Wellspring House Board of Trustees 2017-2018
Melissa Dimond, President and Executive Director
Julie Bishop, Chair
Jay Bothwick, Treasurer
Polly Knowles, Clerk
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Peter P. Canny, Jr.
Mary Jane Steward
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Nancy Schwoyer, President Emerita
Rosemary Haughton, Emerita
Lucy (Jackie) Littlefield, Emerita
President & Executive Director: Melissa A. Dimond
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.
Chair: Julie Bishop
Julie Bishop has served on the Wellspring Board of Trustees for six years. She first visited Wellspring House in 2005 as a member of The Women’s Fund Grants Allocation Committee. After tea in front of a roaring fire and conversations with several past Wellspring clients, she recognized that Wellspring was a very special nonprofit doing very important work for those in need on the North Shore.
Julie has over 35 years of experience in nonprofit management. She retired in June 2017 from the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), serving for 11 years as the Vice President of Philanthropy. Prior to ECCF, Julie was the Grants Manager at S.A.F.E. Studio in Ipswich, Director of Education at the Wenham Museum and Director of Planning for TERI (The Education Resources Institute) in Boston. She also held positions with the New York State Education Department, the Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation and the Northeast Regional Exchange. Julie began her career as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Siena College in Loudonville, NY.
Julie holds a B.S. from St. Lawrence University and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has served on a number of local nonprofit boards including the House of Seven Gables, Hamilton-Wenham Education Fund, Community Services of Hamilton-Wenham, Inc., the Wenham Village Improvement Society and the Reading Scholarship Fund. Julie and her husband Kirk reside in Wenham and are parents of three young adults.