Kevin Andrews- Mr. Andrews is the founding headmaster of the Neighborhood House Charter School (NHCS), which opened in 1995. NHCS is a pre-K–8, full-service school that integrates education with social services and healthcare programs for 400 low-income students from Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods. It is one of the city’s most sought-after schools, with students consistently placing among the highest performing on English and math MCAS exams. Prior to founding NHCS, Kevin was a principal in Newton and in Brookline, and he was a classroom teacher in Newton. He recently stepped down as headmaster of NHCS, but is still actively engaged in education efforts in Boston and Massachusetts.
Lori Fresina- Ms. Fresina joined the staff of M+R Strategic Services in September 2006 as Senior Vice President and New England Office Director, following four years with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) where she served as the Northeast Regional Advocacy Director. Her client list has included a diverse array of local, state, and national organizations, including the American Heart Association, Alberta Courage Network, New England Association for College Admission Counseling, Susan G. Komen Advocacy Alliance, Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts, Boston Public Health Commission, Community Resources for Justice, Clean Air Task Force, state health departments in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and others. Prior to joining CTFK, Ms. Fresina served in a variety of advocacy positions for 12 years with the American Cancer Society, including Coordinator of Grassroots Advocacy for Massachusetts, Director of Advocacy for Massachusetts, and the Director of Smoke-Free New England. Ms. Fresina has developed an expertise in community mobilization strategies, regional collaborations, grassroots development, and public health communication for political audiences. In addition, Ms. Fresina is an experienced advocacy trainer and coach. In 2002, she was named one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders of 2002” by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Jaycees. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Emerson College and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Citizen Participation from Tufts University.