Rubia Board of Directors and Staff
Catherine Rielly, Ph. D.
Professor Catherine Rielly has taught international community economic development for the past eight years at Southern New Hampshire University’s School of Community Economic Development where she was International Academic Program Chair. A Political Economist, she has conducted research, training, and technical assistance for the past twenty-five years on women’s empowerment, public policy, economics, democratization and governance, for the following organizations: the Harvard Institute for International Development, UNIFEM, UNFPA, UNDP, the Asian Development Bank, USAID, the Governments of Mali, Zambia, and Uganda, and the Kennedy School of Government. Her research focuses on women’s economic empowerment and fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS through building women’s financial independence. As a Fulbright Scholar in Cameroon, she conducted doctoral research on women’s participation in informal savings and credit organizations and the gender-specific division of labor and income. She received her Ph.D. and Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and her B.A in History from Stanford University. Dr. Rielly has conducted comparative research and written journal articles on policy processes in over twenty countries.
Jennifer Fluri, Ph. D.
Jennifer Fluri is Assistant Professor of Geography and Women's and Gender Studies at Dartmouth College. Her specific research focus is on gender and women’s agency and leadership in Afghanistan and the impacts of international economic and geopolitical intervention on gender relations and the everyday lives of the Afghan people. She has conducted fieldwork in Afghanistan and with Afghans living as refugees in Pakistan. Her broader research interests include examining gender, space and identity as it intersects with religion, politics, and culture in South Asia and the Middle East.
Sussy-Rose Shields currently works as an independent jewelry artist in New Hampshire while acting as interim Treasurer on the Rubia Board. Her past job as Director of Barakat, Inc. provided direct contact with the education needs of Afghanistan refugee groups living in Pakistan. Over those eight years Sussy sought to create connections with other non-profits interested and involved with these communities. Sussy also serves on the Hollis Art Society Board as the Program Director; is a state juried member of The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen; and is actively involved in the Riverview Artist Mill group and community in Wilton, NH.
Members at Large
David A. Boughton, CPA
David A. Boughton has been a Certified Public
Accountant in New Hampshire since 1991. He has worked in public,
government, not-for-profit and management accounting for two decades.
He currently serves as Assistant Controller for Hodges Development
Corporation, a closely held property management firm in Concord, NH,
where his primary duties include budgeting and financial reporting for
mobile home park cooperatives throughout New Hampshire. He also
maintains a small home-based accounting business preparing tax returns
and financial statements for individuals, small businesses, and
He is also active in his community, having served on Boards of Directors for a film festival, an independent movie theatre, a farmers market, an organization for childhood abuse survivors, and a state accountants’ association, among others.
Prior to his accounting career he taught science in a junior high school in northern Vermont and remedial reading in a high school in New Hampshire.
He holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire and New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University)
He has resided in Contoocook, NH, since 1984 with his wife, Sherry Young, and an assortment of dogs, cats, chickens and ducks.
Beth Gottschling Huber
Beth Gottschling Huber has worked in artisan development for more than a decade with a focus on the Central Asia and Afghanistan region. She spent seven years as a program officer with Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting craftspeople around the world with developing and finding markets for their work and has also consulted for numerous organizations including Women for Women International, CARE, Development Alternatives Inc. and UNESCO. She currently serves as Director of Operations for Free Range Studios, a design and communications firm focusing on social and environmental issues with offices in Washington, DC and Berkeley, CA. Beth holds a Masters in International Development from The American University in Washington, DC.
Alicia Lucksted, Ph. D.
Alicia Lucksted is a clinical-community research psychologist at the University of Maryland Center for Mental Health Services Research, and volunteers with several efforts helping women in Afghanistan help themselves. She originally became involved in Afghan solidarity work in 1998 through contact with RAWA (www.rawa.org) and then with a broader effort that works with multiple grass roots women's groups in Afghanistan (Afghan Women's Fund, AWF, www.womenforafghanwomen.org). Her work with these and related groups include organizing representative's speaking tours in the US, fund-raising, giving educational talks, cultivating networks of supporters / volunteers, editing documents, and many other projects. She lives in Baltimore, MD, where she is involved in several local community organizations.
Award winning artist and scholar Rachel Lehr’s academic training in linguistics and Persian, at Barnard College and University of Chicago, took her traveling across Central Asia during the 1970s-80s. While studying and living in Iran, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan, Rachel developed a deep interest in the culture and arts of the region, and in the lives of its women and children. In 2000 Rachel reestablished contact with a community of Afghans then living as refugees in Pakistan. Following her first trip to Pakistan, Rachel helped found Rubia, and now serves as Rubia's Executive Director in the United States. Rachel's work and research focuses on the domestic spheres occupied by rural Afghan women, capturing the rhythm and vitality of life in women's private spaces. Her scholarship has concentrated on dialects of Persian spoken in Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. She is currently completing her doctorate in linguistics at University of Chicago, writing a descriptive grammar of Pashai, an endangered language spoken in Darrai Nur, a rural mountain community in eastern Afghanistan.
Sewing Confidence / Whole Cloth Programs Director
Susan Bartlett, M. Ed, is Rubia’s director of Sewing Confidence and Whole Cloth project where she designs and coordinates integrated curriculum for resettled refugees. She has taught ESOL, creative and expository writing to students of all ages for 25 years. Susan also has experience in directing children’s and community theater productions and for two years had a lead role in founding the new Monadnock Waldorf High School in Keene, NH. She lives on a working farm in Antrim, NH with her husband and two teen aged children.