Board of Directors

Christina Comparato
Board President
Hamilton

John Collins
Vice President
Hamilton

James D. Mark
Treasurer
Wenham

Abby Pardee Albrecht
Secretary
Hamilton

About Christina Comparato

How long have you lived in Hamilton or Wenham? 21 years

Tell us about your family – spouse, children, pets! Chris (Toast, CEO), Carly (19, Sophomore Georgetown), Ella, Soph, (15, twins, Pingree School), Brady & Colby (Cavalier King Charles Spaniels)

Educational background – where did you attend college? post-graduate? Degree(s) held. Colby College- BA, University South Carolina- M. Ed (Higher Ed and Student Personnel Services)

Professional background – current employer, areas of professional expertise, etc. Part time Admissions Interviewer at the Pingree School. Also spent years tutoring middle school students in math, writing and organization skills. Previously Director of the Annual Fund and Alumni Affairs at the Pingree School, the Director of Student Activities and Admissions Counselor at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Student Activities Programmer at Boston University, Admissions Counselor at University of South Carolina and Promotion Representative, Singer and Dancer with Up With People.

Volunteer history – other groups or boards you have participated in. Length of service, titles/roles held.  Currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Pingree School. Recently served on the board of The Waring School and was President of the Parent Group and Auction Chair for two years. Also enjoyed serving on the Hamilton Wenham Education Fund board for three years.

Hobbies/interests: Singing, tennis, paddle tennis, pickle ball.

What is your role/position on TCH Board? President

Why are you involved on TCH Board of Directors? Thrilled to be involved with TCH, a place where everyone belongs and is welcome and where the staff and volunteers have a united mission of helping and serving others.

About John Collins

How long have you lived in Hamilton or Wenham? 14 years

Tell us about your family – spouse, children, pets! Wife Allison, 4 girls ages 10-16, 3 dogs & some fish.

Educational background – where did you attend college? post-graduate? Degree(s) held. Columbia University

Professional background – current employer, areas of professional expertise, etc.Entrepreneur. Technology investor. Founder; Great Marsh Brewing Co.

Volunteer history – other groups or boards you have participated in. Length of service, titles/roles held.Trustee BI Lahey/NHC. Incoming board chair, Care Dimensions. Former trustee, Shore Country Day School.

Hobbies/interests: Wood working, music, travel.

Fun fact about yourself:Play drums in a rock cover band.

What is your role/position on TCH Board? Vice President

Why are you involved on TCH Board of Directors? As a way of giving back to the community.

About James Mark

Jay currently serves as the Treasurer of The Community House, a position he has held since joining the Board in 2017.  Having moved to Wenham in 2014 from Florida, Jay and his family were introduced to The Community House through Harvest Dinner and seeing Stage 284 performances.  Having a central hub for the communities of Hamilton-Wenham to enjoy stage performances, recognize individuals within the community, and sponsor community wide-events was a real draw for Jay to get involved.  As Treasurer, he focuses most of his efforts on financial aspects of The Community House and is the Chair of the Finance Committee.

Jay currently works at EBSCO Information Services based out of Ipswich.  He graduated from the University of Richmond and received his MBA from Pepperdine University. He lives in Wenham with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children.

About Abby Albrecht

How long have you lived in Hamilton or Wenham? 10 years

Tell us about your family – spouse, children, pets! I live with my husband, George, and my four children, Avery (15), Emerson (13), Calvin (11), and Harper(8). We have 2 dogs, Dixie and Lemon.

Educational background – where did you attend college? post-graduate? Degree(s) held. Bachelors Degree (Communication and Political Science) from the University of Miami; Masters Degree in Education from Salem State University

Professional background – current employer, areas of professional expertise, etc. Currently stay at home with my 4 kids. I started my career in the nonprofit sector working for Mass NARAL as a Political Organizer. I left to pursue a career in teaching in the Lynn Public Schools. I also spent time working in the Rockport and Beverly public school systems. My real passion is politics and I hope to get back into working on campaigns as my kids get older.

Volunteer history – other groups or boards you have participated in. Length of service, titles/roles held. Former member of the United Way of Mass Bay Advisory Board and party coordinator for Birthday Wishes, a non-profit that holds birthday parties for kids in homeless shelters; active in fundraising committees for RAW Art in Lynn, and the Wellspring House in Gloucester.

Hobbies/interests: I enjoy taking classes in documentary filmmaking at MASS Art in Boston. I love exploring the amazing trail system we have in Hamilton and Wenham with my 4 kids and my dogs. I also like to bike and participate every year in a 150 mile bike ride for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

What is your role/position on TCH Board? Secretary

Why are you involved on TCH Board of Directors? I joined the board of directors 5 years ago because I feel strongly that TCH is a vital part of what makes our town amazing. I wanted to be involved in an organization that was helping people right here in my own community. The sense of belonging and connection that you get from TCH is unique to our town and I think we’re extremely lucky to have it.

Board Members

Caitlin Bard

Kenneth R. Brand
Hamilton

Barbara Cole
Hamilton

Jen Daniels
Hamilton

Stephen Decatur, Jr.
Hamilton

About Caitlin Bard

Caitlin grew up in Wenham and has many fond memories of The Community House.  Her family loved attending Breakfast with Santa and the Ski Bradford program was a highlight during her middle school years. Caitlin now enjoys being able to bring her own children to The Community House to share the many enrichment opportunities that make TCH so special.

Caitlin also currently serves on Beverly Hospital’s Women’s Health Advisory Committee. She recently served on the board at Christ Church Parish Day School and the board of the Hamilton-Wenham Mothers Club.

Caitlin graduated from Hamilton-Wenham High School and graduated with her BA from Connecticut College. She received her MBA from Babson College. Previously, she worked in consulting at Bain & Company, investment management with Boston Private Bank and most recently corporate finance at Fidelity Investments. Caitlin is thrilled to be able to give back to the community she grew up in and to be part of an organization that has such a robust history of serving all citizens. Caitlin lives in Wenham and loves spending time with her family which includes her husband, Matt, sons Liam and Aidan and daughter Rory.

About Kenneth Brand

How long have you lived in Hamilton or Wenham? 58 years

Tell us about your family – spouse, children, pets! Wife Paula, 4 grown children, 3 rescue dogs Nyla Riley and Toby

Educational background – where did you attend college? post-graduate? Degree(s) held. HWRHS

Professional background – current employer, areas of professional expertise, etc.President Brand Company Inc since 1984 – Deputy Fire Chief Town of Hamilton since 1979

Volunteer history – other groups or boards you have participated in. Length of service, titles/roles held.HW Rotary , Santas Magic, Hamilton Fire Dep’t

Why are you involved on TCH Board of Directors? I believe in the Community House and enjoy giving back to our Community.

About Barbara Cole

How long have you lived in Hamilton or Wenham? 8 years

Tell us about your family – spouse, children, pets! My husband Greg and I live in Hamilton, MA and have 3 children. Our Son Jim, daughter Jess, and Step Daughter Capria as well as my 2 English Springer Spaniels, Cooper and Tula

Educational background – where did you attend college? post-graduate? Degree(s) held. NSCC

Professional background – current employer, areas of professional expertise, etc.VP of Business Development for Cole Landscaping, Inc. Marketing Customer Service and Customer relations.

Hobbies/interests: Cooking for my Family & Traveling & Hiking with my dogs.

Fun fact about yourself:My phone is filled with pictures and videos of my dogs.

What is your role/position on TCH Board? Currently a sit on the Chair for Fundraising, although I am part of the Marketing and Sponsorship Committee.

Why are you involved on TCH Board of Directors? I believe in the mission of TCH. Being on the board for me has been a meaningful and interesting escape from my day-to-day routine of work, and family commitments. It provides me with renewed creativity, motivation, and vision that has carried over into my personal and professional life. I have met so many amazing and talented people that are a part of TCH Board of Directors.

About Jen Daniels

How long have you lived in Hamilton or Wenham? 15 years

Tell us about your family – spouse, children, pets! I am married to my husband, Matt and we have 4 children, Brady, Kyle, Katie and Griffin. Our furry additions to our family is our 2 fox red labs and a large brood of chickens.

Educational background – where did you attend college? post-graduate? Degree(s) held. I received a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Connecticut

Professional background – current employer, areas of professional expertise, etc. Before having my first child, I worked as a Commercial Real Estate Broker in Boston.

Volunteer history – other groups or boards you have participated in. Length of service, titles/roles held. Co-President HW Mother’s Club, Co-Chair Friends of Patton Park, Co-Chair Operation Playground at Winthrop Elementary School, Pool Chair at Myopia Hunt Club

Hobbies/interests: Running, fishing, golf, tennis and anything outdoors

Fun fact about yourself:I grew up on a dairy farm in Connecticut.

What is your role/position on TCH Board? Fundraising

Why are you involved on TCH Board of Directors? TCH has been a part of my families lives since we moved to town 15 years ago. I am excited to particpate at the Board level and to make an impact in this important organization.

About Stephen Decatur Jr.

How long have you lived in Hamilton or Wenham? 35 years

Tell us about your family – spouse, children, pets! wife; Carrie, 3 kids; Emily, Pam & her husband Christopher, Tad, and dog Beau

Educational background – where did you attend college? post-graduate? Degree(s) held. Hobart College, BA, Economics

Professional background – current employer, areas of professional expertise, etc.Moors & Cabot, Inc., Investment Advisor

Volunteer history – other groups or boards you have participated in. Length of service, titles/roles held.First Church-Wenham, Investment Committee; USS Constitution Museum, Board of Overseers

Hobbies/interests: Skiing, Golf, Sailing, Fishing

What is your role/position on TCH Board? Exec. Comm, BOD

Why are you involved on TCH Board of Directors? Community Involvement

Jonathan D.H. “Bo” Lamb
Hamilton

E. Randall Smolik
Wenham

Sona Revette
Hamilton

Thad Steward
Hamilton

About Bo Lamb

How long have you lived in Hamilton or Wenham? 11 years

Tell us about your family – spouse, children, pets! Emily, Avery (8), Walker (5)

Educational background – where did you attend college? post-graduate? Degree(s) held. Duke (A.B.); Boston College (J.D.)

Professional background – current employer, areas of professional expertise, etc. Cummings Properties (In-house Counsel)

Volunteer history – other groups or boards you have participated in. Length of service, titles/roles held. U.S. Navy (8 years active; lieutenant/aviator)

Hobbies/interests: Golfing, skiing, coaching, fitness

Fun fact about yourself: Bionic man: two hips replaced before age 45!

What is your role/position on TCH Board? Legal counsel

Why are you involved on TCH Board of Directors? To feel connected with my local community.

About Randy Smolik

How long have you lived in Hamilton or Wenham? 36 years

Tell us about your family – spouse, children, pets! I have been married to Jane for 38 years. Our careers both started with municipal bond market dealer firms. Ultimately the devotion to raising our two children, Libby and Taylor encouraged her to step back from municipal bond trading. She was a terrific mother not only to her children but to her step children, Adrienne and Chris. The time at home allowed her to pursue a longtime passion for writing. She published educational workbooks that focused on geography, folklore and historic facts of certain states and later was published as the author of “Currents”, a story about the adolescent lives of three girls in antebellum South, North and England. All of our children have successful careers. Chris, a high-end specialty carpenter contractor was Property Manager for the Community House in his early career development. He is the only child that is not local, living in Denver. Our house pet is Penny, a very active and extremely athletic Vizsla.

Educational background – where did you attend college? post-graduate? Degree(s) held. I grew up in Gates Mills, OH and spent my school years at University School of Shaker Heights and Hunting Valley. I hold a B.A in Economics from Bowdon College, Brunswick, ME.

Professional background – current employer, areas of professional expertise, etc. I am currently retired, but spent all of my working career of 47 years in the municipal bond market business. I traded bonds and managed trading desks at various bank dealer departments in Boston. In the final 29 years of my career I headed a team of market analysts in establishing daily market yield levels for the municipal bond market. Our benchmark yield curves, called MMD (Municipal Market Data) benchmark curves were accepted as the market standard for daily trading, facilitating activity and price transparency along with providing historic price and intermarket/intramarket spread activity. This would encourage investment strategies and create market efficiency, allowing the municipal market to grow to nearly a $4 trillion industry.

Volunteer history – other groups or boards you have participated in. Length of service, titles/roles held. I have played minor rolls in volunteering for schools, church (First Church in Wenham), town sports and various municipal bond organizations. My emphasis has been as a board member for the Community House where I have been a member for nearly 30 years, serving as President for a few years.

Hobbies/interests: Golf, Maintaining two houses, kayaking

Fun fact about yourself: I summer mostly in Maine (Prouts Neck) and winter nearly 2 months in Naples, FL

What is your role/position on TCH Board? Co-chair Golf Fundraiser, Executive Comm

Why are you involved on TCH Board of Directors? To participate in community related activities and assist in keeping the charity financially viable. Serving on the board is also an important gateway to meet interesting and motivated residents of the Hamilton/Wenham area.

About Sona Revette

Sona Revette has been actively involved with The Community House since 2014 when her eldest daughter first discovered and fell in love with theater through Stage 284. After volunteering behind the scenes for years, Sona joined the board in 2020 and serves as Stage 284 liaison to the board.

Sona graduated from Clarkson University and received a Masters in Education from the State University of New York at Potsdam. After teaching preschool and kindergarten for a few years, she made the shift to educational publishing and has worked as a content editor for most of her career. Sona recently served for two years on the Friends of Cutler board as secretary. Prior to that, she served on the parent board at Christ Church Parish Day School for four years as vice-chair, chair and secretary.

Most of Sona’s free time is spent with her family. She and her husband Ben are constantly working on renovating their 1915 Hamilton home and trying to keep up with their three active daughters—Lucine, Eva and Violet.

About Thad Steward

Born in Hamilton, Thad Steward has always had The Community House at heart. Past Treasurer, President and current Board member, Thad enjoys helping a most talented, caring group of staff and volunteers with mundane tech issues that arise. Also helping behind the scenes with events and functions since joining the Board of Directors in 199?.

Thad was graduated from the Storm King School and the University of New Hampshire. Lives in Hamilton with is wife, May Jane of over 30 years. Son Hayden, now 25, still holds the Kindergarten Enrichment program at The Community House to the highest regards as he now spends his time in Nashville. Daughter Grace, 28, of Quaker Hill, CT fondly remembers Breakfast with Santa and numerous other events at The Community House.

Still playing with cars and boats and occasionally cooking, Thad enjoys anywhere near or on the water, mountains and all places in between.

Elizabeth “Libby” B. Tangney
Wenham

Amy Wallick
Wenham

EJ Weldon
Hamilton

Jen Field Whitman
Wenham

Ken Wilson
Hamilton

About Libby Tangney

How long have you lived in Hamilton or Wenham? Moved to Wenham in July of 2017 and I grew up in Hamilton

Tell us about your family – spouse, children, pets! Matt Tangney-husband Nat Tangney-son We have a pet Golden Retriever named Ally, short for Allysaurus

Educational background – where did you attend college? post-graduate? Degree(s) held. College: University of Texas at Austin. Degree, Bachelor of Science in Radio, TV and Film. Graduated in 2001. Attended Suffolk Law School and graduate with a Juris Doctor in 2007

Professional background – current employer, areas of professional expertise, etc. Self-Employed-Elizabeth B. Tangney, LLC as an attorney in Salem, MA. I have a general practice but specialize in family law and real estate.

Volunteer history – other groups or boards you have participated in. Length of service, titles/roles held.Also have been on condo board at Pickering North in Salem, MA, Citizens Inn in Peabody, MA (6 years?) and was Board President for 2 years. Various PTOs

Hobbies/interests: Love to ski, read, and be with family

Fun fact about yourself: I am a twin

What is your role/position on TCH Board? Board member

Why are you involved on TCH Board of Directors? Volunteerism is an important part of being a community member and my father always role modeled the importance of giving back.

About Amy Wallick

Bio coming soon!

About EJ Weldon

How long have you lived in Hamilton or Wenham?

We have lived at our current residence in Hamilton since 2016. Prior to this, we lived in Wenham for 8 years.

Tell us about your family – spouse, children, pets!

My wife (April) and I have one child, Adeline (Addy). She is a 4th grader (2020-2021) at Winthrop School.

Educational background – where did you attend college? post-graduate? Degree(s) held.

I have a BA from Columbia University and a MEd from Endicott College.

Professional background – current employer, areas of professional expertise, etc.

I am currently the Manager of Enterprise and Academic Accounts at edX. EdX is a nonprofit online learning platform that partners with leading academic and corporate institutions to deliver industry leading educational courses. Outside of edX, I have worked in nonprofit management for the past 14 years. I have specialized knowledge of event planning, nonprofit governance, educational program design, and fundraising.

Volunteer history – other groups or boards you have participated in. Length of service, titles/roles held.

In my professional work, I have served as staff to several boards and foundations. In the past, I have served as a  Board member of the Patton Homestead Inc in order to facilitate the strategic use of that property for the town of Hamilton.

Hobbies/interests:

I love to be outdoors, exploring  new locations and rediscovering familiar places with my family. I have an interest in photography and woodworking.

Fun fact about yourself:

I am an avid collector of Mickey Mouse t-shirts. On most summer days, you will find me wearing one.

What is your role/position on TCH Board?

Board Member, Chair – Annual Fund Committee; Member – TKC Committee

Why are you involved on TCH Board of Directors?

The Community House is a key benefit within the community that directly impacts my family through its programs and events. My goal is to help the Community House as it continues to grow and sustain the legacy that has been built for future generations.

About Jen Field Whitman

Jen Field is Vice President, Head of Social Impact at GLG. She joined GLG in 2013 to establish a Social Impact practice which today supports a portfolio of nonprofits, foundations and impact investors. Previously, Jen was a Vice President in the Office of Corporate Engagement at Goldman Sachs, which houses the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Jen’s experience also includes working at The White House and in the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Jen earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and holds a BA from Yale University. She is on the Advisory Boards of Concordia and The Resolution Project and on the County Leadership Committee of the Essex County Community Foundation.

Jen is a proud new Board Member of The Community House on the Fundraising Committee. She was drawn to the mission and activities of The Community House immediately upon moving to the North Shore in 2016.

About Ken Wilson

How long have you lived in Hamilton or Wenham? 30 years

Tell us about your family – spouse, children, pets! Laurie, wife of 33 years, Matt 30 year old son, Courtney 27 years old daughter now married Courtney and Amer Avdegic. Cockapoo named Boomer.

Educational background – where did you attend college? post-graduate? Degree(s) held. University of New Hampshire

Professional background – current employer, areas of professional expertise, etc. Co-Chairman – CHMWarnick. Hotel Investment and Asset Management

Volunteer history – other groups or boards you have participated in. Length of service, titles/roles held. Boards served: Member: Marriott Hotel Owners Advisory Board; Co-Chairman, Member: University of NH Hotel Alumni Board; Member: von Trapp Family Resort and Brewery Board; Past Member: NS Red Cross Board; Past President, Member: Hamilton Wenham Education Fund Board; Member: Hotel Asset Managers Association; Past Co-Warden, Member: Christ Church Vestry; Member, Past Chairman: Christ Church Stewardship Committee; Past Member: National Association of Certified Real Estate Executives.

Hobbies/interests: Skiing, Biking, Hiking, Driving (cars and motorcycles), Hotels (historical and modern, its my life) Vegetable Gardening, Cooking, Red Wine, Family and Friends Gatherings, and Traveling.

Fun fact about yourself: I rappelled from the top of the 30 story Ritz Carlton Hotel in Los Angeles to raise money and awareness of Opioid Addiction for Shatterproof.

What is your role/position on TCH Board? Member, Past President

Why are you involved on TCH Board of Directors? The Community House has been part of my families life every year in many ways since we moved here in 1991 and went to our first Breakfast with Santa. I couldn’t imagine not supporting this great institution and meeting place for our community.