Jennifer joined the Community Chest in October 2017 with nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Jennifer managed the Youth in Philanthropy program at the Foundation for MetroWest, providing grants management, nonprofit curriculum development, and instruction, while also advising nonprofit executives, staff, board and volunteers through the Center for Philanthropy Education. She serves on the Thoreau PTG board, as well as leadership at Trinity Church, and previously as Board Chair of the Maynard Community Chest. Jennifer lives in Concord with her husband, their two children, and a few four-footed friends.
Laura was appointed Associate Director of the Chest in January 2018, after serving as Annual Giving & Events Specialist at Discovery Museum in Acton, MA for over three years. Prior to her role at the Museum, Laura worked in the Development and Alumni Relations office at The Athenian School at the base of Mt. Diablo in Danville, CA. Laura brings over 12 years of fundraising, marketing and event management experience, and her passion for supporting nonprofit organizations that do good work in our community. Laura grew up in New England, loves her Boston sports, and lives in Littleton with her husband, two daughters, and yellow lab, Murphy.
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.
Jennifer joined the Community Chest in May 2020. She had recently served on the Boards of the Middlesex Chapter of National Charity League and the CCHS Swim & Dive Team. Working at the Community Chest allows her to happily support the community that has been her home for 20 years. Jennifer and her husband have three children and one very spoiled cat, Marly.
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Officers and Executive Committee
Ali has lived in Concord since 2009 with her husband, three children, and her dog. Beginning in 2012, Ali served as a volunteer and an Allocations Committee member, before joining the Board in 2017 and serving as Chair of the Business Development Committee. She has also served on the Board of the Thoreau School PTG. With a professional background in marketing, sales, and strategy in the software and footwear industries, Ali most recently worked as the Marketing Director for Saltbox Farm and Saltbox Kitchen, a farm, café, cooking school, and caterer located in Concord. She attended Williams College and received an MBA from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Ali is currently President of the Board of Directors.
Bill has lived in Concord for nineteen years. He has spent the last twenty years managing investments for endowments, foundations, family offices and other institutions, experience he draws upon as a member of the Investment Committee, and, more recently, as Treasurer of the Community Chest. Bill is also the chair of the Chest’s Finance Committee. When he is not helping his wife manage the logistical challenges presented by three very active children, Bill can usually be found outdoors keeping pace with the family dog.
Kate lives in Concord with her husband and two daughters. She has spent twenty years in the software industry, and currently serves as a consultant to local software companies. Kate received her MBA from Tuck and her BA from Williams College. She joined the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest as a volunteer on the Allocations Committee for one year and joined the Board in 2015.
Lori Hick joined the Community Chest board in spring 2018 after serving for two years on the Community Chest Allocation Committee. Lori has served on the Program Committee and is currently the Clerk. She is also on the board of the Middlesex Chapter of National Charity League and previously was on the PTG boards at both Willard Elementary School and Concord Middle School. Lori is also an active volunteer at her children’s high school. She previously worked at several software firms in the Bay Area and London and has lived in Concord for over ten years with her husband, two children, and two lazy dogs.
Jeffrey Blue is the owner and founder of Blue Dry Goods, a men’s clothing retailer in Concord center. Prior to launching his own business in 2008, Jeff held various general management and marketing roles at several leading technology and retail brands, including Lycos, Timberland and Reebok. Jeff is also an active volunteer in the community, particularly for organizations that benefit local youth. He has coached youth soccer and softball and currently coaches volleyball at CCHS and SMASH Volleyball Club. Jeff is the founder and treasurer of Concord-Carlisle Volleyball, a non-profit organization that supports the CCHS volleyball program. He has also served on the Carlisle Youth Commission and the Community Chest’s Allocations Committee. Jeff received an MBA from The Tuck School at Dartmouth and a BA from the University of California at Los Angeles. The proud father of three daughters, Jeff and his wife Marty live in Carlisle. Jeff recently joined the Community Chest’s Board of Directors in 2019 and serves on the Development Committee.
Christina Economos, PhD, resides in Concord and is a Professor, the New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition, and Chair of the Division of Nutrition Interventions, Communication, & Behavior Change at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Medical School at Tufts University. She is also the Co-Founder and Director of ChildObesity180, a unique organization that brings together leaders from diverse disciplines to generate urgency, and find solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic. Christina has been on the Chest’s Board of Directors for three years. She is also on the Community Chest’s Cornerstone Fund committee and the Development Committee.
Katie has lived in Concord for ten years with her husband and three children. For the past four years, Katie has been the Brand Manager and Demo Coordinator for Nashoba Brook Bakery in Concord. She had been volunteering at the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and joined the Board of Directors in 2018. At the Community Chest, Katie serves on the Marketing and Events Committee.
Carrie moved to Concord in 2014 where she resides with her husband, two daughters and dog. Professionally, Carrie has been working in the marketing field since graduating in 1995 from Bowdoin College in Maine. Carrie is active in the Concord community and has been a CCYS coach for five years as well as a member of the Alcott Elementary PTG, volunteering in numerous capacities with much of her focus on the METCO Family Friends program. She was also a Girl Scout troop leader for three years, organizing fundraising activities and educational programming. In addition to volunteer work in Concord, Carrie is on the Corporation of an all-girls camp, Fleur de Lis, in New Hampshire. Carrie joined the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest’s Allocations Committee in 2018 and has been passionate about CCCC’s mission ever since. She recently joined the Community Chest’s Board of Directors in July 2019 and serves on the Marketing and Events Committee.
Jennifer lives in Concord with her husband and their two children. She is a Private Client Advisor for Congress Wealth Management in Boston with more than twenty years of financial planning experience. Jennifer received her BA in Economics from Lake Forest College. Prior to joining the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest board, Jennifer served on the Allocations Committee for two years. Jennifer is on the Finance Committee at the Community Chest.
Kristen lives in Concord with her wife and twins. She is Director of Institutional Grants at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Kristen received her BA from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University. She joined the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest as a volunteer on the Allocations Committee for one year and became a board member in 2018. She now serves on the Development Committee at the Community Chest.
Julie currently resides in Concord. She has led corporate social responsibility, communications, and development efforts in more than twenty countries on five continents and develops high impact private public partnerships in international development. Julie is a lecturer in global affairs at Yale University, and a frequent speaker on development and public policy. In addition to being a long-time advocate for women both globally and locally, where she founded a scholarship program for single moms, Julie is also the President of the Board for The Coffee Trust as well as a board member and Development Committee chair at the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.
Carren has lived in Carlisle since 2001. She volunteers extensively and is involved in various activities in town including the Carlisle Parent Connection, Carlisle PTO (Treasurer, Middle School VP), and Carlisle Cultural Council. She is a regular volunteer at her children’s school as Producer for her daughter’s 6th Grade Play and worked on both Costumes and Props for the Savoyard Light Opera Company’s productions. At the Concord Carlisle Community Chest she has served on the Allocations Committee and then joined the Board as part of the Program Committee.
Kristin has lived in Concord for 15 years. She and her husband Jon have three daughters who currently attend CCHS and CMS. She has served on the Allocations team three times, and is currently a part of the Marketing and Events committee as well. Over the years in Concord Kristin has served on boards at most of her children’s schools including Milldam, Willard, CMS and CCHS. Professionally, Kristin has worked across in consulting, marketing, and human resources before earning her masters degree in elementary education. After working at Alcott Elementary School, she now tutors students independently in math.
Elisabeth Sannicandro (Libby) grew up in Concord and happily returned to town in 2016. She has spent over 20 years working in investment management, most recently managing fixed income funds focused on opportunities in emerging markets. She lives with her husband and, sometimes, her three mostly grown children along with a very thoughtful greyhound. Libby has volunteered two years on the Allocations Committee and joined the Board in 2020. She now serves on the Finance Committee at the Community Chest.
Charles and his wife Sherin have lived in Concord for over 20 years with their three children and dog. After graduating from the University of Vermont, Charles’ career has been rooted in corporate communications and marketing within the technology sector. He is currently a senior agent with the American Program Bureau, a global speakers agency, where he books keynote speakers for his corporate and association clients. Over the years, Charles has been an active volunteer with several organizations that he is most passionate about, including OpenTable, Habitat for Humanity, The Greater Boston Food Bank, and Ice Hockey in Harlem. Charles was also a member of The Salisbury School Board of Trustees for two terms. He joined the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest as a volunteer on the Allocations Committee for two years and was asked to join the Board officially in 2020. He currently serves on the Development and Marketing Committees.
Colette is a Principal at Root Cause, a purpose driven research and consulting firm. She joined Root Cause to start the research division focused on assessing the quality of program models for nonprofits, government agencies and funders. Colette also works with organizations on collective action, strategic planning and performance measurement. Prior to her current position, Colette worked in product development and internal strategy consulting experience at financial service firms, most recently as a Vice President in Global Equities at Deutsche Bank. Colette is currently the Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees of the Phoenix Charter Academy Network. Colette holds an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. from the University of Rochester. Colette lives in Concord with her husband Dan and four children.
Krissy is married to a Concord native, Chandler Tyson (whose father used to serve on the Concord Community Chest Board) and they reside in Concord with their three children and a dog. Krissy went to school at Choate Rosemary Hall, the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and Boston College Law School. While in law school as a Boston College Public Service Scholar, she interned for Governor Cellucci’s Commission on Domestic Violence, and The Department of Justice US Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont. Following law school she clerked for the US District Court, District of Vermont followed by a year clerkship with Chief Justice Amestoy of the Vermont Supreme Court. She worked for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office as a District Court Assistant District Attorney before managing the Chelsea District Court office. Krissy then moved to the Superior Court to work in the Family Protection Unit specializing in Child Abuse and Child Sexual Assault. In 2017, she opened her own law practice but is primarily hired by the State as a Public Defender through the Middlesex Defense Attorneys Association. Krissy has been active in the Concord community volunteering at her childrens’ school, serving on committees at the Concord Country Club and she is the coordinator for a middle school youth group program at TriCon Church that focuses on building community and serving in the community. Krissy served on the Community Chest’s Allocations Committee for two years and recently joined the Community Chest’s Board of Directors 2019, serving on the Program Committee.
Richard has lived in Concord since 1989 and worked as an IT professional at Harvard since 1994. He has volunteered for the Concord Children’s Center, Concord Public Schools, and CCHS. He served on the Concord Education Fund Board for six years, including as Secretary, webmaster, and co-chair of the Grants Committee. At the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest he has served on the Allocations Committee, the Program Committee chair, and was Co-President and Clerk of the Board of Directors. Richard currently serves on the Governance Committee.
Billie Julier Wyeth lived in Concord as a child and moved back with her own family in 1996. She began her career working in publicity and marketing for Houghton Mifflin Publishing and the Harvard Business School Press. In Concord, Billie has volunteered at Willard and TriCon, coached girls’ youth lacrosse for seven years, and was a founding board member of the Friends of CC Girls Lacrosse. She has been a trustee of Nashoba Brooks School and Concord Academy, where she subsequently worked for ten years to increase constituent engagement. Billie recently served on the Alumni Executive Committee of Amherst College and the board of Brander Beacons Cancer Research Foundation, and she is currently a Corporator at Emerson Hospital and an Overseer at Newbury Court, where her parents moved in 2013. She recently participated in the Community Chest’s Development Advisory Group and joined the Board of Directors in 2020, where she sits on the Development Committee and 75th Anniversary Task Force. In addition to her volunteer work, Billie is a consultant to mission-driven organizations.