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Brookline Library Trustee

Kristen Uekermann (Brookline) is a community leader in Boston focused on supporting and encouraging women’s leadership in politics and business. Kristen is currently that Department Administrator for the Department of Developmental Biology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Previously, she was a skilled project manager in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University by day.  She is engaged with Boston’s political and social entrepreneurship startup scene and is also a 2011 member of Emerge Massachusetts.

Danielle Valle Fitzgerald (Charlestown) is a recent graduate from Georgetown University. While in DC, she interned for the offices of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the Senate HELP Committee, Senator Al Franken, and the House Committee on Education and Labor. Since graduating, Danielle has served as the Finance Director for the Campaign to Re-Elect State Senator Sal DiDomenico, and as House Lead for the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

Jacquetta is a former Legislative Aide for State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry. Prior to working for State Rep. Forry, Jacquetta worked for over 8 years in the university advancement field at Mount Ida College.  She has also volunteered on campaigns at both national and local elections, and in June of 2008, she was accepted into the Barack Obama Community Organizing Fellows program.Jacquetta has volunteered with the campaign to re-elect State Representative Willie Mae Allen.

Cambridge City Council

Minka vanBeuzekom has been active in the Cambridge environmental community since the late 1980s. Her career has spanned public health and the biotech industry and now she focuses on community engagement in local environmental issues. While her daughters were attending public schools she helped establish a new school within the Cambridge public school system. She now co-leads a Neighborhood organization and wants to engage and energize citizens in their local communities. She has an advanced degree from Boston University in Public Health.

Nancy Volel (Billerica) is a zealous advocate and community volunteer. She has helped numerous charities in their fundraising and awareness efforts. She has been actively involved with the Women of the Moose, an international organization that helps children and the elderly. She has been active in local politics by helping candidates run for office and also voicing support for families and unions. She received her BA in Criminal Justice from American International College, her JD from Massachusetts School of Law and her MBA from Nichols College.

Social Worker

Rolanda L. Ward is a social worker and an adjunct faculty member at the graduate level. She has served as a research consultant on several academic and community projects. Rolanda serves on the board of Hale Barnard Services for Older People in Boston. In addition, to her work with elder community members, she is a volunteer foster care reviewer with the Department of Children and Families. Rolanda is involved in her East Boston community, serving as co-organizer of her neighborhood watch group.

Lizzi Weyant is a long-time advocate and activist, and holds a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. She has been a transportation and consumer advocate since moving to Massachusetts in 2007. After graduating from law school, Lizzi clerked for the Honorable Justice Susan Calkins of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and began practicing law in Pennsylvania, specializing in victim advocacy and domestic violence litigation. Upon moving to Massachusetts, Lizzi worked as a staff attorney at MASSPIRG, protecting consumers through legal, grassroots and grasstops advocacy.

Resident Assistant, Victory Programs

Carlotta M. Williams is originally from Columbus, Ohio. She is a graduate from Wilberforce University located in Wilberforce, Ohio. She is an active and proud member of the Boston Branch of the NAACP. She is a member of the Boston League of Women Voters and active on the Committee on Livable Care for the Homeless program as a benefit coordinator for the homeless citizens of Boston. She is employed by Victory Programs of Boston as a part-time resident assistant in their substance abuse program which is based out of Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain. She is currently residing in Mattapan.

Angela M. Williams-Mitchell is a Boston Police Officer, and has been a member of the department for nineteen years. She is also the President of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, Inc.

Candidate for Greenfield School Committee

Francia Wisnewski Is the Program Coordinator of the Franklin County Family Center of Community Action of Franklin, Hampshire and the North Quabbin Reggion. In her role she implements family outreach programs, parental education opportunities and support services for families with young children, she also creates collaborations with related agencies and high quality network of support services.  Francia has been working in the field of early childhood education and family support services continuously for the past fourteen years, ten years in the United States and four years in Colombia.

Rebecca is a founding partner and Director of the Massachusetts Litigation and Mediation Collaborative at Brodie & Brodie.  Brodie & Brodie(, a self described social law firm that provides free and low cost legal services, often to those who do not qualify for legal aid. The firm has three (3) offices and provides legal help in seven (7) Massachusetts counties.A former legal aid attorney, Rebecca is dedicated to making justice more accessible. In 2008, Ms.

Political Activist and Media Scholar

Harmony Wu (Needham) is a political activist and media scholar, specializing in gender and popular cinema.  One of the organizers of Needham’s 2008 efforts to help elect Barack Obama, Harmony has since been a leader in “Yes We Can Needham,” in which local activists work for progressive candidates and issues ranging from health care reform to mounting primary challengers to key political offices.

Boston Director, APAP

Michelle Wu is a student at Harvard Law School and the Boston Director of Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP), a national network of Asian Pacific Americans who support a progressive agenda. Born on the South Side of Chicago to immigrant parents from Taiwan, Michelle first moved to the Boston area to study economics at Harvard College.  After college, Michelle worked in Boston as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and would later use her business skills to open up her own small business in Chicago, a cafe and poetry performance space.

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