Improving Family Communication
Parents Forum is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides workshops focusing on emotional awareness. We help individuals and agencies develop strong support networks and helpful resources for parents and other caregivers.
Parents Forum was founded on the principles that raising children connects all families, regardless of background or social status, and that all families can be strengthened by improving communication and increasing emotional awareness.
Parents Forum accomplishes these goals by:
- Modeling and teaching effective communication skills to parents through workshops and the program handbook Where the Heart Listens
- Partnering with community organizations to provide the Parents Forum curriculum to its constituents
- Offering opportunities for individuals to get advice, support and information through parent support groups.
Our mission is to foster honest, respectful and caring communications in families. Parents Forum has developed creative, practical solutions to the challenges of contemporary parenting: Parents Forum can be a valuable resource for you and can help you make a positive difference in the lives of others in your community. We look forward to hearing from you!
Eve Sullivan, Co-Founder and President
Eve, the mother of three grown sons and three grandchildren, lives in Cambridge, Mass., and retired in 2012 from her position as an editorial assistant at MIT. She trained as a language teacher and, in 1991, founded Parents Forum as a way to ‘pay forward’ the help she received in raising her own children. She is active on behalf of Parents Forum in the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, the Cambridge Zero-to-Eight Council, CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation and the UN Committee on Mental Health, as well as the UN Committee on the Family. She serves on the council of the National Parenting Education Network and the board of the International Federation for Parent Education based in Paris.
Eve Sullivan is the author of the program handbook Where the Heart Listens. It is her vision of a community of parents and others who care about children and families that created Parents Forum.
Dr. William Sharp
William Sharp was a high school social studies teacher who became interested in why some students learn and some did not. This interest in the individual’s mind brought him to the study of psychoanalysis. He currently has a private practice in Brookline village for adult, children, and groups.
In addition to teaching at BGSP, he teaches at Northeastern University and Wheelock College where he encourages psychoanalytic research and thinking. Dr Sharp consults with schools and teachers in the Boston area helping them reach children that are often hard to reach due to emotional blocks to learning.
His interests also include writing and movie discussions. He has led talks at BGSP on how film reflects human drives in such movies as: Lars and The Real Girl, Brokeback Mountain, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Warm Bodies.
Athena, Xiangling Wang
Athena Wang joined the Parents Forum board in summer 2016. Believing that she has ‘the best parents in the world’ and appreciating their consistent encouragement and support, she wants children everywhere to have the same. Her professional background includes ten years work experience in manufacturing and program management in China and Czech Republic. She wants to use the skills she acquired in her marketing masters program at Hult International Business School, along with her language skills, energy and passion to engage resources and develop social-emotional learning programs to reach parents and benefit children around the world.
Luke is a senior system administrator for the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science. His work focuses on system virtualization and identity management. Luke provides guidance to Parents Forum on technology needs.
Belén Mesurado, Member of the Philosophy Institute and Professor of Universidad Austral. Associate researcher at National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET).
She obtained a degree in Psychology (2003) and a Ph.D. in Psychology (2010) at Universidad Nacional de San Luis in Argentina. Her interest area is Positive Psychology and prosocial behaviour. She has obtained National Doctorate and Post-doctoral Scholarships from CONICET, as well as Scholarships from international organizations such as the Fundación Carolina, the Society for Research on Adolescence, the Society for Research in Child Development and the International Union of Psychological Science. She has published 30 articles, 16 book chapters about different topics of Positive Psychology.
Past Board Members
Chris Bates, Co-Founder and Board Treasurer
Chris is the mother of a son and a daughter, both grown, and the happy grandmother of two wonderful boys. She lives in Nahant and rejoined the board in December 2012. Her practical skills and efforts helped make the Parents Forum dream a reality.
Rachael Thames (M.S.Ed.)
Rachael holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. In addition to her work with Parents Forum, she chairs the Advocacy and Community Service committee on the Wheelock College Alumni Board. Coming from a biracial family and working extensively with children, Rachael brings both personal and professional experience to the board.