The Suffolk University Board of Trustees is the governing body of the institution, in accordance with the 1937 charter from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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 treasurer 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.
Vice Chair / 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.
Member Since 2011
John Brooks is president and CEO of Joslin Diabetes Center. Joslin is a global leader in all aspects of diabetes research, care, prevention, and education. Brooks has co-founded a number of life sciences companies, including Insulet, creator of the OmniPod device, the world’s first tubing-free insulin pump. He has been a principal of Healthcare Capital Consulting LLC, which advises early-stage life sciences companies, and a founder of PrismVentureWorks, which raised more than $1.25 billion in capital. Brooks also was a general manager at Pfizer/Valleylab, where he was responsible for Pfizer’s Hospital Products Group’s minimally invasive surgery and new medical technologies business. As president and general manager at Pfizer/Strato, he led the growth of a rapidly evolving vascular access medical device business. Brooks holds an MSBA and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner.
Member Since 2002
Irwin Chafetz is past president of The Interface Group-Massachusetts LLC, which owned and operated GWV Vacations, a leading New England charter tour operator, and Sunburst Vacations LLC, a national tour operator. He has been associated with the firm and its predecessors since 1972. Chafetz also is a manager of The Interface Group, LLC; previously served as vice president of the subsidiary Las Vegas Sands, Inc.; and was president of Five Star Airlines. He is presently a member of the board of directors of Las Vegas Sands Corp. He has been a director of Back Bay Restaurant Group, Inc.; U.S. Franchise Systems Inc.; Syratech Corporation; Interface Group-Massachusetts Inc.; and Las Vegas Sands, Inc. Chafetz is an active philanthropist and has served on the boards of many charitable, civic, and educational organizations, including Hebrew College. Chafetz is a graduate of Boston University. Suffolk University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree in 2004.
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.
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.
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 American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Roundtable, the American Association of Eye and Ear Centers of Excellence, and the Massachusetts Hospital Association Board of Trustees. 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.
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.
Member Since 2007
Jill Gabbe is a partner and chief creative officer of gabbegroup, a public relations and marketing firm in New York City. Gabbe oversees national programs for such clients as The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Indiana University, and The Parthenon Group’s Education Practice, among others. She was formerly senior vice president and a member of the board of directors of Lippincott, a corporate and brand identity consulting firm. Earlier in her career, Gabbe held senior positions with Carl Byoir & Associates, Newsome & Company, and the Stop & Shop Companies, Inc. She is a recipient of a Silver Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America, a Silver Quill from the International Association of Business Communicators, and several other communications awards, including an honorable mention from PRWeek for Conoco’s initial public offering and split-off from DuPont. She is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, the leading organization for senior communications professionals. Gabbe is chair of the board of the award-winning Vineyard Theatre in New York, one of a handful of theaters in the United States to bring new American musicals and plays to the stage. She earned a BA from Suffolk University in 1973 and holds an MA in English from Villanova University.
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 Council 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 was included in the 2013 edition of 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.
Member Since 2011
David Hoberman, founder of and partner in Mandeville Films and Television, is a leading Hollywood producer who has made his mark on more than 100 movies, including The Fighter, which was nominated for an Academy Award, and The Muppets. He began his career in the mailroom at ABC and quickly ascended, working for Norman Lear’s Tandem/T.A.T. and as a talent agent at ICM before joining Walt Disney Studios as a film executive. He became president of the Motion Picture Group of Disney, where he was responsible for overseeing development and production for all feature films for Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone, and Hollywood Pictures. He later founded Mandeville Films. Under his direction, Mandeville soon began releasing hit films, including Bringing Down the House and the award-winning Monk series for USA Network. Hoberman serves on the board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. He also has served on the boards of the Starlight Starbright Foundation and the Los Angeles Free Clinic. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Hoberman, who has visited Suffolk University to lecture and give screenwriting workshops, is on the faculty of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Suffolk University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in 2009.
Member Since 2002
William Hogan is the founding partner of the Boston office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. An experienced litigator, he began his legal career as an assistant district attorney for Suffolk County. His practice areas are business litigation, administrative law, and sports business law. He served as outside counsel to Congressman Martin Meehan during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment hearings before the House Judiciary Committee, and he has served on the transition teams of two Massachusetts state treasurers. Hogan is a member of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission and serves on the board of the Westfield State College Foundation. Suffolk University Law School has awarded him an Outstanding Law Alumni Service Award. Hogan earned a JD from Suffolk Law in 1981 and holds a bachelor’s degree from Westfield State College.
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.
Member Since 2011
Julie Kahn is executive vice president of Regan Communications Group. She previously served as senior vice president for New England for Entercom Communications where she also was vice president and New England market manager, overseeing seven stations, including sports radio WEEI, WAAF-FM, Mike 93.7FM, and talk radio WRKO. In 2004, Kahn was given responsibility for all of Entercom’s Boston properties, including WEEI, which made her one of the country’s only female general managers in sports radio. Kahn was featured in Boston magazine in 2006 as one of “100 People Who Run This Town” and again in 2011 as one of “The 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston.” She has been the recipient of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 Pinnacle Award for women who have achieved excellence in private sector management. She also was featured on the cover of the July/August 2011 issue of Talkers magazine. She serves on the board of directors of the Positive Coaching Alliance, is communication chair for the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, and is a Boston Sports Museum board member. Kahn received the 2010 Operation A.B.L.E. Starfish Thrower Community Service Award for commitment to the community and to helping others. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a JD/MBA from Northwestern University.
Member since 2014
Jessica Massey is associate general counsel for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Previously she had served as an assistant attorney general in the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and as a Suffolk County assistant district attorney. She had gained experience while at Suffolk Law as a student prosecutor in the Volunteer Prosecutor’s Clinic. She also served during her Law School years as intake coordinator for the Women’s Bar Foundation Family Law Project for Battered Women, as a law clerk in the US Attorney's Office in Boston, as a student attorney in Suffolk's Juvenile Justice Center Clinic and as a legal intern for Justice Mary M. Lisi in the US District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Massey gives back to the profession in many ways, including as president of the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, in the Massachusetts Bar Association House of Delegates and on the board of the Suffolk Law School Alumni Association. She also serves as a mentor to Suffolk Law students. Among the many awards she has received are the National Association of Women Lawyers, Law Student Award and the American Bar Association Student Division, Platinum Key Award, both in 2003. Massey is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and received a JD from Suffolk University Law School in 2003.
Member Since 2012
John McDonnell is the managing director of Tito's 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. McDonnell recently 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.
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. Nassour chairs the Dorchester YMCA Board of Advisors and co-chairs its Development Committee. She was elected to the board of governors of the Union Club and is involved in fundraising for the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, the Park Street School, and the Boston Children’s Museum. She has volunteered for the Hill House and the Junior League of Boston. 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.
Member Since 2016
Bill Popeleski is an entrepreneur and operations-IT executive whose clients include legendary 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.
Member Since 2011
E. Macey Russell is a partner at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP, where he practices in the area of major commercial litigation and co-chairs the firm’s Diversity Committee. In 2011, Russell was appointed chair of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission. He is a member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, co-chair of the steering committee on the Boston Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Section, and serves on the executive committee of the Boston Lawyers Group. Russell is a member of the dean’s advisory committee for Suffolk University Law School. 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 and was designated a member of the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society of the Litigation Counsel of America. He is president, director, and founder of The Boston Leadership Development Foundation Inc. and founder, president, and chairperson of The Reaching Back Foundation Inc. of Boston. Russell received a JD from Suffolk University Law School in 1983 and a BA from Trinity College.
Member Since 2011
Robert Sheridan served as president and chief executive officer of the Savings Bank Life Insurance Company of Massachusetts (SBLI) until his retirement in 2012. Sheridan is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the Chief Executives’ Club of Boston and the University of Massachusetts Building Authority board. He formerly served as chairman of the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance Capital Campaign and has served as chair of the board of directors of the Life Insurance Association of Massachusetts and on the board of directors of the New England Council. Sheridan has received numerous awards and honors, including the David C. Knapp Award for Trusteeship from the New England Board of Higher Education in 2010, the 2009 Rose Pessin Memorial Award from the Arc of Greater Boston and the Dr. John I. Sandson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arthritis Foundation. Sheridan received a JD degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1977 and holds a BA from Boston College.
Member Since 2011
Marshall Sloane is the founder and chair of Century Bank and Trust Co. and chair of its parent company, Century Bancorp Inc. Under Sloane’s leadership, Century Bank has grown from a single office in his hometown of Somerville to a branch network of 25 offices serving Eastern Massachusetts. His involvement in community service includes membership in the Partners Health Care Systems Corporation, Massachusetts General Hospital Council, Perkins School for the Blind Corporation, the board of visitors of the Dimock Community Health Center, and the national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America. Among his many awards and honors are the Knighthood of St. Gregory the Great, conferred by Pope John Paul II in 1994, the 1997 Somerville Pride Award for lifelong service to the community, the 1999 Boston University School of Management Alumni Award, induction into the Boy Scouts of America New England Scouting Hall of Fame in 2006, the 2006 Distinguished Community Service Award from the Anti-Defamation League, and the Catholic Charities Justice and Compassion Award in 2013. Suffolk University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree in 2011.
Member since 2014
David Southworth is the principal, president and CEO of Southworth Development LLC, which specializes in the creation of residential resort and hospitality-branded real estate communities and is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts. He is committed to fostering a working environment that not only requires unrelenting goodwill, but embraces dignity for all. Southworth was a founder of Willowbend Development, a predecessor hospitality development and management firm, where he served as president and CEO. His career in hospitality and development began with Hyatt Hotels in San Francisco and then with the Pompano Beach Club in Bermuda. Southworth has served as a trustee of the Cornell Hotel Society Foundation, Inc., is chairman of the Willowbend Children’s Charity, and serves as the co-host—with business partner Joe Deitch and golfer Jack Nicklaus—of the annual Creighton Farms Invitational, which raises money for children’s causes. He is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.
Member Since 2011
Mark Sullivan is the vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Bose Corporation. He began his career at Bose in 1981 with a focus on tax and legal matters. Sullivan oversees the Bose Corporate Legal Department as well as the Intellectual Property Group. Additional groups reporting to Sullivan include 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.
Member Since 2009
Tara Taylor is a managing director for FX Sales and Trading Business Management at State Street Global Markets. She previously was a vice president at State Street Global Advisors, first in the Project Management Office, then in the Global Product Group. Before joining State Street, she was a vice president at Brown Brothers Harriman. 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.
Member Since 2011
Damian Wilmot is the vice president and chief litigation counsel for Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., where he oversees all litigation and disputes including commercial, products and intellectual property litigation worldwide, and also manages investigative and employment matters and the company’s enterprise risk management program. Wilmot previously was assistant general counsel for Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. and a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP. He also was an assistant U.S. Attorney, practiced at another national law firm, and served as a law clerk for the State of Connecticut Supreme Court. From 2009 until 2013, by gubernatorial appointment, Wilmot served on the Judicial Nominating Commission, which evaluates and recommends state judicial candidates. He is a past president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, was an editor for the Boston Bar Journal, and is an active member of the American Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association. He has held director positions with many community-based organizations, including the Boston Center for Community and Justice and the Dorchester YMCA, where he served as chair. He serves on the board of overseers for the Boys and Girls Club of Boston and the board of corporators for Eastern Bank Corporation. In 2010, the Boston Business Journal recognized Wilmot as one of Boston’s outstanding business leaders under the age of 40. He is a graduate of Trinity College-Hartford and earned a JD from Suffolk University Law School in 2000.