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 Directors

image of joe kennedyMr. Kennedy retired in 2018 from his role as the Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Georgetown Bank, Georgetown Massachusetts, where he worked for 19 years. He had 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 and one granddaughter.

Mr. Kennedy is an active volunteer. As a parishioner of Sacred Hearts Parish, Bradford, Massachusetts, he has been a Eucharist Minister since 2008, bringing communion to the homebound of the parish. He was recently hired as the Pastoral Outreach Coordinator at Sacred Hearts. Mr. Kennedy previously served as a catechist in the parish’s religious education program for 17 years, 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. and was involved with prison ministry at Old Colony Correctional Center, Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

  • Will Oliver, Secretary, Treasurer, Board of Directors

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.

  • Bill Keating, Director

Bill joined the L’Arche Board in April of 2018 and hopes to add to its strategic and financial oversight. He is the Chief Financial Officer for the Nexxus Group located in Beverly, MA. He served in the same capacity for Micropore, Inc. of Elkton, MD. He was previously a member of the finance faculty at Bentley University; served in a number of roles at Polaroid Corporation where he helped carve out Polaroid’s R&D Group to form ZINK management. Bill holds a BS in Finance and a PhD in Economics from Arizona State University and a CPA (MA). He enjoys golf and reading and is actively involved in the Special Needs Community. He and his wife Christy have three adult daughters ( Sarah, Emily and Julia)

  • Lois Klee, Director

Lois Klee grew up outside of Boston, got her BA from Connecticut College and after marrying and resettling a few times returned to MA in 1990. She and her husband have five children and thirteen grandchildren, one born with Down Syndrome. A friend introduced her to L’Arche in 1998 with an invitation to join the Board. As its President, out of necessity Lois became the interim Community Leader. The community survived with dedicated support from other L’Arche community leaders throughout the USA. She was overwhelmed by the commitment and solidarity she experienced from the other communities during Irenicon’s time of struggle. Among her most memorable opportunities was a 4- week retreat for English- speaking assistants of 10+ years held in Trosly, France with Jean Vanier. Thirty-two assistants from around the world spent two – 2 week sessions at La Ferme. Lois was awed by Jean and continues to be by those who have chosen to associate with L’Arche in all capacities. In her professional career she has interviewed personnel for companies, sold real estate, worked in supportive staff positions, co- chaired fundraisers and volunteered for other organizations but it is her L’Arche experience that she credits with discovering so many extraordinary members of humanity.

  • Thomas Murphy, Secretary

I began my L’Arche journey in 2002, when I moved in to what was then image of Tom MurphyHouse, and lived alongside core members there and at Gandhi House, for seven years. Like many L’Arche new-comers, I was anticipating a “year of service,” but soon learned that L’Arche had different plans for me. What I thought would be a short stay to serve people with disabilities became (to-date) a sixteen-year journey of friendship and learning how to welcome my own vulnerabilities. Instead of helping people with disabilities, I soon realized that I was the one being helped. Our core members were teaching me, via deep and genuine friendships of the heart, how to become gentler, more fully human, more authentically myself. Along the way, I had the chance to serve in leadership roles and as the pastoral minister for L’Arche Boston North. I also had the chance to work on the national level on a number of projects and commissions, especially on numerous formation retreats for L’Arche newcomers. With no formal role in L’Arche currently,  I have the great pleasure of simply showing up to visit with my friends. My scholarly research is dedicated to amplifying the gifts that the core members and the communal lifestyle of L’Arche offer to our fractured world. Concurrent with this, I am constantly seeking opportunities to connect students and colleagues at Boston College with the mission and relationships of L’Arche Boston North.  I am eternally grateful to this community for helping me to walk the transformative road of vulnerability, love and communion, and cherish the opportunity to serve as a member of the board of directors to return the favor in some small way

  • Lynette McCrae, Director

Lynette joined the L’Arche Board in May 2018 after learning about L’Arche and its mission. Lynette has a son with a disability and has spent many years advocating for him and planning for his future. She is honored to bring this experience and knowledge with her to the board. Lynette is a first-generation college graduate who obtained her Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Business Administration. After working for a couple of years she realized that she was not done with her educational goals. She went back to school and obtained her Master’s degree in Management. She is still not sure that she has completed her educational goals but further studies will be something for the future as her main desire for the present is to spend as much time with her husband and three sons as possible.She currently works as an admissions counselor at Cambridge College and also serves as on the Board of the Lawrence Family Development Charter School. 

  • Christine Harrington, Director

Just after college graduation unsure of a career path, I was hired to be part of a pilot project in New Hampshire. As a resident adviser, it was my great good fortune to assist folks leaving Laconia State School and Training Center to embrace life in their home communities. That experience profoundly influenced me personally and professionally and shaped the rest of my life. The people I met there, including my dear friend and teacher, Shelley Bell, have sustained and motivated me for many years. For more than three decades I was employed as a human service worker by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Over the years serving on several nonprofit boards, earning a Master’s degree, being a volunteer guardian for two folks needing someone in their corner, and family life have kept me busy. As a board member I look forward to my time with L’Arche being both fruitful and as opportunity to be part of people creating and living meaningful rich lives.