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Foundation Staff

The staff of South Shore Heath System's 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 Health System 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 Health System 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 Health System 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 Health System 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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Angela Floro, Special Events Manager
(781) 624-8142, email Angela Floro 

Angela joined the Foundation in 2016. She brings over 8 years of fundraising experience to her role. She has worked at the Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Chapter and the MS Society in their development and special event departments and as volunteer director at Boston's Run to Remember. Angela earned a B.A. at Bryant University. 

Ashley Sweeney, Foundation Information Systems Manager 
(781) 624-8925, email Ashley Sweeney

Ashley joined the Foundation in 2015. Previously, she worked with Joslin Diabetes Center as Manager of Information Systems. She has more than 10 years of experience in development systems and operations.  


Lee Angland, Philanthropy Officer
(781) 624-8210, email Lee Angland

Lee joined the Foundation in 2015. She brings more than 20 years of program management and business development with ARAMARK Uniform & Career Apparel. Previously, she worked as the manager of government proposals at OfficeMax.

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. 


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 Shields, Foundation Information Systems Data Analyst
(781) 624-8302, email Trisha Shields 

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. Trisha is a graduate of Massasoit College. 


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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.

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Beverly Jones, Foundation Assistant
(781) 624-8148, email Beverly Jones

Beverly joined the Foundation in 2016. She brings more than 20 years of experience in Event Planning, Project Management and Operations. She currently provides direct support for the Foundation Communications Team as well as the Friends of South Shore Hospital. Beverly earned a BA from Hofstra University.



Mary Ziniti, Philanthropy Coordinator, Prospect Research
(781) 624-4359, email Mary Ziniti

Mary joined the Foundation in 2015. She brings more than 25 years of research and writing experience having worked at nonprofit organizations in Boston, a university in California, and a political consultant in Washington, D.C. Mary earned a bachelor of arts and a masters of theological studies from Boston College and a masters of library and information science from Simmons College.

Catherine McLean, Gift Processor
(781) 624-8057, email Catherine McLean

Catherine joined the Foundation in 2015. Prior, Catherine worked as the Database Coordinator at the Salvation Army. She has more than five years of experience working with non-profit organizations. Catherine recieved a B.S. at Curry College. 


Jane Sisto, Philanthropy/Events Coordinator
(781) 624-8783, email Jane Sisto

Jane joined the Foundation in February 2009. Previously, she worked for Rust Craft Greeting Card Company in the design department as an artist for 14 years. Jane is a grauduate of The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where she was a graphics major.


Erin Labbe, Philanthropy Associate, Special Events
(781) 624-8038, email Erin Labbe

Erin joined the Foundation in January 2016. Previously, Erin served as the Special Events Coordinator at Gulfside Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care, where she was responsible for coordinating and implementing fundraising events for the organization. Erin earned her B.A. from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 

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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