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People and Happenings Interim President Appointed
Staff Changes

People and Happenings Interim President Appointed

David Barnett to serve as search continues
David P . Barnett , who assumed the role of Mount Auburn ’ s first Executive Vice President in January , has been appointed by the Trustees to serve as Acting President and CEO of Mount Auburn Cemetery , effective July 1 , 2008 , on Bill Clendaniel ’ s retirement . Dave has been at Mount Auburn for 15 years since he moved in 1993 from his previous position as Assistant Director at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay , NY , to become Mount Auburn ’ s Director of Horticulture . In 1999 he became the Vice President of Operations & Horticulture . He served as Acting President for three months in late 2000 when Bill was on sabbatical .
Dave is widely known throughout the horticultural community nationwide . He has held many positions with the

Staff Changes

New Vice President of Cemetery Services Appointed
Sean J . O ’ Regan has been appointed Mount Auburn ’ s Vice President of Cemetery Services , effective July 1 , 2008 . Most recently the Director of Client Services for TrueAdvantage , a sales intelligence software company in Southborough , MA , Sean was previously Operations Director of Client Services for Kenexa ( Lexington , MA ), an industry leader in webbased human capital management solutions . He served Kenexa ( formerly Webhire ) in several client services and technical support positions . Prior to that he was Vice President of US Operations and then Vice President , Sales Support , for Saztec International ( Billerica , MA ), a leading provider of data capture , imaging , data conversion and content management services .
Sean has a B . A . in Business and Economics from Saint Anselm College in Manchester , NH , and has completed several professional certificate courses in project management at Villanova University , Philadelphia , PA . He and his wife Suzanne , a clinical social worker with her own practice , live in Wayland , MA , with their three sons , Tyler , 16 ; Connor , 14 ; and Drew , 9 .
“ We are so pleased to have someone on board with Sean ’ s extensive experience in technology and management ,” says Acting President Dave Barnett .“ I am confident that Cemetery Services , our core business operation , will prosper and grow under his leadership .”
Stephen R . Silver ( Steve ) joined the staff as Mount Auburn ’ s new — and first — Director of Planned Giving in January 2008 . Steve has had significant experience in all
American Public Gardens Association ( APGA ), currently serving as Past President ( 2007-2009 ) having previously been President ( 2005-2007 ), Vice President ( 2003-2005 ), Chair of the Host Committee for the 2002-03 Annual Conference held in Boston , and chair of other standing committees since 1992 . He has also been on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Arboriculture , New England Chapter , and is currently the Second Vice President of the Horticultural Club of Boston .
Dave received a B . S . in Environmental Horticulture , summa cum laude , from the University of Connecticut ; an M . S . in Environmental Horticulture and a Ph . D . in Ecology from the University of California at Davis . He and his wife Eileen , an elementary school art teacher , live in Boxborough , MA . Their son Jake graduated from Cornell in 2007 and daughter Marie from Oberlin in 2008 .
“ I know that Mount Auburn will be in excellent hands with Dave at the helm during this interim period ,” says Bill Clendaniel .“ He has the respect and affection of the Trustees and the entire staff .”
aspects of development . Most recently , he was Director of Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and , previously , Director of Planned Giving at Harvard Law School . While he was at the Episcopal Diocese , he received his Master ’ s in Divinity from the Harvard Divinity School and he is currently pursuing ordination in the United Church of Christ . Steve received his A . B . in Politics from Brandeis and an M . B . A . from Cornell . He and his wife Rachel and their 18-month-old son , Chip , live at Groton School , in Groton , MA , where Rachel is Major Gifts Director for Groton . Steve is working three days per week , reporting to Senior Vice President of Development Piper Morris , who says , “ Steve ’ s position is critically important for Mount Auburn as we launch a new planned giving program , and I am delighted to have a person with Steve ’ s experience on our team .”
Melissa Nuttall has been appointed Development Associate / Membership & Events Coordinator . A native of Delmar , NY , Melissa came to Mount Auburn in 2003 as a Cemetery Services Representative . Before Mount Auburn , she spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working at an inner-city school in Dorchester . She is a 2001 graduate of St . Michael ’ s College in Burlington , VT , with a B . S . in Psychology . Melissa takes over from Susan Doolittle . Susan came to Mount Auburn in 2002 as a volunteer in Plant Collections while earning her certificate at the Landscape Institute of Arnold Arboretum and Harvard University . She eventually became the Membership & Volunteer Coordinator . Susan is leaving Mount Auburn to pursue a career in landscape design .
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