TRACY GALLAGHER SHEPARD (President, 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.
EMILY MATHEWS (co-Vice President, Fundraising Committee): After 11 years of living in the Greater Boston area, Emily and her husband decided to move back to their home state of Ohio. Circumstances required them to find a winter rental, so they chose the town of Scituate to spend their last few months. They came for the ocean and stayed for the warmth and friendliness of the tight-knit community of Scituate to raise their 2 sons! Emily has spent her professional life as an educator in the Boston Public Schools teaching Theatre, English, and English as a Second Language, always saying that one of her favorite places to be is in a classroom with her students. 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.
LAURIE KELLY (co-Vice President, Communications Chair): Laurie has lived in Scituate since 2007 along with her husband and two children. Laurie has over 20 years experience in marketing, public relations, branding and business development including fifteen years at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Prior to this, Laurie worked at J. Walter Thompson and Los Angeles Magazine. Over the years, Laurie and her family have been active in various Scituate organizations including SciCoh Youth Football and Cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and Cushing Elementary and Gates Middle Schools. Laurie joined the SEF Board to help raise awareness of SEF's impact and to foster lifelong learning throughout Scituate. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from St. Lawrence University.
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.
ADAM ST. JEAN (Clerk, Fundraising 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.
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!
ABIGAIL KORMAN (Member, 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.
JEN DRISCOLL (Member, Grants Committee): Jen has had aspirations to become an educator since she was building classrooms in her parents' basement in kindergarten! She has had a life-long passion for education and dedication to young learners. Jen studied History Education in her undergrad, and student taught in Albany, NY. She immediately received a full time teaching position in Hingham, MA upon graduation. She has been an 8th grade United States History teacher in Hingham for 13 years. Additionally, she obtained her M.A. in History during this time, with a focus in Teaching History. During the summers, Jen has obtained research fellowships at the MA Historical Society, TAH grants for History Education, and continued to satiate her own quest for education throughout this time. In addition to teaching in the classroom, Jen also spent six years educating female student-athletes on the lacrosse field; as head varsity lacrosse coach in Scituate for two years, and later Hingham for four years. Jen has run numerous programs for students such as the Anti-Defamation League, Ambassador Community Service Program, and leads over 300 students a year to Washington D.C. for hands-on civic education. Aside from her dedication to students, she also works to help develop and assist new educators. She has been the cooperating teacher for student teachers, as well as the Co-Director of the New Teacher & Induction Program in the Hingham Public Schools. Jen has lived in Scituate since 2010 with her husband, and two young children. She loves the beautiful community of Scituate and looks forward to continuing her dedication and passion for education for learners from "1 to 101" as she works with the Scituate Education Foundation!
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.
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.
KATE PESCATORE (Member, Communications 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 to be part of the Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 school year as she recognizes the important impact that the SEF can make on the Scituate Public Schools and the rest of the Scituate community
LAUREN SHEA (Member, Fundraising): 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.
GABRIELLE SVENNING (Director Emeritus, Communications Committee): Gabrielle’s lifelong connection to Scituate originated with her maternal grandparents escape from stifling summers in Jersey City to Scituate’s “Irish Riviera.” Gabrielle attended Hatherly School and Gates Intermediate before graduating from Scituate High School. After graduating from The American University in Washington, D.C. she returned to Boston for graduate school at Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management. In the years that followed Gabrielle married another SHS alum, bought a house in Scituate and started a family. Her son, Wyatt, is a student at Wampatuck Elementary. Professionally, Gabrielle has a background in nonprofit communications and corporate advertising and experience working for large institutions such as Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Cone, and Hill Holliday. Her professional and personal interests include working on issues around early childhood education and care, youth development, equal access to quality education, and community development.
ADAM CONRAD (Director Emeritus, Treasurer): Adam, his wife Liz, son Corey, and daughter Vivienne enjoy living in the Sand Hills area of Scituate. Since 2004, Adam has worked in Scituate Harbor for Mountain One Bank. He became the Branch Manager of the Scituate office in April of 2009. A resident of Scituate since 1987, Adam enjoys being in a community where he knows most of his customers by their first name and a little bit about them and their family. Working in town has allowed Adam to be more involved with numerous community programs like coaching youth hockey, being a Board Member for the Scituate Chamber of Commerce, and Treasurer for the Scituate Education Foundation.
KATINA BENTLEY (Director Emeritus, Communications Committe): Katina has lived in Scituate since 2008 along with her husband and two children. Prior to living in Scituate, she was self-employed as a human resources consultant and also worked in sales at EF Education. After moving to Scituate, Katina combined her business knowledge and her favorite hobby to start a photography business. Since 2008 she has been photographing newborns, families, and graduating seniors to capture some of the most important moments in life, while taking advantage of the beautiful landscapes in and around the South Shore. Katina has been actively engaged in numerous causes related to Cushing Elementary School, Erdman Preschool, Gates Middle School, the Pan Mass Challenge, 12 Women Care, and SANDS Helps, where she serves on the Board of Directors. She joined the SEF Board based on her desire to make a positive impact on the community in which she and her family live. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire.
SUSANNAH ADAMS (Member, Fundraising Committee): COMING SOON
ADELE MCCARTHY (Member, SPS Liaison): COMING SOON