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Judge Baker Welcomes Laura Barooshian & Mary Schmidt to the Board of Trustees

Laura Barooshian and Mary Schmidt

BOSTON, MA (AUGUST 8, 2018) – Judge Baker Children’s Center (Judge Baker), a national leader in children’s mental health, today announced that it recently elected Laura K. Barooshian, a partner in the Private Client Group of DGC (DiCicco, Gulman & Company), and Mary H. Schmidt, one of the founding partners of Schmidt & Federico, P.C., to its Board of Trustees.

Laura is a Partner in DGC’s Private Client Group. She has over 20 years of experience providing income, estate and gift tax planning, consulting services, and tax compliance. Her clients include high net worth individuals, trusts, private foundations, expatriates and closely held businesses. At Schmidt & Federico, Mary works in a broad range of legal topics, including trusts and estates, domestic relations, and probate litigation at the trial and appellate levels. She focuses her practice at Schmidt & Federico on sophisticated gift, estate and income tax planning, trust and estate planning, prenuptial and post nuptial agreement preparation, negotiation and litigation, and estate adjustments. As trustees of Judge Baker, Laura and Mary bring invaluable expertise as the Board of Trustees continues plans for Judge Baker’s sustained growth in services and stability in the organization.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of Judge Baker, I am excited to welcome new trustees, Laura Barooshian and Mary Schmidt,” said Robert P. Franks, Ph.D., President and CEO of Judge Baker. “We embrace the energy of fresh perspectives and new ideas as we continue to advance the mission of Judge Baker Children’s Center to improve the quality of mental health care for children and families. Laura and Mary bring a broad range of experience as well as a personal commitment to Judge Baker’s work. I look forward to partnering with them to continue driving Judge Baker forward.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to join the Board of Trustees at Judge Baker Children’s Center and look forward helping address important mental health and special education issues for children and families,” said Ms. Barooshian. “Since my family has first-hand experience with special education, Judge Baker’s mission especially resonates with me. I am committed as an advocate for Judge Baker and the important work they are doing to improve the quality of mental health care and special education issues at all levels.”

Laura’s areas of expertise include tax planning and compliance for high net worth individuals, and international taxation for individuals. She collaborates with her clients’ other advisors, working as a team to ensure that the clients’ goals are met. She has experience advising clients on such issues as stock options and compensation planning, philanthropic planning alternatives, and foreign reporting related to hedge fund and trading investments. Laura is the past president of the Boston Estate Planning Council and a member of the Boston Women’s Leadership Council, among other professional and civic activities. Laura is a graduate of Bentley University with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and holds a Master of Science in Taxation from Northeastern University.

“Access to the best possible mental health for all children and families is critical, and I am honored to be serving on the Board of Trustees of Judge Baker Children’s Center,” said Ms. Schmidt. “Issues of children’s health are of the utmost importance and to be able to positively affect families in need and be a part of creating the best practices of tomorrow is a true privilege.”

Mary lectures extensively on domestic relations, tax, and trust/estate subjects, including issues faced by same sex couples. She was listed as one of Boston Magazines “Super Lawyers” and one of the top 50 women lawyers in New England and included in the 2013 edition of the “Best Lawyers in America” where she was named Lawyer-of-the-Year in trust and litigation. She has authored chapters for a number of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education publications and is a co-editor of the 2012-2017 Massachusetts Probate Law Sourcebooks and is frequently appointed by the Probate and Family Court to serve as fiduciary and guardian ad litem in probate and family law matters. Mary holds a L.L.M. from Boston University School of Law, a J.D. from University of Chicago Law School, and a B.A. from Cornell University.

An affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Judge Baker Children’s Center is a nationally recognized children’s mental health organization dedicated to improving the quality of mental health care for children and families. Named in honor of Harvey Humphrey Baker, the first judge appointed to the Boston Juvenile Court, Judge Baker opened its doors in 1917 and has been serving the children and families of greater Boston for over 100 years. The multi-faceted organization provides the very best in evidence-based practices for children and families struggling with a range of behavioral, emotional, educational, and mental health issues. Judge Baker is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families by bridging the gap between science and practice to improve access to the highest quality care in community-based settings.