Jennifer has lived in South Boston since 2006. A transplant from New Orleans, she and her husband have put down roots with a small business and strong commitment to design and livable space. Jennifer has a daughter at South Boston Catholic Academy, CeCe who attends the Boys and Girls Club of South Boston. She has rounded our her family with an adopted dog, Rosey, a rescue from Puerto Rico. She tweets @jenniferledet about dog stuff.
Derek, an architect, lives in The Allele building with his partner, an urban designer. They are concerned residents and avid cyclists who share a concern for the character and safety of the neighborhood. As South Boston continues to develop they hope to play a part in improving the quality of both the architecture and the public realm.
Deb Wex: Clerk
Deb Wex is animal activist whose dedication to pets has been honored at the Joe Wex Dog Park in the South End. She is an equally strong proponent of children's theatre programs, assisting the boys and girls club with a recent production of Annie. She is a budding ukulele player and resident of the Macallen building with her bunny, Jilly.
Ariel Szabo: Fundraising Chair
Ariel Szabo, a residential real estate agent, purchased her first condo at Court Square Press in 2015. Ariel is committed to the growth and beautification of her neighborhood, and has developed a fundraising program that involves the community coming together through business sponsorships and condo association involvement. In her spare time, she can be found creating woodcuts in her printmaking studio and training at Peter Welch’s Gym. https://www.arielszaboboston.com/
Kathryn Firth, Member-at-Large
Kathryn Firth is an architect and urban designer with over 25 years of experience. Kathryn has worked on masterplanning and urban regeneration projects in the US, Europe, the Middle East and the UK. She has been involved in research projects that inform both practice and policy such as, the spatial and social dynamics of streets and public spaces; urban density and neighborhood perception.
She attained her Bachelor of Architecture in Toronto where she practiced for a decade, before doing a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Kathryn has taught at universities in North America and the UK. She ran the MSc City Design and Social Science at the LSE Cities Programme for 6 years.
Nancy and Simon Pongratz moved here in August of 2018. After having spent the last 30 years together, and raising their daughter in the suburb of Needham they decided to downsize and take advantage of all this vibrant city has to offer.
Nancy is the owner and founder of Boston Homestay Inc.; placing International doctors and students coming to study in Boston, with host families throughout the greater Boston area for nearly 25 years.
Simon is a Program Manager working as a Government contractor providing acquisition support and operational planning for the US Air Force.
In their spare time, they enjoy world traveling, attending city events, exploring the local restaurant scene, and making new friends.
Nancy and Simon really enjoy working with all of the very talented WBNA board members, and reaching out to neighbors while getting involved in community activities that help make this an even more vibrant and safer neighborhood for everyone.