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More than 170 named to Baker transition committees

Governor-elect Charlie Baker. Charles Krupa/Associated Press

Governor-elect Charlie Baker is seeking advice. Lots of it.

On Thursday, he announced a long list of people who will serve on his advisory transition committees on schools, jobs/economy, community, health, and better government.

The multitude — more than 170 people in all — include big-names in the worlds of academia, business, and nonprofits such as UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan (a co-chair of the education committee); Karen Kaplan, the chairman and chief executive of powerhouse advertising firm Hill Holiday (a co-chair of the jobs/economy committee); and Gerald Chertavian, the founder and chief executive of job-training nonprofit Year Up (on the jobs/economy committee).


It’s not unusual for soon-to-be governors to put together transition committees, even big ones. In 2006, then-Governor-elect Deval Patrick’s transition committee working groups had even more people, according to a press release from eight years ago.

John Walsh, who served as Patrick’s 2006 campaign manager, said that year’s transition effort — and all the input from people from all parts of Massachusetts life — was a great boon to the incoming governor.

“It was extremely helpful. We had a big transition committee, and then we had a series of working groups that were part of the transition effort,” he said.

“It’s a good idea, and I’m glad to hear that the governor-elect is following that pattern,” Walsh continued, “because it just gives an opportunity, as you’re embarking on this, to hear from [many] different folks.”

In a statement, Lieutenant Governor-elect Karyn Polito, who is chairing this year’s gubernatorial transition group, said she looked forward to working with the “great team.”

Baker spokesman Tim Buckley said each one of the transition committees would be meeting in person “probably twice.”

But why so many people to offer advice?

“ ’Cause,” he said, “there are a lot of great ideas.”


Here is the list of committee members, as released by Baker-Polito transition committee:


Beth Anderson, Phoenix Charter Academy Network, Chelsea (Chair)

Marty Meehan, UMass-Lowell, Lowell (Chair)

Erika Ebbel Angle, Science from Scientists, Beverly

David Birnbach, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mobile Strategy Group LLC, Andover

Mary Bourque, Chelsea Public Schools, Chelsea

Erica Brown, City on a Hill Charter Public Schools, Boston

Donna Colorio, Dimitria Delights, Inc/ Qunisigamond Community College/ Commonwealth of MA, Worcester

Michael Contompasis, Mass Insight Education, Chestnut Hill

Mark Culliton, College Bound Dorchester, Dorchester

John Davis, Ventry Industries LLC, Longmeadow

William DeRosa, Whittier Tech, Peabody

George Dhionis, Esped, Marblehead

Pam Eddinger, State of Massachusetts, Bunker Hill Community College, Brookline

Kathryn Everett, The Lynch Foundation, Boston

Barbara Fields, retired educator, Mattapan

Roland Fryer, Harvard University, Cambridge

Christopher Gabrieli, National Center on Time and Learning, Boston

Scott Given, UP Education Network, Charlestown

Sheila Harrity, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School District, Worcester

Howard Horton, New England College of Business and Finance, Somerville

Vanessa Kirsch, New Profit Inc., Brookline

Stig Leschly, Match Charter Public School, Brookline

Linda Looft, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Leicester

Edward Madaus, Guild of St. Agnes Early Education, Boylston

Robert Manning, MFS Investment Management, Swampscott

Patricia Meservey, Salem State University, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Salem

Amy O’Leary, Strategies for Children, Brookline

Elizabeth Pauly, The Boston Foundation, Boston

Jeffrey Riley, Boston

Ira Rubenzahl, Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield

Eileen Rudden, Co-founder, LearnLaunch, Cambridge

Henry Thomas, Urban League of Springfield, Springfield

Paul Toner, New Voice Strategies - Viva Idea Exchange, Cambridge

Shannah Varon, Boston Collegiate Charter School, West Roxbury


Stephen Zykofsky, self-employed, Lynn

Better Government

Steve Poftak, Rappaport Institute, Boston (Chair)

Stephen Goldsmith, Harvard University and Huron Consulting Group, Indianapolis (Chair)

Katherine Barry, JDH Solutions Group, Dennisport

Michael Brockelman, Bowditch & Dewey LLP, Holden

Brian Burke, Shumway, Giguere & Fox PC, Stow

Katherine Craven, Babson College, West Roxbury

Grace Fey, Grace Fey Advisors LLC, Boston

Scott Griffith, Rocketship Ventures LLC, Bedford

Mayor Mark Hawke, City of Gardner

Hugh Jones III, New Profit, Wayland

Mayor Thomas Koch, City of Quincy

Mayor Richard Kos, City of Chicopee

Barbara Kroncke, McCarter & English LLP, Newton

Edward Lyons, NTT Data, Inc, Brighton

Demitrois Moschos, Mirick O’Connell, Worcester

Timothy McGourthy, Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Inc., Worcester

John Miller, former candidate for Attorney General, Winchester

Mayor Daniel Rivera, City of Lawrence

Valerie Roberson, Roxbury Community College, Dorchester

John Sivolella, Columbia University, Wellesley

Gregory Sullivan, Pioneer Institute, Norwood

Samuel Tyler, Boston Municipal Research Bureau, Holliston


Robert Lewis,The BASE, Boston (Chair)

Chrystal Kornegay, Urban Edge, Boston (Chair)

Lawrence Bailis, Brandeis University, Cambridge

Christina Bain, Babson College, Manchester

Molly Baldwin, Roca Inc., Chelsea

Justin Broderick, Haley House, Dorchester

Linda Cavaioli, YWCA Central Mass, Worcester

James Cummings, Barnstable County Sheriff, Falmouth

Marc Dohan, Twin Cities Community Development Corporation, Somerville

Mark Dubois, Town of Maynard, Shrewsbury

Ronald Druker, The Druker Company Ltd., Boston

Ned Epstein, JTE Realty Associates, LLC, North Andover

Sasika Epstein, Self-employed, Power Launch Group, Brookline

Evelyn Friedman, Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Inc., Boston

Imari Paris Jeffries, Italian Home for Children, Boston


Mary Reardon Johnson, YWCA of Western Massachusetts, East Longmeadow

Christopher Jones, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Roxbury

Gregory Kaknes, LandscapeXpress Inc., Boston

Christy Keswick, Good Sports Inc., Milton

Marc Laplante, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (MassDEP), Lawrence

John Larivee, Community Resources for Justice, Boston

Veronique Le Melle, Boston Center for the Arts, West Roxbury

Lorraine Levine, Women’s Lunch Place, Wellesley

Nancy Luther, retired, Topsfield

Raymond Mariano, Worcester Housing Authority, Worcester

Victoria Marsh, One Theater, Arlington

Kevin Mullen, self-employed, attorney, Dorchester

Laurie Myers, Community VOICES, Chelmsford

Christopher Norris, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, West Roxbury

Deborah Ramirez, Northeastern University School of Law, Lexington

Deborah Re, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Jamaica Plain

Gregory Russ, Cambridge Housing Authority, Cambridge

Paul Treseler, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, West Roxbury

Gilbert Winn, WinnCompanies, Boston

Jobs and The Economy

Karen Kaplan, Hill Holiday, Boston (Chair)

Jay Ash, Secretary-designate of Housing and Economic Development, Chelsea (Chair)

Michael Benedetto, Skanska USA, Marshfield

William Achtmeyer, The Parthenon Group, Boston

Andrew Botti, The McLane Law Firm, Andover

Julianne Bowler, Atlantic Charter Insurance Company, Jamestown, R.I.

Robert Brait, Brait Builders Corporation, Marshfield

Cynthia Brown, Boston Duck Tours, Boston

Robert Caret, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Lauren Chacon, Constant Contact, Weston

Gerald Chertavian, Year Up Inc., Cambridge

Gregory Ciongoli, The Baupost Group, Wellesley

Roger Crandall, Mass Mutual, Longmeadow (chair)

Andrew Crane, A-Crane Construction LLC, Self-employed, Chicopee

Paul Dacier, executive vice president and General Counsel at EMC, Sherborn

Kevin Delbridge, senior adviser to Harbourvest Partners LLC, Hopkinton

Vincent DeVito, Bowditch & Dewey LLP, Wellesley


Art Dorfman, SAP America, Sharon

Mark Erlich, New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Jamaica Plain

Wendy Estrella, Estrella Law Offices, Methuen

James Gallagher, John Hancock Financial, Milton

Thomas Glynn, Massachusetts Port Authority, Belmont

George Hardiman, Tremont Credit Union, Bridgewater

John Harthorne, MassChallenge Inc., Newton

Michael Heffernan, former candidate for treasurer, Wellesley

Henry Helgeson, Merchant Warehouse, LLC, Boston

Patricia Jacobs, AT&T, Belmont

Brian Kavoogian, Charles River Realty Investors, Wellesley

Albert Kaneb, retired, Weston

Thomas Kershaw, Hampshire House Corp., Boston

William Lane, Superior Plumbing, Inc., Dedham

Mark Leff, Salem Five Bank, Rowley

Matt LeBretton, New Balance, Hingham

Jeffrey Leiden, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., Boston

Gregg Lisciotti, self-employed, Lisciotti Development Corp, Leominster

Travis McCready, The Boston Foundation, Lexington

Cathryn McEvoy-Zdonczky, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Auburn

Douglas McGarrah, Foley Hoag LLP, South Hamilton

Rajendra Melville, Deshpande, Marlborough

Michael Minogue, Abiomed, Hamilton

Robin Monleon, UBS Financial Services, Dover

Joseph Nolan, Northeast Utilities, Belmont

Deborah Penta, PENTA Communications Inc., Westborough

Mary Ann Pesce-Choate, retired, Weston

Marcy Reed, National Grid, Concord

Timothy Rowe, Cambridge Innovation Center, Cambridge

Joe Salois, Atlas Distributing, Sutton

Robert Sheridan, retired, Hingham

Ann Sullivan, Metro Equipment Corp., Dedham

Mayor Joseph Sullivan, Town of Braintree

Summer Tilton, Fletcher Tilton, P.C., Osterville


Deborah Enos, Neighborhood Health Plan, Boston (Chair)

Keith Hovan, Southcoast Health System Inc., Rochester (Chair)

Joshua Archambault, Pioneer Institute/Foundation for Government Accountability, Quincy

Anita Barry, Boston Public Health Commission (Boston University School of Medicine), Hingham

Scott Bock, Riverside Community Care Inc, Wellesley

Virginia Buckingham, Pfizer Inc., Marblehead

Michael Calijouw, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Milton

Edward Choate, CHOATE & Associates, Weston

Brian Concannon, Haemonetics Corporation, Norwell

Sherry Dong, Tufts Medical Center, Jamaica Plain

Deborah Ekstrom, Community Healthlink (member of Umass Memorial Health Care), Worcester

Laurence Gerber, EPOCH Senior Living LLC, Weston

Tom Grape, Benchmark Senior Living, Boston

John Hammond, Red Sox Foundation & MGH Home Base Program, Cambridge

Regina Herzlinger, Harvard University, Belmont

Patrick Hughes, Fallon Health, Stratham, N.H.

Timothy Hunt, Cubist, Sudbury

David Jordan, Seven Hills Foundation, Worcester

John Kelly III, Self-employed, Charlestown

Michael Lauf, Cape Cod Healthcare Inc., Sandwich

Dennis Leonard, DentaQuest, Peabody

Manuel Lopes, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Topsfield

Richard Lopez, Atrius Health, Reading

Margaret Lynch, South Boston Community Health Center, South Boston

Andrew Salmon, Continuing Care Management LLC, Millbury

Jo Ann Simons, Cardinal Cushing Centers, Swampscott

Kevin Tabb, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Waban

Raymond Tamasi, Gosnold Inc., Mashpee

William Walczak, Grand Circle Foundation, Lewis Family Foundation, Dorchester

Delia Vetter, EMC Corp., Boston

Wendy Warring, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston

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Correction: Due to incorrect information provided to the Globe, an earlier version of this story had the incorrect name for The McLane Law Firm.