Board of Directors

Pierre Valette, Chair

Pierre Valette is currently the VP of Content and Communications for Athena health. Prior to his work at Athena health, he served as the Executive Producer of Children’s Programming for WGBH from 1999-2008. Pierre worked as VP of Quest Productions from 1991-1999 where he contributed to the development and production of a wide range of PBS and network series.

Kathleen McDonough, Vice Chair

Kathleen McDonough, is President/CEO of Community Health Network (Holliston, MA), which she purchased in 2001 from our Founder, Sarah Hackett. Like Sarah she has a professional background in nursing, public health and home care, and has been involved with Haiti Projects for over 10 years. She will be on the Executive and Finance Committees.

Susan M. Gately, Treasurer

Susan M. Gately has been an economic and policy expert specializing in the telecom arena for more than 30 years. Her consulting firm, SMGately Consulting, LLC (SMGC) was founded in January, 2011 and caters primarily to very large users (Fortune 500 Companies) of communications services. Susan lives and works in Pembroke, Mass.

Eileen Freitag

Eileen Freitag’s career spans 40 years in home health care, 22 of those at Visiting Nurse Association of Boston. While at the VNA of Boston she rose through operations positions to Vice President of Admissions and ultimately, President and CEO. She now serves as a Partner and Director of Strategic and Marketing Consulting for Fazzi Associates.

Frantz Jacques

Mr. Jacques is a corporate attorney whose practice area focuses on fintech law, mergers and acquisitions, ESG, debt and equity financing, corporate governance, securities regulation, and cross-border transactions.  Mr. Jacques is the Chair of the DC Bar CFSL Community, Committee on FinTech Regulation & Enforcement; and the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion in Business and Finance.  He served as team coordinator of a consortium of Georgetown University Law Center Trade Law Clinic and Trapca members providing technical assistance to the African Union for the drafting and negotiation of the Continental Free Trade Area Dispute Settlement Chapter.

Dale Joachim

Dale Joachim is on the Technical Staff at MIT Lincoln Labs, where he is involved in airport runway optimization. A PhD in Electrical Engineering, he has also been involved in One Laptop per Child, the MIT Media Lab, and numerous other commercial and academic endeavors. He will work on the Library/Education Committee.

Alisa Kuno

Alisa Kuno is a part-time strategic Chief Financial Officer  and Chief Compliance Officer for a number of privately held companies. Prior to becoming a consultant, Alisa led the mergers and acquisitions function for Sapient Corporation. Alisa has held a variety of other general management, finance and strategy roles throughout her career. Alisa earned her MBA from Stanford University in 1996. Prior to that, she graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1990 with a BA in History and East Asian Languages & Civilizations.

Ligmie Preval

Robert Russell

Robert Russell is an MD with background in nutrition, and is currently Professor Emeritus at Tufts Medical School. He has served on the Boards of the USDA Human Investigation Committee, the FDA, National Institute of Health, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He will work on our Clinic Project.

Peter Sanborn

Peter Sanborn was a portfolio manager and analyst for 25 years with Oechsle International Advisors, a Boston-based investment advisory firm specializing in non-U.S. equities. Prior to that, he worked in Tokyo, Japan, for six years as an analyst of Japanese stocks for Jardine Fleming Securities. In affiliation with Community Consulting Teams of Boston (CCT), since 2010 he has served on many pro bono consulting projects on behalf of Boston-area nonprofits.