I am a Newton Ward 2 resident for the last 24 years. I am a parent, volunteer, professional and a member of the Newton School Committee since January, 2014.
As a school committee member, I serve as:
- A member of the city audit committee
- Cabot School Building Committee
- Liaison and 2014 delegate, Massachusetts Assoc. of School Committees
- Liaison to our state delegation on Beacon Hill
- Member of the communications subcommittee
- Member of the superintendent review subcommittee
Prior to my service on the school committee I served on school councils at Horace Mann, F.A. Day and Newton North.
As a professional I work as a consultant and independent contractor in fund development, planning, strategy and evaluation. I have extensive experience working with government funded and taxpayer funded organizations. I understand the challenges of constrained budgets, uncertain government funding, trades-offs and difficult choices.
For the past three years I have worked on a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education which serves over 2,500 elementary students in school districts across Massachusetts. Other projects include: a high school science program developed and delivered by Harvard Medical School; one of the largest community health centers in the state co-located and partnering with a Dorchester charter high school; and a therapeutic recreation program serving special education students and disabled adults throughout northeastern Massachusetts.
I grew up in the Midwest, the child of teachers. My mother taught elementary public school music for 45 years and my father was a university professor. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Ball State University, Muncie, IN and have an MBA from D'Amore McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. My past work experience includes high tech public relations, development positions at WGBH and American Public Television, and concert management at the BSO.