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.
Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.
Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo took the helm of Endicott College in 2019 as its seventh president. A leader with a track record of transformative success, he previously served as president of Marian University and Saint Anselm College.
This first-generation college student made an early career of attending Fordham University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in psychology, Master of Business Administration in marketing, and Ph.D. in educational leadership. Prior to his presidencies, he served as executive vice president of Junior Achievement of New York and executive director of Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation. He also founded and served as president of The Hopewell Group, which advised individuals, families, foundations, and corporations in the area of strategic philanthropic giving.
A strong proponent of college access for all students, DiSalvo has been a leading national voice on the topic of college affordability. His op-eds and interviews have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe, among other well-known publications.
DiSalvo serves on the boards of The New England Council, Austin Preparatory School, Life Sciences Consortium of the North Shore, and Commonwealth Coast Conference. He and his wife Eileen are the proud parents of three adult sons, Tom, Andrew, and Connor.
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.
Aisha Francis, Ph.D.
Dr. Aisha Francis is the first female president to lead Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT), a century-old nonprofit college located in the heart of Boston. A seasoned businessperson and former college educator, she excelled as chief of staff and chief executive officer at the affordable urban college prior to being appointed its president and CEO in 2021.
In her current role, Dr. Francis oversees the college’s day-to-day operations and plays a critical role in advancing its mission to prepare graduates for successful careers in technology fields. She is also a staunch advocate for educational equity.
Prior to joining BFIT, Francis held leadership positions in development and marketing at Harvard Medical School, Economic Mobility Pathways, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and Boston Medical Center. She is also a founding member of the Boston chapter of Chief, a national organization supporting the advancement of women in business, and was recognized among Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” leaders to watch.
Francis serves on the boards of Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Boston Employment Commission, and Boston public radio station WBUR. The Nashville, TN native completed her undergraduate education at Fisk University and earned a masters and doctorate in English Literature from Vanderbilt University. She currently resides in Hyde Park with her husband and two children.
Arlan F. Fuller, Jr., M.D.
Dr. Arlan Fuller is a retired gynecologic cancer specialist. He was chief of gynecologic oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital for more than 20 years before transitioning to Winchester Hospital Center for Cancer Care, where he served as vice president for oncology services. He earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and his medical degree with honors from Harvard Medical School. He was also an 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.
David R. Harris, Ph.D.
Dr. David Harris is the president of Union College. Prior to his appointment in March 2018, he served as provost and senior vice president of Tufts University. While at Tufts, Dr. Harris oversaw eight schools and the library system, as well as multiple cross-school programs, centers, and initiatives. He was also responsible for setting institutional priorities that defined and advanced 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 provost and senior vice president ad interim at Tufts University. Prior to her appointment as provost in 2018, she served for 12 years as dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and 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.
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.
Thomas Pappas, CFA
Tom Pappas is an experienced investor and education advocate. After growing up in Lynn, MA, Pappas entered Tufts University, majoring in Economics and Computational (i.e. Applied) Math. He went on to become the first in his family to graduate from college and continued his education at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, earning an MBA with a concentration in Finance in 1987. Tom was a Portfolio Manager for 23 years at Wellington Management Company, where he chaired bond strategy groups, mentored talent, and, as a partner, was involved with the firm's audit, diversity, and trust company committees. In 2013, Pappas was a Fellow at Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI), studying social entrepreneurship and focusing on educational insights to help lower-income students succeed. He has also become an active angel investor and startup mentor, very involved with the Gratitude Railroad impact investing network and locally via Hub Angels.
Pappas has served as a board member or in a leadership role for several Boston-area organizations, including Museum of Science, MassINC, Bridge Boston Charter School, Wellington Charitable Foundation, Tufts University, and Move the World Foundation, which he founded to help improve educational pathways in Massachusetts “gateway cities.” Pappas and his wife Jill, a retired teacher, live in South Dartmouth, MA.
Eric S. Anderson
Eric S. Anderson joined Cummings Properties in 1999. He began as an associate property manager and steadily rose through the ranks. He was appointed executive vice president in 2013 and president in 2018.
A 1998 graduate of Colby College and a United States Marine Corps veteran, Anderson was honored as one of Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40” in 2013. He previously served as a member of the Board of Overseers at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, is vice president and treasurer of New Horizons at Marlborough, and founded Massachusetts Association of Business Incubators. Anderson and his wife, Kari, live in Westford with their two children.
Dennis A. Clarke
Dennis A. Clarke joined Cummings Properties in 1992 as general manager of Community Weeklies, Inc., a local newspaper chain that was closely affiliated with Cummings Properties at the time. He transitioned to the real estate side of the organization in 1996 as operations manager, was elected president and chief executive officer in 2004, and was named chairman and CEO in 2018.
Clarke grew up in Winchester and graduated from Harvard College. He has held multiple leadership positions with NAIOP Massachusetts, including president and Executive Committee chairman. Clarke and his wife Alicia (Angeles) have three sons and one daughter.
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 at a residential program in New York that serves youth with behavioral and cognitive difficulties.
Cummings is active in the Tufts University Alumni Admissions program, interviewing applicants for undergraduate admission, and is a former overseer of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She has also served as a director-at-large of Middlesex Concert Band, a board member of Marlborough Hospital Foundation, and a community advisory board member for Alliance Health Project at University of California San Francisco. She is an accomplished pianist and clarinet player and a former downhill skiing instructor. Cummings is the younger daughter of Bill and Joyce Cummings.
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 11 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 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, including serving as an honorary director of Tufts Hillel and several decades as a director and honorary director of the Jamie 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.
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. View photos, videos, and speeches from many of their public appearances.
In March 2018, Bill released his self-written memoir, Starting Small and Making It Big: An Entrepreneur's Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist, which has been described as a business book masquerading as an autobiography. Since then, he has spoken to more than 100 groups on three continents about the many lessons on business and philanthropy that he shares in this book.
Bill has been featured in many national publications, including Inside Philanthropy, Forbes magazine, and Philanthropy magazine. He was honored in 2019 with New England Real Estate Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the indelible mark he has made on both the suburban-Boston landscape and the local nonprofit community.
Harvard Business School made Bill the subject of its 2019 case study, “The Cummings Way,” which teaches MBA and executive education students about the philosophy and practices that have led to Cummings Properties’ success.
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.
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. In 2007, she earned a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University. Morris is the eldest daughter of Bill and Joyce Cummings. She is married to Jason Morris; together they have two children.
Dr. Lawrence Bacow
Dr. Lawrence Bacow is the 29th president of Harvard University. Prior to his appointment in February 2018, he was the Hauser Leader-in-Residence at Kennedy School of Government's Center for Public Leadership. Before joining Harvard, Dr. Bacow served for 10 years as president of Tufts University.
Nationally, Bacow is well known as an advocate of broader access to higher education and the importance of need-based financial aid. At the international level, he played an important role in efforts to strengthen universities' commitment to civic engagement.
Originally from Pontiac, Michigan, Bacow attended college at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and went on to earn three degrees from Harvard. He spent 24 years on the faculty of MIT, where he served as chancellor, faculty chair, and the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies.
Michael H. Pascavage, A.I.A.
A former executive and chairman of Cummings Properties, Michael Pascavage left the firm, after a total of 21 years, to become executive vice president of Skanska USA Commercial Development in 2008. This Sweden-based firm built Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, as well as hundreds of other prominent projects on several continents.
Pascavage went on to found Design & Development Solutions, an architecture, planning, and project management firm serving institutional clients and commercial and residential private development projects.
A longtime member of the American Institute of Architects, Pascavage holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Northeastern University.
Trustee Ex Officio
William F. Grant
William F. Grant joined Cummings Properties as its chief financial officer in 1998. He oversees all the accounting, IT, and human resources functions at the Company.
Grant grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and received his undergraduate and master's degrees in accounting from Bentley College. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has served on the board of directors of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) since 2009 and as chairperson for its Health Care Cost and Quality Committee since 2012. He currently resides in Andover with his wife, Kathy. They have two adult children, Tracie and Keith, and five grandchildren.
Trustee Ex Officio and Executive Director (pro bono)
Vyriotes came to the Cummings organization as marketing manager in 2010 and, over the years, established a communications department that supports both Cummings Properties and Cummings Foundation. During much of this time, she also served as deputy director of the Foundation, and was one of the chief architects of its major annual grant-making initiative and volunteer program. In 2021, Vyriotes became the third executive director in the Foundation’s history. She is, however, still employed by Cummings Properties and retains her responsibilities as director of communications and marketing for the commercial real estate firm.
Vyriotes 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 nonprofit organizations. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she also earned a master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University. Vyriotes was raised in Melrose and currently resides in Reading with her husband, Paul.
Deputy Director (pro bono)
Laura Hiller, J.D.
Laura Hiller joined Cummings Foundation following a career as a trusts and estates attorney, practicing at several large Boston-area law firms. During her time in private practice, Laura developed expertise in charitable gift planning and nonprofit law. Prior to earning her J.D. from Boston College Law School, Laura worked in alumni relations and development at Tufts Annual Fund and Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Laura holds a master’s in Education with a focus on Higher Education Policy, Planning, and Administration from Boston University and is a graduate of Tufts University. She lives in Wellesley with her husband, Ben, their young son, and their West Highland Terrier.
Grants Manager (pro bono)
Heidi Heinlein has worked for more than 25 years in charitable giving and nonprofit management. Her experience in promoting philanthropy includes serving as a philanthropic advisor for The Art of Giving, manager for Catalogue for Philanthropy, and director of charitable programs for Citizens Energy. She began her career with American Red Cross and also managed the Harvard Award for Excellence in Children’s Health. After graduating from University of Colorado, Heinlein earned a Master of Public Health from Boston University. She lives in Dover, MA with her husband, David. They have four adult children.