Southborough Community Fund Board
A group of local Southborough residents form the SCF Community Board. These local residents represent different demographics of our town, and together raise the funds for grantmaking in Southborough and decide on the most impactful grants for our community.
Inspired by his work as a Trustee at the Foundation for MetroWest, Tom envisioned the creation of a Southborough focused non-profit dedicated to identifying and addressing needs, often hidden, within our community. Tom’s vision in launching the Southborough Community Fund (SCF) was to rally the many residents who want to give back to our town but may not have the time or tools to identify local needs and determine how to make significant community impact. His goal with SCF is to provide townspeople with a trustworthy, well run charitable vehicle through which they can support a wide variety of important community projects and programs addressing important challenges in our town.
Since launching in 2014, Tom has leveraged his 30+ years of venture capital experience with Battery Ventures to build the SCF board, implement appropriate governance structures, raise capital, and begin to scale impact in the Southborough community. He has also brought best practices to the organization through his board and trustee work with other non-profit institutions such as The St Mark’s School, Grassroots Soccer, The Foundation for MetroWest, Hub Financial Charities, and his alma mater The University of Notre Dame.
Tom and his wife Shari moved to Southborough in 1992 where they have raised their now college age children, Sean and Paige.
Andrew’s family roots are to be steeped in local family-owned businesses. Like generations before him, Andrew owns a local business, Andrew Abu Realtors. Living and working in the community has provided Andrew with a close up view of some of the struggles people in our community face. It’s his desire to ameliorate the needs of the community that drew him to become a member of the Southborough Community Fund.
Before joining SCF, Andrew served on the Board of Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Board of Visitors for both Fay School and Worcester Academy. Additionally, he has served as a Boy Scout Leader and has worked on the annual fund committee for Fay School, Bancroft School and Worcester Academy. He also actively participates in MS Society Bike Rides and has been a leading fund-raiser for multiple years. Andrew serves as a Corporator for Avidia Bank.
After attending Boston College and graduating from Bentley University with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, he worked as a Sales Executive for McCarthy International, Inc. He joined the Real Estate industry in 1990 where he developed a reputation for outstanding customer service. In September 2004, Andrew parlayed his entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for the business by forming his own real estate company. Andrew maintains top production status consistently in our county, but he measures his success by the trust and confidence that his clients place in him. Andrew, his wife Jane met at Boston College. They have three children; Michael who now lives and works in Seattle, Catie who lives and works in Connecticut and Mary who is a senior at Marist College.
Betsy has years of experience with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations as well as educational institutions in Southborough and Worcester. She is involved presently with the Southborough Gardeners, the Worcester Art Museum and the Red Cross of Central MA. She actively supports her family businesses, Polar Beverages and Wachusett Mountain Ski Area. Betsy is a 27 year resident of Southborough where she lives with her husband Chris and has raised three daughters.
John recently retired from the investment firm, The Capital Group/ American Funds after twenty-two years of service. Most recently, he served as their Board of Director and Executive Vice President of Global Distribution helping to build it’s non-US based distribution capabilities.
Throughout his career, John has been involved with numerous nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. He currently sits on the Board of The Foundation for Financial Planning where he is also Chair of The Grants Committee. He is a member of the Advisory Board and frequent guest lecturer at The University of Connecticut Business School’s Professional Sales Leadership Program. Lastly, he is President of his family’s own foundation, The John and Sally Fodor Family Foundation. John and his wife, Sally and their two daughters have resided in Southborough for twenty years.
Karen Gadbois is honored to serve on the board of SCF and work toward meeting the needs of all of the residents of Southborough. She has also been involved in the community through serving on the board of the Southborough Education Foundation as well as Southborough Youth and Family Services. She currently is a board member of St. Mary’s Credit Union in Marlborough and has worked to support the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress and Camp Jabberwocky. Karen was an investment analyst for 15 years at State Street Bank and Massachusetts Financial Services and is currently employed in the human services field. She has a BA from Boston College and an MBA from Babson College. She and her husband Charlie have three children and have lived in Southborough since 1994.
Noreen Reilly Harrington
Noreen Reilly Harrington values the importance of supporting her hometown of Southborough through her service on the board of the Southborough Community Fund (SCF). Prior to joining the board of SCF, she embraced an active role in the community by volunteering on the board of Southborough Kindergroup and on the Fireball Committee for the Southborough Fire Department. Noreen is also currently on the Board of Trustees at the Fay School, having served as the Parent Chair for the Fay Fund for several years. Noreen is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and is a Clinical Psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of mood and weight disorders, with a particular focus on bipolar disorder. Actively involved in research, she has co-authored numerous books and scientific articles and was a co-founder and Vice President of Concordant Rater Systems, a pharmaceutical consulting firm, which was successfully sold in 2010. Noreen also serves on the scientific advisory board of Families for Depression Awareness and is a Founding Fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She earned her undergraduate degree at University of Pennsylvania and her doctoral degree at Temple University. Since 2000, she has resided in Southborough with her husband, Joe. Her 3 sons attend Fay School and Noble & Greenough School, where Noreen and Joe are actively involved as parent volunteers for the Annual Nobles Fund.
Cathy Kea has a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life in and around Southborough, one program at a time. She has been involved with many local organizations throughout the years, and currently volunteers for Our Fathers Table, Southborough Senior Center Meals on Wheels, The Foundation for Metrowest Grant Distribution Committee, and Hunger Relief Program. She is also an elected member of the School Committee at Algonquin Regional High School, where she serves on the budget, policy, and collective bargaining sub-committees. Cathy is a past board member of Southborough SOS, Southborough Youth Soccer, and Kindergroup, and a former manager for Lord and Taylor in Boston. She has lived in Southborough with her husband Robert and their three children for 19 years.
Elizabeth Wetherbee Klein
Elizabeth Wetherbee Klein is inspired by the bright and hardworking individuals living and working in Southborough. Since 2015, Beth has enjoyed working with the SCF to uncover needs in the community and to support programming that improves the quality of life for everyone in town. She has also worked to support The New England Center for Children, UMass Medicine, UNICEF’s Family & Philanthropy Committee, The Seven Hills Foundation and the Adult Congenital Heart Association. Prior to starting her own consulting practice, Beth spent sixteen years leading marketing teams in the investment industry. Elizabeth and her husband David met at Syracuse University and are raising their three children in Southborough.
Mary and her husband Mike like to give where they can see their donations make an impact. That is why they are happy to support the SCF where they know they are helping the town and community they call home. A founding member of the Southborough Education Foundation, Mary formerly served as the Cultural Arts Coordinator for the Neary and Trottier Schools. She has also served on the board of the Spectrum Charitable Foundation, the Fairfield University Advisory Council, and the Foundation for Metrowest Grant Distribution Committee. A former sales executive, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Fairfield University.
Robin Martin joined the SCF board during it’s inception to have a broader impact on the Southborough community and help enrich the lives of those who live, work, and raise their families in this special town. Since moving to Southborough in 2000 she has been active in the community. Robin was a co-founder of Southborough Summer Nights and ran the event for many years, as well as, being a town Recreation Commissioner. Robin also has her own executive coaching practice Thrive Coaching & Consulting Group and has over 20 years of experience helping companies drive results through increased leadership performance. She works with global executives of Fortune 500 companies as an executive coach, thought partner, and business consultant to unleash potential and ensure sustained impact. Robin holds Bachelors in Business Administration from Hofstra University and a Master’s Degree in Education, specializing in Organizational Development from Boston University. She lives in Southborough with her husband Peter, and three children Jack, Brady and Kiley.
Marybeth has been actively involved with many organizations in the community including Our Father’s Table, St. Matthew’s Church, and Southborough SOS. She has served as an elected member of the Southborough School Committee since 2003, with several years as chairperson. She is a member of their budget, collective bargaining, and policy subcommittees. After many years in product management & implementation for financial software, she is currently involved in business operations consulting for small companies. She holds a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Nazareth College of Rochester. Marybeth has been a resident of Southborough since 1996 with her husband Gary & their 3 children.