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Board of Trustees

Anne Wang / Board Chair
Senior Researcher, Education Development Center
Dr. Anne Wang is committed to positive approaches to the academic and social-emotional development of children and youth. She develops products and provides technical assistance for the IES National Research and Development Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools and the Nellie Mae District Level Systems Change Initiative.  In the 12 years that Dr. Wang has been at the Education Development Center (EDC), she has conducted and overseen evaluation activities for several projects and training and technical assistance centers, bringing her experience in research design, survey development, and statistics to create evaluation tools, develop evaluations, and design technical assistance databases.  She has also created tools and trainings to help schools and programs implement social-emotional learning and positive school discipline strategies, as well as conduct needs and resource assessments, strategic planning, sustainability planning, evaluation planning, and communications and marketing.
Carmen Torres / Associate Chair
Co-Founder of the Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership, Center for Artistry and Scholarship
Carmen Torres, Co-Founder of the Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership at the Center for Artistry and Scholarship, has served as an urban public school educator and leader for over 40 years. She established the Health Careers Pathway at Brighton High School and the first pharmacy program at Fenway High School, which was a partnership with CVS Pharmacies. She was also founding assistant headmaster and then co-headmaster of Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts. Carmen served as Senior Academic Design and Support Specialist for High Schools in the Office of English Language Learners of the Boston Public Schools, has been a Clinical Instructor at Boston University, worked as a consultant with the Educational Resource Center, and has mentored many emerging school leaders. She was also the Director of Student and Family Services at Conservatory Lab Charter School, where she has developed relationships with Partnerships in Education and Resilience (PEAR), Massachusetts Charter Public School Association, and Children’s Hospital Training and Access Program (TAP).
Alexander Zapata / Treasurer
Vice President, Salem Five Bank
Alexander Zapata is Dominican and a father of four children. He has over eight years of experience in the area of retail and commercial banking. As Vice President of Citizens Bank, he oversaw one of Citizens top performing office, the Harvard Square office. While directing this office, Alex was personally responsible for a manning a market which has over $600 million in liquid assets in smaller banks. Alexander managed retail bankers and partners with commercial lending officers, investment bankers and consumer lending development officers for business growth. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University where he teaches entrepreneurship. Alex is committed to civic engagement and aspires to advance Latino leadership in Massachusetts through political activism. He is currently a board member at Girls Inc. in Lynn, Dorchester YMCA, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
Alexander Pyle / Secretary
Attorney and Shareholder, Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA
Alexander Pyle is a shareholder and chair of the Business Transactions Group of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA.  Alexander specializes in the area of corporate transactions, and regularly advises clients regarding business formation, corporate governance, financing, state/public procurement, technology licensing, mergers and acquisitions and securities law. His clients include early-stage, family-owned and venture-backed businesses as well as public companies and major institutions. Alexander also has served as general counsel of Lightbridge, Inc., a publicly traded software and services company. He earned his bachelor of arts from Wesleyan University, a master of fine arts from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, and a juris doctor from Harvard Law School.
Michael Fitzgerald / MichaelTrustee
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Michael Fitzgerald is a Lynn resident and serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member in the Lipid Metabolism Unit of the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital where he leads a laboratory group. His research centers on cardiovascular disease and lipid metabolism. Michael’s research also focuses on how individuals living with chronic HIV infection may be uniquely susceptible to cardiovascular disease that leads to fatal heart attacks and stroke. He has published over 50 primary peer reviewed scholarly articles in leading scientific journals.

Alicia Churchill / AliciaTrustee
Arts Coordinator, Walnut Street Cafe in Lynn, MA

Alicia Churchill is the Arts Coordinator at the Walnut Street Café in West Lynn. She plans and promotes poetry open mics, comedy, live music, writing groups, paint nights, and sometimes even political debates. She is also a 7th grade humanities and special education advisory teacher at MCCPS in Marblehead. She has taught college writing at Bunker Hill, North Shore, and Northern Essex Community Colleges and teaches Assessment of Prior Learning at Endicott College. She earned her ALB in Social Science from Harvard University Extension School, her MFA from Emerson College, and her M.Ed. from Endicott College. She is committed to providing a high quality education, including the arts, to all students, especially those who have been impacted by trauma, poverty, or oppression.


Nina Cullen-Hamzeh / Ex Officio Trustee
Interim Principal, Lynch Elementary School
Dr. Nina Cullen-Hamzeh was a founding teacher and Head of School at Marblehead Community Charter Public School. As Head of School, she provided the strategic vision and planning for MCCPS. Nina has designed and delivered MCCPS professional development in integrated unit planning, project-based learning, service learning, co-teaching and inclusive practices, and performance assessments for project-based learning units. Previously, she served as a teacher in a bilingual classroom for the Los Angeles Unified School District and the vice-principal at a grade 1 to 8 school in Hollywood, CA. Nina currently serves as the Interim Principal at Lynch Elementary School in Winchester, MA.
Maria-Paz Avery / Trustee
Research Alliance Manager, Education Development Center
Dr. Maria-Paz Avery serves as the Research Alliance Manager for the REL Northeast & Islands at the Education Development Center (EDC). She supports the activities of eight research alliances on topics such as college and career readiness, drop-out prevention, educator effectiveness, rural education, early childhood, English learners, and school improvement. She serves as the Facilitator for the English Language Learners Alliance. For 15 years, she was a manager and technical assistance provider for the New England Comprehensive Assistance Center and the New England Comprehensive Center (NECC). As part of NECC, she focused her work on the development of state guidance for districts on the implementation of formative assessment and on policy issues in the education of English language learners.
Robert McLaughlin / Trustee
Executive Director, National Collaborative for Digital Equity
Dr. Robert McLaughlin is the Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Digital Equity. Previously, he served as the Associate Dean and Chair of Education at New England College. For more than 30 years, Robert McLaughlin has led innovative school reform initiatives at the local, state, and national levels. He brings expertise in educational technology, assistive technology, educational policy, teacher development, and strategies to close digital divides.
Rob Riordan / Trustee
President Emeritus, High Tech High Graduate School of Education

Dr. Rob Riordan is the co-founder of High Tech High and President Emeritus of the HTH Graduate School of Education. As a teacher, trainer, and program developer for over 50 years, he has worked with teams to develop 14 new schools spanning the K-12, as well as the nation’s first graduate school of education situated within a K-12 environment. As a long-time teacher in the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (MA), Rob developed an award-winning writing center and two pioneering school-to-work transition programs. Through the Office of Vocational and Adult Education in the U.S. Department of Education, he directed the New Urban High School project that led to the development of High Tech High.

Darryl Williams / Trustee
Dean of Undergraduate Education, Associate Dean for Recruitment, Retention, and Community Engagement and the Director of the Center for STEM Diversity at the School of Engineering, Tufts University
Dr. Darryl Williams is the Dean of Undergraduate Education, Associate Dean for Recruitment, Retention, and Community Engagement and the Director of the Center for STEM Diversity at Tufts’ School of Engineering. Previously he served as a Program Director for the National Science Foundation in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) where he was charged to support the enhancement of K-16 engineering education. He was the lead program director for the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program, a program which supports projects that engage participants in authentic, contextual experiences that reflect the nature of STEM and ICT careers.