(l to r) Lisa De Palma, Rebecca Lubens, Betsy Lanjuin, Jenni Acosta, Mari Young,
Suzanne Freudberg, Punam Sharma (Missing: Patricia Salic)
Rebecca has extensive experience with nonprofit organization leadership, with expertise in communications, program development, fundraising, board relations and community outreach. Rebecca received an A.B. in American Civilization from Brown University and an M.S. in Communication from Boston University.
Jenni has developed and delivered programs, coordinated volunteers, and shared the mission of nonprofit organizations in Austin, TX, and the Boston area. She has a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University.
Director of Development
Patricia brings 7 years of fundraising experience in science and the arts with Whitehead Institute and the Society of Arts and Crafts. Prior to this, she spent over 14 years working in the luxury cosmetics industry in Marketing, Sales and Product Development, with L’Oreal USA and the LVMH group of companies. Patricia and her husband are parents of two young boys. She enjoys her PTO responsibilities at the Driscoll School in Brookline.
Betsy, a longtime Newton resident, has many years of experience in all aspects of non-profit management. Betsy has a Bachelor’s degree in German and French from Tufts University.
Mari spent almost a decade volunteering and coordinating UOD at Horace Mann Elementary School, and has a background in teaching and special education. Mari has a B.A. in Science from Boston University, specializing in Marine Biology and Earth Science.
Suzanne’s first career was in Sales and Marketing in the publishing industry. She was a PTO and school volunteer in a variety of roles for over 15 years and has a B.A. in American Studies and Psychology from Brandeis University.
Lisa has been a volunteer, school coordinator, and an Advisory Board member for UOD for almost 10 years. She is a passionate advocate for Newton families and is an active member of Newton SEPAC and Newton PTO Council. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Northeastern University.
Punam has been a school volunteer in Newton and Boston for the past 10 years and a practicing attorney since 2002. She has a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and a B.A. in English and Sociology from Stonehill College.