The Danny’s Place Youth Services (DPYS) Board of Directors along with the DPYS Teen Board and Advisory Council establish the framework and direction of the organization.
Jeff is a graduate of Northeastern University, School of Management (magna cum laude), and serves as an advisor to the University. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Northeastern MBA classes as well as several other colleges and universities. Jeff received his MBA (magna cum laude) from Bentley College. Jeff grew up in Concord, Massachusetts and he and his wife Cindy lived and raised their family in Acton from 1984 until 2009 when they moved to Boston. Jeff is a partner at North Bridge Venture Partners in Waltham, Massachusetts. He has had a successful entrepreneurial track record in technology companies both as an operating executive and as an investor. Jeff and Cindy, are the co-founders of Danny’s Place Youth Services, a community organization dedicated to the positive development of middle and high school teens in the Acton and Boxborough areas.
In November of 2013, the Danny’s Place Youth Services (DPYS) Board of Executive Directors appointed Cindy McCarthy to be the Executive Director for their new program. As a founding member of DPYS, Cindy established the vision and mission for the original program. In addition, she has been an active volunteer at the center as well as the Chairmen of the Board, making her well suited for her new position. Cindy is a member of the Acton/Boxborough Coalition for Healthy Youth (ABCHY) and the Acton Boxborough Superintendent’s Wellness Committee. She received her degree from Bentley College in Marketing and Accounting. Cindy is also a graduate of The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Certified Holistic Health Coach. As a Certified Holistic Health Coach, she helps individuals achieve balance in their life.
Dave Sirois has been active with Danny’s Place since our inception and is currently serving as Treasurer of our organization. Dave is a CPA working in the energy industry in Portsmouth, NY. Dave and his wife Karen have been residents of Acton since 1987 and has been active at local organizations including Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church and the Commonwealth Ballet. Their two children (Emily and Thomas) are both graduates of Acton-Boxborough High School.
Robyn Barnard has been working at Riener and Braunstein in Boston since 1983. Robyn grew up in Wakefield, MA where she was married in 1993 and then moved to Acton in 1995. She has two sons, Stephen and Bryan, both Student Volunteers at Danny’s Place. Robyn serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of DPYS.
Holly Gambone, a 1990 graduate of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, settled back in Acton to raise her children. Holly studied Early Childhood Education and has always been passionate about working with youth in the community. Holly has four children: Courtney 19, Natalie 17, Carter 13, and Dylan 13. Courtney started going to Danny’s Place in 6th grade and became a volunteer her freshman year. Natalie followed suit and volunteered her freshman year as well. Seeing the impact of Danny’s Place on the kids and community Holly started volunteering as well. After many Thursday afternoons, concerts, girl’s nights, and retreats Holly joined the Board of Directors.
Rod has been a member of the Danny’s Place Board since its inception. Rod, Nancy, and their three children moved to the Acton and Boxborough community in 1992 because of the schools systems’ exceptional academics, athletics, and strong commitment to the arts. Rod is passionate about Danny’s Place’s mission of providing the Acton-Boxborough community’s youth with programming and resources that develop the life and leadership skills that are needed to become the responsible leaders of tomorrow. Rod is Vice President of Business Development at Imprivata where he manages the company’s strategic technology partnerships.
Mark is a partner in the national law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., where he heads the corporate practice for the Boston office. He graduated from Brown University (magna cum laude) and Harvard Law School. Born in Boston and raised in the area, Mark eventually settled in Acton with his wife and three children. Living in Acton afforded Mark the opportunity to become involved in Danny’s Place. Although he has since moved to Boston, Mark remains on the Board of Danny’s Place and acts as its pro bono lawyer.
Amy is the mother of 4 boys in the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District. Her oldest is in the 9th grade at AB., and the other three are triplets in the 7th grade attending RJ Grey. Amy serves on the Acton Boxborough Regional School District School Committee, and volunteers as a domestic violence advocate for a community based organization. Amy and her family moved to New England and Acton 12 years ago. Before that time, they spent 10 years in the Silicon Valley, where Amy was a 4th and 5th grade teacher in the Palo Alto School District. Having grown up in Dallas, Texas, she is still learning to adjust to the harsh New England winters, but has managed to fall in love with the Red Sox and Patriots.