Walter Armstrong’s involvement with North Hill began in 2016 as a member of the Board of Advisors. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2017 and serves on the Building & Grounds and HCBS Committees.
Mr. Armstrong is Senior Vice President for Capital Facilities and Engineering at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), one of the Harvard Medical School affiliated teaching hospitals. Reporting to the President, Mr. Armstrong is responsible for master facilities planning, space planning, design and construction of new and renovated facilities, engineering of plant and building systems, maintenance, security, environmental health and safety, environmental sustainability initiatives, and real estate.
Prior to joining BIDMC, Mr. Armstrong served for eight years as Senior Vice President at CDM, a global environmental engineering and construction firm, where he headed the firm’s program management practice. From 1986-1999, Mr. Armstrong’s career was dedicated to the cleanup of Boston Harbor, recognized as among the nation’s most polluted water bodies. Mr. Armstrong served progressively as the Deputy Director for Program Controls and the Deputy Director for Engineering before assuming lead responsibility for the project in 1992.
Prior to moving to Boston in 1986, Mr. Armstrong spent the early part of his career working on public infrastructure projects in New York City.
Mr. Armstrong has been an active member on a number of non-profit boards, including the BID-Needham Board of Advisors, the Charles River School in Dover, Lawrence General Hospital, and the Longwood Medical Energy Collaborative.
Mr. Armstrong received a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University in 1977. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and English from Boston College, awarded in 1973.
Katherine (Gig) Babson Jr. has been a Board Member of North Hill since 2015 and serves on the Health Care, HCBS and Marketing Committees. Ms. Babson is Senior Counsel (previously Partner) in the department of Private Clients Group at the law firm of Nixon Peabody in Boston where she has worked since 2002. Before her career began at Nixon Peabody, she was Partner at the law firm of Hutchins, Wheeler and Dittmar. She is also a Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America for 17 years. Ms. Babson has served on the boards of other non-profit organizations including Babson College, Vermont Academy, and Carleton Willard Village. Ms. Babson also serves on the President’s Advisory Council at Vassar College. In the past, she served on other civic boards which included Wellesley’s Symphony Orchestra, Children’s Community Center, Scholarship Foundation, Community Center and was Wellesley’s Club President from 1999-2000. She was Town Moderator from 1984 through 1991 and is currently a Town Meeting Member. Ms. Babson received her AB from Vassar College, her MBA from Babson College, her JD from Boston College Law School, and her Honorary Doctor of Law from Babson College.
Sava Berhané is the Chief Product and Technology Officer for HouseWorks Home Care.
With more than 15 years of strategic workforce management, business operations, M&A and systems integration experience, Sava is leading growth efforts for HouseWorks and helping to build a robust Dementia Care and Home Safety and Falls Prevention product focused on reducing social isolation and hospital readmissions. She also leads the design and implementation of software technology that enables Caregivers to communicate care plan information from the home and empowers families to quickly review ongoing schedules, alerts, and home activity.
Previously, Sava was the Chief Operating Officer of Building Excellent Schools, where she was responsible for finance, operations, technology and strategy for the organization, overseeing 110 schools in 26 cities across the country. Sava is passionate about teaching, serving as a Senior Lecturer at Brandeis University’s International Business School and rotating her teaching around negotiations, business management, and leadership. She has publications on women in the workplace and the future of work. She started her career at General Electric in corporate mergers and acquisitions.
For her efforts, Sava was awarded with a 2017 Pinnacle Award from the Boston Chamber of Commerce for Emerging Executives and served as a Harvard Business School Young American Leader. She has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Journal of Regulation. She also sits on the board of the bipartisan National Women’s Political Parity PAC.
Gretchen Cook-Anderson is an award-winning global marketing executive for IES Abroad, one of the largest providers of academic study and internship programs abroad that serves 9,000+ U.S. undergraduates annually across 34 international cities. As Assistant Vice President for Diversity Recruiting & Advising, she’s devoted 9 years overseeing the organization’s Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad (IDEA), which has grown enrollment diversity 112 percent – equivalent to nearly 20,000 students of color (not to mention thousands more students of other diverse identities) her team has inspired to study abroad during the initiative’s first 10 years.
Since relocating to the Boston area 6 years ago from the Washington, DC area, Gretchen has also become actively involved in community efforts that address educational equity, diversity, and social justice. Gretchen is a founding board member of the Needham Diversity Initiative, and member of the New England Advisory Board of Facing History & Ourselves, a Brookline-based nonprofit that encourages students, parents, and schools to explore and confront racism, antisemitism, and prejudice in all forms. Her life experiences, community-based advocacy work, and successful experience in higher education diversity work have fueled a personal commitment to these issues locally and globally.
Gretchen is also a member of the Board of Trustees of both Belmont Hill School and Dana Hall School, and of United South End Settlements (USES), and a member of the Corporation of Boston-based Beacon Academy.
She holds a BA from Spelman College in Political Science (1990) and a dual MA from Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in International Economics and Japanese Studies (1994). Gretchen is a member of the League of Women Voters, Needham, MA; Progressive Needham & NAFSA; the Associatoin of International Educators.
Russell Corsini was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016 and serves on the Audit, Finance, and Investment Committees.
Mr. Corsini’s career began with The Gillette Company where he lived and worked as CFO in Argentina, Jamaica and Venezuela. He later became Worldwide Controller for the Company’s major product lines. Mr. Corsini then joined New England Business Service (NEB on the NYSE) as CFO and oversaw its growth to a mid-size public company. He finished his career as a Managing Director of Deloitte where he spent time in establishing its operations in India.
In retirement, he teaches in the graduate schools of Babson College and Boston College with a focus on international consulting experiences.
Mr. Corsini has served on the boards of other non-profit organizations, including Financial Executives International, Eliot Bank, Babson College, Hillsboro Club, Raymond Moore Foundation and the Boston Classical Orchestra. He has also served as Treasurer/Executive and Committee Member for the Home for Little Wanderers, Committee Member for Cape Cod Center for the Arts and Saint Francis House, Overseer for Handel & Hayden Society, and President of the Sesuit Neck Property Owners Association.
Mr. Corsini received his AB in Economics from Georgetown University where he spent his junior year at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He then went on to receive his MBA from Babson College.