WFL Foundation Board of Directors
Introducing our Board of Directors
Thank you to the individuals who commit their time and talent to the WFL Foundation.
Darcey Bartel was raised in Concord, New Hampshire. In 1994 Bartel graduated Cum Laude from Dartmouth College with a BA in Geography. She worked as a Merchandising Manager and Oilseeds Traders for Cargill, Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the US. After leaving Cargill Bartel worked for four years as a Vice President in the Capital Markets Group at Morgan Stanley in New York City. She worked in the Commodities Division helping Energy Consumers and Producers hedge their oil and natural gas exposure. In 2000 Bartel and her husband, Chris, moved to Wellesley, MA. Bartel went to work at Fleet Bank as a Director in their Capital Markets Group. She remained at Fleet until 2004.
Bartel is currently at home with their three children. She is a Deacon her local church and an active volunteer in her children’s schools by being a room parent, on the annual fund and helping run a community service program. In September 2014 Bartel joined the Board of Chaplains on the Way, a faith-based charity in Waltham, MA. An avid athlete, Bartel spends her free time playing tennis, running and participating in local triathlons. In 2012 she ran her first Boston Marathon.
Liz Carpenter grew up in Duxbury, Massachusetts. She graduated Cum Laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in English, and is a graduate of St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH.
For several years, Liz worked in public relations for Boston-area companies The Weber Group, Miller Consulting Group, and Upromise. Specializing in writing and media relations, Liz was Upromise’s Director of Public Relations when the company launched in 2001, earning national media attention in outlets such as The Today Show, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Prior to Upromise, Liz helped position and launch high-tech startup companies, and began her career in consumer PR, serving as a TV and print spokesperson for Marshalls and TJ Maxx.
Liz and her husband Pete have lived in Wellesley for nearly 14 years. Liz is currently at home with their three sons, who attend Wellesley public schools. She is an active volunteer in the community, and served as Vice President of Marketing and Scholarship Committee Chair for the Wellesley Hills Junior Womens’ Club. She has also volunteered for the Schofield School and Wellesley Middle School PTOs, the Wellesley Mothers' Forum, and the Wellesley Free Library Foundation. Liz is a member of the REACH Beyond Domestic Violence Advisory Board, and is a volunteer tutor with the WFL’s community ESL program.
In her free time, Liz is an avid reader and frequent library visitor, and enjoys golf, cycling, and yoga.
Bridget grew up in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. A graduate of Princeton University and Boston College Law School, she also has a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish Literature from Trinity College Dublin. Bridget is an attorney at Ropes & Gray in Boston. She has lived in Wellesley for 18 years, and the Wellesley Free Library is one of her favorite places in town! She has held active roles with several community organizations, including serving on the boards of the Friends of the Wellesley Free Library, Wellesley Mothers Forum, and National Charity League-Wellesley Chapter. Bridget and her husband Kyle have three daughters, all of whom attend Wellesley Public Schools. Bridget took up rowing a few years ago, and loves being out on the Charles River at sunrise.
Mary and her husband, Jim, moved to Wellesley in 1980 from California. They have two adult children, who attended Bates School, where Mary was active in the PTO and served as president. Mary’s work life has centered on early childhood education. For the past 27 years, until her recent retirement, she was executive director of the Wellesley Community Children’s Center (WCCC), which offers education and care to children in its Early Childhood Program located on the campus of Wellesley College and After School Programs in six of the seven town elementary schools. Before WCCC, Mary taught at the Stanford University Children's Center, where she founded and directed the first Infant Center; taught and supervised students at the Lemberg Children's Center at Brandeis University; worked in an early intervention program in Brookline; and was founding director of the Child Care Center at McLean Hospital. She has also taught early childhood curriculum courses at Wheelock College and early childhood education courses at Wellesley College. Mary has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Wheelock College.
While Director of WCCC, Mary entered into a collaborative agreement with the Library to operate a kindergarten after school program at the Fells Library. She has been on the organizing committee of the Wellesley Free Library Foundation Gala Committee for the past six years.
Dottie Laughlin lived and worked in Chicago, Minnesota, Australia and the Netherlands before moving to Wellesley 14 years ago. A native of Chicago, she attended the University of Wisconsin and has worked for Baxter International, Wang Computers and Tenneco Automotive.
Laughlin recently retired from teaching in Special Education at the Newman School in Needham. She is an active artist and a Board member of the Wellesley Society of Artists. Laughlin is also a Deacon at the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church and has served on many Church committees. Laughlin and her husband Phil have three grown sons, who attended the Wellesley Public Schools.
A partner at Baumann & Baumann CPAs Wellesley, MA since January 2013, Macdonald has been a partner at regional and national accounting firms for 30 years. Macdonald has been a Wellesley resident since 1977 along with his wife Katherine and two children both of whom are graduates of WHS.
Macdonald served as a member of the Wellesley Advisory Committee 1999 to 2002, Chairman 2001 to 2002, and member of the Wellesley Audit Committee from 2002 to 2005. He also was a board member and Treasurer of Wellesley Scholarship Foundation from 2002 to 2012 and board member of jfyNetworks Boston MA. Macdonald is a graduate of Boston College and Bentley University.
Bill McNamara is a product management and marketing executive in the investment management
industry. For over 20 years, McNamara has worked in the investment management industry in the Boston
area. From his original work in strategy and finance, he moved his professional focus to investment
product management and marketing. McNamara’s experience includes work in the retail investor channel, the
advisor and brokerage market, and institutional clients.
McNamara resides in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his wife and two teenage children. He received his B.A. in English and Economics from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. McNamara holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. He has served as an alumni giving agent for both institutions. His personal interests include history and politics, gardening, and travel. His volunteer activities have included coaching soccer and baseball, managing the annual Christmas tree sale at St. John School in Wellesley, and volunteer opportunities with local clubs.
A native of Long Island, New York, McMahon received a BSFS from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. She worked in Washington, DC for an international exchange organization before moving to Boston. Her three children went through the Wellesley Public Schools, where she spent a great deal of time volunteering (particularly in the school libraries) and in various PTO positions. McMahon is currently an academic advisor for the ABC (A Better Chance) program. Other community positions include Wellesley Town Meeting Member, (1993-present), Community Preservation Committee, (2011-present -current Chair), Advisory Committee, 2008-2011.
Peter is a risk management professional with over 20 years of experience in the asset management, broker/dealer, and insurance industry. In addition, he is an entrepreneur and experienced fundraiser. A Wellesley Town Meeting Member, he was co-chair of the Friends of Warren Park, which raised over $250,000 to renovate the park. He also led the St. John School Annual Fund Drive and was treasurer for the St. John School Committee. Additional fundraising activities include chairmanship of the St. John the Evangelist Parish Committee to raise funds for the organ and co-chair of Xaverian Brothers High School Annual Gala. He is an active member of St. John Parish, where he has co-led the Book Discussion Group for the past 10 years.
For the past 16 years, Peter has coach town sports including baseball, basketball, soccer and softball. Peter and his wife, Kelley, have four children, ranging in age from 14 to 23 years old. They have lived in the Poet’s Corner section of Wellesley for the past 17 years.
O’Reilly is currently a Senior Associate Director of Stewardship & Donor Engagement, University Advancement at Boston College. Prior to joining Boston College in 2000, O’Reilly served as the Director of Public Relations (1997-2000) at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA and as Editor-in-Chief for the Wellesley Townsman (1976-79).
A long time supporter of the Wellesley Free Library, O’Reilly served as both a Trustee of the Centennial Fund and as a member of the board of directors of the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries. She served as a Town Meeting Member for 16 years and was actively involved in both Wellesley POPS and the Wellesley Club.
A graduate of Colby College, she and her husband, Tom returned to her hometown of Wellesley where they have made their home for the past 35 years. O’Reilly became a WFL Foundation Board of Directors in July 2014.
Powell was the chair, treasurer and co-founder of Diamond Machining Technology, Inc. (DMT), a Marlborough, MA-based manufacturer and worldwide distributor of diamond-surfaced hand tool sharpeners. After 28 years, in 2005 DMT was acquired by Vogel Capital. During her career, Powell has been an assistant professor of management and served as a trustee at Babson College for 13 years and continues on Babson’s Global Advisory Board. She has also taught at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell and served for 18 years as a director at the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation.
Powell is a retired Director of Reed & Barton Corp., Taunton, MA and retired Governor of The Gore Place, Waltham, MA. She is a Trustee Emerita of the Associated Industries of MA Corp., Director, Lytron Corp., Woburn, MA, and the Wellesley Free Library Foundation. She is a Trustee of North Hill Life Care Community, Needham, MA, and a member of the President’s Council, Franklin Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA. Powell has been an elected member of the Wellesley Town Meeting since 1973 and a charter trustee of Phillips Andover Academy since 1980. She was a member of the board of directors at Bank Boston-Metro-West and Harvard Community Health Plan in Cambridge, MA, as well as other civic and cultural boards. Betsy earned a BA from Smith College, a MA from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and MBA with Distinction from Babson College. From 1995-2000 she chaired The Fletcher Fund and was honored by the Tufts’ Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 1999 and the Fletcher Dean's Medal at Fletcher's 70th Anniversary Gala held in Washington, DC, October 2003. She has been a member of the Fletcher School Board of Advisors since 1996 and the Tufts International Board of Advisors since 2004.
Powell was born in Denver, CO, is married to David, lives in Wellesley, and has three adult children and six grandchildren.
Sam earned a BA from Colorado College and an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Babson College. He spent several years in the restaurant industry in California working as a bartender, beverage director and ultimately a restaurant manager. When Sam returned to New England, he joined Horizon Beverage Group, managing the state wide sales to restaurant and bars, developing channel specific sales teams and tripling the size of the on-premise dedicated selling division. Most recently, Sam managed the implementation of Highjump Software’s Warehouse Management System at the company’s headquarters in Norton, MA. The batch sortation system can process 80,000 cases and 30,000 loose bottles a night. Sam currently serves as a principal/managing director for Horizon Beverage Group, is a sponsor of Babson College’s Business Consulting Program, and a proud supporter and judge for Fenway High School’s Ventures Program. Sam and his wife, Jessie, have two young children.
Sam’s family has had strong ties to libraries. His mother worked for both the Newton Free Public Library and the Gerstenzang Science Library at Brandeis. He worked for the Colorado Springs Public Library when in college, processing the bookmobile at the end of the day and preparing it for the next day.
Heather Sawitsky and her husband have lived in Wellesley for 30 years, where they have raised their two sons. She graduated from Smith College, and has a Masters of Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health and a JD from Northeastern University.
Sawitsky is General Counsel and Director of Special Projects at Fox Hill Village, a continuing care retirement community in Westwood. Prior to taking this position, she was Associate Counsel at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Sawitsky served on the Town’s Advisory (Finance) Committee from 1997-2000, and was its Chair in 2000-2001. She was the elected Town Moderator from 2002 through 2008. In addition to being on the Wellesley Free Library Foundation Board, she has served on a number of local boards and special committees to the town of Wellesley.
Ginny Snow is from Milwaukee, WI and has been living in New England since 1990. In terms of her educational background, she graduated from Trinity College in 1994 with a B.A. in American Studies and received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2001. Following college, Ginny worked for the Harvard University Development Office and become interested in endowment financial management. She then spent the majority of her formal working career at Cambridge Associates, LLC, an investment consulting firm that focuses on endowment management.
In 2002, Ginny and her husband, Drew, moved to Wellesley, MA and then to London, UK. In 2009, the family returned to Wellesley where she has remained at home to focus on raising their three children. Ginny is an active volunteer in numerous capacities including several church committees, a parent volunteers in her children’s school, and as Head Agent for her business school class.
In her free time, Ginny enjoys running, yoga, skiing, tennis and hiking.
Cynthia recently retired after 23 years at Fidelity Investments. The last seven and a half years, she served as the director of research at Fidelity Charitable, an independent public charity that sponsors the largest donor-advised fund program in the U.S., whose donors recommended $2.6B in grants to 92,000 charities in 2014. She was a member of Fidelity Charitable’s Senior Management Team, focusing on trends in the broader philanthropic sector and grant-making practice. Previously, Cynthia had a long career managing high performing teams at Fidelity Management and Research Company, where she served in numerous senior management and investment capacities, including Fidelity’s actively managed U.S. equity funds, director of research for all of Fidelity's investment grade bond funds, and director of research for Fidelity's domestic and Canadian dollar money market funds. Prior to Fidelity, she was a founding managing director of a French-owned merchant bank in New York and held a leadership position in leveraged finance at Citibank, with expertise in global banking and workouts.
Cynthia is currently on the board of the YMCA of Greater Boston, the WGBH Board of Overseers, and Invest to Elect steering committee. She has served on a number of advisory committees for national organizations in the philanthropic sector, including Charity Navigator, Guidestar, and Exponent Philanthropy. Cynthia holds a B.A. degree cum laude, with departmental honors in art history, from Wesleyan University and resides in Wellesley, with her 13-year-old son, Edward, and husband, Harry Sherr.