Julie Soble Bowers
Born and raised in the Boston area, Julie heads up the National Sales team at WCVB-TV/Channel 5. She served on the Board of Directors of Project Joy prior to its integration into the Life is good Kids Foundation in 2010. She has worked with the Playmakers staff on the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina and in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. As a regular volunteer at Life is good Festivals, she has mastered the challenges of seed-spitting, bocce and obstacle courses while competing for the title of World's Greatest Backyard Athlete. When not on the run to a next board meeting or fundraiser, Julie resides in Needham, Massachusetts with her son, Brandon.
Since joining the Life is good Kids Foundation board in October 2010, Tom has served as the treasurer and head of the finance committee. A true kid at heart, Tom is very active with the LIG Playmakers and was personally responsible for making 7,589 bubbles at the 2011 LIG Festival! When not blowing bubbles and trying to make numbers fun, Tom is a Vice President at Fidelity Investments in Boston, MA and lives in South Boston.
Lisa has worked in Marketing for the children’s entertainment and education industry for over 20 years. She has been honored to be part of Project Joy and now the Life is Good Kids Foundation board since 1990. When not working or helping out with the Life is good Kids Foundation, Lisa can usually be found hanging out with her family and friends in Needham.
Bert Jacobs is co-founder and chief executive optimist of The Life is good Company. A privately-held business based in Boston, MA, Life is good® spreads the power of optimism and helps kids in need by donating ten percent of its net profits to The Life is good Kids Foundation. Because Life is good considers children its ultimate source for inspiration, the company is committed to helping kids through the work of the Life is good Playmakers. When not overseeing the business or attending to board matters, Bert enjoys live music, travel, surfing and a full-tilt game of Ultimate Frisbee. He credits his mother with teaching his brother and him to face the bumps in the road with a smile.
Charlie Walsh is the co-founder and co-owner of Boston Software Corp., a leading automation vendor for the Property & Casualty insurance industry since 1995. He enjoys life in Brookline with his wife and three daughters. As part of the Life is good Kids Foundation, Charlie is a certified Playmaker and chairs the Development committee. Charlie was honored to be crowned World’s Greatest Backyard Athlete at the 2007 Life is good Festival for his performance in its one-of-a-kind fundraising competition held at Fenway Park.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Derek currently resides in Boston with wife Mia and two children, Liam, age 11, and Aidan, age 7. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Derek has spent the balance of his career in nonprofit development and sales. His current role is Northeast Sales Account Executive for Blackbaud, the leading provider of software solutions to the nonprofit industry. He is an avid coach and volunteer, and in addition to his work on the Life is good Kids Foundation Board, he serves on the boards of the John D. Mineck Foundation and the Charlestown Community Center.
Meghan Oreste has been working in marketing and communications for over 15 years. Her consulting practice specializes in introducing ground-breaking medical technologies and new clinical trials. In recent years she helped her clients launch the first non-drug asthma treatment, new COPD interventions, and emergency allergy treatments. Meghan lives in Mansfield, MA with her husband Rod and two sons, William and James. She has been a passionate supporter of the Life is good Kids Foundation since 2009 and is a trained Playmaker. When she's not working, volunteering, or coaxing her two small boys down from dangerously high places, she enjoys photography, yoga, and hiking in the White Mountains.