Board of Trustees

Laura Allen (Clerk and Co-Treasurer) is a retired investment professional, having spent over thirty years as a senior portfolio manager for institutional and high net worth clients. She has extensive experience working with endowments and foundations at TIAA-CREF, Essex Investments and Boston Private Bank and Trust, assisting them with setting investment policy and determining appropriate asset allocation strategies. Laura started her career at Wellington Management Company, where she was responsible for equity investments for primarily non-profit organizations. She was involved in the formation of the Wellington Charitable Foundation and was a member of the grant review committee. Laura is a graduate of Connecticut College, where she served eight years as a trustee. During her tenure, Laura was Chair of the Audit Committee, a member of the Finance Committee and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Academics. Laura and her husband Ken Lewis, who is an elected Town Meeting Member, have lived in Brookline since 1990. 

Kim Barnum has been a Brookline Public School teacher for her entire professional career. After graduating from Wheelock College, having transferred there from Spelman College, she began teaching at Lincoln School. Subsequently she taught at Pierce, and Devotion Schools, both as a classroom teacher and math specialist. Kim is currently a third-grade teacher at Pierce. She serves as a member of the Pierce School Equity Team, Mentor Teacher, and has been the Building-Based Mentor Facilitator. Kim is also a supervising practitioner of student teachers from many of the local colleges in the area.  Kim and her husband have been Brookline residents for ten years. She has two adult sons and “a very cute dog.” Kim enjoys reading, travel, and cooking.

Harry Bohrs is a radiation physicist practicing in Radiation Oncology at the Boston Medical Center (BMC), serving patients for whom BMC is their only option for quality health care. Harry’s Brookline roots go deep, having been a resident for more than 30 years.  In addition, he has been a Town Meeting Member and Advisory Committee member for more than 20 years, taking leadership roles in each. Harry has also served on the Green Space Alliance. Harry lives in the Lawrence School neighborhood with his wife. His two children will start graduate school in the fall; Harry notes that “the wings we have given them will allow the children to fly back on occasion.”

Chris Chanyasulkit is a Senior Lecturer and Course Designer in the Simmons College Department of Public Health. Chris has an extensive background in policy advocacy that is grounded in a strong belief in eliminating the structural barriers to equity for vulnerable populations. She holds leadership positions with local, state, regional, and national governance and civic engagement organizations, working to promote racial and gender equity and policy advocacy. Some of these organizations include the American Public Health Association, the Brookline Commission for Women, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Health Equity Council for New England. Chris is an elected Library Trustee for Brookline, a Brookline Town Meeting Member and she volunteers with many Brookline organizations. Prior to joining Simmons College, she served as the Assistant Director of the Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations. Chris has also worked in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and has served on the faculty of Bentley University, Babson College, and Northeastern. She has a BA in biology and art history and a Master’s Degree in public health from Boston University, and a Doctorate in Political Science from Northeastern. Chris enjoys running around one of Brookline’s many parks with her husband and three young children.

Gerald Davidson (Co-Treasurer) retired as a vice president at Fidelity Investments in Boston, where he worked in the Treasurer’s Office for the Fidelity Funds. Jerry has nearly 30 years of experience in financial services, principally in the mutual funds industry, in areas involving internal controls and internal audit, compliance, systems development and consulting. He was previously on the board of the Pierce School Extended Day Program, where he also served as President. He was also a trustee at Temple Israel in Boston. Jerry has lived in Brookline for 25 years where he and his wife, Deb, have raised two daughters who attended and graduated from the Brookline Public Schools.

Jennifer Dopazo Gilbert is a partner at the Law Office of Robert L. Allen, Jr., LLP in Brookline Village.  She joined the firm in 2013 and focuses in the areas of land use development, zoning, construction disputes, permitting and regulatory matters, as well as litigation and general municipal law. Prior to joining the firm, Jennifer worked for the Town of Brookline Law Department for 23 years. Jennifer received her BA from Boston College and her JD from Suffolk Law School. The daughter of immigrants, she was the first in her family to attend college. Jennifer has strong connections to the Brookline community. She attended the “old” Lincoln School and Brookline High School. She also provides numerous hours of pro bono services to assist those in need in Brookline.

Andrea Goodman has 25 years of marketing and operations experience in the consumer products, health care, professional services and nonprofit sectors. She is Chief of Staff and Chief Communications Officer for Be The Change, Inc., and was previously Director of Communications and Investor Relations for Charles River Associates. Andrea was the first communications director for Nixon Peabody LLP, and held public affairs and communications roles for Reebok and Levi’s. She also helped guide the growth of two socially-focused startups--Children First became the largest network of backup care centers in the US before being sold to Bright Horizons, and The Philanthropy Connection has raised more than $800,000 for grant making since 2013. Andrea has lived in Brookline for 15 years.

Jim Grace is the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts (VLA) from 1998 until 2008, when it merged with the A&BC. Jim has considerable expertise working with artists and arts organizations in a host of different areas. Jim has been an adjunct professor for Boston University’s Masters in Arts Administration Program for over five years where he co-taught a course on Legal Issues in Arts Administration. In addition, Jim is a working author, book editor, and publishing attorney. He is the co-author of best-selling The Worst Case Scenario Handbook: Golf and has been involved in the publication of over eight books. Jim serves on the board of Associated Grant Makers and the Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts. He is also a founding board member of the Arts Services Coalition and a former founding board member of the Fort Point Cultural Coalition. Jim has lived in Brookline since 2007 with his wife Lisa Goldblatt Grace and their three children who attend Brookline Public Schools.

Alicia Hsu moved to Brookline, and began working in the Brookline Public Schools in 1984 as a Chinese bilingual teacher at the Devotion School and Brookline High School. After earning a Masters in Children's Literature in 1987, she returned to the classroom to teach first grade at the Lawrence School, where she taught until her retirement in June of 2015. Highlights during her career include collaboration with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to develop curriculum, the mentoring of student teachers, interns and colleagues, and receiving the 2008 Ernest R. Caverly award for excellence in teaching. Over the years, Alicia was the recipient of numerous grants funded by the Brookline Education Foundation to help Brookline teachers consider more deeply the Asian American experience and history through coursework, workshops, and children's literature. Alicia's three children attended the Brookline Schools Staff Children's Center, the Pierce School, Brookline High and the Baker School. As a long-time resident, parent and teacher in Brookline, Alicia remains committed to the Brookline Public Schools, and the greater Brookline community. Currently she is on the steering committee of BAAFN (Brookline Asian American Family Network), and a member of The United Parish of Brookline.

Melissa Langa is the managing shareholder in the Boston trusts and estates law firm of Bove & Langa, PC. She has built her law practice guiding individuals, families, businesses and charitable organizations in designing and implementing customized tax-efficient structures to meet their particular estate planning, business and charitable needs. Melissa also administers estates and advises executors and trustees. Melissa's two (now adult) children, Kate and Jim, attended the Edward Devotion School and Brookline High School. Her husband, Jeff Wulfson, was active for many years in the Brookline Soccer Club. They now live in Washington Square.

Michael Lindstrom (Vice President) is the principal of studioMLA Architects in Brookline, which provides a full range of architectural services in the design of environments for children, including projects in Europe and Asia as well as in the United States and Canada. Mike led the annual Child Care Design Institute at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 2000 to 2008. In addition, he has served as an instructor for the Boston Architectural Center and as an assistant professor for the Parsons School of Design - Paris Program. He has served as an advisor to the American Academy of Pediatrics on Child Care Center Design. Mike has practiced architecture since 1982 in Paris, New York and Boston. Mike is a LEED accredited professional and has designed multiple LEED certified children's centers.

Julie Marcus (President) has more than 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector, specializing in marketing and communications. She worked at City Year, the Boston-based national youth service organization for nearly a decade overseeing major events and communications. In 2003, still with City Year, Julie served as Director of the Save AmeriCorps initiative that resulted in the creation of Voices for National Service. Julie began her career at Imagitas, a government-focused marketing solutions company. She has a degree in Government from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in American History from Brandeis University. Julie joined the BCF board in 2010 and became President of the foundation in June 2016. She lives in Brookline with her husband Craig and their three children. 

Lauren Mistretta is the former assistant vice president in Liberty Mutual’s Personal Insurance business leading brand strategy and marketing operations, with over ten years of prior experience in consumer products marketing and brand building at Hasbro and Reebok. She joined the board in 2016, with a commitment to supporting socio-economic diversity in Brookline. Lauren was born and raised in Brookline Village, and after eight years living in Jamaica Plain, moved to South Brookline with her husband and two children in 2013.

Alan Morse has had four diverse careers. He was a commercial banker for twenty-seven years and served as Chairman of the United States Trust Company (now Citizens Bank); a public servant for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for four years first as Commissioner of Banks, then Undersecretary of Administration and Finance, and then as Supervisor of Financial Services; Chairman of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. Alan was also an advisor to Civic Capital Group, a specialized hedge fund. In addition, Alan was a high school math teacher in the Boston Public School system for 5 years. He is now the Chairman of Temple Israel of Boston’s Cemetery Committee and on the Friends Board of the Longfellow House in Cambridge. Alan is married to Cecily O. Morse, and they have two children, Dr. Abraham N. Morse and Rebecca M. Steinfield. Alan and Cecily have four grandchildren.

Linda Olson Pehlke is a writer, researcher and urban planner with a lifelong commitment to fostering livable communities. Brookline has been her home for 25 years. Her professional planning experience includes land use and transportation planning at the local, regional and state levels. She recently served as researcher for the Brookline Community Foundation's Understanding Brookline report. Linda is the author of the award-winning book, Exploring the Paths of Brookline, and has written extensively for local publications and professional journals. A Brookline Town Meeting Member since 2009, Linda serves on the Town's Climate Action Committee and Zoning By-law Committee. Linda is an avid gardener; she is the founder and president of Friends of the Minot Rose Garden, responsible for restoring and maintaining a beautiful public garden in Winthrop Square Park.

Gioia Perugini is the Associate Director of Family Office and Philanthropy Services at Hemenway & Barnes, LLP, a Boston-based legal and fiduciary firm. She works with individuals, families, advisors, charitable trusts and foundations to provide a range of philanthropic advisory and client services. She works with clients to design and implement charitable giving strategies, research particular charities, negotiate gifts of cash and/or tangible assets (with a specialty in gifts of fine art) and coordinate family meetings. Gioia is a frequent speaker, writer and panelist on issues relevant to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. She co-authored a Family Office Exchange publication "Sitting on a Nonprofit Board: What to Consider Before Saying Yes" and authored "It’s All About the Money…Or Is It? Creative Strategies for Charitable Giving." Gioia lives in Brookline with her husband Jamie Bakum and two children, Nina and Alex, who attend the Pierce School.

Jim Slayton is the National Medical Director for Outpatient Services for OptumHealth.  He has devoted over 20 years to the field of clinical psychiatry and has held numerous leadership positions in behavioral healthcare organizations. Jim has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Boston University. He received his A.B. from Brown University, M.D. from Stanford University and M.B.A. from Harvard University. Jim has authored numerous articles and reviews. He has served as a Town Election warden and has participated as a cellist and choral singer in various ensembles in the greater Boston area. Jim is a Brookline resident and a Town Meeting Member.

Victor Viktorov is a management consultant and business advisor who has worked with companies from startup to Fortune 500 to drive profitable growth. He started his career in finance with General Electric and then was a partner at a startup boutique consulting firm that was acquired by Accenture Strategy. After emigrating from Ukraine to Allston in 1979, his family moved to Brookline in 1986 where he attended Runkle School and Brookline High School. His mother still lives in Brookline. Victor now resides in South Brookline with his wife and twin daughters who attend Baker School. He enjoys sports, cooking, and spending time with his family around Brookline.

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