Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing authority for MCCPS, in accordance with the state law establishing charter schools (MGL Chapter 70, §89). The Board of Trustees holds the Charter from the state and is responsible for ensuring that the policies of the School:
(a) comply with all applicable laws and regulations; and
(b) ensure that the school is an academic success, organizationally viable, faithful to the terms of its charter, and earns charter renewal.

Bill Bowden

Chair of the Board

Bill is a self-employed IT staffing consultant who resides in Marblehead with his wife and two children. One of his children is a graduate of MCCPS while the other a 7th grader at MCCPS. He is serving his first full term on the board with his term expiring in October of 2018.

Jessica Merriam


Jessica is a real estate attorney with Glovsky & Glovsky LLC in Beverly. She is the parent of a 4th grader and 8th grader at MCCPS and previously served as the Treasurer of both the MCCPS and Glover School PTOs.
Voting serving first full term, Term expires October 2016

Katie Hope

Board Member

Katie Hope is Director of Marketing & Author Relations at the MIT Press known for its intellectual daring, scholarly standards, and distinctive design. She is the parent of a former MCCPS student who is now flourishing at Marblehead High School thanks in large part to the her outstanding experience here at MCCPS. Katie is a former MCCPS Board Chair, former Vice President of the MCCPS Foundation, and is currently serving her second term on the Board.

Ellen Lodgen

Board Member

Ellen joined the faculty of MCCPS four years ago after a long career as a teacher and assistant principal at Cohen Hillel Academy. She is thrilled to be at MCCPS and part of such a dynamic school with fabulous teachers committed to the best for their students. Ellen is currently the eighth grade math/science teacher and chair of the math/science department. She is also helping to expand our after school and summer programs. Her role on the Board of Trustees includes working with the Development Committee. Ellen has a BA in Anthroplogy from Brandeis University and a MEd in Science from Boston University. Ellen lives in Marblehead with her husband Larry, a fourth grade teacher in Lynn. Their daughter has an interesting career as a college admissions counselor.

John Stickevers

Board Member

John is a partner with the Boston intellectual property law firm of Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP and has worked as a patent attorney for more than 18 years. He has a background in engineering with degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Electrical Engineering. John has volunteered with Citizen Schools and their 8th grade academy program as a writing coach for more than a decade. He is committed to teaching and the success of MCCPS.

Paul Baker

Board Member

Paul Baker is currently the owner of Haley's Wines & Market Cafe in Marblehead. He holds culinary diplomas from England, Canada & Australia and a BA from the University of Alberta, Canada. He grew up in England and has lived in Australia & Canada and now resides in Marblehead with his wife Julie & two boys, Wendell (5) and Silas (12). Silas started at MCCPS in 4th Grade and will be entering 7th Grade in September. Pauls' employment history includes stints on a cattle station in the Australian outback, catering for music celebrities (Kiss, Neil Diamond, ZZ Top, Metallica, Sex Pistols, Ramones et al) and owning a highly successful café and catering business. Paul enjoys playing soccer, camping and cycling. Paul, in his first Board position, will also be serving on the Governance Committee and looks forward to serving the MCCPS to the best of his ability.

Paul McCarthy

Board Member

Paul McCarthy is parent to an MCCPS alumni and a MCCPS 6th grader. He has taught several enrichments at MCCPS, which he enjoyed so much, he decided to become more involved in the school, joining the Board of Trustees in 2014. Paul and his son Leon, along with Bill Sullivan (who was the 5th grade science teacher at the time) printed a 3D prosthetic hand for Paul’s son Leon, which garnered some national and local media attention for the school.

Karl Smith

Board Member

Karl is a licensed CPA working as the Director of Business Integration for American Tower Corporation - the leading independent owner, operator and developer of wireless and broadcast communications real estate with a global portfolio of over 144,000 owned or managed sites. He has over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance functions and is the proud parent of three MCCPS students. Serving for the first time on the Board, Karl is committed to contributing his time and efforts to assist MCCPS meet our goals and live up to our Charter’s mission.

Nina Cullen-Hamzeh

Head of School

Founding Faculty Member, Marblehead Rotary Club, Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership, Endicott College M.Ed. in Organizational Management, Endicott College Teacher Certification, National University B.A in Theater Arts, California State University
Voting Ex officio term.

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The Board of Trustees is a public entity and conducts all meetings in accordance with the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law (MGL Chapter 30A, Section 11A 1/2). Trustees serve three year terms and can serve no more than two consecutive three year terms. Trustee candidates are nominated to the Board by the Governance Committee of the Board. The Board then approves candidates as Trustees, and forwards their approval to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for final approval. Trustees only take office upon the final approval of the State.

The Trustees rights and responsibilities are detailed in the By Laws, and all Trustees rights and responsibilities are identical regardless of appointment class.

The Board has four officer positions – Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Clerk – each with specific responsibilities detailed in the MCCPS By Laws. Officers must be current members of the Board and are elected by the Board at its Annual Meeting, typically in June. Officers serve one year terms from July 1 – June 30. Trustees cannot serve more than three consecutive terms in the same office. The School’s Chief Staff Person is prohibited from serving as an officer. Further, a Trustee who is a member of the Faculty or Staff is prohibited from serving as Board Chair or Treasurer.

Provisional members have been approved as Trustees by the MCCPS Board of Trustees and are pending approval by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. By action of the Board, Provisional members are invited to all Board meetings and activities while their approval is pending. They are entitled to participate as provisional Trustees and to participate in all activities and discussions, but are not be permitted to vote on any matter until they receive formal approval from the Department of Education, and will not be counted when determining a quorum.
For further information about the Board of Trustees, its responsibilities and duties, and duties of the officers, see the MCCPS By Laws.