Staff and Board

20170726_131539Wendy Matusovich, Executive Director
Wendy grew up in Connecticut surrounded by farms and forests. Much to her mother’s dismay she spent as much time as she could playing in the mud. She learned first hand the value of spending time in nature and now is grateful for the privilege to work on bringing urban children out to the land. Wendy worked at a national nonprofit for over 18 years before joining Farrington Nature Linc. She has a A.B. from Brown University and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University.

 

IMG_1489Sarah Kacevich, Program Director
Sarah gets her love of nature from growing up around the woods and oceans of Massachusetts. She comes to Farrington from Strong Women, Strong Girls, a Boston-based youth development organization. She has taught art, yoga, and English with youth; has volunteered with farms in Chile and in Newton, Mass.; and leads hikes with Wilderness Heals, an initiative that supports the Elizabeth Stone House in Boston. She has a B.A. in Human Rights Studies with a minor in Hispanic Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. At Farrington, she is excited to combine her experience with youth development and nonprofit management with her passion for the outdoors.

 

kiz bio photoKiz Ortiz-Vanger, Explore Coordinator
Kiz grew up in the concrete jungle of New York City with a big heart for all animals. In attending high school for Environmental Studies, this love grew to include the greater environment. She continued to pursue this as a career by majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Wildlife Biology at the University of Vermont. Kiz is currently studying to receive her master’s in Environmental Education at Antioch University. She is really excited to be able to combine all three of her passions: animals, environment, and urban life at Farrington.

 

 

benoutsideBen Gammerman, Resource Manager
Ben is a recent New York transplant who loves forests and fields as much as he loves buildings and, well, more buildings. He comes to Farrington from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. He has an MFA from New York University and a passion for nonprofit management.

 

 

 
IMG_0473Abby Girard, Summer Program Manager
Abby grew up in southeastern Massachusetts with her loving family and far too many pets. Surrounded by state parks and numerous lakes, she spent her free time fishing, swimming, gardening, and camping with her family. As she grew up, she continued to cultivate her love of nature through her experiences with the Girl Scouts and the BSA’s Venture Crew. As an adult, Abby received her B.A. in English Literature from Simmons College and is currently enrolled in an MAT program with dual licensure in moderate special education and high school English. She is excited to be able to combine her passion for social justice and youth advocacy with her love of the natural world at Farrington.

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Uche Amaechi, MBA EdM — Doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Uche is the Extended Learning Time coordinator at the Fletcher Maynard Academy elementary school in Cambridge. Uche also serves on the board of Science Club for Girls.

Mary Ann Ashton — Co-founded an economic and management consulting business, where she was an officer for 30 years. Currently board member for League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and Worker’s Credit Union.  She has volunteered extensively with other non-profits and with the Town of Acton and Acton-Boxborough Regional School District. H.A.B. Xavier University.

Brooks Mostue — Founding Principal and President of Davis Square Architects, Somerville, MA and its predecessor Mostue & Associates Architects, Inc. Partner in The Casali Group, Inc., Construction Project Management. Member of Lincoln Town Offices Design Committee and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Building Committee. Eagle Scout. B.A. Harvard College, M.A. Harvard Graduate School of Design, Certificate in Art, University of Oslo, Norway.

Jen Stevenson — Senior Actuarial Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA. A.B. Physics at Harvard College; Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

Thomas A. Shively — Retired Vice President, Eaton Vance Management. Resident of Wayland MA. A.B. Economics at Kenyon College; M.B.A. Finance at University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Susan Hands Taylor — Community volunteer and former newspaper journalist. Trustee of Lincoln (MA) Public Library, chair First Parish Church Lincoln Outreach/Social Concerns Committee, long-time Girl Scout leader. Former Assistant City Editor at Boston Herald. B.A. Mount Holyoke College, M.S. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Daniel Michaud Weinstock — Organizational development consultant, facilitator, and coach that works with mission-driven organizations and systems to enhance leadership and advance mission clarity and impact. He has over 20 years of experience working with staff, management, boards, funders, families, and children in nonprofit organizations, schools and school districts, and public agencies. He has been a teacher, initiated and managed programs, and serves on the Board of Trustees of various nonprofit organizations. He is the proud father of two children. B.A. New York University, Gallatin School.

Daniel Zainulbhai — Loyalty at Wayfair. Previously, Daniel worked in a variety of industries including manufacturing, sports management in India and a start-up. Daniel has a passion for sports and the outdoors. B.A. Economics at University of Chicago; M.B.A. Harvard Business School.