Leadership Category: Board of Directors

Joyce Dennis

Joyce Dennis serves in a Public Sector seat representing Senator Nick Collins. Dennis is in the healthcare field where she has worked as a Provider Service Representative at Tufts Health Plan.  She received her medical assistant certification from Bunker Hill Community College and has a strong focus on patient care and wellness. Dennis joined the ABCD Board of Directors in…

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Claudia Arrecis

Claudia Arrecis serves in a Neighborhood Sector seat representing the Head Start Policy Council.  She volunteers at the Allston/Brighton Head Start teaching conversational English. Arrecis holds a BA in Psychology with a background in social services, and she is the mother of a young daughter. Arrecis joined the ABCD Board of Directors in 2017, and she serves as a member…

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Eleanor Evans, Esq.

Eleanor Evans serves as ABCD’s General Counsel and Assistant Clerk. In this capacity, she advises the organization’s senior leadership, program staff and board on legal, governance and compliance matters; reviews and negotiates contracts; handles corporate matters for ABCD and its affiliated entities; counsels management on employment law matters; collaborates with outside legal counsel on real estate transactions; manages litigation, responds…

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Meshell Whyte

Meshell Whyte serves in a Private Sector seat representing Homes for Families. Whyte is a Consumer Advocacy Team member with Homes for Families where she advocates for homelessness and other critical programs in the House of Representatives and the Senate on the Mass. State budget agenda for current and future fiscal year budgets. Whyte holds an Associate Degree in Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing,…

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Patricia McShane

Patricia “Tricia” McShane serves in a Neighborhood Sector seat representing the Allston-Brighton area on the Allston-Brighton Neighborhood Opportunity Center Advisory Board. She is a life-long resident of Allston-Brighton and she works to support families and individuals in crisis in her role as a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and as secretary at the St. Columbkille Parish. McShane…

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Patricia Groves, Esq.

Attorney Patricia Groves focuses her practice on governmental affairs, compliance & HIPAA privacy and administrative law. Now in her 20th year of private law practice, she has gained a wide variety of experience representing clients before the Social Security Administration, Workers’ Compensation Board and in the Federal Court system. She has a history of success leading strategic and operational initiatives within…

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Lynnette Sumpter

Lynnette Sumpter serves in a Public Sector Seat representing state Representative Chynah Tyler. Sumpter is a 7th generation Bostonian and retired from the Boston Police Department after 33 years. She has taught criminal justice at Roxbury Community College and volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club after-school program. Sumpter received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Boston…

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Kristen Halbert

Kristen Halbert serves in a Public Sector seat representing Boston City Councilor-at-Large Michelle Wu, where she works as a community liaison. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental, Earth and Ocean Science and a Master of Science in Urban Planning and Community Development, both from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Halbert currently serves as Vice President of the…

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Vanessa Aguirreche Snow

Vanessa Aguirreche Snow serves in a Private Sector seat representing Greater Boston Labor Council AFL-CIO, where she is a Council Organizer.  Prior to joining the GBLC, Snow worked as a community organizer and youth worker in Jamaica Plain.  She has several years of experience organizing campaigns around affordable housing, health equity, college access and arts education. Snow pursuing her BA…

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Samuel DePina

Samuel (Sam) DePina serves in a Private Sector seat representing Boston Public Schools. DePina is a graduate of Boston Public Schools from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School and has worked for the BPS for the past 19 years. He has served as a high school mathematics teacher and an assistant headmaster, and has served as the operational superintendent since…

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