OUR STAFF

The team that makes it happen...
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What is our goal in the long run?

To help family go away with positive memories of one of the most difficult times they face. We inspire hope, compassion and love at Christopher's Haven.

As a team, we work hard to know each and everyone of our families on a personal level. We want to provide the most loving atmosphere for them to feel safe during this difficult time.

MEET the STAFF

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Joyce Duvall

Executive Director

Joyce Duvall was named as Executive Director of Christopher’s Haven in 2011. Originally assisting with conceptual development and initial fundraising from day one, she quickly become devoted to the Christopher’s Haven Mission on a full-time basis.

Prior to her work at Christopher’s Haven, Joyce worked in nonprofit and program development for more than 20 years on behalf of various companies including METCO, Inc. and The Longfellow Club. Duvall attended Northeastern University and Greenfield College.

Joyce lives in Sudbury with her husband Bill. The couple have four children and one grandchild. She lists her hobbies as cooking, traveling and reading.

“Every day I go to work at CH and get hugs and thanks from the families that stay with us, but it is I that am thankful for the amazing gift of working for them. It has rewards beyond imagination.” Joyce Duvall

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Maria Ciriello

Business Manager

Maria Ciriello joined the Christopher’s Haven Management Team in January 2013. Maria is responsible for the day to day financial operations and human resources of the organization.

Maria has a strong background as a financial consultant and has previously worked at Parson Consulting and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Maria also worked in financial services at Deutsche Bank, Brown Brothers Harriman & Company and State Street. Ciriello holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Suffolk University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Salem State College. She resides in Stoneham, MA, with her husband and three children.

“I am so appreciative to be part of such a wonderful organization. The support Christopher's Haven provides to its families is priceless, and to have a small role in it, is beyond gratifying” Maria Ciriello

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Catie Botting

Family Service Manager

Catie graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NY, NY in 2001. She then taught Drama and Improv in Connecticut's local Middle schools. Catie has Been the Chair of her town recreation commission implementing town events, programs and sports clubs. In 2012 she was Director of Shenanigans in the Theater, at The Hole In the Wall Gang Camp located in Ashford, ct. . Catie has also had extensive experience working with geriatric Alzheimer's patients staffing and running their homes so they can live their last days in comfort and safety surrounded by family and friends.

In 2014 Catie's son was diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma. They became residents at Christopher's Haven when he was receiving Proton Radiation at Mass General. Because of this, Catie has a unique understanding of how challenging this possess can be. Her experience in Boston inspired her to pursue a career at Christopher's Haven. She started by organizing teams of volunteers to clean the Apartments after a family stay. As her Home away from home, she is dedicated to giving you the same generous and loving experience that she and her Family had. Creating distractions from your everyday worries and challenges. Please feel free to contact her, and ask anything.

OUR BOARD of DIRECTORS

Our committed team of philanthropist...
Board of Directors - Diana Knightly

Diana Knightly

President, Director

Diana Knightly was named to the Christopher’s Haven Board of Directors in 2012. She currently serves as a Managing Director and Partner at Imperial Capital in Boston where she sells fixed-income securities and specializes in high-yield bonds. Before Imperial Capital, Diana spent 13 years at Lehman Brothers in New York. She has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia University. Diana lost her mother and brother to cancer and believes strongly in the work of Christopher’s Haven. Knightly lives in Dedham, MA, with her husband and three children.

“Cancer had a devastating effect on my own life. It is an honor to give back not only children to children suffering from this disease, but to be able to ease the burden for the families as well.” Diana Knightly

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Emily Taylor Whittemore

Director

Emily Whittemore is mother of two small children, ages six and three, a former preschool teacher and sculptor, and a recent cancer survivor. She is originally from Richmond, VA, and she has lived with her husband Alex Whittemore settled in Boston since 2006. She taught at the Apple Orchard pre-school for 4 years until the birth of her first child, Lucy. She was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma six months later. She approached cancer with a positive attitude and total resilience, and after chemotherapy and 5 years of remission, she was recently declared 'cured'!

Emily and her husbandAlex, whose mothers have both also been affected by cancer, have been involved with Christopher's Haven for over 3 years. Supporting families touched by this disease is near and dear to their hearts and they are passionate about supporting CH families!

In addition to her work with Christopher’s Haven, Emily has also been on the Apple Orchard annual auction committee, as well as host committees for Room to Grow, a Boston and New York-based charity focused on providing single mothers from disadvantaged backgrounds with the support and tools necessary to raise their children.

Board of Directors - Paul Knutrud

Paul Knutrud

Treasurer, Director

Paul Knutrud joined the Board of Directors of Christopher’s Haven in April 2012 after being on the organization’s Advisory Board since 2011. Paul is Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing and Finance for Inspectrology LLC, based in Sudbury, MA. The company was founded in 2008 with two partners to build equipment for semiconductor metrology or nano-measurements. Having graduated from Babson College in 1983, Paul has a 30 year background in the semiconductor equipment industry and holds a patent in the field. Paul was previously with IVS in Concord, MA for 25 years. Paul is married, has two children and lives in Stow, MA.

“When I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2010 and then had melanoma the following year, I realized I needed to support cancer healing. This naturally led me to Christopher’s Haven.” Paul Knutrud

Board of Directors - David Egan

David Egan

Director

David Egan has been a successful CEO, business founder and turn-around leader. He spent twenty years starting and turning around publications in the computer and communications markets, for leading firms including International Data Group, Ziff-Davis Publishing, and McGraw-Hill. David was a founder of THINQ Learning Solutions, a venture backed web based learning management software company. He co-founded LanguageCorps, a specialty services company that trains, certifies, places and supports English teachers in Asian and Central American schools. And he joined the start-up team to build LeveragePoint, a learning software business allied with the Monitor Group international consultancy firm.

Today, David continues as an advisor to LanguageCorps, and to other companies in which he has interests. He’s a past advising executive to the Director of Harvard’s Office of Technology Development. He serves on the Board of Directors of Christopher’s Haven, a Boston based charitable organization that provides housing for the families of children undergoing cancer treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital For Children and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

David also commits significant time to Babson College, from which he graduated in 1978. For many years, he’s been a Coach and Coordinating Coach for Babson’s Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program (CLTP). He is Leadership Chair of Babson Alumni Supporting Entrepreneurs (BASE), a worldwide network of volunteer advisors to alumni entrepreneurs. He’s a past Director of the Babson Alumni Association. In 2010, David was honored with the Richard J. Snyder Distinguished Service Award from his alma mater.

David and Joan, his wife of 34 years, live in Sudbury, MA. He’s an avid skier and cyclist, a SCCA licensed racecar driver, a past Boston marathoner, and proud Papa to grandson Caiden.

“This is about kids with cancer. And we can help. How could you not be part of such a wonderful cause as Christopher’s Haven? It’s an honor.” David Egan

Lindsay Buscholz

Lindsay Buchholz

Director

Lindsay Buchholz was elected to the Christopher’s Haven Board in 2013. An accomplished model, actress, television host and long-time philanthropist, Lindsay Buchholz, wife of Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz, brings incredible passion, endless energy and a dynamic personality to anything she does in life! Raised in a small town near Kansas City (Camden, MO). The natural beauty with the stunning smile caught the eye of the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency and has been featured in numerous swimwear catalogs, magazine spreads and music videos. Her television credits also include a long running-stint as model #26 on NBC’s mega-hit Deal or No Deal as well as appearances on Entertainment Tonight, Extra and Access Hollywood.

Lindsay has been named as one of People Magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People”. Lindsay claims her favorite role she has taken on is that of wife to professional baseball player Clay Buchholz and mother to daughters Colbi and Landri Buchholz. The family lives in Boston during the baseball season and resides in Austin in the offseason.

Lindsay and Clay co-founded the Clay Buchholz Foundation to improve the lives of children in need. Their Foundation’s primary early focus will be on providing services for children facing cancer. The couple host their annual “Buchholz Bowl” as their Foundation’s flagship fundraiser.

“It is an honor for me to be part of Christopher’s Haven where we can help children who are facing such big obstacles.” Lindsay Buchholz

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Joyce Duvall

Clerk

Joyce Duvall was named as Executive Director of Christopher’s Haven in 2011. Originally assisting with conceptual development and initial fundraising from day one, she quickly become devoted to the Christopher’s Haven Mission on a full-time basis.

Prior to her work at Christopher’s Haven, Joyce worked in nonprofit and program development for more than 20 years on behalf of various companies including METCO, Inc. and The Longfellow Club. Duvall attended Northeastern University and Greenfield College.

Joyce lives in Sudbury with her husband Bill. The couple have four children and one grandchild. She lists her hobbies as cooking, traveling and reading.

“Every day I go to work at CH and get hugs and thanks from the families that stay with us, but it is I that am thankful for the amazing gift of working for them. It has rewards beyond imagination.” Joyce Duvall