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Three of four picks are women, and represent MassGAP's goal, securing high-level state positions for women

BOSTON--April 5, 2011-Massachusetts Government Appointment Project (MassGAP) Chair, Mary Fifield, congratulated Governor Deval Patrick today on the approval of his appointments to the Massachusetts Parole Board, three of whom--Charlene M. Bonner, Ina R. Howard-Hogan, andLucy Soto-Abe--are women.

"With these appointments, Governor Patrick continues to advance his laudatory commitment to reforming and reshaping the Parole Board.MassGAP agrees with the Governor that these new appointments will help restore the public trust and confidence in the oversight and management of this crucial agency," said Ms. Fifield.

The three women appointees include Ms. Bonner, a forensic psychologist whose background includes conducting competency evaluations in Plymouth County courts; Ms. Howard-Hogan, former state and county prosecutor, who has also served as general counsel of the Parole Board since January 2009; and Ms. Soto-Abe, a longtime victim advocate in the office of the Hampden County district attorney who also has a degree in forensic psychology.

MassGAP Executive Director, Amy Burke, noted that these appointments are in line with the chief objective of MassGAP, which is to achieve political parity by having more capable and talented women appointed to senior government positions. "We commend Governor Patrick for his support in bringing more women into state government," Ms. Burke said. "State government works better when there is greater diversity representing our interests."

For information about the Massachusetts Government Appointment Project (MassGAP) and its upcoming gala event to celebrate women in state government on May 2, visit

About MassGAP
The Massachusetts Government Appointment Project (MassGAP) was founded in 2002 as a non-partisan organization comprised of more than fifty women's groups statewide. MassGAP's mission is to increase the number of women appointed to senior-level cabinet positions, agency heads, and board and commissions in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus is the Lead Sponsor of this collaboration. In addition to partnering with the Governor's office, MassGAP is pleased to be supporting the outreach efforts of the state's new Auditor, Suzanne Bump. Please visit for more information.