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, Abate 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 1962-64 and at Boston V.A. Medical Center from 1964-67.
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 the Chairman of the Friends of the Whidden Memorial Hospital Coalition, was a founder and director of Metropolitan Bank, a trustee at Cummings Foundation's New Horizons at Choate, and was awarded a special Distinguished Service Award by the Eastern Middlesex Association for Retarded Citizens.
The Honorable Margot Botsford
Born in New York City, Associate Justice Margot Botsford was first appointed to the Massachusetts Superior Court (Suffolk County) in 1989 by former Governor Michael Dukakis. She is a graduate of Barnard College (B.A.) and Northeastern University School of Law (J.D.), and brings extensive experience to Cummings Foundation's board of trustees. Justice Botsford is the editor/co-editor of several publications, including an early work entitled "Protecting the Rights of Elderly Clients."
On July 26, 2007, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick nominated Her Honor to serve on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the oldest appellate court in continuous existence in the Western Hemisphere. She was then confirmed by the Governor's Council on August 31, and on September 4, 2007 was sworn in before a thousand enthusiastic friends and supporters inside the grand rotunda of Boston's beautiful John Adams Courthouse, where she will serve.
Justice 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).
Justice Botsford currently serves on the board of trustees for Northeastern University. Additionally, Botsford has worked extensively with the Boston educational outreach group, Citizens Schools, in helping to expand its services to inner city students, and has held innumerable other appointed and elected positions as well.
Paul C. Casey (ret.)
Paul C. Casey is a graduate of Harvard University, with a Masters in Public Administration from Suffolk University and an MBA from Boston University. He has been a very active participant in state government and numerous community and charitable organizations since the mid-1980s. Mr. Casey also serves on Cummings Foundation's Finance Committee.
Casey served as chairperson for the House Committee on Taxation and on the Advisory Committee on Consolidated Health Care Financing and Delivery. In his limited free time, he serves as a professional boxing referee.
Rep. Carol A. Donovan (ret.)
After earning her bachelor's and master's degrees from Regis College, Carol A. Donovan served as a teacher in the Woburn public school system for 25 years. A Woburn resident, she recently retired 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 a member of the Special Committee on Foster Care, Treasurer for the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators, and member of the Legislative Caucus of Older Citizens Concerns, the Massachusetts Legislative Children's Caucus (Steering Committee) and the 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 was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurses Association-Middlesex East and was appointed to the Governor's Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence, in recognition of her excellent advocacy on behalf of both those issues during her tenure as a State Representative. Donovan is also a trustee emerita of New Horizons at Choate, LLC.
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 was on the faculty of Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences from 1987-2006, serving 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. degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Her research focus is molecular pharmacology.
Veterinary medical education and teaching are priorities and Dr. Kochevar 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, the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Medical Graduates and 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 on August 1, 2011. A distinguished geneticist, President Monaco also holds faculty appointments at Tufts University's School of Medicine as a professor of neuroscience, and at the University's School of Arts and Sciences as a professor of biology.
Before assuming the presidency at Tufts, Dr. Monaco served as the pro-vice-chancellor for planning and resources at the University of Oxford, beginning in 2007. He had also been a professor of human genetics at Oxford since 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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.
Dr. 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 young sons.
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, as well, over the decades, and is now vice chairman emeritus of Northeastern's Board of Trustees. Additionally, Ockerbloom serves on Cummings Foundation's Finance Committee.
Ockerbloom also holds an honorary doctoral degree from Northeastern, and was recently named to 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 sometimes enjoys working for four hours on Saturday mornings to win two dollars from Bill Cummings.
Robert D. O'Connor
Robert D. O'Connor serves as the executive director of New Horizons at Marlborough (NHM), an independent and assisted living facility for seniors in Marlborough, MA. A graduate of Boston College, O'Connor has been with NHM since its construction in 1993.
O'Connor has more than 20 years of managerial experience in the long-term care industry, and was previously employed for 10 years in the nursing home and retirement living division of the Flatley Company. In addition to his role as primary administrator for NHM, O'Connor served as chairman of the board of St. Joseph's Home from 1985 to 1999, a not-for-profit skilled nursing facility for seniors in Dorchester, MA, and a member of the Caritas Christi Health Care System. O'Connor resides in Marlborough.
Michael H. Pascavage, AIA
A former two term executive and chairman of Cummings Properties, LLC, Michael Pascavage left Cummings in 2008 to become executive vice president of Skanska USA Commercial Development, Inc., with northeastern U.S. offices in Boston, MA. This Sweden-based firm locally built Gillette Stadium, as well as hundreds of other very prominent projects on several continents.
A longtime member of the American Institute of Architects, Pascavage holds both bachelor's and masters' degrees in Architecture from University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Northeastern University.
Mike is a golfer, who belongs to both Winchester Country Club and Pocasset Golf Club, and is also an avid runner. He previously also served two stints with ADD, Inc., of Cambridge, MA. Mike and his wife, Deborah, reside in Cambridge, MA, and are the parents of two grown children, Leigh and Eric.
Patricia A. Cummings, Psy. D.
A 1997 graduate of Tufts University and native of Winchester, MA, Patricia A. Cummings was a full-time employee of New Horizons at Marlborough, LLC in Marlborough, Massachusetts for eight years through August 2005. In addition, she still serves in the volunteer role of trustee and chairman of New Horizons at Marlborough and executive vice president of Cummings Foundation, Inc. of Woburn, Massachusetts.
Beginning in October 2005, she served for two years as Assistant Dean of the Orthodox Hebrew Academy of San Francisco. She recently completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology, and is employed at Psychological Services Center in Oakland, CA.
Cummings is active in the Tufts University Alumni Admissions program, interviewing applicants for undergraduate admission. She is an overseer of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She has also served as a director-at-large of Middlesex Concert Band, Inc., and on the board of directors of Marlborough (MA) Hospital Foundation. She is an accomplished pianist and clarinet player and is a former downhill skiing instructor in New Hampshire.
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 an Associate Professor of Biology. 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 and is also the father of Joyce and Bill Cummings' two 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, and is a trustee of Institute for World Justice.
Morris has two children, and in 2007, she earned a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University.
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 firm, Old Medford Foods.
Joyce grew up in Alabama and graduated from University of Alabama in 1962. A one-year dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital brought her to Boston, but 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 structures, totaling 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.
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 EnKa 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 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 Woburn Boys and Girls Club, Inc.
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 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 was named one of the 50 most influential Bostonians by the Boston Business Journal in 2011, 2012, and 2013. 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 named runners-up in the Boston Globe's annual "Bostonian of the Year" selection. Joyce and Bill, together, gave the 2013 Commencement Address at Salem State University where they each also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Bill and Joyce particularly enjoy spending time together with their four children and their grandchildren, and traveling extensively around the world.
Lawrence S. Bacow, J.D., Ph.D.
A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Law School, and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Lawrence S. Bacow served as the 12th president of Tufts University from September 2001 to July 2011. For the 2011-2012 academic year, he has accepted appointment from the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Higher Education Master's Program as president-in-residence.
Before assuming the presidency of Tufts, he served as chancellor of MIT. As a member of the MIT faculty beginning in 1977, Bacow was the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies, chair of the MIT faculty, and a member of the boards of the Media Lab Europe and the Cambridge-MIT Institute, as well as chair of the MIT Council on the Environment.
Bacow has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad, and has served as a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Politecnico di Torino (Italy), the University of Bari (Italy) and Gabriela Mistral University (Chile). He was a research fellow of the Tinbergen Institute of Economics and a member of the Program on Negotiation of Harvard Law School. He has authored four books and numerous articles. In 2003 Bacow was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dennis A. Clarke
Dennis Clarke grew up in Winchester and graduated from Winchester High School and then Harvard University in 1990. He served as a licensed commercial insurance broker for a subsidiary of London-based Jardine-Matheson, and then as a marketing coordinator for Gordon Brothers Partners, Inc. In 1992 he became general manager of a small newspaper chain, Community Weeklies, Inc., under Cummings Properties, LLC's former ownership.
In 1996 Clarke left the Fidelity organization, which purchased the newspaper group, and returned to Cummings Properties, LLC as its operations manager. He became vice president-operations in November 1996 and co-president in 1999. He was appointed president and CEO in 2004.
Clarke is actively involved in both the Woburn and Winchester communities as a past director of Winchester Chamber of Commerce, director of Woburn Business Association, trustee of Cummings Foundation, and a corporator of Winchester Hospital. He is married to Alicia (Angeles), also a Winchester native, and they have four children. A former athlete, Clarke was a New England Golden Gloves boxing champion and a Boston Globe Football All-Scholastic designee.
William F. Grant
Bill Grant grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and received his undergraduate degree in accounting in 1972 and master's in accounting in 1977 from Bentley College. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1989. Prior to joining Cummings Properties in May 1998, Grant held several senior management positions at Tweeter, etc. from 1982 to 1989, and was Chief Financial Officer at Rich's department stores from 1989 to 1998.
Previously active in town youth sports, Grant was a member of the executive committee of the Merrimack Valley Pirates Swim Team, and also served as that organization's treasurer for three years. He currently resides in Andover with his wife, Kathy. They have two adult children, Tracie and Keith.
Philip C. Kosch, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Dr. Philip C. Kosch, D.V.M., Ph.D. is the retired dean of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, as well as the Henry & Lois Foster Professor of Comparative Medicine and president of Tufts Biotechnology Corporation, a for-profit subsidiary of Tufts University. Dean Kosch earned a D.V.M. from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in physiology from University of California at Davis. He worked as a research veterinarian while serving with the U.S. Army at the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
Kosch joined the faculty at University of Florida's Veterinary School in 1979, where he held professorships in the Department of Physiological Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and in the Departments of Physiology and Pediatrics in the College of Medicine. He also served as University of Florida's associate dean for research and graduate studies before joining the faculty at Tufts in 1996.
Officer for Special Projects and International Development
Arlan F. Fuller, Jr., M.D.
Dr. Arlan Fuller is a gynecologic cancer specialist who is currently the vice president for oncology services at Winchester Hospital Center for Cancer Care. 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.
Dr. Fuller’s particular interests have been the development of surgical techniques in the management of ovarian cancer and the use of robotic surgery in the therapy of cervical and endometrial carcinomas. He is the author of more than 100 academic papers and book chapters in the field of gynecologic oncology. Beyond academic medicine, Dr. 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 screening and early diagnosis of cervical carcinoma in the developing world.
In August 2013, following a visit to Rwanda with Joyce and Bill Cummings, Dr. Fuller accepted a volunteer position with Cummings Foundation as officer for special projects and international development.
Joel B. Swets
The Foundation's executive director is Joel B. Swets of Winchester, MA. 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 in 2006, Swets had extensive experience in charitable planned giving, estate planning, and in preparing charitable remainder trusts, etc.