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Board of Trustees

Members of the Parker Board of Trustees

Steven Roach - Chair
Stefanie Reinhorn - Vice Chair
Glenn Penna – Treasurer
Matt Lindsey - Secretary
Todd Sumner - Principal
Zayna Basma
George Clancy
Christine Regan Davi
Mario Silva Rosa
Jennifer Saxe
Martin Turnbull
Tiffany Testa
Matt Lindsey Mary-Wren VanderWilden


As a public school, Parker is subject to the MA Open Meeting Laws.  All of our Board of Trustees Meetings and Board Committee Meetings are open to the public.

The agendas and minutes to all meetings are posted through Board on Track. Click on the meeting you are interested in and then View Agenda. The agenda will include the meeting location, date and time.

*Due to recent campus closure and the Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law meetings will take place by either teleconference or videoconference. The access phone number or link (typically Teams) for use by members and the public can be found at the top of the meeting agenda.

If you would like additional information about a meeting, agendas or minutes to older meetings, or help accessing a meeting, please email mbeganski@theparkerschool.org


Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School
Board of Trustee Meetings 2020-2021

Regularly scheduled meetings of the Parker Board of Trustees
are held in Room 27 at the Parker School from 6:45 pm until 9:00 pm.*

September 8, 2020
October 13, 2020
November 10, 2020
December 8, 2021
January 12, 2021
February 9, 2021
March 9, 2021
April 13, 2021
May 11, 2021
June 8, 2021

There will be a meeting of the Finance Committee immediately prior to each Board meeting
at 5:45 in Room 33 at the Parker School.*


Click the arrows below to learn more about our Board of Trustees members.

Zayna Basma
Zayna Basma

A 2014 graduate of Parker, Zayna is pursuing master’s degrees in Non-Profit Management and Public Policy at Brandeis University.  As an undergraduate at UMass Lowell, Zayna conducted extensive research on refugees in the United States and worked as a volunteer tutor at SayDaNar Community Development Center, a non-profit for Burmese Refugees in Lowell. An avid soccer fan, Zayna enjoys playing soccer with colleagues and friends.  

George Clancy
George Clancy

George Clancy lives in Littleton with his wife Diane and their daughters Evan and Lian (Parker ’19). George is a practicing lawyer and partner at the Worcester litigation firm, Fuller, Rosenberg, Palmer & Beliveau. He is a former Director and Chairman of the Governance Committee of Blue Hills Bank. Prior to his law practice, George taught social studies at Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton. He is a member of the Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) team at St.  Anne/ St Catherine Collaborative and a frequent volunteer at Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence.  

Matt Lindsey
Matt Lindsey

Matt first joined Parker in 2013 as a special education teacher. After teaching in special education, Matt transitioned into teaching Arts and Humanities, first in Division Three and then Division Two. In addition to his role as a classroom teacher, Matt works closely with Parker students coaching Mock Trial and formerly coached Model UN. Matt holds a B.A. in History from UMass Boston and an M.A. in Education from Lesley University. In his free time, he enjoys staying active through running, reading, playing softball, and hiking.

 

Glenn Penna
Glenn Penna

Glenn has over 25 years of experience developing managers, leaders and organizations. In his senior leadership positions, he has helped to plan, build and run transformational programs, and as a consultant, he has focused on building organizational effectiveness through management and leadership development, executive coaching and team building/facilitation.

Glenn resides in Lunenburg with his wife, Pamela, and their three sons. Two have graduated from Parker and one is in his senior year. Glenn is in his first year as a Trustee for Parker and he is excited to contribute to the school’s continued success through his involvement, focusing on expanding community outreach with a target goal of promoting greater diversity in faculty and students. Glenn is a passionate traveler who has visited six continents, with intentions of visiting all seven. He is an avid reader of history and biographies, while also enjoying cycling and outdoor activities.

Christine Regan Davi
Christine Regan Davi

Christine has over 20 years of experience in communications and business development. She currently works as vice president of sales for Product Quest, where she helps clients develop better-for-you skin care products that use natural, sustainable, and globally conscious ingredients.

In her previous life as a reporter and editor for The Cape Codder and Solid State Technology, she covered topics as varied as semiconductor manufacturing in Taiwan, women’s health (including breast cancer research, the sex trade industry, and women’s prison conditions) and the wildlife conservation efforts of Mass Audubon. She holds a master’s degree in writing for children from Simmons College.

As a trustee for Parker since 2016, Christine chairs the governance committee, where she is honored to help Parker connect with the next generation of board talent who will lead the school into the future. Christine resides in Ashburnham with her husband, Blaise, and daughter, Jacqueline, a Parker student. She also has two curious granddaughters who believe almost anything can be made better with neon band-aids or a trusty pair of rainboots.

Christine continues to work on her middle-grade novel (a second draft) as well as other stories. When she’s not writing, she enjoys working in her studio on pottery, metalworking, and photography projects.

Stefanie Reinhorn
Stefanie Reinhorn

For over 25 years, Stefanie has worked in education as a teacher, instructional coach, researcher, professional developer, adjunct university faculty and consultant for schools across the United States and Canada. Currently, Stefanie is District Instructional and Data Leader in Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough, coaching school leaders and their professional communities in their improvement efforts. Stefanie’s recent work as a consultant involves supporting schools in designing and implementing instructional improvement practices incorporating collaborative, non-evaluative, classroom observations. She continues to serve as a faculty co-chair for the Programs in Professional Education Instructional Rounds Institutes. Stefanie was an adjunct professor at Brandeis University, as part of the teaching team for a graduate program for teacher leaders. She completed her doctoral studies in May 2015 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a concentration in Education Policy, Leadership, and Instructional Practice.  Her research and publications focused on issues of instructional improvement in urban schools with a concentration on leadership practices, teacher evaluation and teachers’ working conditions. Previously, Stefanie was a faculty member for the Boston Principal Fellows Program for aspiring school leaders in the Boston Public Schools for 6 years.  Stefanie was a math coach and middle school math teacher in the Boston Public Schools (BPS).  Prior to working at the secondary level, Stefanie was as an elementary school teacher in BPS and in other settings including a suburban public school, a suburban private school, and an international school.  In addition, Stefanie has a MA from Harvard in Education, Management and Policy, an MAT in elementary education from Manhattanville College and a BA in Art History from Princeton University. 

 

Stefanie and her husband Micki and their three children live in Sudbury and love to enjoy the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, playing sports, and skiing.  Two of her children currently attend Parker. 

 

Steve Roach
Steve Roach

Steve currently serves as president and ceo at UMass Memorial - Marlborough Hospital, a member hospital of UMass Memorial Health Care. He joined the 79 bed community hospital in the fall of 2013 when the hospital was faced with some serious financial issues. Through strict attention to expense management and by identifying growth opportunities. Steve led a turnaround of a $1.5 million loss in the first quarter to a gain of $2.0 million in operations by the end of the 2014 fiscal year. During fiscal year 2015, the hospital’s financial performance continued to improve with a gain of $5 million. In 2016, the hospital exceeded plan and closed with a gain of $7.6 million in operations which was a 50 percent increase.

Steve’s current focus is on developing and implementing a strategic plan through 2020 in collaboration with the hospital’s board of trustees, physicians, UMass Memorial senior leadership and Marlborough Hospital’s management team. The strategic plan emphasizes growth and expansion and for the hospital to strive to be recognized as a leader for community hospitals in terms of quality, care, patient satisfaction and value. Steve believes that Marlborough Hospital is “a strong community hospital under a strong system” and is a great fit for him because it allows him to work with the physicians and staff that he knows is firmly committed to exceptional care in their local community.

Previously, Steve served as president and CEO of Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, Massachusetts for seven years. He began his career at Nashoba in 2003 as chief financial officer, and then progressed to chief operating officer, and when appointed chief executive officer, set to the successful turnaround of a financially struggling hospital. Steve’s leadership has brought him great respect and admiration from his colleagues in the Steward Health Care System, which owns Nashoba, and from other health care and business leaders in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Throughout his experience in health care, Steve has shown a drive for operational excellence and a knack for strategic decision-making that pays off. He is also committed to drawing upon the skills and expertise of the caregivers at each of the organizations he has led.

Other leadership roles for Steve include serving as the chair of the board of trustees of the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School and he is a board trustee and chair of the audit committee of Main Street Bank.

Jennifer Saxe
Jennifer Saxe

Jennifer is serving her first term as a Trustee and is Chair of the Development Committee.  Jennifer has worked in independent schools as both a Board and a staff member for most of the past 25 years and has worked in schools in Moscow, New York, Zurich, and now Concord, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and two children (one of whom is a Parker student). She grew up in Winter Park, Florida, received  her B.A. in Soviet Studies from the University of Florida, and her M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University. 

Mario Silva-Rosa
Mario Silva-Rosa

Mario Silva-Rosa is the Director of Undergraduate Admission at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. He is responsible for the development and implementation of all admission goals and strategies working closely with the college leadership while supervising and managing the staff, and admission affairs, within the enrollment process for the incoming first-year students. Mario is a graduate of Worcester State University, Worcester, MA where he earned a major in Communications and a minor in Spanish, graduating Cum Laude. He is also a Magna Cum Laude graduate from the master’s program in Social and Rehabilitation Counseling at Assumption College, Worcester, MA with a concentration in School Counseling and received a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies from the same institution in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling.

Todd Sumner
Todd Sumner

Todd is principal at Parker and an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees.  Todd first read Horace’s Compromise more than thirty years ago and has held the Ten Common Principles of Essential Schools close to his heart ever since.  If challenged to pick a favorite among the common principles, he would choose the first:  “…The school should focus on helping adolescents learn to use their minds well…”  But a close second choice would be Common Principle #7:  “…The tone of the school should explicitly and self-consciously stress values of un-anxious expectation…of trust (until abused) and of decency (the values of fairness, generosity and tolerance)…”  Since coming to Parker in 2011, Todd has considered it an honor to serve a school and community so deeply faithful to the Ten Common Principles and so deeply committed to the integrity of each student’s individual journey.  He is committed to strengthening the school and increasing its influence in Parker’s third decade.

Prior to coming to Parker, Todd served The Academy at Charlemont, an independent day school, as teacher, dean, trustee, and head of school.  He and his husband, Mark, live in Groton and enjoy visiting Todd’s daughter, Rachel, in upstate New York.  For fun Todd enjoys hiking, reading, gardening, cooking, and baseball.

Tiffany Testa
Tiffany Testa

Tiffany has been a part of the Parker Community for over 18 years. After leaving for some time to raise her sons, she returned and has been teaching MST since 2014. Tiffany was introduced to the Ten Common Principles her very first year of teaching and they have been the bedrock for her work in education. Prior to Parker, she taught at two other Coalition schools, and spent a short amount of time at a very large and traditional high school. While home raising her boys and unable to find the best environment for early schooling, she and a close colleague developed and ran an outdoor nature preschool, Many Paths School. Her passion is in creating meaningful and engaging curriculum as well as working with other teachers collaboratively to continually improve teaching and learning. Tiffany’s belief that all kids can and should be expected to use their minds well is unwavering. When educational decisions are grounded in these principles, good learning can follow. She is happy to serve on the Parker School Board supporting a school she truly believes in. Tiffany lives in Hollis, NH with her husband Ryan, and two sons, Luke and Christopher. She enjoys everything outdoors, especially camping, kayaking, the ocean and tropical ecosystems. She combines these interests by leading Parker Eco-Travel groups to the Bahamas, Belize and Costa Rica. Most weekends she can be found on the sideline of any given soccer field in New England. Her favorite players are her two sons!

Martin Turnbull

Martin has over 35 years of experience in facilities design, management, and engineering. In the course of his career, he has lead engineering design teams for large projects like Worchester Tech High School, managed engineering/energy and site operations at Novartis in Cambridge, and is currently a senior facilities engineer at MIT.

Martin lives in Westford with his wife, Paula. Their two sons Danny (2011) and Chris (2015) are Parker alumni. A longtime member of the Facilities Committee, this is Martin’s first year as a Trustee for Parker. He hopes to contribute to the school’s continued success through his involvement, focusing on managing and upgrading the facilities to give every student a meaningful high school experience. In addition to a lifelong interest in engineering and science, Martin is a sports enthusiast and in his spare time, he enjoys coaching (currently serving as assistant coach to Parker boys varsity basketball) and refereeing soccer. He believes strongly that all children should have the opportunity to participate in sports and learn from the experience it provides.

Mary-Wren vanderWilden
Mary-Wren vanderWilden

Mary-Wren has been a Trustee at Parker for five years. Currently she is serving as the Vice Chair and is a member of the Development Committee. She was excited to re-engage with Parker after helping to write the original charter and teach there the first year in 1995-1996. She has been involved in education for 27 years doing everything from teaching math and even driver education to consulting. She taught at Pasadena High School, a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools and also worked for the Coalition at Brown University for a year. Mary-Wren grew up in Santa Barbara, California and went to college at Scripps College outside of Los Angeles where she studied International Relations. She fell in love with the East Coast after getting an MGA at University Pennsylvania and an MEd at Harvard University and has lived in Concord, Massachusetts ever since. Her three boys are grown and in college or working and she enjoys an active life with her husband, Philip and dog, Guinness.

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