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Board Member Profiles

Board Members are appointed by the Governor to serve a five-year term to the Massachusetts Parole Board. There are currently four members with unique backgrounds, education, and experience.

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Tina M. Hurley

Tina M. Hurley is the Chair of the Massachusetts Parole Board as well as the Commissioner of the Interstate Compact for Massachusetts. She was confirmed to her second term with the Board in November 2022. She has over 37 years of experience in the fields of parole and juvenile rehabilitation, including service as a parole officer, supervisor, manager, hearings examiner, and Parole Board member. She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and her Masters in Public Affairs from the John W. McCormack Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Charlene Bonner

Dr. Charlene Bonner has served as a member of the Parole Board since 2011, and was confirmed to her third term in June 2019. She is a certified Designated Forensic Psychologist (DFP), who also has expertise in substance use disorders. In the past, she has served as the Clinical and Administrative Director of Bournewood Hospital’s Ambulatory Services, a Juvenile and Adult Court Clinician, and a Lecturer at Saint Anselm College, where she taught a variety of courses in Psychology. She has over thirty years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. She was certified as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADCI) in 2003. She is also the president of a non-profit 501 (c) 3 foundation. Dr. Bonner has a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Anselm College, a Master of Education from Bridgewater State University, and a Doctoral Degree from William James College. 

Tonomey Coleman, Esq.

Tonomey Coleman was confirmed to serve a third term as a member of the Parole Board in November 2022He is an attorney with 21 years of prior legal experience, which includes his two years of service as a law clerk and his 19 years of practice in civil and criminal law. Board Member Coleman earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College and a Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School.

James M. Kelcourse

James M. Kelcourse was appointed as a member of the Parole Board in June 2022. He is an attorney with a background in criminal defense and civil litigation. He has also served four terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He received a B.S./B.A. in Management, and a Master of Business Administration from Villanova University. He also has a Juris Doctorate degree from the Massachusetts School of Law. 

Sarah B. Coughlin, LICSW LADC-I

Sarah B. Coughlin is a licensed clinical social worker, an alcohol and drug counselor, and a certified recovery coach supervisor. She was confirmed to the Board in September 2023. Prior to joining the Board, she worked for over a decade in public health at Massachusetts General Hospital where she oversaw a multi-sector coalition aimed at addressing the social determinants of health inequities. She has a wide range of experiences including violence prevention, restorative justice, and healing the traumas that lead to and result from involvement in the carceral system. She has a private therapy practice in Boston. She also serves as a social work expert and vendor for state and federal defense attorneys, providing comprehensive aid in sentencing reports, substance use assessments, re-entry plans, as well as expert testimony at criminal trials, violation hearings, and child protection cases. Sarah is a zealous advocate for criminal legal reform, the use of science-based approaches to address drug use and addiction, and dismantling the systemic factors at the foundation of both racial and economic inequities.

Edith Alexander

Edith Alexander was confirmed to the Board in November 2023. Edith has been a leader in her community for decades. Her career began at Perrin House Community Services in Boston where she ran a residential program for new and expectant mothers in recovery. She began working in probation in 1999 and was a longtime Probation Officer at the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court (BMC). At the BMC, she assisted in running the court's CHOICE Program, a comprehensive 18-month program established in 2010, aimed at reducing recidivism among young adults (ages 17 to 24) who were on probation at BMC-Roxbury. Participants of the program are on intensive probation supervision and are expected to attend educational and job training programs.

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