research and chair of its Compensation Committee. A graduate of Tufts University, Gabriel earned a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has been president of Quantitative Discussion Group and Boston Security Analysts Society.

In retirement, Gabriel spends time traveling and participating in active outdoor sports, as well as sharing her business experience by working with several nonprofit organizations. She has served on the Tufts University Board of Trustees since 2009 and is a member of its Investment Committee. The Jackson, NH resident also serves as a trustee for The Nature Conservancy - New Hampshire and is chair of the investment committees for New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Mount Washington Observatory. She actively supports several conservation organizations and nonprofit groups focused on aiding women in creating independent lives and financial security.



David R. Harris, Ph.D.
As provost and senior vice president of Tufts University, Dr. David Harris oversees eight schools and the library system, as well as multiple cross-school programs, centers, and initiatives. The Office of the Provost is responsible for setting institutional priorities that define and advance the University's mission.

Previously, Harris served at Cornell University as professor of sociology, and in a series of administrative roles, including senior associate dean, vice provost for social sciences, deputy provost, and interim provost. In 2010-2011, he served as deputy assistant secretary for human services policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he led the Office of Human Services Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

Harris holds a B.S. in Human Development and Social Policy, and a Ph.D. in Sociology, from Northwestern University. His broad research interests involve social stratification, race and ethnicity, social identity, and other areas of public policy.

His work has applied theories from sociology, economics, and psychology to empirical studies of racial and ethnic disparities in socioeconomic status, the fluidity of race, and racial and nonracial determinants of residential mobility. Harris co-edited The Colors of Poverty: Why Racial and Ethnic Disparities Exist, and has authored numerous publications in academic journals, public policy outlets, and major national newspapers.



Deborah T. Kochevar, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Dr. Deborah T. Kochevar is the dean of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University as well as the Henry and Lois Foster Professor of Biomedical Sciences. Prior to her appointment as dean in 2006, she served for 19 years on the faculty of Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, including two stints as acting dean, in 2004 and 2005.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rice University, Kochevar received a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Her research focus is molecular pharmacology.

Veterinary medical education and teaching are priorities for Kochevar. She has received grants for science and math curriculum development and has won several teaching awards, including the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award and the Student American Veterinary Medical Association National Teaching Award in Basic Science.

Kochevar is a national leader in veterinary medical education and is past chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education and the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Medical Graduates. She is past president of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology. Kochevar and her husband, John, have two grown children, Chris and Steven, of whom she is very proud.



Anthony P. Monaco, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Anthony P. Monaco became the 13th president of Tufts University in 2011. A distinguished geneticist, Monaco also holds faculty appointments at Tufts University's School of Medicine as a professor of neuroscience and at its School of Arts and Sciences as a professor of biology.

Before assuming the presidency at Tufts, Monaco served as the pro-vice-chancellor for planning and resources at the University of Oxford, beginning in 2007. He was also a professor of human genetics at Oxford, beginning in 1997, where he led the University's Neurogenetics Group, a team of scientists investigating the genetic underpinnings of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, language impairment, and dyslexia.

From 1998 to 2008, Monaco directed Oxford's Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics. Under his leadership, the organization doubled in size, and is now the largest externally funded university-based research center in the U.K.

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Monaco received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1981, and his M.D. and Ph.D. through Harvard Medical School's Medical Scientist Training Program. His doctoral research led to a landmark scientific discovery: the gene responsible for X-linked Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies.

Monaco was elected to the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2006, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK) and the Royal Society of Medicine. He and his wife, Zoia, have three sons.



Jason Z. Morris, Ph.D.
A 1991 summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, Jason Z. Morris earned a master's degree at Harvard University and then a Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard Medical School in 1997. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at New York University, where he held an American Cancer Society fellowship and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship. He was published as a first author in NATURE.

In 2003, Morris joined the faculty of Fordham University where he is now chair of the Department of Natural Sciences. In 2011 he received the University's Teacher of the Year award. He is on the Board of Overseers at Tufts' Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Morris is married to Marilyn Cummings Morris and is the father of two of Joyce and Bill Cummings' grandchildren.



Marilyn Cummings Morris, MD, M.P.H.
A 1992 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College, Marilyn C. Morris is also a 1997 graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and a fellowship in pediatric critical care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She then served for seven years as a pediatric intensive-care physician at Children's Hospital of New York (Columbia Presbyterian).

Morris is now an associate professor at Columbia University School of Medicine and serves as chair of Columbia University Medical Center's Institutional Review Board, #1 and is medical director of the Clinical Trials office. She has a special interest in the ethical and pragmatic aspects of conducting clinical research in medical emergency situations. She is also a trustee of Cummings Institute for World Justice. In 2007, she earned a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University. She is married to Jason Morris; together they have two children.



Richard C. Ockerbloom
The retired president and chief operating officer of The Boston Globe, Richard C. (Dick) Ockerbloom began his career at the Globe as a Northeastern University co-op student worker 50 years earlier. After graduating from Northeastern in 1952, he went on to serve the University over many decades. He is now vice chairman emeritus of Northeastern's Board of Trustees. Additionally, Ockerbloom serves on Cummings Foundation's Finance Committee.

Ockerbloom holds an honorary doctoral degree from Northeastern and was inducted into the Arlington (MA) High School Hall of Fame. He has served in a wide range of important public service positions throughout the Boston area. He is also a long-time member of Winchester Country Club, where he reportedly enjoys working for four hours on some Saturday mornings to win $2.00 from Bill Cummings.



Executive Director

Joel B. Swets
Joel B. Swets of Winchester, Massachusetts has been the Foundation's executive director since October 2006. Swets is a graduate of Colby College and Suffolk University Law School where he received his JD degree cum laude in 1981. In 1984, he earned an LLM degree in Taxation from Boston University Law School. Before joining Cummings Foundation, Swets had extensive experience in charitable planned giving, estate planning, and in preparing charitable remainder trusts.



Associate Executive (pro bono)

Joyce Vyriotes
A resident of Reading, Massachusetts, Vyriotes is communications director at Cummings Properties and serves, in a pro bono capacity, as associate executive director of the Foundation. With a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, she began her career doing sales and marketing for Boston Duck Tours, before moving to Arizona, where she spent a decade in fundraising and patient services for a few nonprofit organizations. Vyriotes returned to the east coast in 2010 and joined the Cummings organization. Since then, she earned a master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University.

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