National Board of Advisors

WSRC Board Members

2019-2020 Board Members

The National Board of Advisors for the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, founded in 2001, was created to provide guidance, financial support and assistance with community relations.

Our Board consists of Brandeis alumni and non-alumni from various regions in the country and the Boston area. The group meets three times a year on the Brandeis campus and is led by Co-Chairs Diane R. Rubin ’81 and Rosalie Ripaldi Shane ’66.

Members of the board include artists, businesswomen, actors, philanthropists, politicians, physicians, people in the media, lawyers and writers, to name a few.

Current Members

Cynthia Berenson

Cynthia L. Berenson serves on the University Board of Trustees, as well as the boards of the Women’s Studies Research Center and the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Brandeis University. Cynthia is a nationally-recognized philanthropist who has given decades of service to Brandeis University, the international Jewish community and countless non-profits. A University Fellow since 2000, Cynthia and her family created the Allen/Berenson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Women's Studies at Brandeis and the Cynthia L. and Theodore S. Berenson Chair of Fine Arts along with establishing the Director's Office in the Women's Studies Research Center in 1995. Along with her husband, Theodore, who is also a University Fellow, Cynthia launched the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Carol Goldberg

Carol R. Goldberg founded the AVCAR Group LTD., a private investment and consulting firm together with her husband Avram in 1990 after a 30-year career with The Stop & Shop companies. She has served on a number of public boards such as The Gillette Company, The Putnam Fund Groups, and the Stop & Shop Companies. Carol is past chair of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, a member of the boards of the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and The One Hundred Club. She is a founding member of the Commonwealth Institute and a Trustee for Life of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and past chair of its Medical Education Committee. Carol is retired as a member of the Board of Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Board of Hebrew College. Carol received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Jackson College in 1955, is a graduate from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and was a Fellow at the Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College.

Sue Goldberg

Sue Goldberg has over 30 years’ experience as a teacher, Systems Analyst, salesperson and manager, with over fifteen years as President and CEO of Northeast Training Group Inc., which made the list of Boston Business Journal’s 20 largest computer/software training companies in Massachusetts 10 years in a row and was recognized as one of “New England’s Largest Training Companies.” Sue was the guest of the Technion in Israel as a participant in an advanced leadership program and is a life member of Hadassah and Hebrew Senior Life. She serves on the boards of: The Boston Club, Primary Source, Touro Synagogue Foundation and the American Technion Society (ATS.) Sue also volunteers with “Vacation with a Soul” Haifa Israel, Hot Family Children’s Hospital and Dana Farber and Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly.

Miriam O. Hyman ’63

Miriam O. Hyman is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in New York. She practices in the area of international corporate law, representing clients predominantly based in Brazil, including manufacturers, banks, financial institutions, hedge funds, private equity funds, and high net worth individuals in their activities worldwide. Miriam (Mimi) speaks Portuguese and has extensive experience in employment matters. She is a 1977 graduate of Hofstra University School of Law, where she was articles editor for Hofstra Law Review, and a summa cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, where Mimi was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Peter R. Kalb (Faculty Representative)

Peter R. Kalb is the Cynthia L. and Theodore S. Berenson Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at Brandeis University, where he teaches modern and contemporary art history. He is on the core faculty of the Brandeis Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Kalb’s most recent publication is "Art Since 1980: Charting the Contemporary," (Pearson and Laurence King: New York and London, 2014) which details the expanding contemporary art world from its New York explosion in the early 1980s to its global expansion in the 21st century. Before, "Art Since 1980," he was the revising author of the fifth edition of "H.H. Arnason History of Modern Art" and the author of "High Drama: The New York Cityscapes of Georgia O’Keeffe and Margaret Bourke-White." Peter’s scholarship addresses issues in 20th and 21st century art and criticism. He serves as the Boston-based corresponding editor for Art in America.

Noriko Kameda

Noriko Kameda joins the board of the Women’s Studies Research Center in the fall of 2019. Noriko (Nori) is a former trustee at St. Michaels College, Winooski, VT, and a retired senior lecturer at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Nori wrote “Akarui Mirai wa Jibun de Tsukuroo” (Create Your Own Future) on career development for the Japanese Market. She speaks at universities and business groups worldwide. Nori was a columnist for OCS News, a semi-monthly Japanese newspaper published in the United States. She has been the principal owner of Dark to Light Inc. and Director of Asian Pacific Relations, Research Associate at Harvard University, Harvard Business School as well as an Investment and Management Consultant in Washington D.C. and San Francisco, CA. Nori’s MBA is from Stanford University, and her undergraduate degree is from Vassar College.

Annette Liberman Miller ’58

Annette Liberman-Miller has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in Boston and at many regional theaters, and is a leading actor with the Shakespeare & Company Repertory Theater in Lenox, Massachusetts. She is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild, and a former member of the board of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. Annette has written, produced and acted in three shows which she tours. As a WSRC Scholar, she recently wrote a theatrical collage about the pleasures and perils of our third chapter called “Now Is Our Time." She performs the collage for special events, regional theaters, fundraisers and Jewish and women’s organizations, as well as at senior residences. In the summer 2019 Annette starred in “The Waverly Gallery” by renowned playwright Kenneth Lonergan at Shakespeare & Company. Annette has taught acting at the Harvard Extension School as well as privately. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees at Brandeis University.

Ruth Nemzoff

Ruth Nemzoff is a former assistant minority leader of the New Hampshire legislature and former deputy commissioner of health and welfare in that state. While a visiting scholar at the Wellesley Center for Research, she wrote an historical analysis of the “Changing Perceptions of Mothers of Children with Disabilities.” She has also published articles about environmental advertising, women in politics and Jewish intermarriage. Ruth served on the boards of the New Hampshire United Way, New Hampshire Business Development Corporation, Boston’s Jewish Family and Children’s Services, and Newbury College. She founded a nursery school, a counseling service and the National Women’s Legislative Lobby. Ruth is a former advisory committee member of the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy. She is currently on the board of "Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with your Adult Children" is her first book. Her second is "Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws Into Family."

Diane R. Rubin ’81, Co-Chair

Diane R. Rubin was appointed Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Land Court in 2019. Prior to her judicial appointment, Diane was a partner in real estate development at Prince Lobel Tye, LLP in Boston. She has served as President of the Real Estate Bar Association, on the Board of Directors for eight years and the Executive Committee for five years. Diane was with Mahoney Hawkes & Goldings, and a partner at Holland & Knight. She was responsible for all turnpike litigation as Associate General Counsel to the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority from 1997-2000. Diane began her legal career as Assistant General Counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare in 1985. She graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University in 1981 and received her juris doctor from Boston University Law School in 1985. Since 2014, Diane has served as the Co-Chair of the Women’s Studies Research Center Advisory Board and also serves on the Board of Caritas Communities, an affordable housing non-profit.

Rachel Sagan

Rachel Sagan is a non-profit professional dedicated to raising resources to impact society on complex issues ranging from domestic violence to environmental health. Her career focus is on philanthropy, public interest law and non-profit management including extensive fund raising and strategic planning for non-profits and foundations. Rachel brings an expertise in major donor fundraising, Board diversity, women’s philanthropy, organizational leadership and community building to her professional work. In 2019, Rachel co-created the Metrowest Women’s Fund, which invests in women and girls through education, community building, grant making and strategic partnerships. Prior to her new venture, Rachel served as the Executive Director of the Acton-Boxborough United Way for ten years. Rachel serves on two national boards at Brandeis University: Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGS) and the Women’s Studies Research Studies (WSRC). She co-chaired the National WGS Board for five years. Rachel has a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and her B.A. is from Harvard University.

Barbara Sander

Barbara Sander serves on the Brandeis University Board of Trustees and devoted much of her time to the Brandeis National Committee. As a licensed clinical social worker, Barbara has worked as a family therapist at Family and Children’s Service of St. Louis, a parent educator in the Parkway School District, and as director of program quality for Parents as Teachers National Center. Sander hobbies include the fine arts, health and activity and she has always focused on bettering others, this is evidenced through her work with ORT America — the largest Jewish nonprofit organization for education in the world. Sander holds a master's in social work though Washington University and an undergraduate degree from Brown University.

Heidi Shear

Heidi Shear practiced law for more than 35 years, most of which was spent in-house as Vice President and Managing Counsel at LSB Industries, Inc. (NYSE:LXU). She currently focuses on volunteer activities and supporting the arts. Heidi is the co-owner and director of David Shear Art-an art studio and gallery located in Boston, MA and  the Co-President, Executive Director, and a board member of ReachArts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit community arts center located in Swampscott, MA. Heidi serves as a volunteer mediator at the Massachusetts District Court and as a hospital volunteer.  Previously a board member of the Jewish Journal of the North Shore, Heidi is a life member of Hadassah. Her J.D. and LLM in taxation are from the Boston University School of Law and her B.A. is from Tufts University.

Caitlin Smith

Caitlin Smith is a Senior Program Manager in the Office of Housing Stability with the City of Boston. Previously, she has served as the director of housing redevelopment and mobility at EMPath (formerly Crittenton Women’s Union) in Boston. Caitlin has taught courses at Bunker Hill Community College, was an attorney in private practice, and was the head of finance and programs at Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston. Caitlin is a graduate of the New England School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Rosalie Ripaldi Shane ’66, Co-Chair

Rosalie Ripaldi-Shane has been involved with Brandeis University since soon after graduating in 1966. She was asked to be a member of the Hillel Board at Brandeis where she and her husband Jim ultimately served as co-presidents for several years. She and Jim were elected Fellows of the University in 2013. Ripaldi-Shane’s great interest in art drew her to become a member of the board of the WSRC, and her joy at being there has kept her involved since 2005. She has been co-chair of the board since 2007. Rosalie owns and manages the Saxonville Studios in Framingham, which she co-founded in 1989. She is a member of the Copley Society, the Cambridge Art Association and the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association where she is a member of the board. She has served for five years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Preservation Trust of Martha’s Vineyard. In honor of her uncle and aunt, Rosalie produces the Annual Alfredo and Demitra DiLuzio Concert in the Slosberg Concert Hall at Brandeis University featuring WSRC Scholars performances and work.

Louise Weinberg ’73 - On Leave

Born in New York City, Louise Weinberg has lived and worked in the Boston area since 1977. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University, a Master of Social Work from Columbia University and is a graduate of the four-year diploma program in studio art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In her role as a clinical social worker, Louise was a practicing psychotherapist for 22 years. Her career in Boston included roles as clinician, supervisor, administrator, writer and teacher. She worked in community mental health as well as in private practice. She was an adjunct professor at the BU School of Social Work, and taught courses and supervised students at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. Following her years as a clinician, supervisor and teacher, Louise returned to school to pursue her passion for painting and has been working full-time as an artist since then. Louise developed the art program at the Brookline Senior Center, which offers drawing and painting classes, and has taught there since 2002.

Austin Wertheimer

Austin Wertheimer closed his medical office in 2013 after 32 years of practice in women’s health, specializing in cancer prevention and menopausal management. Prior to this he served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine. As a strong advocate for women and social justice he chose to do his early training at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center) which provides care to many of the underserved in the City of Boston. After finishing his residency, Austin joined the staff of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Austin has always enjoyed photography. His images can be seen at which also contains a “pro bono” section with his photo work for nonprofit events and fundraisers. His other affiliations include Physicians for Social Responsibility and Bikes not Bombs.

Rachel Winkeller, PhD

Rachel Winkeller recently retired from her position as Director of Transportation, Policy and Planning at the US Department of Transportation (DOS). As a key senior advisor at Volpe, she led large technical staff teams and managed significant program budgets for governmental agencies. Rachel holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She has worked for NSTAR and has consulted to private and non-profit organizations on strategic planning. Rachel’s B.A. is in Political Science from Wellesley College.


We are grateful to our past Board Members for their generous support of the WSRC: