Board Member Biographies

Sue McKittrick, President, retired from a career in management consulting that included more than 20 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She continues some consulting work for non-profit organizations and volunteers locally to help people in need of food or housing. She has lived in Newburyport since 2013.

Debbie Knight, Treasurer, was born and lived in Newburyport her entire life. She brought up three sons and is now retired. She is the bookkeeper for the Boys and Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley  (part-time) since they opened in 2001. She also has volunteered for the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce for the past 15 years.

Andy Dear, Board Member, has been involved in corporate communications for more than 25 years, conducting public relations for global technology companies, vacation destinations, professional services firms and much more. He is a storyteller by trade, having served as an editor for a variety of outdoor enthusiast publications, and conducted advertising for large global companies. Andy also works in catering and the food service industry and enjoys cooking for the free community breakfast most Saturdays at the Central Congregational Church in Newburyport. He has lived in Newburyport since 2000, and every November wonders why he left the warm winters of Miami.  On most summer weekends, when he’s not with his daughter, he can be found plying the coastal waters in search of striped bass, bluefish and other Northeast game fish.

Dottie Fair, Chair, Grants Committee, was born and raised in Cambridge, MA and worked for fifteen years as a first-grade teacher in the Wakefield, MA school system and twenty-two years at The New Hampshire Department of Education where she was a state consultant and administrator for a federal program addressing the needs of educationally and economically disadvantaged children. She moved to Newburyport in 2017 and enjoys volunteering at Pettengill Food Pantry, Our Neighbors Table, Leeward Charities and The Firehouse.

Howard Mandeville, Board Member, and his wife, Pat, moved to Newburyport in 2016 to be nearer their one and only daughter, Julia, who lives and works in Boston. Howard retired as the executive director of Movin’ Out, a nonprofit, assisting home buyers with disabilities and developing more than 1,000 units of affordable, inclusive rental housing in Wisconsin.

Yvonne McQuilkin, Board Member, and a Newburyport resident since 2010, Yvonne’s background includes banking, commercial real estate, human resources, and landscape design. She is a certified life coach and holds a Real Estate Broker’s license. Presently she is a board member of the Newburyport Council on Aging and has been involved in aspects of the implementation of the new Senior Community Center. Yvonne’s energy is focused on the environment and climate, as well as working on income inequality both locally and at a global level. She has funded 30+ Kiva loans in 31 countries, as well as supporting a Nepalese child. She is a member of Transition Newburyport, an organization focused on “acting together locally to make the transition to a post-fossil-fuel world in a thoughtful and planned way, leading to a more fulfilling, socially connected, sustainable, resilient and self-reliant community”. She is a member of the First Religious Society (Unitarian Church).

Linda O’Brien, Board Member, is an independent consultant working with clients in the biotech, pharma, and physician leadership development fields. She is passionate about helping small businesses plan, operate, and evolve. Linda also volunteers with a global peace initiative in the planning of meditation and non-violence technique training events for police departments of large metropolitan areas.

Board Advisor Biographies

Todd Atanasoff, Board Advisor, is a commercial banker at the Provident Bank in Amesbury, MA with over 10 years of commercial bank lending experience. Todd joined Pennies for Poverty in the summer of 2015 in order to become more involved in helping the Greater Newburyport community. Todd’s outside interests include his family, golf, skiing, and traveling to new places.

Sean Bradley CPA, MST, Board Advisor, has been a resident of Newburyport for over 22 years and began volunteering for Pennies for Poverty in 2016.  He has over 30 years of experience in tax, benefits, and risk management. Sean is committed to helping small businesses and entrepreneurs develop successful strategies to overcome their challenges with accounting and taxation; including budgeting, cash flow planning, personal and business taxation, plus Affordable Care Act compliance.

Joe Carper, Board Advisor, moved to Newburyport in 2013 after retiring from a 30+ year career in senior management with non-profit organizations, including museums, environmental organizations, associations, and human service agencies in Massachusetts and the Washington, DC area. In addition to his community service activities, he organizes and leads hiking trips throughout Europe.

Cheryl K. Jones, Board Advisor, was born and raised in Newburyport and moved to Amesbury in 2009. She is a graduate from the University of San Francisco, currently works at Arthur S. Page Insurance Agency in downtown Newburyport and also volunteers with hospice.

 

Contact us if you have an interest in joining the board in an advisory role at pennies@penniesforpoverty.org.