Board of Directors

Lori Harris

Lori is a graduate of Brandeis University, where she also received her MA in Psychology. She earned her JD at Boston University Law School.

Involved with TS since her son's diagnosis in 1999, she served two terms on the Board of the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States, and started the first well known online discussion group for parents of girls with Turner syndrome (before Yahoo Groups and Facebook came on the scene!).

Lori practiced as a health care and corporate lawyer from 1992 to 2013. Since then, she has been involved in numerous volunteer projects, including the Boston International Turner Syndrome Summit.

Claudette Beit-Aharon
Vice President & Programming

Claudette has been involved with TS since her daughter's diagnosis in 2000, and is the editor of Standing Tall With Turner Syndrome, a collection of essays by women with Turner syndrome.

Claudette is a graduate of the University of Haifa in Israel. She worked as an English teacher and was the business manager of J&C Migrations for 15 years. Having grown up in Boston, she is excited to be working on programming, and can't wait to share her favorite city with the Summit participants!

Elizabeth C. Wheeler

Beth has Turner syndrome. She has a B.A. in Asian Studies from Hobart and William Smith colleges. After a year in Tokyo Japan she returned to Massachusetts, earning an MS in Accountancy from Bentley College. She has worked as a Fund Accountant, a Corporate Internal Auditor, Accountant, and Bookkeeper, and served as a Treasurer on the board of other local charities. She is a past President of the New England chapter of the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States (TSSUS).

Beth is married and has two children: a 14 year old via egg donation and an eight year old via international adoption. With the intimate knowledge of the possibilities of Turner syndrome, she is glad to be an active part of BITSS.

Kristen Kowalski

Kristen is a certified family nurse practitioner from Avon, Massachusetts. She received her BS from Salve Regina University (Newport, RI) in 2006, and her MSN from the University of Massachusetts/Lowell in 2015. She was diagnosed with TS when she was in high school. She has been involved with BITSS since 2018, serving as the on-site nurse. She is excited to join the board as secretary and be able to give back to such an amazing organization - and wishes it had been around when she was a kid! When not working, Kristen can be found spending time with her family/friends, working out, and traveling when ever she get the chance!

Emily Dashawetz
Director of Fundraising and Development

Emily Dashawetz was diagnosed with TS when she was eleven years old. A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Emily received a BA in English and Spanish from the University of Richmond in 2003. She went on to receive an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Oregon in 2005. In 2006, she relocated to Somerville, Massachusetts, where she has loved exploring New England with her husband.

Currently Emily is the Communications and Marketing Coordinator at BlueHub Capital, formerly known as Boston Community Capital, a nonprofit community development financial institution with a mission to build healthy communities where low-income people live and work. Prior to joining BlueHub, she served as the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for The Children’s Room, the leading nonprofit bereavement center in Massachusetts providing caring support for grieving children, teens, and families. Previously, she was an editor in the Class Report Office of the Harvard Alumni Association for eight years.

In addition to her role at BITSS, Emily also serves as the Vice President of The Jess Carson Foundation, Inc., which was founded in 2002 in memory of her brother. She is deeply passionate about reading, writing poetry, and the study and practice of Zen. Emily is proud to bring her love for relationship-building and her abiding commitment to service to the BITSS community.

Miriam Beit-Aharon
Talent Aquisition

Miriam Beit-Aharon is the Talent Acquisition Director at BITSS, and is always on the lookout for new people to meet and involve with BITSS.

Miriam has Turner syndrome. She is one of the contributing essayists in Standing Tall With Turner Syndrome, as well as the social media director for the book's online presence. She is committed to facilitating increased quality of life for her TS "sisters", and strengthening the community through contributing to the organization of the annual Summit.

After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013 with a degree in Understanding and Documenting Maritime Cultures, she spent two years before the mast as a tall ship sailor. Miriam has many hobbies such as photography, blacksmithing, and music. She loves defying expectations and breaking down TS stereotypes.

Sydney DaCosta
Volunteer Coordinator

Sydney is a graduate of Emmanuel College. She is currently pursuing her MSW at Boston University. She was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome at 16. She has been involved with BITSS since 2017, and she is excited to now be a part of the Board of Directors. Sydney is passionate about working with kids of all ages. She is currently interning in the school program for Bradley Hospital and has past experience working with children with Type One diabetes. She hopes to move to Boston and do therapy with children in a hospital or school setting.

Lynne L. Levitsky, MD
Medical Director

Dr. Levitsky is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Yale Medical School. She received her pediatric training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Subsequently, she trained in Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, going on to become a pediatric endocrinologist and Professor of Pediatrics at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

In 1990 she came to Massachusetts General Hospital as Chief of the Pediatric Endocrinology Division and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is past President of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society and has just concluded a 6 year term as the head of the education council for that organization. Now Emeritus Chief of the Pediatric Endocrinology Division, she is continuing with her research funded by the National Institutes of Health, as well as teaching and caring for patients.

She is a co-director of the Turner Syndrome Wellness Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and an author of a well respected paper on the updated care of girls with Turner syndrome. Dr. Levitsky cares deeply about girls with TS, and wants to make sure that they have every opportunity to enjoy rich lives, including participating in the Boston International Turner Syndrome Summit!

Tess Leone
Project Manager

Tess received her Bachelors of Social Work from Rhode Island College in 2016 and will be receiving her Masters of Social Work from the University of Connecticut in May 2020. She lives in Connecticut and hopes to become involved in state government to create positive change for underserved communities. Tess was diagnosed with Turner syndrome at age 11 and first became involved in BITSS as a mentor in 2018. She is so excited to be a part of the BITSS Board and help to prepare amazing programs for participants.