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Celebrating Getting #GIRLS2GREAT AT 2015 Annual Meeting

Posted 05/11/2015

More than 100 members of the Big Sister Boston community convened at Communispace in Fort Point last night to celebrate our accomplishments from 2014 and look ahead to exciting changes for our organization.

We proudly recognized our Big Sisters of the year:

Big Sister of the Year
Anouska Bhattacharyya
(right, with Little Sister D’Vine)

Big Sister of the Year
Stephanie Desouza
(center, with Manager of School-Based
Mentoring, Judy Ellman (left), and Board 
President Tom Barrette (right))

Big Sister of the Year
Lisa O’Connell
(left, with Little Sister Makayla)

Big Sister of the Year
Angelina Topalidou
(left, with Little Sister Reina)


Our corporate and community partners of the year:

Corporate Partner of the Year:
EMC Corporation
(left to right: Wes Enicks, Big Sister
Boston’s VP of Development, with Daniel Walsh
and Jessica Anderson of EMC)

Community Partner of the Year: 
Paul Revere Transportation
(left to right: Fred Jones of Paul Revere 
Transportation; Mia Roberts, Big Sister
Boston’s Strategic Partnerships, and Doc
Daley of Paul Revere Transportation)


Our “Above and beyond” Staff: 

“Above and Beyond” Staff: 
Bethany Queior, Match Support Specialist
(center; with Ana Archibald, Manager of
Match Support (left); and CEO, Deborah Re (right))

“Above and Beyond” Staff:
Morgan Soares, 
Associate Director of Development

(center; with Wes Enicks and Deborah Re)


And, our “BFF”, retiring board member of 24 years:

Dolores Mitchell
(center; with former Board presidents Max Bardeen
and Sharon McNally (left); CEO Deborah Re;
current Board president Tom Barrette; and
former Board president Tim O’Brien)


We also welcomed new Board members:

Board of Directors:
Christina Lewis, Partner, Hinckley Allen

Advisory Board:
Dolores Mitchell, Executive Director, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission
Margot Phelps, former Manager of Impact Services, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

Young Professional Board:
Jackie Bright, Director of Corporate Relations, United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley
Samuel ChambersAssistant to Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City of Boston
Genevieve Gilroy, Equity Research Associate, MFS Investment Management
Emilie Hourigan, Optimal Fitness
Nadine Lebranti, US Division – IS, Strategic Initiatives, John Hancock
Elizabeth Peters, Markeing Communications Specialist, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Nikki White, Social Media Manager, The AdClub
Sydney WojtowiczHarvard University Clinical Research Institute

We recognized achievements from the past year, such as: serving 2,736 girls throughout Greater Boston, raising a record $3.3 million in revenue to support our mission, earning the 2014 Quality Award from the Big Brothers Big Sisters Nationwide Leadership Council, representation on Mayor Walsh’s Boston Women’s Commission, and inclusion in Governor Baker’s Transition Committee as a member of the Safer Stronger Communities sub-committee.

Highlights also included Bernadette Lim’s 2015 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Boston, Massachusetts the unveiling of our 2014 annual report, and the announcement of our move to a new office space in July (more on this, coming soon…). We are grateful to all those who attended last night to show their support, and to the entire Big Sister Boston community for helping us get #Girls2Great!