Board of Directors
Introducing our Board of Directors
Thank you to the individuals who commit their time and talent to the WFL Foundation.
Kara Reinhardt Block grew up in Princeton, NJ. After graduating from Princeton University with an AB in East Asian Studies, Kara lived in Washington, DC, where she worked in health policy with a focus on medically-underserved populations. She graduated from Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, LA and completed her residency in internal medicine at Tufts Medical Center. In 2010, she and her husband, Jason, moved to Wellesley, where they have two boys in public elementary school.
Currently focused on raising her children, Kara was heavily involved as a parent volunteer at the Wellesley Montessori School including recruiting for and serving on the 2015 search committee for a new director. Kara is the PTO volunteer coordinator at her children’s school, a role that grew out of her involvement on the organizing committees for the school’s two major regular fundraisers. Since its inception, Kara has served on the organizing committee for the Wellesley Free Library Foundation’s annual mini-golf fundraiser. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and is on the parent committee as well as the Advisory Board at the Wellesley Chinese Language School.
Kara enjoys being a parent coach for town soccer and maintains a strong interest in food, Tudor history, amateur photography, healthy policy and activism.
Bridget grew up in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. A graduate of Princeton University and Boston College Law School, she also has a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish Literature from Trinity College Dublin. Bridget is an attorney at Ropes & Gray in Boston. She has lived in Wellesley for 18 years, and the Wellesley Free Library is one of her favorite places in town! She has held active roles with several community organizations, including serving on the boards of the Friends of the Wellesley Free Library, Wellesley Mothers Forum, and National Charity League-Wellesley Chapter. Bridget and her husband Kyle have three daughters, all of whom attend Wellesley Public Schools. Bridget took up rowing a few years ago, and loves being out on the Charles River at sunrise.
A partner at Baumann & Baumann CPAs Wellesley, MA since January 2013, Macdonald has been a partner at regional and national accounting firms for 30 years. Macdonald has been a Wellesley resident since 1977 along with his wife Katherine and two children both of whom are graduates of WHS.
Macdonald served as a member of the Wellesley Advisory Committee 1999 to 2002, Chairman 2001 to 2002, and member of the Wellesley Audit Committee from 2002 to 2005. He also was a board member and Treasurer of Wellesley Scholarship Foundation from 2002 to 2012 and board member of jfyNetworks Boston MA. Macdonald is a graduate of Boston College and Bentley University.
Amy Fuller Boyd grew up in Harvard, Massachusetts. After receiving her BA in Computer Science at Brown University, she settled in Menlo Park, California where she worked as a Software Development Program Manager at Digital Equipment Corporation's Western Software Lab, Taligent (a joint Apple and IBM start-up) and Synopsys. Amy and her husband Norris moved to Wellesley in 2000 and all three of their children have attended the Wellesley Public Schools. While her kids were young, Amy was active in the Hunnewell Elementary School PTO and held several board positions, including PTO President. Now Amy runs her own consulting business which offers website, social media and marketing support to small businesses. An avid proponent of libraries and community resources, she worked on the WFL Mini Golf event in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She has also given her time to WPS Parents of Performing Arts Students (2012-2016), Wellesley Girl Scouts (2003-present) and Wellesley Boy Scout Troop 185 (2014-present). In 2016 she became the town-wide Scouting for Food Scout Chair.
Michael Casey is a husband, dad, photographer, avid reader, and proud card-carrying member of the Wellesley Public Library. Mike is a professional photographer who specializes in portraits and architecture to expand brand-building efforts for a broad portfolio of corporate, non-profit, and individual clients. His portraits present a real and honest side of his subjects and his architecture and interior work conveys the beauty of our surroundings -- both manmade and natural.
A native of Taunton and graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Mike spent 12 years in the advertising industry with Hill, Holliday and Arnold. With inspiration from clients including Titleist, Reebok, and Red Hook Brewery, Mike honed his skills as a storyteller with a lens. Mike's civic passions include the Pan Mass Challenge, Project 351, Camp Harbor View, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Wellesley High Girls' Golf and Soccer, and Wellesley Little League.
Since 1999, Mike has proudly called Wellesley home. His wife, Lisa Hughes, and children, Riley and Dylan, embrace all things Wellesley -- especially the community's emphasis on civic, cultural, and recreational engagement. One of the Caseys’ most meaningful memories was the debut of his book with Kevin O'Connor, The Best Homes of This Old House, at the WPL.
Mary and her husband, Jim, moved to Wellesley in 1980 from California. They have two adult children, who attended Bates School, where Mary was active in the PTO and served as president. Mary’s work life has centered on early childhood education. For the past 27 years, until her recent retirement, she was executive director of the Wellesley Community Children’s Center (WCCC), which offers education and care to children in its Early Childhood Program located on the campus of Wellesley College and After School Programs in six of the seven town elementary schools. Before WCCC, Mary taught at the Stanford University Children's Center, where she founded and directed the first Infant Center; taught and supervised students at the Lemberg Children's Center at Brandeis University; worked in an early intervention program in Brookline; and was founding director of the Child Care Center at McLean Hospital. She has also taught early childhood curriculum courses at Wheelock College and early childhood education courses at Wellesley College. Mary has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Wheelock College.
While Director of WCCC, Mary entered into a collaborative agreement with the Library to operate a kindergarten after school program at the Fells Library. She has been on the organizing committee of the Wellesley Free Library Foundation Gala Committee for the past six years.
Laurel has expertise in development, fundraising and database management and has been working in the non-profit sector for over 15 years. Earlier in her career, she worked for a large national regional mall developer as the Director of Human Resource Information Services. Laurel is active in community-based, non-profit organizations that work to improve the well-being and quality of life of the residents of Wellesley, Massachusetts. She has held several leadership positions on non-profit boards including President of the Eliot Montessori Board of Trustees, Chair of The Fund for Wellesley and President of Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club. At present, Laurel is Vice President for the Wellesley Service League and serves on the boards of the Wellesley Library Foundation and Wellesley Friendly Aid. Laurel earned both her BA in Sociology and her MBA from the University of Chicago.
A native of Long Island, New York, McMahon received a BSFS from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. She worked in Washington, DC for an international exchange organization before moving to Boston. Her three children went through the Wellesley Public Schools, where she spent a great deal of time volunteering (particularly in the school libraries) and in various PTO positions. McMahon is currently an academic advisor for the ABC (A Better Chance) program. Other community positions include Wellesley Town Meeting Member, (1993-present), Community Preservation Committee, (2011-present -current Chair), Advisory Committee, 2008-2011.
Bill McNamara is a product management and marketing executive in the investment management industry. For over 20 years, McNamara has worked in the investment management industry in the Boston
area. From his original work in strategy and finance, he moved his professional focus to investment product management and marketing. McNamara’s experience includes work in the retail investor channel, the advisor and brokerage market, and institutional clients.
McNamara resides in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his wife and two teenage children. He received his B.A. in English and Economics from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. McNamara holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. He has served as an alumni giving agent for both institutions. His personal interests include history and politics, gardening, and travel. His volunteer activities have included coaching soccer and baseball, managing the annual Christmas tree sale at St. John School in Wellesley, and volunteer opportunities with local clubs.
Johanna Murray grew up in Thousand Oaks, CA then moved to Boston where she attended Northeastern University. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration, Johanna worked at MFS Investment Management marketing mutual funds to financial advisors. She later worked at Idiom Technologies, a translation software company, developing marketing materials and events to end users. In 2001, she and her husband, Alec, quit their jobs and traveled around the world. They lived in Chatham, MA before settling in Wellesley in 2007.
Since then, she has dedicated herself to raising her two boys and providing freelance marketing services. She has also volunteered for Bates Elementary and Wellesley Middle School PTOs. In 2014, she joined Wellesley Nursery School in the Hills as their office coordinator. While at the preschool, she created an Author Speaker Series with local children's authors and collaborated with the Hills Branch Library to implement a monthly program. Johanna is also a member of the Wellesley Service League and the Hills Garden Club of Wellesley. She speaks Spanish, enjoys yoga, hiking, and reading in the magazine room at the library.
Cynthia recently retired after 23 years at Fidelity Investments. The last seven and a half years, she served as the director of research at Fidelity Charitable, an independent public charity that sponsors the largest donor-advised fund program in the U.S., whose donors recommended $2.6B in grants to 92,000 charities in 2014. She was a member of Fidelity Charitable’s Senior Management Team, focusing on trends in the broader philanthropic sector and grant-making practice. Previously, Cynthia had a long career managing high performing teams at Fidelity Management and Research Company, where she served in numerous senior management and investment capacities, including Fidelity’s actively managed U.S. equity funds, director of research for all of Fidelity's investment grade bond funds, and director of research for Fidelity's domestic and Canadian dollar money market funds. Prior to Fidelity, she was a founding managing director of a French-owned merchant bank in New York and held a leadership position in leveraged finance at Citibank, with expertise in global banking and workouts.
Cynthia is currently on the board of the YMCA of Greater Boston, the WGBH Board of Overseers, and Invest to Elect steering committee. She has served on a number of advisory committees for national organizations in the philanthropic sector, including Charity Navigator, Guidestar, and Exponent Philanthropy. Cynthia holds a B.A. degree cum laude, with departmental honors in art history, from Wesleyan University and resides in Wellesley, with her 13-year-old son, Edward, and husband, Harry Sherr.
Linda received a BBA in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and continued with studies in Managerial Accounting at Harvard University. Linda has spent the majority of her career as a Sales and Management professional. She specializes in creating and managing high performing sales teams, market analysis, identifying new markets and opportunities and setting and achieving sales objectives within the engineering and construction, technology and aviation industries. She has worked for international companies such as Hilti and Bombardier as well as with technology start-ups.
Linda has served as an active volunteer at the Fiske Elementary School and Wellesley Middle School and continues to do so at The Rivers School in Weston. She has also served in various active roles as a volunteer with the Wellesley Mothers Forum and at The Hills Church in Wellesley.
Linda, her husband Shawn Herlihy and their three boys have lived in Wellesley since 2008.