“Siobhan and Lara bring professional leadership and community stewardship expertise to our Board. Their counsel comes at an important time as we broaden our support network along the East Coast,” said Bruce Skyer, president and CEO of Clarke.
Both Handley, a New York City resident, and Mattina, a Jacksonville, FL resident, have children who learned to listen and speak at Clarke.
Handley is the Chief Talent Officer at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and brings more than 20 years of experience in human resources and legal counsel to the Board. She spearheaded the development of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s innovative talent model—the first of its kind in a major law firm—which replaces the traditional associate system with merit-based advancement. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and received her law degree from New York University School of Law. Handley, the mother of a Clarke alum, said, “Because of Clarke’s talented team, beginning at a very young age, my child got the services and support that was needed to build a strong life-long foundation of learning and success. I’m eager to support the teachers of the deaf, speech-language pathologists, audiologists and additional Clarke professionals who are changing lives every day.”
Mattina brings more than 10 years of experience in leadership, litigation and community stewardship. She is the Director of Circuit Court for the State Attorney’s Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida (“SAO4”) and is the first woman to serve in the position. In addition to her supervisory responsibilities, she investigates and prosecutes homicide and officer-involved-shooting cases. She co-chairs her office’s Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee and oversees the implementation of SAO4’s strategic plan. Mattina received her bachelor’s degree in English from Wellesley College and law degree from Boston College Law School. She is a graduate of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2020 and is a member of both the Jacksonville Women’s Lawyers Association and Jacksonville Bar Association.
Mattina attributes her daughter Zoe’s listening and spoken language success to Clarke and said, “Zoe continues to impress us. Feisty and outspoken, she is thriving in her mainstreamed first grade classroom, reading above grade level and actively participating in Spanish, music and dance classes with her hearing peers. Clarke literally gave my daughter her voice, and I will continue to use my voice to support Clarke and its mission. Joining the Board is one way I can continue to bridge my professional background with my personal commitment to make Clarke’s work accessible to more children and families.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Lara and Siobhan to Clarke’s Board,” said Megan Cohen, co-chair of Clarke’s Board of Trustees. “We’re grateful for their continued investment in Clarke’s mission and know that their leadership will help us continue to build toward sustainable growth.”
“Lara and Siobhan are steadfast in their commitment to Clarke’s work,” said Michael Straubel, co-chair of Clarke’s Board of Trustees. “As a parent of Clarke alums, I understand and appreciate their passion and am grateful for their willingness to give back through Board leadership. We will accomplish more thanks to their dedication.”