Our Staff 2017-07-10T18:23:37+00:00

Our Staff


Gail Fine
Executive Director

Gail, who received a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, taught in Wellesley for several years. She then joined the faculty at Simmons College as Supervisor of Student Teachers and Interns, Advisor in the MAT Program and an Adjunct Instructor in the Elementary Graduate Students Seminar. After many years of community service, Gail became involved with the Ellie Fund in 2006 as a member of the event committee for the first annual Kelley for Ellie Fashion Show.  Driven by the Ellie Fund’s mission, Gail joined the small staff of three as the Patient Services Coordinator. At the forefront of the Ellie Fund’s expansion, Gail helped to increase both the types of support services we provide as well as the number of patients we serve. She became the Director of Patient Services in 2011 and the Executive Director in March of 2015.

Anne Meisner
Patient Services Coordinator

At the age of 28, Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. She understands firsthand what it is like to go through a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment while trying to care for a young family. Anne, who graduated from Providence College with a degree in Elementary and Special Education, always wanted to “pay back” the Ellie Fund for their support, first becoming a volunteer and later a member of the Board of Directors. She joined the Ellie Fund staff in 2012.

Hillary Harrelson
Director of Development

Hillary, a Harvard College graduate, was introduced to the Ellie Fund at the Kelley for Ellie Fashion Show in 2008. One of five sisters, Hillary was drawn to the Ellie Fund because of its recognition that an individual doesn’t get cancer, a family does. After joining the team as a Dish & Deliver and event volunteer, Hillary was hired as the Development Coordinator in January of 2010, the Ellie Fund’s second full-time employee. Hillary transitioned to the Events Manager in 2011 and the Director of Special Events in 2014 before being promoted as the Director of Development in April of 2015.

Kaitlyn Ferrini
Events & Public Relations Manager

Kaitlyn, who received her B.A. in Communication and Public Health from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, was introduced to the Ellie Fund by a friend and was immediately impressed by the passion and dedication shown by the organization’s staff, board and volunteers. Kaitlyn started her career in fundraising at a Mental Healthcare and Human Services organization where she planned fundraising events before joining the Ellie Fund team in the spring of 2017.

Natalie Kfoury
Administrative and Fundraising Assistant

Natalie, a Lasell College graduate, joined the Ellie Fund as the Administrative and Fundraising Assistant in June 2015. After becoming enamored with the nonprofit realm during college through volunteering, internships and part-time jobs, she was drawn to the Ellie Fund by its committed staff and their vibrant dedication to its mission. In her role, Natalie enjoys working in both Fundraising/Development and Patient Services, helping to foster growth and support for the Ellie Fund and those they assist.

Carole Burpee

Carole Burpee
Finance and Human Resources Coordinator

Carole, who received a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Colby College, became involved with the Ellie Fund in 2008 while a member of Wellesley Service League where she volunteered for a variety of local organizations and served on its Executive Board during 2012-13. For almost 20 years, Carole worked in corporate finance including commercial lending, credit officer, bankruptcy reorganization and equity portfolio management. Her volunteer commitments have included Newton Wellesley Hospital Auxiliary, Belmont Hill School (Parent Admissions and Parents’ Fund Committees) St. John School Board, St. John Parish Finance Council and Charles River Country Club Board.