Before joining the board of NAMI Mass, I served for many years on the board of directors of NAMI Central Mass. I have a commitment to give back in the area of mental illness, having survived bipolar depression that nearly took my life. In 2016, I lost my youngest son, Hale, to suicide. My work in the mental health area is dedicated to Hale’s remarkable life.
I served as president of NAMI Central Mass from 2018-2022, and had the privilege of leading a very committed group of individuals in our core mission of improving the lives of persons struggling with mental illness and their families. I taught a Family-to-Family class, and recently became involved with the In Our Own Voice program. I enjoy public speaking, and IOOV provides me with an opportunity to share my story of recovery and hope.
I also serve as president of the board of trustees for the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital. My involvement with WRCH is particularly meaningful to me given that I spent time in several psychiatric hospitals.
I have a diverse background in law, mediation, teaching, and journalism. After graduating from Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, I practiced law in Washington, D.C. and also served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. Currently, I am an instructor in constitutional law with the Worcester Institute for Senior Education at Assumption University and facilitate a Supreme Court discussion group. I also write a column for Northeast Golf magazine.