STRATEGIC TEAM MEMBERS
Melissa Raffoni, Founder and CEO
Melissa Raffoni has worked with CEOs of growth-oriented companies in the Boston area for more than 15 years, helping them make the right decisions about the direction of their businesses. Her client roster includes some of the most successful, well-known companies in the area. Melissa is recognized for her ability to isolate complex issues facing CEOs and working with clients to address them with clear, tangible and measurable results.
Prior to founding The Raffoni Group, Melissa was a Managing Principal Consultant at Oracle, where she helped build the Organizational Change Management practice and coach senior executives on how to communicate and execute change. Melissa also played a vital role in building Inc. Magazine's Eagles CEO Program as the Managing Director.
She has served on the Communication Faculty at the MIT Sloan School, the Kennedy School of Harvard, and Simmons College. Melissa has published various articles & maintains a regular blog post with the Harvard Business Review. She holds an MS from the MIT Sloan School with a concentration in Communications and Strategy and a BA from Colby College.
Melissa "finds flow" in adventure travel, soulful music, long hiking treks, contemporary art and design, belly-laughing, running, weightlifting, snow skiing and hanging with her two kids, who keep her grounded and on her game.
Erin Mullen, Director of Operations and Client Development
Erin Mullen has been with The Raffoni Group since 2008 when she joined as an Executive Assistant. Over the last 9 years, she has risen to be the backbone of the firm, managing all operations, including finance, admin, HR, operational processes, member satisfaction, the Annual CEO Summit, new member on-boarding, and CEO collective program management. Additionally, Erin supports the Strategic Leaders Program as a consulting associate.
Erin began her business career in the hospitality industry where she traveled with Princess Tours and implemented training programs onsite in Denali, AK. As an independent contractor, she managed residential and commercial real estate transactions for multi-million dollar portfolios (Coldwell Banker) in Cambridge, MA. She has also worked in the education sector. Erin earned a BA in English from Catholic University and a Post Baccalaureate in Education from Bridgewater State.
When she is not managing The Raffoni Group, Erin enjoys laughing with her three kids, playing music with her hubby or reading a really great novel.
Christa Benjamin, Program Coordinator
Christa Benjamin comes to the Raffoni Group with an excellent entrepreneurial and communications background. As the founder of her own PR firm, Bowen Public Relations, she lead PR efforts for clients in various industries. Prior to running her company, Christa worked as an executive producer for Wunderkind Studios, a boutique web design agency and as a senior account executive for Beaupre & Co. Public Relations. Christa’s favorite things in life are spending time with her family, reading a good book, skiing, traveling, running — and teaching kids to run competitively. Drive by Rye Elementary School and you might see her coaching 4th and 5th graders.
Amy Black, Marketing
Amy Black has 20 years of experience in marketing communications and building brands for companies including Constant Contact, TimeTrade and Qvidian. Before joining the Raffoni Group, she was the VP of Marketing and Membership for the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC). She left the marketing world several years ago to commit to a successful career in music, but we didn't want her marketing talent to go to waste, so whether she's making music in Tulane, Maine or Spain, she's also working to spread the good news of our CEO Collective members and Strategic Leadership. Yes, she's our resident rock star.
Melissa Coulacos "MC", Marketing Communications Assistant
Yvonne Daboul, Controller
Yvonne knows her way around the books. She's kept them for various companies for 15 plus years. She's a valued member of the Raffoni team with her knowledge of all things tax and financial. She also runs the Surf Club of Rye, New Hampshire which means she's the coolest accountant you'll ever meet
WAYS TO ENGAGE The Raffoni Group
The Raffoni Group offers a full suite of integrated strategic facilitation services to CEOs and their leadership teams. Starting at the core with our CEO Collective, we offer organizations extended programs aimed at strengthening organizational alignment and leadership across all facets of the business. Learn more.