Christine Swistro 
President 

Chris is a management consultant and executive coach who has built her practice working with clients in the for-profit and social sectors to design and implement change. Chris is committed to investing in the community, consulting for Boston's Social Innovation Forum, and has been a board member of several Boston-area organizations including the Clipper Ship Foundation, Cantata Singers and Chelsea REACH, a drop-out prevention program for middle school students in Chelsea, MA. Chris holds a Bachelors degree in Public Policy and American Institutions from Brown University, and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Sara Lavoie
Vice President

Sara Lavoie 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.

Susan Jarvis
Treasurer 

 

Susan worked for many years as an accountant, helping both for-profit and not-for-profit clients create cohesive financial systems for their organizations.  She recently left the field to embark on a new career.  After receiving a Certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University, she became the Collections Manager for the Needham Historical Society and volunteers at the Library and Archives of Historic New England.  Susan has been a member of several not-for-profit boards including the Needham Education Foundation, The Boston Cecilia, and The Master Singers of Lexington.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia.   She is co-chair of the Womenade Evaluation Committee. 

Meg Bennett
Secretary

Founding Member of Womenade Boston

Meg is a Managing Director and Private Client Advisor at U.S. Trust®. Based in Boston, Meg joined U.S. Trust in 2012 and has over a decade of experience assisting high net worth individuals and families with their wealth management needs. Meg received her MBA from Babson College and a B.S. from Lafayette College. She is actively involved in the community, serving on the Membership Committee for the Boston Estate Planning Council, the Education Committee for The Emerald Necklace Conservancy Liff Fund’s Party in the Park, and as a Director of the John A. Scileppi Foundation. She is also a member of The Boston Club. 

Eleanor Amidon

 

Eleanor Amidon, is a Principal Consultant with Enterprise Iron.  She is currently working with TIAA-CREF.  Eleanor has spent over 30 years working in the Financial Services industry, focusing on providing services to not-for-profit organizations.  A graduate of Colby College, Eleanor continues to support the college through fund raising efforts and reunion planning.  Eleanor has served on the Board of Trustees of the Brookline (NH) Public Library and is co-chair of 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, and is co-chair of the Womenade Membership Committee.

Chris is a global business development executive who has worked in a number of for-profit and not-for-profit business domains in the US and abroad, including real estate development and sales, technology, publishing and music. She has built businesses from the ground up, influenced thriving alliances and partnerships, and led successful turnaround efforts focused on developing employee talent and aligning management practices with business goals. Chris is a graduate of Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Fordham College. In addition to her work on the Womenade board, she serves on several national and international boards and committees.

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Sonia Kowal

Sonia Kowal is Zevin Asset Management's President with responsibility for corporate matters, business practices, strategic planning, and marketing. She is also a member of the firm's investment committee where she incorporates sustainability issues into investment decision making and oversees Zevin’s shareholder advocacy work as well as the integration of environmental and social issues into the investment process. Previously, Sonia headed Ethical Investment Research Services' (EIRIS) US office and was a Portfolio Manager and Investment Research Analyst at Baillie Gifford in Scotland. Sonia holds a BS in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh and an MS in Investment Analysis from the University of Stirling, Scotland. Sonia serves on the Womenade Evaluation Committee.

Jeanette Maillet

 

Jeanette Maillet 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 include 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