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Michael Ansara, Co-Founder

After 25 years as an activist and organizer, Michael has founded and led three successful businesses. He serves on the boards of Mass Poetry, Echo Ditto, and Tupelo Press. He has 3 children and 6 grandchildren and lives with his wife Barney Arnold in Carlisle, MA.



Heather Coughlin

Heather currently serves as Advisor for Maternity Neighborhood in the Charlottesville, Virginia area and as the Advisor in Residence for .406 Ventures, a company that provides capital and support for early stage technology companies in Boston. Prior to these roles, she worked as a Consultant with CareFuze consulting and a Strategic Advisor with CoPatient. Heather has a strong track record of strategic, operational and financial leadership. Heather earned her BA from Vanderbilt University and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.


Amy Gorin

Amy has served on the Executive Board and in many other leadership roles of Temple Beth Elohim for many years. She also serves on the board of the Commission on Jewish Continuity & Education and previously on CJP’s Adult Learning Steering Committee. She is Chair of the Leadership Development Institute, a leadership development initiative of CJP. Amy also serves on the board of Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly and is a member of the Board and Strategic Planning Committee for Community Servings. Amy served as Co-Chair of both the initial and re-election campaigns for Governor Deval Patrick. An experienced mediator, Amy has provided mediation training for corporate and non-profit executives and middle and high school students across Massachusetts. She received her B.A from Connecticut College.

Gregg LeStage

For nearly 20 years, Gregg has been a management consultant specializing in leadership development, sales effectiveness and organizational change. As a Boston-based partner in McKinsey & Co and other consulting firms, he has worked with executives across a wide range of industries. He earned his BA from Trinity College and his MA and PhD in English Literature from Oxford University, where he also taught and served as President of the Oxford Poetry Society. His collections of poetry, Small Gods of Summer (2013) and Hope Is a Small Barn (2017), were published by Antrim House Books.

Don McLagan

Don McLagan is an entrepreneur and poet.  An innovator of business information services for forty years, he is now retired and advises entrepreneurial CEOs.  He writes poetry with the Concord Poetry Center, the Cleaveland House and the Edgartown Poets Collective.  Don’s current advisory and Board relationships include Affectly.com, H Class Association (Herreshoff), LearnLaunch, MassPoetry, Techstars, and Testive.com. Don has a B.S. and a B.S.M.E. degrees from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Nicco Mele, Co-Founder

Nicco is Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Poltics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Most recently he served as the Senior Vice President and Deputy Publisher of the Los Angeles Times. He is a leading expert in the integration of social media and Web 2.0 with politics, business, and communications, pioneering the use of the internet for Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential race and revolutionizing political fundraising and American politics. He founded Echo & Co., a leading internet strategy company that has consulted with leading political campaigns, Fortune 500 companies, and nonprofit groups. He is the author of The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David The New Goliath. Nicco was born in West Africa to foreign service parents. His wife, Morra Aarons, is also a well-known internet entrepreneur and blogger.

Larry Weber

Larry founded one of the first interactive marketing agencies, Thunderhouse, and has worked with world-class clients including ARM, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Cook Medical, General Electric, General Motors, IBM, Kaiser Permanente, and Microsoft. In 1987, he started his own public relations company, The Weber Group, which was purchased by The Interpublic Group of Companies in 1996, and in 2000, Larry was named chairman and CEO of Interpublic's Advanced Marketing Services. Larry serves on a number of Boards or corporations, non-profit organizations and academic institutions. he is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX). Larry has authored five business and marketing books, and his newest book, The Digital Marketer: Ten New Skills You Must Learn to Stay Relevant and Customer-Centric, was released in Spring 2014.