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 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.
After spending a summer teaching English and computer literacy to 40 Afghan orphan children on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Malak Yusuf went on to complete her undergraduate thesis at Boston College on the economic, social, and cultural development of women in Afghanistan. Following her master's program in international development practice from Columbia University, Malak has since worked in Washington, DC, and internationally for Amnesty International, Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, Wider Opportunities for Women, and the World Bank's International Finance Corporation.
With a diverse professional background in gender development, girls' education advocacy, and financial inclusion for low-income and at-risk populations, Malak is enthusiastic to support the program management needs for Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation, and collectively contribute to the advancement of education and livelihoods development for women and girls in Afghanistan.
Sarah Parker has a BA in economics from Boston University, a master’s degree in development economics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a master’s degree in women’s studies from the University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
Sarah’s experience is in the international nonprofit arena. Prior to joining Razia’s Ray of Hope in 2017, Sarah served as director of the Council of Women World Leaders in Washington, DC, and as program director for Cooperation Ireland in Dublin, Republic of Ireland and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Before moving to Ireland, Sarah worked for the International Rescue Committee in Bosnia Herzegovina as program manager for community development.
Sarah has been actively involved in volunteer work in her community. She serves on the steering committee of Women in Action, the Grant Allocation Committee, and the Local Council, all of the North Shore United Way. Her volunteer experience also includes serving five years on the board of trustees at her son’s former school. As a volunteer she has been responsible for facilitating strategic planning and community outreach, as well as creating, organizing, and managing multiple teams of volunteers to accomplish a variety of tasks including fundraising initiatives, community service, and community-building events.
Sarah lives in Beverly, MA with her husband, their son, and their rescued pup.
Arielle Edmonson brings to Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation more than 12 years of nonprofit management, event management, customer service, and operations experience in the DC Metro Area. She has conducted procurement, facilities management, and audit preparation and compliance reporting for mid-sized District-based organizations. She has extensive budgeting experience, managing organizational program grants as large as $12 million. A former public education advocate, for nine years Arielle functioned as deputy director for operations and management with DC VOICE, an education advocacy organization.
Before joining Razia's Ray of Hope, Arielle worked with Cook Ross, a consulting company specializing in unconscious bias and cultural competency. As the event manager at Cook Ross, Arielle conceptualized, coordinated, and executed Cook Ross's presence at national conferences, public courses, and company events. Arielle also serves as president of the Health Education Action League for Haiti (HEAL Haiti), a nonprofit organization dedicated to training and mobilizing young leaders to improve health care and save lives in St. Marc, Haiti.
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, Massachusetts. 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.
Kate lives in Sharon, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.
Carol Morrow, principal at IndigoEleven, leverages over 25 years of experience to lead growth-driving marketing and communication strategy initiatives for her clients. She specializes in developing brand identity, competitive differentiation, and cultivating opportunities in new and existing stakeholder segments. Focusing on mission-based organizations, Carol formulates powerful marketing strategies, and designs and leads a wide range of integrated donor-centric marketing campaigns that better engage target audiences. She currently serves in multiple leadership and board capacities, both regionally and locally. Carol earned her MBA in economics and marketing strategy from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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.
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 25 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.