Introduction

Hello, Merrimack Families! Let me introduce myself to those that do not know me as I am running for the one-year term School Board Member position within the Merrimack School District. My husband and I moved to Merrimack in October 2009 and have two very active boys, ages eleven and (almost) nine who attend James Mastricola Upper Elementary (JMUES) and Thorntons Ferry School (TFS). They are one of the reasons I am interested in becoming a member of the School Board. I believe that educating our youth by investing in our public schools is a means to strengthen and grow our town/community.

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Personal Summary

Vested interest as parent of two boys (5th and 3rd grade) and as a tax-payer

Active volunteer in the school community currently serving as the PTTF Treasurer since 2017; member of Parent Taskforce Committee (Summer 2020)

15+ years of experience in researching, analyzing data and using critical thinking to develop annual budgets for the Department of Defense; provides independent assessments and recommendations to higher headquarters in annual budget cycles

Believe in investing in our public school system to educate our youth as a means to grow and strengthen our community; understand the importance of having students/staff/families feeling fully heard and supported thus creating an environment where students thrive

Believe in recognizing the outstanding achievements and progress in our students and educators, while at the same time addressing areas that may show in need of improvement

Would strive to provide easy-to-understand communications between the school board and community on topics relating to safety, budget, and policy

Work Experience

US Air Force, Hanscom AFB

2015 – Present

Senior Operations Research Analyst

US Air Force, Hanscom AFB

2009 – 2015

Financial Analyst

Raytheon Company, Billerica, MA

2008 – 2009

Senior Financial Analyst

US Air Force Contractor Support, Hanscom AFB

2004 – 2008

Cost/Budget Analyst

Long-Term Substitute - High School Mathematics Teacher

Stoneham High School, MA 2004
Plattsburgh High School, NY 2003

Education

Naval Postgraduate School

March 2017

Masters of Cost Estimating & Analysis (Operations Research)
Graduated with Distinguished Honors

State University of New York, Plattsburgh, NY

May 2003

Major: Bachelor of Arts Mathematics
Minor: Computer Science