Jennifer joined the Community Chest in 2017 with 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Jennifer managed a philanthropy education program at the Foundation for MetroWest, providing grants management, nonprofit curriculum development, and instruction, while also advising nonprofit executives, staff, board, and volunteers. Following a BA from Hamilton College, Jennifer’s passion for community engagement and supporting others led her to dual master’s degrees in Social Work and Education from Boston University. She currently serves on the National Charity League board, as well as leadership at Trinity Church, and previously on the Thoreau PTG and Board Chair of the Maynard Community Chest. Jennifer lives in Concord with her husband, their two teenage children, and a few four-footed friends.
Laura was appointed Associate Director of the Community 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 15 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, earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Littleton with her husband, two daughters, and yellow lab, Murphy.
Jenny joined the Community Chest in June of 2022. She grew up in Concord and was lucky enough to attend Alcott, Peabody, and CCHS. Jenny graduated from The College of the Holy Cross before working in healthcare innovation. In 2015, she moved back to Concord with her husband and three children. Jenny spent many years leading local Girl Scout troops and is a frequent PTG volunteer. She recently served on the Board of the Middlesex Chapter of National Charity League and continues to have a leadership role. Jenny is thrilled to be part of the Community Chest team.
An active member of the Concord Carlisle community, Madelene joined the Community Chest in 2022. She has lived in Concord for 30 years with her husband and has raised three sons who attended the Concord Carlisle schools. Madelene held leadership positions in the PTOs including treasurer positions at Milldam Nursery School and CCHS. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in communications and worked for many years in the marketing field. In 2017, Madelene returned to Boston University to earn a Master’s Certificate in Fundraising. She began her relationship with the Community Chest as a freelance grant writer and is now excited to be a part of the Community Chest team as the bookkeeper.
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.
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 joined the Community Chest’s Board of Directors 2019.
Jim has lived in Concord since 2013 with his wife and two boys. Professionally he works as an investment advisor at a wealth management firm. He has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry with roles developing global macroeconomic outlooks, investment strategies, and customized portfolios for individuals & families, foundations, endowments, and charities. Jim earned an MBA from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and is a CFA charter holder. Jim has volunteered two years on the Allocations Committee and joined the Board in 2021. He now serves on the Finance Committee at the Community Chest. He is also a volunteer with the Trails Committee in Concord and runs a 200-mile race annually with a group of 12 (and a team of 48) people each fall as a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF).
Ally and her husband Tucker (a CCHS graduate) have lived with their 2 children and dog in Carlisle for 10 years. Ally served on the Board of Milldam Nursery School as treasurer for 4 years and currently serves on the Rackets Committee at Concord Country Club. She received her B.A. from Bates College in Maine in 2000. Prior to having children, Ally worked at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Digitas, Inc. in Boston. She volunteers weekly at the Carlisle School Library and works at Clark Farm Market in Carlisle in her spare time. Ally was a member of the Allocations Committee for 3 years before joining the Board in 2022.
Ben grew up in Concord and returned to live here in 2005. He attended Concord Academy and worked in the Development Office of the school for 18 years. Ben is the Director of Development for The Environmental League Of Massachusetts. He served on the board at Concord Children’s Center for six years and continued to volunteer for them in various capacities for several years. Ben worked on the 75th Anniversary Task Force for the Community Chest and joined the board in 2023. Ben attended Connecticut College and lives with his wife and two kids on the campus of Concord Academy.
Jeffrey Blue is the former 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 joined the Community Chest’s Board of Directors in 2019 and serves on the Development Committee.
Chessie joined the Community Chest’s Board of Directors in 2023 and serves on the Program Committee.
Since 2001, Tim is the founder and owner of Design & Co., Inc., a brand strategy and design agency. The firm works within a wide range of market sectors, including architecture, construction, real estate, life sciences, software technology, and not-fpr-profit organizations. Formally trained as an architect, Tim earned Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University in 1988 and a Master of Architecture from Yale University in 1996. Tim has lived in Carlisle since 2006 and, together with his wife and photographer Gigi de Manio, has raised three children within the Concord Carlisle public school system. Tim is a sailor, loves all things outdoors, and has a penchant for acquiring and restoring mid-century modern furniture from Carlisle’s legendary Swap Shed.
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 many 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 joined the Community Chest’s Board of Directors in July 2019.
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