Risa Weinrit, Psy.D., Chairperson of the Board of Directors, is a psychologist and a psychoanalyst in private practice in the Boston area. Risa graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1980 with a major in psychology. She subsequently attended graduate school at Hahnemann University, where she received her doctorate in clinical psychology. Risa has been seeing individual adults and couples in psychotherapy in the Boston area since 1987, and completed her psychoanalytic training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in 2003. She is on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis, where she teaches a clinical seminar and has taught about psychoanalytic perspectives on gender. Risa is also on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Institute of New England, where she provides clinical supervision to therapists in a training program for couple’s and family psychotherapy.
Martha T. Cummings, President of the Board of Directors and Executive Director of Universal Promise, is a native of Southboro, Massachusetts, an alumna of Bryn Mawr College, and a participant in Italian language programs at the Università Italiana per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy, and Dante Alighieri in Florence, Italy. Upon her graduation from Bryn Mawr in 1980 with a degree in Anthropology, Martha entered the field of education. For more than 30 years, she has served as an administrator, a teacher, a coach, and a tutor. In 1995 she won the Anti-defamation League's Golden Teacher Award for an interdisciplinary 12-week unit about the Holocaust. Martha is a published author of two books (Straddling the Borders: The Year I Grew Up in Italy and The Wisdom of Angels: Unearthing My Italian Roots), as well as a handful of articles and speeches that have been published in Teaching Tolerance Magazine (online), Fra Noi Magazine, and Army Engineer Magazine. Please visit www.marthatcummings.com for more information.
Theresa Timlin, Secretary of the Board of Directors, lives outside Philadelphia, the city of her birth. She has degrees from Bryn Mawr College, the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and Northeastern University School of Law. She currently serves as a federal administrative law judge, hearing labor and employment cases. Prior to that, Theresa worked as a labor and employment litigation lawyer for the federal government, a secretary and lab technician in a sleep disorders laboratory, a counselor at a residential treatment center for emotionally troubled youth, and a kindergarten teacher. When not working or raising her fourteen-year-old son, Theresa has also volunteered as a youth baseball and basketball coach, taught in the children's liturgy program at her parish, and served on several boards, always striving to ensure adequate and affordable housing.
Dana Mann-Tavegia, Treasurer of the Board of Directors, is a fourth-generation cattle rancher in the Wyoming Black Hills. A Sociology major at Bryn Mawr College, she went on to study Civil Engineering and worked at WYDOT designing and inspecting construction projects. Dana served nearly a decade on the Wyoming State Board of Education, on the board of directors of the National Association of State Boards of Education, and as the Chair of the NASBE Governmental Affairs Committee. In Wyoming, she has also served on the Weston County Library and Foundation boards, various local Chamber of Commerce committees, and as a volunteer art project teacher at a small rural school, managing Weston County Gymkhanas (horse and rider rodeo games for all ages) and numerous fund-raising events. Dana raises cattle, ranch horses, hay, and grains on her Wyoming Centennial Ranch, and enjoys books, film, cooking, and travel.
Charlie Josephs, who was born and still lives in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, has an extensive academic background and well documented leadership qualities. He speaks three languages (Afrikaans, English, Xhosa) and has studied Public Administration, Personnel Management, Law, and Property Valuation. Charlie is currently the Manager of the Mayibuye Ndlovu Development Trust (MNDT), an organization that oversees eight townships in the Sundays River Valley. His background in farming, land reform projects, rural development, and health services reflects his devotion to sustainability. As a South African, Charlie offers an invaluable perspective and helps ensure that UP initiatives reflect thoughtful consideration of the circumstances, opinions, and dreams of those we serve. Given the UP partnership with MNDT and to avoid any perceived or real conflict of interest, Charlie will serve as a non-voting member of the board.