Board of Directors
Brenda Shisslak was born in Boston in 1958, the fifth of ten children. After several years working in business, she went into the healthcare field, earning a degree in Radiology Sciences and working as a radiology technologist in Florida. When she relocated to Boston with a husband and newborn, there were no radiology jobs available. She began a career at Massachusetts Trial Court in the Civil Clerk's Office at Suffolk Superior Court, advancing to an Assistant Clerk Magistrate. She has also returned to healthcare, working part-time in the Emergency Room at Beth Israel Leahy Health-Needham.
Brenda is similarly dedicated to her family and community. Her advocacy work includes co-leading the Ehlers-Danlos and CTD New England/MA Support Group and serving as co-admin in its multiple related Facebook groups. She is the Patient Advocate for the Medical Advisory Board for the North American Thrombosis Foundation (NATF). When she’s not caring for patients or working in the Courts, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, shopping and hanging out. She lives in Westwood with her daughter Abigail and their three cats Lily, Daniela, and Kodu.