A-B United Way welcomes the new members of the Board of Directors: Ashwin Anand, Carol Buysse DeSchepper, Pubali Banerjee, Anita Tang and Jo-Anne Harris Nyer.

Ashwin Anand

Ashwin is from the San Francisco Bay Area and made his way to New England via Austin, Texas. Ashwin and his wife Kristen, who is from Maine, have lived in Acton since 2018 and have a seven-year-old daughter Clara and they just welcomed a new baby girl, Sophie Francine, into the world. Ashwin is the Head of Intellectual Property at Rapid7, a cybersecurity software company headquartered in downtown Boston, where he leads the strategic direction and coordination of all aspects of Rapid7’s intellectual property operations including patent prosecution, IP litigation, technology transactions, and public policy.

Carol Buysse DeSchepper

Carol lives with her husband Stan and three kids, Lukas (18), Saar (15) and Charlotte (11) in Acton. Prior she lived in Belgium till 2004 and in Dublin, Ireland in 2004 and 2005. She worked in IT both at Procter & Gamble and Hewlett Packard as Global Database and Data Warehouse Manager, Program and Project Manager from 1997 till 2015. She now focuses on the family and volunteers at Douglas School in Acton, Douglas PTO Board, ABRHS soccer boosters, Household Goods, and A-B United Way. She loves gardening, cooking, walking, cycling, SUP’ing, sailing and playing music. She earned her masters in Mechanical Engineering in Leuven, Belgium in 1997.

Pubali Banerjee

Pubali moved to Boxborough in 2017 after living in Acton for over a decade. She and her husband Subhojit have a son (18 years) and a daughter (7 years) who are from the Acton Boxborough school system. She works as a senior scientist in the biotech industry and is part of the executive committee of an Indian cultural non-profit organization. Pubali is passionate about Indian classical and fusion dance forms and has organized numerous cultural initiatives over the years in the Indian community. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Performing Arts committee of the North American Bengali Conference scheduled in Boston. She has a PhD in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Tufts School of Medicine, Boston.

Anita Tang

Anita has been a resident of Acton for 12 years. She and her husband, CJ Chen, have two children, Aaron (20) and Annabella (17). Anita supported the Acton community as a member of the ABRPTSO, serving as the PTSO Treasurer from 2015 to 2018. Prior, Anita has worked as a project manager at Emerald International, a company focused on creating a cultural bridge in investments between Asia and the US. She also has experience working as a business manager at Primatech Engineers & Consultants, a civil engineering and consulting firm. Anita has been a Certified Bookkeeper since 2010 and received a Master’s Degree of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Minnesota. In her spare time, Anita enjoys yoga as a hobby.


Jo-Anne Harris Nyer

Jo-Anne has lived in Acton for 24 years with her husband Barry, daughter Allie (24) and three stepsons, Ben (34), Josh (32) and Elliot (30). Jo-Anne’s background is in marketing and advertising. Throughout her career she has worked at advertising agencies and on the client side. In her most recent position prior to retiring, Jo-Anne served as Vice President, Marketing Director for TJ Maxx for eleven years. Jo-Anne is a former board member of Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE) in Acton, the Sisterhood at CBE in Acton, The Advertising Club of Greater Boston and the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. She was active in CBE’s Social Action Committee for many years, and among other responsibilities organized volunteers to help at Cor Unum, a not-for-profit meal center in Lawrence. Jo-Anne has also raised funds for Parkinson’s Disease for the past three years by leading a team of riders in the New England Parkinson’s Ride. Finally, when at TJ Maxx, Jo-Anne leveraged the stores nationwide to raise funds and awareness for Save The Children (domestic programs).