Our Board of Trustees provides strategic direction to ensure our work benefits Brookline for generations to come.
Alan Morse has had four diverse careers. He was a commercial banker for twenty-seven years and served as Chairman of the United States Trust Company, (now Citizens Bank); as a public servant for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for four years as Commissioner of Banks, then Undersecretary of Administration and Finance, and finally as Supervisor of Financial Services; Chairman of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. Alan was also an advisor to Civic Capital Group, a specialized hedge fund. In addition, Alan was a high school math teacher in the Boston Public School system for five years. He is now a member of the Temple Israel of Boston’s Cemetery Committee. Alan is married to Cecily O. Morse, and they have two children, Dr. Abraham N. Morse and Rebecca M. Steinfield. Alan and Cecily have four grandchildren.
Ann Coles, Clerk
Ann Coles is Senior Fellow, at uAspire, a national non-profit organization located in Boston that focuses on helping lower-income students find an affordable path to and through college. She also works as a consultant on college access and success for regional and national organizations. Previously, Coles was Senior Vice President of The Education Resources Institute (TERI), where she provided leadership for the Pathways to College Network, GEAR UP and TRIO programs, and other college access initiatives. In addition, she served as Executive Director of the Boston Higher Education Partnership. Coles has served on various national boards and committees, including vice-chair of The College Board and a founding member of the Council for Opportunity in Education and the New England Educational Opportunity Association, of which she was president in 1982-83. She has published numerous articles and papers on issues related to the college readiness and success of underserved populations. She holds a doctorate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Ben Chang has over 25 years of investment banking and private equity investment experience. In that period of time, he has completed nearly 100 transactions aggregating over $1 billion in value. Ben currently leads Consilium Partners’ healthcare services practice and has been a director or investor in 10 companies. Ben and his family have been residents of Brookline for nearly 30 years residing in the Runkle School district. He served on the Brookline School Committee from 2012-2018. During that time he chaired both the finance and policy subcommittee. Ben received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University and an MBA in Finance from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Gioia Perugini, President
Gioia Perugini is the Director of Philanthropic Services at Hemenway & Barnes, LLP, a Boston-based legal and fiduciary firm. She works with individuals, families, advisors, charitable trusts and foundations to provide a range of philanthropic advisory and client services. She works with clients to design and implement charitable giving strategies, research particular charities, negotiate gifts of cash and/or tangible assets (with a specialty in gifts of fine art) and coordinate family meetings. Gioia is a frequent speaker, writer and panelist on issues relevant to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. She co-authored a Family Office Exchange publication “Sitting on a Nonprofit Board: What to Consider Before Saying Yes” and authored “It’s All About the Money…Or Is It? Creative Strategies for Charitable Giving.” Gioia lives in Brookline with her husband Jamie Bakum and two children, Nina and Alex.
Harry Bohrs is a radiation physicist practicing in Radiation Oncology at the Boston Medical Center (BMC), serving patients for whom BMC is their only option for quality health care. Harry’s Brookline roots go deep, having been a resident for more than 30 years. He has been a Town Meeting Member and Advisory Committee member for more than 20 years, taking leadership roles in each, and also serves on the Green Space Alliance. Harry lives in the Lawrence School neighborhood with his wife Anne Turner, a Friend of BCF. Their two grown children, Katharine and Nathaniel, graduated from Brookline High and Harry notes that “the wings we have given them will allow the children to fly back on occasion.”
Jennifer Segel is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Fish Family Foundation, a Boston-based private foundation focusing on human services for low-income individuals and families in the Greater Boston area, with a focus on immigrant inclusion across Massachusetts. Previously, she worked for five years as a Program Officer at The Klarman Family Foundation in Boston working to identify and address areas of unmet needs. She also served at The Langeloth Foundation in New York City supporting health and racial equity outcomes to foster and sustain safe and healthy communities. She graduated from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and received her Master of Science (M.S.) in Social Work from Columbia University. Jennie is a proud Brookline High School alumna. She has lived in New York City, Sevilla, Spain, and currently lives with her husband and two sons in Brookline, MA.
Jim Slayton is the National Medical Director for Outpatient Services for OptumHealth. He has devoted over 20 years to the field of clinical psychiatry and has held numerous leadership positions in behavioral healthcare organizations. Jim has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Boston University. He received his A.B. from Brown University, M.D. from Stanford University and M.B.A. from Harvard University. Jim has authored numerous articles and reviews. He has served as a Town Election warden and has participated as a cellist and choral singer in various ensembles in the greater Boston area. Jim is a Brookline resident and a Town Meeting Member.
Kim Barnum, Vice President
Kim Barnum has been a Brookline Public School teacher for her entire professional career. After graduating from Wheelock College, having transferred there from Spelman College, she began teaching at Lincoln School. Subsequently she taught at Pierce, and Devotion Schools, both as a classroom teacher and math specialist. Kim is currently a third grade teacher at Pierce. She serves as a member of the Pierce School Equity Team, is a Mentor Teacher, and has been the Building-Based Mentor Facilitator. Kim is also a supervising practitioner of student teachers from many of the local colleges in the area. Kim and her husband have been Brookline residents for ten years. She has two adult sons and “a very cute dog.” Kim enjoys reading, travel, and cooking.
Manish Maski is the Global Medical Head for Rare Nephrology at Sanofi Genzyme, leading and overseeing the global medical strategy and activities related to the Fabry disease, ADPKD, and Alport syndrome programs. Prior to joining Industry, Manish was an attending physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard Medical School (HMS), where he still maintains a part-time faculty position and performs inpatient nephrology consultations within the BIDMC hospital system. Manish is a board-certified clinical nephrologist and is formally trained in basic, translational, and clinical research at both BIDMC and HMS. Manish lives in Brookline and has children at the Baker school.
Oliver Scholle is a partner at Harvest Wealth Management, an independent financial advisory firm in Needham. Oliver joined the firm in August 2015, today focusing his wealth management practice on sustainable, responsible and impactful investing (SRI). Financial planning was not Oliver’s first career. After his graduation from Harvard College in 1976, Oliver spent 20 years pursuing a career in international business in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2004, he left the corporate world to become an independent financial advisor. Oliver has deep roots in the Brookline community where he has lived with his wife Beth for 23 years while raising three children. Outside of work, Oliver enjoys travel, sailing, golfing, hiking and camping with his wife and family.
Rob Daves has found himself engaged in a variety of compelling ventures over the years in both his work life and in his life in the community. He has worked as a molecular biologist, a stay-at-home dad, and historic preservation carpenter. Before coming to Brookline 20 years ago, he served on a school board and as Vice President for Government Relations for the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He has been a Town Meeting Member since 2002 and is also a member of the Town’s MLK Celebration Committee. In 2016, Rob worked with Hidden Brookline to honor the great tenor Roland Hayes with a series of events including the dedication of a plaque in front of his former home. Most recently, he helped organize and lead the Committee to Commemorate John Wilson which raised $100,000 to place Wilson’s inspirational bronze sculpture of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the lobby of Town Hall. Rob is a long-time board member of the Brookline GreenSpace Alliance and co-founder of the Friends of the Green Dog Program. He lives with his wife Jennifer on Pill Hill where he has singlehandedly restored their 1895 home, winning a Preservation Commission award in 2014. Their three children graduated from Brookline High School.
Steven A. Heikin
Steven A. Heikin, an urban designer and architect, is a co-founder and Senior Principal Emeritus of ICON Architecture, Inc. His professional experience includes an array of award-winning mixed-use development, planning, and design projects, and mixed-income projects in the public interest that involve both new construction and rehabilitation. Steve served as Principal-in-Charge of the award winning Quinnipiac Terrace project, which transformed an obsolete public housing project in New Haven into a 229-unit “community of choice,” including both rental and home ownership opportunities, and mixing families and senior residents on a riverfront site on the Quinnipiac River. He led the planning and design of Olmsted Green, a mixed-income, mixed-use development on a 42-acre portion of the former Boston State Hospital site in Mattapan, the largest undeveloped tract of land in Boston. He holds an M.Arch. from the Yale School of Architecture and an M.C.P./U.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. A resident of Brookline since 1988, he currently serves on the Brookline Housing Advisory Board and is Chair of the Brookline Planning Board.
Victor Viktorov, Treasurer
Victor Viktorov is a management consultant and business advisor who has worked with companies from startup to Fortune 500 to drive profitable growth. He started his career in finance with General Electric and then was a partner at a startup boutique consulting firm that was acquired by Accenture Strategy. After emigrating from Ukraine to Allston in 1979, his family moved to Brookline in 1986 where he attended Runkle School and Brookline High School. His mother still lives in Brookline. Victor now resides in South Brookline with his wife and twin daughters who attend Baker School. He enjoys sports, cooking, and spending time with his family around Brookline.