Welcoming New Board Members
Pine Street Inn is thrilled to welcome three new board members who bring a strong commitment to our mission, as well as broad and deep experience in a number of disciplines."
- Lyndia Downie, President & Executive Director
Dennis Berger is Suffolk Construction’s chief culture officer and serves on Suffolk's Executive Committee. Prior to joining Suffolk, Berger was with CDW Corporation and the PepsiAmerica Corporation. He is a current board member and former vice-chair of skills for Chicagoland's Future, and serves on the Board of Directors of Skills for America's Future. Berger holds a BA from Northeastern University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Avana Epperson-Temple is a trial attorney in the Litigation Department at Peabody & Arnold. A former Pine Street Innbassador, she also serves as an at-large director for the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, member of the Anti-Defamation League’s Associate Board and as a pro bono attorney for the Women’s Bar Foundation’s Family Law Project, representing survivors of domestic violence. In 2018, she was recognized by Get Konnected! as one of Boston’s Most Influential Millennials of Color; she was named an Up & Coming Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2020, and in 2021, she received the Massachusetts Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Epperson-Temple earned a BA from Emory University and a JD from Northeastern University.
Paula Leca serves as the chief counsel, Specialty Business Units/Research and Development, at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge. She joined Takeda in 2015 as associate general counsel and became vice president and head counsel, oncology in 2019. Previously, Leca held positions at the New York Genome Center, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Goodwin Proctor. She earned a BA from Stanford University and a JD from Harvard Law School.