BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder, Vice President, Speaker, Director of Education & Resources
West Roxbury, MA | firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Giovangelo has been a teacher and healer of energy medicine and the law of attraction for 20 years. She is a certified yoga instructor, Reiki, Sound and Intuitive Healer, Hypnotherapist and Spiritual Counsellor. She is the owner of the GROW YOU Healing & Art Center in Holliston, MA leading workshops through her GROW YOU Programs for youth and families.
Her personal mission is help sensitive intuitive people permanently remove the blocks that stand in the way of their dreams by providing an inside out approach to wellness. She is a gifted intuitive healer, workshop facilitator and expressive artist.
As the Founder of Ben Speaks whose mission is to provide positive channels of expression for youth, families & communities through events, education & resources with a vision to provide them with tools to help them develop & evolve, Judy is a role model and powerful teacher & speaker for change. She has delivered a powerful message to 100’s of youth audiences through her signature Power of Choice Presentation and is developing and executing a NEW curriculum called Power of Choice Leadership Training Program, as well as, developing a relationship with Ben Cares Community Partners to support greater access to resources for youth and families.
She is the recipient of the following awards for her volunteerism and mission work: "Be The Change" through the Massachusetts Conference for Women, "A Hero Among Us" with the Boston Celtics and the "Myra Kraft Community MVP" with the New England Patriots.
President and Business Development
Framingham, MA | email@example.com
Michael was born and raised in Massachusetts and is Ben’s older brother. He is grateful to have the opportunity to serve youth through his commitment to Ben Speaks. He has been practicing professionally as a Realtor since 2016. Helping his clients and friends with all their real estate needs. His primary focus is selling residential properties and working with investors in the Metrowest area.
Michael’s interests include playing drums, golf, deep sea fishing and going to the gym.
Michael is the President of this organization and is responsible for overseeing all business operations. He creates systems that streamline the organization to be a well-oiled machine. With an eye for marketing, he has been a major voice in rebranding and giving Ben Speaks a new face while managing the creative process for our Empowerment Apparel and growing merchandise.
Bretton Torkelson, Psy.D.
Behavioral & Mental Health Chair
Boston, MA | firstname.lastname@example.org
As a Senior Program Director at Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, Bretton has spent the last four years overseeing the day-to-day operations of two 14-bed therapeutic residential programs for adolescent females struggling with behavioral and emotional challenges. Bretton earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has previous professional clinical experience working in psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, and residential programs.
Bretton has spent the majority of his career working with children, adolescents, and their families. He is driven by the belief that all youth embrace their unique gifts when their peers and the adults in their lives empower their voices for change. Bretton has training in numerous modalities of psychotherapy, has attended several leadership/management training programs, and is proficient in conducting psychological testing.
As a Board Member for Ben Speaks, Bretton is excited to continue exploring opportunities to support Ben Speaks' programs and services by creating partnerships with Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, area schools, mental health crisis teams, and state-wide systems such as the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Children and Families.
Ashland, MA | email@example.com
Nancy Cantor; social-entrepreneur, educator, and local leader, has been a pioneer in designing programs and creating environments that foster success. She has a degree in Human Development and was certified in Moderate Special Needs.
She worked as a teacher/counselor for 11 years, prior to starting her own coaching and consulting business, which includes private coaching, business development groups and the Dream Factory Community for women solo-entrepreneurs.
As a speaker, strategist, program designer, Nancy is committed that all students have an environment and a curriculum that fits their needs and supports their development and expression in the world.
Nancy is co-leading the Ben Speaks POC Leadership Program, which includes the Chief Dream Officer Training and Circles that she has designed and led since 2006 for the Dream Factory Community.
Milford, MA | firstname.lastname@example.org
Marin has been actively involved with numerous non-profit organizations over 25 years; Milford's Youth Football Cheer program and the Performing Arts Center, Babson Skating club and the Lexington Ski club. She has enjoyed professional success in Quality and Document Control positions in the medical device and engineering fields for almost 40 years.
Marin is very organized, dedicated, has strong interpersonal skills and is a master at selling raffle tickets!!
She is currently the BenSpeaks Secretary, responsible for meeting notes and managing our board communications. She is also instrumental in organizing and supporting our various fundraising events, and is coordinating some new BenSpeaks SWAG!!
Hopkinton, MA | email@example.com
Michelle has spent the last 35 years working as an accountant. In 1996, she started Accounting Solutions Providers which provides bookkeeping and accounting services to a variety of clients across many industries.
She enjoys helping her clients implement systems and procedures that can help improve workflow and increase profitability and productivity.
As treasurer of BenSpeaks, Michelle will put her years of experience in to providing accounting and financial guidance to the organization.
Marketing & Communications Director
Milford, MA | firstname.lastname@example.org
Penny is a local Transformational and Spiritual Life Coach. Through her business, Penny SOULutions, she helps people heal spiritually, emotionally and energetically. She does this through teaching groups and individuals how to live their life's purpose and attract more abundance!
She uses her skills and abilities to tap into the energy systems of her clients. She also uses her intuitive skills to touch on important details from past, present and future. This enables her to provide clients with useful information in order to make impactful life changes.
As the Marketing and Communications director Penny will use her organizational skills, technical strengths and knowledge of Salesforce and social media. Penny will help Ben Speaks get more organized in fundraising efforts, social media, database, website and email marketing areas. She will also be in charge of the volunteer committee.