WHO'S INVOLVED?

EMILY MATHEWS (President, Marketing Committee): After 11 years of living in the Greater Boston area, Emily and her husband settled in Scituate in 2013. They came for the ocean and stayed for the warmth and friendliness of the tight-knit community of Scituate to raise their 2 sons, currently attending Hatherly Elementary. Emily has spent her professional life as an educator in the Boston Public Schools and now works at the Scituate Center for the Performing Arts as its Technical Director. She has enjoyed an active career as a member of IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) and also works on small, community shows as a lighting designer and stage manager. SEF’s mission to support the education of all its residents inspired her to become active in the organization. Her other interests include seeing live theatre, spending time with her family and pets, and running. Emily holds a Master’s degree from Emerson College and a Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.

ABIGAIL KORMAN (Vice President, Fundraising Committee): Abby grew up in Fryeburg, ME and graduated from Freyburg Academy. After high school, she attended the University of Utah and graduated with B.A. in english and B.F.A in film.  After sampling other South Shore towns, Abby and her family moved to Scituate in 2012 and fell in love with the community. Currently, Abby is a realtor with Jack Conway & Co. where she specializes in the South Shore real estate markets (having resided in Cohasset and Hingham). In 2016, she was awarded "Top in Sales," and she earned the coveted, "2016 Rising Star Award," for Jack Conway & Co. During her free time, Abby is an avid reader, fitness enthusiast, and has a passion for great food and restaurants having spent many years working in the restaurant industry.

HEATHER MCGOLDRICK DILLON (Treasurer, Fundraising Committee): At State Street for over twenty years where she was most recently Vice President of State Street Global Advisors and a Senior Portfolio Manager for the US Quantitative Equity Investment Team overseeing portfolio management, product development and research,  Heather obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters of Science in Finance from Suffolk University.  Since leaving State Street in 2011 Heather has dedicated her time to volunteering for numerous school-related activities.  She has been a parent representative on the Jenkins School Council and held various PTO roles, including fundraising and as a member of the executive board in charge of communications. Heather and her husband Sean and have three children and have lived in Scituate since 2001.  

KATE PESCATORE (Clerk, Fundraising Committee): Kate has been part of the Scituate Public Schools since 2008. She grew up in nearby Marshfield, where she continues to reside. Kate graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Information Systems. After college, Kate spent a year in North Carolina volunteering for Habitat for Humanity of Moore County through the AmeriCorps Program helping to build nearly 20 houses. Upon returning to Massachusetts, Kate solidified her desire to become a teacher and ultimately received her Masters of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Previous to teaching in Scituate, Kate worked at the John F. Kennedy School in Holbrook for several years. Kate is excited for her new role as Clerk of SEF as she recognizes the important impact that the SEF can make on the Scituate Public Schools and the rest of the Scituate community.

ELIZABETH HOLTHAUS (Member, Communications Committee): Elizabeth has recently retired from a 45-year career in publishing in which she held leadership positions in book and online publishing in roles that focused on content development and project management.   Since the mid-1990s, she has been a content director and social media manager for parenting websites including FamilyEducationNetwork.com and Parenthood.com. Since retiring, Elizabeth has found a number of ways to put her management and communications skills to good use through her involvement in community organizations. In addition to SEF, she is a Library Trustee (and a former member of the Scituate Library Foundation). She is also a member of the Scituate Democratic Town Committee, is active in the Scituate Garden Club, and is a volunteer writer for the North and South Rivers Watershed Association. A lifelong South Shore resident, Elizabeth and her family moved to Scituate in 1988. Her three adult children, Amanda, Matthew and Damian, are all SHS graduates.  She has a B.A. in English and Education from Simmons College.

JILL KING (Member, Fundraising Committee): Jill and her husband Robin moved to Scituate in 2007. After living in Colorado and Santa Barbara, California for a total of eight years, Jill and Robin decided it was time to come “home” to the South Shore, where they both grew up. Jill has three children. Her son Owen will attend Jenkins School next year. Her twins, Mason and Lola, will start pre-school in September of 2017. Jill’s professional background is restaurant management. She and her husband have owned Restaurant Oro in Scituate Harbor since 2010. Jill has been very committed to private fundraising for friends and family members in need. Formally, she has been an honorary member of the Capital Campaign for the new Scituate Town Library.  Recently, she became involved with The Jett Foundation. Jill is the recipient of the Star Mentor of 2016 award from The South Shore Stars, which focuses on “Excellence in Education, Enrichment, and Family Support.” As a Board Member of the SEF, Jill looks forward to working on the Fundraising Committee. She is eager to raise awareness and funds for all of the amazing educational programs and schools in the Scituate Community!

DANIELLE DRISCOLL (Member, Fundraising Committee): Danielle grew up in Andover and discovered Scituate when her parents retired to this beautiful town whilst she was living in England. It was actually Heritage Days weekend that Danielle and her husband, Luke, fell in love with Scituate. On the last day Luke caught a striped bass and it made them wonder why they weren't living in this quaint seaside town. Lured by the salt air, picturesque coast, and loving community Danielle's family set down roots here. She has two sons in the public school system, one at Gates and one at Jenkins. Danielle attended Mount Holyoke College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Theatre Arts and English. She went on to earn an MA in Film and Television Production from the University of Bristol in England. She worked at TWI in London in program development and international sales and marketing at Echo Bridge Entertainment. In 2011 Danielle created the popular site Finding Silver Pennies and her work has been featured in BHG, Apartment Therapy, Romantic Homes, South Shore Living, among others. During her free time Danielle enjoys spending time with her dogs, practicing yoga, writing, photography, and playing with paint.

BECKY O’TOOLE (Member, Fundraising Committee): After visiting Scituate on a dreary afternoon in the winter of 2010, Becky and her husband knew if they loved the town then, it would only get better moving in that summer. As a parent of two young children in Scituate Public Schools, Becky spends her time "painting with purpose" as part of The Pink Frame, donating a portion of every piece sold in stores and galleries to Dana-Farber. She also donates a significant amount of work to area organizations, helping with their fundraising goals. Becky's background prior to working as an artist was in advertising and project management for companies such as Nokia, State Street and Harvard Business School | Executive Education. As a daughter of two public school teachers from Pennsylvania, Becky is extremely supportive of public schools and specifically the art programs within. Becky holds a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology.

LAUREN SHEA (Member, Fundraising Committee): Lauren grew up next door in neighboring Norwell (board member, Jay Swartz was her math teacher!) and has lived in Scituate since 2008.  She attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. After college she went to work for her father’s wholesale seafood company in the Boston Seaport. Lauren started out in sales, building a customer list and shipping seafood all over the nation. Later, Lauren took on the role of office manager where she oversaw and implemented accounts payable, human resources and payroll duties for the company.  After working in the seafood industry for 11 years, Lauren chose to stay home with her children when her second child was born in 2015. Lauren lives with her two young children and husband, Steve, who is a lifelong Scituate resident. Their children, Phoebe and Griffin, will be the 3rd generation to attend Scituate schools. 

TRACY GALLAGHER SHEPARD (President Emeritus, Grants Committee): Though the town’s seaside beauty first drew her family to Scituate, it is the warm and engaging spirit of our community that has made it her home. Tracy’s children attend Wampatuck School and Erdman Preschool, and she is a committed advocate for Scituate’s public schools, serving in numerous roles including Co-President of Wampatuck’s PTO. Her interest in innovation and entrepreneurship in public education drove her to participate in the formation of SEF. Her professional experience is in financial services marketing. During her tenure at MFS Investment Management, Tracy was invited to serve as a member of the Charitable Foundation Council, where she helped to direct the firm’s charitable giving initiatives. Tracy studied non-profit management and entrepreneurship while earning her MBA at Babson College, where she held a Forte Foundation Fellowship. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Boston University. Tracy and her family have lived in Scituate since 2006.

JAY SWARTZ (Member, Grants Committee):  Jay taught mathematics at Norwell High School for 35 years.  He was head of the department for 30 years, Union President for 20 years, and the Varsity Tennis Coach for 30 years (W430-L130).  Jay was twice named Boston Globe Division 2 Tennis Coach of the year and was inducted in to the Natick High School Hall of Fame and Norwell High School Athletic Hall of Fame.   He is also the past president of  both the Eastern Massachusetts Tennis Coach’s Association and the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Math Department Heads. Since retiring Jay has been a member of the Scituate Library Foundation, a Library Trustee, and now a member of the Scituate Education Foundation.  He and his wife love to travel, ski, and sail in addition to supporting the arts, especially ballet.

ADAM ST. JEAN (Member, Alumni Committee): Adam grew up in Scituate and is a proud graduate of Scituate High School. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a degree in history. Currently, Adam is a Finance Manager in the Asset Management Department of STAG Industrial, Inc. After spending his post-college years in sunny San Diego, CA, Adam and his wife Marcell moved back to the east coast, and ultimately Scituate. Highlighting their commitment to the community and lifelong learning, Adam’s young children are the third generation to attend the Scituate Public Schools. In his spare time, Adam has coached youth soccer and is a member of the ECC Parent Board.

SUSANNAH ADAMS (Member, Fundraising Committee): COMING SOON