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Brenda Atchison, MEd, Director
Former Education Administrator, HI USA and Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian

After a varied career in government, business and education, Bren shifted her focus to community engagement and advocacy, with an emphasis on healthy aging, health disparities among people of color, building intergenerational connection and strengthening communities to bring about social change. She is a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Aging and has served on Massachusetts Healthy Aging 2018 Data Report, National Center for Creative Aging and the Bates Art Center. As an artist, she reaches out to benefit others through Memory Cafes and other venues. Brenda is a former Encore Public Voices Fellow.

Patricia Chadwick, Vice Chair & Director
Former Senior Vice President, Bloomingdale’s

Pat recently retired from Bloomingdale's after a forty-year career in the retail industry. She was most recently Senior Vice President of Concessions and New Business Development. Previously, she was SVP Regional Vice President for the Northeast, where she led teams of 200 executives and 3000 staff. Pat has worked with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute as a member of the Susan Smith Cancer Center Visiting Committee and the Women’s Executive Council as a board member.  Pat recently completed a Fellowship at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University and serves on the board of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.

Harvey Cotton, JD, PhD, Director
Principal, Ropes & Gray

Harvey is a principal in the Benefits Consulting Group and a member of the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits practice at Ropes & Gray. He was previously director of administration and deputy general counsel at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Earlier, he served as assistant attorney general in the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Division, adjunct professor at Northeastern University. Harvey is a past president of Temple Sinai in Brookline, MA and he has worked with other nonprofit boards on governance and strategic planning issues.

Mary J. Cronin, PhD, Director

Research Professor, Carroll School of Management, Boston College; Founder, 4QCatalyst

Mary’s research focuses on the social impact of corporate citizenship and social entrepreneurship as well as digital commerce and AI in the future of work and learning.  She has authored or edited ten books on digital business, and recently co-edited Managing for Social Impact: Innovations in Responsible Enterprise.  Her company,, provides innovation leadership consulting. She serves on the Executive Committee of Founders Over 55, supporting business success for older adults in partnership with AGENCY at the CIC.  Mary received her PhD from Brown University and has served on a variety of nonprofit, community and editorial boards.


Doug Dickson, Chair & Director

Doug helped to found Encore Boston Network in 2012. He was previously President of Discovering What's Next and the Life Planning Network. In 2010, he co-founded the national Encore Network, of which Encore Boston Network is a member. After a career with Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Doug joined New Directions as a consultant to business leaders and professionals in career and life transitions. He has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and municipal commissions. He is currently on the board of Empower Success Corps and the Leadership Council of the national Encore Network.

Anne Greenwood, MPA, Secretary & Director
Founder & CEO, Greenwood Summit Consulting

Anne provides career and leadership coaching to businesses and individuals. She was previously Senior Vice President at Pax Ellevate, working to promote investing in companies that advance women in leadership. Earlier, she was a Fellow in the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative and an Innovation Fellow at Anne has over 25 years of experience at major wealth management firms in headquarters and field positions, including leading Smith Barney’s retirement business. She holds degrees from Cornell University and the Kennedy School at Harvard University.

Patricia Grenier, CPA, Treasurer & Director
Controller, JP Cannistraro

Patricia joined JP Cannistraro in 2020. Before that, she held senior audit and business development roles at BDO. She previously had 20 years of public accounting experience in the United States and Canada. She has worked with a wide variety of clients, many in the construction, manufacturing and nonprofit sectors. Originally from Montreal, Patricia is fluent in French. During her career, she has assisted clients with operations, systems and internal controls, while providing enhanced transparency and integrity in their financial reporting.

Mary Gunn, MSM, Director
Encore Community Program Director, Encore Boston Network
Former Executive Director, Generations Incorporated

Mary leads program development and community engagement activities for EBN. She was previously a Consultant for, coaching Gen2Gen partners. She retired as Executive Director of Generations Incorporated after 15 years, growing the AARP Experience Corps program in Boston to one of the largest and most successful in the nation. Before that, Mary was Executive Director of the Bird Street Community Center in Dorchester. She holds a masters degree in management from Lesley University.

Cynthia Lewis, Director
District Director, Office of Rep. Dan Cullinane

Cynthia is District Director for Rep. Dan Cullinane. She is a community organizer with extensive experience in program development, employment readiness training, career development and client service. She has worked for Action for Boston Community Development and previously held roles as Executive Director, Case Manager, Project Manager and Program Manager in various organizations in Boston and Georgia. She owns The Profound Pen, a communications and graphic design firm and holds a degree in sociology from Spellman College.

Christina Matz, PhD, Director
Associate Professor, Boston College School of Social Work
Co-director, Center on Aging & Work at Boston College

Tina is Associate Professor and Chair of the Older Adults and Families concentration of the School of Social Work at Boston College. She is also Co-director of the Center on Aging & Work. Her research focuses on meaningful engagement in middle/later life and its effects not only on the health and well-being of individuals, but also on families, organizations, communities, and society at large. She is involved in developing one of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare's Grand Challenges for the next decade, focused on maximizing productive and meaningful activity throughout life.

Kristin McSwain, MPA, Director
Executive Director, Boston Opportunity Agenda

Kristin leads the Boston Opportunity Agenda, a public/private cradle to career partnership dedicated to ensuring that all Boston residents have access to the education necessary for economic mobility, lifelong learning and civic engagement. She was previously Chief of Program Operations and Director of Ameri-Corps at the Corporation for National and Communities Service. Earlier, she served as Executive Director of Massachusetts Service Alliance and in key leadership roles at Citizen Schools and Teach for America. Kristin has served on numerous boards and commissions, including in the Obama Administration. She graduated from the College of William and Mary and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Phyllis Segal, JD, Director
Vice President,

Phyllis leads strategic partnerships for the Gen2Gen Campaign at She serves on the boards of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, The Conversation Project, and as Chair and co-founder of the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University. Previously, she was on the Board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Phyllis was the founding Legal Director, and then President, of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, Massachusetts Deputy Attorney General, Chair of the Federal Labor Relations Authority in the Clinton Administration, and Chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

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