Each year the American College of Corporate Directors recognizes a member who stands out in the public company director community and who enjoys respect and admiration from colleagues and peers.

The ACCD has many members who are recognized for their good work which goes well beyond their board of directors responsibilities. In their communities, with charities and in academia, ACCD members are looked up to and appreciated for their efforts and commitments to improving life for many less fortunate.

The “Distinguished Director Award” is presented to one member annually who is not only as top director, but whose contributions outside of the boardroom are “above and beyond”.


Pamela Lenehan - 2017

Pam Lenehan

Pam Lenehan

Pamela F. Lenehan is a senior executive with experience in corporate, financial services, and public board environments. She currently serves on the boards of Monotype Imaging, Civitas Solutions, and American Superconductor. She has chaired three public audit committees and two public compensation committees, been chair of the board, presiding director, and on risk management and CEO search committees. She is also on the board and executive committee of the Center for Women & Enterprise, a non-profit with the mission of helping women start and grow businesses.

Pam spent more than 20 years in financial services, starting at Chase Manhattan Bank where she lent money to growing technology companies. Pam moved to Credit Suisse First Boston initially in New York and then Boston where she was a Managing Director in Investment Banking, raising public and private equity and debt and doing mergers and acquisitions for technology companies. She then moved to Oak Industries as SVP, Corporate Development and Treasurer of Oak Industries, a $500 million NYSE-listed manufacturer of telecommunications components, where she engineered the sale of the company to Corning, Inc. for $2 billion. Pam was then CFO of Convergent Networks, a high technology start-up which she joined before initial product shipment and left when the company was at a $30 million run rate.

Pam has a BA in Mathematical Economics, Cum Laude and with Honors, and a MA in Economics from Brown University. She holds an Executive Masters Professional Director Certification, Silver Level, from the American College of Corporate Directors, a national director education organization. Pam is the author of “My Mother, My Mentor: What Grown Children of Working Mothers Want You to Know” which looks at the impact a mother’s working outside the home has on her children.


Richard DeWolfe - 2016

Richard De Wolfe

Richard DeWolfe

Richard DeWolfe is Chairman of the Board at Manulife Financial, a position he has held since May 2, 2013.  He is also Managing Partner of DeWolfe & Company, LLC, a real estate management and investment consulting firm.  He was formerly Chairman and CEO of The DeWolfe Companies, Inc., the largest home ownership organization in New England, which was previously listed on the American Stock Exchange and acquired by Cendant Corporation in 2002.

Mr. DeWolfe is a director of Massachusetts General Hospital, President's Council, a Trustee Emeritus of Boston University, a Director Emeritus of The Boston Foundation and an honorary director of The Boston Center for Community and Justice.  He is also a member of the Wilson Center's Canada Institute Advisory Board.  He was formerly Chairman and Founder of Reliance Relocation Services, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Boston University.

Mr. DeWolfe holds a BAS, Marketing and Finance from Boston University and an Executive Masters Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors, a public company director education and credentialing organization.


Blythe J. McGarvie - 2015

Blythe-McGarvie

Blythe J. McGarvie

Blythe J. McGarvie was honored by the American College of Corporate Directors as a Distinguished Director on March 25, 2015. Ms. McGarvie serves on the boards of Accenture, Viacom Inc., Sonoco Products Co. and LKQ Corporation. She taught accounting at Harvard Business School in the full-time M.B.A. program from 2012 to 2014. Previously for ten years, she was chief executive officer of LIF Group, a firm offering a global perspective for clients seeking profitable growth and providing leadership seminars for corporate and academic groups. At LIF, Ms. McGarvie specialized in delivering keynote speeches and moderating company and association meetings. She is the author of two books: Shaking the Globe: Courageous Decision-Making in a Changing World and Fit In, Stand Out: Mastering the FISO Factor for Leadership Effectiveness in Business and Life.

Prior to founding LIF, Ms. McGarvie was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Bic Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of convenient disposable products. For five years prior to joining Bic, Ms. McGarvie was senior vice-president and chief financial officer of Hannaford Bros. Co., a supermarket retailer, which was acquired by the Delhaize Group in 1999. She has also held senior financial positions at Sara Lee Corporation and Kraft Foods.

A Certified Public Accountant, Ms. McGarvie holds an M.B.A. degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She served on the university's board of trustees from 1985 to 1987 and also received the Kellogg Graduate School of Management Schaffner Award, which honors alumni who are pre-Sceminent in their field and who provide outstanding service to Kellogg. Old Dominion University granted her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in December 2009. In addition, in 2008, 2010 and 2012, Ms. McGarvie was named to the NACD/Directorship list of the "100 Most Influential People on Corporate Governance and in the Boardroom."


​Michael D. Jeans - 2014

Michael Jeans

Michael D. Jeans

Michael D. Jeans is an experienced CEO and board director. He is currently Chairman Emeritus of New Directions, Inc., a nationally-recognized career management and guidance firm in Boston. As President, he founded and led New Directions’ Board Directorship Program. Previously, Mike was President and CEO of Roxy.com, Inc., a start-up on-line retailer of consumer electronics and telecom products. He was also CEO of Nashua Photo, Inc., a direct marketer of branded consumer photo processing services and President of Wesson/Peter Pan Foods (a division of Conagra Foods).Earlier, Mike was SVP of Marketing & Sales at HP Hood, VP of Marketing at Hunt Wesson Foods, and VP of Marketing and Sales for Chesebrough-Ponds Food Group,

Mike is a Director of AMICA Mutual Insurance Company where he serves on the Audit and Investment Committees and is past Chair of the Compensation Committee. He is a former Director of Roxy.com, Inc. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Boston Minuteman Council of the Boy Scouts, a Trustee of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua (NH) Foundation and a Director of Maine Media College in Rockport, ME. He formerly served as President of the Board of Habitat for Humanity of North Central MA.

Mike holds an Executive Masters Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors.He has long been active in the Boy Scouts of America and is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the national Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. He earned a BA from The College of the Holy Cross, magna cum laude and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.


Ellen Richstone - 2013

Ellen-Richstone

Ellen Richstone

Ellen B. Richstone has extensive experience both as a Board Director and as an Operating Executive. From an Operating perspective, Ellen is a former CEO of a private company and former CFOr for both Public and Private Companies ranging in size from early stage to US$3 Billion in revenue and is a former Fortune 500 CFO.

As a Board Member, she has experience as a Financial Expert, Audit Committee Chair, Compensation Committee member, Nominating Committee Chair. She was the Financial Expert on the American Power Conversion Board (an S&P 500 Company) until its sale for US$6 Billion in cash, an 82% premium. She is currently on three Public Boards :eMagin (NYSE), Bioamber (NYSE) and Everyware Global (NASDAQ) and two Private Corporate Boards as well as two nonprofit boards.

Ellen was named to the Top 100 Board Diversity Candidates for Public Companies by Agenda (Parent Company-Financial Times) as well as to CFO Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board. In June 2012, Ellen was elected to the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (New England). In April 2013, Ellen was given the first annual Distinguished Director Award from the American College of Corporate Directors, a national Board Governance organization of over 1800 public company directors nationwide.