Razia's Ray of Hope


Making it Happen

Patti QuigleyPatti Quigley, Executive Director

Patti Quigley 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. Patti was pregnant with their second child.

After her husband’s death, Patti was overwhelmed by the enormous outpouring of emotional support from around the world. Shortly after the United States' invasion of Afghanistan, she became aware of the vast differences between her experience as a widow in America 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 Afghans 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 of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation.

After earning a 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 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 collaborate 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.


Kate Harrigan, Sponsorship Manager

Kate Harrigan has a BA in political science from Haverford College and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University’s School of Education. Prior to joining Razia’s Ray of Hope in the fall of 2017, Kate was a high school and middle school history teacher in Wellesley, MA. She taught about women’s rights, civil rights, and human rights — and her curricula included Razia Jan after selection as a 2012 CNN Hero — which highlights the significance of Kate's choice to work with the sponsorship program at Razia’s Ray of Hope; to be an upstander in a critical time of need. Kate is excited and grateful for the privilege of helping to support the mission of Razia’s Ray of Hope. She lives in Sharon, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.


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 hiatus 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.  

Miranda Hersey, Communications Manager

Miranda is a writer, editor, and communications consultant with 20 years of experience collaborating with nonprofits and small businesses under the umbrella of Pen & Press. She is also a certified coach and the author of three illustrated life-design journals published by Castle Point Books/St. Martin's Press: Life By Design, The Power of Quiet, and Press Pause.

David Gerratt, Website Designer

After growing up in a print shop, David embarked on a career in design. For more than 30 years, he has worked as a designer, print production manager, and graphic arts trainer in the US, Europe, and Africa. With a passion for “promoting the good work of others,” David’s company, DG Communications has helped create print materials and websites for 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.




Reason to Donate #14: The Afghan govt. named our school the best in the region.