Board of Directors
Introducing our Board of Directors
Thank you to the individuals who commit their time and talent to the Wellesley Free Library Foundation.
Keith grew up in Florida but has called Massachusetts home since 1979. He has an undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a law degree from Boston University. He also has a master’s degree in history from the University of Virginia where he wrote his thesis on the development of the university library in 19th century America. He has practiced corporate and securities law at Ropes & Gray in Boston continuously since 1982, broken only by three and a half years during which he was Director of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Keith also serves as Secretary and pro bono counsel to Upstream, an organization committed to expanding opportunity and reducing unplanned pregnancy across the United States.
Keith and his late wife Andrea moved to Wellesley in 1990 and raised two sons, both of whom went to Fiske Elementary School and one of whom graduated from Wellesley High School. Keith is an avid cyclist (having ridden a dozen times in the Pan Mass Challenge), a middling gardener, a mediocre golfer and a voracious and eclectic reader.
Alexa has lived in Wellesley since 2010 with her husband Robert and their three daughters Lucy (16), Molly (14) and Lila (12) who attend the Wellesley Public Schools. She would be remiss to not include additional family members Coco and Java, their two beloved chocolate labs.
Alexa spent a career in financial services and retired in 2017 after 14 years at Fidelity and prior stints at Charles Schwab and Franklin Templeton. After retiring from financial services, she joined a volunteer training program at the Museum of Fine Arts and now leads art tours across the collections, as well as participating in a number of other program activities.
Throughout her years in Wellesley, Alexa has remained active and committed to community. She has held or currently holds a Board or leadership position in the Wellesley Chapter of the National Charity League, the Wellesley Education Foundation and has been active in planning events for PTOs and neighborhood associations. Her family enjoys the Wellesley Free Library and she looks forward to participating in Board activities to help the library evolve to meet growing community demands.
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.
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 Wellesley Public Schools.
Currently focused on raising her children, Kara is heavily involved as a parent volunteer, including serving as PTO volunteer coordinator and co-chair of the annual Schofield 5k Road Race. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and is on the Parent Committee as well as the Advisory Board at the Wellesley Chinese Language School. Since childhood, libraries have been an integral part of Kara’s life and her own family has logged in many hours at their beloved Wellesley Free Library.
Kara enjoys being a parent coach for Town soccer and maintains a strong interest in Tudor history, amateur photography, healthy policy and activism.
Catherine Simpson Bueker is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Emmanuel College in Boston, where she has taught for 15 years. She focuses on issues of race, ethnicity, immigration and civic engagement and has published books, chapters, essays, and peer-reviewed articles on those topics. Her books include From Immigrant to Naturalized Citizen (LFB Press 2006) and The Experiences of Women of Color in an Elite US Public School (Palgrave MacMillan 2017). Her articles have appeared in the journals The International Migration Review; Race, Ethnicity, and Education; The Journal of International Migration and Integration; and Contexts, among others. She has also published entries related to race and immigration in the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. Her current project focuses on the ways in which established Americans do or do not recognize and experience increasing diversity in their community. She has been a Visiting Scholar and Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. Bueker holds a BA in American Studies from Cornell University and an MA and PhD in Sociology from Brown University.
Carol Carlson and her husband, Steve, moved to Wellesley in 2018 from Needham, where they lived for 16 years, after relocating from Texas. They have two adult daughters, Katie and Kristi.
Carol is a retired Audit and Accounting Partner from Ernst & Young, where she served clients for over 37 years. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Life Group where she is a member of the Audit and Governance Committees. Carol is the Chair of the Finance Committee for Carter Memorial United Methodist Church. She is also a member of The Boston Club, the Wellesley Club, and the Boston Chapter of Women’s Corporate Directors. Carol also frequently volunteers with BostonCares. Carol graduated with highest distinction from the University of Iowa and is an avid reader. She enjoys boating and traveling with her family, and hiking with her husband and their dog, Cody.
Michael Casey is a husband, dad, photographer, avid reader, and proud card-carrying member of the Wellesley Free 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 WFL.
Mark grew up in New Hampshire but made the big move across the Massachusetts state line for college in 1989 and has been in the Bay State ever since. He has an undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA & Masters in Accounting from Northeastern University. He is a practicing CPA who worked in public accounting at Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young, and in 2003 made the switch to the world of consulting. Since 2009 Mark has been in the forensic accounting practice at FTI Consulting, where his practice focuses on compliance with SEC reporting and technical accounting standards.
Mark and his wife Kerrie moved to Wellesley in 1999 and have two daughters, both of whom went to St. John’s Elementary School and are both currently at Newton Country Day School. Mark’s interests include traveling with his family, reading, golf and tennis.
Bill Horn graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.A. in Economics and has spent the past 30 years in Financial Services in various capacities at Fidelity, State Street, and First Angel Capital. Bill has been a Director of public companies including MFC Industrial and LMS Medical Systems. At LMS, he assumed the role of CEO/CFO during strategic transition phase. Currently, Bill serves as COO for the High Yield Capital Markets division at Citizens Capital Markets, a subsidiary of Citizens Bank.
Bill has lived in Wellesley for the past 10 years with his wife, Anne, and twin boys who attended Hunnewell Elementary School and Wellesley Middle School, and now attend Wellesley High School. Over the past seven years, Bill has also been active in Wellesley United Soccer Club coaching youth soccer and active on the WUSC Board.
Chrissie grew up in Wellesley and returned with her husband, John, in 1992 to raise their family here. Chrissie graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature and from the Wharton School of Business at UPenn with an MBA in Marketing. Chrissie began her career in Massachusetts as a Consumer Products Marketer with Gorton’s of Gloucester. After eight years, she switched gears and joined Rutledge Properties, the family real estate business owned by her mother. Ever since, Chrissie has been a leading agent in town. Pointing out what is outstanding about Wellesley – especially the Library - is an everyday activity for Chrissie as she welcomes new families to town.
Chrissie and John have four adult children, all of whom attended Hunnewell Elementary School and spent many hours at the Wellesley Free Library next door. Chrissie has served as a coach and President of Wellesley Youth Lacrosse and has cheered on innumerable Wellesley Youth and High School teams. She has served as a Town Meeting Member since 2009. Chrissie is a lifelong voracious reader, a member of multiple book groups, and plays as much tennis as possible.
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.
Amiee Munro has lived in Wellesley since 2009 with her husband, Bill, and three boys who are currently students at WMS & WHS. A lifelong lover of the written word, Amiee spent
her early career in publishing, first as a Business Manager at Conde Nast and then in marketing and subsidiary rights at Little, Brown, Inc. and the Perseus Books Group. Currently, Amiee is a real estate agent with Donahue Maley | Burns Team
/ Compass, eager to share her knowledge and love of Wellesley with all potential residents.
An active community volunteer and fundraiser, Amiee has served as Fiske PTO President, Auction Chair, Wild West Chair and spent five years as a member of the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club, including Community Outreach Chair, Wonder Run Chair and Nominating Committee Member. Currently, Amiee serves as the town wide Scouting for Food coordinator, on the WMS book fair committee, and the WHS Cotillion Committee. A
graduate of Connecticut College, Amiee resided in Washington DC, New York City and Boston before settling in Wellesley.
A native of Kalamazoo, MI, Liz attended Boston College, receiving degrees in Biology and Economics. Professionally, her career in finance, including at Bank of Boston and Fidelity Investments Institutional Services, focused on specialized financing for multinational asset management and insurance companies globally. Presently, she is Principal of Snug Harbor Consulting, a financial consulting practice, and Managing Partner of Walker Snug Harbor, a multi-family investment partnership.
With the exception of two years in New York in the late 1990s, Liz has lived in Wellesley since 1986. She has two daughters in college who attended Sprague and graduated from Wellesley High School. Liz has spent countless hours at the Wellesley Free Library: story time at the Hills Branch; and at the main library in the play room, Wakelin room for recitals, and reading in the periodicals room between carpools.
Liz was actively involved in the Wellesley schools, holding leadership positions in Creative Arts & Sciences, Art Enrichment, Sprague Fields Task Force, WHS PTSO Volunteer Coordinator and Nominating Committee, and elected School Council member, and co-founder of Lessons in Leadership speaker series. Other Wellesley service activities included Wellesley Mothers Forum Treasury positions and Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club Economic Needs, Scholarships, and Donations Committees leadership roles. In 2019, Liz became a trustee of the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation. Beyond Wellesley, Liz has been an Advisor at WGBH since 2012 and sits on the Advisor Nominating, Emerging Media & Technologies and Ralph Lowell Society committees. Since 1996, Liz has served in various volunteer leadership positions at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and is currently Vice-Chair of Membership for the Patron Program. Liz volunteered extensively with Junior League of Boston (recipient of Boston Bean Pot award for community volunteerism), Children’s Hospital Boston (Co-Chair Women in Medicine Committee), Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Advocate), and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (Parent Board).
Emily grew up in Wellesley and is a graduate of Wellesley High School. Emily graduated from Bowdoin College, with a degree in Economics and a minor in Mathematics, and from Georgetown University Law Center. Emily began her career as a lawyer clerking for a Federal judge and has practiced as a business litigator in Boston for the past 20 years. Emily is a partner at Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C., where she is chair of the litigation department.
Emily sits on the Board of The Boston Club and chairs its Governance Committee. Emily also served on the Board of the Wellesley Community Children’s Center for a number of years. Emily is an active member of The Wellesley Club and a regular volunteer at Sprague.
Emily and her husband, Chad Harris, have lived in Wellesley since 2006. They have two sons in the Wellesley Public Schools and one exuberant, albeit obstinate, Lakeland terrier who loves to explore Wellesley’s trails. When she is not at work, Emily logs many hours cheering on her sons’ baseball teams.
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.