ACS Services, Inc.
“I knew from the moment I was introduced to the Room to Dream Foundation that I needed to be involved. As a father of 2 young boys, the foundation hits very close to home for me. I never before realized how playing sports with my sons, participating in school related activities, and enjoying family vacations were small day to day things that I had always taken for granted. Having an opportunity to help these families who are dealing with so much is a feeling that can’t be matched. If I am able to have a small hand in providing them with a better quality of life, it makes all the hard work that much more worth it.”
William was born and raised in Massachusetts. In 1992 he studied Computer Science at Plymouth State College in New Hampshire where he was a member of their New England Championship Wrestling Program. In 1996 he returned to Massachusetts to Co-Found ACS Services, Inc., an IT Service and Support Firm based out of Easton Massachusetts. His company was recognized as one of the Fastest Growing IT Firms in the United States in 2006 and 2007, and it was also listed on the INC 5000. ACS provides Pro Bono IT Services for many Boston based non profits such as The Hill House of Boston and The Easton Children’s Museum.
William resides in Easton, Massachusetts where he is very involved in the community. He is one of the founding members of Easton Youth Tigers Lacrosse and is the President of the organization. He is heavily involved in Easton Youth Soccer where he currently coaches 5 teams and volunteers time throughout the Easton Elementary School system.
Drew Chapman, M.D.
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
Board Member, Member, Long Term Planning Committee
and Application Committee
Drew Chapman, MD is an accomplished, nationally recognized sports fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (out of Brigham & Women’s/Faulkner Hospital and the New England Baptist Hospital) and a clinical instructor at Tufts University School of Medicine.
A native Bostonian, Drew received his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College, his Masters Degree from Harvard University and his Medical Degree from the Boston University School of Medicine. After completing his surgical internship in General Surgery and an Orthopedic Surgery residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Drew moved to Utah to further his training. There he completed an Orthopedic Sports Fellowship at the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics in Salt Lake City and also participated as a team physician for the University of Utah. He was eventually lured back east by the opportunity to work as one of the team physicians for the Boston Red Sox with Dr. William Morgan.
A renowned expert on sports medicine, Drew’s has been published in a number of national journals and he is a sought-after speaker on related topics for both regional and national conferences. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Massachusetts Orthopedic Association, and the New England Orthopedic Society.
In addition to his involvement with the Room to Dream Foundation, Drew is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown and the Corporation of Camp O-At-Ka in East Sebago, Maine.
Joanne, the president and owner of JDCommmunications, Inc., an award-winning marketing and public relations consulting firm specializing in providing small to midsize businesses with a range of services that emphasize team work, creativity, and fresh ideas. Recognized as one of the Top 10 PR Professionals by Women’s Business Boston, Joanne was asked by her good friend Michael Collins (D. Michael Collins Architects) – one of the founding members – to “help out” with RTD when the organization was just launched. Her firm helped gain significant visibility for RTD with a four-page feature article on the first room project in the Boston Sunday Globe magazine. She has been involved in various capacities ever since.
In addition to her work with RTD, she is a member of International Furnishing and Design Association (IFDA); the National Association of Professional Women; The Eastern Massachusetts National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI); and the Builders Association of Greater Boston (BAGB). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Oswego, a Master of Science in Communications and Public Relations from Boston University and a certification in Public Relations studies from Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies.
Joanne is married with two daughters. In her spare time she enjoys sharing time with family and friends; traveling – anytime, anywhere – theater, music, cooking, reading, spinning and the great outdoors!
Board Member, Co-Chair of the Project Committee
and Member, Long Term Planning Committee
Bill leverages his combination of skills to develop, execute and finance strategies to enable companies to grow. Bill is able to utilize his 30 years of business leadership experience applying the methodologies, disciplines and passion that have attributed to his success.
Before his strategy consulting work, Bill was President and Chief Operating Officer at Shawmut Design and Construction, a leading national general contracting and construction management firm headquartered in Boston, with offices in New York, Providence, New Haven and Las Vegas. For 11 years he was directly responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company as it grew from $200 million to almost $1 billion. In his role, he led the Senior Management Team in promoting the unique culture while maintaining strong financial performance and revenue growth.
Prior to leading Shawmut, Bill served as a General Manager for Johnson Controls for five years and for twelve years, held a variety of leadership positions in multiple businesses
at General Electric. Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
Bill also serves on the Board of Directors for The Room to Dream Foundation, the Board of Directors of The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Overseers at
Roger Williams University.
Harris Krupp joined the Room to Dream Board one year ago. Prior to joining Room to Dream, was a math and science teacher for many years and later a special needs educator in the Wellesley school system where she worked with children with disabilities and special needs. In addition, Harris participated on the Board for The Wellness Community for twelve years until they closed two years ago, a support center for cancer patients and their families where they could receive emotional, mental and spiritual support and education. Harris current is involved in BiNA Farm where she assists with a therapeutic riding program for children with multiple types of disabilities, an experience which she has found extremely rewarding since she often uses her own horse in this program.
Harris graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and later received her degree in Special Education. Since Harris’ life has revolved around children and their needs, Room To Dream holds great appeal to her as an important organization to bring some brightness and joy into a child’s life!
Jo Ann Kumins, LICSW
Jo Ann has been a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker for the past 25 years. She received her Masters in Social Work from Boston University in 1986.
Jo Ann worked in the Out Patient Psychiatry Department of Newton Wellesley Hospital from 1986 through 1992 and has treated adults presenting with all aspects of mental illness. She has also led numerous psychotherapy groups in a variety of topic areas.
In 1992 she joined a private psychotherapy group practice in Wellesley. She currently maintains a private practice in that location treating adults individually and in couple’s therapy. Additionally, she worked for Boston University teaching graduate continuing education courses for several years.
Jo Ann was a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Board for 5 years. She also was the chair for Boston University’s 60 Anniversary campaign. Currently, she is a member of the MS Cure Fund Steering Committee.
Susan is a Human Resources executive having served at the Vice President and Senior Vice President levels focusing in the areas of compensation, benefits and HR systems. A graduate of UMass Dartmouth, she is currently employed as a Vice President in Human Resources with BCBS of MA.
Susan has worked in a number of industries including high tech, publishing/research, biopharmaceutical, and healthcare, representing private, public and not-for-profit companies. Her most recent experiences include 13 years with Genzyme; a company driven to find treatments and cures for rare diseases in a culture that is purposeful and focused around the patient, and BCBS MA; a company passionate about providing affordable healthcare to members.
Susan is also knowledgeable in large company Board of Director interactions – guiding Boards in matters related to executive compensation and governance practices related to compensation and benefits. Additionally, she has a passion for helping companies create programs and cultures that support healthy living.
Stefan M. Nathanson, Esq.
Ligris + Associates
Founder and Chairman
“I was taught early in life to give back to your community by being involved in a hands-on manner. With the work we do through the Room to Dream Foundation, I feel as if I actually get more than I give. My involvement with the Foundation is all about the smile on the face of a child we help, and the joy in the eyes of his or her family.”
Stefan was born in Boston, Massachusetts and is an attorney with the Newton Law Firm of Ligris + Associates. For more than 20 years, Stefan has focused his law practice on residential and commercial real estate law. He has repeatedly been named one of the top real estate attorneys in Massachusetts by the Super Lawyers publication. He received his B.S. from Northeastern University in 1988, graduating Cum Laude, and went on to receive his J.D. from Vermont Law School in 1991 where he was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for Moot Court in 1990, and was named to Who’s Who Among American Law Students in 1990. Stefan was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1992, the Federal Bar in 1993 and has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association since 1992 and the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts since 1994.
For many years, Stefan has been committed to the enhancement of the legal profession and to the community at-large, and has served on the following Boards: Member, Standards and Practices Committee, Massachusetts Conveyancer’s Association, 1998-2005; Co-Chair of the Real Estate Bar Association’s (“REBA”) Residential Real Estate Conveyancing Committee; Member, REBA Board of Directors, 2005-2007; Advisory Board Member, Newton Human Right’s Commission, 1995-1998; Board Member, NEWTV, 1998-2000; Board Member, the Matty Eappen Foundation, 1999-2007.
Stefan is an occasional guest lecturer for the Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association, Northeastern University, Boston College Law School, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education in Boston, Massachusetts. He is co-author of Practice Tips for the Residential Real Estate Paralegal, MCLE Publications, 2005. Stefan resides in Newton Massachusetts.
Cape & Island Kitchens
“I still get goose bumps each and every time a child walks through the door to see their new, healthy environment that RTD has created. The smile that brightens their face and lights up their eyes warms my heart and fortifies my resolve to never stop working hard to build a new space for each and every child who needs one.”
Gail O’Rourke became a Room to Dream partner early on with her participation and donation of items for “ Ben’s” Project. As owner and Cabinetmaker of Hometown Woodworking, Gail built and installed many pieces of needed furniture for the special children of RTD. O’Rourke was thrilled to be able to contribute “hands on” for RTD projects. In the past O’Rourke has volunteered for Newborns in Need and Horizons for Homeless Children. Finding a foundation that was able to connect her passion for woodworking with her passion for children was the perfect marriage of assets. O’Rourke, who lives in Plymouth, MA with her husband Mike, has three teenage children who you will find volunteer on the many project RTD does a year. O’Rourke moved on from supplying pieces for projects to Managing Projects for RTD and joining the Board of Directors. Over the years, O’Rourke has partnered with Builders, Architects, Suppliers and Volunteers to bring together communities to complete each project, exceeding the expectations of clients and delivering the mission for Room to Dream directly into children’s homes.
Currently Gail O’Rourke can be found in the design center, on the jobsite or at a client meeting for Cape & Island Kitchens (www.capekitchens.com) where she works as a Cabinet and Kitchen Designer.
James Richardson “JR”
Marsh & McLennan Agency
“The Room to Dream Foundation touched a personal cord for me because I have seen the effect a child’s illness can have on a family. I strongly believe in the mission of our organization, am excited to be part of such a wonderful group of people, and consider it both an honor and a privilege to be elected as a member of the board.”
James is a native of Easton, Massachusetts. While studying at The University of Vermont he realized the importance of giving back and being involved with the community. Through volunteering at the local Boys and Girls Club, James was able to recognize the importance of a strong support system in promoting positive environments for children.
James is a Vice President with Marsh & McLennan Agency, where he is responsible for delivering creative, efficient, and effective benefit solutions for companies and non-profit organizations throughout New England. With over 15 years of industry experience his focus is on building and maintaining strong relationships and strategic partnerships with his clients. Before coming to Bostonian Group James worked at Fidelity Investments for 9 years where he twice won the firm’s Outstanding Service Award. He has achieved his AIF® designation, has his MA Life, Accident & Health licenses, and is FINRA Series 6, 7, & 63 licensed.
James currently resides in Waltham and also serves on Marsh & McLennan Agency’s Charitable Foundation committee.
Shawmut Design and Construction
Kevin has established himself as a leader with the ability to expertly guide teams from master planning and pre-construction processes all the way through project completion. Throughout his 18-year career at Shawmut, Kevin has gained experience and responsibility, working his way up from Assistant Project Manager to Vice President. He has built lasting relationships with local colleges and universities due to his work with all facets of campus construction, building everything from administrative offices, to fast-track dining renovations, to historic renovation/preservation projects. Thanks to this wide range of expertise, our clients consider Kevin a full-service academic leader.
As a long-term veteran on academic sites, he has developed a strong sense of how to plan and manage complex construction around the constraints of an occupied campus, and believes strongly in the value of immersing ourselves in the campus so that we may learn the needs of students and faculty before we develop logistics plans and schedules. Kevin delivers on Shawmut’s goal of exceptional client service at every level — he understands what clients are looking for from their construction managers, and ensures those expectations are met, and exceeded.
Kevin holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology
Honorary Board Members
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