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.
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.
Sarah Creed Schmidt was elected to the Board of Advisors in 2018.
Ms. Creed Schmidt serves on the Building and Grounds and Health Care Committees. She also served on the professional advisory committee for Home Health at North Hill from 2015-2018. She is the Director of Nursing at Good Shepherd Community Hospice. She oversees the nursing department at the hospice, and is involved in clinical operations and developing policy and procedure as it relates to patient care. Ms. Creed Schmidt has been working with Good Shepherd for over six years.
Ms. Creed Schmidt began her healthcare career as a Personal Care Assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. After graduating from nursing school, Ms. Creed Schmidt obtained a position as Clinical Nurse at the same hospital. During her tenure, she worked in several areas including interventional cardiology, trauma intensive care, thoracic surgery and solid organ transplant and medicine. Feeling a need to incorporate a more holistic approach in her practice and have more time at the bedside, Ms. Creed Schmidt pursued a role as a hospice nurse. She has been working in hospice for nine years.
In addition to her passion for end-of-life care, Ms. Creed Schmidt is also an advocate for quality women’s health. She volunteers at a women’s health organization in her spare time. Ms. Creed Schmidt has worked with Promising Pals as a pen pal to a middle school student in Roxbury for the past two years. Ms. Creed Schmidt also volunteers at Simmons College, providing mock interviews and serving on health care informative panels.
Ms. Creed Schmidt has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Simmons College.
Richard (Rick) Davis became a North Hill Advisor in April 2016 and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2017 and serves on the Finance, Health Care and Investment Committees.
Mr. Davis is retired from his position of 30 years as CEO of Provider Insurance Group, an independent insurance agency.
He has been a Town Meeting Member for 30 years and is also a Director of the Needham Historical Society. He has been a Trustee and former Board Chair of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, past President of the Needham Rotary Club, and former Director and Chair of the Needham Community Council.
Mr. Davis currently serves on the Board of Directors of Connecticut Community Bank and the Bay State Agents Captive Insurance Company.
Mr. Davis is a graduate of Colby College and received his CLU and CPCU designations from the American College.