About the Institute
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.
The Institute’s Staff
Interim Executive Director
Sue Heilman is an experienced nonprofit leader having spent over 25 years growing and leading mission-based organizations. In recent years, Heilman has served as the interim executive director of The Lenny Zakim Fund, Alternatives for Community and Environment, Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, MassEquality, and the Hull Lifesaving Museum. Previously, Heilman served as the executive director of Horizons for Homeless Children for 18 years, and Thompson Island Education Center for 5 years.
Sue Heilman’s consulting practice has included strategic planning, board development and fundraising planning for a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Victim Rights Law Center, Steps To Success, School on Wheels, New Hampshire Black Heritage Trail, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Family Nurturing Center, Piers Park Sailing Center, and Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. She also currently facilitates Empower Success Corps’ Nonprofit Executive RoundTable, a monthly leadership development gathering of nonprofit leaders. Heilman earned a B.A. in government from Wheaton College in Massachusetts and resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Caroline Angel Burke
Vice President of Education, Visitor Experience & Collections
Caroline Angel Burke is responsible for all educational programs, exhibits, interpretation, media development, and curatorial collections at the Institute. Angel Burke has worked in and for museums for over twenty years, and believes passionately in the power of informal educational experiences.
Prior to her arrival at the Institute, she was senior project manager in exhibits at the Museum of Science, Boston; program manager for the Museum’s adult and special programs; and has worked in curatorial, project management, educational, and visitor service management positions at a variety of museums and their support industries in the United States and the UK. She has a BA in history and anthropology from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, UK.
Chief Operating Officer
Gina Perille oversees technology and the Institute’s digital presence as well as the external relations division at the Institute which encompasses marketing, government relations, public programs, and communications.
Perille previously worked at Harvard where she was part of the University’s public affairs and communications division and served as the director of communications for the Harvard Library system. Previously, she worked for the City of Boston in the role of chief of communications and strategy for the Boston Public Library where she wrote the award-winning strategic plan, the BPL Compass; and led media, marketing, branding, and engagement efforts across twenty-five locations with a combined average of 800 monthly programs and exhibitions.
In other roles, Perille led a global corporate foundation where she oversaw philanthropic, corporate culture, and corporate citizenship initiatives; and worked at a management consulting firm that advised government agencies, cultural organizations, academic institutions, and foundations. A former correspondent for the Boston Globe, Perille holds an MBA from Boston University and a BFA from the University of Illinois. She is a graduate of the LeadBoston social justice leadership program, volunteers with the Boston Pride Committee, and serves on the Corporate Executive Council for WGBH. In November 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker appointed her to the Commonwealth’s Board of Library Commissioners.
Meet the Rest of our Team
Department Staff Member Title Development Kerri Cullen Director of Membership and Annual Fund Development Lauren Janes Senior Adviser Development Alessandra Pasquale Development Coordinator Development Tara Rendon Alumni Relations Coordinator Education & Programs Caroline Angel Burke Vice President, Education, Visitor Experience & Collections Education & Programs Kenjii Barthelemy Youth Program Coordinator Education & Programs Mitchell Carolan Education & Visitor Experience Senior Staff Education & Programs Abigail Courage Visitor Experience Coordinator Education & Programs Jan Crocker Senior Exhibit & Content Developer Education & Programs Tyler Crosby Education & Visitor Experience Senior Staff Education & Programs Eileen Donovan Volunteer & Intern Program Manager Education & Programs Will Foster-Nolan Lead Educator Education & Programs Nate Gundy Manager of Educational Programming Education & Programs Allison Kaminsky Program Coordinator Education & Programs Zubeda Khan Youth Learning Experience Specialist Education & Programs Amy Munslow Education Manager Education & Programs Sara Tess Neumann Program Assistant Education & Programs Lou Rocco Program & Content Developer Education & Programs Lauren Scribi Director of Programs & Government Relations Education & Programs Sarah Yezzi Director of Education, Family & Youth Programming Executive Office Sue Heilman Interim Executive Director Executive Office Gina Perille Chief Operating Officer Technology & Infrastructure Kevin Boothby Facilities Manager Technology & Infrastructure Luis Colon Customer Support Engineer Technology & Infrastructure Jason Eliot Senior Managing Director of Technology & Infrastructure External Relations Miles Halpine Communications Officer Business & Finance Eileen Driscoll Cape House Project Manager Business & Finance Rachel Frazier Events Manager Business & Finance Paul Rehme Director of Financial Operations Business & Finance Tim Stancell-Condron Director of Business Affairs & Events