Only A Game Host
Bill hosts the award-winning weekly sports radio program Only A Game, which tells the stories behind the box scores, including the explosion of interest in women's sports, competitive opportunities for the disabled and the business of sports — as well as who wins and who loses. Bill is insightful, humorous and creative when capturing the sentimentalities, quirks, and personalities of the sports world at all levels.
Founder & Executive Director of BOKS
A Natick resident, Kathleen has built BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success) from a local to a national nonprofit organization addressing childhood inactivity and obesity. Family Circle listed her as one of the 20 Most Influential Moms and she has been profiled by CBS, Huffington Post, NESN, NPR, and other media. Kathleen was honored by First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative in 2013 and 2014.
Attorney, Social Justice Advocate
Adam is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of Suffolk County. The Root, an acclaimed news source, named him one of the 100 most influential black Americans of 2016. In 2015 he was recognized among the 40 most up-and-coming lawyers in the U.S. by National Law Journal. In 2013 the Massachusetts Bar Association voted Adam Prosecutor of the Year. Adam is a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform and the importance of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration, a cause that he and singer John Legend are now working on together.
Professor of Architecture
Alan J. Plattus is Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Yale University. He teaches architectural history and theory, urban history and design, and directs the school’s China Studio. He founded and directs the Yale Urban Design Workshop, a community design center that undertakes complex community-based planning projects throughout the world, at scales ranging from the neighborhood to the region, in response to problems such as border conflict, underdevelopment and climate change.
Monika Weber, PhD
Startup CEO & Founder
Monika is an entrepreneur and inventor who founded Fluid-Screen, Inc. based on her PhD research at Yale to develop a simple life saving device. Monika was honored with the Grand Prize in the NASA Create the Future Design Contest and her company won the Gold Prize in MassChallenge, the largest startup accelerator in the world.
Composer for Films
Professor, Berklee School of Music
Sheldon is a composer for film and television. He has been nominated three times for an Emmy Award for Best Music, and his scores have been a part of many award-winning films and TV shows. In addition to composing, he serves on the faculty at Berklee College of Music, where he is a Professor in the Film Scoring Department. His Berklee Silent Film Orchestra is considered one of the premier silent film music organizations in the world.
Bren is a Boston based artist. He paints whimsical characters that he has been drawing since childhood. He also paints murals and gives presentations about his artwork and street art projects to schools, hospitals and businesses. Bren has been featured on CBS Evening News, Washington Post, Boston Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Channel 5's Chronicle, Readers Digest, and Boston Globe. He taught at UMass Amherst.
Dean, Brandeis University
As Dean of Students, Jamele is responsible for the quality of student life outside the classroom. He promotes opportunities for students to engage in leadership activities and to experience personal, social, and emotional growth and development. Jamele brings high energy and fierce dedication to fostering a community of diversity and unity at Brandeis and beyond. He resides in Natick.
Ned is a retired businessman, avid sailor and newly-minted grandfather who recently started a nonprofit foundation. He never imagined that a simple idea would change his life and the lives of others.
Rudy Tanzi, PhD
Neuroscientist & Author
Rudy is the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He has co-discovered many genes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Rudy has published nearly 500 research papers and has received the highest awards in his field. He was named to the 2015 list of TIME100 Most Influential People in the World. With Deepak Chopra he co-authored the New York Times Bestseller, “Super Brain”, and recently “Super Genes” which was featured on WGBH. GQ magazine named him a Rock Star of Science.
Student at Natick High
Maeve is a sophomore at Natick High school. She is an honors student, athlete, and advocate for those with disabilities. When not busy with school, she enjoys horseback riding, coaching for Strivers Running Club and reading.
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Caterina Stamoulis, PhD
Brain Scientist & Engineer
Asst. Professor, Harvard
Caterina, a researcher at Boston Children's Hospital, uses novel computational technologies to study neural networks in the brains of infants and children. Having trained in engineering and applied physics (underwater acoustics) at MIT, she applies big data approaches inspired by the physical sciences to understand the organization of infant brains. Caterina is supported by President Obama's BRAIN Initiative through the National Science Foundation.