L’Arche Boston North Board of Directors

L’Arche Boston North is a 501c3 nonprofit organizations and is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board oversees legal and financial management of the organization. We are always seeking community members from a variety of professions who are interested in sharing their time, talent and experience. Please contact Jennifer Matthews, Executive Director of L’Arche Boston North if you are interested in becoming part of our board: office@larchebostonnorth.org

Our current Board of Directors consists of local community/business leaders. The Board is looking to increase funding, recruit volunteers, and improve the quality of life for all L’Arche Boston North residents.

L’Arche Boston North’s Current Board Of Directors:

Joseph Kennedy, Chairman of the Board of Directorssocial_linkedin_box_blue
image of joe kennedySenior Vice President / CFO,Georgetown Bank
Mr. Kennedy is currently the Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Georgetown Bank, Georgetown Massachusetts, where he has worked for the past 17 years. He has been in the banking industry north of Boston for over 29 years, with more than 27 years of experience as a CFO. He holds a B. S. in Accountancy from Bentley University and is a graduate of the National School of Banking, Fairfield, Connecticut. Mr. Kennedy has lived in Haverhill since 1986 and he and his wife Laurie have three sons.
Mr. Kennedy is an active volunteer. As a parishioner of Sacred Hearts Parish, Bradford, Massachusetts, he has been a catechist in the parish’s religious education program for the past 17 years, a Eucharist Minister for the past 11 years, bringing communion to the homebound of the parish and was a member of the Parish Finance Council for 14 years. In 2010, Mr. Kennedy was awarded the Janie and Raymond Newman Service Award in recognition of his contributions to Sacred Hearts Parish. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No.5004, Groveland, MA. Mr. Kennedy currently serves as Treasurer of KidsFirst, a non-profit organization borne out of the belief that every child deserves an equal chance at a childhood full of love and happiness. KidsFirst is staffed by employees of the Georgetown Bank. Mr. Kennedy is also involved with prison ministry and is currently a volunteer at Old Colony Correctional Center, Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

“It’s an exciting time for L’Arche Boston North. Joe brings a wealth of experience working with non-profit organizations,” said Swanna Champlin, Executive Director at L’Arche Boston North, “his leadership will be invaluable in growing our community.” Mr. Kennedy stated, “it is truly an honor to accept this position and I couldn’t ask for a more worthy cause than to help spread the L’Arche values.”

  • Maureen Costello-Shea, Treasurer of the Board of Directors
    Chief Residential Officer, The Guild for Human Service Maureen Costello-Shea is the Chief Residential Officer at The Guild for Humanmaureen-costello-shea-193x228 Services in Concord, MA where she oversees the school-aged residential program, the adult residential program and the health services department. Prior to joining The Guild Maureen was Vice President of Berkshire Advisors Inc., a management consulting firm serving public sector and non-profit organizations. She has extensive experience as a consultant to scores of government agencies including school districts, developmental disabilities agencies and police and fire departments across the country. Ms. Costello-Shea has also worked extensively with local public and private schools, residential and work providers for adults with disabilities and families to develop comprehensive, inclusive wrap-around services for individuals with disabilities. She also provides educational evaluation, behavioral consultation, and training in inclusion of students with behavioral challenges and autism and in curriculum modification to serve the needs of gifted students. Her involvement with Irenicon began in 1995 as a consultant providing behavioral support to core members and training to assistants. She assisted with transition planning when a portion of the Irenicon community relocated from Ipswich to Haverhill and during residential restructuring.
    Ms. Costello-Shea has extensive experience as a manager in the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation. In 1994, she received the D.M.R. Pride in Performance Award and the Commissioner’s Award for her work on the J.T. Berry Rehabilitation Center Transition Team. She has taught on the faculty at Simmons College, teaching graduate level courses in the Special Education Department and supervising graduate level student teachers.
    Ms. Costello-Shea received a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education from Simmons College and a Masters of Education with high honors from the University of Vermont, Center for Developmental Disabilities. A resident of Raymond, New Hampshire she is married to Dan Shea, who works for Cardinal Health and has two adult children- Joanne and Timothy who reside in New York City. She serves as guardian of two individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Will Oliver, Secretary Will has been working to improve businesses for over 25 years. He has founded four successful business, invested as part of a global venture capital firm and consulted with many types of healthcare and social services organizations. In addition, Will has been on five boards of directors before joining the ’Arche Boston North board: three private companies and two non-profits. In addition to building companies, Will is a college professor. He has taught business at Brandeis, Tufts and University of California, Irvine. When he is not working, Will volunteers with NEHSA, which provides adaptive skiing and kayaking opportunities. Eight years ago, Will and his wife, Heather started Stars, a community life group of families with special needs. Will and Heather live in Bedford and have three daughters, one with special needs.
  • Mary Peters, Vice Presidentsocial_linkedin_box_blue
    Mary Peters has been a friend of L’Arche for numerous years and a board member since 2014. Drawn by the culture of diversity within the L’Arche community, Mary believes the L’Arche Mission extends far beyond the walls of L’Arche Boston North and has expressed a feeling of privilege to be able to serve the community. Mary is currently an Employment Specialist with Vinfen, a nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, aiding clients with psychiatric disorders in finding competitive employment as part of their ongoing recovery. Mary’s previous roles include General Manager in the Pool & Spa industry and Sr. Events Specialist in the Biotech/Pharmaceutical sector. When not working, Mary enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking her English Shepherd, reading and music. Mary holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Northern Essex Community College.
  • John Anton, Core Member L’Arche Boston North
    John Anton joined our community in April of 2013. A lifelong resident of Haverhill, he currently serves as a legislative specialist with the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MSDC) in Burlington, MA. He is also a legislative intern at the State House in Boston. This position has also taken him to Washington, D.C. where he served as an intern for U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Chair of the House Republican Conference and co-chair of the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus. John has advocated for the population of individuals with disabilities in many ways, including supporting and working toward the success of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, allowing people with disabilities to save and earn money like everyone else. In 2014 John, along with Vanessa Henry, represented our community at the L’Arche International Federation Council meeting in Lyon, France. When John isn’t working hard as an advocate, he enjoys spending time with friends, studying the Bible and watching pro-wrestling. John is very enthusiastic to be serving on our Board of Directors!