Our Board of Directors
+ Ruth Rotundo Whitney, President & Chair of the Board
Ruth, who has served on the CFCS Board for more than 15 years, grew up in Schenectady, N.Y. and graduated from Mount Holyoke College and Simmons School of Social Work. She has been a social worker and a resident of Cambridge for more than forty years. Her professional specialty has been working with divorcing families, and she has served as President of the Mass Association of Guardians ad Litem and the Mass chapter of the Association of Family Courts, as well as consulting to the Governor's Commission on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children. Ruth is presently on the Institutional Review Board of Mount Auburn Hospital and the advisory board for the supervised visitation program at the Guidance Center.
In 2012 Ruth received the Distinguished Lifetime Career Award from Simmons School of Social Work. Her other interests include theater, bridge, her nieces and nephews, and pretending to live in London.
+ Debra Wekstein, Vice President
Debra has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years. Debra is currently a Senior Compliance Advisor – Sales Material Oversight at Amundi Pioneer in Boston, MA. Before Amundi Pioneer, Debra worked in the legal/compliance department at Commonwealth Financial Network for six years and, prior to that, at Eaton Vance Corp for almost ten years. Debra graduated magna cum laude from The University of Michigan and is a cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School. Debra was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky.
After having lived in Brookline for ten years, Debra moved across the river to Cambridge in 2000. She currently lives in mid-Cambridge with her husband and two sons, ages 13 and 16. Debra has been involved in the Jewish community through Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and, since her move to Cambridge, through her synagogue, Temple Beth Shalom. Debra held several leadership roles during her time on the Board of Alef-Bet Childcare Center, where her children attended pre-school. Debra joined the Board of Cambridgeport Afterschool Program, Inc. (CAPI) in 2008 and served as President of CAPI from 2010 to 2016. Debra loves college basketball, a good book, and pancakes.
+ Erika Eurkus, Vice President
Erika is a senior director at Accion, a global leader in microfinance. There she works with both individuals and corporations to advance the work of Accion in the U.S. and around the world. She has extensive experience developing and growing microlending programs, raising loan and operating capital and launching corporate partnerships including Brewing the American Dream and the Tory Burch loan fund at Accion. Prior to her work in resource development, Erika served as New England Program Director for Accion USA, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the area’s largest microlending program, a position she came to after assisting with first ever merger in the domestic microfinance field, the union of Accion USA and Working Capital. Under her leadership, more than $6.35 million in loans was disbursed to local small business.
Erika serves on the board of the Massachusetts Community Banking Council, and has served as a chair person on Mayor Menino’s Boston ONEin3 Advisory Council and on the advisory board of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship at the Pioneer Institute, working on projects including the first Spanish language publication of a city guide for small business owners. Erika has received numerous honors including the BBJ’s 40 Under 40. She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University.
+ Dennis Scannell, Treasurer
Dennis is a partner at Rutabaga Capital Management, an institutional investment management firm based in Boston focusing on micro cap and small cap stocks founded in 1999. Prior to joining Rutabaga, Dennis was an analyst and portfolio manager at David L. Babson & Company, which was based in Cambridge.
Dennis received his bachelor degree from the University of Southern California and his master's degree in management from Yale University's School of Management. He was a Henry Luce Scholar in Asia in 1983-84 where he worked for the Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee.
Dennis lives in Cambridge with his wife Jane Kamensky, who is a professor of American History at Harvard University, and their two sons.
+ William J. Mostyn, III, Assistant Treasurer
Bill joined the CFCS Board of Directors in 2012 and served as Board President from 2015 to 2018. He is currently an adjunct professor at Northeastern University School of Law. He is a former Senior Vice President of TIAA-CREF, the financial services firm focused on higher education; Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Bank of America Corporation; and Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer of The Gillette Company. His legal experience was focused on securities laws, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He graduated from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, MA.
Bill is the former Chairman of the Board of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals that represents over 3000 U.S. Companies. He is currently on the advisory council of the Society’s Eastern New England Chapter. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1971. Bill is the father of two sons and lives with Sandee, his wife for forty years, in Marshfield, MA. Bill brings to the board a deep experience in corporate law, organizational governance, corporate charitable programs and financial oversight.
+ Debjani Banerji
Debjani has worked in hospital management for over fifteen years. She is currently the Administrative Director of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has worked at MGH for eleven years, the last 6 years in Pediatrics. Before joining the Department of Pediatrics, she worked in the Department of Surgery as the Director of Operations and Quality. She has also worked at Fallon Clinic in Worcester, Massachusetts and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Debjani earned her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and her Masters in Health Administration from a joint program at UMass Medical School and Clark University. Living in Cambridge with her husband and daughter, she supports various community efforts including the Cambridge Public Schools, United Way, and the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. Debjani enjoys reading, traveling and entertaining.
+ Beth Kreidenweis
Beth Kreidenweis has worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance, a Fortune 100 property and casualty insurance company, for over 25 years. She is currently the Vice President of Real Estate Delivery and has extensive experience in project management, strategic planning and operational management. Beth has served on the boards for Standing Up to POTS and the Springfield (OH) Arts Council.
+ Patricia Lorsch
Patricia has enjoyed a wide-ranging career as a journalist, teacher and political activist spanning three continents. Born and raised in Canada, Ms. Lorsch graduated from McGill University with a BA in French and Russian languages. She studied drama in French at L’Institut International Polytechnique du Spectacle in Paris, and later worked as a reporter in London on the Evening Standard and as a feature writer at the Daily Express. Returning to Canada, she spent the next eight years as a staff feature writer for Weekend Magazine, a national publication based in Montreal.
Pioneering in such fields as the environment and women’s lib, she focused on a variety of social issues as well as profiles of writers, politicians, artists and entertainers. While living in India she wrote and taught journalism at the Calcutta School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Since becoming an American citizen in the mid-nineties, Ms. Lorsch has been active in the Democratic Party at the national, state, and local levels. She was one of the original members of the New England Steering Committee for Barack Obama and is currently a member of the Democratic National Finance Committee. An elected member of the Cambridge Democratic City Committee, she is Secretary for the Ward Ten Committee.
Ms. Lorsch joined the Board of Cambridge Family and Children’s Service in 2008 where she has co-chaired the annual Gala and Auction and served as Chair of the Development Committee. She also sits on the Board of the Mass. Cultural Council. Ms. Lorsch is married to Harvard Business School professor Jay Lorsch and has two children, three stepchildren, and eight grandchildren. Patricia co-founded a writers’ group which meets monthly at her home, and is currently working on a novel.
+ Sally Martin
Sally Martin is a marketing information consultant, helping clients derive business insights from their retail and customer data. Since founding Martin Analytics in 2008, her clients have ranged from large corporations to small non-profits. Before venturing into solo consulting, Sally worked for a variety of companies in the consumer products industry, including Quaker Oats, Information Resources, Peapod, and comScore Networks in areas such as marketing research, business analytics, and client service. She holds an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University.
Sally lives in Belmont with her husband and two teenage children. She spent 5 years as a La Leche League counsellor and served in a variety of leadership positions within that organization. She formed and current serves as Trustee for a small grant-making foundation supporting breastfeeding programs. In addition to her work for CFCS, she volunteers in a variety of capacities within the Belmont Public Schools and recently enjoyed a stint as a herring monitor for the Mystic River Watershed Association.
+ Lisa Rodericks
As the Chief Marketing Officer at Cambridge Savings Bank (CSB), Lisa’s number one priority is to make the “Always you” experiences customers have with the bank, come alive. Lisa leads the development and delivery of CSB’s brand and marketing strategy and is responsible for creating strategic roadmaps for growing and cultivating long-term client relationships across the retail, the small business, and the commercial business lines. Before joining CSB, she earned her 25+ year financial services acumen at several large and regional banks including: Santander, Bank of America, Fleet and BayBank – and through a boutique consulting firm where she provided strategic advisory services and insights centered around consumer decision-making criteria. Lisa is a resident of Cambridge, a member of the WGBH Corporate Executive Council.
+ Heidi Steinert
Heidi previously worked as an In Home Family Therapist at The Edinburg Center, where she provided strength-based therapy to children, youth and their families. She brings to the Board a deep commitment to human rights and social justice. In addition to her work for CFCS, Heidi volunteers in many capacities for the Belmont Public Schools, Kenyon College, and The Miriam Fund.
Heidi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Kenyon College, and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She lives in Belmont with her husband Eric, and their two teenage children.
+ William Tsoules
William Tsoules is a Boston based CPA whose career in Accounting and Finance has focused principally in the Not for Profit sector. He earned his B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Wesleyan Univsersity in CT., and completed his MBA and MS in Accounting from Northeastern University. Will is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for the Massachusetts Historical Society, and has recently worked for the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and the Grand Lodge of California Freemasons in San Francisco.
Will enthusiastically joined the CFCS board in 2015 and has volunteered previously on the Advisory Council of the Worcester Area Retired & Senior Volunteer Program. Will also leads volunteer efforts with various area food banks and the Eastern Orthodox churches of which he is a member. He lives with his wife Dana and son Evan in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.
+ John A. Tyler
John joined the CFCS Board of Directors in 2011 and was appointed as chair of the Audit Committee. John is the founder and president of Tyler Lynch PC, a Certified Public Accounting and business-consulting firm located in Cambridge. Since becoming a CPA in 1969, he has earned a distinguished reputation for providing counsel to owner-managed businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals.
John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of CPAs. He is a past chairman of the Massachusetts Society of CPA's Microcomputer Committee.
Additionally, John has published many articles on the use of computers in accounting for a number of prominent business and technical publications. John received a degree in Economics from Yale University and an Accounting degree from Bentley College.
+ Selam Woldeselassie
Selam Woldeselassie has been the Department Director of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Boston University since 2016. Prior she was the Business Manager for the Boston University Center for Biomedical Research for five years. She has extensive experience in banking, financial services, and retail management at companies including Bank of America, State Street Corporation, and Sprint Corp. Selam holds a B.A. in Sociology from UMASS Boston, and she will be entering into the MBA program at Boston University in Fall 2018. Selam is passionate about youth services and providing equitable opportunities across socio-economic backgrounds.
+ Susan Spurlock
Susan H. Spurlock is an experienced senior program and training director and attorney with a background in state and federal government, higher education, child welfare, strategic leadership, and human services. She is the Director of the Public Policy and Practice Hub at Suffolk University. Before Suffolk, Ms. Spurlock served as the Director of the Massachusetts Child Welfare Institute, the training, professional development, and professional education center at the Department of Children and Families. There, among her accomplishments, she expanded training for social work staff and created a nationally recognized fellowship partnership program among DCF and public and private schools of social work. Prior to this position, Ms. Spurlock served as Associate Dean and Director of the Northeastern University School of Education. Among her achievements, she founded the groundbreaking Partnerships in Education Program, a Northeastern partnership with 12 out-of-school education programs in Dorchester and Roxbury. Ms. Spurlock is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 National Association of Social Worker's Public Citizen of the Year. Currently, Ms. Spurlock is a Senior Fellow at the Suffolk University Moakley Center for Public Management. Ms. Spurlock holds a B.S. in Education and a Juris Doctor degree, both from Boston University. She also has completed a Suffolk University Certificate in Human Service Leadership and Management.