Board of Directors
Wilson E. Perry, Chairman
Michael Kneeland, MD, MPH
RADM Arthur J. Lawrence
CPL Thomas Lyons
SSG Dennis N. Magnasco, Jr.
CDR Kent Mathews
CPT Barton L. Munro, Jr.
COL Calvin G. Perry
COL John R. Power
Michael Dwyer, President & CEO
Marlene Calisi, Vice President – Administration & Finance
Robert Notch, Program Development Officer
Frank DeNovellis, Operations Manager
Julie Memmolo, Office Manager
Denzel Douglas, Information & Referral Specialist
In addition to the members of the Brighton Marine Community listed below, we could not function without the commitment and dedication of our Maintenance, Security and Support Staff. In recognition of their collective contributions – we thank you!
BOARD OF DIRECTOR BIOS
WILSON E. PERRY
Bill has been a health care management professional for over 30 years. As Vice President of Health Management Associates, Inc., he provides practice management advisory services to physician groups in office-based (cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general vascular surgery, internal medicine, otolaryngology, rheumatology, and urology) and hospital-based practices (radiology and pathology). Prior to joining HMA in 1989, Bill worked as the Vice President of Ambulatory Care at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of Boston. He also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service for seven years.
Bill is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (BS) and Boston College (MBA). Bill is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Brighton Marine, President’s Advisory Board of Coyle & Cassidy High School and an active member of the College Corporation at MCPHS University.
George has over 35 years of experience in planning, developing, constructing and managing a wide variety of large-scale private sector, institutional and real estate development projects. As a Senior Vice President at Leggat McCall Properties, he works closely with communities, planning consultants, financing institutions and individual investors, by being successful at conceptualizing, permitting and realizing development projects that maximize its owner’s objectives while complementing the host community.
George is a graduate of Wesleyan University (BA) and holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. He is a member of the Real Estate and Branding Subcommittee wherein he provides critical guidance on campus re-development initiatives. George is active in his community as a member of the Town of Brookline Building Commission and board member for the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum Preservation.
As a senior advisor to the College Promise Campaign, Rosye brings a strong record of innovative solutions and proven performance to increase economic mobility and educational attainment of Americans. She helped launch the first federal hiring commitment marketplace, in partnership with communities and federal agencies, which generated over one million commitments, convened the first national Veteran policy academy, and piloted a “pay for success” Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) to assist Veterans in entering the IT sector.
Prior to her appointment to the Veterans Administration, Rosye served on both the White House National Security and Domestic Policy Councils. During her White House tenure as the director of policy for veterans, wounded and military families, she served as the Administration’s senior advisor for Career Readiness. She also assisted in the policy development of Executive Orders that improved mental health and substance abuse treatment services for veterans and increased consumer protections for student veterans.
Rosye earned a degree from University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School and attend executive programs at MIT and Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Nominating Committee and Veterans Services Subcommittee.
Michael has served as the President and CEO of Brighton Marine for nine years. During his tenure, the non-profit real estate mission has been expanded beyond providing superior quality healthcare to military uniformed beneficiaries, to include the development of 102- units of mixed income, veteran’s preference housing on campus with expected occupancy at the end 2019. In addition, Michael’s team has established a first-in-kind endowment fund for local veterans to gain access to housing, removing the economic barriers of first and last month’s rent and moving expenses. To date, Brighton Marine has assisted over 335 veterans and their families to achieve housing stability. Currently, Brighton Marine has been selected to be the landlord/program partner for twenty-five formerly homeless veterans to reside in a new, renovated facility on its campus, with wrap around supportive services.
Michael is a graduate of Boston College (BA) and Suffolk University Law School. He is a former member of the Town of Sandwich Finance Committee, Capital Planning Committee and Henry T. Wing School re-purposing subcommittee.
MICHAEL KNEELAND, MD, MPH
Michael is a graduate of UMass Amherst, Tufts Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health.
He completed his residency in internal medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, MA where he remained on the medical staff for several years.
He is board certified in internal medicine and has taught epidemiology and biostatistics to nursing and medical students.
Michael is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the Society of Academic Continuing Medical Education and the Professional Ski Instructors Association .
We recognize Michael’s active duty service in Vietnam while serving in the United States Coast Guard, Petty Officer Second Class.
DR. ARTHUR LAWRENCE
Rear Admiral Art Lawrence, USPHS (Ret.), served for over 37 years in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. His first duty station was Brighton Marine Hospital where he resided in quarters on the campus. His career took him through several clinical, management and leadership assignments. He served as a departmental Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and for more than 14 years as Assistant Surgeon General of the United States.
Since retirement from the service, Dr. Lawrence has remained active in medical intelligence and counter-terrorism education, instructing in the National and International Security executive program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and serving as an instructor and consultant to several intelligence and biomedical institutions.
Dr. Lawrence is a member of the U.S. Family Health Plan strategy subcommittee.
THOMAS “TOMMY” LYONS
Tommy has a long-standing commitment to service to his country, his community and his fellow veterans. Born in South Boston, he served in combat in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967-1969 holding the rank of Corporal. In 1978, Tommy organized a committee of Veterans to pay tribute to the 25 young men from his neighborhood, who were killed in action during the Vietnam War and dedicated the South Boston Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1981 in their honor.
Tommy recently retired from the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency as Vice President of communication and external affairs. From 1995 to 2002, he was the Executive Director of the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans. Prior to that, Tommy served as Commissioner for Veterans Services for the City of Boston from 1984 to 1995. He currently serves on the board at the Chelsea Soldiers Home.
Tommy is a member of the Executive Committee and Veterans Services Subcommittee.
Dennis served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 2008 to 2015 and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was the senior combat medic for an infantry company and conducted counter-insurgency operations in and around Ghazni, Afghanistan.
Dennis currently is a member of the Veterans Services Subcommittee. Previously, he worked as the regional director for a member of the United States Congress where he worked to improve the lives of local veterans. Dennis is now pursuing a dual-degree, concurrently earning an MPP at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Rachel enlisted in the Army Reserve as a heavy construction equipment operator in 2002 at age 17. She deployed to Iraq with the 983rd Engineer Battalion from December 2004 to December 2005, serving mostly as a driver and gunner with B Company’s tactical movement team under the direction of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force in Ramadi. She participated in Operation New Horizons in Panama in 2007, helping build roads, schools, and clinics in rural villages. She was later selected as the editor in chief for The Clarion, the student-run newspaper of Madison College, where she earned an associate’s degree in visual communications and media design in 2009. After being medically retired from the Army as a sergeant in 2010, she moved from Wisconsin to Massachusetts and earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a minor in history from Harvard University Extension School in 2014. Rachel is a co-founder of Warrior Writers Boston, The Mission Continues’ Boston Service Platoon, and the Greater Boston Veterans Collaborative. She currently lives in Cambridge and serves as the Veterans Case Worker for Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III.
Kent enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1960 as an Airborne Radar Technician and continued his service from 1964 – 1971, achieving the rank of Captain as an active duty intelligence officer in the Air National Guard. Kent continued his military service an additional 14 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as a JAG Commander.
After his military service, Kent worked at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority as a senior contract administrator working on the Boston Harbor Clean-Up Project.
Kent is a member of the Nominating Committee and served as former CEO of Brighton Marine from 1996-2010.
BARTON “BART” MUNRO, JR.
Bart is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and served more than 14 years in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and the National Guard as a helicopter pilot, aviation unit and airfield commander with assignments in both the U.S. and Europe.
Bart is an active member of the Finance Committee and the Real Estate and Branding Subcommittee. He is also active with local nonprofit and community initiatives, including YMCA, youth sports and Malden Catholic High School.
Today, Bart is the president of SERVUS Corporation, which specializes in commercial facilities maintenance.
CALVIN “CAL” PERRY
Cal served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1987 rising to the rank of Colonel. He served as Commander of a Medical Air Evacuation Squadron at Hanscom Air Force base and later held staff assignments in the office of the Air Force Surgeon General in Washington, DC and at the Pentagon.
Cal graduated from Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and later graduated as valedictorian with a doctorate from New England College of Optometry. After his military service, Cal established a private optometry practice in Andover, MA. He serves on several local veterans’ boards such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and is a board member at the Northeast Center for Veteran’s in Haverhill, MA.
Cal serves as chair of the Nominating Committee and he is a member of the Veterans Services subcommittee.
JOHN “DICK” POWER
Colonel Dick Power served in the U.S Army from 1963 to 1992 and had tours in Vietnam, Germany and Saudi Arabia. He was also a Major Systems Program Manger and served as Inspector General of the Massachusetts National Guard. Dick holds a BSBA from the D’Amore McKim School of Business at Northeastern University and an MBA from Babson College
Dick is currently the Founder and Principal at Power Plans, a registered investment advisory firm where he is responsible for comprehensive financial planning as well as an investment advisor representative. He is also on the national board of directors of his professional association, the Financial Planning Association and is a certified financial planner (CFP) licensee since 1993.
Stephanie is currently the Executive Director of the Simon C. Fireman Community in Randolph, MA, a supportive independent living community for seniors which is an affiliate of Hebrew SeniorLife.
Stephanie holds a master’s degree in social work and has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, including experience with operations, finance, fundraising, program development and management. The central focus of her career has been serving vulnerable populations and those who are underserved.
She currently serves on the Nominating Committee and the Veterans Services subcommittee.
MANAGEMENT STAFF BIOS
Marlene serves as the Vice President of Administration and Finance at Brighton Marine. She first joined the organization in 2008 after working as a Chief Financial Officer in several small community banks in the Greater Boston area. Mrs. Calisi has been actively involved in veteran initiatives and community activities since joining Brighton Marine and serves on various community committees. Mrs. Calisi holds an associate degree in Accounting and has 30 years of financial experience.
ROBERT “BOB” NOTCH
Bob has been the Program Development Officer at Brighton Marine since January 2017 and is passionate about serving uniformed service members, veterans and their families. He is a retired Army Colonel with 27 years of active federal service – 12 years active Army and 15 years Army Reserve. He holds a master’s degree from Kansas State University and a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy. He also completed a National Security Fellowship at the Harvard, John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Army Senior Leader Seminar.