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
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 | email@example.com
Bretton Torkelson is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Holliston, MA. His areas of expertise includes working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. Bretton earned his Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology and has extensive professional clinical experience working in psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, and residential programs.
From 2015-2019, Bretton worked as a Senior Program Director at Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, overseeing the day-to-day operations of two therapeutic residential programs for adolescent females struggling with behavioral and emotional challenges. Prior to working as a program director, Bretton was a member of Wayside’s clinical team providing youth and families with therapeutic services in Wayside’s residential and intensive day treatment programs.
Bretton has spent 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 and understand the unique challenges that they experience as part of their development. Bretton has training in numerous modalities of psychotherapy, has attended several leadership/management training programs, and is proficient in conducting psychological testing.
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!!
Watertown, MA | email@example.com
Bryan is a business and civil litigation attorney with a boutique Boston firm. Bryan graduated from New England Law | Boston in 2017, where he had the distinction of being an associate on the New England Law Review, was a two-year member of the Regional Mock Trial Competition Team and held the office of Vice-President of the Business Law Society.
Bryan has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and worked in operations at EMC before attending law school. In his free time, he enjoys playing hockey and being outdoors. Bryan has served as a Director on the Ben Speaks board since February 2021.
• Admitted to Practice Law in Massachusetts
• Member of the Massachusetts Bar Association
• Member of the Boston Bar Association
• Director on the Franklin Pierce University Alumni Association Board of Directors - By-Laws and Elections Committee
• CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Clinical Evidence
o February 2017 - New England Law | Boston
• Peter B. Allan Award
o May 2014 - Franklin Pierce University - Awarded to the student who has maintained the highest GPA amongst graduating students receiving a BA in English Department Studies
Strategy and Business Development
Franklin, MA | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bo is a recently retired engineer. He’s happily married and has raised his family of 3 children in Franklin MA, and is currently raising his feisty rescue pug. He has volunteered extensively for nonprofits for most of his life.
During his professional and volunteer career, he has held numerous leadership positions including Director of a large government organization, Team Leader, Division Head, CIO, Program Manager, President of his church, Board member, teacher, head of Human Resources, Finance, Fund Raising, Communications, Quality, Process Improvement, Business Development, Customer Relationship Management, and Strategic Planning.
Bo’s interests include golf, gardening, cooking, sports, movies, music, and party planning
Bo is currently serving as the Strategic and Business Process lead for Ben Speaks. He is also currently volunteering for the Franklin Food Pantry and leads the HR team for his church.
Worchester, MA | email@example.com
Brian GianDomenico, owner of Forefront Business Solutions, Inc serves as the Ben Speaks Treasurer. With over 25 years’ experience Brian brings his passion for accounting and business to the Board. Growing up in an abusive home Brian understands the effects of depression and the need for mental health issues. When Brian was asked to join Ben Speaks as Treasurer Brian immediately knew he needed to join the Ben Speaks Family and help in any way he can to assist in the mission of the Board.