Board of Directors

UNAGB is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors. To learn about each board member, click the names below.

Arese Carrington, President

Arese Carrington, MBBS, MPH is a Medical Doctor, International Public Health consultant, Human Rights and Social Justice activist and author. She specializes in international public health programming and women’s issues. She previously worked as an Associate Director of the Harvard School of Public Health’s AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN). She was responsible for creating the conditions which led to the initiative being funded with a $25 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fight HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.

She received her medical degree from the University of Ibadan in 1980 in her native Nigeria.

In 2000, she received a Masters of Public Health Degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She was elected Class Marshal by her classmates and was selected by Harvard to deliver the Graduate Oration at the university’s Commencement exercises.

Dr. Carrington was a practicing physician in Nigeria and worked for a time at the University College Hospital, Ibadan and as the medical advisor for a multi-national company. She subsequently set up her own company, Health and Medical Services (HMS), which provided industrial firms, diplomatic missions and others with advisory services on preventive health care. She was, simultaneously, the CEO of a commercial company she founded, which provided consulting and promotional services to multinational companies and foreign non-profit entities.

She has served as a consultant on HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention programs at the federal, state and local government levels in Nigeria. At the Lagos State Ministry of Health she worked with the Permanent Secretary of Health to design and implement AIDS prevention campaigns and to introduce HIV /AIDS education modules into the state’s public schools. She also helped to set up a safe blood transfusion system as well as anti-malaria programs.

In addition to being the President of the board of United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNA-GB); Dr. Carrington is a Trustee Advisory board member of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and a member of Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston’s Advisors. A descendant of Oba Ovonranwen who ruled the Benin Kingdom in the 19th century, she played a pivotal role in the opening of the MFA’s Benin Kingdom Gallery.

As a member of the Board of the Pan African Health Foundation (PAHF USA), she was instrumental in ensuring the Foundation established Africa’s first major auto-disable syringe factory in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She has served on the board FATE Foundation (USA), where she often helped to screen young business school interns that go to help young entrepreneurs in Nigeria.  While on the Advisory board of LYNX (Linking Youth in Nigeria through eXchange) she set up the HIV/AIDS prevention program that was used to educate students at a summer camp in Abuja, Nigeria.

Dr. Carrington is a public speaker. She is the author of “Malaria in Nigeria” published in the Fall 2001 issue of the Harvard Health Policy Review. She also authored, The Female imperative in the New Africa, University of Benin, Eminent person Lecture series 2015. Her memoir “Defend the Defenseless” was published in 2017.

Awards and honors she has received include, Lifetime Human Rights Award from the City of Newton in 2014, State Senate Official Citation from Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representation Official Citation from Massachusetts State House of Representatives for being a life-long advocate of human rights in the community and around the world. She also received an Intergenerational Humanitarian Award from her alma mater alumni network –University of Ibadan alumni global network (UIAGN). In 2018 she moderated a panel discussion on Healthcare in Africa at the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. The History Makers interviewed her in 2016 for their Library of Congress archives.

She is married to Ambassador Walter Carrington the former United States Ambassador to Senegal (1980-1981) and Nigeria (1993-1997).

Gina Wilcox, Vice President, Education

Gina Wilcox first experienced Model UN as a high school student from upstate New York representing the Republic of Belarus at the Hague International Model UN. She continued her involvement through college and now runs the Model UN middle school program at The Park School in Brookline, MA, with her husband.

Ms. Wilcox received her Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard College, a Certificate from the Cours de Civilisation Francaise de la Sorbonne, Paris, and her MBA from Harvard Business School. Previously she worked in management consulting with Accenture and oversaw the Sales and Marketing function of Streamline.com, and online retailer. She lives in Newton with her husband and two children.

Jacob Homiller, Treasurer

Jacob Homiller is President and CEO of H.C. Starck Solutions, a leading global manufacturer of technology metals used in a broad range of industries such as electronics, medical devices and aerospace.  Prior to H.C. Starck Solutions, he was Senior Vice President, for A.W. Chesterton Company, where he was responsible for the management of Chesterton’s global business, including operations in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.

Prior to Chesterton, Jake worked with Cabot Corporation in various senior management roles, as well as Bain & Company.  He graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Economics, earned his MBA from The Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Jake lives in Westwood, MA with his wife and three children. His hobbies including skiing, playing golf and hiking.

Nathaniel Tassinari, Clerk

Nate Tassinari has been serving on the Board of UNAGB since 2012 and has been a member of UNAGB since 2006. Professionally Nate has had a varied career which includes work in software, startups, retail, finance and publishing. Currently Nate is a Vice President at TD Bank where he serves as a Commercial Relationship Manager for the Boston Market.

Nate is graduate of Starting-Bloc Social Entrepreneurship, earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and East European Studies from Rutgers University and received his Masters Degree in European Studies from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

Nate and his wife Ania are proud residence of Boston; they enjoy travelling, cooking and gardening.

Patricia Chilangwa

Patricia started volunteering at UNAGB in 2002, motivated by a strong desire to make a positive impact in the area of global women’s issues.  Since then, she has chaired and collaborated on many educational initiatives with global non-profit organizations to raise awareness about critical issues affecting girls and women everywhere.  Patricia started her career in the investment management industry, where she spent a number of years working at Scudder Investments and at State Street Research.  She later moved to the education field and worked as an Early Childhood Educator and as a Foreign Language Specialist in Dover, MA.  Born and raised in Venezuela by Italian parents, Patricia has always embraced international and multi-cultural environments.  She lives in the Boston area with her husband and 3 children, and she is committed to support positive change in the world through her work with UNAGB.  

Patricia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Boston College.  She is currently pursuing a Master Degree in Mindful Education at Lesley University.  

Harriet Cross

Harriet Cross is Her Majesty’s Consul General to New England. Harriet has been a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service for 20 years. Before coming to Boston in 2016, she was Deputy Ambassador at the British Embassy in Yemen. However, due to the conflict in Yemen, she organised the evacuation of the Embassy and subsequently spent the rest of her posting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

In her diplomatic career Harriet has served at the British Embassy in Morocco and at the UK Mission to the UN in New York. She has also worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London covering a number of jobs including EU trade relations and human rights policy.

During her career Harriet has taken time out from diplomacy to work as an International Policy Advisor for the UK’s National Crime Squad. She has also worked in the International Relations Department at the University of York. With her husband she helped establish a micro-brewery in Yorkshire which is now a thriving business.

Harriet received a First Class honours degree from the University of Warwick in Politics with French. She has two rescue cats, Claudius (from New York) and Mavi (from Somerville).

William Febbo

Connecting the Pharma & Healthcare industry with compliant innovation has been Will Febbo’s trademark in over 18 years of leading health service & technology companies. In 1999, he co-founded MedPanel, a market intelligence and communication provider to the biomedical & medical device industries. When Febbo sold it in 2007 to Merriman Capital, he held dual roles as COO of the bank and CEO of Digital Capital Network which he launched pioneering digital compliance & transparency in the financial industry.

Febbo is also founder of Plexuus, an early stage payment processing platform for medical professionals with Sunshine Act-related activities. Currently, he holds the position of CEO at OptimizeRX and continues to discover, innovate and connect both products and people to meaningful experiences to improve health outcomes. Febbo has most recently joined MIT linQ as a faculty member. LinQ is a new collaborative initiative focused on increasing the potential of innovative research to benefit society and the economy. linQ’s portfolio of international innovation programs demonstrates a new paradigm for technology research and training. Thus far, Febbo has participated in two of these programs, IMPACT and Idea2 global.

Febbo holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Dickinson College, in Pennsylvania and serves on the board of The United Nations of Greater Boston, a non-profit focused on building global citizens within inner-city schools in Massachusetts.

Richard Golob

Richard Golob serves as Global Head of Life Sciences at EPAM Systems, a publicly traded IT services firm with 22,000 professionals worldwide. Previously, Richard co-founded GGA Software Services, an outsourcing company that provided scientific informatics services to the life sciences industry, and served as its president and chief executive officer until the sale of GGA to EPAM Systems in 2014. With its headquarters office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and its 650-person development center in St. Petersburg, Russia, GGA focused on bringing together science, mathematics, and software engineering to solve client problems.

Previously, Richard was actively involved in the environmental and energy fields, serving as an adviser to government agencies worldwide and to the United Nations Environment Programme, as well as a publisher of respected environmental newsletters. He also served as an environmental industry adviser to the venture capital firm Charles River Ventures and as chairman of the Harvard Environmental Health Council at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Richard served as president of the United Nations Association of Greater Boston from 2006 – 2017. He is also a board member of ADL New England, a board member of the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England, member of the Board of Overseers of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and president of the Puchovichi Memorial Park Project. He is coauthor of “The Almanac of Renewable Energy” and coeditor of “The Almanac of Science and Technology”.

In addition, Richard serves as a board member of Alpha Software, an innovative mobile application development technology company, and a member of Sky Ventures Group, which focuses on investments in healthcare and life sciences companies. Richard graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. degree in biochemical sciences.

Kari Heistad

As founder and CEO of Culture Coach International, Kari leads a diverse team of cross cultural specialists who provide consulting and training services in the areas of cross cultural and diversity issues. Diversity has been the hallmark of her work and her experiences have brought her into contact with world leaders, inner-city youth, non-profit organizations and business people. She specializes in making the issues of cross cultural awareness and organizational development engaging and insightful to her clients.

Her original programs on cultural and corporate identity have been called “insightful, unique, exciting” and “eye-opening”. Her powerful approach makes these issues accessible and the skills gained become powerful tools in the workplace. Kari has lived and worked abroad in Norway, Scotland and Greece and she travels regularly overseas. She is a frequent author and public speaker at regional and international conferences. She was a Fulbright scholar to New Zealand and holds a Masters in International Administration from the School for International Training.

Janice Hunt

Janice G. Hunt lives in Needham. In addition to being on the UNAGB board, she is an Overseer of the Huntington Theatre, serves on several committees of The Trustees of Reservations (past President) and Wellesley College (past President of the Alumnae Association and Trustee) and many other community organizations. She and her husband, Roger B. Hunt, a retired Boston lawyer, have four children and seven grandchildren.

J.D. LaRock

Dr. J.D. LaRock is President and CEO of the Commonwealth Corporation, a $55 million public-private corporation that advances Massachusetts’ economic leadership through signature initiatives in workforce development, youth development, and economic development.  Previously, J.D. was a member of Northeastern University’s senior leadership team, where he was chief of staff to the university’s president, among other executive roles.

Over his career, J.D. has worked in Paris at the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), in Washington, D.C. for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and in New York City as a television reporter.  A scholar of education policy, higher education, and the future of work, J.D. is a faculty member in Northeastern’s Doctor of Law and Policy program.

In addition to his service on the UNAGB board, J.D. is a member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Chair of the Board of Trustees at North Shore Community College, and Chair of the board of Families First, a Boston-area non-profit.  He, his wife Christina, and their daughter Callie live in Beverly Farms.

Jonathan Lacoste

Jonathan Lacoste is the Co-Founder and President of Jebbit, a mobile marketing software company. Jebbit has raised over $10M in venture capital with some of the largest brands in the world as customers and partners, including Google, eBay and the Expedia. Since launching the company, Jonathan has been named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” and was the “Emerging Executive of the Year” in the state of Massachusetts.

Robert Maloney

Robert P. Maloney is a Partner at Prince Lobel Tye LLP. Bob focuses his practice in the areas of corporate law, tax, and estate planning.  He advises companies on all stages of their development–from inception to financing, benefit plans, equity plans, acquisitions, mergers, and sale of the business.  As co-chair of the firm’s Closely Held Business Industry Group, he regularly advises family and closely held businesses on issues of succession planning, sophisticated sales, and gifting techniques to transfer equity to key employees and/or family members.

Bob served as the firm’s managing partner from 1999-2010.  During that time he managed the expansion of a number of practice groups and successfully positioned Prince Lobel as a leading, mid-size law firm with a broad range of services and a distinguished client base.  He currently serves as Chair of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group.

Bob also sits on various charitable and business boards.  He is the former Chairman of the Board of Catholic Memorial and is currently Chairman of Catholic Memorial School Foundation.

Ryan Nagle

Before founding Sequentis Capital, Ryan had almost a decade of experience in the capital markets. He was a Senior Portfolio Advisor at Merrill Lynch. Prior to that, Ryan work as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley.

A big supporter of childhood education, he sits on the board of the United Nations of Greater Boston, and the host committee of the French Cultural Center in support of the Center’s Accent on Success program, which provides cost-free French language instruction to Boston-area students.

Ryan is passionate about wine and is the 2er Caviste of the Commanderie de Bordeaux à Boston. He and his wife, Erin, co-founded the Wine Giving Pledge, a non-profit that helps collector’s turn their wine cellars into a source of lifelong giving.

Ryan lives in Beacon Hill with his wife Erin and daughter Caroline. He is an avid golfer, skier & foodie.

B.A. Fordham University

Alma Morrison

Alma G. Morrison has been a member of the Board of UNAGB for many years, serving in various capacities, including as Clerk and Chair of the Advocacy Committee. Alma is a former Chair of the Steering Committee of the UNA-USA Council of Chapters and Divisions and served 10 years as Representative from its New England Region. She served for 9 years on the Board of South Shore Housing, a non-profit organization that provides affordable housing and related services.

For fourteen years she was a Board Member of Common Cause Massachusetts, an advocacy organization working for campaign finance reform and ethics in government. Before her retirement, she worked for Common Cause Massachusetts as Assistant Director; for the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MassPIRG), in the finance department; and for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She has served on a variety of town committees in Scituate, where she lives, and was elected to two terms on the School Committee.

She holds an MBA in Public Management from Boston University, and a BA in History from Oberlin College. In her leisure time she enjoys sailing, gardening and the outdoors in general.

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy is a global technology leader focused on leading cross-functional teams to develop and implement innovative solutions to solve complex business problems. Over his career he has held leadership positions at AstraZeneca Biopharmaceuticals, ThermoFisher Scientific, currently he’s a Vice President at General Electric.

Throughout his career, he has done business in various countries all over the world. It’s this international experience that helped him realize how important UNAGB’s remit is, especially educating our youth on the importance of thinking globally.

Sean lives in Newton with his wife and three children (UNAGB students). He’s an avid skier, sailor, coach, and noob mountain biker.

Hakan Satiroglu

Hakan Satiroglu is an entrepreneur and seasoned executive focused on the transition of business models and processes in the digital age. In 2004 he founded Xplana Learning, a social learning network which is paving the way for how learning will be enabled in the 21st Century. Xplana is the leading personal learning environment integrating local and commercially published content, student-to-student and faculty-to-student collaboration. Xplana is a transformational platform integrating digital library, e-book reader and e-commerce. Xplana Learning was acquired in 2009 by MBS Textbook Exchange.

Subsequent to the acquisition, Mr. Satiroglu shifted focus from overseeing operations and driving sales activity of the company to leveraging publisher and institution-wide relationships. Objectives to build awareness and to lay the groundwork for the roll out of the Xplana Learning Platform to the 950 institutional and over 150 publishing clients of MBS.

Mark Stein

Mark B. Stein is a partner in the Corporate Department in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, where he concentrates his practice in securities, mergers and acquisitions and general representation of start-ups. Mr. Stein speaks regularly on matters of interest to emerging and growth companies, including corporate finance strategies, corporate governance and equity-based incentive compensation. He is a member of the High Technology Section of the Massachusetts Bar
Association.

Before joining McDermott, Will & Emery, Mr. Stein was deputy executive director and later, executive director (acting) of the Massachusetts
Office of International Trade and Investment. He has also served as a legislative assistant to a United States senator from New Hampshire and as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau for Near East and South Asian Affairs and at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

Mr. Stein earned his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in Russian/Soviet studies, from
Dartmouth College in 1984. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law
School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review, in 1992.