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 to the parole Board in 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.
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.
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.
Josh Wall was appointed Chairman of the Parole Board in February of 2011. Prior to his appointment to the Parole Board, he was the First Assistant at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. He was also a Suffolk County prosecutor for 18 years and during his tenure served as chief of the Child Protection Unit, Major Felony Unit, and Senior Trial Unit.
Wall was a winner of the 2009 William C. O’Malley Prosecutor of the Year Award, a statewide honor recognizing him for his outstanding work as a trial lawyer, office leader, and mentor to younger prosecutors throughout his career. In 2004, he represented the Suffolk DA’s office and chaired a blue-ribbon panel tasked with addressing, correcting, and preventing wrongful convictions in Suffolk County. That panel brought about significant reforms that one prominent defense attorney said puts Suffolk County “at the nation’s forefront” in preventing miscarriages of justice, and instituted practices that are considered “the gold standard” by the nation’s leading academic expert on preventing wrongful convictions.
Prior to his career as a Suffolk prosecutor, Wall served with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office from 1987 through 1991 and worked in private practice in both Boston and New York City.
He is a 1982 graduate of Harvard University and a 1986 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California Berkeley.