The Suffolk University Board of Trustees is the governing body of the institution, in accordance with the 1937 charter from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Robert C. Lamb, Jr.
Chair/Member since 2016
Robert C. Lamb, Jr., is a seasoned senior executive who has worked as the chief financial officer of a major bank, managed a $2.3 billion initial public offering on NASDAQ and served as the audit committee chair for a New York Stock Exchange company. He most recently served as the chairman and CEO of Allied International Holdings, Inc. He was executive vice president/chief financial officer at FleetBoston Financial Group when it was the seventh largest financial holding company in the United States. Lamb served as executive vice president/chief financial officer of KPMG Consulting Inc. In 2002, he was named one of the top 25 most influential consultants by Consulting Magazine. Lamb also has offered his expertise to nonprofit organizations, having served as secretary of the board, co-chair of the finance committee, executive committee member and trustee of Boston College High School. He is a permanent trustee and president of the Chocorua Island Chapel Association in New Hampshire and formerly served on the Southern New England Arthritis Foundation Board of Directors. Lamb is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he has taught in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. He served for six years as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of the Army’s Airborne and Ranger schools. He holds an MBA from Long Island University.
Mark E. Sullivan
Vice Chair/Member since 2011
Mark Sullivan served as vice president, chief legal officer, and secretary of Bose Corporation before his retirement in 2016. He began his career at Bose in 1981 with a focus on tax and legal matters. Sullivan oversaw the Bose Corporate Legal Department as well as the Intellectual Property Group. Additional groups reporting to Sullivan included real estate, insurance, environmental, licensing, and lobbying. Sullivan previously worked in public accounting at Arthur Andersen & Company, where he earned his CPA certificate. He is an alumnus of Suffolk University Law School, having earned a JD in 1979. He also holds an LLM in Taxation from Boston University School of Law, an MBA from Babson College, and a BS in accounting and finance from Boston College.
William A. Popeleski, Jr.
Secretary/Member since 2016
William A. Popeleski, Jr., is an entrepreneur and operations-IT executive whose clients include financial services companies such as Kohlberg Kravitz Roberts (KKR) Citibank, UBS, and JPMorgan Chase. He also enjoys integrating IT into creative organizations such as Urban Box Office, You Should Be Dancing, and New York City’s Vineyard Theatre.
Through his management consulting firm, BP Global Solutions, Popeleski works with clients that are undergoing rapid change, helping them to optimize their people, processes, and technology. His specialty is providing customized, innovative solutions in a way that eases their acceptance rather than roiling firm culture. He works with his clients to help structure and position their organizations to be lean, innovative, and nimble.
Popeleski has a 15-year alumni relationship with Suffolk University and its Sawyer Business School. He has served as president of the Business School alumni board as well as co-chair of the New York alumni chapter. In both roles, he invested significant time in strengthening the school’s alumni network, which includes leaders in business, finance, technology, government, and the arts. He is now the Business School alumni trustee. Popeleski also endows the William A. Popeleski, Jr., Scholarship Fund, which provides financial aid to Business School students.
In addition to his work with Suffolk University, Bill is a panel member of the New York State Council on the Arts and previously served as board president of the Vineyard Theatre. He received a BA in Psychology from Wilkes College and an MBA from Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.
John L. Brooks III
Member since 2011
John L. Brooks III is the managing director of Healthcare Capital LLC, which advises early-stage life sciences companies. Healthcare Capital specializes in advancing disruptive and innovative solutions in health care, especially in obesity, pre-diabetes, and diabetes. Brooks is on the board of a number of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He is the former president and chief executive officer of the Joslin Diabetes Center, a Boston-based diabetes research, clinical care, and education organization. Brooks is a well-known life sciences executive. He has co-founded seven life sciences companies and was a co-founder of Prism Venture Partners, a $1.25B venture capital firm. Prior to that, Brooks was the emerging business group general manager at Pfizer/Valleylab, where he was responsible for Pfizer’s minimally invasive surgery and new medical technologies businesses. As president and general manager at Pfizer/Strato, he led the growth of a rapidly evolving vascular access medical device business. Brooks was a senior manager at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Boston, where he focused on early-stage companies. A native of Massachusetts, he holds an MS in Business Administration and a BBA cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and he is a certified public accountant.
Jeanette G. Clough
Member since 2011
Jeanette Clough is president and CEO of Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, a regional teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Clough began her career as a staff nurse and clinical nurse specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Under her leadership, Mount Auburn has been transformed from a fiscally challenged community hospital to one recognized locally and nationally for quality of care, steady growth, and fiscal performance. The hospital has been recognized as a Top 100 Hospital for Cardiac Services and has been listed as one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Boston Business Journal for seven years in a row. Clough previously served as chief operating officer of WalWest Health Systems, Inc., vice president for patient care at WalthamWeston Hospital & Medical Center, and president and CEO of Deaconess Waltham Hospital. As chair of the Massachusetts Hospital Association, Clough contributed to the Massachusetts health care reform initiatives. She serves on the Health Forum Board of the American Hospital Association and is a member of the Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors. She holds an undergraduate degree in nursing from Boston University, a master’s degree from Boston College and received an MHA from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Business in 1996. In 2011, Suffolk University awarded her an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree.
Daniel F. Conley
Member since 2011
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley is the chief law enforcement officer for Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop, prosecuting more than 40,000 cases each year in the most diverse and densely populated county in Massachusetts. Among his numerous reforms and innovations are policies that correct and prevent wrongful convictions, target gun- and gang-related violence, and provide continuing legal and ethical training to Suffolk County prosecutors. His legislative initiatives have extended the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse, created a fund to protect victims and witnesses from intimidation and retaliation, and implemented provisions in state law to treat prostituted youth as victims rather than offenders. Under his stewardship, Massachusetts’ first Family Justice Center was established to coordinate law enforcement and social service responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse all under one roof. He served for eight years on the Boston City Council, where he chaired the Public Safety Committee for several terms. Before his election to the City Council, Conley served as an assistant district attorney in the office he now leads. He received a JD from Suffolk University Law School in 1983 and is a graduate of Stonehill College.
Susan M. Connelly
Member since 2017
Susan Connelly is the senior vice president, communications and corporate affairs for Darden Restaurants. She is responsible for corporate and brand communications, government relations and public policy, philanthropy and the company’s community engagement and sustainability initiatives. Based in Orlando, Fla., Darden owns and operates more than 1,600 Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V’s restaurants in North America, employing 165,000 people and serving 380 million guests annually. Connelly joined Darden in 2007 as director, state and local government relations. Prior to that, she held government relations positions at McDonald’s USA and the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Connelly serves on the boards of the National Restaurant Association, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., and earned an MBA from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University. She once told the Orlando Business Journal that her smartest business move was “getting my MBA in finance,” and she has facilitated connections between Darden and the Sawyer Business School’s executive MBA program.
Member since 2016
Maria DiPietro, vice president for global operations at General Electric, earned a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from Suffolk’s Business School. In 25 years with General Electric she has held many senior leadership positions and is a GE company officer. Until last year, DiPietro was located in London, where she was responsible for leading a Europe-wide simplification program to optimize GE’s competitiveness in European markets. She has now returned to the United States and is based in Norwalk, Conn., leading one of GE’s global shared-service functions. Previously DiPietro served as chief operations, technology and quality leader for GE Capital’s EMEA business operations and has served as vice president for the London City Women’s Network. She also was co-chair for the GE Women’s Network and remains an active board member
Member since 2011
John Fernandez is president and CEO of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, its parent company, the Foundation of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Inc., and the Schepens Eye Research Institute. Under Fernandez’s leadership, Massachusetts Eye and Ear has launched a 10-year strategic plan; opened sites in the Longwood Medical area, East Bridgewater, Concord, Stoneham, Duxbury, and Weymouth; formed new clinical alliances and collaborations with several area hospitals, and increased patient volume and research revenue. Fernandez previously was vice president of Clinical Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He serves as the chair of the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals and is a member of the Controlled Risk Insurance Company/Risk Management Company (CRICO) Board, and the American Association of Eye and Ear Centers of Excellence. Fernandez is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and received a master’s degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Francis X. Flannery
Board Member since 1970 / Life Trustee
Francis Flannery served the University with distinction for 46 years as vice president and treasurer before his retirement. He joined the University administration in 1964 as assistant treasurer before being named treasurer six years later. In 1972, Flannery was appointed vice president. On two occasions he served as acting University president. His able leadership in matters of finance made possible the expansion of academic programs and the addition of academic buildings and residence halls. He was honored with a Suffolk University Centennial Heritage Medallion in 2006. Flannery earned an MBA from Suffolk University in 1964, and his many contributions to the University were recognized with an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree in 1991.
Jill S. Gabbe
Member since 2007
Jill Gabbe is a senior adviser in the areas of health and higher education to Finn Partners, the sixth largest independent public relations firm, based in New York City. She is also an executive producer of CITIZENARTS, a creator of programming in the form of entertaining educational documentaries, theatrical works and books. Prior, she was partner/chief creative officer of gabbegroup, a public relations and marketing firm, overseeing award-winning programs and campaigns for leading institutions and household brand names. A member of the Arthur W. Page Society, the leading organization for senior communications professionals, Gabbe has guest lectured at corporations and universities. She earned a BA from Suffolk University in 1973, and an MA from Villanova University in 1974.
Patricia J. "Trish" Gannon
Member since 2016
Trish Gannon is the executive vice president of finance and planning and chief financial officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. Gannon provides strategic leadership and policy development and direct oversight of all financial functions, ensuring long-range sustainability as well as fiscal stability for the agency’s clubs and programs. She manages a range of activities to support the financial, facility, and technological functions of the agency, including construction projects, investments, budgets, audit, insurance, and vendor relationships. Gannon formerly served as vice president for fiscal affairs and CFO of Merrimack College, where she provided strategic direction for the financial and facility operations. She spent 10 years in senior leadership positions at the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, formerly Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency, where she directed all financing programs, including tax-exempt bonds, direct loans, and loan guarantees, with particular focus on colleges and universities and other nonprofit institutions. She began her career at Boston’s Children’s Museum. Gannon has served on boards and committees for several nonprofit organizations, including Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School Alumni Board, Boston Architectural College’s Board of Overseers, the Greater Lawrence YWCA’s Board of Directors and Bellesini Academy’s Board of Directors. She holds a BA in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross and received an MPA from Suffolk University in 1997.
Russell A. Gaudreau, Jr.
Member since 2005
Russell Gaudreau is the employee benefits partner at the Wagner Law Group in Boston. Previously he was managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s Washington office, where he coordinated the firm’s employee benefits practice. Gaudreau is director and founder of the New England Employee Benefits Council and teaches at the Boston University School of Law Graduate Tax Program and the Georgetown University Law Center. In addition, he is a founding member of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and serves on the American Bar Association’s Committee on Employee Benefits, Tax section. Gaudreau has published numerous articles on employee benefits and co-authored the chapter “Tax-Sheltered Annuities, Church, Governmental, and Qualified Bond Purchase Plans” in Bender’s Federal Tax Service. He was on the faculty of the American Law Institute of the American Bar Association and was director and former president of Parents’ & Children’s Services. Gaudreau is listed in the latest editions of the Best Lawyers in America; Chambers USA; Super Lawyers; Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in American Law; and New England’s Best Lawyers. He received a JD from Suffolk University Law School in 1968 and holds an LLM from New York University and a BA from the University of Massachusetts.
Law School Alumni Trustee
Member since 2017
Ernst Guerrier is an attorney and founder of Guerrier & Associates, a Boston-based firm specializing in real estate planning, residential conveyance and complex domestic relations matters. Guerrier came to Boston at age 7 from Haiti and grew up in the Mattapan neighborhood. He began his studies at Suffolk aiming to make a career in civil rights, but following a Suffolk Law alumnus’ advice, he went on to study law and build a prosperous practice so he could be of assistance to others. Guerrier is readily available to take calls from Law School students and others needing advice, and his Dorchester office plays host to neighborhood kids as he offers them an introduction to the workplace. His approach to his clients takes a similar tack, and he is known for giving them his home and cell phone numbers so his nervous first-time home buyers and others can get in touch with him at any time. Guerrier holds a BS from Suffolk University and JD from Suffolk University Law School. He is a member of the Law School Dean’s Cabinet and has served on the Dean’s Advisory Committee and the Alumni Board for the College of Arts & Sciences and the Law School. Guerrier is the Law School alumni trustee.
John F. “Jack” Harrington
Member since 2017
John Harrington has deep Boston roots as lead strategist and founder of New Boston Strategies. He draws on more than three decades of interaction with local and state government as an advocate for local and regional companies, and he helps businesses develop strategies that will allow them to successfully respond to the demands of government agencies. Harrington cofounded Atlantic Associates, an IT staffing company serving healthcare, financial services, and biotechnology firms as well as government entities. He is involved in a wide range of Boston-area non-profit agencies, many of them centered on children. Harrington is a member and past cochair of the Home for Little Wanderers Board of Ambassadors and was actively involved with construction of a new home for these children, named in memory of his parents, John and Patricia Harrington. He also is copresident of the board of directors for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County. Harrington holds an MBA from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University, is an alumnus of the Harvard University’s Business School Owner/President Management Program, and earned a BS from UMass Boston.
J. Robert Johnson
Member since 1991
J. Robert Johnson is the chair and founder of Yankee Marketers, Inc., a food service sales and marketing firm representing major food manufacturers throughout New England. The firm has food products sales in the multi-millions and employs sales and marketing personnel throughout the region. Before founding his firm in 1971, Johnson worked for the B.F. Goodrich Company, the Campbell Soup Company, and Stouffer Foods Corporation. Johnson is a member of a number of food service organizations, serves on the editorial advisory board of Institutional Magazine and, with his company, is the subject of several articles in trade publications. He has taught business administration courses at Suffolk University and in 1989 received the Outstanding MBA Alumni Award. He holds two Suffolk University degrees, a BS in Management and Accounting earned in 1963 and an MBA in Marketing received in 1968.
Patrick F. Jordan, III
Member since 2016
Patrick F. Jordan is the chief operating officer of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. He joined Lahey in 2014 and emphasizes integrating quality, patient safety and patient satisfaction in his role there. Jordan previously served as chief operating officer of Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts, where he was tapped to serve as interim president in 2012. In his early years at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Jordan was instrumental in the implementation of a fiscal recovery plan. He previously had worked in administrative roles at Massachusetts General Hospital. Jordan has been a mentor to students and alumni from the public administration mentor program and serves on the Suffolk University Alumni Advisory Board and the Sawyer Business School Healthcare Administration Advisory Board. He served for seven years in the 82nd Airborne Division and Special Operations Command. He achieved the rank of captain during the invasion of Panama and was awarded the Bronze Star during the Persian Gulf War. Jordan earned an Executive MBA from Suffolk’s Sawyer Business School in 1996 and holds a bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State College.
John J. McDonnell
Member since 2012
John McDonnell is the managing director of Tito's Handmade Vodka International. He previously served as president and chief operating officer of Patrón Spirits International and spent 18 years at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons in various domestic and international sales and marketing positions. He is the chair of the board of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. McDonnell served a two-year term as chairman of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, the national trade association representing America’s leading distillers. He is a frequent guest lecturer and panelist at Suffolk University, sharing his expertise and insights on global branding. McDonnell is a strong supporter of numerous philanthropic and charitable organizations, working on issues ranging from children’s health, to hunger and clean water, to the rebuilding of New Orleans. In addition, he contributes considerable time and energy to civic and educational causes in Boston. McDonnell received a BSBA degree from Suffolk University in 1983.
Jennifer A. Nassour
Member since 2013
Jennifer Nassour is an attorney and political fundraiser who chaired the Massachusetts Republican Party from 2009 to 2011. She founded Conservative Women for a Better Future, a non-profit organization dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and electing female candidates to public office. She was elected to the board of governors of the Union Club and is a member of MassINC’s board of directors. Nassour is involved in fundraising for the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and the Park Street School and has volunteered for the Hill House and the Junior League of Boston. She is a political analyst for numerous local television stations and radio shows. In 2012 she received the Abigail Adams Award from the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. Nassour holds a JD from St. John’s University School of Law. She holds a master’s degree in Political Science from C.W. Post University and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Amy L. Nechtem
Member since 2016
The Honorable Amy L. Nechtem is chief justice of the Massachusetts Juvenile Court. She served as an associate justice in Essex County for 13 years prior to her appointment as chief justice in July 2014. Nechtem previously served as a Suffolk County assistant district attorney for many years, prosecuting child abuse and major felony cases. She received the 2011 Massachusetts Judges Conference Judicial Excellence Award for the Juvenile Court Department and participates in outreach programs designed to encourage and support positive youth development. Nechtem is the past president of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ), the country’s leading voice for women jurists committed to diversity and equality in the system of justice. She was awarded the Justice Joan Dempsey Klein Award, which is given to honor a judge who brings distinction to his or her office and exemplifies the goals of NAWJ. She continues to serve on national committees addressing issues of human trafficking, women’s rights in prison, juvenile justice focusing on equality for girls in detention, strategic planning for NAWJ and immigration challenges affecting youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Nechtem earned a Suffolk University Law School JD in 1985 and holds a BS from Simmons College, from which she received the Outstanding Community Service Award for her lifelong public service and commitment to women, children and her devotion to issues affecting the fair and equal access to justice in our courts.
Carol Sawyer Parks
Member since 1986 / Life Trustee
Carol Sawyer Parks, president and CEO of the real estate development company Sawyer Enterprises, has been instrumental in reshaping Boston’s architectural, cultural, and educational landscape. She developed the W Boston Hotel and Residences, the Niketown building on Newbury Street, and other significant structures. Parks embarked on a career in real estate development in Los Angeles before returning to Boston to assist with the family businesses of her father, taxi and transportation magnate Frank Sawyer. She successfully shifted their focus from transportation to real estate development. Parks also has engaged in many community activities as chair of the board for the Carroll Center for the Blind, director of Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, trustee of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and director of the 100 Club of Boston, which raises funds for the families of fallen firefighters and police officers. Parks was featured in the 2011 book Boston, Inspirational Women by Bill Brett and Kerry Brett and has been named one of the 25 Stylish Bostonians by the Boston Globe. She received an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree from Suffolk University in 1982.
Sawyer Business School Alumni Trustee
Member since 2017
Susan Rugnetta is an independent financial planner who works with individuals and families on retirement planning. Before launching her own practice, Rugnetta was a senior vice president with Fidelity Investments, where she oversaw client experience for registered investment advisers and broker dealer clients of Fidelity Institutional. Previously she was a senior vice president for global cash management for Bank of America. She is a member of the Sawyer Business School Alumni Board and participates in the Ram Alumni Mentoring Program, or RAMP. Rugnetta earned a BSBA from the Sawyer Business School and holds an MBA from Babson College.
E. Macey Russell
Member since 2011
E. Macey Russell is a partner at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP, where he practices in the area of complex commercial litigation and is a member of the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committees. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America. Russell is a member of the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society of the Litigation Counsel of America and The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He serves on the executive committee of the Boston Lawyers Group and the advisory board of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. He is a nationally recognized speaker on diversity and inclusion in corporate law firms. Russell served as chair of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission from 2011- 2014. His honors and awards include the 2011 Burton Award for Exceptional Legal Writing from The Burton Foundation and the Library of Congress for his co-authored article “Developing Great Minority Lawyers for the Next Generation.” In 2009, he was named “Diversity Hero” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Before joining the Board, he served on the dean’s advisory committee for Suffolk University Law School. Russell received a JD from Suffolk University Law School in 1983 and a BA from Trinity College.
Member since 2016
Larry Smith, co-founder of the Nation Safe Drivers Group in Boca Raton, Florida, began his business career even before he graduated from college, and he has spent more than 50 years in the auto club and insurance industry. Smith and his brother Michael started the Brookfield Insurance Agency in 1962. It grew from a Brockton storefront to seven offices in Massachusetts before they sold it 18 years later. The Smiths then moved to Florida, where they cofounded the Nation Safe Drivers Group in Boca Raton, offering auto insurance, roadside assistance and group insurance to members of major companies such as BJ’s Wholesale Club. The company was sold to its employees in 2014 through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, a trust that makes employees the beneficiaries. Smith attributes his professional accomplishments to his preparation at Suffolk University, where he earned a bachelor of science in business administration degree in 1965. He has said that his family taught him the importance of successful people sharing their success with others, and he has done that with his employees and in the Suffolk community. Together with his brother, Smith has engaged in philanthropy that has had a significant impact on the University, providing for the creation of an executive case discussion room in the Business School and establishing an endowed scholarship in memory of their friend, Pvt. Sheldon R. Cohen, who served in Vietnam. Smith and his brother also pledged support for the 20 Somerset academic building that opened in 2015, a fitness center that opened in 2016, and for athletics programs.
College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Trustee
Member since 2016
Nancy Stack, a program manager who coordinated and facilitated many public and nonprofit developments, earned an MS in adult and organizational learning from Suffolk University and also holds a master’s degree in city planning and a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She is a program manager for Pinck & Co. Inc., where she was involved in coordinating the evaluation process for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s review of license applications. This entailed responsibilities that ranged from coordinating technical consultants to providing technical expertise on environmental permitting and historic preservation. Previous roles in projects for various firms include: serving on the program management/construction management team for the MBTA’s Green Line Extension project; developing workforce development action plans for federal transportation agencies; providing technical consultant management services to Harvard’s Allston Development Group’s infrastructure program; and developing an award-winning reuse concept plan for a bridge project in Ohio. In service to her alma mater, Stack has served as vice president of the College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Board.
Tara M. Taylor
Member since 2009
Tara Taylor is a managing director and head of North America Indirect and StreetFX pricing services within the Global Markets division of State Street Bank and Trust. She previously was a vice president at State Street Global Advisors in the Project Management Office. Before joining State Street, she was a vice president at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. She has served as president of the Suffolk University Sawyer School of Management Alumni Board and is a 2012 recipient of the Suffolk University Alumni Service Award. Taylor earned an MBA from Suffolk University in 2000 and a BSBA from Boston University.