• At a Glance

  • Uche Amaechi
  • Pradeep Aradhya
  • Bonnie Bertolaet
  • Shirby Best
  • Justin Brogden
  • Karen Cambray
  • Ernie Cormier
  • Mary McGowan
  • Beth O’Sullivan
  • For current board members
  • Board of Directors

  • Out and about for SCFG: board members representing the organization at public events.

    Out and about for SCFG: board members representing the organization at public events.

  • 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

    Bonnie Bertolaet is a biochemist who received her B.A. from Amherst College and her Ph.D. from Harvard University and trained as an NIH post-doctoral fellow at the University of California San Diego and The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA). During her work in academia and in biotech, her areas of research covered enzymology, yeast genetics, oncology (the cell cycle), and inflammation (signal transduction). A resident of Concord, Bonnie has been involved with educational organizations in public and private schools in a variety of roles, including supporting an equity-based educational program focused on raising awareness of physical and intellectual disabilities for children K-6th grade.
  • 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.

  • Justin Brogden

    Justin Brogden is a child welfare attorney who received his B.A. in Psychology & Politics from Oberlin College and his J.D. from Boston College Law School. He is the Principal Attorney of Brogden Legal, a solo practice affiliated with Lawyers for Affordable Justice. A resident of Boston, he mentors youth in foster care.
  • 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.

  • Ernie Cormier

    Ernie Cormier has built a wide-ranging career in mobile, digital media and content, software, and the Internet, in large, small, and start-up companies as founder, CEO, CTO, COO, MD, and numerous other roles, including successfully building venture-backed companies from seed through growth stages. He is currently the founder and principal of Acadian Partners LLC., a tech-oriented advisory and consulting firm. A Milton resident, he holds a B.S. in Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with follow-on certificates and training at Harvard and Georgetown Business Schools. He is an angel investor in tech-based start-ups, mentors and advises many companies and executives, and today is still kicking around a few new ideas for products and companies. He’s the lucky husband of a retired middle school science teacher and the proud father of three daughters and two wonderful granddaughters. He was also lucky enough to coach scholastic math teams for many years, where he learned to love the kids and respect the teachers!
  • Mary McGowan

    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.