Carole Prest, Groton, provides strategy consulting services to non-profit organizations, with a particular focus on those serving underprivileged youth. She served as Chief Strategy Officer for BELL for 7 years, and also led grantmaking programs as Executive Director of the Commonweal Foundation and President and Chairman of the Board of the Manor Care Foundation. Prior to shifting her focus to non-profit work, Carole held corporate roles, including Senior Vice President of Manor Care Health Services, and Vice-President and General Manager of GenRad. She holds an MBA from Harvard University and a B.A. in Physics from Mount Holyoke College. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of the Children’s Advocacy Center in Boston and has previously been a director on 6 other corporate and non-profit boards. Carole studies jazz piano at Indian Hill Music School with Pamela Hines.
Peter Ashton, Acton, is semi-retired and the former President of Innovation and Information Consultants, Inc., an economics and management consulting firm he co-founded over 30 years ago. As President he testified before the U.S. Senate, Federal, State, and Tax courts on economic issues related to gasoline and crude oil pricing. Peter holds an A.B. in economics and government from Colby College and a Master’s in economics and business from Columbia University. In addition to his professional career, he served as a Selectman in Acton for 9 years, and was Chair of the Open Space Committee, Community Preservation Committee, and Senior Tax Relief Committee, and was Co-Chair of the Regionalizaion School Study Committee. Peter has also served as Treasurer and a Board member of several non-profit organizations, including Change Better, Infant -Toddler Children’s Center, Acton-Boxborough United Way, and Cambridgeport Children’s Center.
Jonathan Panek, Harvard, is semi-retired after an 18-year career as senior design engineer for Hewlett-Packard's echocardiograph systems group. A graduate of Dartmouth College with an AB and Bachelor of Engineering degrees, he holds a Master's of Engineering from Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering. Jon is former Chairman of the Board of the state-wide Massachusetts Audubon Society, and serves on the Board of Trustees at Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry in Devens, which he co-chaired for two years. He has also served as Treasurer for Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal) in Acton.
George Allison, Westford, has been a piano student at Indian Hill Music School for ten years. In 2000, he retired as a Captain in the U.S. Navy where he commanded a combatant ship and later ran the Navy's worldwide communications system of 21 sites around the world and over 7000 employees. After the Navy, he came to Massachusetts to work at Raytheon in network design and systems management and retired from there in 2011.
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Ryan Dunn, Brookline, NH, brings over 18 years of banking experience, 12 in the commercial lending arena, to his role as Senior Vice President, Regional Commercial Lending Manager at Enterprise Bank. In this capacity, Ryan serves as a senior-level trusted advisor providing financial advice and resources to borrowers throughout the loan process. In addition, he manages a portfolio of over $60 million in loans combined with directing the regional commercial lending team comprised of the Acton, Billerica, Chelmsford and Westford branch offices. His experience and consultative approach in meeting the needs of his business customers afforded him the responsibility of overseeing the US Small Business Administration loan programs offered by Enterprise Bank. Born and raised in Westford, Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Wyman Trull Scholarship Fund and Treasurer of The Trustees of Westford Academy. He was also on the Board of the Whistler House Museum of Art for 10 years, serving as Co-President for 2 years.
Jeffrey Fuhrer, Littleton, is Executive Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He is responsible for providing monetary policy advice to the President of the Reserve Bank, and for conducting research into the conduct of monetary policy and the structure of the macro-economy. He is also responsible for the Bank's community development efforts and the Diversity and Inclusion program. Jeff holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a B.A. summa cum laude from Princeton University. Married for 35 years with three grown children, he has served as President of the Boxborough Conservation Trust, Captain of the Boxborough Minutemen, and President of the church council at St. John Lutheran Church, Sudbury.
Michael Hallstrom, Brookline, is a Marketing Manager for GE Healthcare Life Sciences. He holds an MBA from Boston University specializing in marketing, finance, and strategy. Before graduate school, he spent five years in strategic marketing for Corning Incorporated, where he analyzed market opportunities and crafted targeted marketing plans. His interest in music runs deep, beginning with trumpet, theater, and choir through the public school system and continuing through violin and piano lessons after college. Michael's volunteer and leadership experience includes four years as a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America, two years as a volunteer representative for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Las Vegas, and various youth leadership roles within the LDS Church. His wife Alice is Concertmaster of the Orchestra of Indian Hill.
Kimberly Harriman, Littleton, enjoys a dual career in music and in publishing. A freelance horn player in the Boston area for more than 10 years, she holds the position of Third Horn with Orchestra of Indian Hill. She frequently plays with the Vermont Symphony, Portland Symphony, New Hampshire Music Festival, and many other regional organizations. Kimberly also works as a Senior Audience Development Manager at EH Publishing, Inc. in Framingham. In addition to her professional life, Kimberly has been involved in several community building efforts in Littleton. Her work as the primary editor of the Open Space and Recreation Plan in 2009 resulted in a $500,000 land grant. In 2010 she led a successful effort to convert the town's trash disposal system to "Pay-As-You-Throw." Kimberly served on the Littleton Track Organization and was its treasurer for the last three years, and she directed the Littleton Road Race in 2011 and 2012.
Melissa Maranda, Fitchburg, is the Senior Vice President of Wealth Management for Rollstone Bank and Trust. In this role Melissa is responsible for the Financial Services and Trust Divisions of RBT. Prior to joining RBT, Melissa was the Director of Gift Planning for the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts. Melissa has extensive experience in endowment building and management. Melissa holds a Law Degree from UNH School of Law and is very active in the local community. She currently sits on the Boards of both the Nashua River Watershed Association and the Community Health Connections, Inc. Her husband and daughter have been students at Indian Hill Music School.
Mark Scheier, Lowell, is a shareholder in Scheier, Katin, P.C. He has practiced law in Acton since 1973, having graduated from Antioch College and Northeastern University School of Law. Mark is a former Director and President of the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce, and is currently Chairperson of its School-Business Partnership Committee. He is a Board member and Treasurer of AccesSport America, a non-profit organization providing high-challenge athletic activities to children and adults with disabilities. He is a former Board member of Eliot Community Mental Health; as well as a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts.
Troy Siebels, Marlborough, serves as President and CEO of The Hanover Theatre, a 2,300-seat world-class performing arts center in downtown Worcester, which opened in 2008 following a $32 million dollar historic restoration. The theatre presents more than 140 performances to audiences of more than 170,000 annually, and welcomed its one millionth visitor in November 2013. The theatre is a key catalyst to the city’s revitalization, and anchors Worcester’s new Theatre District. Troy also serves as Chairperson of Destination Worcester, the Worcester Cultural Coalition and the Massachusetts Performing Arts Center Coalition; he is on the Board of Directors of MassCreative; and he is a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Troy’s two children have participated in Indian Hill Music School’s KinderMusik program.
Miriam Smith, Harvard, pursues her lifelong interests in education and music in varied ways. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Bates College, an M.A. in Applied Child Development from Tufts University, and an Ed. D. from Clark University. Miriam has worked with early childhood programs and teachers as a private consultant and as a staff member for Education Development Center in Newton and The Astra Foundation in Acton. She has created materials and professional development programs to strengthen the language and literacy environments and experiences of young children, including tools used by Head Start and several interactive games used by the PBS Parents websites. Recently, Miriam has served on the boards of the Infant Toddler Children's Center in Acton and the Parker Charter School in Devens. She is a founding board member of Salt Bay Chamberfest, a 2-week summer chamber music festival in coastal Maine. A classically trained violinist, vocalist, and beginning songwriter, she enjoys playing in several local classical andn contemporary music ensembles that play all over Eastern Massachusetts.
John Spinello, Chelmsford, is Vice President and Controller of North Middlesex Savings Bank. He previously worked for Boston Federal Savings Bank and Massbank in similar capacities. A graduate of UMass- Lowell (B.S. in Finance), he received his M.B.A. from Rivier College in Nashua. John is currently a Trustee of the Mill Run Plaza Condominium Association in Groton, serving as Treasurer. He has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and supports the Lowell Wish Project. His interests include listening to music, reading, and sports.
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