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Katherine V. SmithKatherine V. Smith, Executive Director 

Katherine is executive director of the Center for Corporate Citizenship, Boston College Carroll School of Management, and serves as part-time faculty at the Carroll School of Management where she teaches "Business in Society". As executive director, she leads the team, oversees content, events and strategic partnerships that contribute to the organization's success.  Katherine has worked with public private partnerships for more than 20 years through her career in nonprofit and higher education.  She has worked at Brown University where she served last as AVP for Research, and the University of Massachusetts where she served as COO of the Foundation with more than $700 million under management. She has unique experience working on facilitating large scale public-private partnerships and joint research projects over the course of her career.  Katherine is the co-author with Dave Stangis of '21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and to Your Business’ (forthcoming from Emerald) in 2017. Katherine is also a contributor to the Corporate Citizenship blog.


Eileen BlinstrubEileen Blinstrub, Assistant Director, Executive Education, Member Services & Sponsorships

Eileen is responsible for fostering the connections that keep the Center growing and thriving. She manages the Center’s on-site and custom education programs, which provide tailored training opportunities that focus on specific corporate citizenship and/or industry challenges. She also leads the Center’s sponsorship planning, dedicated to ensuring that the corporate citizenship leaders who make up the Center's membership community garner the attention they deserve. 


Christine CristoChristine Cristo, Administrative Assistant
Christine supports Katherine Smith, the Executive Director.



Sara HenrySara Henry, Senior Education Advisory and Member Services Associate

Sara's role at the Center focuses on the design and implementation of executive education programs and advisory services products. Contact Sara if you have questions about courses, best practices, or Center resources. 


Emily HobbsEmily Hobbs, Member Services Associate
Emily manages the services offered to Center members, acting as a liaison between members and Center staff. Contact Emily if you have questions about membership, best practices, or Center resources.


Dina KovarDina Kovar, Manager, Information Systems
Dina supports in-house and vendor web applications, database technologies, and reporting tools. She has 14 years of experience as a web developer, with nine of those years in higher education.


Patricia MacKenzie, Director, Marketing & Communications 
Patricia manages all marketing communication and digital strategies increasing public understanding of the mission, strategic initiatives and center offerings. She is passionate about a 360 marketing approach and has an MA in Marketing Communications from the University of Westminster.  Patricia has over 15 years of experience working for a variety of companies both Fortune 500 and non-profit. Patricia is also a contributor to the Corporate Citizenship blog.


Dylan Mayer, Member Services Associate
Dylan manages the services offered to Center members, acting as a liaison between members and Center staff. Contact Dylan if you have questions about membership,  best practices, or Center resources.


Jon Mendicina, Director, Finance and Operations
Jon is responsible for the management of all fiscal operations including budgeting, forecasting, analysis and financial reporting.  He has more than 14 years of experience in corporate finance with 12 of those years within the education sector.


Coleen OlphertColleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services
Colleen leads the strategy and operations related to the recruitment and retention of member companies. Since joining the center in 2001 Colleen has had thousands of conversations with business professionals on the challenges and opportunities corporate citizenship presents to them. In her current role she uses her knowledge and experience to provide direction on content connected to member services. Prior to joining the Center, Colleen worked in the non-profit sector. She received her MBA and MSW from Boston College. Colleen is also a contributor to the Corporate Citizenship blog


Karen O'MalleyKaren O'Malley, Program Manager, Executive Education
Karen is responsible for administration of the Center’s Executive Education programs.

Sabrina Prestera, Fiscal Specialist
Sabrina is responsible for the day-to-day finance operations for the Center staff.


Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education and Advisory Products
Stewart is the Director of Executive Education at the Center, he has more than 11 years of sustainability education, communications, and advisory experience working with leading companies across the globe. Stewart has designed and implemented workshops, sustainability strategies, policies, programs, and performance management systems that connect sustainability to the business, reduce cost, engage stakeholders, and produce impact. Prior to the Center, Stewart was the Regional Head of North America at AccountAbility, a Sustainability advisory, research, and standards organization, and was a Director at Saatchi Sustainability, a sustainability strategy consultancy within the global communications firm. Stewart is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where he received both his bachelor's and master's degree in international relations and social anthropology. Stewart is also a contributor to the Corporate Citizenship blog.


Liz RogersLiz Rogers, Senior Education Advisory and Member Services Associate
Liz manages the services offered to Center members, acting as a liaison between members and Center staff.  Contact Liz if you have questions about membership, webinars, best practices, or Center resources.


Sharon SabinSharon Sabin, Communications Specialist
Sharon is the Center's designer and desktop publisher, and is responsible for applying our look and identity to all printed publications.


Jessica Shearer, Senior Writer/Editor
Jessica is responsible for the editorial product of the Center. She focuses on the production of communication plans and print and web-based knowledge assets for the member community. 


Rick Ward, Membership Manager
Rick is responsible for membership recruitment and overall account management. Through relationship building and learning the needs and challenges of member companies, Rick’s goal is to increase member retention and diversify the Center’s corporate membership base. 



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