Heather P. Campion
Chief Executive Officer
Heather Campion was appointed CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in March 2014, after serving for over 10 years on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. She has a diverse background with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, and in higher education.
For nearly two decades, from 1981-1998, Campion held key administrative positions at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, helping to build the School’s Center for Business and Government, serving as the School’s Director of Public Liaison, and later as Director of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum and Associate Director of the Institute of Politics.
Campion also has substantial experience in financial services, having served from 1998-2007 on the Executive Management Committee as EVP for Corporate Affairs at Citizens Financial Group, then one of the top ten commercial bank holding companies in the United States. More recently, she served as Chief Administrative Officer of Northeast Bancorp, and led the development of its successful direct online savings division, ableBanking.
Campion began her career in government and national politics, serving on the White House staff in the Speechwriting Office, and the Office of Public Liaison during the Carter Administration. She also held senior positions on the 1984 Mondale and 1988 Dukakis presidential campaigns.
She and her husband Chuck Campion, co-founder and Chairman of Dewey Square Group, have two children and reside Brookline, Massachusetts.
Foundation Senior Staff
Chief Financial Officer
Doris Drummond, CPA, is controller and Chief Financial Officer for the Kennedy Library Foundation. Prior to joining the staff in January 1997, Ms. Drummond worked at Clean Harbors in Braintree, where she held various positions including manager of financial reporting and analysis, and manager of corporate accounting. She was previously employed at Aldrich, Eastman & Waltch as a team accountant (1989-1990) and spent five years with the big six accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand (1984-1989). Ms. Drummond is a graduate of Providence College.
Vice President of Development
Maura Hammer joined the Foundation in 2011, with responsibility overseeing individual, corporate, and foundation development efforts as well as board development activities. Working closely with the Board of Directors, Maura identifies and secures funding sources to advance the major initiatives of the J.F.K. Library and Museum including Library forums, education programs and special events. Prior to joining the Foundation staff, Maura spent six years at Community Rowing, Inc., where she led a $16 million capital campaign to build the first boathouse on the Charles River dedicated to public access. She’s also held key development positions at several well-known Boston area nonprofits, including The Home for Little Wanderers and The West End House Boys & Girls Club. Ms. Hammer is a graduate of Boston College.
Vice President, Communications and Digital Media
Rachel Flor joined the Foundation staff in December 2006. In April 2007 she was named spokesperson for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and is responsible for promoting and publicizing new initiatives and programs through the media. Previously she worked in the Foundation's Development Department. Before joining the Foundation, she worked at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial where she directed the R.F.K. Book and Journalism Awards program and the annual R.F.K. Memorial Golf Tournament. She holds a M.A. in Modern English Literature from University College London and a B.A. in English Literature from George Washington University.
Director of the Profile in Courage and New Frontier Award Programs
Anne Aaron joined the Foundation in October 2002 as Director of the Profile in Courage Award program, and in 2004 she oversaw the creation of the Foundation's New Frontier Awards to recognize the next generation of public leaders. Previously, she had been Director of Outreach and Communications at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, where she established the Institute's landmark survey of college students' attitudes toward politics and public service. From 1995 until 1999, she served as the Institute's Director of Student Programs, where she developed programs on all aspects of elective politics and public policy, including campaign workshops, policy seminars, conferences, and publications. She holds an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in public policy from Duke University.
Public Engagement and Special Projects Coordinator
Jimmy Biblarz joined the Foundation in June 2014. His work primarily concerns helping the Library engage new audiences, particularly those outside the greater Boston area. His work involves strategic outreach to various national and international political organizations and efforts to form dynamic, creative partnerships for the purpose of inspiring new generations to embrace President Kennedy's public service vision. Additionally, Mr. Biblarz will be helping to prepare the Library's road map for the 2017 Centennial celebration. He graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with a degree in Social Studies and English and has served on the Executive Board of the Institute of Politics there — a sister institution to the JFK Library.
Director, Annual Giving and Donor Services
Kristin Bonelli joined the Foundation’s Development Department in 2007 and has held several roles within the department. Currently, Kristin is responsible for overseeing the Foundation's annual giving opportunities, which include the Membership, Annual Fund and Victura Society programs, as well as new funding initiatives. Previously she worked in the Foundation’s Education Department. Ms. Bonelli holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and a B.A in Art History and a B.S. in Human Development from Binghamton University, State University of New York.
Emily Jennett Butler
Emily Butler was delighted to join the Foundation staff in January 2013 after consulting to the Foundation in 2012. In this new position, Emily is responsible for developing grant requests to local and national foundations and corporations, and helps with other writing projects as needed. Before joining the Foundation, Emily worked for 14 years at Community Rowing, Inc., where she helped launch a rowing program for urban girls and designed a $16 million capital campaign to build a new boathouse on the Charles River. Emily was instrumental in securing several seven-figure gifts to the campaign, including a $1 million grant from a local foundation. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds a Ed.M. from Harvard University.
Accounting Operations Manager
Michelle Gobbi joined the Kennedy Library Foundation in January 2009 as the Administrative and Accounting Assistant. Prior to joining the finance staff at the Foundation, Ms. Gobbi was a Business Manager in the Partners Neonatology Group at Partners Healthcare. From 1995-2000 Ms. Gobbi was the Division Manager in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She received a B.S. from Framingham State College.
Matthew Hall joined the Foundation in October 2013 as the Staff Accountant. Prior to joining the Foundation, he attended Stonehill College and received a B.S. degree in Mathematics in May of 2013. During his time at Stonehill he worked as a Financial Analyst Intern at the Archdiocese of Boston.
Sara Kanawati Stephany
Director, New Frontier Network
Sara Kanawati joined the Foundation staff in May 2011, and in January 2013 was named Director of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Network. She is responsible for engaging a new generation of donors in support of Kennedy Library and Foundation programs. She brings more than nine years of development experience to our team, having directed successful fundraising efforts for political campaigns, non-profit organizations and advocacy groups. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Shannon K. McDonough
Shannon K. McDonough joined the Foundation in June 2014. Since 1998 she has led internal and external enterprise web and content strategy initiatives at private sector, higher education and nonprofit organizations such as at DDB Worldwide, Condé Nast, and Harvard Law School. Her experience spans several disciplines including corporate communications, public and media relations, online marketing, human resources communications and executive and adult education. Ms. McDonough is completing a master’s degree at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and holds a B.A. in English Literature from Stonehill College.
Karen Mullen joined the Foundation in April 2000 as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. She previously held positions at Scudder Financial Services and Fidelity Investments in their brokerage service departments. Prior to joining Fidelity Investments in 1996, Ms. Mullen served as Office Manager for Boston's Chart House restaurant for nine years.
Megan Piccirillo joined the Foundation’s full-time staff in September 2011 after serving as the Communications intern during the 2009-2010 academic year. She is responsible for helping to develop and execute the communications strategy for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Previously, Ms. Piccirillo was an account executive at Newman Communications, where she helped publicize authors around the country. She also worked as a public relations assistant at Crawford Strategies and interned with the Massachusetts Democratic Party and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She received a B.A. in Public Communication and Political Science from Northeastern University and an M.A. in Political Science from Northeastern University.
Sarina Sadana joined the Foundation staff in August 2013. She is responsible for supporting the Development Department’s operations and programming and for maintaining donor records. Her past development experiences include work with the Boston Ballet and the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She holds a B.A. in English from Boston College.
Director of Marketing and Sales
Lee Statham joined the Foundation in September 1999 as Director of Marketing and Sales. Ms. Statham is responsible for promoting the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as a national and international tourist destination and attraction, and serving as the Library's representative to the travel and tourism industry. Ms. Statham also coordinates all advertising design and placement. Prior to joining the Kennedy Library, Ms. Statham worked as Sales Manager at Batterymarch Conference Center and, from 1991 – 1998, as Group Sales and Event Manager for Boston's Chart House restaurant. Prior to her employment in Boston, Ms. Statham worked for Sheraton Corporation in sales, catering and restaurant management. She holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Northern Arizona University.
Consultant - Museum Exhibits and Collections
Amy Forman is an exhibition and interior designer who has advised the Library and Foundation since 1989. Projects include the redesign of the new museum, which opened in 1993, the exhibits on Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, the ongoing redesign of permanent and changing exhibits in the museum, as well as the design of the administrative offices, research room and cafe. She was the design consultant representing the Library and Foundation for the exhibition "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years -- Selections from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum," jointly produced by the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to moving to the United States from Toronto, Ms. Forman designed and coordinated major exhibitions for the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her design for "Treasures of the Holy Land, Ancient Art from the Israel Museum" at the Royal Ontario Museum was published in Print Casebook 8: The Best in Exhibition Design. Ms. Forman is a graduate of the University of Toronto.
These positions are funded by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, but report to the Chief Archivist of The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Assistant Digital Archivist for Audiovisual Collections
William Bjelf joined the Kennedy Library Foundation in November 2008 as an Audiovisual Metadata Cataloger for the Digital Archives Initiative. In 2011 he became Assistant Digital Archivist for Audiovisual Collections. Prior to joining the Foundation, he earned a M.L.I.S. from the University of Rhode Island and held an internship in the Center for Digital Initiatives at Brown University. He has also worked as a technical writer and engineer, and holds a B.A. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.
AV Metadata Cataloger
Lindsay Closterman joined the Foundation in September 2010 as a Metadata Cataloger in the Library's Digitization Unit. She started working as an intern in the JFK Library's Audiovisual Archives in August 2009, doing both digitization and reference work. She has also served a volunteer and/or intern at the Schlesinger Library, the USS Constitution Museum, and the Ellis County Historical Society in Hays, Kansas. Ms. Closterman graduated in May 2010 from Northeastern University with a M.A. in History and Certificates in Public History and Women's Studies. She received dual B.A. degrees in History and French from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.
Assistant Digital Archivist for Textual Collections
Kelly Francis joined the Kennedy Library Foundation in June 2008 as a Metadata Cataloger for the Digital Archives Initiative. Ms. Francis is responsible for the digitization of textual collections and oversees the Digitization on Demand program. Prior to joining the Foundation, she held an internship in the Archives Processing Unit of the JFK Library. Ms. Francis is a graduate of Simmons College where she earned a M.A. in Archival Management, and Ohio University where she earned a B.A. in English Literature.
AV Metadata Cataloger
Nicola joined the foundation’s full-time staff in November 2011, after serving as an intern in the Library’s Digitization Unit from July 2008 until August 2011. Previously, Ms. Mantzaris served as a Library/Staff Assistant at the Harvard College Library and an Audiovisual Archives Intern for FRONTLINE at the WGBH Educational Foundation. She also worked as a Records Management Intern at the Bunker Hill Community College Library and an Archival Processing Intern at the Harvard University Herbaria. Nicola earned her M.L.S. with an Archives Management concentration from Simmons College in January 2011. She also holds an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University-Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A. from Stonehill College.
Curator, Hemingway Collection
Susan Wrynn joined the Foundation staff in April 2004. Ms. Wrynn previously served as a Director at the Northeast Document Conservation Center from 1994 to 2003 where she had responsibility for the preservation of collections using various reprographic techniques. Ms. Wrynn was also responsible for teaching preservation classes at the graduate level. As curator of the Hemingway Collection her duties include planning, scheduling, and budgeting for the preservation of the collection. Ms. Wrynn is a graduate of Simmons College where she earned a M.L.S. in Library Science and Mount Saint Vincent College where she earned a B.A. in Sociology.
These positions are funded by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, but report to the Director of Education for The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Katherine Gilliland joined the Kennedy Library Foundation in October 2005 as the docent coordinator responsible for recruiting, training and supervising volunteer museum docents. She develops docent-led museum programs for walk-in visitors and students. Prior to moving to Boston, Ms. Gilliland worked for AmeriCorps VISTA in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ms. Gilliland earned a M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies at Tufts University. She holds a B.A. Art History from Carleton College in Minnesota.
Esther Kohn, Education Specialist, joined the Foundation in September 2003. In addition to coordinating the Profile in Courage Essay Contest, she develops and implements elementary school programs at the Library. Prior to joining the Library and Foundation, she was an elementary school classroom teacher at the Cambridge Friends School and the Atrium School in Watertown. Before becoming a classroom teacher, Ms. Kohn developed exhibit programs at the Children's Museum in Boston. She has a B.A. in French from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ed.M. from Lesley University in Creative Arts in Learning.
Amy Macdonald joined the Foundation in August 2003 as the Forum Coordinator. Previously, she had been the Forum Producer at the Mary Baker Eddy Library and from 1998 to 2001 was a producer for WBUR's The Connection under the helm of Christopher Lydon. During the 1990s she taught English Literature at Boston University while earning her M.A. and working toward a PhD in English Literature. She holds a M.A. in Communication from Stanford and an undergraduate degree from Smith College.
Outreach and Program Coordinator
Alyssa Liles-Amponsah joined the Kennedy Library Foundation as the Programs and Outreach Coordinator in the department of Education and Public Programs in November 2013. She has teaching experience with a variety of ages including having taught in the YouthBuild Just-A-Start program in Cambridge for at-risk young adults, as well as experience working with Boston Public Schools through the Silk Road Project and The Urbano Project/Margarita Muniz Academy Partnership in Jamaica Plain. Ms. Liles-Amponsah holds graduate degrees from Indiana University-Bloomington in African American and African Diaspora Studies and from the Harvard Graduate School of Education Arts in Education program, where she is also currently a teaching fellow.
Jamie Richardson joined the Foundation in August 2008 as Education Program Assistant. Prior to joining the Foundation Jamie worked in fund development for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Jamie is a graduate of Smith College and while attending school, worked as a researcher and education assistant at the Northampton Public Library on exhibits and programs relating to the Library's Calvin Coolidge presidential collections. She is certified to teach English as a second language, and in 2007 taught English in Madrid, Spain. Prior to teaching overseas, Jamie worked with the development staff of the Kennedy Library Foundation.