Author: Laura R. Van Zandt, Executive Director

What Laura is Thinking: Men and Masculinity

I am thinking about men and masculinity. I attended the 10th Annual White Ribbon Day event in Boston on March 1. The Massachusetts coalition, Jane Doe Inc., has organized this event each year and each year it gets bigger. There are more people, more men, more young men, more men in public and leadership roles, and more stories:  more stories about men witnessing abusive behavior as…

What Laura is Thinking: Where Do We Go From Here?

Times of change and transition are never easy. They always bring questions, uncertainty, and apprehension. After a long and tough campaign season, we find ourselves in the aftermath of an election that upended conventional political wisdom and proved the polls and the punditry wrong. Now what? No one really knows what to expect next. Comments made during the duration of this campaign and in the past…

What Laura is Thinking: On Trauma

  I’m Breathing, Intentionally On Thursday May 12, the REACH staff attended a program in Boston – with the incredible help of volunteers, we were able to bring almost every full and part time staff member. This wasn’t a training like we usually attend to understand housing, a new law, benefits, or school access for kids who are homeless. This was a full day talking about…

What Laura is Thinking: On Grieving

REACH is so fortunate to have dedicated volunteers, donors, collaborators and friends who care deeply about the organization and this work. This connection to mission connects us in other ways. We have shared our personal celebrations and challenges over the years, as we are joined in the effort to build healthy communities by ending domestic violence. During my treatment for breast cancer last year, I shared…

What Laura is Thinking

I was listening to the radio this morning. It was a story about using virtual technology to enhance learning and business – better than Skype or GotoMeeting – this would actually make it feel like you are there. I agree that this would save time and money and probably reduce the environmental impact of travelling to business meetings. And it is probably better than the conference…

That Time Robert Kraft Called My Cell Phone

Last Thursday started out like a typical day in the office. Then around 10:30 my cell phone rang with a blocked number. I answered, and much to my surprise, the caller identified himself as none other than New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft!