Our Trustees

The Parmenter Foundation Board of Trustees

The Parmenter Foundation Board of Trustees is a committed, active, working committee of seasoned professionals. They share amongst them more than 50 years of dedication to Parmenter.

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Martha Ragones, Co-President of the Board.  Marty lives in Wayland, MA and has been a member of the Parmenter Board for ten years.  A financial professional, she has held positions in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. 

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Thomas S. Travers,  Co-President of the Board. Tom resides in Sudbury, MA and has served as a Trustee since 2009. He is a CPA and shares his financial expertise with the many organizations for which he volunteers. Prior to his retirement in 2009, Tom was a Partner and Vice President at Bruner/Cott Group (Real Estate Development, Property Management and Commercial Architecture) for twenty years.
 
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Larry Mariasis, Treasurer of the Board. Larry is a resident of Estero, FL and Sudbury, MA and has been a Parmenter Trustee since 2011.  Larry serves on several nonprofit boards and advisory committees.  He also educates individuals seeking support on personal financial planning matters.  Prior to his retirement in 2008, Larry had a 26-year career in retail financial services, in a variety of senior executive positions, with Bank of America and predecessor banks.
 
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Stuart Hamilton, Clerk of the Board.  Stuart resides in Sudbury, MA and has been a Trustee since 2003.  He has been an estate planning attorney for more than 20 years. In addition, Stuart serves as an adjunct faculty member at both Boston College Law School and Boston University School of Law. Stuart is a former Trustee and President of the Alumni Association for Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. 

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Bob Dawson,
Governance Committee Chair.  Bob a resident of Marlborough, MA.  A graduate of Colgate University and Boston University Graduate School of Management, he was in the investment management and advisory services business with State Street Corporation, State Street Global Advisors, CitiStreet and Ameriprise for a total of twenty-five years.  His post career activities have included part time work with the Pioneer Institute and Seniors Helping Seniors.

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Pam Mackill, Grant Committee Chair.  Pam lives in Wayland, MA and has been a member of the Parmenter Board since 2018. Pam is a retired chemist having served as the Analytical Branch Director at the US Food and Drug Administration’s Winchester Engineering and Analytical Center for thirty-four years. Pam is an active volunteer for hospice and bereavement programs. 

The Parmenter Foundation Honorary Trustees

  • Karen Back, MD
  • V. William Efthim
  • Israel Hurwitz, MD
  • Phyllis Kaufman
  • Lloyd Rapoport
  • J. Thomas Selldorff
  • Marilyn Walter

Building Our Board

We are seeking new Trustees to serve on The Parmenter Foundation Board. Our past and present Trustees have found serving on the Board to be a rewarding experience. We seek to have a diverse, collegial Board focused on the Parmenter vision, mission, and guiding principles.  The skills and time/resource commitments of this leadership position are more fully described below.  Please consider completing an application today!

 VISION
To bring HOPE to MetroWest residents and their families during end-of-life and bereavement.

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of The Parmenter Foundation is to provide support for compassionate end-of-life care and bereavement programs in MetroWest.

General Expectations

  1. Support The Parmenter Foundation’s mission, purposes, goals, policies, strategies, values and programs.
  2. Suggest possible nominees to the Board who are men and women of achievement and passion, who can make significant contributions to the work of the Board and progress of The Parmenter Foundation.
  3. Actively serve on one or more committees of the Board.
  4. Attend fundraising events and activities of The Parmenter Foundation and/or its grantees.
  5. Serve as an ambassador by raising awareness about The Parmenter Foundation in MetroWest communities.
  6. Serve as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director as s/he develops and implements the strategic plan.
  7. Assist Executive Director as needed with the development of current and potential donors.
  8. Contribute to an annual performance evaluation of the Executive Director.

Meetings

  1. Prepare for and participate fully in all Board’s bi-monthly meetings and scheduled committee meetings (at least 2-4 hours per month).
  2. Maintain confidentiality of the Board’s executive sessions.
  3. Suggest agenda items for Board and Committee meetings to ensure that significant policy-related matters are addressed.
  4. Approve the Foundation’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities.                                                        

Avoiding Conflicts

  1. Comply with the Board’s Conflict of Interest Policy.
  2. Avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest that might compromise the Foundation or Board and disclose any possible appearances of conflict to the Board in a timely fashion.

Fiduciary Responsibility

  1. Faithfully read and understand the Foundation’s financial statements.
  2. Assist in any way necessary to help the Board fulfill its fiduciary responsibility.

Terms

  1. Board members shall serve a three-year term and be eligible for re-appointment for two additional terms.

Development

  1. Consider the Foundation a philanthropic priority with the realization that the leadership role the Board plays in fund development is critical to soliciting contributions from others.
  2. The development goal of the Board is to have 100% of its Trustees make a monetary donation to the Foundation annually. There is no required giving amount; however, it is expected that Trustees provide meaningful support by prioritizing giving to The Parmenter Foundation in the top 3 of his/her giving priorities.
  3. Assist the Foundation with development of and implementation of fund development strategies.

If you are interested in applying to become a member of our Board of Trustees, please either download the PDF application and return the completed form to Parmenter, or you may fill out the form below.

Board of Trustees Application