May Steinkrauss – President
A native of the Pacific Northwest, May found her way to the Boston area about 15 years ago. After a few years in the city and abroad, May and her husband Matt moved to Needham in 2013. They are the proud parents of 3 boys (Mark (2013), Tom (2015) and Luke (2018). She loves the Needham community and can often be seen in town or on playgrounds wrangling her wonderful sons. May recently put a career in accounting on hold so she could focus on family and activities she places closer to her heart. With her accounting (CPA) and organization skills gained from 13 years of experience including 10+ in public accounting, she hopes she can add value to the Parent Talk community by delivering seamless treasury activities, so all can focus on the core mission statement of Parent Talk. Working with Parent Talk will also keep May’s skills sharp while doing something close to her heart, supporting a group that has been a great resource to her while navigating life in Needham and a growing family.
Laura Garabedian – Vice President
Laura Garabedian and her husband, Berj, moved to Needham (from Newton) in summer 2017 with their two boys, Tommy (born 2013) and Will (born 2016). She joined ParentTalk the month they moved and the organization was instrumental in helping her family become active members of the community. Laura joined the ParentTalk Board to give back to the organization and develop friendships with other parents in Needham.
Laura grew up in Hopkinton, MA. After attending college at Boston University, she received a Master in Public Health from Tufts and a PhD from Harvard. She is an Assistant Professor of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Laura loves running and hiking and she will be competing in her first triathlon this summer. You will frequently see her around town with an orange double stroller.
Nina Selvaggio – Executive Director
Nina is a nonprofit professional with twenty years of leadership experience in the social sector. She started her career as a grassroots organizer and has developed deep experiences with community organizing, operations management and strategic leadership. To that end, Nina has built coalitions and worked with communities around a range of issues including, education reform, racial equity, family equality and tackling the intersections of oppression. Her tenure includes strategic roles with several local & national nonprofits. These have ranged from annual budgets between $100,000 and $20 million, a handful to hundreds of employees with multiple sites. Her core passion, expertise, abilities and commitment to social justice are grounded in the goal to integrate improved ways of operating so talent can focus their time and energy on bringing a mission to life.
KumRae Lee – Clerk
KumRae moved to Needham in 2017 with her husband and two children (ages 6 and 4) from Westchester, NY. Prior to becoming a stay at home parent, KumRae spent her career in corporate human resources, specializing in executive compensation and Human Capital Management systems. Originally from Minnesota, KumRae lived (mostly) in the New York City metro after completing her Master in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. KumRae joined Parent Talk upon arrival in Needham and found it to be a great resource for facilitating the transition to a new community. After assisting with preschool outreach for several Used Clothing, Toy & Equipment Sales and Flicks on the Field, KumRae was excited to join the Board and continue to work closely with such an amazing group of people.
Jamie Engle – Co-Chair, Fundraising
Jamie grew up outside of Philadelphia but moved to the Boston area in 2005. Jamie and her husband moved to Needham in 2015 from Watertown. They have two daughters, Maya born in 2012 and Lexi born in 2015. Prior to becoming a stay at home mom, Jamie worked in higher education administration. Jamie first got involved with Parent Talk through the Sale and is looking forward to getting more involved and meeting new people on the board. When she is not with her children, Jamie enjoys cooking, being outside, and volunteering in her daughters’ schools and other community organizations.
Kaitlin Fetzer – Co-Chair, Fundraising
After many years of living in the city, Kaitlin and her family decided to make the move to the suburbs to accommodate the needs of their growing family. They were drawn to community feel that Needham offered and were eager to build a life there. Kaitlin lives with her husband, Tyson, and their son, Nolan (born in May 2018). They are expecting another boy in November! Upon moving to Needham, Kaitlin joined Parent Talk to help build connections within the community. Kaitlin grew up in Weston, MA and attended college at Villanova University. She attended graduate school at Simmons College to earn her masters degree in teaching. Currently she is a fifth grade teacher in Newton. She loves to cook and bake, travel and to try new things!
Julie Venables – Chair, Lecture
Julie is a digital marketing consultant with 10 years of experience in the marketing, advertising, and event planning field. She became interested in joining the Parent Talk board because she believes it is a great resource for young families, and she wants to be more connected to the group personally and with her two-year-old son. She is looking to further foster this sense of community in the lectures that she coordinates, by helping parents answer questions they might not even know they had. Outside of her part-time work and full-time job with her son, she enjoys running, reading, and being creative.
Diana Orenstein – Chair, Membership
Diana Orenstein grew up in Pennsylvania, but fell in love with Boston when she attended Tufts University for her undergraduate degree. After completing graduate school in Philadelphia and a brief stop in Connecticut, she and her husband moved back to the greater Boston area and decided to settle in Needham permanently. Trained as a registered dietitian nutritionist, Diana worked first at Newton Wellesley Hospital before opening her own private practice where she specializes in women’s health. She currently works part time at her practice, and spends the rest of her time with her two children (ages 2 years and 6 months). In addition to a Master’s degree in nutrition, Diana also holds a Master’s degree in education. Diana has been active as a volunteer in multiple organizations and not-for-profit groups in the past, particularly focusing on the areas of healthcare and food access. Additionally, she served three years on the board of a literacy program and carnival. Since moving to Needham, she has volunteered at the Parent Talk sale and the Flicks in the Field planning committee.
Erica Salamon – Co-chair, Member Events
Erica grew up in Lexington and returned to Massachusetts in 2017 with her husband, Seth, and their two children, Charlotte (4) & Ethan (2) after previously living in New York City, Denver and Baltimore. Together they enjoy exploring the area through hikes, playgrounds and parks. Erica graduated Bucknell University and has held various finance and accounting roles in audit and financial services firms. Most recently, she worked at a foundation focused on enhancing the quality of life in the greater Baltimore community through both charitable giving and social impact investing. With a interest in non profits and a desire to serve the Needham community Erica looks forward to joining the Parent Talk board.
Elizabeth Klucznik – Co-chair, Member Events
Liz, a Greater Boston native, moved to Needham in 2014 with her husband Chris and then three-month old son, James (2014). At the suggestion of her realtor, Liz joined Parent Talk shortly after moving to town. Four years later, she still meets with James’s original playgroup, now with his brother Benjamin (2016) in tow! Liz and her boys have steadily become more involved in various Parent Talk activities in the community and Liz has served as a member of the Sales Committee. After graduating from Stonehill College, she spent 10+ years in public accounting serving a variety of clients including many not-for-profit organizations of various sizes in the Northeast. Liz is an avid runner and can often be seen doing preschool drop-off with the double stroller, as well as enjoying outdoor activities with her family.
Susanne Sirois – Chair, Volunteers
Susanne Sirois started her career in marketing doing web promotions, catalog promotions, and project management. In 2011, she went back to school to obtain her teaching license and has worked in elementary schools since. Susanne have two very active boys, ages 6 and 18 months. She has been a member of Parent Talk for years and thought being a board member would be a great way to really become involved in the organization. Please contact feel free to contact her at email@example.com.
Carolyn Day Reulbach – Co-chair, Marketing
Carolyn is a Director at Needham Children’s Center where she is so happy to have her son as a member of the same nurturing community she grew up in herself. She graduated from Colby- Sawyer College with a degree in Childhood Development and Psychology. Somehow she always knew she would end up working with children and is excited to have landed back where it all began for her at NCC! Carolyn and her husband Kevin both grew up in Needham and currently live here in town with their two year old son James! She has been an active member of Parent Talk for a few years, and is thrilled to join such a wonderful organization filled with great families and programs.
Laura Perras – Co-Chair, Marketing
Laura grew up in Needham, where she currently works as part of the Perras Group real estate team with her mother Maryruth Perras. She graduated from Needham High and Skidmore College. Since then she has travelled extensively and lived in Spain, California, and New York City before settling in Brookline in 2014 with her daughter Violet. Her passions are music, writing, art, cooking, and yoga; she speaks fluent Spanish, collects vinyl records, and is getting better at gardening and keeping the plants alive. Over the years she has worked as a teacher, DJ and event promoter, graphic designer, bartender and restaurant manager. Laura was introduced to Parent Talk by a colleague, and has been involved as a participant and volunteer at various events as and as a Sale committee member for the past two sales. She recently took on the role of blog coordinator, and really enjoys the creative outlet it provides. In this new role as Marketing Co-Chair she is excited to have the opportunity to use her marketing and event promotion background to contribute to this fantastic organization.