Board of Directors Biography Page

Alexa Abowitz

Ines Alexander

Lynne Bohan

Lynne Bohan currently serves as Vice President, Communications and Government Affairs for HP Hood LLC. Lynne is responsible for overseeing the company’s public relations and corporate communications efforts as well as government, community, and consumer affairs. She has been with Hood for 19 years.

Prior to Hood, Lynne worked at Florists’ Transworld Delivery (FTD), Clarke & Company Public Relations agency in Boston, and Brigham’s Inc.  Lynne was appointed by the United State Department of Agriculture secretary to serve on the Milk Processors Education Program Board (MilkPep) and currently serves as the Board’s Treasurer. She was appointed by the governor of Massachusetts to serve on the Massachusetts Dairy Farm Revitalization Task Force and currently serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Board. She is an active member of the International Dairy Foods Association’s Member Media Network, Dairy Management Inc.’s Common Voice Network, the Northeast Dairy Foods Association and the Government Affairs Committee of the Massachusetts Food Association. Lynne is the President of the Charles Hood Scholarship Fund.

Lynne is an active volunteer in her community supporting organizations that promote youth education and woman and children’s interests. She is a Simmons College graduate and currently resides in Swampscott, Massachusetts with her family.

Anina Butler

Anina_Butler Anina Butler is SVP, SBA Lending at First Trade Union Bank. She is starting a SBA Division for the Bank.

Prior to this, Anina was a Vice President, Senior Business Development officer for Popular Small Business Capital, a division of Banco Popular North America. She was responsible for sales and marketing of PSBC’s products in the New England area. Her focus is SBA loans with a focus on business acquisitions, refinance, real estate, both 7a and 504, equipment purchases, start-up businesses and business succession.

Prior to this, she worked for CIT Small Business Lending with similar responsibilities.

She also worked in commercial banking for over a decade at Eastern Bank, where she was a Vice President for Commercial Lending, she also managed loan programs for the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation in Lynn, MA, and earlier in her career worked for the US Small Business Administration as a Presidential Management Intern.

She holds an AB in Philosophy from Clark University and an MSBA in Urban and Regional economics from the University of Massachusetts, as well as a certificate in Advanced Commercial Banking from the American Banking Association’s Graduate School of Banking at the University of Oklahoma.

She has published articles on small business issues such as cash flow, business valuation and management and has taught small company financial management and entrepreneurial studies at Northeastern University and Lasell College. She has spoken at many conferences and seminars.

Amy Butterworth


Amy Butterworth has been honored three years in a row by Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty (GSIR) as one of their top producing real estate agents, selling over $150M worth of residential real estate since joining the firm in 2013. With over twelve years in the Greater Boston area real estate markets, Amy is a licensed real estate broker, a certified Realtor ® and active member of the Greater Boston Association of Realtors (GBAR).

Amy is committed to various community efforts and has always had a passion for working to empower girls. She was honored as a two-time recipient of the TEAM Big Sister of the Year award, and she helped pilot the Girls Leadership Corps for Boston Centers for Youth and Families. Most recently she was the High School Mentoring Academy Program Coordinator for Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

Amy resides in Lynn with her spouse and business partner Tim Deihl. They have a son named Ray, and twin Sussex spaniels. They enjoy volunteer work and traveling. Amy graduated cum laude with a double major in Political Science and Women’s Studies, and she was also the team MVP and captain of the Division I NCAA field hockey program at Miami University.

Roxann C. Cooke

Roxann_CookeRoxann C. Cooke is a Vice President and Branch Manager at Eastern Bank. She joined Eastern Bank in 2009 overseeing a $110 million portfolio of business and consumer clients in Lynn Massachusetts. She transitioned to the Ashmont Station Branch in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 2012. Prior to joining Eastern Bank, Roxann served as Vice President and Regional Manager at Citizens bank where she led a staff of 116 individuals and managed an asset base of $1.2 billion. Prior to Citizens Bank, Roxann held various leadership positions at Bank of America including; Assistant Branch Manager, Branch Manager and Consumer Market Manager.

Roxann is committed to economic development and empowerment through financial literacy and she earned numerous awards for her sales and community outreach efforts. Roxann earned her BA from Dartmouth College and completed a post graduate program in Business Administration and Management at Harvard University Extension School. Roxann further developed her leadership skills through the Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, Massachusetts.

Roxann has two daughters and is very passionate about issues impacting youth. She currently serves on the boards of four Non-Profit organizations focused on developing and empowering youth. Roxann was first introduced to Girls Incorporated of Lynn in 2009 when she conducted a financial literacy and money management training. She witnessed firsthand how Girls Incorporated of Lynn inspired these girls to be strong, smart and bold and she was impressed and inspired to continue her involvement with the organization.

Andrea Cox

Andrea_CoxAndrea Cox is part of GE’s Supply Chain as an Executive Quality Manger for the Composites Value Stream and is responsible for product quality, regulatory adherence, site integration, supply chain and growth strategies for 8 Aviation and Aviation Systems plants producing composites in the US and the UK.

Andrea joined GE Lynn in 1992 in GE Aviation’s Engineering Division in Lynn, Massachusetts. She held multiple mechanical design roles on small military engines prior to becoming a Six Sigma Black Belt. She then became Executive manager of the Advanced Programs team in 2004 where she led an engineering team to innovate and develop advanced technology for future small military helicopter and fighter engines to achieve significant weight, performance and fuel efficiency improvements over current products working closely with the Army, Navy and Air Force.

In 2010 Andrea transitioned to her current quality role. As part of the GE Women’s Network, Andrea began volunteering with Girls Inc. STEM program nearly 10 years ago. With the nearly the same number of women entering technical fields today as 20 years ago she is dedicated to exposing girls at a young age to science and technology and the potential and reward in technical of fields.

Andrea holds BS and MS degrees from Northeastern University and Tufts University, respectively. She currently resides in Boxford, MA with her husband Paul and 2 boys, Connor (11) and Baden (8). She loves the outdoors and competing in running, cycling and triathlons with her family.

Candace Hankard Doucette

Headshot03-2015 copyCandace Hankard Doucette grew up in Boston and graduated from Girls Latin School now Boston Latin Academy. Girls Latin School (GLS/BLA) is the very first college preparatory high school for girls established in the United States. This all-girl educational environment fostered her belief that every young woman should have the opportunity to be empowered to succeed through hard work and determination.

Presently, she is the Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Branch Administration at Salem Five Bank and is responsible for the branch network’s service, operations and technology, which spans Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk and Norfolk counties with 30 locations.

Prior to joining Salem Five, Candace was with Eastern Bank and Cambridgeport Bank. She is past President of New England Bank Marketing, American Banking Association, and has served on the Board of Trustees at Cathedral High School in Boston; and as a volunteer at the Adopt-A-Student Foundation.

Currently Candace volunteers as a financial advisor for the North Shore Elder Services, is an active member of the Girls Latin School Alumnae Association and serves on the American Red Cross Women Who Care Leadership Committee.

Candace earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration at Suffolk University in Boston. She lives in Lynnfield with her husband Philip and is the mother of two grown children and two grandchildren who also reside in Lynnfield.

She considers it a privilege to be working with the girls of Girls Inc. and loves inspiring them to be Strong, Smart, and Bold!

Dominic Ferrari

Dominic_FerrariDominic Ferrari has over 25 years of diverse experience covering the Financial Services, Technology and Health Care industries. His expertise spans Information Security, Risk Management, Information Technology, Disaster Recovery, Vendor, Finance & Project Management, Fraud Detection, Strategic Planning, Metrics derivation and KPI(Key Performance Indicator) tracking and illustration.

He started his career with Prime Computer working in Cost Accounting, Global Consolidations and Technology Finance for a period of 5 years.
This role positioned him for a senior management position with GTE (Verizon) in Geneva, Switzerland. He was responsible for financial analysis across a $3Billion division. In 1994 Mr. Ferrari returned to the U.S.A. and began a 15-year career with Fidelity Investments.

During this tenure he worked in executive technology roles as Program Director, leading the firm’s Enterprise Technology Program Management Office. In 2004, he assumed the role of Director, Enterprise Information Security. He created the firm’s first enterprise-wide security metrics program. He also managed the launch of Fidelity’s captive in Bangalore, India providing oversight to an operation employing over 5,000 employees.

Currently, Mr. Ferrari is a senior consultant at UMass Medical School, leading Information Security & Privacy Compliance efforts, as part of the team assigned to the Commonwealth’s Health Insurance Exchange that is being built as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Mr. Ferrari’s vision for Girls Inc. is to assist with stabilizing finances while facilitating development efforts to ultimately enrich the programs currently available to the girls.

Mr. Ferrari is skilled at creating and managing high performance project teams that have historically delivered high quality work. Mr. Ferrari currently resides in the Boston suburban area with his wife and daughter. He is also on the board of the EDIC (Economic Development Industrial Corporation) as the mayor’s appointee. His hobbies include Formula One Racing, Italian cars and generally anything to do with Italy. Dominic’s family originates in the Tuscany region, and he is a native Italian speaker.

Julia Greene

Julia_GreeneJulia Greene currently serves as the Director of Policy and Budget for Mayor Henrietta Davis of Cambridge, Massachusetts and works to advance the Mayor’s agenda on the environment and a more sustainable Cambridge. Julia is also an adjunct professor at North Shore Community College and teaches U.S. History, State and Local Government and Speech. Previously, Julia worked as a community organizer and was employed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) from 2004 to 2009 in various roles, and on different campaigns to win national healthcare reform. Prior to that she organized community engagement campaigns around housing, healthcare and immigration reform for the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and the Merrimack Valley Project.

Before her career as an organizer, Julia worked in small business development for the U.S. Peace Corps and the U.S. Small Business Administration. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, South America at the Fundación Paraguaya, a very successful microloan program.

She is fluent in Spanish and holds a B.A. in Economics with minor concentrations in History and Spanish from Trinity Washington University, and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University. She resides in Lynn, serves on the Historical Commission and spends her spare time promulgating Lynn’s rich Abolitionist history, going on long bike rides and reading.

How did Julia get so smart, strong and bold? She attended Girls Inc. when she was young; participating in almost every program offered. She’s on the Board because she wants every girl in Lynn to have the same opportunities.

Jennifer Hardy

Jennifer_HardyJennifer B. Hardy is an attorney with the law firm of Hamel, Marcin, Dunn, Reardon & Shea, 24 Federal Street, Boston, MA. Jennifer concentrates her practice on the defense of real estate litigation, general and product liability and recreational matters. She effectively counsels and represents clients in the real estate, construction and food service industries in state and federal courts as well as in front of the Division of Professional Licensure, Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons.

Notably, Jennifer successfully secured a motion for summary judgment on behalf of real estate agents and brokerage firm in a heavily contested matter involving allegations of improper marketing of a property and deed restriction against the subdivision of land in Essex County which was affirmed by the Massachusetts Appeals Court.   In addition, Jennifer has successfully argued and obtained summary judgment in a number of cases representing real estate agents and real estate brokerage companies against allegations of misrepresentation and M.G.L. c. 93A.

Prior to joining the firm of Hamel, Marcin, Dunn, Reardon & Shea, she was a senior partner at the firm of Melick, Porter & Shea, 28 State Street, Boston, MA. Jennifer’s practice has earned her recognition by her peers as a “Massachusetts Rising Star.”

Out of the office, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, cycling, water color painting and playing tennis.

Amy Heath

amy-heathAmy Heath is an Associate Professor of Practice and the Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at Simmons College. She received her BS in Health Studies and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from Simmons College in Boston, MA. She is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist and is an APTA Education Leadership Institute Fellow. Amy earned her PhD in Education Psychology from Temple University.

Amy learned about Girls Inc. when she was asked to participate on a panel for Health Care professionals. She was thrilled by the energy in the room and the questions the girls asked. There was no looking back–she was all in for the Girls Inc. experience. Having benefited from a women-focused college herself, there was no doubt in her mind that she had found a sacred space that inspired girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Amy is a recent transplant to Lynn, MA with her spouse Shanna Heath. They enjoy family, friends, theater, and game nights. Amy is grateful to have found a community that feels like home and is looking forward to continuing to build that bond.

Terese Hoekstra

thheadshot_girls-incTerese Hoekstra is a Senior Director at Flexion Therapeutics. She has worked in the biotech pharma industry for 10+ years in leadership roles helping patients gain access to medications to fight opioid addiction, schizophrenia, pain and several rare diseases.

Terese’s career also includes service as a mental health provider and advocate for women and adolescent girls. As a MA certified rape crisis counselor, she worked with a team to provide 24/7 crisis hotline coverage, individual counseling, legal advocacy and health service support to women on college campuses. Locally, Terese worked full time as a counselor and case manager for teenage girls in MA state custody.

Terese earned a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Health Administration from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management. She is currently enrolled in the Women Unlimited Organization’s LEAD program and is a certified yoga instructor. Outside of work she enjoys yoga, running and skiing. Terese’s priority is family time with her husband Andrew and 4 children.

Terese’s children and an understanding of women’s issues inspire her to serve as a board member at Girls Inc. This is an organization that makes a real difference in the community and she is honored to be part of it.

Christine Meninno

Chris_MeninnoChristine Meninno grew up in Saugus, and then resided in Lynn for 10 years before moving to Swampscott. She attended Wellesley College and graduated from Bentley University with a BS in Economics/Finance and 2 AS degrees in Accountancy and Management.

Most recently, she was a local small business owner. She also had a career in banking and commercial lending with the former Essexbank/Conifer Group before deciding to stay home to raise her children.

Chris has always been an advocate for education, children, volunteerism and civic responsibility, holding positions as a PTA Treasurer, After School Program and Religious Education Teacher, Town Meeting Member, and President of the League of Women Voters of Swampscott. In addition to Girls Inc., Chris is also an avid supporter of Marian Court College. “My experiences with Girls Inc. have been so gratifying and inspiring that I joined the board of directors after serving on the Girls Inc. Scholarship Nominating Committee and as a member of the Annual Luncheon Committee. The achievements of the girls at Girls Inc. define what it truly means to persevere and succeed given their difficult circumstances.”

Chris resides in Swampscott with her husband, Nick, and their 3 children, Erica, Amanda, and Nicholas.

Kim A. Monahan

IMG_2197Kim Monahan is a SVP / Director of Commercial Portfolio Management at Santander Bank. In her current position she is responsible for the oversight of the Bank’s Commercial Loan Portfolio.

Kim began her finance career at the age of 16, as a Teller at Eastern Bank. Since that time she has held various positions in the financial field at Brown Brothers Harriman, Salem Five Bank, TD Bank and most recently as a Vice President – Asset Manager at Capital Crossing in Boston.

Kim has been actively involved in Girls Inc. since 2008 first working as a mentor in the middle school program and for the last three years as a mentor in the college mentoring program. Kim previously served as a Board Member of Rebuilding Together Boston.

Kim attended the University of New Hampshire and Endicott College, where she graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. While at the University of New Hampshire she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta. Kim currently resides in Swampscott.

Susie P. Moniz

Susie_P._Moniz_EsqSusie P. Moniz, Esq. is a partner in the law firm of Moniz and Mendes, P.C. with offices in Lynn, Salem, and Woburn. Attorney Moniz concentrates her law practice in the areas of Divorce & Family Law, Residential Real Estate, and Debt Relief/Consumer Bankruptcy.

As a member of both the Development Committee and the Celebration Luncheon Committee, she looks forward to bringing her ‘outside-the-box’ approach to problem-solving.

Attorney Moniz is a graduate of Northeastern University and of Suffolk University Law School. She is the current Secretary/Treasurer of the BNI Red Rock Chapter and is an active member of the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce.

Susie resides with her husband, Ron Mendes, in Lynn, MA and is fluent in Portuguese.

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Kathleen A. Tucker

Kathleen_Tucker_Kathleen A. Tucker is a senior vice president at Fidelity Investments in Boston, where she has been employed in a number of roles since 1999. Currently she leads the client solutions team within the pricing and cash management division, working across Fidelity business partners to develop solutions and align stakeholders, ensuring that client service needs are met with both new and existing services and products. The pricing and cash management division provides accounting, pricing, financial reporting, tax and cash services for all of Fidelity’s North American mutual funds and comingled pools. Kathy’s other roles at Fidelity have included operational and systems leadership positions.

Kathy started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she worked for 17 years, progressing from an associate to partner. As a partner in their investment management practice, she was responsible for meeting client service needs which included internal control evaluations, SAS 70 assessments, fund accounting systems implementation and conversion assistance.

In addition to her role at Girls Inc., Kathy is the chair of the outreach committee and member of the church wide council at the Second Congregational Church in Boxford, where she resides with her husband, Donald Latter. Kathy is also an ardent supporter of the Dana Farber Cancer institute via the women’s executive council and participation in the Pan Mass Challenge, a cross-state bike ride held annually to aid in the search for a cure for cancer.

Kathy has a BS in accounting and a BS in management information systems from Bentley College in Waltham, MA.

Administration with a Higher Education Specialization and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration with a Higher Education Specialization from Temple University. He also holds a certificate, from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, for completion of the Management Development Program.


James Richard

James Richard is a Senior Manager in PwC’s asset management practice with over eleven years of experience in the Financial Services industry. James spent two years with the PwC Australia Firm where he worked in both the financial service sector as well as renewable resources. James has a BBA and MSA in accounting from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.

James services a wide range of clients and products including asset manager corporate audits, bank sponsored collective investments funds, money market funds, hedge funds, and unit trust funds. He has worked extensively with investment advisors and other large mutual fund complexes and has experience with a broad range of investment strategies and complex portfolio holdings. James has also played an active role in the firms Learning and Education programs instructing both internal and external courses.

James has always been passionate about giving back and has lead numerous initiatives to support organization the local community. He has served on boards while working in Australia and is heavy involved in PWC’s “Access your potential” initiative supporting youth and education initiatives.


Alexander Zapata


Alexander Zapata recently joined  Webster Bank with over 8 years experience in the area of retail and commercial banking. As Vice President, he oversees the a de novo Webster banking center in Harvard Square, which has over $17 million in deposits and $7 million funded loans in the first 10 month of operation.  While directing this effort, Zapata is personally responsible for a manning a market which has over $600 million in liquid assets in smaller banks as deposit opportunity. He manages retail bankers and partners with commercial lending officers, Investment banker and consumer lending development officers for business growth.

Prior to joining Webster, Zapata served as Banking Center manager and business credit coach for Citibank. Prior to Citigroup, Zapata was a Business Relationship Manager in Downtown Boston for Santander Bank. He received his credit training at Sovereign Bank (now Santander Bank). As a prior small business owner and business banker his area of expertise is commercial lines of credit and  commercial real estate lending.

Zapata coaches of multiple baseball teams for youth in the local community. He currently is a board member for Girls Inc. of  Lynn and the Dorchester YMCA. Alexander is faithful Christian and holds his value and integrity closely. Zapata received his MBA- Master of Business Administration  from Suffolk University where he was a member of the Entrepreneur program. Alexander has conducted financial literacy classes at Salem State University and currently conducts them at New England School of English at their Harvard Square location. He is married, has three children, his wife and him are happily expecting a fourth child.