There are many ways that people can contribute to Ironstone Farm and its nonprofit organizations. One way is by joining boards to offer support to specific programs, or to join a committee to organize special events or help in specific areas of expertise. People interested in joining one of the boards or committees are encouraged to call Ironstone Farm at 978-475-4056.
Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm is governed by the Challenge Unlimited Board of Trustees and managed daily by an executive director and full-time and part-time staff. The full board meets quarterly, with an Executive Board and standing committees meeting monthly or more often as needed, and reporting to the full board.
In addition, Challenge Unlimited receives support from an Advisory Council that joins the Board of Trustees for an annual meeting (on the second Wednesday in May). There are several Challenge Unlimited committees aimed at addressing specific areas, including:
- Spirit of Giving, our largest fundraiser of the year
- Corporate outreach
- Board and donor cultivation
Ironstone Therapy is governed by a Board of Directors that includes Dr. Peter Raffalli, MD, FAAP, attending physician for child neurology at Children’s Hospital Boston and the instructor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. Deedee O’Brien is the executive director of Ironstone Farm. Elaine Francis, Ed. D., board secretary, was named the first dean of education at Fitchburg State University in 2003 and also served as chairwoman of both the university’s Special Education Department and its moderate and severe disabilities graduate programs.
Ironstone Therapy was created and chaired for many years by the late Jim Gleason, MS, PT, associate director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center. He was also an instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.