Uche Amaechi, Chair of the Board
Uche Amaechi is the ELT Coordinator at the Fletcher Maynard Academy, where he works on school leadership. Uche also works with graduate students studying leadership, organizational behavior, and social entrepreneurship. He specializes in organizational behavior, social entrepreneurship, and educational technologies. Uche serves on the boards of Farrington Nature Linc and the Community Charter School of Cambridge. A resident of Somerville, he holds a B.A. from Harvard College, an M.B.A. from University of Phoenix, and an Ed.M. & Ed.D. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
Pradeep Aradhya, PhD.
Dr. Aradhya is the Chief Executive Officer of Novus Laurus. Previously, he successfully led acquisitions in the mobile space where his role was to identify strategic growth areas, inorganic growth potential, candidate product companies, and negotiate acquisitions. He has also led multimillion dollar initiatives at Fortune 500 companies to create technology platforms for marketing. He identified and advocated the best and newest developments in various technology areas that gave brands competitive advantages in establishing lasting relationships with customers. A Winchester resident, Pradeep holds a Ph.D. in Structural Dynamics from North Carolina State University and a M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science.
Bonnie Bertolaet, Development Committee Chair
Shirby Best, Clerk & President Emeritus, Program Committee Chair
Shirby Best, a social service professional with over 30 years of experience, is employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Trial Court. She is a mentor with the Youth Partnerships and Police in Roxbury for children who are at risk in the inner cities. A Cambridge resident and a Curry College graduate, she is a founding board member of Science Club for Girls.
Karen Cambray, Treasurer
Karen Cambray has more than 20 years of experience planning and executing financial strategies and tactics for early- and mid- stage growth companies. Karen was most recently the Chief Financial Officer of Cartera Commerce, a venture- and private equity- backed provider of loyalty marketing software and solutions, where she spent over seven years providing fiscal, strategic and operational leadership. During her tenure at Cartera, she oversaw a significant pivot in the company strategy and drove a substantial company turnaround from large losses to profitability. She most recently led the successful sale of the company to Ebates/Rakuten. Prior to Cartera, she served as CFO and Vice President of Operations of Zeemote, a venture-backed manufacturer of gaming controllers, and before that as the CFO of Groove Mobile, a venture-backed mobile music service provider. Earlier in her career, she was the Corporate Controller for Be Free, a publicly-traded affiliate marketing company, before the acquisition by ValueClick Inc. In 2014, she was recipient of the “CFO of the Year” award by the Boston Business Journal. A resident of Westford, Karen also serves on the Board of Trustees for Merrimack College.
Mary McGowan is a co-founder, with Beth O’Sullivan, of Science Club for Girls and has volunteered with the club in various capacities since its inception. A graduate of Boston University with an M.S. in Film and Simmons College with a M.S.L.S. in Library Science, Mary has worked in independent film and television and in libraries, her first love. She lives in Cambridge. Her daughter was a proud member of Science Club for Girls.
Beth O’Sullivan, Board Governance Committee Chair
Beth O’Sullivan is a mathematics educator, founder of The Mathemagics Workshop and, with Mary McGowan, the co-founder of Science Club for Girls. She studied undergraduate and graduate mathematics at MIT and has published short stories and book reviews. A Cambridge resident, she has three grown daughters, the youngest of whom attended Science Club for Girls and founded the Science Club for Girls in Ghana. Read more about Beth and the early days of SCFG.