Board of Directors of the Somerville Mathematics Fund

Erica Dakin Voolich (President and founder) is an award-winning middle school mathematics teacher. She was inducted in the Hall of Fame of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts (2006). She won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in Secondary Mathematics (PAEMST,1999), an Edyth May Sliffe Award for distinguished Jr High Math Teaching (MAA,1999) and an Above and Beyond Award (Massachusetts Software and Internet Council, 2002). The author of two supplementary mathematics texts: A Peek into Math of the Past: Mathematical Historical Investigations for Middle School and Pre-Algebra Students, (2001) and Investigating with Power Solids, (1997) and numerous articles on teaching mathematics, she has conducted local, national, and international workshops for mathematics teachers. She was a lead teacher in the Discrete Math Leadership Program (DIMACS, Rutgers) for classroom teachers.

Erica received the AWM Service Award which recognizes individuals for helping to promote and support women in mathematics through exceptional voluntary service to the Association for Women in Mathematics. The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) presented ten women with the inaugural AWM Service Award at the AWM Reception held during the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, CA, January 9-12, 2013. Erica was one of the ten women who received the award in recognition as a Mathematics Educator, for her work in the Somerville Mathematics Fund, for her role in establishing the Teacher Partnership and long-time service on the Education Committee for the AWM, which included representing AWM at the CBMS Forum in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
She has also written two books on design in weaving: Parallel Shadow Weave, (with Elizabeth Lang, 1987) and Playing With Blocks: An Exploration of Multiharness Overshot, (1977). She was a middle schools math classroom teacher for decades in various schools, including Solomon Schechter Day School (Newton), Wheelock College, Cambridge Friends School, and in the public schools in Arlington, MA, and Philadelphia, PA. Locally she has served as the Clerk of the Board for RESPOND, Inc (1998- 2004), and served on various committees of the Fresh Pond Friends Meeting for many years. She was the secretary of the Middlesex County Chapter of the MSOG (2013-2021) and just joined the Board as newsletter co-editor of the Massachusetts Genealogy Council. Part of her reinvention since leaving the classroom is to take classes in genealogical research and to publish her family research.

Richard Graf (Vice President) is an award winning real estate and urban design professional. He is responsible for development of commercial and residential projects, an adviser to clients on development issues from urban to project scale, with specializations in historic tax credits and adaptive reuse. He was a Visiting Critic (1989-97) at Harvard University, concentrating on the relationship between real estate economics and urban design.

Monica Fernandes s (Auditor) grew up in Somerville, graduating from Somerville High School and won a Somerville Mathematics Fund Scholarship. She went on to Suffolk University, where she graduated with her BSBA and Masters in Accounting in 2008. She then earned her MBA and Masters in Taxation in 2012. She is a licensed CPA in MA and since 2018 has managed her own practice, M Accounting Services LLC, providing individuals, small businesses, and non-profits with accounting services.
Jay Landers s (Treasurer) is a retired field controller for Kraft Foods. After working over 3 decades in the corporate world, he has moved his focus to aiding nonprofits. Currently he is the Treasurer (and was the past President) of The Scholarship Foundation of Wakefield, MA. The Treasurer (and was past President, Clerk and Vice President) of the Colonel James Hartshorne House Association. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Wakefield Historical Society. He has an MBA from Oregon State University. He resides at the start bike path in Davis Square with his spouse Jasper.
Chase Duclos-Orsello (clerk) is the Head of End-to-End Technology & Innovation at MilliporeSigma in Burlington.. He has spent over 20 years in the Biopharm/Life Science industry, and has done thousands of experiments and lots of math to analyze them! He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T. He has had a lifelong interest in teaching math and science to children. This included teaching a course for two summers with Citizen Schools in Boston. He currently lives in Somerville with his wife and where their son graduated from Somerville High and is now off at college!
Adam Foster is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, studying atomic physics and supernova remnants. He has lived in Somerville since moving to the USA in 2009. Before moving to the USA, he studied magnetically confined fusion energy at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.
G Sanford Bogage has been a math teacher for over 20 years and a resident of Somerville for over 10 years. With a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD, he was drawn to the SMF because of the work they do to help the local community and the balance of academic challenge, teamwork and thinking outside the box. In addition to his work as an educator, He has a small car collection and enjoy attending shows and events around New England and across the country.
Zbigniew Nitecki is a mathematician working in nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory. He has been on the faculty at Tufts University since 1972; previously he taught at Yale and the City College of New York. Besides papers in research journals, he has written four books: Differentiable Dynamics (MIT Press, 1971: Russian translation 1975, Chinese 1979), Differential Equations, A First Course (with M. Guterman: Saunders,1st ed. 1984, 3rd ed. 1992), Calculus Deconstructed, A Second Course in First Year Calculus (MAA, 2009), and Calculus in 3D: Geometry, Vectors, and Multivariate Calculus (MAA, 2018) In 1982-3, he served as the first director of the Geometric Analysis program at the NSF. He has served on the editorial board of two journals: Real Analysis Exchange and Qualitative Theory of Dynamical Systems. He has served as Associate Treasurer of the American Mathematical Society since February 2012 He lived in Somerville from 1974 to 1983, and is delighted to be back, since 2007.

Susan Weiss (Webmaster) is an award-winning mathematics teacher with degrees in mathematics, education, special education, and instruction technology.  Her awards include the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in Elementary Mathematics (2000), a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship (1991), and a Compaq Technology Grant (1999) and inducted into the Mathematics Hall of Fame in Massachusetts (2011).  She has presented workshops in technology and discrete mathematics at local, regional, and national teachers’ conferences and served as an officer for many organizations devoted to education in mathematics and technology. She has taught mathematics in grades K-12, primarily in the lower grades.  Currently she is the Support Technology Specialist and provides Math Support at the Solomon Schechter Day School (Newton).

Jesse Stern is a Computer Science PhD student at University of Chicago doing research in computational complexity and theoretical cryptography, research fields he began work in as a student at Somerville High School. During the summer, he also works as a research mentor, assisting motivated high school students with theoretical computer science research projects. He grew up in Somerville where he regularly attended Somerville Math Fund events from early grade school through high school. With the help of a Somerville Mathematics Fund Scholarship, he then studied Logic and Computation at the University of Rochester. In addition to his research, Jesse has also been heavily involved in disability advocacy throughout high school, college and graduate school. .

Dan Oshima grew up in Somerville and was a 2006 recipient of the Somerville Mathematics Fund Scholarship. He graduated from Harvard University in 2010 with an A.B. in Economics and has since worked in the finance and banking industries. He is currently a Senior Vice President in the Strategic Enterprise Risk Management group at Wells Fargo. In his free time he teaches judo and volunteers as a college counselor. He also enjoys researching real estate markets, traveling to try new cuisines and playing strategy board games.

Sharon Rewerts, Vibro Dynamics

Patricia Jehlen (Honorary) served on the Somerville School Committee from 1975 until 1990 when she was elected to the Massachusetts Legislature. She served in the House until 2005, when she was elected to the Senate. She currently chairs the committee on Elder Affairs, and is co-chair of the committee on Education. Rep. Jehlen holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She taught history at Brookline High School and supervised student teachers at Simmons College. She is the mother of three SHS graduates, and the grandmother of two students at the Healey School in Somerville.

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