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2010 Annual Report

Who We Are At a Glance Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps is a private, nonprofit organization operating a diverse range of programs and services across Massachusetts to help children and youth address the challenges they face as a result of living in unstable, dangerous or abusive environments. All that we do at RFK Children’s Action Corps is based on the belief that every child deserves the chance to lead a happy, healthy and productive life.

Founded: June 25, 1969 Type of Organization: Private, nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)3, Licensed Child Welfare Agency, Approved Private Schools, Foster Care and Adoption Structure: Volunteer Board of Directors, operational management by President/CEO Annual Budget: $20.1 million Employees: 380 Geography: Seven communities across Massachusetts Children and Families Served: 800+ annually

Our Work Our programs are focused on helping children and adolescents deal with past hurts, develop self-esteem and become contributing members of society. We also provide support services for families and preventative programs for youth living in areas with high rates of violence and crime. We collaborate with numerous state agencies to keep children out of trouble, in school and on a path of healing. We also participate in a number of key partnerships to help advance our mission on a national level. Our innovative programs fall into four categories:

JJ Community-Based Services: We offer a variety of community-based prevention and intervention services to keep children and youth safe, thus building stronger and safer families and communities. Whether they are children whose parents abuse alcohol or drugs, behaviorally challenged youth who need therapeutic schooling or vulnerable youth transitioning from residential care back into their families, we help young people experience a better, stable and more consistent environment where they can heal, grow and succeed.

JJ Educational Services: We help children and youth focus on their education while developing practical life and job skills. We offer two day schools, which provide a nontraditional academic setting for students who are unable to learn in a typical school environment. We also provide academic and vocational opportunities for children in our residential and secure treatment facilities. In addition, our outreach programs provide children with mentors and help teach them how to become responsible, self-sufficient adults.

JJ Adoption Services: Through our Bright Futures Adoption Center, we place infants born in the United States with loving families and find “forever families” for children of all ages currently waiting in the Massachusetts foster care system. Bright Futures provides a full range of adoption services, including options counseling, pre-adoptive parent education and MAPP (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) training, home studies, matching, adoption and transition planning, post placement supervision, legal finalization, ICPC (Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children) and post-adoption support services.

JJ Residential Treatment: For children and youth who are unable to remain safely at home because of parental abuse, problems with the legal system, poor peer/adult relationships, mental health and substance abuse problems or other issues, residential treatment may be necessary. Our programs help these youth address the challenges they face as a result of living in unstable, dangerous or abusive environments while helping them return home to their families and communities when appropriate.

JJ We helped reunite 142 boys and girls with their families. JJ We helped 25 students across the agency achieve their educational goals by receiving their high school diploma or GED equivalency. JJ We provided guidance and support to 15 students in our care to enroll in college courses. JJ We created 11 new forever families through our Bright Futures Adoption Center. JJ Our Youth in Progress Program increased enrollment by 100 percent—200 boys and girls went through the program, 58 are DCF involved, and of those, 27 completed the program and received their driver’s licenses. JJ Staff from our Lancaster campus raised more than $20,000 to send 12 children to Disney World for a week.


Our Success: FY10 Highlights


Our Mission Fiercely committed to Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy of unwavering responsibility to the poor and disadvantaged, RFK Children’s Action Corps advocates for children and embraces all social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds in order to build healthier families, more responsible citizens, safer communities and a more just society for us all. We believe... the legacy of Robert F. Kennedy—that society has a responsibility to the poor and disadvantaged, respecting the dignity and individuality of every human being, ...that all children have the right to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment, ...that every person has the right to reach his or her full potential.

We carry out our mission and values with: children, families and communities inspire us COURAGEJJ Our with their courage in times of enormous hardship and misfortune. We will follow their example as we fight for quality care, adequate funding and system change. believe every child has the right to reach his or her full PURPOSEJJ We potential. We embrace and honor our relationships with the children, families and communities with whom we work. children and families to become healthy and resilCOMMUNITYJJ For ient, communities must welcome and sustain them. We support communities, so in turn the communities can better nurture their most vulnerable citizens. foster hope within our children, families and comHOPEJJ We munities and believe we are all capable of positive and lasting change. have an obligation to lead. Childhood is fleeting. LEADERSHIPJJ We We must act now to make a difference for our youth, families and communities to ensure a better tomorrow for everyone.

Dear Friends, As 2011 unfolds, I am taken aback by the number of challenges this year promises. After 30 years at Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps—26 as CEO—I can’t remember a time that has been so chaotic, economically unforgiving and complex. Yet, it is always the stories of the kids that give me hope—the courage, humor and resilience they display despite the trauma in their lives. Youth like Trey, who turned his anger issues into an opportunity to learn and move forward, or Brian, who left his life on the streets and went on to earn a law degree. I often wonder: Where do they get their tenacity? How can they overcome the challenges their life circumstances may bring them? Our staff members inspire me. Our creative, hardworking and committed staff members are the foundation of all our successes, whether it’s the adoption of a new baby, a driver’s license for a youth in foster care, college enrollment for a youth with learning needs or a successful transition to the community for a previously incarcerated youth. If only we had the resources to offer them the salaries that matched their commitment and skill. RFK Children’s Action Corps also has had an impact on a national level. Our partnership with American Honda Motor Co. Inc. through the National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM) has proven to be highly effective in supporting at-risk youth to improve their behavior and academic performance. Our Models for Change program, a national initiative sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, advances successful local reform work into a larger, coordinated effort to share replicable models of reform and catalyze change across the nation. Our collaboration with the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights combines the national policy and advocacy expertise of the RFK Center and the practical, service-delivery experience of RFK Children’s Action Corps to enhance the impact of educational and profile-raising activities that seek to increase national attention on juvenile justice issues. I am proud to be part of such a talented, smart and passionate team—they make my job easier and, more importantly, make a meaningful difference for the children, youth and communities we serve. While the challenges ahead are many, there has never been a more important time to fight for the ideals embraced by Robert F. Kennedy. We’ve given a great deal of thought to his legacy and what it means to our future. He lived by and wrote about ideals such as courage, purpose, community, hope and leadership, and we have adopted these as our guiding principles. His many speeches are infused with the belief that our responsibility as human beings is to take care of each other and leave the world a better place.

Our children deserve better. We must raise more unrestricted dollars to provide necessary services unreimbursed by government. We must diversify our programs programmatically, geographically and financially. We commit to using evidenced-based models, technology and data to continually offer the highest quality of care. It is tough work. Vitally important work. Our children, their families and our communities are counting on us. Sincerely,

Edward P. Kelley President/CEO


The landscape of child welfare and services for children in need has changed forever. While our relationship with our state partners in child welfare, juvenile justice and education remains strong, the economic climate has put a strain on all of us to provide the necessary services. Therefore, we must deepen our resolve and efforts in partnering with our communities and engaging citizens and volunteers in supporting and advocating for our children and youth. We are grateful for your support in all that we do. These tumultuous times call for us to sharpen our focus so that by working with these children and their families, we make their communities safer and Massachusetts a better place to live for us all.


It takes courage, but you can press restart The teenage years are hard even when everything has gone well leading up to them. Yet, they are much more difficult when a child is raised in an unstable home environment, frequently unsure of what to expect around each turn. Those early years of insecurity, compounded by the fear of what might happen in the future, are traumatic and often youth act out in anger without thought of the consequences for their actions. At 15 years old, Trey came to our RFK Children’s Action Corps Springfield Secure Treatment Program, arriving there in the summer of 2009. Trey was angry, and he showed it. He came to us because he had robbed someone. He was with us to change his course. His counselor Melissa helped him change his course for the future with counseling, care, consistency, school and support, but he ultimately got there on his own. He started using guided imagery and meditation techniques he had learned from his counselors. At first, he wasn’t sure if “all of this imagery stuff is for me.” But over time, he learned how to use meditation when he felt his anger progressing, and how to calm himself when faced with new stressors. This was the start to helping him remain calm and make better choices.

Trey found the courage to wake up and face each day in control and with a sense of purpose. He still worried about his future, but he now knew he could help to shape it. During the next five months, Trey found the courage to wake up and face each day in control and with a sense of purpose. He still worried about his future, but he now knew he could help to shape it. He experienced the difference guided imagery and meditation made for him and encouraged other students to try it. Despite push back, he became determined to help increase their level of trust.

Trey successfully completed the program on time and is starting his life again. He is in school working toward his GED. He is working in his community and looking into getting a second job. Trey wants to go to college in two years. He still calls to check in with his counselor every month and now looks forward to the future.


Trey learned a few other things as well. He learned that he is responsible for his actions, and that actions have consequences. As a part of our program philosophy, he wrote a letter apologizing for his actions, and he gave money every week to a “restitution fund” to be donated to victims of crimes. He learned how to spend time with his mother and father, letting them know how much he had felt neglected. His parents learned they needed to work just as hard as Trey to make things better. Trey decided he was ready to let his family back into his life. He was ready to look forward.

Giving Back to Give Hope When Dick Bolger retired from Fidelity Investments in 2001, he was determined to find a cause to support. “I made my bucket list, and on this list was to find a way to give something back,” said Dick. Patricia Hillman, then-Board President at RFK Children’s Action Corps and a former colleague of Dick’s at Fidelity, introduced him to the agency, which was in need of a technology assessment. Dick volunteered his time to visit various RFK programs to better understand the agency’s systems and make recommendations on its use of technology. His work propelled the agency forward, but Dick also benefited from the experience. “I sat with teachers, counselors and clinicians across the agency,” he said. “They told me stories about the kids, and I was in awe of their dedication.” “Dick came home with stories about the children, and that’s how I got involved,” said his wife, Maureen Bolger. Maureen still remembers the story of a young boy admitted to the Lancaster Campus. He was so traumatized that he was afraid to go to sleep at night. While this may seem “normal” for a young child afraid of imaginary monsters, in reality, this boy would be found sleeping under his bed or armed with rocks under his pillow for protection from something much more real. “You can pay now, or pay later,” said Maureen. “If we can get to kids early on when they need help, we can change their futures.”

I learned about the agency though friends and have in turn introduced friends. I have other friends I would like to get involved. – DICK BOLGER The Bolgers have been steadfast friends and supporters of the agency ever since, making generous donations both financially and of their time and talent. It takes both public and private support to help these children. As Dick sees it, the right goals are to raise visibility and help more people learn what the agency does for children.



“I learned about the agency though friends and have in turn introduced friends. I have other friends I would like to get involved,” said Dick. The Bolgers’ generosity and desire to give back stems from childhood. “Growing up, my mother was always looking out for people,” said Maureen. “She would make breakfast for the neighborhood kids, invite them into our home after school—whatever they needed.” Dick remembers one early lesson from his great aunt, who would find kids who were hungry, invite them out to lunch, and tell them to order whatever their heart desired. All they ever ordered was a bowl of soup. “I realized that kids do what they know, and these kids didn’t know anything else,” he said. It is important to Dick and Maureen that their contribution truly makes an impact. “Everyone deserves a chance,” said Maureen. “And what you do with that chance is up to you. But these kids have not yet had theirs.”


Dick and Maureen Bolger


Program gives youth a second chance At 15, Keisha struggled with anger issues, and, like many teenagers, she often fought with her mom and sisters. Over time, her anger became unmanageable and extremely disruptive, leaving her mother with limited options. As a last resort to help her daughter, Keisha’s mom called the police, and Keisha ended up in Dorchester Juvenile Court. Upon hearing her case, Judge Leslie Harris, the Dorchester Juvenile Court Judge, referred her directly to our RFK Children’s Action Corps Detention Diversion Advocacy Project (DDAP), which offers teens a voluntary alternative to a juvenile detention center. DDAP Youth Advocates offer young people 24-hour, community-based support and supervision. They help to connect teenagers with community resources to keep them safe, out of trouble, in school and in a better position to make positive choices about their futures.

Every time we arrest a child, we change their lives forever. Every time we arraign a child, we’ve left a footprint that can’t be erased. We know children have issues, and most of those issues should be dealt with in the community—not in the court. – JUDGE LESLIE HARRIS Keisha’s mentor, Sherman, began meeting with her three times a week. Keisha had been receiving counseling services through Family Intervention Therapy, and he supported her in continuing these services. She had been struggling in school, and he encouraged her to enroll in summer school and find a summer job. He also helped Keisha reconnect with her dad, who was living in New York. Sherman attended court appearances with her and became more involved in her extracurricular activities. Today, Keisha is doing well at home. She is thriving in school and even plays on the school basketball team.

Keisha is on a better path, but the situation that got her here is not unique. Many youth become involved in the juvenile justice system and become accustomed to those circumstances. But Judge Harris says it is essential to keep kids out of the system. “Every time we arrest a child, we change their lives forever. Every time we arraign a child, we’ve left a footprint that can’t be erased,” Harris said. “We know children have issues, and most of those issues should be dealt with in the community—not in the court.” Of the 226 kids who have been referred to DDAP since it began in 2005, 87 percent have completed the program.


“The success of the program is dependent on the resources we have in the community,” said Nichelle Sadler, DDAP program director. “Rather than sending a child away for a period of time where they aren’t connected to their family, school and community, we work with community health centers, community-based youth organizations, schools and advocacy organizations to stabilize them in the community.”

Our kids experience the wonder of Disney For many children, visiting Walt Disney World is part of growing up—from interacting with the characters from our favorite books and movies to experiencing the excitement of the rides and shows. Unfortunately, for most children in residential treatment, this is an experience that is often far out of their reach. But residential counselors at RFK Children’s Action Corps firmly believe that all children deserve the same opportunities in life, and they found a way to make a trip to Disney a reality. Program staff took the lead in raising funds through the Annual Swing for Kids Golf Tournament and other fundraisers to send 12 children from our Lancaster Campus to visit Disney World in November. Children ranged in age from 9 – 16 and had lived on campus in our care anywhere from five months to three years. The majority of children on the Lancaster campus have histories of trauma in their lives, including abuse and neglect. Many of them have experienced severe behavioral issues and longstanding issues with trust. “Lots of people commented on how ambitious we were for trying a trip like this, but we were confident in our staff and our kids,” said Cindy Schofield, director of operations and administration at Lancaster.

For the kids, it was a trip of a lifetime. For our campus and the staff, it was an opportunity to come together and do something great for the kids. It showed us all that anything is possible. – CINDY SCHOFIELD, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION Staff selected the children based on their behavior and progress in the program. None of the children had been on a plane before, and many had never been outside of Boston, let alone stayed in a hotel. “When they found out our hotel had a swimming pool, they were like 4- and 5-yearolds in a candy store,” said Cindy. “It was a great opportunity to let them go and just be kids.”



There was also opportunity for the staff to work with the youth on a therapeutic level. “The children experienced a lot of emotions because there were so many families around us,” said Cindy. “We were able to talk to them about that, and a lot of them called their parents while we were there.” The children also learned a lot about relationships and how to have normal interactions with people—from sharing hotel rooms to using the buddy system as they walked around the park. “For the kids, it was a trip of a lifetime,” said Cindy. “For our campus and the staff, it was an opportunity to come together and do something great for the kids. It showed us all that anything is possible.”


Leadership BRIAN’S STORY

Brian Hancock and his family

A cause worth fighting for At age 14, Brian Hancock found himself facing 20 years in prison. Raised by an alcoholic single mother, Brian found his family on the streets. “A gang was the only family that was available to me, and the ‘family business’ was theft, violence and drugs,” said Brian. When Brian was arrested for his involvement in a gang-related homicide, the prosecutor originally planned to try him as an adult. An attorney took his case and ensured he would be tried as a juvenile. Instead of 20 years in prison, Brian spent two years at the Stephen B. Delaney School, a unit of the RFK Children’s Action Corps Springfield Secure Treatment Program, which helps troubled young men redirect themselves toward a more positive future.

When you look into a young person’s eyes and convince them they have potential and the opportunity to create change— you create a revolutionary person. They can change their family, community and society as a whole. – BRIAN HANCOCK, FORMER CLIENT “The fact that my attorney believed in me made me begin to believe in myself,” said Brian. “The staff at the Delaney School took that spark and fanned it into a flame. They looked past my presentation and saw my potential. Most important, they helped me to see my potential as well.” After Brian was released from the Delaney School, he was placed in the care of foster parents. He attended high school and received full scholarships to both Wheaton College and Seton Hall Law School, graduating with honors from both programs. Today, in addition to practicing law, he is involved with New Jersey’s Division of Child Behavioral Health Services. Brian has been honored with the “Embracing the Legacy” award from RFK Children’s Action Corps for embodying the values and vision of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. In accepting the award, Brian spoke of the power of transformative change, or in terms he borrowed from the 1960s, the power of a revolution. Brian credits the RFK staff and his attorney for inspiring his personal revolution.

“Fifteen years ago, I sat in a detention center. Now I help to make policy that affects the lives of children who come from that background. I’m very grateful. Many kids who have been in trouble see themselves as a lost cause. The Delaney staff saw me as a cause worth fighting for.” Brian stays connected to the agency and gives graciously of his time. See Brian’s inspirational story in the upcoming documentary “Children of Promise: The Legacy of Robert F. Kennedy” featured on the Investigation Discovery Network.


“When you look into a young person’s eyes and convince them they have potential and the opportunity to create change—you create a revolutionary person,” said Brian. “They can change their family, community and society as a whole.


Financial Information for Fiscal Year 2010 (July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010) ASSETS Current Assets Cash Other Current Assets

$439,921 2,763,336

Total Current Assets


Other Assets Land & Buildings Long-Term Investments Other Assets

7,664,422 1,669,180 815,701

$2,264,578 5,670,211


Current Liabilities Other Liabilities (Long-Term Debt)


Total Liabilities


Total Other Assets Total Assets


Total Net Assets


A copy of the complete audited financial statements prepared by McGladrey & Pullen is available upon request.





Department of Youth Services (DYS)


Department of Children and Families (DCF)


Cities, Towns and Department of Education


Contributions, Gifts and Grants


Other (Investments, Misc.)


EXPENSES* $22,060,661 Program Expenses


General & Administration






* $17.2M or 79% of all expenses are for employee compensation and related items. ** The FY10 deficit represents 2.5% of the annual budget.


We are pleased to acknowledge those who made contributions to RFK Children’s Action Corps in FY2010. (July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010)

We have done our best to ensure the accuracy of this list. If you have changes, please let us know.

$25,000 + American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Citizens Bank Loomis Sayles & Company Rodman Ride For Kids Stephen H. Peck, United Benefit Services

$10,000 + Bank of America Charitable Foundation Celebration for Kids Nancy and Darrell Crate Anne-Seymour St. John and W. Albert Ellis Gardiner Howland Shaw Foundation Laurie and Bob Watson/ LPM Charitable Foundation Massachusetts Biomedical Research Corp Christi and Dennis Pedra South End/ Lower Roxbury Youth Activities Fund

$5,000-9,999 Anonymous Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares Monica and Michael Connolly Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation Hilary and Christopher Gabrieli Cydney and David Martel Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC Richards Barry Joyce & Partners Marilyn and Raymond Ruddy SBLI Jean C. DeOliveira and Joseph A. Scappaticci Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights Standard Life Investments State Street Corporation State Street Global Advisors State Street Matching Gift Program Marissa and Michael Summersgill Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates Kris and Jim Blue, The Bostonian Group Charitable Foundation United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

$2,500-4,999 Anonymous ACT Leasing American Century Investments Aon Risk Services, Inc. Avalon Bay Communities Richard W. Barnum Joan and Steve Belkin Julee Bolg and Mitch Cook Maureen and Richard Bolger

James T. Brett Jane and Keith Carroll Citizens Energy Beth and Linzee Coolidge/ Dusky Foundation Danvers Bank Eaton Vance Valri Fountain and Chris Farias Letitia L. Howland Tonia and George Hutt Beverly and Phil Johnston Sharon Simpson Jones and Marc Jones Patricia and Joseph Kennedy Lazard Asset Management LLC Lexus of Northborough Lurie & Krup Susan Baker and John MacDonald Betsy and John Munzer Peter Nessen NFLPA of New England, Inc. Pine Grove Associates, Inc. Rampart Investment Management Rita & Stanley Kaplan Family Foundation Mary Ann and Tom Ryan Cindy Schlessinger and Jeff Ellowitz Seix Investment Advisors LLC Derri Shtasel and Gary Gottlieb Abby and Robert Summersgill Telamon Marketing Associates Insurance Agency The Parthenon Group The Sooner Foundation Dawn and Paul Woods

Ginnie and Ed Kelley Liz and Alan Klein Alan Krupp Lee Munder Capital Group Lookout Security Systems, Inc. Peter Maguire Inga and Rudy Markmiller Nancy and Ted Mayo McCarter & English, LLP Maureen S. McGlame Menders, Torrey & Spencer, Inc. Patti and Jim Messenger Miniature Tool & Die, Inc. New England Pension Consultants Shelly and Charles E. Nolfi Penny Outlaw and Fred Weeks Anthony S. Owens PepsiCo Foundation Liz and Michael Perik Veranira Ochea and Gonzalo Puigbo Puritan Maintenance, Inc. Pyramis Global Advisors Julie Belkin Rand and Michael Rand Roxbury Latin School Carole Schlessinger Dave Skinner John Snyder John Spinney Springfield Partners, Inc Al Tapper TCom LLC The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. Mary Ellen Thomsen Vince Thornton Pat and Raymond Wysocki



4Clicks-Solutions LLC Maria and Joseph Albanese Kathy and Mark Alperin Margaret and Donald Anastasia Arbella Barkan Management Company Anthony Basile Anita and Joshua Bekenstein Amy Belkin Boston Company Asset Management Boston Trust & Investment Management Company Charles Gate Realty Ellen and Michael Clisham Connors & Co. Constitution Capital Partners Joe Craven Cushman Wakefield Christopher Evans Francis Harvey & Sons Linda and Michael Frieze Gemini Investors George T. Wilkinson, Inc. Joan and Seth Goldberg Francine and Paul Healey John Hentschel Patricia M. Hillman Katherine B. and Jay C. Horgen Michael Kane

Aegis Ltd. Susan Allen and Neil Middleton Maureen C. Balter Pamela Cantor and Richard Barnett Nancy and Stephen Berlin Brandywine Global Investment Management Linda Hill and Roger Breitbart Shelley Ashton-Briggs and Jeffrey Briggs Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. Elizabeth and Ronald Campbell Donald E. Carey Carolyn Carlson Sean Carroll Sharon and William Carroll Susan and Frank Carroll John Cashwell, Jr. Celadon Security Service, Inc. John Claussen COMPASS Kevin and Stella Coogan Ann Couture Michael and Kristen Croke Carolyn and Armand Del Medico Stacey Rae Delvecchio Dixon Salo Architects, Inc Owen Dugan Joanne and Kevin Ecclesine Thomas Engels

Daniel Esrick Beth and Brian L.P. Fallon Kathy Felt Florence Savings Bank Kristine and Robert Foley Ford Painting & Wallpapering Co., Inc. Patrick Gallagher Bob Gunther Michael Harrington Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Linda Pizzuti Henry and John Henry Bayard Henry Ina Howard-Hogan Delia Sang and Mark Hughes John F. Kennedy Library and Museum John Hancock Financial Services Eileen and John Kelly Jeffrey Klotz Susan and William Laurence LeClair Ryan Karen Lieberman-Daly Darlene MacKenzie Linda and Joseph Matzkin Robert McCarthy John W. McKean Marilyn and Edward McTighe Ellen and Kerry McWade MEC Technologies, LLC. Mellon Capital Management Corporation Menders, Torrey and Spencer, Inc. Merit Insurance Richard Mintz Susan Berry and Brian Moynihan Theodore A. Oatis Carleen and Jack O’Brien Suzanne and Chris Palmer Lisa Pirozzolo Nancy and H. Calvin Place Arlene and Lawrence Rand Michael Reardon Cecilia Roddy Donald Rodman Monica Grewal and Jeffrey Ruberti Gale Sayers Chris Schmitt Linda and Harold Schwartz Dyan Goodwin and Rob Serio Kristin and David Shapiro Thelma F. Shtasel Lynne and Gary Smith Edwin E. Smith Ellen Solomita Sports Alive David N. Strong Bill Supple T&D Wood Nominee Trust Teak Media Communications The Architectural Team, Inc. The Boston Foundation Kim Thornton Tillinger’s Concierge, Inc. Susan Tofias Trust Company of the West Elaine and Stephen Ullian Lissa and Jan Volk Gail and Arthur Wald Suzanne and William Weber

Kyle Weinstein Wolfe Laboratories


$100-249 Shaun Abbate Merle Adelman Aecom Technology Corporation Peter Allen Amica Companies Foundation Nancy Anderson Anderson Insulation Andreoli Insurance Agency, Inc. Dana Angelo Mary Ann Ferguson and Michael Antoniazzi Ellen and William Apfel Regina and Gerald Armstrong Dean Atkins Peter Austin Jennifer Baker Debu Banerjea Bank of America Charitable Foundation


Our answer is the world’s hope; it is to rely on youth. – ROBERT F. KENNEDY

David Banks Emanual Bardanis Yves Baril Arthur Barnstein James J. Barrett Susan Bartzak-Graham Ellen L. Bassuk Susan Beary Thomas Beaudoin Maryellen and Dean Behrend Sarah A. Beigbeder Marc Bellanger Sara Benson Vicki and Paul Benson Scott Berry David Goldes and Jeffrey Besselman Peter Biagetti Donna Bibber Patricia Obier-Bigliere and Al Bigliere Carolyn and Charles Billikas Elizabeth Black Steven Bloom

Joel R. Bloom David Blore Lou Bogdanovich Elaine and Luis Borgen John Bosley Boston Police Activities League, Inc. Michael Botthof John J. Boyle, III Jeffrey Bradley Peter Brennan Mari Brown Stan Brown Christopher Brown David Bucco Sandra Lopez Burke and Steve Burke Jeanne Leonard Burke and Colin Burke Paul Burke Tom Burke Burner & Boiler Controls and Maintenance Lisa Butler Aran Byrnes John Calladine Lydia Callaghan Barbara E. Campbell Christine and Joseph Carabello, Jr. Ted Carreiro Chris Casey Ahimsa Center Gloria and Clark Chandler Elizabeth Chandler and Beth Seaman Karen and Roland Cheyney Children’s Services and Youth Sports Foundation Patricia and John Chory Claire Christopherson Ernest A. Cimino Classic Pizza, III Clements & Clements Lisa J. Cloitre David Cloutier Mike Coan Ellen P. and Charles W. Cobb Michael Coggins William P. Collins Madeline A. Coluntino Community Resources for Justice Tom Connolly Kelley and Marc Conte Finola Flatley and Patrick Convery John Cooney Mary Carlin and Michael N. Costello Costello Construction & Remodeling, Inc. Colin P. Cotter Kathryn R. Cotter Brian Coughlin Sean Coughlin Anne Covert Jason Cox Claire Croken Stephen Cucchiaro Dennis Cusick Deborah Daccord Dawn and Edward H. D’Alelio Andrew Daniels Dennis P. Davis Rary Delaney John W. Delaney* Peter Delli Colli Demeo & Associates, P.C. Kim Dennehy Claudia Miki Depeiza and Fabian Depeiza Christopher M. Desmond Christine M. Desmond Peter Didomencio Susan Dixon

Elena Dodd Ellen and Palmer Doiley DolmatConnell & Partners Christine Driscoll John Drummey Jonathan Ducharme Kitty and Michael Dukakis Ann L. Dunphy Durgan Travel Service Chelsea and Todd Duval Sue and Dan Dyrek Pamela L. Eaton Helen and Christian Eidt John Eirich Christine Constas and Joseph Erickson Heidi Erlacher Amanda Escamilla Edward Farley Glen Fasman Scott Favreau David A. Fay Patricia Feeney Valerie Bailey Fischer and Robert P. Fischer Michael Fisher Barbara and Jack Fitzgerald Jane E. and James P. Fitzgerald Marie E. Fitzgerald Thomas Flanagan Marilyn A. and Errol E. Flynn Mark Ford Audrey and James Foster Chantal and Blaine French Judy Rosenberg and John Friedman Friendly’s Ice Cream Corporation Sharon and Dennis Fritchman E.N. Gadsby, Jr. Barbara and John Ganick Eugene Garcia Michael Gardikas Tricia and Tony Garnier Michelle Gaudreau Diane M. and Robert B. Gaudreau Michael P. Giunta Peter Glick Edward Glora Melanie and Jason Goins Saul Goldberg Jody Steiner and Myles Gordon Robert Graff Lisa Graham Piper Lagrelius and Todd Graham Jamie L. Gravelle Layne Gregory Janiene Gresla Mary Griffin Jennifer and John Grogan Mark Guerrera Frederick M. Hagen Harold Haig Lisa Conway and H. Joseph Hameline Ginny Hamilton Penny Haney James Harlor Robert Harrington Doug Hartley Valorie and Timothy Hayes Richard Healey Tamara Hunter-Hermann and Peter Hermann Jerry Hiam Carey Higgins Stacey Hill Meredith Tomlin-Hilliard and Brian Hilliard Lora and James Hillis Jordan L. Hirsch Charles Hirschler


AAA Southern New England Thomas J. Baldelli Wendy and David Ballinger Melora and Andrew Balson Craig Barnes Benchmark Plus Partners Mark Bergin Bloom Cohen Hayes LLC Jay Bothwick Mari Kim and Bruce Bunnell Joseph A. Cambi Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, Inc A. William Caporizzo Karen and Robert Carabello Center For Family Connections Mary Rose and Michael Cherrone Richard Ciraco John Clark Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry William Coffman Cone, LLC John E. Connolly Bill Connolly Nicole and Brian Connolly Sean Costello Carolyn and Joseph Curtin Alison and Thomas Dejordy Peter Delaney Lia Der Marderosian Fred Di Spirito Barbara and Bill DiSchino Eaton Vance Management Matching Gift Program Fiduciary Trust Company Michael Gilligan Mark R. Gloss M.D. Steve Goldberg Herrick & White Kenneth Hirsh Michael F. Holland Carol Roy Howland Icon Architecture Inc. Irving Foundation Alice Jelin Isenberg and Phillip Isenberg J. Todd Galleries David E. Johnson Marla and Bill Kannel Claire Kenney Ronni Kotler Jason Kropp Jane and Peter Laird Law Office of Sally L. Adams Kathleen S. and Timothy J. Leahy Mark H. Lippolt and Scott J. MacDonald Shelagh and Rick Loughlin Susan and Scott Mazur Tom McGuinness Christopher McKeon Daniel McNulty Metro Boston Cleaning Jon Miller New York Life Barbara and Frank O’Connell Carrie and Phillip Pichie Alex Pitkin Michael K. Powers Bruce H. Price Eileen Price Julian and Tracy Robinson Annemarie and Tom Rosa Frank Saeli John Savickas Donald W. Schroeder

Terence J. Shanley Ursula and Scott Steele Donald Steinberg David Stone Wayne L. Stoner John E. Sullivan Elizabeth Tapper Alex K. Treves UnitedSolutions Anne Louise Van Nostrand Pete Vlaco Kathleen and Gus Vlahakes Walker Home For Children Susan Weiler Wheelock College Rosemarie and Tom Yacovone

Barbara Hirshfield Rhonda and Stuart Holzer Kathryn Howland Richard K. Howland Tricia and Michael Hughes Ellen and Jim Hurley J.T. Haffey Builders, Inc. Valerie Jahan Donna Janis Daryoush Javaheri Lisa Fields Johnson and Ed Johnson Beth Jones Julia C. and Dylan H. Jones Betty and Curtis Jones Steven Kalman Jennifer Karnakis Maria Benotti and Peter Kellerman Karen and Daniel Kelley Katherine Kelly Ann and Leroy Kelly Joseph P. Kennedy, III Kara Kennedy Robert Keogh Patricia and Harold J. Keohane Francis Keough Pauline Dent Ketchum and Thomas Ketchum Eunjoo Kim Marcia and Scott King Lisa and James Kirchner Adam Kirsch Michael Klarman Barbara E. and Barry L. Klein Susan J. Cohen and Michael W. Klein John Koss Sheryl and Peter Kropp Hillary Krubsack Vicki L. and Peter B. Krupp Mary-Lou and John Kruse Paul Lafayette Timothy Laime Ted Landers Cheryl and Eliot Lappen Eric Lareau Keith Larson Daniel A. and Andrea E. Lasman Craig Latham, Ph.D. Brian Lawlor Kelly Lawman Deborah Lawrence-Swallow Mark Leach Dianne Ledingham Hal Leibowitz Ilana and Doug Leighton Michael Lenahan Sarah Levendusky Carol and Joseph Levy Edward Lewis Eliane and Edward L’Hommedieu Kathy and Robert Liberatore Liberty Mutual Foundation Li’l Lobster Boat LLC Rosie and Jim Lonborg Carol Lowd Peter MacDonald Robert MacIntyre Ellen M. Ray and Brian E. Mack Neil MacKenzie Cheryl MacKenzie Nancy F. Madden Ilana Mainelli Lewis Malaver Diane Maloney Matt Mandalinci Charlotte Mao Standish B. Marks Joanne Marqusee David Martin Jaime Marujo Susan E. and Edward F. McCabe

Mary Beth McCormack Tom McCraw John McDermott Walter McDonough Susan and Kevin McGinty Breida McGlame Tim McGowan Victoria McGowan Paul McGuiggan McNamara/Salvia, Inc. Ellen McTighe and Jill Tassinari Elizabeth and Brendan McWade Kevin Mealia Carol Jane Meharg Christopher Menton Katherine Miller Christopher Milton Sara Lazzaro and Michael A. Minghella

Marie M. Pedra Keith E. Pentz David Peppard Diane Lewis and Christopher J. Perry Philbin & O’Neil, LLC Philip J Poinelli Frances Pollina Kenneth Poole Phil Potter Catherine Ann and Richard Powers Nancy and Scott Powers Judy Prahl Barbara and Dennis Prinos Susan Emerson Prudden Sharon A. and Thomas P. Reardon Joan Regan Kenneth Reich Richard W. Endlar Insurance Agency, Inc.


Each time someone stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice they send forth a ripple of hope. – ROBERT F. KENNEDY Amy Mizner Andrew Modest Susan Lawrence Monack and Donald Monack Barbara B. Monsler Eric Monsler Mary Lee Moore Steve Morrissey Alexandra Moses Mary Beth Moynihan Karen Dunnett and J. Richard Murphy Janet Murray Robert Murray Victor Muskin Terri Nelson Benifer Netervala Newmark Knight Frank Global Management Services Karen and Jeffrey Obier Edward O’Callaghan Kathleen Phelops and Robert J. O’Connor Linda A. and Richard J. O’Donnell Eileen O’Donnell Dan O’Donnell Douglas Okun Lars Olson Karen O’Neill Ellen and Jonathan Orkin Owl Diner Charities Inc. P.J. Spillane Company Kelly and Ted Pacheco Val and Gerry Paen Nathan Palmer Bob Paquette Richard J. Park John Pastore Jim Paugh Mary and Elliot Pavao Matthew Pavao Steve Peacock Laurie and Donald Peck

Jason Ritter Jose M. Rivera Joan and Joseph Roach Jeffrey Robbins Drucilla J. Roberts Graham Robinson Mark Rockwal Janet and Angelo Romano Christine Rose Mark Rubel Gary Rubin Marna and Jim Rusher John D. Rusher, Sr. John Rusher Father David F. Ryan William Ryan Frank Saccoccio Sagemark Consulting Margaret Salwa Karen A. Saunders Denise and Karl Schier Larry A. Schoen Cindy Schofield Herb Schofield April L. Schrenker William Schroeder Joan and Michael Schlar Sea-Dar Construction Seasons Four Frank Seminara Sara and Joe Shacter Neil P. Shanley Sandra Jane and John Parker Shelton, III Cynthia Sherwood Richard Shults Paul J. Simeone Adam Sistsky Paul Smith Justin Smith Terri and Steven Snyder DeAnna L. Mori and Robert J. Soluri

John G. Spanbauer Susan K. and Mark A. Spaulding Mark Speller James P. Spry St. Cecilia Parish Thomas C. Staken, Jr Liam Stanbridge Joan Steiger Erica Stern Helen and Morton Sternheim Seth Stier Richard L. Stimpson Monica and Jeffrey Stone Sugar Daddy, Inc Maria and Kenneth Sullivan Henry A. Sullivan Tony Susen David Swan John Sylvia Scott Taberner George Tall Janet Taylor Dwayne Taylor Usha Thakrar Helana and James Thatcher The Purple Rose Marc Thuot James A. Tomolo John F. Toomey David J. Trerice Trolley Stop Pizzaria Inc. Trophy Case Tyler Associates Janet and Matt Tyndall Alan Untereiner Colin Van Dyke Yvonne Varano Susan Volpe Robert Waddell Kellie and Eric Walgreen Wattsaver Lighting Products, Inc. Waverly Landscape Associates, Inc. Michael Weinberg Keith Weinstein Leonard Weiser Varon Alden Wells Tracey Welsh Joyce West Nancy Gooden Westenberg and David Westenberg Vergene Wieman Adrienne Williams Allison Williamson Ryan Winger Paul Winnick Nancy and Warren Winnick Stephen K. Withers Regina and Eric Witkin Anthony Woeltz Jonathan Wolfman Harvey Wolkoff Bob Woodbury Worcester Athletic Club Susan Wornick Lisa Wright Joanne and Vincent Yacovone Lisa and Luke Youmell Joan and Carl Youngman Jane Youngren Lawrence Zaborski Justin Zaichkowsky Mark J. Zarrillo Pete Zorn

IN-KIND DONORS Absolutely Music/Four Guys in Tuxes Jeanne Affhauser Altastrada

Marie and Henry Lukasik Claude Lupis Cindy and Dan Luthern Justin Macri Wayne Manna Ann Sheehan and Mike Manna Susan Maquire Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids Cydney and David Martel Melissa and Eric McLaughlin Fran and Kevin McNeeley Lisa McTighe Sikora Jeanne Merrill Isabella Mordkovich Drew Murphy Nasty Nonni’s Wine & Spirits National Amusements Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart Not Your Average Joe’s Theodore A. Oatis Oracle Employees Penny Outlaw and Fred Weeks Stephen H. Peck, United Benefit Services Planting the Seed Foundation Catherine Ann and Richard Powers R.J. Video Productions Reagle Players Red Rose Restaurant John Reine Roche Bros Supermarkets Rodman Ride For Kids Michael Kelly and Ricardo Rodriguez Annemarie and Tom Rosa Christine Rose St. Joseph’s School, Holbrook The Honorable Stanley Rosenberg Beverly Rousseau Susan Sachs Nichelle D. Sadler Sheila and Charlie Sargent April L. Schrenker Melissa and Brandon Schrenker Paul Schwab Shaw’s Anna Shpigel Derri Shtasel and Gary Gottlieb Pam Simpson Janet Smith-Flaherty and Thomas Flaherty Jon Soucy St. Cecilia Parish Members St. Moritz Sports Arthur Stadig Anne Marie Starzyk State Street Corporation Employees Stoneham Theatre Stop & Shop Suitcases 4 Kids Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates Employees Taylor Rental Telegram and Gazette Santa Peter Tetrault The Parthenon Group Employees The Purple Rose Trader Joe’s Dennis Tully United Martial Arts Center for Health & Well Being and Patrons Donna and Jim Vitale Walker Parking Consultants Employees Warner Bros Feature Distribution Wasik’s Cheese Shop WCVB-TV Boston Alden Wells Willow Books Winchester Brownie Troop 77029

Irene Yachimski Karen York Zeiterion Theatre

GIFTS AND PLEDGES FOR THE LANCASTER PROJECT We thank our generous supporters to the Lancaster Project which began in 2005.

$100,000 +

Kathy and Mark Alperin Silverio Basile Dixon Salo Architects, Inc Joanne and Kevin Ecclesine Sandy and David Ekberg Patricia M. Hillman Ginnie and Ed Kelley Liz and Alan Klein Angela and Ali Mandalinci Veranira Ochea and Gonzalo Puigbo Mary Ann and Tom Ryan

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Beth and Linzee Coolidge/Dusky Foundation Nancy and Darrell Crate Francis Harvey & Sons Loomis Sayles & Company Stephen H. Peck, United Benefit Services



Ellen and Michael Clisham Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation David Fraley William J. Gerace Susan Baker and John MacDonald Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Inc

Anonymous Citizens Bank Christi and Dennis Pedra

Susan Allen Margaret and Don Anastasia James T. Brett R. Ann Constable Deirdre and Corey Griffin Patricia and Joseph Kennedy Nancy Newark Esq.



That which unites us is, must be, stronger than that which divides us. We can concentrate on what unites us, and secure the future for all our children. – ROBERT F. KENNEDY

$25,000-49,999 Maureen and Richard Bolger Kristen and Michael Croke Beverly and Phil Johnston Lehman Brothers Foundation John W. McKean Betsy and John Munzer Progin Foundation Marissa and Michael Summersgill

$10,000-24,999 Jane and Keith Carroll Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Monica and Michael Connolly John W. Delaney* Tonia and George Hutt Sharon Simpson Jones and Marc Jones Gina and Dave McClellan Nathan R. Miller Properties Anthony S. Owens Diane Lewis and Christopher J. Perry Cindy Schlessinger and Jeff Ellowitz Derri Shtasel and Gary Gottlieb Abby and Robert Summersgill Dawn and Paul Woods

$5,000-9,999 ACT Leasing

Queally Family Foundation/ Joanne and Kevin Ecclesine

UNDER $1,000 Josephine Barron Thomas Bennett Donald E. Carey Teresa and Lawrence DiCara Gillian G. Facher Finale Dessert Company Lisa Heyison Helen Hoch Heidi and Thomas Hogan Andrea C. James Lurie & Krup Valerie McNamara Patricia M. Reinhardt Katherine Rieth Ann M. Scanlon Mr. E. Parker Stiles Sheldon Tager Tank Nick Thacher Jennifer Zannetos *deceased


Appleton Bakery Cafe Edna Arsenault B*tween Productions Bank of America Global Corporate Affairs Jennifer Barmash Bonnie Barry Marilyn Beach Bella Notte Linens Michael Berry Susan Birse Blue Ginger Restaurant Bon Vivant Wines Boston Symphony Orchestra Boston Beer Company Boston Bruins Foundation Boston Celtics Claire P. Bourquin Mary Boyd Christopher Brennan Broadway Across America Employees Brophy & Phillips Co., Inc. Captain Marden’s Sea Foods Margi Carliley Carolyn Carlson Jane and Keith Carroll The Chiofaro Company Employees Paula Cioff CK Shanghai Susan Cone Stacey Conroy Cathy Cook Maureen Costello Cradles to Crayons Susan Crassman DCU Center- Worcester John W. Delaney* Judi and Bob Dennehy Diva’s Uncorked Donelan’s Supermarkets Keith Dragon Cheryl and Jim Duggan Dunn & Company Chloe and Adam Durant E.A. Davis Molly Ekert Jackie and Michael Engel Valri Fountain and Chris Farias Maria Fenstermaser Linda Filaretos Zora Fitch Kelley A. Flynn Jodie R. Friot Gary Glines Christopher Gradziel Joanne Gramarossa Sarah Gulliver Gayle Haley Barbara T. Harrell Haideh Hedvat Jen and Billy Hogan Chris Hollosi Holyoke Medical Center Employees Letitia L. Howland Idylwilde Farms In the Pink J. Todd Galleries David Johnston Ginnie and Ed Kelley Jennifer Kelley-Chambers Lisa and James Kirchner Liz and Allen Klein Crete Kochanek Terry Kosiba Anne Kroger Learning Express Lexus of Northborough Mark H. Lippolt and Scott J. MacDonald Rosie and Jim Lonborg



Senior Management Edward P. Kelley, President and Chief Executive Officer Alan J. Klein, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Terence J. Shanley, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration Letitia L. Howland, Vice President of Organizational Management and Strategy Cecilia M. Roddy, Vice President of Development and External Affairs Elizabeth A. Skidmore, Vice President of Business Development Alden S. Wells, Vice President of Financial Management Dr. Charles N. Billikas, Director of Clinical Services Karen B. Cheyney, Program Director, Bright Futures Adoption Center Kathy A. Felt, Area Director, Southeast Region Kevin G. McNeeley, Director of Training & Quality Assurance Valerie L. Paen, Principal, Robert F. Kennedy Lancaster School Nichelle D. Sadler, Boston Area Director Cindy G. Schofield, Director of Operations and Administration, Lancaster Mark E. Speller, NYPUM Director for Program and Business Development David N. Strong, Director of Juvenile Justice Services Adrienne E. Williams, Director of Child Welfare Services

Board of Directors

Advisory Council

Michael F. Connolly, Chair Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

Vincent P. McCarthy, Advisory Council Founding Member Partner (Ret.), Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLC

Marc J. Jones, Vice Chair Securities Exchange Commission

Susan Allen The John Drew Company

Paul Woods, Treasurer State Street Corporation

Donald Anastasia NSTAR

Cindy Schlessinger, Clerk Epsilon Associates

James T. Brett The New England Council

James D. Blue, II The Bostonian Group

Donald E. Carey Former RFK Children’s Action Corps Executive Director and Board Member

Julee R. Bolg, RN Children’s Hospital Boston/Waltham Catherine Brady Denterlein Worldwide Keith P. Carroll Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC Timothy J. Cooney, Jr. Central MA Chapter, National Safety Council Michael Croke Deloitte and Touche, LLC Kevin J. Ecclesine UBS Securities, LLC Nicole Hendricks Holyoke Community College Ina R. Howard-Hogan Massachusetts Parole Board

Elizabeth Coolidge Former RFK Children’s Action Corps Board Member Linzee Coolidge Former RFK Children’s Action Corps Board Member Darrell W. Crate Affiliated Managers Group John W. Delaney* Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP Lawrence S. DiCara Nixon Peabody LLC W. Albert Ellis OHC Development LLC Brian L.P. Fallon EXTELL Development Company

George H. Hutt, III Liberty Mutual

Robert P. Gittens Northeastern University

Philip W. Johnston Philip W. Johnston Associates

Patricia Hillman Fidelity Investments

Joseph P. Kennedy, III Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office

Alice Jelin Isenberg Former RFK Children’s Action Corps Board Member and Board President

John R. MacDonald Professions Ali Mandalinci UBS Financial Services Stephan Morikawa American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Theodore A. Oatis The Chiofaro Company Barry O’Connell Amherst College Penny Outlaw Human Resources Consultant

Stephen H. Peck United Benefit Services Dennis D. Pedra Pei Wei Asian Diner

John W. McKean Former RFK Children’s Action Corps Board Member and Board President H. Betsy Munzer Former RFK Children’s Action Corps Board Member and Board President Peter Nessen Nessen Associates Michael C. Obel-Omia University School Don Rodman Rodman Ford, Lincoln Mercury Charles Shaughnessy Actor

Christopher J. Perry Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, P.C.

Robert H. Summersgill Former RFK Children’s Action Corps Board Member and Board President

Gonzalo J. Puigbo Eastern Bank

Susan Wornick WCVB-TV5

Mary Ann Ryan University of Massachusetts


Michael J. Summersgill Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP Phyllis A. Wallace Nonprofit Leadership Alliance


Anthony S. Owens Boston Municipal Court

Patricia Kennedy Patricia Kennedy Communications

11 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108

RFK Children’s Action Corps FY10 Annual Report  

RFK Children’s Action Corps FY10 Annual Report