Christine Fortune Guthery is an attorney and a mother of 3 children. She has had a life-long interest in promoting social justice and inclusion. After earning her law degree, she worked briefly as a civil litigator and then for the Circuit Executive’s Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals on a study of Gender and Racial bias in the courts. In 2010, though none of her three children had been bullied, Christine saw a need for parents and schools to work together to support a positive school culture. By 2011, this movement had expanded beyond parents and schools to the whole community.
Christine Fortune Guthery
Founder & Executive Director
Michele Marotta has found a professional home in the nonprofit sector for about half of her life. During that time, she has had an opportunity to work with small and medium sized nonprofits, and newly emerging organizations with strong vision, lots of passion, and a need for structure and systems. Over the past 20 years, she’s worked in all areas of organizational development, with a particular focus on capacity building through individual giving and events driven fundraising, sponsorship and grant cultivation, and strategic planning. Michele also works closely with our community partners and has a passion and talent for organizing inclusive (and fun) events.
Associate Executive Director
Laura McCarthy, M.A. runs two popular monthly programs for parents of elementary aged children on “Tools for Resilience and Well Being.” Laura has a master’s degree in Childhood Development and is a Natick parent and experienced parent educator. This monthly program provides an opportunity to explore topics addressed in SPARK programming (resilience, empathy, stress reduction) while making connections with other parents. FREE Childcare and lunch/dinner provided.
SPARK Small Group Program Leader
Leah Parker-Moldover helps facilitate the logistics of SPARK’s many programs, events and meetings, among many things. Leah is also the Program Coordinator of Natick SEPAC (Special Education Parents Advisory Council). Leah has also run a group for parents of students with special needs and served as President of the Brown School PTO. She is also a certified Zumba instructor.
Kristy Showstead acts as the point person for the SPARK Network, which are “connected organizations throughout the Commonwealth that work together at the grassroots level to support kindness, resilience and inclusion.” Kristy also oversees the planning of Kindness Week as well as SPARK’s “Kindness Crew.” She also currently works as the Outreach and Community Manager for the Gifford School.
SPARK Network Coordinator
Meet the Board
Lori Davis is a longtime leader in early childhood education and the Senior Program Director of the Tobin Children’s School in Natick. She is also the Board of TECPA, The Early Childhood Professional Association, which conducts a program series for early childhood educators.
Karen Fossett has extensive background as a parent program leader and in leading community efforts to support young people and families. She has extensive experience in leadership at SPARK, also serving as Board Treasurer and Program Leader. She also has a passion for youth sports, and teaches tennis to young people.
Dr. DelRey is a psychologist who consults with schools, parents and others regarding children with special educational, emotional, and social needs. Dr. DelRey also serves as a Guardian ad Litem and consults to attorneys working with youth involved with the Juvenile Court, particularly youth with histories of trauma, mental health symptoms, and other special needs.
Becky Moss is an elementary school librarian who is committed to promoting inclusion through literature and cultural arts from the youngest ages. She is 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.
Rebecca "Becky" Moss
Dr. Kristen Aberle is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in working with children, adolescents and families. She has provided services in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, schools, and community health clinics. She is also an avid runner and ran the Boston Marathon to support SPARK.
Kristen Aberle, PsyD
Amanda Elkin is the Program Director of Family Promise MetroWest, a nonprofit based in Natick providing homeless families with shelter, education and comprehensive support. In addition to the Board, Amanda has served on SPARK’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, bringing the perspective of economic diversity to our work.
Adiel Gutierrez has an extensive background early childhood eduction and now serves as a preschool Program Director. A longtime lead teacher, her background is in special education and teaching. Adiel has served on SPARK’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and brings a passion for promoting acceptance for all children and families.
Susannah Hann is a school nurse with the Framingham Public Schools. Susannah has extensive experience as a pediatric nurse, previously working as 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.
Susannah Hann, R.N.
Jean Hoskins is a Branch Member of the Lincoln Street Office of MutualOne Bank, located in Framingham. A leader in the community, Jean was recently promoted to Branch Manger II. Regarding her SPARK Board service, Jean states, “I am excited to be part of this board as they do so much in the community to bridge gaps and bring awareness to current issues that affect our community.”
Scott Kleekamp is an attorney with a background in litigation. He currently works as the Principal and Founder of SK Sawyer, Design Build firm. Scott also has a background working in fundraising as a Campaign Planning Specialist. Drawing on all of his various experience, Scott serves on the Programming, Community Engagement and Governance Committees for SPARK.
Michelle Major is an accountant with over 27 years of experience in business and accounting. She currently serves as SPARK’s accountant, and has also served as Board Treasurer. Michele currently works as an accountant at a law firm, as well as for the Landmarks Orchestra, where she served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Boston Landmarks Orchestra since 2011. She has also volunteered with Girl Scouts for over 22 years as both a girl and an adult.
Board Member, Accountant
Ellen Mangano is a pediatric registered nurse working in the cardiology department at Boston Children’s Hospital. Ellen is longtime volunteer for SPARK, as well as for numerous organization that serve families and schools, such at PTO, School Council and more. In her service to SPARK, she has contributed to virtually every committee with a passion for inclusivity and parent-school collaboration.
Chris Minidis is an experienced software designer who joined SPARK’s Board in 2017. Chris is also 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 is co-facilitated by Jon Mattleman, a trained counselor, and is a free and vital support for single and divorce dads.
Board Member, Volunteer Program Leader
Sunny Stich is a fund development professional with extensive experience in the non profit realm. Sunny also actively trains non profit teams and board members on grant writing, fundraising and strategy. She has a passion or promoting resilience and kindness in youth and communities.
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