E. Marla Felcher, M.B.A., Ph.D., Board of Directors, Founder & Chair
Marla has worked as a marketing professor, investigative journalist, marketing consultant, and consumer advocate. She’s taught at Northwestern University, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and UMass-Boston’s McCormack School of Policy Studies. She has written extensively about product safety regulation for the Atlantic Monthly, Slate, Mother Jones, and other magazines. She served on the 2008 Obama Transition Team advisory committee, the Jewish Council for Education & Research Great Schlep campaign advisory board, and the board of directors of the Hispanic National Bar Association Journal on Law & Policy, the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Summer Search Boston, the Youth Job Center of Evanston, and the Evanston Community Foundation. Marla and her husband, Max Bazerman, live in Cambridge.
Susan Benford, M.B.A., Board of Directors, President
Susan Benford has been consistently unable to decide what she wants to do. She worked in Washington, D.C. for a lobbying group representing the pet industry; earned an M.B.A. and worked as a financial analyst at Intel; hired and managed a sales force in the computer software industry; served on the Boston Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, on the Foundation Board of the Massachusetts College of Art, and in leadership roles at Shady Hill School, BB&N, and Cambridge School of Weston. Presently, she runs Masterpiece Cards, a publisher of art history educational and reference cards exploring the most famous paintings in art history. She is married, has two adult sons, and one spoiled dog.
Ilene Greenberg, Board of Directors, Clerk
Ilene Greenberg’s passions in the non-profit world have focused on women’s rights and educational opportunities for underserved populations in the Boston area. She is a past Board Chair of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM), the 2012 National Volunteer of the Year for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and has been a hotline counselor at PPLM since 2003. She currently serves on the Board of Beacon Academy in Boston. Ilene lives in Brookline with her husband, Michael Maynard.
Martha Bedell, M.Arch., Board of Directors, Treasurer
Martha is an architect with a practice focused on residential construction and renovation. In addition, Martha has been involved in several non-profits, both as a hands-on volunteer and as a board member interested in sustainability and governance. Martha served on the Shady Hill School Board of Overseers, as Chair of the Committee on Trustees and as Head of Parent Fundraising. Committed to working for equity in educational opportunities for Boston area teens, she has mentored students at Beacon Academy and is currently an after-school tutor at Fenway High School, a Boston Pilot School. Martha also serves as Treasurer on the board of High Spirit Community Farm, a program in Great Barrington, MA that offers meaningful work and a rich homelife to young adults with cognitive disabilities. Martha lives in Cambridge with her husband, David Dryer.
Lora Farkas, Board of Directors
Lora’s first career was in project finance lending, but time away to raise her four children led to increased volunteer and board involvement in their independent schools. Working closely with dedicated educators fostered both deep respect for the power of education to change lives and a commitment to increase access to excellent educational opportunities for children in the Boston area. Lora volunteered at Beacon Academy in its first year, then joined as staff to create and direct a program that matched students with volunteer mentors. She then helped launch a college coaching and after-school tutoring program at Fenway High School, a Boston Pilot School. Lora is currently the Director of Parent Engagement at Belmont Hill School. She has served on the Boards of Shady Hill School, Beacon Academy, Belmont Hill School (ex officio), and Fenway High School. Lora lives in Cambridge with her husband, Chuck.
Andrea Goodman, Board of Directors
Andrea’s path to philanthropy has long been connected to companies and businesses as drivers for social and community change. Shaping community impact through communications and marketing has interested Andrea for as long as she can remember. She has held public affairs, corporate communications, and public relations roles for some of the most recognized and socially responsible brands in the world, including Reebok and Levi’s. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship, having gotten introduced to it when she was the third employee at Children First; she helped grow this start-up into one of the first and largest networks of corporate backup child care centers in the US. Currently, Andrea is Chief of Staff and Chief Communications Officer for Be The Change, Inc. She lives in Brookline.
Cori Mykoff, Board of Directors
Cori is the Senior Development Officer at The Posse Foundation in Boston. Posse identifies and trains incredible young leaders from urban public high schools and sends them to top colleges in cohorts of 10 (“Posses”) with full-tuition scholarships. At Posse, Cori directs local fundraising through collaboration with volunteer leaders, corporate sponsorships, grants, direct mailings, and fundraising events. Before that, she was the development officer at TERC, a STEM educational research and curriculum development organization. Cori began her career at The Boston Bar Association and Foundation, where she worked with volunteer attorneys to administer over $1 million in legal aid grants annually. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Cori lives in Somerville and is a proud alumna of Emerson College. Her personal heroes include Dorothy Zbornak and Julia Sugarbaker.
Marta E. Pagán-Ortiz, M.S., Board of Directors
Marta has been engaged in philanthropy most of her life, most recently with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. She holds an MS in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University and is currently at UMass Boston working on a PhD in Counseling Psychology. Her interests include the development of health technologies, mental health services in community-based settings, and interventions to reduce disparities in health. At TPC, she has enjoyed leadership roles as a Team Captain on the Grants Review committee, and co-chair of the Young Philanthropist Conference Committee. Originally from Puerto Rico, Marta now lives in East Boston with her husband.
Amy Feind Reeves, M.B.A., Board of Directors
Amy is the Founder and CEO of JobCoachAmy, where she leverages her experience of over 25 years as a hiring manager to help new and experienced professionals find careers that make them happy. Her corporate practice focuses on managing millennials. Amy has enjoyed successful careers as a commercial banker, global management consultant, entrepreneur, corporate executive, and non-profit executive. She graduated cum laude from Wellesley College and earned an MBA at the Tuck School of Dartmouth College.
Her work for TPC has included chairing the Young Philanthropists Committee as well as multiple task force roles including strategic planning, organizational development, and key process redesign. In addition to her work with TPC, Amy will be partnering with a friend in 2016 to deliver a Citizens School course on financial literacy to middle school girls at Orchard Gardens in Boston. She lives in Back Bay with her family; her daughter Mary will be starting seventh grade at BB&N in Fall 2016.
Sharhea Wade, Board of Directors
Sharhea is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She currently works at State Street Corporation as an assistant vice president, Global Treasury Investment Management. She is a part-time student in Boston University’s M.B.A. program, and executive director of the National Black M.B.A. Association in Boston. Sharhea is an alumna of the Posse Foundation and Summer Search Boston. She has won awards from both Posse and the State Street Black Professional Group for her volunteer work and commitment to the organizations. In her spare time, she loves to read and sing until her lungs can’t take the pressure anymore. She is originally from the beautiful, volcanic island of Montserrat, and now resides in Roslindale.
Former Board Members
After earning an M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, Suzanne embarked on a career in international banking. Eleven years later, she moved to Japan, where she worked as a grant director for Refugees International Japan. It was in this capacity that Suzanne traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia and Africa, visiting and working in refugee camps. Suzanne returned to the U.S., went back to school, earned a Masters of Education, and ultimately taught middle school humanities on Boston’s South Shore. During this time, she joined the board of Summer Search Boston, an organization that works with Boston’s low-income high school students to stay in high school, get into college, and succeed in life. Suzanne has been an active member of Summer Search’s board finance committee as the organization has grown from a staff of three to what it is today – one of the city’s leading youth leadership organizations, with a multi-million dollar budget. Suzanne currently chairs the Summer Search Summer Internship committee. She and her husband Leslie Carter live in Hingham.
Ellen S. Cohn, Sc.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Board Member Emeritus
Ellen has devoted her professional career to enabling people living with disability and chronic health conditions to participate fully in their lives and communities. As an occupational therapist, Ellen has worked in various non-profit organizations such as hospitals, schools, summer camps, clinics and community agencies. She is currently a clinical professor and program director for the occupational therapy program at Boston University, Sargent College Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. In this role, she teaches and mentors graduate students to become competent and confident future health care practitioners. Her research and publications focus on the perspectives of children, adolescents and families related to factors that support or inhibit inclusion and access to quality care in school, at home, and in the community. She frequently travels to Ecuador with students to encourage cultural awareness and to learn with and from Ecuadorian colleagues. She serves on the board of the Spiral Foundation and chairs their Institutional Review Board. Ellen and her husband Larry Berkowitz live in Lexington.
Dharma E. Cortés, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Board Member Emeritus
Dharma is a senior research associate at the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at UMass-Boston, an instructor at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, and an adjunct assistant professor at Northeastern University’s Institute on Urban Health Research. For more than twenty years she has been conducting community-based research with Latinos in the U.S, focusing on acculturation, health, mental health, and healthcare quality. Dharma has served on the boards and advisory councils of the Men’s Health Network, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Our Bodies Ourselves, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Big Sisters of Greater Boston, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She recently completed a two-year term as president of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts board. Dharma lives with her husband Rodolfo Vega and their dog Frida in Lynn.
Barbara has diverse program management experience in both for profit and non-profit organizations. Earlier in her life she worked as a Human Resources professional for leading companies in technology, publishing and financial services. This experience lead to her next role as an HR consultant where she specialized in Executive Compensation. Through her numerous volunteer positions she has become passionate about making college accessible and affordable for disadvantaged youth. Currently, she works in Graduate Support at the Epiphany School in Dorchester, providing guidance to students on how to get into and graduate from college. She and her husband, Bernie Lebow, live in Newton and look forward to the time they spend visiting their children who reside in New Orleans.
Linette’s passions include all matters of public health with a particular focus on sexual health education. Linette currently teaches at Wheaton College in addition to maintaining a consulting practice. Most recently, Linette has been training middle school teachers on a Statewide comprehensive sexuality education program which she developed, and she is also working with the Department of Public Health on creating trauma-informed primary prevention for adult GLBTQ communities. Linette currently serves on the boards of several organizations to further her mission in working for social change, including the Mass Promise board, which is a statewide program of Americorps and the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. She has also served on the boards of the Massachusetts Midwives Association, and the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts for three terms, where she has served as President. Linette and her husband Peter Demuth live in Newton where they love to garden.
Catherine West, M.P.A., Board Member Emeritus
Catherine brings over 10 years of experience in philanthropic, government, non-profit, research and business sectors. As the Director of External Research Partnerships for the Center for Health Information and Analysis, an independent state agency, Catherine manages cross-sector partnerships as well as research contracts to address legislative requests. Previously, she worked at Gilead Sciences, Inc. as a Senior Manager in Government Affairs. She managed the operations, finance, legal, and evaluation for HIV FOCUS, a national initiative to change the standard of practice in health care, as well as the national partnership with the NAACP. Prior to joining Gilead, Catherine held multiple roles at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation including serving as a Consultant for the Human Capital Team and Community Health Leaders as well as serving as the Project Director for New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming. Prior to joining the Foundation, Catherine was a Program Coordinator at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, where she oversaw FACES for the Future, a model pipeline program for underrepresented high school students. Catherine also serves on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and the Chica Project and lives in Hyde Park.