Board meetings and overall functions
Katie and her husband Pete moved to Concord back in 2007. Pete, a Carlisle native and CCHS grad, had sold Katie on the area—the great town centers, the conservation land and farms, the amazing public schools, and not to mention the charm of it all. They welcomed their daughter Caroline in November 2012, and then their son Peter two years later in November 2014, around the time when Katie decided to leave her job in downtown Boston in financial technology to focus on being a stay-at-home mom. Katie joined CFN to meet other young families in town and quickly became a regular at Winter Playspace, which is where she met several of her good friends to this day. She has also helped plan the New Baby Brunch for the last few years. When she isn't busy getting her daughter to and from preschool, you can find them walking all over West Concord, playing outside in their yard (blowing bubbles in the rain and counting school buses are favorites), and having play dates with their new Concord friends.
Laura lives in Concord with her husband Sam and their two young sons. Since moving from Cambridge in the spring of 2015, they have enjoyed so much about Concord – from walks to Marshall Farm, swimming at White Pond, and frequent trips to Reasons to be Cheerful. Having grown up in New Hampshire, she appreciates being able to raise her family in an area with such easy access to nature. She is thankful for the community that CFN has created and the new friendships it has fostered for her family. In addition to keeping up with her busy boys, Laura works in professional development for a healthcare consulting firm.
Fire Truck Wash
Charlotte has lived in Concord since 2012 with her husband Jon, son Graham (born 2012) and now new addition Elise (born 2015) She quickly felt at home since Jon grew up in town and they had already spent a lot of time in Concord visiting with his family, enjoying walks around conservation land and biking around the country roads. Charlotte joined CFN soon after she moved to town in order to meet more families, and looks forward to promoting CFN events in her role as Publicity Chair as well as making more local friends. She is a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist and works part time as a school nutrition consultant working to improve the quality of school meals. Meanwhile at home, Graham is putting Charlotte's nutrition theories and culinary skills to the test as he marches to his own drum and is a very independent preschooler. When Charlotte isn't chasing after Graham, Elise or her dog Black Jack, Charlotte enjoys cooking, gardening, yoga and running.
First Connections Liaison
Lauren and her family moved from the North End to Concord in 2014 so there could be more room to run around, which they now spend plenty of time doing! Lauren is a licensed clinical psychologist and owns Concord Therapy LLC, providing counseling to women and their partners on fertility and family planning, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum health, and work-life balance. Lauren is passionate about women’s health and has presented at National conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of perinatal mental health, gender identity, countertransference, and suicide prevention. Lauren loves to be involved in community building and is energized by networking with other moms and families who have ideas to share or are in need of support. CFN has been essential in helping her explore new surroundings and meet other like-minded individuals!
Board Member at Large
Board meetings and overall functions
Cecilia moved to Concord in 2013 with her husband Tony and their then 2 year old daughter Róisín. In July 2014 they welcomed their second little girl, Clodagh, into their family. In 2007 Cecilia and Tony left Ireland and since this time they have lived in Miami FL, Shanghai China, and now Concord MA but still return home to Ireland regularly to see family and friends. Cecilia graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 1999 with a BSc in microbiology and then obtained her MSc in environmental science from Queens University in Belfast. Prior to becoming a stay at home mom, she worked in the environmental section of local government offices in both Ireland and Miami Dade, Florida. She and her family love the outdoors and can often be found at Walden pond or the local playgrounds. At weekends they like to explore New England’s beaches and national parks.
Board Member at Large
Jen has lived in Concord since 2013 with her husband Adam, daughters Kayla (6) and Winnie (2) and their dog Boston. Living close to Boston most of her life Jen was skeptical of moving to Concord, but immediately felt at home in this cozy town. Jen and her family enjoy the beautiful farms and parks and love the family atmosphere the town provides. Jen works as a graphic designer/art director for Vistaprint where her primary focus is creating invitations and announcements and researching industry trends. In her free time she enjoys, shopping, cooking and yoga. Being a CFN member has allowed her and her children to make many friendships and they’ve enjoyed lots of wonderful events.
Board Member at Large
Julie and her husband, Dave, moved to Concord in July 2011. After welcoming their daughter, Riley, in March 2013, Julie joined CFN to involve herself in the community and to meet more families. Julie grew up in North Carolina and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill. After living in NYC, Julie moved to Boston and completed Boston University's dual masters program in social work and education. Julie worked for 10 years with high risk youth in Boston, most recently as the Director of Program & Evaluation for Friends of the Children-Boston. She is a stay at home mom for Riley and an Independent Consultant for Rodan + Fields Dermatologists. Julie enjoys catching up with friends, spending time outdoors, reading, running and traveling.
Amanda and her husband Tom have been living in Concord since 2013. Both from surrounding towns, they knew that this was the perfect place for them to live and raise a family. Their son Tommy was born in 2014 and two years later, his sister Teagan joined the Matthews clan. Amanda teaches high school Spanish at Acton-Boxborough and has recently decided to take some time off to stay at home with the kids. Amanda joined CFNright after Tommy was born to meet other young families in town and has really enjoyed the community feel of the network. Amanda and her family are always walking around town - they are regulars at Main Street on the weekends for breakfast sandwiches - and enjoy spending time outdoors at all the area playgrounds. When she's not chasing Tommy and Teagan around, Amanda also enjoys cooking for her family, gardening and DIY projects.
Jessica and her husband Derek and son Theo moved to the area May 2016 from Waltham but are originally from Rhode Island. She has a rambunctious 2 and half year old boy Theo and labradoodle Walter. Before moving to the Boston area she lived in Brooklyn, NY but loves being up here close to her family and having a garden to play in. She works as a User Experience and Visual Designer full time but on the weekends and after work loves to explore the area with her family. So far her top places are Long lake, Shelburne farm and ride out park! She has enjoyed Concord Family Network as a working parent and loves the weekend activities as well as the moms night in. In her free time she enjoys gardening, cookings (other things than chicken nuggets and mac and cheese), and exploring the trails with her pup!
Baby Activities Coordinator
Katie and her husband Eric relocated from Austin, Texas in 2016. Shortly before their move, they discovered life had another big surprise in store! Their son Benjamin became a native Bay Stater in August of 2016. In Texas, Katie worked in the medical device industry creating and delivering technical training curriculum. She made the tough decision to leave a great job to follow her true passion: nutrition. She is currently working on her graduate degree in Food & Nutrition. When she’s not chasing Ben around the house, studying or dreaming of warmer weather, you can find her spending her time exploring all that New England has to offer: its boundless quaint towns, trails, farms and unique culinary experiences.
Fire Truck Wash and Earth Day Parade
Julie and her husband, Clark, moved to Concord in 2013 and promptly joined CFN, which proved to be invaluable in providing them with many wonderful opportunities to attend fun events, meet other families and make new friends. They have 2 sons, Owen and Jacob, and a beloved rescue-dog, Casey. Julie has a doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy and before becoming a stay at home mom, worked in pediatrics. In their free time, they love being outside – you can find them at Emerson or Rideout parks, Drumlin Farm, Walden Pond and along the great hiking trails in the area – and supporting local businesses. Julie served as Membership Chair for three years, and looks forward to continuing to serve on the board and give back to such a great organization that provides a wonderful service to the families of Concord.
Weekend Event Coordinator
Moms' Night In Coordinator
Moms' Night Out Coordinator
Jesse, her husband Matus and daughter Stella moved to Concord in May of 2015. Shortly after the move, Max joined the family. While initially nervous about moving out of Cambridge, they have loved taking advantage of all that Concord has to offer. Stella and Max both attend Little Sprouts Daycare three days a week while Jesse is working as a primary-care doctor and Geriatrician in Boston. The rest of the week they are involved in many of the activities that CFN organizes. In addition, they love picking fresh veggies at Barrett’s Mill Farm, vising the animals at Drumlin Farm, swimming at Walden Pond, and exploring the parks, playgrounds and restaurants around Concord. Jesse is excited to be organizing the MNO events and is looking forward to meeting other Concord area Moms.
Dad & Me Coordinator
Benjamin has lived in Concord since 2014 with his wife Lauren, and son Max (born 2015). He is a native of the area, having grown up one town over in Acton. Benjamin joined CFN with his family to meet other families and participate in fun events year round. He is an attorney in the litigation department of D'Ambrosio Brown LLP in Boston. Benjamin is frequently spotted with Lauren and Max at Rideout Playground in West Concord and standing in line for ice cream at Reasons to Be Cheerful.
Board Member at Large
Elizabeth and her family moved to West Concord in June 2016. Though familiar with the area having grown up in Lincoln, Elizabethhas enjoyed seeing Concord through the eyes of her two sons, Joey (4) and Charlie (2), as well as her nephew (Leon) and niece (Lila) who live right down the street! CFN is so important as a new mom or someone new to the area because it provides exciting opportunities to make lasting family friendships. Elizabeth ran the New Baby Brunch in 2017 alongside her friend Lauren Brown, and looks forward to doing it again next year. In addition to being a dedicated and enthusiastic stay at home mom, Elizabeth is a birth doula in the Concord area. The Kelly family is always up for park play dates, visiting farms, outdoor activities, and a lot visits to the libraries.