BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tom Shirk, Board Chair
Founder & President at White Porch Group

Tom Shirk attained extensive senior global executive leadership and management skills during his 25 years in the IT industry and 20 years with SAP AG with expertise in sales, marketing, consulting, product and business development in public and private sector industries while working in 20 with countries generating 80% of group revenues. While holding various board and C-level executive positions, Tom developed strengths and focus from building and scaling new business while creating and working with large, diverse, international and networked teams while living and working in the US, Europe, and Asia. Current focus is on innovative start-up initiatives in the areas of the arts, hospitality, biotech, and not-for-profit support activities. Specialties: Public Sector, Healthcare, Higher Education, Defense, Public Security, BioTech, Arts, Hospitality, Business Development, Software Portfolio Management, Sales, Consulting, Global Operations.

Anna Vouros, M.D., Vice Chair
Primary Care Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital

Anna graduated from Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School and subsequently trained at Boston University and Boston City Hospitals before joining Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in 1995. She currently sees patients in the Bulfinch Medical Group and teaches residents and medical students. She served on the board of the National Charity League and is a member of The Philanthropy Connection. She is an active member of the Concord, MA community, where she lives with her husband and three children.

Peter Alberding, CPWA, Treasurer
Branch Manager, Senior Vice President, Investments at Raymond James & Associates

Peter is a 25-year veteran of the financial services industry and heads Raymond James’ wealth management unit in Boston. Peter joined Raymond James in March of 2014, after 17 years at UBS, where he held a number of management positions, including: Executive Director of Client Development in Zurich, Switzerland, Chief Operating Officer of UBS Wealth Management’s Western Division, and Complex Director of the Boston Office. Peter has comprehensive experience helping individuals, business owners, senior executives and affluent families to successfully manage their wealth. He has completed the Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA) designation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he is an active supporter of the Wesleyan men’s basketball program and the Berklee College of Music. Peter is an enthusiastic blues guitar player who performs regularly with his band. He and his wife Lynn live in Needham, where they raised their four children.

Kenneth Avocetien
Sr. Research Associate, Gritstone Oncology

Kenneth is a mentor at Silver Lining and is passionate about SLM’s focus on using relationship-building to help youth in foster care identify and fulfill their personal goals. He is eager to contribute to new initiatives to further strengthen this model through mentor and volunteer recruitment, as well as building new outreach strategies. Prior to Gritstone Oncology, he worked as an analytical chemist at Mersana Therapeutics. He graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Chemistry. In his spare time, he enjoys playing competitive sports with friends, reading, and antiquing in small town New England.

James J. Baker, CFA
Executive Director, Investment Specialist, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Jimmy is an Investment Specialist at the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Boston, where he is responsible for providing investment strategy and execution across all major asset classes for high net worth individuals, families and select non-profit institutions throughout New England. He grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts and currently resides in Cohasset with his wife Maureen, 2-year-old daughter Emily, and 8-month-old son Liam.

Jimmy graduated magna cum laude from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Management with concentrations in Finance and Management & Leadership. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, FINRA Series 7 & 63 licenses and is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society. He has run two marathons as a charity runner, Boston (2017) for the Bill Belichick Foundation and Chicago (2019) for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Katherine (Kappy) Freund
Principal, Head of Marketing at DGC (DiCicco, Gulman & Company LLP)

Katherine (Kappy) Freund is the Head of Marketing at DGC (DiCicco, Gulman & Company LLP), an accounting and business advisory firm. She leads the development and implementation of the firm’s marketing strategy. Kappy has extensive experience in professional services marketing and business development. She has led initiatives which have increased firms’ presence in the marketplace and integrated sales and marketing efforts to drive revenue. Kappy has led the development and execution of the firms’ rebranding, website redesign, social media strategy, integrated marketing campaigns, thought leadership, and utilized digital technologies as lead generation tools.

Kappy is a member of the Marketing and Communications Advisory Board of the Foundation for MetroWest. She is a past Board member of the Corporate Volunteer Council of Greater Boston, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Advisory Board, New England Business Association, and American Marketing Association’s Boston Chapter. Kappy is a graduate of Lawrence University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Iliana Joaquin
Digital Campaign Manager at Tessellati, LLC

Iliana Joaquin is a proud mentor to two young people at Silver Lining Mentoring. In 2019, she found SLM upon reflecting on her lived experience in the Massachusetts foster care system. She hopes to impact as many children in care as possible by sharing her personal story to inform and motivate change. A feature story with the Boston Globe shared insights on her experience in foster care. She acknowledges that the consistent and trustworthy mentors in her life strongly influence her growth personally and professionally.

After graduating with a B.S. in Business Management, focused on Marketing, and a minor in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Boston, she propelled into her career. With work experience in iHeartMedia and later in the Philanthropy Communications office at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund, mission-driven work rose as a priority. Today she works at a small agency in Salem, MA, where she’s a natural collaborator who produces cutting-edge digital campaigns, manages media placements, and executes event marketing at Tessellati, LLC. Her expertise is most often tapped for the strategic implementation and reporting of clients’ digital marketing campaigns.

Outside of her professional and philanthropic endeavors, Iliana enjoys nurturing her relationships in shared dinners, experiences, and travel.

Andrew Litchfield
Owner and Founder at Penny Investments LLC

Andrew has been working in all areas of real estate since the age of 19. Real estate is not only his career, but his true passion in life.  He was introduced to real estate apprenticing via mentorship from a successful investor in the Worcester area, where he was involved in all aspects of the business. He not only obtained creative financing, but acquired properties and managed multiple projects simultaneously. He currently owns several rental properties that he manages, in addition to owning a development business in which he purchases, renovates, and sells properties.

Beyond real estate, Andrew is an advocate for giving back to others. For seven years, Andrew sat on the Board of Directors for Young Voices based in Providence, RI; initially serving on their Development Committee and eventually serving as Board Co-Chair. Young Voices is a youth organization that provides leadership, networking and public speaking skills to high school students.

In his spare time, Andrew spends time with his wife and three beautiful children and travels the world with them; he also loves to golf and read.  Because Andrew was mentored so early in life, he has a strong passion for helping others like he was.  He provides mentorship opportunities in real estate to coach others on investing and developing real estate.

Justin Pasquariello, MBA, MPA, Founder
Executive Director, East Boston Social Centers

Justin, adopted at age nine by his foster family after intermittent stays with relatives and his birth mother, founded Silver Lining Mentoring (then AFC Mentoring) during his senior year at Harvard College. Recognizing the importance of many caring adult relationships in his life, Justin created the organization to bring more consistent relationships to other youth in care. Justin served as our first Executive Director, receiving recognition and support including an Echoing Green Fellowship, the Boston Celtics Heroes Among Us Award, and the Bank of America Local Heroes Award. In 2007, Justin left the full-time ED role to pursue a concurrent MBA/MPA at Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School.

At East Boston Social Centers, Justin leads the organization in its mission of cultivating community, belonging and joy, by providing programs ranging from Welcome baby visits and Early Learners to Older Adult programs. Before joining East Boston Social Centers, Justin was Executive Director of Children’s Health Watch, which aims to improve child health by bringing evidence and analysis from the front lines of pediatric care to policymakers and the public. Justin is a long-term mentor at Silver Lining and is the proud husband of Vanessa Fazio and father of Rocco and Skye.

Geoffrey Underwood
Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

Geoffrey is responsible for brand marketing at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, a premier global asset management firm.  For a decade, Geoffrey and his branding team have developed communications strategies to engage financial advisors and investors through websites, advertising, collateral, database marketing, content marketing, events and creative excellence. The role requires partnership with sales and product specialists, and stewardship of the marketing budget, marketing technology platforms and outside agency/partner relationships. Prior to Morgan Stanley/Eaton Vance, Geoffrey served in general management and marketing strategy positions at digital advertising agencies Digitas and Modem Media, with clients ranging from AT&T, Microsoft, Charles Schwab, SunTrust Bank and InterContinental Hotels Group. He started his career working for the National Geographic Society, supporting K-12 educational programs on the subject of geography. Geoffrey earned degrees from both Amherst College and Northwestern University. He, his wife and three daughters live in Cambridge, MA.

Lawrence S. Wallach, Esq.
Retired Attorney, Stay-At-Home Dad, Serial Volunteer

Larry graduated with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and went on to practice family law in Seattle. His career with nonprofits supporting children and families began there, where he was Director of the West Seattle branch of the King County Neighborhood Legal Clinics, he served as a King County Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) and he mentored pro bono attorneys assisting clients in the King County Family Law Mentor Program. Larry has served in many capacities and in several different cities with Social Venture Partners, a venture philanthropy non-profit, and currently volunteers with the Boston Debate League, CASA Boston and with Silver Lining Mentoring, where he remains an active mentor. In 2021, Larry’s family launched the Viney Wallach Foundation, providing financial support to nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of young people.

Anne Bowie, MSW, LICSW, Past Board Chair
Public Service Manager at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Anne Bowie is currently the Public Service Manager at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Anne joined the firm in 2005 after many years at The Home for Little Wanderers, working on behalf of foster children in the Commonwealth. As a clinical social worker, Anne manages the firm in its longstanding commitment to public service – pro bono legal services, charitable giving, board service, and volunteerism through the firm’s philanthropy model. In WilmerHale’s focused philanthropy model, resources and time are focused on a smaller group of organizations, with an eye toward long-term relationships and capacity building. The model includes multi-year financial support, pro bono legal representation, volunteer service and in-kind donations agreed upon by the firm and the participating organizations. Anne manages the relationships with the firm’s partner organizations firm-wide, in the Boston, Dayton, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, and Washington DC offices.

Anne is the past President of the Corporate Volunteer Council of Greater Boston and works with her fellow corporate members to promote volunteerism within firms, corporations and small businesses in the area. She also sits on the Boston Pro Bono Roundtable, working with her legal pro bono colleagues. Anne is a graduate of Colby College and of Washington University’s George Warren Brown’s School of Social Work. Anne has participated in the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship certificate programs and been recognized for her service by The Home of Little Wanderers (Employee of the Year, 2005) and Citizen Schools (2010 and 2015).

Julie Hall, Honorary Board Member
Director of Community Investment at Comcast

Julie is responsible for the Comcast’s Northeast Division’s community initiatives for over 21,000 employees. She oversees the annual distribution of over $44 million in cash and in-kind donations. Prior to joining Comcast nine years ago, Julie spent thirteen years at Bank of America and its Boston predecessors. She managed over $10 million in donations to organizations throughout Massachusetts. Julie has worked tirelessly to ensure that the corporate community investment efforts are strategic – benefiting the business, as well as the communities where employees and customers work and live.

Julie has been a proud Silver Lining Mentoring volunteer mentor to the same young woman for 10 years. For the last 14 years, Julie has also volunteered at Boston Children’s Hospital.