Paul S. Bracy, Founder
Paul is a Human Relations educator and consultant. He has over 50 years of experience developing and delivering educational training programs to corporations, institutions, and governmental organizations both nationally and internationally. During his 21-year career in the United States Air Force, Paul developed and led the military’s race relations educational program for 12,000 military and civilian employees, while assigned to Kadena AFB, in Okinawa Japan, during the 1970’s. During his career in the military service, Paul was twice awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for outstanding performance and leadership.
Upon retiring in 1978 from military service, Paul continued his human relations career through working with a variety of diversity and inclusion consulting firms and his own firm, Collaborative Strategies, Inc. until his second retirement in 2009.
Paul was also a community outreach coordinator for the Adolescent Violence Prevention Project in Boston MA working with community agencies and delivering violence prevention education across the communities of Boston. He opened the first in the nation office of Adolescent Violence Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In 1989 Paul co-founded and was the first president of Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts.
Erica Bronstein is a passionate supporter of the work of The Dock C. Bracy Center. For more than 40 years she has been active in social justice movements and her career has focused on training and consultation in this arena. Currently, Erica consults to the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University, working with schools and juvenile justice agencies to implement circles and other restorative justice practices. She also has more than 20 years’ experience as an equity and organizational development specialist helping clients plan and implement successful change efforts. Erica was a partner at Ibis Consulting Group (a diversity and organizational development consulting firm), worked at the Massachusetts Trial Court on improving judicial responses to domestic violence, and ran a labor education program at UMass Dartmouth for workers and unions. She received her law degree from Northeastern University and her B.A. from Brown University.
Richard Woy is a management consultant. He specializes in surveys, studies, and evaluation research and has consulted to over 100 organizations. Through JRW Associates, he has conducted numerous studies for both private and governmental organizations, working primarily in the areas of education, health care, and human services For the past few years much of his work has focused on substance use prevention and efforts to reduce fatal and nonfatal opioid overdoses. He previously worked for the National Institute of Mental Health for almost a decade, much of that time directing studies and evaluations of the NIMH’s own national programs. For many years he has provided survey and research-related support to the Ibis Consulting Group, the Arredondo Advisory Group, and Empowerment Workshops, consultant organizations that provide workforce diversity consulting services to other organizations. He is a licensed psychologist and until recently continued to provide part-time clinical consulting services, specializing in children and adolescents. He received his B.A. from Lawrence College and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester.
Patti DeRosa, MSW, MA is an educator, activist, and consultant committed to antiracism, social justice education, equity-centered leadership, and system change. She has an MA in African American Studies and an MSW, both from Boston University. Patti’s experiences as a White Italian-American woman from New York and Boston shaped her understanding of and commitment to racial justice. She is a dual American and Italian citizen living in Florence, Italy where she is loving the land, language, and culture of her ancestral heritage and expanding her understanding of racism and white supremacy with an increasingly global lens. She continues her work in both the US and Europe as the President/CEO of ChangeWorks Consulting.
Sandy Francis, Board
Sandy is a retired firefighter officer with 30+ years of service. He also is an entrepreneur having created several for-profit businesses during his professional career. At various times during his career, he held positions as a substitute teacher, constable, real estate broker, justice of the peace, and notary. Educationally Sandy earned a B.S. and M.Ed. in business management.
Sandy’s community work is vast and demonstrates his commitment to social justice. From an early age Sandy’s volunteer efforts included youth athletic and after school development programs. In his adult years Sandy has been involved in founding and working actively in his community in the administration and as board member to develop organizations such as Cambridge Community Center, W.E.B. DuBois Academy, Cambridge Men’s Health League, AARP, and many others. He is a co-founder of Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts and an active member. Currently Sandy volunteers as a workshop presenter for AARP.
Bill Friedman, Board
Bill has over thirty years of consulting and training experience in a wide variety of organizations including legal, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, biotech, non profit, finance, and higher education. He has worked with individuals at all levels, including executives, managers, supervisors, and line personnel.
Bill has developed and delivered an array of education programs on such topics as Building High Performing Teams, Diversity in the Workplace, Inclusion, Leadership, and Communication.
Bill has a M.S. in Organization Development/Human Resource Development from American University/NTL and a B.A. in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University.
Randee is a graphic designer and artist with over 25 years of experience in technology and consulting. He has worked both nationally and internationally on design, marketing and software projects for Fortune 500 companies and government organizations. He received his B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park. Randee is committed to social justice and racial equity.