2021 Board of Directors
for The Sharon Cooperative School
The Cooperative Nature School at The Trustees Moose Hill Farm
The Board services both The Sharon Cooperative and The Cooperative Nature Schools and plays a vital role in supporting the Executive Director, the teachers, and the school community. We are parent volunteers from both schools. We are the marketers, the fundraisers, the financial gurus, the HR resource team and the keepers of the Cooperative Philosophy. Since the Sharon Cooperative’s incorporation in 2004, the Board has shaped and supported the vision and goals of the school and has been instrumental in the growth and success of the business as well as the community.
These are the Committees of the Board: Director Services (oversees and supports Director); Transition (overseeing the transition of the Executive Director June 2021); Finance (over sees all aspects of the finances, budgets and expenditures); Strategic Planning (overseeing the creation of a strategic plan 2021); Governance (oversees policies and regulation compliance); Marketing (overall planning and specific actions); Community (events, service projects, Cooperative family involvement); Lease (overseeing renewal of both leases 2021); Grants (managing grant writer and grant applications)
Your current parent Board members are:
Dana Pratt, Co-Chair
Dana Pratt joined the Board in January 2021 and is the mother of Donovan (Nature School Class of 2021) and Reese (Coop Class of 2023). In her first year on the Board, she supports the Governance and Director Services committees, and works on alumni efforts. Dana has worked in higher education administration for her entire career, serving both graduate and undergraduate students, in areas ranging from online education to career and professional development and international programming. In her current role at Harvard Business School, she is the director of Community Standards and Administration where she primarily focuses on student conduct and HR for the MBA Program. Dana recently moved to Walpole from Sharon and is excited to not only engage with members of the Sharon community, but also the surrounding communities on the value of the Cooperative Schools.
Colby Chevalier, Co-Chair
Colby Chevalier joined the board in January 2020 and is the proud parent of two current Coop students, one of which will soon be joining the Nature School (Class of 2021). He has held a variety of positions at IMTRA Corporation, a family company located in New Bedford that imports and distributes products manufactured for the boating industry. Colby joined the Leadership team at IMTRA as Director of Product Management and is involved in sales, marketing, strategic planning, and general operations. Colby moved to Sharon with his family in 2014 and loves the sense of community it offers he and his family. He joined the board to help contribute to the important mission of creating a positive learning community for children and supportive parents and currently chairs the Marketing subcommittee.
Amit Desai joined the board in January 2020. On the board, Amit chairs the Strategic Planning subcommittee and also serves on the Finance subcommittee. Amit works at CVS Health on PBM Product Innovation & Strategy and brings prior experience from strategy/management consulting. Amit started his career in the not-for-profit area, and is passionate about education. He joined the board to engage more in the Sharon community and drive impact in the education area by supporting the cooperative schools in their mission. He is a proud parent of a current Nature school student, graduating in 2020.
Srivi Radhakrishnan (2023)
Srivi Radhakrishnan joined the Board in January 2020 and is the Accounting Supervisor at The Rose Kennedy Greenway, a non-profit in Boston. Srivi brings her passion on non-profit, children’s’ education and finance to the Board. She serves as Treasurer and is on the Finance and the Grant’s Committees and hopes to contribute to the vibrant community at the schools. Srivi is a proud parent of a first grader and a 3-year-old at the Sharon Cooperative School.
Matt Cohen (2022)
Matt joined the board in 2020 and is an Operations Manager for a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee group. Matt is also a member of the Events subcommittee. He joined to continue the Board’s efforts of building strong relationships between teachers, students, and families. Matt is the proud parent of Mila (graduate 2020) and Aden (Future Coop graduate 2023)
Bob Aftosmes-Tobio (2023)
Hongshuang Li currently serves as Vice President of Risk Data Science team at Citizens Bank. She moved to Sharon in 2017, shortly before Rory was born. She and her family enjoy living in Sharon and appreciate everything from Cooperative school. She is a proud parent of Rory who is a Coop student. As board member, she hopes to contribute to the diversified and loving community at the schools.
Jason Worrall has worked in Accounting his entire career and currently leads the US General Ledger team for Akamai Technologies in Cambridge. He is the father of current Coop student Colin (Coop Class of 2023), Coop & Nature School 2021 graduate (Tommy) and future Coop student Mollie. Jason joined the board because he believes in the schools’ mission and wants to more deeply engage in the Sharon community while supporting the school in furthering its mission to teach children in a community setting.
Michelle Lampa is currently the Director of US Operations at M Squared Lasers, Inc., a photonics and quantum technology company. One of her motivations for joining the board is to encourage more interest in STEM and more open-minded, curious thinkers among the next generation. Michelle is the parents of Logan, a Nature School student. With two younger children in addition to Logan, Michelle looks forward to being part of the CLC for years to come.
Sara Rothenberg is Billing and Collections Manager at Riverside Community Care, a non-profit organization that provides behavioral health services with respect and compassion. She is particularly knowledgeable about and devoted to Riverside’s two Early Intervention Programs, which serve children from birth until age three. Sara is the proud parent of one Coop graduate, Harrison, and one current Coop student, Magnolia. As a board member she wants to contribute so that future Coop families have the same wonderful preschool experience that her family has enjoyed.
Sarah Miller is Assistant General Counsel at the DTCC focusing on data services. The proud mother of Liam, current Nature School student, graduating in 2023 and Quinn, a Cottage Street elementary student, she joined the board to be an active participant in community education and is passionate about supporting local teachers, families, and students.
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Interested in joining the Board?
Serving on the Board for The Cooperative School is a very rewarding experience as you can really make a difference for all of the children of the two schools and the community of 90 families each year. Additionally, you will gain a unique perspective into a well-established, non-profit educational organization.
The Board member term is three years with a possibility to extend in one-year increments with the approval of the Board. Almost every year the Board has vacancies and welcomes professionals from all walks of life – finance, marketing, education, legislation, HR and more. We meet monthly and communicate through email as needed. Each member serves on at least two of the subcommittees: Finance, Strategic Planning, Governance, Fundraising, Marketing, Events, The Nature School, and/or Director Services.
Here is the Board Member job description:
Role of the Board:
• Assist the Executive Director in determining the policies, procedures and regulations for the operation of The Sharon Cooperative School and The Cooperative Nature School.
• Ensure the fiscal stability of the organization.
• With the Executive Director, monitor and ensure maximum organizational performance including strategic planning
• Ensure legal and regulatory compliance.
• Select, support, and oversee the Executive Director.
• With the Executive Director, create and approve organizational documents such as calendars, policies and Employee and Family Handbooks.
• With the Executive Director, oversee financial management and budgeting, manage and protect all assets of the organization
• With the Executive Director, assist with fundraising, including grant writing, planning and hosting events, and helping to determine the best use for these fundraising proceeds.
Individual Board Member Responsibilities:
- Attend all full board meetings 12 times annually, and serve on at least one subcommittee requiring approximately 3-6 additional meetings
- Participate fully at meetings; identify challenges, facilitate constructive solutions, volunteer for tasks
- Carry out delegated assignments promptly and report outcomes to the board
- Oversee financial management and budgeting
- Attend school functions as a support to staff and a resource for families
- Recruit new families, be an ambassador to the community for the school
- Solicit funds and community resources, participate in fundraising campaigns and open doors for others to raise funds
- Be aware and responsive to the changing needs of families and community
- Identify and recruit new board members; assist in orientation and mentoring
- Put the overall goals of the organization above personal desires
- Maintain the confidentiality of information relating to employees, volunteers, and families
To let us know that you are interested to serve on the Board, we ask that you write a letter sharing your interest and what you can offer to the school community in terms of interests and expertise. Please send your letter of interest to: email@example.com or you can talk to the Executive Director to learn more about the opportunity to serve on the Board.