2017 Board of Directors

Linda O’Connell

acting Executive Director, ex-officio

A key player in MotherWoman’s push for the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act at the state legislature, Linda has been active in politics on the local, state and national levels since stepping out of a career as an entrepreneurial editor and publisher. Her advocacy journey began with the founding of the Valley Advocate shortly after graduating from Mount Holyoke College and led to senior management positions for media companies across the nation. Linda, who has recenlty returned to her native Western Massachusetts, is especially proud of with her work here on behalf of our courageous Attorney General Maura Healey. She sits on the boards of several organizations that advocate for women's equality and social justice.

“I am drawn to MotherWoman’s mission because I believe safe and strong moms protect and strengthen families, whatever those families look like,” Linda says. “Resilient families empower a more nurturing community, and that moves us toward a society that works for everyone.”

Lakisha Coppedge


“A Strong Woman is one who feels deeply and loves fiercely, her tears flow as abundantly as her laughter. She is both soft and powerful, is both practical and spiritual. In her essence, a Strong Woman is a gift to the world.”

-Author Unknown

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

-Jeremiah 29:11

Denise Brown

Vice President

“I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought whole self to you. I am your mother.”

-Maya Angelou

Amie Miarecki

Treasurer, Marketing Chair

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”

-Jill Churchill

Dayna Campbell

Clerk, Program Chair

“A Real Mom: Emotional, yet the rock. Tired, but keeps going. Worried, but full of hope. Impatient, yet patient. Overwhelmed, but never quits. Amazing, even though doubted. Wonderful, even in the chaos. Life changer, every single day.”

-Rachel Martin

Vanessa Martinez

Development Chair

“Una madre es la fuerza del amor y la gracia que supera y rinde todas las fuerzas del mal.”

“A mother is the force of love and grace that surpasses and overcomes all the forces of evil.”

-Josep Torras

Denise Hurst

Board Recruitment Chair

“Let her sleep for when she wakes she will move mountains.”

-Napoleon Bonaparte