Foundation Senior Staff
Tom McNaught was appointed Executive Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in January 2011 by Board Chairman Kenneth R. Feinberg. Tom joined the Foundation in October 1996 as director of communications. Appointed Deputy Director of the Foundation in January 2001, he reported directly to the Chief Executive Officer and was responsible for overseeing a $2.3 million annual budget and managing the Foundation's public programs and external affairs including all communications and marketing programs, the Profile in Courage and New Frontier Award Programs, and the design and development of the Kennedy Presidential Library's new web site and online digital archives. From 1991 to 1996, he served as director of communications for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, New England's oldest and largest AIDS service and advocacy organization. Prior to entering the non-profit field, Mr. McNaught served as deputy press secretary to Massachusetts Attorney General James Shannon, as press secretary to Congressman Gerry Studds (D-MA) and as a policy analyst for Boston Mayor Kevin H. White. He is a graduate of Marquette University from which he also received a graduate degree in Political Science.
Chief Financial Officer
Doris Drummond, CPA, is controller and Chief Financial Officer for the Kennedy Library Foundation. Prior to joining the staff in January 1997, Ms. Drummond worked at Clean Harbors in Braintree, where she held various positions including manager of financial reporting and analysis, and manager of corporate accounting. She was previously employed at Aldrich, Eastman & Waltch as a team accountant (1989-1990) and spent five years with the big six accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand (1984-1989). Ms. Drummond is a graduate of Providence College.
Vice President of Development
Maura Hammer joined the Foundation in 2011, with responsibility overseeing individual, corporate, and foundation development efforts as well as board development activities. Working closely with the Board of Directors, Maura identifies and secures funding sources to advance the major initiatives of the JFK Library and Museum including Library forums, education programs and special events. Prior to joining the Foundation staff, Maura spent six years at Community Rowing, Inc., where she led a $16 million capital campaign to build the first boathouse on the Charles River dedicated to public access. She’s also held key development positions at several well-known Boston area nonprofits, including The Home for Little Wanderers and The West End House Boys & Girls Club. Ms. Hammer is a graduate of Boston College.
Director of the Profile in Courage and New Frontier Award Programs
Anne Aaron joined the Foundation in October 2002 as Director of the Profile in Courage Award program, and in 2004 she oversaw the creation of the Foundation's New Frontier Awards to recognize the next generation of public leaders. Previously, she had been Director of Outreach and Communications at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, where she established the Institute's landmark survey of college students' attitudes toward politics and public service. From 1995 until 1999, she served as the Institute's Director of Student Programs, where she developed programs on all aspects of elective politics and public policy, including campaign workshops, policy seminars, conferences, and publications. She holds an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in public policy from Duke University.
Manager of Development Operations, Member & Donor Services
Kristin Bonelli re-joined the Kennedy Library Foundation staff in August 2007. She is responsible for overseeing the Membership & Appeals Program and all Donor Information and Gift Records. Ms. Bonelli originally joined the Foundation in September 2004 as the Education Department's Program Assistant. She then pursued a graduate degree and now holds a Masters of Education in Arts-in-Education from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Binghamton University, State University of New York.
Emily Jennett Butler
Emily Butler was delighted to join the Foundation staff in January 2013 after consulting to the Foundation in 2012. In this new position, Emily is responsible for developing grant requests to local and national foundations and corporations, and helps with other writing projects as needed. Before joining the Foundation, Emily worked for 14 years at Community Rowing, Inc., where she helped launch a rowing program for urban girls and designed a $16 million capital campaign to build a new boathouse on the Charles River. Emily was instrumental in securing several seven-figure gifts to the campaign, including a $1 million grant from a local foundation. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds a Master of Education from Harvard University.
Director of Communications
Rachel Flor joined the Foundation staff in December 2006. In April 2007 she was named spokesperson for the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and is responsible for promoting and publicizing new initiatives and programs through the media. Previously she worked in the Foundation's Development Department. Before joining the Foundation, she worked at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial where she directed the RFK Book and Journalism Awards program and the annual RFK Memorial Golf Tournament. She holds a M.A. in Modern English Literature from University College London and a B.A. in English Literature from George Washington University.
Administrative and Accounting Assistant
Michelle Gobbi joined the Kennedy Library Foundation in January 2009 as the Administrative and Accounting Assistant. Prior to joining the finance staff at the Foundation, Ms. Gobbi was a Business Manager in the Partners Neonatology Group at Partners Healthcare. From 1995-2000 Ms. Gobbi was the Division Manager in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She received a Bachelors of Science Degree from Framingham State College.
Matthew Hall joined the Foundation in October 2013 as the Staff Accountant. Prior to joining the Foundation, he attended Stonehill College and received a bachelor’s of science degree in Mathematics in May of 2013. During his time at Stonehill he worked as a Financial Analyst Intern at the Archdiocese of Boston.
Senior Major Gifts Officer
Sara Kanawati joined the Foundation staff in May 2011. She brings more than seven years of finance and development experience to our team, having directed successful fundraising efforts for political campaigns, non-profit organizations and advocacy groups throughout the Midwest. Sara is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – but as a Brookline High School alum, she is excited to be back home in Massachusetts.
Special Project Coordinator
Peter Lubershane joined the Foundation staff as the Development Assistant in 2010, before becoming the Special Project Coordinator in August 2012. He previously worked as a contract researcher at the Chedd-Angier-Lewis Production Company, where he helped design museum media exhibits. Peter graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in History, concentrating in United States history. His background is in academic research, but he has also volunteered at the Harvard Museum of Natural History and interned at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Stewardship and Events Manager
Claire McGregor joined the Foundation staff in 2009, first as an intern, and then becoming full-time in April as the Development Assistant. Claire graduated from Boston University with a BA in History. While a student at BU, she served as an organizing and fundraising force for her collegiate dance group, and studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland. In Geneva, Claire interned in the World Organization of the Scout Movement's external relations department, helping to coordinate UN Agencies' participation in the 21st World Scout Jamboree. Prior to joining the Foundation, Claire worked in guest services at the Hotel Commonwealth.
Karen Mullen joined the Foundation in April 2000 as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. She previously held positions at Scudder Financial Services and Fidelity Investments in their brokerage service departments. Prior to joining Fidelity Investments in 1996, Ms. Mullen served as Office Manager for Boston's Chart House restaurant for nine years.
Edie Muller joined the Kennedy Library Foundation staff in May 2008 as the Staff Accountant. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Muller was a team accountant at Airgas East, Inc. In 2006, She graduated cum laude from Bryant University with a bachelor's degree in Accounting.
Megan Piccirillo joined the Foundation’s full-time staff in September 2011 after serving as the Communications intern during the 2009-2010 academic year. She is responsible for helping to develop and execute the communications strategy for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Previously, Ms. Piccirillo was an account executive at Newman Communications, where she helped publicize authors around the country. She also worked as a public relations assistant at Crawford Strategies and interned with the Massachusetts Democratic Party and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She received a BA in Public Communication and Political Science from Northeastern University.
Director of Web Technology
Christopher Reichert joined the Foundation staff in January 2010 as part of the new website development team. He is currently the Director of Web Technology for the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Mr. Reichert has more than 20 years of strategic IT consulting and business management experience. Earlier in his career, he co-founded a consultancy that provided IT integration services in Australia. His role ranges from application development and infrastructure leadership to vendor management and strategic sourcing. In addition, Mr. Reichert serves on the MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association Board and is the Executive Chair of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. He received Masters' degrees from MIT's Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Sarina Sadana joined the Foundation in August of 2012 after graduating from Boston College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. While at BC, she was actively involved in the administration of and funding for both the South Asian Student Association and MASTI Dance Troupe—activities which sparked her passion for historical and cultural groups focused on education. Sarina’s background includes events and development internships with the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Boston Ballet.
Director of Marketing and Sales
Lee Statham joined the Foundation in September 1999 as Director of Marketing and Sales. Ms. Statham is responsible for promoting the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as a national and international tourist destination and attraction, and serving as the Library's representative to the travel and tourism industry. Ms. Statham also coordinates all advertising design and placement. Prior to joining the Kennedy Library, Ms. Statham worked as Sales Manager at Batterymarch Conference Center and, from 1991 – 1998, as Group Sales and Event Manager for Boston's Chart House restaurant. Prior to her employment in Boston, Ms. Statham worked for Sheraton Corporation in sales, catering and restaurant management. She holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Northern Arizona University.
Consultant - Museum Exhibits and Collections
Amy Forman is an exhibition and interior designer who has advised the Library and Foundation since 1989. Projects include the redesign of the new museum, which opened in 1993, the exhibits on Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, the ongoing redesign of permanent and changing exhibits in the museum, as well as the design of the administrative offices, research room and cafe. She was the design consultant representing the Library and Foundation for the exhibition "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years -- Selections from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum," jointly produced by the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to moving to the United States from Toronto, Ms. Forman designed and coordinated major exhibitions for the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her design for "Treasures of the Holy Land, Ancient Art from the Israel Museum" at the Royal Ontario Museum was published in Print Casebook 8: The Best in Exhibition Design. Ms. Forman is a graduate of the University of Toronto.
These positions are funded by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, but report to the Chief Archivist of The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Assistant Digital Archivist for Audiovisual Collections
William Bjelf joined the Kennedy Library Foundation in November 2008 as an Audiovisual Metadata Cataloger for the Digital Archives Initiative. In 2011 he became Assistant Digital Archivist for Audiovisual Collections. Prior to joining the Foundation, he earned a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island and held an internship in the Center for Digital Initiatives at Brown University. He has also worked as a technical writer and engineer, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.
Lindsay Closterman joined the Foundation in September 2010 as a Metatdata Cataloguer in the Digital Archives. Lindsay graduated in May 2010 from Northeastern University with an MA in History and a Certificate in Public History, as well as a Certificate in Women's Studies. She received her BA in Modern Language from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Lindsay starting working as an intern in AV in August 2009, doing both digitization and reference work. She has also served as a volunteer and/or intern at Schelsinger Library, the USS Constitution Museum, and the Ellis County Historical Society in Hays, Kansas.
Assistant Digital Archivist for Textual Collections
Kelly Francis joined the Kennedy Library Foundation in June 2008 as a Metadata Cataloger for the Digital Archives Initiative. Prior to joining the Foundation, she held an internship in the Archives Processing Unit of the JFK Library. Ms. Francis is a graduate of Simmons College where she earned a Masters degree in Archival Management and Ohio University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.
AV Metadata Cataloger
Nicola joined the foundation’s full-time staff in November 2011, after serving as an intern in the Library’s Digitization Unit from July 2008 until August 2011. Previously, Ms. Mantzaris served as a Library/Staff Assistant at the Harvard College Library and an Audiovisual Archives Intern for FRONTLINE at the WGBH Educational Foundation. She also worked as a Records Management Intern at the Bunker Hill Community College Library and an Archival Processing Intern at the Harvard University Herbaria. Nicola earned her MLS with an Archives Management concentration from Simmons College in January 2011. She also holds an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University-Tisch School of the Arts and a BA from Stonehill College.
Curator, Hemingway Collection
Susan Wrynn joined the Foundation staff in April 2004. Ms. Wrynn previously served as a Director at the Northeast Document Conservation Center from 1994 to 2003 where she had responsibility for the preservation of collections using various reprographic techniques. Ms. Wrynn was also responsible for teaching preservation classes at the graduate level. As curator of the Hemingway Collection her duties include planning, scheduling, and budgeting for the preservation of the collection. Ms. Wrynn is a graduate of Simmons College where she earned a MLS in Library Science and Mount Saint Vincent College where she earned a BA in Sociology.
These positions are funded by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, but report to the Director of Education for The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Katherine Farrior joined the Kennedy Library Foundation in October 2005 as the docent coordinator responsible for recruiting, training and supervising volunteer museum docents. Prior to moving to Boston, Ms. Farrior worked for Americorp VISTA in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ms. Farrior earned a Masters in art history and museum studies at Tufts University. She holds a Bachelor's in art history from Carleton College in Minnesota.
Esther Kohn, Education Specialist, joined the Foundation in September 2003. In addition to coordinating the Profile in Courage Essay Contest, she develops and implements elementary school programs at the Library. Prior to joining the Library and Foundation, she was an elementary school classroom teacher at the Cambridge Friends School and the Atrium School in Watertown. Before becoming a classroom teacher, Ms. Kohn developed exhibit programs at the Children's Museum in Boston. She has a Bachelor's degree in French from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Education from Lesley University in Creative Arts in Learning.
Amy Macdonald joined the Foundation in August 2003 as the Forum Coordinator. Previously, she had been the Forum Producer at the Mary Baker Eddy Library and from 1998 to 2001 was a producer for WBUR's The Connection under the helm of Christopher Lydon. During the 1990s she taught English Literature at Boston University while earning her Masters and working toward a PhD in English Literature. She holds a Masters in Communication from Stanford and an undergraduate degree from Smith College.
Outreach and Program Coordinator
Alyssa Liles-Amponsah joined the Kennedy Library Foundation as the Outreach and Program Coordinator in the department of education and public programs in November 2013. Alyssa holds graduate degrees from the University of Indiana in African American and African Diaspora Studies and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Arts in Education program, where she is currently a teaching fellow. She has teaching experience with a variety of ages including having taught in the YouthBuild Just-A-Start GED program for at-risk young adults, as well as experience working with Boston Public Schools with the Silk Road Project and The Urbano Project/Margarita Muniz Academy Partnership in Jamaica Plain.
Jamie Richardson joined the Foundation in August 2008 as Education Program Assistant. Prior to joining the Foundation Jamie worked in fund development for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Jamie is a graduate of Smith College and while attending school, worked as a researcher and education assistant at the Northampton Public Library on exhibits and programs relating to the Library's Calvin Coolidge presidential collections. She is certified to teach English as a second language, and in 2007 taught English in Madrid, Spain. Prior to teaching overseas, Jamie worked with the development staff of the Kennedy Library Foundation.