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LitmanGerson Associates, LLP

(LGA), provided a tremendous service to the Foundation by gathering and presenting the financial data, and assisting the Foundation in its evaluation of the data for all Sustaining Grant applicants. LGA, a quality accounting firm in Woburn, has been a leasing client of the Cummings organization for more than 35 years. Cummings Foundation is grateful for LGA's willingness to apply its nonprofit knowledge and experience toward supporting the Foundation and our philanthropy.

Cummings Foundation Volunteers

Second only to funding, volunteers are an integral part of Cummings Foundation's grant program. By tapping into the deep expertise and rich diversity of greater Boston's professional community, the Foundation is so much better able to understand the issues local communities are facing, identify the most promising and effective nonprofits to fund, and strengthen relationships with beneficiaries.

Past and current volunteers include a former White House staffer for First Lady Michelle Obama, a retired justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, former state legislators, CEOs, a noted Boston Globe reporter, a renowned cardiologist, and college presidents, among many other Boston-area professionals and distinguished citizens.

A team of 70 volunteers determine at least half the grants awarded each year. Many more volunteers generously give their time to conduct site visits with grant winners.

2020 Grant Cycle Committees

The LOI Committee evaluates Letters of Inquiry and decides which of the 600 or so applicants will be invited to the full application stage. This committee will be active during a six-week period, from September 23 through November 1, 2019. Volunteers will be divided into pairs, with each pair independently evaluating the same set of LOIs and then meeting to compare notes and finalize a jointly agreed upon list of nonprofits to invite to submit a full application.

The Application Review Committee will be active during a five-week period, from January 27 through February 28, 2020, to review full applications and determine which applicants will advance to the Final Grant Selection Committee. Volunteers will be divided into pairs, with each pair independently evaluating the same set of applications and then meeting to compare notes and finalize a jointly agreed upon list of nonprofits to advance in the process.

The Final Grant Selection Committee will be active during a four-week period, from March 16 through April 10, 2020, to review the finalists' applications and determine which applicants will receive funding. Volunteers will work in teams of four, with each volunteer independently evaluating the same set of applications and then meeting to compare notes and finalize a jointly agreed upon list of nonprofits to receive a grant. Volunteers typically serve on this committee for three years before rotating off and sometimes serving on a different committee.

The 10-Year Committee will be active during the week of April 27. Volunteers will evaluate the repeat grant winners during their Presentation Days. In preparation, volunteers will independently review applications, plus any Site Visit Reports and the most recent Impact Report, for their applicants. The volunteers will determine which grant winners will receive long-term funding from the Foundation, as well as finalize grant installments based on a budget provided by Cummings Foundation. Members of other committees may elect to also serve on this committee.

The Site Visits Committee will conduct site visits with nonprofits during their final two years of a $100,000 grant and every year of a 10-year grant. These volunteers will help develop and maintain long-term relationships and keep the Foundation abreast of important developments at these organizations. Site visits will take place between January and December 2020. Each volunteer will conduct 10 visits (with a fellow volunteer) and then complete a brief report after each one. This committee will be broken down into subcommittees based on geography and be led by subcommittee chairs.


Lead Volunteers

Bob D. Keefe, Esq.
Since Bob began volunteering in fall 2015, he has been a tireless supporter of Cummings Foundation and local nonprofits. This prominent Boston attorney retired after 40 years with WilmerHale, and he has played an integral role in piloting multiple volunteer programs at the Foundation.



Paul R. Lohnes
Paul has volunteered with Cummings Foundation since 2015, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise through his more than 40 years of business and philanthropic experience. He also serves as chairman of the Planning Committee for the second oldest charitable organization in the country, Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association.



Susan Lewis Solomont
As Cummings Foundation's pro bono director of volunteers, Susan serves as a strategic adviser and the primary contact for the 28-member Site Visits Committee. She brings a wealth of experience from her long career as a consultant for both corporate and private philanthropy, plus 15 years in fundraising.





2017–2018 Volunteers

Stage I Committee

  • Adele Bacow, founder and president, Community Partners Consultants
  • Betty Borghesani, co-founder, Anne E. Borghesani Community Foundation
  • Roger Borghesani, co-founder, Anne E. Borghesani Community Foundation
  • Justin Magee, electrical engineer
  • Mary Anne Magee, registered nurse
  • Inge Mulvaney, outstanding housewife & mother of four
  • Tom Mulvaney, M.D., VP medical affairs (retired), Winchester Hospital
  • Winston Richie, director of the international group (retired), Manulife Financial
  • Jack Roll, retired chemical & nuclear engineer with Westinghouse, Abt Associates, and Xenergy
  • Peggy Roll, retired from publishing with D.C. Heath (now Houghton Mifflin)

Stage II Committee

  • Jose Angeles, M.D., a retired ENT-otolaryngologist with Winchester Hospital and Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Lisa Craig, a former V.P. of wealth management firm Boston Private nonprofit advisor
  • Kathryn Jendrick, account manager at Cummings Properties
  • Eric Johnson, senior vice president for advancement at Tufts University
  • Tom Kinton, president of Kinton Aviation Consulting and former CEO of Massachusetts Port Authority
  • Kathy Lucero, founder and president of Out Source Print Management and active Woburn volunteer
  • Demond Martin, a senior partner at Adage Capital Management, and former assistant to President Clinton's White House Chief of Staff, Erskine Bowles
  • Gerry Sobkowicz, retired procurement coordinator for the Commonwealth
  • Frank Virnelli, M.D., chief emeritus of plastic surgery at Winchester Hospital
  • Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, M.D., co-pastor of Bethel AME Church, Boston, and the Swartz Resident Practitioner in Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School

Site Visits Committee

  • Joe Abate, M.D., founder, North Suburban Orthopedic Associates
  • Maureen Abate, Ph.D., R.N. nurse (retired)
  • Carmen Arce-Bowen, vice president, The Partnership, Inc.
  • Sharyn Bahn, fundraising consultant
  • Cameron Brown, president, King Fish Media
  • Betty Borghesani, Anne E. Borghesani Community Fdn.
  • Roger Borghesani, Anne E. Borghesani Community Fdn.
  • Margot Botsford, J.D., associate justice (retired), Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Richard Bush, D.D.S., endodontist (retired), Middlesex Endodontics
  • Maribeth Canning, assistant vice president principal, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Paul Casey, CF trustee and Massachusetts legislator (retired)
  • Paul Denaro, director of marketing & distribution, Protein Matrix LLC
  • Jackie Dinneen, senior director of development, The Partnership, Inc.
  • Carol Donovan, CF trustee, educator, and Mass. legislator (retired)
  • Brooke Estridge, head of responsible investing, Liberty Asia
  • Rick Freeman, Gilbane Building Company
  • Patricia Maguire Meservey, Ph.D., R.N., president (retired), Salem State University
  • Carol Fulp, president and CEO, The Partnership, Inc.
  • Sol Gittleman, provost and professor (retired), Tufts University
  • Jeffrey Glidden, CFO (retired), board member, Epilepsy Foundation
  • Janet Glidden, board member, Youth Villages; trustee, Sargent Memorial Library
  • Joan Hadly, senior vice president (retired), Museum of Science
  • Marcia Hertz, founder, Marcia Hertz Consulting
  • Bob Keefe, J.D., attorney (retired), WilmerHale
  • Andrew Kendall, executive director, Henry P. Kendall Foundation
  • Jim Kraus, executive director of development, Museum of Science
  • Albert Lanzillotti, II, certified public accountant, owner, A P Lanzillotti, II CPA
  • Marie Lingblom, assistant to mayor, City of Woburn
  • Paul Lohnes, planning committee chair, Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association
  • Theresa Mwicigi, manager of strategic sourcing for U.S. therapeutic operations, Biogen
  • Judy Olson, chief of staff (retired), Tufts University Office of the President
  • Hiten Patel, J.D., vice president, Income Research & Management
  • Michael Ripp, executive vice president, partner, CBRE
  • Juliette Reiter, executive managing director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
  • Sandy Santin, CEO, SyncThink
  • Paul Sauerbrunn, managing principal, Waddell & Reed Financial
  • Marisa Serafini, manager business analysis, Massachusetts Medical Society
  • Bill Shea, M.D., orthopedic surgeon (retired)
  • Laura Shea, dietician (retired)
  • Ed Silvey, leasing manager, Cummings Properties
  • Gerry Sobkowicz, procurement coordinator (retired), Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Tony Sobkowicz, environmental engineer
  • Susan Lewis Solomont, senior advisor, The Philanthropic Institute
  • Neil Swidey, reporter/author, The Boston Globe
  • Pratt Wiley, executive consultant, The Partnership

2018 Site Visits Committee (partial group photo plus Foundation staff): seated, left to right: Tony Sobkowicz, Gerry Sobkowicz, Sol Gittleman, Laura Shea, Jackie Dinneen, Hiten Patel; standing, left to right: Kerry Crisley of Cummings Foundation, Patricia Maguire Meservey, Theresa Mwicigi, Susan Lewis Solomont, Joyce Vyriotes of Cummings Foundation, Bill Shea, Joan Hadly, Margot Botsford, Jim Kraus, Bob Keefe

Sustaining Grants Committee

  • Bob Keefe, J.D., attorney (retired), WilmerHale
  • Paul Lohnes, planning committee chair, Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association
  • Susan Lewis Solomont, senior advisor, The Philanthropic Institute
  • Joyce Vyriotes, deputy director, Cummings Foundation (paid staff)




2016–2017 Volunteers

Stage I Committee

  • Adele Bacow, founder and president, Community Partners Consultants
  • Bob Keefe, J.D., attorney (retired), WilmerHale
  • Winston Richie, director of the international group (retired), Manulife Financial

Stage II Committee

  • Eric Johnson, senior vice president for advancement at Tufts University
  • Kathy Lucero, founder and president of Out Source Print Management and active Woburn volunteer
  • Frank Virnelli, M.D., chief emeritus of plastic surgery at Winchester Hospital

Final Grant Selection Committee
Chairs

  • Bill Johnson, director of finance, New Ventures at Flagship Pioneering
  • Bob Keefe, attorney (retired), WilmerHale
  • Paul Lohnes, planning committee chair, Mass. Charitable Mechanic Association
  • Bob Montgomery, founder, Montgomery Associates
  • Juliette Reiter, executive managing director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
  • Barbara Rubel, director of community relations, Tufts University
  • Sandy Santin, chief technology officer, SyncThink
  • John Simon, board chair and co-founder, GreenLight Fund
  • Aba Taylor, executive director, Winchester Multicultural Network
  • Dick Wylie, Ph.D., president, Endicott College
2017 Chairs: seated, left to right: Barbara Rubel, Paul Lohnes, Juliette Reiter; standing, left to right: Bob Montgomery, Sandy Santin, John Simon, Dick Wylie

Chairs-elect

  • Helen Babcock, vice president (retired), Carlson GMAC Real Estate
  • Richard Bush, D.D.S., Endodontist (retired), Middlesex Endodontics
  • Jack Connors, founder, Connors Family Office and Hill Holliday Connors Cosmopulos
  • David Harris, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president, Tufts University
  • Sue Ellen Holland, owner and director, Little Folks Day School
  • Bob Lappin, president, Shetland Properties Inc. and Lappin Foundation
  • John Lynch, partner, Lynch, Desimone & Nylen, LLP
  • Winston Richie, director (retired), Manulife Financial
  • Brian Sisitzky, owner, LH Sisitzky Sales
  • Neil Swidey, reporter/author, The Boston Globe

Community Members

  • Jim Cormier, chief of police (retired), Reading Police Department
  • Roman DeSanctis, M.D., director of clinical cardiology (retired), Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Pat Kelly, director of admin and security, Scientific Systems
  • Taidgh McClory, managing director/partner, CBRE/New England
  • Susan Musinsky, executive director, Social Innovation Forum
  • Bill O'Reilly, Jr., partner, WilmerHale
  • Smita Patel, M.D., psychiatrist, Lahey Hospital
  • Peter Rotolo, M.D., obstetrician-gynecologist (retired)
  • Ken Summers, trustee emeritus, New Horizons at Choate
  • Paul Wennik, record executive (retired); board president, Beyond Soccer

Cummings Properties Staff Member Volunteers

  • Kelly Dineen, accounting associate, Cummings Properties
  • Gino DiVecchia, carpenter/mason, Cummings Properties
  • Pauline Enns, design project coordinator, Cummings Properties
  • Theresa Milewski, operations coordinator, Cummings Properties
  • Anne Olenio, admin assistant, Cummings Properties
  • Mike Petkavich, electrician journeyman, Cummings Properties
  • Mike Rahn, grounds team leader, Cummings Properties
  • Damien Savoie, operations specialist, Cummings Properties)
  • Ed Silvey, leasing manager, Cummings Properties
  • Keith Yianacopolus, senior grounds crew member, Cummings Properties

2017 Cummings Properties Staff Member Volunteers: seated, left to right: Kelly Dineen, Anne Olenio, Damien Savoie, Theresa Milewski, Pauline Enns; standing, left to right: Gino DiVecchia, Keith Yianacopolus, Mike Petkavich, Mike Rahn, Ed Silvey



2015–2016 Volunteers

Stage I Committee

  • Bob Keefe, J.D., attorney (retired), WilmerHale

Final Grant Selection Committee
Chairs

  • Aba Taylor, executive director, Winchester Multicultural Network
  • Janine Danielson, partner, LitmanGerson Associates
  • Joan Hadly, senior vice president (retired), Boston Museum of Science
  • Juliette Reiter, executive managing director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
  • Margot Botsford, associate justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Maribeth Canning, vice president, Winchester Hospital
  • Marie Lingblom, assistant to mayor, City of Woburn
  • Maureen Ruettgers, Ruettgers Family Charitable Foundation
  • Paul Denaro, manager of food service purchasing, Tufts University
  • Paul Sauerbrunn, managing principal, Waddell & Reed Financial
2016 Chairs: seated, left to right: Margot Botsford, Marie Lingblom, Janine Danielson, Juliette Reiter, Joan Hadly standing, left to right: Bill and Joyce Cummings (not committee members), Paul Sauerbrunn, Maureen Ruettgers, Aba Taylor, Maribeth Canning, Paul Denaro

Chairs-elect

  • Paul Andrews, former superintendent of Woburn Schools
  • Scott Bailey, managing director, MassChallenge
  • Bill Johnson, vice president of finance, Greenlight Biosciences
  • Bob Keefe, attorney (retired), WilmerHale
  • Paul Lohnes, planning committee chair, Mass. Charitable Mechanic Association
  • Bob Montgomery, founder, Montgomery Associates
  • Ernest "Sandy" Santin, chief technology officer, SyncThink
  • John Simon, board chair and co-founder, GreenLight Fund
  • Nick Varano, founder, Strega Prime/The Varano Group
  • Dick Wylie, Ph.D., president, Endicott College

Community Members

  • Jack Connors, founder, Connors Family Office and Hill Holliday Connors Cosmopulos
  • David Harris, provost and senior vice president, Tufts University
  • Radha Jalan, president and CEO, ElectroChem
  • John Lynch, partner, Lynch, Desimone & Nylen, LLP
  • Philip Mahoney, chief (retired), Woburn Police Department
  • Barbara Rubel, director of community relations, Tufts University
  • Brian Sisitzky, owner, LH Sisitzky Sales
  • Ken Summers, trustee emeritus, New Horizons at Choate
  • Neil Swidey, reporter/author, The Boston Globe
  • Winston Richie, director (retired), Manulife Financial

Cummings Properties Staff Member Volunteers

  • Brian Borselli, associate division manager, Cummings Properties
  • Cassandra Tower, project coordinator, Cummings Properties
  • Jay Lombardo, HVAC technician, Cummings Properties
  • Mark Lynch, carpenter, Cummings Properties
  • Denise McKeown, administrative assistant, Cummings Properties
  • Lucas Toffoli, energy manager, Cummings Properties
  • Michael Truesdale, leasing director, Cummings Properties
  • Carmen Urbonas, HR manager, Cummings Properties
  • Jo-Anne Varoutsos, client services admin, Cummings Properties
  • Emily Wood, operations counsel, Cummings Properties

2016 Cummings Properties Staff Member Volunteers: seated, left to right: Emily Wood, Cassandra Tower, Carmen Urbonas, Jo-Anne Varoutsos, Denise McKeown; standing, left to right: Bill and Joyce Cummings (not committee members), Lucas Toffoli, Brian Borselli, Jay Lombardo, Mark Lynch, Mike Truesdale


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