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Board and Staff

Newton Schools Foundation consists of a board of directors with one staff member.

Staff

Diane Greer, Program Director

Board of Directors

The Board meets approximately six times during the academic year, and operates through committees including: Executive, Fundraising, Communications, and Investment.

Board of Directors:

 


Marcia Tabenken, President
Liz Hiser, Vice President
Carmen Pancerella, Clerk
Bruce McVittie, Treasurer


 

Amelia Angella
Barbara Erickson
Julie Kirrane
Shawna Giggey-Mashal
Jan Gilpin
Rosemarie Mullin
Sarah Perry
Liz Richardson
 


Claire Sokoloff
Jen Price
Josh Weiss

Advisory Board:

Robert Ames
Madelyn Bell
Ruthanne Fuller
Lisa Halm
Susie Heyman
Judy Malone-Neville
Danielle Klainberg
Kurt Kusiak
Duncan Richardson
Anne Rosenthal
Julie Sall
Pat Tietbohl

Founding President: 
Richard Hamermesh

Bios

Amelia Angella
Amelia Angella has extensive experience in both the non-profit and financial services sectors. She began her career at the research and strategy organization Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. While there she worked to research and promote the competitive advantages of businesses located in the inner city. After earning an MBA at Harvard Business School she transitioned to the financial services industry at John Hancock, first as a bond analyst and then as an investor in private equity funds. In June 2013 Amelia became Executive Director of CAP, a volunteer organization of Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School alumni helping Boston-area nonprofits apply management skills to their business challenges. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Hattie B. Cooper Community Center in Roxbury, MA and the Council of the Pine Street Inn and worked extensively with local nonprofits on strategic direction and funding issues with CAP. Amelia lives in West Newton with her husband and three young children.

Barbara Erickson
Barbara J. Erickson is the fourth President and CEO in The Trustees’ nearly 125-year history and the first woman to hold the position. The Trustees is the nation’s first land conservation organization and Massachusetts’ largest. The Trustees “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of irreplaceable scenic, cultural, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Since joining in 2012, Barbara has been leading The Trustees to move the mandate of its founder and open space visionary, Charles Eliot, another step forward to engage a broader constituency in healthy, active living and a stronger connection to community, local food, and culture.

Before joining The Trustees, Barbara was a senior executive at the global children's charity, Save the Children, one of the top five non-profits in the world. While with Save the Children, she was responsible for leading the organization’s fundraising and engagement functions, raising a record $200 million in philanthropic revenues. Prior to that, Barbara served as Chief Development Officer of Boston-based Earthwatch Institute. Her many professional achievements have consistently resulted in strategic growth and increased impact for the organizations in which she has worked, including Bank of America, the Boys & Girls Clubs, the American Cancer Society and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Barbara currently serves as an overseer at the Boston Ballet, a council member of the Land Trust Alliance, and a member of Mayor Martin Walsh’s Boston Creates Leadership Council. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Westfield State University in 2015 and holds a BA in Arts & Letters, English from Northern Arizona University. Barbara lives in Waban with her husband Peter and two children.

Julie Kirrane
Julie Kirrane is the Director of Business and Planning for the Newton Public Schools.  In her role, she is responsible for management of financial, business and grants functions as well as data driven education planning activities relating to facilities needs and implementation of new district initiatives and policies.  She has been with the district since 2010 and has been involved in long range planning for enrollment and facilities capacity, and the school building projects the district has undertaken to address both short-term and projected enrollment needs while modernizing school buildings.  Julie has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Tufts University and holds a Massachusetts School Business Administrator license.  Her professional concentration has been in the area of financial management and child and family policy.  Prior to joining Newton Public Schools, Julie worked as a program manager at an organization supporting quality early education and care and as a Finance Manager at a small independent school.  She has served on several non-profit boards in the role of treasurer.

Shawna Giggey-Mashal
Shawna Giggey-Mashal moved to Newton 1997.  She is married with two children who attended the Newton Public Schools.  Her volunteer involvement has included Newton Free Library Spring Fling Committee, Newton PTSO's, All Newton Music School Board Emeritus, New Rep Theatre Gala Committee, Junior League Of Boston Past President, JLB Garden Club, Newton History Museum Council Member and Board member, West Suburban YMCA Board, Citizens School, American Cancer Society, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Make a Wish Foundation in Baltimore and Boston Public Library.

Jan Gilpin
Jan Gilpin, J.D. has had a career specializing in writing and analyzing research on policy and professional development in the fields of early education and school age care.  Her work has included managing training projects and writing legislation, policy briefs, grants and newsletters.  She has been an independent consultant and has held positions at state agencies, non-profit organizations and a research institute.  More recently she has been spending her time doing volunteer work, creative writing, and providing administrative support for her husband’s IT consulting business.  Her three sons attend Newton North, Bigelow and Lincoln-Eliot.  She has served as editor of Lincoln-Eliot’s PTO Newsletter and two 5th Grade Yearbooks.  

Liz Hiser
Liz Hiser and her family have lived in Newton for over 20 years. A former marketing, sales and public relations professional in the publishing industry, she has been Chair of the Board of the New Art Center as well as PTO Co-President at Mason-Rice and Brown Middle School. She has also been on the Board of The Second Church Nursery School in West Newton and was on the Board of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of The Second Step in Newton. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Wellesley College and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern.

Bruce McVittie
Bruce McVittie practiced for four years as a chemical engineer before obtaining an MSM from the Hult International Business School.  He obtained his CPA license while studying at Bentley University for an MST degree which he completed with Highest Distinction.  He has worked for himself and for an international management consulting firm doing strategy, market research, financial analysis and operations improvement assignments in several industries, launched a business for a client, and most recently started his own business, McVittie Tax Advisors, to serve individuals and the businesses they own.  He has been involved with Newton’s Ligerbots robotics team for the last six years, most recently helping them develop a student managed purchasing process.  In 1994 Bruce and his wife Elizabeth moved to Newton, where her father grew up.  They have three daughters, two of whom have graduated from Newton South High School and are now studying in Canada.  The youngest, a sophomore at Newton South, is already researching her options for undergraduate studies.  Bruce would like to see that Newton students continue to be as well-prepared for their next step as his daughters have been.  

Rosemarie Mullin
Rosemarie Mullin has been involved in advocating for children and the Newton Public Schools for many years.  In addition to working on political campaigns, locally and nationally, she was an active member of the Brown Middle School Environmental Management Team and previously was the Countryside School representative on the Elementary Equity Committee.  Professionally she is an attorney and previously was a daily newspaper reporter.  Ms. Mullin holds a B.A. from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and a J.D. from Boston University.  She and her husband have lived in Newton for 32 years and have an adult son.

Carmen Pancerella
Carmen Pancerella has served on the School Council at Franklin Elementary and has been an active Franklin PTO member, serving on the Creative Arts and Sciences Committee for 7 years, as well as leading fund-raising activities. Carmen has been a Girl Scout Troop leader in Newton for 6 years, and is a First Lego League Coach, and is very interested in engaging kids in math and science.  Professionally, Carmen is a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, where she has telecommuted for 13 years, and is also a managing editor of the International Journal in Chemical Kinetics.  Carmen holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia.  She and her husband, Tim Strayer, have two daughters –an 8th grader at F.A. Day Middle School and a 10th grader at Newton North High School.

Sarah Perry
Sarah most recently served as the Executive Director of The Second Step, a Newton-based organization that delivers comprehensive services and housing for more than 800 survivors of domestic violence annually. Prior to her four years leading The Second Step, Sarah was the Executive Director at Harvard Business School Community Action Partners, which provides pro bono performance improvement services to Boston-area non-profits.

Sarah also served as Managing Director at New Sector Alliance, a social impact and leadership development organization, and as Director of Social and Civic Enterprise at City Year. She founded and led an innovative social enterprise consulting firm, Community Wealth Ventures (CWV), to provide non-profits with strategic planning, capacity building, and developing earned-income ventures. Before joining CWV, Sarah worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York, where she advised senior executives of major corporations on strategic issues. Sarah holds a BA from Yale University, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.  

Sarah currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Newton Schools Foundation; the Advisory Boards of The Second Step and Step Into Art; the Board of Trustees of Temple Emanuel of Newton; and is Parent Liaison to the Jingshan China Exchange Program. She has also served on the Boards of New Sector Alliance, Women’s Philanthropy at CJP, the Jewish Women’s Archive, and the Peirce Elementary School PTO.  Sarah has led pro bono consulting projects for many local organizations, including The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, City Year, Citizen Schools, WBUR, and The Boston Foundation. 

Sarah is a frequent lecturer and panelist on social enterprise for non-profits, and has had numerous published articles and press appearances including CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Boston GlobeThe Newton Tab, WNTN, and The Improper Bostonian. She lives in Newton with her husband and three children (ages 13, 15 and 16). 

Jen Price
Dr. Jennifer Price just completed her first year as Superintendent of Schools in North Andover, MA. Prior to becoming a Superintendent, Jen spent nine years as Principal of Newton North High School. During her tenure at this large, comprehensive high school, she focused much of her work on narrowing racial and socio-economic achievement gaps and supporting innovative approaches and ideas. Jen began her career as a History teacher at Maynard High School before serving as a Housemaster at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. She received her Doctorate in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2012, her Masters in Educational Administration from Boston College in 1999 and her Bachelors in Public Policy from Princeton in 1994. She co-authored a chapter with Dan Koretz on assessment literacy in Datawise. Her dissertation, Sharing Student Background: Does it Make A Difference?, focused on interventions to support students from low-income families.

Liz Richardson
Liz and her family have lived Newton since 1991.  All three children are graduates of the Newton Public Schools.  Over the last 20 years she has been involved with supporting the schools either by being a PTO president at Countryside Elementary or Newton South High School, by serving on various school councils and advisory groups and by helping to run many local candidate and override campaigns.  She currently serves as NSF Board president, is an advisory board member for Understanding our Differences and is a board member of W2O, a woman’s advocacy nonprofit supporting ocean conservation.  Her work experience includes healthcare quality consulting, healthcare administration and working as a clinical speech pathologist specializing in neurogenic communication disorders with a specialty in head injury management.  She has a MA in Speech Pathology/Audiology from Michigan State University and a BA in Speech Pathology/Psychology from Ithaca College.

Claire Sokoloff
Claire Sokoloff was elected to the Newton School Committee in 2005 and served for 8 years; she was vice-Chair in 2008 and Chair from 2009-13.  Earlier, she served in a variety of school leadership roles, including Bowen and Oak Hill PTO President and Newton South School Council Chair. Professionally, Claire has spent many years as an organizational change consultant. She was Partner from 1987-2001 at Synectics, Inc. an international consulting firm specializing in creative problem solving and innovation.  While at Synectics, Claire worked on several of the firm’s longer-term culture change projects and she taught clients how to facilitate innovative outcomes using Synectics’ creative problem-solving process. Before joining Synectics, Claire was an Organizational Development consultant with the Westinghouse Institute for Resource Development. Earlier in her career, she was Criminal Justice Project Manager at the International City Management Association in Washington, DC. She has been a Lecturer in Organizational Behavior at Boston University. Claire currently is serving on the Steering Committee of Newton Cares, and the Board of Directors of Wellfleet’s Preservation Hall. Claire received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Organizational Behavior from the Yale School of Organization and Management. She received her B.A. magna cum laude with honors in Psychology from Brown University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.

Marcia Tabenken
Marcia Tabenken is a vocal advocate for public education with a background in communications. She co-chaired Building Newton’s Future, the campaign committee that secured the passage of a Proposition 2-1/2 override package of $11.4 for Newton’s schools and other programs and projects. A former PTO Council president, she is a founding member of Stand for Children’s Newton Chapter, co-founder of the PTO at the Newton Early Childhood Program, and past president of the Horace Mann Elementary School PTO. She currently serves on the School Council at Newton North, where she led a fundraising campaign that created a $30,000 fund for social/emotional wellness and cultural awareness programming. Prior to becoming a full-time volunteer, Marcia managed public relations and communications for health care and non-profit organizations, most recently, the Massachusetts Medical Society. She is a graduate of Wellesley College with a B.A. in political science. She and her husband, Jeff Kolodney have two children, a sophomore at Newton North and a college freshman.

Josh Weiss
Josh, his wife Maryanne, and their three children have been part of Newton Public Schools for fifteen years. Josh is an electrical engineer with thirty years of computer and communications industry experience following BSEE and MSCS degrees from the University of Delaware and Boston University. He is a successful entrepreneur having been founder of multiple high-tech start-up companies. He was most recently CEO of Nauticus Networks which was acquired by SUN Microsystems. Prior to Nauticus he founded Prominet Corporation which was acquired by Lucent Technologies. He was a finalist for the Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year. Josh has been Co-president of the Zervas and Oak Hill PTOs and is a member of the PTO Council. In addition to Newton Schools Foundation, he is on the board of Newton at Home and is a trustee at Temple Shalom in Newton.

Staff

Diane Greer, Program Director, diane.greer@newtonschoolsfoundation.org
Diane and her husband Chip have lived in Newton for 25 years. She has two graduates of Newton South. She has been a volunteer in the Newton Public Schools since 2001, having served as PTO president at Angier, the Newton PTO Council and Newton South’s South Stage Parents Committee and co-president of the Newton South Booster Club.   Professionally, Diane has 25 years of public relations and marketing experience in a variety of industries including travel, consumer goods, non-profit, and banking.  Throughout her career she has gained expertise in project management, written communication, special events, operational logistics and database management.