Thank To Yanks is a 501(c)(3) all volunteer organization. No one on the Board of Directors or advisory members receive remuneration.
2018 Board of Directors
Michael Shain, President and Founder
Michael founded Thanks To Yanks in 2006 by establishing the first annual 9/11 Tribute Dinner. He began the organization with the desire to “simply say Thank You” to those men, women and their families who selflessly sacrifice to serve and protect us. Since 2006, Michael has developed many relationships with those people and organizations, who share the same vision to support our military members, veterans and their families. He is particularly concerned about Gold Star Families (those families who have lost a loved one as a result of military service to our nation). Michael has been recognized for his service to others receiving WMRC First Class Citizen Award, Milford Daily News Person of the Year Award and most recently an award from the Marine Corps League of Massachusetts. Michael truly lives by the words “to whom much is given, much is expected.”
Donnalee Shain, Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Donnalee, wife of Michael and mother to Thomas and Matthew, worked behind the scenes when Michael first began Thanks To Yanks. Realizing the positive impact Thanks To Yanks was having, she suggested to Michael to look at doing more than an annual dinner. Through her efforts, Thanks To Yanks became a 501(c)(3) organization that provides support and resources to military families, veterans and their families. Donnalee has always had a passion for helping others both in her professional work as a physical therapist as well as through her volunteer work. In 2014 she was recognized for her community service, receiving the Unsung Heroine Award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. In regards to Thanks To Yanks, Donnalee feels blessed to be able to help those who have selflessly given of themselves to protect us and our freedoms.
Pat Rosenthal, Financial Officer
Pat brings with her many volunteer and entrepreneurial experiences from the local Milford area along with a lengthy career at a globally recognized company. Pat is part of an active military family and has a deep appreciation for our veterans, their families and all they do for us.
Ed Carr, Veteran’s Liaison
Ed brings his as Vietnam combat veteran status to the TTY organization having served in the Marines (1967-1969). He currently serves as Administrator to the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority in Framingham. Over the last twenty years he has been involved in several veterans’ organizations and has worked on many initiatives benefiting vets and their families. Currently, he holds the rank of Captain in the Massachusetts National Lancers, the Governor’s ceremonial mounted guard attached to the Massachusetts National Guard, where he is working on an equine wellness program for veterans and their families with PTSD. Last year he was awarded the Honorable Francis J. Larkin Lifetime Achievement Award by Thanks To Yanks and has since volunteered to help the organization as a liaison to the community.
Stephanie Hughes-White, Director of Marketing
Stephanie joined the Thanks To Yanks’ board after moving to the New England area with her husband, William, who was serving in the US Navy. She brings with her over fifteen years of marketing, communications and public relations experience both as a consultant and employee. At their previous duty stations, Stephanie had been an active volunteer for other nonprofits that specifically supported veterans and military families. Stephanie felt that by joining the board, she would be able to support a community she has grown to love and has become her extended family.
Aaron Delle Donne, Volunteer Coordinator
Denise Minor, Ad Hoc Member
Denise is an energetic businesswoman and attorney who selflessly serves as legal counsel to Thanks To Yanks. She not only provides valuable legal advice but continuously puts us in contact with key people who are able to help our organization fulfill our mission.
Bob Kaufman, Fundraising Committee
Linda Phelps-Toronto, Logo Design Support