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 Swanna Champlin, 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.
  • Russell Boekenkroegersocial_linkedin_box_blue
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    Co-founder & CEO, Mathisis Tech Inc.;L’Arche Parent
    Russell Boekenkroeger is a Co-Founder and CEO at Mathisis Tech. Previously Russell managed a consulting practice focusing on strategic assignments for clients requiring improved delivery and quality metrics and customer relationships. At Patni a $700M Indian IT Services company he was a member of the executive team responsible for North America, growing several businesses into significant company revenue contributors’ along with other corporate duties. Russell is the parent of one of our core members, they have been involved with L’Arche since 2003.
  • Mary Peterssocial_linkedin_box_blue
    General Manager,E-Z Test Pool Supplies, Inc.
    Mary Peters is currently the General Manager at E-Z Test Pool Supplies, Inc. overseeing 3 retail locations in NH and MA. She has over 24 years experience in the leisure sales and service industry . Mary was also been employed for 6 years in corporate marketing as a Sr. Event Specialist with Charles River Laboratories, Inc., a global research partner in the pharmaceutical industry. Mary holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Mangement from NECC.
  • Marissa LaFlamme social_linkedin_box_blue
    Sales and Marketing Executive, EBSCO Industries
    Marissa is currently a Sales and Marketing Executive at EBSCO Information Services overseeing a $3M territory in the Midwest. Miss LaFlamme is credited with combining sales, marketing and business development expertise to deliver growth in competitive business markets. She has a strong expertise in corporate account management, sales strategies, marketing and product placement. Marissa graduated with an English Literature degree at Emmanuel College in Boston while studying literature at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Marissa currently resides in Newburyport, MA.
  • Frances Marchesini
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    Core Member,L’Arche Boston North
    Fran has lived as a “core member” at L’Arche for the past 29 years. She has represented the “corevalues” on the board for two terms. Fran has won numerous awards for her commitment to work andadvocacy of others. At the present time Fran works at Market Basket and American Training.