Board of Directors
Founder and Director
Eve, the mother of three grown sons and four grandchildren, lives in Cambridge, Mass., and retired from MIT in 2012 after many years as a senior editorial assistant. Trained as a language teacher, she founded Parents Forum in 1991 as a way to ‘pay forward’ the help she received in raising her own children.
She is active on behalf of Parents Forum with the National Parents Union, the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, the UN Committee on the Family in New York, the U.S. National Parenting Education Network / NPEN, the Doha International Family Institute / DIFI in Qatar and the Société Algerienne pour la Recherche en Psychologie / SARP in Algeria. For many years she served on 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.
While he loves the classroom, he finds great inspiration and satisfaction in developing programs to take students into the community. He sees this work as building cultural understanding in ways that prepare students to be effective in their professional lives and contribute to society.
He joined the board of Parents Forum in 2017 because he believes that expressing emotions honestly is essential to creating the strong relationships everyone wants to have with those they love. He sees strong families as the foundation of a healthy society and effective parenting as its cornerstone.
Her experience in Saudi Arabia, along with having a Lebanese grandmother, helped her understand other Arab countries and respect all Arab cultures. Inas came to the US in 2006 to further her education; she received an undergraduate degree in Marketing and Decision Science from Salem State University and a master’s degree in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University. Her charity work has included helping Iraqi refugees get medical care and adapt to American culture. She has studied, worked and volunteered, doing so while a single mother raising her daughter, with the encouragement and support of her own mother.
With a focus on building awareness and educating women to realize their potential, Inas entered the Miss Arab USA competition and was awarded the 2018 title. During her reign she served as an ambassador of humanity and goodwill.
Andi retired after a 40-year career in the Newton, MA Public Schools where she taught kindergarten, first and second grade and ended her career as a Literacy Interventionist.
With a doctorate from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Reading from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions, Andi has been involved in curriculum development and teacher training in both medical and educational settings. She was named a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar and traveled to India to represent the US Department of Education.
As a life-long educator focusing on authentic collaboration in young students and adult learners, Andi is pleased to support Parents Forum in its efforts to promote social-emotional learning among parents and others in parenting roles.
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.
Mr. Andericus ‘Jamesa’ Wagwau, lead consultant with Career and Leadership Development Institute, Kenya (CLDI), has extensive experience in capacity-building, leadership, program development, research and career mentoring. The father of four, Wagwau joins the board of Parents Forum to help advance its mission of improving support for parents.
Prior to joining CLDI, Wagwau worked with the media group Uganda New Vision on behavior-change programs tackling education and capacity-building challenges in academic institutions. For Uganda New Vision he wrote a parenting column and spearheaded the strengthening of collaborations among the media and ministry of education, corporate organizations and civil society.
Between his Uganda New Vision and CLDI positions, he spent years in the United States working with various organizations on research, resource mobilization, grant management and program monitoring and evaluation.
Wagwau holds an MA in Public Administration from University of Memphis’ School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, an MA in Educational Psychology from West Virginia University and a BA in Counseling from Kyambogo University, Uganda.
Akmaljon ‘Jon’ Akhmedjonov
Akmaljon ‘Jon’ Akhmedjonov recently earned his Bachelor’s degree from the American University of Central Asia and plans to do his Masters’ degree at the Central European University in Vienna. For the past five years, Jon has been volunteering in numerous organizations including Bard College Center for Civic Engagement, Search for Common Ground, and other educational projects in the US, Central Asia, and Germany. He joins Parents Forum with an ambition to build strong communication with workshop participants and parenting education advocates.
Kealeboga ‘Kea’ Lenyibi
Kealeboga Lenyibi is an MBA candidate at Hult International Business School in Boston (US). After completing her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the North West University (SA), she worked in the mining and metals industry. While working in this position as a production engineer, she started volunteering at an orphanage. Ever since then volunteering has been her fuel for life. She joins Parents Forum, believing in their mission, with the hope of helping them achieve it globally.
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.
He holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an MBA from the University of North Florida, and a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Dr. William Sharp
He teaches at Northeastern University and the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis / BGSP and has a private practice in Brookline village for adult, children, and groups. 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.