Meet Our Board

Mary Lou Bozza -

Mary Lou Bozza

Mary Lou Bozza is currently the Director of Development at Haley House, a feisty non-profit with a soup kitchen, affordable housing, social enterprise cafe and urban farm. Previously, Mary Lou served as a teacher, campus minister, and youth minister after studying theology at Boston College and receiving her MDiv. from Yale Divinity School. Mary Lou is also a founding member of Faith in Action with El Salvador (FACES), a volunteer-run non-profit supporting grassroots work in El Salvador, where she lived and worked. Mary Lou was excited to join the board in 2018 as a way of supporting the inclusive, transformative mission of Sacred Threads.

Katie Gordon -

Katie Gordon

Katie is a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School studying and exploring new forms of community building and meaning making outside of religious institutions yet rooted in spiritual life. She is one of the founders of Nuns & Nones, a national movement that brings together Catholic Sisters and spiritually diverse millennials. With a background in interfaith organizing, Katie is committed to building bridges across traditions, particularly breaking down boundaries between the sacred and the secular.

Michele Ryan -

Michele Ryan

Michele is a former CPA. She joined the Board of Directors in 2015. Her primary focus is overseeing our financial reporting; however, she also absolutely loves creating inspiring posts for our social media pages. Having attended a Sacred Threads’ Speakers event at just the right time in her life, Michele was inspired by the very thoughtful but very simple presentation.

Carol Greve-Philips -

Carol Greve-Philips

Carol Greve-Philips is a Business Development professional in the biotechnology industry with expertise in establishing partnerships through collaboration. After holding senior leadership positions at Genzyme Corporation, Spark Therapeutics and Quad Technologies Carol is now working with emerging companies to build relationships with partners to develop new therapies. She is an active volunteer at My Brother’s Keeper in Easton, MA.

Claudia Pouravelis -

Claudia Pouravelis

Claudia Pouravelis has served as the Associate Dean of Enrollment Management at Boston College's Woods College of Advancing Studies since June 2016. Prior to BC, she worked at Regis College, where she served as Associate Dean of Graduate Academic Affairs.  She earned an EdD in Educational Leadership – Higher Education from Johnson & Wales University and MA and BA degrees from Boston College.


Claudia is originally from Old Orchard Beach, Maine and attended Catherine McAuley High School in Portland, Maine, where she was lovingly educated and inspired by the values of the Sisters of Mercy. She was raised in both the Catholic and Greek Orthodox traditions, which has helped shape her own spirituality and faith.

She lives in Boston’s South End with her husband Adam Webster, a political consultant.

Sylvia Simmons -

Sylvia Simmons

Sylvia had a career in Higher Education as an administrator and faculty member. She currently is a consultant and a volunteer and board member for several non-profit organizations. Sylvia is an advocate for the mission of Sacred Threads knowing Sacred Threads has transformed individuals in so many ways on their path to seeking a spiritual life. Sylvia joined the Board of Directors in 2015 and serves on the Governance Committee.

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