Executive Committee

Kathryn Nielsen, Ph.D. launched 100 Women Who Care, Boston North in 2017 with the assistance of a dynamic and talented group of women. Constantly inspired by women who lead with authenticity, values and vision, she is committed to transformative and collaborative community engagement. Kathryn is a leader in higher education who also serves on local non-profit boards. A feminist, aspiring minimalist, and mother of four, Kathryn enjoys art, tennis, golf, travel and work that inspires personal, professional, and philanthropic growth. 

Karen Vigurs-Stack is a founder of 100 Women Who Care to make an impact for community organizations doing remarkable work. Karen believes that the power of women combined with radical hospitality - the concept of bringing people together to stimulate empathetic collaboration and participation, will provide a relevant space for women to make a difference in their own communities. As a marketing executive who lives to spread the word, no matter if it’s a movie, destination or recipe, this is not the last you’ll hear from Karen.

Mary Schwalm is an independent photojournalist taking regular assignments from Reuters, the AP, and local media outlets. As the official photographer for the Boston North chapter of 100 Women Who Care, Mary showcases the collective effect of participation and collaboration through shared giving in the community. An avocado eater, duck aficionado, and lover of flying kites, Mary lives in North Andover with her wife and their dog and cat. 

Melea Ray is a high school English teacher in Massachusetts and joined the 100 Women board in 2020. She is passionate about creating innovative and meaningful lessons for her students and helping others with their educational endeavors. Melea is also an advocate for four-legged friends big and small and regularly rescues animals, which she did for her horse Libbey. Melea is nacho average individual. She could taco bout her love for puns all day, is a huge fan of Mexican food, enjoys crafting and resides in New Hampshire with a house full of critters and loving husband. 

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