Board of Directors
Will has 27 years of private equity and venture capital experience. He joined Advent in Boston in 1988 and two years later moved to the firm’s London office at the inception of Advent’s Global Private Equity buyout program (the current fund has committed capital of €8.5 billion).
Professor Mahon teaches courses on political economy, comparative politics, U.S.- Latin America foreign relations, and Latin American politics. He has authored various articles on political economy, comparative social inquiry, and U.S. foreign policy…
Donald R. Dubendorf is an attorney in private practice in Williamstown, Massachusetts since 1978. His practice concentrates in corporate, business and land use law throughout Western Massachusetts and beyond.
Dr. James F. “Jaimie” Birge is the current and 12th President of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. President Birge has worked in higher education for more than 30 years, serving as the Interim President of Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia…
Jeffrey D. Thomas is Lever’s founder and Executive Director. A self-described scientist-by-training and entrepreneur-by-accident, Jeffrey was among the founding scientists at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and was the founding CSO of Genstruct (now Selventa). He also led the…
Cairn Cross is a co-founder of FreshTracks Capital and serves as a Managing Director of the Fund. Cairn presently serves on the boards of FreshTracks portfolio companies Vermont Teddy Bear, NativeEnergy, Faraday, Budnitz Bicycles and Mamava and is an observer…
Prior to starting FreshTracks Cairn was a strategic and financial adviser to Vermont banks and growth businesses, the Assistant General Manager of Green Mountain Capital, L.P. from 1996 to 1998 and spent a decade from 1986 to 1996 working as a commercial banker. In 2014 he created Road Pitch a four day motorcycle tour around Vermont bringing investors and entrepreneurs to 7 towns to listen to entrepreneurs pitch their ideas. In 2011, the United States Small Business Administration named Cairn its Vermont, New England and National, Financial Services Champion.
Laurie Thomsen serves as the director of Travelers Companies, Inc. and MFS Mutual Funds. Her career includes working with for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs. Laurie began her twenty-year career in venture capital at Harbourvest Partners in Boston, where she was a General Partner.
Richard Morgenthal founded Morgenthal Frederics Opticians in 1986. With degrees in both optics and fine arts, Rick saw potential for a creative, more whimsical way to enjoy the eyewear buying experience. Morgenthal Frederics eyewear has been an incredible success…
Julia Bowen serves as the Executive Director of the BART Charter School in Adams, Massachusetts. She has a background in business and education. Prior to her work in education, she served on the management team of The Monitor Group, a Boston-based consultancy.
Jack Wadsworth is currently an Advisory Director at Morgan Stanley. Jack began his career at First Boston, an investment bank. He rose through the ranks, and by 1978, was the Executive Vice President, a member of the Board of Directors, and Co-head of First Boston’s investment banking group.