Board Members

Juanita Zerda

has been an independent consultant since 2009 using her expertise to support non-profit organizations, foundations and public sector agencies in increasing their impact on individuals, families and communities. Juanita received her J.D. from Los Andes University in Bogota, Colombia and her Master of Arts in Philosophy from Boston College. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French. Juanita lives in Winchester with her husband and two sons. Her active participation in town includes the PTO at Lincoln School, the Steering Committee of the League of Women Voters, and as a Trustee of the Winchester Community Music School.

President

Rev. JP Robins

is the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Winchester. Prior to that, JP has held managerial positions with technology companies. He holds an MBA and a Master of Divinity degree. JP is sensitive to diverse cultures, having lived, studied, and worked in the US, India, and Southern Africa. Locally, he is also involved with the Winchester Youth Alliance, the Interfaith Clergy Council, and previously with the Rotary Club of Winchester.

Vice-President

Robin Smith

moved to Winchester in 1994. In addition to raising three daughters, Robin works full time as a pediatrician. She has been a volunteer with the Winchester Multicultural Network since 2002. Robin served as a network co-chair for four years and as the chair of the School Impact committee for over ten years where she has been a passionate advocate for accommodations for religious and ethnic holiday observances in our public schools.

Treasurer

Sandy Thompson

moved to Winchester with her husband in 1966 and brought up her two children here. A founder of the Winchester Multicultural Network, she had been involved in several Winchester community organizations (The Winchester Cooperative Nursery School, A Better Chance, The Winchester Community Music School, and En Ka Society) before committing most of her volunteer time to the Network in 1991.

Clerk

Michael Bettencourt

Mike and his wife, Katie moved to Winchester in 2010 with their two daughters, Grace and Violet.  Mike currently serves as Chair of the Winchester Board of Selectman, is a Town Meeting member, a member of the League of Women Voters and formerly served as a member of the Finance Committee. Mike received a B.A. in Political Science and English from Wheaton College (MA), and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Mike has spent his career fighting for social justice and equality, working as a Fellow at the Congressional Hunger Center in Washington, D.C., the Housing Justice Project, in Seattle, WA, the New England Center for Homeless Veterans and Victim Rights Law Center in Boston, MA.

Susan K. Lewis

and her husband Jason moved to Winchester in 1998, and their two daughters attend the public schools. After a career in science journalism, Susan became a middle school science teacher and currently teaches in Concord. She joined the Network in 2008 and has served as chair of the MLK Day program as well as on the School Impact Committee.

Mayra Rodriguez-Howard

has lived in Winchester since 1986. She and her husband Bill raised two daughters in Winchester. Mayra is a Social Worker and her career spanned the fields of substance abuse, youth development and multicultural issues. She recently retired as director of  a youth development program in South Boston and has been a consultant with VISIONS, Inc. since 2001. Mayra has been involved in the Multicultural Network for  many years in different capacities. Her family was host family to an ABC Scholar and they have been long term members of the Winchester Unitarian Society.