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MA State Director and co-founder, FUNTOSALUD International

Maria Moreno (Jamaica Plain) is a Dominican native and has been residing in Boston, MA for the past 20 years.  She is an alumna of the Latino Leadership Opportunity Program at the Gaston Institute for Public Policy and Community Research. Since 2008, she has been the MA State Director and co-founder for FUNTOSALUD International, a non profit organization that organizes humanitarian volunteer led missions to the border towns between the Dominican Republic and Haiti to deliver aid and provide medical attention to the communities in need.

Campaign Specialist

Rebecca Morey Jordan joins Emerge with more than a decade of campaign field experience in Newburyport and Amesbury.  She worked to help elect Lisa Mead, the first woman mayor of Newburyport. She was town coordinator for Governor Patrick’s and President Obama’s historic campaigns, and she served as campaign manager for Mayor Thatcher Kezer’s campaigns in 2007 and 2009. Rebecca was born and raised in the Commonwealth, attending Triton Regional High School in Newbury.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Claritza Abreu is a computer technology professional, an entrepreneurial business woman, a mother of two and an active member of her community. She was born and raised in the Dominican Republic where she received her BS in Computer Systems Engineering from the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology.  After graduation she attended New York University in New York City, graduated with honors and received the certificate in Information System Analyst of NYU.Mrs.

Judy Neufeld is an alumna of the Emerge Massachusetts Class of 2009. Before starting as the Executive Director of Emerge Massachusetts in February 2010, she was the Manager of Recruitment and Community Partnerships at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, the largest and oldest mentoring organization in Greater Boston exclusively serving girls.Over the three years at Big Sister, Judy built relationships with corporations, universities, and community organizations to recruit thousands of women to serve as volunteer mentors to girls.

Charlotte spent three years as a teacher, first at an international school in Khartoum, Sudan and then as an elementary school special education teacher on the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico with Teach For America. Outraged by the inequalities that her students faced, Charlotte began organizing, first around education issues with Stand for Children in Massachusetts and then as deputy field director on Suzanne Lee’s campaign for Boston City Council. Charlotte was a Critical Language Scholar in Arabic with the U.S.

Candidate for Register of Deeds

Mary Olberding (Belchertown) is a life-long champion of Democratic politics.  She most recently worked tenaciously for two years on Dave Sullivan’s successful campaign for District Attorney.  In addition to serving on the Core Leadership Team, she Co-Chaired the Fundraising Committee and served as the Belchertown Town Coordinator where she lives. Mary currently serves her community on the Finance Committee.  She has been a delegate to the State Democratic Convention for the past four years and was a volunteer at the 2008 National Democratic Convention in Denver.


Rev. Linda Parham (Worcester) received her Master of Organizational Communication and B.S in Business Management from Clark University, Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School, Doctor of Ministry in Complex Urban Studies from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary concentrating in urban youth and young adult ministry, and a Certificate in Women Politics and Public Policy from UMass-Boston.

Public School Teacher & Consultant

Sheneal Parker (Boston) has been teaching in the Boston Public School System as a Substitute, Gym, First Grade, and Resource Room Teacher for 9 years. She holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, a Master's of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Public Administration from Suffolk University.  Sheneal currently serves on the Fenway Community Development Corp. Board of Directors, Community Advisory Board for Children's Hospital and Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Natick Town Meeting

Deborah Parritt has been active in her community since moving to Natick ten years ago.  She is currently a member of the Natick Democratic Town Committee and a delegate to the Democratic State Convention.  As a volunteer for political campaigns, Deborah has worked for local selectmen and housing authority candidates. She also worked for candidates on the state level and volunteered for the Martha Coakley campaign for the United States Senate.

Krina currently serves as Senior Associate of Government Affairs on the legal team at athenahealth, where she coordinates all aspects of state and federal lobbying at the growing health information technology company. Prior to that, she served as Director of Legislative and Political Affairs at MassEquality, the leading LGBTQ advocacy organization in the state, where she worked on legislation relative to increasing access to health care for the transgender community.

Denise Perrault was elected this past November as School Committee Member at the Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover, serving four local communities including Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, and North Andover.  Ms. Perrault spent many hours advocating for her son in grammar and high school, becoming very knowledgeable in laws, regulations, special education and the Department of Education.  Her son Joshua, is now attending Northern Essex Community College.Ms.

Thu Pham is a public health professional and grassroots community activist with over 20 years of experience in perinatal care, health education services help to ensure the best possible outcomes for mothers, babies, and their families. As the project coordinator for the Vietnamese Health Program at Mercy Medical Center, she is responsible for facilitating and overseeing the delivery of high standard programs and access to quality preventative health care and health education throughout the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts.

Legislative Aide, State Rep. Koutoujian

Elizabeth Platt: A New York native, Elizabeth moved to Boston in 2007 where she was accepted for admission to the Women in Politics and Public Policy Program at the University of Massachusetts.   During her time with the program, Elizabeth gained an internship in the office of Representative Alice Wolf (D-Cambridge), one of the state’s leading progressive legislators.   For over a year, She has been with Representative Peter Koutoujian (D-Waltham) who is the House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Financial Services.

Jane Rayburn currently works as the Research Director at Fako Research & Strategies, a national public opinion research and political consulting firm. At FR&S, Jane specializes in developing strategy and message for candidates up and down the ballot across the country.  Jane also serves as a Ward 21 committeewoman and on the board of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts

Beatriz Rivera is a mentor, a youth worker, a health educator and a spiritually grounded community leader.  She was born and continues to live in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston.  She is a graduate of Boston Public Schools and holds a B.A. from Pine Manor College in Social and Political Systems. Beatriz grew up as the youngest child in a working class family of eight. Experiencing the struggles many families face in her community and losing numerous friends to violence in her neighborhood, Beatriz committed herself to a life of creating change within herself and her community.

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