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McLean welcomed Stacey J. Lucchino and Jennifer Guckel Porter to its board of trustees in July. “We are delighted to add two such talented and passionate people to our community,” said Chairman David S. Barlow. “I know both of them will make distinct and important contributions as stewards of the hospital’s mission.”
Lucchino’s involvement with McLean dates back a decade when she joined the advisory board—which she now chairs—of McLean’s Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency (PEAR). Over the years, she has focused her efforts on the fields of mental health, education, and healthcare, working with and supporting organizations such as the Samaritans, YMCA of Greater Boston, Dorchester’s Epiphany School and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Lucchino also has a personal connection to McLean. Her daughter was successfully treated at the Klarman Eating Disorders Center, and—like her mother—is an advocate for mental health causes. “She became an active volunteer for Samaritans, and then I got involved to support her efforts,” said Lucchino. “But it was her experience at the Klarman Center that really shaped her life and was so moving to me. She is a force of nature, and I’m so proud of her.”
Given her daughter’s experience, Lucchino is looking forward to learning more about and possibly working with McLean’s College Mental Health Program, among others. “My daughter fell through the cracks, even at a university that is considered to have a strong mental health system,” she said.
Lucchino holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business administration from the University of Texas, Austin. She received honorary doctoral degrees from Emmanuel College and The New England School of Law.
Porter is the founder and managing partner of The Boda Group, a leadership development firm. She began her career at the Boston Consulting Group and has held leadership positions with Einstein Bros Bagels, Circles (a corporate concierge service) and Sentient Jet (a private jet membership company), before transitioning to executive coaching. Her philanthropic work until now has been in the fields of education and animal welfare.
Given her background in executive coaching, it was McLean’s Institute of Coaching (IOC) that caught Porter’s eye several years ago and in which she currently plays an advisory role. “My focus is on bridging the art and science of leadership and team performance,” she said. She looks forward to continuing her involvement with the IOC, and hopes her leadership development work and her experience as a trustee and co-chair of Bates College’s annual fund will benefit McLean.
Porter said that there is much overlap between the fields of psychology and coaching, which is another reason she was attracted to the trustee position at McLean. “I’m a student of psychology,” she said. “Connecting with the field in a deeper way, through my role at McLean, will undoubtedly help me with my work. And conversely, the work I do will help me be more thoughtful about how I serve McLean.”
Porter holds a BA in economics from Bates College and an MBA from Stanford University.