• At a Glance

  • Bonnie Bertolaet
  • Pradeep Aradhya
  • Shirby Best
  • Justin Brogden
  • Mary McGowan
  • Beth O’Sullivan
  • Paul Kassebaum
  • Elizabeth Werby
  • For current board members
  • Board of Directors


    Bonnie Bertolaet, Ph.D. Chair of the Board

    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.
  • Pradeep Aradhya, Ph.D. Treasurer

    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.

  • Shirby Best, President Emeritus

    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.
  • 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, Clerk

    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.



  • Paul Kassebaum, Ph.D.

    Paul Kassebaum is a physicist who received his B.Eng. from The Cooper Union and his Ph.D. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He came to the Science Club for Girls after organizing a day in the SCFG’s Young Leaders in STEM Summer Program at Artisan’s Asylum. There, he was a board member and educator. In addition to helping Artisan’s Asylum raise charitable funds from technology companies, Paul organized public events celebrating STEM, including robotics design challenges for the Cambridge Science Festival. He currently works at MathWorks where he manages relationships with physics research institutes around the world.

  • Elisabeth Werby

    Elisabeth Werby has more than 15 years combined experience in senior positions in government relations, institutional advancement, and special projects at the American Museum of Natural History in New York (AMNH) and as Executive Director of the Harvard Museum of Natural History. At the AMNH, among other strategic projects, she was instrumental in launching a science education partnership between seven science cultural organizations and the NYC Department of Education that has served 2,037 teachers, and more than 395,000 students. During her tenure at Harvard, she raised the visibility and impact of the museum, increasing both attendance and contributed income, with new permanent and temporary exhibitions, revitalized education and volunteer programs, and better use of social media. Prior to working in the museum field, she spent 20 years practicing law at the America Civil Liberties Union and in private practice. She has a BA from Harvard College and a JD from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California Berkeley.