2013 marks the 27th year of Diane E. Kaneb’s extraordinary volunteer leadership at Mass. Eye and Ear. Diane has been a member of the Board of Directors for more than 20 years and served as Chairman of the Board from 2006-2009. She has chaired numerous committees including the Executive, Governance, Nominating and Credentialing Committees and she has served on the Human Studies, Business Development, Community Benefits, Compensation and Development Committees, among others. Diane chaired the 21st Century Fund Campaign (’93-’99) and played a key role in our success in raising $50 million. Since July 2011, she has been a key member of the Campaign Planning Steering Committee.
Carmella Kletjian’s fondness for Mass. Eye and Ear begin in 1973 when she joined the hospital as a CRNA, Nurse Anesthesist, a position she held until 1986. In those years, she worked in the operating room alongside Drs. William Montgomery, Claes Dohlman and many others. After meeting Steven Kletjian, Carmella left her position to support him in growing the Kletjian family business from a small janitorial firm to Unicco, a $725M multi-national office cleaning company. Her ties with Mass. Eye and Ear continued and were strengthened when her husband Steven became ill and became a patient of Dr. Mack Cheney. After Steven died in 2007, Carmella again turned her attention toward making a difference in the lives of others. A nurse at heart, she became passionate about Global Health. Through her $2M gift to establish the Kletjian Chair in Global Surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear, Carmella hopes to help bring life-changing surgeries to the world’s neediest people. Carmella also serves on the Board of Trustees at Babson College.
Mrs. Nova immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1976. She obtained her Bachelor's of Science and a Master's of Science for Teaching from Boston College. She taught high school chemistry for three years, before going to work as a product specialist for The Foxboro Company, where she was employed from 1989 to 1994. Since 1994, Mrs. Nova has devoted herself to raising three daughters and supporting a number of worthwhile charitable causes.
The Nova family actively supports Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital, where they established the Charles Nowiszewski Chair of Cancer Biology, funding cancer research with a focus on cancer metastasis and angiogenesis. Additionally, the Nova family supports Partners in Health, working closely with founder Paul Farmer to bring quality care to the rural poor in Rwanda. Their current focus is centered on the construction of a teaching hospital in Northern Rwanda, opening June 23, 2010. The Nova family also supports Cradles to Crayons, a local charity providing gently used goods to underserved families in Massachusetts.
Don is an active angel investor focusing on startup businesses.
Don is a trustee of Lesley University where he was Chair of the Board for several years. He is also an Overseer of The Boston Museum of Science, Member of the Corporation of Partners HealthCare, Overseer of Newton Wellesley Hospital, and Honorary trustee of Temple Israel in Boston.