Our Board

The ALLY Foundation’s dedicated Board of Directors contributes their time, wisdom and considerable talents to help us promote accountability and innovation in the field of sexual violence.

Andrea Casanova
Chair of Board

Andrea Casanova co-founded The ALLY Foundation in 2002, following the brutal murder of her daughter Alexandra Zapp by a repeat sex offender that year.  As Executive Director of The ALLY Foundation, Ms. Casanova helped pass Massachusetts Bill 1005, The Sexually Dangerous Commitment Law; worked with Senator Edward Kennedy's office to develop a centralized resource for best research and best practices regarding sex offense issues. Ms. Casanova has served on appointment to the Governor’s Commission of Sexual and Domestic Violence; secured unanimous acceptance by the National Lt. Governor’s Association for The ALLY Foundation’s Resolution to Advocate for Awareness of Pilot Sex Offense Courts; and partnered with Boston Municipal Court Department to develop a Sex Offense Court Initiative.  Additionally, Ms. Casanova has served on the Steering Committee for CSOM’s Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management grant and has presented at several National and International Sex Offense Treatment Providers conferences as well as serving as a media spokesperson on the issue of sexual violence and it’s impacts.  As Co-Founder and Executive Director of The ALLY Foundation, Ms. Casanova has been honored to receive several awards including the Children’s Trust Fund Annual Award, the Theo Seghorn Award from the Massachusetts Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers, and the Boston Celtic’s “Hero Among Us” Award.  She brings more than a dozen years of experience serving on non-profit boards, as well as more than 20 years experience in the private business sector. 

Jonathan Crellin

Jonathan Crellin is the Managing Director and General Manager of the Boston Harbor Hotel, a true Boston landmark of luxury. In this role, he is responsible for the entire hotel operation and providing leadership for this iconic property and its colleagues. Joining the Boston Harbor Hotel in July 2011, Mr. Crellin continues to play an integral role in the hotel’s consistent achievement of the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Four-Diamond status and 2012 recognition in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Hotels and U.S. News Best Hotels in the USA. Under Mr. Crellin’s leadership, the hotel was also recognized as Boston Business Journal’s Most Admired Company-Hotel in 2012. Since his arrival, Mr. Crellin has been instrumental in positioning the hotel as an urban resort, enhancing both physical and experiential aspects hotel.

Mr. Crellin has more than 20 years of experience in the hotel industry. Prior to joining the Boston Harbor Hotel, Mr. Crellin was a 15-year veteran of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, joining the Fairmont team in September 1996. Most recently, Mr. Crellin served as the General Manager of the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in Bermuda for five years after spending ten years in the roles of General Manager, Hotel Manager and Director of Marketing at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. During his tenure at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, Bermuda’s most historic luxury hotel, Mr. Crellin guided the property through a $20 million renovation, achieved AAA Four-Diamond status and saw the hotel named as one of the Top 10 Employers in Bermuda by Bottom Line Magazine in 2009 and 2010. As General Manager and Hotel Manager of the Fairmont Copley Plaza (Boston’s “Grande Dame”), Mr. Crellin was responsible for overseeing the operation of the rooms division including the front desk, guest services, reservations, and the housekeeping departments, as well as the sales and marketing functions of the hotel. For his leadership at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, Mr. Crellin won several industry awards including the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts “Innovation Award, Learning and Development” for the Rooms Division Self Directed Learning Program in 2000. In 1998, The Massachusetts Lodging Association presented him with the “Star of the Industry, Outstanding Manager of the Year” award, and The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, New England chapter, honored him with its “Creative Leadership Award”. Through Mr. Crellin’s marketing efforts, the four-diamond Fairmont Copley Plaza was awarded Successful Meetings Magazine’s “Pinnacle Award,” Yankee Magazine named the Fairmont Copley Plaza “Best Urban Hotel in New England” and a “Honeymoon Haven,” and Gourmet Magazine named the hotel “Top Hotel in the Northeast.” The Oak Room was named “Best Steakhouse” and the Oak Bar “Best Hotel Bar” by Boston Magazine for several years in a row.

Before joining Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Mr. Crellin was the director of sales and marketing at the Omni Parker House Hotel, a 535 room historic hotel in downtown Boston. While at the Parker House, Mr. Crellin held a variety of sales management positions, including corporate sales manager and director of business travel sales. Committed to hospitality education, Mr. Crellin serves as a member of the UMASS Amherst Hospitality and Tourism Management Program Advisory Board and has also guest lectured at Bermuda College, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Boston University, and Johnson & Wales University.

Furthering his commitment to hospitality education, Mr. Crellin has presented programs on service and marketing to New England HSMAI, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, The Massachusetts Lodging Association and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. During his time in Bermuda, Mr. Crellin served as President of the Bermuda Hotel Association, Deputy Chairman of the Bermuda Department of Tourism’s Tourism Advisory Board, and board member of the Bermuda Alliance for Tourism. He is also a past President of the Hotel Employers of Bermuda. In December 2010, Mr. Crellin was named the “Hotelier of the Year” by the Bermuda Hotel Association for 2009. Currently, Mr. Crellin sits on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Lodging Association.

Mr. Crellin holds a B.S. degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration with a minor in Economics, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a certificate in Hotel Real Estate and Asset Management from Cornell University, School of Hospitality Administration. Mr. Crellin and his wife, Seana, have two children and reside in Boston.

Peter Flaherty II

Peter Flaherty is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston where he investigated and prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases and was a prosecutor in the homicide unit. After leaving the District Attorney's office, Flaherty became Vice President of Walden Media, a film production studio, dedicated to the development of family friendly films. At Walden, Flaherty was director of partnerships and alliances and head of Walden's IMAX division. Notable Walden projects include The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobePrince CaspianHolesCharlotte's Web, and James Cameron's Ghosts of the Abyss.

In 2003, Flaherty went to work for newly-elected Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, where he was Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser on constitutional issues, criminal justice, bioethics and judicial selection. On the Romney presidential campaign, Flaherty was Deputy Campaign Manager in charge of coalition building and the liaison to the faith community.  He is currently a Senior Advisor for Mitt Romney.

He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross with a bachelor's degree in Economics, and received a Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law.

Kristine Herman

Kristine Herman is a gender specialist with more than 15 years experience in the field of sexual and domestic violence.  Ms. Herman worked in numerous capacities at the Center for Court Innovation in New York City for nearly ten years, assisting in the planning and development of specialized sexual offense courts and other criminal justice initiatives. In addition to her domestic work in the United States, Ms. Herman has worked extensively internationally in countries such as Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Austria, and Australia.  In Afghanistan, Ms. Herman worked with Afghan partners to develop the first Violence Against Women Unit in the Attorney General's Office.  Prior to joining The ALLY Foundation, Ms. Herman worked as a Gender Advisor at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, based in Vienna, Austria, where she was responsible for assisting, promoting and monitoring the implementation of OSCE's commitments on gender equality. Ms. Herman completed her B.A. at Antioch College, her Master of Social Work at Tulane University and her J.D. at Northeastern University.

Caroline Kahn

As Global Product Sustainability Director for NIKE, Inc. Caroline and her team partner with Design, Product Engines, Manufacturing and Brand to help define how to bring Sustainability innovation to product and market, provide visibility to internal and external benchmarking against sustainability, as well as manage external relationships with NGO’s and other critical partners.

Caroline Kahn is an 18-year veteran of the Athletic Apparel business, having spent her first nine years in a variety of Product Creation and Merchandising positions at adidas. Prior to joining Nike, Caroline led the Women's training and lifestyle apparel business at adidas. Caroline joined Nike in 2003 and held various product creation leadership roles before spending the last two years as Director of Global Apparel Merchandising Operations.

Caroline is a graduate of Santa Clara University with a degree in Psychology.

Jan Kahn

JAN L. KAHN is a founding partner of Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP. Jan has extensive experience in State and Federal court litigation, mediation, arbitration, and State and Federal regulatory proceedings.  

Jan earned his Juris Doctor Degree at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in June 1972 and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1969 from California State University, Fresno. He is admitted to the California Bar, and to the Bar of all Federal District Courts in California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and is also admitted to practice before the Temporary Emergency Court of Appeal, United States Federal Court of Claims, the United State Court of International Trade and the United States Supreme Court.

Jan is a past President of the Kings County Bar Association, and served as a Vice-Chair of the Agricultural Law Committee, General Practice Section, American Bar Association. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for public television station KVPT, Fresno, California, and is past member of the Board of Directors of the Kings Art Center Foundation. Jan also served as a member of the Hanford Planning Commission, a director and board chairman for Sacred Heart Hospital Corporation in Hanford, California, and as a director of the Kings County YMCA. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the San Joaquin College of Law.

Mark D. McGowan

Mark D. McGowan
Mark is a Senior Trader on the Hedge Fund Coverage Desk, within the Prime Brokerage Unit at Goldman Sachs & Company in New York. He is responsible for trading with and managing several of Goldman’s top hedge fund relationships for their short selling activity. Previously, for five years, Mark served as a Senior Trader on the Domestic Equity Bank Coverage Desk within Goldman’s Securities Lending Group. Mark joined Goldman Sachs in 2005 and is a Vice President.

Before joining Goldman, Mark managed the Securities Lending program for the Deutsche Asset Management funds in North America (2000-2005) and worked at Nomura Securities International as a Repo and Money Market Sales Trader (1993-2000).

Mark lives in North Bergen, NJ and graduated from Lehigh University in 1989 with a B.S. in Marketing. He played quarterback for Lehigh’s Football Team from 1986-1988, won the NJ State Amateur Golf Championship in 2005 and is a twelve time club champion.

Ravi Singh

Ravi Singh is a private investor and former senior investment banking executive. 

He previously was a Managing Director and Head of Alternative Investments globally in the Asset Management Division of Credit Suisse.  He joined Credit Suisse in July 2009 from Goldman Sachs, where he was co-head of their Prime Brokerage business for six years. He retired from Goldman in November 2008 after 19 years, the last eight years serving as a Partner. Over the course of his career, Mr. Singh ran various trading businesses in New York and London.

 Mr. Singh holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University. He is a Trustee of Barnard College and a member of the Dwight School Foundation. 

 Mr. Singh lives in New York City with his daughter, Maya.

Steven Stiles

As Co-Founder of the ALLY Foundation, Steve Stiles has brought his passion and penchant for innovation to the ALLY Foundation’s mission.  Presented with a wholly new field of information, he has researched the relationships between governmental agencies, existing non-profit business models, and the success of public-private partnerships.  He has also systematically sought out experts in various fields who deal with sex offenders, selectively identified venture philanthropists concerned with social causes, and started our efforts for a national awareness campaign.  Drawing on his 30-year entrepreneurial career in business, including real-estate development, investment and asset management, he has helped craft a practical vision of how we should organize to prevent repeat offenses.

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