MEET THE TEAM
Stephanie was raised in Connecticut but has called the Boston area home since her time at Boston University, where she graduated in 1987. While currently residing in Brookline, she spent 30 years in Natick, where she and her husband Mark raised their two daughters. During her daughters' school years, Stephanie dedicated her time to volunteering for various organizations, including PTO, Boosters, the Computer lab, Meals on Wheels, and the local food pantry.
Currently employed as a bookkeeper at a CPA firm, Stephanie's expertise made her the ideal candidate for the Treasurer role in Embrace a Family. Her friendship with the organization's co-founders dates back to their children's elementary school days, and their bond has only strengthened over the years through both personal and professional endeavors. Their collaboration has been a valuable source of learning and support, enabling them to provide the best assistance to their clients. Each member brings unique strengths to the table, resulting in a highly effective and harmonious working relationship.
Carol Brayman has had years of experience helping others, demonstrating a genuine passion for working with people, particularly young children and their families. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley College and currently serves as a substitute teacher at the Natick Preschool.
Recipients of the Embrace A Family program consistently express deep gratitude for residing in a community that offers such a valuable program. Embrace A Family exemplifies a sincere commitment to caring and support, effectively conveying the message, "We care and are here for you." "Working with our recipients has been so rewarding. Being able to help, even in a small way, can make a big difference."
Carol has been a proud resident of Natick for over three decades, with her husband Steve, a distinguished member and Past President of the Natick Rotary and two grown children who currently reside in New York City.
Eileen graduated from Syracuse University with a major in advertising design. She gained professional experience in multiple advertising agencies across New York City, Boston, and Munich, Germany. In 1998, she relocated with her family from Munich to Natick, where she actively volunteered and led various parent organizations within the local school system, attended by her two children.
Eileen is an enthusiastic participant in the Natick Rotary Club, embodying their motto of "service above self," which she strives to uphold every day, particularly when assisting Embrace A Family recipients. Although supporting families facing cancer can be emotionally challenging, Eileen finds the work tremendously fulfilling, recognizing that even the smallest act of kindness can profoundly impact someone's life.
Presently, she resides in Sherborn with her husband, frequently enjoying visits to her children residing in Chicago, IL, and Nashville, TN.
Kitty Gerry has dedicated numerous years to serving the public in various capacities: in community outreach for the March of Dimes, flying for Delta Air Lines, providing education to special needs children in public schools, and facilitating operations in the Women's Imaging Center at Newton Wellesley Hospital.
As a resident of Natick, Kitty actively volunteers within her community. She devotes her time to teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and CCD, delivering meals for Meals on Wheels, assisting at the Natick Service Council food pantry, and volunteering in the Day Surgery department at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Embrace A Family's dedication to Natick families deeply inspires Kitty. She is committed to helping these families and connecting them to various resources for support and care.