Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
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.
Uche Amaechi, Extended Learning Time Program Director at the Fletcher Maynard Academy; and Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Darrin Baird, Director, Real Estate Practice Group, Goulston Storrs
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
Keyon Hurd, Assistant Head of School Grades 5-8, Saint Columbkille Partnership School
Lindsay Jaacks, Asst. Professor of Public Health at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Brian Kelley, Vice President of Commercial Lending and Commercial Real Estate Lending, Cambridge Trust Company
Ryan Kim, Partner, Castle Island Partners LLC
Daniel Langenthal, Director of the Leadership Development Institute Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Boston
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.
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
Karen Worth, Science Education Consultant
Sara Zrike, Director of Curriculum, Hurley School, Boston Public Schools