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Leadership Category: Board of Directors

John P. McGahan

John P. McGahan serves in a Public Sector seat and represents Boston City Councilor Frank Baker. McGahan is the President/CEO of the Gavin Foundation. Since 1994 he has served in leadership positions throughout the organization, and was elected to his current position in 2008. Under his direction, it has become one of the most respected and trusted comprehensive addiction education,…

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Jean M. Babcock

Jean M. Babcock serves in a Public Sector seat representing Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards. Babcock formerly worked in Public Affairs for the United States Postal Service and is a lifelong community leader and activist. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and has worked in areas of fiscal management and business administration. Babcock’s financial and business acumen coupled with…

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James A. Owens, Jr.

James Owens, Jr. serves in a Neighborhood Sector seat representing the Roxbury/North Dorchester area on the Roxbury/North Dorchester Neighborhood Opportunity Center Advisory Board. Owens is most recognized for his commitment to mentoring young men, empowering them to take an active role in their community. He received a Masters in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Owens is President of…

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Edward Katz

Edward Katz serves in a Neighborhood Sector seat representing the Charlestown area where he serves on the South Boston Area Planning Action Council (APAC) Advisory Board. Katz joined the ABCD Board of Directors in 2007 and is an officer of the Board, serving as a Vice Chair. He is also an ABCD Executive Committee member and serves as Chair of…

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Dareline Jackson

Dareline “DJ” Jackson serves in a Neighborhood Sector seat representing the South End area on the South End Neighborhood Service Center (NOC) Advisory Board. A graduate of UMass-Boston, Jackson is the Director of Resident Services at Cruz Management Company. Her commitment to improving access to affordable housing is unwavering and has been an inspiration to the community. Jackson joined the…

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Kristen Rupert

Representing Associated Industries of MA.


Caryl Beison

Caryl Beison serves in a Private Sector seat representing MelroseWakefield Healthcare. As an Executive Leadership Team member there, Beison serves as Vice President, Managed Care and Executive Director of the PHO (Physician Hospital Organization). She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and has a strong interest in public health as well as understanding the impact of socioeconomic factors on health…

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Candice Caines-Francis, CPA

Candice Caines-Francis serves in a Public Sector seat representing State Representative Jon Santiago. Caines-Francis, a Certified Public Accountant, works as an Audit Manager with the Office of the State Auditor and has worked as a consultant at Boston Financial Data Services within the Finance and Audit departments. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Human Services, Spanish & Sociology from…

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Patricia Washington

Patricia “Pat” Washington represents the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on the ABCD Board of Directors. She held numerous leadership positions with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and retired after 38 years of service. For the past three years, Washington has volunteered as a tax preparer for the Internal Revenue Service’s VITA Program, completing federal and state tax returns at ABCD’s…

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