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Officers and Committee Members of Friends of Spy Pond Park

Deepak Bidwai was born and raised in India. He moved to Boston in 2012 where he finished his Masters in Finance and Information Technology from UMass Boston. He has over a decade of experience in finance and software and is passionate about working for non-profits and the environment. Deepak has been active in various non-profit activities including the Clinton Initiative as an HIV Champion. He co-developed the Friends of Spy Pond Park mobile friendly website and works with FSPP as a web master with Fred Moses. He enjoys beautiful evenings near Spy Pond with his wife Jaya, and soon with their son born October 19, preferably in the summer.

Jamie Ciocco has run, a technical consulting and software design company, since 1999. He programs interactive museum installations and designs custom software for clients across the country, including The Smithsonian, McGraw-Hill, the JFK Library and Museum, Hubbell Lighting, Inc., Waters, Inc., and the Georgia Aquarium. Prior to 1999, he was Lead Multimedia Programmer at SilverPlatter Education, where he programmed award-winning educational CD-ROMs And wrote pioneering eLearning software for the web. Jamie received his BA in English & American Literature from Harvard in 1994. He returned to Harvard from 1997 to 2004 to act as Assistant Senior Tutor and Drama Tutor in Residence, running a 90-seat theatre and publishing the House Facebook. While at Harvard, he also programmed an early online Facebook that was referenced in the movie The Social Network. He has been a FSPP VP for Communications for nine years doing newsletter design and layout.

Elaine Crowder has an interest in Spy Pond Park that arises from her love of kayaking. She became involved with the FSPP as a way to give back to the park. When not kayaking, walking her dog and photographing, Elaine consults in area companies as the owner of Communication Exchange. Her interest in communication began with childhood exposure to the captivating speech patterns of the Kentucky Mountains. With an MS in Communication (Emerson College) and a Ph. D. in Applied Linguistics (Boston University), Elaine has worked in a variety of organizational settings in Boston-area companies: providing communication coaching, presentation skills, writing skills, and executive coaching training, online to China via video-conference, in education and educational collaboratives in the Newton non-profit, EDC, where she helped inner city school principals and teachers develop leadership skills, and in an educational technologies group at then publically held BBN in Cambridge, MA (Bolt Beranek and Newman). There she researched the social linguistics of math and science communication, conversational patterns in electronic communication, and how gestures support scientific discourse.

Anne Ellinger has lived for over 30 years in the orange "Wildest Dreams" house on Linwood St., with a view of the pond from her office window. She and her husband Christopher were part of re-invigorating FSPP in 1997 and helped with the park's renovation. They lead True Story Theater, a 24-member improvisational Playback Theatre ensemble that performs extensively throughout greater Boston area, including monthly shows in Arlington. Previously she and Christopher ran two national nonprofits, More Than Money and Bolder Giving that promoted greater generosity. Their book, Getting Along: skills for life-long love, shares lessons from 30+ years living and working together. Anne joins the Outreach Committee this year to keep our bulletin boards in order and post up to date FSPP information so passers-by can learn of our activities. In 2017 she also helped maintain the SPP rain garden with Emily Snyder of the Garden Club.

Karen L. Grossman is from a small town northeast of Pittsburgh, PA. She earned a B.S. from Syracuse University, an M.Ed. from Boston University and worked for 35 years as a speech and language pathologist in the Wilmington, MA Public Schools with children in preschool through high school. Karen has lived in Arlington since 1974 and currently resides on the shore of Spy Pond near the park. She enjoys her view of the pond on a daily basis and has been involved with the FSPP since 1992. She’s been President of the organization since she retired from full time employment in 2004 and was elected to the Mystic River Watershed Association Board in November of 2009, presently serving on the Outreach, Development, and the Herring Run and Paddle Committees. Her other interests include singing with the Mystic Chorale and Temple Shir Tikvah, reading, the arts, canoeing, exercising daily, and traveling the world.

Sally Hempstead grew up in New York and Connecticut. She graduated with a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in Art History and English Literature. She was married for forty-five years to an attorney and has a daughter in Somerville, a son living in Charleston, South Carolina and to her great joy, four grandchildren. Sally is now married to a fellow FSPP board member, Marshall McCloskey. She worked for thirty-five years in the real property field as a legal abstractor and researcher, ten years as a business owner and twenty-five years in partnership with a property attorney. Sally is past president of The Connecticut Association for Real Property Professionals and was the auditor of land records in her town. For many years, she was and still is very active in church work and was chairman of the board of her local church in Connecticut. On moving to Arlington, she discovered Spy Pond, fell in love, joined the FSPP almost immediately, and has enjoyed working with the other members to preserve this valuable resource. Sally also has the pleasure of reading once a week to an extraordinary woman who is sightless. She has served the FSPP for five years as VP for Communications and Outreach.

Daniel Jalkut is a California native who has lived in the Boston area for more than 10 years, and for the last 5 years in East Arlington with his wife and two young boys. He is a self-employed software developer who focuses on consumer-focused applications for Apple platforms including the Mac and iOS. He is involved in the Hardy Elementary PTO, and has served for two years as an Arlington Town Meeting Member. In addition to his interest in technology and civic duties, he enjoys practicing guitar, piano, and singing. He is an avid runner who enjoys Arlington’s many open spaces, particularly the bike path and Spy Pond Park. Daniel assumed the position of Membership Secretary doing database entry in June of 2017.

Bithika Khargharia has over two decades of technology research and development experience that spans industry and academia. She interfaces actively with standards bodies and the research community to accelerate the adoption of Open Source technologies. Bithika is passionate about nurturing women in computing. The Grace Hopper Conference, largest globally for women in computing, has been her platform for many years. Bithika got her Masters & PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona. Bithika lives by Spy Pond and shares an intense love for nature with her husband, Amar, and 2 year old daughter, Saher.

Betsy Leondar-Wright, a longtime activist for social justice, is an assistant professor of sociology at Lasell College. She is the author of Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures (Cornell University Press 2014) and Class Matters: Cross- Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists (2005). From 2010 to 2015 she served as the Program Director of Class Action ( where she is still on the board, and taught sociology courses at Tufts, Harvard and Boston College. She first participated in environmental advocacy during the nuclear power movement in the 1970s. Betsy worked as a community organizer in low-income communities for a decade, including running youth programs at an urban community garden. Betsy has been active in the FSPP since 1997, is a past President and now focuses on children¹s activities and public education through performance and art serving as FSPP Chair for Park Events.

Marshall McCloskey grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and earned a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1961-62. He met and married a local girl from Medford, MA, and bought a house in Arlington in 1968, where they raised 4 sons and lived for 30 years, except for six years spent in Huntington Beach, CA. He never designed a circuit and retired from work as a software engineer in 2008. During his career, Marshall worked on navigation systems for oil exploration, which involved extensive travel, patient monitoring devices for hospitals, adaptive optics systems, and did software consulting as an independent contractor. He now lives in Belmont with his wife, Sally Hempstead, considers himself handy around the house, works as a warden at the polls, and is active in the local road running community. He gets to see his children and his grandchildren, who are still mostly in the Boston area, often. Marshall has served the FSPP as Membership Secretary and Treasurer for almost seven years and has been the Recording Secretary since June, of 2017.

Gail Teschmacher McCormick has an MSW from Columbia University and created OUR FRAGILE EARTH, a collection of paintings dealing with environmental issues, exhibited in museums, university art galleries and by the United Nations. She currently paints Arlington Street scenes and is a board member of HealthLink, a Massachusetts non-profit working to protect public health by eliminating environmental toxins and mitigating climate change. She is on the Sustainable Arlington steering committee and active with Mothers Out Front, Mobilizing for a Livable Climate. Gail has been active with the FSPP for years and is now a member of the Beautification Committee.

Fred Moses is a Boston area photographer with over 25 years of experience. His primary concentrations are product, portraiture, and travel stock photography. A specialty is jewelry. He has made both images and computer aided design tools for jewelers. Travel and travel photography are Fred’s special loves. Environmental portraits of people working, market places, and extremes are particular favorites. His work is held in private collections internationally and has appeared in juried exhibits at the ACA and the Fuller Craft Museum. In addition, Fred builds informational and commercial web sites. He has been the FSPP Webmaster since 2005. Fred has made marbled papers that he has sold to bookbinders and graphic designers. Since 2012 he also creates these designs on silk scarves. Over the course of his more than three decade technical career, he has held management and individual contributor positions in software engineering in diverse areas including system software, computer aided design and manufacturing, financial systems, and print and web publishing systems. Fred has a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering Science from Washington University.

Richard Norcross and his wife, Ruth, have lived in Arlington Heights since 1985, but he grew up in Waltham, MA. Richard has fond childhood memories of coming to Spy Pond to skate on the ice with his father each winter. He considers the Pond a wonderful natural asset to the Arlington area. He has worked with the Friends of Spy Pond Park along the shoreline and in the planting beds to help control invasive plants, prune bushes and trees, clear out natural debris and trash, and other tasks as needed. He joined the Beautification Committee in January of 2013.

Lally Stowell received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in political science and Spanish and a M.A. from Southern Connecticut State College in Child Development. She has worked with inner city youth in the Harlem Education Program in NYC, at the New Haven Head Start and Follow Through Programs, and at MIT’s Upward Bound. She taught child development and parenting for many years at Watertown High School and then switched to teaching ESL in Cambridge, first at Centro Presente and then at the Cambridge Community Learning Center where she has been teaching an ESL Family Literacy class since 1993. Lally has also tutored day care providers through ABCD in Boston, mentored/tutored high school students through the Posse Foundation and volunteered at the Food Project. She has been active in helping to eliminate invasive species in the planting beds in Spy Pond Park coordinating the Beautification Committee and was Publicity Co- Chair for the FSPP January 2010-2014. Lally maintains our Memory Books, the record of our community outreach efforts since the beginning of FSPP.

Ram Subramanian was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He has lived on both U.S. coasts and is currently an Arlington resident. Ram holds a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering and an M.B.A. (The Wharton School). He works at a local biotech. Ram is an avid nature photographer and aspiring birder. Ram and his family love watching sunsets at Spy Pond. He often posts his images of local scenery and wildlife on his Facebook photography page.

Joanie Walls grew up in mid-Michigan and earned a B.S.B.A in Accounting from Central Michigan University in 1999. After college Joanie earned a C.P.A. license working in public accounting and has worked for a variety of public and private companies over the years in Virginia and Boston. She moved to Arlington in 2013 with her husband Mark and has been frequenting Spy Pond ever since. Joanie has taken her dogs swimming in Spy Pond, jogs around Spy Pond and enjoys the beautiful views. With Spy Pond in her backyard, Joanie accepted the position as FSPP Treasurer in June of 2017 to get involved and help maintain this natural gem that Arlington is so fortunate to have.

Beverly Williams grew up in Asia, the American South, and New Jersey. Bev graduated from Douglass College of Rutgers University. Now retired, she still enjoys tutoring adults who are learning English. Bev was also a long-time volunteer at a Peace and Justice Center in Wilkes- Barre, PA. She served the FSPP for four years as Recording Secretary and with her husband Wally helping, is a member of the Beautification Committee.

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