Martha T. Cummings, Founder, Board Chair and President, 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.
Mary Ward Burns, Board Secretary, is a 1980 graduate of Bryn Mawr College. Before graduating, Mary studied in France at the Institut d’études francaises d’Avignon. Mary later completed a year of graduate study at the Université de Tours in France’s Loire Valley. After spending the early part of her career working for an international corporation, Mary chose to enter the teaching profession. Working in public and independent schools while raising her daughter, Mary developed an interest in students with language-based learning differences, which led her to study at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While fulfilling the requirements for her Master’s Degree concentration in Language and Literacy, Mary taught reading, conducted qualitative research in Cambridge elementary schools, and held an internship in the HGSE admissions office. Mary now works as a private tutor and educational consultant.
Risa Weinrit, Psy.D. 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.
Dana Mann-Tavegia 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.
Theresa Timlin 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.