2018 Board of Directors


Thank you to our dedicated Board of Directors for their time and support.

Mark Paluzzi, President

Mark Munoz, Vice President

Peter Johnson, Treasurer

bullet Sarah Willwerth-Dyer, Asst. Treasurer

Gary Cowles, Clerk

Edward Cahill

bullet Laurence Chase

Melissa Dane

bullet Joey Gustafson

bullet Allan Huntley

Jeremy McElwain

bullet Bernadette Orr

bullet Lori Panicali

bullet Jeffrey Roberts

bullet Joseph Trainor




Sue Gabriel Sue Gabriel, Executive Director ... click here to contact

As Executive Director, Sue is committed to the vital role that Beverly Bootstraps serves within the community. She works closely with the Board and the staff to develop and implement strategic growth and maintain the fiscal health of the organization. Sue also takes the lead in advocating policy issues that relate to the mission of the organization.

Sue's path to the helm of Beverly Bootstraps includes over 20 years of experience, mostly in the non-profit sector. Since 2008, Sue has helped grow Beverly Bootstraps from a grass-roots organization to a mid-sized non-profit. Under her leadership, the organization has grown over 30% in clients served, revenue and number of staff and volunteers.

Sue's career experience includes much in the way of initiative and leadership. She has been the sole proprietor of Marketing Success, Director of Development for Beverly School for the Deaf and Director of Tourism for Thoroughbred Country in South Carolina. This varied experience prepared her for the complexity of leading a community organization.

Sue holds a B.A. in English/Communications with a Business Minor and frequently participates in business learning opportunities and training. Sue resides in Beverly, MA with her husband and three children. She is a member of the Beverly Rotary Club and St. Peter's Church and is involved in many aspects of the community through her work and family.

Heather JohnstonHeather Johnston, Director of Donor Relations ... click here to contact

As Director of Donor Relations, Heather oversees all fundraising efforts, marketing/communications and volunteer activities.

Over the last 18 years, Heather has held various leadership roles in Development/Donor Relations for Easter Seals NH, Wide Horizons for Children and Anna Jaques Hospital. In addition, Heather has been actively involved in a variety of leadership roles, including President of the New England Association of Healthcare Philanthropy and has been on the national board of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. Heather has also been actively involved as a board member for the Greater Beverly YMCA and currently volunteers at the North Beverly Elementary School.

Heather holds a B.S. in Business with an Economics/Finance Minor. Heather resides in Beverly, MA with her husband and two daughters.

The Friends of Beverly Bootstraps ... click here for list

This group of former board members and members of board appointed committees have accepted our invitation to join this group of dedicated individuals and be recognized for their involvement in guiding us through the past.