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Board of Directors

Paul Harty
President
Gordon Russell
Vice President
Tom Keery
Secretary
Philip Borden
Past President
Natashia Cheatham, MitoAction Board Member
Natashia Cheatham
Member
Saad Dinno, RPh, FIACP, FACA
Member
Jessica Fein
Member
John Kelly MitoAction Board Member
John Kelly
Member
Allen Williams MitoAction Board Member
Allen Williams
Member

Paul Harty

President

Paul Harty is the Chief Solutions Officer of Sevenstep RPO, a Motion Recruitment Partners company. Sevenstep is a leading provider of large-scale hiring solutions, using a unique team-based model of RPO services delivery. Paul is responsible for the companies strategic solutions suite of services and leads the innovation team that drives new technology approaches to solve clients most urgent talent recruiting and talent management strategies. Prior to joining Sevenstep, Paul spent 15 years building and managing a successful technology recruiting and placement businesses. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and children. His son, Matthew, died of Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency at the age of 8. While searching for answers for his son’s disabilities and managing through a long diagnosis process, Paul discovered MitoAction as a strong support system and a way to gain knowledge about Mito. Paul became an active member to guarantee that other caregivers or patients who are faced with Mito have access to continued support and knowledge that is so necessary when dealing with rare disease.

Gordon Russell

Vice President

Gordon Russell is a native Bostonian. He grew up in Weston, MA and attended Hobart College and the Boston University School of Fine Arts. He lost his wife, Sandra, to MELAS in 2008. Gordon is the owner of In The Pink Stores Inc., which he and Sandra founded in 1996. In The Pink operates six retail clothing stores in Massachusetts. Gordon has two children, Buck and Jonathan, and resides in Wellesley, MA. During Sandra’s struggle with MELAS, Gordon and his boys experienced firsthand the support and guidance provided by MitoAction and came to fully understand how critical a role the organization plays. Gordon is serving on the MitoAction board to support MitoAction’s evolution and to ensure MitoAction will always be positioned to provide vital support to individuals and families affected by mitochondrial disease.

Tom Keery

Secretary

Thomas R. Keery, II is the General Partner of the Keery Family Limited Partnership, a real estate partnership with commercial and residential properties in Massachusetts. Prior to entering the real estate business, Tom was president of Frost Motors Inc., a Newton, MA dealership holding company. In operation since 1934, Tom joined the family business upon his graduation from Ithaca College in 1975 with a degree in Communications. Since 1985, Tom had been the Dealer Principal, and has successfully grown the business, acquiring and selling several dealerships. In 2002, he was named the Massachusetts recipient of Time Magazine’s Quality Dealer Award, which is given annually to automobile dealers in recognition of their leadership in community and Industry affairs.

Tom is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Newton, a member of St. Peter’s Church in Weston, a past director and officer of the YMCA, and a member and past director of the Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce. He is also a current member of the Board of Directors of the Village Bank in Newton. Tom’s sister Sandra passed away in 2008 due to MELAS.

Born in Newton in 1953, Tom resides in Weston with his wife, Laura, where they raised their four children. He enjoys golf and cycling.

Philip Borden

Past President

Philip Borden is Managing Partner for Galen Partners. Prior to Galen, Philip was with Riverside Partners, a private equity firm based in Boston, where he was responsible for the firm’s investments in healthcare companies. Philip attended Duke University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.

Philip has lived in the Greater Boston area for more than a decade and currently resides in Cambridge with his wife, Catherine. Catherine suffers from mitochondrial disease, and Philip became involved with MitoAction following her diagnosis. Catherine and Philip have a vizsla named Rummy, who brings them lots of joy (but sometimes chews their furniture and shoes).

Natashia Cheatham

Member

Natashia Cheatham is a diversity trained leader with national experience across all spectrums of healthcare, finance, human capital, compliance, and business development avenues. She served as Global Operations Leader of Global Health Management, LLC overseeing a portfolio of initiatives in home health, hospice, therapy operations, and medical clinics, CEO of Townsend Addiction and Treatment Centers and most recently Regional Director of Operations at Behavioral Health Groups in Baton Rouge, LA. Natashia is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executive (FACHE Fellowship) and Chairperson for the Behavioral Health Group Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She earned her B.S. from Louisiana State University, and her Master’s Degree from Mississippi College. Natashia lives in New Orleans, LA.

Saad Dinno, RPh, FIACP, FACA

Member

Saad Dinno, RPh, FIACP, FACA, has given lectures on mitochondrial disease across the country as well as in Australia. His staff works with patients and their providers on insurance coverage issues, compliance, taste, dosage form, counseling on the medications being dispensed, and other relevant Mito information and general questions.

He is a member of the Massachusetts Independent Pharmacy Association, Massachusetts Pharmacist Association, National Community Pharmacist Association, and International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. He is the past president of the Massachusetts Independent Pharmacy Association and previously served on the Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) Advisory Board.

Saad has received numerous awards, including being named the Margaret Bauman Outstanding Medical Professional for his work serving the autism community.

He was also named Massachusetts Innovative Pharmacist of the Year, PCCA Pharmacist of the Month, and received a Fellowship distinction from the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. Additionally, Saad serves on Emerson Hospital’s Care Transition Collaborative Committee, the Eliot Community Human Rights Committee, Cardinal Distribution East Advisory Board and the MitoAction Marcel Way Fund Committee. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Jessica Fein

Member

Jessie is the vice president of corporate marketing and creative services for Bright Horizons, the world’s leading provider of employer-sponsored child care and work/life solutions. She is a former opinion columnist for the Sunday Boston Globe and is the author of “Moving On: How to Make the Transition from College to the Real World.” Prior to working at Bright Horizons, Jessie ran her own writing business, Fein Print. Jessie is the mom of three incredible children, Jonah, Dalia, and Theo. Dalia has the mitochondrial disease MERRF Syndrome.

John Kelly

Member

John Kelly is the former Vice President / Senior Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for SourceAmerica. In his roles with SourceAmerica over the past 19 years, John conceived, staffed and sponsored multiple nationwide initiatives in partnership with federal and state agencies, state, disability organizations, educational institutions, philanthropic entities and impacted individuals to map the future of disability across multiple sectors. John developed passed legislation for protection and preservation of thousands of jobs, advocated for community members with significant and life-impacting disabilities and averted damaging legislation and converted it to a positive outcome through support from key members of Congress and by securing a Statement of Administration Policy from the White House. John serves on the Board of Directors of Workability International and is a member of the Board for the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities. John earned his B.S. from Mary Washington College. John lives in Virginia with his wife and children.

Allen Williams

Member

Allen Williams joins MitoAction with extensive experience in business and software development. He is currently the Product Director for Dualboot Partners, a business and software development company focused on product innovation, strategy, design, front and backend development, fractional CTO, QA, and PMO. Prior to joining Dualboot, Allen served as Director of Business Development for Heartland Global, which acquired Springboard Retail, where he played an integral role in launching the retail industries leading POS system, helping to scale the company from $0 – $5M in annual revenue. Allen earned his B.S. from Bentley University. He lives with his wife and children in Hingham, MA.