Board of Directors
Rev. Dr. James G. Mentzer (Chair)
Jim received a BA and MA from Allegheny College and Duke University, respectively, a Masters of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Union Presbyterian Seminary. He spent many years as a United Methodist Pastor of several churches in North Carolina before taking the position of Director of Planned Giving – United Methodist Foundation, Inc. in Garner, North Carolina where he focused on investment management and planned giving. At the conference level, he service as Chair of the Insurance Committee and is also a member of the Socially-Responsible Investing Task Force. Currently, Jim is the President of the United Methodist Foundation of New England and serves as chair of this charitable foundation that supported the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist foundation currently manages an investment portfolio totaling just over $96 million which benefits the annual conference, local churches, boards, and agencies in the Northeast. Jim and his wife Jo Ann have 3 children and 1 grandson.
Carol Finigan Wilson (Vice Chair)
Carol is President of Northbridge Insurance Agency, Inc. in Concord which is an independent property and casualty agency she started in 1997. She services on the New England Deaconess Finance Committee and is the daughter of a resident living in the Chamberlin Apartments. Carol served on the Concord Finance Committee for six years and as the Chair in 2011-2012. She also served on Concord’s Comprehensive Long Range Planning Committee and is a board member and former president of the Concord Business Partnership. Carol presently serves as co-chair of the Women’s Leadership Council at Lahey Clinic and is a Women to Women Partner at St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children in Dorchester. She is a member of the Concord Chamber of Commerce and was selected as Business Person of the Year by the Chamber in 2010. Carol is an active member of Holy Family Parish and lives in Concord with her husband Chris. Together they have raised 8 children and have 4 grandchildren.
John C. Young (Treasurer)
John is the retired Executive Director of Better Homes, Inc., a Springfield, MA based non-profit dedicated to the development and management of affordable family housing in the Western Massachusetts area. John served as the director for over thirty years before retiring in 2010. He is a graduate of Albion College with a BA in Economics. Following college graduation he joined the Peace Corps where he worked for three years in Kenya in a rural cooperative farming community installing a water supply system. John is on the boards of other non-profit housing related organizations in the Springfield area as well as the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts and the Advisory Board of Rockridge. He is the son of Rev. Elmo Young, who was a Methodist minister and the first Director of Rockridge and his mother, Violette Young was a beloved resident. John lives in Enfield, CT with his wife, Mary Margaret Young.
William A. Zoppo (Clerk)
Bill has over thirty years of experience in a broad range of real estate and construction activities including: project development, project management, costs estimating and owner representation. He has acquired sites, planned and permitted assisted living communities. He advises numerous business and commercial building owners on development projects ranging from automobile dealerships to health care product manufacturers. Bill received a B.S. in Business Management from Suffolk University and N.SA. in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver. He is a licensed real estate broker and construction supervisor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Christopher Sintros (President)
Christopher graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in Religious Studies as well as a certificate in the Gerontological Studies Program. He attended graduate school at Miami University, Oxford Ohio where he earned his Masters of Gerontological Studies, with a focus in long term care administration, as well as his nursing home administrator’s license. His master’s capstone project was completed in conjunction with a Mass ALFA survey and focused on the variability of acuity levels in assisted living communities. Following graduation, Christopher joined Genesis Eldercare where he served for four years as an Executive Director of an 80 unit assisted living community followed by four years as the administrator of a 126 bed skilled nursing facility. Chris joined the Newbury Court Commmunity as Executive Director in 2008 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in August of 2014. Chris is a resident of Harvard, MA where he lives with his wife Erin, and their two children.
The Honorable John Cratsley, Retired
The Honorable John Cratsley (Retired) is a mediator in the JAMS Boston Office. His mediations and arbritrations frquently involve employment disputes as well as construction and commercial matters. Prior to joining JAMS in early 2012 he served on the Massachusetts Superior Court from 1987 to 2011 and on the District Court from 1973 to 1983. In the interim period, 1983 to 1987, he was the Chief of the Public Protection Bureau for Attorney General Frank Belloti. While on the Superiror Court, Judge Cratsley served as Regional Administrative Judge in both Suffolk and Norfolk Counties and as Chair of the Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution (1999 to 2004).
Judge Cratsley teaches at both Boston College and Harvard Law Schools as well as in MCLE and Bar Association continuing education programs. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Communities for Restorative Justice (C4 RJ), a community based restorative justive program working with police departments in twelve suburban cities and towns.
Rev. Thomas Getchell-Lacey
Rev. Tom Getchell-Lacey has served as pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Gilford, N.H. since July, 2013. Prior to coming to Gilford, he served churches in Amesbury, MA., and Portsmouth and Milford, NH. He received his Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1988. He is married to Wendy Getchell-Lacey, and has two children; Emily, 21, and Daniel, 16.
Donna graduated from Colby Junior College (now Colby Sawyer College) and Wheelock College and was an elementary school teacher for seven years before her two children were born. She and her husband Ken have lived in Acton for over 40 years. She volunteers at Saint Matthews United Methodist Church, and Emerson Hospital. She is past President of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary and served two years on the board of the Mass Hospital Association as state volunteer chairman. At Saint Matthews she has been a member of the Chancel Choir for 28 years and has served on various committees, including the recent building committee. Currently at St. Matthews, Donna serves as chair of the Music Ministries Committee and is a member of the Concert Series Committee. From 1994 to 2001, Donna was the Assistant Director of Community Services at Emerson Hospital, responsible for the scheduling and training of over 500 adult and student volunteers. She recently retired from her last position at Emerson as the Hospital Gift Shop Manager and currently volunteers in the Endoscopy Department. She has also just finished a four-year commitment as an MFA associate at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Ken received his B.A. degree from Boston University and his J.D. degree from Cornell Law School. He has decades of experience advising clients on estate planning and administration, charitable giving and tax-exempt matters. His principal areas of practice are estate planning, estate and trust administration and related tax planning, including planning for business owners and international tax planning. He has extensive experience advising individuals and families in connection with international estate planning, including offshore trusts and corporations.
Ken has more than 20 years of experience in charitable planned giving, dealing with a broad range of outright and deferred gifts by individuals to organizations and foundations. He also represents foundations and other tax-exempt entities in connection with initial organizational matters, grantmaking, compliance with federal and state tax laws and fiduciary responsibility.
Kenneth is a frequent lecturer for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. and served on their curriculum committee. He gave programs for attorneys and accountants relating to estate and tax planning, and charitable planned giving, including various forms of wealth transfer and business succession planning. Ken and his wife Donna have lived in Acton for over 40 years.
Sunita Hanjura, M.D.
Dr. Sunita Hanjura grew up in Pennsylvania and attended John Hopkins University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed a Geriatrics Fellowship at George Washington University Hospital and was in practice in Rockville, Maryland from 1992 until 2004. She now lives in Lexington with her husband and children, and has been in private practice at Bedford Lexington Internal Medicine since 2004. Dr. Hanjura is the medical director for Rivercrest and has privileges at Emerson Hospital where she continues to serve as Vice President of the Emerson Hospital IPA (Independent Physicians Association) Board as she has for the past four years, and has been on the IPA Strategic Planning Committee for the past two years. She also served on the Cary Library Foundation Board in Lexington for six years where she was on the Stewardship Committee. Dr. Hanjura also enjoys membership in several cultural clubs in town and loves to travel with her family.
Harry B. Hedison
Harry B. Hedison is a Partner of Mercury Capital Advisors, the former Merrill Lynch Private Equity Funds Group. Mr. Hedison began his career with Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investment Banking Group and has over 20 years of real estate capital markets and investment banking experience. He earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Real Estate from the Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Economics from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics. Mr. Hedison is also the Chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee and sits on the Board of the Bare Hill Rowing Association in Harvard. He resides in Acton and is married with three children.
A native of Waltham, Marcia received her BA in English Literature, as well as a Teaching Certificate from Tufts University. She completed her graduated studies at Boston University. She started her career as a teacher in the Waltham High School, and continued working from home while raising her child, Michael. She continued working part time, helping a friend who ran a Public Relations and Media Production company, and eventually became interested in Public Relations/Public Affairs as a career. She opened her own firm, Media Matrix, Inc., whose clients were mainly city, state and federal governmental agencies, as well as national non-profit organizations, such as Easter Seals and the American Lung Association. She successfully sold the business some years later to focus on larger corporations, such as Monsanto Corporation, Exelon Energy, Distrigas, and the Hess Corporation, to assist them in their Public Affairs and development campaigns. Marcia became acquainted with the Leland Home a number of years ago when her mother moved in. She is proud to be an active Board member in order to advocate for older adults.
Don, a Brown University graduate, focused his career in the communications industry. He worked in the Bell System for many years before becoming Chairman and CEO of Nynex Information Resources, Co. and later Telephone Pioneers Foundation. A resident of Acton, he has served on many Boards and committees, primarily of charitable classification, and currently serves as the Town Moderator – a position he has held since 1977. Don and his wife, Pat, have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
Rev. Stephen Melius
Steve is currently the Pastor at the United Methodist Church in Weston having served the communities of Tewksbury and Belchertown, Massachusetts. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Westminster College, and a Master of Theology Degree and Doctor of Ministry Degree from Boston University School of Theology. Steve is on the New England Conference of United Methodist Church’s Nicaragua Plan Committee and is Chair of the Central Massachusetts District Committee on Ministry. He and his wife, Sandy, are the parents of six children and three grandchildren.
For the past forty years Marilyn has acted as a welcoming ambassador to the region in her capacity as Co-Owner/Operator of the Hawthorne Inn in Concord, Massachusetts (June 1976-June 2016.) Coinciding with her role as Innkeeper) she has been a Real Estate Agent (since 2000), currently active with Keller Williams Realty Boston Northwest. Over the decades Marilyn has been involved in a number of diverse volunteer activities, including: Project Place Boston hot-line support (suicide prevention), At-Home Hospice Care Volunteer through Emerson Hospital, Free Romania Foundation to provide aid to orphans and orphanages, and National Liaison between Habitat for Humanity and the Independent Innkeeper’s Association. She also served on the Board at Heritage Swim and Racquet Club. Marilyn is currently active in her church community, Holy Family Parish Concord, as a Eucharistic Minister, Chair over-seeing gardens and landscaping, and supporting her husband, Gregory Burch, in his ministry as a Deacon. Marilyn’s personal pass-times are quilting, gardening, reading, kayaking, cooking and love of dogs. Marilyn and Gregory are blessed with three, now grown, children and their lovely spouses.
Sheila is a Concord native and graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School. She is also a graduate of Boston College with a degree in Economics and Philosophy. Sheila has over 25 years of experience in the banking industry. She has worked as a residential mortgage lender at Middlesex Savings Bank in Concord Center for 19 years and enjoys giving back to the community. She has served on the Finance and Investment Committee at the New England Deaconess Association/DALC for the past three years and has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Concord for 12 years, serving as club President in the year 2014 -2015.
Sheila is also a member of the Concord Chamber of Commerce, the MA Mortgage Bankers Association, the MA Bankers Association, the Boston College Varsity Club, and the Council for Women at Boston College. Sheila is an active member of Holy Family Parish in Concord and she enjoys both spending time with her family and playing golf.
Colleen Collins Williams
Colleen works as a Director of Clergy Family Services for the Preachers' Aid Society of New England, an organization which ministers to retired United Methodist clergy and their surviving spouses. She worked for many years as an Activity Director in long-term care facilities in Maine, generally focusing on care for those suffering with dementia. Colleen previously worked in the pastoral care department of Kingswood, a continuing care retirement community in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her BA in Geography and Anthropology from the University of Southern Maine and did graduate work at Saint Paul's School of Theology with a specialization in gerontology. Colleen is a member of the Hazardville United Methodist Church in Enfield, Connecticut and serves as the coordinator of its Resource Center. She and her husband David have two daughters and six grandchildren. Colleen studies New England colonial cemeteries and is interested in geneological work.
Rev. Matthew J. Wissell
The Reverend Matthew J. Wissell was appointed to serve as Pastor of the Eastham United Methodist Church in 2008. Prior to his relocation to Cape Cod, he served Massachuetts’ congregations in West Brookfield, Franklin, Byfield and West Boylston. Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Framingham State College, and a Master of Divinity from the Boston University School of Theology.
Theodore A. Barten, PE (Emeritus)
Ted is a co-founder and Managing Principal of Epsilon Associates, Inc, a 45 person environmental engineering and consulting firm based in Maynard, MA. An environmental engineer by training, Ted’s consulting practice is focused on site selection, environmental analysis, licensing, ad permitting for a wide array of major energy and infrastructure projects. Ted spent the first 12 years of his career with United Engineers & Constructors, a leading designer and builder of utility power projects. In 1986, he joined HMM Associates in Concord, MA, where he was responsible for building a respected energy facilities permitting practice. Ted became President of HMM in 1989, helping to grow the firm to 160 people. Following the 1994 acquisition of HMM by Earth Tech, Ted was Executive Vice President responsible for the Earth Tech’s multi-office 700 person commercial consulting operation.
In 1997, Ted and six senior colleagues from the former HMM Associates co-founded Epsilon Associates, now a highly regarded regional consulting firm. Epsilon has twice been a finalist in the Boston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work competition. The firm is also a recipient of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award.
Ted is an environmental engineering graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and earned his MBA at Northeastern University. He is Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and seven other states. Ted served on the Board of Directors of Earth Tech, a publicly traded company. He has also served on the New England Council and was on the Board of the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association for many years. Ted and his wife, Iris, live in Bolton, MA.
Robert S. Cummings (Emeritus)
Bob received his undergraduate degree from Brown University/Tufts University and an LL.B. from Harvard University. He was a Managing Partner of Nixon & Peabody and the Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee. Bob served in the United States Army Counterintelligence Corps, is a former Chairman of the Reading Board of Selectmen and currently Chairman of the Reading Commissioners of Trusts’ Funds. He is former chairman and currently a member of the board of Trustees for Hallmark Healthcare, a former member of Edison Electric Institute Legal Committee, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Director and Treasurer of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, and Secretary and member of the board of Directors of Massbank.
Earl H. Hutt (Emeritus)
A life-long resident of the town of Westborough, MA, Earl earned a B.S. Degree in Pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and an MBA from Northeastern University. He served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corp during WWII and is the past President and owner of Winchester Drug Company has served as: Board of Directors and Treasurer of Bay State Abrasive Products Company, Treasurer of Alden Self-Transit Systems Corporation, Board of Directors Integrated Systems Technology, Inc., President and Treasurer of Westborough Realty Corporation, Treasurer of American Society of Insurance Management, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Worcester Area American Heart Association, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bridge, a halfway home for Boys, Chairman Town of Westborough Finance and Advisory Committee, Commissioner of Trust Funds of Town of Westborough, Member of Westborough Area YWCA Advisory Council, Chairman Audit Committee Westborough Financial Services Inc. and Westborough Bank, and a Member of the Board of Directors and Corporator of Westborough Bank. Earl is an active member of his local United Methodist Church and has served for 33 years as Lay Member to the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, has been President of its Council of Finance and Administration for 10 years, a member of numerous committees.
Robert Johnston (Emeritus)
Bob graduated from Wentworth Institute and Boston University. He served in the U. S. Marine Corps and was a member of the U.S. Troops in Iwo Jima. His career was in the elevator business. He has been a long time active member in the Somerville College Avenue United Methodist Church serving in many leadership positions. He is also active in the Masons and is on the Board of the Charlton Masonic Home.