Our 2014-2015 Board Members:
|Kim Curley||Karen Wong|
|Tammy Kirk||Dawn Gibbons||Leslie Burton|
ML Nichols is co-founder and director of The Parent Connection and the author of The Parent Backpack for Kindergarten through Grade 5. Her passion for family-school dynamics and parent education led to six years of volunteer leadership in the Duxbury School System before launching a non-profit and writing a parenting book. In 2012, ML was selected as the Massachusetts delegate for the Mom Congress on Learning and Education by Parenting magazine. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and other regional mediums.
After graduating from Michigan State University in communications and psychology, ML held a 15-year career in advertising. Currently, she is in graduate school at Lesley University where the will earn her M.A. in Counseling/Psychology and be eligible for LMHC licensure in 2017. ML has two teenage daughters, Emily and Olivia who both love to swim, and a husband, Tom, who loves to fish. When not organizing programs, reading or writing, ML can be found golfing or relaxing on a yoga mat.
Laura Smith is a graduate of Boston College with degrees in Psychology and Communications. Before leaving to be a full time mom, she spent 17 years in sales and marketing for Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. During the next 12 years, Laura worked in various volunteer leadership roles. In addition to having co-founded the The Parent Connection in 2006, she has served as the president of the Alden PTA and the Performing Arts Parent Association at Boston College High School, More recently, Laura served as the President of the Duxbury Student Union for three years.
Laura Smith lives in Duxbury with her husband, Edward, and their two children, Ryan (21) and Kristin (17).
Malcolm Stone has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Tufts and an MBA from Boston University. After 18 years in manufacturing and finance, Malcolm decided to pursue part time work in database programming and life as an at-home father. He serves as the chief financial board member for The Parent Connection.
Malcolm has lived in Duxbury with his wife, Carol, since 1985; and, they have a daughter, Abigail, who is a high school junior.
Leslie Cooper recently moved to Duxbury from Needham MA where she was PTA president for three years. She grew up in Connecticut and Rhode Island and attended Wittenberg University in Ohio. After graduation she worked in finance for 10 years and then transitioned to real estate sales for the next 10 years. Leslie currently serves as Treasurer for The Parent Connection, plays team tennis, enjoys photography, takes oil painting classes and recently completed the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. She feels it’s important for parents to keep learning about the ever changing environment that our children are being raised in and found The Parent Connection helps the community do just that.
Leslie and her husband Joe have three children, Katie (11th grade), Lily (9th grade) and Joey (6th grade) in the Duxbury Schools and she serves as a Boosters rep for the Girls swim team and tennis team.
Kim has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a background in investor relations and as an assistant to the CEO at Reebok International. Since her time in the work place, she has volunteered for various organizations in Massachusetts. For several years, Kim organized a golf tournament to benefit the Special Olympics of Massachusetts. Additionally, she has worked with her husband, Bill, with the day-to-day operations of his business, Bill Curley Basketball, Inc. that provides camps, clinics and private instruction to children and young adults looking to improve their basketball skills. Being a mom is Kim’s passion and joy. It is the most challenging job that she has ever had, and by far, the most rewarding.
Kim and her husband, Bill, grew up in Duxbury and are products of the Duxbury school system. In addition, Kim was able to watch and learn from her mom, who taught in Duxbury for 25 years. They have chosen to return to their hometown and raise their three children: Jack (age 15), Caroline (age 13), and Andrew (age 9).
Cari Kent grew up on Cape Cod and has lived in Duxbury for 17 years with her husband Jack and four children Jake (age 17), Caroline (age 15), Henry (age 11) and Gabe (age 7). Up until the birth of her 4th child, Cari worked in Health Care at Children’s Hospital in Boston and South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. Cari attended Cape Cod Community College, Quincy College and University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has been actively involved with Duxbury Schools PTA’s, many other community organizations, and plays a key role in publicizing events for The Parent Connection. Cari beleives parenting is a full time job with four active, school age children and is pleased to be part of an organization that helps parents in the community with the toughest job they have.
Tammy Kirk is passionate about education and holds a Master’s of Art degree in Technology and Communications in Education from Columbia University. Her experience includes serving on the boards of the Duxbury Education Foundation, the Duxbury Art Association, the Community Garden Club of Duxbury, and the Duxbury Beach Reservation assisting in areas of strategic planning, marketing, graphic design, publicity, event planning, and fundraising. Tammy’s background includes working on school councils and in director level positions in technology consulting and venture firms, as well as leading community projects for various PTAs, Crossroads For Kids, and the I Have A Dream foundation.
For the last 9 years, Tammy has lived in Duxbury with her husband, Stephen, and their four children, Gray (6th grade), Nolan (5th grade), Lochlan (2nd grade), and Addison (5 years old)
Karen Wong is a professional photographer and is passionate about providing parents with top quality resources and speakers. In addition to being a board member of The Parent Connection, Karen has served two terms on the Duxbury School Committee. Her experience also includes working on various school councils, the Youth Risk Task Force, and mostly recently includes her current involvement with the School Health Advisory Council and South Shore FACTS.
Karen is the mother of three children, Michelle (recently graduated from University of New Hampshire), Jacob (Cadet Second Class at the United States Air Force Academy), and Liz (junior year at Duxbury High School).
Leslie Burton has been working in the education field for 20 years. She graduated from Boston College with degrees in elementary education, moderate special needs and human development. After working in the field as an elementary teacher, Leslie received a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the area of Risk and Prevention. She is passionate about literacy and completed her reading specialist certification which led her to research and consult with schools to implement best literacy practices. Leslie is involved in supporting educational programs within her community where her middle school aged daughter, Lauren, and high school aged daughter, Elise, attend. Leslie and her husband, Tom, have lived in Duxbury with their family since 2007 and enjoy being active outdoors on the water and in their garden.