MicroSociety Academy Charter School Board of Trustees
Chair: Thomas Malonetmalone@macsnh.org As a MACS founder, Tom brings 34 years of experience working with diverse Grades K-8 students and staff in Lowell (MA) Public Schools. As a founding teacher, Tom served 24 of those years at the McDonough City Magnet School, the nation’s first K-8 MicroSociety school, working as a Reading & Government/ Citizenship teacher, MicroSociety Curriculum/Program Facilitator, LPS District Equity Facilitator, and 11 years as CMS Principal. Tom is an experienced trainer/ consultant/presenter for MSI (MICROSOCIETY, Inc.) and has worked as an adjunct professor at Fitchburg (MA) State Univ., Nova Southeastern University (FL) and guest lecturer at UMass/Lowell. He has led online courses showing teachers from across the country how state standards can be incorporated into MicroSociety, presented at national and state conferences, and worked with teachers and administrators at schools in New York, Arizona, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. For the past two years Tom has volunteered as a development and curriculum consultant and MACS founder to help his former students realize their dream of creating a MicroSociety School for their children in NH.
Vice Chair: Richard Gagnondgagnon@macsnh.org Richard Gagnon comes to the MACS Board as someone who has been heavily involved in the community for 40 years. He has been active in the past with the American-Canadian Genealogical Society having been on their board and two terms as President. He is a life member of Optimist International, has been a local club President and has served as District Governor for the New England region, as well as many other positions of leadership. He was co-founder of the Pinardville Community Association and helped manage a meeting location for local organizations as well as housed a branch of the public library. He was also founding President and board member of the Greater Goffstown Community Association serving his hometown area. He has been involved for 20 years in the Public, Education, and Government community access television as his career. He was the Public Access Coordinator for his hometown of Goffstown, NH for 17 years managing the PEG station and another employee and volunteers. His current company CMSg, LLC received a contract in 2011 with the city of Nashua, NH to operate and manage the start up of their Public access television station. He is currently in that position.
Treasurer: Cheryl Beancbean@macsnh.org Cheryl believes the experiences and work-life lessons she took with her from the MicroSociety at the McDonough City Magnet School (Lowell, MA) have made an important difference in her life. After attending CMS, Cheryl graduated from Greater Lowell Technical High School where she studied early child care. She is married to husband Greg Bean. They now have three boys who are currently attending Nashua pre-school programs. Cheryl resides in Nashua NH with her family. Cheryl’s great love for children extends beyond her family as evidenced by having worked in daycare as a Lead Infant/Toddler teacher for 14 years and a professional nanny since for various Massachusetts and New Hampshire families over the years. Cheryl became a founding parent after recognizing that there was interest among her fellow NH MicroSociety alums/parents and neighbors in bringing MicroSociety to the Greater-Nashua area. She and her husband have actively participated in all the planning meetings and shaping the mission and vision of MACS and look forward to having MicroSociety as an alternative public school option for their children. Cheryl’s experience as a MicroSociety student and with children will be invaluable on the Start-up Committee and MACS Foundation.
Secretary:Lauren Giardina (parent representative)firstname.lastname@example.org Lauren Giardina has been married to her husband Chris Giardina for over 13 years and they are parents to five children ages 10 and under. They currently live in Nashua where three of their children attend MACS. Lauren received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, earning summa cum laude, while traveling the country with her husband for 11 years while he was in the Army. She believes there is great value in being a stay at home mom which allows her to volunteer her time in all of her children’s endeavors, enabling them to maintain confidence while striving for success. Lauren has actively participated in various school and community activities and outreaches such as leading after school activities and events, Sunday school teacher, Family Readiness Group leader, and organizing community events. It is Lauren’s conviction that the education children receive at MACS will better prepare them for the world ahead. Her experience as a parent and working and volunteering in schools and communities will be instrumental on the Board as a Parent Representative.
Dr. John Dagianisjdagianis@macsnh.org John Dagianis, MD comes to MicroSociety Academy as a well-known ophthalmologist at Nashua Eye Associates. Since 1980 he has assisted in growing the practice from 5 employees to over 132. Board positions that he has held include VP of New England Ophthalmology Society, Rivier University Board of Trustees, and Parish Council of St. Philips Greek Orthodox Church. Dr. Dagianis has been active in the retention area of Rivier University and was Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee for 6 years. He holds teaching positions and is on staff at Tufts University-New England Eye Center and at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Dagianis brings to MACS experience in education and non-profit boards, an understanding of business issues of start-up organizations and promoting such facilities.
Dr. Jamison Hoffjhoff@macsnh.org Dr. Hoff worked in higher education, first as a faculty member in Cellular Biology, and then in institutional and national project administration. She held appointments at the University of California Santa Barbara, Yale Medical School, the Connecticut Board of Higher Education, and National Project Director (Kellogg Foundation Project) based in Washington, DC. She later served as a Trustee for Applewild School and for Rivier University. While Chair of the Rivier Board, Dr. Hoff helped quadruple the endowment, enhance academic programs to include doctoral degrees, expand campus facilities with new additions to the library and the athletic center, renovate dormitories, and install a new artificial turf field. She also led the successful national search for the new President of the University. Dr. Hoff actively volunteers to improve community life in her current Trusteeships of both the New Hampshire Humanities, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Nashua Region. Major awards include the Founders Award at Applewild School, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at Rivier University.
Jared Lockejlocke@macsnh.org Jared Locke has been a part of the MACS Board of Trustees since December 2015. He currently works for Enterprise Bank in Nashua located on Main Street. He studied Communications at Keene State College and spends his free time volunteering helping children. He worked for the Nashua School District for many years and volunteered at Broad Street Elementary school on a weekly basis. He personally struggled through school and believes he would have enjoyed school more if he attended a charter school like MACS. However, with many years of working with children, he believes he can provide solid advice to help create and help grow MACS to be even better than it is now.