• At a Glance

    • Tracy Accardi
    • Bonnie Bertolaet
    • Justin Brogden
    • Gretchen Fougere
    • Karen Page
    • Karen Whitney
  • Board of Directors


    Tracy Accardi

    Tracy Accardi has held executive positions with Johnson & Johnson, Covidien, GE, Philips, and Hologic. She is presently on the board of Maxim Integrated (MXIM), volunteers at the Pine Street Inn for people experiencing homelessness in Boston and has served on the board of Newton Wellesley Hospital (Partners Healthcare). Tracy earned her dual BS in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie-Mellon University and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Bonnie Bertolaet, Ph.D. Executive Director

    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). 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.
  • 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.
  • Gretchen Fougere, Ph.D.

    Gretchen Fougere is passionate about energizing students to explore the awesome potential of the STEM/STEAM disciplines to transform their lives. She was senior leader at Engineering is Elementary at the Museum of Science and a K-12 educator. Gretchen was Associate Dean, College of Engineering, Boston University and founded three STEM educational programs, annually training and deploying 60 engineers to 3,400 secondary students nationwide. Prior experience includes roles at Duracell, Motorola and Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. She received a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Northwestern University

  • Karen Page, President and Board Chair

    Karen Page is Senior Director of Clinical Biomarker Sciences at Pfizer and is past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association for Women in Science and past Chairman of the Board for the MA chapter of the Junior League (JL). She is the recipient of JL Boston’s 2005 Active Volunteer Award, the 2006 Outstanding Manager Award, and the 2015 Sarah Lawrence Award for community service beyond the Junior League. Karen earned her PhD in Pharmacology at Boston University School of Medicine.

  • Karen Whitney, Treasurer

    Karen Whitney is President of The Sonder Group, an executive & scientific search services firm for life science companies developing breakthrough technologies. Previously, she was VP, Business Development at NewcoGen Group, a Flagship Pioneering Fund and member of the founding development team at Celera Genomics, the first company to sequence the human genome. She has held leadership roles at PE Applied Biosystems (Now Thermo) and Pharmacia (Danaher). She earned a BA in Biology from Colby College.