Board of Directors

Mark Booher Ph.D.


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 where he and his family attend Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.


To provide counseling to all persons seeking wholeness and renewal from a spiritual perspective.

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.

Jeff Bartee


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.

Doug Wales Ph.D.


Suzanne Arpante

Executive Committee, Member at Large

Joe Black

Joe recently retired from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company where he had worked since 1979, first as an underwriter during the day, while earning his law degree at night, and then as a trial attorney and manager of two trial offices. Over the years he coached Little League baseball, Westborough Recreational Basketball teams at all levels, youth basketball travel teams, taught CCD, and volunteered for the Appalachian Service Project as a group leader. Joe and his wife Susan have five grown children and two grandchildren. He and Susan raised their children in Westborough and have lived there for 27 years. They attend Saint Luke the Evangelist church and are Eucharistic Ministers and Mustard Seed coordinators. Joe is also a member of St. Luke’s Finance Committee and serves as Deputy Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, John Boyle O’Reilly 85 Council. Joe enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and traveling.

David McMahon

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.

Sylvia Sirignano, Ph.D.

Dr. Sirignano is a developmental psychologist and mediator who has a private practice in Westborough called Parenting Solutions. Working as a parenting consultant, she helps parents with the wide spectrum of parenting concerns. As a mediator, Sylvia works with divorcing parents helping them to come to agreements about how they will cooperate around post-divorce parenting, as well as helping couples staying married come to agreements about parenting. Her career has also included being a lead researcher at the Wellesley College Center for Research and Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a parenting group leader at the MIT Health Education Department, an adjunct faculty member at Wheelock College Graduate School, a trainer of divorce mediators for Divorce Mediation Training Associates, a contributor to local parenting magazines and newsletters, and a presenter of parenting workshops for professional associations, schools, work places, and community groups in the Metro-West area. Sylvia has lived in Westborough for over thirty years and has been an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough during this time. She has two grown children who both live not too far away and continue to bring joy to her life!

Maria Steckley

Maria is originally from Canada where she went to school for Registered Nursing. She has lived in the U.S. since 1994 and became a U.S. Citizen in 2007. Maria served as a Girl Scout leader for 15 years – 8 years in Canada and 7 in the U.S. Maria lives in Upton and attends Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Westborough. She is married and has four children and seven grandchildren.

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.