Our Board of Directors cares deeply about our mission, and understands that supporting children to become global citizens is essential in today’s world. Together with our staff, our Board collectively brings a mix of global experiences to our organization.
William A. Flemer
Bill retired in 2011, following a career in International Banking and Wealth Management. Bill worked for Fleet Boston and its predecessor organizations for 24 years, as a Vice President and Director in the bank's International/Multinational Divisions and Executive Vice President of Private Client Services. He went on to work as a Managing Director and Vice President at the Bank of New York and Eaton Vance. He has lived, worked and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Europe. He has a degree in Middle East Studies from Ricker College, and studied at the American University in Cairo and Cairo University.
Joia is currently a K-5 literacy coach. Prior to coaching, Joia worked for Teaching Learning Alliance as an elementary literacy consultant where she designed and implemented professional development with partnering schools. During her previous 12 years of teaching, Joia had experience teaching grades 3-7 in New Mexico, Massachusetts and Nepal. She has been a long time admirer of Primary Source.
Mike is the chief technology officer and co-founder of Beacon Interactive Systems, an award-winning software development company that he and his wife started over 19 years ago. Mike is also the chief technology officer and co-founder of a new startup, Knownbuy.com. Mike earned his BA at Georgetown University in international relations and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Whitney is the Managing Director of New Politics Leadership Academy, a nonpartisan non-profit organization dedicated to recruiting and supporting servant leaders to serve through politics. Previously, Whitney was a high school administrator and English teacher and benefitted from participating in several of Primary Source's courses
Caddie (she/her) is the director of legal advocacy at DOVE, a multi-disciplinary domestic violence nonprofit organization. Caddie has spent her career representing low income and undocumented survivors in immigration and family law matters. Before starting her legal practice, Caddie clerked for an Associate Justice on the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Caddie earned her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2016 and also holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the BU Pardee School of Global Studies (2017). She completed her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Journalism at the University of Denver in 2010. She loves books, baking, yoga and dogs.
Rosemary Hoey Pisano, EdM
Rosemary is a retired teacher with over 25 years of experience teaching grades 4 through 8 in Mississippi, New York, and Massachusetts. She served as project coordinator for the Massachusetts Initiative for International Studies and is currently a member of the Task Force of Global Education Massachusetts. She has been a mediator in the Harvard Mediation Program at the Harvard Law School for 5 years. Rosemary received an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA from the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
Anne Watt, EdD
Co-founder of Primary Source, Anne joined the board in 2006 following 17 years of service to establish and grow the organization that she and Anna Roelofs started with a single workshop for teachers in 1989. Prior to this, Anne was an elementary and middle school teacher in New York, California, and Vermont. She led one of the federally funded Teacher Centers, worked in race relations for the Anti-Defamation League, founded an inter-racial preschool for her children, taught graduate courses at San Bernardino State College, finished her doctorate, and went into public school administration for four years. Moving back to the Boston area, she put all her energy into developing Primary Source's academically grounded graduate programs for K-12 teachers in multicultural and global studies. Thanks to almost two decades of sponsorship by the Freeman Foundation, she and her husband John taught courses and led study tours to China for more than 2000 teachers and saw Chinese-language teaching take off in Massachusetts schools. Long ago she received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from Radcliffe College, master's degree from Bank Street College of Education, and EdD from UMass Amherst.