Board of Trustees

Melony Swasey, Co-Chair

Jessica Welch, Co-Chair
Melvin Tutiven, Treasurer
Joanna Damp, Secretary
Emily Fannon
Edward Forte

Karen Haas
Aaron Krakow
Bonnie McBride
Farzana Mohamed
Dana Rashti
Martha Rizzoli
Eric Warasta


Melony Swasey (Co–Chair) is a residential realtor, affiliated with Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, based in Brookline and Boston. She initially settled in Boston to work for a small non-profit that funds social-movement organizations of small farmers, women and youth in economically and environmentally fragile parts of the world. With a degree in urban planning from Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Melony is passionate about environmental sustainability. Her interests in practical design and community development lend well to the Eliot School's commitment to the applied arts, and its growth as a Boston institution.

Jessica Welch (Co-Chair) is Associate Portfolio Manager at Lowell, Blake & Associates. She was previously Director of Annual Giving at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and before that worked in fundraising for Pine Manor College, Community Servings and Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and in finance at NorthStar Asset Management, a socially responsible investment firm. She says, “I enjoy working with educated philanthropists who make strategic and thoughtful choices about where to focus their charitable donations. It inspires me to dedicate my career to connecting resources to causes I believe in.” Jessica’s connection to the Eliot School honors her father, who shared with her the joy of applied arts through woodworking.

Melvin Tutiven (Treasurer) is Assistant Vice President of East Boston Savings Bank and Manager of the bank's Jamaica Plain branch, where he directs retail operations and support for local non-profit organizations. He is active in both Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association and JP Centre/South Main Streets. Since moving from Ecuador to the United States in 1989, he has worked in financial services and related industries.

Joanna Damp (Secretary) has most recently worked as Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the New England Conservatory, and previously Vice President of Intermediary Marketing Programs at at State Street Global Advisors. She also has been a Director of Marketing, Assistant Vice President of Marketing and held other marketing and sales positions for organizations including SunGard Financial, Boston Technologies, Old Mutual Asset Management, FundQuest and NCR Corporation. She is on the Advisory Board of the Center for Women & Enterprise, is Director of Member Engagement for Tomorrow’s Women Today, a member of The Boston Club and a member of the Boston Women's Leadership Council.

Emily Fannon is a Management Consultant at Accenture. Previously Engagement Manager at Mobispoke, she has also worked in Business Development at Shire Pharmaceuticals and at EnerLeap, a clean tech startup and MassChallenge Finalist. She is also a photographer and multi-media artist. Prior to moving to the Boston area, Emily managed the studios and coordinated programming for the Digital Media & Photography Department at Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village CO). She holds an MBA from the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College and a BA in Fine Art from Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame IN).

Edward Forte is principal and founder of Forte Architecture + Design, a professional architectural and design services firm serving commercial, retail, government and residential clients in the northeastern United States and beyond. An architect with over 30 years of professional experience, he is a graduate of the Boston Architectural College and has studied urban design, planning and restoration architecture at L'Universita' della Sapienza, in Rome. He is active with Boston Centre/South Main Streets, which named him Volunteer of the Year in 2014.

Karen Haas is Lane Collection Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she is responsible for photographs by American modernists. She previously held numerous curatorial positions in Boston-area museums and private collections, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston University Art Gallery and the Addison Gallery of American Art. She has taught the history of photography at Boston University and Boston College. Her publications include Gordon Parks: Back to Fort ScottAn Enduring Vision: Photographs from the Lane Collection; Ansel Adams and The Photography of Charles Sheeler: American Modernist.

Aaron Krakow is a partner of Krakow & Souris, LLC, a law firm representing labor unions and their affiliated pension, health and apprenticeship plans throughout New England. He is a member of the Lawyers Coordinating Committee of the AFL-CIO and of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

Bonnie McBride has been Director of Individual Giving at Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center (formerly Sportsmen’s Tennis Club) and Director of Mission Advancement for Cathedral High School. She is a longtime member of the Board of Overseers of Rogerson Communities, and served on the Jamaica Plain Community Centers’ Board of Directors from 1996-1998.

Farzana Mohamed advises organizations on strategic planning and implementation for long-term financial and managerial sustainability. She earlier served as Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Planning for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, managing strategic initiatives, including a major facility expansion plan; and as an education consultant at the Education Development Center. A native of Kenya, she has lived, worked and traveled extensively in the developing world. She has an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering and graduate degrees in environmental engineering and urban planning, all from MIT. She has been a woodworking student at the Eliot School since 2002.

Dana Rashti is Chief of Staff to the President and CEO at AllWays Health Partners. He was previously Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for Neighborhood Health Plan, and before that Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Communications, with earlier positions in financial services marketing with Bank of America and its antecedents. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Ad Club of Boston, the Board of Overseers of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Board of Directors of the Boston Public Market Association.

Martha Rizzoli is retired from a 25-year career in banking. Her most recent position was Director of the Law Firm Group of Citigroup Private Bank, Boston, with previous positions at Bank of Boston, BayBank NA, M&T Bank and Citibank NA. She is a long-time upholstery and furniture refinishing student at the Eliot School.

Eric Warasta is Principal and Portfolio Manager at Moody, Lynn & Lieberson, LLC, where he manages client portfolios and provides research coverage of the industrial and consumer cyclical sectors. He is a member of CFA Society Boston, through which he serves as a mentor to Suffolk University in the annual CFA Institute Research Challenge. Earlier positions include Cambridge Trust Company, where he was portfolio manager for the Equity Income Strategy, and the Macroeconomic Analysis Division of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).