Patricia Fae Ho (Co-Chair)
Community leader and advocate, Patricia has served in significant leadership positions with nonprofit organizations, addressing issues of equity and access to education and health care for women and girls. Patricia is the past National President/Board Chair of AAUW (American Association of University Women) based in Washington DC. She is board president of The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association and on the boards of Wellspring House and United Way of the North Shore. Previous leadership roles include Peabody Essex Museum trustee, chair of the Essex County Commission on the Status of Women, president of Health Quarters, and board member with HAWC Healing Abuse Working for Change. She has been honored for her leadership by Lynn Community Health Center 2018 and Wellspring House 2015. Professionally, Patricia was Director of a Teacher Resource Center and a gifted education specialist, implementing a schoolwide enrichment model in New York schools. As a teacher trainer, she addressed topics in enrichment learning, creative and critical thinking skills. Raised in Hawaii, Patricia has traveled extensively and led AAUW’s Women in Leadership trips to Israel, Cuba and Poland. She and her husband live on the North Shore in Massachusetts.
Fara Wolfson (Co-Chair)
Fara Wolfson has been an educator committed to equity and social justice for 25 years. After graduating from Brown University with an Honor Degree in African-American Studies and Women’s Studies, Fara completed her Masters Degree in Special Education at Johns Hopkins University. For the past two decades, she has written curriculums for national organizations focused on civil rights, race, gender and social justice, and she has presented at local and state conferences on a variety of different topics. In addition to being a special education teacher, Fara is currently active in the community as Co-Chair of Salem’s No Place for Hate Committee, as an ELL teacher, and as a photographer, activist, and ally with several community organizations.
Maile Black (Clerk)
Maile Black was arrested for civil disobedience 35 years ago and has been advocating for justice ever since. She studied cultural anthropology at Harvard, education at Lesley, and creative writing at Salem State. In between degrees, she painted sets for opera companies and ran a cattle ranch in New Mexico. Most recently, after teaching middle school English for decades, she passed the teaching torch on to her son in Baltimore. Now a baker, librarian, and freelance writer, Maile lives happily in Salem with her kind husband and very soft cat.
Ana Brea is an educator, art lover and Salem resident. She is a parent to two adult human children and one Golden Retriever. Ms Brea is a native of the Dominican Republic. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design as well as Universidad APEC in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She worked as an art teacher in Santo Domingo for 10 years. In the summer of 2004 she returned to Massachusetts. That September she joined the staff at Salem Academy Charter School, where she serves as a Spanish teacher, Curriculum Team Leader and Service Learning Advisor, as well as occasional service travel leader. After years of working with Salem students and feeling closely connected to this community, she became a Salem resident in 2019. As an educator she is committed to working with her peers and students to dismantle systems of oppression and to decolonize curriculum. In her free time she can be found spending time with loved ones, enjoying art, reading, learning how to grow a garden, running, practicing yoga, going on local adventures with her dog, or trying something new.
Gail Cantor is an ordained interfaith minister, a chaplain, and a spiritual director who since September of 2017 has served as the Director of Spiritual Life and Chaplain at Endicott College. Prior to that, Gail was the co-founder and CEO of Contegrity Program Designs, Inc. from 1992 to 2015, a company that provided communication and leadership development work for corporations like Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies, as well as numerous mid-size companies and non-profit organizations. She also ran and led Contegrity’s seminar program in the United States and Canada providing individuals with the opportunity to develop their unique social identity and focus on fulfilling their lives. Before that, she held many positions at an international seminar program company that offers transformational programs for individuals and groups, completing her 14 years there as one of their regional managers in the United States. Gail is a self declared social justice activist in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion and considers that it is of great importance to be an ally for marginalized populations.
Dan Lipcan is a candlepin bowler, paddleboarder, jaywalker, and librarian, currently the Ann C. Pingree Director of the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum. He leads a talented staff charged with stewarding and sharing the library’s extensive collection of books, archives, ships’ journals, broadsides, and ephemera. Dan joined the PEM in 2019 after a sixteen-year tenure at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Watson Library. He serves VAI as Co-Chair of the Memorial Committee and he is a member of the Art Libraries Society of North America's Anti-Racism Task Force.
Sara Moore is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Salem State University, where she teaches classes on gender, sexuality, health and well-being, family life, and activism. With a background in community-based participatory research, Sara encourages her students to collaborate with community partners beyond the university to identify and examine social inequalities and create meaningful social change. In valuing multiple forms of local and expert knowledge, Sara’s approach builds bridges between universities and communities. She is a member of several organizations in Salem, including the Salem Education Foundation, the Food Policy Council, and the Board of Health. Sara earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Shepherd University, a master’s degree in sociology from The New School, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from George Mason University.
Elsabel Rincon was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Salem, MA. She has over 15 years of experience working with social justice nonprofit organizations and community groups on issues including anti-violence initiatives, racial justice, immigrant rights, poverty relief, LGBTQ equity, and community organizing. Elsabel is deeply committed to the empowerment and integration of immigrant communities. She received the Kipp Tiernan Social Justice Fellowship through which she founded The Welcome Immigrant Network, a volunteer based program that validates the impact of the immigrant experience and empowers immigrant communities; while providing orientation, advocacy and support. Elsabel is a member of the Latino Leadership Coalition of Salem, the MA Women of Color Network and the Essex County Commission on the Status of Women. Elsabel holds a M.Ed. in Community Engagement from Merrimack College and a master certificate in Non-profit management and Leadership from the Institute of Non-profit Management Leadership at BU. Elsabel is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French.
Siddhartha V. Shah is Director of Education and Civic Engagement, and Curator of South Asian Art at the Peabody Essex Museum. He has particular interests in what we can learn from the histories of colonialism, and the conflicts and intersections between religion and art. He earned his BA in Art History from Johns Hopkins University, an MA in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a PhD in Art History from Columbia University. Shah serves on the Board of the American Council for Southern Asian Art, the Advisory Council of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, the City of Salem Race Equity Task Force, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Salem.
Outside of Voices Against Injustice, Doneeca Thurston is a Creative Engagement Producer at the Peabody Essex Museum, developing public programs for a variety of audiences. Through her work at PEM, Doneeca has been able to engage the Salem and North Shore communities in conversations and activities around social justice, and has developed programs that highlight underrepresented voices within the museum. She is also co-chair of the museum's Equity & Inclusion Task Force, which focuses on addressing issues of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion. Originally from Lynn, MA, Doneeca still remains active in her community through mentorship programs and volunteer opportunities. Doneeca holds an M.A. in Public History from Northeastern University and a B.A. in History from Bucknell University.