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ABLE's Distinctive Leadership

Board of Directors

For its board of directors, Operation ABLE draws on the expertise of accomplished corporate and civic leaders from greater Boston. Our success assisting Massachusetts jobless workers age 45 and up is a testament to our shared commitment to the mission.


Lydia Greene
Lydia Greene

Tufts Health Plan, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Lydia Greene is responsible for human resources, including compensation and benefits, diversity initiatives, wellness, talent acquisition and organizational development at Tufts Health Plan where she also oversees internal communications, corporate reputation management, brand communications, media relations, external communications and real estate. Previously she was vice president of human resources and diversity at the Plan, and prior to that she held senior level human resources management positions with Progress Software, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire, Lockheed Sanders and Emerson Hospital. She also ran her own human resources consulting practice. Ms. Greene received her B.S. degree in management from the University of Massachusetts.

Board Officers

Vice Chair

Steve Taranto

Massachusetts General Hospital, Director of Human Resources


Guale Valdez

Mattapan Community Health Center, Chief Financial Officer


Carmine M. Guarino

Berkshire Bank, LLP, Senior Vice President-Retail Banking


David Abelman

Delta Dental of MA, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer

Ann S. Anderson*

Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, B.S. M.A.: Retire

Kelly L. Ciano

Knowledge Link, Head of Human Resources

Joan Cunnick

Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, Senior Vice President Employer Benefits

Richard W. Curtis

State Street Corp.,Vice President, Workforce Development/Global
Inclusion, Global Human Resources

Martha Dean

Eastern Bank, Senior Vice President & Operational Risk Management Director

Michael Festa

AARP MA, State Director MA

Fred Foulkes

Boston University - Questrom School of Business, Professor of Organizational Behavior Director, Human Resources Policy Institute

Leslie Joannides-Burgos

Brookline Bank, Senior Vice President Division Executive Retail & Business Banking

Maura D. McLaughlin, Esq.

Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP, Partner

Colleen Moran

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Director, Workforce Programs

Ruth Ann (Rickie) Moriarty **

Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston, Executive Director: Retired

Douglas Orciani

Veritude, Executive Vice President/GM

Janet Prensky

Aigner/Prensky Marketing Group, Senior Vice President/Partner

Winston Richie, Jr.

John Hancock, Retired

Bridget A. Stewart, LPD,  MBA

Steward St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Vice President Operations

D. Richard (Dick) Tufenkjian*

Sweetheart Plastics, Executive Vice President: Retired


* Past Board Chair

** Past CEO

ABLE's Leadership History

Operation ABLE has been very fortunate to have many able leaders over the years. The following are some of Operation ABLE's key leaders from our original incorporation to the present day:


Ezra Merrill

Original Incorporators of Careers for Later Years

Caleb Loring, Jr.
George S. Patton III
James L. Sullivan

Board Chairs

James L. Sullivan 1982-1984
John S. North 1984-1985
Neal F. Finnegan 1985-1986
James C. Curvey 1986-1989
D. Richard Tufenkjian 1989-1992
Robert F. Gregorio 1992-1996
Arthur E. Banks 1996-1999
John A. MacFarland 1999-2002
Jeanne Benoit 2002-2006
Paul J. Murphy 2006-2008
Jeff Cook 2008-2010
Ann Anderson 2010-2016
Lydia Greene 2016-Present


Presidents and CEOs

Ezra Merrill 1982-1983
Anne Francis Cavanaugh 1983
Marjorie Cotton 1983-1984
J.R. Hipple 1984-1986
Robin Battista 1986-1992
Ruth Ann Moriarty 1992-2000
Joan Cirillo 2000-2019
Marian Walsh 2019-Present
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