Our People

Heather Jack, Executive Director

Heather Jack founded The Volunteer Family in 2003, a nonprofit organization that helps families, especially families with children, find opportunities that they can do together.  The Volunteer Family became a national organization which enabled over 20,000 volunteers to choose from among 30,000 opportunities in their own neighborhoods.  In 2009, Heather also founded Future Philanthropists, a nonprofit organization that teaches youth about nonprofits and entrusts them to give away real money to nonprofit organizations.   This program has involved over 400 teens who have collectively chosen where to donate $300,000 to their local communities.

Heather personally consults with several charities per year, developing strategic plans, marketing plans, development plans, and branding initiatives. Heather has appeared in publications such as Family Circle MagazineParenting, the Saturday Evening Post and the New York Times. In 2010, she was awarded Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress Representative for Massachusetts and was a WeTV Women on their Way finalist.  She was also a recipient of the Worcester Business Journal’s “Top 40 under 40″ for 2011, and was selected as an Emerging Leader by the Boston Business Journal in 2012.

Heather is a graduate of Middlebury College and holds an MBA from Babson College.  She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children, aged 10 and 7.

Board of Directors

Ellen Giannuzzi, Clerk

Ellen Giannuzzi is an attorney with over twenty years of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors. In addition to her legal work, Ellen has been involved with a number of non-profit boards and has been an active volunteer at her children’s schools.  Ellen has served as a trustee at The Winsor School, a member of the Parents’ Leadership Council at Brown University, and as a member of the foundation board at Excel Academy, a charter school in East Boston.

Heather Harrington

Heather Harrington works at Advocates, Inc. in Framingham, MA, as the Advancement Director for Corporate & Individual Support.  In this role her primary focus is to raise funds through the development of relationships with current and prospective supporters. Prior to joining the Advancement team at Advocates, she served as the Director of Development for Outdoor Explorations, a very unique organization that aims to provide people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to participate in outdoor adventures. Early on in her development career, Heather had the opportunity to work in a few other outstanding organizations including, Thompson Island Outward Bound and the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton. In addition to her professional commitment to the non-profit sector she has volunteers with the Laboure Center in South Boston. Heather resides in Milton with her five year old son.

Debra Levy

Debra Levy is a CPA and co-owner of Sterling Services, Inc., a property management company specializing in condominium management and construction services.   She has been involved in this business for over 20+ years and provides leadership and financial guidance to approximately 30 Boards of Trustees.   Her professional work experience includes Firm Administrator for Newburg & Company, CPA’s and Controller of CCR CPAs.  Additionally, Debbie has worked as Treasurer/Controller of a local trust bank.  She and her husband, David, share a passion for “giving back” and have raised their family with that premise.  They have volunteered as a family on most holidays serving dinner to the homeless or in a local nursing home sharing some holiday cheer.

Nancy Lippe

Nancy Lippe is the Program Coordinator for the Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program in Concord MA.   She also teaches a philanthropy class at Tufts through the Experimental College. Two years ago she moved from California where she worked as a program officer for the Los Altos Community Foundation, managing youth outreach programs.  She founded a teen philanthropy program called E-Cubed Youth Philanthropy, a foundation-based program that focused on civic leadership, service and grantmaking.   She has worked as the Associate Director of the Civic Education Project in Boston, and is part of the Massachusetts Commission for Civic Education.  In Concord, she serves on the Community Chest Allocations Committee and as a facilitator with Communities For Restorative Justice.

Richard P. Mandel, Treasurer

Richard is an Associate Professor of Law at Babson College where he has previously served as both the Acting and Associate Dean of the Undergraduate School.  Prof. Mandel also practiced law for 37 years specializing in corporate, tax and securities law as they apply to small businesses.  His publications include a number of articles and book chapters regarding entrepreneurial law, business education and meteorology.  At Babson he teaches courses in business  and constitutional law, tax, finance and meteorology, advises student businesses and also serves as the advisor for a number of student organizations including the Babson Players. Prof. Mandel holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in government and meteorology from Cornell University.

Iryna Priester, Board Chair

Iryna Priester is an attorney by training who has spent the last thirty years working in the non-profit and governmental sectors. She has been appointed and elected to various local and state political offices including the State Judicial Nominating Council.  For 18 years, Iryna has been an active board member and officer of Sudbury Valley Trustees, a regional land trust protecting land and wildlife in 36 cities and towns.  For fifteen years she worked as a community participant in foster care review cases making sure minors’ placement continued to be necessary and appropriate. In her continued commitment to youth and education, Iryna is an instructor for youth in philanthropy, a curriculum which teaches students about various aspects of the non-profit sector, evaluating grant proposals, budgets, to be  informed and effective philanthropist. Ms. Priester holds an AA from the American University in Paris, BA in international relations form the University of Virginia and a JD from New England Law.

Heather Rogers

Heather Rogers, the Director of Finance at the Boston Children’s Chorus, is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and holds a Master of Science in Finance from Suffolk University. Heather brings over a decade of experience to nonprofit organizations, including corporate finance as well as nonprofit finance and accounting, operations management, IT and database management and revenue recognition. She resides in Ashland with her husband and 2 daughters.

Grier Whitmer Tumas

As an associate consultant at The Bridgespan Group, Grier Whitmer Tumas works with clients focused on social issues ranging from education to neighborhood revitalization. She recently graduated from Harvard College, where she was president of both the Harvard chapter of Special Olympics and the Eta Theta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma.  Grier formerly served as a New Sector Alliance Summer Fellow at Citizen Schools and spent a summer working at Junior Achievement Argentina. Her passion for service learning and youth philanthropy stems back to high school, where she served on the Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board and founded a service-learning course offered at her school. More recently, she co-taught a Cambridge Community Foundation youth philanthropy program and was a State Farm Insurance Northeast Zone Advisory Board member.