Board of Directors (Mass. Peace Action)

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

Rosalie AndersRosalie Anders worked as an Associate Planner with the City of Cambridge’s Community Development Department, and is author of the city’s Pedestrian Plan, a set of guidelines intended to promote walking in the city. She has a Master’s degree in social work and worked as a family therapist for many years. She organizes around peace and environmental issues and is active with 350 Massachusetts.  She chairs the Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund board and co-founded our Climate and Peace Working Group in early 2016.

Jaime Babson, 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.

 

Carol Coakley, Millis, National Board Representative, Legislative/Political Co-Chair, Metrowest Peace Action Chair

Carol Coakley

Carol Coakley is chair of Metrowest Peace Action and represents the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex state senate district on the Democratic State Committee. She has a B.A. in Politics from Framingham State College, where she also worked as an administrative assistant and was steward for AFSCME Local 1067. She was Field Coordinator of the Instant Runoff Voting initiative petition drive with Citizens for Voter Choice in 2009. Carol works part time in the Mass. Peace Action office as office coordinator. She represents Massachusetts Peace Action on Peace Action’s national board of directors, is co-convenor of MAPA’s Legislative/Political Task Force and is a member of our Executive Committee.

Shelagh Foreman, Cambridge, Board Chair; co-chair, Middle East Working Group

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.

Bonnie Gorman, Quincy, Legislative/Political Co-Chair

rsz_1bonniegormanBonnie Gorman worked for two years in the Vietnam Air Evacuation Hospital network as a military nurse, which paid for her undergraduate degree (an early economic draft). In 1968, her brother Paul, a young Marine, was killed in action along the DMZ in Vietnam. Her mother then had a massive heart attack and eventually died. As a result of her personal losses and involvement with many wounded and dying soldiers and their families, Bonnie joined Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) and other peace groups working to end the Vietnam war and prevent future wars. Bonnie is an active member of Military & Gold Star Families Speak Out (MFSO), Veterans for Peace (VFP) and Gold Star Families for Peace (GSFP). After her military service, she returned to U.S. and worked for 50 years in nursing and social work. She continues her interest in public health and social policy issues, and works actively on medical, children and families, disability, veterans, peace and justice issues. She is co-convenor of MAPA’s Legislative/Political Task Force.

Rosemary Kean, Dorchester; 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 leads MAPA's racial justice study group.

Jonathan King, Cambridge; Board Vice Chair; chair, Nuclear Disarmament Working Group

Jonathan King is professor of molecular biology at MIT, the author of over 250 scientific papers, and a specialist in protein folding. He founded the Jobs with Peace campaign in the 1980s.  He is also an officer of the Cambridge Residents Alliance and of Citizens for Public Schools and co-chairs our Economic Justice Working Group.

 

Brenton Stoddart, Harvard; chair, MA3Grassroots 

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 also organizes in congressional district 3 in order to advocate for peace. 

Jeff Klein, Dorchester, 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, and edits the weekly newsletter DPP Update. He has traveled widely in 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, has appeared on local TV and radio, and has 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 taught English at the Association of Haitian Women in Boston (AFAB). Jeff lives in Dorchester and has two grown children.  He is a member of the steering committee of our Palestine/Israel working group.

Maryellen Kurkulos - Fall River

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 and Occupy 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.

Eva Moseley, Cambridge; 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.

Guntram Mueller, Newton; Boston Downwinders Co-Chair

rsz_guntramGuntram Mueller has been a member of the Board of Massachusetts Peace Action since 2008. He is a retired professor of mathematics at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. While there, he also designed and taught a philosophy course called The Cognitive Roots of Conflict, which received higher student acclaim than any of his mathematics courses. When his daughter was born in the 1970s, and he saw his time of responsibility stretched out, Mueller designed a vertical axis windmill, with helical blades, and formed a company, Urban Turbine, to address the energy issue. Since 1989, he has been a member of 2020 Vision, a citizen action group concerned with nuclear weapons and environmental issues, and is now a member of the national core group of its successor, 2020 Action. Born in Germany, Mueller grew up in Montreal and is now a resident of Newton. He chairs Boston Downwinders, a MAPA working group, was elected as MAPA's Board chair in March 2014, and is a member of the executive committee.

Prasannan Parthasarathi, Newton; 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; 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

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

Denise Simmons, a lifelong resident of Cambridge, served two terms as Mayor of Cambridge from 2014-17 and is serving her seventh term on the Cambridge City Council.  Executive director of Cambridge Civic Unity Committee in the 1980s, she served on the Cambridge School Committee in the 1990s, and was previously Mayor in 2008-2009, the nation’s first black, openly lesbian mayor.  She has 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.

 

Governance

At-large members serve for a 2-year term. The next election will be held April 1, 2018.   Read about the Board election process.