Karen Ferguson, Co-President
After volunteering at different CMA events, Karen Ferguson joined the CMA Board in 2013 where she has co-chaired both the Spring Egg Hunt and CMA Gala. Karen grew up in Grosse Pointe, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan and attended Michigan State University. She moved to Boston to work at Putnam Investments, where she met her husband, Justin. They have been living in Charlestown now for 12 years.
Currently, Karen is home raising her three children, Annie (6) who attends Warren Prescott, Nicholas (4) at Good Shepherd and Lizzie (1). Karen can often be found around town, enjoying one of the local parks with the kids or running with her giant blue jogger from the eighties. As a passionate cook, Karen is always trying and creating new recipes and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Living in Charlestown for about 8 years, Jennifer has served on the CMA Board since 2011 and as co-president for the last two years. Jen grew up in a suburb of Cleveland then fell in love with Boston while at Brown for graduate school.
With a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology, Jen has been working at various Life Science start-up companies for the past decade and is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Kerafast, Inc. Jen and her husband Ben (Schenker) have a 5 year old daughter who attends the Warren Prescott School, a cat, Tigger and rescue dog Scarlett. You can usually find her at a park with Georgi or Scarlett, the Charlestown rink, or at Zumes. Jen lived in the UK for several years and loves traveling internationally for work and fun, sports, and spending time with her family.
Abby Belge was born in New Haven, CT and moved to Boston after graduating from college in 1997. She has been a Charlestown resident since 2005. After working full-time in marketing and product development for IBC Life Sciences for 11 years and MIS Training Institute for 3 years, she stopped working to raise her two sons, Oliver and Oscar (born in 2009 and 2012, respectively). Not soon after Oliver was born, she became a member of the CMA and has benefitted greatly from their support over the past 7 years. She joined the CMA board in June of 2016.
Both of Abby’s children attend Warren-Prescott, where Abby is also an active member of the WP Welcome Committee and co-chair of the Music Committee, which focuses on ensuring music education is an integral part of a student’s experience at Warren-Prescott from kindergarten through middle school.
Jenna Carroll, Board Member
Jenna joined the board in 2015 and has been an active member of CMA since she became a Mom in 2010. She has lived on and off in Charlestown since 1994, moved away for a few years while completing her MBA at UMASS Amherst and bought her first home here in 2001. She lives with her husband Mike and their twin boys, Aidan and Flynn.
Jenna is the managing partner of The Carroll Group, a family wealth advisory team in Merrill Lynch’s Newton office. She is a member of the Merrill Lynch advisor training faculty and has been recognized nationally by Barron’s Magazine as a Top Women Advisor.
She cherishes her “urban family” consisting of neighbors, CMA Moms and Warren Prescott parents that continue to give city living a small town feel. Team Carroll spends most of their Winter weekends skiing in Vermont, but come Spring you will find Jenna with her twins gardening along Jefferson Avenue.
Laura has long volunteered for CMA, both as a member of the board and as its legal counsel. Laura also maintains the CMA member list, handles CMA email communications, and heads up CMA’s school information sessions and directories.
Laura has lived in Charlestown for over 30 years and has raised three children here. She adopted her two daughters as infants from Latin America and China. Her oldest daughter recently graduated from college, and is now working in Boston, while her younger daughter is in college. Laura’s son, Boston-born, is now in high school.
Laura was raised in the Midwest, went to college in California, and then moved to Boston, first for graduate school and then to attend Harvard Law School. She fell in love with urban living, and bought a Victorian brick townhouse (very much in need of a gut rehab) in the mid-1980’s. Earlier this year, with two children (mostly) out of the house, Laura made the decision to downsize to a smaller home in Charlestown, where she is once again embarking on renovations.
For her “day job,” Laura is a partner at the law firm of Burns & Levinson in Boston, where she concentrates on intellectual property and business litigation.
Laura can regularly be found on her morning run throughout Charlestown. Laura loves living in a family-friendly, urban neighborhood, where everything is in walking distance. Especially now that her kids are older, they all appreciate and enjoy how accessible the city is.
Katie has been living in Charlestown since 2007 and became involved with the CMA in 2013 when her first son, George, was born. Originally from Connecticut, Katie moved to Boston after college to attend medical school. After completing her residency in Pediatrics at MGH, she moved to Charlestown where she met her husband Eric. Their oldest son George is now 3-1/2 and attends Charlestown Nursery School. They welcomed their second son, Stuart, this past April 2016. She joined the board in the fall of 2016 and has loved being part of the CMA, investing in our children and community as well as supporting and connecting new moms.
When she is not taking care of babies in the NICU at MGH, Katie is enjoying Charlestown with her two sons and husband. She can often be found at one of the local parks with her boys, trying to squeeze in a run, enjoying the local restaurants, or learning to navigate the new double stroller through the streets and shops of Charlestown.
Erin Davies originally hails from Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Since graduating from the College of the Holy Cross in 2004, she has made her home in Boston, where she began her career as an event and wedding planner. She has organized fundraising galas as Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters, large-scale weddings and political events as a Producer for Rafanelli Events, as well as social and non-profit fetes for the Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library, where she currently works full time. She and her husband Dan joined the Charlestown family in 2013, where they welcomed their first son, Ray, in 2014 and second son, Joel, in 2016.
Erin has been a huge fan of the CMA since meeting her best friends through the New Mom’s Breakfast in 2014, and has been involved ever since, helping to plan the 2016 Gala. When she is not working or taking care of her boys, she enjoys a good book and napping.
Jessica lives in Charlestown with her husband, Joe, and her daughters, Abigail (5) and Emery (4). Abigail attends the Eliot School and Emery attends St. John School. She is a 14 year resident of Charlestown. Jessica is an alumni of Stonehill College. Jessica is a General Manager at Oxford Properties.
As a working Mom, Jess values every moment she can spend with her family. On weeknights and weekends, you’ll usually find them at local playgrounds or the Highschool fields. In the Summer if not enjoying the wonderful resources the City has to offer (Greenway Sprinklers, parks and local pools) you will find her and her family on the Lake in New Hampshire. In the winter, in between the kids activities you will find them skiing as a family in Vermont.
Beth has lived in Charlestown since 2005 and loves the experience of living in the city with a neighborhood feel. Beth joined the CMA in 2013 and volunteered for the annual Gala and Easter Egg Hunt before joining the Board in 2016.
She attended Boston College for her undergraduate degree and MBA. She’s worked at Fidelity Investments since 1998 and is currently a Vice President of Marketing.
Beth and her husband, Ken, live on Elm Street have two sons – Logan (born in 2013) and Ryan (born in 2015). Logan attends Bright Horizons in the Navy Yard and can be seen in all of Charlestown’s parks burning off his high energy level. Beth enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, cooking and reading.
Shannon Fitzgerald, Board Member
Shannon become involved in the CMA right after she and her husband Tim moved to Charlestown in 2010 with their then 2-year-old, Hannah. Coming from Brooklyn, they had planned on renting in Charlestown for one year before relocating to the suburbs. But they quickly fell in love with Charlestown and it’s perfect blend of city life and small-town community feel.
Today they are happy home owners and their oldest, Hannah (8), attends the Warren-Prescott, their son Desmond (4) goes to Good Shepherd School, and their youngest, Finnuala (2) spends her days hanging with mom.
Shannon is actively involved at the Warren-Prescott and is co-leading a new Girl Scout troop here in town. She was thrilled to join the board in Fall of 2016 and strongly believes in giving back to the community that has given her and her family a home.
In her “free” time Shannon enjoys running, crafting, going over the top with all birthdays and holidays, listening to musical theatre albums, and spontaneous playroom dance parties.