The Fund's Board of Directors consists of leaders in the legal, financial services, health care, business, and philanthropic communities. An alphabetical listing of the members of the Board of Directors follows.
Board of Directors
Faith R. Arter, President, Chair of Executive Committee
Eric A. Lowrey, First Vice President, Chair of Audit Committee, Member of Executive Committee
Linda Gay, Vice President, Chair of Education Committee, Member of Executive Committee & Events
John H. Curtis, Treasurer, Member of Executive Committee, Member of Nominating Committee, Chair of Finance Committee
Peg Hatch, Clerk of Corporation, Member of Executive Committee, Chair of Nominating Committee
Honorary Board of Directors
The families and the Fund express their gratitude for the continued support of the Honorary Board members:
Senator Edward M. Kennedy, in memoriam
Senator John F. Kerry
Congressman Marty Meehan
Roderick MacLeish, Founder of Massachusetts 9/11 Fund
Candy B. Altman, Board Member Emerita
Mary J. Kakas, Board Member Emerita
Molly H. Sherden, Attorney and Board Member Emerita
Barry Tatelman, Formerly of Jordan's Furniture
Eliot Tatelman, Jordan's Furniture
Faith Weiner, Senior Director of Community Relations, CVS Caremark
The Massachusetts 9/11 Fund, Inc. Board of Directors Biographies & Affiliations (Officers are followed by an alphabetical listing of members)
Eric Lowrey, First Vice President, Chair of Audit Committee
Eric Lowrey joined US Trust, a private bank, as Managing Director of Global Wealth and Investment Management in 2012. Eric works extensively with families whose investment management needs are multifaceted. He specializes in complex generational wealth transfer matters and coordinates solutions for clients' estate tax concerns. He also handles institutional charitable endowments and private foundations through a dedicated group at US Trust.
From 1994 to 2012, Eric was with Brown Brothers Harriman where in 2006 he became a Senior Vice President in the Wealth Management department. Prior to assuming that role, his responsibilities included founding BBH’s Global Retirement Solutions department and heading the firm's Legal Administration department. Eric was a Business Analyst at Dun & Bradstreet for four years before he joined BBH. He received a B.S. degree from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from Boston University.
Eric serves as President of the Pinewood Lutheran Church in Burlington, MA and is a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council in Boston, MA. He has a passion for charitable organizations and has worked with many over the years. Along with serving on our board since 2002 and currently holding the office of President,
Eric is on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA and the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA.
John H. Curtis, First Vice President of Operations, Chair, Audit Committee
Retired President & CEO – Network Engines, Inc.
Mr. Curtis retired from Network Engines in 2006 after serving as President and CEO from 2001 to 2006. Previously, he was Vice President of Worldwide Sales with Artel, Inc. and earlier as Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Intellution, Inc. and for Stratus Computer. Mr. Curtis has served in the United States Air Force and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Babson College. Since 2007 he has been a Director and Treasurer of Enable, Inc., a nonprofit which provides a variety of educational, social, rehabilitative, and vocational services to children with or without established disability or children who are at biological or environmental risk for developmental delay. Mr. Curtis joined the Board of Directors in November, 2003, served as interim Executive Director in 2006 and has been Vice President of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee. He currently also serves on the Executive and Finance Committees.
Linda Gay, Vice President, Chair of Education Committee, Member of Executive Committee & Events Committee on the Ethics and Strategic Planning Committee
An experienced management professional, Ms. Gay has served in senior positions in Human Resources responsible for an employee base ranging from as low as 5 to as high as 4,000 including hiring, employee and management training, EEO/AAP, union negotiating, benefits, administration, budgets and planning, compensation, and the interpretation/compliance with laws dealing with employment, benefits and retirement. She has managed human resources in Wang Laboratories, Raytheon Company, Cablevision and the Zayre Corporation.
In her community work, Ms. Gay is involved in the Girl Scout Organization as Trainer and Registrar for two towns with a membership of approximately 750 scouts. She has served as PTO President and PTO Treasurer for the Sacred Heart School, including responsibilities for fundraising and planning. She was the Co-President of the Parents Guild for the 2008-2009 school year at Central Catholic High School and was appointed President for the 2009-2011 school year. She also volunteers at the Catholic High School store since 2007. She is a member of Tewksbury 9-11 Committee since 2005. Ms. Gay was elected to the Board in 2006. She also serves on the Executive Committee.
Faith R. Arter, President; Chair of Executive Committee
President, Arter Financial Strategies
As the Founder and President of Arter Financial Strategies, Faith Arter has been providing individuals and businesses with quality insurance, investment, and financial planning services since 1983. A graduate of Cornell University, she has earned both the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations. Ms. Arter is a qualifying and life member of the Million Dollar Roundtable and Court of the Table, which recognizes the top 1% of insurance agents in the world based on their level of sales. Ms. Arter has been a member of the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund Board of Directors from its inception in December of 2001 and has served in a variety of positions with the fund, including President. She currently also serves on the Executive and Strategic Planning Committees.
Peg Hatch, Clerk of Corporation & Chair of Nomination Committee
Margaret Hatch was elected to the Board in 2009, and serves on the Nomination Committee. She recently retired after a 30 year career with American Airlines working as a Flight Attendant/Pursar. Together with her late husband John Ogonowski, they established White Gate Farm in 1989. It is a thriving 150 acre hay and fruit farm in Dracut, MA. She has raised three daughters while volunteering time at their schools and for the American Cancer Society and Cor Unum in Lawrence, MA.
Laura E. Ogonowski, Chair of Events Committee, Member of Memorial Committee
Laura Ogonowski joined the Development Office at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2011 as a Development Coordinator, after serving as a Coordinator at Boston based, family-owned, Winston Flowers. She was promoted to Development Officer in 2012, then Assistant Director of Development in 2013. In her role as Assistant Director of Development, Leadership Giving, she manages a portfolio of high-end annual unrestricted MGH Fund donors and prospects and works closely with colleagues to develop individual strategies. In addition, she collaborates on planning events to steward, cultivate, and solicit prospects and donors whose provide vital support to the hospital.
Laura is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing in 2008.
Laura joined the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund in 2014. Laura’s father, Captain John Ogonowski, led the crew of American Airlines Flight 11, the first airplane to be commandeered and flown into the World Trade Center. Laura is proud to serve the Fund and extraordinarily grateful to be able to give back to the organization she values so deeply.
Rita DiGiovanni, Chair of Memorial & Ethics Committee, Member of Education Committee