Introducing the New 2015/2016 Parent Talk Board!

In June, we kicked off a new Parent Talk year by saying goodbye to our outgoing Board members and welcoming a new group of Board members to lead our organization.  This energetic group is already hard at work planning fun events for kids, interesting lectures for parents, community events and fundraisers. We can’t wait to share them all with you this year.

Members of the Parent Talk 2015-2016 Board of Directors (from left): Susan Kagan, Joanna Cram, Nar Lee, Megan Bourque, Leslie Arnould, Elizabeth VanDahm, Liza D’Hemecourt, Meredith Swisher, Michelle Freniere, Kate Swenson, Ellie Beasley, Meredith Giannotti, and Michael Cohen.


The Parent Talk Board of Directors for 2015/2016 includes the following new members:

Joanna Cram – Clerk

Meredith Swisher – Playspace Chair

Leslie Arnould – Fundraising Co-Chair

Michelle Freniere – Fundraising Co-Chair

Elizabeth VanDahm – Membership Co-Chair

Joanna Noon – Membership Co-Chair

Meredith Giannotti – Events Co-Chair

Liza d’Hemecourt – Community Relations Chair

Diana Han Wilson – Lecture Chair

Bonnie McLellan – Volunteer Co-Chair

Jennifer Emmett – Marketing Chair

These 11 new board members join the following five returning Board members: 

Megan Bourque – President

Ellie Beasley – Vice President

Nar Lee – Treasurer

Kate Swenson – Events Co-Chair

Michael Cohen – Volunteer Co-Chair

The Board of Directors is rounded out by our new Executive Director, Susan Kagan, and our Business Administrator, Mary Schneider.  

The current Board is grateful for the hard work of the outgoing Board members.  Many thanks to Wendy Todd, Emily Roach, Lauren Baum, Shalini Broderick, Kristen Capodilupo, Colleen Doran, Deborah Dorman, Riley Hastings, Susan Koslow, and Maggie Shapiro for making the transition so seamless.

To learn more about Parent Talk’s Board members, please visit the About Us section of our website at

About the Author

Megan Bourque lives in Needham with her husband Zach and their four children, Erin (6), Annette (4), Ryan (2 1/2), and Henry (2 months). She first got involved with Parent Talk through the Sale Committee and this is her second year on the Board. She is honored to work with such a talented team of volunteers to lead this amazing organization.

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