Who We Are
Eve Sullivan, Founder and President
Eve, the mother of three grown sons and three grandchildren, lives in Cambridge, Mass., and retired in 2012 from her position as an editorial assistant at MIT. She trained as a language teacher and, in 1991, founded Parents Forum as a way to 'pay forward' the help she received in raising her own children. She is active on behalf of Parents Forum in the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, the Cambridge Zero-to-Eight Council, CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation and the UN Committee on Mental Health, as well as the UN Committee on the Family. She serves on the council of the National Parenting Education Network and the board of the International Federation for Parent Education based in Paris.
Rachael Thames (M.S.Ed.), Board Secretary
Rachael holds a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. In addition to her work with Parents Forum, she chairs the Advocacy and Community Service committee on the Wheelock College Alumni Board. Coming from a biracial family and working extensively with children, Rachael brings both personal and professional experience to the board.
Chris Bates, Board Treasurer
Chris is the mother of a son and a daughter, both grown, and the happy grandmother of two wonderful boys. She lives in Nahant and rejoined the board in December 2012.
Luke is a senior system administrator for the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science. His work focuses on system virtualization and identity management. Luke provides guidance to Parents Forum on technology needs.
Eve Sullivan is the author of the program handbook Where the Heart Listens. It is her vision of a community of parents and others who care about children and families that created Parents Forum.
Chris Bates, mother of a son and a daughter, both grown, and the happy grandmother of two wonderful little boys, lives in Nahant. Her practical skills and efforts helped make the Parents Forum dream a reality.
Past Advisors include...
Lisa Mayer, Jena Murphy, Laila Alawa
Past Board Members include . . .
William Sharp, Hayley Arnett, Betsy Anderson, Maggie Giles, Daniel Mulugeta, Michael Heffner, Nina Breygin, Allison Bell, Sharon Leah Brown, Shawn Crossman, Lee Ann Frigulietti, Eugene Kalaw, Emma Lathan, Arianna Mamoli, Mary McCormick, Mary McPeak, Paul Nicholson, Marsha Orent, Margaret Serpa, Lois Sullivan, Natalie Thue and Howard Wolfe. We appreciate all the help you have given and, in some cases, continue to provide!