Board of Directors (Mass. Peace Action)

Rosalie Anders, Cambridge (CD7), co-chair, Climate & Peace Working Group

Rosalie AndersRosalie Anders retired in 2012 from her job as an environmental planner with the City of Cambridge. A longtime peace and environmental activist, she is co-chair of the Environmental Justice Task Force at First Parish Church in Cambridge, a board member of GreenCambridge, and a coordinating committee member for Greenport. A former Williamstown resident, she cofounded the Nuclear Weapons Education Center there in 1980 and was active in peace and environmental justice issues in Berkshire County. She was associate director of the Council for a Livable World from 1984 to 1991 and is a past vice president of WAND. Before becoming a planner, she was a family therapist for many years. She serves as president of the Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund (MAPA EF) and co-chairs our Peace and Climate Working  Group.

Jaime Babson (CD2), South Hadley

rsz_jamieJaime Babson serves on the boards of the Veterans Education Project and of two family foundations, and is a friend of the New England Peace Pagoda community. He values the communities of peace activists in Western Massachusetts.

Andrea Burns, Boston (CD7), co-chair, Legislative/Political Committee

Andrea BurnsAndrea Burns co-chairs our Legislative/Political Committee.   She is an active member of Our Revolution Massachusetts and worked on Bob Massie's gubernatorial campaign.  A professional photographer, she was the proprietor of Andrea Burns Photography in Easthampton and was a city councilor in Easthampton.  She was active on issues of war and peace in western Massachusetts, working as a volunteer with American Friends Service Committee, and was part of a group that was arrested in the lead up to the Iraq War, before relocating to Boston.

Carol Coakley, Millis, co-chair, Legislative/Political Committee, Metrowest Peace Action Chair

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Carol Coakley is chair of Metrowest Peace Action and represents the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex state senate district on the Democratic State Committee. She worked at Framingham State College as a clerk for 20 years where she was the chief steward for AFSCME Local 1067.  Since retiring Carol has been active in  peace and social justice issues and has worked part time in the MAPA office since 2014.  She is co-chair of our Legislative/Political Committee and serves on our Executive Committee.

Caitlin Forbes, Somerville (CD7)

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Caitlin Forbes is the Senior Manager of Marketing and Digital Strategy for the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ), an organization working to ensure health and well-being for all childen.  From 2015-2019 she organized MAPA's campus chapters and was a founding member of MAPA Next Gen project, the next generation of peace activists.   Caitlin has an M.A. in English literature from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in English from St. Anselm College.   She has taught undergraduates extensively and was an leader in extra-curricular activities as captain of the alpine ski team in college.  She is a native of Bethel, Maine and currently lives in Somerville.

Shelagh Foreman, Cambridge (CD5)

rsz_shelaghsmShelagh Foreman is the program director of Massachusetts Peace Action, chairs our Middle East working group, and is a member of our Foreign Policy for All working group. She was a founding member of Mass Freeze, the statewide nuclear freeze organization, which merged with SANE to form Massachusetts Peace Action. She has worked consistently on nuclear disarmament and focused on bringing Peace Action’s message to our elected officials. She studied art at The Cooper Union and Columbia University, taught art and art history, and is a painter and printmaker. She represents MAPA on the Political Committee of Mass Alliance, is a core group member of 20/20 Action, chairs MAPA’s Iran Task Force and is a member of our Executive Committee. She and her husband Ed have 5 children and 7 grandchildren, live in Cambridge and also spend time in Falmouth.

Jared Hicks, Dorchester (CD7)

Jared was born in Dorchester and is a 26-year-old millennial. He volunteered for Bernie Sanders' Presidential campaign and was a Bernie delegate at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. He is a new member of the Boston Democratic Ward 17 committee and is honored to serve the political revolution. He will forever feel the BERN and believes that the struggle continues. He is a founding member of Our Revolution Massachusetts (ORMA) and of Our Revolution Boston, and serves on ORMA's Representative Council.  He is also active in Dorchester People for Peace and works for the Massachusetts Nurses Association.

Rosemary Kean, Dorchester (CD7), Board Co-Chair; chair, Racial Justice Working Group

RosemaryKeanRosemary Kean is an active member of Dorchester People for Peace (DPP) and co-chair of the Social Justice Committee of First Church Boston UU. For the past 8 years and especially since retirement 2 years ago following a 45 year nursing career, Rosemary has been focusing on activism and community organizing for peace and economic justice under the tutelage of long time activists and organizers at DPP. She worked on the Budget For All campaign with the Coalition to Fund Our Communities/Cut Military Spending 25% which includes DPP, New England United for Justice, Boston Workers Alliance, City Life/Vida Urbana, AFAB, and Survivors, Inc., among other Dorchester-Roxbury-Boston community groups. Rosemary is her church liaison to the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization which organizes around health care, housing, and education. She is currently working on the Jobs Not Jails campaign and on a UU Mass Action effort for passage of 2 bills in the Massachusetts legislature to end mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses and to reform pre-trial bail procedures. Rosemary has an MS degree in psychiatric nursing and has written about providing psychiatric care to older adults in the home, a model which continues to be practiced by beloved colleagues at the Cambridge Health Alliance. She chairs MAPA’s Racial Justice and Decolonization Working Group.

Jonathan King, Cambridge (CD7), Board Co-Chair; chair, Nuclear Disarmament Working Group

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Jonathan King is Professor of Molecular Biology at MIT where he has long taught biochemistry and directed biomedical research on protein misfolding and human disease.  He is past president of the national Biophysical Society, and former Councilor of the American Society of Virology and of the American Society for Microbiology. He is a recipient of the United States Antarctic Service Medal, a former Guggenheim Fellow, and a recipient of the National Institutes of Health MERIT Award. Prof. King chairs the Editorial Board of the MIT Faculty Newsletter and serves on the Technology and Culture Forum Steering Committee. He is a recipient of MIT’s M.L. King Jr. Faculty Leadership Award.  

As a long time teacher of experimental method, Prof. King has been engaged with issues of science education and was an officer of the statewide Coalition for Authentic Reform in Education (MassCARE).  Prof. King serves on the Board of Citizens for Public Schools and is Vice-President of the Cambridge Residents Alliance, dealing with housing and public transit issues. In 2008 Prof. King chaired the Scientists for Obama Committee in Massachusetts.

Long involved in issues of science and society, Prof. King was a co-author of the Science for Peace Resolution of the World Council of Churches, calling for continuing nuclear disarmament, and a leader of the national campaign of biomedical scientists to press the Senate to ratify the Biological Weapons Convention, which culminated in the treaty's ratification by the Senate in 1989.

Prof. King currently serves as Co-Chair of Massachusetts Peace Action and chairs its Nuclear Disarmament Working Group. This work also connects to the Poor People’s Campaign building on MLK Jr’s vision and the national People’s Budget Coalition that works with the Congressional Progressive Caucus on federal budget priorities.  King is married to journalist Jackie Dee King and has two sons, Aaron and Andrew, who live and work in the Boston area.

Jeff Klein, Dorchester (CD7), chair, Palestine/Israel Working Group

rsz_jeffklein100Jeff Klein is a retired machinist and union activist. He worked at GE in Lynn and for the Mass Water Resources Authority on Deer Island, where he was president of his local union for ten years. Since 2003 he has been active with Dorchester People for Peace in opposing US wars abroad and promoting social justice at home, in cooperation with many other grassroots organizations, and he edits the weekly newsletter DPP Update. During the past decade he has traveled almost every year to Palestine/Israel and elsewhere in the Middle East, participating in solidarity efforts and promoting freedom for the Palestinians from occupation and racism. He has spoken many times about the Israel-Palestine conflict in schools, churches, mosques, community and peace organizations, and has appeared on local TV and radio. He also published articles and op-ed pieces on US policy, politics and Middle East issues. In the 1980’s Jeff lived and worked in Nicaragua, then joined the South African freedom struggle, working for the exiled African National Congress in Lusaka, Zambia. He helped to teach English at the Association of Haitian Women in Boston (AFAB) for the past two years. He lives in Dorchester and has two grown children.  Jeff chairs MAPA’s Palestine/Israel Working Group.  His recent articles include “Voters have spoken — will Washington listen?”,“The Way the Wind Blows in Syria (and Beyond)”, and “Romney’s Iran Campaign”.

Maryellen Kurkulos, Fall River (CD4), Treasurer

Maryellen Kurkulos grew up in Fall River and has lived in New York, Baltimore and Athens, Greece. A graduate of Wellesley College, she received her doctorate in Biological Sciences from Columbia University and has been a researcher and professor of molecular biology and genetics. Over the last 11 years she has been involved in a range of anti-war and social justice activism including organizing for the Budget For All-MA campaign, Occupy Fall River, and Our Revolution Greater Fall River. In 2005 she attended Z Media Institute, the annual summer school in Woods Hole run by cofounders of Z Magazine. She speaks fluent Demotic Greek, freelances as an interpreter and can make a pretty mean spanakopita. She is a member of our Executive Committee.

Savina Martin, Braintree (CD8)

Savina MarginSavina Martin is the co-coordinator of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival in Massachusetts.   She was President of the Boston Union of the Homeless and a national coordinating team member. Martin works extensively with homelessness organizations, and as a veteran and a woman of color, works particularly with homeless women veterans.

Read a 2016 interview with Savina from the Kairos Center about the Poor People’s Campaign: “Seize the moment!”

Val Moghadam, Somerville (CD7)

Val MoghadamValentine M. Moghadam is Professor of International Affairs and Sociology and director of the International Affairs Program at Northeastern University, Boston. She is the author of Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East (2013, third edition), Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement (2012, second edition), and other books and journal articles. Her research areas include globalization and development; transnational movements; the political economy of gender in MENA; revolutions and social movements; and citizenship. A native of Tehran, Iran, she is also a member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She is a member of MAPA's Middle East Working Group.

Eva Moseley, Cambridge (CD5), Palestine/Israel working group, Music chair

rsz_eva1Eva Steiner Moseley was born in Vienna; she and her family arrived in New York as refugees in 1939. Educated at Bronx H.S. of Science, Mount Holyoke College (B.A. in philosophy) and Radcliffe College (A.M. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies), after a peripatetic marriage she was curator of manuscripts at Radcliffe’s Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America for 28 years, during which she was president of New England Archivists and on the Council of the Society of American Archivists. She cut her political teeth in Henry Wallace’s presidential campaign (1948), worked for a nuclear test ban with Women Strike for Peace in the early 1960s, joined the nuclear freeze movement in 1982, and has worked for peace ever since. In 2007 she visited Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Hebron with the Cambridge-Bethlehem People-to-People Committee. She has two children and three granddaughters. Eva chairs MAPA’s Music Committee.

Jeff Napolitano, Florence (CD2)

Jeff NapolitanoJeff has long been a key peace organizer in the Pioneer Valley where he directed the Western Massachusetts office of the American Friends Service Committee until it closed in 2017.  He has now led the launch of the Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, which continues the work of AFSC-WM.  Jeff is passionate about peace, justice and ending war without end. He is also fascinated by racial justice. Recently, Jeff gave a presentation on the 34th annual Martin Luther King Day celebration called "Getting Military Recruiters out of our High Schools," and how, since 2001, military recruiters have had increased access to children in high schools and are regularly given their personal information in order to solicit them. He talked about how to stop them from gaining access to students and their information.

Prasannan Parthasarathi, Newton (CD4), Middle East Co-Chair

rsz_prasannanPrasannan Parthasarathi is Associate Professor of History at Boston College and has a Ph.D. from Harvard University. A specialist in the history of South Asia, the British Empire, and labor and economic history, he recently published Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850. Parthasarathi was a member of the Sustainable Defense Task Force and was a member of the steering committee of our Peace Economy Working Group from 2013 to 2015.

John Ratliff, Cambridge (CD7), Economic Justice Chair

JohnRatliff.Smiling.100John Ratliff was political director of an SEIU local union in Miami, Florida, and relocated to Cambridge after his retirement in 2012.   He is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School.  A Vietnam veteran and member of Veterans for Peace/ Smedley Butler Brigade, he is also a member of the coordinating committee of Massachusetts Senior Action's Cambridge branch and a steering committee member of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice.  As Mass. Peace Action's economic justice coordinator he leads our coalition work with Raise Up Massachusetts and against the Trans Pacific Partnership.  He is a member of the messaging committee and of our executive eommittee. John is the father of MIT freshman Daniel Bausher-Belton, who was an intern at Mass. Peace Action in summer 2013.

Patricia Salomon, Monterey (CD1)

Pat SalomonPatricia Salomon is a retired pediatrician and a long time activist for peace, justice, civil rights, worker rights and universal health care. She went to Mississippi in 1964 with the Medical Committee for Human Rights and organized an anti-Vietnam war community group in Warwick, NY. She has been arrested with the NYC Granny Peace Brigade, Peace Action Montgomery (MD), and the single payer health supporters called the “Baucus 8". She successfully promoted the first state legislation to deny military recruiters routine access to the results of student aptitude tests (ASVAB). Dr. Salomon relocated to the Berkshires where she has organized programs on Israel/Palestine for Peace Action, most recently through Cafe Palestina. She is also active with Occupy Berkshires. 

Denise Simmons, Cambridge (CD7)

Denise Simmons, a lifelong resident of Cambridge, is currently serving her seventh term on the Cambridge City Council. She was executive director of Cambridge Civic Unity Committee in the 1980s, served on the Cambridge School Committee in the 1990s, and was Mayor of Cambridge in 2008-2009, the nation’s first black, openly lesbian mayor.  She supported legislation on environmental protection, affordable housing development, “green economy”, responsiveness to senior citizens, and closing of the educational gap in Cambridge public schools.   She led discussions on issues of race and class. Simmons owns a small insurance business just outside of Central Square. She and her wife, Mattie Hayes, live with her grandchildren in the Central Square area.

Brenton Stoddart, Harvard (CD3)

Brenton is a graduate of Allegheny College where he received a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Middle East and North African studies. His passion for social justice issues worldwide led to him spending five months in Jordan where he studied their language, culture, and customs. Brenton works with college campuses and local churches to give presentations based on his experiences that humanize the Arab world to challenge the rise of islamophobia in the United States. Brenton interned at Massachusetts Peace Action in the Spring of 2016, works at Senscio systems, and organizes in congressional district 3 in order to advocate for peace. 

Michael VanElzakker, Somerville (CD4)

Michael is a research fellow in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he studies post-traumatic stress syndrome. He became fascinated by peace and justice through his study of neurology and science and is now a leading member of our Nuclear Disarmament working group, as well as an activist on MAPA's work in relation to the Korea crisis. He is also a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

Vernon Walker, Dorchester (CD7)

Rev. Vernon Walker

Rev. Vernon K. Walker is originally born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Rev. Walker attended Penn State University for college and there he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in Organizational Leadership and a minor in Psychology in 2012. During his time in college, Rev. Walker also was elected to become the President of the Abington Christian Fellowship at Penn State Abington; which is the campus Christian Organization. He served there for two years and the group experienced exponential growth as the group met weekly to engage the campus community about growing in the Christian faith and introducing non-believers to the love of God.

After graduating from Penn State University, Rev. Walker attended Boston University's School of Theology and earned a Master Degree in Theological Studies (M.T.S) in 2016. During this time, Rev. Walker also took courses at Harvard University' Divinity School on non-profit leadership. Rev. Walker was also enrolled in a Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Boston University where he took classes that focused on social justice and macro social work practices.

While in Boston, Rev. Walker served as an associate pastor over social action and outreach at the Berachah Church. It was under Rev. Walker leadership that the church formed relationships with various non-profits organization to serve the poor.

Rev. Walker has played an integral role in helping organize the Massachusetts Poor People's Campaign and was formally a state-wide faith based organizer for the Massachusetts Nurses Association ballot campaign called the Safe Patient Limit Ballot initiative.  

Currently Rev. Walker is organizing with The New Democracy Coalition.

Throughout his time in Boston, Rev. Walker has appeared in several different newspapers such as: Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Bay State Banner, Commonwealth Magazine, and other newspaper for his work related to social justice. Rev. Walker has also made TV appearances on Fox 25, New England Cable News, Boston Neighborhood Network, CBS Boston, and NBC 10 Boston.

 

Governance

At-large members serve for a 2-year term. The next election will be held in March 2020.   Read about the Board election process.