Wellspring House Board of Trustees 2016-2017
Melissa Dimond, President and Executive Director
Kimberly McGovern, Chair
Jay Bothwick, Treasurer
Polly Knowles, Clerk
Peter P. Canny, Jr.
Mary Jane Steward
Nancy Schwoyer, President Emerita
Rosemary Haughton, Emerita
Jackie Littlefield, Emerita
Melissa A. Dimond came to Wellspring House as the organization’s Executive Director in 2015. She is a 23-year veteran of the non-profit sector. Since she began working in the Boston area in 1993, Melissa has devoted her energies to a number of domains: domestic violence intervention, working in health care environments with people who are living with addiction, HIV, and other chronic illness, and large scale community nutrition projects. From 2009-2015, Melissa was the Manager of Community Initiatives at the Massachusetts General Hospital Chelsea HealthCare Center. As the leader of a comprehensive “Healthy Communities” coalition, Dimond successfully led efforts to build collaborations between MGH Chelsea and more than 40 local non-profits, municipal departments, public schools, and local businesses. Prior to joining MGH Chelsea, she was the Founding North Shore Regional Director of The Food Project, Inc.
Melissa holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and is a graduate of Washington University, St. Louis, MO. She has served as a founding advisory board member for the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market since 2006 and is a former board member at Stoneridge Children’s Montessori School in Beverly and Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester. From 2009-2012 she served on the Health Services Allocations Committee for the North Shore United Way. Melissa lives in Gloucester, where she has been a resident for 18 years.
Kim has lived in Gloucester (near Wingaersheek Beach) with her husband, Frank Scherkenbach, and three sons, for the past thirteen years, and looks forward to many more years seeing the sun set and the tides come in and out. She is a Massachusetts native (growing up in Dunstable, the daughter of a dairy farmer), but left at 17 to attend Georgetown University, graduating summa cum laude in 1985. She returned to the Boston area to get her law degree cum laude at Harvard Law School in 1988. She then clerked for the Honorable Hector M. Laffitte in San Juan, Puerto Rico from 1988-1989, and began what turned into a 12-year stint at the law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, first in Washington, D.C., and then in San Francisco, CA. She made partner in 1996, and practiced environmental and toxic tort litigation. In 2001, she and her husband decided to become a single career family, and moved to Gloucester with their first son in tow. Kim has mostly been on kid duty since, but did serve on the Castle View subdivision Board of Directors for six years.
Now that her children are more self-sufficient, Kim looks forward to serving Wellspring. She recalls distinctly how receiving financial aid at both her private high school and Georgetown enabled her to see herself with a real place in the world, without limits to what she could achieve. She also still has indelible memories from overnight shifts at a women’s homeless shelter in D.C. and from doing legal aid work for women and children at the Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain: often, people just need someone to give them an opportunity to show what they can do, and what they can be. For Kim, that is what Wellspring represents, and she is honored to become more involved in the work of Wellspring.