Board of Directors


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

Mimi McFadden, President

Mark Paluzzi, Vice President

Stephen Curran, Treasurer

Gary Cowles, Clerk

Steven Cohen

Brook Dane

bullet Henrik Friis

bullet Peter Gilmore

bullet Elaine Horrocks

bullet Peter Johnson

Jeremy McElwain

bullet Mark Munoz

bullet Bernadette Orr

bullet Lori Panicali

Jagruti Patel

Peter Richardson

James J. Tallo

bullet Sarah Willwerth-Dyer

Nina Wilson


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.

Helene StevensHelene Stevens, Finance Director ... click here to contact

As Finance Director, Helene oversees all the financial operating, reporting and analysis.

For the past 25 years, Helene has been involved in various levels of accounting finance and analysis, including but not limited to, public accounting, private industries, financial SEC reporting companies and many other not-for-profit entities. She has held the treasurer role for the past eight years at Beverly Youth Soccer Association. In addition, Helene also has her own consulting company working with other non-profit and private companies.
Helene holds a Bachelor of Science of Business Administration with an Accounting Major graduating from Merrimack College Coop Program. She is originally from Amsterdam, NY and spent nine months as a High School Rotary Exchange Student in Bolivia, South America. She has lived in Beverly for almost 20 years with her husband, Rick. Together they have four children. Helene is actively involved in various volunteerism in her community.