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.
Heather joined the Community Chest in April 2018. She recently served on the Allocations Committee and the Night out for Neighbors Event Committee and has attended many Chest events in the past. Heather is passionate about the Community Chest and its mission. She has lived in Concord for 12 years with her husband, two sons and chocolate lab, Chester.
Janet R. Friedman
John R. Hickling
Amanda Young Hickman
Amy Jane Newell
Mark Russell Prior
Valerie Kolligian Thayer
2019-2020 Officers and Executive Committee
Liza has lived in Concord for almost 20 years with her husband, three daughters, and her dog. She has been involved with the Community Chest for seven years and has been a member of the Board since 2014. Currently, Liza is a Co-President of the Board of Directors for the Community Chest. She loves being involved with her community and volunteering in a variety of ways. Presently, Liza serves on the Chairman’s Council for The Trustees, is on the Board of the Concord Country Club, is President of the Board for her daughters’ ski club, and volunteers regularly for Nashoba Brooks School. Additionally, Liza has served on committees for Emerson Hospital and The Concord Museum.
Ali has lived in Concord since 2009 with her husband, three children and her dog. She has been a Board Member since 2017, after serving as a volunteer, an Allocations Committee member, a member of the Marketing Committee since 2012, as well as the chair of the Business Development Committee. She previously worked as the Marketing Director for Saltbox Farm and Saltbox Kitchen, a farm, café, cooking school, and caterer located in Concord. Ali is currently Co-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.
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 of the Board of Directors. Currently, Richard serves as the Clerk and is on the Governance Committee.
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.
Bob lives in Concord with his wife and is a long-time staple in the Concord and Carlisle communities. He started teaching social studies and coaching soccer, skiing, and tennis at Concord-Carlisle High School in 1968. He left the classroom a few years ago but is still coaching tennis. Bob began his involvement with Community Chest when he joined the Allocations Committee to review grant requests from local human service organizations. A year after he joined the Allocations Committee, Bob began serving on the Board of Directors. Bob served as Treasurer for three years after that and he is now in his sixth year on the board.
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.
Lori Hick joined the Community Chest board in spring 2018 after serving for two years on the Community Chest Allocation Committee. Currently, Lori serves on the Program Committee. 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.
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.
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. Currently, Kate is chair of the Program Committee for the Community Chest.
Rachel has lived in Concord for four years with her husband and two kids. She sits on the Executive Board and is the Chair of Marketing and Events for the Community Chest. Prior to joining the board two years ago, Rachel volunteered on the Community Chest’s Allocations Committee for two years. Rachel is also a marketing and interior design consultant who previously built and managed global marketing departments in various environments ranging from Fortune 300 companies to start-ups. She holds an MBA with a focus in marketing. Rachel also coaches boys lacrosse and sits on the Concord-Carlisle Boys Youth Lacrosse Board focusing on marketing and philanthropy.
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 Celluci’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.