be a part of our story

The empowerHER story starts with a young girl who has lost her mother.  Ours is not necessarily a story about our grief, but more so a story about how we empower and draw strength from one another.  


empowerHER is the only organizations in the country specifically working to address the struggles of girls whose mothers have died, and we’re doing vital work.  We currently serve 150+ girls (up to age 23) by providing an integrated series of programming featuring year-round EVENTS for GIRLS, such as our signature Mother’s Day Retreat, beach parties, and cooking classes to remind girls they are not alone in their grief. These events occur in tandem with our 1:1 MENTOR MATCH PROGRAM with caring and strong female role model to promote positive growth throughout their grief journey.  All programs and activities are provided at no charge to the family.



"I envisioned an organization that would allow us to talk about the loss of a young mother in our community and ways to offer help to the family that would not be intrusive."
— Cara Belvin, empowerHER Founder

Cara Belvin
 is passionate about volunteerism.  She spent countless hours as a breast cancer advocate, and it was in this role that she saw a need in her community for empowerHER. Her own mother passed away at the young age of 37 after a two-year battle with breast cancer when Cara was just 9 years old.  Cara’s extended family and friends assisted in filling the void left behind by this profound loss. empowerHER was formed out the gratitude she felt for all the layers of support her family received growing up – And, now as a mother, she felt it would be as much for these mothers as it would be for these young girls.

She frequently presents on issues surrounding adversity, women’s empowerment, and social entrepreneurship.  Cara is the lead producer of HBO’s The Conversation: Stories that Matter speaker series, and the episodic digital series The Dinner Conversation about women powering through their grief.  Her efforts to support young girls have been featured on the ABC Boston Affiliate Channel 5  and on PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff.  



empowerHER is proud of the outstanding leadership and invaluable contributions made by the
following members of our Board:


Cara Belvin, M.S., President
Founder & Executive Director

Dolly Di Pesa, Board Chair
Managing Partner & CPA
Di Pesa & Company CPAs

Erin Devine, Finance Chair
PWC Partner
PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP


Susan Daileader, CFP, CLTC,
Clerk/Assistat Clerk

Vice President, Financial Advisor
Rockland Trust

Emily Miller, LMHC, Mission & Programs
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Center for Integrative Counseling & Wellness

Sue Di Pesa, Director
Jack Conway Realty

Patty DeMarco, Partners Program Chair
EP-C, Health Fitness Specialist


Jeff DeLisi
Ohrenberger, DeLisi & Harris, LLP

Todd Eikas
Parent Representative

Hope Edelman
Author, Motherless Daughters

Shane Belvin
Managing Partner
Nobel Weather Associates