Board of Directors
Joel Adler, Interim CFO
Ryan Campbell, Security Manager
Daniel Cuddy, Director of Community Relations
Mia Kunerth, Accounting Manager
Elimercy Martinez, Director of Properties
Julie Memmolo, Administrative & Human Resources Manager
Justin O’Mahony, Director of Programs & Services
Susan Rittscher, Interim CEO
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
Robert Ballard joined Scholarship America as president & CEO in September 2015. He brings more than 35 years of higher education finance experience, most recently having served as senior vice president, philanthropy, at USA Funds (now Strada Education Network) where he directed all philanthropic programs and grant-making activities totaling more than $21.4 million in 2014 to promote access and success in higher education.
Ballard also currently serves on the boards of National Scholarship Providers Association and College Promise; and Bottom Line, a Boston, Massachusetts nonprofit that helps disadvantaged youth get into college, graduate and go far in life. A retired U.S. Navy Commander and financial-services professional, he is also the immediate past chair of Indiana Dollars for Scholars.
Rosye brings a strong record of innovative solutions and proven performance to increase economic mobility and educational attainment for all Americans. As a senior leader and advocate for the expansion of Promise programs, she has worked to expand the number of tuition-free programs across 30 states and 330 communities — supporting over a million students.
As an entrepreneur, she leads a boutique practice specializing in transformative solutions for private sector and not-for-profit organizations. As a public official, she helped launch the first federal veteran employment commitment marketplace, in partnership with communities and federal agencies, which generated over one million hiring commitments, assisted in the expansion of economic opportunities for veterans, and piloted a “pay for success” Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) to assist Veterans entering the IT sector. Her public and private partnership portfolio has generated billions of dollars of direct value to Veterans.
Rosye was assigned to the White House National Security and Domestic Policy Councils as the director of policy for veterans, wounded and military families. Building upon her experience managing direct services to service members and their families, she 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.
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.
Ms. Garrick founded Whistleblowers of America as a nonprofit in 2017, which provides voluntary peer support to those suffering the impacts of Workplace Traumatic Stress. She developed the Whistleblower Retaliation Checklist© to identify negative psychosocial impacts on victimized employees and provide forensic testimony. She is on the Advisory Boards for ConsenSys Health and Parrhesia, a British charity devoted to whistleblower research and on the Board of Directors for Brighton Marine, a homeless program in Boston. Over the last few years, Professor Garrick, has taught for the University of Southern California, School of Social Work and has supervised interns from the University of West Florida. She is also founder of the Workplace Promise Institute opened in Pensacola, FL in 2021.
Previously, she served as a US Army Officer and in executive positions at the American Legion and the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DoD) and with the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. Her areas of expertise include policy and program development for disabled veterans/wounded warriors, mental health and suicide prevention, transition assistance, and military survivors. She is a recognized public servant with awards from several distinguished organizations. She is the founder of the FAR Group, which provides consultation to public and private organizations that need development, advocacy, and educational support.
Ms. Garrick is a published authored, media source, and an international public speaker having also worked on projects in the former Soviet Union, for the US military in Germany and Afghanistan, and the World Health Organization in Switzerland. She is a social work master’s graduate from Temple University with additional training at Johns Hopkins and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is a licensed social worker (LCSW-C) in MD and is credentialed through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP), a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress (BCETS) and Whistleblower Protection Advocate (WPA).
DR. MICHAEL KNEELAND, MD
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.
DENNIS N. MAGNASCO, JR.
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 Real Estate and Branding 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 J. MCNEILL
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.
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.
JOHN R. 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.
MANAGEMENT STAFF BIOS
Dan is the Director of Community and Government Relations at Brighton Marine. He has served the Allston/Brighton community for over 25 years through support of local community organizations, businesses, schools, the youth of Boston, and our local leaders. In his current position, Dan establishes and maintains relationships with partners, community groups, businesses, and City of Boston officials. Dan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Business/Management from Suffolk University.