Board of Directors

Hope and Comfort Inc.

Jeff Feingold
Founder and President

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Jeff Feingold founded Hope and Comfort in 2011 in an effort to teach his two young children the
importance of giving back to the community and to ensure that all people have access to basic and essential personal hygiene products.

He brings a great deal of expertise to the organization. Jeff has worked at Fidelity since 1997 and is currently a Portfolio Manager in the Equity Division of Fidelity Research and Management. This experience, along with receiving a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, has made Jeff an expert in business, management, and finance. Jeff enthusiastically shares his knowledge and expertise with Hope and Comfort in an effort to help the organization grow and flourish.

In addition to his professional experience, Jeff has participated in dozens of philanthropic and volunteer activities over the last 20 years including teaching classes to Boston inner-city youth on topics such as kindness and journalism, leading hundreds of his coworkers at Fidelity Investments to help rebuild inner-city schools, and organizing numerous food and clothing drives for the homeless.

Loren Feingold
Director

Loren Feingold is currently Director of Development for Principal Gifts at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She has spent her career in the nonprofit world, holding multiple roles related to health and wellness. Some of these roles include Director of Research and Policy for a cancer foundation, Nutrition Trainer and Educator with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Clinical Dietitian at Lynn Community Health Center.

Loren received her Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University and her Masters in Public Health and Masters in Nutrition Communications from Tufts University. Loren is passionate about giving back and paying it forward in both big and small ways. She believes in for-profit/not-for-profit and private/public partnerships to make sustainable societal change.

Loren shares her skills in fundraising, community building, and grant writing with Hope and Comfort.

Amy Reich Weil
Director

Amy is a founding partner with the law firm of Kertzman & Weil, LLP and has practiced law in Wellesley since 1994, following two years at a Boston law firm. She graduated in 1987 with a B.S. in Business Management and Communications from Babson College and received her law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1992. She is a member of the Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Amy is currently Vice Chair of Babson’s Board of Overseers and was formerly a member of the Executive Board of the Babson College Alumni Association. She is also an adjunct professor in the Accounting and Law Department at Babson where she teaches Business Law.

Beyond her professional roles, Amy also volunteers a great deal of time with the Babson community. She actively organizes and participates in Babson’s Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program, a program that provides undergraduate students with constructive coaching in the areas of teamwork, leadership, and communication.

Amy shares her expertise in law and business as well as her enthusiasm for volunteerism and community with Hope and Comfort.

June Ferestien
Director

June, a former professional tennis player, is a marketing/branding strategist and business development consultant. Her most recent client was Brandeis University, where she spearheaded its first-ever corporate partnership program and also oversaw the day-to-day community engagement and marketing efforts for the Brandeis Athletics Department.

Prior to this role, June graduated with honors from Brandeis University and received her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. She practiced law in Boston for six years and then transitioned into business development, marketing and public relations. She led development and marketing for The Sports Museum of New England and The Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University. She has also led corporate philanthropy and community relations for CVS Health and brand marketing and philanthropic efforts on behalf of CVS/pharmacy.

June is engaged in the community and has offered her support and time to many organizations including Birthday Wishes, The Second Step, The CJP Teen Task Force, and Cradles to Crayons. June currently sits on the Advisory Resource Committee for Journey to Safety, an education and awareness based organization that works to put an end to domestic and relationship abuse.

June brings her expertise in business, marketing, and nonprofit management to Hope and Comfort.

Ralph Letner
Director

Ralph is the Chief Lending Officer at Wellesley Bank, overseeing the commercial and residential lending activities of the bank. He has a 30-year banking and finance career in the Boston area, most recently also working with Citizens Bank and Boston Private Bank in management roles.

Ralph has also been active as a volunteer and board member in a number of community and not-for-profit organizations. He was a board member of the Natick Visiting Nurse Association for five years. He served on the board of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce and finished as the chair of the audit committee. He is also in his 15th year as a committee member of the Natick Elderly and Disabled Taxation Fund. The fund solicits donations and reviews applications from low-income elderly and/or disabled homeowners in his hometown of Natick, MA, with the aim of helping with real estate tax payments.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and an M.B.A. from Babson College.

Ralph shares his expertise in management, finance, and social service with Hope and Comfort.

John O’Connor
Director

John is Chief Investment Officer, CEO at Battery Global Advisors. John joined Battery Ventures in 2001 to start and manage an internal family office. From 2001 through 2004, he designed custom portfolios and advised the senior partners on their personal investment strategies. He also had direct investment responsibility for the firm’s defined benefit plan. In early 2005, the firm created Battery Global Advisors to put an institutional framework around the investment process for the family office. In 2011 BGA spun out into a separately owned and operated business and began also servicing clients that are not affiliated with Battery Ventures. Previously, John was a Vice President with the Boston-based financial consulting firm RINET Company, Inc.

John has devoted a significant amount of time to community based non-profit organizations.  He was formerly a Trustee of the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School which is now part of Uncommon Schools.  He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Weston Little League and Family Service of Greater Boston.

John has a BS in Accounting from Bryant University and was a licensed CPA. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

John shares his skills and experience in management, finance and community service with Hope & Comfort.

Michelle Hipwood
Director

Michelle is currently the Head of Finance and Operations at clypd, an early-stage technology company in the television advertising space. Michelle previously held roles as the Director of Finance and Operations at Immusant, an early-stage biotech, and the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of The Capital Network, a non-profit dedicated to providing extensive educational and mentoring programs to help early-stage entrepreneurs successfully raise seed capital.

Michelle’s earlier career was spent in Investment Banking and Strategy Consulting at large institutions like Bank of America and Deloitte.  She has an MBA from Babson College’s Olin School of Business and a B.S. from Boston College.

Michelle has served on various non-profit boards and brings her experience in both finance and operational management and strategy to Hope and Comfort.

Ryan Debin
Director

Ryan is Senior Vice President at LStar Capital and owns several My Gym franchises in the area. He is on the board of Horizons for Homeless Children and received his BS in Finance from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

Betsy Rosen
Director

 

Sharon Reilly
Director

 

Cheryl Schondek
Director