Acton-Boxborough United Way is governed by an all-volunteer board of community members and a part-time Executive Director who provides valuable leadership, expertise and coordination of our efforts to improve lives in Acton and Boxborough.


Kristina Rychlik, President

Joel Friedman, Treasurer

Karen Coll, Secretary


Board of Directors


Marie Altieri

Mark Burak

Amy Cerel

Karen Collins

Pat Easterly

Faith Erickson

Krish Gupta

William Hickey

Ruma Neogy

Jill O'Brien

Martha Papalia
Lisa Pratt

Janis Raguin

Judy Rowland

Cheryl Witty


ABRHS Student Board Members


Prisha Dayal

Elizabeth Li 



Griet Dehandschutter

 Dehandschutter, Executive Director

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Griet Dehandschutter brings to ABUW over 20 years of management, strategic fundraising and communication experience, working locally and internationally. Griet is founder of Dehandschutter & Associates, a strategic fundraising consultancy, based in Acton.

Throughout her professional and personal life, Griet has loved to build community. She has been eager to bring people together across cultures and borders in meaningful and creative ways. As co-founder and Managing Director of the European-American Business Council, communications consultant for Burson-Marsteller, representative of the Belgian government to attract American companies to locate in Belgium, and for the past 14 years as a strategic fundraising consultant to large and small nonprofits around the world, she has always emphasized impact and innovation.

Griet has been an active volunteer in her faith community, sports and local schools. As Co-chair, she planned and rallied people in support of the ambitious $1.8 million “Open Doors” Capital Campaign of the United Church of Christ in Boxborough to restore the historic meeting house and the Community Center, creating affordable gathering space and fostering community connections.

Griet believes that diversity is a fact, inclusion is a choice. ABUW is uniquely positioned to offer “one big tent” for all to gather and to take action in our increasingly diverse community. The organization plays a vital role to nimbly identify and respond to critical community needs by securing necessary resources, inspiring volunteers and growing community partnerships.

An Acton resident since 2002, Griet grew up in Antwerp, Belgium, where she studied law. She later married Art Boyd after meeting at the Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, Italy while studying for their Master’s degrees in International Relations. Aside from English, Griet speaks (Flemish) Dutch, French and German. She is the proud mom of three young adults, Alexander, Romie and Nicholas Boyd. Griet loves traveling, playing tennis, reading, painting, storytelling and walking with their dog Champ.


 Meghan Blute-NelsonMeghan Blute-Nelson, Business Manager

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Meghan has an MBA in Public & Nonprofit Management from Boston University's Questrom School of Business, and a B.A. from Georgetown University. She has a background working in the education sector, most recently as the Director of Finance and Operations at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School. She has served as the Co-Chair and Treasurer of the Acton-Boxborough Family Network, as Treasurer of the Acton Cooperative School, and as a Coach with Budget Buddies. Meghan enjoys gardening, cooking, knitting, and trying to keep up with her twin girls.



 Jill TsakirisJill Tsakiris, Major Donor Manager

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Jill has over 20 years’ experience working with Community Consulting Teams of Boston, providing pro bono business management and fundraising strategy consulting to socially conscious and innovative Boston-area nonprofits.  She has also worked in high tech marketing for the semiconductor and electronics industries.  Jill holds a BS from MIT and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.  An Acton resident since 1991, her sons recently graduated from ABRHS.  Jill enjoys walking the Acton conservation lands with her husband and dog, playing tennis, reading with her book group and spending time with her neighbors.



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