We are excited to feature the following distinguished speakers throughout the week of FYSOP. These speakers will be interacting with volunteers in various issue areas through presentations and panel sessions. We challenge you to connect and engage with these speakers during the week of FYSOP.
Associate Professor, Humanities & Arts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
John Sanbonmatsu is an animal advocate and Associate Professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. He is the author of the book, “The Postmodern Prince” and editor of “Critical Theory and Animal Liberation” (2011), a collection of essays featuring leading scholars in the emerging field of critical animal studies. Sanbonmatsu’s articles about politics, philosophy, and our relations with other animals have appeared in such venues as the Christian Science Monitor, the Journal of Social and Political Philosophy, Tikkun, and the American Journal of Economics and Sociology. He is currently writing a book on “The Omnivore’s Distraction,” a critique of the Locavore and sustainable agriculture movements.
Therapy Dog Owner
An introduction to my furry friends–Duffy and Kennedy are both Great Pyrenees rescues. They are each AKC CGC certified Therapy Dogs that volunteer where ever, when ever, the need arises. In my opinion, and I am the weakest link, simply the provider of transportation, they are magical creatures. These wooly mammoths can gently leap onto a child’s bed without disturbing a catheter or IV at Boston Children’s Hospital, bring light into the darkness of a patient afflicted with Alzeimers, listen without judgement to a struggling child read, help alleviate the stress of final exams for local college students or simply, silently, sit with a grieving runner who witnessed the Marathon bombings. On August 26th we’ll be visiting our friends at Boston University.. can’t wait to meet you all.
Secretary of Education, State of Massachusetts
Children, Urban Engagement
Matthew H. Malone serves as the Secretary of Education under Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and is responsible for overseeing the Administration’s efforts to build a better public education system that prepares every student to be a lifelong learner and succeed in today’s global economy. Malone is working to provide our youngest citizens a solid foundation for education and development. Prior to his appointment, Malone began his career as a teacher in the Boston public schools and eventually served as Superintendent of the Brockton and Swampscott Public School systems.
Lecturer, Psychology – Boston University
Dr. David Shim is a full-time lecturer in Psychology at Boston University and a practicing psychologist who worked for four years in college counseling.
The Golden Tones Chorus was established in 1988. It is based at the Wayland Senior Center. It creates a community where everyone is encouraged to “stay active, healthy and creative.” Golden Tones is 60-person chorus. This chorus is comprised of retired men and women from the Metro-Boston area. They adhere to the proverb, “If you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing.” It is open to everyone regardless of singing experience. Performances take place year round. Each year the Chorus takes part in fifty concerts at venues including senior centers, schools, and faith organizations.
Artist, Choreographer, Dancer
Joan Green is a talented teacher in the visual and performing arts. She teaches art at the Codman Academy in Dorchester. When she is not teaching art lesson or creating her own work, Joan is heavily involved in dance. She is a choreographer, teacher, and dancer. She is the director of Back pocket dancers, which performs for elders and community groups. Her goal is to bring dance into the community. She has also had a hand in the creation of a few performances, such as Across the Ages Dance and Dance in the Fells.
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Sargent College, Boston University
Sue Berger is a practicing Occupational Therapist. She has a Ph.D in Gerontology and teaches Occupational Therapy students at Boston University’s Sargent College. Her research focuses on aging and vision loss. She has worked with adults who have low vision, Parkinson’s disease, and adults who have suffered a stroke.
Protective Service Director, Ethos
Sandy Hovey is the Director of Boston Elder Protective Service program. This program works with elders who have experienced abuse and neglect. Such abuse can be physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. The program is through Ethos. This organization assists elderly to live life with dignity and independence. Ethos and the Protective Services Program investigate and try to resolve cases of abuse and neglect.
Manager of Community Programs and Outreach at Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH chapter
Michael Kincade is the manager of community programs and outreach at the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980. Since then, the association has focused on eliminating Alzheimer’s disease and supporting those who are affected by the disease. Educational programs are provided as well as access to caregiver resources. The association is continually working on new treatments and prevention methods to ward of this disease.
From Sustainability@BU website
Dennis Carlberg, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is an architect with over 25 years of experience. In January 2009 Dennis joined Boston University as its first Sustainability Director. He comes from a Boston area architectural firm where he was a partner, senior designer, and chaired the sustainability committee, which he established in 2000. Dennis began his career at the Solar Energy Research Institute conducting daylighting research to reduce building energy consumption and improve the indoor environment.
Dennis co-chairs the Sustainability Council at the Urban Land Institute – Boston, a committee dedicated to exploring policies and solutions that address global climate change and which are both feasible and effective at the nexus of energy, land use, infrastructure and real estate. Dennis also co-chairs the ULI Boston Sea Level Rise Subcommittee, which was formed in 2011 to educate and motivate the Boston-area real estate community to actively address climate change, sea level rise, and climate resilience planning and policy.
Dennis received his Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was awarded the AIA Gold Medal. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Outreach Coordinator, Sustainability@BU
From Sustainability@BU website
Lisa Tornatore (CAS ’02) has a BA in Psychology from Boston University. For ten years, Lisa worked at BU Sargent College as a Senior Program Coordinator, Assistant to the Dean, and Facilities and Events Manager. While at Sargent, she was a Sustainability Liaison since the program’s inception. As a member of the Sustainability Behavior Change Task Force, she contributed to several initiatives including the Green Office and Green Department Certification programs.
Lisa coordinated the LEED Silver Certification of the Makechnie Study Center for Sargent College. This was the Charles River Campus’s first LEED Certification.
Lisa is also a Pilates instructor and enjoys cooking and eating locally-sourced food. She is interested in promoting a healthy, efficient way of life through sustainability.
Major Account Representative & Partner, Save That Stuff
From Save That Stuff website
Adam joined Save That Stuff in 2000 and was named partner in 2006. A veteran recycler, Adam launched his career in 1988. He spent the 1990’s in New York City, first as a consultant with the Sanitation Department, and later as Vice President with Eastern Waste Services (EWS). Over the past 8 years, Adam has diversified Save That Stuff’s business line to include the collection of office paper, organic waste, and co-mingled containers. Adam is recognized regionally as an innovator in setting up sustainable waste recycling collection systems.
Sustainability Strategist, City of Boston, Greenovate
As manager of Greenovate Boston, the Mayor’s overarching sustainability initiative, Leah works across all city departments to develop Boston’s community engagement strategy. She oversees the execution of this plan, which includes launching pilot programs, planning special events, managing press relations, running advertising campaigns, and blogging, social media, and other inbound marketing strategies.
Leah has over five years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors working on local sustainability efforts. Her specialties include climate resilience and preparedness, waste reduction, community engagement, and communications. Currently with the City of Boston, she supports Boston’s sustainability efforts both internally and externally including, the 2014 Climate Action Plan update; co-authored the report, Climate Ready Boston: Municipal Vulnerability to Climate Change; did community engagement through the Greenovate Boston initiative, and works at other program and policy developments.
Professor, Earth & Environment, Boston University
J. Lawford Anderson, a Professor of Earth Sciences, received his Ph.D. in 1975 from the University of Wisconsin and has been doing teaching and research at USC since that time. He recently completed terms in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences as Director of Faculty Affairs and Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences. During 1997-1998, Anderson served as the President of the Faculty of USC and the University’s Academic Senate, the highest elected faculty position at USC, where he helped sponsor resolutions committing the faculty to greater availability to students and to guiding the university to better utilization of five-day classes. During 1995-1996, he served as President of the Faculty Council of the College where he had a significant role in revising the University’s General Education curriculum. Anderson was the technical advisor to the PBS television series, “Earth Revealed” which first appeared in 1993 and continues to air on public television nationwide.
Anderson is also an environmentalist with long-term interest in educating students about Earth’s resources and environment. He has received nearly a dozen teaching awards, including the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1989, the College’s General Education Teaching Award in 1998, and the Professor of the Year Award from the Gamma Sigma Alpha National Honor Society in 1999, 2000, 2003, and 2004. These have been received largely in recognition of his teaching of large general education classes, such as Geology 108,”Crises of the Planet,” where he strives to learn by first name all of his students.
Homelessness + Housing
This group of speakers works with the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, which advocates for better and more affordable housing in the state. The Speakers Bureau is comprised of individuals who have experienced homelessness and are willing to share their experiences with school groups and educational programs. The program will allow our students to gain a first-hand perspective, offering a more personal account of homelessness in Massachusetts.
Homelessness + Housing
Youth on Fire (YOF) is a safe space and drop-in center for homeless, runaway and street-involved youth operated by Cambridge Cares about AIDS (CCA). It was created to help young people reduce risks associated with homelessness, and members range in age from 14-24. Though not necessarily HIV+, members are at risk for a number of health issues including HIV. Many have experienced violence, homelessness, foster care, and/or youth correctional systems.
Youth On Fire members have courageously created a Speakers Bureau in which young people provide community education and outreach. Working in groups of 3-4, members conduct panel presentations intended to reduce the stigma and misconceptions they commonly encounter.
Assistant Director of Programs and Services, RESPOND Inc.
Homelessness + Housing
Ms. Sacks is the Assistant Director of Programs and Services at RESPOND, Inc. RESPOND is New England’s first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation, and is based in Somerville, MA. Ms. Sacks has spent a long time in this field of work- she was a Domestic Violence Hotline Advocate for Casa Myrna, and also worked with the Cambridge Health Alliance and Arbour Counseling Services. During FYSOP she will be presenting on the prevalence of domestic violence and the correlation between such violence and homelessness.
Social Worker, Trotter Elementary School
Homelessness + Housing
Ms. Wall is a Social Worker for the Trotter Elementary School, located in Dorchester. She works closely with students and their parents to help maintain a good learning environment. During her time at the school, she has helped to pioneer several programs that make school services more accessible to parents. Ms. Wall will be speaking to our students and staff during FYSOP about how poverty manifests itself in a school environment.
Chad Stokes, born and raised here in the Boston area, launched his career as one of three members of the band Dispatch. Currently he is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band State Radio and a member of the band Dispatch. By the early 2000’s, Dispatch established itself as one of, if not the biggest independent rock band in history, selling out venues such as Madison Square Garden and TD Garden, as well as drawing over 100,000 fans from around the world to their 2004 show at the Hatch Shell in Boston. Dispatch has always valued social responsibility, and has made fund raising and volunteering an integral part of their band’s culture.
During a hiatus from Dispatch, Stokes formed the band State Radio and continued to make advocacy and social responsibility key components of his work. This includes, as is the case with Dispatch, not only lyrical messages but hands-on service projects with fans in their communities and fundraising for charitable organizations across the world. In 2008, Stokes co-founded Calling All Crows, an organization dedicated to empowering music fans to speak up and act towards positive social change. Calling All Crows has addressed issues such as marriage equality, abolition of the death penalty, and women’s empowerment at home and abroad. In 2008, Chad’s efforts with Calling All Crows, in conjunction with his other charitable organizations earned him the honor of being named Humanitarian of the Year by the Boston Music Awards.
Abilities, Homelessness + Housing
“Award winning advocate, speaker and educator, Sheila Radziewicz has faced inequality, fought against institutional discrimination and questions society’s norms. She has educated others about disabilities by simply being herself and by answering questions. She has stood up against institutional discrimination when going to college and getting her driver’s license because she understood the importance of being the voice of the people. She has been encouraged to experience life to the fullest and do anything and everything possible by her incredibly supportive family.
Sheila Radziewicz is dedicated and determined advocate with a Masters DEGREE in Criminal Justice. Her bright PERSONALITY, ability and determination are so apparent that you may not even realize she has a disability. Today Sheila is an advocate for people with disabilities drives a car with her feet and has been featured in newspapers and radio stations national and international for earning her Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.”
Russ Lopez, a native of California, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Earth Sciences from Stanford University, his Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his doctorate from the Department of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. His research interests include urban environmental health and the role of the cities, neighborhoods, and the structure of the built environment in public health outcomes. Current and past studies include the role of neighborhood in long term diet and exercise interventions, the influence of schoolyard renovations on student test scores and association between the neighborhood’s built environment and obesity. Dr. Lopez has published articles on the health effects of racial segregation, income inequality and urban sprawl.
Director, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground
Ms. Kennedy is an accomplished woman who has worked with the National Football League and the Boston Globe. She received the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service for reporting on the Boston busing crisis of 1974. Ms. Kennedy has been the Director of the Howard Thurman Center since 2000. Before being director, she was at the University of California at Berkeley, where she established a minority journalism program. After leaving UC-Berkeley and working with the NFL, Ms. Kennedy returned to Boston University in 1991 at the Office of Development and Alumni.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Public Health Awareness
Sophie has been working and teaching in the public health field since 1993. Her areas of expertise include implementing science-based prevention programs and incorporating popular media into public health education. In the passed, Sophie served as the deputy director of the AIDS Action Committee in Massachusetts for six years overseeing prevention and education programs, while also offering practicum opportunities to BUSPH students.
Sophie is a popular face to Boston University undergraduate students. She currently teaches Intro the Public Health for undergraduates among other courses in the school of Public Health. We couldn’t think of a better person to include in the educational component of the FYSOP Program!
Addiction Counselor Community Outreach, Right Turn
Public Health Awareness
Michele and Joshua both work for Right Turn, an innovative program that provides Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Extended Care for Addiction, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Intervention, in a uniquely creative environment. Right Turn was founded by Woody Geissmann a musician who noticed high numbers of people living with addictions in the music industry. Keeping in mind that there are studies that prove the creative park of the brain can help in recovery, Right Turn seeks to approach recovery through the arts (art and music therapy, yoga, journaling). After treatment they help patients with their transition into sober living by incorporating creative hobbies for self-expression.
Michele and Joshua are going to teach us about Right Turn’s mission as well as teach a sort of “Addiction 101” to educate us about drugs and alcohol and the affects it can have on a person’s body and in a person’s life.
Health Advocate, Boston Public Health Commission
Public Health Awareness
Berto serves as the Overdose Prevention Manager at the Boston Public Health Commission. He facilitates a Narcan training. Narcan has a stronger affinity to the opioid receptors in the brain than heroin does because of this, if Narcan has been administered it knocks down the receptors that cause a person to stop breathing during an overdoes allowing them to breathe again. According to BPHC, “Narcan has been credited with reversing nearly 400 overdoses in Boston in recent years. Statewide, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health estimates that 2,000 lives have been saved due to Narcan.” We are so happy to have Berto administer the Narcan training for PHA this FYSOP!
Public Health Awareness
The In Our Own Voice program was developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness as a program to educate the public about mental illness and the road to recovery. Two speakers will share their personal stories about living with mental illness and how they progressed along the multi-dimensional, multi-linear journey in an attempt to educate our staff and students, combat the stigmas surrounding mental illness, present the real face of mental illness, and empower those combating it by presenting a recovery method. NAMI was founded in 1979 and has established itself as the preeminent grassroots mental health advocacy group in the United States, and we are very excited to welcome their Massachusetts chapter to our program.
Public Health Awareness
Since 2006, Partners in Sex Education has been providing comprehensive sexuality education. Their goal is to bring a quality comprehensive sexuality education. They are going to be sending a panel of HIV Positive speakers who are going to share their experience and talk about the impact HIV has had on their lives. It serves to make the experience of living with HIV real and genuine with the goal of opening our minds and broadening our perspective in the HIV conversation. It will give us a chance to hear the stories of someone who has faced a whole variety of serious challenges in their life.
Co-founder, CEO, Green City Growers
Green City Growers’ (GCG) mission is to transform unused urban spaces into thriving farms. GCG provides clients with immediate access to nutritious food while revitalizing the city landscape. The vision includes a world where rooftops and vacant lots become more of a commonplace to grow healthy food in order to enact an agricultural revolution and healthier nation. In 2008 Jessie Banhazi was struck by the green thumb and founded Green City Growers. By the end of 2009, GCG installed over one hundred raised-beds, partnered with a major corporation and established themselves as the leading producer of raised-bed vegetable gardens for homes and businesses in New England. Today, Green City Growers has installed over 400 raised-beds and worked with hundreds of homeowners, businesses, schools, and restaurants in Eastern MA. GCG has developed a rooftop farming system with our Green Roofing partner Recover Green Roofs, and developed custom technologies for season extension. Green City Growers is continuing to transform unused space into thriving urban farms, making it easy to grow food at home, at work, at school or anywhere else the sun shines.
Research Coordinator, Children’s HealthWatch
Allison Bovell is a Boston University Alum; She received her Masters at the School of Theology. Currently Allison is the Research Coordinator for the Boston site of Children’s HealthWatch. Children’s HealthWatch is a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts. They are committed to improving children’s health in America by collecting real-time data in urban hospitals across the country on infants and toddlers from families facing economic hardship. After analyzing data, they share findings with academics, legislators, and the public. The findings help policymakers and the public better understand the social and economic factors that impact children’s health so they can make well-informed policy decisions that can give all children equal opportunities for healthy, successful lives. Children’s HealthWatch currently has pediatricians and researchers located in urban hospitals in five cities across the United States: Boston, MA; Baltimore, MD; Little Rock, AR; Minneapolis, MN; and Philadelphia, PA. Children’s health watch’s mission is to improve the health and development of young children by informing policies that address and alleviate economic hardships Allison is responsible for training and overseeing interviewers in Boston Medical Center’s Pediatric Emergency Department. In the past she has spoke about food insecurity and CACFP on a panel at the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children’s “Symposium on Nutrition for Young Children in Massachusetts” in Boston, MA.
Chef, TV Personality – From Scratch with Joe Gatto
Joe Gatto is your friendly neighborhood chef with a passion for everything fresh and food. From Scratch is Joe’s TV series teaching people how to make family recipes from fresh ingredients. This boston native passion sprouted when he helped his mom in the kitchen as a child. Joe passes on the tradition of cooking and sharing food to conect and laugh with his family and viewers. Joe’s mission is to bring food, family and farms all back together. Joe also is a culinary instructor and private chef.
The Fresh Food Truck is a retrofitted school bus that operates as a mobile supermarket supplying food access to healthy foods for all communities. Fresh Truck carries a daily inventory of more than 30 different kinds of fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts, whole grains, healthy snacks and other fresh, healthy food items! Shop at street level from our open-air market or step on to the bus and shop from indoor market. The truck parks at Fresh Spots, locations throughout the greater boston area in the same place, at the same time, every week. Fresh Truck collaborates with health centers and other community organizations to connect their health care services with Fresh Truck as direct access point for affordable, healthy food options. Daniel and Osh co-founded the Fresh Food Truck in 2013. Since then, they have expanded and added five people to the team.
Bruce Fulford has worked extensively with federal and state agencies on research, development and regulation of technologies and best practices for composting, bioenergy, sustainable agriculture, and storm water management. He has been a leading proponent of integrating commercial scale composting and anaerobic digestion with greenhouse facilities and other on-site horticultural applications. Bruce has helped establish a regional composting infrastructure that now diverts hundreds of thousands of tons of organic wastes from landfills and incineration. His clients range from local governments to farmers to universities. His soil has been laid in farms, urban growers, schools, and private and public landscapes in the Boston metropolitan area.
Part of Witnesses to Hunger, Juell is a 28-year-old mother of two girls. She graduated from medical assistance school, and is working on getting a Bachelor’s degree in human services. Juell wants to see changes in Boston, including holding landlords responsible and creating clean and safe environments for families. Juell believes that Witnesses to Hunger is important because it gives her the chance to speak out for her and her community about these and other issues.