Cherie Arruda

Cherie has spent the majority of her career in the financial services and fintech industries primarily focused in consumer lending and data privacy. She recently accepted a business leadership position within a biotech start-up and is looking forward to delving into this exciting industry. Inside and outside of work, Cherie has dedicated time to helping women and girls. She has mentored women extensively and is proud of her work with the Cherie Blair Foundation. Cherie loves to travel, read and spend time with family and friends. Cherie received her BA in Economics and History from St. Lawrence University and an MBA for Bentley University. Cherie is a member of the Womenade Evaluation Committee.

Sara Lavoie
Vice President

Sara has focused her career in the fields of journalism, media and government. Currently the Acting Director of Enforcement Services at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, Sara is a decisive and collaborative team leader who works to uphold the integrity of the Commonwealth's credentials and to ensure that drivers are safe to be behind the wheel. Sara is proud to serve with Womenade to increase awareness of the issues facing women and girls in Greater Boston.  Originally raised on a farm in New Hampshire, Sara pursued her higher education in Boston at Emerson College and Simmons College where she studied broadcast journalism and communications management. Sara is co-chair of the Womenade Evaluation Committee.

Jeanette Maillet


Jeanette is a finance professional who has devoted her career to public service. She has served as Chief Financial Officer and similar roles at a number of Massachusetts public sector institutions including UMass Medical Center, the Office of the Attorney General, the State Comptroller’s Office, and at several agencies including the Department of Development Services and the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission. In addition to dedicating time to support the empowerment of women and teen girls with Womenade, Jeanette loves the outdoors, is an avid cyclist and participates in the annual MS Ride, raising funds for Multiple Sclerosis research. She has an undergraduate degree from UMass and a master’s degree from Boston University.

Jennifer Flanagan


Jennifer is a partner with the law firm Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer, where she concentrates her practice in estate planning, estate administration, trust administration, non-profit formation, and tax law.  She is committed to volunteering and has served in various roles with her town and professional organizations.  Jennifer is currently actively involved with uAspire in Boston, which works with students to find an affordable path to and through college.  She was a past board member of Barakat, Inc., which advocates for the education of girls and women in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As the mother of two strong, independent daughters, she is honored to be part of a group focused on improving the lives and futures of women and girls.  She is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross, Boston College Law School and Boston University School of Law. Jennifer serves on the Womenade Membership Committee.

Marion Burke

Marion has spent her career in the not-for-profit health care and hospital arenas.  She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from Boston College.  Marion has held positions in nursing education, as well as administrative positions as Nurse Executive and Vice President for Clinical Services in local hospitals.  Her current position is in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center as Director of Quality Management, Risk Management and Training.  Marion is past president and board member of the Newton Community Chorus, is currently on the board of the Center for Independent Documentary.

Sandy spent many years serving in administrative, management, marketing, compliance and analytical positions in the investment and insurance arenas.  She holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from Northeastern University and a Master of Science in finance degree from Boston College. She is an avid tennis player and loves the outdoors. Sandy co-chairs the Womenade Membership Committee.

Sandra Cobb

Abby Detweiler

Abby has spent her career in the education and non-profit sectors. She is currently the Title III Grant Project Administrator at MassBay Community College. Previous positions include Director of Outreach and Program Operations at Primary Source, a non-profit organization providing K-12 teachers with programming and resources in global education, and 3rd grade teacher in the Medfield Public Schools. Abby loves travel, both domestic and international, and has particularly enjoyed her many trips to East Asia for both work and pleasure. She received a BA in American Studies from Wellesley College and an MAT in elementary education from Simmons College. Abby co-chairs the Womenade Marketing & Communication Committee.

Nancy Lane


Nancy has held various technical roles at both large and small companies with an emphasis on optimizing design and product performance. She is currently Director of Quality at Entegris, leading a global organization supporting the liquid filtration business, delivering technical solutions that enable the semiconductor and other businesses to produce ultra-pure materials. Her work takes her to locations across the United States and Asia, and she enjoys better understanding different cultures and the impact those have on the ways we each live and interact with each other. Closer to home Nancy is involved in several nonprofit initiatives focused on human rights, education, and food justice including the Guatemala Committee of the Congregational Church of Needham, the Needham Community Farm, and the Ryland Family Charitable Fund. Nancy holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Certificate of Special Studies from Harvard University in Management and Business.

Pam Messenger

Pam joined Friends of Post Office Square in 2007, providing direction and management of The Garage at Post Office Square and the Norman B. Leventhal Park - a first class mixed-use real estate project in Boston’s financial district. Before joining Friends, she spent 20 years as a senior real estate paralegal/department administrator at Palmer & Dodge LLP. Pam is Vice Chair of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (Boston BID) Board and serves on its Executive and Finance Committees and as Chair of its Public Realm Committee; is a Board Member of CREW Boston (formerly New England Women in Real Estate); is an Associate Board Member of A Better City and a member of its Challenge for Sustainability; and serves on the Boxford Town Democratic Committee, having completed nine years of service on the Boxford School Committee. She is a graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts and holds a MPA from Suffolk University. Pam is co-chair of the Womenade Membership Committee.

     Lisa Zwirn

Lisa is a freelance food writer for the Boston Globe, Edible Boston, and a few other publications. Her writing career was a change of heart and direction from two decades in the corporate banking industry, where she analyzed the financial condition and credit risk of financial institutions as well as structured, negotiated, and managed large loans to industrial companies. She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan and MBA from Northwestern University. Lisa co-chairs the Womenade Marketing & Communication Committee.