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April 16, 2021
United Spinal Assn., Friends of Public Garden Name Sr. Execs.

December 18, 2020 — The Greater Boston Chapter of United Spinal Association in Woburn this week announced the appointment of Heather Wood as executive director, while the Friends of the Public Garden in Boston named Lynn Page Flaherty as its first vice president of advancement and external affairs.

Gr. Boston Chapter of United Spinal Association Names Executive Director

Heather Wood

The Greater Boston Chapter of United Spinal Association (GBC), a nonprofit that provides support for individuals, and their families, who have suffered a spinal cord injury or disorder on Thursday announced that Heather Wood has been appointed executive director.

Wood had been handling the responsibilities of executive director of the GBC since Elizabeth Weaver retired 2018 after serving in the post since 2013.

She also has been serving as chapter coordinator for the last four years, managing the peer support programs, social and fundraising events, and social media presence

"We're very excited to promote Heather to the Executive Director position. She has built a great team with the addition of Jessika Coromel late last year and Heidi Estrada this month, which will allow Heather to focus on executive functions such as fundraising, financial management, and long term planning. We wish her well and hope she stays in this position for many years to come", said Doug Frey, board president.

Prior to joining the GBC, Wood worked in special education roles at Brookline and Arlington high schools.

Wood earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in hospitality administration from Boston University and a Master of Education degree in special education and teaching from Salem State University.

Since its founding in 1992, the GBC has strived to reach, inspire, support, and empower individuals and their families who have suffered a life-altering spinal cord injury or disorder providing resources and hope from peers who have suffered similar injuries. The GBC maintains offices in Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown and Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of New England in Woburn.

Friends of the Public Garden Appoints VP of Advancement and External Affairs

Lynn Page Flaherty

The Friends of the Public Garden, a nonprofit that works to renew, care, and advocate for the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall, on Thursday announced the hiring of Lynn Page Flaherty as the nonprofit’s first vice president of advancement and external affairs.

Flaherty will lead the organization’s donor relations program, membership outreach and engagement strategies, and communications and public relations activities.

The Friends said Flaherty will work “to capitalize on the current momentum following its 50th anniversary year and bring broader awareness to the Friends’ important role in caring for the three historic parks in the heart of downtown.”

“Since the Friends began as a volunteer organization over 50 years ago in response to some of the most challenging times in the history of the three parks, we are continuing to professionalize our work and collaborate with more people who have powerful connections to these parks,” said board chair Leslie Adam.

“We are excited to bring Lynn on and for the work she will do to further the accessibility and inclusivity of these public spaces, provide park excellence in a time of likely budget cutbacks, and engage the public through programming that better connects people to the parks and to one another.”

Before joining the Friends, she served as a consultant at Marts & Lundy, providing campaign planning and counsel to primarily independent schools, universities, and community-focused organizations. She previously served in development roles at Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Notre Dame Academy, Boston Latin School Association, and Big Brothers of Massachusetts Bay.

Flaherty holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management and marketing from Boston College. She is a member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Boston Women's Leadership Council, and Women in Development of Greater Boston.

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