St. Francis House welcomes two new Board members

The St. Francis House Board of Directors has approved the nominations this year of both Vince Spiziri of Boston in October 2016 and Michael Sexton of Needham in June 2017. We welcome these two new members to our Board!

Vincent J. Spiziri, Bernstein

Vince Spiziri is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Bernstein’s philanthropy efforts. Based in Boston, he leads the firm’s planning and advisory national practice, working with both not-for-profit organizations and their donors. Previously, he was responsible for Bernstein’s Boston, New York, Eastern and Central regions. Before that, Spiziri held the role of director in Bernstein’s Wealth and Investment Planning Group.

Prior to joining the firm as a financial advisor in 1999, he held senior sales and marketing positions at Procter & Gamble and EMI-Capitol Music.

Spiziri earned a BS in marketing/management from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards including the Procter & Gamble Alumni Foundation, the Dallas Symphony Foundation, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, WGBH Boston and the South Shore Conservatory. Spiziri is also a member of the Xavier University of Louisiana Business Advisory Board

Michael F. Sexton, Sexton Riley LLP

Mike Sexton is a corporate lawyer with over 23 years of experience representing life sciences and non-profit and for-profit health care clients in a range of transactions, governance and regulatory matters.

Mike is a partner and co-founder, with his partner Lindsay Riley, of Sexton Riley LLP, a boutique Boston law firm specializing in pharmaceutical and biotech R&D collaborations and other strategic transactions for life sciences companies, such as their client Johnson & Johnson.

Before co-founding Sexton Riley in 2015, Mike was a partner in the Health Care and Life Sciences Groups of the law firm Ropes & Gray LLP, which he joined in 1993.

While at Ropes & Gray, Mike represented non-profit health care clients such as Yale University School of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine and Hospitals, Boston Children’s Hospital, CareGroup and VNA Care Network.  He provided advice on non-profit governance matters, affiliations, joint ventures, mergers, contracts and corporate reorganizations.  He also advised these types of clients on regulatory requirements and reimbursement matters, such as state licensure, Medicare and Medicaid requirements and managed care contracts. At Ropes & Gray, Mike also represented Johnson & Johnson, Biogen, Pfizer, venture capital firms and other life sciences clients in various transactions, financings, contracts and regulatory compliance matters.

Mike graduated from Amherst College in 1987 and from Harvard Law School in 1992, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He served as a clerk for the Hon. Levin H. Campbell on the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit in 1992-93.

Mike and his wife Jennifer live in Needham and have three children (ages 23, 18 and 13).

Mike has been a volunteer at St. Francis House since 2009, and serves as a religious education teacher and lector at St. Joseph Parish in Needham.