Board of Directors

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    Board Leadership

    John Y. Kim - Chair of the Board

    John Y. Kim is President and Chief Investment Officer of New York Life and serves as the Chair of the Board for The New England Center for Children®, where he has been involved since 2006. Mr. Kim joined New York Life in 2008 after a 25-year record as a highly successful business executive with deep knowledge of investment management and strong operational skills. Prior to joining New York Life, he had been president of Prudential Retirement. Mr. Kim earned his Bachelor in Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and his MBA from the University of Connecticut.

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    Board Leadership

    Lisel Macenka - Vice Chair of the Board

    Lisel Macenka has been a member of NECC's Board of Directors since 2008. Ms. Macenka is a graduate of Wellesley College and received her J.D. from Washington University School of Law. She practiced corporate law at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP until she had her first of four children. Ms. Macenka became involved with The New England Center for Children® in 2003 when her son started in the Home-Based Program and became a member of NECC's Board of Advisors shortly thereafter.

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    Board Leadership

    Vincent Strully, Jr. - Chief Executive Officer & President

    As Chief Executive Officer and Founder of The New England Center for Children®, Vincent Strully, Jr. directs all aspects of clinical and financial administration, program development, fundraising, facility design, and strategic planning.

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    Board Leadership

    Catherine M. Welch - Chief Operating Officer & Vice President

    Cathy Welch serves as Chief Operating Officer for The New England Center for Children® in Southborough. She previously served as Chief Operating Officer for NECC’s Abu Dhabi school and as Director of Admissions at NECC Southborough. Ms. Welch has a Bachelor's degree in Education from Simmons College and a master's degree in Special Education Administration with certification as a SPED Administrator. She has been with NECC since 1980.

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    Board Leadership

    Jared T. Bouzan - Chief Development Officer & Clerk

    Jared Bouzan joined The New England Center for Children® in 2016 as the Chief Development Officer. He brings a strong background in Development, having spent many years in the Development offices of Massachusetts College of Health Sciences, Cooley Dickson Hospital, Kingswood-Oxford School, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, and Boston University. Mr. Bouzan has a Bachelor's degree from Assumption College and an ME.d. in Higher Education Administration from Springfield College.

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    Board Leadership

    Michael S. Downey - Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

    Mike Downey joined The New England Center for Children® in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to NECC, Mr. Downey spent 15 years at Feeley & Driscoll, P.C. (now BDO USA, LLP) providing assurance and consulting to privately-held and non-profit organizations throughout New England. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Babson College and an MBA from Babson’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

Board of Directors

John Y. Kim
Chair of the Board
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Lisel Macenka
Vice Chair of the Board
James C. Burling, Esq.
Lawrence G. Cetrulo
Governor Michael S. Dukakis
Neal J. Faulkner
Katherine E. Foster
Executive Advisor, Director
Marvin N. Geller, Esq.
Director Emeritus
Harry M. Hutson, Jr.
Rose Ann Lovely
Executive Advisor, Director
Ben Niedermeyer
Rabbi Jonah Pesner
Stuart M. Rose, CPA