Center for Women & Work

Advisory Board

Randy Albelda, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
University of Massachusetts Boston

Dr. Randy Albelda is a graduate program director of the MA in Applied Economics and professor of economics at University of Massachusetts Boston, where she teaches in the economics department and the department of public policy and public affairs. Her research and teaching covers a broad range of economic policies affecting low-income families. She writes on family well-being, poverty, welfare reform, paid family leave policies, racial and gender divisions in occupations, and the distribution of family income and earnings. Her work includes the edited volume "Lost Ground: Poverty, Welfare Reform, and Beyond" and the books "Economics and Feminism: Disturbances in the Field," "Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits," "Women's Work, Women's Poverty," "The War on the Poor: A Defense Manual," and "Unlevel Playing Fields: Understanding Wage Inequality and Discrimination."

Randy is a former Vice President of the International Association for Feminist Economics and works with a wide range of state and national community organizations promoting economic access and equality for women and low-income families. Randy received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Paula Alexander, M.A., M. Div.
Human Resource Director
Eastman Kodak Company

Paula Alexander recently retired from the Eastman Kodak Company as the Human Resource Director of Global Functions. She has 35 years experience in Human Resources which included the positions of HR Director for Kodak Park the largest Kodak manufacturing site where she had HR responsibility for 20,000 employees. She has served on various community committees as well as the Board of Director for J. B. Thomas Hospital, the Center for Addictive Behavior, the Citizen for Adequate Housing, and St. Luke Community Project in Rochester, New York. 

Her major professional accomplishments include: 

  • Development and implementation of employee teams now functioning in Eastman Gelatine Corporation located in Peabody, MA, a division of Eastman Kodak Company 
  • Human resource planning 
  • Work systems redesign 
  • Church leadership development in a Biblical context 
  • Black male-female workshops, supervisory development, Deacons Workshops 
  • Young Adult workshops 
  • Parents' Workshops 
  • Women's workshops 
  • Couples Ministry 
  • Strategic planning 
  • ISO 9000 implementation 
  • An alternative to violence program for young women in a locked facility 
  • Development of a career center for transitioning employees out of Kodak 
  • Development of Human Resource Competencies for Eastman Kodak Company 
  • Development of Human Resource Transformation Strategy for Kodak. 

She also served as a Quality Leadership Process consultant for Eastman Kodak Company and Quality Consultant for Peabody School Department in Peabody, Massachusetts.

Paula has research experience in Manufacturing Process Variables, Quality of Worklife analysis, Organizational Culture Change, Cultural Diversity, Balancing Home and Worklife issues, Impact of Institutional Racism on Black Males, Impact of Afrocentric Education on self-concept of African American Youth, Black Church Culture and Developing an Alternative to Violence for Incarcerated Teenage Girls.

She was awarded the Pastor and Deacon Awards at the St. John's Baptist Church. She received honorable mentioned in the Working Women's Magazine for her parents' workshops at Mary McLeod Bethune Institute in Boston. Paula was awarded the Mary Upton Ferrin Award by the Peabody Chamber of Commerce for the outstanding women of the year. Paula also received the Woman of Courage and Conviction Award from the National Council of Negro Women, the Jane Lamphear Award from Eastman Kodak Corporation, and was a CEO Diversity Award Finalist, Eastman Kodak Company. 

Paula holds a BS in Personnel and Industrial Relations, an MA in Community Social Psychology from UMass Lowell, and a Master of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School 

Lisa A. Brothers, PE, LEED AP BD+C, President & CEO, Nitsch Engineering

Lisa Brothers has over 27 years of experience in the design, construction, and management of roadway, site development, sustainable design, and infrastructure-related projects. As President/CEO, Lisa is responsible for operations and strategic direction of the firm. She also serves and Principal-in-Charge of many of the firms design projects. Lisa uses her strong technical abilities and management and people skills to make vital contributions within Nitsch Engineering, to clients of Nitsch Engineering, and to the operation of the professional engineering societies she helps lead.

A registered professional engineer in Massachusetts, Lisa is involved in a wide range of professional activities. Currently, she serves as Past President of the American Council of Engineering Companies/ Massachusetts (ACEC/MA), as well as on their Government Affairs Committee. She is Past President (2003-2004) and current member of the Advisory Board for the Women's Transportation Seminar-Boston Chapter. Lisa is proud to be an alumna of University of Massachusetts-Lowell (UMass-Lowell): she is a member of the Chancellor's External Advisory Board, past Chair and a member of the College of Engineering/Industrial Advisory Board, and a member of the Center for Women and Work Advisory Board. In 2006, Lisa was co-chair of the Transportation and Construction Committee for the Massachusetts Government Appointments Project (MassGAP). She was an appointed member of the Town of Wilmington Conservation Commission (1995-2005) and was an Overseer for the Boston Architectural College (2005-2008). She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Lisa holds a BSCE from the University Massachusetts Lowell and an M.B.A from Northeastern University. She is also a 2004 graduate of ACEC National's Senior Executive Institute. 

Julie Chen, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Co-Director, UMass Lowell CHN/NCOE Nanomanufacturing Center 
Co-Director, UMass Lowell Advanced Composites Materials and Textile Research Laboratory

Dr. Julie Chen is currently one of the three co-directors of the UMass Lowell CHN/NCOE (Nanomanufacturing Center of Excellence) Nanomanufacturing Center and the co-director of the Advanced Composite Materials and Textile Research Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Julie was the Program Director of the Materials Processing and Manufacturing and the Nanomanufacturing Programs in the Division of Design, Manufacture, and Industrial Innovation at the National Science Foundation from 2002-2004. 

Julie has been on the faculty at Boston University, a NASA-Langley Summer Faculty Fellow, a visiting researcher at the University of Orleans and Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Arts & Metiers (ENSAM-Paris), and an invited participant in the National Academy of Engineering, Frontiers of Engineering Program (US, 2001, US-Germany, 2005, and Indo-US, 2006). In addition to co-organizing several national and international symposia and workshops on composites manufacturing and nanomanufacturing for NSF, ASME, ASC, and ESAFORM, Dr. Chen has also served on editorial boards, advisory committees, and review panels for several journals and federal agencies, including NSF, NIH, the National Academies, ARL, and AFOSR. Julie has over 20 years of experience in the mechanical behavior and deformation of fiber structures, fiber assemblies, and composite materials, with an emphasis on composites processing. Examples include analytical modeling and novel experimental approaches to forming, energy absorption, and failure of textile reinforcements for structural (biomedical to automotive) applications. Recently, Dr. Chen's research has also expanded into the area of nanomanufacturing, with a focus in electrospinning and controlled patterning of nanofibers.

Julie received her PhD, MS, and BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. 

Kristin Esterberg, Ph.D.
Provost & Academic Vice President 
Salem State College 

Stacie Hargis, M.A.
University of Massachusetts Lowell, Regional Economic and Social Development Alumna 2008

Stacie received her Master's degree from the UMass Lowell's Department of Regional Economic and Social Development in May 2008. Additionally, Stacie received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Florida Atlantic University, a graduate certificate from the University of Massachusetts focusing on Women in Politics and Public Policy, and is a recent graduate of Boston University's Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

Evelyn Murphy, Ph.D.
President, The WAGE Project, Inc. 
Resident Scholar, Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University 

Dr. Evelyn Murphy is the Founder and President of the WAGE Project, Inc., a national organization to end wage discrimination against working women, and Resident Scholar on Leave in the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, where she researched and authored a book on women's wages entitled, "Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men and What To Do About It," published by Simon & Schuster in 2005. Today, women in dozens of communities and major metropolitan areas have started their own initiatives to gain equitable treatment at work through grassroots action - a direct outgrowth of the book and her work to empower women to get paid fairly.

Evenly is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company and a Director of Citizens Energy Corporation. In her civic role, she serves as a founding Director of The Commonwealth Institute, a Trustee of Regis College, Honorary Chair of the Lost Coin Women's Fund, Inc., a Director of The Polaris Project, and on the Advisory Board of Rosie's Place, a shelter for homeless women in Boston.

Managing Director of Brown, Rudnick, Freed & Gesmer, a New England law firm; and corporate director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Shawmut National Banks of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, Fleet National Bank, Fleet Mortgage Company, and Fleet Credit Card Corporation.Blue Cross named her Executive Vice President to manage all federal and state, media and civic relations; while Executive Vice President, she founded and became President of the health insurer's HealthCare Policy Institute.

Evelyn is also a member of the International Women's Forum and the Boston Club; for the last eight years, she has co-chaired the annual fundraiser for Rosie's Place. She is the recipient of eleven honorary degrees and over one hundred national, state, and local awards. In her spare time, she has run the Boston Marathon many times and can be seen in the bleachers of Fenway Park, cheering for the Boston Red Sox.

Evelyn Murphy earned a BA from Duke University in mathematics; a MA in economics from Columbia University; and a PhD in economics from Duke University.

Judie Post, M.A.
Independent Consultant

Judie Post has worked for a number of government, non-profit, and corporate entities. As a consultant in strategic planning, fundraising, organizational development, human resources, she has advised all types of businesses, but specializes in working with not-for-profit organizations. Judie has owned a number of small businesses, including Andover Personnel, Clarion Consulting Group, The Finishing Touch and Designer Consigner.  Prior roles in industry include positions with Hewlett Packard and General Electric as manager of employment and training.
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Master of Arts in Community Social Psychology, Judie has continued to pursue up-to-date information in her field through certification in Human Resource Management from Babson College and Healthcare Risk Management from the New England Health Care Assembly. Current memberships include: the Association for Fundraising Professionals, American Psychological Association, American Society for Training and Development and positions on the Boards of Directors for several area non profits.

Jean L. Pyle, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, Department of Regional Economic and Social Development

An economist, her recent work focuses on the gendered effects of the two main yet differing approaches to economic and social development during the past several decades.  The predominant approach was more market and large institution centered while the other was more focused on human rights and sustainable human development.   The result of the main approach was rising inequality, economic crisis, and unrest - with increased risks for women.   She surveyed the responses of key international institutions as they increasingly recognized that inequality and gender gaps involved high human costs, increased instability, and undermined competitiveness. 

She has also addressed the increased migration of Asian women resulting from globalization. Their governments have been involved in difficult policy dilemmas.  One the one hand, governments seek viable employment for their citizens, often promoting emigration that puts many women in risky situations. On the other hand, they are ethically pressed to ensure the well-being of their citizens abroad.  These dilemmas have been augmented by recent adverse global economic trends.

Previous research examined how processes of globalization contributed to gendered types of work (sex work, domestic service, and production in subcontracting networks) that span the globe and increasingly involved the migration or trafficking of women.