MCCPS 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


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.

Rudi Herve


Rodolphe (Rudi) Hervé and his wife, Melissa Lorenzo-Hervé, arrived in Marblehead in the summer of 2016, when they moved from Hoboken, NJ. Rudi hails from Amiens, France, and works in town for an Australian insurance company (QBE). He heads IT and operations for QBE’s Specialty & Commercial insurance division. Prior to moving into this role in 2014, Rodolphe was a member of QBE’s Strategy team where he was heavily involved in M&A transactions and key strategic projects. Before joining QBE in 2010, Rodolphe was as Case Team Leader and Manager in the Financial Services Practice at Bain and Co. He has also worked at Opera Solutions, a management consulting firm, and Morgan Stanley as an Equity Research analyst. Rodolphe holds a European Masters in Management from ESCP Europe, and an MBA from the Wharton Business School. He’s proud to serve as Treasurer and Board member of MCCPS.

Karl Smith


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

Board Member

Paul is serving his 4th year as a Board Trustee, and Governance Committee member. He recently joined the MCCPS SEPAC Committee and is an active participant in the greater Marblehead School District. Paul is the Associate Head of School at the Devereux School here in Marblehead. He holds a B.A. in Canadian & British History from the University of Alberta. A native of England, Paul resides in Marblehead with his wife Julie & two sons, Silas and Wendell. Silas, now a sophomore at Marblehead High School, attended MCCPS for the full 5 years Paul enjoys live music, soccer, camping and cycling.

Ellen Lodgen

Board Member

Ellen joined the faculty of MCCPS seven 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 also coordinates the after school extended care and homework club. Her role on the Board of Trustees is the Chair of the Development Committee. Ellen has a BA in Anthropology 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 Sara has an interesting career as Assistant Director of Admissions at Brandeis University.

Peter Cheney

Board Member

Richard Doron

Board Member

Rebecca Whidden

Board Member

Becca’s professional experience encompasses practicing architecture, teaching architecture and design thinking, and managing multi-million-dollar construction grants. She is currently a Project Manager at the Massachusetts School Building Authority where she is involved in K-12 school construction across the Commonwealth. Becca holds a BA in History from The University of Chicago and an M.Arch from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. A native New Yorker and Marblehead transplant, Becca is currently serving her first term on the MCCPS board.

Jessica Xiarhos

Board Member

Jessica joined MCCPS in 2016 as an Inclusion Specialist in the 8th grade, but is now the 6th Grade Math & Science Teacher. Previously, Jessica taught Special Education in the Central Florida area. Jessica is in her first year on the Board and serves as the Chair of the Academic Excellence Committee and co-chair of the Communications Committee. Jessica received her B.S. in Exceptional Student Education K-12 from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and is working towards her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching with a Math/Science focus at Boston University. Jessica is a graduate of the Marblehead High School class of 2009, lives in town, and is proud to be a part of the MCCPS community. She enjoys traveling, cooking, making pottery, and spending time with her dog, Ted.

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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.