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Board of Directors 2017

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Nancy Gans

President
Vice-President
Clerk
Treasurer
Nancy Amstutz
Jean Boyle
Maureen Donlon
Mimi Ferrell
Bob Geiser
Sara-Jane Green
Mary Lefkowitz
Troy Murray
Peter Offenhartz
Hank Solomon 
Ruth Treitman
Ralph Wagner

 

Nancy Amstutz has had a varied career path beginning as a secondary school English teacher followed by several years as a school counsellor.  She later worked as an Educational Analyst and a School Psychologist.  After receiving a Doctorate in Education from Clark University she taught at Bentley College and Tufts University.   For the past twenty years she has taught English as a Second Language and Citizenship in the Framingham ESL+ program.  Her undergraduate studies were at Carleton College and Tufts University.  Other activities included being President of the Waltham Day Care Center, Trustee of the UU church in Waltham, MA, and leader of a discussion program called “Aging with Pizzaz.” Nancy has lived in Natick since 1992, and in Cambridge and on the Boston waterfront since 1959.   She was married to William Porter, a bio chemist at the Natick Labs, until his death in 2009.
 
 
 

Jean Boyle is a founding member of Wellesley Neighbors and has served as vice president, clerk, and a member of the Board.  She has been the coordinator of the monthly newsletter since its beginning.  An alumna of Emmanuel College and Harvard Business School, she has worked in public relations, advertising, and development. Jean is a Massachusetts native and has lived in Wellesley for 22 years. She is a member of the Health Support Committee.

 

Maureen Donlon grew up in Coventry, England, coming to this country in 1967. She worked for the British Consulate in St. Louis before coming to Massachusetts in 1970. After working at the Boston Real Estate Board she spent 18 years with a direct mail, database management company located in Holliston. There her management responsibilities included the organizing of special events, which fits in very nicely with what she now does for WN’s Activities Committee. 

 

Maureen has many interests. For over 20 years she was a competitive badminton player, competing throughout New England, Bermuda and Canada. Still enjoying competition, Maureen currently plays league tennis for a club in Newton, and for relaxation enjoys gardening and entertaining. Maureen lives in Wellesley with her husband Ed.

   
Mimi Ferrell grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Michigan. She married Robert shortly after college, and began teaching in Newton. While Robert did his medical residency she began teaching ballet, a love of hers since the age of five. She was director of her own ballet school in Boxford for twenty years, Director of Ballet at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, and on the ballet faculty of St. Paul's School in Concord, NH. Currently Mimi is on the faculty of Boston Ballet in Boston and Newton.

She and Robert moved to Wellesley in 2001 to be near their daughter, Jessica, a practicing lawyer in West Roxbury, and her three sons. Monica, their other daughter, resides on the West Coast where she is a SEO (Search Engine Optimization) specialist.

Mimi is active in the Unitarian Church in Wellesley, and has served on its Board and several committees. Presently she is involved with the the church's partner church in Romania.
 

Nancy Gans is lawyer who has lived in the Fells area with her husband and family since 1972.  She began her career as the first woman lawyer at Sullivan & Worcester after graduating from Harvard Law School in 1970. She has worked in small firms, at the Harvard School of Public Health,and as a solo practitioner.  Most recently her law practice has been representing plaintiffs in class action securities fraud litigation. She retired at the end of 2010. 

 

Nancy has been an active member of Temple Israel of Natick. She also has served on the boards of non-profit organizations and been involved in several long term planning processes.  She has three daughters and two grandchildren.
 

Bob Geiser is a retired child psychologist, having practiced at a children's hospital and a child care center, and had his own private practice. He is the author of four books and many journal and magazine articles. He also has published mystery short stories and three plays that were produced locally. Bob was a Wellesley Free Library Trustee from 1978 to 1985, and also serves as a trustee at Webb Townhouse Condos in Wellesley for the past five years. He has spent his retirement becoming a Life Master in bridge, and learning to produce video documentaries, which have aired on local cable stations. He volunteers for the Sages and Seekers program at Walnut Hill.
Bob received a B.A. from Colgate University, a M.S. from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. from Boston University. He lives with his partner of 25 years, Eve Slater, and is the father of four children and six grandchildren.
 
 
Sara-Jane Green is a retired physician.  She has lived in Wellesley since 1974 and joined Wellesley At Home as a "charter member" in 2010.  Over the years she has served on the Executive Boards of Ikebana International, Sogetsu Massachusetts Branch, Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Boston, the Brown University alumni class of 1961, Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries,  and the PTO of Upham School.
 

 

Mary Lefkowitz has been connected with the Town of Wellesley for all of her adult life, as a student at Wellesley College (class of 1957), a faculty member from 1959-2005, and as a resident starting in 1980. She received her Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University in 1961. From 1979, until her retirement, she was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Wellesley College. Her daughter Rachel graduated from Wellesley in 1986; her daughter Hannah graduated from Dana Hall in 1986 and from Wellesley in 2000. She and her late husband, Sir Hugh Lloyd-Jones, moved to Wellesley in 1980, and to West Riding Street in 1985 because of its proximity to the Brook Path.

 

Mary is the author or co-editor of more than a dozen books, some of which have been re-issued in second and third editions, on topics ranging from ancient Greek literature and society, to intellectual integrity in academia. Her most recent book, The Lives of the Greek Poets (Second Edition) was published in spring 2012. Mary has been awarded three honorary degrees, achievement awards from Wellesley and Radcliffe, and in 2006 a National Humanities Medal. In addition to serving on the Board of Wellesley Neighbors, and acting as liaison with Wellesley College, Mary also serves on the Board of Trustees of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. 

Troy Y. Murray retired in 2005 from Cambridge Associates LLC, a global investment research and consulting firm. In his work with nonprofit institutions and family groups, he provided consulting assistance on topics ranging from investment planning and trustee governance to financial and strategic planning. Prior to joining Cambridge Associates in 1981, Troy served as Assistant Director of the Illinois Bureau of the Budget (for Education Programs); headed an internal consulting group for the Irwin Management Company in Columbus, Indiana; was the first Director of Budget and Operations Analysis of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority; and worked in the management consulting practice at Price Waterhouse.   In retirement, Troy has been a volunteer advisor and board member for a number of nonprofits, and he serves on the Board of Managers of Cambridge Associates Fiduciary Trust Company. Troy received his B.A. from Yale University in 1963. Following four years as a commissioned officer in the US Navy, he earned a M.P.A. from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management. Troy and Pat, a retired college administrator, have lived in Wellesley since 1975. Their daughter, Kate, lives in Portland, ME, and son Chris lives with his wife and two sons in Austin, TX.
 
 

Peter Offenhartz taught physical chemistry at the University of Colorado and Amherst College. He later worked in alternative energy, and subsequently started several small computer hardware and software companies. He and his wife Barbara have been Wellesley residents since 1973, and their two children, Kathleen and John, graduated from Wellesley High School. Peter currently handles phone and internet reservations for Wellesley Neighbors events, and occasionally assists members with computer problems.


Ilse Sangree was born in Hungary and grew up in Germany. She received a master's degree in psychology from the University of Bonn (Germany), and later a master's degree in social work from Syracuse University. She worked as a social worker in the oncology department at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.
 
Ilse has lived in the United States since 1964, and in Wellesley since 2007. She is married to Walter Sangree, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology. Ilse and Walter have four daughters and one grand-daughter. Ilse's interests include travel, languages, books and music.
 

 

Hank Solomon is one of the conceptualizers and founders of Wellesley Neighbors (formerly Wellesley at Home). He served as a member of its Executive Committee and Board of Directors during its formative years.  After founding a boutique investment broker/dealer firm, Hank worked as a sales/marketing executive and consultant in the financial services industry. He and his wife, Jane, have been long-term Wellesley resident. Hank is a graduate of New York University.

 
Ann Swanson is  a product of Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to New England in the early seventies.  After a very short time as a teacher on Cape Cod, she entered the corporate world, working for a corporation headquartered in Boston. Transferring to that company's food division located in upstate New York, she learned the supermarket business and worked to identify, hire and train store-level employees.  After marrying, she returned to Boston and was a book buyer/bookseller for several years at the Museum of Science in Boston.  She then worked as a publisher'srepresentative traveling and selling books to independent bookstores throughout New England.
 
She is married to her best friend Bill, and with him has made Wellesley home since 1985. She is step-mother to two fabulous children, Bill Jr and Cristine, and now grandmot.her to three amazing grandchildren, Madison, Makayla and Matthew.   Ann volunteers at the Wellesley Free Library, as a Friend and helper at book sales, and likens it to having her own bookstore again. Throughout her life, she has been a singer, finding choral groups to join wherever she lived, and still maintains an active singing life today, both in the U.S. and abroad.  Ann was one of the founding members of Wellesley Neighbors and considers this work to be among the most valuable she has done. 


Ruth Treitman is a founding member of Wellesley Neighbors and has contributed to many functions of the organization.  She has served as a Board member, treasurer, chair of the Activities Committee and continues to work with the committee as a liaison to the newsletter and website.  She coordinates WN communications by publishing the email notices.  Ruth was one of the original members of the Wellesley Food Pantry and is active with the Clever Hand Gallery.


Stan Treitman is a WWII veteran, having served in the US Navy from 1944-1946. He began his teaching career in California as a high school physics teacher.  After 15 years, he, Ruth, and their four children went to Nigeria, where Stan taught in a remote village for two years at a school that was being developed with the support of USAID and Harvard.  Upon returning from Nigeria the family settled in Wellesley in 1967. He taught at Wheelock College until 1982.

 

In his work as a business owner, Stan developed skills in marketing and bookkeeping, and in the developing field of computer applications.  He applies those skills in his various roles for Wellesley Neighbors. He has applied his computer skills in a volunteer capacity for SOAR55, the Wellesley Council on Aging, and by coaching seniors at the Wellesley Free Library. Stan is currently the Treasurer of Wellesley-Weston Lifetime Learning, and was Treasurer of Wellesley Friendly Aid Association from 1995 to 2010.

 

Ralph Wagner is a founding member of Wellesley Neighbors as well as Walnut Ventures, an angel investing group located at Babson College.  He has been engaged with computers and software sales and marketing since he joined IBM in the mid-’50s. Over his career he has started several companies including MicroSource Financial, a pioneering Apple and IBM reseller in Boston area.  He is a board member of The Memorial Drive Investment Club, the longest running investment club in the country.  He now mentors early stage entrepreneurs.

 

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