Kathleen Gallagher

Chief Technology Officer

What I do at Virtual:

When our clients are at their best, their constituents succeed. When Virtual is at its best, our clients succeed. I help assure that we are at our best.

Years of experience:

Nearly 30 years, primarily in financial, high tech, consulting and marketing industries driving engineering, business process improvement, project management and operational efficiency.

Past employment:

Epsilon, Progress Software, Monster Worldwide, John Hancock Financial Services, with several other smaller dot-coms sprinkled in.

Education:

  • MBA, Management Information Systems, Bentley College, F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business, Waltham, Mass.
  • BA, Finance & Economics, Aurora University, Aurora, Ill.

Favorite client story:

Rescued a $7mm project running off the tracks with eight weeks to deliver for a multi-billion dollar client, spanning technical and marketing initiatives. Delivered on time/on budget, and more importantly, developed a longterm client partnership. I love to manage chaos!

Hidden talent:

I am a retired maple farmer and can tell you anything you ever wanted to know about maple sugaring.

Favorite client story:

Rescued a $7mm project running off the tracks with eight weeks to deliver for a multi-billion dollar client, spanning technical and marketing initiatives. Delivered on time/on budget, and more importantly, developed a longterm client partnership. I love to manage chaos!

What I do for fun:

I enjoy being outdoors, as long as it’s not cold. At home we entertain quite a bit in our outdoor oasis.

I can’t live without:

My family, my tractor.

Important life lesson:

Go into the world and do well, but more importantly do good.

Key to success:

Capitalize not only on your strengths, but also on the strengths of those around you.

Community Involvement:

  • Pine Street Inn, Boston, Mass., volunteer: the largest resource for homeless men and women in New England, providing services including permanent supportive housing, job training and placement, emergency shelter and street outreach to more than 1,600 homeless men and women each day
  • Turtle Lane Maple Farm, North Andover, Mass., co-owner: provides free tours to educate children and the community about agriculture and the wonders of nature, focusing on the math, science, social studies and history of maple syru,p with approximately 3,600 visitors during the month of March annually
  • Men With Heart, Mass., volunteer: assist in running the 501c(3) organization, founded by my fiancée, Paul Boulanger. Avid fundraiser for supported causes, predominantly Breast Cancer
  • Lazarus House, Lawrence, Mass., volunteer: 31-bed emergency shelter providing a safe, clean and supportive environment for individuals and families on referral by social service, law enforcement, church or community groups
  • Habitat for Humanity International & ReStore: Building housing that is simple, decent and affordable for low-income families around the world
  • Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts, Belle Harbor, N.Y.: Spent multiple weekends volunteering, providing relief efforts for those most affected by the hurricane. Collected, transported and distributed donations filling a 26’ box truck

Favorite Movie, Book, Food, Music:

  • I enjoy action/mysteries and the occasional chick-flick.
  • For food, anything without vegetables or spice – so basically meat & potatoes, and some seafood.
  • I enjoy many genres of music, anything that I can dance to.
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