Non-Profit Leadership

First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Arlington

Parish Committee Chair, February 2020 – February 2022

  • Led the church through the Pandemic
  • Presided over decisions including
o When to close the building
o Move to online zoom worship and meetings
o Major building renovations such as improving air flow
o Guidance on returning with vaccination and mask requirements
  • Managed the budget under uncertainty and application of and forgiveness of PPP loan
  • Parish Committee Vice Chair, February 2018 – February 2020

Stewardship Committee, Co-Chair, 2022-present

  • Leading the annual fundraising campaign to raise funds from members to operate First Parish.  Fundraising goal for this year is $710,000.
  • Define strategy, manage events and volunteer “stewards”

Parish Committee, 2017 – present

  • Policy board for First Parish, is the governing board of First Parish and is responsible for providing leadership and vision, creating policies, and managing the affairs of First Parish in service to its mission
  • Manages budget of ~1M
  • Creates and manages policies for church congregation of over 400 members

Religious Education (RE), RE Chair, 2013 – 2016

  • Committee Member, 2008 – 2016
  • Support RE director to enlist an all volunteer staff for Sunday Morning RE classes and evening programs for middle and high school students
  • The RE program had an average of 150 children preschool – 6th grade, 40 in middle school program, and 50 in the high school Youth Group.

AVIOS (Advanced Voice Input Output Society)

President, February 2020 – Present
Treasurer, September 2018 – February 2020
Board Member, 2014- present
  • The Applied Voice Input Output Society (AVIOS) is a not-for-profit industry organization founded in 1981 with the goals of informing, educating, and providing resources to developers and designers of new and changing speech and natural language technologies. AVIOS endeavors to create linkages between users, developers, and researchers to advance speech and multimodal technology with a long tradition of conferences and varied workshops around the country.
  • The central activity is to sponsor the annual conference, Conversational Interactions. (https://www.conversationalinteraction.com)
  • Led the board through decisions and whether and how to hold our annual conference
  • Helped in the pivot to on on-line conference in 2021

Arlington Education Foundation (AEF)

Board member, 2008 – 2015
• Raise funds
• Review grant proposals from teachers, selecting
AEF “Bridge the Gap” fundraising campaign, Chair, April – June 2010
• Raise $600,000 in response to a significant deficit in the school budget
• Funds raised restored teachers in music, art, library, world languages at all levels, elementary – high school
AEF Technology Initiative fundraising campaign, Chair, 2014-15
• Raised $106,000 for HS Mobile workstations, HS Digital arts imaging studio, MS computer science and engineering lab

Arlington Town Elections

Campaign Manager for Annie LaCourt for Selectperson, 2005 and 2008
• Managed successful campaign in town-wide elections, including strategy, voter ID, fund raising, publicity, GOTV
Campaign Manager for Cindy Stark for School Committee, 2009 and 2012
• Managed successful campaign in town-wide elections, including strategy, voter ID, fund raising, publicity, GOTV
Campaign Manager for Julie Dunn for Treasurer, 2014
• Managed close, but unsuccessful campaign in town-wide elections to unseat a long-term incumbent, including strategy, voter ID, fund raising, publicity, GOTV
Precinct Captain, Tax override, 2011 and 2016
• Managed precinct level activities, including recruiting and managing volunteers, coordinating publicity, voter ID and GOTV