Dr. DelRey is a staff psychologist in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She also serves as the Program Manager and Director of School Outreach of The Resilience Project, one of Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s public health initiatives. Dr. DelRey’s professional work has included serving as a Guardian ad Litem and consultant to attorneys working with youth involved with the Juvenile Court, particularly youth with histories of trauma, mental health symptoms, and other special needs.
Nira Mahesh has 20 years of experience in healthcare program management. She is currently a Program Manager for New Business Development at Philips Research where she manages teams working on solutions that improve the accuracy of patient diagnosis and care. She has a Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Liberal Arts from Harvard University Extension School. For the past 6 years, Nira has been an avid volunteer for SPARK – working as a member of our “Kindness Crew”, our Community Engagement Committee, 10th Birthday Committee.
Adiel has been in the education industry for 20+ years and is an experienced Early Childhood Educator with a history of working in education management. She is the current school director of Ashland Early Education. Combining her advocacy and love of technology, she recently contributed to developing an app (BeKind) geared toward supporting kindness + social justice. Adiel has formerly served on the SPARK Kindness Board of Directors and served as Co-Chair of our Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She lives in Ashland, MA, and is a parent to two young men.
Jessica Collins is an attorney who has served as General Counsel of athenahealth since 2017. Prior to her time with athenahealth, Jessica held a number of legal leadership positions, including Vice President, Associate General Counsel at Keurig Green Mountain (now Keurig Dr. Pepper) and as Senior Counsel at Raytheon Company (now Raytheon Technologies). Earlier in her career she was a partner in the Corporate Group at Brown Rudnick LLP, where she concentrated on business and securities law. Jessica received her J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law and her B.A. in English, with Honors, from Bates College. Jessica is also a longtime supporter of SPARK and has participated in a number of our programs. She resides in Natick with her family.
Swati Dave is an educator and a project management consultant with over 25 years of experience in the fields of civil engineering, educational publishing, e-learning, and training. She is the Co-founder and Trustee of “The Institute for the Advancement of Vedic Mathematics”, a global charitable organization registered in the UK. Her explorations of ancient Indian Mathematics rekindled the educator within her and drove her to create awareness of this amazing system on an international platform. She has conducted Vedic Mathematics workshops and training programs for the students and teachers of all grade levels in India, Philippines, South Africa, and the US. She likes working with young minds and strongly believes that the educators and the parents can work together to make math learning fun for all kids. Swati is also the former Chair of the Natick Cultural Council and a current board member of the Natick Center Associates. She resides in Natick with her family.
Susannah Hann is the Director of Health Services for Needham Public Schools. Susannah has extensive experience as a pediatric nurse, previously working as a district Resource Nurse for the Framingham Public Schools, a school nurse at a private school, as well as at Boston Children’s Hospital. Susannah has supported and educated parents in a variety of ways, including as a leader of a former parent organization, MetroWest Mothers & More.
Jean Hoskins joined MutualOne Bank as a personal banker in 2016, rising quickly to Branch Manager at their Lincoln Street office. Jean cares deeply about promoting kindness and community and has already supported SPARK through staffing events and hosting SPARK Committee meetings at Mutual One. A self proclaimed “Mississippi girl,” Jean has visited 37 states — once driving from Massachusetts to Tennessee (a trip of over 1,000 miles) in 19 straight hours!
Dr. Richard Kadison is a Psychiatrist and the former chief of the Mental Health Service at Harvard Health Services. He is also the author of “College of the Overwhelmed: the Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to do About It. ” Dr. Kadison serves on the Active Minds National Student Advisory Committee. Dr. Kadison conducted a program last year for SPARK entitled “Don’t Worry Alone.” He lives and practices in Natick and is the parent of a son now in college.
Michelle Major is an accountant with over 33 years of experience in business and accounting. She currently serves as SPARK’s accountant, and has also served as Board Treasurer. Michelle is the Director of Finance for the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE). She previously was the Chief Financial Officer for Boston Landmarks Orchestra. She has been involved with Girl Scouts for over 28 years as both a girl and an adult.
Becky Moss is an elementary school educator currently providing K-4 library services and instruction. She is committed to promoting inclusion through literature and cultural arts from the youngest ages. Becky is one of the founding members of SPARK and was present at our initial parent meetings before the formal organization even came into existence. She has been a continuing volunteer and supporter for over 10 years. She was also a longtime co-leader of SPARK’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and brings a spirit of welcome and acceptance to all that she does.
Bethany Shaw is a graphic designer, artist, kindness activist, and owner of Bethany Schlegel Art + Design. Bethany is the co-leader of the Sudbury Art Association. As a kindness activist, Bethany co-moderates the Sudbury Doing Good Facebook page and has created a kindness campaign through social media and free postcards called “You Make the World a Better Place.” Bethany also supports a number of other non-profits with her art including Protect Sudbury and the Sudbury Foundation. Bethany is a recent graduate of (Class of 2020) Leadership MetroWest. She lives in Sudbury with her husband and two daughters.
Chris Minidis is an experienced software designer who joined SPARK’s Board in 2017. He is a Senior Manager of Pharmacy UX Strategy & Design at CVS Health. Chris has also been the developer and volunteer co-leader of SPARK’s “Single Dad’s Resilient Parent Support Group: Navigating New Challenges for You and Your Child.” This group was created to be a vital support for single and divorced dads.