Board of Directors
Rick Ames is an architect and principal at Next Phase Studios, a Boston architecture firm specializing in green and sustainable construction. Rick’s projects run the gamut from local single-family homes to affordable housing to large commercial/institutional buildings. He is also an avid bike commuter. Rick has served on the board since 2010 and serves as Chair.
DeAnne Dupont worked for many years in the financial services sector and is a certified public accountant. Her passion for protecting the environment and reducing waste led her to become president and cofounder of Food Link, a food rescue organization based in Arlington, where she now brings her knowledge of finance and operations to the nonprofit world. DeAnne has been a BBR board member since 2016 and serves as Treasurer.
Ann Finnerty is a residential architect. She is a sole practitioner with 30 years of experience working on projects ranging from additions to new construction, from small to large in scope and from urban to rural in setting. The reuse of building products is a keen interest of hers. Ann has served on the board since 2007 and is Co-Clerk.
Sarah Grandfield is an attorney in the private clients and fiduciary services practice group at Verrill Dana LLP. She advises clients on all aspects of estate and wealth planning, and represents public charities and private foundations in a broad spectrum of tax and compliance matters. She joined the board in 2015.
Glen Gurner is a woodworking and engineering teacher at Brookline High School. He has been a furniture designer and woodworker for more than 30 years, and holds master’s degrees in furniture design and art education. In his work with students, Glen emphasizes sustainability and creativity. He has served on the board since 2016.
Marcia Peters recently retired as Senior Clinical Instructor at Harvard Law School and Housing Law Consultant to Nuestra Comunidad Community Development Corporation. She originally joined the Co-op board after doing a kitchen over with John Rowse’s help 27 years ago. In addition to bringing a valuable legal perspective, Marcia is a champion of reuse who has five composters, four rain barrels, and has bought and donated many Reuse Center items over the years. She has been a board member since 1994 and serves as Co-Clerk.
Rashmi Ramaswamy is an architect with a passion for reuse. She hails from Chicago, where she was a founding board member of the Reuse Exchange, a building materials reuse organization very similar to our Reuse Center. She has already made her mark locally through her design work for the Y2Y shelter for homeless youth, where many donated materials were incorporated into the space. She joined the BBR board in 2016.
Andrew St. John is Principal at Smith + St. John, a real estate advisory and development management company in Essex, Mass. Andrew has been a board member since 1999.
Sonia Singh is a real estate agent and senior research analyst for the City of Boston. She moved to Boston in 2015 from Portland, Oregon, where she completed her master's degree in urban geography. Sonia advocates for affordable housing with the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance and recently purchased a condo in Hyde Park. She joined the board in 2018.
Marsha Smith is a teacher at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science, one of the Boston Public Schools’ exam schools. A Roxbury resident, Marsha has been a board member since 1999, and is a frequent customer as well.