Board of Directors
Darren Baird, Board Clerk, is a Director in the Real Estate Practice Group at Goulston & Storrs PC, where he focuses his practice on complex commercial real estate transactions and development for a broad array of owners, developers and lenders. Darren co-chairs the firms Medical, Education and Cultural Facilities Group and spends a large portion of his time advising non-profit higher education and medical institutions in real estate, development, permitting, financing and construction-related matters. Darren graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice from Castleton State College, and a JD from Suffolk University Law School, magna cum laude. Originally from northern New Hampshire, Darren resides in Winthrop, MA with his wife and four children. His interests include golf, Crossfit and any outdoor activity.
Meghan Burque is an Operations Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche, a global leading company in professional services. Meghan currently serves in Deloitte’s Audit Innovation & Analytics group which works to develop and deploy new technologies and analytical tools to enhance the audit process. Meghan leads the operations of the Audit Analytics team and works with leadership to develop and execute strategy. Meghan previously worked in Deloitte’s Audit group for about six years, serving mutual fund clients within the financial services industry. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Project Management Professional. Meghan graduated from Northeastern University with a BA and Masters in Accounting. She was drawn to serve on the CitySprouts’ board because of her interest in the outdoors, gardening, and hands-on education. She currently resides in Charlestown, MA with her husband and son.
Jonathan Cosco has been practicing real estate and environmental law since 1998. He currently is deputy general counsel at the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Its agencies work to strengthen the economy and increase job growth, promote housing construction and the economic vitality of communities, and promote trade and investment with global partners in Massachusetts and around the world. Prior to joining EOHED Jonathan worked in two of Boston's largest law firms practicing real estate and land use law. Jonathan received a BA degree in history from Brown University in 1993 and joint JD/MEM degrees from Duke University in 1998. He currently resides in Ipswich with his wife and two children.
Tamirirashe (Tami) Gambiza, CPA, CGMA, is an experienced Senior Audit Manager in the Boston Office of CohnReznick, with over 12 years in the public accounting industry. His focus includes Financial audits of Not-for profits, State Colleges and Universities and State Agencies and authorities and Real Estate. Tami received a Bsc in Accounting from Bellevue University in Omaha, Nebraska. He is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA) and Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA). He is also an active member of the MSCPA Accounting and Audit Committee.
Angel Harris is a Senior Account Executive at More Advertising, a minority women-led marketing agency located in Watertown, MA. As a marketing and design professional with over 10 years of experience working for both non-profit and private sector organizations, Angel has a diverse background in content marketing, social media, event planning, communication strategies, public relations, branding and design. Angel graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Communication and lives in Milton with her husband and daughter.
Terrence Hayes is the president of Siena Construction Corporation based in Cambridge, MA. Siena provides contractor services to the life-science, commercial, historical, and non-profit industries in and about the metro-Boston area as well as greater New England. He grew up in Quincy, MA and Littleton, CO. He received his B.A. in Literature and Philosophy from Siena College, located outside of Albany, New York, pursued post-graduate work in architectural and landscape design at the Boston Architectural College, and has volunteered his time for many organizations including: the Conservation Commission in Chelsea, MA, the Mystic River Watershed Association, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, City Year, and Zoo New England. Terry lives in Arlington, MA, with his wife and his young son (who helps to keep him in running shape).
Bill Kane is a Senior Vice President with BioMed Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates commercial real estate in Boston, Cambridge, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York. Bill is based in BioMeds Cambridge office and is active with many Boston and Cambridge community organizations. Previously Bill managed real estate development projects for the Fallon Company, Davis Marcus Partners, Lyme Properties, and Turner Construction. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from Tufts University, and an MIS/MBA dual degree from Boston University. Bill currently lives with his wife and four kids in Marblehead, MA.
Sean Kelly is currently Team Leader, Assistant Vice President in the Underwriting/ Credit Department at the Cambridge Trust Company – a $2MM Private Bank based in Cambridge since the late 1890’s. He is originally from Ireland and moved to the Cambridge area in June 2016. He graduated from University of Limerick in Ireland in 2007 with a degree in Economics and Mathematical Sciences and he lives in Cambridge with his wife.
Daniel Langenthal is an experienced organizational consultant and educator with over 20 years of experience in the field. He currently is the Director of the Leadership Development Institute at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Boston, where he provides coaching and consultation to Boston area professional and lay leaders in Jewish agencies, and designs and delivers training modules on such topics as strategic planning, visioning, change management, board assessment and leadership development. Daniel received an MBA and an MA in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University and an MS in Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire. Daniel's most recent position was as the Director of Experiential Learning and Teaching at Brandeis University, where he worked with faculty and staff to incorporate more active and reflective practices into their work with students. He also founded and continues to serve as Chair of the Board of MABAT, an Israeli non-profit dedicated to improving intercultural awareness at Israeli colleges and universities.
Joshua Leclair is a Senior Manager in the international corporate tax practice of KPMG LLP in Boston, and has been practicing in the area of international corporate tax since 2003, shortly after graduating with a JD from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, MN. Josh moved to Boston in 2009 and began pursuing an LLM degree at Boston University School of Law in 2010, completing the program in 2014. He became interested in CitySprouts after learning about their activities and mission during a networking event and because of his interest in both gardening and childhood education. Josh currently lives with his wife and two young sons in Sherborn, MA. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, including gardening, reading, cooking, and traveling.
Kathy Loftus is the Director of Sustainability at Whole Foods Market, where she coordinates sustainability and leads engineering, green building, and facilities management (including energy management and strategic energy procurement). She was a founding Steering Committee member for the U.S. DOE's Better Buildings Alliance a founding member of EPA's Green Chill Program. In addition to roles as Director of Business Development for a start-up energy technology firm and roles at an electric utility company. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is appointed to her towns Renewable Energy Commission, a member of the Board of the Green Building Initiative, and a Board member of Future of American Energy. She is also a member of WPIs Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board, WPI Center for Sustainability in Business Advisory Board and Massachusetts Maritime Academy Engineering Advisory Council.
Michelle Lower is an Assistant Vice President of Real Estate Development and Community Relations at Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. an urban office real estate investment trust focused on life science and technology campuses in clusters around the country. During her eleven years with Alexandria, Ms. Lower has assisted in the procurement of local entitlements and special permits of more than 2.0 million square feet of space in Cambridge. Michelle is actively involved in a number of local committees and non-profits including the East Cambridge Business Association, the Cambridge Family Policy Council and ecodistrict committee of the Kendall Square Association. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children who attend the Maria L. Baldwin School.
Maureen McCaffrey is a Director at MIT Investment Management Company. MITIMCo oversees the investment side of all of MITs assets. Maureen is responsible for planning and development of all capital projects in MITs Cambridge real estate portfolio. Maureen graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, is a Professional Engineer licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is LEED Accredited. She serves on the Massachusetts Building Authority Designer Selection Panel and the Board of the MIT Federal Credit Union. She lives in Boston and is an avid fan of baseball, cycling, and fun fitness activities.
Emily Mueller De Celis has been practicing landscape architecture since 1999 and is an associate principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, one of the country's leading firms believing that landscape plays a critical role in shaping a positive experience of place—both found and designed—and that a strong sense of place helps enhance everyday experience, healthy communities, and quality of life, which are at the heart of a livable city. Emily's selected build work includes Harvard University’s Smith Campus Center, Corktown Common Park in Toronto, ON, The Ray V Mellone Park in Allston, MA, and Teardrop Park in New York. Emily received a BA in Art History from Wellesley College, her MArch from the University of Virginia and a MLA from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. As an educator, she has been a guest critic at MIT, Northeastern, Wentworth and Harvard’s GSD and has taught the design studio and theory at Rhode Island School of Design. Living in Cambridge, Emily's 3 kids first introduced her to CitySprouts, bringing home tomatoes, potatoes and kale grown in their school garden and showing her their sketches depicting the food chain.
Denise Mytko joined the board of CitySprouts as a proud volunteer of the organization and advocate of access to natural spaces. Denise’s work has largely centered on teaching, learning, and leadership. She holds positions of Division Manager at a Cambridge growth-phase education start-up, Professor of Practice at Northeastern University, and consultant for MassRobotics. Denise previously managed the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP), education efforts for Draper, and PreK-12 gifted ed. at Northwestern University. In the Chicago area, she spent several years working in Park Districts where she enjoyed oversight of ~120 community garden plots, in Early Childhood Education where she was able to first use the power of natural spaces in formal curriculum, and in food service where she spent 12 years learning how food builds community. Denise earned her A.A. in Early Childhood Education from Oakton Community College, B.A. in Organizational Behavior from Northwestern University, M.A. in Sociology, Education and Public Policy from Northwestern University, and is in process of earning her PhD from the Lesley University Graduate School of Education. Denise loves learning new things, animals, and life's stories. She looks forward to seeing you in the garden!
Andrea Paciello is the Executive Director of Teaching & Education at Massachusetts General Hospital. As a healthcare executive with nearly 20 years of experience, Andrea has played leadership roles in other important hospital departments and initiatives, including in surgery, the cancer center, and operationalizing MGH’s last new building project. Andrea currently serves as President of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Massachusetts chapter and is Board Certified in Healthcare Management. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Committed to exposing children to STEM opportunities, Andrea also completed training as a professional floral designer and believes plants and flowers offer health and wellness contributions that are often underestimated. Armed with their trowels and watering cans, her two children have a charming tendency to “unplant” most of what she tries to put in the ground.
Jon Penterman holds a PhD in plant biology from UC Berkeley and BS degree in biology from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has performed genetic and genomic research to address fundamental questions in plants and bacteria. Jon is currently a scientist at CRISPR Therapeutics. Having grown up in a family that raised crops and planted large gardens, Jon is a serious gardener himself and enjoys sharing his plants and produce with neighbors and friends. Jon lives in Cambridge with his wife, daughter, and son.
Jeffrey Perrin, Board President, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Lesley University. Dr. Perrin’s current research focuses on affective responses to natural environments. Centering on aesthetic, spiritual, and experiential engagement, Jeff is primarily interested in exploring the relational unfolding between people and natural places. At Lesley, Jeff teaches courses focused on the intersection of psychology and the environment including: Ecopsychology, Children and Nature, and Born to Be Wild: The Psychology of Wilderness Experiences. He has presented his work at national and international conferences. Most recently Jeff has published in the Applied Environmental Education and Communication, Journal of Sustainable Education, and Ecopsychology. Jeff frequently consults with environmental education non-profits on connection to nature related outcomes and is also trained as a Climate Reality Leader by the Climate Reality Project. Jeff holds a BA from Trinity College, a MA from University of Michigan, and a PhD from University of New Hampshire.
Patricia Beggy, Principal, Cambridge Public Schools (retired)
Lisa Dobberteen, Medical Director, School Health & Public Health Programs, Cambridge Public Health Department
Holly Fowler, Founder and CEO, Northbound Ventures LLC
Tom Hamill, Principal, Redgate Real Estate
Brian Kelley, Vice President of Commercial Lending and Commercial Real Estate Lending, Cambridge Trust Company
Ryan Kim, Partner, Castle Island Partners LLC
Gwendolen Long, Senior Counsel, Citrix
Maryann MacDonald, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, Cambridge Public Schools
Victoria Maguire, Development Manager, WS Development
Brendan McCarthy, Assistant Vice President, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
Jeannie Parkus, Early Childhood Special Educator, Cambridge Public Schools
Steve Postal, Chef and Owner, Commonwealth Restaurant
Carl Spector, Commissioner of the Environment, City of Boston
Henry Vandermark, President at Solar Wave Energy, Inc.
Peter Welsh, President, Peter Welsh Strategic Consulting Services
Sara Zrike, Director of Curriculum, Hurley School, Boston Public Schools