Ron Yates


Ron is a retired CEO of several industrial manufacturing companies. He holds a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Trinity College, an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College, and is a former US Naval officer in nuclear submarines. Ron spent 30 years in various volunteer leadership positions with Habitat for Humanity. He is the Co-founder and President of New Life Home Refurnishing and is active at UCC Medfield. Among many interests, Ron enjoys sailing, traveling and spending time with his three children and five grandchildren.

Rev. Felix Carrion

Vice President

The Reverend Felix Carrion is currently the Interim Minister of Hough’s Neck Congregational church. Additionally, he serves as a consultant, preacher, and keynoter. Felix has served in the ministry over his lifetime to empower and build capacity for a great many congregations and faith-based organizations in and around Boston, and has implemented church leadership programs in several East Coast states as well as Puerto Rico. He earned his Bachelor’s from King’s College and Master’s of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School, where he has also served as an Adjunct Professor. Felix is married to Dannette Costas-Carrion. He has two sons: Lucas and Aaron.

Ralph Cole

Real Estate Development Consultant

Ralph is a real estate development expert with experience planning, financing, and developing properties, with a focus of urban neighborhood revitalization. He received his Bachelor’s from MIT Sloan School of Management and worked closely with the Harvard – MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies. Ralph now serves as a development and project management consultant, presently for projects in Boston and Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. By way of diversity, Ralph grew up on a working family farm in Kentucky, raising livestock, grain, and tobacco.

John R. Dale

John has volunteered with City Mission since 2003, including serving as Board president from 2013 to 2016. His background includes serving as the lay staff Outreach coordinator for Trinity (Episcopal) Church in Boston, writer/researcher for the Alban Institute, Washington, DC and most recently director of a federally-funded pilot, metro-wide transportation project for adults with developmental disabilities via the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. John has served on the vestry of Our Savior (Episcopal) parish in Brookline and is also on the Greater Boston Employment Collaborative Steering Committee – an advocacy organization for people with disabilities. John is an avid reader (history), loves to travel, listen to the blues, and hang out with his friends. A native Texan, John is a graduate of Baylor University.

Kendale Edwards

Kendale has served as a community liaison for City Mission since 2009, and before that was involved as a participant in the Youth Peace Empowerment program. He obtained his Associate Degree in Arts in Human Services & Management from Urban College of Boston. Kendale went on to work for various companies and campaigns in food preparation as well as sales and marketing. He is now in training to become a carpenter with Youth Build Boston/Union Carpenter Local 33.

Anne Sturgis Gatewood

Annie is the Co-Moderator at the Union Church in Waban leading a ten-member governing council which hired the current Senior Minister and the Associate Pastor of Children and Family Ministries, and has developed a new lay ministry structure. She has a strong history of outreach and leadership in the nonprofit sector. Annie received her Bachelor’s from Dickinson College and her Masters of Social Work from the Catholic University of America. She is eager to provide her strategic planning skills to affect systemic social change through local and global philanthropic initiatives. Annie lives in Newton with her husband, two teenage daughters, and a new dog. She is an emerging potter, enthusiastic gardener, and avid reader.

Amy Green

Net Impact Board Fellow

Amy is a social impact consultant helping companies craft strategies and communications around employee engagement, nonprofit partnerships, community involvement and sustainability. She has also served on the leadership team of Net Impact Boston for the past 4 years, helping to connect like-minded professionals and empower change within our businesses and communities. Amy is looking forward to contributing her marketing and strategic planning expertise to building the City Mission brand, raising awareness of the 200th anniversary, and celebrating the impact City Mission has had on Boston communities for two centuries. While originally from California, she has called Boston home for the last 10 years and has fallen in love with the changing leaves, historic architecture, and amazing people.

Julia Herzig

Citizens Schools

Julia Herzig is a Human Resources professional who has almost 10 years of experience in nonprofit HR and is currently serving Citizen Schools, which partners with public middle schools in low-income communities, in an employee relations role. Previously, she worked at Institute for Health and Recovery, which provides trauma-informed services for those affected by substance abuse and homelessness, and she is passionate about City Mission’s work. Julia is an active member of Hope Central UCC church in Jamaica Plain, serving on the congregation’s Personnel Team.

John Ketner

John is a Managing Director with State Street Global Markets in Boston. Since John joined State Street in 2005, he has been actively involved in a number of employee-based volunteer projects sponsored by Common Impact. His most recent project was a key messaging strategy evaluation for City Mission. In Feb 2015, John’s volunteer efforts were recognized when he was awarded the Daily Point of Light Award by the Points of Light Foundation. John is also active member of the Wollaston Congregational Church in Quincy. John is also a long-time supporter of the Jimmy Fund. He has volunteered at several events including the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl and WEEI NESN Radiothon and is a former employee of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Ella Nevill

Ella is a marketing and communications professional with experience helping companies raise their profile, increase sales, and achieve their mission. Ella works at Cisco in global corporate communications, leading PR for a $2 billion business unit. Prior to this Ella led Global Stakeholder Engagement at the PCI Security Standards Council, an industry initiative focused on increasing payment security worldwide. Ella’s experience spans product marketing, corporate communications, government relations, and membership marketing. She is passionate about successful communications that can drive greater engagement with stakeholders, build bridges across companies and cultures, and achieve business results. Over the past 20 years she has studied, lived, and worked in the UK, Japan, and the US.

Vitalia Shklovsky

Net Impact Board Fellow

Vita has an extensive history of working in housing and neighborhood development, an area of key interest at City Mission. She currently works as Associate Development Manager at Lendlease, a real estate construction, and development company. Prior to Lendlease, she was a project manager at Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation in Dorchester. Vita has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Architectural Studies from Brown University. Vita enjoys salsa dancing and running along the Charles River.

Rev. Wendy Vander Hart

Reverend Wendy is an Associate Conference Minister in the MA Conference of the United Church of Christ. Her focus is ministering to the ministries of the churches. She works with churches, pastors, search committees and the Committees on Ministry in the Northeast and Metropolitan Boston Associations. She comes to this work after having served two pastorates in 18 years at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church and First Congregational Church in Reading and having served the Conference in many capacities. She enjoys golf, gardening, and riding her bike.

Andrew Vebber

Andrew is the former Branch Manager and Retail Banking Vice President for Santander Bank N.A. He has been in the banking industry for more than a decade and has operated branches in a variety of markets in multiple states. He now works for Blue Hills Bank. Andrew is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and resides in Quincy with his wife, two daughters, and bulldog.

Donette Wilson-Wood

As a long time educator and now a licensed minister, Donette has positively impacted lives of students and others in the Boston area and around the world, including England and Haiti. She currently serves as the principal of Rev. Dr. Michael E Haynes Early Education Center. A native of Jamaica, Donette completed her education in Boston; she graduated from UMass-Amherst with a Bachelor’s in Journalism, Art, and African American Studies and went on to receive her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. She and her husband George have two daughters, a grandson, and a granddaughter.