Our Board of Directors

Kaia Miller Goldstein

Chair, Board of Directors

Interim Treasurer, Board of Directors

Kaia Miller is an international economic development consultant and the founder of Aslan Global Inc., a Boston-based consultancy advising governments on economic development. She has advised leaders in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East at the sub-national, national and regional levels on issues related to competitiveness and economic development. She is an associate at Professor Michael E. Porter’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard and a member of Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s Presidential Advisory Council.  Kaia serves on the board of the Advent School in Boston, the Maranyundo Education Initiative for Rwanda, the Advisory Council for the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown, the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center at MIT, the WBUR Environmental Committee, the New England Board for the US Fund for UNICEF, and the UNICEF International Council. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Brown University and her M.Sc. in Foreign Service from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown.


Lani Cooper 

Vice Chair, Board of Directors

Lani Cooper has been involved with the Maranyundo Initiative since its establishment. With over 15 years of business development and marketing experience, Lani has worked as a market and strategic research consultant for a healthcare consulting firm since 2005. Lani was previously the Manager of Business Development and Marketing at VNA of Care New England, where she was responsible for all aspects of business planning, new program design and implementation and physician relations. She previously held product and process management positions at several major healthcare organizations including Providence Health System and Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Georgetown Hospital in DC and Children’s Hospital in Boston. Lani holds an MBA from University of Washington and a BA from Hamilton College.


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Post-Secondary Chair, Board of Directors

Daphne Petri has been on the Maranyundo Initiative Board since 2011 and served her tenure as Chair from 2014 to 2019. 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.


Meredith Hanrahan

Secretary, Board of Directors

Chair, Governance Committee

Meredith Hanrahan 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.


Susan Ahern

Susan is Director of Alumni and Parent Programs at UMass Medical School Development Office. She has also worked at Tufts University in their Dental Alumni Relations Department, and in the Sales and Marketing Department at Wellesley College. She previously was an Events Planner and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business from Skidmore College.

Susan learned about Maranyundo from her sister and Board member, Julia Samton and Lani Cooper. She attended the Luncheon last year and was so moved and excited by what she heard that she joined the Development Committee. She has a daughter in high school and felt that she would be happy investing her time on the Board as her way of giving back.

Her background is in marketing and development and she would be happy doing Alumni and donor outreach as well. She currently manages 3 alumnae boards and understands the challenges of follow through and managing committees. Susan hopes to visit the school in October 2020!




Linda Beardsley

Chair, Education Committee

Linda Beardsley 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.


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Kimberly Fay Boucher

Interim Chair, Development Committee

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.


Isabelle Byusa

Isabelle has a long history of being connected and involved with the Maranyundo Initiative. She is the daughter of board member, Kathy Kantengwa and went to Westover High School in Connecticut where Founder Anna Pollina was the Head of the school and took her under her wing when she came to the US from Rwanda.

Isabelle currently works for Wheaton College where she runs their high school summer programs. She has also worked at Babson College creating education materials related to entrepreneurship. Previously, she was the Country Director in Rwanda of IDEA where she focused on developing youth entrepreneurial leadership programs.

Isabelle holds a Master’s in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education ‘17 and a B.S in Business Administration from Babson College ’13 and is excited to get involved with MI to support outreach to alumni.


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Leanne Chase

Leanne Chase is the Director of Operations for GateHouse Media where she works on strategic marketing and product initiatives. Prior to GateHouse, Leanne spent 15 years working with clients to improve their  marketing and communications. She started her career in television production where she produced Boston Red Sox baseball games, Boston Celtics basketball games, college hockey games and was awarded a primetime Emmy Award for producing the Opening & Closing Ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympic games. She holds a BS in Journalism from Suffolk University and an MS in Marketing Communications from Boston University and lives in Boston with her husband and teenage daughter.


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Joyce K. Fletcher

Chair, Maranyundo Sustainers

Joyce K. Fletcher is Distinguished Research Scholar (emerita) at the Center for Gender in Organizations, Simmons University.  In her research 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 a former Chair of the Maranyundo Board of Directors and serves on several committees including the Education Committee and the Development Committee.


Sister Ann Fox

Sister Ann Fox

Sister Ann Fox 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.


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Kathy Kantengwa, MD

Chair, In-Country Partnership Committee

Kathy Kantengwa has held senior-level technical and management positions as a professional planner and manager for public health programs for over 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.


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Patricia Ribakoff

Patricia (Patty) Ribakoff 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.


Julia Samton, MD

Julia Samton MD has served on the Maranyundo board since 2018. She is a board certified Neurologist and Psychiatrist in private practice in New York City. She is affiliated with New York Hopsital Weill Cornell Medical Center, and is the founder of Manhattan Neuropsychiatric PC as well as cofounder of The Midtown Practice in Manhattan. She has expertise in the treatment of anxiety, depression,and post traumatic disorders and the impact of these diagnoses on affect, behavior and emotion at the indivdual and community level.



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Deborah Scarff

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.