Board of Directors
Linda Sundquist – President
Linda Sundquist, a Norfolk, VA native, majored in biology at the College of William and Mary, where she met her husband, Paul. She loves nature and animals, and worked as a naturalist. She was blessed to have the opportunity to homeschool their four children in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Recently, Linda and Paul moved to the Washington DC area, and she works as a substitute school teacher and a swimming instructor.
When their oldest son, Josh, was nine years old he was diagnosed with bone cancer. After enduring a year of chemotherapy and the amputation of his left leg at the hip, he is now thriving as a motivational speaker and fundraiser for Children's Hospitals. Five years later, Linda followed his path of chemo after she was diagnosed with Lymphoma. When it recurred seven years later, she entered a clinical trial testing a new drug and a vaccine. She has learned more about cancer than she ever wanted, but Linda is grateful to be alive and wishes to prevent this disease from affecting other people.
Michelle Carestia - Secretary
Michelle’s passion for public service and interest in building stronger, more resilient communities has shaped her career. Her previous experience includes the John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service at the New York City Office of Emergency Management where she supported the city’s response to Hurricane Sandy. She has also worked with New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) as a Recovery Coordinator to help communities rebuild after the storm and as the Emergency Management Program Manager at Boston Children’s Hospital
Michelle holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Saint Michael’s College as well as a MPA in Emergency and Disaster Management from the Metropolitan College of New York. She currently lives in Natick, MA and enjoys traveling, writing, and being outdoors.
Nancy Rexford – Treasurer
Ms. Rexford has served on several boards of other organizations involved in workplace giving, including Partners for a Better World and Animal Welfare Fund. She brings over thirty years experience in non-profit administration and governance.
She holds degrees from Vassar College and the University of Iowa, where she studied music, English literature and creative writing. A well-known costume historian, Rexford wrote and illustrated Women's Shoes in America, 1795-1920 (Kent State University Press), which won the Costume Society of America's award as best costume book of the year 2000. She also provided the illustrations for Everyday Dress of Rural America, 1783-1800, by Merideth Wright (Dover Books). She has curated and designed several exhibitions, including All for One & One for All! Uniforms in Fact and Fantasy at the American Textile History Museum. As a consultant, she has dated and identified antique clothing, photographs and paintings in dozens of museums around the United States, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Kansas City Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery.