Karen Bechtel, Executive Director
Karen became the Executive Director of the Community Chest in 2014 after working for six years as the Business and Operations Director at Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program, where she participated in strategic planning and managed the daily business operations in finance; development and communications; human resources; facilities; and technology. Prior to joining Lovelane, Karen was Manager of Marketing Communications at National Grid, where she worked for 15 years. Karen serves on the Board of Overseers at the deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum, and has been a successful fundraiser for the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Karen lives in Lexington and has two sons who live in Boston.

Liz Harvey, Associate Director
Liz joined the Community Chest in 2013 as a Board member and transitioned to the staff in 20115.  She has previously worked at a range of non-profit organizations including the Citi Center, Young Audiences, Simmons College and Concord Art.  Liz’s career has focused on fundraising specifically corporate and foundation grant writing, annual appeals and special events.  She is active in her community and serves on several volunteer committees. She lives in Concord with her husband, three children, dog and hedgehog.

Libby Kurten, Bookkeeper
Libby took over the role of bookkeeper for the Chest in 2013. She has years of experience and has done bookkeeping for a variety of local small businesses and nonprofits. Libby lives in Concord with her husband and two daughters.

Polly Meyer, Office Administrator

Site Photography

Harley Freedman
Michelle Friedman
Richard Pasley
Donna Thomas


2016-2017 Officers and Executive Committee

Trish Siefer– Co-President
Cary Keller– Co-President
Sandy Caggiano– Vice President
Kelly Driscoll– Vice President
Paul Mahoney– Vice President
Henry Vaillant – Vice President
Richard Wells – Vice President
Bob Furey – Treasurer
Laura Davidian – Clerk

Board Members

Faith Bade
Bill Barton
Amy Capofreddi
Liza Carey
Christina Economos
Jennifer Gates
Julie O’Brien
Wade Rubinstein
Kate Skelly
Lora Venesy
Lora Venesy
Richard Wells


Penny Austen
Mark Bamford
Elizabeth Berk
Alyssa Bigay
Peter Blum
Gigi Bondick
Elaine Bonoma
Ellen Campbell
Luanne Cordeau
Jane Coutre
Laurie Diercks
Jean Easterday
Linda Escobedo
Janet R. Friedman
John R. Hickling
Amanda Young Hickman
Elizabeth Holmes
Barbara Howland
Mary Johnson
Lindsey Kafka
Nicole Kelly
Barrie King
Beth Knauss
Paul Kugler
Fred Lovejoy
Andy Mahoney
Wendy McNally
Amy Jane Newell
Sarah Newton
Wayne Patenaude
Ned Perry
Patty Popov
Mark Russell Prior
Ed Prewitt
Dale Ryder
Bridget Saltonstall
Patti Satterthwaite
Ann Sgarzi
Sharon Spaulding
Lee Storrs
Valerie Kolligian Thayer
Dyan Urban
Betsy Veidenheimer
Astrid Williams
Adam Winstanley
Marty Gilpatrick Wolf