Currently on the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Activist. Finalist. A calligrapher, stitcher, artist, and maker who loves rocks, paper, scissors. Drawn to justice.

Worked for and received a certificate in Project Management in 2015. A *creative type*. Majored in voice, piano, and music ed in college at UMass/Lowell. Set up this site to post on the variety of activity and interests I’m passionate about: travel, family, state & local issues advocacy, art, stitching, and photography.

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SELECT CV

COMMISSIONS

Art Designer & Collaborative Creator, Boston MA: Centennial Celebration, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

Art Designer & Director, Boston MA: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Mural

Bath and Body Works, Columbus OH: Christmas Holiday

BODIES OF WORK

Selected works available for review–be sure to check out the Portfolio

  • Stitched: hand-knits; hand- and machine-sewn; crewel and embroidery work;
  • Fibre: original designs; Seen in Dreams (textile works, some in progress)
  • Local Color: eco-friendly dyes created from locally foraged flora
  • Handheld Photography: land- , sea- , and sky-scapes; buildings+architecture; plants+flowers;
  • Handheld Video: selected shorts
  • Art Books: self-published and/or limited edition
  • Paintings: watercolor, oil, acrylic, encaustic
  • Lino Cuts: prints

EXPERIENCE

  • Parent Representative/Member: Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Adjunct Faculty Member: Middlesex Community College
  • Chair & Member: Lexington School Committee
  • Chair & Member: MassPartners for Public Schools
  • Director of Education & Programs for Children, Youth, and Families: Episcopal Parish of the GoodShepherd
  • Art & Music Specialist: St. Stephen’s Summer Enrichment Program
  • Founder & Principal: Red Onion Design Murals & Decorative Painting

PRESENTATIONS

  • Live Interview | Education Questions for Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates: 2018 Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts Issue Conference, Millbury MA
  • Education Issues Front and Center: 2017 Massachusetts Indivisible Conference, Worcester MA
  • Modern Family Engagement: 2016 Merrimack College
  • Social Media | Use it Effectively: 2016 MASC/MASS Conference (panel member), Hyannis MA
  • Defining Scope, Quality, Responsibility, and Activity: 2015 Middlesex Community College, Bedford MA
  • Social Media Marketing Plan: 2015 Middlesex Community College, Bedford MA
  • How Do You Know You’re Engaging Families Well?: 2014 MASC/MASS Conference, Hyannis MA

CIVIC ROLES + RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Elected Representative, Lexington Town Meeting, since 2006
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), January 2017-December 2018
  • Northeast Area Director, NASBE Board of Directors, January 2016-December 2017
  • Massachusetts PTA Member-at-Large, since 2014
  • Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) Resolution Committee, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • MASC Legislative Committee, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Cary Library Executive Trustee, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Massachusetts PTA Federal Legislative Chair, State Advocacy Chair, 2012, 2014, 2014
  • National PTA Legislative Conference Attendee, 2006-2014
  • Massachusetts PTA Board of Directors, 2005-2013
  • Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Parent Community Education and Involvement Advisory Council, 2013-2014
  • Massachusetts PTA President, 2010-2012
  • Cranberry PTA President, 2012-2013
  • Massachusetts PTA President-elect, 2008-2010
  • State Representative to National PTA’s National Council of States, 2008, 2009
  • Governor Patrick’s Readiness Project, Whole Child Subcommittee, 2007-2008
  • National PTA Achievement Gap Working Group, 2007-2008
  • Massachusetts PTA Region 3 Liaison, 2005-2008
  • Harrington Elementary School PTA President, 2005-2008

PERSONAL + CIVIC ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

  • Arts in Education Proclamation: On behalf of Massachusetts PTA, September 2013, Governor Deval L. Patrick
  • National Association of State Boards of Education: Honoring Distinguished Service to Children and Service on the Board of Directors
  • National PTA: President’s Award of Distinction for Dedication and Commitment to Children
  • General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate Citation: Senator Kenneth Donnelly, for Distinguished Service on the Lexington School Committee and the Town of Lexington
  • General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives Citation: Representative Jay R. Kaufman, for Distinguished Service to Education and the Town of Lexington
  • Administrators for Special Education: Be the Change, Honoring Distinguished Service on Behalf of Children

SKILLS

Blogging — Community Outreach — K-12 Education Policy — Event Planning — Facebook — Family & Community Engagement — Grassroots Organizing — HTML — Instagram — Interpersonal Skills — Issue Advocacy — Leadership — Legislative Affairs — LinkedIn — MailChimp — Nonprofits — Political Campaigns — Politics — Program Management — Public Policy — Public Speaking — Social Media — Special Needs — Staff Development — TinyLetter — Twitter — Staff & Volunteer Management — WordPress

PROFESSIONAL + CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • ACLU
  • deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
  • League of Women Voters
  • Lexington Democratic Town Committee
  • Lexington Town Meeting Members’ Association
  • Media Literacy Now
  • National Association of State Boards of Education
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts
  • Progressive Massachusetts

Photo credit: Leslie Smith Bordonaro

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