Our board is made up of volunteers who take time to attend monthly meetings, participate in numerous committees, volunteer at events, and promote the preservation of the Loring Greenough House.
Current Board of Directors:
Sophy first became involved with the JPTC in the spring of 2013 when she was hired to run the farmers market at Thursdays on the Lawn. She is currently co-chair of the Thursdays on the Lawn committee, a member of the communications committee, and hoping to lead the charge to update the website and e-newsletter in the coming year. Sophy serves as the web manager at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine where she also assists with communications and marketing efforts. She holds a B.A. in anthropology and international affairs from Skidmore College, and an M.S. in library and information science from Simmons College. Sophy grew up in a saltbox colonial built in 1732 and feels strongly about the preservation of historic properties and educating the public about their value. In her spare time, she likes to cook, garden, bike, visit museums and travel.
I am a retired clinical psychologist and have loved my time on Myrtle Street in JP since 2008. Before that we lived in Newton for 30 years. After moving here, I found that the neighborhood and especially our street provides a lot more opportunity for social contact; I know more people here than I did in all my time in Newton. This made me interested in contributing to the community, so I joined the JP Tuesday Club and a few years ago asked if I could be on the House Committee. I chose this committee because I like old houses and tinkering with them. Serving on the House Committee, and especially the kitchen task force, has been a great experience. So I’d like to volunteer for the Board of Directors, while remaining on the House Committee as well. I hope to learn more about the house and participate in its continued development.
Dorothy Clark grew up in Boston and has lived in Jamaica Plain since 1985. Her love of old houses became a passion for historic preservation when she joined the group of Brookline and JP residents that fought to save the Pinebank Mansion on Jamaica Pond. Although the group’s efforts were not successful, Dorothy discovered that she wanted to be involved with the stewardship of historical and cultural resources. Answering a call for docents issued in June 2013, Dorothy made her way over to the Loring-Greenough House with two goals in mind: to supplement her studies in the historic preservation master’s degree program at the Boston Architectural College and to volunteer for a longtime Jamaica Plain institution. Serving as a docent led to joining the House Management Committee in November 2013; Dorothy serves on a subcommittee charged with drafting a preservation plan for the Loring-Greenough House. In January 2016, Dorothy became co-chair of the Education Committee. Also in January 2016, Dorothy was awarded a Master of Design Studies in Historic Preservation by the Boston Architectural College. Ever-committed to learning, she is currently enrolled in the graduate-level certificate program in Archives and Public History at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Dorothy also holds a master’s degree in American history and a bachelor’s degree in journalism/English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A full-time journalist in her previous career, Dorothy worked for the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald for more than two decades as a copy editor and wrote feature stories as well as music and book reviews.
Michael and his wife Gayle have been our next door neighbors since 1980. Michael is an architect noted for the design of the South Station Bus Facility, Charles/MGH Station, and Green Line Extension stations. He has been a strong supporter of our lawn programs and landscape improvements, loving how the Loring- Greenough House has become the symbol of the new Jamaica Plain. Very active in JP activities, Michael was recently named volunteer of the year for JP Centre/South Main Streets, where he acts as a board member and as a design committee member and former Chairman. This committee is responsible for the oversight and design review of over 30 retail storefronts on the Centre/South Streets corridor. Michael initiated the Centre/South “Vision” Master Planning initiative which the City agreed to fund, and as its first action paved over the rail tracks on Centre/South Streets. Additionally, Michael was a member of the 39 Bus Route Improvement Group and the Casey Arborway Public Review Committee. He was a ‘pro-bono’ advisor to the Footlight Club from 1982-2005, developing a renovation master plan and designing and constructing new bathrooms, using mostly volunteer labor. He also serves on the board of the Sumner Hill Association and has recently been asked by Matt O’Malley to be part of the ‘Jamaica Plain Leadership Group,’ a group of 30 JP activists assembled to help understand the community’s viewpoint on a range of topics. Michael is a graduate of the University Of Nebraska School Of Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Carol Garfield – Vice President
Carol has been a long time Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club member and Loring Greenough House supporter, following in the footsteps of her mother, Nora Fletcher. She is a member of the Development and Program Committees. Carol enjoys being involved with many events at the House, including holiday wreath selling and Halloween candy distribution. Carol grew up in Jamaica Plain, then spent 15 years in Peabody, MA. While there she was active in the Peabody Garden Club, planning programs and becoming its President. Carol worked in the computer industry for over 34 years, in positions ranging from consulting to sales executive. Having returned to Jamaica Plain in 2000, she is a supporter of The Footlight Club, Eliot School, and JP Local/JP First. Carol lives in the Pondside area with her husband Steve, and both are Social Media Travelers, through which companies, brands, and destinations send them on trips to then publicly share experiences via social media. Carol has a BS in business administration from Northeastern University.
Andrew Hatcher has been a member of the JPTC since 2012 when he started as a gardening volunteer. He is now a member of the Landscape, House and Docent committees, and is co-chair of the Research subcommittee, researching the Greenoughs at Massachusetts Historical Society. He has been a JP resident since 1985 and took his first tour of the House soon after coming to the neighborhood. He is a native of Indianapolis, with a B.A. from Earlham College and an M.A. from Duke University, both in English literature with minors in comparative literature. He also has a certificate from the Cambridge Institute of Computer Programming. He recently retired from a twenty-five year career as a Developer Consultant at Wellpoint; doing systems analysis, programming, database design and user support.
Lorie Komlyn – Clerk
Lorie has been involved with the JPTC since August 2014. She is Vice-chair of the House Committee, working on the Southwest Chamber project, on creating a structure for maintenance reports, grants research, and the ell feasibility task force. She also attends Program and Enterprise Committee meetings. She is very excited about the opportunity to serve the Tuesday Club in the capacity of Board member! Lorie grew up in New Canaan, CT, but attended boarding school in the Boston area and fell in love with the rich history in this part of New England. She has resided in Boston since 1998, with the exception of a one year interlude working in Shenzhen, China in 2012. Lorie studied dance while attending Walnut Hill School for the Arts high school, and then danced semi-professionally with regional companies. She served on the Board of Directors for Classics Dance Theatre Company, a New England touring company. Her love of dance led her back to her high school, where she served as the Dean for Admission and Placement for 12 years. In this position, she worked closely with the Board of Trustees, and served on numerous committees and task forces. Her professional career has also included serving as judicial clerk for Judge Tierney of the Superior Court of CT and the Director of Admission for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. She is currently the Director of College Counseling at the International School of Boston. Lorie holds an A.B. with a double major in Psychology and Women’s Studies, with a minor in Education, from Washington University in St. Louis, and a J.D. degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. She is a member of the CA and CT state bar associations, as well as the First District Court of Appeals, the Ninth District Court of Appeals, and the Federal District Court for the District of NC. She is currently in her second year of a Master of Studies in Building History at the University of Cambridge (England), where she is undertaking a dissertation studying multi-purposed opera houses of New England constructed between 1875-1910. She has completed the Program in New England Studies, and the Preservation Philosophies and Practice course through Historic New England. She has volunteered as the news anchor on the Watertown Weekly Cable News; the New England Historical Genealogical Society; the historic Keeler Tavern in Ridgefield, CT; the Gibson House; the Millennium Elephant Foundation in Kegalle, Sri Lanka; and the Quincy Homestead.
Originally from Orange County, California, I have my undergraduate degree in history from Chapman University and my Master of Arts Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Currently, I am pursuing a certificate in Museum Studies with a focus in Collections Management and Curation from Harvard University Extension, and plan to study at the Smithsonian this spring through the program. It is because of my museum
background and interest in historical homes (I also work for the Paul Revere House as researcher and interpreter–my paper on the Loring
Family’s connection to the Revere House is to be published in Spring 2018) that I was drawn in. I organized a docent exchange with the
Fairbanks House in Dedham, crafted a specialty “Halloween Haunted Tour” in collaboration with the Programs Committee, and created visual
aids of the basement for docents to use during their interpretation of the House. I also joined forces with Dave Nash and Vin Longo on the revival of the Collections Committee. Our collaboration led to the display case in the Front Hall, exhibiting the history of the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club and their connection with philanthropy.
Diane W. Spears – President
Diane is a retired family law attorney whose practice areas included divorce, wills and trusts, custody, real estate, pre-marital agreements, and mediation. Volunteer service has been a part of her life, including two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines where she and her husband, John, organized a citywide math program where no cohesive plan existed. Diane has substantial experience serving on various boards of charitable organizations, including chairing committees, creating innovative programs, and serving as president. Diane is a long-time resident of Jamaica Plain who volunteers significant time at the Loring- Greenough House, in fund-raising activities (wreath-making and selling), managing the use of the historic tennis court, and participating in landscape endeavors such as the Landscape master plan committee and hands-on garden tasks. Diane has a B.S. in Accounting from Grove City College and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.