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.

Artie Sullivan

Board Chair

Artie Sullivan is proud to serve on the MCCPS Board of Trustees and looks forward to the opportunity to fulfill the school's charter and educational mission. Currently the parent of two boys at MCCPS, one in the class of 2020 and the other in the class of 2022, Artie is also the stepparent of two MCCPS alumni from the classes of 2004 and 2007. Artie is active in the local community, volunteering with various educational and youth organizations and serving on city committees. Artie holds a Masters in Public Policy from Tufts and is a Six Sigma black belt. He is the owner of Schooner Group, an operational consulting firm, based in Salem where he resides with his family.
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Ian Hunt

Vice-Chair

Ian is a biomedical research scientist. He has a Ph.D in molecular and cellular biology and has over 25 years academic and industrial biomedical research experience. He as worked in the UK, Bay Area and Cambridge, MA. Most recently Ian has worked with Human Resources and the Office of the President at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research to develop strategies to support and develop its innovation and global talent pipeline. Ian has a long standing interest in strengthening science and engineering curricula in schools, in particular around encouraging greater gender and diversity representation in biology and chemistry. He is currently a scientific mentor for Cambridge students through the Novartis NetPals program and the Novartis Community Exploration and Learning Lab. He is the parent of two MCCPS alumni students and a Marblehead resident for 13 years. Ian is in his first term serving on the MCCPS board.

Karl Smith

Treasurer

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.

Paul Baker

Clerk

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.

Sean Killeen

Board Member

Sean Killeen is a current parent of two MCCPS students. He had enjoyed over 20 years of education experience. A Marblehead resident, Sean also volunteers to support Marblehead Youth Soccer Association. Sean, in his first Board position and looks forward to serving the MCCPS to the best of his ability.

Nicole Thompson

Board Member

Nichole Thompson is a Human Resources Consultant for Ahold Delhaize and has over 20 years of experience in her field. Focused on strategy and planning, she works on a variety of projects that cross several segments of the business including Communications, Marketing, Associate Engagement and Organization Development. In addition, Nichole is a guest lecturer for the Skidmore College Business Department, the Chair of the MCCPS Governance Committee, and is a parent serving her first term on the MCCPS Board. In alignment with our Charter, Nichole recognizes that it takes an entire community to educate a child and the success of the school is dependent on the partnership among community members, teachers, parents, and students. She is proud to be a member of the MCCPS community and welcomes others to volunteer their time and talents to supporting the mission of the school. If you have interest in serving as a Committee Member or Trustee, please reach out to Nichole and she will be happy to provide you with additional information on how you can become involved.

Jen Jewell

Board Member

Jen is the proud mom of a sixth grader at MCCPS and is the CFO at Jewish Vocational Services – Boston, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals to find employment and build careers. She holds a Master’s of Public Administration from San Francisco State University and has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit/education financial and operations management. Jen also serves on the board of Marblehead Community Access Media (MHTV). This is her first term as a board member at MCCPS and she is excited and committed to help ensure that MCCPS continues to thrive.

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.

To email the entire board, please use board@marbleheadcharter.com.

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.