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OptiNeeds Leadership

Director of International Outreach & Treasurer

Sharron Lin

Scientist at MassGeneral Hospital and Harvard Medical School

President and Founder

Alex Song

Brown University Class of 2020

Graduate of Newton South High School

Our Board


Lisa Moore

Writer for Wellesley Hometown Weekly Newspaper

Parent of a child with special needs


Katherine Brenna

Assistant Director for the Recreation Department of the City of Wayland MA

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Katherine now serves as the Asst. Recreation Director for the Town of Wayland with over a decade of experience in Recreation, having worked for the YMCA; where she served as the Sports & Recreation Director, Camp Director, IT Director and most recently Associate Executive Director. Before that, she was an elementary school teacher in Newton, MA. Katherine also currently serves as an Accreditation Visitor for the American Camp Association. In her spare time she enjoys golfing, puzzles, live music, coaching youth basketball and cooking.

Our Advisory Board

Sue Covitz

Executive Director of Families First Parenting Programs, Inc.


Sue is the parent of two teenage daughters. As part of the staff at Families First since 2006, she has served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships, Director of Outreach & Education, and Deputy Director. Previously, Sue served as the Executive Director of Greater Options for Adolescent Lives and brings almost 20 years’ experience in non-profit management, coalition building, and community organizing to her work. After three months as Interim Executive Director, Sue was named Executive Director of Families First in April 2016. She received a BA in philosophy from Haverford and an MSW from Boston College.

Alexandra Liftman

Global Environmental Executive at Bank of America

Dr. Danielle Ledoux, MD

Ophthalmologist at Boston Children's Hospital specializing in Down Syndrome research

Mark Kelly

Director of Special Needs for the City of Newton MA

David Walek, Esq.

Chief Legal Officer at Lotus Research, Inc. and Board Chair of Artists for Humanity

Program Director

Felix Song

Special Olympic Swimming Coach

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