A.B.L.E.'s Distinctive Leadership

Board of Directors

For its board of directors, Operation A.B.L.E. draws on the expertise of accomplished corporate and civic leaders from greater Boston. Our success assisting Massachusetts jobless workers age 45 and older 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.


* Ann S. Anderson

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

James K. Brown

Citizens Bank, R.I.; Vice President, Infrastructure Suite Manager

Richard W. Curtis

State Street Corp.,Vice President, Workforce Development/Talent Acquisition

James C. Curvey, Honorary Chairman

Fidelity Investments, Vice Chair Retired

Martha Dean

Eastern Bank, Senior Vice President

Michael Festa

AARP MA, State Director

Carmine M. Guarino

Berkshire Bank- Senior Vice President

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

Janet Prensky

Aigner/Prensky Marketing Group, Senior Vice President/Partner

Winston Richie, Jr.

John Hancock, Retired

Bridget A. Stewart, LPD,  MBA

ECG Management Consultants

Steve Taranto

Massachusetts General Hospital, Director of Human Resources

* D. Richard (Dick) Tufenkjian

Sweetheart Plastics, Executive Vice President: Retired

Guale Valdez

Mattapan Community Health Center, Chief Financial Officer

* Past Board Chair

A.B.L.E.'s Leadership History

Operation A.B.L.E. has been very fortunate to have many able leaders over the years. The following are some of Operation A.B.L.E.’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 G. Cirillo                                         2000-Present