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.
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.
Vakula Daruri is a Software Architect by profession and a creative artist by passion. Her interests have always been inclined towards education and society, including girls’ education and volunteering her talents around kids’ social and emotional behavior. Vakula also serves as the core team member and VP of languages at Shishubharati (school of Indian culture and languages) in Walpole. Vakula immigrated from India to the United States twelve years ago, and is a current resident of Mansfield. She is the proud parent of a freshman in high school. Vakula has been a long time SPARK Team member, and her guiding mantra is “For truth to be heard, it must be spoken with kindness. Truth is kind only when it is spoken through your heart with sincerity.”
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.
Rachel Fortune, MD, is an expert in the treatment of eating disorders, menstrual irregularities, and mental health disorders, as well as Adolescent Medicine. After completion of her fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Fortune spent two years caring for adolescent patients at Yale University School of Medicine/Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Fortune is an expert in the medical management of eating disorders, is board certified in both Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and has committed her professional career to advancing the field of eating disorders. Dr. Fortune currently lives in Natick and played a significant role leading SPARK’s (first) program in 2022 on Disordered Eating. In her spare time, she is a busy mom to two daughters and a large goofy dog. Dr. Fortune enjoys spending time with family and friends and singing at/attending country music concerts.
Monica a the Chief Architect and Co-founder of A1 Real Estate Solutions (A1RE), a Boston-based design and real estate development firm. She serves as leader of a team that provides comprehensive services conveying all aspects of architectural design & build. Monica is also a Design Studio Instructor at Boston Architectural College.
Monica is a Board Member of the English Learner/Bilingual Advisory Council (ELBAC) of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, for the 2021-2024 period. She is the former (and inaugural) Chair of Natick ELPAC (English Learners Parents Advisory Council). In that role, she has collaborated closely with SPARK over the past years. Born in Venezuela, Monica was sworn in as a US citizen in September 2022. She is passionate about inclusion and language equity for all. Monica currently lives in Needham with her husband and four school-aged children.
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.
Elizabeth is a long time SPARK volunteer. She grew up in Burlington, VT and graduated from UVM where both of her parents taught. Elizabeth worked in banking and then as an underwriter for two large insurance companies in NY and Boston before moving to risk management consulting 21 years ago. She currently works for a firm in Needham and is former Natick Town Meeting member. She states that she currently wishes to”redeploy my limited time/energy for volunteer pursuits into something more directly connected with helping others, namely SPARK for which the need has grown exponentially!” Elizabeth is married to Jose and mom of two teen boys (Charlie, 15 & Henry, 18) both at Natick High School.
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.
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.
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.
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.