Dear BC High Community:
I am pleased to share some very important news with you. The Board of Trustees has unanimously voted in seven new members, making it the most diverse Board in the school’s 157-year history. I am delighted to introduce the new members to all of you. They are as follows:
Rich Davey ’91 is the state and local public sector practice leader in North American for Boston Consulting Group. He advises all types of public and private transportation entities on numerous topics including customer service, cost containment and optimizing operations. Before that, Davey had 15 years of C-suite level experience in high profile organizations in state government and the private sector including as Secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, former General Manager of the MBTA and CEO of the Massachusetts Bay Railroad Company. He began his career with the United States Department of Justice as a trial attorney for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He holds degrees from the College of the Holy Cross and Gonzaga University School of Law.
Fritz Friedman ’68 is President of The Fritz Friedman Company, a strategic marketing, communications and production company based in San Diego and Los Angeles. He spent 34 years at Sony Pictures, most recently as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Publicity for two divisions where he helped create and execute some of their most innovative campaigns such as “Men in Black” and “Spider-Man”. Friedman is currently producing a biopic about Fred Korematsu, a civil rights hero who refused to be interned in WWII camps because he was an American citizen. Friedman was an adjunct professor at the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism at USC. As an immigrant from The Philippines who was raised in Boston, he co-founded the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), the pre-eminent Asian professional organization in the entertainment industry worldwide. Friedman is on the Board of California Humanities, the CA arm of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Board of Loyola Productions, the Global Jesuit Content production organization. Friedman received his BA from Vassar and MA from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
Stephen Fulton ’83, P’25, ’26 is the Deputy Director for Catholic Charities of Greater Boston (CCAB) where he oversees numerous direct service programs for individuals and families in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Newton. These include homeless shelters, food pantries and adult education programs. His expertise is in the homeless/housing field and he held relevant positions in the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and in the cities of Portland, Oregon and Baltimore, Maryland. Fulton is a private consultant for National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, evaluating national housing projects for HUD and also served as a Senior Housing Policy Advisor for Mayor Marty Walsh’s campaign. Fulton has a degree from Harvard University and holds a M.Ed. from Cambridge College.
Brian Lee ’02 is a Computer Graphics Supervisor who has been working in the visual effects industry for the past 11 years at companies including Sony Pictures Imageworks, The Mill, A52, Buck Design, and Zoic Studios. His work has appeared in numerous feature films, TV shows, and commercials, including “Hotel Transylvania,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” “Bill and Ted Face the Music,” “Raised by Wolves,” various Geico campaigns, and Super Bowl spots for Kia, Nissan, and Shock Top. Lee began his path to BC High when his older brother, Chris ‘99, matriculated at the school. He received his B.A. in the dual concentrations of Visual Arts and Architectural Studies from Brown University in 2006, and his MFA in Animation and Digital Arts from the University of Southern California in 2009.
Matthew Maiona ’88 is a partner at Maiona Ward where he has been exclusively practicing immigration law for the past 24 years. He has clients across the country and represents both employers and employees before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service as well as a variety of other federal and state bodies. Maiona is also an adjunct professor at Suffolk Law School where he teaches Business Immigration Law. He currently is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Advocacy and Media committee and a past co-chair of the Federal Bar Association (Boston) Immigration section. Maiona received his B.A. from Boston College and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
June Matte P’15,’17 is Managing Director of PFM Financial Advisors LLC, where she manages their industry-leading higher education practice and also specializes in governmental purpose projects. Matte has served as a financial advisor to numerous higher education institutions nationwide, advising on risk assessment and management, strategic planning, governance, and financing alternatives. Her work in education finance extends to large public and private research institutions as well as smaller tuition-dependent schools, colleges and universities. Matte has been the engagement manager for PFM’s projects with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and many of its agencies. Her work in this area includes debt restructuring, refunding and managing outstanding bond portfolios. Matte’s brother is a BC High alumnus (’69) as are her two sons. She holds a degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from Boston University.
Martin (Marty) St. George ’82 is a consultant who specializes in corporate strategy and marketing. Before his retirement in 2019, he was Chief Commercial Officer at JetBlue Airways where he was responsible for all elements of revenue production including corporate strategy, marketing and sales. St. George was also an instructor in innovation classes at JetBlue University in Orlando. Prior to working at JetBlue, he held various marketing and strategy positions at United Airlines and U.S. Airways. He holds a degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The depth and breadth of experience of this group of trustees is amazing! They were selected under the best practices Governance Protocol that the Board instituted in 2018 after an extensive review process. In accordance with those recommendations, three longtime trustees, including me, are rolling off to make way for the new members. We served as a bridge from the 2017 redesigned Board as we were committed to building a new group of Trustees in a multi-year succession plan. The other two members who are rolling off to make this transition are Tim O’Donnell ’83 and John Ferraro ’73. The new Chair is Michael McFarland SJ and the new Vice Chair is the Honorable Serge Georges, Jr.
Father McFarland thanked us for our combined 25 years of service to Boston College High School. In addition to the governance review and implementation, he highlighted our other accomplishments. These include appointing the first woman president in the history of the school and helping to round out the management team, rightsizing the Board to a number of members appropriate for the school’s size, significantly contributing and leading in the area of donations, and ensuring that BC High is on a strong financial footing for the future.
Those milestones could not have been achieved without the valuable insight and hard work of the remaining Trustees. They are:
Gregory Bulger ’68
Grace Cotter Regan P’12
Anthony I. Day
Martin Dunn, DMD ’53
Bob Forman ’83 P’18,’20
The Honorable Serge Georges, Jr. ’88
Rev. Michael McFarland, SJ
Ifeanyi Obukwelu ’08
Kevin R. Powers, J.D. ’85, P’15
We want to thank everyone in the community for your support during some very challenging times, which continue to this day. We wish the new Board all the best.
Kelly Verrochi P’15
Chair of the Board of Trustees