Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts Appoints Rosemary Sheehan to its Board of Directors


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts Appoints Rosemary Sheehan to its Board of Directors

by Sarah Adams
Posted December 5, 2019
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BOSTON, MA – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts (BBBSEM), one of the nation’s leading one-to-one mentoring programs and New England’s largest Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate, announced the appointment of Rosemary Sheehan, Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Partners Healthcare, to the nonprofit’s Board of Directors. As CHRO at the state’s largest private employer, consisting of nearly 75,000 employees, Sheehan brings extensive knowledge in all aspects of Human Resources to the team.

Sheehan joined Big Brothers Big Sisters through the agency’s Senior Human Resources Advisors Council. Her passion for the mission grew as she and the team helped develop BBBSEM’s People & Culture strategy. Sheehan officially joined the Board in Fall 2019, bringing her professional experience in human resources strategy and people management to the agency.

Throughout her personal life and her career, Rosemary has been a champion for those who are marginalized and less fortunate. Her compassion is born out of her personal journey. She is the daughter of immigrants from Portugal, neither of whom were educated beyond the 5th grade, and grew up in Fall River where her parents worked in garment factories. Rosemary earned her BA Degree in Chemistry cum laude at Assumption College, and her MBA summa cum laude at Babson College.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts is dedicated to changing lives and I am so excited to be able to help support them achieve their ambitious goals,” says Sheehan.  “It is such an amazing organization with 70 years of helping children.  We all know that everyone needs a helping hand or a mentor and this is exactly what Big Brothers Big Sisters does every day to help under-resourced families and children achieve their potential.”

“Rosemary will be a critical asset to our Board with both the personal and professional experiences that she brings to the table. As we seek to increase the number of adult mentors in our organization and provide them with the support necessary to foster meaningful relationships with Littles, the encouragement, guidance, and strategic insights provided by our Board of Directors is imperative to the success of our organization, and we are elated to welcome Rosemary to that team” said Wendy Foster, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts.

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About Big Brother Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts is the state’s leading one-to-one mentoring program for youth. The nonprofit partners with under-resourced families to provide children with one-to-one relationships with caring adult mentors who help them reach their fullest potential. With research and proven outcomes at its core, the nonprofit creates Big-Little matches based on shared interests, geography and personality and serves as a consistent resource for Bigs, Littles and their families. Throughout its 70 years, the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate in New England has created and served more than 20,000 matches and will serve more than 4000 matches this year. For more information, visit:

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