New officers to lead the Silent Spring Institute Board starting in January

New officers to lead the Silent Spring Institute Board starting in January

The Silent Spring Institute Board of Directors elected new officers who will assume their posts in January.

Jeanne Mockard of Somerville is the new Board chair and Sarah Colao of Boston was elected vice chair.  Cynthia Barakatt of Andover will serve as clerk and Cathie Ragovin of Weston will become the treasurer.

Mockard, who has served as treasurer of the organization for the past year, takes the reigns from founding director and long-time Board chair Ellen Parker of Newton.  Parker, who led the effort that created Silent Spring Institute in 1994, will remain as a member of the Board, as will out-going vice chair Anne Speakman of Cambridge.  Ragovin had served as clerk.

Based in Newton, Silent Spring Institute is a unique partnership of scientists, physicians, public health advocates, and community activists that works to identify and break the links between the environment and women’s health, especially breast cancer.  Its research on links between exposure to chemicals commonly used in household and commercial products and breast cancer and other health issues has been published in scientific journals and received widespread attention from the media and the scientific community.

Mockard is a Chartered Financial Analyst and private investment manager.  She previously was a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager at Putnam Investments where she was the Lead Manager for The George Putnam Fund of Boston, a $4.2B balanced fund.  Mockard also serves on the endowment committee for The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland.

Barakatt is an employee of Boston University where she works as a communications specialist and programs manager for the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.

Colao is Associate General Counsel of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public agency that supports the growth and development of the clean energy sector in Massachusetts.  She previously was a tax attorney for the Boston office of the law firm Proskauer Rose, LLP, where her practice included tax planning for U.S. and non-U.S. private equity funds and other investment partnerships, as well as for corporate and other transactions.

Ragovin is a psychiatrist in private practice in Weston, Massachusetts.  She a co-founder of Silent Spring Institute and has served on a variety of committees for various organizations, including the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, the California Breast Cancer Research Program, the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Research Program, The National Action Plan on Breast Cancer, and the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

“I’m excited about the new leadership and the energy and commitment all of the new officers bring to the organization,” said Julia Brody, Silent Spring Executive Director.  “Ellen Parker’s vision and leadership were key to developing Silent Spring into a national leader in cutting-edge research into the preventable causes of breast cancer.  We are extremely grateful to her for her years of chairing the board and we now look forward to the next chapter.”

Courtesy of Silent Spring Institute.

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