Foundation Board

SIZER SCHOOL Foundation Board Include:

  • Tim Smith, Chairman

  • David Rodgers, Treasurer

  • Melanie Gallo

  • Mary Giannetti

  • Raymond Lafond

  • Meaghan Morrissey

  • Carolyn Sellars

  • Frederick Randall, Sizer School Principal & Interim Executive Director

  • Brenda Jones, Sizer School Director of Finance & Business Services

  • Jill Connell, Staff Liaison to the Foundation, and Sizer School Director of Development and Communications

Learn more about our members:

Tim Smith (Chair) joined the Sizer School Foundation in 2015 and currently serves as Chair. He has been Senior Vice President, CFO and Treasurer of Workers Credit Union since 2011. A CPA with degrees in accounting and finance from the CT Bauer College of Business, Tim is dedicated to using his executive experience for the betterment of North Central Massachusetts. He leads Workers’ efforts to raise funds for the United Way and coordinates an employee volunteer team for their annual Day of Caring. Several times per year, Tim can be found in the community, motivating a team of his peers at a Habitat for Humanity Build Day. He also volunteers on the board of several local organizations, including the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston and the Town of Franklin Finance Committee. Tim likes to spend his free time relaxing with his wife and two children at their Franklin, Massachusetts home.  

David Rodgers (Treasurer) lives in Lunenburg with his wife Karen, where he has been active in the community for over 45 years. Retired for the past five years, Dave continues to be involved in The Turkey Hill Family LIONS Club, Nichols College, Fitchburg State University and other efforts to assist families in need of a helping hand. The Rodgers grandson attends Sizer School, and this prompted a desire to give back in an effort to enhance the opportunity for other students. Karen has always given her time and financial support to those in need, by volunteering at Our Fathers Table, community efforts to raise funds for children, education women and animals that need HELP. Wishing to make our environment sustainable, cleaner and better; is important to The Rodgers'. Raising funds for Sizer continues to be an important personal goal for Dave and Karen.

Melanie Gallo of Ashburnham joined the Sizer Foundation in 2019.  She is an experienced educator having taught for 20 years at Fitchburg High School, serving as chair of the English Department and the Director of Dramatics.  She was a founding faculty member at Souhegan High School, an award winning essential school in Amherst, NH where she was a critical friends coach, directed and developed the graduation by exhibition senior project and helped craft and pilot a portfolio assessment system for teachers.  Melanie was the founding school director at North Central Charter Essential School, now Sizer School.  She is proud that she had the opportunity to shape the mission of Sizer/NCCES, hire its first staff and help recruit the founding parents and students to this special place.  In addition to sitting on the Foundation Board, she has also been on the Sizer Board of Trustees for over 12 years

Melanie currently works as an independent educational consultant.  In that capacity, she has conducted over 60 charter school reviews and numerous. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Fitchburg State She teaches Advanced Methods and Curriculum and Development at the Secondary Level in the MAT program. She has served as a facilitator for NISL, National Institute for School Leadership. Melanie has led a variety of workshops geared for educators and presented at conferences on both the national and state levels.. A contributing writer to Standards of Mind and Heart: Creating the Good High School, she is currently working on her first book.

Mary Giannetti joined Sizer School’s Foundation Board in 2019.  Her professional and volunteer service chronicles a dedicated professional with over 25 years of serving low-income communities through developing innovative programs, leadership and advocacy, and passion for improving social determinants to create healthy communities.   As Resource Development Director at Heywood Healthcare and Consultant to non-profit and public sectors her work focuses on fundraising, strategic planning, grant writing, and developing and leading health initiatives. Prior to her role at Heywood Mary served as the Director of the Energy and Housing and the Nutrition and Wellness Divisions at the Montachusett Opportunity Council. She is a Registered Dietitian with a BS from Simmons College and MS in nutrition from Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions. She has deep roots to the Fitchburg community, where she grew up, met her husband, raised their two children and owned a local business for 23 years. In addition to the Sizer Foundation Mary serves her community in various leadership roles including Board Chair for Growing Places; Vice President of the Fitchburg Housing Authority; Fitchburg Parks and Recreation Commissioner; Life Path board member; and the Massachusetts Malnutrition Commission.

Raymond “Ray” LaFond joined the Sizer School Foundation Board in 2018, bringing 50+ years of financial and commercial lending experience to the Board.  He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending and Senior Relationship Management Specialist for Enterprise Bank in Leominster, MA.  His educational background includes a BSBA from Clark University and an MBA from Anna Maria College, along with several audit certifications. 

Outside of work, Ray is very involved in the community, having served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster and with the United Way of North Central. In addition, Ray currently serves in several capacities with the North Central MA Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a member of the Gardner Development Committee and the Gardner Industrial Commission, the Gardner Zoning Board of Appeals, and is a member of the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce serving on the Legislative Affairs Committee.

Ray is a former Girl’s Little League Softball coach of 13 years and an ASA Certified Softball Umpire for 9 years. Semi-retired, Ray’s free time is spent with his wife, Linda, their three daughters and their families, which include four grandchildren.  He also finds a little time to tend to his vegetable garden, read, fish and serve on the Pastoral Council of the Annunciation Parish in Gardner.

Meaghan Morrissey joined the Foundation in 2017 as the first alum representative. As a member of the NCCES/Sizer class of 2008, she took full advantage of the range of programming offered at the time. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA within the development operations team at Citizen Schools in Boston, MA. Currently she works as a research analyst within Harvard University’s Alumni Affairs and Development office in Cambridge, MA supporting various fundraising efforts. She joined the Foundation Board as a way to apply her professional skill set to give back to a community that gave her so much.

Carolyn Sellars brings to the Foundation a proven record of making a difference in organizations and the community. She earned her BS (Environmental Education) from Cornell University while working 20-30 hours per week at a dining hall, rising to become the Student Personnel Manager and Student Operations Manager. After college, she was a management consultant providing market analysis and marketing consulting services to companies in the energy and environmental control industries, advancing from Associate to General Manager. In nine years at the Nashua River Watershed Association she served as Water Resources Director, Staff Director of the River Resource Center Capital Campaign, Acting Executive Director and was appointed by Gov. Weld as the Environmental Specialist on the Fort Devens Redevelopment Board. As founding parent and founding staff member at Sizer (2003-2009), she provided instrumental organizational and administrative start-up support and attracted close to $2 million in private and competitive public funding for the school. A long time supporter of the Essential School model, two of her children graduated from F. W. Parker Charter Essential School and a third from Sizer/NCCES. Recognizing the importance of local civic engagement, she has served on her town's Conservation Commission, Board of Health, Capital Planning and Finance Committees. Her advocacy work against a now canceled major pipeline was featured in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Yankee Magazine.    Currently, Carolyn serves on the Board of the MA Watershed Coalition, on the MA League of Women Voters Charter School Study Committee and is President of the Townsend Library Endowment Fund and is a past Sizer Board of Trustee member and past Chair of the Sizer Development Committee. She continues to be involved with the Board on subcommittees as well.  Carolyn enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of gardening, spending time with her family, and advocating for important environmental issues.

Frederick Randall joined Sizer as the Principal in 2018 and also became the Interim Executive Director in 2019. He is very happy to work in an Essential School. He has received his BS from Allegheny College in PA with a major in Political Science. He later received his Masters in Education from Lesley College, and has continued to be a learner taking doctoral coursework at Johns Hopkins Univ. and the Univ. of New England. Mr. Randall has worked in education for over 25 years holding several positions including: coach, teacher, coordinator, special education teaching asst., history & English teacher, assistant principal, principal, central office director and school director. Coming from Collegiate Charter School of Lowell, he is very excited to be a school principal again, but is happy to support the school in the Director position until the position is appropriately searched and filled! In his “spare time”, Mr. Randall loves spending time with his wife, daughters, black lab and extended family. He enjoys reading, exercise, and sports, which have been more than a hobby as he once played Semi-Pro Football

Brenda Jones (Director of Finance & Business Operations) participates in the Foundation monthly meetings and has been with Sizer for several years.  Prior to joining Sizer, Ms. Jones spent nine years as the Assistant Comptroller for the Wachusett Regional School District.  Previously, she spent ten years as a purchasing agent for the US Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management and served a two-year tour of duty in the United States Army.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Business Administration from Worcester State College and earned an Associates degree in Accounting, Cum Laude from the University of Anchorage.  She enjoys reading, camping and traveling to warm Caribbean Islands.

Jill Connell (Director of Development and Communications) joined Sizer in 2017 and is excited about raising support for the school’s ongoing initiatives and special programs. Mrs. Connell earned her B.F.A. in Photography from Parsons School of Design and her Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University. She has worked previously for the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, Camp Starfish and The Theater Offensive and is driven by a passion for engaging, innovative and fearless youth-serving programs. Married with one son, Mrs. Connell lives in Fitchburg and enjoys spending time at Lake Winnipesaukee, bothering her cat and all things Star Wars, Marvel and Harry Potter. 

For questions or more information, please contact:

Jill Connell, Director of Development and Communications

978-345-2701 x 408  /  connellj@sizerschool.org

 

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