John Alekna - Tremont Street, grew up in South Boston and has been active in a variety of local business and civic groups over the years. A 1983 graduate of Babson College, he began his current professional career at Merrill Lynch and is currently a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management division.
Ellen Sheets - Tremont Street, relocated to the South End from Concord, MA three years ago. Currently she is the chief executive officer at a Lexington based venture company but started her Boston career as a gynecologic oncologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is also on the board of Partners Healthcare's Innovation Fund and the BU-Fraunhofer Alliance Board.
Emily Aaronson - Lawrence Street, is an Emergency physician at MGH with an interest in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. Originally from Toronto, she was a yoga instructor, lived in Bay Village and recently moved to the Ellis with her husband. She is dedicated to the importance of neighborhood engagement.
Betsy Hall - Clarendon Street, started two businesses and partnered in a third before moving into non-profit management at the Boston Public Library where she was Executive Director of the Associates of the BPL from 2000-2012. She moved to the South End in 1995, has been on the Ellis board in various capacities and is currently serving as a Vice President.
Robin Johnson - Tremont Street, is the branch manager of the South End office of Hingham Savings Bank. She has been working in the South End as an experienced banker and lender for four years and enjoys working with different community organizations throughout the neighborhood.
Yvonne Lee - Chandler Street, is currently an Intellectual Property (IP) attorney at WilmerHale. Her practice involves patent prosecution, patent litigation and other patent-related matters. Before law school, Yvonne performed solo and chamber music throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She also taught at various schools, including at the Community Music Center (CMCB).
Bob Berstein - Tremont Street, has more than 18 years of financial experience and joined Signal Hill in 2012 as the co-founder of Signal Hill’s Boston-based Internet & Digital Media practice. He is a graduate of Cornell University and lives at Atelier 505 where he is a Trustee.
Chris Block - Appleton Street, is originally from Michigan and moved to the South End two years ago. Chris is a practicing anesthesiologist at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and an avid cyclist who commutes to work by bike when he can. He also enjoys cooking, reading, sailing and walking with his wife and their two golden retrievers.
Patty Brennan - Montgomery Street, moved to the South End from New York City in June 2005. She works as an Account Director for The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ. She volunteers with Saint Cecilia Parish and the Animal Rescue League of Boston. She loves animals, being outdoors and leads an active lifestyle.
Ross Bundy - Gray Street, was born and raised in MetroWest and has lived in the South End for the past 5 years. Ross joined the Ellis in 2015 and most recently, started the Young Professional Committee which aims to connect and empower professionals across a variety of industries. Ross currently works in tech research sales and enjoys golf, travel, and cooking.
Dawn Chin - Berkeley Street, a South End resident of 17 years, Dawn is thrilled to be a passionate voice for small business owners of the neighborhood. After working in pharmaceutical sales for 15 years, she opened D'Tails Pet Boutique on Columbus Avenue in 2011. Three years later, she opened a second location on Berkeley Street. D'Tails has recently been recognized by Best of Boston (awarded by Boston Magazine), Boston's A-List, and Best Things Massachusetts.
David Crowley - Gray Street, originally from the Merrimack Valley (Lawrence & Lowell), he has been a neighborhood resident since 1993. He is President of One Boston Real Estate, a luxury residential sales, marketing & consulting firm affiliated with Wm. Raveis Real Estate. David has been a board member since 2000 and has previously served The Ellis as its President and Vice President.
Cheryl Dickinson - West Canton Street, moved to the South End from Litchfield, CT in 2010. She has served as a teacher, reading specialist, principal, and Professor of Literacy. Her outreach efforts have enabled inner-city teachers to raise reading achievement among students ranging from at-risk to high-achieving. Cheryl’s continued research seeks ways to develop literacy skills through the integration of fine art and reading.
Paul Duffy - Clarendon Street, was born and raised in Boston’s South End and has remained a lifelong resident. He took a role in improving the South End as a real estate developer and subsequently founded O’Ryan, Lopez & Chin, a real estate maintenance company, which he owned and operated from 1986 to 1998. Paul is a Charter Member of the Ellis South End Neighborhood Association as well as other local organizations.
Jack Fitzgerald - Chandler Street, is a Managing Director at Leerink Partners LLC, where he provides legal and regulatory guidance for institutional clients. A graduate of Boston Latin, University of Massachusetts and Suffolk Law, he and his wife recently moved to the South End from Beacon Hill.
Jennifer Girvin - Chandler Street, is originally from upstate New York and has lived in the South End for the last 23 years with husband Ken. She is a residential broker with Keller Williams Realty. Jennifer served on the Ellis Board for 12 years and returns with a renewed interest in keeping the neighborhood a fun and vibrant place to live. Her favorite inspirational quote “what you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make”.
Bill Gregor - Appleton Street, is a retired general management consultant with over thirty-five years’ experience consulting to financial services firms on five continents. When not in the South End you can usually find him skiing or sailing. A former Ellis Chair, he has served the Association in many capacities and is currently chair of the Ellis Wine Group and an Ellis Marshal in Boston’s Pride Parade.
Michael Hall - Clarendon Street, has been a South End Resident for the last 28 years and has served on the Ellis Board for many of them, most recently as President and Treasurer. A Certified Public Accountant for the last 34 years, he is currently employed by R. J. Gold & Company, P.C.
Jason Nardella - Gray Street, attended Brookline High School followed by Boston University, where he was a scholarship athlete on the Track & Field team, a founder of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Jason currently works at Steward Health Care located in the Back Bay and recently started his EMBA at Yale University.
Regina Pyle - Clarendon Street, was born and raised in Manhattan and moved to “The Church” in 2006 after living for 35 years in various Newtons and Cambridge. Now retired, her varied career focused on education via systems analysis and project management. She has served on the Ellis Board since 2009 and currently serves on the Community Outreach Committee.
Matthew Rhoades - Lawrence Street, is an experienced investor, entrepreneur, and CFO. Originally from Pennsylvania, he moved to Boston in 2008 to attend Harvard Business School and now lives in the South End with his wife, son, and puppy. He enjoys community engagement and currently serves as the Chairman of Ellis Neighborhood's Development, Licensing, and Zoning Committee.
Rebecca Roth Gullo - Gray Street, lives in the South End with her husband Steve and two young daughters. She is a Boston restauranteur owning The Gallows, Banyan Bar + Refuge and two Blackbird Doughnut locations. Her restaurants have received critical acclaim and rave reviews and have been featured in the New York Times, The Boston Glove, Zagat and Food + Wine.
Marie Schappert - Appleton Street, has lived in the South End since 2002 when she was recruited as VP Sales at Houghton Mifflin. She enjoys gardening, collecting art and learning about architecture and photography. Since joining the Ellis, Marie has participated in many of the events and as a new Director, is eager to dedicate her ingenuity and enthusiasm to the Ellis committees.
Scott Semel - Dartmouth Street, has an extensive background working with and advising U.S. and international public company boards and has served as a senior executive in the areas of international law, cyber-security, enterprise risk, data privacy, international law and human capital. Scott and his wife Donna have lived on Dartmouth Street in the South End for eight years and they have three grown daughters. He is an avid sailor and cyclist and is active in the disability rights community serving on the Board of the Disability Law Center and New England Village.
Roberta Sydney - Montgomery Street, is the President and CEO of Sydney Associates, her own real estate development and property management company established in 1999 after having had senior positions at various institutions in the Boston area.
Carol Trust - Chandler Street, has lived in the South End 30 years, about a half mile from where her mother was raised on Columbus Avenue in the early 1900's.' She is the Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers, the Massachusetts Chapter, and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker.
Ken Tutunjian - Tremont Street, has lived in the South End for seven years. For the last 23 years he has been a Senior Vice President for Coldwell Banker Real Estate. He currently manages the two Back Bay and Beacon Hill offices. Prior to real estate he was a museum curator locally with a specialty in American Furniture.
The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 170731, Boston, MA 02117