Summit Staff

Lori thumbnail Lori Harris
Summit Director

Lori has been a director at BITSS for the past three years and is excited to return! She 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 as President of the BITSS Board of Directors.

Amanda thumbnail Sydney DaCosta
Assistant Director

Sydney has been with BITSS since 2017. She was a mentor at BITSS for two years and will be joining us this year as the Assistant Director. Sydney was diagnosed with Turner syndrome at 16. She is a graduate of Emmanual College and recently received her MSW from Boston University. Currently, Sydney works for a non-profit agency in Rhode Island and will be moving to Boston to further pursue her social work career.


Kristen thumbnail Kristen Kowalski, NP
On-Site Nurse

Kristen is a certified family nurse practitioner from Avon, Massachusetts. She currently works in a primary care clinic at a community health center. Kristen earned her undergraduate degree from Salve Regina University and her graduate degree from the University of Massachusetts/Lowell. She was diagnosed with TS in high school. Kristen is excited to be back involved with BITSS for her second summer! When not working, she can be found working out, spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and traveling whenever the opportunity arises!


Amanda thumbnail Amanda Watson
Special Needs Coordinator

Amanda is 34 and was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome at age 16. She enjoys an active life with her husband, Eric, and 6 year old son, Morgan. Amanda works as an Elementary Special Needs Assistant in Louisville, KY. She is currently working on a degree in Elementary Education and plans to teach deaf children. For fun Amanda coaches an elementary robotics team, plays her flute in her church orchestra, swims, sings, and loves to read. This is Amanda's second year at BITSS and she is excited to return!

 

Guest Instructors

Ketty thumbnail Ketty Munaf Rosenfeld
Zumba Instructor

Ketty Munaf Rosenfeld puts the "International" in BITSS, and we're thrilled to welcome her back! Ketty was born and raised in Indonesia. Her mother is Greek-Egyptian, and her father is from the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Ketty moved to the USA in 1980 to attend American University in Washington, DC. She then continued her graduate degree at Boston University, where she then met her American husband from Newton, MA.

Ketty created Northeastern University's program in experiential learning and led the program for 20 years. The program enabled students to learn and grow well beyond the comfort zone of the classroom by traveling to 128 countries.

Ketty is also a Zumba Instructor for both adults and children. She loves ZUMBA Fitness because every class is a party. You don't have to know how to dance. Just move your body and enjoy the music. It's really fun, and you are guaranteed to have a blast!

Doria thumbnail Doria Hughes
Storytelling Instructor

Having studied classical music for a decade, and obtained degrees in Comparative Literature, Anthropology and Celtic Studies, Doria Hughes decided to put her skills to good use as a professional storyteller! A native of Cambridge, MA, she works primarily in schools, libraries and bookstores with children of all ages. Doria's dynamic performance style incorporates numerous sound effects; she uses her whole body to convey the nuances and foibles of her characters - and she encourages audience participation. Known for her dynamic and interactive telling style, and for her wacky sound effects, Doria specializes in trickster and noodlehead tales from around the world. Her stories come from Nigeria, Japan, Ireland, Native America, Korea, Ghana, Scandinavia, France and more. Doria also provides residency programs for children as young as 4 or as old as 18, in which she works with students for a week or more, guiding them through storytelling games and activities, and coaching them to perform their own individualized and collaborative performance!

Annemarie thumbnail Annemarie DeMarco
Dance Instructor

Annemarie is a recent college graduate with a degree in History. She has been a dancer since the age of two and is proficient in many styles of dance such as, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and pointe. She was selected for her studio’s dance team at an early age and competed at the regional and national levels for many years. She has shadowed and assisted in teaching with professors at her university and with public school teachers in Massachusetts. She currently assists at Joni Star Dancer’s in Everett, MA working with various age groups. She is honored and thrilled to be teaching with the Boston International Turner Syndrome Summit this summer. She looks forward to meeting everyone and sharing her passion for dancing!

Tia and Tanya thumbnail Tia Mayhem and Tanya Venom
Songwriting Instructors

Tia Mayhem and Tanya Venom are identical twin sisters who sing and perform music together in their all-female Boston-based band, Flight of Fire. During their Summit Selects session, particpants will get the opportunity to participate in group sing-alongs to some of your favorite popular songs while keeping time with fun percussion instruments with the twins. Tia and Tanya will teach the tricks of the trade on how to make your voice really shine while simultaneously building your confidence.