Who We Are 2019-10-24T13:38:00+00:00

Our Board of Directors

Jason Gervais, Board President

Jay is a magnanimous servant of kids and society and has done some amazing things for those in need. He built and maintains a wonderful outdoor story walk, located at High Plain Elementary in Andover, MA, for the kids and public to experience. He co-manages the Outdoor World of Learning program there, as well. It is a nature and science program that allows parents to learn and teach their child’s class during the school year. When the 2018 Columbia gas crisis hit, instead of fleeing his residence at Andover’s epicenter, he went house-to-house shutting off the gas inlets for the elderly in the neighborhood and helped them evacuate. He also runs a heating and air conditioning business.

Katherine Conners Marchetti, Board Clerk

Kathy taught 5th grade in the Salem, MA, school system for 19 years, being honored as lead teacher at her school and taught in Peabody, Beverly, and Hamilton/Wenham the preceding six years. Her consistent “kids first” attitude made her a favorite of not only the kids, but many others from administration to other teachers to visiting authors. Kathy’s dedication to her students led to her creation of a valuable system to help spark students’ imagination and growth. She brought yoga, meditation and breathing exercises into her classroom for many years.  Students benefitted greatly, with one principal calling her classroom The Peaceable Kingdom.

Christopher Moen III, Board Member

Chris has been involved in the mortgage finance field for over 36 years with an extensive background in both the primary and secondary markets. He has four daughters that he raised with his wife Cindy and many hours of coaching and volunteer work in the family home town of North Andover. He has been involved in various charity and non profit organizations ranging from local organizations to membership on the National Council of The Jackson Laboratory. He holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Maine in prelaw and economics/finance.

Mary Beth Walsh, Board Treasurer

Mary Beth has worked with Cradles to Crayons and Melrose’s Guided Reading Program prior to joining Children’s Literacy Innovations. She has four children of her own and has experienced first-hand the importance of literacy for all children. She does a lot of school volunteering and volunteered at the Melrose Birth to Five event, created to help new families.

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