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.
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.
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.
Kirsta Davey, Groton, is an educator and a photographer. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire, Lesley College and, most recently, from the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging with a Professional Digital Photography Certificate. Kirsta is a literacy specialist at Nashoba Brooks School and owner of Kirsta Davey Photography. With both teaching and photography as passions, she o/en combines the two, where she enjoys telling stories through images. Kirsta has served in numerous capacities in the local community and beyond, including as head of the alumni strategic planning committee at Northfield Mount Hermon School, co-chair of the senior parent gift committee at Lawrence Academy, and strategic planning committee member for Nashoba Brooks School. She is the photographer and a board member for Operation Delta Dog, which pairs veterans with service dogs.
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.
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.
Stephen Irish, Acton, is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Enterprise Bank headquartered in Lowell. He was part of the management team that founded Enterprise Bank in 1988. Steve’s responsibilities encompass technology and communication, electronic banking and payment, deposit operations, loan operations, call center operations, strategic planning, and product development. After serving two years in the U.S. Navy, Steve attained a B.S. in Accounting from University of Southern Maine and a M.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona. He serves as President of the Board of Trustees of Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Treasurer of The Lowell Humane Society, a Board member of Operation Delta Dog, and a member of the Advisory Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lowell. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Manning School of Business at UMass-Lowell.
Simon Jones, Harvard, is President and CEO at Regenacy Pharmaceuticals, a startup biotech company in Boston, resulting from the successful acquisition of his prior company Acetylon Pharmaceuticals. He is responsible for corporate operations in developing novel therapies in areas of high unmet medical need, defining corporate strategy, and establishing business partnerships. Simon holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemistry from King’s College, University of London. He moved to the Boston area in the 80s to pursue his career in the biological sciences, initially at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and subsequently, at various biotech companies. His philanthropic activities focus in the areas of conservation, social support services and cultural activities. His love of music, in particular the classical genre, stems from his father’s pivotal influence, and is shared by his partner Richard.
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.
Dave Riggert, Groton, has served as CFO of Bemis Associates Inc. based in Shirley, MA, for 23 years. He has been Co-Chair of Indian Hill’s Investment Committee for the past 9 years. Dave also serves on the Board of Southworth International Group Inc., a Portland, ME based Company and as a Trustee of the Groton Public Library Endowment. He holds a BS in Finance from Boston College and an MBA from Northeastern University. Dave’s wife, Karen is a past Indian Hill Board member and their three (now adult) children all attended Indian Hill Music School.
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 Early Childhood 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 and contemporary music ensembles that play all over Eastern Massachusetts.
Deb Verner, Acton, has been an Indian Hill Music School parent since 2005. She currently works in the Acton school system at the McCarthy-Towne Elementary School. A Georgia native from a musical family, Deb began playing the piano at age four, performing and competing in state-wide competitions throughout her youth. As her interest in music grew, she learned to play the flute, played bass drum and percussion with her high school marching band, and attended three summers at the Brevard Music Center studying piano and singing in the chorus. Deb earned undergraduate degrees in Music and Psychology from Bates College and a Master of Social Work from Smith College. She has previously worked at Children’s Hospital in Boston and Faulkner Hospital as a clinical social worker. She has sat on the boards of the Acton Family Network and Acton Barn Preschool and has been significantly involved in volunteer activities with Bates College, Acton Youth Soccer, and the Acton Schools. She and her husband Jason have three children, each of whom have been involved in various programs at Indian Hill Music. An avid traveler, Deb has explored over 20 countries, many with her children in tow.
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