WFL Foundation Board of Directors
Introducing our Board of Directors
Thank you to the individuals who commit their time and talent to the WFL Foundation.
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.
Liz Carpenter grew up in Duxbury, Massachusetts. She graduated Cum Laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in English, and is a graduate of St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH.
For several years, Liz worked in public relations for Boston-area companies The Weber Group, Miller Consulting Group, and Upromise. Specializing in writing and media relations, Liz was Upromise’s Director of Public Relations when the company launched in 2001, earning national media attention in outlets such as The Today Show, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Prior to Upromise, Liz helped position and launch high-tech startup companies, and began her career in consumer PR, serving as a TV and print spokesperson for Marshalls and TJ Maxx.
Liz and her husband Pete have lived in Wellesley for nearly 14 years. Liz is currently at home with their three sons, who attend Wellesley public schools. She is an active volunteer in the community, and served as Vice President of Marketing and Scholarship Committee Chair for the Wellesley Hills Junior Womens’ Club. She has also volunteered for the Schofield School and Wellesley Middle School PTOs, the Wellesley Mothers' Forum, and the Wellesley Free Library Foundation. Liz is a member of the REACH Beyond Domestic Violence Advisory Board, and is a volunteer tutor with the WFL’s community ESL program.
In her free time, Liz is an avid reader and frequent library visitor, and enjoys golf, cycling, and yoga.
Darcey Bartel was raised in Concord, New Hampshire. In 1994 Bartel graduated Cum Laude from Dartmouth College with a BA in Geography. She worked as a Merchandising Manager and Oilseeds Traders for Cargill, Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the US. After leaving Cargill Bartel worked for four years as a Vice President in the Capital Markets Group at Morgan Stanley in New York City. She worked in the Commodities Division helping Energy Consumers and Producers hedge their oil and natural gas exposure. In 2000 Bartel and her husband, Chris, moved to Wellesley, MA. Bartel went to work at Fleet Bank as a Director in their Capital Markets Group. She remained at Fleet until 2004.
Bartel is currently at home with their three children. She is a Deacon her local church and an active volunteer in her children’s schools by being a room parent, on the annual fund and helping run a community service program. In September 2014 Bartel joined the Board of Chaplains on the Way, a faith-based charity in Waltham, MA. An avid athlete, Bartel spends her free time playing tennis, running and participating in local triathlons. In 2012 she ran her first Boston Marathon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Susan and her husband, Eric Marandett, have lived in Wellesley since 2002. They have three daughters ranging in age from 10 to 19 years old. Susan received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Susan is a Member of the law firm of King & Navins, P.C. (located in Wellesley) and her practice is focused exclusively on estate planning and administration. Prior to joining King & Navins, Susan was a junior partner at Hale and Dorr (now known as Wilmer, Hale).
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.
Peter is a risk management professional with over 20 years of experience in the asset management, broker/dealer, and insurance industry. In addition, he is an entrepreneur and experienced fundraiser. A Wellesley Town Meeting Member, he was co-chair of the Friends of Warren Park, which raised over $250,000 to renovate the park. He also led the St. John School Annual Fund Drive and was treasurer for the St. John School Committee. Additional fundraising activities include chairmanship of the St. John the Evangelist Parish Committee to raise funds for the organ and co-chair of Xaverian Brothers High School Annual Gala. He is an active member of St. John Parish, where he has co-led the Book Discussion Group for the past 10 years.
For the past 16 years, Peter has coach town sports including baseball, basketball, soccer and softball. Peter and his wife, Kelley, have four children, ranging in age from 14 to 23 years old. They have lived in the Poet’s Corner section of Wellesley for the past 17 years.
Sam earned a BA from Colorado College and an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Babson College. He spent several years in the restaurant industry in California working as a bartender, beverage director and ultimately a restaurant manager. When Sam returned to New England, he joined Horizon Beverage Group, managing the state wide sales to restaurant and bars, developing channel specific sales teams and tripling the size of the on-premise dedicated selling division. Most recently, Sam managed the implementation of Highjump Software’s Warehouse Management System at the company’s headquarters in Norton, MA. The batch sortation system can process 80,000 cases and 30,000 loose bottles a night. Sam currently serves as a principal/managing director for Horizon Beverage Group, is a sponsor of Babson College’s Business Consulting Program, and a proud supporter and judge for Fenway High School’s Ventures Program. Sam and his wife, Jessie, have two young children.
Sam’s family has had strong ties to libraries. His mother worked for both the Newton Free Public Library and the Gerstenzang Science Library at Brandeis. He worked for the Colorado Springs Public Library when in college, processing the bookmobile at the end of the day and preparing it for the next day.
Ginny Snow is from Milwaukee, WI and has been living in New England since 1990. In terms of her educational background, she graduated from Trinity College in 1994 with a B.A. in American Studies and received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2001. Following college, Ginny worked for the Harvard University Development Office and become interested in endowment financial management. She then spent the majority of her formal working career at Cambridge Associates, LLC, an investment consulting firm that focuses on endowment management.
In 2002, Ginny and her husband, Drew, moved to Wellesley, MA and then to London, UK. In 2009, the family returned to Wellesley where she has remained at home to focus on raising their three children. Ginny is an active volunteer in numerous capacities including several church committees, a parent volunteers in her children’s school, and as Head Agent for her business school class.
In her free time, Ginny enjoys running, yoga, skiing, tennis and hiking.
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.