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Building Committee Members

The full membership of the Medford Comprehensive High School Building Committee includes voting and non-voting members. Special efforts were made during the selection process to recruit members of the community with architecture, engineering and/or construction experience; a diverse and representative array of parents, educators and other community members; and members with specific credentials or experience in accordance with state law. The initial term of the Building Committee's appointees will end on January 26, 2025 or the successful completion of the eligibility phase, whichever is sooner, with the option of reappointment.

Voting Members

Jenny Graham

Committee Chair and Member of the Medford School Committee

I am thrilled to be the Chair of the Medford Comprehensive High School Vision Committee! I am currently the Vice Chair of the Medford School Committee and am serving my 5th year. I have a middle schooler and a high schooler. For the last 20 years I have owned a Medford-based consulting business and have spent my entire career in operations improvement, communications, and change management. I help clients improve their core operations and make change a reality. My work is primarily grounded in government operations and large-scale efforts. I am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and I’m excited to be able to put all of those skills to work by leading this team and Medford to a new High School. From academic to vocational to arts to athletics, I’ll be laser-focused on envisioning a cutting-edge learning environment that will bring a full suite of opportunities to our students.

Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn

Mayor of Medford

I am a lifelong Medford resident, a Medford High School graduate and I am currently serving my third term as Mayor. In addition to my role leading the City, I also chair the School Committee and help to craft district policy and programming. As a former collegiate athlete, I have devoted myself to supporting and advocating for students to be more active in athletic programs. Along with other community members, I advocated for and eventually founded the School’s first Girls Hockey program, and I am a long-time coach for Medford’s Girls on the Run chapter. I also brought the boy’s version, Boys on the Right Track, to Medford this past year. On the committee, I will work with my fellow members to ensure that these programs, along with their academic and artistic counterparts, are prioritized. 

Dr. Marice Edouard-Vincent

Marice Edouard-Vincent

Superintendent of Schools

Since 2018, I have been proud to serve as the Superintendent of Medford Public Schools, helming our eight-school district which includes comprehensive, career-technical, special education and English Learner programs.

In Medford Public Schools, I am the instructional and operational leader of the school district, guiding the work of the district in and out of the classroom. I work closely with all stakeholders in the community, including the Medford School Committee, local government officials, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), legislators, community partners, staff, students, and families.

In addition to my Boston College doctorate in Educational Leadership, I hold degrees and professional certifications from Wheelock College, Fitchburg State University, UMass Boston, and Cambridge College. I am fluent in Haitian Creole and proficient in French, and I live in Boston with my family.
 

Dr. Suzanne B. Galusi

Assistant Superintendent for Academics and Instruction

I am the Assistant Superintendent for Academics and Instruction for the Medford Public Schools. My teaching career included teaching grades 3, 4, and 5 at both the Davenport Elementary School and the McGlynn Elementary School. After 15 years in the classroom, I transitioned to school leadership for a total of 8 years as both the Assistant Principal of Roberts Elementary and Brooks Elementary and as Principal of Brooks Elementary. During the pandemic, I moved to district leadership in the position of Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education where I led the elementary schools for two school years. I hold an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and English from Framingham State University; a Master of Arts degree in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University; a principal licensure from at Merrimack Educational Center, completed through Fitchburg State University; and a doctorate in education with a focus on social justice leadership at Boston College.

I believe that my professional background as both a dedicated teacher and educational leader has provided me with insight critical to the development of a new high school for the city I have loved my whole life.
 

Dr. Peter Cushing

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Assistant Superintendent for Operations, Enrichment and Innovation

 

 

Marta Cabral

Medford High School Principal

I have been in education for 16 years working in private, charter, international and public schools as a high school Spanish teacher, Director, House Principal and now serving as Principal at Medford High School. I earned a masters degree in Educational Leadership from UMass Boston as well as a masters degree at the Universidad de Alcala in Bilingual and Multicultural Education in Madrid, Spain while working as a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). 

I am excited to create a new, bright, innovative learning space for our students where they can academically, socially and emotionally reach their fullest potential. 

 

Libby Brown

Architect, LEED-certified Practitioner, and Parent

I have lived in Medford for almost a decade and now have two children – a current first grader and incoming Kindergartener – at the Brooks School. In addition to being a parent, I am an architect who works primarily in design for education. I have experience with new buildings but also with phased renovations/additions, even of buildings of the same vintage as the current MHS building. All projects I work on prioritize sustainable design practices, and a particular focus of mine is on the selection of healthier building materials, especially in spaces occupied by children. I’m passionate about my young kids growing and thriving in the Medford Public School system and about the ways that good design can support and augment the incredible work of our educators. The most exciting part of this project is the potential to showcase what already makes MHS/MVTHS special and set the stage for future innovation.

 

Marissa Desmond

Project Manager, Architect and Parent

I am a Senior Architect and Associate in SCB’s Boston office with years of experience in the programming, design and documentation of projects across a range of scales and programs. As part of SCB’s Campus Environments practice group, I bring my extensive academic experience to institutional clients across the county. 

With two small children soon to be entering the Medford Public School system, I am very excited to help shape the future of MPS. I hold a Master of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and B.A. in Architecture and Art History from Columbia University. I am a licensed Architect in the state of Massachusetts and I am LEED Green Associate Certified.

 

Maria D'Orsi

MHS Staff Member and Grandparent

My Name is Maria D’Orsi, and I am honored to serve on Medford’s Comprehensive High School Building Committee. Currently, I am the teacher librarian at MHS/MVTHS. Prior to that, I worked at every elementary and middle school in Medford, totaling 28 years. I have a B.A. in psychology and a M.Ed. in school library. I have been a homeowner since 1981, and active on many different committees and organizations over the years. Currently I serve on Medford’s Behavioral Health Commission. I was not a member of the last Building the Future Committee but I went on school visits with committee members, and appreciate the responsibilities associated with a huge project while considering the needs of all stakeholders. As a member of this committee, I am committed to listening to everyone’s voice, to share my many years of experience in our school libraries and others, K through 12. My status as a school employee, a senior citizen, a 44 year resident, person with a disability, a former parent and now grandparent in the school system, and an active and informed citizen of Medford, will guide me as a voting member of the new high school building committee. I appreciate your confidence in me.

 

Brian Hilliard

Architect with MSBA Experience and Parent

I have over 25 years of professional architectural design experience with a variety of project types, including high density and single family residential, urban design and planning, K-12 MSBA schools and higher education, as well as corporate and commercial work. I've received Professional Bachelor’s and Master of Architecture degrees from Montana State University, as well as an Associate's degree in Architectural and Building Engineering.

Our family has owned a home in Medford for 15 years and raised a child in the Medford public school system. Currently attending Medford High School and flourishing, we are particularly proud of the CTE programs available at MHS and the unique opportunities it brings students. I look forward to being a part of the process of improvements for current and future generations and the profound impact it can have.

 

Tracy Keene

Member of the Arts Community with Building Experience and Parent

I am the Theater & Facilities Manager of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, whereI have worked since 2005. In this role, I oversee the infrastructure and day-to-day operations of the Loeb Drama Center, home to the A.R.T. and the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, and a portfolio of rental, commercial and leased properties totaling nearly 200,000 sq. ft. I am credentialed as a Certified Venue Manager (CVM) and hold a BA in Drama from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 

I have extensive volunteering experience having served as a Girl Scout Troop leader; President of the Board of Directors for Alliance for Children, an international adoption agency; President of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ and member of the national board of the UCC; and President of the Campus Childcare Center, Inc., a non-profit organization that serves all the childcare centers on the campus of Harvard University. I am married to Dr. Timothy Longman. We have two children in Medford schools, Emily (14) and Clifton (10).  which has instilled a strong appreciation for the community and for public schools.

I want to see a state-of-the-art high school to help future generations of Medford’s children excel to the best of their ability in the ever changing educational landscape.
 

 

Emily Lazzaro

City Councilor and Parent

I am a Medford City Councilor and a parent to two students at the Brooks Elementary School. I also previously worked as the executive assistant to Medford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Marice Edouard-Vincent. I’m delighted to be involved in the committee and look forward to bringing my experience to the conversation.

 

Nicole Morell

Communications and Sustainability Expert and Parent

I’m a communications professional specializing in sustainability and climate action. With a bachelor's degree in journalism, I have worked 15 years as a communications professional in various roles across industries and have spent the past 10 years at MIT in higher education communications. I’m excited to bring to the committee my extensive experience communicating complex issues to diverse audiences and my deep knowledge of sustainability measures and approaches across various scales. My previous experience working with city and school partners as a member of the Medford City Council (2020-2024) will also be an asset to the committee. I’m the mom of a future MPS student and I’m most excited about envisioning and supporting a future-focused Medford High School, one that can meet and exceed the ever evolving needs of our students while serving as a model for the ways a school building can serve as a community hub and contribute to the sustainability and resiliency of a city.

 

Aaron Olapade

School Committee member

I am a product of Medford’s classrooms, not just as a student, but as an advocate and leader. At a time when our student body’s opportunities are endless, the Committee needs a voice rooted in those experiences. Having served underrepresented youth beyond Medford, I understand both the immediate needs of our students and the broader need for educational equity in our school system. Medford shaped me, and now it’s my turn to shape a brighter future for all in it. Now is the moment for a perspective born from within our schools, driven by commitment and personal experience.

 

Luke Preisner

Engineer, Project Manager and Parent

As a proud father of three children currently enrolled in the Medford public school system and a dedicated contributor to the research, authorship, and review of the Statement of Interest for the Medford High School project, my relationship with Medford Public Schools (MPS) is both personal and professional. I want to continue investing in the quality of education and the environment in which it is delivered. 

Professionally, I am an engineer with technical degrees from Boston University and The Georgia Institute of Technology, matriculating with a Master’s from the latter. Currently, I am employed at a local federally funded research and development center, where I oversee a large-scale modernization project for a digital command and control system. This role involves managing tasks and schedules for a team of approximately twenty engineers, a responsibility that requires both leadership and project management skills. On the School Building Committee, we have the responsibility to understand and execute the MSBA's documented process. The perspective and tradecraft of a system engineer can be valuable in the context of that endeavor. I understand the importance of rigor and focus with meeting MSBA's milestones on a timeline that conforms to MSBA expectations and retains meaningfulness for parents with at least a 3rd grader currently enrolled in MPS. What excites me most about this opportunity is the potential for significant improvement to the High School experience in Medford! The recent invitation into the MSBA program presents a chance to bring a new High School to the City of Medford. This comprehensive upgrade is not just necessary, but crucial to meet the academic and athletic needs of our high schoolers as they prepare for the 21st century. I am eager to contribute to this transformative project and help shape a brighter future for our children and our community!
 

Non-Voting Members

Larry Brown

Retired Medford Vocational Teacher

My background for this committee is a bit diverse and eclectic. I started young doing general labor during summers. Before moving to Massachusetts, I then spent 38+ years in residential and light commercial building design, planning, development, manufacturing, and project supervision/mgmt. (incl. unique remote sites, resorts, and overseas). Once here, I (unexpectedly) ended the last 10 years of my career teaching both Carpentry and Construction Craft Laborers here at MVTHS. Although occasionally challenging, it included some of the most enjoyable and certainly rewarding times of my career.
 
Past professional associations include working with numerous architects, clients, municipalities, and civil, structural, and MEPs engineers. Additionally, I’m a past member of the AIBD (American Institute of Building Design) and have worked with the APA testing lab in Tacoma, WA. I’ve collaborated with others to obtain US and Canadian patents for Engineered Wood products. Locally, I’ve worked with various Union leaders, the Construction Mentor Program, and an adult Evening Ed Program sponsored by the ABC and Mass-Hire Metro North.
 
All the people I’ve worked with over the years, and especially the kids and other teachers/administrators here in Medford, have enriched my life significantly. I hope I may yet give something back by being a part of this committee.

Bob Dickinson

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City of Medford Finance Director

 

Fiona Maxwell

City of Medford Chief Procurement Officer

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Salem State University and since 2019, I have been qualified as a Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Officer. I am a member of Massachusetts Association of Public Purchasing Officials and I serve as a Speaker Committee Member.
 
I have 23 years of experience in municipal government, firsthand knowledge of town and city procurement, finances, budgeting, and administrative processes. After 16 years working for Town of North Reading, I joined the Procurement team in the City of Medford. I became Chief Procurement Officer in 2020 and I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity and so fortunate to have two amazing ladies working in my department. As Chief Procurement Officer I oversee procurement of all supplies, material, equipment, services, and construction while ensuring conformance with state statutes and city ordinances for city and school departments. 

I believe my skills and experience align with the committee’s goals and I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the success of this project. 

Joan Bowen

Director of Pupil Services

I have been an employee of Medford Public Schools Special Education Department for the past 31 years as well as being a lifelong resident whose both sons have graduated from Medford 
High School. As both an employee and resident, I feel that I bring a unique perspective and vision for the new high school. 

I hold a Special Education Administrator's license through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and have a Education Specialist degree in Administration, Planning and Policy. 

Thomas Dalton

Director of Communications

As a communications professional and former School Committee member in one of Medford's neighboring communities, I'm excited and proud to support the effort to reimagine Medford High School in partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Redesigning, renovating and rebuilding a high school is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a flagship campus that reflects the community's values, priorities and aspirations. This is an amazing opportunity to conceive of a Medford High School for the next generation of Mustangs!

Chad Fallon

Principal-Director of Medford Vocational-Technical High School

As Proud Principal-Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Medford High School, I am so excited to be part of the MSBA project. Having been part of a major (MSBA, $65M) renovation at my previous school, I am aware of the challenges and opportunities this project brings, and appreciate being a member of the board. Entering my 8th year in Medford, I understand the needs of the community, and will proudly be the voice for career and technical education for current and future generations of students. My involvement with this MSBA board allows the process to be fully cognizant of chapter 74 (career vocational-technical laws) regulations, future enrollment opportunities and current needs for more space, as well as representing the feedback and input from 30~ CTE instructors that work with our students each day and truly understand the opportunities a new building could bring. Medford has the opportunity to design and build a school that meets the needs of all students, while also benefiting the community, not to mention the faculty and staff that work at MHS each day.

Dr. Laurie Hodgdon

Principal of Curtis Tufts High School

I am the proud Principal of Curtis Tufts High School in Medford, and I previously spent more than 18 years as a school principal. I began my teaching career as an English teacher, and my professional endeavors are deeply linked to her beliefs about social justice and the need to ensure that schools are able to provide a high-quality education to all students. I have spent much of the past several years deeply engaged in issues of equity, an educational system that supports all learners, and a redefinition of education quality. Supporting and fostering new teachers and leaders in Massachusetts is my passion, and I enjoy working with and developing new programs for students who struggle. 

I hold degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Bachelor of Arts), Boston College (Masters of Arts in Teaching), and the University of Vermont (Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy. I am excited to serve as a member of the Medford Comprehensive High School Building Committee.

John McLaughlin

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Director of Buildings and Grounds

I am a 38-year Medford Public Schools employee, spending the last decade as Director of Buildings and Grounds. I was the School Department representative on two MSBA projects: the $16 million science lab initiative and the $4 million boiler replacement project at Medford High. I was employed in the Buildings and Grounds Department during the previous school building projects in Medford and I have witnessed how meaningful it has been to add five state-of-the-art buildings to our community.

My tenure and my job with the School Department give me a unique perspective and understanding of our building maintenance needs in all phases of the design and construction process.

Paul Ruseau

School Committee member

Since 2018, I have had the privilege of serving Medford as a School Committee Member. I have also been the School Committee’s board representative to the Shore Educational Collaborative since 2018 and the Chair of the Board of Directors since 2020. I am a parent of two Medford Public School teenagers and a resident of the Hillside neighborhood. My career as a software engineer and development manager in the healthcare sector has spanned three decades. I earned an MS in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University in 2013.

I look forward to applying my varied skills to the new Medford High project. There will be countless considerations of the human factors associated with the design, and I will focus on this often overlooked aspect of building projects. My commitment to addressing the climate crisis in our public schools is unwavering. I believe that ensuring the operation of our new high school is carbon-neutral is a crucial step in reducing the continued escalation of the climate crisis. I am also determined to explore ways to minimize the substantial carbon emissions of construction. I will bring my lived experiences growing up in poverty to ensure our new facility meets the needs of underserved children and that their voices are included as we prioritize what and how we build.

Our service today to the children of Medford must include serving the children of Medford’s future.
 

Phillipe Santos

Civil Engineer and Parent

I am a MHS 2006 graduate and currently live in Medford with my wife and two kids. I have over 12 years’ experience in transportation engineering, including infrastructure development and project management. My bachelor’s degree is from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and I hold a Master’s in transportation engineering from Northeastern University. Throughout my career I have been involved in leading design teams and navigating complex projects requiring innovative approaches to construction phasing. 

I am deeply committed to ensuring that the new high school meets the needs of students, faculty, and the broader community, and I’m particularly excited about the opportunity to collaborate with fellow committee members and stakeholders to create a state-of-the-art educational facility that will positively impact generations to come.