Member Biographies

Paul Levy, Chairman

Paul F. Levy was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in January 2002. A major patient care, research and teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of CareGroup Healthcare System, Beth Israel Deaconess is the third largest recipient of National Institutes of Health research funding among independent U.S. teaching hospitals.

Mr. Levy served as Executive Dean of Harvard Medical School before joining BIDMC. He established a national reputation as an administrator with his service as the executive director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the agency charged with the clean up of Boston Harbor, one of the largest pollution control projects in the world. He has also served as chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and Director of the Arkansas Department of Energy.

Before joining Harvard Medical School, Mr. Levy was adjunct professor of environmental policy at MIT, where he taught infrastructure planning and development and environmental policy for seven years. He has also maintained an independent consulting practice, providing strategic, negotiation and regulatory advice to firms in the energy, water and telecommunications arenas.

He holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Urban Studies and Planning, and a Master’s in City Planning from MIT. He is the co-author of Negotiating Environmental Agreements (Island Press, 1999). He coaches girls’ soccer, referees youth soccer, and plays on a coed adult team.

Amelia Koch

 Ms. Amelia Koch, a CPA, is currently the Vice President for Finance at Berklee College of Music. Berklee, with 3,800 students, is the world’s largest independent music college and the premier institution for the study of contemporary music. Prior to starting at Berklee in February of 2006 Ms. Koch worked for 13 years at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the last four as Associate Vice President for Finance. At RISD, Ms. Koch was responsible for all aspects of finance and accounting including long range financial planning and analysis. The long range plans served as the decision platform for numerous capital projects including the purchase of a 500 bed dormitory and the construction of RISD's landmark museum expansion which is currently under construction. Earlier in her career, Ms Koch worked at Wellesley College for 8 years after earning her CPA at the Boston office of Cooper’s and Lybrand. Ms. Koch has lived in Newton for 19 years, her daughters attended Countryside School, Brown Junior High, and both Newton North and South High Schools. Ms. Koch has been active in the Newton League of Women Voters for many years.

Tony Logalbo

 Mr. Logalbo is the Finance Director for the Town of Concord. He has been a resident of Newton Centre for 29 years, and his two children graduated from Newton South. He has been active in several municipal finance organizations, including acting as president of the Mass. Collector and Treasurers Association and the Mass. chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. He was one of the founders of the Massachusetts Government Finance Officers Association. Mr. Logalbo has been active in Newton civic organizations, serving as President of the Center for Independent Documentaries and as Treasurer for the Foundation for Racial, Ethnic and Religious Harmony. He is a graduate of Rensselaer and holds a Master of Science degree from the Krannert School of Industrial Administration at Purdue University and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government.

Sarah Ecker

Ms. Ecker has over six years of experience in municipal finance and is also an attorney. She served as a budget and policy advisor to the Mayors of San Francisco and New York City. Ms. Ecker was a citizen member of the Newton North High School Citizens’ Task Force and performed sub-committee work related to debt service, bond ratings, and borrowing practices of the City. Last winter, Ms. Ecker volunteered her public budget expertise to improve Newton’s city budget process. She worked with each department head to write descriptions of the departments’ goals and accomplishments. These documents were designed to encourage substantive policy discussions during the budget approval process. Her considerable background in committee work while working for city governments has honed her skill in working with groups to identify needs, analyze data, discuss alternatives, seek consensus, and prepare recommendations and reports. Ms. Ecker has a son at Day Middle School and a daughter at Cabot School. She has been a Newton resident since 1997 .

Jane O'Hern

Ms. O'Hern has nearly 20 years of experience in public and non-for-profit finance. She was a budget director for MBTA and head of the revenue estimating function for the State of Massachusetts. Ms. O'Hern now works as an independent consultant and in that capacity prepared the 1996 Newton school budget and served as Interim Budget Director for the system. She has two children, one of whom graduated from Newton North High School and the other who is a sixth grader at Day Middle School.

George Foord

For more than thirty years, Mr. Foord has been advising individual and business clients with respect to their financial and tax concerns and assisting them in complying with governmental and other financial and accounting requirements. A veteran of several National CPA firms, as well as of his own local firm, he has interacted with senior executives of Fortune 500 companies and proprietors of "Mom and Pop" stores. Mr. Foord possesses advanced degrees in Business Administration and Taxation. A long time CPA, he has maintained professional memberships with the Massachusetts Society of CPAs ("MSCPA") and the American Institute of CPAs ("AICPA"). As a community activist, he has been successful in influencing the Massachusetts General Court and Newton Board of Aldermen in making changes in law and regulation to the benefit of the community.

Ruthanne Fuller

Ruthanne Fuller is a citizen activist with broad education and experience in government and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Fuller received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and earned a Masters in Business Administration with distinction from the Harvard Business School. When she lived in Brookline, Ms. Fuller co-chaired the town's Financial Planning Advisory Committee from 1993 – 1994, as well as served on the town's Brookline Finance Committee and chaired its Strategic Planning Sub-Committee. Ms. Fuller also sits on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations, such as the Boys & Girls' Club of Boston and Facing History and Ourselves, as well as being actively involved in WGBH public television and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. She lives with her family in Newton where she is currently President of the longstanding neighborhood organization, The Chestnut Hill Association.

Matt King

Mr. King is the Superintendent of Schools for the Town of Wellesley. Mr. King received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate, an M.A.T. from Smith College, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University. He started his career as a teacher at Weeks Junior High School in Newton and spent 10 years as Superintendent/Principal of the Carlisle Public Schools, and 7 years as Superintendent/Principal of Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School before coming to Wellesley in 1996. Mr. King and his family have lived in Newton since 1980, and his two sons graduated from Newton North High School.

Malcolm Salter

Malcolm S. Salter is a former Senior Associate Dean and chaired Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he earned his masters and doctoral degrees. He is also president of Mars & Co., a strategy consulting firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. His teaching and scholarship has focused on corporate strategy, organization and governance, and most recently on the lessons to be learned from the collapse of the Enron Corporation. A longtime resident of Newton, he also serves a Trustee and Director of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where he serves on the Finance Committee, and has also served as an Overseer for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Betsy Harper

Ms. Harper has over 20 years of experience in various financial positions, having started her career on Wall Street and proceeding as a management consultant to financial institutions while employed by McKinsey & Co. in New York City. Ms. Harper returned to the Boston area and then specifically to Newton Corner 15 years ago to work for Putnam Investments and then Wellington Management Company. She is currently employed by RCG LLC, a real estate development firm, where Betsy focuses on financing and building urban multi-family residences that are significantly more energy and water efficient than is standard practice. Ms. Harper sits on the City’s High Performance Buildings Coalition. She is also a member of the Building and Grounds Committee (facilitating the construction of "green" new buildings) for Shady Hill School. Betsy has a First Grader at Cabot School and has organized parents there to gradually repaint the school's bathrooms in various themes. She was a Williams College '79, Economics major and a Harvard Business School '84 graduate with honors.

Sheryl Marshall

Sheryl Marshall has spent over twenty-five years on Wall Street where she has raised and managed over 100 million dollars as both a High Net Worth financial advisor and most recently as the founder of a venture capital firm, Axxon Capital. Prior to founding Axxon, she was a Vice-President at several prestigious Wall St. firms including Donaldson, Lufkin, Jenrette and Drexel Burnham Lambert where she was a top achiever.

In February of 1995, President Clinton appointed Ms. Marshall to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board that oversees $100 billion of 401(k) money for Federal employees. Ms. Marshall was also appointed by Governor William Weld to chair the Investment Committee and serve on the board of the Massachusetts Thrift Fund. She is currently on the board of Daffy’s; a NY based retailer. She also served on the board of Flighttime, a business-to-business air charter company and MarketMax, a retail software optimization company as well as serving as a board observer for many other companies. In addition, Ms. Marshall serves on the boards of many non-profit organizations and was on the board of the International Women’s Forum, the Massachusetts Women’s’ Forum and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, among others. She is currently a trustee at the Institute of Contemporary Art. She has received many community awards including the Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Management at Simmons College and the Woman of the year for Big Sisters. Ms. Marshall received her B.A. from Emerson College and her M.B.A from Simmons College. She is a frequent speaker on issues relating to investments and women and money. She resides in Newton, Massachusetts with her husband.

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