Uche Amaechi, Chair of the Board
Uche Amaechi, MBA and EdD, 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 board of Farrington Nature Linc. BA Harvard College; MBA University of Phoenix; EdM & EdD Harvard Graduate School of Education. He joined the board in 2003 and is a resident of Somerville.
Pradeep Aradhya, PhD., Development Committee Chair
Dr. Aradhya is the CEO of Novus Laurus. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Eng. / Structural Dynamics and a M.Sc in Aerospace Engineering, and was formerly the Vice President of Technology at Digitas. He mentors entrepreneurs for the Merrimack Valley Sandbox. He joined the board in 2013 and is a resident of Winchester.
Shirby Best, Clerk & President Emeritus, Program Committee Chair
Shirby Best is a social service professional with over 26 years of experience in the field. She is a prior president of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School parent-teacher council from 2006-2010. Ms. Best is a founding member of the Board and is a resident of Cambridge, MA.
Karen Cambray, Treasurer
Lonsdale Koester, Executive Director
Lonsdale Koester joined SCFG as Executive Director in December 2014, after serving for nine years in a variety of campaign and government roles for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Most recently the CFO of the state’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Ms. Koester has also worked in the non-profit sector for organizations such as Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and the United Way of America’s national office. She has co-chaired the annual fundraising campaign for Boston’s landmark Trinity Church on Copley Square, and serves on the board of directors of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. A graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee) and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Lonsdale lives with her husband and two young children in Cambridge, MA.
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 MS in Film and Simmons College with a MSLS in Library Science, Mary has worked in independent film, television and in libraries, her first love. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her family. Her daughter was a proud member of Science Club for Girls. Mary was re-elected to the board in 2015.
Beth O’Sullivan, Board Governance Committee Chair
Beth O’Sullivan is a mathematics educator, founder of The Mathemagics Workshop and, with Mary McGowan, is the co-founder of Science Club for Girls. She studied undergraduate and graduate mathematics at MIT and has published short stories and book reviews. She has three grown daughters, the youngest of which attended Science Club for Girls and founded the Science Club for Girls in Ghana. She lives in Cambridge upstairs from three granddaughters and five chickens. Read more about Beth and the early days of SCFG.
Karen Page, PhD.
Natasha Walwyn-Robinson is legal counsel for Progress Software Corporation where she represents the company in commercial disputes, intellectual property portfolio management and general corporate matters. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Virginia and Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. Natasha’s prior leadership includes service as an AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow, Commonwealth Legislative Seminar participant, Program Director of UVA’s Madison House Teens GIVE program, Vice President of the Suffolk Black Law Students Association and Admissions Chair for the UVA Alumni Club of Boston. She is a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was elected to the board in 2015.