LEADERSHIP
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James Athanasoulas

Executive Vice President
Sankata Advisors, LLC

Jeffrey Bellows, Chair, Boston Board

Vice President, Corporate Citizenship
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Mary E. D. Cannon, President

Liana Downey,
Secretary (New York)
Executive Director
Liana Downey & Associates

Alexandra of Greece, CCLS

Sarah D. Greenhill

Jeff Hoffman
Senior Director of Digital

CVS Health

Allison Picott, Secretary

Advancement Advisers

Carlton Smith
LS Trading

Uma Thurman
Actress



Bios

James Athanasoulas
Executive Vice President
Sankaty Advisors, LLC

James has worked at Sankaty Advisors since 2005 and is a member of Sankaty's Middle Market Group. Prior to his employment at Sankaty Advisors, James was a manager at Bain & Company, where he led case teams in the firm's Private Equity Practice. James received a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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Jeffrey Bellows
Vice President, Corporate Citizenship
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Jeff leads corporate citizenship activities at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA and also serves as an Adjunct Professor for Public Affairs at Emerson College. Prior to working at BCBSMA, Jeff was Managing Director of the Boston Practice/Global Public Relations & Marketing at Resources Global Professionals. He was also Vice President and acting Senior Vice President of Marketing at United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley. Jeff earned his B.S. in Marketing from Boston College and his Masters in Political Communications from Emerson College.

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Mary E. D. Cannon

Mary began her professional career as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. Upon leaving Goldman Sachs, Mary worked in Strategic Planning and Corporate Development for Starwood Hotels. After receiving her MBA, Mary joined Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Boston where she focused on real estate investing.

Mary graduated with a BA in Government from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.  Mary serves on the Board of Sanctuary for Families, a nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated to serving domestic violence victims and their children.  Mary lives in New York City with her husband Colbert  and their three children.

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Liana Downey
Executive Director
Liana Downey & Associates

Liana Downey is the Executive Director of Liana Downey & Associates, a boutique government and nonprofit strategic advisory firm. Clients include Federal, State and City governments and nonprofits in Australia and the US. Experience includes re-designing the Juvenile Justice system for Australia's largest state, leading cross-agency efforts to dramatically reduce assault rates, and improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged communities. Liana is also an Expert Advisor to the Australian Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet.

Previously, Liana worked at McKinsey & Company for more than 10 years, where she established and led the Government and nonprofit practices for McKinsey Australia and co-authored the McKinsey “Greenhouse Gas Abatement Cost Curve for Australia.” She was a commercial negotiator for the Baku-Tbilisi-Cheyhan gas pipeline deal in Tbilisi, Georgia, and was a director of Australia's largest on-line retail store, dstore.

Liana holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business (Arjay Miller Scholar) - with a Certificate in Public and Global Management, and a Bachelor of Science (Math) and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University. Liana lives on the Upper West Side with her family.


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Alexandra of Greece, CCLS

Alexandra of Greece is a founding board member of Room to Grow and has been actively involved in the organization since its creation in 1998. Alexandra is a Certified Child Life Specialist, having graduated with an MS in Early Childhood Education and Child Life from Bank Street College.  Previous to attending Bank Street, she earned her BA form Brown University in Comparative Literature in both French and Spanish language. In addition to Room to Grow, Alexandra is an active supporter of the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York; and in Greece, Sos Eliza (a non-profit for abused children) and Patmos Habitat (a non-profit protecting marine area).  She lives in New York City with her family.


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Sarah is a former Senior Investment Associate at the MIT Investment Management Company. Prior to her work at MIT, Sarah was an Associate at New Mountain Capital, a private equity firm, and an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division at Merrill Lynch. Sarah graduated summa cum laude and phi beta kappa from Princeton University with an A.B. in economics and received an M.B.A from the Harvard Business School.

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Jeff Hoffman 
Senior Director of Digital
CVS Health

Jeff is the Senior Director, Digital for CVS Health. In this capacity, he is defining and helping to launch new and enhanced methods for consumers to leverage technology in managing their pharmacy and broader health care needs. Prior to this current role, Jeff led critical Strategy and Corporate Development initiatives at CVS Health with a focus on innovation within the changing health care space.

Before joining CVS Health, Jeff spent over a decade in strategy consulting – most recently with Monitor Group in Los Angeles – working with leading health care and consumer product companies on marketing, sales, and corporate strategy engagements.

Jeff received his MBA in Strategy and Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelors degree in Economics and Spanish from Tufts University.

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Allison Picott
Advancement Advisers

Allison Picott is the co-founder and principal of Advancement Advisers, a Boston consulting firm serving non-profit organizations in the areas of fundraising, leadership development, and planning.  Prior to launching Advancement Advisers in 2013, she worked as a consultant for The Wayland Group. Allison’s experience as a development professional also includes her work as a major gift officer at Phillips Academy, Walnut Hill School, and Boston College Law School.  

Allison began her professional career as a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court and then as litigation associate for Nixon Peabody LLP and Prince Lobel and Tye LLP in Boston. 

Allison is a graduate of Phillips Academy. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Trinity College (CT) and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Allison currently serves as a director of the Abbot Academy Association at Phillips Academy and as a board member of Women in Development of Greater Boston. In 1999, Allison was awarded Phillips Academy’s Distinguished Services Award in recognition of her many years of work as an alumni volunteer for Phillips Academy.  She is the youngest graduate ever to receive this honor.

Allison resides in Concord, MA with her husband, Michael, and three step-children, Chloe, Noah and Sophie.

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Carlton Smith
LS Trading

Carlton Smith began his career in finance and trading on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 1995.  He launched his own trading company leveraging his experience and knowledge of S&P 500 options. The firm specializes in trading anomalies in the VIX index and futures. Carlton owns and manages Texas Energy Enterprises, an oil and gas company with interests in oil rig servicing and oil and gas drilling. Texas Energy Enterprises was founded in 2008 and is currently expanding operations in South Texas. Carlton serves on the board of the Theda Clark Smith Foundation where he is responsible for financial oversight and technology implementation. He holds a BA in Economics from Colgate University and an MBA from Babson College. Carlton currently lives in the Lower East Side of Manhattan with his wife and two children.

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Uma Thurman
Actress 

Uma Thurman's acclaimed work in film and theater for the past 21 years includes Pulp Fiction, Hysterical Blindness, and Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2. She was born in Boston and raised in Amherst, MA. She currently resides in New York City with her three children. 

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