BFEN Governing Council

The Boston Family Engagement Governing Council provides oversight of the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant awarded by the Department of Early Education and Care. The BFEN citywide council is comprised of parents and key stakeholders in the early childhood community who service families with young children birth to age 8. The Council is representative of the city’s geographic, ethnic and linguistic diversity. They are the voice of the neighborhoods and participate in setting BFEN’S strategic direction, family engagement goals and provide input on funding decisions. The BFEN Council is mindful of maintaining equity across the city to ensure access to quality family engagement programming.

The role of a ​Council member is to educate the community about BFEN programming, embrace best practices of family engagement, empower parents with knowledge and nurture children for improved family development and children’s school readiness outcomes. For more information or to attend Council meetings, please contact Maria Menzi at mmenzi@familynurturing.org.

GOVERNING COUNCIL MEMBERS JULY 2021-JULY 2023
NameSeat/Position Representative/
Contribution to Council
Nashwa FarsParent of young childRoslindale Parent
Katie SavageParent of young childSouth Boston
Parent Partner
Hamda UllahParent of young childAllston Brighton Parent Partner
Matt LiPumaLead Agency RepresentativeExecutive Director, FNC
Maria MenziLead Agency RepresentativeBFEN Coordinator Citywide
Marie EnochtyDisabilities/ Special Needs RepresentativeBPS Special Needs/ BPS Early Childhood Department
Carla TherriaultRepresentative of Early InterventionDirector, Community Impact
United Way
Richard ClaytorRepresentative of Parent -Child+ ProgramFNC Director of Programs
Thara FullerRepresentative of Head StartJFK Family Services Center Charlestown
Sandra RodriguezRepresentative of Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R)Child Care Choices of Boston
Aditi SubramaniamRepresentative of Mental Health
Consultation Grant Program or local Mental Health Provider
MSPCC Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Manager
Cynthia DyeAt LargeChildren’s Librarian, Field’s Corner Branch
Antonio MendezAt LargeBoston Children’s Museum
Cheryl ItriEarly Childhood Center-BasedSouth Boston Neighborhood House
TeeAra DiazK through 12, School AgeBPS/UPK
Samilla QuiroaNeighborhood AgentAllston Brighton Neighborhood Agent, Family Nurturing Center
Crystal GalvinNeighborhood AgentKennedy Family Service Center
Katee DuffyEarly Childhood/Family Literacy ProgramRaising a Reader
Mary SarinAt LargeThom Boston Metro Early Intervention
Kathryn RateyFamily Support/Social ServicesFamily Resource Center
Marissa LehrmanFamily Support/Social ServicesFamilies First Parenting Program
Representative of Center-based Early Education and Care Program
FCC System Administrator
At Risk
FCC Provider