Daphne Petri, Chair
Daphne Petri has been on the MI Board since 2011 and has been Chair since 2014. Daphne is the Principal of Daphne Petri Architects, and in addition to MI serves on the Board of Directors of Gardens for Health International and on the National Advisory Board for the Union of Concerned Scientists. She is on the Advisory Committee for Jewish Family and Children’s Service Center for Early Relationship Support and has been a longtime Volunteer with the Visiting Moms Program at JFCS. BA Kirkland/Hamilton College ’72, Master of Architecture MIT ’76. Daphne lives in Massachusetts and is married with two grown daughters who live in San Francisco. She thrives on an active life of service at home and abroad and fun with family and friends.
Maureen L. Ruettgers, Vice-Chair
Maureen is Trustee Emeritus, WGBH Educational Foundation and past Board Vice-Chair. Trustee, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Past Chair of Women Waging Peace. Founding member of Hestia Fund, women’s philanthropic initiative in Boston area. Herbal Lecturer. Graduate of Wittenberg University. Maureen is an avid gardener and spends much of her time with her green thumbs in the dirt at the Gardens at the Clock Barn in Carlisle
Meredith Hanrahan, Board Secretary
is the SVP/GM of Ecommerce and SMB at Monster Worldwide. She is a seasoned general manager with 25+ years of experience. Recently, she co-founded Vivoom, a mobile video app and platform that won MITX’s 2015 Most Innovative Ad Platform and Best Mobile Campaign. As an experienced Chief Marketing Officer for 10+ years she has led cross-functional teams for leading digital and consumer brand companies such as Lycos (for which she received a Forbes Best of Web Award). Prior to this, she led brand management teams at General Mills, Lindt Chocolate, Heublein (now Diego), and Miller Lite. She is a mentor at the Harvard i-Lab, serves on the MIT Enterprise Forum’s Innovation Series Board and served on the advisory board for Chitika, Inc.. She also served on a marketing advisory board for an educational non-profit in Atlanta that helped high school dropouts graduate via an alternative school model. Prior to this, she was a strategy consultant with KPMG and McKinsey & Co. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of New Hampshire.
Kaia Miller Goldstein, Treasurer
Kaia is founder of Aslan Global, Inc., a Boston-based consulting firm advising private and public sector organizations in developing economies on competitiveness and economic development. She worked with the Cambridge-based consulting firm Monitor Group as a leader in its Country Competitiveness Practice and co-founded the spin-out the OTF Group before founding Aslan Global, Inc. in 2001. Ms. Miller has advised public and private sector leaders in
Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East on issues related to competitiveness and economic development. She has worked with entrepreneurs in dozens of industries to develop export strategies and global business networks and with their government partners. She has examined the government and private sector roles in building competitiveness, as well as the role of a country’s emigrant network. She has worked at the sub-national, national and regional levels on defining, building support for, and implementing long-term visions and strategies for creating prosperity. Ms. Miller currently serves on the President of Rwanda’s Advisory Council, supporting the implementation of Rwanda’s long-term vision, and is an Associate at Harvard’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness led by Professor Michael E. Porter. Ms. Miller chairs the New England Board for the US Fund for UNICEF. She is a member of the Leadership Council for the Public Service Center at MIT and the Advisory Board for the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown, and serves on the boards of the Advent School and the Maranyundo Education Initiative for girls in Rwanda. Ms. Miller received her B.A. in International Relations from Brown University and her M.Sc. in International Relations from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown.
Linda V. Beardsley
Linda is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Student Teaching and School Partnerships at Tufts University. Chair of Maranyundo Initiative Education Committee. Founding Board Member of EdVestors Philanthropic Fund. Principal Investigator for Noyce/NSF funded Math and Science Teacher Training Collaborative. Graduate of Simmons College and Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Linda’s career in education has been marked by her commitment to inclusion and ensuring that all students have access to challenging and meaningful curriculum. Her teaching experiences have convinced her that all issues in education can be resolved if the student is placed at the center of the discussions. She played a key role in implementing the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, and the inclusive vision of that legislation. She became Administrator of Instruction and Curriculum Services and State Bilingual Director in 1994. Linda’s research interests include developing effective partnerships between higher education and public schools, training teachers to teach in urban settings, integrating technology into classroom teaching.
Kimberly Fay Boucher
Kimberly Fay Boucher is currently the Director of Marketing for Radio Transceiver Technology with Analog Devices, Inc., a global high tech company. Her work as a general manager spans 20 years in consumer products, B2B technology marketing, product strategy and non-profit consulting/management. She served as the Chairman of the Board of Athletes Serving the Community (ASC), a non-profit community service organization with over 700 high school student members in Newton, MA for the past two years and as President from 2011-2014. Prior to this, she was a consultant to the non-profit sector to clients such as Jericho Road, Boston Partners in Education, Root Capital, and RTI International. She was the Vice President of Ecommerce at Lycos, Inc. responsible for all ecommerce focused internet sites totaling $30million in revenue and managing 65 employees. She holds a BS in Management Industrial Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jen was the former Executive Director of the Maranyundo Initiative where she helped build and launch the Maranyundo School for girls in Nyamata, Rwanda. She is currently the Executive Director of Primary Source, an organization that advances global education in the K-12 system by providing professional development and strategic support to schools throughout the United States. Prior to Primary Source, Jen was the Chief Growth Officer for The One World Network of Schools, an organization that supports high quality school growth throughout the world. Domestically, Jen was formerly the Managing Director of Strategic Growth and Development at Excel Academy Charter Schools in Boston. Jen holds an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Candace B. Carr
Candy is trustee and deacon of West Concord Union Church. She is a trustee of Concord Museum, chair of the Guild of Volunteers and a board member. She is board chair and member of the Concord Recreation Commission. She serves as PTG President for the Willard School. She also volunteers with Concord Public Schools, Concord Museum and West Concord Union Church. She us a graduate of Connecticut College, with a BA in Asian History.
Jeanne is a member of the Fundraising Committee and is particularly involved in our Book Drive efforts. She was formerly the New England Walk Manager for the Crohns and Colitis Foundation and the Regional Development Manager of the Nephcure Foundation, and the Senior Medical Sales Representative of the Wyeth/Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company. She has a B.A from the University of Massachusetts and Association of American Fundraising Professionals Certificate.
Joyce K. Fletcher
Joyce K. Fletcher is Professor of Management at the Center for Gender in Organizations, Simmons Graduate School of Management, and Co-director of Working Connections Project, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Stone Center, Wellesley College. She uses relational theory to study a wide range of workplace issues including leadership, organizational learning and gender dynamics. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on the topic of women, power and leadership and is the co-author of a widely read Harvard Business Review article entitled: A Modest Manifesto for Shattering the Glass Ceiling. She is author of Disappearing Acts: Gender, Power and Relational Practice at Work (MIT Press), a book that explores the subtle dynamics that often disappear women’s leadership behavior at work and co-author of Beyond Work Family Balance: Advancing Gender Equity and Workplace Performance (Jossey Bass), a book about how to lead organizational change efforts to achieve the dual outcomes of equity and effectiveness. She is the past Chair of the Board of Directors and serves on several committees including the Education, Communications, and Fundraising Committees.
Sister Ann Fox
Sister Ann co-founded the Paraclete Foundation in South Boston in 1998 to provide educational enrichment opportunities to South Boston youth. She is the founder of the Maranyundo Girls School. Prior to founding the Paraclete Foundation, Sister Ann was the Director of the South Boston Neighborhood House. In the early 1970s Sister Ann created one of the earliest education training programs for welfare mothers in the Bromley Heath housing development. Early in her career she worked as a social worker in New York City and Baltimore. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Fordham University School of Social Work. She was consecrated in 1974 by Humberto Cardinal Medeiros for the Archdiocese of Boston. She is a founding member of the Women Waging Peace Initiative.
For much of her career, Kathy held senior-level technical and management positions as a professional planner and manager for public health programs for more than 25 years. Her work has focused in areas of health systems strengthening for the delivery of a high-quality package of basic health services including public policy design, HRH planning and development, health financing governance, integrated community health services (HIV, Malaria, TB, FP/RH, Mother and Child wellness); and the use of technology for universal health access. She is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland providing technical support to the Global Fund teams in charge of political and civil society advocacy for increased domestic funding for health and also collaborate to improve the engagement and participation of African constituencies to the Global fund Board. Kathy is very passionate about empowering girls through education for development, she is an active member of the Forum for African Women Educationalists, Rwanda chapter.Kathy Kantengwa earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and her Master of Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She speaks fluent English, French, Kinyarwanda, Lingala and Swahili.
Patricia F. Ribakoff
Patty has focused her energies as an active leader of many organizations throughout Boston as a Trustee and Chair of several major development campaigns for the past 20 years. Patty served as a Trustee of Massachusetts General Hospital and Co-Chair of their philanthropy program for the past decade. During that time she co-chaired the successful Campaign for the Third Century of Medicine raising $1.7 billion. She currently serves as Chair of the Mass General Board of Trustees Committee on Community Health as well as Chair of the campaign for this aspect of the hospital’s mission. She serves on the MGH President’s Council, the Advisory Board for Mass General Hospital for Children and the Psychiatry Leadership Council. In 2006, she co-chaired the Annual Campaign for the Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
Patty also serves as a Trustee of Smith College and The Vincent Memorial Hospital. She is a member of the Board of UNICEF, The Maranyundo School for Girls in Rwanda, Project Healthy Children and serves as a Director of Automotive Management, Inc. Prior to her work in the non-profit arena, Patty was a senior vice president of Technimetrics, Inc., an information services company providing marketing strategy to large corporations. Patty holds a B.A. in Government from Smith College.
Deborah Scarff trained to become an X-ray technician, working in several hospitals in Boston, and later relocating to work in Honolulu Hawaii. While in Hawaii, she developed an interest in photography and decided to combine that interest with her X-ray career by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Photographic Communications at the Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduation she worked at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary before starting her own business, “The Better Light,” which specialized in both medical imaging and high-quality commercial and architectural photography. She was commissioned by the Episcopal Cathedral in Boston to create and exhibit a one-person photographic experience called “God’s Light in Holy Places.” The exhibit was later expanded into a published book of environmental portraits of Episcopal priests, entitled Lifestyles of the Spiritually Rich and Famous.
After a 30-year career, she recently “retired” in order to more fully concentrate on her interests in helping women and enhancing women’s rights and education, especially through international outreach opportunities. She was introduced to the Maranyundo Girls School through Trinity Episcopal Church Concord in 2011 and joined the Maranyundo Initiative board in 2016.