Jennifer Brown Miller (Assistant Secretary)
Jennifer has visited the Casa three different times and falls more in love with the children each time. She went to the Casa not knowing it would change her life. After her first time there she realized that she had to do something to serve these amazing kids.
Jennifer works as a director for an after school program and understands the impact a safe nurturing environment can have on a child. She feels so honored to be elected as the assistant secretary for the Casa Connection. Jen has happily committed to being part of a group of individuals committed to ensuring the children of the Casa always have a safe nurturing place to learn and grow.
Erica Edwards (Secretary)
Erica has been involved with the Casa San Jose since 2005 when she attended her first mission trip with First Church Somerville. Since that first trip, she has been passionate about the work the Casa does and the children and staff who live and work there, and she’s returned several times (four trips total), most recently in 2011. Over the years Erica has been a consistent organizer of events and activities that support the Casa San Jose. Most recently she served as a founding board member of the Casa Connection, organized the FCS side of the Casa Pen Pal Program, organized the FCS Mission trip in 2010, and coordinated parts of the visit from the Casa San Jose Director and Doctor in the Summer of 2010.
Erica lives with her partner, Elizabeth Danner, in Somerville, MA. She recently graduated with a degree in Clinical Mental Health from Lesley University and is the Educational Specialist for Housing Families, a non-profit that works with homeless families located in Malden, MA. Erica has been a member of First Church Somerville since 2004 and has been involved with various committees and social justice activities, including monthly involvement with preparation of the dinners for the Somerville Homeless Coalition.
Rebecca was born in Boston, MA and grew up in Cambridge and Arlington. She attended Brown University where she majored in biology. After college she lived in Eritrea for a year and worked with a social marketing company on several projects promoting HIV/AIDS awareness. When Rebecca returned to the US, she worked with Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts doing education and outreach for two years. Her interest in public health prompted her to consider medical school and, after several years fulfilling her premed requirements, Rebecca entered the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She returned to the Boston area for residency and completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center combined program. Rebecca is now in private practice in Brookline as a primary care pediatrician. She also provides primary care to teen moms and their children one day each week as a member of the Young Parent Program at Children’s.
Rebecca married her husband, Michael Molla, in 2003 and their twin girls, Celia and Eva, were born a year later. They live in Lexington, MA. Rebecca has served as the METCO Family Friends co-coordinator at the girls’ school for the last year.
Doug has been engaged with the Casa San Jose for more than ten years by supporting family member work visits and fund raising for Second Congregational Church trips, as well as spiritual support for bi-annual trips. He has held numerous positions in leadership at Second Congregational Church, including Board of Deacons, Christian Education, Prudential Board, and Moderator.
Doug’s other not-for-profit experience includes Home At Last (HAL), where he was in charge of membership (1991-2009) and served on the HAL Board of Directors, 1999-2009, as treasurer. Home At Last rehabbed two multifamily residences and established the Cotton Mill Housing coop in Beverly, MA, a small low-income housing development. In 2009, Cotton Mill Coop successfully merged with several other small not-for-profit housing organizations into Harborlight Community Partners, which provided sustainable scale and professional management.
Doug also serves on the Missouri S&T Alumni Association Board of Directors (2010- present). In addition to being the New England area representative, he assists with fund raising from alumni for student scholarships and outreach to promote Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) educational development programs.
Doug is senior manager of supplier quality at The Boeing Company and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO and a Master’s of Business Administration from Babson College in Wellesley, MA. He and his wife, Cheri, have three grown sons and a grandaughter, Makayla.
Matthew Miller (President)
Matthew is a high school history teacher and running coach in Natick, MA. Prior to teaching, he worked in various positions in the Navy and federal government. He is a founding member and former vice-president of the nonprofit Dallas Swing Dance Society. Matthew has visited the Casa San Jose three times, once with a church mission group and twice on his own. Visiting the Casa was a life-changing experience. His Spanish is coming along in spurts, and he has vowed to be mostly fluent by his next visit. Matthew is married to fellow Casa Connection, Inc. director, Jennifer Brown Miller. They live in Somerville, MA with their two cats, Ella and Nina.