The Marshfield Education Foundation (MEF) is a private, independent, nonprofit organization with the unifying goal of enhancing the quality and character of our community by identifying, promoting and funding worthwhile educational programs and initiatives in the Marshfield public schools.
The Marshfield Education Foundation, Inc.—or MEF, for short—is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation which raises funds through corporate grants, individual donations, and various fundraising projects and activities. With these funds, we make grants to support innovative and worthwhile classroom projects, teaching strategies, and special programs in the Marshfield Public Schools, and to support the purchase of education-related technology and other educational materials for the Marshfield Public Schools—pursuant to a rigorous and objective grant application/grant review process. Our purpose is to serve as an engine for innovation, opportunity and excellence in the Marshfield Public Schools, by identifying, promoting and funding—with privately-raised funds—promising educational initiatives and programs throughout the entire school system.
When was the MEF started and what are its goals?
The MEF was launched in the spring of 2010 by a broad and diverse group of local parents, educators, business owners and community leaders. Our goal is to identify and help fund exemplary educational initiatives and programs in the Marshfield Public Schools, and to eventually build an endowment, which will allow for the perpetual making of grants with less reliance on annual fundraising activities.
Who makes up the MEF?
Our 10-member Board of Directors (eight full members and two non-voting members) meets several times per year to manage and direct all MEF activities. Board members serve three-year terms, with “staggered” elections to ensure continuity and “institutional memory.” We also have a eight officers and committee members who are elected to two-year terms, and who handle the day-to-day operations of the MEF. The directors and officers are all members of the Marshfield community, and many are parents or grandparents. Our supporters and contributors include a broad cross-section of the community as well as local businesses and the greater Boston business community.
Board of Directors
John Giberti: President
Elizabeth Burns: Vice President
Marie Gagliard: Treasurer
Kathleen Wright: Secretary
Marie Kurmin: Grant Committee Chair
Marty Buss Smith: Communications Chair
Rachel has lived in Marshfield since 2005. She received a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Rochester and a Master’s of Arts in Secondary English Education from Boston University. She spent 16 years as a middle and high school English teacher & Literacy Specialist, mostly in Plymouth. She now focuses on dropout prevention and reengagement as the Coordinator of Alternative Programs for Plymouth Public Schools. Rachel is a former President of the Eames Way School PTO and was a member of the New MHS campaign team. She and her husband, Leigh Braunstein, have two children, one at South River and one at FBMS.
Brigid Boyd (non-voting member) Member, Marshfield School Committee
Brigid has lived in Marshfield since 1997. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in English from College of the Holy Cross. Brigid is currently Vice President of Communications at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and has also previously worked at the Massachusetts State House in the State Senate. She has three children who currently attend Marshfield High School, Furnace Brook Middle School and Eames Way Elementary School.
Elizabeth has been a resident of Marshfield since 2003. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education/History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is currently (Administration, Jenkins Elementary School) for Scituate Public Schools and has previously worked for RR Donnelley and the Marriott Corporation. Elizabeth served on numerous boards and committees in the Marshfield public schools(including PTO president, School Council, and Superintendent/Principal search committees) and is active in athletic boosters for lacrosse and hockey here in Marshfield. Elizabeth and her husband, Shawn, have two children in the Marshfield public school system. The oldest is currently at Marshfield High School.
Kevin is a lifelong Marshfield resident and a 1986 graduate of Marshfield High School. He received a BA in Mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross and a MS in Mathematics from UMass, Amherst. Since 1993, Kevin has been teaching math and computer science at Thayer Academy. He has served as head of the Math and Computer Science Department since 1996. He also coached boys basketball at the JV and varsity level for 20+ years at Thayer. In Marshfield, Kevin has coached youth basketball and youth soccer since 2010 as well as serving on the Governor Winslow School Council since 2013. Kevin and his wife, Jennifer, have a son who went to GWS from K through 5th grade and currently attends Thayer and a daughter who attends Governor Winslow.
Rosemary has been a Marshfield resident since 1996. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Bentley University. Rosemary spent most of her career at Xerox Corporation, and is currently at Lexmark International where she currently works as an Executive Account Manager. Rosemary has spent many years on the Martinson Elementary School Council and the PTO. She is also a member of Saint Christine’s Parish and a member of their finance and social committee. Rosemary and her husband, Kevin, have three children in the Marshfield school system.
Marie has been a resident of Marshfield since 1998. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from Bentley University and currently works as a Controller for Eyesaver International, Inc. Marie has served as treasurer for the Eames Way PTO and Clift Rodgers Library for many years. Marie and her husband, Joe, have one child at Marshfield High School and two children in college who have gone through the Marshfield school system.
John has been a Marshfield resident since 2005. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Providence College. John previously worked as the Chief Financial Officer of Fort Warren Capital, LP and Chief Operating Officer of Regiment Capital Advisors, LP, both investment management firms focused on managing fixed income credit-related strategies for institutional and high net worth clients. John and his wife Cathy have two children who attend Furnace Brook Middle School. John is active in coaching youth athletics and has been an MEF Board member since 2013.
Jeff Granatino (non-voting member)
Superintendent, Marshfield Public Schools
Marie has been living in Marshfield since 1991. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. She was a buyer for Jordan Marsh and Decelle until she started raising her children. Since 1992 has owned Kurmin Kreations, a custom window treatment and home furnishings business serving New England interior designers and retail clients. She has been a leader in Parent Teacher Organizations, served on the NewMHS committee, the District Improvement Plan committee and and various leader search committees until her youngest of three children graduated from Marshfield High School in 2016. She is currently on the MHS school council, the steering committee for Grad Nite Live and Marshfield FACTS.
Marti has been a resident of Marshfield since 1980. She received a BS in Nursing from the University of Maine and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Boston University. After practicing many years in Boston hospitals, Marti settled into full-time volunteering in Marshfield, primarily in the school system. After serving on the School Committee for 12 years, she became a member of the Board of Directors for MEF. She raises three children with her wonderful husband, Don.
Matt has been a resident of Marshfield since 2004. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1992 with a BA in Graphic Design and minor in Communications. He has been working as a Marketing Communications professional since 1994. During that time he has also started a Coffee/Sandwich shop in Acton, MA (Blackbird Cafe) and an online Outdoor Structure/furniture store (Parent Outdoor). He is married and has two kids in the Marshfield Public School system.
Ann is the youngest of ten and grew up in Marshfield. Through an innovative aviation program at Marshfield High School, Ann got a head start in the aviation industry and began working at the Marshfield Airport when she was sixteen. She earned her private pilot’s license before her driver’s license and went on to pursue a diverse career in aviation, following in the footsteps of her father and two of her brothers. Ann has been a volunteer for the Marshfield Emergency Management Agency for many years and is also involved in many local charities and organizations. She was co-chair of the NewMHS campaign team and currently serves as a community representative on the Daniel Webster School Council.
Gregg has been a resident of Marshfield since 2000. He has been teaching high school mathematics for the past 31 years at public high schools in Easthampton, Longmeadow, and Scituate, and currently teaches at Milton Academy . Gregg received a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and an M.S.T. from the University of New Hampshire, Durham. He has coached youth soccer and baseball teams in town. Gregg and his wife, Patricia, have two children who have attended Marshfield’s excellent schools
Marty Buss Smith
Marty moved to Marshfield in 2015. She received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Spanish from Purdue University. She is currently a marketing consultant specializing in branding, marketing strategy development, marketing communications planning and social media marketing. Prior to that she worked at several large and small agencies in Boston and Chicago. She has two children at Furnace Brook Middle School.
Kathleen Wright has been an MEF Board Member for two years, and was formerly an EWS PTO President and EWS School Council representative. She is the Chief Operating Officer for Drug Story Theater, Inc, a non-profit devoted to helping teens in the early stages of recovery from drugs and alcohol. Prior to that, Kathleen worked in finance and accounting for State Street and for KPMG Peat Marwick. She went to the Pennsylvania State University. Kathleen and her husband have lived in Marshfield since 1999, and have two children at MHS and FBMS.