Meet the Board of Directors

Elizabeth Bostic – Arc of Greater Lawrence, 5/08 - 5/11
Elizabeth is Client Project Manager at the Novations Group, Inc. inBoston, where she is responsible for ensuring quality implementation of large-scale diversity and inclusion design, training, and consulting initiatives for clients. In addition, she is the founder of The Parent Coach, which offers special needs advocacy and consulting services to parents. Elizabeth is the mother of two special needs children. She earned a degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University and was trained as an Advocate/Parent Consultant by the Federation for Children with Special Needs. She is an active board member of CLASS, Inc. and a Family Advisory Committee Member of the Arc of Greater Lawrence.  

Linda Cournoyer – SWCARC, 5/05 - 5/11
Linda is well known to our community through her decades of volunteer work at Southern Worcester County Arc (Center of Hope) in addition to working in family support services, (currently with Seven Hills). 

Linda has played a key role in organizing annual legislative breakfasts at Southern Worcester since 1978. She has won a “Woman of the Year” award from the Webster Patriot newspaper. Linda has been married to Ovide “Cook” Cournoyer for 38 years and has two children and three grandchildren. Her son, Danny, is a truck driver and fireman, and her daughter, Denise, is challenged with significant disabilities. Linda is an avid photographer, winning many awards for her work. 

Sherri Dottin - GBARC, 5/06 - 5/09
Sherri Dottin has been involved in the Arc movement for over 35 years. Ms. Dottin has served as Secretary for The Arc of Massachusetts as well as Chairperson of several Annual Meeting Committees. Besides being a member of The Arc of Massachusetts Board, she also is a board member of the Greater Boston Arc, where she has held numerous positions over the years. In addition, she has served on the Board of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council for several terms.

Sherri’s brother Randy, who is mentally disabled, lives at home and has worked at Houghton Chemical Corp. for over 12 years. Randy made the transition in recent years to his own apartment, where he receives staff assistance as needed. Ms. Dottin is employed with the Federal Aviation Administration as an Operations Officer.

Ruth I. Freedman – At Large, 5/06 - 5/09
Ruth Freedman is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Boston University’s School of Social Work. A graduate of Brandeis University, she earned her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the Heller School at Brandeis and has taught and published extensively in the field of developmental disabilities, including family support, legal and ethical issues, health and mental health. She was a Fellow of the American Association on Mental Retardation, and is a Consulting Editor of Mental Retardation and an Editorial Board Member of Journal of Gerontological Social Work. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a member of the Advisory Board of Jewish Family & Children’s Services for People with Disabilities. Ruth and her husband, attorney Donald Freedman, have been active in The Arc’s Leaders and Founders since its inception. They are residents of Newton. They have two sons and one grandchild.

Cynthia R. Haddad – At Large, 5/07 - 5/10
Cynthia Haddad, a Certified Financial Planner licensee, is affiliated with Bay Financial Associates LLC in Waltham, MA, which she joined in 1994. She previously worked with Tucker Anthony in Boston and with the Darrow Company in Concord, MA. She has over a decade of experience in insurance, investments and financial services, and has committed her practice to planning for women, retirees, and families with a special needs member.

Cynthia received her B. A. in finance and economics from Simmons College in 1985 and her CFP designation from the College for Financial Planning in 1989. She is also a NASD securities registered representative and a licensed Life, Accident and Health insurance broker.

A specialist in Special Needs Planning for families as well as comprehensive issues of Planned Giving, Financial and Estate Planning, Cynthia has frequently spoken to audiences for various Arc chapters; Family Support Groups; Specialized Housing, Inc.; PLAN of Massachusetts (formerly MARC Trust); the Down Syndrome Congress; and the Alliance for the Mentally Ill, among others. Cynthia lives in Arlington with her husband, Mark, and their two young children.

Richard Harwood - NBC, 5/06 - 5/09
Richard Harwood has been a Past President and Board member of The Arc of Northern Bristol County. He developed an interest in the field during his school years and later, as a young teacher. He is well known to affiliates across the state through his long service. He and his wife, Diana, reside in Plainville. They have two sons: Evan, 19 (a sophomore at Bryant College), and Kyle, 17 (a junior at King Phillip Regional High School). 

James D. Lawson  - SS Arc, 5/08 – 5/09
Jim is Past President of The Arc of the South Shore.  He lives in Norwell with his wife, Regina, and two children.  Jim works with Ropes and Gray and has been a significant support to local and state affiliates as well The Arc of Massachusetts in general.  In addition to his business background, he is especially interested in employment alternatives.

Mark LeBlanc – GWARC, 5/07 – 5/10
Mark has been nominated for one of the self-advocate positions on the board of directions.  Mark works in Waltham at BIS (Business & Industrial Services), a program which is affiliated with GWARC.   He is 31 years old and is a long-time Waltham resident.  Mark is concerned with budget issues and funding of services.  Mark is always concerned about the staff that he works with and wants to make sure that the state is giving them what they need.  He also stays on top of news regarding Fernald state school. 

For leisure activities, Mark stays active in sports.  He has served as a volunteer manager of several Waltham high school sport teams including Hockey, Lacrosse, Baseball and Football.  In addition he coaches the girls’ basketball team. 

Mark recently underwent a major transition when he moved to a group living situation with 3 other people in March 2007.  He is just getting used to things and lives minutes from his parents.

Susan C. Lodemore - 5/06 - 5/09
Sue is Vice President of Thorbahn Associates, an employee benefits consulting firm based in Quincy, MA.  She has over 24 years of employee benefits consulting experience.  She has held management positions with several well-known consulting firms.  She has spoken at national pension conferences and is currently an active member of the New England Employee Benefits Council.  Susan holds her Life and Health Insurance and NASD Series 6 and Series 63 licenses.  She and her husband, David, live in Hingham

Neil V. McKittrick – 5/07 – 5/10
Neil is an attorney and Director at Goulston & Storrs, where he is a member of the Litigation and Employment and Labor Law Groups. While at Hill & Barlow, Neil agreed to represent -- on a pro bono basis -- 3,000 individuals and families on the DMR Waiting List Lawsuit (Boulet v. Cellucci), which became a landmark federal action.  Neil also has been counsel on two other cases related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, including serving as Counsel of Record on an amicus curiae brief filed in the US Supreme Court on behalf of the state of Oregon and 58 former commissioners of mental health and developmental disabilities from 36 states in Olmstead v. L.C. (Olmstead case).  Neil, a graduate of Brown University and the University of Virginia School of Law, lives with his wife, Karen Hoffman and three children in Needham. 

Neil has been involved in numerous professional and community activities.  Some include Education Working Group of Patrick/Murray Transition Committee; Northeast Regional Co-chair of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, D.C.; and President and Executive Committee member, Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  In addition to receiving The Arc’s Distinguished Citizen Award, Neil has received both the American Bar Association’s and Massachusetts Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award in 2001.

Thomas Myshrall – 5/08 - 5/11
Thomas is Director of Operations for the TAG Division of Teradyne, Inc., where he has worked for more than 20 years. For the past 12 years he has been a member of the board of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. Tom lives in Worcester with his wife, Kate, and their three children: Elizabeth (15), Patrick (13), and Kaitlyn (9) – and all are active in the disability community, especially with the Special Olympics. Elizabeth is a unified partner and coach, Patrick is a multi-sport Special Olympics athlete, and Kaitlyn is a unified partner. Kate is co-chair of the Worcester SPED-PAC and serves on the board of the Seven Hills Foundation, among other activities. Before joining Teradyne, Tom served in the Navy as a nuclear engineering officer on board submarines. He holds a BSME from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and an MBA from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.
Alexandria J. Regan - 5/06 - 5/09
Alex is a Certified Public Accountant at Grant Thornton, LLP in Boston.  A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, she holds B.S. and B.A. degrees.  In her previous employment with another public accounting firm, she specialized in not-for-profit audits for many human service providers.

Alex has been a volunteer at The Arc of East Middlesex, where she taught jewelry classes and worked with program directors to purchase supplies.  She and her husband, Scott, have two children, Maxwell (age 6) and Harrison (age 3).

Janet Sweeney Rico – At Large, 5/07 - 5/10 
Janet Rico is a Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department of Boston Medical Center and an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School for Health Studies at Simmons College. She is also a visiting lecturer and Instructor in the occupational health program at the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her B.S in Nursing from St. Anselm College, a Master’s in Nursing from the University of North Carolina, and an MBA with a health care specialization from Boston University.

Janet and her husband, Arthur, have two teenage children, Michelle and Lauren, one of whom has microcephaly and global developmental delays. Personally and professionally, she is interested in meeting the needs of vulnerable populations, especially as they relate to healthcare and educational services. Recently, her passion for educating health professionals about people with disabilities led her to launch a community health rotation in special needs for Simmons College nursing students. She hopes to expand the program with other centers in the future.

Janet is a past member of the Board of Vinfen Corporation, and has served the Wrentham Public Schools as a member of the Health Curriculum Committee and MCAS Advisory Committee.

Daniel Joseph Sullivan 5/07 - 5/10
Daniel is Senior Vice President-Corporate Sales and Marketing for Eastern Sales and Marketing of New England, where he has worked for 30 years.  Dan, a native of Dorchester, played college football at the Boston College. He was a National Football League offensive lineman from 1962 through 1972. During that span he appeared in Super Bowl III and Super Bowl V for the Baltimore Colts.  Dan and his wife, Lorraine, live in Andover and have three adult daughters, Elizabeth, Julie and Kristen. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Food Association, former President of the New England Food Foundation and a former Board member of Creative Living.

Roger Walsh - SNCARC, 5/02 - 5/05
Roger is a self-advocate who has had leadership positions at Mass Advocates Standing Strong (MASS), including the position of President. He has done volunteer work for South Norfolk County Arc, including public speaking. Roger is looking forward to a new activity, as he will work to build disability awareness through speaking at public schools.

Roger has a strong interest in advocacy. In particular, he feels that the public needs to understand the value of special education. He graduated from Perkins School for the Blind and has a strong interest in sports, including basketball and bowling. Roger works at the Dollar Store in Norwood.

Joanne E. Wilkinson, M.D. – 5/08 - 5/11
Joanne is Associate Director of Predoctoral Education and Assistant Professor at the Boston University Department of Family Medicine, and practices family medicine at Boston Medical Center. She has an interest, both clinically and academically, in the health care needs of people with disabilities and recently co-authored a journal article on “Screening Tests for Adults  with Intellectual Disabilities.” Joanne received her B.A. from Brown University and her M.D. from Brown University School of Medicine. Following her residency at Brown/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, she spent 6 years in private practice in R.I. and was a clinical assistant professor of Family Medicine at Brown. She subsequently earned a MSc in Epidemiology from Boston University’s School of Public Health. In her spare time, Joanne enjoys reading, rowing, and hiking with her husband, Duncan Vinson, who is an adjunct professor of music history in the Boston area.