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Staff & Board of Directors

Meet Our Team

The staff of The Genesis Foundation for Children is a caring and talented group who have a strong desire to assist in fulfilling the organization’s mission. They work tirelessly to develop donor relationships and create memorable events.

The Genesis Foundation Staff

Christine Dahlgren

Director of Events

“The money that the Genesis Foundation raises has such a meaningful, positive impact—not only on the patients and children at the Feingold Center, but on their whole families, and that is why I am so proud of the work that we do every day.”

Matthew Hoffman


“My respect and admiration for the Genesis Foundation team, the clinical staff, and the people they serve has grown every day of my twenty years with this incredible organization. It’s an honor to help further the great work of Dr. Feingold and now, Dr. Nowak. All children deserve the loving care and support they need to reach their full potential.”

Meghan O’Donnell

Special Events Manager

“Hearing the stories from our patient families at events throughout the year, you quickly realize that this organization, what we do, and how we serve this population, is one-of-a-kind. We are able to positively affect the lives of patients and families in a very real and sometimes extraordinary way – I’m glad to be even a small part of that.”

Ron Severson

Finance & HR Manager

“I’m excited about the Feingold Model of Care. The Feingold Model increases the number and type of staff members of a medical unit to improve patient outcomes. Through “coordinated care” – staffed according to the Feingold Method – working solutions can be developed not just for the illness, but also for the family.”

Claudina Yang

Manager of Marketing & Development

“At the Genesis Foundation, we fund services that support patients and their families from pregnancy through diagnosis and treatment – that kind of holistic care is pretty special.”

The Genesis Foundation Board of Directors

The Board of Directors proudly supports The Genesis Foundation’s vision through strategic planning, participating first hand in fundraising events, and assisting in the development of relationships that are crucial to sustaining the organization.

* Denotes Executive Committee Member

Matthew Hoffman*


“I feel incredibly lucky to be part of a board with so many talented and dedicated people. Everyone contributes in unique and impactful ways, and works so hard to fund and oversee our programs as if being a Director of the Genesis Foundation for Children were a full-time job.”

Steven L. Goldblatt, Esq.*

Chairman of the Board of Directors
The Suffolk Group
Joined 2007

“It is not easy or inexpensive to provide compassionate clinical and coordinated medical care to children with genetic disorders and rare diseases. Over the last 4 decades, the Board of The Genesis Foundation for Children has raised millions of dollars to help fund this specialized care. I am excited to participate in the growth of the organization as it expands its programs while enriching the lives of patients and families, as well as volunteers and Board members such as myself.”

Board Directors

Jennifer Berryman

Vice Chancellor for Communications
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Joined 2017

“The Genesis Foundation for Children provides an exceptional model for holistic, compassionate, and supportive care. It is an absolute privilege to support the life-changing difference TGF can make for patients and their families.”

Judy Briggs*

Owner, B&G Services, 1-800 GOT JUNK, Men In Kilts
Joined 2012

“From the moment I met my first patient family over 10 years ago, I fell in love with them, their families, and The Genesis Foundation for Children. It’s amazing to see these children not only grow up but to see the progress they make, reaching milestones such as eating, walking, communicating, increased self-confidence, riding a bike, golfing, playing a musical instrument, riding a horse, smiling, and getting a job. I beam with pride every time I see one of our patients, especially knowing how far they have grown personally.”

Alan Chartrand

President, Boston Region
iHeartMedia | Markets Group
Joined 2014

“Alan Chartrand has had close ties with The Genesis Foundation for Children for many years. It all began when he was introduced to the Foundation by his close friend, and Founder of The Genesis Foundation, Dr. Feingold. The Genesis Foundation is also the beneficiary of Kiss108’s Kiss Concert, the station run by Chartrand.”

Amee Desjourdy*

Chief People and Culture Officer
Joined 2017

Amee Desjourdy joined the Board in 2017 and is the Chief People and Culture Officer at Brightcove, a leading online video hosting platform and online video player solution. Amee managed the annual Global Golf Tournament benefiting The Genesis Foundation and is the Board liaison for the Young Professionals Executive Committee.

Justin Feingold

National Accounts Manager
HD Supply
Joined 2005

“As the proud son of the founder of the Genesis Foundation, I have, since day one, seen firsthand the good that the Foundation does for children and their families. Being on the board has been a very fulfilling part of my life and I am honored to do whatever I can to carry on my father’s vision and help as many families as possible.”

Michael T. Gass, Esq.

Choate Hall & Stewart, LLP 
Boston, MA

“I fell in love with this organization almost 20 years ago. What makes it so special in my mind is the profound impact it has on both children with disabilities and their families, guiding them through the complex maze of the health care system to get them the coordinated care they so desperately need.”

Will Glindmeyer

Vice President – Biotech & Pharma
Eaton Vance
Joined 2019

“The Genesis Foundation is a wonderful organization that makes a significant difference in the lives of children with rare diseases and their families. It is a privilege to help support their mission.”

Laura Housman*

CEO and Founder
Access Solutions Consulting
Joined 2017

“I’ve dedicated my career to driving patient access to healthcare innovation, particularly in the areas of genetic, genomic, and rare disease. The Genesis Foundation offers a successful approach in providing holistic care for children where easy diagnoses are often elusive. I’m proud to be supporting its mission of helping these children enjoy happy, productive lives.”

Jay Miller

Owner, Courtyard Restaurants
Retired Boston Bruins

Jay Miller has served on the Board for over 20 years and has hosted many annual fundraising events. He is currently co-host of the Big Break Courtyard Pier 37 Open Golf Tournament in Falmouth every May. Jay had an illustrious professional hockey career playing for the Boston Bruins and the Los Angeles Kings before retiring in 1992. Jay and his wife Paula currently own and operate the Courtyard Restaurant in Cataumet on Cape Cod.

Natalie Salatich Jacobson

WCVB – Channel 5 News Anchor, Retired
Joined 1983

“The Genesis Foundation raises money from generous people so doctors can give challenged children the best medical care possible, allowing them and their families to live better lives. I am proud of our collective efforts.”

Catherine Bearce Nowak, M.D.*

Clinical Director
The Feingold Center for Children at
Children’s Hospital Boston – Waltham
Joined 2008

“My introduction to TGFC came when I began my fellowship training with Dr. Feingold in 1992. I saw firsthand the Foundation’s great work and how my patients thrived and blossomed with the extra care and attention the Foundation provided. The added extras like our therapeutic programs made a world of difference. When I returned to The Feingold Center, I asked to be on the Board of Directors in order to be a voice for the families and children helped by the Foundation and to help broaden the Foundation’s reach and scope.”

Rich Sawyer

Senior Manager
EBSCO Information Services
Joined 2017

“The Genesis Foundation for Children has helped our son, Michael reach his fullest potential. I am honored to be a part of this foundation that will continue its mission to help other children with genetic disorders live productive and happy lives.”

Board Directors Emeritus

Everett Baldwin
Richard Balsbaugh
Jeff Bartlett
Mike Carson
Rich Caturano
Lenny Clarke
Chet Curtis
Dan Dillon
Jim Dunn
Lorinda Feingold
Dick Flavin
Thomas J. Galligan, III
Mark Hannon
Beth Havlicek
Chris Havlicek

John Havlicek
EJ Jaxtimer
Timothy Johnson, M.D.
Edward Keljik Jr.
Jack Laurendeau
Jay Levitts
Bob Lobel
Dave Lukiewski
Patrick Lyons
John Madison
Jan McCoy
Brian McLaughlin
Keith McLaughlin
Mary Menna
Matt Mills

Jerry Moses
Wally Roenick
Jerry Socol
Andrew Tuchler
Paul Verrochi
Tony Vinciquerra
Jack Williams
Marci Williams
Carl Wimmer
Susan Wornick
Judith Yanoff
Michael Yanoff
Seymour Yanoff
Carl Yastrzemski