Board of Directors
SUPPORTING PATIENTS.FUNDING CARE.PROVIDING HOPE.
Tom Jacob, Board Chair
Owner, Jacob Consulting Commercial Real Estate
Program Director, Babson College (retired)
Marcia, a Wake Forest University graduate, was an advisor for Junior Achievement, a volunteer for the Marilyn Monroe Family Center for Abused Women in London, an active fundraiser for the American Cancer Society during the development of the Hope Lodge and a volunteer for school and community organizations in Wellesley. She is a driving force behind Ellie Fund’s Real Golfers Wear Pink tournament. Marcia continues to spread her enthusiasm about Ellie Fund within her wide reaching network.
Thanda Fields Brassard
Cynthia Levine Kropp
Executive Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, ABC Global Services (Retired)
Ronald Lanoue, Treasurer
Senior Tax Manager, KPMG
Jeff Popkin, Founder
Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner, Boston Event Guide
Amy Comander, MD
Breast Oncologist, Mass General Cancer Center at Waltham and Newton Wellesley
Dr. Amy Comander is Director of Breast Oncology and Cancer Survivorship at the Mass General Center in Waltham and at Newton-Wellesley. She is also co-director of the Mass General Cancer Center in Waltham. Dr. Comander is well-known for her compassionate care and devotion to her patients. She is dedicated to improving the quality of life and outcome of her patients through lifestyle interventions. In addition to her expertise in hematology/oncology, Dr. Comander has also pursued board certification in Lifestyle Medicine, and she has launched “PAVING the Path to Wellness Program,” a 12 week lifestyle medicine based survivorship program for women with breast cancer. She is an avid runner, and she is thrilled to run her eighth consecutive Boston Marathon this year to honor the Ellie Fund!
Vice President, Wellington Management
As a Business Analyst at Wellington, Nicole helps lead the growth, expansion, integration, and oversight of the firm’s private investment business. She also co-chairs “Shades,” Wellington’s Black Employee Resource Group, and serves as Secretary to the firm’s Global Governance Committee. Nicole has also been an active participant of Wellington’s philanthropic Grant Recommendation Committee, having acted as a grant reviewer for the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and College for Social Innovation, and Lead for the After School & Summer Program Review Team that provided oversight grant recommendation for seven non-profits.
Author and Inspirational Speaker
Joanna is a self-employed inspirational speaker, professional mentor, author, entrepreneur, inventor, and successful business owner. She wrote her book, The Waiting Room: Your Friend to Help You and Your Loved Ones Through the Diagnosis, because, “it was exactly what I would have needed after my breast cancer diagnosis but couldn’t find.” Joanna’s extensive philanthropic experience extends to the Park Street School, Newton Country Day School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Annunciation Cathedral of New England, and the Greek Ladies Philoptochos Society.
Dr. Tina opie, MBA
Associate Professor, Babson College
Dr. Opie received her Ph.D. in Management from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2010. In addition to her teaching the Foundations of Management & Entrepreneurs at Babson College (for which she was named at Top 40 Undergraduate Business Professor by Poets & Quants, a leading news website dedicated to coverage of business education), Tina has recently been named a visiting scholar at Harvard Business School, following her MLK Visiting Professor/Scholar position at MIT. Tina is a regular commentator on Harvard Business Review’s Women at Work podcast and on WGBH. Her book, Shared Sisterhood, co-authored with Dr. Beth Livingston, will be published by Harvard Business Press in Fall 2022. Prior to her academic career, Tina was a banker and a management consultant.
Owner and President, FBN Construction Co.
In addition to his service with Communities United, Inc., and Needham Childrens’ Museum, Bob’s board experience is exemplified by his tenure at Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston. He was called back into service as the Association was moving through a difficult and contentious reorganization in a successful effort to reestablish its solid financial and governance structure. In 1995, Bob joined FBN Construction and set it on a path to be recognized as a premier residential building and remodeling company in Greater Boston.
Managing Partner, Law Offices of Lipsey & Clifford, P.C.
Attorney Scott J. Clifford is a Holbrook native, currently living in Norwood. He is a graduate of Bridgewater State University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Legal Studies. Scott later received his Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law. He is the managing partner of the Law Offices of Lipsey & Clifford, P.C., where he concentrates in the areas of real estate (representing commercial and residential lenders, buyers and sellers), corporate law and litigation involving both real estate and corporate matters. Scott and his office work with several non-profits throughout Massachusetts including Ellie Fund, South Shore Habitat for Humanity and New England Villages.
Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Hologic, Inc.
As Vice President and Corporate Secretary at Hologic, Inc., a Massachusetts based innovative medical technology company primarily focused on improving women’s health and well-being through early detection and treatment, Mark supports and advises on matters relating to corporate governance and public reporting. Mark brings more than 15 years of legal experience as an advisor and business partner. Mark has a B.A. in English from Georgetown University and received his J.D., from the Georgetown University Law Center. Mark is passionate about spreading the message on the importance of early detection and ensuring that all women and their families have access to care before, during and at the conclusion of a breast cancer diagnosis. Further, as a Needham resident, he has become actively involved in the Ellie Fund.
Nancy wright, MBA
Nancy has been an active Ellie Fund volunteer since 2019, following her own treatment for breast cancer. After a successful career as a business owner and senior leader at academic and arts institutions, Nancy is now dedicated to philanthropic activities that support women and families living with breast cancer. In addition to the Ellie Fund, Nancy serves as a Peer Mentor at Massachusetts General Hospital, supporting caregivers and cancer patients throughout their treatment. For over 20 years, Nancy owned Perennial Designs, a premier floral design studio and retailer in Needham. She previously held senior positions at Babson College, the Hanahauoli School in Hawaii and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Nancy earned her MBA from Babson College and her BSBA in Economics from Boston College.