Executive Committee Bios

Erica Recht

Co-President

Erica Abate Recht has lived in Wellesley for seven years with her husband and three children. She has one child at the Wellesley Middle School and 2 children at Upham Elementary School.  Currently, Erica is the co-President of the Wellesley Education Foundation. Erica has had numerous roles in the Upham PTO, including creative arts representative and Upham’s representative to Committee 21. Erica was a member of the Steering Committee for the successful Yes for Wellesley 2014 campaign, and has held numerous board positions, including as Vice President for Development at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. Professionally, Erica practiced civil litigation and represented indigent criminal defendants on a pro bono basis.

Susan Ryan

Co-President

Susan Ryan has lived in Wellesley for 20 years, and has two children -- Lauren, who is a freshman at Wellesley High School, and Emily, who is a senior at Bucknell University. Susan is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She served for ten years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, with overseas postings in London and Brasilia. Susan is currently co-President of the Wellesley Education Foundation, is also Co-Chair of the Wellesley Democratic Town Committee. Susan serves on the Board of the Wellesley chapter of the National Charity League and on Committee 21.  She is also a Wellesley Town Meeting Member.

Victoria Ostler

Vice-President

Victoria Ostler moved to Wellesley in 2014 from Toronto, Canada. She and her husband, Anthony, have two children who attend WHS and WMS. Since moving to Wellesley, she has become involved in the community through serving on the WPS District Progress Report Superintendent’s Advisory Committee, and is a Town Meeting Member. She is also on the Boston regional board of buildOn, an organization which transforms urban youth and their neighborhoods through community service, and builds schools in seven countries worldwide. Victoria has over 20 years of experience in senior healthcare leadership positions in academic medical centers in Canada, and is currently an independent consultant focused on strategy and planning. She holds a Masters of Health Science in Health Administration from the University of Toronto and a BA (Hon) from the St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto.

Maria Chase

Vice-President

Maria Chase has lived in Wellesley for 10 years with her husband and three daughters. Adriana is in 10th grade at WHS, Elena is in the 7th grade at WMS and Lilian is a 4th grader at Upham Elementary School. Over the years at Upham Maria has been involved in several roles. She was treasurer for the Upham PTO for two years. She has also been room parent for several years and has always been highly involved with the Upham Auction and Upham Sports Carnival. This is her second year with WEF, last year she was on the WEF Spelling Bee Committee and helped the fundraising committee with the Red Apple Selfie campaign in the spring. Maria is from the Dominican Republic and came to the US in 1995 to study finance at Babson College.

Becky Cole

Secretary

Becky Cole has lived in Wellesley since 2004. Becky received her Masters in Physical Therapy in 1994 from Simmons and worked in the VA healthcare system for several years. She and her husband have three children, ages 11-15. Since moving to Wellesley, Becky has been involved with the PAWS, Schofield and WMS PTOs. She is a supporter of the Wellesley Food Pantry and rides in their annual bike ride to raise needed funds. She enjoys reading, skiing, traveling and spending time with her family.

Carol Morrow

Marketing

Carol Morrow currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer of WEF. She is a passionate fundraiser at heart, working with non-profits for the past 15 years. Carol currently serves as a board member of Wellesley A Better Chance, member of the Wellesley Democratic Town Committee, and a Museum Council Fellow at the MFA. In the past, Carol has served as a key member of the WPS Strategic Planning Advisory Committee that developed the current strategic plan for the district, steering committee member for multiple political campaigns in the area, chairperson of the Wellesley Marketplace 2015, as well as several PTO executive board positions in town. In addition to her deep philanthropic passions, Carol is the Marketing Lead at Morningstar Consulting Group where her primary focus is in developing and driving integrative marketing strategies and initiatives that engage. By training, she is a management consultant having been formerly employed with Deloitte Consulting and J.P. Morgan. Carol received her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and her BA from the University of Michigan. She and her husband, Joe, have 4 children: Madeleine (University of Michigan), Troy (12th grade, WHS), Caroline (11th grade, WHS), and Liam (8th grade, WMS).

Stacy Braatz

Treasurer

Stacy Braatz has lived in Wellesley for 12 years. She and her husband, Mike, have two children, one currently at Wellesley Middle School and the other at Wellesley High School. Both attended Upham Elementary School for K-5th grades. Stacy was active in the Upham PTO, including two years on the executive board, and spent four years on the Audit Committee for the Town of Wellesley. This is her fifth year on the board of WEF. She has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Amherst College and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Stacy has worked at Bain Capital in Boston for the past 18 years.

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