Open Table is managed by an active Board of Directors, whose members represent diverse backgrounds in business, law, public relations, education, healthcare and technology. Many have extensive volunteer experience either with Open Table, with other organizations, or both.
Day to day operations of the Open Table pantries and community dinners are run by the Open Table Operations team, whose members (all volunteers) contribute significant hours each week to working with our over 600 volunteers to assure that our guests are served each week.
Pantry Sourcing: Pam Gardner
Pantry Distribution: Jennifer Simon
Facilities: Will Young
Site: Jim Terry
Meals/Kitchen: Barbara Blankenship
Volunteer Management: Jean Husson
Volunteer Outreach: Patty Helsingius
Guest Support: Susan Evans
Guest Management: Betsy Comstock
Systems Analyst: Paulina Knibbe
Communications: Stefanie Clouthier
Social Media: Dottie MacKeen, Stefanie Clouthier
Advocacy: Michele Wade, Julie Neubauer
Recruitment/HR: Maile Hulihan, Deena Whitfield
Donation Acknowledgments: Jennifer Soilis
In-Kind Acknowledgements: Anne Berndtson
Treasurer: Sylvia Cullington
Fundraising: Alannah Gustavson, Nancy Hartshorne, Bill Thornburg
Grant Team Coordinator: Jennifer Kelly
Website Design: Christine Evans
Database: Bill Thornburg, Christine Evans
Creative/PR: Christine Evans
Community Outreach and Events: Maryellen McArthy
Board of Directors
Sylvia is currently retired and worked for over 30 years at John Hancock in a variety of positions, including running a large policy holder services group. She has been active in a number of volunteer positions, including working at Emerson hospital for the past 18 years and serving as the head of the Ladies Golf Committee at Nashawtuc Country Club for the past two years. This latter role encompasses a large set of activities, including oversight of numerous sub-committees that organize events for female club members throughout the year. Sylvia was also Chair of the Finance Committee at Nashawtuc for 10 years when the Seniors Golf Tournament came to the club. This involved reporting on all of the monies collected during the event from parking, concessions and other activities, and creating an onsite banking facility for the professional golfers. Sylvia is very familiar with Open Table having previously served as a volunteer for many years.
Barbara has been an attorney at the Acton law firm Scheier & Katin, P.C. since 1999. She became a shareholder of the firm in 2010 and a Principal in 2012. Her legal practice focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and planning for beneficiaries with special needs. She is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association.
Barbara currently serves on the Open Space Committee in Acton. Other volunteer activities include six years on the Acton Conservation Commission, including three years as chairperson, volunteering for Acton Community Supper, and serving as parent member of the Acton-Boxborough High School Principal Search Committee.
Barbara lives in Acton with her husband and two dogs, Moose and Dakota. Her interests include running, bicycling, downhill skiing, swimming and travelling to new places.
Jill is a public health consultant who has years of experience working on a broad range of initiatives, including health assessments for 14-town coalitions and implementing teen pregnancy prevention programs for the Boston Public Schools. Currently, she heads the Healthy Concord project for the Town of Concord Department of Health. Her current volunteer experience includes serving as a corporator for Emerson Hospital, where she is a member of their community benefits committee, and as a Director for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, where she co-chairs the Education Committee. Locally, she has been the coordinator of the Concord-Carlisle Parents Initiative; a director of the Concord Children’s’ Center; and has volunteered for Open Table at the Maynard location.
Stefanie Cloutier brings to Open Table the public relations and communications experience she has honed in the arts, education and nonprofit worlds. Most recently, Stefanie worked for Perkins School for the Blind, writing magazine articles, blog posts, web pages and promotional materials as well as contributing to the development of a new website. As a freelancer, she has developed media campaigns and generated publicity to promote local organizations. Stefanie volunteers at Open Table and has been an active member and served on the boards of the Concord Players and Friends of the Library. Stefanie lives in Concord with her husband and two children.
Michele currently works on the Community Initiatives Team at The Greater Boston Food Bank responsible for developing partnerships and managing programs at schools, community health centers, community colleges and senior centers in eastern Massachusetts. Michele has experience managing small residential properties, an activity she maintains to this day. Her volunteer experience includes work with Holy Family Parish, including serving on the Parish Pastoral Council, Concord public schools, Girl Scouts and she currently serves on the board of Bridges Together, an organization that provides & advocates for intergenerational programming. Michele’s first knowledge of Open Table came through one of her children who volunteered at the Concord site.
She lives in Concord with her husband, Chris, and her pet dog, Willow. Michele has four grown children.
Connie has been involved with fundraising and sales for close to 30 years. In her current position, she is responsible for raising private funds to support biomedical research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Previously, Connie spent 15+ years as national marketing manager for Bruker Biospin, selling capital equipment to scientists and executives in the life science industry. She has served on the Board of Directors for Concord Children Center where she chaired the Annual Gala and led the newsletter committee. Connie has also served on the Concord Board of Assessors for five years, was a volunteer for the Asperger’s Association of New England, and volunteered as a tutor for English at Large. She currently chairs the Capital Campaign Advisory Committee for Open Table.
Connie lives in Concord with her husband and two cats, Beckham and Ronaldo. Her two children have left the nest, but the family cats will remain at home clearing the neighborhood of mice and moles.
Bill, a graduate of SUNY Stony Brook and Boston University School of Law, currently practices in Framingham with the firm of Krasnow, Keller and Boris, PC. His concentrations include real estate, Worker’s Compensation, and Social Security disability. Bill’s recognition of the need for organizations like Open Table harkens back to his days on the Board of Assessors when he conducted hearings on real estate tax abatement applications based on financial hardship (so called Clause 18 abatements). Bill has served in town government in several capacities including Selectman, on the Planning Board, and the Board of Assessors. He has been involved with many civic, youth sports, and charitable activities. He serves on the board of the Sudbury Friends of Park & Recreation. He joins the Board in hopes that his skills as an attorney and experience in local town government will help to promote the goals of ending hunger, caring for families, and creating community.
Bill and his wife Myra live in Sudbury where they raised their now adult children, Stephen and Marisa. Bill & Myra are members of Congregation Beth El and are proud of their congregation’s hosting of the MetroWest Free Medical Clinic.
Jessica has extensive experience as both a manager and volunteer in the non-profit world. She served as Co-chair of the Board for many years at a preschool in California following a term as volunteer coordinator. As Assistant Director of development for an Adult Literacy non-profit in Chicago, she was responsible for public relations and marketing activities, managing a committee of volunteers and spearheading the organization’s fund raising events. Before she entered the non-profit sector, she worked as a sales and marketing manager for Toyota Motor Sales. Jessica moved from California to Concord with her family here over two years ago.
MaryEllen K. McCarthy
MaryEllen has over 25 years’ experience in Human Resources, specializing in Training and Leadership Development for organizations such as Lahey Clinic and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, as well as independent consulting for various Human Resources projects. MaryEllen has an MSM in Management, specializing in Training and Development from Lesley University and a BS in Psychology from Bridgewater University.
After many years of volunteering on the board of The Community School, she agreed to take on the HR/Payroll functions as an employee after a change in management necessitated the need. In addition, she is a Foreign Exchange Coordinator with Educatius, Inc. for the program at Maynard High School.
Her volunteer work has included The Community School Board of Directors , Maynard (2004-present), Chairperson Maynard High School PTO (2006-present), School Site Council, Maynard High School, Town of Maynard Search Committees: Superintendent of Schools, Maynard Town Administrator (2x), Middle School Principal(2x), High School Principal, Town Manager, Registrar & Treasurer: Maynard Youth Soccer Board, Maynard Food Pantry volunteer.
MaryEllen has lived in Maynard for 25 years with her husband and four children, one of whom is still in high school.
Peggy has been building organizations through meaningful relationships for over 30 years. As the founder, owner and principal of Journey Wealth Partners in Concord, Massachusetts she works with people to ensure their resources align with their most deeply held values. Peggy is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. She is a member of the Massachusetts Financial Planning Association and the Concord Chamber of Commerce, and Provisors. She has extensive leadership experience with WOWFactor, Inc. an Internet firm she founded, AT&T, and both venture-backed and closely held firms.
She earned her Masters of Business Administration at New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University. Peggy and her husband Frank recently moved from Concord to Cambridge and Nantucket Mass. after raising three children. Peggy is a member of the National Charity League, and rode and raised funds for the Pan-Mass Challenge in 2014 and 2015 and is committed for 2017. She is on the capital campaign advisory committee for Open Table in Maynard and Concord.
Glenn Migliozzi, CFA, is a member of the Finance and Development Committees at Open Table. He recently joined the Babson faculty as an adjunct instructor in the Finance Department. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial services field starting with positions in banking and corporate finance. Later in his career, Glenn founded a hedge fund to capitalize on the market inefficiencies in the credit markets. Glenn received a B.S. in Economics from the University of New York at Albany and a Master of Science in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Glenn also serves on the Finance Committee at MetroWest Legal Services and as a consultant to Community Consulting Teams of Boston.
Glenn is an avid golfer and has been a member of the Nashawtuc Country Club Membership committee. He lives in Sudbury with his wife, Lynn. Glenn and Lynn along with their son, Matt, all volunteer at Open Table..
Julie represents the voice of our guests at Open Table, and regularly escorts a person to both our Concord and Maynard sites for dinner and pantry services. Her past work experience has included being a sales associate T.J. Maxx, a claims representative at Tufts Health and working in TV production when in college. Julie is a very active volunteer in grey hound dog adoption, helping people understand more about the breed and why they make wonderful pets. She was involved in the political campaign to stop dog racing in Massachusetts – legislation that successfully passed several years ago.
Betsy is a lawyer by training and currently serves as Executive Director of MetroWest Legal Services, an organization that provides free legal aid to low-income individuals. She is also the Board Chair for Wayland Council on Aging, giving many presentations on elder law topics, and a Board Member for Weston Friendly Society of the Performing Arts.