Razia's Ray of Hope

Staff

Making it Happen

Today, our staff consists of an executive director, one employee, and several part-time contractors. We look forward to building a more extensive roster as we continue to grow.

 

Patti QuigleyPatti Quigley, Executive Director

Patti became active in women’s issues after her husband Patrick was killed on September 11, 2001. He was a passenger on United Flight 175, the second plane to hit the World Trade Center. After her husband’s death, Patti was overwhelmed by the enormous outpouring of emotional support from around the world. Soon after the United States invaded Afghanistan, she became aware of the vast differences between her experience as a widow and the treatment of her counterparts in Afghanistan.

Struck by these disparities, in 2007 Patti teamed with Razia Jan to fulfill their mutual dream of educating the next generation of Afghan people in order to end the cycle of poverty, despair, and terrorism in Afghanistan. Today, Patti is pleased to apply her skills and experience to the role of executive director for the Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation.

After earning her BA degree in finance from the University of Lowell, Patti went on to have a successful career as an internal auditor, VP of financial operations, and management consultant at various commercial lending organizations around the country.

Patti also supports and works for other nonprofit organizations and public service groups in her community. She is a founding board member of the National Charity League Wellesley Chapter where she helped mothers and their daughters work together on philanthropic activities to support area nonprofits. As a past co-president of the Wellesley Education Foundation, Patti gathered support and funding for innovative ideas to help teachers create an environment where kids can think outside of the box. Patti is also a former member of the Wellesley Public Schools School Committee.

Patti has participated in 9 Pan Mass Challenge rides, cycling to raise money for cancer research. Most recently, she completed the 2016 Boston Marathon to raise funds for the Zabuli Education Center.

In recognition of Patti’s work, she has received several awards as well as media attention. In 2002, the Lowell Police Academy recognized her work against terrorism. She received a Special Recognition Award for Activism from the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance in 2008. That year, she also received an award from Search for Common Ground. Patti was interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007, and that year, she and Razia were subjects in an article in MORE Magazine.  Patti is also a subject in Beth Murphy’s documentary film Beyond Belief.  In 2011, Patti received the Lowell High School Distinguished Alumni award, and in 2012 she was the recipient of the Bridgewater State University’s Political Science Department Public Service Award.

Patti resides in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and is the mother of Rachel and Leah. 

Employees

Caitlin Irwin

Caitlin Irwin, Administrative Assistant

Caitlin Irwin earned a BA in classics from Pitzer College in 2005. She has worked in a variety of positions including museum intern, customer service manager, and after-school teacher. From 2010 to 2012 she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in low-income and under-served communities in Kansas and West Virginia. She currently volunteers teaching dance to incarcerated women at the South Middlesex Correctional Center in Framingham, Massachusetts, and is assisting in the formation of a new nonprofit, the Moving Steps Foundation.

 

  

Contractors

Miranda HerseyMiranda Hersey, Communications Manager

Miranda of Pen and Press has a dozen years of experience as a freelance writer and editor. Specializing in nonprofits, she manages projects, deadlines, and resources while working to articulate the "voice" of each organization. She has served as ongoing managing editor for clients in parenting media and academia and contracts on a variety of projects, including websites, marketing materials, and proposals. Other clients include Harvard University, MIT, and Children’s Hospital Boston. Miranda is also a certified creativity coach and is working on a nonfiction book for creative mothers. 

Kathy 5Kathy Bittrich, Financial Manager

Kathy began with Razia's Ray of Hope in 2009 as a volunteer accountant, assisting the foundation in getting off the ground, and has continued with the organization through its many years of success. She previously worked with Coopers & Lybrand as a CPA and then joined Wang Laboratories and Sylvania Lighting where she began to complement her accounting skills with financial analysis and operations support. After a hiaitus to start her family of three children and two dogs, Kathy rejoined the workforce seven years ago and now specializes in serving nonprofit clients with accounting services and the business management skills required for smooth operations. She also works with Brennan & Fournier serving nonprofit and private foundation clients.   

David Gerratt, Website Designer

After growing up in a print shop, David embarked on a career in design and has worked as a designer, print production manager, and graphic arts trainer in the US, Europe, and Africa for more than 20 years. With a passion for “promoting the good work of others,” David’s company DG Communications has helped create print materials and websites for more than 200 nonprofit organizations including Oxfam America, Farm Aid, and the American Friends Service Committee, as well as a vast number of academic institutions and commercial enterprises.