Board of Directors
David Abrahamson, President
David is the CFO of M-3 Information, LLC, a healthcare information company that developed a web-based screening instrument (M3 Clinician) used in the detection of mental health symptoms. David is a lawyer and accountant and was active in the housing industry for decades, previously serving as Vice President of Acquisitions and Dispositions for the National Corporation for Housing Partnerships in the 1980’s, as a principal in an investment and management firm that specialized in operating government subsidized housing in the 1990’s, and as Vice President for Finance in a nationwide mortgage lending firm in the 2000’s.
David received his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and his law degree from George Washington University. He is married and has three adult children. He enjoys golf and softball in his leisure time.
James Lister, Treasurer
James has been executive director of the Plummer Home (Salem MA) since 2006. During his tenure, the organization has grown substantially in terms of programs operated, young people served, and geographic reach. Increasingly, others in the child welfare field are turning to Plummer to understand how social services can be designed to more effectively reconnect young people in state care with family or others who wish to help.
Prior to coming to Plummer Home, James worked with Family Continuity, first as the Assistant Director of an independent living program for foster children and later as a Program Director at an acute mental health residential program for children and adolescents. James started his career in human services as a social worker for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
James earned his BA in Criminal Justice from the University of MA at Lowell, and later his MBA from the same institution. He currently serves on the board executive committees of the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers and the Children's League of Massachusetts.
David Reiffel, Secretary
David is a writer, composer and sound designer who has been involved in music and theater since childhood. He currently serves as Program Director for the New Opera and Musical Theatre Initiative (NOMTI) in Boston.
David's work, which gravitates toward musical theater, has received many performances and frequent honors. Recent highlights include The Royal Institute for the Support and Healing of the Arts and Potter’s Field Bed and Breakfast, written with Silvia Graziano, which won the 2011 edition of Company One’s Fringe Wars. In May and June 2012, Cupcake, which he wrote with Bradely Seeman and Michael Wartofsky, had a successful run at Boston’s Club Cafe. He has recently finished Glory, his latest musical, and is presently pounding the pavement looking for a stage to do it on.
David is a board member of LGBT Community Charities, a sister federation focused on serving community-based organizations.
Elise Shanbacker, Director
Elise currently serves as the executive director of the Addison County Community Trust, a non-profit organization in rural Vermont dedicated to providing safe, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents. Previously, she was a senior workforce development policy analyst at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, and has also served as a board member for a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Elise holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in sociology from Middlebury College.