Board of Directors 2017
Joanne Brine: (2012) With a BA and MA from University of Baltimore, Joanne has served as editor of Lacrosse magazine and has worked with her husband Bill at Sport Helmets/Cascade, a long time corporate sponsor of MetroLacrosse. Joanne has been a member of the Board of Directors of Hopkinton Youth Lacrosse, White Mountain Ski Runners, New England Select Lacrosse League and the Edgartown Yacht Club.
William Connolly, Jr: (2012) Bill received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his M.B.A. the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, also at Dartmouth. Currently Head of Global Distribution for Putnam Investments, Bill is also a member of Putnam’s Executive Board of Directors. He previously acted as Managing Director and National Sales Manager at Putnam, responsible for managing the sales and marketing activities of all Putnam’s retail business. In addition to his work with MetroLacrosse, he also sits on the Board of St. Sebastian’s School and the American Ireland Fund Boston Advisory Board.
Matt Dwyer: (2001) A graduate of Dartmouth College (and four year lacrosse starter), Matt is a Principal at the Roseview Group, a leading commercial real estate firm in Boston. His involvement with lacrosse includes co-founding the successful Canterbury School (CT) program, coaching at Phillips Exeter Academy, founding and leading Weston Youth Lacrosse, and co-founding the Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL). His commitment to using sports as a means of inspiring children led his starting the Boston Cannons, Boston's entry in the pro outdoor lacrosse league, Major League Lacrosse.
Michael Durbin: (2013) Michael graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. Currently President of Fidelity Institutional Product, Michael previously acted as chief operating officer of the National Sales Division for Morgan Stanley’s Global Wealth Management.
Sam Hodgson: (2016) Sam, a graduate of Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT is Senior Vice President-Wealth Management & Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch. He draws on this deep experience to guide clients in implementing strategies for retirement income planning, estate planning services and other wealth management needs. Sam’s tenure in the industry has given him experience in a variety of markets and economic landscapes. The lessons he’s learned have proven invaluable in guiding clients through today’s complex, ever changing investment environment.
Kevin Joyce: (2016) A graduate of Stonehill College and Massachusetts School of Law, Kevin is a Partner at Brown Ruddick LLP and focuses his practice on real estate finance and capital investment, including loan restructurings and purchases of distressed debt. His real estate experience encompasses a broad spectrum of real estate development and leasing, property acquisition and disposition, as well as zoning and land use matters. Kevin also advises clients relative to real estate private equity fund formation and investments, joint ventures, partnership, limited liability company, and other general corporate matters. Kevin has substantial experience representing owners and developers in seeking permits and approvals for projects located in the City of Boston, including extensive experience with the Boston Redevelopment Authority Article 80 process.
Dr. Frederick Douglas Opie: (2012) Fred played lacrosse at Herkimer Community College and continued his collegiate lacrosse career at Syracuse University where he played in national championship games in 1984 and 1985. He won post-collegiate club championships with the Long Island Hofstra and Maryland lacrosse club teams in the USLCA and twice earned All-USCLA honors. Fred played professionally for the New York Saints in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League from 1989 to 1990, and he played defense for Team USA's World championship team in 1990. From 1989 to 1992, Fred served as graduate assistant and defense coordinator for the men's lacrosse team at Gettysburg College while earning a master's degree in history at Shippensburg University. He earned a Ph.D. in history from the Maxwell School of Public Citizenship at Syracuse University in 1999 and began a career as a professor of history thereafter. Fred currently works as a professor of History and Foodways at Babson College, has numerous published articles and books, and frequently appears as a television food expert.
Jason Pinney: (2016) Jason, a graduate of Union College and Boston College Law School is a partner at Morgan Lewis. Jason focuses his practice on securities litigation. Jason represents broker-dealers, investment advisers, hedge funds, private equity firms, board members, and individuals in litigation, arbitrations, and regulatory investigations. Jason has experience representing clients in federal and state court, as well as before the SEC, FINRA, and several state securities agencies. He also has experience advising clients on securities laws and regulations, including public funds laws and wire fraud. Jason actively participates in pro bono matters.
Gary Rogers: (2010) A graduate of Dartmouth College (where he was a standout lacrosse player and team captain), Gary received his MBA from the University of Chicago and worked many years at IBM and a series of high tech start-ups. He retired from the leadership team at Sonus Networks, where he worked as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales, and recently founded the True North Ale Company, a craft brewery located in Ipswich. In addition to his work as Board Chairman for MetroLacrosse, Gary is Chairman of the Friends of Dartmouth Lacrosse, a former Trustee at Governor’s Academy, and is a principal owner of the Boston Cannons.
Bryan Sparkes: (2010): A former lacrosse player and graduate of Holy Cross, Bryan currently serves as a Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). There since 2007 he specializes in the representation of tenants and landlords throughout Downtown Boston. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Bryan spent three years at Grubb & Ellis Company as both an analyst and associate. In addition to his commitment to MetroLacrosse, Bryan is involved in Junior Achievement, Winners Walk Tall of Massachusetts and Citizen Schools.
David Williams: (Board Member since 2010; resident of Pelham, NH) A graduate of Cornell University, David has served in numerous positions in over 15 years with BNY Mellon, including most recently as Chief Administrative Officer of the Southeast region of the bank's wealth advisory service. Prior to BNY, David worked for Sanford C. Bernstein as a financial advisor. An active lacrosse player, David volunteers at MetroLacrosse, as well as leads a men's lacrosse team/league.
Josh McCall: (2015) a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree from Suffolk University in Boston, Josh is the Chairman and CEO of Jack Morton Worldwide, the world’s leading brand experience agency. Josh has been an integral part of Jack since 1984 becoming CEO in 2003 and Chairman in 2007. His commitment to the development of young people is evident by his joining the MetroLacrosse board in 2015 as well as, his tenure on the board of City Year Boston, a national youth service corps.
Charles Leitner: (2016) Chuck is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he achieved All America and All Ivy honors as a co-captain of the Penn Varsity Lacrosse Team. Since 2013, he has been the CEO of Berkshire Group, a Boston-based real estate investment management company. Chuck also serves as Chairman of Penn’s Athletic Board of Overseers, and as a member of the Penn Lacrosse Board (past Chairman), the University Board of Trustees, and the Penn Medicine Board. In 2012, he and Penn’s Men’s Head Lacrosse Coach, Mike Murphy, co-founded the Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA) inner city youth program at Penn. YQCA is a West Philadelphia based, after-school, initiative.