The Playscape is extremely fortunate to have benefited from the wisdom of the following group of individuals on a variety of areas critical to the project's success.
Dr. Louis B. Casagrande served as President/CEO of Boston Children’s Museum from 1994 to 2009. During his 15 year tenure, Dr. Casagrande and staff developed the Teacher Leadership Center, an expanded Early Childhood Center, as well as numerous nationally-acclaimed traveling exhibitions. Dr. Casagrande was named the Commonwealth Cultural leader of the Year in 2009. From 1975 to 1994, Dr. Casagrande served as curator and then senior vice president at The Science Museum of Minnesota where he was responsible for the ethnographic collections and developing over 50 permanent and traveling exhibitions. Upon his retirement from Boston Children's Museum, Dr. Casagrande helped launch in 2009 the new integrated School of Education, Social Work, Child Life & Family Studies at Wheelock College, Boston, and served as the new School's first dean. Dr. Casagrande is currently one of 48 Barr Foundation Fellows, a support network for non-profit leaders in Boston. He continues to teach in museum leadership programs and consult for museums and other non-profit groups on strategy, staff and board development, and capital project planning. Dr. Casagrande serves and has served on the boards of Citizen Schools, The Boston Arts and Business Council, the Irish Children’s Museum in Dublin, The Boston Foundation, Boston After School and Beyond, and other civic organizations. He is a past President of the Council of the Association of Children’s Museums and former Board Chair for the American Association of Museums.
Valerie Fletcher is a leader in the global inclusive design movement. She is Executive Director of the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), an international educational and design non-profit organization founded in 1978 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with a satellite office in Tokyo. The IHCD's organizational mission is to advance the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design. Fletcher writes, lectures and works internationally. She oversees a wide range of educational and inter-disciplinary design projects and oversees user/expert research in a wide range of environments. Valerie is also a Special Advisor on Inclusive Design to the governments of France, Singapore, the Open Society Institute and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Fletcher has a master’s degree in ethics and public policy from Harvard University. The Boston Society of Architects awarded her the Women in Design award in 2005; she’s a Trustee of the Boston Architectural College and co-chairs the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts.
Susan Frey is the Director of Education at the Walden Woods Project in Concord, Massachusetts. She has worked in education for over 15 years and has an expertise in service learning. Susan has had experience with the Reggio Emilia aproach to preschool and primary education and comes to the FOTPR advisory board because of her strong belief in play- and nature-based learning for young children. In addition to managing the Walden Woods web-based environmental education program, World Wide Waldens, she develops and teaches a variety of professional development seminars and workshops for educators. Susan is also responsible for managing visitor programs and is a member of the Concord Historical Collaborative. Susan holds two masters degrees in education from Harvard University and Bank Street College of Education. Prior to joining the WWP, she was director of education at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots and Shoots Program and taught middle school in Winnetka, IL
Sue Gladstone was Director of Development for the Concord Free Public Library for ten years before joining the Concord Museum in 2013 as Director of Development. While at the Concord Library, Sue helped raise the funds to renovate the Main and Fowler Libraries. She also consults to other libraries and arts organizations. Sue is a Concord resident.
David Holdorf is a retired architect who has worked on projects throughout Concord, including the Fowler Library addition (2001-2004). He co-founded 2Volunteer, a community-based organization partnering with Concord-Carlisle High School to help students learn the value and importance of service to others and serves on the CCHS Community Service Executive Committee. David is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Minuteman ARC for Human Services. He served on the Board of Trustees for the Beede Center as the Chair of Design and Construction from 2002-2005, advised on the West Concord Advisory Committee Master Plan from 2008-2011, and was a member of the Town Library Committee from 2009-2012. David was also a founding member of the Friends of CCHS WIQH radio station and a member of the Concord Alliance for Teen Safety from 1998-2002, including serving on the Executive Committee for the CCHS Skateboard Park. He and his family have lived in Concord for over 30 years.
Al Robichaud has joined the Friends of the Playscape at Ripley Advisory Board because of his passion for the environment and his belief that it is essential for today’s children to learn and play in nature in order to thrive and to prepare to become the next generation of environmentalists. Al was a teacher for his entire career, bringing science into the classroom and the classroom into nature. At Concord-Carlisle High School from 1968-1997, Al introduced Earth Science to the curriculum, founded the Environmental Club, and led the construction of the Thoreau's cabin replica and pond on the site of the current High School. A recipient of the prestigious Tandy Award for Excellence in Science teaching and several environmental awards, Al also coached football and was inducted into the High School Football Hall of Fame for the second time in 2002. His first Hall of Fame induction was as a student at Bridgeton Academy. Al received his BA from the University of New Hampshire and his MA from Indian University while on a National Science Foundation Grant. Al currently serves on the Board of the Concord Friends of the Aging and was active in the development of the Walden Woods Project.