BARCC's board of directors provides governance and fiscal oversight. Board members are recruited from the community and bring a range of skills and experience to their leadership role. Board meetings are held eight times per year.
Beth Molnar, President
Beth Molnar is a social and psychiatric epidemiologist and associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. She has served on the BARCC Board of Directors since 2007 and is currently board president. "I was fortunate to volunteer in the medical advocacy program for many years prior to joining the board,” she says. “BARCC has shaped my life in innumerable ways, and I am so proud to be president of the board and in awe of all barcc accomplishes for survivors, families and communities.”
Beth’s research at Northeastern focuses on the way that trauma and violence affects child survivors and first responders, as well as the social context of high-risk behaviors among adolescents. Beth is currently leading projects related to vicarious trauma, strategies to prevent emotional and behavioral disorders among children, middle school dating violence prevention, and the role of justice in healing from sexual violence. Prior to working at Northeastern, Beth was an associate professor of human development and health at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she cofounded the Boston Data Project at the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center.
Kate Murtagh, Vice President
Kate Murtagh has been a longtime supporter of BARCC and was honored to join the board and its Governance Committee in 2014. She has been practicing law in Boston since 1990, first in the Corporate Law Department of Goodwin Procter and currently as the head of legal and compliance for the Harvard endowment at Harvard Management Company. She has served on the board of the Center for Women and Enterprise, where she was involved in both the Springboard and WBENC initiatives helping women gain economic self-sufficiency. Kate says, “Supporting BARCC is important to me because of our mission―ending sexual violence through advocacy and social change. My favorite aspect of being part of BARCC is working with great colleagues on our board and staff to make a difference in our community.”
April Evans, Treasurer
April Evans has been a BARCC supporter and contributor for many years and joined the board in 2015 after serving as a pro-bono consultant to BARCC’s executive director Gina Scaramella in 2014. As partner and chief financial officer at the private equity firm Monitor Clipper Partners, April brings considerable experience to BARCC’s Finance Committee. Her advocacy in the Boston community extends to memberships on the boards of the Women’s Association of Venture and Equity, the Simmons College Board of Trustees, the Simmons College School of Management Business Advisory Council, and the Massachusetts chapter of the ACLU. Says April: “I am proud to be able to do something, small as it may be, to support survivors as they find ways to heal and move forward with their lives despite the traumas they have, and do still, experience.”
Edward Reiss, Clerk
Ed Reiss has been a part of BARCC since 2003, beginning with over 10 years of service on the Champions for Change Gala Committee before transitioning onto the board in 2011. A real estate professional for over 40 years, he has worked in corporate real estate for Harvard and Trammel Crow and asset management for AEW Capital Management and RREEF Property Trust. He brings that valuable experience to the BARCC Finance Committee. Ed says, “I believe to be a complete human being we need to give back in some meaningful way. Working with BARCC has provided this opportunity for me. The work is important and the people with whom I’ve been associated are committed and focused.”
Toyin Ajayi joined the board in 2012 and chairs its Governance Committee. An avid distance runner, Toyin has run half marathons to fundraise for BARCC. Toyin is a primary care physician with expertise in health systems strengthening and complex care delivery. She oversees innovative clinical models to care for low-income populations with physical, behavioral health, and social needs. “I’m committed to BARCC's mission, its role within the community, and the need it seeks to fill in providing both services for survivors and seeking to find ways to prevent violence and engage individuals in making change,” says Toyin. “I enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with so many smart, gifted and passionate people toward a common goal.”
Laura Brelsford joined the BARCC Board of Directors in 2014, but has been working with the organization since 2012 as the MBTA representative to the MASS (Movement for Access, Safety, and Survivors) Collaboration, a project to empower survivors of sexual violence with disabilities. As the Assistant General Manager for System-Wide Accessibility at the MBTA, Laura oversees initiatives to make the MBTA more accessible for all customers. She was honored in 2015 with the Marie Felton Award from the Boston Center for Independent Living for her work. “Supporting BARCC is important to me because the statistics regarding sexual assault and people with disabilities are daunting, and we must counter them collectively,” Laura says. “My favorite part of BARCC is simply the people—BARCC's staff and volunteers demonstrate a commitment to offering empowering and inclusive services every day."
Stephanie Brown has been a part of the BARCC family since 1995. She has served as a volunteer advocate (before the medical advocacy program), a medical advocate, and a medical advocacy supervisor. She joined the board of directors in 2003. Stephanie is the CEO of Casa Myrna, an organization working to end domestic violence. “I found BARCC when I first moved to Boston from Florida in 1994. I was looking for a community of like-minded feminist activists and found them at BARCC! BARCC has given me the opportunity to work toward ending sexual assault while allowing me to learn skills, mature, and be part of an evolving organization,” says Stephanie. “I’m so proud of the work BARCC does. Because it is such a respected organization that makes a significant impact on our community, it is an honor to tell people that I was a volunteer and serve on the board.”
Duane de Four
Duane de Four has served on our board of directors since 2014. Duane is a sexual assault and dating violence prevention educator with two decades of experience. In 2011, he was one of six subject matter experts selected to train Air Force Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) to deliver a groundbreaking Bystander Intervention curriculum to more than 600,000 Air Force personnel serving around the world. Duane and his colleagues at MIT’s Office of Violence Prevention and Response (VPR), where he is the senior prevention specialist, have won numerous awards and recognition for their work to address sexual assault and dating violence on campus. “BARCC is a strong organization that does critical work in the Boston area,” says Duane. “After 20 years in this field I know the important role an organization like BARCC plays. I'm happy to support such a well-run organization with a great reputation.”
Lynn Eikenberry began volunteering for BARCC in 2012 doing social marketing research. She then spent two years as a hotline volunteer and later joined the board of directors in 2016. Lynn has a professional background in journalism and social marketing, having spent the last decade engaged in pro-bono communications and development work for small nonprofits in the Merrimack Valley. Lynn has also served as a board member for A Better Chance of Andover for over 13 years. As a certified TIMbo facilitator, Lynn works with YogaHOPE to deliver a curriculum of trauma-informed mind-body practices to women who are healing from trauma. As a survivor of sexual violence, Lynn strongly supports BARCC’s survivor-centric approach and steadfast commitment healing. She says, “One of the most crucial and effective ways in which BARCC fosters social change is through ensuring that survivors heal fully. At BARCC, supporting survivors is the work of social change.”
Shavonne J. Moore is a licensed psychologist and health-care provider who has been part of the BARCC community for three years and joined board of directors in 2016. Outside of BARCC, Shavonne develops curricula on sexual and interpersonal trauma with the Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute and is the founder and director of Shatter the Silence, a sexual violence prevention task force. Shavonne also provides clinical services at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, where she specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma and mental illness. Shavonne, who received her PhD in counseling psychology from Purdue University, was the 2014 recipient of the APA Early Career Achievement Award, which recognized her clinical, community, and professional contributions to leadership, education, and advocacy. According to Shavonne, “Supporting BARCC is important because I believe in what BARCC stands for. I stand with BARCC because BARCC stands with survivors.”
Laura Nielsen has served at BARCC in a variety of ways, first as an intern in graduate school, then as a counselor and hotline coordinator. She joined the board of directors in 2015. After five years doing crisis and trauma counseling, Laura returned to school to study nutrition counseling. “I believe that the work BARCC does is extremely important to our communities and have seen that the safe, accepting space and services it provides for its clients is invaluable and changes lives,” Laura says. “I love being able to continue to support and be involved with the amazing, dedicated, selfless group of people that make up BARCC's staff and volunteers.”
Cliff Pollan is a technology-oriented entrepreneur who joined the BARCC Board of Directors in 2017. He also serves as the CEO of Sococo, a technology startup. He first became involved with the BARCC community by attending the annual Champions for Change Gala. According to Cliff, he feels deeply touched by the experiences of friends and family members who have survived sexual violence and motivated to help BARCC continue to provide no-cost services and support to survivors. Says Cliff, “My favorite aspect of BARCC is the amazing staff, along with the strong, passionate culture. It is truly unmatched and makes BARCC the most amazing organization I have ever been part of.”
Leslie Zients Pucker
Leslie Zients Pucker, a BARCC board member since 2016, is a clinical social worker with experience in adult and child inpatient medical work. While raising her daughters, Leslie volunteered at her children's K–8 school (the Rashi School) with a focus on the social justice curriculum and programming. She chaired the board at Families First, a nonprofit focused on parenting education for underserved families in the Boston area. She currently serves on the board of Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JF&CS). Leslie also volunteers at JF&CS as a visiting mom providing weekly home visits to new mothers to support them as they adjust to motherhood and cofacilitates a new parents support group. She served as the cochair for Combined Jewish Philanthropy’s Haifa-based program, Parents at the Center, and is currently the cochair of the Boston-Haifa Connection, which includes several programs based in Haifa. Leslie lives in Newton, MA, with her husband, two daughters, and dog.
Craig Stelmach is a seasoned technology company executive and attorney with a passion for social justice who has served on the board of directors since 2015. He first became involved with BARCC through the Walk for Change and Champions for Change Gala. Outside of BARCC, Craig is the vice president of business development and general counsel for a software company. Says Craig: “I care strongly about social justice issues, and I believe that all individuals have a right to live their lives free from harassment of any kind. BARCC addresses very difficult issues, and we do it with compassion, support, and respect.”
Karen Kupferberg, President Emeritus
Biographical information to come.