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
Joyce DuvallExecutive 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 is from Sudbury,MA and now lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Bill. The couple have four children, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
“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
Maria CirielloBusiness 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
Catie MacWilliamsFamily Service Manager
Catie MacWilliams was named Family Service Manager of Christopher’s Haven in 2016. Catie’s Family came to Christopher’s Haven in 2014 when her son was receiving Proton Radiation Therapy at Mass General. After his treatment was completed, Catie and her family returned to CH as volunteers, creating programs for families to enjoy and organizing volunteers to clean the apartments.
Prior to her work at Christopher’s Haven, Catie worked in local schools teaching Drama and Improvisation. She also enjoyed chairing The Recreation Commission, creating programs and activities for her town to participate in. MacWilliams attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NY, NY.
Catie is originally from Woodstock, Connecticut and resides in Boston, Massachusetts with her Partner and their children.
“When you are facing cancer treatments, your world can feel so small. Everything is hospitals and waiting. When you are at Christopher’s Haven your community can feel BIG! A “new normal” is possible. We are here to help.” Catie MacWilliams
OUR BOARD of DIRECTORS
Diana KnightlyPresident, Director
Diana Knightly was named to the Christopher’s Haven Board of Directors in 2012. Currently retired, she formerly served 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 to children suffering from this disease, but to be able to ease the burden for the families as well.” Diana Knightly
Emily Taylor WhittemoreDirector
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.
David is the Vice President of Property Management for Equity Residential in Boston, Massachusetts. Equity Residential, the landlord and a long-term benefactor of Christopher's Haven, is the owner of apartment properties in the major coastal US cities. David is responsible for the day-to-day operations and execution of business strategy for Equity Residential's multi-family holdings in the New England market. David is a veteran in the multi-family housing industry and has enjoyed a career with Equity spanning 20+ years, beginning in Orlando, Florida in 1998.
David is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, and moved his family from the warm confines of Florida in 2016 to reap the benefits of working in the City of Champions! Outside of work, David is a devoted father of two young children and an avid sports enthusiast! He and his wife Nancy live in Wakefield, MA and are passionate about teaching their children the values of kindness, philanthropy and acceptance.
"Equity Residential's commitment to community service is exemplified by it's long-standing support of Christopher's Haven's critical mission to provide housing and compassion to those who are in great need."
Alec is the Executive Vice President for Investments in the northeast United States for Equity Residential. Equity Residential, the landlord and a long term benefactor of Christopher's Haven, is the owner of apartment properties in the major coastal US cities. Alec is responsible for the acquisition, development and capital improvements of multi-family properties in New York, Boston and Washington, DC. Prior to Equity Residential, he worked in the mortgage finance group at Citibank. Alec is a graduate of Williams College and has an MBA from Yale University.
Away from work, Alec is a resident of Boston's South End, father of two children
in their early 20's and frequent Hubway rider. He and his wife Heidi volunteer at the Epiphany School in Dorchester, Pine Street Inn and at various park clean-up projects around the city, although, to be honest, she does most of the good work.
"Equity Residential's commitment to community service is exemplified by its long standing support of Christopher's Haven's critical mission to provide housing and compassion to those who are in great need."
Stephen Rothwell is the co-founder of Inspired Technology and Communications. He has exceptional experience in business management and Computer Information Systems with a track record of success leading the business.
Stephen was always involved in his family business. As a child, he would spend time at the office with his dad, playing with circuit boards and solder wires. During the summer months while in college, Stephen would work in the office on sales and marketing projects as well as help management define policies and practices to better help the business. During his senior year at Bryant University, Stephen split his time between managing the business and attending his college classes. In 2009, Stephen and his brother Brian decided to expand the family business. They created Inspired Technology with a focus on integration and educating new and existing customers on what services and technology they could offer.
Stephen graduated from Bryant University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and minored in both computer information systems and psychology. He is also the father to his two children, Aiden and Avery.
Robin came to Christopher’s Haven when her eldest son Noah was being treated at Mass General in the fall of 2016 for a brain tumor. They both found their home away from home at Christopher’s Haven, even being 3000 miles away from SF Bay Area and their family.
Robin is an entrepreneur with many years of experience running her own businesses in the world of food and nutrition. She got started in early 2000 running a successful catering business called Kitchen Girlfriend in San Francisco, and years later opened a cooking school called Melange in Newport Beach, CA. She returned to school in 2009 to study nutrition, and worked as a consultant for wellness centers within large corporations launching a variety of programs and classes for their employees until 2016. She is a skilled presenter, and brings passion and an entrepreneurial spirit to all that she does.
Robin is the mother of 3 boys ages 8,10, and 12, and is forever grateful for the warmth and care that Christopher’s Haven provided during her son’s treatment for a brain tumor. He is thriving now, and she is delighted to give back by serving on the board of CH.
William O'Neill resides in Gloucester Ma with his wife. Father of four children and eight grandchildren one of which stayed at Christopher's Haven. William is the former Dean of Sawyer Bussiness at Suffolk University.
Having a unique relationship with Christopher's Haven due to his granddaughter's cancer William has seen CH from the inside out. We are honored to have him on our board.
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
Shannon M. MacDonald, MDDirector
Dr. Shannon M. MacDonald is a radiation oncologist in Boston, Massachusetts at MassGeneral Hospital and MassGeneral Children’s Hospital. She received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and did her residency at New York University Medical Center. She holds American Board Certifications in Radiation Oncology from the American Board of Radiology.