Our Board


Board of Directors

Marcia Boyle, Board Chair
Director, Barton Road After School Program, Babson College

Marcia, a Wake Forest University graduate, was an advisor for Junior Achievement, a volunteer for the Marilyn Monroe Family Center for Abused Women in London, an active fundraiser for the American Cancer Society during the development of the Hope Lodge and a volunteer for school and community organizations in Wellesley. Currently, she is the Director of the Barton Road After School Program at Babson College. Marcia’s dedication and enthusiasm have helped to raise awareness and support for the Ellie Fund where she continues her passion to help families as they struggle with the diagnosis of breast cancer.

Scott J. Clifford, Vice Chair
Managing Partner, Lipsey & Clifford, P.C.

Scott, a graduate of Bridgewater State College and New England School of Law, practices in the area of civil and corporate litigation at Lipsey and Clifford, P.C. A member of many professional associations and corporations, Scott is on the Board of the Directors of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce and is a member of multiple Bar Associations including the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Scott’s legal expertise is important as the advisor to the Ellie Fund Board on non-profit legal matters.

Support Services for Breast Cancer Patients

Scott Dorsey
Vice President/Director of Operations, NBW Capital LLC

A graduate of Providence College, Scott is Vice President and Director of Operations at NBW Capital LLC, a registered investment advisor in Boston.  Scott’s support of the Ellie Fund began soon after his family received assistance from the Ellie Fund following his wife’s breast cancer diagnosis. His personal experience provides the Ellie Fund staff and Board the perspective of the caregiver when discussing how best to assist families coping with breast cancer treatment.

Ronald Lanoue, Treasurer
Director, Business Tax Services, KPMG

Ron, a licensed CPA and graduate of Williams College and Northeastern Graduate School of Professional Accounting, is a senior manager in KPMG’s Boston tax practice. He has over 20 years experience, drawing on a broad base of knowledge of corporate and other business taxation. Ron has in-depth experience in U.S. federal, state, local and international taxation, including tax compliance, audit management, tax accounting/ASC and tax planning. Ron’s professional expertise is invaluable in his role as the Ellie Fund’s treasurer.

Jeff Popkin, Founding Director
Founder and CEO, BostonEventGuide.com

Jeff, along with his brother Eliot, founded the Ellie Fund in 1995 to honor their mother Eleanor Popkin’s courageous battle against breast cancer and the giving spirit for which she was known. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston, Jeff is the Founder and CEO of Boston Event Guide, a full-service marketing and promotions company in Boston. As former Board Chair and now special counsel, ambassador and key stakeholder, Jeff is responsible for ensuring that the history and legacy of the Ellie Fund remain at the forefront of its mission.

Laura Proctor
Oncology Patient Navigator, Atrius/Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

Laura has 13 years of experience working with cancer patients and their families undergoing treatment, providing support and assistance when necessary in a non-clinical role. Recognized by the American Cancer Society in 2012 for “Contributions to the Fight Against Cancer”, Laura is a long-time supporter of the Ellie Fund mission, advocating within the HVMA community and among her extended network. In addition to her work with the Ellie Fund, Laura is an active supporter of Mended Little Hearts of Boston and the Children’s Hospital Outpatient Cardiology Unit, providing toys for the MLH “Bravery Chest” and support resources for children with congenital heart defects and their families.

Heather Shanahan

Heather became an active supporter of the Ellie Fund after witnessing how the organization helped the family of her friend, Kelley Tuthill, cope with Kelley’s breast cancer diagnosis. When Heather’s father was diagnosed with cancer, she gained first-hand appreciation for the needs of families who have to balance everyday demands with the challenges of treatment. Impressed by the breadth, depth and uniqueness of the services offered by the Ellie Fund, Heather has remained a steadfast supporter. Heather received a B.S. in psychology from Merrimack College. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Heather worked at Mintz Levin for 13 years where she wore many hats, most recently as Director of Attorney Development.

Kelley Tuthill
Vice President of Public Relations & Communications, Regis College

Kelley Tuthill joined the Administrative Council at Regis College as Vice President of Marketing and Communications after serving 18 years as a reporter and anchor at WCVB-TV. A long-time supporter of the Ellie Fund, Kelley served as a co-founder of Kelley for Ellie, raising nearly $1 million dollars to support our patients.  A breast cancer survivor, Kelley poignantly shared her journey with Channel 5 viewers and on-line users. Co-author of You Can Do This! Surviving Breast Cancer Without Losing Your Sanity or Your Style, Kelley has been recognized as a “Hero Among Us” by the Boston Celtics, a “40 Under 40” by the Boston Business Journal and featured in the book Boston: Inspirational Women for her work on behalf of local and national breast cancer organizations.

Advisory Board

Tabitha Adeli
Special Projects

Robin Jones
Communications Consultant

Dr. Elsie Levin
Medical Advisor

Diane McManama
Volunteer Coordinator

Ben Rawitz
Strategic Partnerships