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James C. Lehan

MassBay Foundation
2018 to 2019
Foundation Chair

Picture of James C. Lehan Picture of James C. Lehan Noble & Greenough School; B.S. Tufts University

After graduating from college, Jim joined Aetna Financial Services in the Management Training Program. During his tenure, he held management positions in Albany, NY; Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Washington, DC; and Baltimore, Maryland before returning to Boston as Head of Annuity and Pension Operations.

During his tenure as Head of the Annuity and Pension Operations, the operation grew from a small business unit to the 3rd largest pension operation in the US and was recognized as one of the most innovative business units in the industry.

In 2001, after 30 years at Aetna, Jim retired. Since retiring from Aetna, he has continued to consult for major labor unions such as the American Federation of Teachers on their pension plans.

He also began a new career in public service and is currently in his third term as Chair of the Board of Selectmen in his home town of Norfolk, MA. Jim has always had a passion for sports and continues that passion by officiating High School and College Ice Hockey to this day. Mr. Lehan and his wife, Betty, have been married for 43 years and have four wonderful children and eight grandchildren.

Joseph Asaya

MassBay Foundation
2018 to 2019
MassBay Foundation Board Member

Picture of Joseph Asaya Picture of Joseph Asaya B.S Information Systems Management with a minor in Business Administration; M.S Information Technology; University of Massachusetts

Joseph Asaya, M.S is Senior Project Manager in the Global Business Services Department at Boston Scientific (BSC).

He is a board member of the Global Council of Inclusion in BSC. He founded corporate sponsored affinity groups within BSC and now functions as the Global Bridge Employee Resource Group (ERG) president across all BSC sites.

He was invited by President Barack Obama and wife Michele to a diversity dinner reception in recognition of his ERG functions for BSC employees.

Joseph is a Massachusetts and New York State licensed financial planner who enjoys helping families with their financial planning needs. He is a Massachusetts notary public who is active in community service. Joseph is a member of the Board of Trustees for the New Vision Foundation, which supports minorities in the Greater Framingham community. He is also a standing committee member for the Ways & Means committee Precinct 18.

Thomas M. Britt

MassBay Foundation
2018 to 2019
MassBay Foundation Board Member

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A.S. Massachusetts Bay Community College; B.S. Suffolk University; MBA Suffolk University; M.Ed Boston University

After graduation from college, Tom taught mathematics and business education in the Boston and Arlington Public Schools. His business experience includes 20 years working for several multi-national companies in senior management positions as treasurer and chief financial officer. In recent years, Tom has served in private schools as treasurer and chief financial officer. He holds certification as a Massachusetts Schools Superintendent in addition to other schools certifications. Since his retirement, he has been in real estate development and consults private schools in construction, design/build projects. He holds licenses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a builder and real estate broker. Mr. Britt and his wife, Judy have been married for 46 years and have four sons and seven grandchildren.

Thomas (Tom) W. Cleverdon

MassBay Foundation
2018 to 2019
MassBay Foundation Board Member

Thomas (Tom) W. Cleverdon Thomas (Tom) W. Cleverdon B.A. in Zoology/Chemistry (Pre-Med) from Miami University, Oxford Ohio

Upon graduation from Miami University, Tom began working as a chemist with the Chemical Division of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, OH.  Shortly thereafter, Tom married his high school sweetheart Chris, but their marriage was interrupted when he was drafted into the U.S. Army the same year. Returning from Viet Nam as a combat medic/clinical specialist, Tom rejoined the Goodyear Chemical Division and advanced into sales and marketing. From Goodyear, he joined the Dayco Company as a division manager in Richmond, VA and Dyersburg, TN.  The Kendall Company, a division of Colgate Palmolive recruited Tom to open a new Construction Products group in Boston.  Successfully accomplished, Tom moved on and started two new companies, one in manufacturing and one in software marketing.  From there, Tom became a part owner in TACC International located in Rockland, MA.  TACC was acquired by ITW (Illinois Tool Works) and shortly thereafter, Tom left ITW and started TC Cleverdon & Associates, Inc. in 2001.  He is currently President and provides consulting skills and represents several companies in the chemical products field.

Tom has been directly involved with his fraternity and Miami University in establishing new culture standards for Miami’s Greek System.  He is also a Trustee with the Norfolk Municipal Affordable Housing Trust providing upscale housing to those who would ordinarily be unable to afford housing in Norfolk.  He was VP of Church Council and is a Deacon at the Federated Church of Norfolk and heads a promotion committee for the church.  Tom is married with two children and 6 grandchildren.

Stephen T. Hibbard

MassBay Foundation
2018 to 2019
MassBay Foundation Board Member

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Hebron Academy; B. A. Washington & Lee University

Stephen has have been in the investment field for over 45 years in a number of different capacities. He was an account executive with Hornblower & Weeks, Hemphill, Noyes, Bache and White, Weld. While at Bank of Boston Stephen was in municipal investment banking. “Those positions gave Stephen a solid background for his primary career as an investment counselor at Loomis, Sayles & Co., Standard Chartered Bank and ending my career at Middleton & Company, where he was a managing director.”

Since officially retiring in June of 2011, Stephen has continued to act a trustee for a few of his clients. He has volunteered through the Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts to help local military personnel with their taxes and financial planning. He is a director of the Atlantic Salmon Federation and chairman of their investment committee responsible for managing their $12.5 million endowment. He is also a director of the Miramichi Salmon Association and serves on its investment committee. Stephen is also a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, the Boston Security Analysts Society, the Boston Economics Club and the Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts.

Rebecca Kannam

MassBay Foundation
2019 to 2020
MassBay Foundation Board Member

Becky Kannam Becky Kannam B.B.A. University of Massachusetts Amherst, Accounting, Isenberg School of Management

Becky’s involvement with MassBay began in 2017 as a volunteer on the Student Nourishment and Care Committee (SNACC, formerly the Food Insecurity Committee). She also assists with grant writing, researching new grants and serves as a mentor in the college’s Multicultural Mentoring Program.

After graduating from University of Massachusetts Amherst, Becky worked for the accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, for 10 years. She then served as Chief Financial Officer at three small, privately held firms in the Boston area — GeoPartners Research Inc, Trilogy Inc. and Parents In a Pinch.

Becky has lived in Wellesley for over twenty years and has been an active leader within the community. She served as Treasurer of Wellesley A Better Chance (ABC), Friends of Wellesley METCO, Inc. and the Wellesley High School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO), all local, education-focused, non-profit organizations. As a committed volunteer, Becky has supported the METCO program - in the areas of community building, academic achievement, mentoring and college preparation.

James J. McKenzie, Esq.

MassBay Foundation
2018 to 2019
MassBay Foundation Board Member

Picture of James J. McKenzie, Esq. Picture of James J. McKenzie, Esq. B.S. in Economics, University of Massachusetts; J.D. Suffolk University Law

Attorney James McKenzie is engaged in the private practice of law in the Norfolk, Middlesex, Suffolk and Plymouth County areas since 1980.

His practice concentrates in the areas of real estate, conveyancing, leasing, commercial and residential lending, advising small businesses, administration of estates, landlord and tenant matters and simple estate planning. Before entering into private practice, he worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration in the District Counsel’s office closing disaster related loans.

Mr. McKenzie is a member of The Massachusetts Bar Association, The Bar Association of Norfolk County, The Massachusetts Association of Bank Counsel and The National Association of Development Companies. He coauthored the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education volume entitled “Public, Quasi-Public and Private Financing.”