Board of Directors

 

markMark McGonagle, Chair – Mark has previously worked on behalf of at-risk youth for the Boston Centers for Youth & Families and the Boston Public Health Commission.  Mark also served Chief of Staff for Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan. Mark currently works as The Boston Redevelopment Authority in Community Affairs  Mark is a lifelong resident of South Boston and has served on many non-profit boards throughout the community including the Condon Community Center, the Collaborative Center and Boston Connects. He also coaches South Boston Youth Hockey and is a past president of his neighborhood civic association the Dorchester Heights Association.  Mark currently lives in the Dorchester  with his wife Katie and two  Children

 

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Dennis S. Pellecchia, Treasurer, is the Partner-in-Charge of Marcum LLP’s Needham, Massachusetts office.   He has over 30 years of experience in public accounting providing a wide range of services including accounting, audit, income tax consulting, planning and compliance, and management advice. While Mr. Pellecchia specializes in real estate, he has served companies in a diverse range of industries as well as wealthy families.

Mr. Pellecchia is a co-leader of the Firm’s New England Real Estate Industry Group and his extensive experience in the real estate industry encompasses a full range of sophisticated income tax consulting and planning services to real estate developers, owners and operators with investments in properties such as shopping malls, lifestyle centers, multi-family, mixed-use, industrial, office buildings.

Mr. Pellecchia has spent considerable time in the area of deal and entity structuring with a view toward exit strategy. By modeling “before” and “after tax cash flow” for the full anticipated life of the deal he is able to assist clients to fully understand the business deal and the impact of the complex partnership tax laws and regulations on the partnership, and the partners’, allocations of income or loss and “after tax ROI.”

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Pellecchia was the President, Chairman and CEO of a regional accounting firm in New England.

 

rickRick Winterson, Secretary/Clerk -Rick Winterson came to South Boston 16 years ago.  He was interested in pursuing careers in acting and writing.  He is now the Senior Editor at South Boston Online, the neighborhood weekly newspaper, has completed seven years in TV news broadcasting, and has had articles and poems published in media from the South Boston Literary Gazette to Yankee Magazine.

Rick’s acting career continues apace, with recent roles in “Apron Full of Beans” and “The Good Woman of Setzuan”.  His experience includes historic interpretations and an original one-man play, “Paul Revere”, as well as indie films, dinner theater, and performances in many local theater venues.  He has covered numerous Medicine Wheel events over the years and is continually amazed at how much they accomplish.  Rick became a member of the Medicine Wheel Productions’ Board of Directors in 2012, and currently serves as its Recording Secretary

 

 

amitAmit Dixit, Founder and Executive Director, South Asian Arts Council was Born in Jaipur India. Amit Dixit came to the Boston with his parents in 1973 and grew up in the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain.  Amit has combined his respect for his native culture and his entrepreneurial spirit to establish the South Asian Arts Council and strives to bring communities together through innovative arts programming.

Amit has developed and managed programs for digital conversion services and served on the boards of nonprofit organizations including Map for Health, GLAD, The History Project, and the Boston LGBT Film Festival.

 

 

IndresanoMichael Indresano Over the past 20 years, Michael Indresano has infused his passionate attention to detail into thousands of photographs. From powerful portraits of world-class athletes and Fortune 500 CEOs to dynamic images of everyday products, Michael shoots for a diverse clientele who value his dedication to creating high-impact, beautiful work.

Through a variety of innovative lighting techniques, Michael solves creative challenges and transforms even the simplest products into energizing ad campaigns. His commitment to preparation, budgets, and scheduling–along with his contagious enthusiasm and creative execution–are among the many reasons clients return to his photography studio. As client demand for engaging digital material increases, Michael has used his extensive knowledge to transition into the exciting world of video production.

 

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Roy Rider was born in South Boston, Massachusetts where he lived with his parents and sister until moving to Marion, Massachusetts.  After graduating from High School he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Special Operations in Europe and Cambodia. On his return he entered college majoring in Marketing and later in Communications and Theatre.  Roy joined his family’s ski and sporting goods business and owned and managed stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire while simultaneously working for a major retail corporation as a consultant opening new stores.  When his son joined the Cub Scouts Roy served as Cubmaster and was later appointed District Chairman and sat on the Council Executive Board.

Retired, Roy returned to his home in South Boston with his wife Sheila.  He is a passionate historian and genealogist and served as a docent at Fort Independence on Castle Island and is on the speaking circuit.  He is a member of several historic organizations and is a constituent to Boston Harborfest.  Roy also serves on the board of Medicine Wheel Productions.

 

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Jane Bowers currently a resident of Jamaica Plain, for many decades activist and resident of the South End, has been supporting Medicine Wheel since it first began its annual installation and vigil.  Introduced to the organization by her son Michael, she is excited by the capacity of a visionary nonprofit like Medicine Wheel to use art to support the creation of open, productive, healthy lives for residents of Boston.

Founder and Principal of McCormick Bowers Associates, Jane supports nonprofit organizations by consulting, coaching and participating in their governance. She actively promotes civic engagement in Boston communities by promoting involvement in community organizations and in government, encouraging voting and support for open and effective local and national government. And she offers her deep knowledge of the way nonprofits work as a resource to donors seeking to accomplish their personal social goals through philanthropy.

Jane is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, a long-time member of the League of Women Voters, and an elected member of the Ward 19 Democratic Committee.

 

Joe Rull picJoseph Rull is a seasoned political and operations advisor with nearly two decades of experience at all levels of government. He began his career as a liaison with the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, advancing to become a Special Assistant to the late Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Rull also worked for the Massachusetts Port Authority and the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, before serving as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance for Governor Deval Patrick’s administration.

Rull has advised on a number of political campaigns, ranging from municipal to federal government positions, including: Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Governor Deval Patrick, Lt. Governor Tim Murray, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Ed Markey, Congressman Stephen Lynch, and City Councilor Bill Linehan, among others.

Rull served as the Field and Political Director for Martin J. Walsh’s successful run for Mayor of Boston. He was a key advisor guiding the transition from the departing Menino Administration, and joined the Walsh Administration in January 2014, when Mayor Walsh appointed him Chief of Operations for the City of Boston. In this role, Rull was responsible for the development and maintenance of relationships, procedures and strategic operations necessary to implement the Mayor’s goals for his administration.  He also supervised the Property and Construction Management Department, the Mayor’s Offices of Neighborhood Services, Intergovernmental Relations, Human Resources and Health Benefits, and the Retirement Board.

In January 2015, Joseph Rull was named the Chief Administrative Officer for the Boston 2024 Partnership, the organization seeking to bring the Olympics and Paralympic Summer Games to Boston. Following the closure of the Boston 2024 Olympic bid, Rull founded MJR Consulting in August of 2015, a full-service general consulting firm specializing in government relations, permitting and licensing, and political strategy.

Rull is a native of South Boston. He and his wife, Caroline, live in Norwell with their three children

 

10478191_10152716083397224_969523200930303096_nRuth Raphael, Liaison to the Board  Ruth Raphael is a Landscape Architect and Planner with the National Park Service at Boston National Historical Park.  Ruth has worked on numerous projects including the rehabilitation of Dorchester Heights in South Boston, Bunker Hill in Charlestown, Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center and the new NPS Visitor Center at Faneuil Hall.  Ruth graduated from Cornell University and has a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.  Ruth has a particular interest in urban green spaces and has worked with youth and community groups in developing gardens in urban spaces.  Ruth lives in Charlestown with her husband and daughter.