Career Collaborative plays a transformational role in the lives of its clients.

- Steve Grossman, Chairman
Grossman Marketing Group


Board of Directors

Art Papas, Chairman

Jerome J. “Jerry” Jacobs, Vice-Chairman

William F. “Bill” Weihs, Treasurer

Beatrice Lorge Rogers, Clerk

Dennis G. Assad

R. Hilliard “Hilly” Ebling

Mary B. English

Darcy Prather

Advisory Board

Royal L. Bolling, Jr., Computer Learning Resources

Michael F. Cronin, Weston Presidio

Steve Grossman, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

David Henderson, Nutter McClennen & Fish

Mel King, The South End Tech Center@Tent City

Tim R. Palmer, Charlesbank Capital Partners

Employer Advisory Board

Nakia Adams, Pine Street Inn

Sandra Bernatos, Amtrak

Jennifer DeLucia, John Leonard Employment Specialists

Wilgrens Gabriel, Boston University Medical Center

Mike Jackson, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership

David Jones, The Community Builders

Amie Kravetz, Caregiver Homes, Senior Link

Jason Kukelka, Shoebuy

Diana Meyer, Massachusetts General Hospital

Marc Perrault, Canon Business Processing Services

Annette Smith, Tufts University

Michelle Spicer, Maloney Properties

Gordon Souza, East Boston Savings Bank

Pamela Turcotte, Boston Medical Center

Galia Wise, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Art PapasArt Papas, the Chairman of Career Collaborative, is Founder and CEO of Bullhorn, the Customer Relationship Management software company which is used by 6,000 customers across the globe. Art co-founded Bullhorn in 1999 and has led it since then to its present size of 475 employees. Despite his busy schedule and heavy professional commitments, Art has invested generously in Career Collaborative: he volunteers as a practice interviewer as have 40 Bullhorn employees. Art’s goal is for all 275 Boston employees to volunteer at least once. Art has also volunteered as an active and effective member of Career Collaborative’s Leadership Breakfast Committee. Art is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Tufts University, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He is on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Staffing Association and Portfolio Science Inc. Art lives with his wife and two children in Weston, MA. Art joined the Board in 2013. Back to top.

Jerry JacobsJerome J. “Jerry” Jacobs, the Vice Chairman of Career Collaborative, used his research skills to find “a homelessness or job training program where I could give my money and my time.” Jerry says, “Career Collaborative is the very best in terms of employment retention, career opportunities, and building skills.” Jerry is the Chief Investment Officer of Argent Wealth Management. Previously, he was a Managing Director, Senior Investment Strategist, and the co-author of Putnam’s capital markets report. He left Putnam in 2005 to devote more time to his family and his charitable endeavors. Other employers have included the Vanguard Group, an investment bank, and the office of the Governor of Pennsylvania. Jerry holds a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He has served on the Municipal Securities Rule Making Board (the national self-regulatory body for tax exempt bonds, comparable to the New York Stock Exchange). Jerry is on the Board of Directors and the Investment Committee of Pine Street Inn and the Investment Committee of the Catholic School Foundation. He is the former chairman of Putnam’s Senior Executive Foundation which during his tenure made a few large grants totaling $2,000,000 a year. Jerry joined the Board in 2006. He teaches one class a month at Career Collaborative. Back to top.

Bill WeihsWilliam F. “Bill” Weihs, the Treasurer of Career Collaborative, is a Managing Director, Corporate Development at Boston Financial Data Services, a State Street affiliate. Previously, Bill worked for State Street Corporation in its corporate development group, advising State Street on acquisitions, joint ventures, and divestitures. While at State Street he was also a Board and Audit Committee member of State Street’s New Hampshire Trust Company and a member of State Street’s Global Philanthropy Committee. Other employers include Prudential-Bache Capital Funding, E.F. Hutton, Kaufman and Company, and American Events Corporation. Bill received his BA in Economics from The College of William and Mary and an MBA in Finance from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Bill is also a Board and Executive Committee member of North Shore United Way and a member of Tuck’s Alumni Giving Committee. Bill joined Career Collaborative’s Board in 2006. As our Treasurer, he chairs the Finance and Audit Committee. Back to top.

Bea RogersBeatrice Lorge Rogers, the Clerk of Career Collaborative, joined the Board because “if you get a good job, your chance of being poor and hungry diminish dramatically.” Bea is a Professor of Economics and Food Policy and Director of the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, where she served as Dean for Academic Affairs for 12 years. Her domestic work has included directing a project for the US Department of Agriculture on the effect of work requirements on Food Stamp participants and serving as Director of two health and hunger programs. Her international research and consulting includes work in South and East Asia, Africa, and South and Central America for the US Agency for International Development, the World Food Program, the World Bank, and several private voluntary organizations. Bea has the usual 19-page CV of an academic superstar; even so, she serves on the steering committee for the Radcliffe Mentor Program and recently served on the reunion committee for Harvard and Radcliffe. Bea graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and holds a PH.D. in economic and public health policy from the Heller School at Brandeis. Bea joined the Board in 2005. Back to top.

Dennis AssadDennis G. Assad called Career Collaborative to volunteer the day after he retired as Senior Vice President of Sales Marketing at Unifirst Corporation. Dennis worked at Unifirst for 32 years; before becoming Sr. V. P. of Sales and Marketing, he worked as a Regional Vice President of Operations and as the General Manager of a plant. Dennis is always looking for ways to help and with his varied background he finds many ways to make a difference to Career Collaborative including serving as a Practice Interviewer, training staff members in sales skills, and helping devise effective ways to motivate and direct staff members. Dennis is on the Board of FriendshipWorks and volunteers as a Branch Manager for the Service Corps of Retired Executives. He has a B.S. in Marketing from Arizona State University and was a member of the Marine Corps Reserve for eight years. Dennis joined the Board in 2008. He volunteers regularly, coaching staff members in sales skills. Back to top.

Hilly EblingHilly Ebling is a Managing Director at Windhaven Investment Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Charles Schwab Corporation. He has over 30 years in domestic capital markets and has worked as a financial advisor to high net worth individuals for the last 8 years. His prior experience includes 16 years with State Street, the last 8 years as Sr. Vice President and Division Head of the Securities Trading Division overseeing fixed income dealing and product origination activities in the municipal market place. He is a past member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board and former Board member of the Bond Market Association. Hilly has extensive philanthropic and volunteer involvement. He was introduced to Career Collaborative in 2009, the first year that Windhaven was a sponsor of the organization’s Leadership Breakfast and he has coached clients as a practice interviewer and co-taught a monthly class ever since. In addition to serving on Career Collaborative’s Board of Directors, Hilly also serves on the Board of the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, is currently Chair of the Board of the Art Connection in Boston and serves on the Town of Wenham’s Finance Committee. A graduate of the University of Oregon, he skis competitively, rides a road bike, and struggles to be competitive at golf. Hilly joined the board in 2011.Back to top.

Mary EnglishMary B. English Following six years as a sell side analyst with an emphasis on consumer stocks, Mary returned to business school to pursue an MBA. Upon graduating from the University of Virginia’s Darden School, she joined Fidelity Management and Research in 1991 as an equity analyst following the retail sector and subsequently rotated through a variety of analytical assignments including a stint as the firm’s first Internet analyst. Mary managed two select funds during her tenure at Fidelity. In 1997 she co-founded Third Millennium Ventures, a long short hedge fund, before moving on to Freedom Capital Management in 1999 as a Partner and Equity Portfolio Manager on the firm’s large cap growth product. She was recruited in late 2001 to start Standard Life Investments’ US business and joined the firm as a Director and Head of US Equities. In this capacity she opened and launched the Boston office, overseeing personnel, the analysis of the US markets, and managing $2 Billion in US equity portfolios. Through Avalon Investments, Mary is currently focused on managing personal and family money as well as philanthropic pursuits. Mary joined the board in 2012. She has been a member of the Leadership Breakfast Committee every year since 2008. Back to top.

Darcy PratherDarcy Prather formerly worked at McKinsey & Co. and several different startups. While at McKinsey, one of his key assignments was to develop a strategy for a key bioengineered product for a Fortune 500 company. The strategy proved widely successful for the company, and for over a decade, has driven billions in profits. He received his MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics while studying at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. He received two S.B.’s from MIT, one in Electrical Engineering and one in Science, Technology and Society. He is a former member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s board of trustees and Great Lakes Industrial Technology Council (GLITeC) Advisory Board. Back to top.