Ron Yates

President
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 U.S. 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 an active member at UCC Medfield. Among many interests, Ron enjoys sailing, traveling, and spending time with his three children and five grandchildren.

Ralph Cole

Ralph is a real estate development expert with experience planning, financing, and developing properties, with a focus on 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.

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, a writer/researcher for the Alban Institute, 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 the 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 10-member governing council that 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

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 four 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 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

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

John Ketner

John is an experienced project and business manager in the financial field. He is currently on assignment at Manulife. John was actively involved in a number of employee-based volunteer projects sponsored by Common Impact while an employee at State Street Global Markets. His last volunteer project was a key messaging strategy evaluation for City Mission. In February 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 as active member of the Wollaston Congregational Church in Quincy. John is 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 missions. Ella works at Cisco in global corporate communications as the PR manager for a $2 billion business unit. Before this, Ella led Global Stakeholder Engagement at the PCI Security Standards Council, an industry initiative focused on increasing payment security worldwide. Her 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 U.K. and Japan as well as the U.S.

Vitalia Shklovsky

Vita has an extensive history of working in housing and neighborhood development, an area of key interest at City Mission. She currently works as the 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

Rev. Vander Hart is an Associate Conference Minister in the Massachusetts 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 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 Vice President of the Blue Hills Bank at the new Seaport Branch. He has nearly 15 years of experience in Boston retail banking. Prior to Blue Hills he was a Branch Manager and Retail Banking Vice President for Santander Bank N.A. Andrew is originally from Milwaukee, WI, 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. She currently serves as the principal of The Rev. Dr. Michael E. Haynes Early Education Center. Donette has a Bachelors in Journalism, Art, and African American Studies from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. A native of Jamaica, Donette lives in Boston with her husband, George, and has two daughters, a grandson, and a granddaughter.