EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PAM BERMAN

PRESIDENT
Pam is a partner with Robins Kaplan LLP, one of the nation’s premier trial law firms with more than 250 lawyers in 8 major cities. She is a trial lawyer with significant jury and non-jury experience. For more than 30 years, she has focused her practice on the broad range of business disputes, including real estate litigation, contract disputes, employment litigation, securities litigation, including the representation of broker-dealers, and defending clients in government investigations in the healthcare, financial and other industries.

Clients know Pam to be responsive, quick on her feet, and methodical, carefully planning each case from the outset and reacting quickly when circumstances require a change of strategy. An experienced trial lawyer, Pam thrives in the courtroom.

Driven by an interest in expanding her own horizons and taking on new challenges, Pam has developed a deep working knowledge of many industries and the technologies that serve them. Her case history includes clients in health and life sciences; the financial industry, including banking and securities; manufacturing; and real estate.

Pam currently serves on the Emeritus Board of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts. She also serves on the Advisory Committee for Judicial Nominations for the Federal Court in Boston which she has done since 2013. In 2014, Pam received the Lelia J. Robinson Award from the Women’s Bar Association, and in 2013 she was honored with a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly “Top Women of Law Circle of Excellence” award. She has been honored each year as one of Massachusetts’ top Super Lawyers since 2004. Pam is the past president of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations and the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts.

She holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Wells College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. Pam is a resident of Canton, Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and raised their three children.

SUSAN COAKLEY

VICE-CHAIR
Susan Coakley is the President of the Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan. She first joined Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan (BMCHP) in 2007 as Chief Legal Officer and became President of the organization in 2014. Under Ms. Coakley’s leadership, BMCHP plays a significant role in government health programs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including the MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program in collaboration with the BMC Health System, the MassHealth Managed Care Organization (MCO) program, the Massachusetts Health Connector Qualified Health Plan (QHP) ConnectorCare program, the MassHealth Senior Care Options (SCO) program, and the New Hampshire Medicaid Care Management (MCM) program. Across the two states, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan and Well Sense Health Plan serve over 400,000 low- or moderate- income members.

Since Ms. Coakley has served as President, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan was named a Healthiest Employer by the Boston Business Journal, and Well Sense Health Plan has been recognized as a Best Company to Work for by Business NH Magazine for the past two years.

Prior to joining Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, Ms. Coakley served as Senior Associate General Counsel for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc. in Wellesley, MA. A graduate of Connecticut College, Ms. 5 Coakley received a Master’s of Public Health from Yale School of Public Health and a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law.

DELORIS PETTIS

TREASURER
Deloris Pettis is a C suite executive with broad experience in audit, general management and risk management across the public and private sectors and in higher education. She is currently serves as CFO for Quality Interactions, a leading provider of health care cultural competency training. Deloris previously served as the VP for Enterprise Risk Management at Northeastern University where she was responsible for the implementation of an institution-wide enterprise risk management program. Her work led to the effective incorporation of risk analysis with university strategy and stronger governance practices.

Earlier Deloris served for thirteen years in roles of increasing responsibility at Harvard University. As Director of Risk Management and Audit Services where she chaired Harvard’s international projects committee. As Associate Vice President for Sponsored Programs Administration, Deloris was accountable for a portfolio of over $600MM of federally sponsored awards; and as Director of the $70 million PEPFAR (AIDS) program transition initiative at the School of Public Health.

Deloris, held audit leadership positions at Digital Equipment Corporation, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Barone & Associates; and held financial and compliance roles at the Bank of Boston. Deloris began her career in public accounting at KPMG.

Deloris earned her MBA in accounting from Tulane University and has a BSc in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).

Deloris is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. In addition, Deloris serves on the Board of Directors of OneUnited Bank and as Audit Committee Chair; Board of Directors of Boston Urban League and as a member of the Finance Committee, President of Newton Chapter Jack and Jill and a former Town Meeting Member in Framingham.

DAWNE SHAND

SECRETARY
Dawne Shand grew up in Alabama’s Black Belt and attended Selma’s public schools during their first two decades of integration. Since then, she has lived and worked in Nice, London, and Boston. Her writing has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Southern Cultures and The Georgia Review.

Shand began her career in the first management consulting firm to go public on NASDAQ–Renaissance Solutions. She holds an MFA from Emerson College, a Master’s in International Studies from the European Institute in Nice, France; and a BA in economics and French from the University of Alabama, where she was the University’s Fulbright nominee and recipient of the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship.

Currently, she lives in Newburyport, MA with her husband and daughter. Since 2017, she has led the initiative to get more women elected to office, an effort that culminated in October 2018 with the official launch of the Greater Newburyport Committee of the MWPC.

2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CAROLYN ASSA

Carolyn Assa is an award-winning broadcast journalist, former network television executive, and marketing consultant with thirty years of experience telling stories from newsrooms, boardrooms, and classrooms. She is a results-driven strategist who has led high-profile branding initiatives at well-known education institutions including Perkins School for the Blind, and Bunker Hill Community College.

CHARLOTTE GOLAR RICHIE

Charlotte Golar Richie, a former state legislator, is an experienced leader and administrator with a background in public service and political activism, and a deeply held commitment to civil rights, fairness and equality. As a former Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), she successfully handled hundreds of discrimination complaints at that state civil rights enforcement agency. A trained mediator, Charlotte facilitated dozens of conciliations at the MCAD to help settle disputes; and she led the agency’s efforts to develop a robust language access program to better serve limited English proficient individuals.

MONICA SAWHNEY

Monica Sawhney is the Deputy Chief of Staff for MassHealth, the Commonwealth’s Medicaid agency. She was previously the Policy Manager at the Massachusetts Health Safety Net Office. Prior to working for the state, Monica worked at Steward Health Care, focusing on clinical integration and care management initiatives. She also spent a number of years in the non-profit sector, working with Health Leads, an organization that strives to bridge the gap between health care and social services. Monica is a graduate of Boston University and the Boston University School of Public Health. She currently resides in Cambridge.

ESHITA CHAKRABARTI

Eshita Chakrabarti has been a global advocate for the civil rights of women and children. She represents women of diverse cultures and supports social issues centered around mainstream America. Immigrating from India in her early twenties, she now hosts, produces and directs Faces of South Asia, a television program on Access Television in Quincy, Mass., with a focus on human trafficking, child marriage, domestic violence, opioid abuse, gender equality, LGBTQ and LGBTQ senior issues, postpartum depression and mental health, educating to men regarding abuse towards women and pre- teen and teen violence and issues regarding rape and recovery.

GAIL JACKSON-BLOUNT

Gail is the President of Jackson Communications, a public relations, marketing & communications consultancy where she provides strategic communications programs, business development, fundraising and events for public and private companies and non-profit organizations – including the American Red Cross, Avon Corporation, Partners HealthCare, Pfizer, Catalyst Ventures LLC, BCEC, Kage Growth Strategies & Millennium Partners, and major sports teams.

MARY USOVICZ

Mary Usovicz created MU Connections to assist companies with siting energy projects particularly in New England. Mary has over 20 years with siting energy projects particularly dealing with stakeholder outreach and communications. Recently, Mary was a part of the team that successfully secured PPA for hydro for Commonwealth of MA 83D project. Prior to MU Connections, Mary was Senior VP at TRC creating the LNG team and successfully obtained the permits for the Connecticut Natural Gas LNG facility upgrade and regasification. Before TRC, Mary was VP of marketing and external affairs for OSCOMP overseeing all of the siting permitting and construction of CNG stations in Maine and end user sites in New England.

AMY F. DIAMOND

Amy F. Diamond is a senior executive with extensive knowledge and management experience in three key business sectors – finance, energy development and strategic advisory, both domestic and international. She has worked for more than thirty years within a corporate environment as well as managing her own private business enterprises She has a successful track record of identifying early energy market trends, creating an investment vehicle to capture this “first mover” advantage and affording its targeted investors the ability to secure additional investment premium.

MIRIAM POSNER

Miriam Posner serves as the Director of Energy & Environmental Policy at A Better City, a business membership association representing the business and institutional community of Greater Boston. She leads the organization’s energy and environmental policy efforts. She developed strategic and impactful legislative and research agendas, focused on mitigation of the progression of and adaption to the effects of climate change, as well as the promotion of energy reliability. Miriam collaborates with state and local officials, public-sector staff, and other stakeholders to execute upon those identified priorities.

RAQUEL WEBSTER

Raquel Webster is Senior Counsel in the regulatory group at National Grid, where she represents the company in regulatory proceedings in Rhode Island and advises clients regarding regulatory compliance and strategy on a wide range of statewide energy policy initiatives.

Prior to working at National Grid, Raquel was a litigation attorney at the City of Boston Law Department, where she represented the city in state and federal court and before administrative agencies in all stages of litigation involving civil rights, employment, and tort law.

MWPC OFFICE

AYNUR OLMEZ

PROGRAM MANAGER
Aynur Olmez is the Program Manager for the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC). She manages the MWPC office in all its efforts, and supports the MWPC Board and its Political Action Committee (PAC).

Previously, Aynur worked as an Office Operations Manager at MWPC in collaboration with MWPC’s Board and its PAC to advance the mission of MWPC. She originally joined MWPC as an intern in January 2019.

Aynur holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Cambridge College and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Marmara University.