When Michael Nagle walked through the blue door of the yellow house known as The Children’s Room in 2006, becoming the Chair of the Board of Directors was the furthest thing from his mind. Michael, his wife Melyne, and oldest daughter Izzy participated in grief support services after losing their youngest daughter, Sophia, one week after her first birthday. A few months from now, The Children’s Room will bid a warm thank you to Michael as his Board Chair term ends. With a strong desire to give back to The Children’s Room, Michael accepted the invitation to join the board in 2014. “It was the most cohesive board I have had the pleasure to serve on. The amount of individual trust, the ability to engage in thought-provoking opinion sharing, and the commitment to the mission are unifying elements across all the members.” Chosen as Chair of the Board in 2016, Michael is particularly proud of several accomplishments while at The Children’s Room. “The relationship we have established between the board and the Executive Director and her staff is outstanding. Secondly, the focus on board recruitment has allowed us to identify and recruit for needed competencies, including the addition of young professional leadership that will guide us as we grow.” When asked if Michael had any advice for incoming Chair, Jenny Carlson-Pietraszek, he responded, “continue to leverage the many powerful board voices and enhance the partnership between the board and the Executive Director.” As we extend a gracious virtual handshake and hug to Michael, we wish him luck in his new adventures.
We are pleased to announce that The Children’s Room has appointed three new members to our Board of Directors: Melinda Brown, Jennifer O'Brien, and Michelle Perez Vichot “Our three new board members bring a wealth of professional experience and expertise in the fields of finance, legal, marketing, fundraising, clinical social work, and organizational effectiveness,” said The Children’s Room’s Board President, Michael Nagle. “We are proud to welcome each of them to our Board, and confident that they will help us advance our work serving grieving children, teens, and families.” Melinda Brown Melinda is an attorney with West Hill Technology Counsel with a focus on representing privately-held technology companies She served for over 20 years as the General Counsel and chief legal officer of public and private technology companies, including a non-profit research and development laboratory. In that capacity, Melinda advised the senior leadership teams and boards of directors of these companies in a wide range of legal areas including governance, commercial transactions, and intellectual property matters. Melinda shares, "The Children's Room is dedicated to helping families following the tragedy of the loss of a child or parent. I am honored to support this organization in whatever way I can, and to enable it to continue its important and unique mission." © Jules Ko Photography Jennifer O'Brien After many years as a donor, Jennifer came towards The Children’s Room in 2016 for the Parenting While Grieving program following the death of her husband, Webster, from cancer in 2015. Her two teenage children are also very familiar with The Children’s Room and have friends who have also been supported. Jennifer and her family have lived in Arlington since 2001. She has an MBA from Harvard Business [...]
We are extremely proud to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors: Jenny Carlson-Pietraszek, a resident of Dedham, and Pearl Riney, M.D., a resident of Lexington. Jenny currently works as an educator at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham. She has taught and presented on various topics at local, national, and international educational conferences. In 2013, she cofounded the Alliance of White Anti-Racist Educators (AWARE) at Nobles. She also co-chairs the Board Diversity and Inclusiveness Committees at the Tenacre Country Day School, where she has served as a trustee since 2012. Jenny’s relationship with TCR began in 2009, when she and her daughters began attending TCR’s peer support groups. “Members of the club nobody wants to join need a great deal of support,” she said. “I want to do what I can to ensure that families can receive the types of support my daughters and I benefited from when we were living under the dark cloud of grief.” Dr. Riney practices medicine as a general pediatrician at West Cambridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and at Mount Auburn Hospital. As a general pediatrician, she regularly hosts medical students so that they can gain primary care experience in her office. She has maintained a teaching role at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston since 2002. Pearl has also served on the boards of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and LexFUN, a family network in Lexington. Pearl first became involved with TCR eight years ago, when she began to refer patients and their families to TCR. “I am looking forward to using my professional network to help expand TCR services to underserved communities and also to raise awareness about TCR in the pediatric [...]