Jennifer Aradhya is the VP for Marketing & Programs at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization comprised of over 350 funds, currently totaling over $50MM. Previously, Jennifer worked for two decades in higher education and received numerous awards and recognitions for her work to advance the community college mission.
Jennifer is a mixed media artist with a studio at Western Ave Studios (Lowell.) She enjoys sharing her passion for art and teaching numerous local art seminars over the past decade.
In addition to her love of travel, family, and the feeling that comes after a run, she serves on several boards, including Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell, Lowell Telecommunications Corporation, and Merrimack Valley Conference for Women, as well as several advisory boards.
Jennifer received her MS in Applied Communication from Fitchburg State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Design from Bridgewater State University.
Colleen M Beaumont
Colleen M Beaumont is a Lowell Five Bank employee for 30+ years, joined as a Teller 1988 and has been the VP/Cash Management Officer since 2013. She worked at multiple branches in various positions including being a Branch Manager for 12 years, opening two new branch locations. Colleen enjoys working with local business owners, large and small, and learning about how they run their business. She finds it rewarding to collaborate with business owners on their goals and customizing solutions to fit their specific needs.
Colleen is a current member of the Lowell Transitional Living Center Development Committee and a past board member. She also enjoys volunteering with Lowell Five coworkers for the annual Alternative House holiday donation drive. Past associations include: New England Safe Deposit Association – Board Member and Past President, Girl Scout Troop Co-Leader, AIB General Banking Diploma, New England School of Financial Studies graduate. She enjoys time with family, cooking and cheering on the Patriots!
Brenda Loan Baker
As an executive coach with proven success in the finance and sales industries, Brenda Loan Baker empowers individuals and organizations to reach their full leadership potential. While she serves leaders at all levels and across a broad range of functional roles and industries, she has a special interest in partnering with women and minorities in normally male-dominated industries like STEM, finance and law, to help them become more confident, visible, and influential leaders. It is Brenda’s passion to assist women and minorities in building greater confidence, improving their communication and public speaking, forging relationships with senior level influencers, and strategically promoting their efforts. As a result, these leaders are able to reach their full potential and companies realize the full value of their employees. Brenda helps these leaders to recognize and embrace their strengths, find opportunities that best leverage their unique talents, and develop the confidence and strategies needed to advance their careers. Prior to coaching, Brenda worked as a Financial Advisor at John Hancock. Brenda has a BS in business and is an official coach for the City of Boston on-site technical assistance program. She is an ICF-Professional Certified Coach(PCC) .
““I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” — Ginni Rometty, IBM”
Brandy Houser, Ph.D is a co-founder of Women Accelerators (de la Femme). She is also the New York and New Jersey site-head for Celdara Medical, which builds academic and early-stage innovations into high-potential medical companies. Previously, she worked at Brandon Capital Partners as an Investment Associate and Partners HealthCare, where she focused on the development and commercialization of life-science technologies.
She enjoys triathlon, skiing, traveling, and drinking excessive amounts of coffee. Brandy received her PhD in Immunology from Harvard University and her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Rutgers University.
Melissa Hunter-Ensor, PhD is Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Melissa counsels clients in strategic patent portfolio development, licensing, and collaboration agreements. Melissa has experience advising clients and providing legal opinions regarding patentability, freedom-to-operate, validity and infringement. She also assists venture capital firms and other investors in assessing the IP risks of target investments and conducts IP patent and licensing due diligence in connection with life science technology transactions.
Before becoming a lawyer, she earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and her thesis research resulted in a first author paper in Cell. She followed this accomplishment with a four-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology laboratory of Nobel laureate H. Robert Horvitz where she was a Jane Coffin Childs fellow.
Sze Ng, PhD: Sze (pronounced Sue) is a co-founder of Women Accelerators (de la Femme). She is currently a Scientific Investigator at GSK, working on drug discovery and development. Previously, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard, where she studied regulatory T cells in the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis.
When not in the laboratory, she is deeply committed to science outreach and affecting social change. She also has a passion for food, travel, and learning new things. Sze has a PhD in Biochemistry from Harvard University and dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Physiology from Michigan State University.
Gianna Iantosca is a Research Associate II at Jnana Therapeutics working on drug discovery and characterization of novel therapeutic targets. She received her bachelors from Emmanuel College with a distinction in the field of biology and a concentration in biochemistry. She has had experiences working in industry at Agios Pharmaceuticals and Navitor Pharmaceuticals where her focus was bringing therapies to patients with rare disease.
Gianna was inspired to pursue a career in science at an early age being a first hand witness to a family member with a rare disease. She was sparked to lean more about rare disease, which led to her education in biology and later career. She believes in order to be truly successful a person must be well balanced. She does this through her passion for fitness and well-being, which includes runs along the Charles. In the push to continue her career and be in a position to inspire others, she joined the team as the Event Coordinator in October 2019, hoping to bring the values and insight that she learned along the way to young women. From January 2020 to July 2021, Gianna has been the President of Women Accelerators.
Miriam Margala, PhD: In both, her academic and professional careers, Miriam’s interest has always focused on gender equality. What started off as research of gendered and androcentric language use and communication, soon developed into practical involvement with and passion for helping women to achieve equality. She holds a dual PhD in English and Linguistics (University of Rochester) where one area of her expertise is communication and gender. Miriam has presented and published on the topic nationally and internationally.
Miriam teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She also works in the areas of art and literature both in the US and Europe and through her work continues to research and be actively involved with gender issues as they relate to professional, social and cultural aspects of communication.
In her free time, Miriam enjoys singing – any genre – and performing with her chorus. Wherever she finds herself, she looks for galleries, museums, theatres and performance places to visit. Miriam enjoys a good power walk, especially very early in the morning when it’s accompanied by a beautiful sunrise.
Susu Wong, MBA: Susu is one of the co-founders of Women Accelerators, formerly de la Femme, and the founder of Tomo360, an online marketing company focusing on helping businesses and nonprofits to promote their business. She was an adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a speaker for local business workshops.
She is passionate about helping women to succeed in business, the boardroom or wherever their career paths lead them. Before starting Tomo360, she has worked in a variety of fields, including Fortune 500, healthcare, universities, and technology transfer.
Susu received her MBA with a focus in Management in Information Technology from Lesley University. She enjoys participating in triathlons, snowboarding, swimming, and biking. She enjoys cooking and tasting the different ethnic food in the cities and you can visit her food blog page.