Foundation Board

SIZER SCHOOL Foundation Board

  • Tim Smith, Chairman
  • David Rodgers, Treasurer
  • Meaghan Morrissey
  • Carolyn Sellars
  • Courtney Harter, Sizer School Executive Director
  • Brenda Jones, Sizer School Director of Finance
  • Jill Connell, Clerk and Sizer School Director of Development and Communications

Current Foundation Members Include

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. Time likes to spend his free time relaxing with his wife and two children at their Franklin, Massachusetts home.  

Meaghan Morrissey - Coming soon

David Rodgers - Coming soon

Carolyn Sellars (Community Representative) 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.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of gardening, spending time with her family, and advocating for important environmental issues.

Courtney Harter (Sizer School Executive Director) joined Sizer School in July 2015 as the Executive Director.   She has worked in education for over sixteen years, serving in a number of positions with pilot, charter, Innovation, and district schools.  She has a deep love of the Coalition of Essential Schools and believes in the power of the ten common principles.   Ms. Harter is driven by a desire to increase access to quality, engaging, progressive education for diverse students, with a particular passion for North Central Massachusetts.  She has earned a BA from Swarthmore College, her Masters from Tufts University and her CAGS from Northeastern. Married with two children, she and her family enjoy being outdoors, reading, and cooking.

Brenda Jones (Director of Finance & Business Operations) who participates in our monthly meetings has been with the school 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 or connellj@sizerschool.org

 

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