Greater Lowell Community Foundation Elects Three to Board of Directors

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation recently announced the election of three new board members at its Annual Meeting. Pictured, from left, GLCF President and CEO Jay Linnehan, Eric P. Healy of Groton, former U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas with GLCF Board Chair Chet Szablak. (Ben James, not pictured)


Lowell, MA – At the Greater Lowell Community Foundation Annual Meeting on June 13th at the UMASS Lowell Inn & Conference Center, the Board of Directors approved the election of three local business and community leaders to the board. These newly elected directors represent marketing, finance and the public sector. The new board members will each serve a three-year term.

Joining the board of directors are:

  • Eric P. Healy, CEO, NorthOut, Groton
    Eric is a seasoned sales, marketing, strategy and business executive working with leading consumer brands at worldwide advertising, digital marketing and technology organizations. He has a proven history in assembling and leading cohesive teams, driving new business, forging C-level relationships, codifying new products and service offerings, delivering innovative multi-channel solutions, positioning organizations for future success and delivering results.In the process, Healy has pioneered new businesses, new business models, new technologies, and new markets. He has served as an “entrepreneurial spirit” starting up, turning around, acquiring business units, positioning organizations for future success and delivering high-impact results for shareholders, customers and employees.
  • Ben James, CFO, SchoolCNXT, Concord
    Successful finance and investment executive with 25 years of investment, management and consulting experience working with senior executives in companies to grow their businesses and build their values. Core competencies include private equity/principal investing, financial management, executive management, strategic planning, business plan development, fund raising, budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting, investor relations, management of legal and accounting functions through service providers and various other finance functions to drive company value.As start-up CFO and consultant, James built and managed all financial, strategic planning, legal and accounting functions within a lean, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Niki Tsongas, Former U.S. Representative, Lowell
    Nicola (Niki) Dickson Sauvage Tsongas served as a U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s 3rd congressional district as a Democrat from 2013 to 2018. She was previously the representative for Massachusetts’ 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 2007 to 2012.Prior to her election to the House, Tsongas worked as the Dean of External Affairs at Middlesex Community College, as a Board Member of Fallon Health and on the Lowell Civic Stadium and Arena Commission, which oversees several sites, including the Tsongas Arena.

GLCF President and CEO Jay Linnehan said: “I am pleased that such prominent community leaders have accepted to serve on our board of directors. Eric Healy, Ben James, and Niki Tsongas bring with them a wealth of experience and backgrounds. Their voices will be a tremendous addition to our board as we look to grow the Foundation.”