Calling All Crows

Our Board

Sybil Gallagher

Sybil Gallagher

Chairwoman & Co-Founder

Sybil Gallagher

Sybil started down her path of service as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Boston and then joined the team of Citizen Schools, where she led grade school students in apprenticeship-based after school programming. For the next decade, Sybil worked on reforming elder care programs, managing assisted living facilities in the Greater Boston Area. In 2002, she became the recipient of the Alfa Star Award, honoring her outstanding leadership and commitment to service on a national level. She and her partner, musician Chad Stokes, met at Camp Jabberwocky, a camp for adults with various physical and mental disabilities, which led to How’s Your News?, a critically-acclaimed documentary film on HBO and series on MTV. Sybil and Chad’s latest venture is Ruff Shod Records, an independent music label currently building its artist roster.


Chad Stokes

Chad Stokes

Co-Founder

Chad Stokes

Chad was raised in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he grew up as a pacifist through his time spent at The Peace Abbey and then took a year after high school to work in Zimbabwe. For many summers, he worked as a counselor at Camp Jabberwocky, a camp on Martha’s Vineyard for adults with disabilities and the launching pad for How’s Your News?. Chad left college to pursue an independent music career with the bands Dispatch and State Radio. A founding member of the Elias Fund, the Dispatch Foundation, and now Calling All Crows, Chad was honored as Humanitarian of the Year by the Boston Music Awards in 2008. He remains a committed activist and is passionate about inspiring the live music community to invest their time and energy toward public service and humanitarian causes, especially the empowerment of women around the world. In his spare time, Chad can be found playing pond hockey and hopping trains with his dog Lefty.

 


Alex Allen

Alex Allen

Vice Chairwoman

Alex Allen

Alex joined City Year in 1996. Alex became increasingly pivotal in the Program and Service Department as Program Director in 1998 and in 1999 as Director of City Year Boston's first Service and Civic Impact Department. She was also been instrumental in the development and management of City Year’s multi-million dollar partnership with the Timberland Company. In 2000 Alex invited three other partners to help her found the City Year New Hampshire site. At its founding (and for the decade that followed), the New Hampshire site was unique as the first program of its kind in operation within a global corporation. Alexandra served as the founding Executive Director for City Year New Hampshire in 2000 and led that site for the next 12 years. This past summer, Alex transitioned to her first role at the HQ as the Regional Vice President for the Northeast working to support City Year NH, Boston, Rhode Island and New York. Alex lives in Exeter, NH with her husband Jim and nine year-old daughter Delaney.


Dan Cignarella

Dan Cignarella

Dan Cignarella

Dan works at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, as VP of Sales for the Commercial Division. His passion for sustainability in business makes Green Mountain Coffee a great fit. He has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience with some of the largest brand names in consumer products. Dan has a BS in Business Administration from Cornell University and currently resides in Cambridge, MA. His passions include learning, sharing and music.

 

 


Bob Ferguson

Bob Ferguson

Bob Ferguson

Bob is Manager, Creative Alliances and Music Outreach for Oxfam America, where he is responsible for Oxfam's relationship with some of the world's most respected music artists, and at whose concerts Oxfam connects with hundreds of thousands of music fans every year. He has twice been nominated for an Emmy Award, and won once for his work on Oxfam's collaboration with The New Pornographers for the "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk" music video, about the Gulf oil spill in 2011. Bob holds a BS in Political Science from Montclair State University, and works from his home office in Summit, New Jersey, where he lives with his amazing wife Kimberly.

 


Sharon Timmel

Sharon Timmel

Sharon Timmel

Sharon is the Development Manager at the New England Foundation for the Arts. Earlier positions included AmeriCorps VISTA roles at More than Words and at ZUMIX, and an internship at BreakThruRadio.com. Sharon holds a BA from Villanova University, and is completing a MS in Arts Administration from Boston University. Originally from Newtown, CT, she currently resides in Somerville, MA. 

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