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Welcoming Four New Board Members

We are pleased to announce that The Children’s Room has appointed four new members to our Board of Directors: Jonathan DeVito, Tim Gleason, Katie Gorczyca, and Courtney Silva. “Our four new board members bring a wealth of professional experience and expertise in the fields of bereavement, information technology, clinical social work, and organizational effectiveness,” said The Children’s Room’s Board President, Michael Nagle. “We are proud to welcome each of them to our board, and I am confident that they will help us advance our work serving grieving children, teens, and families.” Jonathan DeVito Jonathan DeVito, AS, is the director of DeVito Funeral Home in Arlington. Jonathan is a 2011 graduate of New England Institute of Mortuary Science in Newton. On December 18, 2012, he was sworn in as a Licensed Funeral Director by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. Jonathan has been involved with The Children’s Room for a decade in various capacities of support ranging from the sponsorship of our annual Memories Walk to helping to host grief support workshops for the community. He shares, “I’m thrilled to join the Board so I can be more involved in the success of The Children’s Room and help further its community involvement.” In addition to his service at The Children’s Room, Jonathan was named a corporator of the Arlington Boys & Girls Club in 2011, and he continues to assist the Club with fundraising efforts and special events. Raised in Arlington, he currently resides in Lexington with his wife, May, and son Caleb. Tim Gleason Tim Gleason works as a technical architect for Harvard University Information Technology, where he has been employed for the past twenty-six years. During that time, he has been engaged [...]

By |December 4th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Welcoming Two New Board Members: Arlington Residents Sue Costello and Maureen Powers

We are pleased to announce that Sue Costello, LICSW, and Maureen Powers, both residents of Arlington, have been appointed to our Board of Directors. “Sue and Maureen bring to our board a wealth of professional experience and expertise in the fields of social work and human resources,” said The Children’s Room’s Philanthropy Director Kim Cayer. “We are proud to welcome Sue and Maureen to our board, and I am confident that they will help us advance our work serving grieving children, teens, and families.” Sue Costello, LICSW Sue is a clinical social worker at the Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships Program, Training and Access Project (TAP). In her role, Sue provides training and consultation to Boston Public Schools on strengthening social-emotional supports and behavioral health systems and protocols. Prior to working at Children’s Hospital, Sue was a home-based clinician with Family Services of Greater Boston. Sue first became involved with The Children’s Room fifteen years ago, following the death of her husband. She and her two sons received support in our biweekly peer support groups for three years. “The Children’s Room helped me and my sons tremendously while we were grieving the death of my husband,” Sue says. “I can’t imagine getting through that very painful period without the support of The Children’s Room and its amazing staff and volunteers. I am so proud the way that Arlington’s families and businesses have supported The Children’s Room over the years. “ In addition to being a new Board member at The Children’s Room, Sue is also a member of First Parish Arlington Unitarian Universalist church, where she serves on the Racial Justice Coordinating Committee. Maureen Powers Maureen first became involved with The Children’s Room [...]

By |February 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Welcoming Our New Board President, Michael Nagle

TCR Board President Michael Nagle We are proud to welcome Michael Nagle, a resident of Needham, to his new role as board president. As principal of the Michael Nagle Consulting Group, Michael possesses tremendous business acumen and leadership experience that supports our work in countless ways. Michael also has a deeply personal connection to our mission. In 2005, he and his wife, Melyné, brought their daughter, Isabelle, who was four at the time, to The Children’s Room after the death of her sister, Sophia. “TCR helped Isabelle find ways to deal with her grief which was especially challenging as she transitioned into elementary school,” Michael says. “TCR helped Melyné and I manage our own grief journey so we could help Isabelle. All three of us are motivated to support TCR so other families, children and teens get the same opportunity to adapt in healthy ways after the death of a parent or sibling.” In October 2014, Michael joined our Board of Directors, because he knew he wanted to give back. He realized that his experience as an Organization Development Consultant and Executive Coach could help strengthen and grow TCR, so he made the board commitment until 2020. “The most satisfying thing about this board experience is enabling Donna Smith Sharff and her fantastic staff to serve more and more people,” Michael says. “This is a very well-functioning board that is totally dedicated to TCR’s mission. There are no egos getting in the way of doing what is right for the organization.” A highlight of Michael’s time on the board was this summer’s trip to the annual symposium of the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC). “Seeing TCR staff conduct a workshop at the [...]

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