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Board of Directors

Jen Cunningham Butler

Jen lives in Arlington, MA with her husband Dan Butler. She teaches third grade at Brookwood School in Manchester, MA, where she has been an educator and Administrator for 29 years. Kids are her passion and joy. Outside of school, Jen is currently Vice President of Patient Services for the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She has served on the Friends Board since 2010, with three years as Co-President. In her free time, she is happiest riding her bike, swimming, doing yoga, or spending time outside, particularly walking or watching birds. Jen has ridden in the Pan-Mass Challenge 21 times to support cancer research.

Jen grew up watching her mother be a staunch advocate for cancer patients; Sheila and the Friends fought to insure a non-denominational chapel at the Institute, and they were pioneers in understanding that spiritual, psychological and emotional health improved outcomes for cancer patients. When Sheila died of a breast cancer recurrence in 2003, Jen was struck by the emotional toll the disease took. When she herself was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in 2005, a friend in radiation told Jen about The Healing Garden. Understanding that the diagnosis was more complex and all-encompassing than it appeared, Jen went to the Garden and felt immediate relief. Here was a place where she felt understood and cared for, where she could be herself without explanation or excuse, and where she did not feel alone and did not have to take care of others. She could simply “be.”

Marcia B. Croyle

Marcia Croyle has been involved in volunteer activities for a variety of non-profit organizations. In addition to her work for the Healing Garden, she has been active in fundraising and event planning for the Nashoba Brooks School, Sandy Spring Friends School, and the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church, where she was part of a successful capital campaign for a new Fellowship Building. In addition, Ms. Croyle was a corporator and a trustee of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA.

Professionally, Ms. Croyle has worked as a writer and project editor for publishing companies and non-profit organizations in the Boston and St. Louis areas. A long-time resident of Harvard, Marcia is married and the mother of two adult daughters. She has also walked in six of the Just Cause Walks (3 days–60 miles) that benefit the Healing Garden.

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Donna J. Desmond, CPA, MBA

Donna is a business executive with expertise in accounting and finance, risk management, real estate, healthcare, education and organization change.  Donna began her career with Ernst & Young LLP in the assurance and business advisory services practice and worked in Boston and London through 2000.  She left Ernst & Young to establish a consulting firm which she led for six years.  Ms. Desmond has held various senior financial management positions with The YMCA of Greater Boston, The Kensington Investment Company, WGBH Educational Foundation and is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with The Old Colony YMCA.

Ms. Desmond graduated from Northeastern University and earned her MBA from The Simmons School of Management.  She is a Board member of The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, the FEI Boston Chapter and serves as Chair of the Academic Relations Committee, and serves as Treasurer for the Association of Y Professionals New England Chapter. Donna is also a long time member of the AICPA and MSCPA.

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Sarah K. Hindle, Past Board Chair

Sarah Hindle joined the Board of the Healing Garden in the fall of 2003, just three years into its founding.  She was introduced to the Garden through a meeting with her friend and co-founder Betsy Tyson-Smith, and Bill Thurston which resulted in a passionate interest in the unique mission of the Garden. The added benefit of working with Betsy and the vision she had for the Garden was a bonus. Hindle jumped in quickly as the Chair of the Board, recruiting new members and building the committee. In time, she also offered her leadership on the Finance Committee and Events Committee. In 2008 she co-chaired a $1M Capitol Campaign resulting the renovation and expansion of the Garden’s beautiful facility. Today, she remains involved on the Board and Executive Committee.

“My work during my life has been in the role of a Volunteer – several different committees at my church, the Board of the tennis club in Siasconset, MA, the Board of the Concord Free Public Library, various garden clubs, the Junior League in which I was Head of the Area, and the Concord Museum where I headed up the Ladies Association, two search committees for a Director, was Head of the Board of Governors, developed the Advisory Committee, and am presently on the Board of Trustees.”

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Margaret R. Koch, Executive Director

Margaret has a deep understanding and passionate commitment to the Healing Garden which stems from a long and active role as an officer on the Board of Directors. She brings great enthusiasm and expertise to implement the strategic plans for expanding The Garden to include all those affected by cancer, and those interested in learning to live well. She previously served as the Manager of Cancer Services at the Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital-Bethke, following many years in clinical trials research in the field of oncology.

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Holly Kouvo

Holly Kouvo is a certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist. She started her own personal training company, Fitting Fitness In®, after working in management for 16 years in the high-tech industry as owner/manager of Acadia Software and Vice President of Client Services for SmartTime Software. Using her entrepreneurial business experience, she has been pursuing her passion: helping people fit fitness into their lives.

For the past 16 years, Holly has been making an impact in the fitness world. She has helped clients lose hundreds of pounds, offering a variety of fitness classes, weight-loss clinics, boot camps, and personal training. Fitting Fitness In’s Boxborough, MA studio was open for 5 years, before Holly decided to pursue her online business and writing her book. Fitting Fitness In for Weight Loss and Healthy Living was published in 2016. Over the years, she has been published in a variety of fitness magazines and newspapers, and you can regularly find her at various speaking engagements on health, fitness, weight loss, and motivation. In 2006, she released her exercise DVD, Total Body Workout…Just Easy on The Knees™. She has also appeared on television and radio with her personal training business.

Holly brings her entrepreneurial business skills and experience to the board at the Healing Garden.

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Thomas A. Mackie, Esq.,  Clerk

Tom Mackie is the Managing Shareholder of Mackie Shea, PC, a Boston boutique environmental law firm, where he has been litigating, negotiating and handling environmental cases for over 30 years.  Tom is also Chairman of the Environmental Business Council of New England, a non-profit organization of environmental and energy companies.  In addition to his law practice, he served as an environmental mediator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and privately. Tom regularly presents and writes on environmental issues for the Environmental Business Council, Boston Bar Association, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.  He is ranked among the top attorneys in Massachusetts and nationally for environmental law and litigation by legal rating services.

Tom graduated from Hobart College with a BS in Biology and earned his J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York.

David Martin, MBA, Board Chair

David Martin is a business analyst with expertise in project management, business process redesign, quality management and organizational change.  David began his career as an analyst and trainer in the Educational Services division of Digital Equipment Corporation.   While at DEC, David became an internal consultant in quality management and business process redesign. He left DEC to join Harvard Pilgrim Health Care where he has held a variety of positions in quality, organization development and project management.  He is currently a Senior Business Analyst serving HPHC’s operations as an employee of NTT DATA, a global IT services company.

David graduated from Williams College and earned his MBA from Clark University.  He is Chair of the Board of the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden and a board member of Palaver Strings, a newly formed, Boston-based classical music ensemble.  David is a resident of Westford, Massachusetts.

Karen Engly Shea, Board Co-Chair

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Pamela P. Sawyer, RN, B.S.N., M.H.A., Past Board Chair

Pamela has been on the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden for eight years, and for the last three years has been the Chair of Board. She describes herself as being passionate about the Healing Garden’s mission and the work it does to support people with cancer and their families.

Ms.  Sawyer was the owner and Principal of Sawyer HealthCare Consulting. Previously she was the Vice President of Business Development for the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA), a national non-profit membership organization representing not-for-profit community based home care providers.  She has over thirty years of experience in home health care administration. Ms. Sawyer received a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Simmons College in Boston, MA.

Her publications include “Cases in Long- Term Care Management”, “A Comparative Analysis of Home Care versus Hospital Care of Technology-Dependent Children” and “Clinicians’ Forum: Bioterrorism: Are We Prepared?”  She has served on the advisory council for National Medicare Education Task Force.

Ms. Sawyer was a Corporator for Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA.  She is also an avid fan of the theatre and has served on the Board of Directors of the Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit, ME

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Ruth Silman, Esq.

Ruth is a Partner at Nixon Peabody LLP’s Boston office where she concentrates her practice on complex environmental and land use matters.   Ms. Silman also serves as the Managing Partner of the Boston Office.

Ms. Silman is a member of the Boston Bar Association (former co-chair of the Environmental Law Section), the Environmental Business Council of New England (board member and Chair of the Air Quality and Climate Change Committee), the Air and Waste Management Association (former board member of the New England Section), the Real Estate Bar Association, and the American Bar Association (Environment and Natural Resources Section). She graduated from Cornell University, and earned her J.D from the Boston University School of Law. Ms Silman is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Ms. Silman has been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2013 for environmental work in Massachusetts. Ruth has been recognized as a “2013 Best Lawyer,” a peer-review survey by The Best Lawyers in America and has also been nominated by her peers as a leading practitioner in The International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers 2013.

In addition to serving on the Board of the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Ms. Silman is the President of the Chief’s Memorial Campership Fund, a scholarship organization providing summer campership opportunities to children at the North Country Camps in the Adirondack region of New York state.

Tim Wondolowski, CPA, Treasurer

Tim  is a Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment and is based in Boston. Tim has twenty years of experience in providing accounting, auditing and litigation consulting services, including forensic accounting and matters involving securities fraud. He provides accounting advisory services regarding a broad range of complex accounting matters to law firms and both privately held and publicly traded companies ranging in size from early stage development enterprises to large multinational corporations.

Tim graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BA in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts.  Tim resides in Lexington, MA with his wife and their three young children where he enjoys coaching youth baseball, basketball and soccer.

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