Marshfield Education Foundation (MEF) provides critical seed funding for grants submitted by Marshfield Public School teachers for innovative programs that motivate and excite their students and achieve excellence in teaching and learning. Since 2010, we have impacted over 4,250 MPSD students annually by awarding 116 grants totaling over $600,000. Our goal is to award grants to programs outside of the current school budget that will grow to become regularly funded programs by MPSD. MEF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that fundraises through corporate and individual donations and from annually-held community events such as the Marshfield St. Patrick’s Day 5K and Circus Smirkus.
Who makes up the MEF?
Our 8-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
Jennifer has been a Board Member for one year. She has been an educator for 20 years and holds a B.A. from Clark University, M.Ed. from Anna Maria College and is currently pursuing a C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Boston University. Jen has served as a teacher, building administrator, and district administrator in urban, suburban, and rural communities. She is Interim Assistant Superintendent for Scituate Public Schools. Originally from Central Massachusetts, Jen moved to Marshfield six years ago from Martha’s Vineyard where she was Assistant Principal at Oak Bluffs School.
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.
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.
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.
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.