The Parole Board is made up of seven members appointed by the governor to serve staggered five-year terms. One member is designated as the chairman and serves as the administrative and executive head of the agency. Each Board Member must meet certain statutory qualifications including a minimum of five years of training and experience in one or more of the following fields: parole, probation, law, law enforcement, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, and social work.
Board Members are responsible for all parole release, rescission and revocation decisions. Additionally, the board functions as the Advisory Board of Pardons, making recommendations to the governor on pardons and commutations.
Charlene Bonner was appointed Chairperson of the Parole Board in November, 2014. She has served as a Parole Board Member since 2011. She has her doctorate in psychology with a specialty in forensic psychology and the addictive disorders. Her doctoral dissertation examined the Massachusetts Mental Health System through an ecological theoretical approach. Dr. Bonner also holds a Masters Degree in Education. Dr. Bonner has been working in the field of mental health and addictions since 1992. Dr. Bonner’s employment history includes being the Administrative and Clinical Director of Ambulatory Services at Bournewood Hospital in Brookline Massachusetts, where she developed her expertise in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric and addictive disorders. Dr. Bonner has also been a court psychologist for child / adolescent and more recently adult services for Forensic Health Services. In addition to her assessment and treatment experience, Dr. Bonner has experience in teaching various psychology classes at Saint Anselm College in Manchester New Hampshire. She also continues to provide various trainings to organizations with an interest in Psychology and the Criminal Justice System. Dr. Bonner is a graduate of Saint Anselm College where she earned a BA in psychology and an education certification with a specialty in Social Studies. She earned her Masters Degree in Education from Bridgewater State College and her Doctorate in Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She currently holds her certification as a Designated Forensic Psychologist in Massachusetts.
Tonomey Coleman was appointed to the Parole Board in 2013. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Coleman practiced as a criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts for 15 years. For the 12 years before joining the Board, he had been a sole practitioner in Boston, with a practice focused primarily on criminal defense in both state and federal courts. From 1994 to 1997, Attorney Coleman worked for a general practice law firm in Boston. He also served as a law clerk and regional administrative law clerk at the Massachusetts Superior Court from 1992 to1994. Coleman is a former president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. He is a graduate of Delhi Technical College (A.A.S, 1984), Bernard M. Baruch College (B.A., 1989) and Boston College Law School (J.D., 1992).
Sheila Dupre was appointed to the Parole Board in October of 2011. She has 23 years of experience working in the corrections and criminal justice systems, including seven years with the DOC. Prior to her appointment on the Parole Board she serve as deputy director of Policy Development and Compliance, she served as deputy director and training manager in the Division of Staff Development. Prior to joining the DOC, she worked within the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department for a total of 16 years as a residential supervisor and female offender standards coordinator, and later as a standards and training manager. She has also worked as a consultant for both the American Correctional Association and the National Institute of Corrections, focusing on conducting on-site audits of agencies to assess compliance and professional training efforts. Dupre holds a Bachelors of Science from Springfield College with concentrations in psychology and criminal justice.
Lee Gartenberg was appointed to the Parole Board in December 2014. Previously he served as the Director of Inmate Legal Services for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office since 1982. He is a frequent lecturer in Continuing Legal Education Programs on Massachusetts Sentencing Law. He has lectured throughout the Commonwealth to Judges in the Superior, District, Boston Municipal and Juvenile Courts, and to prosecutors, defense lawyers and others involved in the criminal justice system through programs sponsored by MCLE, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Flaschner Judicial Institute, and the Judicial Institute of the Trial Court. He has published several articles and authored training materials on sentencing. He was Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section for five years and is a current member of its Executive Management Board and Board of Trustees. In 2001 he was awarded the MBA’s President’s Award and in 2008, its Gold Medal Award. He also received the 2013 Norman D’Amour Lawyer of the Year Award from the Greater Lowell Bar Association and the 2013 Irwin Andler Tzadik Award from Temple Beth Sholom. He has also been involved as a member of the Massachusetts Steering Committee of the Russian American Rule Of Law Consortium and has traveled to Russia to work on issues involving the Rule of Law. He is a 1978 graduate of the State University Of New York at Binghamton and a 1981 graduate of Boston University School Of Law.
Ina Howard-Hogan was appointed as a Board Member in March of 2011. Prior to her current position as a Board Member for the Massachusetts Parole Board, she served as the General Counsel of the agency for two years. Attorney Howard-Hogan has practiced as an attorney since 1998, working in public service. Additionally, Attorney Howard-Hogan served three years in the Attorney General’s Office, working as an Assistant Attorney General in the Corruption, Fraud and Computer Crime Division of the Criminal Bureau. She served four years in the Essex County District Attorney's Office, working as an Assistant District Attorney throughout Essex county courts and a Supervising Assistant District Attorney, Domestic Violence Unit in the Lynn District Court. As a state prosecutor, Attorney Howard-Hogan worked with victims, witnesses and state and local police throughout the Commonwealth, prosecuting a broad range of criminal cases. Mrs. Howard-Hogan also worked three years as a Federal Probation Officer in the Presentence Unit of the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Boston College and Northeastern University School of Law.
Tina M. Hurley's distinguished career began with a coop placement from Northeastern University in 1984. She has dedicated her entire professional career to public service in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Tina was appointed as a member of the Massachusetts Parole Board in April 2014. As a twenty-five year veteran of the Parole Board, Tina has served in almost every Parole Board institutional and field capacity imaginable, ranging from decision-making senior management to Hearings Examiner. She has developed and authored innovative reentry programs for men and women and has extensive experience in the use of research-based risk assessment tools. Tina’s professional interests include female offender issues, prisoner reentry, juvenile justice and organizational change. Tina has spent many years in the institutional setting, interviewing offenders, preparing cases, and handling all aspects of legal, victim, and family-related issues. In 1998, Tina spent two years working for the Department of Youth Services, where she assisted the department through a top-to-bottom restructuring, raising funding for the development and implementation of the first-ever Victim Services Unit and led the start-up and implementation of restorative justice initiatives. Tina also directed the department’s Victim Services and Revocation Units. In 2005, she was selected to do disaster relief work with Hurricane Katrina evacuees housed at Otis Air Force Base. Tina holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a M.S. degree in Public Affairs from the John W. McCormack Institute, University of Massachusetts.
Lucy Soto-Abbe was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts and educated in the Parochial and Springfield Public Schools. Lucy received an Associates degree in Paralegal Studies in 1991 and a Bachelors Degree in Legal Studies in 1993 from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. While attending Bay Path College, Lucy worked as a Hearing Examiner's Secretary for the Massachusetts Parole Board, as well as completing an internship with the Hampden County District Attorney's Office. Lucy went on to receive her Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts in 2005. Prior to returning to the Massachusetts Parole Board, she spent 17 years as a Victim/Witness Advocate for the Hampden County District Attorney's Office in Springfield, Massachusetts working in both District and Superior Courts.