Kevin Phelan - Chair of the Board
Kevin joined the Crossroads Board of Trustees in 2010, and prior to becoming the Chair of the Board in 2014 he served as a Co-Chair on our Board Governance Committee. He has also been a Co-Chair of our Urban Campfire event.
When discussing his dedication to Crossroads, Kevin said: "My particular epiphany that I needed to get involved with Crossroads came about when I witnessed the happiness and joy among the children as they completely emerged themselves in “camp life” at Camp Wing in Duxbury: most specifically, their afternoon ritual of encouraging everyone (adults included!) to let loose in song and dance during lunch break. Though dancing, unfortunately, was never a part of the Boys Club camps I attended some 55 years ago, it did touch close to home as it reminded me of all the great experiences and memories I had during those summers. In all my years of working with kids I can not recall a time where I was more overwhelmed by the absolute glee on the faces of children."
Kevin is Co-Chairman at Colliers International in Boston. He believes strongly in the importance of “giving back” and serves on a number of boards and committees for New England-based organizations. Kevin is the past president and a long-time board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and currently serves on the boards the Boston Police Foundation, the Archdiocese of Boston Finance Council, Carroll Center for the Blind and Newton Country Day School. He is also involved extensively with his alma mater, Providence College, and in the past with Simmons College and Steward St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of Boston. He is also the founder of the Breakfast Group, which is a committed group of Boston business, civic, and political leaders who meet regularly to discuss issues of economic and social interest to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Deb Samuels - President
Deb celebrated her 10th anniversary at Crossroads in 2010. With roles including the Director for Camps Wing and Lapham, and founding Director for the C5 Teen Leadership program, Deb has insight into the program and operations of the entire organization. Under Deb's leadership Crossroads for Kids has formed many partnerships with schools, corporations and youth focused organizations in Massachusetts, vastly expanded the reach and impact of our year-round programming and together with our Board, spearheaded our organizational strategic plan launched in 2010.
Deb has dedicated her career to providing life changing experiences, opportunities and access to resources that enable young people facing enormous challenges to see beyond their circumstances and reach their highest potential.