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Foundation Staff

The staff of South Shore Hospital's Charitable Foundation is composed of:


Christopher J O'Connor

Christopher J. O'Connor, MBA, CFRE
Senior Vice President, Philanthropy

(781) 624-8516, email Christopher J. O'Connor  

Chris leads the South Shore Hospital Charitable Foundation. He has more than twenty years experience in healthcare development. Prior to joining SSH, he served as President of the Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation where he led a team that completed a $100 million campaign. His additional experience includes his role as Senior Vice President of a national healthcare development consulting firm. Chris earned his BS from Bentley University and his MBA from Salve Regina University. He also holds the distinction of being a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).


Jessica Kitchell Symonds

Jessica Kitchell Symonds
Director of Major Gifts and Campaigns
(781) 624-8847, email Jessica Kitchell Symonds

Jessica comes to the South Shore Hospital Charitable Foundation with over 14 years of fundraising and consulting experience. She has worked with Brown University, as a Campaign Consultant for a national health care consulting firm and also as the vice president of development at Caritas Norwood Hospital. Jessica earned a B.A. at Providence College.


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Pat Thompson
Director of Advancement Services
(781) 624-4061, email Pat Thompson

Pat joins the South Shore Hospital Charitable Foundation from Winchester Hospital where she served as the Manager of Major Gifts since 2006.  She brings over 25 years of experience in development, public relations and marketing. She has also worked at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Optima Healthcare, and Boston Children's Hospital.  Pat earned a B.A. at Boston College. 


David Reilly

David T. Reilly, Communications Manager
(781) 624-8174, email David Reilly 

David joined the South Shore Hospital Charitable Foundation in January, 2014. He brings more than 25 years of communications experience to this role. Previously, he led marketing and communications functions at Citizens Financial Group, Cape Cod Healthcare and State Street Corporation. He began his career as a print journalist, working for several Massachusetts newspapers including The Patriot Ledger. He holds a B.A. degree from Emerson College.

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Meghan Canal, Special Events Manager  
(781) 624-8142, email Meghan Canal  

Meghan joined the Foundation in November 2014. Previously, Meghan served as Associate Director, Special Events for Partners HealthCare, supporting fundraising events across the Partners affiliates including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women's Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Meghan earned her B.S. at the University of Delaware.  

Fran Cifrino

Fran Cifrino, philanthropy officer 
(781) 624-8169, email Fran Cifrino  

Fran joined the Foundation in March 2011. She spent the previous 17 years in sales and marketing positions in the advertising, apparel, and customized skincare business. Fran earned her B.A. at Rosemont College.



Marc Cregan

Marc Cregan, philanthropy officer 
(781) 624-8607, email Marc Cregan

Marc joined the Foundation in 2013 bringing with him more than 15 years of development and management experience from Suffolk University, Graham-Pelton Consulting, and most recently Xaverian Brothers High School.  Marc earned a B.A. at The George Washington University.



Amy Doherty

Amy Doherty, philanthropy officer 
(781) 624-8210, email Amy Doherty

Amy joined the Foundation in 2014 bringing with her more than 13 years of development and management experience from Massachusetts General Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and most recently, Brigham and Women's Hospital.  Amy earned a B.A. at The Catholic University of America.


Heather Dwyer

Heather Dwyer, philanthropy officer
(781) 624-8094, email Heather Dwyer 

Heather joined the Foundation in December 2010. She previously held development positions at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Rosie’s Place.  Heather earned her B.A. at Catholic University of America.


Susanne Griffin

Susanne Griffin, RN, BSN,  Foundation clinical liaison
(781) 624-8028, email Susanne Griffin 

Susanne joined the Foundation in 2008, after 23 years as a South Shore Hospital nurse working in the pediatric emergency program and Special Care Nursery.  She began her career at Boston Children's Hospital. She earned degrees from both Curry College and Laboure College.


Tamar Schiess

Tamar Schiess, philanthropy officer 
(781) 624-8194, email Tamar Schiess 

Tamar joined the Foundation in 2012, bringing more than 15 years of non-profit management experience from Children's Hospital Trust, The Greater Boston Food Bank and the Museum of Science. Most recently, she served as director of development at Bay Farm Montessori Academy in Duxbury, MA. Tamar earned her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and her MBA from Boston University.



Trisha Pilalas

Trisha Pilalas, supervisor, Foundation data management
(781) 624-8302, email Trisha Pilalas 

Joining the staff in 2002, Trisha is responsible for managing the Foundation's name database, coordinating financial tracking systems, and overseeing that all checks received annually are properly deposited and posted. A graduate of Massasoit College, Trisha is completing her B.S. at UMass Boston.


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Diane Hufnagle, Office Manager/Executive Assistant 
(781) 624-8225, email Diane Hufnagle

Joining the Foundation in 2013, Diane provides general office administration and managerial oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Foundation.  She provides direct administrative support to the Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, Director of Campaign & Major Gifts and Director of Advancement Services.  Diane is a graduate of Quincy College.


Katie Hayes, philanthropy and emedia coordinator 
(781) 624-8392, email Katie Hayes 

Katie joined the Foundation in 2013.  She brings more than 15 years of Creative Services experience from 7NBC, Fox 25, and Natixis Global Asset Management. Katie earned a B.A. from Westfield State University.



Members of the Foundation staff can be reached by individual phone numbers, at the general number 781-624-8600, or by fax at 781-624-4269.


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