Board of Directors

Mark Booher Ph.D.

President

Dr. Booher has been on the Board for many years and has served in the positions of President, Vice-President, and Treasurer. Dr. Booher is a psychologist with more than 40 years experience working with public sector clients and has been a member of the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. Dr. Booher and his wife have lived in Westborough for thirty years.


Cam Sowa

Vice President

Cam has served on the Board since 1987 and has held the positions of Treasurer and President and currently serves as Vice President. A resident of Westborough, Cam has two grown daughters and two very delightful grandchildren. Cam was in the banking arena for 25 years followed by positions supporting executives in large corporations for the remainder of her career. She also serves on the board of Apple Tree Arts in Grafton where she is active on the capital campaign committee and involved in the music programs as well. Cam is a member of St. Stephen’s Church in Westborough.

Mission Statement:

The Pastoral Counseling Centers of Massachusetts provide counseling to all persons seeking wholeness and renewal, honoring their race, ethnicity, religion, cultural background, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Vision Statement:

We strive to understand what each client is seeking and the most effective manner of helping them reach their goals. Our aim is to unravel how each client’s unique culture, ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and spiritual/religious background affects their beliefs, behaviors, values, practices, and social interactions.


Suzanne Arpante

Treasurer

Doug Wales Ph.D.

Clerk

After initial military service, Doug earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College and worked in both in-patient and out-patient therapy and psychological testing. At the Gaebler Center, Human Resource Institute, and at Tufts New England Medical Center (now Tufts Medical Center), he worked with adults and with children and their families. He ran an incarcerated adult alcoholism program at the Middlesex County House of Correction, Billerica. Doug and his wife currently serve as town election officials.

Doug served in the military (U.S.Coast Guard) on a ship out of Portland, Maine, routinely sailing 1000 miles off the East coast on International Ice Patrol and weather cutter duties. He served in the Republic of the Philippines and in VietNam during the VietNam war. He retired from the Coast Guard as Commander, Reserve Group Woods Hole.

As an independent consultant in computer systems for mental health facilities, he travelled the country for a few years before finishing his career at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC) during Harvard Pilgrim’s turnaround from receivership. Subsequently, HPHC was independently rated the top health plan in the country for over a dozen years.

Doug and his wife, Anita, have lived in Westborough since 2001 and are members of the Congregational Church of Westborough. He enjoys spending time with family, rowing on Lake Quinsigamond, and building a modest business for the benefit of his children and grandchildren. Their three daughters and four grand-daughters are nearby in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Jeff Bartee

Executive Committee, Member at Large

Jeff recently celebrated his 32nd year with a large multinational corporation and provides sales training to their rep force. Having relocated several times during his career, Jeff moved to Westborough in 2004. Since then, he has been active in his community as a volunteer for Old Sturbridge Village, Westborough Youth Soccer, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Siloam Masonic Lodge, and sits on the board for the Pastoral Counseling Center. In addition to volunteering, Jeff enjoys spending time visiting historic places with his wife and daughter and restoring their 18th-century home.

Dianne Patrick


Dianne Patrick became a member of the PCC Board of Directors in October 2021. She has been involved in volunteer work in Worcester County since high school serving the Worcester, Grafton and Westborough communities.

Dianne was born and grew up in Main South Worcester. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Rehabilitation Services from Assumption College (now University), she then pursued and received a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Assumption. Dianne worked as a Special Education Teacher for the Clinton and Grafton Public Schools. She taught at St. Bernadette School in Northborough from 2000-2005.

From 2005-2020, Dianne served as the Director of Religious Education for St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Westborough, where she was introduced to the Pastoral Counseling Centers and their work in the community. Dianne’s work with others has focused on discovering compassionate ways to secure trust and provide peace of mind.

A Mother of four and Grandmother (“Nana”) of eight, Dianne now enjoys retirement with her husband Mark at their home in North Grafton. She is happy to support the work of PCC.


Karen Rothman, MD

Dr. Rothman joined our Board this year. She has lived in Westborough since 1981. She recently retired after 38 years of medical practice, primarily in Westborough. She is married and has two adult children and one grandchild. Dr. Rothman has been active in many volunteer activities throughout her time in Westborough. She currently serves on the Executive Board of Congregation B’nai Shalom of Westborough, where her primary interest is in connecting individuals into a meaningful community. She is the founder and an active member of Shir Joy, a trans-denominational singing group that practices weekly in Westborough. She enjoys hiking, swimming, crafting, reading, cooking, learning and teaching.


Steve Swets

Steve is an advertising and marketing professional who has worked in all media for a variety of national, regional and local clients. In addition, he lectures at colleges and universities on the history of advertising and the creative process. Steve and his wife have 2 grown children. He and his wife live in Bradenton, Florida and have remained members of The Congregational Church of Westborough where Steve has served as a deacon, moderator and member of both the Cabinet and the investment committee. Steve attends Board meetings via Skype and in-person when he is in town.

Mary Taber

Ex Officio

Justice, trauma work and women’s spirituality have been the cornerstone of Mary’s work. A social work graduate of Skidmore College, she first worked for the Commonwealth of MA in adoptions and in the “battered baby unit” helping to write the state’s first legislation for reporting child abuse. In addition to her work at the Center as a spiritual director and Executive Director, Mary also is a social worker/human resource director for the Forbes Kirkside Foundation and has a private practice as a Spiritual Director. She currently serves on the board of the Wold, a women’s spirituality center, is in the Interfaith Clergy group in Westborough, and is a past board president of the Bridge of Central MA, a large human service organization, where she is now a corporator. Mary works with adolescents, adults and families and provides support groups on numerous topics. Her belief is that one’s faith and practices of meditation and breath work help frame a tool box that can be so helpful in dealing with life’s more difficult issues, particularly anxiety and post traumatic stress.

Polly Tatum, Esq.


Attorney Polly A. Tatum is the founder and CEO of the Law Office of Polly A. Tatum/Mediation Advantage Services. Polly provides Comprehensive Estate and Senior Planning Services with a focus on empowering individuals and families to make wise choices to protect what they love the most.

Polly is also a leader in the field of Divorce Mediation and Conflict Resolution in Central Massachusetts helping families to uncouple with dignity with a focus on

Families First.

Polly A. Tatum was the 100th President of the Worcester County Bar Association. She was the third female and the first African American to preside over the Association, which during her tenure celebrated its 125 Anniversary.

Polly has a long history with community involvement in Worcester County. She has served on various nonprofit boards both past and present to include the Current Chairwoman of the YMCA of Central Massachusetts. Former Board Member and Current Mentor at Girls Inc., The United Way of Central Massachusetts, and The MLK jr. Business Empowerment Center. She was the 2012 Outstanding Women in Business Award Recipient from the Worcester Business Journal and 2005 Katherine Forbes Erskine Award Recipient for Business and Law. She is also a Charter Member of the Central Massachusetts Chapter of The Links Incorporated.

Polly Tatum was born in Ayer Massachusetts and adopted at 6 months old and raised in Central Massachusetts. She has a close relationship with her biological family, who hails from Bermuda. Additionally, she is a long-time resident of Worcester, Massachusetts. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from New Hampshire College, J.D. from Massachusetts Law School in Andover Massachusetts in 1994, and an LLM in Estate Planning and Elder Law from Western New England College School of Law in 2009. She is the proud mother of three adult daughters, and currently fosters her five Great Nephews and Niece ages 5-15.